Blaney, Burton top rainy Truck Series practices
May 08, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
ThorSport driver paces field in practice session for SFP 250 at Kansas
Practice 1 | Results
Jeb Burton, looking to rebound from a 21st-place showing at Martinsville in March, kicked off the weekend by topping the charts in the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Kansas Speedway on Thursday, which started late due to rain.
Burton piloted his No. 13 ThorSport Racing ride to a best speed of 175.530 mph on his 12th of 17 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.
Red Horse Racing's Brian Ickler was close behind, placing third with a speed of 174.820 mph, while Burton's ThorSport teammate and defending series champion Matt Crafton was fourth at 174.769 mph. Ben Kennedy rounded out the top five at 174.735 mph.
Other notables included a pair of Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers checking in at sixth and eighth, respectively, in Kyle Busch himself (174.689 mph) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (174.312 mph) and Joey Logano hitting 174.627 mph, good for seventh, in his No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing ride.
Making his first Truck start of the season, former series champion and current Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon (173.099) was 13th in his No. 20 NTS Motorsports ride.
With just a handful of minutes left in the session, the caution flag was briefly out for possible debris on the track. The first practice had also been delayed 30 minutes due to rain.
Practice 2 | (Results)
Ryan Blaney backed up a strong showing in the opening practice for the SFP 250 by topping the leaderboard in the final session at Kansas Speedway on Friday.
Blaney, who was second earlier in the day, was one of just two drivers to top 176 mph on the day, setting his best speed at 176.148 to Ben Kennedy's 176.016. Blaney's Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Joey Logano was next in line at 175.063, followed by Timothy Peters (174.712) and Kyle Busch (174.678).
Jeb Burton, who topped the first session, clocked in at 174.667, good for sixth.
Fifteen minutes in, Justin Jennings took heavy damage to the back of his No. 63 Chevy after spinning in Turns 3 and 4 to bring out a caution.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, there was a second caution for debris on the frontstretch.
Shortly after, German Quiroga spun in Turn 4 to bring out the final caution.