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Lofton, Pistone top Friday's Truck practices

June 13, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Lofton, Pistone top Friday's Truck practices
Lofton -- filling in for Gaulding -- scored the fastest speed in the second session

Practice 1 (Results)

NTS Racing's Chase Pistone led the opening practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Pistone, driving the No. 9, was first with a speed of 136.141 mph on his 21st lap around the 1.25-mile track in the St. Louis area.

Justin Lofton, who was driving the No. 20 for NTS Motorsports on standby for Gray Gaulding, was second at 135.497 mph. Gaulding finished fifth in the K&N Pro Series East event in Pensacola, Florida on Friday night before flying overnight to St. Louis.

ThorSport Racing's Jeb Burton was third at 135.412 mph, and series points leader Matt Crafton was fourth at 135.014 mph.

Erik Jones, driving the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports, rounded out the top five at 134.831 mph.

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Practice 2 (Results)

Justin Lofton led the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' second practice at Gateway Motorsports Park for the Drivin' for Linemen 200. 

Lofton, who is driving the No. 20 for NTS Motorsports on standby for Gray Gaulding, topped the leaderboard with a speed of 136.753 mph.

Gaulding was racing in the K&N Pro Series East event in Pensacola, Florida on Friday night before flying overnight to St. Louis. 

Second-fastest was Matt Crafton with a speed of 136.558 mph. Crafton was fourth during the series' first practice.

Cole Custer (136.397 mph), Joey Coulter (136.108 mph) and Chase Pistone, who was fastest in the opening session, (135.861 mph) rounded out the top five.

Matt Crafton and Ron Hornaday Jr. are the only two drivers in the Drivin' for Linemen 200 entry list with more than four Gateway starts. Hornaday Jr. being the only one with a win. 

No. 12 Ted Minor brought out a caution when he spun, but fortunately enough made no contact with the wall and was able to drive away clean.

This was the second of three practices scheduled before the inaugural Drivin' for Linemen 200 (Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). The final practice is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. ET. 

Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is slated for 5:10 p.m. ET on Saturday (FOX Sports 2). 

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