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Burton, Buescher have strong opening practice

February 21, 2013, Staff report,

Darrell Wallace Jr. also runs swiftly in his four laps

James Buescher picked up right where he left off, as the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion clocked the third fastest lap time in the first trucks practice at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.


Buescher’s time of 50.486 seconds on his second lap bested the leaderboard for much of the practice, which saw a top-heavy load of Turner Scott Motorsports drivers. His No. 31 Rheem Chevrolet later hit a high speed of 179.354 mph and a time of 50.155 seconds on his seventh lap.


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Jeb Burton snuck in late to take first position on the leaderboard, running his sixth lap with a time of 49.982 seconds and top speed of 180.065 mph. He was followed by Darrell Wallace Jr. in the No. 54 Toyota with a time of 50.098.

Miguel Paludo and Ryan Truex, teammates of Buescher, placed eighth and 12th with times of 50.507 and 50.818, respectively. John King, winner of the 2012 Camping World Trucks opener, was 10th (50.596) and reigning Camping World Trucks Rookie of the Year Ty Dillon was 18th on the leaderboard with a time of 51.154 and top speed of 175.939. Last year’s points runner-up Timothy Peters completed his fourth lap in 51.509, good for 23rd overall.

Kyle Busch, perhaps the biggest name in Thursday’s early practice, earned the 13th best time, completing his fifth lap 50.879.


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