Chase Elliott sweeps Saturday Truck practices
August 31, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Elliott -- a NASCAR Next member and the son of Bill Elliott, the 1988 champion in NASCAR’s premier series -- topped the leaderboard in the final one-hour practice with a lap of 109.228 mph around the 2.459-mile road course in preparation for Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1), the series’ first international race. His chart-topping lap was just 18 thousandths of a second better than his 109.204 mph lap that set the pace in Saturday’s first practice.
Elliott, driving the No. 94 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, will be going for his second straight pole position in the series in Saturday qualifying (5 p.m. ET) after winning the Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award last week at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Road-racing ace Mike Skeen, who topped both practices in Friday’s open test day, was second-fastest behind Elliott in each Saturday practice. His lap speeds were also remarkably consistent, with a 108.638 mph best lap in final practice versus a 108.733 mph lap in the opening one-hour session.
Fellow rookie Ryan Blaney, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series regular Alex Guenette and Miguel Paludo rounded out the top five in the opening session. German Quiroga Jr., Paludo and defending series champion James Buescher were third through fifth in the final practice.
Series points leader Matt Crafton wound up 11th-fastest in both practices.
The first session was slowed by two incidents, one a spin by four-time series champ Ron Hornaday Jr. near the frontstretch and the other an accident involving Chad Hackenbracht at the exit of Turn 6.
John Wes Townley did not participate in either Saturday practice as his Red Horse Racing team worked to repair front-end damage on his No. 7 Toyota. He made significant contact with the Turn 3 tire barrier in Friday testing.