Eckes & KBM Pace Lone Las Vegas Truck Practice

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Eckes & KBM Pace
Christian Eckes. (Toyota Racing photo)

LAS VEGAS – Christian Eckes took Kyle Busch Motorsports to the top of the charts in the lone practice session on Friday for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

Eckes toured Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 30.363 seconds during the 80-minute practice session, for an average speed of 177.848 mph with the No. 18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota Tundra.

The reigning ARCA Menards Series champion’s best time came on his sixth of 33 laps turned during the session.

Johnny Sauter, who was one of four Truck Series drivers penalized for a technical infraction found during opening inspection Friday, shook those issues off to end Truck Series practice second (30.396/177.655) among the 35 teams in attendance at Las Vegas.

Sauter’s first career Truck Series win came at Las Vegas with ThorSport Racing back in 2009, when he led 62 of 146 laps en route to victory in the fall event at the facility.

The Wisconsin native also won the Truck Series championship in 2016.

Another past series titlist, Brett Moffitt, ranked third in practice speeds (30.418/177.526) with the No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing.

Ty Majeski and Moffitt’s teammate, Sheldon Creed, completed the top five ahead of defending series champion Matt Crafton, rookie Tate Fogleman, Ross Chastain, Daytona winner Grant Enfinger and defending Las Vegas Truck Series winner Austin Hill.

All-time Truck Series wins leader Kyle Busch, making his first of five scheduled starts in 2020, was 14th in single-lap speeds turned during practice on Friday.

Canadian Raphael Lessard led the 10 consecutive lap average speeds at 173.013 mph, also turning the most laps of anyone in the field during Friday practice with 51.

Qualifying for the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Strat 200 is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, live on FOX Sports 1.

To view complete practice results, advance to the next page.