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Nemechek, Cobb Pace Talladega Truck Practices

Nemechek, Cobb Pace Talladega Truck Practices

by October 24, 2015 0 comments

TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek and Jennifer Jo Cobb each held the lead in both respective practice sessions for the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday.

Nemechek paced the field in opening practice for Saturday’s 94-lap race with a lap of 49.977 seconds that managed to hold the lead in the session from John Wes Townley by a thousandth of a second.

Defending Talladega winner Timothy Peters was the only other driver to put in a time within a second of Nemechek’s with his lap of 49.998 seconds.

Drivers Erik Jones, Ben Kennedy, Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top-10 in the opening session.

Cobb led the way in final practice at the 2.66-mile superspeedway with her lap of 52.338 seconds – a lap that was three thousandths of a second faster than both Austin Hill and Terry Jones’s respective laps.

Completing the top-10 in final practice were Bobby Gerhart, Sauter, Cameron Hayley, Ray Black Jr., Tyler Young, Chris Fontaine and Hemric.

Qualifying runs were primarily put to the test in final practice as no driver completed a run of 10 or more consecutive laps.

Of drivers to complete a consecutive run of 10 or more laps in the opening session of the day, Townley was fastest with an average speed of 187.895 miles per hour.

Top-10 First Practice Speeds for the Fred’s 250

  1. 8 – John Hunter Nemechek# – Chevrolet – SWM-NEMCO Motorsports – 49.977 | Leader
  2. 05 – John Wes Townley – Chevrolet – Athenian Motorsports – 49.978 | -0.001
  3. 17 – Timothy Peters – Toyota – Red Horse Racing – 49.998 | -0.021
  4. 4 – Erik Jones# – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 50.350 | -0.373
  5. 11 – Ben Kennedy – Toyota – Red Horse Racing – 50.681 | -0.704
  6. 88 – Matt Crafton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 50.735 | -0.758
  7. 98 – Johnny Sauter – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 50.910 | -0.933
  8. 19 – Tyler Reddick – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing – 50.922 | -0.945
  9. 54 – Christopher Bell – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 51.023 | -1.046
  10. 14 – Daniel Hemric# – Chevrolet – NTS Motorsports – 51.155 | -1.178

Top-10 Final Practice Speeds for the Fred’s 250

  1. 10 – Jennifer Jo Cobb – Chevrolet – Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing – 52.338 | Leader
  2. 82 – Austin Hill – Ford – Empire Racing – 52.341 | -0.003
  3. 30 – Terry Jones – Chevrolet – Rette Jones Racing – 52.341 | -0.003
  4. 36 – Bobby Gerhart(i) – Chevrolet – MB Racing – 52.349 | -0.011
  5. 98 – Johnny Sauter – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 52.396 | -0.058
  6. 13 – Cameron Hayley# – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 52.426 | -0.088
  7. 07 – Ray Black Jr.# – Chevrolet – SS-Green Light Racing – 52.470 | -0.132
  8. 02 – Tyler Young – Chevrolet – Young’s Motorsports – 52.518 | -0.180
  9. 45 – Chris Fontaine – Toyota – Glenden Enterprises – 52.720 | -0.382
  10. 14 – Daniel Hemric# – Chevrolet – NTS Motorsports – 53.483 | -1.145

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images

Kyle Pokrefky
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