NCWTS: Lagasse Suffers Damage as Peters Leads NextEra Energy Resources 250 Opening Practice

Photo Credit: Noel Lanier

For the first time thus far in Daytona Speedweeks, the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the track for practice.

A familiar face would find himself at the top of the charts at the end of practice as past Daytona winner Timothy Peters posted the quickest speed at 47.612 mph. While returning to Red Horse Racing, he will have a new crew chief on top of the pit box in the form of Shane Huffman.

While a familiar face rode the top of the charts, the rest of the top-five is all about new faces and changes.

Rookie Ben Rhodes would time in second quickest, 0.086 seconds off of Peters. Rhodes joins ThorSport Racing after running a partial schedule last year for JR Motorsports.

Ben Kennedy puts two Red Horse Racing trucks in the top-five, giving new sponsor JACOB Companies a lap of 47.709 seconds. Kennedy enters his third season in the NASCAR Camping World Series after finishing ninth in points the past two years.

GMS Racing teammates Grant Enfinger and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-five. Enfinger makes the move up to the Truck Series after running the ARCA Racing Series the past couple of years, while Sauter joins the organization after spending the past several years at ThorSport Racing. Sauter will have experience on the pit box, in the form of Marcus Richmond whom worked with Peters last season.

“Our Chevrolet is really fast,” he said. “We just did a simulated mock run by ourselves and I thought we were clear, and ran a pretty good lap. Can’t thank the guys at GMS Racing enough for the hard work they put into this truck. This is going to be fun. We have a lot of speed and it feels really good in the draft.”

Cole Custer was sixth quickest as he enters his first full year of truck series competition with JR Motorsports, followed by Tyler Reddick, John Wes Townley, Cameron Hayley and Chris Fontaine.

“Our Cabinets by Hayley Tundra is really strong,” Hayley said. “It handled really great in the draft so far. It’s hard to get a feel of what we had, but it felt good in the small draft. Couldn’t be more excited to be back here and have to thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson. ……There’s not a whole lot that the drivers can do. I think we showed a lot of speed early on practice in here and will be fine.”

Unfortunately, practice didn’t go as everyone would’ve hoped as Scott Lagasse Jr. would run over a piece of debris in the first seven minute, causing the right front tire to go down. As a result, his truck would suffer heavy right front damage, in which his NTS Motorsports team is working on repairing.

“It sucks to start the day like this,” he said. “I was just trying to start things off and get up to speed, and we ran over something and the tire went down and tore it up. It just sucks that it happened. We’ll try and regroup and go from here.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will get one more chance to hit the track from 4 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. EST before qualifying and the race on Friday.

POS DRIVER LAPS FAST SPEED FAST TIME BEHIND
1 #17 Timothy Peters 23 189.028 47.612 Leader
2 #41 Ben Rhodes 21 188.687 47.698 0.086
3 #11 Ben Kennedy 22 188.644 47.709 0.097
4 #33 Grant Enfinger 8 188.399 47.771 0.159
5 #21 Johnny Sauter 13 188.383 47.775 0.163
6 #00 Cole Custer 31 188.371 47.778 0.166
7 #29 Tyler Reddick 20 188.367 47.779 0.167
8 #5 John Wes Townley 18 188.186 47.825 0.213
9 #13 Cameron Hayley 18 187.774 47.930 0.318
10 #78 Chris Fontaine 16 187.559 47.985 0.373
11 #98 Rico Abreu 11 187.122 48.097 0.485
12 #92 Parker Kligerman 10 186.819 48.175 0.563
13 #8 John Hunter Nemechek 17 186.451 48.270 0.658
14 #51 Daniel Suarez 22 186.443 48.272 0.660
15 #19 Daniel Hemric 15 186.416 48.279 0.667
16 #23 Spencer Gallagher 16 185.870 48.421 0.809
17 #144 Tommy Joe Martins 16 185.782 48.444 0.832
18 #4 Christopher Bell 11 185.640 48.481 0.869
19 #143 Austin Hill 12 185.609 48.489 0.877
20 #2 Tyler Young 21 185.510 48.515 0.903
21 #9 William Byron 26 185.254 48.582 0.970
22 #81 Ryan Truex 8 184.377 48.813 1.201
23 #18 Cody Coughlin 15 183.970 48.921 1.309
24 #88 Matt Crafton 4 181.532 49.578 1.966
25 #7 Ray Black Jr. 14 180.875 49.758 2.146
26 #6 Norm Benning 14 180.727 49.799 2.187
27 #2 Austin Theriault 9 178.887 50.311 2.699
28 #171 Carlos Contreras 15 178.334 50.467 2.855
29 #63 Reed Sorenson 8 176.988 50.851 3.239
31 #259 Korbin Forrister 7 174.897 51.459 3.847
32 #186 Brandon Brown 5 174.866 51.468 3.856
33 #266 Jordan Anderson 5 174.354 51.619 4.007
34 #136 Bobby Gerhart 7 173.937 51.743 4.131
35 #258 Ryan Reed 9 173.900 51.754 4.142
36 #68 Clay Greenfield 7 173.040 52.011 4.399
37 #49 Timmy Hill 5 170.626 52.747 5.135
38 #28 Ryan Ellis 6 169.731 53.025 5.413
39 #50 Travis Kvapil 6 169.613 53.062 5.450
40 #74 Mike Harmon 2 165.156 54.494 6.882
41 #14 Scott Lagasse Jr. 0 0.000 0.000