Norm Benning claims the final transfer spot in the last chance qualifier in epic fashion.
Hemric, Suarez, Jones and Newman placed second through fifth RELATED: Full practice results Cameron Hayley topped the lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Kansas Speedway on Thursday afternoon. Hayley, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, made the fastest lap late in the 90-minute session with a speed of 175.798 mph. Another rookie, Daniel Hemric was second in the session with a speed of 175.558 mph. Hemric has made six career Truck Series starts with three coming this year in the No. 14 Chevrolet. A pair of Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates took third and fourth place in the session. Daniel Suarez (175.393 mph) and Erik Jones (175.279 mph) were at the top of the speed chart for most of practice but slipped back near the end of the session. The Kansas race will be Suarez's fifth career Camping World Truck Series start and his fourth this season. He has three top-10 finishes in his three starts so far in 2015. Jones, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, has had three top-seven finishes to open the season and will also be making his first Sprint Cup Series start this weekend. Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman , who is making his first Truck Series start since the 2013 race at Eldora, came in fifth in practice with a speed of 175.006 mph. Initially, there were supposed to be two practice sessions: a 60-minute one that began at 3 p.m. ET and then a 90-minute session that started at 4:30 p.m. ET. Wet weather in the area delayed trucks from taking the track until 5 p.m. ET for just one practice session of 90 minutes. Just over five minutes into the session, Matt Tifft made contact with the wall in Turn 4 to bring out a caution. On Twitter, Tifft said that he blew a right front tire. The wreck destroyed the team's primary truck, forcing him to a backup. Norm Benning missed the first 30 minutes of the practice as he was serving a practice penalty. Entering the Kansas race, Matt Crafton the two-time defending series champion holds a two-point lead over Tyler Reddick , who won at Daytona in the season opener. Jones is in third place in the standings and just six points back of Crafton, while Crafton's ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter is fourth in the standings and 16 points back of Crafton. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is set for 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. The fourth race of the season, the Toyota Tundra 250 , will be on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET with TV coverage on FS1 as well. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Discover little-known facts, learn offseason plans for six NCWTS drivers Photo credit: Ivan Veldhuizen/NASCAR Illustrated This month, we found out more about six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors and what they planned to do in the offseason. 1) Norm Benning (63) From Level Green, Pennsylvania, 20 miles east of Pittsburgh. "Nobody has ever heard of it, so I just say I'm from Pittsburgh." Worked as corporate pilot. "I've been flying since I was in my 20s. I never flew commercial but I did get an offer from United." Races on a shoestring budget. "It's actually embarrassing. I can't buy the tires I need to compete." Offseason plans: "I'll get some flying in and I'd like to go snow skiing. When I get done with that, I'm going to reorganize the race shop." 2) Johnny Sauter (36) From tiny Necedah, Wisconsin. Recently moved from North Carolina to Madison. "I had enough of the unbearable hot summer months." One of 12 children. "I'm No. 10. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world." Father Jim, who died Nov. 1, 2014, was a respected racer. Would Jim give Johnny a break on the track? "I don't think it’s in our [blood] to let somebody have a free pass." Offseason plans: "I look forward to doing the things I used to do when I was a kid — snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing." 3) Joey Coulter (24) From Miami Springs, Florida — family full of Dolphins fans. "My mom has gone to every home game since 1972." Business major at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "I changed majors from engineering. It was hard to balance racing with studying to become an engineer." Will marry fellow racer/UNCC grad Jessica Green during offseason. "We met while we were racing in Florida." Longtime scuba diver. "I went diving in the Florida Keys right after the last race of the season. It's what I grew up doing before I even thought about racing." MORE: Coulter transitions to new role with GMS Racing 4) Timothy Peters (34) Won track championships at Orange County (North Carolina) Speedway in 2003 and edged Denny Hamlin for title at South Boston (Virginia) in 2004. "Hard work pays off. Winning one championship is hard enough, so to win multiple is something to hold your head high about." Enjoys fishing. "When I get the chance, I like to fish — bluegill and crappie mostly." Offseason plans: "Spending time with my wife Sara and my son Brantley. I love being around my family, so I try to spend as much time with them as possible." 5) Matt Crafton (38) From Tulare, California, home of two-time decathlon gold medalist Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952). Raced go-karts and late models against Cup champ Kevin Harvick . "He was a year older and I raced with him some." Favorite hobby is tearing up the sand dunes. "I went soon after the season ended and try to do it three or four times a year." First driver to win two straight Truck Series titles. "It's definitely a feather in the cap." Offseason plans: "Going out to the desert and hanging out with friends." 6) Jennifer Jo Cobb (41) From Kansas City, Kansas. "No matter the day, you can always find something to do." Former instructor at Petty driving school. "Twelve hours a day in the car kept me in shape." Has pet rabbit. "I named him Chanel — he's really soft and luxurious — and then found out he was a boy and changed it to Chanelo." Engaged to engineer/crew chief Eddie Troconis. "A potential wedding date is 10-10-2015 — which is cool, 10 being my truck number." Founded Driven2Honor to honor women in the military. "I've met some incredible women since starting the program." SUBSCRIBE NOW!
No. 17 of Timothy Peters, No. 6 of Norm Benning hit with penalties
Find out which drivers are piloting each car for full-time teams Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Vote: Ultimate Daytona Challenge RELATED: Full-time driver trackers for Sprint Cup Series " XFINITY Series Car # Driver Manufacturer Team/Owner 02 Tyler Young Chevrolet Young's Motorsports 05 John Wes Townley Chevrolet Athenian Motorsports 07 Ray Black Jr. Chevrolet SS Green Light Racing 1 Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 4 Erik Jones Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 6 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 8 John Hunter Nemechek/ Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Chevrolet/RAM/Ford Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing 11 Ben Kennedy Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 Cameron Hayley Toyota ThorSport Racing 14 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 15 Mason Mingus Chevrolet Billy Boat Motorsports 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Red Horse Racing 19 Tyler Reddick Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 23 Spencer Gallagher Chevrolet GMS Racing 29 Brad Keselowski/Joey Logano/Austin Theriault/Ryan Blaney Ford Brad Keselowski Racing 31 James Buescher/Other drivers Chevrolet NTS Motorsports 33 Brandon Jones/ Ty Dillon/Austin Dillon Chevrolet GMS Racing 50 Cody Ware Chevrolet MAKE Motorsports 51 Kyle Busch/Daniel Suarez/Matt Tifft Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 54 Justin Boston Toyota Kyle Busch Motorsports 88 Matt Crafton Toyota ThorSport Racing 94 Travis Kvapil/ Wendell Chavous Chevrolet Premium Motorsports 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota ThorSport Racing 99 Bryan Silas Chevrolet T3R2 Text goes here
Veteran holds off Malsam, Gallagher for first win of 2014 season RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings TALLADEGA, Ala.—Holding off all challengers in a race that went four-wide on the final two laps, Timothy Peters won the fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway . Peters arrived at the finish line .143 seconds ahead of second-place starter and finisher Tayler Malsam . Spencer Gallagher ran third, followed by Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney , who trimmed 14th-place finisher Matt Crafton ’s lead in the series standings to 16 points with four races left in the season. The victory was Peters' first of the season, his first at Talladega and the eighth of his career. After ducking onto the apron to ensure a strong flow to the fuel pickup in his No. 17 Toyota, Peters, who had charged forward from the 26th starting position, led the field to a green-white-checkered-flag finish on Lap 94 of 95, after Norm Benning 's spin in Turn 2 slowed the field for the sixth time. With a strong push from Malsam, Peters hugged the inside line into Turn 1 with Ryan Blaney to his outside. As the field spread out over the final two laps to three-wide and even four-wide, Peters doggedly held the lead and took the checkered flag with Malsam in his tow. "Chris Lambert, who spots for me, did a great job from the time the green flag fell till the checkered flag waved," Peters said. "It was system overload, telling me everything, how far apart they were in front of me, how close the guy behind me was, what run was coming on the outside coming to the checkered flag… "We were making our Toyota Tundra as wide as we could (on the final two laps), and so it feels really good to come across the start/finish line and kind of wipe missing the Daytona/Talladega sweep by (16) hundredths of a second (Peters finished second at Daytona by that margin earlier this year). "It just felt really good to go to Victory Lane." On the final restart, Blaney got a push from sixth-place finisher Erik Jones and thought he was in position for the win but acknowledged he didn't expect a third line to develop to his outside as quickly as it did. "I thought we were in the perfect spot, leading the outside line into Turn 2," Blaney said. But the side draft from the outside line separated Jones from Blaney and broke their momentum, dropping them out of contention for the win. A rare engine failure torpedoed Johnny Sauter 's championship hopes. Sauter's Toyota slowed on Lap 24 and coasted onto pit road. His resulting 31st-place finish left him fourth in the standings, 36 points behind Crafton, his ThorSport Racing teammate. "Whatever… the championship's over," a disconsolate Sauter said in the garage as his team worked on his Tundra. "From here on out, we can just race like hell." At a track legendary for wild action, Ben Kennedy sustained the hardest hit on Lap 65, when Joe Nemechek lost control of his truck and knocked Kennedy's Chevrolet into the outside wall. Nemechek's first concern was for Kennedy's safety. After learning he had walked away from the wreck, Nemechek radioed, "Put all of the blame for that one right square on my shoulders," indicating his Toyota had been sucked around in turbulent air. Note: Daniel Suarez finished 15th in his NCWTS debut. On Sunday, he races in his native Mexico in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule