Hattori Still on Top

They may have a different driver behind the wheel, but when final practice ended at Daytona on Thursday, Hattori Racing Enterprises were right where they ended 2018: 1st. Due to sponsorship struggles, 2018 champion Brett Moffit left the #16 Toyota Tundra and moved over to GMS Racing. Filling the big shoes is Austin Hill, who finished 11th in points in his first full Truck season in 2018. It’s way too early to know for sure how the 24 year old will fare with the defending champion race team, but topping the speed charts in just the 2nd practice together is sure to be a confidence boost.

Christian Eckes enters the weekend looking for his 4th Top-10 finish in 5 tries in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The 3-time ARCA Menards Series winner finished 3rd last weekend in ARCA competition, leading the first 9 laps of the race at Daytona. He joins Kyle Busch Motorsports for a part-time Truck Series schedule in 2019 while running for an ARCA championship with Venturini Motorsports. He was 2nd fastest in final practice.

Finishing 2nd in last weekend’s ARCA race at Daytona was Todd Gilliland, and he was 3rd fastest in final Truck practice. 2019 will be Gilliland’s first full-time season in the Truck Series. He ran all but 4 races in 2018, but that was due to his age as you need to be over 18 years old to race at certain tracks. Despite missing those 4 races, the KBM star finished 10th in the final point standings, just 2 spots out of the playoffs.

The winner of the ARCA race at Daytona did not show speed in final practice. He almost didn’t show up in final practice at all. Harrison Burton felt a vibration at the end of the first practice and the team was able to diagnose it as an engine issue. They spent nearly the entire final practice session changing the engine of the #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. When they were finally able to get Burton on the track, the Toyota did not sound to have a healthy engine and it resulted in posting the 2nd slowest speed.

Todd Gilliland’s father, David, was 4th fastest in practice while Rookie of the Year contender Gus Dean was 5th fastest.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series qualifies at 4:40pm ET on Friday, and races at 7:30pm in the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona.

Full Practice Speeds:
(i) – ineligible for series points

116Austin HillToyota46.646192.943
251Christian EckesToyota46.647192.938
34Todd GillilandToyota46.656192.901
417David GillilandToyota46.666192.860
512Gus DeanChevy46.885191.959
602Tyler DippelChevy47.389189.917
76Norm BenningChevy47.617189.008
887Joe NemechekChevy47.635188.937
947Chris FontaineToyota47.839188.131
1082Spencer DavisFord47.864188.033
118Angela RuchChevy47.941187.731
1244Timothy PetersChevy48.049187.309
1322Austin Wayne SelfChevy48.075187.207
1404Cory RoperFord48.121187.029
152Sheldon CreedChevy48.122187.025
1627Myatt SniderFord48.143186.943
1749Ray CiccarelliChevy48.272186.443
1810Jennifer Jo CobbChevy48.332186.212
1928Bryan DauzatChevy48.469185.686
2054Natalie DeckerToyota48.625185.090
2145Ross Chastain (i)Chevy48.742184.646
2298Grant EnfingerFord48.947183.872
2324Brett MoffittChevy48.955183.842
2499Ben RhodesFord48.995183.692
2552Stewart FriesenChevy49.101183.296
2668Clay GreenfieldChevy49.157183.087
2713Johnny SauterFord49.348182.378
2892Austin TheriaultFord49.383182.249
2963Bobby GerhartChevy49.418182.120
3088Matt CraftonFord49.567181.572
3120Spencer BoydChevy49.769180.835
3230Brennan PooleToyota49.888180.404
3342Robby Lyons IIChevy49.888180.404
343Jordan AndersonChevy49.973180.097
357Korbin ForristerToyota50.036179.870
369Codie RohrbaughChevy50.407178.547
3734Jason WhiteChevy51.063176.253
3818Harrison BurtonToyota51.726173.994
3933Josh ReaumeChevy51.868173.517

Author: Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (@TomBaileyScoop) grew up in the backyard of Chicagoland Speedway, making a passion for all motorsports inevitable. Tom is entering his first full year of racing coverage in 2020 as the owner and founder of InfieldScoop.com. You can contact him at [email protected]

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