Anthony Alfredo, the young rookie making just his 7th career start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, topped the practice charts following the second of three scheduled practices on Thursday. He was followed by defending winner Brett Moffitt and current championship point leader Grant Enfinger.
If you could win a practice, Kyle Busch Motorsports did that in the first practice of the day. The 2nd practice, however, wasn’t as spectacular. The fastest of the three KBM trucks was Todd Gilliland, who was 9th fastest, while teammate Harrison Burton fell down to 18th fastest, out of only 27 participating trucks.
However, the potential reason for that drop could be explained in a simple tweet from owner Kyle Busch.
Only @KBMteam trucks made mock runs. No one else did. If the finish looks like this…
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) June 27, 2019
It’s very possible, then, that KBM used the 2nd practice for race set-up practice while the other trucks in the field spent time on mock-qualifying runs.
Rounding out the Top-5 in practice was Sheldon Creed, who crashed out and finished 2nd in his two ARCA races at Chicago, and Dylan Lupton. Lupton is making his 3rd career Truck Series start this weekend and his first since 2016. This is also Lupton’s first NASCAR race since JGL Racing closed up shop in 2018 due to the owner’s health issues and a lack of sponsorship.
– DGR Crosley is, for once, outnumbering the Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Toyotas bringing 4 to Chicago compared to KBM’s 3.
– There are 2 past Chicagoland winners in the Truck Series field; Brett Moffitt and Johnny Sauter.
– A Ford Truck has never won at Chicagoland Speedway. ThorSport Racing looks to change that. All four of their drivers have had Top-5 runs at Chicago. Sauter has a win, but it came with GMS Racing in 2017.
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