Gale, Wallace Jr. Lead NCWTS UNOH 225 Practice Sessions
SPARTA, Ky. - Cale Gale, of Mobile. Ala., turned a lap of 174.961 mph (30.864 seconds) in his No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsports machine to lead the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) final practice for tonight's UNOH 225 race.
Gale, who is making his first run in the truck series this season, turned laps quicker than Matt Crafton's 173.228 mph (31.162 seconds) pole-winning qualifying speed for last year's UNOH 225.
Gale's last NCWTS race appearance came at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, a race he won.
"I'm a little bit rusty. This is my first opportunity to run in the truck series, but the last one we run in 8 months ago we won, so we'll see," Gale said.
Timothy Peters was second on the chart with a 174.509 mph (30.944 seconds) lap, Jeb Burton was third with a 174.486 mph (30.948 seconds) circuit, German Quiroga was fourth with a 174.020 mph (31.031 seconds) lap and John Wes Townsley rounded out the top five with a 173.745 mph (31.080 seconds) effort.
Peters currently sits 11th in the series points standings. After starting seventh, he placed fifth at the first NCWTS event at Kentucky Speedway last June.
Burton, son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Jeff Burton, currently sits second in the series points race just 23 points behind Matt Crafton. Burton has claimed three pole positions so far this season, and he claimed his first series victory June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rookie Darrell Wallace, who had been quickest in the morning practice session with a 174.065 mph (30.927 seconds), was seventh quickest in the afternoon. He visited Kentucky Speedway's quarter-mile track for Bandolero and Legends racing two years ago, but will make his debut on the 1.5-mile tri-oval tonight.
"The track is different in its own little way. Through every corner there's a bump somewhere. You've got to move around to figure out where your truck is handling. There's flat corners and you kind of ramp up coming off the exit of four. It's cool. It's different.
"It's going to be a fun race for sure. Our truck is pretty good. I'm happy with it," Wallace said.
Gale said the cooler morning temperatures may have provided a good simulation for tonight's predicted cool race conditions.
"It heated up a little bit there in the second practice and our truck isn't too bad. I mocked it up there and had some speed, but we need a little better race transmission, so it looks like it's going to have some speed, so that might give us a decent starting spot. We'll see what happens."
Austin Dillon set NCWTS track qualifying record when he turned a 179.868 mph lap (30.022 seconds) in 2011.
Tonight's UNOH 225 launches weekend triplheader racing journeys for Kentucky Speedway's two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, along with Scott Riggs, a 2001 NCWTS track winner.
Keselowski wheeled his Ford F-150 around the unique track and posted the ninth-quickest lap in the second practice session at 173.500 mph (31.124 seconds) lap. Busch was 16th in the final session with a 172.761 mph (31.257 seconds) lap and Riggs was 27th on the final chart with a 168.292 mph (32.087 seconds).
Tickets for tonight's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race remain and are available at the gates up to race time.