Wallace leads first practice for Kroger 250

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back in action this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after a stretch of five weeks off. Darrell Wallace Jr wasted no time showing how strong he is at Martinsville.

Wallace, who won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the half-mile paperclip last fall, was fastest in first practice with a lap of 96.662 mph in his No. 54 Toyota  #1 for Everyone Sales Event Toyota Tundra.

Wallace was followed by Ryan Blaney in the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford. Blaney posted a fast lap of 96.288 mph, only .176 seconds behind Wallace. Timothy Peters, Erik Jones and Ben Kennedy rounded out the top-five.

Three rookie drivers making their debut this weekend in the Kroger 250 also made an impressive showing. Cole Custer was ninth fastest in the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet with a lap of 95.762 mph. Gray Gaulding ended the session in 11th driving the No. 20 Gemini Southern/Krispy Kreme Chevrolet posting a lap of 95.636 mph. Gaulding was followed closely by Ben Rhodes in the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet. Rhodes finished the session in 12th with a fast lap of 95.405 mph.

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The NASCAR Camping World Trucks will have one final practice Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. local time.

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