Mike Skeen leads second practice at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Mike Skeen would continue his quick ways, leading the second practice with a lap of 81.449 seconds. The lap is 1.346 seconds quicker than his quick time from the session before lunch. This weekend marks the CWTS debut for the World Challenge Series driver.

“I’m excited to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Sharp-Gallaher Racing,” Skeen said coming into the weekend. “SGR puts strong trucks on the track and I feel that with my road-course experience, we’ll be able to put the No. 6 Hawk Performance Chevrolet in contention for the win.”

The driver of the No. 6 Hawk Performance Chevrolet Silverado has experience at CTMP in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Series as he has claimed the pole position and won the last four consecutive races for the series at CTMP.

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German Quiroga was once again second quickest, laying down a lap of 81.787 seconds, 0.338 seconds slower than Skeen.

Series rookie Ryan Blaney was third quickest, 0.736 seconds off of Skeen’s quick time. Blaney got some road course laps under his belt prior to the weekend as he ran the ARCA race at Road America, finishing fifth.

“I can’t wait to get on the road course and see what we’ve got,” Blaney said coming into the weekend. “I know we’ll be fast. This team has been on a tear of late. I’m confident our Cooper Standard team will have a shot at winning Sunday afternoon which will put us right back in the championship hunt.”

Miguel Paludo was fourth quickest, followed by Ty Dillon. Dillon ran the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race in May, finishing seventh. He also run the NCATS race this weekend for Fitzpatrick Motorsports once again.

“I’m excited to race the trucks on a road course,” Dillon said. “I’ve raced at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park earlier this season in the (NASCAR) Canadian Tire Series. It was a lot of fun, and I really learned how to get around there in a car. I think it’ll help having that extra experience for this weekend’s race.”

Chase Elliott and Joey Coulter, who both have road course experience virtue of the ARCA Series, were sixth and seventh respectively. Road course ace Max Papis was eighth, followed by James Buescher and Johnny Sauter.

Points leader Matt Crafton was 16th at the end of the second session.

There was one incident during the session when John Wes Townley backed his truck into the tire barriers. He will be going to a back-up.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will have two more practice sessions tomorrow before qualifying. They will then run the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Sunday at 2pm EST.

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