Truck Race Preview: Talladega

Talladega

The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs concludes the Round of 8 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway with the Fred’s 250.

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Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Saturday's Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola.

Radio: MRN, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 250.04 miles (94 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 20), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 40), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 94)

Races: 11
Pole Winners: 11
Youngest Pole Winner: Cole Custer (10/22/2016 - 18 years, 8 months, 29 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (10/30/2010 - 52 years, 4 months, 10 days)
Race Winners: 8
Youngest Race Winner: Parker Kligerman (10/6/2012 - 22 years, 1 months, 28 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Mike Wallace (10/22/2011) - 52 years, 7 months, 12 days)
Races Won from Pole: 3
Race Record: Todd Bodine - 145.513 mph (10/4/2008)
Qualifying Record: Tyler Reddick - 186.827 mph (10/18/2014)

Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 36 - 8 Times (10/18/2014) 32 - 2 Times (10/22/2016)
Lead Changes: 15 29 (10/19/2013) 12 - 2 Times (10/6/2007)
Leaders: 9 13 - 2 Times (10/19/2013) 8 - 3 Times (10/30/2010)
Cautions: 7 7 - 6 Times (10/22/2016) 4 (10/4/2008)
Caution Laps: 33 33 (10/22/2016) 17 (10/4/2008)
Lead Lap Finish: 18 25 (10/7/2006) 15 (10/30/2010)
Running at the Finish: 20 26 - 4 Times (10/24/2015) 19 (10/31/2009)
Laps Led (Winner): 45 54 (10/22/2011) 2 (10/6/2012)
Margin of Victory: 0.107 0.143 (10/18/2014) .002 (10/30/2010)


Following an off-week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will close out the Round of 8 at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday with the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.

 

2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Grant Enfinger is the defending race winner, while 2017 Playoffs contenders Christopher Bell (sixth) and Johnny Sauter (seventh) both finished inside the top-10.

 

2017 NASCAR Playoffs Leaderboard Update

Following the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs race in the Round of 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, below is an updated Playoffs leaderboard heading into the elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway:

 

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Playoff Points

Pts from Cutoff

1

Christopher Bell

2152

1

47

-

2

Ben Rhodes

2105

1

13

-

3

Matt Crafton

2101

-

14

-

4

Johnny Sauter

2098

-

25

-

5

Chase Briscoe

2084

-

10

-

6

Austin Cindric

2082

-

7

-

7

Kaz Grala

2074

-

5

8

8

JH Nemechek

2068

-

14

14

 

Playoff Bubble Drivers At Talladega

As the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff field gears for its first elimination race of the post-season at Talladega Superspeedway, below is an outlook of how the bubble drivers have performed this season and at the superspeedway if they’ve registered a start:

 

Chase Briscoe: The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender and Brad Keselowski Racing driver currently sits 10 points above the cutoff line. Briscoe has been on a tear all season – finishing top-25 or better in every race this year. He’s coming off a third-place finish at Las Vegas and has never made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega.

 

Austin Cindric: Also a Brad Keselowski Racing driver and a Sunoco Rookie, Austin Cindric sits eight points above the cutoff line heading into Talladega. Cindric has been stout during his Playoffs run as he has finishes of eighth (New Hampshire) and fourth (Las Vegas). He has one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega – he finished 20th in this race a year ago in the No. 2 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford.

 

Kaz Grala: Having a strong Sunoco Rookie season for GMS Racing, Kaz Grala sits eight points below the Round of 8 Playoffs bubble. Grala has finished top-10 or better in four consecutive races and will need a strong finish, plus some help, to stay in the 2017 Playoffs. Grala will be making his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega this weekend.

 

John Hunter Nemechek: Due to mechanical trouble in the opening race of the Round of 8, John Hunter Nemechek is 14 points below the cutoff line heading into Talladega. He will need some help to get in the Round of 6 on points if he doesn’t win the race. Nemechek has two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Talladega. He finished 32nd there last year due to an engine issue and 11th there in 2015.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Clinch Scenarios At Talladega

  • Matt Crafton (0 Wins, 2101 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 37 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 29 points.  He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Johnny Sauter (0 Wins, 2098 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 40 points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 32 Points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Chase Briscoe (0 Wins, 2084 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 54 Points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 46 Points. He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Austin Cindric (0 Wins, 2082 Points): can clinch this weekend on points with 55 Points and a new winner.  If there is a repeat winner, they would clinch on points with 48 Points.  He can also clinch with a win this weekend.
  • Kaz Grala (0 Wins, 2074 Points): He can clinch with a win this weekend and could clinch on points with help.
  • John H Nemechek (0 Wins, 2068 Points): He can clinch with a win this weekend and could clinch on points with help.

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