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Official Race Report
Race Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Friday, October 5th
Saturday, October 6th
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
Pre-race Host: Krista Voda
Thursday, October 4th
10:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
10:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSE
7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, October 5th
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM [10:30AM - 12:30PM EASTERN] NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
2:15 PM 3:00 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
4:10 PM [5:10 PM EASTERN] NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, October 6th
9:00 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM 1:30 PM NCWTS MINORS ADMITTED INTO GARAGE AREA WITH PROPER CREDENTIALS
10:30 AM NCWTS SPOTTERS MEETING( GARAGE)
11:00 AM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
2:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY CLEAR PIT ROAD
3:00 PM [4:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS RACE (94 LAPS, 250.04 MILES)
3:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times are listed in Local / Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated and are tentative, subject to change.
Talladega Official Race Report page (pdf) (10-8-2012)
Kligerman wins at Talladega: Parker Kligerman, driving the #7 TOYOTA/Red Horse Racing Toyota, took the checkers for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway to pick up his first series win. #13-Johnny Sauter pushed Kligerman to the lead on the white-flag lap, and Kligerman held the top spot when a massive wreck on the backstretch forced NASCAR to throw the yellow before Kligerman reached the finish line. A new series record was set as Kligerman became the eighth first-time winner in 2012. Congratulations also go out to Red Horse Racing as they celebrate their 300th series start with a win. #13-Johnny Sauter finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, #17-Timothy Peters, #29-Ryan Blaney, #18-Kurt Busch, #51-German Quiroga, #2-Tim George Jr., #33-Cale Gale. There were 19 lead changes among 13 drivers with 7 caution flags for 26 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Talladega Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(10-6-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts
7th Annual fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola
Race Winner: Parker Kligerman
Team: No. 7 - TOYOTA / Red Horse Racing Toyota
Owner: Tom DeLoach
Crew Chief: Chad Kendrick
*Parker Kligerman won the 7th Annual fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, his first victory in 44 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2012.
*This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Talladega Superspeedway.
*Johnny Sauter (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2012.
*James Buescher (third) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway.
*Ty Dillon (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
*Ty Dillon leads the point standings by 1 point over James Buescher.
*Kligerman restarted 19th on Lap 80 following the fifth caution and made it to third by Lap 81. This win today is Parker Kligerman's first NASCAR national series victory.(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, October 06, 2012 @ 06:44 PM Eastern)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Johnny Sauter, #13 19 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Ty Dillon, #3 177.291 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #3
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Parker Kligerman, #7
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3(NASCAR Statistics)(10-6-2012)
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and finish)
Caution 1: #57-Norm Benning, 15th
Caution 2: #93-Chris Jones, 21st
Caution 3: #81-David Starr, 22nd
Caution 4: #81-David Starr, 22nd
Caution 5 #99-Bryan Silas, 12th
Caution 6: #09-John Wes Townley, 25th
Caution 7: No Benefactor
Driver Point Standings following Race #18 at Talladega Superspeedway:
1) #3-Ty Dillon, 679
2) James Buescher, 678 -1
3) #17-Timothy Peters, 653 -26
4) #7-Parker Kligerman, 645 -34
5) #22-Joey Coulter, 629 -50
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 623 -56
7) #6-Justin Lofton, 593 -86
8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 584 -95
9) #13-Johnny Sauter, 542 -137
10) #32-Miguel Paludo, 539 -140
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Talladega Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(10-6-2012)
Dillon wins Talladega pole: Ty Dillon, driving the #3-Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boat Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 177.291 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway. This is his third series pole. #23-Jason White was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #5-Aric Amirola, #33-Cale Gale, #18-Kurt Busch, #11-Todd Bodine, #17-Timothy Peters, #7-Parker Kligerman, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr. Did not qualify: #28-Wes Burton. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Talladega Lineup (pdf)(10-5-2012)
Post-Qualifying Fast Facts
7th Annual fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Ty Dillon
Team: No. 3 - Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet
Owner: Richard Childress
Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond, II
*Ty Dillon won the Pole Award for the 7th Annual fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola with a lap of 54.013 seconds, 177.291 mph.
*This is his third pole in 21 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his third pole and 15th top-10 start in 2012.
*Dillon posted his first pole in his first start at Talladega Superspeedway.
*Jason White (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his third in six races at Talladega Superspeedway.
*James Buescher (third) posted his third top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his 13th in 18 races this season
*Ty Dillon (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, October 05, 2012 @ 06:44 PM Eastern)
Kurt Busch leads Talladega practice: Kurt Busch, driving the #18-Dollar General Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 190.620 mph to lead the lone practice session for the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #88-Matt Crafton, #32-Miguel Paludo, #23-Jason White, #20-Rick Crawford, #08-Ross Chastain, #3-Ty Dillon, #09-John Wes Townley, #13-Johnny Sauter. There were 37 trucks on track for the session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Talladega Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(10-5-2012)
Talladega Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed as entered on the preliminary entry list for the fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Talladega Entry List page.(10-1-2012)
#1-Donnie Neuenberger, 1st 2012 start, driver for the Eagle Convenience Stores Chevrolet for RWR
#2-Tim George Jr. returns as driver of the Applebee's Chevrolet for RCR
#5-Aric Almirola, returns as driver of the TBA Ford for Wauters Motorsports
#18-Kurt Busch, returns as driver of the Dollar General Toyota for KBM
#20-Rick Crawford, driver of the TBA Toyota for Bragg Racing
#27-Cole Whitt, 1st start 2012; driver of the TBA Chevrolet for Hillman Racing
#29-Ryan Blaney, returns to the seat of the Draw-Tite RAM for BKR
#51-Germain Quiroga, 1st start 2012; driver of the Net10 Wireless Toyota for KBM
#68-Clay Greenfield, returns as driver of the Titan Tool RAM for Alger Motorsports
#76-Ryan Hackett, 1st start 2012; driver of the JandRSupply.com Ford for Hackett Racing
#81-David Starr, 1st start since Atlanta, driver of the Zachry Toyota for ArringtonRacing(10-1-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 18 -- Fred's 250
Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) -- Talladega, Ala.
Fast Facts for October 5-7, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Superspeedway Radials
4 sets for the event
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 325
Right-side -- 325
Left-side -- D-4138
Right-side -- D-4412
Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm)
Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Talladega this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in NASCAR's top three series have run at Talladega since the beginning of 2011 . . . NASCAR teams have also run this same tire set-up at Daytona over the last two seasons . . . this left-side tire code (D-4138) has been run by Sprint Cup teams at Talladega since 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(10-3-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Proves Decisive In Minting The Champion
Talladega Superspeedway has been part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in six previous seasons. And with the schedule winding down -- five races remain -- the fred's 250 Powered by Coca--Cola is the"wild card" in the championship deck. And, to a degree, the decisive race in the championship.
The post--Talladega points leader has gone on to win the title in five of six seasons. James Buescher cut Austin Dillon's lead to three points a year ago as the pair both finished among the top 10. But Dillon led the rest of the way to the Homestead finale with three consecutive top--10 finishes. Conversely, Todd Bodine finished 18th in 2010 and still won the title. So did Ron Hornaday Jr. with a placing of 17th the previous year.
Could this year be different? Perhaps. Leaders Ty Dillon and Buescher are separated by a single point, matching the Johnny Benson--Hornaday spread entering 'Dega in 2008. Just once since the first weekend of August has the points lead been greater than eight points. Dillon and Buescher have a bit of breathing room. Their closest rivals, Timothy Peters, Joey Coulter and Parker Kligerman, have significant deficits to overcome. Peters trails Dillon by 24 points. Coulter and Kligerman are nearly a full race behind.
Still -- it's Talladega, where anything can happen and frequently does.
Experience Isn't Only Key To 'Dega Victory
There's a single constant among the list of previous Talladega Superspeedway winners: Experience.
Todd Bodine remains the only series full--time winner with victories (2007--08). But Bodine, along with winners Mark Martin, Kyle Busch and Mike Wallace, count more than 3,000 NASCAR national series starts. Bodine isn't so sure experience is the only factor -- perhaps reflecting on then--Red Horse Racing teammate John King, who won his first Daytona start earlier this year."Understanding the draft and the subtle nuances of it gives you an advantage but the racing now is so different from what we used to do," said Bodine."So I don't think the advantage is that great." Being in the right place at the right time with the right partner is, according to the two--time series champion. "You have to be smart, and the main thing is you have to have fast trucks [to draft] to be able to put yourself in the position at the end of the race to capitalize on it," he said.
Gale Ready To Win Again In Home State Competition
Sweet home Alabama, indeed. Cale Gale hopes to double down in his home state having already won ARCA's first visit to Mobile International Speedway in the spring. Gale, who drives the #33 Chevrolet for Eddie Sharp Racing, has made a single series start at Talladega finishing 22nd in 2007.
The 27--year--old Mobile native finished seventh on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ranks second in Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. He counts a pair of fifth--place finishes, at Iowa and Dover, plus a Keystone Light Pole at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Series veteran Rick Crawford, promoter of Mobile International Raceway, also has entered the fred's 250 Powered by Coca--Cola. A five--time NCWTS winner, Crawford finished second in Talladega's 2007 race.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(10-2-2012)