NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Talladega Race Info, Links and News

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TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #19 of 23 for the 2016 season


Race:Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: fred's powered by Coca-Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:22pm/et

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9:00 AM 11:00 AM NCWTS Minors Permitted in the Garage Area*
12:00 PM (1:00 PM) NCWTS RACE (94 LAPS, 250.04 MILES)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series


  • Enfinger wins Truck Series Race at Talladega: Alabama native #24-Grant Enfinger won the fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, holding off a charge from GMS Racing teammate #23-Spencer Gallagher to claim his first career win. #17-Timothy Peters, #98-Rico Abreu, #33-Ben Kennedy, #4-Christopher Bell, #21-Johnny Sauter, #81-Ryan Truex, #11-Matt Tifft, and #9-William Byron closed out the top-10.
    Many of the Chase drivers had issues throughout the race. #8-John Hunter Nemechek finished last after losing an engine on lap 13. #19-Daniel Hemric was involved in multiple on-track incidents and limped his way home to an 11th place finish with a battered race truck. Nemechek and Hemric both failed to advance to the Round of 6 in the Chase.
    #88-Matt Crafton also lost an engine, and other Chase drivers suffered damage during a wreck on lap 61.
    There were 7 cautions for 33 laps and 15 lead changes among 9 leaders.
    The average speed was 119.161mph.
    Complete results are on the Talladega race results page (pdf).

  • Talladega Race Fast Facts:
    Grant Enfinger won the 11th Annual fred's 250, his first victory in 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first top-10 finish in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Spencer Gallagher (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2016.
    Timothy Peters (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Advancing to the Round of 6 (sorted by seed): William Byron, Christopher Bell, Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton, Ben Kennedy and Johnny Sauter.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(10-22-2016)

  • Driver standings following Talladega:
    1) #9-William Byron# [6 wins], 2103
    2) #4-Christopher Bell# [1 win], 2089, -14
    3) #17-Timothy Peters, 2084, -19
    4) #33-Ben Kennedy [1 win], 2084, -19
    Bottom 2 drivers will be eliminated after Phoenix:
    5) #21-Johnny Sauter [1 win], 2078, -25
    6) 5) #88-Matt Crafton [2 wins], 2072, -31
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-22-2016)

  • Owner Standings following Talladega: are posted (pdf).(10-22-2016)

  • Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none
    Caution 2: <#71-Hightower, 30th
    Caution 3: #07-Ware, 21st
    Caution 4: #19-Hemric, 11th
    Caution 5: none
    Caution 6: #2-Cindric, 20th
    Caution 7: #2-Cindric, 20th


  • Pit stall selections(pdf)

  • Custer on pole at Talladega: #00-Cole Custer won the pole for the fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 178.417mph. #24-Grant Enfinger will start second, followed by #23-Spencer Gallagher, #33-Ben Kennedy, #21-Johnny Sauter, #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Cody Coughlin, #9-William Byron, #05-John Wes Townely, and #5-Korbin Forrister.
    #17-Peters was fastest in the first round at 177.936mph.
    Did Not Qualify: #1-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #10-Clay Greenfield, #63-Ryan Ellis, and #75-Parker Kligerman.
    See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(10-22-2016)

  • Talladega Qualifying Notes:
    Cole Custer won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 11th Annual fred's 250 with a lap of 53.672 seconds, 178.417 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his second pole and ninth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in one races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Grant Enfinger (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2016 and his first in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Spencer Gallagher (third) posted his second top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his seventh in 19 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-22-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Forrister fastest in final Truck practice: #5-Korbin Forrister was fastest in final practice for the fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 187.956mph. He was followed by #33-Ben Kennedy, #29-Tyler Reddick, #19-Daniel Hemric, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #11-Matt Tifft, #41-Ben Rhodes, #88-Matt Crafton, #50-Travis Kvapil, and #81-Ryan Truex.31 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Talladega practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-21-2016)

  • Enfinger fastest in first Truck practice: #24-Grant Enfinger was fastest during opening practice at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 186.300mph. #51-Cody Coughlin, #4-Christopher Bell, #88-Matt Crafton, #05-John Wes Townley, #10-Clay Greenfield, #00-Cole Custer, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #11-Matt Tifft, and #17-Timothy Peters followed in the top-10. 34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Talladega practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-21-2016)

  • Truck Series Entry List: There are 38 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. A few notes:
    Austin Cindric is in the #2;
    Korbin Forrister is in the #5;
    Clay Greenfield is in the #10;
    Bobby Gerhart s in the #36;
    Reed Sorenson is in the #49;
    Ryan Ellis is in the #63;
    Parker Kligerman is in the #75;
    The #30 and #71 are TBA.
    UPDATE: Dylan Lupton will be in the #02 in place of Tyler Young;
    UPDATE 2: Brandon Hightower will be in the #71;
    UPDATE 3: The #30 has withdrawn;
    UPDATE 4: Ross Chastain is now in the 66 in place of Jordan Anderson. The #6 withdrew; (10-21-2016)
    See the complete list on the Talladega entry list page.


    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 19 - Fred's 250 Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) - Talladega, Ala. Fast Facts for October 21-23, 2016

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

    Set limits: Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4596; Right-side -- D-4630

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.91 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear - 27 psi; Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Talladega this weekend . . . for Sprint Cup teams at Talladega, this combination of left- and right-side tires dates back to the October 2014 race . . . for Camping World Truck teams at Talladega, they began running this left-side tire code (D-4596) in 2014, and this right-side tire code (D-4630) in 2015 . . . teams in both of these series have also run this left-side tire at Daytona this season . . . this is the only track at which these teams ran this right-side tire this year . . . 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.


    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase Update

    A second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase-eligible driver did not clinch an automatic berth to the Round of 6 in the DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 1 as non-chaser Tyler Reddick took the checkered flag. The highest finishing Chase driver was runner-up Daniel Hemric, who was followed by Ben Kennedy (fourth), William Byron (fifth, clinched berth in Round of 6 with win at New Hampshire), Christopher Bell (sixth), Johnny Sauter (seventh), Matt Crafton (eighth), Timothy Peters (ninth) and John Hunter Nemechek (16th).  

    The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads next to Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 22 for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (1 p.m. ET on FS1) - the Round of 8 cut of race. Byron sits first in the Chase standings and is the only driver who has clinched a spot in the Round of 8. He is trailed by Bell (25 points above Hemric on the cutoff line), Crafton (+24), Kennedy (+18), Peters (+16), Sauter (+15), Hemric (15 points below Sauter on the cutoff line) and Nemechek (-15).

    Talladega Dreamin’

    Here’s a look at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase drivers’ stats at Talladega:

    1.   William Byron - Byron has never made a start at Talladega.

    2.   Christopher Bell - Bell finished 13th in his lone start at Talladega last season.

    3.   Matt Crafton - In 10 starts at Talladega, Crafton claims one top five, three top 10s, a 16.2 average finish and 50 laps led. His best finish at the 2.66-mile behemoth was a fourth-place showing in 2010.

    4.   Ben Kennedy - Kennedy has made two starts at Talladega, finishing 28th (2014) and 25th (2015).

    5.   Timothy Peters - Peters has won the last two races at Talladega. In seven starts there, he boasts two wins, three top fives, four top 10s and an 11.0 average finish.

    6.   Johnny Sauter - In seven starts at Talladega, Sauter owns one win (2013), three top fives, four top 10s and a 15.7 average finish.

    7.   Daniel Hemric - Hemric finished 28th at Talladega in his lone start there last year.

    8.   John Hunter Nemechek - Nemechek finished 11th at Talladega in his lone start there last year.

    Speaker Box: What The Chase Drivers Think Of Talladega

    Talladega Superspeedway can easily ruin a driver’s day, but it can also serve as a land of opportunity. Here’s what the NASCAR Camping World Chase drivers have to say entering the series’ first-ever cutoff race.

     1. William Byron

    ˇ         “I’m just going to try to go as hard as I can. I want to learn more restrictor-plate racing styles and techniques that I wasn’t really able to learn in the beginning of the year since it was my first race. I think we’ll just go with that mindset and hopefully try and get a win and do a good job.”

    2. Christopher Bell

    ˇ         "I'm glad I'm not in (crew chief) Jerry (Baxter’s) position because once the green flag drops on Saturday he's going to have a stressful job. We've sat down and talked about it -- Jerry's asked me what my opinion is, I've asked Jerry what his opinion is, and the best plan that we've figured out is to just go out there and race our race. If we end up getting caught up in a crash while running near the front, more than likely there are going to be other Chase drivers involved. So I don't think we are going to deviate any from if this was any other race, we are just going to go out and do our job and however it plays out, it plays out."

    3. Matt Crafton

    ˇ         The mental aspect (of restrictor-plate racing) is just unbelievable. You try to play out every scenario - trying to put yourself in the right position, which we do every week, but Talladega, and Daytona are just so much worse.

    4. Ben Kennedy

    ˇ         "Talladega has not been my friend the last two years. I was doing well last year but got caught in The Big One toward the end. I'm pretty confident this team will run well though. I saw what GMS was able to do at Daytona, winning the pole and the race, and how they ran at Talladega last year so I know their superspeedway trucks can compete."

    5. Timothy Peters

    ˇ         "I'm ready to get back to a place where the last two years have been really successful for us and with this being the elimination race, we're looking forward to carrying the momentum from previous years. I think we can get our first win of the season and move on to the Round of 6."

    6. Johnny Sauter

    ˇ         "I want to win more, whether it's the Chase or not. A lot of things are out of your control at Talladega so you have to be smart. Despite being in the last transfer spot going in, I feel really good about this. Really comfortable."

    7. Daniel Hemric

    ˇ         “I'm looking forward to going to Talladega Superspeedway, and I know there's a lot on the line for this No. 19 team. I think we learned a lot for our superspeedway package from the third truck we ran in Daytona with Austin Theriault, and hopefully that transfers over to myself, Tyler Reddick and Austin Cindric. Having an extra teammate to work with, especially given our current Chase points situation, definitely won't hurt. We've got to utilize each other to maximize our day and show what we can do together. We have to unload with decent speed and follow the process of everything it takes to get to the front in a superspeedway race from the very first practice, both on the racetrack and on pit road. That's the key to having a solid day."

    8. John Hunter Nemechek

    ˇ         “I’m looking forward to going to Talladega, my third superspeedway race. And in the current position we’re in for points, I’m actually glad we’re going to a superspeedway. Anything can happen. So we just have to go out, execute, not make mistakes, do the best that we can do, run up front and try to win the race. Just try not to get caught up in any of the wrecks and be able to be there at the end when it counts and have a shot at the win.”

     Gragson To Run Full-Time With Kyle Busch Motorsports

    NASCAR Next member Noah Gragson will compete full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2017.

     Gragson, 18, of Las Vegas, Nevada, has six wins the last two seasons in 41 starts across the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West the last two seasons. He also owns 18 top fives and 31 top 10s. This season, Gragson raced full-time in both series, finishing third in the West standings in fifth in the East ranks.

    "It's hard to believe that about four years ago I toured Kyle Busch Motorsports as a young fan and aspiring driver in awe of the massive trophy collection, how immaculate the shop was and getting the chance to meet Darrell Wallace Jr. - now just a short time later I'm going to be competing for them full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series," Gragson said. "The last few years KBM has developed some of the best young talent in all of NASCAR and I know that I'm going to be stepping into fast Toyota Tundras that are capable of running up front, competing for wins and that if I'm able to do my part that I'll be able to add to the trophy cases I gazed into not long ago. As an up-and-coming driver that is all I can ask for as I try to continue my climb up the racing ladder with the ultimate goal of one day following in Kyle's path from Las Vegas to the Cup Series.”


Next Race: NextEra Energy Resources 250

Countdown to the race: 02/24/2017 ~ 7:30 PM ET

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