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Grant Enfinger Finishes Fourth at Talladega Superspeedway 
 
"Overall, I think we got about as much out of our Champion Power Equipment Tundra as we could. We made a lot of improvements since practice and we had a truck today to contend for the win, but we weren't the best truck and just needed a little help there at the end. It was fun racing with those guys today. We had a good run, just not what we came here to do. Fortunate to bring a truck home in one piece, and extremely fortunate Cody (Coughlin, teammate) is alright, that looked pretty vicious there in the mirror. Just thankful to ThorSport Racing and all my guys for bringing such a good truck here today and for the opportunity to come here and race."
Team Information:
Started: 11th
Finished: 9th
Laps: 95/95
Laps Led: 0
Status: Running
Driver Points: 3rd
Owner Points: 3rd
 
Matt Crafton Advances To The Round of 6 Following A Top-10 Finish At Talladega
 
"We were strong all day - ran inside the top 10, top five, most of the afternoon. Unfortunately, we were just at the wrong place, at the wrong time today and got caught-up in someone else's mess. After the damage we just tried to make the best of our day. We were lucky enough to bring home a top-10 finish, and make it into the Round of 6. I'm looking forward to the tracks in this Round." 
Team Information:
Started: 10th
Finished: 23rd
Laps: 70/94
Laps Led: 0
Status: Accident
Driver Points: 4th
Owner Points: 10th
 
Ben Rhodes Advances To The Round of 6 Despite a 23rd-Place Finish at Talladega
 
"Good thing we won at Vegas. Our Safelite Tundra had speed all day, we just never were able to make it up front - we were trying to play it safe for a while. I knew it would be too hard to get up front, to get the stage points we needed, but people were just driving really sporadic today, not staying in their lanes. Just side drafting in the tri-oval when they shouldn't, and side drafting in and out of the corners. Just not smart racing in my opinion, and a lot of times that causes the line to checkup. Unfortunately, I got into the back of a couple people today, from the line checking up so quickly - just that accordion effect - and finally somebody side-drafted the guy in front of me in the tri-oval, and got them loose, and just wrecked in front of us. Just need to be a little smarter racing out here at Talladega. I tried to do my best today, we just weren't able to get up front due to circumstances."
 
Team Information:
Started: 18th
Finished: 25th
Laps: 70/94
Laps Led: 9
Status: Accident
Driver Points: 13th
Owner Points: 14th 
 
Cody Coughlin Leads Laps But Gets Caught-Up In The "Big One" At Talladega
 
"I had a lot of fun running up front, and leading laps. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the end to get the finish we deserved. I think we had a shot at the win. It was a big hit, but thankfully the good Lord kept me safe and I'm okay. We'll head to Martinsville and try to get after it there." 
 
Thorsport PR

With most of the focus on the Camping World Truck Series playoff picture, Spencer Boyd patiently managed the Talladgea draft to finish 13th, a career high. Boyd has spent the latter part of the season running in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for SS Green Light Racing in the No. 07, but had an opportunity to run his 3rd Truck race this year in DJ Copp’s No. 83.

“We had a conservative approach to this race," Boyd said.  "At this point in the season it is all about the playoffs, but for me it was about getting more experience.  Copp Motorsports prepared a truck that was good in the outside lane for us and we were able to stick to our strategy.  I’m super thankful for the opportunity that DJ gave me.”

Boyd would qualify 27th for fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola with 94 laps in front of him around the 2.66 mile track.  It would only be 5 laps into the event though when there would be playoff implications with the No. 29 of Chase Briscoe being black flagged for an engine issue.  As Stage One neared the end, the first caution of the race came out when the No. 47 of Fontaine and the No. 33 of Grala got together when trucks in front of them checked up.  Johnny Sauter would take the Stage One win under yellow as Boyd was in 25th and the free pass position.

The No. 83 crew would put on four Goodyears and take a round out of the rear of the truck under yellow and Boyd would restart Stage Two in 23rd.  The next 20 laps would be uneventful with Johnny Sauter again winning the stage and Boyd moving up one spot to 22nd.

The third and final stage would not be so uneventful.  The third caution of the day involving Crafton, Nemechek, Rhodes, and Greenfield allowed Spencer to again be the recipient of the free pass.  After taking right side tires and filling up with Sunoco race fuel, the No. 83 Grunt Style Silverado would be in 15th position with 35 laps to go.  In the subsequent laps, Spencer would duck to the inside lane and take advantage of some green flags stops to race up to 6th while narrowly missing the big one that brought out the fourth yellow flag of the day.

In the closing laps of the race Spencer was as high as 4th and in the lead pack looking at 2 laps to go in overtime.  As the pack came to the white flag, the No. 18 of Noah Gragson went high, squeezing Justin Haley and Johnny Sauter causing a chain reaction of accidents.  Spencer was caught up in it despite ducking below the double yellow line, as the No. 63 of Bobby Gerhardt tried to avoid other wrecking trucks slamming into Boyd causing him to spin.

Parker Kligerman was declared the winner with Boyd able to drive his Chevy back to pit road earning a 13th place finish.

“I’m not going to lie, I love this type of racing,” an excited Boyd admitted. “I made some mistakes early in losing the draft, but by the end of the race I could see the air better.  I felt comfortable running toward the front at the end of the race.  Our strategy worked well, but wish we didn’t get caught up in the mess at the end as I like bringing a clean truck home to the shop.  All in all, it was a great weekend with a solid finish for a small team and I got to enjoy a little Talladega Boulevard for the first time!”

The 13th-place finish in Boyd’s third start of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition this season would be his personal best.  His previous best was 17th in his Xfinity debut at Iowa Speedway in 2016.  Boyd will return to SS Green Light Racing next week to race the No. 07 Grunt Style Camaro at Kansas Speedway on October 21, 2017.

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran the Fred's 250 Presented by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 14. It was the final race in the Round of 8, with two drivers being eliminated at the contest's conclusion. The race would be broken into three stages. The first and second stages being 20 laps long. The final stage would consist of 54 laps.

Christopher Bell won the pole less than two hours before the race was scheduled to begin, topping Johnny Sauter by .326 seconds. It is Bell's fourth career pole.

At the drop of the green flag, Bell lead two-by-two files of trucks into turns one and two. Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley shot to the lead down the backstretch, pulling into the bottom lane in front of Bell.

As the beginning laps began to click by, more and more trucks began to drop into the lower lane, making the pack single file with the exception of a handful going double file in the back. Kaz Grala, who had engine trouble during qualifying and had to start at the back of the field, was not making up much ground, mired around 24th.

With 14 to go in stage one, championship contender Chase Briscoe's machine started losing oil. Just behind, Myatt Snider received a windshield full of fluid as Briscoe moved high and faded to the back. Briscoe would head to the garage with his playoff hopes more than likely dashed.

Sauter would continue to lead a mostly single file group of trucks. With seven laps left in the stage, Noah Gragson dove to pit road with a flat left rear tire. Noah has been sick throughout the weekend and Erik Jones was on standby in the No. 18 pit to take the wheel if needed. On this stop, Gragson would remain in the truck. He would lose a lap while in the pits.

Austin Cindric would head down pit road with just a few laps to go. His team deciding to try some pit strategy to gain an advantage on the track. His teammate Chase Briscoe would return to the race at this point. His team discovered a pinched o-ring in one of the valve covers. Briscoe would return 10 laps down to the leader.

Caution flew coming to take the white flag for the end of stage one. Another championship contender, Kaz Grala made hard contact with the outside wall. Cody Coughlin, running ninth, got a little high and out of line coming off turn four. Trying to get back in line, Coughlin came across the nose of Chris Fontaine's machine, causing Fontaine to spin to the inside. In the stack-up behind the incident, Grala has hit from behind by Ryan Truex and spun to the outside, making contact with the wall with the front end of his truck, causing major damage. Grala, who missed round two of qualifying due to an engine problem, would be done for the day. Truex would head in for repairs, losing multiple laps and eventually retiring from the race. Fontaine would pit after avoiding any further contact. Coughlin would continue on to stop during the caution between stages. Ben Rhodes would suffer some rear-end damage in the melee as well. He made repairs during the caution. Spencer Boyd would receive the free pass.

Stage one top ten finishers, in order: Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley, Christopher Bell, Stewart Friesen, Myatt Snider, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, Cody Coughlin, Parker Kligerman. Chris Fontaine received the free pass.

The pit cycle during this caution saw most of the field head in for service. Most drivers did not take tires. Christopher Bell and Myatt Snider did get two fresh tires during their stops. Top five coming off pit road: Sauter, Crafton, Haley, Bell, Vinnie Miller.

Austin Cindric would lead the field back to green at the beginning of stage two. His team's earlier pit strategy appearing to pay off. The drivers stayed in double file formation for the first lap then the front began to stretch out single file, with Sauter again leading Justin Haley past the leader and down into the inside lane.

During the restart, the bed flap on Sauter's truck deployed, even though he was headed in the proper direction. This issue with the flaps had been a problem for a few drivers during qualifying and appeared to be having an affect on several during the race. These safety devices are being used for the first time in today's race. They are meant to keep the trucks from getting airborne if they get turned backwards at high speed.

Just before the pits closed at two laps to go in the stage, a few drivers headed to pit road hoping to gain an advantage through strategy. Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson were a pair of notable drivers trying to use these early stops to their advantage. Both took two tires and fuel.

Johnny Sauter commanded the stage and took the green-and-white checkered flag. John Hunter Nemechek, trying to capitalize on other playoff contenders' issues, clawed through the field to finish the stage in sixth.

Top ten drivers, in order, at the end of stage two: Sauter, Haley, Snider, Cindric, Crafton, Friesen, J.H. Nemechek, Coughlin, Rhodes, Enfinger. Spencer Boyd received the free pass.

The leaders came to pit road during this caution. Most taking four tires and fuel. Myatt Snider's and Grant Enfinger's teams went with two tires and they led the race off pit road. Sauter, Crafton and Haley followed, each having taken four tires. Clay Greenfield used a two tire strategy to jump five spots after his stop.

The final stage of the final race in the Round of 8 began with Christopher Bell and Myatt Snider leading the field to the green flag. Unlike the previous restarts, the drivers stayed lined two-by-two for a few laps. Snider, pushed by Johnny Sauter, eventually cleared Bell and dropped to the inside, taking the lead. This NCWTS race is just the seventh of Snider's career and only his second on a restrictor plate track.

Cody Coughlin and Parker Kligerman pushed the outside lane to the front and they took the lead with 51 to go. Stuart Friesen, who has had a strong weekend at Talladega, took control of the outside lane and pulled even with Coughlin at the front. Friesen would clear and slide down in front of Coughlin, taking himself to the first lead in his NCWTS career. The top 12 fell into single file at this point.

Suddenly, disaster struck just behind the leader. Ben Rhodes clipped the left rear of Clay Greenfield, sending him spinning into the middle of the track. Matt Crafton plowed hard into Greenfield and managed to stay off the outside wall. The spinning Greenfield then trapped John Hunter Nemechek and Regan Smith into the outside wall with more hard contact. Crafton would need to pit to try and repair major front-end damage. Luckily, Matt had locked himself into the Round of 6 with his finishes in the first two stages. Unfortunately for Nemechek, we was still battling to take the next step forward in the playoffs, His team would attempt to repair front-end, rear-end and right side damage and get John Hunter back into the race. At his point, Nemechek and Briscoe would be tied for the final spot in the Round of 6. Greenfield would bring his machine to pit road to try and repair crash damage. Smith would retire from the race.

During the caution period, most of the leaders came to pit road for fuel. They were not inside of their pit window and should not be able to finish without pitting again without saving fuel or having another caution period. Friesen stayed out and in the lead. Kligerman, Sauter and Haley stayed out as well.

The field took the green with 34 laps to go. Friesen still leading and Kligerman trying to get in front as they headed into turn one. He would make the pass with some help from Christopher Bell. Kligerman was in first and Bell in second.

The field would get back to single file. Nemechek and Crafton were both able to reach minimum speed, so their five minute damage clocks would be reset, allowing them to make as many repairs as needed if another caution were to fly. Both were near the rear of the field.

With 32 laps to go, those who did not pit under the previous caution came to pit road for green flag service. Among them were the leader Kligerman, Friesen, Haley and Sauter. All went with fuel only. Friesen's crew had an issue getting the fuel can engaged and he would lose a lap. There was also a concern that he did not get full of fuel before leaving.

Cody Coughlin would inherit the lead with Kligerman and others heading to pit road. He would be followed single file by Enfinger, Bell, Gragson and Snider. Spencer Boyd, who to this point had taken two free passes, would hold down the sixth position.

With 25 laps to go, Clay Greenfield, in his damaged machine, led the outside line back even with the front. Greenfield and Coughlin would go side-by-side for the lead until Enfinger and Bell would be able to slide up into a small window as Greenfield fell back a couple of car lengths. Enfinger would lead Bell past Coughlin and into the top two positions.

Just as Enfinger was taking the lead through the tri-oval, trouble broke loose again, this time immediately behind the top two machines. Rhodes and Greenfield tried to go three wide past Coughlin. Cody lost momentum and backed up quickly. Myatt Snider wiggled a bit trying to check up and caught the right rear of Coughlin's No. 13. Coughlin spun to the outside in front of traffic. He collected Chris Fontaine and Ben Rhodes into the outside wall. Rhodes then spun to the inside and was hit by Wendell Chavous. Coughlin did become airborne for a brief moment, jumping on top of the hood of Fontaine's machine. Chris Fontaine took a seat on the pavement after being helped from his truck and before walking to a nearby ambulance. He would eventually be checked and released from the infield care center. This incident brought out a red flag.

Once the red flag was lifted, John Hunter Nemechek immediately came to pit road to try and make more repairs to his heavily damaged truck. His battle with Chase Briscoe was extremely close and Nemechek's team was doing everything possible to make sure the No. 8 could finish the race without further incident.

None of the leaders chose to pit under this caution. Stuart Friesen came in to make sure his machine was topped off with fuel, trying to recover from their mistake on the previous stop.

Christopher Bell and Grant Enfinger led the field back to green with 18 laps to go. The top nine trucks raced side-by-side, in a pack of their own, for the first few laps. Enfinger fought around the outside to take the lead. Johnny Sauter would follow him to the inside line in second place.

Enfinger led the single file lead pack while Nemechek and Briscoe battled side-by-side in a literal dead heat for the final spot in the Round of 6. Their battle raged near the back of the pack. Nemechek would continually race around the outside, trying to gain a position on Briscoe, only to fall back because he could not find any drafting partners.

The race for the lead heated up with 10 laps to go. Sauter pulled to the outside to challenge Enfinger for the lead. Others followed into the outside lane and drivers began shuffling positions. This started two and three wide shuffling throughout the lead pack. Enfinger would briefly prevail, but Sauter jammed his way back around the outside and into the lead. This left Enfinger hanging out in the middle lane and he faded back into the pack. Parker Kligerman made a move below the double yellow line, which would normally mean a penalty. It appeared as though Enfinger may have forced the No. 75 below the line, which could keep NASCAR from issuing the penalty. In all the pushing and shoving for position, Christopher Bell ended up in the lead.

With five laps to go, caution flew as Austin Wayne Self spun by himself. Self would pit for repairs and the field would reset behind the pace truck.

The race would go into overtime with Christopher Bell in the lead. Parker Kligerman would start on the outside of the front row. Nemechek and Briscoe continued their battle for the Round of 6, still in a virtual tie.

Kligerman and Enfinger would swing past Bell and to the front as they came through turns three and four to take the white flag. Drivers began fanning out, looking to move forward. As the field entered the tri-oval, Kligerman led across the line.

Aggressive driving coming under the white flag would cost several drivers. Sauter jumped to the outside just as the inside line lost some momentum. The inside line stacked up underneath the No. 21 and he would find himself on the outside of a three wide battle with Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson. Justin Haley tried to go four wide and there was contact. Sauter, Haley and Gragson would crash into the outside wall. Haley was hooked from behind and spun back in front of the pack. Several more trucks would get collected and suffer heavy damage. In all the carnage, John Hunter Nemechek found his way through and continued towards the checkers. He would finish sixth and would take the final spot into the Round of 6 over Chase Briscoe, who was collected and suffered front end damage. He was able to limp across the finish line.

Parker Kligerman took the checkered flag and the yellow flag as the field, and the race for the playoffs, became more scrambled behind him.

This was Parker Kligerman's second NCWTS win, both coming at Talladega. He also won the 2012 race. After arriving in victory lane Kligerman talked about how everything seemed to go his way in the closing laps, "You know, it was just crazy. Every move worked. Its just sometimes they click. Those last ten laps no matter if I went high, I seperate the pack, the bump and the run, every move just worked. And sometimes they go your way and it was awesome."

Top ten finishers, in order: Kligerman, Bell, Snider, Enfinger, Cindric, Nemechek, Vinnie Miller, Greenfield, Crafton, Tyler Young.

The drivers advancing to the Round of 6: Christopher Bell, Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins the Round of 6 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, October 28 when they run the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions. (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hit Talladega Superspeedway's 2.66-mile high banks for qualifying for the Fred's 250 Presented by Coca-Cola on Saturday, October 14. The session would be split into two rounds, with each truck making a single qualifying run by themselves. The top 12 qualifiers would advance to round two.

The first driver to make an attempt was Josh Reaume. His speed of 160.874 mph put him on top of the pole, where he would stay for a brief time.

Fluid on the track would pause qualifying for several minutes after only two trucks had taken their turn. Norm Benning (149.876 mph) appeared to have been the culprit. The track crew got the surface cleaned up and qualifying would then resume.

Mike Harmon (167.141 mph) would bump Reaume from atop the pole, and he would soon be dispatched by Wendell Chavous (172.113 mph). Joe Nemechek (174.096 mph) would be the third consecutive qualifier to grab the provisional pole.

Spencer Boyd (169.011 mph), Jennifer Jo Cobb (166.559 mph), Vinnie Miller (173.302 mph) would all take times. Bobby Gerhart (173.746 mph) and D.J. Kennington (173.948 mph) also made attempts, but none could wrestle the top spot away from "Front Row" Joe.

Tyler Young hit the track for his attempt and did something extraordinary. He tied Joe Nemecheck's lap time at 55.004 seconds. Because of his position in the season point standings, Young would receive the spot.

While Gerhart was on track for his attempt, NASCAR officials sent Young out too soon for his attempt. Since it may have affected their times, NASCAR decided to allow both teams another attempt to qualify.

Clay Greenfield (176.445 mph) would topple Young from the top spot. Austin Wayne Self (174.420 mph) would slot in behind Greenfield. Ryan Truex (177.867 mph) would then take the top spot with his attempt.

The first playoff contender to make an attempt was Christopher Bell (180.041 mph). He put his No. 4 truck on the provisional pole with a time of 53.188.

Noah Gragson (177.573 mph), who according to reports was feeling under the weather, could not grab the top spot, but had a time that would advance him to the qualifying round of 12.

Myatt Snider (177.310 mph) laid down a lap that would advance him to the second round. Stuart Friesen (178.927 mph) had a speed that was good enough to jump to second on the chart.

Bobby Gerhart (173.127 mph) then made his "make up" attempt. Tyler Young (174.770 mph) made his second run as well. Chris Fontaine (176.097 mph) would also make an attempt.

BKR teammates and playoff contenders Chase Briscoe (178.314 mph) and Austin Cindric (178.029 mph) made back-to-back attempts. Both had times that would advance them to the top 12. Another playoff driver, Kaz Grala (179.058 mph), put in a time that would advance him as well.

Matt Crafton (177.392 mph) took to the track for his attempt and slotted in at eighth quick. Former winner Parker Kligerman's (176.891 mph) time put him in danger of not advancing to round two. Johnny Sauter's (179.138 mph) attempt, on the other hand, placed him solidly into position to advance. He jumped to the second spot.

Grant Enfinger (177.245 mph), last year's race winner, was next on track. He slotted in on the cut line in 12th and in danger of being bumped. Enfinger's time did move Kligerman outside of the top 12.

Justin Haley (178.797 mph) and Ben Rhodes (177.264 mph) would bump Enfinger. Regan Smith (174.043 mph) and Cody Coughlin (175.842 mph) could not crack the top 12 and would not advance to round two.

John Hunter Nemechek (176.598 mph) would be the final qualifier in round one. John Hunter's truck had a bed flap deploy during his attempt, no doubt slowing his time considerably. The flap is a safety device put in place to keep the truck on the ground if it gets turned around. His dad and teammate, Joe, experienced a similar problem on his run. John Hunter would fail to advance to the second round. He would be the only championship contender not to advance to the final round of qualifying.

Drivers advancing to the second round of qualifying: Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Kaz Grala, Stuart Friesen, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ryan Truex, Noah Gragson, Matt Crafton, Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes.

Starting order for positions 13 to 31: Grant Enfinger, Parker Kligerman, John Hunter Nemechek, Clay Greenfield, Chris Fontaine, Cody Coughlin, Tyler Young, Austin Wayne Self, Joe Nemechek, Regan Smith, D. J. Kennington, Vinnie Miller, Bobby Gerhart, Wendell Chavous, Spencer Boyd, Mike Harmon, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Josh Reaume, Norm Benning.

No drivers would miss the race due to qualifying.

Before round two would begin, there was drama for Kaz Grala and his team. They found oil in the cooling system, which signaled a major problem with the motor. The team would change lines and flush as much fluid as possible but they would be under the gun for the start of today's race. There would be less than two hours before the green flag. Grala would not make an attempt in round two.

Final Round qualifying started with Ben Rhodes (176.885 mph) taking the track for his attempt. Myatt Snider (176.917 mph) would be next out, trying to take the top spot from Rhodes. Snider would be successful and sit on the provisional pole for the moment.

Former series champion Matt Crafton (175.594 mph) would be the next to make an attempt. Crafton would be another driver to experience an issue with the bed flaps on his truck during this attempt.

Ryan Truex (177.330 mph) would take a shot at Snider and would take the pole position away. Austin Cindric (177.557 mph) would immediately knock Truex from the top spot. Chase Briscoe (177.771 mph) would then take the pole from his teammate.

The swapping of the pole position would continue. Going out next, Justin Haley (178.188 mph) jumped to the top of the chart. Stuart Friesen (178.753 mph) would follow suit and sit atop the pole. Johnny Sauter (179.027 mph) would be the next to go to the top.

Christopher Bell (180.118 mph), who had the fastest time in round one, would be the final driver to qualify. His time of 53.165 sec was better than Sauter by .324 sec. Bell was the only driver to go faster in round two. By being the fastest qualifier, Christopher Bell captured his fourth career pole.

Starting positions 1 to 12: Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Stuart Friesen, Justin Haley, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ryan Truex, Noah Gragson, Myatt Snider, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Kaz Grala.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races the Fred's 250 Presented by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway today, October 14 at 1 p.m. ET. (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

After an off week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series jumps back into action this Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (1 p.m. ET Fox, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).  This will be the final race in the Round of 8.

Talladega Superspeedway has hosted 11 NCWTS events, each with a different pole winner.  Cole Custer (18 years, 8 months) was the youngest pole winner with his run back in October 2016.  Hall of Fame-Elect Member Ron Honaday, Jr. is the oldest (52 years, 7 months) with his pole from the 10/10 race.

Eight different drivers have raced their way to Victory lane at Talladega, three coming from the pole position.  Parker Kligerman was the youngest (22 years, 1 month) with his victory in 10/12.  The oldest, winning the 10/11 event, was Mike Wallace (52 years, 7 months).  Todd Bodine holds the race record of 145.513 mph (10/08).  Tyler Reddick holds the qualifying record at 186.827 mph (10/14).  Last year’s race winner was Grant Enfinger.  He returns this year to defend his crown.

After Saturday’s race, the playoff field will be cut down to six drivers, with two being eliminated from contention.  Below is a brief preview of the eight drivers running for the championship:

Christopher Bell – 1st (2,152):  Christopher is locked in to the Round of 6 by his win at New Hampshire.  Bell is looking for his first ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship.

Ben Rhodes – 2nd (2,105):  Ben Rhodes is locked in to the Round of 6 via his win at Las Vegas.  That win was the first of his career.  Rhodes is also looking for his first series championship.

Matt Crafton – 3rd (2,101):  Matt can clinch a spot in the Round of 6 with 37 points and a new winner, 29 points and a repeat winner, or by winning the race himself.

Johnny Sauter – 4th (2,098):  Sauter can get his No. 21 into the Round of 6 by winning the race, collecting 32 points if there is a repeat winner, or by collecting 40 points when a new winner takes the checkered flag.

Chase Briscoe – 5th (2,084):  Chase continues to look for his first series win.  If he finds it Saturday, he would lock himself into the Round of 6.  Otherwise, Briscoe would need to collect 54 points if there is a new winner or 46 points if there is a repeat winner to punch his ticket into the next round of the playoffs.

Austin CIndric – 6th (2,82):  Austin can advance to the Round of 6 on points with 55 points and a new winner or 48 points and a repeat winner.  He can also advance by winning the race.

Kaz Grala – 7th (2,074):  Grala currently sits in the first position out of the Round of 6.  He will need help from those in front of him in the standings to advance on points.  Kaz would automatically advance by winning the race.

John Hunter Nemechek – 8th (2,068):  John Hunter Nemechek is currently out of the hunt to advance to the next round.  If he could win Saturday, he would automatically advance.  John Hunter will need help from those ahead of him in the standings to make it into the Round of 6 on points.

The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates making their first start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend are Chase Briscoe, Justin Haley, Wendell Chavous, Kaz Grala, Stewart Friesen and Noah Gragson.  Sunoco contenders who have made previous starts here are last year’s winner Grant Enfinger, Austin CIndric and Cody Coughlin.

There are two current broadcasters making starts in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 Presented by Coca-Cola.  FOX Sports’ Regan Smith will pilot the No. 92 machine for Ricky Benton, while NBC Sports’ Parker Kligerman will drive for Charles Henderson in the No. 75.  Kligerman won this race in 2012.  Smith finished ninth in his only career NCWTS start here in 2007.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series runs the Fred’s 250 Presented by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway this Saturday, October 14. (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

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Beaver Motorsports today announced EVERFI as the primary sponsor for the No. 50 Chevrolet Silverado of Josh Reaume at the Famous Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred’s 250. This will be Reaume’s first start at the Alabama Superspeedway.

“I’m thrilled to have EVERFI on our truck this weekend,” explained driver, Josh Reaume. “They’re a great partner, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can have a good run for them. Our first goal is to stay out of the ‘big one,' and after that, I’m going to leave it to my team to tell me when I can go forward and get our EVERFI Silverado to the front!”

EVERFI is on the front lines of education’s evolution, connecting learning to the real world by equipping users with the skills they need for success beyond the classroom.

“Our team has deep roots in STEM and education,” stated team owner, Mark Beaver. “Josh (Reaume) is a Mechanical Engineer, and Amanda (Beaver) went to Auburn for Aerospace Engineering. EVERFI is a natural fit for our team and our sport."

"We are so excited to join Beaver Motorsports as the sponsor of truck No. 50 and we'll be rooting for Josh to go far and fast in EVERFI orange this weekend," said Tom Davidson, EVERFI CEO and Co-Founder. "I can think of no better way to celebrate EVERFI's incredible local partners and our work in thousands of schools across the country." 

Childhaven will join EVERFI as a new associate partner. Childhaven Inc. is a 501 C3, faith-based child and family services Agency with over a century of experience in serving the most vulnerable children and families. 

The No. 50 EVERFI Chevrolet Silverado will sport the images and colors of EVERFI. Associate partners will continue to be: Motorsports Safety Group, So Good! Entertainment, Markanda Social Strategies, Franklin Signs and Graphics, ZAK Products, Beaver Bail Bonds, WIX Filters, and Laird Plastics.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway will take place Saturday, October 14th at 1 p.m. ET.  Be sure to catch the action on FS1, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90 and MRN.

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Set to make his seventh NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start of the season, Tyler Young (@TylerYoung02) sets his sights on earning his first top-10 finish of the season in Saturday afternoon’s fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

The last time Young participated in a superspeedway race, his fun lasted two laps after being swept into a multi-truck incident in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

For the past eight months or so, the Midland, Texas native has been left pondering what could have been on that February night.

But, there’s no more in relishing on the past as Young looks to steer his No. 02 Young’s Building Systems / Randco. Industries Co. Chevrolet to his second top-10 finish at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.

“I’ve been pumped about Talladega,” offered Young who has two previous starts at the historic Alabama race track. “Daytona was a real bummer for us, especially because we felt like we had a truck capable of contending for the win. But, since then we’ve brought Chad Kendrick aboard and he has a niche for plate racing and I’m hoping that his experience will lead our team even further in Saturday’s race.”

Running a limited schedule this season, the 26-year-old Young sees every race as an opportunity, but when it comes to restrictor plate racing, the Texan believes he has developed a craft that has allowed him to post two top-10 finishes in his last three superspeedway races.

Two years ago, at Talladega, Young qualified 18th and cleverly raced his way inside the top-15 then eventually the top-10 and contended for a strong finish but after being left without a solid drafting partner coming to the checkered flag, Young finished 10th, one of his two top-10 finishes during the 2015 season.

Four months later in February 2016, Young earned his career-best finish to date with an impressive sixth-place finish at Daytona.

“When it comes to plate racing, it’s a lot of patience and luck,” Young explained. “We’ve been fortunate at Young’s Motorsports to have good trucks when it comes to superspeedway racing, but negotiating through the big one has sometimes been our achilles heels – hopefully on Saturday we can be smart and have a good finish for the team.”

Young’s Motorsports heads to Talladega on the strength of a 11th place finish earned by Timothy Peters two weeks ago at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. It was the team’s highest finish this season in a Chevrolet from the Young’s Motorsports stable.

Overall, the finish was a good morale boost for the team.

“Timothy did a great job for us at Las Vegas,” sounded Young who also serves as Young’s Motorsports team principal. “He brought a lot to the table as far as knowledge and feedback and in the end, I think that’s going to make our program stronger for places like Texas and Homestead.”

With the checkered flag drawing closer to signify the end of the 2017 season, Young says his team is leaving nothing on the table.

“We’ve been very thankful to have a year full of a lot of positives,” added Young. “With five races left including Talladega, it’s important for us to make the most of each race to propel us into a good off-season and an even better 2018!”

In 76 career NCWTS starts, Young holds four top-10 finishes to his credit with a career-best sixth at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February 2016. A sixth-place qualifying effort at Eldora Speedway in July 2015 is his best time trials effort to date. Young’s Motorsports has competed on the tour since 2012.

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Ever since Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) earned a career-best second place finish in February’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, he has been patiently waiting for the return of Saturday afternoon’s fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola for an opportunity to magic restrictor plate magic flow again.
 
At Daytona, Self found himself a victim in an array of multi-truck accidents which made his AM Racing prepared Toyota Tundra look more like something out of Bristol Motor Speedway’s rough and tumble half-mile oval than a smooth and breathtaking superspeedway oval.
 
Even with an array of damage, Self nestled his way through a crazy final lap to come within inches of earning his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Even though the Austin, Texas native had to settle for second when it was all said and done, Self has been waiting for the chance to do it again.
 
“I’ve become a fan of restrictor plate racing,” said Self. “It’s a great opportunity for us – working on an admirable budget to have the capabilities of running with some of the top fleet organizations of the sport.”
 
“We did what we had to do at Daytona. We avoided the chaos for the most part and put ourselves in position when it counted. We need to do the same at Talladega this week.”
 
For the 19th race of the Truck Series season, Self will reunite with NIECE Motorsports and drive the No. 45 Snap Track Toyota in his second career NCWTS start at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.
 
Self has drove for the newly founded Truck Series team in two occasions this season earlier in the year at Kansas Speedway and Iowa Speedway respectively. In their debut, the team negotiated a hard fought and respected 15th place finish.
 
With an identical truck to his Daytona vehicle, Self is determined to bring NIECE Motorsports to the front and deliver their first top-10 finish.
 
“I’m appreciative for the chance to work with Cody (Efaw) and the whole crew from NIECE Motorsports again,” offered Self. “I felt in the two races we ran together, we showed a lot of promise and ability.”
 
“Talladega is going to be completely different to a place like Kansas or Iowa, but I think we easily know what we want to do. For us, it’s just a matter of getting through the madness you come to expect with plate racing and hope for the best.”
 
Of course, Self enters Talladega already on the heels of being a part of a winning team.
 
Last Friday afternoon at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Self’s girlfriend Jennifer Anderson won the Better Half Dash charity race on the quarter-mile of the track’s 1.5-mile surface.
 
Self as her spotter guided Anderson through a series of late-race restarts which ultimately allowed her to swipe the lead from Paige Keselowski, wife of NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski for the trophy and champagne celebration.
 
She also collected a $10,000 check which she donated to the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Charitable Foundation.
 
“Jennifer did an amazing job in the Better Half Dash,” offered Self. “She was incredibly smooth and fast with her finesse and I think she really surprised a lot of people. Her brother (Jordan) and I race every week in the Truck Series, but it was an incredible feeling to be on the same side of the fence cheering on someone we care a lot about. She carried the AM Racing banner and did it well!”
 
“Now, it’s my turn to win,” Self said with a chuckle.”
 
In addition to Snap Track, B&D Industries Inc., Superior Essex, Accu-Tech, AM Technical Solutions and Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 36th career NCWTS race.
 
In 13 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, seven top-15 and 10 top-20 finishes respectively.
 
The fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola (94 laps / 250.04 miles) is the 19th of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Oct. 13 from 12:00 a.m. – 12:55 a.m., with a final practice session is set for 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Oct. 14 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 1:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Eastern (ET).
 
For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. 
 
For more on Niece Motorsports, please visit niecemotorsports.com.
 
To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.
 
For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

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