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Construction on New Turn 3 Oversized Tunnel for Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Project – Begins in a Matter of Days14 Oct 2018
Talladega Superspeedway and its parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), revealed today that the construction of the new Turn 3 Oversized Tunnel, an important component of the track’s new Transformation Infield Project – will begin in a matter of days during the week of Oct. 21. Sunday’s announcement took place during a press conference prior to the start of the 1000Bulbs.com 500, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race.
The new Oversized Vehicle Tunnel is a highlight of an approximate $50 million redevelopment endeavor Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project – that is part of ISC’s long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. The project, highlighted by a one-of-a-kind Garage Fan Zone Experience, will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield.
The new two-lane tunnel will have dimensions capable of allowing vehicles as large as race team haulers and fans’ recreational vehicles to enter and exit the track simultaneously with ease. The lane tunnel will have a height of 16 feet, 8 inches, a width of 28 feet and a length of 208 feet. The tunnel will be located near the current Gate 9 crossover. It will be open 24 hours during event weekends.
The new tunnel is scheduled for completion by the track’s spring NASCAR event weekend of 2019 while all other aspects of the project are set to be finalized for the fall 2019 NASCAR Playoff event weekend.
“This new tunnel is certain to be one of the most popular elements of our Transformation project, serving both our competitors and our fans,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “Traffic flow will be greatly improved, enhancing the race weekend experience for thousands who visit our famed facility each year.”
Talladega Superspeedway and ISC also announced today that Creek Enterprises, Inc. – an integrated information services company headquartered in Tecumseh, Michigan – has been named the first “Transformation Partner” of the “We Transformed Talladega Superspeedway” lineup that will include other corporations to be announced in the future.
"We are extremely excited to partner with International Speedway Corporation and to assist with the client experience redevelopment of Talladega Superspeedway,” said Creek Enterprise, Inc. President Jason Derby.
"Our values are a perfect match with ISC as we both focus on providing high-quality services, superior customer relationships, and services that drive business value. Like Creek Enterprise, ISC puts the customer first and works diligently to deliver a superior client experience during each and every interaction."
It was the grand season finale at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway and the crowning of the other six, exciting race divisions. Taylor Waste Services Late Models were back after a near month long layoff with the track championship yet to be decided featuring twin seventy five lap races. The Cycle City Corp Bandoleros were also on the evenings race card with business of determining its series champion. Harris Truck Shops Super Trucks, Cycle City Corp Legends, Pepsi Grand Stocks and the Bojangles Enduros all capped off the thrilling conclusion of championship night in the 2018 race season at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Here’s a recap of the great night of racing and those crowned champions.
Taylor Waste Services Late Models Twin 75’s: Danny Edwards Jr in search of his sixth Late Model championship couldn’t have had a better start to the afternoon by claiming the race pole. His lap at 15.665 seconds knocked off brother Greg Edwards from the provisional pole but easily claiming the second starting spot on the grid. Connor Hall, Mark Wertz and Terry Carroll were the five quickest in Late Model qualifying. Green flag waved and pole sitter Danny Edwards Jr took off securing the point quickly by turn two. Greg Edwards along with Connor Hall got in line just as quickly to see just how hard the leader would go in the early laps off the race. Several laps in saw the leader with a two car length lead as brother Greg mirrored the race line of the leader. Best battle for position was for third as Mark Wertz would take the spot from Connor Hall. Brenden Queen would work his way into the top five with a pass of Terry Carroll as the field were all single file. Closing in on the halfway saw Mark Wertz hard on the move passing Greg Edwards for second and showing as the fastest on the track. Still in a caution free run just pass the halfway, Mark Wertz with a hot rod underneath of him finally caught the leader and on lap forty nine became the new race leader. On back, business for third was going down as Connor Hall and Greg Edwards battled. But then problems for Greg Edwards who goes around with what looked to be a flat tire to bring out the caution. Back to the green with twelve laps to go, Mark Wertz would survive the bumper of Connor Hall to keep his race lead. Connor Hall would then have to deal with Danny Edwards who would get second but back up front, Mark Wertz would go on to win race one. Wertz had this to say in Victory Lane, “Yeah it was pretty interesting, we took a gamble on a little something different”, said the race winner, “This is possibly my last full year, to do that, we felt like we had nothing to lose so we took a gamble on some stuff. Had a lot of help from friends, put a show on for the fans, ya know, Danny had a helluva season. He’s track champion, he lives like champion and acts like a champion, I want to congratulate him now but I wanted this win”.
In the Late Model nightcap, race winner Mark Wertz would start eighth per NASCAR mandatory eight car invert rule. Thomas Marks would get to lead the grid to the green in this feature and then the green waved in the air. Marks did not have a strong beginning as the leader spun his tires. Taking advantage and leading the first circuit would be Brenden Queen with early mover Terry Carroll in tow. On back its Greg Edwards with Mark Wertz all on the move as well. Laps later saw Terry Carroll take a turn at the race lead but continuing his march to the front would be Mark Wertz who would then get to the bumper of the race leader. Lap later, Wertz does away with Carroll and hot on the trail would come Connor Hall in second. Several laps later in the green flag run, all single file and scattered all over the track, Wertz continued to show the way amounting near a half a straight away length lead. Well past the halfway saw Danny Edwards Jr catch second place Connor Hall. Soon after the battle for position ensued with Danny Edwards Jr getting the spot. But the battle took its toll as the leader Mark Wertz would go on and cruise to a Late Model sweep of the evenings racing. Danny Edwards Jr would be crowned his sixth Late Model championship, Mark Wertz spoke in Victory Lane. “Look, I tell ya right now, I don’t like to jinx myself, the season is over, the race is over but this bad boy was bad to the bone tonight”, an excited Mark Wertz said. “I knew something early this week, felt really good in practice, man, I was throttling it back in the end but that all beside the point. It was a great year, thank everyone who support us. Big congrats to Danny Edwards Jr, it’s pretty cool when the two old dudes are still getting it done”. Danny Edwards Jr reflecting on his sixth Late Model championship, “It’s been a great year and I definitely want to thank Henry Ayer, glad he came on board and helped us out. A whole bunch of people to thank on this team. It’s been a great year and obviously we would have like to go out with a win but congrats to Mark doubling down, that was a great performance. It’s been a long year, a solid year, maybe not stellar but solid. Today was pretty good and we did what we had to do. Thank the track for putting this whole deal and the fans for showing up every week”.
Race Results Race #1:
- #55 Mark Wertz; 75
- #26e Danny Edwards Jr; 75
- #91 Justin Carroll; 75
- #77 Connor Hall; 75
- #90 Terry Carroll; 75
- #97 Greg Edwards; 75
- #03 Brenden Queen; 75
- #88 Thomas Marks; 74
- #25 Craig Eastep; 74
- #7h Michael Hardin; 74
- #16f Chris Flowers; 74
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
- #4s Duane Shreeves; 40
Race Results Race #2:
- #55 Mark Wertz; 75
- #91 Justin Carroll; 75
- #26e Danny Edwards Jr; 75
- #77 Connor Hall; 75
- #90 Terry Carroll; 75
- #97 Greg Edwards; 74
- #25 Craig Eastep; 74
- #7h Michael Hardin; 74
- #4s Duane Shreeves; 74
- #16f Chris Flowers; 73
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
- #88 Thomas Marks; 47
- #03 Brenden Queen; 35
Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: Entering the final race of the Bando series, second in points Wyatt Philyaw took the race pole in chase of series points leader Layton Harrison who leads by seven. Philyaw’s lap was set at 20.892 seconds with Ryley Music who earned the two spot on the grid, Harrison would start fifth. Green flag was displayed to the field and into turn one did the leader go. On back and on the move was Jacob Derrick in second and Autumn Weaver who also had championship on her mind would go third early in the race. Halfway saw Philyaw continue to lead with Derrick haunting the race leader. Ryley Music at the same time was looking for a way around Weaver for third. With just a few laps to go and the race leaders catching lap traffic, Derrick would get to the bumper of the race leader. But Wyatt Philyaw slammed the door and would go on to win the Bando race event. Layton Harrison who finished fourth earned the Bandoleros track championship. Philyaw from Victory Lane, “Can’t thank everyone enough and also my sponsors. Me, my mom and dad stayed up till eleven last night putting this race car together. Just really glad we got to earn it today”. Layton Harrison talked about his track championship, “It feels really good to win the championship, I lost the championship at Southside. I’d like to thank my sponsors, Generac Electric, my mom and dad, sissy and my pawpaw”.
- #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
- #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
- #47 Ryley Music; 15
- #43 Layton Harrison; 15
- #12 Bradan Andrecs; 15
- #4 Alek Andrecs; 15
- #8w Connor Weddell; 15
- #18 Autumn Weaver; 14
- #48 Wesley Newell; 14
- #87 Kenton Case; 14
Harris Truck Shops Super Trucks 25 Laps: Jacob Carr who was also making plans for a Super Truck series track championship claimed the race pole in the afternoon time trials. Posting the pole lap at 18.971 seconds, Chase McAdams would get the second qualifying spot to complete row one. On back there was Rick Poust, Ryan Huff and Elysia Potter showing speed in Super Truck qualifying. With the green waving high in the air, Jacob Carr would lead the field into turn one. But from the outside, Chase McAdams would get the side bite needed and made the pass to lead lap one. From there and as the early stages of the feature went down saw McAdams mount up a fourteen truck race lead. Jacob Carr would give chase but at this point had nothing for the race leader. On back, Ryan Huff, Rick Poust and Elysia Potter were all solid in third through fifth. Halfway was much the same as lap traffic played a hand as Carr started to collapse the lead but that all became for not as the race had its first caution. Back to the green, McAdams nails the restart as Jacob Carr continues in second. But from there to the checkered flag, Chase McAdams proved to be too much and would go on to win. Jacob Carr’s second place finish clinches the Super Truck championship. McAdams from Victory Lane, “Oh yeah she was fast tonight, pulled it off early, got passed him pretty quick. Truck was on a rail, gotta thank my crew, my dad, Chris Spangler, Marty Strickland and everybody who gives us a hand. It’s been fun”. Then Jacob Carr talked about his Super Truck championship, “First off like to thank my crew for everything they have done for me this season. Through the highs, lows, we started the season we didn’t have a good start, didn’t finish the first two races. Want to congratulate Chase on his race win, want to thank everybody, thank Bill for an awesome track here. Want to thank Langley and God above”.
- #62 Chase McAdams; 25
- #88 Jacob Carr; 25
- #3 Ryan Huff; 25
- #9 Rick Poust; 25
- #26 Richard Battoia; 25
- #24 Elysia Potter; 25
- #65 Shannon Lester; 25
- #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
- #38 Paige Cain; 25
- #31 Richard Quinn; 24
- #11 Allie Plum; 24
- #66 Wayne Lyon; 23
Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Tommy Jackson Jr was one step closer to sealing the deal for a Legends series championship by taking the pole. His lap 17.786 seconds bested the lap by Nick Smith in a share of the front row. Devon Courtney, Ryan Matthews and Spencer Saunders were the five fastest in Legend series qualifying. Green flag was shown to the grid and Tommy Jackson Jr would lead lap on. Hot on his tail was Late Model standout Nick Smith making a stop to come play with the Legends gang in second. Early mover in the field would be Spencer Saunders to third but just as quickly in that move was the races first caution. Back to the green, Tommy Jackson Jr held off the charge of Spencer Saunders to maintain the lead, but for Saunders, he soon fell into the clutches of Nick Smith and settled into third. Just before the halfway, the race had its second caution setting up another restart and a shot at the race leader. With the green back in the air, race leader Jackson would be under heavy assault from Nick Smith but able to hold him off would be the race leader Jackson but then, another caution. Racing once again it would be race leader Jackson showing the way. Smith and Saunders both were giving chase but Tommy Jackson Jr would go on to win the feature and claim the Legend series championship. Tommy Jackson Jr from Victory Lane, “Is been phenomenal, if you told me at the start of the year with the kind of competition that we would win ninety percent of the races I would have called you a liar. Can’t thank my team enough behind me, my parents supporting all this. Just an unbelievable season, stress is finally over, hadn’t checked the points all year. I didn’t know how much it ended up, I figured if we kept parking it here we wouldn’t have to worry about it”.
- #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 25
- #88s Nick Smith; 25
- #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
- #51r Ryan Matthews; 25
- #17 Devon Courtney; 25
- 14c Connor Jones; 25
- #31 Carter Wood; 25
- #78 Tyler Warriner; 25
- #14t Tucker Jones; 25
- #27 Devon Steele; 25
- #44 Barry Kramer; 25
- #4s Ernie Strouse; 21
- #4 Chris Hayes; 3
Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 Laps: Tim Wilson took the Grand Stock division pole sporting a 17.577 second lap. Sammy Gaita, Michael Waters, Paul Lubno and Grant Blasingame were qualifying’s best. Green flag was in the air and the pole sitter Wilson struggled to get going as Sammy Gaita would lead lap one. But back comes Tim Wilson to retake the lead a lap later in the event. From there it wasn’t long as Wilson was on a torrid pace and mounted a near half a straightaway length lead over Paul Lubno running second. But then the caution flag waved which collapse the lead of Tim Wilson. Green back in the air and no real challenge to the leader, Tim Wilson continued to lead. With Lubno, Waters, Gaita and Blasingame the early top five, this time around Lubno would not let the leader get away so easily. But as the halfway came and went, race leader Tim Wilson began to pull away from Paul Lubno. From there, the race would go caution free and Tim Wilson would cross the line first to win the Super street feature with Paul Lubno winning the Grand Stock championship. Tim Wilson from Victory Lane, “Yeah, I gotta thank Rick Hester, he got this thing on a rail and I’m just a nut behind the wheel. It didn’t fall off and it’s a fast car”. Paul Lubno discussed his Super Street championship, “Gotta thank the car owner JR Smith for motivating me to keep on racing. We got a good car and a good power plant from Charlie High, we had a great season”.
- #17 Tim Wilson; 40
- #14 Paul Lubno; 40
- #2m Michael Waters; 40
- #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
- #51 Grant Blasingame; 39
- #71 JR Smith; 39
- #2b Brian Waters; 13
Bojangles Enduros 30 Laps: Vicky Connor would get the start on pole by pulling the lucky one pill. Series points leader Ronald Klein comes into the evenings racing with a comfortable fourteen point lead in the division but would find himself starting eighteenth with work to do to close out with the championship. Green flag was shown and its Robert Dezero who leads the first lap but then came Brandon Franks to lead lap two. After a thrilling start, racing soon tamed down showing Dezero leading followed by Jason Terrill who was hot and on the move. Terrill soon took the race lead when Brandon Franks made hard contact to bring out the caution. After a lengthy caution, the racing resumed with Jason Terrill as the race leader. Halfway saw Terrill continue to show the way with Charlie Bryant Jr trying to find a way through traffic in chase of the leader. But it was not going to be as Jason Terrill wins the season finale in Enduro race competition, Ronald Klein earned the season Enduro track championship. Jason Terrill from Victory Lane, “I gotta thank all my guys on this, we got so many hours on this car this week alone. Thank the Lord for all these opportunities and everything he’s bless me, my family my team with. We got big plans for next year, will see what happens next year”. Ronald Klein had this to say about his Enduro track championship. “First person I’ve got to thank is my daughter Aubrey. If it wasn’t for her unselfishness to give up her car I would have never had the chance to win the championship. I blew the motor in my car, she gave up her car. She told me go run for a championship, because of her doing that, here I am”.
- #44 Jason Terrill; 30
- #88 Charlie Bryant; 30
- #22 Bill Eaker; 30
- #17 Alex Floroff; 30
- #6k Christian Keller; 30
- #91 Don Mosingo; 29
- #84n Phil Nelson; 29
- #63 John Babey; 29
- #00 Robert Dezero; 28
- #7 Mikey Chinn; 28
- 95 Ronald Klein; 28
- #25 Ryan Vinson; 28
- #26 Derek Johnson; 28
- #33 Michael Kanary; 27
- #77 Mike Raglan; 26
- #4 Wendell White; 26
- #98b Derek Boggess; 25
- #47 Nate Lundin; 25
- #30 Rick Walsh; 23
- #57 Andrew Franks; 21
- #32 Vicky Connor; 16
- #9f Brandon Franks; 9
- #02 Mike Joyner; 8
- #41 Richard Ellis; 8
- #54 Ricky Barber; 6
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Cole Rouse clinched his first career win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a thrilling victory at All American Speedway on Saturday night in the NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
The 21-year-old from Fort Smith, Arkansas pulled away after a late-race restart and won a five-lap dash to the finish – taking the checkered flag in the Bill McAnally Racing No. 99 NAPA Belts & Hoses Toyota Camry with a margin of victory of .506 seconds.
Rouse was not to be denied after having a win slip away on the last lap in the most recent series race two weeks ago in Meridian, Idaho. He had finished second in three of the previous four races before Saturday.
“I’m glad we pulled it off for all these guys who have worked so hard all year and been so close,” Rouse said. “A little luck came my way tonight. It’s the craziest race I’ve ever been a part of. “
The victory marked the eighth win by BMR at the team’s home track.
“That’s another reason it’s cool to win here,” Rouse said. “Bill McAnally puts so much time and effort into Roseville’s speedway and to get the win for him, all the guys at Toyota Racing, NAPA Filters, NAPA Belts & Hoses, and everyone involved is a huge feeling. Hopefully, we can move forward with this win and go win Kern.”
Rouse dashed into the lead from the pole at the drop of the green flag and paced the early laps, but relinquished the top spot on a restart following the initial caution of the night. He settled into second and appeared content to shadow the leader and be ready to strike when he got the opportunity. He mounted a challenge late in the race and flexed his muscle to pull away following the final restart of the night.
Rouse led a contingent of four BMR drivers entered in the 200-lap event on the tight third-mile oval. Hailie Deegan, who started beside Rouse on the outside of the front row, battled back from being a lap down late in the race to finish seventh in the No. 19 Mobil 1/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry.
Chris Eggleston, the 2015 series champion who was making a return to BMR and the series for Saturday’s event, qualified fourth in the No. 50 NAPA Filters Toyota Camry and worked his way into the lead in the second half of the race. His night came to an abrupt end, however, when his throttle appeared to stick and he hit the Turn 3 wall on Lap 150.
Derek Kraus qualified seventh in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry and was making his way to the front early on when contact from another car sidelined him for repairs through much of the race. He returned late in the event, but ended up finishing 15th.
With his win, Rouse solidified his position second in the championship standings – 26 points out of the lead. He has one win, seven top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season.
Kraus – a 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin – is fourth in the standings. He leads the series this season with three wins and five poles – along with seven top-five, and nine top-10 finishes.
Deegan, also a 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver, leads the rookie points and is fifth in the overall standings. The Temecula, California driver has one win, one pole, five top-five, and 11 top-10 finishes.
NAPA and Toyota were well represented at Saturday’s event, which featured a VIP Hospitality event.
The Roseville race is slated to be televised on NBCSN on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. PT.
The next event on the K&N Pro Series West schedule will be the season finale NAPA AUTO PARTS 175 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at Kern County Raceway Park near Bakersfield, California on Oct. 27.
All season long Cole Rouse has been close.
Last time out, Rouse took the white flag and was leading before losing the race to teammate Hailie Deegan. It is more than safe to say Rouse wanted this win bad.
Rouse finally got his elusive first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday by winning the NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at All American Speedway.
Rouse’s No.99 NAPA Filters Toyota won the pole earlier in the day and battled hard at the front of the field with the likes of Ryan Partridge and Chris Eggleston. Taking the lead on an aggressive pass during the Lap 189 restart it almost seemed like smooth sailing until a late race caution set up a four-lap dash to the finish.
This time Rouse got his redemption.
The 21-year-old driver from Fort Smith, Arkansas held off a pair of Bob Bruncati Racing entries and came home .506 seconds ahead of the Partridge to claim his first win in his 27th series start. Rouse entered the event with 10 career top fives, including runner-up finishes in three of his previous four races.
RACING-REFERENCE: Cole Rouse
Partridge’s No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach/Lucas Oil/Braille Ford seemed to be the car to beat before being passed by Rouse in the penultimate restart. Partridge, the 2016 winner at All American, would settle for his 11th top five of 2018.
Championship leader Derek Thorn lost a lap early after contact from Derek Kraus lead to a spin. He fought hard to get his lap back, and battled back to finish third for his 12th top five of the season.
Nick Joanides came home fourth, scoring his best career finish and first top five of his career. Travis Milburn fought has way back after multiple spins to complete the top five.
Matt Levin, Hailie Deegan, Taylor Canfield, Rich Delong III and Takuma Koga completing the top 10.
Thorn leads Rouse by 26 and Partridge by 29 heading into the season finale at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the NAPA Auto Parts 175 presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.
NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 presented by TriCo Welding Supplies & the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will on NBCSN Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m. ET.
- Gilliland started sixth, but fell back through the field in the outside lane early in the race.
- He worked his way back up and was sixth when the stage ended on lap 20 and pitted for fuel only on lap 23.
- When the next 20-lap stage began Gilliland quickly moved up to third and was second by lap 36.
- Gilliland made his move to the lead on lap 38 and won the second stage of the race. When pit road opened, he brought in his No. 4 PEDIGREE® Puppy Tundra in for four tires and fuel.
- The final 54-lap stage began with Gilliland in eighth place.
- His Dad was working his way up through the field after a pit road penalty earlier in the race so the father and son could draft together.
- The "big one" struck on lap 59 taking out several competitors, but luckily both Gillilands made it through the carnage. Both pitted for fuel before the race resumed and returned to the track with Todd second and David third.
- Shortly after the restart they made a move to the front with Todd leading David for several laps.
- With 22 laps to go they fell back to fifth and sixth place. David's line fell even farther back, while Todd moved back up to second place.
Kurt Busch led a Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) onslaught Saturday in Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway, taking the pole for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500. The top four positions – meaning, the first two rows – will be filled by SHR drivers, in the pivotal NASCAR Playoff race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The 1000Bulbs.com 500 is set for a 1 p.m. CDT start on Sunday. (TV: NBC; Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio).
A total of 41 drivers qualified for the available 40 spots. Qualifying consisted of two rounds of single-car runs on the 2.66-mile tri-oval, with the fastest 12 from the first round advancing to the final round. Busch led both rounds in the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, with a top speed of 195.804 mph in the second round. His teammates Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola followed, with Chase Elliott qualifying fifth.
The benefit of starting up front at Talladega is debatable. Only four past 1000Bulbs.com 500 pole winners have gone on to win the race: Dave Marcis in 1976, Bill Elliott in ’87, Dale Earnhardt in ’90 and Sterling Marlin in ’95. That statistic underscores the track’s renowned unpredictability – and its “wild card” reputation.
Nothing is assured on these high banks.
But Busch will take it. Saturday marked the first pole of his career at the two fastest tracks on the NASCAR schedule – Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. Busch has one Monster Energy Series victory at those tracks, in the 2017 DAYTONA 500.
“I’ve been working at this for 20 years to get a restrictor plate pole and now I have one,” said Busch. “This is a real bucket list item for me. It’s impressive teamwork and a commitment level. This is awesome.”
Twelve Monster Energy Series drivers remain in championship contention, a group that includes all of the top-five qualifiers from Saturday. For those 12, a victory Sunday will result in automatic advancement to the next round, although Elliott has already advanced via a victory last week.
Following next week’s (Oct. 21) event at Kansas Speedway, the contenders list will be trimmed to eight, after which three more races will produce a “Championship 4” showdown going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Prior to qualifying, Timothy Peters (No. 25 Kingman Chevrolet Chevrolet) won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Fr8Auctions 250, becoming the only driver to win three truck races at NASCAR’s biggest track. Series rookie Myatt Snider (No. 13 RideTV Ford) finished second with polesitter David Gilliland (No. 51 Pedigree Toyota) third.
The trucks are notorious at Talladega for the “Big One” – terminology for multi-vehicle mash-ups – and Saturday’s race showed why. A 10-truck accident on Lap 60 took out a number of frontrunners and necessitated a red flag of 11 minutes, 42 seconds.
The Fr8Auctions 250 wrapped up the first NASCAR Playoff round for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – and it reduced the field of championship contenders to six: Justin Haley, Fairhope, AL native Grant Enfinger, Noah Gragson, Brett Moffitt and former series champions Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter.
After three more events, the truck series will have its own Championship 4 finalized up for the season’s last race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Ticket information for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and all Talladega Superspeedway events is available on-line at www.talladegasuperspeedway.
- Gilliland won his second pole of the season in the PEDIGREE® Tundra. His first came at the season opener in Daytona while filling in for his son Todd in the No. 4 before he was old enough to compete at the bigger tracks.
- After leading the field to green, he settled into a single-file line in third for much of the first 20-lap stage.
- He was seventh when the stage ended and pitted for fuel only.
- As he pulled out of the stall, the fuel can was still attached and NASCAR issued a one-lap penalty for pitting outside the box.
- Gilliland was a lap down in 32nd place when the second stage began on lap 26.
- When the stage ended on lap 40, he was able to take the wave around to get back on the lead lap before pitting for four tires and fuel on lap 42.
- He was back up to 23rd on the lead lap when the final stage began.
- On lap 59 a multi-truck accident happened right in front of him. With help from his spotter, Gilliland made it though the wreckage without damage.
- He pitted for fuel only before the race resumed and lined up right behind his son Todd for the restart.
- The two pulled out to the lead with son leading father for several laps.
- With 20 laps to go the pair was shuffled back and the elder Gilliland was back in 13th. He worked his way back up to third just as Todd was spun into the wall going for the lead.
- The final restart came on lap 89 with Gilliland in second. Another accident happened on the final lap which brought out the yellow and the checkered flag. Based on the last scoring loop before the caution, Gilliland finished third.
- Timothy Peters won the race followed by Myatt Snider, Gilliland, Justin Haley and Wendell Chavous rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured six cautions for a total of 21 laps. There were 22 lead changes among 12 drivers. Todd Gilliland led twice for 13 laps while his KBM teammate Noah Gragson led three.
Harrison Burton returns behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra for the remainder of the season when racing action resumes in two weeks on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Martinsville Speedway. Live coverage of the race begins at 1 p.m. ET on FS1.