Talladega doesn’t disappoint

The NASCAR Camping World Truck series Fr8Auctions 250 at Talladega was exciting throughout with aggressive driving from the drop of the green flag. The first two stages were 20 laps each making the race urgent for playoff drivers in need of stage points. The first two stages managed to go without caution as drivers wrestled their way through the pack.

A close one occurred near the end of stage two as playoff contender Brett Moffitt took serious damage with another truck getting turned sideways into his right front fender.

The race grew more intense into the third stage causing “the big one” after Chris Fontaine got turned in front of the field in an attempt to block a run on the outside. Several playoff contenders were involved including Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, and Johnny Sauter.

After the red flag Rhodes, although one lap down, was able to continue his attempt to advance into the next round.

Crafton unfortunately had to watch as his playoff hopes in the hands of fellow competitors. Sauter, who was already locked into the round of 6, managed to complete about a dozen more circuits before retiring from the race.

A final restart was set with less than ten to go when Todd Gilliland took a hard hit to the inside wall after contact with Grant Enfinger for the lead. Enfinger would find himself spinning off the front bumper of David Gilliland down the back stretch as the race stayed green.

Coming to the end it was Noah Gregson, and Justin Haley battling for the lead with a pack of hungry drivers behind them. The race was inevitably decided with a caution on the final lap.

After the smoke cleared it was Timothy Peters coming through for his third NCWTS win at Talladega. The series veteran who has been driving a limited schedule this season, was emotional in celebration after his 11th and possibly final career win. Peters made the winning move with a shot to the middle as Noah Gregson wrecked in an attempt to block down the back stretch.

Myatt Snider who was one of the most aggressive drivers throughout came home second with David Gilliland third, Haley fourth, and Wendell Chavous fifth. Earlier in the week Chavous announced it would be the last of his career.

Unfortunately it was Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen eliminated from the playoffs at the end of the race. Rhodes couldn’t find his way back to the lead lap, and Friesen struggled with engine problems throughout the race.

The next NASCAR Camping World Truck series race and first of the round of 6 will be the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville, on October 27th. Live coverage of the race will be on Fox and MRN at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Thomas Latzkowski
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