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Bill McAnally Racing driver Cole Moore scored his first career win in the ARCA Menards Series West with a victory in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 Presented by Berco Redwood before a packed crowd at his hometown track of All American Speedway on Saturday night.

 

It also commemorated a major milestone for the hometown Roseville, California team – with Moore’s victory marking BMR’s record 100th win in the series. Those victories have come at 28 different tracks, dating back to 1998.

 

Saturday’s win was an emotional one for Moore, a 25-year-old from nearby Granite Bay – who honed his racing skills competing in late models at the historic third-mile oval and won a track championship there two years ago.

 

Moore used the outside lane on the tight track to put his No. 99 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet into the lead on a late-race restart and then pulled away on a subsequent restart to become the fourth consecutive first-time winner in the annual ARCA West event.

 

“Those top restarts were risky,” Moore said of starting on the outside of the second-place car. “I knew he could send it in and hit me, but he drove me clean. We had a great Chevy.”

 

He was one of four drivers competing in the event for BMR, which is based not far from the track. His father, John Moore in the No. 27 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet, finished eighth. Sean Hingorani, in BMR’s No. 19 Fidelity Capital Chevrolet, finished 15th; with Landen Lewis finishing 17th in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet, after getting caught up in an incident late in the race.

 

Cole Moore was asked in Victory Lane about getting his first series win at his hometown track.

 

“It means everything,” he said. “I’ve got my whole family out here. My dad was in the race. That makes it even more special. This whole week we’ve been traveling around town, promoting the race and seeing the kids in high school. My favorite thing to do when I was a kid was come watch the ARCA West race at Roseville, with Eric Holmes and all those guys. To be standing where I am is unbelievable.”

 

It was Moore’s 26th series start, dating back to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2015. His best previous series finish was second, which he registered twice this year. His best finish in four previous series starts at Roseville was fifth in last year’s event. Moore, last year’s series rookie of the year, became the 24th different driver to win with BMR. His victory marked BMR’s 10th win at All American Speedway.

 

He led the way among the four BMR drivers in Saturday’s race – starting third on the grid, with Lewis starting fifth, Hingorani seventh and John Moore rolling off 13th. Hingorani dropped off the lead lap, when he cut a tire early in the race.

 

Lewis and John Moore battled among the top 10, while Cole Moore was making his way to the front – charging into second on Lap 36 and initially taking the lead on Lap 67. He lost the lead on Lap 120, but gained it back about 14 laps later. He pulled way after a restart for the final of 10 cautions.

 

Lewis was battling for a top-five spot when he tangled with another car on Lap 136 and was sidelined for the night. John Moore worked his way up to eighth, while Hangorani made his way to 15th at the finish.

 

With his win, Moore moved back to second in the championship standings – with two races remaining on the 2022 schedule.

 

The NAPA brand took center stage at All American Speedway on Saturday, with the NAPA Distribution Center in Sacramento and Riebes NAPA stores playing a significant role in the event. A NAPA sales promotion – which utilized this race all year long and involved Adaptive One, Gates Industrial, NGK, and NAPA Tools & Equipment – featured a sold-out VIP hospitality, including nearly 500 NAPA guests.

 

Lewis was joined by Ron Hornaday Jr., a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and former NAPA driver, in visiting Riebe’s Auto Parts locations in Northern California in advance of the race. Sponsor activities at the track on Friday included VIP rides in BMR’s No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS two-seater Chevrolet for guests from NAPA Sacramento and Riebes Auto Parts.

 

ARCA Menards Series West Event:

Race: NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 Presented by Berco Redwood (Race 9 of 11) Oct. 1, 2022

Location: All American Speedway, Roseville, Calif. (1/3-mile oval)

Television: USA Network on Oct. 10, 10 a.m. PT

 

BMR Drivers:

Landen Lewis

No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS

Age: 16

Hometown: Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Practice/Qualified: 5th

Finished: 17th (Accident, completed 135 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

6 starts, 1 win, 2 top 5s, 4 top 10s

2022 series stats:

Races: 6 starts, 1 win, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s

 

Cole Moore

No. 99 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet SS

Age: 25

Hometown: Granite Bay, Calif.

Practice/Qualified: 3rd

Finished: 1st (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

26 starts, 1 win, 10 top 5s, 16 top 10s

2022 series stats:

Races: 9 starts, 1 win, 6 top fives

 

John Moore

No. 27 JM Environmental/ Berco Redwood Chevrolet SS

Age: 59

Hometown: Granite Bay, Calif.

Practice/Qualified: 13th

Finished: 8th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

8 starts, 1 top 5, 3 top 10s

2022 series stats:

Races: 1 start, 1 top 10

 

Sean Hingorani

No. 19 Fidelity Capital Chevrolet SS

Age: 15

Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.

Practice/Qualified: 7th

Finished: 15th (Running, completed 137 of 150 laps)

Career stats:

3 starts

2022 series stats:

Races: 3 starts

 

Next Race:

ARCA Menards Series West

Star Nursery 150, Oct. 14, 2022, The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (3/8-mile oval)

 

BMR PR

Chase Purdy turned in a season-best performance on Saturday afternoon that culminated in a seventh-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway. The driver of the No. 61 Ole Miss Toyota Tundra TRD Pro put the Rebels out front of the field in Alabama on three occasions for six laps en-route to his second top-10 result of the season. Purdy led the charge for HRE as the organization placed both teams in the top-10 with Tyler Ankrum finishing 10th.
 
Purdy came from deep in the field after starting from the 26th position. He quickly joined the lead draft from the outset and ran towards the back of the main pack for the entirety of Stage 1. Purdy was scored 19th on lap 20 as the opening stage finished under the yellow flag. Crew chief Matt Lucas called Purdy to pit lane for a fuel only stop which allowed him to restart 14th on lap 27.
 
Stage 2 saw a rash of two cautions that severely slowed the pace with only three green flag laps being run. Purdy was scored 14th at the end of the stage on lap 40. During the ensuing caution period, Lucas kept the former Ole Miss student on track to inherit the race lead for the lap 46 restart. Purdy traded the point position at the front of the lead draft until lap 52 and was shuffled back to sixth on lap 54.
 
A green flag pit cycle began on lap 63 when Purdy hit pit lane for four tires and fuel, which was immediately followed by a caution flag on lap 64. During the caution, Purdy pitted to top off with fuel on lap 68 and restarted 30th on lap 69. He methodically drove into the top-15 by lap 89 and put himself in the mix for the final green-white-checkered restart. Despite contending with hot temperatures, Purdy restarted 15th on lap 94 and threaded his way through chaos on the final lap to cross the line in fifth. Upon review of the finish and moment of caution, Purdy was deemed to finish in the seventh position.
 
Chase Purdy Quote:
“All I know is everybody was wide open for that green-white-checkered. People were just going everywhere, crossing lanes. My spotter wanted me to stay on the bottom, which we thought would be a good idea. Just stay in line while everybody was moving around. We ended up going to the middle and it ended up working out for us. I don’t know where we restarted, I think it was 12th or 13th, something like that, and we took the checkers and they said fifth (officially scored seventh). I was like ‘I’ll take that’. Hats off to all my Hattori Racing guys. It was really cool to have Ole Miss on the truck. Hotty Toddy.”
 
HRE PR
Tyler Ankrum tallied his eight top-10 finish of the season and his second-best result at Talladega Superspeedway with a 10th-place finish on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the No. 16 LiUNA! Toyota Tundra TRD Pro completed the best weekend for HRE this season as he joined teammate Chase Purdy inside the top-10. Ankrum scored points in both stages to compile 33 points, which was tied for sixth-most of all drivers in the field.
 
The Californian took the green flag in 20th position and patiently worked the bottom lane in the opening 20-lap stage to his advantage. As the field began to fall into single-file formation, Ankrum moved to 11th position on lap 10 and grabbed the 10th position when the race’s first caution flew on lap 19. The yellow flag would end the stage on lap 20 and allowed him to hit pit road for fuel only.
 
He restarted the second stage in seventh position on lap 27 before two more caution flags significantly slowed the pace. After only three laps of the stage were contested under green, Ankrum grabbed an additional four points by running in seventh position at the completion of lap 40. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli brought Ankrum back to pit road for two right side tires, fuel, and a minor wedge adjustment under the caution.
 
Ankrum restarted 19th on lap 46 and put his patience to good use in the second half of the event. He calmly ran outside the top-15 as the lead draft featured bold aggression amongst the top-15 runners. After making a green flag pit stop for two tires on lap 63, the caution flag flew once more and allowed Ankrum to line up 14th for a restart on lap 69. As the laps waned, Ankrum threaded has way to sixth by lap 77 and placed himself firmly in contention inside the top-10 over the final 20 laps. Ankrum lined up ninth for the green-white-checkered restart and climbed as high as sixth before avoided a wreck on the final lap and was scored 10th.
 
Tyler Ankrum Quote:
“We had a pretty good handling truck. It was a little darty, but we ran up front all day long and inside the top-10 and were running sixth there at the end. Just made a wrong decision to push the 51 (Corey Heim) and he spun. Actually happy to finish at race at Talladega. I can say for once that I want to come back. We’ll have a better speedway truck for the next one.”
 
HRE PR
Coming into Saturday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, the plan for Chandler Smith and the No. 18 iBUYPOWER team was to collect as many stage points as possible in the opening two stanzas, ride around in the Final Stage to avoid the carnage and leave the Alabama track with as large of points cushion as they could heading to the cutoff race at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
 
The plan was executed well with Smith finishing fourth in Stage One and then winning Stage Two to collect 17 points. The 20-year-old driver also executed riding around the back of the field well in the Final Stage, but the “Big One” didn’t happen until the final lap of the race and left the No. 18 team with a 14th-place finish.
 
Smith will head into the final race in the Round of 8 at Homestead-Miami 30 points above the cutoff line for advancing to the Championship 4. 
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Smith started the 94-lap race from the second position after posting a lap of 53.879 seconds at 177.732 mph in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.
·        Working a strategy developed before the race, Smith’s teammate John Hunter Nemechek elected to take the top of the front row for the initial start, with Smith allowing Nemechek to slide in front of him once the field crossed the start-finish line.
·        The strategy worked for three laps until Smith got caught trying to side draft the outside lane and left a hole open to the inside of him. Carson Hocevar was able to pull to Smith’s inside and shuffle him to the middle lane.
·        A one-truck accident on lap 19 would bring Stage One to completion under caution with Smith in the fourth position.
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        Veteran crew chief Danny Stockman called a fuel-only stop between stages and the iBUYPOWER Tundra would be the first truck to exit pit road.
·        When Stage Two went green on lap 26, Smith and Nemechek reversed roles from the initial start, with Smith electing the top lane and dropping down in front of Nemechek on the inside lane once the field crossed the start-finish line.
·        The Georgia driver would hold the lead across two cautions in the stage to collect his sixth stage win of the year and the 10 points that came with it.
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Before hitting pit road, Smith communicated to Stockman that his Tundra was “too free.” The veteran crew chief ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop with both trackbar and wedge adjustments. Knowing that they wanted to be at the back of the field to execute their strategy, the team pitted on the second lap and then topped off with fuel with one lap to go.
·        The iBUYPOWER Tundra lined up 32nd when Stage Two went green on lap 45. He was still outside the top 25 when green flag pit stops began occurring on lap 62. Shortly after Smith hit pit road, a caution flag came out but per the rules the No. 18 team was still allowed to make their stop.
·        Stockman originally called for two tires, but when Smith slid his tires getting into the box, he audibled to a four-tire stop knowing that they had extra time with the race being under caution.
·        Once again, they topped off with fuel with one lap remaining before going green and took the ensuing restart from the rear of the field.
·        Feeling that the “Big One” was going to happen shortly, Smith continued to ride around the back of the field, knowing he could head to Homestead-Miami with a fairly large points cushion if he could just avoid getting caught up in a wreck.
·        A truck that had come to a halt on the track brought out the caution with two laps remaining and set up NASCAR overtime. Smith lined up 20th for the first attempt at a finish and when several trucks in front of him began to wreck on the final lap was able to move up to finish the race in the 14th position.
 
 
 
Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 iBUYPOWER TRD Pro for KBM:
 
How did your race go?
“Overall, I can’t be too disappointed with our day, our iBUYPOWER Toyota Tundra was really fast and we came home with only a scratch on the rear bumper. Getting the Stage Two win and finishing second in the opening stage allowed us to increase our buffer heading to Homestead and then the plan for the Final Stage was to ride around until the ‘Big One’ happened and it never really did until the very end.”
 
 
Talladega 250 Recap
 
  • Matt DiBenedetto earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Ben Rhodes, Bret Holmes, Ryan Preece, and Christian Eckes rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were nine cautions for 36 laps and 25 lead changes among 11 drivers, including Smith who led twice for 17 laps.
 
How Chandler Smith's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 24th.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 26th.
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
Smith leaves the second of three races in the Round of 8 with the most points of any driver (3116) but with Ty Majeski’s win at Bristol locking him into the Championship 4, sits second on the playoff grid 30 points above the cutoff line for advancing. 
 
 
 
Next Race:

KBM PR

Corey Heim made his first Camping World Truck Series start at Talladega Superspeedway in Saturday’s 250-mile event. After qualifying in 12th, the 20-year-old driver tallied six stage points for the No. 51 team after finishing eighth in each of the first two stages.
 
Heim had made his way into the top 10 and was scored in seventh as they lined up for NASCAR overtime at the 2.66-mile track. After restarting on the inside of the fourth row, Heim surged on the outside lane and was about to make a move for the lead as the field entered the tri-oval on the final lap but was turned from behind and into the outside wall before his JBL Tundra came to a rest just short of the finish line. He was unable to continue and was scored the first car one lap down in 26th
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Heim lined up Saturday’s 94-lap event at Talladega in 12th after posting a lap time of 54.205 second at 176.663 mph in Friday’s qualifying session.
·        The 20-year-old driver quickly made his way into the top 10 as the outside lane began to surge forward on the third lap.
·        Heim maintained his spot inside of the top 10 as he was running in seventh with five to go in the opening stage.
·        The first caution of the day came out on lap 20, ending the opening stanza under caution with Heim scored in eighth, picking up three stage points for the No. 51 team. 
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        The No. 51 team elected for a fuel-only stop at the stage break and gained three spots on pit road, restarting the second stanza in fifth.
·        Heim got shuffled back on the ensuing restart and settled his JBL Tundra into the eighth position.
·        When the green-and-white checkered flag came out on lap 40 to end Stage Two, Heim earned the No. 51 team an additional three stage points by crossing the stripe in eighth.  
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Crew chief Mardy Lindley ordered up a four tire and fuel stop at the stage break and sent his driver back out on track in 22nd for the Final Stage.
·        The Georgia native continued to run just outside of the top 20 as green flag pit stops began. Just as Heim pulled his No. 51 Tundra into the pit box, the caution was thrown for a loose tire on the track.
·        The field went back green, and Heim made his way from 16th to seventh before the eighth caution of the race came out on lap 91, setting up a NASCAR overtime attempt.
·        The 20-year-old driver lined up for overtime on the inside of the fourth row for overtime before making a move to the outside on the restart and finding himself on the outside of the second row as the field began to come through the tri-oval for the final time.
·        Just as Heim began to peak outside to make a move on the No. 99 of Ben Rhodes for the lead, he was hit from behind, sending JBL Tundra into the outside wall and coming to a stop just before the finish line where he would be scored in 26th
 
 
 
 
Talladega 250 Recap
 
  • Matt DiBenedetto earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Ben Rhodes, Bret Holmes, Ryan Preece, and Christian Eckes rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were nine cautions for 36 laps and 25 lead changes among 11 drivers.
 
 
How Corey Heim's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 14th.
·        John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 26th.
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
The No. 51 team finds themselves in a must-win situation at Homestead-Miami Speedway as they currently sit eighth on the playoff grid, 56 points below the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4 in the Owner’s Playoffs. 
 
 
Next Race
 
 Corey Heim and the No. 51 Crescent Tools team head to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 22nd for the cutoff race in the Round of 8 of the Owner’s Playoffs. Live coverage of the Baptist Health 200 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 1 p.m. ET.

KBM PR

John Hunter Nemechek came into Saturday’s 94-lap event at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway nine points below the cutoff line for advancing to the Championship 4 with two races remaining in the Round of 8. After earning the pole in Friday’s qualifying session, Nemechek nearly maxed out his stage points by picking up the Stage One win and crossing the stripe in second at the end of Stage Two to earn 19 points.
 
Nemechek was lined up in 18th for the first and only NASCAR overtime attempt at the 2.66-mile track after electing to ride near the back of the field for the Final Stage in an effort to miss wrecks and maximize his finish. As the field came through the tri-oval for the final time, Nemechek went through the infield grass to avoid “The Big One” at the end of the race and ultimately spun through the grass in his Pye-Barker Tundra. Once he regained control of his Tundra and crossed the stripe, Nemechek was scored in 24th
 
 
Stage One Recap
 
·        Nemechek started the Talladega 250 from the front row after earning his seventh pole award of the year during Friday afternoon’s two-round qualifying session, posting a time of 53.567 seconds at 178.767 mph in the second round.
·        The second-generation driver elected the outside lane to start the race with his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammate Chandler Smith on the inside. As the field took the green flag, Nemechek ducked down in front of the No. 18 as they controlled the opening laps.
·        Nemechek briefly lost the lead before regaining control of the draft on lap 5 and went on to lead the next 18 laps.
·        The first caution of the day came out on lap 20 for a single-truck incident, ending Stage One under caution with Nemechek in the lead, earning him an important 10 bonus points. 
 
 
Stage Two Recap:
 
·        Veteran crew chief Eric Phillips called for a fuel-only stop at the stage break and sent the No. 4 Pye-Barker Tundra TRD Pro back out on track to restart in second.
·        Nemechek and his KBM teammate Chandler Smith continued to work together throughout the second stage as third caution of the day came out on lap 34 with Nemechek scored in third.
·        As the field went back green for a two-lap shootout to the green-white-checkered, Nemechek pushed the No. 18 of Smith out ahead of the field and held off a surge from the outside lane as they came through the tri-oval to take the green-and-white checkered in second, adding nine more stage points to his total. 
 
 
Final Stage Recap:
 
·        Nemechek restarted the final stage in 27th after electing to pit and restart near the back to avoid any wreck that might have occurred throughout the Final Stage.
·        The 25-year-old driver continued to run in 26th before hitting pit road for two tires and fuel as green flag pit stops began on lap 62.
·        Shortly after completing their stop, the fifth caution of the day came out on lap 65 for a loose tire on the track with Nemechek scored in 11th.
·        Nemechek was shuffled back to 19th before coming over the radio to say “I’m bailing out of this” as he elected to get out of his lane and fall back to 23rd with 17 laps to go.
·        The seventh caution of the day came out on lap 80 for a five-truck incident with Nemechek scored in 19th. The No. 4 team was one of three teams that elected to pit under caution as the over-the-wall crew executed a four tire and fuel stop.
·        The second-generation driver lined up for the ensuing restart in 25th and made his way up to 18th before a caution with just three laps left set up a green-white-checkered finish in NASCAR overtime.
·        As the field was coming through the tri-oval on the final lap with “The Big One” beginning to happen in front of him, Nemechek ducked through the infield grass and found himself spinning out before the finish line. As he got his Pye-Barker Tundra going again to cross the stripe, Nemechek was scored in 24th.
 
 
 
 
John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the No. 4 Pye-Barker Tundra TRD Pro for KBM:
 
How was your race today?
“Up and down. Maximized stage points there with Chandler (Smith) in the first stage and in the second stage, put ourselves in a good position to gain as many points as possible. Just didn’t work out there at the end. Stuff happens and I was one of the trucks that was spinning through the grass there. Probably lost around 10 or 12 spots there by spinning through the grass. It hurt our points day a little bit and we’re now just five points behind the cut going into Homestead.”
 
 
 
Talladega 250 Recap
 
  • Matt DiBenedetto earned his first career Camping World Truck Series victory. Ben Rhodes, Bret Holmes, Ryan Preece, and Christian Eckes rounded out the top-five finishers.
  • There were nine cautions for 36 laps and 25 lead changes among 11 drivers, including Nemechek who led twice for 20 laps. 
 
 
How John Hunter Nemechek's KBM Teammates Fared:
 
·        Chandler Smith, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finish 14th.
·        Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Toyota, finished 26th.  
 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Standings
 
John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 team are on the outside looking in as they sit five points below the cutoff line to advance to the Championship 4 with one race remaining in the Round of 8. 
 
 
Next Race
 
John Hunter Nemechek and the No. 4 GEARWRENCH team will have a two-week break before the Camping World Truck Series playoffs resumes at Homestead-Miami Speedway Oct. 22nd for the final race of the Round of 8. Live coverage of the Baptist Health 200 will be on FS1, Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM at 12 p.m. ET.  

KBM PR

Sheldon Creed and the No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet Team Claim Respectable 12th-Place Finish at Talladega Superspeedway

 

12th

3rd

14th

Overall it was a good day. Our Whelen Chevrolet is in one piece and we can make it better for Daytona next year. I thought the first part of the race went how we planned it. We were trying to keep the No. 21 safe and try to do most of the blocking for him to keep him up front. I thought that worked really good in the first two stages. I got dropped there at the end of Stage 2, but I wasn’t too worried about that. I was just focused on keeping the No. 21 out front at that point. That might have hurt us because I only got back to like fifth or sixth. After we made our green flag stop, I got in line in seventh and I thought we were in a really good spot. The end just didn’t play out like I thought it was going to. I thought we were going to get a caution at one point. I thought they were going to wreck so I was just trying to be in a spot where if they did start wrecking, I could be safe. Even on the last lap I thought it was going to play out way different. We got the bottom line rolling really good off of Turn 2 down the backstretch and it just stalled out. I was boxed in the last few laps and couldn’t really move. It just didn’t play like Talladega normally plays out.”    

 

-Sheldon Creed

Austin Hill and the No. 21 Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet Team Lead Laps and Earn Stage Points at Talladega Superspeedway 

 

14th

1st

4th

“We were so close. Our Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevrolet was crazy fast. We started on the pole and led a lot of laps today, but at Talladega Superspeedway you just never know what’s going to happen. My guys brought me a rocket ship and my pit crew was on it for every stop. I was really preparing for this race, studying and in the simulator. The guys at RCR and ECR deserve all the recognition for the cars they’ve put together every week. My team and I talked about strategy and my spotter, Derek Kneeland, and I had a really strong game plan at the start of the race. We went into this race wanting to win the stages and get as many points as we could, and we did just that, so that’s a positive. We just got shuffled out of the mix at the end and I couldn’t get the push I needed to get back to the lead. I’m bummed for my team because we were dominant all day, but we are heading to the ROVAL next weekend with a pretty good points buffer. Everyone knew we were there today, and everyone saw the speed and the car we had. I’m proud of this team and we’ll go get it at the ROVAL.”

 

-Austin Hill

RCR PR

 

Taylor Gray, No. 17 Ford Performance Mustang

Start: 2nd

Finish: 4th

Taylor Gray qualified second for the Herr’s Snacks 200 at Salem Speedway. On the initial green flag, Gray dropped to the fifth position after getting trapped on the bottom – unable to get to the dominant high line in turns three and four. On lap 24, the Ford Performance driver grabbed two more spots, regaining second by passing two cars in a single lap. At the end of the first stage break, Crew Chief Chad Johnston called for a trackbar adjustment and a fresh set of right-side tires to address the lack of grip. The No. 17 restarted the second stage in fourth position struggling through no lateral grip in turns one and two and unable to get to the throttle in three and four. A spirited battle with the No. 20 would see Gray close out the second stage in the fourth position. After a final trackbar adjustment and bearbond to patch a hole in the nose, Gray rocketed back to third place before the abrasive surface caused the right rear to disintegrate – rendering the Artesia, NM native to a fourth-place finish.

 

Next event: Shore Lunch 200 at Toldeo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio on October 8 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

DGR PR

Race Winner: A.J. Allmendinger of Kaulig Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Austin Hill of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner: Austin Hill of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

 

Overview:

Riley Herbst brought home an 11th-place finish despite an ill-handling No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang in Saturday’s Sparks 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In the second race of the Round of 12 of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs, Herbst started 23rd and made quick work of utilizing the draft to move his way forward. He was 14th by the day’s first caution on lap three, and then entered the top-10 on lap 12. In typical superspeedway fashion, the field was shuffled forward and backward during the opening two stages, which Herbst finished 11th and 12th, respectively, just missing out on scoring bonus points each time. He restarted the final stage 16th and worked his way up to seventh when the field went single file during the early laps of the run. Crew chief Richard Boswell opted to bring his driver down pit road in the second wave of green-flag pit stops on lap 68 for a quick, fuel-only stop. When the field cycled through the round of stops, the 23-year-old driver was ninth. The final stage went caution-free, and Herbst struggled to find speed in his racecar and ultimately finished just outside the top-10. It left him 10 points below the top-eight cutoff with one race to go in the Round of 12.

 

Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It was a weird superspeedway race, to be honest. I feel like we just lacked overall speed, which isn’t like us at these tracks. We couldn’t jump above the cutline for the playoffs, but we’re going to another unpredictable track next Saturday. The Roval will be tough, too. We know what we have to do and we’ll do it.”

 

Notes:              

● Herbst’s 11th-place finish was his third consecutive top-12. He finished fifth in the regular-season finale Sept. 16 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and fifth in last Saturday’s playoff opener at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

● AJ Allmendinger won the Sparks 300 to score his 14th career Xfinity Series victory, his fourth of the season, and his first at Talladega. His margin over second-place Sam Mayer was .015 of a second.

● There were three caution periods for a total of 11 laps.

● Twenty-three of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Drive for the Cure 250 on Oct. 8 on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval. It will be the third race of the seven-race playoffs and the final of the Round of 12. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  

 

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Ty Gibbs (seventh) and Brandon Jones (eighth) scored top-10 finishes in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Both will head to next week’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval to look to secure their positions in the next round of the Playoffs.

 

Toyota Racing Post-Race Recap

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Talladega Superspeedway

Race 28 of 33 – 300.58 miles, 113 laps

 

TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS

 

1st, AJ Allmendinger*

2nd, Sam Mayer*

3rd, Landon Cassill*

4th, Ryan Seig*

5th, Josh Berry*

7th, TY GIBBS

8th, BRANDON JONES

13th, TREVOR BAYNE

23rd, DEREK GRIFFITH

*non-Toyota driver


 

TOYOTA QUOTES

TY GIBBS, No. 54 Sport Clips Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 7th

How were you able to save the car from the early spin and recover for a top-10 finish?

“I don’t know if I saved it to be honest with you – unless it looked like I did. We did have a lot of damage on the right front and that affected our balance. We lost a lot of our right front splitter and it popped my right front into the air and that impacted the balance and control. We regrouped as a team and went back out and finished seventh. I think we’re 50 points to the good, which is not locked in, but it’s a good position. Better than a lot of these guys and we’ll just keep going. We’ve got a good program for the Roval too. This is a hard round so we just have to make it through.”

 

Josh Berry was very complimentary of you post-race in how you stayed with him. How difficult is it to run with other manufacturers?

“I really do like Josh (Berry) and I’ve raced with him for a long time and have a lot of respect for him. It comes down to where the 18 (Trevor Bayne) went to the outside of me and I really had nowhere to go and so I jumped up and ended up pushing the 8 (Berry) and gave him a really big shove and to be honest with you, I was surprised that he was able to hang onto it. It looked like he was on rails. I wish we could have finished a little better, but that’s what we had. Thank you for the opportunity and thankful to stay out of trouble.”

 

BRANDON JONES, No. 19 Menards/Little Hugs Toyota GR Supra, Joe Gibbs Racing

Finishing Position: 8th

How was your race overall?

“Honestly, I think that’s what we needed to do aside from just go win the race, I think we needed to get stage points in at least every stage. The second stage had some challenges, but the first one was really good and still a top-10 result there. Wanted to win. We were talking earlier as teammates that maybe if we would have taken the run a little bit sooner, maybe we would have had the chance to win. It just takes so long to build up a run that maybe we just gave ourselves just one shot at it instead of two. If we could change anything, maybe we would try a little sooner. All in all, I couldn’t ask for a better Talladega finish to come home with all of us finishing the race.”

 

How do you feel about your points position heading into the Roval next weekend?

“Going to the Roval, we’ve had extremely fast Supras at the Roval here lately and all these road courses that we’ve run at, we’ve been able to run top-five and a few we’ve even been in contention to win the race. We have a lot of positivity and a lot of momentum going into that one.”

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