Ben Kennedy slams hard into the wall on the front stretch at Talladega Superspeedway.
See the order the trucks will go off in for qualifying (Sat., 10:15 a.m. ET, FS1) # Car Driver Team 1 99 Bryan Silas Bell Trucks America Inc. Chevrolet 2 07 BJ McLeod RaceTrac Chevrolet 3 05 * John Wes Townley Zaxby's Toyota 4 35 Peyton Sellers Danville Toyota Toyota 5 00 * Cole Custer Haas Automation Chevrolet 6 51 Erik Jones ToyotaCare Toyota 7 21 Joey Coulter Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 8 02 Tyler Young # Randco/Young's Building System Chevrolet 9 23 * Max Gresham Amwins Group Inc. Chevrolet 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor.org RAM 11 92 * Austin Hill BTS Tire/Goodyear Fleet HQ/Wynns For 12 0 * Matt Tifft Chevrolet 13 98 Johnny Sauter Smokey Mountain/Curb Records Toyota 14 33 * Brandon Jones Russell/Grupo Friopecas Chevrolet 15 20 Gray Gaulding # Gemini Southern/Krispy Kreme Chevrolet 16 50 TJ Bell Dedicated to Electrical Linemen Chevrolet 17 77 German Quiroga Otterbox Toyota 18 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Toyota 19 75 * Caleb Holman Food Country USA/Gain Flings/Lopez Wealth Mgmt. Chevrolet 20 74 * Wendell Chavous Vydox Chevrolet 21 87 * Charles Buchanan Jr. Spring Drug Ford 22 8 John H. Nemechek SWM Toyota 23 6 Norm Benning Tom Corbett for PA Governor Chevrolet 24 34 Darrell Wallace Jr. 2015 NASCAR HOF Inductee Wendell Scott Toyota 25 15 * Mason Mingus # 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 26 86 * Brandon Brown Willmar Concrete Pumping Chevrolet 27 82 * Cody Erickson Haugeberg Farms/PSI/Performance Auto Ford 28 93 * Dustin Hapka Sure-Step Chevrolet 29 31 Ben Kennedy # Heater.com Chevrolet 30 13 Jeb Burton Estes/Carolina Nut Company Toyota 31 80 * Jody Knowles Clayton Signs Inc. Ford 32 63 Justin Jennings Papa Murphy's/Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool Chevrolet 33 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 34 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Ford 35 9 Brennan Newberry Qore-24 Chevrolet 36 19 Tyler Reddick # Broken Bow Records Ford 37 08 Camden Murphy Ronald McDonald House Charities Chevrolet 38 32 Alex Guenette Motos Illimitees Chevrolet * Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett sits down with Camping World Truck Series rookie Ben Kennedy to grade his progress throughout his first full season.
See which drivers will compete as the series returns to Martinsville RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 00 Cole Custer Gene Haas Joe Shear 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 2 0 Matt Tifft Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 13 Chevrolet TBA 3 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 4 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Mike Beam 14 Toyota Zaxby's 5 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Doug Weddle 13 Chevrolet TBA 7 08 Camden Murphy Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 13 Chevrolet TBA 8 8 John Hunter Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota TBD 9 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 12 RAM Driven2Honor.org 11 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 12 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet 811 Call Before You Dig 13 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 14 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford Broken Bow Records 15 20 Gray Gaulding Bob Newberry Chris Rice 14 Chevrolet Gemini Southern / Krispy Kreme 16 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 17 23 Max Gresham Maurice Gallagher Jr Ryan London 14 Chevrolet AmWins Group, Inc. 18 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 19 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 20 32 Alex Guenette Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet MOTORS ILLIMITEES 21 133 Brandon Jones Maurice Gallagher Jr Shane Huffman 14 Chevrolet TBA 22 35 TBA Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 23 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet TBA 24 51 Erik Jones Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 25 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott 26 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 27 74 Wendell Chavous Mike Harmon TBA 13 Chevrolet Vydox 28 175 Caleb Holman Charles Henderson Darrell Holman 14 Chevrolet Food Country USA-Gain Flings-Lopez Wealth Mgmt. 29 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 30 180 Jody Knowles Tracy Wallace Wayne Hansard 09 Ford Clayton Signs, Inc. 31 182 Cody Erickson John Corr Michael Cheek 13 Ford Performance Auto 32 186 Brandon Brown Jerry Brown Adam Brenner 13 Chevrolet Willmar Concrete Pumping 33 187 Charles Buchanan Jr Charles Buchanan Jr Craig Wood 13 Ford Spring Drug 34 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Ideal Door/Menards 35 92 Austin Hill Ricky Benton Michael Hester 14 Ford BTS Tire/ Goodyear Fleet HQ/ Wynns 36 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Smokey Mountain/Curb Records 37 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Get up to speed for the 18th Camping World Truck Series race of 2014 What: Ninth annual fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama When: Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. ET TV: FOX Distance: 94 laps, 250.04 miles Defending race winner: Johnny Sauter Pit road speed: 55 mph Fuel window: 40 laps On The Front Row " Full lineup 1. Tyler Reddick , Brad Keselowski Racing No. 19 Ford (186.827 mph) 2. Tayler Malsam , Turner Scott Motorsports No. 32 Chevrolet (186.714 mph) Fastest in practice: Ben Kennedy , No. 31 Chevrolet, Turner Scott Motorsports (188.902 mph) Best consecutive 10-lap average: Darrell Wallace Jr ., No. 54 Toyota, Kyle Busch Motorsports (181.877 mph) Former winners in the field: Johnny Sauter (2013) About the sponsor: fred's is a discount general merchandise store with more than 700 locations centered around the southeastern United States. Shake-and-bake : "Actually a couple days ago I was talking with some friends in Mexico. I talk very often with them and they asked me where is going to be my race this weekend, and I told them Mexico and Talladega and they told me, 'Hey, Talladega like the movie?' So, definitely there is a lot of history in this race track." -- Daniel Suarez, who is making his first career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend Not as easy as it looks: "It sounds simple -- holding it wide open and being in the draft, but at the end of the day there is a lot of things that you can do with it. I'll just be trying to learn as much as I can in practice and early in the race and be ready for when it matters." -- Erik Jones , who is making his first start at Talladega Keeping your head: "I've never raced at Talladega Superspeedway , but I already know that it's going to be a wild one. Something crazy always happens here. We ran well in Daytona earlier this year and we're bringing back the same truck, but I know Talladega can be a whole different animal. The key is racing smart so that you can make it to the last lap, and then it's game on until you can cross the finish line." -- Ben Kennedy , who is also making his first start at Talladega Relying on fate: "Racing at Talladega is just like going out and buying a lottery ticket -- you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. There's just no telling -- but you've got to play the game." -- Matt Crafton , the defending series champion and current points leader MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Veteran holds off Malsam, Gallagher for first win of 2014 season RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings TALLADEGA, Ala.—Holding off all challengers in a race that went four-wide on the final two laps, Timothy Peters won the fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway . Peters arrived at the finish line .143 seconds ahead of second-place starter and finisher Tayler Malsam . Spencer Gallagher ran third, followed by Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney , who trimmed 14th-place finisher Matt Crafton ’s lead in the series standings to 16 points with four races left in the season. The victory was Peters' first of the season, his first at Talladega and the eighth of his career. After ducking onto the apron to ensure a strong flow to the fuel pickup in his No. 17 Toyota, Peters, who had charged forward from the 26th starting position, led the field to a green-white-checkered-flag finish on Lap 94 of 95, after Norm Benning 's spin in Turn 2 slowed the field for the sixth time. With a strong push from Malsam, Peters hugged the inside line into Turn 1 with Ryan Blaney to his outside. As the field spread out over the final two laps to three-wide and even four-wide, Peters doggedly held the lead and took the checkered flag with Malsam in his tow. "Chris Lambert, who spots for me, did a great job from the time the green flag fell till the checkered flag waved," Peters said. "It was system overload, telling me everything, how far apart they were in front of me, how close the guy behind me was, what run was coming on the outside coming to the checkered flag… "We were making our Toyota Tundra as wide as we could (on the final two laps), and so it feels really good to come across the start/finish line and kind of wipe missing the Daytona/Talladega sweep by (16) hundredths of a second (Peters finished second at Daytona by that margin earlier this year). "It just felt really good to go to Victory Lane." On the final restart, Blaney got a push from sixth-place finisher Erik Jones and thought he was in position for the win but acknowledged he didn't expect a third line to develop to his outside as quickly as it did. "I thought we were in the perfect spot, leading the outside line into Turn 2," Blaney said. But the side draft from the outside line separated Jones from Blaney and broke their momentum, dropping them out of contention for the win. A rare engine failure torpedoed Johnny Sauter 's championship hopes. Sauter's Toyota slowed on Lap 24 and coasted onto pit road. His resulting 31st-place finish left him fourth in the standings, 36 points behind Crafton, his ThorSport Racing teammate. "Whatever… the championship's over," a disconsolate Sauter said in the garage as his team worked on his Tundra. "From here on out, we can just race like hell." At a track legendary for wild action, Ben Kennedy sustained the hardest hit on Lap 65, when Joe Nemechek lost control of his truck and knocked Kennedy's Chevrolet into the outside wall. Nemechek's first concern was for Kennedy's safety. After learning he had walked away from the wreck, Nemechek radioed, "Put all of the blame for that one right square on my shoulders," indicating his Toyota had been sucked around in turbulent air. Note: Daniel Suarez finished 15th in his NCWTS debut. On Sunday, he races in his native Mexico in the NASCAR Toyota Mexico Series. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Busch fastest in Talladega final practice; Kennedy tops trucks Sprint Cup Series final practice " Results Kyle Busch claimed the top spot in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway as drivers conserved their equipment in the last tuning session before Sunday's main event. Busch, driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota, topped the 50-minute stretch with a fast lap of 195.205 mph. He ranks second in the standings, highest among Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-eligible drivers without a win in the Contender Round. Rookie Kyle Larson was second-fastest at 195.118 mph in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet. Kasey Kahne , Jeff Gordon and Casey Mears rounded out the top five in final practice. With teams opting to avoid potential damage with practicing in large packs, only 21 drivers took to the 2.66-mile track in the session. Matt Kenseth turned the most laps (21) with Kahne logging the second-most (20). Three title-eligible drivers did not participate in final practice -- Carl Edwards , Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman . Joey Logano did not complete a full lap at speed and was last among the 21 drivers on the leaderboard. Harvick and Logano both have free passes into the next round of the Chase, thanks to their victories in the other Contender Round races the last two weeks. The rest of the title hopefuls will need to lock into the Eliminator Round in Sunday's Geico 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), when the field of championship-eligible drivers is shaved from 12 to eight. Sprint Cup Series practice 1 " Results Clint Bowyer shot to the top of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Friday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway , using the aerodynamic draft to clock a lap at 200.385 mph in opening practice. Bowyer, driving the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 15 Toyota, carries two Talladega fall race victories (2010, 2011) into Sunday's GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the elimination finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's event on the 2.66-mile track, the championship-eligible field will be whittled from 12 drivers to eight. Aric Almirola was second-fastest in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford at 200.268 mph. Defending race winner Jamie McMurray ended the session third-fastest with Michael McDowell and Travis Kvapil completing the top five. Brad Keselowski was the fastest among Chase drivers still alive in the title hunt, clocking the eighth-best lap. Joey Logano (31st-fastest) and Kevin Harvick (37th) are already clear to the next round of the playoffs with victories the last two weekends. Three heavy hitters below the cut-off line entering the Contender Round finale -- Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr ., and Jimmie Johnson -- essentially need to win Sunday's race to control their own postseason destiny. Earnhardt was 12th-fastest and Johnson, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, 32nd-fastest. The hourlong practice session marked the first on-track activity for the Sprint Cup drivers, and the large pack of cars fanned out to three-wide early on. Johnson was among those largely avoiding the risk of heavy traffic, but his lap times reflected the lack of aerodynamic help from other cars. Coors Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled Saturday (4:40 p.m. ET, ESPNews) with Sprint Cup teams tackling their first go-round with a new format for restrictor-plate tracks Talladega and Daytona, announced last month. Teams will have three five-minute rounds of eliminations, with 24 of the 46 drivers making the second session and 12 drivers competing for the pole in the final stint. Final Sprint Cup practice is scheduled later Friday from 4:30-5:20 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1). Camping World Truck Series practice 1 " Get results Rookie Ben Kennedy was fastest in Friday's first and only practice for Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway . Kennedy posted a speed of 188.902 mph on his 11th lap of the two-hour practice. Saturday will be Kennedy's first start at the Alabama track.Second-fastest was fellow rookie Mason Mingus at 188.872 mph. Tayler Malsam (188.857 mph), Ryan Sieg (188.835 mph) and Spencer Gallagher (188.824 mph) completed the top five fastest drivers. Points leader Matt Crafton posted a speed of 186.585 mph and was 14th-fastest of the run. Defending race winner Johnny Sauter was 17th-fastest (186.409 mph). Sauter is the only previous winner in the field for Saturday, and he trails teammate Crafton by 19 points in the standings. The practice had four caution flags. The first came out early for debris at the end of pit road. The second was for No. 74 Mike Harmon who spun in Turns 3 and 4. The third was for fluid on the track in Turn 4 and the fourth and final caution came out when No. 13 Jeb Burton stopped on the track after running out of fuel. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to the track for Keystone Light Pole Qualifying at 5:45 p.m. ET with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1. Sprint Cup Series practice 2, 4:30-5:20 p.m. ET " Follow live MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
'Topping out' ceremony latest marker as construction carries on RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Photo courtesy of Daytona International Speedway 's Facebook page DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In keeping with a long-held construction tradition, Daytona International Speedway participated in a "topping out" ceremony this afternoon to install the highest piece of steel in the $400 million Daytona Rising project. And in keeping with the bigger-is-better tradition of NASCAR's crown jewel race facility, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood marked the occasion in a unique way -- enlisting the help of NASCAR's founding France family and hundreds of employees and construction workers. "When we found out about that, we said, let's 'Daytona-ize' that, let's have some fun with it,'" Chitwood said. "So I reached out to the (France) family and they definitely wanted to participate so we created a really nice activity so the family can truly put their stamp on this construction. "We've got a really nice plaque that will go on this piece of steel and have all the family members sign this piece of steel. "Then when you lift it into place, everyone blows whistles during the lift and install. "It also commemorates our halfway point so it's hard to believe we are halfway through our project and have only 15 more months to go. There's a lot of work to do but this is a great way to keep our momentum going as we cross the halfway point." International Speedway Corporation Chairman of the Board Jim France, along with ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy and her son, Camping World Truck Series driver Ben Kennedy are among those from the family who signed the plaque to commemorate the "topping out" occasion. The $400 million construction project represents the largest infrastructure investment in ISC history. New seating is among the massive state-of-the-art improvement plan and Chitwood said 40,000 of the new seats will be in place for the 2015 Daytona 500 in February. "I think it's really important to celebrate these milestones because it's such a significant project," Chitwood said. "As we kind of walk in the footsteps of Bill [France] Sr. and reimagine this icon, these are the times to celebrate what we've done so far. And it's impressive. The steel looks great, the structure is awesome, the concourses are exactly what we thought it would be and this is another way to stay excited for what 2015 will be." The highest point steel beam will include signatures from the France family on a special plaque and it will fly a DIS flag and American flag as well as a tree, per tradition. Chitwood said the construction is top speed right now with the rainy summer season in Florida finished. The Daytona 500 is still five months away and this is the longest stretch without being "race ready." "To think a year and three months ago there was no structure above the ground or below the ground, no structure anywhere,'" Chitwood said. "We've done all this in a little more than a year and it's amazing how much work has happened. "It also gives you a sense of how enormous this will be when it's done, the magnitude of it. All the designs look great, the creative, but to see it in reality and how big it is and how much steel it is, it really makes you understand we're involved in something very special." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See the order the drivers will head off in Keystone Light Pole Qualifying (Friday, 5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) Entry No. Driver Sponsor 1 21 Joey Coulter Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 2 28 * Ryan Ellis (i) Endo Optiks Chevrolet 3 07 Korbin Forrister McNair McLemore Midlebrooks & Co. LLC Chevrolet 4 35 Daniel Suarez(i) Arris Toyota 5 1 * Milka Duno (i) CanTV Chevrolet 6 84 * Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Toyota 7 54 Darrell Wallace Jr. ToyotaCare Toyota 8 23 * Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 9 13 Jeb Burton Estes/Carolina Nut Company Toyota 10 05 * John Wes Townley Zaxby's Toyota 11 32 Tayler Malsam Outerwall Chevrolet 12 50 Derek White(i) Grafoid-Braille Batteries Chevrolet 13 02 Tyler Young # AKL Insurance Group/Randco/Young's Building Systems Chevrolet 14 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb VG Pride Group/Oohrah! Hydration Drink Chevrolet 15 39 * Ryan Sieg (i) Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts Chevrolet 16 51 Erik Jones ToyotaCare Toyota 17 19 Tyler Reddick # DrawTite Ford 18 36 * Justin Jennings Mittler Bros/LG Seeds/Ski Soda Chevrolet 19 74 * Mike Harmon Jr. Peters Automotive Chevrolet 20 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard Ford 21 88 Matt Crafton Menards/Fishers Nuts Toyota 22 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 23 6 Norm Benning Tom Corbett for PA Governor Chevrolet 24 15 * Mason Mingus # 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 25 68 * Clay Greenfield 1-800-PAVEMENT Chevrolet 26 77 German Quiroga NET10 Wireless Toyota 27 08 Jimmy Weller # Liberty Steel Chevrolet 28 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Armour Vienna Sausages/Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 29 31 Ben Kennedy # Heater.com Chevrolet 30 03 * Michael Affarano Won-N-Done Chevrolet 31 99 Bryan Silas Huk Performance Fishing Chevrolet 32 8 Joe Nemechek Bully Hill Vineyards Toyota 33 5 * Cody Ware (i) Qolix.com Chevrolet 34 98 Johnny Sauter Nextant/Curb Records Toyota 35 63 Scott Stenzel Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool Chevrolet 36 20 Brennan Newberry Qore-24 Chevrolet Text goes here MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView