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
Get all the on-track times for the weekend's NASCAR action RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET COMPLETE TV LISTINGS / BUY TICKETS FOR TALLADEGA / WEEKEND TRACK EVENTS This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series head to Talladega Superspeedway SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE 12:00:00 p.m. ET: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting (Drivers Meeting Room) 1:30:00 p.m. ET: NSCS Drivers Introductions with NASCAR Special Awards 2:02:00 p.m. ET: Presentation of Colors by : Alabama National Guard 2:02:20 p.m. ET: Invocation by : Ron Jackson, Volunteer, Alabama Raceway Ministries 2:02:45 p.m. ET: Intro National Anthem (30 x 50 American Flag unfurled on ball field) 2:03:00 p.m. ET: National Anthem: 313th United States Army Band (Signed by Marshe’ Brownlee; a Student from Alabama Institute of Deaf & Blind) 2:05:00 p.m. ET: "This is Talladega" by Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway 2:09:30 p.m. ET: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by : Rhett Rayburn, Regional V.P., Macon Southeast 2:21:30 p.m. ET: Green Flag – GEICO 500 (188 laps, 500.08 miles) ON TRACK -- 2 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Geico 500 (188 laps, 500.08 miles), ESPN ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch Live ) -- 5:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series post-race FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17: ON TRACK -- 9:30-11:30 a.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice ( Get results ) -- 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 4:30-5:20 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 5:45 p.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch Live ) -- 12:15 p.m. ET: Darrell Wallace Jr . -- 12:30 p.m. ET: Michael Waltrip with Dr. Patrick Ellinor, American Heart Association and Gregg Ruppersberger, Group Product Director, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. -- 12:45 p.m. ET: German Quiroga and Daniel Suarez -- 1 p.m. ET: Jamie McMurray -- 1:15 p.m. ET: Matt Kenseth -- 1:30 p.m. ET: Jimmie Johnson -- 1:45 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick -- 4 p.m. ET: Denny Hamlin -- 6:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post-qualifying GARAGECAM PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1 ( Watch Live ) -- 2 p.m. ET: Sprint Cup Series SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18: ON TRACK -- 1 p.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola (94 laps, 250 .04 miles), FOX ( Get results ) -- 4:40 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, ESPNEWS ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch Live ) -- noon: Talladega Superspeedway announcement with Dale Earnhardt Jr . -- 3:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post-race -- 5:45 p.m. ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series post-qualifying MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Contact on pit road and a black flag cause Matt Crafton to drop back in the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega.
Watch the final laps of the Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola as Timothy Peters wins a thriller in Talladega.
Johnny Sauter talks about the engine issues that sidelined him during the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola and how it affects his Championship hopes.
Ron Hornaday Jr., Mason Mingus, German Quiroga Jr., and Ryan Sieg all involved in a big wreck early at Talladega Superspeedway in the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola .
Timothy Peters celebrates his win at Talladega Superspeedway in the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola .
Timothy Peters talks about winning the Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola in Talladega after a tough season.
For every hashtag, Coca-Cola , NASCAR donate $1 to the USO, up to $50,000 Now through the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, NASCAR fans have the opportunity to not only share messages of gratitude to service members and veterans, but also support fundraising efforts for the United Services Organization (USO). This week, Coca-Cola partnered with NASCAR and the USO to launch the #ShareASalute campaign to honor troops, military families and veterans. As part of the campaign, fans are invited to share personal expressions of gratitude to troops via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ShareASalute. For each message posted throughout the campaign with the #ShareASalute hashtag, Coca-Cola and NASCAR will donate $1 to the USO, up to a combined total of $50,000. Messages posted will also be shared with NASCAR fans via www.NASCAR.com/Salute . This initiative was launched as part of NASCAR: An American Salute, the industry's collective expression of reverence, respect and gratitude for those who have shared and continue to defend our nation today. 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