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John Wes Townley and Tayler Malsam get caught up in a late race incident that sent both drivers spinning through the grass at Texas Motor Speedway.
Driver will run 12 Camping World Truck Series races in 2014
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
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
See where your favorite driver will be on pit road (Sat., 10 p.m. ET, FS1) By winning the 21 Means 21 Pole Award, Ryan Blaney got his pick of spots on pit road and the Brad Keselowski Racing driver chose the pit stall closest to the exit of pit road. The pole position could help the young driver gain some ground in the standings. He enters Saturday's Rhino Linings 350 (10 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway , third in the Camping World Truck Series standings. Blaney has an opening on pit road, an advnatage that some of his competitors also enjoy. Darrell Wallace Jr. (starting second), Tayler Malsam (starting third), German Quiroga (starting fourth), series points leader and defending champion Matt Crafton (starting fifth), Spencer Gallagher (starting sixth), Jeb Burton (starting seventh), Joey Coulter (starting eighth), Ben Kennedy (starting ninth), Tyler Young (starting 10th), Erik Jones (starting 13th), Brian Ickler (starting 14th), Tyler Reddick (starting 15th) Johnny Sauter (starting 16th) and Joe Nemechek (starting 19th) all have an opening in front of them on pit road. Coming into Camping World Truck Series' 17th race of the season, Crafton holds a seven-point edge on his ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter in the standings. 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
CONCORD, N.C. -- Turn One Racing announced Tuesday that Justin Marks will drive the No. 66 Chevrolet full-time in the Camping World Truck Series, starting with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18. The team has also signed a new major primary sponsor with the details to be announced at a later date. "It's a great thing for me personally to have the opportunity to come back into the Truck Series after spending a few years racing in other divisions," Marks said. "I've always had a lot of respect for Stacy Compton and his team, both when it was Wyler Racing and now as Turn One Racing. What's great about being able to experience NASCAR like I did in 2008, and come back after a couple years out of it, is the perspective I've gained from reflecting on that time and learning what kind of program I need to come back to in order to be successful. Stacy has been refreshingly honest with me and given me the blueprint for success in 2011. I'm thrilled for what's ahead and am already working hard on being the best I can be and making this year count." Marks, 29, is coming off of an impressive season in the ARCA Racing Series where he finished sixth in the 2010 driver standings after scoring one win, seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. Marks also took the pole at New Jersey Motorsports Park and led 132 laps in the series overall. "We are very happy to have Justin join our driver lineup this season," team owner Compton said. "He is coming off a very successful year in the ARCA Racing Series where he proved his talents as a driver. Adding Justin to our driver lineup will help build our program and put us in a position to win races and championships in the future." Marks made his NASCAR debut in the Truck Series in 2007 and ran a partial schedule in 2008, where he claimed the pole at Texas. In total, Marks has made 22 starts in the series. In the past three years, Marks has also competed in the Nationwide Series, where he made seven starts. Former race winning crew chief and NASCAR veteran Doug Wolcott will lead the team in 2011. Wolcott was most recently a crew chief at Randy Moss Motorsports where he called the shots for drivers Tayler Malsam and David Starr, among others. Prior to joining RMM, Wolcott was a crew chief at Bill Davis Racing, where he guided driver Scott Speed to a win at Dover in May 2008 and helped that truck to 11th place in the owners' standings with four different rookie drivers. "Doug is a guy that has been around this sport a long time and he's worked with and won with young guys," Marks said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and an unmatched work ethic. We already have a good working relationship that's growing by the day so I think by the time Daytona rolls around, we'll be firing on all cylinders. This is the first time in my career that I've been able to bring a crew chief into a program and work with him to build the effort around us and our goals so I'm pretty excited."
Teenager edges Malsam , tops qualifying for first time in truck career
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