Dillon, Buescher head to Talladega with one-point separation
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Camping World Truck Series will run its second and final restrictor-plate race of the season on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.
With five races to go, rookie Ty Dillon holds a mere one-point lead over James Buescher. Their closest competitors -- Timothy Peters, Joey Coulter and Parker Kligerman -- have significant deficits to overcome. Peters is 24 points behind, while Coulter trails by 38 and Kligerman 39.
Dillon has yet to make a Truck Series start at Talladega but has previous experience at this track.
"We won at Talladega last year in the ARCA Racing Series," he said. "It's really a fun track to race if you can stay out of trouble. I think we can run up front this weekend if we're smart and race the racetrack. Pack racing can be a lot of fun if you know how to do it right. You need to be sure you don't get caught in the wrong place and the wrong time."
Buescher has run well at Talladega in the past, finishing 15th (2009), sixth (2010) and third (2011). He leads the series with four wins this season. All of his victories have come on 1.5-mile tracks.
"I really enjoy racing on superspeedways for the pure fast speeds and action pack racing," Buescher said. "I am also on edge, because anything at any time can happen on them. This is a place that we can win, and I hope we are in place to accomplish that."
Todd Bodine is the only driver entered in this race that has won a previous truck event at Talladega. Bodine scored back-to-back victories there from 2007-08.
In February, Bodine's then Red Horse Racing teammate, John King, won the first restrictor-plate race of the season at Daytona. King lost his ride with the No. 7 team in May due to lack of sponsorship.
Thirty-six teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Fred's 250. Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch are those Sprint Cup Series regulars scheduled to compete in this race.
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck. Date: Saturday, Oct. 6. Race: Fred's 250. Site: Talladega Superspeedway. Track: 2.66-mile oval. Start time: 4 p.m. (et). Laps: 94. Miles: 250.04. 2011 Winner: Mike Wallace. Television: Speed. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite.
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