NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Coca-Cola 250 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, October 22nd
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway (1969) -- Talladega, Alabama
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval - 2,150 feet (Frontstretch); 4,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 143,231 (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Aric Almirola
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr (Finished 21st)
LAPS: 94
MILES: 250.04
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mark Martin, 2006 (182.320 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Todd Bodine, 2009 (145.513 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $624,395 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $66,650; 2nd Place - $49,890; 3rd Place - $31,710
2010 Finish
1Kyle Busch186James Buescher9
2Aric Almirola57Timothy Peters15
3Johnny Sauter88Austin Dillon3
4Matt Crafton119Jason White2
5Ricky Carmichael710Craig Goess19
2010 Coca-Cola 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 139.293 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 48 minutes, 51 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.002 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 15 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr (181.230 m.p.h.)
Past Coca-Cola 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (18th) -- Toyota -- 139.293 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (10th) -- Toyota -- 127.837 m.p.h.
2008 -- Todd Bodine (5th) -- Toyota -- 145.513 m.p.h. (race record)
2007 -- Todd Bodine (1st) -- Toyota -- 129.985 m.p.h.
2006 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 138.207 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called John Deere 250 (2006), Moutain Dew 250 (2007-10).
Past Coca-Cola 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 21st
2009 -- Colin Braun -- 12th
2008 -- Erik Darnell -- 12th
2007 -- Todd Bodine -- 1st
2006 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Smith's 350 (October 15th)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Virginia
MILES: 219
LAPS: 146
WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr
RUNNER-UP: Matt Crafton
THIRD: Timothy Peters
FOURTH: Johnny Sauter
FIFTH: Todd Bodine
POLE WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr. (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 16 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.065 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.629 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Hornaday 1-22; D. Starr 23-28; R. Hornaday 29-41; J. Sauter
42-60; T. Peters 61-64; R. Hornaday 65-104; J. Sauter 105-110; T.
Bodine 111-114; R. Hornaday 115-146.
Coca-Cola 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Poynt
02Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/
2Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/NTB/Service Central
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/
07Butch Miller (Coopersville, MI)Chevrolet/ASI Limited
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Autotrac/Qualcomm
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/Mark One Electric
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
16Donnie Neuenberger (Brandywine, MD)Chevrolet/Eagle Convenience Stores
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/NTB/Service Central
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Certified Used Vehicles
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading & Paving
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Rip It/Energy Fuel
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/
28Wes Burton (Chiefland, FL)Chevrolet/FDNY Racing
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Penske Truck Rental
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Wolfpack Rentals
32Blake Feese (Saybrook, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
33Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
51Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Toyota/Joy Mining Machinery
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Fuel Doctor/Red Bull
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel and Casino
63Jack Smith (Medina, OH)Ford/Seal Wrap
66J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Turn One Racing
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Dodge/Motion Design Group
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Racing for Marrissa
76Ryan Hackett (LaPlata, MD)Ford/
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
82Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, AL)Ford/
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
93Mike Garvey (Lakeville, MN)Chevrolet/S&W Services
98Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Chevrolet/Ferrell Gas/Agrosure
99Patrick Sheltra (Indiantown, FL)Ford/TBA
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish last five years)
Kyle Busch---14th3rdWonWon
Johnny Sauter---------14th3rd
Matt Crafton18th18th16th10th4th
Ricky Carmichael---------20th5th
James Buescher---------15th6th
Timothy Peters---------11th7th
Austin Dillon------------8th
David Starr24th11th19th5th11th
Todd Bodine4thWonWon3rd18th
Ron Hornaday Jr10th7th2nd17th21st
Elliott Sadler---------------
Mover of the Week
Norm Benning - Started in the 33rd position and finished 15th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Todd Bodine
Last Week's Pick to Win (James Buescher) - Finished 21st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brian Ickler) - Finished 28th
Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine have dominated the this race in the five years of its existence, with each driver winning in back-to-back seasons.

Last season, Busch captured his second straight Truck Series race at Talladega, as he defeated Aric Almirola by less than a second for his 22nd career title. Busch, who currently owns 30 Truck wins, crossed the finish line by just 0.002 of a second in the closest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish.

In 2009, Busch defeated Almirola again after an eleven-truck pileup in the closing laps set up a green-white-checkered finish. Bodine moved around Busch for the lead just after the restart, but Busch got plenty of help from Almirola on the final lap to deny Bodine.

Prior to Busch's double, Bodine posted back-to-back wins in 2007-08.

The 2008 victory by Bodine came at the expense of Ron Hornaday Jr, whom he defeated by 0.074 seconds. Bodine passed Colin Braun on the final lap and held off Hornaday for his 14th of 21 career Truck Series titles. Pole sitter Erik Darnell led a race-high 48 laps, including the first 32, but finished 12th.

Bodine was quite dominant in winning in 2007, as he beat Rick Crawford to the checkered flag. Bodine, who started on the pole, led twice for 46 laps, as he crossed the finish line 0.014 seconds ahead of Crawford. Jack Sprague led four times for 30 laps, but failed to finish due to an accident and placed 27th.

With only four races remaining, the Camping World Series is still up for grabs, as Austin Dillon owns a five-point lead over Johnny Sauter and just seven ahead of James Buescher. Hornaday Jr moved back into contention with his win in Las Vegas and now stands just 21 points back. Hornaday started on the pole and put on a dominating performance by leading 107 of 146 laps for his fourth win of the season and the 51st of his career.

In 2006, pole sitter Mark Martin recorded his sixth of seven career Truck Series titles, as he crossed the finish line by 0.405 seconds ahead of Skinner. Martin, who led the first five laps, reclaimed the lead for the fourth time on lap 91 and held on for the victory. Martin led for a race-high 37 laps, while Johnny Benson, who placed ninth, led for 32 laps.

Although in its sixth year of existence, the Mountain Dew 250 was originally held at Richmond International Raceway from 1995-2005. After the pole sitter captured the first two races at Talladega, the driver on the pole has not finished in the top-10 since.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the October 29 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Ron Hornaday Jr is the defending race winner.

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As of October 18, 2011, at 03:13 PM ET
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