NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Fred's 250 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, October 6th
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway (1969) -- Talladega, Alabama
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval - 4,300 feet (Frontstretch); 4,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 109,000 (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)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mike Wallace (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Ron Hornaday Jr
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (Finished 3rd)
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: $620,081 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $50,600; 2nd Place - $41,250; 3rd Place - $36,925
2011 Finish
1Mike Wallace66Todd Bodine25
2Ron Hornaday Jr57Austin Dillon3
3James Buescher18Brendan Gaughan29
4Ricky Carmichael49Kyle Busch17
5Jason White1910Max Papis23
2011 Fred's 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 127.481 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 41 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.057 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 24 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (177.676 m.p.h.)
Past Fred's 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Mike Wallace (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.481 m.p.h.
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), Mountain Dew 250 (2007-10), Coca-
Cola 250 (2011).
Past Fred's 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- James Buescher -- 3rd
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 (September 29th)
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nevada
MILES: 219
LAPS: 146
WINNER: Nelson Piquet Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Matt Crafton
THIRD: Joey Coulter
FOURTH: Brendan Gaughan
FIFTH: Todd Bodine
POLE WINNER: Joey Coulter (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 15 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 112.068 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.223 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 33 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Coulter - pole; T. Peters 1-18; J. Coulter 19-33; P. Kligerman
34-35; G. Enfinger 36; P. Kligerman 37-70; N. Piquet Jr. 71-76;
J. Coulter 77; T. Dillon 78-80; J. Coulter 81-103; T. Dillon
104-105; D. Mayhew 106; N. Piquet Jr. 107-124; M. Crafton 125; N.
Piquet Jr. 126-130; J. Coulter 131; M. Crafton 132-145; N. Piquet
Jr. 146.
Fred's 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Donnie Neuenberger (Brandywine, MD)Chevrolet/Eagle Convenience Stores
2Tim George Jr (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
5Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/Lofton Cattle
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/Wear Your Gear/
7Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/Melon 1
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/TBA
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Anderson Pure Maple Syrup
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)RAM/
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Hot Honey/Curb Records
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Dollar General
20Rick Crawford (Mobile, AL)Toyota/TBA
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Husky Liners
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/
27Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
28Wes Burton (Chiefland, FL)Chevrolet/FDNY Racing
29Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)RAM/Draw Tite
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Breast Cancer Awareness
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/TMS
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem Chase the Cure
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part LLC
51German Quiroga (Mexico City, Mexico)Toyota/NET-10 Wireless
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)RAM/Titan Tool
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/TBA
76Ryan Hackett (LaPlata, MD)Ford/
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/JPO Absorbents
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
93Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
Leading Contenders (Finish last six years)
Ron Hornaday Jr10th7th2nd17th21st2nd
James Buescher---------15th6th3rd
Jason White---35th29th32nd9th5th
Todd Bodine4thWonWon3rd18th6th
Justin Lofton------------33rd11th
Cole Whitt---------------14th
Johnny Sauter---------14th3rd15th
Joey Coulter---------------20th
Timothy Peters---------11th7th23rd
Nelson Piquet Jr---------------26th
Matt Crafton18th18th16th10th4th31st
Aric Almirola22nd------2nd2nd---
Cale Gale---22nd------------
Kurt Busch------------------
Ty Dillon------------------
Ryan Blaney------------------
Mover of the Week
Nelson Piquet Jr - Started in the 13th position and finished 1st
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ty Dillon
Darkhorse - Justin Lofton
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Crafton) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Sieg) - Finished 22nd
Last season, Mike Wallace raced to victory for the first time in his Camping World Truck Series career, as he defeated Ron Hornaday Jr by less than one second.

Wallace, a Nationwide Series regular, got a lot of pushing help from his Kevin Harvick Inc. teammate, Ron Hornaday Jr., to lead 54 of the 94 laps. Both drivers were hooked up in a two-truck tandem for most of the race at the 2.66- mile superspeedway.

Wallace, who substituted for Elliott Sadler in KHI's No.33 Chevrolet captured his first title in 11 years. Sadler was scheduled to drive the truck, but his wife, Amanda, was expecting their second child, which prompted the substitution.

Wallace had not won a race in any one of NASCAR's three national series since July 2004 at Daytona. His most recent truck win had come in 2000 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine have dominated the this race in the six years of its existence, with each driver winning in back-to-back seasons.

In 2010, 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.

Busch defeated Almirola again in 2009 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 22 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 five races remaining, the Camping World Series is still up for grabs, as Ty Dillon owns a one-point lead over James Buescher and just 24 clear of Timothy Peters. Dillon has four consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win, while Buescher has seven top-10s in the last eight races with two wins.

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 seventh year of existence, the formerly called 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 finished in the top-10 just once since (Buescher in 2011).

The Camping World Truck Series takes two weeks off before it resumes its schedule with the Oct. 27 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. Denny Hamlin won last year's race there.

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