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Enfinger Wins Talladega Truck Race

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 22 2016

Camping World Trucks Series logoAlabama native Grant Enfinger won Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway and in doing so entered the Round of Six in the Chase playoffs.

With a strong push from GMS Racing teammate and Chase driver Ben Kennedy after a restart on Lap 93 of 94, Enfinger surged to the front and stayed there in the face of a last-lap challenger from another teammate, Spencer Gallagher, who came home second, .108 seconds behind the winner.

The victory was Enfinger’s first in 13 career starts in the series.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Enfinger, who led the first-ever 1-2 finish for GMS. “It’s my home track. It’s just so special.”

 

“I got behind Grant Enfinger and tried to push him as much as I could,” said Kennedy, who shoved his teammate’s No. 24 Chevrolet to the front in the outside lane. “I knew the outside line had a little bit of something. I pushed him as much as I could, and once he got out to the lead, that truck was so fast out there.

“I thought about trying to make it three-wide, but I didn’t really have the momentum to carry it around him.”

Also moving on to the Round of 6 were sixth-place finisher Christopher Bell, GMS driver Johnny Sauter (seventh on Saturday), 10th-place finisher William Byron (who already had clinched a spot with a victory in the opening Chase race at New Hampshire) and Matt Crafton (who came home 22nd after his blown engine caused the seventh and final caution on Lap 89).

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Alabama

Saturday, October 22, 2016

  1. (2) Grant Enfinger #, Chevrolet, 94.
  2. (3) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 94.
  3. (6) Timothy Peters (C), Toyota, 94.
  4. (24) Rico Abreu #, Toyota, 94.
  5. (4) Ben Kennedy (C), Chevrolet, 94.
  6. (14) Christopher Bell # (C), Toyota, 94.
  7. (5) Johnny Sauter (C), Chevrolet, 94.
  8. (22) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 94.
  9. (12) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 94.
  10. (8) William Byron # (C), Toyota, 94.
  11. (17) Daniel Hemric (C), Ford, 94.
  12. (27) Dylan Lupton(i), Chevrolet, 94.
  13. (31) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 94.
  14. (23) Austin Wayne Self #, Toyota, 94.
  15. (26) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 94.
  16. (29) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 94.
  17. (21) Bobby Gerhart(i), Chevrolet, 94.
  18. (28) Reed Sorenson(i), Chevrolet, 94.
  19. (20) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, Accident, 93.
  20. (15) Austin Cindric, Ford, 92.
  21. (32) Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 90.
  22. (13) Matt Crafton (C), Toyota, Engine, 88.
  23. (18) Chris Fontaine, Toyota, Accident, 64.
  24. (25) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, Accident, 59.
  25. (19) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, Accident, 59.
  26. (16) Tyler Reddick, Ford, Accident, 59.
  27. (10) Korbin Forrister, Toyota, Accident, 59.
  28. (9) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, Accident, 59.
  29. (1) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, Accident, 58.
  30. (30) Brandon Hightower(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 51.
  31. (7) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, Driveshaft, 34.
  32. (11) John H Nemechek (C), Chevrolet, Engine, 13.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  119.161 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 05 Mins, 54 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.107 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  7 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes:  15 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   C. Custer # 0; G. Enfinger # 1-15; T. Reddick 16-31; T. Peters (C) 32-36; A. Self # 37; C. Custer # 38-39; T. Peters (C) 40-48; B. Kennedy (C) 49-56; M. Tifft # 57; G. Enfinger # 58-62; T. Martins 63-66; G. Enfinger # 67-68; M. Tifft # 69-70; G. Enfinger # 71-91; S. Gallagher 92; G. Enfinger # 93-94.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  G. Enfinger # 5 times for 45 laps; T. Reddick 1 time for 16 laps; T. Peters (C) 2 times for 14 laps; B. Kennedy (C) 1 time for 8 laps; T. Martins 1 time for 4 laps; M. Tifft # 2 times for 3 laps; C. Custer # 1 time for 2 laps; A. Self # 1 time for 1 lap; S. Gallagher 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: W. Byron # (C) – 2,103; C. Bell # (C) – 2,089; T. Peters (C) – 2,084; B. Kennedy (C) – 2,084; J. Sauter (C) – 2,078; M. Crafton (C) – 2,072; D. Hemric (C) – 2,059; J. Nemechek (C) – 2,038; T. Reddick – 408; C. Custer # – 405.

 

 

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, October 22 2016
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