NCWTS: Coca-Cola 250 at Talladega-Preview

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Information 

Date: October 22, 2011

Time: 4 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. on SPEED)

Location: Talladega Superspeedway

Track: 2.66 mile Tri-Oval

Race Distance: 94 laps/ 250.04 miles

Broadcast: Television-SPEED — Radio-MRN( Motor Racing Network) Sirius XM Channel 90

Weather

High: 69°F

Low:38°F

Chance of Rain: 0%

Winds: From the North at 5 mph

Humidity: 62%

UV Index: HIGH 6

Drivers To Watch

Target: Todd Bodine, Kyle Busch, Ron Hornaday Jr., Austin Dillon, James Buescher

Avoid: Josh Richards and Jeffery Earnhardt

Sleepers: Mike Wallace, Ricky Carmichael, Chris Fontaine, Jason White

Analysis: If there’s anyone better on superspeedways in the Camping World Truck Series other than Todd Bodine, they must be incredible. Bodine won consecutive Talladega races in 2007 and 2008, and holds the highest average running position of 4.5 as well as holding the title of most Talladega laps lead with 85. Last year, Kyle Busch was able to win this race in thrilling fashion, but not until after the dominant truck of the day, Ron Hornaday Jr. was knocked out due to an accident. Austin Dillon and James Buescher showed speed at the season opener in Daytona. Buescher was credited with a ninth place effort, while Dillon was forced out of the race after ‘the big one’ claimed his RCR Chevrolet.

Notes

- Last weekend in Las Vegas, Ron Hornaday Jr. was able to once again prove that an old man can still wheel one of these Camping World Trucks as he picked up his second consecutive victory in dominant fashion. Hornaday has now won five races on the season which have taken him from being a possible threat, to an almost guaranteed contender for the series crown.

-Last year’s NCWTS race at Talladega Superspeedway saw one of the most exciting finishes in series history. Kyle Busch was able to edge out former teammate Aric Almirola by a mere  0.002 seconds, the closet finish in series history since electronic scoring was implemented.

- After appearing to throw in the towel early last weekend in Las Vegas, Austin Dillon was able to salvage his points lead over now second place, Johnny Sauter. James Buescher appeared to be in the driver’s seat for the championship until teammate Blake Feese lost control of his truck underneath Buescher, forcing Buescher behind the wall. Buescher now sits seven points back of the top spot, with Sauter right ahead of him only five points off of Dillon.

- Nationwide and Cup Series veteran Mike Wallace makes a rare appearance in a Camping World Truck this weekend in ‘Dega’. Wallace will pilot the No. 33 Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Incorporated. Widely regarded as one of the best restrictor plate racers in all of NASCAR, Wallace should be one the series regulars and Cup dippers will have to look out for if they want to win Saturday.

Entry List for the Coca-Cola 250 Powered by Fred’s

#1 Jeffery Earnhardt Poynt Chevrolet

#2 Ron Hornaday Jr. Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet

#3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/ Tracker Boats Chevrolet

#4 Ricky Carmichael Monster Energy Chevrolet

#5 Todd Bodine NTB-Service Central Toyota

#6 Justin Lofton CollegeComplete.com Chevrolet

#7 Miguel Paludo Stemco Duroline Toyota

#07 Butch Miller ASI Limited Chevrolet

#8 Nelson Piquet Jr. Autotrac/Qualcomm Chevrolet

#9 Max Papis GEICO Toyota

#09 Charles Vest Rockingham Speedway Ford

#10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Mark One Electric Ford

#13 Johnny Sauter Safe Auto Curb Records Chevrolet

#16 Donnie Neuenberger Eagle Convenience Stores Chevrolet

#17 Timothy Peters NTB/Service Central Toyota

#18 Kyle Busch Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota

#20 Johanna Long Panhandle Grading & Paving Toyota

#22 Joey Coutler Rip It Energy Fuel Chevrolet

#23 Jason White Gunbroker.com Chevrolet

#28 Wes Burton FDNY Racing Chevrolet

#29 Parker Kligerman Penske Truck Leasing Dodge

#31 James Buescher Bad Boy Mowers Chevrolet

#32 Blake Feese TBA Chevrolet

#33 Mike Wallace Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet

#39 Ryan Sieg S&W Services Chevrolet

#51 Josh Richards Joy Mining Machinery Toyota

#57 Norm Benning TBA Chevrolet

#60 Cole Whitt Fuel Doctor/ Red Bull Chevrolet

#62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel and Casino Toyota

#63 Jack Smith Seal Wrap Ford

#66 JJ Yeley Turn One Racing Chevrolet

#68 Clay Greenfield Motion Design Group Dodge

#74 Mike Harmon Racing For Marrissa Chevrolet

#76 Ryan Hacket JandRSupply.com Ford

#81 David Starr Zachry/NCCER “Build Your Future” /ASI Limited Toyota

#82 Grant Enfinger VisitGulf.com Ford

#84 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Toyota

#88 Matt Crafton Menards Chevrolet

#93 Mike Garvey S&W Services Chevrolet

#98 Dakoda Armstrong Ferrellgas-Agrisure Chevrolet

#99 Patrick Sheltra TBA Ford

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