Wild Finish for CWTS in Talladega

It’s an elimination weekend for the Camping World Truck Series when the trucks come to Talladega Superspeedway for the Fred’s 250.

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Eight will become six when two drivers are eliminated at the end of the race. Before the race starts Kaz Grala and John Hunter Nemechek are the two drivers in danger of being eliminated. Christopher Bell and Ben Rhodes are guaranteed a spot in the next round after winning races earlier in the round.

After two rounds of single truck qualifying Christopher Bell wins his fourth pole of the season.

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The starting lineup for the Fred’s 250:
Christopher Bell – in the playoffs
Johnny Sauter – in the playoffs
Stewart Friesen
Justin Haley
Chase Briscoe – in the playoffs
Austin Cindric – in the playoffs
Ryan Truex
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Ben Rhodes – in the playoffs
Matt Crafton – in the playoffs
Kaz Grala – in the playoffs – had an engine issue and must start the race from the back of the field
Grant Enfinger
Parker Kligerman
John Hunter Nemechek – in the playoffs
Clay Greenfield
Chris Fontaine
Cody Coughlin
Tyler Young
Austin Wayne Self
Joe Nemechek
Regan Smith
D.J. Kennington
Bobby Gerhart
Wendell Chavous
Spencer Boyd
Mike Harmon
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Josh Reaume
Norm Benning – did not make a qualifying run

Stages one and two of the race are only 20 laps each with stage three lasting 54 laps for a total of 94 laps around the 2.66 mile track.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Johnny Sauter to take over the lead of the race.

Lap two, Johnny Sauter passes Christopher Bell for the lead of the race. Norm Benning is off the track.

Lap three Kaz Grala has moved up to the 22nd spot.

Lap five Chase Briscoe has a smoking truck. Joe Nemechek is off the track.

Lap seven, Johnny Sauter is still in the lead of the race but has a lead of less than a tenth of a second on Justin Haley. Chase Briscoe takes his truck to the garage.

Lap 12 Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race but by less than a tenth of a second on Justin Haley. There are 26 trucks on the lead lap,

An ailing Noah Gragson brings his truck down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop for a possible flat tire. Erik Jones is on standby in case Gragson cannot contiue to drive.

Austin Cindric short pits and brings his truck down pit road with three laps remaining in the first stage.

Chase Briscoe’s engine issue was for a pinched O ring.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 19 for a crash involving Chris Fontaine, Ryan Truex, and Kaz Grala.

Johnny Sauter wins stage one under the caution flag.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Johnny Sauter
Justin Haley
Christopher Bell
Stewart Friesen
Myatt Snider
Matt Crafton
John Hunter Nemechek
Ben Rhodes
Cody Coughlin
Parker Kligerman

Kaz Grala is out of the race…and out of the playoffs.

Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 25 and runs nose to nose with Johnny Sauter but it is Johnny Sauter that gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 29 Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race with Justin Haley just a tenth of a second behind.

Ryan Truex is out of the race.

There are 23 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 36 Johnny Sauter continues to lead the race with 23 trucks on the lead lap and four truck out of the race.

Johnny Sauter wins stage two.

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Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 47 and gets out in front of the field for the lead.

Myatt Snider gets a push and passes Christopher Bell for the lead of the race on lap 48.

Lap 49 Cody Coughlin passes Myatt Snider for the lead of the race.

Lap 50 Parker Kligerman passes Cody Coughlin for the lead.

Lap 51 Stewart Friesen passes Parker Kligerman for the lead of the race.

Parker Kligerman has been warned about pushing Stewart Friesen. Drivers may bump a drivers but cannot push them.

The caution flag comes out for a multi truck crash involving Matt Crafton, Clay Greenfield, Regan Smith, and John Hunter Nemechek.

Noah Gragson reports a continuing vibration issue.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 60 but gets loose and is passed by Parker Kligerman for the lead. There are 22 trucks on the lead lap.

Regan Smith is out of the race.

Several drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service. Christopher Bell takes over the lead of the race.

Cody Coughlin takes over the lead of the race.

Stewart Friesen is having some issues on pit road with his pit stop. Friesen is now one lap down; he is the only truck one lap down.

Lap 66 Cody Coughlin leads the race with a lead of less than a tenth of a second on Grant Enfinger.

Clay Geenfield challenges Cody Coughlin for the lead of the race but Coughlin holds him off.

The fourth caution flag comes out on lap 75 for a big crash involving leader Cody Coughlin, Myatt Snider, Chase Briscoe, and Chris Fontaine.

NASCAR has put out the red flag to get the track cleaned up and take care of the drivers. Chris Fontaine gets out of the truck but needs medical assistance.

The red flag has been pulled and replaced with the caution flag, drivers bring their trucks down pit road for service and crash repairs.

Grant Enfinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 18 laps remaining in the race. The top three are Grant Enfinger, Christopher Bell, and Johnny Sauter.

Seventeen to go and Grant Enfinger has a lead of a tenth of a second on Johnny Sauter.

With 15 to go Grant Enfinger continues ot lead the race with Johnny Sauter in second and Justin Haley in third.

Ten to go and the drivers are getting aggressive and fighting for the lead. Grant Enfinger holds on to the lead.

With eight to go the drivers are getting five wide across the track.

Seven to go and Christopher Bell has taken over the lead of the race.

The fifth caution flag of the race comes out with just five laps to go when Austin Wayne Self spins out.

In official overtime, Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green/white/checker finish but it is Parker Kligerman who edges out in the front as the drivers spread out across the track.

Parker Kligerman takes the white flag as the trucks get into a big crash. Parker Kligerman wins his second race at Talladega.

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Christopher Bell, Ben Rhodes, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric, and John Hunter Nemechek will all move on to the next round in the playoffs; but Kaz Grala and Chase Briscoe have been eliminated.

The unofficial results of the Fred’s 250:
Parker Kligerman
Christopher Bell
Myatt Snider
Grant Enfinger
Austin Cindric
John Hunter Nemechek
Vnnie Miller
Clay Greenfield
Matt Crafton
Tyler Young
Bobby Gerhart
Johnny Sauter
Spencer Boyd
Noah Gragson
D.J. Kennington
Justin Haley
Stewart Friesen
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Mike Harmon
Josh Reaume
Chase Briscoe
Ben Rhodes
Wendell Chavous
Cody Coughlin
Chris Fontaine
Regan Smith
Ryan Truex
Kaz Grala
Joe Nemechek
Norm Benning


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