NASCAR comes to life in the Heart of Dixie as the truck series rolls into Talladega Super Speedway this weekend. The 2.5 mile monster of a race track is sure to bring excitement with lots of passing and vicious multi car wrecks at almost 200mph.
The Camping World Truck Series will kick the weekend off with the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. Mike Wallace is not scheduled to defend his 2011 victory but that doesn’t mean there will be anything less than the most competitive drivers in truck series history.
Rookie driver Ty Dillon, #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, leads the series championship by just one point over Turner Motorsports driver #30 James Buescher. Timothy Peters sits 24 points back but after several weeks of bad luck, he must rebound quickly if he hopes to stay in the championship hunt.
Parker Kligerman has been very impressive in the truck series since his move from Brad Keselowski Racing over to Red Horse Racing and may have his best chance ever to get his Toyota Tundra into victory lane this year.
Kurt Busch will compete in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Toyota and this truck is always fast here. Kurt is a very exciting competitor and a great driver in the Cup Series. Since being fired from Penske Racing at the end of last year, Busch has had to ride around in subpar equipment with less than stellar finishes in the Cup Series. Busch got his first restrictor plate win in his career earlier this year at Daytona in July racing in the Nationwide Series for James Finch.
The only drivers with multiple victories at this track are Kyle Busch and Todd Bodine, each having 2 victories but they have only been racing at Talladega since 2006. Todd Bodine is the only past winner that is scheduled to race this weekend, giving an extra level of excitement to the young drivers that have yet to capture a restrictor plate win.
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