Talladega An Eliminator For The CWTS

Noah Gragson

The first round of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs will come to a close following next weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Talladega has been a cutoff race for the Truck Series for the last two years. Take a look at some interesting facts from the postseason:

  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2018 Playoff field had a total of eight drivers from five different owner organizations
    • Kyle Busch Motorsports – Noah Gragson
    • GMS Racing – Johnny Sauter, Justin Haley
    • Hattori Racing – Brett Moffitt
    • ThorSport Racing – Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Grant Enfinger
    • Halmar Friesen Racing – Stewart Friesen
  • Five drivers have made their appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs for the first time
    • First Playoff appearance: Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen (2018)
    • Second Playoff appearance: Ben Rhodes (2017 and 2018)
  • Two drivers have won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship before
    • Matt Crafton (2013 and 2014)
    • Johnny Sauter (2016)

Round of 8 Recap:

  • Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – 2.459 mile, 10-turn road course – Chevrolet Silverado 250
    • Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes (ThorSport Racing)
    • Race Winner: Justin Haley (GMS Racing)
    • Lap Leader (Most): Noah Gragson (KBM) with 35 laps led
    • Playoff standings leader following the race: Johnny Sauter left Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a six-point lead over second place Brett Moffitt and an 11-point lead over third place Noah Gragson.
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway –1.5-mile asphalt tri-oval – World of Westgate 200
    • Pole Winner: Noah Gragson (KBM)
    • Race Winner: Grant Enfinger (ThorSport Racing)
    • Lap Leader (Most): Grant Enfinger (ThorSport Racing) with 40 laps led
    • Playoff standings leader following the race: Johnny Sauter left Las Vegas with a 17-point lead over second place Noah Gragson and a 22-point lead over third place Brett Moffitt.
  • Talladega Superspeedway – 2.66-mile, asphalt tri-oval – Talladega 250

A Look Back: Dega’s Previous Playoff Races

  • 2016 Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola
    • Playoff Drivers: Timothy Peters (started sixth), Ben Kennedy (started fourth), Christopher Bell (started 14th), Johnny Sauter (started fifth), William Byron (started ninth), Daniel Hemric (started 17th), Matt Crafton (started 13th), John Hunter Nemechek (started 11th)
      • Pole Winner: Cole Custer (JR Motorsports)
      • Race Winner: Grant Enfinger (GMS Racing)
      • Highest Finishing Playoff driver: Timothy Peters, third place
      • Lap Leader: Grant Enfinger (GMS Racing) with 45 laps led
  •  Playoff drivers eliminated after Round of 8: Daniel Hemric (finished 11th), John Hunter Nemechek (finished 32nd)

 

  • 2017 Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola
  • Playoff Drivers: Christopher Bell (started first), Austin Cindric (started sixth), John Hunter Nemechek (started 15th), Matt Crafton (started 11th), Johnny Sauter (started second), Chase Briscoe (started fifth), Ben Rhodes (started 10th), Kaz Grala (started 12th)
    • Pole Winner: Christopher Bell (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
    • Race Winner: Parker Kligerman (Henderson Motorsports)
    • Highest Finishing Playoff driver: Christopher Bell, second place
    • Lap Leader: Johnny Sauter (GMS Racing) with 39 laps led
  • Playoff drivers eliminated after Round of 8: Chase Briscoe (finished 22nd), Kaz Grala (finished 29th)

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

 

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