Fright Fest at Talladega: Johnny Sauter survives Talladega
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series headed to Talladega Superspeedway for the final plate race of the 2013 season; the Fred’s 250.
Jeb Burton and Max Gresham, relative newcomers to superspeedways, started on the front row. the anticipation was high from the drop of the green flag.
Early in the race, drivers played nice and were settling into a nice rhythm. The first caution came out for fluid on the track.
Restart on lap 14 had a potent duo in James Buescher and Ron Hornaday on point after they rocketed to the lead prior to the caution.
Two laps later, though, Chris Fontaine was pushed to the lead by Kyle Busch. The lead swapped back and forth between the duo of Buescher-Hornaday and Busch-Fontaine.
Lap 20 saw a caution for debris on the track and the restart had Ty Dillon and Busch would lead them back to green.
The race was settling into a nice pace with the drivers trying different lines and seeing who they could get to work with them. Drivers were drifting from the back to the front with relative ease.
With 39 laps to go Dillon sent Sean Corr for a spin with a bump draft gone bad.
Darrell Wallace Jr and teammate Busch lead them to the green flag. The “Big One Part One” happened on with 29 laps to go. Hornaday triggered the wreck which involved Corr, Brennan Newberry, Timothy Peters, German Quiroga, Jeb Burton, Caleb Holman.
After track clean up there was 21 laps left. The trucks lined up for the restart with Parker Kligerman and Matt Crafton taking the lead.
Caution waved again for another wreck and the drivers would restart with 10 laps to go. Ross Chastain and Kligerman on point they managed three laps until another wreck between Ryan Blaney, Hornaday, and Scott Stancel.
They lined up for the final time with Chastain and Johnny Sauter on the front row.
As the field took the white flag action picked up. Kligerman clipped the apron and collected Miguel Paludo who tagged Busch. Busch hit the wall hard along with a few other trucks who were collected. Justin Lofton suffered a broken thumb but it was Sauter took the checkered flag.
With a record 29 lead changes among 13 different drivers, the race was as competitive as ever.
Crafton maintained his points lead even though he was collected in the last lap wreck after Buescher saw trouble earlier in the race.
Next week the series heads to Martinsville Speedway.