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Timothy Peters wins Truck race at Talladega after last-lap contact

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Contact on the final lap of the Fr8auctions 250 at Talladega Superspeedway between Timothy Peters and Noah Gragson sent one driver spinning and the other to victory lane.

Peters made contact with Gragson’s right rear quarter panel while battling for the lead, sending Gragson’s truck into the wall. Peters was ahead of the field as the caution waved to freeze the field to score the win.

“My spotter said clear coming down to the tri-oval and I just didn’t get cleared enough,” Peters said. “I had my teammate coming on the outside and had a good push … to the outside and it was just formed up quicker, better trucks, coming off of Turn 2. We’re coming down to the checkered flag and we’re trying to make the best of it. Noah is going for it, too. Was it a block? At that point it didn’t matter, I wasn’t going to lift. I hated the outcome that it was but it feels good to cross that finish line knowing we won that race.”

Myatt Snider finished second with David Gilliland third. Justin Haley, who was already locked into the Round of 6 with his win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, finished fourth. Wendell Chavous placed a career-best fifth in what he said would be his last series race.

Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen were eliminated from title contention.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 went caution-free with a few close calls. It boiled over in the final stage. On lap 59, Chris Fontaine changed lanes from the high side and came across the nose of Haley. Fontaine spun into Johnny Sauter and then shot back up the track. When the smoke cleared, 10 trucks were heavily damaged, including those of points contenders Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes. Also involved were Parker Kligerman, Spencer Gallagher, John Hunter Nemechek, Bo LeMastus and Justin Fontaine. The accident brought out a red flag that lasted 11 minutes, 42 seconds.

Gragson tweeted after the race that there were no hard feelings toward Peters.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Todd Gilliland

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WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Wendell Chavous finished fifth to earn his first top 10 in 50 Truck races. … Bryan Dauzat (8th) scored his first top-10 finish in his fourth career start. … In his third career Truck race, Max Tullman scored his first top 10 (10th). His previous best was a 23rd at Chicagoland earlier this year.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Tanner Thorson (31st) got turned out of the draft with three laps remaining in Stage 2, collecting Brett Moffitt. Early in the final stage, he cut a tire and spun in a single-truck incident. … Making his fourth start of the season, Parker Kligerman (28th) pinballed his way through the Lap 59 accident and made heavy contact with the inside wall. … Coming off Turn 4, Todd Gilliland (20th) made contact with Enfinger with 11 laps remaining while battling for the lead. Gilliland made heavy contact with the inside wall.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “That’s Talladega. That’s what we race here for: wild wrecks and crazy finishes. … We had a great first two segments and then got hooked in the right rear in that one,” Crafton said on Fox after being involved in a Lap 59 accident.

WHAT’S NEXT: Texas Roadhouse 200 at 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 27 on Fox Sports 1.

Chris Fontaine surprises with fastest speed in final Truck practice at Talladega

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Chris Fontaine, who is making his first start in the Camping World Truck Series this season, was the surprising fastest driver in Friday’s second and final practice at Talladega.

Driving the No. 47 Toyota Tundra, Fontaine covered the 2.66-mile, high-banked tri-oval at a field-best speed of 187.897 mph.

Stewart Friesen was second (187.835 mph), followed by Grant Enfinger (187.761), Myatt Snider (186.696), Noah Gragson (186.547), Christopher Bell (185.823), Justin Haley (184.883), Johnny Sauter (181.247), Clay Greenfield (179.642) and Parker Kligerman (179.259).

Qualifying takes place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET, just before the Fred’s 250 race, which will take the green flag at 1 p.m. ET

Click here for the full final practice speed chart.

Tyler Reddick wins Truck Series season opener at Daytona

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Tyler Reddick held on in a late sprint to the checkered flag tonight to win his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Reddick and Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Austin Theriault were in position to secure a 1-2 finish at the white flag, but Theriault was shuffled back in the final yards and ended up fourth unofficially behind Reddick, Erik Jones in second, and Scott Lagasse, Jr. in third.

A caution with 10 laps to go set the stage for a final restart with six laps left. But the front-runners ran largely single file until the very end, when Theriault, Jones, and Lagasse went three-wide in the tri-oval in a battle for second.

Ahead of it all was Reddick, who secured win No. 1 in his 18th Truck Series start after leading 46 laps.

“Honestly, there wasn’t a lot going on behind me, so I was pretty ‘rest assured,'” Reddick told Fox Sports. “I had my teammate behind me … He would’ve done just about anything to keep anyone from getting to me, and he sure did all he could so I’ve really got to thank him for that.”

It’s a great start to 2015 for Reddick, who joins BKR full-time this season in the No. 19 Ford. Theriault is part of a driver rotation in the team’s other Ford, the No. 29.

“I’m really excited for Tyler – he’s running for a championship and I think this will be pretty good momentum for [the No. 19 team],” said Theriault, who is scheduled to run the No. 29 in 13 races this year. “[And] the [No. 29] is running for an owner’s championship. A solid finish leaving Daytona and a little bit of damage, but we’ll bring it back and go from here.”

Reddick will take a six-point lead in the championship over Jones to Atlanta Motor Speedway next week.

The first half of the race featured several cautions, including one for a 12-car melee in Turn 3 just before the Lap 50 mark. It started when drivers on the inside appeared to slow down after Ben Kennedy was riding up on the outside wall due to a tire failure. As the inside line stacked up, contact between James Buescher and John Wes Townley sent them spinning and those directly behind them were collected.

Pole sitter Ty Dillon had been the strongest driver up to that point, but needed to pit for fuel under the subsequent caution. He was never able to return to the front and finished 11th after pacing 37 early laps.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona
Unofficial Results
1. Tyler Reddick … 100 laps
2. Erik Jones … 100 laps
3. Scott Lagasse, Jr. … 100 laps
4. Austin Theriault … 100 laps
5. Ray Black Jr. … 100 laps
6. David Gilliland … 100 laps
7. Bryan Silas … 100 laps
8. Matt Crafton … 100 laps
9. Daniel Suarez … 100 laps
10. Johnny Sauter … 100 laps
11. Ty Dillon … 100 laps
12. Korbin Forrester … 100 laps
13. Tyler Young … 100 laps
14. Norm Benning … 100 laps
15. Travis Kvapil … 93 laps
16. Ryan Ellis … 87 laps
17. James Buescher … 85 laps
18. Jennifer Jo Cobb … 77 laps
19. Matt Tifft … 64 laps
20. Joe Nemechek … 62 laps
21. Spencer Gallagher … 61 laps
22. John Wes Townley … 48 laps
23. Cameron Hayley … 48 laps
24. Timothy Peters … 48 laps
25. Chris Fontaine … 48 laps
26. Daniel Hemric … 48 laps
27. Todd Peck … 48 laps
28. Ben Kennedy … 20 laps
29. Justin Boston … 18 laps
30. Austin Hill … 13 laps
31. Donnie Neuenberger … 13 laps
32. Justin Marks … 12 laps

Time of race: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 45 seconds
Margin of victory: 0.173 seconds
Cautions: 6 for 28 laps
Lead Changes: 14 among 7 drivers
Laps Led: Reddick 46, Dillon 37, Theriault 9, Suarez 5, Gilliland 1, Crafton 1, Young 1

Big One strikes in Truck Series season opener at Daytona

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A major crash just before the halfway point of tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway has involved a dozen trucks.

The incident occurred at the end of the backstretch going into Turn 3. Ben Kennedy was slow up on the outside wall, but on the inside of the track, an accordion effect ensued between drivers. Contact sent James Buescher and John Wes Townley spinning, with those directly behind them unable to escape the crash.

The other nine drivers involved in the incident were: Johnny Sauter, Austin Theriault, Ryan Ellis, Timothy Peters, Chris Fontaine, Cameron Hayley, Daniel Hemric, Todd Peck, and Spencer Gallagher. However, several of the trucks involved have been able to continue.

Two that weren’t as fortunate were Kennedy and Peters, who are teammates at Red Horse Racing. Kennedy told Fox Sports that a left rear tire failure was the cause for him being up near the fence just before the Big One.

“It was either wreck left and go into the pack or wreck right and go into the wall, so I just decided to wall it. I have no idea what happened with the wreck. I’d hate it if it was me.”

As for Peters, the crash ended a rough Friday that also had him wreck in afternoon qualifying.

“Just goes to show you that it’s out of your control,” Peters told Fox.

The subsequent caution period was also notable for race leader Ty Dillon having to pit for fuel while pit lane was closed. Up to this, Dillon had been the dominant driver in this race with 37 laps led in the first half.

Ty Dillon on pole for tonight’s Truck Series season opener

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One day after making his first career Daytona 500, Ty Dillon has won the pole for tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Dillon posted a final-round lap at 188.774 mph in the No. 33 Chevrolet that was enough to hold off former Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil (188.707) for the top spot on the NextEra Energy Resources 250 starting grid.

Brad Keselowski Racing teammates Tyler Reddick (188.123) and Austin Theriault (187.786) will make up Row 2, followed by another former series champion, James Buescher, and reigning series rookie of the year Ben Kennedy in Row 3.

Timothy Peters has been forced to a back-up truck after he was tagged by Norm Benning during the first round of qualifying and sent spinning into the wall. Also among those failing to advance from the first round was back-to-back defending Truck Series champion Matt Crafton.

Green flag for tonight’s 100-lap, 250-mile race is scheduled for shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – NextEra Energy Resources 250
Starting Lineup

Row 1: Ty Dillon, Travis Kvapil
Row 2: Tyler Reddick, Austin Theriault
Row 3: James Buescher, Ben Kennedy
Row 4: Erik Jones, Chris Fontaine
Row 5: Scott Lagasse Jr., Spencer Gallagher
Row 6: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Donnie Neuenberger
Row 7: David Gilliland, Cameron Hayley
Row 8: Ray Black Jr., Matt Tifft
Row 9: Austin Hill, Joe Nemechek
Row 10: Johnny Sauter, Daniel Hemric
Row 11: Ryan Ellis, Norm Benning
Row 12: Korbin Forrister, Todd Peck
Row 13: Justin Boston, John Wes Townley
Row 14: Justin Marks, Bryan Silas
Row 15: Tyler Young, Daniel Suarez
Row 16: Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters

Failed to qualify
Mason Mingus, Justin Jennings, Cody Ware, Clay Greenfield, Jordan Anderson