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Preliminary entry lists for NASCAR at Talladega

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NASCAR makes its return trip to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with the Cup and Camping World Truck Series.

The Xfinity Series is off this week.

The Cup Series holds the Alabama 500, the second race of the Round of 12 in the playoffs. The Truck Series competes in the Fred’s 250, its first playoff elimination race.

Here are the entry lists for both races.

Cup – Alabama 500

Forty cars are entered.

J.J. Yeley will driver the No. 7 Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. Brendan Gaughan is entered in the No. 75 Chevrolet for Beard Motorsports.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the last race at Talladega in May after a last-lap pass of Kyle Busch. He beat Jamie McMurray and Busch to the finish.

This race was won last year by Joey Logano after he led 45 laps. He beat Brian Scott and Denny Hamlin.

Click here for the entry list.

Trucks – Fred’s 250

There are 32 trucks entered. No full-time Cup drivers are entered.

This race was won last year by Alabama native Grant Enfinger, who led 45 of that race’s 94 laps.

He beat Spencer Gallagher, Timothy Peters and Rico Abreu.

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NASCAR weekend schedule for Talladega Superspeedway

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The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series are in action this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway as both series hold Chase elimination races at the 2.66-mile track.

The Sprint Cup Series competes in the Hellmann’s 500, and the Truck Series, in its first race in two weeks, competes in the Fred’s 250.

Here’s the full weekend schedule for NASCAR including TV and radio times.

All times are Eastern.

Friday, Oct. 21

8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

1 – 1:55 p.m. – Truck series practice (Fox Sports 1)

2 – 2:55 p.m. – Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Truck Series practice (FS1)

4:30 – 5:25 p.m. – Final Sprint Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

Saturday, Oct. 22

9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

9 a.m. – Truck Series garage opens

10 a.m. – Truck Series driver-crew chief meeting

10:30 a.m. – Truck Series qualifying; single truck/two round (FS1)

12:30 p.m. – Truck Series driver introductions

1 p.m. – Fred’s 250; 94 laps, 250.04 miles (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4 p.m. – Sprint Cup qualifying; single car/two rounds (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Oct. 23

9:30 a.m. – Sprint Cup garage open

noon – Driver-crew chief meeting

1:25 p.m. – Driver introductions.

2 p.m. – Hellmann’s 500; 188 laps/500.08 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Dylan Lupton entered into first Truck Series race

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NASCAR Next alumnus Dylan Lupton will make his first start in the Camping World Truck Series this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Lupton, 22, will drive the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports / Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet in the Fred’s 250.

Lupton, a native of Wilton, California, will be the fourth driver to compete in all three national NASCAR series this season, joining Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer.

“This is a great opportunity at Talladega,” said Lupton in a press release. “I’m extremely appreciative to Tyler (Young), (crew chief) Andrew (Abbott) and the entire Young’s Motorsports team for giving me this opportunity. Obviously, Talladega is a crapshoot, but we’re focused on going down there and giving it all. I’m hoping we can find ourselves in a good position to have a good finish when the race is all said and done.”

Lupton has made two Sprint Cup starts, driving for BK Racing at Sonoma Raceway and Richmond International Raceway. His best finish was 25th at Richmond.

Saturday’s race will be Lupton’s first NASCAR start on a restrictor-plate track. He ran in the ARCA Racing Series’ season opener at Daytona and finished 24th.

“I’m glad I have some drafting experience, even though I expect the truck to be a lot different than the ARCA car,” Lupton said. “I’ve talked to Tyler and some of my other friends that race trucks and they’ve told me what to expect this weekend. I know these trucks tend to bounce around a lot in the draft and that the closure rate is extremely quick. I think it’s going to be a blast out there, but I also know I have a job to do too.”

The truck Lupton will pilot is the one Young drove to a sixth-place finish at Daytona in February.

Preliminary entry list for Truck Series race at Talladega

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Thirty-eight trucks are entered into the Camping World Truck Series’ Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

This is the final race of the first round of the Truck Series Chase.

There are no Sprint Cup drivers entered into the race. Two trucks, the No. 30 and N0. 71, do not have drivers attached to them yet.

Matt Tifft will drive the No. 11 Toyota for Red Horse Racing.

Red Horse Racing’s Timothy Peters has won the last two Talladega races, including winning last years’ from the pole.

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Timothy Peters earns first Truck win of 2015, second Talladega win in a row

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Timothy Peters won the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeeday when the race ended with a caution on the first lap of the only green-white-checkered attempt.

Peters was in the lead only about half a straightaway when Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley collided with each other and then the wall just behind Peter’s rear bumper. It was Gallagher who had given Peters the push to get out front for the fifth and final time.

“I appreciate the push that Spencer gave me, I’m glad he’s OK,” Peters said. “The push that Spencer gave me was a little delayed, but it was enough to get us in front of (Brandon Jones).”

Peters and his team then had to wait two laps for the win, their first of the year and the first since winning at Talladega last year.

It was a wait but Peters, who started from the pole, was the beneficiary of NASCAR’s new rule limiting restrictor-plate races to one green-white-checkered attempt.

“It was still intense, I wasn’t going to celebrate until I saw the checkered flag and the truck was completely across the line,” Peters said. “It was really was no different with one (GWC) attempts versus three. Everybody was maybe a tad more aggressive”

Peters was followed by Brandon Jones, Mason Mingus, Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick.

MORE: Race results

MORE: Truck point standings

WHY Timothy Peters WON: Peters grabbed the lead through the first two turns of the only possible green-white-checkered attempt. That’s where he was halfway down the backstretch when Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley crashed, bringing out the caution and effectively ending the race.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE:  Brandon Jones, in his first Talladega start, led seven laps and finished second … Erik Jones led six laps, finished fourth and increased his points lead to 18 points … John Hunter Nemechek was running near the back of the pack when he got loose and ran through the grass in the tri-oval on Lap 12. He bounced back to  finish 11th after surviving a big crash with three laps to go.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: The 10 drivers, including Matt Crafton and Matt Tifft, who were involved in “The Big One” with three laps to go on the backstretch. The caution was the fifth of the day, but the first for a multi-car crash, and turned into a 14-minute, 17-second red flag … Brian Keselowski led 10 laps in his Truck series debut and was in third prior to a late restart when he unexpectedly ran out of gas. Driving for brother of Brad, the older Keselowski ended the day in 17th … Terry Jones brought out the second caution on Lap 37 with a hard hit into the inside wall on the frontstretch, just before the pit road entrance. Jones was not hurt.

Quote of the Day: “You don’t ever want to wish bad luck (on anyone), but it wouldn’t hurt your feelings either to see that caution.” – Timothy Peters on the caution the ended Saturday’s race.

Notable:  Peters is the third driver in series history to win consecutive races at Talladega
Superspeedway joining Todd Bodine (2007, 2008) and Kyle Busch (2009, 2010).

WHAT’S NEXT: Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway at on Oct. 31 at 1:30 pm ET on Fox Sports 1