After a week to regroup and go over strategy, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is kicking off a triple header weekend at none other than Talladega Superspeedway with the Chevy Silverado 250 on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR radio.
Talladega Superspeedway has participated in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs since its inception into the series in 2016. The 2022 season marks the second time Talladega has hosted the fifth race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs (2021, 2022) and becomes the third different track to occupy the spot, joining Texas Motor Speedway (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020) and Martinsville Speedway (2019). This is the third different spot on the ANSCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Schedule Talladega Superspeedway has resided; from 2016 – 2018 and in 2020, the track played host to the third Playoff race (the elimination of the first round) then in 2019, Talladega hosted the fourth race on the postseason schedule. This season, it’s hosting the fifth.
The 2.66-mile superspeedway has hosted 16 Camping World Truck Series races, producing 11 different race winners and 14 different pole winners.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last raced at Talladega in the 2021 postseason where fans saw Tate Fogleman make the trip to Victory Lane. On par with the craziness that comes with racing on superspeedways, all six previous Playoff races at Talladega Superspeedway have been won by non-playoff drivers – Tate Fogleman (2021), Raphael Lessard (2020), Spencer Boyd (2019), Timothy Peters (2018), Parker Kligerman (2017) and Grant Enfinger (2016).
The drivers will kick off their fifth Playoff weekend with qualifying at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 30. Qualifying for the Truck Series will not be broadcast this weekend.
ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski is sitting pretty in ‘Dega
Not only did ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski score his first NASCAR national series victory two weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he also claimed the first berth in the Championship 4 Round set to take place at Phoenix Raceway with the championship season finale on November 4. Now, the Wisconsin native heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend will get to breathe easy as he is the only postseason competitor locked into the next round.
The Talladega Superspeedway race on October 1 will be the first-time Majeski takes on the 2.66-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series. Although this will be a new track for him, he has proven he knows his way around a superspeedway. In the February season opener, he won the pole at Daytona and ultimately finished in the seventh position.
Clinch Scenarios: Three spots up for grabs at the ‘Wild Card’ Talladega Superspeedway
Ty Majeski made the trip to Victory Lane in the first race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Round of 8, so now drivers have just two opportunities – Talladega and Homestead-Miami – to claim their spot in the Championship 4 Round and join him. Plus, don’t forget at least one driver will make the Championship 4 Round on points making each finish in the final two races the much more imperative.
The following driver has clinched a spot in the four-driver field of the next round: Ty Majeski.
Can Clinch Via Points
If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the third winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Chandler Smith or Zane Smith.
- Chandler Smith: Could only clinch with help
- Zane Smith: Could only clinch with help
If there is a new winner from Stewart Friesen or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being 56 points above the second winless driver in the standings.
- Chandler Smith: Could only clinch with help
Can clinch via win
The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, John Hunter Nemechek, Christian Eckes, Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes.
Playoff Bubble: Nemechek, Eckes, Enfinger, Rhodes outside Champ 4 cutline
Looking at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings following the Round of 8 opener at Bristol Motor Speedway, the postseason competitors are tasked with trying to make the Championship 4 Round with just two races to go. ThorSport Racing’s Ty Majeski won at Bristol two weeks ago and has clinched his spot in the next round leaving three spots still up for grabs.
Halmar Friesen Racing’s Stewart Friesen is currently ranked in the fourth and final transfer spot on points to the Championship 4 Round, up nine points on Kyle Busch Motorsport’s driver John H. Nemechek in fifth – the first spot outside the cutoff. Behind Nemechek is ThorSport Racing’s Christian Eckes in sixth (-13 points), then GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger in seventh (-15 points) and ThorSport Racing’s driver and 2021 series champion Ben Rhodes in eighth (-18 points).
Examining the Camping World Truck Playoffs field for Talladega
When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, expect some hard racing as a lot will be on the line. Below is a look at how the Round of 8 drivers have performed at Talladega Superspeedway:
Ty Majeski: He currently ranks first and has racked up 3,053 points heading into the Truck Series’ next race at Talladega Superspeedway. This will be his first start at the Alabama track.
Chandler Smith: He sits second in the standings with 3,076 points. He has two starts at Talladega with one top five and one top 10 finish.
Zane Smith: He is currently in third with 3,073 points. He has given the 2.066-mile superspeedway a go twice and finished 33rd in both races.
Stewart Friesen: He comes in the next race in fourth with 3,061 points. He has five starts at the track with one top five and two top 10 finishes.
John Hunter Nemechek: He sits fifth in the standings and has accumulated 3,052 points. In his six starts at Talladega, he has posted one top five and two top 10s.
Christian Eckes: He is sixth in the rankings and is going into the next Playoff race with 3,048 points. He has had one stint at Talladega Superspeedway, and he finished in the 18th position.
Grant Enfinger: He currently ranks seventh and has 3,046 points. He has eight starts at the Alabama track with one win (2016), two top fives and three top 10s.
Ben Rhodes: He takes up the final Playoff spot with 3,043 points. He has six starts at Talladega with one top five and one top 10 finish.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Who is next? Six different winners in as many races at Talladega – Heading into this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is riding a streak of different winners at the 2.66-mile track that dates back to 2016 with six different winners in the last six races. So, who is next?
Five former Talladega Truck Series winners are entered this weekend – Parker Kligerman (two wins), Johnny Sauter, Grant Enfinger, Tate Fogleman and Spencer Boyd (each have one win).
Natalie Decker to run at Talladega – Natalie Decker, the highest finishing female in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a fifth-place finish at Daytona in 2020, is set to get behind the wheel of the No. 43 for Reaume Brothers Racing at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct 1.
“We have been working with Natalie for a while now, and we are all really excited to have her drive our #43 truck at Talladega. She brings a lot of great energy to the track and shop, which is very contagious, and we are looking forward to giving her a great opportunity when she returns to the Truck Series come October,” said team owner Josh Reaume. “I am very confident in Natalie that she will do an awesome job at Talladega.”
Decker has made 32 career Truck Series starts posting one top-five and one top-10 finish. She made her series track debut at Talladega in 2019; she started 19th and finished 16th.
Parker Retzlaff will make Camping World Truck Series career debut at Talladega – Young’s Motorsports has tapped driver Parker Retzlaff to pilot their No. 20 Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. With crew chief Andrew Abbott on the box, Retzlaff will attempt to make his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career start.
Retzlaff will look to become the 16th different driver to make his series career debut at Talladega and the first in the series at the 2.66-mile track since Vinnie Miller in 2017.
- 4 of the last 5 winners came from 14th or worse including 3 straight from Row 8 on back.
- Ford has 1 Talladega win, that came in the inaugural race in 2006.
- Chevrolet has won 3 of the last 4 here.
- Just 1 time has the eventual race winner even finished in stage points here. That was 10th in Stage 1 of the 2017 race. No other time as the winner scored stage points.
- Each of the last 4 races saw the winner lead only the final lap. The 2017 race saw Kligerman lead 3 total laps in the race, including the final 2.
- 02 Grala – Lets keep the odd trend going and have Grala win. He was 9th here in 2020 and 6th in the 2021 spring Cup race.
- 25 DiBenedetto – 1st Truck Series Talladega start. He was 5th in the Cup race here in 2021.
- 15 Gray – 4th in Daytona this past February.
- 3 Anderson – He’s always in the top 5 at Daytona, why not here? 3 top 11’s in his last 4 here and 5th in last year’s Xfinity Series race.
- 23 Enfinger – His home track and he’s had 4 straight top 5’s on the season.