Timothy Peters wins Truck race at Talladega after last-lap contact
Peters made contact with Gragson’s right rear quarter panel while battling for the lead, sending the No. 18 into the wall. Peters was ahead of the field as the caution waved to freeze the field.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 went caution free with a few close calls. It all boiled over in the final stage. On lap 59, Chris Fontaine changed lanes from the high side and came across the nose of playoff contender Justin Haley. Fontaine spun down into Johnny Sauter and then shot back up the track. When the smoke cleared, 10 trucks were heavily damaged included 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.
Crafton finished fourth in Stage 1 and second in Stage 2 to earn 16 points before the accident. The crash damage was significant enough to cause him to retire in 26th.
Gallagher led the most laps (15) before the accident.
Sauter finished second in Stage 1 and third in Stage 2. That earned enough points to lock him into the Round of 6.
Rhodes was able to continue in his damaged truck, but spent the remainder of the race battling to get back on the lead lap. He has not able to make up his lap and finished below the cutoff line.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger
STAGE 2 WINNER: Todd Gilliland
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WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Coming soon
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 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 segment and then got hooked in the right rear in that one,” Crafton said on Fox after being involved in a Lap 59 accident.
NOTABLE: Coming soon
WHAT’S NEXT: Texas Roadhouse 200 at 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 27 on Fox Sports 1.
via NASCAR Talk https://nascar.nbcsports.com
October 13, 2018 at 10:27PM