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It’s time for the decisive stretch of the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series season.
This weekend marks the first of three Round of 6 races, which will set the field for the Championship Four.
In other words, a win at Talladega means an automatic spot in the Homestead finale.
Of course, ‘Dega is also as unpredictable as it gets.
Only two drivers taking part in this year’s race have won at Talladega in the past.
What: Sugarlands Shine 250
Where: Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL
When: Saturday, October 12th at 1:30 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Grant Enfinger won this race in 2016, which makes him the most recent winner at Talladega among active drivers.
It was his first career win in the series, still as a part-time driver.
As a regular in the series, Enfinger finished fourth in 2017 and led the most laps last year despite finishing down in 19th.
The ThorSport driver also scored a second place in the season opener at Daytona.
After winning the regular season championship, Enfinger was eliminated in the Round of 8.
Already out of the title fight, he will try to score a win and end the season on a high.
Ross Chastain scored top 3 finishes in two of his last three superspeedway races.
He finished third in the Truck Series’ season opener at Daytona and won at the track in the July Xfinity race.
Widely regarded as the man to beat during the regular season, Chastain got off to a great start in the playoffs.
This will be his fourth start at Talladega in the trucks.
Chastain has a best finish of third, which came in 2013.
He is third in the standings, five points ahead of the cutoff.
Austin Hill won the season opener at Daytona, having also led the most laps.
The Hatori Racing driver has a solid career record at superspeedways.
Hill finished tenth at Talladega last year, his first start at the track.
He seems to be picking up the pace at the perfect moment.
Hill has two wins in the last four races, including the most recent event in Las Vegas.
This has moved him up to second in the standings, six points ahead of the cutoff.
Johnny Sauter is the other past winner taking part in this year’s race.
The ThorSport driver won at the track in 2013.
Sauter has a good record at Talladega with five top 10 finishes, including three results inside the top 3, in ten starts.
Just like his teammate and fellow Talladega winner Grant Enfinger, Sauter was eliminated in the Round of 8.
After getting off to a strong start this season, the 2016 champion has seen a significant drop.
Sauter has not finished inside the top 5 since his win at Dover in May, a 13-race streak.
He only has three top 10 results during that stretch.
A win would be a good way to build some momentum for the next rounds and the 2020 season.
Riley Herbst will be the one taking over the Kyle Busch Motorsports #51 car this weekend.
The Joe Gibbs Racing young driver will make his third career start in the trucks this season.
Herbst raced at Talladega earlier this year in the ARCA Series, finishing second.
He will now have a chance to drive what’s arguably the fastest car on the grid.
Earlier this year, fellow young driver Christian Eckes started from the pole at Daytona driving the #51.
John Hunter Nemechek is back onboard a truck for this weekend.
The NEMCO driver will make his third start in the Truck Series this season.
Since graduating from the series in 2018, Nemechek has two top 10 finishes in two starts at Talladega.
His previous experience in the trucks will be an advantage.
He has one top 10 finish in four Truck Series starts at the track.
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