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Doug Coby Clinches Second Championship in Three Seasons as Ryan Preece Wins Finale

October 20th, 2014 at 9:04 PM
By Mark Eddinger

On Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Doug Coby wrapped up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship for 2014 to go along with his 2012 title. His 17th place finish was the worst of the season for him but he still won the championship by 22 points over Ryan Preece.

Preece, the 2013 champion, wrapped up his season with back-to-back wins as he took the checkered flag in Sunday's Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart. Preece's win total is now up to 11 in his NASACR Whelen Modified Tour career. On Monday, Preece announced that he would leave Flamingo Racing, where he has finished second, first, and second the past three seasons in points, to join TS Haulers Racing. Ron Silk has parted ways with that team following the 2014 season.

For Coby, he scored one win during the 2014 season but his nine top fives were two more than any other driver and helped earn him the championship for the second time in three years.

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Brad Keselowski Saves Championship Chances After Winning Wild GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

October 19th, 2014 at 7:34 PM
By Mark Eddinger

NASCAR's new Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff format reached the next cutoff and the 2012 champion, Brad Keselowski, had his back against the wall, needing a win to ensure his advancement into the final eight. Keselowski did just that after surviving near disaster early in the race and then holding off the field during a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish to win the GEICO 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Keselowski joined fellow Contender Round winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano along with Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, and Jeff Gordon in the Eliminator Round of the Chase, which will cut the field down from eight to four drivers. The four that advance will race for the championship in the season finale with the highest finisher taking the crown.

Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr did not advance in the Chase.

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Timothy Peters Wins Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Talladega

October 19th, 2014 at 1:52 AM
By Mark Eddinger

It took a green-white-checkered finish, but Red Horse Racing and Timothy Peters was able to hold of the field of trucks in the Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon. The win was the first of the 2014 season for Peters and the eighth of his Truck Series career.

Behind Peters, the field scrambled five-wide through the tri-oval to the finish line on the final lap. Tayler Malsam finished second, Spencer Gallagher third, Tyler Reddick fourth, and Ryan Blaney fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Erik Jones in sixth, Chris Fontaine seventh, John Wes Townley eighth, Darrell Wallace Jr ninth, and Joe Nemechek tenth.

Tyler Reddick started from the pole, but it was Tayler Malsam that took the lead on the opening lap. He led until lap 6 when Ryan Blaney passed him. Malsam went back in front on lap 7, but Blaney took the lead on lap 11. The first caution then flew on lap 12 when Erik Jones and German Quiroga came into contact on the backstretch. Quiroga then got turned down into Mason Mingus, who was turned up the track into the path of Ryan Sieg and Ron Hornaday Jr. Quiroga finished 29th, Mingus 32nd, Sieg 33rd, and Hornaday 34th in the 36 truck field.

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Brian Vickers Wins Pole for GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

October 18th, 2014 at 7:34 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The elimination race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, and it proves to be a wild affair. Things kicked off Saturday with knockout qualifying that left Brian Vickers on the GEICO 500 pole and Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Justin Allgaier among the drivers that did not qualify.

Brian Vickers, driving for Michael Waltrip Racing, earned his first pole of 2014 and the 12th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in Round 3 of knockout qualifying with a lap of 196.129 mph. The other 11 drivers that made it through to the 12 driver third round were Jimmie Johnson, who will start on the front row with Vickers, and AJ Allmendinger in third. Ryan Blaney will make his second career Sprint Cup Series start in the Team Penske No. 12 Ford after qualifying fourth. Brad Keselowski qualified fifth, Michael McDowell sixth for Leavine Family Racing, Travis Kvapil seventh for Circle Sport Racing, and Kasey Kahne eighth.

Terry Labonte qualified ninth for Go FAS Racing. Labonte announced that this will be his 890th and final Sprint Cup Series race. Michael Annett will start tenth, Ryan Newman 11th, and Martin Truex Jr 12th.

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Tyler Reddick Wins First Career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pole at Talladega Superspeedway

October 17th, 2014 at 8:54 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Brad Keselowski Racing's 18-year-old driver Tyler Reddick won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole in only his 13th start on Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. Reddick set the pole speed for the Fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola in Round 3 of knockout qualifying with a speed of 186.827 mph.

In Round 2, Erik Jones set a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying record at any track with a lap of 191.161 mph. Jones only ran a 185.301 mph lap in Round 3 and will start from sixth.

Lining up with Reddick on the front row Saturday will be Tayler Malsam. Championship points leader Matt Crafton will start third with Johnny Sauter fourth, and Ryan Blaney fifth. Other Round 3 drivers were Jeb Burton in seventh, Joe Nemechek eighth, John Wes Townley ninth, Mason Mingus tenth, Chris Fontaine 11th, and German Quiroga 12th.

Earning their qualifying positions in Round 2 were Ben Kennedy in 13th, Ron Hornaday Jr 14th, Brennan Newberry 15th, and Joey Coulter 16th. Daniel Suarez is making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut and qualified 17th in Win-Tron Racing's No. 35 Toyota. Jimmy Weller will start 18th, Bryan Silas 19th, Clay Greenfield 20th, Spencer Gallagher 21st, Ryan Sieg 22nd, Norm Benning 23rd, and Jennifer Jo Cobb 24th.

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