NASCAR Truck: chase field cut to six drivers
By AMANDA VINCENT
Saturday’s Fed’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway was the third race of the first-ever chase for the Truck Series, making it the first chase elimination race in series history. With the chase field whittled from eight to six drivers ahead of the Oct. 29 race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek and Daniel Hemric were left on the outside looking in as the two drivers eliminated from the chase after the Talladega checkered flag.
Both Nemechek and Hemric headed into the Talladega race as the two drivers in the provisional elimination spots and both struggled, unable to climb into advancing positions by the end of the race. Nemechek was retired by the race early by a failed engine on lap 14.
Meanwhile, Hemric was around at the end but was plagued by trouble throughout the 94-lap race, being a part of three cautions. He did manage an 11th-place finish, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the points deficit with which he entered the race, despite an expired engine for chaser Matt Crafton inside the final 10 laps.
The six advancing drivers include Crafton, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Ben Kennedy, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter.
Byron was the only chase driver who won in the three-race first round of the chase, with that win automatically advancing him to round two.
The remaining six chase drivers will see their points reset, all on equal standing with 3000 points to begin the second round next weekend at Martinsville.