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NASCAR Truck: how to advance in the chase beyond Talladega

By AMANDA VINCENT
After a couple of weekends off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action Saturday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with the running of the Fred’s 250. The Talladega race is the third race of the first-ever chase for the Truck Series, making it an elimination race. At the checkered flag Saturday, two drivers will be eliminated from the eight driver chase field.
William Byron is the only chase driver with a chase win heading into Talladega, so he’s the only driver with his second-round slot already clinched.
Meanwhile, Daniel Hemric and John Hunter Nemechek are on the provisional outside looking in, sitting seventh and eighth in the standings heading into the race after which the chase field will be cut from eight to six drivers. Also, Hemric and Hunter head to Talladega tied in the standings, each with 2037 points.
The only way Hemric and Nemechek control their own destinies, securing chase advancement spots, regardless of how their fellow-chasers perform, is by winning. They may, however, advance on points with help in the form of poor finishes by one or more other chase drivers.
Below, is the rundown of how other chase drivers may secure chase advancement slots, regardless of fellow-chasers  fare (courtesy of NASCAR):
Christopher Bell (0 Wins, 2062 Points) – Would clinch on points with 23 Points (10th and no laps led, 11th and led at least one lap, 12th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 9 Points (24th and no laps led, 25th and led at least one lap, 26th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
Matt Crafton (0 Wins, 2061 Points) – Would clinch on points with 25 Points (8th and no laps led, 9th and led at least one lap, 10th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 10 Points (23rd and no laps led, 24th and led at least one lap, 25th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
Ben Kennedy (0 Wins, 2055 Points) – Would clinch on points with 31 Points (2nd and no laps led, 3rd and led at least one lap, 4th and led most laps) and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 16 Points (17th and no laps led, 18th and led at least one lap, 19th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
Timothy Peters (0 Wins, 2053 Points) – Would clinch on points with a 2nd place finish and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 18 Points (15th and no laps led, 16th and led at least one lap, 17th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
Johnny Sauter (0 Wins, 2052 Points) – If there is a repeat winner, would clinch on points with 19 Points (14th and no laps led, 15th and led at least one lap, 16th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.
Daniel Hemric (0 Wins, 2037 Points) – With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.
John Hunter Nemechek (0 Wins, 2037 Points) – With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins. Could clinch on points with help.
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