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NASCAR Truck: standings after Talladega Superspeedway

Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

By AMANDA VINCENT

Parker Kligerman played 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff spoiler on Saturday with his win of the Fred’s 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The race was the third race of the playoffs, making it the elimination race of the first round, so the Truck Series playoff field was cut from eighth to six drivers at the checkered flag.

Kaz Grala and Chase Briscoe were the two drivers eliminated from the 2017 playoffs after Saturday’s race. Grala’s elimination was straight forward when he retired from the event on lap 19 as the result of a wreck with Ryan Truex.

But Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek battled throughout the race for the final playoff advancement spot. Briscoe spent 10 laps in the garage early in the race to repair a mechanical issue, but late in the race, he and Nemechek remained close in the standings, sometimes only separated by a single point.

Nemechek had his problems, too. With just under 40 laps remaining, he was involved in a multi-truck wreck that caused extensive damage to his truck.

Briscoe wound up 22nd, nine laps down, at the checkered flag. Meanwhile, another multi-truck wreck on the final lap moved Nemechek up to sixth in the finishing order and onto the next round of the playoffs.

“This is just the situation we were dealt in the playoffs, and you have to go out here and perform,” Briscoe said. “Honestly, if we run better at Loudon, this doesn’t happen. The good Lord has a bigger plan, and I am not sure what that is. As much as this sucks right now, I am still grateful and fortunate to be running race cars for a living. I have to think big picture, but it sucks. I really wanted to get Brad (Keselowski, truck owner) his first championship, and Austin still has a shot. We still have some races we can win, and that is what we want to do.”

Briscoe’s Brad Keselowski Racing teammate, Austin Cindric, was among the six drivers who advanced.

“Things went well for us today,” Cindric said. “The people that we were fighting against had troubles and we got some stage points and got a nice margin and, really, we were able to ride there for the last nine or so laps and then decided there was nothing to lose at that point and tried to make something of it and ended up P5.  I’m really happy with that.  I’m really proud of these guys at BKR for everything they’ve done this year.  It’s a shame the 29 (Briscoe) can’t transfer on.  That’s a real bummer, because they’re just as good as anybody out there, so it’s too bad we can’t have two Fords up there, but I’ll be more than happy to carry the flag.  This is the last race with LTi Printing on the truck, so we’re thankful to them for being a great partner of ours.”

Aside from Cindric and Nemechek, other advancing drivers included Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes.

Sauter won both of the 20-lap stages that made up the first 40 laps of the race, and as a result, garnered two additional playoff points to take into the next round.

Ahead of the next race on the schedule Oct. 28 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the points have been reset among the remaining six playoff drivers. Here’s a look at the standings:
1. Christopher Bell — 3047
2. Johnny Sauter — 3027
3. Matt Crafton — 3014
3. John Hunter Nemechek — 3014
5. Ben Rhodes — 3013
6. Austin Cindric — 3007

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