2018 – Talladega Superspeedway Preview

From ThorSport Racing PR –

 

Race 19 of 23: Talladega Superspeedway

Track Length / Type: 2.66-mile asphalt oval

Race Distance: 94 laps I 250.04 miles

Race Format: Three Stages | Stage 1: 20 laps (ending at Lap 20), Stage 2: 20 laps (ending at Lap 40), Final Stage: 54 laps (ending at Lap 94)

 

ThorSport Racing at Talladega Superspeedway

ThorSport Racing has made 31 starts at the 2.66-mile asphalt oval with 12 different drivers since 2006:

  • Wins: 1
    • Johnny Sauter – 2013
  • Poles: 0
  • Top-five finishes: 6
    • Matt Crafton, 4th – 2010
    • Johnny Sauter, 3rd – 2010
    • Johnny Sauter, 2nd – 2012
    • Johnny Sauter, 1st – 2013
    • Rico Abreu, 4th – 2016
    • Grant Enfinger, 4th – 2017
  • Top-10 finishes: 12
  • Laps Led: 84

Team Notes:

  •  Talladega Tough… Ben Rhodes looks to run strong this weekend, working hard to earn himself a locked in position in the Round of 6 with a win. In five starts at restrictor plate tracks (Daytona Superspeedway, Talladega) in the NCWTS, Rhodes has finished once in the top-five and three times in the top-10, leading 20 laps overall. With this weekend marking the cutoff for NCWTS Playoffs’ Round of 6, it’s vital Rhodes finds himself in victory lane Saturday.

Ford Facts: Talladega Superspeedway 

Ford-powered F-150’s have found victory lane 97 times since 1995 in the NCWTS, including one win at Talladega:

  • 2006: Mark Martin

 

Team Info/Stats:

Crew Chief: Eddie Troconis

Driver Point Standings: 7th

Owner Point Standings: 7th

Playoff Position: 7th

Spotter: Lloyd Garner

Truck: No. 41 Carolina Nut Co. Ford F-150

 

Chatting with Ben Rhodes…

 

“This is going to be a very challenging and tricky race at Talladega because our entire season is coming down to this one race – to know if we’re going to advance in the playoffs or if we’re going to be falling short. Unfortunately, luck plays a big part in this race, but you also have to be smart – team and driver. For us, we have to be cautiously aggressive. That means we have to be running in the top-five to top-10 the entire race, scoring as many stage points as possible. At the same time, survival is the biggest element here. Any of the drivers not locked in to the next round could fall out of the playoffs here, and it could possibly come down to who wrecks out first this weekend. We have to be careful, we have to play it safe, but we also have to be going for every point we can get.”

 

Chassis No. 65

 

Starts: 2

Last raced: Talladega, 2018

Poles: 0

Wins: 0

Laps led: 25

Top-five finishes: 0

Top-10 finishes: 2

Highest start: 8th

(Daytona, 2017)

Highest finish: 2nd

(Daytona, 2017)

Rhodes at Talladega (NCWTS)

 

Starts: 2

Highest start: 10th (2017)

Highest finish: 23rd (2017)

Last race finish: 23rd (2017)

Laps led: 0

Average start: 17.5

Average finish: 23.5

Laps completed: 129

Race Recap: Las Vegas II

 

Started: 18th

Stage 1: 10th

Stage 2: 7th

Finished: 4th

Laps: 144 / 144

Laps Led: 4

Status: Running

 

 

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