The Camping World Truck Series visits NASCAR’s longest oval track, the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway, this Saturday for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca Cola, and Kyle Busch Motorsports owner Kyle Busch returns to the seat of the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra at ‘Dega. He’ll be joined in the race by full-time Truck Series drivers Joey Coulter and Darrell Wallace Jr., and KBM Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman, who returns to the Truck Series to defend his win in last year’s race with BRG Motorsports.
In five Truck Series starts at Talladega, “Rowdy” Busch has four top 10 finishes, including two wins in 2009 and 2010. His 2010 win over Aric Almirola and Johnny Sauter was by a mere 0.002-seconds, the closest margin of victory in the Truck Series since electronic scoring was implemented.
“I think in the past you always heard people talking about wanting to be running second at a superspeedway race with one to go and then you come off Turn 4 and slingshot your way to the win,” said Busch on the KBM website. “With all the big accidents that seem to happen on the final lap - especially in the Truck Series where maybe the guys running these races don’t have as much experience in the draft or with the tandem whichever plays out at the end of the race - I think you are probably better off being in the lead. At Daytona earlier this year I thought I was right where I wanted to be - running second behind Sauter just biding my time, waiting to make my move at the end - then all the sudden a wreck broke out behind us and I never got the chance to make the pass.”
Coulter, in the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Tundra this weekend, as two previous Truck Series starts at Talladega, with a best finish of 14th last year. Wallace Jr., in the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Tundra, will make his debut at Talladega; his only other superspeedway start came at this season’s opener at Daytona, where he finished 12th.
“We do have unfinished business in the 18,” said Coulter. “Our goal this year was to win the championship. Our goals now have shifted to winning these last 5 races and performing like the championship team that we know we are.”
“I’m excited to get back to racing after several weeks off and continue our momentum of top-five finishes,” said Wallace Jr. “This week at Talladega, I think we will be a little more aggressive than we were at Daytona, but also look to avoid the “Big One.” Earlier this season at Daytona, it was such an unknown for me and I was just starting to learn how the Tundra’s handled, so this time around I’m looking to finish better than where we did at Daytona which was 12th. We have Camping World and Good Sam back on board our No. 54 Toyota Tundra and we are ready to get to Talladega and get a good finish, maybe even a win.”
Kligerman returns to the Truck Series in the No. 20 Toyota Tundra for BRG Motorsports. The team will utilize KBM chassis and Joe Gibbs Racing engines, with Josh Bragg serving as crew chief.
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