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Wrap-up

Wrap-up: Talladega

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: November 18, 2018, 9:29 pm ET

This past weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series visited the high-speed (200+ mph) 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The trucks competed on Saturday in the 94-lap Fr8Auctions 250. The Cup series closed out the weekend with the 193-lap (five-lap overtime) 1000Bulbs.com 500. This was the second of the three-race MENCS Round of 12 Chase Field. The NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action next weekend with the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Results and upcoming scheduled events for the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below. The NASCAR Pinty Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour have completed their 2018 seasons.
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Kurt Busch (No. 41 Ford) won the Busch Pole Award for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 with a lap of 195.804 mph. This is his 27th pole in 643 MENCS races. It is his fifth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2018 and his first pole in 36 races at Talladega Superspeedway. Clint Bowyer (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2018 and his ninth in 26 Talladega races. Kevin Harvick (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Talladega. It is his 23rd in 31 races this season. Aric Almirola also qualified fourth, giving Stewart-Haas Racing a sweep of the top four starting positions in the lineup. William Byron (eighth) was the fastest qualifying Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender.
Did not qualify: No. 97 David Starr.
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Results: Aric Almirola (No. 10 Ford) won the 1000Bulbs.com 500, his second victory in 275 MENCS races. This is his first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2018. It is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 18 races at Talladega. Clint Bowyer (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 26 races at Talladega and his 15th top-10 in 2018. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 Talladega races. Darrell Wallace Jr. (19th) was the highest finishing ROTY. Pole-sitter Kurt Busch led a race-high 108 laps but ran out of fuel, while leading, during the final lap of the five-lap overtime. He coasted to a 14th place finish in the 193-lap race.
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Standings: Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 17 points over Kyle Busch.
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MENCS Round of 12 Chase Field:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kyle Busch
3. Joey Logano
4. Kurt Busch
5. Aric Almirola
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Martin Truex Jr.
8. Chase Elliott
-After the next race (Kansas), the bottom four in the point standings will not advance to the MENCS Round of 8.
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Ryan Blaney
11. Kyle Larson
12. Alex Bowman
Next: Sunday, Oct. 21, Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, KS)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Standings: Christopher Bell leads the point standings by 5 points over Justin Allgaier.
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NXS Round of 8 Chase Field: (ranked by re-seeded points)
1. Christopher Bell
2. Justin Allgaier
3. Daniel Hemric
4. Cole Custer
-After the next three race (Kansas, Texas and ISM (Phoenix) Raceway) the bottom four will not advance to the NXS Championship Four finale at Homestead-Miami.
5. Elliott Sadler
6. Tyler Reddick
7. Matt Tifft
8. Austin Cindric
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Next: Saturday, Oct. 20, Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: David Gilliland (No. 51 Toyota Tundra) won the Pole Award for the Fr8Auctions 250 with a lap of 180.570 mph. Making his first NCWTS start at Talladega, Gilliland scored his second pole in 14 NCWTS races. It is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2018. XFINITY Series regular Spencer Gallagher (second) posted his first top-10 NCWTS start of 2018 and his third in four truck races at Talladega. Timothy Peters (third) posted his fourth top-10 Talladega start and his second in four series races this season. Todd Gilliland (sixth) was the fastest qualifying ROTY contender.
Did not qualify: No. 6 Norm Benning, No. 83 Joey Gase(i), No. 0 Ray Ciccarelli and No. 15 Jamie Mosley.
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Results: Timothy Peters (No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado) won the Fr8Auctions 250, his 11th victory in 242 NCWTS races. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2018. It is his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Talladega. Myatt Snider (second), the highest finishing ROTY contender, posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Talladega. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2018. Pole-sitter David Gilliland finished third in his first NCWTS start at Talladega.
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Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 16 points over Justin Haley.
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NCWTS Round of 6 Chase Field: (ranked by re-seeded points)
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Justin Haley
3. Noah Gragson
4. Brett Moffitt
-After the next three race (Martinsville, Texas and ISM (Phoenix) Raceway) the bottom two will not advance to the NCWTS Championship Four finale at Homestead-Miami.
5. Matt Crafton
6. Grant Enfinger
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Next: Saturday, Oct. 27, Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval in Virginia)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Oct. 6, Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana
Winner: Christian Eckes - Pole: Christian Eckes – Points Lead: Sheldon Creed
Season Finale: Oct. 19, Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, KS)
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K&N Pro Series-East
2018 K&N Pro Series-East Champion: Tyler Ankrum
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K&N Pro Series-West
Oct. 13, Toyota/NAPA AutoCare 150 at All American Speedway in Roseville, CA
Winner: Cole Rouse - Pole: Cole Rouse - Points Lead: Derek Thorn
Season Final: Oct. 27, NAPA Auto Parts 175 at Kern County Raceway Park (0.5-mile oval in Bakersfield, CA)
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Pinty’s Series
2018 Pinty's Series Champion: L.P. Dumoulin
2018 Pinty's Series Jostens Rookie of the Year: Brett Taylor
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Whelen Modified Tour
Season Finale: Oct. 14, Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park
Winner: Justin Bonsignore - Pole: Ronnie Williams
2018 Whelen Modified Tour Champion: Justin Bonsignore
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Peak Mexico Series
Sept. 30, ARRIS Grand Prix at Súper Óvalo Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutierrez
Winner: Irwin Vences - Pole: Ruben Garcia Jr. - Points Lead: Ruben Garcia Jr.
Next: Oct. 21, Baoli Grand Prix at Aguascalientes International Speedway (0.875-mile concrete oval in Mexico)

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.