The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumed action this past weekend at the biggest track on NASCAR’s schedule, Talladega Superspeedway. It featured the 19th race of the season and the final race in the Round of 8.
Here are four takeaways from this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.
1. Typical Dega – As expected, it was typical Dega fashion with aggressive driving and several incidents. The expected “big one” occurred on Lap 58 and saw Justin Haley accidentally clipping Justin Fontaine, which saw Fontaine go back up the track and the whole field was collected. Todd Gilliland was sent spinning with 12 to go after trying to make a pass for the lead. Grant Enfinger was accidentally spun after the restart with six to go. On the last lap, Noah Gragson was spun and was hit several times before resting on the backstretch. Several others were involved as well before NASCAR threw the caution to end the race. The race saw 22 lead changes and six cautions for 21 laps. It was a typical Dega race that ended in exciting fashion.
2. Six drivers move on to the Round of 6 – Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, Grant Enfinger, Justin Haley, and Matt Crafton all survived the Round of 8 and are moving on to the Round of 6 that begins at Martinsville. The Round of 6 will feature tracks such as Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix, and the penultimate race in Southern Florida, Homestead Miami. The championship points race is only going to get tighter from here on out.
3. GMS Racing 2019 Lineup Almost Set – During the media availabilities this past weekend, Maury Gallagher and team said Johnny Sauter is expected to return, along with the new additions of Sheldon Creed and Tyler Dippel who are expected to join the team.
4. Brett Moffitt Unknown For 2019 – You could say that Moffitt is having his best career season to date with four wins at tracks Atlanta, the thrilling finish at Iowa, Chicago and his last win at Michigan in a last-lap pass. Despite having sponsorship struggles throughout the season and the future looking bleak for the Hattori Racing team, they have been able to make every race and could be championship contenders should things go their way. However, we all know nothing is guaranteed in NASCAR and that is true with the four-time winner, Brett Moffitt. With his media availability on Friday, he claimed he was unsure what his plans were for next year and was uncertain where he would land.