Elimination looms as Truck Series drivers face Talladega

first_imgTALLADEGA, Ala. — With its high banking, speed and lurking potential for the “Big One,” Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s largest — and arguably, one of the most daunting — tracks on the circuit.For Brad Keselowski Racing driver Chase Briscoe, coming here feels like “a lottery.” Throw in the fact that Saturday’s fred’s 250 at the superspeedway takes the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs field from eight to six, and that’s enough to unnerve even the most veteran of drivers.Let alone a rookie.“It’s as nerve-wracking as can be,” Briscoe said of Talladega on Friday. “I think here and Daytona are the two most nervous places I go to. I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m all tough. It is scary … because you do know what can happen, you know there’s going to be a huge wreck — you’ve just got to hope and pray that you aren’t in it.”In Briscoe’s lone restrictor-plate start earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway, he finished third. But even a finish like that doesn’t give him much solace.“I don’t think you can really lean on comfort from past success here because so much can happen,” he said. “It’s not so much as what you do as a driver here as it is just if you’re fortunate or not to make it through the wrecks … I think you’ve just got to go out there and be praying the whole race that you don’t get caught up.”Briscoe sits fifth in the current playoff standings, his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Austin Cindric just behind him in sixth. Only eight points separate Cindric from the cutoff spot. Above them are locked-in winners Christopher Bell and Ben Rhodes, as well as Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter.“I don’t think you could say that anyone’s comfortable, especially if you’re right around the cutoff line,” Briscoe said. “You look at how stage points are seriously affecting how the playoffs work; I mean, Chase is 10 above, I’m 8 above. And you can easily (earn) 10 or so on guys just by how you’re running in the pack.”GMS Racing’s Kaz Grala is seventh now, while John Hunter Nemechek rounds out the field in eighth. The NEMCO Motorsports driver certainly hopes stage points will bode well for his chances, as he’s currently 14 points behind Cindric.“We have some points to make up,” Nemechek said. “The stage points definitely play a factor into this year — if this was last year, it would be a must-win situation. … We’re just going to stay out and do the best we can. We stayed a lot at the shop this week, late nights working on our truck making sure that everything that’s in our control we eliminated all mistakes.“So, we just have to run our race, hopefully run up front, win stages and win the race.”last_img read more

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