Blistering Speeds, Rookie Pole Winner Make up First Day of Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway
TALLADEGA, AL – Eleven drivers eclipsed the 200 mile per hour barrier at NASCAR’s palace of speed – Talladega Superspeedway – Friday during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500, the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola, driving the famed No. “43” that was made famous by NASCAR’s “King,” Richard Petty, led the blistering pace with a speed of 202.000 mph around the 2.66-mile layout while Jeff Burton in the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was second at 201.987 mph.
Other drivers topping 200 mph included Marcos Ambrose, Martin Truex, Jr., Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt., Jr., Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson. Matt Kenseth, the series points leader, was 12th, the first driver under 200 mph. Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying that will determine the starting lineup for the Camping World RV Sales 500 is set for 12:10 EST Saturday at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track.
The starting lineup for Saturday’s fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was determined Friday during Polk’s Meat Qualifying. Jeb Burton, the son of former Sprint Cup Series driver Ward Burton and nephew of current Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, captured the pole in his first outing at Talladega with a speed of 176.182 mph. It marked the youngster’s sixth pole of the season.
Max Gresham was second while Kyle Busch, James Buescher and Ty Dillon (whose grandfather Richard Childress is the Talladega all-time winning team owner in wins) rounded out the top five. Points leader Matt Crafton qualified 23rd while last year’s fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola winner Parker Kligerman qualified 18th.
“From practice to qualifying our team has the speed, we just haven’t been able to finish it in the race,” said Burton, who currently is fourth in the title chase. “Here at Talladega we’re going to race smart, so if things go our way we could win the championship.”
Tickets for both Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 500 (2 p.m. EST start) and Saturday’s fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (4 pm EST start) & Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying (12:10 EST start) are available. To get your tickets, call 1-877-GO2-DEGA, go on line to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or visit ticket venues on the grounds of the speedway.