GMS Racing NCWTS Talladega Preview

By October 9, 2018News

Spencer Gallagher, No. 2 Allegiant Chevrolet Silverado

Talladega Stats 3 starts, 2 top-fives, 2 top-10s

Season Stats This is Gallagher’s first NCWTS start this season.

Notes:

– Gallagher will climb behind the wheel of chassis No. 128 for this weekend’s race at Talladega. This is the second time that the No. 2 team has utilized this chassis, with it running at the season opener at Daytona with Cody Coughlin, who finished 17th after a flat tire in the closing laps.

– Earlier this year, Gallagher’s first NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) win came at Talladega Superspeedway after qualifying third. He has one other NXS start at the 2.66-mile tri-oval in 2017. Additionally, Gallagher finished second in his last NCWTS start at Talladega in 2016 and earned a third-place effort in 2014.

– In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Gallagher will run a special pink paint scheme in honor of those who have fought or are continuing to fight against the disease. In addition, Gallagher’s No. 2 will carry special pink ribbons of those on the team within the GMS Racing family whose family members have been affected by breast cancer. The ribbons on Gallagher’s Chevy include Ruth Gallagher, team owner Maury Gallagher’s mother, Amy Carter, Spencer Gallagher’s cousin, as well as Dean Cox, Annette Flashner and Shirley Handy.

Quote:

“I’m excited to get back truck racing, especially truck racing at one of my absolute favorite superspeedways. Talladega (Superspeedway) has always been pretty good to me. I’ve come close to winning there in a truck before, and I was able to get my first Xfinity Series win there earlier this season. Climbing behind the wheel of the No. 2 Allegiant Chevy Silverado, I’ll try to knock the dust off pretty quick. GMS Racing has a powerhouse lineup going to Talladega. It’ll be me, Timothy (Peters), Johnny (Sauter), Justin (Haley) and Stewart (Friesen) this weekend as teammates and I think we’ll have a real strong pack for everyone else to contend with all race long. Hopefully we can put one of our trucks in victory lane at the end of the day.”

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet Silverado

Talladega Stats

9 starts, 1 win, 3 top-fives, 5 top-10s

2018 Season Stats 18 starts, 5 wins, 13 top-fives, 15 top-10s

Notes: – Sauter will run GMS chassis no. 129 at Talladega Superspeedway. This chassis was raced to a win in the 2018 season opener at Daytona. Additionally, Sauter ran this Chevrolet at Talladega in 2017 where he won the first two stages before a late race incident relegated the No. 21 to a 12th-place finish.

– As part of GMS Racing’s tribute to breast cancer awareness, Sauter’s ISM Connect Chevrolet will carry the name of his mother-in-law, Terry Owen, a breast cancer survivor. The pink paint scheme featured on the No. 21 will additionally carry the names of GMS employees’ friends and family who have been directly affected by breast cancer.

– Following a second-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sauter leads the driver point standings by 17 points. He is 40 points above the cut off line heading into the final race of the Round of 8.

Quotes: “Compared to Daytona, Talladega is a lot wider so it gives people more options. You can be riding along double-file thinking you’re okay and somebody goes up top to start a third groove and next thing you know you’re getting funneled back even further. Honestly, I think when a track is wider like that and you’re going that fast drivers kind of get complacent, and that’s when the accidents happen. They just make a mistake and then it’s catastrophic for everybody.”

“The GMS trucks have been so fast so I feel like we’re in a little better position to control our destiny. Hopefully, we qualify well and we can stay up front. We won both stages there last year and came up a little short at the end, but Talladega is a place that anything can happen at anytime. If you’re smart you can kind of help yourself a little bit, but I’d say there’s still a 50/50 shot you’re going to come out of there tore up and that’s why those regular season championship bonus points are really nice to have.”

Justin Haley, No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado

Talladega Stats 1 starts, Best Finish: 16th (2017)

Season Stats 18 starts, 2 wins, 7 top-fives, 14 top-10s

Notes: – For the second time in 2018, and the fourth time overall, the No. 24 team will unload chassis No. 127 this weekend. Used at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway this year, Haley raced his way to a second-place finish behind teammate Johnny Sauter, a chassis-best finish. Chassis No. 127 was also used two times in 2017 as well, at Daytona by Scott Lagasse Jr. (seventh) and at Talladega by Haley (16th).

– Aside from his previous NCWTS start at Talladega, Haley made one ARCA Racing Series start at the superspeedway last season, where he captured the win.

– Like Haley’s teammates, the No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Silverado will have pink incorporated into the paint scheme as well as carry two breast cancer awareness ribbons onboard for Jean Carter and Becky Jordan.

– Already locked into the Round of 6 with his win in Canada, Haley is currently fourth in the NCWTS driver point standings heading into the first cutoff race of The Playoffs this weekend at Talladega.

Quote: “Talladega (Superspeedway) is a more straight-forward superspeedway. It’s not as tight and bumpy with a lot more room to race compared to Daytona (International Speedway). I’ve always been good at Talladega and superspeedway racing in general has always suited me, I don’t know why though. Last year I ran the ARCA (Racing Series) race at Talladega to get approval for the Truck race and went out there and won. We ran up front for a good portion of the truck race as well before getting shuffled back in the pack late.”

“The first round of the Playoffs was set up really well for us with tracks that I really run well at. Getting the win early really allowed us to change our game plan and focus more on the rounds to come and collecting Playoff points. The second round is almost set up just as good. I like how the Playoffs is formatted and lined up for us and for our style of racing.”

Timothy Peters, No. 25 Kingman Chevrolet Silverado

Talladega Stats

8 starts, 2 wins, 4 top-five, 5 top-10s, 1 pole

2018 Season Stats 2 starts, 1 top-five, 2 top-10s

Notes: – The No. 25 team will utilize GMS chassis no. 053 at Talladega Superspeedway, the same chassis raced to an eighth-place finish in the 2018 season opener at Daytona. This chassis has seen success in the past with Grant Enfinger winning the pole in 2016 and Kaz Grala earning the pole and the race win in 2017, both at Daytona.

-This weekend’s Kingman Chevrolet will carry a special pink scheme for Breast Cancer Awareness featuring the names of the No. 25 team’s family and friends including Peters’ close friends, Sheri Stallings and Elaine Compton, and crew chief Jerry Baxter’s sister, Cheryl Smith.

– Peters last competed at Talladega in 2016, starting sixth and finishing third after winning in his two previous starts at the 2.66-mile track.

Quote: “Talladega can be a difficult place. Things happen quickly there and you really have to pick your battles and know when to make a move. GMS has always been competitive at superspeedways, so to be in top equipment with teammates who also have success at these bigger tracks is going to be a big benefit. It’s been an honor to join Jerry (Baxter) and the No. 25 team for these last few races. I’m incredibly thankful for Mike Beam and Maury Gallagher giving me this opportunity, I can’t thank them enough.”

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