Tate Fogleman survives Talladega to win Camping World Truck Series race

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The only lap that matters in the race is the last and that’s exactly what Tate Fogleman did to win the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway. Arriving at the finish in a race that saw many playoff drivers destroyed, Fogleman clashed with John Hunter Nemechek, ultimately spinning him for victory.

Tyler Hill survived to finish second, Todd Gilliland, who led most of the race, was third and Nemechek after spinning at the checkered flag was fourth. Ryan Truex finished in the top five.

The first stage was rather calm for Talladega. Ben Rhodes’s No.99 machine led most of the stage, with ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton pushing him until there were six laps remaining and the peloton double-lined. Nemechek’s hard charges on the outside were a valiant effort but not enough as the field is again in single file. The outside line carried one more charge with Stewart Friesen in the lead, but points leader Rhodes claimed victory in the first leg.

The first warning flag for an incident occurred shortly after the start of the second stage. Bryan Dauzat escaped turn 2 by exiting the right-back and made a U-turn. There were seven laps remaining in the stage when the race turned green, with Nemechek and Crafton leading the inside and outside lines respectively. Crafton fell to the bottom line being pushed by Nemechek until he passed from first to 10th when Nemechek’s No.4 pushed him into the tri-oval, sending him into the apron. Crafton was clearly unhappy with the move.

With two remaining, Nemechek was split down the middle, falling back with Johnny Sauter and Sheldon Creed to fight for the stage victory, which went to the defending Creed Series champion.

In the last stage, the Big One performed with 37 laps remaining. Gilliland hung Austin Hill on the inside line after a push from behind. Hill rotated the track and recovered at least 10 trucks in the incident. Some race and title favorites were involved in the wreck, including Rhodes, Sauter and Zane Smith.

This was the second straight week in the round of eight. Smith was involved in an accident, making his hope for playoff advancement a must-see scenario for Martinsville. The race returned to green with 32 laps remaining, and the peloton remained in single file for over 10 laps before Enfinger threw a block at Creed in the high lane, triggering a smaller wreckage that collected several trucks.

After the restart, the peloton stayed in single file until the last two laps where they again fought twice for first place. Chase Purdy took the lead before contact from behind with Gilliland sent him scurrying through the grass, triggering a warning and overtime.

Shortly after the field took on content white, Brett Holmes gave a strong push in the outside lane, opening the door for Nemechek and Fogleman to fight for the inside as well. Chaos then ensued when Fogleman spun Nemechek at the finish. The Young’s Motorsports driver was wrecked at the start / finish line as he claimed his first career victory and was giving his interview from the infield care center after his mandatory trip there after the race.

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