With three consecutive off-weeks behind them, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Series begins the Round of 6 at Talladega Superspeedway this Saturday, Oct. 12 with the Sugarlands Shine 250 (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Talladega has hosted 13 Gander Trucks races with the first coming in 2006, which was won by Mark Martin in a Ford. That also happened to mark Ford’s only victory at the 2.66-mile behemoth.
The track has seen four multi-race winners, led with three victories by Timothy Peters (2014, 2015, 2018). Todd Bodine (2007, 2008), Kyle Busch (2009, 2010) and Parker Kligerman (2012, 2017) each have two wins. Kligerman is the only multi-race winner to not post consecutive trips to Victory Lane.
With the exception of Peters’ most recent win last season, all of the multi-win drivers notched their victories in a Toyota (including Peters’ first two wins). Overall, Toyota leads the OEM race with nine wins at Talladega while Chevrolet has three wins.
In total, eight different drivers have recorded wins at the Alabama track. Grant Enfinger (2016) and Johnny Sauter (2013) are the only current full-time Gander Trucks drivers who have a previous win there.
The eighth driver not mentioned above? Mike Wallace – who won in 2011.
Enfinger and Kligerman both recorded their first career Gander Trucks wins at Talladega.
Defending winner Peters is not entered in this weekend’s race, nor is Kligerman, the 2017 winner. Only two previous Talladega victors – Enfinger and Sauter – are on the entry list for Saturday’s event.
There has yet to be a multi-time pole winner in the Gander Trucks at Talladega Superspeedway – 13 races, 13 different pole winners. And we’re guaranteed to get a 14th different pole winner this weekend, as none of the former pole sitters are entered.
The youngest pole winner at Talladega was Cole Custer in 2016 – 18 years, eight months, 29 days old; the oldest was Ron Hornaday Jr. in 2010 – 52 years, four months and 10 days old.
The most recent pole winner was David Gilliland. Tyler Reddick (2014) is the only driver who recorded his first career Gander Trucks pole at the 2.66-mile superspeedway.