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TC Daily Pit Stop: Moffitt Wins Truck Race in Electric Finish; Sanchez Bloodied After "Cheap Shot" From Crafton; Two Drivers Sent to Hospital; Almirola on Cup Pole
TC Daily Pit Stop: Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Brett Moffitt was beside himself. He has never felt he has had quite what it takes to win on superspeedway tracks. Well, in the closing laps of Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the driver made all of the right moves, including a pair of aggressive zigs and zags to go to the front of the field on the final lap.
“I really had the mentality coming into today because it had been so long since I’d run a truck at a superspeedway, that I just wanted to try and learn in every situation,” added Moffitt. “Normally, I get really nervous or worked up, but I just took it as a learning experience. It’s been a while since I had to control a race like that, so just to be able to do that and execute and believe in my skills and believe in myself and believe in this race team, it was huge.”
He would come to the finish line ahead of Ben Rhodes for the win in a dramatic finish.
Dean Thompson, Chandler Smith, and Corey Heim rounded out the top-five finishers in the race.
Nick Sanchez and Matt Crafton made contact to trigger a big crash in Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. After the race, Sanchez climbed from his truck, felt a tap on his back. Sanchez says he turned around, and was punched in the face.
Stewart Friesen suffered a major impact in Saturday’s NASCAR Truck Series event, and had to be taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. At 12:25 AM ET Friesen was released from the hospital. No other updates were given on his condition in the update.
Greg Van Alst took a nasty head-on impact into the outside wall, which lifted all four wheels of his No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado off the ground. According to the Young’s Motorsports social media accounts, Van Alst climbed from the car under his own power.
But after being checked in the infield care center, Van Alst was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation. As of now, Young’s Motorsports has not updated Van Alst’s condition.
Zane Smith lost control of his No. 38 truck while heading down pit road, and he skidded directly for his tire carrier Charles Plank, who had two tires in his hands. Incredibly, Plank flew on top of the truck as he was hit, but was able to walk away unharmed.
Aric Almirola has a fast No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. In fact, it was the fastest car in qualifying as he narrowly defeated Joey Logano by 0.004 sec. for the pole.
Chase Briscoe will start third, while Playoff contenders Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski will start Sunday’s Yellawood 500 from the fourth and fifth positions.
12:00 PM ET NASCAR RaceDay on FS1 (stream: FOX Sports App)
1:00 PM ET NASCAR Countdown to Green on NBC
2:00 PM ET NASCAR Cup Race at Talladega on NBC (stream: NBC Sports App)
6:00 PM ET NASCAR Cup Post-Race Show (Stream Only: Peacock)
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