INAUGURAL TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM TALLADEGA SET FOR LIVE COVERAGE on SPEED DUNLAP SAYS, 'IT COULD BE THE GREATEST RACE WE'VE EVER HAD IN THE TRUCK SERIES' SPEED will be broadcasting LIVE from the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman...
INAUGURAL TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM TALLADEGA SET FOR LIVE COVERAGE on SPEED
DUNLAP SAYS, 'IT COULD BE THE GREATEST RACE WE'VE EVER HAD IN THE TRUCK SERIES'
SPEED will be broadcasting LIVE from the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. SPEED pre-race begins Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2:30 pm, E.T., with Rick Allen handling play by play, as Phil Parsons and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and network regular Michael Waltrip provide color. Insiders Krista Voda and Ray Dunlap will be joined by NASCAR driving veteran Hermie Sadler for insights from pit road.
The newly paved Talladega Superspeedway has a long history of side-by-side racing whenever the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series or Busch Series takes to the track. But many feel this race has the potential to raise that competitive bar a little higher.
"The trucks put on a great show at Daytona," said Chris Long, SPEED VP of Studio Productions. "So, SPEED is really excited to bring fans the first race from Talladega, which might be the ultimate definition of a superspeedway. The new pavement could provide us with some of the best racing we've ever seen -- in any series."
Many storylines arise for the Trucks running at this legendary 2.66-mile, high-banked oval. According to Dunlap, who also hosts the pre-race show, this may be one of the series' most dramatic shows.
"It could be the greatest race we've ever had in Truck Series history," Dunlap said. "With a newly repaved track -- that some say is so smooth it drives like your going down the highway -- these trucks might be racing four and five wide the entire time.
"Now, trucks race different from the cars on superspeedways," Dunlap continued. "These trucks make a lot of down force and create so much drag it gives them a little more headway when it comes to driver error. But the one concerning thing is almost half the field will have never raced here before. But at Talladega, anyone can make a mistake."
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