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Raceday: Your guide to Sunday’s Camping World 500

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Race facts Where: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway Track type: 2.66-mile paved, highly banked tri-oval Race distance: 188 laps or 500.8 miles Weather: Sunny with high in the low 70s. TV: Coverage begins at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Green flag is 2:16 p.m. Radio: Motor Racing Network

Notebook

Following Friday's NASCAR Truck Series qualifying at Talladega, Kyle Busch was asked about plans for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2014. Currently, KBM fields two fulltime Truck series teams and one fulltime Nationwide series team.

Busch, however, did not sound very optimistic.

“For Kyle Busch Motorsports, it’s been very tough. You know obviously without the support of Toyota that we get, we probably wouldn't be here,” Busch said.

“It’s a little frustrating to not have a better plan organized right now and I’d certainly like to keep it the same if not better than what we’ve got, but it doesn’t look like much is materializing and it’s really late in the game.”

KBM is based in Mooresville.

Coast to coast champion: Dylan Kwasniewski is a NASCAR champion again.

The 18-year-old Las Vegas native won the K&N Pro Series East race at Road Atlanta on Friday and clinched the series championship.

Kwasniewski, who became the youngest champion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West last year, became the first driver to win both titles in both series.

Texas test rescheduled: Several Cup series teams, which had a planned test at Texas Motor Speedway canceled last week because of bad weather, will try again beginning on Monday.

Teams from Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Childress Racing plan to attend.

Eldora to host Truck race in 2014: Eldora Speedway, the half-mile dirt track in Ohio owned by Cup driver Tony Stewart, announced this weekend it will host a Truck series race again next season on July 23. NASCAR has yet to release the 2014 Truck series schedule.

Observations

• Sunday’s race at Talladega could have a far more telling impact on the Sprint Cup Series championship race then just the race’s typical unpredictability. Five times in the nine-year history of the Chase, the points leader after the fifth race of the season has gone on to win the championship, including four of the past five seasons.

• Still to this day, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets raves reviews for his career success at Talladega and Daytona. Earnhardt has five wins at Talladega, including four in a row at one point. Yet it’s hard to believe Earnhardt’s most recent victory at the Alabama track was in 2004 – nine years ago.

• Mark Martin has faced a lot of struggles recently while substituting for Tony Stewart in his No. 14 Chevrolet. It will be of the team’s struggles continue when Nationwide Series points leader Austin Dillon returns to drive the car this weekend.

Three things to watch

1. David Ragan’s win in the spring at Talladega still ranks as one of the season’s biggest surprises. What could be bigger than a Talladega sweep?

2. Talladega is considered a wild card in the Chase but both Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have both performed well at restrictor-plate races of late.

3. Keep an eye on Michael Waltrip. He has run finished in the top-10 in two of three races this season at Daytona and Talladega.

Observations

• Sunday’s race at Talladega could have a far more telling impact on the Sprint Cup Series championship race then just the race’s typical unpredictability. Five times in the nine-year history of the Chase, the points leader after the fifth race of the season has gone on to win the championship, including four of the past five seasons.

• Still to this day, Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets raves reviews for his career success at Talladega and Daytona. Earnhardt has five wins at Talladega, including four in a row at one point. Yet it’s hard to believe Earnhardt’s most recent victory at the Alabama track was in 2004 – nine years ago.

• Mark Martin has faced a lot of struggles recently while substituting for Tony Stewart in his No. 14 Chevrolet. It will be of the team’s struggles continue when Nationwide Series points leader Austin Dillon returns to drive the car this weekend.

Best bets

Three picks for your fantasy team:

Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip

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