Tladega, Ala. – It took a lot of the final lap on high-speed banks at Talladega (ALA) and the official “race finish review” after that, but longtime contender Matt Dependetto took his first NASCAR National Series win at the Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Saturday Truck Series race.
With the race ending under caution, NASCAR officials reviewed the video to determine who was driving when an accident frozen the field coming to the checkered flag. In the end, this was the first and only lap that former NASCAR Cup Series driver DiBenedetto ever drove in a Truck Series—and delivered his first trophy.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes finished second with young rookie—and Monford, Alabama, Alabama-born—Brett Holmes in third.
This was the fifth consecutive race for the Talladega trucks, with the winner only taking the lead on the last lap.
“It’s been too long,” said 31-year-old DeBendetto of California, who recently renewed his contract with the #25 Chevrolet Rackley WAR Team. “I am very grateful.
“It sounds very surreal,” added DeBendetto, before expressing his best wishes to fellow driver Jordan Anderson, who was taken to hospital after suffering an accident in Lap 19.
“I think my heart rate was higher than I could have expected [taking] The white flag.
It was a typical competitive afternoon in Talladega – with 11 leaders and 25 key changes in the 95-lap race – only to end with a dramatic push to the checkered flag at the end of green and white overtime.
The 25-year-old Holmes – the 2020 ARCA Menards Series champion – led the white lap and thought he was ahead when he waved yellow flags and the last squares and dragged them to the awards podium, where Debenedetto later stood side by side.
“He definitely showed that we deserve to be here,” Holmes said. “It’s hard to lose that for sure.”
Ryan Press and driver Christian Eckes are in the top five. Hayley Deegan – the series’ only full-time competitor – took the sixth place as the highest ranking of her career. Chase Purdy, Colby Howard, Parker Kligerman and Tyler Ankrum rounded out the top ten.
Anderson, who emerged from a fiery single-truck crash in Lap 19, was taken to a local hospital where he was reported to be alert and on alert.
As for the playoffs, only two of the drivers’ championship contenders – Rhodes and Equis – finished in the top 10. With Ty Magisky’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 15, he became the only driver to actually earn a spot in the Championship.
Chandler Smith was 14th, Zane Smith, 17th, and Stuart Friesen 20th. Majeski finished 23rd while stylist John Hunter Nemechek – who won Stage 1 – was 24th.
The playoff rankings are still pretty tight after Majestic. Chandler Smith holds 12 points over Zane Smith with reigning Series Champion Ben Rhodes in that important fourth place, 27 points behind Chandler Smith.
Aix and Friesen are three points behind Rhodes. Nemechek is five points off the cutting line, and Grant Enfinger, who had a crash on Saturday afternoon, is now 26 points behind Rhodes.
Despite not winning the title this season, Debenedetto Talladega will leave full of heart and plenty of hope for the year ahead thanks to this unforgettable first win.
“We got so close on this track that I felt that Talladega – more than Bristol or any of those places – owed me a very beautiful one,” DiBendetto said, adding, “The wait was worth it.
The final race to determine which of the four drivers advances to the Championship Series will be on October 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The trucks last raced at the South Florida Circuit in June 2020, where Kyle Busch took his third win at the track.
The YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series from Talladega, the second race in Round 12 of the qualifiers, culminates in a NASCAR Playoffs Tripleheader Weekend Sunday at 1:00 p.m. DST, great tickets still available by calling 1-877-Go2 – DEGA, or login www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Chase Rice, who also has ties to NASCAR, will be the featured artist for tonight’s traditional Saturday night concert at Enfield. The best part about the concert is that admission is free with the purchase of a race ticket on Sunday for the YellaWood 500 race. Breakout Country artist Bailey Zimmerman will open the much-anticipated tonight.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – 17th Annual Chevy Silverado 250
Saturday 1 October 2022
1. (30) Matt DeBendetto, Chevrolet, 95.
2. (15) Ben Rhodes (P) Toyota 95.
3. (23) Brett Holmes, Chevrolet, 95.
4. (10) Ryan Press (P) Ford 95.
5. (13) Christian Icks (P), Toyota, 95.
6. (27) Hailey Deegan, Ford 95.
7. (26) Chase Purdy Toyota 95.
9. (21) Parker Kligerman, Chevrolet, 95.
10. (20) Tyler Anchrome Toyota 95.
11. (36) Caden Honeycutt, Toyota 95.
12. (25) Clay Greenfield Toyota 95.
13. (8) Derek Krause, Chevrolet 95.
14. (2) Chandler Smith (P) Toyota 95.
15. (33) Timmy Hill, Toyota 95.
16. (29) Parker Ritzlaff (i) Chevrolet 95.
17. (4) Zane Smith (P) Ford 95.
18. (28) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 95.
19. (14) Jack Wood #, Chevrolet, 95.
20. (18) Stuart Friesen (P), Toyota, 95.
21. (32) Bailey Currie (i) Chevrolet 95.
(5) Matt Crafton Toyota 95.
23 (6) Ty Majeske (P) Toyota 95.
24 (1) John Hunter Nimschek (P) Toyota 95.
25. (19) Johnny Sutter Toyota 95.
26. (12) Corey Heim #(P) Toyota 94 crash.
27. (24) Blaine Perkins #, Chevrolet, accident, 94.
28 (3) Chevrolet Carson Hocivar 94.
29. (16) Grant Infinger (P) Chevrolet 94.
30. (17) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, accident, 78.
31. (11) Tanner Gray, Ford, accident, 78.
32. (31) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, clutch, 73.
33. (34) Lawless Alan #, Chevrolet, accident, 32.
34. (35) Dean Thompson #, Chevrolet, accident, 32.
35. (22) Brian Douzat 32.
(9) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 18 accident.
Average race winner speed: 114.286 mph.
Race time: 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds. Margin of Victory: Under caution again.
Warning signals: 9 for 36 turns.
Lead changes: 25 of 11 drivers.
Lap leaders: J. Nemechek (P) 1-2; Z. Smith (P) 3; T. Majesky (P) 4; j. Namshik (P) 5-22; M. Crafton 23; c. Smith (p) 24-37; B. Rhodes (P) 38-39; bad. Smith (P) 40-42; c. Purdy 43-45; B. Holmes 46-48; c. Purdy 49; c. ix (P) 50; c. Purdy 51-52; B. Holmes 53-54; c. ix (P) 55-56; c. Hocivar 57; c. Aix (P) 58-62; Dr.. Krause 63-65; c. Ekes (P) 66-70; c. Hocivar 71; c. Aix (P) 72; c. Hocevar 73-75; c. Aix (P) 76-77; c. Hocevar 78-84; c. Aix (P) 85-93; B. Holmes 94-95.
Leaders summary (driver, time lead, driving moments): Christian Ecke (P) 7 times for 25 laps; John Hunter Nemechek (P) twice for 20 turns; Chandler Smith (P) twice for 17 laps; Carson Hochevar 4 times for 12 laps; Brett Holmes 3 times for 7 laps; Purdy chase 3 times for 6 laps; Derek Krause 1 time for 3 laps; Ben Rhodes (land) once for two rolls; Zane Smith (P) once per lap; Ty Majeski (P) once per lap; Matt Crafton 1 time per roll.
First stage: Top ten: 4,38,42,18,15,91,99,51,16,98
Second stage: Top ten: 18,4,52,99,23,98,16,51,38,66