Parker Kligerman claims a wild Talladega

Year after year, the Camping World Truck Series produces some of the most exciting racing of the entire NASCAR season when they visit the Talladega Superspeedway.

That didn’t change Saturday afternoon, especially in the closing seven laps of the race.

With help from Kurt Busch, Jason White was showing the way up until 5 laps to go when James Buescher was on the receiving end of a push from Ty Dillon to take over the race lead.

From there, it was just about anyone’s guess as to what would happen next as the madness of Talladega intensified to a new level.

After the pack of trucks became a four-wide parking lot, Buescher and Dillon locked together and pulled away from the back. That was until Parker Kligerman partnered up with Johnny Sauter.

Down the backstretch, the two Toyota drivers drafted their way up to the pair of Chevrolet’s, then going side-by-side with the two entering the tri-oval with the white flag in sight.

As the field made their way around the 2.6-mile super speedway for the final time, it was the pair of Kligerman and Sauter taking the lead as Buescher and Dillon made contact which slowed the two.

While the Toyota’s in front had their sights set on victory, absolute chaos ensued behind them which resulted in a six-truck pileup. The crash caused NASCAR to throw the caution flag, which resulted in Kligerman winning Saturday’s Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway.

“I can’t thank enough people in this world,” said Kligerman in victory lane. “There’s a ton of people that made it possible to get to this point in my career.”

The win marks the first time in Kligerman’s NASCAR career that he has gone to victory lane. His win also breaks the Truck Series record for most first-time winners in one season with Saturday’s victory by the Connecticut driver marking the eighth time it has happened in 2012.

His win also comes in the 300th start for his team, Red Horse Racing, who hired him prior to the race at Michigan International Speedway in August.

Like any race, a race at Talladega Superspeedway is never easy. With just about everything being out of your control the entire race, it wasn’t any different for Kligerman.

“We fought every single possible thing you could fight today. We had some vibrations, we had a battery go down, no alternator, and we went for it there at the end.

“Thank you to Johnny Sauter, because he made that possible.”

With the victory, Kligerman finds himself fourth on Truck Series points with five races remaining, 31-points back of the lead.

Holding the points lead would be Dillon with the next race being at Martinsville Speedway on October 27th.

Fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola Unofficial Results 

1: Parker Kligerman

2: Johnny Sauter

3: James Buescher

4: Ty Dillon

5: Timothy Peters

6: Ryan Blaney

7: Kurt Busch

8: German Quiroga

9: Tim George Jr.

10: Cale Gale

11: Ryan Sieg

12: Bryan Silas

13: Cole Whitt

14: Joey Coulter

15: Norm Benning

16: Clay Greenfield

17: Ryan Hackett

18: Matt Crafton

19: Miguel Paludo

20: Jason White

21: Chris Jones

22: David Starr

23: Rick Crawford

24: Justin Lofton

25: John Wes Townley

26: Aric Almirola

27: Jennifer Jo Cobb

28: Ron Hornaday Jr.

29: Chris Fontaine

30: Donnie Neuenberger

31: Nelson Piquet Jr.

32: Johnny Chapman

33: Todd Bodine

34: Ross Chastain

35: Mike Harmon

36: Brandon Knupp