A season full of first time winners has added another name to the list Saturday afternoon in Talladega. Parker Kligerman came from 21st on the final restart and ended up finishing first. Kligerman got released from his original team of Brad Keselowski Racing in mid-August and he signed with Red Horse Racing soon after that. Now Kligerman is a NASCAR winner and he got Red Horse Racing their fourth victory of the season.
We witnessed a classic Talladega race and the race ended with fireworks, much like we are used to seeing at Talladega. Ty Dillon started in the pole and led until lap seven when Jason White took the lead. The first caution of the day came out on lap 15 for the No.81 of David Starr who cut down a tire and hit the turn two wall. Aric Almirola took the lead quickly on the restart and he stayed out front until lap 22 when James Buescher took the lead.
Lap 32 brought out another caution when the No.20 of Rick Crawford spun in turn three, narrowly missing the rest of the field. Ty Dillon found the lead again on the restart. The first multi-truck wreck occurred on lap 45. The wreck began when John Wes Townley got into the back of Ross Chastain and that contact turned Chastain down into Johnny Chapman. After Chastain got into Chapman, Chapman made contact with Todd Bodine. Bodine had moderate damage and he took his truck behind the wall.
Kurt Busch took his first lead of the day with 40 laps to go. Just one lap later, Ryan Blaney took the lead. Blaney was passed for the lead with 36 laps to go by Johnny Sauter. Once Blaney was passed, he started to fall back and Blaney was just about turned around in the tri-oval when Miguel Paludo made contact with him.
The next yellow-flag flew with 35 to go when we saw a big wreck coming out of turn four. The wreck started when the No.1 of Donnie Neuenberger got loose under Matt Crafton and Neuenberger spun up the track and hit the wall hard. Then Neuenberger spun down the track and collected Ron Hornaday and Nelson Piquet Jr. Piquet Jr and Neuenberger went behind the wall with heavy damage.
Justin Lofton took the lead on the restart. Ron Hornaday spun out after blowing a tire with 18 laps to go and brought out the caution. Jason White was pushed to the lead on the restart. The sixth caution of the day came out when Ron Hornaday spun again through the tri-oval.
That caution set up a six lap shootout to the finish. The trucks were sliding all over the place but they didn’t wreck until the final lap. Parker Kligerman took the white flag and behind him on the backstretch, the “big one” started. The wreck started when Miguel Paludo tried to squeeze down into traffic and he made contact with Jason White. White got into multiple more trucks and the “big one” started. The No.6 of Justin Lofton crashed hard into the inside wall and he was okay but his truck was not. More trucks were spun up into the outside wall including Matt Crafton, David Starr, Clay Greenfield and Rick Crawford.
The wreck left trucks scattered across the backstretch and that brought out the caution. At the time of the caution, Parker Kligerman was the leader and that means he is the winner of the race. Kligerman has had six second place finishes in his career and now he has a first place finish. Johnny Sauter pushed Kligerman to the front on the final restart and Kligerman said “Johnny Sauter made it (the win) possible.” Kligerman is in fourth in the point’s standings but without a miracle, Kligerman won’t be winning the championship this year.
The top two in the point’s standings are still Ty Dillon and James Buescher. After a Talladega race, you would have thought the points would have taken a major shake-up, well that didn’t happen. Dillon still leads Buescher by a point. Timothy Peters is still in third, 26 behind the leader.
The truck series takes their final week off next weekend and then it’s a four race dash to the season finale. With such a close championship fight, we should see some great racing starting in two weeks at Martinsville.
Results via Nascar.com
STATUS1 9 7 Parker Kligerman Toyota Toyota / Red Horse Racing 47/4 94 Running 2 29 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota Hot Honeys / Curb Records 43/1 94 Running 3 3 31 James Buescher Chevrolet TMS 42/1 94 Running 4 1 3 Ty Dillon * Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 42/2 94 Running 5 8 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Toyota / Red Horse Racing 40/1 94 Running 6 19 29 Ryan Blaney Ram DrawTite / Mopar 39/1 94 Running 7 6 18 Kurt Busch Toyota Dollar General 0 94 Running 8 23 151 German Quiroga Toyota NET10 Wireless 36/0 94 Running 9 16 2 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet Applebee’s 35/0 94 Running 10 5 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet Rheem “Chasing the Cure” 34/0 94 Running 11 32 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet Pull A Part LLC 33/0 94 Running 12 15 99 Bryan Silas * Ford Rockingham Speedway 32/0 94 Running 13 27 27 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Little Joes
Autos.com 0 94 Running 14 11 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet Husky Liners 30/0 94 Running 15 31 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing 29/0 94 Running 16 22 168 Clay Greenfield Ram Titan Tool 28/0 94 Running 17 30 176 Ryan Hackett Ford J & R Supply 27/0 94 Running 18 25 88 Matt Crafton Toyota Goof Off / Menards 27/0 94 Running 19 21 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Duroline Brakes 25/0 94 Running 20 2 23 Jason White Ford GunBroker.com 25/0 94 Running 21 35 93 Chris Jones Chevrolet RSS Racing 23/0 94 Running 22 17 81 David Starr Toyota Zachry 22/0 93 Accident 23 20 220 Rick Crawford Toyota BRG Motorsports / Lilly Trucking 21/0 93 Accident 24 13 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet Lofton Cattle 21/0 93 Accident 25 18 09 John Wes Townley * Toyota Zaxby’s 19/0 93 Running 26 4 5 Aric Almirola Ford Jordan Truck Sales 0 91 Running 27 36 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ram Driven2Honor.-
org / Koma Unwind 17/0 90 Running 28 10 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Anderson’s Maple Syrup 16/0 90 Running 29 12 84 Chris Fontaine Chevrolet Glenden Enterprises 15/0 61 Accident 30 24 1 Donnie Neuenberger Chevrolet Eagle Convenience Stores 0 59 Accident 31 14 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet Alpinestars / Breast Cancer Awareness 13/0 59 Accident 32 34 07 Johnny Chapman Toyota Wear Your Gear / www.Bobber .info 13/0 47 Accident 33 7 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Toyota Care 11/0 46 Accident 34 33 08 Ross Chastain * Toyota Melon 1 10/0 45 Accident 35 26 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Mike Harmon Racing 0 33 Fuel Pump 36 28 225 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet Hillman Racing 0 2 Overheating
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