Saturday’s Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway was a milestone event for both driver Parker Kligerman and Red Horse Racing owner Tom DeLoach. The race marked the 300th start for DeLoach as a truck owner, and Kligerman took the checkered flag for his first-career win in the series.
“Fantastic truck,” DeLoach said after the race. “Parker did a fantastic job.”
Kligerman was pushed out to the lead on the final lap by a fellow-Toyota driver, Johnny Sauter.
“I don’t know what it is about these Toyota trucks, but you get them in the draft and they run,” Sauter said.
Sauter finished second.
Kligerman may have been near the front to take advantage of the push from Sauter on the final lap, but the final stages of the race weren’t exactly smooth sailing for the soon-to-be first-time winner.
“We fought everything possible you could fight today,” Kligerman said. “We had a vibration. Then, we had a battery go down.”
The battery issue resulted in a lengthy pit stop during a caution with about 18 laps to go that sent Kligerman back to the 21st spot on the restart that followed.
But Kligerman made his way to the front by the time a multi-truck, chain-reaction incident brought out the yellow flag on the last lap. The final-lap incident brought out the yellow flag for the seventh time in the race, and among those involved was Jason White, whose No. 23 truck ran near the front for most of the race.
Others collected in the wreck included Matt Crafton, Miguel Paludo, Justin Lofton, Ross Chastain and Rick Crawford, among others.
Championship contenders James Buescher and Ty Dillon finished third and fourth. Dillon then left Talladega with the same one point lead he held over second-place Buescher heading into the race.
Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five. Timothy Peters finished sixth to give DeLoach two finishes inside the top-10 in his milestone race. Kurt Busch was seventh, Germain Quiroga eighth, Tim George Jr. ninth and Cale Gale was 10th.
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