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
|1||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|
|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
|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|
|21||35||93||Chris Jones||Chevrolet||RSS Racing||23/0||94||Running|
|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
|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 / http://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|