Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trackin’ Trucks: Parker Kligerman Wins Fred’s 250 at Talladega

Credit: Debbie Ross for Skirts and Scuffs

by Courtney Horn

Parker Kligerman made some noise Saturday afternoon in Talladega, Alabama capturing the second victory of his career in the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.

Kligerman, who drives the No. 75 Toyota, led just three laps before pulling into Victory Lane in an overtime finish.

“It’s an honor to race for this team because they’re one of the oldest racing teams in NASCAR,” Kligerman said, “But to win with them is unbelievable.”

Christopher Bell, who clinched his way into Round 2 of the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs at New Hampshire, finished second. Myatt Snider earned the first top-5 finish of his career with third, followed by Grant Enfinger and Austin Cindric.

It was a wild and anxious day for the drivers trying to point their way into the Round of 6. Kaz Grala, who was seventh coming into the weekend, was eliminated from contention after being collected in a wreck early in the race.

The final spot came down to an extensive battle between John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Briscoe.

Briscoe was black flagged on Lap 8 and forced to go to the garage to repair a mechanical issue. He was able to return after nine laps. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver received a break on Lap 59 when a multi-truck accident left playoff contenders damaged.

John Hunter Nemechek suffered damage to the left and right side of his No. 8 Chevrolet after the No. 27 of Ben Rhodes got loose, but Nemechek survived to finish sixth and advanced into the next round of playoffs on points.

The “Big One” came ten laps later when the No. 51 of Myatt Snider made contact with Cody Coughlin, sending the ThorSport Racing driver airborne and on top of Chris Fontaine.

A Look Ahead Into The Playoffs 

The Camping World Truck Series head to Martinsville Speedway in two weeks to start the second round of the playoffs on October 28, 2017.

Bell remains the points leader after earning a top-5 for the 13th time of 2017.

Johnny Sauter won the race a year ago after leading 33 laps. Can he repeat to clinch his way into the Round of 4 and close the gap on Bell?

Find out on October 28th as the CWTS stars return to the Paper Clip. Coverage begins at 1 p.m ET on Fox Sports 1.

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