TALLADEGA, Ala. – Parker Kligerman blasted into the lead coming to the white flag and held on to earn his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Saturday afternoon during the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kligerman had to charge from the rear of the field after changing a battery under caution with 15 laps left. After the restart Kligerman hooked up with the No. 23 of Jason White and the pair charged through the field, with White taking the lead from Justin Lofton with 13 laps left.
On lap 83 the caution flag came back out when Ron Hornaday, Jr. spun through the infield grass. During the restart with six laps left White maintained the top spot, but two laps later James Buescher used a push from polesitter Ty Dillon to take the lead.
Buescher held the lead as the field came to the white flag, but that was when Kligerman made his move. Using a push from Johnny Sauter, Kligerman grabbed the lead as the field crossed under the white flag.
Kligerman and Sauter pulled away from the field exiting turn two, but halfway down the backstretch a large crash behind the leaders brought out a caution flag that froze the field and gave Kligerman the victory.
Kligerman became the eighth different first-time winner in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition in 2012, a series record. The victory also came in the 300th start for Red Horse Racing team owner Tom DeLoach.
“This truck has won Daytona twice and now it has won Talladega,” said DeLoach from victory lane. “Fantastic truck. Parker did a fantastic job, the guys are wonderful, just unbelievable.”
For Kligerman, his first series triumph came after scoring five second-place finishes in his first 43 starts.
“I can’t thank enough people in this world,” Kligerman. “We fought every single possible thing you could fight today. We had a vibration, we had a battery go down, we had no alternator and we just went for it there at the end. Thank you Johnny Sauter because he made that possible. That was pretty awesome.”
Sauter was simply happy to finish second after a mostly frustrating 2012 season.
“I don’t know what it is about these Toyota Tundra pickup trucks, but when you get them in the draft they run,” Sauter said. “The Hot Honey’s/Curb Records Toyota was good. I felt like we had the right position there coming down to the stretch. We had about five or 10 trucks break away from the rest of the field. I had Parker set up perfectly to come down here and get to the line and get by him. We just didn’t get that far (because) the caution came out.”
Buescher crossed the finish line in third, followed by Dillon and Timothy Peters. Dillon maintained a one-point advantage in the championship standings over Buescher with four races left.