TALLADEGA, Ala. — Parker Kligerman held off series regulars Christopher Bell and Grant Enfinger to win Saturday’s Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
After the caution flag came out with five laps to go for a spin and debris, the race went into overtime. Bell and Kligerman restarted on the front row. Kligerman and Enfinger cleared Bell at the end of the backstretch and powered themselves to the front.
Seconds after they took the white flag, a massive wreck ensued behind the leaders heading into turn one, which brought out the caution flag to end the race.
Kligerman, whose only other Truck Series victory came at the 2.66-mile superspeedway five years ago, drove very aggressively throughout the day, but led only three laps.
“This is incredible,” Kligerman said in victory lane. “I’m out of breath, I guess I’m out of shape racing all these kids. It was just crazy that every move I tried, worked. Those last 10 laps, no matter if I went high and separated a pack or was trying get the bump and run, every move just worked. Sometimes, it just goes your way. We did that but it starts with having a fast truck. It’s an honor to be racing with this team, it’s one of the oldest in NASCAR, but to win with them is incredible.”
Bell, who already locked himself into the Round of Six a few weeks ago with a win in New Hampshire, finished second.
Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek were battling for the final transfer spot to the playoffs the majority of the race. Nemechek was involved in a crash in the early stages of the race, but bounced back and finish sixth and punch his ticket to the next round of the playoffs.
“That’s just part of it, it’s just part of the situation we’re dealt in the playoffs,” said Briscoe, who was forced to the garage early in the race for repairs for a leaking valve cover. “If we run better at New Hampshire, this doesn’t happen. As much as this sucks right now, I still have to be grateful. I’m just fortunate to be running race cars for a living. I really wanted to get Brad Keselowski his first championship.”
Johnny Sauter, who won stages one and two and led a race-high 39 laps, was involved in the last-lap crash and finished 12th.
Rookie Myatt Snider drove to a third-place finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports, with Enfinger and Austin Cindric, who also advanced to the next round of the playoffs rounding out the top five.
Bell, Sauter, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes, who won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Cindric and Nemechek are the six drivers remaining in the championship fight.
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