Talladega, Ala – Talladega chaos ended in Talladega chaos for Saturday afternoon’s Fred’s 250. A melee occurred just after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers took the white flag, as the “big one” ended the race. With that being said, for the second time of his Truck Series career, Parker Kligerman reached victory lane as a result of the final caution. In fact, both trips to victory lane for Kligerman have now occurred at the Talladega Superspeedway.
Kligerman, powered his No. 75 Toyota past Christopher Bell on the final restart with two laps-to-go, and stayed up front with carnage behind, which sealed his first win in his last 25 attempts. But, Kligerman hasn’t made a ton of starts in the series over the last five years, as his last win in terms of days came 112 races ago (10/6/2012).
He led just three laps on Saturday, but they were important ones.
Kligerman has made seven stats this season, five of the last six have resulted in a top 10 finish.
Bell, brought his No. 4 Toyota home second for his fourth straight top three effort. He enters the second round with 12 top 10 finishes over his last 13 starts.
Myatt Snider earned his best career finish with a third place result in his No. 51 Toyota. His previous best finish was a 10th at Daytona and Chicago.
Last year’s Talladega winner Grant Enfinger brought his No. 98 Toyota home fourth. It was his fourth straight top 10 effort and fourth top five over the last six races.
Rookie Austin Cindric would round out the top five in his No. 19 Ford.
The second round is now set as well, as six drivers escaped Talladega carnage and are still eligible to compete for this year’s championship. By virtue of their wins, Christopher Bell and Ben Rhodes automatically advanced, while Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Austin Cindric and John Hunter Nemechek advanced on points themselves.
While that was virtually the same six drivers ahead of the cutoff line entering Saturday’s race, it wasn’t easy for them to get there.
Sauter, dominated and won both stages as he and Crafton clinched their way into the second round once the checkered flag flew on stage two. But, the rest had to sweat it out.
Briscoe, had to go behind the wall very early on in the race after suffering a mechanical failure. Since he didn’t crash, he was allowed to fix his No. 29 Ford and not have the five-minute crash clock to work against. They’d get him back out onto the track, but unfortunately he was already 10 laps down. Luckily for him though, John Hunter Nemechek and Kaz Grala were caught up in crashes which helped him stay in the fight until the end.
Grala, was an innocent bystander on the Lap 18 crash coming to the tri-oval. Ben Rhodes got into the back of him sending him into the outside wall ending his day with a 29th place finish. The reason he was even involved in the early accident was because Chris Fontaine spun in the tri-oval and everyone behind had to check up. Rhodes got into the back of Grala while Ryan Truex also collected some damage in the first caution of the day.
Grala, entered the day eight points out but with an early incident, his playoff hopes also ended too.
Then, Nemechek was involved in a crash on Lap 53 when Rhodes got into the back of Clay Greenfield, causing Greenfield to skate back up the banking in Turn 1. Nemechek, had no where to go and was collected, so was Matt Crafton and Regan Smith. Crafton, damaged the front end of his No. 88 Chevrolet when he made contract with the spinning Greenfield, but he luckily was already into the second round, so the incident didn’t hurt him in the points.
Nemechek, suffered heavy damage to his No. 8 Chevrolet but he too was able to continue on as well. He’d teeter the cutoff line, until escaping two late crashes and finishing sixth in his badly damaged Truck. That would help him escape to the second round by eight points over Briscoe.
The two biggest crashes happened late. The first came on Lap 71 when Myatt Snider got into Cody Coughlin in the tri-oval causing Coughlin to shoot up the race track and into Chris Fontaine. Coughlin, briefly got airborne while against the wall but was unhurt. Rhodes and Wendell Chavous were also collected in the crash.
The last was a big melee on the final lap.
The series has the week off before going back at it in Martinsville on Oct. 28 (1:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN).
Fred’s 250 Results
- 75 Kligerman
- 4 Bell
- 51 Snider
- 98 Enfinger R
- 19 Cindric R
- 8 Nemechek
- 66 Miller
- 88 Crafton
- 68 Greenfield
- 63 Gerhart
- 02 Young
- 21 Sauter
- 83 Boyd
- 18 Gragson R
- 24 Haley R
- 52 Friesen R
- 15 Kennington
- 45 Self -1
- 10 Cobb -2
- 1 Harmon -5
- 50 Reaume -5
- 29 Briscoe R -9
- 27 Rhodes OUT
- 49 Chavous R OUT
- 13 Coughlin R OUT
- 47 Fontaine OUT
- 92 Smith OUT
- 16 Truex OUT
- 33 Grala R OUT
- 87 Nemechek OUT
- 6 Benning OUT