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Parker Kligerman Wins Truck Race at Talladega



Playoff elimination race 1 of the 2017 Camping World Truck Series season was held at Talladega Superspeedway. When combined with the unpredictability of Talladega, the Trucks always put on a show. This held true again, as Parker Kligerman got his second career win at Talladega with the underdog team Henderson Motorsports. This race was also the end of the championship run for 2 drivers.

Early Race Recap

Championship leader Christopher Bell was the polesitter for the Fred’s 250. He led the field to green but lost the lead early to Johnny Sauter. Sauter would dominate the first 2 stages, winning both of them. Early trouble hit for Playoff driver Kaz Grala, who started the day 7th in points. Grala would be eliminated from Playoff contention.

Also early on in the race, another Playoff driver had troubles. Chase Briscoe was leaking oil, forcing him to go to the garage for repairs. He would come back on track, several laps down. He would fight hard to try to still transfer onto the next round. 4 different multi-truck wrecks throughout the day would also affect several strong racers.

While Sauter and Bell were strong contenders throughout the day, many underdog teams showed their might. Cody Coughlin, Stewart Friesen, and Clay Greenfield all lead laps. However, one of the most aggressive drivers on track all race long was Kligerman in the 75 truck. This marked only the 7th start of the year for Kligerman.

Most NASCAR fans today are accustomed to seeing Kligerman as an NBC Sports reporter. He is a common host on NASCAR America and a pit road reporter. When his schedule allows, Kligerman can be seen in the 75 truck for Henderson Motorsports.

Due to a spin by Austin Wayne Self, the race went into NASCAR Overtime. The leaders on the restart were Bell and Kligerman. Just after taking the white flag, there was a wreck in turn 1 that ended up being the race-ending caution. Kligerman was out front and won for the second time in his career.

Playoff Grid Shakeup

Coming into the day, 2 drivers were locked into the Round of 6, Christopher Bell and Ben Rhodes. With strong performances in the stages, Sauter and Matt Crafton secured their positions. The 2 remaining spots ended up going to Austin Cindric and John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek had damage from an earlier wreck and had to fight hard to hold off Chase Briscoe. Lastly, the 2 eliminated drivers were Briscoe and Kaz Grala.

The Round of 6 will take the Truck Series to Martinsville, Texas, and Phoenix. After Phoenix, the Championship 4 drivers will be set for the title fight in Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Texas Roadhouse 200 will be live from Martinsville Speedway on October 28, at 1 PM EST. 6 championship contenders remain gunning for 4 spots open in Homestead.