On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers raced at Talladega Superspeedway in the Fred's 250. Talladega generally provides an exciting race with large crashes that take out multiple cars. This race was no different. In addition to having some great action, this race also had a nice storyline. The race winner, 22 year old Parker Kligerman, had not been having an easy season and this was the first win in his career. As the top contenders seem to have done pretty well, there was little change in the points standings.
Ty Dillon does still narrowly lead in the standings but it wasn't the points that really mattered to Kligerman. Kligerman had lost his ride earlier in the season when Brad Keselowski Racing replaced him. He was able to get a job with Red Horse Racing and, from the time he joined the team, he worked hard to try to get his first win. This race was not an easy one, as is the case with most Talladega races. There were several wrecks that took out a number of drivers. Though most of the top championship contenders were able to do pretty well and avoid the wrecks, many other drivers were no so lucky. Kligerman led only two laps in getting the victory, which was just enough.
Kligerman did get a terrific victory at one of the most famous tracks on the NASCAR schedule. It was quite a way for him to get his name in the headlines and on the radar. Kligerman's season suddenly took a turn for the better and now he has a lot to celebrate. It just goes to show everyone that even a turbulent season can begin to turn around if the driver keeps giving it his best effort. The mental part of racing can easily be overlooked but it really can make a difference. With a positive attitude, a good race and the knowledge that he had been so close several times in the past, his first win was nearly inevitable. It was just a matter of time at that point. It will certainly be a memorable race for the driver and a huge milestone in his NASCAR career.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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