“It has been a long road to get to this victory,” Kilgerman said. “Today, I was put with some of the best people I have ever worked with and the best people I have ever raced with starting at the top with Tom DeLoach and the Red Horse Racing team, my crew chief Chad Kendrick and the entire team that we assembled. Midseason my situation changed and from there we have been on fire. I feel like it was just a matter of time before we got this first win. I never dreamed that it would happen here.”
Before finally taking the checkered flag in Saturday’s race, Kilgerman recorded five second place finishes out 44 starts.
“When you get so close to something so many times and you don’t achieve it you can pick two paths,” Kilgerman said. “You can doubt yourself, you can doubt the situation you’re in and you can doubt everything around you. Or you can keep your belief, keep your self confidence and look at the positives in what you did to get yourself in that position each and every time.”
Kilgerman was released by Brad Keselowski Racing 11 races into the season. Tom DeLoach and Red Horse signed him shortly afterward. The 22-year old celebrated his first win with Deloach and Red Horse Racing on their 300th race.
“It is not to shabby, a win on 300 kind of makes it really special,” DeLoach said. “ The other thing that is really special this year is every driver that we have had at Red Horse this year we won. We got five wins among four drivers. It is pretty special that every one comes here and wins. This is a magic truck. This truck Parker was driving has won Daytona twice. It won Daytona earlier in the year with John King and now it wins Talladega. It is a special truck to us.”
Sauter who pushed Kilgerman to victory finished second.
James Buescher finished third in front of points leader Ty Dillon who came in fourth.
The driver of the No. 3 of the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet has a one point lead over Buescher.
“We had a really fast truck and we were luckily able to keep it out front,” Dillon said. “It was a lot of fun, I never tandem before. Me and James got hooked up and took the lead. I had to cool it back down, then Johnny and Parker got by us then we had to try to run them back down. We were coming back and I think we were passing somebody when somebody hooked James. He did a good job of saving it; from there on I really don’t remember what happened. I was waiting for the race to end.”
Timothy Peter finished fifth, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, German Oulroga. Tim George Jr. and Mobile native Cale Gale rounded out the top 10.
The races featured seven cautions for 26 laps. The last wreck of the afternoon started in the backstretch collected six cars. The Fred’s 250 at Talladega also had 19 lead changes among 13 drivers.