NASCAR America Scan All: Parker Kligerman makes the most of opportunities
In a special edition of Scan All, Parker Kligerman takes the fan through a guided tour of his 2018 season.
“(I am) hoping to give you guys a better idea of what a small team like mine goes through on a weekly basis,” Kligerman said. “We focus on quality over quantity.”
While NASCAR America’s Kligerman has not had many chances to race this year, he has made the most of those opportunities. An accident at Daytona International Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series season opener kept him from contending for a good finish, but he almost cracked the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway the following week – finishing 11th in the 32-truck field.
“Our goal: we show up, we feel like it’s a race we can win.”
“You’re doing a great job man” spotter Earl Barban told him during the opening laps at Dover International Speedway as Kligerman marched toward the lead. “Move that corner back a little bit, your drive off is a lot better than most.”
The advice was productive. Kligerman went on to lead 11 laps in the Jegs 200. He was still running with the leaders in second when the No. 75 broke an oil cooler and retired on lap 86.
He went to Charlotte Motor Speedway two races later and finished seventh – his first and so far only top 10 in Trucks this year.
Strong runs in the Truck series opened up another opportunity to race the Coke 600 in the Gaunt Brothers’ No. 96.
Battling brake issues and after a trip into the wall, he brought the car home 27th in his first Cup series race since 2014.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we made it to the end,” Kligerman said over the radio after the race.
Kligerman earned a second Cup race in the No. 96 this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.
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