Parker Kligerman is quietly fashioning a solid season, hoping to strengthen his bid to claim the NASCAR Nationwide Series crown with a strong showing in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Kligerman led only two laps during his most recent visit to the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Don’t let that fool you, though, as those two laps were the final two circuits around the track. Although the victory came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver hopes to experience déjà vu in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Through the season’s first seven races, Kligerman, who drives the No. 77 Toyota, sits eighth in the standings, 40 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr.Kligerman has two top-five and three top-10 finishes in 2013. In the season’s first restrictor-plate race at Daytona he finished fifth and led 10 laps.
In his only other series start at Talladega, which came in 2010, Kligerman’s day came to an end on Lap 113 when he was involved in a seven-car accident on the frontstretch. He finished the race 31st. In five career restrictor-plate starts between the NNS and NCWTS, Kligerman has four top-five finishes.