Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman scored his third-straight top 10 finish and 12th of the season on Friday night in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kligerman qualified 13th on the field in the No. 77 Toyota Camry.
Kligerman fought a loose Camry in the race’s first 50 laps, at which time crew chief Eric Phillips brought him in for a four-tire stop and wedge adjustment. While this put him a lap down to the leaders, he gained the lap back via “wave-around” during a caution shortly thereafter. After another quick caution on Lap 66, Kligerman restarted in the 15th position.
Kligerman maintained his mid-pack position for the half of the race, but around Lap 120, he began moving forward, breaking into the top 10 for the first time on Lap 125. When the final caution flag of the race flew on Lap 156, the No. 77 crew returned Kligerman to the track in eighth after four tires and fuel. He fell back to 10th for a time, then got around Kyle Larson for the ninth position in the final laps.
"We finished ninth - there wasn't anything glaring in terms of problems, we just had an eighth or ninth-place car tonight," said Kligerman on the KBM website. "We had good stops in the pits, made good adjustments during the race, fought hard and got the finish we deserved. We ended the day with a few battle scars, but hopefully we can take this car to Texas and have a better run -- a top five or maybe even get that first win of the season. I want to thank Toyota, Bolle, Nationwide Insurance, ButlerBuilt Seats and everyone that makes this possible."
KBM owner Kyle Busch won his 11th Nationwide Series race of 2013, followed by Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr., Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth. Kligerman remains 10th in points with three races remaining on the 33-race Nationwide Series schedule.
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