Parker Kligerman started 16th in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 77 Bandit Chippers Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chip 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway after a qualifying lap of 122.787 mph (15.627 seconds).
Early in the race, a miscue while under caution dropped Kligerman back to a 25th-place restart on Lap 65. Kligerman, who had four top 10 finishes in four previous starts at the 0.533-mile short track in Tennessee, upped that number to five as he battled back for a ninth-place finish, his second top 10 finish of the season and first since Daytona.
“Our Bandit Chippers Camry was really fast this weekend - we had a couple of mishaps that cost us some track position, but we were able to fight back and bring home another top-10 finish,” said Kligerman. “We had to come from the back of the field early in the race - we must have passed more cars than anybody out there. I have to thank Bandit Chippers, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, Bollé, Butler Seats, Nationwide Insurance and all the fans out there that support us. We just need to keep posting top 10 finishes and we’ll start working our way back up the point standings. If we can do that, hopefully we’ll be fighting for a championship come Homestead.”
KBM team owner Kyle Busch won the race by 0.023 seconds over Kyle Larson. Brian Vickers, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
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