Parker Kligerman makes the jump from the Camping World Truck Series to the Nationwide Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013, driving the No. 77 Toyota Camry. Kligerman, who finished fifth in Truck Series standings last season, has 18 previous starts in the Nationwide Series.
Kligerman, 22, made three Nationwide Series starts in 2012, posting two top 10, including a career-best seventh-place finish in the July race at Chicagoland Speedway.
In October 2009, Kligerman won the pole in his first-ever Nationwide Series start at Kansas Speedway, becoming the 10th driver in series history to do so. He also earned the 2009 Rookie of the Year award in the ARCA Racing Series after winning nine races that season, and finished second in points.
In its first Nationwide Series campaign in 2012, KBM registered one win, three poles, 15 top five and 22 top 10 finishes, earning an eighth-place finish in owner’s points. The team earned 12 top 10 finishes over the last 13 races of the 2012 season.
“Our Nationwide Series program really seemed to hit its stride the last 10 races of the season – won a couple of poles, led a bunch of laps and were in contention for the win almost every week,” said team owner Kyle Busch on the KBM website. “We feel like we’ll be able to carry that momentum into next year and come out of the gates stronger than we did in our first season.”
“When you think of Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports, you think of an owner and a team that have established a tradition of winning and pride themselves on it, so I feel honored to be given the chance to come in and continue in that tradition,” said Kligerman. “I feel that running full-time in the Truck Series the last two seasons and coming close to a championship last season has prepared me to be able to do the same in the Nationwide Series next year. With the personnel that KBM has in place and what they were able to accomplish in their first year in the Nationwide Series combined with all the support they have from Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development), I see no reason why we can’t compete for wins on a weekly basis and be a top-five team in the final point standings at the end of the season.”
Parker Kligerman statistics:
- Best Nationwide Series tracks (average finish) – Iowa Speedway (8.0 in one race), Bristol Motor Speedway (9.0 in two races)
- Worst Nationwide Series tracks (average finish) – Charlotte Motor Speedway (43.0 in one race), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (35.0 in one race)
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