Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman turned in a disappointing 13th-place finish in the inaugural Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The 23-year-old driver of the No. 77 Bandit Chippers Toyota Camry ran in the top five for much of the day, and was hoping for another solid outing on the third Nationwide Series road course of the 2013 season, but he was knocked off course twice in the final 30 laps.
Kligerman started ninth after placing in the top 10 in all four practice sessions at the track. He ran in the top 10 for much of the race, which went into a green-white-checkered overtime period. Crew chief Eric Phillips made the call for a pit stop on the final caution, putting Kligerman in 16th on the restart. He was working his way through the field and closing on the top 10 in the final two-lap shootout when he was tagged by Marcos Ambrose, relegating him to a 13th-place finish.
"We had top five car and maybe we didn't have the raw speed to contend with AJ (Allmendinger), but it was going to be a really good day for this No. 77 Bandit Chippers team - probably had a top-three car - until we got our day ruined by ignorance from another driver that had nothing to lose because he wasn't running for points," said Kligerman on the KBM website. "We got up into the top five and we were saving fuel and saving our equipment for the end of the race. Then after getting knocked off course the first time, we rallied back to the top 10 before that last caution came out. We were close on fuel so we decided to play it safe and come in for tires and fuel and not take a big hit in points by running out of gas. I restarted mid-pack and was coming back through the field and probably would've still had a top 10 if we didn't get knocked around again by the same guy. I'm proud of Eric Phillips (crew chief) and all of my guys for having another fast car. We are ready to put together strong runs these last 10 races and work our way back towards the top five in points."
Allmendinger won the race, followed by Michael McDowell, Sam Hornish Jr., Max Papis and Brian Vickers. Kligerman is 10th in Nationwide Series points.
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