Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman finished 13th in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Kligerman started 14th in the No. 77 ToyotaDreamBuild.com Toyota Camry after a qualifying lap of 182.893 mph (29.511 seconds) earlier in the day.
Kligerman battled a tight Camry early on in the race, but two trackbar adjustments during the first two pits stops of the race greatly improved the car. Kligerman moved into the top 10 on Lap 80, advancing to seventh over the next 10 laps and holding the position until the next caution on Lap 110. After restarting ninth after the pit stop, Kligerman hung around the 10th spot for much of the remainder of the race, working his way back to seventh with 15 laps to go, but falling back as the checkered flag drew near; contact with Trevor Bayne in the closing laps cost Kligerman a few more spots, crossing the finish line 13th.
"We had a solid race going, nothing really eventful in any way," said Kligerman on the KBM website. "Good restarts, good pit stops, good strategy - everything was going in our direction to get a solid top-10, maybe even a sixth or seventh there and we came to that last restart and of course it's just been a running theme where that last restart we pick up all the rubber because we get a rash of cautions and
then it goes flat to the floor and we're kind of a sitting duck a little bit. We have to just figure out a few things for the mile-and-a-halves there at the end of the race and see if we can retain our positions better. Overall, a good day for our ToyotaDreamBuild.com Camry. We wanted to beat that 32 (Kyle Larson) because we're racing pretty hard in points, but we had a solid top-10 day, just the 6 (Trevor Bayne) moved us on the last couple laps and I lost a couple positions."
Brad Keselowski won the race, followed across the finish line by Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Matt Kenseth and Austin Dillon. Kligerman remains in 10th place in the Nationwide Series points standings.
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