With on-track action cancelled on Friday due to rain, the field for Saturday’s Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 was set based on owners’ points from the 2012 season. Parker Kligerman, driving the No. 77 Toyota Camry for Kyle Busch Motorsports, started eighth based on those numbers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the race took the green flag.
Kligerman stayed near the top 10 for the first half of the race and was running 11th when the left rear tire blew, caused by a rear end parts failure. The crew brought the car to the garage on Lap 138, and upon his return – and following three additional pit stops – Kligerman was several laps down. At the checkered flag, he was 11 laps down and finished 30th.
“I’m really proud of the guys and all the effort they put in to have a fast car here this weekend, unfortunately our rear end started to fall apart and we had to just ride around to salvage what we could,” said Kligerman following the race on the KBM website. “Our Toyota Camry showed a lot of speed – if it wasn’t for the parts failure, I’m confident that we had a top-five car.”
Sam Hornish Jr. beat KBM owner Kyle Busch to the finish line to earn the second Nationwide Series win of his career. Brian Vickers, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.
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