NASCAR’s Nationwide Series visits Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the Sam’s Town 300 on Saturday, March 9th. Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman, driving the No. 77 Toyota Camry, will be making his second Nationwide Series start at LVMS, the home track of team owner Kyle Busch.
“Las Vegas is one of my favorite tracks that we go to all year – a very cool city,” said Kligerman on the KBM website. “For KBM, this is a big deal because it is Kyle’s hometown and that makes it a sentimental race track. I think for myself, it’s a racetrack where I’ve shown a tremendous amount of speed. We led a lot of laps in the Truck race last year, but in the end, we came up a little short of winning.”
Kligerman, who has one other start at the track in the Nationwide Series, has two Camping World Truck Series starts at Las Vegas with finishes of 10th and 19th. Last year, Kligerman led numerous laps in the Truck Series race, only to get caught for a pit road speeding penalty near the midway point. After making up the lap he lost on the penalty, Kligerman made his way through the pack but ended up in the garage with 19 to go after hitting the wall.
“These first five races we are just trying to build our notebook and gather information that we can use to work on making improvements moving forward,” said crew chief Eric Phillips. “These cars are quite a bit different than the trucks, so there will be a little bit of a learning curve being that it is our first time working together at a mile-and-a-half track. Getting through the bumps in Turns 1 and 2 is a difficult task – we have to make sure we have a good balance on our Camry and that we keep enough grip underneath Parker so that he can carry speed through that corner. If we can do that, I think a top-10 finish would be realistic.”
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