It’s time for restrictor plate racing in the Nationwide Series, and Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman is hoping to add a Nationwide Series victory to last season’s Camping World Truck Series win at Talladega Superspeedway, his first win in NASCAR’s top-tier divisions.
Kligerman, in the No. 77 Camp Horsin’ Around/ Bandit Chippers Toyota Camry in the Aaron’s 312 on Saturday, May 4th, led just two laps at the 2.66-mile superspeedway last fall, but they were the final two laps.
“It will be a euphoric moment in a lot of ways and sort of a comforting feeling – knowing that you’ve won there before and you already know what it takes to win there,” said Kligerman on the KBM website. “Superspeedway racing is its own special form of racing, but I’ve been able to be successful at it – winning in the trucks and having a fifth-place finish this year in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona. We are bringing the same car that we raced at Daytona, so I’m pretty optimistic that we can go out there and put this No. 77 Camp Horsin’ Around/Bandit Chippers Camry up front Saturday and hopefully we can end the day in victory lane.”
Last spring, team owner Kyle Busch finished second in the spring race at Talladega in the same car Kligerman will race this weekend, and Kligerman has a fifth-place finish in the car already this season at Daytona.
KBM Truck Series driver Joey Coulter will make his first start in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend at Talladega. The No. 54 team, with Busch behind the wheel for the first seven races of the season, has four wins already this season.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Coulter. “The organization and that team in particular have had tons of success this year already. It means a lot to me to be given the chance to race for a legendary owner and a company like Monster Energy, both who are known for winning in every sport they are involved in. I am ready to work with the entire No. 54 team and to use this opportunity to grow my career in the future. I’m looking forward to a great weekend and I can’t thank everyone at JGR/KBM and Monster Energy enough for this chance.”
Qualifying for Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 takes place Friday, May 3rd at 11:10 a.m. CT, and the race goes green on Saturday, May 4th at 2 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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