Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman finished fifth in February’s Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway, his first start in the KBM No. 77 Toyota Camry. This Friday, Kligerman looks to better that finish on a return trip to Daytona for the Subway Jalapeno 250, and hopes to add to the impressive superspeedway resume he’s been building the last couple of seasons.
Kligerman has finished fifth and sixth at this season’s two superspeedway races (Daytona and Talladega, respectively), led multiple laps in each race and been in position to win both times. In 2012, he won his first and only Truck Series race at the October event at Talladega and finished 11th in the Daytona Truck Series race opening the season in February.
“I think superspeedway is about homework and putting in the research and understanding exactly what position you need to be in at the end of the race and where you need to be throughout to avoid the wreck and avoid places you probably don’t need to be – that aren’t going to benefit you at the end of the race,” said Kligerman on the KBM website. “So, we saw at Daytona earlier this year, I rode in the back for a lot of the race and then I have a deal at about the 50 percent mark I start to move forward and on the last lap it put us in a position to win the race. Then at Talladega, it was very much the same similar strategy – ran outside the top 10 for most of the race and then I was able to put ourselves in position to win it at the end of the race. So, I think it’s definitely something that involves a lot of homework, a lot of studying and a little bit of luck, but when you do it right you can hopefully put yourself in position to win – although it doesn’t always guarantee anything at a superspeedway.”
“We are bringing the same car that we ran at both Daytona and Talladega and will unload with a setup similar to what we had in February,” said crew chief Eric Phillips. “With the two-car tango, qualifying doesn’t really mean as much as it used to. If I have it my way, we will go out and run a handful of laps in practice and park it for the rest of the session. With these superspeedway races, there isn’t much you can do to improve your handling – you usually have what you have when you unload, it isn’t worth running a whole bunch of laps in practice and taking the chance of ending up with a wrecked race car.”
Kligerman will qualify the No. 77 Bandit Chippers Toyota Camry on Friday at 2:05 p.m. ET, with the Subway Jalapeno 250 going green at 7:30 p.m. ET that night. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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