Parker Kligerman heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 hoping that the pair of green sevens adorning his black Toyota Camry for his 21st career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start will serve as lucky charms. Kligerman, who ranks fifth in the NNS driver standings after two events, will be making his second career NNS start at Las Vegas and first at a 1.5-mile track for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
After a top-five run at Daytona International Speedway in his KBM debut, the Connecticut native and his new team had a challenging day at Phoenix International Raceway in their second outing. After earning the 11th starting position, Kligerman ran in the top 15 until a brake malfunction resulted in contact with the wall on lap 132. The No. 77 team was able to overcome the incident and despite being two laps down, they were able to gain five positions over the 25 laps and ended the day with a 19th-place finish.
Kligerman heads to a track where in the Truck Series race last year he had the jackpot in sight, but left with empty pockets. After starting from the 14th position, the talented youngster maneuvered his Tundra at the front of the field on lap 34 and remained out front until making a green-flag pit stop on lap 70. The 22-year-old driver was nabbed for speeding entering pit road and after a pass through penalty found himself a lap down on the field. After returning to the lead lap with 30 laps remaining, the talented youngster tried to aggressively make his way back to the front in the closing laps, but ended in the fence with 19 laps remaining and ended his night in the garage.
Crew chief Eric Phillips and his KBM crew will unload KBM-8, a Toyota that proved to be one of the most productive in the fleet last season during the team's inaugural Nationwide Series campaign. After an overheating issue relegated KBM-08 to a 30th-place finish in its debut at Texas Motor Speedway in April, the Camry went on to post top-three finishes in each of its final four starts, including runner-up results with Kyle Busch in the September race at Chicagoland Speedway and with Kurt Busch in the September race at Kentucky Speedway. The last time the chassis saw action, Kyle Busch captured the pole with it and dominated the early stages of the November race at Texas Motor Speedway before settling for a third-place finish.
Kligerman heads to a track where he is confident that he will run well and knows that KBM has dealt him a strong Camry. Now, he and the rest of the No. 77 team must continue to gel and if they play their cards right, hitting the jackpot at the boss's hometown track would be extra rewarding.