Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman is getting ready for double-duty this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway: he’ll not only be driving the No. 77 ToyotaDreamBuild.com Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, but he’ll be making his Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 30 Toyota Camry for Swan Racing.
In two previous Nationwide Series appearances at the 1.5-mile track, Kligerman has a best finish of 12th in this spring’s event. He also has five Camping World Truck Series starts at TMS, with four top 10 finishes.
“We enter this weekend coming off three straight top-10 finishes and I think it’s a reasonable goal for us to go out these last three races and make it five in a row,” said crew chief Eric Phillips on the KBM website. “I feel like we’ve had a lot of speed the second half of the season, there was just a stretch where we didn’t get the finishes to show for it. Finally, these last few weeks we’ve had speed and ended up with strong finishes. When we went to Texas and Phoenix earlier in the year, they were two of our best races, so we are anxious to go out there these next two races and show everyone just how far this team has come.”
“It is going to be a really exciting deal being able to realize a dream and make my first start in the Sprint Cup Series,” said Kligerman. “It’s a culmination of a lot of years of hard work to get to the top of the sport and there are so many people that have supported me along the way. With that said, hopefully running both the Nationwide race and the Cup race this weekend will be a benefit to both teams. The Cup cars are a lot faster, so hopefully I can take some of the things I learn on that side and bring it over to the Nationwide side. Most of all, just the added seat time and the added track time – especially after two weeks off – will be beneficial.”
“The paint scheme we have on the No. 77 Camry is really cool this weekend – it’s a retro paint scheme that looks like my CamRally for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge – and it would look even cooler in victory lane,” continued Kligerman. “We’ve had fast Camrys recently, so I’m confident that we can have another strong run this weekend and hopefully compete for the win.”
Qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway takes place Saturday at 11:05 a.m. CT, with the race going green at 2:30 p.m. CT. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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