By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Parker Kilgerman is set to make his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start for Gaunt Brothers Racing, piloting the No. 96 Toyota Camry at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California June 24 for the running of the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
It’ll be both GBR’s and Kilgerman’s first Cup attempt on a road course, and their first since the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 27, where Kligerman finished 27th in his first start since 2014.
Car owner Marty Gaunt said he’s happy to bring back Kligerman at Sonoma based on his previous nine national series starts on road courses.
“We’re happy to have Parker back in the car for Sonoma,” said Gaunt. “This is our first road course race and we’ll be leaning on his experience at this type of track.”
Kligerman, who has an 5.9 average finish on NASCAR road racing, said he enjoyed being back in a Cup car for GBR, and has confidence about making left and right-hand turns.
“I really enjoyed the whole weekend with GBR at the Coca-Cola 600 and I’m thankful to have another opportunity,” said Kligerman. “I feel some of my best races in NASCAR have come on road courses, so I’m looking forward to Sonoma.”
In 2013, Kligerman scored his best-career Xfinity Series finish at Road America when he brought the Kyle Busch Motorsports owned car in third.
The 27-year-old has a road course win in the ARCA Racing Series, winning at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville by 2.850 seconds over Tom Hessert III for his 10th and final ARCA victory in 2016.