By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Parker Kligerman’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign this season has been one to forget, with three out of his five races this season resulting in DNFs, including tonight’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway, where he finished 27th.
Despite another disappointing finish, his night beforehand looked promising. The No. 75 Food Country USA Chevrolet Silverado was on top of the leaderboard for 12 of 150 laps. What stood out from his time out front was racing on older tires as he took the lead from Noah Gragson on Lap 74.
Once the final stage commenced, Kligerman’s strategy seemed to be working, holding off the rest of the field until Stewart Friesen, who was on fresher tires, changed the game, but Kligerman wasn’t going to give up the lead.
In a span of 13 laps, those two put on an incredible battle for the lead, not pulling away for several laps. As the green flag run continued to increase, Kligerman’s no-tire strategy faded and relinquished the lead to Friesen on Lap 88.
His night in the ‘Bluegrass State’ slowly dwindled, as he lost track position, but was still running inside the top-10 with 50 laps to go. However, last year’s Talladega winner’s night went awry in the middle of drivers making their final stops.
In the closing stages of the race, Kligerman hit the wall, damaging the rear trunk of his No. 75 Chevrolet, and began flapping off. The accident didn’t warranted a caution, forcing him to make an unscheduled stop to fix the damage, but the damage was done and became the sixth and final retiree at Kentucky.