Parker Kligerman to Nationwide in 2013?

By Joseph Wolkin
John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

The road to become a successful NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver is a long one. It starts out in the lower ranks, whether it’s ARCA or the K&N Series, and moves all the way through NASCAR’s top three series.

Parker Kligerman has raced in the Camping World Truck Series since 2010.

This year, Kligerman is now a championship contender with his Red Horse Racing team. Two weeks ago, he broke through for his first career win in NASCAR which showed the 22-year old has steadily become a solid driver.

However, Kligerman’s time in the Truck Series may be coming to a close.

As most people know, he was slated to split the No.22 Penske Racing Nationwide Series ride with Brad Keselowski this year, but was only able to race that car three times with two top ten finishes.

Kligerman’s effort in the Nationwide Series has apparently caught the eye of an owner in the series which should enable him to make the jump to that series in 2013.

He claimed that it is a “big opportunity in NNS. If not, trucks with RHR.”

Kligerman wasn’t able to comment on what team nor manufacturer he would be racing for in 2013, but did show optimism for his future.

From 2009 until the middle of this season, Kligerman drove for Dodge teams including Penske, Brad Keselowski Racing, and a team owned by Eddie Smith in 2010.

Taking the next step forward to the Nationwide Series could be a key move for Kligerman, but he needs to make sure he isn’t rushing himself through the ranks. Casey Atwood did the same thing and look where he is now.

But, Kligerman has a great amount of potential. If he chooses to make the move to the Nationwide Series, he’ll probably only race with a championship capable team.

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