The NASCAR Nationwide Series is certainly changing into a series which can stand independently.
Although NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams use their resources to promote their development drivers, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Parker Kligerman is standing on his foundation of individual success and is having an incredibly strong 2013 season so far.
Before his strong run at Michigan International Speedway, Kligerman found himself sixth in points, standing amongst widely-heralded development drivers such Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier.
With 20 laps to go and rain closing imminently, Kligerman and his crew chief Eric Phillips risked it all in an attempt to win. Instead, they faltered, allowing Hendrick Motorsports driver Regan Smith to steal the win. A great run for Kyle Busch Motorsports was squandered, but adversity is something Kligerman has conquered his entire career.
Despite winning nine races in the ARCA Racing Series in 2009, Parker Kligerman did not win the championship. Shortly after, he was signed as a development contract to Penske Racing and just when things were looking up, he was promptly dispatched.
After mixed results with Brad Keselowski Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the amicable Kligerman just needed a chance. Although sponsorship is limited, Kyle Busch gave him a chance. So far, Kligerman has outperformed his equipment.
Parker Kligerman has gotten better each year, regardless of the different equipment and team environments he has become involved in. While Regan Smith continues to win and expand his points lead, Kligerman and Kyle Busch Motorsports are just getting started.
In my opinion, their initial success has created excitement to see exactly how far they can grow in 2013 and beyond.
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