NASCARNASCAR Craftsman Truck SeriesKligerman Scores ‘Fast’ Top-Five at Watkins Glen

Kligerman Scores ‘Fast’ Top-Five at Watkins Glen

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

With a sponsor like onboard his No. 75 Chevrolet Silverado, Parker Kligerman had speed in the United Rentals 176 at Watkins Glen International.

On the final restart, the Henderson Motorsports driver battled with Todd Gilliland and Zane Smith for position. In the jockeying for position in turn one, Kligerman received significant damage to the left front of his Chevrolet Silverado. Despite the resulting tire rub, the Westport CT native held off Smith for fifth.

A late-race caution for lightning saw the race red flagged. After an hour delay, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series officials were forced to call the race 11-laps early. That allowed the 30-year-old to swap his driver’s uniform for a headset as he worked the NASCAR Xfinity Series race as a pit reporter.

Kligerman Tweeted after the Xfinity race to express his excitement for his Truck Series top-five.

“What an awesome day!” explained Kligerman. “Fun getting to the top-five for the fast truck. Considering I guaranteed I would get a top-five earlier this week. My team, Henderson Motorsports did an amazing job.”

Kligerman started the race at ‘The Glen’ in 38th due to NASCAR’s metric qualifying formula. After two laps, the No. 75 Chevrolet Silverado had climbed into the top-20. Although Kligerman moved into the top-10 towards the end of both Stages, he pitted prior to the Stage end. In total, Kligerman climbed through the field three times.

Not running full-time, crew chief Chris Carrier opted to go off strategy to win the Truck Series return to Watkins Glen. The United Rentals 176 was the first Truck Series race at ‘The Glen’ since 2000.

The top-five finish is Kligerman’s first this season. It is also the 18th in his Truck Series career, and his first on a road course. Kligerman has 21 top-five finishes combined between the Xfinity Series and Truck Series.

The Watkins Glen race marked his 94th career start. Kligerman is six starts away from 100 career Truck Series starts with seven races remaining this season. However, it is still to be determined how many of the remaining races Kligerman and Henderson will attempt, let alone his next start.

The next race for the Camping World Truck Series is the WWT Raceway 200 presented by CK Power at Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway on August 20.

Featured Photo Credit: Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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