When this 2011 season began for the Camping World Truck Series back in Daytona, one of the main story lines was the amount of young, up and coming talent in the series. Drivers such as; Austin Dillon, Cole Whitt, James Buescher,Joey Coulter,Nelson Piquet Jr.as well as others were all were expected to contend for wins while making a massive impression this season. Also in that mix was another young rising star by the name of Parker Kligerman.
Kligerman, who finished second in the 2009 ARCA title battle, began the 2011 season driving the No. 29 Dodge for Brad Keselowski Racing. While the name ‘Brad Keselowski’ may make the deal sound like a top notch deal for the young driver, it’s far from the case. Dodge provides no factory baking in the Camping World Truck Series, as the No. 29 is one of the few Dodges in the Truck Series field. What that means the majority of work for that team is done in the shop of Brad Keselowski Racing in North Carolina.
When the season started, it was clear that the lack of manufacture backing was hampering the team against the factory backed Chevrolet’sand Toyota’s which dominated the truck count of the field. But the lack of backing didn’t keep Kligerman and his No. 29 crew down.
The team never once ‘threw in the towel’. The Kligerman crew was able to record top five and top 10 finishes as the season wore into the summer stretch, placing the team into the top 10 in the point standings.
The improvements of Kligerman have been even more noticeable in the past few races along the Camping World Truck Series tour. Not only has Kligerman shown the speed in order to win a NASCAR national touring race, he has shown the patience that these races need in order to take home the checkered flag.
Coming into this weekend’s Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kligerman comes into this race feeling as though he has a good chance to win. “I got a good feeling” Kligerman told myself on twitter regarding this weekend. And he has every reason to feel good. The 1.5-mile speedways have been very good to Kligerman over the course of the 2011 season, as they are the venues on which he has shined the most.
While Kligerman hasn’t always got the results that his performances have indicated, the fact that he has made massive improvements over the course of the 2011 season, cannot be denied.
It has never been a question if Parker Kligerman will win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it’s a matter of when will all of the pieces come together for the talented young man West Port, Connecticut to take the checkers in a national touring series of NASCAR.
This weekend in Las Vegas could very well be that weekend for Kligerman.