As the Nationwide Series heads to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International to tackle the first of two consecutive road-course races, many Nationwide Series regulars will be hoping to just make it to the finish of the events and minimize the damage to their spot in the championship standings. On the other hand, former road-course racer Parker Kligerman – who ranks 10th in the championship standings – and his Bandit Chippers Racing team eye the next two weeks as an opportunity to run up front, compete for wins and begin chipping their way back up the point standings.
Kligerman had a strong showing in the first road-course race of the season at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. The Connecticut native qualified third and made his way to the front of the field in the early stages before being knocked off course. He was scored in the 33rd spot just past the halfway mark of the race, but maneuvered his way back through the field to earn a third-place finish- a career-best in the Nationwide Series.
The Road America event was Kligerman’s fourth start in a stock car on a road course, including two in the Nationwide Series, all which have resulted in top-10 finishes. He has qualified inside the top three in all but one of his road-course starts in a stock car, resulting in an average starting spot of seventh and an average finish of 4.75.
Kligerman – who will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Thursday – will be making his first career start at Watkins Glen, but just as he did in his inaugural visit to Road America earlier this season, he hopes to be able to adapt quickly to the new course and put together another solid run. With just 13 races remaining on the schedule, it is time for the talented youngster to start chipping his way back through the standings if he hopes to be a title contender at the end of the season.