Parker Kligerman and his No. 77 Toyota Racing team head to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway Friday night for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. The race will mark the 1000th race in the history of NASCAR's second division and Kligerman and team are optimistic that after testing at the Virginia track last week, they will be able to apply what they learned and be able to compete for the win in the historic event.
The No. 77 crew was the lone Nationwide Series team that participated in a two-day test at the .75-mile tri-oval on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27. The team took two different cars to the session and tested multiple setups throughout the 12-hour test. Kligerman was able to make over 350 laps around the track in preparation for Friday night's event, mostly during the evening hours. Being able to test during the evening should be very beneficial for this weekend event, as Friday's lone practice session will take place in the morning hours.
Kligerman has top-15 finishes in each of his two starts at the Virginia track. In April, the Connecticut native went two laps down early, but battled his way back to a respectable 11th-place finish. He was scored in the 20th position for the final restart with just 12 laps remaining and maneuvered his way inside the top 10 with five laps remaining. In the closing laps, the 23-year-old lost one position and ended the day with a respectable 11th-place finish.
Now as the No. 77 Toyota Racing team makes its second start of the season at Richmond, Kligerman is confident that the strides the team has made this season will allow him to improve upon his finishing from the spring. The talented youngster is hoping that he can put his name in the record books, as the one that won the Nationwide Series' 1,000th race.