Truck Contender Parker Kligerman Involved in Early Kansas Crashby Kyle Pokrefky May 6, 2016
KANSAS CITY — A promising run for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contender Parker Kligerman ended before the one-third distance point in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on Friday night.
Kligerman was working his way forward from an 18th-place starting position when he was involved in the aftermath of a two-truck accident between John Hunter Nemechek and John Wes Townley on Lap 49.
The driver of the No. 92 Black’s Tire Service/Valvoline/Advance Auto Parts Ford was clipped by a slowing Townley on the bottom of Turn 3 and 4 and was sent headfirst into the outside SAFER barrier.
After making his required trip to the infield care center, Kligerman confirmed with the media that he was in good condition and spoke about what he saw leading up to his accident.
“I just saw the No. 05 and I just saw the replay – the No. 8 got into the No. 05 and spun him down,” Kligerman said. “They were up against the top of the race track and I was coming and I just went low and stayed low. The No. 05 was coming down the track and just clipped us at the wrong place and the wrong time.
“Nothing you can do. You can play that 10 ways and you’ll always be in the same position where you were going to get hit by him or be in the wrong place on the type. Wrong place at the wrong time, but I hate it for everyone on this Black’s Tire Service/Valvoline/Advance Auto Parts Ford. We had a solid top-10 truck and we just couldn’t finish it out.”
The caution Kligerman was involved in was a product of early aggressive racing in the 167-lap race that featured three and four-wide racing.
The aggression proved to be a trend through the early stages of the race as four further cautions flew following Kligerman’s accident for various accidents and spins prior to Lap 90.
For the one-time Camping World Truck Series race winner, he was left absolutely puzzled as to why the field was as aggressive as they were before the halfway point of the race.
“Yeah, I just don’t understand that,” Kligerman said. “Why are you three-wide this early? It doesn’t make any sense. I know it’s hard to pass, but we’ve got a long race to go. It’s just unfortunate.”
Kligerman will be credited with a 31st-place finish in the Toyota Tundra 250.
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