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KBM signs Parker Kligerman

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Driver Parker Kligerman has another new NASCAR home.

Kligerman, who began last season with Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck series and concluded it with Red Horse Racing, is moving again – twice, actually.

Kligerman, 22, who earned his first Truck win with Red Horse last year, will drive the No. 77 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013 in the Nationwide Series.

Despite running for two organizations in 2012, Kligerman finished fifth in points in Trucks with eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. His Talladega victory, both poles and five of his eight top-five finishes came after joining the Toyota Racing family at the halfway point of the season.

"When you think of Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports, you think of an owner and a team that have established a tradition of winning and pride themselves on it, so I feel honored to be given the chance to come in and continue in that tradition," Kligerman said.

"I feel that running full time in the Truck series the last two seasons and coming close to a championship last season has prepared me to be able to do the same in the Nationwide Series next year."

Team owner Kyle Busch believes Kligerman will be a strong addition.

"Once Parker got behind the wheel of a Toyota halfway through the season, he proved that he was capable of running up front week in and week out in the Truck series and comes to us with a lot of confidence," Busch said.

"Since I started my Truck series team in 2010, I've wanted the focus of our efforts to be on developing young talent and being able to create an identity for KBM without having to be behind the wheel myself. With the addition of Parker to our Nationwide Series program and Joey Coulter to our Truck series program, we now have two of the sport's most talented young drivers in our building."

Details about sponsorship for Kligerman's No. 77 ride have not been announced.

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