Parker Kligerman’s Sprint Cup rookie struggles continue — fifth finish of 40th or worse in first seven races
Apr 7, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
You’ve got to feel compassion for rookie Sprint Cup driver Parker Kligerman. No matter what he tries, what he winds up doing is an entirely different matter.
Kligerman, driver of the No. 30 Swan Energy Toyota, once again struggled in Monday’s rain-postponed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Due to an overheating issue, he finished 40th, 27 laps off the lead lap.
That’s Kligerman’s fifth finish of 40th or worse in the season’s first seven races, and his fourth DNF as well. His best performance was 29th at Daytona, as well as 34th at Bristol.
Kligerman jumped to Sprint Cup this season after finishing ninth last season in his only full Nationwide Series season, and was fifth (2012) and 11th (2011) in the Camping World Trucks Series.
But Kligerman’s dreams of success in NASCAR’s premier series has turned into the thing of nightmares.
Maybe his luck will be better this Saturday at Darlington. In two prior starts there, he finished 15th in a Nationwide Series event there last season and 14th in a Trucks race in 2011.
While obviously disappointed at yet another bad finish, Kligerman has one thing to be optimistic about: once his bad luck turns around, he really only has one way to go – and that’s up.
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