Ram Teammates In Mishaps At Daytona; Kligerman Finishes 11th

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway has produced its share of racing highlights over the years.
Posted on Feb 25, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Friday, Feb. 24, 2012) – The season-opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway has produced its share of racing highlights over the years. Friday night’s event was no exception. It started calm enough, but resembled a demolition derby in the closing laps and provided enough highlights to carry the series to its next race at Martinsville more than a month away.

At the halfway mark of the scheduled 100 laps, 3 of the 36 starters remained on the lead lap. The race had been slowed by one mishap and two debris cautions. By the time the checkered flag fell, the race had been extended the maximum – three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. Even then, the race ended under caution. The final four cautions came as a result of mishaps involving five, seven, 11 and three cars, respectively.

Both RAM drivers – Parker Kligerman and Brad Keselowski – were caught up in mishaps. Kligerman managed to nurse his No. 29 Cooper Standard RAM to the checkered flag and finish 11th. Keselowski wasn’t as fortunate as the damage was more severe and his No. 19 twitter RAM was already in the garage when the race ended.

Kligerman qualified 28th, but had to start at the rear of the field for unapproved adjustments before the race. Keselowski started fifth and remained in the top five through the first half of the race. Kligerman elected to stay near the rear of the pack.

“After having that problem in qualifying, we were going to be patient, take our time, ride in the back and avoid the wrecks,” said Kligerman. “We did that for the most part. The wreck we ended up in, I don’t know what happened. We were three wide and the 15 came down on me. There was nothing I could do. I was lucky to get out of that and continue. We had an indestructible Cooper Standard RAM and that’s a testament to all the guys at BKR (Brad Keselowski Racing) and all the hard work they put in during the off-season.”

Kligerman says the respectable finish is important for the team to start the season. “It’s huge,” he said. “It gets you going in terms of momentum. We’ve got a month off, but we’re working hard for Martinsville because we have a shot at this (championship). We’ve got a great RAM for Martinsville, we’ve got a great RAM for Rockingham, and hopefully, they’ll see us atop that pylon next time.”

Keselowski restarted on the outside in fourth on lap 55 following the third caution. He lost his drafting partner immediately and quickly fell out of the top 10. As he and Kligerman attempted to hook up to make a charge to the front in the closing laps, he ended up in a seven-car mishap.

Race Results
NextEra Energy Resources 250
Daytona Int'l Speedway
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

1. John King
2. Timothy Peters
3. Justin Lofton
4. Travis Kvapil
5. Jason White
6. Todd Bodine
7. Chris Fontaine
8. Ward Burton
9. Ty Dillon
10. Clay Greenfield
11. PARKER KLIGERMAN
27. BRAD KESELOWSKI

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Point Standings
(After 1 of 22 races)

1. John King 47
2. Timothy Peters 42
3. James Lofton 41
4. Jason White 40
5. Todd Bodine 38
6. Chris Fontaine 37
7. Ward Burton 36
8. Ty Dillon 35
9. Clay Greenfield 34
10. PARKER KLIGERMAN 33

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