NASCAR Cup Series

Parker Kligerman rejoins Gaunt for Kansas, first Cup start since 2019

1 Mins read
Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

After a year away, Parker Kligerman is back in the NASCAR Cup Series. On Wednesday, Gaunt Brothers Racing announced Kligerman will return to the #96 Toyota Camry for Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway. It will be his first start at the top level of stock car racing since 2019.

Kligerman has twenty-eight career Cup starts since 2013. In 2018 and 2019, he ran a part-time schedule for GBR, during which he notched a pair of top-twenty finished in the 2019 Daytona 500 and Talladega fall races (both fifteenth). Despite running fourteen races with the team in 2019, he did not return for 2020 as GBR signed Daniel Suárez for their first—and only, to date—full-time campaign.

Much of Kligerman’s NASCAR competition in recent times has come in the Camping World Truck Series. Although he has not run full-time since 2012, a year that saw him finish fifth in points, he has raced on a part-time scale with two wins at Talladega in 2012 and 2017. The latter came with Henderson Motorsports, with whom he has scored fifteen top tens, five top fives, and the victory in thirty-six tries since 2017. In 2021, he has run ten races for Henderson with four top tens and a pair of fifths at Watkins Glen and Darlington. Fast Checkout, a Truck sponsor, will appear on his Cup car.

When he is not racing, Kligerman works as an analyst for NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage. In addition to his driving duties with GBR, the team said he will provide in-car updates during the Kansas race.

Credit: Gaunt Brothers Racing

After the lone full schedule with Suárez, GBR has returned to a limited slate in 2021. Following a DNQ at the Daytona 500, Ty Dillon ran four races for the team with a best finish of nineteenth on the Daytona Road Course. Harrison Burton placed twentieth in the Talladega spring race in his maiden Cup start, while Landon Cassill finished thirty-sixth (Daytona fall) and twenty-fourth (Talladega fall) in his two starts.

Kligerman has one Cup start at Kansas, a twenty-ninth in the fall in 2019 with GBR. He won the pole and finished nineteenth in his Xfinity Series début at the track in 2009, while an eighth in 2012 is his best run there in the Trucks.

1269 posts

About author
History major at San Jose State University and lifelong motorsports fan who covers NASCAR and the Stadium Super Trucks.
Related posts
NASCAR Cup Series

GMS Racing acquires majority interest, charters from Richard Petty Motorsports

2 Mins read
In a stunning development, Richard Petty Motorsports has sold off its two charters and a majority interest to new NASCAR Cup team GMS Racing. The legendary #43 car will likely still remain as RPM instead of rebranding to GMS.
NASCAR Cup SeriesNASCAR Truck Series

Front Row promotes Todd Gilliland, signs Zane Smith

2 Mins read
Front Row Motorsports’ NASCAR Truck driver Todd Gilliland will move up to the team’s Cup programme in 2022, driving the #38 as a team-mate to Michael McDowell. Zane Smith takes over the team’s truck.
NASCAR Cup SeriesNitro Rallycross

Chase Elliott running Nitro Rallycross at FIRM

1 Mins read
2020 NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott will make his Nitro Rallycross début at the FIRM on 4/5 December. He follows 2015 champ Kyle Busch in being the newest NASCAR/rallycross crossover.