Date: March 2, 2013
Event: Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas (Race 2 of 22)
Series: NASCAR Nationwide Series
Location: Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway (1-mile tri-oval)
Start/Finish: 11th / 19th (Running, completed 198 of 200 laps)
Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
In the early stages of Saturday's Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, Parker Kligerman alerted his crew that he was experiencing a persistent vibration while applying the brakes. Despite the issue, Kligerman was running inside the top 15 until lap 132, when his brakes went to the floor as he entered Turn 3. The young driver attempted to deliberately spin his Camry, hoping to avoid contact with the outside wall, but the right side of his car - from the door number to the right rear bumper - smashed into the outside wall.
The race remained under green-flag conditions, but with significant right side damage, Kligerman was forced to bring his car down pit road to avoid further problems. He was able to stop inside his pit stall, where his Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) over-the-wall crew cleared the fenders, put on four fresh tires and filled his Camry with fuel. The No. 77 Toyota returned to the track two laps down, scored in the 24th position. Over the course of the final 50 laps, the 22-year-old driver was able to pick up five positions in the running order and ended his first Nationwide Series start at the 1-mile oval with a hard-fought 19th-place finish.
"This wasn't the run we were looking for out here in Phoenix -- this place has been tough on me the last few years," said Kligerman, who failed to make it to the finish in his two Truck Series starts at the Arizona track. "We wanted to come out of here with a top-10 run and it appeared that we were going to be able to do that for the first 130 laps, until we had a brake malfunction going into (Turn) three and that was the end of that. We were able to fight our way back to a 19th-place finish -- which isn't terrible considering the circumstances. We're still fifth in the point standings and ready to move on to Vegas and prove that we're a top-five team."
The Connecticut native started the 200-lap event from the 11th position, but had fallen back to the 15th position by the time the second caution of the race occurred on lap 38. Kligerman communicated to crew chief Eric Phillips that his Camry was "loose on entry and tight on exit." When pit road opened, the KBM over-the wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop, which included a track bar adjustment in an attempt to improve the handling of the No. 77 Toyota.
Shortly after the lap-43 restart, Kligerman alerted his crew for the first time that he was experiencing a vibration while braking. Over the course of the next 50 laps, he remained just inside the top 15, but the vibration persisted.
After a one-car incident on lap 102 slowed the field for the fourth time. Phillips summoned his driver to pit road. The crew put on four fresh tires, filled the car with fuel and made another track bar adjustment in attempt to make their driver's Camry more stable on corner entry. Kligerman returned to the track scored in the 11th position for the lap-109 restart.