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LEXINGTON, OHIO - JULY 09: Parker Kligerman, driver of the #75 Food Country USA/Tide Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 09, 2022 in Lexington, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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ARCA Graduate of the Week: Parker Kligerman conquers Mid-Ohio road course

Parker Kligerman took the ARCA Menards Series by storm in 2009.

The Westport, Connecticut, native drove the Kerry Scherer-owned No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports cars to a series-leading nine wins in his rookie year, including a pair of wins on the two one-mile dirt tracks despite never having raced on dirt previously.

Kligerman’s season, which also included 14 top-five finishes and 18 finishes among the top ten in 21 starts, didn’t end with a championship. He was nipped by five points – one finishing position during the course of the season – by Justin Lofton.

Kligerman and crew chief Chris Carrier then teamed up for a limited run in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2010, which included a pair of starts for Team Penske. Kligerman finished an impressive eighth in his debut for the team at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.

In 2011 he made the move into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, running a full season with Brad Keselowski Racing paired with crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz. Kligerman notched eight top-10s in a learning year, including four among the top five with his best finish a pair of second-place finishes at Texas Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.

Another full season effort followed in 2012, but a team change was made midway through the year, with Kligerman joining Red Horse Racing for the final 11 races of the year. That decision paid dividends almost immediately as he scored his first pole at Iowa Speedway and backed it up with his first win a few weeks later at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kligerman then returned to the Xfinity Series, but suffered through a luckless 2013 campaign with the then-new Kyle Busch Motorsports organization. A fifth-place in the season opener at Daytona and a third-place finish on the road course at Road America were highlights, but he ended the year ninth in the standings and out of a full-time ride.

Kligerman has focused on building a career in television since, joining NASCAR on NBC as a pit reporter and analyst in addition to racing on a part-time basis in the Camping World Truck Series and even less frequently in the Xfinity Series.

He has raced for long-time NASCAR owner Charlie Henderson since 2017, driving the team’s familiar No. 75 Food Country USA trucks in a handful of races each season.

Kligerman, known for his road racing skills, lived up to that promise with a thrilling win in the recent Camping World Truck Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It was his third career series win and the second win for Henderson’s team. Prior to Kligerman’s 2017 win with the team at Talladega, it had been since 1989 that Henderson and team celebrated in victory lane. His previous win, in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, came at Dover Motor Speedway in 1989.

For Carrier, it was his fifth series win and his 11th win as a crew chief with Kligerman. He was on the pit box for each of his 2009 ARCA Menards Series wins as well as his 2017 win at Talladega.