In a way, over the last couple of weeks, Ryan Blaney has taken what once belonged to Parker Kligerman. First Ryan Blaney was named as the fill-in driver on Penske Racing’s No. 22 Nationwide Series team, ousting Parker Kligerman from that role.
Soon after, earlier this week to be more specific, Camping World Truck Series team Brad Keselowski Racing announced that Kligerman was also out at that organization. The No. 29 truck team was Kligerman’s full-time NASCAR gig. At first, a replacement wasn’t named, other than owner Brad Keselowski behind the wheel for the next race on the schedule — the Aug. 18 race at Michigan International Speedway.
Soon after came the announcement that Blaney would be driving the No. 29 truck in select Truck Series events throughout the remainder of 2012, beginning with the race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway later this month.
“This season just keeps getting better and better for me,” Blaney said. “To first join Penske Racing and now get to drive the BKR truck is a terrific opportunity.”
But Kligerman wasn’t left unemployed for long, though. On the same day as the Blaney/BKR announcement, Thursday, Red Horse Racing announced that it had hired Kligerman to drive the No. 7 truck, the truck then-unknown John King drove into victory lane at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway back in February. By joining the Red Horse organization, Kligerman gains teammates in the form of current series points leader Timothy Peters and former truck champion Todd Bodine.
“When you look at Truck Series teams right now, there’s no doubt Red Horse Racing is definitely one of the top organizations,” Kligerman said. “I’m really excited to make the move here with the support of Tom DeLoach and everyone at this team to see how we can help the team and be successful.”
Looks like both these drivers are sitting pretty as far as the remainder of 2012 goes.
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