Silly season is in full swing this week in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck series, or at least it was on Tuesday. Kyle Busch Motorsports announced the hiring of Parker Kligerman to compete full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2013 from behind the wheel of a No. 77 KBM entry.
Kligerman’s move to the Nationwide Series and Kyle Busch Motorsports left a vacant seat in the No. 7 Camping World Truck Series entry of Red Horse Racing. John Wes Townley was announced as the driver to fill the No. 7 truck seat, and he’ll bring his Zaxby’s sponsorship along with him.
Also announced by Red Horse on Tuesday was the hiring of Mike Beam to serve as crew chief for Townley and the No. 7 team.
The 2013 season will be KBM’s second year of full-time Nationwide Series competition. Car owner Kyle Busch and brother Kurt Busch shared seat time in the organization’s No. 54 in 2012. The team posted one win with Kurt Busch behind the wheel.
“When you think of Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports, you think of an owner and a team that have established a tradition of winning and pride themselves on it, so I feel honored to be given the chance to come in and continue in that tradition,” Kligerman said.
Kligerman raced full-time in the Truck Series in 2012, starting the season with Brad Keselowski Racing and them moving to Red Horse Racing after losing his ride at BKR. Kligerman also has limited Nationwide experience. He has 18-career starts in the series, including three in 2012.
Meanwhile, Townley inherits a truck ride that claimed two race wins in 2012. John King and Kligerman each drove the No. 7 to victory lane this past season.
“I’m a competitive race car driver, and I want to race and compete for wins,” Townley said. “Red Horse Racing has worked hard and continues to excel in the Truck Series. The success that this Red Horse Racing organization was able to accomplish last season is the same success we are looking forward to next year.”
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