Parker Kligerman

NASCAR America begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN: Darrell Wallace Jr. interview, 50 states: Kansas

Leave a comment

Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs for 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno hosts with Parker Kligerman from Stamford, Connecticut, as they preview the upcoming race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

What to expect on today’s show:

· With the first off weekend of the season over, the Cup drivers look ahead to Bristol. Kligerman determines which drivers’ stock went up or down through the first seven races.

· The Xfinity Series also is back in action at Bristol. Bubba Wallace is going into the race on a streak of five consecutive sixth-place finishes. Marty Snider talked with him about the streak and how Roush Fenway has returned to form in the series.

· The next stop on NASCAR America’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows is Kansas! The Sunflower State hosts two NASCAR Cup races annually and also is the home of Salina Speedway.

· We’ll hear from third-year Cup driver Matt DiBenedetto. Last spring, he scored an impressive sixth-place finish at Bristol, and he’s hoping for more success there this weekend for his new team, Go FAS Racing.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug-in that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5:30 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Bump & Run: Is a changing of the guard taking place?

Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images
2 Comments

Parker Kligerman, who will be on NASCAR America from 5:30-6 p.m. ET today on NBCSN, joins Nate Ryan and Dustin Long in discussing key topics in NASCAR in this week’s Bump & Run.

Six drivers in the top 16 in points are age 26 or younger — Erik Jones (20 years old), Chase Elliott (21), Ryan Blaney (23), points leader Kyle Larson (24), Trevor Bayne (26) and Joey Logano (26). After seven races in the season, is this an official changing of the guard in the Cup series? 

Parker Kligerman: Considering earlier this year when we did this feature, when asked to name a certain driver we had our eye on for 2017, I answered with a group. Specifically the 26-and-under group. Because, no doubt in my mind, this year is a turning point. There are enough uber-talented drivers in cars with astronomical funding levels. It was only logical we would see these young drivers become a conversation point. 

With that said, I do not think the guard has changed yet. Not until we get to the Championship Four, and we are not talking about an eighth championship for J.J., or a second for Brad K., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, or Matt Kenseth, or a first for Denny Hamlin or Martin Truex Jr., but we are talking about how the average age of the Championship Four is far from midlife crisis age, and the 26-and-under drivers are the main contenders. Maybe even the winner. Only than can I say the guard officially has been changed. Right now, the guards are just swapping shifts. 

Nate Ryan: It definitely is evidence that a new era is dawning, but I’m not ready to say the group once known as the “Young Guns” is ready to ride off into the sunset. It’ll be at least a few more years — and several victories, plus maybe a championship — for that youthful crop to have displaced Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth et al. 

Dustin Long: No, it’s not a changing of the guard. Seven races is not enough. Just look at the number of wins those six drivers have combined to score this season: One. That’s not a changing of the guard. Yes, this group is gaining more attention with four of them in the top six in points heading to Bristol, but until they show this type of dominance — and win more often — for a full year will it be a changing of the guard.

The next two weeks feature Cup races at short tracks (Bristol and Richmond). Which driver or team will you be watching closely to see how they fare?

Parker Kligerman: Kyle Busch: I know … How boring! But bear with me: Kyle is EXCEPTIONAL at these two tracks, but his race cars have been nothing of the sort in 2017, aside from Martinsville (a short track). In my time at Kyle Busch Motorsports, it was these two tracks that I watched him very closely and realized I had some serious work to do to be able to consider myself win-worthy. His ability to deal with a very, very loose race car on the entry of the corners is what makes him so good at Richmond. But he can shoulder only so much. Will JGR bring cars worthy of his talent, similar to Martinsville?  

Nate Ryan: Joe Gibbs Racing and in particular Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Either could win at both races, and that would help quell the incessant questions about why JGR has struggled off the starting line in 2018. 

Dustin Long: Denny Hamlin. He has only one finish better than 10th so far this season. He won at Richmond last fall. I would expect him to run well at both tracks and climb higher in the points. This also could be a chance for him to score some stage points. He has only 14 this season — nine came at Martinsville in the first stage. If Hamlin doesn’t run well in these two races, then it would raise some red flags, especially with how the JGR cars have not been as strong on the bigger tracks. This is a two-race stretch for Hamlin to collect some much-needed points.

Which streak is likely to continue: Hendrick Motorsports is winless in the last three years at Bristol and Richmond; Joe Gibbs Racing has won five of the last eight races at Bristol and Richmond.

Parker Kligerman: I think HMS stays winless. Odd, I know, to bet against the team that just won the most recent race. But it’s hard for me to feel confident in any car out of that stable except the 48. And I know the 48 has momentum, but from what I saw at Martinsville, there is work to be done. Add in the 24 has not closed one out yet. The 88 seems to be looking for a bit of consistency, and the 5 is still lost. I don’t like the chances of HMS in the next two races.

Nate Ryan: Hendrick Motorsports, though I wouldn’t count out a breakthrough by Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose resurgence at Texas Motor Speedway seemed legitimate. 

Dustin Long: Hard not to go with Hendrick remaining winless at Bristol and Richmond in recent times. I’ll be interested to see how the Hendrick cars do the next couple of weeks since these tracks, particularly Richmond, have not been their best. After some sub-par performances, these tracks are an opportunity for the HMS teams to build some momentum. Question is if they will.

Watch Parker Kligerman on NASCAR America today from 5:30-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NASCAR America: Parker Kligerman takes to Eldora with iRacing

Leave a comment

For the last four years the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has visited the dirt track Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Now fans and drivers who enjoy the iRacing simulator game can compete on the dirt track.

Watch as NASCAR America analyst and Truck series driver Parker Kligerman hops in the show’s iRacing simulator to show off the track and the game.

“As you see the track, it is absolutely realistic because it’s starting to develop a line depending on where the truck runs,” Kligerman said. “That’s exactly how dirt racers race, they look at the dirt, they see the line developing, they see the berm coming up top and they look and search for grip.”

You can also race sprint cars, late models and street stock cars around Eldora, as well as Volusia Speedway Park and Williams Grove Speedway.

When it comes to the real deal, the Truck Series returns to Eldora on July 19.

NASCAR America live 5:30 p.m. ET: Texas preview, Eddie Gossage, racing in Hawaii

Leave a comment

Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs for one hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Carolyn Manno hosts from our Stamford (Connecticut) studio along with Parker Kligerman. Dale Jarrett joins us from Burton’s garage.

On today’s show:

  • With no test time, teams have been hunting for any information that could help them at the newly-repaved Texas Motor Speedway – including studying last year’s wild race at Kentucky, which took place after its own reconfiguration. Dave Burns has more on what the drivers are thinking as they head into the Lone Star State.
  • Drivers aren’t the only ones hoping for a good weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Track president Eddie Gossage oversaw TMS’ renovations, and he’ll call in today to discuss the changes. Also, as one of NASCAR’s great showmen, does Gossage have any surprises in store for the fans this weekend?
  • With a repaved surface at Texas, the drivers are on a more equal playing field. Which of them could challenge the regular front-runners for a victory?
  • We’re going short-trackin’, Hawaiian-style in today’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows. Known for its breathtaking vistas, world-class surfing and hula dancing, Hawaii is also home to dirt racing venue Paradise Speedway on the island of Maui.
  • We’ll also look ahead to this weekend’s IndyCar race on the streets of Long Beach, California. Parker Kligerman hops into the NBC iRacing simulator and takes us around the most prestigious street course in North America, host of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Plus: Why is series champion Simon Pagenaud learning how to speak “Southern”? You’ll have to tune in and see for yourself.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug-in that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5:30 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

NASCAR America live at 5:30 p.m. ET — Harvick interim crew chief, 2017 Cup rookies, Martinsville preview

Leave a comment

Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continues to preview this weekend’s upcoming action at Martinsville Speedway.

Carolyn Manno hosts from Stamford, Connecticut, along with Parker Kligerman. Jeff Burton joins them from Burton’s Garage.

On today’s show:

  • Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 team announced its interim crew chief for Martinsville: Daniel Knost will take over while Rodney Childers serves a 1-race suspension. Also, rookie Daniel Suarez will have Scott Graves atop the No. 19 pit box, as Dave Rogers goes on a personal leave. How will this impact their preparations for Sunday?
  • We go in-depth with our Martinsville preview. What to expect, who’s hot/not and lots more, including the possibility the track may turn on its brand new lights for the first time on Friday if weather dictates.
  • The NASCAR America crew evaluates the 2017 rookie class in NASCAR Cup.
  • Parker Kligerman takes to the simulator on the best way around the .528-mile paper-clip oval, as well as how drivers must deal with wheel hop at the bouncy track and how grueling racing there can be.
  • Next stop on NASCAR America’s My Home Track: 50 States in 50 Shows is Connecticut! It’s the home of NBC Sports, 2015 Daytona 500 champion Joey Logano, and our track of the day – the historic 5/8-mile Thompson Speedway.

If you can’t catch the show on TV, you also can watch it via the online stream at http://nascarstream.nbcsports.com

If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you plug-in that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5:30 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

Follow @JerryBonkowski