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After a year of absence, Parker Kligerman is back in the NASCAR Cup Series. Wednesday, Gaunt Brothers Race announced Kligerman will return to the # 96 Toyota Camry for Sunday’s race at Kansas Motor Circuit. This will be his first participation at the highest level of stock car racing since 2019.

Kligerman has twenty-eight career Cup starts since 2013. In 2018 and 2019, he led a part-time program for GBR, in which he landed a pair of top 20s at the 2019 Fall Daytona 500 races and Talladega (both fifteenth). Despite fourteen races with the team in 2019, he did not return for 2020 as GBR signed Daniel Suarez for their first and only full-time campaign.

Much of Kligerman’s NASCAR competition in recent times has been in the Camping World Truck Series. While he hasn’t raced full-time since 2012, when he finished fifth in points, he raced part-time with two wins at Talladega in 2012 and 2017. The latter came with it Henderson Motorsports, with whom he has scored fifteen top ten, five top five and victory in thirty-six tries since 2017. In 2021, he contested ten races for Henderson with four top ten and a pair of fifths at Watkins Glen and Darlington. Fast Checkout, a Truck sponsor, will appear on his Cup car.

When not racing, Kligerman works as an analyst for NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage. In addition to his driving duties with GBR, the team said they will provide on-board updates while racing in Kansas.

Credit: Gaunt Brothers Racing

After the only full schedule with Suárez, GBR returned to a limited roster in 2021. After a DNQ at the Daytona 500, Ty dillon ran four races for the team with a nineteenth best result on the Daytona Road Course. Harrison burton placed twentieth in the Talladega spring race in his first Cup start, while Landon Cassill was thirty-sixth (fall of Daytona) and twenty-fourth (fall of Talladega) in his two starts.

Kligerman has a Cup start in Kansas, a twenty-ninth in the fall of 2019 with GBR. He won pole and finished nineteenth in his Xfinity Series debut on the track in 2009, while an eighth in 2012 is his best run there in the trucks.