Kligerman pilots RBR Enterprises to third-place finish at Daytona!

Kligerman pilots RBR Enterprises to third-place finish at Daytona!

 

Effort matches team's best-ever finish

CERRO GORDO, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2016) – Parker Kligerman, in his first ride in the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises Valvoline/Advance Auto Parts/BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire Network Ford F-150, survived a wild finish to bring home a third-place finish in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

 

The finish matches the team's best ever finish in more than six years of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition. Clay Rogers finished third in this race in 2011.

 

The result wasn't without some hard driving and evasive maneuvers from Kligerman. He barely missed being collected by "the big one" on lap 93.

"Everyone was trying to make the outside line work, Daniel Suarez, Rico Abreu, and it just wouldn't work," Kligerman said. "There eventually comes a point where you can see the race kind of take a character...Suddenly a race takes like a shift and suddenly is hitting each other as hard as they can, and I could just see it happening. So I sort of backed off and suddenly the 88 got turned sideways, that big wreck happened.

 

"But really after that when you cleared out so many trucks I was focused on ‑‑ literally in my mind I was thinking, you're gonna get the third."

 

Even after the white flag flew, that finish was not assured. Another large wreck, that saw Christopher Bell's Toyota tumble down the front stretch, was caused by contact that occurred directly in front of Kligerman's No. 92 Ford. Kligerman was able to skate through the carnage. The green flag never came out and when the final order was sorted out, Kligerman and the RBR team were scored third behind race winner Johnny Sauter and second-place finisher Ryan Truex.

 

"I can't say enough about this team's efforts," said team owner Ricky Benton. "We had a few mistakes on pit road that cost us track position, but they kept working hard and at then end, we were in position to win. (Crew chief) Mike (Hester) called a great race and Parker drove a smart race.

 

"I'm glad we were able to get a good finish for Valvoline, Advance Auto Parts and Goodyear. We really appreciate their support for this race and this finish gives us a great start to 2016."

 

"...for this team, there's three guys that work full‑time in the shop: Hester, (car chief) Bobby Gill and Mikey Hammond, our tire guy," Kligerman said. "They're in the shop and they work very hard, very methodically to put great equipment on the track, and you see it today and I think you saw it last year too.

 

"To give this team that kind of momentum to give them the opportunity to be up front, it's great."

 

Kligerman and the RBR team plan to return to NCWTS action next Saturday for the Georgia 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

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About Valvoline

Valvoline was founded in 1866 by Dr. John Ellis when he discovered the lubricating properties of distilled crude oil, thus the world’s first petroleum based lubricant. Over the past 150 years Valvoline has reach many milestones such as, its first car race in 1895, the first all-purpose gear oil in 1939, used in Allied vehicles in World War II, introduced Valvoline Racing Motor Oil to the world in the mid-60’s, led innovation with Durablend, the first synthetic-blend motor oil in 1996, and in the early 2000’s Valvoline launched Maxlife High Mileage Motor Oil. Today it remains the best-selling racing oil of all time. Valvoline is very proud of its association with NASCAR. Valvoline is owned by Ashland Oil Inc. of Kentucky. The Valvoline product line is blended and packaged in 60 plants worldwide. As Valvoline celebrates 150 years of success they are busy planning for the next 150 years that will keep the world moving.

 

About Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a provider of automotive aftermarket parts. The company’s stores offer a selection of brand name, original equipment and private label automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items for domestic and import cars. The company’s operations consist of 5,261 stores, 111 distribution branches, which operate in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands primarily under the trade names Advance Auto Parts, CARQUEST, Autopart International and WORLDPAC. They also service 1,325 independently owned CARQUEST stores. 

 

About BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors

BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors offers wholesale distribution services to tire and automotive dealers across the Southeast, operating out of locations in North and South Carolina. For more information, visit bts.tireweb.com. There are 37 Black’s Tire and Auto Service retail locations throughout North and South Carolina. To learn more about Black’s Tire or to find a location, visit www.blackstire.com. 

 

About Wynn’s

Wynn’s, formerly Wynn Oil Company, traces its history to 1939, when the original Wynn’s Friction Proofing Oil Treatment® formula was first developed and introduced to the automotive market. In the more than 70 years following the introduction of that single product, Wynn’s has grown to become a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of innovative automotive specialty chemicals, service equipment and complete automotive maintenance programs. Today, Wynn’s operates as a division of Illinois Tool Works, Inc. 

 

About Highland Construction

Founded in 1981, Highland Construction is a North Carolina-licensed general contractor specializing in fire and water restoration. Over the past 35 years, Highland Construction served thousands of businesses and homeowners. The company is based in Fayetteville, with offices in Wilmington and Jacksonville N.C.

 

Partnerships Available

 

For more information or to learn how you can partner with RBR Enterprises in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, contact Rick Benton II at 910.840.6857 or by email at ricky@blackstire.com.