“Road course ringers” draw ire of Larson, Kligerman at Mid-Ohio

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Kyle Larson and Parker Kligerman are two of the most talented drivers in NASCAR’s pipeline who are yet to make their Sprint Cup debuts. Occasionally they’ve hit some rocky moments in the Nationwide Series on the way up, and Saturday was evidence of that as each felt their race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was compromised by the “road course ringers.”

Kligerman finished 13th, Larson 14th on Saturday but neither result was indicative of where they ran. Larson was pitched into a spin by Turner Scott Motorsports teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. on the first lap and contact from others along the way, as he had worked to recover a 3-lap deficit from the first lap, didn’t make things any easier. He was up to fourth place before being contacted on the last lap.

Larson’s tweets on the matter, including a reply to fellow competitor Brian Scott, are below.

Kligerman also took to Twitter after the race to express his displeasure.

 

It’s a fascinating phenomenon as the concept of “road course ringers” has taken a bit of a nosedive this year on the Sprint Cup level. For years, it used to be the case where a one-off driver could come in and secure a result. But as the regulars have improved their road course ability, and the cars have grown more reliable, it’s become a lot harder for the “ringers” to make an impression without using their bumpers to do so.

Mid-Ohio was the last of three road course events for Nationwide this season, and Cup’s two are also in the books. All that remains is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Mosport on September 1.