Kligerman miffed at missing Nationwide race

That help involved negotiating with a team that had run a start-and-park operation in 2009 in most of the races it had entered. According to Kligerman, substantially more than last-place money was on the table to get him back into the race.

But, Kligerman said, the team in question ultimately priced itself out of the market.

"We worked till the 11th hour to make it all happen, and when we realised the guy we were trying to deal with was being not too smart, we decided it wasn't worth it," Kligerman explained.

Consequently, Kligerman, part of the 2010 rookie class, didn't take the green flag on Saturday.

Aside from those damaged too severely to continue, no teams parked early in Saturday's Nationwide race. Nevertheless, Kligerman hopes his misfortune will cause NASCAR to take a hard look at the way the field is set for season openers. (In the case of rainouts later in the season, teams have priority based on their number of qualifying attempts.)

"I think you might see a different provision in the rule book come Daytona next year," Kligerman said.

by Reid Spencer / Sporting News

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