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Kligerman replaces Keselowski for Bristol race

August 23, 2011, , NASCAR.com

Parker Kligerman will substitute for Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski in the organization's No. 22 Nationwide Series car this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the team said Tuesday in a statement.

Keselowski, the reigning Nationwide Series champion, has been held out of Nationwide events since fracturing an ankle and straining his back Aug. 3 in a crash while testing at Road Atlanta. The driver's brakes failed and he hit an unprotected wall at more than 100 mph, and was later airlifted to an area hospital. He is ineligible for this year's title due to the NASCAR rule allowing drivers to accumulate championship points in only one series.

Keselowski, whose two Sprint Cup victories make him a leader for one of the two Chase wild-card berths, has focused exclusively on NASCAR's premier series since the accident. Sam Hornish Jr. filled in for the Nationwide event at Iowa, Kurt Busch substituted and won the race at Watkins Glen, and Jacques Villeneuve piloted the vehicle this past weekend in Montreal.

Bristol will mark the first Nationwide start this season for Kligerman, who is competing full-time on the Camping World Truck circuit. Penske president Tim Cindric said Keselowski's availability for Nationwide events will continue to be monitored on a race-by-race basis.

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