Parker Kligerman and his No. 77 Bandit Chippers Racing team are northwestbound and down as they head to the Smoky Mountains for Saturday's Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 300 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
The Bandit's goal in the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit was to assist his partner Cledus in outrunning Sheriff Buford T. Justice and deliver 400 cases of beer from Texarkana, Texas to Georgia in 28 hours. Kligerman, with the assistance of crew chief Eric Phillips, will set his sights on outrunning 39 other drivers over the course of 200 laps and deliver the trophy atop the media center at "The World's Fastest Half Mile" to the display case inside Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
This weekend's arena should provide the talented youngster with ample opportunity for success, as he has finished inside the top 10 in all four of his career starts at the high-banked oval, including a runner-up finish in last year's Camping World Truck Series race. Bristol is also the venue where he earned his first Nationwide Series top 10, driving from the 43rd position to a ninth-place result in the August race in 2010.
After running into road blocks the past two weeks, Kligerman and his Bandit Chippers Racing team will be in hot pursuit of a strong finish Saturday at the high-banked half-mile oval nestled in the Smoky Mountains.