KLUEVER SET FOR THIRD NEXTEL CUP START AT CALIFORNIA CONCORD, N.C. -- Todd Kluever will be attempting his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start this weekend in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. Kluever will compete in both the NEXTEL Cup...
KLUEVER SET FOR THIRD NEXTEL CUP START AT CALIFORNIA
CONCORD, N.C. -- Todd Kluever will be attempting his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start this weekend in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway. Kluever will compete in both the NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races in his No. 06 Post-it/3M Ford Fusion.
Kluever's two previous starts came at Chicagoland in July and Michigan in August. After problems entering pit road during green-flag pit stops at Chicago, a NASCAR penalty cost Kluever two laps which resulted in a 41st-place finish. At Michigan, he was the victim of an early accident while running three-wide between Bobby Labonte and David Stremme and finished 43rd. This weekend Kluever hopes for better results at California.
"California has been a good track for me so far," Kluever said. "I finished fourth my first time there in a truck, and 12th this spring in the Busch car. Our luck is due to turn around in the Cup car and California would be a great place to have that happen.
"We're taking a different car this weekend than I've raced before, but I expect it to be pretty good. Frank Stoddard and the guys on the 3M team have done a great job preparing cars for me. We just don't have the results to prove it. The way they turned our back-up car around at Michigan in time for qualifying was very impressive. Not many teams could have pulled off an engine change and put a set-up in the car in that amount of time and still produce a car good enough to make a NEXTEL Cup race with a rookie driver.
"Our goal this weekend is the same as it's been. First we have to make the race on time, and then we need to run every lap and just have a mistake-free race. If we can do that we should have a decent finish to show for it."
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises that operates 14 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, Jr., and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan, Erik Darnell and Michel Jourdain, Jr.