TODD KLUEVER LOOKS TO CARRY MOMENTUM TO CALIFORNIA CONCORD, N.C. -- After posting a seventh-place finish in his Busch Series debut at Daytona, Todd Kluever hopes to carry that momentum to the West Coast this weekend. Kluever and the No. 06 3M...
TODD KLUEVER LOOKS TO CARRY MOMENTUM TO CALIFORNIA
CONCORD, N.C. -- After posting a seventh-place finish in his Busch Series debut at Daytona, Todd Kluever hopes to carry that momentum to the West Coast this weekend. Kluever and the No. 06 3M team will compete in Saturday's Stater Bros. 300 Busch Series race at California Speedway.
The team will be taking the same Ford Fusion they tested at Las Vegas earlier in the month. The car formerly belonged to Matt Kenseth, but now has a new body and clip on it. The car performed well at the Vegas test and Kluever feels optimistic about his chances this weekend.
"California is a great track and we are all excited to get out there after a long week in Daytona," Kluever said. "There is still a lot of pressure on our team since we have to qualify on time to make the race, but at least at a place like California the driver has some control over the outcome. During Daytona qualifying you just hold your foot to the floor and hope for the best.
"The Fusion we are taking is a pretty good car. It was competitive at the Vegas test and I expect it to run well this weekend. I've only raced at California once in last year's truck race, but I finished fourth there in my second truck start. I'd be happy to get a top-five finish in my second Busch start as well.
"This 3M team has a lot of momentum from Daytona. The guys did a great job in the pits, Mike Kelley (crew chief) did an excellent job calling the race and my spotter was a huge help getting me through all those wrecks. We really came together as a team and to have that happen at the first race is pretty impressive. We'll continue to improve every week and I anticipate we'll be contending for victories before too long."