Roush Announces 2005 Craftsman Truck Series Line-Up
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Roush Racing announced today its line-up of drivers for the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck season. Nextel Cup veteran Ricky Craven and Roush's "Race for the Ride" winner Todd Kluever will pilot Roush's two Ford F-150s next year.
Craven, 38, comes to Roush with a wealth of experience in NASCAR racing. He began his NASCAR career in the Busch North Series in 1990, moved up to the Busch Series in 1992 and ran his first full Nextel Cup season in 1995. He won rookie-of-the-year honors in all three divisions. Craven has also won two Nextel Cup races, with the most recent being one of the closest finishes in Cup Series history in 2003 when he beat Kurt Busch by .002 seconds, which officials tagged the closest finish in NASCAR since electronic scoring came into use in 1993.
"I am really pleased to join the Roush organization," Craven said. "I am looking forward to racing in the Craftsman Truck Series since the competition just gets better every year. Our goal is to give Roush another truck championship next year, and I'm also excited to work with an outstanding rookie like Todd. I think the combination will be exceptional."
Kluever (pronounced Kleever), 26, hails from Sun Prairie, Wisc., where he began racing motorcycles at the age of 14. In 2000, he began racing super late models in Wisconsin and was the track champion at Madison International Speedway in 2001. He made the move to ASA in 2002 and has competed in that series for the past three years. In 50 starts he has earned six top-five and 21 top-10 finishes with his own team.
"I was thrilled when I got the phone call the other day," Kluever said. "I left the last test at Darlington trying not to get my hopes up, but to be chosen for this ride is just amazing. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I have to thank everyone at Roush for making this happen for me. I hope I can carry on the Wisconsin tradition of success at Roush that Matt Kenseth started."
"Our truck program will be very strong next year with the combination of Ricky and Todd," Jack Roush said. "We are lucky to get a veteran driver with the talent and experience that Ricky brings to the table. He will be a huge asset to our program and he will also be a great mentor for Todd.
"I was thoroughly impressed with Todd when I watched him test at North Wilkesboro," Roush continued. "He adapted to the truck quickly, and was smooth and patient. I believe he has a bright future at Roush Racing."
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, two in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Biffle, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Edwards.