KLUEVER HOPES TO CAPITALIZE ON ROUSH SUCCESS AT LAS VEGAS CONCORD, N.C. -- Todd Kluever has an advantage coming into Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That advantage is his Roush Racing teammates. Since the track opened...
KLUEVER HOPES TO CAPITALIZE ON ROUSH SUCCESS AT LAS VEGAS
CONCORD, N.C. -- Todd Kluever has an advantage coming into Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That advantage is his Roush Racing teammates. Since the track opened Roush teams have earned four Busch Series, five NEXTEL Cup Series and one Craftsman Truck Series wins. Since this will only be Kluever's fourth Busch start in the No. 06 3M Ford Fusion he intends on taking advantage of his teammates' experience.
"It is a huge help to me that Mark (Martin) and Matt (Kenseth) have won so many races at Las Vegas," Kluever said. "Mark has won the Busch race twice, most recently last year so his knowledge will be invaluable. I'll have to race against Matt, Greg (Biffle) and Carl (Edwards), but they are still great about sharing their information with me and my team."
Kluever heads to Las Vegas 11th in the Busch Series point standings, only 10 points out of 10th place. The team is taking the same car he raced at California Speedway two weeks ago. There he finished 12th, although he was the highest finishing Busch regular, and the highest finishing Raybestos Rookie contender.
"I learned a lot at California about how these cars handle," Kluever said. "It is a lot different than a truck so it's taking some time to get a feel for it. Mark actually came on my radio toward the end of the California race to give us some advice on adjustments. He must have been watching on television from his motorhome, but suddenly his voice came out of nowhere. It is pretty cool to know that a guy like Mark Martin is looking out for me and is willing to help me. If he can share a third of his racing knowledge with me it will be more than most people learn in a lifetime."
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Entersprises that operates 13 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 two in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan and Erik Darnell.