Kluever Hoping For A Better Ride Through Georgia Last Time ASA Veteran Was In The "Peach State" He Ended Up On His Side Marshall, WI (April 28, 2004) -- Todd Kluever is looking for a little better luck when traveling to the state of Georgia...
Kluever Hoping For A Better Ride Through Georgia
Last Time ASA Veteran Was In The "Peach State" He Ended Up On His Side
Marshall, WI (April 28, 2004) -- Todd Kluever is looking for a little better luck when traveling to the state of Georgia this coming weekend. The last time the TK2 Racing team visited the "Peach State" (on the way to the ASA season opener in Florida), they were involved in an auto accident on Interstate 75 just south of Atlanta. The accident wrecked the team's hauler and significantly damaged the team's two race cars. However, despite all of the hardships that came from the accident, Kluever and the team pulled together and kept their heads up and made it the opening race.
"Hopefully this time, we can keep the hauler upright and keep plugging away all the way to the track with no major problems," joked Kluever. "No really, in all reality, despite the hassles the accident caused, it really made you sit back and take stock in what you have and what other people think of you.
"After the accident, we really pulled together as a team and became a little bit closer because we had a lot of work to do in a very short time just to get the cars in a raceable condition for the first race. We also had a ton of people, more than I every would have imagined, call us up and offer their help in some way, whether it was from letting us use their hauler to get the cars around to just offering us some product to get us back on our feet or just offering their time to help get the cars ready. That really makes you realize that people do think pretty highly of you that they would go through all the trouble to offer stuff like that up."
The team pulled through and made it to the ASA opener at Lakeland (FL), but suffered from some mechanical problems all weekend long that hindered their performance and resulted in a 35th-place finish.
Now, the 26-year-old Kluever has had time to regroup and repair everything back to its original status and is eager to get back to Georgia, where they will test at the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday in preparation for the season-finale before heading to the 3/8-mile Lanier National Speedway on Friday and Saturday for the second event of the young ASA season.
"We've actually got all caught up. We've got the speedway car all done and set up and ready for Atlanta and all we have to do is scale our Lanier car and we will be ready to head out on the road. We really have to redeem ourselves after Lakeland. We were just really rushed that weekend and suffered for it, but it was still an accomplishment to make it through the race. Now that we have the cars all done and ready to go and we won't be fighting from behind, I think we will have something to show these guys this weekend.
"I've never had a season where I've been more prepared than I am this year. For the first time in my life, I've got two cars that are race ready and I feel comfortable are winning cars. The off-season was tough and the accident was a hindrance, but we are back where we need to be and back where we should have been at Lakeland."
The Lanier 250 will be televised live on SPEED Channel this Saturday night (May 1) at 8 pm (EST).