This Week in Ford Racing June 21, 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Todd Kluever, driver of the No. 50 Ford F-150, has multiple reasons for his excitement for racing at The Milwaukee Mile on Friday night. The 26-year old Roush Racing...
This Week in Ford Racing
June 21, 2005
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Todd Kluever, driver of the No. 50 Ford F-150, has multiple reasons for his excitement for racing at The Milwaukee Mile on Friday night. The 26-year old Roush Racing rookie is a native of nearby Sun Prairie, Wisc., and besides having his friends and family in attendance, he will be able to check on his business interests while in town. Todd and his older brother, Tim, are partners in a rural tavern that helped finance his fledging racing career, and he always makes time to thank the locals for their support. Kluever previewed the weekend and discussed his business venture.
TODD KLUEVER - No. 50 World Financial Group Ford F-150
THE TRUCK SERIES IS RACING IN YOUR HOME STATE THIS WEEKEND, BUT IS THIS THE TRACK WHERE YOU HAVE THE MOST EXPERIENCE? "I've raced there a couple of times, but mostly smaller races. I'd say the most experienced I've been at a track was Mansfield, but I do have experience at The Milwaukee Mile, and that's a plus. I've run three races at Milwaukee, led laps there and finished in the top five in two Super Late Model races there. I've run fairly good there in the past, and as far as knowing what the line is around the track and what I need the truck to do, it should be more like Mansfield where I have experience and I know what things to do so that I can be competitive."
WITH THIS BEING ONE OF THE FEW TRACKS THAT YOU HAVE RACED ON PREVIOUSLY, DOES THAT GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF A CONFIDENCE BOOST HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND? "Yeah, it's always nice to go to some place that you've raced before and have experience with, but it's always nice to go home, too. I'll have a lot of friends and family there that will be supporting me. Like I said, any time that you go somewhere that you have experience at before it definitely seems to help out the weekend."
YOU AND YOUR BROTHER ARE IN BUSINESS TOGETHER BACK HOME. DISCUSS YOUR BUSINESS VENTURE. "My brother, Tim, and I own a tavern called Nora's Tavern and it's in Deerfield, Wisconsin. It's roughly one hour from the track, and it's where a lot of my friends and family go to watch the races."
ARE YOU PLANNING ON MAKING A VISIT TO THE TAVERN THIS WEEK? "I'm actually leaving in the morning and I'll be up there for a week. I try to go there whenever I'm home because the customers basically helped pay for my racing career. It's a down-home bar in more of a rural area, and you have the regular customers that come in and everybody knows everybody by name. It's just a good country-type setting, and a lot of those people, as they became regulars, knew that the money they were spending there was helping me and my brother support my ASA team. I think they started to take a little bit of pride in that and it became the place to watch the races. They could come down on Friday or Saturday nights and watch the ASA races on TV and see how we were doing, and I think that they thought that was pretty neat. After I got the opportunity to come here to Roush Racing and try my hand at my NASCAR career, I think they all took a sense of pride in the fact that they knew a little bit that each one of them helped me to live my dream and helped get me here. I have a lot of fans back home that way, and I think it's great that they take pride in the local kid who has made it to the Craftsman Truck Series, and I think it's pretty neat that they all feel that they had a part in it."
DO YOU RUN PROMOTIONS AROUND THE TRUCK SERIES RACES? "We have specials every day, so depending on what day the Craftsman Truck Series races fall on we'll do something different. There's just a lot of people that come down there to watch the races, and a lot of times that's where my mom and dad will watch the race from and my brother is generally there minding the place. People come down and get to watch the race with my family, and just have a good time watching me race and they can get a whole group of them together and go down there and watch it together."