KLUEVER PLEASED WITH VEGAS TEST CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR Raybestos Rookie contender Todd Kluever recently completed his second Busch Series test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-day test was helpful for Kluever and the 3M team, and by the...
KLUEVER PLEASED WITH VEGAS TEST
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR Raybestos Rookie contender Todd Kluever recently completed his second Busch Series test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-day test was helpful for Kluever and the 3M team, and by the second day the team felt confident with their new Vegas car.
"For me it's critical, being a rookie," Kluever said. "Vegas is going to be just like many of the tracks we race on throughout the season, so as much time as I can spend on the track learning what a NASCAR Busch Series car feels like and determining what we need to do to our car to make it go faster will be critical to our success at the beginning of the season."
Kluever was somewhat disappointed after the first day of testing since his lap times were not quite what he was hoping to achieve, but the second day of the test proved to be the most helpful.
"We found quite a bit more speed the second day of the test which made us all feel better," Kluever said. "We were a bit off from where Matt (Kenseth), Greg (Biffle) and Carl (Edwards) were running and that was discouraging the first day. Mike Kelley (crew chief) and the guys just kept trying different things throughout the day on Tuesday and now we feel like we have a top-10 car.
"I think we all left the track feeling a lot more confident about our program. The Fusion drove really well and we found the speed we needed to get out if it. We found a few things that should really help our intermediate-track program throughout the season. That will be especially important at Vegas and Atlanta where we will have to make the race based on our qualifying time.
"Overall it was a very good test and now we're ready to get the season started at Daytona next week."
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.