KLUEVER PLEASED WITH HIS START TO 2007 SEASON CONCORD, N.C. -- Todd Kluever has only run four of the six races in the NASCAR Busch Series so far this season, but already he is pleased with how well the season is going compared to last year. Two...
KLUEVER PLEASED WITH HIS START TO 2007 SEASON
CONCORD, N.C. -- Todd Kluever has only run four of the six races in the NASCAR Busch Series so far this season, but already he is pleased with how well the season is going compared to last year. Two of his toughest races early in the season last year were the road course in Mexico City, and the bull ring of Bristol. Kluever did not finish either race due to a broken transmission in Mexico, and an accident in Bristol. This year he rebounded with an 11th-place finish in Mexico, and a 12th-place finish at Bristol.
"It's been a lot better season than our 2006 season for sure," Kluever said. "Eddie (Pardue) and the guys have done a really good job with our No. 16 3M Ford Fusion. We've had a little bit of luck this year, which we didn't have any last year.
"I'm really proud of my guys to run as well as we did at Mexico considering that was something that I really struggled at last year on the road course. We came out of there with an 11th-place finish which was a really good improvement. I'm really proud of the effort they put in at Bristol last week too. A lot of teams I think would have lost laps on pit road repairing the damage that we had, but my guys never gave up and we soldiered on and finished 12th after starting 38th in a car that was really beat up.
"I can't say enough about this team. I really think we can win a race this year, and things are going a lot smoother than they did last year. I still would love to be running the whole season, but if I can run well in the races I'm in then hopefully that will lead to a full schedule next year."
Currently Kluever is scheduled to run 19 races in the Busch Series this season. He will compete in 16 races in the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, and three races in the No. 26 Ford Fusion with sponsorship from Dish Network for two events, and World Financial Group for the season finale at Homestead. Greg Biffle will pilot the No. 16 in the remaining races.
With one full Busch season under his belt, and a new team, Kluever is optimistic about the 2007 season.
"The team has a lot of guys on it that just don't quit," Kluever said. "They never give up, they never say no. Eddie really does his homework, and obviously we've had a lot more time to prepare. Last year we were building a Busch team, this year we're fine tuning on cars. Between the guys' and Greg's (Biffle) help building our baseline set-ups it just seems to go a lot smoother.
"We've used mostly the same cars as last year except for the one we took to Bristol. We've had some time over the winter to work on them and make them a little better. I had a couple of cars from last year that I liked that I got to keep so it's been pretty much the same cars with a little bit of updates. We're just a lot more competitive this year, and soon we'll be in contention to win some races."