Kluever Happy To Give Gunderman First ASA Late Model Win ASA Veteran Says More Late Model Racing Hopefully On Tap Marshall, WI (June 21, 2004) -- It's been a while since Todd Kluever has visited victory lane. In fact, he was in the middle of the...
Kluever Happy To Give Gunderman First ASA Late Model Win
ASA Veteran Says More Late Model Racing Hopefully On Tap
Marshall, WI (June 21, 2004) -- It's been a while since Todd Kluever has visited victory lane. In fact, he was in the middle of the longest stretch of his career without taking a checkered flag in a major event. Well, he changed that on Saturday night at Grundy County Speedway (Morris, IL), as he dominated the ASA Late Model Series portion of the Terry's Automotive Group Twin 100's.
It was the first win for Kluever's ASA Late Model car owner, famed Midwest owner Gerry Gunderman, since 1998.
"Gerry puts me in this car to win races and that is what I am going to do for him," said Kluever. "This car is good enough to win every race it is in and if I am not performing, then he is going to put someone else in the car. And I want to be driving this car, so I am glad I could win this race for him. It has been quite a long time since he's won a race as a car owner."
Kluever's #40 was the car to beat all weekend long at Grundy. Kluever captured the pole for the event and was the fastest car all night; in fact, he built up nearly a nine-second lead at one point during the race.
"It was as good of a weekend as you can have and there isn't any other way to put it. We were probably the car to beat all weekend long. We were fastest in practice, qualifying and the race. I can't say enough for my guys and for Gerry. They give me the opportunity and the car and all I had to do was drive it. When a car is that good, it is really easy to do my part."
Kluever has finished in the top-five each time he has competed with the #40 ASA Late Model this season, including third at the ASA Late Model Touring Series opener at Madison International Speedway (WI) in May.
It wasn't all peaches and cream for Kluever, though. Because of the mandatory ASA Late Model invert, Kluever had to start the race mid-pack and drive his way to the front. While challenging for the top spot, Kluever got together with leader Jason Setser, who then retaliated under caution.
"We were actually trying to take our time and get up to the front. We got to second and kept getting blocked and blocked. He would chop me nearly every corner. So I just got into him a little bit coming off the corner, moved him up a little bit and got by him. He tried to dart back in line but went across the nose of the third-place car and got spun out. Under caution, he came around and spun me like I had done something wrong.
"He was doing what he had to do to keep me behind him and I did what I had to do to get by him. It was just part of racing. I hate to move someone like that, but everyone said he was chopping me pretty bad. There is no need to do something like that on the track. It wasn't even my fault he spun anyway. I just moved him up a lane. I didn't spin him."
Kluever will probably see more time in the seat of his ASA Late Model after the ASA National Series canceled the July 4th race at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The next scheduled event on the tour is now July 17th at Madison International Raceway (WI).
"We are going to probably just run as much Late Model stuff as we can around here in Wisconsin. We will try and run at Madison and Slinger (Super Speedway) as much as we can since we have a month off before the next ASA show.
"Gerry is pretty excited after the win, so who knows where we might end up."