Kluever Has Something To Prove As ASA Heads To LMS Wisconsin Native Came Close At Kentucky, Looks To Make It Up In Charlotte Marshall, WI (October 11, 2004) -- In the last ASA National Tour race on a speedway, Todd Kluever had a breakthrough ...
Kluever Has Something To Prove As ASA Heads To LMS
Wisconsin Native Came Close At Kentucky, Looks To Make It Up In Charlotte
Marshall, WI (October 11, 2004) -- In the last ASA National Tour race on a speedway, Todd Kluever had a breakthrough performance that almost resulted in his first career podium finish and even a shot at a possible victory. Unfortunately, late race overheating problems kept that night from having a happy ending. However, with the final two ASA events of 2004 scheduled for speedways, another shot for that first podium or win might be just around the corner.
After a successful test at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte (NC), Kluever is ready for Thursday's race at the 1.5-mile facility and might just get the run that his is looking for.
"I'm really looking forward to the race after the kind of show we had at Kentucky," Kluever said. "We should have been right there battling with the winner at Kentucky. T hat was going to be our first podium finish. So I guess it would be great to go ahead and get that first podium here."
Kluever knows that with a talented field of ASA competitors, some of which even have NASCAR big league experience on speedways, a top finish won't come easy at the tricky Lowe's Motor Speedway. However, he's ready for the challenge and welcomes the attention that the first ASA event at the historic track will draw.
Conquering that challenge started when he and many others took part in the open test session at the track last week.
"It will be tough," said Kluever. "There are some good cars out here, but I think with a few more changes (following our test) and we will be one of them. Racing at Charlotte is pretty cool. I've enjoyed it so far. Sure there will be a little more pressure on us with having to race in front of the Nextel Cup and Busch Series guys, but only if you really put the pressure on yourself. It is just another race and they are just more people watching it. That is how you have to view it."
Actually getting around LMS might be the toughest challenge for Kluever and the other competitors. After last week's test, many drivers found the track a little on the bumpy side in the ASA cars.
"I can't believe how rough this place is," said Kluever. "It isn't out of control but it is like a Salem (Speedway, IN) or something. There are bumps that pull your car in different directions. It should be pretty fast though. I think there should be some big pack racing."
Kluever and his team learned quite a bit during the test session and are much happier with the set-up from when they started out.
"We made significant improvements from what we unloaded with," said Kluever. "We weren't ready for this place to be this rough. That is why we came here. We know what we need now in some different shocks and stuff. We just know better now."
The ASA National Tour's Aaron's 99 takes place Thursday night at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled to start at 8:45pm, following the running of NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series qualifying.