Todd Kluever Turns Adversity Into Triumph ASA Race at Lanier Was "Exactly" What the Team Needed Marshall, WI (May 4, 2004) -- They say a person's character is tested in times of adversity. ASA racer Todd Kluever knows that all too well, but he...
Todd Kluever Turns Adversity Into Triumph
ASA Race at Lanier Was "Exactly" What the Team Needed
Marshall, WI (May 4, 2004) -- They say a person's character is tested in times of adversity. ASA racer Todd Kluever knows that all too well, but he and his team have certainly passed the test.
A late-March highway accident left their transporter destroyed, racecars severely damaged and their hopes down in the dumps. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into rebuilding, repairing and retooling their TK2 Racing team during the past month, so that's why a fifth-place finish in the ASA Lanier 250 at Lanier National Speedway (GA) on Saturday night was a triumph in itself.
"I can't even begin to tell you how good this is for the guys after all of the hard work they have put in on getting things rebuilt around here," said Kluever. "I can't believe the dedication of my guys to this team. I am big on giving them days off during the week and most of them would still want to come in and work. You can't keep them away from the shop sometimes."
The team's perseverance paid off, and on a night where many top-runners struggled to survive, Kluever persevered through patience.
"We had a good car in Lanier. It finished right where it should have, in the top-five. It wasn't a race-winning car, but it was a top-five car and that is all I can ask for from my team. We might have been able to get up there quicker and battle for a top-three spot, but the choose rule affected us a little.
"With what this team has been through this year, I've learned I have to pick my battles and know that you just have to learn to be happy with a lot of things despite what you might have gotten out of it all.
"The team has worked hard at just getting things back to the way they were and we've still got more work to do. I'm very proud of them. I don't know many more guys out there that are as dedicated as my guys."
The TK2 Racing team was en route to the ASA season opener in Florida when its truck was involved in a highway incident and flipped. The rig was destroyed, both of the team's cars were damaged and all of the off-season work was dashed away. Through the help of many, the team made it to Lakeland, but mechanical problems forced them to a 35th-place finish.
"The entire month of April has been non-stop work. I had to beg the guys not to come in and work on Easter. We got the speedway car rebuilt and got it done in time for the Kentucky (Speedway) test. We had a pretty good test there and at Atlanta, so I think things are going to be better for us."
The team will head off to Kentucky Speedway for the first of two races at the track in 2004. It is also the first of four superspeedway events at tracks 1.5-miles or larger. The BFGoodrich Tires 125 will be televised live on SPEED Channel this Friday night, May 7th at 8 pm (EST).
After two of 16 events, Kluever sits 16th in the ASA point standings.
Todd Kluever and the TK2 Racing team are gunning for the 2004 ASA National Championship, but need sponsorship to help them accomplish their goal. Kluever, who has finished in the top-10 in the ASA standings the last two years, his information may be found at: toddkluever.com