Marshall, WI (September 13, 2004) -- Victory Lane is sweet; no matter when you get there, how you get there or in what. Todd Kluever knows this. And he's been waiting to get back to Victory Lane in just about anything this year. And, for the third...
Marshall, WI (September 13, 2004) -- Victory Lane is sweet; no matter when you get there, how you get there or in what. Todd Kluever knows this. And he's been waiting to get back to Victory Lane in just about anything this year. And, for the third time in 2004, Kluever found his way there on Saturday night at his home track of Madison International Speedway (WI) in the ASA Late Model race, the Trackside Charities 100.
Kluever started the race from the pole and dominated, leading 93 of the race's 100 laps. He held off a strong challenge at the end by Dan Lensing and ASA Late Model Series points leader Bobby Stremme to collect the win, his second ASA Late Model race win in a row in just this third start of the year. The last time Kluever ran with the series, back in June at Grundy County Speedway (IL), Kluever took the win. He also participated in the series' season opener, also coming at Madison (where Kluever is a former track champion), where he finished third.
"This feels good, this feels really good, especially for the kind of weekend we had," said Kluever, who drives in the series for legendary Wisconsin car owner Gerry Gunderman. "We had some issues all weekend long and just fought through some tech problems, so to come back and win like we did feels really good.
"It has been a tough year and it always feels good to win again, no matter what you are racing. We've really struggled with our ASA car this year when we should have won a couple of races and probably should be in the top-10 or even top-five in points. I've said all year long that the success that we've found with the Super Late Model has been the only thing that has kept me going and kept me sane from all the other problems we've had."
Kluever, who was a favorite to challenge for the ASA crown before the year started, has struggled to just two top-five and three top-10 finishes in ASA competition this year. He current sits 14th in the point standings with just three races remaining on the schedule.
His success in his ASA Late Model hasn't been limited to just the touring ASA Late Model Series races. Kluever has also won and run in the top-five on a regular basis racing the same car weekly when his schedule allows at Madison.
"I'd like to run even more of the ASA Late Model Series races if circumstances were a little different," added Kluever. "It is a fun series and very competitive. I had a a great time out there on Saturday despite all of the cautions. There is some real talent there and I think it probably puts on some of the best racing that we see anywhere."
Kluever will now try to acclimate himself back in the seat of his ASA car as the series shifts it's focus to the superspeedways for its final three races. It all starts this coming weekend at the 1.l5-mile Kentucky Speedway (Sparta, KY) for the Kentucky 225. The series will then have a couple of weeks off before running along side the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series cars at Lowe's Motor Speedway (Oct. 14) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (Oct. 29) to round out the year.
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, is looking for a marketing partner for the 2004 season and beyond.