MILTON, ON- Following a top-10 finish in his Western Canada debut at Edmonton International Raceway on July 11th, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series rookie Gary Klutt will continue his first career western-swing with a visit to Saskatoon’s Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on July 15th.
The second-generation star will look for a strong performance on the 1/3-mile oval to help return his family-run team to championship contention with six events remaining on the 2015 schedule.
“We learned a lot at Edmonton,” says Klutt of his 10th place finish. My team was absolutely phenomenal from the moment the lift gate came down. Even when we were working through rear-end issues in qualifying they never slowed down and they never gave up. Being surrounded by a group of guys like this is motivation all on its own”
Klutt would eventually overcome the rear-end problems that had initially threatened to derail his afternoon, although the necessary changes meant his No. 59 would have to start tail in the 20-car field.
“I was proud of what we accomplished on Saturday,” smiles the personable freshman. “I had never even laid eyes on the place until the rig pulled through the gate that morning. To start 20th – after almost missing the race altogether – and work our way through that field is a major accomplishment for us. I’ll absolutely take a top-10 finish after the day that we went through”
Just three days after their top-10 finish in Edmonton, Klutt will focus his attention on Auto Clearing’s ‘Velocity Prairie Thunder 250’.
“We’re heading to Saskatoon with hopes of generating some mid-season momentum. We have a chance to come back home with some valuable points in our hip pocket, all we have to do is put together a solid run. Our oval program has been stout so far – and I have no doubt that we can keep things rolling on Wednesday night”
“In a lot of ways, we’re in the same situation we were in with Edmonton,” continues Klutt. “Auto Clearing is brand new to me. So it’s my job to learn the quick way around in a hurry. Other than that, I have complete faith in my team and the quality equipment they give me. If we can qualify well and exercise a little bit of patience through the first half, I think we’ll have enough car to grab a podium finish when it’s all said and done.”
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By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)