BOWMANVILLE, ON- Second-generation competitor Gary Klutt enjoyed a highlight-reel weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – registering his first career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pole just one day before tallying his first ever series victory avoiding a dramatic last-lap tussling Scott Steckly and Andrew Ranger.
“Crossing under the stand at CTMP on the last lap was one of the most surreal moments of my career,” smiles Klutt. “We had a great car all day. The plan was just to go out, run our own race and not overdrive the car. The way this race played out is further proof that if you take care of your car and you’re there at the end, you can count on a hard battle for the win. That’s what I love about this series “
When asked about the last-lap of the Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200, Klutt explains just how close he was to being caught up in the incident involving the leaders.
“On the last lap, I came around [corner] ten and saw [Scott] Steckly up in the air. I had to check up for a split second until I could tell which way he was going to spin after being airborne”
“As soon as I was clear, I didn’t have long to think about it,” continues Klutt, “because as soon as I looked in the mirror I saw [Jeff] Lapcevich coming and knew I had to get on it hard to make it back to the line”
With his first career series victory under his belt, Klutt is ready to return to Legendary Motorcar headquarters and begin preparations for Round 2 on June 13th at Autodrome Chaudiere.
“We couldn’t be happier with our weekend, but this is just the start of a long season,” explains Klutt. “These races are all incredibly tough – and it takes a lot of preparation in the shop in order to perform the way we need to on the track. It was great to celebrate with my team, but now I’m ready to head back to work with them and start preparing for Chaudiere”
“The feeling in victory lane on Sunday was incredible, and I want to do everything in my power to get back there,” continues Klutt. “It was a fantastic weekend from top to bottom. To come out and set fast time and then work our way into victory lane was unbelievable”
“When you have a good car and a little bit of luck, you can go from a solid finish to great finish in a hurry. Hopefully, this is just the start of a strong season for us.”
Gary Klutt’s 2015 season is made possible thanks to the support of Canadian Title Loans, Legendary Motorcar, Securcor Financial Group, Passtime and Newhouse Rusin.
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By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)