MILTON, ON- One week removed from an impressive performance in Round 2 of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Autodrome Chaudiere, second-generation star Gary Klutt is set for his second straight ‘short track’ appearance in June 20th’s Leland 300 at Sunset Speedway.
The Round 1 winner did not look out of place throughout his top-10 performance, running amongst the leaders for the multitude of the event’s first half and eventually battling back from a mid-race incident for a 7th place finish.
“I think we learned something on every lap at Chaudiere,” smiles Klutt when asked about his second-career oval start. “Short track racing is something unlike anything else I’ve ever done before. You have to be on the wheel every single corner – because if you take a lap off you can end up shuffled backwards in a hurry”
The Canadian Title Loans representative will hope to utilize Chaudiere as a learning experience, as he prepares for Sunset’s tricky 1/3-mile confines.
“Chaudiere was a racy track – and from what I gathered during our test session two weeks ago – Sunset is going to be very similar,” explains the current NASCAR Canadian Tire Series points leader. “It has two fantastic grooves, which is going to provide for some excellent racing all night long. Any time that you have a track that will enable you to put your car anywhere you need to, it guarantees action”
“We’ve spent the week going over all of our notes that we compiled last Saturday – and we’ll see exactly what we can adjust on and how we can improve our setup for Sunset”
And though he will enter Saturday’s event surrendering considerable oval experience to the number of short track veterans on the NCATS roster, Klutt is confident that – with the help of Crew Chief John Fletcher – his No. 59 stands a chance of leaving Sunset with the points lead still in tow.
“I’m excited to get back short track racing. I went over some things with John [Fletcher] after Chaudiere and he gave me a few pointers,” notes Klutt. “I was pleased with our finish last Saturday, but I absolutely believe that we can improve on that at Sunset”
“This will be our first race having Thermal Technology Services as a partner – so we’re looking to give them a great run as a way of welcoming them to the team”
“Leading the points heading into this weekend is an awesome feeling,” continues the rising star. “This is an opportunity that not many rookies can say they’ve had. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by some pretty incredible people, and I know that we’re strong enough as a team to put together a strong run on Saturday and keep our spot at the top of the standings.”
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Gary Klutt’s 2015 season is made possible thanks to the support of Canadian Title Loans, Legendary Motorcar, Securcor Financial Group, Titan Productions, Passtime, Thermal Technology Services Ltd. and Newhouse Rusin.
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By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)