ST-EUSTACHE, QC- After working through mechanical issues during both ends of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ annual western swing in Saskatoon and Edmonton, second-generation driver Gary Klutt will roll into tonight’s Lucas Oil National 250 with hopes of impressing in his first career Autodrome St-Eustache appearance.
“I’m not sure there are many racers that don’t get excited at the prospect of racing in Quebec,” smiles Klutt in the Autodrome St-Eustache pit area. “The fans here are some of the most passionate in the sport, and the atmosphere is always incredible. I’m sure we’ll be racing in front of a packed house tonight”
The former Karting standout will hope to rely on his newfound short track prowess this evening, after top-10 finishes in oval starts at Autodrome Chaudiere, Sunset Speedway and Edmonton International Raceway.
“I think a good qualifying effort is going to be incredibly important,” notes Klutt. “[Autodrome] St-Eustache can be pretty tough to pass at, so it’s not the sort of track in which you want to be tasked with coming from deep in the field. We want to nail down a good lap in time trials and keep our CTL No. 59 at the front all night long”
With 150-laps ahead of him, Klutt knows that patience will be a virtue in tonight’s event.
“Anytime you’re racing on a tight, flat bullring there’s a possibility of some teams walking away with some hurt feelings and bruised egos,” offers the well-spoken rising star. “We just need to keep our composure and do our very best to stay out of trouble. Our short track program has been phenomenal so far this season, and I have all the confidence in the world that we’ll have what it takes to run with the very best”
Following rear-end problems during qualifying in Edmonton and a broken panhard bar in the late stages of the series event at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, Klutt is confident his team’s bad luck is behind them and is ready to race his way back into championship contention.
“We’ve worked through some adversity in the last two weeks and weren’t able to maximize our potential,” explains Klutt, who currently sits third in series points. “St-Eustache will give us a great chance to earn back some of the points that we gave up out West. This team has worked so hard this season, and I’m looking forward to rewarding them with a strong run tonight.”
Fans can stay up to date with Gary all day long by following him on Twitter @GaryKlutt, Facebook and Instagram.
Gary Klutt’s 2015 season is fueled by CTL Corp, Legendary Motorcar, Securcor Financial Group, Titan Productions and Passtime.
CTL has grown from modest beginnings – one dealer, one loan and a dream in 2010 to be the best run auto finance company in Canada; evolving into Canada’s third largest non-bank auto lender serving consumers in the non-traditional credit markets. For more information on CTL please write email@example.com.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)
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