Kluever in the pits at the March 5, 2006 Busch Series race at Mexico
July 6, 1978 |
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
|Awards||2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|4 races run over 1 year|
|Best finish||56th - 2006|
|First race||2006 USG Sheetrock 400 (Chicago)|
|Last race||2006 Bank of America 500 (Charlotte)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|51 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||17th - 2006|
|First race||2006 Hershey's Kissables 300 (Daytona)|
|Last race||2007 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|26 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||11th - 2005|
|First race||2005 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 (Daytona)|
|Last race||2009 Copart 200 (Gateway)|
|Statistics current as of June 20, 2012.|
Kluever began his career by racing motorcycles for over nine years before he moved into full-bodied stock cars at a local track. He raced stock cars in the summer and snowmobiles during the Wisconsin winters. Kluever was the 2000 Rookie of the Year at Dells Motor Speedway in Wisconsin. In 2001, he won the Madison International Speedway Late Model Track Champion, and the Midwest All Racing Series (MARS) Championship and Rookie of the Year. He began racing in the American Speed Association in 2002, and finished 10th in the final points standings. He finished seventh in the 2003 final points standings. In 2004, he had four Top 10 finishes in 13 races, but the series' existence ended during the season. In October 2004, he was given the opportunity to participate in the Race for the Ride at North Wilkesboro Speedway. He beat out 25 drivers to make the final round at Darlington Speedway. He beat out nine other drivers to win the seat in a Roush truck.
In 2006, Kluever was slated to race in six NASCAR Nextel Cup events in the No. 06 car during the season in preparation for a full season in 2007, beginning with the 2006 USG Sheetrock 400. However, David Ragan instead replaced the departing Mark Martin in the #6 AAA Ford full-time in Nextel Cup in 2007.
For the 2006 season, Kluever moved to the Busch Series to drive the Roush Racing #06 3M Ford. He severely underwhelmed in 2006, notching only 4 top 10s and finishing 17th in points, despite running every race in superior equipment--finishing on the lead lap proved exceptionally difficult for Kluever. In 2007, instead of replacing Mark Martin in the #6, he drove 16 races in the Busch Series for Roush Racing, in the #16 3M Ford Fusion with Greg Biffle and the #26 Dish Network Ford Fusion with Jamie McMurray. Roush said they did not have enough money to put him in a car in 2008 and said he was free to look for other rides, but he did not find one and missed the entire 2008 season. For 2009, Kluever drove the Team 42 Racing car at Memphis Motorsports Park, but failed to qualify.
Craftsman Truck Series
In 2005, he drove the #50 World Financial Group / Shell Rotella T Ford for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. His 12 Top 10 finishes and six Top 5 finishes earned him 11th place in the final points standings and the Rookie of the Year award. In 2009, he ran the Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway in the #8 for MRD Motorsports. He finished 12th.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Nextel Cup Series
|NASCAR Nextel Cup Series results|