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Roush Rookie Watch: Luck turns around season

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On Tuesdays during the Nextel Cup season, Roush Racing's four Busch and Craftsman Truck rookie drivers will file diaries on FOXSports.com, including Busch rookie Todd Kluever. For more information on any of the Roush Racing drivers or teams or to join any of the Roush driver fan clubs, log onto RoushRacing.com I think we've finally just about turned things around. We've gained five positions in the points over the past two weeks, and I feel really good about the tracks coming up this month. We had a disappointing run at Darlington over Mother's Day weekend. We should have had a top-15 finish, but I got hit during an accident that I had already cleared. That has been how our luck has gone most of this season so far. Things turned around at Lowe's Motor Speedway two weeks later. We took a new car to Lowe's that had tested well earlier in the month. The car ran well all night, and we got a ninth-place finish. I was the highest rookie of the race and the highest non-Cup driver. It sure felt good to leave there knowing our 3M team had finally turned the corner.

Todd Kluever diaries

  • Things turning around
  • Rough going, wrecking
  • Major hurdle cleared
  • Hardest part is over
  • Added pressure in debut
  • We finished 18th at Dover last week, which was kind of disappointing; but we tried a new set-up that we learned a lot about. Now we can fine-tune it, which will be great at some of the upcoming tracks like Nashville and Kentucky. I was still the highest rookie; so I'm gaining some ground on the rookie points, too. I think part of it might have been my request for the fans to send me some good luck charms. I was really surprised at how many cool things I received. I got everything from a box of Lucky Charms cereal to a guitar pick that a guy caught in the audience at a Cheap Trick concert. I think the lucky charm that meant the most to me was a horseshoe my family sent me that had hung in my Grandpa's barn in Wisconsin for years. I have it in my locker on the transporter; so hopefully it will bring us luck everywhere we go. Of course the hard work my team has put in was also a big factor. Having a new car made a big difference. We've really struggled with some of the older "hand-me-down" cars we started the season with. Now we've got our own new cars, which are as competitive as the cars my Cup teammates have. I expect really good things for the rest of the season. With the jump we've made in the points in just two weeks, I know we will be in the top 10 by the end of the season. We might stumble a couple of times, but we're going to figure it out; and we're really going to be stellar by the end of the season.

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