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Roush Rookie Watch: Meet the Busch, Truck drivers
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Todd KlueverOriginally from Sun Prairie, Wis., Todd Kluever's years in racing date all the way back to when he was just a young kid. Growing up, Kluever raced everything from dirt bikes to snow cross to late models. In October of 2004 Kluever, was given the chance of a lifetime, earning the opportunity to try out for Roush Racing's "Race For The Ride". He competed against 25 other drivers at North Wilkesboro Speedway, making it to the final round held at Darlington. Kluever beat out nine other drivers to win a seat in Roush's No. 50 World Financial Group/Shell Rotella T Ford F-150, beginning in 2005. In his first season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Kluever earned six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes while also winning the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year award. In 2006, Kluever makes the move to the Busch Series in the No. 06 3M Ford Fusion for Roush Racing.
Danny O'QuinnAt 6 feet, 5 inches tall, Danny O'Quinn stands out in a crowd. And car owner Jack Roush hopes that O'Quinn will be a standout in the Busch Series as well when he gets behind the wheel of the No. 50 World Financial Group Ford Fusion in 2006. O'Quinn, originally from Coeburn, Va., has excelled in racing since driving his first go-kart at the age of seven. At 19, O'Quinn became the youngest Hooters Pro Cup Series race winner and followed that up with eight top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. In October of 2004, O'Quinn was invited to participate in Roush Racing's "Race for the Ride." He made quite an impression on future Roush teammate Mark Martin, and Roush offered O'Quinn a developmental contract. He returned to compete in 2005's "Roush Racing Driver X: Race for the Ride," and emerged with a full-time Busch Series ride for the upcoming season.