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Roush Rookie Watch: Not nervous for Cup debut

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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 It's hard to believe we are already halfway through the season. The first half went by pretty fast and had its ups and downs. I'm hoping the second half of the season will have more ups than downs. The biggest highlight of June was winning the pole at Nashville. We went out pretty early in the lineup, and I knew we had a good qualifying time but I wasn't convinced our time would hold up. My Roush teammate, Danny O'Quinn, was one of the last guys to go out, and I thought he'd have the best shot to beat us. He came close, but only qualified second. It was pretty cool to have an all-Roush rookie front row. We did not have the results we had hoped for during most of June, although we have gained seven positions in the point standings in the last six weeks. We're up to 16th in points, but it's still not where we should be.

Todd Kluever diaries

  • Ready for Cup debut
  • Things turning around
  • Rough going, wrecking
  • Major hurdle cleared
  • Hardest part is over
  • Added pressure in debut
  • This will be a big weekend for me at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to racing my 3M/Post-it Ford Fusion in the Busch Series, I will also be making my NEXTEL Cup debut. If everything goes according to plan — meaning we make the race since we don't have any points — I'll be racing the No. 06 3M/Post-it Ford Fusion on Sunday as well. Sunday will be my Mom's birthday so it will be pretty cool to make my first Cup start on her birthday. Since the race is close to Wisconsin, my parents, brother and sister-in-law will all be there to watch. I'm looking forward to my first chance to race 700 miles in one weekend! A lot of people have asked me if I am nervous about racing with all of the drivers in the seven NEXTEL Cup races I'll be running this year, but I tell them that I already race with most of them every Saturday. This will be one instance where having all the Cup guys in the Busch races will really benefit me. I've already run about 18 races with them so Sunday shouldn't be too much different. Have a great holiday weekend, and I'll talk to you again next month.

    Tagged: Todd Kluever

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