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Canadian Gary Klutt Excited About KBM Opportunity

When the Camping World Truck Series takes to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend, there will be two Canadians in the field – series regular Cameron Hayley and a new face in Gary Klutt.

Klutt will be making his series debut on Sunday driving the No. 51 JEGS/UDMC/Bothwell-Accurate Tundra.

“I’m really excited,” Klutt told POPULAR SPEED. “Obviously, I’ve wanted this opportunity for a long time. I can’t thank JEGS, Cody Coughlin and KBM enough for giving me the opportunity. I just want to go out there and do really well, keep my nose clean and bring home a win.”

Klutt added the opportunity means a lot to him after working hard all summer to put the deal together.

“As many people know in the industry, it’s not just racing,” he said. “It’s about going out and finding the sponsorship, making the connections, doing interviews and being the right face in front of the camera. So I’ve been working on all the aspects.”

Cody Coughlin was initially scheduled to race this weekend but skipped the event to race at Winchester Speedway in hopes of being the first driver to win both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championships in the season. As a result, KBM called upon Klutt to drive this weekend.

Despite this weekend marking his first series start, Klutt isn’t holding back expectation wise, stating he’s going for the win.

“You have no business being on the track if you don’t think you can go out there and win in good equipment,” he said. “I know I’ve got good equipment in both the Pinty’s Series and the truck series, so I want to go out there and do my best and wherever the chips fall, they fall.”

Currently, in the midst of his second full-time season in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Klutt sits eighth in points with five top-10s in nine starts. The Halton Hills, Ontario native burst on the scene last year after winning at Canadian Tire Motorsports in May.

“Quite frankly, we’ve had a tough go of it,” he said. “Always looking to do well at Canadian Tire Motorsports and obviously, the first race didn’t go as planned. We blew up all of our engines, and we’ve just had some bad luck; we had to put a front clip on it after Three Rivers due to being put in the wall.

“Not going as planned, but always looking forward and that’s all you can do. So really excited about this opportunity, as well as finishing out the Pinty’s Series season strong.”

On top of racing the truck, Klutt will compete in the Pinty’s Series event this weekend, which takes place on Sunday morning before the truck race.

“It’ll take a lot of planning and a lot of work,” he said. “I think I am on the track five hours Saturday, and I’m really not going to have any time to do anything in between so I will need to have somebody help me out there, and overlay the schedules and make sure I’m focused for each session.”

Named to the NASCAR Next Program this year, Klutt eventually wants to work his way up to a full-time series ride in one of NASCAR National three series. He notes a good run this weekend could build towards finding the right sponsor to run more Truck and XFINITY Series events possibly in the future. It’s been proven drivers part of the program can move up and be successful as demonstrated by Kyle Larson, who picked up his first career Sprint Cup Series victory this past weekend.

“I think nowadays you get to see the path where there’s young kids moving up the path and moving into the sport so quickly,” he said. “You do get to see that path, and it shows you it’s possible at such a rapid speed.”

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