Making his Camping World Truck Series debut, Gary Klutt had a solid run en route to a top-15 finish.
Starting 15th, Klutt ran inside of the top-10 throughout much of the race till he stalled the No. 51 Toyota Tundra coming out of the pits on Lap 34, dropping him outside of the top-20. The Halton Hills, Ontario native didn’t give up, making up ground over the course of the late-race restarts en route to an 11th place finish.
“First of all, I have to thank KBM, JEGs, UDMC/Weld-Tek Ltd, Bothwell-Accurate, Pioneer Pool Supplies,” Klutt told POPULAR SPEED. “I had a blast. That was my favorite race that I’ve done all season. I wanted to continue to race on and on forever if I could. This is the most fun I’ve had all year.
“I stalled it on pit lane, and we almost went a lap down, but we had a really fast truck.”
Named in the NASCAR Next program this year, Klutt got the opportunity based on his success in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series after winning at CTMP last year in May. Going from the Pinty’s car to the truck, he admits there was an adjustment period he felt during practice.
“But in the race, I was really confident driving around with everyone and had a lot of fun,” he said.
While he doesn’t have any more truck races currently on the calendar for the rest of this year, he has a pair of Pinty’s Series races to run over the next couple of weeks at Autodrome St. Eustache and Kawartha Speedway. Klutt will be hoping to score his seventh top-10 of the season after finishing sixth at CTMP following a late-race battle with his dad Peter Klutt.
“I’m real excited to get back to St. Eustache and Kawartha,” he said. “The oval car – we found something that should help us out. We’ve been struggling a little bit with the oval car, but I’m excited to get back to both of those. The field in the Pinty’s Series is just as good as this field.”
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