MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Canada native and NASCAR Next driver Gary Klutt will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut Sept. 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park behind the wheel of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra.
The 24-year-old driver will be filling in for Cody Coughlin, who was originally scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series road-course debut in the No. 51 Tundra, but with KBM’s blessing will instead be headed to Winchester (Ind.) Speedway to continue his quest to become the first driver to win both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championships in the same season.
Klutt is currently in his second season driving full-time in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. He won the 2015 Pinty’s Series season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and overall has four top-10 finishes in six starts at the 1.37-mile road course. The NASCAR Next driver captured the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Series Rookie of the Year honors and finished fifth in series points in 2015 after recording one win, two poles, one top-five and seven-top 10 finishes across 11 starts.
In addition to JEGS, Klutt is welcoming a new partner for this race, UDMC/Weld-Tek Ltd., as well as his NASCAR Pinty’s Series team partners Bothwell-Accurate, Trailcon Leasing, Poolsuppliescanada.ca, CTL and Thermal Technologies Services Limited for his Truck Series debut.
“Ever since 2013 when I first saw the trucks run in Canada, I knew that I had to get in one and this year everything just came together,” said Klutt. “This is an incredible opportunity and first off I have to thank Cody Coughlin and everyone at JEGS. I also need to thank Kyle Busch, Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief) and everyone else at KBM who are working hard getting my Tundra ready for next week.
“I am proud to make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with one of the top teams in the sport. It means a lot to have the support from Kyle Busch Motorsports, the No. 51 team and JEGS for this next step in my racing career. It’s going to be a special moment to return to the place where I earned my first win last year in the Pinty’s Series, and I hope to make another trip to Victory Lane next weekend.”
CREDIT: Kyle Busch Motorsports