Truck And Trailer Destroyed, Will Still Run Lakeland Opener
Todd Kluever was excited for 2004. He had two cars that were all done, ready to be raced and he had plenty of confidence heading into the year. Well, things changed for him on his way to the ASA season opener. Now Todd Kluever is just excited to be alive.
Kluever and two of his crewmembers were involved in a traffic accident south of Atlanta on Sunday morning on their way down to Orlando for a final preseason shakedown before the ASA opener this weekend in Lakeland. FL. Their truck and trailer left the road and went into a ditch and tipped over as it came back onto the interstate. Fortunately, there were no injuries to any of the TK Racing team members, but the same cannot be said for the truck, trailer and equipment.
“I’m just glad nobody was hurt seriously, that’s the main thing,” said Kluever from a restaurant in Atlanta on Sunday night. “Just a lot of bumps and bruises and we are all pretty sore. It's been a very, very long day, I can tell you that.
“I was asleep in the back and I felt the truck start to tip as we were going into the ditch. It took me a second or two to realize what was happening and I jumped up to get into the cab to grab the wheel and I felt that we were getting back on the interstate. By that time it was too late and we were tipping over. I was in the passenger seat by this time. I had a front row seat to it all.”
The truck and trailer tipped over onto the side, tearing much of the side
off of the trailer. Kluever believes the driver of the truck feel asleep behind the wheel. The cars were also damaged, but Kluever doesn't yet know the extent of the damage.
“I haven't had a chance to really look over the cars. There is obviously a lot of body damage to them, but I don't think they are too bad considering what they have been through. I'll go look them over a lot more tomorrow and we will get to work to fixing them. We are going to be there at Lakeland. Hopefully, baring any major structural damage to the cars, we'll be able to get them back together. They may not look the prettiest, but I they will still be race winning cars.”
Kluever and the team had to rip the rest of the side and top off of the trailer and use a forklift get the race cars and pit equipment off of the truck. Tom Lagano, who lives in Alpharetta (GA) and whose son Joey might race some ASA Racing Series and ASA Late Model races this year, came to scene with his tractor and trailer and hauled the cars and equipment to Shane Clanton's (Joey's younger brother) race shop.
Kluever's cars have always been some of the better appearing cars in ASA.
“We've got a lot of people who have offered their help and I really appreciate it. Tom (Lagano) has really helped us out a lot. He let us use his trailer to get the cars over to Shane's shop and he gave us a Jeep to use to get around. He also got us a hotel room too.
“I've got to thank Shane (Clanton) and Marvin Ragan too. They've been a lot of help this entire day.”
Another member of Kluever's crew was already on the way to Atlanta on Sunday night with a spare, single-car trailer and spare parts. Another trailer for the second car was being borrowed and was hopefully headed down to Atlanta sometime on Monday.
“It's been a really long day. But we won't let this get us off track. It's been tough, but with the help we've had, it’s made the day a lot easier.”
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