With a new name and new owners, ASA Truck Series, Todd & Lisa McLauchlan, respectively, the 14th season of what is now known as the ASA Truck Series is sure to bring new energy to the West Coast race tracks and drivers. This series has had a strong following over the last 13 years, driver's from many different backgrounds and is geared up for continued growth with some 'new blood'. The ASA Trucks are ready to go racing in Arizona at the Havasu 95 Speedway this weekend. The initial driver roster includes veteran drivers like Jim Putman, Shawn Steele and Jason Black, who have a lot of experience to share with the new competitors. The competition is tough and the series 2009 Champion Joey Licata is returning to defend his championship and consistent season with the United Nissan team from Las Vegas. There are many new faces ready to run an entire season and vie for a championship like Mike Herda, Taylor Miinch, Eric Sloan, and Zach Sawyers. Some of the drivers that were not long ago considered 'rookies' are now maturing into strong contenders to have top finishes in their sights are Donny St. Ours, Branden Underwood, and Dylan Kwansnewski to name a few.
The 2009 Rookie-of-the-Year, Cole Cabrera, is ready to run a full season after a prior commitment keeping him from running Havasu 95, but look out for him at the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, California to catch up quickly to his competition. Seasoned veteran Jeff Catlin, Mike Kai and multi-time champion Darren Young are all ready to represent Arizona in upcoming road course races like Firebird International Raceway. Drivers Jeremiah Wagner, Jack Madrid and Team Freightliner plan to return to the ASA Truck Series and demonstrate their talent at tracks like the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Bullring. Everyone loves running at the fast, 1/2 mile high bank TOYOTA Speedway at Iwrindale and turn-out should be great for the ASA Trucks at this event. We hope to attract new drivers and bring out trucks that have been patiently waiting to return to the race track.
The McLauchlan's are excited to bring their twenty-plus years' experience in racing to the ASA Truck Series. They participated in the series and realize its potential. Along with the guidance of ASA President Dennis Huth and numerous years of experience of former owner Jay Rutherford, Todd and Lisa know 2010 will be a 'rebuilding' year with growth and expansion in the future. They have a positive energy, a passion for racing and business skills to offer the drivers, owners and crew who put their time and effort into something they all love - racing and help everyone have a successful season. With the combined efforts of the experienced officials from the Austine family and series support from Jim Van Gordon Racing Engines, Mike Naake Suspension Specialist, Steve Teets of STR, and various other race professionals, the 14th season of the ASA Trucks is sure to be a thrill to fans and families of this growing specification truck series. Even in these difficult economic times, our series sponsors continue to support our drivers with product and financial contributions year after year. Sponsors of the series include VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, DJ Safety, Frank's Radios, Starter Guard, Advertising Edge, Mechanix Wear, Mallory/ACCEL/Mr. Gasket, TOYOTA, POLYDyn TX7, Top Notch Flooring, Kollasol Ink, Naake Suspension Specialist, STR, and Luke's Transmission. Please use these sponsors, products and services for all your race needs as they continue to help racing prosper.
This year promises to be full of surprises, including reduced costs and more involvement from those people who have ASA Trucks sitting in their garages and are now ready to come race again. Keep in touch with the series through Racing West and our website www.asatruckseries.com (or www.speedtruck.com) which is in the process of being rebuilt to provide everyone with more current information, schedules, up-to-date results, points and information you need to go racing with one of the most exciting touring series on the West Coast - the ASA Truck Series. The website will eventually have more truck rentals and for sale and keep you current on rules and the reasons you should try an ASA Truck Series ride. See you at the track!
The ASA Trucks are 2,450 pounds, full tube chassis, 108 inch wheelbase, 375 horsepower Van Gordon Racing V-8's, fired by Mr. Gasket's - Mallory / ACCEL ignition systems and VP Race Fuel, with 2-speed direct drive transmissions and Speedway Engineering aluminum quick change rear ends on 8-inch Hoosier Racing Tires and Allied Racing Wheels and can reach speeds of 105 MPH at the ½ mile TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale oval and 150 MPH on the 2.1-mile road course at Firebird International Raceway. The Speed Trucks sport exact replica Norris Racing fiberglass bodies in Chevy S-10, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota and Toyota Tacoma.
If you would like to find out more about the ASA Truck Series and how your company could be part of the growing excitement across the nation about this dynamic series, contact Todd McLauchlan at 619-596-6816 / firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.asatruckseries.com. Attractive marketing partnership packages are available for your involvement regionally or nationally, contact Jay Rutherford at Motorsports Marketing LLC, at 760-249-1149 or email@example.com.
The ASA Racing program is comprised of more than 35 short tracks around the United States, as well as road racing divisions and regional/national touring race series. For more information, call ASA Racing at 386-258-2221 or send an email to info@ASA-Racing.com. For news and information from all the race tracks, road racing divisions and tours involved in the ASA, visit www.asa-racing.com.
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Join us for racing this Saturday night at Havasu 95 Speedway - the gates open at 4:00 pm and racing starts at 6:00 pm. Prices and information about the Speedway can be found at www.havasu95speedway.com.