SANTEE, California — Last Saturday night, Joey Licata of Lake Balboa, California rolled into Vegas with luck on his side and a fast ASA Truck. Not only was Licata fast qualifier with a quick time of 16.268, but brought his United Nissan Chevy through the pack to win his second feature in a row. Licata stated after the race, "Two in a row has really motivated me for three in a row. I also gained the points lead which was another treat." After some 'slicing and dicing' in the final laps between Vegas locals Dylan Kwasniewski #3 and Jeremiah Wagner #77, Dylan was able to bring his Rockstar Chevy home ahead of Wagner for a second and third finish respectively.
"As the ASA Truck Series goes back to TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale, the intensity builds with the points battle and those drivers looking for their first win. "
The fourth place finisher, Mike Herda #18, put on an impressive run the entire race. On Friday night, Mike left practice early due to illness and was not even sure he would run in Saturday's event. The high temperatures on Saturday didn't help Herda feel much better, but he toughed it out and was able to make a strong fourth place showing. He led almost 50 laps of the feature which seemed to make him feel much better at the end of the night. Racing cures a lot of things! Rounding out the top five was another local driver, Branden Underwood, from Henderson, Nevada in his #28 Dodge Dakota. Underwood put up a tough fight in the trophy dash as well, even though Jeremiah Wagner was the ultimate winner of the dash.
The Jesco.net Chevy of Jason Black #9 was running strong and challenged a few different drivers with many side-by-side laps of racing and came across the stripe in sixth. Taylor Miinch #20 had the misfortune of engine failure (broken rod bolt is suspected) and finished behind Black. Scott Franchimone, usually a crew chief, ran the boss's ASA Truck but had a radiator hose part break and spun into the wall in turn three. Luckily, Franchimone avoided major damage since he knew he would be the one working on fixing it Monday morning and getting it ready for the next race at TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale on June 19th.
The 75-lap race was exciting to the end as the entire field stayed on the lead lap until the last lap when Taylor Miinch blew a motor in turn 4 on the white flag lap and the leaders came around and barely missed him as they took the checkered. It was a close call for Licata who's heads up driving saved his victory and a big last lap wreck. In a post race interview, Licata was asked if he did anything different this week that helped him to victory lane. He replied "I changed my brake bias more tonight. I had a fairly clean track when I got out front and preserved my tires in case of a late race caution." It seems like maturity and patience paid off in Vegas - and not everyone in Vegas goes home a winner.
As the points battle heats up, Licata commented on his relationship with teammate Dylan Kwasniewski and said "we have a friendly rivalry going with the #3 truck. We still help each other out because we have the same set up on both trucks, just different driving styles." It was a good night for the United Nissan team and they all look forward to Irwindale. The ASA Truck series also brought the drivers, teams and family members together for a BBQ dinner at the track. Food, drinks and snacks were provided for everyone while getting a chance to chat and bring some of the 'family feeling' back into the series. The new owners, Todd and Lisa McLauchlan, are trying to encourage the drivers to communicate their thoughts about the series and bring new ideas to the table. The McLauchlan's are open to expanding the tracks the ASA Truck series may potentially run at next year, change up the format and want input from their teams. In a touring series, everyone needs to realize they are an important part in the success of the entire series.
As the ASA Truck Series goes back to TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale, the intensity builds with the points battle and those drivers looking for their first win. The truck count looks strong for that race as well. There are a few ASA Trucks ready now and available for rent or purchase. Contact Lisa McLauchlan at 619-596-6816 for more information and contact numbers for those available rentals.
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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 ASA Trucks sport exact replica Norris Racing fiberglass bodies in Chevy S-10, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota and Toyota Tacoma.
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