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Source — ASA Truck Series Media Relations/lm
Date Posted — October 07, 2010
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SANTEE, California — It may seem as if the ASA Truck Series season is coming to an end with only two races remaining in 2010, but the series is anything but ‘ending’. The upstart movement of new teams has been non-stop these last few races. Kevin Smith, series driver and car owner, said “there is definitely a new momentum in the series and we can all feel it”. This season started out with some new teams like Taylor Miinch #20 from Alpine, CA and Eric Sloan #10 from Rancho Cucamonga, CA who have toughed it out all year long. Both new teams appear to be in a position to finish in the top five in points in their debut season. This is a great accomplishment for ‘first-timers’. Another new team, Mark Allison from Las Vegas, NV, ran the #75 K&N Filter Chevy Colorado at the last race at the LVMS Bullring and brought home a top ten finish in his first race in the series. His background in GA Modifieds and dirt cars helped him get a positive result in his initial race. Allison hopes to do well this weekend in Lake Havasu City, Arizona as the ASA Truck Series runs at Havasu 95 Speedway on October 9, 2010. The experience Mark Allison will get at yet another touring track will help him ‘take some notes’ and bring that knowledge back next season as he is scheduled to run all the races in 2011.

Another new face this race will be Brent Cusick from Valencia, CA (his hometown) and he is currently living in Surprise, AZ. Cusick has strong racing background working back in North Carolina for Andy Santerre at Revolution Racing as a rear tire changer and crew chief of their late model program. Brent has solid racing knowledge and skills to bring to the ASA Truck Series with RJ Allen, Inc as his primary sponsor. He will be piloting Jeff Catlin’s #2 Chevy S-10 and he has put in many hours working on that truck to get it into top race shape as he heads to Havasu 95 Speedway. Another one of Jeff Catlin’s quality trucks is also pre-entered in the race with past series champion Darren Young from Gilbert, AZ behind the wheel of the #1 Chevy Colorado. Darren always runs well at every track he goes to and all the new drivers may want to take some time to get to know him, try to get some tips and watch a true champion and veteran of the ASA Truck Series show these teams what it takes to finish and win races. Michael Riefler, from Las Vegas, NV, will also be debuting this race as he also plans to run a full season in 2011 and is coming to Havasu to ‘shake down’ his new ride and get to know the teams. Riefler said, ‘it will be good to get to know the other drivers and people in the series these last two races so I will feel comfortable when I come back next year to run in the series”. Riefler, who will be in the #27 Dodge Dakota, is excited to try out the ASA Trucks as his former experience is in the Lucas Oil Modifieds and other racing over the years. He also discussed getting another ASA Truck and bringing it out next year for his son, Mike Riefler, to run along with him.

Along with all the new drivers coming into the series, don’t forget there is a heated points battle about to be decided as Mike Herda, #18 from Las Vegas, NV is closing in on his United Nissan teammate, Joey Licata. With two races remaining, Mike is looking for not only his first attempt at the championship points but clinching the Rookie-of-the-Year award as well. Other series regulars who have shown strong commitment to the series this year will also be running at the quick ¼ mile Havasu 95 flat oval track like Jason Black, #9 from Glendale, AZ, Jim Putman, #12 from Norco, CA, and Shawn Steele #25 from Menifee, CA. There are also teams like Branden Underwood, #28 from Henderson, AZ and Jeremiah Wagner, #77 from Las Vegas, NV that are willing to travel across the desert to look for a series victory in 2010. Underwood is a strong contender in Havasu as he won the Trophy Dash in the Spring 2010 event and has been a top qualifier all year. Wagner is coming off a second place finish in Vegas in September and can see that elusive win right at his fingertips. Make sure not to count out Taylor Cuzick, #51 from Peoria, AZ as he may have not made the first few races, but has shown such improvement and confidence this year that he will be tough to beat as well. His Freightliner of Arizona team is strong, smart and prepared to win again as Taylor’s TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale victory showed them what it feels like to stand in the winner’s circle.

The Havasu 95 Speedway has great ticket prices and all the information you need to attend can be found on their website The weather is looking perfect for an intense and fun night of racing. We will have to await the outcome of these new drivers and showing us their talent and input to the series after this event. The veterans of the ASA Truck series will also have something to say about the results in the last race this season in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The ASA Truck Series will move on to Blythe, CA at the I-10 Lucas Oil Speedway on October 30, 2010 to decide the championship and final series point standings. It should be a “spooktacular” event with Halloween candy being handed out to the fans during the autograph session.

Remember to support our series sponsors by using products and services from the following vendors: Jim Van Gordon Racing Engines, Mike Naake Suspension Specialist, 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.

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.

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 or Lisa McLauchlan at 619-596-6816 / or go to

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Article posted by staff on October 07, 2010.