SANTEE, California — Havasu 95 Speedway may be winding down their season and preparing to stay cool on summer break, but the ASA Truck Series is geared up to start the hot 2011 season! As the last year was a learning curve for new series owners Todd & Lisa McLauchlan, their “sophomore season” is sure to bring new challenges and another step in the right direction to better the series. The McLauchlan’s said, “we are excited to see growth in the series and hope it continues. There are so many new drivers coming into the ASA Truck Series with diverse backgrounds and even international ties”. The series is in its 16th season and can truly be considered “international” as one of the newest drivers is Steve Knight, fresh off of a 22+ hour flight/travel time from Peak Hill, NSW, Australia to join the series in Lake Havasu City, AZ this weekend. When asked what his expectations were, Knight replied “I am looking forward to a new challenge at a fast, tight track and a new series. I am ready to get back onto oval tracks as I run road courses a lot at home in Australia”. His background includes sprint cars, sports sedans (like US Trans Am series), GT production series, and a version of NASCAR in Australia. For business, he drives Road Trains all the way across Australia for days at a time. He is also a fire fighter with the NSW Fire Brigade and at home is often ‘putting out fires’ while living in the Outback with his wife, Meredith, and three children under the age of three. Steve is very interesting to talk to and would like to get to know his fans at the upcoming events and will be sharing a bit of his home country with the kids at the local autograph sessions. Stop by the #71 Office Works, Monster Signs, Peak Hill FM Chevy Colorado he will be driving all season in the ASA Truck Series and meet Steve. His sponsor and hometown radio station will be following his progress at www.peakhillfm.com.au.
"The truck count keeps rising and the phone keeps ringing with interest and new drivers. Let’s keep up the momentum and get back to the day when there was a semi-main! "
Along with welcoming Knight to the series, there are other new faces who will transition out of the Legends racing division like Darren Amidon from Alpine, CA who plans to run a full season in the #33 Chevy Colorado and Kevin Donahue, from Chicago, IL, who will run at Havasu 95 Speedway and decide his plans in the future. More new drivers will be introduced as they join the series in the next few races and look for a “Featured Driver” and new driver profiles to be added to the website soon. Visit www.asatruckseries.com for all the latest news, points, results and facebook link to follow the series.
The 2011 season also promises to be exciting with some ‘movers’ and ‘shakers’ in the series like Taylor Miinch who will ‘move’ from his #20 truck into the #5 Chevy Colorado out of the ATK Motorsports garage and those drivers trying to ‘shake’ it up like Jeremiah Wagner and Cameron Jocelyn. There are the drivers that are the ‘back bone’ of the series like Jason Black, Jeff Catlin, Branden Underwood, Shawn Steele and Scott Franchimone who will return to the ASA Truck Series looking for a championship, all with the experience and skill to do just that. Drivers that ‘dabbled’ last year and plan to return more races this year are Mark Allison and Mike Reifler. The truck count keeps rising and the phone keeps ringing with interest and new drivers. Let’s keep up the momentum and get back to the day when there was a semi-main! We look forward to getting back to racing in Havasu this Saturday night.
We must thank R & M Automotive for sponsoring the race. They are a local Havasu automotive business that supports racing and their community. They offer auto repair, U-Haul rentals, Shell fuel and friendly service. They support other racers at the speedway and are excited to be involved with the ASA Truck Series. Congratulations are in order for past officials Jason and Ashley (Austine) Geary who welcomed their new healthy son Bradley on March 28th. Uncle Ryan, Aunt Amber and Grandpa Jeff Austine are all very happy. We hope Bradley will be able to race in the ASA Truck Series when he turns fourteen!
The Havasu 95 Speedway has great ticket prices and all the information you need to attend can be found on their website havasu95speedway.com. 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 this season opener in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The ASA Truck Series will move on to Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, AZ to the West Road Course on April 23, 2011. The race will be the only road course of the season and there are approximately twenty trucks interested in racing. That will be a great show for Easter weekend in Phoenix.
Remember to support our series sponsors by using products and services from the following vendors: Jim Van Gordon Racing Engines, Mike Naake Suspension Specialist, QA 1 Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, DJ Safety, Frank's Radios, Luke’s Transmission, Advertising Edge, Mechanix Wear, Mallory/ACCEL/Mr. Gasket, TOYOTA, POLYDyn TX7, Brink Designs and STR.
The ASA Trucks are 2,450 pounds, full tube chassis, 108 inch wheelbase, 375+ horsepower 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.asatruckseries.com. Our Facebook page is: asa-truck-series and we have a YouTube page as well with exciting videos to view.
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