UPLAND, California -- April 7th, 2003 – The Mechanix Wear Speed Truck Challenge returns to Tucson Raceway Park (TRP) for race number 2 in an 18 race season in 2003. The 99 lap race is dedicated to the 2002 Speed Truck Challenge Champion Randy Brown #99 who passed away on December 26th, 2002 from injuries sustained in a snow boarding accident.
Speed Trucks entered into this race on Saturday, April 12th at TRP include points leader, and 2002 “Rookie of the Year” #91 Lee Hatch in the BHRM Motorsports Ford Ranger. Lee feels confident another victory can be notched in his belt at the famed TRP after capturing the season opening win at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway on March 8th. 2nd place points man #21 John Burritt in the new SBC Smart Yellow Pages Chevy S-10 out of Sparks, Nevada is coming with “both barrels loaded” for Lee and also shares in his thoughts of a victory at TRP. The Made For You Products Ford Ranger piloted by #10 Troy Decuir, 2001 Speed Truck Challenge Champion, running for another Championship in 2003, has his eyes set on the front runners as well. But here comes #8 Robert Sanders in the Steelform Industries Chevy S-10 with more track time at TRP than any other competitor in the Speed Truck Challenge. Robert has numerous wins, pole positions, numerous track records and over 30 top five finishes at TRP in his Grand American Modified. Sanders might be the guy to watch at TRP for his first win.
Other notables are the #31 Dan Digiacomo Dodge Dakota sponsored by Russo’s Pet Experience, #26 Jimmy Perry in the Fast Forward Fabrication Toyota Tacoma, #33 Donny Goodwin’s S-10 out of the Goodwin Construction / Goodwin Trucking stable, #04 Andrew Lewis in the Pacific Lending Chevy S-10 and 2003 Rookie of the Year points leader #50 Kevin Fedderson in the US Mortgage Dodge Dakota.
The Mechanix Wear Speed Truck Challenge travels the Southwest racing at 5/16 to 1 mile race tracks at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway, Tucson Raceway Park, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Mesa Marin Raceway, Cajon Speedway, Irwindale Speedway and Madera Speedway. The Speed Trucks are full tube chassis, 108 inch wheelbase, 330 horsepower V-8’s with a two speed direct drive transmission and clutch pedal dump valve to an aluminum quick change rear end on 8 inch Hoosier Racing slicks and are capable of speeds of 140 MPH at Phoenix International Raceway and 150 MPH at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The Speed Trucks sport exact replica fiberglass bodies in Chevy S-10, Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, GMC Sonoma, Toyota Tacoma and coming soon, Nissan Frontier bodies. Check them out at www.speedtruck.com or give them a call them at (909) 949-4780 for more information.
Pit Gates Open at 12:00 PM, Practice starts at 3:00 PM, Spectator Gates open at 5:00 PM, Qualifying starts at 6:00 PM and racing action at 7:00 PM.
Admission: $10 adults, $7 juniors/seniors, $7 military, kids 11 and under admitted free.