PENDLETON, Ind. (April 7, 2004) - Further expanding relationships with the American Speed Association, an announcement was made today regarding the Speed Truck Challenge to begin competing under the ASA banner, effective April 12, 2004. The series ...
PENDLETON, Ind. (April 7, 2004) - Further expanding relationships with the American Speed Association, an announcement was made today regarding the Speed Truck Challenge to begin competing under the ASA banner, effective April 12, 2004.
The series will be now known as the ASA Speed Truck Challenge, and currently has a 17-event schedule in California, Arizona and Nevada. The ASA Speed Truck Challenge also has a pair of special events known as the "Driven to Rock" races showcasing Championship NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers Kevin Harvick, Sterling Marlin, Bill Elliott and others, racing in the Speed Trucks on SPEED Channel.
"ASA has long been known as the premier short track stock car series in the country," said Steve Dale, ASA president and CEO. "Today we can proudly say that we are also involved with the best short track truck racing as well. Through both the ASA Member Track program and the ASA Speed Truck Challenge, fans on the West Coast now have plenty of opportunities to get out and see some great ASA racing action."
The ASA Speed Truck Challenge uses a full-tube chassis with a 330-horsepower sealed V-8 spec engine. They have a two-speed direct drive transmission with a clutch pedal dump valve coupled to an aluminum quick-change rear end. The trucks sport exact replica fiberglass bodies of the Chevrolet S-10, GMC Sonoma, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier will be available for competition shortly. Speeds can reach up to 150-mph at some of the larger tracks. Additional information on the series and trucks can be found at www.speedtruck.com.
"I think the growth ASA has demonstrated over the past few years, and their surge into the West Coast is certainly good for the Speed Truck Challenge," explained Jay Rutherford, Speed Truck Challenge president and CEO. "Our plan is to grow and expand the Speed Truck Challenge into other venues and I strongly believe ASA is the perfect marketing partner to help us secure those goals. The Speed Truck Challenge intent, under the rules of specification racing follows very closely to ASA's, making our partnership very well suited."
The first "Driven to Rock" race will take place on June 26 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. This event will pit Elliott, Marlin, Harvick and a fourth, mystery Nextel Cup driver. The name of the fourth driver has been withheld as Mesa Marin Raceway is holding a contest to guess the driver. The second "Driven to Rock" event will be held at Madera (Calif.) Speedway on September 4. Both races will be broadcast on SPEED Channel as part of the "Lucas Oil--On the Edge" television show series.
Other tracks on the 17-event schedule include the 3/8-mile bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway (Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe, Calif.) and ASA Member Track Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, Calif.
The ASA Speed Truck Challenge becomes the second regional touring series which has joined the American Speed Association. Last month the ASA/SMART Modified Tour made a similar announcement about an affiliation.
"This announcement strengthens both the competitor base and the national exposure for ASA," said Dennis Huth, ASA national director Member Track Program. "The Speed Truck Challenge will bring the exciting racing action ASA that is known for into several
important markets throughout California, Nevada and the entire Southwest United States."
The American Speed Association is based in Pendleton, Ind., and has offered racing programs since 1968, including the ASA National Tour, ASA Late Model Series and ASA Member Track programs. For additional information, visit asaracing.com.
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