Haas CNC Racing Signs Blake Bjorklund 21-year-old Rookie of the Year in ARCA/REMAX Series Davidson, NC -- Haas CNC Racing has signed Blake Bjorklund to pilot the MRD Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry for the first 12 races in 2007.
Haas CNC Racing Signs Blake Bjorklund
21-year-old Rookie of the Year in ARCA/REMAX Series
Davidson, NC -- Haas CNC Racing has signed Blake Bjorklund to pilot the MRD Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry for the first 12 races in 2007. This will be the first foray into the Craftsman Truck Series for Haas Racing as they partner with MRD Motorsports to develop drivers.
"Blake has what it takes to become a rising star in the motorsports world," said Haas CNC spokesman Carl Cline. "He has been competitive in whatever he straps himself into. He had a solid year in the ARCA/REMAX Series this year. We are happy to welcome him into the fold here at Haas CNC Racing."
Bjorklund is coming off of an ARCA/REMAX Series campaign where he garnered the Rookie of the Year award. The Isanti, Minn. native scored his first ARCA series victory at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway on September 16th. Bjorklund also captured the Bill France Triple Crown Award during the 2006 ARCA/REMAX season. The award is given to the driver with the most points earned during a grueling three-race span over a nine-day period. The three events consisted of one race on dirt and two (one short track race and one superspeedway race) on pavement which tests the versatility of the drivers Joining an established organization, like Haas CNC Racing, should provide him with everything needed to continue his ascension up the racing ladder.
"It is truly a dream come true to join Haas CNC Racing," said Bjorklund. "They know what it takes to be a winner and I feel confident we can be competitive from day one. To be their first Craftsman Truck Series driver is an honor."
Bjorklund's racing background is as diverse as any. He began racing snowmobiles at a young age, often with considerable success. At the age of fifteen he moved up to the Three-Quarter Scale Late Model Series (TQS) where he won the Rookie of the Year award in 2001. In 2002 he scored eight feature wins to capture the TQS points championship.
2003 saw Bjorklund make the move to the ultra-competitive world of late model stock car racing in the TNT Raceways Late Model Series. He combined for three feature wins at I-94 Raceway (Sauk Centre, Minn.) and Fergus Falls (Minn.) Raceway, the tracks that make up that series, and picked up the Rookie of the Year award at each track.
The Midwest All-Star Racing Series (MARS) became Bjorklund's next step in his evolutionary career and he put together an impressive 2004 season in that series. Eight feature wins, a second place in the MARS final points standings and another Rookie of the Year award put Bjorklund squarely on the radar of many race teams.
The 2005 season saw Bjorklund enter several ASA Touring Series late model stock races as he prepared for his ARCA Series debut this year. Now he is eager to prove his mettle in one of the premiere series in all of motorsports.
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