Martinsville II: Travis Dassow race report

Travis Dassow Looks Ahead in His Career After Truck Debut 20-Year-Old Driver Finishes Martinsville, Plans for Phoenix MILWAUKEE, WI (October 25, 2007) -- For Travis Dassow, being a part of the starting lineup for the recent NASCAR Craftsman...

Travis Dassow Looks Ahead in His Career After Truck Debut
20-Year-Old Driver Finishes Martinsville, Plans for Phoenix

MILWAUKEE, WI (October 25, 2007) -- For Travis Dassow, being a part of the starting lineup for the recent NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race was a dream come true. Like most dreams though, this opportunity did not come about because of dumb luck or chance. Instead, it was the result of an outstanding 2007 racing season that ultimately resulted in winning the 2007 ASA Late Model Challenge Series Championship.

So like previous champions Stephen Leicht and Kelly Bires, who used their accomplishments as a springboard into one of NASCAR's "Big Three" Series, Dassow earned a spot on the roster for Haas Racing in the #8 truck at Martinsville.

"It was something that I've always looked forward to doing throughout my whole racing career," said Dassow. "It was good to take that next step. It was a great experience."

Dassow didn't have much time to be awestruck though -- he had a job to do. The conditions that he faced were pretty challenging too.

"Most of the day Friday, it rained so we only got about 40 laps of practice," said Dassow. "That really hurt us because I had only tested a truck once before. So this was all a big learning experience -- learning the trucks, learning the track and learning the guys that I was racing with. We struggled right out of the box, but we kept getting better and better."

Dassow learned enough in a short amount of time to make it through the Truck race without being involved in any major incidents. He finished 22nd, only one lap down to race winner Mike Skinner. The result shows that it didn't take much time at all for this young driver to adapt to a new situation.

"At that first test that we did, I adapted quickly," said Dassow. "This past weekend, I think that it was more about adapting to the track than the truck. Martinsville is a tough little racetrack to get around. It always seems like the guys with the most experience there come out on top there. It wasn't like anyplace else I raced. That's for sure."

Now Dassow is looking ahead to the rest of the 2007 season, and even more towards 2008, with the idea that maybe his debut will lead to even bigger and better things.

"I hope that it does," said Dassow. "We're going to [the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at] Phoenix. Then we will take it from there and hopefully something will come out of this with this team or someone else. I'm definitely hoping to be able to move up."

-credit: tdr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner , Stephen Leicht , Kelly Bires