LM: Doug True to run for championship

Doug True sets his sights on the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts season championship. Looking ahead to the 2005 season, you automatically have to include the drivers who finished in the top four in the final ASA...

Doug True sets his sights on the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts season championship.

Looking ahead to the 2005 season, you automatically have to include the drivers who finished in the top four in the final ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts 2004 points standings, as early season favorites for the upcoming season. The names of Stremme, Baker, Lensing, and Smith are a given. Plus you have the influx of incoming talent that is unmatched anywhere in the country. Throw in the Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year contenders and you have the makings of an all-star field of cars at all 16 shows that make up the 2005 season. But a driver that perhaps gets the least notoriety, is one that simply can't be counted out of the race for the championship, is that of Wolverine State driver, Doug True.

Doug had a breakout 2004 season as the Dowagiac (Pronounced Duh-Wa-Jack), Michigan pilot racked up an impressive five top five showings with a season high third on two occasions. At Lake Erie PA and again at Berlin MI. Overall, he recorded five top 10s en route to a fourth place finish in the final point's standings. He was also a member of the 2004 Winner's Circle program with 100% Perfect Attendance. For the second year in a row, True will team up with James "Cricket" Butler and this season his goals are set even higher as True looks to be making a run at the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts Championship.

"Everyone knows that the 93 team wouldn't be running this type of series if it weren't for Cricket." Said True when talking about his teammate, James Butler, affectionately known to the ASA Late Model Series as "Cricket" "We would still be racing the Outlaw Super Late Models at Kalamazoo or Berlin if it weren't for him and I owe him so much!" Continued True. "We are changing the paint scheme a little bit, with some more red. Cricket's car is all new with a totally new scheme for him, blue and white. We built two new Howe cars for Cricket and I, plus we rebuilt last years car from the ground up. The crew worked extremely hard this winter." Added True.

High on Doug's schedule of races for the upcoming ASA Late Model Series season, and perhaps the most anticipated race for the team is the show on Friday July 1st at his home track, the Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway. But the prospect of the upcoming season has True more focused than perhaps at any time in his career. "There is so much publicity and competition this year it's almost scary!" Added True. "I feel that the publicity the series is getting and the caliber of drivers that are joining the series that it will draw some national attention."

When asked about his aspirations and goals for the upcoming season, True didn't hesitate; "If we can meet or exceed what we did last year it would be an accomplishment." Offered True, "We want to win at least one race, IRP (Indianapolis Raceway Park) owes us one from last season. If not for my own satisfaction, but for my crew members. IRP slipped away last year with an ignition problem, and we were right in the thick of things at Berlin and Lake Erie and we had an awesome car at Tri-City coming from the rear after a spin to finish fifth" Continued the 29-year-old. "Dad (Crew Chief) Stacy (Car Chief) David (spotter) Brandi, Mark, Steven, and the rest of the team worked so hard last year to see that race at IRP slip away, they need something to boost them."

This season is also important for True for another reason. The True Race Team will honor a fallen crew member throughout the 2005 campaign. "Everyone knows we lost a key member of our team in a car accident before the Rockford race last season." True continued" We are dedicating this season to Richard "RV" Younger. He was my cousin and brother of my spotter. The whole 93 team is made up of family members." Added True.

Doug began his career in Go-Karts in 1983. He captured his initial track championship in 1990. He started racing Late Models in 1997 competing at the quarter-mile oval of South Bend (IN) Motor Speedway. After completing college, Doug began racing on a regular basis in 1999. Prior to his 2004 season with the ASA Late Model Series, he had gained experience since that rookie season in 1997 at tracks such as Berlin (MI) Raceway, Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway, M40 (MI) Speedway (Now Thunder Valley Speedway), Plymouth (IN) Speedway, and South Bend (IN) Speedway. Doug competed part-time in the CRA Super Series in 2003, recording a best finish of 14th position at Baer Field IN. He has also made select appearances in a wedge-bodied, Outlaw Super Late Model at Kalamazoo MI and Berlin MI.

Doug has more on his plate this season than the run for the 2005 series championship, his new company, True Racing Products (TRP) is a supplier of high performance racing products for the budget minded racer. The TRP product line includes pit wagons, tire carts, power pushers, pan hard brackets, car stands, gear oil recovery units, as well as trailer accessories.

TRP now offers a plastic radio box that will secure standard two-way radios as well as the Race Safe Warning system (RSS) to be utilized by the ASA Late Model Series presented GM Performance Parts. The boxes will make it easier for teams that show up for one race or the entire season. If required, teams that rent a RSS no longer have to figure out how or where to install it.

"We at True Racing Products are excited about our participation in the ASA Late Model series." Said True when asked about his new venture. "As a supplier we look forward to building our relationships with other teams and hope to build the TRP name among all of the racing industry, we are looking forward to great season" He ended.

Doug will pilot his Howe Racing Enterprises Chevrolet Monte Carlo for a run at the 2005 series championship along-side teammate, James "Cricket" Butler. He'll carry sponsorship for the upcoming season from Define Herbicide, Option Herbicide, and True Racing Products. He'll also sport decals for Gallagher's Wholesale Carpets, H.E.I. Wireless, Torco Racing Fuel, Division Tire, Tyler Automotive, Lane Automotive and Saylor's Pizzeria.

For more information on Doug True and his upcoming season, log on to one of his websites: www.dougtrue.com

For more information on the ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts, point your browser towards: www.asalatemodels.com

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