Team ASE to celebrate 150th start at Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, KY (July 7, 2001) - Team ASE, the longest continuous sponsor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will celebrate its 150th start in the division when the green flag drops on the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 14.

SPARTA, KY (July 7, 2001) - Team ASE, the longest continuous sponsor in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will celebrate its 150th start in the division when the green flag drops on the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 14.      

"When ASE got into the Truck Series back in 1995, we were looking for a series to identify with that would relate directly back to the working technicians," said ASE president, Ron Weiner. "We found a great niche because the racing was new and very appealing.  Trucks were out selling cars in many brandlines in 1995 and many of our technicians were driving trucks. That was a great fit for us then and it keeps working better and better as the years go on. The time has gone by very quickly and ASE has enjoyed every minute of it. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series continues to grow in popularity and has blossomed into something way beyond our expectations."          

As the primary sponsor on the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram, ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence), a non-profit organization, has been able to highlight its efforts to provide the highest quality professional technical training and certification at all levels of vehicle maintenance and repair. In addition to ASE's racing involvement, the organization is active in numerous civic, charitable, educational and humanitarian activities. The seven-year NCTS association between ASE and Ultra Motorsports has produced 12 wins and 16 pole positions. Mike Bliss, Mike Wallace and current driver Scott Riggs have all notched victories flying the orange, white and blue Team ASE colors.

"I'm totally thrilled for ASE," said Riggs, who owns a pair of NCTS wins behind the wheel of the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram this season. "Ron Weiner and ASE are among the strongest supporters of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and I'm lucky enough to drive them. ASE has been here since the inception of the Truck Series and I know they plan to be here for a long time. The commitment they have shown to this series is awesome."

Riggs has been equally awesome this season posting Top-5 finishes in all but three of the 12 NCTS contested. In last year's Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway, Riggs qualified the No. 86 IMPACT Motorsports Dodge fifth and ran in the Top-5 until a late race incident relegated the Bahama, NC driver to a 23rd-place finish. Meanwhile, Wallace started the Team ASE mount 17th and rallied to a third-place finish. At the most recent NCTS event, theO'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway, Riggs piloted his Team ASE Dodge to a seventh-place finish earning $10,850 in the process. Riggs, who led the NCTS championship chase from the second week of the season at Homestead-MiamiSpeedway through week 11 at Milwaukee, reassumed the top spot by a 49 point margin over second-place Joe Ruttman. 

"I've found a new lease on my career with Team ASE and the 'Ultra Bad Boys,'" said Riggs. "This race team is awesome. We have a shot at winning every pole and every race we enter and Kentucky will be no different. We won Jim Smith's (Ultra Motorsports team owner) 150th race at Martinsville earlier in the season and I can't think of a better present to give ASE than winning their 150th race at Kentucky."

The Kroger 225 at the Kentucky Speedway will take the green flag Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The 13th race of the 2001 NCTS tour will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast on MRN Radio worldwide.  

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Wallace , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , Mike Bliss , Jim Smith