When he came in the ASA Speed Trucks Series, early this year, the plan was to do some testing, maybe a race or two, but after two racesMatt was leading the Championship, then he won three out of his first 5 races, and he never looked back....
When he came in the ASA Speed Trucks Series, early this year, the plan was to do some testing, maybe a race or two, but after two racesMatt was leading the Championship, then he won three out of his first 5 races, and he never looked back. Although he lost the lead in points momentarily in September, last Saturday at the I-10 Speedway in California, Matt Jaskol became the first rookie ever to win the overall Championship in ASA Speed Trucks.
" I am really excited to win, it was a difficult championship as we had to fight all the way to the last lap in the last race to secure the title," said an ecstatic Jaskol, "we needed to be consistent, and fight all the way to the last lap. It was awesome !"
Coming from a markedly open-wheel and road racing background, this first year in cars with fenders and oval tracks could not be better for the young Las Vegas resident, as he also clinched the Rookie of the year title, with one race left in the season : "It was a big change for me, to drive these cars on ovals, but for my first "oval" season I could not have asked for more, becoming the first driver in the 9 year-old series to win both overall and rookie titles. The United Nissan Team has really been great."
Even with his late success in the truck series, Matt has had a very hectic year, with two podiums in two races in Star Mazda Series, being selected to Jack Roush's Gong Show and the test with a NASCAR Craftsman Series' truck in Martinsville, outstanding results in Stars of Karting competition, the tests of the A1GP Team USA car in Paul Ricard, France, and of an Infiniti Pro Series car. "I just turned 21 years old, and I have been keeping my options open. My manager has been very busy talking to a lot of people all over the place, and until we start to narrow the options for 2006, the coming season is still open. As a driver, all I want is to keep driving in a situation where I am in position to win races and championships, and to keep learning and improving my skills. Still, I am looking forward for the next challenge, wherever it may be !".