Speed Truck Challenge renews contract for 2005

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2004) -- The ASA Speed Truck Challenge presented by CMKXtreme.com, one of the West Coast's most popular touring series, has renewed their contract with newly-formed Racing Speed Associates, LLC, and their ASA Racing...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2004) -- The ASA Speed Truck Challenge presented by CMKXtreme.com, one of the West Coast's most popular touring series, has renewed their contract with newly-formed Racing Speed Associates, LLC, and their ASA Racing Member Track program.

"I am very pleased that the ASA Speed Truck Challenge will play a key part of the program for another year," said Dennis Huth, RSA president. "Since joining the ASA Racing Member Track program they have had so many great things happen, including a new series sponsorship and an outstanding television package. We are going to try and work with this momentum and help to make 2005 even greater."

The ASA Speed Truck Challenge presented by CMKXtreme.com uses a full-tube chassis with a 330-horsepower sealed V-8 spec engine. They have a two-speed direct drive transmission with a clutch pedal dump valve coupled to an aluminum quick-change rear end. The trucks sport exact replica fiberglass bodies of the Chevrolet S-10, GMC Sonoma, Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier. Speeds can reach up to 150-mph at some of the larger tracks. Additional information on the series and trucks can be found online at www.speedtruck.com.

In 2004, the series champion was Lee Hatch who won 12 of the 16 races contested. With the championship, Hatch became the first driver to win back-to-back championships. In 2005, the series will race a 14-event schedule in California, Arizona and Nevada on tracks ranging in size from a quarter-mile oval to a 2.6-mile road course. Each race will be taped for broadcast on The Outdoor Channel.

"Without question, the national recognition for the ASA Speed Truck Challenge via the 2004 sanction agreement prompted The Outdoor Channel television deal which ultimately resulted in new sponsors and advertisers and a world of viewers for the series, its team owners and drivers," said Jay Rutherford, president of the ASA Speed Truck Challenge, on last year's affiliation with the ASA Racing Member Track program. "The credibility factor cannot be put aside as this is a key and critical aspect of the deal. After all, being part of a 37-year old, well-respected national sanctioning body places the Speed Truck Challenge in a league of its own when compared to other Southwestern racing series. The insurance for the owners, drivers and crew members is second to none in the racing industry and this too is a very important factor of the association."

Rutherford says that the ASA Racing Member Track program has, in just one year, become a vital part of his touring series.

"The ASA Racing Member Track program helps the Speed Truck Challenge in many ways," Rutherford explained. "First of all, the partnership of Dennis Huth and the other key individuals with very strong racing backgrounds will pull many more racetracks across the country into the ASA fold.

"Secondly, with the Speed Truck Challenge now viewed as a premier division, this has opened doors to many other venues and markets. With the national television coverage continuing through the 2005 season, we are bombarded with racetracks and individuals to have our series at their venue or looking to race our trucks at locations other than California, Arizona and Nevada.

"Finally, the growth of the Member Track program helps all of our sponsors and advertisers with an enhanced audience in additional geographic demographics. The ASA Racing Member Track program is certainly doing its job," Rutherford concluded.

Tracks and regional touring series that join the ASA Racing Member Track Level I program are eligible to receive contributions to their year-end point fund, marketing assistance, enhanced participant accident insurance, and will be the spot for today's fans to watch the stars of tomorrow learn the trade. Huth indicated that he has other exciting ideas and plans to help take the local racing programs to new levels and to further enhance the coverage of the tracks and series competitors.

To learn more of the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Racing Speed Associates or the ASA Racing Member Track program, call (386) 383-0368.

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