Inverting the Field in the ASA Truck Series Race Didn't Stop Dylan Kwasniewski from taking Home his Second Victory in a Row

Competition in Round Two of the ASA Truck Series this season was interesting for the drivers and fans as both the trophy dash and main event were inverted to give the fast drivers a real challenge in Blythe, California at the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway.  The fast time qualifier, Joey Licata, raced from the rear of the field along with Dylan Kwasniewski to put on quite a show for the locals in Blythe.  It was the final race of the season at I-10 and the pleasant weather brought out a full house of fans to watch Kwasniewski use talent and patience to win his second race in a row in the ASA Truck Series.  Licata, as usual, was right on Dylan's bumper waiting for an opportunity to make a move, but was unable to rattle the fourteen year old Vegas driver, Kwasniewski, and Licata ended up second.  Another Las Vegas driver, Branden Underwood (who won his second trophy dash in a row) ran a strong race finishing third place in the feature.  Mike Herda, Dylan's United Nissan teammate, started on the pole and maintained the lead for almost twenty laps of fast, green flag racing with the entire field nose to tail.  Herda finished up sixth at the end.  It was exciting to watch such fast, tight racing without any wrecking.  Dylan started to put some heat on Herda, but demonstrated maturity and patience to pass for the lead clean.  In a post race interview, Kwasniewski was asked if patience is his strong point or a strategy he commonly uses, but he explained "I was not as patient back in my go karting days.  I am learning to be more patient and smooth from driving different cars and the ASA Trucks in the past few years."   His crew chief and family friend, Lee Keach, kept Dylan calm on the radio and encouraged patience by letting him know to only pass when he felt comfortable and 'not to push the issue'.  That strategy looks like it is paying off for the Rockstar Energy Drink driver, Kwasniewski, who is eager to continue his winning streak at the TOYOTA Speedway in Irwindale event in May.  Finishing second again, Joey Licata is more determined than ever to show his driving skills to Dylan and the many other drivers who are expected to attend the next event.  Joey Licata Jr. knows that his consistency and determination will pay off as his fast-qualifier Chevy Colorado could easily end up in victory lane sometime this season.
The young drivers were prominent in the top five, but not be left out of the mix was veteran Jeff Catlin, from Gilbert, Arizona, who finished a strong fourth behind Kwasniewski, Licata and Underwood.  Catlin was unable to finish his new truck which is still under construction, but brought his old 'bass boat red ride' to a top five finish his first time back this season.  Rookie-of-the-Year contender Taylor Miinch rounded out the top five after battling with a few different drivers throughout the feature event.  Miinch is another one of the young, but highly skilled drivers showing strength in the ASA Truck Series this year.  Eric Sloan and his crew realized that even a hard practice session wreck into the wall doesn't have to end your night.  His crew worked hard to repair his truck and he came home with a seventh place finish after all.

As all series and tracks across the country are feeling the effects of a poor economy with lower car counts and fan attendance, the teams in the ASA Truck Series that are able to participate are demonstrating their strength and loyalty as a great group of drivers.  The show was thrilling and inverting the field is another way that the ASA Truck Series is proving to the fans and promoters that the drivers are ready to race hard and entertain everyone.  The fans were not disappointed Saturday night at the I-10 Speedway.  The feature event winner, Dylan Kwasniewski, commented on his favorite part of the ASA Truck Series which "definitely is the level of competition, other young drivers and the respect that all the drivers show each other on and off the track".  Kwasniewski wanted to thank his sponsors Rockstar Energy Drink, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Alpine Stars and his crew for their support and keeping him in the early points lead in the ASA Truck Series.

The action will continue at fast competitive tracks in the upcoming months at the TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale and the Las Vegas Bullring.  The ASA Truck Series sponsors include VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, DJ Safety, Frank's Radios, Starter Guard, Advertising Edge, Mechanix Wear, Mallory/ACCEL/Mr. Gasket, TOYOTA, POLYDyn TX7, Top Notch Flooring, Kollasol Ink, Naake Suspension Specialist, STR, and Luke's Transmission.  Please use these sponsors, products and services for all your race needs as they continue to help racing prosper.  The ASA Trucks are 2,450 pounds, full tube chassis, 108 inch wheelbase, 375 horsepower Van Gordon Racing V-8's, fired by Mr. Gasket's - Mallory / ACCEL ignition systems and VP Race Fuel, with 2-speed direct drive transmissions and Speedway Engineering aluminum quick change rear ends on 8-inch Hoosier Racing Tires and Allied Racing Wheels and can reach speeds of 105 mph. The ASA Trucks sport exact replica Norris Racing fiberglass bodies in Chevy S-10, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota and Toyota Tacoma.

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