Lindsey King is young, tough and determined – qualities that will no doubt continue to be in her favor as she tackles racetracks around the country. She has been racing in different leagues for a long time but this Saturday saw her enjoy her first NASCAR feature race victory. It was a night to remember and King earned the win every step of the way.
The 19-year-old driver is no push over. Not only is she beating the boys at what they do best, but she currently ranks fifth in points in this year’s racing season where she competes with 52 other drivers. She works hard and drives well and it seems that the hard work is finally paying off. When Lindsey King hit the ten-year old Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in California for this weekend’s NASCAR Auto Club Late Model feature on Miller Lite Night, no one could say for sure that she’d be taking home the winner’s trophy. But the determined youngster led all forty laps of the race and eventually managed to become the first female driver to win a feature race on the banked, Irwindale half-mile oval. She pushed her No. 59 Justice Brothers/High-Point Distributing Chevy Monte Carlo hard and made all the right choices. In claiming this victory, she also becomes the second first-time winner of the series.
An ecstatic King said that it “was a crazy race.” She also said: “it was a long time coming.” She noted that he has been very focused during the race and hadn’t even realized the race was over. She also thanked Nick Joanides, who placed second, for not passing her, and the owner of her car, Tim Huddleston, her crew and her sponsor Racecar Factory. This was not King’s first race on the track and it seems that she learnt from the mistakes she made on July 26. King also noted that this was her first main event win in three years. Tim Huddleston finished in third place, hot on the tail of Joanides. The entire race took 15.25.264 for her to finish and there were about 4000 people to witness the spectacle. A lot of them stuck around afterwards to hear what King had to say before she was whisked off for a champagne shower in the pits by her jubilant team.
Any one who loves their vehicles big and fast will love the ASA Speed Truck Challenge Series. Set to take place this Saturday night on 5 April 2008, the racing series will highlight an impressive five divisions of truck racing. This is the ASA Speed Truck Challenge Series’ 12th season of racing and it certainly looks as if it will be one of the best racing seasons ever.
The ASA Speed Truck Challenge Series is a regional racing series that caters for mid-sized racing trucks. The series caters to a wide range of driving talent, and drivers may range between 14 and 60 years of age. The next races will be held at the Toyota Speedway in Irwindale. So far this year the ASA-STC has already seen some crazy action. Not only have two first-time winners emerged, but 15 year old Chris Buescher from Texas has set the fastest qualifying lap time, won the trophy dash and taken the 100 lap feature during the last fifty feet of the last lap. This was Chris Buescher’s first time inside a speed truck, which makes this remarkable feat even more astounding. If the rest of the ASA-STC Series continues at the same pace, this weekend’s racing is bound to be phenomenal. What’s more, the Toyota Speedway is a team favorite with a fast track and multi grooves which give drivers plenty of elbow room.
Added to all this excitement is the West Coast Pro Truck Series, which will also be taking place this Saturday night at the Toyota Speedway. Previously this leg of the series featured a 30 lap race that was won by Ricky James. On the one third mile paved oval inside the half mile track the Legend Cars will be running a 25-lap race. After this feature, the same track will host the speedway’s Bandolero division. These cars may be small, but they are quick and five youngsters have the opportunity to fine-tune their talent from a very young age.
If you want to make sure that you’re part of the action, get ready to book your ticket now! Added to the madness is a Recession Buster Night special that enables fans to purchase two tickets for the price of one. The gates will be open from 16:00 and the racing action will start at around 19:00. So get there early and make sure that you don’t miss out!