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Herrera Changing Things Up For 2015 Lucas Oil ASCS Campaign

TULSA, Okla.- For Johnny Herrera, the 2015 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real will be one of change. For starters, the Albuquerque, New Mexico resident will base his team out of Oklahoma. Secondly, the coming season marks the first time that Herrera will operate as a team owner/driver.

“My team has always been a family thing. Even when I didn’t race for my Mom and Dad, they still owned a car and raced. They’ve always been involved in my racing, and will still be involved this year but they’re going to take more of a back seat,” said Herrera about his move to being the primary owner of his Mesilla Valley Transportation / Smiley’s Racing Products No. 45x Maxim.

Asked is the idea of being a full car owner, rather than partial, has changed is approach to racing, Herrera replied, “It’s no different than when you drive for somebody, or have a sponsor that wants you to perform night in, and night out. Of course now I’ll have to watch closer where I spend money, but I’ve always tried to take care of my equipment like it was my own, no matter who’s paying the bill. We’re looking forward to this year. We have two seconds and two fourths in the points, so maybe this year we can get that first.”
Along with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, Herrera has plans for other events as well, “With the National Tour scheduled, we’re going to pick up a few other select shows. We’ll do a few 410cid events like Devil’s Bowl, Salina Highbanks, and of course Knoxville and we’ll probably do a few shows with the ASCS Red River Region. Money permitting of course.”
Stepping away from all black cars, Herrera’s 2015 mount will combined red into the chassis with the body and wing panels remaining black. The wing bellies will be white, “I want a clean look on this year’s car and it’s a little old school for me. I’ve also gone back to my polished Weld Wheels with gold centers.”

With cars in the final stages of production, Herrera 2015 season marks the 30th year the New Mexico racing veteran has been behind the wheel of a Sprint Car. Going into the coming season, Herrera gives special thanks to his sponsors: Mesilla Valley Transportation, Smiley’s Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, CSI Shocks, Bevins Company, Semi-Crazy Truck Wash, Champion Brands, ButlerBuilt Seats, Schoenfeld Headers, Maxim Chassis, Outlaw Wings, and Weld Wheels.
Updates on Johnny Herrera can be found online at http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com as well as on Twitter.
The 2015 season for the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real begins at East Bay Raceway Park with the 14th annual Ronald Laney Memorial, happening February 19, 20, and 21. The following weekend will see the series make their first appearance at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

The 2015 season will mark the 24th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation in both National and Regional competition.
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV include: Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix.

Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, iON Camera, Smokey Mountain Moonshine, C&R Radiator, Hawk Performance Products, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, and General Tire.

Communications for the American Sprint Car Series is provided by Racing Electronics. All events are broadcast online at http://www.racinboys.com.

Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, KSE Racing Products, Fuel Safe, DMI Rear Ends, BMRS, SpeedMart, Competition Suspension, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Simpson, The Joie of Seating, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley’s Racing Products, Speedway Motors, and Hilborn Injection Systems.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com as well as Twitter (@LucasOilASCS) and Facebook. Anyone wanting to receive updates on the American Sprint Car Series can email info@ascsracing.com