Gavin Harlien Wins Stadium Super Trucks Race #2 At Mid-Ohio in VP Racing Fuels Truck

Lexington, Ohio (July 28, 2019) – Gavin Harlien raced to victory in SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Round No. 10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Sunday after encountering a heart-breaking defeat Saturday as his truck would develop an issue while dominating the race at the midway point.

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Holding the second ever race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Sunday fans whom lined the 13-turn prominent road course where on their feet the entire race in pure amazement with another thrilling SST race for the ages.

Pole Sitter Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona driving the VP Racing Fuel/Lubricants truck would jump out to the early lead immediately from the drop of the green flag.

Fourth starting Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona would drive past second starting Bill Hynes to slide into the second position at the start of Lap-2.

Current SST point leader Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia however was the man on the move quickly moving up into the fourth position for his eighth starting spot, and looking to be in the mix of the leaders early in the race.

The restart of the second segment allowed Brabham and Hoffman battle hard for the second position, as the two would begin to push it harder with one another. Going side by side multiple times Hoffman would hold off the hard charging Brabham.

Stalking the Toyo Tire tracks of Hoffman, Brabham would use the draft to his advantage slinging past Hoffman for the second position at the start of Lap-9.

Meanwhile, Hoffman and Brabham would battle hard with one another Harlien was on cruise control out front until Brabham would gain his opportunity at the restart the third segment as he would line up directly on Harlien’s rear bumper.

Brabham would make many attempts to move past Harlien the final two circuits looking to move to the inside and outside, but each attempt denied as Harlien would hold him off as thousands of fans cheered loudly.

As the checkered flag waved Harlien would go on to capture his first SST victory of the season ahead of Brabham, and Hoffman who would round out the podium.

Runner-Up finisher in Saturday’s race Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Washington would start his fourth SST race from the fifth spot. Quickly moving forward Biffle would add extreme pressure for the second position by Lap-2. Driving the Continental Tire truck super aggressive Biffle would launch off the Continental Tire ramp and land sideways spinning the truck into the infield grass and backing the truck into the retaining wall.

Biffle would pull to the pit lane to have SST technicians look at the truck for damage. With only a bent rear bumper Biffle would continue the race. Running consistent laps without trouble Biffle would be able to make his plan to advance after the conclusion of the second segment. Biffle would hold a great side by side battle for Cole Potts for the fourth position as the two would go side by side for multiple corners. Coming to the finish line Biffle would sneak ahead of Potts in the finishing order.

Saturday’s race winner Cole Potts of Scottsdale, Arizona driving the Security State Bank truck would start Sunday’s race from the sixth position and quickly move forward by Lap-2. However, Potts would make contact with fellow Scottsdale native Arie Luyendyk Jr. Both trucks would slide into the grass losing multiple positions.

Remaining patient Potts would be able to work his way back into the fourth position by Lap-8 setting up a great battle for the third position after the second competition caution. Pott’s would look to duck to the inside of Hoffman multiple times for third, but Hoffman would slam the door closed sending Potts into the grass again as Biffle would look to challenge him for fourth. As the checked flag flew Biffle would over take Potts for the fourth position resulting in a fifth.

Coming to the starting grid Orange, California driver Robby Gordon sporting his familiar bright orange SPEED Energy livery this weekend would encounter truck issues on the sight in lap. After a few minutes adjustments on pit lane from the SST technicians Gordon would make the call to the grid at the last moment. Struggling the handling of the truck the entire race Gordon would only advance one positions from his seventh starting spot to finish sixth.

Outside front-row starter Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Pennsylvania driving the United Fiber and Data entry would drive a clean and cautious race on Sunday bringing the No. 57 across the finish line in the seventh place.

Third starting Arie Luyendyk Jr. of Scottsdale, Arizona driving the bright yellow SPEED Energy truck would make contact with Cole Potts on the Lap-2 sending both trucks sliding into the grass. Luyendyk Jr. would report the truck would develop a bad vibration. Luyendyk Jr. would nurse the No. 25 around the course the remainder of the event to ultimately finish in the eighth spot two laps behind.

The overall standings for the two races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course would see Matt Brabham win the overall weekend points championship with a third place finish on Saturday, and a second place on Sunday. Jeff Hoffman would grab the second overall position with a fifth and third respectively. Saturday’s winner Cole Potts would round out the overall podium with a fourth place finish on Sunday.

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Round 10 Results

July 28, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

1. Gavin Harlien; Mesa, Arizona; VP Racing Fuels & Lubricants

2. Matt Brabham; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; Carlisle/ Headstrong/ KMC Wheels

3. Jeff Hoffman; Phoenix, Arizona; Toyo Tires

4. Greg Biffle; Vancouver, Washington; Continental Tire

5. Cole Potts; Scottsdale, Arizona; Security State Bank/ Innovative Computer Professionals

6. Robby Gordon; Orange, California; SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels/ Menards

7. Bill Hynes; Nazareth, Pennsylvania; United Fiber & Data/ LIVE/ Think Loud Development

8. Arie Luyendyk Jr.; Scottsdale, Arizona; SPEED Energy

Off-Road Racing Star Gavin Harlien Set To Make Jump to ARCA Series with Venturini Motorsports

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Concord, North Carolina (March 26, 2019) - Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and off-road racing specialist, Gavin Harlien, 19, announced today the signing of a three-race deal to compete in the ARCA Menards Series (ARCA).

Harlien, out of Phoenix, Arizona, will make his stock car driving debut in the ARCA series behind the wheel of VMS’ No.55 Toyota Camry at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 22. The former X-Games competitor will also make series’ starts at Iowa Speedway (July 19) and Salem Speedway (September 14). Sponsorship details for Harlien’s VMS prepared Toyota is forthcoming.

“I have been looking for an opportunity like this for a long time,” said Harlien. “Taking this next step in my career and moving up into ARCA with a top-notch team like Venturini Motorsports is a dream come true. Now I’m just eager to start the journey and learn as much as I can in my first few races.

“There might not be any metal ramps out on the front straightaway, but I’m just excited to go fast. Growing up racing off road and SST the last few years has made me a very aggressive yet, methodical driver. The trucks require a lot of throttle and car control so I think the most important thing for me will just be adapting to the car and finding speed anywhere I can.”

Rooted in the world of off-road truck racing since the age of 11, Harlien has gone onto achieve notoriety and success in the sport throughout his young career. Displaying talent behind the wheel early on, he captured rookie of the year honors in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series’ Modified Kart Class in 2012 and again after moving up in rank driving in the series’ Pro Lite Truck division in 2014. During his time driving on the Lucas Oil Off-Road tour he posted 10 victories and 42 podium finishes. 

Currently competing for a championship in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck (SST) Series, Harlien’s career spans the globe - racing multiple disciplines, series’ and events on dirt including SST, Lucas Oil Off Road, The Off Road Championship, Red Bull Global Rally Cross, the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals and Sprint Cars.

Over the last two seasons, the racer with a flair for the extreme, has claimed seven victories, 22 podium finishes and two top qualifying awards competing in his off-road truck.

Following in the wake of last year’s ARCA Menards Series’ champion, Sheldon Creed, the fellow west coast driver will make the jump from off-road to stock car racing.  

“Watching Sheldon make the transition and win the ARCA Championship was awesome,” added Harlien. “Seeing the success he’s had the past couple years gives me confidence since we come from the same background and have been battling on the track for years. His (Creed’s) advice for me going in to this was all about being patient with the car and my progression. Now it’s my time to see if I can replicate that success and make a name for myself.”

Balancing life with sport, Harlien is currently studying Business at The University of Arizona. The honors student was awarded the Dean and Wildcat Scholarships in Academics and will graduate in 2021.

Harlien and the Stadium Super Trucks will join the NASCAR tour this weekend (March 29-31) at Texas Motor Speedway for round two of SST 2019 schedule.

 Follow Gavin Harlien on social media by visiting @Gavin_Harlien on Twitter and @Gavin_Harlien on Instagram.

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ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS

With 54 all-time victories, Venturini Motorsports, an official Toyota Racing Development team, has been a permanent fixture in the ARCA Menards Series since 1983 and is considered one of the early pioneers in NASCAR driver development programs. 

Since Joey Logano, last year’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion, raced for the team in 2007, VMS has gone onto assist many of the sports’ top driver prospects in pursuit of making it to the highest levels of stock car racing. 

The growing list of drivers racing today in one of NASCAR’s top-three touring series include current Toyota drivers Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith, Brandon Jones, Todd Gilliland, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed and Natalie Decker. VMS Alumni also include Joey Logano, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, Matt Tifft, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley. 

Gavin Harlien and United Fiber & Data Racing Grab Victory at Long Beach Grand Prix

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona managed to avoid the carnage in the first half of the race to work his way past competitor after competitor and hold off a late charge by Robby Gordon to earn his first SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks victory.

Pole sitter Arie Luyendyk Jr. who would encounter mechanical issues during qualifying would start from the first position, and immediately jump out to a sizable lead in front of third starting Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Pennsylvania driving the United Fiber and Data entry.

As Luyendyk would pull away, the man on the move was United Fiber & Data teammate Gavin Harlien who would move past truck after truck from his eleventh starting position to move into contention with the lead pack. Harlien whom has shown strong signs of competing for a win at Long Beach in the past was on top of his game today quickly moving into the second position by Lap-4.

Friday’s fast qualifier Robby Gordon of Orange, California driving the Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels truck wasted no time finding his way to the front following the Toyo tire tracks of Harlien advancing though the field quickly from the fourteenth starting spot.

As Lap-6 approached Luyendyk would start to see the handling of his truck start to go away, and Harlien was right there to capitalize taking over the lead. Gordon would follow Harlien past Luyendyk into the second position.

However, the red flag would fly over the track at the start of Lap-8, as Tecate, B.C., Mexico driver Apdaly Lopez would catapult the SPEED Energy/ RPM Off-Road entry off the side of the Toyo Tires front stretch ramp barrel rolling down the front straight away. The young desert Trophy Truck champion would climb out of the truck un-injured with a wave to the crowd. The race however was deemed official, as the clean up crew would need extensive time to clean up the racetrack.

Harlien would go on to capture his first Stadium SUPER Trucks victory, while Gordon would be credited with the second position and Luyendyk would round out the top three.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia driver Matt Brabham sporting new DeVilbiss/Headstrong/Bullet Liner livery this weekend would hang back in the pack waiting for things to sort out avoiding all of the carnage the first half of the race. After the competition caution Brabham would continue to pick off truck after truck through the field to ultimately finish in the fourth position after contesting Luyendyk Jr. multiple times for the third spot.

Davey Hamilton Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana in his return to racing after a scary sprint car accident last November put him out of the drivers seat for nearly five months. Keeping pass running in the top three the first four laps the younger Hamilton showed signs of feeling right back at home in the seat of his VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants/ Always Evolving Truck. Not loosing any ground to the lead pack Hamilton would go on to score his best career Stadium SUPER Trucks finish with a fifth place effort.

Blade Hildebrand of Yucca Valley, California making his first start at the Grand Prix of Long Beach would keep his truck in one piece learning more and more each lap from his tenth starting position. The Empire Destructive driver would record a respectable finish earning the sixth spot.

Also making his first ever start at the Grand Prix of Long Beach Scottsdale, Arizona driver Cole Potts driving the HallmarkTrust.com truck would follow SST rookie Hidebrand to earn a seventh place finish.

Making his return to Stadium SUPER Truck competition after a year hiatus Erik Davis of Burbank, Calif. driving the Always Evolving/ Assault Industries No. 75 would bounce around the front of the field from his second starting position before falling back into the mix of things. Davis would be placed in the eighth position at the conclusion.

Lodi, California driver Troy Diede making his return to Stadium SUPER Trucks racing in the Diede Construction entry would run a smart cautious race holding his ground. Diede would be scored with ninth position.

2017 Stadium SUPER Trucks World Champion Paul Morris of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia would be stuck in the middle of chaos from his eight starting position. Beating and banging into each other trying to break free into open track Morris would spin around the LIVE/Think Loud Development entry on Lap-6, and be stuck against the tire barrier loosing multiple positions on track. When the checkered flag waved Morris was sitting in the tenth spot.

United Fiber and Data/ LIVE driver Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Penn., would run an amazing first three lap’s keeping pace with the leader Luyendyk Jr. at the front of the pack. However, in Stadium SUPER Truck racing nothing is ever certain lap after lap. Attempting to make a daring pass after the mandatory competition caution Hynes would not brake early enough, and need to use the escape road to slow down for the corner. One little mistake would take “The Thrill” out of a great finish with being credited with eleventh.

Phoenix, Arizona driver Jeff Hoffman driving the LIVE/ Think Loud Development truck struggle to gain positions after being collected in a Lap-2 scramble with Aaron Bambach where the two drivers would become stopped on track facing each other. That wasn’t the only trouble for Hoffman would encounter, as he would have nowhere to go after teammate Paul Morris would block the entire track on Lap-6. Hoffman would be scored with the twelfth position.

After his wild ride down the front straight away on Lap-7, Apdaly Lopez would go on to be credited with the thirteenth position after his beaten and broken the race would need to get towed back to the SST paddock with extensive left front suspension damage.

Rochester Hills, Michigan driver Aaron Bambach making his first SST start of 2018 would lose the handle on his Strategic Staffing Solutions truck on Lap-2 after making heavy contact with Jeff Hoffman. Bambach would pull his truck into the pit lane to see if SST technicians could diagnose a problem. Bambach would be credited with the fourteenth position.

The second and final round of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks at the 2018 Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place Sunday at 4:05 PM PT just after the completion of the IndyCar Series event.

Overall Weekend Champion Victory Streak Continues for Gavin Harlien

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They say everything is bigger in Texas and that was true for the Stadium Super Trucks Racing Series this last weekend as they made their debut at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway. The track hosted an eventful schedule which included the Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series both of which ended with a yellow flag finish. On the other hand, the Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series offered fans the racing excitement they needed and it all ended in a spectacular victory lane celebration for Gavin Harlien who claimed a nice & juicy “Texas-Sized” Overall Weekend Championship Title, his second consecutive overall title after last weekend in Detroit.

To repeat and earn another overall victory in Texas just one week after the Detroit Grand Prix is something right out of a Hollywood movie and has the young emerging racing phenomenon riding high in the driver’s seat. Gavin Harlien and the Royal Purple Synthetic Lubricants #55 SST Truck have been on an absolute hot streak coming into the Texas race weekend with 6 straight podiums finishes and is hungry for more success.

The weekend started a little slow, but after a long rain delay on Friday the trucks were finally able to get on track. Gavin laid down the third fastest qualifying time despite having fuel issues limiting the power of his truck. “I had a mechanical gremlin in my truck during qualifying and every time I turned, it was gasping for fuel.” explained Harlien. The SST Trucks are equipped with front and rear sway bars, but there is still tremendous body roll which might have worsened the fuel pickup issue. The expert mechanics Robby Gordon and the Stadium Super Truck Series employ know the spec vehicles very well and had zero delay in correcting the problem. 

Saturday would feature a double header for the Stadium Super Trucks. This format has been done before but it would be the first time this season. Knowing this, each racer had to consider the implications of going all out wild for a race win in the first event might wear down the vehicle’s performance if not eliminate them from competing in the second event all together. SST Race #1 was run just prior to the IndyCar Series’ Rainguard Water Sealers 600 and SST Race #2 was run just after that same event.

Gavin was very optimistic about the potential outcome based on the tight and abbreviated track that had been planned out for Race #1. Starting deep in the field due to the SST Series top qualifiers starting grid inversion, Harlien rolled off in the P8 position.

At the Green Flag, Gavin played it smart while the main group of mid pack trucks let the carnage and controlled chaos get the best of them. When the opportunity permitted, Harlien was quickly able to maneuver through the traffic and made his way into the third position. He would hold this spot through the finish right behind Robby Gordon and Matt Brabham. “That was the toughest and tightest tracks we have run on this season,” Harlien mentioned after the race.

The second and final race of the night would be much different with much more action and obstacles. The IndyCar race was completed and this allowed for the longer track configuration to be laid out by the SST team. IndyCar Race Officials did not allow the SST Race #1 to run the whole circuit to avoid any debris to be transplanted onto the oval track that could have cause problems for the 220 mph IndyCars.”

Harlien, a recent graduate of High School, before the main event race had calculated the potential race outcomes and what it would take to come out as the top finisher for the weekend. As long as he finished right behind Matt Brabham and within two spots of Robby Gordon, Gavin would take his second consecutive overall weekend championship.

The green flag would drop and Gavin and his good friend Stadium Super Trucks 2X Champion; Sheldon Creed made the quick decision to take the joker lap right at the start of Lap #1. The joker lap is designed to add an extra element of strategy to the races. Being a short cut, the joker lap, if run correctly could make a race or break a race for those who do not play their cards right. In the case of Creed and Harlien, the decision to take it immediately put them both in the first and second spots on Lap #1. Several other drivers followed suit but the two front runners quickly pulled away from the field and put on a show of their own for the thousands of first time SST fans at Texas Motor Speedway.

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The race would see two scheduled Competition Cautions during the 15 lap event. A caution at Lap #5, and then again on Lap #10 would allow the field to gather back up and restart. This is designed to provide more “close-quarters” door-to-door racing action which the fans and drivers love. Each time they restarted the race Creed and Harlien would take down the first lap using the Joker choice to their advantage. Each time the two would pull away from the rest of the field and eliminating any possible chance of being caught. The race would end with Creed taking the win, Harlien 2nd and Matt Brabham in 3rd. Harlien would again take the Overall Win for his second consecutive weekend Championship based on the combination of position and qualifying points.

“This is so surreal.” gasped Harlien after climbing out of his truck on the speedway’s victory lane. “Having all my family and friends from Texas here to celebrate makes it that much sweeter.” This win and two more podium finishes give Harlien a total of eight straight podiums and two back to back Championships. As one of the dominate drivers in the Stadium Super Truck Series, and in his first fully committed season, Harlien is thrilled with the current success, yet he is longing for the coveted “top of the box“ race win.

WATCH TEXAS RACE #2 REPLAY

Gavin Harlien is extremely grateful to Royal Purple for their continued support and will be running the vibrant Purple and Yellow livery for the remainder of the season.

Next, Harlien Racing and the Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks head back to “Down Under” where they will compete alongside Virgin Australian V8 SuperCars at Hidden Valley Motorsports Complexin Darwin, Australia on June 16th-18th. The Stadium Super Trucks Series has been a huge hit around Australia and to bring them to Darwin’s biggest party is going to be a real highlight there as the race track is celebrating 20 years of Supercars racing at Darwin’s iconic Hidden Valley track. Gavin hopes to win the overall title once again trying to make it three for three.

ABOUT GAVIN HARLIEN : Gavin Harlien is a highly spirited youth who lives for competition. The 2x X-Games Athlete is a natural born competitor and an extreme apex contender up for any challenge, especially motorsports. Gavin competes at the top level in a variety of racing disciplines which include professional short course off road racing, Chili Bowl Nationals, Robby Gordon’s Formula Off Road Stadium Super Trucks, Go-Kart Racing, and now Red Bull Global Rally Cross racing. Harlien’s regular access to high profile national events and the corresponding media packages offers support partners an exceptional platform to maximize brand awareness through strategic sports marketing initiatives and social interaction campaigns which will put him in front of 1,000,000+ fans during the 2015 race season.

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Gavin Harlien Captures Overall Weekend Champion Victory at Detroit Grand Prix

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Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks (SST) were a thrilling highlight racing through the streets of Belle Isle during this last weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix. Off Road “Ace”, X-Games Athlete, and now a road circuit specialist, 17 year old Gavin Harlien, from Mesa, AZ captured his first Overall Weekend Championship Victory with two podium finishes and the #1 Quickest Qualifier in the #55 Royal Purple Synthetic Lubricants SST Truck. 

While most his age are just settling in for summer vacation or making plans for college, Gavin has been thrilling motorsport fans all over the world as a serious front runner in the Stadium Super Truck Series. Coming off of four straight podium finishes, Harlien came to Detroit motivated for a race win or better.

The ultra-quick Belle Isle Street Circuit was new territory for Gavin having never raced here. As usual, the recent graduate of Brophy College Preparatory High School had done his homework and was well prepared. The one and only qualifying session of the weekend came early on Friday and Harlien beat out the rest of the field and nailed down the P1 position by nearly a second and a half. Harlien picked up exclusive extra points (as the Fast Qualifier) and was awarded a $4,000.00 check as his first prize of the weekend. This would later factor in for the march towards an overall victory.

For SST Race #1 of the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Chevrolet and Lear Products, Gavin started dead last. Stadium Super Trucks inverts the field by putting the fastest qualifiers (or top finishers) in the last positions for the start of each race. Gavin rolled off the line in the 11th position based off the 11 truck field. The SST Trucks roared through the streets racing door-to-door, launching high into the air off the purpose-built ramps, and speeding bumper-to-bumper through the sweeping 2.3 mile street circuit.

By Lap 3, Gavin had made quick work of several trucks and moved up into the 5th position by the first competition caution. On the restart, Gavin moved into the front group with the lead pack until a pile up in Turn 7 which collected Paul Morris, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Matt Brabham. Harlien expertly threaded the needle between the three trucks and made it through untouched and into the 2nd position. He would hold that spot behind his good friend, SST Champion, and the race winner; Sheldon Creed. Matt Brabham finished in 3rd. Gavin commented after the race, “I need to buy a lottery ticket today after that move!”

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Sunday’s SST Race #2 would have Harlien and the #55 Royal Purple Truck starting at the back of the field again due to the total points accumulated thus far. When the green flag dropped, Gavin went straight to work. Matt Brabham, the driver from Australia was the only one Gavin wanted to stay close because he was in direction contention for the overall weekend points. Gavin had to finish within two spots of Brabham to claim the championship for the weekend. Naturally, the drivers picked their way up through the field and took advantage of the competition caution’s restarts. Brabham was able to get around Harlien on Lap 6 and they would remain in 2nd and 3rd positions respectively till they took the checkers. Sheldon Creed took the 1st place victory for the second day in a row.

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Despite Creed’s double wins, Harlien captured the overall weekend championship trophy by scoring the most points. Gavin earned points by being the quickest qualifier, passing competitors during the race, and overall finishing points. “I have to admit I was nervous going into today’s race.” said Harlien “All I could think about before the start is where I had to finish.” “My Dad told me to focus on this race alone and nothing else.”

This is Gavin’s first overall weekend win and his 6th straight podium finish. Harlien is now ranked 5th in the 2017 Stadium Super Trucks. Gavin would like to thank Royal Purple for their support and giving him the chance to represent them this season.

Next, Harlien Racing and the Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks head to Texas Motor Speedway on June 9th-10th where Gavin hopes to win the overall title once again.

ABOUT GAVIN HARLIEN : Gavin Harlien is a highly spirited youth who lives for competition. The 2x X-Games Athlete is a natural born competitor and an extreme apex contender up for any challenge, especially motorsports. Gavin competes at the top level in a variety of racing disciplines which include professional short course off road racing, Chili Bowl Nationals, Robby Gordon’s Formula Off Road Stadium Super Trucks, Go-Kart Racing, and now Red Bull Global Rally Cross racing. Harlien’s regular access to high profile national events and the corresponding media packages offers support partners an exceptional platform to maximize brand awareness through strategic sports marketing initiatives and social interaction campaigns which will put him in front of 1,000,000+ fans during the 2015 race season.

Stadium Super Trucks Racing Impresses Crowd, Gavin Harlien Captures Podium Finish

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May, 10 2017 (Mesa, Arizona) – The buzz in motorsports is actually a loud and raspy V8 engine that powers Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks (SST). The exciting racing has caught international attention and fans around the world eagerly anticipate the next event. Over the weekend, the Stadium Super Trucks debuted in Western Australia when the Virgin Australia Supercars stopped over at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth.

Once again the SST racing action was off the hook and were the absolute show stopper. Fans witnessed the mayhem of a dozen high performance off road trucks racing 100 mph and jumping off huge ramps. Gavin Harlien, pilot of the #55 Royal Purple SST, was a major factor in the weekend’s events and went on to capture two podium finishes; 2nd place on Saturday and 3rd place on Sunday, taking 5th overall on the weekend.

Going into Friday’s Round 8, Harlien was brimming with confidence coming off of the back-to-back podium finishes in Rounds 6 & 7 at the famous Long Beach Grand Prix in April. Harlien qualified a respectable 4th in Friday’s session which put him in the 8th starting position due to the full field inversion series protocol. This format puts the faster qualifying trucks in the back of the field.

As the first SST Race at Barbagallo Raceway prepared for the green flag, a dozen Stadium Super Trucks paraded around the track. Even on the warm up laps, the trucks were sending it off the jumps making big air and the fans in the packed grandstands were on their feet wild with anticipation. Once the green flag dropped, Gavin was making moves. Unfortunately, on Lap 1, a bad end over end crash, and the wreck of the weekend, happened right in front of the #55 Royal Purple SST landing off one of the ramps. Harlien stabbed the brakes hard with evasive action to steer clear of the wreckage. The truck stalled out and would not re-fire. Gavin was beyond frustrated; “I had a truck that could have won the race today. It is a bummer but that’s racing,” stated Harlien.

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Saturday’s Qualifying Session commenced and again Harlien experienced truck issues and was not able to record any laps. This actually had a positive outcome. With Gavin posting no time, he would start on the pole with the inversion format. “I was somewhat concerned that my truck had a re-occurring mechanical gremlin,” Gavin explained. “I am confident the world class mechanics we travel with are more than capable to sort it out before we go green,” Harlien said before the race.

With the #55 Royal Purple Synthetic Lubricants on the pole for Round 9, Gavin got the Green Flag and jumped out to a huge lead. “I was not holding anything back,” recalled Harlien. As the race progressed, Gavin was able to lead all but the last lap when the legend Robby Gordon muscled past Harlien to take position. Gavin did not give up and made a bold move on the very last turn. It was a solid attempt and clean racing, but he was just half a truck too short as the leading pair crossed over the finish line. Gavin lead the entire race except the very last turn on the final lap and took the 2nd place finish on the podium. “I should have forced my way past Robby and took the win,” declared Harlien. “I won’t be that nice next time.”

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Sunday’s Round 10 featured the #55 SST starting in the 6th position. This race, being the final of the weekend, saw several cautions and an abnormal amount of roll over wrecks. It seems that everyone wanted to finish on top and was really going for it. Gavin pushed his way into the top five where the leaders were putting on a great battle. Harlien was able to position himself into 3rd place and was intent to challenge Robby Gordon and Sheldon Creed for the race win. One last opportunity presented a 3 way race to the finish where Gordon cut deep inside passing for the lead, and Creed maintained enough speed to regain the position all the while Harlien was right on the bumper of each vehicle. It was an intense finish with all three trucks jumping across the finish line, in the air, nose to tail; Creed 1st, Gordon 2nd, Harlien 3rd.

WATCH PERTH RACE #3 REPLAY

Gavin was happy to earn another 3rd place finish with the #55 Royal Purple Synthetic Lubricants truck and record another weekend of back-to-back podium finishes in Perth. “I’m happy to get 2 out of 3 podium finishes,” Harlien cheered. “If I didn’t have bad luck on Friday with the mechanical issues, I believe we could have had the overall victory for the weekend.” Harlien placed 5th overall and is moving up in the Stadium Super Truck Championship Standings.

Gavin Harlien will continue on for SST Rounds 11 & 12 at Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit Michigan on June 2-4th.

ABOUT GAVIN HARLIEN : Gavin Harlien is a highly spirited youth who lives for competition. The 2x X-Games Athlete is a natural born competitor and an extreme apex contender up for any challenge, especially motorsports. Gavin competes at the top level in a variety of racing disciplines which include professional short course off road racing, Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, Robby Gordon’s Formula Off Road Stadium Super Trucks, Go-Kart Racing, and now Red Bull Global Rally Cross racing. Harlien’s regular access to high profile national events and the corresponding media packages offers support partners an exceptional platform to maximize brand awareness through strategic sports marketing initiatives and social interaction campaigns which will put him in front of 1,000,000+ fans during the 2015 race season.

Gavin Harlien Captures Back-to-Back Podium Finishes at the Long Beach Grand Prix

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April, 12 2017 (Mesa, Arizona) –

Stadium Super Trucks Driver Gavin Harlien rolled up to the 2017 Long Beach Grand Prix beaming with confidence. He has had success in past events at this track, and in fact, success with little seat time behind the wheel of the V8 powered Stadium Super Trucks (SST). During the 2015 Long Beach Race, Harlien was able to lead 9 of the 12 laps in the SST Truck, but made a last lap error and ended up finishing in an honest 6th place. Harlien had a whole new game in mind for this go-around and successfully pulled off back-to-back podium finishes.

Gavin, at 17 years old, is fully dedicated and running the entire 2017 SST season. With multiple race weekends already under his belt and zero distractions, Harlien’s focused determination is razor sharp.

 Friday morning’s practice went well, but not as great as he had hoped for. After sitting 3rd for most of the 6 lap session, Harlien was able to finish up a solid 6th overall during the weekend’s one and only practice/qualifying session.

The 12 truck field would be inverted and Harlien would start Saturday’s main event in P7. In front of a standing room only crowd, Gavin began the race and made quick work of the competitors, taking the 2nd place position by lap 4. Harlien was able to hold that position for most of the race until the final laps. Indy 500 driver, Mattey Brahbam made a bold pass moving Harlien into the 3rd position. Protecting the final podium position, Gavin now had NASCAR, INDY CAR, and Baja 1000 winner Robby Gordon hot on his tail. He was able to hold off Gordon for the final 3 laps, which in his words; “was a lot of defensive driving”, said Harlien. Gavin came across the finish line in a respectable 3rd place in the #55 Royal Purple Stadium Super Truck on the podium for the first time this season.

After the race Gavin was ecstatic; “I am beyond satisfied with my finish today. Holding off Robby Gordon is something I have had little luck with in the past, so I am feeling pretty great about the race today!”

Royal Purple Stadium Super Truck #55 driver Gavin Harlien was in good spirits Sunday morning as the final race of the weekend came closer. Gavin had his personal mechanic, Clayton Reichard, going through his truck methodically ensuring everything was ready for battle. As Harlien climbed into the driver’s seat, he was determined to put his truck on the box again.

Gavin would be starting way back in the 8th position based on Saturday’s finishing results. SST officials invert the field which moves the top finishers to start in the back. This aspect helps facilitate better racing even though the Stadium Super Trucks tend to be the event highlight.

Because of this, Harlien would have his work cut out for him. Gavin, highly motivated and determined to repeat his success, would not be denied. As the green flag fell, Gavin went to work early and started moving up through the field. On lap 3, Harlien sent the packed crowds of the Long Beach Grand Prix up on their feet as he passed 2 competitors simultaneously down the front straight away. Gavin moved into 3rd place on the next lap with an aggressive move as the roaring Stadium Super Trucks passed by the world famous Long Beach Dolphin Fountain.

Harlien would battle for the lead pressing in on several corners, but could not overtake the top positions. The laps ticked down and the race ended with Gavin finishing in a well earned 3rd place and earning back-to-back podium positions.

“I pushed hard, but I just ran out of laps.” said Harlien. “I know I have the speed to run up front with the fast guys and they better get ready because I’m coming.” Gavin proved he is a threat by running fast, clean, and consistent.  The series moves across the globe to Perth Australia next month where Harlien is determined to put his Royal Purple #55 Stadium Super Truck on the top of the box. Gavin wants to thank Royal Purple Lubricants, Stadium Super Trucks, and Molecule Cleaners for giving him the support to race and thrill many thousands of motorsport fans.

ABOUT GAVIN HARLIEN : Gavin Harlien is a highly spirited youth who lives for competition. The 2x X-Games Athlete is a natural born competitor and an extreme apex contender up for any challenge, especially motorsports. Gavin competes at the top level in a variety of racing disciplines which include professional short course off road racing, Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, Robby Gordon’s Formula Off Road Stadium Super Trucks, and Go-Kart Racing. Harlien’s regular access to high profile national events and the corresponding media packages offers support partners an exceptional platform to maximize brand awareness through strategic sports marketing initiatives and social interaction campaigns which will put him in front of 1,000,000+ fans during the 2015 race season.