CORONA, California (May 9, 2014) – Dean Kuhn is ready for another career milestone.

He has been a drag racer, an oval track champion, a race-winning Modified driver and a crew chief and team owner in the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by GEICO. The next step will come May 17 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Lynn Hardy will help Kuhn add car builder to his resume during the Lucas Oil Products 75 presented by BILSTEIN Shocks.

Hardy, a perennial title contender at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Utah, will be introducing the LRC-RBK chassis to the series. There will be at least nine different chassis builders represented by the 40-plus cars expected to attempt to qualify for the race on the fast 3/8-mile paved oval, the majority of them from Steve Teets' Short Track Racecars in Ramona, California, and Lefthander Chassis of Roscoe, Illinois.

Phil's Phabrication of Las Vegas, Wenteq of Lodi, California, Howe of Beaverton, Michigan, Circle Burner of Penrose, Colorado, Ellis of Riverton, Illinois, and the Race Car Factory of Irwindale, California, also are represented.

LRC-RBK, an anagram for Lahorgue Race Cars and Racecars by Kuhn, is the new kid on the block. It is a combination of the design and construction artistry of Chuck Lahorgue of Redding, California, and the suspension and engineering ideas of Kuhn, of Oceanside, California.

The car Hardy will be driving is the second one built and the first to compete in the Lucas Oil Modified series. The spectators at The Bullring on race night may focus more of their attention on Dave Arce's progress as he becomes the first series driver to race with a fuel injected engine, but for Kuhn the chassis debut is the most compelling story.

Phil's Phabrication boss Chris Bray, who is fielding a three-car entry for Doug Hamm, JA Junior and Jason Irwin, has two more chassis under construction. He said that while the various brands of cars may look similar there is a difference in "where they put things, how the suspension works.

"Everybody's got their own way of doing things, the type of A-arms they use and where they put everything. There's no rules on where we put some of that stuff so it's kind of up to your imagination, what you feel is going to work best."

That was the genesis of the LRC-RBK endeavor. Kuhn also owns the car driven by talented young Chase Catania, who is tied for third in the Hoosier Tires West point standings after three of the year's 10 races. That car is an STR chassis, built by Teets to Kuhn's specifications, and Kuhn said "we're very happy with it."

He just believes he and Lahorgue can build a better one, and in racing as in any other sport "if we create something that's better then it will be the fad. If Wenteq comes up with something better it will become the fad.

"I believe in this racing world a crew chief and a race car driver are only as good as their last race. That's always the case."

When it's the first race, however, there is a different measuring stick and different demands on the driver.

"I really think it's in the setup as much or more than in the chassis," Kuhn said. "The setup is really it. If the chassis is not built right by design you never overcome it. But if the chassis is built right it's dumb steel. A lot of it is in developing the setup and having someone know how to tweak it" depending on the race day conditions.

"You have to have somebody who can get it done, they have to have the experience, and if they have the experience to get it done they're already in a program."

Hardy, who runs his own program, is experienced and a proven winner in Utah and the Pacific Northwest. He'll also have veteran crew chief Chuck Carruthers to help him make any adjustments necessary at Las Vegas.

"I know we're going to have something really good," Kuhn said. "If we can win two or three out of the gate, my phone won't stop ringing."

The Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart is supported by a potent marketing concept known as "Team Lucas" whose members include General Tire, GEICO, E3 Spark Plugs, Optima Batteries, Ole Smoky Moonshine, iON Cameras, Speedco Truck Lube and Tire, BILSTEIN Shocks, LoanMart and SuperClean.

Additional sponsorship is provided by Lucas Oil Products, Protect the Harvest, MAVTV American Real, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, K&N Filters, Aero Racing Wheels, ASI Racewear, Bosch, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Frank's Radios, Racing Plus and DJ Safety.

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