Lewien's roots run deep and wide into old school, southern, racing traditions. His earliest recollections lead back to the neighborhood, racing anything that would roll with the other kids, Big Wheels, tricycles, bicycles - "our dad's riding-lawnmowers."
"Saturdays, after chores. We'd mark out a track using bricks and tree limbs on the parking lot of my Dad's church where he was the Pastor. That came to an abrupt end when one of us fell off, and the tractor kept going though a stained glass church window," recalls Lewien.
Over the years the racing jones kept growing, leading Lewien to being licensed by NASCAR to race in the Craftsman Truck Series. However, financial reality soon set in and racing had to take a backseat to family and work. Still, the passion to race never died. In '08, with the support of his wife, Lewien returned to the track in the number 3 Chevrolet, running in the Texas Pro Truck Touring Series, and together they created Blue Moon Motorsports. Racing for only a partial season in that first year, Lewien still managed to finish a respectable ninth in the points.
"I think that with the improvements we've shown this year, we are third in points, only 32 points out of first, we should see our first win next year, and a Championship within the next two years." Lewien is nothing if not energetic and positive at all times about racing.
They came out fired up this year and qualified second for the first race of the season. "We've qualified on the Pole three times this year, with three top five finishes and seven top tens. Our best finish of the year was fourth twice," adds Lewien.
Lewien is also resolutely enthusiastic about his relationship with K&N. "We use a K&N Flow Control Air Filter on the number 3 K&N Chevrolet and K&N High Flow Cold Air Intakes on all our company and personal vehicles. We also put a K&N High Flow Cold Air Intake on our Crew Chief's GMC 2500 and both our son's have them on their Mustang's. We also use the K&N Gold Oil Filters on ALL of our vehicles including the #3 K&N Chevrolet. 2009 has been a good year for the Blue Moon Motorsports Team, in spite of tough economic times.
Lewien is by no means a single dimension racer, or person, for that matter. There's another passion he pursues with the same vigor as racing. At the end of last year they formed R.A.S.A.R. (Racers Against Substance Abuse Rally). R.A.S.A.R is a non-profit, faith based organization, whose goal is to use the excitement of racing along with the impact of a real race car to capture the attention of children and young adults in the Intermediate, Middle and High School age brackets.
"We have met with the local school district and they have agreed to let us do several R.A.S.A.R. presentations at various campuses throughout the school year. We plan to expand this to school districts statewide," beams Lewien.
The Lewiens have an interesting, highly visible, logo that was worth asking about. "My wife and I were married under a Blue Moon. A blue moon being two full moons in one month, that only happens only once every couple of years, so it's special. The Pegasus part of the logo signifies the flight to follow your dreams. My wife had a poster with a Pegasus and the motto "Let your Dreams take flight". We thought that motto represented what we wanted to do in racing and with R.A.S.A.R."
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