Mopar Speed news 2004-03-08

Mopar Speed Monday, March 8, 2004 World of Outlaws Lasoski sets track record at Vegas Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 team continued their demonstration of awesome Mopar power in the World of Outlaws series over the weekend, setting a new...

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Monday, March 8, 2004

World of Outlaws

Lasoski sets track record at Vegas

Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 team continued their demonstration of awesome Mopar power in the World of Outlaws series over the weekend, setting a new single lap speed record at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Lasoski, a three-time winner at Vegas, ticked off a lap of 131.205 mph on the 1/2-mile oval to take quick time in Friday's event finale, shaving .069 seconds off the old record.

The record-breaking lap marks Lasoski's fourth "quick time" in five events this season.

In preliminary event action Thursday, "The Dude" qualified third and picked up a B-Main event win. In the A-main, he advanced 11 positions in just 25 laps and finished the race sixth.

Friday night racing action saw Lasoski take second in the first heat race event, in addition to setting the "quick time" of the evening. Taking fourth in the A-main feature event, Lasoski moved himself into fourth in the World of Outlaws Series point standings.

The WoO event that had been scheduled for last Tuesday at Kings Speedway was postponed due to rain.

The series moves on to the Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, where Lasoski also holds the track record, this Friday and Saturday.

Danny Lasoski circled the Dirt Track at Las Vegas at a blistering speed of 131.205 mph Friday, setting the single-lap track record.

The lap marked Lasoski's fourth quick time in WoO five events this season.

NHRA Pro Stock

"We were fast enough to win all weekend, and we were pleased that we were able to put Mopar in the show.

"The team worked really well together this weekend. We would have been in the finals if I'd had a better light. We came away with more knowledge, and we're looking forward to Gainesville."
    -- Larry Morgan, who drove to his second straight semifinal appearance at the CSK Nationals in Phoenix yesterday.

Morgan stays hot, all three Mopars solid in Eliminations

Larry Morgan continues to pace Team Mopar in NHRA Pro Stock competition. Morgan notched two round victories at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz., on the way to his second semifinal appearance in a row.

After qualifying in the top half of the field (seventh), Morgan disposed of Jason Line with a great hole shot in the first round of Eliminations. Morgan then knocked off Bruce Allen by five feet in Round Two, thanks again to a superior reaction time at the light. In the semifinals, however, Morgan's much faster car wasn't enough to beat Dave Connolly, who gave Morgan a dose of his own medicine at the starting light and held on to edge the Mopar by five feet at the line.

Allen Johnson picked up his first round win of the season with a two-foot victory over Rickie Smith, thanks to Johnson's .023-second edge at the at the starting line. In the second round, Johnson lost to Greg Anderson, who had lane choice.

Darrell Alderman, a three-time Pro Stock champion, returned to action after missing the first race of the season due to an off-season back injury. Alderman lost no time in returning to form, however, running consistent 6.80s all weekend in his 2004 debut.

"I was a little sore," Alderman said, "but to tell the truth, I felt best sitting down in the race car. We're just looking forward to getting our season underway and winning some races. We're going to Gainesville next and the Hemi engines seem to like that [sea-level] altitude, so we should run pretty well."

Alderman qualified 11th at Phoenix with a pass of 6.818-seconds at 202.85 mph. Alderman was involved in a classic side-by-side duel with Connolly in their first round matchup, which Connolly won by a mere four inches.

Morgan holds fourth-place in Pro Stock points, just one marker out of third. Johnson is tied for eighth position, while his Johnson & Johnson teammate, Alderman, sits 18th after missing the first event of the season.

Team Mopar returns to Pro Stock competition March 19 at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.

NHRA Funny Car

Funny Car teams win rounds

Both Hemi-powered Funny Cars from the Team Mopar stable picked up round wins yesterday at the CSK Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz.

Gary Scelzi knocked off the defending race winner when he beat Ron Capps with a 4.93-second pass. Scelzi smoked the tires a bit in the second race and fell in the quarterfinals to Phil Burkart.

After qualifying second, Whit Bazemore easily defeated Keith Jackson in the first round. Bazemore's Hemi horsepower was almost able to make up for his late reaction time, but in Round Two, he couldn't quite catch Del Worsham at the line.

The performance moved Bazemore up to fifth place (from seventh) in Funny Car points. Scelzi maintainted his third position in series points. These two Dodge teams from Don Schumacher Racing are scheduled to return to action March 19 at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.

Gary Scelzi maintains the third spot in the Funny Car point standings after a quarterfinal appearance yesterday in Phoenix.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Ted Musgrave hopes his experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway will help him win the inaugural NCTS event at the historic track this Saturday.

Musgrave back on track for series premiere at Atlanta

The No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram team returns to action Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 200-mile race will mark the first time the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has competed at AMS, an historic 1.54-mile track.

"I think we've got the upper hand on some of the other teams," Musgrave said. "I've been lucky and had the opportunity to get a lot of experience at Atlanta over the years. I've tested at this track a lot, and I gained a lot of experience there when I was running the Winston Cup series."

Musgrave looks to use this experience to improve his standing early in the championship race; in the first event at Daytona, he was caught up in a major accident and finished out of the top-10.

Watch live coverage of the race this Saturday on Speed Channel, beginning at 1 p.m., Eastern.

NHRA Sport Compact

Team Mopar ready to blast off at Sport Compact opener this weekend

Mopar's Sport Compact teams are poised to jump into the season after a winter of thrashing on their cars. They will get their first chance to prove themselves in NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series action this weekend at California Dragway in Fontana.

Stay tuned to Mopar Speed for an exclusive season preview later this week.

The NHRA Summit Sport Compact series has been a great place for Mopar and Dodge to show off the SRT-4 and Neon.

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Series Drag , NASCAR Truck , NHRA , World of Outlaws
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Ted Musgrave , Danny Lasoski , Bruce Allen , Keith Jackson , Phil Burkart , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Rickie Smith , Don Schumacher , Dave Connolly