Mopar Speed news 2005-04-04

Mopar Speed Monday, April 4, 2005 woo Lasoski Posts Top-10 Finishes at Batesville, Pevely Danny Lasoski posted a 10th-place finish at Batesville Speedway and an eighth-place finish at I-55 Raceway over the weekend. Lasoski and the WoO Sprint...

Mopar Speed
Monday, April 4, 2005

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Lasoski Posts Top-10 Finishes at Batesville, Pevely

Danny Lasoski posted a 10th-place finish at Batesville Speedway and an eighth-place finish at I-55 Raceway over the weekend. Lasoski and the WoO Sprint Series will travel next to Eldora Speedway for action this Friday and Saturday.

Danny "The Dude" Lasoski and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team picked up two Top-10 finishes in World of Outlaws Sprint Series competition over the weekend. In the series' first appearance in the Midwest this season, Lasoski won the second heat race en route to a 10th-place finish at Batesville Speedway in Arkansas on Friday night. The No. 20 team wrapped up the weekend with a solid eighth-place finish at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri on Saturday, also picking up a win in the second heat race.

Tim Shaffer also collected a Top-10 finish at Batesville Speedway on Friday, bringing the No. 6 Casey's General Store machine across the line in ninth place. Shaffer also won the first heat race event at I-55 Raceway on Saturday night.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series will gear up for its first appearance at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway this weekend, as the winged warriors will compete April 8-9 at the famed half-mile oval. Lasoski enters the weekend sixth in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series points battle, as he'll look for his second series victory at the facility this weekend.

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USAC Sprint Opener at Eldora Rescheduled Due to Weather

The USAC National Sprint Car Series will have to wait another week to make its 2005 debut, as heavy rain and blustery wind prompted the cancellation of the series opener on Saturday. The 'Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic' has been rescheduled for April 30 as the second and final leg of this year's 'Border Wars' series.

Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises' Josh Wise and Jay Drake, as well as Nicholas Motorsports' Dave Steele will open the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car Series season this Sunday with the 'Glen Niebel Classic' at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Ind. The event will mark Steele's sprint car debut with Nicholas Motorsports, who also fields a USAC National Midget Car Series entry for the pavement ace.

With the USAC Sprint Car Series season opener at Eldora Speedway postponed due to inclement weather, Team Mopar Drivers Jay Drake, Josh Wise and Dave Steele will get another attempt to kick off the Sprint Car season with the 'Glen Niebel Classic' at Anderson Speedway this Sunday.

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Pro Stockers Prepare for Battle at O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals

This weekend, April8-10, the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series roars into Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, for the 18th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals. Team Mopar's Allen Johnson, Richie Stevens Jr., and Jeg Coughlin Jr., look to dominate the strip.

Johnson will enter the event in fourth position in NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series points. Stevens Jr., is currently ninth in points, after the previous NHRA event, the Mac Tools Gatornationals. Presently tenth in points, Pro Stock racer Coughlin Jr., enters the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals with complete confidence that he's on one of the best teams in drag racing.

"I know what it takes to win the championship and this team has all the ingredients," Coughlin said. "The problem is a lot of teams can say that this year. We need to continue to gel and we'll be able to take it to anyone. We proved that in Florida."

Television coverage of the 18th Annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals can been seen on ESPN2, beginning on Saturday with a two-hour broadcast featuring qualifying highlights. Qualifying coverage begins at 7 p.m. EST, on ESPN2, with NHRA2Day following on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EST. Final Elimination coverage is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

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Funny Car Trio Looks to Stay Hot at O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals

The Don Schumacher Racing trio of Whit Bazemore, Gary Scelzi and Ron Capps are gearing up for the 18th Annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park later this week. The NHRA POWERade Funny Car Series will return to action April 8-10 after an impressive run at the Gatornationals event in Gainesville, Fla., a few weeks ago.

Bazemore will lead the NHRA POWERade Funny Car Series points as the series heads to Houston. He scored a huge win in Florida for the Matco Tools Dodge Stratus team to take the lead. Scelzi and the Hemi Oakley Dodge Stratus team will enter the event ranked seventh in the points chase. Capps and the Brut Dodge Stratus team are close behind in eighth place.

The team's performance in Houston this weekend won't be the only focus of attention, as Don Schumacher and Gary Scelzi will take center stage in several publications this month. Schumacher himself is the focus of articles in both the April issue of Performance Racing Industry Magazine and the May issue of Car & Driver Magazine. Scelzi and the Oakley Mopar Snow Camo machine are featured in RACER Magazine's "In Focus" Section. All three publications are available for purchase, either by subscription or off the newsstand.

Television coverage of the 18th Annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals can been seen on ESPN2, beginning on Saturday with a two-hour broadcast featuring qualifying highlights. Qualifying coverage begins at 7 p.m. EST, on ESPN2. NHRA2Day follows on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EST. Final Elimination coverage is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

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Musgrave Pursues First 2005 Win at Martinsville

Ted Musgrave has posted a Top-10 finish in all three NCTS races this season and will look to capture his first win of the year as the series resumes racing this weekend in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

Team Mopar's Ted Musgrave will continue the hunt for his first win of 2005, as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to action with the Kroger 250 this Saturday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. The ever-solid Musgrave and the No. 1 Ultra Motorsports Mopar Dodge Ram Team have posted three Top-10 finishes in the first three NCTS races, launching the team to second in the points standings behind fellow Dodge Motorsports teammate Bobby Hamilton.

Musgrave draws even closer this weekend to cracking the $3 million barrier in NCTS winnings. He will reach the mark with the lowest amount of starts of any of the five NCTS drivers who have achieved the feat.

Live coverage of the Kroger 250 can be seen on Speed Channel this Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

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Francis Tries to Grab a Piece of 'The Rock' This Weekend

Steve Francis and the No. 15 team will resume racing action in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with a full weekend of racing ahead. Francis and the "Dirty Dozen" will take on "The Rock" at Allegany County Speedway in Maryland on Friday, before moving to the Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday. Both events mark the first appearance of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series at either venue.

The weekend could be a profitable one for "The Kentucky Colonel," as both events will feature a $10,000 purse for the winner. Francis, who kicked off the 2005 season with overall victories in the Early Thaw Championship and the 29th Annual Winternationals Speedweek Championship, is currently 15th in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series points chase.

Television coverage of the April 9th event at Virginia Motor Speedway can be seen on Speed Channel on May 7 at 3 p.m. EST.

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Mopar Announces 2005 Formula D Series Plans

"We're looking forward to working with the new car this season. It will be a challenge to repeat as champions, but we're looking forward to trying to do so."
    Samuel Hubinette, on defending his 2004 Formula D Series championship with a new vehicle, the 2005 SRT10 Dodge Viper.

Mopar has re-signed SCCA Formula D Series champion Samuel Hubinette for the 2005 season. Hubinette is slated to compete in the entire Formula D Series schedule this season, beginning with the April 16 event at Wall Speedway in New Jersey.

"With our success as a team in 2004, I'm really excited about continuing my role with Team Mopar," Hubinette said. "It's great to know that we'll be able to immediately expand on our experience from last year."

"We're very pleased to have Samuel back in the driver's seat for the 2005 season," said Kevin Miller, Mopar's Senior Brand Manager. "Winning the inaugural Formula D Series championship proves that Samuel isn't afraid to push the envelope, both on and off the track. We're also pleased to continue our involvement in the Formula D Series. This series provides us with an avenue of involvement in a competitive automotive series that is just starting to impact the United States."

Hubinette will pilot the Mopar SRT10 Dodge Viper in 2005, which will be maintained by DC Performance. The machine is a street-legal version of Dodge's monstrous muscle car, and is not to be confused with the Viper Competition Coupe that Hubinette campaigned in 2004. Dan Cragin of DC Performance will act as the team's crew chief.

In 2004 Hubinette took the drifting scene by storm, sweeping three of the four events en route to claiming the series title. He will look to again claim top honors this year, as well as expand his presence in different avenues of the sport.

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Mopar's J&J Racing Offers NHRA Pro Stock Diecasts

Mopar fans can now purchase their own piece of NHRA action, as diecast models of Allen Johnson's and Darrell Alderman's 2004 Dodge Stratus rides are now available for purchase. Created by Racing Champions, the replicas of the duo's NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series entries are beautifully detailed and of the highest quality.

The limited-run diecasts can be purchased at www.allenjohnson.com or directly from Johnson at any NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series event this season. The pieces sell for $45.95 plus shipping, when applicable. Autographed diecasts can be obtained upon request when ordering.

The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will resume racing action this weekend, April 8-10 in Houston, Texas. Johnson, who picked up a win in Phoenix earlier this season, will enter the O'Reilly Spring Nationals fourth in the series title chase.

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Series NASCAR , NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Tony Stewart , Richie Stevens Jr. , Darrell Alderman , Whit Bazemore , Gary Scelzi , Ted Musgrave , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Allen Johnson , Josh Wise , Don Schumacher , Steve Francis , Samuel Hubinette