Monday, February 7, 2005
Danny Lasoski Wins Friday and Saturday at the 29th Annual Sprint Winternationals
Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 team kicked off the 2005 racing season in stellar fashion, as the team swept the 29th Annual Sprint Winternationals finale at Eastbay Raceway Park on Saturday night. "The Dude" took the lead on lap five of the 50-lap showdown to capture his second win in the United States this year. Lasoski's new aluminum Mopar powerplant stretched its legs over the weekend, as the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team held a three-second advantage over the field at one point and Lasoski drove to a $10,000 payday at the conclusion of the 50-lap A-main event.
Saturday night's finale victory was Lasoski's second in as many days, as he also won Friday night's preliminary event. Lasoski drove from his 20th-place starting position through the field to capture the win. The No. 20 machine assumed the lead on lap 14 of the 25-lap A-main event, then locked the team into Saturday night's A-main finale by earning the win.
"I need to thank my car owner, Tony Stewart for securing the deal with Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops for a five-year sponsorship. We are certainly going to put forth the effort needed to give Bass maximum exposure to a new audience during our time together," Lasoski said. "We are also pleased to say that J.D. Byrider and Mopar are on board with us again."
Lasoski, who celebrated a birthday on February 3, also earned a top-five and top-10 finish during preliminary action for the race. "The Dude" kicked off the event with an eighth-place finish on February 2 and followed it up with a solid third-place finish on February 3.
Lasoski and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series will officially kick off the 2005 racing season this coming weekend at Volusia Speedway on February 11 and 13. The No. 20 team will also compete in several events sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions this week at Volusia Speedway. Lasoski is slated to compete February 8-13 at the Barberville, Fla., facility. For more information regarding Danny Lasoski, Volusia Speedway or the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, log on to www.dannylasoski.com, www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com or www.theworldofoutlaws.com.
"I was just going where the lapped cars weren't. Without the help of
Johnny Morris who heads up the Bass Pro Shop deal, Mopar, J.D. Byrider,
Wirtgen and Hoosier, we wouldn't be here."
Danny Lasoski expresses gratitude to his sponsors for helping him win the race on Saturday night.
Richie Stevens Jr. Rocks the 13th Annual Pro Stock SuperBowl
Richie Stevens Jr. advanced to the final round of the 13th Annual Pro Stock SuperBowl in Houston, Texas, in his first appearance for Don Schumacher Racing and Team Mopar. Stevens claimed the top qualifying position for the event with a weekend best of 6.707 seconds in the Team Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T. Stevens ran solid passes throughout the event, but fell to event winner Dave Connolly in the final round.
Jeg Coughlin Jr., also took part in the preseason event at Houston Raceway Park, marking his first outing in the Jeg's Mail Order/Mopar/Dodge Stratus R/T machine. Coughlin had a weekend best of 6.723 seconds/206.45 mph to kick off the team's 2005 racing season.
The 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season kicks off this weekend at Pomona Raceway. The 45th Annual NHRA Winternationals are slated for February 10-13. The event will be televised on ESPN2 and will boast a $2 million purse. Stevens, Coughlin, Allen Johnson, Whit Bazemore and Gary Scelzi will all be on hand for the season-opening event.
For more information regarding NHRA POWERade Drag Racing and the 2005 schedule, log on to www.nhra.com.
Samuel Hubinette Wins in the Viper Racing League World Challenge Class
Samuel Hubinette won his first Viper Racing League World Challenge Class event at Willow Springs Speedway on January 23. "The Crazy Swede," who is known for his flamboyant presence in the SCCA Formula D Series, again returned to the cockpit of the Mopar Viper Competition Coupe owned by Marko Radosavljevic. Hubinette piloted the machine to the 2004 SCCA Formula D Series Championship.
Hubinette posted a best lap of 1:21:9 and took the lead on lap four of the event. He passed 16 cars en route to the victory. The event marked Hubinette's first outing in the World Challenge class.
For more information regarding Hubinette or the Viper Racing League, log on to www.toxicdrift.com or www.viperdays.com.
2004 SCCA Formula D Series champion Samuel Hubinette will compete in the Viper Racing League World Challenge class in 2005.