Mopar Speed news 2005-03-28

Mopar Speed Monday, March 28, 2005 nhrafc Points Leader Bazemore to Appear on "Back in the Pits" Radio Show While the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series has the week off, Don Schumacher Racing's Whit Bazemore is set to be in the hot seat with ...

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Monday, March 28, 2005

nhrafc Points Leader Bazemore to Appear on "Back in the Pits" Radio Show

While the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series has the week off, Don Schumacher Racing's Whit Bazemore is set to be in the hot seat with Rik Anthony of "Back in the Pits" radio. Audio from Bazemore's interview will be featured on the show's Web site today.

Bazemore is fresh off his triumphant win in the 36th annual Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals on March 20 at Gainesville Raceway. The win, Bazemore's first-ever victory at the Gatornationals, helped launch him to the top of the NHRA Funny Car points standings.

Fans can log on to www.allstarradio.com or www.backinthepits.com to catch the commentary between Anthony and Bazemore. Gary Scelzi, Ron Capps and Bazemore will resume action in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car Series April 8-10 in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston, Texas.

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Jeg's Foundation's "Racing for Cancer Research" Celebrates Two Years

"The entire Jeg's family was so proud to bring this type of effort to the NHRA. I knew people would respond because so many of us have been touched by cancer in some way during our lives. But as usual the generosity and caring of the NHRA drivers and fans has totally blown us away. We've been overwhelmed to say the least and we truly feel like we're just getting started. Hopefully, we're making a difference out there."
    Pro Stock Driver Jeg Coughlin Jr., on the outpouring of support from the NHRA community for the Jeg's Foundation's "Racing for Cancer Research" program.

By Scott "Woody" Woodruff

The Jeg's Foundation's "Racing for Cancer Research" program celebrated its second anniversary last weekend. The Foundation, which benefits the Ireland Cancer Center in Cleveland and The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio, has received far-ranging support from the drag racing community in its first two years, something that humbles driver Jeg Coughlin Jr.

From the onset, the Jeg's Foundation's "Racing for Cancer Research" program has been recognized as an official NHRA charity. The Foundation's multicolored ribbon logo, which brings attention to 30 types of cancer, graces the covers of Drag Racer and Drag Racing Action magazines each month, as well as the race cars of Cory McClenathan, Whit Bazemore, Gary Scelzi, Ron Capps, Ken Koretsky, Richie Stevens Jr., and all the Coughlin brothers, plus the Pro Stock Motorcycles of riders Karen Stoffer and Steve Johnson and several Sportsman-level entries. Additionally, team owner Don Schumacher placed the ribbon on the crew uniforms of all eight of his pro teams.

Schumacher and his wife Sarah, along with Funny Car driver Bazemore, his wife Michelle, and crew chief Lee Beard and his wife Rhonda, also have all pledged financial support that corresponds with their success on the racetrack. Photographer Randy Anderson and companies such as Shift-Cahan, Horizons, and Mac Tools have supported the project through donations of time, work, and products.

Drag Racing Action magazine donates a third of a page in each issue to a "cancer survivor" story, and RTM Productions made a 30-second public service announcement that airs free of charge on Spike TV's power-hour block of shows. Engine builder Jon Kaase donated his winning Engine Masters powerplant, which was auctioned off for $48,000. All monies raised through the sales of Jeg's Racing merchandise is committed to the cause.

Aside from Karen Coughlin, Jeg Coughlin Sr., team chef Nicky Morse, and both of Troy and John Coughlin's mothers-in-law have all battled some form of cancer in the past, making the fight to find a cure a very personal issue with the entire Coughlin family.

For more information regarding Jeg Coughlin Jr., Don Schumacher Racing or the "Racing for Cancer Research" program, log on to www.teamjegs.com or www.donschumacherracing.com.

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Wise, Drake Return to Sprint Action at Eldora

The Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises duo of Josh Wise and Jay Drake will open the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car Series season this coming weekend at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. The event marks the beginning of Drake's defense of the series title, which he earned in 2004. It will also be a first for team owner Stewart, as the Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic will be the first event run at the famed 1/2-mile oval since he purchased Eldora Speedway late last year.

Drake captured the 2004 USAC National Sprint Car Series title and made history by winning three consecutive USAC National Silver Crown Series pavement events. In addition to defending his USAC National Sprint Car Series title for Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises, Drake will also compete full-time in the Infiniti Pro Series for team owner Tony George.

Wise, who is campaigning for the 2005 USAC Triple Crown title, began the season with a strong showing in the Copper World Classic event in January. The California native picked up a runner-up finish in the 2004 USAC National Midget Series championship, as well as a Top-10 in the USAC National Sprint Car Series points battle. Wise was also named the series' Co-rookie of the Year.

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Team Mopar Trio Begins Assault at Sport Compact Nationals

Scott Mohler is gunning for the NHRA Sport Compact All Motor Division championhsip after finishing a close second on the strength of three wins during the 2004 campaign.

The Team Mopar trio of Shaun Carlson, Scott Mohler and Mike Crawford will return to action this weekend when the NHRA Summit Racing Sport Compact series kicks off with the Second Annual Southeast NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The three will look to put together a 2005 season that will rival their successful 2004 campaign.

Running in the All Motor Division, Mohler scored three wins and made five final round appearances en route to a second-place finish in the 2004 All Motor division championship. Mohler, along with Mohler Motorsports, will throw their hats into the owner's ring this season, as the team will embark on its first year of competition after splitting from former owner Darrell Cox at the end of 2004.

Carlson will return to the cockpit of his NuFormz Racing car in the Pro FWD division after making one final round appearance in 2004, coupled with one Top Qualifier effort, two semifinal round appearances and a fourth-place finish in the Pro FWD division championship.

Rounding out the trio, Mike Crawford and Darrell Cox Racing have their sights set on winning the Hot Rod Division title in 2005. Crawford made three final round appearances and four semifinal round appearances, earned one Top Qualifier award, and finished fourth in the Hot Rod Division points chase in 2004. The duo has proven to be one of the most solid teams on the sport compact scene.

Look for a special edition of Mopar Speed on Thursday for an in-depth preview of the NHRA Summit Sport Compact season opener. And for info on Crawford or the NHRA Summit Racing Sport Compact Series, log on to www.srt-4racing.com or www.nhrasportcompact.com.

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Lasoski Guns for Wins as WoO Midwest Stops Begin This Weekend

Danny "The Dude" Lasoski and the No. 20 team will return to action this week in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series after having a rare weekend off. The series will compete at Batesville Speedway in Arkansas on Friday and then move to the I-55 Speedway in Missouri on Saturday. This weekend will mark the series' first appearance in the Midwest this year.

Heading into this week's action, Lasoski is holding steady at sixth in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series points championship. This weekend's racing action kicks off a month-long journey through the Midwest, which will include stops at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, Tri-State Speedway in Indiana, Outlaw Speedway in Oklahoma, 81 Speedway in Kansas and the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

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Series NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr. , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Cory McClenathan , Karen Stoffer , Jay Drake , Tony George , Josh Wise , Steve Johnson , Don Schumacher , Shaun Carlson