ProRally: Mopar Speed news 2004-04-12

Mopar Speed Monday, April 12, 2004 WoO Sprints Lasoski moves to second in points with solid Eldora efforts Danny Lasoski drove the No. 20 Mopar-powered car from Tony Stewart Motorsports to two Dash event wins and two second-place A-main ...

Mopar Speed
Monday, April 12, 2004

WoO Sprints

Lasoski moves to second in points with solid Eldora efforts

Danny Lasoski drove the No. 20 Mopar-powered car from Tony Stewart Motorsports to two Dash event wins and two second-place A-main finishes to close within 83 points of series leader Steve Kinser at Eldora Speedway Friday and Saturday. The effort was good enough to move him from sixth to second in the series point standings.

Mopar powerplants dominated Friday night preliminary action, with Daryn Pittman taking the pole with a blazing lap of 13.169 seconds around the 1/2-mile high-banked oval. Tyler Walker qualified third using his Mopar power, while Lasoski tripped the timing mechanism fourth fastest . Lasoski's nephew and fellow Mopar driver Brian Brown won the C-main event.

Lasoski dominated the first Dash, and after running early A-main front runner Walker down, brought the No. 20 machine home to a second place A-main finish behind Kinser. Lasoski's performance locked him into Saturday night's A-main feature, and after winning another Dash event, "The Dude" lined up on the pole for the finale.

On Saturday night, the No. 20 jumped out in the lead on the first lap, despite having to change engines between the dash and A-main events. Lasoski began lapping the field on lap seven of the 30-lap feature, creating a comfortable lead for himself ahead of Kinser. That lapped traffic later become "The Dude's" downfall, however, as Kinser used it to his advantage to make a last lap pass. Kinser went on to take the win by three car lengths to earn the win in Eldora Speedway's 100th World of Outlaws feature event.

Lasoski and the No. 20 J.D. Byrider/Mopar team will continue their championship quest this weekend in Missouri, competing at Sedalia Speedway on Friday, and moving on to I-55 Speedway on Saturday.

Danny Lasoski drove his Mopar to two Dash victories and two second-place A-main finishes at Eldora Speedway in Ohio over the weekend to fuel his jump to second-place in the WoO Sprint series point standings.

SCCA ProRally

"We've put a lot of work into our car. We're really proud to have these Mopar rally cars on display at prominent shows like New York, IAS and SEMA. It's a great chance for us to show off our awesome Mopar race cars that most people are not used to seeing."

-- Chris Whiteman, driver of the No. 143 Mopar Dodge Neon and winner of the 2003 Group 2 championship.

Mopar shows its stuff at popular exhibits from coast to coast

Two championship vehicles from the Team Mopar SCCA ProRally stable have recently been on display at high-profile car shows.

This week at the prestigious New York International Automobile Show, the No. 143 Mopar Dodge Neon, driven in Group 2 by Chris Whiteman and co-driver Michael Paulin, is being featured on behalf of Dodge and Mopar. The show opened to the public April 9 and runs through this Sunday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The previous weekend, the No. 52 Mopar Dodge SRT-4 of Doug Shepherd and co-driver Pete Gladysz was a popular feature at SEMA's International Auto Salon in Los Angeles. The car also impressed viewers at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last November.

The SCCA ProRally series returns to action this weekend in the form of the "Oregon Trail" rally in Hillsboro, Ore., where Shepherd and Gladysz will defend their 2003 Group 5 event championship. Both the No. 52 and No. 143 Mopar teams won their individual classes at the season-opening rally, "Sno*Drift," held in Michigan in late January.

News

Francis picks up wins at Florence

Team Mopar's Steve Francis won Friday's 30-lap "Battle of the Bluegrass" event at Florence Speedway in his familiar Mopar-powered No. 15 mount. Francis took advantage of an open World of Outlaws weekend to race in the NARA event near his home.

Francis also notched heat victories both Friday and Saturday at Florence and finished third in Saturday's "Spring 50" main feature.

Francis returns to WoO Late Model Series action this weekend at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.

Further Action

Ted Musgrave is one of many Team Mopar members who are itching to return to various tracks around the country this weekend.

"As a team, we've committed to a lot of testing over the next few weeks," Musgrave said in mid-March.

"We're definitely going to test before the Martinsville race, as Dodge Motorsports has rented Greenville-Pickens Speedway for all of us to test before the Martinsville race. It will definitely give us an advantage going into Martinsville. We are not going to Martinsville unprepared."

Many NHRA, NASCAR Mopars also in action this weekend

Numerous other Team Mopar standouts will take to the national stage this weekend. Check out moparspeed.com next Monday for the full run-down.

The NHRA Summit Sport Compact Series is ready to stage its second event of the season at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a great chance for the talented teams to surge into the thick part of their racing season. Mike Crawford comes off of a win at Pomona; Scott Mohler hopes his new five-speed transmission can return him back to his 2003 championship form; and Shaun Carlson looks to make a splash in his season debut after an impressive Pro Stock debut in February.

The NHRA POWERade series returns to action at Houston Raceway Park, Thursday through Sunday, where our favorite Team Mopar Pro Stockers -- Larry Morgan, Allen Johnson and Darrell Alderman -- look to dominate their competition. Funny Car drivers who will steer Hemi-powered Mopars at Houston are Gary Scelzi and Whit Bazemore, who thundered his Dodge Stratus to the finals in the most recent event at Las Vegas.

Coverage of the POWERade series event is scheduled to air from 10 p.m. to midnight this Saturday on ESPN2, and in prime time from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on the same channel. Times are Eastern.

Ted Musgrave and the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram team from Ultra Motorsports are also set to get back into high-speed NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series action this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Musgrave has won two of the last three NCTS poles at the half-mile bullring, and finished second there last April.

Check out live television coverage from Martinsville beginning at 1 p.m. this Saturday on Speed Channel.

USAC Sprint

Weather postpones Nashville

Rain forced the delay of the USAC National Sprint Series event that had been scheduled at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tenn., Friday.

The two Mopar cars from Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises used the opportunity to race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track Saturday night in Midwest Sprint Car Series action. Jay Drake and Cory Kruseman were super fast off the truck, winning their respective heats before the event was called due to rain.

Dave Steele will join Drake and Kruseman in USAC action on the tarmac at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway this Sunday for the rescheduled Glen Niebel Classic. Image

Jay Drake and Cory Kruseman traveled to Terre Haute (Ind.) to race when their event in Nashville was canceled, and they turned in impressive performances before the weather turned against them.

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Series NHRA , SCCA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Darrell Alderman , Whit Bazemore , Gary Scelzi , Larry Morgan , Ted Musgrave , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Dave Steele , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Allen Johnson , Tyler Walker , Brian Brown , Shaun Carlson , Steve Francis