Cywinski & Miller Set To Lead CJR Into The Snowball Derby ASA Champion Cywinski Came Close To Winning It All in 2003 LAKEVILLE, MN (November 22, 2004) - Country Joe Racing will launch a full two-car assault on Five Flags Speedway for the 37th ...
Cywinski & Miller Set To Lead CJR Into The Snowball Derby
ASA Champion Cywinski Came Close To Winning It All in 2003
LAKEVILLE, MN (November 22, 2004) - Country Joe Racing will launch a full two-car assault on Five Flags Speedway for the 37th running of the biggest short track race in all of America, the Snowball Derby. Kevin Cywinski and Joey Miller are both entered for this year's race and will compete for one of the most prized possessions in all the racing world.
Cywinski will lead the charge after a spectacular Snowball Derby performance in 2003. Cywinski, driving a car he and his Country Joe Racing crew had just built, dominated much of the race before getting knocked out of the lead with just 15 laps to go in the race. Cywinski shot up the track after the contact from eventual race winner Charlie Bradberry, but rallied back to finish fourth.
This year, Cywinski has something to prove.
"Anytime you go to these races, you go and try to win the race," said Cywinski, who won the 2004 ASA National Championship with Country Joe Racing as well. "We just came up a little short last year, but we're going to try and get it all this time around.
"With Country Joe Racing and (owner) Joe Miller, he expects that same thing. You know you are not short on anything. We expect to have a good Derby. There is always the factor that you might get caught up in something. It's a long race and it's definitely a trying race track. It will be interesting. I'm ready to get down there and race that track again."
This year though, CJR will double its chances for victory, as the 19-year-old Miller will make his Snowball Derby debut.
"The Derby should be pretty fun," said Miller, who had a successful 2004 season as well, winning his first ARCA race (in August at Nashville Superspeedway) in just his first career start. "I was able to go down to the Derby last year and saw a few laps of the race. I know what it is all about down there. Tires, tires and tires. It is about tires and getting up on the wheel and driving. If you don't, you could get taken out."
Miller and Cywinski and the rest of the Country Joe Racing team have been finishing up a brand new Super Late Model for Miller to compete. Cywinski will use the same car that led him to such a successful run at last year's Derby and which also won during Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) at the start of the 2004 season.
"We've been very fortunate in that my Snowball car from last year was in pretty good shape," added Cywinski. "So we just really went through that and set it up. We've spent a lot of time building Joey's new car so he could race and do some of the other big shows in the future. I'm really happy with how that car turned out. I think it will be a great car for him.
"Joey has a lot of laps in these types of cars. He's run Speedweeks before and he's run these cars up here (in Minnesota) a lot. So I won't be able to help him as much as I can in the ARCA races, but I'm sure we'll both rely on each other enough. Hopefully having two people and two cars, we can share some information."
"I'm feeling pretty confident on the car," said Miller. "It is new, so it should be pretty good. We are trying some new things on the car, so hopefully, they work out. I also think that we're going to have Patrick Donahue (Joey's ARCA crew chief and a former Cup Series crew chief) down there working with us, so I think good things could happen."
The competition will be tough though. Some of the the best of the best in the short track racing world are entered for this year's 37th Annual Snowball Derby, including last year's top three drivers (Bradberry, Gary St. Amant and Casey Smith), along with Wayne Willard, Dave Mader, JR Norris, Wayne Anderson, Ricky Turner, Scott Hantz and many others.
"For me, (the Derby) is fun," said Cywinski. "It is nice to be able to go to the race track and not have to worry about points or anything. It is fun because you go there and you know that you are going to race against the best people in the business and that you are going to have fun doing it. The more races you can do that are like that the better."
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, is Minnesota's #1 professional racing organization.