Twenty Years Later, Cywinski Looking For the Same Results Madison Was the Site of Cywinski's First Asphalt Win LAKEVILLE, MN (July 13, 2004) - In 1984, a young rookie finally found out what the sweet taste of success was like. It was a ...
Twenty Years Later, Cywinski Looking For the Same Results
Madison Was the Site of Cywinski's First Asphalt Win
LAKEVILLE, MN (July 13, 2004) - In 1984, a young rookie finally found out what the sweet taste of success was like. It was a highly-touted Central Wisconsin Racing Association (CWRA) feature at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI. That rookie was Kevin Cywinski.
Twenty years, two ASA championships and countless wins later, Cywinski still remembers that night at Madison where he captured his first asphalt victory.
"We used to race at Madison a lot for the CWRA. I was fortunate enough to start on the front row that night," recalled Cywinski, who ended up the CWRA Rookie of Year in 1984. "We jumped out to the lead; by the end, I just remember that a guy by the name of Rich Bickle was chasing us down. We ended up beating Bickle that night and to beat him at Madison was a feat all in its own."
Now, 20-plus years later, Cywinski will return to Madison in search of yet another victory on the half-mile, high-banked track. The ASA National Tour returns to action this Saturday after nearly a month off following the cancellation of the July 4th race at Pikes Peak (CO).
"Getting back into a race car is kind of like riding a bike," said Cywinski. "You really don't forget, no matter how long you take off. After about five or 10 laps of practice, you will be right back in the groove and it will be like you have never been out of the car.
"It isn't like we've been sitting around, though. We raced in some local Late Model stuff up here and around the area so I haven't been out of the seat completely. Other than that, we've just been taking the time to make sure all of our stuff is in the best shape it can be in. We've also been busy with all of the other things that are going on with Country Joe Racing."
During the past 20 years, Cywinski has found considerable success both on and off of the racetrack. He has won championships in the CWRA (1986), ARTGO (now the NASCAR Midwest Series, 1995) and ASA (1997, 2003) series. He was also the 1996 ASA Rookie of the Year. For a couple of years, Cywinski also spent time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 2000, he returned to the ASA Series, where he has made a home since.
Away from the track, Cywinski now finds himself spending time with his wife, Traci, and their two children, Cara and Marina. But the more things change in 20 years, the more they stay the same.
"Just like racing in general, Madison might have changed a lot, but it is still the same old place, too. It was a dirt track for a while, and then it went back to asphalt. It has changed owners a few different times as well. But then again, it is the same old place and it is a pretty special place for me.
"We'll have a lot of friends and family there. That is where we always raced when we were starting this whole racing career out. So with all of the experience I have there, I usually seem to fair well."
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, is Minnesota's #1 professional racing organization. For more information on the team, please visit www.countryjoeracing.com.