USAR: New River Valley: Logan Dernoshek preview

Dernoshek Hopeful of Virginia Kindness at Motor Mile Speedway CANONSBURG, PA (July 16, 2004) -- It's been said that Virginia is for Lovers and Logan Dernoshek and the No. 10 USAR Hooters ProCup team hope this weekend's outing in Radford,...

Dernoshek Hopeful of Virginia Kindness at Motor Mile Speedway

CANONSBURG, PA (July 16, 2004) -- It's been said that Virginia is for Lovers and Logan Dernoshek and the No. 10 USAR Hooters ProCup team hope this weekend's outing in Radford, Va., is one that they love in comparison to their past two outings. Motor problems hampered the team's efforts at the two tracks closest to their home in Jennerstown and Erie, Penn.

Dernoshek skipped the series' most recent outing at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Oh., to concentrate on this weekend's event at Motor Mile Speedway. A rookie, this will be his first chance to compete at the extremely popular facility in southwest Virginia.

"This is another new track for us," said Dernoshek. "Dad went to the race there last year and watched but I have never seen the track. We talked to some people and they kind of gave us a good starting point. Hopefully all we have to do is fine tune the car during practice. I hear it's a beautiful track and has a really good fan following. I'm sure they're going to see a great show."

In Dernoshek's lone finish this year at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the team fought a tight condition most of the event but still came home with a top-15 finish. That was in mid-May, two months ago, and a good run in Virginia could set the tone for the rest of the 2004 season.

"I think it's very important to finish this event," admitted the rookie from Canonsburg, Penn. "Everyone is really kind of down after having problems the last two races. We need a good day to bring everyone up. The purse money from a good finish would really help too. After all of the trouble we've had, I think our biggest goal is to make the race and finish. A top ten would be like a win for us. I want to be watching the end of the race from the driver's seat, not from the trailer or the stands."

The race at Lake Erie Speedway was the team's second part failure of the year. The reconstruction of the motor from the two Pennsylvania events has allowed the team to consider a few options in the motor department and evaluate their motor program.

"Of course, Lake Erie was another part failure," the driver of the unsponsored No. 10 Pontiac said. "A couple of lifters broke and ended up killing the cam at the same time. It's unfortunate but it's nobody's fault. It just happens. Hopefully we have things back together like they need to be and hopefully we have some more torque in the motor now."

Logan Dernoshek Racing, Inc. is actively seeking sponsors and marketing partners for the best value in motorsports for the 2004 season and beyond. Interested parties can contact the team through USAR or through team marketing rep Tony Stevens at (412) 225-0348 for more information. More information about Logan Dernoshek and the team can be found online at www.logandernoshek.com.

Tickets are still available for the USAR Hooters ProCup Lucas Oil 250 presented by Shelor Outdoor Motor Mile/Range Boats at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., by calling (540) 639-1700, or by visiting the track website at www.motormilespeedway.com. For those unable to attend, the event will be broadcast on Speed Channel at 8pm ET on July 22 and at noon on July 23 in conjunction with the "Lunch at Hooters" promotion.

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