Mopar Speed news 2004-08-23

Mopar Speed Monday, August 23, 2004 WoO Lasoski nabs another track record Danny Lasoski and the Mopar-powered No. 20 team from Tony Stewart Motorsports nailed their second track record of the week on Friday, when Lasoski circled three-eighths...

Mopar Speed
Monday, August 23, 2004

Lasoski nabs another track record

Danny Lasoski and the Mopar-powered No. 20 team from Tony Stewart Motorsports nailed their second track record of the week on Friday, when Lasoski circled three-eighths mile oval at Billings (Mont.) Motorsports Park at 109.926 mph. Last Tuesday, Lasoski picked up the record at Rocky Mountain National Speedway.

"The Dude" went on to finish second in the Billings Motorsports Park preliminary A-main event. In Saturday night's A-main feature, Lasoski and company rounded out their outstanding weekend with another second-place finish at Billings.

The Outlaws now travel to Elma, Wash., for two nights of racing at Grays Harbor Raceway Friday and Saturday.

Danny Lasoski picked up his tenth and eleventh Quick Times last week, both of which were track records. "The Dude" stands second in the WoO standings, just 73 points behind Steve Kinser.



Just when you thought Mopar couldn't possibly be involved in yet another type of racing, check out the Bonneville Salt Flat punishers from RaceDeck Racing. The Dodge SRT-4 above had no problem running speeds above 180 mph for extended periods during its first visit to the Flats.

"We are confident that the Dodge SRT-4 in stock body form can handle speeds well above the 200 mph mark," said driver Jorgen Moller.

"These motors are just unbelievably reliable ... there are a lot of big dollar teams out there that can make one fast pass, but can not back it up."

RaceDeck enters 200 mph club, blisters land speed records

Mopar and Darrell Cox Racing helped power RaceDeck Racing to two new land speed records and joined the 200 mph club at the Bonneville Salt Flats during "Speed Week" competition last week. Driver Jorgen Moller has broken more than 10 records behind the wheel of a highly-modified 1932 roadster with a Darrell Cox-built Dodge SRT-4 engine putting out more than 600 horsepower.

Last week, Moller joined the 200 mph club and became the first person to take a four-cylinder roadster into the esteemed group. Moller's official speed was 201.088 mph. This pass broke his record from last season, which was 199.478 mph.

RaceDeck also broke an 18-year-old record in the blown fuel four-cylinder category, even though their car does not utilize exotic power adders like nitrous oxide and methanol. The SRT-4-powered machine uses ultra-high octane gasoline.

The new car in the RaceDeck stable was a Dodge SRT-4 which retains a great deal of production pieces, including body panels, glass, engine block, crankshaft and more.

"We are very happy with the way the stock body handled at the speeds we ran during our shakedown and test runs of 170 to 190 mph averages," Moller said. "The car really drives like it is on rails. The Mopar Stage 3 suspension package that we have on the car seems to handle the speeds extremely well.

"The SRT-4 is a great template to start with, and with Darrell Cox building these highly powerful and reliable Mopar engines and the Hinckley Dodge / RaceDeck team setting up the car, it makes it a lot easier for us to put down record passes. RaceDeck / Hinckley team makes sure the setup is on target and this Mopar-powered SRT-4 just goes!"

The team receives technical assistance from Mopar, Darrell Cox Racing and Hinckley Dodge, the oldest continuously operating Dodge dealership in the country, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The next event on the Salt Flats is the World of Speed, scheduled in just three short weeks, Sept. 19-20. RaceDeck hopes to break the record for production four-cylinder vehicles, which currently stands at 202 mph.

Carlson runs 7.70s in St. Louis

Shaun Carlson pounded out an amazing 7.735 elapsed time at 193.24 mph - his best time ever - in his Mopar Dodge SRT-4 during Pro FWD class qualifying at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis on Saturday.

Carlson's previous best time in competition was 7.906-seconds at 186.25 mph, set at the most recent event at Texas Motorplex. His team from NuFormz has been constantly "thrashing" on the car, effectively rebuilding it during the winter and spring.

The 7.70 came on the first pass on a brand-new SRT-4 engine, which had never been dynoed or tested before the pass.

Carlson received an auto start red light in the first round against JoJo Callos, because transmission and electronic problems would not allow the car to shift into first gear.

Scott Mohler qualified his Mopar Dodge Neon second in the All Motor class, but was unable to get past Alex Torres in the first round. Mohler's Darrell Cox Racing teammate, Mike Crawford, was unable to make Madison, as the team is still making repairs on Crawford's Mopar Dodge SRT-4 after an accident in the last race at Texas.

The next NHRA Sport Compact event is scheduled October 2-3 at Englishtown, N.J.

"We've never run that kind of speed before. It was more than 5 mph faster than we'd ever gone!

"We really feel like we're getting a hold on things. We look at our incrementals compared to what GM and Roush have done, and they are pretty much the same. Every single pass our car is straight as an arrow, which amazes a lot of people.

"We've already got all kinds of stuff underway for the next race, and I think it's going to be pretty awesome. It's definitely been nice working with Mike Sullivan, too. He's really coming up with some great ideas for us; he's an out-of-the-box thinking kind of guy."
    -- Shaun Carlson

Bazemore, Scelzi top qualifiers at Memphis

"The Hemi® Oakley Dodge is running as good as anybody's. In the first round those were the two quickest runs, ours (4.996/298.14) and Force's (4.994/300.93), and it's going to go back and forth on who's the quickest."
    -- Gary Scelzi (right) is currently second in NHRA Funny Car points. His teammate, Whit Bazemore (left), was top-qualifier at Memphis.

Don Schumacher Racing teammates Whit Bazemore and Gary Scelzi used the awesome Hemi® power of their Dodge Stratus Funny Cars to blast their way to the top of the leaderboard at Memphis Motorsports Park Saturday.

Bazemore's 4.856-second pass at 306.26 mph was enough to defend his title his 2003 top-qualifier spot at the track. It was Bazemore's fourth pole of this season in the Matco Tools Dodge Stratus. Scelzi qualified second in his Hemi Oakley Dodge Stratus behind a 4.863-second lap.

In Eliminations Sunday, Bazemore and Scelzi both knocked off their first round opponents. Scelzi lost his second round match to John Force in a classic battle that was decided by three feet. Bazemore lost traction against Del Worsham and couldn't recover.

Scelzi and Bazemore are second and third, respectively, in the Funny Car point standings and are stoked to challenge for the championship during the remaining six events.

Next up for the NHRA POWERade series is the 50th running of the historic U.S. Nationals, scheduled September 1-6 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Johnson turns in best qualifying effort of season

Allen Johnson scored his best qualifying effort of the season at Memphis Motorsports Park, shifting his Mopar Dodge Stratus to a 6.794 second pass at 201.19 mph, good for fourth best. Directly ahead of Johnson in the third spot was Mopar driver Larry Morgan, who ran a similar 6.794 at a slightly faster speed.

Johnson and Morgan sent their respective first round opponents home: Johnson knocking off Mopar-powered competitor V. Gaines and Morgan beating J.R. Carr. Dodge driver Kenny Koretsky also failed to advance past the first round. While Morgan and Johnson chalked up wins in the first, they were unable to advance past the second round.

Next up for the NHRA POWERade series is the 50th running of the historic U.S. Nationals, scheduled September 1-6 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

"This weekend we happened to hit on some new good combinations. It felt good to qualify up there where we should be all the time. The crew made some really good calls.

"At this point we're concentrating on research and development for next year. We're really excited about some of things we're finding as far as new parts and pieces go."
    -- Allen Johnson, was fourth fastest during qualifying at Memphis over the weekend, his best effort this season.

Drake short in quest for four straight wins

Jay Drake won three USAC Silver Crown events in a row before being denied any hardware at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Jay Drake and the No. 11 Mopar team from Stewart-Snider Motorsports had a shot to make it four straight victories in USAC Silver Crown Series competition Saturday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, but they ended up earning a 14th-place finish. Drake, who had climbed into fifth place in series' points after three straight victories, slipped back a bit to sixth.

USAC competition this weekend will feature a triple header at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway, featuring all three national divisions: Sprint, Midget, and Silver Crown. Mopar teams who are set to compete include Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises (Drake, Cory Kruseman and Dave Steele in the Sprint Series, and Josh Wise in the Midget), Wilke-PAK Motorsports (Tracy Hines - Midget) and Nicholas Racing (Dave Steele - Midget). Check out Mopar Speed next Monday for results.

Musgrave looks for redemption at Bristol

Ted Musgrave, driver of the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram, is ready to attack one of NASCAR's demanding tracks - Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway - on Wednesday.

Last season, Musgrave set the track record in qualifying, lapping the .533-mile bullring at 123.562 mph. Musgrave dominated the early-going of the race until falling victim to a flat tire. Check out his comments in the photo caption.

Live coverage of the 200 lap event at Bristol will air on Speed Channel beginning at 9 p.m.

"Last year we were really running away with it, and we got a flat tire. So we're going to try exactly the same setup to start with.

"I'm looking forward to going to Bristol, but it's a racetrack where if you do get in the middle of the pack, it's a very tight racetrack and something could happen out of your control where you could get caught up in a wreck very easily, much like you see in the Busch or Cup races there at Bristol."
    -- Ted Musgrave


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Series General , NASCAR , NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Larry Morgan , Ted Musgrave , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Kenny Koretsky , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Allen Johnson , J.R. Carr , Josh Wise , Don Schumacher , Shaun Carlson , Mike Sullivan , Alex T Jones