Mopar Speed Monday, January 10, 2005 MIDGET - Chili Bowl Tracy Hines wins the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals title Mopar's Tracy Hines captured his first Chili Bowl Midget Nationals title over the weekend at the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.
Monday, January 10, 2005
MIDGET - Chili Bowl
Tracy Hines wins the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals title
Mopar's Tracy Hines captured his first Chili Bowl Midget Nationals title over the weekend at the Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. Leading the 50-lap A-main feature event from flag to flag, Hines drove the No. 11 Wilke-PAK Motorsports entry to win over two-time defending champion Cory Kruseman and Wilke-PAK teammate Dave Darland. Hines also earned the Mopar Challenge Bonus, making him only the second driver to win the $10,000 bonus award.
This year's Chili Bowl Midget Nationals saw 28 Mopar-powered cars entered, a considerable jump in numbers from the single entry driven by Tony Stewart in 2002. The event also boasted a record breaking 249 entries. During three days of preliminary action, Mopar powered machines claimed one win, four A-main top-three finishes, six heat race wins, one B-main event win, a C-main event win and a D-main event win.
Preliminary action saw Danny Lasoski take a third-place finish on Wednesday, while Hines won Thursday's A-main followed by Tony Stewart in third place. Dave Darland also drove to a third-place finish in Friday's A-main preliminary event. In Saturday's A-main finale, Hines was joined by six other Mopar drivers, including Stewart, Lasoski, Darland, Tyler Walker, Brandon Waelti and David Gough.
For complete results from the 2005 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, log on to chilibowl.com.
Driver Jimmy Spencer joins Team Mopar
Ultra Motorsports has hired NASCAR veteran Jimmy Spencer to pilot the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram in 2005. Spencer will take over the reigns of the No. 1 machine starting with the series' season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 18. He will be Ted Musgrave's teammate, as Musgrave will move to the No. 2 Team ASE Dodge Ram for the season.
Spencer has driven for Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith in the past, and won an event in the No. 2 truck for the team at New Hampshire International Speedway in 2003. Smith is pleased to have Spencer join the team alongside Musgrave.
The 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season is slated to begin at Daytona International Speedway with the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 on February 18. For more information regarding the Ultra Motorsports Team or the NASCAR Craftmsan Truck Series, log on to nascar.com.
"Obviously, I'm very excited to have Jimmy Spencer in our second truck, [because] he's had a good association with us, and he's won a race with us in just a couple of starts. He and Ted Musgrave will make an excellent one-two combination."
Danny Lasoski to race "Down Under"
Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 team will begin their 2005 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship chase this week in Sydney, Australia. "The Dude," who competed in last week's Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, will make the 15-hour flight to open the season with the "Outlaws Down Under" tour at Parramatta City Raceway January 13-15.
Lasoski and the No. 20 team will look to earn their second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship. "The Dude" won the 2001 series title. The No. 20 Mopar-powered machine will feature a Bass Pro Shop paint scheme in 2005.
For more information regarding Lasoski or the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, log on to dannylasoski.com or theworldofoutlaws.com.
Mopar gets back on the track with Steve Francis
Team Mopar's Steve Francis will kick off the 2005 season this week, as he returns to Central Arizona Speedway to defend his 2004 Early Thaw event title. Francis will return from a recent racing stint in Australia to begin his 2005 season in the United States. The Early Thaw event features the best Dirt Late Model and Modified drivers from around the world, and is slated to run from January 15-23 in Casa Grande, Arizona.
"The Kentucky Colonel" is set to make a run for the 2005 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship. The No. 15 team finished in the runner-up position in the 2004 points chase.
For more information regarding Francis or the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, log on to stevefrancisracing.com or woolms.com.
Steve Francis kicks off the 2005 season at the Early Thaw event January 15-23 in Casa Grande, Arizona.