Pocono: Penske-Jasper Engines preview

One of the most successful aspects of Doug Bawel's plan for his Jasper Engines & Transmissions involvement in NASCAR--his alliance with Roger Penske in the three-year old Penske-Jasper Engine project--has yielded spectacular results, manifested...

One of the most successful aspects of Doug Bawel's plan for his Jasper Engines & Transmissions involvement in NASCAR--his alliance with Roger Penske in the three-year old Penske-Jasper Engine project--has yielded spectacular results, manifested most recently this past weekend with Ryan Newman's victory from the pole position in the MBNA 400 at Dover International Speedway.

As the designated power-plant for the #2 and #12 Penske South Dodge programs and the #77 Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ford program, Penske-Jasper Engines have won four races and averaged a pole-position every 13.8 WC entries (three per-race), a top-five finish every 4.61 WC entries and a top-10 finish every 2.33 WC entries since the inception of the program prior to the 2001 season.

With Newman's win at Dover, entries powered by Penske-Jasper Engines have registered two wins and six pole positions in 13 races thus far in 2003, including Jeremy Mayfield's pole at Talladega (4/6) in a limited arrangement with Evernham Motorsports.

Rusty Wallace leads the trio of PJE-powered entries in the WC points entering this weekend's Pocono 500 at Pocono (PA) Raceway, ranking eighth. Penske South teammate Newman, who also won at Texas in late March, ranks 18th, 43 points ahead of Blaney--who is also using the potent PJE power-plants in a limited 2003 NASCAR Busch Series schedule with the #31 Whelen Motorsports Ford. Prior to his incredible rookie season in 2002, Newman also used Penske-Jasper Engines for his "development" season in 2001, winning six pole positions and one race in a limited 15-race NASCAR Busch Series schedule.

With its trio of entries each qualifying for the Winston Cup races in Pocono, the Penske-Jasper Engine program will reach the 200-entry level in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition during the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. PJE WC totals through last weekend's events at Dover are: 194 entries--four wins, 14 pole positions, 42 top-five finishes, 83 top-ten finishes.

-Jasper Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace