Mopar Speed news 2004-07-12

Mopar Speed Monday, July 12, 2004 NHRA Mopar's Hubinette pulls off three-peat at Infineon Mopar driver Samuel Hubinette and the Lateral G Racing team won their third straight Formula Drift Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.,...

Mopar Speed
Monday, July 12, 2004

Mopar's Hubinette pulls off three-peat at Infineon

Mopar driver Samuel Hubinette and the Lateral G Racing team won their third straight Formula Drift Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., over the weekend. Hubinette earned the respect of the fans and judges alike by skillfully sliding his Mopar Dodge Viper Competition Coupe around the historic road course all weekend long. The "Crazy Swede" thrilled spectators with his outstanding qualifying passes and was ranked as the top-qualifier out of 40 competitors by the judges' panel.

Hubinette drove the Mopar Viper flawlessly through the Top-16 and Best Eight rounds. The Swedish native battled his way through the Semi-Final round to set the scene for his third triumph in as many events. Hubinette powered through the two tandem drift runs of the final round to capture the win cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd.

Hubinette, who currently sits atop the Formula D point standings, will lead the series into its final event at Irwindale Speedway on August 29. For more information on Hubinette or Lateral G Racing, log on to, or

Samuel Hubinette continues to find abundant Formula D success. Mopar's drifting hotshoe racked up his third straight win in a field that contained 40 strong competitors.


Team Mopar's USAC competitors, including Josh Wise, continued to run among the leaders all week, notching two top-qualifier spots, a win and a track record, in addition to numerous other solid performances.

Mopar racks up two more top-qualifiers and a win

Josh Wise and the No. 20 Mopar team from Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises set a new track record in USAC National Midget competition last Thursday at the Indianapolis Speedrome with a lap of 11.792 seconds, blazing the field under Mopar power. Fellow Team Mopar member Tracy Hines qualified the No. 11 Mopar machine from Wilke-PAK Motorsports in the second position, followed by Teddy Beach in a Mopar.

Beach went on to win Thursday's feature, capturing his second win behind the strength of an Ed Pink-built Mopar engine. Dave Steele finished the feature event in third place in his No. 2 Mopar entry from Nicholas Motorsports followed by Wise in fourth.

Steele racked up his second consecutive top-qualifier award in USAC National Sprint Car Competition on Friday at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. Steele's Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises' teammates Jay Drake and Cory Kruseman had a rough time taming Toledo's tarmac in the feature. An early accident relegated Drake and Steele to finishing 22nd and 23rd, while Kruseman was able to score a 16th-place result.

Steele and Drake turned it around Saturday at Indianapolis Raceway Park, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in their Mopars from TSRE.

Drake continues to lead the USAC National Sprint Car Series points going into Indiana Sprint Week, which starts at Twin Cities Raceway on Thursday. The tour then travels to Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday, Lincoln Park Speedway on Saturday and Tri-State Speedway Sunday. The event concludes the seven date series July 22-24 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Bloomington Speedway and the Terre Haute Action Track.

Lasoski notches eighth Quick Time of the season

Danny Lasoski picked up his eighth Quick Time award of the season and added two top-three finishes in WoO competition last week.

Tuesday at Husets Speedway in Brandon, S.D., the No. 20 Mopar-powered team finished third in A-main competition.

The team then moved on to the "Duel in the Dakotas" at Red River Valley Speedway Thursday in West Fargo, N.D., where "The Dude" set quick time in the first of two preliminary events en route to a seventh-place finish in the A-main event. Lasoski earned an 11th-place finish in the second preliminary event on Friday at Red River. On Saturday, the No. 20 team won the first heat race and was credited with a third-place finish in the A-main event, which was shortened due to severe Thunderstorms, hail and high winds after only 11 laps.

Lasoski maintains second place in the World of Outlaws Series points chase heading into this week's action. The series will compete at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin today and Hartford (Mich.) Speedway Park on Wednesday, and will wrap up the week with the two-day King's Royal event at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, Friday and Saturday.

Danny Lasoski took the series lead in top-qualifying positions, capturing his eighth pole of the season last Tuesday in South Dakota behind the strength of his Paul Kistler-built Mopar 410 c.i. V8 engine.


Ted Musgrave earned the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award at Kentucky Speedway, maintaining a top-10 position in the overall NCTS point standings.

Musgrave comes back for top-10 at Kentucky

Ted Musgrave made a late-race charge to bring the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram home to a solid seventh-place finish at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday.

Musgrave spent much of the race outside the top-10, but strong teamwork from the Ultra Motorsports pit helped Musgrave move up for the finish after a late-race caution, earning him the Most Improved Driver Award.

Dodge driver Bobby Hamilton dominated the event, leading the most laps and taking the victory.

Next up on the NCTS schedule is the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200, scheduled this Saturday at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo. Live television coverage on Speed Channel is set to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals just days away

Mopar Big Block Party to kick off the action Thursday

Drag racing fever hits the Denver, Colo. area this week with the 25th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Bandimere Speedway's 5,860-foot elevation has presented a unique challenge for racers since the first national event was held here in 1979. The trip to the Mile High City represents the first of three consecutive races referred to as the "Western Swing."

The third annual "Mopar Big Block Party" takes the streets of downtown Golden, Colo., Thursday evening. The soiree will feature a free concert by the platinum-selling band 10,000 Maniacs. For more information on this party, log on to and check out "Latest Buzz."

Mopar has been on-board for the NHRA POWERade event at Bandimere Speedway near Denver since 1989, making it the longest running sponsor of a national NHRA event. Pro Stock qualifying for the event begins Friday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m. MST. For a full schedule of events, visit

As part of this Mopar crazy week, Gary Scelzi, driver of the HEMI-powered Oakley Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, will appear on Speed Channel's Wind Tunnel as guest of host Dave Despain on Tuesday. The one-hour show begins TOMORROW at 10 p.m. Eastern. Send your e-mail questions to now.

Tickets for the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals are still available. Visit Bandimere's Web site or call (800) 664-UWIN.

"All of our motors are running good and we tested well out there. We ran 7.17 seconds in testing, which is better than the track record in competition. There will almost surely be some track records broken this weekend.

"Going into the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, I feel as good as I've felt all year. I think we've made some headway recently. We're looking to start an end-of-the-season turnaround and do some pretty good things from here on out. There are going to be a ton of Mopar people watching us, so we're hoping to qualify in the top half and go some rounds on Sunday."
    -Allen Johnson, owner/driver of a Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stocker


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Series NASCAR Truck , NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Tony Stewart , Gary Scelzi , Ted Musgrave , Danny Lasoski , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake , Teddy Beach , Allen Johnson , Josh Wise , Samuel Hubinette