Mopar Speed news 2004-09-13

Mopar Speed Monday, September 13, 2004 USAC S Kruseman, Steele win for Tony Stewart Racing The Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises team of Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman and Dave Steele combined for two victories and five top-10 finishes in three USAC...

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Kruseman, Steele win for Tony Stewart Racing

The Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises team of Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman and Dave Steele combined for two victories and five top-10 finishes in three USAC National Sprint Car Series races over the weekend.

Kruseman earned his win at the Route 66 Raceway on Friday night, giving the No. 21 Mopar team its fourth USAC National Sprint win of the season. Drake crossed the finish line ninth in the feature event, after having won the semi-feature.

The team moved on to the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, where Steele won the second 77-lap of a doubleheader behind the wheel of the No. 20s Mopar from Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises. In the first event of the two-fer, Steele qualified third quickest and finished seventh. Kruseman finished seventh in the nightcap.

Drake maintained his lead in the USAC National Sprint Car Series standings, with Kruseman still in contention for the championship from the third position.

The USAC National Sprint Car Series moves on to the I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo., on Wednesday for the 'Tony Roper Classic.' The series will then compete at the Tulsa (Okla.) Fairgrounds Motorplex on Friday.

Musgrave wins at Richmond

"I was glad to see some cautions come out because every time [McMurray] came up on me, I started getting tight," Musgrave said. "The tires would cool under caution and I could run off again. Sometimes it goes your way. We had a dominant truck."

Ted Musgrave steered the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram to victory on Thursday night in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series action at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Musgrave led all but 10 laps before crossing the finish line just ahead of his Ultra Motorsports teammate and Dodge driver Jamie McMurray.

In his 15th career NCTS victory, Musgrave started the race on the outside pole and took the lead from pole-sitter McMurray, and remained dominant throughout the contest. Musgrave jumped up two spots in the point standings with the victory, and now stands fifth.

In addition to the race champions' trophy, the No. 1 Mopar team received several awards for their efforts including Most Improved Driver, Crew Chief, Driver of the Race, and Lap Leader.

Musgrave and his team look ahead to the next NCTS event, scheduled this Saturday at New Hampshire International Speedway, where Musgrave has two top-five finishes in the last three years. Check out live television coverage on Speed Channel beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern, Sept. 18.

Lasoski picks up 13th pole

Danny Lasoski earned Quick Time last Friday night during the second round of qualifying for the Gold Cup 'Race of Champions' event at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., capping off a solid weekend performance.

"The Dude" drove the Mopar-powered No. 20 machine, from Tony Stewart Motorsports, flat-out around the 1/4-mile, high-banked oval to post a qualifying effort of 11.859 seconds, capturing his 13th fastest time this season. Lasoski finished up the evening with a 10th-place finish in the A-main preliminary event.

In the Gold Cup "Race of Champions" finale, the No. 20 team posted a 12th-place finish, keeping their momentum up as they head into the 1/3-mile Short Track Nationals at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway this Friday and Saturday. "The Dude" continues to ride in second position in the World of Outlaws Series point standings as the tour moves back east. The entire Gold Cup "Race of Champions" event can be seen on The Outdoor Channel on October 6 at 8 p.m. EST.

Hubinette on Speed Freaks TV tonight

Hubinette showed off his best drifting moves on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway as part of the festivities for the eighth Dodge Viper Owners Invitational. Ten lucky Dodge Viper owners enjoyed the chance of a lifetime and rode shotgun with Hubinette as he burned through three sets of Yokohamas in a very short period of time.

Team Mopar driver Samuel Hubinette will appear tonight on one of the newest Speed Channel programs, "Speed Freaks TV." Hubinette will chat with hosts Kenny Sargent, Crash Gladys, Statt Mann and Lugg Nuttz from the Speed Freaks studio, between 8:30 and 9 p.m., EST. The program is scheduled to re-air on Tuesday at 12:30 a.m., EST and 10 a.m., EST.

Hubinette, who was crowned the inaugural Formula D Series champion on August 29 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, won three events en route to picking up the series title for Team Mopar. "The Crazy Swede" left his mark on the drifting arena throughout the 2004 season with his flamboyant driving style and crowd-pleasing smoke shows. Hubinette piloted the Mopar Dodge Viper Competition Coupe for Lateral G Racing in 2004.

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Mopar midget teams finish strong

Team Mopar combined for five top-10 finishes in USAC National Midget Car Series competition on Friday and Saturday, as Josh Wise, Davey Ray, Tracy Hines and Dave Steele all posted stellar performances.

Wise put the No. 20 Mopar machine from Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises on the pole for the USAC National Midget event at the Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, and after winning the semi-feature, he was credited with a 16th-place finish in the A-main. Wilke-PAK Motorsports' Ray won the third heat race en route to a seventh-place finish in the No. 11 Mopar machine. His teammate Hines drove the No. 5T Mopar in a rare dirt-track appearance to a sixth-place finish.

The teams moved on to Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday, where Steele posted the best finishing effort for Team Mopar in the No. 2 machine from Nicholas Racing. Steele finished the feature event in fourth place, with Hines following in fifth and Wise crossing the line in eighth.

The series has the week off, and will resume competition during the 4-Crown Nationals on September 24-25 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Wise remains in second position in series points, with Steele positioned in sixth and Ray seventh. The USAC National Silver Crown Series returns to action this Saturday at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex.

Further Action
NHRA, WoO Late Models, Salt Flat racers back on track

The Team Mopar NHRA POWERade competitors return to the track this weekend for an event at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Gary Scelzi, driver of the Hemi Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car, has two wins under his belt at Maple Grove, but these were in a Top Fuel dragster. Check out same-day TV coverage from ESPN2 on Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m., and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Times are Eastern.

The WoO Late Models are scheduled to return to sanctioned competition this weekend in Pennsylvania on Friday (Lincoln Speedway) and in West Virginia on Saturday (Virginia Motor Speedway). Team Mopar dirt fighter Steve Francis continues to lead the point standings with fewer than ten events remaining in the season.

Racing action will also return to the Bonneville Salt Flats during "World of Speed" competition this week, and Mopar Speed will have coverage of the land speed quests of RaceDeck Racing as soon as they are available.


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Series NASCAR Truck , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Gary Scelzi , Ted Musgrave , Jamie McMurray , Danny Lasoski , Dave Steele , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Josh Wise , Davey Ray , Steve Francis , Samuel Hubinette