Mopar Speed newsletter 2004-09-20

Mopar Speed Monday, September 20, 2004 USAC S Drake wins with flat tire at Tulsa Jay Drake won the Night Before the 100 USAC National Sprint event at the Tulsa (Okla.) Fairgrounds Motorplex on Friday night, for his fourth win of the ...

Mopar Speed
Monday, September 20, 2004

Drake wins with flat tire at Tulsa

Jay Drake won the Night Before the 100 USAC National Sprint event at the Tulsa (Okla.) Fairgrounds Motorplex on Friday night, for his fourth win of the season.

Drake led the final three laps of the 30-lap feature event in the No. 20 Mopar machine from Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises. The current USAC National Sprint Car Series points leader crossed the finish line in spectacular fashion, blowing his right rear tire as he came out of Turn Four and coasting to the checkered flag.

Drake's teammate, Cory Kruseman, qualified fourth and picked up a heat race win to earn a seventh-place finish in the event. Kruseman and the No. 21 Mopar group from Stewart Racing remain in third position in USAC National Sprint Car Series points after the weekend's event.

Drake and Kruseman also competed in the Tony Roper Classic at the I-44 Speedway last Wednesday. Kruseman won the first heat race of the evening and was credited with a 24th-place feature event finish. Drake finished that A-main in seventh position.

Drake and Kruseman will return to action this Friday and Saturday at Eldora Speedway for the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event. They will be joined by Mopar driver for Wilke-PAK Motorsports, Davey Ray, in the USAC National Midget Series portion of the event. The two-day event features the USAC National Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown Series, as well as the UMP Modified Series. Keep it dialed in to for exclusive Team Mopar updates.

"I was just getting off of Turn Four when I felt the vibrating, and at that point I hoped just enough pieces could fly off to scare the guys behind me, to get it across the finish line.

"I needed a good finish and, fortunately, I made it to Turn Four on the last lap before the tire blew, and that was good enough. I did get across the finish line."
-- Jay Drake, who held on to win the USAC Sprint event at Tulsa Friday, despite catching a flat tire on the last lap of the race.

Drake nabs pole, Walker wins at Tulsa

Tyler Walker has won three Silver Crown races in a row behind the strength of his Gary Stanton-built Mopar engine and sponsorship from Dodge Motorsports.

Jay Drake qualified fastest, and Tyler Walker won his third race in a row Saturday as DaimlerChrysler dominated USAC Silver Crown competition at the Tulsa 100 at the Tulsa (Okla.) Fairgrounds Motorplex.

Drake set quick time for the event, lapping the 3/4-mile dirt oval in 26.110 seconds in the No. 11 Mopar entry from Stewart-Snider Motorsports. He then settled in to bring the car home to a strong finish in fourth.

Walker won the race in the Kasey Kahne-owned No. 19 machine, which is Dodge-decorated and Mopar powered. It was Walker's third straight win, a feat which Drake also accomplished with Mopar earlier in the season. During his three straight wins, Walker has led the last 220 laps of series competition, including all 100 laps at Tulsa.

The USAC National Silver Crown Series will move on to Eldora Speedway September 24-25 for the USAC 4-Crown Nationals. Log on to for more information.

Musgrave seventh at New Hampshire

Ted Musgrave racked up another solid finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition on Saturday, bringing the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram home seventh at the end of a rain-delayed event at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Musgrave holds onto fifth place in the point standings, with seven events remaining. Dodge driver Bobby Hamilton leads the battle, thanks to four victories so far this season.

NCTS competitors cross the country for their next event Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Musgrave and the Mopar team won in 2001. Check out live television coverage on Speed Channel beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern, Sept. 25.

"This place can be one way or the other. It's very difficult to pass, and track position means a lot. Pit strategy means a lot too. It wasn't the greatest race for the Mopar team. Coming out seventh and not losing any points and gaining a few on the leader means we didn't really do our job right, but we didn't have anything go wrong [either]."
-- Ted Musgrave, on his performance at New Hampshire.

Mopar to sponsor USAC event in Charlotte -- Oct. 13

Mopar has signed with Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., to sponsor the USAC National Sprint Car event scheduled at The Dirt Track on October 13, 2004. The Mopar Sprint Car Nationals will feature the wingless warriors of the USAC National Sprint Car Series and the stars of the Southern All-Star Late Model Series. The event will feature a $5,000 purse for the winner of the 30-lap USAC feature event.

The Mopar Sprint Car Nationals marks the second appearance by the USAC National Sprint Car Series at the 4/10-mile oval. Last season's inaugural event boasted both a strong field of competitors and fan attendance, and Team Mopar driver J.J. Yeley was crowned USAC Sprint champion. Expected entries for the Mopar Sprint Car Nationals include Team Mopar stars Jay Drake and Cory Kruseman, as well as Tony Elliott, Dave Darland, Bud Kaeding and Josh Wise.

The Mopar Sprint Car Nationals will kick off NASCAR's UAW-GM 500 event weekend, which includes Bojangles' Pole Night for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the Charlotte ASA Inaugural events on October 14. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 NASCAR Busch Series event will run on October 15; the UAW-GM 500, featuring the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series stars, will wrap up the weekend on October 16.

The Mopar Sprint Car Nationals event is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. EST on October 13. Reserved seats for the October 13 Mopar Sprint Car Nationals start at just $15 and can be obtained by calling the Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or online at

Stay tuned to for additional updates and preview information on this event.

Lasoski records two more top-fives

Danny Lasoski and the Mopar-powered No. 20 team from Tony Stewart Motorsports earned two top-five finishes at the 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway over the weekend, continuing to gain momentum in the battle for the World of Outlaws Series championship.

Lasoski took the checkered flag in third position during Friday night's preliminary to lock the team into Saturday's A-main final. "The Dude" finished fifth in the event finale to wrap up the weekend.

Heading into this week's World of Outlaws competition at Jackson (Minn.) Speedway on Friday and The Raceway at Powercom Park on Saturday in Wisconsin, Lasoski is only 110 points behind series leader Steve Kinser. For more information regarding Danny Lasoski or the World of Outlaws Series, log on to or

With 16 events left on the WoO schedule, Mopar driver Danny Lasoski continues to stake his claim for his second career series championship. He currently stands second in the standings behind Steve Kinser.

NHRA washed out in Reading

The Team Mopar NHRA POWERade racers saw weekend competition at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., postponed because of massive flooding brought on by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan. The Reading event has been rescheduled for Oct. 8-10.

Teams are already on their way to the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, where racing action is scheduled this weekend. Mopar Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan won at Dallas in 1991, and Funny Car pilot Gary Scelzi won at the track in 1998, 1999, and 2000 in the Top Fuel category. Funny Car driver Whit Bazemore holds the track elapsed time standard for Funny Cars at 4.753 seconds. Check out television coverage on ESPN2 this Saturday from 4-6 p.m., and Sunday between 4 and 7 p.m. All times are Eastern.


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Series NASCAR Truck , NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Tony Stewart , Whit Bazemore , Gary Scelzi , Ted Musgrave , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Steve Kinser , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tony Elliott , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Tyler Walker , Josh Wise , Davey Ray