ProRally: Mopar Speed News 2004-08-02

Mopar Speed Monday, August 2, 2004 SCCA PR Shepherd racks up fourth win of season at Maine Forest Team Mopar rally star Doug Shepherd earned his third Group 5 and Overall 2WD victories of the season in SCCA ProRally competition Saturday at...

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Monday, August 2, 2004


Shepherd racks up fourth win of season at Maine Forest

Team Mopar rally star Doug Shepherd earned his third Group 5 and Overall 2WD victories of the season in SCCA ProRally competition Saturday at the Maine Forest Rally.

Shepherd paired up with guest co-driver Joe Andreini to bring home his fourth top-10 overall finish of 2004 (sixth place) on the flowing gravel logging trails, completing the 100-mile rally in 1:36:11.3. In 1988 and 1989, Andreini helped Shepherd to back-to-back Production GT championships.

The win clinched the second-straight Group 5 and 2WD Manufacturer Championships for Mopar and Dodge. A Mopar-sponsored Dodge SRT-4 has won both classes of all six ProRally events this season, as Paul Choiniere and co-driver Cindy Krolikowski topped Shepherd and Gladysz in two events earlier in the year.

Shepherd is scheduled to be rejoined by regular co-driver Pete Gladysz at the next SCCA ProRally event - "Ojibwe Forests" - scheduled August 27-28 in Bemidji, Minn.


"We had some great adjustments from the guys on this crew. We communicated well. This Mopar Dodge has really been working hard to get up in the points. We've got a great team and a great Dodge Ram here."

— Ted Musgrave finished second for the second year in a row at Michigan International Speedway Saturday in southern Michigan's Irish Hills.

Ted Musgrave continued his hot streak, muscling the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram to a second-place finish and picking up two places in the point standings at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Musgrave led the race twice and ran in the top-five all day before the exciting conclusion of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event.

Musgrave earned his second Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Award of the season. In nabbing his fifth top-seven finish in his last six races, Musgrave continued climbing the point standings, jumping two spots to fourth.

The NCTS heads to Indianapolis Raceway Park this week. Check out live television coverage on Speed Channel beginning at 8 p.m. Friday evening.


Scelzi reaches semis in Sonoma

Defending race winner Gary Scelzi drove his Hemi-powered Oakley Dodge Stratus R/T to his second straight semifinal yesterday in the NHRA POWERade event at Infineon Raceway. The Don Schumacher Racing driver knocked off Tony Bartone and Cruz Pedregon before meeting John Force in the semifinal and experiencing traction problems.

Scelzi's Schumacher teammate Whit Bazemore drove his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T past Ron Capps during eliminations, but couldn't hold off Tim Wilkerson in the quarters. Bazemore moved into second in the Funny Car point standings because Del Worsham fell out in the first round. Scelzi is fourth in the standings.

NHRA POWERade competitors get a break this week before heading to Brainerd, Minn., for their next event August 12-15.


Danny Lasoski has racked up four more top-10 finishes since last Sunday and continues to stay in the thick of the WoO championship point race with Steve Kinser.

Lasoski rakes in more top-10s

Danny Lasoski picked up four top-10 finishes in World of Outlaws competition last week, strengthening his place in the series point race.

Lasoski drove the Mopar-powered No. 20 machine from Tony Stewart Motorsports to a seventh-place finish at the Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 25 and followed it up with a fourth-place finish at the Orange County Speedway last Monday.

"The Dude" and company took the checkered flag in eighth at Sharon Speedway last Wednesday and wrapped up their weekend efforts with a third-place finish at Sheboygan County Fair Speedway on Saturday.

Mopar-powered WoO competitor Tim Shaffer earned his first Quick Time of the season at Lebanon, circling the half-mile oval in 17.792 seconds. Daryn Pittman used his Mopar power to finish second at Orange County, where he also won a Dash race.

Lasoski maintained the second position in World of Outlaws Series points, as he is now only 80 markers behind leader Steve Kinser. Lasoski now has 37 top-10 finishes in 50 events this season.

The World of Outlaws Series will compete this Friday at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as a part of the three-night open-wheel extravaganza to be concluded with the Mopar Thunder event on Saturday. The Outlaws travel to I-55 Speedway on Saturday for an event at the track owned by NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader.


Mopar hot rods well represented at Sonoma

No fewer than five Mopar-powered cars made it to the elimination rounds of the Pro Stock class yesterday at Infineon Raceway in NHRA POWERade series competition.

Larry Morgan led the way again, qualifying his Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T from Don Schumacher Racing in the third spot and knocking off Bruce Allen in the first round. Morgan was unable to get past Dave Connolly in the quarterfinals, but maintained his fifth spot in the overall rankings.

Mike Corvo Jr. had his best outing of the season, winning a round against Mike Edwards after landing the Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T from Johnson and Johnson Racing into the 10th qualified position on Saturday. Corvo, in his third race filling in for Johnson and Johnson^Òs three-time Pro Stock champion Darrell Alderman, nearly pulled off a huge upset of Jason Line in the second round, losing by approximately three inches.

Corvo's boss Allen Johnson qualified in the 13th spot, but lost a close drag race to Steve Johns in the first round.

Kenny Koretsky used his Larry Morgan-built Hemi® power to knock off Rickie Smith in Round One after qualifying eighth. Koretsky fell to Greg Anderson in the second round.

V. Gaines qualified for the forth straight event since switching over to Morgan-built Hemi power. He was upset in the first round by Dave Connolly.

NHRA POWERade competitors get a break this week before heading to Brainerd, Minn., for an event August 12-15.


The Gary Stanton-built Mopar powerplant in Steve Francis' late model Dodge Intrepid has helped Francis stay at the top of a tight battle in WoO Late Model Series in the point standings.

Francis at the top of standings

Steve Francis drove his No. 15 Mopar-sponsored late model to his second pole position of the season Saturday at Tri State Speedway in Indiana. He was relegated to finishing the race in 11th spot after getting spun out while battling for second-place early in the race. Earlier in the evening, Francis captured his tenth heat victory of the WoO Late Model season.

Francis reeled in a third-place finish last night at Tri-City Speedway. He now stands second in the points, only 19 clicks behind the leader.

The WoO Late Models are scheduled to entertain crowds at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., this Saturday and Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., on Sunday.


Crawford picks up pole in Pa., eliminations postponed

Mike Crawford nailed down the top-qualifier spot in NOPI competition over the weekend at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania. He gained that edge with an impressive pass of 8.413 seconds at 176.01 mph in his Dodge SRT-4, two-tenths faster than his nearest competitor.

Crawford's Darrell Cox Racing teammate Scott Mohler qualified second fastest in the Pro Stock class. Neither Mopar racer could exhibit their strength in elimination rounds, however, because torrential rains Saturday night flooded the track's return road. The event's conclusion has been scheduled to correspond with the next NOPI Drag Racing Association event at Moroso Motorsports Park in two weeks.

The sport compact crew from Mopar, including California tuner Shaun Carlson, is scheduled to compete this weekend in NHRA Sport Compact series action at the Texas Motorplex. Mohler has won the last two NHRA events in the All Motor category and looks to extend the streak. will bring you an exclusive update on this event and more next Monday.

"It's not in our contract, but we plan to race in the remainder of the NOPI season, in additon to our NHRA Sport Compact season. Doing the NOPI schedule helps us gain extra data and get the cars dialed in for the NHRA events. We're gunning for two championships for Mopar, and the more on-track time we get, the better."

— Darrell Cox, engine builder and crew chief for two of Team Mopar's three high-strung FWD drag racers.


Mopar midgets solid at Belleville

After finishing 1-2 at Eagle Raceway last Tuesday, Davey Ray and Josh Wise represented Mopar at the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals on the weekend.

Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises' Wise earned a third-place finish in the Belleville preliminary and came home eighth in Saturday's feature. The performance helped Wise maintain his second-place standing in the USAC National Midget Car Series chase for the championship.

Ray and the No. 11 team from Wilke-PAK Motorsports collected sixth and 19th-place finishes at the Belleville Nationals. Wilke-PAK continues to lead the entrant points segment of the USAC National Midget Car Series.

Wise, Ray and Dave Steele will compete in USAC National Midget Car Series action at the Indianapolis Speedrome this Wednesday. Jay Drake and the Stewart-Snider Motorsports team will attempt to win their third straight USAC Silver Crown Series event on Thursday. Drake and his Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises teammate, Cory Kruseman, will take to the high banks of Eldora Speedway on August 7 for the Mopar Thunder event featuring the USAC National Sprint Car Series.


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Series NASCAR Truck , NHRA , SCCA , Stock car , USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Darrell Alderman , Tony Bartone , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Larry Morgan , Paul Choiniere , Ted Musgrave , Tim Shaffer , Cruz Pedregon , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Bruce Allen , Dave Steele , Kenny Koretsky , Tim Wilkerson , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Mike Corvo Jr. , Rickie Smith , Davey Ray , Daryn Pittman , Don Schumacher , Dave Connolly , Steve Francis , Mike Edwards , Steve J