Mopar Speed news 2004-08-09

Mopar Speed Monday, August 9, 2004 USAC Drake wins record third straight Silver Crown race; Steele quickest Jay Drake became the first driver in USAC Silver Crown history to win three straight pavement races, as he drove the No. 11 Mopar ...

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Monday, August 9, 2004

Drake wins record third straight Silver Crown race; Steele quickest

Jay Drake became the first driver in USAC Silver Crown history to win three straight pavement races, as he drove the No. 11 Mopar from Stewart-Snider Motorsports to victory Thursday in the J.D. Byrider 100 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, his first win at the historic track.

Drake started the race from the front row after recording the fastest time during qualifying. When the green flag dropped, Drake took the lead and never relinquished it during the 100-lap event. The team's efforts moved them up to fifth place in the USAC Silver Crown Series point standings.

J.J. Yeley also competed for Stewart-Snider Motorsports in the event, qualifying in the 29th position. Yeley finished seventh in the non-qualifiers race and was unable to transfer into the feature event.

Dave Steele and the No. 2 Mopar entry from Nicholas Motorsports grabbed the quick time award and a second place feature event finish in USAC National Midget Series competition at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Wilke-PAK Motorsports' Tracy Hines earned a sixth-place finish with the No. 11 Mopar, while Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises' Josh Wise was credited with 20th position in the feature.

Team Mopar is well represented in the USAC National Midget Series points race, with four of the top-10 positions covered by Mopar drivers. Wise is currently in second place, followed by Wilke-PAK's Davey Ray in third, Teddy Beach in fourth, and Steele in 10th.

The USAC National Midget Car Series will return to action on August 14 at Salem Speedway. The USAC Silver Crown Series moves on to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for its next event on August 21.

"I finally got the monkey off my back. I'm pretty happy. If I'd just won the pole and went home I'd probably be happy! I'd only won two of the Silver Crown races before this year and now we've won three in a row! That's pretty good!"
    Jay Drake, after his first feature win at Indianapolis Raceway Park, used awesome Mopar power to qualify quickest and dominate the USAC Silver Crown event last Thursday.

Mopar Thunder

J.J. Yeley exhibited the supreme power of the Mopar 410 c.i. sprint car engine, nabbing the top-qualifying position at Mopar Thunder at Eldora. His team owner, Gary Stanton, builds engines for the majority of Mopar-powered open-wheel competitors in the non-wing ranks.

For more information on Stanton and some of the other builders of Mopar engines in the open-wheel ranks, log on to Mopar Speed.

The Mopar Thunder event at Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio came off without a hitch over the weekend, drawing in a record crowd for a USAC Series event. The 68-car field gave race fans and competitors alike an outstanding show, in the successful follow-up to last year's Mopar Million Sprint at Eldora.

Capping off three days of open-wheel racing at Eldora Speedway, Mopar Thunder boasted a whopping $50,000 payday for feature event winner Kevin Huntley. Winged warrior Sammy Swindell captured $20,000 for second place and Indiana's Bill Rose took home $10,000 for his third-place effort.

Team Mopar picked up two top-10 finishes, as Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises' Jay Drake drove his No. 20 Mopar to an eighth-place finish in the feature and J.J. Yeley earned ninth in the No. 75 Mopar-powered entry from Stanton Racing.

Yeley earned the fifth quick time award of the year for Team Mopar, lapping the high-banked half-mile in 18.510 seconds. Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises driver Cory Kruseman scored a victory in the second heat race. In the A-main, Kruseman drove the ailing machine to a 16th-place finish after getting caught up in an early race mishap and receiving damage to the rear of his No. 21 Mopar.

Drake continues to lead the USAC National Sprint Car Series points standings with Kruseman following in second place. This week the series will visit Lake Erie Speedway on Friday and Salem Speedway on Saturday.

For a complete rundown of Mopar Thunder action, log on to TJ Slideways for a complete event recap.

NuFormz breaks into the sevens

Mohler, Carlson top qualifiers at Texas; Mohler takes All Motor point lead

Shaun Carlson and Scott Mohler dazzled crowds and competitors alike at the NHRA Summit Sport Compact event at Texas Motorplex on Saturday, each ranking No. 1 in his individual class when qualifying was completed.

Mohler narrowly missed picking up his third NHRA victory in a row in the All Motor class, advancing to his fifth straight final round appearance in his Mopar Dodge Neon from Darrell Cox Racing. Mohler took the point lead from Jesus Padilla with his strong performance, despite being edged for the Texas win by Scott Kelley.

Carlson drove his Mopar Dodge SRT-4 from NuFormz Racing to his career-best elapsed-time (7.906 sec) and speed (186.25 mph) on separate passes, earning his first No. 1 qualifier of the season in the Pro FWD division.

In the first round of eliminations, Carlson was part of a rare double-loss, as he and opponent Nelson Hoyos both rolled through the scoring beams before the Christmas Tree was activated.

"I swear I saw yellow before I left," Carlson said, indicating the correct time to react at the light. "There were several other questionable situations with the timing this weekend, though, and we're not the only ones who were unhappy.

"This team gives me a fast car; I need to learn how to drive it. I'm going to guarantee that this won't happen again because they work too hard for me to ruin what they've done."

Mohler's Darrell Cox Racing teammate Mike Crawford qualified second in the Hot Rod category. However, his Dodge SRT-4 was unable to make the call for eliminations on Sunday after a crash during Saturday qualifying saw his car catch fire and hit the left wall hard, significantly damaging the car. Crawford was sore but unhurt after the accident.

Cast your early vote for Mike Crawford or Scott Mohler as driver of the year by logging on to the NHRA Sport Compact Web site and scrolling down near the bottom of the page and using the "Fan Poll."

The sport compact crew from Mopar, is scheduled to compete in NHRA Sport Compact series action next at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis on August 21-22.

"Right off the trailer, in front of everybody, we ran a straight-as-an-arrow 7.90 at 184 mph. All these years we've worked, and all the blood sweat and tears, all the late nights... it's nice to say that we've finally broken the seven-second barrier. Between the four of us, Rob Miller, Mike Sullivan, Gary Fratus and me, it worked awesome.

"Our engine builder, Gary Stanton, is the bomb! This Mopar engine is so well-sealed up, so solid. This car is going to haul ass and be consistent, pardon my French."
    Shaun Carlson, far left, talks about his team's satisfying weekend, during which they broke the seven-second barrier and got their Mopar Dodge SRT-4 dialed in to an ultra-consistent level. Carlson was so excited about his successful weekend that he missed his plane telling Mopar Speed all about it.

Watch Mopar Speed this week for more on the NuFormz progress and other upcoming events.

Lasoski wins at I-55

Danny Lasoski earned his seventh victory of the season Saturday evening at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. He and his Mopar-powered No. 20 team now turn their focus fully to the world-renowned Knoxville Nationals, scheduled this Wednesday through Saturday.

Danny Lasoski won his seventh A-main event in World of Outlaws competition on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway. "The Dude" took the lead late in the A-main event and drove the Mopar-powered No. 20 machine from Tony Stewart Motorsports on to capture a victory in the 40-lap feature by ten car lengths.

On Friday night, Lasoski turned in a sixth-place finish in a thriller at Eldora Speedway. Lasoski, currently second in the WoO point standings, continues to chip away at point-leader Steve Kinser's advantage and gain momentum heading into this week's prestigious Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals event.

Lasoski and the No. 20 team look to win their fourth Knoxville Nationals title, as well as their third utilizing Paul Kistler-built Mopar power. The Knoxville Nationals will run August 11-14 at the Knoxville Raceway. Check out Mopar Speed next week for the exclusive Team Mopar recap.

Francis wins at West Fargo, takes home big money and point lead

Steve Francis drove his No. 15 Mopar-sponsored late model to a triumphant victory Saturday night at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D.

The win was doubly sweet, as Francis took home a $40,000 check, the largest purse in WoO Late Model Series history, and ended a frustrating string of races that saw the Mopar driver finish second on several occasions.

Francis now boasts three victories on the season and is wrapped up in a very tight race for the championship in the inaugural season of the WoO LMS. He currently leads the point standings by 29 markers and has earned $30,000 more than any of the other drivers in the series.

The WoO Late Models are scheduled to travel next to Davenport (Iowa) Speedway Tuesday, then on to Pennsylvania for events Friday and Saturday at Lernerville Speedway and Lincoln Speedway, respectively.

"I was saving some until the end. I've had a tendency lose these things on the last lap and didn't want it to happen again."
    Steve Francis, after ending a string of second-place finishes and earning a $40,000 check for winning at Red River Valley Speedway.

New features, recognition for Mopar Speed

Visit the Moparspeed homepage for some updated Team Mopar stories straight out of Mopar Magazine.

For all of you fans of team mopar's open-wheel racing efforts, log on to MOPARSPEED.COM and check out the cool engine builder feature that was originally printed in Mopar Magazine. A shortcut is posted on the bottom left-hand side of the Mopar Speed homepage. And be sure to periodically check out each Series Menu for additional updated stories from Mopar Magazine and elsewhere.

And just in case you need more encouragement to visit Mopar Speed, we're happy to announce that the site received recognition from two highly respected groups within the Web design community. Mopar Speed is a "Featured Site" at Internet Tiny Awards this August. In addition, Mopar Speed was listed as one of Moluv's Picks in late June.

Musgrave finishes race despite host of problems

Ted Musgrave and the No. 1 Mopar team from Ultra Motorsports persevered through several problems to finish Friday's NCTS event at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 25th place.

Musgrave was involved in an accident on Lap 16, but worked his Dodge Ram back into the top-15 before a cut tire caused him to make another unscheduled pit stop. Musgrave stands seventh in the NCTS points.

The NCTS travels next to the concrete oval at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway for a Saturday evening event. Check out live television coverage on Speed Channel beginning at 5 p.m. this Saturday.

Ted Musgrave and the No. 1 Mopar team look to build off of their tough race at IRP and return to their winning ways on Nashville Superspeedway's concrete oval.

"Nashville is a racetrack that I like to race on," Musgrave said.

"It's hard to really get a good handle on that racetrack as far as your shocks and your chassis setups because of the concrete. A concrete surface has different harmonics than asphalt, so a lot of the setup changes are necessary. The biggest thing is getting the shock absorbers set up right, so you can get the amount of grip right and be aggressive driving the truck."


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Series NASCAR , NHRA , Sprint , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ted Musgrave , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Sammy Swindell , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Teddy Beach , Josh Wise , Davey Ray , Shaun Carlson , Mike Sullivan , Steve Francis , Bill Rose