Mopar Speed news 2005-03-14

WOO Lady Luck Deals Lasoski Top-Five Finish at Vegas Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team picked up another top-five finish over the weekend at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway in World of Outlaws Sprint Series ...

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Lady Luck Deals Lasoski Top-Five Finish at Vegas

Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team picked up another top-five finish over the weekend at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway in World of Outlaws Sprint Series action. "The Dude" brought the No. 20 across the finish line in 12th position on Thursday and followed it up with a fifth-place finish on Friday. Friday night's action started out rough for Lasoski, as the No. 20 broke a crankshaft in the third heat race, but Lasoski was able to hang on to a transfer position to make the A-main event.

"The sign of a good team is that you don't let one bad night ruin your season," said Lasoski, the 2001 series champion. "You just look ahead to the next night because we have 100 nights."

Sammy Swindell and the No. 5 Forbrook Motorsports team also saw success in the desert, as Swindell picked up a heat race and dash event victory on Thursday night. The event finale saw Swindell win the second heat race event en route to a fifth-place finish in the A-main feature event.

Lasoski, Swindell and the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series will resume action this weekend when the series stops at the Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, Miss., on Friday and then moves on to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, on Saturday.

"We'll keep plugging away and get closer and closer. We just need to get consistent. When we get consistently in the top five, we're going to win our share."
    -- Driver Danny Lasoski, on working his way to victory on the WoO Sprint circuit.

NHRA PS:
Johnson Hunts for Second Win at Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals

Team Mopar's NHRA Pro Stock triple threat is ready to get back down to the business of racing this coming weekend, as the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series heads to sunny Florida for the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals. Allen Johnson, Richie Stevens Jr., and Jeg Coughlin Jr., will all be gunning to leave their mark on the history-rich event. Race fans could be treated to some of the best racing of the season, and if the weather holds out, the 207 mph bracket is within the drivers' grasp.

Allen Johnson will lead Team Mopar into the Gainesville, Fla., event as he attempts to post back-to-back Pro Stock victories after the veteran driver earned an impressive win at Firebird Raceway in his Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T two weeks ago. Johnson also holds the lead in the points race, marking the first time in his career that he has sat on top of the standings.

The Don Schumacher Racing duo of Stevens Jr., and Coughlin Jr., will also look to capitalize on their strong runs in Phoenix. Stevens Jr., who captured Top Qualifier honors at Firebird Raceway, looks to follow up that outing with a strong performance in the Team Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T at Gainesville this weekend. Coughlin Jr., will look to the put the Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T in the finals after breaking the final four in the last event. Both Coughlin Jr., and Stevens Jr., are showing encouraging signs of consistency with their new teams and crew chief, Bob Glidden.

All the action from the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals can be seen on ESPN2 this weekend. Qualifying highlights will be shown on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. EST, with NHRA2day following at 11:30 a.m. EST. Elimination rounds can be seen beginning at 5 p.m. EST, with a repeat of the program at 2:30 a.m. EST on March 21.

NHRA FC
Funny Car Trio Looking to Maintain Momentum at Mac Tools Gatornationals

The Mopar and Don Schumacher Racing triumvirate of Gary Scelzi, Whit Bazemore and Ron Capps will look to build on their early season momentum when NHRA POWERade Funny Car racing resumes this weekend with the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Florida. Strong showings by the trio in the first two races of the season have catapulted all three into the top ten of the NHRA Funny Car points standings.

Capps currently occupies fourth in the points race on the strength of a thrilling final round battle with Funny Car legend John Force at Phoenix two weeks ago. Bazemore holds the fifth position, trailing Capps by a single point, with his best showing thus far coming in a semifinals appearance at the NHRA season opener at Pomona. Scelzi, who sits at tenth in points, posted an early round win at Phoenix before suffering defeat in a match against Force.

NHRA Funny Car racing from the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals can be seen on ESPN2 this weekend. Qualifying highlights will be shown on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. EST, with NHRA2day following at 11:30 a.m. EST. Elimination rounds can be seen beginning at 5 p.m. EST, with a repeat of the program at 2:30 a.m. EST on March 21.

NTCS
Musgrave Closes in on $3 Million Mark as NCTS Heads to Atlanta

Ted Musgrave and the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Ram team have seen the 2005 racing season begin on a high note. You could even go so far as to say it's been tinted with rose-colored glasses. But as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rolls into the Atlanta Motor Speedway for Friday's World Financial Group 200, Musgrave could be seeing a whole new hue.

Beginning in Atlanta, Musgrave will begin a march toward becoming the sixth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver to earn $3 million in series' winnings. Only five other drivers (Jack Sprague, Dennis Setzer, Joe Ruttman, Ron Hornaday and Rick Crawford) have made this achievement thus far in series history. Musgrave will enter the Atlanta race with an earnings total of $2,936,581.

Musgrave will be able to add his own distinction on the career marker, though, as he could be the first driver to reach the $3 million mark in less than 110 starts. Musgrave will make start 102 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start when he takes the track at Atlanta. Hornaday and Sprague had been the fastest to reach the milestone, cracking the $3 million barrier in 122 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts.

In last year's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Musgrave drove to an eighth-place finish after qualifying in 21st position. The No. 1 Ultra Motorsports team will enter Friday's World Financial Group 200 in the fourth position in series points.

USAC-S
Drake to Chat on "The Monday Night Grill" Tonight at 8 P.M.

Team Mopar's Jay Drake is scheduled to be the featured guest on "The Monday Night Grill," hosted by www.tjslideways.com. Drake will take part in the chat session today beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

Drake captured the 2004 USAC National Sprint Car Series title, and made history by winning three consecutive USAC National Silver Crown Series pavement events. In addition to defending his USAC National Sprint Car Series title for Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises, Drake will also compete full-time in the Infiniti Pro Series for team owner Tony George.

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Hubinette Bares Fangs, Picks Up Sixth Viper Racing League Win

Samuel Hubinette earned his sixth Viper Racing League event victory over the weekend, as "The Crazy Swede" picked up victories at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. Hubinette piloted the Mopar Viper Competition Coupe owned by Marko Radosavljevic to two victories and the best qualifying time over the competitive field of 13 entries.

The weekend started off a bit rocky for Hubinette, with the Mopar Viper Competition Coupe coming in overheated after practice on Friday afternoon. The DC Performance Crew quickly isolated the problem, and the car was solid during Saturday's practice run. Hubinette started from the pole for Saturday's race, easily winning the 11-lap event. The event was also Hubinette's first visit to the facility.

For Sunday's event finale, Hubinette was relegated to the rear of the field after his victory on Saturday. Traffic was no match for the veteran driver, as he passed the 13-car field within four laps to take the lead. Hubinette went on to capture the 22-lap event with a sizable margin over the field. He also posted the best lap time of the weekend, turning a lap of 1:54.902 over the course of the event.

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Series NASCAR , NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr. , Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Ted Musgrave , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer , Rick Crawford , Danny Lasoski , Sammy Swindell , Jay Drake , Tony George , Allen Johnson , Don Schumacher , Samuel Hubinette