Mopar Speed news 2005-06-20

Mopar Speed Monday, June 20, 2005 NHRA FC Capps Powers to Final Round in NJ Ron Capps could smell his first victory for Don Schumacher Racing, but the driver of the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car came up short on his way to the winner's circle...

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Monday, June 20, 2005

Capps Powers to Final Round in NJ

Ron Capps could smell his first victory for Don Schumacher Racing, but the driver of the Brut Dodge Stratus Funny Car came up short on his way to the winner's circle in his second final-round appearance of the year and the thirty-second of his career.

Capps settled for his second runner-up finish of the season with a 4.911/315.49 pass to Del Worsham's winning 4.866/321.19. With his efforts, Capps moves up into fifth in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings, and is just eight points behind Tommy Johnson Jr. in fourth.

The two strongest rivals for the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship were eliminated in the second round at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, but Gary Scelzi came out the winner in the points count by gaining two markers on leader John Force, after qualifying third to Force's fifth. Scelzi is now just 62 points behind Force (806-744).

Whit Bazemore reached the quarterfinal round at the SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J., after defeating Jeff Arend in a tire-smoking duel in the opening round (5.947/227.61 for Bazemore, 6.555/151.87 for Arend). Even though Bazemore lost in the second round to teammate Capps, the Indianapolis resident posted his best run of the weekend of 4.844 seconds at 321.42 mph. The straight, clean pass re-energized the driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus, who has struggled in the last five events and has had to adjust to new crew chiefs and a new tune-up this weekend.

The NHRA POWERade Funny Car Drag Racing Series moves onto Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, Mo., June 24-26, 2005.

Stevens Has Hiccup in Second Round in E-town

Richie Stevens Jr.'s hopes of delivering his dad Richie Sr. a win for a birthday present on Father's Day disintegrated with a starting-line error in the second round of eliminations at the SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J.

The New Orleans native was on a trajectory to his second final round of the year after defeating his teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the first round with a career-best elapsed time of 6.669 seconds and a career-best speed of 206.70 mph.

The 26-year-old Stevens had won twice before at Englishtown and was encouraged by the performance here of the Team Mopar/Valspar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus tuned by legendary 10-time Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden. The No. 3 qualifier may have been just a tad too eager, as he double-clutched at the starting line against Larry Morgan, which resulted in a .309 reaction time. Morgan claimed the victory with a 6.719/206.45 (.032 R/T) to Stevens' losing 6.750/206.01. Stevens leaves Englishtown sixth in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock points, 83 out of fifth place.

Allen Johnson qualified the J and J Dodge Stratus R/T ninth at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, then was eliminated in the first round by No. 8 qualifier and series points leader Bruce Allen. Making the most of the Mopar power beneath his hood, Larry Morgan blasted his Dodge Stratus machine into the second round of eliminations at Englishtown where he lost to Jason Line.

Next up are the NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, Mo., June 24-26, 2005.

Drake, Wise Grab Second-Place Finishes in Buckeye Nationals

Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises teammates Jay Drake and Josh Wise posted impressive outings in USAC National Sprint Car competition in Ohio last week, as the Team Mopar drivers racked up two runner-up finishes and continued to dominate the Sprint Car points race.

Drake drove the No. 21 car to a strong second-place finish in the Buckeye Nationals at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio on June 17, with less than three car lengths separating him from taking the victory. Drake also drove to a semi-feature win at the event. Teammate Wise finished in the top ten with a solid ninth-place showing.

It was Wise's turn to notch the second spot when USAC Sprint Car action moved to Eldora Speedway in Ohio on Saturday for the second leg of the Buckeye Nationals, as the USAC Triple Crown candidate gave winner Kevin Huntley a run for his money before settling for second place. Drake, coming off a weekend of double duty driving in the Infiniti Pro Series, worked his way to a 14th-place finish and scored another semi-feature win, enabling him to maintain his lead in the USAC Sprint points standings. Wise moved up one spot to grab fifth in the points race.

The USAC National Sprint Car Series will head to Virginia on Friday, June 24, for action at Richmond International Raceway.

Wise Posts Two Top- 10s in Buckeye Nationals

For Team Mopar and Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises driver Josh Wise, the dream is still alive.

Wise, who is gunning for the USAC Triple Crown, finished ninth in the first leg of the USAC National Midget Car Buckeye Nationals at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio, after running near the front for most of the race. The No. 11 Wilke-PAK machine of Jerry Coons Jr. posted a strong showing as well, taking the pole and finishing third.

The second leg of the Buckeye Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Ohio on Saturday saw Wise post a third-place finish, with Coon Jr.'s No. 11 snagging second. The Ed Pink-built and Mopar-powered No. 15 machine of Todd Beach also had a strong outing, grabbing the pole position and notching an eighth-place finish in the event. Wise now leads the USAC National Midget and Silver Crown points standings and is fifth in the USAC National Sprint Car standings behind leader and teammate Jay Drake.

Next up for the USAC National Midget Car Series is the Rocky Mountain Classic at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., on July 3.

Mechanical Woes Hurt Musgrave at Michigan

Ted Musgrave had his No. 1 Mopar Dodge right where he wanted it heading toward the final lap in Saturday's Paramount 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway.

He was charging hard from the second-place position on leader Dennis Setzer when mechanical gremlins raised havoc in his engine forcing him to give up the chase. The result was a disappointing 28th-place finish and a relinquishing of the series points lead.

The No. 1 crew had the Mopar truck running well throughout the event, as Musgrave climbed from the 16th starting spot to the lead on lap 24. After a series of pit stops, he took the lead again on lap 63 and stayed up front the rest of the way until the lap 99 misfortune.

Musgrave gives up the points lead after the 10th race of 25 and is now in third, just 24 markers behind fellow Dodge driver Bobby Hamilton. Dennis Setzer, who went on to win the MIS event, is five points behind Hamilton in second.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series gets right back at it Friday at 9 p.m. under the lights at The Milwaukee Mile. Musgrave, a Wisconsin native, won this event last season and will look to return to front-running form at his "home track." You can see this Friday's race live on Speed Channel beginning at 9 p.m. EDT.

Lasoski Soars with Solid Outing at Eagle Nationals

Danny "The Dude" Lasoski posted a solid 11th-place finish in the feature event of the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska over the weekend. Lasoski qualified the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports machine 17th and finished sixth in the second heat race. A few days prior, "The Dude" qualified seventh at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind., and held the position, notching seventh in the feature race. Lasoski presently remains in fifth position in the series point standings.

Brandon Wimmer finished 15th in the Eagle Nationals feature and 18th at Kokomo Speedway. He is currently in 18th place in the points standings.

World of Outlaws Sprint Racing moves to Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo., on June 22, then on to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 24-25.

Francis Finishes 10th at KC Raceway in Ohio

Steve Francis and the No. 15 team traveled to KC Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio, for another weekend of racing success. "The Kentucky Colonel" qualified 17th out of the 39 cars entered in the $100,000 purse event.

Francis also started 11th and finished fourth in the non-points "Veterans Appreciation 100" Dash for Cash event that pitted the six fastest qualifying "Dirty Dozen" drivers against the six fastest "non-Dirty Dozen" drivers.

Francis secured himself a spot in the 100-lap feature, where he started from the ninth spot and finished 10th.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Francis will resume action June 27 at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y.


Dodson Does It Again, Posts Third AVSS Victory
Sixteen-year-old phenom Cameron Dodson again wowed the racing community last Friday night, as he picked up his third Auto Value Super Sprints Series victory of the season at the Toledo Speedway in Ohio. Piloting the RAM Engineering No. 50m, Dodson drove the Mopar-powered machine to a win in the second heat race en route to picking up the victory in the 30-lap A-main event.

Dodson took the lead on lap 18 to drive away for the win. The victory marked Dodson's third straight triumph on the pavement. The Greenfield, Ind., native is also a "Rookie of the Year" contender in the Auto Value Super Sprint Series.

Team Mopar Drivers to Appear on 'SpeedFreaks'
Sedalia, Missouri, may never be the same as the SpeedFreaks are set to invade the "Show Me" state this Wednesday, June 22, in conjunction with the Arctic Cat Summer Nationals event featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Series at the Missouri State Fair Speedway. Kenny Sargent, Crash Gladys, Statt Mann and Lugg Nuttz are ready to rock out from the Mopar Speedshop display, as they will shoot four shows that will feature some of the hottest drivers in motorsports. Guests are slated to include Tony Stewart, Danny Lasoski, Ron Capps, Gary Scelzi and Steve Kinser.

One lucky member of the SpeedFreaks nation will get the chance to work alongside the Freaks and Mopar, as they heat up Speed Channel again this season. The chosen one, dubbed the "Freakin' Pit Lizard Reporter," will get an opportunity to strut his or her stuff throughout the day as the eyes and ears of the event. They'll get to chat it up with the stars of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series and celebrity Late Model event before they do battle on the half-mile Missouri State Fair Speedway. After making their television debut with Mopar and the SpeedFreaks, the lucky winner will then fly to Los Angeles to go on-air live with the Freaks as they rock out their June 26 radio show.

All this excitment comes together for a cause, though, as Team Mopar is proud to take part in the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation golf tournament. A cause championed by Team Mopar's Lasoski and Tony Stewart Motorsports team manager Tony Ross, the foundation raises money to assist the Bay Cliff Health Camp. Annually held in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series invasion of the Missouri State Fair Speedway, the foundation was created in the memory of Ross' late son, Michael.

Beauchamp Jr. Takes A Top-Ten In CASCAR Super Series
No. 60 Mopar Parts/Exide Dodge Charger driver, Ron Beauchamp Jr., finished seventh in the Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (CASCAR) Super Series race at Mosport International Raceway event in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, June 19.

Having qualified sixth for the start of the race, Beauchamp battled strong all day to remain in the top ten. He remains in the lead of the series' point standings.

Next up in CASCAR Super Series Racing is the Barrie Speedway race in Barrie, Ontario, July 3. For more information about the CASCAR Super Series, log on to


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Series NASCAR , NASCAR Canada , NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Tony Stewart , Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr. , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Larry Morgan , Ted Musgrave , Bob Glidden , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Bruce Allen , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Jay Drake , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Josh Wise , Jeff Arend , Don Schumacher , Todd Beach , Cameron Dodson , Steve Francis , Jerry Coons Jr.