Mopar Speed news 2004-05-03

Mopar Speed Monday, May 3, 2004 NHRA SC "This weekend we were really consistent, so we're happy about that. We turned it up a lot, but we didn't turn it up quite enough. We had a little bit of tire shake in the final and that threw us off a ...

Mopar Speed
Monday, May 3, 2004

NHRA SC

"This weekend we were really consistent, so we're happy about that. We turned it up a lot, but we didn't turn it up quite enough. We had a little bit of tire shake in the final and that threw us off a bit.

"We need to work on our 60 foot times. We're gonna test this week and try to get it down, and then we should be in good shape for Atco."

-- Mike Crawford drove to his second final in three events yesterday.

Both Mopars reach final round at E-town

The Team Mopar front-wheel-drive hot rods from Darrell Cox Racing pounded out some solid performances over the weekend at the NHRA Summit Sport Compact event in Englishtown, N.J.

Mike Crawford drove to the final round in Hot Rod competition thanks to victories over Harry Sohn and Kenny Tran. He turned in the fastest speed in the class at E-town -- 177.16 mph in the final against Marty Ladwig.

Scott Mohler drove to his best finish of the season yesterday, a final round appearance in the All Motor class behind the Darrell Cox-built Mopar power in his Dodge Neon. Mohler defeated Shawn Hillier, Eric Aguilar and Leslie Durst.

Last fall Mohler won at E-town and set the All Motor class ET and mph records, and he still holds that mph record.

"We were kinda chasing the tune-up all weekend," Mohler said. "It's definitely making some more power than it has been, though, and we'll be ready for Atco for sure."

The Team Mopar Sport Compact aces' next event is scheduled for Atco (N.J.) Raceway May 15-16.

USAC Sprint

Drake continues his roll, maintains point lead

Jay Drake and Cory Kruseman turned in outstanding performances in the first leg of USAC's "Border Wars X" event over the weekend.

Drake earned his third top-five finish in as many races, driving the No. 20 Mopar entry from Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises to a fourth-place feature finish at the I-69 Gas City (Ind.) Speedway on Friday night.

Kruseman scored a second-place finish in the second heat race of his No. 21 Mopar from TSRE. "The Kruser" then battled his way to an 11th-place finish in the 30-lap feature event, just as the rain began to fall. The second leg of the "Border Wars X" competition, to be held at Eldora Speedway, was postponed to May 30th due to inclement weather.

The USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series will compete this weekend, May 7-8, at the Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn.

With the strong performance, Drake maintains his lead in USAC National Sprint Car points. He won the first two events of the season behind the awesome strength of his Gary Stanton-built 410 c.i. Mopar engine.

Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises teammate Kruseman stands a solid seventh in the rankings.

Further Action

NHRA

"I think we're going to have one of those record-breaking days. It's time to bring out the big hammer because when these cars hook up to this [cold] racetrack, we'll be flying. You only get days like this maybe once every two or three years. I can't wait to get started."
    -- Gary Scelzi, (right) who holds the record for fastest Funny Car pass in NHRA history -- 329.18 mph -- is excited about today's cold conditions in Bristol, Tenn.

Teammate Whit Bazemore (left) nabbed his 25th career top qualifier spot at Bristol on Saturday.

Bazemore No. 1 qualifier, Bristol to conclude today

Whit Bazemore pounded out a 4.77-second elapsed time at 321.27 mph Friday night in qualifying at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway. The time remained quick enough that Bazemore finds himself and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T team in the top spot for Funny Car eliminations, which are scheduled to conclude today. The event was delayed because of rainy conditions and cold weather on Sunday.

Bazemore's Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Gary Scelzi, qualified his HEMI Oakley Dodge Stratus R/T in the ninth spot. Their teammate on the Top Fuel side, Tony Schumacher, also picked up the No. 1 qualifier spot in his division.

The Team Mopar Pro Stockers are in good position to have a great day today in the factory hot rod brackets. Larry Morgan qualified his Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T fifth with a 6.851-second pass at 200.71 mph, the sixth time in six races this season that he has qualified in the top half of the field. Johnson & Johnson teammates Darrell Alderman and hometown hero Allen Johnson face each other in the first round, seeded in the eighth and ninth positions, respectively.

Eliminations are scheduled to air from 3 to 6 p.m. (Eastern) today on ESPN2. Or you can check out www.moparspeed.com tomorrow and find out how your favorite Team Mopar rear-wheel-drive drag racer fared today.

The POWERade series will journey next to the Atlanta (Ga.) Dragway for its next event May 13-16.

WoO Sprints

Lasoski tightens points race with solid run at Knoxville

Danny Lasoski drove his Mopar-powered sprint car to a third-place finish and a heat race victory Saturday evening at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, cutting World of Outlaws Series point leader Steve Kinser's advantage to a mere 53 points.

The event marked the series' first appearance at Knoxville Raceway this season, after rain washed out Friday's Spring Classic preliminary event. Lasoski, the winningest driver in the history of Knoxville, owns 82 career victories at the track and three Knoxville Nationals titles.

Lasoski and the World of Outlaws Series will move to southern Indiana and Kentucky this week, competing at Lawrenceburg Speedway (Ind.) on Thursday and Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway on Saturday. Televised WoO racing action can be found almost every Wednesday on the Outdoor Channel. Check your local listings.

Lasoski charged his Tony Stewart Motorsports machine to victory Saturday in the first heat race at Knoxville Raceway, then advanced five positions during the 25-lap A-main to finish on the podium.

WoO LMS

Steve Francis drove the No. 15 Mopar to his seventh and eighth heat victories of the season, as well as two top-five A-main finishes and a dash win in WoO LMS action in the South over the weekend.

Francis notches pair of top-fives and heat wins

Steve Francis and his No. 15 Mopar team put together a string of top-five finishes and heat race wins in World Of Outlaws Late Model Series competition over the weekend.

Friday night at the Smokey Mountain Speedway, "The Kentucky Colonel" won the fourth heat race en route to a fifth-place finish in the A-main feature.

The team continued their success at the North Georgia Speedway on Saturday night, winning the third heat race and the dash event. Francis raced to a second-place finish in the 60-lap feature event. He also qualified third at North Georgia.

Francis will lead his team will north this weekend, competing at the Red River Valley (N.D.) Speedway, Eagle Raceway (Neb.) and Farley (Iowa) Speedway on May 12, 14 and 15.

Formula Drift

Mopar, Hubinette impressive in drifting exhibition

Samuel Hubinette and the Mopar Dodge Viper Competition Coupe took part in a high-profile drifting exhibition over the weekend at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., during the Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational.

Hubinette, who won the first-ever Formula Drift event the previous weekend at Road Atlanta, showed California race fans some impressive moves in the Mopar Dodge Viper Comp Coupe from Lateral G Racing on his way to a fourth-place overall finish at the event.

The next Formula Drift event is scheduled June 12 at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.

Samuel Hubinette showed off moves like this in his second straight weekend manipulating the Mopar Dodge Viper Competition Coupe for Lateral G Racing.

SCCA ProRally

Doug Shepherd has captured seven straight Group 5 victories in the No. 52 Mopar Dodge SRT-4. He looks for number eight this weekend in California.

Mopars ready to rally at Rim

Team Mopar SCCA ProRally warriors Doug Shepherd and Pete Gladysz will look for their third straight win at this weekend's "Rim of the World" event, which runs through the Angeles National Forest of Southern California. Shepherd and co-driver Gladysz, both Chrysler Group employees, have won the Group 5 and Overall 2WD trophies at the first two events of the ProRally season.

Team Mopar will field a second car at the event, the No. 53 Mopar Dodge SRT-4. Veteran Don Jankowski, another DaimlerChrysler employee, is currently scheduled to drive the car with co-driver Cindy Krolikowski riding shotgun.

Check out Mopar Speed next Monday for exclusive coverage of how the two SRT-4s perform at "Rim," which is one of the most popular rallies on the SCCA schedule.

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Series NHRA , SCCA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Darrell Alderman , Whit Bazemore , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Larry Morgan , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Allen Johnson , Don Schumacher , Steve Francis , Samuel Hubinette