Mopar Speed news 2005-03-07

Mopar Speed Monday, March 7, 2005 WOO S Lasoski Scores Second-Place Finish in Prelims of Rain-Shortened Cactus Classic "I just hate it for Scott Boyd and the SLS Promotions group. They did a lot of work to prepare the racetrack, but Mother ...

Mopar Speed
Monday, March 7, 2005

WOO S
Lasoski Scores Second-Place Finish in Prelims of Rain-Shortened Cactus Classic

"I just hate it for Scott Boyd and the SLS Promotions group. They did a lot of work to prepare the racetrack, but Mother Nature took over and sometimes that wins over anything else. We had a perfect starting position on the outside of the front row. We thought we had a really good shot of winning. We'll just have to carry this momentum over to Vegas and see what that brings."
    Danny Lasoski, lamenting the rained-out finale of the Cactus Classic, but looking forward to this weekend's J.D. Byrider World of Outlaws Nationals in Las Vegas.

Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team scored a second- place A-main finish in preliminary action of the Cactus Classic at Manzanita Speedway in Arizona over the weekend. "The Dude," who qualified 10th and won the second dash event from the pole, took an early lead in the A-main, as he seized control of the event in turn two of the first lap. After a race-long battle with eventual winner Craig Dollansky, Lasoski fell victim to lapped traffic just prior to the checkered flag.

Sammy Swindell, driving the No. 5 Forbrook Motorsports entry, timed in at fourth quickest and earned a sixth-place finish in the A-main event on Friday evening. Tim Shaffer, last week's winner at the Tulare Thunderbowl, also picked up a victory in the second heat race in his No. 6 Casey's General Stores Mopar.

After heavy rain and severe thunderstorms postponed the Cactus Classic finale on Saturday evening, officials rescheduled the event for Sunday afternoon. Mother Nature was declared the winner once again on Sunday, as heavy rain washed out the event. The $12,000-to-win Cactus Classic finale is scheduled to be completed on October 11.

"We've got a rain date and it's rescheduled, but we were all geared up and ready to go," said Lasoski, the 2001 series champion. "Now we just have to look toward Vegas, where it's basically the same type of racetrack so the cars will be basically the same."

Lasoski and the World of Outlaws will resume action this weekend with the J.D. Byrider World of Outlaws Nationals at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 10-11. For more information regarding Lasoski or the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, log on to www.dannylasoski.com or www.theworldofoutlaws.com.

WOO LM
Francis Grabs Top-Five Finish at Clarksville

Steve Francis and the No. 15 Francis Motorsports team picked up a fifth-place finish over the weekend at the Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tenn. The No. 15 team returned to action in the Northern All-Star Late Model Series, after competing in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series opener in February.

Francis also earned a 12th-place finish in the A-main event at the Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway outside of Calvert City, Ky., to wrap up the weekend's action. Francis and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will return to action April 8-9, at the Allegany County Speedway in Cumberland, Md., and the Virginia Motor Speedway in Saluda, Va.

For more information regarding Francis or the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, log on to www.stevefrancisracing.com or www.woolms.com.

NHRA
Team Mopar Drivers to Appear on "Back in the Pits with Rik Anthony" Radio Show

Team Mopar's Allen Johnson, Richie Stevens Jr., and Ron Capps are scheduled to appear on "Back in the Pits with Rik Anthony" this week. The radio show, which can be heard on several radio stations across the country as well as on the Internet, hosts a variety of NHRA standouts each week.

Johnson will talk about his monster NHRA Pro Stock Series win at Phoenix a few weeks ago. That victory marks the first time in two years that Mopar and Dodge have been to victory lane. Johnson also leads the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series points as the series heads to Gainesville, Fla., in two weeks.

Stevens Jr., will discuss the awesome qualifying ET he posted at Phoenix in the series' last event. Stevens Jr., who is currently tied with fellow Dodge driver Larry Morgan in NHRA Pro Stock Series points, will also talk about working with legendary crew chief, Bob Glidden.

Capps will break down his team's 2005 season so far and their game plan for the upcoming Gainesville event. The veteran driver will also talk about John Force and what makes Force such a joy to compete against. Capps is currently fourth in NHRA POWERade Funny Car Series points as the team heads to Florida next weekend.

The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will resume action March 17-20 with the 36th Annual Mac Tools Gatornationals event at Gainesville Raceway. For info on the NHRA, Johnson, Stevens Jr., Capps or "Back in the Pits with Rik Anthony," log on to www.nhra.com, www.allenjohnson.com, www.richiethekidstevens.com, www.roncapps.com, or www.allstarradio.com.

USAC SC
Team Mopar's Hoffman Racing Gives Back to Community

The Hoffman Auto Racing team found time to give back to needy children over the weekend, as they participated in the Dayton Auto Racing Fans "Race Cars for Kids" event in Beavercreek, Ohio. Proceeds from the show will benefit needy children in the Miami (Ohio) Valley with gifts at Christmastime. The Mopar-powered Silver Crown car that driver Eric Gordon will pilot throughout the 2005 racing season was on display at the event. Race fans from around the region were able to get an up-close look at the machine, which Gordon piloted to a 10th-place finish in the USAC Copper World Classic in January.

The Hoffman Auto Racing team has also been busy preparing for the upcoming USAC National Sprint Car Series season opener at Eldora Speedway on April 2. The Hoffman team will feature drivers Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons Jr., in the USAC National Sprint Car Series division in 2005. The machines will boast Mopar powerplants from both Gary Stanton and Gaerte Engines.

For more information regarding the Hoffman Auto Racing team, Stanton Racing, Gaerte Engines or the United States Auto Club, log on to www.hoffmanracing.com, www.stantonracing.com, www.gaerteengines.com, or www.usacracing.com.

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Series NHRA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Richie Stevens Jr. , Ron Capps , John Force , Larry Morgan , Tim Shaffer , Bob Glidden , Danny Lasoski , Tracy Hines , Sammy Swindell , Allen Johnson , Craig Dollansky , Eric Gordon , Steve Francis