Mopar Speed news 2005-05-09

USAC-M Wise Wins Wild Race at Beaver Dam For Josh Wise, it was a sweet homecoming when the USAC National Midget Car Series returned to action at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., last Saturday. Wise, who was born in Janesville,...

USAC-M
Wise Wins Wild Race at Beaver Dam

For Josh Wise, it was a sweet homecoming when the USAC National Midget Car Series returned to action at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., last Saturday.

Wise, who was born in Janesville, Wis., not far from the track, powered his way to victory, steering clear of trouble in the accident-filled event. It was the first taste of action for the Midget Car Series competitors in over three months. Wise took the lead on the beginning of lap nine and never looked back. The win was Wise's first for Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises' Midget team and moved him into second place in Midget points standings.

"It's exactly how I wanted to start off the season," said Wise. "I've wanted to give Tony a win for the last year, but somehow we kept getting bit. But I'm very happy now."

Next up for Wise and the No. 20 Mopar Vital Express Beast team is the Volger Classic on Friday, May 27, at the Indianapolis Speed Drome in Indianapolis, Ind.

SCCAFD
Mopar's Hubinette Back on Top

Samuel Hubinette and the Mopar SRT10 Dodge Viper team saw their hard work pay big dividends over the weekend in the second round of the Need For Speed Underground Formula Drift Championship at Road Atlanta. "The Crazy Swede" picked up the event win and promptly put Team Mopar back in the limelight with an outstanding performance against a fierce field.

"We came to Road Atlanta with the hope of making the Sweet 16," Hubinette said. "We were really excited when we advanced into the Elite Eight, but we knew we had our work cut out for us. Everyone was performing really well, and the event title was truly up for grabs. There is just a huge difference from one year ago; everyone has really advanced their drifting. The battle that I had with Rhys [Millen] in the Final Four was probably the most fun I've had in my drifting career. I was very stoked to win at Road Atlanta, and accepting the trophy was the most memorable moment in my career to date."

Hubinette qualified the Mopar SRT10 Dodge Viper in the third position on Saturday to lock the team into the Sweet 16 elimination round. He then went on to the Elite Eight, where he was also able to advance. Hubinette faced down fellow domestic manufacturer driver Rhys Millen in the Final Four, where he put on an awesome show smoking his Yokohama Tires to perfection to defeat Millen for the round win. Riding the momentum, Hubinette went on to pick up the final round victory, giving Team Mopar it's first Formula Drift win of the season.

"It was a great win for the whole team," Hubinette said. "We've spent a lot of time and hard work in the past few weeks to get the Mopar SRT10 Dodge Viper ready for Road Atlanta. This victory was most definitely earned, as we've put a lot of effort into improving our game and practicing. To get the win for Mopar, Archer Racing, DC Performance, and Yokohama Tires was a great way for us to build momentum and to prepare for the rest of the season and our championship run."

Hubinette and the Mopar SRT10 Dodge Viper team will return to action on June 11 at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas.

WOOLM
Home State Favorite Francis Triumphs at Kentucky

Steve Francis and the No. 15 team captured the two-day World of Outlaws Late Model event at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway over the weekend. With a home state crowd behind him, it was only fitting that "The Kentucky Colonel" be crowned the Inaugural "99" champion at the conclusion of the event.

Francis earned a heat race win and picked up a second-place finish on Friday night to lock himself solidly in the A-main feature event. The No. 15 machine started from the pole in Saturday's finale and Francis went on to lead from green to checkered.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will resume action on Friday at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio. They will then travel to the Butler Battlegrounds in Quincy, Mich., on Saturday.

USACS
Drake Grabs Seventh, Widens Points Lead at Beaver Dam

Jay Drake and the Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises No. 21 team picked up a seventh-place finish at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., last Saturday night. Drake's run extended his USAC National Sprint Car Series Championship points lead over the field. His teammate, Josh Wise, also turned in another solid performance with a 15th-place finish. The run helped Wise and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises team move into eighth position in the USAC National Sprint Car Series points race.

Hoffman Auto Racing also put on a stellar show, as Tracy Hines won the third heat race en route to a 15th-place finish on the night. His teammate, Jerry Coons, Jr., turned in another Top-five performance, notching a fifth-place finish in the feature event that moved him into sixth place in the USAC National Sprint Car Series points standings.

The USAC National Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday at the Terre Haute Action Track for the 35th Annual Tony Hulman Classic.

WOOS
Lasoski Sets Quick Time, Snags B-Main Win at Lake Ozark

Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team set the pace at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri last Friday as "The Dude" laid down a lap of 11.907 seconds/100.771 mph to set quick time for the series debut at the facility. Lasoski went on to claim a victory in the B-main event to lock the team into the A-main feature, where they finished 22nd. The No. 20 team battled back on Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois, where the team finished a solid seventh in the A-main event.

Sammy Swindell and the No. 5 Forbrook Motorsports team joined in the action as well, with Swindell claiming two top-five finishes in as many outings. After grabbing a fifth-place finish at Lake Ozark Speedway on Friday night, Swindell took the No. 5 machine to the front of the field in Saturday night's A-main event at Tri-City Speedway. He was able to lead the event until the halfway point, when eventual winner Jason Meyers found rubber and overtook the No. 5 car. Swindell battled back to earn a second-place finish on the night.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series event scheduled for Monday, May 9, at Tri-State Speedway has been canceled due to heavy rain. Race fans can tune into Dirt Nation this evening to listen to Lasoski's interview. The broadcast can be heard by logging on to www.racetalklive.com.

Lasoski, Swindell and the rest of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series resume action this Saturday, May 14, at K-C Raceway for the Ohio Challenge.

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Series SCCA , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Rhys Millen , Danny Lasoski , Tracy Hines , Sammy Swindell , Jay Drake , Jerry Coons , Josh Wise , Jason Meyers , Steve Francis , Samuel Hubinette