ProRally: Mopar Speed news 2004-05-10

Mopar Speed Monday, May 10, 2004 Sprint Tony Stewart wins with Mopar power under the hood Tony Stewart made an impressive return to his dirt track roots over the weekend, using a potent 360 cubic-inch Mopar powerplant to help him win...

Mopar Speed
Monday, May 10, 2004


Tony Stewart wins with Mopar power under the hood

Tony Stewart made an impressive return to his dirt track roots over the weekend, using a potent 360 cubic-inch Mopar powerplant to help him win a Winged Outlaw Warrior series event at the Sedalia (Mo.) State Fairgrounds on Friday.

Stewart, who won the series season opener at Sedalia in April, jumped out to the early lead to win his third career WOW feature event. Earlier in the evening, he used that same Mopar power to win his heat race behind the wheel of the No. 20L machine owned by Danny Lasoski.

In WOW action Saturday at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, Stewart earned the "Hard Charger" award, picking up 11 positions in 15 laps of the A-main. Stewart finished the A-main in sixth place. He also won the B-main, clinching a spot on the A-main grid.

The 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup champion currently leads the WOW Series point standings thanks to his pair of victories and three top-six finishes.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart used a Mopar engine to help him earn victories in an A-main, a B-main, and a heat race, along with a "Hard Charger" award over the weekend in winged sprint car action.

SCCA ProRally

"This is a tough car, and the event was a satisfying comeback and perseverance test for the SRT4. We had to manage the car's issues and only go quick when the car and road allowed us."
    -- Doug Shepherd, driver of the Mopar Dodge SRT-4 which overcame a damaged steering system and a seven minute deficit to notch his eighth straight Group 5 victory going back to the 2003 season. Shepherd has also won the Overall 2WD driver title in four consecutive events and six of the last seven events.

Co-driver Pete Gladysz picked up his fifth straight co-driving victory in the Group 5 class, along with his fourth Overall 2WD co-driving crown in a row.

Check out coverage of the "Sno*Drift" SCCA ProRally event on Speed Channel this Saturday, May 15, at 3 p.m., Eastern. Team Mopar garnered numerous accolades in this event. Before tuning in Saturday, check out event coverage at moparspeed Sno*Drift.

Shepherd and Gladysz win after dramatic comeback

Team Mopar warriors Doug Shepherd and Pete Gladysz battled their way to their third event victory in as many tries this season over the weekend at the "Rim of the World" SCCA ProRally event near Lancaster, Calif.

It took an amazing comeback during the second day of racing, however, for the tandem to get their Mopar Dodge SRT-4 back on top of the Overall 2WD and Group 5 standings. On Friday, early mechanical problems and an encounter with a displaced boulder that severely bent the steering, finding the team seven minutes behind the 2WD leader at the end of the day.

Shepherd and Gladysz, both DaimlerChrysler employees, were up to the challenge Saturday, and tested the limits of the SRT-4. The team finished the event in 2:42:17, a time that was 44 seconds ahead of their nearest class competitor who had held that seven minute lead that morning.

"Rim" runs through the peaks of the Angeles National Forest, and it is considered by many to be the most punishing rally in the United States. A continual series of rough canyon switchback roads, water bars, jumps, high temperatures and excessive wind that constantly reshapes the course challenges drivers and cars alike. But veteran Team Mopar driver Shepherd and co-driver Gladysz were able to persevere in their durable SRT-4.

The SCCA ProRally series travels next to the smooth horsepower-favoring roads of "Susquehannock Trail" in the northern Pennsylvania mountains on June 5. Team Mopar has made arrangements for eight time overall driving champion Paul Choiniere to take the wheel of the No. 53 Mopar at Susquehannock. Stay tuned to for an exclusive preview and quotes from Choiniere.

WoO Sprints

Lasoski sets track record at Lawrenceburg

Danny Lasoski used his awesome Mopar engine built by Paul Kistler to set a new single-lap record and "quick time" at Lawrenceburg Speedway last Thursday, tripping the timing mechanism at 10.136 seconds.

"The Dude" capitalized on early evening momentum, finishing second in the first heat race and third in the first dash event en route to picking up a sixth-place finish in the evening's A-main.

As the series moved on to the "Bluegrass Classic" at the Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway on Saturday, Lasoski qualified seventh and transferred from the second heat race to take fourth in the first dash event. The No. 20 team took the checkers in second place, only a car-length behind event winner Paul McMahan. The finish marks the team's fourth straight top-six A-main finish.

With the strong weekend, Lasoski gained valuable ground on series points leader Steve Kinser. Lasoski is now only 27 points behind in second place. The World of Outlaws will visit K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio tomorrow, then move to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Friday. The weekend for the series will wrap up at the Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway on Saturday.

Televised WoO racing action can be found almost every Wednesday on the Outdoor Channel. Check your local listings.

Danny Lasoski and the No. 20 team from Tony Stewart Motorsports continued to build on their uphill momentum last week in World of Outlaws Sprint Series competition.

USAC Sprint

Two Mopar vehicles from the Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises stable turned in solid performances in USAC Sprint competition in Memphis on Friday, including the No. 21 of Cory Kruseman (above).

Kruseman jumped three positions in the point standings, while his teammate Jay Drake, driver of the No. 20 Mopar, currently holds the lead.

Kruseman jumps up in points, Drake still leads

Cory Kruseman scored a runner-up finish for Mopar and Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises Friday in USAC National Sprint competition at Memphis Motorsports Park. "The Kruser" picked up a win in the third heat race to earn a place in the A-main.

Jay Drake turned in a solid performance in his No. 20 Mopar from Tony Stewart's team at the "Big M Motorfest" in Memphis. In the A-main feature, Drake was clipped by another car during a caution period but was still able to drive his ailing machine home to a 10th place feature event finish.

Drake continues to lead the USAC National Sprint point standings, thanks to two victories and three top-five finishes so far. Kruseman gained three positions in the points, moving up to fourth in the championship hunt.

Kruseman and Drake will be back in action with the USAC National Sprint Car Series on May 22 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in the "Tony Hulman Classic."


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Series SCCA , Sprint , USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Paul Choiniere , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Paul McMahan