Mopar Speed Tuesday, August 3, 2004 Mopar Thunder Mopar Thunder at Eldora coming; Drake on Wind Tunnel tonight With more than 60 entries already confirmed, excitement continues to build as the running of the Mopar Thunder event at Eldora ...
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Mopar Thunder at Eldora coming; Drake on Wind Tunnel tonight
With more than 60 entries already confirmed, excitement continues to build as the running of the Mopar Thunder event at Eldora Speedway (August 7) draws near. Paying $50,000 to win and boasting a total purse exceeding $166,000, sprint car racing fans are gearing up for the second round of non-winged sprint car mania. As the follow-up to last year's Mopar Million Sprint at Eldora, the Mopar Thunder event is shaping up to be the best non-winged sprint car battle of the season.
"We're pleased to be able to support a sport which is a showcase for Mopar's innovation and a platform for our authentic motorsports program," said Kevin Miller, Senior Manager, Brand Marketing and Strategy for Mopar. "Sponsoring the Mopar Thunder event lets fans and racers know of Mopar's leadership position in the sport of sprint car racing and our dedication to making Mopar the powerplant of the future."
Listening to the collective voice of the fans, Mopar and Eldora Speedway decided to once again create a special event for non-winged sprint cars. This year's race will also feature the fast-paced action of the winged warriors from the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions. The combination of the three series is sure to give fans of both types of machines the racing experience of the season.
The outstanding weekend of open-wheel racing at Mopar Thunder kicks off with the All-Star Circuit of Champions on Thursday, August 5, followed by the World of Outlaws on Friday. Mopar Thunder at Eldora, featuring the USAC National Sprint Cars, will wrap up the events on Saturday.
Tickets for Mopar Thunder at Eldora can be purchased by calling (937) 338-3815. Log on to www.eldoraspeedway.com for ticket prices and event information.
Team Mopar driver Jay Drake will appear on the popular Speed Channel program "Wind Tunnel" tonight, August 3. Drake will chat with host Dave Despain, live from the Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises race shop near Indianapolis, between 10 and 11 p.m., EST.
Drake and the No. 20 Mopar team from Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises currently lead the USAC National Sprint Car Series point race as the series heads into the Mopar Thunder event at Eldora Speedway, scheduled this Saturday. So far in his first season with Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises, Drake has won three USAC National Sprint features as well as two USAC Silver Crown Series events.
Mopar driver Jay Drake is currently shown at the top of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame's rankings for non-winged sprint car drivers. His Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises' teammate, Cory Kruseman, is listed at second in the rankings. Further proof that Mopar aims straight for the top.
Drake will appear on the popular Speed Channel program "Wind Tunnel" tonight. Drake will chat with host Dave Despain, live from the Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises race shop near Indianapolis, between 10 and 11 p.m., EST.
Jay Drake earns top ranking in non-winged sprint car poll
Courtesy National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
2000 Driver of the Year Jay Drake of Val Verde, California, is back on top of the sport's rankings, according to the Summer 2004 edition of the North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll. The voting panel of media members, manufacturers, sanctioning officials and promoters awarded Drake twelve (12) of the eighteen (18) first place votes cast. Jay Drake, driver of the Tony Stewart-owned Mopar sprinter, currently leads the United States Auto Club (USAC) Sprint Car Series point standings.
Ranked second in the poll is Cory Kruseman of Ventura, California, who was the 2001 Driver of the Year. Kruseman, the second-place point-getter in the USAC national series who collected three first-place votes, also pilots a Tony Stewart Racing sprinter. Those drivers ranked third through fifth, respectively, are USAC/California Racing Association (CRA) point leader Rip Williams of southern California, USAC/CRA runner-up Damion Gardner of northern California, and Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) point leader Rickie Gaunt of southern California. Williams and Gardner each topped one first place ballot.
Rounding out the "top ten" non-winged sprint car drivers in North America are third-place USAC national tourist Brandon "Bud" Kaeding of northern California, Mike Kirby of southern California, Bobby East of Indiana, Dave Darland of Indiana, and Jon Stanbrough of Indiana. The summer edition of the poll is released just one week prior to the $50,000-to-win Mopar Thunder at Eldora USAC national non-winged sprint car race at Earl Baltes' legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
The North American Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc., of Knoxville, Iowa.