LAKEVILLE, MN (February 2, 2004) -- Kevin Cywinski and the Country Joe Racing Team know there's no time to rest on their laurels. The fact that they were only officially crowned ASA National Champs two weeks ago puts even more fire in their...
LAKEVILLE, MN (February 2, 2004) -- Kevin Cywinski and the Country Joe Racing Team know there's no time to rest on their laurels. The fact that they were only officially crowned ASA National Champs two weeks ago puts even more fire in their bellies. That's why the team is ready to kick off the 2004 season with the legendary World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway during Florida's "Speedweeks."
And they will do it in style by competing in two different classes during the 9-night racing event. Kevin Cywinski, the two-time and defending ASA Champion, will tackle the Super Late Model division, while teammate Joey Miller will compete in the Limited Late Model division. Miller will also do double-duty by racing in the Super Late Model division on a couple of occasions as well.
"We have the same car we ran at the Snowball Derby just sitting around the shop, so we thought we'd get it out and take it down to Speedweeks to run it," said Cywinski, who will compete in all nine nights of competition from Feb. 6th-14th, including the 100-lap finale on Saturday night, the 14th. "Joe Miller (team owner) has a house about a mile from that track, so we thought it would be good to come down here and have some fun before the ASA season gets going.
"Joey (Miller) has raced down here the last couple of years, so we thought we'd just bring everyone down. It is a lot of fun, but it is a lot tougher than people think. It reminds me of my days with the CWRA (Central Wisconsin Racing Association) where we used to run four nights in a row. This is nine-straight nights; you really have to take care of your equipment so you can be around the following night."
Cywinski has competed in a select few races during Speedweeks during the past couple of years. The last time he ran the entire New Smyrna schedule, however, was in the early '90s with his own team.
Rising young driving sensation Joey Miller, who will compete full-time in ASA in 2004 as a Rookie of the Year candidate, will again compete in the Limited Late Model class each night. He will also pick a couple Super Late Model races to run, including the annual 100-lapper on the last night.
"I've been racing down there every year since I started racing in 2001," said Miller. "As a matter of fact, New Smyrna Speedway was the first track I ever raced on. We've competed in the Limited Late Models and had pretty good success down there over the last couple of years. We won a pretty big race down there last year during Speedweeks.
"The great thing about Speedweeks is that it is all about fun; there is no pressure of a year-long point's battle. If you ever think you could have done better the night before, you have the next night to prove yourself again. No matter how good or bad it gets, it is always fun."
Fans of Joey Miller and Kevin Cywinski will be able to track their drivers' progress during the nine nights by visiting the new countryjoeracing.com or speed51.com's exclusive "Speedweeks" coverage from New Smyrna Speedway. Both sites will have pictures and stories form each night of racing.
Action at New Smyrna Speedway begins on February 6th and runs through the 14th. Action wraps up with a 100-lap Super Late Model race on the final night at the half-mile track. Several classes of cars will be in action during the nine nights, including Limited Late Models, Featherlite-Style Modifieds, Florida/IMCA Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini-Stocks, Super Stocks, TBARA Sprints, Thunder Roadsters and STARRS cars.
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and Joey Miller, will once again compete full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004.