Mars wins another Xtreme Race at East Bay Raceway Park TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2004) -- Jimmy Mars is undefeated in 2004 after winning the Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series season opener at East Bay Raceway Park Tuesday. Mars also won the Northern ...
Mars wins another Xtreme Race at East Bay Raceway Park
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2004) -- Jimmy Mars is undefeated in 2004 after winning the Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series season opener at East Bay Raceway Park Tuesday. Mars also won the Northern Xtreme DirtCar Series opener the night before at the same track.
Mars' wins were part of the East Bay Winternationals event, which continues through Saturday.
"I've had two good nights of good luck," Mars said. "The next night, who knows?"
Earl Pearson finished second Tuesday and Don O'Neal took third. Billy Drake took fourth place and Donnie Moran, who started third but was relegated to the back of the field after a spin on the seventh lap, charged through the field to finish a competitive fourth.
The Xtreme DirtCar Series races at East Bay have attracted an average of 62 cars each night. Every car raced on Goodyear tires as Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for Xtreme.
"If anyone doubts these tires, just show them a tape of this race," Mars said after winning Monday. "The Goodyear tires have leveled the playing field and the competition the fans saw tonight just goes to show that this may very well be the most competitive season any of us have seen. Anyone can win these races now. Anyone."
Ray Cook, who struggled Tuesday, is among the drivers who will be trying to win Xtreme races this season. Cook owns the team in partnership with NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Bill Elliott and owner Ray Evernham. Elliott attended Tuesday's race.
Cook, a Winternationals winner in 2000, said Goodyear's involvement in dirt late model racing will lighten the financial load on Xtreme teams.
"We were going through 200 tires a year before," Cook said. "I don't feel we'll do that now. We have four compounds now instead of 16, so you don't have to try out so many tires every night.
"The effort Goodyear is making to stop the use of tire softeners will be big. The ridged rule eliminates the need for one person on the crew. Before, we had one person just to prepare tires. He'd spend an hour on each tire. We can't do that now and that saves teams money."
Justin Fantozzi, Goodyear's sales and marketing manager for late model dirt, said the Xtreme teams have found plenty of variety in Goodyear's late model tire lineup.
"We found teams using multiple combinations tonight, as they did last night," Fantozzi said. "For the second night in a row, we saw drivers using every groove East Bay has to offer. Obviously, our tires have performed very well."