Moran wins Stacker 2 Xtreme Dirtcar feature at East Bay TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2004) -- Donnie Moran slipped by Matt Miller to take the lead on the 47th lap, then survived three late-race cautions to win the Stacker 2 Xtreme DirtCar Series race at...
Moran wins Stacker 2 Xtreme Dirtcar feature at East Bay
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2004) -- Donnie Moran slipped by Matt Miller to take the lead on the 47th lap, then survived three late-race cautions to win the Stacker 2 Xtreme DirtCar Series race at East Bay Raceway Park.
The event capped the six-night Xtreme portion of the East Bay Raceway Winternationals. Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for Xtreme and Moran said Goodyear's involvement in the series is a good omen.
"You know, we've been up front this week and we've had to go to the back a couple of times," Moran said. "We've been able to improve the car setup from learning the new tires and they speak for themselves. What's the name on the sidewalls? Goodyear and the tires are going to make us have a good year."
Matt Miller finished second, Steve Shaver was third, Davey Johnson took fourth and Shane Clanton came home fifth.
Ray Cook won the Gemini Car Care Centers Hard Charger Award for improving the most positions during the race. He finished ninth after starting 24th.
"Everyone at Goodyear Racing is very, very pleased with the tire performance this week," said Justin Fantozzi, Goodyear's sales and marketing manager for late model dirt. "We've covered race lengths of everywhere from 40 to 75 laps and did so flawlessly. I'm very proud of the entire effort that we have put together, from the logistics of getting the tires here to the engineering effort, to the track support effort."
Moran's victory on Saturday was worth $15,000 and he gave much of the credit to the Goodyear Eagle tires he used during the 75-lap race. While some drivers pitted to change tires during a caution period 33 laps into the race, Moran and most of the frontrunners elected to stay on the track.
"I knew (the tires) I had on could go 100 laps if I needed to," Moran said. Earl Pearson started sixth but had the lead by the tenth lap. Miller ducked by Moran to get second on lap 33 and took the lead from Pearson a lap later. Miller held the top spot until Moran took it from him.
For the six races, the event averaged 59.8 entrants. Only eight drivers managed to start all six main events. Four different drivers won at least one main event and two won their first Xtreme feature.