ASA Champ Kevin Cywinski Stays Busy in Unusual Off Season Veteran Driver Helps Joey Miller, Considers Possible ASL Races LAKEVILLE, MN (February 3, 2005) -- After winning the ASA National Tour championship last year, Kevin Cywinski hasn't really...
ASA Champ Kevin Cywinski Stays Busy in Unusual Off Season
Veteran Driver Helps Joey Miller, Considers Possible ASL Races
LAKEVILLE, MN (February 3, 2005) -- After winning the ASA National Tour championship last year, Kevin Cywinski hasn't really been able to celebrate a championship the "normal" way.
Because of troubles with the ASA, there was not a banquet for Cywinski to accept his trophies at. There was no winner's check either. His Country Joe Racing team held their own ceremony, but without an ASA series in 2005 to return to, it's been a tough off-season.
Cywinski has kept busy, though. The champion has been playing the role of teacher for young teammate Joey Miller this off-season as the 19-year-old gets ready for a full season of ARCA competition.
"Our main task has been helping Joey progress along and we've been busy getting his short track ARCA cars ready and getting ABC bodies on our short track Super Late Model equipment. I'll be helping him out a lot this year and we'll be testing a lot. I'll drive in some of the tests myself as well."
But that doesn't mean that Cywinski won't be racing.
"I'm looking at doing some races in the new ASL series with the National Tour cars," said Cywinski. "Either that, or I'll run some NASCAR Elite Series races. We plan to use those series as filler for the time being."
"It's a lot more fun and a lot less pressure," said Cywinski. "I can use the Snowball Derby as an example. We just went down there for one reason and one reason only. That was to win the race. You don't have to prepare for a lot of things to go wrong and carry spare parts to help from losing points. The crew can concentrate on making the car as fast as it can be."
Because racing has kept him busy for most of his adult life, Cywinski never got into winter hobbies such as snowmobiling and skiing. However, a little bit of free time this winter has allowed him to spend some quality time with his daughters, Cara (age 3) and Marina (age 2).
"My girls keep me busy," said Cywinski. "It seems like we are always off doing something like going to the zoo. My oldest girl just started gymnastics. It is really cool to be there and see them experience so many things for the first time."
Cywinski will be back at the racetrack soon, helping Miller as he enters the ARCA Discount Auto Parts 200 at Daytona for Hagans Racing. Florida Speedweeks is nothing new for Cywinski; he's been at the big track and turned countless laps at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) during their long stretch of February racing. This year, he won't be carrying his helmet bag with him, though.
"It gets pretty hectic racing nine nights in a row over at New Smyrna," recalls Cywinski. "I'll miss the people that you see there and the things that you can learn by racing that many nights in a row, but I won't miss getting to the track at Noon and racing until Midnight."
But you can't keep a racer from the track either. Cywinski still has plans to stop by and visit his short track buddies at the track.
"We are all staying at Joe's house [Team Owner Joe Miller] and that is only two miles from the track," said Cywinski. "So we will definitely go there once or twice during the week."
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and ARCA rookie Joey Miller, is Minnesota's #1 professional racing organization.