Kevin Cywinski Picks up First Win of 2004 Season Defending Champion Leads The Most Important Lap... The Last One LAKEVILLE, MN (May 31, 2004) - It might have taken four races, but Kevin Cywinski is back on top of his game. After suffering ...
Kevin Cywinski Picks up First Win of 2004 Season
Defending Champion Leads The Most Important Lap... The Last One
LAKEVILLE, MN (May 31, 2004) - It might have taken four races, but Kevin Cywinski is back on top of his game. After suffering through some mechanical problems and just plain "dumb racing luck" in the first three races of the year, the driver of the #1 Country Joe Racing Chevrolet picked up his first win of the season in the Erie 250 on Saturday night at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania.
Cywinski, who qualified fourth, put on a spirited short track battle with rival Mike Garvey for the top spot late in the race. Cywinski passed Garvey on the white flag lap in classic short track fashion and got to the checkers first. It was his 15th career ASA win.
"We raced our way up to second with 100 (laps) to go," said Cywinski. "We then set our sites on Garvey. We were definitely faster than Mike, but we couldn't pass him where we needed to pass him. He would take that groove away from us which is exactly what he should be doing. He was doing everything he needed to do to win the race.
"We got a few good runs on him and he drove down and got into me pretty hard to keep the spot. After a few of his blocks, we had to do what we had to do and we got by him.
"We raced each other very hard for the last few laps. I got by him and he got into me and got right back by me one lap, but in the end, we got the upper hand. It was a great short track battle."
The win, his first since winning at Illiana Speedway last season, helped build up the team's confidence and was a great way to start a crucial three-week stretch of races that includes stops at Mansfield Motorsports Park (June 5) and Berlin Raceway (June 12).
"This is a great boost of confidence for the guys," added Cywinski. "The way things have shaken out this year in the point standings, no one has taken a solid hold of the points lead and we are still right in the hunt. That is exactly what we are looking for going into these next three weeks. These are very good tracks for us."
Cywinski won in ASA's first visit to Mansfield last year and has previously won in ASA competition at the legendary Berlin Raceway in Marne (MI).
"We've had a tough go at it this year, but every Monday we have a team meeting at the shop and review the weekend. We know we've had great race cars all year long but things just haven't gone our way. We try to always stay positive and look of the bright side of things. We knew we led the most laps and sat on the pole at Lanier, so it is those types of things that you have to remember."
Cywinski will try to make it two-in-a-row when the series heads to Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 5th. The race starts at 8 pm and can be seen LIVE on Speed Channel.
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, are competing full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004. For more information on the team, please visit .