Cywinski Ready to Get Back Down To Business in Lakeland Season Opener Is Just "Another Day in the Office" For Defending ASA Champ LAKEVILLE, MN (March 23, 2004) -- Kevin Cywinski is a veteran at this racing thing. Years of experience behind the...
Cywinski Ready to Get Back Down To Business in Lakeland
Season Opener Is Just "Another Day in the Office" For Defending ASA Champ
LAKEVILLE, MN (March 23, 2004) -- Kevin Cywinski is a veteran at this racing thing. Years of experience behind the wheel and two ASA National Championships later, opening another season is nothing new to the Minnesota veteran. So when Kevin arrives in Lakeland, FL for this weekend's SK Tools 200 at USA International Speedway, it will be like getting back to work after a brief vacation for the common person. Fortunately for Kevin, his work comes on the racetrack at speeds in excess of 120mph.
"I remember years ago when I would be traveling somewhere and you would get a few butterflies in your stomach, but I've been at this long enough now to know starting off a new season is just like another day in the office for me," said Cywinski. "I imagine some people still get that way and I bet some of the rookies are a bundle of nerves. It's actually relaxing for me. You are always trying to think of different things and work so hard on making the cars perfect in the shop so it really gives you a break from that. It is just really getting back to business.
"Coming off of the season we had last year and the good runs we had during the off season in the Super Late Model, it really makes you a little more excited just to get things going again. I've always run pretty good at Lakeland, but I've never won there, so we are really geared at winning this weekend."
In fact, Cywinski has never come out of hibernation after the winter and pulled into victory lane.
"I've never won a season opening race in ASA and that is something that I'd obviously like to change, but I don't think it is a necessity. From a moral standpoint, it would always be nice to kick off the season with a win. But as long as you run good and finish good in the first race, it will get the guys excited leading into the rest of the year. It's always a nice thing when the season starts well from the standpoint that the guys get a little restless in the shop. It is always cool to see how all of our hard work has paid off in the off season as well.
"And with a shortened season this year (ASA has 16 races scheduled in 2004), each race is going to be more critical than it has been in the past. Every race is going to count that much more. You can't have any mistakes. Our team is ready to pick up where we left off last season."
In recent years, ASA has built a tradition of kicking off its season in Florida. In fact, this year will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the state-of-the-art Lakeland three-quarter of a mile facility has hosted the series opener.
Many race teams like to make the Lakeland race a mini vacation of sorts, especially since several travel from hundreds of miles away to compete in the race. Such is not the case for Cywinski and his Minnesota-based team, who coincidentally have to travel farther than most for the event.
"For us, it is down to business from the time we leave the shop," said Cywinski. "The only time it seemed a little more like a vacation was in 1996 or 1997 when it opened up in February and we still had a lot of snow on the ground up here. We always have fun, but when race season comes around, it is down to business for us."
Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, will once again compete full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004. For more information on the team, please visit .