From the Longest To the Shortest Track of ASA in 24 Hours Cywinski to Test at Atlanta Before Second ASA Event Of 2004 LAKEVILLE, MN (April 28, 2004) -- They always say, 'What a difference 24-hours can make.' Well in defending ASA National...
From the Longest To the Shortest Track of ASA in 24 Hours
Cywinski to Test at Atlanta Before Second ASA Event Of 2004
LAKEVILLE, MN (April 28, 2004) -- They always say, 'What a difference 24-hours can make.' Well in defending ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski's case, that statement couldn't be more accurate.
Cywinski and the #1 Country Joe Racing team will be at Lanier National Speedway (GA) on Friday for an open test session at the .375-mile oval, the shortest track on the 2004 ASA schedule. The test will help prepare them for Saturday's Lanier 250, the second event of the year for the series.
But before encountering Lanier on Friday, Cywinski and the team will participate in an open test session just down the road at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday afternoon. Atlanta, the biggest track on the 2004 schedule at 1.54-miles, will host the ASA season finale on October 29.
"I figure with as many laps as I have around all kinds of tracks of different sizes, it shouldn't be too hard to get used to the different tracks in such a short time frame," joked Cywinski. "It will be quite a shock going from 180 mph to 90 mph. That will be like pit road speed at the big tracks. Either way, you have to keep on your toes at both tracks. They are both pretty demanding and tough, but in totally different ways, of course.
"The Atlanta test is going to be more about getting on the track and seeing what it is like. I've never even seen the place. We are not going to spend a lot of time testing too much at Atlanta because we are so far away from that actual race on the schedule. Plus, it is so close to the Kentucky race that we don't want anything to happen to that car since it is the one we are going to run at Kentucky."
The main focus of the weekend will be on the Lanier event, a race Cywinski nearly won last year. After leading late in the race, Cywinski got together with a couple of cars while battling for the lead and dropped back to an 11th-place finish.
"We were leading in the late stages and got together with some cars. It was pretty disheartening because Lanier is a place you can pass someone without having to get into them, but that is just part of racing I guess. If you get your car working, you can pass on the high side at Lanier.
"We saw a lot of bumping and banging last year and I'm sure it will be no different this year. A lot of what you see is frustration with a shortened scheduled and the point fund money being as good as it is. It puts a lot of pressure on people. Hopefully we won't have to see it, though, because we'll be up front and out in front of everyone. We have a great race setup for Lanier."
Cywinski sits seventh in the ASA point standings after the first of 16 events. Action at Lanier National Speedway gets underway at 8 pm (Eastern) on Saturday, May 1. The race will again 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.