Kevin Cywinski returns to defend title

No More Pressure On Cywinski As He Returns To Defend ASA Title Kevin is Looking Forward To the Changes in ASA including the Big Tracks LAKEVILLE, MN (March 11, 2004) -- When Kevin Cywinski won his first ASA National Championship back in 1997, he...

No More Pressure On Cywinski As He Returns To Defend ASA Title
Kevin is Looking Forward To the Changes in ASA including the Big Tracks

LAKEVILLE, MN (March 11, 2004) -- When Kevin Cywinski won his first ASA National Championship back in 1997, he jumped ship and headed south to race in the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. Now he is coming off his second ASA title, but Kevin isn't flying south this time around; he is staying put. Cywinski is ready to defend his crown in an effort to capture his third ASA crown.

"It's been a few years since the ASA Champion has come back to defend his title (It last happened in 2001 when Gary St. Amant defended his 2000 title.), so I think it will be a lot of fun," said Cywinski. "We will definitely have everyone gunning for us this year, but that is fine. That is just more motivation for this team. I don't think there is any added pressure, though, other than what we put on ourselves. We just have to do what we know how to do and the wins and championships will fall our way."

There will be some pretty familiar faces around Cywinski in 2004. The Country Joe Racing #1 team will be back, virtually untouched from its championship run of a year ago.

"Pretty much everyone stayed on my side and that means a lot," said Cywinski with a smile. "The biggest change around here has been the look of the cars and making all of the necessary changes that we needed to for the upcoming year. Knowing that everyone will be back has me really excited though. We don't have to spend time getting used to each other; we can go right out there and focus on winning races right away."

Cywinski has one goal for the 2004 season... that is to improve over 2003. That will be tough, though, since Cywinski and his team had a series-leading four wins, four poles and eleven top-five finishes last year en route to the title.

"We really turned our focus in 2003 to try and win more races and win more poles. We wanted to go out there and win and not just be satisfied with running in the top-five. By doing that, the points just kind of fell in the right place. Those last couple races of the year were racing a little more for points, but that's all. This year, we want to go out there and lead more laps, lead the most laps at the races and just keep improving ourselves."

The biggest change that will come for Cywinski and the entire ASA series in 2004 is the addition of several superspeedways to the schedule, including races at the 1.5-mile tracks of Kentucky, Atlanta and Charlotte (Lowe's Motor Speedway).

"I think it will be good for the series in the long run. Running at tracks like that puts us in position to run in front of a lot of new fans and the NASCAR teams, which is good for our series. I think during the races, you will see some separation between the cars. The drivers who have been on those tracks before will excel I think. We have one car dedicated completely toward the speedway stuff and I think that will help a lot as well."

Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, will once again compete full-time with the American Speed Association in 2004.

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