Pendleton, IN - LaFavre Racing Teams of Lakeville, MN, has announced the return of 1997 ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski for the 2000 ACDelco Series season. The 34-year-old Cywinski will be joined by Brian Danntine, who will serve as crew ...
Pendleton, IN - LaFavre Racing Teams of Lakeville, MN, has announced the return of 1997 ASA National Champion Kevin Cywinski for the 2000 ACDelco Series season. The 34-year-old Cywinski will be joined by Brian Danntine, who will serve as crew chief for th e newly formed team.
Both Cywinski and Dantinne were formerly with car owner Scott LaFavre during the 1996 and '97 ASA campaigns. Cywinski was Rookie of the Year and ASA National Champion in those consecutive seasons. He matched Mark Martin's feat of 1977-78 as the only othe r driver to win those honors in back-to-back seasons.
"I couldn't be more proud and excited," Scott LaFavre said. "I believe that Kevin and I, after experiencing a couple years of incredible success together, missed and appreciated what we did have. I'd call it a mutual respect."
"Scott is an excellent car owner," Cywinski said. "He supplies everything we could need. He lets you take the ball and do with it what you need to do. I've been with quite a few car owners over my 20 years of racing and I'm certain Scott is one of the b est."
Kevin Cywinski moved to North Carolina following his 1997 ASA championship. He competed in three 1998 Busch Series events and made 18 starts in the 1998 Craftsman Truck Series, after missing the first eight races of the season. Cywinski still managed to finish 28th in the final driver points standings. He also qualified for five ASA starts and recorded three top-ten finishes.
This past season, Cywinski started all 25 Truck Series events and ended the season at 16th in the driver points standings. He believes the experience of the past two years, especially with radial tires, will benefit a return to ASA. "The move to radials in ASA for 2000 will be good for me personally," Cywinski said. "I've had a lot of experience with radial tires on some of the tracks where ASA will be going."
Danntine has been working with Roush Racing and has been the car chief on the #16 Winston Cup team. "It's going to be great to be working again with Brian," Cywinski said. "The knowledge he has gained over the last couple of years working with a Winston Cup team should be very beneficial to all of LaFavre Racing."
Scott LaFavre and Kevin Cywinski both noted the recent progressive trend with ASA. "I'm really excited with the direction of ASA," LaFavre said. "Kevin and Brian and I share that vision." Cywinski agreed, "I think the new innovations going on in the ser ies make it clear ASA is moving forward with great speed. Scott gave us both an excellent opportunity to return to his racing team and has everything we need to become championship contenders again."
Cywinski and Danntine will begin working immediately in the LaFavre Racing Teams shop on the outskirts of the Twin Cities
LaFavre, hinting at further announcements, added, "All of the people in our shops at this time are a part of the overall team for 2000." It's expected that plans for 2000 will include a second full ASA season with driver Mike Garvey and possibly a third t eam. Garvey won four events in 1999, including three in a row during a late-season stretch. He finished fourth in the final points standings and topped all competitors with 1,212 laps led.
Additional announcements regarding the LaFavre Racing Teams ASA plans for 2000 will be released in a few weeks, likely at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis on November 18-20.