USAR: Mansfield CS: Logan Dernoshek race report

MANSFIELD, OH (Oct. 11, 2004) -- It was a practice session that promised success for Logan Dernoshek and the No. 10 team in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series in-n-out mart 250 presented by Mountain Dew... until the last half hour. After a few ...

MANSFIELD, OH (Oct. 11, 2004) -- It was a practice session that promised success for Logan Dernoshek and the No. 10 team in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series in-n-out mart 250 presented by Mountain Dew... until the last half hour. After a few adjustments to help the car turn in the corner, the Pennsylvania driver radioed his crew that something happened to the motor, though everything appeared fine on the gauges. After surveying the damage, the team called it a day and logged a DNQ in their second Championship Series event.

The No. 10 team hung around the bottom of the speed charts during practice Saturday, but they had an ace up their sleeve. The times they were turning were on tires with excess of 250 laps on them. With stickers almost guaranteeing a half-second increase, Dernoshek was confident he would make his second consecutive Championship Series event.

"I wasn't too concerned with our place on the speed charts in practice," he said. "We saw at Jennerstown that new tires would pick up a half second. I knew if we could get the car good on old tires we would be that much better on new ones. What was of concern was the fact that we changed the gear and didn't pick up as many RPMs as we should have. That's usually a good indication that the motor is 'laying down.'"

It was with about fifteen minutes left in practice that Dernoshek came over the radio and said that something happened to the motor, although it was still showing oil pressure. Crew Chief Warren Dernoshek examined the motor after practice and found two spark plugs with electrodes smashed into the body of the plug, signifying an extensive internal failure. Along with the detonation of the team's only powerplant in practice, any plans the team had for the rest of the season also went up in smoke. The focus is now on 2005 and how the team can come out of the box strong for their sophomore season.

"It was a really disappointing end to the season for us," said the driver of the unsponsored No. 10 Pontiac. "This was most likely going to be our last race of the year so we wanted to end on a high note. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Over the winter we are going to evaluate what we are going to do next year and what we need to do to get better. We would love to come back to the ProCup Series, but at this point I can't say that we will be able to do that."

The Alan Kulwicki Memorial in-n-out 250 presented by Mountain Dew at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Oh., will be broadcast on Speed Channel at 8pm ET on October 14 and at noon on October 15 in conjunction with the "Lunch at Hooters" promotion.

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