CANONSBURG, PA (Oct. 7, 2004) – The last time the USAR Hooters ProCup Series visited Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Logan Dernoshek and the No. 10 team had one of their breakthrough runs of the year. The driver of the unsponsored Pontiac contended for a top ten position on the lead lap all evening until a one lap pit penalty negated him to a 15th place finish.
Dernoshek is coming off of a top twenty finish in his first career Four Champions Championship Series race in Jennerstown, Penn., where he barely made the field in qualifying. For the unsponsored team, that afternoon was a small victory during the course of the season. To finish the race where they did was just icing on the cake.
“Making the race was really big for us. We saw that as a small victory in and of itself,” said Dernoshek. “The race went pretty well for us since we stayed out of trouble for the most part and came home with a decent finish and a straight car.”
Dernoshek had no problem making the show during the last race at Mansfield, as he out qualified a number of stout cars. This time, he is armed with the setup from his last visit, two additional hours of practice, and a new shock package. In addition to the improvements surrounding the chassis, Warren Dernoshek Performance Engines made some performance improving changes to the powerplant of the fan favorite nuclear green Pontiac.
“Again we are just going into the deal with the first goal to qualify and then go for a good finish,” said the rookie driver from Canonsburg, Penn. “We had a pretty good car in the spring at Mansfield and we have a good idea how to make it better for this time. We've gotten a lot better with our shock package thanks to the help of the guys at AFCO and we learned some more stuff about what kind of setups we need to be running. Dad went to work and found a few things to help us in the motor department and we will see if they have a big effect because motor is important at Mansfield to pull off the corners. We are not going to have power like Benny Gordon and some of the others, but we should be better than we were at Jennerstown.”
Unless sponsorship is found, Mansfield will most likely be the season finale for the No. 10 team before they regroup for 2005 and set their sights on success in the year to come. In the nine races the team has traveled to this season, they’ve learned plenty to help them for 2005 and set them in the right direction according to Dernoshek.
“This most likely will be the last race of the year for us unless we can find sponsorship for the remaining events,” he said. “We have learned a ton this year -- everyone on the team has. With the resources we have I think we have made as much progress as, or more progress than, anyone. We will continue to work to improve and learn about these cars and hopefully we can be a consistent top ten car next year.”
Logan Dernoshek Racing, Inc. is actively seeking sponsors and marketing partners for their efforts in the USAR Hooters ProCup Four Champions Championship Series and beyond. Interested parties can contact the team through USAR or through team marketing rep Tony Stevens at (412) 225-0348 for more information. More information about Logan Dernoshek and the team can be found online at www.logandernoshek.com.
Tickets are still available for the Alan Kulwicki Memorial in-n-out 250 presented by Mountain Dew at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in Mansfield, Oh., by calling the track ticket office at (800) 424-0688 or by visiting the track website at www.mansfield-speedway.com. For those unable to attend, the event 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.