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Dernoshek Holds Head High Entering Jennerstown Event

CANONSBURG, PA  (May 27, 2004) –  It’s always been said that playing on a home field is advantageous to competitors in any sport. It’s the hope of Logan Dernoshek that home field advantage will play into his favor this weekend at Jennerstown Speedway for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Lucas Oil 250 presented by Murray’s Freightliner/Sterling/Western Star.

Dernoshek raced late models in western Pennsylvania at Motordrome Speedway between 1999 and 2002, and made a number of trips out US Route 30 to compete at the Jennerstown half-mile during those four years. In 2002, he came extremely close to victory in the Naturally Fresh Challenge Series before a late race incident while battling for the lead cost him a shot at the trophy. Coming off of a 14th place showing at Indianapolis Raceway Park two weeks ago, Dernoshek is confident that his team has the ability to run well at his hometown track.

“We want to improve on our performance from IRP,” said the Pittsburgh-area resident. “I think we are definitely capable of a top ten finish. The key to a good performance is going to be making the most of our practice time.”

Dernoshek and others had scheduled a test date at the Laurel Highlands facilty on May 21, but severe weather in the area prohibited anyone from taking to the track for any number of laps. After the track was repaved just weeks ago, teams wanted to get an idea of how the new radial tires and asphalt surface would react, but everyone will be unloading this weekend with virtually blank notebooks to base their setups off of. Normally, running close to home on a green racetrack would put more stress on other competitors, but not Dernoshek. He’s very optimistic about this weekend’s event.

“The track is beautiful,” commented the 25-year old ProCup rookie. “We had a few laps on it when we shook the car down three weeks ago. It is super smooth, and I think it will make for great racing. I would have loved to have gotten to test because I think it would have been a huge advantage and helped us do well. Of course, we want to do well everywhere, but I don't think there is any added pressure here. It helps that I have had a few laps around the track. The new pavement kind of puts everyone on the same page though.”

Tickets are still available for the Lucas Oil 250 presented by Murray’s Freightliner/Sterling/Western Star by calling the Jennerstown Speedway ticket office at (814) 629-6677 or visiting Spectator gates open at 3pm and the evening is supplemented by Allison Legacy Series competition as well as an on-track autograph session with Dernoshek and the rest of the stars of the Hooters ProCup Series.

Logan Dernoshek Racing, Inc. is actively seeking sponsors and marketing partners for the 2004 season 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

The Lucas Oil 250 will be broadcast on Speed Channel at 8pm ET on June 3 and at noon on June 4 in conjunction with the "Lunch at Hooters" promotion.



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