Despite Result, Dernoshek Pleased with Mansfield
MANSFIELD, OH (Aug. 2, 2004) - Every successful athlete and
team can mark a turning point in their career where they knew that they were
going to reach their dreams of success. Saturday night was that turning point
for Logan Dernoshek and the unsponsored No. 10 Pontiac team, despite their
deceptive 15th place finish in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Pepsi 250
presented by Bullet Motorsports.
The rains fell early at Mansfield Speedway, but the morning dampness didn't
dampen the spirits of the Logan Dernoshek Racing organization. During practice,
Dernoshek spent a lot of time feeling out a new setup theory that was under the
car. After fighting a bad tight condition all year at every racetrack, the car
was much freer at Mansfield. Though not perfect, the team knew what was wrong
and how to fix it when Dernoshek came in and reported the car was a “little
tight” through the center and off. The “fix” led to a 20th place starting spot
after the team was stuck on the bottom of the practice chart all day.
"We we're really happy with practice,” said the 25-year old rookie from
Canonsburg, Pa. “We had a car that was close for once and we weren't trying to
find a full second. We only needed a couple tenths. We had a much better car
than where we qualified. The sprint cars put down some fluid and their tire
rubber made the track totally different than it was in practice. We had the
unfortunate opportunity to go out fifth and the track picked up a lot as
As the race began, Dernoshek quickly moved up to challenge for a top fifteen
running spot, but then settled in to running on the lead lap in the top twenty.
As the track cooled, the No. 10 unsponsored Pontiac got tighter, and the team
decided to come in and make a wedge adjustment to the racecar to help it turn.
After the restart, the Pennsylvania driver began moving his way back up through
the field until the pit stop around halfway.
"We were happy the first part of the race,” said Dernoshek. “The car was good
enough to stay on the lead lap and the adjustment helped. We were still a little
tight in the middle and off so we made another adjustment during the stop. The
crew guys did a great job on the stop."
After changing two tires and refueling the car, the team was penalized one lap
for the catch can man not wearing a flame retardant headsock. Other teams
penalized for the same infraction protested after the event with little to no
success as the penalty listed in the USAR rulebook is deemed to be a stop and go
versus a one lap penalty.
"Our good pit stop was unfortunately tainted by a penalty and I'll take the
blame for it,” Dernoshek admitted after the event. “After the race, I was
informed that earlier in the year an edict was sent out to inform the teams that
the catch can man was required to also wear a headsock. I evidently overlooked
this. Others must have also due to the number of teams penalized for the same
After leaving the pit lane, Dernoshek drove the wheels off of his machine,
avoiding disaster numerous times in the second half of the event as all the
action seemed to happen around the nuclear green No. 10. Nonetheless, Dernoshek
persevered to what the entire team thought had the potential to be a top ten
finish were it not for the penalty.
"We made a lot of progress during the race and the whole day,” said Dernoshek
with a large grin on his face. “There was plenty of trouble to get in during the
race and we were able to stay out of it. Our finish is definitely not indicative
of how well we ran during the race. Several of the southern division front
runners were here, so the field was very stout. Some of the guys had trouble and
that helped, but I finally think we have a solid baseline to build off of.
That's what has been missing all year. We were kind of a year behind on our
setups and now I think we are only a month or two. If we had some money to test
we might be able to catch up that much more. I'm hopeful we can improve on this
performance at Illiana."
The next scheduled event for Logan Dernoshek Racing will be the Illiana event on
August 21 as the team concentrates on making the USAR Championship Series with
only three events remaining in the northern division regular season. Saturday’s
finish moved them into 24th in points (top 25 qualify) after four starts of a
Logan Dernoshek Racing, Inc. is actively seeking sponsors and marketing partners
for the best value in motorsports. 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.
The Pepsi 250 presented by Bullet Motorsports at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway
in Mansfield, Oh., will be broadcast on Speed Channel at 8pm ET on August 5 and
at noon on August 6 in conjunction with the "Lunch at Hooters" promotion.
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