DYNATEK DAMON! STOUT AT DAYTONA
DYNATEK DAMON! STOUT AT DAYTONA
|DYNATEK DAMON STOUT AT DAYTONA; LOOKS AHEAD TO ATLANTA YOUNGSTOWN OH (1-19-02) It takes several things to be successful in big-time superspeedway motorsports. One of those things is confidence. Without it, you're a fish out of water; with it, you're a barracuda off Bermuda.|
Kennewick, Washington native Damon Lusk, who drives the WP Motorsports-Dynatek Telecommunications #22 Pontiac in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition, is not, in any way, lacking in the confidence column. The up and coming hot-shoe finished 5th in the 2002 Daytona ARCA 200 after leading 12 laps, one of only 4 drivers who led laps that day. Only Mother Nature got in the way of what might have been.
‘Daytona was everything I thought it would be, and more," said Lusk after the race. "Racing there for the first time was something that will stick with me for a long time. Our racecar drove extremely well, especially when it was out front in clean air. I’m extremely lucky to have such a well-prepared car and team.
"A lot of people say it’s no different than racing Talladega, but you actually have to get on the wheel and drive the car. Daytona seemed a lot tighter, and your car has to handle well if you want it to be fast.
"It was a flawless day for our race team; I wouldn't have changed a thing on Sunday. Mother Nature got us this time, but mark my words, we'll be even stronger in the weeks and months to come."
Yah; some strong words but so what; that's what it takes to win at this level. If you think you can, then you can, but you first must think it. Lusk may have every reason to believe he'll be stronger in the weeks to come considering Atlanta is the next stop on the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour. It was there in 2000, that a relatively unknown racer, at least in those parts, finished a solid 4th, his career-best finish to date.
"All I can think about is this place (Atlanta Motor Speedway). I wish it were this weekend. Two years ago I came within a few feet of winning the race and now with the race team that we've assembled, I think we'll be a factor all week long.
"Atlanta is a complete turn-around for a lot of drivers, including myself. You're coming off a three week break from Daytona which is a wide open restrictor plate race track, to a track that is one mile shorter and the speeds are going to be even faster.
"When you enter turn one in Atlanta, it almost takes your breath away for the first couple of laps. I love this place, especially qualifying. A really consistent racecar, a well-balanced car, a ton of horse under the hood, and good pit stops will win this race.
"The race team that does these things the best will most likely finish on top. I can hardly wait.’
Lusk got his ARCA RE/MAX Series start in 2000 driving for NASCAR/ARCA legend James Hylton who was first to give the newcomer a try, at least at this end of the world.
Lusk turned heads right off the bat after winning the Old Milwaukee Pole Award at, of all places, the Springfield IL Fairgrounds dirt-mile. It was Lusk's first ever start on dirt. He eventually finished 11th in the race. Outside of that, Lusk also finished 7th at Pocono in '01, 9th at Salem in '00 and 11th at Winchester in '00. At left, Damon's on dirt - the Springfield IL Fairgrounds mile.
In just a few appearances in '01, Lusk was a candidate to win on the Watkins Glen Int'l road course where he led 17 laps before the transmission broke. A veteran of the NASCAR Southwest Series tour (finished 4th in points there in '99), Lusk also has a few NASCAR Busch Series starts and is a graduate of the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Lusk has already announced that he, along with the WP Motorsports team, will be running all the ARCA RE/MAX Series superspeedway races in 2002 with the possibility of running the entire schedule. If the latter happens, a championship, based on past performance, would certainly not be out of the question. If you ask Lusk, he'll be the first to tell you it's within his grasp. It's that confidence thing; and it seems to be working.
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Contacts: Mark Rush - WP Motorsports Marketing
Don Radebaugh - ARCA PR/Media