Lasoski Looks Forward to Chili Bowl December 28, 2004 - The Holidays are nearly over and that can mean only one thing, the 19th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals are just around the corner. According to the entry list, the World of Outlaws...
Lasoski Looks Forward to Chili Bowl
December 28, 2004 - The Holidays are nearly over and that can mean only one thing, the 19th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals are just around the corner. According to the entry list, the World of Outlaws will be well represented in this year's Bowl and Danny "the Dude" Lasoski, for one, is ready for some midget racing action at the Tulsa Expo Center. "I can't wait. The Chili Bowl is one of the most fun races for me all year. It is a chance for me to race with my buddies. Not for points, not for money--just for fun," said Lasoski.
Lasoski will again be part of the Eagle Squadron assembled by Eagle Chassis founder and owner Jerry Russell. For this year's Chili Bowl, Russell has formed a diverse group of racers including Lasoski, 2002 Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart, DIRT Modified racing star Brett Hearn and Florida shock jock Bubba The Love Sponge. "As usual, I think Jerry's cars will be well represented at this year's Chili Bowl. Everybody knows what Smoke is capable of in a midget. Brett Hearn is one of, if not the best modified drivers in the country. And Bubba, well we'll just have to see about that one," laughed Lasoski. "I will say Bubba has worked real hard and has done everything we have asked him to do to prepare for the Chili Bowl."
Although the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion only races a midget once a year, he has fared well at the Chili Bowl. Lasoski has finished second in the A Main three times (1997, 2001 & 2004) and has amassed eight top-ten finishes in his 13 appearances. When asked about his success in Tulsa Lasoski said, "I think I have a really good feel for midgets. It is pretty intense racing and you gotta have your elbows up the entire time. I only get to do it (race midgets) once a year and we have a blast," said Lasoski. "I caught some flack last year for skipping the WoO race in Australia, but if they wouldn't have scheduled the same weekend as the Chili Bowl I would've been there for sure. I just couldn't miss the Chili Bowl."
Lasoski is scheduled to qualify on Wednesday night to get his Bass Pro Shop #20L midget into Saturday night's show. "I don't like to wait around. I want to get there and get going. If all goes well, I can get qualified and be done for two days. That way I can be there to help Smoke on Thursday, and Bubba and Brett on Friday. Mopar put up an extra $10,000 if one of their motors wins the race so that gives us something extra to shoot for. But anybody will tell you this race isn't about the money. The list of drivers to win that race is pretty special and I'd love to add mine to it" said Lasoski.