ALLSTAR: Volusia Speedway Park Sunday race report

BARBERVILLE, FL - In a repeat of last year's performance, Danny Lasoski captured the $7,000 winner's check Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature. In front of another standing room only crowd, Lasoski ...

BARBERVILLE, FL - In a repeat of last year's performance, Danny Lasoski captured the $7,000 winner's check Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park in the All Star sprint 30-lap feature. In front of another standing room only crowd, Lasoski became the fourth different winner in four nights of racing at VSP, wheeling the Eagle Chassis owned by Winston Cup Star Tony Stewart. Lasoski utilized a powerplant built by new All Star contingency sponsor Kistler Engines for his wire-to-wire performance.

The "Dude," from Higginsville, MO, in victory lane, stated he "had the best crew chief in the world, Jimmy Carr, and best owner, Tony Stewart." Stewart, who earlier in the day captured a NASCAR checkered at Daytona, told Lasoski it would be nice if he could win today also.

The top six in points from the previous three nights of action were inverted for the start, putting Lasoski on the pole with Danny Wood outside row one. Tim Shaffer and Rodney Duncan comprised the second row, followed by Lance Dewease and Joey Saldana.

With perfect weather and a hard and slick track surface, Lasoski took command for the 15 mile contest at the drop of the green flag, followed by Wood and Shaffer. A Ryan Flynn spin on lap three slowed the action, but Lasoski was able to pull away from Wood again on the restart with Shaffer still third ahead of Saldana and seventh starting Dale Blaney. Mike Wagner lost a left rear wheel on lap eight for the second caution flag, with Lasoski still on top.

With one third of the event complete; Blaney made a move on Saldana, snaring the fourth spot behind Lasoski, Wood and Shaffer, who were working heavy lapped traffic. Lap 13 was unlucky for California's Flynn, who tangled with Jason Sides as the running order remained the same up front. Terry McCarl pulled off a pass for fifth around Saldana following the restart as Lasoski was comfortably out front. Rodney Duncan was now on the move after fading early as he passed Saldana and McCarl to re-enter the top five behind Lasoski, Wood, Shaffer and Blaney. In traffic Blaney ducked around Shaffer for third on lap 18. The two battled back and fourth for the next five circuits until Shaffer retook the spot on lap 23. Wayne Johnson spun on lap 28, collecting Jeff Shepard, setting up a two-lap dash to the finish for Lasoski. Lasoski kept Wood at bay when the green came out again, but then Blaney blew a right rear tire for yet another yellow on the white flag lap, dropping him from fourth, moving James Chesson to that spot after starting ninth. Lasoski led the final circuit, keeping Wood at bay for the win.

"I just tried to put on a good show for the fans," Wood said of his runner-up finish. "Lapped cars kept me from catching Lasoski."

Shaffer was a steady third in his own machine, with Saldana regaining fourth on the last restart ahead of Ronald Laney, Chesson, Duncan, Greg Hodnett, up from 14th, Billy Pauch from the last row and the U2 of Travis Rilat.

The K-T Equipment heat went to Blaney, the JB Enterprise Racing Products heat to Ronald Laney, the Crown Battery Heat to James Chesson and the Engler Machine & Tool heat to fell to Hodnett. Flynn won the Georgia Marketing & Promotions C Main, Jason Sides the B Main and Shaffer captured the Haulmark Dash. A total of 48 cars were on hand.

-Scott Hall

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , James Chesson , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Billy Pauch