Lasoski Banks 29th Annual East Bay Winternationals February 6, 2005 -- Danny Lasoski and the Tony Stewart Motorsports team swept the final two nights at the 29th Annual East Bay Winternationals, beginning with a dominating performance Friday...
Lasoski Banks 29th Annual East Bay Winternationals
February 6, 2005 -- Danny Lasoski and the Tony Stewart Motorsports team swept the final two nights at the 29th Annual East Bay Winternationals, beginning with a dominating performance Friday when he started in the 20th spot before making his way to victory lane. He backed up the strong preliminary performance by controlling Saturday night's finale en route to the $10,000 prize. Lasoski entered the event tied with Chad Kemenah as high-point man following three nights of preliminary competition. With the top six point totals inverted, "The Dude" started the A Main in the fifth spot. Lasoski took the lead on the fifth circuit and never looked back.
Lasoski held off charges by Craig Dollansky following numerous restarts during A Main competition, but he and Dollansky were the class of the field lapping up to fifth place at the checkered flag despite all the restarts. "Our car was awesome tonight. We came down to Florida for a chance to do some testing and experimenting. After making a lot of changes we found a few things that really worked well for us, although the racing surface here is very sandy and it is unlike anywhere else we race," Lasoski explained. "Even still, there are a few things we will take with us."
"I can't say enough about my crew. Jimmy Carr, Todd Splain and Mikey Kuemper did a great job tonight. They had the car dialed in perfect for the way the track turned out. It looked like everybody was running through the middle waiting for the track to take rubber. Surprisingly it never did and I just stayed up on the top and rode right by them," Lasoski explained.
The victory was Lasoski's third of the season and brought his career win total at East Bay Raceway to eight. "This is a great way to start out the year. Our team has won three shows out of the seven we have run. That goes to show you how good of team we have. I want to thank my guys for all their hard work. I also want to thank my car owner, Tony Stewart, and Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops for having faith in us to represent his company for the next five years. JD Byrider and Mopar are continuing their support and we couldn't be happier," said Lasoski.
Racing resumes for Lasoski and company on Tuesday at Volusia County Speedway and continues through Sunday. With 15 career victories at Volusia, Lasoski hopes to ride the momentum from this week to add to that total.