NST: Cottage Grove preview

NST heads to Cottage Grove, Ore. Tuesday National Sprint Tour teams continue their Northwest swing with a Tuesday, Aug. 29 race at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore. Danny 'The Dude' Lasoski, headed into the Aug. 25-26 NST races...

NST heads to Cottage Grove, Ore. Tuesday

National Sprint Tour teams continue their Northwest swing with a Tuesday, Aug. 29 race at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore.

Danny 'The Dude' Lasoski, headed into the Aug. 25-26 NST races at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. with his hot streak intact.

The streak only got hotter as Lasoski swept the Elma weekend. Lasoski has finished in the top-10 every race but one of the first 34 races this season, and has notched 9 wins along the way, including the Elma weekend sweep.

Lasoski is still being chased by Steve 'The King' Kinser. Kinser and Lasoski have both been running together up front the last few weeks, seemingly attached by magnets. Kinser was second in Friday's Elma show, and finished third on Saturday after a desperate attempt to pass Lasoski in the final corner dropped him a spot.

Kinser's teammate Tim Kaeding has notched 12 wins on the season, but inconsistent finishes dropped him to third place in points. Kaeding got by his boss in the final turn Saturday to take second.

Lasoski won last year at the 0x00bc-mile Cottage Grove bullring. Steve Kinser's son Kraig, now driving in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, won at Cottage Grove in 2004. He became the third Kinser to win at the track, where his dad has won three times (1995, 2000 and 2003).

The win at Cottage Grove last year was the first win in a difficult season for Lasoski, who rejoined the Roth Motorsports team in the off-season. Lasoski raced for the Dennis and Teresa Roth-owned operation from 1998-2000.

"It has always been a good track," Lasoski said of Cottage Grove. "They let it get wide, so we are able to put on a good show."

Despite winning there last year, Lasoski doesn't approach Cottage Grove differently than any other race.

"There is basically no difference," he said. "It's a different year, and things are different. Dirt changes from year to year, so you've got to go in with an open mind."

More so than last year's win, Lasoski has a good feeling this year due to how strong his team has been running all season.

"I've got confidence in my guys, and they have confidence in me," Lasoski said. "You're confident every venue you go to."

Other NST drivers racing at Cottage Grove are the talented trio of Jasons -- Jason Meyers, Jason Sides and Jason Solwold -- as well as Brian Paulus, Kerry Madsen Dean Jacobs and Shane Stewart, who drives for the Washington-based Rudeen Racing Team. Jacobs, who recently picked up his first two top-fives in NST competition, continues to fill in for the injured Tim Shaffer.

Four other drivers recently signed on to run the rest of the NST season, which moves to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. on Sept. 5 after the Cottage Grove race.

The new drivers are Chad Hillier, Travis Rilat, Jonathan Allard and Stevie Smith. Hillier hails from Sedro-Woolley, Wash. and is the second Northwest native on the series. The other is Burlington, Wash. native Solwold, who won his second NST race of the year Aug. 19 in Billings, Mont.

For more information on the National Sprint Tour, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com. For more information on Cottage Grove Speedway, visit www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call Russell Leach at 541-206-7111.

Tickets for the Cottage Grove NST race are $35.

-credit: nst

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brian Paulus , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Jonathan Allard , Kerry Madsen , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Tim Kaeding