Lasoski looking to bag inaugural NST title this weekend TULARE, Calif. -- With a 101-point lead heading into the National Sprint Tour season finale weekend, Danny Lasoski is approaching this weekend differently, right? "Absolutely not,"...
Lasoski looking to bag inaugural NST title this weekend
TULARE, Calif. -- With a 101-point lead heading into the National Sprint Tour season finale weekend, Danny Lasoski is approaching this weekend differently, right?
"Absolutely not," said Lasoski, who leads Steve Kinser on the strength of 10 wins and 36 top-10 finishes in 37 races. "I really don't know how much we're leading by. Our focus has not changed. We're doing the same thing we do every weekend."
Lasoski and his Roth Motorsports team have plenty of incentive to win this weekend. Not only is the title on the line, but Tulare is very close to where car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth live.
"We're going into Dennis Roth country, so we're going to try to win both nights," Lasoski said. "We have the best racers in the NST, plus the best competitors in the west are battling. We are just going to go for the win."
Lasoski is racing the same special black paint scheme he drove to victory last month in Hanford, Calif.
"We've got the HR black scheme back on, and Dennis is helping to promote the weekend," Lasoski said. "It ran really good (last month). It is Dennis' contribution to his dad."
The NST races at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway Friday and Saturday night. The track hosted the inaugural NST weekend back in February, with Kinser recording a sweep.
Recent rainouts have hurt Kinser's chances to gain ground on Lasoski in the points. However, 'The Dude' has a different outlook.
"We never like rainouts," Lasoski said. "That's the wrong aspect to look at it. We look at it as in those races, we could have gained points. We love to race. We look forward to this weekend."
While Lasoski is expecting a tough field of competitors, he is expecting Kinser and his teammate Tim Kaeding to provide the stiffest challenge. That has been the case much of the year, with Kinser notching five wins and Kaeding leading the series with 14 wins.
"It seems like every race we've been to, those two cars have been a pain in the butt," Lasoski said with a laugh.
During the summer, Lasoski traded the points lead back and forth with the two Steve Kinser Racing entries. However, Lasoski's consistency plus a late summer surge of wins added up to his sizeable points lead.
"It's just a tribute to a bunch of great guys working on the car," he said. "They've been doing a great job servicing the cars. Ten wins is really good. We just take it one race at a time."
Lasoski may not pay attention to the point standings, but he does realize what it would mean to take home the inaugural National Sprint Tour championship.
"It would just be one of those memories you never forget," he said. "This series is something that Fred Brownfield started, and is a great thing. There can only be one first-time champion."
Tickets are available by calling the track at 559-688-0909. Friday's tickets are $25 for bleacher seats, $30 to $35 for reserved grandstand seats, and $40 for box seats. Saturday's tickets are $30 for bleacher seats, $35 to $40 for reserved grandstand seats, and $45 for box seats.
For more information on the track including seating charts, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com. For more information on the NST, visit www.nationalsprinttour.com.