NST: Wyoming doubleheader preview

NST set for Wyoming doubleheader ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- National Sprint Tour points leader Danny Lasoski has stressed all summer he doesn't worry about the points. The way Lasoski's been running lately, the other drivers won't have to worry...

NST set for Wyoming doubleheader

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. -- National Sprint Tour points leader Danny Lasoski has stressed all summer he doesn't worry about the points.

The way Lasoski's been running lately, the other drivers won't have to worry about points soon, either.

As the NST teams get ready for the Sept. 15-16 doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo., Lasoski is on a roll and threatening to put the title out of reach.

Lasoski heads to Wyoming 92 points ahead of Steve Kinser in the chase for the inaugural NST championship. Lasoski has earned 2,783 points compared to 2,691 for Kinser.

That lead has come in large part to consistency, since Lasoski has finished in the top-10 an impressive 35 times this season.

For those keeping count, there have been 36 races run so far.

In recent weeks, Lasoski has added domination to the consistency. He entered August with six wins on the season, and now has 10 after winning four of the last seven NST races.

Even more impressively, Lasoski won three of the four races recently held on the West Coast. The wins included a sweep in Elma, Wash. and a convincing victory last time out in Hanford, Calif. At the other race in Cottage Grove, Ore., Lasoski suffered steering damage but still came home fifth.

Following the Hanford win Sept. 5, Lasoski had a simple explanation for why the team has been especially strong of late.

"It's because our guys are working hard, and because of our Kistler engine program," Lasoski said. "We come into every race with a good attitude."

Kinser has the same number of top-five finishes as Lasoski (25) but has half the wins and three fewer top-10s.

Kinser's teammate Tim Kaeding sits third in points, 77 behind his boss. Kaeding leads the series with 13 wins to date, but has been plagued by some inconsistencies.

The last two races were a microcosm of the feast-or-famine season Kaeding is having. After a late race pass around Jason Sides to win in Cottage Grove, Ore. on his 28th birthday, the California native spun while running third in Hanford and ultimately finished 12th.

Two of the Jasons in the NST are comfortable in their positions. Jason Meyers, whose homecoming at Hanford included a car fire and contact with Kaeding before finishing sixth, sits fourth in the standings. He is 151 points behind Kaeding and 70 points ahead of fifth place Jason Solwold.

Solwold finished second at Hanford and is optimistic the good run means his Lon Carnahan-owned team is back in the groove. Solwold won Aug. 19 in Billings, Mont. but the Washington native struggled on the Northwest swing.

"We needed that run," Solwold said following the Hanford race. "We've struggled the last few weeks. We just weren't racing that well, so second is a great finish. We've been off on the car, and the driver has been a little off. I think we got back on track."

The best points battle is for sixth between Paul McMahan and Sides. McMahan, still searching for his first win, currently holds a slim eight-point lead over Sides, who won at Sedalia, Mo. in June.

Rounding out the top-10 in points are Shane Stewart, Brian Paulus and Kerry Madsen, who scored his first NST top-five finish in Hanford with a fifth. All three of those drivers are still looking for their first NST win.

-credit: nst

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Series Sprint
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Brian Paulus , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Tim Kaeding