FORT WORTH, TX (September 9) -- Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski exchanged the points lead 11 times before injuries suffered in a July 26th crash at Williams Grove Speedway dashed Lasoski's hopes of repeating as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series...
FORT WORTH, TX (September 9) -- Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski exchanged the points lead 11 times before injuries suffered in a July 26th crash at Williams Grove Speedway dashed Lasoski's hopes of repeating as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion.
Although "The Dude" missed four events, he is still within four "A" Feature victories, four top-five finishes and four top-10s of the 16-time series champion. Although both have won four preliminary features, Lasoski is 312 behind in the most important column, however: total points.
The drivers chasing the points leaders are as tightly bunched as "The King of the Outlaws" and Lasoski ever were as they head to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track for the O'Reilly Texas Showdown scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
Joey Saldana and Craig Dollansky are tied for third place, Mark Kinser and Tim Shaffer are even in fifth and Donny Schatz leads Brad Furr by only two points in their battle for seventh place. Dollansky, the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion, has been the most consistent of the non-leaders with 46 top-10 finishes, including 25 in the top five. Saldana has won five main events and three preliminaries and leads the series with 17 fast times, however.
Two-time series champion Mark Kinser has won three "A" Features and four preliminaries, but Shaffer caught him with a third-place finish in Saturday's Gold Cup Race of Champions finale, an event Kinser won a year ago. Schatz and Kinser have each recorded 36 top-10 finishes, including 20 in the top-five. Furr tightened his battle with Schatz by winning the "A" Feature at Watsonville Speedway two days before the 49th Annual Gold Cup opened at Silver Dollar Speedway.
Defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion Daryn Pittman has to be considered the most improved driver this season. The back injury he suffered March 9th at Hollywood Hills Speedway kept him from qualifying for that event and out of eight other races. Projecting his averages of eighth place in "A" Features and seventh in preliminaries give him 8,198 points --seven more than third-place Saldana and Dollansky. Pittman ranks 12th in the point standings, but only two drivers have won more "A" Features and six finished in the top five more often.