AUS: Down Under II second night report

Danny Lasoski Captures Victory on Second Night of Racing at Outlaws Down Under II Granville, NSW, Australia -- January 15, 2005 -- By WoO Sprint PR The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is back on top. With 22 laps to go on Night Two at Outlaws...

Danny Lasoski Captures Victory on Second Night of Racing at Outlaws Down Under II

Granville, NSW, Australia -- January 15, 2005 -- By WoO Sprint PR

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is back on top. With 22 laps to go on Night Two at Outlaws Down Under II, Danny Lasoski grabbed the lead and drove off with a victory.

The Dude went to the low side of the speedway in Turns 2 and 4 at Parramatta City Raceway and slipped past Aussie natives Trevor Green and Kerry Madsen, the opening night winner, to take the lead and eventually win by half a lap.

Madsen wound up second followed by Outlaws stars Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser and Jason Meyers. Outlaws legend Sammy Swindell was sixth.

"Kerry Madsen's usually the king of the bottom here at Parramatta, but he went to the top, and we just took the opening on the bottom," said Lasoski, the 2001 Outlaws champion who drives a car owned by NASCAR star Tony Stewart. "This Eagle chassis with a Kistler engine went really good on Hoosier tires, and I just have to thank my crew for working so hard for me. I'm really impressed with Brian Healey and the entire staff here. This track is everything they said it was and more.

"We maybe have a little bit of an advantage with this Mopar motor -- they seem to have a little more torque and maybe not quite as much horsepower, but it certainly seems to fit my driving style."

Tim Shaffer, the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, started on the pole in the A-Main, but gave the lead to Green on the first lap in Turn 4. Then the action really turned hot.

Kevin Swindell's car hit the tire of a fellow competitor as they exited Turn 4 and sent him into the frontstretch wall, but he was able to walk away.

A lap later, after Lasoski passed Schatz and Meyers low in Turns 3 and 4, a scary crash by Tim Kaeding brought out a red flag. Kaeding flipped several times in Turn 2 after jumping the cushion. Fortunately, he also walked away uninjured.

After that, the feature settled down with the front-runners stretching out their advantage.

"Danny went right out of my radar, but the main goal was just to get locked into the top four in points," said Madsen, an Aussie native who moved to Knoxville, Iowa, to improve his racing. "I'm just happy to be in this company. I've beat Donny [Schatz] twice now, so that's pretty good. Looks like we'll have to scratch our head a bit about Danny."

Schatz's third-place run, after starting 13th, was an improvement from his sixth-place finish in the opener.

"We're just glad to be here [in the top three]," Schatz said. "Our goal was to get locked into the top four in points, and hopefully we got that done. I know we gave it our best shot. Danny was really good. I couldn't even see him at the end of the race."

Shaffer and Green won the dashes, while Kraig Kinser, the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, won the B-Main. Outlaws star Craig Dollansky had engine trouble in qualifying and parked his car for the night.

Follow all the action from Australia by listening to live audio broadcasts at www.sprintcarworld.com.au. The racing continues overnight Saturday beginning at about 11 p.m. Eastern.

-woo-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Jason Meyers , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Tim Kaeding