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Lasoski Looks to Continue Success at Cottage Grove Speedway While many World of Outlaws drivers have been using some of the free time they have had during their recent trip to the scenic Pacific Northwest to fish, golf, sightsee or just relax...

Lasoski Looks to Continue Success at Cottage Grove Speedway

While many World of Outlaws drivers have been using some of the free time they have had during their recent trip to the scenic Pacific Northwest to fish, golf, sightsee or just relax and catch up on sleep, Danny Lasoski has been focusing entirely on racing. In fact last week in between events, he flew back home to Dover, Missouri and worked in the shop for a couple of days, as he continues to make sure all the pieces are in place to finish off the 2007 season on a strong note, as well as prepare for the 2008 campaign.

Lasoski still has plenty of opportunities for all of this hard work to pay off this season and pick up wins, with 21 nights of racing still on the calendar. The next chance for him to return to the winner's circle will come on Wednesday, August 29 as the World of Outlaws return to Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon, a track that he has won at three times in his career. He won for the first time at the high-banked ¼-mile in 1999 and followed that up with another victory in 2002. He also triumphed in the World of Outlaws last visit to the track in 2005. He is one of just two drivers that have won more than one A-Feature event at the track with the series.

"I enjoy going over there and we've had a lot of success there," said Lasoski, driver of the Roth Motorsports JEI. "Every time we go there, the track is really wide and there is some great racing. We look forward to going and putting on a great show for the Oregon fans."

With laps approaching the nine-second range in time trials, Lasoski notes that everything on the car must be working with how quick everything happen on the high-banks. The track record of 10 seconds flat was established last season and looks to be challenged again in time trials this season. There is only one track on the World of Outlaws schedule that has a sub-10 second track record and that is U.S 36 Raceway in Missouri.

"You have to have your car rotating in the center of the corner and yet be able to drive off the top and the bottom nice and straight," explained the 2001 World of Outlaws champion. "A lot of guys can be good one or the other, but not both. It's tough to find that balance, but it is a key at Cottage Grove."

Lasoski, who has 77 career wins with the World of Outlaws always enjoys racing on the tight tracks of the West Coast. He finished fifth last season at Cottage Grove Speedway with the National Sprint Tour. The event on August 29 will be the seventh consecutive on a short track for the World of Outlaws. With the tight quarters, and 24 cars starting the A-Feature, negotiating traffic will be a key factor for all 40 laps of the race. In his career, Lasoski has led 73 laps at the track in 11 starts with the series.

"Traffic absolutely will come into play," smiled the veteran driver. "Any time you come out west, it's short and sticky race tracks with a lot of traffic. That is what we like to do, race in traffic."

After completing three races in a four-day period on Monday night in the World of Outlaws return to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington, Lasoski and his team will have one day off to travel south on Interstate 5 to Oregon for Wednesday's event. This week the series will compete four times in a seven-day period at three tracks in three different states, which is just fine with Lasoski, who began his season in early January by competing against several World of Outlaws drivers in Australia. He then returned to the United States and went right to Florida to turn some extra laps prior to the World of Outlaws season opener in the Sunshine state and has been racing every since.

"I could race every day, but it's good to get my guys a couple of days break," admitted Lasoski. "If it was up to me, we would race every day of the week."

Lasoski enters the event at Cottage Grove Speedway a very solid third in championship points. He has won three times this season, at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky, Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania and Tri-City Speedway in Illinois. He has 40 Top-10 finishes on the season, with 21 of those being in the Top-Five.

"Winning races is what it's all about," he said. "We're not really looking at the points, they will be what they are. We just want to win races. We feel like we have let a few wins get away from us, but we are not giving up by any means. We'll just keep working at it and hopefully build from it."

With a veteran team led by Dave Whitworth along with Rob Hart and Steve Tiner, Lasoski knows he will have a fast car every time they roll it off the trailer. That is evident by the three win he has in the Crane Cams Dash this year, which have earned him the same number of pole positions, as well as setting quick time twice in time trials.

"I really do feel like we have one of the strongest teams out here," he said. "Dennis Roth has done everything he can do to give us the pieces to win. We will continue to do that and build for next year and look to pick up a few more wins this season."

On Wednesday, August 29 at Cottage Grove Speedway all tickets will be $36. For ticket information call 541-942-7561 or visit: www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski