Racing is like a bike to Lasoski: "You fall off and get right back on" WoO champion returns to site of accident. CONCORD, NC (September 27, 2002) -- The Pennzoil World of Outlaws are scheduled to return to Williams Grove Speedway this weekend,...
Racing is like a bike to Lasoski: "You fall off and get right back on"
WoO champion returns to site of accident.
CONCORD, NC (September 27, 2002) -- The Pennzoil World of Outlaws are scheduled to return to Williams Grove Speedway this weekend, and Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is glad to get back to the track. Why? Because racing is like riding a bike, according to Lasoski, driver of the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprint.
"It's like if you fall off, you get right back on and do it again. It's the same stuff you learned as a kid."
That is because Williams Grove (PA) is the track where "The Dude" was critically injured earlier this season, slowing his defense of the 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Championship. It was later determined that Lasoski ran over something on the track, puncturing his right rear tire and sending him into the outside fence at nearly full throttle.
"You know, I don't really remember anything about that accident, so going back to Williams Grove is nothing to me," said Lasoski. "It's just like we raced there before and we are coming back. Since I don't remember anything, in my mind, it never really happened, even though my body still sometimes tells me it did."
Danny doesn't expect anything special but to be contending for the weekend's big prize in the 40th Annual Williams Grove National Open. He is still looking to solidify his second-place spot in the WoO standings with only 11 races to go. Lasoski won't be thinking about his accident of months ago.
"You know, every time we strap ourselves into these cars, we know bad things can happen. That is just part of the game in racing. Every one of these guys out here knows that, and we accept it. It's just the name of the game."
Lasoski hopes the only thing that can beat him and the entire J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports team will be Mother Nature.
"We got rained out at Hagerstown (Speedway in Maryland). The only thing worse than rain, is being at the racetrack when it is raining. It really sucks man!"
Mathematically, Lasoski is still in the chase for the WoO point title, but he knows that it will take a miracle for him to capture back-to-back crowns.
"We never ever lost sight of the title, but Steve Kinser is not a stupid racer," said Lasoski. "He knows how to race for a championship. He likes to win, just like us, but he has a championship to hold on to. For us, all we can do is go out there and go for all the fast times and wins that we can. We do that, and the points will take care of themselves. We just want to win as many races as we can now.
"We had a bad weekend and just want to forget about that and move on. There are some big races coming up and Jimmy (Carr, crew chief) and the boys are getting this car ready. We're heading to Charlotte, and that is somewhere we want to run well."
The WoO Series was rained out Thursday night at Hagerstown. They will move to Williams Grove on Friday and Saturday and Port Royal Speedway on Sunday. Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com