Despite not winning, Lasoski has used consistency to breakaway. "The Dude" collects second, third in route to retaking WoO point lead. CONCORD, NC (May 15, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski has had his share of up and down weekends this season.
Despite not winning, Lasoski has used consistency to breakaway.
"The Dude" collects second, third in route to retaking WoO point lead.
CONCORD, NC (May 15, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski has had his share of up and down weekends this season. He dominated the events in Talladega (AL), but he also lost a lot of ground at WoO's stop in Texas. As of late though, his weekends have constantly been on the high-end of the spectrum, as Lasoski and his number 20 Tony Stewart Motorsports / J.D. Byrider team continued to streak with two podium finishes in two nights at two different tracks. The consistency last weekend helped the defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion regain the point lead. He now leads Steve Kinser by 20-points heading into this week's Pennsylvania swing.
"We have been really steady as of late, and that's what it is going to take to keep getting better and win more races," said Lasoski. "We are always focused on the championship, but right now we want to win races. (Crew Chief) Jimmy Carr is what will help us win races and winning races will hopefully lead us to the championship at the end of the year. Tony Stewart has given me a great opportunity and I need to prove to him that he made the right choice. Weekends like this will only strength this team and get us to where we need to be."
Lasoski is headed in the right direction to accomplish those tasks. It started with last Friday night's events at State Fair Motor Speedway in Sedalia, MO. In the 17th feature program of the 2002 WoO season, Lasoski qualified an impressive third. He then finished fourth in his heat and second in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. Lasoski charged up through the field in the "A-Main" and after leading five laps, brought his Eagle Chassis home as the runner-up to Tyler Walker.
"That was a big night and it got the team's confidence up after a tough week," said Lasoski, referring to his team's mid-week announcement that sponsor Hamm America had dropped its support of Tony Stewart Motorsports. "We weren't the best that night, but good enough to come home close to the front and retake the point lead. The guys gave me a great car, and when it is that good, it makes driving kind of easy."
With the series having a rare early season weekend of double feature programs at different tracks on consecutive nights, the J.D Byrider team moved its focus to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL, the hometown of sponsor American Compressed Steel. Despite not winning, Lasoski didn't disappoint the fans and sponsors, setting quick-time for the sixth time this season. A solid night's program resulted with Lasoski coming home third. He now has a series' leading 16 top-10 finishes.
"I am so proud of the J.D. Byrider boys," added Lasoski. " We will take this and move on with a busy week ahead. This is the time of the year that we need to run like we have been running as of late. We have a crucial stretch of races coming up at tracks we have run both good and bad at. It should be pretty exciting."
"The Dude's" week will get very busy, as the WoO superstar will visit two more tracks for three races in three nights. The series will visit one of the most exciting tracks on the circuit for two nights of action, Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA. And then the action wraps up with a single night show at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD on Saturday night.
As always, fans can follow the action via the internet radio at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com