Eagle: Premlimary race report

Lasoski Beats Kinsers in Eagle Nationals Opener EAGLE, NE (June 19) -- Danny Lasoski passed Mark Kinser early in the 16th lap and held off Steve Kinser to win the Preliminary Feature when the World of Outlaws Sprint Series opened the 21st...

Lasoski Beats Kinsers in Eagle Nationals Opener

EAGLE, NE (June 19) -- Danny Lasoski passed Mark Kinser early in the 16th lap and held off Steve Kinser to win the Preliminary Feature when the World of Outlaws Sprint Series opened the 21st Annual Eagle Nationals Saturday at Eagle Raceway.

The 1.3-second victory was Lasoski's first in a World of Outlaws Sprint Series feature race at Eagle's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval.

"I hope all the Eagle Raceway fans enjoyed that one," Lasoski yelled to the capacity crowd. "It doesn't get any better than a one-third-mile bullring. Mark, Steve and I were really going at it through the traffic, and we were just in the right place at the right time. I have to thank this J.D. Byrider team, Jimmy Carr and Todd Splain for working so hard. We couldn't do it without them, and these Kistler engines, Eagle Chassis and Hoosier Tires. I didn't want to get fired (for going into June without a victory). I just hope everyone comes back tomorrow night, and we'll try to put on just as good a show again."

Lasoski, who won three consecutive main events in early June, was 124 points behind Steve Kinser in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings following his first preliminary victory of the season.

"The Dude," the ninth-fastest qualifier, drove 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle to victory in the Second Dash Race for the privilege of starting the 30-lap feature on the front row.

Mark Kinser, making his debut in Dennis Roth's #83 Beef Packers Maxim, earned the pole by winning the First Dash Race. The two-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the evening's main event. Steve Kinser, whose crew replaced the engine in his #11 Quaker State Maxim after the First Dash Race, passed Jason Sides with an inside move in turn four late in the second lap.

Mark Kinser was .33 seconds ahead of "The Dude" when he entered lapped traffic three laps into the race. Lasoski passed Mark deep in the second corner three laps later, only to have both Kinser cousins pass him between turns three and four. Lasoski and "The King of the Outlaws" exchanged second place during laps 10 and 14, passing each other with inside moves in the fourth corner.

Paul McMahan lost seventh place early in the 15th lap when the #11H Selma Shell Maxim spun in turn two. A radiator problem in the #11K Delco Remy International Maxim forced Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year points leader Kraig Kinser to surrender the ninth position during the caution period.

"The Dude" chased Mark Kinser down the front straightaway as the green flag replaced the yellow, and took the lead with an inside move between the first and second corners several seconds later. Steve Kinser passed Mark for the runner-up spot in the same spot the next time around.

Lasoski was .8 seconds ahead of the defending Eagle Nationals champion when he caught the back-markers during lap 19. Kinser closed to within .3 seconds of the leader in dense lapped traffic four laps later, but a daring move past Erin Crocker and Brandon Wimmer enabled Lasoski to increase his advantage to .9 seconds late in the 25th lap.

"The Dude" and Steve Kinser narrowly missed Bob Bennett, who jumped the cushion and flipped in the second corner, two laps later. Brooke Tatnell and Third Heat Race winner Donny Schatz passed Joey Saldana between turns one and two for fourth and fifth places as the race resumed. Tim Shaffer drove the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim past Schatz entering the fourth corner late in lap 29.

Tatnell, the only Australian driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event, passed Mark Kinser for third place with an inside move between turns one and two early in the final lap. Shaffer raced wheel-to-wheel with Kinser through the third and fourth corners, but was unable to surge ahead.

Shaffer raced past five cars to finish in fifth place. Schatz, who won the 1/3-Mile Short-Track Nationals at Eagle Raceway last September, finished sixth. Saldana drove the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim into seventh place, ahead of 14th-starting Second Heat Race winner Jason Meyers, Jason Sides and Craig Dollansky. Saldana's seventh-place finish pushed him past Kraig Kinser into seventh place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings.

Sammy Swindell paced the qualifying session with a 106.11-M.P.H. lap, but a broken hose in the #12X Beaver Drill & Tool Maxim caused him to finish last in the First Heat Race. The three-time series champion won the "B" Feature and raced into 11th place from inside the ninth row in the evening's main event.

Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jonathan Allard won the First Heat Race and drove the #35 PRT Travel Maxim past three cars to finish 13th in the Preliminary Feature.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Erin Crocker , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Jason Sides , Jonathan Allard , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan