BRIDGEPORT, NJ (October 1) -- Danny Lasoski, nicknamed "Catfish" by car owner and NASCAR Winston Cup champion a few years ago because he loves to race in the low groove, might just as well be nicknamed "Big Track" during the O'Reilly World of ...
BRIDGEPORT, NJ (October 1) -- Danny Lasoski, nicknamed "Catfish" by car owner and NASCAR Winston Cup champion a few years ago because he loves to race in the low groove, might just as well be nicknamed "Big Track" during the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' Silver Anniversary Season.
"The Dude," as his grandfather nicknamed within hours of his birth, has recorded eight of his 10 "A" Feature victories at larger racing facilities in 2003. His affinity for big, sweeping tracks has Lasoski eager for Sunday's Eastern Tour Finale at Bridgeport Speedway's semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval.
Bridgeport Speedway is one of only nine of 50 tracks the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series will visit this season where points leader Steve Kinser has yet to win. Only six of Kinser's 23 main event victories in 2003 have come at tracks a half-mile or larger in length, and three of those were at Eldora Speedway. "The King of the Outlaws" won the main event at Rolling Wheels Raceway -- the only other 5/8-mile oval the series visits -- on May 28th, however.
The defending and 17-time series champion opened a season-high 74-point lead over Lasoski Saturday with a flag-to-flag victory at the Talladega Short Track. Kinser has raced into the top 10 in 53 of 59 main events, including 42 in the top five. He has also won 23 "A" Features, six Preliminary Features and 25 Dash Races, all of which lead the series.
Sammy Swindell recorded the first clean sweep in O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series history the last time the series visited Bridgeport Speedway -- on August 7, 1995 -- setting the single-lap record and winning the First Heat Race, the Dash Race and the "A" Feature.
Lasoski recorded the series' first preliminary clean sweep during the 11th Annual Harvest Classic August 30th at Calistoga Speedway.