Las Vegas Friday preliminary report

Furr Wins, Lasoski Tightens Grip on Title in World Finals Opener LAS VEGAS, NV (November 2) -- Brad Furr and Danny Lasoski were the stars of the show Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the Mopar Parts World Finals at Las...

Furr Wins, Lasoski Tightens Grip on Title in World Finals Opener

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 2) -- Brad Furr and Danny Lasoski were the stars of the show Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the Mopar Parts World Finals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Furr led all 30 laps to win the first feature race of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career while "The Dude" moved to within a 14th-place finish of claiming his first series championship.

Furr, the 13th different driver to win a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Preliminary Feature this season, joined Danny Wood, Paul McMahan, Jason Meyers and Shane Stewart as first-time winners in 2001.

"It (winning a Preliminary Feature) feels pretty good," Furr said, "I have to hand it to my crew, this Eagle car and Don Ott engine. The car was just the way we needed it to be -- sometimes tight is a little better. My guys did such a good job, I didn't have to do that much work. I should go out and do some gambling; my luck has been pretty good tonight.

"The (Las Vegas Motor Speedway track crew) guys put together a really good race track; it's beautiful."

TNN: The National Network taped the race for a Sunday afternoon telecast scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time.

Lasoski, who finished 71 points behind Mark Kinser in their battle for the 1999 series title, finished in fifth place. "Mopar Mark" finished 18th -- the sixth straight race he has been out of the top 13 -- to fall 34 points behind Lasoski heading into the final race of the season.

Furr, whose previous best finish in a Preliminary Feature was a fourth-place run at Texas Motor Speedway in March, was the 16th-fastest qualifier in the 50-car field. He won the Fourth O'Reilly Heat Race and his third Channellock Dash of the season for the right to start the 30-lap feature on the pole.

The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate drove his family's #2F Sanmina Eagle into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Wood, who won Tuesday's O'Reilly Grand Finale at State Fair Speedway, raced wheel-to-wheel with Furr through the third and fourth corners, but was unable to surge ahead.

Steve Kinser, the fastest of eight drivers breaking the previous single-lap record, drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past First O'Reilly Heat Race winner Johnny Herrera on the front straightaway to take over fourth place early in the second lap.

Furr was two seconds ahead of Wood when he entered lapped traffic five laps into the race. Wood narrowed the gap to .3 seconds in dense lapped traffic two laps later, however. Furr's daring move between Brian Coelho and Zach Chappell in turn two early in the eighth lap increased his advantage to 1.2 seconds.

Joey Saldana, the Winter Nationals winner at Devil's Bowl Speedway October 27th, joined the battle for the lead midway through the race. He and Wood closed to within .2 seconds of Furr midway through lap 17.

Wood slid over the cushion high in turn one six laps later, allowing Saldana to drive Dennis Roth's #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the runner-up spot.

Lasoski, who won the Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 4th and in 1999, took the high line around Herrera in turn four to take over fifth place 1 ½ laps later.

Saldana raced down the back stretch, took the high line through turn three and turned sharply into the low groove in the fourth corner in an effort to catch Furr, but was .17 seconds behind at the checkered flag.

"I really didn't know how close Joey (Saldana) was there at the end; I was just trying to make good laps," Furr said. "Maybe it was a good thing it was only 30 laps."

Crew chief Mike Harper was pleased to see Furr hold off Saldana.

"I didn't think we were ever going to get one (a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series victory)," Harper said. "We were too tight in traffic and it almost got us, but Brad did a great job. Tomorrow's a different race, and now everyone will be gunning for us."

Wood finished in third place, ahead of Steve Kinser, Lasoski, Craig Dollansky, Sammy Swindell, Jason Meyers, 15th-starting Andy Hillenburg and Herrera.

Steve Kinser set quick time for the eighth time this season, circling the semi-banked, ½-mile oval in 13.942 seconds, an average speed of 129.106 m.p.h.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Johnny Herrera