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World of Outlaws #20
2004 Performance Profile - Week 6
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion
Where They've Been..
Fri., March 26 - Thunder Valley Speedway Feature in Union Hill, La., (semi-banked 3/8th mile oval)
Top-five: (1) Shane Stewart; (2) Terry McCarl; (3) Steve Kinser; (4) Brooke Tatnell; (5) Tim Shaffer
Danny Lasoski Finish: 12th (126 points earned)
Lasoski was the 13th fastest qualifier, lapping the 3/8th mile oval in 11.888 seconds.
Lasoski won the first heat race.
Sat., March 27 - Texas Shootout at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas (semi-banked 4/10th mile oval)
Top-five: (1) Steve Kinser; (2) Donny Schatz; (3) Brooke Tatnell; (4) Jason Meyers; (5) Brian Paulus
Danny Lasoski Finish: 7th (136 points earned)
Lasoski was the second-fastest qualifier, lapping the 4/10th mile oval in 13.724 seconds.
Where They're Going.
Sat., April 3 - NGK Spark Plugs Shootout at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth (semi-banked 4/10th mile oval)
The single lap record at the TMS Dirt Track is 12.276 seconds - held by Daryn Pittman (March 29, 2001)
Lasoski is a two-time "A" Feature winner at the TMS Dirt Track (Sept. 14, 2002 and March 31, 2000)
On Fri., April 2 at 9 p.m. EST, Lasoski will compete in round two of the Crown Royal IROC Series at Texas Motor Speedway. Speed will carry live coverage of the race.
In the eight races run thus far in 2004, Lasoski has been the fastest qualifier five times.
In 2003, Lasoski was the fastest qualifier 28 times, 20 more times than his nearest challenger in that category - Steve Kinser.
On the season thus far and the upcoming race at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track:
"We need to get our season turned around. We weren't that good our very first night out and we really haven't been that good since. We've struggled a little bit. But we've run well in the past at Texas and we're going in there with high hopes."
On running the IROC race at Texas:
"We ran some laps in practice Monday night and I got to be real comfortable real quick. We're starting on the pole and we think we've got a good shot at winning it.
"Texas is somewhat like Chicago in terms of the tracks I've raced on before with IROC. But it's definitely a little quicker than Chicago. And the fact that we're racing at night will make it a little different. I'm used to racing at night all year long, so Friday's race plays right into our hands."
Tony Stewart, owner
On the World of Outlaws being more competitive this year as compared to year's past:
"I think there's some validity to that. You still have the same guys who are usually there, but now you have another group of guys who are coming on and making a name for themselves in this series. I think the Outlaw series has a lot to be proud of."
On where the #20 World of Outlaws team ranks this season in terms of competitiveness:
"I think we definitely have room for improvement right now, but at the same time I feel like we have a lot of good things going on with our program. Five fast times are a lot to be proud of. There's still a lot of racing left in the year, and we're not going to get too worked up over the points this early in the season."
Advice for Lasoski in the IROC race at Texas:
"I'll definitely sit down and talk with him about it. But at the same time, Danny runs more practice laps in IROC than any of the other drivers in the series do. I honestly think he's going to be just fine. But I'm always available to help out whenever he needs it. I'll try to give him as much knowledge about as many different tracks as I can."
On things Lasoski will need to look out for during the IROC race:
"Probably just the way the banking falls off the corners. A lot of times the transition can get you in trouble in a real hurry if you're not paying attention. You need to hit your marks every lap."
Nuts and Bolts.
Lasoski runs an Eagle chassis in the World of Outlaws with horsepower supplied by Paul Kistler-built Mopar engines.
The #20 team's sponsors are.
J.D. Byrider, The Home Depot, Mopar, Massey Motorsports, Coca-Cola, Old Spice, American Compressed Steel, Hoosier Tire and Eagle Chassis
Team Principles: Danny Lasoski - driver; Tony Stewart - owner; Jimmy Carr - crew chief
The Outdoor Channel will produce and telecast 35 World of Outlaws events on a tape-delayed basis in 2004. The one-hour telecasts will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET between late March and mid-November as part of The Outdoor Channel's "Wednesday Night Horsepower." Most telecasts will air within 14 days of each race. Additional replays will be presented Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET and Thursdays at 10 p.m. PT.
Danny Lasoski At A Glance.
Lasoski in his fourth year with Tony Stewart Motorsports. He won the World of Outlaws championship in 2001, and finished second to 18-time champion Steve Kinser in 2002 and 2003.
Lasoski is in his third straight year of IROC competition. He and Kinser represent the World of Outlaws.
Lasoski is a three-time Knoxville Nationals champion (2003, 2001 & 1998).
Lasoski is a seven-time track champion at Knoxville Raceway (1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989 & 1986), and he is also the winningest driver in Knoxville track history with a total of 82 victories.
Lasoski was recognized as the Most Improved Driver following the 1998 World of Outlaws season.
Before joining the World of Outlaws full-time in 1998, Lasoski won three championships at the Jayhawk Nationals.
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