Lasoski to race in Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA (August 7) - Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Danny Lasoski says he's ready to race again. "The Dude" has not raced since suffering a concussion and a broken ankle in a July 26th crash at the Cleveland Brothers...

KNOXVILLE, IA (August 7) - Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Danny Lasoski says he's ready to race again.

"The Dude" has not raced since suffering a concussion and a broken ankle in a July 26th crash at the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.

Lasoski declared himself fit to defend his Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals championship Wednesday after taking four laps in the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle. He raced well in the final hot-lap session, passing Ty Bartz and Josh Higday, who later won the Fourth Heat Race in Wednesday's first preliminary program.

"It's like I'd never been out of the car," said Lasoski, who led the point standings entering the Williams Grove event. "That may be because I'd been knocked out and don't remember anything. It felt like I'd just been racing last weekend.

"The only thing that bothered me was when sunlight hit me in the eyes. It kind of shocked me because that had never bothered me before. The rest of it was fine."

Lasoski, who also won the Nationals in 1998, has won seven championships and 78 feature races at Knoxville Raceway.

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I could race. I'm not fooling around. I'm serious about this race. This is my second home. I may be from Missouri (Dover), but this is my second home."

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski
Teams Williams