Nebraska: Saturday race report

Lasoski sweeps Dodge Great Plains Shootout. GREENWOOD, NE (May 3) -- Danny Lasoski overcame a mechanical malfunction for the second straight weekend to sweep his second straight O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series event. "The Dude" didn't let a...

Lasoski sweeps Dodge Great Plains Shootout.

GREENWOOD, NE (May 3) -- Danny Lasoski overcame a mechanical malfunction for the second straight weekend to sweep his second straight O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series event.

"The Dude" didn't let a broken throttle spring in the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle keep him from completing his sweep of the Dodge Great Plains Shootout Saturday at Nebraska Raceway Park. Lasoski's engine was losing power late in the Preliminary Feature during the Spring Classic at Knoxville Raceway the previous weekend.

"I think we broke a throttle return spring about 10 laps into the race," Lasoski said following his fourth straight feature victory. "The throttle would hang wide open, and I had to pull it back up with my toe. I figured somebody would be gaining on me, because I knew I wasn't making very good corners.

"I'm just proud of this whole J.D. Byrider Home Depot Mopar team. When you race with these guys, you take wins any time you can get them because it can turn around on you pretty quickly. Kistler Engines, Hoosier Tires, Eagle Chassis, they all make it possible for us to come out here and compete at this level."

Lasoski, who also took the checkered flag in Friday's Preliminary Feature, won his fifth Dash Race of the season for the right to start the 30-lap main event on the pole. "The Dude" drove NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's car into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Donny Schatz spun in the second corner, however, bringing back the original start.

Lasoski and fellow front-row starter Steve Kinser raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway as the green flag replaced the yellow. "The Dude" surged ahead in the second corner and was on his way to his fourth "A" Feature victory of the season.

Tyler Walker took the low line through the first and second corners to pass Second Heat Race winner Paul McMahan for fourth place early in lap three. Daryn Pittman, who started outside the sixth row, drove Sher-Don Motorsports' #21 Hop & Sack J&J past Brooke Tatnell and Craig Dollansky in the low groove between the third and fourth corners to take over seventh place several seconds later.

Schatz's #15 Parker Stores J&J clipped the outside retaining wall in turn one and flipped early in the fourth lap, bringing out the red flag. Mark Kinser and Pittman raced past McMahan in the low groove entering the fourth corner within seconds after the race resumed.

Dollansky stopped on the back stretch when the nose wing on Karavan Racing's #7 VMAC Maxim came loose midway in lap eight. Walker, who won the Third Heat Race, passed Joey Saldana for third place with an inside move between turns one and two as the green flag replaced the yellow.

Jac Haudenschild, who started inside the ninth row, drove Guy Forbrook's #5 MPD Hand Controls/Wirtgen America Maxim through the low groove between third and fourth corners to pass fast qualifier Kraig Kinser for ninth place late in lap 11. Tim Shaffer, who chased "The Wild Child" through the field, passed Haudenschild and Kinser deep in turn four the next time around.

Lasoski was 18 car-lengths ahead of "The King of the Outlaws" when he entered lapped traffic during lap 13. Kinser closed to within 12 car-lengths within two laps.

Walker caught Kinser early in the 17th lap, and raced wheel-to-wheel with him through the third and fourth corners. The 2001 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion also raced with "The King of the Outlaws" through turns one and two the next time around, but was unable to surge ahead.

Lasoski, Kinser and Walker raced nose-to-tail through dense lapped traffic throughout the 19th lap. Walker drove C&W Motorsports' #35 Maxim past Kinser deep in the first corner the next time around, just seconds before Jason Sides spun in turn one. Kinser regained the runner-up spot as the raced resumed, passing Walker deep in the second corner.

"The Dude" was 15 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he caught the back-markers with 2 ½ laps remaining, and claimed his third main event victory at Nebraska Raceway Park with eight car-lengths to spare.

Walker and Mark Kinser crossed the finish line third and sixth, but were scored in 23rd and 24th place when their cars weighed less than the 1,375-pound limit.

Pittman finished in third place, ahead of Saldana, McMahan, Tatnell, Shaffer, 14th-starting Randy Hannagan, Haudenschild and Schatz.

Hannagan was leading the Third Heat Race when his engine lost power. His crew replaced the engine in TH Racing's #1X K&C Drywall Rocket in time for him to start the "A" Feature. Mark Kinser was also running a new engine in the main event.

Kraig Kinser, who set fast time in both racing programs during the Dodge Great Plains Shootout, paced Saturday's qualifying session with a 100.474-M.P.H. lap around Nebraska Raceway Park's semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval.

The O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series will run $51,600 events at Lawrenceburg Speedway Tuesday, Farmer City Raceway Thursday, the Terre Haute Action Track Friday and Tri-City Speedway Saturday.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Tyler Walker , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild