TALLADEGA, AL (September 22) -- Danny Lasoski increased his advantage lead to 14 points over Steve Kinser when he won the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at the Talladega Short Track in early April. Forty-eight events later, Lasoski...
TALLADEGA, AL (September 22) -- Danny Lasoski increased his advantage lead to 14 points over Steve Kinser when he won the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at the Talladega Short Track in early April.
Forty-eight events later, Lasoski finds himself trailing "The King of the Outlaws" by 58 points in their battle for the series' 25th Anniversary championship. "The Dude" took the lead when he swept the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in late August, only to lose it when Kinser won at Thunderbowl Raceway two days later.
Lasoski sees Saturday's $51,600 event at the Talladega Short Track as an opportunity to cut into Kinser's advantage. "The Dude" has won the last two races at the semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval, but will have plenty of competition for the $10,000 first prize as 16 drivers have combined to win the first 58 "A" Features.
Kinser, who won the Eagle Nationals in late June, finished in the top five in each feature race while Lasoski ran 14th on both nights of the 14th Annual One/Third-Mile Short Track Nationals at Husker Auto Group Eagle Raceway last weekend.
Lasoski has driven NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle to victory in 10 "A" Features, including the Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals. Both "The Dude" and Kinser have 52 top-10 finishes, including 41 in the top five. "The King of the Outlaws" has won 22 main events and six preliminaries.
Kenny Woodruff, whose car won the first O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series main event on March 18, 1978, had a profound effect on the One/Third-Mile Short Track Nationals. Tim Shaffer's new crew chief prepared the #83 Beef Packers Eagle the 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year drove to victory in Friday's Preliminary Feature. As Donny Schatz's crew chief in 2001 and 2002, "KW" convinced the team to switch to J&J Chassis. Schatz drove the #15 Parker Stores J&J to victory in Saturday's main event.