A Busy Week: Lasoski Prepares for Event at Missouri State Fair Speedway On the track Danny Lasoski is one of the most intense and fierce competitors in all of racing, but away from the track he has one of the biggest hearts of any driver that...
A Busy Week: Lasoski Prepares for Event at Missouri State Fair Speedway
On the track Danny Lasoski is one of the most intense and fierce competitors in all of racing, but away from the track he has one of the biggest hearts of any driver that you will ever meet. That will be on display again this week as he helps coordinate the Ditzfeld Transfer Summer Nationals for the World of Outlaws at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia on Wednesday, June 20, to benefit the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation.
This will be the 10th edition of the annual event, which begins today with the traditional Michael Ross Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament at the Sedalia Country Club, in which Lasoski along with several World of Outlaws, NASCAR and NHRA drivers will hit the links to help raise funds for the Foundation.
The Michael Ross Memorial Foundation was founded in honor of the son of Tony and Kathy Ross from American Compressed Steel, Inc. following Michael's passing due to complications from Tay-Sachs disease. The MRMF is a non-profit charity organization supporting Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan.
"This is a very special race to me, with it benefiting the Michael Ross Foundation," said Lasoski, driver of the Roth Motorsports JEI. "We have the golf tournament on Tuesday. I'm very excited for both the golf outing and the race. What's unique about it is that 100 percent of all the proceeds go to charity. This is the 10th year we have had it. I am excited over all the support we have gotten from the World of Outlaws and everyone else. I'm looking forward to a great event and a great race."
After finishing fourth on Saturday night at his home track of Knoxville Raceway, where he is the all-time feature winner and a seven-time track champion, Lasoski headed south to return home to begin preparing the final touches for the Golf Tournament and the race. Countless hours have gone in to planning both event all year from a number of people, and Lasoski is excited for what the fans will see on Wednesday night at the track.
"It is a busy week, but it is for such a fantastic cause," he noted. "It makes you feel really good to know that you are helping these young children out. Just about the time you think you are having a bad day, you think about what they are going through and that makes everything come full circle."
While he gets to sleep in his own bed at night, Lasoski's mind will be racing to make sure that everything is in place for the event. He will also play host to a number of the drivers that will be in town for the Golf Tournament and race. In addition to this he has a few last minute surprises in store for the fans that attend the race on Wednesday night.
"We won't get a lot of time in shop, because we have everyone coming in, so it's kind of hectic, but we are looking forward to it," said the native of Dover, Missouri. "I think everyone will be surprised at the event we put on this year."
In addition to the World of Outlaws competing on the half-mile, Lasoski has helped coordinate a Celebrity Modified race that will include: NASCAR drivers Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Dave Marcis, as well as NHRA drivers: Ron Capps, Jim Head, Cory McClenathan, and Gary Scelzi among others. Kahne will also compete in a 360-sprint car with the Winged Outlaw Warriors. In addition to this some television and radio personalities that race fans know very well will be on-hand for the festivities.
Lasoski is currently third in World of Outlaws points heading into the event on the strength of three A-Feature wins, including last week in the World of Outlaws return to the reconfigured Tri-City Speedway in Illinois. He has 24 Top-10 finishes, including a string of 13 in the last 14 events. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash three times, to earn the same number of pole positions in A-Feature events.
"I like doing things quietly out here," smiled Lasoski. "Let everyone focus on the No. 9 (Joey Saldana) and the No. 15 (Current point leader Donny Schatz) and everyone else. We'll just quietly see if we can jump them in the points."
After winning at Tri-City last week, Lasoski had the chance to compete at his home track of Knoxville Raceway, as the World of Outlaws kicked off the "SuperClean Summer of Money" on ESPN2. It also gave him one more tune-up for the 47th Annual Knoxville Nationals in August, an event that he has won four times in his career, which will pay a record $150,000-to win this season. After a strong run at the storied track, he looks to carry that momentum to Sedalia, which also is a semi-banked half-mile.
"We greatly enjoy racing at Knoxville which is our home track," he said. "Sedalia is close to home and we always have big hearts there. We'll have a lot of emotion there. I am very excited and greatly looking forward to the event."
Lasoski has won three times in his career at Missouri State Fair Speedway, which sits just an hour from his home, and would like nothing more than to pick up win number four on Wednesday night. With one of strongest fields in World of Outlaws history following the series full-time, Lasoski knows he will have to be on his game all night long from the instant his car rolls off the trailer until the final checkered flag flies at the end of the night.
"You have to make sure you have a real good running motor, because that place takes some motor," he stated.
Advance tickets for the Ditzfeld Transfer Summer Nationals for the World of Outlaws at Missouri State Fair Speedway can be purchased at Yeager's Cycle in Sedalia, Missouri or by calling 660-826-2925. Advance tickets are $32 at Yeager's or $34 at the gate the day of the race, with all proceeds going to the Michael Ross Memorial Foundation. For more information and to learn how to donate to the MRMF, visit dannylasoski.com or www.michaelrossmemorialfoundation.com.