COTTAGE GROVE, OR (August 25) -- A year ago, Danny Lasoski was still suffering from the injuries he sustained in a July 26th crash when he won the "A" Feature at Cottage Grove Speedway. "The Dude" is looking forward to the O'Reilly World of...
COTTAGE GROVE, OR (August 25) -- A year ago, Danny Lasoski was still suffering from the injuries he sustained in a July 26th crash when he won the "A" Feature at Cottage Grove Speedway. "The Dude" is looking forward to the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series returning to the semi-banked, ¼-mile oval Tuesday.
Following the $51,600 event at Cottage Grove, sprint car racing's premier series will sanction the 11th Annual Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Lasoski, who won his third Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals championship August 16th, has fallen 36 points behind since losing the points lead to defending and 17-time champion Steve Kinser two weeks earlier.
Lasoski's car owner, defending NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, isn't about to give up on "The Dude," who won the 2001 O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series title (their first year together).
"There's a lot of racing left," Stewart said recently. "I'd love to say this (winning the Nationals) is what'll help us win a championship again. That race is the most important race of the year to Danny. It's the Daytona 500 of sprint car racing. No matter what happens the rest of the year, we can hold our heads up knowing we won the Knoxville Nationals."
Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim has finished ahead of Lasoski in three of the four feature races since the Nationals. Both "The King of the Outlaws" and Lasoski are two-time winners at Cottage Grove. "The Dude" won the 2000 Harvest Classic, while Kinser is a five-time winner at Calistoga Speedway.
Sammy Swindell, who passed 12 cars to finish ninth in Saturday's main event at Grays Harbor Raceway Park, was in the middle of a seven-feature winning streak six years ago. The three-time O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion swept the Grays Harbor races and won at Cottage Grove and Southern Oregon Speedway before winning all three Harvest Classic features.
Californian Jason Meyers held off Kinser Saturday to complete his sweep of the feature races at Grays Harbor. Four drivers have combined to sweep seven double-feature events during the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' 25th Anniversary Season.
The runner-up run was the 15th straight top-10 finish for "The King of the Outlaws."