Well-traveled Lasoski has eventful cross country weekend defending WoO Champion races IROC, Outlaws on consecutive days. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 30, 2002) -- After a lot of time spent in the air, Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is firmly planted back on...
Well-traveled Lasoski has eventful cross country weekend defending WoO Champion races IROC, Outlaws on consecutive days.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 30, 2002) -- After a lot of time spent in the air, Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is firmly planted back on the ground. The defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion completed one of his most eventful weekends of the young 2002 season; he raced his number 20 J.D. Byrider / Hamm America sprint car in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series at Knoxville (IA) Speedway and flew out to California for the second round of the International Race of Champions. While Lasoski's IROC race didn't go as well as the season-opener, "The Dude" muscled his way to a respectable runner-up finish at his home track of Knoxville.
"We had a very successful weekend of racing even though the results in California didn't turn out how we wish they would have," said Lasoski. "I had a good time racing at California Speedway with some of the top guys in all of Motorsports, including my World of Outlaws boss, Tony Stewart."
Friday night it was off to Knoxville Speedway, one of the legendary tracks on the WoO schedule, for a precursor of sorts to the mid season Knoxville Nationals. Lasoski is very familiar with the half-mile oval, as he has collected seven Knoxville Speedway track championships.
The evening's programs started off hot for Lasoski, who wrapped up quick time on the night in a field of 54 sprinters. It was the series leading fifth time Lasoski and his number 20 J.D. Byrider / Hamm America sprint car paced the field in qualifications. Successful top-five runs in his heat and the dash races set up a duel with Steve Kinser for the main event. Kinser came out on top, with Lasoski scoring a second-place finish, his 11th top five in 15 races.
Mother Nature once again forced the cancellation of Saturday evening's main program, which allowed Kinser to retake the WoO point lead from Lasoski. "The Dude" now trails "The King" by 12 points heading into this weekend's action in Nebraska.
"I haven't even really looked at the points. Running well is what is important right now. The points will matter more near the end of the season. Until then, we are going to get this J.D. Byrider car up front and continue to try to win races."
Lasoski finished 12th in the IROC race at California Speedway this past weekend and is tied for 10th in the point standings with IRL star Helio Castroneves. Unfortunately a tire equalized on Lasoski's car during the event
Catch the World of Outlaws this week at the Nebraska Raceway Park (Greenwood, NE) on Friday and Saturday evenings. Fans can follow the action via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com.