Danny "The Dude" Lasoski struggles in IROC Race at Chicagoland. Mechanical failures do not transfer over to race for WoO Championship. CONCORD, NC (July 17, 2002) -- While Danny "The Dude" Lasoski has proven over and over that he can run on any...
Danny "The Dude" Lasoski struggles in IROC Race at Chicagoland.
Mechanical failures do not transfer over to race for WoO Championship.
CONCORD, NC (July 17, 2002) -- While Danny "The Dude" Lasoski has proven over and over that he can run on any dirt track in the country, while piloting his number 20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports outlaw car, he is still taking some time to adjust to bigger cars on asphalt oval tracks. This past weekend, the 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Champion competed in the third round of the 2002 International Race of Champions (IROC) at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet (IL). A top-10 finish eluded the WoO star, with mechanical reasons to blame. (The International Race of Champions allows champions from all forms of Motorsports, including NASCAR & IRL, to compete against each other in identically prepared cars.)
"It was a day from hell," said Lasoski following his 11th place finish at Chicagoland. "We had a really good starting spot, outside the front row, and got a great jump at the start. I was in third and shifting to fourth heading into turn one and was pulling away, but then the thing just started vibrating. I thought it was Buddy's (Lazier) car, but then I just started getting freight-trained by everybody. We spent a lot of time in the pits. I blew out a lot of things in that car, so our day was pretty well done."
It was a tough blow for the defending WoO champion, who now sits 12th in the series point standings. Lasoski is the first WoO competitor since Steve Kinser to compete with the IROC Series. Danny finished sixth in Daytona (FL) and 12th in Fontana (CA).
Lasoski showed his consistency again on the dirt by picking up four top-five finishes in as many races during a five-day span.
Lasoski closed in on series point leader Steve Kinser following his 11th "A" feature wins of 2002, which came at The Terre Haute (IN) Action Track. Lasoski now trails Kinser by only nine points. The race at Terre Haute was the final Indiana event on the WoO schedule this year. "The Dude" has won every WoO event in the Hoosier state this year.
"We just had an awesome car in Terre Haute; it ran like a dream," said Lasoski. "Tony was able to be with me a lot this weekend, so to win one of those races was awesome. I have an Indiana car owner, and to win in the home state of J.D. Byrider is just fantastic. Again, I want to thank Eagle Chassis, Hoosier Tires, Kistler Engines, and the best crew chief in the world, Jimmy Carr."
While the Tony Stewart Motorsports team has struggled a little as of late, Lasoski says the series is just only past the halfway point and that there is much left to be decided. "Steve has a great car and a great crew, but there's still a long way to go in this one, and we haven't given up yet."
The WoO series also raced in Wisconsin on Wednesday, Illinois on Friday and Missouri on Saturday. Lasoski was strong at all tracks and came home with fourth place finishes in the "A" features each night. Terre Haute also saw Lasoski turn in the night's fastest qualifying effort, the 11th time he has done that in 2002.
Lasoski will be tested yet again this week. He will race at one of the tracks that has given the J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports team fits in the past. Friday and Saturday mark one of the biggest weekends for the WoO competitors, with the annual Eldora Clash and the "Kings Royal" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg (OH).
SPEED Channel will tape-delay the broadcast of the event on August 15th and September 5th. SPEED Channel will be airing the preliminaries from the Duel in the Dakotas Friday night, July 19th at 11 p.m. (EST).