ALLSTAR: East Bay All Star Saturday Race Report

All Star Sprint Race Results - East Bay Raceway - Sat. 2/19/00 By Scott Hall GIBSONTON, FL - It was heartbreak for Terry McCarl, and some good luck for Danny Lasoski in the finale of the All Star Sprint 24th annual $134,000 East Bay ...

All Star Sprint Race Results - East Bay Raceway - Sat. 2/19/00 By Scott Hall GIBSONTON, FL - It was heartbreak for Terry McCarl, and some good luck for Danny Lasoski in the finale of the All Star Sprint 24th annual $134,000 East Bay Nationals Saturday night at Stanley Kolan’s East Bay Raceway. The win for Lasoski, number seven out of eight Florida All Star events, was worth $10,000. Lasoski won over Joey Saldana by a quarter lap in the Chevrolet powered Eagle Chassis machine owned by Vern Massey and backed by Tony Stewart. He credited Penske Shocks and Stewart for the win, "Vince Valeriano from Penske got the car dialed in and we got the car around the track much better tonight," Lasoski recalled. "After we ran third (last night) we called Tony (Stewart) and he said ‘That’s it. I better come over to East Bay and help mechanic the car," he concluded. Lasoski’s machine carries sponsorship from Tony Ross of American Compressed Steel, Durst Motorplex and Matco Tool. With the top six in week-long points inverted for the start, Joey Saldana was on the ButlerBuilt Hot Seat pole in Denny Ashworth’s Eagle with Terry McCarl in his own Eagle alongside. Greg Hodnett’s Zemco Headers Maxim and Rodney Duncan’s Harrison Trucking Schnee comprised row two with Lasoski’s Vern Massey Millennium Eagle and Gary Wright’s Maxim in row three. McCarl took the lead at the drop of the green flag, running the outside groove with Saldana and Hodnett in tow. Kenny Jacobs lost power on lap five, ending his night and bringing out the event’s first caution. The order was now McCarl, Saldana, Hodnett, Lasoski and Duncan. McCarl led once the green came back out, and by lap ten was into lapped traffic with Saldana second and Lasoski now up to third, having gotten past Hodnett. As McCarl pulled away, Saldana had his hands full holding off the advances of Lasoski in lapped traffic. Lasoski was right on Saldana at lap 21, and Lasoski tried to get by the Indiana driver each of the next eight circuits, finally getting under Saldana on lap 29, but the pass for second would not stick. Then, the fickle finger of fate hit McCarl. Craig Rankin and Travis Whitney, two lapped cars, collided and flipped right in front of the leaders, leaving McCarl no place to go but right into the accident. McCarl’s top wing was junked in the crash, but he was able to borrow Robbie Smith’s wing and return at the back of the pack, which handed the lead to Saldana for the restart. After the red, the cars were circling under caution awaiting the green to reappear, but Lasoski’s engine was smoking. All eyes were on the No. 20 when the green flew, wondering if his powerplant could last another 19 laps. Saldana led, and Lasoski’s engine smoke stopped once he got back up to speed. Saldana was leading, but Lasoski was right on top of him. Lasoski took over the top spot on lap 36, with Saldana regaining it by a nose in turn one, but Lasoski pulled away exiting turn two and kept the top spot the rest of the race. Following a lap 36 caution when McCarl lost power, Lasoski motored away easily to his seventh victory of the season. "I was lucky with the yellows," runner-up Saldana said afterward. "We changed the car because the track was heavy and we had to work out some engine problems, and we kept getting better." He thanked Imperial Packing, Eagle Chassis and Kriner Engines and owner Denny Ashworth for the opportunity to run his car for these eight races. Hodnett held on for third and said, "The track has been so good it was hard to pass. I just tried to keep the car straight and settle down - Dollansky was all over me." Dollansky was fourth after starting seventh, with tenth starter Dean Jacobs fifth in the Jr. Holbrook machine. Wright logged in sixth ahead of Team Simpson Racing Lucky Seven award winner Duncan, Frankie Kerr in the Stan Shoff J&J, Todd Shaffer’s Gary Beam J&J and 15th starting Kelly Kinser in the Kinser Timber Stealth. The United Expressline heat was won by Dollansky, the Southwest Expressline heat went to Kerr, the United Specialties heat to Kenny Jacobs and the Southwest Glass heat went to Dean Jacobs. Kasey Kahne won the United Expressline B Main and Jim Nier won the Georgia Marketing & Promotions C Main while Lasoski captured the Commercial Truck & Trailer Dash. Kevin Briscoe won $3,000 in the special East Bay Non-qualifier’s race over Robbie Smith, who earned a grand for second. The race purse was sponsored by Goodson Farms, Louis Long Attorney at Law, Bernie Smith reclamation, Dow Flooring, Quality Metal Fabricators and East Bay Raceway. Pa. veteran Keith Kauffman lost a rear end in his machine, dropping him from the C main and out for the night. In front of the large crowd, track owner Stanley Kolan presented many plaques and awards for services by employees as recognition for contributions to East Bay and the Winternationals by key sponsors and visiting dignitaries.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tony Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Kenny Jacobs , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana