Lasoski tops Spring 410 Sprint Poll for second straight year

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APR. 8, 2001) - Ask Danny Lasoski of Higginsville, Mo., and he'll tell you that he likes the Spring season. In fact, for the second straight year, he was voted the number one sprint car driver in the country in the Spring...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APR. 8, 2001) - Ask Danny Lasoski of Higginsville, Mo., and he'll tell you that he likes the Spring season. In fact, for the second straight year, he was voted the number one sprint car driver in the country in the Spring edition by the National 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. The challenge ahead for 'the Dude', though, is to maintain that ranking through the Fall, something he was unable to do last season. Lasoski, driving Tony Stewart's J.D. Byrider Eagle sprinter, earned eighteen (18) of the thirty (30) first place votes cast. Danny currently leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws (WoO) Series points.

Garnering five first place votes and a career-best ranking of second in the nation is Craig Dollansky of Elk River, Minnesota. The defending Gumout WoO Support Series champion has already won on the Pennzoil WoO Series tour this year aboard Karavan Racing's Polydome-sponsored Maxim chassis.

Rounding out the top five drivers in the Spring Poll are Andy Hillenburg of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana, and Mark Kinser of Oolitic, Indiana, respectively. Hillenburg, aboard a Luxaire-sponsored J&J sprinter, gathered two first place votes. The Kinser cousins, both piloting Maxim sprinters, combined for five first place votes, with Steve getting four and Mark taking one. Steve is sponsored by Quaker State, and Mark by Mopar, on Ted Johnson's tough Pennzoil WoO circuit. Rounding out the top ten drivers of winged 410 c.i. sprint cars are Joey Saldana, Central Pennsylvania's Fred Rahmer, Donny Schatz, American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) graduate Danny Wood and Brad Furr, respectively.

The National 410 Sprint Car Poll is an official awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation, Inc. Other polls include the National 360 Sprint Car Poll, the National Non-Winged Sprint Car Poll, and the Australian National Sprintcar Poll.

<pre> Spring 2001 - National 410 Sprint Car Poll

Rank Driver (First Place Votes) Hometown/State Points

    1.   Danny Lasoski       (18)    Higginsville, MO    2,240
    2.   Craig Dollansky     ( 5)    Elk River, MN       1,268
    3.   Andy Hillenburg     ( 2)    Broken Arrow, OK    1,145
    4.   Steve Kinser        ( 4)    Bloomington, IN     1,074
    5.   Mark Kinser         ( 1)    Oolitic, IN           668
    6.   Joey Saldana                Brownsburg, IN        648
    7.   Fred Rahmer                 Salfordville, PA      367
    8.   Donny Schatz                Minot, ND             274
    9.   Danny Wood                  Norman, OK            251
   10.   Brad Furr                   Dublin, CA            230
   11.   Gary Wright                 Hooks, TX             200
   12.   Lance Dewease               Mount Alto, PA        181
   13.   Tim Shaffer                 Aliquippa, PA         148
   14.   Jeff Shepard                Upperco, MD           132
   15.   Paul McMahan                Oroville, CA          121
   16.   Brent Kaeding               Campbell, CA          108
   17.   Sammy Swindell              Cordova, TN           105
   18.   Dale Blaney                 Fowler, OH            100
   19.   Stevie Smith                New Oxford, PA         81
   20.   Greg Hodnett                Memphis, TN            77
   21.   Jac Haudenschild            Wooster, OH            73
   22.   Donnie Kreitz               Sinking Spring, PA     55
   23.   Jason Meyers                Clovis, CA             33
   24.   Kenny Jacobs                Holmesville, OH        31
   25.   Randy Hannagan              Pittsboro, IN          28

Also receiving multiple votes: Rodney Duncan, Johnny Herrera, Ronald Laney, Brooke Tatnell.

-Thomas J Schmeh

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Series Sprint , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Brooke Tatnell , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera