NST: Hagerstown summary 2006-08-06

Lasoski takes NST win at Hagerstown HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Danny Lasoski pulled off a repeat performance Sunday evening, Aug. 6 in the National Sprint Tour main event at Hagerstown Speedway. Just as he did earlier at the 0x00bd-mile Davenport ...

Lasoski takes NST win at Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Danny Lasoski pulled off a repeat performance Sunday evening, Aug. 6 in the National Sprint Tour main event at Hagerstown Speedway.

Just as he did earlier at the 0x00bd-mile Davenport Speedway, Lasoski led all 30 laps at the 0x00bd-mile Hagerstown track to win.

Now he's looking for another repeat performance next weekend at the Knoxville Nationals, an event Lasoski has won four times. Lasoski has a staggering 88 wins at the Iowa track and seven track titles to his credit.

"We're going to go and do the best job we can there," Lasoski said following his victory over Jason Solwold.

Those two started on the front row, with Solwold looking for a season sweep of the NST races at Hagerstown after notching his first career NST win at the track in June.

From the start, Lasoski flexed his muscle. Lasoski took the lead from the start and motored away from the field.

Solwold started gaining in traffic with 10 laps to go, but Lasoski was still comfortably in front when Doug Esh stopped on lap 24 after running in fifth most of the race. A red came out on the restart when contact between Paul McMahan and Mark Smith sent Smith flipping.

Despite the slowdowns, Lasoski cruised to victory over Solwold in a swap of the June NST finish at Hagerstown . Rounding out the top-10 were Keith Kauffman, Don Kreitz, Fred Rahmer, Steve Kinser, McMahan, Todd Shaffer, Shane Stewart and Lucas Wolfe.

Lasoski's seventh win of the year gave him a boost in the points, as Kinser is second in points. Tim Kaeding, third in points, finished a disappointing 13th.

"All night long we had a great car," Lasoski said. "After we got going I didn't see anyone."

The late yellow and subsequent red didn't concern Lasoski much.

"All I was concerned with was how much tire we had left," the winner said.

Solwold took the second place finish in stride.

"I beat him the first time here, he beat me this time," Solwold said with a smile of Lasoski. "He was better than us tonight. We'll take second."

Solwold will especially take the second after recent bad luck that has plagued the team.

"It feels real good," Solwold said. "You'll have that from time to time, where you have bad luck. Everyone goes through it. Hopefully we got through it."

While the late slowdowns allowed him to catch up with Lasoski, Solwold said he might have had a better chance if the race had stayed green.

"It probably hurt us more than anything," Solwold said. "Our car was tight after the red. Hopefully we can have a good run at Knoxville and finish off the rest of the year strong."

Trophy dashes were won by Lasoski and Solwold, with Lasoski choosing to start on the inside pole for the main event.

Heat races were won by Brian Paulus, Solwold and Michael Carber. Kaeding was the fastest of 28 qualifiers with a time of 19.366 seconds, his second fast time of the year. The B-main was won by Kerry Madsen.

NST teams left soon after Sunday's race to travel to Knoxville for four days at the SuperClean Knoxville Nationals. The 46th annual Knoxville Nationals take place Saturday, Aug. 12, with preliminary events kicking off Wednesday. The next NST race is Monday, Aug. 14 at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction , Neb.

-credit: nst

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Series Sprint
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Brian Paulus , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Tim Kaeding