Along the Trail 2004-05-10

Along the World of Outlaws Sprint Series Trail Danny Lasoski is steadily shifting the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings from a chase to a race. "The Dude" has chopped 70 points off leader Steve Kinser's advantage in the last five...

Along the World of Outlaws Sprint Series Trail

Danny Lasoski is steadily shifting the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings from a chase to a race.

"The Dude" has chopped 70 points off leader Steve Kinser's advantage in the last five "A" Feature races, and is only 27 behind after 13 events. Since winning five of the first eight main events, the defending and 18-time series champion has not finished ahead of Lasoski. Former NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle has yet to visit victory lane this season, but "The Dude" has raced into the runner-up spot twice in the last seven "A" Features. The series' 2001 champion has finished 14th or better in every main event this year.

Kinser and Lasoski, who have combined to win the last four World of Outlaws Sprint Series championships, exchanged the points lead five times last year. "The King of the Outlaws" has led the standings in all but one event this season.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is as competitive as ever -- only 476 points separate the series' "Mean 15." Eight different drivers have won World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Features this year, including Danny Smith whose victory at Lawrenceburg Speedway Thursday was his first since the 1985 Gold Cup Race of Champions.

Donny Schatz, who ranks third in the point standings, has been the series' most consistent driver. The 2003 Hard Charger award winner has driven Schatz Motorsports' #15 Parker Store J&J into the top 10 in all but two events. Schatz has recorded four straight single-digit finishes.

Paul McMahan moved into fourth place with his first "A" Feature victory of the year in Saturday's Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. McMahan, who drove the #11H Selma Shell Maxim into fourth place at Lawrenceburg Speedway two nights earlier, was unable to crack the top five in the first 11 events.

Jason Meyers, who is only one point behind Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year leader Kraig Kinser, finished fifth at both Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. He ranks second in main event victories with two and his seven top-five finishes tie him for the series lead with Steve Kinser.

Tim Shaffer lost 40 points and four positions in the standings when the #83 Beef Packers Eagle violated the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' 1,375-pound weight rule following the Bluegrass Classic.

Daryn Pittman, who drove the #21 Pepsi CMC into the top 10 in the first six "A" Features, raced into sixth place at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway for his first top-10 finish in the last three events.

Since Larry Woodward hired him before the April 9-10 event at Eldora Speedway, Joey Saldana has driven the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim into the top six in six of seven main events. The 1996 Rookie of the Year ranks 11th in the standings, 31 points behind Jason Sides.

Only 64 points separate Rookie of the Year candidates Jonathan Allard, Brian Brown and "First Lady" Erin Crocker. Allard set quick time at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and was battling for the final transfer position in the First Heat Race when the #35 PRT Travel Maxim hit the retaining wall in turn four. After winning the "B" Feature, Jonathan suffered a flat right rear when he bumped the fourth-corner wall again in the main event. He finished in 19th place, four positions behind Crocker who raced past 11 cars, and three spots ahead of Brown who dropped out during the seventh lap.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Erin Crocker , Brian Brown , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan