By Richard Day ROSSBURG, OH (April 16) -- Eldora Speedway has been a house of horrors for Danny Lasoski the last two years. "The Dude" led the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings heading into April races at Earl Baltes' famous ...
By Richard Day
ROSSBURG, OH (April 16) -- Eldora Speedway has been a house of horrors for Danny Lasoski the last two years.
"The Dude" led the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings heading into April races at Earl Baltes' famous high- banked, 1/2-mile oval each year only to lose first place to one of the Kinser cousins. In both instances, mechanical malfunctions caused Lasoski to finish deep in the field.
Steve Kinser was 26 points behind Lasoski entering April 22nd race at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" a year ago. Kinser's victory, coupled with an overheating engine putting Lasoski in the pits only 10 laps into the race, enabled "The King of the Outlaws" to take the lead on his way to this 16th Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series title.
Lasoski was 27 points ahead of two-time series champion Mark Kinser entering last weekend's double-feature event at Eldora. A broken drive shaft in NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20L J.D. Byrider Eagle cost "The Dude" first place in standings this time as Mark won his fourth straight main event.
"I don't hate Eldora," Lasoski said Monday. "The first time I was there, I thought the place wanted to hurt me, but that was just an unfortunate incident. Last weekend, we ran second Friday in the very best car I've ever had there. Saturday night, we broke a drive shaft or we'd have probably run in the top three or four. It's just what we call a 'racing deal.'
"We have more than 100 races and it seems like everybody in the top 10 has had their bad-luck days. Maybe ours are over."
Eldora Speedway hasn't been very kind to Brooke Tatnell either. The Australian driver suffered back injuries during last year's Kings Royal that kept him out of action for two months. The drive line coupler broke on the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim during Friday's hot-lap session, causing Tatnell to use a backup car and get only one qualifying lap. After using a provisional to start the Preliminary Feature, he flipped early in lap 15 and finished in 19th place.
Tatnell used his only other early-season provisional to start Saturday's main event. His 20th-place finish dropped him from 10th into 14th place in the point standings.
A couple of recent practice sessions at Devil's Bowl Speedway have Stevie Smith and his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Maxim back to their winning ways. Smith won Friday's Preliminary Feature and led the first seven laps on his way to a runner-up run in Saturday's "A" Feature at Eldora. Smith, who has finished in the top 10 in each of his first 11 seasons with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, climbed three spots to 10th place in the standings last weekend.
Steve Kinser, who has won 23 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features at Eldora Speedway, is looking forward to the series' inaugural race at the Talladega Short Track this weekend. "The King of the Outlaws" won an International Race of Champions event at the Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 1994, in only his third IROC race.