Lasoski Learns Lesson, Wins Harvest Classic By Richard Day CALISTOGA, CA (September 3) -- Danny Lasoski knew Jac Haudenschild was the class of the field during the Eighth Annual Harvest Classic. He learned a lesson from "The Wild Child"...
Lasoski Learns Lesson, Wins Harvest Classic
By Richard Day
CALISTOGA, CA (September 3) -- Danny Lasoski knew Jac Haudenschild was the class of the field during the Eighth Annual Harvest Classic. He learned a lesson from "The Wild Child" Sunday at Calistoga Speedway and won the "A" Feature after Haudenschild dropped out of the race. "Haud helped us out there, but a win's a win no matter how you look at it," said Lasoski, a winner for the first time since June 17th. "Haud actually showed me the fastest line around here. Sometimes it's better to be running second, because as the leader you don't move around much and try anything different. "I'm glad for Beef Packers, Hoosier Tires and Eagle Chassis. I'm really happy we could win one for Dennis Roth in his home state." Roth, who lives in Fresno, CA, was pleased to see his #83 Beef Packers Eagle win in California for the second time this year. "Some of the greatest racing in California has taken place here at Calistoga, and I'm very proud of Danny and the entire team for getting a big win here," Roth said. "We don't get to race here (in California) very often and, even though every win is special, getting one here is just that much more special." Lasoski, who has won eight Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features this season, also won the season opener at Kings Speedway. "The Dude" raced into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the series' 49th main event of the year. He was nine car- lengths ahead of Haudenschild when the leaders entered lapped traffic early in the eighth lap. "The Wild Child" was catching Lasoski in dense traffic the next time around when Eric Rossi hit the turn-four retaining wall. First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Dale Blaney surrendered fourth place when he followed fellow Ohioan Dean Jacobs into the pit area to change tires during the caution period. Haudenschild, who won both Prelimimary Feature races, took the lead by passing Lasoski on the back stretch within seconds after the race resumed. Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Mark Kinser passed Stevie Smith for fifth place one lap later. "The Wild Child" was catching the backmarkers again early in lap 19 when the right front radius rod on the #22 fetchOmatic Maxim broke, causing him to hit the wall in the first corner. Haudenschild's crew repaired the #22 quickly, but he dropped out four laps later. Lasoski restarted ahead of the field and opened a comfortable advantage soon after the green flag replaced the yellow. Smith and Andy Hillenburg exchanged fifth place three times during the 19th and 20th laps before Andy passed both Stevie and Kinser with an inside move in turn four. Kinser regained the fourth position the next time around, steering the #5M Mopar Maxim into the high groove between the third and fourth corners to pass Hillenburg. Smith and defending Harvest Classic champion Sammy Swindell took turns passing each other for sixth place during the 25th and 26th laps. Greg Hodnett lost the runner-up spot when he coasted off the track early in lap 26 when the engine in the #V12 Wirtgen America Maxim lost power. Lasoski was 18 car-lengths ahead of Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser when he entered lapped traffic with 2 1/2 laps remaining. "The Dude" claimed the $20,000 first prize with a half-straightaway to spare. Lasoski's eighth "A" Feature victory of the season gave him a 35- point advantage over Smith in their battle for fourth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series driver standings. "My crew signaled me to go low in one and two on that last caution, and it felt pretty good down there," Lasoski said. "We were probably a little better on an open track, but if you caught traffic at just the right point, it wasn't too much trouble. We tried these SuperShocks tonight, and they worked pretty well." Mark Kinser finished in third place, ahead of Hillenburg, Smith, Swindell, Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Joey Saldana, Daryn Pittman, 15th-starting Donny Schatz and "B" Feature winner Johnny Herrera. Pittman's ninth top-10 finish of the season pushed him to within five points of 12th-place Tim Shaffer in the standings. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run $47,490 events at Kings Speedway and Watsonville Speedway Friday and Saturday. WoO