Calistoga results 2007-09-01

Calistoga results 2007-09-01
Sep 2, 2007, 2:13 PM

Lasoski Wins Opening Night of Harvest Classic Danny Lasoski became the first driver in World of Outlaws history in 2003 to put together a clean sweep of a race night, when he did it at Calistoga Speedway, by setting fast time, winning a heat ...

Lasoski Wins Opening Night of Harvest Classic

Danny Lasoski became the first driver in World of Outlaws history in 2003 to put together a clean sweep of a race night, when he did it at Calistoga Speedway, by setting fast time, winning a heat race, winning the Crane Cams Dash and winning the A-Feature. He nearly matched that feat on Saturday night again at Calistoga Speedway, as he won the second heat race, was victorious in the Crane Cams Dash and dominated the A-Feature. The only thing missing was quick time, as he was second fastest in time trials.

Lasoski, who started on the pole position, led all 25 laps to earn the $10,000 win, which was his fourth A-Feature victory of the season and the 78th of his World of Outlaws career. He did it with his car owner Dennis Roth, a California native and his wife Teresa in attendance.

"It means a lot to win with Dennis and Teresa (Roth) here," said Lasoski. We love these big fast half-miles. It really went well for us tonight. Dennis understands how tough it is out here. He is one of the only guys out here without a sponsor and he does it out of his pocket. They love this sport and believe in us. I appreciate them very much."

The win was Lasoski's first since July 14 at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois and his 41st Top-10 finish of the season as he remains a very solid third in the championship points. It was his first win on a half-mile this season.

"We have been struggling since we left the Knoxville Nationals and had not been able to pinpoint why," explained the winner. "We got it going tonight. Steven Tiner, Rob Hart and Dave Whitworth have been working very hard and have not given up. They have been plugging away and I am very proud of them."

The race began with Lasoski charging down the front straightaway to lead into turn one. He quickly opened up a sizeable advantage before the caution flag flew on the fifth lap. On the restart, he quickly pulled away, only to have the yellow flag fly again.

Once the race got back under way, Lasoski continued to set a torrid pace, opening up nearly a half-a-straightaway advantage over Roger Crockett in second-place. Lasoski continued to set sail as Joey Saldana and Craig Dollansky battled Crockett for the runner-up spot.

Lasoski maintained a healthy lead in lapped traffic aboard the Roth Motorsports JEI and nearly had a six second advantage when the caution flag flew with two laps remaining. On the ensuing restart he again charged down the front straightaway and pulled away from Crockett over the final two circuits, turning the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.

"I had no idea if they were on my tail or not," said the native of Dover, Missouri. "I knew they had to have had a pretty good car to drive around me with how good we were getting around there."

For Crockett the runner-up performance, it was his best career World of Outlaws finish. It was also his third consecutive Top-10 finish with the series in the last seven days. He began the week by finishing ninth at Grays Harbor Raceway in Washington and followed that up with a seventh-place performance at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon on Wednesday.

"We're ecstatic," said Crockett, driver of the Island Muffler & Brake Eagle. "Everyone on this team is working hard and doing great. It's exciting to race with these guys and finish at the front."

Craig Dollansky challenged Crockett several times for the runner-up spot over the course of the 25-lap event. In traffic he gained a significant amount of crowd and nearly made the pass a couple of times. He finished third aboard the Karavan Trailers Maxim to earn his 38th Top-10 finish of the season.

"It was a good solid run for the Karavan team," said Dollansky. "It (the track) started to rubber up and I started to go easy with the car. Joey (Saldana) got by me and then I got back by him. When you start getting in a rubber-down situation you want to make sure you can get to the end and then try to push it the last seven or eight laps. I thought I had a run on second place on the last restart, but those top-two guys were running pretty strong."

Saldana finished fourth aboard the Open Joist JEI to earn his 34th Top-Five finish of the season. After turning the third quickest lap in time trials to gain three bonus points, he is now just 21 points behind Donny Schatz in the championship standings as he continues to chase his first series title.

"We got right to fourth and were rolling around pretty good," said Saldana. "I just used my tires up though. I felt pretty good and then it felt like the tires just gave up all of a sudden. To run fourth was a good solid night for us and to load it (the car) in the trailer is a good night."

Tim Shaffer finished fifth aboard the Casey's General Store Maxim to earn his 19th Top-Five finish of the season. He moved into fourth on the 14th lap, but Saldana got around him on the following go-around to take the spot back.

Daryn Pittman was sixth in the Titan Garages Maxim, with Steve Kinser seventh in the Q Oil Maxim and Donny Schatz eighth in the ParkerStore J&J. Ronnie Day was ninth in the Primerica Financial Maxim, with Jason Solwold 10th in the City Wide Insulation Maxim.

While many of the drivers were concerned about their tires in the closing laps of the opening night of the Harvest Classic, that was the least of Lasoski's worries. He continued to turn the fastest laps of the race as the laps wore down.

"I kept looking at my left rear and knew I had plenty left," noted Lasoski. "I knew that is I had plenty on left rear that my right rear was a partner and we were pretty good."

Lasoski has won the finale of the Harvest Classic three times in his career and will look to make it four on Sunday night. Unlike in prior years, all competitors will start fresh on Sunday night and go through time trials and heat races all over again.

"We'll just go back to the same set-up and see what we can do," said the 2001 World of Outlaws champion.

Crockett began the night by winning the first heat and followed that up with a second-place finish in the Crane Cams Dash to earn the outside front row starting spot in the A-Feature. While he never really got close enough to Lasoski to challenge for the lead, he ran very solidly in the second spot.

"We just keep plugging away, trying to get in the Top-Five," said the native of Medford, Oregon. "This was only about our 11th or 12th 410-race of the year."

On the final restart with two laps to go, Crockett's entire focus was on running a smooth and holding his line, knowing he had a couple of veterans behind him that were looking to take the second spot from him.

"I knew it was going to be really hard to pass, so I just wanted to not make any mistakes," he noted. "I hoped to be close enough that if Danny (Lasoski) slipped up or something happened to his tires that we could be there and take advantage of it."

While he started and finished third, Craig Dollansky fell back to fourth on the 10th lap and then charged back around Joey Saldana three circuits later. Like most of the drivers, Dollansky was concerned about his tires and tried his best to conserve them for later in the event.

"You never know when it's grinding on tires that hard," said Dollansky. "This place can definitely grind on them. The track was prepared as best as they could for how hot it gets out here. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I'm sure they will work it up and we will have a good race track tomorrow."

Dollansky won the finale of the Harvest Classic last season and pointed out just how demanding the 30 laps on Sunday will be on the blazing fast half-mile. With triple digit temperatures expected again on Sunday afternoon, track conditions will definitely come into play.

"Five more laps is a lot of laps," said the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion. "If we would have run five more tonight a lot more cars would have gone down tonight. We'll just have to see what happens."

The World of Outlaws return to action on Sunday night with the finale of the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway which will again pay $10,000 to the winner.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Randy Hannagan paced the 29 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 1/2-mile oval in 17.028 seconds at 105.708 mph. For his qualifying effort, Hannagan earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Danny Lasoski (4), Joey Saldana (3), Chad Kemenah (2) and Steve Kinser (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Roger Crockett, Danny Lasoski and Craig Dollansky won heat races... Sam Hafertepe Jr. won the B-Main... Danny Lasoski won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: The finale of the Harvest Classic on Sunday, September 2 from Calistoga Speedway, which will pay $10,000 to win.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Calistoga Speedway; Calistoga, CA; Sept. 1, 2007

1) 1X-Randy Hannagan 17.028
2) 83-Danny Lasoski 17.116
3) 9-Joey Saldana 17.214
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah 17.297
5) 11-Steve Kinser 17.322
6) 6-Tim Shaffer 17.329
7) 21-Daryn Pittman 17.339
8) 1-Ronnie Day 17.369
9) 15-Donny Schatz 17.464
10) 7N-Roger Crockett 17.472
11) 7S-Jason Sides 17.490
12) 7-Craig Dollansky 17.498
13) R19-Jason Solwold 17.502
14) 10-Tim Kaeding 17.524
15) 14-Jason Meyers 17.562
16) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17.592
17) 20-Paul McMahan 17.612
18) 24-Terry McCarl 17.613
19) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 17.665
20) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 17.695
21) 5C-Chad Hillier 17.711
22) 35-Jac Haudenschild 17.734
23) O-Jonathan Allard 17.770
24) 2-Brooke Tatnell 17.891
25) 69-Brent Kaeding 17.902
26) 11H-Kerry Madsen 17.925
27) 26-Tayler Malsam 17.936
28) D1-Justin Henderson 18.057
29) 50-Jeff Griffin 18.169

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7N-Roger Crockett
2) 21-Daryn Pittman
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah
5) 35-Jac Haudenschild
6) R19-Jason Solwold
7) 69-Brent Kaeding
8) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
9) D1-Justin Henderson
10) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) 1-Ronnie Day
3) 7S-Jason Sides
4) O-Jonathan Allard
5) 11-Steve Kinser
6) 20-Paul McMahan
7) 10-Tim Kaeding
8) 11H-Kerry Madsen
9) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
10) 50-Jeff Griffin

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7-Craig Dollansky
2) 6-Tim Shaffer
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 14-Jason Meyers
6) 24-Terry McCarl
7) 2-Brooke Tatnell
8) 5C-Chad Hillier
9) 26-Tayler Malsam

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) 7N-Roger Crockett
3) 7-Craig Dollansky
4) 6-Tim Shaffer
5) 9-Joey Saldana
6) 1-Ronnie Day
7) 21-Daryn Pittman
8) 11-Steve Kinser
9) 8K-Chad Kemenah
10) 1X-Randy Hannagan

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
3) 69-Brent Kaeding
4) 11H-Kerry Madsen
5) 2-Brooke Tatnell
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) D1-Justin Henderson [$200]
8) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$180]
9) 26-Tayler Malsam [$175]
10) 50-Jeff Griffin [$160]
11) 10-Tim Kaeding [$150]

A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 83-Danny Lasoski[1] [$10,000]
2) 7N-Roger Crockett[2] [$5,000]
3) 7-Craig Dollansky[3] [$3,000]
4) 9-Joey Saldana[5] [$2,700]
5) 6-Tim Shaffer[4] [$2,500]
6) 21-Daryn Pittman[7] [$2,200]
7) 11-Steve Kinser[8] [$2,000]
8) 15-Donny Schatz[11] [$1,800]
9) 1-Ronnie Day[6] [$1,600]
10) R19-Jason Solwold[13] [$1,450]
11) 1X-Randy Hannagan[10] [$1,300]
12) 8K-Chad Kemenah[9] [$1,200]
13) 69-Brent Kaeding[21] [$1,100]
14) 7S-Jason Sides[12] [$1,000]
15) 35-Jac Haudenschild[19] [$950]
16) 11H-Kerry Madsen[22] [$900]
17) 20-Paul McMahan[16] [$850]
18) 14-Jason Meyers[14] [$750]
19) 2-Brooke Tatnell[23] [$725]
20) 5C-Chad Hillier[24] [$700]
21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[15] [$700]
22) O-Jonathan Allard[20] [$700]
23) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[18] [$700]
24) 24-Terry McCarl[17] [$700]

 Lap Leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-25 
KSE Hard Charger Award: Brent Kaeding

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