Big race weekend keeps Lasoski in the points hunt. "The Dude" misses another "A" feature win with mechanical problems. CONCORD, NC (May 29, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski tried to cap off a big racing weekend with a Memorial Day victory at ...
Big race weekend keeps Lasoski in the points hunt.
"The Dude" misses another "A" feature win with mechanical problems.
CONCORD, NC (May 29, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski tried to cap off a big racing weekend with a Memorial Day victory at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, NY, but a broken throttle linkage kept The Tony Stewart Motorsports World of Outlaw team out of victory lane once again. It was a prime example of how the weekend went for the defending Pennzoil World of Outlaw champion, who also struggled in two nights of action at the Lowe's Dirt Track outside of Charlotte, NC. Despite all the problems, Lasoski remains second in the WoO point standings and is heading into one of "The Dude's" best stretches of races.
"This is a long season," said Lasoski. "The Tony Stewart Motorsports / J.D. Byrider team and Crew Chief Jimmy Carr did the best job we could. We wanted to perform better in front of (team owner) Tony (Stewart) and the fans. We are still second in points and have 80 races to go. We will just stay focused and keep moving forward."
Lasoski and his Outlaw counterparts took part in one of their biggest weekends of the year, with two nights at the Lowes Dirt Track, located right across the street from the big track where the NASCAR boys were preparing for the Coca-Cola 600. That also meant that team owner Tony Stewart would once again be in attendance, not only as an owner, but also as another one of the crew guys.
"It's neat to have him around," Lasoski said. "I wish he could come around every night. He loves the racing and is a great help to the team. He is definitely not the typical owner. He loves to help us out and it's awesome to have him do it. Tony is the reason why we have this racecar."
A rough Lowe's track kept the number-20 Tony Stewart Motorsports / J.D. Byrider team on the edge all weekend long, with the track taking its toll on all competitors. Two cars flipped during the opening day's action. Friday night's results saw Lasoski finish seventh in the preliminary feature while Saturday's "A main" saw Lasoski come home ninth. Despite the rough track and the team's struggles, Lasoski did record his seventh top qualifying spot of the 2002 season.
""(Lowe's) is real tough. It's a shame, because they just need to get better dirt to make this the best facility we run at. There was not a lot of passing this weekend. The track officials put the water down, but that just made it worse. My guys did good job and put in a good effort. This is just a tough place to race."
Memorial Day came with a dominating performance from Lasoski at Lebanon Valley, including wins in both his heat and O'Reilly Auto Parts dash races. After leading the first 19 laps of the "A-Main," mechanical problems left Lasoski sitting idle in turn two. The end result was a 13th place finish. Steve Kinser's win Monday gave him a 39-point lead over Lasoski.
So far after 23 events, Lasoski has recorded 4 "A" feature wins, 15 top-fives and a series leading 20 top-10s. He has won over more than #119,000. Lasoski also leads the series with two preliminary "A feature" wins.
"The Dude" visits three different tracks over the next few days, including a one-night show at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, NY Wednesday night (May 29th). The Outlaws move to former series champion Dave Blaney's new track, Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH before making their way back to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. As always, fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com