Danny Lasoski hoping to return to WoO action at Knoxville. Herrera doing ample job filling in for Tony Stewart Motorsports. CONCORD, NC (August 7, 2002) -- Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Champion Danny "The Dude" Lasoski knew that putting...
Danny Lasoski hoping to return to WoO action at Knoxville.
Herrera doing ample job filling in for Tony Stewart Motorsports.
CONCORD, NC (August 7, 2002) -- Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Champion Danny "The Dude" Lasoski knew that putting Johnny Herrera in the cockpit of the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprint car, while he was mending from injuries of a recent accident, would be a good fit. Herrera took the opportunity and made the best out of it.
"It has been a pretty hard experience, because you don't want to come into a successful situation and change a bunch of things up," said Herrera, who ran his own car at the "Historical Big One" at Eldora Speedway on Saturday night. "What Jimmy (Carr) and Danny have going between the two of them is very successful. The last thing that someone needs to do is come in here and change things all up. I have tried to be as successful as I can racing with their chassis and set-ups."
The #20 Tony Stewart Motorsports team spent the latter part of last week in Ohio as teams were preparing for the running of the "Historical Big One," a non-points event not sanctioned by the WoO Series. At Sharon Speedway in Hartford (OH), Herrera, who qualified second, was running well until the car faded to its eventual 16th place finish in the feature.
"Overall, things went well for us, even though we may not have had the results we wanted to have," said Herrera. "We started out good at Sharon, but we ended up missing out on our heat race. We then came back and won the 'B' Feature and started out with a decent run in the 'A-Main.' We were up to 10th at one point. Then we had a yellow flag and we dropped to the back.
"It is hard when you are running a different car and tire brand than you are used to. I guess I was a little tough on the tires and it just didn't have any grip the rest of the night."
The WoO-sanctioned "Night Before the Big One" on Friday at Eldora was tough on the J.D. Byrider team. The car didn't qualify because of engine problems. The team had to start dead last in the feature, but had moved up to the top 10 again before fading back to a 17th place finish.
Herrera will be on stand-by this week as the WoO Series moves to Knoxville (IA) and the Knoxville Nationals. Lasoski, who was in attendance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch Ken Schrader race his IROC car, is planning to attempt to make a return to the cockpit following the injuries he suffered at Williams Grove Speedway two weeks ago.
"I told Danny 'I'm yours till you need me," said Herrera. "I talked with Danny and he said he is going to try to hot lap the car on Wednesday and see how he feels. If he can do it, I will race my own car, but if he can't go, then I will drive for them. I think he can do it, though. Danny is a really tough guy. I'm preparing my car like I am going to race it."
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the 42nd Annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals Wednesday through Saturday. SPEED Channel will tape the action for the September 26th and October 24th telecasts. All Speed Channel telecasts are scheduled to start at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.
Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com