Lasoski following a path of Winston Cup stardom with owner Stewart, not behind the wheel, but WoO drivers race in association with Cup events. CONCORD, NC (October 4, 2002) -- In the next few weeks, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws will use the ...
Lasoski following a path of Winston Cup stardom with owner Stewart, not behind the wheel, but WoO drivers race in association with Cup events.
CONCORD, NC (October 4, 2002) -- In the next few weeks, the Pennzoil World of Outlaws will use the popularity of NASCAR Winston Cup Racing to help promote its racing. The "Greatest Show on Dirt" will head to the Talladega Short Track this weekend as the Cup cars hit the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway before heading to the Dirt Track at Lowe's for two nights of racing before the Cup cars race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. And that suits Danny "The Dude" Lasoski just fine, considering his car owner is Winston Cup star Tony Stewart.
"I love running these races with the Cup cars because Tony (Stewart) can come and see what he is spending his money on first hand," said Lasoski, driver of the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprinter. "Tony is a great owner and brings a lot to us. People think he just comes in and watches us work, but he will be the first to get on his hands and knees and help change a tire or clean the mud off of the car. He is a real racer and that is the perfect kind of owner to have. I know there are plenty of times that he would probably like to boot me out of the seat and drive this car himself, but he's got all the faith in us to get the job done.
"Not only does Tony get to come to these races that we run the same weekend as the Cup cars, but more and more fans get exposed to our sport, which is just awesome. I am sure some of them would rather see Tony behind the wheel of one of these cars, but they get to see that we put on just as good of racing as the Cup cars--we just do it differently. We play in the mud."
Stewart, who is still in the hunt for his first Winston Cup Championship, is a former open wheel standout.
"Many new fans have learned that winged sprint car racing on dirt is fast, exciting, competitive and keeps them on the edge of their seats every lap," explained NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart, who owns the No. 20 sprint car driven by defending World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski.
Recently, Mother Nature has played havoc with the WoO Series, as it cancelled two races last week, cutting back The National Open at Williams Grove Speedway to a one-day show. Lasoski, crew chief Jimmy Carr and the rest of the JD Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports team returned last weekend to the site of Lasoski's violent accident in Pennsylvania. It was a successful return, as Lasoski led the first 32 laps of the "A" feature before finishing second.
Lasoski finished seventh at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night.
The WoO Series races at Talladega on Saturday night and will then enjoy nearly a week off before two nights of action at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway next weekend. Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com