Ultra-successful three day stretch sees Lasoski retake WoO point lead. Three races in three days results in two more victories. CONCORD, NC (June 6, 2002) -- In what may rival his April Talladega weekend as the strongest of the year, Danny "The...
Ultra-successful three day stretch sees Lasoski retake WoO point lead.
Three races in three days results in two more victories.
CONCORD, NC (June 6, 2002) -- In what may rival his April Talladega weekend as the strongest of the year, Danny "The Dude" Lasoski collected two "A" feature victories and a runner-up finish en route to dominating the latest stretch on the Pennzoil World of Outlaws schedule. Thanks to rain on Wednesday night, "The Dude" and the rest of the Outlaws completed at three tracks in three nights. That resulted in Lasoski's fifth and sixth "A" feature wins of 2002. With the success the Tony Stewart Motorsports / J.D. Byrider team experienced, Lasoski once again regained the point lead from Steve Kinser.
"This was a big weekend for this team and for my confidence," said Lasoski. "Crew Chief Jimmy Carr and the entire J.D. Byrider team put a great car under me for three straight nights. We swept the weekend in Talladega earlier this season, but this was probably bigger because we went somewhere new every night and still was one of the dominant cars.
"I am still not worried about the points though, because there is still too much of the season to go," said Lasoski, who used the weekend to make a 56 point swing in the standings. Last Monday, he trailed Kinser by 39 markers. "At the rate the points battle has gone this year though, it doesn't seem to be very good if you hold the lead. We are up by 17 points now. That seems huge the way things have gone recently."
The WoO was rained out at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park (Elbridge, NY) on Wednesday night, and was rescheduled for Friday. With renewed confidence, the team battled back from a so-so weekend to qualify seventh and win the dash. That gave them a front-row start for the feature. After leading the first three laps, Lasoski fell back, but he regained the lead with 13-laps to go to pick up his fifth "A" feature win of the season.
Saturday, the series moved to the newly redesigned Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH, a track owned by former WoO champion and NASCAR driver Dave Blaney. Lasoski took a liking to the new look track by qualifying fifth and once again winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash in front of the biggest crowd in the history of the 73-year old facility. Once again, Lasoski used his front row spot to stay near the front and pick up another victory.
"We had Paul Kistler (Kistler Engines) there and he built us a great motor. Along with this Eagle Chassis and these Hoosier Tires, we had everything we needed to get the job done," revealed Lasoski.
"The Dude" moved across state to a track that has not treated him well, including earlier in the season when he was only a mid-pack racer. We're talking about Eldora Speedway in Rossbur, OH. Lasoski came out charging with confidence from the previous two evenings and put up quick time, the eighth time he has done that in 2002. With top three finishes in both his heat and dash races, Lasoski chased Kinser to the checkers and pickied up a second-place finish.
"I love to be able to race good at this place. It has always had our number over the years, so I felt like I paid the lady back this weekend. This is just a great way to cap off a top-notch weekend performance for this team. We really have everything rolling along right now. I'm excited about getting back to in already."
"The Dude" won't have long to wait, as the series heads to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL on Friday night before making the short trip east to Terre Haute, IN for the US Dirt Nationals at the Action Track. Two more victories could put the team in the driver's seat for the meaty portion of the season. As always, fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com