Lasoski recovering from injuries & hoping to return to action Thursday. Herrera continues subbing for Tony Stewart Motorsports ...
Lasoski recovering from injuries & hoping to return to action Thursday.
Herrera continues subbing for Tony Stewart Motorsports #20 Sprint Car.
CONCORD, NC (August 2, 2002) -- Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Champion Danny "The Dude" Lasoski hopes to return to the cockpit of his #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprint car this Thursday, as the WoO Series prepares for the legendary Knoxville Nationals. It will be a perfect time for Lasoski to return, as he is a seven-time Knoxville Raceway track champion. Until "The Dude" returns to the track, Johnny Herrera will continue to drive the car.
"I feel like I have been run over by a bus," said Lasoski. "I've been better, but things are looking pretty good for a possible return to the car on Thursday. It is really important to try to get back on the horse that bucked you off as soon as you can, and what better place to do it than in Knoxville.
"I think we should be good to go next week. We are going to take it slow, even though I really want to be in that car. I am not going to put anybody, including myself, at extra risk. If things keep improving like they are now, we should be ready to get back at this Thursday.
Lasoski suffered several injuries during last Friday night's hot lap session at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg (PA), resulting in a three-day stay in the hospital. Lasoski was discharged on Monday, but a subsequent doctor's visit showed that he had a cracked left ankle, resulting in the use of crutches. Lasoski will not make his final start in this weekend's International Race of Champions finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Lasoski had just begun to hot lap his #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprinter when the right rear tire exploded heading into turn three on the super-fast half mile. Lasoski smacked the retaining wall at nearly 120 mph and was knocked unconscious from the hit.
"We don't know what happened to the tire," said Lasoski. "If we hit something, it was big, because the tire just exploded and I went right into the wall. We have sent the tire to Hoosier to have them take a look at it; make sure nothing was wrong with it. It was just a bad deal. It hit the wall really hard. One of the hardest hits I have ever taken."
In the accident, Lasoski suffered a concussion, a bruised lung and a sore shoulder. He still complains of some blurriness in his right eye, but that is improving day by day. Team owner Tony Stewart flew up to see Lasoski following NASCAR Winston Cup Happy Hour at Pocono the day after the accident.
"Tony is really just a great guy," said Lasoski. "He wasted no time coming up there to see me. It really makes you feel good when everybody takes the time to come and see you. Steve Kinser and a number of my good friends made the trip to the hospital to see me. And Kenny Schrader is taking my spot in the IROC Series this weekend. All of your friends really step up when you need them.
Johnny Herrera drove the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports Monday night at New Egypt (NJ) Speedway to a seventh-place finish. He qualified second-quick at Sharon Speedway, won the "B" feature and finished 16th in the main event
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The World of Outlaws moves to Eldora Speedway Friday night before spending four nights at Knoxville Raceway leading up to Saturday night's 42nd running of the Knoxville Nationals
Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com