Consistent top-five finishes for Lasoski since returning from accident. CONCORD, NC (August 22, 2002) -- Since returning to the seat of the ...
Consistent top-five finishes for Lasoski since returning from accident.
CONCORD, NC (August 22, 2002) -- Since returning to the seat of the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports car following a scary accident nearly a month ago in Pennsylvania, Danny "The Dude" Lasoski has failed to finish outside the top five. After Lasoski returned to the car, he promptly captured the pole for the 42nd Annual Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals. Since leaving Knoxville, where he finished fourth, he has successfully continued to run inside the top five, showing no ill effects of the violent accident. As the Pennzoil World of Outlaws enters its second week of competition in the Northwest, Lasoski continued to make a remarkable comeback.
"We've been really consistent, and that is a testament of my team," said Lasoski. "I knew I was ready to come back to the car and I think I am proving that to everyone around me. I am sure there were a few people skeptical of my return, but I've gone out and ran strong and fast. My guys have done a great job at giving me a good car to drive, and we just keep knocking down these finishes at the front of the field."
The Outlaws were at Gray's Harbor Raceway Park in Elma (WA) last week for two nights of programs. "The Dude" opened Friday night's competition by qualifying eighth. He finished third in his heat race before winning one of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash races. He finished fourth in the "A" feature.
On Saturday night, at Gray's Harbor Raceway Park, Lasoski finished fourth in his fourth-straight race since returning from the crash. Lasoski's finish vaulted him past Craig Dollansky for third place in the point standings.
"The Dude," who led the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series standings when he suffered the injury, is only 25 points behind second-place Joey Saldana in the standings, despite racing in four less races. He still leads the series in preliminary feature wins with four and O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash wins with 15. He has 32 top-five finishes and 40 top-10s in 46 starts, including a career high 11 "A" feature wins.
Thanks to the driving of Johnny Herrera during Lasoski's absence, the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports team is less than 100 points behind Steve Kinser in the car owner points standings.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run two events worth more than $50,000 a piece at Skagit Speedway on Friday and Central Washington State Fair Speedway on Saturday, both in Washington.
Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com