"The Dude" returns to victory lane in WOO competition. Even though an accident hurt his championship chances, Lasoski proves he can still win races CONCORD, NC (August 29, 2002) -- Despite several top-five performances, Danny "The Dude"...
"The Dude" returns to victory lane in WOO competition.
Even though an accident hurt his championship chances, Lasoski proves he can still win races
CONCORD, NC (August 29, 2002) -- Despite several top-five performances, Danny "The Dude" Lasoski had been disappointed since returning to the cockpit of his #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports World of Outlaws sprint car following his big accident in Pennsylvania. Not anymore. Lasoski has found his winning ways after a month of frustration.
"It has been tough on me because we just haven't been up to par," said Lasoski. "All I wanted to do was to come out here and show the people I could still win. We won the pole for the (Knoxville) Nationals, but I needed to get that feature win. I needed to show my crew, myself, (car owner) Tony (Stewart) and everyone else that I hadn't lost my edge."
Despite all of his injuries, it took "The Dude" less than a month to find his way back to the Winner's Circle in Pennzoil World of Outlaws competition. Lasoski scored the "A" feature win at Cottage Grove (OR) Speedway on Tuesday night, leading 25 laps before wrapping up his 12th "A" feature win of the season.
"It's great to get back to Victory Lane," said Lasoski on Tuesday night. "I owe it all to my crew chief Jimmy Carr because he's the best in the business. I've been letting my (crew) guys down lately. Tonight I finally was able to drive the car like I should. I'm just glad the track was smooth. We were able to drive this JD Byrider car anywhere tonight, and with all the lapped traffic at this place, which means a lot. Jerry Russell at Eagle Chassis builds a great car, and with Kistler Engines, Hoosier tires, they all make it happen."
Lasoski qualified ninth but quickly showed he would be a contender after finishing second in his heat race and winning his series-leading 16th O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash of 2002. Lasoski powered by Joey Saldana on lap 16 and never looked back during the 40-lap event.
"I'm really happy and I am ready to get some more of these. I forgot how good it was to be in Victory Lane."
Last weekend, as the WoO Series was running in its famed Northwest tour, Lasoski suffered some tough luck, finishing 14th at Skagit Raceway in Alger (WA) on Friday night before coming back on Saturday night at Central Washington State Fair Speedway in Yakima (WA) to battle with Steve Kinser for the lead in the "A" feature. He eventually finished second.
"The Dude's" tough luck during the Northwest tour saw him drop back to third in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series standings, just 27 points behind second-place Saldana in the standings. Lasoski's 12 "A" feature wins are a career high.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Harvest Classic at Calistoga (CA) Speedway Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com