Lasoski moves back into second place in points despite missed races; championship may be out of reach, but "the Dude" wants to make it close. CONCORD, NC (September 4, 2002) -- When Danny "The Dude" Lasoski crashed in Pennsylvania and was forced...
Lasoski moves back into second place in points despite missed races; championship may be out of reach, but "the Dude" wants to make it close.
CONCORD, NC (September 4, 2002) -- When Danny "The Dude" Lasoski crashed in Pennsylvania and was forced out of the cockpit for four races, he saw the chances of repeating as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Champion dwindle, as he fell to fourth in the championship standings. But since returning to his seat, Lasoski has shown that he hasn't forgotten how to drive his #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports car and how to win. He recently vaulted himself back up to second in the point standings, 303 points behind leader Steve Kinser.
"We know that our chance of winning the championship for a second straight year is very slim, but we really want to get the margin of victory as small as possible," said Lasoski. "I think my car owner, Tony Stewart, and all of my crew guys deserve to get as close to Steve (Kinser) as we can when we end this season. Heck, who knows, with some good luck for us and some bad luck for Steve, we still have an outside shot at winning this thing.
"Don't get me wrong, I don't want anything bad to happen to Steve, but we aren't completely out of this thing yet. I will never think we are out of it until the checkered flag falls at our last race of the season. We are going to keep going like we are still trading the points lead with Steve like we did earlier in the year."
Lasoski did trade the lead with Kinser on 13 occasions early in the season before his accident at Williams Grove Speedway on July 26th. Despite racing in four less races than the rest of the leaders in the WoO point standings, Lasoski still leads the series with 16 O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash wins and four preliminary "A" feature wins.
As the WoO Series visits the Sunshine state of California, Lasoski looked to defend his title in the three-day Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga (CA). When the final flag fell on Sunday, September 1st, "The Dude" finished the "A" feature fourth after leading the first 12 laps of the main event and finishing second in the Dash.
Friday and Saturday night's preliminaries saw Lasoski finish sixth and fifth respectively.
"We need to keep this going and keep contending to win races," said Lasoski. "If we keep winning races, then we are just letting fate take care of the rest. We just need to get this car into Victory Lane for Jimmy Carr (crew chief) and the rest of my guys and all my great sponsors."
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series continues its California swing as Lasoski and the rest of the competitors run at Watsonville (CA) Speedway tonight, then at the 49th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Chico (CA).