Big Weekend in "Lone Star State" could get "The Dude" and team back on track. Defending WoO Champion is a past winner at Texas and looks for more. CONCORD, NC (September 12, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is tired of hearing about his crash...
Big Weekend in "Lone Star State" could get "The Dude" and team back on track. Defending WoO Champion is a past winner at Texas and looks for more.
CONCORD, NC (September 12, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is tired of hearing about his crash in Pennsylvania several months ago. It is behind him and the team has moved on. With 312 points separating he and Pennzoil World of Outlaws point leader Steve Kinser, it is time that the driver of the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprint car focus on winning races and shaving as much off that point lead as possible, while adding to the stats he has accumulated in one of his best seasons on the WoO Series.
Lasoski will have a great chance of cutting the points lead and earning more feature wins when the series spends two nights this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth. The WoO Series is running the Texas Showdown in conjunction with the Indy Racing League and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.
"Texas is a beautiful, beautiful racetrack," said Lasoski. "In the past, they have had some problems smoothing out the surface, but we have been successful there, so we know what to expect. It is a beautiful place and one of the top-notch dirt facilities in the country.
"When we went to Fort Worth earlier this year (April 5th), we had a really terrible night. The racetrack was really hard and fast and we laid a lot of rubber down on it during qualifying. We had a lot of trouble getting a hold of it. We really did the best we could with the conditions, but then we were pretty disappointed because the main event got rained out on Saturday night."
At that time, it was the first instance in 2002 that Lasoski failed to finish the "A" feature in the top 10. He started the feature in 11th, but was unable to make a run to the front during the evening. Lasoski qualified fifth, but was never able to hook the J.D. Byrider car up the rest of the evening.
Lasoski is now in the midst of a fierce fight with Joey Saldana and Craig Dollansky for the runner-up position in the WoO Standings. He leads both Saldana and Dollansky by 48 points, despite racing in four-less races then both of them.
"We are still in there and fighting for what we need to get done," said Lasoski. "I feel real confident that we can pull away from those guys and get ourselves in a position to be really respectable at the end of the year. They will be tough, because one or two bad nights can really get you behind the gun. I think the fact that we have two big races at Texas plays in my favor, because we have always run well there.
"I owe it to all my guys to run my butt off out there every time I get in the car, whether it is practice, qualifying or the feature. Jimmy (Carr) is the best crew chief in the business and he has given me great cars. Tony (Stewart) couldn't be a better owner and has really stuck behind me all season long. We want to get up on our horses and start knocking down a bunch of feature wins. Hopefully, we'll start putting this J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports car in Victory Lane and everyone will forget about the accident and start taking note of this team again."
Lasoski and the rest of the series are coming off a West Coast California swing, cumulating in three nights of racing at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico (CA). "The Dude" finished fourth in the "A" main on Saturday night after starting 13th.
Sprint Car Network will broadcast the O'Reilly Texas Showdown live from the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Thursday and Saturday. Both broadcasts will begin at 9 p.m. (ET). Rod Pattison and Brad Doty will be in the booth calling the action. Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com