Danny Lasoski gets Texas Size win defending WoO Champion gearing up to fly at Eagle. CONCORD, NC (September 20, 2002) -- They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, Danny Lasoski is now a believer! "The Dude" and the entire J.D Byrider /...
Danny Lasoski gets Texas Size win defending WoO Champion gearing up to fly at Eagle.
CONCORD, NC (September 20, 2002) -- They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, Danny Lasoski is now a believer! "The Dude" and the entire J.D Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports team got a big boost with a big win in the "O'Reilly Auto Parts Showdown Championship" on Saturday at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
"You know this whole J.D. Byrider team didn't get down when I was hurt and they didn't give up on me and I appreciate that," said Lasoski, who picked up his 13th "A-Feature" win of the year and the 50th of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws career. "I hope this put a big smile on their faces tonight because they deserve it. I know I'm smiling from ear to ear 'cause that was exciting."
Exciting indeed! Lasoski jetted by early-race leader Tim Shaffer, in the Beefpackers number-83, and then checked out on the field. But the guy on the move in the middle of the race was "young gun" Brad Furr. He caught and passed "The Dude" for the lead, but a yellow flag was thrown late in the 40-lap feature to set up a three-lap dash for the cash. That's where Lasoski's prowess was felt.
"Two things were going to happen; it was going to be an ugly slide-job over there or I was going to get by him on the top," explained Lasoski. "He knows I like the bottom of the racetrack and he did what any good driver would do and protect that middle and bottom lane. What he doesn't know is that Jimmy Carr gives me a car I can put anywhere."
Lasoski pulled the wool over Furr's eyes by darting to the outside and into the lead once again. He took the checkers and the entire J.D. Byrider team was able to celebrate as the rain started to fall on the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.
"I fooled him, didn't I?"
You bet your last dollar you did, Danny.
"This is what Pennzoil World of Outlaws racing is all about," continued Lasoski. "The Texas Motor Speedway gave a us a two-lane racetrack and you see the type of show we put on; now if we can get more tracks to do that, then people across America will have a hard time not coming to an Outlaws show."
Lasoski finished fourth in the preliminary feature event at the Texas Dirt Track, and on Wednesday night in Greenwood, NE he finished uncharacteristically out of the top 10.
The thing we all have to remember, however, is the fact that Danny sustained a broken ankle, a concussion and bruised ribs in a wild wreck at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway just a little more than a month ago.
"I'm not 100 percent, but you can't beat me out of this car," laughed Lasoski. "I'm probably about 80 percent right now. My ribs are still sore after a long race, but heck, pansies don't drive these cars."
This weekend Danny and the J.D. Byrider team head to Eagle Raceway in Nebraska. Here's to hoping that Danny and the team can let their Eagle fly into victory lane once again. Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com