"Weird" season coming to an end for Danny "The Dude" Lasoski; despite washouts & injuries, season is still one of Lasoski'S best ever. CONCORD, NC (October 30, 2002) -- In almost all forms of motorsports this year, Mother Nature has taken...
"Weird" season coming to an end for Danny "The Dude" Lasoski; despite washouts & injuries, season is still one of Lasoski'S best ever.
CONCORD, NC (October 30, 2002) -- In almost all forms of motorsports this year, Mother Nature has taken control and kept the competitors guessing. Race postponements and cancellations have been a norm, especially with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series. With last weekend's complete washout of events, the series has only two nights of programs at two separate tracks left before the season is complete.
And without some sort of miracle, the championship hopes for Danny "The Dude" Lasoski and the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports team are not possible. But that is ok! Lasoski has still had one of the best seasons of his WoO career. Minus his violent accident months ago, and the many washouts that Mother Nature has sent the series, he might have had a season that could have ranked as one of the best in World of Outlaws' history.
"You know, I have said how much I hate finishing second," says Lasoski, "and I stick behind that statement. In all, though, it has still been a pretty good year. I just wish that we would have had the opportunity to race with Steve (Kinser) for the championship. We had such a great battle going for most of the year; I know we would be giving fans just what they want to see.
"Unfortunately, all of the rain that we have had this year, plus the accident, really hurt us. We have still had a great season, but we missed some races at tracks that were really good for this team. My guys have done a great job all year, so it's a shame I was injured for that period of time. They have done everything right all year and stuck behind me when I was down and out after I got hurt. I mean, we have won 13 "A" mains and four preliminary features this season; that is better than any other year that I have had."
Lasoski is right. Despite missing four races (everyone else in the top 10 in points have competed in all 65 events), Lasoski is second in the points standings and second in the category of top-five and top-10 finishes. In addition, Lasoski has won more O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash races than anyone else and is second only to Steve Kinser in laps led.
"We have been 'on' this year. Tony (Stewart, car owner) has given us everything that we needed to compete on this level and be competitive for every race. I just wish that I could have given this team more, but I guess things like that (his injury) will happen; plus all of the rain is beyond our control anyway. But I will say, it has certainly been a weird year."
Weird is for sure. Lasoski suffered some of his worst injuries he's ever sustained when he was involved in a practice crash at Williams Grove Speedway in July. Then, earlier this month, Lasoski was briefly injured at Charlotte when a piece of debris, later determined to be a chunk of dirt, came into the car and hit him in the leg. After a trip to the hospital, Lasoski returned later that night to start the "A" main and finished in the top 10.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series has two events remaining on its 2002 schedule: November 2-3 at Hollywood Hills Speedway in San Felipe Pueblo, NM, and the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway November 8-9.
Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com