Lasoski Races to World of Outlaws Sprint Series Prelim Victory at Dodge City Dodge City, KS -- Oct. 7, 2005 -- Patience paid off for Danny Lasoski on Friday night in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series preliminary feature at Dodge City Raceway ...
Lasoski Races to World of Outlaws Sprint Series Prelim Victory at Dodge City
Dodge City, KS -- Oct. 7, 2005 -- Patience paid off for Danny Lasoski on Friday night in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series preliminary feature at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Lasoski jumped from fourth to second on the start in the Bass Pro Shops Mopar Eagle and tailed pole-sitter Kraig Kinser for 21 laps. He peaked high and low, looking for a lane to sneak past the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion but waited until the two grooves around 3/8-mile high-banked oval began to widen.
Working the bottom, Lasoski just tried to keep pace with Kinser, who was setting a quick pace along the top in the Remy Maxim on a night when 24 cars qualified under the track's single-lap record. Finally, with nine laps to go, Lasoski saw Kinser begin to get loose in Turns 1 and 2. He drove in deep into Turns 3 and 4 and nearly pulled even at the flag stand. Lasoski slid up to the middle in Turns 1 and 2, pushing Kinser to the top, and swiped the lead just as the fourth caution of the race waved. Lasoski had a great jump on the restart as 2006 Outlaw Daryn Pittman tried to chase down Kinser in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim.
With Lasoski charging to the checkered flag for the fourth time this season in a preliminary feature, Kinser held his ground on the top as Pittman fought off championship leader Steve Kinser's Quaker State Maxim down the stretch.
Lasoski, Kraig Kinser, Pittman and Steve Kinser are locked into the top four positions in the Stacker 2 Dash on Saturday night. They will be joined by the two fastest qualifiers who make it through their heat races for a six-lap race to determine the top six positions for the main event.
"Kraig was running a great line up there and we hadn't gotten into lapped traffic yet," said Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo. "Every time we would get close we would have a caution. He was putting a great pace down. I was working around a little bit, Pittman was working me at the same time. One time I felt really good in Turns 3 and 4 on the bottom but I needed the top in Turns 3 and 4 to move up a little bit and it started doing it. I could see that Kraig was getting a little bit loose off of Turn 2 and I was getting a better run. I didn't want to show him until I got there. When I got there I ran him into Turn 1 and got him in the middle of the racetrack and we were lucky enough get by.
"Getting locked in is everything. We don't want to go through the heat races and requalify because you never know what could happen."
Being in front wasn't necessarily the place to be for Kraig Kinser. He was setting a blistering pace early on, but he wasn't able to see that first Donny Schatz, who would go out with mechanical trouble after charging toward the front during the early laps, then Lasoski and Pittman were making up ground on the bottom. Kinser continued to roll around the top until it was too late to hold back Lasoski.
"Being second you have a little bit of an advantage because you can see line and move around to see if you can pick up ground anywhere," said Kraig Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind. "That's what Danny did. He found the bottom and he beat us down there tonight. He was pretty good once he got in front in clean air. That was the advantage I had while leading was the clean air. Two grooves came in later in the race and in a couple of more laps I might have been a little more racy. It was definitely a fun track, a fast track."
After seeing Schatz quickly make up ground on the bottom, Pittman dropped in line and the two surged toward the front. But three untimely cautions cut Pittman's momentum just as he was about to make passes to advance.
"Honestly, I feel like we would have had a good chance to win that race if that caution hadn't come out," said Pittman, a Mean 15 racer and native of Owasso, Okla. "Danny hadn't really found the bottom yet and Kraig Kinser knew nothing about the bottom at that point. We were getting ready to drive by Danny if that caution wouldn't have come out. Schatz was the one who showed me the bottom was really good in Turns 3 and 4. He drove by me like I was standing still, then he broke. He showed me where the line was and then I got next to Danny and showed him where the line was so that's why it's always an advantage to be behind somebody because you can see what's going on a little better rather than being in the lead. Danny struggled all year long so it's good to see them win a race and Kraig Kinser was awfully good. We just lost too many spots on the starts was really good in Turns 3 and 4. He drove by me like I was standing still, then he broke. He showed me where the line was and then I got next to Danny and showed him where the line was so that's why it's always an advantage to be behind somebody because you can see what's going on a little better rather than being in the lead. Danny struggled all year long so it's good to see them win a race and Kraig Kinser was awfully good. We just lost too many spots on the start. It took us about five laps for our tires to come in and once we got going we had a good racecar."
Steve Kinser wrapped up fourth when he was able to get a run on '06 Outlaw Brooke Tatnell on the final restart with eight laps remaining. Tatnell tried to hold him back but Kinser got a strong run down the backstretch and slipped into the final lock-in position for Saturday night.
"I was so tight standing up so early in the race that I was just having a hard time," said Kinser, a Mean 15 racer from Bloomington, Ind. "As we freed up and got rid of some fuel I was a little better but I was still too tight."
Like the other three, Kinser was relieved simply to know that he won't have to qualify again on Saturday.
"That's important," he said. "You never know what can happen in qualifying. This track held up well in qualifying, but still you can go out and mess up just a little bit and be back a long way."
Following the event at Dodge City Raceway Park, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns Tuesday to Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix to complete the Cactus Classic, which was postponed by rain in March with Craig Dollansky, Danny Lasoski, Steve Kinser and Shane Stewart locked into the Stacker 2 Dash. Following the Cactus Classic, Outlaws close out the year with a two-day show Oct. 14-15 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., and a two-day show Oct. 21-22 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
DODGE CITY NOTEBOOK
* Donny Schatz shattered the Dodge City single-lap record in the ParkerStore J&J when paced the 34 cars that went through time trials with an AMB i.t.-timed lap around the 3/8-mile oval in 12.277 seconds at 109.962 mph. Sammy Swindell had set the single-lap record of 12.876 seconds on June 22, 2004. Jeff Shepard was second quick in the Beefpackers Eagle with a lap at 12.322 seconds at 109.560 mph. Twenty-four of the 34 cars were under Swindell's track record.
* Danny Lasoski's victory Friday night was his fourth preliminary feature win this season. He also has an A-feature victory Aug. 30 at Cottage Grove Speedway. -- Steve Kinser has a series-leading 19 A-feature victories and six preliminary feature wins this season. -- There have been 17 different A-feature winners this season. Including preliminary features, 22 different drivers have visited Victory Lane this season with the Outlaws. -- Donny Schatz's victory Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway was his eighth of the season, second-most this year with the Outlaws. -- Kraig Kinser captured the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 14 for his sixth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Craig Dollansky has two A-feature victories and three preliminary feature wins. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora and Aug. 14 at Knoxville Raceway in the Nationals' non-qualifiers event. -- Fred Rahmer's victory Friday night was his second preliminary feature win of the season with the Outlaws. He also won the Summer Nationals crown July 23 and picked up a preliminary feature win in the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10. -- Single-event winners include Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart have each won once.
* Dodge City Raceway Park is a 3/8-mile oval. Including preliminaries, the series has raced 16 times this season on tracks that length, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, 81 Speedway, Huset's Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, Attica Raceway Park, Fulton Speedway, BMP Speedway, Grays Harbor Raceway, Rocky Mountain, K-C Raceway and Dodge City Raceway Park. Steve Kinser held off Brooke Tatnell to win at Pike County, Donny Schatz edged Steve Kinser at Houston, Kraig Kinser dominated at Batesville, Steve Kinser snuck past Jason Meyers late at Outlaw, Daryn Pittman cruised to victory at 81 Speedway, Jason Meyers outlasted the field at Sharon, Brian Paulus started on the pole and won at Huset's, Brooke Tatnell picked up his first win of the year at Cedar Lake and his second at Fulton, Stevie Smith won at Attica, Daryn Pittman won the feature and Steve Kinser won the preliminary at BMP Speedway, Donny Schatz won the feature and Steve Kinser won the preliminary at Grays Harbor, Daryn Pittman won at Rocky Mountain, Donny Schatz won at K-C Raceway and Danny Lasoski won the preliminary feature at Dodge City.
* Drivers who have raced to victory in preliminary features this season include (in alphabetical order) Craig Dollansky three times (Manzanita/Williams Grove/Silver Dollar), Jason Johnson once (Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser once (Las Vegas), Steve Kinser six times (Eagle twice/Billings/Elma/Calistoga/Silver Dollar), Danny Lasoski three times (Australia/Knoxville/Calistoga/Dodge City), Fred Rahmer twice (Knoxville/Williams Grove), Kerry Madsen once (Australia), Paul McMahan once (Williams Grove), Brian Paulus once (Red River Valley), Joey Saldana once (Lernerville), Shane Stewart once (Knoxville), Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville).
* In the Stacker 2 Dash that set the inside top six rows for the A-main, Kraig Kinser fought off '06 Outlaw Brooke Tatnell in Turns 1 and 2 and stretched his lead to earn the pole for the feature. Tatnell, fast-qualifier and '06 Outlaw Donny Schatz, Randy Hannagan, Tim Shaffer and Outlaws top rookie Shane Stewart rounded out the field.
* In the second Dash that set the outside six rows for the main event, '06 Outlaw Daryn Pittman held off Danny Lasoski in Turns 1 and 2 and pulled away to victory. Lasoski finished second with Jeff Shepard, Steve Kinser, Brandon Wimmer and Chad Kemenah rounding out the field.
* Jason Solwold captured the B-main, with '06 Outlaw Terry McCarl, Jason Meyers and Brian Paulus earning the final transfer positions to the feature.
* Heat race victories went to '06 Outlaw Craig Dollansky, Paul McMahan, Gary Taylor and Jeremy Campbell.
* Following the event at Dodge City Raceway Park, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns Tuesday to Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix to complete the Cactus Classic, which was postponed by rain in March with Craig Dollansky, Danny Lasoski, Steve Kinser and Shane Stewart locked into the Stacker 2 Dash. Following the Cactus Classic, Outlaws close out the year with a two-day show Oct. 14-15 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., and a two-day show Oct. 21-22 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
* The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 12 the National Open from Williams Grove Speedway on Oct. 12, followed Oct. 19 by the race from Dodge City Raceway Park.