Eldora II: Race report

"Dude" Completes Ohio Sweep With First Eldora Victory ROSSBURG, OH (June 5) -- Before the World of Outlaws Sprint Series headed to Ohio, Danny Lasoski was wondering if he would ever visit victory lane again. "The Dude" answered that question in...

"Dude" Completes Ohio Sweep With First Eldora Victory

ROSSBURG, OH (June 5) -- Before the World of Outlaws Sprint Series headed to Ohio, Danny Lasoski was wondering if he would ever visit victory lane again. "The Dude" answered that question in a big way, winning the "A" Features at Sharon Speedway and Eldora Speedway.

The series' 2001 champion won at Eldora Speedway for the first time Saturday, leading all 30 laps from outside the front row. The $10,000 victory pushed him to within 99 points of leader Steve Kinser in the World Outlaws Sprint Series standings.

"I love this place, but I just have never been able to seal the deal here," Lasoski said. "We've come here the last four or five times with pretty much the same setup. We've been able to lead races, but haven't been able to get the job done. I have to thank Paul Kistler -- this is his house motor and it really made some horsepower tonight. They've been doing a lot of research this year, and it really paid off tonight.

"I couldn't do this without my car owner, Tony Stewart, and my crew chief, Jimmy Carr, and Todd Splain and Richie Wagner, along with those great Hoosier tires on this Eagle chassis. This is a huge monkey to get off my back. I know we won an All-Star race here years ago, but we've never been able to get the job done with the Outlaws. Jimmy Carr does a great job of keeping me calm here. It seems like for whatever reason, I just haven't been able to get around this place. I'm going to go call Tony right after we're done here, and I'm sure he'll be really happy. Maybe he can go out and win one (the NASCAR Nextel Cup MBNA 400 at Dover International Speedway) tomorrow."

Lasoski, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 33-car field, drove Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past Daryn Pittman and Jac Haudenschild during the Second Dash Race for the privilege of starting the 30-lap main event on the front row.

Bill Rose's #6R KJM Trucking Eagle had problems starting as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Tim Shaffer, who started behind Rose on the seventh row, collided with Rose and flipped into the turn-four retaining wall. Lasoski raced past pole-sitter and fast qualifier Mark Kinser to take the lead as the green flag replaced the red.

Dale Blaney, whose family owns and operates Sharon Speedway, was trying to pass Pittman for fifth place early in second lap when he spun. "The Dude" controlled the ensuing restart, and was 10 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he entered lapped traffic four laps later.

Haudenschild, who has won four World of Outlaws Sprint Series main events at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," started outside the fifth row. He passed Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jonathan Allard and Craig Dollansky during the sixth and ninth laps to take over fifth place.

Mark and Steve Kinser exchanged second place with slide jobs during laps 11 and 12. "The King of the Outlaws" passed Mark deep in turn three and slid in front of him in the fourth corner, only to have his second cousin regain the position with a similar move in turns one and two half a lap later.

Joey Saldana, winner of the 2002 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, lost fourth place early in the 14th lap when he stopped in the second corner with a flat left rear tire.

Haudenschild, who lives in Wooster, OH, continued his run toward the front when the race resumed, passing Pittman for fourth place with an inside move between turns three and four. "The Wild Child" was trying to lap Jimmy Stinson in the first corner early in lap 22 when he collided with the Second Heat Race winner, causing Stinson to spin into Pittman. The damage to their cars put Stinson and Pittman in the pits. Haudenschild claimed third place by passing Steve Kinser with a slide job between the first and second corners two laps after the race resumed.

Lasoski was a straightaway ahead of Mark Kinser when he caught the back-markers with 2½ laps remaining and coasted to victory.

Haudenschild finished in third place, ahead of Steve Kinser, Dollansky, Jason Meyers, Allard, Chad Kemenah, Jason Sides and Dean Jacobs. Dollansky finished fifth for the fourth time in the last five events. Allard's seventh-place finish was the best of his World of Oulaws Sprint Series career. Kemenah raced into eighth place from outside the ninth row. Sides drove the #7S Sides Motorsports Maxim past 15 cars to finish ninth. Jacobs started outside the 11th row and finished in 10th place.

Saldana, who raced into 17th place from the rear of the field during the final 16 laps, passed Shaffer for eighth place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings.

Mark Kinser paced the qualifying session with a 138.366-M.P.H. lap around Earl Baltes' high-banked, ½-mile oval.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series' "Mean 15" will run $51,600 events at LaSalle Speedway Wednesday, Hartford Speedway Park Friday and The Raceway at Powercom Park Saturday.

-WoO-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Bill Rose , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah