Danny Lasoski Once Again A Knoxville Champion! August 15, 2004 Knoxville, IA Over 100 cars signed into the pit area for the four-day running of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals. For over forty-four years drivers have been rolling on the ...
Danny Lasoski Once Again A Knoxville Champion!
August 15, 2004 Knoxville, IA Over 100 cars signed into the pit area for the four-day running of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals. For over forty-four years drivers have been rolling on the speedway to try and become the next national's winner.
Tonight was no different as Danny "the Dude" Lasoski backed up his efforts from last year by bringing home the 44th Annual Knoxville Nationals A-main presented by Midwest Ford Dealers and taking home the $125,000 paycheck.
After the drama that unfolded Friday, Lasoski was more determined to drive his #20 J.D. Byrider, Tony Stewart Motorsports, Home Depot, Mopar, Eagle Chassis, Hoosier Tire, Kistler Engines car into victory lane for a fourth time. Lasoski started fourth in the 30-lap main event and with 15 to go, he took the lead from pole sitter, Terry McCarl, and the rest is history. "First and foremost I have to thank Tony Stewart for all of his support and encouragement. I have an incredible team, sponsors, family and friends, and I am so excited to share this with all of them because they all make it possible for us to do this," affirmed Lasoski.
Lasoski held off All-Star Circuit of Champions, Chad Kemenah who recorded his best overall finish bringing home the second place hardware. Kemenah who started in the third position, battled for the lead for several laps, but complained he was missing the bottom of the race track. "It paid off running the bottom tonight. Even though I missed the bottom early on in the race, I kept plugging away at it and it certainly paid off. I want to thank everyone who is involved in this team, especially my brother for all of his hard work," stated Kemenah. Kemenah brought home a $62,000 pay check and will go down in the record books at the runner-up of the Knoxville Nationals.
The man on the move in during the A-main event was third place finisher Jeff Sheperd. Sheperd started in the 14th spot and maneuvered his way to a sensational third place finish. Sheperd stood on the gas and drove the #8 around "Hot Foot" Jason Meyers and Terry McCarl to bring home the finish. "I missed the a-main hot lap session because of ignition problems, but my team worked hard and we figured it. We just kept picking off cars each lap and it certainly paid off. I am extremely happy for this team and our finish," mentioned Sheperd.
Finishing fourth in tonight's A-main event was Jason Meyers. Meyers placed his #14 Elite Landscaping sprinter in the fifth starting spot and ended up capturing his best-ever Nationals finish.
Pole sitter, #24 Terry McCarl brought home his second top five finish at the Knoxville Nationals.