Danny Lasoski Kicks Off World of Outlaws Sprint Series Season Finale with Vegas Prelim Win Las Vegas -- Oct. 21, 2005 -- Danny Lasoski saw an opportunity and seized it. Starting on the outside of the second row Friday night in the World of ...
Danny Lasoski Kicks Off World of Outlaws Sprint Series Season Finale with Vegas Prelim Win
Las Vegas -- Oct. 21, 2005 -- Danny Lasoski saw an opportunity and seized it.
Starting on the outside of the second row Friday night in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series preliminary feature at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lasoski sliced to the bottom in the first corner and swept into the lead in front of pole-sitter Paul McMahan and Jason Solwold.
Once in front, Lasoski survived five restarts in the Bass Pro Shops Mopar Eagle as he held off Solwold early and Craig Dollansky late to capture his fifth preliminary feature of the season and earn the pole for the Stacker 2 Dash on Saturday night that will determine the top six positions for the main event and 2005 season finale.
Dollansky charged from 10th to finish second in the VMAC/Karavan J&J, with Solwold hanging on for third in the City Wide Insulation Schnee. Tim Shaffer and the Casey's General Store Maxim made an incredible save to grab the final lock-in position to Saturday's main event after he was collected in a crash on the first lap of his heat race.
Brandon Wimmer in the Astro Titanium/AbbyLou.org Maxim was fifth, followed by Brooke Tatnell in the Castol/Steel Dreams Eagle, Jac Haudenschild in the Beef Packers/HR Cattle Eagle, Jason Meyers in the Elite Landscaping Maxim, Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim and Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle.
Lasoski was rolling along the top of the half-mile oval until he caught the rear of the field on Lap 6. McMahan and Solwold pushed hard to keep pace but a caution with nine laps down gave Lasoski clear track and clean air. He quickly raced back to the cushion on the restart as Solwold carried his momentum under McMahan to grab second with Steve Kinser trying to swipe third before another caution waved.
Lasoski couldn't shake Solwold, who was able to run about a groove lower, on the next restart but a lap later a third caution waved as Kinser again had tried to get around McMahan.
With 12 laps down and Lasoski holding off Solwold, Kinser completed the pass on McMahan's Selma Shell Maxim as Dollansky and Shaffer began their marches toward the top five.
Then the locked-in positions would change twice as first McMahan went out with what appeared to be engine trouble on Lap 20 then Kinser's right rear would go down on the restart, eventually letting go a lap later.
Dollansky took advantage by charging to the inside of Solwold and sweeping into second in Turns 1 and 2 with two to go. Lasoski was able to keep his momentum rolling around the top as Dollansky tried to cut the gap on the bottom with Solwold fending off Shaffer as they came to the checkered flag.
"I started behind [Solwold] and never saw anybody at any time," said Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo., who on Saturday will be seeking his third A-feature victory of the season and his two-night event sweep of the month. "When we got to the lapped cars I started taking bigger arcs. I figured if somebody was going to get me it was going to be then. The restarts probably helped me because I had clean air over my car, but I would have liked to have gotten a few lapped cars in between us."
Lasoski knew he had to take a chance on the first lap in the first corner when he saw McMahan and Solwold just barely slide up the track. Once he completed the pass, he was able to hang on for the remaining 24 laps.
"Luck. Plain and simple luck," Lasoski said. "Sometimes when you're on the front row the guys go in and miss it when they don't have a full head of steam. That's what will happen. It looked like the guys got a little tight and they bounced a little bit, our car turned and that was the race right there."
Dollansky was strong from the drop of the green flag as he picked his way through the lead pack of cars, had strong restarts and was especially smooth on the bottom.
"It seemed like we just kept getting better and better there," said Dollansky, a Mean 15 racer from Elk River, Minn., who is seeking his third A-feature win of the seaon on Saturday. "I got a little bit loose on entry, but I was able to be able to deal with it and get through the center of the corner pretty good. I was able to move around, too, and make some things happen. I got some lines on different guys and it was working for us.
"To be locked in is definitely nice. You just have to watch the racetrack and pay attention to what's going on with the racetrack. It's just been tough for us. We lost another racecar last weekend. We'll try to finish the season out on a positive note and get ready for next year."
Solwold pushed his machine hard, driving it in deep at each end as he tried to slide past Lasoski. Every time it looked as if he was about to pull even with Lasoski, a caution would come out and force him back in line.
"I think the lapped traffic would have been pretty good because he was stuck on the top and we were decent on the bottom," said Solwold, a native of Mt. Vernon, Wash., who will finish second to Shane Stewart in the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year race. "On the last restart I followed him around the top to see if I could get him at the other end, but we lost too much ground and Craig got by me. I thought we had something for him in the middle, but that's the way it goes.
"We wanted to end the season good. We put a new motor in tonight and it was working pretty good. We're happy where we finished. We're trying to finish this deal strong. We didn't have a very good middle of the year after having a good beginning so we're trying to make the end of the year count."
Shaffer was excited to be locked-in for Saturday, especially considering that on the first lap of his heat race he barely made it to the flag stand before a spinning car in front of him took him out. His crew made quick repairs in the heat, allowing him to drive into a transfer spot that helped him finish fourth in the main event, even with a bent rear end and driveline from the hear race incident.
"We had a great car," said Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer from Aliquippa, Pa., who is looking for his fourth victory of the season on Saturday. "We ran a little harder tire, which took a while to get going. It hurt us on the start, but it got better and better. The track came to us. I could run right through the rough part, too, so it was a pretty cool deal.
"It's awesome, really awesome [to be locked in]. To get in through the heat and everything. The night started off looking like it was a disaster and it turned out good. That's all teamwork. None of us ever quit. We kept working hard at it and got lucky getting locked in. We had a good car, but we had some luck tonight. We'll take it."
Wimmer, a rookie contender seeking his first Outlaws victory of the season, was able to hold his ground throughout the feature even with cars all around him having trouble.
"Everything's been going really good lately," said Wimmer, a Mean 15 racer from Fairmount, Ind., who graduated from high school in June. "Since I got glasses it's unbelievable how much better I can see the track and see where I need to be. The beginning of the race was awesome and at the end when it started to get choppy the car didn't want to go through it real well and I lost a couple of spots. Fifth isn't bad. Hopefully we'll come back tomorrow and have a repeat or do even better and finish off the year on a good note."
The Outlaws conclude the 2005 season with the finale Saturday night at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LAS VEGAS SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* Donny Schatz paced the 37 cars that went through time trials in the ParkerStore J&J with an AMB i.t.-timed lap around the half-mile oval in 14.141 seconds at 127.289 mph. Kraig Kinser was the second-quickest racer in time trials with a lap in the Remy Maxim in 14.186 seconds at 126.886 mph. Danny Lasoski established the single-lap record of 13.719 seconds at 131.205 mph on March 6, 2004. Terry McCarl, Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser rounded out the top five qualifiers.
* Danny Lasoski's victory Friday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was his fifth preliminary win this season. He also has two main-event victories, at Dodge City and Cottage Grove. -- Steve Kinser has a series-leading 20 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 has eight A-feature victories, second-most this year. He also has a preliminary feature win. -- 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. -- Sammy Swindell's victory Oct. 15 at Thunderbowl Raceway was his third A-feature win of the season. He also has two preliminary feature wins. -- -- 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. -- 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.
* The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 37 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning 10 times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville, Williams Grove, Hartford, Red River Valley, Calistoga and Manzanita), Donny Schatz winning four times (Las Vegas, Route 66 Raceway, Calistoga, Williams Grove), Sammy Swindell winning four times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown and Knoxville), Kraig Kinser winning three times (Las Vegas and twice at Knoxville), Danny Lasoski winning three times (Knoxville, Calistoga and Las Vegas),Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Fred Rahmer winning three times (Williams Grove twice and Knoxville), and Daryn Pittman (Jackson), Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason Johnson (Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (Williams Grove), Jac Haudenschild (Eldora) and Shane Stewart (Knoxville) each winning once.
* 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 five times (Australia/Knoxville/Calistoga/Dodge City/Las Vegas), 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), Donny Schatz once (Thunderbowl), Shane Stewart once (Knoxville), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville), and Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton).
* In the Stacker 2 Dash that set the inside top six rows for the A-main, Paul McMahan pulled out to a big lead and drove off with the win ahead of Randy Hannagan, Steve Kinser, Tim Shaffer, Terry McCarl and Brooke Tatnell.
* In the second Dash that set the outside top six rows for the preliminary feature, Jason Solwold got the jump and drove to the checkered flag with Danny Lasoski, Brandon Wimmer, Daryn Pittman, Craig Dollansky and Jason Meyers rounding out the field.
* In the B-main, fast-qualifier Donny Schatz jumped out front and held on after two red flags for hard crashes took out Toni Lutar first and then Kraig Kinser the second-fastest qualifier. Neither driver was injured, but neither started the feature. Following Schatz to the checkered flag were Sammy Swindell, Jason Johnson and Johnny Herrera.
* After red flags on the first two attempts to start the first heat, Jac Haudenschild and Kerry Madsen raced wheel-to-wheel for two laps before Haudenschild pulled out ahead, held on after a restart, and drove to victory. Madsen was second with Jason Meyers, Kevin Swindell and Jason Solwold earning the remaining transfer spots.
* In the second heat race, Joey Saldana quickly jumped out front and pulled away to victory. Tim Kaeding cruised to the checkered flag in second ahead of Brooke Tatnell as Randy Hannagan and Paul McMahan earned the final transfer positions.
* Shane Stewart jumped out to big lead and drove off to the checkered flag as the field fell in line behind him. Brian Paulus was second, with Danny Lasoski, Craig Dollansky and Terry McCarl picking up the transfer spots.
* Just as the green flag waved on the fourth heat, Jeremy Campbell spun and flipped into the infield, collecting Tim Shaffer in the process. Shaffer's crew was able to make repairs, sending him back out to aim at a transfer spot. While Steve Kinser was running away with the heat with Jason Sides and Brandon Wimmer in tow, Shaffer charged back through the field to grab the final transfer spot on the final lap.
* The two fastest qualifiers, Donny Schatz and Kraig Kinser, failed to finish in the top five in their heats, missing the transfer to the Dashes.
* The Outlaws conclude the 2005 season with the finale Saturday night at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
* The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 26 the Thunderbowl Raceway event and Nov. 2 by the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.