Lasoski Increases Points Lead With Vegas Victory By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (March 6) - Good things come to those who wait ... and work hard. Danny Lasoski won six Knoxville Raceway ...
Lasoski Increases Points Lead With Vegas Victory By Richard Day
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 6) - Good things come to those who wait ... and work hard. Danny Lasoski won six Knoxville Raceway championships before capturing his first Amoco Knoxville Nationals title last August. A year after receiving the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' MBNA Most Improved Driver Award, "The Dude" is looking to win the series championship.
Lasoski increased his advantage in the standings to 19 points over defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser Saturday with a flag-to-flag victory in the Third Annual Silver State Shootout Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The action was televised live on TNN Motorsports.
"I'm just glad to win anything - hot laps, heats, whatever," Lasoski said. "My guys (Mark Ellis and Jack Hickman) worked really hard all winter, and Dennis Roth has given me the best equipment I can have. We just want to have a good, consistent year and win the title."
"The Dude" has been very consistent through the first four events, winning two "A" Features and finishing in the top five in all four.
Lasoski drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle around Preliminary Feature winner Mark Kinser early in the Channellock Dash, and won the race for the right to start the main event on the pole.
"The Dude" burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, and was racing away from the field when Stevie Smith stopped high in the second corner with a flat left rear tire.
Donny Schatz battled Andy Hillenburg for fifth place early, then drove his family's #15 Parker Stores Maxim around Randy Hannagan and Johnny Herrera high in the third corner to take over fourth place late in lap six. He passed Steve Kinser for third two laps later.
Lasoski held a one-second lead over Mark Kinser when he entered lapped traffic 10 laps into the 30-lap race. Mark, who won five straight feature races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before Saturday, narrowed the gap to .6 seconds within three laps.
Mark, whose crew replaced his engine following the Channellock Dash, was still battling Lasoski with 10 laps remaining when Schatz took over second place with a low move through turns three and four. Kinser returned the favor with an identical move the next time around.
Fourth NAPA Heat Race winner Sammy Swindell raced into fifth place from inside the seventh row during the first 23 laps. After Steve Kinser passed Mark with a low move through the third and fourth corners late in lap 24, Sammy followed the Kinser cousins past Schatz who slid out of the low groove trying to pass Jimmy Carr seconds later.
"We qualified seventh and luckily, we made it in the Channellock Dash," Schatz said. "We started sixth and got to second. I felt like we had a good enough car to win this race. We had the perfect tire. We had a 40 Goodyear on. When it got going, it was really going. It was just one of those deals where I was sitting behind a lapped car and I had to make a move. When you're in second, you get greedy and you want to win. I could taste it, but just fell a little bit short. I made a mistake trying to pass that lapped car and, in one corner, three of the best passed me - Steve, Sammy and Mark. There's no room for mistakes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway."
All the jockeying for position behind him allowed Lasoski to increase his advantage during the final five laps. He was 2.66 seconds ahead of Steve Kinser when he took the checkered flag.
"We're elated," Lasoski said. "I owe my dad this one. I called him on the cell phone after the Channellock Dash and asked what tire should we use. He said to put the 55 on and it did its job."
Mark Kinser finished third and Swindell received the Mopar High Performer Award award for his 15th-to-fourth-place run. Schatz finished fifth, ahead of Herrera, Hannagan, Jeff Swindell, 20th- starting Dale Blaney and Andy Hillenburg.
Frankie Kerr received his first Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the qualifying session with a 16.009-second lap. He also won the "B" Feature. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series has Tuesday race at Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, NM, before heading to Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA, for a double-feature event scheduled for Friday and Saturday. WoO
1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Third Annual Silver State Shootout Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV Saturday, March 6, Feature Program #4
Qualifications: 1. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 16.009; 2. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 16.469; 3. Peter Murphy, Williams 0, 16.627; 4. Randy Hannagan, THR 1x, 16.752; 5. Todd Bammer, Bammer 18M, 16.775; 6. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 16.791; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.845; 8. James Chesson, Chesson 22C, 16.947; 9. Blake Robertson, BR Motorsports 15R, 16.971; 10. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 17.001; 11. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 17.024; 12. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 17.049; 13. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 17.059; 14. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 17.123; 15. Kasey Kahne, Kahne 23K, 17.142; 16. Brent Kaeding, M&M Racing 2M, 17.155; 17. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 17.182; 18. Scott Young, Young 1Y, 17.212; 19. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 17.225; 20. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.270; 21. Jimmy Carr, Blevins 21, 17.320; 22. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 17.335; 23. Calvin Landis, Landis 70, 17.398; 24. Jason Meyers, Carter 14, 17.400; 25. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 17.447; 26. Tommy Tarlton, Tarlton 21T, 17.598; 27. Billy Wilburn, Wilburn 0W, 17.603; 28. Johnny Bridges, McCall 07, 17.613; 29. Ricci Faria, Faria 89, 17.690; 30. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 17.690; 31. Larry Pinegar II, Pinegar 11L, 17.705; 32. Jeff Mitrisin, Mitrisin 5J, 17.753; 33. Brian Coelho, Coelho 5C, 17.768; 34. J.R. Patton, Patton 86, 17.813; 35. Gary Ferravanti, Ferravanti 1F, 17.910; 36. P.J. Chesson, Chesson 76, 17.931; 37. Roger Crockett, Wright 35W, 17.937; 38. Cal Herdson, Herdson 16A, 17.956; 39. Jason Statler, ATM/Rios 00, 17.969; 40. Steve King, King 88K, 17.981; 41. Steve Coelho, Coelho 6C, 18.007; 42. Jason Solwold, Solwold 15S, 18.098; 43. John Ewell, Ewell 19E, 18.388; 44. David Fowler, Owens/ Fowler 24F, 19.084; 45. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, no time. First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Brent Kaeding, 2. Blake Robertson, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. James Chesson, 5. Frankie Kerr, 6. Tim Shaffer, 7. Jimmy Carr, 8. Brooke Tatnell, 9. Roger Crockett, 10. Brian Coelho. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Kasey Kahne, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Scott Young, 6. Tommy Tarlton, 7. Cal Herdson, 8. Ricci Faria, 9. J.R. Patton, 10. Terry McCarl. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Jeff Swindell, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Calvin Landis, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Billy Wilburn, 7. Larry Pinegar II, 8. Gary Ferravanti, 9. Peter Murphy, 10. Jason Statler. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Tyler Walker, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Todd Bammer, 6. Jason Meyers, 7. Jeff Mitrisin, 8. Steve King, 9. P.J. Chesson, 10. Johnny Bridges. (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) First Last-Chance Race (six laps): 1. Jason Solwold, 2. David Fowler, 3. Bill Robertson, 4. Cary Faas, 5. Daniel Hood. (first two qualified for the "C" Feature) Second Last-Chance Race (six laps): 1. Steve Coelho, 2. John Ewell, 3. Randy Combs, 4. Larry Lapoint, Jr., 5. Willey Hernandez, 6. Dan Oswalt. (first two qualified for the "C" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Mark Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Johnny Herrera and Steve Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Channellock Dash. Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Johnny Herrera, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. James Chesson, 8. Randy Hannagan. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature) C Feature (10 laps): 1. Roger Crockett, 2. P.J. Chesson, 3. Jason Statler ($125); 4. Cal Herdson ($100); 5. J.R. Patton ($80); 6. Jason Solwold ($70); 7. Steve King ($60); 8. Steve Coelho ($50); 9. David Fowler ($40); 10. John Ewell ($30); 11. Gary Ferravanti ($30); 12. Brian Coelho ($30). (first two qualified for the "B" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Frankie Kerr, 2. Peter Murphy, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Jimmy Carr, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Jason Meyers ($200); 7. Todd Bammer ($175); 8. Brooke Tatnell ($150); 9. Terry McCarl ($100); 10. Scott Young ($90); 11. Larry Pinegar II ($80); 12. Tommy Tarlton ($60); 13. Jeff Mitrisin ($50); 14. P.J. Chesson ($70); 15. Johnny Bridges ($50); 16. Roger Crockett ($70); 17. Ricci Faria ($50); 18. Billy Wilburn ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (30 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski ($12,000); 2. Steve Kinser ($6,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,500); 4. Sammy Swindell ($3,200); 5. Donny Schatz ($3,000); 6. Johnny Herrera ($2,500); 7. Randy Hannagan ($2,300); 8. Jeff Swindell ($2,200); 9. Dale Blaney ($2,100); 10. Andy Hillenburg ($2,050); 11. James Chesson ($2,000); 12. Frankie Kerr ($1,620); 13. Craig Dollansky ($1,520); 14. Joe Gaerte ($1,200); 15. Daryn Pittman ($1,100); 16. Tyler Walker ($1,000); 17. Brent Kaeding ($900); 18. Stevie Smith ($700); 19. Paul McMahan ($700); 20. Peter Murphy ($720); 21. Kasey Kahne ($700); 22. Jimmy Carr ($720); 23. Tim Shaffer ($720); 24. Calvin Landis ($700); 25. Blake Robertson ($700). Provisional starter - Tim Shaffer Lap leader: Danny Lasoski 1-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Frankie Kerr WoO