Lasoski dominates Las Vegas finale

By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (March 4) -- While Danny Lasoski has been known as "The Dude" his entire life, people around the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series may start calling him "The $20,000 Man" soon. Lasoski picked up his fourth ...

By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (March 4) -- While Danny Lasoski has been known as "The Dude" his entire life, people around the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series may start calling him "The $20,000 Man" soon. Lasoski picked up his fourth straight $20,000 payday Sunday, leading all 30 laps in the finale of the JD Byrider Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "The Dude" received $20,000 for winning the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway, the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway and the Circuit City Shootout at I-80 Speedway last September. "I owe (car owner) Tony Stewart so much," Lasoski said. "I had a dream and he shared it and we put this team together this winter. To get our first win in front of all the JD Byrider people here means so much to me. They've been a big help, along with Hamm, Eagle Chassis, Massey Motorsports, American Compressed Steel and Hoosier tires." Lasoski received the pole position in the main event for scoring the most points in the preliminary programs. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell, only to have Dion Hindi spin into berm in turn two. Johnny Herrera brought back the second start when he hit the berm in the third corner and flipped. "The Dude" raced into first place again on the third start. Mechanical problems in the #15 Parker Stores Maxim forced Donny Schatz to stop high in turn four late in the second lap. Dale Blaney hit the berm in the first corner and flipped as the race resumed, bringing out the second red flag. Lasoski raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the red and was 12 car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic during the eighth lap. Defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion Craig Dollansky and First Preliminary Feature winner Andy Hillenburg caught Lasoski two laps later. The three front-runners raced nose-to-tail throughout the race's middle stages. "The Dude" was cruising through lapped traffic when Mike Faria hit the turn-four wall and flipped in front of the leaders. Tim Shaffer pitted during the red period, while Brooke Tatnell surrendered fourth place. Dollansky was unable to keep pace with Lasoski when the race resumed and was a full straightaway behind when they caught the backmarkers again with five remaining. Dollansky gained on "The Dude" in lapped traffic, but was eight car-lengths behind at the checkered flag. "The track took rubber, and we had to be really patient, especially there in traffic," Lasoski said. "I'd get right up behind a guy and it would take the air off my front wing and the car wanted to push out of the groove, so I tried to leave a little gap there so I would have a cushion in case something happened. When Mike Faria got into the wall, we had a front row seat and it was pretty spectacular. "I can't say enough about my crew chief, Jimmy Carr. I don't think I would have done this deal without him. All my guys worked really hard, and Jimmy made all the right calls. Sometimes these things work out. Sometimes you guess wrong and a guy like Danny Wood does all the right stuff and drives by you like he did Saturday night. "Tony (Stewart) doesn't put any pressure on me as an owner. As a matter of fact, I probably put more pressure on myself." Stewart, who drove Joe Gibbs' #20 Home Depot Pontiac into 12th place in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 1 1/2-mile asphalt oval Sunday afternoon, was pleased with his team. "I'm really proud of Danny and the entire team tonight," Stewart said. "The guys did a great job. Danny's probably the most patient driver out here, and Jimmy's a great crew chief because he's driven before and knows what the car does. He and Danny are like Greg (Zippadelli) and I are in the Winston Cup series. Danny can start a sentence and Jimmy can finish it because they just communicate so well. I'm probably more nervous sitting there in the stands watching him than he is when he pushes off for the A-main. At least when I'm driving I'm the one in control, but I have all the confidence in the world in Danny and Jimmy. With all the great help we've gotten from JD Byrider, Hamm, Massey and everyone else, we should be able to get a bunch more (victories) this year." Hillenburg retained the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings by finishing in third place. Joey Saldana finished fourth, ahead of Mark Kinser, Wood, defending series champion Steve Kinser, Jeff Shepard, Brad Furr and 15th-starting Jason Meyers. Daryn Pittman's collsion with Herrera late in the opening lap of the First O'Reilly Heat Race sent him flipping into the fourth corner retaining wall. His crew repaired the #3 Winnebago J&J, only to have drive line problems keep him from finishing the "B" Feature. Pittman took a provisional starting position passed 10 cars to finish 14th. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will head east to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, for the 28th Annual Spring Nationals scheduled. The $95,350 event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. WoO 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series JD Byrider Silver State Shootout Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV Sunday, March 4, Feature Program #2 -WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Johnny Herrera