SOMERSET, WI (July 7) -- Not only are Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser locked in a fierce battle for the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series 25th Anniversary Championship, they face a busy week with five sprint car races and Saturday's International...
SOMERSET, WI (July 7) -- Not only are Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser locked in a fierce battle for the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series 25th Anniversary Championship, they face a busy week with five sprint car races and Saturday's International Race of Champions event at Chicagoland Speedway.
Lasoski, who leads the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series standings by 48 points over the defending and 17-time series champion, is racing with the IROC Series for the second straight year. "The Dude" is looking forward to returning to Chicagoland.
"I had my exhaust blow out on the first lap last year so I wasn't in contention during the race," Lasoski said. "Going to Chicagoland Speedway is about hitting your marks and that's what I'm working on.
IROC instructor Dave Marcis says of Lasoski, "He is doing a great job in IROC this year and has a lot of enthusiasm when he comes to these tests."
Lasoski and Kinser will sandwich Monday's O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series race at Cedar Lake Speedway between IROC test sessions at Chicagoland's high-banked, 1.5-mile oval. Lasoski is tied with Indy Car racer Sam Hornish, Jr., and NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kevin Harvick for sixth place, while "The King of the Outlaws" is only four points behind in the standings.
Joining the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series front-runners at Cedar Lake's high-banked, 3/8-mile oval will be three-time series champion and defending event winner Sammy Swindell and the other six cars in addition to Lasoski and Kinser that have supported the series throughout its 25th Anniversary Season. Joey Saldana's #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim, Daryn Pittman's #21 Hop & Sack J&J, Jason Sides' #7S Aramark Uniform Services Maxim, Donny Schatz's #15 Parker Stores J&J driven by him and Danny Wood, Dave Helm's #11H driven by Jeff Shepard and Paul McMahan and Karavan Motorsports' #7 VMAC Maxim driven by Craig Dollansky and Jason Meyers have competed in the 2003 O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' first 36 events.
Saldana, the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, leads Pittman by 62 points in their battle for third place, while fifth-place Schatz is 50 points ahead of Rookie of the Year candidate Sides in the standings.
The series attracted some of its highest car counts in years at the 20th Annual Eagle Nationals and Sedalia's State Fair Speedway before a season-high 55 entered last weekend's NAPA Classic at Knoxville Raceway.
The O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series will run $51,600 events at The Raceway @ Powercom Park Wednesday, Route 66 Raceway Friday, I-55 Raceway Saturday and the Terre Haute Action Track Sunday. Saldana was the last of three leaders in the April 22nd main event at The Raceway & Powercom Park and won the "A" Feature at Route 66 Raceway last July 12th. Kinser took points lead at I-55 Raceway April 12th, only to lose it five nights later when he was disqualified for violating the series' weight rule. Lasoski won the rain-shortened "A" Feature at the Terre Haute Action Track May 9th.