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World of Outlaws #20
2004 Performance Profile - Week 7
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion
Where They've Been..
Sat., April 3 - NGK Spark Plugs Shootout at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in Fort Worth (semi-banked 4/10th mile oval)
Top-five: (1) Brian Paulus; (2) Kraig Kinser; (3) Jason Meyers; (4) Shane Stewart; (5) Steve Kinser
Danny Lasoski Finish: 14th (122 points earned)
Lasoski was the 23rd fastest qualifier, lapping the 4/10th mile oval in 14.654 seconds.
On Fri., April 2, Lasoski led flag-to-flag to win round two of the Crown Royal IROC Series race at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, becoming only the second World of Outlaws driver to win an IROC race since Steve Kinser won at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April of 1994. Lasoski's average speed in the 67-lap, 100.5-mile race was 116.983 mph, allowing him a .333-second margin of victory over 2002 IROC Series champion and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick. The victory moved Lasoski into a tie for second in points with Nextel Cup driver Jimmie Johnson with two races remaining on the IROC schedule - Sept. 9 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and Oct. 30 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Where They're Going.
Fri., April 9 - Eldora Speedway Preliminary in Rossburg, Ohio (high-banked ½ mile oval)
The single lap record at Eldora is 12.707 seconds - held by Craig Dollansky (April 13, 2002)
This will mark the World of Outlaws' 100th event at Eldora.
Sat., April 10 - Eldora Speedway Feature
The Outdoor Channel will tape the race for its "Wednesday Night Horsepower" show, set to air April 28 at 8 p.m. EDT.
In the nine races run thus far in 2004, Lasoski has been the fastest qualifier five times.
In 2003, Lasoski was the fastest qualifier 28 times, 20 more times than his nearest challenger - Steve Kinser.
On becoming just the second World of Outlaws driver to win an IROC race, joining Steve Kinser:
"I owe IROC a debt of gratitude. It was an honor to race in Texas and represent the World of Outlaws. It was a dream come true. I'd probably pay to race these cars. I love to compete, and these guys are the best in the world. The Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals are near and dear to my heart. I've been fortunate enough to win it three times, but that IROC victory was pretty special to me also. Anytime your name is mentioned in the same breath as Steve Kinser, it's a real honor.
"I told Eddie Gossage (president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway) before the race that if I won he was going to have to buy some new sod, because I was going to celebrate. I'd like to talk Jay Signore (president of IROC) into buying 12 Sprint Cars so we could do this in the dirt.
"With five laps to go I told myself, 'If Harvick is going to beat me, he'll have to run right through me.' Tony (Stewart, Lasoski's WoO car owner) talked to me before the race. He kept preaching to save my right front tire and go after it in the final 10 laps. Winning that race was the toughest thing I've ever done, and it made me the happiest guy in the world."
Nuts and Bolts.
Lasoski runs an Eagle chassis in the World of Outlaws with horsepower supplied by Paul Kistler-built Mopar engines.
The #20 team's sponsors are.
J.D. Byrider, The Home Depot, Mopar, Massey Motorsports, Coca-Cola, Old Spice, American Compressed Steel, Hoosier Tire and Eagle Chassis
Team Principles: Danny Lasoski - driver; Tony Stewart - owner; Jimmy Carr - crew chief
The Outdoor Channel will produce and telecast 35 World of Outlaws events on a tape-delayed basis in 2004. The one-hour telecasts will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET between late March and mid-November as part of The Outdoor Channel's "Wednesday Night Horsepower." Most telecasts will air within 14 days of each race. Additional replays will be presented Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET and Thursdays at 10 p.m. PT.
Danny Lasoski At A Glance.
Lasoski in his fourth year with Tony Stewart Motorsports. He won the World of Outlaws championship in 2001, and finished second to 18-time champion Steve Kinser in 2002 and 2003.
Lasoski is in his third straight year of IROC competition. He and Kinser represent the World of Outlaws.
Lasoski is a three-time Knoxville Nationals champion (2003, 2001 & 1998).
Lasoski is a seven-time track champion at Knoxville Raceway (1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989 & 1986), and he is also the winningest driver in Knoxville track history with a total of 82 victories.
Lasoski was recognized as the Most Improved Driver following the 1998 World of Outlaws season.
Before joining the World of Outlaws full-time in 1998, Lasoski won three championships at the Jayhawk Nationals.
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