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World of Outlaws #20
Week 1 Performance Profile 2004
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion
Where They're Going.
Fri., Feb. 20 - Manzanita Speedway Preliminary in Phoenix (semi- banked ½ mile oval)
The single lap record at Manzanita is 15.340 seconds - held by Jac Haudenschild (Jan. 30, 1997)
Sat., Feb. 21 - Manzanita Speedway Feature
The race will be tape-delayed on The Outdoor Channel March 31 at 8 p.m. EST.
You spent some time in early February racing at Volusia (Fla.) in a handful of non-point races prior to the season-opener at Manzanita. How did that go?
"We went down to Volusia with our Eagle chassis set-up completely different from the way we've had it in year's past. Paul Kistler built us a new Mopar engine and we did a lot of testing with it. We won a race, but everything was a test. We just kept testing, testing and testing to see what we wanted, because we know that when we roll into Manzanita Speedway that we have to have everything together. And that's what running at Volusia was all about."
How big of a race is the season-opener at Manzanita?
"Manzanita is our season-opener, but anytime you start the season with the World of Outlaws, it's more than just the season-opener. Everyone wants to get off on the right foot and get a jump in the points because when you're running over a hundred races a year, every point counts."
What kind of a track is Manzanita?
"It's a big, sweeping half-mile right in the middle of downtown Phoenix. It's a great place to go. We've been there in year's past, but I think it's been two or three years since we last raced there. I'm sure all of the Arizona fans will come back and support the World of Outlaws."
With a World of Outlaws championship and two Knoxville (Iowa) National wins already on your team's resume, is anything less than another championship a disappointment?
"We were spoiled our first year. In our first year of existence we won the Knoxville Nationals and the championship. So it was a bit of a disappointment when we couldn't come back and back that up. We thought we were on a roll to win a second championship during that second year, but I ended up getting hurt and had to sit out a race. Last year, we just plain got beat. The green car (#11 Steve Kinser) beat us. We had no excuses. This year we're coming out with high expectations and a lot of goals that we want to meet. First and foremost on that list is the Knoxville Nationals. That's a place that's near and dear to my heart. If we could win that and then back it up with a championship, that would be fantastic. To me, winning the Knoxville Nationals is no different than winning the Daytona 500 or the Indy 500. It's that big."
Team Owner Tony Stewart.
What are your thoughts as your World of Outlaws team enters its fourth year together?
"We're excited about this year. We went through the R&D side with Paul Kistler who builds our motors, and he's more familiar with the Mopar engine this year, so we feel like our powerplants are going to be good right off the bat, whereas last year we had a little bit of a learning curve with them. But everybody is happy with the power and we're looking forward to getting off to a good start."
What kind of a track is Manzanita?
"It's a fast, half-mile track. It's very much a momentum race track. And it's a horsepower track, which should be good for our program."
With a World of Outlaws championship and two Knoxville National wins already on your team's resume, is anything less than another championship a disappointment?
"We had more quick times than anybody else last year in the World of Outlaws and that was due to our powerplant. This year our goals are to win more races and definitely win the Knoxville Nationals and the World of Outlaws championship."
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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