Lasoski Marches to Victory at Manzanita: Wins for Sixth Time in 2007 Danny Lasoski's car didn't sound too good when it crossed the finish line on Friday night at Manzanita Speedway, and the left rear tire didn't look too good either, but all...
Lasoski Marches to Victory at Manzanita: Wins for Sixth Time in 2007
Danny Lasoski's car didn't sound too good when it crossed the finish line on Friday night at Manzanita Speedway, and the left rear tire didn't look too good either, but all that mattered was that it crossed the line first, as he earned his sixth World of Outlaws A-Feature win of the season and the second of his career at the storied half-mile.
The 2001 World of Outlaws champion lost a cylinder on the 11th lap and nursed the car over the final 19 circuits. He also had a left rear tire that blistered as the laps wound down. For his 80th career World of Outlaws A-Feature triumph, Lasoski took home $10,000.
"You put us with Dennis (Roth) on a half-mile and this thing always runs good," said Lasoski. "It's neat driving this JEI car with Kistler power for Roth Motorsports. The car was rolling around there pretty good tonight."
Lasoski used a strong restart with four laps to go to cross the line nearly a second-and-a-half ahead of Donny Schatz. Lasoski, a native of Dover, Missouri, led twice in the 30-lap event for a total of 24 laps.
"That thing went pretty good for only having seven cylinders," smiled the winner.
The race started with Lasoski winning a drag race with Justin Henderson down the front straightaway to lead entering the first and second turns. Also on the opening lap, Steve Kinser got around Tony Bruce Jr. to take over the third position, while Jason Solwold used a great start to charge from the eight starting spot up to fourth on the first lap.
Lasoski opened up about an eight car length lead on the second lap, with Kinser in-toe before the latter spun while running second to bring out the first caution of the race. On the ensuring restart, Solwold dove low under Henderson exiting the fourth turn to move into the runner-up spot.
Solwold began to gain significant ground on Lasoski as the leaders were just about to encounter traffic. On the 10th lap, the caution flew for Jason Sides, who was running fifth and had a mechanical failure, ending his night, and giving Lasoski an open race track.
"In traffic I couldn't roll out of the throttle, I had to keep it wide open," Lasoski explained of the situation after he lost the cylinder. "(Jason) Solwold caught me there and I was done. I was a sitting duck."
Lasoski used another good restart to stay in front and open a slight lead on Solwold. With lapped traffic looming, Solwold began to close in on Lasoski again. On the 19th lap in traffic, he took the lead from Lasoski with a move on the low side of the track entering the first turn.
Solwold quickly pulled away, while Lasoski was held up in traffic. All the while, Donny Schatz had worked his way from the 13th starting spot into the Top-Five.
Solwold saw his night come to an end on the 25th lap, as his car let off a big puff of smoke and he also lost a right rear tire, giving the lead back to Lasoski. As the car circled under caution, it was very apparent that Lasoski was having some trouble with his engine, by the sounds that were coming off of it.
On the final restart, with just five laps to go, Lasoski pulled away from Henderson, who had his hands full with Schatz battling him for the second position. Schatz would take that position exiting the second turn on the 26th lap. While Schatz was working on Henderson that gave Lasoski the opportunity he needed to pull away.
"It helped to have the open track," Lasoski said. "That way I could keep it wide open and not spin the tires."
Schatz finished second, to earn his 50th Top-Five finish of the season, as he continues to close in on his second consecutive World of Outlaws championship. He was running ninth on the 15th lap and gained seven more spots in the final 15 laps of the event.
"It was one of those nights where the race track was good to move around on," said Schatz driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "I didn't feel all that great. You give Danny (Lasoski) an open race track with five laps to go and it's pretty tough to catch him. I tried and went all over. I was running the middle, the top and the bottom and I was kind of the same speed all over."
Henderson's third-place finish matched his career-best run from earlier in the season at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin. After leading laps in the spring at Manzanita, he earned his second Top-10 finish of the season at the famed half-mile.
"It's another Top-three for us," said Henderson, driver of the Jolt Energy Gum Rocket. "We have two of them now. We just have to be strong enough to finish up front. We need to win when we start up front. We are not quite ready to win yet. We'll put this one in the books. We're always good here at Manzy and it's one of our favorite tracks."
Daryn Pittman started on the inside of the sixth row and steadily worked his way to the front of the field, to finish fourth and earn his 49th Top-10 finish of the season. He continues to remain in the fourth spot in the championship standings, with now three point paying events remaining on the 2007 schedule.
"We started 11th and finished fourth," said Pittman, driver of the Titan Garages Maxim. "This is not one of my favorite places, so it was a good result. We finished ahead of most of the people we needed to. I was really good in the middle of the race, and then got tighter and tighter the longer the race went. For whatever reason, that seems to be a characteristic of our cars this year."
Joey Saldana was fifth in the Open Joist JEI. He lined up 10th and was up to sixth by the third lap. He was fourth on the 18th lap before a late race battle with Pittman.
Craig Dollansky was sixth in the Karavan Trailers Maxim, with Jason Meyers seventh in the Primerica Financial Maxim. Jac Haudenschild came from the 23rd starting spot to finish eighth in the Wright One Construction Maxim, to earn the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award. Kerry Madsen was ninth in the Selma Shell Maxim, with Shane Stewart rounding out the Top-10 in the Doyle's Harley-Davidson Eagle.
Steve Kinser recovered from the third lap spin to charge back through the field to finish 11th in the Q Oil Maxim.
Schatz started 13th and ran there for the first couple laps of the race, before getting around Brandon Wimmer and Tim Shaffer. He next set his sights on Kerry Madsen, before battling Craig Dollansky and Jason Meyers. He moved into the Top-Five on the 22nd lap.
"The car is always set up for the last lap," noted the reigning World of Outlaws champion. "We were really good at the end. We have been playing with some stuff and have been finding a few things here and there. We're playing with the shocks pretty hard right now and that is where a lot of this is won and lost. We probably need to get back a little closer to the basics. You never know until you try and that what is what we are all about, getting better for tomorrow."
With just a handful of laps to go, he powered around both Pittman and Henderson. He also conserved his tires, in a race that saw a number of cars slide back, as they wore out their tires over the course of the 30-lap event.
"You can't have cautions every time, but you'll have that with a smaller number of cars," said Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota. "That's just how it goes and that's part of the game. We got the yellows and they help you and hurt you both. What's done is done and hopefully we can get out of tomorrow with a victory and make Charlotte easy on us."
Henderson ran in the Top-Three all night, as he chased Lasoski, Solwold and later Schatz. He had one tense moment early in the race, when Kinser spun directly in front of him exiting the second turn. For the second-year driver, it was a bittersweet night, as he matched his career best finish with the World of Outlaws.
"The yellows allowed me to think," said the native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "I made a couple of sophomore mistakes. These guys have been doing this so long. We're learning as best as we can. It's a lot of hard lessons."
Henderson has taken a great liking to Manzanita Speedway over the last two seasons. He was very pleased with the hard work by the track crew and SLS Promotions to give the drivers a very competitive track for the feature.
"It was a really nice track for the feature," Henderson said. "There were two really racy lines. I have always liked this place. I am glad we get to come here twice a year. We have friends in town and that makes it very enjoyable."
Pittman made up a lot of ground early in the race, as he found himself in the sixth spot at the halfway point. On the 19th lap, he got around both Tony Bruce and Joey Saldana to move into fourth. Late in the going, he was side-by-side with Joey Saldana for a couple of laps, as the two nearly made contact on a couple of occasions.
"You can always say you wanted to be in traffic, but it can hurt you just as much as it could help," said the native of Owasso, Oklahoma. "The race went pretty good for us. Joey (Saldana) and I tried to take each other out with two laps to go and that would not have been good. We came home in one piece though."
The World of Outlaws return to action on Saturday, October 20 at Perris Auto Speedway in California.
MANZANITA SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Solwold paced the 33 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval in 15.412 seconds at 116.792 mph. For his qualifying effort, Solwold earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Joey Saldana (4), Jason Meyers (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Brandon Wimmer (1).
* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Kerry Madsen, Jason Sides, Steve Kinser and Tony Bruce Jr. won heat races... Jeremy Campbell won the B-Main ... Danny Lasoski won the Crane Cams Dash.
* UP NEXT: A return to Perris Auto Speedway in California for the first time since 2004, on Saturday, October 20.
* UPCOMING EVENTS: The inaugural Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on November 1-3, with the finale being broadcast LIVE in SPEED on Saturday, November 3 from 8-11 p.m. Eastern.
World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Manzanita Speedway; Phoenix, AZ; Oct. 19, 2007
1) R19-Jason Solwold 15.412
2) 9-Joey Saldana 15.492
3) 14-Jason Meyers 15.508
4) 21-Daryn Pittman 15.540
5) 83JR-Brandon Wimmer 15.571
6) 15-Donny Schatz 15.585
7) 22B-Ben Gregg 15.600
8) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 15.615
9) D1-Justin Henderson 15.617
10) 7-Craig Dollansky 15.626
11) 6-Tim Shaffer 15.651
12) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 15.669
13) 11H-Kerry Madsen 15.672
14) 7S-Jason Sides 15.680
15) 11-Steve Kinser 15.690
16) 83-Danny Lasoski 15.701
17) 45X-Johnny Herrera 15.725
18) 24-Terry McCarl 15.732
19) 8K-Chad Kemenah 15.760
20) 20-Paul McMahan 15.761
21) 5C-Chad Hillier 15.778
22) 1X-Randy Hannagan 15.787
23) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 15.826
24) 11D-Dion Hindi 15.828
25) 2-Brooke Tatnell 15.839
26) O-Jonathan Allard 15.856
27) 35-Jac Haudenschild 15.867
28) 1HD-Shane Stewart 15.902
29) 24C-Greg DeCaires 16.137
30) 9K-Brent Kronfuss 16.274
31) 83V-Kyle Larson 16.429
32) 57-Steve Stone 16.495
33) 61-Chuck Buckman 17.193
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11H-Kerry Madsen
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) R19-Jason Solwold
4) 83JR-Brandon Wimmer
5) 45X-Johnny Herrera
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 2-Brooke Tatnell
8) 24C-Greg DeCaires
9) 61-Chuck Buckman
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 7-Craig Dollansky
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 24-Terry McCarl
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan
7) O-Jonathan Allard
8) 9K-Brent Kronfuss
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 8K-Chad Kemenah
4) 35-Jac Haudenschild
5) 22B-Ben Gregg
6) 83V-Kyle Larson
7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
8) 6-Tim Shaffer
Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
2) 83-Danny Lasoski
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
5) 20-Paul McMahan
6) 1HD-Shane Stewart
7) 11D-Dion Hindi
8) 57-Steve Stone
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting
positions of A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
4) 11-Steve Kinser
5) 7-Craig Dollansky
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 11H-Kerry Madsen
8) R19-Jason Solwold
9) 14-Jason Meyers
10) 9-Joey Saldana
B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
2) 1X-Randy Hannagan
3) 1HD-Shane Stewart
4) 6-Tim Shaffer
5) 5C-Chad Hillier [$200]
6) 11D-Dion Hindi [$180]
7) O-Jonathan Allard [$175]
8) 24C-Greg DeCaires [$160]
9) 9K-Brent Kronfuss [$150]
10) 83V-Kyle Larson [$150]
11) 2-Brooke Tatnell [$150]
12) 57-Steve Stone [$150]
13) 61-Chuck Buckman [$150]
A-main (30 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 83-Danny Lasoski [$10,000]
2) 15-Donny Schatz [$5,500]
3) D1-Justin Henderson [$3,200]
4) 21-Daryn Pittman [$2,800]
5) 9-Joey Saldana [$2,500]
6) 7-Craig Dollansky [$2,300]
7) 14-Jason Meyers [$2,200]
8) 35-Jac Haudenschild [$2,100]
9) 11H-Kerry Madsen [$2,050]
10) 1HD-Shane Stewart [$2,000]
11) 11-Steve Kinser [$1,500]
12) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$1,200]
13) 6-Tim Shaffer [$1,100]
14) 45X-Johnny Herrera [$1,050]
15) 24-Terry McCarl [$1,000]
16) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$900]
17) 20-Paul McMahan [$800]
18) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$800]
19) 22B-Ben Gregg [$800]
20) 83JR-Brandon Wimmer [$800]
21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$800]
22) R19-Jason Solwold [$800]
23) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$800]
24) 7S-Jason Sides [$800]
Lap Leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-19, 26-30; Jason Solwold 20-25
KSE Hard Charger Award: Jac Haudenschild