Nationals non-qualifiers report, Friday, August 11th

Lasoski Grabs Second Straight Nationals Pole By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 11) -- Danny Lasoski rode an emotional roller-coaster at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals the last couple of years. Winning...

Lasoski Grabs Second Straight Nationals Pole By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 11) -- Danny Lasoski rode an emotional roller-coaster at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals the last couple of years. Winning the 1998 event was the highlight of his racing career, but losing the lead and finishing second a year ago was pure agony. "The Dude" did everything he could to ensure a return to victory lane in Friday's Non-Qualifiers'/Scramble Program at Knoxville Raceway. His sixth-place finish in the Pennzoil "A" Scramble gave him the privilege of starting Saturday's $100,000-to-win championship feature on the pole for the second straight year. He also became the third American to win the Kele World Challenge Dash. "I'd like to thank Roger Johnson (of Kele & Associates) for making this possible," Lasoski said as he accepted the World Challenge trophy. "He and all the people at Kele & Associates put a lot of effort into this. This is exciting. When he first started this, I thought I'd really like to participate. I'm really glad I am. We're in victory lane and it would really be nice if we could be here tomorrow night." Donny Schatz was two points ahead of Lasoski entering Friday's 12- lap scramble. "The Dude" passed three cars and tied Donny with 499 points, however, and received the pole position by finishing one position ahead of Schatz in the scramble. Brian Paulus won the Pennzoil "A" Scramble from the pole -- edging Dale Blaney at the checkered flag -- to claim the third row outside starting position in Saturday's "A" Feature. The #28 Verdelli Farms "Salad Bowl" Maxim was spewing oil in victory lane. "I could feel him (Blaney) from lap one on," Paulus said. "I was trying to get a little lower on the track the last two laps. It was difficult to get a bite off the corner and I thought I might get passed in the last two turns. Luckily we held on, and, hopefully, tomorrow night we can run just as well. "Anybody who's seen me race knows I'm cushion rider. I've been watching Danny race for several years at Knoxville and he dominates around the bottom. If I can learn something from him and stay down there, we could run well tomorrow." Brad Furr passed Calvin Landis during a seventh-lap restart to win the Vivarin "C" Scramble. Don Droud, Jr., won a front-straightaway drag race with Jimmy Carr with two laps remaining on his way to winning the CHANNELLOCK "B" Scramble, and Keith Kauffman dominated the Non-Qualifiers' "A" Feature. Kauffman won the Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race and started outside the front row in the feature. He drove the #7K Middleswarth Potato Chips Eagle around pole-sitter Duane Bonini, Jr., high in the third corner late in the opening lap and raced ahead of the 22-car field throughout all 20 laps. When asked during a 12th-lap red period about the last time he won a race at the Amoco Knoxville Nationals, the Mifflintown, PA, driver said, "I haven't won this one yet." Kauffman raced away from the field when the race resumed and was 2.290 seconds ahead of Australian Kerry Madsen when he took the checkered flag for the first time at the Nationals since the 1987 Race of States. "It's been a long time since we stood here," Kauffman said. "It's good to be here. The guys did a great job. We didn't do anything (to the car) during that red. When you slow down there, the guys in second and third really come up on you. Once we had a clear track, it went pretty good for us." Jason Meyers, racing in the Nationals after surviving a horrific passenger car accident a week ago, finished in third place. Len Thompson finished fourth, ahead of Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Ronald Laney, Shane Stewart, Rocky Hodges, Bob Weuve, Brian Ellenberger and Joe Roe. Lasoski started outside the fourth row in the Kele World Challenge Dash. He battled Australian Skip Jackson and defending race winner Randy Hannagan for fourth place early, racing three-abreast with them through turn two early in lap four. "The Dude" drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past early leaders Furr and Danny Smith during the seventh and eighth laps and coasted to the $10,000 victory. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Brian Paulus , Jason Meyers , Kerry Madsen , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart