Outlaws at the Terre Haute Action Track 2000-07-17

'Dude' Snaps Winless Streak at Terre Haute By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE (July 17) -- Danny Lasoski knows it will take plenty of preparation to win his second Amoco Knoxville Nationals title in ...

'Dude' Snaps Winless Streak at Terre Haute By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE (July 17) -- Danny Lasoski knows it will take plenty of preparation to win his second Amoco Knoxville Nationals title in three years. "The Dude" has high hopes for Knoxville Raceway's prestigious $100,000-to-win event after winning Monday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at the Terre Haute Action Track. Lasoski, winless in the series' last 23 main events, drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past Sammy Swindell early in the 15th lap and held off the Kinser cousins -- Steve and Mark -- for his seventh victory of the season. "That low line worked pretty well for us back when we ran the (TNN) TV show here (May 13th)," Lasoski said. "We remembered that and got working down there again tonight. We're just glad to be here and win one in front of our friends, Tony (Stewart) and Kenny (Schrader). "We've been in a slump here lately, but the guys have been working really hard. I think this is the break we've been waiting for. We have some more big races coming up, including the Amoco Knoxville Nationals -- the biggest race we run -- and having some momentum going into that is just what the doctor ordered." Lasoski reeled off 20 straight top-10 finishes -- including four victories -- before finishing second behind Mark Kinser in the 1999 Nationals. Mark also beat him under the checkered flag at Terre Haute in May. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series altered its racing format for the Terre Haute event. The three NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winners were inverted by their times and started on the first two rows of the CHANNELLOCK Dash. The seven other fastest drivers who qualified for the "A" Feature through the heat races lined up behind them by their times. The finish of the six-lap dash determined the first 10 starting positions in the main event. "The Dude," the second-fastest qualifier in the 27-car field, finished third in the Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. He passed Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Joey Saldana and Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Stevie Smith to finish third in the CHANNELLOCK Dash. Pole-sitter Sammy Swindell raced wheel-to-wheel with Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser down the front straightaway as the green flag fell in the 30-lap main event. Swindell drove his #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth into the lead in the second corner. Greg Hodnett and Dean Jacobs were battling for 12th place four laps later when they collided in turn two midway through the fifth lap. Neither driver was injured, but the extensive damage to the #8H Energy Release Eagle kept Jacobs from restarting the race. Smith drove his #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Lasoski for third place as the race resumed. "The Dude" regained the position deep in the second corner five laps later. Swindell was 15 car-lengths ahead of "The King of the Outlaws" 12 laps into the race. Lasoski maneuvered around Kinser low in turn two the next time around and passed Swindell for the lead with the same move early in the 15th lap. Mark Kinser, who had won the last two Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Features at Terre Haute, steered the #5M Mopar Maxim deep in the second corner to pass Smith the next time around, then followed cousin Steve past Swindell several seconds later. A flat right rear tire caused Sammy to stop on the back stretch midway through lap 18. Smith and 11th-starting Andy Hillenburg exchanged fourth place twice within three laps after the green flag replaced the yellow. "The King of the Outlaws" threatened to pass Lasoski for the lead several times during the final three laps. A shredded right rear tire forced him to stop his #11 Quaker State Maxim on the back stretch, however, and Lasoski beat Mark under the checkered flag. Mark's fourth runner-up run of the season pushed him past Swindell into second place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points race. Hillenburg passed Smith for third place late in the final lap. Saldana finished fifth, ahead of Johnny Herrera, Tim Shaffer, 19th- starting Kelly Kinser, Jac Haudenschild and Dale Blaney. Saldana received his eighth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the qualifying session with a 108.329-m.p.h. lap around the semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera