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Lasoski Leads The World Of Outlaws To The PAS! (LAKE PERRIS, CA - FEBRUARY 17, 2002) Defending series Champion Danny "The Dude" Lasoski heads the field as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws make their only Southern California appearance of 2002 at...

Lasoski Leads The World Of Outlaws To The PAS!

(LAKE PERRIS, CA - FEBRUARY 17, 2002) Defending series Champion Danny "The Dude" Lasoski heads the field as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws make their only Southern California appearance of 2002 at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night.

Lasoski, who turned 43-years old on February 3rd, is fresh off a sixth place finish last Friday in the International Race of Champions (IROC) at Daytona International Speedway. Despite it being his first race on pavement, Lasoski finished ahead of NASCAR Winston Cup stars Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Kevin Harvick & Dale Jarrett and Indianapolis 500 winners Buddy Lazier and Helio Castroneves. Lasoski's car owner, NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart, won the IROC race.

Last season Lasoski, who resides in Dover, Missouri, edged Indiana's Mark Kinser by 30 points for the World of Outlaws crown. It was his first Outlaws title and the closest points race in the Outlaws 24 years of existence. Kinser's cousin, Steve, was third in last years Championship chase.

On his drive to the title, the popular Lasoski won four Pennzoil World of Outlaws "A" main events. That gives him 37 lifetime wins, which is good for an eighth place tie with Ohio's Jac Haudenschild on the all-time list. Among the four victories was his second win in the prestigious Knoxville Nationals (his other win came in 1998) which paid Lasoski $125,000.00. Overall he pocketed $444,920.00 with the Outlaws in 2002. In addition to his four "A" main wins, Lasoski took the checkered first in five preliminary night mains. He won the last Pennzoil World of Outlaws main at Perris Auto Speedway on February 26, 2000.

Lasoski, who is the all time winningest driver at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, was nicknamed "The Dude" when he was a baby. The first time his grandfather saw him, he said, "That is my Little Dude."

Mark Kinser, 37, won the first five Pennzoil World of Outlaws races staged at The PAS beginning on November 1, 1996. However, he has not taken a checkered flag at the Riverside County clay oval since Halloween night in 1998. The son of famous crew chief and car owner Karl Kinser, he paced the series with 16 "A" main event victories in 2001. That was the third straight year the Oolitic, Indiana driver led the series in that category. Kinser, who drives a Mopar, has 147 lifetime wins, which ranks third overall. He won World of Outlaws Championships in 1996 and 1999.

Steve Kinser is simply known as "The King of the Outlaws." The 46-year old from Bloomington, Indiana has won a mind boggling 16 of the 24 World of Outlaws Championships. His last title came in 2000. Overall, he has captured 451 "A" main events, which puts him first on the all-time list with 194 more wins than second place Sammy Swindell. In 2000, Kinser was voted "The Greatest Sprint Car Driver of All Time" by a panel assembled by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Swindell originally didn't plan on racing the early West Coast swing in 2002. However, he will be at The PAS as a teammate to Aliquippa, Pennsylvania's Tim Shaffer in one of Northern California car owner Dennis Roth's Beef Packers entries. The 46-year-old driver from Cordova, Tennessee won the World of Outlaws title in 1981, 1982 and 1997 and he has 257 "A" main wins to his credit.

Other top Outlaws stars entered for Saturday night include Shaffer, Minnesota's Craig Dollansky, Stevie Smith from Pennsylvania, North Dakota's Donny Schatz, all-time PAS track record holder (14.070) Joe Saldana from Indiana and Northern California natives Randy Hannagan, Brad Furr and Jason Meyers.

Joining the Outlaws on the doubleheader program will be the California Lightning Sprints. The Lightning Sprints are scaled down versions of full sized Sprint Cars. They are powered by motorcycle engines and are chain driven. It will be the first of eight appearances by the Lightning's at The PAS in 2002.

Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM and the first race will be at 6:30.

Advance tickets are on sale now by calling (909) 940-0134 or by going to www.perrisautospeedway.com and clicking on the online tickets icon.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds approximately one hour East of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Kevin Harvick , Sterling Marlin , Buddy Lazier , Helio Castroneves , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild