Rolling Wheel: Race report

'Dude' bounces back at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. ELBRIDGE, NY (May 30) -- Danny Lasoski didn't let the disappointment of losing the lead three days earlier or a rain delay keep him from returning to victory lane Thursday at Rolling Wheels ...

'Dude' bounces back at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

ELBRIDGE, NY (May 30) -- Danny Lasoski didn't let the disappointment of losing the lead three days earlier or a rain delay keep him from returning to victory lane Thursday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

The defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion was comfortably ahead of Steve Kinser when the throttle linkage broke in the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle and cost him a victory Monday at Lebanon Valley Speedway. "The Dude" led all but eight laps while winning the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park event originally scheduled for Wednesday. Lasoski's fifth "A" Feature victory of the season snapped Stevie Smith's two-feature winning streak at Rolling Wheels and pushed him to within 15 points of Kinser in their battle for first place in the standings.

"I think maybe I was a little too cautious there the first few laps and Stevie got by me," said Lasoski, who lapped up to 11th place. "It all goes back to my crew. Todd Splain and especially Jimmy Carr gave me an awesome race car tonight, and they've never given up on me all year long. My car owner, Tony Stewart, and my sponsors, J.D. Byrider, Massey Motorsports, American Compressed Steel, Kistler engines -- they've all stuck by me through thick and thin. We lost a sponsor (Hamm America) earlier this year, but we just kept plugging along, giving 110% every night out.

"I saw Steve in front of me there at he end, but I thought Stevie was still right on me, so I just kept gassing it. This doesn't make up for Lebanon Valley -- I've never been as good there as I was the other night -- but that's just part of racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series. There's 100 nights of racing in a year, and sometimes you have bad nights, but we just try to be consistent night in and night out. If we do that, the points will take care of themselves."

Lasoski and Smith earned the privilege of starting the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 24th event of the year on the front row by winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash races. "The Dude" burst into the lead from the pole when the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, but Brad Furr stopped in the third corner with a flat right rear tire, bringing back the original start. Lasoski beat Smith down the front straightaway when the green flag replaced the yellow.

Craig Dollansky and Joey Saldana started on the third row and exchanged fourth place during the second lap. Dollansky drove the #7 V-Mac/Polydome Maxim past Saldana on the back straightaway, only to have the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner pass him back in the low groove between turns three and four.

Smith steered the #11H Vivarin Maxim around Lasoski high in the first corner to take the lead early in lap four, and was two car-lengths ahead when they entered lapped traffic the next time around. First Heat Race winner Daryn Pittman and Saldana raced past Dollansky between turns three and four late in the fifth lap.

An electrical malfunction in the #1X K&C Drywall Eagle forced Randy Hannagan to stop in the second corner several seconds later. The 1995 Rookie of the Year restarted at the rear of the field and raced back into 11th place by lap 10.

Lasoski won a back-straightaway drag race with Smith to regain the lead two laps later.

Donny Schatz, who was in Cleveland, OH, at Parker Stores headquarters earlier in the day, was the last driver to arrive at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. The 1997 Rookie of the Year set quick time for the first time this season, circling the semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval in 20.783 seconds, an average speed of 108.262 M.P.H. Schatz, who started the "A" Feature inside the fourth row, drove his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J into the high groove in the second corner to pass Danny Wood for fourth place late in lap 16, and challenged Pittman throughout the final nine laps.

Lasoski was half a lap ahead of Smith when he took the checkered flag and claimed the $10,000 first prize.

Wood drove the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim into the top five for the first time this season. Saldana finished in sixth place, ahead of Lance Dewease, Dollansky, Tim Shaffer and Kinser.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana