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Lasoski Leads World of Outlaws to the 'Show-Me State' SEDALIA, MO (April 13) -- A pair of runner-up runs that pushed him into second place in the point standings notwithstanding, Danny Lasoski was dissatisfied with his performance at Eldora ...

Lasoski Leads World of Outlaws to the 'Show-Me State'

SEDALIA, MO (April 13) -- A pair of runner-up runs that pushed him into second place in the point standings notwithstanding, Danny Lasoski was dissatisfied with his performance at Eldora Speedway last weekend.

Lasoski ran the two best races of his career at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," but finished behind series points leader Steve Kinser, who swept his second double-feature event of the season. "The Dude" hopes returning to Missouri this weekend to race at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway and I-55 Raceway will elevate him into victory lane for the first time in 2004.

"We were disappointed we weren't able to win, but we needed some good runs and we finally got them at Eldora," said Lasoski, who lives in Dover, MO. "It helped us in the points, but as well as Steve is running we still have a lot of work to do. We have some good tracks ahead of us beginning with Sedalia, and we need to make the most of our opportunities. This Tony Stewart Motorsports team is used to winning and we want to get back to doing just that."

Lasoki, who won the 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship in his first year with Tony Stewart Motorsports, is a three-time winner at Sedalia's historic ½-mile oval but is winless at the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in Pevely.

Kinser, who led the final 11 ½ laps to win Friday's Preliminary Feature and passed "The Dude" early in the final lap to win Saturday's "A" Feature, has won four main events at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway and three at I-55 Raceway. "The King of the Outlaws" opened an 83-point advantage while Lasoski climbed four positions in the standings.

Donny Schatz, who is left Eldora only two points behind Lasoski, raced from the middle of the field to pass Kinser's smoking sprinter with 1 1/3 laps remaining on his way to winning the "A" Feature at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway last July 2nd.

Paul McMahan, who ranks third in the point standings, won the first "A" Feature of his World of Outlaws Sprint Series career in Sedalia on March 23, 2001. Daryn Pittman, the only driver to finish in the top 10 in the first six World of Outlaws Sprint Series main events this season, won at I-55 Raceway on July 13, 2002. McMahan and Pittman -- only one point behind sixth-place Tim Shaffer in the standings --are the only two drivers ranking in the top 10 without a top-five finish this season.

Craig Dollansky, who set the single-lap record at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway with a 114.825-M.P.H. lap on March 23, 2001, improved from 11th to eighth in the point standings with his third top-five finish of the year Saturday at Eldora. "The Crowd Pleaser" is also the qualifying record holder at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" with a lap of 141.654 M.P.H.

Tyler Walker, who led the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings following the Snap-on Tools Shootout at Perris Auto Speedway in late February, has performed his signature back flips after winning main events at both Missouri tracks the last two years.

The Outdoor Channel will tape Saturday's action at I-55 Raceway for its May 5th "Wednesday Night Horsepower" show. The one-hour telecast will be one of 35 The Outdoor Channel will air every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time between March 31st and November 24th. Additional replays will be aired Saturdays at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and Thursdays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.

- WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Paul McMahan