2009 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Danny Lasoski Concord, NC-- January 28, 2009--While he won his record eighth Knoxville Raceway track championship last year and picked up nine overall wins at five different tracks across the...
2009 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Danny Lasoski
Concord, NC-- January 28, 2009--While he won his record eighth Knoxville Raceway track championship last year and picked up nine overall wins at five different tracks across the country, the 2008 season was one of the toughest ever for Danny Lasoski. That's because for the first time in over 10 years he was not on the road competing full-time with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.
The 2001 World of Outlaws champion will return to full-time competition with the series in 2009, driving the familiar No. 6 for longtime car owner Lonnie Parsons based out of Iowa. He begins the season with 81 career A-Feature wins, which is sixth-best all-time.
"We are very excited to start the season and to be racing for Lonnie Parsons and Don Lamberti in the Casey's General Stores car," said Lasoski. "We have put together what I feel is a very stellar team. It's kind of like starting over if you will. Everything is different at Parsons Motorsports. We have JEI Chassis along with Barry Jackson and a great crew. All of us have a fantastic positive attitude. This is a very good opportunity for all of us and we want to put Parsons Motorsports in Victory Lane as much as we can."
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Lasoski competed a number of times during the off-season in both sprint cars and midgets. He won at Parramatta City Raceway on New Year's Day against a very strong field that featured a number of fellow World of Outlaws drivers. He also helped promoter the inaugural Twas the Midgets before Christmas event in Kansas City, where he finished third on the opening night and he most recently competed in the famed Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"Anytime that you can drive keeps the rust off," noted the native of Dover, Missouri. "It's all about staying sharp. When you come out of Florida, you have to be in the hunt and to do that, you have to be in the Top-two or three in points. It's noted in history that if you leave Florida behind, it takes all year to catch up. We're going down to Florida with a very positive attitude and hopefully we can win a race or two and be a factor all year."
Returning to the road full-time with the World of Outlaws with a new team, Lasoski has two main goals and is completely focused on doing everything he can to achieve those.
"The big goal is the Knoxville Nationals and the championship," he deadpanned. "Lonnie Parsons has never done either one and we are hoping that we can bring it to him."
Lasoski will pilot a JEI chassis again in 2009, which will be a change for the Parsons Motorsports team. To help make the transition to a new team even more smooth, Barry Jackson, the owner of JEI will be on the road full-time and serve as Lasoski's crew chief.
"Barry is doing this the exact way I think a manufacturer should," shared the veteran driver. "He is a car builder and the only way to do it is to race against the best of the best. He takes everything he learns on the road back with him and that will make his chassis building business even stronger."
The 2009 season will kick off for Lasoski and his new team at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida during the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH. He has had a great deal of success at the half-mile in his career, winning 17 times including last season in the finale of the six-day event driving his own car. He has finished in the Top-10 nearly 50 times at Volusia over the years.
"You have to have a good engine program, which we have with Kistler engines," he explained when asked about the keys to doing well at Volusia. "You have to have good tires and a good chassis as well. You also have to have a team that believes in their driver. When you go there, you are racing the best of the best. It's basically a mini-Knoxville Nationals going down there, because you have the best in the country there, with the Outlaws along with drivers from Pennsylvania, the All Stars and California. When you have that, you have to be on your marks."
While Missouri is home for the veteran drive, Knoxville Raceway in Iowa will always be his home track and he will have three chances to compete at the legendary half-mile this season with the World of Outlaws, first on May 2 and again on June 26-27. He won four times last season at Knoxville to bring his career total to 91, which is tops all-time. He was won at least one race at the track in each of the last 23 years and in 24 of the last 25 years, dating back to his first win at the track in 1984. He has 12 wins with the World of Outlaws at the track, including four Knoxville Nationals triumphs.
"Knoxville is very near and dear to me and my favorite race track," Lasoski said. "If we go there and pick up a win for Casey's General Stores, Lonnie Parsons and Don Lamberti, nothing would make us happier."
Lasoski finished third in points in 2007, his last full season with the World of Outlaws. He looks to contend for his second career title in 2009, as he is pit against one of the strongest fields ever assembled in the history of the series.
"You have to be consistent and you also need some luck on your side and have to do your job as a driver," he noted. "With that said, I think that Lonnie Parsons has done everything in his power to upgrade his team, with parts and pieces and everything. Those are things that you need to put a successful year together. We really thank him for that."
The 2009 World of Outlaws season opens on February 6 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, with the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH. For more information on the event, including tickets, visit: www.dirtcarnationals.com.