Lasoski Flies into Victory Lane at Sharon Speedway HARTFORD, OH (June 4) -- Danny Lasoski won his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Feature of the year Friday at Sharon Speedway, passing Joey Saldana early in the 20th lap and taking ...
Lasoski Flies into Victory Lane at Sharon Speedway
HARTFORD, OH (June 4) -- Danny Lasoski won his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Feature of the year Friday at Sharon Speedway, passing Joey Saldana early in the 20th lap and taking the checkered flag with half a straightaway to spare.
The $10,000 victory pushed "The Dude" to within 111 points of Steve Kinser, who leads the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings.
"I wasn't sure we were ever going to get back here (to victory lane)," Lasoski said following the 62nd "A" Feature victory of his career. "We've been able to run second and lead races this year, but it seemed like we could never get the job done. I have to thank Jimmy Carr, Todd Splain, Richie Wagner and this whole J.D. Byrider/Home Depot/Mopar team. They never gave up on me, and I let them down a lot this year. Steve got a big jump on us in the points, but we have to keep plugging away. There's a lot of racing left. I really like this track -- you can run all over it. Dale (Blaney) and his whole family have done a great job with this place, and there just something about it that suits my driving."
"The Dude," who won the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' inaugural event at Sharon Speedway on May 31, 2002, was the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 32-car field. The series' 2001 champion earned the right to start the 30-lap "A" Feature outside the second row by following Saldana across the finish line in the Second Dash Race.
Saldana, who also won the First Heat Race, drove the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim past pole-sitter Paul McMahan as the green flag fell to take the lead in the series' 22nd event of the season. Lasoski drove 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past McMahan deep in turn two for second place early in the opening lap.
Mike Lutz, from Mercer, PA, passed Ed Lynch, Jr., and McMahan during the third and fourth laps, but lost third place late in lap five when the right front spindle on the #98 Golden Flavor Sesame Sticks Gambler broke and sent him into the turn-four retaining wall.
Saldana, who won a World of Outlaws Sprint Series' main event at Sharon Speedway on July 31, 2002, controlled the ensuing restart and entered lapped traffic with a two-car-length advantage over "The Dude" five laps later. Randy Hannagan and "B" Feature winner Jarrod Larson collided in the second corner early in lap 12, bringing out the caution flag and opening the track ahead of the leaders.
Lasoski challenged Saldana for the lead in the low groove between turns one and two as the green flag replaced the yellow, but was unable to surge ahead.
The intense battle Kinser and Donny Schatz started Wednesday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park continued at Sharon Speedway. "The King of the Outlaws" and the 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year finished 4-5 in the First Heat Race and 5-4 in the First Dash Race. Kinser, Friday's fastest qualifier, drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim around Schatz for seventh place high in the second corner midway through the "A" Feature.
Blaney passed Craig Dollansky for fourth place with a high move through turns one and two early in the 18th lap.
Lasoski, nicknamed "Catfish" for his low moves through traffic, took the inside line through the first and second corners to pass Saldana for the lead two laps later.
Suspension problems in the #83 Beef Packers Eagle forced Tim Shaffer to stop on the back straightaway late in lap 21, setting up a 10-lap dash to the checkered flag.
Schatz and Kinser exchanged seventh place five laps later. Schatz drove his family's #15 Parker Store J&J past Kinser deep in the second corner, only to have "The King of the Outlaws" regain the position in the high groove between turns three and four several seconds later.
"The Dude" steadily increased his advantage during the final 10 laps and took the checkered flag as Saldana raced through the fourth corner.
McMahan finished in third place, ahead of Blaney, Dollansky, Lynch, Kinser, Schatz, Chad Kemenah and Daryn Pittman. Jac Haudenschild, racing in only his fifth World of Outlaws Sprint Series event this year, drove the #6M Elden Racing Maxim past eight cars to finish 11th.
Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, won his series-leading eighth Heat Race of the season and finished 13th in the main event.
Jason Meyers drove the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim into 15th place from inside the 12th row, but McMahan and Dollansky passed him in the point standings. McMahan's third-place finish was his second straight, while "The Crowd Pleaser" raced into fifth place for the third time in the last four events.
Kinser, who won two "A" Features at Sharon Speedway last July 30th, paced the qualifying session for the sixth time in 2004, circling the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval at an average speed of 104.627 M.P.H.