Lasoski wins at Sharon Speedway, regains points lead. HARTFORD, OH (May 31) - Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser have experienced more than their share of the thrill of victory mixed with the agony of defeat in recent days. Lasoski lost first...
Lasoski wins at Sharon Speedway, regains points lead.
HARTFORD, OH (May 31) - Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser have experienced more than their share of the thrill of victory mixed with the agony of defeat in recent days.
Lasoski lost first place at Lebanon Valley Speedway Monday when his throttle linkage broke, allowing "The King of the Outlaws" to win the "A" Feature. It was his turn to take advantage of Kinser's misfortune Friday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series invaded Sharon Speedway for the first time. "The Dude" led the final 14 laps after the engine in Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim lost power to regain the series points lead.
"I don't think I was going to be able to catch Steve but, like I said last night, there are 100 races in a season and anything can happen," Lasoski yelled to the largest crowd in the 73-year history of Sharon Speedway. "My car was getting tighter and tighter the last couple of laps, and I knew someone was going to be right behind me. I figured I'd stay on the top, because even if someone caught me I didn't think the bottom would be good enough for them to get by. We had Paul Kistler here tonight, and he built us a great motor. Along with this Eagle Chassis and these Hoosier Tires, we had everything we needed to get the job done."
Lasoski beat Danny Wood under the checkered flag by four car-lengths as the 2000 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award winner finished among the top five in his second straight main event.
"Well, we probably wish this would have been 40 laps, but when you're in Danny's spot you're looking for it to be a couple of laps shorter," Wood said. "It's just one of those racing deals. I'm just glad these fans here saw a good race. The Blaney family has done a great job with this facility, and the track is really racy. I'm looking forward to coming back the next time (July 31st)."
Lasoski, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, earned the privilege of starting the "A" Feature on the pole by winning an O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash for the third straight event. Kinser, who won his ninth O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash, burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 25th main event of the season.
Stevie Smith and Craig Dollansky exchanged fifth place three times during the second and third laps. The 1990 Rookie of the Year steered the #11H Vivarin Maxim into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Dollansky late in lap two. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion executed an inside move in the first corner, only to have Smith come back with another pass deep in turn three several seconds later.
After Jeff Shepard passed Wood early in the fourth lap, Wood and Smith exchanged fourth place the next time around.
Kinser was 15 car-lengths ahead of Lasoski when the leaders entered lapped traffic six laps into the race.
Joey Saldana and Dollansky used inside moves between the first and second corners to pass Smith for fifth and sixth place during laps 11 and 14.
Mark Kinser slowed the fast-paced race with a fourth-corner spin late in the 16th lap. "The King of the Outlaws" discovered his right rear tire was losing air pressure and his engine was losing power during the caution period.
Lasoski drove NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle into the lead in the low groove between turns one and two as the green flag replaced the yellow. Kinser stopped on the back straightaway with a blown engine one lap later.
Daryn Pittman, who started outside the sixth row, started making his way toward the front of the field after the second caution period. The defending Gumout Series champion drove the #21 Hop & Sac J&J past Dollansky deep in the third corner late in lap 21 and passed Shepard for fourth place in turn four three laps later.
Donny Schatz, working on his fourth straight top-five finish, started the 30-lap race outside the seventh row. He raced past eight cars during the first 25½ laps, then steered the #15 Parker Stores J&J into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Shepard for fifth place.
Lasoski claimed his sixth "A" Feature victory of the season as Saldana challenged Wood for the runner-up spot.
"I got together with Danny Wood at the start, and Dollansky and Stevie got by me, so I knew I had my work cut out for me," Saldana said. "But I managed to get going again and pass a couple of cars and end up with a decent finish. I always ran good on the half-mile here, and I ran good tonight on the smaller track."
Pittman finished in fourth place, ahead of Schatz, 16th-starting Brad Furr, Dollansky, Shepard, Chad Kemenah and Tim Shaffer.
Brian Paulus paced the qualifying session for the second time this season, setting Sharon Speedway's single-lap record with a 102.857-M.P.H. lap around the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval.