Terre Haute I: Race report

Lasoski Narrows Points Race at Terre Haute TERRE HAUTE, IN (July 14)& ...

Lasoski Narrows Points Race at Terre Haute

TERRE HAUTE, IN (July 14)– Danny Lasoski sure knows how to show his appreciation for his car owner and major sponsor. "The Dude" won the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship in his first year with NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider and has swept the races in their home state this season.

Lasoski won his second straight "A" Feature at The Terre Haute Action Track Sunday, passing Donny Schatz midway through the 10th lap and leading the final 20 ½ for his 11th victory of the season. The $10,000 victory pushed "The Dude" to within nine points of Indiana’s Steve Kinser in their battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship.

"I have an Indiana car owner in Tony Stewart, and to win here in the home state of J.D. Byrider is just fantastic," Lasoski said. "I want to thank Eagle Chassis, Hoosier Tires, Kistler Engines, and the best crew chief in the world, Jimmy Carr. This car was just a dream to drive tonight. Steve has a great car and a great crew, but there’s still a long way to go in this one, and we haven’t given up yet."

Lasoski, who leads the series with 11 fast-times, let it be known the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle was the car to beat during Sunday’s qualifying session. "The Dude" circled the legendary ½-mile oval at an average speed of 106.8 M.P.H., .188 seconds faster than second-quick Danny Wood.

Lasoski, who also leads the series with 12 O’Reilly Auto Parts Dash victories, earned the right to start the "A" Feature inside the third row by following Brad Furr and Joey Saldana across the finish line in the first dash.

Furr and Schatz started on the front row and raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway as the green flag fell in the 30-lap feature. Schatz surged ahead in the first corner only to have Toni Lutar spin in turn four and nullify the original start.

Furr burst into the lead from the pole when the race resumed. Mark Kinser and Lasoski exchanged fourth and fifth place with Wood during the first two laps. "The Dude" passed Kinser for fourth in the low groove between the first and second corners early in lap five.

Schatz, who won two events in four days the previous week, drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past Furr in turn one to take the lead three laps later.

Lasoski raced three-abreast with Furr and Saldana on the front straightaway, and took over second place heading into the first corner early in the ninth lap. "The Dude" continued his run to the front one lap later, winning a back-stretch drag race with Schatz. Schatz kept pace with Lasoski for a lap, almost passing him high in the second corner.

Mark Kinser, who has won five Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events at Terre Haute, passed Saldana for third place deep in turn four midway through the race. Overheating problems caused Jon Again to stop on the back straightaway several seconds later, bringing out the caution flag and tightening the field.

First Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky and Furr exchanged fifth place during the two laps following the restart. Daryn Pittman, who started outside the seventh row, drove the #21 Hop & Sac J&J past Dollansky on the back stretch for sixth place during lap 17.

Lasoski was 1.8 seconds ahead of Schatz when he caught the back-markers four laps later. Mark Kinser rode the rim around Schatz in the second corner early in the 22nd lap, and set his sights on the defending series champion.

Toni Lutar stopped on the back straightaway with mechanical problems three laps later, setting up a five-lap dash to the checkered flag. Stevie Smith was on the move following the final caution period, driving the #11H Vivarin Maxim past Steve Kinser, Pittman and Saldana during the next three laps to take over fourth place.

The #5M Mopar Maxim ran out of fuel and coasted to finish line during the final lap, causing Mark Kinser to lose 13 positions. Lasoski was 6.4 seconds ahead of Schatz when he took the checkered flag.

Furr finished in third place, ahead of Smith, Saldana, Pittman, Steve Kinser, Dollansky, Jac Haudenschild and Wood.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will sanction the Eldora Clash and the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway Friday and Saturday. Speed Channel will tape each racing program for August 15th and September 5th telecasts, each of which will begin at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.

-WoO-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Toni Lutar , Jac Haudenschild