'The Dude' remains close to the front in points chase

Tony Stewart Motorsports Two more top-three finishes have Lasoski excited for possible championship run. CONCORD, NC (May 7, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is right on track to be in the hunt for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws title again ...

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Two more top-three finishes have Lasoski excited for possible championship run.

CONCORD, NC (May 7, 2002) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski is right on track to be in the hunt for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws title again this year. Lasoski and the number 20 J.D. Byrider team used little consistency last weekend to help them defend their Outlaws crown. Lasoski captured two more podium finishes and now finds himself only 18 points out of the top spot only 16 races into the 2002 season.

The WoO Series visited Nebraska Raceway Park in Greenwood, NE last weekend to the delight of an excited crowd. And for the first time in several weeks, Mother Nature cooperated. Both the preliminary and feature night programs were run to completion. Lasoski finished second on Friday and third on Saturday.

"The J.D. Byrider car was great this weekend, just not quite good enough to capture the victory," said Lasoski. "Those Kinser boys; they are good. They just outsmarted us on a couple of calls this weekend. I am not ashamed by it though; that is why Steve Kinser is the King and he's won all those championships. It was a good weekend overall; now we will just move on and head to next weekend and try to get this Tony Stewart Motorsports team in victory lane again and again."

Friday night started off with "The Dude" qualifying fourth out of 27 competitors. The heats and dash races produced finishes of fourth and second respectively. As the feature rolled around, Lasoski moved up from his fourth place starting spot to finish second behind Mark Kinser.

Saturday's feature program was uneventful due to the fact that Lasoski didn't have to qualify and race in the heats as a result of his second-place finish on Friday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash saw Lasoski finish second. That gave him the same spot for the start of the feature. Although he never led, the third place finish was his series leading 14th top-10 finish of the season. It also placed him just behind winner Steve Kinser in the WoO point standings.

"Crew Chief Jimmy Carr did a great job all night long," added Lasoski, who is the 2001 Pennzoil World of Outlaws champ. " We put some softer tires on the car and that didn't work out, but overall, I am very happy about things.

"I'm looking forward to running around home this week, at Sedalia (MO). Then we head up to Granite City, IL, the home town of one of our sponsors, American Compressed Steel."

Catch the World of Outlaws on Friday at State Fair Motor Speedway (Sedalia) and then on Saturday at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois. Fans can follow the action via the internet radio at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser