Lasoski Regains Points Lead With Prelim Victory By Richard Day TOPEKA, KS (June 15) -- Danny Lasoski would have much rather passed the Kinser cousins than watch them crash in front of him in Friday's Preliminary Feature at O'Reilly Auto Parts...
Lasoski Regains Points Lead With Prelim Victory
By Richard Day
TOPEKA, KS (June 15) -- Danny Lasoski would have much rather passed the Kinser cousins than watch them crash in front of him in Friday's Preliminary Feature at O'Reilly Auto Parts Motor Speedway at Heartland Park Topeka, but he'll take a victory any way he can get it.
Lasoski was chasing Mark and Steve Kinser late in the eighth lap when Travys Mize flipped in turn three and took them out. "The Dude" restarted at the front of the field and regained the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead by winning his third Preliminary Feature of the season.
Lasoski, who also won the World of Outlaws Gumout Series race at Heartland Park Topeka's new, permanent semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval May 7th, was pleased to win for his sponsors.
"I'm really glad to win one so close to home," Lasoski said. "Tony Ross from American Compressed Steel is here tonight, and he's been a great sponsor of mine for a long time.
"Running the Gumout race here maybe gave us a little edge on everyone else, but these guys are so good you never have an edge for very long. We've focused on winning the points championship all year, and when Mark got back out in front of us we just kept at it and never gave up. With Jimmy Carr turning the wrenches and Eagle chassis and Hoosier tires, we're going to be tough to beat."
Lasoski, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 26-car field, followed Mark Kinser across the finish line in the First O'Reilly Heat Race. He passed Joey Saldana and new qualifying record holder Tim Shaffer in the CHANNELLOCK Dash to claim the third-row inside starting position in the 25-lap feature race.
Mark Kinser, who entered the $95,350 event eight points ahead of "The Dude," earned the right to start the Preliminary Feature on the pole by winning his fourth CHANNELLOCK Dash of the year. He burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the program's main event.
O'Reilly Heat Race winners Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz were battling for second place when Michael Lambert spun in the fourth corner early in lap two.
Craig Dollansky steered Karavan Racing's #7 Polydome Maxim around Lasoski high in the second corner as the green flag replaced the yellow. "The Dude" regained fourth place with an inside move between the turns three and four the next time around, however.
The leaders were approaching lapped traffic early in the fourth lap when Dan Oswalt spun in turn two. Steve Kinser challenged his cousin for the lead between the first and second corners as the race resumed, but was unable to surge ahead. Lasoski beat Schatz down the back straightaway to take over third place midway through lap five.
Mark Kinser was one second ahead of "The King of the Outlaws" when he entered lapped traffic seven laps into the race. The Kinser cousins collided while trying avoid the flipping Mize in turn three the next time around. Steve's crew replaced the front axle on his #11 Quaker State Maxim during the red period so he could join his cousin at the rear of the field.
"We were coming up (toward the front of the field) pretty good, then Mark and Steve got together trying to miss that crash in (turn) three," Lasoski said.
Dollansky used a slide move between the third and fourth corners to pass Schatz for second place within a lap after the race resumed.
Paul McMahan passed Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Brad Furr for fourth place late in lap 12, only to have Dale Blaney's first-corner flip nullify the move. McMahan continued pressuring Furr, and passed him deep in turn four late in the 14th lap.
Shaffer, who challenged McMahan for fifth place before the red period, fell behind 17th-starting Johnny Herrera three laps later.
Lasoski was 2.1 seconds ahead of Dollansky when he caught the back-markers again late in the 17th lap.
Schatz drove his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J past Dollansky in the low groove in the first corner two laps later, but Craig regained the runner-up spot with a similar move in turn four as they headed for the checkered flag. Lasoski was 1.1 seconds ahead of Dollansky when he crossed the finish line.
McMahan held off Furr to claim the final automatic starting position in Saturday's CHANNELLOCK Dash. Saldana finished in sixth place, ahead of Randy Hannagan, Shaffer, Herrera and Danny Wood.
Shaffer paced time trials for the second time this year, averaging 114.446 m.p.h.