HIGGINSVILLE, MO (July 7) -- Mother Nature has been a thorn in the side of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series teams the past few weeks with so many events being canceled due to rain. The situation elevated to another level for the Tony Stewart...
HIGGINSVILLE, MO (July 7) -- Mother Nature has been a thorn in the side of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series teams the past few weeks with so many events being canceled due to rain.
The situation elevated to another level for the Tony Stewart Motorsports team early Sunday morning when a tornado hit the Lasoski Racing shop. The full extent of the damage is not known, but included structural damage to the building and shop equipment.
"The most important thing is nobody was hurt and we are very thankful of that," said Tony Ross, team manager for Lasoski/Stewart Motorsports. "The tornado blew off part of the roof and blew every door off the shop. We are looking at four-to-six weeks before the structural damage can be repaired. We don't know the full extent of the damage just yet but we know there is damage to some cars, top wings, and trophies and there is a gouge in the hauler. It also blew a tree into the main part of the shop. We are really fortunate because it could have been so much worse. Everything that was damaged can be replaced.
"Danny, Chris, Hope and Landon were all in the house just a few hundred yards away and, luckily, they were not hurt. None of the guys were at the shop when the tornado hit. I hate to think of what would have happened if anybody had been here when it hit. Most of the damage was on the side where we keep the racecars. It is a very unfortunate deal, but we can buy more racecars and we are lucky it wasn't worse."
Crew Chief Jimmy Carr and Mechanic Todd Splain were able to leave in the hauler as scheduled Monday for World of Outlaws Sprint Series events at Huset's Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway.