TSM/Lasoski weekly performance 2003-08-26

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World of Outlaws #20
Week 31 Performance Profile
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion

Where They've Been..

Mon., Aug. 18 - Jetmore Feature at Jetmore Motorplex in Jetmore, Kan., (semi-banked 3/8 mile oval)

Top-five: (1) Brooke Tatnell; (2) Sammy Swindell; (3) Joey Saldana; (4) Steve Kinser; (5) Danny Lasoski

Danny Lasoski Finish: 5th (140 points earned)

Lasoski was the fourth-fastest qualifier, lapping the 3/8 mile oval in 13.162 seconds.

Tues., Aug. 19 - Rocky Mountain National Speedway Feature in Commerce City, Colo., (semi-banked 3/8 mile oval)

Top-five: (1) Donny Schatz; (2) Paul McMahan; (3) Steve Kinser; (4) Danny Lasoski; (5) Tim Shaffer

Danny Lasoski Finish: 4th (142 points earned)

Lasoski was the fastest qualifier, lapping the 3/8 mile oval in 12.247 seconds for a new track record. This was Lasoski's 23rd fast time of 2003. Lasoski has 18 more fast times than any other World of Outlaws driver in 2003.

Fri., Aug. 22 - Grays Harbor Preliminary at Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, Wash., (semi-banked 3/10 mile oval)

Top-five: (1) Jason Meyers; (2) Joey Saldana; (3) Jac Haudenschild; (4) Paul McMahan; (5) Tim Shaffer

Danny Lasoski Finish: 6th (35 points earned)

Lasoski was the fifth-fastest qualifier, lapping the 3/10 mile oval in 12.569 seconds.

Sat., Aug. 23 - Grays Harbor Feature

Top-five: (1) Jason Meyers; (2) Steve Kinser; (3) Paul McMahan; (4) Jason Sides; (5) Daryn Pittman

Danny Lasoski Finish: 8th (134 points earned)

Lasoski was the seventh-fastest qualifier, lapping the 3/10 mile oval in 12.645 seconds.

Where They're Going.

Tues., Aug. 26 - Cottage Grove Feature at Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., (semi-banked ¼ mile oval)

Lasoski is a two-time feature winner at Cottage Grove (Aug. 27, 2002 and Aug. 23, 1999)

Fri., Aug. 29 - Harvest Classic Preliminary #1 at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., (semi-banked ½ mile oval)

The single lap record at Calistoga is 16.016 seconds - held by Mark Kinser (Sept. 1, 2000)

Sat., Aug. 30 - Harvest Classic Preliminary #2

Sun., Aug. 31 - Harvest Classic Finale

Lasoski is a former Harvest Classic winner (Sept. 3, 2000)

Lasoski is second in "A" Feature laps lead with a total of 340 laps. Steve Kinser is first in "A" Feature laps led with a total of 469 laps.

Lasoski leads the World of Outlaws in fast times with 23. His closest competitors in this category are Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell with five fast times.

Lasoski is second in Dash Wins with 10. Steve Kinser leads the World of Outlaws in Dash Wins with 22.

Lasoski led the points for 45 of the first 46 events in 2003.

Quote Log - Lasoski.

How big of a race is the Harvest Classic?

"It's a three-day event and it's probably the biggest one on the West Coast excluding the Gold Cup we have at Chico (Calif., Sept. 4-6). It's the only half-mile that's out here and we love coming here. We won it a couple of years ago, and it's right in the heart of wine country."

Calistoga is another semi-banked half-mile - the type of track where you seem to excel. Is there any reason for that?

"We always look forward to going to Calistoga. Out in California the tracks are mostly all bullrings, and when you get here you really try to be on the front row at the start of these things because there's usually not a lot of passing going on. But if the race track is prepared right, you can see a lot of passing. I guess we'll find out when we get there, but either way we're going to work hard to get on that front row."

With the points race being as tight as it is, are you paying attention to the points or are you just taking the remainder of the schedule race by race?

"I'd be lying if I said we weren't looking at the points, because we're definitely looking at them. But the bottom line is that when we unload that race car, it's all about winning. When we win the points are going to be there, and we'll see how it all shakes out at the end of the year."

Quote Log - Team Owner Tony Stewart.

You enjoyed a big win with Danny at the Knoxville Nationals. Is another big win in store at the Harvest Classic?

"Danny's certainly proven that he can do it. He's won that race before and I know that winning the Knoxville Nationals two weeks ago didn't hurt him any. Danny and the team are strong. The communication he and Jimmy Carr (crew chief) have is phenomenal. They know each other really well, and Jimmy knows what Danny's looking for in the race car. Every time they unload they're there to win, and this weekend is no different."

Nuts and Bolts.

Lasoski runs an Eagle chassis in the World of Outlaws with horsepower supplied by Paul Kistler-built Mopar engines.

The #20 team's sponsors are.

J.D. Byrider, The Home Depot, Mopar, Massey Motorsports, Coca-Cola, Old Spice, American Compressed Steel, Hoosier Tire and Eagle Chassis

Team Principles: Danny Lasoski - driver; Tony Stewart - owner; Jimmy Carr - crew chief

Danny Lasoski At A Glance.

Lasoski in his third year with Tony Stewart Motorsports. He won the World of Outlaws championship in 2001, and finished second to 17-time champion Steve Kinser in 2002.

Lasoski has competed in IROC twice (2002 & 2003).

Lasoski is a three-time Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals champion (2003, 2001 & 1998).

Lasoski is a seven-time track champion at Knoxville Raceway (1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989 & 1986), and he is also the winningest driver in Knoxville track history with a total of 82 victories.

Lasoski was recognized as the Most Improved Driver following the 1998 World of Outlaws season.

Before joining the World of Outlaws full-time in 1998, Lasoski won three championships at the Jayhawk Nationals.

Log onto www.dannylasoski.com, www.tonystewart.com or www.worldofoutlawsracing.com


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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild