TSM Lasoski weekly performance notes 2003-08-18

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World of Outlaws #20
Week 30 Performance Profile
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion

Where They've Been..

Wed., Aug. 13 - Knoxville Nationals Preliminary #1 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa (semi-banked ½ mile oval)

Top-five: (1) Donny Schatz; (2) Danny Lasoski; (3) Greg Hodnett; (4) Shane Stewart; (5) Paul McMahan

Danny Lasoski Finish: 2nd

Lasoski was the fourth-fastest qualifier, lapping the ½ mile oval in 15.374 seconds.

Thurs., Aug. 14 - Knoxville Nationals Preliminary #2

Top-five: (1) Steve Kinser; (2) Tim Shaffer; (3) Wayne Johnson; (4) Jeff Shepard; (5) Daryn Pittman

Fri., Aug. 15 - Knoxville Nationals Non-Qualifier/Scramble Program

Top-five: (1) Shane Stewart; (2) Greg Hodnett; (3) Daryn Pittman; (4) Donny Schatz; (5) Kenny Jacobs

Danny Lasoski Finish: 9th

Sat., Aug. 16 - Knoxville Nationals Finale

Top-five: (1) Danny Lasoski; (2) Donny Schatz; (3) Kenny Jacobs; (4) Sammy Swindell; (5) Greg Hodnett

Danny Lasoski Finish: 1st

This was Lasoski's third Knoxville Nationals championship (2003, 2001 and 1998).

Lasoski has now scored a total of 82 victories at Knoxville. He is the winningest driver in Knoxville track history.

Lasoski is three-for-three this season in WoO 'A' Main victories with his $125,000 win at Knoxville. He led all 30 laps from the pole in the April 26 Spring Classic before winning again at the July 5 NAPA Classic Feature.

Where They're Going.

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

This will be the World of Outlaws' first visit to Jetmore.

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

This will be the World of Outlaws' first visit to Rocky Mountain National since 1995.

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

The single lap record at Grays Harbor is 12.173 seconds - held by Mark Kinser (Aug. 19, 2000)

Sat., Aug. 23 - Grays Harbor Feature

Tim Shaffer is the defending winner of the Grays Harbor Feature.

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 22. 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 21.

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

Quote Log - Lasoski.

What are your thoughts on winning your third Knoxville Nationals championship and your second for Tony Stewart?

"The first one (Knoxville Nationals) was very special. The second one was the first time I was with Tony Stewart and this is all about him. He has the faith in Jimmy (Carr, crew chief) to run this team, and I couldn't do it without him."

How did you overcome racing with a broken shock?

"I don't know when the shock broke, but the car was vibrating badly. I didn't know what it was, but I made the car really wide. It was just really loose. My restart there at the end was terrible, but we won anyway. Two guys - Tony Stewart and Jimmy Carr - made this happen."

Quote Log - Team Owner Tony Stewart.

What are your thoughts on Danny winning his third Knoxville Nationals championship and your second as an owner.

"It was definitely more gratifying than the first, because this time I was finally there in person. To not only be a part of the final night and see it all first hand, I'm probably more proud of Danny as a driver than I've ever been considering the circumstances of how he had to win it with a bolt missing from the bottom of the left rear shock. That's a pretty important piece of the car to be missing. To win the way he did - flat-out just getting up on the wheel and making it work - that was something that was just really impressive."

When your team won the Knoxville Nationals in 2001, they went on to win the championship. Was the win at Knoxville the boost the team needed to make a run for this year's championship?

"There's a lot of racing left. I'd love to say that this is what'll help us win a championship again. But that race is the most important race of the year to Danny. It's the Daytona 500 of sprint car racing. And no matter what happens the rest of the year, we can hold our heads up knowing that we won the Knoxville Nationals."

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, American Compressed Steel, Hoosier Tire and Eagle Chassis

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

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.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Kenny Jacobs , Daryn Pittman , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Wayne Johnson