TSM/Lasoski weekly performance profile 2003-10-01

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World of Outlaws #20
Week 36 Performance Profile
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion

Where They've Been..

Sat., Sept. 27 - Talladega Short Track Feature in Talladega, Ala., (semi-banked 1/3 mile oval)

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

Danny Lasoski Finish: 6th (138 points earned)

Lasoski was the eighth-fastest qualifier, lapping the 1/3 mile oval in 12.745 seconds.

Where They're Going.

Thurs., Oct. 2 - Port Royal Speedway Feature in Port Royal, Pa., (semi-banked ½ mile oval)

Eight of Lasoski's 10 "A" Feature wins in 2003 have come have come at ½ mile ovals like Port Royal.

Fri., Oct. 3 - Williams Grove Speedway National Open Preliminary in Mechanicsburg, Pa., (semi-banked ½ mile oval)

The single lap record at Williams Grove is 16.481 seconds - held by Joey Saldana (July 25, 2002)

Lasoski was the fastest qualifier on July 25 at Williams Grove for the Summer Nationals Preliminary, lapping the ½ mile oval in 16.805 seconds. It was Lasoski's 20th fast time of the season.

Sat., Oct. 4 - Williams Grove Speedway National Open Finale

Lasoski finished second on July 26 at Williams Grove for the Summer Nationals Feature.

Sun., Oct. 5 - Bridgeport Speedway Feature in Bridgeport, N.J., (semi-banked 5/8 mile oval)


Lasoski is second in "A" Feature laps lead with a total of 370 laps. Steve Kinser is first in "A" Feature laps led with a total of 631 laps.

Lasoski leads the World of Outlaws in fast times with 25. His closest competitor in this category is Steve Kinser with eight fast times.

Lasoski is second in Dash Wins with 12. Steve Kinser leads the World of Outlaws in Dash Wins with 25.

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

Quote Log - Lasoski.

On catching point leader Steve Kinser with 12 races to go:

"First and foremost, we're going to need a little luck. Our job now is that we have to win races and Steve has to have a little bit of bad luck. We don't want to wish any bad luck on him at all, but that's what needs to happen if we're going to gain any points on Steve. But it's not uncommon to make up a large amount of points in a race or two. It's happened to me and it's happened to him also. I know he's thinking the same thing - being consistent and running in the top- five. We can't even remotely think about points. We just have to go out and try to win every race. (continued)

"The year we won in 2001 was kind of similar to this year. We were down by 66 points and we came back to win the championship by 36 points. It can be done. You just have to have some luck on your side. This J.D. Byrider/Home Depot/Mopar team is ready for the challenge. The tracks from here on out are good ones for us. Our Mopar engine loves these big half-miles, and that's where we're going.

"Wins and consistency go hand in hand now, because if we can consistently win, we're going to be okay.

"If you had to put the championship and the Knoxville Nationals title in front of me, I honestly would rather win the Knoxville Nationals. That's just my own personal opinion. But we won the Knoxville Nationals this year and the next thing on our list is the championship, and everyone on this team is working hard to make that happen.

"If I could look into a crystal ball and wave a magic wand, I would like to see us tied with Steve when we go into the finale at Vegas. That's the land of enchantment if you will, and everything's a bet, and I'd like to see the best team come out of there with the championship. That would be fitting for this year."

Quote Log - Team Owner Tony Stewart.

On the team catching point leader Steve Kinser with 12 races to go:

"I'm sure Danny and the team would much rather be leading the points, but with 12 races to go they're not in a bad position by any means. They don't have to look over their shoulder to see who's coming up behind them. There's really no one there. They only have to look forward and worry about the guy ahead of them, and that's Steve. In all my years of racing I always preferred being the hunter rather than the hunted. Danny's the hunter right now, and a lot can happen in 12 races."

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 , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan
Teams Williams