TSM's Lasoski weekly performance profile 2003-07-07

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World of Outlaws #20
Week 25 Performance Profile
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion

Where They've Been..

Wed., July 2 - Sedalia's State Fair Speedway Feature in Sedalia, Mo., (semi-banked ½ mile oval)

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

Danny Lasoski Finish: 2nd (146 Points Earned)

Lasoski was the third-fastest qualifier, lapping the ½ mile oval in 16.638 seconds.

Thurs., July 4 - NAPA Classic Preliminary at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa (semi-banked ½ mile oval)

Top-five: (1) Steve Kinser; (2) Danny Lasoski; (3) Jason Meyers; (4) Tim Shaffer; (5) Ricky Logan

Danny Lasoski Finish: 2nd (39 Points Earned)

Lasoski was the third-fastest qualifier, lapping the ½ mile oval in 15.481 seconds.

Fri., July 5 - NAPA Classic Feature at Knoxville Raceway

Top-five: (1) Danny Lasoski; (2) Tyler Walker; (3) Terry McCarl; (4) Donny Schatz; (5) Kerry Madsen

Danny Lasoski Finish: 1st (154 Points Earned)

Lasoski's second-place finish in the preliminary Thursday night qualified him for the feature on Friday.

This was Lasoski's 81st victory at Knoxville and his second straight World of Outlaws feature win at Knoxville. Prior to his NAPA Classic Feature win, Lasoski won the Spring Classic Feature on April 26.

Where They're Going.

Mon., July 7 - Cedar Lake Speedway Feature in Somerset, Wis., (high-banked 3/8 mile oval)

The single lap record at Cedar Lake is 11.425 seconds - held by Steve Kinser (July 8, 2002)

Lasoski is a former winner at Cedar Lake (July 12, 1999)

Wed., July 9 - The Raceway at Powercom Park Feature in Beaver Dam, Wis., (high-banked 1/3 mile oval)

Lasoski was the fastest qualifier earlier this year at Powercom, lapping the 1/3 mile oval in 12.240 seconds (April 22)

Fri., July 11 - Route 66 Raceway Feature in Joliet, Ill., (semi- banked ½ mile oval)

The single lap record at Route 66 is 14.058 seconds - held by Mark Kinser (Oct. 10, 1999)

Sat., July 12 - I-55 Raceway Feature in Pevely, Mo., (high-banked 1/3 mile oval)

The single lap record at I-55 Raceway is 10.189 seconds - held by Stevie Smith (March 30, 2002)

Sun., July 13 - Terre Haute Action Track Feature in Terre Haute, Ind., (semi-banked ½ mile oval)

The single lap record at the Terre Haute Action Track is 16.487 seconds - held by Mark Kinser (May 22, 1999)

Lasoski was the fastest qualifier earlier this year at Terre Haute, lapping the ½ mile oval in 16.527 seconds (May 9)

Lasoski is a four-time "A" Feature winner at Terre Haute (May 9, 2003; June 8, 2002; July 14, 2002; July 17, 2000)

Lasoski is second in "A" Feature laps lead with a total of 249 laps. Steve Kinser is first in "A" Feature laps led with a total of 354 laps.

Lasoski leads the World of Outlaws in fast times with 16. His closest competitors in this category are Steve Kinser and Kraig Kinser with four fast times each.

Lasoski is tied with Paul McMahan for second in Dash Wins with seven. Steve Kinser leads the World of Outlaws in Dash Wins with 18.

Quote Log.

Lasoski on his win at Knoxville, running five races in seven days, and his upcoming IROC race at Chicagoland:

"Our win at Knoxville was really important. Steve's (Kinser) been winning more than we have, but we've been right there every time. Knowing that Knoxville is the home of our Super Bowl - the Knoxville Nationals - that's really the race we want to win. The point championship is our ultimate goal, but that race means everything to us. We're running five nights this week and we've got to stay in contention with Steve, and I think we've got the car to do it.

"It's really not that hectic of a week because I truly love to race. So being in a race car everyday is kind of like having Christmas every day. We'll bounce back and forth between IROC practice and the Outlaw deal all week, and that's something I look forward to.

"I love running the IROC series because it's a challenge for me personally. I had never been on pavement until last year, and I just really want to win one of these races. I get to talk to Tony (Stewart) a lot and he tells me certain things that he's learned in these cars. And then when he comes to run the dirt sprint car, I can tell him certain things that I've learned, and he'll look at me like I'm nuts. But that's the same look I give him when I'm asking questions about running the IROC car. IROC is not something I'm used to. It's a major league challenge, but I'm definitely up for the challenge.

"Helio (Castroneves) is a guy that I can trust and run side-by-side with in IROC without having to worry about something stupid happening that would take either one of us out. But basically, you don't have any trouble with any of the guys. The Winston Cup guys are in a league of their own. When they go out there they know exactly what to expect. If you were to stick Kurt Busch in a World of Outlaws car, he'd be out to lunch and he wouldn't have a chance. And I think that's what some of the Winston Cup guys think about us when we're in IROC. They think they're going to beat us up. But that's why we practice every day so that they don't have that big of a cake walk."

Team Owner Tony Stewart on Lasoski's win at Knoxville as well as Lasoski's upcoming IROC race:

"I'm really happy for the team. They've gone out and won races, and when they're not winning, it seems like they're right there, finishing second or third, every time they run. You can't ask for much more than that. It's like I've always told them, if you win races, the points will take care of themselves. They've been really consistent this year, and in my opinion, they're doing everything right. They're doing everything that we've asked them to do, and they have the right mindset to go out and win another championship.

"Danny really enjoys the IROC series. You've got to keep in mind that Danny hasn't raced anything but sprint cars, and they've all been on dirt. He's done it for so long, and done it well, that he's really proud of the fact that he earned the right to become a driver in the IROC series. He's really taken a lot of pride in the fact that he earned his way there. He's shown a lot of improvement from last year to this year, and with each race he just keeps getting better. Chicago shouldn't be any different."

Nuts and Bolts.

Lasoski finished 10th in the IROC race held April 5 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He is now tied for sixth in points with Sam Hornish of the Indy Racing League and Kevin Harvick of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. All three drivers trail point leader Kurt Busch of the Winston Cup Series by 24 points with two events remaining - July 12 at Chicagoland Speedway and August 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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

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 is in his second year of IROC competition.

Lasoski is a two-time Knoxville Nationals champion (2001 and 1998).

Lasoski is a seven-time track champion at Knoxville Raceway (1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989 and 1986), and he is also the winningest driver in Knoxville track history with a total of 81 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 , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Tyler Walker , Jason Meyers , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Johnny Herrera