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World of Outlaws #20
Week 16 Performance Profile
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion
Where They've Been....
Fri., April 18 - Eldora Preliminary at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio., (high-banked 0x00bd mile oval)
Top-five: (1) Donny Schatz; (2) Chad Kemenah; (3) Sammy Swindell; (4) Danny Lasoski; (5) Joey Saldana
Danny Lasoski Finish: 4th (37 Points Earned)
Sat., April 19 - Eldora Feature at Eldora Speedway
Top-five: (1) Sammy Swindell; (2) Tim Shaffer; (3) Mark Kinser; (4) Jason Sides; (5) Jeff Shephard
Danny Lasoski Finish: 6th (138 Points Earned)
Where They're Going...
Tues., April 22 - Powercom Park Feature at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., (high-banked 1/3rd mile oval). Note: The Raceway at Powercom Park was formerly known as Beaver Dam Raceway
Fri., April 25 - Spring Classic Preliminary at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa (semi-banked 0x00bd mile oval)
The single lap record at Knoxville is 14.934 seconds - held by Don Droud, Jr. (Aug. 29, 1998)
Sat., April 26 - Spring Classic Feature at Knoxville Raceway
Lasoski is a six-time "A" Feature winner at Knoxville (June 29, 2002; April 28, 2001; April 29, 2000; July 3, 1999; July 21, 1999; April 30, 1993)
Lasoski is a two-time Knoxville Nationals champion (2001 and 1998)
The distance between Lasoski and second-place Steve Kinser heading into Powercom Park is 42 points.
Lasoski is second in "A" Feature laps lead with a total of 93 laps.
Steve Kinser leads in "A" Feature laps led with a total of 142 laps.
Lasoski leads the World of Outlaws in fast times with six. His closest competitors in this category are Steve Kinser, Mark Kinser, Kraig Kinser and Brian Paulus - all of whom are tied with two fast times apiece.
Lasoski on last week's races and heading into this week's races at Powercom and Knoxville:
"We started out the night at Eldora with quick time, and we're very proud of that because the J.D. Byrider/Home Depot/Mopar car was putting out some good horsepower that Paul Kistler built for us. We were almost two-tenths quicker than the field. Everyone knows that Eldora is not my favorite place to race - not because of the facility - I just don't like running there. We ended up getting qualified for the top-four and started fourth in the dash on Saturday night. We ran second in the dash and that put us outside of the front row for the feature. We jumped out to the lead, but I knew after about five or six laps when my car started shaking and vibrating that we had a tire going down. And after I busted my tail at Williams Grove (Pa.) last year - when the car starts shaking I pay attention. Low and behold we didn't make it a couple more laps before the right rear tire went out. We got it fixed, went to the back and while making our way to the front, tried to knock the wall down. We bent the birdcage in the car, but still ended up salvaging ninth out of it. And then with the disqualification of a few cars in front of us we ended up sixth. All in all, it wasn't a bad weekend.
"Now we head to Powercom, and we've raced there a couple of times. Last year we ran one World of Outlaws race and I think about three or four years ago we ran there, too. It's a high-banked, quarter-mile track and the Wisconsin fans come out in droves to watch us. They're big open-wheel fans up there.
"After that we go to Knoxville, and even though the Nationals are a ways off, every time we get a chance to run Knoxville it helps for the Nationals. We've raced there a bunch, but every lap you run there you're able to learn different things. After every year the dirt changes, but track time at Knoxville - no matter what time of year - is still pretty valuable.
"Knoxville is a race track that doesn't just suit me - it suits a lot of people. Knoxville is definitely my favorite place to go, with the reason being that whoever built that thing, built it for the racer, because there are always three grooves. You can run the top, bottom and middle just about every weekend we go there. And if you go there and your car isn't 100 percent perfect, you can drive it around the race track at different spots and find a way to make your car better. I like going to tracks where the driver has control like that. Places that have just a top groove, where all a guy has to do is lean against the cushion - heck, my sister could drive a car on top of the race track all night. I like the tracks that put the driver in charge of making his car good."
Team Owner Tony Stewart on the health of the World of Outlaws Series:
"I think Ted Johnson (World of Outlaws president) and his staff do a great job. They have the premier dirt open-wheel series in the country.
"I remember as a kid being able to go to Bloomington, Ind., and for weeks before the series even arrived, there was a buzz because the Outlaws were coming to town, and folks wanted to see if the local guys could run with the Outlaws. That was always one of the highlights of the year for me.
"Just being able to be a part of it now is a neat feeling, knowing that as a child I went and watched that series with such admiration. Now I'm able to compete in that series as a car owner. I'm just proud of what that series has done over the last 25 years."
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 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
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