TSM's Lasoski weekly update 2003-04-29

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World of Outlaws #20
Week 17 Performance Profile
Danny Lasoski - 2001 World of Outlaws Champion

Where They've Been....

Tues., April 22 - Powercom Park Feature at The Raceway at Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, Wis., (high-banked 1/3rd mile oval)

Top-five: (1) Joey Saldana; (2) Shane Stewart; (3) Craig Dollansky; (4) Jac Haudenschild; (5) Daryn Pittman

Danny Lasoski Finish: 8th (134 Points Earned)

Fri., April 25 - Spring Classic Preliminary at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa (semi-banked 0x00bd mile oval)

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

Danny Lasoski Finish: 1st (40 Points Earned)

Sat., April 26 - Spring Classic Feature at Knoxville Raceway

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

Danny Lasoski Finish: 1st (154 Points Earned)

This was Lasoski's 80th career win at Knoxville

Where They're Going...

Fri., May 2 - Great Plains Shootout Preliminary at Nebraska Raceway Park in Greenwood, Neb., (semi-banked 4/10th mile oval)

Nebraska Raceway Park was formerly known as I-80 Speedway

The single lap record at Nebraska Raceway Park is 13.571 seconds - held by Mark Kinser (Sept. 21, 2000)

Sat., May 3 - Great Plains Shootout Feature at Nebraska Raceway Park

Lasoski is a two-time "A" Feature winner at Nebraska Raceway Park (May 6, 2000; Sept. 23, 2000)

The distance between Lasoski and second-place Steve Kinser heading into Nebraska Raceway Park is 60 points.

Lasoski is second in "A" Feature laps lead with a total of 123 laps.JSteve Kinser leads in "A" Feature laps led with a total of 142 laps.

Lasoski leads the World of Outlaws in fast times with seven. His closest competitor in this category is Mark Kinser with three fast times.

Lasoski is second in Dash Wins with four. Steve Kinser leads in Dash Wins with eight.

Quote Log...

Lasoski on the Knoxville sweep and heading into an 18-race grind during the month of May:

"I was very, very proud of this J.D. Byrider/Home Depot/Mopar team. The guys worked their tails off. We had an unfortunate deal on Friday night - as soon as I took the checkered flag, we either had a camshaft or a crankshaft break, and it started shaking really bad with about 10 laps to go. Jimmy (Carr, crew chief) came on the radio and told me I had a half-lap lead, so I took care of it as best I could and as soon as I took the checkered it blew up. We were very lucky to win. And then coming back the next night we put another Mopar engine in, and I tell you what, I was rolling around there like I hadn't been in a long time. I told my guys that I owed them that for falling out of the seat last year during the Nationals.

"This series is over a hundred races long. You have to win races, but you still have to be consistent when you have bad nights. I'm just very proud of all my guys for working so hard to give me a good car. We went to Knoxville with high hopes - just like we always do - and going in there and being as successful as we were sure makes us feel good for the rest of the year and when we go back to Knoxville for the Nationals.

"This is the beginning of a tough stretch. We race 18 nights during the month of May. We're going to test ourselves to see how we're going to be down the stretch for this point championship. Right now we're in the shop building another new car, so we're going to have one here, plus the three that we have in the trailer. We're just trying to be as ready and as prepared as possible, and with what Paul Kistler is doing with our engines, we feel we've got the total package.

"It's just great being able to call Tony (Stewart, team owner) and telling him how we did and hearing the smile in his voice. He's glad everything's going well for us."

Team Owner Tony Stewart on Lasoski's Knoxville sweep:

"Knoxville is really Danny's home track, or what we consider to be Danny's home track. He's won more track championships there than anybody. As passionate as I am about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Danny's that way about Knoxville. So when he goes there, he's probably more focused and keyed into winning there than anywhere else we go on the circuit. It's a track where Danny has always run well, so it wasn't a surprise for me to get two phone calls from him two days in a row telling me that he won."

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.J

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

-tsm-

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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 , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Shane Stewart , Jac Haudenschild , Sam Hornis