Wichita 81 Speedway: Race report

Lasoski Wins Outlaws Return to Wichita (October 16, 2004) Danny Lasoski picked up his first World of Outlaws A-feature win since Labor Day, passing Tim Kaeding at the mid point of the 30 lap event at 81 Speedway Saturday night. The race marked...

Lasoski Wins Outlaws Return to Wichita

(October 16, 2004) Danny Lasoski picked up his first World of Outlaws A-feature win since Labor Day, passing Tim Kaeding at the mid point of the 30 lap event at 81 Speedway Saturday night. The race marked the Outlaws' first appearance at the speedway since June 16, 1992.

Kaeding, driver of the #83 Beef Packers Eagle and winner of the previous night's race in Oklahoma City, took the lead ahead of Billy Alley on the opening lap. The race halted soon after as Mike Woodruff flipped in turn two on the second lap. Woodruff was able to climb out of the car, but was transported to the hospital for observation.

Racing resumed with Kaeding holding the lead over Alley. Danny Lasoski drove his #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle underneath Alley in turn two and took second place with nine laps down. Steve Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim passed Alley for third shortly after. The yellow flag flew on lap 11 as Erin Crocker's #16 Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim spun in turn two after breaking the torsion arm. She was able to repair her car and restart the race. One lap later, Peter Murphy spun in turn two and brought out the caution flag.

A three-wide battle erupted after the green flag flew as Lasoski, Kaeding, and Kinser raced for the lead with Lasoski taking the lead on the outside of turn three followed by Kaeding and Kinser. However, Kinser slipped underneath Kaeding on the next lap in turn two. Kaeding would slip back another two positions to fifth after Tim Shaffer's #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim passed him on lap 16, and Donny Schatz's #15 ParkerStore J&J slipped past on lap 17.

Lasoski held an eight-car length advantage over Kinser as he entered lapped traffic on lap 19. Kinser closed in and by lap 22, made a move on Lasoski to take the lead briefly in turn two. Lasoski managed to regain the top spot at the end of the backstretch. Shaffer soon challenged Kinser for second. Shaffer made the pass coming out of turn two with seven laps remaining. Nick Smith stopped on the front stretch with five laps left and brought out the caution flag.

There was no catching Lasoski however, as he sped away from the field and won by 15 car lengths over Shaver. Donny Schatz finished ahead of Kinser in third, with Joey Saldana bringing home the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim home in fifth.

Lasoski thanked his crew for sticking with him despite the victory drought. "I've got the best crew chief in the business with Jimmy Carr, and Todd Splain and Mike Kuemper. We've been struggling here the last month, but these guys never gave up on me, and I'm really proud of that," Lasoski said. His last win was the Harvest Classic in Calistoga, CA on Sept. 5. Lasoski was also optimistic about his plans for 2005: "I have to thank my car owner Tony Stewart for giving me everything I need to run this deal, JD Byrider, Home Depot, and Mopar have been great for us, and next year we have the big mouth bass--Bass Pro Shops coming on board."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series races next Saturday, Oct. 23 in Bayton, TX at Houston Raceway Park.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Erin Crocker , Joey Saldana , Mike Woodruff , Nick Smith , Tim Kaeding , Peter Murphy