World of Outlaws at TMS, Friday, March 31st

'The Dude' Takes Southern Bleacher Classic By Richard Day FORT WORTH, TX (March 31) -- While Danny Lasoski couldn't have been happier to win the Southern Bleacher Classic Friday, he has long- ...

'The Dude' Takes Southern Bleacher Classic By Richard Day

FORT WORTH, TX (March 31) -- While Danny Lasoski couldn't have been happier to win the Southern Bleacher Classic Friday, he has long- range plans that go well beyond the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' inaugural event at Texas Motor Speedway. "It's a fantastic feeling to win here," Lasoski said after leading all 40 laps in the main event. "We have a good opportunity to challenge for the championship by staying consistent like we were this week. Our goal is to finish the feature in the top five and put us in a position for the championship. We think we can do that." TNN televised the race live for the second straight night as 20,400 fans packed Texas Motor Speedway's beautiful new facility. Lasoski's third straight "A" Feature victory - the most outstanding early-season streak since Steve Kinser won the first four in 1991 - gave him a 65-point advantage over "The King of the Outlaws" in their battle for first place in the point standings. "The Dude" earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the front row by following Preliminary Feature winner Greg Hodnett under the checkered flag in the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash. Hodnett burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event, only to have Lasoski steer the #83 Beef Packers Eagle around him in turn two to take over first place early in the opening lap. "The Dude" was approaching lapped traffic late in the sixth lap when a mechanical malfunction forced James Chesson to stop the #76 Automotive Tire & Service Maxim on the front straightaway. Lasoski started rebuilding his comfortable advantage as Kinser challenged Hodnett for second place when the green flag replaced the yellow. The runner-up in the 1999 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings was a half-stretch ahead of his closest pursuers by lap eight. He was 10 car-lengths ahead of Hodnett when he caught the backmarkers three laps later. Hodnett, with Kinser racing just inches from his rear bumper, caught "The Dude" midway through the race. Several daring moves through dense lapped traffic allowed Lasoski to reestablish his commanding lead, however. Hodnett and Kinser caught the leader again as Brad Furr took his family's #2F Sanmina Eagle for a spin in turn four late in the 29th lap. Lasoski opened a four-car-length advantage within two laps after the race resumed as Kinser continued to challenge Hodnett for second. "The King of the Outlaws" executed a $5,000 pass on the front stretch with three laps remaining, then had his #11 Quaker State Maxim within one car-length of Lasoski when the white flag fell. Lasoski was three car-lengths ahead of Kinser and Hodnett came within inches of regaining second place at the checkered flag. "We were a little worried because we had to start so far back (fifth)," Kinser said. "We had a good car tonight. Since we didn't do so well last (Thursday) night, we knew we had to come out and win our NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race. I believe we made more progress than anybody else tonight." Paul McMahan finished in fourth place, ahead of Lance Blevins, Mark Kinser, Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Craig Dollansky, Randy Hannagan, Danny Wood and Gary Wright. Dollansky chopped .365 seconds off the single-lap record Sammy Swindell set Thursday, pacing the 51-car qualifying session with a 13.032-second, 110.497-m.p.h. lap around Texas Motor Speedway's semi- banked, 4/10-mile oval. Brian Paulus hit the berm in turn four and flipped early in the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race. He ran second in the "B" Feature, then drove P and P Motorsports' #28 Verdelli Farms Maxim past eight cars to finish 11th in the main event. Jac Haudenschild also hit the berm, and crashed with Stevie Smith several laps later. Dean "Banzai" Bruns repaired the #22 Elden Racing Maxim, allowing Jac to start the "B" Feature. "The Wild Child" finished fifth, however, and dropped from second to sixth in the point standings as he watched the main event. Smith used a backup #19 Ingersoll-Rand Black Bandit, took a provisional to start the "A" Feature and passed 10 cars on his way to a 15th-place finish. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will race at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS, Wednesday, then run a $85,625 event at Houston Raceway Park Friday and Saturday. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , James Chesson , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild