Lasoski Tightens Points Race With I-80 Victory @ By Richard Day GREENWOOD, NE (May 6) -- The more things change, the more they stay the same. Danny Lasoski won his first "A" Feature at I-80...
Lasoski Tightens Points Race With I-80 Victory @ By Richard Day
GREENWOOD, NE (May 6) -- The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Danny Lasoski won his first "A" Feature at I-80 Speedway Saturday in much the same way he was victorious a week before at the track he has owned throughout his career -- Knoxville Raceway.
"The Dude" had the #83 Beef Packers Eagle outside the second row when the green flag fell at I-80. He started outside the front row at "The Home of the Nationals," but was in fourth place by the end of the first lap. He raced ahead of the field for the final six laps in Greenwood after leading the final five at Knoxville. Unfortunately for Lasoski, Steve Kinser finished second each time to maintain his slim advantage in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings.
Lasoski passed pole-sitter Joey Saldana with an inside move in the second corner early in the 29th lap and held off "The King of the Outlaws" for his fourth victory in the last six "A" Features. He entered Sunday's rain-delayed event at Huset's Speedway 12 points out of first place in the standings.
"I don't think we'd have been able to get by Joey on a clear track," Lasoski admitted. "Then, on that last lap, I thought I was going to be bitten by traffic the same way he was. I'm just glad that we got this one for Beef Packers, Eagle, Wesmar and Hoosier tires."
Saldana, who won the Second CHANNELLOCK Dash, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 35-lap main event. Lasoski passed Preliminary Feature winner Johnny Herrera for third place, while Kinser took the low line through turn four to pass Vivarin Fast-Time award winner Dale Blaney for fifth place during the opening lap.
Debris on the back straightaway brought out the caution flag two laps later. Lasoski challenged Sammy Swindell for second place as the race resumed, but was unable to surge ahead. Nick Bellino, son of I-80 Speedway co-owner Rich Bellino, crashed in turn four late in lap six.
Saldana drove his #17 HEM Saw Eagle away from the field when the green flag replaced the yellow, and was 15 car-lengths ahead when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. Swindell cut Saldana's lead in half as the leaders raced through heavy traffic during lap 13.
After battling Andy Hillenburg to maintain fifth place late in the 15th lap, Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep in turn four to pass Herrera for fourth two laps later.
Lasoski passed Swindell with a slide move between the first and second corners the next time around, only to have the three-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion drive his #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth past "The Dude" in turn two to regain second place.
Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Donny Schatz surrendered sixth place late in the 19th lap when a blown engine in his family's #15 Parker Stores Maxim caused him to stop in the third corner. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leaders took full advantage of the caution, "The Dude" taking the inside line past Swindell in turn two and Kinser passing Sammy deep in the fourth corner seconds later.
Lasoski and "The King of the Outlaws" caught Saldana within four laps, and the three raced nose-to-tail during lap 24. Swindell raced with the leaders when they entered traffic again three laps later.
"The Dude" battled Saldana for two more laps before taking the lead deep in turn two. Kinser used a similar move in the fourth corner to pass Saldana for the runner-up spot. Swindell took the low line through turn four to claim third place with 2 1/2 laps remaining.
Hillenburg steered his #2 Luxaire J&J to the lowest point between the third and fourth corners to pass Herrera for fifth late in lap 34.
Kinser took the low line into turn three as Lasoski tried to pass Daryn Pittman in the high groove late in the final lap. The leaders raced wheel-to-wheel through turn four and down the front stretch, with "The Dude" taking the checkered flag a half-car-length ahead.
Swindell took over third place in the point standings by finishing third. Saldana, whose crew discovered a missing spark plug wire after the race, held off Hillenburg for fourth. Herrera finished in sixth place, ahead of Blaney, Stevie Smith, Tyler Walker and Tim Shaffer.
Blaney received his first Vivarin Fast-Time award of the season for pacing the 26-car qualifying session with a 14.657-second lap around the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval.
Jac Haudenschild crashed the #22 Elden Racing Maxim into the turn- two guard rail during hot laps. After bringing out a backup car, "The Wild Child" qualified 10th-quick and passed 10 cars to finish 14th in the main event.