World of Outlaws to Return to Kings Speedway By Richard Day HANFORD, CA (September 5) -- Danny Lasoski, the hottest driver in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first nine events this season, is really looking forward to Friday's return...
World of Outlaws to Return to Kings Speedway
By Richard Day
HANFORD, CA (September 5) -- Danny Lasoski, the hottest driver in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first nine events this season, is really looking forward to Friday's return to Kings Speedway. "The Dude," a two-time winner at Hanford's semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval, won the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway Sunday in a homecoming for car owner Dennis Roth last weekend. "I'm glad for Beef Packers, Hoosier Tires and Eagle Chassis," Lasoski said Sunday. "I'm really happy we could win one for Dennis Roth in his home state." Roth, who lives in Fresno, CA, was pleased to see his #83 Beef Packers Eagle win in California for the second time this year. Lasoski also won the "A" Feature at Perris Auto Speedway February 26th. "I'm very proud of Danny and the entire team for getting a big win here," Roth said. "We don't get to race here (in California) very often and, even though every win is special, getting one here is just that much more special." "The Dude," who won four of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' first six races this year, maintained a slim lead over Stevie Smith in the point standings with his eighth "A" Feature victory. Lasoski will have plenty of competition for the $10,000 first prize. "The greatest show on dirt" is more competitive than ever, with 12 different drivers combining to win the first 49 "A" Features. Eleven drivers have won the 27 Preliminary Features. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser has been ultra-consistent, driving his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the top 10 45 times, including 37 in the top five and eight victories. "The King of the Outlaws" can clinch his 16th title by averaging a fourth place in the remaining 13 "A" Features and nine Preliminary Features. Kinser has won seven main events at Kings Speedway. Sammy Swindell has a burning desire to return to the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series throne. The series' three-time champion went 16 events before winning a main event this season, but still ranks second in the standings. He was the hottest driver from late May through July, driving his #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth into the top 10 in 18 of 21 races, including six victories. Swindell, a three-time winner at Kings, set the qualifying standard with a 95.253 m.p.h. lap last September 10th. Mark Kinser, the series' defending and two-time champion, closed to within 26 points of Swindell in the standings by finishing third in Sunday's Harvest Classic main event. Mark successfully defending his Amoco Knoxville Nationals title three weeks ago. He has driven the #5M Mopar Maxim into the top 10 36 times -- 30 in the top five -- and has won a series-leading 11 "A" Features. Smith, who led the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series in "A" Feature victories two years ago, has won four main events this season. He's a two-time winner at Kings Speedway. He has driven his #19 Ingersoll- Rand Black Bandit into the top five 22 times and has 37 top-10s. Joey Saldana, who won the second "A" Feature of his career at Central State Fair Speedway August 22nd, passed Dale Blaney for sixth place in the standings with a seventh-place run at Calistoga Speedway. Blaney, the Kings Royal champion, has driven his brother Dave's Mopar-powered #93 Amoco Maxim into the top 10 29 times, including 15 in the top five. Johnny Herrera, who drives Eagle Raceway owner Craig Cormack's #20 Networks Eagle, won the season opener at Kings Speedway and three Preliminary Features since. While mechanical problems have kept out of the top 10 in 25 of the last 48 main events, Herrera has maintained a top-10 ranking in the point standings. A mechanical malfunction is all that kept Jac Haudenschild from winning all three Harvest Classic feature races. "The Wild Child," who swept the Preliminary Features, passed Lasoski for the lead on the back straightaway midway through the 10th lap. He lost the lead eight laps later when a broken radius rod sent the #22 fetchOmatic Maxim into the retaining wall. Haudenschild won the $20,000 first prize at the Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March and the July 22nd "A" Feature at I-55 Raceway. Since hiring Kenny Woodruff as his crew chief before the Amoco Knoxville Nationals, Donny Schatz has recorded seven straight top-10 finishes. He has driven his family's #15 Parker Stores Maxim into the top 10 19 times, including nine in the top five, but is still looking for his first victory. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 2000 season features 62 events over 101 race dates at 40 facilities in 24 states and more than $10 million in purses, contingencies and point fund awards. WoO