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Lasoski and Stevie Smith win twin 30's & Lasoski claims overall Silver Cup title - Sarver, PA— July 22, 2009 - By Tony Veneziano — Danny Lasoski and Stevie Smith made history on Wednesday night at Lernerville Speedway as they split the first ever Twin-30 lap features in the annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at the high-banked track located just outside of Pittsburgh as the “Month of Money” rolls on for the World of Outlaws. Lasoski was victorious in the first 30-lapper after taking the lead from Jason Sides with 10 laps remaining and holding off a furious charge from him over the last few laps to score the $15,000 win, while Smith got around Danny Smith with just four laps remaining in the second 30-lapper to also earn $15,000. Lasoski made a little more history as it was his first career win at Lernerville Speedway, after finishing second at the track four times. Coupled with a seventh-place finish in the second feature event, that made him the overall champion of the 2009 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. “It's an honor to win the Don Martin,” said Lasoski. “It's a race that everyone wants to win. I had finished here second quite a few times and was never able to quite put a full night together and tonight we did. This is a great win for this whole team. Like I said before, we win as a team and we lose as a team.”
Eagle Nationals to Lasoski - Eagle, NE July 4, 2009 - By Tony Veneziano - Danny Lasoski and his Parsons Motorsports team have one single goal when they pull into a race track and that is to win races. After a slow start to the 2009 World of Outlaws season they are not worried about points, but rather adding more victories to the win column. The 2001 series champion was successful at this on Saturday night, as he dominated the A-Feature in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, scoring the victory. It was the 84th A-Feature triumph of his career the series, and he has now visited the winner's circle at Eagle Raceway three times. Sammy Swindell, who began the night by setting a new track record in time trials, wound up second in the Tom Rolfe Trucking Maxim as he continues to chase his first win of the 2009 season. The three-time series champion kept pace with Lasoski in lapped traffic and nearly took the top spot in the 20th lap when the pair split a lapped machine in turn one. Late in the race he was able to gain ground on the leader, but was held up by a couple of lapped cars, allowing Lasoski to open the gap just enough to pull away the last couple of laps. “I was hoping we'd get a few breaks with the lapped cars,” he noted. “We got the one that we split, he went under it and I went around. It just didn't exactly work out. Track position made a big difference tonight. We're happy we were able to run with how our luck has been this past month or so. We have a good car the circumstances just haven't showed it.” ...Joey Saldana was third, followed by Craig Dollansky, and Lucas Wolfe.
Lasoski sweeps Calistoga WoO shows - By Bobby Gerould - September 2, 2007 - Calistoga, CA. ...Danny Lasoski became just the ninth driver in the 70 year history of Calistoga Speedway to win ten feature event races when he completed a weekend sweep Sunday night. The World of Outlaws sanctioned victories on Saturday and Sunday were both worth $10,000 apiece. The Sunday night race was among the better 'rubber-down' main events we have witnessed. Lasoski and Jason Meyers traded the lead in traffic with Lasoski settling in at the point for good on lap 18 of 25. Meyers finished second on the half-mile dirt track - followed by Daryn Pittman, Jason Sides, and Joey Saldana. ...Brent Kaeding wrapped up the 2007 Scarborough Trophy as Calistoga's track champion. ...Craig Dollansky had quick-time Sunday night. ...Justin Henderson suffered second degree burns to his face and elbow when his car caught fire at the end of his first time-trial lap. (Read the WoO report)
Hot Lasoski continues winning ways with NST runaway at Hanford - By Craig Murphy - Hanford, CA. September 5, 2006 - Not far from car owner Dennis Roth’s Fresno home, Danny Lasoski ran a mostly black paint scheme Tuesday night Sept. 5 as a tribute to Roth’s father. New paint or not, the car looked much like it has lately: fast and out front. Lasoski easily claimed his 10th National Sprint Tour win of the year, this coming at Kings Speedway. Lasoski and fellow trophy dash winner Dean Jacobs started on the front row for the 30-lap main event, with Jacobs choosing to start on the outside. “I knew he picked the right line to start,” said Lasoski, who extended his points lead. “I figured I was in trouble.” Not for long. After the initial start was called off for Jonathan Allard’s turn 3 tumble, Jacobs took the lead but was hounded by Lasoski. Following a few attempts, Lasoski got by on lap 5 while Stevie Smith also getting by Jacobs to take second. While Lasoski cruised around the recently reopened 3/8-mile oval, there was plenty of action going on behind him to entertain the near-capacity crowd. (Read the whole deal)
Lasoski wins emotional NST finale at Elma - By Craig Murphy – Elma, WA. August 26, 2006. … Danny Lasoski used lapped traffic to get by Steve Kinser and sweep the National Sprint Tour weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. Lasoski got by Kinser on lap 28 of 40 in the Saturday, Aug. 26 main event and stayed low the rest of the race to take the win. Kinser’s desperate move on the high side in the final turn wasn’t enough to get by ‘The Dude’ and actually cost him a spot to teammate Tim Kaeding. Paul McMahan recorded his second fourth place finish in as many nights, while Steve Kent took fifth. Kinser took the early lead from pole and seemed ready to win at the track good friend and NST founder Fred Brownfield rebuilt a couple of years ago and turned into a showcase before dying on the track in June. (Read it all)
Lasoski wins New York National Sprint Tour Stop - By Craig Murphy - July 18, 2006 - With Danny Lasoski starting so close to the front, competing National Sprint Tour drivers should have known they were in trouble Tuesday night at Fonda Speedway in Fonda, New York. The last two races, Lasoski had to restart at the rear following a first lap crash, and came back to finish sixth. Last race out, Lasoski started 15th and stormed through the field to finish second. So when Lasoski started eighth on July 18, piece of cake, right? Pretty much, yes. “That’s halfway from where I’ve been (starting),” Lasoski joked afterwards. (More)
Lasoski wins NST finale at River Cities By Craig Murphy - Grand Forks, ND. July 8, 2006 - ...Danny Lasoski was just fast enough to win July 8. Lasoski took home the $12,000 top prize by winning Saturday’s 40-lap National Sprint Tour main event at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. First Lasoski had to hold off repeated challenges from local favorite Mark Dobmeier. Then Lasoski had to hold off a banzai last-lap charge from Tim Kaeding, who won here Friday night. As soon as Lasoski pulled into winner’s circle – nearly getting hit by an ambulance in the process – heavy rains came down and turned the ¼-mile dirt track into a mud pit. “Leading was probably the wrong thing to do tonight,” Lasoski said. “I was picking the wrong way to go in traffic. But tonight was our night. Tim was real tough, like he has been.” (Read it all)
Lasoski handles NST at Susquehana Thursday - Friday rained out - By Fran Engelcke - June 8, 2006 - So far this week it’s all about the “Dude.” Danny Lasoski (Roth) did not let a new track, or local veterans, or a 15th place time-in keep him from taking the winners spotlight tonight in the first visit to Susquehanna Speedway Park by the National Sprint Tour. Fred Rahmer (Kline) of Pennsylvania Posse fame chose the inside saying, “I’m too old to be starting on the outside. I’m going to start on the inside. We’ve been lucky enough to position ourselves. We’ve got a good chance at it. But you better not drop the ball here because there are a lot of really good racers.” Rahmer used his fast dash win lane choice to take the lead from the white flag and held off Jeff Shepard (Shepard) through lap five when Shepard, going high out of turn four passed Rahmer and cemented the lead in turns 1 and 2. Lasoski, showing speed and patience, pushed the leaders forcing an error by Rahmer in 3and 4 of the 10th lap. Now in second, Lasoski closed with Shepard passing in 3and 4 of lap15. Lasoski then ran a clinic on how to go fast in the low groove leaving the competition behind. Lasoski crediting a good race strategy for his win. “We’ve been struggling a little bit on the slick race tracks and we experimented and everything seems to work for us” he said in victory circle. (Read it all)
Dude dominant at Davenport - By Craig Murphy. Davenport, IA. May 2, 2006 - ...The state of Iowa has 99 counties. By the time the rest of the National Sprint Tour field crossed the finish line Tuesday night at Davenport Speedway, Danny Lasoski was already a couple of counties over. ‘The Dude’ started the 30-lap ‘A’ Main from pole and never looked back as a furious battle developed behind him. Make that way behind him. Lasoski pulled away early and was never threatened in a race that went green the whole way. In the end, Lasoski won by 13.506 seconds and nearly lapped up to eighth place Shane Stewart. “I had no idea I was that far out front,” Lasoski said after his second NST win of the year. “The thing was operating flawlessly.” Jason Sides, who suffered wing damage on lap 3, tussled nearly the entire race with Steve Kinser. Jason Solwold and later Tim Shaffer joined the intense battle, which saw positions swap regularly behind Sides. Sides took second while Shaffer and Solwold took advantage of a bobble by Kinser in the final turn to grab third and fourth. Kinser was fifth, followed by Jason Meyers, Joey Saldana and Stewart. (Read it all)
Lasoski NST winner - Oktaha, OK. - April 15, 2006 - Danny Lasoski won the National Sprint Tour feature event Saturday night. Series points leader Tim Kaeding finished second followed by Steve Kinser, Jason Sides, and Jason Solwold. Only 19 cars were on hand. (Summary)
Danny Lasoski Captures World of Outlaws Sprint Series Cactus Classic - Phoenix — March 3, 2006 — By Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations ...Danny Lasoski and Donny Schatz battled side-by-side, exchanging the lead back and forth, before Lasoski powered to the bottom in Turn 1 and weaved through traffic to pick up a victory Friday night in the Cactus Classic at Manzanita Speedway. With 43 cars going through time trials, Brooke Tatnell started on the pole and led the first five laps at the high-speed, half-mile oval before a caution bunched the leaders. Lasoski and Schatz charged to the lead on the restart before Schatz’s machine suffered some mechanical trouble. Tatnell, in the Garlic Jim’s Pizza/Castrol Eagle, and Terry McCarl, in the Big Game Treestands Eagle, then gave chase through traffic but Lasoski, in the Dennis Roth Motorsports Eagle, was able to pull away to the checkered flag in front of filled grandstands. Sammy Swindell in the Volcano Joe’s Coffee/Wirgten Maxim and Randy Hannagan in the Terry Hannagan Racing Maxim rounded out the top five. (Read it all)
Silly season in full swing. Becker out of McMillen 10 for 2006. Lasoski reunites with Roth. Lucas Wolfe to Selma Shell 11h - By Bobby Gerould - Rocklin, CA. November 19, 2005 … 2005 King of California Sean Becker, 24, has been released from the Tom Rolfe Trucking #10 winged sprint car. Silver Dollar Speedway publicist Troy Hennig told HammerDownUSA.com Saturday afternoon that the leading candidate for the seat is Stephen Allard. Becker also won the 2005 Silver Dollar Speedway track championship becoming the first driver to ever accomplish both the Golden State and Chico track titles in the same season. The potent car prepared by Duke and Scott McMillen is considered one of the best rides on the West Coast. Allard, 32, from Chico has captured feature wins in Golden State and Civil War action in recent Northern California racing seasons. …Yesterday it was announced that 2001 World of Outlaws Champion Danny Lasoski will return to the seat of the Roth MotorSports #83. The team of Lasoski and Roth won the 1998 Knoxville Nationals together. Joining their squad are mechanics Davey Whitworth, and Paul Silva. Silva, who has successfully campaigned a 360 winged sprint car in Northern California, is putting his own team on hold while he helps the Roth team in 2006. They have stated their intention to compete in the National Sprintcar League. "Dennis and Teresa Roth are more than just my car owners, they are like family. Their whole family, their son Jason, they are all great people. Before we first raced together in '98 we were both struggling and our combination just worked. He wants to win in the worst way and will do whatever it takes to do it. Because of that passion for racing we shared in a lot of success and became great friends. When the opportunity to drive for Tony Stewart came along he supported me absolutely 100%. When that deal ended Dennis was the first to call and I couldn't be happier to race with Roth Motorsports again," said Lasoski. ...Earlier this week it was announced that Pennsylvania youngster Lucas Wolfe is going to fill the seat vacated by Paul McMahan in the Dave Helm owned Selma Shell #11h.
Lasoski a winner in World of Outlaws Dodge City run - Dodge City, KS — Oct. 8, 2005 — By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director ...Danny Lasoski has searched high and low for wins this season, and it was on the bottom that he found the path to victory Saturday night in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event at Dodge City Raceway Park. Lasoski jumped out to a quick lead in the Bass Pro Shops Mopar Eagle and held off Steve Kinser through five early cautions before Kinser eyed the racing surface beginning to take rubber on an extremely windy night in southwestern Kansas. Kinser maneuvered the Quaker State Maxim into the groove and shot past Lasoski. But Lasoski didn’t back down. Like he did on Friday when he won the preliminary feature, Lasoski found a faster lane on the bottom by running in second and darted back in front to lead the final 12 laps for his second A-feature victory of the season. His preliminary win Friday was his fourth of 2005 as he swept a two-night race for the first time this year. Once he saw Lasoski on the bottom, Kinser dropped down from the top and cruised to the checkered flag in second, but still extended his lead in the championship standings with five race nights remaining in the season. On a restart with 20 of the 40 laps complete, Daryn Pittman powered the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim past Donny Schatz’s ParkerStore J&J to swipe third as Jason Meyers rounded out the top five in the Elite Landscaping Maxim. Brooke Tatnell in the Castrol/Steel Dreams Eagle, Craig Dollansky in the VMAC/Karavan J&J and Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle raced to the checkered flag in line as Paul McMahan in the Selma Shell Maxim and Shane Stewart in the Snap-On Maxim rounded out the top 10. “It’s great to have this Bass Pro Shops Mopar car in victory lane,” said Lasoski, a Mean 15 racer from Dover, Mo. “We’ve been struggling all year long, but it just goes to show that with hard work with [engine builder] Paul Kistler and everybody at Mopar, when you get these engines running these racecars will roll around the racetrack.” (Read it all)
Lasoski dominates Front Row Challenge - HD Staff - August 8, 2005 - Oskaloosa, IA. ...Danny Lasoski ran away with the Front Row Challenge Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway. Driving Tony Stewart's #20, Lasoski was first to the checkered flag in front of Tim Kaeding, and Daryn Pittman. (More - Brian Liskai's story )
Lasoski wins as Tatnell has last lap bad luck - HD Staff - Knoxville, IA. 04/29/05 ...In an incredibly tough night of racing, Danny Lasoski emerged with his first win of the year on American soil at Knoxville raceway Friday night. The winningest driver in the history of the track recorded his 85th career feature win when race leader Brooke Tatnell ran into traffic after taking the white flag in the 20-lap World of Outlaws prelim. Lasoski held on at the restart to best Steve Kinser, Kraig Kinser, Terry McCarl, and Jac Haudenschild. Tim Kaeding started 20th and finished sixth. ...60 cars were entered Friday night. Racing resumes Saturday at the Sprint Car Capitol of the World. (More)
Lasoski captures RRS race three of 60, easily wins East Bay Winter Nationals - HD Staff - Gibsonton, FL. 02/05/05 ...Danny Lasoski of Dover MO. was efficient in traffic and walked away with the East Bay Winter Nationals at East Bay Raceway Saturday night. Driving his Bass Pro Shops #20, Lasoski defeated a strong field of winged 410 sprint car competitors. Craig Dollansky was runner-up, and Sammy Swindell finished third. Knoxville Raceway track champ, Terry McCarl was fourth, and All-Star hero Greg Wilson completed the top five. The top-ten was filled out by Danny Smith, Jason Meyers, Chad Kemenah, Jim Nier, and Greg Hodnett.
Lasoski takes 81 Speedway WoO return - Wichita, KS. 10/16/04 ...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. (More)
Lasoski passes sour Kinser for Calistoga cash. Howard takes Scarborough Trophy - By Bobby Gerould - September 5, 2004 - Calistoga, CA. ...Danny Lasoski took advantage of a sour engine under the hood of Steve Kinser's #11 to run off with $20,000 and his second straight Harvest Classic win at Calistoga Speedway Sunday night. "The Dude" passed Steve on lap 12 of 30, driving around the King in turn two. Kinser's motor was audibly in trouble but the winner of 511 World of Outlaws A-Mains held on to earn runner-up money on the fast half-mile dirt oval. “They tried to make it tough on us here. I don’t know if (Steve) Kinser broke a motor or what. All the credit goes to my guys Jimmy Carr, Todd Splain, and Mikey (Kuemper) --they do a great job for me, and I can’t say enough about JD Byrider, Home Depot, Mopar team. The points seem to go away and come back again all season long, and I just want to make it exciting. I knew something was wrong with Steve’s car because we were running all over him, and you just don't do that with Steve Kinser. This Kistler engine, Hoosier tires, Eagle chassis combination is the best that you can get. We love Calistoga—this is one of our favorite places to race, and I hope we can come back here. We’re going to go to Richmond now and try to win another IROC race.” Sparky Howard of Santa Rosa ended the 2004 Calistoga Speedway season as the high points man in the specialized seven race series. Howard earned the Jim Scarborough Trophy with an assist from Jim Skinner who let Sparky drive his backup car after a Sparky's #6 was destroyed Saturday night. (More)
FOURTH KNOXVILLE NATIONALS WIN FOR DANNY LASOSKI - By Bobby Gerould - 08/14/04 - Knoxville, IA - Danny Lasoski ran away with the 44th annual Knoxville Nationals Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. The $125,000 win for the Dover, Missouri driver further enhanced his grip on the biggest sprint car event in the world. Driving the Tony Stewart owned #20, Lasoski diced with polesitter Terry McCarl before taking command on lap 16 of the 30-lap race. “First and foremost I have to thank Tony Stewart", said the "Dude". "I have an incredible team, sponsors, family and friends, and I am so excited to share this with all of them because they all make it possible for us to do this” (Read summary)
Lasoski Claims Summer Nationals at Williams Grove - HD Staff - July 24, 2004, Mechanicsburg, PA. ...Danny Lasoski inherited the lead after Steve Kinser blew a motor in the Summer Nationals Saturday night at legendary Williams Grove Speedway. Lasoski, driving the Tony Stewart owned #20, then held off an ultra strong field of drivers to win the race and earn maximum Racer's Racing Series points. Friday's prelim winner Lance Dewease finished second. Craig Dollansky, Jason Meyers, and Sammy Swindell completed the top five. (summary)
The Dude’ Completes Eagle Nationals Sweep by Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 20) – Danny Lasoski accomplished another goal Sunday at Eagle Raceway. The 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion won his first main event at Eagle’s high-banked, 1/3-mile oval, completing his sweep of the 21st Annual Eagle Nationals. "The Dude" won his first "A" Feature at Eldora Speedway June 5th. "I’ve always wanted one of these (Eagle Nationals trophy)," Lasoski said. "We’ve come here for a long time, and we were never able to put a win together. It’s a shame the track took rubber like that, but I’m sure last night’s race made up for it. I just have to thank my guys – Jimmy Carr and Todd Splain – for all the hard work they do on this J.D. Byrider Eagle. I called Tony (Stewart, his car owner) last night and told him we won. He told me I could keep my job for at least another day, so I’d better call him again here as soon as I get back to the trailer." (More)
Lasoski is Hot - By Richard Day - LASALLE, IL (June 9) – Danny Lasoski is the hottest driver in auto racing. “The Dude” won his third straight World of Outlaws Sprint Series “A” Feature Wednesday at LaSalle Speedway, passing pole-sitter Brooke Tatnell late in the 13th lap and taking the checkered flag with 15 car-lengths to spare. The $10,000 victory pushed Lasoski to within 91 points of Steve Kinser in their battle for first place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings.
Lasoski Conquers Eldora - By Richard Day - ROSSBURG, OH (June 5) – Before the World of Outlaws Sprint Series headed to Ohio, Danny Lasoski was wondering if he would ever visit victory lane again. “The Dude” answered that question in a big way, winning the “A” Features at Sharon Speedway and Eldora Speedway. The series’ 2001 champion won at Eldora Speedway for the first time Saturday, leading all 30 laps from outside the front row. The $10,000 victory pushed him to within 99 points of leader Steve Kinser in the World Outlaws Sprint Series standings. (More)
Lasoski Wins IROC Race at Texas Motor Speedway By Richard Day FORT WORTH, TX (April 2) – Danny Lasoski made the World of Outlaws proud Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. “The Dude” became the second World of Outlaws Sprint Series driver to win a Crown Royal International Race of Champions event. Lasoski led all 67 laps from the pole position, beating NASCAR Nextel Cup racer Kevin Harvick under the checkered flag by .333 seconds. “I owe IROC a debt of gratitude,” Lasoski said. “It was an honor to race here and represent the World of Outlaws. This is a dream come true. I can’t believe this; I know I won’t sleep all night. “I’m so honored to be in this series. I’d probably pay to race these cars. I love to compete, and these guys are the best in the world. The Knoxville Nationals is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been fortunate enough to win it three times, but this victory tonight is very special to me also.” (more)
...Danny Lasoski is ready for the World of Outlaws USA opener at Manzanita. "We went down to Volusia with our Eagle chassis setup completely different from the way we've had it in years past", said the Dude. "Paul Kistler built us a new Mopar engine, and we did a lot of testing with it. We won a race, but everything was a test. We just kept testing, testing and testing to see what we wanted, because we know that when we roll into Manzanita Speedway, we have to have everything together. And that's what running at Volusia was all about." The Phoenix Arizona visit to the famous Manzanita Speedway is the first time the Outlaws have raced there since 1999.
Chili Bowl Opener is Lasoski's - HD Staff - 01/07/03 - Tulsa, OK. ...Missouri driver, Danny Lasoski opened up the 18th annual Chili Bowl midget nationals with a convincing win in the first of three prelimary features. Driving Jerry Russell’s Esslinger-powered Eagle, "The Dude" outlasted Davey Ray, and defending champ, Dan Boorse who were next across the finish line at the indoor Tulsa Expo Speedway. (summary)
‘Dude’ Completes Season Finale Sweep in Las Vegas - By Richard Day LAS VEGAS, NV (November 1) – Danny Lasoski and Steve Kinser exchanged the points lead five times during the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series’ 25th Anniversary Season, but Lasoski wasn’t about to let Kinser pass him Saturday at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “The Dude,” who finished 141 points behind Kinser in the final point standings, led all 30 laps to complete his fourth multi-feature sweep of the year. The $12,000 victory was Lasoski’s third “A” Feature victory at Las Vegas’ semi-banked, ½-mile oval. Lasoski and “The King of the Outlaws” took turns passing each other for first place during the exciting 25th lap. “I had no idea that Steve was that close to me,” Lasoski said of lap 25. “I was just trying to run the bottom and make good laps and keep the car under me, but when I saw ‘The King’ beside me it was definitely a wake-up call to get going and get it done. “(Crew chief) Jimmy Carr and my whole team did a great job all year long. It’s a shame we couldn’t win another championship for J.D. Byrider and Tony Stewart Motorsports. We were right there most of the way, but at least this weekend will give us the drive to work hard all winter long and come back to try it again next year.” (more)
Danny Lasoski celebrates after winning both nights of the recent World of Outlaws action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (David Allio photo)
Thirty Days and Counting, Lasoski Has Exactly One Month to Capture World of Outlaws Title By Misha Giesert, 10/02/03 CENTER LINE, Mich. - Danny Lasoski is well aware that the month of October is vital to his World Of Outlaws (WoO) team, as it means they've got 30 days to overtake Steve Kinser for the championship title. Lasoski, who currently sits second in WoO points, led the championship charge for 45 of the first 46 series events this season. The No. 20 Mopar-powered team is focused on bringing the season to a close in a big way. (read it all)
Danny Lasoski is on the methanol at Texas Motor Speedway (Jim Fleming Photo)
Lasoski Harvests with Broom - By Bobby Gerould - August 31, 2003 - Calistoga, CA. - 2003 Knoxville Nationals winner, Danny Lasoski completed a three night sweep of the Harvest Classic Sunday night at Calistoga Speedway. Not to be confused with Saturday's "clean sweep" by the Dover, MO. driver, Lasoski's weekend in the Napa Wine Country proved convincingly that his Tony Stewart owned, Home Depot #20 is one super fast sprint car. Starting from the pole position he earned by winning both Harvest Classic preliminary features, Lasoski was never seriously challenged in the 30-lap contest on the 1/2 mile dirt track. With the three straight nights of winning, and unfortunate circumstances for Steve Kinser, Lasoski left Calistoga with the O'Reilly World of Outlaws points lead. (more)
NO SHOCK - DANNY LASOSKI EARNS NATIONALS WIN - HD Staff, 08/16/03 - Knoxville, IA. - Danny Lasoski drove with precision Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway to win the biggest prize in winged sprint car racing, the Knoxville Nationals. For the third time in his brilliant career, the Missouri driver took home the winner's check, this year, $125,000. Lasoski is the all-time career wins leader at the "Sprint Car Capital of the World". Driving the Tony Stewart backed, Eagle chassis #20, Lasoski took the lead from Donny Schatz on lap eight coming off of turn two. (more)
‘Dude’ Wins Fourth Straight Feature at Terre Haute By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (July 13) – Danny Lasoski increased his O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points lead Sunday with a flag-to-flag victory at the Terre Haute Action Track, his fourth straight at the legendary half-mile oval. "The Dude" was dominant, pacing the qualifying session, winning the First Dash Race and leading all 30 laps in his eighth main event victory of the series’ 25th Anniversary Season. Jason Meyers’ victory in the First Heat Race was all that kept Lasoski from recording a clean sweep. (read it all)
‘Dude’ Defends NAPA Classic Championship By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (July 5) – Danny Lasoski passed Steve Kinser early, then exchanged the lead with Tyler Walker several times on his way to defending his NAPA Classic championship Saturday at Knoxville Raceway. “The Dude” extended his O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points lead to 48 points over Kinser with his seventh “A” Feature victory of the season. Lasoski’s 81st feature victory at “The Home of the Nationals” was worth $20,000. “I owe it all to my crew chief Jimmy Carr,” Lasoski said. “He’s the best crew chief in the world. He’s the one who keeps me calm. I want to go and make all kinds of changes to the car, and he tells me ‘don’t worry, everything’s fine.’” (read it all)
‘The Dude’ Edges Schatz to Win Duel in the Dakotas By Richard Day WEST FARGO, ND (June 14) – O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski inherited first place after Wade Nygaard flipped into early leader Steve Kinser and held off Donny Schatz by inches to win the Sixth Annual Duel in the Dakotas Saturday. Lasoski, who was 10 car-lengths behind when “The King of the Outlaws” was taken out of the race, withstood several late attempts by Schatz win a second straight Duel in the Dakotas title and claimed his sixth “A” Feature victory of the season. The 2001 O’Reilly World of Outlaws champion opened a 67-point advantage over Kinser with the $20,000 victory. “First of all, I feel terrible for Steve and the Quaker State team,” Lasoski told the capacity crowd at Red River Valley Speedway. “They had a strong car all weekend long. I know this is Donny’s home town and he won here last year, but you have to spread the wealth around a little, too.” (read the whole thang)
...Paul Kistler is building the Mopars that Danny Lasoski is using. Mopar has certainly tapped into many of the best minds in sprint car racing having already established deals with Gary Stanton, Karl Kinser, and Joe and Earl Gaerte.
‘Dude’ Wins Rain-Shortened Feature at Terre Haute By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (May 9) – Danny Lasoski was leading the “A” Feature Friday when rain hit the Terre Haute Action Track, and was declared the winner when O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series officials determined the track was unsafe for racing. “The Dude,” who led all 20 laps of the rain-shortened race, increased his points lead to 57 points over defending and 17-time series champion Steve Kinser with his fifth main event victory of the season. The $10,000 victory was Lasoski’s third straight at Terre Haute’s semi-banked, ½-mile oval. “The Dude” dominated the event, pacing the qualifying session, winning the First Dash Race and winning the “A” Feature from the pole. Lasoski duplicated the feat February 22nd at Perris Auto Speedway. (read the whole deal, neal)
Lasoski Sweeps Dodge Great Plains Shootout By Richard Day GREENWOOD, NE (May 3) – Danny Lasoski overcame a mechanical malfunction for the second straight weekend to sweep his second straight O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series event. “The Dude” didn’t let a broken throttle spring in the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle keep him from completing his sweep of the Dodge Great Plains Shootout Saturday at Nebraska Raceway Park. Lasoski’s engine was losing power late in the Preliminary Feature during the Spring Classic at Knoxville Raceway the previous weekend. “I think we broke a throttle return spring about 10 laps into the race,” Lasoski said following his fourth straight feature victory. “The throttle would hang wide open, and I had to pull it back up with my toe. I figured somebody would be gaining on me, because I knew I wasn’t making very good corners. “I’m just proud of this whole J.D. Byrider Home Depot Mopar team. When you race with these guys, you take wins any time you can get them because it can turn around on you pretty quickly. Kistler Engines, Hoosier Tires, Eagle Chassis, they all make it possible for us to come out here and compete at this level.” (read it all)
Lasoski Wins Great Plains Shootout Preliminary By Richard Day GREENWOOD, NE (May 2) – O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski continued his early-season hot streak Saturday by winning the Dodge Great Plains Shootout Preliminary Feature at Nebraska Raceway Park. The half-lap victory was the third straight for “The Dude.” Three-time series champion Sammy Swindell set the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series record with seven straight feature victories in 1997. (read it all)
Lasoski Gets It Done at Knoxville - HD Staff 04/26/03, Knoxville, IA. ...Danny Lasoski completed a two night sweep of World of Outlaws competition at Knoxville Raceway Saturday night. The Dover, MO. driver outgunned Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser to further lengthen his legend at the "Sprint Car Capitol of the World". (read more)
Lasoski Increases Points Lead at Talladega By Richard Day TALLADEGA, AL (April 5) – Danny Lasoski felt Steve Kinser gaining on him, so he picked up the pace Saturday at the Talladega Short Track. “The Dude,” who finished in 10th place just behind Kinser in the International Race of Champions race at Talladega Superspeedway earlier in the day, increased his advantage in the point standings to 14 points by winning the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series event. “First of all, I couldn’t do this without Tony Stewart,” Lasoski said in victory lane. Tony – buddy – thank you. This is all about you. “I have to thank Paul Kistler for really getting behind us and making sure these Mopar motors run great every night, Jerry Russell for building a great (Eagle) race car, and Hoosier tires. Getting this car here to victory lane is what it’s all about.” (read it all)
From the Positivity column Feb. 2003 ...Showing his talent once again, Danny Lasoski finished third in the IROC opener at Daytona. Lasoski, you can bet, has opened a few eyes in the last four years with his desire, talent, and media savvy. The 44 year-old, 'Dude' understands the how to compete, and 'play the game'. Since 1998 he has two Knoxville Nationals wins, a World of Outlaws Championship, and strong showings in the international IROC series that pits drivers from NASCAR, CART, and the IRL against each other in identically prepared cars. His toughness is legendary. Lasoski is a survivor of testicular cancer, so rugged, he raced a dirt sprint car six days after major surgery in 1994. Lasoski will open his quest for the 2003 WoO Championship, this Friday in Hanford California.
Lasoski Takes Perris - HD Staff - 02/22/03 - Lake Perris, CA. ...Danny 'the Dude' Lasoski earned the $10,000 top prize at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday night as the World of Outlaws made their lone Southern California visit. Driving the Jimmy Carr prepared Home Depot #20, Lasoski took the lead on lap 5 when race leader Sammy Swindell had nowhere to go as Brian Coelho and Jonathan Allard tangled in front of him. Swindell did a 360 degree spin and dropped to 7th, before stopping and bringing out the caution. (read notes, and summary from Johnny Gibson, WoO announcer)
Hodnett DQ'd, Win to Lasoski - Sat. 2/15/03 By Scott Hall GIBSONTON, FL - After running a perfect race and leading wire-to-wire, Greg Hodnett sat in victory lane Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park as the apparent winner when the 50-lap feature race was over. But it was only temporary as Hodnett was later disqualified for running a larger left rear wheel than allowed. The wheel was 17 & 1/2 inches and 16 inches is the maximum size allowed. Thus second place Danny Lasoski was declared the winner after a protest was lodged by the second and third place finishers and race officials measured the part in question. This moved up Lasoski to the victory podium and also moved up Chad Kemenah to second and Fred Rahmer to third. The 27th Annual East Bay Winternationals title was worth $15,000 in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 50 lap feature for Lasoski, the pilot of Tony Stewart's Kistler-Mopar powered Eagle Chassis on Hoosier Tires. Hoosier won all seven Florida All Star races this year. (read it all with summary)
Dude is 5th All-Star Winner of 2003 - 2/13/03 By Andrew Barman GIBSONTON, FL - The All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Haulmark Trailers were once again ready to put the pedal to the metal at the East Bay Raceway Park for the 27th Annual Winter Nationals Thursday night. All 42 drivers returned to race track for a chance to win $4,000 in the 25-lap A-Main event. At the end of the night Danny Lasoski became the fifth different winner in five All Star races this season. (read it all)
...Jeff Olsen of SpeedTV.com wrote an excellent piece on Danny Lasoski - read it here.
Lasoski Wins Texas Showdown with Late Pass By Richard Day FORT WORTH, TX (September 14) – Danny Lasoski surprised Brad Furr and everybody else in the capacity crowd at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Saturday by using an outside move to pass Brad Furr for the lead in the second corner during a 38th-lap restart. The uncharacteristic move earned Lasoski – who traditionally races in the low groove – the O’Reilly Texas Showdown championship, a $12,000 paycheck, his 13th “A” Feature victory of the season and the 50th of his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series career. (more)
Lasoski Back in Winners Circle at Cottage Grove - HD Staff, Cottage Grove, OR. 08/27/02 ...After suffering serious injuries one month ago at Williams Grove Speedway, World of Outlaws champion, Danny Lasoski found victory lane again at Cottage Grove Speedway, Tuesday night. Lasoski, driving for Tony Stewart, in the JD Byrider, Eagle, riding on Hoosier tires, led the final 24 laps. The top five included, Steve Kinser, Danny Wood, Jason Meyers, and Craig Dollansky. (summary)
Lasoski Recovering, Herrera Continues Subbing - CONCORD, NC (August 2, 2002) – By Jeremy Troiano - Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Champion Danny “The Dude” Lasoski hopes to return to the cockpit of his #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprint car this Thursday, as the WoO Series prepares for the legendary Knoxville Nationals. It will be a perfect time for Lasoski to return, as he is a seven-time Knoxville Raceway track champion. Until “The Dude” returns to the track, Johnny Herrera will continue to drive the car. “I feel like I have been run over by a bus,” said Lasoski. “I’ve been better, but things are looking pretty good for a possible return to the car on Thursday. It is really important to try to get back on the horse that bucked you off as soon as you can, and what better place to do it than in Knoxville. “I think we should be good to go next week. We are going to take it slow, even though I really want to be in that car. I am not going to put anybody, including myself, at extra risk. If things keep improving like they are now, we should be ready to get back at this Thursday. (more)
...Lasoski suffered several injuries during last Friday night’s hot lap session at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg (PA), resulting in a three-day stay in the hospital. Lasoski was discharged on Monday, but a subsequent doctor’s visit showed that he had a cracked left ankle, resulting in the use of crutches. Lasoski will not make his final start in this weekend’s International Race of Champions finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Lasoski had just begun to hot lap his #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports sprinter when the right rear tire exploded heading into turn three on the super-fast half mile. Lasoski smacked the retaining wall at nearly 120 mph and was knocked unconscious from the hit. “We don’t know what happened to the tire,” said Lasoski. “If we hit something, it was big, because the tire just exploded and I went right into the wall. We have sent the tire to Hoosier to have them take a look at it; make sure nothing was wrong with it. It was just a bad deal. It hit the wall really hard. One of the hardest hits I have ever taken.”
In the accident, Lasoski suffered a concussion, a bruised lung and a sore shoulder. He still complains of some blurriness in his right eye, but that is improving day by day. Team owner Tony Stewart flew up to see Lasoski following NASCAR Winston Cup Happy Hour at Pocono the day after the accident. “Tony is really just a great guy,” said Lasoski. “He wasted no time coming up there to see me. It really makes you feel good when everybody takes the time to come and see you. Steve Kinser and a number of my good friends made the trip to the hospital to see me. And Kenny Schrader is taking my spot in the IROC Series this weekend. All of your friends really step up when you need them."
Johnny Herrera drove the #20 J.D. Byrider / Tony Stewart Motorsports Monday night at New Egypt (NJ) Speedway to a seventh-place finish. He qualified second-quick at Sharon Speedway, won the "B" feature and finished 16th in the main event Fans who would like to send Danny a message can e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org and all messages will be delivered to Danny as he recovers from his injuries. The World of Outlaws moves to Eldora Speedway Friday night before spending four nights at Knoxville Raceway leading up to Saturday night’s 42nd running of the Knoxville Nationals Fans can follow the action this weekend via the internet at www.sprintcarnet.com and look for results at www.dannylasoski.com
Lasoski Injured at the Grove, Saldana Wins - By Bobby Gerould - July 26, 2002 - World of Outlaws champion, Danny Lasoski was injured tonight in hot-laps at Williams Grove Speedway. Witnesses say that a right tire popped as Lasoski was racing into turn three on the legendary half-mile. Lasoski's #20 backed hard into the guardrail, and flipped violently, knocking him unconscious in the crash. He was transported to Hershey Medical Center. HammerDown! has learned that Lasoski is being held overnight with a concussion, bruised lungs, and ribs. He is awake and alert now. His status is uncertain for tomorrow's World of Outlaws finale at the Grove. ...Joey Saldana won the Friday night prelim. He also set quick time. (summary)
Lasoski Dominates Williams Grove Preliminary - By Richard Day MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 25) – For a driver who had never won a feature race at Williams Grove Speedway, Danny Lasoski definitely dominated the First Preliminary Program Thursday when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the Inaugural Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader won every race he entered – the Third Heat Race, the First O’Reilly Auto Parts Dash and the Preliminary Feature. "The Dude" led all 25 laps while recording his series-leading fourth Preliminary Feature victory of the season and increasing his points lead to eight over 16-time champion Steve Kinser. (read the whole deal)
Danny Lasoski on the Hammer at Eldora (Jim Fleming)
World of Outlaws Points Tied! Lasoski Claims Knoxville - HD Staff - 06/29/02 - Knoxville, IA. ...The end of June, 33 races into the Pennzoil World of Outlaws season, and we have a tie! Danny Lasoski's win at Knoxville Raceway, Saturday night, moved the defending WoO champion into a points tie with 16-time superhero, Steve Kinser. (summary)
Lasoski Continues Winning Ways at Hometown Track By Richard Day SEDALIA, MO (June 26) – It’s been quite an outstanding week for Danny Lasoski. "The Dude" completed his sweep of the 97 Country Outlaws Nationals Monday, his benefit golf tournament raised $63,000 Tuesday and he and his nephew won feature races at State Fair Motor Speedway Wednesday. Lasoski’s second straight Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series victory pushed him to within eight points of standings leader Steve Kinser. "This has been a pretty good week," Lasoski said. "To win at Topeka Monday, and then have our Michael Ross Memorial Foundation golf tournament be so successful yesterday, and then my nephew, Brian Brown, winning the 360’s earlier tonight, and now a win in front of my hometown crowd … well, it doesn’t get any better than this! My crew chief, Jimmy Carr, is the best in the business. All my guys worked their butts off yesterday – they didn’t even get to come play golf – to give me an awesome car here tonight. " (read the whole deal)
Lasoski Extends Points Lead With Terre Haute Victory By Richard Day TERRE HAUTE, IN (June 8) - Danny Lasoski extended his Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead while he and Mark Kinser continued their domination of the Terre Haute Action Track Saturday. "The Dude" stretched his advantage over 16-time series champion Steve Kinser to 23 points while winning his seventh "A" Feature victory of the season. Lasoski and runner-up Mark Kinser have combined to win five of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' last six races at Terre Haute's legendary ½-mile oval. (summary)
Friday WoO to the Dude - Danny Lasoski was the World of Outlaws A-Main winner at the New Sharon Speedway, Friday night. "The Dude" drove Tony Stewart's #20 to the 25 Lap A-main win over Danny Wood, Joey Saldana, Daryn Pittman, and Donny Schatz. ...California drivers: Brad Furr 6th, Paul McMahan 11th, Randy Hannagan 16th. (summary)
Lasoski Still#1 - By Tom Schmeh, KNOXVILLE, IOWA (APRIL 22, 2002) - Defending National Sprint Car Poll "Driver of the Year" Danny Lasoski of Higginsville, Missouri, is still the top-ranked sprint car driver in the nation, according to the poll's voting panel of manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Lasoski, pilot of Tony Stewart's Hamm America sprinter, earned eleven of the twenty-six (26) first-place ballots cast. Hoosiers Steve and Mark Kinser each received seven first place votes and were ranked second and third, respectively, in the spring edition of the poll just behind "the Dude.". Keith Kauffman of Central Pennsylvania also received one first place vote. (read the whole deal)
Great Race to Lasoski By Richard Day TALLADEGA, AL (April 20) - "If you didn't like that race, you're not a race fan. That's what the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is all about. Man, what a race!" Danny Lasoski yelled to the sellout crowd at the Talladega Short Track Saturday after completing a double-feature sweep that pushed him back into first place in the point standings. (story and summary)
Danny Lasoski has earned the National Sprint Car Poll's #1 ranking as of April 22, 2002. (Photo by Doug Johnson)
Lasoski Gumout Winner. Tyler & The King Taken Out - HD Staff - 04/04/02 - Kilgore, TX. - Danny Lasoski inherited the lead on lap 26 of 30, and comfortably won the World of Outlaws Gumout Series race at Lone Star Speedway, Thursday night. Making a rare Gumout series appearance, 16-time WoO Champion Steve Kinser was racing in heavy traffic with leader Tyler Walker on lap 25 when Zach Chappell, a lapper, spun in turn one. Chappell's miscue collected Walker, and the 2nd running Kinser. (More notes and summary)
Lasoski is OKC WoO Winner - HD Staff, 03/17/02, Oklahoma City, OK. - Defending World of Outlaws champion, Danny Lasoski took home the winner's check at the World of Outlaws annual late winter trip to State Fair Speedway, Sunday afternoon. Craig Dollansky, Mark Kinser, Steve Kinser, and Jac Haudenschild rounded out the top five. (summary)
Danny Lasoski jams in the cool looking Yak Vinyl Graphics designed #20 (Photo by Jim Fleming)
Lasoski Wins World of Outlaws Opener - (02/22/02) HD Staff - Hanford, CA. ...Defending World of Outlaws Champion Danny Lasoski showed his championship form in winning the first event of the 2002 season, Friday night at Kings Speedway. A packed house saw Lasoski take his Tony Stewart owned Eagle, #20, to the 30-lap feature event win. Tim Shaffer started his Roth Motorsports WoO debut with a solid runner-up finish. Steve Kinser was impressive coming from ninth starting to claim third over Mark Kinser. Stevie Smith finished fifth in his initial run for Dave Helm's #11h team. Rounding out the top ten were, Jac Haudenschild, Sammy Swindell, Jason Meyers, Donny Schatz, and B-Main winner, Joey Saldana. Saldana also had the fastest qualifying lap, turning the 1/3 mile dirt-oval in 12.779 seconds. Flip victims included Lawrence Edlund, and Peter Murphy. ...Check out the updates we were getting from BF & Steve Gomez. UPDATES FROM HANFORD, CALIFORNIA - WORLD OF OUTLAWS SEASON OPENER!
Lasoski is Saturday Winner at Volusia - 2/9/02 By Andrew Barman BARBERVILLE, FL - It was the second night of racing at Volusia Speedway Park Saturday with the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars. For the second straight night the pits where packed with 44 sprint cars. After Lance Dewease won the first two nights of Florida action a new winner emerged tonight, Danny Lasoski, who turned in a dominating performance. (read the whole deal)