Lasoski Gets Early Gift - 11/23/01 - By Bobby Gerould - (Tulare, CA.) ...Danny Lasoski inherited the lead from Joey Saldana on lap 27 of 30 to claim an exciting win in a reunion with the Beef Packers Team, Friday night at the Tulare Thunderbowl. Lasoski, the reigning World of Outlaws champion made a special appearance driving for his old car-owner Dennis Roth. He chased Saldana the entire race on the fast Thunderbowl. However, misfortune struck Saldana just when it appeared he had pulled away for good from Lasoski, and Tim Shaffer. Saldana, wheeling the Vivarin #11, appeared to drive too deep into turn four and nearly spun the car. That Saldana held on to third was a testament to a fantastic save, when it appeared the car might stall. Lasoski, and Shaffer scooted by on the front-chute as Saldana recovered.
Shaffer, in his second ride in the Beef Packers #83 chased, but did not force the issue with teammate, Lasoski in the last two laps. Kasey Kahne, driving yet another Roth owned Eagle, put on a show in the early going. The 21 year-old from Washington was challenging Saldana in deep traffic by mid-race. Kahne and Saldana made contact racing for the lead, coming off of turn two. When the two cars met near the bottom of turn two, Kahne's #83 JR. dug in and and then flipped onto its side. Kahne was uninjured but done for the race.
Jason Meyers electrified a strong crowd of open wheel fans in time trials with the only clocking in the 12 second bracket. A light rain started before the companion mini-sprint main event. But just before race fans hit the panic button, Mother Nature cooperated and the entire 30 lap A-main was run. The event was run under the Northern Auto Racing Club sanction. It was the only NARC race in 2001. The companion, Oildale $10,000 to win race scheduled for Saturday was canceled due to a wicked storm that closed the "Grapevine" highway that leads from Southern California to Oildale.
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