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.
With five weeks left in
their 2003 WoO campaign, Lasoski and company are preparing for events, several
of which will be on half-mile tracks that have been kind to the team in
the past. Twelve events remain for Lasoski to regain the series points lead,
and this weekend may provide the opportunity for the team to turn the tide
in their favor. The WoO will visit the Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway, on Oct.
2, then move to the Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Oct.
3-4. The racing action for the week will conclude on Oct. 5, at the Bridgeport
Check out the "Quick Quotes"
below to get Lasoski's and team owner Tony Stewart's commnts on the final
month of World of Outlaws competition.
Danny Lasoski, driver for the No.
20 World of Outlaws J.D. Byrider/Home Depot, Mopar-powered race team,
on what it will take to win the 2003 World of Outlaws Series title.
"First and foremost, we're
going to need a little luck. Our job now is that we have to win races and
Steve [Kinser] has to have a little bad luck. We don't want to wish any
bad luck on him at all, but that's what needs to happen if we're going to
gain any points on Steve. But it's not uncommon to make up a large amount
of points in a race or two. It's happened to me and it's happened to him
[Kinser] also. I know he's thinking the same thing - being consistent and
running in the top-five. We can't even remotely think about points. We just
have to go out and try to win every race."
Danny Lasoski on how the 2003 season
compares to seasons past.
"The year we won in 2001 was kind of
similar to this year. We were down by 66 points and we came back to win
the championship by 36 points. It can be done. You just have to have some
luck on your side. This J.D. Byrider/ Home Depot/ Mopar team is ready for
the challenge. The tracks from here on out are good ones for us. Our Mopar
engine loves these big half-miles, and that's where we're going."
Danny Lasoski on the position he'd
like to be in when the series arrives in Las Vegas for the season finale.
"If I could look into a crystal ball
and wave a magic wand, I would like to see us tied with Steve [Kinser] when
we go into the finale at Vegas. That's the land of enchantment, if you will,
and everything's a bet, and I'd like to see the best team come out of there
with the championship. That would be fitting for this year."
Tony Stewart, owner of the No. 20
WoO race team, on the position his race team is in with a month left in
"I'm sure Danny and the team would much
rather be leading the points, but with 12 races to go they're not in a bad
position by any means. They don't have to look over their shoulder to see
who's coming up behind them. There's really no one there. They only have
to look forward and worry about the guy ahead of them, and that's Steve
[Kinser]. In all my years of racing, I always preferred being the hunter
rather than the hunted. Danny's the hunter right now, and a lot can happen
in 12 races."
For more information regarding Danny
Lasoski or Team Mopar racing, log on to www.dannylasoski.com