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.
“I love this place, but I
just have never been able to seal the deal here,” Lasoski said. “We’ve
come here the last four or five times with pretty much the same setup.
We’ve been able to lead races, but haven’t been able to get the job
done. I have to thank Paul Kistler – this is his house motor and it
really made some horsepower tonight. They’ve been doing a lot of research
this year, and it really paid off tonight.
“I couldn’t do this without
my car owner, Tony Stewart, and my crew chief, Jimmy Carr, and Todd
Splain and Richie Wagner, along with those great Hoosier tires on this
Eagle chassis. This is a huge monkey to get off my back. I know we won
an All-Star race here years ago, but we’ve never been able to get the
job done with the Outlaws. Jimmy Carr does a great job of keeping me
calm here. It seems like for whatever reason, I just haven’t been able
to get around this place. I’m going to go call Tony right after we’re
done here, and I’m sure he’ll be really happy. Maybe he can go out and
win one (the NASCAR Nextel Cup MBNA 400 at Dover International Speedway)
Lasoski, the sixth-fastest
qualifier in the 33-car field, drove Stewart’s #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle
past Daryn Pittman and Jac Haudenschild during the Second Dash Race
for the privilege of starting the 30-lap main event on the front row.
Bill Rose’s #6R KJM Trucking Eagle had problems starting as the green
flag fell in the “A” Feature. Tim Shaffer, who started behind Rose on
the seventh row, collided with Rose and flipped into the turn-four retaining
wall. Lasoski raced past pole-sitter and fast qualifier Mark Kinser
to take the lead as the green flag replaced the red. Dale Blaney, whose
family owns and operates Sharon Speedway, was trying to pass Pittman
for fifth place early in second lap when he spun. “The Dude” controlled
the ensuing restart, and was 10 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he
entered lapped traffic four laps later.
Haudenschild, who has won
four World of Outlaws Sprint Series main events at “The World’s Fastest
Half-Mile,” started outside the fifth row. He passed Kevin Gobrecht
Rookie of the Year candidate Jonathan Allard and Craig Dollansky during
the sixth and ninth laps to take over fifth place. Mark and Steve Kinser
exchanged second place with slide jobs during laps 11 and 12. “The King
of the Outlaws” passed Mark deep in turn three and slid in front of
him in the fourth corner, only to have his second cousin regain the
position with a similar move in turns one and two half a lap later.
Joey Saldana, winner of
the 2002 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, lost fourth place early in
the 14th lap when he stopped in the second corner with a flat left rear
tire. Haudenschild, who lives in Wooster, OH, continued his run toward
the front when the race resumed, passing Pittman for fourth place with
an inside move between turns three and four. “The Wild Child” was trying
to lap Jimmy Stinson in the first corner early in lap 22 when he collided
with the Second Heat Race winner, causing Stinson to spin into Pittman.
The damage to their cars put Stinson and Pittman in the pits. Haudenschild
claimed third place by passing Steve Kinser with a slide job between
the first and second corners two laps after the race resumed.
Lasoski was a straightaway
ahead of Mark Kinser when he caught the back-markers with 2˝ laps remaining
and coasted to victory. Haudenschild finished in third place, ahead
of Steve Kinser, Dollansky, Jason Meyers, Allard, "B" Feature winner
Chad Kemenah, Jason Sides and Dean Jacobs. Dollansky finished fifth
for the fourth time in the last five events. Allard’s seventh-place
finish was the best of his World of Oulaws Sprint Series career.
Kemenah raced into eighth
place from outside the ninth row. Sides drove the #7S Sides Motorsports
Maxim past 15 cars to finish ninth. Jacobs started outside the 11th
row and finished in 10th place. Saldana, who raced into 17th place from
the rear of the field during the final 16 laps, passed Shaffer for eighth
place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings. Mark Kinser
paced the qualifying session with a 138.366-M.P.H. lap around Earl Baltes’
high-banked, ˝-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series’ “Mean
15” will run $51,600 events at LaSalle Speedway Wednesday, Hartford
Speedway Park Friday and The Raceway at Powercom Park Saturday.
2004 World of Outlaws
Sprint Series Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH Saturday, June 5, Feature
Qualifying: 1. Mark Kinser,
Kinser 5M, 13.009; 2. Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 13.087; 3. Joey Saldana,
Woodward 2, 13.160; 4. Jac Haudenschild, Miller 6M, 13.223; 5. Dale
Blaney, Andrews 72, 13.229; 6. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 13.239; 7.
Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 13.267; 8. Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 13.267; 9.
Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.269; 10. Jimmy Stinson, Stinson 84K, 13.279;
11. Jonathan Allard, Wright 35, 13.283; 12. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15K,
13.327; 13. Jason Meyers, Elite Racing 14, 13.333; 14. Donny Schatz,
Schatz 15, 13.341; 15. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 13.388; 16. Craig Dollansky,
Karavan 7, 13.389; 17. Bill Rose, Rose 6R, 13.419; 18. Bob Bennett,
Acme 3, 13.450; 19. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 13.460; 20. Brandon Wimmer,
Two Winners 7TW, 13.526; 21. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 13.535; 22. Dean
Jacobs, Jacobs 27, 13.644; 23. Tim Hunter, Hunter 2H, 13.654; 24. Brock
Mayes, Mayes 11B, 13.668; 25. Nick Naber, Jarrell 22, 13.675; 26. Jason
Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 13.679; 27. Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 13.685;
28. Barry Ruble, Ruble 63, 13.688; 29. Ryan Coniam, Grove 70, 13.743;
30. Keith Baxter, Baxter 1B, 13.925; 31. Jan Howard, Holbrook 8, 14.038;
32. Ryan Myers, Garrett 56R, 14.554; 33. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X,
First Heat Race (eight laps):
1. Brock Mayes, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Bill Rose, 4. Craig Dollansky, 5.
Mark Kinser, 6. Brian Brown, 7. Nick Naber, 8. Ryan Coniam, 9. Randy
Hannagan. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)
Second Heat Race (eight laps):
1. Jimmy Stinson, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Bob Bennett, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5.
Daryn Pittman, 6. Jason Sides, 7. Keith Baxter, 8. Tim Hunter. (first
five qualified for the “A” Feature)
Third Heat Race (eight laps):
1. Erin Crocker, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Dean Jacobs, 4. Jonathan Allard,
5. Danny Lasoski, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Jan Howard. (first
five qualified for the “A” Feature)
Fourth Heat Race (eight
laps): 1. Brandon Wimmer, 2. Kraig Kinser, 3. Jason Meyers, 4. Jac Haudenschild,
5. Dale Blaney, 6. Barry Ruble, 7. Chad Kemenah. (first five qualified
for the “A” Feature)
First Dash Race (five laps):
1. Mark Kinser, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. Craig Dollansky,
5. Jason Meyers, 6. Jimmy Stinson, 7. Bob Bennett, 8. Paul McMahan.
(finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight
rows in the “A” Feature lineup)
Second Dash Race (five laps):
1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Daryn Pittman, 4. Jonathan Allard,
5. Jac Haudenschild, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Erin Crocker.
(finish determined the outside starting positions in the first eight
rows in the “A” Feature lineup)
B Feature (12 laps): 1. Chad
Kemenah, 2. Brian Brown, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Jason Sides, 5. Tim Hunter
($200); 6. Brian Paulus ($180); 7. Nick Naber ($150); 8. Ryan Coniam
($120); 9. Randy Hannagan ($100); 10. Barry Ruble ($90); 11. Keith Baxter
($70); 12. Jan Howard ($60). (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)
A Feature (30 laps): 1.
Danny Lasoski  ($10,000); 2. Mark Kinser  ($5,500); 3. Jac Haudenschild
 ($3,200); 4. Steve Kinser  ($2,800); 5. Craig Dollansky 
($2,500); 6. Jason Meyers  ($2,300); 7. Jonathan Allard  ($2,200);
8. Chad Kemenah  ($2,120); 9. Jason Sides  ($2,070); 10. Dean
Jacobs  ($2,000); 11. Paul McMahan  ($1,500); 12. Donny Schatz
 ($1,220); 13. Brian Brown  ($1,120); 14. Brandon Wimmer 
($1,050); 15. Erin Crocker  ($1,000); 16. Bill Rose  ($900);
17. Joey Saldana  ($800); 18. Daryn Pittman  ($800); 19. Jimmy
Stinson  ($800); 20. Kraig Kinser  ($800); 21. Dale Blaney 
($800); 22. Brock Mayes  ($800); 23. Bob Bennett  ($800); 24.
Tim Shaffer  ($800).
Lap leader: Danny Lasoski