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‘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.”

Lasoski, who won the 2001 series champion, who won his fifth Preliminary Feature of the year Friday. He earned the privilege of starting the “A” Feature on the pole by winning Saturday’s Dash Race. “The Dude” burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event and was three car-lengths ahead of Kinser when they entered lapped traffic 10 laps into the race. Craig Dollansky, racing for the third time since returning from a back injury that kept him out of action for five months, passed Terry McCarl and Donny Schatz in the high groove between the third and fourth corners to take over fifth place late in the opening lap.

Schatz, whose team passed Sher-Don Motorsports for fifth place in Car Owner points Saturday, started outside the fourth row. The 1997 Rookie of the Year drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past Dollansky in turn four to regain the position the next time around. Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Jason Sides collided with First Heat Race winner Kraig Kinser in the fourth corner two laps later, causing both to flip. Neither driver was injured, but only Sides as able to continue racing.

Steve Kinser, who celebrated his 18th O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series championship following the race, steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim around Sammy Swindell high in turn four to take over second place within a lap after the green flag replaced the red. Lasoski was eight car-lengths ahead of “The King of the Outlaws” midway through the race. Schatz, who won the 1999 season finale at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, used an inside move between the first and second corners to pass fast qualifier Joey Saldana for fourth place early in lap 15.

Roger Crockett blew a right rear tire, hit the turn-one retaining wall and flipped two laps later, taking the leaders out of lapped traffic and tightening the field. Schatz continued his run toward the front as the race resumed, taking the high line around Swindell between the first and second corners. Dollansky surrendered seventh place late in the 20th lap when Karavan Motorsports’ #7 VMAC Maxim lost power, causing him to stop on the back straightaway.

Kinser rode the rim around “The Dude” in turn two five laps later, only to have Lasoski regain the lead with an inside move between the third and fourth corners. “The Dude” increased his advantage while Schatz battled “The King of the Outlaws” during the final five laps. Lasoski took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare as Schatz passed Kinser for the runner-up spot with a high move through turn four. Kinser finished in third place, ahead of Saldana, Swindell, Jason Meyers, Johnny Herrera, Paul McMahan, Tim Shaffer and Fourth Heat Race winner Tim Kaeding. McMahan and Shaffer started on the 10th row and raced past 11 cars to finish eighth and ninth, respectively.

Jac Haudenschild drove the #4 RacetoHawaii.com Maxim into 15th place from outside the 12th row. Saldana paced the qualifying session for the second straight night with a 128.342-M.P.H. lap.

2003 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series 25th Anniversary Season Finale The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV Saturday, November 1, Feature Program #67

Qualifying: 1. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 14.025; 2. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X, 14.192; 3. Craig Dollansky, Karavan Motorsports 7, 14.206; 4. Roger Crockett, Doyle 111, 14.299; 5. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 14.321; 6. Jason Meyers, Elite 1M, 14.336; 7. Johnny Herrera, Forbrook 5, 14.353; 8. Patrick Bourke, Bourke 27, 14.405; 9. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 14.411; 10. Jason Solwold, K&M Motorsports 18S, 14.416; 11. Jeff Shepard, C&W Motorsports 35, 14.421; 12. Tim Kaeding, Cowen 7T, 14.424; 13. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 14.425; 14. Brian Paulus, P and P Motorsports 28, 14.449; 15. Jonathan Allard, Wright 35W, 14.449; 16. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 14.466; 17. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 14.480; 18. Jeff Hodgson, Hodgson V8, 14.490; 19. Aaron Berryhill, Walden 97, 14.490; 20. Daryn Pittman, Sher-Don Motorsports 21, 14.498; 21. Jim Nier, Nier 00, 14.500; 22. Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 14.547; 23. Jac Haudenschild, Woodward 4, 14.560; 24. Jason Martin, Martin 36, 14.666; 25. Jarrod Larson, Larson 47, 14.677; 26. Josh Grady, Grady 25, 14.742; 27. Destiny Hays, Hays 20D, 14.765; 28. Doug Lippincott, Lippincott 4L, 14.769; 29. Dennis Moore, Jr., Williams 0, 14.799; 30. Rick Fauver, Fauver 4F, 14.802; 31. Andy Forsberg, Forsberg 92, 14.837; 32. Johnny Gray, Gray 71, 14.861; 33. Craig Stidham, Stidham 3, 14.872; 34. Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners Racing 7TW, 14.954; 35. Brian O’Donnell, O’Donnell 5B, 14.963; 36. Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10C, 15.060; 37. Willie Hernandez, Hernandez 1MX, 15.084; 38. Rick Fowzer, Fowzer 5F, 15.410; 39. Brian Jamison, Jamison 00X, 15.451; 40. Randy Waitman, Waitman 69, 15.680; 41. Robert Stice, Stice 11S, 16.136; 42. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18, no time; 43. Ernest McAffee, McAffee 22, no time. Finishing 1-4 in Friday’s Preliminary Feature qualified Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20; Sammy Swindell, Roth 1; Steve Kinser, Kinser 11; and Terry McCarl, McCarl 24; for the first four starting positions in the Dash Race.

First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Kraig Kinser, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Jim Nier, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Jarrod Larson, 7. Dennis Moore, Jr., 8. Patrick Bourke, 9. Craig Stidham, 10. Willie Hernandez, 11. Robert Stice. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jason Solwold, 2. Johnny Herrera, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Brian Brown, 5. Randy Hannagan, 6. Rick Fauver, 7. Brandon Wimmer, 8. Rick Fowzer, 9. Josh Grady, 10. Jeff Hodgson. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jeff Shepard, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Jac Haudenschild, 5. Aaron Berryhill, 6. Jason Meyers, 7. Andy Forsberg, 8. Destiny Hays, 9. Brian Jamison, 10. Brian O’Donnell. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tim Kaeding, 2. Jason Sides, 3. Daryn Pittman, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Roger Crockett, 6. Jeremy Campbell, 7. Jason Martin, 8. Doug Lippincott, 9. Johnny Gray, 10. Randy Waitman. (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

C Feature (10 laps): 1. Andy Forsberg, 2. Jeremy Campbell, 3. Brandon Wimmer ($125); 4. Craig Stidham ($100); 5. Rick Fowzer ($80); 6. Robert Stice ($70); 7. Brian Jamison ($60); 8. Johnny Gray ($50); 9. Willie Hernandez ($40); 10. Brian O’Donnell ($30). (first two qualified for the “B” Feature)

Dash Race (five laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Terry McCarl, 6. Craig Dollansky, 7. Johnny Herrera, 8. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the “A” Feature)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Roger Crockett, 4. Jason Meyers, 5. Dennis Moore, Jr. ($200); 6. Jason Martin ($175); 7. Jeff Hodgson ($150); 8. Aaron Berryhill ($100); 9. Josh Grady ($90); 10. Jeremy Campbell ($100); 11. Rick Fauver ($60); 12. Jarrod Larson ($50); 13. Andy Forsberg ($70); 14. Destiny Hays ($50); 15. Patrick Bourke ($50); 16. Doug Lippincott ($50). (first four qualified for the “A” Feature)

A Feature (30 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski [1] ($12,000); 2. Donny Schatz [8] ($6,000); 3. Steve Kinser [3] ($4,000); 4. Joey Saldana [4] ($3,500); 5. Sammy Swindell [2] ($3,300); 6. Jason Meyers [11] ($3,120); 7. Johnny Herrera [7] ($3,000); 8. Paul McMahan [19] ($2,500); 9. Tim Shaffer [20] ($2,120); 10. Tim Kaeding [15] ($2,050); 11. Jeff Shepard [14] ($2,000); 12. Randy Hannagan [9] ($1,620); 13. Terry McCarl [5] ($1,500); 14. Jonathan Allard [18] ($1,200); 15. Jac Haudenschild [24] ($1,100); 16. Brian Paulus [17] ($1,000); 17. Jason Sides [16] ($900); 18. Brian Brown [23] ($800); 19. Craig Dollansky [6] ($800); 20. Roger Crockett [10] ($820); 21. Jim Nier [22] ($800); 22. Daryn Pittman [21] ($800); 23. Kraig Kinser [12] ($800); 24. Jason Solwold [13] ($800).

Lap leader: Danny Lasoski 1-30

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