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Lasoski Wins Again At Volusia

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, February 19 2012

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It’s been quite a week for sprint car driver Danny Lasoski in Florida.

He picked up two big victories during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals present by Summit Racing at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, with the second one coming Saturday night. That second victory came in the first World of Outlaws race of the season.

“We had our work cut out for us,” Lasoski said after Saturday’s win. “We only got to run one lap in qualifying. We broke a U-joint hot lapping and didn’t have time to change it. So I ran as quick a lap as I could with it shaking around.”

After qualifying 12th quickest, a four-car invert placed Lasoski outside the front row in his heat race. Lasoski – whose team changed the engine before the heat – got the jump over polesitter Jason Meyers and led all eight laps to win, which locked Lasoski into the dash.

He then started on the pole by way of the No. 6 being drawn for the dash invert. Lasoski led all six laps to earn the pole for the 30-lap feature, which paid $10,000 to win.

Second-place running Brad Sweet closed to within a car length of Lasoski near the midpoint before a miscue in turn two allowed Lasoski to escape and Sammy Swindell to create a battle for second place.

“I was kind of biding my time,” Lasoski said. “I heard somebody getting close and I just dropped the hammer.”

Sweet and Swindell put on a thrilling show for several laps while Lasoski pulled away to a half-straightaway lead in the final 10 laps.

“I got to the outside of Danny and then he moved to the top,” Sweet said after finishing third. “I definitely cooked my right rear tire and we got a little free at the end and ended up giving up second as well.”

Meyers, who started seventh, maneuvered past Swindell with 10 laps remaining and then passed Sweet for second on lap 24.

“I was just waiting for the fuel to come off and the car got really good there toward the end,” Meyers said. “Danny’s been really good here all week. Danny had some trouble tonight and they overcame that and won the race. So congrats to him and his guys.”

Donny Schatz picked up the Hard Charger Award after driving from 15th to fourth and Swindell, who qualified fastest with a lap of 12.942 seconds, rounded out the top five.

“I wish (the feature) would have been 40 laps,” Schatz said. “I’d have had something for the leaders.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished sixth, Aaron Ott was seventh, Brian Ellenberger eighth, Steve Kinser ninth and Cody Darrah placed 10th.

Meyers, who has claimed the past two World of Outlaws titles, was awarded his championship ring during Opening Ceremonies. He and the other 34 drivers on hand will return tomorrow – Sunday – morning for a doubleheader.

“Hopefully we can get a little sleep here tonight and come back for two shows tomorrow and see if we can finish one spot better,” he said.

It will begin with the front gate opening at 11 a.m. and racing at 12:30 p.m. for Friday’s rain-delayed event. Sunday’s scheduled race will follow in the evening.

Tickets for the rest of the 41st annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets, by calling 877-395-8606 or purchased at the track.

UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 18, 2012:

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [1] [$10,000]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [7] [$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [15] [$2,800]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [6] [$2,500]; 6. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr [11] [$2,300]; 7. 77-Aaron Ott [2] [$2,200]; 8. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [8] [$2,100]; 9. 11-Steve Kinser [3] [$2,050]; 10. 4-Cody Darrah [12] [$2,000]; 11. 2-Dale Blaney [13] [$1,500]; 12. 5-Jac Haudenschild [9] [$1,200]; 13. 51-Fred Rahmer [5] [$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [16] [$1,050]; 15. 45-Paul McMahan [23] [$1,000]; 16. 7-Craig Dollansky [25] [$100]; 17. 29-Kerry Madsen [22] [$800]; 18. 9-Joey Saldana [14] [$800]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19] [$800]; 20. 89G-David Gravel [24] [$800]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [26] [$]; 22. 6-Bill Rose [20] [$800]; 23. 59-Dave Blaney [21] [$800]; 24. 39-Greg Hodnett [17] [$800]; 25. 2X-Dustin Morgan [10] [$800]; 26. 63-Chad Kemenah [18] [$800]. Lap leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-30. Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+11].

Qualifying – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.942; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.972; 3. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 12.979; 4. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.983; 5. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.987; 6. 9-Joey Saldana, 12.992; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.016; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.034; 9. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.034; 10. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.040; 11. 77-Aaron Ott, 13.049; 12. 33-Danny Lasoski, 13.109; 13. 20E-Brian Ellenberger, 13.116; 14. 5-Jac Haudenschild, 13.145; 15. 2X-Dustin Morgan, 13.150; 16. 14-Jason Meyers, 13.165; 17. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.169; 18. 27-Daryn Pittman, 13.172; 19. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.203; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.268; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 13.277; 22. 59-Dave Blaney, 13.281; 23. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.322; 24. 45-Paul McMahan, 13.325; 25. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.338; 26. 89G-David Gravel, 13.354; 27. 71M-Paul May, 13.377; 28. 54-Cap Henry, 13.378; 29. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.389; 30. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.484; 31. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.497; 32. 33M-Luke Hall, 13.561; 33. 7-Craig Dollansky, No Time; 34. O-Glen Styres, No Time; 35. 83-Tim Shaffer, No Time.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [1]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 2-Dale Blaney [3]; 5. 6-Bill Rose [6]; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 7. 24-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [9]; 9. 39-Greg Hodnett [5].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 51-Fred Rahmer [2]; 2. 5-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 59-Dave Blaney [6]; 5. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 6. 27-Daryn Pittman [5]; 7. 89G-David Gravel [7]; 8. 4S-Danny Smith [8]; 9. O-Glen Styres [9].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2X-Dustin Morgan [1]; 2. 77-Aaron Ott [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr [4]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 7. 71M-Paul May [7]; 8. 28-Brian Paulus [8]; 9. 83-Tim Shaffer [9]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [2]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [4]; 5. 45-Paul McMahan [6]; 6. 33M-Luke Hall [8]; 7. 54-Cap Henry [7]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [1]; 2. 77-Aaron Ott [2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 5. 51-Fred Rahmer [3]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 7. 14-Jason Meyers [10]; 8. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [7]; 9. 5-Jac Haudenschild [8]; 10. 2X-Dustin Morgan [9].

B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 39-Greg Hodnett [1] [-]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4] [-]; 3. 89G-David Gravel [6] [-]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [3] [-]; 5. 54-Cap Henry [8] [$200]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [5] [$180]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [13] [$175]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [9] [$160]; 9. 71M-Paul May [7] [$150]; 10. O-Glen Styres [14] [$150]; 11. 33M-Luke Hall [12] [$150]; 12. 28-Brian Paulus [11] [$150]; 13. 4S-Danny Smith [10] [$150]; 14. 27-Daryn Pittman [2] [$150].

– Courtesy of Shawn Miller

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, February 19 2012
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