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Lasoski Picks Up First Victory Of ’09

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, May 13 2009


Danny Lasoski had close to getting his first victory for Parsons Motorsports for all season. He finally broke through on Tuesday night, dominating the World of Outlaws return to Delaware International Speedway to pick up the $10,000 top prize.

For Lasoski, it was his first World of Outlaws win since February of 2008 and the 82nd of his career. It was the sixth World of Outlaws victory for his car owner Lonnie Parsons of Iowa. Lasoski began the night by turning the fastest lap in qualifying for the third time this year and he also won the Crane Cams Dash to earn his first pole position of the season in an A-Feature event.

“This was a long time coming,” said Lasoski. “I can’t thank Lonnie Parsons enough. He is home in Des Moines (Iowa) and I wish he was here. I really appreciate Lonnie letting me drive this car. He knew that I was out of a job and he was looking for a driver. I’m really happy to put this car in Victory Lane.”

Lasoski led from the pole at the drop of the green, though the first caution of the night came out before a full lap was completed, leading to a second start. On the complete restart, Steve Kinser, who started on the outside of the front row, powered his way to lead in turns one and two, though the red flag waved for a four-car incident leading to another completed restart. On the third start, Lasoski charged into turns one and two and quickly began to pull away in open track and would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way aboard the Casey’s General Store JEI.

“We got a good start the first time and the second time my car stumbled just a bit and I wasn’t going to let that happen on the third start,” he noted. “You never want to give Steve Kinser a second shot.”

Lasoski found himself in lapped traffic by the seventh lap and it took him several laps to get around the first car he was trying to put a lap down. He would contend with traffic from the midway point of the race until a lap-27 caution gave him a clear track for a final three lap sprint to the finish. He used a strong restart to pull away from Kinser and wound up winning by nearly three seconds.

“I knew that clean air would be good,” explained Lasoski. “I was behind a car and he was up and down on the track and I wasn’t going to push the issue unless I heard somebody and I didn’t hear anyone. Once the caution came out, I was able to air it out.”

Steve Kinser finished second to earn his series leading 15th Top-10 of the season. The 20-time series champion moved to within one point of Donny Schatz, in the championship standings, after the latter finished 11th. Kinser turned in a very strong performance in the third heat race, coming from the fifth starting spot to win and earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, where he finished second to earn an outside front row starting spot for the A-Feature in the Quaker State Maxim.


Jac Haudenschild matched his best finish of the season coming home third in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. He used a strong start to get around Daryn Pittman on the high side on the opening lap to move into third and closed in a couple of times on Steve Kinser in traffic, but was not able to get close enough to him to try make a pass. For the native of Wooster, Ohio it was his seventh Top-10 finish of the season and helped him moved into the eighth spot in points.

“The car felt good all night,” said Haudenschild. “Leonard (Lee) had the car handling pretty good. The track turned out nice and it was a pretty racy track. They worked on it all night and got it pretty nice.”

Pittman finished fourth in the Pete’s Bridge Street Motors Maxim to earn his fourth Top-10 finish of the season with the World of Outlaws and second Top-Five.

“It was a solid night for us all around,” said Pittman. “I was concerned about the number we drew and that it would be tough for us to get qualified well. We have been struggling at qualifying shows in Pennsylvania. To come up here and run fourth is never your goal, and with as bad as we have been running it was a good effort for us. I’m just glad to be in contention and qualify well and put myself in a good position at the end of the night.”

The Outlaws return to action on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 at the famed Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania.

News and Notes

• FAST QUALIFIER: Danny Lasoski paced the 32 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval at 16.717 seconds at 107.675 mph. For his qualifying effort, Lasoski earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Kraig Kinser (4), Lance Dewease (3), Mark Smith (2), and Chad Layton (1).


• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Donny Schatz, Lucas Wolfe, Steve Kinser and Doug Esh won heat races. Danny Lasoski won the Crane Cams Dash. Jesse Hockett won the B-Main.

FEATURE WINNERS: There has been 17 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Silver Dollar Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Lone Star Speedway and Houston Raceway Park), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway and Paducah International Raceway), Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway), Tim Kaeding (Riverside International Speedway), Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway), (Tri-State Speedway) and Danny Lasoski (Delaware International Speedway).

• HALF-MILE WINNERS: Delaware International Speedway is a semi-banked half-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has raced nine times this season on a track that size. The winners include: Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park and Lone Star Speedway), Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway) and Danny Lasoski (Delaware International Speedway).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Delaware International Speedway; Delmar, DE; May 12, 2009


1) 6-Danny Lasoski 16.717

2) 20-Kraig Kinser 16.886

3) 30C-Lance Dewease 16.941

4) 7M-Mark Smith 17.025

5) 55-Chad Layton 17.033

6) 1-Stevie Smith 17.034

7) 9-Joey Saldana 17.091

8) 25-Daryn Pittman 17.095

9) 15-Donny Schatz 17.103

10) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 17.128

11) 79-Davey Sammons 17.164

12) 39-Doug Esh 17.171

13) 14-Jason Meyers 17.191

14) R19-Jac Haudenschild 17.195

15) 19-Craig Dollansky 17.243

16) 89-Robbie Stillwaggen 17.252

17) 89D-Cody Darrah 17.258

18) 13-Jesse Hockett 17.264

19) 11-Steve Kinser 17.295

20) 22-Brian Ellenberger 17.335

21) 7S-Jason Sides 17.370

22) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17.383

23) 25A-Aaron Ott 17.385

24) 22H-Greg Hodnett 17.602

25) O-Rick Lafferty 17.691

26) 51-Fred Rahmer 17.759

27) 7-Ed Aikin 17.778

28) 47J-Jeff Busby 17.789

29) 27M-Curt Michael 17.827

30) 63-Josh Weller 17.940

31) 17T-Jeff Taylor 18.872

32) 71C-Jack Helget 19.371


Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 15-Donny Schatz

2) 55-Chad Layton

3) 6-Danny Lasoski

4) 89D-Cody Darrah

5) 14-Jason Meyers

6) 7S-Jason Sides

7) O-Rick Lafferty

8) 27M-Curt Michael


Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

2) R19-Jac Haudenschild

3) 20-Kraig Kinser

4) 1-Stevie Smith

5) 51-Fred Rahmer

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

7) 63-Josh Weller

8) 13-Jesse Hockett


Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 11-Steve Kinser

2) 19-Craig Dollansky

3) 79-Davey Sammons

4) 30C-Lance Dewease

5) 9-Joey Saldana

6) 25A-Aaron Ott

7) 17T-Jeff Taylor


Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 39-Doug Esh

2) 25-Daryn Pittman

3) 89-Robbie Stillwaggen

4) 7M-Mark Smith

5) 22H-Greg Hodnett

6) 22-Brian Ellenberger

7) 47J-Jeff Busby

8) 71C-Jack Helget


Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 6-Danny Lasoski

2) 11-Steve Kinser

3) 25-Daryn Pittman

4) R19-Jac Haudenschild

5) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

6) 55-Chad Layton

7) 20-Kraig Kinser

8) 19-Craig Dollansky

9) 15-Donny Schatz

10) 39-Doug Esh


B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 13-Jesse Hockett

2) 7S-Jason Sides

3) 22-Brian Ellenberger

4) O-Rick Lafferty

5) 27M-Curt Michael [$200]

6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$180]

7) 25A-Aaron Ott [$175]

8) 63-Josh Weller [$160]

9) 47J-Jeff Busby [$150]

10) 17T-Jeff Taylor [$150]

11) 71C-Jack Helget [$150]

12) 7-Ed Aikin [$150]


A-main (30 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 6-Danny Lasoski[1] [$10,000]

2) 11-Steve Kinser[2] [$5,500]

3) R19-Jac Haudenschild[4] [$3,200]

4) 25-Daryn Pittman[3] [$2,800]

5) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[5] [$2,500]

6) 55-Chad Layton[6] [$2,300]

7) 20-Kraig Kinser[7] [$2,200]

8) 19-Craig Dollansky[8] [$2,100]

9) 9-Joey Saldana[14] [$2,050]

10) 30C-Lance Dewease[11] [$2,000]

11) 15-Donny Schatz[9] [$1,500]

12) 7M-Mark Smith[12] [$1,200]

13) 14-Jason Meyers[16] [$1,100]

14) 7S-Jason Sides[21] [$1,050]

15) 22H-Greg Hodnett[22] [$1,000]

16) 89D-Cody Darrah[18] [$900]

17) 22-Brian Ellenberger[20] [$800]

18) 89-Robbie Stillwaggen[17] [$800]

19) 39-Doug Esh[10] [$800]

20) 1-Stevie Smith[13] [$800]

21) O-Rick Lafferty[23] [$800]

22) 79-Davey Sammons[15] [$800]

23) 13-Jesse Hockett[19] [$800]

24) 51-Fred Rahmer[24] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-30

SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Joey Saldana
Penske Power Position Award: Jac Haudenschild
KSE Hard Charger Award: Jason Sides


Top-10 in Championship Standings

  1. Donny Schatz 2342
  2. Steve Kinser 2341
  3. Joey Saldana 2302
  4. Jason Meyers 2267
  5. Craig Dollansky 2264
  6. Jason Sides 2248
  7. Danny Lasoski 2238
  8. Jac Haudenschild 2169
  9. Kraig Kinser 2140
  10. Sammy Swindell 2093

– Courtesy the World of Outlaws

| , RacinToday.com Wednesday, May 13 2009
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