Inside Line Promotions
– BURLINGTON, Iowa (April 25) – Danny Lasoski survived the weather, the ruts and the 38 other competitors.
The patient veteran outlasted the field to claim the Midwest Open Wheel Association’s inaugural feature on Saturday at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa.
Despite a solid sprinkle that forced three rain delays and kept everything muddy, Lasoski stayed up front from qualifying on. And that proved valuable as ruts developed quickly on the heavy track, which knocked around most of the drivers on the 3/8th-mile oval.
“We had a really, really good race car,” Lasoski said. “I was running it above the holes. I was taking no chances around lapped cars. Some of the lapped cars were like darts with no feathers out there.”
Lasoski was the quickest in qualifying and then drove from sixth to fourth in his heat race, which locked him into the 30-lap feature and earned him a spot in the dash. However, the persistent drops forced the cancellation of the dash and Lasoski lined up second in the main event.
He shot to the lead on the start and led all but two laps to claim his third victory of the season.
“When we get to the race track, we think we can win every race,” he said. “No matter if we’re running a 360 (engine), a 410 or a foot race, we’re there to win.”
Lasoski is scheduled to race this Saturday in the season-opening event at the famed Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, where he’s the winningest driver ever.
Lasoski has 93 career feature wins – 33 more than anyone else – and has earned eight 410 track championships. He’s also won the season opener four times, most recently in 2003.
“Knoxville is home for me,” Lasoski said. “We love the race track, fans and the facility. When you go there, you race the best of the best.”
For live updates of Lasoski and the rest of the sprint car races at Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, visit www.insidelinepromotions.com/liveupdates.
QUICK RESULTS –
April 23 – 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa – Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 1 (2).
SEASON STATS –
13 races, 12 features, 3 wins, 6 top fives, 8 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 11 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
FAVORITE NUMBER –
3: Lasoski has won the feature on three consecutive Saturday nights that he’s raced with victories in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Kistler Engines
Based in Fremont, Ohio, Kistler Engines builds lightweight, high-performance engines for race teams. Owner Paul Kistler established Kistler Engines in 1993. For more information, visit www.kistlerengines.com.
“I’ve been with Kistler Engines for a number of years now,” Lasoski said. “For me, Paul has been an asset to my racing career. No matter if it’s on my personal car or anybody I drive for, Kistler Engines has always done a great job.”
Lasoski would also like to thank Creason Pipeline Services, the Michael Ross Foundation, Eagle Motorsports, Hoosier, Wertz Designs and Ditzfeld Transfer, Inc. for their continued support.