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– BRANDON, S.D. (May 31) – He’s exhausted and weary, but it was worth it.
Danny Lasoski pulled into his shop in Higginsville, Mo., at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday after a long weekend of four races at four tracks in three states. The results: two wins, a second place and a sixth.
“Not too bad,” he said. “We’re not happy with the sixth, but we’ll keep plugging away at it.
“But we’re very proud of our team. I want to thank from the bottom of my heart Todd Creason as well as Tony Ross from the Micheal Ross Foundation. Those two guys are making it so I can race and I couldn’t do it without them. Also, many, many thanks goes to my crew.”
The weekend started on Thursday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., with the ASCS Midwest Region. Lasoski rocketed from sixth to second in his heat race, which placed him in the redraw. He pulled a two to line him up on the outside of the front row for the first of three consecutive nights of starting second.
“It’s a bonus anytime you can start on the front row,” he said. “Even if it’s a tricycle race, it makes no difference.”
Lasoski was unable to make a pass for the lead and settled for second place, which provided plenty of motivation for the rest of the weekend.
“We went back and worked on our car a little more,” he said. “I thought of a couple little changes I wanted to make. And going from a 410 (engine) to a 360, you’ve got change your driving style.”
The changes worked for Lasoski, who won his heat race and the feature at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., on Friday in the ASCS Midwest event. It was only his second career race at the 3/8th-mile dirt track.
The luck of the draw continued on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, where Lasoski, who qualified seventh, started on the outside of the front row after an eight-car invert. He again jumped to the lead and recorded his second straight victory.
“We just had luck on our side,” Lasoski said. “I’d rather have luck than skill. Knoxville is very, very tough on a weekly show.
“That has been the key to every victory. It is tough up there to win. I’m not sure if I started sixth or eighth that we could have won.”
It was his second win of the season in three races at Knoxville Raceway, where he’s the current 410 points leader.
Lasoski wrapped up the weekend on Sunday at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D., where he drove from ninth to fourth in his heat race and then powered from 13th to sixth in the feature.
“It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t what we’re used to,” he said.
With his two wins last weekend, Lasoski has recorded six victories in 21 races this season.
Lasoski is being inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame this weekend at Knoxville Raceway.
QUICK RESULTS –
May 26 – I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. – Heat race: 2 (6); Feature: 2 (2).
May 27 – Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb. – Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 1 (2).
May 28 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa – Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 5 (5); Feature: 1 (2).
May 29 – Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D. – Heat race: 4 (9); Feature: 6 (13).
SEASON STATS –
21 races, 20 features, 6 wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s, 17 top 15s, 19 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
FAVORITE NUMBER –
95: Career wins at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, where Lasoski will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame this weekend.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
ON THE AIR –
Lasoski was a featured guest on the ASCS Show by Racinboys on April 12. Click on the link below to list to Lasoski’s interview, which begins around the 22-minute mark.
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.