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– KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 5) – Earlier this season, the pill draws and inverts fell perfectly for Danny Lasoski.
The veteran knew that he had to take advantage and he did, capitalizing on numerous front-row starts to record a handful of victories. Lately, the luck has reversed.
“That’s how racing goes,” he said. “When you do get those good draws, you better cherish them.”
The Dover, Mo., native was bit by a high redraw and tough invert last weekend, when he recorded three top-five finishes despite undesirable starting positions.
On Thursday at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., Lasoski powered from seventh – last – to finish second in his heat race with the ASCS Midwest Region. That earned him the most points and a trip to the redraw, where he grabbed the No. 4 pill.
After starting outside the second row for the main event, Lasoski stayed in the top five the entire race and finished third in a performance he was less than thrilled with.
“It was a good race track,” he said. “If your car was good, you were good.
“The bottom line is we just plain and simple got beat. No excuses.”
He again competed with the ASCS Midwest on Friday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., where he won his heat race to garner another trip to the redraw. This time he pulled the No. 8, which is the highest a driver can get.
Lasoski finished fifth in the feature and was happy to journey to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, to race a 410 engine on Saturday.
He entered the night with more than a 100-point advantage and his domination continued through the first half of the night. Lasoski qualified second and charged from eighth to third in his heat race.
However, the invert for the 20-lap feature was a “12”, meaning the veteran would start inside the sixth row. Lasoski worked his way to fourth on the narrow track and extended his point’s lead.
“It is definitely a positive,” he said. “We passed the most cars. We’re not happy with fourth, but the leader was coming back to us at a high rate of speed.”
Lasoski will race with the World of Outlaws on Friday at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. He’ll wrap up the weekend on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway.
QUICK RESULTS –
June 30 – Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb. – Heat race: 2 (7); Feature: 3 (4).
July 1 – I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. – Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 5 (8).
July 2 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa – Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 3 (8); Feature: 4 (11).
SEASON STATS –
30 races, 29 features, 7 wins, 19 top fives, 23 top 10s, 26 top 15s, 28 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., with the World of Outlaws and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
FAVORITE NUMBER –
19: Top-five finishes this season in 30 races, including three last 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 listen to Lasoski’s interview, which begins around the 22-minute mark.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Eagle Motorsports
Eagle Motorsports, formerly known as Eagle Chassis, has fabricated sprint car chassis since 1998. Eagle chassis have been a part of winning four Knoxville Nationals. For more information, visit www.eaglechassis.com.
“All the Knoxville Nationals I’ve won have been in Eagle cars,” Lasoski said. “I’ve had a very good relationship with Eagle and have been very happy with its performance.”
Lasoski would also like to thank the Creason Pipeline Services, The Michael Ross Foundation, Hoosier, Wertz Designs, Kistler Engines and Ditzfeld Transfer, Inc. for their continued support.