Lasoski Posts Record Win at Volusia

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Danny Lasoski celebrates his victory Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park. (Photo: Dave Shank)

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2013) - There was at least one happy dude parked in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Victory Lane on a frigid Sunday night.

It was the winningest driver in Volusia Speedway Park history, Danny "The Dude" Lasoski - who picked up his first victory of the 2013 season and the 20th of his career on the half-mile oval, concluding the sprint car portion of the 42nd annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

Lasoski shared the spotlight with Daryn Pittman, who was crowned the week's overall champion.  Pittman's race win, and runner-up and fifth-place finishes earned enough points to edge Paul McMahan by 18.

"Our No. 1 goal for the year was to come down here and win," said Pittman, who rallied from ninth to fifth in the final three laps of Sunday's race.  With the temperature at 35 degrees when the cars were pushed onto the track for the main event, the night heated up quickly.

Lasoski, who started on the pole for the 30-lap feature, was three-wide with Chad Kemenah and Cody Darrah exiting Turn 2 on the opening lap.  He secured the lead as the cars slid through Turn 4 and remained there before Kemenah drove under him on Lap 6.  Kemenah got into traffic on the ensuing lap and Darrah passed Lasoski for second place.  They continued to battle for several laps before Brooke Tatnell brought out the first caution of the race when he stopped in Turn 3 on the 13th lap.

Following the restart, Kemenah, Darrah and Lasoski continued to put on a show.  After reaching traffic on Lap 17, Darrah made his best bid for the lead by pulling next to Kemenah.  However, Kemenah held onto first place and pulled away to a sizeable advantage before Craig Dollansky (who was running fifth) broke with three laps remaining, producing another caution.

Darrah appeared to get into the inside wall entering Turn 1 on the restart and got sideways, corrected himself and continued on.  However, Terry McCarl - Saturday night's winner - came to a stop in Turn 2 for another caution.  The field reverted to the previous restarting order, but Darrah's left-front tire was damaged.

He tried to nurse it through the next restart and would have caught a huge break as Kemenah drove beneath the cone on the frontstretch, bringing out yet another caution and penalizing him two positions.

"I thought 'Why didn't they put the cone out?' " Kemenah said.  "But they did and I was completely underneath it.  It was a mistake on my part."

Darrah would have inherited the lead but was forced to pit with the tire starting to come off the wheel.  That moved Lasoski back to the front with Kemenah in tow.  They were neck-and-neck on the restart, but fifth-place Steve Kinser then spun in Turn 1.  Brad Sweet, running ninth, flipped after making contact and Jac Haudenschild slid into Kinser.  Since contact caused a caution on a restart, the race went back to green with the drivers running single file.

Lasoski committed to the bottom groove and Kemenah rode the cushion.  The shorter distance around the inside allowed Lasoski to come up in front on every straightaway and he edged Kemenah by a car length at the finish.

"You had to keep your nose clean, everything was happening so fast," Lasoski said.  "The racetrack widened out where you can run top, bottom and middle; and that's all we can ask for."

A dejected Kemenah blamed himself for not ending the night in Victory Lane.

"I thought we were going to drive back around him on that last lap going into (Turns) three and four, but it just wasn't there and I came home second," he said.
 
Justin Henderson earned his first podium of the season by surviving the attrition.  Donny Schatz drove from 14th to fourth and Pittman rounded out the top five.  Sammy Swindell was sixth, McMahan seventh and Kerry Madsen earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 22nd to eighth.  Darrah placed ninth and Jason Sides 10th.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is off for the next two weekends before resuming action March 6-7 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

RESULTS

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 1Z-Danny Lasoski (1) ($10,000); 2. 63-Chad Kemenah (3) ($5,500); 3. H07-Justin Henderson (5) ($3,200); 4. 15-Donny Schatz (14) ($2,800); 5. 9-Daryn Pittman (11) ($2,500); 6. 1-Sammy Swindell (8) ($2,300); 7. 51-Paul McMahan (9) ($2,200); 8. 29-Kerry Madsen (22) ($2,100); 9. 4-Cody Darrah (2) ($2,050); 10. 7S-Jason Sides (15) ($2,000); 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser (13) ($1,500); 12. 14-Tony Stewart (17) ($1,200); 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr (16) ($1,100); 14. 11-Steve Kinser (6) ($1,050); 15. 24-Terry McCarl (20) ($1,000); 16. 71M-Joey Saldana (18) ($900); 17. W20-Greg Wilson (19) ($800); 18. O-Glenn Styres (10) ($800); 19. 89G-David Gravel (23) ($800); 20. 6-Danny Smith (25); 21. 49-Brad Sweet (12) ($800); 22. 59-Jac Haudenschild (21) ($800); 23. 7-Craig Dollansky (4) ($800); 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter (7) ($800); 25. 19-Brooke Tatnell (24) ($800).  Lap Leaders: Lasoski 1-5 and 27-30, Kemenah 6-26.  KSE Hard Charger Award: 29-Kerry Madsen (+14).

Qualifying - 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.041; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.179; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.185; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.219; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.283; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.298; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.306; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 13.311; 9. H07-Justin Henderson, 13.356; 10. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.380; 11. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.392; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.459; 13. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.464; 14. 1Z-Danny Lasoski, 13.469; 15. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.500; 16. O-Glenn Styres, 13.511; 17. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.516; 18. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.522; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.541; 20. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.565; 21. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 13.574; 22. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.592; 23. 89G-David Gravel, 13.598; 24. 19-Brooke Tatnell, 13.627; 25. 6-Danny Smith, 13.628; 26. 13-Jason Leffler, 13.628; 27. 9B-Jayme Barnes, 13.633; 28. 10-Dave Blaney, 13.659; 29. 27-Lance Dewease, 13.698; 30. 45-Danny Holtgraver, 13.713; 31. 83-Tim Shaffer, 13.747; 32. 80-Trey Gustin, 13.766; 33. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.768; 34. 54-Cap Henry, 13.828; 35. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.870; 36. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.891.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. H07-Justin Henderson (2); 2. 4-Cody Darrah (1); 3. 51-Paul McMahan (4); 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser (3); 5. 14-Tony Stewart (5); 6. 6-Danny Smith (7); 7. 28-Brian Paulus (9); 8. 27-Lance Dewease (8); 9. 59-Jac Haudenschild (6).

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 17B-Steve Buckwalter (2); 2. 1Z-Danny Lasoski (1); 3. 1-Sammy Swindell (4); 4. 15-Donny Schatz (3); 5. 29-Kerry Madsen (6); 6. 71M-Joey Saldana (5); 7. 45-Danny Holtgraver (8); 8. 54-Cap Henry (9); 9. 13-Jason Leffler (7).

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-Craig Dollansky (2); 2. 11-Steve Kinser (1); 3. 7S-Jason Sides (3); 4. 9-Daryn Pittman (4); 5. 89G-David Gravel (6); 6. W20-Greg Wilson (5); 7. 9B-Jayme Barnes (7); 8. 83-Tim Shaffer (8); 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart (9).

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. O-Glenn Styres (1); 2. 63-Chad Kemenah (2); 3. 49-Brad Sweet (4); 4. 19-Brooke Tatnell (6); 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3); 6. 24-Terry McCarl (5); 7. 10-Dave Blaney (7); 8. 48-Danny Dietrich (9); 9. 80-Trey Gustin (8).

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 1Z-Danny Lasoski (1); 2. 4-Cody Darrah (2); 3. 63-Chad Kemenah (3); 4. 7-Craig Dollansky (4); 5. H07-Justin Henderson (6); 6. 11-Steve Kinser (9); 7. 17B-Steve Buckwalter (5); 8. 1-Sammy Swindell (7); 9. 51-Paul McMahan (8); 10. O-Glenn Styres (10).

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 71M-Joey Saldana (1); 2. 59-Jac Haudenschild (4); 3. 24-Terry McCarl (3); 4. W20-Greg Wilson (2); 5. 10-Dave Blaney (8) ($200); 6. 6-Danny Smith (5) ($180); 7. 83-Tim Shaffer (11) ($175); 8. 13-Jason Leffler (6) ($160); 9. 45-Danny Holtgraver (10) ($150); 10. 9B-Jayme Barnes (7) ($150); 11. 28-Brian Paulus (13) ($150); 12. 80-Trey Gustin (12) ($150); 13. 54-Cap Henry (14) ($150); 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart (15) ($150); 15. 27-Lance Dewease (9) ($150); 16. 48-Danny Dietrich (16) ($150).

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