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With First Lernerville Win under his Belt Lasoski Looks for Another

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

Danny Lasoski is currently sixth in the World of Outlaws championship standings heading into this weekend’s pair of events. He has racked up 38 Top-10 finishes with 21 of those being Top-Fives.

Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

Sarver, PA—September 25, 2009—It’s hard to believe that heading into the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s back in July at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania that Danny Lasoski had never won a race at the track located just outside of Pittsburgh. After all, he had racked up 25 Top-10 finishes dating back to his debut at the track in 1992, with 13 of those being Top-Fives, including four runner-up performances.

He shed the bridesmaid tag on July 22 claiming a $15,000 triumph in the opener of the Silver Cup, after battling Jason Sides for most of the race and taking the lead with just eight laps to go. Coupled with a seventh-place run in the finale of the Twin-30 lap features after starting 19th due to an inversion of all the lead lap finishers from the opener, he claimed the overall Silver Cup title. The 2001 World of Outlaws champion will return to the high-banked four-tenths-mile this weekend on Saturday, September 26 for the annual Commonwealth Clash.

“We always look forward to going to Lernerville,” said Lasoski. “Gary Risch and his people there do a great job with that race track. The race track there is usually two and three lanes and we really look forward to that. We’re ready to go over there and get it on.”

Lasoski is excited to head back to Lernerville as the reigning winner of the Silver Cup and looks to use that momentum on Saturday night with a very strong field of cars expected for the annual Commonwealth Clash which had been held in the spring for the past several seasons. The event this weekend will mark the first fall race for the World of Outlaws at Lernerville since 2001 and the series final stop of the season at the track.

“It gives us a little pep in our step, if you will,” shared the native of Dover, Missouri when asked about his win in the Silver Cup. “It was great to finally win there. We are looking forward to going to a place where the track is nice and wide and we can race on it.”

The victory in the Silver Cup added to an already impressive list of big events that Lasoski has won over the years, including the Knoxville Nationals four times, the Gold Cup Race of Champions and the Western World among others.

“It’s one of the best,” Lasoski proudly stated when asked what it meant to win the Silver Cup. “It was really neat to be able to win that for Lonnie Parsons and all the people with Casey’s General Store and all the people involved with this race team.”

The 2009 campaign marked Lasoski’s first driving for the Parsons Motorsports team owned by long time car owner Lonnie Parsons of Iowa. After some bad luck during the early part of the season, Lasoski won his first race aboard the Casey’s General Store JEI, with Barry Jackson turning the wrenches in May at Delaware International Speedway during the first East Coast Swing of the season. Lasoski followed that up with wins at Nodak Speedway in North Dakota, Eagle Raceway in Nebraska, Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin, along with the victory at Lernerville in the Silver Cup. The 2001 series champion has 86 career A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws which is sixth-best all-time.

“It started off a little slow and then got going a lot better and now has tapered off a bit,” he explained of the 2009 season. “We need to get back in the win column.”

Lasoski is currently sixth in the World of Outlaws championship standings heading into this weekend’s pair of events. He has racked up 38 Top-10 finishes with 21 of those being Top-Fives. He is one of just four drivers that has won at least five A-Feature events this season and is currently fifth in laps led on the year. He has been quickest in time trials on five occasions including setting a new track record at Dacotah Speedway in North Dakota, as well as winning the Crane Cams Dash four times to earn pole positions in A-Feature events.

“We need to put about five more wins together,” deadpanned Lasoski when asked about the rest of the year. “That would make it a good season.”

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Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.