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Lasoski Claims World of Outlaws Sprint Car Season Opener The former Outlaw leads all 30 laps for the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit win

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2012 - With a sweat-drenched brow and a childlike grin, Danny Lasoski exhaled a sigh of relief in Victory Lane.

For the first time in hours he was able to relax his shoulders and catch his breath after a whirlwind evening at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the World of Outlaws season opener. Lasoski's win was also his second of the week at the 41 st annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

"We had our work cut out for us," he said. "We only got to run one lap in qualifying. We broke a U-joint hot lapping and didn't have time to change it. So I ran as quick a lap as I could with it shaking around."

After timing in 12 th quickest, a four-car invert placed Lasoski outside the front row in his heat race. Lasoski - whose team changed the engine before the heat - got the jump over polesitter Jason Meyers and led all eight laps to win, which locked Lasoski into the dash.

He then started on the pole by way of the No. 6 being drawn for the dash invert. Lasoski led all six laps to earn the pole for the 30-lap feature, which paid $10,000 to win.

Lasoski rocketed to the lead on the start until the race's lone caution on lap four bunched the field together again. He chose the bottom line in the double-file restart and again drove to a big advantage before entering lapped traffic on lap 11.

Second-place running Brad Sweet closed to within a car length of Lasoski near the midpoint before a miscue in turn two allowed Lasoski to escape and Sammy Swindell to create a battle for second place.

"I was kind of biding my time," Lasoski said. "I heard somebody getting close and I just dropped the hammer."

Sweet and Swindell put on a thrilling show for several laps while Lasoski pulled away to a half-straightaway lead in the final 10 laps.

"I got to the outside of Danny and then he moved to the top," Sweet said after finishing third. "I definitely cooked my right rear tire and we got a little free at the end and ended up giving up second as well."

Meyers, who started seventh, maneuvered past Swindell with 10 laps remaining and then passed Sweet for second on lap 24.

"I was just waiting for the fuel to come off and the car got really good there toward the end," Meyers said. "Danny's been really good here all week. Danny had some trouble tonight and they overcame that and won the race. So congrats to him and his guys."

Donny Schatz picked up the Hard Charger Award after driving from 15 th to fourth and Swindell, who qualified fastest with a lap of 12.942 seconds, rounded out the top five.

"I wish (the feature) would have been 40 laps," Schatz said. "I'd have had something for the leaders."

Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished sixth, Aaron Ott was seventh, Brian Ellenberger eighth, Steve Kinser ninth and Cody Darrah placed 10 th .

Meyers, who has claimed the past two World of Outlaws titles, was awarded his championship ring during Opening Ceremonies. He and the other 34 drivers on hand will return tomorrow -Sunday - morning for a doubleheader.

"Hopefully we can get a little sleep here tonight and come back for two shows tomorrow and see if we can finish one spot better," he said.

It will begin with the front gate opening at 11 a.m. and racing at 12:30 p.m. for Friday's rain-delayed event. Sunday's scheduled race will follow in the evening.

Tickets for the rest of the 41 st annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets, by calling 877-395-8606 or purchased at the track.

Volusia Speedway Park Notebook

TIME TRIALS - Sammy Swindell was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 12.942 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Brad Sweet (4 points), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3), Cody Darrah (2) and Dale Blaney (1).

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UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 18, 2012

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [1] [$10,000]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [7] [$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [15] [$2,800]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [6] [$2,500]; 6. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr [11] [$2,300]; 7. 77-Aaron Ott [2] [$2,200]; 8. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [8] [$2,100]; 9. 11-Steve Kinser [3] [$2,050]; 10. 4-Cody Darrah [12] [$2,000]; 11. 2-Dale Blaney [13] [$1,500]; 12. 5-Jac Haudenschild [9] [$1,200]; 13. 51-Fred Rahmer [5] [$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [16] [$1,050]; 15. 45-Paul McMahan [23] [$1,000]; 16. 7-Craig Dollansky [25] [$100]; 17. 29-Kerry Madsen [22] [$800]; 18. 9-Joey Saldana [14] [$800]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19] [$800]; 20. 89G-David Gravel [24] [$800]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [26] [$]; 22. 6-Bill Rose [20] [$800]; 23. 59-Dave Blaney [21] [$800]; 24. 39-Greg Hodnett [17] [$800]; 25. 2X-Dustin Morgan [10] [$800]; 26. 63-Chad Kemenah [18] [$800]. Lap leaders: Danny Lasoski 1-30. Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+11].

Qualifying - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.942; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.972; 3. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 12.979; 4. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.983; 5. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.987; 6. 9-Joey Saldana, 12.992; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.016; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.034; 9. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.034; 10. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.040; 11. 77-Aaron Ott, 13.049; 12. 33-Danny Lasoski, 13.109; 13. 20E-Brian Ellenberger, 13.116; 14. 5-Jac Haudenschild, 13.145; 15. 2X-Dustin Morgan, 13.150; 16. 14-Jason Meyers, 13.165; 17. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.169; 18. 27-Daryn Pittman, 13.172; 19. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.203; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.268; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 13.277; 22. 59-Dave Blaney, 13.281; 23. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.322; 24. 45-Paul McMahan, 13.325; 25. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.338; 26. 89G-David Gravel, 13.354; 27. 71M-Paul May, 13.377; 28. 54-Cap Henry, 13.378; 29. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.389; 30. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.484; 31. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.497; 32. 33M-Luke Hall, 13.561; 33. 7-Craig Dollansky, No Time; 34. O-Glen Styres, No Time; 35. 83-Tim Shaffer, No Time.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [1]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 2-Dale Blaney [3]; 5. 6-Bill Rose [6]; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 7. 24-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [9]; 9. 39-Greg Hodnett [5].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 51-Fred Rahmer [2]; 2. 5-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 59-Dave Blaney [6]; 5. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 6. 27-Daryn Pittman [5]; 7. 89G-David Gravel [7]; 8. 4S-Danny Smith [8]; 9. O-Glen Styres [9].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2X-Dustin Morgan [1]; 2. 77-Aaron Ott [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr [4]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 7. 71M-Paul May [7]; 8. 28-Brian Paulus [8]; 9. 83-Tim Shaffer [9]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [2]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [4]; 5. 45-Paul McMahan [6]; 6. 33M-Luke Hall [8]; 7. 54-Cap Henry [7]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [1]; 2. 77-Aaron Ott [2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 5. 51-Fred Rahmer [3]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 7. 14-Jason Meyers [10]; 8. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [7]; 9. 5-Jac Haudenschild [8]; 10. 2X-Dustin Morgan [9].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 39-Greg Hodnett [1] [-]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4] [-]; 3. 89G-David Gravel [6] [-]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [3] [-]; 5. 54-Cap Henry [8] [$200]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [5] [$180]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [13] [$175]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [9] [$160]; 9. 71M-Paul May [7] [$150]; 10. O-Glen Styres [14] [$150]; 11. 33M-Luke Hall [12] [$150]; 12. 28-Brian Paulus [11] [$150]; 13. 4S-Danny Smith [10] [$150]; 14. 27-Daryn Pittman [2] [$150].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

Pos. Driver Total Diff Wins T5 T10 QT 1 Danny Lasoski 150 0 1 1 1 0 2 Brad Sweet 148 -2 0 1 1 0 3 Jason Meyers 146 -4 0 1 1 0 4 Sammy Swindell 145 -5 0 1 1 1 5 Donny Schatz 142 -8 0 1 1 0

6 Sam Hafertepe Jr. 141 -9 0 0 1 0 7 Aaron Ott 136 -14 0 0 1 0 8 Brian Ellenberger 134 -16 0 0 1 0 9 Steve Kinser 132 -18 0 0 1 0 10 Cody Darrah 132 -18 0 0 1 0 11 Dale Blaney 129 -21 0 0 0 0 12 Jac Haudenschild 126 -24 0 0 0 0 13 Fred Rahmer 124 -26 0 0 0 0 14 Jason Sides 122 -28 0 0 0 0 15 Paul McMahan 120 -30 0 0 0 0 16 Craig Dollansky 118 -32 0 0 0 0 17 Kerry Madsen 116 -34 0 0 0 0 18 Joey Saldana 114 -36 0 0 0 0 19 Kraig Kinser 112 -38 0 0 0 0 20 David Gravel 110 -40 0 0 0 0

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