EASTABOGA, Ala. — National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee and the 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Champion Danny Lasoski will race a late model as part of this weekend’s NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series doubleheader at the Talladega Short Track.
The Dover, Mo., native will drive the CVR House Car. While Lasoski has limited dirt late model experience, it was some impressive experience.
Lasoski finished third in the Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway a few years ago and was surrounded by some pretty good company. Lasoski finished third behind Tony Stewart and Kenny Wallace and finished in front of another accomplished dirt racer, Ken Schrader, who finished fourth.
“Just like I was in a dirt late model in the Prelude to the Dream, I don’t want to just be in the race, I want to win it,” Lasoski said. “That’s the way I’m planning on running this weekend at Talladega Short Track. I don’t want to just make the race, I want to win it.”
Lasoski is no stranger to the track known as The Hornet’s Nest as the last time he was there; he won a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race, one of his 90 World of Outlaws career wins.
Lasoski was able to test on Wednesday night at a track similar to the size and configuration to TST, I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tenn.
“A mutual friend of myself and Mike Vaughn asked me about trying this and I said I’d love to,” Lasoski said. “A group of great sponsors came forward to make it happen, and I hope we put on a good show for them and especially the fans. Chip Vineyard and his CVR Race Cars crew have been great to work with, and I could immediately tell I have a competitive race car for this weekend. I just love to race. If it has a steering wheel and four wheels, I’m ready to go fast in it and win.”
With it being NASCAR race weekend across Speedway Boulevard from Talladega Short Track at Talladega Superspeedway, a lot of the current NASCAR drivers with a Sprint Car background probably have done battle with Lasoski through the years.
Also expected this weekend competing with the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series are the defending National Champion and current point leader Cory Hedgecock, Grant Garrison, Colton Horner, Andy Picklesimer, Ronnie Johnson, Marcus Minga, T.J. Brittain and many more from throughout the Southeast.