MOORESVILLE, N.C. — National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Danny Lasoski hasn’t given up on his own driving career, however, he will be working full time with youngster Mason Daniel this season.
The 18-year-old Californian ran 40 360 races throughout the Midwest last year and won at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway and Missouri’s State Fair Speedway.
Lasoski threw Daniel to the wolves by entering him into two World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series shows. Lasoski felt Daniel needed to get a taste of how difficult the circuit is. “These guys race for their food, they aren’t nice,” Lasoski said.
Lasoski said Daniel’s commitment to achieving his goals convinced him to work with the youngster. “At 17, he picked up and moved to Missouri, which showed me he was serious,” Lasoski said.
Mason Daniel Racing will run 60-65 races this year, many with the World of Outlaws. The team will start in Florida and follow the Outlaws to California. But when spring hits the Midwest, Daniel and Lasoski will be found at Knoxville on Saturday nights.
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Lasoski was hired as the driver coach, but is really calling all of the shots for the team, including setup. Daniel will wheel of a JR1 chassis powered by a Kistler engines with sponsorship from Young’s Trucking.
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