WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — A torrid battle for the lead in lapped traffic Sunday night ended in disaster for leader Brian Brown at 34 Raceway.
For Danny Lasoski, who inherited the lead, it was what he needed to record his second career MOWA sprint car victory.
Twenty-seven entries checked in to the MOWA event at the three-eighths-mile oval. By the time the 20-car, 30-lap feature hit the track, Lasoski started on the pole by virtue of a Dash win. However, it was Brown who raced to lead lap one, from his starting spot inside row two after passing both Lasoski and Jerrod Hull.
Brown cruised out front using both the high and low sides on both ends, while Lasoski followed in pursuit. Brown pulled away until hitting heavy lapped traffic about lap seven. Lasoski reeled him in as the pair tried to lap a trio of cars. On lap nine, Brown and the lapped car of Jeremy Standridge contacted. The result was Brown suffering race ending damage to the left rear wheel. Standridge ended upside down, but was uninjured.
Lasoski assumed the lead ahead of Hull, AJ Bruns, Bobby Mincer in a 360 and Jim Moughan Jr.
Lasoski pulled away from there on, and saw little challenge for the lead. One more caution plagued the event on lap 13, when Chris Urish spun. While Hull nailed down second, a battle for third ensued between Moughan and Bruns. In the end, it was Bruns who grabbed the spot. Moughan was fourth ahead of Ryan Bunton.
“He made an excellent move there early to take the lead,” said Lasoski of Brown. “You are supposed to do the opposite of what the leader does, and that’s what he did. To be honest, it helped me to find out where my car was better. Sometimes it better to be second than out front. I saw he got excited and ran over the lapped car. It was too bad, because it would have been a good one. I came up here when my Dad raced. I liked it then, and I like it now.”
Danny Lasoski, Jerrod Hull, A.J. Bruns, Jim Moughan, Jr., Ryan Bunton, Ben Wagoner, Ryan Jamison, Bobby Mincer, Ian Madsen, Brad Greer, Matt Sutton, Matt Harms, Chris Urish, Brian Brown, Jeremy Standridge, Korey Weyant, Jordan Goldesberry, Bret Tripplett, Jimmy Davies, Geoff Dodge.