The World of Outlaws Sprint car season officially got under way over the weekend at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park where three different winners visited victory lane.
In his first official WoO race with new team Kasey Kahne Racing, Daryn Pittman scored the Friday night win over Jac Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, Sammy Swindell and Paul McMahan. PA drivers in the field were Fred Rahmer (14th in Tony Stewarts car)and Lance Dewease 18th. Logan Schuchart didn’t qualify nor did the Zemco car with driver Danny Lasoski, or Steve Buckwalter and Danny Dietrich.
Saturday night saw Knoxville Raceway regular Terry McCarl lead all 30 laps to score the win over 11th starting Pittman, Kraig Kinser, Tim Shaffer and Brad Sweet. Schuchart finished 24th and Lasoski 25th, while Dietrich, Buckwalter, Rahmer and Dewease failed to qualify.
Danny Lasoski gave the Zemco team the big win in the Sunday night finale as he inherited the lead late in the event and turned it into his 20th career VSP win and first in the Zemco car. He defeated Chad Kemenah, Justin Henderson, Donny Schatz and overall Winternationals champion Daryn Pittman. Buckwalter was 24th with Dewease, Schuchart and Dietrich not qualifying.
Defending champion Darrell Lanigan dominated World of Outlaws Late Model action at Bubba Raceway Park, taking wins both Friday and Saturday night. In Sunday’s Super Sunday Showdown pay- ing $20,000 to win, it was Josh Richards scoring the big win.
Lanigan’s Friday night win came over Tim Mc- Creadie, Josh Richards, Ivendent Lloyd Jr. and Scott James, while he defeated Mike Marlar, McCreadie, Richards and Shane Clanton on Saturday. Richards dominated Sunday night’s finale at Bubba Raceway in the win over Scott James, Don O’Neal, Rick Eckert and Clanton.
Barring any crazy weather this week, it appears all systems are go for Saturday’s season opener at Lincoln Speedway featuring the 410 Sprints in the Icebreaker 30. Race time will be 2 p.m.
That’ll do it for this week as we look forward to seeing my two favorite drivers, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon, lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s Daytona 500! Email Bvores@comcast.net.