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Danny Lasoski (Photo courtesy of Allan Holland & www.hoseheads.com)     TAMPA, FL (February 2-5) -- Danny Lasoski took a calculated risk in Saturday's East Bay 410 Sprint Winternationals electing to ride on a pair of Hoosier D10's in the 50-lap finale. When the marathon race was over, Lasoski was in the winner's circle for the second consecutive night holding a $10,000 paycheck. Lasoski also used a pair of D10's the previous night passing 19 cars en route to the win. On Saturday, Lasoski came from fifth to take the win as Hoosier-shod cars once again dominated season-opening sprint racing in Florida. It was the fourth consecutive year Hoosier has swept every feature in the annual Winternationals. The event has successfully predicted the dominate tire brand over the years and this year appears to be no different. 

     (February 2, 2005) -- The opening night of the four-night event had 42 sprint cars in the pits with 40 of them trusting the Hoosier brand. Chad Kemenah was fast qualifier at 12.208 seconds around the 1/3-mile clay oval as the top 12 qualifiers rode on Hoosier tires. 

     In the 25-lap A-Main, all but one of the 24 race starters rode on the Hoosier brand. Josh Wells took the lead on the third lap after starting in the second row. The Hoosier-shod Wells led the remainder of the race to claim his first career win. Finishing in second place was Craig Dollansky followed by Chad Kemenah, Greg Hodnett and Kelly Kinser in third through fifth. In total, drivers using Hoosier tires claimed the top 20 spots in the opening night race.

     (February 3, 2005) -- The second night of action in the Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park had 39 drivers posting times in qualifying with 38 riding on Hoosier tires. Chad Kemenah was once again fast qualifier circling the track in 12.233 seconds after getting out late for his qualifying effort. Despite having time for just one qualifying lap, Kemenah made the most of it posting the top time of the night.

     In the 25-lap feature, all 24 starters rode atop Hoosier tires. Kelly Kinser and Danny Lasoski started the race on the front row. Ironically, both drivers were celebrating their respective birthdays. Kinser, however, got the best present leading flag-to-flag to take the win. Kinser admitted after the race, "My pit helper Justin "Moose" Ratcliff and I did go with a softer Hoosier tire." Kinser used a pair of D10's for the 25-lapper as did four of the top five finishers.

     Kinser was followed to the line by Danny Smith (left rear/right rear: D10/D10), Danny Lasoski (D10/RD12), Chad Kemenah (D10/D10) and Jason Meyers (D10/D10) in second through fifth, respectively.

NIGHT #3  
(February 4, 2004) -- The third night of racing at East Bay had 40 cars in the pits with 38 of them on Hoosier tires. Craig Dollansky was fast qualifier at 12.166 seconds, while Chad Kemenah was second quick. Kemenah just missed earning his third straight top qualifier award. Kemenah was a scant eight thousandths of a second off Dollansky's time. The 23 top qualifiers all rode on Hoosier tires. 

     In the 25-lap feature, all but one of the starters rode on Hoosiers. The story of the night was Danny Lasoski who started 20th. Lasoski put on a passing clinic before the stunned crowd. Amazingly, Lasoski moved from 20th to first in just 14 laps. The former World of Outlaws champion led the remainder of the way to capture the win. Lasoski made his amazing run using a pair of Hoosier D10 sprint tires.      

     Jason Meyers (D12/D12) finished in second place followed by Chad Kemenah (D10/D12), Kelly Kinser (D10/D10) and Jimmy Nier (D10/D12). The first 19 drivers to cross the finish line in the night's feature all rode on Hoosier tires.

     (February 5, 2005) -- Thirty-seven cars were on hand Saturday with the top six drivers in points for the previous three nights of action locked into the A-Main with the remaining drivers forced to battle their way into the 24-car field via four heat races. 

      In the A-main, Danny Lasoski moved from fifth to first by the fifth lap. Lasoski led the remainder of the distance to capture the win. Lasoski (D10/D10) was the only driver to use Hoosier's softest compound for the 50-lap race and his calculated risk paid off in the amount of $10,000. Craig Dollansky (D12/D20) finished in second place--two car-lengths behind the race winner. Sammy Swindell (D15/D25) finished in third place followed by Terry McCarl (RD15/D20) and Greg Wilson (N.A./D12).

     After the race Lasoski commented, "Without the help of Johnny Morris who heads up the Bass Pro Shop deal, Mopar, J.D. Byrider, Wirtgen and Hoosier, we wouldn't be here." Jimmy Carr, Lasoski's crew chief, added, "We went with a soft Hoosier, because that was the only shot we had at winning."       

     With Lasoski's win, Team Hoosier has now swept the past four year's East Bay Winternational events. As has been the case over the years, we will see if the results enjoyed in Florida will be an indicator of what is to come for the Hoosier brand on sprint tracks around the globe again this year.

     Our thanks to Hoosier's Dave Campbell for reporting the details used in this report.  


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