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Hoosier Racing Tire captures back-to-back Outlaws titlesLAKEVILLE, IN (November 8) -- Danny "The Dude" Lasoski captured his first-ever Pennzoil World of Outlaws championship in Las Vegas over the weekend while riding aboard USA-made Hoosier tires. Lasoski won the title by 30 points over Mark Kinser in the closest points race in Outlaws history. The two night event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway capped a season in which Hoosier tires dominated all other tire manufacturers on dirt tracks across the country, winning 63 of 99 events. Lasoski's victory also marks the second consecutive season a driver using Hoosier tires has won the championship in sprint racing's elite series. Steve Kinser won the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series crown in 2000, in his first season using Hoosier tires and gave Hoosier Racing Tire Corp it's first-ever series championship. 

The recently completed Pennzoil World of Outlaws season marked the best-ever in the history of Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. In 99 races, Team-Hoosier captured an amazing 63 wins, 77 runner-up finishes and 62 third place finishes. Even more impressive, 36 of those 99 races ended in a 1-2-3 finish for Team-Hoosier, compared to three, for all other tire manufacturers combined!

The season started strong and ended even stronger, as Team-Hoosier won 20 of the first 22 events of the season, with eleven of those races ending in a 1-2-3 Hoosier finish. While at the end of the season, Team-Hoosier won 15 of the last 18 races, as 10 of the 18 races ended in a 1-2-3 Hoosier finish. 

The final points standings had the top four drivers using Hoosier tires. Danny Lasoski won the championship by 30 points over Mark Kinser. Defending series champion, Steve Kinser, wound up third followed by last year's Gumout champion, Craig Dollansky. Other Hoosier-shod drivers in the top ten were Andy Hillenburg in sixth place and Joey Saldana in seventh place as Hoosier tires were the tire of choice by six of the top seven drivers in the final standings.

Other Team-Hoosier drivers to finish in the top twenty in points were, Paul McMahan (11th), Brad Furr (12th), Danny Wood (13th), Jason Meyers (14th), Randy Hannagan (16th), Johnny Herrera (17th), and Daryn Pittman (19th).

Hoosier not only lays claim to back-to-back championships in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, they also accomplished the same feat in the Outlaws' junior circuit as well. Daryn Pittman won the championship this season on Hoosier tires, after Craig Dollansky won the series crown in 2000, in the series' inaugural season.

In the All Star Circuit of Champions, Kenny Jacobs earned the series championship on Hoosier tires. Danny Lasoski, Daryn Pittman, Kenny Jacobs, in addition to hundreds of dirt track champions across the country, trusted USA-made Hoosier tires en route to their respective championships and have contributed to the most successful sprint season in the history of Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.

Hoosier sprint tire product manager, Neil Cowman, commented, "Without a doubt this has been our best season ever in the sprint tire line. All the testing and product development has really paid big dividends. When Steve (Kinser) signed on with Hoosier in 2000 and then won the Outlaws championship his first year using Hoosiers, it not only opened a lot of eyes, it also gave us credibility."

Cowman added, "While we are extremely pleased with the back-to-back titles in both the Pennzoil World of Outlaws and the Gumout series, we remain committed to providing the best race tires in the world, and so, we will continue our testing and product development program in the months and years to come to remain the tire-of-choice in sprint racing."

Bob Newton, Hoosier President and CEO had this to say about claiming the championship in sprint racing's premier series, "I am very happy for Danny and his entire team. Danny was one of the first to use Hoosier tires in the Outlaws series and his loyalty since then has been second to none. We are proud to have such a great driver, and an even better person, using our tires." 

Hoosier World of Outlaws service manager, Todd Seitz, will continue in his capacity during the 2002 season. Amazingly, Todd has handled Hoosier's trackside sales at every Outlaw event since 2000. Todd's knowledge of Hoosier tires and his inventory control capabilities were a major factor in the success Hoosier has enjoyed over the previous two Pennzoil World of Outlaws seasons.

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