MASON CITY, Iowa — Defending National Sprint League champion Danny Lasoski returned to victory lane with the series on Sunday evening, claiming their debut at Iowa’s Mason City Motor Speedway.
Lasoski kicked off the inaugural visit to the half-mile oval, which hadn’t hosted a 410ci winged sprint car event in approximately three decades, by setting quick time during qualifying. He then maneuvered from fourth to second place in his heat race and was the driver with the most points entering the feature inversion — a two — lining him up on the outside of the second row for the 20-lap main event.
Ian Madsen took the top spot on the opening lap, with Lasoski advancing to third place on lap two and into the runner-up position on lap nine. Two laps later, he used the bottom groove to his advantage to take the lead exiting turn four.
Lasoski led the remainder of the main event, despite a challenge from hard charging Sammy Swindell — who started seventh, cracked the top five on lap three, advanced into third place on the ninth round and passed Madsen for second during a restart on lap 14 following the first of two cautions.
Madsen ended third with Terry McCarl placing fourth and championship points leader Craig Dollansky rounding out the top five.
However, Lasoski cut Dollansky’s lead from 92 points entering the night to only four points leaving Mason City.
The quick time was Lasoski’s fourth during eight National Sprint League events this season. His feature win ties him with Dollansky and Kerry Madsen with a series-leading two triumphs.
The National Sprint League returns to action on June 24 at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., in a co-sanctioned event featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
RESULTS: National Sprint League; Mason City Motor Speedway; June 19, 2016
A Feature (20 Laps): 1. 2-Danny Lasoski (4); 2. 1s-Sammy Swindell (7); 3. 18-Ian Madsen (1); 4. 24-Terry McCarl (8); 5. 2ks-Craig Dollansky (5); 6. 21-Brian Brown (2); 7. 29-Kerry Madsen (3); 8. 09-Matt Juhl (6); 9. 17a-Austin McCarl (9); 10. 55-Brooke Tatnell (16); 11. 7w-Tasker Phillips (14); 12. 7-Kaley Gharst (15); 13. 56n-Davey Heskin (11); 14. 10-Dakota Hendrickson (13); 15. 44-Chris Martin (12); 16. 81-Austin Johnson (17); 17. 12-Lynton Jeffrey (10).
Laps Led: Ian Madsen 1-10; Danny Lasoski 11-20.