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Two World of Outlaws Champs in '03 True Value IROC

Tinton Falls, NJ (November 14, 2002) - Two champions representing the Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car series, Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski, have accepted invitations to compete in the 2003 True Value International Race of Champions. 2003 will mark the first time that two World of Outlaws representatives have competed in the same season.

The 2002 champion, Steve Kinser, collected 20 "A" Feature wins on his way to capturing his 17th WoO title. Kinser said, "I'm really happy to be doing IROC again, it's a great series and a lot of fun. It means a lot to a driver to get invited into this series. It'll be great getting a chance to run at places like Daytona and Talladega again and having Danny (Lasoski) there will only add to the excitement."

Kinser's initial IROC invitation came in 1994. He was the first driver to be invited as a representative of short track racing, which proved positive when he astonished the racing world with a win in only his third start at Talladega Superspeedway. Kinser returned to IROC competition in 1995 and 1996, with 1995 producing his best result of eighth in the final points standing.

Despite missing five World of Outlaws events due to severe injuries, the 2001 WoO champion, Danny Lasoski managed to finish second to Steve Kinser in the 2002 title chase. The injuries also caused Lasoski to miss out on competing at the Brickyard in the True Value IROC finale. "When I got that phone call inviting me back to run IROC in 2003, I didn't think I could get more excited, until they told me Steve (Kinser) was also going to do it, " said Lasoski. "I learned so much last year and really gained a lot of respect for what it takes to race in a stock car. Knowing what I know now and having a partner like Steve to work with is just going be great, especially at places like Daytona and Talladega where you need a partner."

The traditional season opener will take place at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 14, 2003. As previously announced, race-two will return the series to Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 5. The schedule for race-three and four will be confirmed within the next week.

The True Value IROC team is scheduled to test at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Thursday, Nov. 21 in preparation for the 2003 season. Veteran True Value IROC test drivers, Dave Marcis, Jim Sauter and Andy Hillenburg, along with 2003 competitors, Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski are scheduled to attend.


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