It’s no big secret that every Winged Sprint Car driver dreams of one day running the full World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series circuit. For Springville, California native, Mason Daniel that dream is soon to become a reality.
The 19-year-old driver recently announced that he’ll be pursing the Rookie of the Year title with the series in 2020.
“I think you realize if you want to be the best you have to race with the best and obviously that’s the World of Outlaws,” said Daniel, who now operates out of a Missouri race shop. “You’re not going to be competitive right away, especially against those guys. Either you wait a couple of years and then get your butt kicked or you start at it now and eventually in a couple of years you’re good enough to run with them. The sooner we start racing with them the better we’ll be in the long run.”
Daniel has a short career to date in a Sprint Car. In fact, he didn’t run his first event until late int he 2017 campaign. Since then he’s competed in an array of 410 c.i. and 360 c.i Winged Sprint Car events.
While Daniel might be short on experience, his crew chief won’t be. Turning wrenches on the No. 33m will be 2001 WoO Sprint Car Champ, Danny Lasoski. The retired driver, known as “The Dude,” has been wrenching on Daniel’s mount the past two seasons.
Lasoski, who owns 122 WoO feature wins, acknowledged that Daniel is being “thrown to the wolves” next year, but his young driver understands that. He’s embraced it and is taking his preparations seriously.
“It’s refreshing to be honest with you, because I see it every single day,” Lasoski said. “He works in the shop with us every day. And I told him that I’m not interested in doing this if he’s not as interested as I was. He works out every day. I told him this is going to be a grind. You’re going to have to be prepared for it. He’s doing everything we’re asking and he’s learning every day just like the rest of us. The first time you think you know everything is the first time you’re going to get your ass kicked.”
Daniel’s goal for 2020 is to learn as much as he can and try to make his way into the Top 10 and Top Five on a regular basis. He said, Lasoski told him once he’s running upfront, a win will eventually come.
“We’d just like to bridge that gap and run competitively with those guys,” Daniel concluded.