Waltrip to drive Dodge

Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2002

Three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip will make his second Craftsman Truck Series start of the season Friday night at Indian apolis Race way Park.

The 55-year-old Waltrip, now an analyst for Fox's NASCAR coverage, will drive the No. 17 Tide Dodge on the 0.686-mile track, with fellow broadcaster Jeff Ham mond serving as crew chief.

Waltrip also drove in the April race at Martinsville Speed way, qualifying 18th and finishing 34th after the truck's rear end failed.

He won 47 of his 84 Winston Cup victories on short tracks, the most short-track wins in the modern era.

HELPING OUT: Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader will take injured World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski's spot in the IROC finale Saturday at Indian apolis Motor Speedway.

''I've known Danny a very, very, long time. Before he started driving, he would come out and help us when I was racing Sprint Cars,'' Schrader said of his fellow Missouri racer.

Lasoski was hurt Friday night in Mechanicsburg, Pa., sustaining a concussion and bruises to the lung, heart, shoulder and ankle.

''I don't know what hurts more, my body, or the fact that I have to miss this final race at the Brickyard,'' Lasoski said.

COMING BACK: Scott Pruett, who has mostly been working as a television analyst since losing his Winston Cup ride in 2000, will be back in a stock car for the Aug. 11 race on the road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Only two road racing events are on the schedule; one was run in June in Sonoma, Calif.

Since losing his full-time ride, Pruett has run a few races in sports cars and finished 11th last year at Watkins Glen (N.Y.). He will drive this time as a third entry for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Pruett joins series points leader Sterling Marlin and Jimmy Spencer.

Pruett tested one of Gan-assi's Dodges on Monday and Tues day on the 2.45-mile circuit at Watkins Glen Inter national.

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