Watch Dollansky’s post-race interview HERE!
PR by Reid VanEck - July 19, 2012
The ‘Month of Money’ continued on Tuesday for Craig Dollansky and the rest of the World of Outlaws as they took to Lernerville Speedway for the 21st running of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s. With $10,000 at stake for the victor of each 30-lap feature and a $5,000 overall champion bonus, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ aimed to climb higher on the podium after finishing third last year.
With the cameras from SPEED rolling for airing of the event at a later date, Dollansky drew a late pill in qualifying but powered the Big Game Treestands #7 to the 12th fastest time among the 40 cars signed in for competition. Earning a front row starting spot for heat #4, the Elk River, Minnesota native claimed the lead and raced to victory. Luck of the draw then put Dollansky on the pole for the dash where he again motored into the lead and took the checkered flag in the 6-lap event.
As the first 30-lap A-Main got underway ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ brought the field to the green and held the lead before a pair of cautions on lap 2. Maintaining the top spot on the next restart Dollansky began to work lapped traffic by lap 8 until another caution halted action. Mixing it up going high and low on the double-file restarts, Dollansky withstood four more yellows before the red flag was displayed on the 17th circuit for a fuel stop. When action resumed the MobileStar #7 still held first by a caution with 6 laps to go and then opened up over a second lead between himself and second place Tim Shaffer three circuits later. The remaining laps saw Dollansky encounter two more cautions on the final lap but each time the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim powered into the lead and raced to the 5th checkered flag of the 2012 World of Outlaws season.
“That was a marathon but great job by this entire race team,” commented Dollansky who leaped up to 2nd in the championship standings just 25 points back. “Last year here we struggled with taking off but my crew chief DJ Lindsey had that thing taking off tonight. This race team is fun with DJ, Luke, and Nathan who do a great job. Lernerville is a fun race track, there was a lot going on and Tim gave us a hard run every restart.”
Following the completion of the first feature DJ Lindsey, Luke Dollansky, and Nathan Brady prepared the Big Game Treestands #7 for the unique second 30-lap A-Main which featured a complete inversion of lead-lap cars. Starting from outside row ten, Dollansky advanced three spots before the first caution on lap 2. A long stretch of green flag action until a red on lap 25 then saw ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ move up two more positions. In the remaining five circuits the Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products backed sprinter lost one spot to cross the finish line in 16th.
“We knew we had a decent car and just had to stay out of trouble, there was a lot going on back there so it was easier said than done,” explained the #7 pilot. “We knew we had to just get a decent finish to be the overall champion so we tried to get up there as far as we could but yet be conservative. What a great night for racing and great job by the guys that prepare this race track.”
A better average finish between the two A-Mains compared to Tony Stewart, who won the second feature, meant Dollansky was the Silver Cup champion earning an additional $5,000 bonus to cap an outstanding race night.
“It’s a great team effort anytime you win and to be the overall champion of the Silver Cup is something I’m proud of for this entire race team from Tod Quiring at Big Game Treestands, Aggressive Hydraulics, MobileStar, Aeroquip, and many others who support us. We’ve been close on some of these Silver Cup races so to finally get it done is awesome, I’m proud of this team.”
Be sure to check out the CDR website HERE for snapshots from Tuesday’s victory.
SPEED will air the Twin 30’s from Lernerville Speedway on Saturday, August 11th at 12:00 PM central.
Racing resumes this weekend with the two day Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway beginning on Friday, July 20th.
Photos courtesy of Cory Stivason and Cyndi Craft
|FIELD: 40 CARS|
|QUALIFYING: 13.562 - 12th|
|HEAT RACE 4: 1st, start (2)|
|DASH: 1st, start (1)|
|A-MAIN 1: 1st, start (1)|
|A-MAIN 2: 16th, start (20)|
|NOTES: overall Silver Cup champion|