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Tough Outcome at Knoxville Opener

PR by Reid VanEck - April 21, 2014

The Big Game Treestands #7 team made their first visit of the season to Knoxville Raceway this past Saturday.  With temperatures rising into the mid-70s on a beautiful sunny day, the ‘Sprint Car Capital of the World’ was ready to commence their 61st season of competition.

As 32 drivers signed in for 410 competition, Craig Dollansky began the night by timing in 10th fastest at 15.556 seconds.  Lining up inside row two on the grid for heat one, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ used a great start claiming runner-up in the opening laps and then hugging the bottom around the ½-mile to take the top spot and go on to win the 8-lap event.

In the 20-lap A-Main the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim took the green outside row five.  After a favorable start to the main event was waved back due to a spin in turn three, the next attempt saw Dollansky lose a couple spots but then rebound running ninth in the opening circuits.  Primarily running the highside battling with Bronson Maeschen and Brian Brown, trouble would find the Eyecon Trail Cameras #7 with nine to go when the right rear tire blew.  With the feature past the halfway point and no time in the work area, Dollansky was forced to retire from the event credited with a 21st place finish.

“We made some progress with our car in the heat race and had a decent car in the A-Main until the right rear tire began losing air pressure entering turn one on the eleventh lap,” commented the veteran driver from Elk River, Minnesota.  “I was able to keep it out of the wall to save any further damage but we didn’t get any time to change the tire and ended our night.”

Quick stats: 
FIELD: 32 CARS
QUALIFYING: 10th
HEAT RACE 1: 1st, start (3)
A-MAIN: 21st DNF, start (10)

Podium Finish in Season Debut at 34 Raceway

PR by Reid VanEck - April 14, 2014

The Big Game Treestands #7 team kicked off their 2014 season on Saturday traveling to southern Iowa for Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) competition at 34 Raceway where Craig Dollansky recorded a dominating performance picking up the victory in his most recent visit in June.

With a good field of 33 drivers on hand, Dollansky got a feel for the track in hotlaps and then registered the 14th fastest lap in qualifying.  Sixteen cars inverted into four heats then put the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim on the pole of heat two where Dollansky powered to the victory.  Starting on the pole of the dash, the #7 set the pace going on to win the event earning the right to start on the pole of the main event.

Following final preparations by Scott Vogelsong and crew, the Big Game #7 sprinter ran second in the early stages of the main event primarily running the highside around the 3/8-mile.  After a caution around the midway point, Dollansky tried the bottom in turns 3 & 4 but gave up a position in the process and ended up racing to the checkered flag with a podium finish in third.

Quick stats: 
FIELD: 33 CARS
QUALIFYING: 14th
HEAT RACE 2: 1st, start (1)
DASH: 1st, start (1)
A-MAIN: 3rd, start (1)

2014 Season to Begin This Weekend

PR by Reid VanEck - April 8, 2014

After a long and cold Minnesota winter, spring time has arrived at last and the 2014 season will commence this Saturday for Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team.  The team plans to travel to Burlington, Iowa and compete against the MOWA Sprint Series at 34 Raceway, a tight 3/8-mile bullring where ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ put on a dominating performance capturing the victory in his most recent visit to the facility with the World of Outlaws last June.

“It’s been a long winter and I’m chomping at the bit to get racing,” commented Dollansky.  “I feel real good about the great job that Scott Vogelsong and Brian Kemenah have done getting this race team prepared.  Burlington is a nice little race track and they work hard preparing a good track to race on so I’m looking forward to going back to that track.”

The #7 team will then prepare for opening night at Knoxville Raceway as the Lucas Oil Championship Cup Series roars to the green flag on April 19th.  From the short track of 34 Raceway to the big half-mile of Knoxville Raceway, the contrast is quite different but a good early season transition that has Dollansky eager to begin the season.

“I enjoy the half-miles and the change of track size, I feel  our team is going to be very well prepared and ready to go to work and get a handle on our cars and get after it,” explained the Elk River, Minnesota native.

Racing Schedule


DateTrackLocationFinish
4/1234 Raceway (MOWA)Burlington, Iowa3rd
4/19Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, Iowa21st
DNF
4/25Salina Highbanks Speedway (WoO)Salina, OK 
4/26Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, Iowa