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Strong Car at Eldora, Unfavorable Results

PR by Reid VanEck - September 20, 2014

Following a top-five run in Minnesota on Saturday with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team headed East with ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ for competition this weekend beginning Friday at Eldora Speedway as part of 4-Crown Nationals weekend.

With a lightning-fast racing surface near the track record Dollansky set in 2002, qualifying saw the Elk River, Minnesota native register the 8th fastest lap among the 36 drivers signed into the historic ½-mile at 12.927 seconds.  Needing to win his heat to secure a spot in the dash, Dollansky lined up inside row two when the green flag waved and darted into the top spot by the exit of turn two on the opening lap.  Unfortunately, on the second circuit hard contact from the runner-up sent the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim sideways and to a stop with a flat left rear.  The #7 crew was able to make repairs but Dollansky was credited with 8th.

After winning the 12-lap B-Main from the pole position, Dollansky started outside row six for the 30-lap feature.  Running just outside the top-ten in the opening laps of the A-Main, the Eyecon Trail Cameras backed sprinter slipped back a few spots before pulling in on lap 9.

“We had a great car and it was unfortunate we got taken out in the heat race.  I had the wind knocked out of me and injured my back,” explained Dollansky.  “We were able to get repairs done and transfer by winning the B-Main.  I ran some laps in the feature and decided to drop out of the race and give my back a night to recover.  After icing it feels better today and we’re ready for Lernerville tonight.”

Quick stats: 
QUALIFYING: 12.927 - 8th
HEAT RACE 4: 8th DNF, start (3)
B-MAIN: 1st, start (1)
A-MAIN: 24th DNF, start (12)

Strong Run Battling on Home Soil at Deer Creek

PR by Reid VanEck - September 15, 2014

Having raced at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota each year since 2009, it was that time of year again on Saturday as Craig Dollansky welcomed the World of Outlaws to his home state for their final visit of the season.  Picking up the ‘Clash at the Creek’ victory two seasons ago and contending for the win last year, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ was eager to get on the gas again at the 3/8-mile speedplant.

After getting a feel for the racing surface in hotlaps, the Big Game Treestands #7 team was the first car out to qualify and posted a lap of 11.697 seconds which resulted in 11th fastest.  Starting second in heat three, Dollansky capitalized on the outside pole position as he powered into the lead at the green flag and never looked back in the 8-lap event scoring the win.  Unaffected by the zero pill dash inversion, the Elk River, Minnesota native started seventh and finished sixth in the dash.

In the 35-lap A-Main the Aggressive Hydraulics backed sprinter lined up outside row three.  Following a yellow with one lap complete, Dollansky lined up inside for the double-file restart and cut down low out of turn four on the restart to claim fourth down the fronstretch and then stalk the #71M of Joey Saldana around the halfway point for third.  Another great restart low out of turn four on lap 19 would see ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ rocket from fourth to second down the frontstretch throwing a slider on David Gravel and Saldana to briefly hold the runner-up position.  Unable to get the grip needed out of turn two, Dollansky would surrender the two positions to Gravel and Saldana.  As the top-five raced nose-to-tail before a caution on lap 32, the Eyecon Trail Cameras Maxim battled Kerry Madsen for a spot on the podium and finished a strong 4th.

Quick stats: 
QUALIFYING: 11.697 - 11th
HEAT RACE 3: 1st, start (2)
DASH: 6th, start (7)
A-MAIN: 4th, start (6)

Top-Ten on Chilly Night at Clay County Fair

PR by Reid VanEck - September 13, 2014

For the ninth time in the previous eight years, Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team prepared to do battle in Spencer, Iowa on Friday.  With the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series in town for their annual stop at one of the biggest county fairs in the country, the Clay County Fair, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ aimed to build on his triumph at the short-track in 2011.

On a very brisk and chilly evening in the upper Midwest, 32 drivers signed into the Clay County Fair Speedway with Dollansky stopping the clock at 13.409 seconds in qualifying, good enough for 8th best.  Heat action then put the Eyecon Trail Cameras backed entry inside row two of heat four where Dollansky ran 2nd in the 8-lap event just missing a spot in the dash.

In the 30-lap A-Main the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim lined up outside row six on the starting grid.  Using a great start in the main event, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ worked the highside to his advantage powering around two competitors on the opening lap and then by Paul McMahan and Cody Darrah the following circuit.  As the field strung out, the low line proved to be the fast lane as everyone hugged the bottom around the 3/8-mile oval.  Working through lapped traffic in the caution-free feature, Dollansky slipped back a few positions trying to make the cushion work but still recorded a top-ten finish in 10th.

Quick stats: 
QUALIFYING: 13.409 - 8th
HEAT RACE 4: 2nd, start (3)
A-MAIN: 10th, start (12)

Racing Schedule

4/1234 Raceway (MOWA)Burlington, IA3rd
4/19Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA21st
4/26Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA1st
5/3Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA3rd
5/4Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway (IRA)Oshkosh, WI1st
5/9Wilmot Raceway (WoO)Wilmot, WI14th
5/10Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA6th
5/11Huset's SpeedwayBrandon, SDRAIN
5/17Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA9th
5/18Huset's SpeedwayBrandon, SD2nd
5/24Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA1st
5/25Huset's SpeedwayBrandon, SD4th
5/31Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IARAIN
6/1Huset's SpeedwayBrandon, SDRAIN
6/6I-80 Speedway (WoO)Greenwood, NE20th DNF
6/7Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IARAIN
6/13Jackson Speedway (WoO)Jackson, MN17th
6/14Knoxville Raceway (WoO)Knoxville, IA10th
6/21Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA1st
6/22Huset's SpeedwayBrandon, SD1st
6/28Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IARAIN
6/29Cedar Lake Speedway (WoO)New Richmond, WI17th
7/5Knoxville Raceway (KCCS Twin Features)Knoxville, IARAIN
7/12Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IARAIN
7/13Huset's SpeedwayBrandon, SD19th DNF
7/19Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA10th
7/20Huset's Speedway (ASCoC)Brandon, SD14th DNF
7/26Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA3rd
8/3Knoxville Raceway (Capitani Classic)Knoxville, IA24th DNF
8/8Knoxville Raceway (Nationals Qualifier)Knoxville, IA6th
8/9Knoxville Raceway (Nationals finale)Knoxville, IA4th
8/23Knoxville Raceway (KCCS)Knoxville, IA5th
9/5Amsoil Speedway (IRA)Superior, WI2nd
9/6Cedar Lake Speedway (IRA)New Richmond, WI7th
9/7Huset's SpeedwayBrandon, SD4th
9/12Clay County Fair Speedway (WoO)Spencer, IA10th
9/13Deer Creek Speedway (WoO)Spring Valley, MN4th
9/19Eldora Speedway (WoO)Rossburg, OH24th DNF
9/20Lernerville Speedway (WoO)Sarver, PA