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Dollansky Tops In N.D.

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Craig Dollansky completed a sweep of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Duel in the Dakotas on Saturday night at River Cities Speedway in Twin Forks when he swept past Jason Sides on the high side in the final corner and charged to the checkered flag.

It was a reversal of fortune for Dollansky, who earlier this season lost a race to Sides on the final turn. This time Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn., was the hunter, and earned not only a sweep of the weekend event in Grand Forks, N.D., but also picked up his fourth overall victory of the season.

“I may be from Minnesota but I love North Dakota, I will tell you that,” said a beaming Dollansky. “We were good around the top for most of the night. I also want to give a special shout out to all the fathers out there. This is just really cool.”

Dollansky sported a different primary paint scheme as brilliant shades of blue from Aggressive Hydraulics adorned his No. 7 Big Game Treestands Maxim during the two-day event. The combination seemed to work all weekend as Dollansky and the rest of the pack survived a wild night. Sides led from the start of the race in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim and held off hard challenges from Dollansky, Joey Saldana and Steve Kinser. Sides led the first 17 laps before Saldana went to the point on Lap 18. Sides then recaptured the lead a lap later and held it until the final circuit.

“We got passed,” said Sides, of Bartlett, Tenn. “It was a matter of yards to the finish and we just got caught in lapped traffic. Dollansky was better on the top and he got around me.”

Kinser managed to finish in the third position after a wild night for his No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim. The 20-time champion had his hands full, especially on six restarts.

“One of the restarts we gave everything away and then on the next one, we gained it all back,” said Kinser, a five-time winner this season from Bloomington, Ind. “Our car hooked up pretty good in some places and we were able to use that to our advantage.”

After seriously challenging Sides for the lead with 10 laps to go, Saldana scraped the wall coming off of turn four and faded to the fourth position. Defending series champion Jason Meyers battled his way into the Top 5 as the checkers flew to maintain a solid string of finishes. Current points leader and North Dakota native Donny Schatz looked strong early in the event, setting quick time during qualifying, but settled for a seventh-place finish to go with his runner-up finish on Friday night.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series remains in the upper Midwest this week as it invades Princeton (Minn.) Speedway on Saturday, June 25, and Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D., just outside of Sioux Falls on Sunday, June 26.

Notebook

Donny Schatz was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the three-tenths mile oval in 10.439 seconds, earning five championship points. Cody Darrah, Lucas Wolfe, Craig Dollansky and Jason Sides also earned qualifying points. It marked Schatz’s second Quick Time of the season.

Winners – There have been 23 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Lakeside Speedway on June 4); Craig Dollansky – 4 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3, River Cities Speedway on June 17 and 18); Sammy Swindell – 4 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30, Knoxville Raceway on June 11); Joey Saldana – 3 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6); Jason Sides – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2, I-96 Speedway on May 30); Paul McMahan – 2 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28, Belleville Highbanks on June 3); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20.)

Stats

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; River Cities Speedway; Grand Forks, N.D.; June 18, 2011

A-Main – (40 Laps/Pos., Car, Driver [Starting Pos.], Earnings) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2] [$10,000]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1] [$5,000]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [3] [$3,000]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana [8] [$2,700]; 5. 14-Jason Meyers [7] [$2,500]; 6. 83-Paul McMahan [9] [$2,200]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$2,000]; 8. 92-Kerry Madsen [14] [$1,800]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell [5] [$1,600]; 10. 91-Cody Darrah [6] [$1,450]; 11. 13-Mark Dobmeier [13] [$1,300]; 12. 59-Brooke Tatnell [19] [$1,200]; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [11] [$1,100]; 14. 8-Casey Mack [12] [$1,000]; 15. 6R-Bill Rose [15] [$950]; 16. 6-Kraig Kinser [20] [$900]; 17. 1S-Kevin Swindell [16] [$850]; 18. 63-Chad Kemenah [10] [$750]; 19. 11K-Nick Shirek [23] [$725]; 20. 9N-Wade Nygard [22] [$700]; 21. 5-Dave Glennon [24] [$700]; 22. 1K-Chris Shirek [17] [$700]; 23. 20K-Thomas Kennedy [21] [$700]; 24. 2-Austin Pierce [18] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-17, 19-39; Joey Saldana 18; Craig Dollansky 40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 59-Brooke Tatnell [+7].

Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.439; 2. 91-Cody Darrah, 10.709; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 10.718; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky, 10.757; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.829; 6. 8-Casey Mack, 10.847; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah, 10.866; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 10.871; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 10.904; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell, 10.912; 11. 9-Joey Saldana, 10.916; 12. 92-Kerry Madsen, 10.928; 13. 83-Paul McMahan, 10.972; 14. 14-Jason Meyers, 10.976; 15. 6R-Bill Rose, 10.993; 16. 1S-Kevin Swindell, 11.046; 17. 1K-Chris Shirek, 11.154; 18. 2-Austin Pierce, 11.166; 19. 59-Brooke Tatnell, 11.182; 20. 6-Kraig Kinser, 11.258; 21. 20K-Thomas Kennedy, 11.397; 22. 92M-Mitch Mack, 11.728; 23. 9N-Wade Nygard, 11.765; 24. 31-Shane Roemeling, 11.766; 25. 11K-Nick Shirek, 11.793; 26. 5-Dave Glennon, 11.970; 27. 27-Chris Ranten, 11.993; 28. 19K-Kohlan Fedyk, 12.203; 29. 25-Cory Mack, 12.356; 30. 10TRB-Bob Martin, 12.433; 31. 14X-Tom Egeland, 12.760; 32. 17-Todd Michelson, 13.482; 33. 99-Jordon Graham, 13.586; 34. 50-Ryan Flaten, 13.839.

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 13-Mark Dobmeier [2]; 5. 20K-Thomas Kennedy [6]; 6. 1K-Chris Shirek [5]; 7. 11K-Nick Shirek [7]; 8. 99-Jordon Graham [9]; 9. 25-Cory Mack [8]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 3. 8-Casey Mack [3]; 4. 91-Cody Darrah [4]; 5. 5-Dave Glennon [7]; 6. 50-Ryan Flaten [9]; 7. 10TRB-Bob Martin [8]; 8. 2-Austin Pierce [5]; 9. 92M-Mitch Mack [6]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [3]; 3. 59-Brooke Tatnell [5]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [4]; 5. 6R-Bill Rose [1]; 6. 9N-Wade Nygard [6]; 7. 27-Chris Ranten [7]; 8. 14X-Tom Egeland [8]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 3. 92-Kerry Madsen [2]; 4. 6-Kraig Kinser [5]; 5. 1S-Kevin Swindell [1]; 6. 19K-Kohlan Fedyk [7]; 7. 17-Todd Michelson [8]; 8. 31-Shane Roemeling [6]

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [6]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [7]; 6. 91-Cody Darrah [3]; 7. 14-Jason Meyers [10]; 8. 9-Joey Saldana [8]; 9. 83-Paul McMahan [9]; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]

Last Chance Showdown (B-Main) – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1K-Chris Shirek [1] [-]; 2. 9N-Wade Nygard [4] [-]; 3. 11K-Nick Shirek [6] [-]; 4. 2-Austin Pierce [2] [-]; 5. 27-Chris Ranten [7] [$200]; 6. 99-Jordon Graham [13] [$180]; 7. 10TRB-Bob Martin [10] [$175]; 8. 50-Ryan Flaten [14] [$160]; 9. 92M-Mitch Mack [3] [$150]; 10. 14X-Tom Egeland [11] [$150]; 11. 25-Cory Mack [9] [$150]; 12. 17-Todd Michelson [12] [$150]; 13. 31-Shane Roemeling [5] [$150]; 14. 19K-Kohlan Fedyk [8] [$150].

– Courtesy of  the World of Outlaws

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 19 2011
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