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Dollansky Takes I-55 Win

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Craig Dollansky captured the Ironman 55 World of Outlaws race at hot and humid I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo. on Saturday night.

“I am absolutely spent,” said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn., as he tried to lift the 55-pound trophy. “Fifty-five laps is a long time out there and the track was just so fast all night long since they had about 3 inches of rain here the day before. It also was about 95 degrees plus the humidity just made this a tough one. I can’t thank my team and everyone behind this car enough. Jason (Sides) got around us on a restart when I chose the top line but I thought I could cross over and get back by him down the backstretch. Luckily for us, we had a caution come out before the lap was completed and allowed us to get back out front. Then we had to hold off Brad Sweet and Jason Meyers, too. Meyers is one of the best in the business and won this race last year.”

Meyers tried to catch Dollansky’s Big Game Treestands Maxim to duplicate his last-lap pass for the second year in a row. Dollansky proved to be too strong for the 2010 World of Outlaws champion, but Meyers was relieved of one small thing in victory lane.

“It would have been nice to win but at least I don’t have to hoist that 55 pound dumbbell over my head,” Meyers said with a chuckle. “We had a great car here tonight and man was that a workout. By far the toughest one I have ever had in the gym or a race car. We’ll take the second and gear up for Knoxville. Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight, too. It was a workout for them as well just sitting in this heat.”

In a virtual replay from last year, Meyers and Lucas Wolfe had a spirited battle in the closing laps. Instead of going for the checkers, the two drivers were fighting for the runner-up spot. As in 2010, Wolfe watched Meyers’ DDNi/GLR Investments/Allstar Performance KPC cross the line ahead of him.

“It was another great run for this team tonight,” said Wolfe, who finished in the top three in the Allebach Maxim for the third consecutive race. “We’re getting really close to that first win. If you keep running up front, eventually you’ll find yourself in position to win one of these things. We just have to keep being there.”

Rounding out the Top 5 in the long and grueling race were Kerry Madsen and Donny Schatz.

With the Ironman 55 in their rearview mirrors, the Outlaws now head to Knoxville, Iowa, for the 51st Goodyear Knoxville Nationals, which begins on Wednesday.

NOTEBOOK

QUICK TIME – Paul McMahan was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the one-third mile oval in 10.216 seconds, earning five championship points. Kerry Madsen, Craig Dollansky, Jason Meyers and Jason Sides also earned qualifying points. It marked McMahan’s ninth Quick Time of the season.

TO THE POINT — After the Ironman, 300 drivers have earned points in World of Outlaws events this season, led by defending series champion Jason Meyers.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Ironman 55; I-55 Raceway; Pevely, Mo.; Aug. 6, 2011

A-Main — (50 Laps) — 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2] [$20,000]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [4] [$6,000]; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3] [$3,750]; 4. 92-Kerry Madsen [5] [$3,250]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [8] [$2,750]; 6. 6-Kraig Kinser [9] [$2,500]; 7. 83-Paul McMahan [7] [$2,400]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [11] [$2,300]; 9. 9-Brad Sweet [6] [$2,200]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [1] [$2,100]; 11. 63-Chad Kemenah [10] [$1,700]; 12. 91-Cody Darrah [12] [$1,400]; 13. 3-Mark Shirshekan [16] [$1,300]; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley [19] [$1,200]; 15. 6R-Bill Rose [20] [$1,100]; 16. 44-A.J. Bruns [21] [$1,000]; 17. 4-Danny Smith [15] [$1,000]; 18. 14X-Joey Moughan [18] [$1,000]; 19. 4K-Kody Kinser [14] [$1,000]; 20. 71M-Paul May [22] [$1,000]; 21. 65-Jordan Goldsberry [17] [$1,000]; 22. 66-Tommy Worley Jr [24] [$1,000]; 23. 3B-Brad Greer [13] [$1,000]; 24. 1M-Jim Moughan [23] [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-3, Craig Dollansky 4-55. KSE Hard Charger Award: 44W-Austen Wheatley [+5]

Qualifying — 1. 83-Paul McMahan, 10.216; 2. 92-Kerry Madsen, 10.223; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky, 10.238; 4. 14-Jason Meyers, 10.243; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.271; 6. 11-Steve Kinser, 10.274; 7. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 10.306; 8. 91-Cody Darrah, 10.311; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.318; 10. 9-Brad Sweet, 10.321; 11. 6-Kraig Kinser, 10.402; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah, 10.439; 13. 3B-Brad Greer, 10.472; 14. 4K-Kody Kinser, 10.498; 15. 4-Danny Smith, 10.507; 16. 3-Mark Shirshekan, 10.508; 17. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 10.527; 18. 14X-Joey Moughan, 10.611; 19. 44-A.J. Bruns, 10.635; 20. 71M-Paul May, 10.648; 21. 65-Jordan Goldsberry, 10.657; 22. 1M-Jim Moughan, 10.700; 23. 6R-Bill Rose, 10.725; 24. 66-Tommy Worley Jr, 10.778; 25. 84-Ben Wagoner, 10.779; 26. 2K-Ryan Kempin, 10.963; 27. 83N-Korey Weyant, 11.108

Heat 1 — (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 9-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [3]; 4. 83-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 3-Mark Shirshekan [6]; 6. 44-A.J. Bruns [7]; 7. 3B-Brad Greer [5]; 8. 1M-Jim Moughan [8]; 9. 84-Ben Wagoner [9]

Heat 2 — (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 6-Kraig Kinser [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 3. 91-Cody Darrah [2]; 4. 92-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 44W-Austen Wheatley [6]; 6. 4K-Kody Kinser [5]; 7. 6R-Bill Rose [8]; 8. 71M-Paul May [7]; 9. 2K-Ryan Kempin [9]

Heat 3 — (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 5. 4-Danny Smith [5]; 6. 14X-Joey Moughan [6]; 7. 66-Tommy Worley Jr [8]; 8. 65-Jordan Goldsberry [7]; 9. 83N-Korey Weyant [9]

Dash — (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) — 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 4. 14-Jason Meyers [3]; 5. 92-Kerry Madsen [5]; 6. 9-Brad Sweet [8]; 7. 83-Paul McMahan [6]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 9. 6-Kraig Kinser [9]; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah [10]

Last Chance Showdown (B-Main) — (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) — 1. 71M-Paul May [2] [-]; 2. 3B-Brad Greer [1] [-]; 3. 6R-Bill Rose [5] [-]; 4. 65-Jordan Goldsberry [3] [-]; 5. 1M-Jim Moughan [4] [-]; 6. 66-Tommy Worley Jr [6] [-]; 7. 84-Ben Wagoner [7] [$200]; 8. 2K-Ryan Kempin [8] [$180]; 9. 83N-Korey Weyant [9] [$175].

– Courtesy of Kyle Luetters and the World of Outlaws

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 7 2011
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