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Dollansky Tops Pittman At Volusia

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, February 17 2012

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Craig Dollansky won Thursday’s 30-lap feature race at the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Barbersville, Fla.

Dollansky, who qualified 13th quickest of the 40 competitors, won his heat race after starting third. That locked him into the feature, which he started eighth.

There was only one caution during the main event and Dollansky capitalized. After driving from eighth to second in the opening nine laps, Dollansky restarted behind polesitter Daryn Pittman on lap 10. Dollansky took the lead off Turn 4.

“I just should have known with Dollansky behind me, he’s probably running the top,” Pittman said. “I just probably should have gone ahead and moved up there myself. But when you’re leading the race you hate to change what’s been working without knowing that something else is better. Sometimes it’s a disadvantage to be leading and an advantage to be second, and I think that was one of them.”

After the restart, Dollansky led the final 21 laps on a track that became slicker each lap. Pittman was unable to close within more than a handful of car lengths as Dollansky maneuvered throughout traffic without much difficulty.

“We had a restart and got a good run on him on the outside, then just tried to run our race and hold our line,” said Dollansky, who also earned the Hard Charger Award. “We got through a few lapped cars and just tried to settle in and get to the end with our tires and fuel load.”

Dollansky and the rest of the drivers kick off the World of Outlaws season on Friday with the first of three consecutive nights at Volusia Speedway Park. Those races, combined with the previous two UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions, will determine the overall sprint car champion for the week.

Danny Lasoski – Wednesday’s feature winner – qualified third, finished fourth in his heat and ended the night third in the main event. He remains the leader in the chase for the week’s sprint car title.

Greg Hodnett finished fourth and Brad Sweet fifth in Thursday’s feature. Joey Saldana, Cody Darrah, Sammy Swindell, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Steve Kinser rounded out the top 10, respectively.

Dollansky, Tim Shaffer, Kinser and Kerry Madsen each claimed a heat race victory. Swindell qualified the fastest with a lap of 13.203 seconds.

Tickets for the rest of the 41st annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets, by calling 877-395-8606 or purchased at the track.

UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 16, 2012:

UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [8]; 2. 27-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski [3]; 4. 39-Greg Hodnett [10]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 6. 9-Joey Saldana [13]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell [11]; 9. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr [5]; 10. 11-Steve Kinser [17]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [15]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12]; 13. 14S-Tony Stewart [14]; 14. 24-Terry McCarl [16]; 15. 29-Kerry Madsen [18]; 16. 83-Tim Shaffer [20]; 17. 14-Jason Meyers [24]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [23]; 19. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [4]; 20. 59-Dave Blaney [19]; 21. 3-Pete Miller III [21]; 22. 5-Jac Haudenschild [6]; 23. O-Glen Styres [22]; 24. 2-Dale Blaney [9]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-9, Craig Dollansky 10-30. Hard Charger: 7-Craig Dollansky [+7].

Qualifying – 1. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.203; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.224; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski, 13.228; 4. 27-Daryn Pittman, 13.229; 5. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.258; 6. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.293; 7. 14S-Tony Stewart, 13.317; 8. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.344; 9. 5-Jac Haudenschild, 13.348; 10. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 13.384; 11. 20E-Brian Ellenberger, 13.400; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.408; 13. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.422; 14. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.447; 15. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.452; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.460; 17. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.474; 18. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 13.486; 19. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.490; 20. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.509; 21. 59-Dave Blaney, 13.513; 22. 83-Tim Shaffer, 13.532; 23. 3-Pete Miller III, 13.537; 24. O-Glen Styres, 13.538; 25. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.542; 26. M1-Mark Smith, 13.568; 27. O7-Mark Coldren, 13.596; 28. 89G-David Gravel, 13.598; 29. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.637; 30. 14-Jason Meyers, 13.666; 31. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.727; 32. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.756; 33. 71M-Paul May, 13.770; 34. 54-Cap Henry, 13.797; 35. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.836; 36. 2X-Dustin Morgan, 13.841; 37. 77-Aaron Ott, 13.880; 38. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.894; 39. 45-Paul McMahan, 14.041; 40. 33M-Luke Hall, 14.117.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 2. 24-Terry McCarl [2]; 3. 59-Dave Blaney [1]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [7]; 5. 5-Jac Haudenschild [4]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 7. 77-Aaron Ott [10]; 8. 9-Joey Saldana [5]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 10. 71M-Paul May [9].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [5]; 3. 2-Dale Blaney [3]; 4. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr [4]; 5. 14-Jason Meyers [8]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. M1-Mark Smith [7]; 8. 54-Cap Henry [9]; 9. 96-Bronson Maeschen [2]; 10. 87-Alan Krimes [10].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett [3]; 3. 3-Pete Miller III [1]; 4. 33-Danny Lasoski [6]; 5. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [4]; 6. 14S-Tony Stewart [5]; 7. 4S-Danny Smith [8]; 8. 45-Paul McMahan [10]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [9]; 10. O7-Mark Coldren [7].

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 4. 27-Daryn Pittman [6]; 5. O-Glen Styres [1]; 6. 89G-David Gravel [7]; 7. 51-Fred Rahmer [5]; 8. 33M-Luke Hall [10]; 9. 2X-Dustin Morgan [9]; 10. 28-Brian Paulus [8].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 27-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [4]; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski [6]; 4. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [2]; 5. 1Z-Sam Hafertepe Jr [3]; 6. 5-Jac Haudenschild [5].

B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 4. 14S-Tony Stewart [4]; 5. M1-Mark Smith [7]; 6. 4S-Danny Smith [11]; 7. 89G-David Gravel [9]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [10]; 9. 51-Fred Rahmer [5]; 10. 45-Paul McMahan [18]; 11. 54-Cap Henry [14]; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah [15]; 13. 77-Aaron Ott [17]; 14. 96-Bronson Maeschen [6]; 15. 28-Brian Paulus [12]; 16. O7-Mark Coldren [8]; 17. 71M-Paul May [13]; 18. 2X-Dustin Morgan [16]; 19. 33M-Luke Hall [19].

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, February 17 2012
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