2007 season preview - Dollansky, Meyers

Dollansky, Meyers Seek World of Outlaws Championship Concord, NC -- Jan. 27, 2007 -- What do Craig Dollansky and Jason Meyers have in common? They are two of the best sprint car drivers in the world who have finished as the runner-up in World of...

Dollansky, Meyers Seek World of Outlaws Championship

Concord, NC -- Jan. 27, 2007 -- What do Craig Dollansky and Jason Meyers have in common? They are two of the best sprint car drivers in the world who have finished as the runner-up in World of Outlaws championship standings the past two seasons.

While the early season spotlight might shine brightest on World of Outlaws champions Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski as the stars of the sport are all racing under the same banner again this season, Dollansky and Meyers believe they can grab that spotlight and move up the final rung on the championship ladder.

Meyers finished second to Steve Kinser in 2005. A native of Clovis, Calif., Meyers won four A-feature events and rolled to 50 Top-10 finishes.

Dollansky, who hails from Elk River, Minn., was the runner-up to Donny Schatz last season after closing out the season on a torrid pace. He scored six A-feature wins to go along with two preliminary feature wins and 47 Top-10 finishes. If Dollansky, together with crew chief Rob Hart, can pick up where they left off in 2006, he might rocket to the top of the standings and make everybody play catch-up.

What's interesting are the parallels in their careers as they have climbed the sprint car racing ladder to become stars in the sport. Meyers picked up his first World of Outlaws win at the famed Knoxville Raceway, the same track that Dollansky began his sprint car racing career.

In 2004, Dollansky was fourth in points with Meyers one spot behind him. On the career wins list, Dollansky has 18 and Meyers is not far behind with 13.

The two began their battle in 2000 when they competed with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series. Dollansky won the crown that year with Meyers claiming the Rookie of the Year Award.

In 2003 they actually drove the same car. When Dollansky sustained a severe back injury in an Infiniti Pro Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Meyers was tabbed for Dollansky's seat to keep the Karavan Racing machine on the World of Outlaws trail. Meyers was so successful with crew chief D.J. Lindsey that Lindsey eventually went to work for Meyers' Elite Racing team.

Now they begin 2007 on a mission to win their first World of Outlaws championship. The title pursuit begins Feb. 9 during the 36th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Jason Meyers