Heavy Rain Forces World of Outlaws To Postpone Lawrenceburg Speedway Event Lawrenceburg, IN -- April 21, 2006 -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Series has raced through a lot of miserable weather this season, from below freezing temperatures to ...
Heavy Rain Forces World of Outlaws To Postpone Lawrenceburg Speedway Event
Lawrenceburg, IN -- April 21, 2006 -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Series has raced through a lot of miserable weather this season, from below freezing temperatures to snow. But when the skies opened and the rain came down fast and heavy Friday afternoon at Lawrenceburg Speedway, officials had no choice but to call off the action for the night.
The World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the City of Lawrenceburg Sprint Nationals will shift to July 7, a night before the series returns to I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., where Donny Schatz thrilled a capacity crowd earlier this month.
The rain started to fall quick on early Friday afternoon at the quarter-mile oval in southeastern Indiana, turning the pits into a muddy bog. Transporters were hastily moved out to ensure they wouldn't become stuck as rain lasted throughout the afternoon with no end in sight.
"We were looking forward to coming in here and racing tonight but Mother Nature had other ideas for us I guess," said Craig Dollansky, who was seeking his second consecutive victory after winning last weekend at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. "We'll just come back in July. It's unfortunate but it's what happens sometimes."
After making some adjustments to his crew and car, Dollansky and his Karavan Trailers team have risen to third in the World of Outlaws championship standings as the series rolls Saturday into historic Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for an event to be televised by The Outdoor Channel and Sunday into racy Huset's Speedway just outside of Sioux Falls, S.D., for an event that also will be featured live through a DIRTVision Cybercast.
"I'm definitely feeling better and better as we go with the changes we made," said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn. "Things are definitely heading in the right direction and we're going to keep racing and work hard at things. I'm pretty happy with the last five events and the momentum we're starting to build here. Knoxville is a track I'm familiar with and right now we're just trying to do as much racing as we can."
Terry McCarl wound up second last week at Tri-State and remains entrenched in the championship battle. He was hoping to build on last week's performance with a strong run Friday at Lawrenceburg.
"It's always frustrating when you travel far and get rained out, but it's part of the game when you commit to running a full season with anybody," said McCarl, of Altoona, Iowa. "That's the way it is. You have to commit to it. I try not to let it bother me. That's one thing in life I can't control, the weather. Being a promoter part-time, that stuff will drive you crazy. I feel bad for the promoters. People don't realize how much hard work goes into an event like this. The City of Lawrenceburg was really behind this deal. I think in the future this should grow to be a really big event. We had a great time yesterday showing our cars Downtown, we had a great turnout. I think with the city behind it, in the coming years it'll be a great weekend for sprint car fans."
Heading into Knoxville and Huset's, both tracks where he has won multiple titles, McCarl and his Big Game Treestands team are fourth in the standings, only two points behind Dollansky. Schatz is leading the way in the ParkerStore J&J with Joey Saldana second in the Central Merchant Services Inc. JEI.
"I like every track, and there's a bit of happiness to be home," McCarl said of next week's events. But it's a little nerve-wracking going back to Knoxville with all the family and friends and sponsors there. You just want to do well for everybody so there's actually a little more pressure on me going into Knoxville."
The rainout Friday night also means the Missouri High Bank Nationals presented by Weld Wheels on May 5 will become an event televised by The Outdoor Channel on May 10.
Following next week's races at Knoxville and Huset's, the World of Outlaws schedule picks up with the highly anticipated Missouri High Bank Nationals presented by Weld Wheels on May 5 at U.S. 36 Raceway followed May 6 by the Third Annual Wichita Twister Showdown at 81 Speedway just outside Wichita, Kan. The series then heads toward its first East Coast Swing with events May 12 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and May 13 at K-C Raceway in Waverly, Ohio.