Lernerville series spotlight - Craig Dollansky

Shooting for the Silver: Dollansky Looks for First Win in Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup After Runner-up Finish Last Year Sarver, PA-- July 14, 2008-- The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania is one of the ...

Shooting for the Silver: Dollansky Looks for First Win in Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup After Runner-up Finish Last Year

Sarver, PA-- July 14, 2008-- The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania is one of the crown jewels of sprint car racing and an event that every driver wants to win at some point during their career. Craig Dollansky is certainly no exception, as he knows the prestige that goes with winning the event that honors the legendary track owner and promoter. He came close to winning the race last year when he started on the pole, and led the first seven laps of the 40-lap contest, before winding up second.

The native of Elk River, Minnesota looks to better that finish by one spot this year, as the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make their final visit of the season to storied track in Western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, July 15 for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup which will pay a record $40,000 to win, as the "Month of Money" continues for the series.

"It's a very good race track," said Dollansky when talking about Lernerville. "They work extremely hard at preparing the racing surface there. It's get very racy, especially during the feature. It's paying 40-grand to win this year, so we'll go in there as prepared as we can and see what we can do. The Don Martin Memorial is one of the premier events in sprint car racing."

Lernerville Speedway is one of just two tracks on the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws schedule that measures four-tenths of a mile, with the other being The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway. Dollansky has finished fifth at both facilities this season aboard the Auto Value Parts Stores/Snap-on Tools Maxim, and heads into the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup with one career win at Lernerville, with that coming in a World of Outlaws Gumout Series event in 2000.

"It has many of its own characteristics," Dollansky noted when asked about Lernerville. "I can't really compare it to anywhere else. It's laid out well and a good sized race track. It's a place that always produces good racing, and you can work your way from the back of the field to the front."

The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup is in the middle of a very busy month of July for the World of Outlaws, which has recently seen the series compete six times in an eight day period. The event on Tuesday will be begin a stretch of 10 races in 15 days to wrap up the month of July. As a driver, Dollansky would race every day of the week if he could, but he is quick to point out the endless hours that his crew puts in both at the track and on the road, and how important it is for them to have days away from the track to regroup.

"It gets to be a busy month, but more so for my crew," explained the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion. "The important thing is for those guys to stay fresh and focused. Our equipment is strong right now. My job is a bit easier than what theirs is. They have to drive to the rig up and down the road and go to the car washes every night. It's a lot of work for those guys, but I have a great crew here and they work very hard."

Dollansky is in the midst of his first season driving for car owner Larry Woodward, who is celebrating his 50th year in racing this season. The veteran driver is currently third in the World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of six A-Feature wins, 28 Top-10 finishes and 20 Top-Five finishes. He is just two points behind Jason Meyers who is second in points. He is the only driver that has led more than 200 laps of A-Feature racing competition this season, as he has paced the field for 229 laps. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash three times to earn pole position, and has been quickest in time trials twice.

"It's a total team effort," said Dollansky of his strong start to the 2008 season. "I have a great group of guys here and everyone has to do their job to win races and be in the Top-Five. We didn't have a whole lot of time in the off-season to prepare this team, with the transition there with Larry Woodward. Things went pretty smooth. We would like to be a little better situated than we are right now, but things are ok right now and we are working hard to keep ourselves prepared."

Dollansky is chasing his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title this season. He has finished fourth or better in points five times in his career, including a runner-up finish in 2006. He currently has 27 career A-Feature wins with the World of Outlaws which places him 14th on the all-time win list.

"At this time of the year, we are just focused on winning races," commented Dollansky. "We'll probably look a little closer at the point deal somewhere at the end of August or September. It's something that you do have your sights on some what, but not as much as you would be looking at it at the end of the year. Our goal is to go into each race strong and try to win races."

Dollansky finished fourth in his debut at Lernerville in 1996. He won at the track in 2000 with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series, and has 13 career Top-10 finishes at the track, including six in a row. He came from 20th to finish fifth at Lernerville on May 13, to pick up the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

"The first time there this year we didn't get a very good qualifying time and had to start at the back," he said. "We came from quite a ways back to finish up in the Top-Five. Last year we were second, so I am encouraged to go back and I that's a track we run well at. We'll have to go in there on our game and have our equipment strong and see what we can do."

On Tuesday, July 15 at Lernerville Speedway, Adult General Admission tickets for those 18-over will be $29, with General Admission tickets for Seniors $26 and tickets for those ages 11-17 $24, with kids10-under admitted free of charge. Reserved tickets for those 18-over will be $32, with reserved tickets for Seniors $29 and reserved tickets for ages 11-17 $27. For ticket information visit www.lernerville.com.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Craig Dollansky , Jason Meyers