Nebraska II: Race report

Dollansky returns to victory lane in Nebraska. GREENWOOD, NE (September 18) -- With 48 top-10 finishes in 58 "A" Features, Craig Dollansky is one of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' most consistent drivers. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout...

Dollansky returns to victory lane in Nebraska.

GREENWOOD, NE (September 18) -- With 48 top-10 finishes in 58 "A" Features, Craig Dollansky is one of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' most consistent drivers. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion won his second main event of the season Wednesday at Nebraska Raceway Park.

Dollansky raced past pole-sitter Mark Kinser early in the third lap and beat Tim Shaffer under the checkered flag by nine car-lengths for the $10,000 victory -- his first in 46 events.

"This Maxim car and Charlie Garrett engine were great tonight," Dollansky said. "I just can't thank my crew enough for the great job they did, and Scott Boyd of Karavan, Dick Johanic of Polydome and Tony Menard from V-Mac, along with Afco Shocks and Hoosier Tires. Hopefully we're just getting started for a strong run to end the season.

"Nebraska's great. They have some great race tracks and great fans here."

Kinser, who won five of the first 12 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events at Nebraska Raceway Park, passed Dollansky for the lead midway through the 13th lap. P.J. Chesson and front-row starter Kerry Madsen crashed before the leaders completed the lap, however, allowing Dollansky to restart in first place.

"Lapped traffic plays a big part in this kind of racing," Dollansky said. "I was trying to deal with a lapped car when I saw Mark get underneath me there. But the caution flag came out and we still had a long way to go."

Dollansky, the fourth-fastest qualifier in the 30-car field, finished fifth in the Third Heat Race and earned the second row inside starting position by following Kinser across the finish line in the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.

Kinser drove his father Karl's #5M Mopar Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, but Brad Furr and Daryn Pittman collided and flipped between turns one and two early in the opening lap. Although neither driver was injured in the crash, the severe damage to their cars kept them from restarting.

Kinser burst into the lead again when the green flag replaced the red. Dollansky took second place quickly, passing Madsen in the low groove between the first and second corners. Dollansky used a similar move to pass Kinser for the lead two laps later, and opened an eight-car-length advantage within six laps.

Donny Schatz, racing for the first time in two years without Kenny Woodruff as his crew chief, passed 10 cars during the first nine laps. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past fast-qualifier Joey Saldana and Randy Hannagan during laps 11 and 12 to take over seventh place.

Shaffer, who has finished eighth or better in 10 of the last 11 events, drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle past Kinser in the low groove between the third and fourth corners late in the 13th lap. The 1999 Rookie of the Year was 10 car-lengths behind Dollansky when they entered lapped traffic six laps later.

Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser passed Danny Lasoski for fourth place early in the 14th lap. "The King of the Outlaws" jumped the cushion and spun into Lasoski six laps later, however. "The Dude" restarted immediately, while Kinser was left in the pit area as his crew replaced the front axle on his #11 Quaker State Maxim. Derek Beckman's second-corner spin on the ensuing restart allowed Kinser to rejoin the race at the rear of the field.

Schatz raced into fourth place late in the 21st lap, passing First Heat Race winner Stevie Smith in the inside line between turns three and four. Smith and Saldana exchanged fifth place twice in the next two laps.

Dollansky was seven car-lengths ahead of Shaffer when he caught the back markers early in lap 26, but Justin Henderson took the leaders out of lapped traffic and tightened the field when he spun in the second corner the next time around. The #2W Heintz Brothers Maxim driven by Johnny Herrera ran out of fuel during the ensuing caution period.

Schatz challenged Kinser for third place as the green flag replaced the yellow, but was unable to surge ahead. Dollansky drove Karavan Racing's #7 V-Mac/Polydome Maxim away from the field during the final restart, and cruised to victory.

Schatz' fourth-place finish pushed him ahead of Furr into seventh place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Saldana finished fifth, ahead of Smith, 22nd-starting Brooke Tatnell, Second Heat Race winner Don Droud, Jr., Ricky Logan and Steve Kinser.

After the Heat Races, O'Reilly Auto Parts Dashes and the "B" Feature were uninterrupted by cautions, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series officials beat the approaching inclement weather by starting the "A" Feature at 8:37 p.m.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , P.J. Chesson