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Minnesota Native Dollansky Ready for Princeton PolyDome National After traveling thousands of miles this season, Craig Dollansky will have his shortest trip of the season this week, as the World of Outlaws visit his home track of Princeton ...

Minnesota Native Dollansky Ready for Princeton PolyDome National

After traveling thousands of miles this season, Craig Dollansky will have his shortest trip of the season this week, as the World of Outlaws visit his home track of Princeton Speedway in Minnesota for the PolyDome Princeton National. Dollansky, who hails from Elk River, Minnesota, will have a scant 19 mile drive to the high-banked ¼-mile, where the series will be competing for the fourth consecutive season.

The two-day event on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 will mark the World of Outlaws lone visit this season to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and the last two events in the Midwest this season for the series, as well as the final stop at a ¼-mile track in 2007.

Dollansky won in the World of Outlaws inaugural visit to the high-banked ¼-mile in 2004. He also set the track record in qualifying in that event, turning a lap of 10.138 seconds, a record that still stands. Last season he finished in the Top-10 on both nights of the event. In his career at Princeton Speedway in World of Outlaws competition, Dollansky has five Top-10 finishes in six starts and has led 25 laps of feature competition.

"We are definitely looking forward to heading to Princeton," said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. "Having the event in October makes it the last big event in the Midwest for the World of Outlaws. Hopefully the weather is good and there will be a good turnout."

The World of Outlaws have contested a total of six events at Princeton Speedway, including preliminary features dating back to 2004. This year, the event will be two complete nights of racing, with time trials, heat races, a Crane Cams Dash and an A-Feature each night, with full championship points on the line. The winner will receive $10,000 on Friday, October 5 and again on Saturday, October 6.

With the World of Outlaws championship point race heating up, the event will be pivotal in not only determining a champion for the season as Donny Schatz leads Joey Saldana by 90 points atop the standings, but several other positions in the Top-20 can change. Dollansky is currently seventh in points, 133 markers out of the sixth spot, with seven events remaining on the 2007 schedule.

Dollansky and his wife Julie are again promoting the PolyDome Princeton National this season. They recently helped promote the inaugural World of Outlaws event at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa which drew over 7,000 fans to the reconfigured 3/8-mile, helping the fair set a new attendance record of 319,307 visitors.

As was the case at Clay County, once Dollansky enters the pit area on Friday, October 5, his sole focus will be on winning his fourth World of Outlaws event of the season and he will leave the final preparations and promoting to his wife and the staff of Princeton Speedway.

"They are a lot of great race fans in Minnesota," Dollansky noted. "To be able to bring the World of Outlaws there is a very good thing. Princeton Speedway is one of the most fun tracks that we hit on the tour. It's a good short track with a lot of side-by-side action. It's a great race track to get the series to and for all of us to race at."

Dollansky, a former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion, has won three A-Feature events this season with the World of Outlaws to bring his career total to 21 A-Feature wins. He has been victorious in 2007 at Lake Ozark Speedway in Missouri, at I-96 Speedway in Michigan and at Skagit Speedway in Washington, where he earned $25,000 for the victory.

Through action on September 29, he has 43 Top-10 finishes in the 69 A-Feature events that have been contested. He is one of just seven drivers that has more than 40 Top-10 finishes on the season. In addition, Dollansky has won the Crane Cams Dash six times to earn the same number of pole positions. He also is one of just six drivers that has led more than 100 laps of feature competition this season.

"We would love to go in there and win again, but there are a lot of good teams out here that are running strong," Dollansky said, as he prepared to return to Princeton Speedway. "We'll go in there and try as hard as we do at any other race. All in all, it will be a very competitive weekend."

Among the strong field of cars expected, will be 21 full-time World of Outlaws teams. Of the drivers that will be in attendance, they will account for well over 800 career wins with the series and 22 World of Outlaws titles. Of the drivers expected, 13 competed in the PolyDome Princeton National last season, with Daryn Pittman taking the win on both nights of the event in 2006.

On Friday, October 5 at Princeton Speedway, adult reserved tickets will be $32, with adult general admission tickets $28, while tickets for children will be $15 and kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge.

On Saturday, October 6, at Princeton Speedway adult reserved tickets will be $35, with adult general admission tickets $30, while tickets for children will be $15 and kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge. For tickets information visit: www.cdrpromotions.info or call 763-389-9717.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana