Princeton: Inaugural two day event preview

Dollansky Leads Outlaws to Inaugural Polydome Princeton National PRINCETON, MN (May 19) -- If Craig Dollansky needed any more incentive to continue his climb in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings, "The Crowd Pleaser" will get it...

Dollansky Leads Outlaws to Inaugural Polydome Princeton National

PRINCETON, MN (May 19) -- If Craig Dollansky needed any more incentive to continue his climb in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings, "The Crowd Pleaser" will get it this weekend in the Inaugural Polydome Princeton National.

The series' fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint cars will be racing in Minnesota -- Dollansky's home state -- for the first time since 1988. Additionally, Dollansky's car owner, Scott Boyd, is a member of the event's promotional team: SLS Promotions.

Dollansky, who has improved three positions to sixth place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings in the last two events, drove Karavan Motorsports' #7 VMAC Maxim to victory in the "A" Feature at I-55 Raceway on April 17th.

"Princeton Speedway has put a generous amount of time and effort into upgrading the track," said Dollansky, who has been instrumental in bringing sprint car racing back to the facility located 10 minutes from his home. "That includes new lighting, widening of the track and conversion of the stands. This is something that will be exciting for everyone. The history this track has combined with the opportunity to bring the Outlaws to this community will be an event. We plan on doing everything we can to make it a successful and enjoyable event for the fans and community. This will allow fans in the area an opportunity to see the World of Outlaws Sprint Series in their own backyard without the extra traveling expense."

Princeton Speedway, a high-banked ¼-mile oval in the heartland of Minnesota, has a rich history. Built in 1956 from a ½-mile horseracing track, Princeton Speedway has hosted many stock car and open wheel racing events. Bill Dollansky, Craig's father, won Princeton Speedway's last sprint car race in 1981, then sprint cars were absent from the facility for 16 years before the International Motor Contest Association returned. The elder Dollansky won the 1980 championship of the Midwest Sprint Association, which raced at Princeton Speedway regularly.

Craig will have plenty of competition as he races to please his hometown fans. Nine drivers have combined to win the 15 World of Outlaws Sprint Series main events and 15 -- the "Mean 15" -- are racing with the series on a full-time basis this season.

Steve Kinser, the series' defending and 18-time champion, has driven his #11 Quaker State Maxim to victory in five of the first 15 main events this season, including the 500th of his career. "The King of the Outlaws" leads the standings by 35 points over Danny Lasoski.

Lasoski, who won the World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship in 2001, moved into second place in the point standings with a pair of runner-up runs at Eldora Speedway in April. "The Dude" has driven 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle into the top 10 in 11 "A" Features, including seven in the top five.

Donny Schatz has driven his family's #15 Parker Store J&J to a series-leading 13 top-10 finishes through the first 15 events and ranks third in the point standings.

Jason Meyers, who leads the World of Outlaws Sprint Series with nine top-five finishes, has driven the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim to victory at Perris Auto Speedway, the Talladega Short Track and K-C Raceway.

Paul McMahan has driven Dave Helm's #11H Selma Shell Maxim into the top 10 in 11 main events, including a victory in the Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.

Tim Shaffer has driven Roth Motorsports' #83 Beef Packers Eagle into the top 10 in 10 main events, including five in the top five, and ranks eighth in the point standings.

Jason Sides, the 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, has recorded three top-five finishes, including a third-place run in the Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway.

Daryn Pittman, who received the Manufacturers' Hard Charger Award in 2002, has driven the #21 Hop & Sack CMC into the top 10 in 10 of the first 15 "A" Features.

Joey Saldana, who started driving Larry Woodward's #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim in early April, won his first "A" Feature of the year at Tri-City Speedway May 15th.

Brian Paulus drove the #28 Arnold Transportation Maxim into the lead late in the 28th lap on his way to winning the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track April 3rd.

Kraig Kinser, Erin Crocker, Jonathan Allard and Brian Brown form the strongest rookie class in World of Outlaws Sprint Series history as they battle for the 2004 Kevin Gobrecht award.

Kinser, Steve Kinser's son, drove the #11K Delco-Remy Maxim into second place in the NGK Spark Plugs Shootout at the Motor Speedway Dirt Track April 3rd. Allard, the 2002 Silver Dollar Speedway champion, has driven the #35 PRT Travel Maxim into 13th place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings. Brown, Lasoski's nephew, has driven the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim into 14th in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings. Crocker, the first female to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals championship feature, drives the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim for former racer Mike Woodring.

Dollansky, Lasoski, Schatz, Saldana, Meyers, Sides, Pittman, McMahan, Brown and Crocker will sign autographs throughout the weekend at various locations in Princeton.

PolyDome, the event's sponsor, is a division of PolyTank, Inc., a custom molder and manufacturer of polyethylene products including PolyDome Calf Nurseries, tanks, and over 300 various commercial agricultural products.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Erin Crocker , Craig Dollansky , Brian Brown , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan