Red River Valley race report

Dollansky Settles Score at Red River Valley WEST FARGO, ND (July 7) -- "This place owes me one, and $20,000 wouldn't be a bad way to collect," Craig Dollansky said Friday after coming so close to winning for the third straight time at Red ...

Dollansky Settles Score at Red River Valley

WEST FARGO, ND (July 7) -- "This place owes me one, and $20,000 wouldn't be a bad way to collect," Craig Dollansky said Friday after coming so close to winning for the third straight time at Red River Valley Speedway.

Dollansky settled the score with the high-banked, 1/2-mile oval 24 hours later, claiming the $20,000 first prize in the Fourth Annual Duel in the Dakotas championship feature.

The tremendous obstacles the defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion overcame while earning the largest paycheck of his career made his second "A" Feature victory of the year even sweeter.

"I'm really glad we could hang on to win this one," Dollansky said. "I was biting my nails during that (28th-lap) red. We lost a cylinder midway through the race, but thank God we were able to stay out front.

"I have to hand it to my crew -- Scott Mudra, Scott Benic and Todd Splain. They gave me a great car to drive tonight. This Fisher motor made plenty of horsepower and the Maxim chassis and Hoosier tires got it to the track. This one's for everybody up there (in the stands)."

Splain drove throughout the night between the preliminary programs to deliver the new Fisher engine that powered Dollansky to victory.

Dollansky's runner-up finishes in both Preliminary Features gave him the privilege of starting the 30-lap main event outside the front row.

Opening-night Preliminary Feature winner Steve Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature. Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski took the low line through the third and fourth corners to pass Second Preliminary Feature winner Sammy Swindell for third place late in the first lap.

Second O'Reilly Heat Race winner Dale Blaney and local favorite Donny Schatz exchanged seventh place during the second and third laps, passing each other deep in turn four.

Kinser, who has won eight Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events at Red River Valley Speedway, was .5 seconds ahead of Dollansky when he entered lapped traffic 10 laps into the race.

Dollansky caught Kinser two laps later, but was unable to pass him in the low groove between the third and fourth corners. "The Crowd Pleaser" steered Karavan Racing's #7 Polydome Maxim around Kinser high in turn four to take the lead the next time around, however.

Schatz, from Minot, ND, challenged Danny Wood for eight laps before passing him for sixth place high in turn two early in lap 19.

Jeff Shepard, who started outside the fourth row, started making his way to the front with six laps remaining. He steered Guy Forbrook's #5 Wirtgen Maxim to the deepest point in the first corner to pass Swindell for fourth place early in the 27th lap. Swindell followed Shepard into the low groove in turn four to pass Lasoski the next time around.

Jason Sides tightened the field and took the leaders out of lapped traffic early in the 29th lap when he stopped in the third corner. Tim Shaffer passed Blaney, Schatz and Wood as the race resumed, only to have Jac Haudenschild collide with Mark Kinser and flip into the catch fence on the front straightaway, nullifying the ninth-to-sixth move.

Wood took the low line through turns one and two to pass Schatz for sixth place and Swindell passed Shepard for third with a similar maneuver between the third and fourth corners within a lap after the green flag replaced the red.

Dollansky, who was 1.6 seconds ahead of "The King of the Outlaws" with 10 laps remaining, increased his advantage to 2.3 seconds by the time he took the checkered flag.

Lasoski finished in fifth place, ahead of Wood, Schatz, Shaffer, 14th-starting Andy Hillenburg and Blaney.

Mark Kinser, who entered the Duel in the Dakotas leading the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series standings, fell 31 points behind Lasoski despite racing into 11th place from inside the 10th row.

Bad luck followed Randy Hannagan throughout the Duel in the Dakotas. Mechanical problems kept him from qualifying for Thursday's Preliminary Feature and cost him sixth place in the Second Preliminary Feature. He was running fourth in Saturday's "B" Feature when TH Racing's #1X K&C Drywall Eagle suffered a broken drive line.

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run $51,600 events at Cedar Lake Speedway Monday and Farmer City Raceway Wednesday before sanctioning a double-feature event at Route 66 Raceway Thursday and Friday and another single-program event at I-55 Raceway Saturday.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Jason Sides , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild