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Series countdown to 2009 - part one

Countdown to 2009: A Look Back at Five Memorable World of Outlaws Races from 2008 Concord, NC-- December 27, 2008--With just five days remaining in 2008, five of the most exciting races of the World of Outlaws season will be re-visited for...

Countdown to 2009: A Look Back at Five Memorable World of Outlaws Races from 2008

Concord, NC-- December 27, 2008--With just five days remaining in 2008, five of the most exciting races of the World of Outlaws season will be re-visited for each of the next five days in chronological order.

The first event that will be featured will be the race from April 5 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Missouri that saw Jason Meyers and Craig Dollansky battle tooth and nail for the $10,000 win, with Meyers leading the final nine laps of the 40-lap event and holding off a hard charging Dollansky on the final lap, to win by mere inches on the always racy high-banked 1/3-mile.

"It's amazing the kind of start we have had this year," said Meyers after the win. "It's certainly something we worked hard all winter for and hoped to achieve. It's something that usually is very hard to achieve and all of the hard work is paying off now. These guys are working hard day in and day out."

The race began with Dollansky leading from the pole, with Tim Shaffer and Joey Saldana in-tow. Meyers used a strong start to move all the way from the eighth spot on the grid to fourth, getting around Daryn Pittman, Danny Lasoski, Jac Haudenschild and Kerry Madsen.

By just the fourth lap of the 40-lap contest, Dollansky was already in traffic, as he set a blistering pace. At this same time, Meyers dove under Saldana to take the third spot. The first stoppage of the night would follow on the seventh circuit, as the red flag flew for a Billy Alley flip.

Dollansky quickly began to pull away on the restart, with Meyers battling Shaffer for the runner-up position. Saldana retook the third spot from Meyers on the ninth lap and set his sights on Shaffer.

Meyers closed back in on Saldana and after several laps running side-by-side, he took the third spot. After battling with Shaffer for a couple of laps, Meyers moved into second coming off the fourth turn on the 23rd circuit.

One lap later, the red flag flew for the second time on the night, as Kraig Kinser had something break on his car, leading to him getting upside down. On the ensuing restart, Dollansky opened a slight lead as Meyers and Shaffer battled for the runner-up spot.

Dollansky encountered heavy traffic as the laps wound down, opening the door for Meyers, who took the lead exiting the fourth turn on the high side of the track on the 32nd lap. After opening a few car length lead, Meyers was then bottled up in traffic, giving Dollansky a shot at him.

Over the last few laps, Dollansky gave it everything he had on the top side of the track as he chased down Meyers. With just a couple of laps remaining, Dollansky charged off the fourth turn and used the momentum to get side-by-side with Meyers nearly taking the lead.

As the pair took the white flag, Dollansky again used the momentum on the top side of the high-banked 1/3-mile to make a charge for the win, coming up just inches short at the line. For the victory which was his second consecutive with the series and third of the 2008 campaign, Meyers pocketed $10,000.

"We got held up by a lot of those lapped cars and it really cost us some time and that allowed the (No.) 14 to get by us," said Dollansky after leading the first 31 laps of the race. "It was a good strong run us. Once I went to the top, we got beside him there at the checkers. It would have been nice to have had another lap to get back there. It was a good run, especially for all of the Snap-0n people that were here tonight."

The 2009 World of Outlaws season opens on February 6 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, with the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH.

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