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Dollansky Promotes Another Successful Event at Princeton Speedway: Continues to Recover from Injury Princeton, MN-- October 6, 2008--Craig Dollansky returned to his home track of Princeton Speedway in Minnesota on Saturday night, as he and his...

Dollansky Promotes Another Successful Event at Princeton Speedway: Continues to Recover from Injury

Princeton, MN-- October 6, 2008--Craig Dollansky returned to his home track of Princeton Speedway in Minnesota on Saturday night, as he and his wife Julie promoted another successful Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at the high-banked ¼-mile in the PolyDome Princeton National. A very large crowd braved chilly temperatures to take in all of the action.

It was the second Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event that the couple promoted this season, along with the race at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa last month, which had a standing room only crowd for the second consecutive season.

"There is definitely a lot of work that goes into promoting," explained the veteran driver. "It's very demanding. We enjoy the promoting aspect of it, as long as we keep up with it and do not get ourselves spread too thin. It's great when you see a good show roll off and when the fans have a good time. At the end of the day as a promoter, you hope that it turns out well for the fans, the competitors and the series as well."

Dollansky, who was victorious in the inaugural Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at Princeton Speedway back in 2004, joked after the race on Saturday night that he is not a very good spectator, as he continues to recover from surgery to his right arm after sustaining a compound fracture at Eldora Speedway on September 19. He also was in attendance on Friday night in the World of Outlaws inaugural race at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minnesota.

"There are a lot of great fans up here in Minnesota," said the Minnesota native. "It was definitely a weekend I wasn't planning on missing. The timing of getting hurt is never good. To miss this weekend was tough. The fans saw a great race tonight and I can attest to that, because I saw the race just as they did. Some of the short track races are the best of the season for the fans."

Dollansky, who was third in the World of Outlaws championship standings, at the time of his injury continues to rest and rehab his right arm. At the time of his injury, he had won eight overall events with the series and still remains second in laps led and fast time honors in qualifying.

"Every day it is getting better," he shared. "Obviously it was a setback, but I'm very encouraged with how things have been progressing. It's never quick enough, but I'm trying to be patient with it and let it heal and run its course. I have been feeling better every day."

Dollansky, who missed a significant portion of the 2003 season with a back injury, points out the importance of making sure an injury heals fully before returning to the seat. Promoting the event at Princeton, along with all of the daily tasks that were involved with that, helped keep his mind off the injury a little bit, leading up to the race in his home state.

"As a driver and competitor it is probably one of the most difficult things you can be faced with, being sidelined for an injury," noted Dollansky. "You just have to try to heal up and get back at it again. I'm making sure I take the time I need to heal to get myself to being 100 percent."

Since the time of his injury, Brooke Tatnell has been filling in behind the wheel of the Snap-on Tools Maxim for Larry Woodward Racing. He picked up Top-10 finishes in his first two starts for the team during the series final East Coast swing of the season.

"We have a great race team here with Larry Woodward and we have Brooke (Tatnell) in the car," Dollansky said. "I definitely enjoyed being around the car and the team over the weekend, as well as all of the great fans here in Minnesota. We'll just keep moving forward and working hard."

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell