Dollansky Wins Florida DIRTcar Nationals Title Barberville, FL -- Feb. 13, 2007 -- Craig Dollansky was one of the most consistent drivers last season with the World of Outlaws, as he racked up six A-Feature wins, as well as two preliminary...
Dollansky Wins Florida DIRTcar Nationals Title
Barberville, FL -- Feb. 13, 2007 -- Craig Dollansky was one of the most consistent drivers last season with the World of Outlaws, as he racked up six A-Feature wins, as well as two preliminary feature triumphs, to go along with 47 Top-10 finishes He picked up right where he left off, as the new season opened in Florida last week.
On average, over 50 sprint cars took to the track for six straight nights as part of the 36th Annual Florida DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop at Volusia Speedway Park. The World of Outlaws took center stage for the final three events, after the O'Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions kicked off the festivities. When it was all said and done, Dollansky aboard the Karavan Trailers Maxim was the top man in event points and earned the Florida DIRTcar Nationals Championship for 2007.
The native of Elk River, Minnesota began the World of Outlaws season on February 9 with a very strong fourth-place effort. The following night he again came home fourth after lining up seventh. In the final event of the Florida DIRTcar Nationals, he was just outside of the Top-10.
In three events for the O'Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions, Dollansky finished second twice, and was sixth or better in all three of those events. He racked up five Top-10 finishes in the six total A-Feature events that were run over the course of the week, with four of those runs being in the Top-Five.
"It was great to win the DIRTcar Nationals," said Dollansky. "It is a reflection on my crew guys, and all the hard work they put in all week long. Six consecutive days is definitely a lot of racing. Rob Hart & Craig Stevens worked hard and it was good to win."
Points for the six events were awarded for qualifying, heat races, as well as the feature event. In time trials, Dollansky stopped the clocks third twice, and turned in the sixth quickest time on the final night of the event. In heat race action, he won two heats, and finished fourth or better in all six heats he competed in.
"Without question it is one of the most competitive weeks of racing we face all season, with all the team that come down to Florida," he said. "It's definitely very tough, and to run consistently all week and win the championship for the event is a good accomplishment for our race team."
After a career-best finish in points last season with the World of Outlaws, the always focused driver and his team put in countless hours in the shop over the winter making sure they had all the pieces in place as they began the season and their quest for a series championship. For each of the last three seasons, the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series Champion has improved upon his finish in the points from the year before. In 2004, he was fourth. He bettered that to a third in 2005, and was the runner-up last season.
"I feel really good about this team right now," explained Dollansky. "Rob (Hart) and Craig (Stevens) are doing a great job. We will continue to work on our race cars to try and make them better as we go. I look for this team to continue to gel and get stronger as we go."
After making a cross country trip, Dollansky and the rest of the World of Outlaws will return to action on February 23-24 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. In the meantime, they will return to their shop and make sure everything is ready to go when they take to the track in the Golden State.
"We're just going to try to get ourselves freshened up equipment wise," said Dollansky. "Things went pretty well for us in Florida, and we did not have any trouble. We'll probably have Charlie and James Fisher freshen up some of our motor stuff, and make sure we are prepared to start off in California and the Western swing. My crew guys are doing a great job and they will be back getting things ready for us before we head to California."
With nearly 90 races on the World of Outlaws schedule this year, getting off to a strong start was one of the main goals for Dollansky and his team. Prior to competing in the DIRTcar Nationals, he was in action at East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, Florida, where he claimed a $10,000 win in the finale of three nights of racing at the 1/3-mile.
"I'm definitely happy with the way the team is starting this year out," he said. "Winning the Winternationals at East Bay was great, and we had a good strong week at Volusia also. That's very encouraging to me. To have a good start to the season is very important. Last year we had a slow and we picked it up as we got going from August on. It's definitely more encouraging to get a good strong start to the year and not have to play catch-up all year long."