Elk River, MN (February 25) -- The Cactus Classic at Manzanita Speedway was not kind to the Karavan Dollansky team last weekend for the first stop of many in the 2004 World of Outlaws tour. Yet optimism reigns in the VMAC camp as they push...
Elk River, MN (February 25) -- The Cactus Classic at Manzanita Speedway was not kind to the Karavan Dollansky team last weekend for the first stop of many in the 2004 World of Outlaws tour. Yet optimism reigns in the VMAC camp as they push forward to Lake Perris, CA. Dollansky, who suffered ligament damage due to some unfortunate luck during both nights' A Main features, is determined to put the DNF's (did not finish) behind and move up the standings with a strong finish at a venue of past success, Perris Auto Speedway.
"Its unfortunate to end up with two DNF's after running well each night at Manzanita. In Friday's preliminary race we were running well and challenging for fifth when the drive line exploded going down the front stretch. It was like a bomb went off inside and shrapnel was flying everywhere, tearing up my ankles in the process. The right rear was cut from the debris and exploded as well. I tried to get the car stopped before going into turn one. We had a top four car but ended up getting a DNF for the night" said Dollansky.
"After a visit to the hospital I had two very swollen ankles with a large gash on the right and the left was ballooned and looked broken. Fortunately, nothing broke and I was told I had ligament damage and some fluid buildup. I was told to stay off my feet for a few weeks because I will have a fair amount of pain for a few weeks."
"I told the doctor that I had to race the next night and we gave it a shot. We made a strong second place qualifying effort but couldn't make it to the checkers for the second night in a row. The heat and dash races put us in a good position. We ran in fifth place four laps into the feature and a red flag came out. During the red our right rear lost a lot of air pressure. Being that it was a closed red we could not put in any air. I took it easy for a couple of laps trying to build up air pressure but it blew a few laps after and backed us into the wall. That broke some of the suspension on the right side, ending our night."
Dollansky went on to mention that the culprit of the problem on Saturday looked to be a faulty bleeder valve. The team will travel to Lake Perris for the next stop on the World of Outlaws circuit, a place Dollansky has had prior success, including a victory in 1999 and a handful of top five finishes.
"Lets hope we have the monkey off our back going into Lake Perris. There is a lot of racing ahead and we have to do everything we can to finish every race. Each team has its share of problems and we had them in the first weekend."
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