TRIPLE PLAY: Dollansky, Haudenschild and McCarl Earn Wins on Rare Night Off World of Outlaws Tour Norman, OK -- April 23, 2006 -- When Mother Nature rained on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series event Friday at Lawrenceburg Speedway, it gave the...
TRIPLE PLAY: Dollansky, Haudenschild and McCarl Earn Wins on Rare Night Off World of Outlaws Tour
Norman, OK -- April 23, 2006 -- When Mother Nature rained on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series event Friday at Lawrenceburg Speedway, it gave the Mean 15 racers a unique opportunity to scatter across the country for a night of racing at some of their favorite tracks.
For three teams, Saturday proved to be quite profitable, too. Jac Haudenschild won at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio; Terry McCarl took the checkered flag at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa; and Craig Dollansky earned a victory at Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway near his team's shop in Wisconsin.
Haudenschild rolled into Eldora Speedway, a track where he's earned his biggest victories, for an All Star Circuit of Champions event. In a field that featured more than half of the Mean 15 teams, Haudenschild started 15th in the feature and weaved his way to victory in the Wright One Construction Maxim. Joey Saldana, who pilots the Mean 15 Central Merchant Services Inc. JEI, set quick time and finished second with Chad Kemenah rounding out the top three in the Mean 15 Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle.
"We started 15th last night, but we were pretty good," Haudenschild said. "The car was rolling good and our motor was running good, too. We just went up there to try some stuff on the car. We wanted to race somewhere [after the rainout]. We planned on running just Outlaws races this year, but [car owner] Rick Wright let us run that All Star deal and that turned out pretty good.
"The Outlaw drivers did pretty good this weekend."
After the Lawrenceburg, Ind., event was postponed to July 7, McCarl made the haul home to central Iowa worth the effort when he drove to victory at Knoxville Raceway. In a feature that also included World of Outlaws points-leader Donny Schatz and Mean 15 racer Brooke Tatnell, McCarl worked his way to the front in his Big Game Treestands Eagle and drove off to the checkered flag for the 42nd victory of his career at Knoxville, where McCarl has won six track titles.
All of the World of Outlaws Mean 15 racers will invade Knoxville Raceway on Saturday for Budweiser Night, a $51,600 event paying $10,000 to the winner, before rolling Sunday into Huset's Speedway just outside Sioux Falls, S.D., for another $51,600 feature paying $10,000-to-win.
"It's pretty cool, isn't it," McCarl said of his victory combined with Haudenschild's and Dollansky's wins. "It feels good anytime to come home, but to come home and pick up a win is pretty special."
Because of his success at Knoxville through the years, McCarl, of Altoona, Iowa, heaps extra pressure upon himself when the World of Outlaws come to race at the historic half-mile oval as the series does this week.
"It's just pressure I put on myself," McCarl said. "I feel a little bit better [after winning Saturday]. Last night was more of a test session than anything, but the car was great all night long. We've been fast all year. I was just looking at my results and without those two DNFs at Eldora and Pevely, we'd be pretty tight with Donny Schatz in the points race. I'm real happy with everything. It's good to be home all week and really get ready for Saturday."
Not to be outdone, Dollansky departed Lawrenceburg and headed toward his team's base in Wisconsin to compete in the IRA-sanctioned Rick Schmidt Memorial at Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway in Beaver Dam. After waiting out more rain, Dollansky and the Karavan Trailers team set quick time and raced to the lead on Lap 8 in the main event. He motored through heavy traffic for the victory, his second win in as many races after capturing the World of Outlaws feature last Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.
"This is like a second home for me back here in Wisconsin," said Dollansky, a native of Elk River, Minn. "It's Karavan country and it's 10 minutes down the road from our shop. It's definitely nice to come back here and race. It's a flat half-mile similar to Knoxville so we were able to learn some things with the racecar that we've been working on and continue to try to get things dialed in where we need them.
"Five or six races ago we made a lot of changes. The performance of this team is getting stronger and stronger every race we go. The more we learn with these cars and different things we're working with, the better and better we're getting and the more and more comfortable I'm getting. I definitely like the momentum we're building. The track we were on last night is very similar to Knoxville so I'm looking forward to going there this week."
Shane Carson, a former World of Outlaws racer who now is DIRT MotorSports Vice President of Race Operations, says seeing the success of the Mean 15 teams on Saturday night brought back some memories of when top teams would make surprise appearances at weekly shows.
"It seems like the old Outlaw term was true to form this weekend, winning everywhere they went," Carson said. "I have always told our new guys and locals to race with the best if you want to be one of the best and not get discouraged, it takes time. Seems in modern times there are areas where locals are on it, but in the early days, when the World of Outlaws started, if we showed up at a local event the regulars started wondering how much it paid to run second. I don't think it's a bad thing for our guys to run some local races at times, the fans then realize when our series comes to their town, they will see all of the best.
"I talked to the promoters after our rainout and they had no problem with the guys dropping in so congratulations to all of them."
Following this week's races at Knoxville and Huset's, the World of Outlaws schedule picks up with the highly anticipated Missouri High Bank Nationals presented by Weld Wheels on May 5 at U.S. 36 Raceway followed May 6 by the Third Annual Wichita Twister Showdown at 81 Speedway just outside Wichita, Kan. The series then heads toward its first East Coast Swing with events May 12 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and May 13 at K-C Raceway in Waverly, Ohio.