Eldora: Dollansky hopes lighting strikes twice

ROSSBURG, OH (April 17) -- With nine straight top-10 finishes, Craig Dollansky was the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' most consistent driver last spring. Until April 13th, however, the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion was unable to...

ROSSBURG, OH (April 17) -- With nine straight top-10 finishes, Craig Dollansky was the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' most consistent driver last spring. Until April 13th, however, the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion was unable to put the #7 VMAC Maxim in victory lane.

The April 12th rainout did nothing to dampen Dollansky's spirits as he set Eldora Speedway's single-lap record and led the final 3 ¾ laps to win his first "A" Feature of the season.

Dollansky opened the event by slicing .083 seconds off the single-lap record Mark Kinser set at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" on June 5, 1999. Dollansky, the fastest of six drivers beating the previous qualifying standard, averaged 141.654 M.P.H. around the high-banked oval.

"This is awesome!" Dollansky yelled to the capacity crowd. "This Charlie Garrett motor and the Hoosier tires were flawless all night long. Getting the track record and winning here is something special.

"I have two of the best car owners out here in Scott and Mike Boyd with Karavan Racing. VMAC Industries is our primary sponsor, and they've given us everything we need to go out here and win races.

I want to thank Earl Baltes and his whole crew. They did an awesome job, not only to get this track back in shape after all the rain we got here yesterday, but they made it to where we could really go out and race on it. I love this place!"

Dollansky would love to duplicate last year's performance when the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series runs a double-feature event at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" Friday and Saturday. There will be plenty of competition for the $12,000 first prize, as seven drivers have won main events this year.

Dollansky has been as consistent as ever, racing into the top 10 in 11 of the first 12 events. He has finished in the top five eight times and ranks third in the point standings. Ironically, he finished right behind O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser when he finished second at Hollywood Hills Speedway, Houston Raceway Park and I-55 Raceway.

Kinser, who has won 26 "A" Features at Eldora Speedway, passed Danny Lasoski for the points lead by winning at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway and I-55 Raceway last weekend in Missouri. "The King of the Outlaws also leads the series with five main event victories, two preliminary victories, eight dash race victories and 141 "A" Feature laps led. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Steve Kinser