Dollansky Looks to Repeat at Kokomo in Hoosier Sprint Nationals Craig Dollansky has raced in a lot of different weather conditions from rain to snow to lightning during his career, but nothing quite like what he saw when the World of Outlaws ...
Dollansky Looks to Repeat at Kokomo in Hoosier Sprint Nationals
Craig Dollansky has raced in a lot of different weather conditions from rain to snow to lightning during his career, but nothing quite like what he saw when the World of Outlaws visited Kokomo Speedway in Indiana last September. The 40-lap A-Feature began with a dense fog engulfing the track and continued to build, even after the 850-horsepower sprint cars took to the racing surface and turned laps at speed prior to the green flag.
Eventually after the race began and a number of laps were completed, the wings on the cars helped dissipate the fog. When the final checkered flag flew, Dollansky found himself in victory lane for the first time at the ¼-mile and for sixth time overall on the season.
Dollansky will have a chance to build on the success he has had at Kokomo Speedway on Tuesday, June 5 as the World of Outlaws invade the ¼-mile for the Hoosier Sprint Nationals, and their lone visit of the season to the always racy ¼-mile.
"It was a lot of fun to race at Kokomo last season," said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. "They had the track prepared very well, and we had a very good car there. Some of the short tracks are some of the best races you are involved in, and I am definitely looking forward to going back there."
Dollansky like the rest of the drivers was very cautious when his car was rolled onto the track that night. Starting at the front of the field, he knew that he would have a slight advantage, with open track ahead of him, when the green flag flew. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion won the Crane Cams Dash that night to earn the pole position in the 40-lap A-Feature. He quickly found himself in lapped traffic as he turned fast lap after fast lap.
"It was quite foggy, especially after they lit off the fireworks on top of the fog," he recalled. "It was pretty hard to see the pace car on the warm-up lap. It took a few laps for the fog to blow out of there and be able to see what you needed to see."
The 40-lap event, which Dollansky led from start-to-finish, went green-to-checkers without a single stoppage, in just over seven-and-a-half minutes, with each of the 24 starters running at the completion of the event.
"It was quite amazing that it ran non-stop and everyone finished," he noted. "There was a lot of lapped traffic in that race. When you have a race that goes non-stop with every car finishing, you kind of expect the traffic."
Dollansky, who finished second in World of Outlaws championship points in 2006, won three events on ¼-mile tracks last season. In addition to his win at Kokomo, he won at Silver Dollar Speedway in California, as well as Tri-State Speedway in Indiana. He enters the Hoosier Sprint Nationals on Tuesday, June with 19 career A-Feature wins.
"You have to as a driver approach the smaller tracks a little different than you would a bigger track," said the native of Elk River, Minnesota. "The short tracks are definitely tracks that I have come to enjoy running, and we've had a decent amount of success on the short tracks."
Dollansky recently welcomed veteran World of Outlaws car owner and crew chief Mike Woodring to the team as crew chief. In just their second race together, Dollansky finished fourth at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York on Memorial Day.
"We had some luck issues that plagued us our first night out in Charlotte," said Dollansky. "We ran good in New York. I would have liked to have won that race, but we had a few things happen during the race. I'm still getting comfortable to the car and working with Mike. Once we get more comfortable we can get more aggressive in lapped traffic. That is what we are working on right now. Mike has done a very good job for us and I am very excited about the future."
After the first East Coast swing of the season, that saw the series compete in seven events in a 13-day period Dollansky and his team had a few days off to rest and get everything in place, as the series headed back to the Midwest. After a pair of events in Ohio last weekend, they began to prepare for the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo on Tuesday and then the Eagle Nationals on Saturday at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska.
"For us, we definitely needed the couple days off," he said. "We're trying to do some regrouping and get some things on track. For us we needed some time to get organized and get prepared for a lot of the races coming up. We have a lot of races coming up and for us to have a few day right now to work is a good thing."
After picking up his first win of the World of Outlaws season on May 12 at the 1/3-mile Lake Ozark Speedway, Dollansky looks to continue his strong showing on the bullring at Kokomo. He enters the event eighth in points on the strength of 17 Top-10 finishes. He also has won two Crane Cams Dashes to earn the same number of pole positions, as well as setting fast time at USA Race Park in Arizona in March to establish a new track record.
"It was great to get a win at Kokomo last year," he said. "We would definitely like to go in there and get another win."
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