Second Nationals preliminary race report, August 10th

Dollansky Wins Another Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 10) -- Craig Dollansky and Danny Lasoski prepared for the 40th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals in vastly different...

Dollansky Wins Another Nationals Preliminary By Richard Day KNOXVILLE, IA (August 10) -- Craig Dollansky and Danny Lasoski prepared for the 40th Annual Amoco Knoxville Nationals in vastly different ways. Dollansky rested his injured right leg when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series invaded Pennsylvania two weeks ago while "The Dude" skipped the $100,000-to-win Historical Big One at Eldora Speedway to race in a weekly event at Knoxville Raceway. Despite their contrasting training methods, Dollansky and the 1998 Nationals champion finished 1-2 in Thursday's Second Preliminary Feature at Knoxville Raceway. Dollansky, the third leader in the 20-lap race, passed past fellow World of Outlaws Gumout Series racer Paul McMahan during the 10th lap and held off Lasoski by 2.396 seconds to win an Amoco Knoxville Nationals Preliminary Feature for the second straight year. "My crew did a good job and gave me a good car tonight," Dollansky said after hugging his teammates in victory lane. "This Maxim car and Fisher engine were running real good. I couldn't be happier to be in this Karavan/Polydome car running the Nationals." Lasoski, Knoxville Raceway's leading winner with 72 feature victories, had nothing but praise for Dollansky. "I want to take my hat off to Craig and all his guys," Danny said. "They did a great job like they have all year. He's a tough competitor and he has a lot of laps here at Knoxville, too. My guys worked hard all week to get this car better than we were here last Saturday. We weren't too good. I don't know where we are in points (second), but we're in the "A" Feature (on Saturday) and that's the objective." Dollansky, the ninth-fastest qualifier in the 63-car field, followed Larry Neighbors, McMahan and Lasoski across the finish line in the Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race and started the Preliminary Feature inside the third row. Fifth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Kelly Kinser winner burst into the lead from the pole as Doug Clark's green flag fell in the evening's main event. McMahan chased Kinser for five laps before driving the #U2 United Expressline Eagle into first place. Dollansky took the lead from McMahan midway through the race. Lasoski, who passed McMahan early in the 11th lap, was pursuing Dollansky in the low groove when Kerry Madsen collided with Tim St. Arnold in the first corner. Dollansky narrowly missed Madsen as well, taking a detour from the high line around the legendary half-mile oval. Despite a quick move to the inside on the ensuing restart, Lasoski was unable to keep pace with Dollansky and chased him for the final nine laps. He was two seconds behind when the leaders entered lapped traffic with 2 1/2 laps remaining. "I think that's pretty much a common move, trying to slide someone going into turns one and two," Craig said. "I was trying to be prepared for it and we got a good run on that start. These Hoosier tires worked great tonight and we had a great drive." McMahan, who held off Kinser, was happy finishing in third place. "We didn't qualify as well as we wanted to, but it worked out," Paul said. "We ran second in the heat and started up front. I led there for a little bit, but Craig and Danny were just awesome." The "B" Feature was as star-studded as any in recent memory. Defending Amoco Knoxville Nationals champion Mark Kinser and former Preliminary Feature winner Jac Haudenshild finished first and second to claim the 11th-row starting positions in the Preliminary Feature. Notable front-runners who weren't as fortunate included qualifying record holder Don Droud, Jr., Stevie Smith, Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett, Kenny Jacobs, Keith Kauffman and Terry McCarl. Kinser, who earned the Vivarin Fast-Time Award and spun early in the First NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race, drove the #5M Mopar Maxim past 16 cars to finish fifth, while "The Wild Child" raced into seventh place. Joey Saldana came back from a pre-race flip to finish sixth. Saldana's #17 HEM Saw Eagle ran over Randy Anderson's left rear tire and turned over in turn three before the green flag fell. After his crew replaced his top wing, Joey restarted at the rear of the field and passed cars at will throughout the Preliminary Feature. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Larry Neighbors , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan