With the temperature in Kansas and much of the Midwest still sweltering, Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team of DJ Lindsey and Luke Dollansky took to Belleville High Banks on Friday.  Making his second appearance at the facility in northern Kansas, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ aimed to finish one spot higher on the podium after recording a runner-up performance at the half-mile last June.

As the racing program got underway in qualifying, Dollansky piloted the MobileStar #7 to the top of the charts at 14.407 seconds to earn his 4th quick-time of the season.  In heat race action ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ lined up outside row two and motored up to 2nd to transfer into the dash.  After pulling the 6-pill inversion, the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim kept the heat on in the dash as Dollansky powered from outside row three all the way up to 2nd in the six lap event.

The front row of the 25-lap A-Main would be composed of Big Game sprinters as Dollansky lined up alongside teammate Sammy Swindell.  With Swindell taking the early lead, Dollansky ran second until the first caution on lap 11.  Running on the inside for the double-file restart, the Elk River, Minnesota native lost the runner-up spot to Kerry Madsen and ran third before another yellow four circuits later.  Moved up to the front row after the #1 was called for jumping the start, Dollansky didn’t get a very good restart as the Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products backed sprinter lost a position.  In the remaining laps Dollansky battled with Steve Kinser and crossed the checkered flag in 4th.

“We had a good solid night going but gave up track position in the feature because we couldn’t get our motor to take off on the restarts,” commented the driver of the #7 who holds 4th in the World of Outlaws points standings just 54 points back.  “We had the same problem this time of year last year.  Hopefully we can get the issue solved soon, we’re going to be in this hot bad air for the next few months.”

Action continues tonight at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.