PRINCETON, Minn. — June 24, 2011 — Life is pretty good right now for Craig Dollansky. The driver of the Big Game Treestands Maxim is coming off a weekend sweep at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., and has been steadily crawling up the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series standings. Now, Dollansky finds himself a mere five points out of the Top 5 with the series heading Saturday night into his hometown track, Princeton Speedway.
“It’s great to race 10 minutes from where I live and race in our hometown area where we get a chance to see some friends and fans we normally don’t get a chance to,” said Dollansky, who resides in Elk River, Minn. “There are a lot of great fans here that enjoy coming to the short track.”
Dollansky has been strong since the initial green flag of the season, now the racing luck is starting to go his way, too. Having led 51 of 90 laps at the 40th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, Dollansky experienced a myriad of mechanical issues and sheer bad luck. A turning point was the series eighth race of the season where he rocketed to victory lane at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. Since then, Dollansky has added three more wins to his 2011 stat line. The #7 Big Game Treestands car has become a fixture at the front, leading 116 laps this season, which is second only to his teammate Sammy Swindell.
“The troubles we had in Volusia put us in a hole, but that is behind us and we’re focused on the races ahead of us and continuing to try win as many races as possible and the points will take care of themselves,” Dollansky said. “We’re only in June, we’ve got a long ways to go with this racing season.”
As good as it was to sweep the weekend for himself and his team, Dollansky says that having Aggressive Hydraulics on the car made it that much sweeter.
“The wins for Aggressive Hydraulics were very special, Paul and Jenn Johnson are great supporters of our race team and the employees of Aggressive Hydraulics are big followers of the World of Outlaws tour and our team so to get back to back wins for them is something we’re very proud of and they were very excited.”
As the schedule heats up, July and August are particularly taxing on drivers and teams as they are scheduled to race 24 times over a two-month stretch, chief among them is the 51st Goodyear Knoxville Nationals during the second week of August. Despite such a daunting task ahead of them, Dollansky believes he and his team are well prepared to face anything that is thrown their way.
“I couldn’t feel any better about our race team,” he said. “My crew has done a good job and we have a good motor program and good race cars. We’re looking forward to getting to the heart of the season and staying after it. We have a very strong race team with great people behind it and I couldn’t be any more encouraged about what we have here.”
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