Dollansky Surges to World of Outlaws Win at River Cities Speedway

Schatz edges Rose for second in ‘Duel in the Dakotas’ opener, widens points lead 

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — June 17, 2011 — Craig Dollansky tracked down Bill Rose midway through the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Duel in the Dakotas opener on Friday night at River Cities Speedway and charged through traffic, got a strong jump on a late restart then powered to victory for the third time this season.

 

Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn., chased pole-sitter Rose from the drop of the green flag, eventually catching and passing him on Lap 19 at the 3/10-mile bullring. Rose, trying to earn the first World of Outlaws win of his career, raced with Dollansky through traffic, looking for any kind of opening to pull off a huge upset. Rose’s final shot at Dollansky came on a double-file restart with five laps left in the 40-lap main event, but Dollansky proved to be too strong in his specially outfitted Aggressive Hydraulics/Big Game Treestands Maxim.

Dollansky chose the bottom groove, with Rose lined up to the outside and current points leader Donny Schatz right behind Dollansky on the inside of the second row. As Dollansky sped away, Rose tried to fight off Schatz’s STP/Armor All/Cheverolet J&J, but Schatz was able to move into the runner-up position with one to go. Rose wound up holding onto a career-best third in the KJM Trucking Maxim with Steve Kinser in the Tony Stewart Racing Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim and Joey Saldana in the Kasey Kahne Racing Red Bull Maxim rounding out the Top Five.

“What a team effort tonight by DJ (Lindsey), Troy (Dollansky) and Luke (Dollansky) tonight,” said a smiling Dollansky in victory lane. “They put such a car under me tonight that it was unreal. It truly was fun to wheel this Aggressive Hydraulics-backed car and pick up a win for them as they are our primary sponsor this weekend. The track was also great too. Tons of grip and I could run anywhere.”

Dollansky was near the front all night long but had to contend with Rose and four-time series champion and North Dakota native Schatz. After getting passed for the lead, Rose did his best to fend off Schatz as the laps wound down before Schatz pulled in front of Rose coming off Turn 4 with the checkers in sight.

“I wish I could be happy to tell you that we are excited because of a second place finish but we’re not,” said Schatz, who with 106 victories in his career remains one win away from tying his childhood hero Doug Wolfgang. “We’ve been consistent all year but we want to win races. You want to see those trophies add up. It’s going to take about 15 of them to win this championship.”

Despite being third across the finish line, Rose received a standing ovation from the huge crowd when he emerged from his car for post-race festivities.

“Just to be standing amongst these guys is cool, I don’t care what anyone says,” said Rose, an owner and driver who raced a chassis built in 2006. “We were pretty good on both the top and low line and the car ran really fast all night long. Lapped traffic held me up a bit and Craig really found something coming off the corners and that allowed him to get by. We’re getting closer though.”

Defending series champion Jason Meyers was the night’s fastest qualifier and finished sixth, maintaining his third-place position in the championship standings.

The Outlaws are back in action Saturday night to wrap up the Duel in the Dakotas at River Cities Speedway before invading Princeton (Minn.) Speedway next Saturday (June 25) and Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, S.D., next Sunday (June 26).

RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

QUICK TIME – Jason Meyers was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the 3/10-mile oval in 9.681 seconds at 111.559 mph, earning five championship points. Donny Schatz, Craig Dollansky, Cody Darrah and Sammy Swindell also earned qualifying points. It marked Meyers second Quick Time of the season.

WINNERS – There have been 22 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Lakeside Speedway on June 4); Sammy Swindell – 4 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30, Knoxville Raceway on June 11); Craig Dollansky – 3 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3, River Cities Speedway on June 17);  Joey Saldana – 3 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6); Jason Sides – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2, I-96 Speedway on May 30); Paul McMahan – 2 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28, Belleville Highbanks on June 3);  Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20.)

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World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; River Cities Speedway; Grand Forks, N.D.; June 17, 2011

A-Main – (40 Laps) 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [3] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$5,000]; 3. 6R-Bill Rose [1] [$3,000]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [4] [$2,700]; 5. 9-Joey Saldana [2] [$2,500]; 6. 14-Jason Meyers [6] [$2,200]; 7. 59-Brooke Tatnell [8] [$2,000]; 8. 92-Kerry Madsen [14] [$1,800]; 9. 6-Kraig Kinser [7] [$1,600]; 10. 83-Paul McMahan [13] [$1,450]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell [12] [$1,300]; 12. 1S-Kevin Swindell [10] [$1,200]; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [16] [$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [15] [$1,000]; 15. 13-Mark Dobmeier [9] [$950]; 16. 8-Casey Mack [17] [$900]; 17. 63-Chad Kemenah [18] [$850]; 18. 92M-Mitch Mack [22] [$750]; 19. 1K-Chris Shirek [20] [$725]; 20. 91-Cody Darrah [11] [$700]; 21. 2-Austin Pierce [19] [$700]; 22. 10TRB-Bob Martin [21] [$700]; 23. 11K-Nick Shirek [23] [$700]; 24. 5-Dave Glennon [24] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Bill Rose 1-18, Craig Dollansky 19-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 92-Kerry Madsen [+6].

 

Qualifying 1. 14-Jason Meyers, 9.681; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 9.719; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky, 9.745; 4. 91-Cody Darrah, 9.756; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell, 9.778; 6. 83-Paul McMahan, 9.778; 7. 92-Kerry Madsen, 9.779; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 9.780; 9. 11-Steve Kinser, 9.813; 10. 6R-Bill Rose, 9.820; 11. 9-Joey Saldana, 9.824; 12. 1S-Kevin Swindell, 9.837; 13. 6-Kraig Kinser, 9.841; 14. 59-Brooke Tatnell, 9.864; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 9.865; 16. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 9.878; 17. 8-Casey Mack, 9.909; 18. 63-Chad Kemenah, 9.953; 19. 2-Austin Pierce, 10.124; 20. 1K-Chris Shirek, 10.154; 21. 10TRB-Bob Martin, 10.263; 22. 92M-Mitch Mack, 10.402; 23. 17-Todd Michelson, 10.424; 24. 31-Shane Roemeling, 10.454; 25. 11K-Nick Shirek, 10.477; 26. 19K-Kohlan Fedyk, 10.522; 27. 14X-Tom Egeland, 10.535; 28. 5-Dave Glennon, 10.539; 29. 25-Cory Mack, 10.547; 30. 91K-Kyle Fedyk, 10.789; 31. 50-Ryan Flaten, 10.958; 32. 9N-Wade Nygard, NT.

 

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A- Main) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 6-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [4]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 5. 10TRB-Bob Martin [6]; 6. 11K-Nick Shirek [7]; 7. 8-Casey Mack [5]; 8. 25-Cory Mack [8].

 

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A- Main) – 1. 59-Brooke Tatnell [1]; 2. 6R-Bill Rose [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 83-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 6. 92M-Mitch Mack [6]; 7. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [8]; 8. 19K-Kohlan Fedyk [7].

 

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A- Main) – 1. 9-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 4. 92-Kerry Madsen [3]; 5. 2-Austin Pierce [5]; 6. 17-Todd Michelson [6]; 7. 50-Ryan Flaten [8]; 8. 14X-Tom Egeland [7].

 

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A- Main) – 1. 13-Mark Dobmeier [1]; 2. 1S-Kevin Swindell [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 4. 91-Cody Darrah [4]; 5. 1K-Chris Shirek [5]; 6. 5-Dave Glennon [7]; 7. 9N-Wade Nygard [8]; 8. 31-Shane Roemeling [6].

 

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-Main) – 1. 6R-Bill Rose [2]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 6. 14-Jason Meyers [6]; 7. 6-Kraig Kinser [8]; 8. 59-Brooke Tatnell [9]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier [10]; 10. 1S-Kevin Swindell [7].

 

Last Chance Showdown (B-Main) – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-Main) – 1. 8-Casey Mack [1] [-]; 2. 92M-Mitch Mack [2] [-]; 3. 5-Dave Glennon [8] [-]; 4. 11K-Nick Shirek [5] [-]; 5. 9N-Wade Nygard [12] [$200]; 6. 50-Ryan Flaten [11] [$180]; 7. 25-Cory Mack [9] [$175]; 8. 31-Shane Roemeling [4] [$160]; 9. 17-Todd Michelson [3] [$150]; 10. 19K-Kohlan Fedyk [6] [$150]; 11. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [10] [$150]; 12. 14X-Tom Egeland [7] [$150].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Through River Cities Speedway, June 17, 2011

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

W

T5

T10

QT

1.

Donny Schatz

3055

1

13

17

1

2.

Joey Saldana

3044

-11

3

12

17

3

3.

Jason Meyers

3011

-44

0

10

18

2

4.

Steve Kinser

2991

-64

5

10

17

1

5.

Jason Sides

2952

-103

3

9

16

1

6.

Craig Dollansky

2942

-113

3

10

15

1

7.

Paul McMahan

2912

-143

2

6

13

7

8.

Cody Darrah

2742

-313

0

5

10

0

9.

Lucas Wolfe

2720

-335

0

1

8

0

10.

Chad Kemenah

2705

-350

0

2

7

2

11.

Kraig Kinser

2701

-354

0

2

9

0

12.

Sammy Swindell

2668

-387

4

10

12

2

13.

Bill Rose

2518

-537

0

1

2

0

14.

Ben Gregg

1673

-1382

0

0

0

0

15.

Kerry Madsen

1416

-1639

0

1

3

0

16.

Brad Sweet

1137

-1918

0

0

3

1

17.

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

1029

-2026

0

2

5

0

18.

Lance Dewease

982

-2073

0

0

2

0

19.

Jac Haudenschild

944

-2111

0

1

2

0

20.

Terry McCarl

940

-2115

0

0

2

0

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Goodyear Tires (Official Tire), Chizmark & Larson Insurance, Factory Motor Parts, VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, Jake’s Custom Golf Carts, RacingJunk.com KSE Race Products, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and R2C Performance; Engine Builder’s Challenge participants Don Ott Racing Engines, Kistler Engines, Shaver Specialties and Speedway Engines; and Chassis Builder’s Challenge participants J&J Auto Racing, Maxim Racing and XXX Race Company.