Two for Two: Dollansky Wraps Up Weekend Sweep with a Win in the Eagle Nationals

 

Craig Dollansky felt like he let a win slip away on Wednesday night at Sedalia’s State Fair Speedway while leading in traffic, and he made sure history did not repeat itself as he held off Steve Kinser in heavy traffic to win the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska on Saturday night.

 

 

Dollansky started on the pole and dropped back to second behind Kinser at the start, but dove under Kinser exiting the fourth turn on the fifth lap to make the pass for the lead and ultimately the win. It was Dollansky’s second consecutive A-Feature win and his fourth on the season. It was also his second straight win driving a specially painted Snap-on Tool Maxim.

 

“It was a great night,” said the winner, who earned $10,000 for the 25th A-Feature win of his World of Outlaws career. “I am very happy for Larry Woodward and everyone that stands behind this race team. The crew worked hard as always and I am very proud of them. We had a great Maxim race car tonight with Charlie Garrett power.”

 

Lapped traffic was the story on Saturday night, as the event went 40 laps non-stop in nine minutes and 23 seconds on the high-banked 1/3-mile. A number of times over the course of the race, Dollansky pulled away from Kinser, as he was able to slice his way through the slower machines, eventually lapping all but the Top-Eight finishers.

 

“Typically you don’t see that happen very often, but that puts on a good show for the fans when you can keep going,” said the native of Elk River, Minnesota. “We didn’t get the lead at the start of the race and we had to work our way past Steve (Kinser) and the Snap-on car was working well tonight. We kept working on it all night and tried to keep up with the race track.”

 

At the drop of the green, Kinser got the jump and charged into the first turn. He would lead the first three laps, before Dollansky took the lead just before the pair first encountered traffic. Dollansky was held up a couple of times in heavy traffic, but each time was able to clear the slower machines before Kinser was able to close in on him.

 

“Lapped traffic definitely made some things happen tonight,” he reiterated. “Going 40-laps non-stop stirs some things up. The car felt real good in traffic. I felt like I had the car I needed in traffic to drive it a little harder. Lapped traffic can make or break and tonight we were operating through it pretty well.”

 

In addition to battling traffic for the duration of the event, the drivers also had their hands full with the racing surface at Eagle Raceway which continued to change throughout the 40-lap contest. Dollansky was able to negotiate the track early in the race, as he turned the fastest lap of any of the competitors on the second circuit and then set a blistering pace once in the lead.

 

“The cushion was inconsistent and that’s a good thing,” explained Dollansky. “That makes you have to navigate it and everyone can’t just follow the same line around the race track. Each corner has different characteristics. My hat is off to SLS (Promotions) and Eagle Raceway for the job they did preparing this track for all the fans that came out.”

 

After a busy stretch that saw the World of Outlaws compete six times over the last nine days, Dollansky is pleased with the direction of his team, as they will receive a much deserved break this week. He is currently third in points on the strength of 19 Top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season.

 

“We were plagued a little bit with some issues with our motor program, and we are definitely working toward getting that sorted out,” he noted. “You have to be strong every night and work hard all year long. We just keep focus on winning races and keep ourselves in this hunt in the championship chase.”

 

Kinser led the A-Feature early on Saturday night and wound up second in the Q Oil Maxim, after his team changed engines after a runner-up finish in the Crane Cams Dash. On the opening lap of the A-Feature he dove under Dollansky entering the first turn to lead.

 

“I got the gear a little bit high, but we had some motor problems in the dash and I went ahead and stuck a higher gear it in,” said the 20-time World of Outlaws champion. “I don’t know if it would have helped me or not. I got the rolling around a little bit better, but it was flopping around some. We’re learning a little bit and just have to keep running and hopefully we’ll get these cars working a little better.”

 

Kinser was able to close on Dollansky in open race track a number of times, but got bottled in traffic nearly every time he got close to him. He used a couple of different lines during the race as he tried to track down Dollansky.

 

“I would catch him a little bit and then he would get away from me,” shared the native of Bloomington, Indiana. “It depended on how we caught lapped traffic. It was back and forth. I was down on the bottom of one and two and he slid up high early in the race and I let him get a run on me. I shouldn’t have done that. He was running pretty good and may have gotten by me anyway.”

 

Kinser, who has won 24 times at Eagle Raceway in his career, was not surprised to see the race go green-to-checker non-stop. It was the seventh consecutive race that has featured a large amount of traffic which ultimately had played into the outcome of those events.

 

“With the caliber of cars we had in the race, it was not surprising,” he added. “You have strong cars out here right now and there were 24 good cars tonight. Most of them are capable of winning a race.”

 

Jason Meyers picked up his second consecutive third-place finish as he earned the final podium position on Saturday night. The native of Clovis, California leads the series with 17 Top-Five finishes in 20 starts driving the GLR Investments KPC. He closed on Kinser a couple of times in traffic, but could never get even with him to attempt a pass.

 

“It’s another Top-Five finish and we have to keep putting those up on the board,” said Meyers. “It was a technical race track tonight. A good race track, but just really tough to get a run on people. We just couldn’t quite get enough to get a run on the guys. We would close up on them in traffic and it was tough to get a run on anyone tonight.”

 

Donny Schatz finished fourth aboard the Armor All J&J for Tony Stewart Racing, as he continues to chase his third consecutive series title. He remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every event this season. He holds a 43-point advantage over Meyers in the championship standings. He began the night by turning the fastest lap in time trials, which earned him five bonus points.

 

“We qualified well and got ourselves up there in the heat to get in the dash,” said Schatz. “I totally misjudged the race track in what it was going to do. I didn’t expect it to stay fast on the top like that and it did. We banked on our race car being able to move off it and I just couldn’t get it to turn for 40 laps. It was a handful. When you have nights like that, and we don’t have them very often, you just have to look at it as being done and move on.”

 

Shane Stewart finished fifth in the Roth Motorsports KPC to earn his eighth Top-Five finish of the season.

 

Joey Saldana was sixth in the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI, with Jac Haudenschild in seventh aboard the Owens Corning Fiberglass Maxim. Terry McCarl was eighth driving the Big Game Treestands Eagle, with Sam Hafertepe Jr. in ninth in the G.H. Plumbing J&J. Kerry Madsen rounded out the Top-10 driving the TK Concrete Maxim.

 

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 in the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas.

 

EAGLE NATIONALS NOTEBOOK

 

• FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 26 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/3-mile oval at 11.235 seconds at 106.702 mph. For his qualifying effort, Schatz earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jac Haudenschild (4), Jason Meyers (3), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2), and Terry McCarl (1).

 

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Donny Schatz, Jac Haudenschild and Craig Dollansky won heat races… Craig Dollansky won the Crane Cams Dash… Tony Bruce Jr. won the B-Main.

There have been 20 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events held in 2008. The winners include: Donny Schatz (Knoxville Raceway-twice, Attica Raceway Park, Eldora Speedway, Tri-City Speedway and Sedalia’s State Fair Speedway), Jason Meyers (Volusia Speedway Park, Manzanita Speedway, I-55 Raceway, Lernerville Speedway and Virginia Motor Speedway), Craig Dollansky (Volusia Speedway Park, Eldora Speedway, Huset’s Speedway and Eagle Raceway), Steve Kinser (Williams Grove Speedway and Rolling Wheels Raceway Park), Lance Dewease (The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway), Danny Lasoski (Volusia Speedway Park) and Shane Stewart (Knoxville Raceway).

 

 

1/3-MILE WINNERS: Eagle Raceway is a high-banked 1/3-mile oval. The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has raced once this season on a track that size. The winners include: Craig Dollansky (Eagle Raceway) and Jason Meyers (I-55 Raceway).

 

 

The Official Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Web site is at http://www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the 2008 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.

 

• UPCOMING EVENTS: The first two rounds of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, along with a stop at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin to close out the month of June.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eagle Nationals @ Eagle Raceway; Eagle, NE; June 14, 2008

 

Qualifying

1) 15-Donny Schatz 11.235

2) R19-Jac Haudenschild 11.254

3) 14-Jason Meyers 11.262

4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 11.293

5) 24-Terry McCarl 11.300

6) 9-Joey Saldana 11.304

7) 11-Steve Kinser 11.324

8) 55-Kerry Madsen 11.354

9) 5C-Chad Hillier 11.361

10) 53-Jack Dover 11.368

11) 83-Shane Stewart 11.373

12) 2-Craig Dollansky 11.374

13) 6-Tim Shaffer 11.424

14) 7S-Jason Sides 11.459

15) 28-Brian Paulus 11.477

16) 21-Daryn Pittman 11.498

17) 8K-Chad Kemenah 11.502

18) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 11.788

19) 51-Mike Boston 12.023

20) 12L-John Lambertz 12.057

21) 20-Kraig Kinser 12.164

22) 17-Gage Dorr 12.321

23) 44-Doug Lovegrove 12.385

24) 14G-Gene Ackland 12.528

25) 1K-Kim Kennedy 12.572

26) 57-Tige Jensen 12.813

27) 6B-Nick Bryan -.—

 

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 15-Donny Schatz

2) 11-Steve Kinser

3) 6-Tim Shaffer

4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

5) 21-Daryn Pittman

6) 53-Jack Dover

7) 51-Mike Boston

8) 17-Gage Dorr

9) 1K-Kim Kennedy

 

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) R19-Jac Haudenschild

2) 83-Shane Stewart

3) 55-Kerry Madsen

4) 24-Terry McCarl

5) 7S-Jason Sides

6) 8K-Chad Kemenah

7) 12L-John Lambertz

8) 57-Tige Jensen

9) 44-Doug Lovegrove

 

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 2-Craig Dollansky

2) 14-Jason Meyers

3) 9-Joey Saldana

4) 5C-Chad Hillier

5) 20-Kraig Kinser

6) 28-Brian Paulus

7) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.

8) 14G-Gene Ackland

9) 6B-Nick Bryan

 

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 2-Craig Dollansky

2) 11-Steve Kinser

3) 14-Jason Meyers

4) 15-Donny Schatz

5) R19-Jac Haudenschild

6) 24-Terry McCarl

7) 83-Shane Stewart

8) 9-Joey Saldana

9) 55-Kerry Madsen

10) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

 

B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.

2) 51-Mike Boston

3) 12L-John Lambertz

4) 17-Gage Dorr

5) 1K-Kim Kennedy

6) 57-Tige Jensen

7) 14G-Gene Ackland [$200]

8) 44-Doug Lovegrove [$180]

9) 6B-Nick Bryan [$175]

 

A-main (40 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 2-Craig Dollansky[1] [$10,000]

2) 11-Steve Kinser[2] [$5,500]

3) 14-Jason Meyers[3] [$3,200]

4) 15-Donny Schatz[4] [$2,800]

5) 83-Shane Stewart[7] [$2,500]

6) 9-Joey Saldana[8] [$2,300]

7) R19-Jac Haudenschild[5] [$2,200]

8) 24-Terry McCarl[6] [$2,100]

9) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[10] [$2,050]

10) 55-Kerry Madsen[9] [$2,000]

11) 21-Daryn Pittman[16] [$1,500]

12) 5C-Chad Hillier[11] [$1,200]

13) 53-Jack Dover[12] [$1,100]

14) 20-Kraig Kinser[21] [$1,050]

15) 8K-Chad Kemenah[17] [$1,000]

16) 7S-Jason Sides[14] [$900]

17) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[18] [$800]

18) 6-Tim Shaffer[13] [$800]

19) 28-Brian Paulus[15] [$800]

20) 51-Mike Boston[19] [$800]

21) 12L-John Lambertz[20] [$800]

22) 1K-Kim Kennedy[23] [$800]

23) 17-Gage Dorr[22] [$800]

24) 57-Tige Jensen[24] [$800]

 

Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-3, Craig Dollansky 4-40

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Steve Kinser

Penske Power Position Award: Jason Meyers

SuperClean Start of the Race Award: Donny Schatz

KSE Hard Charger Award: Kraig Kinser

 

Top-10 in Championship Standings

1. Donny Schatz 2914

2. Jason Meyers 2871

3. Craig Dollansky 2820

4. Joey Saldana 2775

5. Jac Haudenschild 2647

6. Steve Kinser 2641

7. Kerry Madsen 2612

8. Chad Kemenah 2529

9. Shane Stewart 2520

10. Terry McCarl 2504

 

2008 STAT ATTACK

There have been 20 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events this season. 

 

A-Feature winners (7 Different Drivers) Driver, Hometown – Wins

1- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 6

2- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 5

3- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 4

4- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 2

5- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 1

 

Lap leaders, including A-features and preliminary features Car, driver, hometown – Total laps led (15 Drivers have led laps)

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 146 laps

2- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 117 laps

3- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 114 laps

4- Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 53 laps

5- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 46 laps

6- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 30 laps

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 30 laps

8- Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 17 laps

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 17 laps

10- Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 10 laps

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee- 10 laps

12- Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 9 laps

13- Dale Blaney, Hartford, Ohio- 8 laps

14- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 7 laps

15- Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma- 1 lap

 

Time trial leaders (12 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick times

1- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 3

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota – 3

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 3

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

6- Rob Chaney, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Cody Darrah, Red Lion, Pennsylvania- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Greg Hodnett, Thomasville, Pennsylvania- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio – 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia- 1

 

Track records established during 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events (1)
* Joey Saldana, May 24, Virginia Motor Speedway (1/2-mile), Jamaica, VA, 14.537 seconds at 123.822 mph.

 

 

Crane Cams Dash Winners (14 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Dash Wins

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 3

2- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 2

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 2

6- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 1

 

Pole Positions (14 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles

1 – Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota – 3

2- Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 2

Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Oklahoma- 2

Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana – 2

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 2

6- Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

 Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 1

 

B-main Winners (16 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – B-Main Wins

1- Tony Bruce Jr., Liberal, Kansas-2

Rob Chaney, Wooster, Ohio-2

3- Billy Alley, Lincoln, Nebraska- 1

Chris Andrews, Sandusky, Ohio- 1

Pat Cannon, Etters, Pennsylvania- 1

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Calvin Landis, Knoxville, Iowa- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Brian Paulus, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania- 1

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 1

Danny Smith, Danville, Indiana – 1

T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pennsylvania- 1

Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania- 1

 

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award

1- Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NWS- 4

2- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 3

3- Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 2

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 2

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 2

Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania- 2

7- Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 1

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio-1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

 

Penske Power Position

1- Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 4

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 4

3- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 3

4- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 1

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas- 1

Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio- 1

Chad Kemenah, Findlay, Ohio- 1

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tennessee- 1

 

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 3

Steve Kinser, Bloomington, Indiana- 3

3- Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, Indiana- 2

Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 2

5- Dale Blaney, Hartford, Ohio- 1

Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania- 1

Tim Kaeding, San Jose, California- 1

Craig Keel, Weedsport, New York- 1

Danny Lasoski, Dover, Missouri- 1

Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa- 1

Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tennessee- 1

Jason Meyers, Clovis, California- 1

Shane Stewart, Bixby, Oklahoma- 1

Brooke Tatnell, San Souci, NSW- 1

 

SuperClean Start Award

1- Craig Dollansky, Elk River, Minnesota- 2

2- Donny Schatz, Fargo, North Dakota- 1

 
Crane Cams Engine Builder Challenge

Shaver Specialties 90

Kistler Engines 63 / -27

Speedway Engines 63 / -27

Don Ott Engines 59/ -31

 

Chassis Builder Challenge

Maxim 92

J&J 88 / -4

Triple X Race Co. 15 / -77

 

 

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