WEIGHT LIFTER: Dollansky Wins His Third Ironman 55 Title

 


Craig Dollansky

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Minnesotan holds off Schatz for World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

PEVELY, Mo. - Aug. 3, 2013 - The Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway is one of the most unique annual events on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series tour each season, but Craig Dollansky proved once again he has the muscle to get to victory lane.

For the third consecutive year, Dollansky and his Big Game Treestands team powered to victory in the tough 55-lap event at the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval just south of St. Louis, and collected $20,000 for winning.

Dollansky, who started on the pole, and Jac Haudenschild waged a fierce battle up front as the action was wild throughout the field. Haudenschild led the first 12 laps before Dollansky slid in front on a restart. Haudenschild went back to the lead on lap 24 and held it until he climbed the wall and tumbled on a lap-29 restart, turning the lead back over to Dollansky, who ultimately had to hold off hard-charging Donny Schatz down the stretch for the win.

"That's racing at Pevely, just action everywhere," said Dollansky driver of the EyeCon Trail Cameras Maxim from Elk River, Minn. "We were running in lapped traffic and just trying to pace ourselves with this long 55-lap race. Ray Marler and his crew do a great job with this track and putting together a good track for the fans. It's awesome to get the third win here. It's such a tough race to win. To get another one here and with our teammate Sammy getting a top three as well that's not easy to do with this field of cars."

Schatz started 13th in the A-main and carefully picked his way up to the front to finish second, a remarkable run through the field in his STP/Armor All J&J, a car that hasn't finished worse than third since its debut last month at Williams Grove.

"It's fun to be able to come through the field," said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. "I wish we had a little better chance to win. I couldn't get the tires going or I had a shock give up and I just couldn't get the drive I needed. I had a restart with Craig with 10 to go and you've got to let the leader go. You put him on the top like this when it's tricky and he just won't make a mistake, so I wouldn't say I needed a restart, but I needed lap traffic."

Sammy Swindell earned a third-place finish, joining his Big Game Treestands teammate Dollansky on the podium, after fighting a loose race car when his right rear tire started losing air on a restart.

"We lost some air pressure on those two long reds and I just couldn't get it back up," said Swindell, of Germantown, Tenn. "If we could've got another pound and a half of air in the car it would have made it much better. It was a good night for us and we were strong all night. I would have liked to have seen a few of the restarts that we came out second stay green, but the caution kept falling."

Paul McMahan earned a strong fourth-place finish despite contact with Tim Kaeding that resulted in Kaeding violently wrecking down the front stretch with 10 laps to go. Kaeding was OK other than a few tough feelings he promptly expressed to McMahan on the track.

Cody Darrah held on to round out the top five after running strong for much of the feature before catching a piece of debris off Haudenschild's crash in turn two on a lap 29 restart, causing damage to Darrah's wing.

Haudenschild looked to be the class of the field up until lap 13 when Dollansky got around him on a restart the first time. Haudenschild again took the lead on 24 and looked strong until wrecking out of the event on the lap 29 restart.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship points leader Daryn Pittman was sixth, and now owns a 71-point lead in the standings over Schatz as Pittman tries to win his first series championship as a driver and the first series title for car owner Kasey Kahne.

Steve Kinser brought out the first caution of the night rolling to a stop in turn three after contact with the wall broke the front axle. The Bad Boy Buggies crew was able to get a completely new front end on the Maxim chassis in the allotted two minutes and Kinser was able to remain in the show. It was the first of nine total cautions during the feature.

Next up, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series invades the Knoxville Nationals beginning on Wednesday night. Three days of qualifying events set the stage for Saturday's huge $150,000-to-win main event, which Schatz has won six of the past seven years.

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NOTES - Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the 1/3-mile oval with a time of 11.546 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Jason Sides (4 points), Sammy Swindell (3), Kerry Madsen (2) and David Gravel (1). It was McMahan's 13th quick time of the season. ... Jac Haudenschild, Craig Dollansky, Tim Kaeding and Daryn Pittman won heat races. ... The dash draw was a 6 for the 30th time this year. ... Craig Dollansky won the dash for the fifth time this year.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Danny Smith; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; STP ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen UNOH ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 cash): James McFadden; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): David Gravel; Superflow ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart;KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Joey Saldana;Armor All (case of product): James McFadden.; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Craig Dollansky; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Kody Kinser, Paul McMahan, David Gravel; JE Pistons (set of rings): Logan Schuchart, Danny Smith

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55; Pevely, Mo.; Aug. 3, 2013

A-Main - (55 Laps) 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1] [$20,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [13] [$6,000]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [3] [$3,750]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [5] [$3,250]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [4] [$2,750]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,500]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [11] [$2,400]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah [15] [$2,300]; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana [16] [$2,200]; 10. 55X-James McFadden [18] [$2,100]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [9] [$1,700]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7] [$1,400]; 13. 6-David Gravel [12] [$1,300]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [23] [$1,200]; 15. 83-Tim Kaeding [8] [$1,100]; 16. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [20] [$1,000]; 17. 44W-Austen Wheatley [21] [$1,000]; 18. 59-Jac Haudenschild [2] [$1,000]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10] [$1,000]; 20. 11-Steve Kinser [14] [$1,000]; 21. 4M-Kody Kinser [24] [$1,000]; 22. 44-A.J. Bruns [17] [$1,000]; 23. 1M-Jim Moughan [19] [$1,000]; 24. 4S-Danny Smith [22] [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-12, 24-29; Craig Dollansky 13-23, 30-55. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+11].

Qualifying: 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 11.546; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.688; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell, 11.888; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.899; 5. 6-David Gravel, 11.918; 6. 4-Cody Darrah, 11.923; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.924; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 11.946; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky, 11.960; 10. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 11.989; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.014; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.038; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.057; 14. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.094; 15. 44-A.J. Bruns, 12.098; 16. 83-Tim Kaeding, 12.115; 17. 55X-James McFadden, 12.136; 18. 1M-Jim Moughan, 12.254; 19. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.283; 20. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.321; 21. 4S-Danny Smith, 12.326; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.333; 23. 4M-Kody Kinser, 12.351; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.416; 25. 6R-Bill Rose, 12.570; 26. 17M-Joey Moughan, 12.588; 27. 51X-Austin Brown, 12.655; 28. 5-Kory Bales, 12.810; 29. 99-Kory Weyant, 12.948; 30. 67-Joey Boyd, 12.990; 31. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.051; 32. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman, 13.099; 33. 21P-Adam Parmley, 13.193; 34. 52F-Logan Faucon, 13.585.

Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 6-David Gravel [3]; 5. 55X-James McFadden [5]; 6. 4S-Danny Smith [6]; 7. 99-Kory Weyant [8]; 8. 21P-Adam Parmley [9]; 9. 6R-Bill Rose [7].

Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 59-Jac Haudenschild [2]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 6. 1M-Jim Moughan [5]; 7. 17M-Joey Moughan [7]; 8. 67-Joey Boyd [8]; 9. 52F-Logan Faucon [9].

Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [5]; 5. 4M-Kody Kinser [6]; 6. 51X-Austin Brown [7]; 7. 44-A.J. Bruns [1]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8].

Heat 4 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 83-Tim Kaeding [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 6. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [8]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 8. 5-Kory Bales [7].

Dash - (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 2. 59-Jac Haudenschild [6]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [4]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 8. 83-Tim Kaeding [9]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10].

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1M-Jim Moughan [2] [-]; 2. 4S-Danny Smith [4] [-]; 3. 44-A.J. Bruns [1] [-]; 4. 44W-Austen Wheatley [3] [-]; 5. 6R-Bill Rose [5] [$200]; 6. 17M-Joey Moughan [6] [$180]; 7. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [12] [$175]; 8. 21P-Adam Parmley [13] [$160]; 9. 52F-Logan Faucon [14] [$150]; 10. 5-Kory Bales [8] [$150]; 11. 67-Joey Boyd [10] [$150]; 12. 99-Kory Weyant [9] [$150]; 13. 51X-Austin Brown [7] [$150]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [11] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos. Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1 Daryn Pittman

7104

0

8

34

41

10

2 Donny Schatz

7033

-71

13

30

43

2

3 Paul McMahan

6924

-180

3

24

38

13

4 Craig Dollansky

6696

-408

6

16

31

1

5 Sammy Swindell

6634

-470

2

14

32

4

6 Joey Saldana

6575

-529

0

11

27

4

7 David Gravel

6424

-680

1

7

24

1

8 Cody Darrah

6417

-687

2

10

21

1

9 Steve Kinser

6269

-835

1

5

20

0

10 Chad Kemenah

6228

-876

0

11

16

2

11 Kerry Madsen

6225

-879

2

8

25

1

12 Jason Sides

6186

-918

0

9

24

1

13 Kraig Kinser

6170

-934

1

8

23

0

14 Tim Kaeding

5173

-1931

7

20

25

0

15 Sam Hafertepe Jr.

3135

-3969

0

1

6

1

16 Bill Rose

2936

-4168

0

0

1

0

17 Brian Brown

2935

-4169

0

4

11

0

18 Jac Haudenschild

2532

-4572

0

7

9

0

19 Greg Wilson

2480

-4624

0

1

2

0

20 Wayne Johnson

2430

-4674

0

0

2

0

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants,KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo, TNT Rescue and Winters Performance.

 

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