April 17, 2004 Results

Dollansky Leads Flag-to-Flag in I-55 Victory

By Richard Day

PEVELY, MO (April 17) – Craig Dollansky’s roller coaster season took an upward turn Saturday at I-55 Raceway.

“The Crowd Pleaser,” who suffered ankle injuries at Manzanita Speedway in February and lost the lead when he crashed with a lapped car Friday, dominated Saturday’s World of Outlaws Sprint Series “A” Feature at I-55 Raceway.

“This definitely helps,” Dollansky said after leading all 40 laps in the main event. “We had the fastest car last night before we got taken out by a lapped car. I think that with D.J. Lindsey and Rod Fauver I’ve got the best crew I’ve ever had, and they gave me a great racecar all night. Along with everyone else who makes this happen: Scott Boyd, VMAC, Hoosier tires, Charlie Garrett engines, and Maxim Chassis.”

The $10,000 victory, Dollansky’s first of the season, pushed him from 10th to eighth place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings.

Dollansky, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 45-car field, earned the right to start the main event outside the second row by following Donny Schatz across the finish line in the Second Dash Race.

Schatz passed pole-sitter Jason Sides in the first corner, but his #15 Parker Store J&J hooked the cushion and flipped in turn two within seconds after the green flag fell in the “A” Feature. Dollansky, who moved up to the front row as a result of Schatz’s crash, won a front-straightaway drag race with Sides when the race resumed. World of Outlaws Sprint Series points leader Steve Kinser collided with Fourth Heat Race winner Jerrod Hull and flipped in turn one, forcing a second restart.

Dollansky beat Sides down the front stretch when the green flag replaced the red. Sides drove the #7S Sides Motorsports Maxim past Dollansky in the low groove in the first corner, only to have “The Crowd Pleaser” regain the lead in turn two.

Tyler Walker and Daryn Pittman, who started inside the seventh row, passed Joey Saldana during laps three and five to take over third and fourth place.

Dollansky had the #7 VMAC Maxim 20 car-lengths ahead of Sides when he entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. The 2003 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year narrowed the gap to 10 car-lengths in dense lapped traffic two laps later, but brushed the outside retaining wall in the second corner early in the 10th lap which allowed Dollansky to extend his advantage.

Sides, who won the Second Heat Race, steadily gained on “The Crowd Pleaser” during the next nine laps, and was 10 car-lengths behind midway through the race.

Fast-qualifier Tim Shaffer surrendered ninth place early in the 29th lap when he stopped on the front straightaway with a flat right rear tire. Fresh rubber on the #83 Beef Packers Eagle allowed Shaffer to race back into seventh place within four laps.

A flat right rear tire on the #14 Elite Landscaping Maxim forced Jason Meyers to stop on the front stretch early in lap 35. Sides discovered his right rear tire was losing air during the caution, but continued circling the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval to maintain pressure in the tire.

Shaffer continued his run to the front when the green flag replaced the yellow, racing past Saldana and Walker to take over fourth place. Erin Crocker bicycled and spun into Kraig Kinser and Jesse Hockett the next time around, bringing out the caution flag and setting up a four-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Shaffer, racing in the middle groove, used a slide move to pass Pittman and Sides in turn one as the race resumed. Pittman steered the #21 Hop & Sack CMC into the low groove in the second corner to regain the runner-up spot.

Dollansky raced away from his closest pursuers during the final restart, and took the checkered flag with 10 car-lengths to spare.

“I was floating around on the top at the beginning of the race, so we were able to save the tires some here,” Dollansky said. “I’ve been here before when the track takes rubber as the race goes on, and I just wanted to be sure I saw it in time because I’ve lost races that way before. I came back from a pretty tough injury last year, and I have to thank my family, and Dr. (Terry) Trammell for all of their support. It’s great to get back to victory lane.”

Shaffer’s miraculous third-place run during the final 12 laps pushed him into fourth place in the point standings. Walker finished fourth, ahead of Sides, Saldana, Hull, Paul McMahan, Brooke Tatnell and 19th-starting Shane Stewart.

Shaffer paced the qualifying session with a 115.212-M.P.H. lap around Pevely’s 1/3-mile oval.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series’ fire-breathing, mudslinging sprint cars will run $51,600 events at Batesville Speedway Thursday and at the Talladega Short Track Saturday. WoO

2004 World of Outlaws Sprint Series

I-55 Raceway, Pevely, MO

Saturday, April 17, Feature Program #9

Qualifying: 1. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 10.412; 2. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 10.451; 3. Brooke Tatnell, Grandstaff 66, 10.496; 4. Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 10.581; 5. Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 10.591; 6. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 10.604; 7. Jonathan Allard, Wright 35, 10.610; 8. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 10.616; 9. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 10.663; 10. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 10.713; 11. Brian Brown, Parsons 6, 10.729; 12. Randy Anderson, Carnahan R19, 10.735; 13. Shane Stewart, Chilcutt 4M, 10.743; 14. Ricky Logan, Gifford 17G, 10.771; 15. Jesse Hockett, VKCC Motorsports 75, 10.824; 16. Tyler Walker, Forbrook 5, 10.831; 17. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 10.835; 18. Brian Paulus, Pender 28, 10.836; 19. Joey Saldana, Woodward 2, 10.853; 20. Jerrod Hull, Hull 12, 10.855; 21. Tommy Worley, Jr., Worley 56, 10.934; 22. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 10.942; 23. Jason Meyers, Elite Racing 14, 10.943; 24. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18, 11.006; 25. Tom Busch, Busch 36, 11.006; 26. Steve Short, Short 8, 11.010; 27. Brandon Wimmer, Two Winners 7TW, 11.011; 28. Joey Montgomery, Montgomery 21C, 11.031; 29. Toni Lutar, Lutar 4X, 11.042; 30. Jim Moughan, M&L Motorsports 59, 11.068; 31. Bob Bennett, Acme 3, 11.108; 32. Tim Montgomery, Montgomery 32, 11.164; 33. Jay Landolt, Stinebaker 21S, 11.189; 34. Mike Deavers, Deavers 72, 11.219; 35. Alex Shanks, Baker 55B, 11.246; 36. Kaley Gharst, Gharst 44G, 11.284; 37. Jason Hunt, Hunt 19, 11.312; 38. A.J. Bruns, Bruns 44, 11.371; 39. Jason Keith, Keith 28X, 11.373; 40. Kent Buckley, Buckley 1, 11.385; 41. Chad Souders, Souders 12S, 11.467; 42. Curtis Boyer, Boyer 72X, 11.513; 43. Terry Babb, Babb 88, 11.741; 44. Tim Vandervere, Vandervere 7V, 11.855; 45. Bryan Matthews, Matthews 98, no time.

First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Tyler Walker, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Tom Busch, 6. Toni Lutar, 7. Jay Landolt, 8. Chad Souders, 9. Brian Carlson, 10. Danny Lasoski. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jason Sides, 2. Kraig Kinser, 3. Brian Paulus, 4. Jonathan Allard, 5. Jesse Hockett, 6. Jim Moughan, 7.Curtis Boyer, 8. A.J. Bruns, 9. Steve Short, 10. Mike Deavers, 11. Paul McMahan. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jason Meyers, 2. Joey Saldana, 3. Brian Brown, 4. Brooke Tatnell, 5. Ricky Logan, 6. Bob Bennett, 7. Terry Babb, 8. Jason Keith, 9. Alex Shanks, 10. Erin Crocker, 11. Brandon Wimmer. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jerrod Hull, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Tim Montgomery, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Tim Vandervere, 6. Shane Stewart, 7. Tommy Worley, Jr., 8. Joey Montgomery, 9. Kaley Gharst, 10. Bryan Matthews, 11. Randy Anderson, 12. Kent Buckley. (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

C Feature (eight laps): 1. Mike Deavers, 2. Kaley Gharst, 3. A.J. Bruns ($125); 4. Bryan Matthews ($100); 5. Jason Keith ($80); 6. Terry Babb ($70); 7. Alex Shanks ($60); 8. Chad Souders ($50); 9. Kent Buckley ($40); 10. Curtis Boyer ($35). (first two qualified for the “B” Feature)

First Dash Race (seven laps): 1. Jason Sides, 2. Jonathan Allard, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Ricky Logan, 5. Jerrod Hull, 6. Tim Shaffer, 7. Daryn Pittman, 8. Brian Paulus. (finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight rows in the “A” Feature lineup)

Second Dash Race (seven laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Brooke Tatnell, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Kraig Kinser, 7. Brian Brown, 8. Jesse Hockett. (finish determined the outside starting positions in the first eight rows in the “A” Feature lineup)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Erin Crocker, 5. Bob Bennett ($200); 6. Brian Carlson ($180); 7. Tommy Worley, Jr. ($150); 8. Joey Montgomery ($120); 9. Steve Short ($100); 10. Mike Deavers ($110); 11. Jim Moughan ($70); 12. Brandon Wimmer ($60); 13. Jay Landolt ($60); 14. Kaley Gharst ($70); 15. Toni Lutar, 16. Randy Anderson ($50). (first five qualified for the “A” Feature)

A Feature (40 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky [4] ($10,000); 2. Daryn Pittman [13] ($5,500); 3. Tim Shaffer [11] ($3,200); 4. Tyler Walker [5] ($2,800); 5. Jason Sides [1] ($2,500); 6. Joey Saldana [6] ($2,300); 7. Jerrod Hull [9] ($2,200); 8. Paul McMahan [15] ($2,120); 9. Brooke Tatnell [8] ($2,050); 10. Shane Stewart [19] ($2,020); 11. Danny Lasoski [17] ($1,520); 12. Jonathan Allard [3] ($1,200); 13. Kraig Kinser [12] ($1,100); 14. Ricky Logan [7] ($1,050); 15. Toni Lutar [25] ($1,000); 16. Jason Meyers [20] ($900); 17. Brian Brown [14] ($800); 18. Jesse Hockett [16] ($800); 19. Erin Crocker [18] ($820); 20. Tim Vandervere [24] ($800); 21. Tom Busch [21] ($800); 22. Tim Montgomery [22] ($800); 23. Brian Paulus [23] ($800); 24. Donny Schatz [2] ($800); 25. Steve Kinser [10] ($800).

Lap leader: Craig Dollansky 1-40

Scott Weber Sweeps UMP Modified Action!

Pevely, MO (April 17, 2004) Scott Weber jumped out front from the pole position and led all twenty laps of the U.M.P. Modified feature event. There were several caution periods and on each restart Weber would open up a comfortable lead. The battle for second place raged on as Tom Ratajczyk tried to hold off Bobby Bittle, Brian Worley and Eric Mabery. Bittle finally made his way past Ratajczyk late in the event and a with a late caution was able to restart right on Weber's bumper. Bittle was unable to get close enough to challenge Weber and Weber went on to victory. Bittle crossed the line second, Ratajczyk third, Brian Worley crossed the line fourth and Eric Mabery was fifth.

Weber also won his qualifying heat and the dash to sweep the action in the U.M.P. Modified division. Brian Worley and Mark Miner were the other heat winners.

U.M.P. Modifieds - 29 Entries
Heat 1:
1. 166 Brian Worley
2. 45M Eric Mabery
3. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
4. 19 Chris Simmerman

Heat 2:
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 17 Jim Shereck
3. 41 Larry Hull
4. 87 Gary Haynes

Heat 3:
1. 7 Mark Miner
2. 99 Danny Haynes
3. 89 Bobby Bittle
4. C4 Chris Soutiea

Dash:
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 166 Brian Worley
3. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
4. 7 Mark Miner

Semi:
1. 95 Jerry Grither
2. 59 Rich Whaley
3. 56 Kevin Epperson
4. 23 Dylan Sharp
5. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
6. 44 Mark Stanfill
7. 46 Dave Wibbenmeyer
8. 20 Dan Zander
9. 90 Nick Todtenhaupt
10. 13D Dan Walters
DNS. 8X James Reed

Feature:
1. 4J Scott Weber
2. 89 Bobby Bittle
3. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
4. 166 Brian Worley
5. 45M Eric Mabery
6. 7 Mark Miner
7. 17 Jim Shereck
8. 41 Larry Hull
9. 95 Jerry Grither
10. 19 Chris Simmerman
11. 22X Clint Eckenrodt
12. 56 Kevin Epperson
13. 23 Dylan Sharp
14. 44 Mark Stanfill
15. 87 Gary Haynes
16. 29 Jeff LeBaube
17. C4 Chris Soutiea
18. 99 Danny Haynes
19. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
20. 9W Doug Wood
21. 21 Dennis Richards
22. 59 Rich Whaley
23. 51 John Hoffman
24. 12S Mark Schaefer

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