Craig Dollansky: Adversity at Autodrome

From CDR

The World of Outlaws visit a handfull of new tracks each year as was the case on Tuesday as they crossed the border into Canada for the inaugural event at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec.

A perfect day of weather at the 4/10-mile track saw only 20 competitors signed in for action. In qualifying, Dollansky piloted the Big Game Treestands sprinter to 9th quickest with a lap of 14.289 seconds and secured a front row starting spot for heat race action. Starting from the outside pole of heat race three, Dollansky would hold position and finish in the second spot and earn a spot in the dash. Being the 9th quickest car of the evening in qualifying meant Dollansky would start nineth in the 6-lap dash affair where he would go on to pass Danny Lasoski and finish in the 8th spot.

Slated to start from outside the fourth row in the 35-lap feature event, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ was running sixth by lap six when a red flag came out. When racing resumed, Dollansky used a strong restart in the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim to charge past two cars and into the fourth position. A long stretch of green flag action saw Dollansky continue to ride in the fourth spot until the middle stages of the race when mechanical problems haunted the #7 and forced Dollansky to slow on the frontstretch, ending his strong run. “The second lap in the feature we had a vibration and I knew we had trouble, I let the crew know on that red flag and we kept running and the drive-line exploded. It was unfortunate with the vibration it was robbing the car of energy and speed, we could have been up there in the hunt had that not plagued us”, commented Dollansky.

The Big Game Treestands #7 team will pack up and move on as racing with the Outlaws in Canada continues this weekend for a two-day show at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario.