For the first time since 2006, Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team headed to Fulton Speedway in New York on Tuesday, a track that Dollansky has run strong at in previous events.
For Dollansky it didn’t take long to find the fast way around the track as he was quick in his hotlap session and carried that over to qualifying by posting the 4th fastest lap around the 3/8-mile with a lap of 13.345 seconds among the 29 cars assembled for action. One-lap qualifying was instilled on the field because of rain showers that paused action before time trials. Scheduled to start from inside row two for the first heat race, Dollansky would hold his position and bring the #7 across the finish line in 3rd and earn a spot in the dash thanks to his qualifying time. An invert pill of six would start the Karavan Trailers car in third where Dollansky would end up losing a couple positions and finish 5th.
In the 30-lap A-Main, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ assumed the fifth position as the green flag flew and then worked his way up to the third position by lap 10. As racing continued, Jason Sides slipped past the Aggressive Hydraulics #7 with six laps to go. When a restart came on lap 27, Dollansky moved back up a spot when a caution came out for Doug Esh. On the ensuing double-file restart Dollansky lined up on the inside of row two and gave it one last shot to pass the top two cars but to no avail as he ended up coming home 3rd and earning a podium finish. “We qualified decent which put us in a good position the rest of the night”, commented Dollansky. “After getting through the heat we lost some ground in the dash and made some changes for the A and had a good car until late in the race when we lost air pressure and the car got tight, it was a good top three finish for the Big Game team though and I’m looking forward to the Ironman 55”.
The weekend of ’55’ takes place this coming weekend for the World of Outlaws as they head back to the midwest and get tough for two nights of racing at Ken Schrader’s I-55 Raceway for the 2nd Annual Ironman 55 with Saturday’s 55-lap feature paying $20,000 to the winner.