Since the last race on April 2nd, Mother Nature has dominated the World of Outlaws circuit by forcing three rain-outs in the Midwest. Fortunately, the Big Game Treestands #7 team closed out the month on Saturday at Tri-State Speedway, a track no stranger to Dollansky who raced to victory last October when the series last visited the ¼-mile as well as triumphs in 2006 and 2008.
With 24 cars signed into the pit area at the tight bullring located in Haubstadt, Indiana, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ was the second-to-last car to qualify and turned the 7th fastest lap at 12.260 seconds. Making the heat inversion of twelve started the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim on the outside front row of heat one. In the 10-lap event, Dollansky got the early jump but a bad restart after a lap one caution would see the #7 slip to 3rd at the finish.
As the attention turned to the 40-lap A-Main, the Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products backed sprinter would start inside of row six. In the early stages of the race, Dollansky held position and then mounted a charge to the front as he took over the sixth spot by a lap 19 caution. As racing resumed, Dollansky assumed fourth from Paul McMahan on lap 23 but the two battled back and forth with McMahan holding the position when a caution came with 5 laps to go. Still running fifth, Dollansky gave it one last charge on the final restart with 2 laps to go but would cross the checkers with a strong top five finish. Teammate Sammy Swindell when on to take the victory.
“We drew a late number qualifying and for going out that late we had a pretty good qualifying effort with 7th,” commented the Elk River, Minnesota driver. “Come feature time we weren’t where we wanted to be with our race car and was kind of just hanging in there. From where we started, to come out of there with a top five we were pretty happy with that. We’re looking forward to getting racing more now and hopefully the weather will cooperate.”
The Big Game Treestands #7 team led by DJ Lindsey and the ‘Dollansky Duo’ of Troy and Luke, return to action on Tuesday, May 3rd, at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Oklahoma for an inaugural event that was rained out on April 23rd.