The Jim Boyd Memorial was the next event for the Big Game Treestands #7 team as they laid eyes on Beaver Dam Raceway for the 2nd running of the event that honored the well-known man who was instrumental in bringing the World of Outlaws to the Upper Midwest. ‘JB’ was also the founder of Karavan Trailers who have been long-time supporters of Craig Dollansky.
A hot and humid day in Wisconsin would see 30 sprinters battle a tricky, slick, racing surface for qualifying time trials as Dollansky circled the 1/3-mile 14th fastest at 13.920 seconds. Spectacular heat race competition would see ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ start fifth and rim-ride around the high-banked track up to 2nd to earn a spot in the dash. The Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim would start last in the 8-lap dash and advance one position to finish 9th. “We had a good race car with this Big Game car but we were in a bit of a hole after qualifying,” commented Dollansky. “We had a good heat race getting into the top two to make the dash and kept working with the car. This team keeps working hard and we never give up.”
When the green flag waved on the 40-lap A-Main, Dollansky motored from the fifth row up to seventh when the first caution came on lap 3. A strong restart saw the Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products #7 move up two more positions, to fifth, by the exit of turn two. After a stoppage on lap 6, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ used another great restart to get by Jason Meyers for fourth and come after Joey Saldana for third. Dollansky and Saldana continued their charge to the front as the #7 assumed third on lap 18 and then the runner-up position by lap 27. Dollansky closed in on Saldana for the lead two laps later until a caution with 12 laps to go. As racing resumed, both drivers ran the highside in turns 1 & 2 but in 3 & 4 Dollansky ran downstairs and Saldana on the top shelf. Dollansky kept trimming Saldana’s lead as the two ran nose to tail at the line with 2 to go and gave it one last try but came up just a few car-lengths short.
“We had a lot of close racing going on and Joey had a good race car as well,” said the driver of the #7. “I thought I had a shot at him at the end but it seemed like the top in three and four was getting faster and the bottom was getting slower. I gave it all I had a lap before the end and got to low and popped the front end on the tire. It’s still a great run for this Big Game Treestands team and Karavan Trailers being here in Karavan country who have been big supporters of mine for many years. We carried JB’s picture on the top of the car and would have loved to get a victory with ‘JB’ but I know he was there riding with me and we gave it all we had and he knows that.”
Racing continues on Wednesday for the Big Game Treestands #7 team in Lima, Ohio for the Brad Doty Classic.
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