Charlotte, North Carolina – On Thursday night 57 and 56 cars took qualifying time trials to set up Friday and Saturday nights ‘World of Outlaws’ sprint car shows at the WORLD FINALS in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Craig Dollansky debuting his 2010 Big Game Treestands ride for the first time stopped the clock at 13.903 seconds in the first session which would end up 5th quickest over all. In the second session for Saturday night’s show the team slightly slower would end up 14th quickest with a lap time of 14.132 seconds.
Friday night the Big Game, Karavan Trailers, Aggressive Hydraulics sprinter would begin in the 3rd position in the first of 4 heat races. A stutter at the start cost Craig, and allowed the Armor All #15 of Donny Schatz to take the third position. While the team held onto finish in the 4th spot, they missed transferring into the dash. Even the team’s 5th place qualifying effort wasn’t enough to earn them a dash start, as both Dale Blaney and Steve Kinser the 3rd and 4th fastest qualifiers were likewise unable to finish in the top two positions in their heat races.
Starting 11th, Dollansky got the most out his Rider Racing Engine as he quickly raced his way up to 6th in the opening lap of the 30 lap A-main. In a race that was marred by mishaps and mayhem Dollansky got involved in an incident that included his co-part Terry McCarl. The two heading through turns 1 & 2 made contact resulting in a crash for McCarl and damage to Dollansky’s top wing sideboard. Able to continue after the crash, Craig restarted picking up two more positions to finish the race in fourth.
“We had a good run tonight, we finished well considering the newness of this team, I really wished the altercation with Terry wouldn’t have happened, that is not how I would have intended things to go on the first night. We were both racing hard,” said Craig, “and we were both fast, which I am happy about.”
On the second nigh,t and the finale at the WORLD FINALS, Craig Dollansky started from the pole of heat race 2 after qualifying his Big Game Treestands car 14th quickest in the 2nd session on Thursday night. Holding the lead for 5 laps of 8 lap he finished in the runner up spot after getting passed by the #11 of Steve Kinser. “Steve was running good and I tried to hold him off for a few laps but he was better than I was and got around me,” commented Craig.
A 2nd place finish in the heat gave Dollansky a draw for the dash. Pulling the #10 pill, Craig would start last in the 6 lap race. Picking up one position in the dash, the Big Game Treestands team would start the year’s final feature from the inside of row five.
As the SPEED TV cameras rolled, so did the last four-wide parade lap, bringing the 2009 season down to a final race. Dale Blaney took the early lead, as drivers scrambled for position behind him. In the #7 ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ pulled ahead, picking up a couple positions early in the race. As the laps clicked off, closing in on the checkered flag, Dollansky suddenly slowed bringing his car to an abrupt halt on the inside burm of the back stretch. Exiting his car quickly he batted at an invisible flame creeping up the ankles of his Simpson suit. “We had a nozzle line come off and I was getting wet with fuel, then it ignited,” said the driver, “It was unfortunate we were getting better as we went.” Without injury, the driver and team retired their ride to the pits finishing in the 24th position.