Dollansky Heating Up

Craig Dollansky

Dollansky jumped to the series season lead in laps led with 157 this past weekend. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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With the official start of summer quickly approaching, Craig Dollansky is heating up on the racetrack as he heads back to his home state for Friday night's World of Outlaws STP Series race at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn.

Dollansky put on a dominating performance this past weekend, winning at both 34 Raceway (Burlington, Iowa) and Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.) for his third and fourth wins of the season. He now has 57 career victories, which breaks a tie with Jac Haudenschild and Jason Meyers for 10th on the all-time list.

"Any time you have a weekend like that, it's pretty good," Dollansky said. "We're pretty happy with the weekend and any time you can win two in a row, that’s not too easy to do."

The victories boosted Dollansky from sixth to fourth in the standings, but he still trails leader Daryn Pittman by 307 points.

"It's been a challenging season to this point. With the changes in tire manufacturers, it’s been an adjustment for us," Dollansky said. "There've been some teams that have struggled with it and it seems like there are some that have a better handle on it than others. I feel like we're making progress."

On Thursday prior to the race at 34 Raceway, Dollansky and his team held a meeting - with DJ Lindsey, Sean Michael and Chevy Corn - to try and get things going in the right direction.

"Everybody has to be working together and pulling in the same direction," Dollansky said. "It just came down to attitude adjustments, starting with myself. It wasn’t the happy-type team meeting. It was a more heated meeting, but it was good. I have great guys I work with and we had an open-dialect type of discussion. You have to stay focused and you have to keep your attitudes good. Sometimes, you just have to have an open discussion where you might raise your voice a little bit."

The end result from the weekend saw Dollansky put up some impressive numbers at the .375-mile and half-mile tracks that saw him lead a combined 62 of 64 laps.

"The good thing about this past weekend is that we were on two different types of racetracks," Dollansky said. "The conditions were different. To be able to win on both of them was a good thing for our team. Again, I feel great about where we are right now with this team."

Dollansky's total margin of victory from the two races was 12.8 seconds.

"As far as I’m concerned, they're right on my tail," Dollansky said. "With our cars, we don’t have mirrors. You really don’t know where that guy is that’s running second. Really, in either race, I didn’t know the lead that we had. You just try to pace yourself, get through lap traffic and take care of your car."

The attempt at three wins in as many days came to a halt when "Mother Nature" washed out the race scheduled for I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.

"I was sure bummed out when we lost Sunday's race because I was ready to run 10 races in a row," Dollansky said. "Hopefully, the weather cooperates this weekend."

Although he wasn't able to return home to Elk River, this week's trip to Minnesota has given Dollansky some time to spend at the No. 7 EyeCon Trail Cameras race shop in Windom which is also home to his sponsor, Big Game Treestands. The shop sits 20 miles north of Jackson Speedway, where Big Game will sponsor the race.

"I had a chance to spend some time with Tod (Quiring, CEO of Big Game Treestands) and some others from Big Game on Monday night," Dollansky said. "We have an appearance in downtown Jackson on Thursday night before the race. I'm just spending some time down here with my team and our sponsors. We're not going to get home until after Knoxville next week."

Saturday night's trip to Knoxville Raceway for the Mediacom Shootout will give Dollansky the opportunity to race with his son Garrett, who competes weekly at the track.

"The first race we were in together was last year at Charlotte and ironically, we started right beside each other in a heat race," Dollansky said. "Garrett is a great kid. I have three great kids that are all motor heads and want to race, even my daughter."

Friday's action at Jackson will kick off with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. CT and Saturday's hot laps at Knoxville will begin at 6:45 p.m. 

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