Dollansky Steps Back From Selvage Motorsports

Craig Dollansky hard at work at Knoxville Raceway this year. (Ken Berry Photo)
Craig Dollansky hard at work at Knoxville Raceway this year. (Ken Berry Photo)

ZIMMERMAN, Minn. – Craig Dollansky and Selvage Motorsports have decided to change some things up after one season, agreeing to go their separate ways.

Dollansky and the Selvage team have competed mainly at Knoxville Raceway as part of the Knoxville Championship Cup Series, as well as took part in this year’s running of the Knoxville Nationals.

The split comes as a mutual agreement between both parties, but both Dollansky and team owner Dustin Selvage maintain a good relationship and have become family friends.

Dollansky said the move to step back from the Selvage Motorsports entry mostly stems from his continued recovery from multiple back surgeries and notably, rehabbing an elbow he dislocated in a non-racing incident during the early part of the season.

“I’m taking a step back right now because I just have to continue with my physical therapy twice a week and get my body back to where it needs to be,” Dollansky said. “Right now, I feel like that’s the best thing for me. I’ve been trying to rush along with my physical therapy and my health during the season this year, and I’ve realized I need to slow it down and take my time with it.

“My body and my health will be ready to go for the 2020 season.”

Though Dollansky’s season has tentatively come to a halt, he left the door open for an opportunity to race a time or two in October.

He is also working on putting together a schedule to race in New Zealand and Australia over the offseason and for 2020 in the States.

Plans to race in New Zealand and Australia will be released within the next three weeks.

With just one race remaining on the Championship Cup schedule, Dollansky has decided to forego the opportunity to race and offered the ride back to Selvage to race, who recently won a 360 race in the Sprint Invaders Series over the weekend at 34 Raceway.

“Dustin is a great race car driver and is the one who belongs behind the wheel of his own race car,” Dollansky said.

Selvage will drive the car at the Championship Cup season finale on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, eager to get to Knoxville as a driver again.

“A lot of these racing partnerships and relationships go south after they’ve run their course, and that is the furthest thing from where Craig and I are at,” Selvage said. “We’re still great friends and I look up to (Craig) and it’s going to remain that way. There’s no hard feeling whatsoever.”

Dollansky shared his appreciation to Selvage for the opportunity to get back into a sprint car after he thought his career was over.

“Dustin, his family, and mine have become very good friends. They’re good people and I very much appreciated our time together,” noted Dollansky.