PEVELY, Mo. — The Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway is one of the most unique annual events on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series tour each season, but Craig Dollansky proved once again he has the muscle to get to victory lane.
For the third consecutive year, Dollansky and his Big Game Treestands team powered to victory in the tough 55-lap event at the high-banked, third-mile oval just south of St. Louis, and collected $20,000 for winning.
Dollansky, who started on the pole, and Jac Haudenschild waged a fierce battle up front as the action was wild throughout the field. Haudenschild led the first 12 laps before Dollansky slid in front on a restart. Haudenschild went back to the lead on lap 24 and held it until he climbed the wall and tumbled on a lap-29 restart, turning the lead back over to Dollansky, who ultimately had to hold off hard-charging Donny Schatz down the stretch for the win.
“That’s racing at Pevely, just action everywhere,” said Dollansky. “We were running in lapped traffic and just trying to pace ourselves with this long 55-lap race. Ray Marler and his crew do a great job with this track and putting together a good track for the fans. It’s awesome to get the third win here. It’s such a tough race to win. To get another one here and with our teammate Sammy getting a top three as well that’s not easy to do with this field of cars.”
Schatz started 13th in the A-main and carefully picked his way up to the front to finish second, a remarkable run through the field in his STP/Armor All J&J, a car that hasn’t finished worse than third since its debut last month at Williams Grove.
“It’s fun to be able to come through the field,” said Schatz. “I wish we had a little better chance to win. I couldn’t get the tires going or I had a shock give up and I just couldn’t get the drive I needed. I had a restart with Craig with 10 to go and you’ve got to let the leader go. You put him on the top like this when it’s tricky and he just won’t make a mistake, so I wouldn’t say I needed a restart, but I needed lapped traffic.”