SALINA, Okla. — Craig Dollansky powered to victory Saturday night at Salina Highbanks Speedway for his second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
Dollansky fought off Paul McMahan’s relentless effort through heavy traffic in the 30-lap A-main to remain perfect in Outlaw competition at Salina, where he also won in 2011. Point-leader Daryn Pittman was third with Sammy Swindell and Joey Saldana rounding out the top five.
The event was originally scheduled for Friday night but wet weather forced the race to run a day later, when cool temperatures equaled big horsepower as all but one of the competitors qualified under the previous track record.
“It’s a great race track, a beautiful facility,” said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn. “I was up in the grandstands earlier today. It’s just nice all the way around. It was a fast race track tonight with the rain. It definitely made for a fast race. To start with we had to put ourselves in position to have a little luck on our side to get a good pill draw for the dash, but then you also have to capitalize on it. It was a great win for this entire race team.”
Dollansky’s Eyecon Trail Cameras car charged out to a quick lead in the A-main and was seemingly in traffic immediately on the three-eighths-mile oval.
“I felt like we were losing some air in the right rear tire and I could feel myself getting tighter, especially behind cars, so I was trying to adjust our line a little bit and watch what we were doing behind lapped cars,” Dollansky said. “Some of those lapped cars we were able to get by pretty easy but we definitely got pretty tight behind some other ones.”
McMahan was trying to seize the lead in his CJB Motorsports machine, but while he could get up to Dollansky he was unable to carry enough momentum to surge past him. Still, it was a remarkable performance after the team was forced to change motors early in the night, putting them behind from the start.