Racing: Dollansky charges to 50th career sprint cars win

Craig Dollansky (middle) posed with wife Julie and his crew after the victory at Lebanon Valley. (World of Outlaws photo)


Zimmerman sprint car racer Craig Dollansky notched his 50th career World of Outlaws victory on Sunday at a track where he’s always done well, Lebanon Valley in New York State.

Dollanksy’s sixth win of the season pulled him within 11 points of the season lead, matching the highest he’s been ranked during his 12-year career.

The driver whose nickname is “Crowd Pleaser” has three of the last four features at Lebanon.

Craig Dollansky

“I love this race track, it’s a fun track and definitely wasn’t a gimme,” commented Dollanksky. “Joey (Saldana) got us on the start and was running a good pace but when we circled around him while dealing with lapped traffic I felt like we had a pretty good race car and felt comfortable.”

Dollansky won the quick-time with an average speed of 130 mph on the quarter-mile oval (his seventh such win this year), then took second in both his heat and  the six-lap dash.

In the 25-lap A-Main,  Dollansky pursued Saldana until taking the lead on the backstretch in lap 21. Following the race’s lone caution, he made a strong double-file restart and widened the gap.

Steve Kinser leads the World of Outlaws season points with 5,633, followed by Dollansky with 5622 and Donny Schatz with 5610.

Dollansky has raced on the tour since 2001. His highest season finishes have been second (2006) and third twice. He was fifth last year.