Friday Recap of World Finals in Charlotte
As November is upon us and temperatures shifting cold once again in Minnesota, the Eyecon Trail Cameras #7 team escaped the cold weather making the long haul to North Carolina to wrap up the 2013 season at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with the 7th running of the World Finals. As one of the fastest growing events since becoming part of the schedule in 2007, the World Finals pits drivers from the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, World of Outlaws Late Models, and World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars as a combined total of 176 cars signed into the 4/10-mile track.
With qualifying complete on Thursday, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ stopped the clock 9th fastest for Friday’s program among the 55 sprinters on hand. Lining up inside row two for heat four, the MobileStar backed sprinter battled Brian Brown for a spot in the dash but finished 3rd in the 8-lap event to transfer into the main event.
In the 30-lap A-Main the Aggressive Hydraulics #7 started inside row nine. When the green flag waved on the feature, Dollansky gained a pair of positions by lap 7. Following a caution just prior to the halfway point on lap 12, a tough restart saw the Elk River, Minnesota native lose a couple positions. With much of the field fighting for the bottom line around the track, passing became a premium and the Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products Maxim took the checkered flag in 18th.
Strong Seventh Place Charge for #7 in Finale
The 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season came to a close on Saturday for Craig Dollansky and the Eyecon Trail Cameras #7 team as they returned to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the third and final night of the World Finals as ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ prepared for his 31st appearance on the 4/10-mile red clay.
Recording the 10th fastest lap among the 55 cars that qualified on Thursday, Dollansky lined up inside two for heat five. Needing to finish top-two to earn a spot in the dash, the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim closed the gap on Jac Haudenschild but ran out of laps finishing 3rd in the 8-lap event.
In the 30-lap A-Main the MobileStar backed entry took the green flag deep in the pack inside row ten. After working his way around Brent Marks for sixteenth by a lap 5 caution, Dollansky utilized the highside in turns 3 & 4 to motor past Daryn Pittman before another caution on lap 12. Following a caution two circuits later, the Elk River, Minnesota native continued to make forward progress cracking the top ten by the halfway point on lap 15. After the final yellow came with thirteen laps remaining, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ charged into seventh on lap 25 and then battled David Gravel with two to go before running out of laps taking the checkered with a 7th place finish to conclude the 2013 season.
“After struggling with our car Friday night we got better for the feature on Saturday, unfortunately like Friday we were’t able to get in the top two in our heat to transfer to the dash so that had us starting in the back both nights,” explained Dollansky who finished the season 5th in the championship standings. “Getting to seventh from nineteenth was a decent finish. We got held up and blocked in a few times on restarts and during the race that cost us and left some spots on the table because of it.”