PR by Reid VanEck - May 23, 2012
One of the greatest weekends in all of racing is upon us. NASCAR has their longest race of the season with the Coca-Cola 600, Formula One is at the Grand Prix of Monaco, and IndyCar takes over the state of Indiana with the Indianapolis 500. The World of Outlaws take no backseat as they join NASCAR in Charlotte and kick start the jam-packed weekend on Friday by seizing the spotlight live on SPEED at 7 PM (CST).
The Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte is the first televised race of the 2012 season. For Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team the live broadcast comes at a great time to achieve additional exposure for the many sponsors and supporters of the team as they showcase to viewers all across the country the exhilarating sport of sprint car racing.
Fresh off dominating the most recent World of Outlaws event at Hagerstown Speedway on Sunday, ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ and his oldest son Luke Dollansky, who is the tire specialist on the team, answered a couple of questions about the upcoming event.
RV: How important is TV for sprint car racing?
CD: TV is important to any professional form of racing and the life blood for the success of most all of them. It allows you to bring your sponsors and other team partners to a much broader audience than just getting in front of the audience at the event themselves. It also allows fans who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to watch the World of Outlaws a chance to see some of the best racing you can watch in the comfort of their home or wherever else they may want to watch the race from.
RV: From the crew side of things do you prepare any differently for a TV event?
LD: Whether it’s a Wednesday show in New York or a live TV show in Charlotte, the preparation is the same for DJ and I. Every night is critical to be on your ‘A’ game if you want a chance to be a World of Outlaws champion at the end of the year. TV shows really get my adrenaline going and I wish they were all TV events. Just the atmosphere of the fans and the race itself feels more entertaining and makes victory lane that much sweeter. Hopefully we can put ourselves in a good position to be at the top of the leaderboard Friday night in the Big Game Treestands #7 with my Dad and DJ. To me their both family and sharing a win with them is always fun.
RV: Do you feel any added pressure during TV shows?
CD: For me there is no more added pressure to run a TV show. I approach them all the same, which is for our team to work hard and try to win each race we enter.
RV: What’s the best part about racing at Charlotte?
LD: The best part about racing at Charlotte is the good solid racing. There typically are two lanes in the feature and puts on a good show for the fans. I like to see the smiles of the pavement fans that actually get to see real slide jobs and slicing and dicing every time you turn around. Charlotte helps the Outlaws grow bigger and better every year we come to town so we’re going to do the best we can with the #7.
Craig Dollansky Racing competes on the World of Outlaws circuit, the premier sprint car series in the world, with great sponsors in Big Game Treestands, Aggressive Hydraulics, Dakota Fluid Power’s MobileStar, and Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products. Other supporters of CDR include Maxim Chassis, Morrison Racing Engines, Integra Racing Shocks, Spectro Oil, DMI, Keizer Wheels, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Snap-on, Schoenfeld Headers, Benic Enterprises, Sander Engineering, Goodyear Tires, Simpson, GATR Volvo, Butler Built Seats, Wings Unlimited, Saldana Race Products, FK Rod Ends, KSE Steering Gears, Astro Titanium, Ray's Autobody, Premier Powder Coating, Bob's Bike Shop, Randy’s Racing Filters, Justice Brothers Products, R&R Enterprises, Red Devil Brakes, Trent’s Signs & Graphics, Motor State Distributing, Pancho’s Race Products, Glenn Hepfner Inc., BR Motorsports, Kaeding Performance, SEKO, Racing Optics, Bosch, Fuel Safe, Kear’s Speed Shop, XYZ Machining Inc., and Fastener Specialties.