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PR by Reid VanEck - January 21, 2012

The 2012 Australia tour has been tough for Craig Dollansky and the D&B Goodyer Developments #7 team up to this point but on Saturday everything turned around on night one of the Lucas Oil Products Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Premier Speedway.

With numerous other Americans joining the Australia contingent at the prestigious event the night would get underway with a stellar field of 81 cars signed in.  Qualifying would see ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ stop the clocks 11th quick in the second set.  In the first round of heat races Dollansky started inside of row two and powered to victory.  The second round of heats saw the Elk River, Minnesota native start way back in row four and knife all the way through the competition to steal the lead on the final lap and take the victory. 

Strong runs in the heat races positioned Dollansky third in points as the highest American behind Kerry Madsen and Ian Loudoun.  Starting from inside row two of the 25-lap feature ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ diced it up with Loudoun in the early stages of the main event as they executed numerous slide-jobs in the first four laps.  The duo set a fast pace and continued to battle until lap 11 laps to go when the D&B Developments sprinter claimed the top spot and held off the Australian competition by motoring to victory.

“We decided to strip the car down after the King Challenge and build a new one for tonight and it sure paid off.  It was a great effort by my guys who worked their tails off,” commented Dollansky.  “We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted but we were able to get through the heat races to win both and put us in good position for the feature and capitalize on it.  The Australian race fans are great and we love coming down here, tomorrow is longer with 40 laps but we’ll see if we can do it again.”

With points accumulated Dollansky sits second behind Kerry Madsen heading into tonight’s $40,000-to-win, 40th running of ‘The Classic’ at Premier Speedway, Australia’s richest and most prestigious event.

Photo courtesy of Angryman Photography

Quick stats: 
FIELD: 81 CARS
QUALIFYING: 11th
HEAT ROUND 1: 1st, start (3)
HEAT ROUND 2: 1st, start (8)
A-MAIN: 1st, start (3)