World of Outlaws News
Dollansky, Sides Triumph in I-55 Doubleheader
Written by Zach Davis   
Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:39

Two rainouts earlier in the season resulted in a bonanza for race fans at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday when the high-banked third-mile hosted both the Ironman 55 and Spring Classic feature events.

Craig Dollansky took the checkered flag in the first event of the long day, the first driver to repeat in the prestigious Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Summit Distributing/Coors Light.

The longest Outlaws race of the season began with Kerry Madsen leading the first 21 laps until Dollansky used a slider to take the point on a restart. Madsen charged back by on lap 33 and was pulling away when contact with Joey Boyd sent him into the wall and ended his run.

Dollansky inherited the lead and held on through a green-white-checkered finish for the $20,000 win.

"It's a long race," Dollansky said after his ninth World of Outlaws win of the season. "Tonight was an intense race, but it was great to get a win."

Point leader Donny Schatz, Jason Sides, Cody Darrah and Kraig Kinser rounded out the top-five while Lucas Wolfe, Joey Saldana, Sammy Swindell, Paul May and Chad Kemenah filled out the top-10.

Sides scored his first Outlaws A-Main victory of the season in the 40-lap Spring Classic from the pole. Sides held the point for the first eight circuits then Lucas Wolfe took his turn at the front for the next 24 laps.

Kemenah moved by Wolfe for the lead on lap 32 as Sides, who had faded to sixth, came back to challenge in the final laps. Sides held off Kemenah through two attempts at a green-white-checkered and continued his streak of winning a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series main event in each of the past four seasons.

"I had Mark Hardee riding with me," Sides said of a close friend he lost earlier in the week. "It wasn't his time to go, but the cancer got him and we hate that. He'll be with us a lot in our hearts and everything, so hopefully we'll get us a couple more wins with him riding with us."

Schatz posted his second runner up finish of the day with Brian Brown completing the podium.

"There were times I thought I was going to win it and there were times I thought I was going to run 10th," Brown said. "Pevely is a really fun track.

"It's a 120-mile-per-hour chess match. It just didn't work out tonight, but we're working really hard to get our first win on this Outlaws deal."

Madsen finished fourth, followed by Kraig Kinser, Greg Wilson, Wolfe, Brad Loyet, Kemenah and Craig Dollansky.

The Outlaws now head south to Charlotte, North Carolina for the season-ending Peak Motor Oil World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by NAPA Auto Parts November 1-3.

Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Summit Distributing/Coors Light Finishing Order

A-Main - (55 Laps)
1. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]
2. 15-Donny Schatz [7]
3. 7S-Jason Sides [2]
4. 4-Cody Darrah [3]
5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]
6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [9]
7. 9-Joey Saldana [4]
8. 1-Sammy Swindell [13]
9. 71M-Paul May [8]
10. 63-Chad Kemenah [14]
11. 11-Steve Kinser [10]
12. W20-Greg Wilson [11]
13. 6-Bill Rose [15]
14. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]
15. 67-Joey Boyd [22]
16. 44-Kory Weyant [21]
17. 1M-Jim Moughan [12]
18. 4K-Kody Kinser [16]
19. 9JR-Derick Hagar [19]
20. 7SX-Joey Moughan [20]
21. 84-Ben Wagoner [18]
22. 65-Jordon Goldesberry [17]
23. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [24]
24. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [23].

Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-21, 33-46; Craig Dollansky 22-32, 47-55.
KSE Hard Charger Award: 67-Joey Boyd [+7].