July 23, 2016 | 1:15 A.M. EST
“I love this place. It’s an awesome track. We had a great starting spot, but that doesn’t guarantee anyone a win.” (Photo: Shannon Dyce)
Craig Dollansky entered the Winner’s Circle wearing a big smile on Friday during State Bank of Fairmont Night at Jackson Motorplex.
Dollansky led all 25 laps for the Spirit Lake Silver & Gold NSL 410 Sprint Cars featuring the National Sprint League main event, which was boosted to $10,000 to win earlier in the day. Dollansky also received a $1,000 bonus from Bosma Poultry for the victory.
He was joined in Victory Lane by Scott Winters, who captured the $2,500-to-win Richard White Memorial during Last-Deck 360 Sprint Cars featuring the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series competition, and Liquid Nitro IMCA 305 Sprint Cars winner Bruce Anderson.
“I love this place,” Dollansky said. “It’s an awesome track. We had a great starting spot, but that doesn’t guarantee anyone a win.”
Dollansky, who was the polesitter, dominated after it took three starts to get the main event rolling. A red flag for Skylar Prochaska flipping after contact with Willie Croft and Travis Whitney was followed by a bad start that brought out another caution.
The third attempt to start the race stood and Dollansky was the front runner from the drop of the green flag. Bill Balog and Sammy Swindell had a spirited battle for the runner-up position for most of the race before Danny Lasoski took advantage of traffic on Lap 20 to sneak by both drivers on the same lap to take over second place.
The final caution of the race came on Lap 23 when ninth-running Matt Juhl had a flat right rear tire. However, Lasoski was unable to make a bid for the lead on the restart as Dollansky picked up his series-best third feature victory of the season to extend his advantage in the championship standings to 43 points over Lasoski.
“I want to thank Tod Quiring for everything he is doing for sprint car racing in the Midwest,” Lasoski said in Victory Lane following his series-leading seventh podium finish.
Swindell passed Balog for the final spot on the podium on Lap 24. It marked Swindell’s third podium finish in his last three National Sprint League races.
“We had a real good race with Balog,” he said. “We got caught up with a lapped car and that let Lasoski get by both of us. That was a lot of fun tonight.”
Ian Madsen maneuvered around Balog on the final lap for fourth place with Balog rounding out the top five.
The night began with Lasoski setting quick time during qualifying for the fifth time this year before Scott Winters, Brian Brown and Tim Kaeding each won a heat race.
The National Sprint League returns to action on Saturday at Knoxville Raceway, where hot laps is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. with qualifying at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets for the event at Knoxville Raceway are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 13 to 19 and free for ages 12 and younger. Pit passes are $25.
The Cushion will provide live Pay-Per-View video from the race at http://www.TheCushion.com.