Dollansky’s Perfect At Salina
“We started off the night real bad,” said McMahan, a California native who lives near Nashville. “We had to change motors after we broke a pin on the mag so we had to change motors and got no hot laps. We went out to qualify and ended up third quick. That made a good night for us. It put us in the dash and we were able to gain a couple of spots in the dash and start fourth in the feature. We got rolling pretty good, we got to third right on the start and got underneath Daryn when he got a little tight with a lapped car. We freed up a lot from the dash to the main event and I just kept trying to run the bottom as hard as I could. Craig was getting a little tight and kind of sliding up a little bit. I was getting close to him off of turn four a couple of times but I just didn’t have enough to get by.”
Lap after lap, Dollansky was nearly perfect in the A-main, weaving through traffic flawlessly and giving McMahan no chance to sneak into the lead.
“You’re trying to hit your marks on every lap and he was opening up the corner far enough where I could actually get underneath him a little bit on entrance to make the tight corner … but that was the only way I was going to get by him,” McMahan said. “There was no way I was going to be able to drive around him on the top.”
Pittman, who is from Oklahoma, started alongside Dollansky on the front row and tried to hold back McMahan while chasing down Dollansky, but wound up settling for third in the Great Clips car.
“If you got in at all too hot you get the air off you and get tight and push up,” said Pittman, who was raised near Tulsa and definitely drew the majority of cheers during driver introductions. “It felt like it would kill the motor and it seemed like it would take a lap for it to get wound up again. It felt like you were going to lose spots. As tough as it was to pass, you still had to be on it and hit your marks, make sure you kept clean air on the wing so the car did work as good as possible.”
So Dollansky remains perfect at Salina, having won the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series only two races at the track.