The first of two voyages north of the border came to a close on Tuesday for Craig Dollansky and the Big Game Treestands #7 team as they laid eyes on Ohsweken Speedway. The event in Ontario also capped a stretch of six events spanning eleven days across two states and two Canadian provinces.
With a great field of 33 cars signed in for action at the 3/8-mile, Dollansky drew a late number for qualifying but still recorded the 8th fastest lap at 14.083 seconds. A sixteen car inversion for heat races saw ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ start third in heat #4 and finish 2nd. Luck of the draw for the dash then put the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim on the front row where Dollansky finished 2nd in the 6-lap race.
In the 30-lap A-Main the MobileStar backed sprinter started outside the front row alongside Tony Stewart. With Stewart jumping out to the early lead, Dollansky closed on the #14 in lapped traffic by lap 9 but Stewart pulled away a couple circuits later. ‘The Crowd Pleaser’ continued to keep pace and hound the leader by lap 14 but Stewart again navigated through traffic. As the laps wound down in the caution-free main event, Dollansky again motored the Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products #7 to Stewart’s bumper with 3 to go but came up a couple car lengths short when the checkered flag flew recording another strong finish in 2nd.
“The key was watching the race track and making the right choices with our car and tires,” commented the driver of the #7 who still holds a 14 point lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings. “We were right there with Tony working through lapped traffic and had a couple of things gone different in traffic I think we had a shot at the win. All in all it was a great Canadian swing for Big Game Treestands, Aggressive Hydraulics, MobileStar, Aeroquip, and my team DJ, Luke, Nathan, and Sean who work hard. It’s a great race team that has had a lot of strong runs up here. We would have liked to get a win but it was a consistent tour.”
The Big Game Treestands #7 team now returns to the United States and Bloomington, Indiana where racing continues on Friday at Bloomington Speedway.