DODGE CITY, Kan. – Craig Dollansky recalled being much impressed by Dodge City Raceway Park as a driver.
He’s gained an even greater appreciation for the southwest Kansas speedplant since becoming its new promoter.
Well-known for his success on the World of Outlaws circuit and throughout a career that’s taken him to Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as across the United States, Dollansky and wife Julie make up Craig Dollansky Racing Promotions and will take charge at a track that features seven IMCA divisions this season.
“We’ve gotten a lot of support from the city and the community and met a lot of sponsors. There’s a lot of enthusiasm here,” Dollansky noted. “There’s a lot of things we’ve learned from traveling around to race. We’re looking forward to working with IMCA and we’re excited about embracing a new chapter in life.”
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks return to weekly and special events programs in 2021. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and STARS Mod Lites all make their Dodge City debuts as the 3/8-mile clay oval becomes just the second track to announce plans to sanction seven classes so far this season.
“We like what IMCA stands for, the clarity of their rules and how they look after their weekly classes,” Dollansky emphasized. “We feel great about this. It’s something we look forward to a lot. We like IMCA’s energy and passion. We look forward to working with them and being a complete IMCA track.”
A new scoring tower will be in place and new signage installed before opening night at Dodge City on April 24. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season runs through Sept. 25.
As part of increased weekly payouts, all weekly Modified features pay $1,000 to win and are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. Stock Car and Northern SportMod features pay $500 to win, Hobby Stock features pay $400.
RaceSaver Sprint Cars are on a dozen race night cards leading up to the Steve King Memorial Nationals in October. Sport Compacts run on nine nights during the point season, Mod Lites on three.
“I made my living in a Sprint Car for a number of years but I am a fan of all motorsports,” said Dollansky. “The Sport Compacts are a class we wanted to get here because it can get younger drivers interested in the sport. The Mod Lites sound like a great class and we wanted to get them going as well. We will work on getting more shows for them in 2022.”
Dodge City’s Modifieds have been part of the Jet Racing Central Region, the Stock Cars part of the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for 14 years. Northern SportMods have been sanctioned for 12 years, and Hobby Stocks have been in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for six years.
Champions’ shares of local track point funds for those divisions will be $1,000 for the Modifieds and $500 for the Stocks, Northern SportMods and Hobbies.
“I raced at Dodge City with the World of Outlaws, enjoyed it from the driver’s view and was fortunate to win here,” Dollansky said. “I never saw the grandstand side then but it’s a terrific facility. It ranks right up there for sure.”