By Aaron Fiedler
CONCORD, N.C. – Feb. 5, 2015 – The brief respite from winter provided by a trip to Florida in February signals the start of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season and the annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Less than a week remains before the beginning of sprint car week at the DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 11 to 15, featuring the World of Outlaws and the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions.
It was just three and a half months ago the series’ season drew to a close bringing to an end a historic year that saw Donny Schatz capture 26 wins and score more points than any other driver in series history on the way to his sixth championship.
The off-season brought international wins for Schatz, Brad Sweet and Kerry Madsen and took Paul McMahan to victory lane in Yuma, Ariz. Five-time American Sprint Car Series champion Jason Johnson, who joins the Outlaws full-time this season, took on the Chili Bowl with Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana and David Gravel.
With the off-season now at its end, the question of who will take home the 2015 DIRTcar Nationals title and coveted “Big Gator” trophy will soon be answered.
Volusia Speedway Park has played host to the season opening DIRTcar Nationals since 2005 and has seen thrilling finishes from The Greatest Show on Dirt. Schatz is the winningest driver at the track with six victories. Doug Wolfgang won the first ever World of Outlaws event at Volusia in 1981.
The action in Florida begins on Wednesday, Feb. 11, when the All Star Circuit of Champions takes on the half-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series then takes up its first night of racing on Friday, Feb. 13. The Outlaws wrap-up sprint week with two more nights of racing on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15.
ABOUT THE TRACK
Volusia Speedway Park is a semi-banked, half-mile oval with 75-foot wide straightaways and 75-foot wide turns. The track record of 12.569 seconds was established by Paul McMahan on February 10, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.DIRTcarNationals.
Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 – Brad Sweet on Feb. 14, Donny Schatz on Feb. 15, Steve Kinser on Feb. 16
2013 – Daryn Pittman on Feb. 15, Terry McCarl on Feb. 16, Danny Lasoski on Feb. 17
2012 – Danny Lasoski on Feb. 18, Donny Schatz on Feb. 19, Craig Dollansky on Feb. 19
2011 – Steve Kinser on Feb. 11, Steve Kinser on Feb. 12, Jason Sides on Feb. 13
2010 – Donny Schatz on Feb. 6, Steve Kinser on Feb. 7
2009 – Donny Schatz on Feb. 6, Joey Saldana on Feb. 7, Donny Schatz on Feb. 8
2008 – Craig Dollansky on Feb. 8, Jason Meyers on Feb. 9, Danny Lasoski on Feb. 10
2007 – Donny Schatz on Feb. 9, Kerry Madsen on Feb. 10, Daryn Pittman on Feb. 10
2006 – Chad Kemenah on Feb. 9, Joey Saldana on Feb. 10
2005 – Jeff Shepard on Feb. 11, Steve Kinser on Feb. 13
1981 – Doug Wolfgang on Feb. 9
The following World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen – Shark1s.com
Cody Darrah – CodyDarrah.com
Craig Dollansky – DollanskyRacing.com
David Gravel – DavidGravel89g.com
Jason Johnson – JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Kraig Kinser – KraigKinser.com
Kerry Madsen – KenericRacing.com
Paul McMahan – PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman – DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana – JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Logan Schuchart – Shark1s.com
Donny Schatz – DonnySchatz.com
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart – ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet – BradSweetRacing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com
WATCH ON DIRTVISION: Fans can watch and listen live to all the action from DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on http://www.DIRTVision.com.
LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Check out the Official World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series website at WoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.
GET SOCIAL: Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws
UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads west to the Dirt Track at Las Vegas for the FVP Outlaw Showdown on March 4 and 5 followed on March 7 by the NAPA Auto Parts Wildcat Shootout presented by RideNow Powersports in Tucson, Ariz. The event begins the series’ western swing that will go through late April.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Penske Shocks, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.