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Strong Field Ready for 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH Barberville, FL-- February 5, 2009--It has been called a "Mini Knoxville Nationals" by many drivers, due to the number of cars in attendance, the intensity and most importantly...

Strong Field Ready for 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH

Barberville, FL-- February 5, 2009--It has been called a "Mini Knoxville Nationals" by many drivers, due to the number of cars in attendance, the intensity and most importantly the caliber of talent that takes parts in it every year. It draws drivers from across the country and a number of different series, all with the same goal of starting their season on the right foot. It takes an off-season worth of preparation to be ready for such a big event right out of the chute.

What is it? It is the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. February 6-8. Three full nights of racing are in store, with $10,000 going to the victor each night.

Craig Dollansky will look for his third consecutive Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH title this season. He won on opening night for the World of Outlaws last season and was sixth or better in all six nights of racing during the event. He has two career wins at Volusia Speedway Park to go along with 30 Top-10 finishes. He has finished sixth or better in 13 of his last 14 starts at the half-mile from 2006-2008.

"It starts with preparation in the off-season and that is what my guys are doing right now," said Dollansky. "You have to have everything ready when you get there. Volusia is a very fast race track and they always have it prepared well. It's a track that I always enjoy racing at. We'll probably run a few races prior to the Outlaws opener so that we can get things shaken out."

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, has won 17 times in his career at Volusia Speedway Park, including for the first time in a World of Outlaws event last season. The native of Dover, Missouri has 47 career Top-10 finishes at the track, which is the most of any driver that will be competing in the event.

"You have to have a good engine program, said Lasoski. "You have to have good tires and a good chassis as well. You also have to have a team that believes in their driver. When you go there, you are racing the best of the best. You have the best in the country there, with the Outlaws along with drivers from Pennsylvania, the All Stars and California. When you have that, you have to be on your marks."

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, has four career wins at the track and was victorious for the first time at Volusia Speedway Park in 1984. He won for the first times in World of Outlaws action at the track in 2005. He finished third or better in each of his first 10 starts at the track between 1979 and 2005.

"That is one of the toughest fields you'll probably have all year," admitted Kinser. "Everyone is down there with fresh motors, ready to run. If you get started off good there, it's a plus for the whole season."

Donny Schatz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, has six career wins at Volusia Speedway Park, including two to begin this season. He won his first World of Outlaws event at the track on opening night in 2007. He has 15 career Top-10 finishes at Volusia, with 12 of those being Top-Five performances. He finished eighth or better in all six events at the half-mile in 2008, with four of those being Top-Two performances. Dating back to 2007, he has 12 consecutive finishes of eighth or better at the track.

"Everyone has been sitting around and is ready to get rolling," noted Schatz. "It seems like it gets earlier and earlier every year. It is tough, but the same guys win races and end up where they are supposed to. It's fun to go down there and is probably some of the toughest racing all year. You have all the PA guys and guys from the Midwest. It's quite and event and I always look forward to it."

Jason Meyers, who finished second in the World of Outlaws championship standings last season won for the first time in his career during the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH last season. He finished fifth or better in all five A-Feature events he competed in at Volusia in 2008, including three World of Outlaws races.

"Florida is always tough, because you have the best in the county there," explained the native of Clovis, California. "You have the best of the Outlaws and the best from Pennsylvania and the rest of the country including the West Coast and the Midwest, and everyone is competing for a spot in the A-main each night. It's different as well down there with the sandy soil, which we are not used to and it lends itself to different characteristics. It's a nice facility and a fun place to race. I always enjoy the half-mile and look forward to going there again this year."

Jac Haudenschild has one career win in the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH and nearly 20 Top-10 finishes at Volusia Speedway Park. The native of Wooster, Ohio made his first trip to the ultra fast half-mile in the Sunshine state in 1986 and has competed at Volusia in 10 different seasons.

"Florida is always tough," said Haudenschild. "Everyone has fresh stuff and you have all the guys from Pennsylvania along with the Outlaws and All Stars. The competition there is always tough."

Chad Kemenah, the 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year with the World of Outlaws, who also hails from the Buckeye State, won the season opener at Volusia in 2006, to score his second career World of Outlaws A-Feature win. He has two career victories at the track along with 25 Top-10 finishes.

"I have been pretty fortunate to run well down there," shared Kemenah. "Florida is always tough because of how many good cars always show up there wherever you race. Some of it is lady luck and some of it is having your stuff organized over the winter. You always want to come out of the box strong in Florida."

On Friday, February 6 at Volusia Speedway Park, all tickets, reserved and general admission will be $39. Tickets for all six nights of spring car racing which includes the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions are available as part of a "Super Ticket" for $175. To purchase tickets visit: http://www.dirtcarnationals.com or http://www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com or call 386-985-4402.

On Saturday, February 7 at Volusia Speedway Park, all tickets will be $39. Tickets for all six nights of spring car racing which includes the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions are available as part of a "Super Ticket" for $175. To purchase tickets visit: www.dirtcarnationals.com or www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com or call 386-985-4402.

On Sunday, February 8 at Volusia Speedway Park, all tickets will be $39. Tickets for all six nights of spring car racing which includes the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions are available for $175. To purchase tickets visit: www.dirtcarnationals.com or www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com or call 386-985-4402.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Jason Meyers , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah