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Terry McCarl Cashes In Third $10,000 Victory In February Barberville, FL -- Feb. 12, 2006 -- The temperature might have been a little chilly Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park, but Terry McCarl continued his Florida hot streak with his third...

Terry McCarl Cashes In Third $10,000 Victory In February

Barberville, FL -- Feb. 12, 2006 -- The temperature might have been a little chilly Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park, but Terry McCarl continued his Florida hot streak with his third victory this month as the World of Outlaws Mean 15 racer powered to the checkered flag in the All Star Circuit of Champions finale.

In fact, McCarl led a parade of Mean 15 racers around the high-speed half-mile circuit in his Big Game Treestands Eagle. Joey Saldana, the newest Mean 15 racer, gave chase in the Central Merchant Services/Dodge/Curb Records JEI but settled for second in the 30-lap feature that was slowed only once by a caution. Mean 15 racers Craig Dollansky, in the Karavan Trailers J&J, and Daryn Pittman, in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim, also raced their way to top-five finishes, with Pittman charging through the field from 13th to finish fifth.

But the night belonged to McCarl, who collected his third $10,000 winner's check in February after winning twice at East Bay Raceway Park, which netted him a $5,000 bonus, too.

"It's $10,000 every weekend," said McCarl, a native of Altoona, Iowa. "It's unbelievable. I'm in a bit of shock, to be honest with you. We had a great car every time we went out. We had a great car at the non-wing deal, too, but had some bad luck. We had a great Florida. This will be one we remember forever."

After earning the pole through accumulated points and an inversion in the event that started last Tuesday, McCarl was locked in with a car he could maneuver through heavy traffic and on the lone restart in the main event.

"We really hit the setup at every race we've been in," McCarl said. "On that yellow [Sunday night], I wasn't really worried about Joey or anybody. I was trying to stay focused on my own deal. I just thought that if somebody could drive around me there's nothing I could do because I have a great car. If they could drive around me they had to have an incredible racecar. I just tried to stay focused and drive my car as hard as I could and as smooth as I could.

"A driver's confidence is tough to build up and easy to knock down. For me, I'm a car owner, too, so when I can make some money and afford to pay my tire bill, that builds confidence. I'm really excited about the World of Outlaws season. We had a good run on Friday with a top five. I think we've got something for them this year. I think the fans are going to see a lot of great racing, a lot of different winners. I think we have a shot at the title if we keep doing what we're doing."

McCarl and the World of Outlaws Sprint Series heads West for the annual Cactus Classic on March 3 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix and the series' inaugural appearance March 4 at USA Race Park in Tucson, Ariz., with 4:30 p.m. autograph sessions featuring several Mean 15 racers preceding each event. The Outlaws will invade The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a two-day event March 9-10 in conjunction with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series weekend. The Mean 15 racers will sign autographs at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10, in the midway near the LVMS 1.5-mile oval.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana