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Volusia to kick off 2006 season

World of Outlaws Will Keep Fans and Racers Busy at Volusia Norman, OK -- Jan. 24, 2006 -- The 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season will launch a new era in sprint car racing. DIRT MotorSports is looking forward to kicking it off in style...

World of Outlaws Will Keep Fans and Racers Busy at Volusia

Norman, OK -- Jan. 24, 2006 -- The 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series season will launch a new era in sprint car racing. DIRT MotorSports is looking forward to kicking it off in style at Volusia Speedway Park during the 35th Annual Winternationals.

Many current sprint car stars as well as those who will take over the sport in the coming years comprise the World of Outlaws Mean 15. Those racers are excited to put on a crowd-thrilling show at the renovated half-mile speedplant in Barberville, Fla.

The All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series starts the action during Speed Weeks with back-to-back events Feb. 7-8 before the World of Outlaws Sprint Series moves into the spotlight on Feb. 9-10.

The on-track action for the Outlaws might not begin until the sun goes down on Feb. 9, but fans are encouraged to arrive early. Following a media conference at 3 p.m. when drivers, owners and sponsors have the opportunity to talk with the media and check out the all-new Mobile Media Center, an autograph signing party will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the west end of the track in the hospitality area.

Then, after what will most certainly be an exciting feature on the first night of a season that will see these Mean 15 racers compete for their share of nearly $6 million in purses and other prizes, fans are encouraged to return to the hospitality area as The Outdoor Channel cameras film another episode of "Elbows Up!" with hosts Johnny Gibson and Brad Doty. Mean 15 racers Becca Anderson, Craig Dollansky, Jac Haudenschild, Chad Kemenah, Jason Martin, Donny Schatz and Brooke Tatnell are scheduled to appear.

There won't be any time for rest that night, either, because the Outlaws return at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 to Volusia for a jump on the action by competing in the Inaugural Mean 15 Kart Clash, where drivers will be able to hang out with fans, sign autographs and take pictures as Mean 15 racers, DIRT officials and media members compete on Volusia's revamped kart track. Highlights will appear on The Outdoor Channel's coverage of the season-opening events at 8 p.m. Eastern on March 1.

"We are ready to race," said Mean 15 racer Daryn Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla., who was one of the hottest drivers the final three months of the 2005 campaign. "We are excited about DIRT's motivation and vision to bring a better show to the fans. We are also working with the other teams to make sure the fans get more personal attention with the teams and drivers."

The All Stars return for events Feb. 11-12 before the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series, UMP Modifieds, UMP Late Models and World of Outlaws Late Models continue the action throughout the week. In fact, 2005 World of Outlaws Late Model champion Billy Moyer and recent Chili Bowl champion and 2004 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Tim McCreadie were both winners in '05 during Volusia's Speed Weeks and are gearing up to repeat that success.

The impressive lineup of drivers competing in the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Mean 15 includes 2005 top-10 racers Craig Dollansky, Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Terry McCarl and Brooke Tatnell, along with returning Outlaws stars Jac Haudenschild, Randy Hannagan and Dion Hindi as well as the Woodring Racing team, which will include long-time sprint car star Kenny Jacobs sharing driving duties with rookie Becca Anderson.

Many of sprint car racing's newest stars also are featured in the 2006 Mean 15, including Jeremy Campbell, who comes to the Outlaws after a successful run with the All Star Circuit of Champions series; Brian Carlson, who is a respected long-time racer and former World of Outlaws competitor; Justin Henderson, who has starred as a weekly racer at historic Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway; Chad Kemenah, who earned his first Outlaws victory in 2005 while also capturing his fourth consecutive All Star title; Jason Martin, who is only 23 but already has 57 wins in his career with several series; and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who at 18 already is a former 360 sprint car driver of the year with victories in the USCS and ASCS.

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