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Winternationals to open 2006 season

RACE WEEKS 2006: Action-Packed 35th Annual Winternationals In Spotlight at Volusia Speedway Park Norman, OK -- Feb. 2, 2006 -- There is no better place to wave the green flag on the 2006 racing season than in Florida, and Volusia Speedway Park...

RACE WEEKS 2006: Action-Packed 35th Annual Winternationals In Spotlight at Volusia Speedway Park

Norman, OK -- Feb. 2, 2006 -- There is no better place to wave the green flag on the 2006 racing season than in Florida, and Volusia Speedway Park is loaded with action for it's 35th Annual Winternationals.

About 15 miles from Daytona Beach on State Road 40 headed toward Barberville, the two-week Daytona Dodge-Chrysler, Mopar Speed Shop and Valvoline Race Weeks at Volusia features some of the greatest sprint car, modified and late model racers in the world.

No matter what type of dirt track racing fans seek, they'll find it at one point during Race Weeks, including events featuring the racers from the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series, the All Star Circuit of Champions, the O'Reilly Auto Parts United Sprint Car Series and the United Midwestern Promoters.

But before anybody fires up a motor, the Racers' Yard Sale beginning at 9 a.m. on the front lawn at Volusia Speedway Park takes center stage. Drivers and teams can buy and sell as they make their final preparations for grueling seasons of competition across the country.

The following night, the action shifts into high gear as the O'Reilly USCS Sprints and UMP Modifieds charge onto the recently renovated half-mile oval. For the O'Reilly USCS, the Winternationals will mark the series' 10th anniversary.

On Feb. 7, the All Star Circuit of Champions moves into the spotlight for the first of their four events during Race Weeks. In addition, the O'Reilly USCS and most likely several World of Outlaws Sprint Series teams will join the All Stars with the UMP Modifieds also competing.

The All Stars again race into the spotlight on Feb. 8, with many of the World of Outlaws teams likely to be trying to steal a piece of the purse, too. The UMP Modifieds also will continue their marathon start to the season with a feature.

The much-anticipated 2006 season for the World of Outlaws Sprint Series will take the green flag on Feb. 9, following a 3 p.m. media meet-and-greet with drivers and DIRT MotorSports officials and an autograph party with fans at 4:30 p.m. Many of the All Star competitors are expected to take on the Outlaws to try to swipe the $10,000 top prize. The UMP Modifieds also are slated to entertain the fans with their wheel-to-wheel racing.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns on Feb. 10, but hopefully the drivers won't be worn down from the inaugural Mean 15 Kart Clash at 2 p.m. at the Volusia go-kart track. Many of the Mean 15 racers will take on DIRT officials and media members, as well as sign autographs and take pictures with fans. With cameras from The Outdoor Channel rolling, many of the racers from the All Star Circuit of Champions are once again expected to compete against the Outlaws, with the UMP Modifieds running, too. Following the action, fans are encouraged to work their way over to the World of Outlaws Mobile Media Center where The Outdoor Channel cameras will be filming another episode of the "Elbows Up!" interview program with hosts John Gibson and Brad Doty, along with special guest Ernie Saxton, a respected columnist from Area Auto Racing News who also is President of the Eastern Motorsport Press Association.

The All Star Circuit of Champions series becomes the ringleader again on Feb. 11 when its racers highlight a night of action that is expected to include many of the Mean 15 racers from the World of Outlaws Sprint Series, too. The UMP Modifieds also will be competing during the program.

The All Stars conclude their run at Volusia on Feb. 12, again with many of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series racers expected to compete, as well. The UMP Modifieds continue the longest nightly run of any series during Race Weeks with another feature. With the sprint car portion of Race Weeks over, the UMP Super Late Models invade Volusia for four nights beginning on Feb. 13 and concluding on Feb. 17, with many expected to compete in companion events, too. The UMP Modifieds conclude their run with events Feb. 13 and Feb. 14.

On Feb. 15, many of the racers from the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series begin their traditional Florida Tour. The best collection of big-block drivers in the world compete under the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series banner, with 2005 Mr. DIRT Tim Fuller aiming for victory at Volusia, where the series will run nightly through the Race Weeks finale on Feb. 18.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series racers invade Volusia on Feb. 16. Billy Moyer, the 2005 World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion, and Tim McCreadie, the 2006 Chili Bowl champion, each won in 2005 at Volusia and are seeking to repeat their performances. But before they take the track, many of the racers from the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series are expected to join the World of Outlaws Late Model Series racers at 3 p.m. to meet with members of the media and at 4:30 p.m. to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

The UMP Super Late Models and the racers from the Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series take over the track on Feb. 17, with many of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series racers also expected to compete.

The action finally comes to a close on Feb. 18, but not before the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Go-Kart Invitational runs at 2 p.m. with late model and modified drivers taking on DIRT officials and media members, as well as an autograph session with fans. The Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series racers will crown a new Florida Tour champion while the World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitors bang wheels under the cameras from SPEED for the final time during the 2006 Race Weeks, closing out two weeks of virtually non-stop action.

For more information on the 35th Annual Winternationals at Volusia Speedway Park, go to www.volusiaspeedwaypark.com or call 386-985-4402.

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