Florida racing news 2007-02-02

Hannagan Wins in Florida Concord, NC -- Feb. 2, 2007 -- With one week remaining until the World of Outlaws season opener, the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop at Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville, Florida, ...

Hannagan Wins in Florida

Concord, NC -- Feb. 2, 2007 -- With one week remaining until the World of Outlaws season opener, the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop at Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville, Florida, many drivers and teams have been turning laps in the Sunshine State to shake down their equipment and get into a rhythm.

One of those drivers is Randy Hannagan, who is gearing up for the nearly 90-race World of Outlaws schedule by competing this week at East Bay Raceway Park. The native of San Jose, who now calls Pittsboro, Indiana home, bested a 46 car field that included many fellow World of Outlaws drivers on Thursday night, at the 1/3-mile track.

Hannagan started on the pole in the 25-lap preliminary feature, with veteran Danny Smith beside him. Smith jumped to the initial lead as the green flag waved. A caution on the second lap set up a single file restart, with Hannagan right on Smith's bumper. When the pair entered lapped traffic on the fifth circuit, that was the opening that Hannagan needed, as he charged to the outside of Smith to take the lead and ultimately the win, as the rest of the race was completed non-stop.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion finished fourth, with Tim Shaffer sixth, Paul McMahan seventh, Jason Sides eighth, and Craig Dollansky 11th.

Also qualifying for the 25-lap preliminary feature on Thursday night was: Terry McCarl, Jason Solwold, Jeremy Campbell, Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Chad Hillier, and the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, Chad Kemenah.

Jason Martin and Jason Meyers were also in action on Thursday night at East Bay.

In preliminary action: Kemenah and Solwold picked up heat race wins, with Sides topping the B-Main.

The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens on February 9 with the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop at Volusia Speedway Park.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Chad Kemenah