Fast Talkers: Drivers discuss Florida’s upcoming season opener

Expectations are high as the World of Outlaws competitors prepare for Volusia

CONCORD, N.C. — Feb. 3, 2012 — With the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series closing in on its season-opening event, everyone is chomping at the bit.

That includes several full-time competitors, who are excited to start the season on Feb. 17-18-19 at the 41st annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. It’s an event that includes all three major World of Outlaws series competing Feb. 14-25.

Here’s what some of the World of Outlaw drivers are saying about the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit:

Jason Meyers (Clovis, Calif.) – “The hard part about Volusia is that all of the best cars are there to start the season. It’s kind of like a Knoxville Nationals at the start of the season. Probably the key down there is to have your qualifying in order. If you qualify bad, you really struggle to come from the back all night long.”

Donny Schatz (Minot, N.D.) – “Volusia is a place you can go and be extremely good or extremely bad. It can set the tone for the whole year. It’s a big race track and the conditions can be so different from day to day. You just have to keep as much speed up as possible.”

Steve Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “I like running Volusia. It’s a good, fast race track, even if it’s slick. It’s the kind of track we really like to run on.”

Craig Dollansky (Elk River, Minn.) – “It seems to pull teams from all over the country. You get some of the best teams. We’ve always enjoyed going to Volusia. It’s probably one of the fastest tracks we race on throughout the season. When they get that track prepared nice, it’s some great racing.”

Lucas Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, Penn.) – “Volusia is pretty tough, especially with the competition that is there. It’s always a bit of unknown because everybody is coming off the winter and having a fresh start. It’s something you look forward to.”

Kraig Kinser (Bloomington, Ind.) – “It’s definitely a track you want to go to and run pretty good at because it sets the tone for the start of the year. It’s a good gauge. You know who’s pretty strong and where you gauge against everybody. It’s definitely a big week for us.”

Chad Kemenah (Findlay, Ohio) – “Volusia is about just going fast. A lot of it is your starting spot. Some of it depends on how they prep the track. It can be a really neat race track if it slicks off and gets a cushion. It should be a pretty good show for the fans.”

Joey Saldana (Brownsburg, Ind.) – “Volusia is one of those tracks with hard competition and the track is hard. You just have to be consistent every night. It’s a fast track kind of like Eldora (Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio). It’s probably one of the fastest tracks we race on. I like fast tracks, so it kind of fits my style.”

Bill Rose (Plainfield, Ind.) – “I like going down there because the track is so fast. It’s one of the fastest tracks we go to. It’s a challenging track because it’s so fast. You’ve got to have all your stuff right.”

Tickets can be ordered online by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling 877-395-8606.

For more information on the World of Outlaws, click WorldofOutlaws.com, and for the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit, click DIRTcarNationals.com.

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