Last season was one of the most competitive in the storied history of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

A late surge by Donny Schatz allowed him to capture his fifth championship and first since claiming four consecutive from 2006-09.

Schatz was recently selected in the Media Poll as the favorite to repeat for the 2013 campaign, which kicks off this week with the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park – the fastest half-mile track in the country, where Schatz has collected a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series leading five wins.

However, seven other full-time Outlaws have earned at least one feature victory at the facility, where the eventual series champion has picked up a victory during four of the last eight years.

WHEN

Friday through Sunday, Feb. 15-17, at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The front gate is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. each night.

WHERE

Volusia Speedway Park is located at 1500 East State Road 40 near DeLeon Springs, just 15 miles west of Ormond Beach. From I-95, take Exit 268 west on State Rd. 40. From Highway 17, take State Rd 40 and drive five miles east of Barberville. Click on the link for a map ( goo.gl/maps/2zt81).

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased by clicking WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets or by calling (877) 395-8606.

ON THE INTERNET

World of Outlaws - WoOsprint.com

Volusia Speedway Park - VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com

Dirt Radio Network - DIRTVision.com

ABOUT THE TRACK

Volusia Speedway Park is a semi-banked, half-mile oval. The track record of 12.569 seconds was established by Paul McMahan on Feb. 10, 2011.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-Feature Winners at Volusia Speedway Park:

2012 – Danny Lasoski on Feb. 18, Donny Schatz on Feb. 19, Craig Dollansky on Feb. 19

2011 – Steve Kinser on Feb. 11, Steve Kinser on Feb. 12, Jason Sides on Feb. 13

2010 – Donny Schatz on Feb. 6, Steve Kinser on Feb. 7

2009 – Donny Schatz on Feb. 6, Joey Saldana on Feb. 7, Donny Schatz on Feb. 8

2008 – Craig Dollansky on Feb. 8, Jason Meyers on Feb. 9, Danny Lasoski on Feb. 10

2007 – Donny Schatz on Feb. 9, Kerry Madsen on Feb. 10, Daryn Pittman on Feb. 10

2006 – Chad Kemenah on Feb. 9, Joey Saldana on Feb. 10

2005 – Jeff Shepard on Feb. 11, Steve Kinser on Feb. 13

1981 – Doug Wolfgang on Feb. 9

HALF-MILE WINNERS

There have been no races on a half-mile track this season. In 2012, there were 24 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series features on a track that size this season. The winners were: Sammy Swindell – 6 (Autodrome Granby on July 27, Eldora Speedway on July 14, Lakeside Speedway on June 30, Eldora Speedway on May 5, Knoxville Raceway on April 28 and Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20); Donny Schatz – 4 (Williams Grove Speedway on Sept. 29, Calistoga Speedway on Sept. 9, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 11 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Craig Dollansky – 3(Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 22, Hagerstown Speedway on May 20 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Kerry Madsen – 2 (Belleville High Banks on June 29 and Knoxville Raceway on June 9); Joey Saldana – 2 (Eldora Speedway on July 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10);Cody Darrah – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21); Tim Kaeding – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Chad Kemenah – 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 4); Steve Kinser – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 12); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18);Paul McMahan – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on Sept. 28) and Fred Rahmer – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 11).

DRIVER INFO

The following World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:

Cody Darrah - CodyDarrah.com

Craig Dollansky - DollanskyRacing.com

Chad Kemenah - ChadKemenah.com

Kraig Kinser - KraigKinser.com

Steve Kinser - SteveKinser.com

Kerry Madsen - KenericRacing.com

Bill Rose - BillRoseRacing.com

Daryn Pittman - DarynPittman.com

Joey Saldana - JoeySaldana.com

Donny Schatz - DonnySchatz.com

Jason Sides - SidesMotorsports.com

Sammy Swindell - SwindellMotorsports.citymaker.com

For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com

NEWS & NOTES

Tune In: Listen live as the Voice of the Outlaws, Johnny Gibson, calls the action at all World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events on the DIRT Radio Network, with a number of events throughout the season being featured on the DIRTVision Cybercast. Visit DIRTVision.com for more information on all the features. Also, be sure to check out the all new official Podcast of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, Outlaws Unleashed, in the iTunes store or at WoOsprint.com.

Live Updates Online: Check out the Official World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series website atWoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.

Up Next: The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series heads to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas in Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6-7, before concluding that weekend with the Wildcat Shootout at Tucson International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, March 9.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Astro Titanium, ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

by Shawn Miller

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