Barberville,FL — Jan. 22, 2009 — From asphalt to the monstrous dirt half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park, veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver Kenny Wallace scored his first victory at Volusia’s dirt track during opening night of the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH on Feb. 6, 2007.
Making his way to Victory Lane, the Missouri native paid homage to his favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, sporting a red and white paint scheme on his No.36 Modified while enjoying a celebratory phone call with fellow Missouri native and NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader.
Known for his animated and rowdy demeanor, The Hermanator let loose on opening night winning his respective heat race, starting off the night’s A-main in the front row. From there, Wallace took full advantage of his initial start, pacing the 49 car field for the entire 20 laps up until the checkered flag waved. “It’s so much fun racing on dirt,” said Wallace in Victory Lane. “With the Cup and Busch Series, the cars are so fast, there’s not much you can do. You’re just along for the ride. But on dirt, you gotta drive it, and that’s fun.”
With just 12 days remaining before the green flag drops Feb. 3 on the 38th annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals presented by UNOH, dirt fanatics from around the country will be cheering on Wallace and the remaining UMP Modified drivers as they look to tame the half-mile terror and capture the inaugural Gator Championship.
To see who emerges as a star in the 38th running of the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, make sure to reserve your favorite seats in advance before they’re sold out. With infield trailer heights limited to 9 feet, 6 inches, there are no bad seats in the grandstands at Volusia Speedway Park, which is only 15 miles inland on State Road 40 from Ormond Beach, Fla.
Take advantage of special ‘Super Ticket’ deals that offer seats for all the events contested by each headline division, including six Sprint Car events (All-Star Circuit of Champions on Feb. 3-5, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Feb. 6-8); eight nights of UMP DIRTcar Modified action (Feb. 3-10); six-nights of Dirt Late Model racing (Feb. 9-14); the and four Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar big-block Modified dates (Feb. 11-14).