Inside Line Promotions - BARBERVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2022) - Jason Sides deemed the 51st annual DIRTcar Nationals a success.
Although the end result wasn't what he aimed to achieve each night at Volusia Speedway Park, Sides knocked the offseason rust off and was able to avoid a setback similar to what has hampered the start to several of the most recent seasons.
"We got out of there in one piece," he said. "Volusia had three completely different tracks for the three nights we raced and we survived without tearing anything up except tires. We are in good shape. The biggest thing is knocking the rust off. Without getting to run any All Star races and going straight into World of Outlaws action, it was a good weekend for us."
The practice night and the two scheduled FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions races were canceled because of inclement weather, leaving the first three rounds of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season as the entirety for the DIRTcar Nationals.
Sides recorded his best feature finish of 20th on Thursday before ending 22nd on Friday. He narrowly missed a transfer into the main event and used a provisional on Saturday.
"All three nights were so different," he said. "We had some decent moments here and there. The biggest thing was qualifying on the third night being in the early group, which I thought would be good. Then the track got faster as it rubbered up. As I went down into turns one and two really hard it drifted and slid across. It just killed the tires. The rubber came in and pretty much everyone after us had a quicker time so that buried us. But we got through the weekend without a mechanical problem or a crash, which seems to be our goal after a few rough years there."
Sides will be off this weekend before resuming World of Outlaws competition Feb. 25 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., and Feb. 25 at The Rev in Monroe, La.
QUICK RESULTS -
Feb. 10 - Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. - Qualifying: 30; Heat race: 6 (7); B Main: 3 (3); Feature: 20 (22).
Feb. 11 - Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. - Qualifying: 15; Heat race: 5 (4); Feature: 22 (19).
Feb. 12 - Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. - Qualifying: 26; Heat race: 7 (7); B Main: 6 (6); Feature: DNF (25).
SEASON STATS -
3 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 0 top 15s, 1 top 20
UP NEXT -
Feb. 25 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., and Feb. 25 at The Rev in Monroe, La., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
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"Dave Horrell does the jobs that people don't want to do," Sides said. "He's a hard working guy and we've been fortunate to have him as part of our team for several years. Dave and his family have become more family than a sponsor. I call him when I just want to talk. His support means a lot."
Sides would also like to thank Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., East Coast Logistics, BR Motorsports, VRP Shocks, Dancer Logistics, Inc., R.E. Enterprises, King Racing Products, Jim Schuhknecht, ShopRico.com, Phillips Tosco, North Baltimore Custom Cuts and Retail Meat, TORA TORA, Lomelino Sign Co., FSR Radiators, Mid-States Equipment, Wilwood, Brad, Driven Racing Oil, Ingles Racing Engines, Builtwiser Wings and All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads for their continued support.
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