Known as the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile Dirt Track,” Volusia Speedway Park is one of the most historic venues in dirt track racing. For the past 48 years, the ½-mile has played host to the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals.
While the track’s share of the Speedweeks spotlight doesn’t typically come to life until early February, there are changes in place for 2020. Track officials, in conjunction with World Racing Group representatives, recently revealed that the lightning-fast, gumbo oval will see a new weekend of racing added for January.
The event is scheduled for January 16-18, 2020 and is being tabbed the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals. The weekend is headlined by DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Florida Late Models and 602 Crate Engine Late Models. Nearly $100,000 in total purse money is earmarked for the event with a $10,000 top prize going to the victor of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model finale.
The DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals includes feature events for all three classes each night. Accumulated points from the first two nights will set the field for the Saturday finales. This format is similar to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Firecracker 100 weekend that is held each June at Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway.
“Dirt Late Models are an important part of DIRTcar Racing, and we are excited to showcase them in January at Volusia with the Sunshine Nationals a few weeks ahead of the DIRTcar Nationals,” DIRTcar Racing COO Tom Deery said. “With the number of Late Models running the 602 and 604 motors, especially in the Southeast, we felt it was time for them to be the focus of an event like this one.
“For those further north, where winter is going to be around well into March and April, this gives them a chance to break free from cabin fever, head to Florida for a vacation and go racing.”
The inaugural weekend also includes an open practice session on Wednesday, January 15.
For more details on this inaugural event, please visit www.DIRTcarNationals.com.