BARBERVILLE, Fla. – It’s been a long, eventful offseason for Daryn Pittman.
There’s the annual Chili Bowl, where Pittman raced his own midget, and a flight to Australia for some competition against the Aussies.
Oh, and then there’s that ride change that happened.
Pittman now drives Kasey Kahne Racing’s No. 9 entry, which he will debut in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season-opening event – the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 12-23.
Pittman, who replaced Joey Saldana, and the rest of the sprint car drivers have a practice night on Tuesday, Feb. 12, before five straight nights of racing on the fast half mile.
“It’s a long year, a lot of races,” he said. “You want to start off strong and try to keep that momentum going, but at the end of the day it’s a long year.”
Volusia Speedway Park hosts the All Star Circuit of Champions on Feb. 13-14 before the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars hit the track for their first official dates of the 2013 season Feb. 15-17.
While Pittman and a variety of other drivers have spent part of the offseason racing at the Chili Bowl, in Australia or New Zealand, or on an X-box, the start of the season will be fresh for the more than 30 top-notch drivers who are headed to the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit.
“Everybody is going in with a clean slate,” Pittman said. “I like a new track or a place we haven’t raced in a while.”