Pittman Ready For 2013 To Begin

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Darryn Pittman has some trouble during his Chili Bowl Midget Nationals preliminary event in Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month. He'll make his debut in Kasey Kahne Racing's No. 9 World of Outlaws entry in February. (Ken Simon Photo)
Darryn Pittman has some trouble during his Chili Bowl Midget Nationals preliminary event in Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month. He’ll make his debut in Kasey Kahne Racing’s No. 9 World of Outlaws entry in February. (Ken Simon Photo)

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.”