Busy Off-Season for Outlaw Drivers

Donny Schatz

Schatz, who won a career-best 23 A-Features this year, will race in New Zealand and Australia during the off-season.

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The 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season might be in the books, but many of the drivers have a busy off-season planned with some continuing to race.

Following the holidays and a vacation with family and friends, series champion Daryn Pittman will kick off the new year by returning to his home state to race in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., Jan. 14-18.

"It's (Chili Bowl) a race that I never want to skip again and I really just enjoy being from there and being part of that whole event," Pittman said. "It's one of the highlights of the year that I really look forward to."

The day after the Chili Bowl, Pittman will fly to Australia to compete in the 42nd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic at Premier Speedway in Warrnambool.

"Michael Carber and I are flying over there to run for Dave Aprile in a car they actually bought from us here to run the Classic," Pittman said. “It’s one of the few races I haven't won over there. I enjoy going to Australia. I have a lot of friends over there."

Following the trip "down under," it will be just a few short days before Pittman and the Kasey Kahne team get ready to head to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., for the World of Outlaws season opener in their quest to defend the championship.

Donny Schatz, who posted a career-best 23 A-Feature wins en route to a second-place finish in the standings this season, will continue a busy racing schedule starting at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand, on Nov. 23 and 30.

"I'm going to race there for a couple weeks and then come back home for IMIS (International Motorsports Industry Show - Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis) and then go to Australia right at Christmas time. Then I'm coming straight home to run a Late Model in Arizona. I'm kind of keeping myself going. I'm getting to do a little Late Model racing before we start with the Outlaws and a few sprint car races so you could call it a busy off-season."

Schatz's trip to Australia will consist of six races in a three-week span at Supercheap Archerfiled Speedway in Brisbane, Queensland.

"I've been fortunate to race during my off-season here in the U.S. for the last 15 years to have the chance to get on the track in Australia," Schatz said. "It's always fun to get back there and see those familiar faces. The people of Australia have been great to me. We've raced all over the country and become friends with so many people."

Before heading to Florida for the World of Outlaws season opener, Schatz will run his Dirt Late Model in the NDRL Winter Freeze event at Tucson International Raceway.

After finishing third in the standings with CJB Motorsports, Paul McMahan's off-season will include a vacation to Mexico.

"I'm going to Cancun with my whole family for Christmas," said McMahan, who won his fourth race of the season in the season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. "After that it's just a lot of relaxation and a lot of gym work. I've got to get back in that gym and get ready for February. I'll probably go over to Australia just for 10 days, just a short trip to run the Classic and then come home and get ready for Florida."

Although he's not a full-time driver with the World of Outlaws, Brian Brown ended the season by scoring his fourth runner-up finish of the season in the first night of racing at the World Finals. Next year, Brown will return to run a similar schedule out of a new race shop.

"We'll run 85-90 races throughout the country and still be at the big ones - National Open, Kings Royal, Knoxville Nationals and World Finals - but just not the whole Outlaw deal," Brown said. “We are building a new shop so we are going to work on that and get that all completed. We have won 16 races and our goal is 20 every year, so we have a little work to do in the winter."

The World of Outlaws 2014 season will kick off on Friday, Feb. 14, at Volusia Speedway Park.

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