BARTLETT, Tenn. – A pair of dirt ovals in Florida set the stage for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ return to action this weekend, and veteran Jason Sides is looking forward to getting back to work.
Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville hosts an event on Friday and East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa is the site of a show on Saturday.
Both tracks are familiar ovals for Sides.
“I think it will be different than the DIRTcar Nationals,” he said in reference to Volusia Speedway Park. “With it being a one-night show we won’t have near the whole spectacle of catering and campers and all that stuff. I think it will be the same, just without the whole atmosphere. I’d say the track will stay a little better all night without all the cars there.”
Sides then heads to an oval where he is used to tackling the King of the 360s, which is a 360ci winged sprint car event that follows the DIRTcar Nationals each February.
Wetherington Tractor Service, Inc., is a partner for Sides Motorsports and helps East Bay Raceway Park. That is the main reason why Sides is usually granted permission to race the event each year.
This year Sides was denied the opportunity to compete, but he now gets a chance to head to the track this weekend.
“I love that track,” he said. “I think a key is being able to read the track. Also, we went and tire tested there in like 2000. In the course of two days I must have done 1,000 laps while we were testing. I just never got out of the car.”
Sides’ goal for the weekend is to put together two consistent nights.
“With those being single-day races the goal is to get in there, not have any problems and earn a top 10 at Volusia and a top five at East Bay,” Sides said.