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SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: DAVID SAMUELS

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You can't get off to a hotter start than David Samuels has in Heartland Park Topeka's Super Showdown dirt track series.

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The Tecumseh Factory Stock driver has won two features in as many tries to open the 2010 season, taking the early points lead in his division.

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"It's been a pretty good start so far," Samuels admitted.

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NASCAR drivers always talk about their cars being good off the trailer, and that seems to be the case with Samuels thus far this season.

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"Everything's been real good rolling right out,"В Samuels said. "I have a baseline set up I like to start with and we make our adjustments from there."

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"We kind of just chase the track all night."

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Samuels admits he's been a little surprised to get off to such a great start in a very competitive Factory Stock class.

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"You can't count on that and it could change at any moment," Samuels said. "Like I've told everybody, these guys are going to step up in a big way and they're going to come out and put one on me, I guarantee it, because there's some great competition out here."

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Samuels was right in the thick for the track championship a year ago, battling down to the wire before finishing third.

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"We were right in the mix with everybody, but Josh (Stevenson) and Shane (Wettengel) just had real strong ends to last year and just kind of pulled away from everybody," Samuels said.

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Samuels would like to reverse the tables and notch his first championship this season, but admits that he's operating his race team on a shoestring budget.

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"I don't know if I'm going to be able to make all the races, but we're going to run as hard as we can for as long as we can," he said.

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