DIRTcar Racing

Donnie Chappell Takes Florida Late Model Win in Labor Day Championship Finale

The Labor Day Championships wrapped up Sunday at Volusia Speedway Park with Florida Late Models, Thunderstocks, Compact 4’s and a 602 Late Model All Stars.

Florida Late Models: The Florida Late Models Visited Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday to take a shot at a $1500 pay day. The 30-car field broke into four heat races filled with stories including a win in the first heat by 13-year-old Jackson Hise. Other Heat winners included Donnie Chappell, Jared Allison, and Joe Kump.

The B-Main would set the rest of the field with four cars transferring to the A. Winner David Clegg led flag to flag and secured his spot while Adam Bennett and Steve Shead rounded out the top three. The final transfer spot was taken by Steven Stratton who edged out Dennis Williams at the line by less than two feet.

The feature race saw Donnie Chappell (above) taking the early lead and Hise running second. In lapped traffic Hise kept pace with Chappell and when a late race caution came out with five laps to go it seemed as if Hise would get one more chance to challenge for the win. When the wreck was cleared Hise’s car wouldn’t crank and he was pushed to the pits. When the race restarted Chappell continued his dominance on the night and took the checkered flag followed by Chuck Comby and Joe Kump who rounded out the top three.

Thunderstocks: The Thunderstock cars came out to take a shot at $750 tonight at Volusia Speedway Park. Twenty Cars were split into two heat races won by Ron Adams and Bubba Christianson.

In the feature Hayden McCormick jumped out to an early lead and never looked back holding off challenges from Joe Belkey after multiple cautions and taking home the win and a nice payday! Joe Belkey was second and Bubba Christianson was third.

Compact 4’s: Tonight’s Compact 4 class at Volusia Speedway Park brought in 13 cars trying to win the $250 prize money. Chuck Frater and David Costello won their heat races and in the Feature it was all Chuck Frater leading flag-to-flag. John Pedaggi finished second and David Costello brought home third.

602 Late Model All Stars: The 602 Late Model All Stars brought the stars of late model racing to Volusia Speedway Park Sunday Night with 23 cars taking the green flag for the 30 lap Feature event! Fast time was set by Shane Riner setting him up for a pole position start. After a four wide salute to the fans outside pole sitter Trey Mills, the 12 year old driver of the number 14 car took the early lead. After multiple cautions and restarts Mikey Kopka took his turn out front leading until around 10 to go when Clay Harris, last nights winner of the VSP 602 Late Models, made the outside pass and had clear sailing to a victory and a $2000 payday. Trey Mills wasn’t about to settle for third and with two laps left he used the cushion to pass Kopka and take the second position. Kopka went on to finish third and pole sitter Shane Riner was fourth.

Clay Harris Tops 602 Late Models at Labor Day Championship Opener

Two-day Labor Day Championships at Volusia Speedway Park kicked off on Saturday with 602 Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Street Stocks and 3/4 Modifieds.

VSP 602 Late Models: The VSP 602 Late Models started off the show at VSP Saturday night. Heat race winners included Mikey Kopka, Trey Mills, and Gage Griffin setting the stage for a 27-car feature event.

Gage Griffin lead the early laps of the feature race putting several cars laps down but a mid race caution erased that lead and after two more cautions Griffin started to fade and Clay Harris (above) who started 9th drove it to the front and claimed the Victory and a cool $1,000 payday! Pole Sitter Bud Chancey hung on for second place and Trey Mills placed 3rd.

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds: The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds were back in action Saturday Night gunning for the $1,500 to win prize money. The heat races were packed with action as 35 cars took their shot to get into the A-Main. Clay Harris secured his spot winning the first heat and while Dale Kelley and Rich Pratt took home wins in the second and third heats.

The B-Main was the last chance for 11 racers to get the final four transfer spots into the A-Main. Kenny Mihalik led early but a late race spin sent him to the back ending his chances for a transfer spot. Jamie Carter assumed the lead but Ronnie Chance had the high line working and went on to take the win. Carter finished second, Patrick Vareika was third, and the final transfer spot went to Gregory Skyta.

In the A-Main it was all Seth Geary early. Geary had a comfortable lead most of the night but a late race caution allowed the pack to close the gap and put Garret Stewart back in contention for the win. After another caution with Stewart starting on the second row he was able to get around Geary and pull away from the pack keeping his win streak alive and banking $1,500.

Street Stocks: The Street Stocks visited Volusia Speedway Park for a $750 to win showdown! The heat races had this writer wondering if this was 2020 or the 1980’s as veteran racers David Showers Sr and Tuck Trentham took wins in heat one and two. Bubba Christian and David Showers Jr also won their heats.

With 33 cars there was definitely going to be a B-Main, which was led flag to flag by Sammy Hatcher. Alan Peacock took second and with a last lap pass Cory Hupp took the last transfer spot sending Josh Sanford home.

In the feature event, David Showers Jr. led flag to flag holding off challenges early from Tuck Trentham and a late race challenge from Joe Belkey winning $750 and a $250 bonus for being topless! Belkey went on to finish second and Livingood finished third. Both Belkey and Livingood also banked extra money for being topless!

3/4 Modifieds: The 3/4 Modifieds were the final feature of the night. Paul Shead won the heat race and after being collected in an early wreck was able to hold off Tim Hogan to take the Feature Win and $300!

Volusia’s DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Returns with World of Outlaws to Kick Off 2021

Second-annual event, Jan. 14-16, features four divisions across three days of racing

After the great success that was the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals in January, Volusia Speedway Park’s kickoff event to the racing season returns in 2021 as the biggest Dirt Late Model extravaganza to hit the state of Florida with the addition of a fourth division of full-fendered fury.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will join the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, 602 Crate Late Models and the Florida Late Model Challenge Series as the fourth different division for the second annual event, completing the spectrum of Dirt Late Model diversity in this one-of-a-kind racing spectacle.

The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet kick off their 2021 schedule with three straight nights of $10,000-to-win events over the course of the event, Jan. 14-16, launching the new standard-show purse, highlighted by $10,000 for the winner, $2,000 for 10th and $1,000-to-start. The Sunshine Nationals will effectively mark the beginning of the DIRTcar national points season, as each driver competing with the World of Outlaws will be eligible to earn points in the DIRTcar Late Model national points standings.

Tickets for the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals are now available online; only for purchase online or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

Three weeks later, the Outlaws return to The World’s Fastest Half-Mile for week two (Late Model week) of the legendary DIRTcar Nationals, proceeding two nights of DIRTcar Late Model action. With four consecutive shows from Wed-Sat, Feb. 10-13, all eyes will be on the week-long championship points battle for the Big Gator trophy. Tickets for the DIRTcar Nationals are also available now.

A total of eighty-one Late Models across the three divisions packed the pit area on the opening night of competition for the inaugural Sunshine Nationals back in January, with more coming in for Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win Pro Late Model finale.

Several big names of the DIRTcar Late Model circuit came out to compete with the Pro Late Models, including Kyle Bronson, Randy Weaver, Max Blair, Ashton Winger, Michael Page and more. Bronson walked away with the fattest pockets at the weekend’s conclusion, pulling off the clean sweep of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model division by winning all three Features and collecting a grand total of $13,500 in Feature winnings.

Three different drivers claimed victory in the three 602 Late Model Features, including 22-year-old Late Model prodigy Cody Overton. The Florida Late Models almost saw a clean sweep of their own by David Showers Jr., who had never been to Victory Lane in a Late Model of any kind prior to his breakthrough victory on opening night.

Each of these storylines builds the narrative heading into the second annual event next January. Can Bronson defend his turf, keep the win streak going and repeat as Pro Late Model champion? Will the 602 Late Models see a fourth different winner? Who will take the World of Outlaws points lead out of the Sunshine Nationals and into the DIRTcar Nationals just one month later?

The answers will reveal themselves in just over four months. With a total purse of nearly $220,000 across all four divisions and the return of the nightly points system to determine the overall mini-series champion in each division, the 2021 racing season is set for quite a sunny kickoff.

DIRTcar Pro Late Model, 602 Late Model and Florida Late Model purses/format will remain the same for 2021. Invites for the DIRTcar Pro Late Model division are again extended to all Crate Racin’ USA, FASTRAK and RUSH Late Model competitors.

2021 DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Winner’s Shares

                                    Pro Late Model         602 Late Model        Florida Late Model

Thu., Jan. 14 –         $1,500                        $1,000                        $1,500

Fri., Jan. 15 –           $2,000                        $1,200                        $3,000

Sat., Jan. 16 –          $10,000                      $1,500                        $1,500

DIRTVision presented by Drydene will provide live coverage of the 2021 Sunshine Nationals for all Fast Pass subscribers and PPV buyers. Head to DIRTVision.com today to sign-up for just $39 per month and never miss a moment of the action!

DIRTcar Racing is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts, iRacing (Official Online Racing Game) and NAPA Auto Parts (SDS). Contingency sponsors include: ARP Automotive Racing Products (SDS), ASI Race Wear (SDS), Bicknell Racing Products, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux, Cometic Gasket (SDS), COMP Cams (SDS), DART (SDS), Fox Shox (SDS), and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum) (SDS); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, FireAde, Intercomp,Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.

Exciting Action Kicks Off Volusia’s Weekly Racing

Weekly racing at Volusia Speedway Park kicked off Saturday night with 85 cars across four divisions and thrilling action in each class.

Congrats to the winners:

  • Jason Fitzgerald, Florida Late Models (above)
  • Garrett Stewart, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds (below)
  • Kyle Livingood, Street Stock (below)
  • Paul Shead, 3/4 Stock (below)

RESULTS

FLORIDA LATE MODELS FEATURE (25 laps) — 1. Jason Fitzgerald, 2. Trey Mills, 3. Joe Kump, 4. Jackson Hise, 5. David Showers Jr., 6. Shan Smith, 7. Trynt Lloyd, 8. Tom Fiebelkorn, 9. Scott Gray, 10. John Bledsoe, 11. Cameron Saunders, 12. Robert Gast, 13. Jimmy Wagner, 14. Sonny Thompson, 15. Steve Shead, 16. Mark Steube, 17. Joshua Kuntsbeck, 18. Jason Pope, 19, Donnie Birdwell. DNF: Bill Adkins, Don Sniff, Jimmy Waldrop, Brenden Smith, Jonathan Thomas, Derrike Bennett, Dennis Williams, Richard Ferry, David Showers Sr.

DIRTcar UMP MODIFIEDS FEATURE (25 laps) — 1. Garrett Stewart, 2. Tyler Clem, 3. Seth Geary, 4. Buzzie Reitumann, 5. Jason Garver, 6. Patrick Vareika, 7. Brandon Wells, 8. Josh Sanford, 9. Paul Shead, 10. Ray Durrence Jr., 11. Kenny Mihalik, 12. Tony Campbell, 13. Shawn James, 14. Jason Thayer, 15. Charlie Phillips, 16. Paul Schloss, 17. Mike Phillips. DNF: Matt Johnson, Dale Kelley, Zach Permann.

STREET STOCKS FEATURE (25 laps) — 1. Kyle Livingood, 2. Joe Belkey, 3. Tuck Trentham, 4. Chris Lawrence, 5. Shaun Washam, 6. Brian Morgan, 7. Bruce Griffin, 8. Thomas Hill, 9. Chris Vogel, 10. Thomas Pratt, 11. Sammy Hatcher, 12. Carl Moore, 13. Jonathan Croson, 14. Bubba Christian, 15. Jacob Bell, 16. Richard Livernois, 17. Mike Stalnaker, 18. Bobby Ogelsby, 19. Alan Peacock, 20. Kameron McGauley, 21. Josh Sanford, 22. Dale Mimbs, 23. Clayton Ruth, 24. Patrick Mennenga, Rick Osteen.

3/4 MODIFIEDS FEATURE (15 laps) — 1. Paul Shead, 2. Tim Hogan, 3. Bo Bass, 4. Austin Hunter, 5. Pat Varieka, 6. Wray Shaffer, 7. Jeff Newton. DNF: Wade Olmstead, Jesse Powers, Brad Fender, Tad Olmstead, Wryan Shaffer.

Bike Week Rolls to Volusia Speedway Park

Steve Nace Racing brings the AMA All Star National Flat Track Series and the AMA Amateur and Vintage National series to Volusia Speedway Park March 8 through March 11.

Sunday, March 8, it’s the AMA All Star National Flat Track Series on the half mile. Gates and registration open at 10 a.m., practice begins at noon and racing at 2 p.m.

On Monday, March 9, it’s the AMA Amateur and Vintage National on the half mile. Gates open at 8 a.m. with sign ups between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., practice at 10 a.m. immediately followed by racing.

Tuesday, March 10, is the AMA Amateur and Vintage National short track. Gates open at 8 a.m. with sign ups between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., practice at 10 a.m. immediately followed by racing.

The Volusia action concludes on Wednesday, March 11, with the AMA All Star National Flat Track Series TT. Gates and registration open at 10 a.m., practice begins at noon and racing at 2 p.m.

For more details, go to stevenaceracing.com or call 270-442-7532.

Owens, Williamson win; Wight, Sheppard Champs

Owens Three-Peats, Williamson Picks Up Second Win at Volusia Speedway Park

Wight in Super DIRTcar Series, Sheppard in Late Model claim DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator titles

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 15, 2020 — For the third consecutive night, Jimmy Owens captured the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series main event at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford.

After a series of drivers battled for the lead early in the Feature on Saturday night, it was Kyle Bronson who emerged to set a blistering pace on the top side of the half-mile dirt oval. Owens managed to keep up with Bronson, and with 11 to go in traffic slid to the lead exiting Turn 4 and pulled away. Ricky Weiss followed Owens a couple laps later as Bronson’s machine just couldn’t maintain its momentum.

Owens, who had never won at Volusia until this week, finishes the DIRTcar Nationals on a three-race win streak.

“We set the car up for late in the race,” said Owens, of Newport, Tenn. “We were debating on changing it, not changing it. We had it jacked up and down two or three times and finally we just said let’s go with what we started with. It worked, we just bided our time and used patience and I knew once the track slicked off it would come to us.”

Weiss was second with Bronson, Darrell Lanigan and Brandon Sheppard rounding out the top five. For Sheppard, it was just enough to claim his second DIRTcar Nationals Late Model Week Big Gator Championship in as many years.

“It’s been a great speed weeks for us,” said Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill. “We’ve been fast every night, we’ve been in contention every night. I wish we had a few more nights left. I think we got the car a little bit better tonight for Feature time, and in the Feature there it was about the best I’ve felt in the past couple of days. It’s good to leave here knowing that we got the car a little bit better before we left. … We’re definitely fortunate to get this Gator Championship, it feels really good.”

In the Super DIRTcar Series finale at Volusia, Mat Williamson charged to his second victory of the week, bookending the event with his win on Tuesday night. Williamson jumped out front on the initial start, held off Jimmy Phelps on a restart with 17 laps down and cruised to victory over Phelps, Matt Sheppard, Billy Dunn and Billy Decker.

Larry Wight, who won three consecutive Features during the week, finished sixth on Saturday night, good enough to clinch his third Big Gator Trophy (2015, 2019, 2020) as the Super DIRTcar Series champion at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford.

“I think it’s a combination of good preparation, good car, good motor and a phenomenal crew, and having the family to back all that up and allow us to put in the hours and time at the track to come down here,” said Wight, of Phoenix, N.Y, who has won four of the past seven Super DIRTcar Series races going back to 2019. “The track kind of threw us for a loop tonight, we didn’t think it was going to get as slick. We thought the top would be better, so we tried to get the car freed up versus [Friday] night. I guess we should have left it just left it a little bit snugger.”

DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 15, 2020

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (50 Laps): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [2][$10,000]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [3][$5,000]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson [7][$3,000]; 4. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [4][$2,500]; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$2,000]; 6. 8-Kyle Strickler [1][$1,700]; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist [13][$1,400]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$1,300]; 9. 39-Tim McCreadie [15][$1,200]; 10. 25z-Mason Zeigler [10][$1,100]; 11. 0M-Chris Madden [23][$1,050]; 12. 2e-Rick Eckert [16][$1,000]; 13. 6T-Tyler Erb [12][$950]; 14. 3s-Brian Shirley [17][$900]; 15. 28-Dennis Erb [14][$850]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [28][$110]; 17. 18-Chase Junghans [19][$770]; 18. 76-Brandon Overton [21][$750]; 19. 12-Ashton Winger [24][$730]; 20. 97-Cade Dillard [18][$700]; 21. 66c-Matt Cosner [26][$110]; 22. 4G-Kody Evans [27][$110]; 23. 99B-Boom Briggs [25][$110]; 24. 5-Mark Whitener [6][$700]; 25. 22-Gregg Satterlee [20][$700]; 26. 157-Mike Marlar [8][$700]; 27. 17M-Dale McDowell [22][$700]; 28. 49-Jonathan Davenport [5][$700]; 29. 6-Blake Spencer [29][$110]. Lap Leaders: Kyle Strickler – 1, Darrell Lanigan – 2-7, 9-14, Jonathan Davenport – 8, Kyle Bronson – 15-39, Jimmy Owens – 40-50. KSE Hard Charger Award: 0M-Chris Madden [+12].

Super DIRTcar Series (50 laps): 1. 88-Mat Williamson [2][$5,000]; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$2,500]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [4][$1,500]; 4. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$1,000]; 5. 91-Billy Decker [7][$800]; 6. 99L-Larry Wight [3][$700]; 7. 42P-Pat Ward [10][$650]; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti [19][$600]; 9. 25R-Erick Rudolph [11][$550]; 10. 19-Tim Fuller [15][$500]; 11. 20-Brett Hearn [23][$475]; 12. 44-Stewart Friesen [6][$450]; 13. 7MM-Michael Maresca [8][$425]; 14. 44P-Anthony Perrego [16][$400]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [9][$375]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten [24][$350]; 17. 30-Ronnie Johnson [21][$325]; 18. 3-Justin Haers [18][$300]; 19. 23-Kyle Coffey [13][$300]; 20. 111-Demetrios Drellos [28][$300]; 21. 83-Brian Swartzlander [12][$300]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [14][$300]; 23. 32-Jim Rasey [25][$300]; 24. 8-Rich Scagliotta [26][$300]; 25. 1G-Darwin Greene [17][$300]; 26. 30M-JoJo Watson [22][$300]; 27. 1-Billy Pauch [20][$300]; 28. 7-Rick Laubach [27][$300]. KSE Hard Charger Award: 20-Brett Hearn [+12].

Wight Wins Third Consecutive Gator, Owens Repeats

Larry Wight and his daughter, Audrey, celebrate Wight’s third Super DIRTcar Series win in a row. (Joe Grabianowski photo)

Wight Scores Third Consecutive Super DIRTcar Series Gator at DIRTcar Nationals

Owens goes back-to-back at Volusia World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Features

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 14, 2020 — For the third consecutive night, Larry Wight put on a thrill show at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford, winning his third Gator Trophy of the week in the Super DIRTcar Series Feature at Volusia Speedway Park.

After winning from the front row the past two nights, Wight launched from the seventh position Friday and worked his way toward the front while teammate Billy Decker showed the way for the first 26 laps. Then with four to go, Decker would not budge off the bottom of the track and got pinned behind Kyle Coffey, who was trying everything he could to stay on the lead lap. Wight jumped top side and blasted around Decker and into the lead, powering away for his third win of the week.

“He got stuck behind the lapped cars, I have to make sure I give Kyle Coffey a beer for that one,” said Wight, of Phoenix, N.Y. “[Decker] didn’t move up in time and we were able to get the top. I thought after I messed up the first time going after it Billy would have taken the top away from me, but he left me just enough room so I could enter above the cushion and cut down, luckily the car turned just enough for it.”

In the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series main event, Jimmy Owens went back-to-back, winning the second Volusia Feature of his career in as many nights. It wasn’t easy, though, as Kyle Bronson surged forward from 15th to overtake Owens in heavy traffic just as the caution waved with five to go.

The field was reset with Owens, of Newport, Tenn., back in front, giving him a clear track to hold off Bronson to the checkered flag. Darrell Lanigan raced from eighth to third with Brandon Sheppard and Brandon Overton rounding out the top five.

2020 VOLUSIA SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: Before racing began on Friday night, Volusia Speedway Park track officials announced the track’s full 2020 schedule, beginning with Bike Week events on March 8 and running through the Corbin 75 on Dec. 5. A full schedule of events is posted at https://dirtcar.com/vsp/schedule/2020-schedule-flyer/.

DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 14, 2020

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (40 Laps): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [1][$10,000]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson [15][$5,000]; 3. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [8][$3,000]; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5][$2,500]; 5. 76-Brandon Overton [10][$2,000]; 6. 0-Scott Bloomquist [11][$1,700]; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss [12][$1,400]; 8. 18-Chase Junghans [3][$1,300]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb [9][$1,200]; 10. 14-Josh Richards [17][$1,100]; 11. 2e-Rick Eckert [14][$1,050]; 12. 97-Cade Dillard [18][$1,000]; 13. 66c-Matt Cosner [21][$950]; 14. 8-Kyle Strickler [22][$900]; 15. B1-Brent Larson [25][$150]; 16. 99B-Boom Briggs [23][$800]; 17. 12-Ashton Winger [7][$770]; 18. 0M-Chris Madden [6][$750]; 19. 4G-Kody Evans [24][$730]; 20. 6-Blake Spencer [16][$700]; 21. 6T-Tyler Erb [19][$700]; 22. 5-Mark Whitener [2][$700]; 23. 3s-Brian Shirley [13][$700]; 24. 72-Michael Norris [4][$700]; 25. 36-Logan Martin [20][$700]; 26. 21-Ivedent Lloyd [26][$110]. Lap Leaders: Mark Whitner – 1-14, 17-18, Jimmy Owens – 15-16, 19-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 40B-Kyle Bronson [+13].

Super DIRTcar Series (30 laps): 1. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$3,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [2][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [9][$1,000]; 4. 44P-Anthony Perrego [13][$800]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [8][$700]; 6. 4-Andy Bachetti [5][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$600]; 8. 111-Demetrios Drellos [10][$550]; 9. 49-Billy Dunn [19][$500]; 10. 19-Tim Fuller [15][$450]; 11. 7-Rick Laubach [1][$400]; 12. 25R-Erick Rudolph [20][$375]; 13. 42P-Pat Ward [25][$350]; 14. 83-Brian Swartzlander [14][$325]; 15. 3-Justin Haers [11][$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [17][$275]; 17. 46-Jeremy Smith [26][$250]; 18. 7MM-Michael Maresca [6][$250]; 19. 32-Jim Rasey [22][$250]; 20. 20-Brett Hearn [12][$250]; 21. 21A-Peter Britten [4][$250]; 22. 23-Kyle Coffey [18][$250]; 23. 30-Ronnie Johnson [23][$250]; 24. 6D-Dillon Steuer [24][$250]; 25. 1-Billy Pauch [16][$250]; 26. 30M-JoJo Watson [21][$250]. KSE Hard Charger Award: 42P-Pat Ward[+12]

2020 Schedule Announced

Robust 2020 Schedule Featuring Wide Variety of Car Classes and Special Events Sets Course for Volusia Speedway Park

As the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford winds down, the focus at Volusia Speedway Park turns to the 2020 season. Track officials announced Friday a robust schedule kicking off March 8 during Bike Week and running through Dec. 5.

There are 35 race nights scheduled, including events at Volusia’s kart track. Florida Late Models, UMP Modifieds, 602 Late Models, Street Stocks, Compact 4s, Thunder Stocks and 3/4-Modifieds make up the backbone of the 2020 schedule along with several special events throughout the year, including five appearances by the Top Gun Sprint Series.

(Click to download a printable version of the schedule)

“We are extremely proud of the schedule we’ve put together for the 2020 season,” said Volusia Speedway Park GM James Sawyer. “There is a great mix of car classes and special events every month to keep our fans and competitors excited and entertained at Volusia all year long. With our new seating and all of the improvements and investment that has gone into Volusia, I know the energy level will be at an all-time high.”

Steve Nace Racing brings the AMA National Flat Track Series back to Volusia on March 8-11 during Daytona Beach’s Bike Week, setting the stage for the Volusia Speedway Park season opener on Saturday, March 14.

Two special events — the Gator 30 for Pro Late Models on March 28 and the Florida Late Model Challenge Series with the Top Gun Sprints on April 11 — kick the season into high gear.

UMP Modifieds return April 25 followed May 9 by a special Mother’s Day Weekend Thunder Stock race.

Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24 will be busy with special Florida Late Model and UMP Modified 30-laps Features on the half-mile while the Kart Track opens up with a two-day event complete with a DJ and party.

The special Powell Memorial June 5-6 featuring a 67-lap Pro Late Model race and the Florida Pro Truck Challenge Series on June 20 help get the summer started, while July includes a mix of events at the Kart Track as well as the Half Mile, including Top Gun Sprints on July 4 and the Summer Sizzle featuring UMP Modifieds on July 25.

A mix of Florida Late Models and Sprint Car events top the August event schedule, with a huge Labor Day Weekend event Sept. 5-7 that includes UMP Modifieds, Florida Late Models, Street Stocks, Compact 4s, 602 Late Models, Thunder Stocks and 3/4-Modifieds.

The season winds down with a 40-lap Street Stock event Sept. 19, Top Gun Sprints on Oct. 17 and 602 Late Models on Nov. 14.

Finally, two marquee race weekends close out the year. First is the two-night Reutimann Memorial Nov. 20-21 featuring the Florida Late Model Challenge Series, UMP Modifieds, the Top Gun Sprints and Street Stocks. Then, Dec. 4-5 is The Corbin 75 with Florida Late Models, Street Stocks, 602 Late Models, Compact 4s and a 75-lap Thunder Stock Feature to checker the season.

In 2020 there will be Senior Pricing for everyone. General Admission is only $10, with kids 12-and-under FREE. Pits are $25 for DIRTcar Members or $30 for Non Members.

For select special events noted on the schedule, a One-Day General Admission ticket is $20 and a Two-Day General Admission ticket is $30. Kids 12-and-under are still FREE. One-day pit prices are $30 for DIRTcar Members, $35 for Non Members. Two-day pit prices are $45 for DIRTcar Members and $55 for Non Members.

DATE EVENT
March 8 – 11 BIKE WEEK Motorcycle Event:  Speedway all days plus March 10th Kart Track Event
March 8 & 11 AMA All Star National Flat Track Series
March 9 & 10 AMA Amateur & Vintage National
  (For more information visit www.stevenaceracing.com)
 
March 13 OPEN PRACTICE
  All Classes (Gates open at 4:00 pm; Practice 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
  (FREE General Admission)
 
March 14 SEASON OPENER
  Florida Late Models, UMP Modifieds,602 Late Models, Compact 4s FEATURE, Street Stocks, Thunder Stocks FEATURE
 
March 28 *GATOR 30
  PRO LATE MODELS 30 laps, 602 Late Models, Street Stocks, 3/4 Mods
 
April 11 *Spring Fling
  Florida Late Model Challenge Series
  Top Gun Sprints, Thunder Stocks, Compact 4s
 
April 25      BIG DOG 30      
  UMP Modifieds 30 Laps
  602 Late Models, Street Stocks, 3/4 Mods
 
May 9 Dennis North Memorial – Mother’s Day Weekend
  Thunder Stocks 38 laps
  Florida Late Models, 602 Late Models, Compact 4s
 
May 22 – 23 *Memorial Day Weekend
  FLORIDA LATE MODELS 30 LAPS & UMP MODIFIEDS 30 LAPS
  (Friday Qualifying Heats, Saturday Features)
  FRIDAY – Thunder Stocks, Compact 4s
  SATURDAY – 602 Late Models, Street Stocks, 3/4 Mods
 
May 23 & 24 KART TRACK ALL CLASSES 2 DAY SHOW
  (Reserved Camping Available) DJ & PARTY
 
June 5 & 6 *POWELL MEMORIAL
  PRO LATE MODELS 67 Laps
  (Friday Qualifying Heats, Saturday Features)
  FRIDAY – Thunder Stocks, Compact 4s
  SATURDAY – Street Stocks, 602 Late Models
  (Reserved Parking & Camping available)
 
June 20  *FLORIDA 30
  FLORIDA PRO TRUCK CHALLENGE SERIES 30 laps
  UMP Modifieds, 602 Late Models , 3/4 Mods
 
July 3 & 4 *KARTS / CARS SHOWDOWN
  FLORIDA LATE MODEL CHALLENGE SERIES
  (Friday Qualifying Heats, Saturday Features)
  FRIDAY – Thunder Stocks, Compact 4s
  SATURDAY – TOP GUN SPRINT SERIES, Street Stocks, 602 Late Models
July 4 & 5 KART TRACK  All Classes 2 day show
 
July 25 Summer Sizzle
  UMP MODIFIED 30
  Florida Late Models, Street Stocks, 3/4 Mods
 
Aug. 8 Hot Nights FLORIDA LATE MODELS
  UMP Modifieds, 602 Late Models, Compact 4’s
 
Aug. 22 Heat Wave FLORIDA LATE MODELS
602 Late Models, Thunder Stocks, Compact 4s
 
Aug. 28 *VOLUSIA TOP GUN Shootout
  TOP GUN SPRINT SERIES
  Florida Late Models, Street Stocks , 3/4 Mods
 
 
Sept. 4 Test & Tune (FREE General Admission)
 
Sept 5 – 7 *LABOR DAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
UMP MODIFIEDS 30 LAPS
  (Friday Qualifying Heats, Saturday Features)
  FLORIDA LATE MODELS 30 LAPS
  (Friday Qualifying Heats, Saturday Features)
  FRIDAY – Street Stocks, Compact 4’s
  SATURDAY – 602 Late Models, Thunder Stocks, 3/4 Mods
  (Reserved Camping & Parking Available)
 
Sept. 7 Kart Track – All Classes, J.R.1 , J.R.2, Lights, Medium, S.-Heavy, Heavy 30 laps
 
Sept. 19 Volusia 40
  STREET STOCKS 40 LAPS,  Florida Late Models, 602 Late Models, 3/4 Mods
 
Oct. 17 *Fall Classic
  TOP GUN SPRINT SERIES, 602 LATE MODELS
   Thunder Stocks , Street Stocks, Compact 4’s
 
Nov. 14 Cool Nights
  602 LATE MODELS 30 LAPS
  UMP Modifieds, Thunder Stocks, Compact 4’s, 3/4 Mods
 
 
Nov. 19 Test & Tune (FREE General Admission)
 
Nov. 20 & 21 *Reutimann Memorial – 2 BIG Nights
  FLORIDA LATE MODEL CHALLENGE SERIES
  (Friday Qualifying Heats, Saturday Features)
  UMP MODIFIEDS 40 LAPS
  (Friday Qualifying Heats, Saturday Features)
  SATURDAY – TOP GUN SPRINT SERIES, STREET STOCKS
  (Reserved Camping & Parking Available)
 
Dec. 4 & 5 *The Corbin 75
  Florida Late Models, Street Stocks, 602 Late Models, Compact 4s
  THUNDER STOCKS 75 Laps

Owens Breaks Through, Wight Repeats

Jimmy Owens shows off the first Gator Trophy of his career after winning on Thursday night. (Jim DenHamer photo)

Owens Finally Adds Volusia DIRTcar Nationals Gator to Trophy Case

For second consecutive night, Wight dominates Super DIRTcar Series

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 13, 2020 — Jimmy Owens has won almost 600 races in his career, including nearly every big Dirt Late Model race out there, but it took until Thursday night for him to earn his first Gator Trophy at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford.

Owens, of Newport, Tenn., dominated the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series main event, leading all 40 laps while behind him a furious battle was on to challenge him. A caution with 9 laps to go set up a shootout to the finish, but Owens was so strong he simply pulled away. A who’s who of star racers chased Owens to the checkered flag, with Dale McDowell second followed by Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport and Mike Marlar.

“I tell you we’ve been close all week, we’ve been steadily getting better each night here,” Owens said. “This car was just phenomenal tonight. I’ve been coming down here for years and I don’t think I’ve ever won a Late Model race, let alone I don’t think I’ve won two heats in a week.”

For the second consecutive night, Larry Wight held off Stewart Friesen to capture the Super DIRTcar Series Feature. Wight started on the outside of the front row and quickly took command of the 30-lap race on the high side of the track. With only one caution Wight, of Phoenix, N.Y., held Friesen and the rest of the field at bay to win his third Gator Trophy and second in as many days.

“This car has just been on a rail,” Wight said. “We put the same setup in as [Wednesday] night and it was still glued to the track. Hopefully we can keep it going for the rest of the week. The car is good enough to where I don’t even need to run the cushion. Any time you’ve got Stewie right behind you, you definitely don’t want to see a restart. He’s a phenomenal restarter and he’s usually able to make stuff happen. The farther I can keep him behind me the better.”

 

DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 13, 2020

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (40 Laps): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [2][$10,000]; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell [4][$5,000]; 3. 14-Josh Richards [12][$3,000]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport [14][$2,500]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar [3][$2,000]; 6. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1][$1,700]; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson [5][$1,400]; 8. 0M-Chris Madden [13][$1,300]; 9. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [8][$1,200]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$1,100]; 11. 7-Ricky Weiss [23][$1,050]; 12. 25-Shane Clanton [10][$1,000]; 13. 0e-Rick Eckert [21][$950]; 14. 28-Dennis Erb [24][$900]; 15. 1st-Johnny Scott [22][$850]; 16. 18-Chase Junghans [20][$800]; 17. 6T-Tyler Erb [15][$770]; 18. 12-Ashton Winger [26][$750]; 19. 0-Scott Bloomquist [17][$730]; 20. 3s-Brian Shirley [6][$700]; 21. B1-Brent Larson [29][$110]; 22. 99B-Boom Briggs [27][$110]; 23. 39-Tim McCreadie [11][$700]; 24. 97-Cade Dillard [25][$700]; 25. 4G-Kody Evans [7][$700]; 26. 66c-Matt Cosner [28][$110]; 27. 25w-Allen Weisser [16][$700]; 28. 22-Gregg Satterlee [18][$700]; 29. 6-Blake Spencer [30][$110]; 30. 5-Mark Whitener [19][$700]. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Ricky Weiss [+12].

Super DIRTcar Series (30 laps): 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$3,000]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [5][$1,500]; 3. 25R-Erick Rudolph [4][$1,000]; 4. 7MM-Michael Maresca [3][$800]; 5. 20-Brett Hearn [7][$700]; 6. 91-Billy Decker [12][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [8][$600]; 8. 44P-Anthony Perrego [10][$550]; 9. 49-Billy Dunn [18][$500]; 10. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6][$450]; 11. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [11][$400]; 12. 21A-Peter Britten [19][$375]; 13. 42P-Pat Ward [14][$350]; 14. 7-Rick Laubach [1][$325]; 15. 88-Mat Williamson [15][$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [9][$275]; 17. 30-Ronnie Johnson [22][$250]; 18. 19-Tim Fuller [21][$250]; 19. 23-Kyle Coffey [17][$250]; 20. 46-Jeremy Smith [13][$250]; 21. 83-Brian Swartzlander [20][$250]; 22. 3-Justin Haers [16][$250]; 23. 32-Jim Rasey [24][$250]; 24. 4-Andy Bachetti [25][$250]; 25. 48T-Dave Rauscher [26][$250]; 26. 1-Billy Pauch [23][$250]. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Billy Dunn [+9].

 

Sheppard, Wight Winners on Wild Night

Larry Wight celebrates after winning the Super DIRTcar Series Feature on Wednesday night. (Chris Owens photo)

Sheppard Declared World of Outlaws Winner at Volusia After Erb Penalized

Wild night at DIRTcar Nationals had everything from door-banging to late-race passes for wins

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 12, 2020 — A wild night of racing Wednesday at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford took another strange turn afterward.

Dennis Erb Jr. raced to the checkered flag in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature after Mark Whitener and Brandon Overton knocked each other out of the race in a door-to-door battle for the lead with seven laps to go. However, after the victory lane celebration, Erb failed to report to postrace inspection and was penalized to last place, handing the win to defending champion Brandon Sheppard for his first Series victory of the season.

Whitener was on point from the drop of the green flag, but seven different drivers swapped positions two through five until Whitener and Overton started slamming into each other trying to move to the lead. First, they hit in the middle of the backstretch, then crossed over in Turns 3 and 4 with Whitener on the inside sliding up the track and knocking Overton over the cushion, bringing both cars to stop as Erb and Brandon Sheppard shot by on the bottom.

Erb rolled the low groove on the restart with Sheppard blasting around the top. Erb’s inside position was just enough to edge Sheppard by a nose at the checkered flag for what appeared to be his first win of the season until he missed going to postrace inspection and was penalized, gifting the victory to Sheppard.

All that excitement set the stage for the Super DIRTcar Series event, where Larry Wight narrowly held off Stewart Friesen.

Defending DIRTcar Nationals champion Wight found a home on the top side of the track while Friesen was moving up and down trying to close the gap. With nine laps to go in heavy traffic, Friesen closed right on Wight. With three to go Friesen peeked to the inside of Wight exiting Turn 4, but Wight had enough momentum to power off the corner and hold off Friesen to the finish.

Series champion Mat Williamson was third followed by former NAPA Super DIRT Week winners Brett Hearn and Billy Dunn.

 

DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 12, 2020

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (40 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [8][$10,000]; 2. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [7][$5,000]; 3. 14-Josh Richards [13][$3,000]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens [6][$2,500]; 5. 3s-Brian Shirley [10][$2,000]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$1,700]; 7. 39-Tim McCreadie [5][$1,400]; 8. 49-Jonathan Davenport [12][$1,300]; 9. 40B-Kyle Bronson [17][$1,200]; 10. 18-Chase Junghans [14][$1,100]; 11. 17M-Dale McDowell [16][$1,050]; 12. 157-Mike Marlar [3][$1,000]; 13. 25z-Mason Zeigler [22][$950]; 14. 12-Ashton Winger [15][$900]; 15. 0e-Rick Eckert [26][$850]; 16. 4G-Kody Evans [23][$800]; 17. 97-Cade Dillard [19][$770]; 18. 0M-Chris Madden [20][$750]; 19. 0-Scott Bloomquist [25][$730]; 20. 7-Ricky Weiss [11][$700]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs [21][$700]; 22. 66c-Matt Cosner [27][$700]; 23. 6-Blake Spencer [29][$110]; 24. 5-Mark Whitener [4][$110]; 25. B1-Brent Larson [28][$700]; 26. 76-Brandon Overton [2][$110]; 27. 2s-Stormy Scott [24][$700]; 28. 21-Ivedent Lloyd [30][$700]; 29. 72-Michael Norris [18][$110]; 30. 28-Dennis Erb [1][$700]. Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton – 28; Mark Whitner – 3-27, 29-32; Dennis Erb – 1-2, 33-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 0e-Rick Eckert [+10].

Super DIRTcar Series (30 laps): 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$3,000]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [4][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [8][$1,000]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [1][$800]; 5. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$700]; 6. 25R-Erick Rudolph [6][$650]; 7. 91-Billy Decker [16][$600]; 8. 44P-Anthony Perrego [9][$550]; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti [3][$500]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$450]; 11. 1-Billy Pauch [10][$400]; 12. 30-Ronnie Johnson [14][$375]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [19][$350]; 14. 42P-Pat Ward [21][$325]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [22][$300]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$275]; 17. 3-Justin Haers [11][$250]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [13][$250]; 19. 9S-Matt Sheppard [15][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [24][$250]; 21. 46-Jeremy Smith [20][$250]; 22. 83-Brian Swartzlander [18][$250]; 23. 48T-Dave Rauscher [25][$250]; 24. 7-Rick Laubach [7][$250]; 25. 7MM-Michael Maresca [23][$250]; 26. 6D-Dillon Steuer [26][$250]. KSE Hard Charger Award: 91-Billy Decker [+9].