Matt Skipper

WORTH WAITING FOR: 81 Year Old Reutimann Wins! Top Gun Sprint Car Thriller Makes For A Unforgettable Blazing Guns 25

After 40 days of racing being absent at the World’s Fastest Half Mile, the action that went down at the Blazing Guns 25 was worth it in the end. Big paydays and major surprises made August 6th at Volusia an unforgettable one.

 

604 Late Models

Kicking off the night was the co-headliner to the Blazing Guns 25 night, the 604 Late Models. At the start, the 29S of Cameron Saunders controlled the early portion of the night. After leading steadily, a caution between David Clegg and Brandon Wells opened up the door for new drivers to steal the lead. The man to take the lead from Saunders would be one, Nevin Gainey. 

Nevin Gainey earned his second win of the season on Saturday night (Dave Shank Photography)

The Ft. White native would go on to lead the rest of the 25 lap feature without any challenge from behind. This was Gainey’s second win of the season, with a $2,000 check to take home as well.

604 Late Models Feature 25 Laps | 00:24:17.601

  1. 17G-Nevin Gainey[4]; 2. 5-Mark Whitener[9]; 3. 515-David Markham Jr[6]; 4. 721-Joe Kump[14]; 5. 21-Ivedent Lloyd[11]; 6. 29S-Cameron Saunders[2]; 7. 74-Jason Garver[5]; 8. 41-Derike Bennett[3]; 9. 169-Thomas Tatum[12]; 10. 77-Trevor McKinley[17]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead[19]; 12. M51-Mark Steube[18]; 13. 1J-Jason Papp[10]; 14. (DNF) RP1-David Castello[21]; 15. (DNF) 67-Garret Stewart[15]; 16. (DNF) 4-Ray Price[20]; 17. (DNF) 83-Shawn Taylor[7]; 18. (DNF) 388-Jackson Hise[1]; 19. (DNF) 31S-Tim Swartz[13]; 20. (DNF) 39W-Brandon Wells[8]; 21. (DNF) 07-David Clegg[16]

 

TOP GUN SPRINT CARS

After rain canceled the July 16th Summer Sizzler, the Top Gun Sprint Cars returned to the World’s Fastest Half Mile to try again at having a full show. Luckily, the sprint cars got what they wanted; a smooth track and fast times. For the competition throughout the 25 laps, every driver was trying to catch Danny Martin Jr. one again.

 

Martin did not miss a beat at all since the Top Gun Series last ran in May. Martin swept the night in May, and did so once again at the Blazing Guns 25. Every time he got out in clean air and the lead, nobody was able to touch him. Top Gun will return to Volusia one last time on September 17th at the Fall Classic.

Top Gun Sprints Feature 25 Laps | 00:14:40.943

  1. 24-Danny Martin Jr[5]; 2. 14C-Tyler Clem[4]; 3. 82-Garrett Green[2]; 4. G6-Brandon Grubaugh[7]; 5. 6S-Robbie Smith[6]; 6. 14-Danny Jones[15]; 7. 91-Kyle Connery[1]; 8. 13-John Kahl[3]; 9. 9D-Steve Diamond Jr[13]; 10. 15T-Troy Thompson[12]; 11. (DNF) 83-Mark Ruel Jr[11]; 12. (DNF) 3A-AJ Maddox[8]; 13. (DNF) 97B-Dustin Burtron[10]; 14. (DNF) 51X-Josh Watkins[16]; 15. (DNF) 20-Anthony D’Alessio[9]; 16. (DNS) 38-Tyler Orzechowski; 17. (DNS) 41-Luke Hill; 18. (DNS) 32-Andrew Griffin

 

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

If you ask anyone what the race of the night was, it is safe to say that the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds provided the action and hype worth waiting two months for.

 

The once championship favorite, Garret Stewart has traded in his Modified for a 604 Late Model. This change means that the points spread adds five cars into a shot at winning the championship. For a few of them, their hunt began well on Saturday night.

 

Throughout the feature, Jason Garver looked to be the one to dominate and take home a trophy. That was until a mechanical failure made his car slow roll to a stop at the frontstretch with five laps to go.

 

At that point, the flood gates opened for drivers looking for their first win of their 2022 campaign. Enter, Buzzie Reutimann.

 

The 81 year old Reutimann inherited the lead and had to hold off a hard charging Dillon Buhr and Joshua Kunstbeck to earn a hard fought win.

Buzzie Reutimann (left) leads ahead of Joshua Kunstbeck (behind Reutimann) (Dave Shank Photography)

Cinderella’s glass slipper fit Reutimann that night, sending the crowd cheering loud and proud. The victory lane celebration was like no other. Many of the Reutimann crew, family and even Buzzie were all shedding a few tears with how this win came to fruition for the driver of the 00.

 

To add a cherry on top, Reutimann now leads the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds points standings. The biggest lesson to learn from the UMP Modifieds this weekend; Age Is Only A Number.

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Feature 20 Laps | 00:12:52.019

  1. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[5]; 2. 24B-Dillon Buhr[3]; 3. 15-Hunter Gustafson[8]; 4. 2-Joshua Kunstbeck[4]; 5. 18-Eric Moon[1]; 6. 51-Dalton Lanich[6]; 7. 17-Patrick Vareika[9]; 8. 80-Paul Shead[17]; 9. 3S-Josh Sanford[10]; 10. 3D-Makayla Tyrrell[11]; 11. 96-Kyle Arvin[13]; 12. 34-Rob Giffen[14]; 13. 34P-Jim Passino[15]; 14. 60-Jim Manka[16]; 15. (DNF) 27G-Jason Garver[2]; 16. (DNF) 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[7]; 17. (DNS) 18A-Jared Allison

 

¾ Modifieds

The ¾ Modifieds was once again another night of Minchew domination. Korbin Minchew led all 15 laps en route to his fourth win of the season. Shockingly, this is his first win since April 23rd. Minchew was noticeably more energetic with this victory and may have just breathed new life into the most dominant car of the first half of 2022.

3/4 Modifieds Feature 15 Laps

  1. 23K-Korbin Minchew[1]; 2. 67-Tad Olmsted[5]; 3. 32P-Jesse Powers[3]; 4. 26-Timmy Hogan[4]; 5. 32-Wryan Shaffer[6]; 6. 99-Wade Olmsted[13]; 7. 51-Dustin Peterson[7]; 8. 23L-Lawton Minchew[2]; 9. 57-Ethyn Hwan[8]; 10. 7-Chris Olmstead[9]; 11. 23-Wray Shaffer[16]; 12. 21J-Jeff Newton[11]; 13. 59-Nathyn Hwan[12]; 14. 3X-Scott Durlin[15]; 15. 0-CR Hill[17]; 16. (DNF) 9-Logan Malone[14]; 17. (DNF) 26L-Colton Lane[10]; 18. (DNS) 27-Steven Powers

 

Street Stocks

Lastly, the Street Stocks was another masterclass by Joe Belkey. The 119 machine was on rails throughout the 20 lap feature with few challenges from the likes of Jason Garver and Donnie Ashford. This would be Belkey’s first win in a Street Stock this year.

Street Stocks Feature 20 Laps

  1. 119-Joe Belkey[2]; 2. 12-Jason Garver[3]; 3. 7R-Rick O’Steen[5]; 4. 04-Bubba Christian[7]; 5. 72-Bruce Griffin[6]; 6. 66A-Donnie Ashford[4]; 7. 55-Heath Walker[9]; 8. 11K-Kameron McGauley[11]; 9. 1-Michael Doane[13]; 10. 40-Clayton Ruth[8]; 11. 45-Trevor McKinley[1]; 12. (DNS) 388-Glen Swiger; 13. (DQ) 63-Chris Lawrence[10]

 

The next race at the World’s Fastest Half Mile will be the Short Track Showdown on August 20th. It will feature a 602 Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, ¾ Modifieds, Thunder Stocks and will include a $3,000 to win for the 604 Late Models. Tickets start at $12 with kids 12 and under receiving free admission. Gates will open at 4:00PM, with Hot Laps at 6:00PM. For more information on the next race and other events held at the track, visit volusiaspeedwaypark.com

 

Can’t make it to the track? You can also watch all the action live on DIRTVision. Coverage starts with Hot Laps at 6:00PM. Head to their site at DIRTVision.com or click here for more.

 

About Volusia Speedway Park

Volusia Speedway Park, The World’s Fastest Half Mile, is a dirt track located in DeLeon Springs, Florida. Home of prestigious events like the DIRTcar Nationals, Sunshine Nationals and the Dale & Emil Reutimann Memorial, the track hosts weekly races year round with divisions of late models, UMP modifieds, 3/4 modifieds, street stocks and thunder stocks. The track also hosts the American Flat Track Series and dirt karting races at the facility.

November 12th Race To Be Renamed The Veterans’ Day Classic

Volusia Speedway Park has made a schedule change for the 2022 race season. The November 12th event will be renamed the “Veterans’ Day Classic”.  Volusia Speedway Park will look to honor the region’s active military and veterans that have put their lives on the line each day for us to enjoy our freedom.

 

“To have an event that honors our heroes is a special opportunity for us to say Thank You for your service,” said Anthony Tate, General Manager of Volusia Speedway Park. 

 

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will headline the show and will compete for a purse of $1,200 to the winner.  Additional divisions will include the 604 Late Models, 602 Late Models, ¾ Modifieds and Street Stocks.

 

We are excited to honor our veterans on what will be a very special weekend!

 

Can’t make it to the track? You can also watch all the action live on DIRTVision. Coverage starts with Hot Laps at 6:00PM. Head to their site at DIRTVision.com or click here for more.

 

About Volusia Speedway Park

Volusia Speedway Park, The World’s Fastest Half Mile, is a dirt track located in DeLeon Springs, Florida. Home of prestigious events like the DIRTcar Nationals, Sunshine Nationals and the Dale & Emil Reutimann Memorial, the track hosts weekly races year round with divisions of late models, UMP modifieds, 3/4 modifieds, street stocks and thunder stocks. The track also hosts the American Flat Track Series and dirt karting races at the facility.

Mother Nature Extends Summer Break, Cancels Summer Sizzler

Before the cancellation of the Summer Sizzler, severe storms flooded the track and prevented work to dry the facility. Persistent rain showers continued to saturate the grounds and forced track officials to cancel the race.

 

The Top Gun Sprint Car Series agreed to reschedule their race to August 6th, and all other classes that were scheduled to run are canceled. With the Top Gun Sprint Car Series racing on August 6th, the 602 Late Models have been removed from the schedule. All other classes on August 6th are scheduled to race.

 

Gates on August 6th will open at 4:00 PM with Hot Laps at 6:00 PM. Gate admission will be $20, with kids 12 and under will receive free admission.

 

Can’t make it to the track? You can also watch all the action live on DIRTVision. Coverage starts with Hot Laps at 6:00 PM. Head to their site at DIRTVision.com or click here for more.

 

About Volusia Speedway Park

 

Volusia Speedway Park, The World’s Fastest Half Mile, is a dirt track located in DeLeon Springs, Florida. Home of prestigious events like the DIRTcar Nationals, Sunshine Nationals, and the Dale & Emil Reutimann Memorial, the track hosts weekly races year round with divisions of late models, UMP modifieds, 3/4 modifieds, street stocks, and thunder stocks. The track also hosts the American Flat Track Series and dirt karting races at the facility.

For more information regarding events, driver points and results, visit VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com

CHECKERS & WRECKERS: Clay Classic Puts On A Wild Night Of Feature Action

Going into the summer break in the 2022 Volusia Speedway Park season, this year’s Clay Classic was one to forget for some, but one all will remember. As Elton John once said “Saturday night’s the night I like, Saturday night’s alright”.

 

In the first feature of the night, the 604 Late Models, it was simply the David Clegg Show. Clegg led every single lap to win the first feature of the night. The driver stated in his victory interview that he missed the setup completely at the Outlaw Shootout and wanted to get back to the basics. He did just that and put on a clinic to win the feature. From the initial green flag to checkered, the 07 was top of the leaderboard with no hesitation or vulnerability shown by the driver.

 

Second place went to Joe Kump after staying consistent in the top three the whole night and Sonny Thompson rounded out the podium.

1. 07-David Clegg[1]; 2. 721-Joe Kump[4]; 3. 75-Sonny Thompson[3]; 4. 25C-Donnie Chappell[9]; 5. 21-Ivedent Lloyd[11]; 6. 41-Derike Bennett[5]; 7. 12-Robert Gast[8]; 8. (DNF) 89-Jeff Choquette[2]; 9. (DNF) 9-Nick Johnson[7]; 10. (DNF) 5-Dustin Carter[10]; 11. (DNF) 51K-Mikey Kopka[6]; 12. (DNF) 15M-Chris Meyer[12]

The 3/4 Modifieds have had four different drivers win in the last four races. Korbin Minchew, Timmy Hogan, Patrick Vareika and new to the list was Korbin’s brother, Lawton.

 

The 23L of Lawton Minchew has come oh so close to winning this season and waited for him to finally have his chance to end up in Volusia Victory Lane. Minchew started from the outside of row two and quickly used the high line to his advantage. He quickly made it around the front row of Wade Olmsted and Jesse Powers to lead the rest of the 15 lap feature. He also had to put up with Timmy Hogan giving him pressure throughout the feature, but never relinquished the lead.

 

However, the night didn’t go so well for points leader Korbin Minchew. He started 9th, spun on lap three and tried as much as he could to salvage what he could from the night. What was Korbin Minchew’s loss was Timmy Hogan’s major gain in the points running.

1. 23L-Lawton Minchew[4]; 2. 26-Timmy Hogan[3]; 3. 99-Wade Olmsted[1]; 4. 23K-Korbin Minchew[9]; 5. 10-Ethyn Hwan[5]; 6. 67-Tad Olmsted[6]; 7. 51-Dustin Peterson[7]; 8. 27-Steven Powers[8]; 9. 9-Logan Malone[11]; 10. 21J-Jeff Newton[10]; 11. 57-Nathyn Hwan[12]; 12. 0-CR Hill[14]; 13. (DNF) 32P-Jesse Powers[2]; 14. (DNS) 26L-Colton Lane

The 602 Late Models was one that some drivers won’t look fondly upon as the season heads into the summer break.

 

Throughout the 20 laps of the night, the race was controlled by the 25 car of Donnie Chappell. Though, he had company behind him with the 1A of Mikey Kopka, the 5 of Jamie Green and the 44P of Kole Platt in tow.

 

The race was Chappell’s to control as he had led the night since grabbing it from Kopka and polesitter Tim Swartz.

 

A late race caution with two to go set up a green-white-checkered race to the finish. Coming to the line, Kopka stayed on Chappell’s bumper all the way into turn one. Kopka sent it low, made contact with Chappell and sent the 25 machine spinning at the top of turn two. Just like that, it was leader to wrecker for him. The fireworks weren’t over just yet, with Chappell climbing out of his car and threw his HANS device at the 1A. Not only that, Kopka would be sent to the rear of the field for causing the wreck, killing his hopes of winning the feature.

 

At the front, it would be Jamie Green and Kole Platt to battle it out for the feature win. Green got a good jump on the restart and Platt would never be able to close in, giving Green his first win in a 602 Late Model at Volusia Speedway Park.

1. 5-Jamie Green[6]; 2. 44P-Kole Platt[8]; 3. 31-Tim Swartz[1]; 4. 1AR-Travis Staats[4]; 5. M51-Mark Steube[14]; 6. 18-Austin Leamon[12]; 7. 11-J R Gray[9]; 8. 31D-Dustin Beckelheimer[5]; 9. (DNF) 3C-Cale Gilbert[11]; 10. (DNF) 21D-Lenny Dallman[7]; 11. (DNF) 1J-Jason Papp[15]; 12. (DNF) 11JR-Ryan Beckelheimer[10]; 13. (DNS) 12-Billy Gast; 14. (DQ) 1A-Mikey Kopka[2]; 15. (DQ) 25-Donnie Chappell[3]

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds was once again a battle between the two title contenders of Seth Geary and Garret Stewart. It may also be the battle we expect to see more times until the finale in November. Geary started on pole while Stewart started back in 4th. It wasn’t the best of starts for the 67 as he struggled to find room and chances to pass other contenders like Hunter Gustafson and Dalton Lanich.

 

Once he did get around Gustafson and Lanich, Stewart closed in on the 7 of Geary. A much more competitive and cleaner battle between the two emerged as they both ran side by side for multiple laps until Stewart finally cleared Geary with two to go. Stewart’s win ties he and Geary in wins with three and tightens up the points ever so slightly.

1. 67-Garret Stewart[4]; 2. 7G-Seth Geary[1]; 3. 15-Hunter Gustafson[3]; 4. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[2]; 5. 51-Dalton Lanich[6]; 6. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[5]; 7. 3S-Josh Sanford[9]; 8. 2-Joshua Kunstbeck[7]; 9. 34-Rob Giffen[11]; 10. (DNF) 3D-Makayla Tyrrell[8]; 11. (DNS) 3-Tony Campbell

Lastly, the Thunder Stocks was once again a Joe Belkey clinic. Starting from the pole, the driver of the 2 led every lap after challenges from both Shaun Daugharty and Curt Spencer. There was also lots of action everywhere around the track with multiple cautions being thrown. Belkey held off the field even with the cautions and racked up his second win of 2022.

1. 2-Joe Belkey[1]; 2. 00-Shaun Daugharty[3]; 3. 12-Curt Spencer[2]; 4. 73J-Justin Durbin[10]; 5. 13-Ron Adams[7]; 6. 30-Chris Jeune[5]; 7. 73S-David Szczepanik[12]; 8. 10S-Ronnie Scarberry[9]; 9. 1SHOT-Mike Tovet[4]; 10. 42-Josh Byrd[6]; 11. 27-Jordan Strickland[11]; 12. (DQ) 18-Jamie Carter[8]

Volusia Speedway Park will be taking a mini summer break. But we will return with the Summer Sizzler on July 16th. It will feature the Top Gun Sprint Car Series as they make their second trip to the track in 2022. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit volusiaspeedwaypark.com for more information on these races to come.

Anthony Tate To Become General Manager Of Volusia Speedway Park

World Racing Group has hired motorsports executive Anthony Tate as the newest general manager of Volusia Speedway Park after former general manager, James Sawyer, retired in early April.


“I’m honored to have the opportunity to join Volusia Speedway Park and World Racing Group to lead one of the best dirt tracks in all of motorsports,” Tate said. “Volusia Speedway Park is one of the most respected motorsport facilities across the country. Our fans, drivers and teams travel from all 50 states and abroad to enjoy our facility in Volusia County.”

 

Tate was raised in Carlisle, PA and is a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School, Robert Morris University and Ohio University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and Master of Sport Administration.

 

From there, Tate embarked on a career that has included stints at Darlington Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway as Senior Manager of Ticketing Operations for NASCAR. Prior to his time at NASCAR, Tate worked with Penn State University, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has also worked with local universities and student career centers for the next wave of students to work in sports.

 

He is no stranger to dirt racing, as he grew up in the world of dirt karting with the PDKA and WKA series. He also spent his time in Pennsylvania attending events at Williams Grove Speedway and Port Royal Speedway.

 

“I’m excited to welcome Anthony as the new general manager of Volusia Speedway Park and to see the ambition he’s bringing to the speedway,” said World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter. “The value of his experience has shown with new ideas he’s already implemented.”

 

Volusia Speedway Park — The World’s Fastest Half Mile — has been in operation for racing since 1968. The track was originally built by Benny Corbin as a way for dirt racing to grow in the Volusia County area. He owned the facility until 1982. Today, World Racing Group owns and operates Volusia Speedway Park, which plays host to the prestigious DIRTcar Nationals, Sunshine Nationals and Dale & Emil Reutimann Memorial in addition to its weekly racing program.

 

For more information, visit volusiaspeedwaypark.com

 

BANG BANG: Outlaw Shootout Delivers Slide Jobs, Close Racing and Points Swings as the Season Passes Halfway

With a race name like the Outlaw Shootout, the night lived up to what it was supposed to be.

 

After chaos, slide jobs and surprise moves to win, it was a night many drivers will and won’t look fondly upon as the 2022 season hits the halfway mark.

 

To start the night off, the 604 Late Models ran a clean race with close action between the leaders of Brandon Wells, Dustin Carter and Mikey Kopka. The three stayed close to each other throughout the 20 lap feature, and it became a battle until the end. Wells held the challenge off and earned his first win of the 2022 season.

 

In the points battle between Dustin Carter and Mikey Kopka, it was Kopka with the 604 Late Model points lead by just one point over Carter going into the weekend. After tonight, Dustin Carter now holds the lead over Kopka with the same margin; one point.

 

1. 39W-Brandon Wells[1]; 2. 5-Dustin Carter[3]; 3. 51K-Mikey Kopka[2]; 4. 07-David Clegg[9]; 5. 721-Joe Kump[4]; 6. 75-Sonny Thompson[5]; 7. 15M-Chris Meyer[8]; 8. 9-Kody Jett[10]; 9. 10S-Steve Shead[13]; 10. 21D-Lenny Dallman[12]; 11. (DNF) 46C-Hamp Conley[14]; 12. (DNF) M51-Mark Steube[11]; 13. (DNF) 12-Robert Gast[7]; 14. (DNF) 25C-Donnie Chappell[6]; 15. (DNF) 1J-Jason Papp[16]; 16. (DNS) 54T-Tuck Trentham

 

The ¾ Modifieds proved they continue to produce good racing with a return to victory lane for a familiar face.

 

Patrick Varieka made his first start of the season in the ¾ modifieds and instantly showed he was the man to beat. First by winning his heat race in dominant fashion. Then, he grabbed the lead in the feature early and never relented.

 

After a late race caution with four to go, Vareika received a challenge from second place running Timmy Hogan. Hogan had the short run pace on Varieka and tried to attempt to pass him for the lead, but Vareika had the long run pace and would help him hold on to win in his return to the ¾ Modifieds in 2022.

 

1. 117-Patrick Vareika[4]; 2. 26-Timmy Hogan[6]; 3. 23K-Korbin Minchew[2]; 4. 67-Tad Olmsted[8]; 5. 23L-Lawton Minchew[3]; 6. 51-Dustin Peterson[7]; 7. 26L-Colton Lane[10]; 8. 23-Wray Shaffer[12]; 9. 32-Wryan Shaffer[11]; 10. 27-Steven Powers[13]; 11. 9-Logan Malone[15]; 12. 32P-Jesse Powers[9]; 13. 0-CR Hill[17]; 14. (DNF) 53-Rusty Young[1]; 15. (DNF) 99-Wade Olmsted[5]; 16. (DNF) 57-Nathyn Hwan[14]; 17. (DNS) 10-Ethyn Hwan

 

 

The main show of the night, the $1,500 to win in the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, showed that even the season’s top competitors can get their hands dirty with aggressive moves.

 

Throughout the 25 lap feature, the night was dominated by three guys; Seth Geary, Garret Stewart and Dalton Lanich. Most of the night was dominated by Geary with a lead of over two seconds while Stewart, Lanich and Ryan Rackley would try to secure the second spot.

 

After a late caution with four laps to go remaining, Geary would have to try and hold off his biggest title competitors on what was the last restart of the night.

 

On the restart, Stewart sent it deep on Geary going through turns one and two and would even make contact with Geary after speeding off with the lead. Rackley would then fight Geary for second while Stewart cruised to his second win of the 2022 season.

 

Showing off displeasure on the cooldown lap, Geary pulled up close to Stewart and revved his engine to show he didn’t like what he did to grab the Outlaw Shootout feature win. The win closes the gap in the championship with Stewart now 18 points behind Geary going into the halfway stretch.

 

1. 67-Garret Stewart[4]; 2. 7G-Seth Geary[2]; 3. 99-Ryan Rackley[3]; 4. 51-Dalton Lanich[5]; 5. 15-Hunter Gustafson[1]; 6. 80-Paul Shead[13]; 7. 3-Josh Sanford[7]; 8. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[6]; 9. 34P-Jim Passino[11]; 10. 34-Rob Giffen[16]; 11. 37-Eddie Scarberry[14]; 12. (DNF) 96-Kyle Arvin[12]; 13. (DNF) 3D-Makayla Tyrrell[9]; 14. (DNF) 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[10]; 15. (DNF) 24B-Dillon Buhr[8]; 16. (DNS) 39W-Brandon Wells

 

The Street Stocks was a similar case tonight like the 604 Late Models where the leaders all stayed close to each other with battles for positions all across the 20 lap feature. 

 

Jimmy Wagner, Donnie Ashford and Alan Peacock all jockied around for the top three positions throughout the feature. Peacock stayed up front for the majority of the feature with Wagner knocking down his bumper in the second spot.

 

After close calls and heartbreak in not winning in 2022, Peacock finally came home a 2022 feature winner with Wagner finishing second and Ashford third.

 

When asked about if he knew how close Wagner and Ashford were behind him, Peacock exclaimed “I kept hearing them behind me throughout the race, but never in front!”

 

Peacock’s first win of 2022 adds a cushion to his lead in the points over Bruce Griffin by 16 points.

 

1. 17-Alan Peacock[2]; 2. 17W-Jimmy Wagner[4]; 3. 66A-Donnie Ashford[1]; 4. 72-Bruce Griffin[3]; 5. 63-Chris Lawrence[7]; 6. 40-Clayton Ruth[6]; 7. 388-Glen Swiger[9]; 8. (DNF) 7R-Rick O’Steen[8]; 9. (DNF) 11K-Kameron McGauley[5]

 

In Thunder Stocks, you could be safe to call it the Justin Reynolds Show.

 

In the heat race, he made a daring three wide move to take the lead on the opening lap after starting back in the fifth spot. He went to win the heat and headed straight to the lead in the feature.

 

It wasn’t all a cakewalk though. Reynolds was challenged by Thunder Stocks star Joe Belkey. The 20 of Reynolds finished in the top three in every Thunder Stocks race he entered this season and he was ready to finally knock down the win that eluded him this season.

 

After 20 laps of close racing and hanging on to the lead, Reynolds came under the checkered flag with his first win of the 2022 season.

 

In his interview with DIRTVision, he credited the competition for keeping it clean and fun and is willing to take up sponsors that are looking to get into local dirt racing.

 

1. 20-Justin Reynolds[4]; 2. 2-Joe Belkey[6]; 3. 73J-Justin Durbin[5]; 4. 00-Shaun Daugharty[3]; 5. 13-Ron Adams[10]; 6. 30-Chris Jeune[2]; 7. 10S-Ronnie Scarberry[9]; 8. 73S-David Szczepanik[11]; 9. 38-Charles King[1]; 10. 27-Jordan Strickland[12]; 11. 96J-Scott Haas[7]; 12. (DNS) 27M-Wesley Morgan

 

The next race for Volusia Speedway Park will be the Clay Classic on June 25th. TIckets are $12 for general admission with kids 12 and under getting free admission. Tickets can be purchased at the gates and they will open on race days at 4:00PM. Hot Laps will roughly start two hours after at 6:00PM.

 

You can also watch all the action live on DIRTVision with a FastPass subscription. We’ll see you on the 25th.

Bad Fast 30 Canceled By Mother Nature

Trying as hard as possible to keep what would’ve been a big show happened to not be in Mother Nature’s planner. Many factors that hit the track before hot laps rolled through and culminated in the cancellation of the Bad Fast 30.

 

The fantastic track crews and staff did as much as they could to make the show go without rain impeding the event. However, heavy rain, close lightning and thunder forced the cancellation of the night’s program.

 

Race fans, please hold onto your tickets and passes, as they will be honored for the weekly events held at Volusia Speedway Park with the exception of special events such as the Reutimann Memorial, Sunshine Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals.

 

We will try again next weekend at the World’s Fastest Half Mile with the running of the Outlaw Shootout. Gates will open at 4:00PM with Hot Laps at 6:00PM. You can also watch all the action live on DIRTVision with a FastPass subscription. Please drive home safely.

BORN TO BE WILD: Tropical Storms Stay Away, New Drivers Race To 2022 Victory Lane

The week leading up to the Wild Card 25 was nothing short of speculation, worry and anticipation. After talks of there being a tropical storm to ravage the night of racing, there was consideration of cancellation. Instead, the track management pushed on for racing and it was the best decision to make.

 

The Wild Card name lived up to the night provided, however. Unlikely winners and new faces to the 2022 victory lane made the night special.

 

Mikey Kopka has been mentioned many times throughout the 2022 season with one question; when will he break the bad luck? The Pierson native has come close so many times and was just unable to close the deal at the end of the night. That was until the 602 late models raced last night. Barring challenges from Lenny Dallman and Travis Staats, Kopka threw the monkey off his shoulders and cashed in the $700 in his 1A machine.

 

  1. 1A-Mikey Kopka[3]; 2. 18-Austin Leamon[7]; 3. 1AR-Travis Staats[4]; 4. 99-Colton Blair[2]; 5. 21D-Lenny Dallman[1]; 6. 57-Fletcher Mason[5]; 7. 35D-Justin Dean[6]; 8. 12-Billy Gast[9]; 9. 31-Tim Swartz[8]; 10. (DNF) 47-Michael Ridgeway[12]; 11. (DNF) M51-Mark Steube[10]; 12. (DNF) 3C-Cale Gilbert[11]; 13. (DNF) 23-Jason Papp[13]

The headliner for the Wild Card was the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. A season high 22 cars made up the field for the $1,500 to win feature event. The race was controlled mostly by the 21J of Clay Harris. Harris started 5th and easily made his way up to lead the field. After a late race caution, the 21J was jumped on the restart and couldn’t make up the time lost. The man that took the race over was none other than points leader Seth Geary. Geary crossed under the line to get his third win of the season, including another tally mark to extend his points lead.

 

  1. 7G-Seth Geary[6]; 2. 67-Garret Stewart[9]; 3. 21J-Clay Harris[5]; 4. 51-Dalton Lanich[2]; 5. 15-Hunter Gustafson[4]; 6. 80-Paul Shead[1]; 7. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[11]; 8. 3S-Josh Sanford[15]; 9. 17-Patrick Vareika[7]; 10. 34P-Jim Passino[18]; 11. 3-Tony Campbell[17]; 12. 34-Rob Giffen[16]; 13. 37-Eddie Scarberry[14]; 14. (DNF) 00-Buzzie Reutimann[13]; 15. (DNF) 11P-Charlie Phillips[21]; 16. (DNF) 1P-Mike Phillips[19]; 17. (DNF) 91-Jamie Green[12]; 18. (DNF) 22K-Dale Kelley[8]; 19. (DNF) 2-Joshua Kunstbeck[22]; 20. (DNF) 18-Eric Moon[3]; 21. (DNF) 2D-Ray Durrence Jr[20]; 22. (DNS) 7S-Ronnie Chance

The 604 late models was what the event almost ended with. Past lap 11, the race was stopped for rain coming into the area. It had sprinkled a few times prior to the cars going green, but nothing too serious. Fortunately, the rain stopped and added enough water to the track to help make the track tackier and faster. For the eventual winner, David Clegg, he talked about how he thought the track would be a disadvantage to him because he had struggled in the lead prior to the rain. 

 

When the race went back green, Clegg led the final 11 laps to be completed and gets his first win of 2022 under his belt.

 

  1. 07-David Clegg[6]; 2. 5-Dustin Carter[3]; 3. 51K-Mikey Kopka[2]; 4. 721-Joe Kump[10]; 5. 75-Sonny Thompson[5]; 6. 54T-Tuck Trentham[8]; 7. 12-Robert Gast[7]; 8. 26-Bill Adkins[9]; 9. 46C-Hamp Conley[12]; 10. RP1-David Castello[13]; 11. (DNF) 10S-Steve Shead[11]; 12. (DNF) 41-Derike Bennett[4]; 13. (DNF) 11K-Joshua Kunstbeck[1]

The Thunder Stocks were led and controlled by two men all night; Shaun Daugharty and Mike Tovet. Throughout the feature. They continued swapping the lead from each other until Tovet left everyone in the dust to collect the win in a caution free event.

 

  1. 1SHOT-Mike Tovet[4]; 2. 00-Shaun Daugharty[2]; 3. 20-Justin Reynolds[3]; 4. 1-Tanner Thomas[1]; 5. 9AR-Charlie Staats[6]; 6. 30-Chris Jeune[5]; 7. 73S-David Szczepanik[8]; 8. 96J-Scott Haas[11]; 9. 10S-Ronnie Scarberry[7]; 10. 27-Wesley Morgan[9]; 11. (DNS) 38-Charles King

Jimmy Wagner made the Street Stock feature his walk in the park for the entire 20 laps. He led from green to checkered and was close to lapping the field up to third by the end of lap 20. The win makes it his second, with a points lead to now be in sight.

The next event for the World’s Fastest Half Mile is the Bad Fast 30. Gates open at 4:00, with Hot Laps to follow at 6:00. Be sure to come out, or watch the broadcasting action live on DIRTVision. We’ll see you then!

The Torment Of Mother Nature Continues, Cancels The Gator Nationals

Unfortunately, for the 3rd time this season, we have canceled a race due to torrential storms. This time was Saturday’s running of the Gator Nationals.

 

Continual rain that came in late Friday night and all throughout Saturday made the track in no good shape for it to be worked on and raced on. Saturated grounds weren’t too much of an issue until track crews came to work in the morning and Mother Nature gave the World’s Fastest Half Mile her full might. With this cancellation, we will have a bit of a break as the next race to be run is on June 4th with the Wild Card 25. Gates open at 4:00 with Hot Laps at 6:00. You can also watch the action live on DIRTVision.

A CLASSIC DOGFIGHT: Top Gun Sprint Cars Return To Volusia and The Kids School The Late Models

The return of the Top Gun Sprint Car Series, young guns claiming the late models, and fast paced action were the ingredients to what made tonight’s Top Gun Classic worth the wait.

 

Even though it doesn’t feel that long, the Top Gun Sprint Cars returned to the World’s Fastest Half Mile for their first of three races at the track for their 2022 campaign. Tonight, it was all the Danny Martin Jr show as he dominated the majority of the times he was out on track. He started the night out by winning his heat race with Brandon Grubaugh challenging at times. 

 

After an invert and starting 7th, Martin quickly made up ground and took the lead early in the program. From that point on, it was all eyes on him as he led over five seconds for the majority of the feature. Cautions and lap cars didn’t do him in either, as he led with Grubaugh behind him to take the Top Gun win. It’s his 6th win of the season, making his championship bid early in the 24 car.

 

  1. 24-Danny Martin Jr[7]; 2. G6-Brandon Grubaugh[6]; 3. 82-Garrett Green[8]; 4. 21B-Brandon McLain[4]; 5. 10TRB-Bob Martin[11]; 6. 6S-Robbie Smith[5]; 7. 26-Jeff Bye[1]; 8. 97B-Dustin Burtron[3]; 9. 14-Danny Jones[13]; 10. 67-Jacob McLain[9]; 11. 20-Frank Carlsson Jr[10]; 12. 13-Nathan Barouch[2]; 13. (DNF) 0X-Clint Weiss[12]; 14. (DNS) 32-Andrew Griffin; 15. (DNS) 12B-Bryan Eckley; 16. (DNS) 41-Matt Kurtz

 

In the 604 Late Models, it was looking to be David Clegg’s race throughout the majority of the night.. That was until Trey Mills had something to say about it.

 

Winning his heat, Mills was bound to start the night smooth. He had competition all around the 20 lap feature from Jackson Hise, Mark Fleischer and Clegg. But at the end, the fourteen year old driver took home the $1,000 check after getting past Clegg with a few laps to go.

 

  1. 14JR-Trey Mills[5]; 2. 07-David Clegg[2]; 3. 18B-Mark Fleischer[1]; 4. 388-Jackson Hise[9]; 5. 54T-Tuck Trentham[6]; 6. 51K-Mikey Kopka[4]; 7. 12-Robert Gast[13]; 8. 5-Dustin Carter[7]; 9. 51A-Larry Anderson[8]; 10. 721-Joe Kump[14]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead[11]; 12. 46C-Hamp Conley[10]; 13. (DNF) 15M-Chris Meyer[12]; 14. (DNF) 7-Jason Fitzgerald[3]

 

Mills wasn’t the only young gun to win in a late model tonight through all the chaos and excitement of the 602 Late Models. At the start of the feature, it was looking like it would be the night where Mikey Kopka would have all his gremlins sorted out and get home the win in the late models. However, Kole Platt and Jackson Hise challenged Kopka for the lead, with Platt leading the final few laps.

 

When a late race caution came out, Platt went slow on the throttle and opened the door for Hise. He took the lead going into turn one and didn’t look back the rest of the way. This marks Hise’s 2nd win at Volusia this season and could be some added momentum into the Gator Nationals.

 

  1. 388-Jackson Hise[6]; 2. 1A-Mikey Kopka[3]; 3. 44P-Kole Platt[9]; 4. M51-Mark Steube[2]; 5. 14JR-Trey Mills[4]; 6. 1AR-Travis Staats[8]; 7. 18-Austin Leamon[7]; 8. 31-Tim Swartz[1]; 9. 21D-Lenny Dallman[11]; 10. 99-Colton Blair[10]; 11. 12-Billy Gast[12]; 12. 3C-Cale Gilbert[15]; 13. (DNF) *69-Brad Fender Jr[14]; 14. (DNF) 18R-Bubba Roling[5]; 15. (DNF) 11-J R Gray[13]

 

The final two laps were nothing short of heart racing for Chris Olmstead and Timmy Hogan in the ¾ modifieds. Throughout the night, the two drivers swapped the lead through both their heat race and feature. Even with cautions being thrown almost every five laps for the chaos, it also made the show closer and exciting.

 

Coming into turn one with two to go, Timmy Hogan lost brakes and drove high into turn one, easily giving Olmstead the lead. All of a sudden after exiting turn two, Olmstead ran out of fuel and began sputtering. Hogan retook the lead and won. A closing Korbin Minchew finished second, so he will continue to lead the points.

 

  1. 26-Timmy Hogan[2]; 2. 23K-Korbin Minchew[3]; 3. 99-Wade Olmsted[7]; 4. 23L-Lawton Minchew[4]; 5. 32P-Jesse Powers[15]; 6. 26L-Colton Lane[14]; 7. 51-Dustin Peterson[6]; 8. 7-Chris Olmstead[1]; 9. 57-Nathyn Hwan[11]; 10. 0-CR Hill[16]; 11. (DNF) 21-Robert Fleming Jr[10]; 12. (DNF) 21J-Jeff Newton[12]; 13. (DNF) 72-Van Rayburn[8]; 14. (DNF) 67-Tad Olmsted[5]; 15. (DNF) 27-Steven Powers[9]; 16. (DNF) 10-Ethyn Hwan[13]

 

Finally, the Street Stocks was nothing but the Jimmy Wagner Show. The Reutimann Racing driver won his heat race earlier in the evening and was smooth the whole race. It’ll be a major gain if he continues to race for the Street Stock championship when November arrives.

 

  1. 17W-Jimmy Wagner[3]; 2. 17-Alan Peacock[1]; 3. 72-Bruce Griffin[9]; 4. Y7-Zach Yakaboski[4]; 5. 7R-Rick O’Steen[5]; 6. 11K-Kameron McGauley[10]; 7. 46F-Chuck Frater[7]; 8. 1-Patrick Thomas[6]; 9. 63-Chris Lawrence[15]; 10. 83F-Kody Fisher[14]; 11. 9-Gavin VanHoose[12]; 12. (DNF) 40-Clayton Ruth[8]; 13. (DNF) C5-Stephen Copeland[11]; 14. (DNF) 388-Walt Kahr[13]; 15. (DNF) 99-Rodney Wright[2]; 16. (DNS) B11-Buddy Higgins

 

The next race at the World’s Fastest Half Mile will be the Gator Nationals. Gates open at 4:00 with Hot Laps at 6:00. The racing will also be broadcasted live on DIRTVision. We’ll see you then!