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Bronson, Overton and Showers Jr. Victorious in Round 1 of Sunshine Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – The first race night of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was jam-packed with the Late Model racing everyone had been craving since the 2019 regular season wound down just a few months ago.

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Twenty-four 602 Late Models, 16 Florida Late Models and 41 Pro Late Models lined the Volusia Speedway Park pit areas on Thursday night for their first look of the year at the track under racing conditions. The three Features capped off what was a very entertaining night of racing at The World’s Fastest Half Mile, in which Kyle Bronson came out on top of the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Cody Overton won the 602 Late Model Feature and David Showers Jr. was victorious in the final event of the evening, the Florida Late Model Feature.

DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON

It seems as though it pays to be an ace of the Super Late Model ranks when jumping into a Pro Late Model at Volusia. Brandon, FL-native Kyle Bronson put on a dominant display of speed and car control over 25 laps as he beat out fellow Super Late Model big names Randy Weaver and Max Blair en route to his $1,500 victory.

Leading every lap, Killer put on a show out front as he grabbed the top spot on lap one and never looked back to collect the win, holding off a deep field of talent in the process.

“We’ve got a really great car, and I feel like as long as we keep the fenders on our car, we’ll have a chance to win these next couple,” Bronson said. “I’ve just got to do my job, and the car’s pretty damn good.”

The race was spotted with cautions, which meant Bronson was forced to deal with the pressure restacking behind him for each restart. But he handled those perfectly; it was a close call on lap nine that gave him his biggest challenge.

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Middleburg, FL-driver Mark Whitener had a good run going to Bronson’s inside as they dove into Turn 1. The two ended up making slight contact, which sent Whitener around right in front of the oncoming field of cars. Somehow, everyone avoided him, and Whitener rejoined the field at the tail under the ensuing caution flag. Bronson escaped unharmed and went on to win the race, while Whitener made up a ton of ground in the final 16 laps to come back and finish eighth and pick up the Hard Charger honors.

“[Whitener] said he was going to go in and try to slide me there, but I was already turned down the racetrack and he hit me in the left-rear and turned himself around, I guess,” Bronson said. “We always race hard and rub a little bit, unfortunately. But that’s the way racing goes.”

Despite redrawing fifth, Randy Weaver found himself with a little bit of work to do in the early going of the 25-lap Feature, as he slipped back on the opening circuit and crossed the line in ninth on lap two. But with some patience and a great car, he and his newly wrapped #116 made it all the way back up front to collect the runner-up spot.

He’s traveled a long way from Titusville, PA, and there was no way Max Blair was leaving Volusia without at least one podium finish this weekend. He didn’t have to wait long, as he kept his car solidly inside the top 5 through all 25 laps to complete the podium.

Winner of the race run prior to the Pro Late Models Feature, Evans, GA-native Cody Overton, was looking to climb from the back to the front over 25 laps to put the cherry atop his Thursday night. Unfortunately, his night ended on the hook, as he was on the receiving end of a nasty pile-up wreck on the initial start that forced him to retire without a single lap completed.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [1]; 2. 116-Randy Weaver [5]; 3. 111-Max Blair [8]; 4. 87-Walker Arthur [9]; 5. 6H-Clay Harris [2]; 6. 2-Trynt Lloyd [10]; 7. 5W-David Whitener [20]; 8. 5-Mark Whitener [4]; 9. 95-Brandon Williams [14]; 10. 7T-Trever Taylor [13]; 11. 313-Devin Dixon [22]; 12. J8-Jadon Frame [15]; 13. 38-Jamie Carter [19]; 14. 7A-Corey Almond [7]; 15. 1-Grant Garrison [23]; 16. 17-Nevin Gainey [18]; 17. 11-Cruz Skinner [26]; 18. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [21]; 19. 74-Mike Franklin [12]; 20. 84-Sam Halstead [25]; 21. 27-Joe Denby [11]; 22. 71-Pierce McCarter [6]; 23. 33-Jeff Mathews [16]; 24. K37-Drew Kennedy [24]; 25. 66K-Jody Knowles [3]; 26. 10RT-Cody Overton [17] Hard Charger: 5W-David Whitener[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 116-Randy Weaver, 16.997; 2. J8-Jadon Frame, 17.036; 3. 87-Walker Arthur, 17.039; 4. 111-Max Blair, 17.07; 5. 84-Sam Halstead, 17.086; 6. 6H-Clay Harris, 17.11; 7. 66K-Jody Knowles, 17.119; 8. 27-Joe Denby, 17.186; 9. 7T-Trever Taylor, 17.2; 10. 38-Jamie Carter, 17.279; 11. 38P-Trey Pearson, 17.393; 12. 4-Justin Litchford, 17.403; 13. 1-Grant Garrison, 17.492; 14. 66-Jake Knowles, 17.496; 15. 10RT-Cody Overton, 17.512; 16. 30-Todd Cooney, 17.524; 17. 7-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.591; 18. 17M-David Markham, 17.897; 19. 9-Jimmy Waldrop, 17.905; 20. 16-Tom Egner, 17.923; DQ. 26-Adam Bedenbaugh, 17.756

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 2-Trynt Lloyd, 17.032; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.05; 3. 95-Brandon Williams, 17.073; 4. 6-Dillon Brown, 17.086; 5. 71-Pierce McCarter, 17.236; 6. 5-Mark Whitener, 17.237; 7. 7A-Corey Almond, 17.244; 8. 74-Mike Franklin, 17.27; 9. 11-Cruz Skinner, 17.323; 10. 33-Jeff Mathews, 17.331; 11. 313-Devin Dixon, 17.407; 12. 14B-John Baker, 17.47; 13. 17-Nevin Gainey, 17.493; 14. 5W-David Whitener, 17.595; 15. K37-Drew Kennedy, 17.666; 16. 32-Curtis Glover, 17.754; 17. 721-Joe Kump, 17.773; 18. C71-Cody Courtney, 17.783; 19. 14-Howard Stalls, 17.943; 20. 39-Troy Dixon, 18.611

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 116-Randy Weaver [4]; 2. 66K-Jody Knowles [1]; 3. 87-Walker Arthur [3]; 4. 7T-Trever Taylor [5]; 5. 10RT-Cody Overton [8]; 6. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [10]; 7. 1-Grant Garrison [7]; 8. 84-Sam Halstead [2]; 9. 26-Adam Bedenbaugh [11]; 10. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 6H-Clay Harris [2]; 2. 111-Max Blair [3]; 3. 27-Joe Denby [1]; 4. J8-Jadon Frame [4]; 5. 38-Jamie Carter [5]; 6. 30-Todd Cooney [8]; 7. 4-Justin Litchford [6]; 8. 66-Jake Knowles [7]; 9. 16-Tom Egner [10]; 10. 17M-David Markham [9]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 7A-Corey Almond [1]; 2. 71-Pierce McCarter [2]; 3. 2-Trynt Lloyd [4]; 4. 95-Brandon Williams [3]; 5. 17-Nevin Gainey [7]; 6. 313-Devin Dixon [6]; 7. K37-Drew Kennedy [8]; 8. 11-Cruz Skinner [5]; 9. 721-Joe Kump [9]; 10. 14-Howard Stalls [10]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [4]; 2. 5-Mark Whitener [2]; 3. 74-Mike Franklin [1]; 4. 33-Jeff Mathews [5]; 5. 5W-David Whitener [7]; 6. 14B-John Baker [6]; 7. 6-Dillon Brown [3]; 8. 32-Curtis Glover [8]; 9. C71-Cody Courtney [9]; 10. 39-Troy Dixon [10]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [1]; 2. 1-Grant Garrison [3]; 3. 4-Justin Litchford [4]; 4. 17M-David Markham [10]; 5. 84-Sam Halstead [5]; 6. 16-Tom Egner [8]; 7. 26-Adam Bedenbaugh [7]; 8. 66-Jake Knowles [6]; 9. 30-Todd Cooney [2]; 10. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [9]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 313-Devin Dixon [1]; 2. K37-Drew Kennedy [3]; 3. 11-Cruz Skinner [5]; 4. 721-Joe Kump [7]; 5. 32-Curtis Glover [6]; 6. 14-Howard Stalls [9]; 7. 39-Troy Dixon [10]; 8. 14B-John Baker [2]; 9. 6-Dillon Brown [4]; 10. C71-Cody Courtney [8]

602 LATE MODELS – CODY OVERTON

Overton did, however, take home a nice check in the first Feature of the evening for his efforts behind the wheel of his #97 602 Late Model – race he won by over three seconds ahead of runner-up Bud Chauncey and podium finisher Colton Leyendecker.

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Using the low line to his advantage, Lil Sexy made a great move to the inside of Bud Chauncey on lap eight to take the lead, and the win, to kick off his 2020 season in Florida.

602 Late Model Feature (15 Laps): 1. 97 – Cody Overton; 2. 32 – Bud Chauncey; 3. 33 – Colton Leyendecker; 4. 64 – Craig Montesi; 5. 14JR – Trey Mills; 6. 58 – Tyler Clem; 7. 388 – Jackson Hise; 8. M51 – Mark Steube; 9. 5 – Dustin Carter; 10. 78 – Arthur Conquest; 11. 22 – Jonah Bozeman; 12. 97B – Garrett Bullington; 13. 3 – Raymond Folwell; 14. 07 – Landon Lungren; 15. 31 – Donnie Birdwell; 16. 28 – Brandon Elwood; 17. 98 – Cody Allen; 18. 02 – Sean Babcock; 19. 17S – Brenden Smith; 20. 23 – Jerrold Stepp; 21. 5B – Colby Boyett; 22. 9X – Chad Evans; 23. Wiley McDaniel, Jr.; 24. 18 – Jared Allison

FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR.

For most of the 20-lap Feature race, teenage pilot Bubba Whitener seemed to have had the Thursday night Feature locked up. Until he reached lap 13.

Trying to get around slower traffic on the high-side, Whitener came up on a car just before the flag stand and made heavy contact, sending the lapped car into the inside wall and severely damaging his own. Whitener went off on the hook, which handed the lead over to David Showers Jr., who took it and led the rest of the way for his first-ever Late Model victory.

Florida Late Model Feature (20 Laps): 1. 18 – David Showers, Jr.; 2. 17 – Richard Ferry; 3. 29 – Cameron Saunders; 4. 007 – Dusty Sparkman; 5. 40 – Adam Bennett; 6. 18A – Jared Allison; 7. 5MC – Robert Gast; 8. 54 – Terry Bronson; 9. 98 – Johnny Allen; 10. 68 – Ken Ellefson; 11. 5 – Bubba Whitener; 12. 26 – Bill Adkins; 13. 11K – Josh Kunstbeck; 14. 15 – John Bledsoe; 15. 59 – Brandon Catto; 16. 33 – TJ Evans

UP NEXT

The Sunshine Nationals action continues from Volusia on Friday night with round two of racing. Hot Laps begin at 5:15pm ET on DIRTVision!

Drivers Gearing Up for DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Jan. 16-18 at Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FL — The weather might be dreary in many parts of the country, but a quick glance at the week ahead for Volusia Speedway Park is showing beautiful low-80 temperatures, perfect for the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Jan. 16-18 at the World’s Fastest Half Mile that sits just west of Daytona Beach.

The event featuring three divisions of Dirt Late Models is drawing competitors from across the country to take on the Southeast’s best.

Among those is Sam Halstead, a DIRTcar Pro Late Model racer who hails from New London, Iowa, and regularly competes in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri. He’ll add Florida to the list next week.

“I’ve always been wanting to race in Florida for the last five, six years,” said Halstead, a winner on the opening night of last October’s DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. “I just decided I better do it now, or I’ll never do it.”

He worked on the crew for a friend’s DIRTcar UMP Modified in 2018 at Volusia, but Magnolia Motor Speedway in Mississippi is the farthest south he’s ever raced.

He’s headed to Volusia looking to make it worth his while, too.

“Winning it!” Halstead said of his main goal. “I’m also looking forward to the warm weather. … I’m getting older, and decided if I’m ever going to do it, I better do it now. If I don’t do it this year, I won’t ever do it.”

Halstead will be competing in the Pro Late Model class, which is one of three along with Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models that will have Feature events each night of competition for nine total chances to win over the three days.

Click here for the Competitor Guide, Entry Form and Frequently Asked Questions.

Tickets are $20 for Adults on Thursday, Jan. 16, and Friday, Jan. 17. Tickets on Saturday, Jan. 18, are $25. Kids under 12 are FREE in the grandstands all three days. Tickets are available at the track. Camping is also available for $25 per day.

There will be an open practice night on Wednesday, Jan. 15. On Thursday, Jan. 16, and Friday, Jan. 17, grandstands open at 5 p.m., Hot Laps are at 5:15, Opening Ceremonies slated for 6:50 p.m. followed by Heat Races, Last Chance Showdowns and Features. On Saturday, Jan. 18, grandstands open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps at 5:30, Opening Ceremonies at 6:50 followed by Heat Races, Last Chance Showdowns and Features. The final race of the event will be the $10,000-to-win Pro Late Model Feature.

For more information, visit DIRTcar.com and click the links to Sunshine Nationals.

Dirt Late Model Racers Prepping for Sunshine Nationals at Volusia

DeLEON SPRINGS, FL — Dirt Late Model racers have circled Jan. 16-18, 2020, on their calendars for the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Three complete nights of action featuring DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models are nearing as DIRTcar officials posted the complete competitor guide and Entry Form this week.

COMPETITOR GUIDE

Fans have been filling grandstands across the Southeast to watch Dirt Late Model racing, and now they have the unique opportunity to see this special event in January at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile dirt track, just outside of Daytona Beach, FL.

A practice night on Wednesday, Jan. 15, will precede the Sunshine Nationals, giving all competitors a chance to dial in their cars before the action counts. Points will be tracked throughout the event and a champion of each division will be crowned at the conclusion of Saturday night’s races, including the $10,000-to-win DIRTcar Pro Late Model Feature.

Reserved camping is available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX, all tickets and pit passes will be available at the gate.

Stay tuned to DIRTcar Racing on Facebook and Twitter for late-breaking news and updates.

Florida’s Family Owned Bozard Ford Becomes Presenting Sponsor of DIRTcar Nationals

DELEON SPRINGS, FL — Bozard Ford has been a Florida family tradition for 70 years, and now they’ll become sponsor of the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Feb. 4-15, 2020, at Volusia Speedway Park.

A family owned and operated dealership based in St. Augustine since 1949, Bozard Ford has received numerous awards for quality and customer service, making it a perfect partner for the DIRTcar Nationals, which is one of racing’s most fan-friendly events each season with free fan pit passes available each night to see the competitors up close.

“Being part of the community is extremely important to us at Bozard Ford, and we’ve seen how popular and successful our partnerships in motorsports have been,” said Bozard’s Vice President, Letti Bozard. “DIRTcar Nationals is an incredible event, the biggest dirt race in the Southeast. We can’t wait to get involved and help spread the excitement throughout the region and beyond.”

“As much as Bozard Ford is a key partner in its Florida communities, it has also become a significant part of the racing community, and we’re excited for our fans at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard to learn more about why they’re such an outstanding organization,” DIRTcar Racing CMO Ben Geisler said. “When it’s February, we know many of our fans travel to Florida and we encourage them to check out Bozard Ford’s beautiful dealership in St. Augustine as they head toward Volusia.”

In addition to working with DIRTcar Racing, Bozard Ford also sponsors several teams across the country, including Blake Spencer and Chase Junghans on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series.

Visit Bozard Ford at BozardFord.com, and reserve seats for the DIRTcar Nationals at DIRTcarNationals.com.

Volusia Speedway Park to Host The Dunlop Florida Fall Classic Flat Track Motorcycle Event during Daytona Biketoberfest

CENTER HILL, FL – Johnny Lewis, American Flat Track race winner and Moto Anatomy training school founder, announces that newly formed organization Flat Track Futures will hold the inaugural Dunlop Florida Fall Classic at Volusia Speedway Park. The American Motorcyclist Association sanctioned Feature Event will take place October 17-20th, 2019, the same week as Biketoberfest which typically attracts over 100,000 riders to the surrounding area for the week-long festivities.

The Dunlop Florida Fall Classic is geared to showcase the talents of amateur flat track racers from across the USA and abroad with nationwide media coverage at a premier racing facility.

Lewis comments, “I’ve been running Moto Antomy training programs throughout North America and Europe working with a range of riders for 4 years now. I’ve come to realize there is a crucial need for an amateur orientated series that can showcase these riders and their incredible talents while gaining exposure required to connect with sponsors. I plan to establish a premier level amateur national series that provides young riders the tools to join the American Flat Track ranks when their time comes. My overall goal is to build an even stronger grass roots flat track community.”

The multiple day event will feature a fan zone including demo rides, free camping, live music and entertainment, vendors, concessions, and of course access to watch 12 classes of flat track racing competition. American Flat Track spec tire manufacturer Dunlop Motorcycle Tires has signed on to support the event as title sponsor. Dunlop will soon be announcing details on how racers can earn their spot on the Team Dunlop Amateur Flat Track Support program for 2020 through the Florida Fall Classic.

Moto Anatomy will also be hosting a two part event that will take place over two days with guest speakers from inside and outside the industry. The Summit will include demonstrations, visual seminars, and question & answer discussions with top professionals in their respective fields ranging from technical training set up tips to motivational speakers, athlete marketing and professionalism, and much more.

More information about the Dunlop Florida Fall Classic and pre-registration as well as a second November event at Travelers Rest Speedway will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit flattrackfutures.com to sign up for updates.

About Flat Track Futures
Flat Track Futures is an amateur racing organization sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association. It was established to provide a premier level experience to youth Flat Track racers and offers an accelerated path to the professional ranks of American Flat Track while exposing upcoming talent to media and potential sponsors.Visit www.flattrackfutures.com or follow @flattrackfutures.

The All-New Sunshine Nationals Kicks Off Next Season Jan. 16-18 at Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — DIRTcar Racing will kick off the 2020 season with the all-new DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Jan. 16-18 at Volusia Speedway Park. The event will feature DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models racing for a total purse of nearly $100,000, including a $10,000-to-win finale for Pro Late Models.

The DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals includes Feature events for all three classes each night at the Worlds’ Fastest Half Mile Dirt Track, with points assigned to results on the first two nights that will set the field for the Saturday finales, similar to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Firecracker 100 weekend.

“Dirt late models are an important part of DIRTcar Racing, and we are excited to showcase them in January at Volusia with the Sunshine Nationals a few weeks ahead of the DIRTcar Nationals,” DIRTcar Racing COO Tom Deery said. “With the number of late models running the 602 and 604 motors, especially in the southeast, we felt it was time for them to be the focus of an event like this one. For those further north, where winter is going to be around well into March and April, this gives them a chance to break free from cabin fever, head to Florida for a vacation and go racing.”

Just like the DIRTcar Nationals in February, gates will open each day at 5 p.m., with on-track action beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets and camping for the event are on sale now through the ticket link at DIRTcarNationals.com.

A practice night on Wednesday, Jan. 15, will precede the Sunshine Nationals, giving all competitors a chance to get dialed in before the action counts.

For information as the event draws closer, make sure to visit DIRTcar.com, and stay tuned to DIRTcar Racing on Facebook and Twitter.