Bronson Three-Peats, Leyendecker and Sparkman Win on Night #3 of Sunshine Nationals at Volusia

BARBERVILLE, FL – Three days of Dirt Late Model racing in the Sunshine State came to an exciting finish on Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park when Kyle Bronson completed the weekend sweep of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model class after a thrilling battle with Michael Page to capture the $10,000 Sunshine Nationals finale check.

Completing Saturday night’s action were two other action-packed Features in which Colton Leyendecker traded in back-to-back third-place finishes for a win in the 602 Late Model division while Dusty Sparkman got his first career win at Volusia in the Florida Late Model Feature.

DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON

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A member of the invading “Super Late Model regulars” club this weekend, Brandon, FL’s Kyle Bronson was a big favorite to win it all right from the get-go. And he did just that.

The 29-year-old wheelman known as Killer never lost his focus throughout the entire event. Not once. He was fastest overall on practice night, set fast time in Qualifying on Friday night, won all but one of his Heat races and was victorious in all three Features. Utter domination.

One notable regarding his wins – each one was increasingly more challenging than the last. That notion really came to the forefront in Saturday night’s drive to Victory Lane, when he was forced to drive through fellow Super Late Model guru Michael Page to earn it. And make no mistake, Page really, really made Bronson work for it.

Right at the drop of the green, Page made a beeline for the lead as he proceeded to grab it and lead the field around to complete the first lap. Starting right behind Page, Bronson followed him and broke away from the pack a few laps later to start their high-speed battle for the top spot.

Bronson threw the first of many traded slide-jobs between the two on lap 10, clipping Page’s nose as he drove on by. On a restart just three laps later, Page returned the favor by getting into Bronson’s left-rear on a failed pass attempt in Turn 1.

“I slid [Page] and he kinda got in the back of me, but it was just hard racing,” Bronson said. “He hit me in the left-rear, just trying hard, and when he did it bent my left-rear wheel.”

“We’re both as hard of a racer as the other,” Page said. “I just felt that, on a racetrack that was wide, [Bronson] just kinda came in there and thought he had me cleared but he didn’t. It knocked the steering wheel out of my hands.”

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The next restart restacked the field and refocused Page, as he threw a slide-job of his own, which Bronson countered by crossing-over as they raced out of Turn 2. The second of two red flags was displayed as they entered turn three, and there the leaders sat, parked right next to each other amidst the stoppage, discussing their intentions.

“It just rubbed me the wrong way because the last time we raced, [Bronson] did the same so I returned the favor, maybe a little worse, but we stopped down there and I told him,” Page said. “We talked for a minute and I said, ‘let’s race.’ And after that, we raced. I don’t know if you could have raced anybody harder after that.”

“We were just telling each other how much we loved each other and were ready to drink a beer after the races,” Bronson joked.

Sitting inside of his Baird Truck and Trailer Sales #18X, Page was dreading the time spent not moving, as the gamble he took on tire selection for the 30-lap Feature did not appear to be working to his advantage.

“The red flags killed it. I went on hard tires so they kinda sealed-up on me. Every time the car would come back in, the yellow would come out,” Page said.

Meanwhile, an unfortunate situation was developing right underneath Bronson’s #40B as they sat parked on the track, waiting for cleanup to conclude. The contact Bronson’s left-rear tire received from Page’s nose on the earlier restart resulted in a slow leak, and Bronson could hear the clock ticking as they awaited the next restart.

“My tire was going flat since lap 14, and then we had the red flag after that,” Bronson said. “I was praying we went back green [quick] because I could hear my tire leaking. Then it finally blew out coming to the checkered.”

“It didn’t officially blow all the way out until the last lap there, we were racing on probably a pound or two of air,” Bronson added.

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In the end, the tire held up… at least, as long as it needed to for Bronson to see the checkers. He battled with the Georgian for several more laps after the red, again trading slide-jobs for the lead before lap 20. Another restart with 13 laps remaining threw Brandon Williams into the mix, who Bronson was also able to put behind him as he drove to his third checkered flag in three nights.

All-in-all, the Bronson v. Page battle was settled 100 percent on the racetrack. They may have beaten and banged their cars up quite a bit before all was said and done, but the greatest sight of all may have been in Victory Lane, where the two smiled and shook hands in front of the crowded Volusia bleachers and DIRTVision cameras.

“He knows how I felt and I know how he felt,” Page said. “Instead of going around and talking to everybody else about it, we worked it out like you’re supposed to as a racer.”

Williams brought out the final caution flag of the race with four laps remaining and dropped out due to an ill-timed mechanical failure, crumpling his best run of the weekend. Arthur Walked capped off his solid weekend with his first podium finish, and Jason Fitzgerald rebounded from being a part of the second red flag incident to come back and finish fifth.

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Randy Weaver was strong all weekend but couldn’t find his mojo when it mattered most; settling for seventh after starting outside pole in the finale. Ashton Winger joined the Pro Late Model field for a chance at the 10-grand on Saturday, and had a decent run going early, but was on the receiving end of a nasty barrel-rolling flip in Turn 2 that ended his night. He, and every other driver involved, walked away under his own power.

Feature (30 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [5]; 2. 18X-Michael Page [3]; 3. 87-Walker Arthur [1]; 4. 5-Mark Whitener [21]; 5. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [4]; 6. 111-Max Blair [11]; 7. 116-Randy Weaver [2]; 8. 14H-Cory Hedgecock [23]; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd [9]; 10. 6-Dillon Brown [7]; 11. 17-Nevin Gainey [24]; 12. 7A-Corey Almond [8]; 13. 71-Pierce McCarter [13]; 14. 11-Cruz Skinner [12]; 15. 74-Mike Franklin [17]; 16. 38P-Trey Pearson [20]; 17. 33-Jeff Mathews [15]; 18. 84-Sam Halstead [19]; 19. 95-Brandon Williams [10]; 20. 66-Jake Knowles [6]; 21. 9-Ashton Winger [22]; 22. J8-Jadon Frame [16]; 23. K37-Drew Kennedy [14]; 24. 7T-Trever Taylor [18]; 25. 4-Justin Litchford [26]; 26. 66K-Jody Knowles [25] Hard Charger: 5-Mark Whitener[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.21; 2. 111-Max Blair, 17.377; 3. 71-Pierce McCarter, 17.491; 4. 7-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.503; 5. 2-Trynt Lloyd, 17.507; 6. 7A-Corey Almond, 17.545; 7. 18X-Michael Page, 17.556; 8. 84-Sam Halstead, 17.59; 9. 44-John Ruggerio, 17.593; 10. 14H-Cory Hedgecock, 17.633; 11. 74-Mike Franklin, 17.719; 12. 38-Jamie Carter, 17.726; 13. 14B-John Baker, 17.75; 14. 66K-Jody Knowles, 17.864; 15. 6H-Clay Harris, 17.904; 16. 33-Jeff Mathews, 17.912; 17. 20-Owen Osteen, 17.917; 18. 5-Mark Whitener, 17.946; 19. C71-Cody Courtney, 18.173; 20. 313-Devin Dixon, 18.186; 21. 17M-David Markham, 18.345; 22. 16-Tom Egner, 18.892

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 7T-Trever Taylor, 17.018; 2. 11-Cruz Skinner, 17.045; 3. 95-Brandon Williams, 17.22; 4. J8-Jadon Frame, 17.266; 5. 6-Dillon Brown, 17.309; 6. 87-Walker Arthur, 17.314; 7. 66-Jake Knowles, 17.341; 8. 116-Randy Weaver, 17.349; 9. 721-Joe Kump, 17.456; 10. 38P-Trey Pearson, 17.468; 11. K37-Drew Kennedy, 17.502; 12. 4-Justin Litchford, 17.541; 13. 30-Todd Cooney, 17.701; 14. 17-Nevin Gainey, 17.735; 15. 5W-David Whitener, 17.759; 16. 1-Grant Garrison, 17.812; 17. 27-Joe Denby, 17.917; 18. 14-Howard Stalls, 17.984; 19. 32-Curtis Glover, 18.097; 20. 39-Troy Dixon, 18.308; 21. 9-Ashton Winger, 18.443

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 18X-Michael Page [1]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson [4]; 3. 2-Trynt Lloyd [2]; 4. 71-Pierce McCarter [3]; 5. 74-Mike Franklin [6]; 6. 44-John Ruggerio [5]; 7. 6H-Clay Harris [8]; 8. 20-Owen Osteen [9]; 9. 17M-David Markham [11]; 10. 14B-John Baker [7]; 11. C71-Cody Courtney [10]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 7A-Corey Almond [2]; 2. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [3]; 3. 111-Max Blair [4]; 4. 33-Jeff Mathews [8]; 5. 84-Sam Halstead [1]; 6. 5-Mark Whitener [9]; 7. 38-Jamie Carter [6]; 8. 14H-Cory Hedgecock [5]; 9. 313-Devin Dixon [10]; 10. 66K-Jody Knowles [7]; 11. 16-Tom Egner [11]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 6-Dillon Brown [2]; 2. 66-Jake Knowles [1]; 3. 95-Brandon Williams [3]; 4. K37-Drew Kennedy [6]; 5. 7T-Trever Taylor [4]; 6. 721-Joe Kump [5]; 7. 9-Ashton Winger [11]; 8. 32-Curtis Glover [10]; 9. 30-Todd Cooney [7]; 10. 27-Joe Denby [9]; 11. 5W-David Whitener [8]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 116-Randy Weaver [1]; 2. 87-Walker Arthur [2]; 3. 11-Cruz Skinner [4]; 4. J8-Jadon Frame [3]; 5. 38P-Trey Pearson [5]; 6. 4-Justin Litchford [6]; 7. 17-Nevin Gainey [7]; 8. 1-Grant Garrison [8]; 9. 14-Howard Stalls [9]; 10. 39-Troy Dixon [10]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 5-Mark Whitener [2]; 2. 14H-Cory Hedgecock [6]; 3. 44-John Ruggerio [1]; 4. 38-Jamie Carter [4]; 5. 6H-Clay Harris [3]; 6. 313-Devin Dixon [8]; 7. 14B-John Baker [9]; 8. 17M-David Markham [7]; 9. 16-Tom Egner [12]; 10. 66K-Jody Knowles [10]; 11. C71-Cody Courtney [11]; 12. 20-Owen Osteen [5]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 9-Ashton Winger [3]; 2. 17-Nevin Gainey [4]; 3. 32-Curtis Glover [5]; 4. 1-Grant Garrison [6]; 5. 30-Todd Cooney [7]; 6. 721-Joe Kump [1]; 7. 4-Justin Litchford [2]; 8. 14-Howard Stalls [8]; 9. 27-Joe Denby [9]; 10. 39-Troy Dixon [10]; 11. 5W-David Whitener [11]

602 LATE MODELS – COLTON LEYENDECKER

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After finishing third twice in the first two races over the weekend, Leyendecker finally pulled it off and picked up the win in the final 602 Late Model Feature of the inaugural Sunshine Nationals.

Driving past Raymond Folwell on lap five, Leyendecker grabbed the lead and never looked back, holding off Thursday night’s winner, Cody Overton, for the $1,500 check. For his consistent efforts throughout the weekend, Leyendecker was also crowned the Sunshine Nationals miniseries champion of his division.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 33-Colton Leyendecker [1]; 2. 97-Cody Overton [21]; 3. 58-Tyler Clem [4]; 4. 5-Dustin Carter [3]; 5. 5B-Colby Boyett [8]; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel [22]; 7. 32-Bud Chancey [2]; 8. M51-Mark Steube [17]; 9. 64-Craig Montesi [14]; 10. 97B-Garrett Bullington [13]; 11. 28-Brandon Elwood [19]; 12. 3-Raymond Folwell [6]; 13. 31-Donnie Birdwell [23]; 14. 27K-Timmie King [18]; 15. OO-Louis Ledlow [15]; 16. 388-Jackson Hise [12]; 17. 98-Cody Allen [10]; 18. 9X-Chad Evans [20]; 19. 17S-Brenden Smith [9]; 20. 78-Arthur Conquest [11]; 21. 14JR-Trey Mills [5]; 22. O7-Landon Lungren [7]; 23. O2-Sean Babcock [16] Hard Charger: 97-Cody Overton[+19]

Qualifying 1. 14JR-Trey Mills, 18.869; 2. 5B-Colby Boyett, 19.697; 3. 27K-Timmie King, 19.698; 4. O7-Landon Lungren, 19.731; 5. 78-Arthur Conquest, 19.746; 6. 33-Colton Leyendecker, 19.757; 7. 58-Tyler Clem, 19.872; 8. 5-Dustin Carter, 19.916; 9. 3-Raymond Folwell, 20.097; 10. 98-Cody Allen, 20.101; 11. 32-Bud Chancey, 20.117; 12. 17S-Brenden Smith, 20.22; 13. 97B-Garrett Bullington, 20.37; 14. 31-Donnie Birdwell, 20.477; 15. 97-Cody Overton, 20.542; 16. O2-Sean Babcock, 20.897; 17. 64-Craig Montesi, 21.147; 18. 388-Jackson Hise, 21.364; 19. 28-Brandon Elwood, 21.401; 20. M51-Mark Steube, 21.645; 21. OO-Louis Ledlow, 22.067; 22. 25-Wiley McDaniel, 22.506; 23. 9X-Chad Evans, NT

Heat #1 (6 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 58-Tyler Clem [2]; 2. 14JR-Trey Mills [4]; 3. O7-Landon Lungren [3]; 4. 98-Cody Allen [1]; 5. 97B-Garrett Bullington [5]; 6. O2-Sean Babcock [6]; 7. 28-Brandon Elwood [7]; 8. 25-Wiley McDaniel [8]

Heat #2 (6 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 32-Bud Chancey [1]; 2. 5-Dustin Carter [2]; 3. 5B-Colby Boyett [4]; 4. 78-Arthur Conquest [3]; 5. 64-Craig Montesi [6]; 6. M51-Mark Steube [7]; 7. 9X-Chad Evans [8]; 8. 31-Donnie Birdwell [5]

Heat #3 (6 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 3-Raymond Folwell [2]; 2. 33-Colton Leyendecker [3]; 3. 17S-Brenden Smith [1]; 4. 388-Jackson Hise [6]; 5. OO-Louis Ledlow [7]; 6. 27K-Timmie King [4]; 7. 97-Cody Overton [5]

FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DUSTY SPARKMAN

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It was almost a three-peat in two different classes over the weekend, but Sparkman put a stop to that by winning the final Florida Late Model Feature in dominating fashion, leading the final 14 laps to earn his first-ever victory in a Late Model of any kind.

Thursday and Friday night’s winner, David Showers Jr., finished sixth and was crowned the miniseries champion of the division by way of his three top-10 results.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [4]; 2. 27-Bruce Harvey [10]; 3. 41-Derike Bennett [5]; 4. 1A-Richard Pratt [11]; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [7]; 6. 18-David Showers [15]; 7. 29-Cameron Saunders [13]; 8. 6-Clay Bedenbaugh [1]; 9. 5MC-Robert Gast [8]; 10. 15-John Bledsoe [9]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead [17]; 12. 51-Holt Pipkin [14]; 13. 98-Johnny Allen [12]; 14. 45-Chuck Jackson [16]; 15. 54-Terry Bronson [3]; 16. 22-William Thomas [20]; 17. 17-Richard Ferry [2]; 18. 18A-Jared Allison [6]; 19. 68-Ken Ellefson [18]; 20. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [19] Hard Charger: 18-David Showers[+9]

Qualifying 1. 17-Richard Ferry, 17.569; 2. OO7-Dusty Sparkman, 18.305; 3. 18-David Showers, 18.346; 4. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh, 18.543; 5. 1A-Richard Pratt, 18.645; 6. 54-Terry Bronson, 18.647; 7. 6-Clay Bedenbaugh, 18.671; 8. 18A-Jared Allison, 18.697; 9. 41-Derike Bennett, 18.736; 10. 27-Bruce Harvey, 18.741; 11. 5MC-Robert Gast, 18.808; 12. 15-John Bledsoe, 18.997; 13. 29-Cameron Saunders, 19.022; 14. 10S-Steve Shead, 19.53; 15. 98-Johnny Allen, 19.985; 16. 45-Chuck Jackson, 20.707; 17. 51-Holt Pipkin, 21.266; 18. 68-Ken Ellefson, NT; 19. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck, NT; 20. 22-William Thomas, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 6-Clay Bedenbaugh [2]; 2. 17-Richard Ferry [4]; 3. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [3]; 4. 27-Bruce Harvey [1]; 5. 29-Cameron Saunders [5]; 6. 45-Chuck Jackson [6]; 7. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [7]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 18A-Jared Allison [2]; 2. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [4]; 3. 5MC-Robert Gast [1]; 4. 1A-Richard Pratt [3]; 5. 51-Holt Pipkin [6]; 6. 10S-Steve Shead [5]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer 1. 41-Derike Bennett [2]; 2. 54-Terry Bronson [3]; 3. 15-John Bledsoe [1]; 4. 98-Johnny Allen [5]; 5. 18-David Showers [4]; 6. 68-Ken Ellefson [6]

UP NEXT

DIRTcar Racing hits Volusia Speedway Park again on Feb. 4 with the UMP Modifieds to kick-off the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Tickets are on sale now.

DIRTVision will also be live all throughout DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 4-15, for viewers to watch every lap in every race of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series, All-Star Circuit of Champions and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds’ visit to The World’s Fastest Half Mile.

Two Repeat Winners, One New Victor in Night #2 of Volusia’s Sunshine Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Night #2 of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was a very telling tale of who the Saturday night finale contenders will be, with two repeat winners, almost a third, on Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park.

Kyle Bronson was one of two drivers to double-up on Friday night, making a big move for the lead underneath Jadon Frame on a restart to get the edge, which he carried all the way back to the checkered flag for his second consecutive DIRTcar Pro Late Model win at Volusia. Likewise, David Showers Jr. went back-to-back in the Florida Late Model division, just one night after scoring his very first win in a Late Model, and Bud Chancey took advantage of an engine malfunction out front to claim his first 602 Late Model win at The World’s Fastest Half Mile.

DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON

It was a case of déjà vu on the podium of the Pro Late Model Feature on Friday night, as Bronson led the final 20 laps and beat out fellow Super Late Model stars Randy Weaver and Max Blair. However, Bronson had to work for it a bit, compared to Thursday night.

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Killer jetted out to the runner-up spot within two laps of the race, giving chase to leader Jadon Frame. A restart on lap five put Bronson’s #40B on Frame’s rear bumper as they dove into turn one, Bronson with a big run to Frame’s inside. The two made contact that ended with Frame in the wall and Bronson racing off, unharmed.

“I kept getting under the guy, and he kept turning left on me, but I really didn’t have position to finish him off with the way these Crate motors run around here,” Bronson said. “When I finally got position on him, I felt like I was about a half-car ahead of him. I went to do a slide-job on him and, I don’t really know if he just stayed in the gas or hit a slick spot and hit the fence or whatever happened.”

Frame left the track on the hook as Bronson stayed out and led the rest of the way to collect $2,000 for the win. Bronson admitted he and Frame touched as they battled for the lead out of Turn 2, but also said what followed was just the product of the drive to win.

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“I hate what happened, but in my shoes, if I had to do anything over again, I wouldn’t change nothing I did. I wish the outcome would have been a little bit different, but that’s the way it goes. We come to win these races; I’m driving my butt off to win these races. [My team] are giving me a damn good car, so I’ve just got to do my job,” Bronson said.

“There definitely was contact, 100 percent. It wasn’t anything crazy, just a deal that I feel like on these Crate cars, when someone gets their quarter-panel to your left-front, it’s time to check. Or, stay out there and wreck yourself – kinda what [Frame] did,” Bronson added.

Randy Weaver had another solid drive to a runner-up finish, this time from much further back, starting 9th and dropping back to 12th on the first lap. He made patient moves through the field and used the well-timed yellows to catch the leaders within 15 laps to score his second podium finish of the weekend.

Max Blair held his car inside the top-five for most of the race, dropping back to seventh after the lap five restart, but was able to rebound for another third-place finish. For a short time, the Titusville, PA-native held the runner-up spot before Weaver tracked him down and passed him with what could have been the fastest car on the track, next to Bronson.

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Douglasville, GA’s Super Late Model guru Michael Page finally brought out his #18X on day two of competition and joined the field as one of the favorites on the roster. His first night on track, however, did not go as he had planned, as his race ended by stopping at the topside of turn two with a mechanical failure.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [3]; 2. 116-Randy Weaver [9]; 3. 111-Max Blair [6]; 4. 66-Jake Knowles [1]; 5. 17-Nevin Gainey [12]; 6. 7T-Trever Taylor [14]; 7. 7A-Corey Almond [10]; 8. 95-Brandon Williams [5]; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd [11]; 10. 313-Devin Dixon [22]; 11. 30-Todd Cooney [24]; 12. 5W-David Whitener [16]; 13. 38-Jamie Carter [13]; 14. 14B-John Baker [19]; 15. 11-Cruz Skinner [25]; 16. 33-Jeff Mathews [21]; 17. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [26]; 18. 87-Walker Arthur [8]; 19. 38P-Trey Pearson [23]; 20. 71-Pierce McCarter [17]; 21. 84-Sam Halstead [15]; 22. 5-Mark Whitener [2]; 23. 6-Dillon Brown [20]; 24. 18X-Michael Page [7]; 25. 6H-Clay Harris [18]; 26. J8-Jadon Frame [4] Hard Charger: 30-Todd Cooney[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.058; 2. 2-Trynt Lloyd, 17.553; 3. 116-Randy Weaver, 17.566; 4. 95-Brandon Williams, 17.581; 5. 38P-Trey Pearson, 17.597; 6. 84-Sam Halstead, 17.618; 7. J8-Jadon Frame, 17.638; 8. 5-Mark Whitener, 17.674; 9. 38-Jamie Carter, 17.693; 10. 14B-John Baker, 17.837; 11. 71-Pierce McCarter, 17.901; 12. 10RT-Cody Overton, 17.97; 13. 44-John Ruggerio, 17.991; 14. 33-Jeff Mathews, 18.066; 15. K37-Drew Kennedy, 18.073; 16. 1-Grant Garrison, 18.106; 17. 74-Mike Franklin, 18.269; 18. 9-Jimmy Waldrop, 18.328; 19. 17M-David Markham, 18.351; 20. 16-Tom Egner, 19.076; 21. 39-Troy Dixon, 19.614; DQ. 14-Howard Stalls, 18.52

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 18X-Michael Page, 17.322; 2. 111-Max Blair, 17.336; 3. 7A-Corey Almond, 17.385; 4. 6-Dillon Brown, 17.471; 5. 7T-Trever Taylor, 17.479; 6. 5W-David Whitener, 17.485; 7. 66-Jake Knowles, 17.494; 8. 87-Walker Arthur, 17.513; 9. 7-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.522; 10. 27-Joe Denby, 17.572; 11. 6H-Clay Harris, 17.714; 12. 17-Nevin Gainey, 17.715; 13. 30-Todd Cooney, 17.745; 14. 721-Joe Kump, 17.778; 15. 313-Devin Dixon, 17.786; 16. 4-Justin Litchford, 17.822; 17. 20-Owen Osteen, 17.881; 18. 66K-Jody Knowles, 17.963; 19. 32-Curtis Glover, 18.087; 20. C71-Cody Courtney, 18.204; 21. 11-Cruz Skinner, 22.268

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [4]; 2. J8-Jadon Frame [1]; 3. 116-Randy Weaver [3]; 4. 38-Jamie Carter [5]; 5. 71-Pierce McCarter [6]; 6. K37-Drew Kennedy [8]; 7. 38P-Trey Pearson [2]; 8. 17M-David Markham [10]; 9. 44-John Ruggerio [7]; 10. 74-Mike Franklin [9]; 11. 39-Troy Dixon [11]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 5-Mark Whitener [1]; 2. 95-Brandon Williams [3]; 3. 2-Trynt Lloyd [4]; 4. 84-Sam Halstead [2]; 5. 14B-John Baker [5]; 6. 33-Jeff Mathews [7]; 7. 10RT-Cody Overton [6]; 8. 1-Grant Garrison [8]; 9. 14-Howard Stalls [11]; 10. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [9]; 11. 16-Tom Egner [10]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 66-Jake Knowles [1]; 2. 18X-Michael Page [4]; 3. 7A-Corey Almond [3]; 4. 7T-Trever Taylor [2]; 5. 6H-Clay Harris [6]; 6. 30-Todd Cooney [7]; 7. 313-Devin Dixon [8]; 8. 11-Cruz Skinner [11]; 9. 32-Curtis Glover [10]; 10. 20-Owen Osteen [9]; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [5]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer 1. 87-Walker Arthur [1]; 2. 111-Max Blair [4]; 3. 17-Nevin Gainey [6]; 4. 5W-David Whitener [2]; 5. 6-Dillon Brown [3]; 6. 4-Justin Litchford [8]; 7. 66K-Jody Knowles [9]; 8. 721-Joe Kump [7]; 9. C71-Cody Courtney [10]; 10. 27-Joe Denby [5]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 33-Jeff Mathews [2]; 2. 38P-Trey Pearson [3]; 3. K37-Drew Kennedy [1]; 4. 10RT-Cody Overton [4]; 5. 17M-David Markham [5]; 6. 44-John Ruggerio [7]; 7. 1-Grant Garrison [6]; 8. 14-Howard Stalls [8]; 9. 74-Mike Franklin [9]; 10. 16-Tom Egner [12]; 11. 39-Troy Dixon [11]; 12. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [10]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 313-Devin Dixon [3]; 2. 30-Todd Cooney [1]; 3. 4-Justin Litchford [2]; 4. 721-Joe Kump [6]; 5. 11-Cruz Skinner [5]; 6. 20-Owen Osteen [9]; 7. 32-Curtis Glover [7]; 8. C71-Cody Courtney [8]; 9. 66K-Jody Knowles [4]; 10. 27-Joe Denby [10]; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [11]

FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR.

He may have had the win handed to him on Thursday night when leader Bubba Whitener wrecked while leading, but make no mistake, David Showers Jr. had to work for his second-ever win in a Late Model on Friday night.

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Taking the lead on lap one, Showers nearly ran away with the show in the early going, but Whitener tracked him down and put the pressure on in the final laps to make it an exciting chase for the finish line. Leading all 25 laps, Showers collected $3,000 for his victorious efforts.

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 18-David Showers [1]; 2. 5-Bubba Whitener [5]; 3. 1A-Richard Pratt [8]; 4. 18A-Jared Allison [2]; 5. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [6]; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey [12]; 7. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [10]; 8. 5MC-Robert Gast [11]; 9. 98-Johnny Allen [3]; 10. 29-Cameron Saunders [4]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead [16]; 12. 15-John Bledsoe [14]; 13. 33-TJ Evans [9]; 14. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [13]; 15. 68-Ken Ellefson [18]; 16. 54-Terry Bronson [7]; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson [15]; 18. 17-Richard Ferry [17] Hard Charger: 27-Bruce Harvey[+6]

Qualifying 1. 17-Richard Ferry, 17.695; 2. 18A-Jared Allison, 18.274; 3. 18-David Showers, 18.331; 4. 27-Bruce Harvey, 18.403; 5. 29-Cameron Saunders, 18.415; 6. 5-Bubba Whitener, 18.448; 7. 1A-Richard Pratt, 18.667; 8. OO7-Dusty Sparkman, 18.712; 9. 98-Johnny Allen, 18.933; 10. 54-Terry Bronson, 19.032; 11. 5MC-Robert Gast, 19.055; 12. 15-John Bledsoe, 19.077; 13. 33-TJ Evans, 19.488; 14. 10S-Steve Shead, 19.551; 15. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck, 20.078; 16. 68-Ken Ellefson, 20.147; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson, 20.53; DQ. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh, 19.012

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 12 Transfer 1. 18-David Showers [3]; 2. 1A-Richard Pratt [1]; 3. 29-Cameron Saunders [2]; 4. 98-Johnny Allen [5]; 5. 33-TJ Evans [7]; 6. 5MC-Robert Gast [6]; 7. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [8]; 8. 45-Chuck Jackson [9]; 9. 17-Richard Ferry [4]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 12 Transfer 1. 5-Bubba Whitener [2]; 2. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [1]; 3. 18A-Jared Allison [4]; 4. 54-Terry Bronson [5]; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [9]; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey [3]; 7. 15-John Bledsoe [6]; 8. 10S-Steve Shead [7]; 9. 68-Ken Ellefson [8]

602 LATE MODELS – BUD CHANCEY

In what originally looked to be Cody Overton’s second consecutive win in the Sunshine Nationals 602 Late Model Feature, Thursday night’s runner-up Bud Chancey took advantage of a poorly timed engine failure on Overton’s part to scoop-up the win – his first victory at Volusia.

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Overton started on the front row and jetted out to a commanding lead early on before going up in a puff of smoke on lap 12, handing over the lead, and the win, to Chancey. Chancey took no prisoners after getting the lead, out in front by a 5-second margin at the checkers.

Feature (20 Laps) 1. 32-Bud Chauncey [1]; 2. 78-Arthur Conquest [9]; 3. 33-Colton Leyendecker [11]; 4. M51-Mark Steube [3]; 5. 5-Dustin Carter [4]; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel [8]; 7. 388-Jackson Hise [5]; 8. 3-Raymond Folwell [14]; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell [25]; 10. 28-Brandon Elwood [16]; 11. O7-Landon Lungren [15]; 12. OO-Louis Ledlow [21]; 13. 98-Cody Allen [13]; 14. 5B-Colby Boyett [10]; 15. 9X-Chad Evans [22]; 16. 97-Cody Overton [2]; 17. 14JR-Trey Mills [6]; 18. 64-Craig Montesi [17]; 19. 22-Jonah Bozeman [7]; 20. 58-Tyler Clem [12]; 21. 27K-Timmie King [23]; 22. O2-Sean Babcock [20]; 23. 97B-Garrett Bullington [18]; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith [24]; 25. 18-Jared Allison [19] Hard Charger: 31-Donnie Birdwell[+16]

Qualifying 1. 14JR-Trey Mills, 18.924; 2. 3-Raymond Folwell, 19.106; 3. 97-Cody Overton, 19.274; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett, 19.359; 5. 5-Dustin Carter, 19.415; 6. O7-Landon Lungren, 19.421; 7. 22-Jonah Bozeman, 19.556; 8. 25-Wiley McDaniel, 19.573; 9. 78-Arthur Conquest, 19.771; 10. 32-Bud Chauncey, 19.838; 11. 388-Jackson Hise, 19.844; 12. M51-Mark Steube, 19.901; 13. 98-Cody Allen, 19.976; 14. 33-Colton Leyendecker, 20.158; 15. 97B-Garrett Bullington, 20.217; 16. 18-Jared Allison, 20.257; 17. 64-Craig Montesi, 20.262; 18. 58-Tyler Clem, 20.296; 19. 31-Donnie Birdwell, 20.363; 20. 27K-Timmie King, 20.378; 21. OO-Louis Ledlow, 20.704; 22. 28-Brandon Elwood, 20.938; 23. O2-Sean Babcock, 22.137; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith, 23.354; 25. 9X-Chad Evans, NT

Heat #1 (6 Laps) – Top 9 Transfer 1. 14JR-Trey Mills [4]; 2. 32-Bud Chauncey [1]; 3. 22-Jonah Bozeman [2]; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett [3]; 5. 98-Cody Allen [5]; 6. 28-Brandon Elwood [8]; 7. 18-Jared Allison [6]; 8. 9X-Chad Evans [9]; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell [7]

Heat #2 (6 Laps) – Top 9 Transfer 1. 388-Jackson Hise [1]; 2. 5-Dustin Carter [3]; 3. 25-Wiley McDaniel [2]; 4. 33-Colton Leyendecker [5]; 5. 3-Raymond Folwell [4]; 6. 64-Craig Montesi [6]; 7. O2-Sean Babcock [8]; 8. 27K-Timmie King [7]

Heat #3 (6 Laps) – Top 9 Transfer 1. 97-Cody Overton [4]; 2. M51-Mark Steube [1]; 3. 78-Arthur Conquest [2]; 4. 58-Tyler Clem [6]; 5. O7-Landon Lungren [3]; 6. 97B-Garrett Bullington [5]; 7. OO-Louis Ledlow [7]; 8. 17S-Brenden Smith [8]

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals action continues on Saturday night with the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win finale for the Pro Late Models and 20 laps and $1,500-to-win for Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

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.