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Bronson Declared Sunshine Nationals Pro Late Model Feature Winner, McCarter Determined Champion After Page’s Disqualification at Volusia

McCarter goes 20th-to-second to win title by 5 points, Bronson collects another $10k for finale victory

Kyle Bronson’s dominance at Volusia Speedway Park’s Sunshine Nationals continued Saturday night with an unexpected win.

Michael Page was initially declared the winner of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model Feature, beating everyone to the checkered flag first, but faced a disqualification following a post-race technical inspection.

It was determined by DIRTcar and Crate Racin’ USA officials that Page’s car had a valve spring installation height infraction, nullifying his victory. Upon a passing inspection of Bronson’s engine, Bronson was awarded the $10,000 check and declared the Feature winner.

“Anytime you can make some money, it’s always good. You hate to win ‘em that way, but we all know how these deals are going in. You’ve got to be 100 percent right,” Bronson said.

Mack McCarter was determined the overall Sunshine Nationals mini-series champion of the Pro Late Model division after back-to-back second-place finishes, beating Bronson 140 to 135 points over the two contested races.

Bronson began his charge to the front from outside the third row, using the early caution flags to his advantage by doing some of his passing work on the restarts. By Lap 6, he had cracked the top-three and was hot on the trail of second-place Joseph Joiner and leader Page.

Bronson was able to get by Joiner on Lap 13, setting him up for a charge through lapped traffic in pursuit of Page, who was a few car-lengths ahead. Bronson was able to close the gap to just over .3 seconds before Page pulled away again, and a final yellow was displayed with just eight laps remaining.

When the checkered fell, Bronson was unable to get ahead of Page at the stripe, leaving him with a runner-up finish but only for a few hours. Page’s technical inspection wrapped up after midnight on Sunday; Bronson passed his and was declared the winner in the early morning hours.

This victory now makes four Feature wins in five starts for the Brandon, FL-native in Sunshine Nationals Pro Late Model competition after sweeping all three Features last year, and two total on the weekend after his World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph Thursday night.

“We won $10,000, motor got torn down and was 100 percent right and everything passed. So, I’m more than happy with it. We won two races this week for $20,000 and it’s going to help us pay for Speedweeks a little bit,” Bronson said.

Outside of Victory Lane was another unsung hero, making his Sunshine Nationals and Volusia Speedway Park debut, and he did not disappoint. Twenty-seven-year-old Mack McCarter put on a dazzling display of passing on both nights in his first-ever appearance, coming all the way from 20th to cross the line in third Saturday. He was later awarded a second-place finish following Page’s disqualification.

McCarter, of Gatlinburg, TN, was awarded Hard Charger honors on both nights, passing 17 cars Thursday en route to his runner-up finish and 18 cars (17 on-track) Saturday. As impressive as the run was, he knew he may have had something for the leader had he started farther forward.

Jacy Norgaard Photo

“Our racecar is really good when [the track] blows off and gets kinda dirty,” McCarter said. “We qualified really well but the invert put us behind in the Heat and we didn’t tighten-up enough. I think if we would have started up front, I would’ve had a good shot to run, and possibly have won.”

Overall, McCarter was pleased with his performance and that of his crew and car builder. Considering he made his first-ever laps on the track just two days prior, coming out of the weekend with two runner-up finishes and an overall mini-series title wasn’t too shabby.

“Just to come down here and run with these guys like Kyle Bronson, outrun him Thursday night and then finish behind him tonight, it just speaks volumes to where our team is,” McCarter said.

Feature (30 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [6][$10,000]; 2. 51-Mack McCarter [20][$5,000]; 3. 23-Cory Hedgecock [13][$3,000]; 4. O1-Jason Welshan [19][$2,000]; 5. 10-Joseph Joiner [3][$1,500]; 6. 385-Mark Whitener [4][$1,200]; 7. 14JR-John Baker [14][$900]; 8. 97-Cody Overton [18][$700]; 9. 66-Jake Knowles [25][$600]; 10. 30-Todd Cooney [8][$550]; 11. 83-Jensen Ford [10][$500]; 12. 121-Pearson Lee [22][$400]; 13. 7T-Trever Taylor [5][$400]; 14. 87R-Jake Rainey [7][$400]; 15. 5-John Collins [23][$400]; 16. 44C-Curtis Cline [24][$400]; 17. 33-Jeff Mathews [9][$400]; 18. 66K-Dylan Knowles [1][$400]; 19. K37-Drew Kennedy [26][$400]; 20. 2-Trynt Lloyd [12][$400]; 21. 7A-Corey Almond [17][$400]; 22. 6-Clay Harris [16][$400]; 23. OO-Richie Stephens [15][$400]; 24. T8-Steve Banal [11][$400]; 25. 66JK-Jody Knowles [21][$400] DQ – 18X-Michael Page [2] Hard Charger: 51-Mack McCarter [+18]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 121-Pearson Lee, 17.391; 2. 51T-Chad Tuten, 17.541; 3. O1-Jason Welshan, 17.622; 4. 10-Joseph Joiner, 17.625; 5. 87R-Jake Rainey, 17.644; 6. OO-Richie Stephens, 17.7; 7. 7T-Trever Taylor, 17.821; 8. 7H-Jeremy Holtzclaw, 17.871; 9. 69X-Carder Miller, 17.872; 10. 33-Jeff Mathews, 18.011; 11. 87A-Walker Arthur, 18.06; 12. 72S-Chase Washington, 18.111; 13. 42-Steve Stratton, 18.225; 14. 40S-Cody Smith, 18.234; 15. 23-Cory Hedgecock, 18.278; 16. OO7-Dusty Sparkman, 18.408; 17. 26C-Von Casey, 18.551; 18. 39X-Zack Shelton, 18.578; 19. N59-Chad Evans, 18.792; 20. 87-Jarrod Carey, 19.128; DQ. 6JR-Cole Exum, 17.894

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 51-Mack McCarter, 17.52; 2. 18X-Michael Page, 17.528; 3. 7A-Corey Almond, 17.53; 4. 515-David Markham, 17.531; 5. T8-Steve Banal, 17.576; 6. 5-John Collins, 17.611; 7. 385-Mark Whitener, 17.684; 8. 30-Todd Cooney, 17.742; 9. K37-Drew Kennedy, 17.743; 10. 14JR-John Baker, 17.802; 11. 92-Joseph Brown, 17.879; 12. 55-Matt Long, 17.88; 13. 14M-Trey Mills, 17.934; 14. 2021-Jeff Provenzino, 17.985; 15. 40-Joel Callahan, 18.025; 16. 3R-Ryan Van, 18.101; 17. 26-Jimmy Sharpe, 18.22; 18. 9-Jimmy Waldrop, 18.275; 19. 6H-Jimmy Halford, 18.431; 20. 11-Daniel Dial, 18.63; 21. 16-Tom Egner, 18.839

Qualifying Flight-C 1. 83-Jensen Ford, 17.549; 2. 97-Cody Overton, 17.62; 3. 6-Clay Harris, 17.665; 4. 80-Ben Scott, 17.671; 5. 388-Jackson Hise, 17.681; 6. 2-Trynt Lloyd, 17.701; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.741; 8. 66K-Dylan Knowles, 17.759; 9. 66-Jake Knowles, 17.774; 10. 95-Brandon Williams, 17.826; 11. 44-John Ruggerio, 17.86; 12. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.979; 13. 44C-Curtis Cline, 18.011; 14. 66JK-Jody Knowles, 18.058; 15. 32-Curtis Clover, 18.105; 16. 23P-Ahnna Parkhurst, 18.124; 17. 27-Garrett Llyod, 18.221; 18. 14-Jerry Green, 18.234; 19. 3-Raymond Folwell, 18.241; 20. 301-Shawn Cooney, 18.339; 21. 39-Troy Dixon, 18.921; 22. 4-Trey Davis, 19.208

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 7T-Trever Taylor [1]; 2. 87R-Jake Rainey [2]; 3. 23-Cory Hedgecock [8]; 4. 69X-Carder Miller [5]; 5. 87A-Walker Arthur [6]; 6. 121-Pearson Lee [4]; 7. O1-Jason Welshan [3]; 8. 42-Steve Stratton [7]; 9. 26C-Von Casey [9]; 10. N59-Chad Evans [10]; 11. 6JR-Cole Exum [11]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 10-Joseph Joiner [3]; 2. 33-Jeff Mathews [5]; 3. OO-Richie Stephens [2]; 4. 40S-Cody Smith [7]; 5. 51T-Chad Tuten [4]; 6. 7H-Jeremy Holtzclaw [1]; 7. 72S-Chase Washington [6]; 8. 87-Jarrod Carey [10]; 9. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [8]; 10. 39X-Zack Shelton [9]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 385-Mark Whitener [1]; 2. T8-Steve Banal [2]; 3. 7A-Corey Almond [3]; 4. 51-Mack McCarter [4]; 5. K37-Drew Kennedy [5]; 6. 14M-Trey Mills [7]; 7. 40-Joel Callahan [8]; 8. 92-Joseph Brown [6]; 9. 6H-Jimmy Halford [10]; 10. 16-Tom Egner [11]; 11. 26-Jimmy Sharpe [9]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 18X-Michael Page [4]; 2. 30-Todd Cooney [1]; 3. 14JR-John Baker [5]; 4. 5-John Collins [2]; 5. 55-Matt Long [6]; 6. 2021-Jeff Provenzino [7]; 7. 515-David Markham [3]; 8. 3R-Ryan Van [8]; 9. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [9]; 10. 11-Daniel Dial [10]

Heat #5 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [1]; 2. 83-Jensen Ford [4]; 3. 6-Clay Harris [3]; 4. 44C-Curtis Cline [7]; 5. 44-John Ruggerio [6]; 6. 27-Garrett Llyod [9]; 7. 388-Jackson Hise [2]; 8. 66-Jake Knowles [5]; 9. 3-Raymond Folwell [10]; 10. 32-Curtis Clover [8]; 11. 39-Troy Dixon [11]

Heat #6 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 66K-Dylan Knowles [1]; 2. 2-Trynt Lloyd [2]; 3. 97-Cody Overton [4]; 4. 66JK-Jody Knowles [7]; 5. 80-Ben Scott [3]; 6. 95-Brandon Williams [5]; 7. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald [6]; 8. 14-Jerry Green [9]; 9. 23P-Ahnna Parkhurst [8]; 10. 301-Shawn Cooney [10]; 11. 4-Trey Davis [11]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. O1-Jason Welshan [7][-]; 2. 121-Pearson Lee [5][-]; 3. 69X-Carder Miller [1][-]; 4. 87A-Walker Arthur [3][]; 5. 72S-Chase Washington [8][]; 6. 51T-Chad Tuten [4][]; 7. N59-Chad Evans [13][]; 8. 42-Steve Stratton [9][]; 9. 7H-Jeremy Holtzclaw [6][]; 10. 26C-Von Casey [11][]; 11. 87-Jarrod Carey [10][]; 12. 39X-Zack Shelton [14][]; 13. 40S-Cody Smith [2][]; 14. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [12][]; 15. 6JR-Cole Exum [15][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 51-Mack McCarter [1][-]; 2. 5-John Collins [2][-]; 3. K37-Drew Kennedy [3][-]; 4. 14M-Trey Mills [5][]; 5. 55-Matt Long [4][]; 6. 40-Joel Callahan [7][]; 7. 2021-Jeff Provenzino [6][]; 8. 92-Joseph Brown [9][]; 9. 6H-Jimmy Halford [11][]; 10. 515-David Markham [8][]; 11. 3R-Ryan Van [10][]; 12. 16-Tom Egner [13][]; 13. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [12][]; 14. 26-Jimmy Sharpe [15][]

Last Chance Showdown 3 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 66JK-Jody Knowles [2][-]; 2. 44C-Curtis Cline [1][-]; 3. 44-John Ruggerio [3][-]; 4. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald [8][]; 5. 80-Ben Scott [4][]; 6. 3-Raymond Folwell [11][]; 7. 27-Garrett Llyod [5][]; 8. 66-Jake Knowles [9][]; 9. 14-Jerry Green [10][]; 10. 388-Jackson Hise [7][]; 11. 32-Curtis Clover [13][]; 12. 301-Shawn Cooney [14][]; 13. 39-Troy Dixon [15][]; 14. 4-Trey Davis [16][]; 15. 95-Brandon Williams [6][]; 16. 23P-Ahnna Parkhurst [12][]

Schatz Tops World of Outlaws Opener; Four First-Time UMP Modified Winners

Donny Schatz celebrates after winning the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season opener. (Chris Owens photo)

10-time Champion Schatz Takes World of Outlaws Opener at Volusia

Four first-time DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified winners celebrate victories

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 7, 2020 — Donny Schatz thrilled a packed house Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park when he powered past the outside of Logan Schuchart with four laps to go and held on to win the season opener for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford.

Schuchart set the pace for the first 26 laps before Schatz closed in late. Schatz, who missed an 11th Series championship last season by only four points — the narrowest margin in Series history — left little doubt he’s back and determined to have another championship campaign in his Tony Stewart Racing car.

Still, Schuchart was impressive with his runner-up finish. Defending champion Brad Sweet was third in his Kasey Kahne Racing machine, with Parker Price-Miller in fourth and David Gravel finishing fifth after spending the day at Daytona International Speedway practicing for Saturday’s ARCA race.

The field for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds was split into four separate 15-lap Feature events by points the drivers earned over the first three nights of racing. Curt Spalding held off David Stremme to win the first Feature; Christian Thomas survived four restarts to take the checkered flag over Lucas Lee in the second Feature; David Reutimann won the third Feature after starting eighth; and Jason Beaulieu, who traveled more than 3,700 miles from New Westminster, British Columbia to race at Volusia, topped the final Feature.

There were 115 cars entered in competition Friday night — 79 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and 36 Sprint Cars.

 

DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 7, 2020

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature (30 laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$3,200]; 4. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [4][$2,800]; 5. 41-David Gravel [7][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [11][$2,200]; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$2,100]; 9. 14-Tim Shaffer [18][$2,050]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [10][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$1,500]; 12. 9-James McFadden [14][$1,200]; 13. 7-Shane Stewart [13][$1,100]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [9][$1,050]; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel [26][$200]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [12][$900]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [8][$800]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [20][$800]; 19. 5-Brent Marks [27][$800]; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich [16][$800]; 21. 4-Terry McCarl [21][$800]; 22. 13-Paul McMahan [15][$800]; 23. 15K-Chad Kemenah [17][$800]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$800]; 25. 7S-Jason Sides [24][$]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [25][$]; 27. 21-Brian Brown [23][$800]. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [+11]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1, 7-26; Donny Schatz 2-6, 27-30 

DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature #1 (15 Laps): 1. 5-Curt Spalding [1][$600]; 2. 35-David Stremme [2]; 3. 8KS-Kyle Strickler [9]; 4. 12H-Jason Hughes [3]; 5. 2-Nick Hoffman [10]; 6. 36-Kenny Wallace [4]; 7. 7JA-Justin Allgaier [14]; 8. 25-Tyler Nicely [17]; 9. 23-Ryan Cripe [5]; 10. 96M-Mike McKinney [12]; 11. K19-Will Krup [18]; 12. 7A-Shane Sabraski [15]; 13. 49-Brian Ruhlman [6]; 14. 2A-Donnie Moran [13]; 15. 67-Garret Stewart [16]; 16. 17TE-Tyler Evans [19]; 17. 7-Drake Troutman [20]; 18. 18L-Michael Long [8]; 19. 95-Michael Altobelli [11]; 20. 24-Zeke McKenzie [7].

DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature #2 (15 Laps): 1. 7CT-Christian Thomas [1]; 2. 12L-Lucas Lee [5]; 3. A1-Gary Bentley [14]; 4. 8-Steve Stevenson [3]; 5. 17T-Michael Tarlton [11]; 6. 31G-Stephen Pedulla [9]; 7. 1-Brenden Rassel [8]; 8. 100-Scott Fritz [12]; 9. 22T-Tony Anderson [16]; 10. 8A-Austin Holcombe [7]; 11. 17-Rob Pitcher [19]; 12. 4UW-Bobby Regot [18]; 13. 71L-Dennis Lunger [17]; 14. 97-Mitch Thomas [4]; 15. OO-Buzzie Reutimann [15]; 16. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt [20]; 17. 11N-Gene Nicholas [13]; 18. 7F-Bryan Foy [10]; 19. 11M-Mike McGee [6]; 20. 9-Sheldon Creed [2].

DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature #3 (15 Laps): 1. OOD-David Reutimann [15]; 2. O1-Bryce Nichols [5]; 3. 11-Jesse Rupe [8]; 4. 25P-Robert Poole [16]; 5. 5F-Jerry Foster [7]; 6. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt [11]; 7. 14J-John Baker [9]; 8. 9PG-Percy Gendreau [2]; 9. 61-Eric Hill [17]; 10. 6-Ryan Fowler [12]; 11. 27-William Cevaal [18]; 12. O7-Curtis King [10]; 13. 32-Chad Roush [13]; 14. Z06-Larry Mott [1]; 15. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [4]; 16. 15-Rick Potter [14]; 17. 40-Shawn Reiss [19]; 18. 1S-Brian Shaw [6]; 19. 96-Cole Parker [3].

DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature #4 (15 Laps): 1. 90-Jason Beaulieu [6] [$600]; 2. 11H-Spencer Hughes [2]; 3. 77-Ray Bollinger [3]; 4. 88-Matt Crafton [5]; 5. 99-Hunt Gossum [13]; 6. 24D-Travis Dickson [19]; 7. 99M-Mike Mullen [8]; 8. 75-Terry Phillips [10]; 9. 45J-Johnny Broking [14]; 10. 6A-Ryan Ayers [17]; 11. 52-Colin Green [18]; 12. 19-Chad Bauer [11]; 13. 65-Todd Sherman [1]; 14. 3L-Jeff Leka [9]; 15. 22-Dale Kelley [4]; 16. 21-Taylor Cook [15]; 17. 12-Jason Gross [20]; 18. 1M-Curt Myers [7]; 19. 2J-Troy Johnson [12]; 20. O5-Dave Wietholder [16].