WE ARE THE CHAMPS: 2022 Season Points Are Final, Official Champions Are Announced

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After last weekend’s cancellation due to Hurricane Ian, the 2022 Volusia Speedway Park points schedule has been made final. There will not be a makeup points race to close out the season.

Congratulations to our 2022 division champions, who put all the hard work and effort throughout the season into the outstanding achievement they earned this year!

604 Late Models – Joe Kump

Joe Kump, of Lake Helen, FL, brought a fast #721 604 Late Model every night, winning the Opening Night Special and then never letting the field get close to his points lead. He contended for wins and podium finishes every week in his Islamoralda Brewery & Distillery sponsored 604 Late Model, and it paid off with the 2022 championship.

602 Late Models – Mark Steube

Sometimes, you don’t need wins to make a statement in the title fight. That was the case for Mark Steube, of Deland. While he didn’t make the podium this year, his consistency helped him claim the title by six points over Travis Staats and 14 points over Austin Leamon.

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds – Buzzie Reutimann

He’s done it. After a wild year that saw DIRTcar UMP Modified legend Garret Stewart trade in his modified for a 604 Late Model and early points leader Seth Geary sitting out for the summer months, Buzzie Reutimann has won the DIRTcar UMP Modified championship. The #00B Beak Built, Blue Gator UMP Modified won in August and was the turning of the tides that favored the 81-year-old Zephryhills native in the championship. But, as he’s said many times before, “I’m not done yet.”

3/4 Modifieds – Korbin Minchew

Nobody on the outside looking in thought Korbin Minchew would create such a dominant year that included five wins, eight podiums, and the track championship. They were sorely mistaken after Minchew started the year strong with three wins in the first four races. At that point, it was smooth sailing for the #23K as he continued to rack up the points needed to close out the 2022 season with the points championship. The local hot shot from Pierson may be another dominant force to an ever growing 3/4 Modified division.

Thunder Stocks – Shaun Daugharty

Another year, another dominating performance for the #00 of Shaun Daugharty, who will earn back-to-back championships in the Thunder Stocks division. Even without a win or a podium on the season, the driver from DeLeon Springs did everything he needed in order to get the points lead out of reach from anyone as the season closed.

Street Stocks – Bruce Griffin

In another case of winning the championship without winning a race, the #72 of Bruce Griffin was fast and consistent throughout the season. However, his lead was not safe throughout 2022 as Rick O’Steen and Donnie Ashford made the championship fight close. In the end, Griffin, hailing from Miami, has earned the biggest title in his Street Stock career at the World’s Fastest Half Mile.

The next race at the World’s Fastest Half Mile will be the Mission Volusia Half-Mile Doubleheader Finale presented by Daytona Dodge and Zo CBD on Oct. 14-15. It will feature the American Flat Track Series Motorcycles in their 2022 season finale special. For more information on the next race and other events held at the track, visit volusiaspeedwaypark.com or americanflattrack.com