DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Friday, February 18, 2022
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Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

For more information, call the track at (386) 985-4402

Event Info

DIRTcar Nationals
February 7, 2022 to February 19, 2022
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

Event Description
Kick off the 2022 racing season with two full weeks of racing in Florida at Volusia Speedway Park!

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Feature Laps Length
30

Event Schedule
1PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
5:15PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7PM RACING

Latest Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag
#DIRTcarNats

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed as long as they don't conflict with the aisle behind you.

Handicapped Seating
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Handicapped Parking
there are many handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Personal Coolers
Six-pack maximum cooler size. No alcohol. No glass.

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Beer Sales
Beer is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.


Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$25 a day for dry camping, $50 for hook-up, $75 for electric/water/sewer. Battle in Barberville and Southern Sprint Car Shootout will be Weekend camping. $30 Dry Camping (General), $75 Electric/Water (Reserved), $100 Electric/Water/Sewer (Executive). (no hook-ups available for DIRTcar Nationals)

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Track Info
Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Track Email
volusiaspeedway@dirtcar.com

Track Size & Type
0.500; dirt oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; 360 Sprint Car: 14.909 sec. by Brandon Grubaugh on Dec. 2, 2022; Non-Wing: 16.559s by Steve Kinser on 2-9-81

Late Model Car Track Record
Super: 15.507s by Devin Moran on 1-19-23; 602: 17.904s by Jensen Ford on 1-20-23; 604: 17.018s by Trever Taylor on 1-18-20

DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

MAD FOR GATORS: Max McLaughlin scores second DIRTcar Nationals win, Big Gator points lead

The first three times Max McLaughlin asked Volusia Speedway Park for its iconic gator trophy this week it said “no.”

With every “no,” frustration grew. A third; an eight; and then a second. The latter, causing dejection to take over his posture.

Friday night, during the fourth round of DIRTcar Nationals Super DIRTcar Series action, “Mad Max” no longer asked politely. Feeling like he should’ve already had a 2022 gator resting in his trailer, the Mooresville, NC driver extracted every ounce of grit he had for 30 laps to wrestle his way to victory.

Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson and Demetrios Drellos tried to deny McLaughlin another win, but his patience triumphed, and he was handed his second DIRTcar Nationals little gator trophy – along with the Big Gator Championship points lead.

“At the start of the drop of the green I thought we were going to go backward in a hurry,” McLaughlin said. “I was really tight. I was like, there’s no way we’re going to be able to get off the bottom. The track had a lot of grip and the car kept getting better and better. Man, it was fun to drive.

“My guys worked their asses off this week. We changed a motor and brought out a backup car. I got the best team in the world and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

McLaughlin showed his speed early, claiming the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast Time Award. That earned him the pole for his Heat Race but had to settle second at its conclusion after Peter Britten bested him for the win.

Luck helped him in the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Redraw, placing him on the front row, alongside polesitter Demetrios Drellos, for the Feature.

The two young stars raced side by side for the first lap before Drellos edged ahead and left McLaughlin to fend off Williamson. McLaughlin’s fear of fading soon set in as Williamson easily slid by him for second.

Then, a caution arose that not only changed the complexity of the race but the Big Gator Championship. Then point-leader Peter Britten slowed on the backstretch due to a broken shock.

On the restart, McLaughlin tossed his F.X. Caprara #8H machine to the bottom of the track, blowing by Williamson and pulling even with Drellos by the center of the first corner. He was able to maintain his pass on Williamson, but Drellos again got the better run off the turn.

The caution flew again on Lap 14 due to Matt Sheppard suffering a flat tire. When the race resumed, McLaughlin again powered his way into the first turn, getting an advantage on Drellos and pulling ahead of him down the backstretch. By sliding high and blocking Drellos’s run, the orange and white #8H got breathing room to drive away.

Behind him, Williamson and Phelps were on the move, both passing Drellos to fill out the podium. With six laps to go, they were given a final shot at the 21-year-old when Britten blew a tire and brought the caution out again. According to officials, Williamson jumped the gun on his attack during the restart and was moved back a position before the next attempt. That placed Phelps alongside his teammate for a six-lap duel.

The veteran was unable to match McLaughlin in those final laps but earned his second runner-up finish of the week and helped Heinke-Baldwin Racing bring home its first 1-2 finish since 2015.

“It says a lot. It says we came down here prepared,” said Phelps, of Baldwinsville, NY. “We typically, me personally typically, haven’t run strong down here and they gave me a great race car.”

Williamson was unpleased with the rule of being put back a position for jumping the start and stated his car had an issue with restarts all race.

“We ran a harder tire and just couldn’t fire on the restarts,” the St. Catharines, Ontario driver said. “Hats off to Max and Jimmy, they ran a great race.”

With Britten’s issues causing him to finish 22nd and Stewart Friesen missing the race due to his NASCAR commitments, McLaughlin catapulted to the Big Gator Championship points lead with one race to go – currently leading Williamson and Phelps by five points and Britten by 18.

In his first week back with Heinke-Baldwin Racing – after a two-year absence – winning in just their fourth race together, the defending Big Gator champion now has his sights set on asking Volusia for a gator one more time.

“We’ve been so damn fast. It’s been so much fun,” McLaughlin said. “Tonight, was a great race. Last night was a great race. We just need to keep the momentum rolling.”

UP NEXT
The Super DIRTcar Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park for the 51st DIRTcar Nationals finale, Saturday, Feb. 19 – the Big Gator Championship night. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or with the DIRTVision App.

RESULTS
DIRTcar Nationals Feature #4 (30 Laps): 1. 8H-Max McLaughlin[2]; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[6]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson[3]; 4. 99L-Larry Wight[15]; 5. 3J-Marc Johnson[11]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos[1]; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner[7]; 8. 23C-Kyle Coffey[5]; 9. 35M-Mike Mahaney[10]; 10. 3H-Justin Haers[26]; 11. 215P-Adam Pierson[14]; 12. JS98-Rocky Warner[13]; 13. 16X-Dan Creeden[12]; 14. 30W-Joseph Watson[20]; 15. 8S-Rich Scagliotta[9]; 16. 54-Steve Bernard[24]; 17. 12S-Darren Smith[25]; 18. 14-CG Morey[19]; 19. 1K-Rick Laubach[22]; 20. 1-Andrew Smith[16]; 21. 35LJ-LJ Lombardo[23]; 22. 21A-Peter Britten[4]; 23. 1G-Darwin Greene[21]; 24. 83-Brian Swartzlander[17]; 25. (DNF) 9S-Matt Sheppard[8]; 26. (DNF) 19-Tim Fuller[18]

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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+18HMax McLaughlin 300.00016Running0$4,000
26+498HJimmy Phelps 30-0.6980Running0$2,000
33088Mat Williamson 30-1.1130Running0$1,000
415+1199LLarry Wight 30-2.9600Running0$800
511+63JMarc Johnson 30-4.1940Running0$700
61-5111Demetrios Drellos 30-4.46614Running0$650
7702LJack Lehner 30-4.8250Running0$600
85-323CKyle Coffey 30-5.3680Running0$550
910+135MMike Mahaney 30-5.9510Running0$500
1026+163HJustin Haers 30-6.6160Running0$450
1114+3215PAdam Pierson 30-7.0160Running0$400
1213+1JS98Rocky Warner 30-7.6530Running0$375
1312-116XDan Creeden 30-8.4750Running0$350
1420+630WJoseph Watson 30-8.9450Running0$325
159-68SRich Scagliotta 30-9.5060Running0$300
1624+854Steve Bernard 30-9.9120Running0$300
1725+812SDarren Smith 30-10.0650Running0$300
1819+114CG Morey 30-10.5430Running0$300
1922+31KRick Laubach 30-10.6490Running0$300
2016-41Andrew Smith 30-11.9820Running0$300
2123+235LJL.J. Lombardo 30-12.3540Running0$300
224-1821APeter Britten 30-12.8430Running0$300
2321-21GDarwin Greene 30-13.7890Running0$300
2417-783Brian Swartzlander 30-14.3500Running0$300
258-179SMatt Sheppard 22-8 Laps0DNF0$300
2618-819Tim Fuller 15-15 Laps0DNF0$300
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1101GDarwin Greene 100.00010Running0$0
22035LJL.J. Lombardo 10-2.0070Running0$0
35+225PMichael Parent 10-2.2180Running0$0
47+388DOlden Dwyer 10-3.4420Running0$0
53-2118Jim Britt 10-4.3440Running0$0
68+228Michael Trautschold 10-5.7720Running0$0
79+266Corbin Millar 10-6.9440Running0$0
84-451Scott Huber 10-7.5690Running0$0
96-317DMarcus Dinkins 10-9.0720Running0$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1101KRick Laubach 100.00010Running0$0
25+354Steve Bernard 10-1.8990Running0$0
36+348TDave Rauscher 10-3.7100Running0$0
48+43HJustin Haers 10-4.8060Running0$0
54-111TJeff Taylor 10-5.4700Running0$0
63-312SDarren Smith 10-5.6110Running0$0
72-535BFrancois Bellemare 10-6.8450Running0$0
87-171Jimmy Zacharias 6-4 Laps0Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11088Mat Williamson St. Catharines, ON0.000
23+123CKyle Coffey Caledonia, NY-154.085
32-18SRich Scagliotta Hillsborough, NJ-155.316
45+1JS98Rocky Warner Gloversville, NY-156.243
54-183Brian Swartzlander Leechburg, PA-157.709
67+11GDarwin Greene Susquehanna, PA-158.911
79+2118Jim Britt New Town Square, PA-159.551
86-225PMichael Parent Granby, QC-160.160
98-188DOlden Dwyer Shaftsbury, VT-162.007
1010066Corbin Millar Perth, ON-163.661
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+121APeter Britten Brisbane, QLD0.000
21-18HMax McLaughlin Mooresville, NC-163.138
33035MMike Mahaney Kings Ferry, NY-164.150
440215PAdam Pierson East Corinth, VT-167.012
56+119Tim Fuller Watertown, NY-167.631
65-135LJL.J. Lombardo Danbury, CT-168.282
78+151Scott Huber Cambridge, NY-169.402
89+117DMarcus Dinkins Watkins Glen, NY-172.341
97-228Michael Trautschold ROSCOE, NY-131.793
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
1109SMatt Sheppard Waterloo, NY0.000
2202LJack Lehner Saratoga Springs, NY-162.790
34+13JMarc Johnson Guilderland, NY-164.673
48+499LLarry Wight Fulton, NY-167.265
53-214CG Morey Rutland, VT-168.088
65-11KRick Laubach Quakertown, PA-168.797
76-112SDarren Smith Binghamton, NY-168.920
89+154Steve Bernard Granby, QC-170.332
97-271Jimmy Zacharias Candor, NY-171.852
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11098HJimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, NY0.000
23+1111Demetrios Drellos Queensbury, NY-293.240
32-116XDan Creeden Middletown, NY-296.299
48+41Andrew Smith Lockport, NY-298.157
54-130WJoseph Watson Milford, DE-299.096
69+335BFrancois Bellemare Trois Rivieres, QC-299.760
75-211TJeff Taylor Chittenengo, NY-300.357
87-148TDave Rauscher Waterloo, NY-301.112
96-33HJustin Haers Phelps, NYDNF
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1388Mat Williamson 17.9610.000
278SRich Scagliotta 18.108-0.147
3523CKyle Coffey 18.399-0.438
4183Brian Swartzlander 18.451-0.490
59JS98Rocky Warner 18.499-0.538
6425PMichael Parent 18.583-0.622
721GDarwin Greene 18.614-0.653
8888DOlden Dwyer 18.686-0.725
96118Jim Britt 18.809-0.848
101066Corbin Millar 19.138-1.177
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
128HMax McLaughlin 17.9520.000
2921APeter Britten 18.327-0.375
3735MMike Mahaney 18.472-0.520
44215PAdam Pierson 18.482-0.530
5535LJL.J. Lombardo 18.490-0.538
6119Tim Fuller 18.502-0.550
7828Michael Trautschold 18.579-0.627
8651Scott Huber 18.802-0.850
9317DMarcus Dinkins 18.998-1.046
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
159SMatt Sheppard 18.0530.000
242LJack Lehner 18.319-0.266
3714CG Morey 18.352-0.299
463JMarc Johnson 18.433-0.380
591KRick Laubach 18.475-0.422
6312SDarren Smith 18.715-0.662
7871Jimmy Zacharias 18.796-0.743
8199LLarry Wight 18.833-0.780
9254Steve Bernard 19.033-0.980
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1298HJimmy Phelps 18.4410.000
2916XDan Creeden 18.452-0.011
31111Demetrios Drellos 18.467-0.026
4830WJoseph Watson 18.497-0.056
5411TJeff Taylor 18.628-0.187
663HJustin Haers 18.714-0.273
7548TDave Rauscher 18.826-0.385
831Andrew Smith 18.935-0.494
9735BFrancois Bellemare 19.115-0.674