DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Saturday, February 19, 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
$6,000.00

Feature Laps Length
50

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
$6,000.00

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

THE BIG GATOR: Jimmy Phelps conquers DIRTcar Nationals for first title, win

In 26 years with the Super DIRTcar Series, Jimmy Phelps has seen and experienced it all. But an occurrence Saturday night left him shocked and speechless.

He earned his first DIRTcar Nationals win – worth $6,000 – and claimed the 2022 Big Gator Championship after leading green to checkered in the 50-lap finale at Volusia Speedway Park.

“I got to be honest it’s kind of shocking,” Phelps said while throwing his arm in the air as if still unsure how he accomplished the massive feat. “We typically come down here to just run respectfully. We never really felt like we had a handle on this place. We unloaded really good and kept tweaking and getting better and better and better from there. It was fun.”

Phelps, of Baldwinsville, NY, was the most consistent driver throughout the five-day speed week at Volusia, finishing fourth, second, sixth, second and then the win.

Entering the night, he trailed his teammate Max McLaughlin – who won Friday night’s Feature – by five points in the Big Gator championship battle. But with the benefit of collecting points for his second Billy Whittaker Cars Fast Time Award of the week and Heat Race win, Phelps held a one-point lead over “Mad Max” before the Feature.

Another benefit, Phelps drew the pole in the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Redraw. He claimed it was what won him the race, but his precision and supersonic launches every restart didn’t hurt.

He gapped second-place Adam Pierson by more than two car lengths at the start of the 50-lap Feature, leaving the 2022 Rookie of the Year contender to fight off challenges from eight-time Series champion Matt Sheppard. He held off the veteran for several laps, but the low lane eventually prevailed for Sheppard.

By the time the reigning champion got to second, Phelps already had a straightaway lead on the field. Both ran low as rubber started to lay down. Sheppard cut a tenth into Phelps’s lead each lap but stalled out when he got about two car lengths behind the Heinke-Baldwin Racing #98H. Behind them, Mat Williamson and Larry Wight also got by Pierson to take over third and fourth, respectively.

Like drafting partners, the top-five stayed in line, sometimes closing, and sometimes losing ground on the driver in front of them. Phelps’s biggest optical through the halfway point was lap traffic. Maneuvering through the slower cars allowed Sheppard to close, at times enough where thoughts of attempting a pass could creep in mind.

A couple of cautions throughout the Feature allowed Phelps to avoid the slower cars for several laps after each restart, but the caution on Lap 10 changed the complexity of the race. Tire wear became a concern with Kyle Coffey being the first in a group of cars to blow a right rear. While some teams knew it was a possibility and gambled with softer compounds anyway, Phelps said concern set in due to the situation occurring sooner than he expected.

“I wasn’t 100 percent sure I was comfortable going out on a hard tire because if it was wrong and I backed up I’d really pay the price,” Phelps said. “We figured we could get out front and if it did (rubber up) we’d be in the right spot to control the pace. I was really nervous when I started seeing tires blowing.

“We were able to back the field up, slow the pace down, try to take it easy on the tires. Try to avoid the lap cars. Just got really lucky with the redraw (starting upfront).”

By the end of the 50 laps, his right rear was bare of tread, looking more like an asphalt tire.

While Phelps was able to manage the wear, his closest competitors weren’t privy to the same fortune in their attempts to run him down. Both Sheppard and Williamson suffered blown right rears in the closing laps, allowing Wight and Stewart Friesen to sneak their way into podium spots before the checkered flag.

“I was sitting in a pretty good spot,” Wight said. “I could see all three of their tires. I saw Sheppard showing a patch of canvas there with about eight or nine to go, so I knew I didn’t have to worry about him. Then Williamson’s tire wasn’t much better… I just sat back and watched them and took advantage of the situation.”

All of Phelps’s Big Gator competitors suffered an issue in the final stages of the race with Williamson finishing seventh, Peter Britten 10th and McLaughlin 17th. However, all four, along with Friesen made history this week as the Super DIRTcar Series saw five straight different winners during DIRTcar Nationals for the first time in the 51 years of the event.

With a pair of new trophies and wealth of confidence going into the 2022 championship season – starting at Atomic Speedway, March 25-26 – this is a DIRTcar Nationals Phelps will cherish.

“It means a ton,” he said. “It’s something you come down here every year praying to get. This year we finally had the race team, the race car, a bunch of guys that work really hard and they gave us a car where it got me the confidence to stay upfront and do it all week. It’s tough. A lot of luck. You have to draw good and qualify well. We’ve been doing this a long time. I don’t know how many years we got left coming down here, so I’m glad we finally did it.”

UP NEXT
The Super DIRTcar Series starts its championship season during its debut at Atomic Speedway on March 25-26.

If you can’t make it to the track, the race will be live on DIRTVision – watch either online on with the DIRTVision App.

RESULTS
DIRTcar Nationals Feature #5 (50 Laps): 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[1]; 2. 99L-Larry Wight[16]; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen[17]; 4. 35M-Mike Mahaney[5]; 5. 8S-Rich Scagliotta[14]; 6. 54-Steve Bernard[28]; 7. 88-Mat Williamson[4]; 8. 25P-Michael Parent[24]; 9. 16X-Dan Creeden[21]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten[7]; 11. 3J-Marc Johnson[9]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller[19]; 13. 35LJ-LJ Lombardo[23]; 14. 111-Demetrios Drellos[8]; 15. 1K-Rick Laubach[10]; 16. 3H-Justin Haers[11]; 17. 8H-Max McLaughlin[6]; 18. 118-Jim Britt[25]; 19. 14-CG Morey[26]; 20. (DNF) 88D-Olden Dwyer[20]; 21. (DNF) 215P-Adam Pierson[2]; 22. (DNF) 2L-Jack Lehner[18]; 23. (DNF) 30W-Joseph Watson[15]; 24. (DNF) 23C-Kyle Coffey[12]; 25. (DNF) 9S-Matt Sheppard[3]; 26. (DNF) 12S-Darren Smith[22]; 27. (DNF) JS98-Rocky Warner[13]; 28. (DNF) 83-Brian Swartzlander[27]

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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11098HJimmy Phelps 500.00050Running0$5,000
216+1499LLarry Wight 50-1.7730Running0$2,500
317+1444Stewart Friesen 50-1.9280Running0$1,500
45+135MMike Mahaney 50-3.0810Running0$1,000
514+98SRich Scagliotta 50-4.5600Running0$900
628+2254Steve Bernard 50-4.7370Running0$800
74-388Mat Williamson 50-4.8090Running0$700
824+1625PMichael Parent 50-4.9900Running0$650
921+1216XDan Creeden 50-5.3310Running0$600
107-321APeter Britten 50-5.3510Running0$550
119-23JMarc Johnson 50-5.3610Running0$500
1219+719Tim Fuller 50-5.5550Running0$475
1323+1035LJL.J. Lombardo 50-5.7760Running0$450
148-6111Demetrios Drellos 50-5.9570Running0$425
1510-51KRick Laubach 50-6.3410Running0$375
1611-53HJustin Haers 50-7.5690Running0$350
176-118HMax McLaughlin 49-1 Laps0Running0$350
1825+7118Jim Britt 49-1 Laps0Running0$350
1926+714CG Morey 49-1 Laps0Running0$350
2020088DOlden Dwyer 49-1 Laps0DNF0$350
212-19215PAdam Pierson 46-4 Laps0DNF0$350
2218-42LJack Lehner 46-4 Laps0DNF0$350
2315-830WJoseph Watson 44-6 Laps0DNF0$350
2412-1223CKyle Coffey 44-6 Laps0DNF0$350
253-229SMatt Sheppard 43-7 Laps0DNF0$350
2622-412SDarren Smith 39-11 Laps0DNF0$350
2713-14JS98Rocky Warner 25-25 Laps0DNF0$350
2827-183Brian Swartzlander 25-25 Laps0DNF0$350
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11016XDan Creeden 100.00010Running0$0
23+135LJL.J. Lombardo 10-2.6740Running0$0
36+3118Jim Britt 10-4.3440Running0$0
44054Steve Bernard 10-5.4650Running0$0
55011TJeff Taylor 10-6.2890Running0$0
68+248TDave Rauscher 10-7.4470Running0$0
77017DMarcus Dinkins 10-10.0920Running0$0
82-683Brian Swartzlander 4-6 Laps0Running0$0
99071Jimmy Zacharias 2-8 Laps0Running0$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11012SDarren Smith 100.00010Running0$0
23+125PMichael Parent 10-1.8110Running0$0
37+414CG Morey 10-3.5250Running0$0
42-21Andrew Smith 10-4.5610Running0$0
54-11GDarwin Greene 10-5.4890Running0$0
69+366Corbin Millar 10-6.1500Running0$0
75-251Scott Huber 10-6.6550Running0$0
86-235BFrancois Bellemare 6-4 Laps0DNF0$0
98-188LJeffery Lapalme 3-7 Laps0DNF0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11098HJimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, NY0.000
23+1215PAdam Pierson East Corinth, VT-158.277
32-13JMarc Johnson Guilderland, NY-159.052
45+1JS98Rocky Warner Gloversville, NY-159.517
54-144Stewart Friesen Sprakers, NY-160.090
67+116XDan Creeden Middletown, NY-161.495
78+135LJL.J. Lombardo Danbury, CT-162.885
86-211TJeff Taylor Chittenengo, NY-165.357
99017DMarcus Dinkins Watkins Glen, NY-166.855
1010071Jimmy Zacharias Candor, NY-167.877
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11021APeter Britten Brisbane, QLD0.000
23+135MMike Mahaney Kings Ferry, NY-159.377
32-11KRick Laubach Quakertown, PA-160.334
4408SRich Scagliotta Hillsborough, NJ-164.384
57+22LJack Lehner Saratoga Springs, NY-165.084
65-183Brian Swartzlander Leechburg, PA-165.840
76-154Steve Bernard Granby, QC-166.446
880118Jim Britt New Town Square, PA-166.978
99048TDave Rauscher Waterloo, NY-172.463
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11088Mat Williamson St. Catharines, ON0.000
220111Demetrios Drellos Queensbury, NY-155.620
34+13HJustin Haers Phelps, NY-156.666
43-130WJoseph Watson Milford, DE-158.786
55019Tim Fuller Watertown, NY-160.132
67+112SDarren Smith Binghamton, NY-160.682
76-125PMichael Parent Granby, QC-161.968
89+151Scott Huber Cambridge, NY-163.718
910+114CG Morey Rutland, VT-164.347
108-266Corbin Millar Perth, ON-165.432
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
1109SMatt Sheppard Waterloo, NY0.000
2208HMax McLaughlin Mooresville, NC-155.351
33023CKyle Coffey Caledonia, NY-156.379
44099LLarry Wight Fulton, NY-157.764
55088DOlden Dwyer Shaftsbury, VT-159.749
67+11Andrew Smith Lockport, NY-161.082
78+11GDarwin Greene Susquehanna, PA-162.529
86-235BFrancois Bellemare Trois Rivieres, QC-164.123
99088LJeffery Lapalme St-Dominique, QC-165.716
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1998HJimmy Phelps 18.0120.000
213JMarc Johnson 18.075-0.063
34215PAdam Pierson 18.333-0.321
41044Stewart Friesen 18.493-0.481
52JS98Rocky Warner 18.526-0.514
6611TJeff Taylor 18.593-0.581
7516XDan Creeden 18.700-0.688
8735LJL.J. Lombardo 18.771-0.759
9817DMarcus Dinkins 18.974-0.962
10371Jimmy Zacharias 19.028-1.016
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1721APeter Britten 18.2550.000
211KRick Laubach 18.302-0.047
3535MMike Mahaney 18.380-0.125
468SRich Scagliotta 18.395-0.140
5983Brian Swartzlander 18.521-0.266
6254Steve Bernard 18.637-0.382
732LJack Lehner 18.650-0.395
84118Jim Britt 18.927-0.672
9848TDave Rauscher 19.132-0.877
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1988Mat Williamson 18.1000.000
21111Demetrios Drellos 18.193-0.093
3430WJoseph Watson 18.227-0.127
423HJustin Haers 18.369-0.269
51019Tim Fuller 18.412-0.312
6625PMichael Parent 18.552-0.452
7712SDarren Smith 18.629-0.529
8566Corbin Millar 19.061-0.961
9351Scott Huber 19.110-1.010
10814CG Morey 19.313-1.213
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
199SMatt Sheppard 18.1620.000
238HMax McLaughlin 18.189-0.027
3423CKyle Coffey 18.532-0.370
4599LLarry Wight 18.549-0.387
5188DOlden Dwyer 18.850-0.688
6835BFrancois Bellemare 18.915-0.753
721Andrew Smith 19.093-0.931
871GDarwin Greene 19.173-1.011
9688LJeffery Lapalme 20.133-1.971