DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Monday, February 14, 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
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount
$7,000.00

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
$7,000.00

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

REDEMPTION RUN: Thornton Scores First DIRTcar Nationals Win in Dominant Fashion

The Chandler, AZ driver, led all 30 laps en route to his first Volusia Speedway Park Victory

A year ago, Ricky Thornton Jr. seemed destined for his first DIRTcar Nationals win—until heartbreak struck. He lost the lead on a late-race restart, spoiling his chances for victory.

History didn’t have a chance to repeat itself Monday night. The Chandler, AZ driver took advantage of a caution-free Feature, leading all 30-laps to score his first DIRTcar Nationals win at Volusia Speedway Park.

Thornton jumped to the roof of his car in Victory Lane, raising two fists into the Florida sky and letting out a joyful scream—knowing he got his redemption and the $7,000 paycheck.

“I felt like we almost had one last year, and we gave it away there late in the race,” Thornton said. “This is pretty awesome.”

While Thornton dominated the event, he knew he had to be sharp at the start of the race. “RTJ” lined up next to Brandon Overton, who won the last DIRTcar Nationals Feature in 2021.

Thornton powered ahead of Overton on the outside lane, grabbing a lead he’d never relinquish off Turn 2. The outside was where Thornton wanted to go, allowing him to set his own pace in the early stages of the Feature.

“I actually preferred starting on the outside; that way, I could run into [Turn 1] as hard as I wanted,” Thornton said. “It worked out for us; I got a really good start and got out in front of [Overton].

“I was trying to distance myself as much as I could; that way, once we did get to traffic and I had to slow down, they wouldn’t get by me. The top never really slowed down all the way, so it’s pretty awesome.”

As Thornton drove away from the field, Chris Madden charged from his eighth starting position to finish second. The Gray Court, SC campaigner, took the opposite approach from Thornton, using the bottom en route to a runner-up finish.

Madden felt he could’ve had a shot at the win if he had a better starting position.

“We needed to start closer to the front,” Madden said. “We qualified good tonight, inverted back, and then started, I think eighth there.

“We had a really good racecar tonight. I’m really proud of my guys; I’m proud of our finish; I’m proud of our car and what we learned tonight. It was a great racetrack, and we had a fun race.”

Defending DIRTcar Nationals champion Devin Moran crossed the line third—his 13th straight top-10 finish in 2022.

The Dresden, OH driver felt he wasn’t good enough on the outside to contend with both Thornton and Madden.

“Ricky was checked out pretty good, and I think Chris [Madden] was a little better than us,” Moran said. “We were probably a third-place car, we were too tight to run the top, and we just need to work on it a little bit and get it ready for tomorrow.”

Pole-sitter Brandon Overton finished fourth, and Dale McDowell rounded out the top five.

Ricky Thornton Jr. didn’t back down from a second chance at winning his first Gator—giving him DIRTcar Nationals redemption. It’s a momentum that keeps his eyes on a larger prize—a “Big Gator” trophy on his mantle.

The quest for a “Big Gator” continues Tuesday night at Volusia Speedway Park as the Late Models return for their second night of action at DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

The Super DIRTcar Series and the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Cars presented by Low-E Insulation will also join the racing card.

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

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[8]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[6]; 4. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell[4]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 8. 157-Mike Marlar[12]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton[11]; 10. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[13]; 11. 32-Chris Simpson[10]; 12. 29-Darrell Lanigan[5]; 13. 19R-Ryan Gustin[14]; 14. 18D-Daulton Wilson[17]; 15. 40B-Kyle Bronson[15]; 16. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[9]; 17. 89-Ashton Winger[24]; 18. 58-Mark Whitener[18]; 19. 36-Logan Martin[21]; 20. 11-Spencer Hughes[16]; 21. 14M-Morgan Bagley[22]; 22. 31-Tyler Millwood[19]; 23. 97-Cody Overton[23]; 24. 11B-Stacy Boles[20]

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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+120RTRicky Thornton Jr300.00030Running80$7,000
28+644Chris Madden 30-3.5760Running75$3,500
36+39Devin Moran 30-4.2560Running70$2,000
41-376Brandon Overton 30-4.6810Running65$1,500
54-117MDale McDowell 30-5.4900Running60$1,200
67+116Tyler Bruening 30-5.9670Running55$1,000
73-41Brandon Sheppard 30-7.1440Running53$900
812+4157Mike Marlar 30-7.7560Running51$800
911+225Shane Clanton 30-8.2070Running49$700
1013+328Dennis Erb Jr30-11.4760Running47$600
1110-132Chris Simpson 30-13.2200Running45$500
125-729Darrell Lanigan 30-13.8940Running44$500
1314+119RRyan Gustin 30-14.9040Running43$500
1417+318DDaulton Wilson 30-15.2260Running42$500
1515040BKyle Bronson 30-16.8540Running41$500
169-799JRFrank Heckenast Jr30-17.3990Running40$500
1724+789Ashton Winger 30-18.2770Running39$500
1818058Mark Whitener 29-1 Laps0Running38$500
1921+236Logan Martin 29-1 Laps0Running37$500
2016-411Spencer Hughes 29-1 Laps0Running36$500
2122+114MMorgan Bagley 29-1 Laps0Running35$500
2219-331Tyler Millwood 29-1 Laps0Running34$500
2323097Cody Overton 22-8 Laps0Running33$500
2420-411BStacy Boles 15-15 Laps0Running32$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11018DDaulton Wilson 00.0000Running0$0
22031Tyler Millwood 0-0.7060Running0$0
33036Logan Martin 0-4.6930Running0$0
45+197Cody Overton 0-6.3740Running0$0
511+62Dan Stone 0-6.8170Running0$0
67+1111VMax Blair 0-7.4860Running0$0
76-16Nick Hoffman 0-8.0520Running0$0
810+276NBlair Nothdurft 0-8.8450Running0$0
98-110Garrett Smith 0-9.6220Running0$0
104-614Trey Mills 0-9.8640Running0$0
1112+194Jason Miller 0-10.3610Running0$0
1213+10GDeshawn Gingerich 0-12.6660Running0$0
139-445Kyle Hammer 0-12.6660Running0$0
141401AMikey Kopka 0-12.6660DNS0$0
1515033Jeff Mathews 0-12.6660DNS0$0
161603SBrian Shirley 0-12.6660DNS0$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+258Mark Whitener 00.0000Running0$0
21-111BStacy Boles 0-5.8170Running0$0
35+214MMorgan Bagley 0-6.9080Running0$0
42-289Ashton Winger 0-7.4570Running0$0
57+299Tanner English 0-8.2230Running0$0
64-215Donny Schatz 0-8.8080Running0$0
79+24GKody Evans 0-9.1650Running0$0
811+3B1Brent Larson 0-9.7230Running0$0
912+330Todd Cooney 0-10.4650Running0$0
101006SBlake Spencer 0-11.0900Running0$0
118-344BColten Burdette 0-11.5870Running0$0
1213+1130Chase Osterhoff 0-14.7300Running0$0
1314+18Kyle Strickler 0-14.8530Running0$0
1415+114RReid Millard 0-1.3170Running0$0
156-999BBoom Briggs 095.4620Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
13+276Brandon Overton Evans, GA0.000
25+329Darrell Lanigan Union, KY-673.894
34+199JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL-675.004
48+428Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL-675.375
51-418DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC-676.852
610+436Logan Martin West Plains, MO-676.976
77097Cody Overton Evans, GA-677.984
89+1111VMax Blair Centerville, PA-678.308
92-745Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL-678.886
106-42Dan Stone Thompson, PA-679.588
111100GDeshawn Gingerich Dover, PA-680.978
1212033Jeff Mathews Brandon, FLDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
1101Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL0.000
22016Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA-157.993
35+225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA-160.866
43-140BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL-161.928
57+231Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA-163.096
610+414Trey Mills St. Augustine, FL-165.957
79+26Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC-167.165
84-410Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA-168.155
96-376NBlair Nothdurft Renner, SD-169.164
108-294Jason Miller Berryville, VA -172.314
111101AMikey Kopka Astor, FLDNS
121203SBrian Shirley Chatham, ILDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+120RTRicky Thornton JrMartinsville, IN0.000
24+29Devin Moran Dresden, OH-155.249
36+332Chris Simpson Oxford, IA-160.056
45+119RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA-161.492
51-411BStacy Boles Clinton, TN-163.666
68+258Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL-164.862
711+414MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX-165.262
83-599Tanner English Benton, KY-166.546
910+14GKody Evans Camden, OH-166.912
107-3B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN-167.839
119-2130Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL-169.533
1212014RReid Millard Jefferson City, MO-171.706
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11017MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA0.000
23+144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC-158.525
34+1157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN-159.146
46+211Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS-161.231
55089Ashton Winger Senoia, GA-163.902
69+315Donny Schatz Fargo, ND-164.833
78+199BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA-165.397
87-144BColten Burdette Parkersburg, WV-166.080
911+26SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL-166.849
1010030Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA-169.771
112-98Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC-157.303
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
11199JRFrank Heckenast Jr15.9980.000
2210Garrett Smith 16.063-0.065
3876Brandon Overton 16.069-0.071
4140BKyle Bronson 16.101-0.103
51045Kyle Hammer 16.107-0.109
62116Tyler Bruening 16.208-0.210
71318DDaulton Wilson 16.211-0.213
8201Brandon Sheppard 16.222-0.224
9429Darrell Lanigan 16.245-0.247
102225Shane Clanton 16.336-0.338
11122Dan Stone 16.348-0.350
12576NBlair Nothdurft 16.424-0.426
13397Cody Overton 16.435-0.437
142431Tyler Millwood 16.496-0.498
151728Dennis Erb Jr16.553-0.555
161894Jason Miller 16.578-0.580
179111VMax Blair 16.655-0.657
1876Nick Hoffman 16.714-0.716
192336Logan Martin 16.737-0.739
20614Trey Mills 17.392-1.394
21160GDeshawn Gingerich 17.507-1.509
22141AMikey Kopka 17.507-1.509
231533Jeff Mathews 17.507-1.509
24193SBrian Shirley 17.507-1.509
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
119Devin Moran 16.0040.000
25157Mike Marlar 16.015-0.011
3299Tanner English 16.058-0.054
41144Chris Madden 16.084-0.080
52020RTRicky Thornton Jr16.146-0.142
678Kyle Strickler 16.185-0.181
7311BStacy Boles 16.237-0.233
81317MDale McDowell 16.259-0.255
91019RRyan Gustin 16.387-0.383
101689Ashton Winger 16.452-0.448
112232Chris Simpson 16.480-0.476
121811Spencer Hughes 16.499-0.495
139B1Brent Larson 16.526-0.522
141544BColten Burdette 16.574-0.570
151258Mark Whitener 16.618-0.614
161999BBoom Briggs 16.672-0.668
1714130Chase Osterhoff 16.682-0.678
18415Donny Schatz 16.748-0.744
1984GKody Evans 16.836-0.832
20630Todd Cooney 17.068-1.064
211714MMorgan Bagley 17.070-1.066
22236SBlake Spencer 17.088-1.084
232114RReid Millard 18.543-2.539
1429Darrell Lanigan 16.1210.000
21318DDaulton Wilson 16.144-0.023
3210Garrett Smith 16.190-0.069
4201Brandon Sheppard 16.215-0.094
5876Brandon Overton 16.274-0.153
61045Kyle Hammer 16.290-0.169
79111VMax Blair 16.338-0.217
82225Shane Clanton 16.362-0.241
91894Jason Miller 16.429-0.308
10576NBlair Nothdurft 16.431-0.310
111199JRFrank Heckenast Jr16.438-0.317
122116Tyler Bruening 16.449-0.328
13140BKyle Bronson 16.517-0.396
142336Logan Martin 16.519-0.398
15122Dan Stone 16.558-0.437
171728Dennis Erb Jr16.635-0.514
1876Nick Hoffman 16.742-0.621
19397Cody Overton 16.995-0.874
202431Tyler Millwood 17.099-0.978
21141AMikey Kopka 17.413-1.292
22614Trey Mills 17.739-1.618
23193SBrian Shirley 17.739-1.618
24160GDeshawn Gingerich 17.739-1.618
251533Jeff Mathews 17.739-1.618