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AN EGG-SCELLENT EVENING: The Full Moon Shines Bright On New Championship Hunters

This year’s running of the Work Force 25 included a full moon on the rise, which meant a series of cheers, surprises, and chaos to a classic Easter weekend race. Not only that, there are some new faces and continued leads in some of the championship standings as race three of the 18 race season comes to a close.

 

In the 602 Late Models, it was a young gun show as both Jackson Hise and Trynt Lloyd battled it out through the 20 lap feature. The duo faced many challenges to their front running skill, including Mikey Kopka and Mark Steube. In the end, it was Hise that edged out Lloyd. This now puts him right in the battle for the points lead with Lloyd, Steube and Brad Fender Jr.

The 3/4 modifieds has a new face in a championship, and he’s got a lot cooking in the pot. Young Korbin Minchew got the feature win after a race riddled with cautions and chaos. Along with that, the modifieds also gave the Volusia 2022 season it’s first big one. A five car wreck that included the Shaffer duo of Wray and Wryan, defending champion Wade Olmsted and Dustin Peterson cut the competition down to just two big front runners; Minchew and Timmy Hogan, last week’s feature winner. Hogan used up all the track he could to pass Minchew, but didn’t pan out in the end. Don’t be surprised at all if they battle for the championship like they did to each other respectfully tonight.

The 604 Late Models was a tough challenge, but included a win from Nevin Gainey that went wire to wire in the Work Force 25 Main Feature. He had challenges all throughout the 25 lap feature, with guys like Jeff Choquette, Derike Bennett, Trynt Lloyd, again, Mikey Kopka, and Dustin Carter all making up the front running crew of the night. Though the battle for the championship is still wide open at this point, there might be some clear favorites come the end of the next race, the Sunshine Showdown.

The Thunder Stocks keep on producing, and tonight did not disappoint whatsoever. At the drop of the green flag, polesitter Justin Reynolds and heat race 2 winner Patrick Thomas battled in the early portion of the 20 lap feature. In the midway portion, it became clear that the top 3 favorites would be Reynolds, Thomas and Bubba Roling come time to throw the checkered. All of a sudden with five laps to go, Josh Byrd came into the picture. What seemed like out of nowhere, Byrd had strong momentum to clear both Reynolds and Thomas as he set his sights on the leading car of Bubba Roling. With one lap to go, Byrd was on Roling’s bumper, went low, cleared him off of turn 4, and stole the win after coming into the picture so late in the race. In his interview, he described how long it has been since his last win, and hopes it can continue his fast-paced momentum towards a Thunder Stock championship. 

Surprisingly enough, tonight was the Street Stock’s first race of the 2022 Volusia season. However, the long awaited beginning was all worth the wait with how the race had played out. At the start, it was Alan Peacock gaining the early lead. As the race progressed, it became clear that Rodney Wright would be the one to gap the field and win. Donnie Ashford and Bruce Griffin were battling for 2nd for the majority of the race, which gave Wright a good gap. Then, Ashford cleared Griffin. He closed the gap quickly and with one to go, Ashford passed Wright to give him the first win in the 2022 season. All around great racing in this class could make it a highly contested championship fight come November.

The next race for Volusia Speedway Park will next Saturday, April 23rd at the Sunshine Showdown. Gates will open at 4:00, with Hot Laps at 6:00. Can’t make the race? Watch the broadcast of all the action live on DIRTVision. We’ll see you then!

FIRST NIGHT FUN: Opening Night Proves That 2022 Is Not The Same

If anything about tonight’s Opening Night Special at Volusia showed anything, it’s that nothing is over until it’s actually over, and that there are going to be some wide open championship battles throughout the season. Every winning driver had to grind each lap, and it surely made the night a great one to watch.

 

Hands down, the driver of the night was one, Joe Belkey. He not only won the 602 Late Model feature, but the Thunder Stock feature as well. He had to battle with Donnie Chappell in the early stages until his night was done due to a mechanical failure. From that point on, he was able to have a smooth ride the rest of the way en route to the win. In the Thunder Stocks, it was an uphill climb as he started dead last in the feature. Battling with defending champion Shaun Daugharty & Justin Reynolds, Belkey made his presence known. Not only that, tonight’s performance showed that it will not be surprising if he’s in the hunt for a championship in November.

 

In the 3/4 Modifieds, it almost became an endurance race as there were multiple cautions in the first few laps. After the final caution on lap 5 went green to checkered, it became a battle between brothers as Korbin & Lawton Minchew battled for the win. Defending champion, Wade Olmsted, made his way through the field. He would only to finish second to the eventual winner, Korbin Minchew.

 

The 604 Late Models was the Joe Kump Show, leading every lap of the night. Even though he commanded the field doesn’t mean there weren’t challenges to his lead. The defining two drivers in the battle for the win was Jeff Choquette and Donnie Chappell, with them both faltering at the end.

 

Finally, the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds showed that this could be the year a driver can tip Garret Stewart off the top step as champion. Seth Geary led all but one lap, while the rest of the field were jostling all around for position and space. Hunter Gustafson stayed on Geary’s trail throughout the race, while Stewart finished third to him in a close finish. Many drivers battled to try and earn a podium spot, or even top 5. In the end, it was Eric Moon and 80 year-old Buzzie Reutimann who took the remaining spots to secure a top 5 finish.

 

Volusia Speedway Park’s next race is the Spring Fling next Saturday on April 2nd. Gates will open at 4:00, and will be broadcasted live on DIRTVision. We’ll see you then! Below are photos by Dave Shank. We hope you enjoy!

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Volusia Speedway Park Brings New Additions & Competition

As the month of March begins to wind down, it’s finally time to get the local racing season started! Volusia Speedway Park will begin the 2022 season on March 26th with the 602 Late Models, 604 Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, 3/4 Modifieds, Street Stocks and Thunder Stocks throughout the year. So to get you caught up on what you missed last year and what’s new this year, here is a rundown of everything you need to know before the first race.

 

Volusia on DIRTVision: For the first time in Volusia Speedway Park’s 54 year history, every race run at the track will be broadcasted live on DIRTVision. Volusia will be joining other iconic tracks such as Knoxville Raceway, Williams Grove Speedway & Millbridge Speedway as one of few premier dirt tracks across the country to have races streamed live from race to race. Whether you live locally, out of state, or across the pond in Australia, you can watch the racing from Volusia Speedway Park from anywhere, live on Saturday nights! Go to DIRTVision.com to see what options are best for you!

 

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds: If there was a definition for dominance in the 2021 UMP Modified division, it would show a picture of Garret Stewart. Almost every race last season saw him on the podium, or holding a trophy in his hand. Stewart has shown throughout the 51st DIRTcar Nationals that he hasn’t slowed down at all, and will look to show the same of what he showed last year.

 

602 Late Models: After a strong first half of the 2021 season that included 3 wins, last year’s track champion, Dustin Carter, will look to make it back to back championships with momentum on his side. However, 2020 track champion, Mikey Kopka, will be a great challenger to Carter after starting off 2021 with five podiums. Those being two wins and three second place finishes. The one key to winning this championship is consistency. Whoever makes it through the season without having many issues will have a great shot at winning the championship.

 

604 Late Models: Brandon Wells took home the championship last year after having a rough start with a DNF in the first race. With a trophy in hand and steering wheel in the other, you know he’ll be refreshed and ready for a second championship run.

 

3/4 Modifieds: Young Wade Olmsted showed that he’s got a lot of potential in his future when he won the 2021 championship, beating Timmy Hogan by a mere 21 points. This division is full of competition and drivers that have great potential to win the championship, and it could very well go down to the final race to determine who will be champion in 2022.

 

Street Stocks: Despite missing the first race of the season, Chris Lawrence pulled off the big comeback with six straight podiums and three wins to be able to win the championship. However, 3rd place in the standings, Bubba Christian, was a clear favorite to win the championship had he not missed 3 races throughout the season. It could be a dogfight between Lawrence and Christian for the 2022 championship.

 

Thunder Stocks: Even though Shaun Daugharty had a very slow start that included two DNF’s and one missed show, he fired on all fours when he needed to. A huge rebound that consisted of five wins and finishing in the top 3 at every race from the end of May until the season finale in November was what would earn him the track championship. It’ll be a storyline to see if Daugharty can bring more of the heat at the first race.

Volusia Speedway Park joins DIRTVision’s premier lineup of live weekly racing

Florida’s top DIRTcar UMP Modified and Late Model drivers will be showcased live throughout the year

Volusia Speedway Park has evolved into one of the top state-of-the-art dirt tracks in the country and in 2022 race fans will get to experience the World’s Fastest Half-Mile from anywhere live on DIRTVision.

The Florida track joins DIRTVision’s premier lineup of live weekly racing, expanding its pledge of showcasing the best short track racing in the country. Along with the track’s top tier events, like the Sunshine Nationals, DIRTcar Nationals and Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial, the best UMP Modified, Late Model, Street Stock, Thunder Stock, Top Gun Sprint Car and 3/4 Modified drivers in the state will be showcased throughout the year.

“A lot of devotion has gone into Volusia Speedway Park to not only make it one of the best racing facilities in the country, but one of the best weekly local racing tracks, as well,” said DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter. “Now, for those who aren’t able to attend an event at the track, we’re thrilled to be able to let them still experience it live on DIRTVision.”

Racing action at Volusia will kick off with the Sunshine Nationals, on Jan. 20-22, hosting a Late Model-Palooza like no other. The World of Outlaws Late Models will start its season with drivers like four-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard, Florida’s Kyle Bronson, 2021 Rookie of the Year Tyler Bruening and many more competing for the victories. Joining the World of Outlaws during the three-day event will also be the 602 Late Models and DIRTcar Pro Late Models.

A couple weeks later, the 51st DIRTcar Nationals will commence (Feb. 7-19) gathering the top dirt racing series and drivers in Barberville, FL for two weeks of action.

The first week will feature the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and their Gator Championship (Feb. 7-12), the All Star Circuit of Champions (Feb. 8-9) and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season opener (Feb. 10-12) where three-time and defending champion Brad Sweet will look for another strong start to a championship run against rivals like David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart and more.

After a break on Sunday, the second week of DIRTcar Nationals will continue Monday, Feb. 14. The DIRTcar Late Models will run Feb. 14 to Feb. 15 before the World of Outlaws Late Models season continues Feb. 16 to Feb. 19. The Super DIRTcar Series will see stars like eight-time and defending champion Matt Sheppard, two-time and defending NAPA Super DIRT Week champion Mat Williamson, Peter Britten, Max McLaughlin and others on track all week.

The full 2022 schedule for Volusia Speedway Park will be released in the coming months.

To watch every race live from the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, sign up for an annual Platinum FAST PASS with DIRTVision and experience every event either online or through the DIRTVision App.

Volusia Speedway Park joins DIRTVision’s growing list of historic tracks like Attica Raceway Park, Huset’s Speedway, Jacksonville Speedway, Knoxville Raceway, Millbridge Speedway, Perth Motorplex and Williams Grove Speedway. Fans with a FAST PASS subscription can also access every race for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series, Xtreme DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Summer Nationals.