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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Late Models open 2022 season at Sunshine Nationals

The wait is finally over.

The World of Outlaws Late Models kick off their 2022 campaign in Florida, Jan. 20-22, as part of the Sunshine Nationals Late-Model-Palooza at Volusia Speedway Park.

Three nights of high-octane action will see The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet battle for a $10,000 top prize each Feature, giving one driver the chance to walk away with $30,000.

This year marks the Series’ second appearance during the massive Late Model weekend. Home state hero Kyle Bronson, of Brandon, FL, picked up the inaugural Sunshine Nationals win with the World of Outlaws.

Joining the Series at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile are the DIRTcar Pro Late Models and 602 Late Models.

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

Here are top storylines to what for this weekend:

The Drive for 5: The Sunshine Nationals mark the start of a potential historic journey for Brandon Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL. He’s two wins away from taking the top spot on the all-time wins list and a championship at the end of the season would make him the first driver in the history of the Series to reach five titles.

Sheppard won his third consecutive title in November – fourth overall – tying Josh Richards for the most Series championships all-time.

He’s had a ton of success as The World’s Fastest Half-Mile racking up six victories, including a clean sweep of DIRTcar Nationals in 2019. Sheppard was consistent on tracks a half-mile or larger in 2021 — scoring one win, five top-fives, and nine top-10s.

“The Rocket Shepp” is also coming in hot. He scored two wins in New Mexico earlier this month in his family-owned car.

Back with a Boom: Brandon Sheppard won’t be alone in the quest to claim the most World of Outlaws Late Model championships all-time. Josh Richards returns to the World of Outlaws Late Models full-time in 2022 behind the wheel of a car owned by fan-favorite Boom Briggs.

Like Sheppard, the Shinnston, WV driver has also found success at Volusia Speedway Park, winning five times at the Florida venue.

While “The Rocket Man” hasn’t been full-time with the Series since 2016, that hasn’t kept him out of Victory Lane. His last Series win came at the high-speed Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile last year.

Freshman Orientation: The 2022 World of Outlaws Late Models’ rookie class is one to keep an eye on this season with impressive resumes among them.

Six drivers have announced their plan to run for Rookie of the Year honors in 2022, all from different parts of the country.

Max Blair, from Centerville, PA, has the most World of Outlaws success out of the group, having already claimed three Series wins. However, Tanner English, from Benton, KY, is the only driver with an entire season of a national tour under his belt.

Joining them in the rookie battle will be Gary Dillon, from Wilson, NC, Gordy Gundaker, from St. Charles, MO, Jacob Ulrich, from Sand Springs, OK, and Kyle Hammer, from Clinton, IL.

As proven by last year’s Rookie of the Year, Tyler Bruening, a strong start to the season at Sunshine Nationals will go a long way to ending the season as the top rookie. While he didn’t pick up a win, his consistency catapulted him to third in points.

Volusia Tickler: No driver had more success at Volusia Speedway Park in 2021 than Kyle Strickler.

The Mooresville, NC driver won twice last season—the only driver to score multiple victories at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

In January 2021, the “Highside Tickler” held off Late Model legend Scott Bloomquist to score his first career win at Sunshine Nationals and backed it up with a win to open DIRTcar Nationals last February.

In five races on the half-mile oval, Strickler only finished out of the top-five once—a sixth on the final night of DIRTcar Nationals.

Yung Money Sunshine: Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson returns to the World of Outlaws Late Models at Sunshine Nationals behind the wheel of the K&L Rumley Enterprises car.

The Elk Grove, CA driver, won two of the four races he entered last season, scoring victories at Sharon Speedway and Fairbury Speedway.

“Yung Money” has made six starts with the Series, but Thursday will be his first at Volusia Speedway Park. In one appearance on a half-mile in 2021, Larson was battling for the win at Williams Grove Speedway before retiring late in the event.

WHEN AND WHERE

Jan. 20-22 – Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL

ABOUT THE TRACK

Volusia Speedway Park is a 1/2-mile oval
Online – https://volusiaspeedwaypark.com

Previous Volusia Speedway Park Winners
2021 – Kyle Bronson on Jan. 14, Kyle Strickler on Jan. 16, Kyle Strickler on Feb. 10, Devin Moran on Feb. 11, Brandon Overton on Feb. 12
2020 – Brandon Sheppard on Feb. 12, Jimmy Owens on Feb. 13, Feb. 14 & Feb. 15
2019 – Brandon Sheppard on Feb. 13, Feb. 14, Feb. 15 and Feb. 16
2018 – Tim McCreadie – Feb. 14; Dale McDowell – Feb. 15; Scott Bloomquist – Feb. 16; Brandon Sheppard – Feb. 17
2017- Shane Clanton on Feb. 24; Don O’Neal on Feb. 25
2016 – Josh Richards on Feb. 18, 19; Shane Clanton on Feb. 20
2015 – Shane Clanton on Feb. 19, 20, 21
2014 – Casey Roberts on Feb. 20; Kyle Bronson on Feb. 22
2013 – Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 21; Billy Moyer on Feb. 22; Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 23
2012 – Dennis Erb Jr. on Feb. 23; Billy Moyer on Feb. 25
2011 – Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 17; Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 19
2010 – Josh Richards on Feb. 11; Brady Smith on Feb. 13
2009 – Josh Richards on Feb. 12; Steve Francis on Feb. 14
2008 – Josh Richards on Feb. 14; Billy Moyer on Feb. 16
2007 – Josh Richards on Feb. 17
2006 – Earl Pearson Jr. on Feb. 16; Steve Francis on Feb. 18; Chris Madden on Oct. 14
2005 – Billy Moyer on Feb. 17; Tim McCreadie on Feb. 19; Scott Bloomquist on Oct. 29
2004 – Steve Francis on Feb. 3; Bart Hartman on Feb. 4; Shannon Babb on Feb. 6; Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 8

TRACK RECORDS

Volusia Speedway Park- 15.645 set by Tim McCreadie on Feb. 14, 2018

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Around the Turn: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet return to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 16-19. CLICK HERE for Tickets.

Sunshine Nationals, DIRTcar Nationals 2022 dates set for action-packed Florida openers

Volusia Speedway Park will host the Sunshine Nationals, on Jan. 20-22, and the DIRTcar Nationals, on Feb. 8-19

Two of the biggest season-opening events at Volusia Speedway Park for the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar will act as the perfect bookends for the series’ 2022 Florida events.

The Sunshine Nationals, featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, will kick off the Late Model season with another thrilling Late Model-Palooza, on Jan. 20-22.

Then, after a couple weeks of more exciting dirt racing around Florida, the 51st DIRTcar Nationals will commence, Feb. 8-19, featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, All Star Circuit of Champions, DIRTcar Late Models, World of Outlaws Late Models and the Super DIRTcar Series.

“Dirt racing in Florida is going to be bigger and better than ever at the start of 2022,” said Brian Carter, World of Outlaws and DIRTcar CEO. “Demonstrating our commitment to our fans and drivers, we’ve coordinated with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series so there is no overlap of events, allowing fans to enjoy the best Late Model drivers in the world battle throughout Florida on a weekly basis from January to February.

“Then, that will lead into the always action-packed DIRTcar Nationals at the beginning of February where the best Sprint Car, Late Model, Modified and Big Block drivers will compete for the must-have golden gator trophies.”

The 2021 Sunshine Nationals set a high bar for the World of Outlaws Late Model season, producing two eye-widening events and a first-time winner. And this year’s 50th DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 2-13, has again attracted the top race car drivers in the world, including two-time defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet , Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Kenny Wallace, three-time defending World of Outlaws Late Model champion Brandon Sheppard and 2019 Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson.

Tickets for this year’s 50th DIRTcar Nationals are available now at VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com. Ticket’s for 2022’s Sunshine Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals will be available there at a later date.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

Volusia’s DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Returns with World of Outlaws to Kick Off 2021

Second-annual event, Jan. 14-16, features four divisions across three days of racing

After the great success that was the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals in January, Volusia Speedway Park’s kickoff event to the racing season returns in 2021 as the biggest Dirt Late Model extravaganza to hit the state of Florida with the addition of a fourth division of full-fendered fury.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will join the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, 602 Crate Late Models and the Florida Late Model Challenge Series as the fourth different division for the second annual event, completing the spectrum of Dirt Late Model diversity in this one-of-a-kind racing spectacle.

The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet kick off their 2021 schedule with three straight nights of $10,000-to-win events over the course of the event, Jan. 14-16, launching the new standard-show purse, highlighted by $10,000 for the winner, $2,000 for 10th and $1,000-to-start. The Sunshine Nationals will effectively mark the beginning of the DIRTcar national points season, as each driver competing with the World of Outlaws will be eligible to earn points in the DIRTcar Late Model national points standings.

Tickets for the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals are now available online; only for purchase online or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

Three weeks later, the Outlaws return to The World’s Fastest Half-Mile for week two (Late Model week) of the legendary DIRTcar Nationals, proceeding two nights of DIRTcar Late Model action. With four consecutive shows from Wed-Sat, Feb. 10-13, all eyes will be on the week-long championship points battle for the Big Gator trophy. Tickets for the DIRTcar Nationals are also available now.

A total of eighty-one Late Models across the three divisions packed the pit area on the opening night of competition for the inaugural Sunshine Nationals back in January, with more coming in for Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win Pro Late Model finale.

Several big names of the DIRTcar Late Model circuit came out to compete with the Pro Late Models, including Kyle Bronson, Randy Weaver, Max Blair, Ashton Winger, Michael Page and more. Bronson walked away with the fattest pockets at the weekend’s conclusion, pulling off the clean sweep of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model division by winning all three Features and collecting a grand total of $13,500 in Feature winnings.

Three different drivers claimed victory in the three 602 Late Model Features, including 22-year-old Late Model prodigy Cody Overton. The Florida Late Models almost saw a clean sweep of their own by David Showers Jr., who had never been to Victory Lane in a Late Model of any kind prior to his breakthrough victory on opening night.

Each of these storylines builds the narrative heading into the second annual event next January. Can Bronson defend his turf, keep the win streak going and repeat as Pro Late Model champion? Will the 602 Late Models see a fourth different winner? Who will take the World of Outlaws points lead out of the Sunshine Nationals and into the DIRTcar Nationals just one month later?

The answers will reveal themselves in just over four months. With a total purse of nearly $220,000 across all four divisions and the return of the nightly points system to determine the overall mini-series champion in each division, the 2021 racing season is set for quite a sunny kickoff.

DIRTcar Pro Late Model, 602 Late Model and Florida Late Model purses/format will remain the same for 2021. Invites for the DIRTcar Pro Late Model division are again extended to all Crate Racin’ USA, FASTRAK and RUSH Late Model competitors.

2021 DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Winner’s Shares

                                    Pro Late Model         602 Late Model        Florida Late Model

Thu., Jan. 14 –         $1,500                        $1,000                        $1,500

Fri., Jan. 15 –           $2,000                        $1,200                        $3,000

Sat., Jan. 16 –          $10,000                      $1,500                        $1,500

DIRTVision presented by Drydene will provide live coverage of the 2021 Sunshine Nationals for all Fast Pass subscribers and PPV buyers. Head to DIRTVision.com today to sign-up for just $39 per month and never miss a moment of the action!

DIRTcar Racing is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts, iRacing (Official Online Racing Game) and NAPA Auto Parts (SDS). Contingency sponsors include: ARP Automotive Racing Products (SDS), ASI Race Wear (SDS), Bicknell Racing Products, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux, Cometic Gasket (SDS), COMP Cams (SDS), DART (SDS), Fox Shox (SDS), and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum) (SDS); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, FireAde, Intercomp,Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.

Exciting Action Kicks Off Volusia’s Weekly Racing

Weekly racing at Volusia Speedway Park kicked off Saturday night with 85 cars across four divisions and thrilling action in each class.

Congrats to the winners:

  • Jason Fitzgerald, Florida Late Models (above)
  • Garrett Stewart, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds (below)
  • Kyle Livingood, Street Stock (below)
  • Paul Shead, 3/4 Stock (below)

RESULTS

FLORIDA LATE MODELS FEATURE (25 laps) — 1. Jason Fitzgerald, 2. Trey Mills, 3. Joe Kump, 4. Jackson Hise, 5. David Showers Jr., 6. Shan Smith, 7. Trynt Lloyd, 8. Tom Fiebelkorn, 9. Scott Gray, 10. John Bledsoe, 11. Cameron Saunders, 12. Robert Gast, 13. Jimmy Wagner, 14. Sonny Thompson, 15. Steve Shead, 16. Mark Steube, 17. Joshua Kuntsbeck, 18. Jason Pope, 19, Donnie Birdwell. DNF: Bill Adkins, Don Sniff, Jimmy Waldrop, Brenden Smith, Jonathan Thomas, Derrike Bennett, Dennis Williams, Richard Ferry, David Showers Sr.

DIRTcar UMP MODIFIEDS FEATURE (25 laps) — 1. Garrett Stewart, 2. Tyler Clem, 3. Seth Geary, 4. Buzzie Reitumann, 5. Jason Garver, 6. Patrick Vareika, 7. Brandon Wells, 8. Josh Sanford, 9. Paul Shead, 10. Ray Durrence Jr., 11. Kenny Mihalik, 12. Tony Campbell, 13. Shawn James, 14. Jason Thayer, 15. Charlie Phillips, 16. Paul Schloss, 17. Mike Phillips. DNF: Matt Johnson, Dale Kelley, Zach Permann.

STREET STOCKS FEATURE (25 laps) — 1. Kyle Livingood, 2. Joe Belkey, 3. Tuck Trentham, 4. Chris Lawrence, 5. Shaun Washam, 6. Brian Morgan, 7. Bruce Griffin, 8. Thomas Hill, 9. Chris Vogel, 10. Thomas Pratt, 11. Sammy Hatcher, 12. Carl Moore, 13. Jonathan Croson, 14. Bubba Christian, 15. Jacob Bell, 16. Richard Livernois, 17. Mike Stalnaker, 18. Bobby Ogelsby, 19. Alan Peacock, 20. Kameron McGauley, 21. Josh Sanford, 22. Dale Mimbs, 23. Clayton Ruth, 24. Patrick Mennenga, Rick Osteen.

3/4 MODIFIEDS FEATURE (15 laps) — 1. Paul Shead, 2. Tim Hogan, 3. Bo Bass, 4. Austin Hunter, 5. Pat Varieka, 6. Wray Shaffer, 7. Jeff Newton. DNF: Wade Olmstead, Jesse Powers, Brad Fender, Tad Olmstead, Wryan Shaffer.