Timmy Hogan

BANG BANG: Outlaw Shootout Delivers Slide Jobs, Close Racing and Points Swings as the Season Passes Halfway

With a race name like the Outlaw Shootout, the night lived up to what it was supposed to be.

 

After chaos, slide jobs and surprise moves to win, it was a night many drivers will and won’t look fondly upon as the 2022 season hits the halfway mark.

 

To start the night off, the 604 Late Models ran a clean race with close action between the leaders of Brandon Wells, Dustin Carter and Mikey Kopka. The three stayed close to each other throughout the 20 lap feature, and it became a battle until the end. Wells held the challenge off and earned his first win of the 2022 season.

 

In the points battle between Dustin Carter and Mikey Kopka, it was Kopka with the 604 Late Model points lead by just one point over Carter going into the weekend. After tonight, Dustin Carter now holds the lead over Kopka with the same margin; one point.

 

1. 39W-Brandon Wells[1]; 2. 5-Dustin Carter[3]; 3. 51K-Mikey Kopka[2]; 4. 07-David Clegg[9]; 5. 721-Joe Kump[4]; 6. 75-Sonny Thompson[5]; 7. 15M-Chris Meyer[8]; 8. 9-Kody Jett[10]; 9. 10S-Steve Shead[13]; 10. 21D-Lenny Dallman[12]; 11. (DNF) 46C-Hamp Conley[14]; 12. (DNF) M51-Mark Steube[11]; 13. (DNF) 12-Robert Gast[7]; 14. (DNF) 25C-Donnie Chappell[6]; 15. (DNF) 1J-Jason Papp[16]; 16. (DNS) 54T-Tuck Trentham

 

The ¾ Modifieds proved they continue to produce good racing with a return to victory lane for a familiar face.

 

Patrick Varieka made his first start of the season in the ¾ modifieds and instantly showed he was the man to beat. First by winning his heat race in dominant fashion. Then, he grabbed the lead in the feature early and never relented.

 

After a late race caution with four to go, Vareika received a challenge from second place running Timmy Hogan. Hogan had the short run pace on Varieka and tried to attempt to pass him for the lead, but Vareika had the long run pace and would help him hold on to win in his return to the ¾ Modifieds in 2022.

 

1. 117-Patrick Vareika[4]; 2. 26-Timmy Hogan[6]; 3. 23K-Korbin Minchew[2]; 4. 67-Tad Olmsted[8]; 5. 23L-Lawton Minchew[3]; 6. 51-Dustin Peterson[7]; 7. 26L-Colton Lane[10]; 8. 23-Wray Shaffer[12]; 9. 32-Wryan Shaffer[11]; 10. 27-Steven Powers[13]; 11. 9-Logan Malone[15]; 12. 32P-Jesse Powers[9]; 13. 0-CR Hill[17]; 14. (DNF) 53-Rusty Young[1]; 15. (DNF) 99-Wade Olmsted[5]; 16. (DNF) 57-Nathyn Hwan[14]; 17. (DNS) 10-Ethyn Hwan

 

 

The main show of the night, the $1,500 to win in the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, showed that even the season’s top competitors can get their hands dirty with aggressive moves.

 

Throughout the 25 lap feature, the night was dominated by three guys; Seth Geary, Garret Stewart and Dalton Lanich. Most of the night was dominated by Geary with a lead of over two seconds while Stewart, Lanich and Ryan Rackley would try to secure the second spot.

 

After a late caution with four laps to go remaining, Geary would have to try and hold off his biggest title competitors on what was the last restart of the night.

 

On the restart, Stewart sent it deep on Geary going through turns one and two and would even make contact with Geary after speeding off with the lead. Rackley would then fight Geary for second while Stewart cruised to his second win of the 2022 season.

 

Showing off displeasure on the cooldown lap, Geary pulled up close to Stewart and revved his engine to show he didn’t like what he did to grab the Outlaw Shootout feature win. The win closes the gap in the championship with Stewart now 18 points behind Geary going into the halfway stretch.

 

1. 67-Garret Stewart[4]; 2. 7G-Seth Geary[2]; 3. 99-Ryan Rackley[3]; 4. 51-Dalton Lanich[5]; 5. 15-Hunter Gustafson[1]; 6. 80-Paul Shead[13]; 7. 3-Josh Sanford[7]; 8. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[6]; 9. 34P-Jim Passino[11]; 10. 34-Rob Giffen[16]; 11. 37-Eddie Scarberry[14]; 12. (DNF) 96-Kyle Arvin[12]; 13. (DNF) 3D-Makayla Tyrrell[9]; 14. (DNF) 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[10]; 15. (DNF) 24B-Dillon Buhr[8]; 16. (DNS) 39W-Brandon Wells

 

The Street Stocks was a similar case tonight like the 604 Late Models where the leaders all stayed close to each other with battles for positions all across the 20 lap feature. 

 

Jimmy Wagner, Donnie Ashford and Alan Peacock all jockied around for the top three positions throughout the feature. Peacock stayed up front for the majority of the feature with Wagner knocking down his bumper in the second spot.

 

After close calls and heartbreak in not winning in 2022, Peacock finally came home a 2022 feature winner with Wagner finishing second and Ashford third.

 

When asked about if he knew how close Wagner and Ashford were behind him, Peacock exclaimed “I kept hearing them behind me throughout the race, but never in front!”

 

Peacock’s first win of 2022 adds a cushion to his lead in the points over Bruce Griffin by 16 points.

 

1. 17-Alan Peacock[2]; 2. 17W-Jimmy Wagner[4]; 3. 66A-Donnie Ashford[1]; 4. 72-Bruce Griffin[3]; 5. 63-Chris Lawrence[7]; 6. 40-Clayton Ruth[6]; 7. 388-Glen Swiger[9]; 8. (DNF) 7R-Rick O’Steen[8]; 9. (DNF) 11K-Kameron McGauley[5]

 

In Thunder Stocks, you could be safe to call it the Justin Reynolds Show.

 

In the heat race, he made a daring three wide move to take the lead on the opening lap after starting back in the fifth spot. He went to win the heat and headed straight to the lead in the feature.

 

It wasn’t all a cakewalk though. Reynolds was challenged by Thunder Stocks star Joe Belkey. The 20 of Reynolds finished in the top three in every Thunder Stocks race he entered this season and he was ready to finally knock down the win that eluded him this season.

 

After 20 laps of close racing and hanging on to the lead, Reynolds came under the checkered flag with his first win of the 2022 season.

 

In his interview with DIRTVision, he credited the competition for keeping it clean and fun and is willing to take up sponsors that are looking to get into local dirt racing.

 

1. 20-Justin Reynolds[4]; 2. 2-Joe Belkey[6]; 3. 73J-Justin Durbin[5]; 4. 00-Shaun Daugharty[3]; 5. 13-Ron Adams[10]; 6. 30-Chris Jeune[2]; 7. 10S-Ronnie Scarberry[9]; 8. 73S-David Szczepanik[11]; 9. 38-Charles King[1]; 10. 27-Jordan Strickland[12]; 11. 96J-Scott Haas[7]; 12. (DNS) 27M-Wesley Morgan

 

The next race for Volusia Speedway Park will be the Clay Classic on June 25th. TIckets are $12 for general admission with kids 12 and under getting free admission. Tickets can be purchased at the gates and they will open on race days at 4:00PM. Hot Laps will roughly start two hours after at 6:00PM.

 

You can also watch all the action live on DIRTVision with a FastPass subscription. We’ll see you on the 25th.

A CLASSIC DOGFIGHT: Top Gun Sprint Cars Return To Volusia and The Kids School The Late Models

The return of the Top Gun Sprint Car Series, young guns claiming the late models, and fast paced action were the ingredients to what made tonight’s Top Gun Classic worth the wait.

 

Even though it doesn’t feel that long, the Top Gun Sprint Cars returned to the World’s Fastest Half Mile for their first of three races at the track for their 2022 campaign. Tonight, it was all the Danny Martin Jr show as he dominated the majority of the times he was out on track. He started the night out by winning his heat race with Brandon Grubaugh challenging at times. 

 

After an invert and starting 7th, Martin quickly made up ground and took the lead early in the program. From that point on, it was all eyes on him as he led over five seconds for the majority of the feature. Cautions and lap cars didn’t do him in either, as he led with Grubaugh behind him to take the Top Gun win. It’s his 6th win of the season, making his championship bid early in the 24 car.

 

  1. 24-Danny Martin Jr[7]; 2. G6-Brandon Grubaugh[6]; 3. 82-Garrett Green[8]; 4. 21B-Brandon McLain[4]; 5. 10TRB-Bob Martin[11]; 6. 6S-Robbie Smith[5]; 7. 26-Jeff Bye[1]; 8. 97B-Dustin Burtron[3]; 9. 14-Danny Jones[13]; 10. 67-Jacob McLain[9]; 11. 20-Frank Carlsson Jr[10]; 12. 13-Nathan Barouch[2]; 13. (DNF) 0X-Clint Weiss[12]; 14. (DNS) 32-Andrew Griffin; 15. (DNS) 12B-Bryan Eckley; 16. (DNS) 41-Matt Kurtz

 

In the 604 Late Models, it was looking to be David Clegg’s race throughout the majority of the night.. That was until Trey Mills had something to say about it.

 

Winning his heat, Mills was bound to start the night smooth. He had competition all around the 20 lap feature from Jackson Hise, Mark Fleischer and Clegg. But at the end, the fourteen year old driver took home the $1,000 check after getting past Clegg with a few laps to go.

 

  1. 14JR-Trey Mills[5]; 2. 07-David Clegg[2]; 3. 18B-Mark Fleischer[1]; 4. 388-Jackson Hise[9]; 5. 54T-Tuck Trentham[6]; 6. 51K-Mikey Kopka[4]; 7. 12-Robert Gast[13]; 8. 5-Dustin Carter[7]; 9. 51A-Larry Anderson[8]; 10. 721-Joe Kump[14]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead[11]; 12. 46C-Hamp Conley[10]; 13. (DNF) 15M-Chris Meyer[12]; 14. (DNF) 7-Jason Fitzgerald[3]

 

Mills wasn’t the only young gun to win in a late model tonight through all the chaos and excitement of the 602 Late Models. At the start of the feature, it was looking like it would be the night where Mikey Kopka would have all his gremlins sorted out and get home the win in the late models. However, Kole Platt and Jackson Hise challenged Kopka for the lead, with Platt leading the final few laps.

 

When a late race caution came out, Platt went slow on the throttle and opened the door for Hise. He took the lead going into turn one and didn’t look back the rest of the way. This marks Hise’s 2nd win at Volusia this season and could be some added momentum into the Gator Nationals.

 

  1. 388-Jackson Hise[6]; 2. 1A-Mikey Kopka[3]; 3. 44P-Kole Platt[9]; 4. M51-Mark Steube[2]; 5. 14JR-Trey Mills[4]; 6. 1AR-Travis Staats[8]; 7. 18-Austin Leamon[7]; 8. 31-Tim Swartz[1]; 9. 21D-Lenny Dallman[11]; 10. 99-Colton Blair[10]; 11. 12-Billy Gast[12]; 12. 3C-Cale Gilbert[15]; 13. (DNF) *69-Brad Fender Jr[14]; 14. (DNF) 18R-Bubba Roling[5]; 15. (DNF) 11-J R Gray[13]

 

The final two laps were nothing short of heart racing for Chris Olmstead and Timmy Hogan in the ¾ modifieds. Throughout the night, the two drivers swapped the lead through both their heat race and feature. Even with cautions being thrown almost every five laps for the chaos, it also made the show closer and exciting.

 

Coming into turn one with two to go, Timmy Hogan lost brakes and drove high into turn one, easily giving Olmstead the lead. All of a sudden after exiting turn two, Olmstead ran out of fuel and began sputtering. Hogan retook the lead and won. A closing Korbin Minchew finished second, so he will continue to lead the points.

 

  1. 26-Timmy Hogan[2]; 2. 23K-Korbin Minchew[3]; 3. 99-Wade Olmsted[7]; 4. 23L-Lawton Minchew[4]; 5. 32P-Jesse Powers[15]; 6. 26L-Colton Lane[14]; 7. 51-Dustin Peterson[6]; 8. 7-Chris Olmstead[1]; 9. 57-Nathyn Hwan[11]; 10. 0-CR Hill[16]; 11. (DNF) 21-Robert Fleming Jr[10]; 12. (DNF) 21J-Jeff Newton[12]; 13. (DNF) 72-Van Rayburn[8]; 14. (DNF) 67-Tad Olmsted[5]; 15. (DNF) 27-Steven Powers[9]; 16. (DNF) 10-Ethyn Hwan[13]

 

Finally, the Street Stocks was nothing but the Jimmy Wagner Show. The Reutimann Racing driver won his heat race earlier in the evening and was smooth the whole race. It’ll be a major gain if he continues to race for the Street Stock championship when November arrives.

 

  1. 17W-Jimmy Wagner[3]; 2. 17-Alan Peacock[1]; 3. 72-Bruce Griffin[9]; 4. Y7-Zach Yakaboski[4]; 5. 7R-Rick O’Steen[5]; 6. 11K-Kameron McGauley[10]; 7. 46F-Chuck Frater[7]; 8. 1-Patrick Thomas[6]; 9. 63-Chris Lawrence[15]; 10. 83F-Kody Fisher[14]; 11. 9-Gavin VanHoose[12]; 12. (DNF) 40-Clayton Ruth[8]; 13. (DNF) C5-Stephen Copeland[11]; 14. (DNF) 388-Walt Kahr[13]; 15. (DNF) 99-Rodney Wright[2]; 16. (DNS) B11-Buddy Higgins

 

The next race at the World’s Fastest Half Mile will be the Gator Nationals. Gates open at 4:00 with Hot Laps at 6:00. The racing will also be broadcasted live on DIRTVision. We’ll see you then!

 

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!

TWO IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: The Big Dog 25 Shows A Series Of Two’s To Come

If your number was 2 in tonight’s running of the Big Dog 25, you probably came home a winner. This was the case for both Trynt Lloyd and Joe Belkey as they won in their respective divisions in a 2 car. Though, while they enjoyed a great night, let’s rundown everything that happened in tonight’s racing.

 

Trynt Lloyd was by far the driver of the night as he took both the 602 & 604 Late Model feature wins. He won the 602 heat, and led the field for most of the way in both races. It did come with challenges to his lead, as Jason Fitzgerald finished second in both late model features, Trey Mills, Donnie Chappell and Joe Kump proved to bring some healthy competition to the late model field. It will be fun to see who else will make it to victory lane as the season goes on.

 

It only took 2 features, but Garret Stewart has returned to his winning ways at Volusia in the DIRTcar UMP Modified. Starting from the pole after a redraw, he showed the field the whole way to rack in another feature win in his time at Volusia. Without a doubt, the run for a 6th consecutive championship has returned with a vengeance. The question will be if anyone else will be able to challenge him. Seth Geary has proven to be fast, but does he have better consistency than what Stewart brings each season?

 

The ¾ modifieds showed themselves to be great in competition, wherever it is through the field. At the start, the dynamic duo of the Minchew’s showed up and out, with Korbin and Lawton leading most of the first half. Then, a familiar face to ¾ victory lane, TImmy Hogan, spoiled the party for the duo, and went on to win. The Olmsted’s of Tad and Wade also came to fight, so they will be something to watch for next Saturday.

 

Lastly, Joe Belkey came up and showed his dominance in the Thunder Stocks again, blowing out the field to win his second of the two features this season, in a number 2 car. Coincidence? Perhaps, but what was not questionable was the sheer speed he had out on the track. Don’t be surprised if he racks up a ton more wins as the season progresses.

 

Next Saturday will be the Work Force 25 here at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Gates will open at 4:00, with Hot Laps kicking off at 6:00. Can’t make it? No problem, DIRTVision will broadcast all the action live with flag to flag coverage. We’ll see you then!

 

The Sunshine Showdown

As the sun began to set over Volusia Speedway Park there was a different feeling in the air. A Showdown was coming. Not one at high noon, but instead under the lights. The young guns came looking to oust the outlaws, but would they be up to the task? As the night got underway one thing was clear, it was anyone’s showdown to win!

As the Showdowns got started a new name appeared at the top. Bryan Bernhardt came to town looking to take down the DIRTcar UMP Modified big guns. Local gunslingers Garret Stewart and Dillon Burh were sizing him up early not sure what to do with him. The duel for the lead was intense, but when the dust settled Stewart won the Showdown and held onto his title as the fastest gun in town. Bernhardt would bring it home in second while Buhr finished third.

Next on the track to settle the score were the ThunderStocks. Joe Belkey led early, while Bubba Roling and Shaun Daugharty battled for second. Roling exited on lap five leaving Daugharty on his own to duel Belkey. It looked as if Belkey was untouchable, but a late race caution closed the gap and when this gunfight ended only one was left standing as Daugharty took the win and claimed the $500 reward.

The 604 Late Model $1000-to-win was up next. One of the original outlaws Tuck Trentham won his heat race and was looking to show the young guns he still has what it takes to win a showdown! Trey Mills made a big move early through the middle to show he had other plans for how this showdown would end. Trey went to the lead on that move and never looked back, holding off challenges from Donnie Chappell and Brandon Wells to take the win in his showdown and put the old guns on notice that the young guns were here to stay!

The ¾ mods took the track next and lately the young gun Wade Olmsted has been on fire but in the heat the outlaw Timmy Hogan rode in on somebody else’s horse and stole the race on the last lap. In the Showdown Olmsted was looking for revenge and he found it as he strolled to a win and took home the bounty. Hogan would ride out of town a second place finisher with Jesse Powers running third.

There was only one Showdown left to decide on the night with the Street Stocks taking the track last. The young guns were outmatched in this race as another of the original outlaws was on the front row and ready to show he still had the fastest draw. Chris Lawrence would draw first and take the early lead. Bubba Christian and Heath Walker would duel for the right to challenge Lawrance for victory but on this night, it was all Lawrance scoring the win in the final Showdown of the night and taking the cash prize!

Next year these Cowboys can return to defend their titles as Sunshine Showdown winners. Next week, June 19th is the Clay Classic here at Volusia Speedway Park. Make your plans now to join us!

 

 

The Dennis North Memorial

Saturday night was a night filled with first wins, great racing, and much more. The night celebrated the memory of Dennis North as well as the birthday of Buzzie Reutimann. Emotions always run high on race day, and this day would be no exception. From tears to cheers, we saw it all.

The 604 Late Models kicked off the night with a 20-lap feature event and $1000 on the line to the winner. The race was littered with cautions early as drivers sorted out positions on the track. Joe Kump started on the pole and led until lap five when Johnny Collins used the outside line to take the lead. Kump suffered a flat right rear tire and fell out of contention while Mikey Kopka moved up to second and Branden Wells to third. The race finished under a long green flag run and the order would stay the same with Collins grabbing the win.

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds were also running for $1000-to-win on the night with fan favorite Garret Stewart starting deep in the field after suffering a flat right front in the heat race. Buzzie Reutimann started pole fresh off of his 80th birthday party with son David starting outside second row. David Reutimann quickly assumed the lead, never looking back and taking the win. Garret Stewart worked his through the field to finish second, and Seth Geary rounded out the top three.

The Street Stocks brought 19 cars to Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night for what would turn out to be one for the history books. Chris Lawrance started pole and led flag-to-flag holding off early race challenges from David Showers Jr and later challenges from Tim Gay. With the win Lawrance joined an elite group of drivers able to claim a win at Volusia when it was asphalt as well as on the dirt. Gay took home second, Showers Jr third, and Bubba Christian rounded out the top four.

Wryan Shaffer and Korbin Minchew led the 15-car  ¾ Modified field to the green on Saturday night. Wade Olmsted quickly found his way from tenth to first, but a mid-race caution gave Timmy Hogan a shot at the lead and he made the most of it scoring his first win at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile. Olmsted held onto second, and Dustin Peterson brought home third.

The evening’s big event was the Dennis North Memorial, pulling in 36 entries. Tewnty-four cars took the green in the main event after a Last Chance Showdown sent 12 cars home. The 38-lap feature event was led almost exclusively by Joe Belkey, but with less than ten to go Scotty Kay Jr and Jason Garver stepped up the pressure, and with six laps to go they were three-wide off of turn four for the lead. Garver used the bottom line and Kay the top line to get to the front in a side-by-side battle that lasted until the checkered flag fell. When the dust settled Scotty Kay Jr became the first repeat winner of the event with Garver bringing home second. Belkey finished third and Kevin Durden fourth.

Our next event is Saturday, May 15th featuring the Top Gun Sprint Classic. Joining the sprints will be the Street Stocks, 602 Late Models, and 604 Late Models. Come out to Volusia Speedway Park for what is sure to be a great night of racing!