UMP Modifieds

SEVEN RINGS: Hoffman Crowned Seven-Time DIRTcar Nationals Champ After Gator Championship Win

Strickler second, Krup third in 30-lap main event

An entire family of reptilian gold is headed back to Mooresville, NC, after yet another dominating DIRTcar UMP Modified performance at Volusia Speedway Park from the now seven-time DIRTcar Nationals champion, Nick Hoffman.

Hoffman scored the win in Saturday’s Gator Championship Feature, the fourth of his career, giving him his seventh-straight Big Gator trophy as points champion of the division. No other driver has won more than two.

Starting sixth, Hoffman had some work to do to get to the lead. Outside polesitter Kyle Strickler maintained the top spot through the first 11 laps before Hoffman caught him in traffic and blasted by on the bottom out of Turn 2.

“I got aero-tight a couple of times behind him, and then in lapped traffic too, when we were racing through,” Hoffman said of his chase with Strickler. “I just had to bide my time and slow down. I didn’t want to wear my tires out. We were killing tires earlier, so I didn’t know, being later in the night, how bad tires wear was going to be of an issue.”

From that point forward, it was all Hoffman’s race to lose. He was never seriously challenged for the lead again.

Meanwhile, the battle for second was heating up behind him. Strickler held second for a restart on Lap 13, but Will Krup made the most of the bottom lane that Strickler have him have at the drop of the green, swiping the spot away with a horsepower move down low.

Krup’s time in second wouldn’t last, however, as Strickler got another chance on a restart at the halfway point. He ripped around the top groove and was able to carry enough momentum to get back around Krup on Lap 16.

Hoffman (2) makes the move for the lead on Strickler (8) (Josh James Artwork)

Looking back, Krup said he should’ve done more to miss a small patch in Turn 1 that upset the car, costing him some speed.

“I clipped it a couple times off that restart once I got around him, and [Strickler] was able to roll back around me,” Krup said. “After that, I just kinda fell in line and tried to bring home a strong third-place finish.”

Strickler gave it all he had to catch Hoffman in the final 10 laps but was unable to make up the gap. Hoffman’s lead was as large as four seconds at one point, further showcasing his dominance on the half-mile tracks.

“Any of the places like this here or Eldora – those big places that you can just momentum and make speed through the corner ­­– I feel like that’s where my car is the best and it’s where I’m the best,” Hoffman said.

After redrawing the sixth spot on the starting grid, Hoffman knew he was not going to be denied of his fourth Gator Championship Feature win.

“Even with Kyle starting on the front row, I felt like my racecar was that good,” he said. “I had no doubt in my mind that my racecar was plenty good enough to do this deal from sixth.”

Strickler crossed the line in second with a car he said he could handle, but just needed more speed.

“We went a completely different direction for the Feature, and I got the feel I needed on the front-end, but we just weren’t stuck enough in the rear of the car,” Strickler said.

Krup (K9) battling with Hoffman and Kenny Wallace for position (Josh James Artwork)

Despite his relentless efforts to catch Strickler, Krup came up just a bit short. However, the podium finish goes down in the record books as one of his best-ever finishes in the Gator Championship at Volusia.

“At the end of the race, I felt like I had a decent chance at [Strickler],” Krup said. “We kinda got in lapped traffic, but I couldn’t get around him. All-in-all, still a good run.”

THURSDAY MAKEUP FEATURES
Saturday’s program began with ten, 15-lap makeup Features from Thursday night’s postponed program.

Winners:
Feature 1 – Rob Pitcher
Feature 2 – Jonathan Taylor
Feature 3 – Michael Altobelli
Feature 4 – David Stremme
Feature 5 – Justin Allgaier
Feature 6 – Nick Hoffman
Feature 7 – Jason Garver
Feature 8 – Billy Green
Feature 9 – Tony Anderson
Feature 10 – Rich Michael Jr.

UP NEXT
The UMP Modified portion of the 51st DIRTcar Nationals is complete, but DIRTcar Racing isn’t done at Volusia just yet. The event breaks on Sunday but will return to action on Monday with the DIRTcar Late Models alongside the debut of the Xtreme Outlaw Series Non-Wing Sprint Cars.

Buy a ticket to watch it in person or stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

Gator Championship (30 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman[6]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[2]; 3. K9-Will Krup[3]; 4. 67-Garret Stewart[9]; 5. 99G-Hunt Gossum[11]; 6. 7-Justin Allgaier[10]; 7. 35-David Stremme[14]; 8. 5E-Rick Eckert[16]; 9. 8A-Austin Holcombe[13]; 10. 36-Kenny Wallace[4]; 11. 88C-Matt Crafton[17]; 12. 5CS-Curt Spalding[23]; 13. 12L-Lucas Lee[26]; 14. 1S-Brian Shaw[18]; 15. 21J-Clay Harris[5]; 16. 96M-Mike McKinney[33]; 17. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[19]; 18. 95-Michael Altobelli[29]; 19. 18L-Michael Long[8]; 20. 11M-Michael McGee[20]; 21. 242X-Dawson Cook[25]; 22. 90-Jason Beaulieu[21]; 23. 5-Jonathan Taylor[28]; 24. 7T-Evan Taylor[24]; 25. 242-Brandon Bollinger[30]; 26. 18-Eric Moon[27]; 27. 21A-Nick Allen[12]; 28. 24-Zeke McKenzie[1]; 29. 24H-Mike Harrison[7]; 30. 21D-Danny Schwartz[15]; 31. 14C-Rick Conoyer[22]; 32. 27G-Jason Garver[31]; 33. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[32]

LCS 1 (10 Laps): 1. 90-Jason Beaulieu[3]; 2. 242X-Dawson Cook[5]; 3. 463-Daniel Sanchez[2]; 4. 05-Dave Wietholder[10]; 5. C8-Cole Perine[9]; 6. 0-Glenn Styres[6]; 7. 2-William Bartlett[14]; 8. 02-Chris Cook[12]; 9. 1-Brenden Rassel[13]; 10. I 70-Kim Edington[18]; 11. 72-Todd Neiheiser[7]; 12. 242-Brandon Bollinger[4]; 13. (DNS) 97-Mitch Thomas; 14. (DNS) 25-Tyler Nicely; 15. (DNS) 22T-Tony Anderson; 16. (DNS) 33-Kenny Mihalik; 17. (DNS) 62E-Deece Schwartz; 18. (DNS) 711B-Jerry Bland Jr; 19. (DNS) 27C-Billy Cevaal; 20. (DNS) 22-Dale Kelley; 21. (DNS) 05X-Kyle Hammer; 22. (DNS) 6B-Dave Baldwin; 23. (DNS) 77S-Jim Shipman

LCS 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5CS-Curt Spalding[1]; 2. 18-Eric Moon[4]; 3. 49-Billy Green[5]; 4. 00D-David Reutimann[2]; 5. 00EH-Steve Arpin[8]; 6. 77-Ray Bollinger[9]; 7. 77D-Dustin Demattia[12]; 8. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[11]; 9. 100-Andy Galgoci[14]; 10. 11N-Gene Nicholas[17]; 11. 33M-Steve Stevenson[6]; 12. 88-Chris Bolyard[16]; 13. 01-Joel Ortberg[13]; 14. 96-Matt Johnson[15]; 15. 51-Brandon Green[7]; 16. 1R-Ryan Rackley[3]; 17. (DNS) 114-Clayton Bryant; 18. (DNS) 92K-Tom Krankel; 19. (DNS) 16C-John Clippinger; 20. (DNS) 59-Doug Stine; 21. (DNS) 97G-Jason Crose

LCS 3 (10 Laps): 1. 14C-Rick Conoyer[4]; 2. 12L-Lucas Lee[7]; 3. 95-Michael Altobelli[3]; 4. 96M-Mike McKinney[8]; 5. 777-Trevor Neville[10]; 6. 11W-Beau Aikey[14]; 7. 27R-Steve Rex[15]; 8. 176-Scotty Owens[22]; 9. 21KS-Kenny Shaw[19]; 10. N8-Nate Huffingham[13]; 11. 27G-Jason Garver[1]; 12. M41-Steve Maisel[20]; 13. 22J-John Baker[6]; 14. (DNS) 24D-Jesse Dill; 15. (DNS) 9PG-Percy Gendreau; 16. (DNS) M20-Mike Potosky; 17. (DNS) 21S-Seth Daniels; 18. (DNS) 20-Tyler Hendrix; 19. (DNS) Z06-Larry Mott; 20. (DNS) 2J-Troy Johnson; 21. (DNS) 89W-Rick Weitekamp; 22. (DNS) 7N7-Jeff Solinger

LCS 4 (10 Laps): 1. 7T-Evan Taylor[2]; 2. 5-Jonathan Taylor[4]; 3. 65-Dylan Woodling[8]; 4. 32-Chad Roush[7]; 5. 17C-Coleman Evans[14]; 6. 117-Clinton Gillen[13]; 7. 4S-Craig Shaw[10]; 8. 11-Tyler Morehouse[12]; 9. 27-Joshua Kunstbeck[17]; 10. 07-Curtis King[16]; 11. 88-Zayden Bolyard[21]; 12. (DNS) 6-Ryan Ayers; 13. (DNS) Z1-Zac Oedewaldt; 14. (DNS) 22B-Austen Becerra; 15. (DNS) 99-Justin Haley; 16. (DNS) 96P-Slade Parsons; 17. (DNS) 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt; 18. (DNS) 21C-Drew Charlson; 19. (DNS) 11R-Jesse Rupe; 20. (DNS) 17X-Richard Michael Jr; 21. (DNS) 91P-Rob Pitcher

Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 91P-Rob Pitcher[1]; 2. 114-Clayton Bryant[7]; 3. 14C-Rick Conoyer[2]; 4. 24D-Jesse Dill[8]; 5. 4S-Craig Shaw[16]; 6. 07-Curtis King[5]; 7. 88-Chris Bolyard[3]; 8. N8-Nate Huffingham[6]; 9. 96-Matt Johnson[9]; 10. 27C-Billy Cevaal[11]; 11. 88-Zayden Bolyard[17]; 12. 21S-Seth Daniels[4]; 13. (DNS) 7N7-Jeff Solinger; 14. (DNS) 27-Joshua Kunstbeck; 15. (DNS) 05X-Kyle Hammer; 16. (DNS) 89W-Rick Weitekamp; 17. (DNS) 2J-Troy Johnson; 18. (DNS) 77S-Jim Shipman; 19. (DNS) 6B-Dave Baldwin; 20. (DNS) 97G-Jason Crose; 21. (DNS) 59-Doug Stine

Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 5-Jonathan Taylor[5]; 2. 242-Brandon Bollinger[6]; 3. 27R-Steve Rex[16]; 4. 27G-Jason Garver[9]; 5. 2-William Bartlett[19]; 6. 11-Tyler Morehouse[21]; 7. 117-Clinton Gillen[13]; 8. 463-Daniel Sanchez[4]; 9. 176-Scotty Owens[2]; 10. 11N-Gene Nicholas[17]; 11. 11R-Jesse Rupe[10]; 12. 100-Andy Galgoci[1]; 13. 22J-John Baker[3]; 14. 0-Glenn Styres[18]; 15. 711B-Jerry Bland Jr[11]; 16. I 70-Kim Edington[20]; 17. 20-Tyler Hendrix[8]; 18. Z06-Larry Mott[15]; 19. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt[14]; 20. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[12]; 21. 1-Brenden Rassel[7]

Feature 3 (15 Laps): 1. 95-Michael Altobelli[1]; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace[2]; 3. 32-Chad Roush[3]; 4. 242X-Dawson Cook[11]; 5. 21D-Danny Schwartz[4]; 6. 77-Ray Bollinger[8]; 7. 72-Todd Neiheiser[14]; 8. 24-Zeke McKenzie[6]; 9. 17C-Coleman Evans[5]; 10. 7T-Evan Taylor[21]; 11. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[13]; 12. 21KS-Kenny Shaw[20]; 13. 18-Eric Moon[16]; 14. 22-Dale Kelley[7]; 15. 11W-Beau Aikey[15]; 16. 01-Joel Ortberg[17]; 17. 02-Chris Cook[12]; 18. 62E-Deece Schwartz[18]; 19. 05-Dave Wietholder[10]; 20. M41-Steve Maisel[9]; 21. (DNS) 6-Ryan Ayers

Feature 4 (15 Laps): 1. 35-David Stremme[4]; 2. 00EH-Steve Arpin[2]; 3. 51-Brandon Green[5]; 4. 18L-Michael Long[6]; 5. 5E-Rick Eckert[7]; 6. 00D-David Reutimann[8]; 7. 88C-Matt Crafton[22]; 8. 11M-Michael McGee[16]; 9. 777-Trevor Neville[10]; 10. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[14]; 11. 22T-Tony Anderson[19]; 12. 77D-Dustin Demattia[15]; 13. 33-Kenny Mihalik[13]; 14. 9PG-Percy Gendreau[20]; 15. 90-Jason Beaulieu[18]; 16. 22B-Austen Becerra[3]; 17. 24H-Mike Harrison[1]; 18. 1R-Ryan Rackley[9]; 19. 16C-John Clippinger[11]; 20. 12L-Lucas Lee[17]; 21. 33M-Steve Stevenson[12]; 22. 92K-Tom Krankel[21]

Feature 5 (15 Laps): 1. 7-Justin Allgaier[7]; 2. 65-Dylan Woodling[5]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler[4]; 4. 2H-Nick Hoffman[6]; 5. 67-Garret Stewart[14]; 6. 8A-Austin Holcombe[13]; 7. 5CS-Curt Spalding[19]; 8. C8-Cole Perine[12]; 9. 49-Billy Green[18]; 10. 17X-Richard Michael Jr[9]; 11. 1S-Brian Shaw[2]; 12. 96M-Mike McKinney[21]; 13. 21A-Nick Allen[8]; 14. 21C-Drew Charlson[16]; 15. 99G-Hunt Gossum[20]; 16. 99-Justin Haley[10]; 17. K9-Will Krup[17]; 18. 25-Tyler Nicely[11]; 19. 96P-Slade Parsons[15]; 20. M20-Mike Potosky[22]; 21. 97-Mitch Thomas[1]; 22. 21J-Clay Harris[3]

Feature 6 (15 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman[2]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[4]; 3. K9-Will Krup[1]; 4. 7-Justin Allgaier[3]; 5. 67-Garret Stewart[7]; 6. 36-Kenny Wallace[6]; 7. 5E-Rick Eckert[16]; 8. 8A-Austin Holcombe[13]; 9. 24H-Mike Harrison[5]; 10. 24-Zeke McKenzie[9]; 11. 88C-Matt Crafton[17]; 12. 21D-Danny Schwartz[15]; 13. 1S-Brian Shaw[18]; 14. 18L-Michael Long[8]; 15. (DNS) 21J-Clay Harris; 16. (DNS) 99G-Hunt Gossum; 17. (DNS) 21A-Nick Allen; 18. (DNS) 35-David Stremme

Feature 7 (15 Laps): 1. 27G-Jason Garver[3]; 2. 5CS-Curt Spalding[4]; 3. 00D-David Reutimann[7]; 4. 7T-Evan Taylor[8]; 5. 463-Daniel Sanchez[5]; 6. 95-Michael Altobelli[10]; 7. 18-Eric Moon[15]; 8. 14C-Rick Conoyer[14]; 9. 242X-Dawson Cook[17]; 10. 1R-Ryan Rackley[11]; 11. 5-Jonathan Taylor[16]; 12. 90-Jason Beaulieu[9]; 13. 11M-Michael McGee[2]; 14. 24D-Jesse Dill[6]; 15. 242-Brandon Bollinger[13]; 16. (DNS) 81-Steve Axtell Jr; 17. (DNS) Z1-Zac Oedewaldt; 18. (DNS) 9PG-Percy Gendreau

Feature 8 (15 Laps): 1. 49-Billy Green[1]; 2. 33M-Steve Stevenson[5]; 3. 72-Todd Neiheiser[6]; 4. 65-Dylan Woodling[12]; 5. 77-Ray Bollinger[14]; 6. 12L-Lucas Lee[7]; 7. 0-Glenn Styres[3]; 8. 22J-John Baker[4]; 9. 4S-Craig Shaw[18]; 10. C8-Cole Perine[13]; 11. 777-Trevor Neville[17]; 12. 00EH-Steve Arpin[11]; 13. 32-Chad Roush[9]; 14. 05-Dave Wietholder[15]; 15. 114-Clayton Bryant[16]; 16. (DNS) 22B-Austen Becerra; 17. (DNS) 51-Brandon Green; 18. (DNS) 96M-Mike McKinney

Feature 9 (15 Laps): 1. 22T-Tony Anderson[1]; 2. 77D-Dustin Demattia[6]; 3. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[2]; 4. 11-Tyler Morehouse[7]; 5. 11W-Beau Aikey[14]; 6. 02-Chris Cook[5]; 7. 117-Clinton Gillen[11]; 8. 27R-Steve Rex[18]; 9. 01-Joel Ortberg[9]; 10. 17C-Coleman Evans[15]; 11. 96-Matt Johnson[17]; 12. N8-Nate Huffingham[10]; 13. 2-William Bartlett[12]; 14. 21S-Seth Daniels[3]; 15. 1-Brenden Rassel[8]; 16. 100-Andy Galgoci[13]; 17. (DNS) 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt; 18. (DNS) 33-Kenny Mihalik

Feature 10 (15 Laps): 1. 17X-Richard Michael Jr[1]; 2. 91P-Rob Pitcher[5]; 3. 11R-Jesse Rupe[16]; 4. 176-Scotty Owens[10]; 5. 11N-Gene Nicholas[6]; 6. 88-Chris Bolyard[3]; 7. 07-Curtis King[11]; 8. I 70-Kim Edington[9]; 9. 88-Zayden Bolyard[17]; 10. 21KS-Kenny Shaw[7]; 11. 27-Joshua Kunstbeck[8]; 12. 27C-Billy Cevaal[12]; 13. M41-Steve Maisel[14]; 14. 16C-John Clippinger[13]; 15. (DNS) 62E-Deece Schwartz; 16. (DNS) Z06-Larry Mott; 17. (DNS) 22-Dale Kelley

TICKETS PUNCHED: Krup, Hoffman Lead Field of Drivers Locked into Saturday’s Gator Championship

Saturday program begins with 10 makeup Features from Thursday night

Of the 107 DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in attendance for the 51st DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, 20 are now locked into Saturday’s Gator Championship.

The top-10 finishers from the two Gator Qualifier Features have locked themselves into the grand finale, which will pay $5,000-to-win and award the iconic Big Gator trophy. The top-5 from each Qualifier have been locked into the redraw on Saturday, which will randomize the top-10 starting positions before the start of the 30-lap main event.

The five makeup Features added to Friday’s program, scheduled to race after the Gator Qualifiers, were canceled and will not be made up. The purse money for those five races has been added into the 10 makeup Features from Thursday night, which will kick off the Saturday program, beginning at noon Eastern.

GATOR QUALIFIER #1
Will Krup has been a DIRTcar Nationals regular for the past several years, but hadn’t been to Victory Lane in the event since 2017. That all changed Friday night, as he steered his Longhorn by Loenbro Modified #K9 to victory, thanks to a brilliant move on the bottom lane.

Krup trailed race leader Tyler Nicely in the opening laps but kept pace with him, waiting for the right moment to pounce and make the move. Krup had a great run going down low and powered around Nicely down the backstretch to take the lead on Lap 4.

Several caution flags were thrown from that point forward, including one for Nicely himself. He spun out in Turns 3-4 and was forced to go to the tail, but wouldn’t stay long as he retired early to the pit area. A few more caution flags in the proceeding laps forced the race past its time limit, making the race official with 11 laps completed.

“The racetrack is definitely a lot better than it was yesterday,” Krup said. “I’ve got to thank everyone who is a part of this deal. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to do this. The car was good. Sucks they cut it short, but we’ll take a win. It’s been a while since I won one of these gators, so it feels good to take one home.”

TOP 10 LOCKED-IN: Will Krup, Justin Allgaier, Mike Harrison, Garret Stewart, Zeke McKenzie, Hunt Gossum, Steve Stevenson, Austin Holcombe, Danny Schwartz and Matt Crafton.

Krup in Victory Lane (Josh James Artwork)

GATOR QUALIFIER #2
When two of the winningest drivers in DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified history square-off in a main event, it becomes a must-see show. Nick Hoffman and Kyle Strickler didn’t disappoint in the nightcap to Friday’s program.

Hoffman went from fourth to the lead on the opening lap and began to set the pace right away. The only driver that could keep up with him was his DIRTcar Nationals nemesis – Kyle Strickler.

Strickler caught Hoffman at the right time as they reached lapped traffic, cashing-in on a big run through Turns 3-4 and sliding up in front of him to take the lead at the flag stand. A caution came out just after they crossed the stripe, meaning Hoffman had to restart second.

But the six-time and defending Big Gator points champion hit the gas at the drop of the green and did what he does best, sailing past Strickler with a power move to the inside down the backstretch to regain the lead.

Another caution was thrown one circuit later, forcing the race past its time limit, making the running order official and Hoffman a Gator trophy winner for the 21st time in his career.

“I just had to get my elbows up,” Hoffman said. “Kyle drove by me and was pretty good out there. I just had to get back on the horse and ride on that restart to get back by him in Turns 1-2.

“He’s super-aggressive. We’ve raced against each other for almost 15 years now, and I love racing with him.”

Hoffman in Victory Lane (Josh James Artwork)

TOP 10 LOCKED-IN: Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler, Kenny Wallace, Matt Long, Clay Harris, Nick Allen, David Stremme, Rick Eckert, Brian Shaw and Michael McGee.

The DIRTcar UMP Modified action wraps-up on Saturday, starting with the 10 makeup Features from Thursday at noon, followed by the regularly scheduled Gator Championship program. Buy a ticket to see it in person or stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

Gator Feature Group A (20 Laps): 1. K9-Will Krup[2]; 2. 7-Justin Allgaier[6]; 3. 24H-Mike Harrison[17]; 4. 67-Garret Stewart[3]; 5. 24-Zeke McKenzie[9]; 6. 99G-Hunt Gossum[12]; 7. 8A-Austin Holcombe[7]; 8. 21D-Danny Schwartz[14]; 9. 88C-Matt Crafton[19]; 10. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[10]; 11. 97-Mitch Thomas[13]; 12. 5CS-Curt Spalding[22]; 13. 463-Daniel Sanchez[24]; 14. 00D-David Reutimann[16]; 15. 90-Jason Beaulieu[25]; 16. 1R-Ryan Rackley[21]; 17. 242-Brandon Bollinger[27]; 18. 18-Eric Moon[23]; 19. 242X-Dawson Cook[26]; 20. 49-Billy Green[18]; 21. 0-Glenn Styres[28]; 22. 33M-Steve Stevenson[15]; 23. 72-Todd Neiheiser[20]; 24. 51-Brandon Green[5]; 25. 25-Tyler Nicely[1]; 26. 00EH-Steve Arpin[4]; 27. C8-Cole Perine[8]; 28. 77-Ray Bollinger[11]

Gator Feature Group B (20 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman[1]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[7]; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace[5]; 4. 18L-Michael Long[2]; 5. 21J-Clay Harris[4]; 6. 21A-Nick Allen[6]; 7. 35-David Stremme[13]; 8. 5E-Rick Eckert[8]; 9. 1S-Brian Shaw[9]; 10. 11M-Michael McGee[16]; 11. 27G-Jason Garver[25]; 12. 6-Ryan Ayers[22]; 13. 24D-Jesse Dill[19]; 14. 7T-Evan Taylor[23]; 15. 95-Michael Altobelli[17]; 16. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt[11]; 17. 14C-Rick Conoyer[26]; 18. 5-Jonathan Taylor[20]; 19. 9PG-Percy Gendreau[28]; 20. 22B-Austen Becerra[3]; 21. 22J-John Baker[24]; 22. 99-Justin Haley[12]; 23. 12L-Lucas Lee[18]; 24. 32-Chad Roush[27]; 25. 96M-Mike McKinney[21]; 26. 65-Dylan Woodling[10]; 27. M20-Mike Potosky[15]; 28. 96P-Slade Parsons[14]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1R-Ryan Rackley[2]; 2. 18-Eric Moon[3]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu[5]; 4. 242-Brandon Bollinger[4]; 5. 05-Dave Wietholder[6]; 6. 22T-Tony Anderson[1]; 7. 02-Chris Cook[9]; 8. 1-Brenden Rassel[7]; 9. 2-William Bartlett[13]; 10. 33-Kenny Mihalik[11]; 11. 62E-Deece Schwartz[12]; 12. 711B-Jerry Bland Jr[10]; 13. I 70-Kim Edington[14]; 14. 27C-Billy Cevaal[15]; 15. 22-Dale Kelley[8]; 16. (DNS) 6B-Dave Baldwin; 17. (DNS) 77S-Jim Shipman; 18. (DNS) 05X-Kyle Hammer

Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 Laps): 1. 5CS-Curt Spalding[2]; 2. 463-Daniel Sanchez[3]; 3. 242X-Dawson Cook[7]; 4. 0-Glenn Styres[10]; 5. 114-Clayton Bryant[8]; 6. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[5]; 7. 77D-Dustin Demattia[9]; 8. 01-Joel Ortberg[12]; 9. 100-Andy Galgoci[4]; 10. 96-Matt Johnson[14]; 11. 88-Chris Bolyard[11]; 12. 11N-Gene Nicholas[13]; 13. 92K-Tom Krankel[1]; 14. 16C-John Clippinger[6]; 15. (DNS) 59-Doug Stine; 16. (DNS) 97G-Jason Crose

Last Chance Showdown 3 (8 Laps): 1. 96M-Mike McKinney[5]; 2. 7T-Evan Taylor[3]; 3. 27G-Jason Garver[2]; 4. 32-Chad Roush[1]; 5. 777-Trevor Neville[12]; 6. 21S-Seth Daniels[7]; 7. 20-Tyler Hendrix[4]; 8. N8-Nate Huffingham[10]; 9. 11W-Beau Aikey[6]; 10. 27R-Steve Rex[8]; 11. Z06-Larry Mott[9]; 12. (DNS) 21KS-Kenny Shaw; 13. (DNS) 176-Scotty Owens; 14. (DNS) M41-Steve Maisel; 15. (DNS) 7N7-Jeff Solinger; 16. (DNS) 2J-Troy Johnson; 17. (DNS) 89W-Rick Weitekamp

Last Chance Showdown 4 (8 Laps): 1. 6-Ryan Ayers[1]; 2. 22J-John Baker[4]; 3. 14C-Rick Conoyer[3]; 4. 9PG-Percy Gendreau[5]; 5. 4S-Craig Shaw[9]; 6. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[6]; 7. 11-Tyler Morehouse[11]; 8. 117-Clinton Gillen[8]; 9. 17C-Coleman Evans[2]; 10. (DNS) 17X-Richard Michael Jr; 11. (DNS) 91P-Rob Pitcher; 12. (DNS) 27-Joshua Kunstbeck; 13. (DNS) 07-Curtis King; 14. (DNS) 21C-Drew Charlson; 15. (DNS) 11R-Jesse Rupe; 16. (DNS) 88-Zayden Bolyard

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 25-Tyler Nicely[3]; 2. 51-Brandon Green[2]; 3. 24-Zeke McKenzie[1]; 4. 97-Mitch Thomas[4]; 5. 24H-Mike Harrison[5]; 6. 22T-Tony Anderson[7]; 7. 18-Eric Moon[10]; 8. 90-Jason Beaulieu[8]; 9. 1-Brenden Rassel[11]; 10. 02-Chris Cook[9]; 11. 33-Kenny Mihalik[6]; 12. 2-William Bartlett[12]; 13. 27C-Billy Cevaal[13]; 14. (DNS) 77S-Jim Shipman

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. K9-Will Krup[3]; 2. 7-Justin Allgaier[4]; 3. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[6]; 4. 21D-Danny Schwartz[1]; 5. 49-Billy Green[2]; 6. 1R-Ryan Rackley[5]; 7. 242-Brandon Bollinger[9]; 8. 05-Dave Wietholder[7]; 9. 22-Dale Kelley[8]; 10. 711B-Jerry Bland Jr[11]; 11. 62E-Deece Schwartz[10]; 12. I 70-Kim Edington[12]; 13. (DNS) 6B-Dave Baldwin; 14. (DNS) 05X-Kyle Hammer

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 67-Garret Stewart[4]; 2. 8A-Austin Holcombe[3]; 3. 77-Ray Bollinger[2]; 4. 33M-Steve Stevenson[5]; 5. 88C-Matt Crafton[7]; 6. 92K-Tom Krankel[1]; 7. 463-Daniel Sanchez[10]; 8. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[9]; 9. 242X-Dawson Cook[8]; 10. 77D-Dustin Demattia[6]; 11. 88-Chris Bolyard[12]; 12. 11N-Gene Nicholas[11]; 13. (DNS) 59-Doug Stine

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 00EH-Steve Arpin[1]; 2. C8-Cole Perine[4]; 3. 99G-Hunt Gossum[2]; 4. 00D-David Reutimann[7]; 5. 72-Todd Neiheiser[9]; 6. 5CS-Curt Spalding[3]; 7. 100-Andy Galgoci[10]; 8. 16C-John Clippinger[5]; 9. 114-Clayton Bryant[6]; 10. 0-Glenn Styres[11]; 11. 01-Joel Ortberg[8]; 12. 96-Matt Johnson[12]; 13. 97G-Jason Crose[13]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman[4]; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace[6]; 3. 1S-Brian Shaw[3]; 4. 35-David Stremme[2]; 5. 95-Michael Altobelli[5]; 6. 32-Chad Roush[7]; 7. 7T-Evan Taylor[8]; 8. 96M-Mike McKinney[1]; 9. 21S-Seth Daniels[12]; 10. Z06-Larry Mott[11]; 11. 21KS-Kenny Shaw[9]; 12. 176-Scotty Owens[10]; 13. 7N7-Jeff Solinger[13]; 14. (DNS) 89W-Rick Weitekamp

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 18L-Michael Long[1]; 2. 21A-Nick Allen[3]; 3. 65-Dylan Woodling[4]; 4. 96P-Slade Parsons[2]; 5. 12L-Lucas Lee[7]; 6. 27G-Jason Garver[10]; 7. 20-Tyler Hendrix[9]; 8. 11W-Beau Aikey[6]; 9. 27R-Steve Rex[11]; 10. N8-Nate Huffingham[12]; 11. 777-Trevor Neville[5]; 12. (DNS) M41-Steve Maisel; 13. (DNS) 2J-Troy Johnson

Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 22B-Austen Becerra[1]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[4]; 3. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt[9]; 4. M20-Mike Potosky[2]; 5. 24D-Jesse Dill[5]; 6. 6-Ryan Ayers[6]; 7. 14C-Rick Conoyer[8]; 8. 9PG-Percy Gendreau[7]; 9. 17X-Richard Michael Jr[3]; 10. 4S-Craig Shaw[13]; 11. 11-Tyler Morehouse[11]; 12. 07-Curtis King[12]; 13. 11R-Jesse Rupe[10]

Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 21J-Clay Harris[4]; 2. 5E-Rick Eckert[1]; 3. 99-Justin Haley[3]; 4. 11M-Michael McGee[6]; 5. 5-Jonathan Taylor[5]; 6. 17C-Coleman Evans[7]; 7. 22J-John Baker[9]; 8. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[8]; 9. 117-Clinton Gillen[10]; 10. 91P-Rob Pitcher[11]; 11. 27-Joshua Kunstbeck[12]; 12. (DNS) 21C-Drew Charlson; 13. (DNS) 88-Zayden Bolyard

Group A Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 97-Mitch Thomas, 00:18.508[30]; 2. 7-Justin Allgaier, 00:18.520[22]; 3. 67-Garret Stewart, 00:18.543[13]; 4. C8-Cole Perine, 00:18.602[53]; 5. 25-Tyler Nicely, 00:18.617[26]; 6. K9-Will Krup, 00:18.631[46]; 7. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 00:18.654[33]; 8. 5CS-Curt Spalding, 00:18.740[51]; 9. 51-Brandon Green, 00:18.785[35]; 10. 49-Billy Green, 00:18.800[29]; 11. 77-Ray Bollinger, 00:18.802[12]; 12. 99G-Hunt Gossum, 00:18.814[6]; 13. 24-Zeke McKenzie, 00:18.880[44]; 14. 21D-Danny Schwartz, 00:18.914[14]; 15. 92K-Tom Krankel, 00:18.942[52]; 16. 00EH-Steve Arpin, 00:18.943[2]; 17. 24H-Mike Harrison, 00:18.944[4]; 18. 1R-Ryan Rackley, 00:18.974[39]; 19. 33M-Steve Stevenson, 00:18.978[54]; 20. 16C-John Clippinger, 00:18.987[42]; 21. 33-Kenny Mihalik, 00:19.031[11]; 22. 81-Steve Axtell Jr, 00:19.040[45]; 23. 77D-Dustin Demattia, 00:19.049[15]; 24. 114-Clayton Bryant, 00:19.051[23]; 25. 22T-Tony Anderson, 00:19.085[1]; 26. 05-Dave Wietholder, 00:19.094[16]; 27. 88C-Matt Crafton, 00:19.099[17]; 28. 00D-David Reutimann, 00:19.102[24]; 29. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 00:19.107[10]; 30. 22-Dale Kelley, 00:19.205[28]; 31. 242X-Dawson Cook, 00:19.246[38]; 32. 01-Joel Ortberg, 00:19.326[36]; 33. 02-Chris Cook, 00:19.338[27]; 34. 242-Brandon Bollinger, 00:19.350[43]; 35. 00-Buzzie Reutimann, 00:19.371[8]; 36. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 00:19.374[20]; 37. 18-Eric Moon, 00:19.383[47]; 38. 62E-Deece Schwartz, 00:19.410[37]; 39. 463-Daniel Sanchez, 00:19.529[34]; 40. 100-Andy Galgoci, 00:19.591[9]; 41. 1-Brenden Rassel, 00:19.681[41]; 42. 711B-Jerry Bland Jr, 00:19.859[32]; 43. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 00:20.023[19]; 44. 0-Glenn Styres, 00:20.059[7]; 45. 2-William Bartlett, 00:20.097[5]; 46. I 70-Kim Edington, 00:20.148[31]; 47. 88-Chris Bolyard, 00:20.658[3]; 48. 96-Matt Johnson, 00:21.064[25]; 49. 27C-Billy Cevaal, 00:21.655[49]; 50. 6B-Dave Baldwin, 00:21.655[40]; 51. 59-Doug Stine, 00:21.655[48]; 52. 97G-Jason Crose, 00:21.655[18]; 53. 77S-Jim Shipman, 00:21.655[21]; 54. 05X-Kyle Hammer, 00:21.655[50]

Group B Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman, 00:18.119[45]; 2. 65-Dylan Woodling, 00:18.318[5]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler, 00:18.339[7]; 4. 21J-Clay Harris, 00:18.384[44]; 5. 1S-Brian Shaw, 00:18.451[32]; 6. 21A-Nick Allen, 00:18.487[15]; 7. 17X-Richard Michael Jr, 00:18.601[53]; 8. 99-Justin Haley, 00:18.614[16]; 9. 35-David Stremme, 00:18.650[31]; 10. 96P-Slade Parsons, 00:18.705[50]; 11. M20-Mike Potosky, 00:18.739[1]; 12. 21C-Drew Charlson, 00:18.744[9]; 13. 96M-Mike McKinney, 00:18.837[24]; 14. 18L-Michael Long, 00:18.853[43]; 15. 22B-Austen Becerra, 00:18.897[36]; 16. 5E-Rick Eckert, 00:18.953[35]; 17. 95-Michael Altobelli, 00:18.976[52]; 18. 777-Trevor Neville, 00:18.979[23]; 19. 24D-Jesse Dill, 00:18.980[22]; 20. 5-Jonathan Taylor, 00:18.997[40]; 21. 36-Kenny Wallace, 00:19.009[33]; 22. 11W-Beau Aikey, 00:19.078[8]; 23. 6-Ryan Ayers, 00:19.085[18]; 24. 11M-Michael McGee, 00:19.092[34]; 25. 32-Chad Roush, 00:19.101[29]; 26. 12L-Lucas Lee, 00:19.103[48]; 27. 9PG-Percy Gendreau, 00:19.125[6]; 28. 17C-Coleman Evans, 00:19.191[47]; 29. 7T-Evan Taylor, 00:19.244[3]; 30. M41-Steve Maisel, 00:19.287[2]; 31. 14C-Rick Conoyer, 00:19.393[39]; 32. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt, 00:19.396[26]; 33. 21KS-Kenny Shaw, 00:19.450[20]; 34. 20-Tyler Hendrix, 00:19.465[14]; 35. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt, 00:19.545[10]; 36. 22J-John Baker, 00:19.658[51]; 37. 176-Scotty Owens, 00:19.659[49]; 38. 27G-Jason Garver, 00:19.663[21]; 39. 11R-Jesse Rupe, 00:19.850[38]; 40. 117-Clinton Gillen, 00:19.935[30]; 41. Z06-Larry Mott, 00:19.988[37]; 42. 27R-Steve Rex, 00:20.029[46]; 43. 11-Tyler Morehouse, 00:20.213[28]; 44. 91P-Rob Pitcher, 00:20.242[27]; 45. 21S-Seth Daniels, 00:20.286[42]; 46. N8-Nate Huffingham, 00:20.318[12]; 47. 07-Curtis King, 00:20.349[4]; 48. 27-Joshua Kunstbeck, 00:20.392[13]; 49. 7N7-Jeff Solinger, 00:21.137[19]; 50. 2J-Troy Johnson, 00:21.137[11]; 51. 4S-Craig Shaw, 00:21.137[17]; 52. 88-Zayden Bolyard, 00:21.137[25]; 53. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 00:21.137[41]

Overall Qualifying – 2nd Lap (2 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman, 00:18.119[104]; 2. 65-Dylan Woodling, 00:18.318[10]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler, 00:18.339[14]; 4. 21J-Clay Harris, 00:18.384[85]; 5. 1S-Brian Shaw, 00:18.451[62]; 6. 97-Mitch Thomas, 00:18.508[57]; 7. 7-Justin Allgaier, 00:18.520[101]; 8. 21A-Nick Allen, 00:18.575[30]; 9. 17X-Richard Michael Jr, 00:18.601[107]; 10. 99-Justin Haley, 00:18.614[32]; 11. 25-Tyler Nicely, 00:18.617[49]; 12. C8-Cole Perine, 00:18.624[99]; 13. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 00:18.654[63]; 14. 67-Garret Stewart, 00:18.698[25]; 15. 96P-Slade Parsons, 00:18.705[94]; 16. 21C-Drew Charlson, 00:18.744[18]; 17. K9-Will Krup, 00:18.746[87]; 18. 49-Billy Green, 00:18.800[55]; 19. 5CS-Curt Spalding, 00:18.804[95]; 20. 99G-Hunt Gossum, 00:18.814[11]; 21. 96M-Mike McKinney, 00:18.837[46]; 22. M20-Mike Potosky, 00:18.851[2]; 23. 18L-Michael Long, 00:18.853[83]; 24. 51-Brandon Green, 00:18.855[67]; 25. 35-David Stremme, 00:18.868[60]; 26. 22B-Austen Becerra, 00:18.897[70]; 27. 00EH-Steve Arpin, 00:18.943[3]; 28. 24H-Mike Harrison, 00:18.944[7]; 29. 5E-Rick Eckert, 00:18.953[68]; 30. 00D-David Reutimann, 00:18.957[45]; 31. 1R-Ryan Rackley, 00:18.974[75]; 32. 777-Trevor Neville, 00:18.979[102]; 33. 16C-John Clippinger, 00:18.987[80]; 34. 33M-Steve Stevenson, 00:19.011[100]; 35. 33-Kenny Mihalik, 00:19.031[21]; 36. 81-Steve Axtell Jr, 00:19.040[86]; 37. 77D-Dustin Demattia, 00:19.049[29]; 38. 11M-Michael McGee, 00:19.092[66]; 39. 12L-Lucas Lee, 00:19.103[92]; 40. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 00:19.107[19]; 41. 22T-Tony Anderson, 00:19.122[1]; 42. 9PG-Percy Gendreau, 00:19.125[12]; 43. 92K-Tom Krankel, 00:19.144[97]; 44. 88C-Matt Crafton, 00:19.179[33]; 45. 24-Zeke McKenzie, 00:19.188[84]; 46. 17C-Coleman Evans, 00:19.191[90]; 47. 21D-Danny Schwartz, 00:19.195[27]; 48. 32-Chad Roush, 00:19.195[56]; 49. 36-Kenny Wallace, 00:19.197[64]; 50. 95-Michael Altobelli, 00:19.201[98]; 51. 22-Dale Kelley, 00:19.205[53]; 52. 77-Ray Bollinger, 00:19.256[23]; 53. M41-Steve Maisel, 00:19.287[4]; 54. 05-Dave Wietholder, 00:19.321[31]; 55. 242X-Dawson Cook, 00:19.321[73]; 56. 02-Chris Cook, 00:19.338[51]; 57. 00-Buzzie Reutimann, 00:19.371[15]; 58. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 00:19.374[39]; 59. 11W-Beau Aikey, 00:19.375[16]; 60. 18-Eric Moon, 00:19.383[89]; 61. 01-Joel Ortberg, 00:19.409[69]; 62. 62E-Deece Schwartz, 00:19.410[71]; 63. 6-Ryan Ayers, 00:19.459[36]; 64. 21KS-Kenny Shaw, 00:19.465[40]; 65. 7T-Evan Taylor, 00:19.505[6]; 66. 242-Brandon Bollinger, 00:19.550[82]; 67. 5-Jonathan Taylor, 00:19.620[77]; 68. 463-Daniel Sanchez, 00:19.642[65]; 69. 22J-John Baker, 00:19.658[96]; 70. 176-Scotty Owens, 00:19.659[93]; 71. 100-Andy Galgoci, 00:19.666[17]; 72. 1-Brenden Rassel, 00:19.681[78]; 73. 20-Tyler Hendrix, 00:19.691[28]; 74. 27G-Jason Garver, 00:19.761[42]; 75. 11R-Jesse Rupe, 00:19.850[74]; 76. 711B-Jerry Bland Jr, 00:19.859[61]; 77. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt, 00:19.890[50]; 78. 117-Clinton Gillen, 00:19.935[58]; 79. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt, 00:19.948[20]; 80. Z06-Larry Mott, 00:19.988[72]; 81. 27R-Steve Rex, 00:20.029[88]; 82. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 00:20.053[37]; 83. 0-Glenn Styres, 00:20.059[13]; 84. 2-William Bartlett, 00:20.097[9]; 85. I 70-Kim Edington, 00:20.148[59]; 86. 11-Tyler Morehouse, 00:20.213[54]; 87. N8-Nate Huffingham, 00:20.318[24]; 88. 07-Curtis King, 00:20.472[8]; 89. 21S-Seth Daniels, 00:20.804[81]; 90. 88-Chris Bolyard, 00:20.842[5]; 91. 14C-Rick Conoyer, 00:20.857[76]; 92. 91P-Rob Pitcher, 00:20.874[52]; 93. 114-Clayton Bryant, 00:20.891[44]; 94. 24D-Jesse Dill, 00:21.070[43]; 95. 96-Matt Johnson, 00:21.480[47]; 96. 7N7-Jeff Solinger, 00:21.486[38]; 97. 27C-Billy Cevaal, 00:21.819[105]; 98. 27-Joshua Kunstbeck, 00:21.983[26]; 99. 05X-Kyle Hammer[106]; 100. (DNS) 89W-Rick Weitekamp; 101. (DNS) 2J-Troy Johnson; 102. (DNS) 4S-Craig Shaw; 103. (DNS) 88-Zayden Bolyard; 104. (DNS) 77S-Jim Shipman; 105. (DNS) 6B-Dave Baldwin; 106. (DNS) 97G-Jason Crose; 107. (DNS) 59-Doug Stine

NEW MODIFIED FORMAT: UMP Modifieds Chase DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator with Remixed Tradition

A new format loaded with chances for DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers to win during the 51st DIRTcar Nationals has been prepared – for 2022 only – to determine an overall points champion and Gator Championship victor.

The “All-Features Night” returns Thursday, but with a twist due to the first three nights of racing being rained out. There will be two rounds of Feature action – five Features in each round – this year lined up by Qualifying results (fastest to slowest). The first lap will line up the first round of Features and the second lap will line up the second round.

Points earned from Thursday’s Features will determine the qualifying order for Friday’s “Gator Qualifier.” The field will be split into Group A (odd points) and Group B (even points). The top-10 from the A and B Features will be locked into Saturday’s Gator Championship race. Following those Features, a round of five more Features will follow – lined up non-staggered from Qualifying. The second round is another chance to earn points toward the Big Gator title.

Saturday’s Gator Championship Feature will follow its normal format to set the field for the 30-lap main event, complete with Last Chance Showdowns and redraw for the top-10 Feature starters.

The overall Big Gator Champion will also still be based on Feature points only.

Complete format details are listed below. For the latest news, content and lap-by-lap updates from Volusia Speedway Park, be sure to follow DIRTcar Nationals on Twitter and check out DIRTcarNationals.com.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Thursday, February 10, 2022 – ALL CARS WILL RUN TWO FEATURES

  • The number of features will be based on total car count
  • All cars will hot lap based on their pill draw
  • All cars will qualify based on their pill draw – 2 laps (Green, White, Checkered)
    • It will be overall qualifying (all cars will be qualifying against each other)
    • Lap 1 of your qualifying time will line you up for the first set of features
    • Lap 2 of your qualifying time will line you up for the second set of features
    • Features will be lined up non-staggered based on qualifying fastest to slowest. We will run the features from slowest feature to fastest feature (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
  • All drivers will earn points for their qualifying effort
    • 1st place will get 200 points, each position after that will drop by 1 point down to 1 point. (1st – 100, 2nd – 98, 3rd – 96, etc.)
    • All drivers will earn feature event points (80, 75, 70, 65, 60, 55, 53, 51, 49, 47, 45, then down by 1.)
    • All points from your efforts on Thursday will lineup your events for Friday.

Friday, February 11, 2022

  • All cars will hot lap/qualify
  • Qualifying groups will be sorted based on overall points from Thursday, with odd-placed positions being in Group A and even-placed positions being in Group B.
  • All cars will qualify – 2 laps (Green, White, Checkered)
    • You will qualify overall within your Group A or Group B
  • Each Group will have 4 Heat Races, 2 Last Chance Showdowns and a Feature
  • Heat Races will be lined up based on your fastest qualifying time.
  • Heat Transfers will be announced at the driver’s meeting
  • LCS Transfers will be announced at the driver’s meeting
  • Top 10 from each feature will be locked into the Gator Championship
  • The 2nd round of features will be lined up non-staggered based on qualifying, fastest to slowest. We will run the features from slowest feature to fastest feature (5, 4, 3, 2, 1). Lap 2 of your qualifying time will line you up for the second set of features.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

  • Cars that are not locked in will run Last Chance Showdowns
  • We will line up the LCS based on the 1st round of Feature finishes from Friday
  • LCS Transfers will be announced at the driver’s meeting
  • We will have provisionals
  • Gator Championship will be 30 Laps
  • Overall Gator Championship Points will be based on Feature points only

Wednesday’s DIRTcar Nationals Events at Volusia Canceled for Driver Safety

Despite sunshine and clear skies on Wednesday afternoon, the continued rainfall Tuesday night into the early-morning hours on Wednesday has further saturated the Volusia Speedway Park grounds, forcing track and DIRTcar officials to cancel Wednesday’s DIRTcar Nationals program with driver safety and track preservation in mind.

DIRTcar Nationals will now kick off with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds one hour earlier on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Grandstand gates will open at 4pm. Wednesday’s program will not be made up.

Those who purchased a ticket in advance to Wednesday’s event will receive a face-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, then you have until March 9 to request a refund. A refund request can be made by CLICKING HERE.

For the day’s full schedule of events and to get tickets, CLICK HERE.

You can further keep up to date with the latest DIRTcar Nationals news at DIRTcarNationals.com and on Twitter.

NEW STRIPES: Wallace Begins Final Season of Full-Time Racing with Retro Colors at DIRTcar Nationals

1991 NASCAR win on Volusia asphalt commemorated with special black-green wrap

From competing at the highest ranks of NASCAR to racing at dirt tracks across the country all season long, Kenny Wallace amassed a fanbase larger than he could’ve imagined. And this year, while he’s not saying goodbye, he’s giving them a final full-time tour with a hint of nostalgia.

Wallace will be scaling back his racing a bit in 2023, after a 38-year professional career in the sport. To celebrate his career accomplishments, he plans on running special designs on his DIRTcar UMP Modified throughout 2022, starting with the track he holds a special merit at – Volusia Speedway Park.

Wallace, of Arnold, MO, holds what is one of the most unique accolades in Volusia’s 50-plus-year history as the only driver to win on the track in both its dirt and asphalt configurations. Volusia spent eight years (1989-1996) as a paved half-mile oval before being converted back to dirt in 1997.

Wallace at Volusia in 1991 (via Instagram @kennywallace36)

In its time as an asphalt track, Volusia hosted several NASCAR-sanctioned events – including the Busch Grand National Series (present-day Xfinity Series). That’s when Wallace found his way into NASCAR Victory Lane for the first time in his career on March 24, 1991.

“As a competitor, that win at Volusia was everything to me,” he said.

A simple black and green scheme with white accents and yellow trim wrapped his Pontiac Grand Prix that day. Those colors will come to life again during DIRTcar Nationals (Feb. 7-12) when Wallace returns to the Florida track with the rest of the UMP Modified field for the first of six straights nights of racing to decide who takes home the iconic Big Gator trophy.

Wallace will have his Elite Chassis #36 wrapped in those 1991 colors for the entire week, commemorating a day that first sparked his next-level success on the big stage.

“I’m a kid who comes out of St. Louis, living in a single-wide mobile home, making like $20,000 a year, and we go to Volusia,” Wallace said. “We went there and put it all together. I remember qualifying 13th, and we won the race. We were good, and it was a major accomplishment in my life.”

The new wrap for Wallace’s UMP Modified run at Volusia (via Instagram @kennywallace36)

The next time he came back to Volusia, the track was entering its ninth year back on dirt in 2005. Wallace had only started dipping his feet into dirt racing, but it didn’t take long before Volusia felt his impact, winning the second UMP Modified Feature of the 2007 DIRTcar Nationals.

“It’s crazy, we come back in 2005 and we’re like ‘Holy moly, they put dirt on it. What’s going on here?’” Wallace said. “So, I started learning how to race dirt; I just wanted to try it. We come back in 2007, and there’s like 80 cars there, and I won.”

Last year, fellow NASCAR driver and DIRTcar Nationals regular Justin Allgaier captured his first career Big Gator trophy as winner of the Gator Championship race. He previously won a little gator in 2016, and said to this day, the trophy still means more than any other win. Wallace echoed that same sentiment.

“There’s not that many gator trophies out there – they’re very rare,” he said. “There’s 365 days in a year. The gator – there’s only six possible tries.”

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Since 2007, Wallace has added another three gators to his collection. Despite the unique trophy, however, that’s not what keeps him coming back every February.

“Volusia is a place for us all to gather,” Wallace said. “It’s snowing and the weather’s bad [at home]. It’s about going down there, the comradery, it’s live on DIRTVision, everybody around the United States is watching the races.”

After his run at the 51st DIRTcar Nationals, Wallace will return home to his native Missouri and prepare for one last hammer-down, go-all-out season as a full-time race car driver. The million-dollar question asks – why now? His answer is quite simple.

Wallace has four DIRTcar Nationals Feature wins since his debut in 2005 (Luis Torres Photo)

“It is true that I’m a hardcore racer, but I don’t think that I need to race the entirety of my life ‘til death – that’s not important to me,” Wallace said. “I’ll be 59 in August. It just seemed like it was the right time to slow down.”

Though he’s never been known as a “Sprint Car guy,” Wallace has looked-up to many of the greats with The Greatest Show on Dirt. He took many of their teachings into his own career, including his decision to scale-back.

“I studied the king, Steve Kinser,” Wallace said. “His last year with the World of Outlaws was at 60 years old.”

Like so many other motorsports greats have done before, Wallace is also getting the urge to dive into his post-racing career plans.

“Even Tony Stewart races when he wants to; he doesn’t run a full open-wheel series,” he said. “I felt like I needed to do that. I felt like I needed to give myself an opportunity to… get a motorhome, take my grandbabies around, and do what I wanna do.”

But until he decides to hang up the helmet for good, his legions of fans can still catch him at several dirt tracks around the nation. Wallace said he expects to race around 50 nights in 2022, including a few on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals trail. After that, he’s taking his daily driver pickup truck, his 28-foot trailer, and going racing when and where he feels like it.

As always, his signature, nonstop social media presence will remain as active as it ever has been – with or without racing. He’s never been shy about sharing advice on racing or life with his followers and took a moment to offer-up something he’d tell that teenage version of himself, now an accomplished superstar, heading south to Volusia before that victorious day in 1991.

Wallace after a Summit Modified victory at Terre Haute Action Track in 2018 (Jim DenHamer Photo)

“People will tell you that you have time, and you don’t. Start going after what you want right now,” Wallace said. “I’m not saying go running around with your tail on fire, I’m saying do it now and go after it.”

Don’t miss Kenny Wallace and the rest of the DIRTcar UMP Modified field take on six-straight nights in the 51st DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 7-12. Buy a ticket, stream live on DIRTVision, and keep up with all the latest DIRTcar Racing news and content by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Volusia Speedway Park will host the UMP Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Late Models and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in the kickoff to the 51st DIRTcar Nationals on Monday, Feb. 7. All 12 nights of the event, which also features the World of Outlaws Late Models, All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Cars and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, can be streamed live on DIRTVision.

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Winning a Big Gator meant ‘more than you’ll know’ to Justin Allgaier

The NASCAR star shared his passion for racing at DIRTcar Nationals and why he cherishes his gator trophies most

Justin Allgaier occasionally peered into the Volusia Speedway Park pond hoping to see its resident gators during DIRTcar Nationals last year.

Each time, he found himself – the “Little Gator.”

However, there was another gator the NASCAR star was truly searching for. The golden gator; given only to those capable of winning during the historic DIRTcar Nationals event.

Allgaier had already claimed the unique trophy in 2016 with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds – a prize he said he cherishes over every other trophy he’s collected.

“I’ve got the little gator that we won years ago sitting front and center in my trophy case,” he said. “It’s out in front of all the NASCAR wins. It’s out in front of everything I got because it means a lot to me.”

What he didn’t have yet was the Big Gator trophy. That prestigious life-size idol is reserved only to those who master the points battle for the week or win the biggest UMP Modified race of the event – the Gator Championship Feature.

Modified champion Nick Hoffman was on a path to conquer both last year but a rare slip by the multi-time gator winner allowed Allaiger the opportunity to slide into the lead. Hoffman tried desperately to run down Allaiger – driving a chassis built by Hoffman – but the “Little Gator” used all his might to finally earn a Big Gator trophy.

Its significance?

“More than you’ll know,” Allgaier said. “Obviously, the NASCAR side (driving for recent NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Earnhardt Jr.), I love what I do, and I have great sponsors over there. I love the NASCAR side of things but there is nothing like coming out in front of you (dirt) fans. Everybody is watching at home on DIRTVision. Just putting it all out there with 30 of the best drivers in the world. I truly mean that.”

Justin Allgaier races his DIRTcar UMP Modified at Volusia Speedway Park

He’ll be back this year for the 51st edition of DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 7-12, to hunt for both gators again. Participating in the event is a privilege he cherishes, having visited Volusia as a fan long before he started his racing career. Even before the track had dirt on it.

When he turned from fan to driver at the half-mile track, he started in a Late Model before moving to a DIRTcar UMP Modified. He credited his years in dirt racing as a key to his success, which includes 16 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and the 2008 ARCA championship.

“This is an integral part of who I am as a racer,” Allgaier said. “It’s a huge part of who I am. It drives me to be a racer. I love what I do on Saturdays, and I love the NASCAR scene. It is so totally different than this. They’re both great in their own right. They’re so totally different. Dirt racing fans are incredible. They’re passionate. They love their sport. And rightly so, right? Whether it’s Late Model, Sprint Cars, Modifieds, just in general they love this sport so much. And it drives us. You put in hours. You put in time.”

And don’t think he finds dirt racing any less stressful than his NASCAR duties.

“I get more heartburn and sleepless nights coming here (to DIRTcar Nationals) than I’d like to admit,” Allgaier said. “You know, it’s so difficult to come down here. And so many things have to go right. But you look at guys like Nick (Hoffman) who come here year in and year out, they find their way to the box. They make no mistakes. They’re on their game. The amount of focus and discipline it takes to come here, when you have this many cars, it really is incredible to see the talent level here right now. It’s really amazing.

“I think a lot of NASCAR guys come back here because we truly believe it’s a huge test of our abilities. A test of the people around you. There’s just something different about it. This week is mentally draining. When you walk out of this place, you’re either pumped up and ready to come back next year or you’re so demoralized that you’re ready to come back next year so you can redeem yourself. It’s pretty awesome. It’s something that… yeah, there’s really no words that can describe it.”

If you venture to the gator pond this February, you may find the “Little Gator” again peering into its depths, searching. Always searching for a gator – green and gold.

For tickets to DIRTcar Nationals, click HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch the two weeks of the event live on DIRTVision – either online or with the DIRTVision App.

WAY 2 FAST: Hoffman Dominates at Volusia, Wins Eighth Annual Reutimann Memorial

Strickler and Nicely drop out early, Stewart hard charges 25th-to-6th

Nick Hoffman has won a lot of races at Volusia Speedway Park in his career. Just consult the golden gator farm at his home in Mooresville, NC, reflecting his unprecedented six-straight DIRTcar Nationals championships.

However, entering Saturday night, there remained one prestigious DIRTcar UMP Modified race he’d yet to win at the venue – the Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial.

With some speed on the bottom and a good line in Turns 3-4, Hoffman was able to swipe the lead away from defending race winner Tyler Nicely in the early going and hold the field off the rest of the way for his first career triumph in Florida’s most prestigious Dirt Modified race.

“Everything they do – the Reutimann family, Volusia Speedway Park, everybody that puts this deal on – I can’t thank them enough,” Hoffman said. “This race has kind of eluded me. I’ve ran second, I’ve ran third… I’ve been close, just not close enough to win.”

“Tyler [Nicely] beat us up pretty good last year, but this year I was just a little bit more on top of my game.”

Starting fourth after a Showdown Feature win Friday night, Hoffman didn’t have to wait long for his shot at the lead. Nicely jumped to the early lead from the pole and led the opening circuits before the first caution was displayed with four laps complete. But Hoffman was all over him on the restart and drove it deep into Turn 3 with speed and completed the pass coming out of Turn 4.

“[Nicely] was pretty good there at the beginning, and then I just kinda bided my time to get to second,” Hoffman said. “I was all over him on that restart, so I just figured I’d try and get the lead and control the pace.”

Hoffman collected his first career Reutimann Memorial win Saturday night (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

By this time, Strickler had cracked the whip on his #00EH, normally piloted by Longhorn by Loenbro head and former DIRTcar Nationals champion Steve Arpin, and followed Hoffman around Nicely to take second. Now only a second behind Hoffman, Strickler pinned the throttle.

Through lapped traffic the two raced, weaving inside-and-outside in an exciting chase around the half-mile oval with a blistering pace.

“This place – when it widens out like that, you can pretty much go anywhere,” Hoffman said. “It was actually really fun to maneuver through lapped traffic. I was having a pretty good time just picking lanes and trying to carry as much speed [as possible].”

The chase soon reached a fever pitch, bringing spectators to the edge of their seats, until Strickler lost the handle on his car in Turns 3-4 and looped it by himself to bring out the yellow.

He had just tapped the inside retaining wall, which sent him around in a spin and left him with nose damage. He took it to pit road in an attempt to make repairs but retired to the pits after the restart from the persistent damage.

One lap later, Nicely – who inherited Strickler’s runner-up spot – slowed suddenly on the backstretch and brought out caution again. He took his #25 to pit road with an apparent air cleaner issue and was back out for the restart, but dropped out one lap later, done for the night.

“Strickler just pushed the issue really hard, really early,” Hoffman said. “I was running way harder than I wanted to be at that point in time. Once he had his issue, I was able to cruise.”

And cruise he did. Hoffman drove the remaining 26 laps unchallenged and led the field back to the checkers to collect the $7,000 check and his first tractor trophy as winner of the eighth annual Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial.

“This is pretty unbelievable, the whole year we had,” Hoffman said. “From Summer Nationals, DIRTcar Nationals, everything we’ve done to get the DIRTcar national championship again… To get that ride with Scott [Bloomquist] and learn from him and run really well in the Late Model, that’s gonna catapult my career, I feel.”

Hoffman on the farm tractor trophy (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

Though he hadn’t raced at Volusia in 20 years, Victor Lee was thrilled to bag $3,000 for a runner-up finish to the #1-ranked driver in the country.

“We’ll take that as a win, for us,” Lee said. “There haven’t been too many people to beat Nick this year. He’s been phenomenal, he’s on his game, so hats off to him and his crew.”

The Danville, KY-native started third and kept his #4L inside the top-five the entire race while fighting mechanical issues throughout the night.

“At the end there, I was really hanging on,” Lee said. “I don’t know if I overheated the brakes and one started sticking on it or what. But when I rolled off the throttle, it wanted to turn dead-right without touching the brakes.”

Kenny Wallace crossed the line in third, improving on his best finish of 10th from his debut in the event last year.

“It was a great race for us,” Wallace said. “We started ninth and really didn’t know what to expect. This is my first year with an Elite Chassis, and I feel like I’ve been getting better all year long.”

Wallace, of Arnold, MO, steadily climbed through the top-10 over 50 laps and was battling for third with Chris Arnold before the final caution with 4-to-go. He hammered the throttle on the restart and powered around Arnold on the bottom to grab the spot, which he held for the final laps to bag a $2,000 check.

Lee (4) racing with Wallace (36) in the final laps (Jacy Norgaard Photo)

“I was really strong on the bottom,” Wallace said. “My car surprised me. I could really drive in hard on the bottom and I had to get used to that. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to drive in that hard on the bottom.”

2021 UMP Modified track champion Garret Stewart found himself in a challenging situation Saturday night after getting into a wreck the night before. He finished repairs on Saturday afternoon and arrived back at the track just in time, scooping a transfer spot from 12th in the first Last Chance Showdown. But he didn’t stop there – the Leesburg, FL-native climbed nineteen positions over 50 laps to finish the Feature 6th from 25th on the starting grid.

Reutimann Memorial Feature (50 Laps) 1. 2-Nick Hoffman[4]; 2. 4L-Victor Lee[3]; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace[9]; 4. 99W-Chris Arnold[7]; 5. 72-Todd Neiheiser[12]; 6. 67- Garret Stewart[25]; 7. 7G-Seth Geary[8]; 8. 99-Justin Haley[17]; 9. 00D-David Reutimann[20]; 10. 13P-Rich Pratt[11]; 11. 80D-Rich Dawson[1]; 12. 24B-Dillon Buhr[16]; 13. 8A-Austin Holcombe[27]; 14. 205-Travis Varnadore[15]; 15. 18-Eric Moon[23]; 16. 44-Jeff Parsons[26]; 17. 16C-John Clippinger[18]; 18. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[21]; 19. (DNF) 33C-Cody Overton[14]; 20. (DNF) 1A-Steve Meyer Jr[19]; 21. (DNF) 33M-Jeff Mathews[13]; 22. (DNF) 2J-Troy Johnson[22]; 23. (DNF) 25-Tyler Nicely[2]; 24. (DNF) 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[28]; 25. (DNF) 00EH-Kyle Strickler[5]; 26. (DNF) 39W-Brandon Wells[6]; 27. (DNF) 84-Ryan Toole[10]; 28. (DNF) 88-Cody Thornhill[24]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (12 Laps, top-3 transfer) 1. 00-Buzzie Reutimann[1]; 2. 18-Eric Moon[3]; 3. 67-Garret Stewart[12]; 4. 10-Dustin Thayer[6]; 5. 80-Paul Shead[5]; 6. 2L-Jake Leitzman[4]; 7. 78-Troy Loomis[7]; 8. 17-Patrick Vareika[9]; 9. 7-Jason Fitzgerald[2]; 10. 96-Matt Johnson[14]; 11. 1P-Mike Phillips[11]; 12. 11P-Charlie Phillips[13]; 13. (DNF) 27S-Paul Schloss[15]; 14. (DNF) 57P-Zach Permann[8]; 15. (DNF) 17P-Robert Pitcher[10]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (12 Laps, top-3 transfer) 1. 2J-Troy Johnson[1]; 2. 88-Cody Thornhill[4]; 3. 44-Jeff Parsons[3]; 4. 8A-Austin Holcombe[11]; 5. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt[6]; 6. 54-Jason Jack[5]; 7. 51-Dalton Lanich[7]; 8. 22-David Daughtery[8]; 9. 7+7-Jeff Solinger[10]; 10. 33-Kenny Mihalik[13]; 11. 192-Tim McLeod[9]; 12. (DNF) M41-Steve Maisel[2]; 13. (DNF) 34P-Jim Passino[12]; 14. (DNF) 96S-Slade Parsons[14]; 15. (DNF) 4-Doug Penny[15]; 16. (DNF) 6-Ryan Ayers[16]

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: UMP Modifieds Take on Volusia for Eighth Annual Reutimann Memorial

Hoffman, Nicely, Wallace and more battle Stewart and the local field in $7K-to-win spectacle

BARBERVILLE, FL – The biggest DIRTcar UMP Modified brawl on the fall calendar is finally here. The eighth annual Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial race boasts a bigger $7,000-to-win purse this year, and the stars will be out to come and chase it.

Thursday night kicks things off with a practice session for all divisions. Hot Lap/Qualifying and Showdown Features for the UMP Modifieds highlight Friday’s program alongside a full show for 602 Late Models and Thunder Stocks. Modified Last Chance Showdowns and the 50-lap Feature are on-tap for Saturday, while DIRTcar Pro (604) Late Models and Street Stocks support the show.

Driver pre-registration is still open at the link below, but will be closed on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, teams are reminded that all upper pit parking spaces have been booked, but plenty of room is still available around the Gator Pond.

DRIVER PRE-REGISTRATION

All tickets will be sold at the gate on race day – $20 for single-day admission, $30 for both days. Kids 12-and-under are free. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap of Friday and Saturday live with a FAST PASS subscription to DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this weekend…

TRACTOR HUNTING – The champ is here, and gunning for the gold. Or, in this case, the farm tractor trophy.

Hoffman holding his sixth career Big Gator trophy (Josh James Artwork)

Defending DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion Nick Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, just clinched his third consecutive DIRTcar national championship after another dominating season that saw him capture 26 Feature wins in 49 starts. In February, Hoffman also clinched a sixth consecutive DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator trophy as champion of the UMP Modified division – the most by any one driver in the event’s 50-year history.

However, there is one trophy he’s never hoisted in the Sunshine State. Hoffman will take his Elite Chassis #2 southbound one final time this year in search of his first win in the event, one year after coming up two spots short of victory in the Saturday finale.

HOME TURF – Over the last two seasons as a UMP Modified regular at Volusia, Garret Stewart has lost a total of four points Features.

The 2020 & 2021 track champion from Leesburg, FL, has since become the local favorite and will lead the charge into the Reutimann Memorial on the back of seven Feature wins in ten regular season starts at the track in 2021. Volusia underwent a resurfacing at the beginning of the year, which 100+ UMP Modified drivers raced on at the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in February. Stewart has now been racing on the new dirt all season, and says those laps on it are going to pay off come Saturday.

Stewart (67) racing with Hoffman (2) at Bristol Motor Speedway in April (Josh James Artwork)

“I think we’ve actually gained on our car when it’s not so slick,” Stewart said. “So, I actually do think this year we have a little bit of help on our side just being on the race track seven or eight times throughout the year.”

FRIENDS IN SOUTHERN PLACES – It’s been another successful year behind the wheel for Matoaca, VA-driver Chris Arnold, who locked-up his first regional UMP Modified championship last weekend with the Southeast Dirt Modified Series. This weekend, he’ll have an extra resource on hand with him in the pit area – his car builder, David Reutimann.

Reutimann is the owner, founder and builder of Beak Built Chassis, which Arnold has been piloting for the past few seasons. David and father Buzzie, 80, of Zephyrhills, FL, will both be on the roster for the event – which David won in 2015 and 2016, when the event was held at East Bay Raceway Park.

Arnold in his DAI Motorsports #99W Beak Built Chassis at Bristol in April, where he finished third on Saturday (Josh James Artwork)

NO MORE MR. NICE GUY – Tyler Nicely entered the Reutimann Memorial and came to Volusia last year, driving a brand-new Longhorn by Loenbro, with one goal in mind. Win.

When the weekend was over, he had done just that, defeating Hoffman and NASCAR star Justin Allgaier for his first career tractor trophy. This year, his goal is exactly the same – win in a brand-new car, in preparation for Florida in February.

“We’ve got a whole year under our belt and we ran solid during Speedweeks,” Nicely said. “I’m excited to get back. We’ll have a new car, and the car I started running at the end of the year. We’ll practice on both Thursday night, see which one I feel like I’ve got the best shot at and hopefully bring another one of them tractor trophies back to Owensboro.”

Nicely will defend his Reutimann crown from 2020 this weekend (Josh James Artwork)

WILDCARD WINNER – Kenny Wallace brought his Elite Chassis #36 to Volusia last Saturday night, in preparation for this weekend, and won, defeating David Reutimann and Garret Stewart in the Wildcard 25 main event.

Wallace, of Arnold, MO, made his Reutimann Memorial debut last year and had a strong run in Saturday’s finale, driving all the way from 21st to finish 10th. He’ll be back on the roster for another try at the coveted farm tractor trophy and a $7,000 check this weekend.

ALL ANGLES: Volusia’s Reutimann Memorial Set to Host National, Regional, Local Stars

Nicely preps for title defense, Stewart looks to continue reign of weekly dominance

The national points season has concluded, but one of the biggest DIRTcar UMP Modified events on the calendar still remains.

The eighth annual Emil & Dale Reutimann Memorial kicks off in one week’s time – Thu-Sat, Nov. 18-20 – at Volusia Speedway Park. The nation’s best UMP Modified drivers will flock to the half-mile oval to take part in a night of practice on Thursday, followed by two nights of racing on Friday and Saturday.

Drivers will Hot Lap/Qualify to get Friday’s program started, then be divided into four separate Showdown Features. These Showdowns will take a number of transfers into Saturday’s Feature, while everyone else will file into a Last Chance Showdown. Once Last Chance Showdowns are complete on Saturday night, Feature cars will take to the track for the 50-lap, $7,000-to-win finale, live on DIRTVision.

The event is run in memory of Emil Reutimann Jr., 56, father to Dale, 17, and crew member Gordon Stone, 16. Each were killed after a collision with a drunk driver, just south of Zephyrhills, FL, on Highway 301 while traveling to a race at Golden Gate Speedway in 1973.

When the race was founded in their remembrance in 2014, the depth of its reach and prestige in the DIRTcar UMP Modified world was only a fraction of where it stands today. The growing list of local, regional and national talent that attends every year has surprised even third-generation racing veteran David Reutimann.

“I never dreamed it could get this big,” he said of the event’s growing prestige. “It started off just as a local deal.”

Reutimann in Volusia Victory Lane after winning a Feature at the 50th DIRTcar Nationals (Josh James Photo)

Reutimann won the second and third editions of the event in 2015 and 2016, when it was held at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. The race moved to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and has now made its home at Volusia – right where Reutimann had always hoped it would.

“Out of all the dirt tracks that I’ve been to – and I’ve raced a lot of dirt for a lot of years – Volusia’s by far my favorite place,” Reutimann, of Sherrills Ford, NC, said. “I always wanted it to end up at Volusia. That was kinda my vision.”

Volusia is also a favorite to defending Reutimann Memorial winner Tyler Nicely. The track was covered with new dirt for the 2021 season, which suited him well for his victorious run on the second night of competition in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in February.

“[DIRTcar Nationals] racetrack was perfect,” Nicely said. “It got slick every night we ran on it, so hopefully it’s like that and we can stay on top.”

He debuted a new Longhorn by Loenbro chassis in the event last year and made a statement win, holding off Justin Allgaier and Nick Hoffman to capture his first farm tractor trophy.

This year is more of the same for the driver from Owensboro, KY. He’ll take another new Longhorn with him to Barberville, looking to duplicate the success he found earlier this year at DIRTcar Nationals.

Nicely in Victory Lane on night #2 of the 50th DIRTcar Nationals (Jim DenHamer Photo)

“We learned, just like when we went to Speedweeks, we just had a handful of races in on that Longhorn,” Nicely said. “We ran on the podium every night except for two, I think. I feel like we’ve learned more about the racecar and I’ve gotten better with the racecar.”

While Nicely, Hoffman and Allgaier bring the national talent, the local stars shine just as bright. Garret Stewart has won all but five points Features over the last two seasons en route to dominating consecutive track championships.

Although he enters the event as the local favorite, he has yet to reach Victory Lane in the track’s marquee events. Armed with an Elite Chassis, built by Hoffman – the three-time and defending DIRTcar national champion – Stewart’s feeling more confident than ever this season.

“I’m excited to see what we got because I feel like we’ve made gains since the last time we went to Volusia,” Stewart, of Leesburg, FL, said. “[Hoffman’s] helped me a little more this year than in years past. Hopefully that pays off.”

With pre-entries on the list including Hoffman, Nicely, Chris Arnold, Kenny Wallace and Justin Haley, Stewart knows he’s going to need to bring his A-game if he wants to beat them.

“We can’t have any mistakes the whole weekend,” Stewart said. “You’re going to have to put together Qualifying, Heat Race and a Feature. You can’t have any missteps, because those guys don’t make mistakes.”

Stewart in Victory Lane after winning the Sunshine Showdown earlier this season (Dave Shank Photo)

$7,000, a unique custom trophy and a spot in the history books of one of Florida’s most prestigious dirt track races is at stake. Stewart will have home-track advantage and a legion of his local fanbase on his side as he chases what would be the biggest win of his career.

“Any big race at Volusia is awesome,” he said. “When you get national level guys, just to run well is exciting. But if we can win it, it would be huge for our program too.”

The on-track action begins with practice on Thursday, followed by racing on Friday and Saturday. If you can’t be at the track, stream every lap of Friday and Saturday live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.

LITTLE GATOR, BIG WIN: Allgaier Wins Gator Championship, Hoffman Runner-Up and DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified Champ

Elite Chassis finishes 1-2, six-straight Big Gator points championships for Hoffman

The Little Gator is now officially a Big Gator winner.

Justin Allgaier cashed-in on his DIRTcar UMP Modified experience at Volusia Speedway Park Monday night for his second career DIRTcar Nationals victory and first in the division’s most prestigious event – the Gator Championship Feature.

For his efforts, a $5,000 check in his pocket and one of the most coveted dirt track racing trophies in the world headed back to his race shop.

Over 100 different drivers entered at least one event over the seven-day stretch, and Allgaier has now topped them all. Including his car builder and the newly crowned six-time Big Gator points champion, Nick Hoffman.

“We’ve been coming down here for a number of years,” Allgaier said. “What this week means to all of us as racers… I really don’t think people understand what the DIRTcar Nationals is all about.

“To have over 100 cars here this week and just to grind it out and battle some of the best racers in the country is truly special.”

Hoffman started on the pole of the 30-lap main event and looked as strong as he ever had been before, opening up a solid gap over the other leaders until the lapped traffic hit on Lap 11.

“I went into [Turn] one, and I don’t know what actually happened in front of me in the lapped traffic, but it was about four rows in front of me,” Hoffman said. “It looked like somebody was turned sideways and they were gonna wreck, so I checked-up because I didn’t know which way they were gonna go.

Allgaier with a roof dance in Victory Lane (Josh James Artwork)

“Then they were four-wide down the back-straightaway; I got tight getting into [Turn] 3, so Justin passed me, then [Michael] Altobelli passed me. I think [Spencer] Hughes was alongside me; luckily the caution came out and saved me right there.”

With Hoffman now in his rearview, it was Allgaier’s time to shine. He picked up the pace throughout the rest of the race, keeping Hoffman, Altobelli and eventual third-place finisher Mike McKinney at bay behind him through several restarts.

McKinney came from 12th on the starting grid and made big gains throughout the first half of the race, cracking the top-five by the halfway point.

“There was a mud ring down on the bottom and some guys just weren’t really hitting it right,” McKinney said. “Once I hit it, I’d just wait for those guys to push up out of the groove and I was already set up to pounce on it when they made a mistake.”

Hoffman tried mightily throughout the final laps to catch Allgaier after making his way back around Altobelli for second, but just could not muster the speed he needed to get by his fellow Elite Chassis driver in the end. However, he was proud to see so many of the cars be built have success at Volusia over the entire week. His sixth consecutive Big Gator points championship is just icing on the cake.

“It’s one of the best years that I’ve had down here, for sure,” Hoffman said. “Very consistent every night. To run second to one of my team cars is pretty cool. I couldn’t ask for a better person to run second to.”

In Victory Lane, Allgaier jumped atop his Elite Chassis #7 before the confetti cannon was even in position, displaying his excitement after winning one of the biggest and most meaningful dirt races of his career after so many attempts at it throughout the past several years.

Hoffman with his Big Gator trophy in Victory Lane as champion of the DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified division (Josh James Artwork)

“I was able to win a [little] Gator on multi-Feature night one time, and I knew how much that meant to me. But this Big Gator, to add our name to the list, to beat the caliber of drivers we had here this weekend… there were a lot of teams that put on an all-out assault to try and knock Nick off, and we just got lucky enough that we were the ones to be able to do it,” Allgaier said.

This concludes the DIRTcar UMP Modified action in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, but the Late Models are just getting started. Night #2 of Late Model Week gets underway Tuesday night with the second show for the DIRTcar Late Models; watch all the action live on DIRTVision!

Gator Championship Feature (30 Laps) 1. 7-Justin Allgaier [3]; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman [1]; 3. 96M-Mike McKinney [12]; 4. 11H-Spencer Hughes [11]; 5. 95-Michael Altobelli [5]; 6. 67-Garret Stewart [10]; 7. 12H-Jason Hughes [15]; 8. 88-Matt Crafton [2]; 9. 36-Kenny Wallace [22]; 10. 11J-Justin Haley [32]; 11. 77-Ray Bollinger [25]; 12. 17T-Tyler Evans [24]; 13. 5S-Curt Spalding [26]; 14. 17X-Richard Michael [17]; 15. 8S-Kyle Strickler [29]; 16. 51-Brandon Green [23]; 17. OOD-David Reutimann [21]; 18. 3L-Jeff Leka [18]; 19. 22T-Tony Anderson [27]; 20. OOEH-Steve Arpin [7]; 21. 18L-Michael Long [16]; 22. 25-Tyler Nicely [6]; 23. 45H-Kyle Hammer [8]; 24. 6A-Ryan Ayers [19]; 25. 44-KC Burdette [14]; 26. 12L-Lucas Lee [4]; 27. 4T-Zeke McKenzie [30]; 28. 25W-Allen Weisser [13]; 29. 7T-Drake Troutman [31]; 30. K19-Will Krup [20]; 31. 35-David Stremme [28]; 32. 21A-Nick Allen [9] Hard Charger: 11J-Justin Haley[+22]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. OOD-David Reutimann [2]; 2. 77-Ray Bollinger [5]; 3. 9-Ken Schrader [1]; 4. 7D-Brad DeYoung [4]; 5. 2A-Matt Altiers [7]; 6. 83-Brianna Robinson [12]; 7. 21D-Danny Schwartz [3]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 51-Brandon Green [2]; 2. 22T-Tony Anderson [6]; 3. 80-Rich Dawson [9]; 4. 6-Ryan Fowler [7]; 5. 8S-Kyle Strickler [1]; 6. 9PG-Percy Gendreau [11]; 7. 74-Mike Franklin [12]; 8. 11J-Justin Haley [5]; 9. 4T-Zeke McKenzie [3]; 10. OO-Buzzie Reutimann [4]; 11. 176-Scotty Owens [10]; 12. 114-Clayton Bryant [13]

Last Chance Showdown 3 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 36-Kenny Wallace [2]; 2. 5S-Curt Spalding [4]; 3. 45-Johnny Broking [1]; 4. 12-John McClure [6]; 5. 32-Chad Roush [7]; 6. 15B-Dave Baker [3]; 7. 463-Daniel Sanchez [5]; 8. 7+7-Jeff Solinger [11]; 9. 60-Shannon Fisk [8]; 10. 72-Todd Neiheiser [9]

Last Chance Showdown 4 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 17T-Tyler Evans [2]; 2. 35-David Stremme [10]; 3. M41-Steve Maisel [9]; 4. O5-Dave Wietholder [1]; 5. A1-Gary Bentley [13]; 6. 62E-Kim Edington [12]; 7. 22K-Dale Kelley [7]; 8. 6B-Dave Baldwin [4]; 9. 7T-Drake Troutman [8]; 10. 88B-Chris Bolyard [6]; 11. 11N-Gene Nicholas [3]