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VICTOR FREEZE: Stewart Friesen wins barn burner over Peter Britten at DIRTcar Nationals

Ripped from the pages of the greatest fiction stories, like those featuring epic duels between Mr. Freeze and Batman, Stewart Friesen and Peter Britten created a live-action duel of epic proportions at Volusia Speedway Park.

However, there were no fancy gadgets or corny catchphrases, just two hellacious 800hp Big Block Modifieds wheeled by men throwing every ounce of talent they brought with them at each other.

In the final pages, Friesen is the victor after taking advantage of a jaw-dropping wheelie Britten pulled in Turn 1 after hitting a rut with two laps to go.

“That was awesome,” said a winded Friesen about his battle with Britten. “What a race. What a racetrack. It was great. I love this place. You can race anywhere… Great race. It was awesome racing with Peter.”

The setting was the first of five straight nights of racing for the Super DIRTcar Series during the 51st DIRTcar Nationals. Britten emerged as the early hero, claiming the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast Time Award and then winning the first Heat Race. That path led to the pole for the 30-lap Feature – originally scheduled for Tuesday night, but due to evening rain shows got pushed to running early Wednesday morning. Friesen also won his Heat, which put him on the outside of Britten for the main event.

They made for an international front row with Britten hailing from Brisbane, QLD, Australia and Friesen from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The diversity extended into their DIRTcar Nationals experience, too. Friesen is a two-time Big Gator champion and had nine DIRTcar Nationals wins. Britten was looking for his first.

When the green flag flew, the Aussie launched ahead of the SRI Performance/Halmar International #44 to claim the early lead, but Friesen kept a tight grip on him. Working the top of the half-mile track, Friesen powered by Britten to steal the lead on Lap 2.

The NASCAR Truck Series star then held command out front for the next 13 laps. Not comfortably, though. Britten stayed in Friesen’s tire tracks and got close enough to show him a nose about 10 laps in. And while, they toyed with the idea of a battle, Max McLaughlin – in his first appearance behind the wheel of the #8H for Heinke-Baldwin Racing – lurked in third, waiting for a chance to attack.

A caution on Lap 14 for Erick Rudolph getting into the wall created a plot twist and laid the foundation for an epic conclusion.

Lining up double file, Friesen picked the bottom for the restart with Britten to his outside. The choice ended up favoring Britten. Earning the title of a “gasser” Britten, already known as “The Batman” kept his foot in the throttle and manhandled his way past Friesen for the lead.

“I was able to get rolling on the top there early,” Friesen said. “Peter was on the gas. I felt like we were pretty good before that caution, and I picked the bottom, and it didn’t really fire off. He got me in the middle, and we went back and forth a bunch of times. Just had a great race. Great race car.”

Then, it was on. There wasn’t a lap the two didn’t attempt a pass on each other, whether with a dive bomb into the corner or with a massive slide job through Turns 1 and 2. The scorecard will say there were seven official lead changes, but unofficially the two went back and forth with the lead about every lap.

Under 10 laps to go, lap traffic started to play a significant role. While sparring for the lead, Britten and Friesen were given the extra challenge of calculating every maneuver with accurate precision. As the end neared, Britten positioned himself as the likely victor, holding a steady lead over Friesen.

However, with three laps to go, Britten hit a rut in Turn 1 that bounced his front end about two feet off the ground, causing his Ryder Racing #21A to wheelie through the corner. That allowed Friesen to sneak underneath him and drive away with his 10th DIRTcar Nationals Feature win.

“We seem to have a flat left rear now, so I don’t know if that is what was going on,” Britten said about what may have led to his demise. “I got just a little bit tight and couldn’t quite roll the corner the way I needed to, and I started shoving and Friesen went around me. We were going back at it. It was a lot of fun. I would’ve loved to have been on top.

“We’ll dust it off and try again tomorrow.”

McLaughlin, the defending Big Gator Champion, was unable to get close enough to contend with Friesen and Britten but came home third with his new team.

“First night out with a new team and have a chance to contend for a win with Peter and Stew is a pretty good accomplishment,” McLaughlin said. “We were really free there. Not good in the black and that’s where we needed to be to pass them.”

Further behind them, eight-time and defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard made the biggest improvement of the night. After having to race his way into the Feature through a Last Chance Showdown, Sheppard charged his way from 26th to 11th.

With the win, Friesen is now the early points leader for the Big Gator Championship – crowned on Saturday, Feb. 19. However, he’ll miss Friday night’s race due to his NASCAR commitments, meaning this story is only the beginning of an epic week-long saga.

UP NEXT

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park for its second night of racing during DIRTcar Nationals, accompanied by the World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

RESULTS
DIRTcar Nationals Feature (30 Laps): 1. 44-Stewart Friesen[2]; 2. 21A-Peter Britten[1]; 3. 8H-Max McLaughlin[3]; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[7]; 5. 8S-Rich Scagliotta[5]; 6. 88-Mat Williamson[11]; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos[4]; 8. 99L-Larry Wight[14]; 9. 6S-Matthew Stangle[10]; 10. 25P-Michael Parent[9]; 11. 9S-Matt Sheppard[26]; 12. 215P-Adam Pierson[12]; 13. 1K-Rich Laubach[19]; 14. 35M-Mike Mahaney[8]; 15. 12S-Darren Smith[23]; 16. 2L-Jack Lehner[28]; 17. 30W-Joseph Watson[13]; 18. 83-Brian Swartzlander[17]; 19. 3H-Justin Haers[22]; 20. 3J-Marc Johnson[18]; 21. JS98-Rocky Warner[24]; 22. 16X-Dan Creeden[25]; 23. 14-CG Morey[27]; 24. 11T-Jeff Taylor[20]; 25. 19-Tim Fuller[15]; 26. 118-Jim Britt[21]; 27. 71-Jimmy Zacharias[16]; 28. (DNF) 25R-Erick Rudolph[6]

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

Ricky Thornton Jr. Wins at Volusia Speedway Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHO TO EXPECT: Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Cars Debut on Monday and Tuesday at Volusia

DIRTcar Nationals Gator Trophy and $10,000 Payday Awaits Star-Studded Field

History will be made this week at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL as traditional sprint cars join the lineup at the 51st DIRTcar Nationals.

The Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series presented by Low-E Insulation will officially make their grand entrance on Monday & Tuesday with both nights streaming LIVE on DIRTVision.

A group of 15 drivers has already committed to the entire 14-race schedule with hopes of claiming the inaugural Series championship in 2022. Joining those full-timers in action this week is a laundry list of well-known superstars in the non-wing world who have their sights set on winning one of the sought-after gator trophies at DIRTcar Nationals.

It all begins on Monday, February 14 with a $5,000-to-win program on Valentine’s Day, followed by a big $10,000-to-win special on Tuesday, February 15. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE to secure a seat for this historic happening at The World’s Fastest 1/2-Mile.

Here’s who you can expect to see over the next two nights in Volusia.

FULL-TIME DRIVERS:

  • Anthony Nicholson of Bartlett, TN will drive his own DHR Suspension #16. The 35-year-old is a multi-time winner with the POWRi WAR Sprints and ASCS Elite Non-Wing Series.
  • Chad Boespflug of Hanford, CA has teamed up with legendary crew chief Scott Benic in 2022. The nine-time USAC Sprint Car winner will wheel the famed #2B in Xtreme Outlaw action.
  • Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, IN owns the USAC Iron Man record for most consecutive starts and now finds a new challenge in chasing the Xtreme Outlaw title aboard the KO Motorsports #5S.
  • Cole Bodine of Rossville, IN has graduated from the micro sprint and midget ranks to a full-time sprint car schedule between Xtreme Outlaw and USAC. The 23-year-old runs the DCT Racing #57B.
  • Dallas Hewitt of Troy, OH has planned a special throwback #21 in honor of his iconic uncle Jack Hewitt. He’s a multi-time BOSS Sprint Car winner with his set on the Xtreme Outlaw Series in 2022.
  • Dennis Gile of Glendale, AZ spearheads a two-car operation this year with the Xtreme Outlaw Series. He’s a four-time ASCS Desert Series victor.
  • Jason McDougal of Broken Arrow, OK runs alongside Stockon aboard the KO Motorsports #5M. J-Mac is already a multi-time USAC Sprint Car and Midget winner at 24 years old.
  • Kory Schudy of Springfield, MO is fresh off a championship season with USAC MWRA and now turns his focus to an Xtreme Outlaw title aboard the Jon Sawyer owned #28.
  • Kyle Shipley of Peoria, AZ will embark on a full season with Xtreme Outlaw driving the Michael Dutcher #17 across the 14-race campaign.
  • Landon Simon of Tipp City, OH will run the True North Cannabis #24 throughout the year with Xtreme Outlaw. He’s a winner with both the USAC Sprint Cars and POWRi WAR Sprint Cars.
  • Mario Clouser of Auburn, IL bagged the POWRi WAR Sprint Car championship in 2021, and now prepares for an Xtreme Outlaw title run in 2022 aboard the Eberhardt/Zirzow #6.
  • Mitchel Moles of Raisin City, CA will run a second Gile #13M entry as the micro sprint standout begins expanding his career into midgets and sprints in 2022.
  • Shane Cockrum of Benton, IL brings the Amati Racing #66 back to the national stage this year with veteran Davey Jones on the wrenches.
  • Wesley Smith of Nixa, MO recorded a breakout year with 10 total wins between WAR and MWRA, now he’s taking the Carquest Auto Parts #44 on the road with the Xtreme Outlaw Series.
  • Zach Daum of Pocahontas, IL is a three-time POWRi National Midget champion, but his 2022 journey focuses on the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car title with the McGarry Motorsports #31

GATOR CHASERS: 

  • Alex Bright of Collegeville, PA is a 13-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner and heading to Florida with the Hummer Motorsports #20.
  • Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, OK is a four-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion and he’s pumped to get his first chance at a gator this week aboard the Wedgewood Motorsports #98.
  • Briggs Danner of Allentown, PA has turned plenty of heads at 20 years old and will get his next chance to leave a large impression this week in the Heffner Racing #5G.
  • Carson Short of Marion, IL has his #21 dialed in for two nights at Volusia this week with the chance at becoming the first driver to win with both the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Xtreme Outlaw Series.
  • C.J. Leary of Greenfield, IN heads south with the Michael Motorsports #77M and aims to kick off his 2022 campaign with a golden gator.
  • Jake Swanson of Anaheim, CA made the move from the west coast to Indiana, but still represents Team AZ and looks to leave with the loot in the #21AZ.
  • Justin Grant of Ione, CA will wheel the NOS Energy Drink, TOPP Motorsports #4 in pursuit of a potential $15,000 sweep only days after sweeping the USAC Midget opening weekend.
  • Logan Seavey of Sutter, CA loves a big, slick 1/2-mile and gets just that this week as he brings the Baldwin-Fox #5 to Volusia for a shot at the Xtreme Outlaw gators.
  • Matt Westfall of Pleasant Hill, OH runs the Marshall #33 as he’ll become the first driver to compete with both the World of Outlaws Late Models and Xtreme Outlaw Series.
  • Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA will try to bolster his already impressive resume with 31 USAC Sprint Car wins as he heads to Volusia with his sights set on the DIRTcar Nationals victory.
  • Shane Cottle of Kokomo, IN gets to throttle the Hogue #39 at Volusia on Monday and Tuesday night.
  • Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, CA will guide Chris Dyson’s #20 with Sean Michael on the wrenches.

You can watch every lap of the Xtreme Outlaw Series debut LIVE on DIRTVision and follow along with lineups, results, live timing, points, and more on the MyRacePass app.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Big Blocks head south to chase DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator title

The Beasts of the Northeast have awakened from their hibernation with an appetite for gators.

Before the championship season kicks off in March, the Super DIRTcar Series will have some fun in the sun for a week’s worth of racing at Volusia Speedway Park for the 51st DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 14-19.

Monday will be a day of practice for the nearly 40-car field of prospective entries before they battle wheel to wheel for the next five straight days. Each night will award the iconic golden gator trophy to the winner and points toward the overall Big Gator Championship. Tuesday through Friday will pay $4,000-to-win and Saturday will pay $5,000-to-win, meaning if fortunate enough, one driver could leave the week with more than $20,000 in their pocket.

The last driver to come closest to that feat was Larry Wight in 2020 when he won three straight nights – becoming only the second driver in the history of the Series to do so (first since 1978).

Wight will be joined by a plethora of talent from across the country including eight-time and defending Series champion Matt Sheppard, 2021 Big Gator champion Max McLaughlin, 2019 Series champion Mat Williamson, 2005 Series champion Tim Fuller, NASCAR star Stewart Friesen, rising stars Jack Lehner, Adam Pierson, Erick Rudolph, Mike Mahaney and more.

DIRTcar Nationals Tickets, CLICK HERE

The Super DIRTcar Series will be accompanied by the DIRTcar Late Models and Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Cars on Monday and Tuesday. Then, the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models will join the Series for the remainder of the week.

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

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Here are the top stories to follow for the week:

BIG CHAMP AFTER BIG GATOR: Matt Sheppard said he feels like he’s due for another win at Volusia Speedway Park. The eight-time and defending Super DIRTcar Series champion, of Waterloo, NY, has three DIRTcar Nationals titles and eight wins, but his last title was in 2016 and his last win was in 2019. He acknowledged his trips to the Florida track can be hit or miss, demonstrated last year by his finishes of 6th, 9th, 5th and 2nd, respectively.

However, this year, he enters the season with the momentum of having set a history-making title in 2021. He surpassed dirt Modified legend Brett Hearn for the most Super DIRTcar Series championships of all time. With that confidence propelling him into the new season, “Super Matt” may find himself making history again at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

MAX ON REPEAT: Max McLaughlin accomplished a feat last year at 20 years old that some veterans are still struggling to achieve. He first won a golden gator – his second career Super DIRTcar Series win – and then ended the week as the 2021 Big Gator Champion. Now, at 21 years old, with a new team and head full of confidence, the young Mooresville, NC driver has sights on a repeat.

McLaughlin rejoined Heinke-Baldwin Racing – the team that gave him his first shot in the Super DIRTcar Series – this season with the goal of earning the Series title. Feeling back at home, he spent most of his off-season in Weedsport, NY at the team’s shop preparing for the new season. Preparing to collect more trophies.

STARTING OFF RIGHT: While the five nights of racing during DIRTcar Nationals may not be points events for the Super DIRTcar Series, they’re crucial to many teams who use it as a chance to knock off the rust of the off-season and get back into a racing mentality. For drivers like Mat Williamson, Peter Britten and Jimmy Phelps, who got off to a slow start last year, it’s a chance to change that and start 2022 off on the right foot.

Of the three, Williamson is the only one with a couple of wins at Volusia – both coming in 2020. However, last year, he had an average finish of seventh at DIRTcar Nationals and didn’t get into a rhythm for the season until about the end of summer, picking up his second consecutive NAPA Super DIRT Week title and ending the year second in points.

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Britten and Phelps have come close to snagging a gator trophy but have had to settle for second at best. The Aussie had the better 2021 season of the two, having captured his second career Super DIRTcar Series win, while Phelps went winless for the first time in three years. Starting off the season strong in Florida could give them the momentum needed to challenge for their first championship when the points season starts at Atomic Speedway Park, March 25-26.

FLORIDA FRIESEN: Florida speed weeks is always a busy time for Stewart Friesen, jumping between his Halmar International #44 Big Block Modified and #52 NASCAR Truck throughout the week, but he wouldn’t miss the chance to chase more golden gator trophies.

The Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario driver is a two-time Big Gator champion (2011, 2014) and a nine-time DIRTcar Nationals Feature winner – most recently picking up two more wins last year. His NASCAR duties Friday night will take him out of contention for the Big Gator title this year, but Friesen plans on being at Volusia every other day throughout the week.

He also enters the week with a slight advantage over the other drivers. New clay was put down on Volusia and Friesen got to make a few laps on it with a Late Model during the World of Outlaws Late Model Series’ season-opener in January.

WIGHT RETURNS: After missing DIRTcar Nationals last year, Larry Wight returns to re-stake his claim as the top gator hunter. Prior to his absence in 2021, he claimed the 2019 and 2020 Big Gator titles – adding to his 2015 title. He also won three straight races in 2020 – becoming only the second driver in Series history to accomplish that feat and the first since 1978.

The Phoenix, NY driver will have sole focus from the LJL Racing team this year as it sized down to a one-car team. With the new focus, Wight will look to put his #99L Big Block back in Victory Lane with the Series for the first time in more than a year.

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POTENTIAL SURPRISES: Five straight days of racing at the same track provides the potential for new and surprise winners. Last year, Max McLaughlin prevailed on the third night, claiming his second career Series win. Then, on the final night, Michael Maresca brought fans to their feet by outrunning Matt Sheppard and Billy Decker to earn his first career Super DIRTcar Series win.

A long list of drivers entered for the 2022 edition of DIRTcar Nationals has the potential to be the next new or surprise winner. Jack Lehner had a career year with the Super DIRTcar Series in 2021 and picked up his first DIRTcar Big Block win. Adam Pierson, a former Sportsman star, is in the same boat as Lehner, having earned his first Big Block win last year, too. The Vermont driver is planning a trip south as he also eyes a potential full tour with the Series. The possibilities are endless. See the full list of entries below.

PROSPECTIVE DIRTcar NATIONALS ENTRY LIST
Francois Bellemere
Steve Bernard
Jimmy Britt
Peter Britten
Danny Creeden
Marcus Dinkins
Olden Dwyer
Stewart Friesen
Tim Fuller
Justin Haers
Ryan Krachun
Jeffrey Lapalme
Rich Laubauch
Jack Lehner
Mike Mahaney
Max McLaughlin
Corbin Millar
Russell Moresman
CG Morey
Michael Parent
Jimmy Phelps
Adam Pierson
Rich Regalski
Erick Rudolph
Rich Scagliotta
Matt Sheppard
Jeremiah Shingledecker
Andrew Smith
Darren Smith
Matt Stangle
Brian Swartzlander
Jeff Taylor
Rocky Warner
Joseph “Jo Jo” Watson
Mat Williamson
Larry Wight
Jimmy Zacharias

PAST DIRTcar NATIONALS CHAMPIONS
2021 – Max McLaughlin
2020 – Larry Wight
2019 – Larry Wight
2018 – Tim McCreadie
2017 – Brett Hearn
2016 – Matt Sheppard
2015 – Larry Wight
2014 – Stewart Friesen
2013 – Danny Johnson
2012 – Matt Sheppard
2011 – Stewart Friesen
2010 – Matt Sheppard
2009 – Pat Ward
2008 – Brett Hearn/Billy Pauch
2007 – Danny Johnson
2006 – Brett Hearn
2005 – Brett Hearn/Andy Bachetti
2004 – Pat Ward
2003 – Tim Fuller
2002 – Brett Hearn
2001 – Brett Hearn
2000 – Brett Hearn
1999 – Jimmy Horton
1998 – Brett Hearn
1997 – Jimmy Horton
1996 – Brett Hearn
1995 – Doug Hoffman
1990-1994 – No champion
1989 – Alan Johnson
1988 – Danny Johnson
1987 – Danny Johnson
1986 – Jimmy Horton
1985 – Billy Pauch
1984 – Kenny Brightbill/Jack Johnson
1983 – Alan Johnson
1982 – Jeff Kappesser/Billy Pauch
1981 – Jack Johnson
1980 – Kenny Brightbill
1979 – No champion
1978 – Walt Breeding

TRACK FACTS
Volusia Speedway Park
Configuration: Semi-banked, Half-mile
Big Block Track Record: 16.754 sec. set by Jamie Mills in 2015
# of Big Block Features: 135
First Big Block Feature: Feb. 10, 1978
Website: VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com

AROUND THE TURN:  The Super DIRTcar Series will kick off its championship season at Atomic Speedway, March 25-26, for the Super DIRTcar Series Showdown doubleheader. Friday night will pay $10,000-to-win and Saturday night will pay $12,000-to-win. Both nights will also award a 50th NAPA Super DIRT Week guaranteed starting spot.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws CASE Late Models prepare to Gator Hunt at Volusia Speedway Park

The field rolls to green at Volusia Speedway Park

The yearly quest for a “Big Gator” is on at Volusia Speedway Park as the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models make their second trip to the Florida this season for the 51st DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 16-19.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the World of Outlaws return for the first of four DIRTcar Nationals 40-lap, $10,000-to-win Features, during the week. The held over 30-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature from January’s Sunshine Nationals will run at the end of Wednesday’s event. The DIRTcar Nationals Features will continue Feb. 17-19.

Also, before The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet take center stage, two nights of DIRTcar Late Model action kick off the week with a pair of 30-lap, $7,000-to-win Features Feb. 14-15.

Drivers will accumulate points on all six nights to determine who adds a “Big Gator” trophy to their mantle. Wednesday’s Sunshine Nationals Feature won’t count toward the Big Gator Championship

The Super DIRTcar Series will join the Late Models all week, along with the debut of the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Cars presented by Low-E Insulation on Feb. 14-15.

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

Here are some of the storylines to keep an eye on entering DIRTcar Nationals:

Sheppard Rolls in Hot: Four-time and defending Series champion Brandon Sheppard is already off to a hot start in 2022. In January, he opened the season with two wins at the Wild West Shootout and backed it up with four wins across Florida.

The “Rocket Shepp” is also no stranger to Victory Lane at Volusia, winning eight DIRTcar Nationals Features since 2017. Despite those wins, he’s hoping to rebound after his best finish was sixth at the Florida venue in 2021.

He opened the 2022 season with a seventh-place finish at Sunshine Nationals and hopes to keep up that consistency during the seven-race week.

A World of Outlaws win at DIRTcar Nationals could give him a piece of World of Outlaws history, tying him with Josh Richards for most Series wins (78).

Skyline’s the Limit: Skyline Motorsports has double the odds of walking away with a “Big Gator” at this year’s DIRTcar Nationals.

Shane Clanton won the week-long chase in 2015, winning four out of five Features. The “Georgia Bulldog” has six DIRTcar Nationals victories and scored a top-10 when the Series visited Volusia in January.

Meanwhile, his teammate, 2021 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Tyler Bruening, has been consistent at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. The Decorah, IA driver, has four straight top-10’s at Volusia, including three in 2021 which kicked off his third-place points finish.

Bruening is still trying to find Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws for the first time. He’s found success on tracks a half-mile or larger, grabbing three top-fives and nine top-10s in 2021.

Erb is the Word: Brandon Sheppard isn’t the only Illinois driver who’s had a fast start to 2022. Dennis Erb Jr. also enjoys the Florida sun, especially after his second-place finish in the season opener at Sunshine Nationals.

The Carpentersville, IL driver backed it up with a Florida Speedweeks victory earlier this month, showing he’ll be a contender among the best dirt Late Model racing has to offer.

While he’s yet to win a Feature at DIRTcar Nationals, he’s scored two top-fives, and three top-10s in his last three races at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

If Erb, flanked by 2021 Crew Chief of the Year Heather Lyne, can keep his consistency going at Volusia, it could put him in a position to contend for his first World of Outlaws CASE Late Models championship.

Viper Strike: The 2022 World of Outlaws Rookie Class has six drivers vying to be at the top of the list. But after one Feature, Max Blair stands above the rest.

In January, Blair opened the season with an eighth-place finish—nine spots ahead of the next highest finishing rookie Gordy Gundaker.

The Centerville, PA driver leads the Rookie of the Year standings heading into DIRTcar Nationals—18 points ahead of Gundaker and 20 points ahead of Tanner English.

While Blair has the early jump on his competition, five World of Outlaws Features are up for grabs at Volusia, and any of the six rookies could take advantage into The Rev in March.

Heat Seeking Mailman: When the quest for the “Big Gator” begins on Monday, Devin Moran is looking to go back-to-back.

The Dresden, OH driver has entered 13 races in 2022, grabbing three wins and eight top-fives. He’s only finished outside the top-10 once.

While “The Mailman” finished 22nd in the season opener at Volusia Speedway Park during Sunshine Nationals, he was in the top-five when bad luck sidelined him during the 30-lap Feature.

Moran has found success on half-mile tracks in the past—winning a Feature at DIRTcar Nationals in 2021 and backing it up with a victory at Bristol Motor Speedway last April.

Return of the Mac: Dale McDowell opened his 2022 season in style, winning the season opener at Sunshine Nationals just four months after being diagnosed with cancer.

The “Mac Daddy” will be back for DIRTcar Nationals and has a great chance to build off his victory.

In his last 10 races at Volusia Speedway Park, McDowell has a win, three top-fives, and five top-10s. The Chickamauga, GA driver is searching for his fourth DIRTcar Nationals win—his last coming in 2018.

He’ll also start on the outside pole of the held over 30-lap Feature from Sunshine Nationals.

Georgia Gator Hunt: Brandon Overton has accomplished a lot in his dirt Late Model career, including a 2021 season that may go unmatched.

But there’s one thing missing from “Big Sexy’s” trophy case—a Big Gator.

Overton’s success on a half-mile track in 2021 is one for the record books, winning both Dirt Late Model Dream’s and the 51st World 100 at Eldora Speedway. He also grabbed his first DIRTcar National Feature win last season.

WHEN AND WHERE

Feb. 16-19 – Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL

ABOUT THE TRACK

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

Previous Volusia Speedway Park Winners

2022- Dale McDowell on Jan. 21
2021 – Kyle Bronson on Jan. 14, Kyle Strickler on Jan. 16, Kyle Strickler on Feb. 10, Devin Moran on Feb. 11, Brandon Overton on Feb. 12
2020 – Brandon Sheppard on Feb. 12, Jimmy Owens on Feb. 13, Feb. 14 & Feb. 15
2019 – Brandon Sheppard on Feb. 13, Feb. 14, Feb. 15 and Feb. 16
2018 – Tim McCreadie – Feb. 14; Dale McDowell – Feb. 15; Scott Bloomquist – Feb. 16; Brandon Sheppard – Feb. 17
2017- Shane Clanton on Feb. 24; Don O’Neal on Feb. 25
2016 – Josh Richards on Feb. 18, 19; Shane Clanton on Feb. 20
2015 – Shane Clanton on Feb. 19, 20, 21
2014 – Casey Roberts on Feb. 20; Kyle Bronson on Feb. 22
2013 – Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 21; Billy Moyer on Feb. 22; Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 23
2012 – Dennis Erb Jr. on Feb. 23; Billy Moyer on Feb. 25
2011 – Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 17; Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 19
2010 – Josh Richards on Feb. 11; Brady Smith on Feb. 13
2009 – Josh Richards on Feb. 12; Steve Francis on Feb. 14
2008 – Josh Richards on Feb. 14; Billy Moyer on Feb. 16
2007 – Josh Richards on Feb. 17
2006 – Earl Pearson Jr. on Feb. 16; Steve Francis on Feb. 18; Chris Madden on Oct. 14
2005 – Billy Moyer on Feb. 17; Tim McCreadie on Feb. 19; Scott Bloomquist on Oct. 29
2004 – Steve Francis on Feb. 3; Bart Hartman on Feb. 4; Shannon Babb on Feb. 6; Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 8

 

TRACK RECORDS

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

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Feature Winners: (1 Driver)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA- 1

Heat Race Winners (6 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, GA-2
    Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC-2
  2. Brandon Sheppard- New Berlin, IL-1
    Devin Moran-Dresden, OH-1
    Ashton Winger, Hampton, GA-1
    Ross Robinson, Georgetown, DE-1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (4 Drivers)
Rank- Driver- Hometown-Wins

  1. Cade Dillard-Robeline, LA-1
    Hudson O’Neal- Martinsville, IN-1
    Max Blair, Centerville, PA-1
    Logan Martin, Plains, MO-1

Podium Finishes (3 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Podiums

  1. Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-1
    Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL-1
    Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA-1

Fox Factory Hard Charger Award Winners (1 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C.

  1. Hudson O’Neal, Martinsville, IN-1

Slick Woody’s Quick Time Award Winners (1 Drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs

  1. Kyle Hammer, Clinton, IL-1
    Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA-1

2022 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule & Winners

No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Thursday, Jan. 20 / Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL / Dale McDowell (1)
2. Thursday, Jan. 21/Volusia Speedway Park/Barberville, FL/

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

Thursday’s DIRTcar UMP Modified program postponed to Saturday afternoon

Due to track conditions and taking the safety of drivers into consideration, the remainder of Thursday night’s DIRTcar UMP Modified program has been postponed to Saturday afternoon.

Fans will still get to see the 10 Modified Features when the program takes place on Saturday. Gates will open at 10 am (ET) with DIRTcar UMP Modified Hot Laps/Qualifying scheduled to begin at noon. Then, we’ll go into the 10 Modified Features, which will be 15 laps or 15 minutes.

Those who had a Thursday ticket can use that ticket to attend the postponed show on Saturday afternoon. Fan should save their Thursday wristband.

Once the postponed show is complete on Saturday, the grandstands and pit area will be swept and we will continue as planned with Saturday’s program, featuring the Big Gator Championship for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. Racing will start at 7 pm (ET).

There are no changes to Friday’s program.

For the full DIRTcar Nationals schedule, CLICK HERE.

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.