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Volusia Speedway Park Rain Out

Matt Kurtz uses the high line to win the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Series Feature!

(10-14-17) Barberville, FL – After a week long battle with rain, the skies were clear and the temperature was perfect for racing on Saturday night as the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series Rolled back into town after back to back rain outs for the Series for the past few months. Supporting the Sprint Cars saw racing action over four other classes including the Florida Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Thunderstocks, and the Gladiator Challenge Series running their final event before the Fall Brawl invite race.

First up on the night found the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models taking the green flag with Gordon Peck and new comer Jared Allen on the front row. As the field raced into the first turn it was Lonnie Wagner making the biggest move taking the lead from his 4th place starting spot. Wagners lead was short lived however as fuel pressure problems sent the #96 pit site after only making five laps handing the lead over to Richard Ferry. Ferry would open up a sizable lead over Jared Allison and hard charging Trevor Taylor in tow. Taylor would get around Allison for the runner up spot, but couldn't catch Ferry as he would go on and win. Taylor came home second, Allison third, Sonny Thompson fourth and Adam Bennett charged from 16th to finish out the top five.

Next up on the racing docket went to the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series. Leading the field to the green flag was Matt Kurtz and Brandon Grubaugh with Kurtz taking the early lead off turn two sliding up in front of Grubaugh and getting on the top racing line pulling away from the field. AJ Maddox, who trails Kurtz by 14 points heading into the event was able to get around Grubaugh by lap five and set his sights on race leader Kurtz. As the laps clicked away Grubaugh would begin to close back in on Maddox with Kurtz extending his lead. Grubaugh would get back around Maddox just before the half way point, but now one could touch Kurtz as he would go on and win the event by nearly 4 seconds over Grubaugh, Maddox Dylan Colding, and Nikole Voisey.

The Mercedes Benz Born to Run Hobby Stocks found themselves up third on the race order. The Hobby Stocks will be running for $5,000 to win during the 1st Annual Burton Shocks Fall Brawl on October 27th and 28th and Saturday night was a tune up for many of the teams. Barry Sheffield and Jonathan Croson would lead the field to the green with Sheffield getting the early jump on the field. Croson would fall into second with Alan "The Stick" Peacock in third. Peacock would start to inch closer to the race leaders and get around Croson for second after a few laps and would take the lead over from Sheffield after the half way point. As Peacock extended his lead the man on the Move was Deland's Donnie Ashford who started 13th was charging thru the field on the high side. As the race wore on Peacock opened up nearly a straightaway lead on the entire field. Ashford was able to get into second, but ran out of time as Peacock went on to win his first race of 2017 in a Hobby Stock. Ashford was second, Sheffield third, followed by Croson and Bubba Christian who also charged from 10th.

The All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks would run after the Hobby Stocks as Shawn Daugharty and Robbie Hagger lead the field to the green flag this time. Daugharty, who lost his points lead the week prior, took the early lead as Hagger would fall in line running second. Mike Tovet, who started third, would get around Hagger and begin to apply pressure to Daugharty. The two would battle side by side for several laps putting on a great show for the fans. Only the transponder would tell who the leader was the racing action was so tight. As the race went past half way Tovet would pull up lame off of turn four as mechanical woes kept him from victory lane. This would hand the lead back to Daugharty, but this time a new challenger would be behind his #00 machine as David Showers Sr. had moved froward from his fifth place starting spot. Showers and Daugharty would go at it for the race lead and in the end it was Showers Sr. taking home the win. Daugharty was second followed by Charlie Staats, Hagger, and Kent Corbin.

The final feature of the night went to the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series. This was the final points night for the mini series as Rusty Young looked to wrap up the championship with Dustin Childers only a few markers back. When the field came to the green it was Ty McDonald and Dewayne Yeomans leading the field thru turn one. Dewayne Yeomans would roll the outside and take the lead briefly off the second turn, but it was third place starter Billy Barrington that made his way to the point down the backstretch of the field. Yeomans would fall back to second as McDonald would slip back to fourth. Curtis Clark, making his return to the series, would get into the third spot as Dustin Carter would move into fourth a handful of laps into the race. Series leader Rusty Young would slip back thru the field early on with handling issues doing battle with Dustin Childers for the championship. As the race wore on Barrington would extend his lead over Yeomans as Carter would get by Clark for third and set his sights on second. On lap six, Carter would bring out the red flag in a scary incident which would see his #25 machine roll three times after a parts failure on the right rear of his machine. He would walk away un injured. When the race resumed Barrington would resume the lead and set sail on the field. Noel Latour would charge from 9th to second, but couldn't catch Barrington as he went on to win back to back races. Latour was second followed by Curtis Clark, Dewayne Yeomans, and Jason Gentry rounded out the top five. Rusty Young would finish 8th on the final rundown wrapping up his 2017 G.C.S title the first of his career.

Next event (October 21st) admission prices - Medical Arts Labs Late Models - $1,000 to Win!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military (With ID)Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 10-14-17

Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series | (14 Cars)

Heat 1: Mark Ruel, Brandon Grubaugh, Matt Kurtz, Brett O'Donnell, Keith Butler, Kikole Voisey, Shane Kreidler

Heat 2: Harley Zimmerman, AJ Maddox, Dylan Colding, Kelley Skeeter, Dave Thomas, Bryan Eckley, David Kelley

Feature: Kurtz, Grubaugh, Maddox, Colding, Voisey, Kelley, Thomas, Zimmerman, Ruel, Kelley, O'Donnell, Butler, Eckley (DNS), Kridler (DNS)

 

Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models | (21 Cars)

Feature: Richard Ferry, Trevor Taylor, Jared Allison, Sonny Thompson, Adam Bennett, Erik McElroy, Jamie Dayhaw, Caleb McGillivray, Michael Whipple, Derek Crawford, John Bledsoe, Gordon Peck, Lisa O'Connor, Mikey Kopka, Chuck Jackson, Taylor Gant, Lonnie Wagner, David Denson, Steve Shead, Mark Steube, Jonathan Thomas

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks | (15 Cars)

Feature: Alan Peacock, Donnie Ashford, Barry Sheffield, Jonathan Croson, Bubba Christian, Grady Christian, Trevor Gamble, Landon Lungren, Tuck Trentham, Paul Snyder, Robert Hicks, Robert Sirmsons, Joshua Kunstbeck, Clayton Ruth (DNS), Jeff Miller (DNS)

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks| (16 Cars)

Feature: David Showers Sr., Shawn Daugharty, Charlie Staats, Robbie Hagger, Kent Corbin, Mikey Kopka, Roger Wren, George Lane, Donnie Birdwell, James Parish, Hank Baker, David Cloer, John Canary, Michael Toet, James Strehle (DNS), Joe Belky (DNS)

 

Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series| (18 Cars)

Heat 1: Dustin Carter, Ty McDonald, Dewayne Yeomans, Stephen Kramer, Noel Latour, Jason Tovet, Todd Latour, Lonnie Byassee, Jeremy Lanier

Heat 2: Rusty Young, Curtis Clark, Billy Barrington, Michael Trotter, Henry Lanier, Jason Gentry, Dustin Childers, Dustin Higdon, Nathan Rhodes

Feature: Barrington, N.Latour, Clark, Yeomans, Gentry, Higdon, Childers, Young, H. Lanier, Rhodes, Tovet, T. Latour, J. Lanier, Byassee, McDonald, Kramer, Carter, Trotter

Volusia Speedway Park

Joe Kump takes home the Late Model win as Fender, Showers Jr., and Barrington all take home wins!

(10-7-17) Barberville, FL – After another bout with mother nature, Volusia Speedway Park was finally able to get back to racing action this past Saturday night as four classes with some of the best drivers in the state of Florida hit the half mile as the 2017 racing season begins to wind down. Headlining the night went to the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models as Bo Allen looked to secure his first ever track championship.

First up on the racing lineup went to the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models as Travis Staats and David Clegg led the field to the green. Staats and Clegg both would get bad starts going off turn two which allowed Joe Jump to take the lead from the second row. From that point on Kump would put on a clinic in his Fitz Factory Longhorn #721 leading flag to flag for his second feature win on 2017. Finishing in the runner up spot was Bo Allen which was more than enough to crown him the 2017 Advanced Medical Labs Late Model Track Champion!

Full Results Monday

 

Next event (October 14th) admission prices - First Responders/Military/Scouts Night!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
Seniors - $10.00

First Responders/Military (With ID) & Boy, Cub, Girl Scouts (In Uniform) - FREE

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 10-7-17

Advanced Medical Labs Late Models | (10 Cars)

Heat 1: Bo Allen, David Clegg, John Bledsoe, Mikey Kopka, Hamp Conley

Heat 2: Joe Kump, Travis Staats, Blake Spencer, Mark Stuebe, Chuck Jackson

Feature: Kump, Allen, Spencer, Staats, Bledsoe, Steube, Jackson, Clegg, Kopka, Conley

 

All Pro Land Services Thunderstocks | 17 Cars)

Heat 1: Hayden McCormick, Charlie Staats, Joe Belkey, George Lane, Ron Adams, Paul Schloss (DNS), John Canary (DNS), Mike Tovet (DNS), Shaun Daugharty (DNS)

Heat 2: David Showers Jr., Brian Schrunk, Donnie Birdwell, Matt Schloss, Kent Corbin, Roger Wren, Bruce Birkett, Dale Kump

Feature: Showers Jr., McCormick, Belkey, Corbin, Wren, Schrunk, Lane, Birdwell, Staats, Schloss, Canary, Adams, Birkett, Schloss (DNF), Kump (DNF), Tovet (DNS), Daugharty (DNS)

 

Allen Tractor Mini Stocks | (6 Cars)

Feature: Brad Fender, Jake Hampton, Billy Evans, Chris Thomas, Cecil Martin, Michael Ridgeway Jr.

 

Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series - $300 to Win!| (21 Cars)

Heat 1: Dustin Higdon, Rusty Young, Jason Gentry, Henry Lanier, Ty McDonald, Todd Latour, John Baxter

Heat 2: Dustin Carter, Dustin Childers, Lonnie Byassee, Stephen Kramer, Shannon Lang, Jeremy Lanier

Heat 3: Michael Trotter, Billy Barrington, John Windham, Noel Latour, Stephen Quick, Erik Mantz, James Adams

Feature: Barrington, Young, Windham, N. Latour, Gentry, Quick, S. Kramer, Childers, Higdon, H. Lanier, McDonald, Latour, Carter, Trotter, White, J Lanier, Mantz, Byassee, Lang, Baxter, Adams

 

All Pro Land Services Thunderstocks Make up Feature - 8-5-17

Feature: Hayden McCormick, David Browning, Ron Adams, Charlie Staats, George Lane, Kent Corbin, Donnie Birdwell, Roger Wren, Paul Schloss, John Canary, Brian Schrunk, Joe Belkey, David Showers Jr (DNF)., Dale Kump (DNF), Shaun Daugharty (DNF), Mike Tovet (DNF)

Volusia Speedway Park

Keith Nosbisch takes home the Late Model win in a thriller before the Mother Nature takes the Iron Man.

(9-23-17) Barberville, FL – After nearly one month of no racing due to an off week and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the "World's Fastest Half Mile" came back to life on Saturday night featuring racing action across four divisions including the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models and the Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series which paid $1,000 to the winner.

The last time racing action was on the track it was Joe Kump in his new Longhorn by Fitz Factory taking home the win in the late models and Mike Tovet getting the better half of David Showers Jr. and Dustin Turnage Jr. in his Curtis Clark owned #0. Those drivers looked to defend their wins last month, but there were numerous other drivers looking to get wins as well as the racing season begins to wind down heading into the month of October.

Note: Iron Man Series Race was rained out at staging. The Field is Locked and will be made up at a later date.

 

Next event (September 30th) admission prices - First Responders/Military/Scouts Night!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
Seniors - $10.00

First Responders/Military (With ID) & Boy, Cub, Girl Scouts (In Uniform) - FREE

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 9-23-17

Advanced Medical Labs Late Models | (12 Cars)

Heat 1: Wayne Reutimann, Stanton Mills, Bo Allen, Ryan VanSickle, Travis Staats, Hamp Conley

Heat 2: Keith Nosbisch, Joe Kump, David Clegg, Steve Shead, Mark Steube, Donnie Chappell (DNS)

Feature: Nosbisch, Kump, Chappell, Allen, Reutimann, VanSickle, Staats, Conley, Steube, Mills (DNF), Shead (DNF), Clegg (DNF)

 

Merceds Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks | 15 Cars)

Heat 1: Brian Wooten, Tuck Trentham, Chris Lovett, Trevor Gamble, Josua Kuntzbeck, Robert Sirmons, Daron Bailey, Bubba Christian (DNS)

Heat 2: Brian Morgan, Jonathon Croson, Grady Christian, Alan Peacock, Barry Sheffield, David Barwick, James McCague

Feature: Wooten, Morgan, Corson, Lovett, Barwick, Sheffield, Bailey, Kunstbeck, Sirmons, McCague, Peacock (DNF), Trentham (DNF), G. Christian (DNF), Gamble (DNF), B. Christian (DNF)

 

Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series Race #5 - $1,000 to win! | (22 Cars)

Fast Qualifier: Dustin Turnage Sr. 21.368

Heat 1: Bubba Christian, Shaun Daugharty, David Showers Jr., Kevin Durden, Joe Kump, Bruce Birkett, Donnie Birdwell, Hank Baker

Heat 2: Mike Tovet, Dustin Turnage Jr., David Showers Sr., John Canary, Dale Kump, James Watson Bud Chancey (DNF)

Heat 3: Dustin Turnage Jr., John Thorpe, Ron Adams, Robbie Hagger, Kent Corbin, Andrew Conner, Joe Belkey

Feature: Rained Out and WILL BE MADE UP

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators| (16 Cars)

Heat 1: Billy Barrington, Noel Latour, Jimmy Dean, Nathan Rhoades, Scott Brumfield, Dustin Childers, Todd Latour, Jamie Sullivan

Heat 2: Ty McDonald, Steven Quick, Casey Feaster, Erik Mantz, Robert Young, Jason Gentry, John Baxter

Feature: Quick, Trotter, Dean, Young, Barrington, Childers, Mantz, Rhodes, Feaster, N. Latour (DNF), Gentry (DNF), Baxter (DNF), T. Latour (DNF), Sullivan (DNF), Brumfield (DNF), McDonald (DNF)

 

Volusia Speedway Park

Mike Tovet wins Iron Man Series event in a thriller! Powers, Kump, & Kerr all come away with Wins!

(8-26-17) Barberville, FL – With the skies clearing early on racing action was back in full force at the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile" on Saturday with racing action across four classes including a big pay day for the Hobby Stocks and the V8 Thunderstocks.

First up on the night went to the Dirts4Racing Hobby Stock Touring Series presented by Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run in Daytona. Starting on the pole saw David McCormack and Tim Powers lead the field to the green flag. As the field raced into the first turn it was Tim Powers using the outside line to take the early lead over McCormack with Brian Morgan in tow for the second spot. McCormack would slip back to fourth as Tuck Trentham also found his way around his #26. As Tim Powers kept a decent lead over the field, a good battle ensued between Trentham, Bubba Christian, and Tevor Gamble for the third spot. The battle would go on until lap 10 when Christian would slow leaving Trentham and Gamble to battle for third. The race up front was also heating up at Brian Morgan would get within a few car lengths of leader Tim Powers. Also moving up from the rear of the field was Donnie Ashford. Ashford was involved in a heat race incident which left him without the entire front nose of his #66 machine, but still showed speed moving up to the fourth spot. As the five to go signal was given, Trentham would fall out of competition with mechanical failure giving the third spot to Gamble. Up Front it was still Powers and Morgan for the lead, but in the end it was all Powers winning by one second over Morgan. Gamble was third followed by Ashford and Jonathan Croson.

Next up on the night saw the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models take the green flag with Joe Kump and David Clegg taking the green flag. As the two raced into the first turn it was David Clegg using the outside lane to jump out to an early lead with Kump and Allen in tow. Clegg would extend his lead using the high line as Kump and Bo Allen would do battle for the runner up spot. On lap seven, as Clegg still lead the field, Allen would take over the runner up spot and set his sights on Clegg who was working in heavy lapped traffic. Allen would take the lead away on the races 12th circuit, but Kump would follow him around Clegg and begin to battle for the lead. As the two raced with ten to go, Kump was able to slip by Allen for the race lead in lapped traffic. As Kump extended his lead the top three cars entered lapped traffic once again. For several laps the leaders would have near misses with lapped cars, but in the end it was Joe Kump taking the checkered flag winning his first race of the 2017 race season. Allen was second followed by Clegg, Wayne Reutimann, and Mikey Kopka.

Third on the racing docket went to the Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks as Brad Fender and Michael Ridgeway Jr. led the field to the green flag. Fender would get a good jump on the start and lead the field into turn one and out of turn two with Ridgeway, Christ Thomas, and Nick Kerr close behind. As the laps clicked away Fender increased his lead ever so slightly as the battle for second heated up between Ridgeway and Kerr. Just past the half way point Kerr would get around Ridgeway and begin to track down the race leader. With just five to go the caution flag would fly allowing Kerr to restart right behind Fender. The two would have a great battle for the lead and with two laps to go Kerr would get by Fender on the outside in turn one. Fender would try and duplicate the line Kerr was running, but ran out of time as Kerr would go on and win the main event. Fender way second followed by Ridgeway Jr. and Chris Thomas.

The final event of the evening went to the Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series presented by All Pro Land Services. Shaun Daugharty and David Showers Jr. would lead the field to the green with Showers Jr. taking the early advantage over Daugharty. Showers would never get a very large lead as it was evident the top five cars were equally matched. Daugharty had his hands full with Dustin Turnage Jr. and Turnage would have his hands full with Hayden McCormick and hard charging Mike Tovet. On lap eight the racing action really picked up as Tovet would skip past McCormick, Turnage, and Daugharty, but Daugharty would loose the handle on his #00 machine exiting turn four and hit Turnage ending Daugharty's night as Turnage was able to continue and retain his spot. When the green came back out Tovet would begin to apply heavy pressure to race leader Showers Jr. The two would run side by side for several laps until Tovet was finally able to sneak past the #181 of Showers Jr. off turn four. Showers would fight back, however, making a slide job pass on Tovet in turn one on the ensuing lap. Tovet saw the move coming and was able to drive back under Showers Jr. to retain the lead. As the race reached the five to go point, McCormick was able to get by Daugharty and begin to track down Tovet for the race lead. McCormick ran his fastest laps of the night in the final five lap stretch, but it was Mike Tovet claiming the win and the $1,000 top prize. McCormick was second followed by Showers Jr. Turnage Jr. and overall fast time qualifier Joe Belkey rounded out the top five.

Volusia Speedway Park will be off this coming weekend (September 2nd), but will be back in action on September 9th. We will also be honoring our First Responders, Military Veterans, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts as admission will be free to those specific groups with proper ID as well as wearing your Boy Scout, Cub Scout, or Girl Scout uniform.

Please don't forget racing action will also resume to 7:30pm start times for the remainder of the year as the summer months begin to wined down. We hope to see you all in a few weeks at the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile"!

 

Next event (September 9th) admission prices - Daytona Sportswear Modifieds!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 8-26-17

Advanced Medical Labs Late Models | (13 Cars)

Heat 1: David Clegg, Joe Kump, Wayne Reutimann, Bo Allen, Travis Staats, Holt Pipkin, Hamp Conley

Feature: Kump, Allen, Clegg, Reutimann, Mikey Kopka, Staats, Shan Smith, Pipken, Michael Whipple, Conley, S. Shead, P. Shead, Mark Steube

 

Dirts4Racing Hobby Stocks Touring Series presented by Merceds Benz Vans Born to Run | $750 to Win! (12 Cars)

Heat 1: Brian Morgan, Tim Powers, Trevor Gamble, Bubba Christian, Jonathan Croson, Donnie Ashford

Heat2: Tuck Trentham, David McCormack, Alan Peacock, Zach Yakaboski, Joshua Kunstbeck, Chris Doane

Feature: Powers, Morgan, Gamble, Ashford, Croson, McCormack, Peacock, Yakaboski, Kunstbeck, Trentham (DNF), Christen (DNF), Doane (DNF)

 

Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series presented by All Pro Land Services | $1,000 to Win! (22 Cars)

Overall Fast Qualifier: Joe Belkey 21.246

Heat 1: Michael Tovet, Dustin Turnage Jr., Joey Haslauer, Ron McCreary, Ron Adams, David Showers Sr., Brian Schrunk

Heat 2: Shaun Daugharty, Donnie Birdwell, Charlie Staats, Joe Belkey, Kent Corbin, Leonard Arnold, Paul Schloss

Heat 3: Hayden McCormick, David Showers Jr., John Thorpe, George Lane, Matt Schloss, Craig Montesi Jr.

Feature: Tovet, McCormick, Showers Jr., Turnage Jr., Belkey, Thorpe, Haslauer, Birdwell, Adams, Lane, P. Schloss, Corbin, Canary, Montesi Jr. (DNF), Schrunk (DNF), Daugharty (DNF), M. Schloss (DNF), Arnold (DNF), Staats (DNF), McCreary (DNF), Showers Sr. (DNF), Hataling (DNS)

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (9 Cars)

Heat 1: Michael Ridgeway Jr., Brad Fender, Chris Thomas, Nick Kerr, John Windham, Dustin Higdon, Robbie White, Zach Harmon, Jason Resin

Feature: Kerr, Fender Jr., Ridgeway Jr., Thomas, Windham, Higdon, Hermon, White, Reasin

Volusia Speedway Park

Donnie Chappell dominates the Late Model field at the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile"

(8-19-17) Barberville, FL – After another rain out on the 2017 Racing Season, Volusia Speedway Park finally was able to get a full night of racing action completed in nearly a month. The weather on Saturday was beautiful and the racing action on the track was exciting as ever as the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models duked it out for $2,000 to win a bragging rights as the summer months heat up.

First up on the night went to the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby stocks as Tuck Trentham and Paul Snyder were scheduled to start on the front row. Snyder was unable to make the call which moved Trevor Gamble to the front row along side of Trentham. When the green flag dropped it was Trentham getting the early jump over the field with Gamble falling into the second spot. Dennis Williams would make the biggest move getting into the third spot moving Landon Lungren back to the fourth spot. As the race wore on the best battle on the track was for the race lead as Gamble would stalk the #25 of Trentham. Gamble would ultimately put the move on Trentham on the low side and set sail winning his second feature of 2017. Trentham, making his first start in nearly ten years, came home second, followed by Williams, David Barwick, and Robert Sirmons.

Next on the order went to the main event, the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models with $2,000 on the line. Starting on the front row saw Jason Fitzgerald and overall fast qualifier Richard Ferry on the front row. As the field took the green and went into the first turn Fitzgerald would take the top spot, but it was Donnie Chappell making the biggest move going from fifth to second with John Kellum taking third away from Ferry. After the wild opening lap, Chappell would spend the next two laps setting his sights on 2017 Powell Family Memorial winner Fitzgerald. By lap three Chappell had found his stride on the high side and drove around Fitzgeralds' Longhorn and put his Black Diamond #25 to the top spot. as Chappell would pull away from the field, Kellum would move into the runner up spot by lap seven and set his sights on Chappell. As the laps clicked away Kellum would close in some on Chappell, but just could not get close enough as both drivers worked the high line around the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile". When the checkered flag dropped it was Chappell taking home his second win of 2017 followed by Kellum, Fitzgerald, Wayne Reutimann, and Ferry.

Fans were treated to a bonus feature on Saturday night as the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series returned to Volusia to finish a feature event from August 5th paying $300 to the winner. Rusty Young and Dustin Carter would make up the front row as it was Carter getting the early jump on Young moving to the front for the first three circuits around the half mile until a caution would come out. On the restart Carter and Young would go side by side with Dustin Childers making a run to the inside for the lead. Childers would take the lead away as Young will stay in second with Carter falling back to third. Young and Childers would get together on the next lap causing another caution. Young was charged for the yellow with Childers getting his spot back. When the green dropped again Carter would jump in front once again on the high side and this time would not look back dominating the 20 lap feature event by nearly a straightaway. Childers was second followed by Todd Latour, James Strehle, and John Baxter.

The Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks would pick back up the regular night of racing with Chris Thomas and Brad Fender on the front row. Fender would use the high line to take the lead on the opening lap with Michael Ridgeway clearing Thomas for second. Fender, who has had his share of motor issues in 2017, would pull away from Ridgeway leading by nearly a straightaway at times. Ridgeway would do light racing action with Thomas, but would pull away from third as well as the race wore on. In the end it was Fender finding his way back to victory lane once again in 2017. Ridgeway was second followed by Thomas, Cecil Martin and Robert Anderson.

Next to last on the racing evening went to the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks as Donnie Birdwell and Shaun Daugharty lead the field to the green flag. Daugharty would take the initial lead away from Birdwell and begin to distance himself from the rest of the field. Birdwell would hold down the runner up spot for the first six laps until Joey Haslauer, making his first start since the Iron Man 100, made his away around Birdwell setting his sights on Daugharty. As the laps clicked away Birdwell would continue to fall back as Hayden McCormick would take third with Joe Belkey in tow along with Kent Corbin. Up Front Daugharty would hold a solid 1.5 second lead over Haslauer as he would try the high line and low line to catch the #00 of Daugharty. In the end it was Daugharty taking home the win extending his points lead on the 2017 racing season. Haslauer would come home second followed by McCormick, Belkey, and Kent Corbin.

The last feature on the night found the Triple D Equipment Gladiators making start #2 on the night. This time it was Dustin Childers and Noel Latour making up the front row as points leader Robert Young and Dustin Carter were forced to the rear of the field after finishing in the top three on the previous regular season racing action (By Rule, top three start at the tail the following race). When the green flag dropped it was Noel Latour taking the early lead, but Steven Quick would not let that last long as he moved up from his fifth place starting spot to take the race lead early on. Further back in the field Carter and Young began to tag team the field on the way to the front. Young stayed low while Carter stayed high putting on a great show for the race fans. With just three laps to go, a caution would come out moving a now runner up Robert Young behind race leader Quick with Latour and Carter in tow. When the green flag dropped Quick and Young went door to door to the finish racing clean to a photo finish. When the checkered flag fell it was Quick taking home his first win of 2017. Young was second followed by Latour, Carter, and Johnnie Yeomans.

Next up this coming weekend will be the return of the Advanced Medial Labs Late Models along with the Dirts4Racing Hobby Stocks running for $750 to win. The Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series will also make its return for the V8 Thunderstocks with $1,000 going home to the winner.

This will also be the final night of racing action for two week as VSP will be off September 2nd for labor day. This will also be the final weekend of the 8:00pm start time as we will go back to our 7:30pm start time on September 9th!

We hope to see all of our race fans this coming weekend for another night of great racing action at the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile!"

 

Next event admission prices - Advanced Medical Labs Late Modes & Dirts For Racing Hobby Stocks - $750 to win!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 8-19-17

Advanced Medical Labs Late Models | $2,000 to win! (16 Cars)

Overall Fast Qualifyer: Richard Ferry 17.253

Heat 1: Richard Ferry, Bo Allen, Donnie Chappell, Wayne Reutimann, Howard Stalls, David Clegg, Hamp Conley, Travis Staats (DNS)

Heat 2: Jason Fitzgerald, John Kellum, Joe Kump, Rich Pratt, Steve Shead, Mark Steube, Bug Rose, Brandon Catto

Feature: Chappell, Fitzgerald, Reutimann, Ferry, Stalls, Steube, Conley, Shead, Kump, Catto, Clegg, Allen, Staats, Pratt (DNS), Rose (DNS), Kellum (DQ-Failed Tire Test)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (8 Cars)

Feature: Trevor Gamble, Tuck Trentham, Dennis Williams, David Barwick, Robert Sirmons, James McCague, Joshua Kuntzbeck, Landon Lungren

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks (12 Cars)

Heat 1: Joey Haslauer, Shaun Daugharty, Hayden McCormick, Joe Belkey, Ron Adams, Paul Schloss

Heat 2: Kent Corbin, Donnie Birdwell, Charlie Staats, Roger Wren, Brian Schrunk, Matt Schloss

Feature: Daugharty, Haslauer, McCormick, Belkey, Corbin, Birdwell, Wren, Adams, Staats, M. Schloss, P. Schloss, Schrunk (DNS)

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (5 Cars)

Feature: Brad Fender, Michael Ridgeway, Chris Thomas, Cecil Martin, Robert Anderson

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (18 Cars)

Heat 1: Steven Quick, Noel Latour, Jimmy Dean, Mac Williams, Todd Latour, John Baxter

Heat 2: Nathan Rhodes, Dustin Childers, Dustin Carter, Scott Brumfield, Robbie White, Rusty Young

Feature: Ro. Young, N. Latour, Carter, Johnnie Yeomans, Ty McDonald, Ru. Young, Rhodes, Brumfield, T. Latour, Baxter, Williams, White, Mantz, Higdon (DNS), Dean (DNS)

 

Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series | August 5th Make-Up Race (17 Cars)

Feature: Dustin Carter, Dustin Childers, Todd Latour, James Strehle, John Baxter, Noel Latour, James Adams, Jimmy Dean, Johnnie Yeomans, Rusty Young (DQ), Nathan Rhodes (DQ), Erik Mantz (DNS), Dustin Higdon (DNS), John Windham (DNS), Reid Christiensen (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

 

Burrows and Ashford claim VSP wins before the rain washed out the evening.

(8-5-17) Barberville, FL – After a rare off week where racing action was put aside at Volusia Speedway Park for local racers to adventure to either the Annual Summer Slam at North Florida Speedway or the 1st Annual Borderline Brawl at South Georgia Motor Speedway, action resumed on Saturday Night at the "World's Fastest Half Mile"

Four classes made the lineup for August 5th which included the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds, Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks, All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks, and the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series which paid $300 to win.

First up on the evening went to the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks as Trevor Gamble and David Showers Sr. led the field to the green flag. As the field went into the first turn it was Donnie Ashford making the big move from his 3rd place starting spot taking the lead away from Gamble and Showers. Showers, making only his second start in his Mills Concrete, Showers Chassis #14 would not let Ashford get too far ahead and in fact would challenge for the race lead on numerous occasions, but in the end it was all Ashford in his CLX Engineering, Hired Hand Enterprises, LLC #66 taking home yet another win on the 2017 racing season. Showers would come home in second followed by Landon Lungren, Bubba Christian, and season points leader Jonathan Croson.

Next up on the evening went to the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds with Dylan Browning and Shane Burrows leading the field to the green. Burrows would use the high side to his advantage with fourth starting Hunter Gustafson in tow as Browning fell back into the third spot. As burrows would open up his lead, cautions began to be the storyline in the 20 lap feature as the pace was slowed numerous times for simple spins to two and three car wrecks. Burrows, however, would not miss on any restart keeping the field behind him each time the green fell again. Garret Stewart, who started fifth, would slowly work his way to the front of the field, but in the end no one could catch Shane Burrows as he went on to win his first race of 2017 at Volusia Speedway Park. Stewart was second followed by Gustafson, Rich Pratt, and Jamie Carter.

The next two races of the evening featuring the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks and Youngs Enterprises Gladiators did not make the green flag as rain fell over the race track halting activity.

The Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series Race will be made up on August 19th as apart of a double feature. Only the cars which were in attendance on the 5th will be allowed to start the make up portion of the racing action. The regular show, sponsored by Triple D Equipment, will pay $200 to the winner as a sign of appreciation to the Series drivers making the trip back to the World's Fastest Half Mile for the make up event.

A rain date will be announced for the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks at a later time.

We would like to thank all the race fans and race teams for their continued support as the rain began to fall on the race track!

 

Next event admission prices - Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 8-5-17

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds (21 Cars)

Heat 1: Jamie Carter, Rich Pratt, Brandon Wells, Eric Moon, Dalton Lanich, Ron Gustafson, Larry Burkins

Heat 2: Garret Stewart, Shane Burrows, Dillon Buhr, Mike Phillips, Patrick Vareika, Sean Monaghan, Paul Shead

Heat 3: Hunter Gustafson, Dylan Browning, Seth Geary, DJ Farr, J.O. Nobles, Mike Phillips, Louis Brasher

Feature: Burrows, Stewart, Gustafson, Pratt, Carter, Geary, Wells, Lanich, Moon, Shead, Varika, Nobles, Burkins, R. Gustafson, Browning, M. Phillips, Buhr (DNF), Farr (DNF), C. Phillips (DNF), Monaghan (DNF), Brasher (DNF)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (13 Cars)

Feature: Donnie Ashford, David Showers Sr., Landon Lungren, Bubba Christian, Jonathon Croson, Kyle Livingood, Sammy Hatcher, Robert Sirmons, Joshua Kuntzbeck, Trevor Gamble, Kameron McGauley, Dennis Williams (DNS), Justin McGauley (DNS)

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks (14 Cars)

Heat 1: Mike Tovet, Hayden McCormick, Joe Belkey, Pail Schloss, David Borwning, Kent Corbin, Jimmy Carter

Heat 2: David Showers Jr., Ron Adams, Charlie Staats, Shaun Daugharty, Donnie Birdwell, Brian Schrunk, Travis Soukup

Feature: Rain Out | To be made up at a later date

 

Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series | $300 to win! (16 Cars)

Heat 1: Rusty Young, John Windham, Dustin Childers, Reid Christensen, Johnnie Yeomans, Todd Latour, John Baxter, James Strehle

Heat 2: Dustin Carter, Billy Barrington, Nathan Rhodes, Daniel Bowman, Lonnie Byassee, Erik Mantz, James Adams, Noel Latour

Feature: Rain Out | To be made up at later date.

Volusia Speedway Park

Wild night leads to Keith Nosbisch taking home his first VSP win of 2017!

(7-24-17) Barberville, FL –Mother nature tired everything she could to rain on Volusia Speedway Park's racing night, but track officials prevailed and the race fans stuck it out to see a wild night of racing on Saturday. When the mud finally settled into the wee hours of the morning, it was a veteran taking home the win in the big race, with a few first time winners as well.

First up on the racing program saw the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks take the green flag with David McCormack and Jonathan Croson paced the field. As the two raced into turn one it was McCormack jumping out to the early lead with Donnie Ashford in tow. Ashford would waste no time getting around McCormack and begin to pull away from the field as he has done so many times before. As the field raced into lapped traffic McCormack would close the gap on Ashford, but could not find a good line around the CLX Engineering #66. With laps clicking away it looked as tho Ashford was in line for yet another win, but with just a handful of laps remaining his #66 would come up lame slowing down the backstretch. This would give the lead back over to McCormack who would go on to win his first feature win of the year at Volusia Speedway Park. Chris Doane would cross the line second followed by Croson, Joshua Kuntzbeck, and Ashford.

Next up on the evening went to the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models with $2,000 on the line. Ryan Halliday, from Perth Australia driving for Jason Fitzgerald, and veteran Keith Nosbisch started on the front row for the 30 lap main event. Nosbisch would jump out to the early lead with Richard Ferry right on his heels with Joe Kump in third and Halliday fourth. Nosbisch, a crafty veteran from the Tampa area, would put on a clinic in his Rocket XR1 for several laps on the tricky racing surface. Ferry, who has a win this year in the Florida Late Model Class, kept pace with the veteran until lap 12 when Joe Kump driving his new Longhorn #21 for the second time got around Ferry's 17F for second. Kump would then try everything he could to get around Nosbisch, but it was the veterans night as he would take home his first win at Volusia Speedway Park in over 3 years. Kump would cross the line in second followed by Stanton Mills, Halliday, and Ferry.

Third on the racing docket found the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks with Charlie Staats and Donnie Birdwell leading the field to the green. Birdwell would get the jump on Staats' 9AR and begin to pull away from the pack for the first several laps. On lap three, Staats would loose second to David Showers Jr. and set his sights on Birdwells #31. By lap five Showers had caught Birdwells' machine and the two began to do battle for the race lead. Showers would slip past on the sixth lap and begin to pull away from Birdwell. As the laps clicked away the distance between first and second increased and when the checkered flag fell it was all Showers in the end claiming another win on the 2017 racing season. Birdwell came home second for his best finish of 2017 followed by Staats, Shane Williams and Jason Gamble.

The final race of the night found the Triple D Gladiators taking the green with Todd Latour and John Baxter taking the green flag. As the field entered turn one it was fourth place starter Billy Barrington making the high line move taking the lead from the front row starters. As Barrington would begin to drive away from the field further back Dustin Carter and Robert Young were making moves to the front from their last row starting spots. Carter would get into the runner up spot by lap two on the high side and began to run down the race leader. Young would take another lap to get into third, but would also try and run down the race leader. Barrington had nearly a straightaway lead on the field as Carter would cut it in half, but with no caution flags never had the chance to contend for the win. Barrington would take his first checkered flag of 2017 followed by Carter, Young, Erik Mantz and Dustin Childers.

Volusia Speedway Park will sit idle this coming weekend (July 29th) as we give all of our competitors the opportunity to run Summer Slam at North Florida Speedway or the South Georgia Motor Speedway Borderline Brawl. We will be back in action on August 5th!

We hope to see you all in two weeks and thanks to all of our fans and drivers for sticking it out this past Saturday Night!

 

Next event admission prices - Regular Night with Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 7-22-17

Advanced Medical Labs Late Models (15 Cars)

Heat 1: Travis Staats, Ryan Halliday, Stanton Mills, Phillip Cobb, Win Ingersoll, Bo Allen, Larry Anderson

Heat 2: Joe Kump, Richard Ferry, Keith Nosbisch, Donnie Chappell, Jeremy Knoll, Wayne O'Neal, Holt Pipkin, Mikey Kopka

Feature: Nosbisch, Kump, Mills, Halliday, Ferry, Allen, Staats, O'Neal, Ingersoll, Kopka, Cobb, Knoll, Pipkin, Chappell, Anderson (DNS), Clegg (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (XX Cars)

Heat 1: Donnie Ashford, Jonathan Croson, Joshua Kuntzbeck, Landon Lungren, Justin McGualey, Kameron McGualey

Heat 2: Chris Doane, David McCormack, Zach Yakaboski, Bubba Christian, Grady Christian, Darren Baily

Feature: McCromack, Doane, Croson, Kunstbeck, Ashford, Lungren, K. McGualey, J. McGualey, Yakaboski (DNS), B. Christian (DNS), G. Christian (DNS), Bailey (DNS)

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks (10 Cars)

Heat 1: David Showers Jr., Donnie Birdwell, Jason Gamble, Tony Campbell, Michael Valdes

Heat 2: Shane Williams, Charlie Staats, Paul Schloss, James Watson, Shaun Daugharty, Gerard Haley

Feature: Showers Jr., Birdwell, Staats, Williams, Gamble, Campbell, Valdes, P. Schloss (DNS), Watson (DNS), Daugharty (DNS), Haley (DNS), M. Schloss (DNS)

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (10 Cars)

Heat 1: Billy Barrington, John Baxter, Todd Latour, James Strehle, Matt Bonner

Heat 2: Robert Young, Dustin Carter, Dustin Childers, Erik Mantz, Noel Latour

Feature: Barrington, Carter, Young, Mantz, Childerts, N. Latour, Baxter, T. Latour, Strehle (DNS), Bonner (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

 

Dustin Turnage Jr. goes two for two and takes home the Iron Man Series Win, Gustafson takes first win!

(7-15-17) Barberville, FL – With the racing season offically at the half way point, Volusia Speedway Park was back in action Saturday night with the Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series taking center stage running the third race in the six part mini series. Entering the event saw David Showers Jr. on top of the points with Shaun Daugharty just eight markers out of the top spot. XX V8 Thunderstocks checked into the pits along with a total car count of XX over five classes took to the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile" with more great racing action..

 

Next event admission prices - Advanced Medical Labs Late Models | $2,000 to win ($75.00 Entry Fee)

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $15.00
Kids (11-17) - $10.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $13.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 7-15-17

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds (16 Cars)

Heat 1: Buzzie Reutimann, Jamie Carter, Roger Crouse, Larry Burkins, Garret Stewart, Dillon Buhr, Paul Shead, Sean Monaghan, Mike Phillips

Heat 2: Hunter Gustafson, Dustin Thayer, Patrick Vareika, Seth Geary, Ron Gustafson, David Moheng, Dylan Browning, Charlie Phillips, Louis Brashear

Feature: Gustafson, Stewart, Buhr, Crouse, Burkins, Vareika, Browning, Thayer, Shead, Geary, Gustafson, M. Phillips, C. Phillips, Monaghan, Brashear, Carter, Moheng, Reutimann

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (9 Cars)

Heat 1: Trevor Gamble, Bubba Christian, Jonathon Croson, Grady Christian, Stanton Mills, James McCague, Dalton Strehle, Joshua Kuntzbeck, Chris Doane

Feature: Gamble, Mills, Christian, McCague, Croson, Kunstbeck, Strehle, Christian, Doane (DNS)

 

Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series Race #3 $1,000 to Win | presented by All Pro Land Services (16 Cars)

Overall Fast Time: Dustin Turnage Jr. (21.555)

Heat 1: David Showers Sr., David Browning, Bubba Christian, John Thorpe, Donnie Birdwell, David Cloer, Tony Campbell

Heat 2: Dustin Turnage Jr., Dustin Turnage Sr., David Showes Jr., Hayden McCormick, Joe Belky, Shaun Daugharty, Roger Wren

Feature: Turnage Sr., Showers Sr., Browning, McCormick, Christian, Daugharty, Showers Jr., Belkey, Thorpe, Birdwell, Turnage Jr., Carter, Campbell, Cloer, Wren

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (5 Cars)

Feature: Cecil Martin, Nick Kerr, Brad Fender, Michael Ridgeway Jr., Chris Thomas

 

Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series $300 to Win | presented by Triple D Equipment (16 Cars)

Heat 1: Rusty Young, John Baxter, Steven Quick, Robbie White, Todd Latour, Lonnie Byassee, James Adams, Dustin Higdon

Heat 2: Dustin Carter, Noel Latour, Dustin Childers, Billy Barrington, Erik Mantz, James Strehle, Shannon Lang

Feature: Young, Childers, Quick, Baxter, White, Mantz, Strehle, Byassee, Barrington, T. Latour, Adams, Lang, N. Latour (DQ), Carter (DQ), Higdon (DQ), Lindemann (DNS)

*N. Latour finish was dissallowed for utilization of a small mirror inside the drivers compartment

*Carter finish was dissallowed for removal of portions of the LR & RR inside interior.

*Higdon finish was dissallowed for removal of interior body components.

Volusia Speedway Park

 

Jason Fitzgerald finally take home his first career Powell Memorial in grand fashion!

(7-8-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park hosted one of the longest standing Late Model Races in the state of Florida on Saturday night, the (22nd) Annual Powell Family Memorial which would pay the winner $5,000 and bragging rights for the entire year. Last year it was Mark Whitener taking home the checkered flag as he won his third in a row and on Saturday night he was looking for his fourth straight.

Racing action started roughly 20 minutes behind schedule as a heavy shower moved thru the half mile in Barbeville, FL early in the day, but it would make for some of the best racing action we have seen in the 2017 season.

First up on the racing docket went to the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks as Barry Sheffield and Kyle Livingood led the field to green. Livingood would use the high side to get around Sheffield on the initial start and open up a commanding lead early on of the 20 lap feature. Sheffield would fall outside the top five in the first few laps as third place starter Jonathan Croson would move into the runner up spot with eighth place starter Jason Garver in tow. As the first ten laps clicked away the surprise of the night was Donnie Ashford who started ninth on the grid, but had issues finding his way to the font early on. As Livingood extended his race lead over the field past the half way point, Ashford would find his groove and begin a march to the front. With just two laps to go Ashford would overtake Garver for second, but would have nothing for the Bristol, GA native Livingood as he pulled away in the closing laps to win his first career feature at the "World's Fastest Half Mile". Ashford would come home in second followed by Garver, David Showers Sr., and Bubba Christian.

Next up on the night saw the Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks take center stage as Michael Ridgeway Jr. and Nick Kerr led the field to green. Only five mini stocks checked into the track on Saturday, so only a feature event was run, but even with the small amount of cars the racing action was still exciting for the crowd. Kerr would take the races initial lead and Brad Fender would follow him into the runner up spot. Fender, who has had motor issues off and on this year, was supporting a new AR Machine power plant with hopes of finding his way back to victory lane. Kerr and Fender would run nose to tail for several laps in the 10 lap feature. Kerr would get just a slightly better run off the corners, but Fender could run in deeper on entry. With just two laps remaining in the main event Fender would slip up the track just a little bit allowing Kerr to open up a sizable lead which Fender could not overcome. Kerr would win his second race on the 2017 season with Fender second followed by Ridgeway Jr., Christ Thomas and Robert Anderson.

The main event of the evening, the 22nd Annual Powell Memorial, was due up next with $5,000 going home to the winner. The event was previously scheduled during the month of June, but rain forced the race to be moved to July. Starting on the front row was Rhett Carter and Jason Fitzgerald with three time and defending winner Mark Whitener in third. When the green flag dropped it was Fitzgerald jumping out to an early lead in his Fitz Factory Longhorn with Rhett Carter close behind. As Fitzgerald began to extend his lead over the field, Whitener would move into the runner up spot by lap six and would begin to reel in the race leader. On lap ten, as the leaders entered heavy lapped traffic, Whitener would get by Fitzgerald and take over the top spot in his Fitz Factory Longhorn. With Fitzgerald in the review, Whitener would begin going on a tear extending his lead by nearly a straightaway at one point during the race as he maneuvered in and out of lapped traffic faster than anyone else and putting on a show for the race fans in attendance. Whitener would nearly collide numerous times with lapped cars, but somehow managed to escape each time. The race was slowed several times by cautions, but Whitener would pull away on each start and open his lead back up. With just over 25 laps to go the caution would come out bunching the field up one more time. Whitener did not get to a big lead as he did before over Fitzgerald and on lap 42 race fans learned the engine was expiring on his #5 machine. Whitener would slow on the front stretch giving the lead over to Fitzgerald. From that point on it was all Fitzgerald as he would take home his first career Powell Family Memorial. Brandon DeWitt come home an impressive 2nd followed by John Kellum, Joe Kump and Stanton Mills. Four of the top five cars (Kellum-Rocket XR1) were made by Fitzgeralds' chassis company Fitz Factory.

The next to last feature of the night went to the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks as points leader Shaun Daugharty and Joe Belky led the field to the green flag. Daugharty would take the early lead as David Showers Jr. would jump from 4th to 2nd on the opening lap. Daugharty would lead the races first four laps until Showers Jr. would make the pass going down the back stretch to lead the fifth lap. It appeared that Showers was going to pull away and win yet again at the World's Fastest until sixth place starter Dustin Turnage Sr. started to turn up the heat. Turnage would move into the runner up spot on lap 10 and on lap 13 drove by Showers Jr. on the high side in turn four taking over the lead. From that point on Turnage would pull away from Showers and take home the win by 2.162 seconds. Daugharty would come home third building his points lead followed by Alan Peacock and Joe Belky who battled side by side for nearly six laps until Peacock nipped Belky at the line.

The final feature of the night went to the Triple D Equipment Gladiators with Dustin Higdon and Johnny Yeomans on the front row. Yeomans would use the high line to his advantage and take the early lead away from Higdon, but Highdon would stay right behind his #54 Cavalier. Further back in the field Rusty Young and Robert Young began tag teaming the field on their way to the front putting on a show for the fans as well in the process. By lap five the action up front started to heat up as Higdon began applying pressure for the race lead with the father son combo of Rusty and Robert Young ran third and fourth. Higdon would slip by Yeomans on lap eight and would bring Robert Young with him briefly. Robert Young and Yeomans would make slight contact on that lap allowing Rusty Young to get by both cars for second and try and track down the race leader. As the laps clicked away Rusty Young would catch Higdon and apply heavy pressure. He would get to Higdons' back bumper on entry, but the Honda power under Higdons car would pull the Cavalier off the turns. The two would battle to the end, but it was Highdon claiming the win with Rusty Young finishing in the runner up spot. Robert Young would cross third followed by Yeomans and Erik Mantz.

Next up for Volusia Speedway Park is the Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series presented by All Pro Land Services for the V8 Thunderstocks. $1,000 is up for grabs in the six race mini series as David Showers Jr. leads Shaun Daugharty by eight markers heading into the third race. Also running a series event will be the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series presented by Triple D Equipment. That event will pay $300 to win in the eight race mini series.

We hope to see everyone this Saturday night for another night of great racing action

 

Next event admission prices - Iron Man Series Race #4! | $1,000 to win for V8 Thunderstocks!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 7-8-17

22nd Annual Powell Family Memorial presented by Advanced Medical Labs | Late Models (27 Cars)

Overall Fast Qualifier: Kyle Chappell 17.039 (Wins $100 from Sparky's Restaurant in Astor, FL)

Heat 1: Rhett Carter, Tyler Crowder, John Kellum, Brandon Dewitt, Travis Carter, Kenny Monahan, Howard Stalls, Winn Ingersoll, Winn Ingersoll

Heat 2: Jason Fitzgerald, Bo Allen, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Devin Dixon, Stanton Mills, Joe Jump, Brandon Cameron, Jimmy Waldrop, Lonnie Wagner

Heat 3: Richard Ferry, Mark Whitener, Kyle Chappell, Russell Brown Jr., Blake Spencer, Wayne O'Neil, Mikey Kopka (DNF), Megan Rae (DNF), Donnie Chappell (DNF)

Feature: Fitzgerald, DeWitt, Kellum, Kump, Mills, Allen, Brown Jr., T. Carter, O'Neil, Monahan, Lloyd Jr., R. Carter, Waldrop, Steube, Crowder (DNF), Whitener (DNF), Dixon (DNF), Stalls (DNF), Wagner (DNF), Cameron (DNF), Ferry (DNF), Spencer (DNF), Ingersoll (DNF), Kopka (DNF), D. Cappell (DNF), K. Chappell (DNS), Rae (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (17 Cars)

Heat 1: Bubba Christian, Kyle Livingood, David Showers Sr., Grady Christian, Donnie Ashford, Scott Stewart, Trevor Gamble

Heat 2: Jonathan Croson, Barry Sheffield, Chris Doane, Jason Garver, Mike Tovet, James McCage, Dean Jarvis, Bobby McCormick, Clayton Ruth

Feature: Livingood, Ashford, Garver, Showers Sr., B. Christian, Gamble, Sheffield, Tovet, Croson, G. Christian, Stewart, McCague, Doane, Jarvis, McCormick (DNF), Ruth (DNF)

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks (11 Cars)

Heat 1: David Showers Jr., Joe Belkey, Alan Peacock, Donnie Birdwell, Charlie Staats, Ron Adams

Heat 2: James Parish, Shaun Daugharty, Dustin Turnage, Dale Kump, James Watson

Feature: Turnage Sr., Showers Jr., Daugharty, Peacock, Belkey, Staats, Birdwell, Parrish, Kump, Adams, Watson

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (5 Cars)

Feature: Kerr, Fender Jr., Ridgeway Jr., Thomas, Anderson

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (14 Cars)

Heat 1: Johnnie Yeomans, Todd Latour, Dustin Childers, Erik Mantz, James Adams, Dave Ladrie, Paul Clayton

Heat 2: Noel Latour, Rusty Young, Dustin Higdon, James Strhele, John Baxter, Nathan Rhodes, Robert Young

Feature: Higdon, Ru. Young, Ro. Young, Yeomans, Mantz, Childers, Clayton, Baxter, Strehle, Adams, Ladrie, Rhodes, T. Latour (DNS), N. Latour (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

Jamie Carter puts on a clinic as Ashford, Kay Jr., and Windham all take home checkered flags!

(7-2-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park hosted a July 4th Special event this past Sunday with four racing classes in action which included the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds racing for $2500 to win. The night saw 99 cars sign into the pits which was a record for the 2017 season with just four classes. Mother Nature was also in attendance, but gave the track a break after an extended lightning delay and a few rain showers.

The night kicked off with the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks with Donnie Ashford and Jason Garver taking the green flag. As the two raced into turn one it was Ashford using the low line to take the lead moving Garver into the runner up spot. Garver would settle in the runner up spot with Kyle Living Good moving into the third spot with new comer Chris Keller in fourth. As the race wore on Ashford would hold a solid lead over the field while Livingood and Keller battled for the runner up spot, but all eyes were on Tim Powers and his #44 machine as he started scratch on the field, but would pick cars off one at a time working his way to the front of the field. Several cautions slowed the 40 lap feature bunching the field up, but no one seemed to be able to get an advantage over Ashford and his CLX Engineering #66. With just under 8 laps to go Livingood had moved into the runner up spot and began to reel in Ashford, but a caution would come out for Brian Morgan allowing Ashford to reset with no lapped traffic in front of him. When the green dropped it was all Ashford as he would go on to win the $2,000 top prize. Livingood was second followed by Keller, 23rd place starting Tim Powers, and Heath Walker rounded out the field.

The next feature went to the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds as Larry Burkins led the field to green with Bill Howard along side him. As the front row raced into the first turn it was Burkins using the low line to lead the opening lap. Howard would fall back to fourth and Shane Burrows would take over the second spot as the field raced into lap two. Burkins would extend his lead for the first five laps, but Jamie Carter began to move forward on the extreme high line from his third place starting spot. On lap 6 Carter would take the lead from Burkins and begin to pull away from the field. Carter nearly won a race in June over Kyle Bronson using the high line, but had a motor expire on his #15 Shaw Chassis. On Sunday night he would not be denied as put together one of the most exciting runs on the high line. His advantage at one point over Burkins was over half a track as he ran a line no one else could. Not Event former NASCAR winner David Reutimann could track down Carter as he would set sail winning his first feature of the 2017 racing season at Volusia Speedway Park. Reutimann was second followed by Burkins, Garret Stewart, and Hunter Gustafson.

The third feature of the night turned out to be the first wild event of the evening. The All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks were running for $1,888 during the annual Dennis North Memorial Race. The race was scheduled to run 30 laps with 27 cars taking the green flag. Dustin Turnage Sr. and Patrick Williams would lead the field into the first turn as Turnage Sr. would take the initial lead over the field. David Showers Jr. would settle into the second spot with Scotty Kay Jr. taking over the third spot as Williams began to fall back. After the first few laps of green flag racing the action began to get wild. The lightning fast and choppy race track caused several caution as numerous drivers throughout the field found issues. Two major piles ups took nearly half the field as Turnage Sr. still led the pack. On lap 6 Kay was able to get by Turnage and begin to pull away slightly. Turnage would not let Kay get two far out in front until lap seven when he would hit a rut in turn four ripping the nose off the #1SR machine forcing him to retire. When the field lined back up for another restart more accidents kept taking place with more cars experiencing mechanical failures causing wrecks as cars tried to avoid each other. When the mud settled, the race was put on a time limit after 38 minutes and 15 laps were completed and Scotty Kay Jr. was declared the winner after a green white checker finish. Mike Tovet came home in second behind Kay from his fifth place starting spot. Shaun Daugharty was able to avoid the cautions and moved from 10th to third followed by David Showers Sr., and Alan Peacock rounded out the top five.

The final feature of the night went to the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series with Nathan Rhodes and Noel Latour Starting on the front row. Latour would use the high line to his advantage taking the lead away from Rhodes in tow. The races first caution came on lap two when Rusty Young and Rhodes would make contact in turn three causing a flat on the #21 of Young. In a chain reaction Dustin Carter and Dustin Childers would touch causing Carter's #25 to cut a tire down. Both drivers would rejoin the field as Latour would take the green flag again. Fifth place starter William Hindman would move into the runner up spot on lap three and begin to apply pressure to Latour with Johnnie Yeomans on his rear bumper. While the action up front heated up 16th starter John Windham began his march to the front of the field. He would use restarts to his advantage and picked the right lines to move into the third spot on lap six applying pressure to Hindman and leader Latour. While the action upfront heated up, Young and Carter were an a tear from the back of the pack to the front also using restarts and good lane choices to the front. As the laps clicked away Noel Latour would continue to lead, but on lap 8 would experience a mechanical failure loosing power and bringing out the caution. This would move John Windham into the lead with Young in second and Carter in third, but Carter would loose another tire in the rut after the caution sending him pit side once again. When the field took the green Windham led with Young applying heavy pressure and Yeomans in pursuit as well. When the checkered flag finally fell it was Windham taking the win after the time limit expired and a green white checker was flown to end the race. Young was third followed by Yeomans, Darrell Taylor and William Hindman, who fought back after spinning out early in the race while running second.

The next event at Volusia Speedway Park will be this coming weekend, July 8th as the make up for the 22nd Annual Powell Memorial will be run. The event will be sponsored by Advanced Medical Labs and will pay $5,000 to the winner of the Late Model event. Expected entries include defending champion Mark Whitener, Kyle Bronson, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., and Devin Dixon just to name a few. Racing action will resume at 8:00 pm this week and we hope to see everyone in attendance!

*Volusia Speedway Park will also Host an open practice for all divisions on Friday July 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm weather permuting. General Admission is free and pit passes are $15 per person.

 

Next event admission prices - July 8th - 22nd Annual Powell Memorial | $5000 to win Late Model Special!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $15.00
Kids (11-17) - $10.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $13.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 7-2-17

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds (22 Cars)

Heat 1: Jamie Carter, Rich Pratt, Buzzie Reutimann, Paul Shead, Patrick Vareika, Scotty Williams, Ron Gustafson

Heat 2: Larry Burkins, Bill Howard, David Reutimann, Hunter Gustafson, Seth Geary, Charlie Phillips, Mike Phillips

Heat 3: Garret Stewart, Roger Crouse, Dillion Buhr, Dylan Browning, David Moheng, Jonathan Thomas

Feature: Carter, D. Reutimann, Burkins, Stewart, Gustafson, Vareika, Howard, Geary, Burrows, Shead, Crouse, Browning, B. Reutimann, Johnson, Williams, Moheng, C. Phillips, Thomas, R. Gustafson, M. Phillips, Rich Pratt (DNS), Buhr (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (22 Cars)

Heat 1: Jesse Brown, Brian Morgan, Barry Sheffield, Jonathan Croson, Heath Walker, Jeff Miller, Robert Sirmons, Bobby McCormick

Heat 2: Chris Keller, Kyle Livingood, Trevor Gamble, Mike Tovet, Brandon Elwood, Devin Walker, Joshua Kuntzbeck

Heat 3: Donnie Ashford, Jason Garver, David McCormack, Bubba Christian, Paul Snyder, Mark Maresca, Dean Jarvis

Feature: Ashford, Livingood, Keller, Powers, Walker, McCormack, Garver, Walker, Snyder, Croson, Maresca, Kunstbeck, Jarvis, Morgan, Gamble, Elwood, Miller, Brown, Tovet, Sheffield, Sirmons, Christian

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks (27 Cars)

Heat 1: Dustin Turnage Sr., Patrick Williams, Alan Peacock, Shaun Daugharty, Charlie Staats, Joe Belkey, Wayne Risner, Buddy Pope

Heat 2: Scotty Kay Jr., David Showers Jr., Donnie Birdwell, Dustin Turnage Jr., Bubba Christian, Hayden McCormick, John Thorope, Trey Spradley (DNF)

Heat 3: Mike Tovet, David Showers Sr., Roger Wren, Joe Kump, Ron Adams, James Parrish, James Shaw, Daivd Cloer, Randy Bennett

Feature: Kay Jr., Tovet, Daugharty, Showers Sr., Peacock, Christian, Adams, Belkey, H. McCormick, Staats, Thorpe, Showers Jr., Williams, Kump, Wren, Turnage Jr., Turnage Sr. (DNF), Birdwell (DNF), Parrish (DNF), Arminio (DNF), Shaw (DNF), Bennett (DNF), Risner (DNF), Cloer (DNF), Pope (DNS), Spradley (DNS), Reyes (DNS)

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (28 Cars)

Heat 1: Rusty Young, William Hindman, Johnnie Yeomans, Dustin Childers, Kyle Eng, John Windham, Brayn Lindemann, John Baxter

Heat 2: Taylor Darrell, Nathan Rhodes, Reid Christiansen, Robbie White, Paul Clayton, Ashley Eng, Jim Erb, James Strehle

Heat 3: Noel Latour, Dustin Carter, Steve Ramos, Jason Tovet, Lonnie Byassee, Steven Quick, Todd Latour, Dustin Higdon, Daniel Bowman, Dave Ladrie

Feature: Windham, Young, Yeomans, Taylor, Hindman, Higdon, Childers, Carter, Eng, Rhodes, A. Eng, Clayton, White, Ramos, Byassee, Ladrie, Quick, Christensen (DNF), Baxter (DNF), N.Latour (DNF), T. Latour (DNF), Bowman (DNF), Tovet (DNF), Strehle (DNF), Erb (DNF), Lindemann (DNF), James Adams (DNS), Erik Mantz (DNS)

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Donnie Ashford dominates for Dirts 4 Racing Hobby Stock Victory as VSP beats the rain!

(6-24-17) Barberville, FL – It was a hot and very muggy night at the "World's Fastest Half Mile" on Saturday night as the track came to life with five divisions of racing action taking center stage. Leading the night went to the Dirts 4 Racing Hobby Stocks presented by Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run with $750 on the line. Also running on Saturday night were the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds, All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks, Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks, and the Triple D Gladiators.

First up on the race docket went to the Dirts 4 Racing Hobby Stocks as it was Trevor Gamble and Jonathan Croson leading the field to the green flag. Gamble would get the early advantage as Croson would slip up allowing Mike Tovet to sneak into the runner up spot. Gamble would continue to lead just before half way, but it was Donnie Ashford on the move from his sixth place starting spot moving into the runner up spot over Brian Morgan and the fading Tovet. As the laps clicked away, Ashford was able to hold his car lower than Gamble and sneak around him for the race lead. As Ashford continued to lead, Brian Morgan found his way into the runner up spot with Tim Power battling Bubba Christian and Trevor Gamble for third. In the end no one had anything for Donnie Ashford's CLX Engineering, Hired Hand #66 as he won by nearly a straightaway over Morgan, Powers, Christian, and Gamble.

Next up went to the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds with 17 cars checking into the pit gate. The front row found Larry Burkins and Dalton Lanich leading the field to the green. Burkins would get the early jump over Lanich as the two raced down the front stretch into turn one. Burkins would pull Lanich off turn two and begin to pull away from the field. Dillon Buhr would get around Lanich with Garret Stewart in tow for second and third. Stewart would go to work on Buhr for several laps before using the high line moving into the runner up spot and pressuring Burkins for the race lead. by the half way point Stewart would get to Burkins and use the high line to take the race lead. as Stewart began to extend his lead Buhr and Burkins would do battle for the runner up spot. Burkins would run the high line as Buhr stayed low for several laps before Buhr would overtake the runner up spot. As the laps clicked away new comer Shane Burrows and regular Hunter Gustafson would make moves tot he front of the field. Both drivers would blow by Burkins and catch Buhr. Buhr would end up getting a flag RR time with just a handful of laps allowing Burrows and Gustafson to mount a charge on the race leader. The final two laps were exciting as Burrows would get right next to Stewart several times, but the high side momentum would prevail for Stewart as he went on to win the feature event. Burrows was second followed by Gustafson, Patrick Varieka, and Burkins.

Third on the racing docket went to the Allen Tractor Mini Stocks. Chris Thomas and Michael Ridgeway Jr. lead the field to the green flag of the 11 car starting field. Ridgeway would take the lead form Thomas going into the first turn as Nick Kerr would fall into the second spot and begin pressuring Ridgeway for the race lead. Billy Dukes would get into the third spot before the half way point as last starting Brad Fender made bold moves to the front of the field. Kerr and Ridgeway were the show of the night as Ridgeway would keep his machine right on the bottom leaving only the top lane for Kerr to try and get around. The two would battle for the entire 20 lap feature event, but Kerr could not find a way around Ridgeway in the end as Ridgeway would win his first career feature. The win came at the right time too as the mini stocks were racing for $500 to win. Ridgeway also inherited the season points lead from Brad Fender who had engine problems most of the evening, but was able to salvage a third place run to keep the points battle tight.

Next feature of the night belonged to the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks as it was a father son front row with David Showers Jr. and Sr. taking the front two spots. When the green flag dropped it was Jr. taking the lead Sr. with Donnie Birdwell in the third spot. Jr. would hold the advantage over his father by just a car length for much of the race as Birdwell looked on from third ready to make a move if either driver would make a mistake. As the laps clicked away Shaun Daugharty would make a run to the front from his fifth place starting spot getting around Charlie Staats for fourth then Birdwell for third. Daugharty would try and close the gap on the Showers group, but they were just too strong as it was Jr. winning over his father in the end. Daugharty would settle for third and extend his points lead with Birdwell and Staats rounding out the top five.

The final feature of the evening went to the Triple D Gladiators. Johnnie Yeomans and Robert Young would lead the field to the green flag with Yeomans taking the early lead as Young would slip back to third with third starting Higdon moving into the runner up spot. Yeomans would lead the first few laps before Higdon would get by along with Young. Higdon and Young would battle for the race lead as Young would run in on Higdon thru the center of the corner, but Higdon would pull the field off the turns down the straightaways. While this battle was going on, Dustin Childers began to work his way up through the field guest staring in the Shawn Palak 6pack machine. When the dust settled it was Higdon taking home the win followed by Young, Childers, Noel Latour, and Dalton Lanich.

Next weekend Volusia Speedway Park will be racing on Sunday July 2nd for the 4th of July celebration race. Four classes will be headlining the special event including the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds ($2,500 to win), Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks ($2,000 to win), All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks ($1,888 to win / Dennis North Memorial), and the Youngs Enterprises Gladiators ($500 to win).

We hope to see everyone at the "World's Fastest Half Mile" this coming Sunday!

 

Next event admission prices - July 2nd (Sunday Special!)

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 3:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 4:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:15pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $15.00
Kids (11-17) - $10.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $13.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 6-24-17

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds (15 Cars)

Heat 1: Shane Burrows, Garrett Stewart, Dalton Lanich, Hunter Gustafson, Paul Shead, Ron Gustafson, Mike Phillips, Louis Brashear

Heat 2: Patrick Vareika, Dillon Buhr, Larry Burkins, Dustin Thayer, Seth Geary, Greg Skyta, Charlie Phillips (DNS)

Feature: Stewart, Burrows, H. Gustafson, Varika, Burkins, Lanich, Geary, Shead, Thayer, R. Gustafson, M. Phillips, Buhr, Skyta (DNF), Brashear (DNF), C. Phillips (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (17 Cars)

Heat 1: Donnie Ashford, Mike Tovet, Jonathan Croson, Tim Powers, Jonathan Kuntzbeck, Robert Sirmons, Matt Bozman, Chris Doane

Heat 2: Bubba Christian, Brian Morgan, Trevor Gamble, Paul Snyder, James McCague, Justin McGauley, Billy Barstow, Jeff Miller

Feature: Ashford, Morgan, Powers, Christian, Gamble, Croson, Snyder, Miler, McCague, Bozeman, Kuntzbeck, Doane, McGauley (DNF), Barstow (DNF), Sirmons (DNF), Tovet (DNF), Ruth (DNS)

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks (17 Cars)

Heat 1: Hayden McCormick, Charlie Staats, David Showers Sr., Joe Belky, Matt Schloss, Robert Ray, Ron Adams, Randy Strehle, David Cloer

Heat 2: Shaun Daugharty, Donnie Birdwell, David Showers Jr., Alan Peacock, Landon Lungren, Erick Arminio, Paul Schloss, Kent Corbin (DNS)

Feature: Showers Jr., Showers Sr., Daugharty, Birdwell, Staats, Peacock, Adams, Arminio, Strehle, Belkey, Cloer (DNF), M. Schloss, McCromick (DNF), P. Schloss (DNF), Lungren (DNF), Corbin (DNS), Ray (DQ)

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (11 Cars)

Heat 1: Nick Kerr, Michael Ridgeway Jr., Cecil Martin, Billy Dukes, Mark Moniz (DNS), Robert Anderson (DNS)

Heat 2: Jake Hampton, Chris Thomas, Jim Nichols, James Strehle, Robert Anderson (DNF), Brad Fender (DNS)

Feature: Ridgeway Jr., Kerr, Fender, Dukes, Nichols, Strehle, Thomas, Martin (DNF), Hampton (DNF), Anderson (DNF), Moniz (DNS)

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (13 Cars)

Heat 1: Noel Latour, Robert Young, Dustin Childers, Erick Mantz, Bryan Lindeman

Heat 2: Dustin Higdon, Johnnie Yeomans, Dalton Strehle, Todd Latour, Kyle Mosley, Rusty Young (DNS)

Feature (Official): Ro. Young, Childers, N. Latour, Strehle, Yeomans, Mosley, T. Latour, Mantz, Lindemann, Baxter (DNF), Higdon (DQ), Ladrie (DNS), , Ru. Young (DNS)

 

#9 of Ray in the V8 Thunderstocks was disqualified for an altercation with another driver on the track during the caution.

#72 of Higdon in the gladiators was found to have a modified part that did not comply with the rule book and was Disqualified.

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Turnage Jr. holds off Showers Jr. to take home Iron Man Series win. Taylor, Windham, and Kerr all win!

(6-10-17) Barberville, FL – After a weekend off and a rain out last weekend, Volusia Speedway Park rolled the dice this past weekend to get a night of racing in over Mother Nature. The forecast was not good, the rain was in the area, but the game worked as the "World's Fastest Half Mile" came back to life once again with action across four divisions as nearly 80 cars signed into the pits. Headlining the night went to the Allen Plumbing Ironman Series presented by All Pro Land Services as they V8 thunderstocks ran for $1,000 to win and more bragging rights as the season nears the half way point.

 

Next event admission prices - June 24th (Regular Racing Action)

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 6-10-17

Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models (22 Cars)

Feature: Trevor Taylor, Jeremy Knoll, Adam Bennett, Erik McElroy, Michael Whipple, Win Ingersol, Sonny Thompson, Chuck Jackson, Bug Rose, Richard Ferry, Lonnie Wagner, Tracy Butler, Gordon Peck, Jonathan Thomas, Lisa O'Connor, Mikey Kopka, Steve Shead, David Denson, Jamie Carter, David Clegg, Jamie Dayhaw, Mark Steube

 

Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series presented by All Pro Land Services (23 Cars)

Feature: Dustin Turnage Jr., David Showers Jr., Shaun Daugharty, Roger Wren, David Showers Sr., Donnie Birdwell, Robert Ray, Kent Corbin, Hayden McCormick, Matt Schloss, Ron Adams, Brian Schrunk, John Thorpe, Rodney Wright, Alan Peacock, Landon Lungren, Randy Bennett, James Watson, Michael Tovet, George Lane, Bruce Birkett, Paul Schloss (DNS), Rhett Wilson (DNS)

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (6 Cars)

Feature: Nick Kerr, Michael Ridgeway Jr., Chris Thomas, Rich Thomas, Brad Fender, Robert Anderson

 

Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series presented by Triple D Equipment (27 Cars)

Feature: John Windham, Dustin Higdon, William Hindman, Rusty Young, Curtis Clark, Kyle Eng, Nathan Rhodes, Noel Latour, Ashley Eng, Daniel Bowman, Todd Latour, Paul Clayton, James Strehle, Daniel Casey, Brian Linmann, Brandon Register, Jim Erb, Justin Thibadeau, Lonnie Byassee, Erik Mantz, Dan Grodi, Bailey Purcell, Dalton O'Dell Dustin Childers, Dwayne Thibodeau (DNS), Jamie Sullivan (DNS), John Baxter (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

 

Scotty Kay Jr. wins the 3rd annual Iron Man 100 after heartbreak for Showers Sr. coming to the white flag!

(5-20-17) Barberville, FL – Night two of the Iron Man 100 Weekend took place on Saturday night as the weather was beautiful for racing and a $10,000 winner. Running in support with the Iron Man 100 on Saturday included the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks with $1,500 on the line along with the Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks and Triple D Equipment Gladiators.

Full Recap to come Monday

 

Next event admission prices - June 3rd Powell Memorial | Late Models $5,000 to win!

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $15.00
Kids (11-17) - $10.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $13.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

Official Rundown from 5-19-17

Allen Plumbing Iron Man 100 Weekend | Opening Night (45 Cars)

B-Main #1 (Top 3 Transfer): Joe Belkey, Kevin Durden, Marlon Durbin, Jason Floyd, Patrick Williams, Alan Peacock, Billy Bishop, Migueal Powell, Dalton Rathel

B-Main #2 (Top 3 Transfer): Tommy Hill, Robbie Hager, Ben Hutto, Craig Montesi Jr., Erick Arminio, Rodney Wright, David McCormack, Andy Lufkin, Leonard Arnold

B-Main #3 (Top 3 Transfer): Mike Tovet, Shane Williams, Brett Carlton, Mark Whitener, Shane Taylor, Darrell Roberts, Ron Adams, James Watson

Iron Man 100 (OFFICIAL): Kay Jr., Showers Jr., Turnage Sr., Christian, Stalnaker, Belkey, Turnage Jr., Haslauer, Staats, Corbin, Hager, Showers Sr. (DNF), Hill (DNF), Daugharty (DNF), Durden (DNF), Kump (DNF), Chancey (DNF), Gainey (DNF), Bronson (DNF), M. Durbin (DNF), Wren (DNF), Whitener (DNF), Williams (DNF), Carlton (DNF), B. Durbin (DNF), Birdwell (DNF), Hutto (DNF), Tovet (DNF)

 

Merceds Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks | $1,500 to win (20 Cars)

Heat 1: Kyle Livingwood, Tim Gay, Barry Sheffield, Donnie Ashford, Joshua Kunstbeck, Mark Maresca, James McCague

Heat 2: Tim Powers, Trevor Gamble, Jonathan Croson, Brandon Elwood, Robert Sirmons, Tyler Sistrunk, Freddie Hughes

Heat 3: Brian Morgan, Bubba Christian, Grady Christian, Jason Harrison, Justin McGauley, Chris Doane

Feature: Powers, Ashford, B. Christian, Livingwood, Morgan, Croson, Gay, Sirmons, Harrison, G. Christian, Elwood, Doane, Kuntzbeck, Hughes (DNF), McGauley (DNF), McCague (DNF), Gamble (DNF), Sheffield (DNF), Sistrunk (DNF), Maresca (DNF)

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (8 Cars)

Heat 1: Nick Kerr, Cecil Martin, Mark Whitener Jr., John Windham, Chris Thomas, Brad Fender, Jake Hampton, Michael Ridgeway Jr.

Feature: Martin, Ridgeway Jr., Kerr, Thomas, Fender, Hampton, Windham, Whitener Jr.

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (25 Cars)

Heat 1: John Windham, Noel Latour, Nathan Rhodes, Dustin Childers, Josh Walker, Brian McBride, Barry Duchene

Heat 2: Robert Young, Reid Christensen, William Hindman, Dustin Carter, Shawn Pawlak, Michael Whipple, James Adams, Kyle Mosley

Heat 3: Dustin Higdon, Jason Tovet, James Erb, John Baxter, Todd Latour, Wally Douglas, Paul Clayton, Jodie Parks

Feature: Windham, Hindman, Carter, Christensen, J. Tovet, Higdon, Young, Rhodes, Walker, Childers, N. Latour, Erb, Pawlak, Mantz, T. Latour, Baxter, Chapman, Adams, McBride, Duchene, A. Tovet, Parks, Clayton, Mosley, Douglas

Volusia Speedway Park

 

Kyle Bronson sets fast time for the Iron Man 100. Whitener, Bronson, and Morgan all take wins!

(5-19-17) Barberville, FL – After the rain out last weekend Volusia Speedway Park was back in action this time on Friday for the opening night of the Iron Man Weekend which paid $10,000 to the winner of the 100 lap main event for the Thunderstocks on Saturday Night. Friday night, however, would serve as Qualifying for the Thunderstocks as well as heat races. In addition to the Thunderstocks, a full race program was on top for the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models, Daytona Sportswear Modifieds, and Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks which would be paying $750 to win.

With night one complete we hope to see everyone tomorrow night for the conclusion of the Iron Man 100 Weekend as we will crown the 3rd $10,000 winner in the Allen Plumbing Iron Man 100.

 

Saturday Nights Racing Action

Pit Gate & Drive Thru open at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $15.00
Kids (11-17) - $10.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $13.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 5-19-17

Allen Plumbing Iron Man 100 Weekend | Opening Night (44 Cars)

Overall Fast Qualifier: Kyle Bronson (21.113)

Heat 1 (Top 3 Transfer): Shaun Daugharty, Nevin Gainey, Dustin Turnage JR., Marlon Durbin, Alan Peacock, Migueal Powell

Heat 2 (Top 3 Transfer): Bud Chancey, Travis Staats, Donnie Birdwell, Kevin Durden, Patrick Williams, Billy Bishop, Dalton Rathel (DNF)

Heat 3 (Top 3 Transfer): David Showers Jr., Roger Wren, Mike Stalnaker, Rodney Wright, Tommy Hill, Ben Hutto (DNF), Leonard Arnold (DNF)

Heat 4 (Top 3 Transfer): Dustin Turnage Sr., Bubba Christian, Joe Kump, Robbie Hagger, Erik Arminio, David McCormack, Craig Montesi Jr. (DNF)

Heat 5 (Top 3 Transfer): David Showers Sr., Joey Haslauer, Bubba Durbin, Mike Tovet, Darrell Roberts, Brett Carlton, Mark Whitener, Hayden McCormick

Heat 6 (Top 3 Transfer): Scotty Kay Jr., Kyle Bronson, Kent Corbin, Shane Williams, Shane Taylor, Andy Lufkin, Ron Adams, James Watson

 

Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models (23 Cars)

Heat 1: Tyler Clem, David Denson, Erik McElroy, Jamie Dayhaw, Trevor Taylor, David Clegg (DNF), Brandon Catto (DNF)

Heat 2: Jason Intoppa, Nevin Gainey, Mikey Kopka, Adam Bennet, John Westbrook, Michael Whipple, Bug Rose

Heat 3: Mark Whitener, Richard Ferry, Caleb McGillivray, Steve Shead, Chuck Jackson, Tracey Butler, Lisa O'Connor

Feature: Whitener, Clem, McGillivray, Catto, Shead, Bennett, McElroy, Denson, Dayhaw, Whipple, Ferry, Intoppa, OConner, Gainey (DNF), Butler (DNF), Taylor (DNF), Westbrook (DNF), Ledlow (DNF), Jackson (DNF), Rose (DNF), Clegg (DNF), Kokpa (DNF), Harris (DNF)

 

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds (19 Cars)

Heat 1: Larry Burkins, Kyle Bronson, Jamie Carter, Hunter Gustafson, Tyler Clem, Paul Shead, Joey Parks

Heat 2: Dillon Buhr, Patrick Vareika, Seth Geary, Greg Skyta, David Moheng, Jason Lowe

Heat 3: Garret Stewart, Larry Mott, Dustin Thayer, Roger Crouse, Ron Gustafson, DJ Farr

Feature: Bronson, Stewart, Clem, Buhr, Thayer, Varkeika, Geary, Burkins, H. Gustafson, Shead, Mott, Crouse, Parks, Moheng, R. Gustafson, Farr (DNF), Carter (DNF), Skyta (DNF), Lowe (DNF), Rathel (DNF)

 

Merceds Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks | $750 to win (19 Cars)

Heat 1: Donnie Ashford, Bubba Christian, Jason Garver, Mike Eubanks, Marc Maresca, Freddie Hughes

Heat 2: Tim Powers, Brian Morgan, Jonathan Croson, Robert Sirmons, Dustin Peterson, Kyle Livingood (DNF)

Heat 3: Barry Shefeild, Brandon Elwood, Trevor Gamble, Jason Harrison, Grady Christian, Joshua Kuntzbeck

Feature: Morgan, B. Christian, Gamble, Livingood, Garver, Sheffield, Croson, G. Christian, Sirmons, Elwood, Harrison, Eubanks, Peterson, Maresca, Powers (DNF), Ashford (DNF), McGauley (DNF), Hughes (DNF)

Volusia Speedway Park

Richard Ferry wins a wild one in the Florida Late Models as Daugharty, Christian, and Childers take wins!

(5-6-17) Barberville, FL – The sun was out and the temperatures even cooled down some in Florida as the "World's Fastest Half Mile" came back to life once again on Saturday Night. Much needed rains fell on the racing surface Thursday evening into Friday morning, but mother nature cleared way for Saturday with racing action across four divisions including the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models who were running for $1,000 to win!.

Taking the first green flag of the night went to the Mercedes Benz Vans born to Run Hobby Stocks as it was Jonathan Croson and Bubba Christian taking the field to the green. Croson would take the initial lead over teammate Christian, but after a side by side battle for several laps Christian would take the lead and begin to set sail over the rest of the field. Croson would get several shots at the #04 Eliminator Race Cars machine, but could not get a good line to really get around him. Christian would settle down and run a smooth line around the bottom and extend his lead in the 15 lap feature event and go on to win over Croson for his first win of 2017. Third went to Grady Christian, followed by Marc Maresca, and Joshua Kuntzbeck.

Next on the racing docket went to the main event, the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models running for $1,000 to win. Starting on the front row and leading the field to the green flag were Lonnie Wagner and Taylor Gant. As the two entered into the first turn Wagner would loose traction and several spots handing the lead over to Gant for the races first several laps. Further back the action heated up as Shan Smith and Trevor Taylor began to march to the front of the field. Shan Smith would catch leader Gant and pass him after Gant slipped up the track allowing Smith to slip by. Taylor would also get by Gant shortly after and begin to run down the lead. As the laps clicked away the man on the move was Richard Ferry climbing from his 9th place starting spot along with 14th place starter Caleb McGillivray. Ferry would get by Gant for the third spot and set his sights on Taylor for second as McGillivray would battle just inside the top five with Gant and Adam Bennett. The race would be slowed several times allowing the field to bunch back up, but with a clear track it appeared no one could compete with Smith, until Ferry got around Taylor and began to catch Smith in lapped traffic. As the race reached the final lap, Smith would get caught behind the lapped car of John Bradley allowing Ferry to jump to the middle of the track and pull even with the #28. As the field raced down the backstretch Smith would get into the lapped car of Bradley once again only this time Smith would get pushed into the outside wall. The race would go under caution for the final time setting up a green/white and checkered finish. Since the leader cannot be wrecked by a lapped car, Smith was given the lead back with Ferry second. When the field took the green Ferry would use the middle line one more time and get by the #28 of Smith down the backstretch. Ferry would hold onto the lead in the final two corners and go on to win his first feature of 2017. Smith was second followed by Taylor, Bennett, and Gant.

After the exciting Florida Late Model event, the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks took the green as Mike Tovet and Ben Hutto led the field to green. Tovet would take the races initial lead, but it was Shaun Daugharty who was the big beneficiary on the races start moving from fourth to the runner up spot and eventually taking the lead away from Tovet. As Daugharty began to extend his lead, Tovet would struggle with the handling on his #0 machine and slip further and further back as the race went on. Third place starter Shane Williams would get by the struggling Tovet for second along with Kent Corbin and Dustin Turnage Jr. With Daugharty setting sail, the battles for second, third, and fourth were some of the most exciting action Volusia Speedway Park has seen to date. Cars went three and four wide dicing for every inch of real estate they could find around the half mile. With Shane Williams in second, Joey Haslauer found his way to the front getting around Corbin and Turnage Jr. for third and would do battle for the runner up spot. With just a handful of laps remaining however, the two would collide with each other sending them both to the tail of the field. This would allow Corbin to get back into the runner up spot along with Turnage Jr., but those two would ultimately get into a tangle as well. Corbin was able to continue, but Turnage Jr. would be done for the evening. On the races final restart, Daugharty would set sail once again and go on to win his second feature of the 2017 season. Corbin was second, Williams charged back to third along with Birdwell and Haslauer.

The final feature of the night went to the Triple D Equipment Gladiators. With 19 cars checking into the pits the event served as a tune up for next weekends Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series which will pay $300 to win. Leading the field to green saw Shawn Pawlak and John Baxter doing battle. As the field raced into the first turn the action went three wide quickly as Kyle Eng would find his way to the front using a three wide move sending Pawlak and Baxter to second and third. As the pack raced down the backstretch still awaiting the first lap completion, Nathan Rhodes and Robert Young would begin a march to the front of the field. by lap two Young found himself in second with Rhodes close behind. Young would catch Eng as his #9 machine began to experience handling issues. Young would slip by Eng just past the fifth lap with Rhodes, and now Dustin Childers stuck behind Eng. Young would extend his lead by nearly half a straightaway when Eng nearly clipped the inside tires out of turn four. This caused the field to bunch up, but Rhodes and Childers would get around for second and third in the process. As the race neared the half way point, a caution would come out allowing the field to catch back up to Young. When the green flew again the racing action heated up for the lead as Rhodes would eventually shoot by Young with just a few laps to go. Young would stay close however, but it was Childers and last place starter Dustin Higdon that found themselves in the mix. Childers would use an outside four wide pass to get around Young and Rhodes to take the lead. Higdon would also follow suit as Young and Rhodes would do battle for the third spot. When the checkered flag finally fell it was Childers taking home win #1 on the year with Higdon finishing an impressive second. Young was third, Rhodes fourth, and Kyle Eng rounded out the top five.

 

Next week the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series will be back in town for the second of three trips in 2017. Supporting the Sprint Cars will be the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks. This event will serve as the final tune-up for the division as next weekend will be the 3rd Annual Iron Man 100 paying $10,000 to the winner. The Allen Tractor Mini Stocks will be running for $500 to win on Saturday night and the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series will be back in action for Race #2 in the mini series paying $300 to win.

We hope to see you all next weekend for another exciting night of racing action at the "World's Fastest Half Mile"!

Next Weeks Admissions Prices

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 8:00 pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 5-6-17

Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models (25 Cars)

Heat 1: Sonny Thompson, Lonnie Wagner, Kyle Chappell, Mark Evans, Jason Intoppa, Rodger Thomas, Chuck Jackson, Henry Burnside, Lisa O'Connor

Heat 2: Adam Bennett, Taylor Gant, Erik, Noah Cornman, Michael Whiple, Brandon Catto, John Bradley, Tracy Butler

Heat 3: Shan Smith, Trevor Taylor, Richard Ferry, Caleb McGillivray, Mikey Kopka, Steve Shead, Donnie Padgett (DNF), Mark Steube (DNF)

Feature: Ferry, Smith, Taylor, Bennett, Gant, McGillivray, Wagner, Kopka, Intoppa, Evans, McElroy, Shead, Catto, Bradley, Butler, Whipple, Cornman, Steube, O'Connor, Thompson (DNF), Thomas (DNF), Jackson (DNF), Chappell (DNF), Padgett (DNF), Burnside (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (6 Cars)

Heat 1: Bubba Christian, Jonathan Croson, Grady Christian, Martin Johnson, Jonathan Kuntbeck, Marc Maresca

Feature: Bubba Christian, Jonathan Croson, Grady Christian, Mark Maresca, Joshua Kuntzbeck, Martin Johnson (DNS)

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks ( 13 Cars)

Heat 1: Shaun Daugharty, Ben Hutto, Joey Haslauer, Kent Corbin, Donnie Birdwell, Javen Wells

Heat 2: Shane Williams, Mike Tovet, Charlie Staats, Randy Bennett, Dustin Turnage Jr., Ron Adams, Joe Kump (DNF)

Feature: Daugharty, Corbin, Williams, Birdwell, Haslauer, Kump, Bennett, Wells, Tovet, Hutto, Turnage Jr. (DNF), Staats (DNF), Adams (DNF)

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (19 Cars)

Heat 1: Nathan Rhodes, Casey Feaster, John Baxter, Jamie Sullivan, Dustin Childers, Todd Latour, Chris Yeomans, Austin Lanier, Brian McBride

Heat 2: Robert Young, Kyle Eng, Shawn Pawlak, Steve Ramos, Ashley Eng, Erik Mantz, Josh Walker, James Adams, Dustin Higdon

Feature: Childers, Higdon, Young, Rhodes, K. Eng, Sullivan, Pawlak, T. Latour, A. Eng, Ramos, Walker, Yeomans, Lanier, McBride, Baxter (DNF), Mantz (DNF)

Volusia Speedway Park

Showers Jr. wins the first Iron Man Race of the year, Clem takes home the Florida Late Model Win!

(4-29-17) Barberville, FL – It was another beautiful night of racing action at the "World's Fastest Half Mile" on Saturday as four divisions of racing took center stage with the Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series Race #1 headlining the night for the V8 Thunderstocks. Also in action supporting the six race mini series were the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models, Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks, and the Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks.

First up on the night went to the Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks as William Hampton and Jake Hampton led the field to green. Jake would get the jump over William and go on to lead the first several laps of the feature event. The man on the move, however, was Brad Fender as he would use the high line to go from fourth to second and set his sights on Jake Hampton for the lead. The two would battle side by side for three laps before Fender would finally get a good run on the high side and take the lead. From that point on it was all Fender even as a late race caution would come out, no one could touch Fender as he would win his third feature in a row for the 2017 season in his Going Butts BBQ Rocket Chassis #69. Michael Ridgeway Jr. came in second followed by Jake Hampton, Chris Thomas and Rich Thomas.

Running second on the night were the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks and it was Trevor Gamble and Brandon Elwood leading the field to green. Gamble, who was making his first start of 2017, led the charge into turn one and would lead the first several laps. Elwood would slip back a few spots as Bubba Christian would advanced from firth to second with Dustin Peterson in tow. The surprise for the first three laps was Donnie Ashford, who was having trouble finding the handling on the CLX Engineering #66. As Gambles lead would grow and Christian attempted to run him down a caution would fly on lap four. When the ensuing green flag would drop it was Ashford going from fourth to first coming off turn two on the high side and down the back stretch. From that point on it was all Ashford as no one could get close enough to make a charge at the Deland, FL native. Bubba Christian would come home runner up followed by Elwood, Gamble, and Peterson.

Next to last on the running order went to the growing Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models as 19 cars checked in on Saturday night. Trevor Taylor and Gordon Peck would lead the field to green as Taylor would get the jump on the field and stretch a sizable lead. Peck did not fire right away and caused a traffic jam on the inside lane as numerous cars had to use evasive action to avoid the #5 machine. The beneficiary of Peck's bad start was Tyler Clem out of Ocala, FL as he would use the high side to jump from fourth to second in the races first lap. Taylor would use the low line from the start of the race until lap five. This is when Clem would use the high line to blast past Taylors #7 Rocket Chassis and begin to stretch a sizable, lead. While Taylor tried to track down Clem, Lonnie Wagner was making big moves from his ninth place starting spot as he cracked the top five just past half way and would get into third with just 10 laps remaining. No one would have anything for Clem, however, as the young driver would go on and win his second Florida Late Model Race of the year (previous was at Ocala). Taylor would come home a close second followed by Wagner, Adam Bennett, and Sonny Thompson rounded out the top five.

The last race on the evening went to the Allen Plumbing Thunderstocks Iron Man Series Race #1 which paid $1,000 to the winner. David Showers Jr. and Shaun Daugharty would take the green flag from the front row and Daugharty would grab the early lead coming off turn two. Showers Jr. would settle into the runner up spot, but Scotty Kay Jr., Dustin Turnage, and Bud Chancey would do heavy battle for the spot. In fact, the racing action went three and sometimes four wide from the runner up spot back through the top ten. Daugharty would pace the field thru the half way point, but David Showers Jr. would be right on his tail as the two would do side by side battle for several laps. Just past the half way point Showers Jr. would get around Daugharty as the #00 Dardy Enterprises machine would slip up in turn four allowing the Showers Chassis machine to get by. Kay and Turnage would now do battle for the runner up spot as Kay would get around Daugharty and begin to reel in Showers Jr. in the #38. As the laps clicked away, Kay would close the gap several times on Showers' machine, but could not get the run off the bottom to complete the pass for the lead. At the end of the 25 lap event, Showers Jr. took the checkered flag over Kay in one of the best races of the 2017 race season. Turnage would finish third followed by Daugharty and 11th place starter Joey Haslaurer.

Next weeks racing action will including the first big race for the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models as the event will pay $1,000 to the winner. Also in action next weekend (5-6-17) will be the Mercedes Ben Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks, All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks, and the Triple D Equipment Gladiators. Gates will open for the pits at 4:00pm along with the drive thru. The main gate will open at 5:00pm with racing action slated for 7:30pm!

 

Next Weeks Admissions Prices

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 4-29-17

Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models (19 Cars)

Heat 1: Shan Smith, Adam Bennett, Michael Whipple, Tracy Butler, Jamie Dayhaw, Lisa O'Conner

Heat 2: Sonny Thompson, Gordon Peck, Mark Stuebe, Erik McElroy, Howard Stalls, Noah Cornman

Heat 3: Tyler Clem, Trevor Taylor, Lonnie Wagner, Donnie Padgett, Mikey Kopka, David Denson (DNF)

Feature: Clem, Taylor, Wagner, Bennett, Thompson, Stalls, McElroy, Kopka, Steube, Butler, Whipple, O'Conner, Smith, Dayhaw (DNF), Cornman (DNF), Peck (DNF), Denson (DNF), Padgett (DNF), Ingersoll (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (13 Cars)

Heat 1: Donnie Ashford, Dustin Peterson, Brandon Elwood, Sean Babcock, Tommy Hill, Joshua Kuntbeck, Jonathon Croson

Heat 2: Bubba Christian, Grady Christian, Trevor Gamble, Jeff Miller, Chris Doane, Tony Campbell

Feature: Ashford, B. Christian, Elwood, Gamble, Peterson, Babcock, Miller, Hill, Kinstbeck, Campbell, Croson, Doane, G. Christian (DNS)

 

Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series Race #1 V8 Thunderstocks (27 Cars)

Overall Fast Qualifyer: Scotty Kay Jr. | 21.787

Heat 1: Mike Tovet, Bud Chancey, Tommy Hill, Todd Haught, Brian Schrunk, Dennis Walker, Bruce Brisket, Javen Wells, Randy Bennett (DNF)

Heat 2: David Showers Jr., Dustin Turnage, John Thrope, Joey Haslauer, Kevin Durden, Charlie Staats, Patrick Williams, Jeff Stalnaker Jr., Del Powell

Heat 3: Shaun Daugharty, Scotty Kay Jr., David Showers Sr., Brett Carlton, Kent Corbin, Roger Wren, Andy Lufkin, Donnie Birdwell (DNF), Erik Arminio (DNF)

Feature: Showers Jr., Kay Jr., Turnage, Daugharty, Haslauer, Durden, Hill, Cobin, Stalnaker Jr., Tovet, Thorpe, Staats, Chancey, Schrunk, Wren, Bennett, Burkett, Lufkin, Wells, Haught (DNF), Powell (DNF), Walker (DNF), Showers Sr. (DNF), Carlton (DNF), Williams (DNF), Arminio (DNS), Birdwell (DNS)

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (7 Cars)

Heat 1: Brad Fender, Michael Ridgeway Jr., Jake Hampton, Chris Thomas, William Hampton, Rich Thomas, Jim Nichols (DNF)

Feature: Fender, Ridgeway Jr., J. Hampton, C. Thomas, R. Thomas, W. Hampton, Nichols (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

Dylan Browning picks up win #1 as Ashford takes home the Cash in the Hobby Stocks!

(4-22-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park had over 64 cars enter in the pits on Saturday night as the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds took center stage along with the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks who were running for $1,000 to win.

First up on the night found the Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks taking the green flag as Michael Ridgeway Jr. and Brad Fender led the field to the green flag. As the two entered turn one it was Fender using the high line to take the lead with Ridgeway settling into the runner up spot. As the race wore on Fender would show his muscle opening up nearly a half track lead over the field at one point during the race. Ridgeway would experience mechanical issues around the half way point leaving the race for Fender to win. With just three laps to go, however, Fender would blow a radiator and experience mechanical issues of his own. Fender would roll the dice and stay on the track as he had nearly lapped the field and coasted home to his second win in a row. Chris Thomas would finish second followed by Rich Thomas in third.

Next up saw the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks take the green as Donnie Ashford lead the field to green along side Tyler Sistrunk. When the green dropped it was Ashford flexing his muscle on the inside getting the advantage over Sistrunk. Sistrunk would settle into the runner up spot with Johnathan Croson and Mike Tovet in tow. As the laps ticked away Ashford would extend his lead with each passing lap as the real battle was for the runner up spot. Sistrunk would slip up going into turn one and Tovet would get a good run off the bottom getting by both Sistrunk and Croson. In the midst of the shuffling, Bubba Christian would flex his muscle from the sixth place spot and get into third and look for second. Just past the half way point, as Ashford continued to lead, Christian would begin to slip back as his power steering would go away allowing Croson to get by as well as ninth place starter Brian Morgan who found himself in the top five. A late race restart would bunch the field back up, but no one had anything for Ashford as he would go on and win the feature with Tovet, who made a bold move on the final lap, in second. Morgan was third followed by Sistrunk and Heath Walker.

Third up on the racing docket went to the Daytona Sportswear Modified division. Sean Monaghan lead the field to green along side Patrick Vareika. Monaghan would get the early jump and lead the first several laps with Dylan Browning moving up from fourth to second and Larry Burkins from fifth to third in tow. Burkins would get around Browning and Monaghan before the mid way point and go on to extend his lead as the race wore on. Browning would make a good move on the outside to get around Monaghan and set his sights on Burkins. Monaghan would slip further back as Paul Shead and Garrett Stewart would also get by as the laps ticked away. With five to go, Burkins seemed to have his third win of the year wrapped up, but Browning would find a little magic on the high side and make a charge at the #54. The two would battle side by side in a three lap dash after a caution and in the end it was Browning winning by .037 over Burkins in one of the closest finishes ever at Volusia Speedway Park. Shead came home third with his best finish in a modified to date, Stewart fourth and Monaghan rounded out the top five. In victory lane fans learned Browning had a mechanical issue before the feature and Burkins helped the young man loaning the tools to fix the problem in a true display of sportsmanship. The win was also Brownings first career modified feature win.

Fourth up on the night saw the All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks take the green flag. Mike Tovet and Kent Corbin would lead the field to green and Tovet would get the early advantage as the field of 15 cars headed down the backstretch. Corbin would slip to the third spot as David Showers Sr. made his charge to the front of the pack. Showers Sr. would get around Tovet after the first two laps and open up his lead over the field. The man on the move, however, was David Showers Jr., driving the Ben Hutto #38. Showers Jr. would get by Corbin along with Tovet and work on his father for the lead. The two were the class of the field doing battle side by side for several laps. Showers Sr. would run the middle line and keep his momentum to stay in front of his son. Just after the halfway point the field would have a restart and Showers Jr. would fire along with his father at the drop of the green, but his rear end would go out on the #38 and the field would have to take evasive action to avoid the slowing machine. After the dust settled, the green would stay out and Showers Jr. would have a huge lead over the field, but it was Corbin in second, Shaun Daugharty in third and Charlie Staats in fourth. When the checkered flag dropped it was David Showers Sr. going back to back and winning his third race of the season. Corbin would come in second for his best finish of the year along with Daugharty, Staats, and John Thorpe making his first start at Volusia since last season.

The final feature of the evening went to the Triple D Equipment Gladiators. Erik Mantz and Shawn Pawlak took the green flag initially, but it was Nathan Rhodes and Rusty Young making the charge from the second row to take the lead and second place. The two drivers would battle for the lead for most of the race as Rhodes would have the horsepower down the stretches, but Young could get thru the corners better. Just past the half way point, Rhodes' #55 would slip out of gear allowing Young to get by on the inside. From that point on it was a battle on who was going to win the feature. Rhodes would try everything in his power to get around Young's #21 and even tried a last corner slide job, but Young was just too strong and went on to win his second feature in a row as he won the first Challenge Series race the previous week. Rhodes was second followed by 13th starter Dustin Higdon, Dustin Childers, and 12th starting Robert Young.

Volusia Speedway Park is back in action this Saturday night as its Race #1 for the Allen Plumbing Iron Man Series paying $1,000 to win for the V8 Thunderstocks. Also in action will be the Florida Late Models, Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks, and Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks.

Volusia Speedway Park will also hold an Open Practice for all divisions on Friday Night (4-28-17) from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

 

Next Weeks Admissions Prices

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 4-22-17

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds (14 Cars)

Heat 1: Garret Stewart, Dylan Browning, Patrick Vareika, Greg Skyta, Larry Mott, Scott Ham

Heat 2: Larry Burkins, Seth Geary, Sean Monahan, Paul Shead, Dustin Thayer, Charlie Phillips, Ron Gustafson, Chase Gustafson

Feature: Browning, Burkins, Shead, Stewart, Monaghan, Thayer, Vareika, Skyta, R. Gustafson, C. Gustafson, Ham, Geary (DNF), Phillips (DNF), Mott (DNF)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (17 Cars)

Heat 1: Jonathan Croson, Mike Tovet, Barry Sheffield, Jeff Miller, Brian Morgan, Heath Walker, Josh Walker, Chris Doane, Robert Sirmons

Heat 2: Donnie Ashford, Bubba Christian, Tyler Sistrunk, Grady Christian, Joshua Kunstbeck, Kameron McGualey, Clayton Ruth, Brandon Elwood

Feature: Ashford, Tovet, Morgan, Sistrunk, H. Walker, B. Christian, Sheffield, Elwood, Doane, J. Walker, Sirmons, Miller, Kunstbeck, McGauley, Croson, G. Christian, Ruth

 

All Pro Lawn Services V8 Thunderstocks (15 Cars)

Heat 1: Shaun Daugharty, Charlie Staats, Kent Corbin, Brian Schrunk, Erik Arminio, Patrick Williams, Paul Schloss, Javen Wells (DNS)

Heat 2: David Showers Jr., David Showers Sr., Mike Tovet, Donnie Birdwell, John Thorpe, James Smith, Andy Lufkin

Feature: Showers Sr., Corbin, Daugharty, Staats, Thorpe, Tovet, Schrunk, Birdwell, Arminio, Williams, Schloss, Wells, Smith (DNF), Showers Jr. (DNF), Lufkin (DNF)

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (5 Cars)

Heat 1: Brad Fender, Michael Ridgeway Jr., Jake Hampton, Chris Thomas, Rich Thomas

Feature: Fender, C.Thomas, R.Thomas, Hampton (DNF), Ridgeway Jr. (DNF)

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (13 Cars)

Heat 1: Rusty Young, Shawn Pawlak, Dustin Higdon, Dustin Childers, Todd Latour, John Baxter, James Adams

Heat 2: Nathan Rhodes, Robert Young, Erik Mantz, Dave Ladrie, Brian McBride, Noel Latour (DNF)

Feature: Young, Rhodes, Higdon, Childers, Ro. Young, Pawlak, Baxter, T. Latour, Ladrie, McBride, Mantz (DNF), Adams (DNF), N. Latour (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

 

Chappell dominates for win in new car as Young takes home first race in Challenge Series!

(4-15-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park was in action again this past Saturday night as 76 cars across just four divisions checked into the speedway for another night of action packed racing. Leading the event would be the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models along with the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models and All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks. The second headline event for the evening also went to the Triple D Equipment Gladiators as they were running race #1 in the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series paying $400 to win. The series consists of 8 race with the final race paying $1,000 to win.

The first feature event of the night saw the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models take the track with Thomas Burnside and Bo Allen taking the green flag from the front row. As the two reached turn one it appeared Allen was going to take the initial lead, but it was fourth place starter Donnie Chappell driving his new Black Diamond Race Car #25 to the front of the field on the high side taking the lead from Allen. From that point on it was all the Donnie Chappell show. At one point during the feature event Chappell would have a half a track lead lapping the field up to the 5th place car of Hamp Conley. There would be a late race caution which would bunch the field back up and give Allen a shot at Chappell, but it just give Chappell a free and clear race track as he would go on to win the feature event for his first win of 2017. Allen would come home second, David Clegg third, Travis Staats fourth, and Hamp Conley rounded out the top five.

Next up on the running order were the All Pro Lawn Care V8 Thunderstocks. When the green flag dropped it was new comer Bud Chancey and Kent Corbin on the front row. Chancey would get the jump on Corbin and move to the front of the field with David Showers Sr. in tow. Chancey, who was driving a Showers Chassis, would lead the first several laps before Showers Sr. would get around the #181. The race would go smooth until the half way point when the races first caution came out. From laps 10 to 15 the race would be slowed for numerous cautions and on lap 15 the half hour time limit was reached for the race. David Showers Sr. would be declared the winner followed by his son David Showers Jr., Chancey, Dustin Turnage and Stanton Mills.

Third on the running order went to the Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models. Trevor Taylor and Gordon Peck would lead the field to green and it was Taylor driving his new Rocket Chassis #7T jumping out to the early lead. He would use the high line to pull away from the rest of the field, but the two cars on the move would be Adam Bennett from 7th and Caleb McGillivray from 12th. Bennett and McGillivray would make bold move after bold move on the way to the front of the field. With just a few laps to go McGillivray would find himself third and Bennett second behind Taylor. When the checkered flag dropped it was Taylor taking home his first win of 2017. Bennett would come home in second followed by McGillivray, Mikey Kopka, and Sonny Thompson. (**Note: Taylor was eventually DQ'ed after post race inspection found a non approved part per the rule book. Bennett was then declared the winner.)

The final race of the evening went to the Triple D Equipment Gladiators running race #1 in the Youngs Enterprises Gladiator Challenge Series. Starting on the pole for the 20 lap main event was Michael Chapman and Dewayne Yeomans. D. Yeomans would take the the as the two entered turn one and pull away from the field off turn two with Chapman and Rusty Young following close behind. The races first caution would come after just a few laps and as the field bunched back up it was Yeomans once again taking the lead, but Rusty Young would sneak by Chapman for second. Just past the five lap mark another caution would come out slowing the field down. On the restart Young would take the top spot away from Yeomans and pull the field off turn two. As the race wore on Yeomans would try everything to get around the Youngs Enterprises #21 of Young, but could not get thru the corners well enough to get around the Deland, FL native. When the checkered flag dropped it was Young taking home his first career win followed by Dewayne Yeomans, Johnnie Yeomans, William Hindman (from 24th), and Dustin Higdon.

Volusia Speedway Park will be back in action once again this coming Saturday night (April 22nd) with five classes of racing on the "World's Fastest Half Mile". Headlining the event will be the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks running for $1,000 to win. Running with the Hobby Stocks Saturday night will be the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds, All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks, Allen Tractor Mini Stocks, and the Triple D Equipment Gladiators.

 

Next Weeks Admissions Prices

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 4-15-17

Advanced Medical Labs Late Models (14 Cars)

Heat 1: Donnie Chappell, Bo Allen, Travis Staats, Davey Cline, Mark Steube, Blake Spencer (DNF), Paul Shead (DNS)

Heat 2: David Clegg, Thomas Burnside, Ray Price, Hamp Conley, Bug Rose, Larry Anderson, Mikey Kopka (DNS)

Feature: Chappell, Allen, Clegg, Staats, Cline, Conley, Steube, Anderson, Price, Burnside (DNF), Bug (DNF), Shead (DNF), Kopka (DNF), Spencer (DNS))

 

Medical Arts Labs Florida Late Models (20 Cars)

Heat 1: Henry Burnside, Gordon Peck, Mark Steube, Steve Shead, Lisa O'Connor, Chuck Jackson (DNF)

Heat 2: Mikey Kopka, Erik McElroy, Adam Bennett, Sonny Thompson, Jamie Dayhaw, Joey Haslauer, Brandon Catto

Heat 3: Tracey Butler, Trevor Taylor, Donnie Padgett, Caleb McGillivray, John Westbrooke, Michael Whipple

Feature: Bennett, McGillivray, Kopka, Thompson, McElroy, Steube, Butler, Whipple, Peck, Bernside, O'Connor, Cotto, Westbrook, Padgett, Shead, Dayhaw, Haslauer, Jackson (DNS), Ingersoll (DNS), Taylor (DQ)

 

All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks (18 Cars)

Heat 1: Stanton Mills, Kent Corbin, Shaun Daugharty, Erick Arminio, Roger Wren, Paul Schloss, Andrew Lufkin

Heat 2: David Showers Sr., Bud Chancey, Dustin Turnage, David Showers Jr., Donnie Birdwell, Bruce Birkett, Kevin Durden (DNF), Migueal Powell (DNF), Todd Haught (DNF), Charlie Staats (DNF)

Feature: Showers Sr., Showers Jr., Chancey, Turnage, Mills, Birdwell, Daugharty, Durden, Luftin, Staats, Schloss, Wren, Corbin, Birkett, Arminio, Haught, Powell, Williams

 

Youngs Enterprise Gladiator Challenge Series Race #1 (24 Cars)

Heat 1: Michael Chapman, Johnnie Yeomans, Kyle Eng, Curtis Clark, James Erb, Todd Latour, Ashley Eng, David Ladrie

Heat 2: Dewayne Yeomans, Seth Caudill, Sammy Dale, Steve Ramos, Shawn Pawlak, Eric Mantz, John Baxter, Nick Boley

Heat 3: Dustin Childers, Rusty Young, Dustin Higdon, Jamie Sullivan, Nole Latour, Lonnie Byasse, Thomas Melnick, William Hindman

Feature: Young, D. Yeomans, J. Yeomans, Hindman, Higdon, Pawlak, Mantz, Sullivan, N. Latour, Ramos, Childers, Erb, Baxter, Byasse, Ladrie, Boley, A. Eng, K. Eng, Dale, Clark, T. Latour, Malnick (DNS), Caudill (DQ), Chapman (DQ)

 

Volusia Speedway Park

Larry Burkins continues to impress as Tovet, Daugharty, Fender and Young all take home wins!

(4-10-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park hosted another stellar night of racing this past Saturday night as five classes took the green flag on the "World's Fastest Half Mile". With the temperatures in the lower 70's to start and mid 60's to finish, fans and drivers alike enjoyed some of the best racing in the state of Florida.

First up on the night saw the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds take the green flag as it was Dylan Browning leading the field to the green flag for the races first several laps. Track Champion Garret Stewart would flex his muscle in the races opening few laps moving up into the runner up spot as just before the five lap mark from his fifth place starting spot. On lap four however, Stewart would get into the back of Browning heading into turn one causing the #67 of Stewart to spin around. Browning would continue on, but the hit was just right for Stewart knocking the tow out of his machine forcing him to retire for the evening. When green flag racing resumed Dillon Buhr would apply heavy pressure on Browning and take the lead away. The man on the move would be Larry Burkins, whom already has one win in 2017, began his march forward from his 6th place starting spot grabbing the lead away from Buhr just before half way and taking home his second win of 2017. Buhr would come home second followed by Hunter Gustafson, Sean Monaghan, and Paul Shead.

Next up on the night were the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks as it was all Deland, Florida's Mike Tovet in the feature driving the Donnie Ashford owned #151 machine in the feature. Tovet has been behind the wheel off and on for Ashford and the #151 has been a brides maid for several weeks, but not on Saturday night as Tovet won over Alan Peacock by just under one second. Peacock has been showing signs of improvement as well in his #25. Peacock, the 2015 Thunderstock track champion, moved up over the off-season joining forces with former Thunderstock driver Bobby McCormick and sharing seat time as well. Hired Hand Enterprises, LLC increased the winners share of the purse by $100 (Tovet), Tomoka Family Dentistry added $50 to second (Peacock) and Brandywine Liquor and Fine Cigars added $50 to the third place finisher (Jonathan Croson).

The Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks were the next division to hit the track as Brad Fender would get the early jump on the field on go on to dominate the main event in his Going Butts BBQ, Rocket Chassis #69. Fender, who was the 2015 Gladiator Champion, moved up in 2016 and briefly had his first win until a late race radiator issue cost him the win after showing up light at the scales. On Saturday Night, however, Fender would not have an issue at the scales as he would win his first career mini stock feature over former Limited Late Model competitor Michael Ridgeway Jr. Tampa standout Billy Dukes came in the third spot followed by 2017 feature winner Jake Hampton and Reid Christensen rounded out the top five.

Running fourth on the event schedule fans were treated to the ever exciting All Pro Land Services V8 Thunderstocks. 16 cars checked into the pits on Saturday night as Scotty Kay Jr., Shaun Daugharty Mike Tovet and Charlie Staats all would do battle up front for the lead during the races early stages. Kay would be the dominate car during the races first 13 laps, but a broken tie rod just after the 13th lap would cause his Wilson Race Cars machine to slow and exit the race. This would hand the lead over to Shaun Daugharty as his #00 would dominate the remaining laps and win the main event. The win was Daugharty's first since 2015 when he dominated the first half of the season. 2016 was a rough year for the Dardy Enterprises #00 before acquiring a Belky Built machine near the end of 2016. 2017 Daugharty has been runner up twice and was finally able to come home the winner on Saturday night. All Pro Land Services put up an extra $100 to the feature winner (Daugharty), Campbell and Associates added $50 to second (Tovet), and Quality Financial Services added $50 to third as well (Staats).

The final feature of the night went to the Triple D Equipment Gladiators. Earlier in the week it was announced Youngs Enterprises would sponsor a Challenge Series for the division which would last 8 races paying $300 to win for six, $500 to win for one, and a championship race at the end of the year for $1,000 to win. Saturday night would be the final tune up for the anticipated mini series as the first race will be held on the 15th. Starting on the pole was Todd Latour leading the field to the green flag, but it was Robert Young and his Youngs Enterprises #48 taking the early lead coming out of turn two over Latour. Young would go on and win the 15 lap feature over Dustin Higdon, Dewayne Yeomans, Dustin Childers, and Latour. The win was Young's third in a row on the 2017 season, but he stated in victory lane he would not be running in next week's event since he was sponsoring the series. His son, who was not in attendance, Rusty Young will be in attendance next Saturday night as Volusia Speedway Park is preparing for a big turn out for the anticipated series next Saturday Night.

 

Next Weeks Admissions Prices

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 4-8-17

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds (16 Cars)

Feature: Larry Burkins, Dillon Buhr, Hunter Gustafson, Sean Monaghan, Paul Shead, Patrick Vareika, Dylan Browning, Larry Mott, Dalton Lanich, Greg Skyta, Garret Stewart, Jerry Morgan, Dustin Thayer, Seth Geary, Jamie Carter (DNS), Charlie Phillips (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (7 Cars)

Feature: Mike Tovet, Alan Peacock, Jonathan Croson, Robert Sirmons, Joshua Kunstbeck, Josh Walker, James McCague

 

All Pro Land Service Thunderstocks (15 Cars)

Feature: Shawn Daugharty, Mike Tovet, Charlie Staats, Dustin Turnage, Kent Corbin, Paul Schloss, Donnie Birdwell, Erick Arminio, Javen Wells, Todd Haught, Matt Schloss, Randy Bennett, Scotty Kay Jr., Barry Sheffield, Nick Osbourne

 

Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks (10 Cars)

Feature: Brand Fender, Michael Ridgeway Jr., Billy Dukes, Jake Hampton, Reid Christensen, Chris Thomas, Rich Thomas, John Windham, Jim Nichols, Cecil Martin

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (11 Cars)

Feature: Robert Young, Dustin Higdon, Dewayne Yeomans, Dustin Childers, Todd Latour, Erik Mantz, John Baxter, James Adams, Dave Ladrie, Eddie Tovet, Noel Latour

Volusia Speedway Park

David Whitener takes home the Florida Late Model Feature with close racing all night long!

(4-1-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park has been putting on a great show for the fans the past few weeks and with the points race officially starting on Saturday night, the drivers didn't disappoint as no one dominated any particular race with three and sometimes even four wide racing taking center stage at the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile"!

First up saw the Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks take the green flag as it was Brandon Elwood and Joshua Kunstbeck taking the green flag. Elwood would take the initial lead over Kunstbeck as fourth place Jonathan Croson worked his way on the high line into the third spot and then overtook Kuntsbeck a few laps later for the runner up spot. This would set a showdown between Elwood and Croson as the two would do battle for several laps until Croson would ultimately get around Elwood for the lead with just eight laps remaining. Croson would slowly build his lead over Elwood and took home his first career victory at races end followed by Elwood, Kunstbeck, McCague, and Robert Sirmons.

Next up on the racing action saw the Advanced Medical Arts Florida Late Models take the green as Trevor Taylor and Taylor Gant would lead the 27 car field to the green flag. Taylor would get the early jump on Gant moving around the #33 into turn one in his new Rocket Chassis from the Carter Stokes racing stable. Gant would settle in the second spot for several laps with Tracey Butler in third followed by David Whitener. While Taylor opened his lead, David Whitener would begin to use the high line to his advantage all the way to the second spot behind Taylor as the two approached lapped traffic. The field would be slowed by numerous cautions near the end and Whitener would use those to his advantage getting by the #7T of Taylor on a restart. Whitener would extend his lead, but a green white checker finish gave Taylor one more chance to get by the veteran from Middleburg, FL. The two would line up nose to tail, but Whitener would prove to be too strong and go on to win his first race of the 2017 season. Taylor would come home second followed by Adam Bennett, Jason Intoppa, and hard charger Mark Evans (whom started 16th on the grid)

The All Pro Land Services Thunderstocks took the next green flag with Shaun Daugharty and David Browning leading the field to the green. Daugherty would get the early jump on the inside line and take the lead setting sail for the first several laps of the main event. Browning would stay in second for the first two laps, but David Showers Sr., driving the Ronnie Ponce #57, got around Browning and set his sights on Daugherty for the race lead. Showers Sr., who won two weeks ago in the same car, began to apply heavy pressure to Daugherty who was still looking for win #1 in his new Belky Build race car. With seven laps remaining, Showers would get by Daugherty as he slipped up in turn one. Daugherty would not let Showers Sr. out of his sights as he would get good runs in turns three and four, but slip in one and two. When the checkered flag fell it was Showers Sr. taking home the win with Daugherty coming home in second followed by Charlie Staats, Kent Corbin, and David Browning.

The final race of the evening went to the Triple D Equipment Gladiators. 15 gladiators checked into the pits as it was newcomer Shawn Pawlak leading the field to green with Noel Latour along side. When the green flag dropped Pawlak would get the lead into the first turn as Latour would slip up allowing both Rusty Young and previous winner Robert Young to slip by. Rusty, the son of Robert Young, would get by Pawlak as the field entered turn three with his dad in tow. Rusty Young would lead nearly every lap in a feature that showed three and sometimes four wide racing until the races final lap. The Youngs would battle down the back stretch for the final time, and it was a lapped car that would set the pick for the Robert to sneak by and take home win #2 on the year. Rusty would cross the line in second followed by seventh place starter Dustin Childers, Todd Latour, and Erik Mantz.

Racing Action will resume next week as the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds will headline the evening with other racing action including the Mercedes Benz Born to Run Hobby Stocks, All Pro Land Services Thunderstocks, Allen Tractor Services Mini Stocks, and the Triple D Equipment Gladiators!

We hope to see you all this Saturday night at the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile!"

 

Next Weeks Admissions Prices

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 4-1-17

Advanced Medical Arts Florida Late Models (Limited Late Models) (27 Cars)

Heat1: Tracey Butler, John Bledsoe, Michael Whipple, Don Sniff, Lonnie Wagner, Jamie Carter

Heat 2: David Whitener, Adam Bennett, Joey Haslauer, Steve Shead, Jamie Dayhaw, Mikey Kopka, Sonny Thompson

Heat 3: Taylor Grant, Jermey Knoll, Scott Gray, Caleb McGillivray, Erik McElroy, Tom Fiebelkorn

Heat 4: Trevor Taylor, Jason Intoppa, Gordon Peck, Mark Evans, Mark Steube, Bruce Collins Jr., Bug Rose

Feature: Whitener, Taylor, Bennett, Knoll, Intoppa, Evans, Gant, Peck, Steube, Shead, Thompson, McGillivray, Butler, Collins Jr., McElroy, Fiebelkorn, Whipple, Bledsoe, Sniff, Dayhaw, Gray, Haslauer, O'Conner, Carter, Kopke, Rose, Wagner (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz Vans Born to Run Hobby Stocks (8 Cars)

Heat 1: Joshua Kunstbeck, Brandon Elwood, James McCague, Jonathan Croson, Kameron McGauley, Bobby McCormick, Robert Sirmomns, Clayton Ruth

Feature: Corson, Elwood, Kunstbeck, McCague, Sirmons, McGauley, McCormick, Ruth

 

All Pro Land Service Thunderstocks (9 Cars)

Heat 1: Charlie Staats, David Showers Sr., David Browning, Shawn Daugharty, Donnie Birdwell, Kent Corbin, Randy Bennett, Erick Arminio, Paul Schloss

Feature: Showers Sr., Daugharty, Staats, Corbin, Browning, Birdwell, Arminio, Schloss, Bennett

 

Triple D Equipment Gladiators (15 Cars)

Heat 1: Robert Young, Noel Latour, Jamie Sullivan, Dustin Childers, Michael Champman, Lonnie Byassee, Nathan Rhodes, David Ladrie

Heat 2: Rusty Young, Shawn Pawlak, Todd Latour, John Baxter, Erik Mantz, Dustin Higdon, James Adams

Feature: Ro. Young, Ru. Young, Childers, T. Latour, Mantz, Sullivan, Chapman, Byassee, Rhodes, Adams, Ladrie, Baxter, N. Latour, Pawlak, Higdon (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

Mark Ruel Jr. takes home the Eagle Jet Sprint Car Feature as Haslauer wins a wild one in the Thunderstocks!

(3-25-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park was back in action on Saturday night as the second race of the 2017 season saw the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Cars take center stage along with the Hobby Stocks, Thunderstocks, and Mini Stocks. The Sprint Cars were making their first of three trips to the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile" and it was on a wild night of racing to say the least.

The first feature of the night saw Alan Peacock and Donnie Ashford take the Hobby Stock field to the green flag. When the green dropped it was Ashford taking the lead away from Peacock as the field headed into turn one. From then on it was all the Donnie Ashford show, much like the previous week, dominating the race from start to finish. The race would go non-stop with no cautions as Ashford took home the win by nearly half a track. Peacock would come home in second, followed by Dustin Peterson, Josh Walker, and Andy Lufkin.(Race start was delayed as Joshua Kunstbeck had a small fire under the hood of his 11K. Driver was ok and emergency officials took care of the issue swiftly.)

The next feature brought out the Mini Stocks which saw Brad Fender and Jake Hampton take the green flag from the front row. As the two drove off into turn one, it was Hampton and the high lane once again helping the outside row as he would jump into the lead over Fender. Hampton would extend his lead as the 15 lap feature clicked away as Michael Ridgeway Jr. would begin his attack on Fender for the runner up spot. Just past the half way point Ridgeway would have a mechanical failure dropping him out of contention. Hampton would go on to win the event with Fender crossing the line in second followed by Chris Thomas.

The headline event of the evening went out third as the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series made their first of three stops at the "World's Fastest Half Mile" in 2017. Leading the field to green saw Tony Agin and Robbie Smith racing side by side into turn one as Agin would get the early advantage taking the lead in the 25 lap main event. Smith would fall back out of the top five as AJ Maddox would slide into second followed by Mark Ruel Jr. and Matt Kurtz. Racing action would slow just before the midway point as Harley Zimmerman took a wild ride in turn one flipping on the guard rail. The driver was un injured and after a brief red flag racing action resumed. When the green flag fell Maddox was your new leader as Agin slipped to second just before the red. On the restart Maddox would get a huge jump on the field which also allowed Ruel Jr. to get around Agin for second. As the laps clicked away, Ruel would get around Maddox for the lead and stretch the field with Kurtz overtaking second with just a handful of laps remaining. The race would see one final restart, but Ruel would not be denied the win as he would take home the checkers followed by Kurtz, Maddox Smith, and Agin. In victory lane Ruel Jr. would keep his words short dedicating his win to his girlfriend who passed away from cancer earlier in the year. Her name will be on the top wing for the 2017 racing season as well as the car supporting purple trim for cancer awareness.

The Thunderstocks were last on the lineup for racing action on Saturday and proved to be the best action of the night as well as the finish came down to the final lap. Joey Haslauer, driving for Ronnie Ponce, and Charlie Staats would lead the field to the green as it was Haslauer getting the early advantage of the veteran Staats. Haslauer would open up his lead, but the man on the move was Mike Tovet in his #0 machine as he would get by Staats and set his sights on Haslauer. As the laps ticked away, Tovet would get to Haslauer and make the pass with just seven laps to go. Tovet would not get too far out in front of the field as Haslauer kept the #0 in his cross hairs. With just three laps to go the two would set up a side by side battle to the finish racing door to door. When the checkered flag fell it was Haslauer taking home the win with a turn four pass on Tovet on the inside to win by just .042. Shaun Daugharty would come home third followed by Donnie Birdwell and Charlie Staats.

Next Week is April 1st and Volusia Speedway Park is back in action once again this time with the Florida Late Models making their first appearance at the "World's Fastest Half Mile". Also in action on Saturday night will be the Hobby Stocks, Thunderstocks and Gladiators. This coming Saturday night is also the first official points night of the 2017 racing season as well!

Next Weeks Admissions Prices

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

 

Official Rundown from 3-25-17

Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Cars (16 Cars)

Heat1: Mark Ruel, Robbie Smith, AJ Maddox, Tim Grubaugh, Harley Zimmerman, Aileen Collins-Love, Garrett Green, Shane Kreidler

Heat 2: Matt Kurtz, Anthony D'Alessio, Brett O'Donnell, Tony Agin, Frank Carlson, Dennis Misuraca, Nikole Voisey, Jeff Parks, Keith Butler

Feature: Ruel Jr., Kurtz, Maddox, Smith, Agin, O'Donnell, D'Alessio, Voisey, Collins-Lov T. Grubaugh (DNF), Carlson (DNF), Misuraca (DNF), Parks (DNF), Zimmerman (DNF), Green (DNF), Kreidler (DNF), Butler (DNS)

 

Volusia Speedway Park Hobby Stocks (6 Cars)

Heat 1: Donnie Ashford, Alan Peacock, Josh Walker, Dustin Peterson, Andy Lufkin, Joshua Kuntzbeck

Feature: Ashford, Peacock, Peterson, Walker, Lufkin, Kunstbeck (DNF)

 

Volusia Speedway Park Thunderstocks (15 Cars)

Heat 1: Mike Tovet, Charlie Staats, James Smith, Erick Arminio, Donnie Birdwell, Randy Bennett, Ron Adams, Tom Koch

Heat 2: Shaun Daugharty, Joey Haslauer, Matt Schloss, Miqueal Powell, Paul Schloss, Javen Wells, James Strehle

Feature: Haslauer, Tovet, Daugharty, Birdwell, Staats, Powell, M. Schloss, P. Schloss, Wells, Arminio, Smith (DNF), Bennett (DNF), Koch (DNF), Adams (DNF), Strehle (DNF)

 

Volusia Speedway Park Mini Stocks (6 Cars)

Heat 1: Jake Hampton, Brad Fender, Jim Nichols, Dustin Higdon, Charlie Staats, Billy Dukes, Michael Ridgeway Jr.

Feature: Hampton, Fender, Thomas, Ridgeway Jr. (DNF), Higdon (DNF), Nichols (DNF), Dukes (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

Volusia Speedway Park opener goes to Whitener, Burkins, Ashford, Burkins, and Young!


(3-20-17) Barberville, FL – Volusia Speedway Park kicked off their season opener for the 2017 Racing Season this past Saturday Night. 73 cars checked into the pits across five divisions of racing which featured the headline event for the Late Models with $2,000 on the line going home to the feature winner.

The first feature of the night went to Larry Burkins in his Elite Chassis, Burkins Chevrolet sponsored #54. Burkins, who finished third in the final points last season, dominated the feature once he got in the lead winning by nearly 2.5 seconds over runner up and 2016 champion Garett Stewart.

Next up would find the Hobby Stocks taking center stage with Donnie Ashford dominating the event, picking up where he left off last year. Ashford won by 1.7 seconds, but the headline would be the 1-2 sweep of the newly formed Diggin Deep Racing combination of Ashford and Mike Tovet. Tovet, who guest appeared in an Ashford back up car last year, made his debut in the new #151 machine.

The headline feature of the night went to the Late Models. 12 cars checked in for the $2,000 to win main event as it was Mark Whitener taking home the win in his Overkill Motorsports, Burkins Chevrolet, Longhorn Chassis #5. Whitener was able to conserve tires enough to be on the podium at the races finish and collect the top prize.

The V8 Thunderstocks saw David Showers Sr. take home the win while guest starring in the Ronnie Ponce #57. David Showers Jr. guest starred in the #57 last season and took it home to victory as well. Showers Sr. won the final Thunderstock event last season as well in his own Showers Chassis #8.

The final event of the evening would find the Gladiators taking center stage with 21 cars signing in. The event was scheduled to go 15 laps, but after numerous caution periods the event was shortened to 8 laps as the 30 minute time limit was reached. Crossing the line first was Dustin Childers, but postrace inspection found the #55 was too light. Runner-up Robert Young was awarded the feature win in the Youngs Enterprises #48 with his son Rusty Young moving into the runner up spot.

Next week will feature the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series along with the Hobby Stocks, Thunderstocks, and Mini Stocks.

Pit Gate opens at 4:00pm
Main Gate Opens at 5:00pm
Drivers Meeting starts at 6:45pm Hot Laps after
Racing at 7:30pm

General Admission
Adults (18 and older) - $12.00
Kids (11-17) - $8.00
Kids ( 10 and Younger) FREE
First Responders/Military/Seniors - $10.00

Pit Passes
Adults (15 and older - Non DIRTcar Member) - $30.00
Adults (15 and older - DIRTcar Members) - $25.00
Kids (6 to 14) - $15.00
Kids (5 and younger) - FREE

Official Rundown from 3-18-17

Late Models (12 Cars)
Fast Qualifier – Nevin Gainey 16.977
Feature – Mark Whitener, David Whitener, Rhett Carter, Travis Staats, Nevin Gainey, Cole Exum, Mark Steube, Blake Spencer, Chad Tuten, Garrett Lloyd, Louis Ledlow, Donnie Padgett

Modified (18 Cars)
Feature – Larry Burkins, Garret Stewart, Jamie Carter, Shane Burrows, Paul Shead, Patrick Vareika, Dillon Browning, Roger Crouse, Jim Passino, Hunter Gustafson, Joey Parks, Seth Geary, Larry Mott, Sean Monaghan, Charles O’Neill, Dustin Thayer, Charlie Phillips, Rich Pratt

Hobby Stocks (9 Cars)
Feature – Donnie Ashford, Michael Tovet, Alan Peacock, Jonathan Croson, Josh Walker, Robert Sirmons, Josh Kunstbeck, Kameron McGauley, Andy Lufkin, Robert Sirmons

Thunderstocks (12 Cars)
Feature – David Showers Sr., Shaun Daugharty, Kent Corbin, Donnie Birdwell, John Thorpe, Michael Tovet, Javen Wells, Matt Schloss, Erick Arminio, Maggie Ferland, Del Powell

Gladiators (21 Cars)

Feature – Robert Young, Rusty Young, Robbie White, Steve Ramos, Todd Latour, Steven Quick, Eddie Tovet, Ashley Eng, Jamie Adams, Casey Feaster, Erik Mantz, Andrew Roberts, Jay Wells, Jamie Sullivan, Noel Latour, Scotty Sullivan, Kyle Eng, Dustin Higdon (DNS), John Baxter (DNS), Dustin Childers (DQ-Light), Michael Chapman (DQ-Exit Car on Track)

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Hearn Double Dips at DIRTcar Nationals

Grabs the DIRTcar Nationals Finale and Championship

BARBERVILLE, F.L - Feb. 26, 2017 – Brett ‘The Jet’ Hearn picked up his tenth DIRTcar Nationals victory with the Super DIRTcar Series at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J. took the lead from the start and never looked back to take the $5,000 payday in the 40-lap finale, also staking claim to the DIRTcar Nationals championship.

“The guys at the Madsen Overhead Door shop are going to have to build a bigger shelf,” Hearn said in Victory Lane. “It was a super, awesome team effort. We came down here and fine tuned on this thing, it’s a brand new car.”

Young gun Max McLaughlin of Mooresville, N.C. and the veteran Hearn started on the front row following a pre-race redraw.

On lap one, Hearn drove to the outside into turn three and claimed the top spot from McLaughlin coming out of turn four, setting sail with the early lead.

In a race that had three yellow flags, the first on lap 10 saw a over a half-dozen drivers duck down pit road for adjustments to their Big-Block Modifieds.

The ensuing restart set up a fierce battle between McLaughlin and Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y. for the runner-up spot as they swapped positions for several laps.

There was a glimmer of hope for the second- and third-place runners when Hearn caught the back of the pack on lap 23, allowing McLaughlin and Sheppard a shot at the top spot.

With the second yellow flag on lap 26, Sheppard relinqiuished the third position to come down pit road for a new right-rear tire.

Tim Fuller got into the mix after he got by Peter Britten for third place, Fuller then set his sights on second-place McLaughlin. Fuller put pressure on McLaughlin on the final restart as he drove under him for second. That left the door open for Danny Johnson as he followed in pursuit on lap 33 to take third place.

It was too late as Hearn was way out front en route to his first victory of the 2017 season.

“You’re always on edge,” Hearn said. “It was nice to see those couple of yellows come out and get some open track. It made my life a little bit easier.”

At the finish, Hearn claimed the DIRTcar Nationals finale over Fuller, Johnson, McLaughlin and Britten.

“The track crew did a great job giving us a multi-lane track tonight,” said Hearn in Victory Lane. “I have to say thanks to them for their efforts.”

Fuller, now the driver of the Graham Racing No. 19, capped off the night with a second-place finish.

“I think we got better as the race went on,” Fuller said. “I have to thank Ray Graham for starting this new team. I think it’s a good start for us. It’s only a sign of things to come. Brett was pretty strong, but I think we were pretty equal. If we got into some lapped traffic, we could have seen who was more versatile.”

Following the Super DIRTcar Series 40-lap feature was a non-qualifiers Big-Block Modified feature. Darwin Greene and Dillon Steuer led the 12-lap non-qualifiers race to the green flag. Greene led the field from green to checkered and won over Eldon Payne and C.G. Morey.

Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Feb. 25, 2017; Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, F.L.

Feature (40 Laps) –1. 20-Brett Hearn, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 27j-Danny Johnson, 4. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 5. 21a-Peter Britten, 6. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 7. 44-Stewart Friesen, 8. 14j-Alan Johnson, 9. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 10. 99l-Larry Wight, 11. 43-Jimmy Horton, 12. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 13. 7m-Mike Maresca, 14. 96-J.F. Corriveau, 15. 22-Brandon Walters, 16. 109-Billy Whittaker, 17. 30-Jamie Mills, 18. 7-Rick Laubach, 19. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 20. 19m-Jessy Mueller, 21. 88-Mike Mahaney, 22. 5-Billy Vaninwegen, 23. 54-Steve Bernard, 24. 3-Justin Haers, 25. 71-Mike Bowman, 26. 96c-Mario Clair, 27. 85-H.J. Bunting, 28. 49-Billy Dunn

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2 (10 Laps): 1. 3-Justin Haers, 2. 54-Steve Bernard, 3. 22-Brandon Walters, 4. 7-Rick Laubach, 5. 13-Steve Davis, 6. 118-Jim Britt, 7. 6d-Dillon Steuer, 8. 27-David Hunt, 9. 44r-Russell Morseman

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1 (10 Laps): 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 3. 7m-Mike Maresca, 4. 85h-HJ Bunting, 5. 1g-Darwin Green, 6. 28p-Eldon Payne, 7. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 8. 1-Billy Pauch, 9. 14-CG Morey, 10. 27a-Ryan Anderson

Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1.14j-Alan Johnson, 2. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 3. 30-Jamie Mills, 4. 19m-Jessy Mueller, 5. 96-J.F. Corriveau, 6. 99l-Larry Wight, 7. 85-HJ Bunting, 8. 14-CG Morey, 9. 7m-Mike Maresca, 10. 28p-Eldon Payne

Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 21a-Peter Britten, 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 3. 27j-Danny Johnson, 4. 44-Stewart Friesen, 5. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 6. 96c-Mario Clair, 7. 1g-Darwin Green, 8. 27a-Ryan Anderson, 9. 1-Billy Pauch, 10. 48t-Dave Rauscher

Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 3. 109-Billy Whittaker, 4. 88-Mike Mahaney, 5. 71-Mike Bowman, 6. 54-Steve Bernard, 7. 22-Brandon Walters, 8. 27-David Hunt, 9. 118-Jim Britt, 10. 44r-Russell Morseman

Heat 4 (8 Laps) –1. 19-Tim Fuller, 2. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 3. 43-Jimmy Horton, 4. 8-Rich Scagliota, 5. 5-Billy Vaninwegen, 6. 3-Justin Haers, 7. 7-Rick Laubach, 8. 13-Steve Davis, 9. 6d-Dillon Steuer

Group 1 Qualifier – 1. 14J-Alan Johnson,18.719; 2. 30-Jamie Mills, 18.758; 3. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 18.818; 4. 96-Jean-F Corriveau, 19.000; 5.19m-Jessy Mueller, 19.039; 6. 85-H.J. Bunting III, 19.042; 7. 99L-Larry Wight, 19.043; 8. 28p-Eldon Payne, 19.051; 9. 7m-Mike Maresca, 19.120; 10. 14-C.G Morey, 19.227

Group 2 Qualifier – 1. 21a-Peter Britten, 18.685; 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.763; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 18.796; 4. 27J-Danny Johnson,18.862; 5. 96c-Mario Clair, 18.935; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 19.008; 7. 27A-Ryan Anderson, 19.358; 8.1G-Darwin Green,19.371; 9. 1-Billy Pauch,19.406; 10. 48T-Dave Rauscher, NT 

Group 3 Qualifier – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 18.815; 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 18.945; 3. 88-Mike Mahaney, 19.172; 4. 109-Billy Whittaker, 19.190; 5. 71-Mike Bowman, 19.201; 6. 54-Steve Bernard, 19.288; 7. 22-Brandon Walters, 19.301; 8.118-Jim Britt, 19.422; 9. 44R-Russell Morseman, 19.495; 10.27-David Hunt,19.551

Group 4 Qualifier –1. 19-Tim Fuller, 19.035; 2. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 18.859; 3. 43-Jimmy Horton, 4. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 18.967; 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 19.349; 6. 3-Justin Haers, 19.015; 7. 7-Rick Laubach, 19.351; 8. 13-Steve Davis, 19.335; 9. 6d-Dillon Steuer, 19.487

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O’Neal Wins the Feature at the DIRTcar Nationals Finale

Clanton wins DIRTcar Nationals Championship

BARBERVILLE, FL— February 26, 2017— Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., a veteran racer in action since 1988, has been one of the biggest names without a World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory. That changed in his 53rd career feature start when O’Neal finally took a coveted trip to Victory Lane during the bookend to the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night.

Heading into the 40-lap Craftsman Club Feature, the buzz was about what tire compound the teams would choose. It was ultimately Don O’Neal who chose the right combination.

“We’ve had a good car,” said O’Neal. “The Peak Anti-Freeze team with Crawford Outdoor, Cometic Gasket, and Penske Shocks car has been good all Speedweeks, there just wasn’t anything going our way. Tonight, it did.”

O’Neal was a man on a mission all night. Locking up the final transfer spot from his heat put him 13th on the feature starting grid. O’Neal made quick work of the cars in front of him and used a lap 15 restart to take the lead from polesitter Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. who had led every lap to that point.

“We had a harder tire on then most of those guys,” said Erb Jr., who finished seventh. “A lot of those guys gambled with that soft tire. We took the green early and everyone stayed in that line around the bottom. My car was working really good there. Everything was going good until that yellow came out. Then everybody got chasing the brown, [tacky dirt] around the top and those soft tire were able to pull away from me. We definitely got beat on tires tonight.”

Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY jumped to the second position the same lap as O’Neal took over the point and steadily gained ground on the leader. On lap 38 in the midst of heavy lapped traffic, O’Neal nearly got into the turn two wall. The slip up by O’Neal allowed McCreadie an attempt for a last lap pass bringing the crowd surrounding the World’s Fastest Half-Mile to their feet.

“I was warming my tires up on the outside and I thought ‘this feels so much better than the bottom did on that first 14-lap run” said McCreadie. “Don, he’s a professional and he found the traction before I did. I moved up and thought we could run with him, but at the end I think he had the best car. He made one little mistake at the end there and it gave us a chance. We hadn’t run this car yet and we ran it for three nights. We got a second and a third out of it.”

O’Neal claimed a desired Gator trophy and $10,000 but it was Shane Clanton who took home the king of them all, the Big Gator as DIRTcar Nationals Late Model champion.

“We missed it a little bit tonight, but it’s a testament to how hard we worked all week,” said Clanton “To run top-five three nights and just miss it a little bit tonight and run where we did (13th), we had a shot.” 

Before the stretch at DIRTcar Nationals, series veteran Clanton explained the importance of coming out of the Georgia-Florida jaunt ahead in the standings.

“If you come out of Florida on top then it’s easy to stay on top, if you come up behind then it’s hard to dig yourself out of that hole,” said Clanton. “It’s important to have a good run because it will boost the whole season and [at this point] who knows who will be running good.”

Headed out of DIRTcar Nationals, Brandon Sheppard is the leader in the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Points Standings followed by Rick Eckert who is only a mere four points behind. For the last two years the driver who headed out of DIRTcar Nationals highest in points ultimately won the Championship Title at the end of the year. That may not be the case this year as the points race is still very close; meaning it could be anyone’s for the taking.

Feature: 1.5- Don O'Neal[13]; 2.39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 3.21-Billy Moyer Jr[9]; 4.40B-Bronson[8]; 5.44-Chris Madden[7]; 6.9-Devin Moran[20]; 7.28-Dennis Erb Jr[1]; 8.18-Eric Wells[24]; 9.7-Rick Eckert[10]; 10.15s-Donny Schatz[14]; 11.3s-Brian Shirley[2]; 12.14-Darrell Lanigan[17]; 13.25-Shane Clanton[4]; 14.1-Brandon Sheppard[6]; 15.91-Tyler Erb[12]; 16.17M-Dale McDowell[18]; 17.1*-Chub Frank[16]; 18.18c-Chase Junghans        [26]; 19.7F-Jason Fitzgerald[15]; 20.2H-Nick Hoffman[11]; 21.99j-Frank Heckenast Jr[23]; 22.14M-Morgan Bagley[19]; 23.2c-Joey Coulter[25]; 24.99B-Boom Briggs[21]; 25.116-Brandon Overton[5]; 26.15-Steve Francis[22]

Qualifying Group A: 1.18-Eric Wells, 16.786; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.376; 3.3s-Brian Shirley, 17.387; 4.21-Billy Moyer Jr, 17.418; 5. 39- Tim McCreadie, 17.42; 6. 93- Donald Bradsher, 17.444; 7. 15s- Donny Schatz, 17.453; 8. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 17.52; 9. 99B- Boom Briggs, 17.575; 10. 14M- Morgan Bagley, 17.589; 11. 7- Rick Eckert, 17.661; 12.4-Ds-Chad Hollenbeck, 17.663; 13. 14- Darrell Lanigan, 17.679; 14. 2c- Joey Coulter, 17.696; 15. 18c- Chase Junghans, 17.903; 16. 5- Don O'Neal, 17.913; 17. 2F- Dennis Franklin, 18.115; 18.0v-Coleby Frye, 18.231; 19. 7W- Ricky Weiss, 18.471; 20. B1- Brent Larson, 18.535; 21. 99- Dylan Thompson, 18.708; 22. 16H- Mike Hammerle, 19.385

Qualifying Group B: 1. 44- Chris Madden, 16.532; 2. 28- Dennis Erb Jr, 16.655; 3. 116- Brandon Overton, 16.95; 4. 25- Shane Clanton, 16.956; 5. 2H- Nick Hoffman, 16.973; 6. 91- Tyler Erb, 17.017; 7. 38s- Kenny Pettyjohn, 17.127; 8. 1*- Chub Frank, 17.143; 9. 7F- Jason Fitzgerald, 17.217; 10. 20- Rodney Sanders, 17.227; 11. 15- Steve Francis, 17.32;  12. 99j- Frank Heckenast Jr, 17.349; 13. 9- Devin Moran, 17.369; 14. 17M- Dale McDowell, 17.565; 15. 1P- Earl Pearson Jr, 17.586; 16. 21L- Ivedent Lloyd Jr              , 17.593; 17. 6- Blake Spencer, 17.647; 18. 16T- Tyler Bruening, 17.661; 19. 16- Jason Jameson, 18.135; 20. 3c- Charles LaPlant, 18.513; 21. 14r- Reid Millard, 19.186; 22. 22*- G.R. Smith, DNS

Heat 1 (Top four transfer to the Feature): 1. 40B- Kyle Bronson[1]; 2. 1- Brandon Sheppard[4]; 3. 21- Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 4. 5- Don O'Neal[8]; 5.14M-Morgan Bagley[5]; 6.0v-Coleby Frye[9]; 7.93- Donald Bradsher[3]; 8.B1- Brent Larson[10]; 9.4-Ds- Chad Hollenbeck[6]; 10.2c- Joey Coulter[7]; 11.16H-Mike Hammerle[11]

Heat 2 (Top four transfer to the Feature): 1. 3s- Brian Shirley[1]; 2. 39- Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 7- Rick Eckert           [5]; 4. 15s-Donny Schatz[3]; 5. 14-Darrell Lanigan[6]; 6. 99B- Boom Briggs [4]; 7.18c- Chase Junghans[7]; 8.18- Eric Wells[11]; 9.7W- Ricky Weiss[9]; 10.2F-Dennis Franklin [8];11. 99-Dylan Thompson[8]

Heat 3 (Top four transfer to the Feature): 1. 44-Chris Madden[1]; 2.116-Brandon Overton[2]; 3.2H-Nick Hoffman[3]; 4.7F-Jason Fitzgerald[5]; 5.9-Devin Moran[7]; 6.38s-Kenny Pettyjohn[4]; 7.15-Steve Francis[6]; 8.1P-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 9.16-Jason Jameson[10]; 10.6-Blake Spencer[9]; 11.14r-Reid Millard[11]

Heat 4 (Top four transfer to the Feature): 1.28- Dennis Erb Jr[1]; 2.25-Shane Clanton[2]; 3.91-Tyler Erb[3] 4.1*-Chub Frank[4]; 5.20-Rodney Sanders[5] 6.99j-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 7.17M-Dale McDowell[7]; 8.21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr[8]; 9.16T-Tyler Bruening[9] 10.3c-Charles LaPlant[10]; 11.22*-G.R. Smith[DNS]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (Top three transfer to the Feature): 1. 14- Darrell Lanigan[2]; 2.14M-Morgan Bagley[1]; 3.99B-Boom Briggs[4]; 4.0v-Coleby Frye[3]; 5.18c-Chase Junghans[6]; 6.B1-Brent Larson[7]; 7.18-Eric Wells[8]; 8.4-Ds-Chad Hollenbeck[9]; 9.2F-Dennis Franklin[13]; 10.2c-Joey Coulter[11]; 11.93-Donald Bradsher[5]; 12.6-Blake Spencer[12]; 13.99-Dylan Thompson[15]; 14.16H-Mike Hammerle[14]; 15. 7W- Ricky Weiss [DNS]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (Top three transfer to the Feature): 1. 17M-Dale McDowell[6]; 2.9-Devin Moran[1]; 3.15-Steve Francis[5]; 4.21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr[8]; 5.16-Jason Jameson[9]; 6.16T-Tyler Bruening[10]; 7.14r-Reid Millard[13]; 8.99j-Frank Heckenast Jr[4] 9.3c-Charles LaPlant[12]; 10.20-Rodney Sanders[2]; 11.38s-Kenny Pettyjohn[DNS]; 12.1P-Earl Pearson Jr[DNS]; 13.6-Blake Spencer[DNS]; 14.22*-G.R. Smith[DNS]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Craftsman/Sears ($200 Cash): Billy Moyer Jr., Chris Madden, Devin Moran, Eric Wells, Rick Eckert,; Craftsman/Sears ($100 Cash): Don O’Neal; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Chris Madden; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Billy Moyer Jr.; Quarter Master ($100 Product Certificate): Kyle Bronson; Wrisco (Three Sheets of aluminum): Eric Wells;  Penske Racing Shocks ($50 Product Certificate): Eric Wells ; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Devin Moran; VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Rick Eckert; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Rick Eckert; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Shane Clanton; Cometic ($50 Cash):Darrell Lanigan ; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Tyler Erb; Superflow Dyno’s ($50 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; Quartermaster ($25 Product Certificate): Tyler Erb; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Chub Frank; Quartermaster ($50 Product Certificate): Joey Coulter; Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 Product Certificate): Frank Heckenast Jr.; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Frank Heckenast Jr..; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Boom Briggs.; QA-1 ($50 Cash): Chris Madden; Rookie Bonus: Devin Moran; Bonus Bucks: Don O’Neal

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Hoffamn takes the championship ... Madden earns his first Gator!

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 21, 2017 - Nick Hoffman wrestled the lead from Jacob Hawkins on lap 24 after a multi-lap side-by-side battle and paced the final six laps to win the $5,000 UMP Modified Gator Championship on night seven of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Monday night. The victory was the third Gator Championship triumph of Hoffman’s career and his fourth in six starts this week.

Hoffman’s teammate, Will Krup of Mount Carmel, Ill., took the lead from polesitter Taylor Cook of Stanley, NC on the opening lap of the 30-lap Feature. Fifth-starting Hawkins of Fairmont, WV quickly drove to second on lap four and then took the lead from Krup while racing against the cushion in the outside lane.

Hoffman was able to get to the back bumper of Hawkins’ No.13 on a pair of restarts at laps 12 and 16. Hawkins used the momentum of the outside lane to his advantage though and maintained the lead while Hoffman kept pace on the inside line.

The two drivers engaged in a thrilling side-by-side battle where Hoffman led at the start-finish line on lap 22 before Hawkins reclaimed the lead on lap 23 only to have it snatched away for good again on lap 24.

“I knew eventually that cushion would go away and my stuff was really good on the bottom,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane as he was presented with his $5,000 check. “I searched around just to see what I had. I married myself to the bottom again and had so much traction off the corners. He had the momentum off the top, but I could still stay with him.”

Hawkins tried both the top and the bottom grooves over the final six laps in his attempt to regain the lead, but Hoffman had already solidified his lead. At the finish line, Hoffman took the checkered flag 1.7 seconds ahead of Hawkins.

“I saw him down there and I’m kind of kicking myself in the butt a little bit now,” Hawkins said. “I should have tried the bottom down in [turns] three and four. The top was working good for me and when you get the lead up there it’s hard to get yourself to change positions on the track. I definitely think down here in three and four if I had moved down I could have held him off.”

Krup, meanwhile, was ecstatic with a podium finish after his qualifying night win on Sunday. His third-place effort along with Hoffman’s victory put two Elite Chassis cars in the top-three.

“To come out here and run with these guys and end up sharing the same podium is huge, especially to run consistently like we have all week,” Krup said. “Nick obviously is the mastermind behind everything. He’ll find out what works or vice versa.”

Rounding out the top-five were Kenny Wallace of Arnold, Mo. and Tyler Nicely of Owensboro, Ky.

“I can’t thank everybody who helped enough,” Hoffman said. “This is my third Big Gator. I knew he was going to be tough the way those track conditions were tonight.”

Billy Workman Jr. of Canby, Or. and Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, NC earned victories in the pair of B-Mains to transfer to the Gator Championship Feature with second-place finishers Mike Learman of Woodstock, Ill. and Chase Collins of Jacksonville, Fla.

Provisional starting spots were awarded to Tony Anderson of Lima, Oh. and Ernie Gingerich of Bunker Hill, Ind. based on the 2016 UMP Modified national point standings. Jason Beaulieu of Campbell River, BC and Josh Rice of Verona, Ky. gained provisional starting spots based on the 2017 DIRTcar Nationals standings.

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return on Tuesday for their final night of competition with a trio of 20-lap features alongside a 30-lap Feature for the DIRTcar Late Models. Additional information is available at www.dirtcarnationals.com

46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park

DIRTcar UMP Modified Notebook – February 20, 2017

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [6]; 2. 13-Jacob Hawkins [5]; 3. K9-Will Krup [2]; 4. 36-Kenny Wallace [7]; 5. 25-Tyler Nicely [3]; 6. 21C-Taylor Cook [1]; 7. 35-David Stremme [13]; 8. 3E-Robbie Eilers [4]; 9. 72-Todd Neiheiser [14]; 10. 45J-Johnny Broking [11]; 11. 77-Ray Bollinger [17]; 12. 49-Brian Ruhlman [8]; 13. 90-Jason Beaulieu [26]; 14. 33-Jeff Mathews [15]; 15. 8-Kyle Strickler [22]; 16. 28BX-Robert Garnes [16]; 17. 22T-Tony Anderson [25]; 18. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr. [21]; 19. 2×4-Chase Collins [24]; 20. 4-Mike Learman [23]; 21. 3L-Jeff Leka [18]; 22. 9G-Ernie Gingerich [27]; 23. 65-Josh Rice [28]; 24. 9-Ken Schrader [12]; 25. 10Y-Trent Young [20]; 26. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie [19]; 27. 54-Larry Burkins [9]; 28. 98F-Derek Fisher [10].

B-Main 1 – (10 Laps – Top 2 Transfer to A-Feature): 1. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr. [2]; 2. 4-Mike Learman [4]; 3. 65-Josh Rice [3]; 4. 07-Jeff Thomas [8]; 5. 8A-Austin Holcombe [1]; 6. 17T-Tyler Evans [5]; 7. 67-Garrett Stewart [12]; 8. 11N-Gene Nicholas [9]; 9. 71M-Shayne Meadows [14]; 10. 01-Jared Spalding [11]; 11. 1-Blake Spalding [7]; 12. 71T-Brent Thompson [6]; 13. 00-Will Norris [16]; 14. 9G-Ernie Gingerich [13]; 15. 69-AJ Fike [10];16. 12K-Scotty Kincaid [15].

B-Main 2 – (10 Laps – Top 2 Transfer to A-Feature): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler [4]; 2. 2×4-Chase Collins [3]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu [1]; 4. 88-Matt Crafton [2]; 5. 22T-Tony Anderson [5]; 6. 98-Shon Flanary [7]; 7. D4-Dave Jamieson [8]; 8. 5-Jonathan Taylor [11]; 9. 18I-Jason Intoppa [12];10. Z06-Larry Mott [14]; 11. 9S-Slater McCray [9]; 12. 2J-Troy Johnson [13]; 13. 28B-Jason Brookover [6]; 14. 96J-Matt Johnson [15]; 15. 6-Dylan Browning [DNS].

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Madden earns his first Gator!

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 21, 2017 - On the seventh day of the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, 50 Late Models migrated to Volusia Speedway Park to test their luck at the ‘World Fastest Half-Mile’. The season opening swing through Ga. and Fla. continues and drivers are hoping to leave the track with a coveted Gator trophy in the passenger seat. Chris Madden began his collection of gators tonight.

Madden was steadily gaining ground on pole sitter and race leader, Brian Shirley who had made a significant breakaway from the rest of the field early in the race. With the help of a restart, Madden was able to make a pass on the high-side of Brian Shirley on lap 13 to claim the lead.

“We got a good restart and then we were able to get out in the clean air and we got a pretty good car tonight,” said Chris Madden. “It was too tight the first 10 or so laps but overall we had a great race car. I’m going to take this [gator] home to my little man, Avery.”

Shirley was running a line on the bottom of the track which seemed to be working for him until Madden tested the waters in the upper-middle of the track and started catching up.

“It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t deal,” said Shirley in response his choice of the running the bottom of the track. “I mean he got around us there and got away from me and I just changed my line and reeled him back in. I know we had a car capable of winning the race.”

Chub Frank also had a really fast car Monday night and was trailing closely behind Shirley and Madden until his right-rear tire busted and he was sent to the back of the field. Frank doesn’t have a full crew right now, so with the help of his friend and relative, Doug Eck, and a few others he had a new tire on quickly and was back on the track. He ultimately finished 21 of the 24-car Feature.

DIRTcar Racing Late Models will continue to run through Wednesday and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will pick up on Thursday. Tickets for the event are available here (https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=215) or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

Qualifying No. 1: 1. 18c- Chase Junghans, 16.138; 2. 1*- Chub Frank, 16.14;3. 9B- Boom Briggs, 16.273;4. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 16.332;5. B1- Brent Larson, 16.348;6. 22*- G.R. Smith, 16.573;7. 7m- Donald Mcintosh, 16.574; 8. 4-D’s- Chad Hollenbeck, 16.62; 9. 9- Devin Moran, 16.757; 10. 11B- Stacy Boles, 16.982; 11. 14r- Reid Millard, 17.998

Qualifying No. 2: 1. 18- Eric Wells, 15.802; 2. 44- Chris Madden, 15.809; 3. 25- Shane Clanton, 15.81; 4. 39- Tim McCreadie, 16.209; 5. 6- Blake Spencer, 16.261; 6. 0v- Coleby Frye, 16.375; 7. 71- Hudson O’Neal, 16.421; 8. 7W- Ricky Weiss, 16.863; 9. 3c- Charles LaPlant, 17.424; 10. 2c-Joey Coulter, 17.45; 11. 17M-Dale McDowell ,17.557

Qualifying No. 3: 1. 7F- Jason Fitzgarald, 15.946; 2. 91-Tyler Erb, 16.063; 3. 28E- Dennis Erb Jr, 16.064; 4. 15- Steve Francis, 16.09; 5. 7- Rick Eckert, 16.18; 6. 16T- Tyler Bruening, 16.293; 7. 40B- Kyle Bronson, 16.31; 8. 93-Donald Bradsher, 16.437; 9. 20-Rodney Sanders, 16.443; 10. 24z- Brian Ruhlman,16.835; 11. 15s-Donny Schatz, 17.217

Qualifying No. 4: 1. 3s- Brian Shirley, 15.824; 2. 72- Mike Norris, 15.852; 3. 116- Brandon Overton, 16.336; 4. 2H- Nick Hoffman, 16.487; 5. 14M- Morgan Bagley, 16.53; 6. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 16.575; 7. 16- Jason Jameson, 16.615; 8. 27- Jeff Beyers, 16.847; 9. 21jr- Billy Moyer Jr, 17.408; 10. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 18.759
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1*- Chub Frank; 2. 18c-Chase Junghans; 3. 22*-G.R. Smith; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs; 5. 9- Devin Moran; 6. B1- Brent Larson; 7. 1- Brandon Sheppard; 8. 7m- Donald Mcintosh; 9. 11B-Stacy Boles; 10. 4-D’s- Chad Hollenbeck; 11. 14r- Reid Millard

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 44- Chris Madden; 2. 18- Eric Wells; 3. 25- Shane Clanton; 4. 0v- Coleby Frye; 5. 39- Tim McCreadie; 6. 7W- Ricky Weiss; 7. 2c- Joey Coulter; 8. 71- Hudson O’Neal; 9. 6- Blake Spencer; 10. 17M- Dale McDowell; 11. 3c- Charles LaPlant

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 91-Tyler Erb; 2. 7F-Jason Fitzgarald; 3. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson; 5. 7- Rick Eckert; 6. 15-Steve Francis; 7. 93-Donald Bradsher; 8. 20-Rodney Sanders; 9. 15s- Donny Schatz; 10.16T-Tyler Bruening; 11. 24z-Brian Ruhlman

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 3s- Brian Shirley; 2. 116- Brandon Overton; 3. 14M- Morgan Bagley; 4. 72- Mike Norris; 5. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr; 6. 2H- Nick Hoffman; 7. 21jr- Billy Moyer Jr; 8. 27- Jeff Beyers; 9. 16- Jason Jameson; 10. 16H-Mike Hammer

Last-Chance Showdown Group No. 1(10 Laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[5]; 2. 9- Devin Moran[1];3. 39- Tim McCreadie[2]; 4. 2c- Joey Coulter[6]; 5. 7W- Ricky Weiss[4]; 6. 71- Hudson O’Neal[8]; 7. B1- Brent Larson[3]; 8. 11B- Stacy Boles[9]; 9. 17M- Dale McDowell[12]; 10. 4-D’s- Chad Hollenbeck[11]; 11. 3c- Charles LaPlant[14];12. 7m- Donald Mcintosh[7];13. 6- Blake Spencer[DNS];14. 14r- Reid Millard[DNS]

Last-Chance Showdown Group No. 2(10 Laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. 7- Rick Eckert[1]; 2. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr[2]; 3. 15-Steve Francis[3];4. 93- Donald Bradsher[5];5. 20- Rodney Sanders[7]; 6. 15s- Donny Schatz[9]; 7. 16T- Tyler Bruening[11]; 8. 21jr- Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 9. 27- Jeff Beyers [8]; 10. 16H- Mike Hammerle[12]; 11. 2H- Nick Hoffman[4]; 12. 16- Jason Jameson[DNS]; 13. 24z- Brian Ruhlman[DNS]

Feature (30-lap): 1. 44- Chris Madden[4]; 2. 3s- Brian Shirley[1]; 3. 91- Tyler Erb[3]; 4. 25- Shane Clanton[10]; 5. 28E- Dennis Erb Jr[11]; 6. 22*- G.R. Smith[9]; 7. 116- Brandon Overton [8]; 8. 18- Eric Wells[6]; 9. 1- Brandon Sheppard[17]; 10. 18c-Chase Junghans [5]; 11. 7- Rick Eckert[18]; 12. 14M- Morgan Bagley[12];13. 72- Mike Norris[16]; 14. 7F-Jason Fitzgarald[7]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs[13]; 16. 9- Devin Moran[19]; 17. 2c-Joey Coulter[23]; 18. 0v- Coleby Frye[14]; 19. 39- Tim McCreadie[21]; 20. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[20]; 21. 1*- Chub Frank[2]; 22. 15- Steve Francis[22]; 23. 40B- Kyle Bronson[15]; 24. 93- Donald Bradsher[24]

Volusia Speedway Park

Jason Johnson takes flight and wins the WoO opener! Nick Hoffman doubles up in Mods!

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 18, 2017 - Jason Johnson made a grand entrance into 2017 Friday night, winning the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series opener at the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Johnson, whose 2016 season was highlighted by a Knoxville Nationals victory, took home his first Gator and a $10,000 purse.

“Yeah, 365 days later we start the season off in the best case scenario,” said Johnson, rehashing on his team’s troubles last season. “It’s a long season, and you need to condition for it. My little [Jaxx] on FaceTime over there… he and my wife mean the world to me, and I wish he could be here for the win. [The win] is huge for our operation, for our team, for the people working on this team and for my self-confidence.”

For Johnson’s four World of Outlaws wins last season, Johnson brought his son up on stage to wave their index finger in the air symbolizing “No.1.” This time Johnson scaled the wing of his No. 41 Priority Aviation Services, LLC/ Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim car solo, but dropped back down to high-fives and hugs from his crew. Johnson, who was involved in a horrific wreck earlier in the week, opted to withdraw from the All-Star Circuit of Champions finale Thursday night.  But one day later, consistently bested 35 other cars on sprint car racing’s biggest stage.

Johnson started on the outside of the first row for the 30-lap feature event. Where he started, is where he stayed. Johnson – continuing to stay on-top of the wheel and high on the track – darted to the front within the first lap. Sweet followed Johnson to the front but from the bottom. The first of three cautions came on the third lap, when David Gravel suffered from more mechanical failures. Notably, Gravel raced nearly 80 races without blowing a motor heading into this year’s DIRTcar Nationals. The caution regrouped the field, giving Sweet the opportunity to recreate last season’s season opener with a win.

“I’ll tell you what, I really thought we were going to have something there for Jason,” Sweet said. “I had to [eventually] move to the top but Johnson set a really torrid pace out there. He did it, so hats-off to him. We have two more nights so hopefully we can end up where he is.”

Sweet swapped spots with Brian Brown throughout the race, but in the final two laps swiftly moved passed him on the front straightaway. Brown forfeited third to a red-hot Christopher Bell, who rounded-out the podium. Bell not only beat Johnson in the dash, but also set the night’s quick time with a 13.121.

“I kind of struggled on starts and restarts there,” said Bell, who led the feature field into the green flag. “Mistakes on my part for starts and restarts, but this thing is really fast. It’s a great machine to drive. Thank you Tony [Stewart] for letting me come out and have some fun.”

From the victory, Johnson leads the points championship for the first time in his career. As Sweet alluded to, Johnson’s aggressive driving style opened up the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” for him. Earlier in the program, Johnson qualified third but claimed his stake for a Gator in the third heat. His car weaved in-and-around series newcomer Brent Marks. Though he was in a transfer spot, Johnson did not let off the gas.

He went on to start fourth in the Craftsman Club Dash and finish second after yet another battle – with Brown. Brown’s uncle and crew member, 2001 Series Champion Danny Lasoski, is the most winningest sprint car driver at Volusia Speedway Park. He is scheduled to compete predominantly with the Outlaws, though it will not be full-time.

Series veteran Jason Sides set the pace early in the program, recording the quickest time in hot laps of 13.602. Sides went on to set quick-time in qualifying – putting him in position to “Double Down” as his nickname suggests – but the time only stood until Bell knocked him off with 15 drivers remaining. Ultimately, four out of the five top-qualifiers were series regulars. Three regulars finished the night in the Top-five.

Volusia Speedway Park Notebook

RACE NOTES:Jason Johnson collects his first win of the season Friday night, beating fellow series regular Brad Sweet by a 3.553-second margin. Sweet and Brian Brown battled nearly the entire 30 laps, until quick-timer Cristopher Bell made a last-minute moved to knock Brown off the podium.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, Jason Sides, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman, Brent Marks;Craftsman/Sears: Christopher Bell; KSE Hard Charger: Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Jason Johnson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brent Marks; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides

SEASON WINNERS: Jason Johnson – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17)

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park, Fla.; Feb. 18, 2017

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2] [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$5,500]; 3. 14-Christopher Bell [1] [$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [3] [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$2,500]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9] [$2,300]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [20] [$2,200]; 8. 24R-Rico Abreu [13] [$2,100]; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14] [$2,050]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [6] [$2,000]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [11] [$1,500]; 12. 17-Joey Saldana [15] [$1,200]; 13. 1-Dale Blaney [24] [$1,100]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17] [$1,000]; 16. 19-Brent Marks [8] [$900]; 17. 13D-Danny Dietrich [23] [$800]; 18. 4-Paul McMahan [10] [$800]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [19] [$800]; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [18] [$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [4] [$800]; 22. 27-Greg Hodnett [12] [$800]; 23. 2-Shane Stewart [21] [$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [25]; 25. 5-David Gravel [22] [$800]; Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 10H-Chad Kemenah [+13]

Qualifying - 1. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.121; 2. 5-David Gravel, 13.126; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.161; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.223; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.247; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.262; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.296; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.298; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.306; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.312; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 13.314; 12. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.318; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.340; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 13.345; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.352; 16. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.395; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.413; 18. 2M-Kerry  Madsen, 13.431; 19. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.446; 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.448; 21. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.460; 22. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.464; 23. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.501; 24. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.510; 25. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.521; 26. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.537; 27. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.555; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.573; 29. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.590; 30. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.610; 31. 59H-Justin Henderson, 13.691; 32. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.774; 33. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.891; 34. 59S-Ben Schmidt, 13.915; 35. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.916; 36. O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.016

Heat 1 -  (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] ; 2. 14-Christopher Bell [1] ; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4] ; 4. 24R-Rico Abreu [3] ; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5] ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [8] ; 7. 1-Dale Blaney [6] ; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [7] ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]

Heat 2 -  (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [2] ; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4] ; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [6] ; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5] ; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7] ; 7. 17X-Caleb Helms [8] ; 8. 59S-Ben Schmidt [9] ; 9. 5-David Gravel [1]

Heat 3 -  (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1] ; 2. 19-Brent Marks [3] ; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4] ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [6] ; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7] ; 6. 59H-Justin Henderson [8] ; 7. 13D-Danny Dietrich [5] ; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [9] ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]

Heat 4 -  (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] ; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [4] ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6] ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3] ; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [5] ; 7. 7W-Tasker Phillips [8] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [7] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson [9]

Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) -  1. 14-Christopher Bell [2] ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [4] ; 3. 21-Brian Brown [1] ; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6] ; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5] ; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [8] ; 8. 19-Brent Marks [7]

B-Main -  (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [4] [-]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1] [-]; 3. 13D-Danny Dietrich [3] [-]; 4. 1-Dale Blaney [5] [-]; 5. 59H-Justin Henderson [11] [$300]; 6. 17X-Caleb Helms [10] [$250]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [9] [$225]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7] [$200]; 9. 59S-Ben Schmidt [14] [$200]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] [$200]; 11. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [15] [$200]; 12. 7W-Tasker Phillips [12] [$200]; 13. 24-Terry McCarl [6] [$200]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp [13] [$200]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2] [$200]; 16. O7-Jacob Wilson [16] [$200]

 

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

BARBERVILLE, FL - February 18, 2017 - Nick Hoffman darted past Robbie Eilers on the opening lap and turned in a dominating 20-lap performance in the main event for his second UMP Modified win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday night.
 
Hoffman, a Mooresville, NC native, was perfect all night long. He turned in his second perfect night of the week after he set quick time overall in qualifying before winning his heat race and capped the night with a main event victory.
 
Eilers of Highland, Ill. started on the pole, but Hoffman dove past him on the bottom of the first two corners and never looked back on his way to the victory.
 
"Rolling out on to the track before the feature, I knew I would be pretty dialed in," Hoffman said.
"Robbie just buried it into [turn] one a little too deep and missed the bottom on the first lap. I drove by him by the center and led every lap. It was really good and after that I just made sure to hit my marks."
 
On lap 12, Hoffman raced his way into lapped traffic and had to negotiate slower cars. It was a short challenge though, as a caution on lap 14 granted Hoffman a clean racetrack for the final six laps.
 
Hoffman's teammate, Willie Krup of Mount Carmel, Ill., used the restart to take second from Eilers and then sustained the runner-up spot for his first podium finish this week.
 
"If I could hit the bottom without the water being out there [in turn three], we were pretty decent," Krup said. "All in all, it was a pretty good run for us. I've had a fast car all week, I just haven't gotten the good finishes yet."
 
Krup had one final opportunity to steal a win from his teammate when the second and final caution waved for a spin on lap 19 just before Hoffman could take the checkered flag. However, Hoffman wouldn't be denied as he drove to victory by over two seconds following the restart.
 
"The way it went all night, I knew if I just hit the bottom and didn't miss it, I'd be fine," Hoffman explained. "It was pretty nerve-wracking riding around during that caution thinking something might break."
 
Eilers maintained the third spot for his first top-five finish of the week. Rounding out the top-five were Trent Young of Crofton, Ky. and Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, WV.
 
"It's fun here. This is our first trip here," Eilers said. "It's Ty Dillon's old car. The car is familiar with the track, just not me. I think this is good for our first time here."
 
Hoffman now enters the weekend of split qualifying nights for Monday's $5,000-to-win event on a high as the only driver with a pair of Gator trophies this week.
 
"It's definitely a confidence booster," Hoffman said. "The biggest thing is to make sure you get through the heat race, don't run into anybody and try to keep all four tires inflated."
 
Krup, Eilers, Devin Dixon of Apollo Beach, Fla., Taylor Cook of Stanley, NC, and David Stremme of South Bend, Ind. were also heat race winners. Matt Crafton of Tulara, Cali., Tyler Clem of St.Petersburg, Fla. and Justin Allgaier of Riverton, Ill. claimed B-Main victories.
 

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return to action on Saturday night for the first of two qualifying nights for Monday's $5,000-to-win show. They join the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series for the second straight night. Additional event information is available at www.dirtcarnationals.com.



46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park

DIRTcar UMP Modified Notebook - February 17, 2017

A-Main - (20 Laps) - 1. 2 - Nick Hoffman [3]; 2. K9 - Will Krup [4]; 3. 3E - Robbie Eilers [1]; 4. 10Y - Trent Young [7]; 5. 13 - Jacob Hawkins [11]; 6. 35 - David Stremme [6]; 7. 49 - Brian Ruhlman [9]; 8. 58 - Devin Dixon [5]; 9. 90 - Jason Beaulieu [13]; 10. 78 - Rich Pratt [14]; 11. 77 - Ray Bollinger [23]; 12. 8 -Kyle Strickler [26]; 13. 65 - Josh Rice [27]; 14. 2 - Jonathan Taylor [2]; 15. 12 - Tyler Nicely [12] 16. 14T - Tyler Clem [20]; 17. 36 - Kenny Wallace [15]; 18. 98F - Derek Fisher [8]; 19. 17T - Tyler Evans [25]; 20. 72 - Todd Neiheiser [10]; 21. 21C - Taylor Cook [16]; 22. 28BX - Robert Garnes [28]; 23. 24Z - Zeke McKenzie [18]; 24. D4 - Dave Jamison [22]; 25. 7 - Justin Allgaier [21]; 26. 2X4 - Chase Collins [24]; 27. 88 - Matt Crafton [19]; 28. 45J - Johnny Broking [17].

Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 10Y-Trent Young, 18.850; 2. 88-Matt Crafton, 18.990; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 19.030; 4. 58-Devin Dixon, 19.133; 5. 17T-Tyler Evans, 19.574; 6. 22T-Tony Anderson, 19.613; 7. Z06-Larry Mott, 19.613; 8. 98-Shon Flanary, 19.714; 9. 12K-Scotty Kincaid, 19.943; 10. 1B-Brad Hall, 20.039; 11. 11T-Dugan Thye, 20.885; 12. 17A-Charles O'Neal, 23.359.

Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 18-Jason Intoppa, 19.189; 2. 98F-Derek Fisher, 19.227; 3. D4-Dave Jamieson, 19.236; 4. 5-Jonathan Taylor, 19.469; 5. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 19.577; 6. 78-Rich Pratt, 19.677; 7. 25B-Shawn Beasley, 20.000; 8. 9G-Ernie Gingerick, 20.080; 9. 2J-Troy Johnson, 20.170; 10. 01-Jared Spalding, 20.560; 11. 05-David Wietholder, 21.439.

Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 36-Kenny Wallace, 18.501; 2. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 18.753; 3. 14T-Tyler Clem, 18.917; 4. K9-Will Krup, 18.944; 5. 17JE-J.E. Stalder, 19.106; 6. 2M-David Mitchell, 19.249; 7. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 19.447; 8. 71M-Shayne Meadows, 19.926; 9. 23G-Robbie Gates, 19.993; 10. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 20.948; 11. 76-Layton Norris, 21.839.

Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman, 18.417; 2. 21C-Taylor Cook, 18.553; 3. 54-Larry Burkins, 18.723; 4. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 19.070; 5. 77-Ray Bollinger, 19.129; 6. 9-Ken Schrader, 19.160; 7. 3L-Jeff Leka, 19.346; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler, 19.685; 9. 07-Jeff Thomas, 19.907; 10. 71T-Brent Thompson, 20.226; 11. 00-Will Norris, 20.370.

Qualifying Group 5 - 1. 7-Justin Allgaier, 19.069; 2. 45J-Johnny Broking, 19.113; 3. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 19.127; 4. 3E-Robbie Eilers, 19.185; 5. 33-Jeff Mathews, 19.274; 6. 4-Mike Learman, 19.734; 7. 7S-Paul Shead, 19.745; 8. 28BX-Robert Grimes, 19.828; 9. 1-Blake Spalding, 19.870; 10. 6B-Dave Baldwin, 19.896; 11. 6-Dylan Browning, 20.203.

Qualifying Group 6 - 1. 28B-Jason Brookover, 18.834; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely, 19.010; 3. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie, 19.148; 4. 35-David Stremme, 19.219; 5. 2x4-Chase Collins, 19.299; 6. 67-Garrett Stewart, 19.340; 7. 65-Josh Rice, 19.422; 8. 9S-Slater McCray, 19.675; 9. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr., 19.703; 10. 71-Jessie Hoskins, 20.460; 11. 96J-Matt Johnson, 21.292.

Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. 58-Devin Dixon [1]; 2. 10Y-Trent Young [4]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu [2]; 4. 88-Matt Crafton [3]; 5. 17T-Tyler Evans [5]; 6. 22T-Tony Anderson [6]; 7. 98-Shon Flanary [8]; 8. 12K-Scotty Kincaid [9]; 9. Z06-Larry Mott [7]; 10. 11T-Dugan Thye [11]; 11. 17A-Charles O'Neal [12]; 12. 1B-Brad Hall [10].

Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws)- 1. 5-Jonathan Taylor [1]; 2. 98F-Derek Fischer [3]; 3. 78-Rich Pratt [6]; 4. D4-Dave Jamieson [2]; 5. 25B-Shawn Beasley [7]; 6. 8A-Austin Holcombe [5]; 7. 01-Jared Spalding [10]; 8. 9G-Ernie Gingerich [8]; 9. 2J-Troy Johnson [9], 10. 18I-Jason Intoppa [DNS]; 11. 05-David Wietholder [DNS].

Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. K9-Willy Krup [1]; 2. 49-Brian Ruhlman [3]; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace [4]; 4. 14T-Tyler Clem [2]; 5. 17JE-J.E. Stalder [5]; 6. 23G-Robbie Gates [9]; 7. 71M-Shayne Meadows [8]; 8. 2M-David Mitchell [6]; 9. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [10]; 10. 76-Layton Norris [11].

Heat 4 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [4]; 2. 72-Todd Neiheiser [1]; 3. 21C-Taylor Cook [3]; 4. 77-Ray Bollinger [5]; 5. 3L-Jeff Leka [7]; 6. 8-Kyle Strickler [8]; 7. 9-Ken Schrader [6]; 8. 71T-Brent Thompson [10]; 9. 07-Jeff Thomas [9]; 10. 00-Will Norris [11]; 11. 54-Larry Burkins [2].

Heat 5 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. 3E-Robbie Eilers [1]; 2. 13-Jacob Hawkins [2]; 3. 45J-Johnny Broking [3]; 4. 7-Justin Allgaier [4]; 5. 33-Jeff Mathews [5]; 6. 4-Mike Learman [6]; 7. 28BX-Robert Garnes [8]; 8. 1-Blake Spalding [9]; 9. 7S-Paul Shead [9]; 10. 6B-Dave Baldwin [10]; 11. 6-Dylan Browning [11].

Heat 6 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. 35-David Stremme [1]; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely [3]; 3. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie [2]; 4. 2x4-Chase Collins [5]; 5. 65-Josh Rice [7]; 6. 67-Garrett Stewart [6]; 7. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr. [9]; 8. 9S-Slater McCray [8]; 9. 71-Jesse Hoskins [10]; 10. 96J-Matt Johnson [11]; 11. 28B-Jason Brookover [4].

B-Main 1 - (10 Laps, Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature) - 1. 88-Matt Crafton [1]; 2. D4-Matt Jamieson [2]; 3. 17T-Tyler Evans [3]; 4. 98-Shon Flanery [7]; 5. 22T-Tony Anderson [5]; 6. 12K-Scotty Kincaid [9]; 7. 01-Jared Spalding [8]; 8. 9G-Ernie Gingerich [10]; 9. 11T-Dugan Thye [13]; 10. 2J-Troy Johnson [12]; 11. Z06-Larry Mott [11]; 12. 17A-Charles O'Neal [15]; 13. 25B-Shawn Beasley [4]; 14. 8A-Austin Holcombe [6]; 15. 18I-Jason Intoppa [14]; 16. 05-David Weitholder [16]; 17. 1B-Brad Hall [17].

B-Main 2 - (10 Laps, Top 3 finishers transfer to Feature) - 1. 14-Tyler Clem [1]; 2. 77-Ray Bollinger [2]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [6]; 4. 3L-Jeff Leka [4]; 5. 9-Ken Schrader [8]; 6. 54-Larry Burkins [16]; 7. 71M-Shayne Meadows [7]; 8. 71T-Brent Thompson [10]; 9. 07-Jeff Thomas [12]; 10. 00-Will Norris [14]; 11. 2M-David Mitchell [9]; 12. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [11]; 13. 76-Layton Norris [13]; 14. 17JE-J.E. Stalder [3]; 15. 23G-Robbie Gates; 16. 11N-Gene Nicholas [DNS].

B-Main 3 - (10 Laps, Top 3 finishers transfer to Feature) - 1. 7-Justin Allgaier [1]; 2. 2x4-Chase Collins; 3. 65-Josh Rice [4]; 4. 28BX-Robert Garnes [7]; 5. 67-Garrett Stewart [6]; 6. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr. [8]; 7. 7S-Paul Shead [11]; 8. 33-Jeff Mathews [3]; 9. 9S-Slater McCray [10]; 10. 4-Mike Learman [5]; 11. 71-Jessie Hoskins [12]; 12. 28B-Jason Brookover [14]; 13. 6-Dylan Browning [15]; 14. 6B-Dave Baldwin [13]; 15. 1-Blake Spalding [9]; 16. 96J-Matt Johnson [14].

Volusia Speedway Park

Ruhlman Rallies for Second Career Gator Win ... Gravel wins All Star Race!

By Clayton Johns

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 17, 2017 – Brian Ruhlman devised a perfect plot and forced Ken Schrader from his preferred line as he engineered a pass in the outside groove with two laps to go for his first win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Thursday night.

After passing Schrader, the Clarklake, Mich. driver took the checkered flag by over two seconds for his second career Volusia win, extending his point lead in the week long chase for a Big Gator trophy.

Ruhlman started fourth in the 20-lap main event and ran second to the polesitter Schrader until he took advantage of a lap 17 restart. Ruhlman showed the nose of his No.49 to the inside of Schrader’s No.9 several times before the final restart on lap 17, which he revealed was a setup move to make the winning pass.

“Kenny’s a smart racer and he’s one of my heroes,” Ruhlman said in Victory Lane. “He was in the rubber and I had to get him out of the rubber to where I could pass him. I kept showing him the nose on the bottom so he would move down to the bottom, then I could roll the top [lane]. To say I shnookered Kenny Schrader is pretty cool.”

Schrader, a Fenton, Mo. native, earned his first top-five finish of the week, outdueling Tuesday night winner and second-place starter Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, WV in the process. Schrader shook off Ruhlman’s initial challenge, but knew he couldn’t hold him off until the checkered flag.

“I knew he was coming,” Schrader said. “We started getting slow off of [turn] two. I got to the bottom to block him, but it didn’t make any difference. He was faster. He was going around.”

Hawkins’ third-place finish was his second of the week on the podium and third straight top-10 result. He held off a trio of late-race challenges from Taylor Cook of Stanley, NC to earn the third spot.

“Once Brian got by me I knew he was going to be tough to beat,” Hawkins said. “We had a good car, but Schrader got the jump on me on the start. I could maintain with him, but the closer I got, the more it seemed the [dirty] air affected by car.”

Ruhlman’s quick time on Tuesday night and trio of heat race wins have put him at the front of the starting grid all week and have helped produce consistent results. He enters the weekend as the UMP Modified point leader after finishes of first, second and third so far this week, but the driver of the No.49 isn’t looking at the standings.

“We’re just taking it night by night. We’re so proud to have our luck go the way it has,” Ruhlman said. “It’s just me and my girlfriend, Veronica. It’s just a small team here. To hang around with Kenny Wallace, Kenny Schrader and all the people here is just really cool.”

Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, NC set quick time in group time trials for the second straight race with a lap of 18.498 seconds. Ruhlman, Schrader and Hawkins were all heat race winners along with Tony Anderson of Lima, Oh., Justin Allgaier of Riverton, Ill. and Josh Rice of Verona, Ky. Ray Bollinger of Kewanee, Ill., Chase Collins of Jacksonville, Fla. and Hoffman earned wins in the B-Mains.

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return to action alongside the season opener for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Volusia Speedway Park for night four of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Friday.

46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park

DIRTcar UMP Modified Notebook

A-Main – (20 Laps) – 1. 49 – Brian Ruhlman [4]; 2. 9 – Ken Schrader [1]; 3. 13 -Jacob Hawkins [2]; 4. 21C – Taylor Cook [8]; 5. 36 – Kenny Wallace [9]; 6. 2 – Nick Hoffman [21]; 7. 7 – Justin Allgaier [5]; 8. 3E – Robbie Eilers [7]; 9. 65 – Josh Rice [6]; 10. 45J – Johnny Broking [14]; 11. K9 – Will Krup [13]; 12. 64JR -Billy Workman Jr [10]; 13. 22T – Tony Anderson [3]; 14. 77 – Ray Bollinger [19]; 15. 25 -Tyler Nicely [23]; 16. 58 -Devin Dixon [18]; 17. 14T – Tyler Clem [11]; 18. 98 – Shon Flanary [26]; 19. 10Y – Trent Young [28]; 20. 3L – Jeff Leka [25]; 21. 72 -Todd Neiheiser [24]; 22. 54 – Larry Burkins [12]; 23. 2X4 – Chase Collins [20]; 24. 35 – David Stremme [15]; 25. 88 – Matt Crafton [22]; 26. 11N – Gene Nicholas [27]; 27. 1 – Blake Spalding [17]; 28. 33 – Jeff Matthews [16].

Qualifying Group 1 – 1. K9-Will Krup, 18.692; 2. 3E-Robbie Eilers, 18.811; 3. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 18.819; 4. 5-Jonathan Taylor, 19.127; 5. 88-Matt Crafton, 19.411; 6. 17JE-J.E. Stalder, 19.421;7. 83-Ray Ciccarelli, 19.639; 8. 2J-Troy Johnson, 19.667; 9. 6-Dylan Browning, 20.097; 10. 23G-Robbie Gates, 20.307.

Qualifying Group 2 – 1. 45J-Johnny Broking, 18.858; 2. 21C-Taylor Cook, 18.958; 3. 4-Mike Learman, 19.085; 4. 22T-Tony Anderson, 19.166; 5. 77-Ray Bollinger, 19.193; 6. 3L-Jeff Leka, 19.196; 7. 10Y-Trent Young, 19.352; 8. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 19.855; 9. 9G-Ernie Gingerich, 20.042; 10. 2M-David Mitchell, 20.251.

Qualifying Group 3 – 1. 36-Kenny Wallace, 18.813; 2. 2×4-Chase Collins, 19.161; 3. 7-Justin Allgaier, 19.163; 4. 35-David Stremme, 19.191; 5. 25-Tyler Nicely, 19.255; 6. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 19.306; 7. 9S-Slater McCray, 19.456; 8. 67-Garrett Stewart, 19.501; 9. 8-Kyle Strickler, 20.147; 10. 00-Will Norris, 21.697.

Qualifying Group 4 – 1. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie, 19.285; 2. 98-Shon Flanary, 19.383; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews, 19.390; 4. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr., 19.409; 5. 17T-Tyler Evans, 19.492; 6. 01-Jared Spalding, 19.606; 7. 07-Jeff Thomas, 19.615; 8. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 19.758; 9. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 19.866; 10. 71T-Brent Thompson, 19.883.

Qualifying Group 5 – 1. 2-Nick Hoffman, 18.498; 2. 14T-Tyler Clem, 19.080; 3. 28B-Jason Brookover, 19.326; 4. 1-Blake Spalding, 19.593; 5. 12K-Scott Kincaid, 19.600; 6. 65-Josh Rice, 19.641; 7. 25B-Shawn Beasley, 19.684; 8. 43-Kyle Schmidt, 19.755; 9. 6B-Dave Baldwin, 20.196; 10. 23 Ryan Cripe, 20.209.

Qualifying Group 6 – 1. 54-Larry Burkins, 19.011; 2. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 19.034; 3. 9-Ken Schrader, 19.168; 4. 58-Devin Dixon, 19.304; 5. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 19.519; 6. Z06-Larry Mott, 19.596; 7. 71M-Shayne Meadows, 20.123; 8. 71-Jessie Hoskins, 20.430; 9. 96J-Matt Johnson, 21.913; 10. D4-Dave Jamieson, No Time.

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer, Winner Redraws) – 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [2]; 2. 3E-Robbie Eilers [3], 3. K9-Will Krup [4]; 4. 5-Jonathan Taylor [1]; 5. 88-Matt Crafton [5]; 6. 17JE-J.E. Stalder [6], 7. 83-Ray Ciccarelli [7]; 8. 2J-Troy Johnson [8]; 9. 23G-Robbie Gates [10]; 10. 6-Dylan Browning [9].

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer, Winner Redraws) – 1. 22T-Tony Anderson [1]; 2. 21C-Taylor Cook [3]; 3. 45J-Johnny Broking [4]; 4. 77-Ray Bollinger [5]; 5. 10Y-Trent Young [7]; 6. 3L-Jeff Leka [6]; 7. 4-Mike Learman [2]; 8. 8A-Austin Holcombe [8]; 9. 2M-David Mitchell [10]; 10. 9G-Ernie Gingerich [9].

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer, Winner Redraws) – 1. 7-Justin Allgaier [2]; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace [4]; 3. 35-David Stremme [1]; 4. 2×4-Chase Collins [3]; 5. 90-Jason Beaulieu [6]; 6. 25-Tyler Nicely [5]; 7. 67-Garrett Stewart [8]; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler [9]; 9. 9S-Slater McCray [7]; 10. 00-Will Norris [10].

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer, Winner Redraws) – 1. 13-Jacob Hawkins [8]; 2. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr. [1]; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews [2]; 4. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie [4]; 5. 98-Shon Flanary [3]; 6. 17T-Tyler Evans [5]; 7. 01-Jared Spalding [6]; 8. 71T-Brent Thompson [10]; 9. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [9]; 10. 07-Jeff Thomas [7].

Heat 5 (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer, Winner Redraws) – 1. 65-Josh Rice [6]; 2. 14T-Tyler Clem [3]; 3. 1-Blake Spalding [1]; 4. 28B-Jason Brookover [2]; 5. 12K-Scotty Kincaid [5]; 6. 25B-Shawn Beasley [7]; 7. 6B-Dave Baldwin [9]; 8. 23-Ryan Cripe [10]; 9. 43-Kyle Schmidt [8]; 10. 2-Nick Hoffman [4].

Heat 6 (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer, Winner Redraws) – 1. 9-Ken Schrader [2]; 2. 54-Larry Burkins [4]; 3. 58-Devin Dixon [1]; 4. 72-Todd Neiheiser [3]; 5. 11N-Gene Nicholas [5]; 6. 71-Jessie Hoskins [8]; 7. D4-Dave Jamieson [10]; 8. 71M-Shayne Meadows [7]; 9. Z06-Larry Mott [6]; 10. 96J-Matt Johnson [9].

B-Main 1 – (10 Laps, Top 3 finishers transfer to Feature) – 1.77- Ray Bollinger [2]; 2. 88 – Matt Crafton [3]; 3. 3L – Jeff Leka [6]; 4. 10Y – Trent Young [4]; 5. Mike Learman [8]; 6. 8A – Austin Holcombe [10]; 7. Troy Johnson [9]; 8. Jonathan Taylor [1]; 9. 23G – Robbie Gates [11]; 10. Dylan Browning [13]; 11. 2M – David Mitchell [12]; 12. 17JE – J.E. Stalder [5]; 13. 9G – Ernie Gingerich [14]; 14. 83 – Ray Ciccrelli [7].

B-Main 2 – (10 Laps, Top 3 finishers transfer to Feature) – 1. 2X4 – Chase Collins [1]; 2. 25 – Tyler Nicely [5] 3. 98 – Shon Flanary [4]; 4. 90 – Jason Beaulieu [3]; 5. 24Z – Zeke McKenzie [2]; 6. 67 – Garrett Stewart [7]; 7. 8 – Kyle Strickler [9]; 8. 17T – Tyler Evans [6]; 9. 9S Slater McCray [13]; 10. 01- Jared Spalding [8]; 11. 71T – Brent Thompson [10]; 12. 00 – Will Norris [13]; 13. 89W – Rick Weitekamp [12]; 14. 07 – Jeff Thomas [14];

B-Main 3 – (10 Laps, Top 3 finishers transfer to Feature) – 1. 2 – Nick Hoffman [13]; 2. 72 – Todd Neiheiser [2]; 3. 11N – Gene Nicholas [4]; 4. 28B – Jason Brookover [1]; 5. 25B – Shawn Beasley [5]; 6. 71 – Jesse Hoskins [6]; 7. 6B – Dave Baldwin [7]; 8. D4 – Dave Jamison [8]; 9. 12K Scotty Kincaid [3]; 10. 71M – Shayne Meadows [10]; 11. 96J – Matt Johnson [14]; 12. 23 – Ryan Cripe [9]; 13. 06Z – Larry Mott [12]; 14. 43 – Kyle Schmidt [13].

 

Artic Cat All Star Sprint Car Series

BARBERVILLE, FL (February 16, 2017) - For the first time in his young career, Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel is a main event winner in the Sunshine State, capturing the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions DIRTcar Nationals finale at the Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida. The victory, the third of his career during Arctic Cat All Star competition and his first since 2012, was conducted in near-demanding fashion; holding back Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet to lead all 30 circuits around the Volusia Speedway Park half-mile.

“This is definitely awesome,” David Gravel stated in victory lane. “I’ve never got to win in Florida and I’ve never got to win one of these gator trophies, so this is definitely cool. I have to thank all of the guys on the team; Barry, Zack, Derrick, Chad, Jen. They all did a great job preparing these race cars all winter. All of my sponsors; they make all of this possible. We are working for really good things this year, so this is a great start to that.”

Gravel, who started on the outside-front row, wasted no time getting to the front of the field, taking command during the initial drop of the green flag and stretching his early advantage to a near-three second lead. Even with two cautions, traffic coming into play by lap 10, and an abrasive coat of rubber starting to form on the surface of the speedway by lap 15, the pilot of the CJB Motorsports/GoMuddy.com/Big Game Treestands/No. 5 continued to hold his advantage, navigating forward while keeping Donny Schatz at a distance.

“[Donny Schatz] is definitely the best, so anytime you have an opportunity to beat him is a great thing,” Gravel stated. “The rubber started to come into play, so I had a little bit of an advantage at the end of the race. I was trying not to miss my marks while racing through traffic. I wanted to take my time and make sure I didn’t slip my tires. Our tires just made it, so thank goodness for that.”

With his second place performance, Donny Schatz, pilot of the familiar Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Arctic Cat/No. 15, will end his Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Florida campaign with three victories and two runner-up finishes.

“We are happy with that,” Donny Schatz said regarding his Arctic Cat All Star performances in Florida. “The track kinda caught us off guard here tonight. I really didn’t expect it to take rubber like that, but it did, so it kinda set us up for a difficult second-half of the race. That’s the way it goes some days. This Arctic Cat team does a phenomenal job. I think we would rather have five victories during the last week, but who wouldn’t.”

The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will enjoy a seven week hiatus before returning to competition on Saturday evening, April 8, at the Atomic Speedway near Chillicothe, Ohio. “America’s Series” hosted competition at the southern Ohio highbanks on two separate occasions in 2016; once during Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket, and once again on October 22 during the Arctic Cat All Star championship weekend. NASCAR Cup star Kyle Larson earned the speedweek victory, with Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild taking high honors on championship weekend.

Those seeking additional information regarding Atomic Speedway should visit the facility live on the Web at www.atomicspeedway.net.

Contingency Awards/Results: Volusia Speedway Park - Thursday, February 16, 2017:
Event: 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 33 entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Brian Brown - 13.644 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Christopher Bell (6th) - 13.420 seconds
Kistler Racing Products Heat #1: Chad Kemenah
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Caleb Armstrong
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Kerry Madsen
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Golf Carts Heat #4: Justin Henderson
JE Pistons Dash #1: Caleb Armstrong
JE Pistons Dash #2: David Gravel
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Joey Saldana
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: David Gravel
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Chad Kemenah (+3)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Caleb Armstrong
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Aaron Reutzel
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Mark Dobmeier
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)

Qualifying
1.15-Donny Schatz, 13.271; 2.5-David Gravel, 13.311; 3.49-Brad Sweet, 13.317; 4.21-Brian Brown, 13.357; 5.9-Daryn Pittman, 13.415; 6.14-Christopher Bell, 13.420; 7.27-Greg Hodnett, 13.475; 8.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.479; 9.13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.497; 10.5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.513; 11.17s-Joey Saldana, 13.528; 12.2-Shane Stewart, 13.554; 13.2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.558; 14.4-Paul McMahan, 13.599; 15.11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.607; 16.17-Caleb Helms, 13.612; 17.24-Rico Abreu, 13.617; 18.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 13.622; 19.87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.703; 20.59H-Justin Henderson, 13.741; 21.59-Ryan Smith, 13.770; 22.13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.783; 23.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.790; 24.17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.800; 25.18-Ian Madsen, 13.818; 26.19-Brent Marks, 13.846; 27.7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.907; 28.O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.129; 29.13-Brandon Matus, 14.298; 30.51-John Garvin, 14.354; 31.33-Brent Matus, 14.651; 32.1Z-Dale Blaney, 99.260; 33.8M-TJ Michael, 99.990;

Heat 1, Group A - (8 Laps)
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 2. 14-Christopher Bell[2] ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[3] ; 4. 5-David Gravel[4] ; 5. 2-Shane Stewart[6] ; 6. 17s-Joey Saldana[5] ; 7. 7W-Tasker Phillips[7] ; 8. 13-Brandon Matus[8]

Heat 2, Group B - (8 Laps)
1. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[1] ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[4] ; 3. 4-Paul McMahan[2] ; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett[3] ; 5. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[5] ; 6. 51-John Garvin[7] ; 7. O7-Jacob Wilson[6]

Heat 3, Group C - (8 Laps)
1. 2M-Kerry Madsen[1] ; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[2] ; 3. 21-Brian Brown[4] ; 4. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[3] ; 5. 19-Brent Marks[8] ; 6. 18-Ian Madsen[7] ; 7. 17-Caleb Helms[6] ; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser[5]

Heat 4, Group D - (8 Laps)
1. 59H-Justin Henderson[1] ; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel[2] ; 3. 24-Rico Abreu[3] ; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich[6] ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman[4] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[7] ; 7. 59-Ryan Smith[5] ; 8. 33-Brent Matus[8]

Dash 1 - (4 Laps)
1. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[1] ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[5] ; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen[2] ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah[4] ; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel[3]

Dash 2 - (4 Laps)
1. 5-David Gravel[1] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[2] ; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[4] ; 4. 59H-Justin Henderson[3] ; 5. 14-Christopher Bell[5]

B-Main 1 - (12 Laps)
1. 17s-Joey Saldana[1] ; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser[2] ; 3. 17-Caleb Helms[3] ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen[6] ; 5. 7W-Tasker Phillips[7] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[5] ; 7. 51-John Garvin[10] ; 8. 13-Brandon Matus[9] ; 9. 33-Brent Matus[11] ; 10. 59-Ryan Smith[4] ; 11. O7-Jacob Wilson[8] ; 12. 1Z-Dale Blaney[12] ; 13. 8M-TJ Michael[13]

A-Main 1 - (30 Laps)
1. 5-David Gravel[2] ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[3] ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[4] ; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah[7] ; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong[1] ; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen[5] ; 7. 14-Christopher Bell[10] ; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman[17] ; 9. 4-Paul McMahan[12] ; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel[9] ; 11. 24-Rico Abreu[13] ; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett[14] ; 13. 19-Brent Marks[20] ; 14. 21-Brian Brown[11] ; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[15] ; 16. 17s-Joey Saldana[19] ; 17. 59H-Justin Henderson[8] ; 18. 18-Ian Madsen[23] ; 19. 17-Caleb Helms[21] ; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser[22] ; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[6] ; 22. 13D-Danny Dietrich[16] ; 23. 2-Shane Stewart[18] ; 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[24] Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30

Volusia Speedway Park

Nick Hoffman is perfect on night two as Schantz wins over hard charging Kyle Larson!

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 15, 2017 – Nick Hoffman led every lap he raced en route to his first win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals in DIRTcar UMP Modified action at Volusia Speedway Park on Wednesday night. The Mooresville, N.C. driver paced all 20 laps of the main event to earn his eighth career Volusia victory.

“This will just add to my pond. I have eight of them now,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane as he received his Gator trophy. “Nothing went wrong tonight. Last night was kind of a struggle, but it was awesome tonight. I knew the racetrack was going to be in my favor tonight. I just tried to hug the infield wall and make laps as smooth as I could.”

Hoffman was flawless in the bottom groove and proved too strong even for the field of talented veterans. He held off Arnold, Mo. driver Kenny Wallace in the opening laps and David Stremme of South Bend, Ind. following the final restart of the night on lap 17.

“I knew a couple of those guys would try the top, but most of the time here you’re married to the bottom,” Hoffman said. “I knew if I hit my marks those last two laps it was going to be hard to get around me.”

Stremme was happy to earn a podium finish after starting seventh and recording a sixth-place result on Tuesday night. However, the driver of the No.35 was adamant his team can still find more speed.

“We were just a little bit off last night and we’re just going to keep working on some stuff,” Stremme said. “Hats off to Nick. He was the best car last night and tonight. We’ll keep digging. There are a lot of great cars here. We had to pass a lot to get up here.”

Clarklake, Mich. driver Brian Ruhlman was among the top-three for the second straight night. Ruhlman had to dispatch of Wallace on the final lap to earn a third-place finish.

“We went harder on tire, I think, than anybody else here,” Ruhlman explained. “We got rolling in the middle. We didn’t need that caution at the end because I think those guys were slowing down, but a top-three, we’ll take it.”

Hoffman set fast time to start the night during group time trials with a lap of 18.218 seconds, topping Ruhlman’s Tuesday fast time of 18.747 seconds around the half-mile.

Hoffman was also a heat race winner, along with Ruhlman, Wallace, Garrett Stewart of Leesburg, Fla., Blake Spalding of Lima, Oh., and Jeff Leka of Buffalo, Ill.

Will Krup of Mount Carmel, Ill., Johnny Broking of Grand Rapids, Minn. and Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, NC were winners in a trio of B-Mains. Gene Nicholas of Lowell, Ark. qualified into the main event as the fastest 4th-place finisher in the three B-Mains.

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return to action alongside the Arctic All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series on Thursday night as the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals continue at Volusia Speedway Park.

 

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds A-Main - [20 Laps – Starting Position in Brackets]: 1. 2 Nick Hoffman [2], 2. 35 David Stremme [7], 3. 49 Brian Ruhlman [5], 4. 36 Kenny Wallace [6], 5. 67 Garrett Stewart [3], 6. 90 Jason Beaulieu[8], 7. 13 Jacob Hawkins [12], 8. 9 Ken Schrader [9], 9. 4 Mike Learman [10], 10. 65 Josh Rice[14], 11. K9 Will Krup [19], 12. 2x4 Chase Collins [18], 13. 7 Justin Allgaier [24], 14. 3L Jeff Leka [4], 15. 98 Shon Flanary [23], 16. 88 Matt Crafton [17], 17. 21C Taylor Cook [13], 18. 10Y Trent Young [17], 19. 11N Gene Nicholas [28], 20. 45J Johnny Broking [20], 21. 77 Ray Bollinger [13], 22. 25 Tyler Nicely [13], 23. D4 Dave Jamieson [26], 24. 1 Blake Spalding [1], 25. 3E Robbie Eilers [27], 26. 72 Todd Neiheiser [16], 27. 8 Kyle Strickler [21], 28. 69 AJ Fike [22].

B-Main 1 [10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature]: 1. K9 Will Krup, 2. 69 AJ Fike, 3. 77 Ray Bollinger, 4. 11N Gene Nicholas, 5. 43 Kyle Schmidt, 6. 12K Scotty Kincaid, 7. 9G Ernie Gingerich, 8. 23 Ryan Cripe, 9. 07 Jeff Thomas, 10. 2J Troy Johnson, 11. 83 Ray Ciccarelli, 12. 11T Dugan Thye, DNS. 17T Tyler Evans, 01 Jared Spalding, 25B Shawn Beasley.

B-Main 2 [10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature]: 1. 45J Johnny Broking, 2. 98 Shon Flanary, 3. D4 Dave Jamieson, 4. 00 Will Norris, 5. 8A Austin Holcombe, 6. 17JE J.E. Stalder, 7. 64JR Billy Workman Jr., 8. 23G Robbie Gates, 9. 71 Jessie Hoskins, 10. 9s Slater McCray, 11. 71M Shayne Meadows, 12. 2M David Mitchell, 13. 6B Dave Baldwin, DNS. 15 Hunter Gustafson.  

B-Main 3 [10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature]: 1. 8 Kyle Strickler, 2. 7 Justin Allgaier, 3. 3E Robbie Eilers, 4. 5 Jonathon Taylor, 5. 54 Larry Burkins, 6. 33 Jeff Mathews, 7. 28B Jason Brookover, 8. 24Z Zeke McKenzie, 9. 89W Rick Weitekamp, 10. Z06 Larry Mott, 11. 96J Matt Johnson, 12. 6 Dylan Browning, DNS. 22T Tony Anderson, 05 David Wietholder.

Heat Race 1 [8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 67 Garrett Stewart, 2. 35 David Stremme, 3. 21C Taylor Cook, 4. K9 Will Krup, 5. 69 AJ Fike, 6. 11N Gene Nicholas, 7. 12K Scott Kincaid, 8. 07 Jeff Thomas, 9. 2J Troy Johnson, 10. 11T Dugan Thye, 11. 25B Shawn Beasley.

Heat Race 2 [8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 2 Nick Hoffman, 2. 90 Jason Beaulieu, 3. 65 Josh Rice, 4. 23 Ryan Cripe, 5. 83 Ray Ciccarelli, 6. 77 Ray Bollinger, 7. 17T Tyler Evans, 8. 01 Jared Spalding, 9. 9G Ernie Gingerich, 10. 43 Kyle Schmidt.

Heat Race 3 [8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]:1. 49 Brian Ruhlman, 2. 9 Ken Schrader, 3. 10Y Trent Young, 4. 45J Johnny Broking, 5. D4 Dave Jamieson, 6. 17JE J.E. Stalder, 7. 8A Austin Holcombe, 8. 9S Slater McCray, 9. 2M David Mitchell, 10. 15 Hunter Gustafson.

Heat Race 4 [8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 1 Blake Spalding, 2. 4 Mike Learman, 3. 72 Todd Neiheiser, 4. 64JR Billy Workman Jr., 5. 98 Shon Flanery, 6. 6B Dave Baldwin, 7. 00 Will Norris, 8. 23G Robbie Gates, 9. 71M Shayne Meadows, 10. 71 Jesse Hoskins.

Heat Race 5 [8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 3L Jeff Leka, 2. 25 Tyler Nicely, 3. 88 Matt Crafton, 4. 3E Robbie Eilers, 5. 7 Justin Allgaier, 6. 8 Kyle Strickler, 7. 89W Rick Weitekamp, 8. 54 Larry Burkins, 9. 96J Matt Johnson.

Heat Race 6 [8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws]: 1. 36 Kenny Wallace, 2. 13 Jacob Hawkins, 3. 2x4 Chase Collins, 4. 33 Jeff Mathews, 5. 22T Tony Anderson, 6. 5 Jonathan Taylor, 7. 28B Jason Brookover, 8. 24Z Zeke McKenzie, 9. 6 Dylan Browning, 10. Z06 Larry Mott.

Qualifying Group No. 1: 1. K9 Will Krup [18.454], 2. 35 David Stremme [18.724], 3. 21c Taylor Cook [18.819], 4. 67 Garrett Stewart [18.889], 5. 69 AJ Fike [18.932], 6. 07 Jeff Thomas [18.967], 7. 25B Shawn Beasley [19.203], 8. 2J Troy Johnson [19.311], 9. 11N Gene Nicholas [19.464], 10. 12k Scott Kincaid [19.747], 11. 11T Dugan Thye [20.261].

Qualifying Group No. 2: 1. 2 Nick Hoffman [18.218], 2. 77 Ray Bollinger [19.059], 3. 90 Jason Beaulieu [19.087], 4. 65 Josh Rice [19.131], 5. 17T Tyler Evans [19.231], 6. 43 Kyle Schmidt [19.408], 7. 01 Jared Spalding [19.565], 8. 23 Ryan Cripe [19.612], 9. 83 Ray Ciccarelli [19.668], 10. 9G Ernie Gingerich [19.942].

Qualifying Group No. 3: 1. 49 Brian Ruhlman [18.477], 2. 10Y Trent Young [18.847], 3. 45J Johnny Broking [18.921], 4. 9 Ken Schrader [18.922], 5. 8A Austin Holcombe [18.928], 6. D4 Dave Jamieson [19.040], 7. 9S Slater McCray [19.076], 8. 17JE J.E. Stalder [19.117], 9. 2M David Mitchell [19.190], 10. 15 Hunter Gustafson [19.551].

Qualifying Group No. 4: 1.72 Todd Neiheiser [18.695], 2. 98 Shon Flanary [19.188], 3. 4 Mike Learman [19.245], 4. 1 Blake Spalding [19.251], 5. 64Jr Billy Workman Jr. [19.294], 6. 00 Will Norris [19.478], 7. 6B Dave Baldwin [19.610], 8. 71 Jesse Hoskins [19.617], 9. 23G Robbie Gates [19.713], 10. 71M Shayne Meadows [19.769].

Qualifying Group No. 5: 1. 7 Justin Allgaier [18.805], 2. 25 Tyler Nicely [18.892], 3. 3L Jeff Leka [18.994], 4. 88 Matt Crafton [19.043], 5. 54 Larry Burkins [19.122], 6. 3E Robbie Eilers [19.144], 7. 8 Kyle Strickler [19.398], 8. 89W Rick Weitekamp [19.878], 9. 96J Matt Johnson [21.100], 10 05 Dave Weitekamp [No Time].

Qualifying Group No. 6: 1. 36 Kenny Wallace [18.762], 2. 13 Jacob Hawkins [18.863], 3. 33 Jeff Mathews [18.899], 4. 2x4 Chase Collins [19.265], 5. 28B Jason Brookover [19.298], 6. 24Z Zeke McKenzie [19.340], 7. 5 Jonathan Taylor [19.392], 8. 22T Tony Anderson [19.652], 9. Z06 Larry Mott [19.781], 10. 6 Dylan Browning [19.815].

 

Donny Schatz stays hot in close one over hard charging Kyle Larson!

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – February 15, 2017 – What started out as a race between reigning series champions quickly became a race between two teammates Wednesday night, as Donny Schatz fended-off a late charge from Kyle Larson to win by a .113-second margin. Schatz, who has won three of the last four Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions races in 2017, paraded down victory lane of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals in front of an electrified crowd.

“This should be a tribute to this race team,” said Schatz. “It’s not something that’s built over night. You work hard, and these guys work their tails off. They are a great group of guys who do an incredible job.”

Schatz shared the front row with Chad Kemenah when he led 25 cars into the 30-lap feature courtesy of winning his heat race and dash earlier in the night. He never looked back after making a pass to reclaim the lead before the halfway-point. Larson, who was a last-minute replacement for the Tony Stewart Racing team, had no previous experience on the fast-action half-mile.

There was another barn-burner earlier in the race between Jason Johnson and Joey Saldana. The two jockeyed for a podium spot; all but one spot in the top-five was owned by a series regular. Even with a horrific flip by Saldana in turn two, there were three series regulars who finished in the top-five. Both Johnson and Saldana were cleared.

 

A-Main 1 -  (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] ; 2. 14-Kyle Larson [15] ; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2] ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [4] ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22] ; 7. 1Z-Dale Blaney [13] ; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [11] ; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5] ; 10. 4-Paul McMahan [17] ; 11. 5-David Gravel [14] ; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [12] ; 13. 17-Caleb Helms [3] ; 14. 27-Greg Hodnett [9] ; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [24] ; 16. 24-Rico Abreu [21] ; 17. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [16] ; 18. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [25] ; 19. 8M-TJ Michael [19] ; 20. 19-Brent Marks [18] ; 21. 17s-Joey Saldana [6] ; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [10] ; 23. 21-Brian Brown [8] ; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel [20] ; 25. 59H-Justin Henderson [23]

Qualifying - 1.21-Brian Brown, 13.221; 2.41-Jason Johnson, 13.295; 3.9-Daryn Pittman, 13.301; 4.5-David Gravel, 13.338; 5.49-Brad Sweet, 13.341; 6.17s-Joey Saldana, 13.370; 7.10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.385; 8.2-Shane Stewart, 13.440; 9.2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.442; 10.5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.472; 11.1Z-Dale Blaney, 13.524; 12.27-Greg Hodnett, 13.529; 13.59H-Justin Henderson, 13.539; 14.14-Kyle Larson, 13.550; 15.15-Donny Schatz, 13.573; 16.11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.593; 17.17-Caleb Helms, 13.613; 18.24-Rico Abreu, 13.614; 19.93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.629; 20.19-Brent Marks, 13.640; 21.59-Ryan Smith, 13.683; 22.8M-TJ Michael, 13.698; 23.13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.699; 24.18-Ian Madsen, 13.753; 25.4-Paul McMahan, 13.763; 26.13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.985; 27.O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.092; 28.87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.101; 29.7C-Caleb Armstrong, 14.179; 30.13-Brandon Matus, 14.274; 31.17B-Steve Buckwalter, 14.327; 32.7W-Tasker Phillips, 14.362; 33.51-John Garvin, 14.402; 34.33-Brent Matus, 14.996

Heat 1, Group A -  (8 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] ; 2. 17-Caleb Helms [1] ; 3. 1Z-Dale Blaney [3] ; 4. 5-David Gravel[4] ; 5. 19-Brent Marks [7] ; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [5] ; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6] ; 8. 13-Brandon Matus [8] ; 9. 7W-Tasker Phillips [9] 

Heat 2, Group B -  (8 Laps) - 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [4] ; 4. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[5] ; 5. 8M-TJ Michael[1] ; 6. 13D-Danny Dietrich [6] ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [7] ; 8. 51-John Garvin [8] ; 9. 33-Brent Matus [9]

Heat 3, Group C -  (8 Laps) - 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4] ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3] ; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [6] ; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8] ; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5] ; 7. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [9] ; 8. O7-Jacob Wilson [7] ; 9. 59-Ryan Smith [1]

Heat 4, Group D -  (8 Laps) - 1. 27-Greg Hodnett[1] ; 2. 17s-Joey Saldana[3] ; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen[2] ; 4. 14-Kyle Larson[6] ; 5. 21-Brian Brown [4] ; 6. 59H-Justin Henderson [5] ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]

Dash 1 - (4 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] ; 2. 17-Caleb Helms [2] ; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5] ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4] ; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]

Dash 2 - (4 Laps) - 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah [1] ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2] ; 3. 17s-Joey Saldana [5] ; 4. 21-Brian Brown [4] ; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [3]

B-Main 1 -  (12 Laps) - 1. 24-Rico Abreu [3] ; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] ; 3. 59H-Justin Henderson [1] ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen[5] ; 5. 13D-Danny Dietrich[6] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4] ; 7. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [8] ; 8. 7W-Tasker Phillips [11] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson [7] ; 10. 33-Brent Matus [13] ; 11. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [10] ; 12. 13-Brandon Matus [9] ; 13. 51-John Garvin [12] ; 14. 59-Ryan Smith [14]

Volusia Speedway Park

Hawkins soars to DIRTcar Nationals opening night victory!

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 15, 2017 – Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, WV led all 20 laps of the DIRTcar UMP Modified feature to earn his first career Gator trophy and win at Volusia Speedway Park on night one of the DIRTcar Nationals.

Hawkins led the opening lap after starting on the outside of the front row and held off Clarklake, MI-native Brian Ruhlman over the final 10 laps to earn his spot in Victory Lane. Hawkins attributed his success to car owner Junior Nolan who has accompanied him there to Florida Florida in search of a Gator over the last 12 years.

“It hasn’t been from lack of effort,” said Hawkins. “Junior’s given me good equipment every time. It takes a lot of luck down here. There’s so many good cars, you get to run with guys like Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and the top talent in the Modifieds. It’s a great feeling [to win],”

Hawkins said. Hawkins overcame a lap 12 restart but had to deal with Ruhlman until the final corner. Ruhlman had the advantage in turn two, but Hawkins had an answer for the driver of the No.49 off turn four.

“I had something for him down in [turn] one and two, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with them down [in three and four]. I was hoping I could make him make a mistake, but I think he knows I’ll always leave him a lane,”Ruhlman said following his runner-up finish.

Arnold, MO driver Kenny Wallace raced his way to a podium finish after starting ninth and was content to finish third behind Hawkins and Ruhlman, he said.

“It was a great job by my team. This is a brand new car. We just unloaded it today,” Wallace said. “We learned some adjustments to make tonight, but when you have Jacob Hawkins and Brian Ruhlman, these are two of the best the United States has to offer. They’re fast.”

Earlier in the night, Ruhlman set fast time in qualifying time trials with a lap of 18.747 seconds around the half-mile Volusia oval. He was also a heat race winner along with Hawkins, Will Krup, Jeff Leka, Ray Bollinger and Scott Kincaid.

Reigning DIRTcar UMP Modified DIRTcar Nationals champion Nick Hoffman raced his way into the 20-lap feature from the first Last Chance Showdown. Contact in Hoffman’s heat race forced him to battle his way in to the show through the back door, but did so in convincing fashion as he advanced from 13th to win. Billy Workman Jr. of Canbury, OH and Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, NC both won Last Chance Showdowns from the pole starting position.

The UMP Modifieds return to action on Wednesday alongside the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions for night two of the DIRTcar Nationals.

Story by: Clayton Johns

Volusia Speedway Park

Showers Sr. wins the battle, but Showers Jr. wins the war claiming Iron Man Title!

(12-12-16) Barberville, FL - The nice part about racing in Florida is the racing season seems to never end. Volusia Speedway Park opens the gates in February with the DIRTcar Nationals and keeps running until December when the season closes out. With the long grueling regular season, tempers flair up, races are won and lost, and champions are crowned. This past Saturday night VSP wrapped up its regular season in grand style with four wide racing, fireworks, and a new Iron Man.

The night kicked off with the Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks as Trevor Gamble and Jason Garver led the field to the green flag. Gamble would get the early jump on the outside line and move around Garver for the lead as Mike Tovet, who was driving the CLX Engineering #66a for Donnie Ashford, followed suit moving from fourth to second. Gamble would open up a sizable lead as the 20 lap feature wore on Tovet would begin to have pressure from another Ashford owned car this one driven by Alan Peacock. The two would do battle while Gamble would extend his lead until Tovet would have a mechanical failure sending him pit-side and out of the race while brining out a caution. When the race resumed, Gamble would once again jump out to a sizable lead over Peacock as Robert Hicks and 11th starting Dustin Turnage Jr. began to gain on the runner up spot. No one would have anything for the Satisfaction Dry Wall #64 of Gamble as he would go on and win the final Hobby Stock Feature of 2016. Peacock would cross second followed by Hicks, Turnage JR. and James McCague.

Next up found the Mercedes Benz of Daytona Beach Limited Late Models take center stage. Scott Gray and Gordon Peck would lead the field to green as Gray would get the early jump using the inside line to get around Peck. As Gray pulled the field down the backstretch, Bruce Collins Jr. would use his fourth place starting spot on the outside lane to move into the second spot behind leader Gray. Gray would shift lanes from the bottom to the cushion on the second lap and stay there until a challenger was met. Collins would run the same line making small gains at times, but Gray appeared to be on cruise control the first half of the race. As first and second ran single file from each other the battle was on for third, fourth, and fifth as Peck would have his handful as Paul Shead and John Westbrook began applying pressure. with just a handful of laps remaining, Westbrook would get around Peck and Shead for the third spot as Shead would move into the fourth spot with Ken Knoll in fifth. When the checkered flag was dropped it was Gray picking up his first win of 2016 followed by Collins, Westbrook, Shead, and Knoll.

The third event on the evening was the main event as the Youngs Enterprises Iron Man Series would race the sixth and final race of the mini series put on by Robert Young from Youngs Enterprises David Showers Jr. went into the event up just a handful of points on Scotty Kay Jr. for the Iron Man Title. The front row would see David Browning and John Thorpe take the green with Shaun Daugherty and David Showers Sr. just behind them. Browning would get the early jump and take the lead away heading into the first turn and begin to extend his lead over the next two laps while David Showers Sr. would grab the second spot. After only two laps, a caution would come out for the Javen Wells machine allowing Showers Sr. to start on the outside on a restart where he would take the lead away from Browning. Showers would lead until a lap four caution would stack the field back up again. Showers Sr. would use the high line to take the lead once again, but this time Bubba Durbin would flex his muscle and try to get by Browning for second. Browning would hold back the challenge and begin to close back in on Showers Sr. As the race hit the half way point Browning had caught Showers Sr. and began to apply heavy pressure for the race lead. The two would battle side by side for a lap or two before Showers Sr. would begin to drive a little hard extending his lead once again. The caution would fly one more time with two laps to go as second place running Browning would have a flat RR tire. When the race resumed it was David Showers Jr. now on his fathers bumper. The two would battle hard for the final two laps, but in the end it was Showers Sr. taking home the win. Showers Jr. was second followed by Bubba Durbin, Shaun Daugharty and Dustin Turnage Sr.

The final feature of the night went to the Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators as 21 cars checked in for racing action. The front row saw Johnathan Green and Robert Young take the field to green with Dustin Carter and last weeks big winner Josh Walker in row two. As the field exited the first turn the front runners ran out of room while trying to go four wide. A chain reaction caused Walker to make contact with Carter and a flat tire on the #5 car. As Carter limped into turn three trying to signal the field of the issue Mike Barfield and Casey Feaster would both make heavy contact with Carter. Feaster would continue, but Barfield's night was done. Carter would also be able to continue after replacing the flat right front tire, but would go to the tail. When the race resumed again it was Josh Walker making the move around Young for second and James Sullivan taking the race lead from Johnathan Green. For most of the race Sullivan would battle Walker for the race lead as Young battled with Green from the third spot. Meanwhile Carter was mounting a charge from the rear of the field using passes high and low to crack back into the top ten just before the half way point. A caution would slow the field one more time and when the green dropped again Walker would go back to work on Sullivan for the lead. with just a handful of laps Sullivan began to smoke and Walker would make a move to finally get around the #28 machine. Further back Young had gotten around Green and Carter was coming on strong to get behind Young for the third spot. When the race ended it was Walker making it two in a row with Sullivan coming in second while loosing what appeared to be his engine after the stripe. Young was third followed by the hard charging Carter and Green rounded out the top five.

With this being the final race of the 2016 season we would like to take a moment to thank all of the sponsors, fans, and race teams that supported VSP all season long including the transition after the track was shut down for the month of November. 2017 plans have not been finalized as of right now, but regardless of what happens we still look forward to seeing everyone at the Worlds Fastest Half mile next year!

Also don't forget that speedweeks is right around the corner and we have placed the schedule on our website for all race fans. We will do our best to keep this site up to date in February, but remember you can follow along on our sister site, www.dirtcarnationals.com for all the up to date results!

 

Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks- (11 Cars)

(Heat #1) Mike Tovet, Jason Garver, Robert Hicks, Jonathan Croson, Josua Kunstbeck, Dustin Turnage Jr.

(Heat #2) Alan Peacock, Trevor Gamble, Mike Eubanks, James McCague, Cheyenne Sullivan

(Feature/20 Laps) Gamble, Peacock, Hicks, Turnage Jr., McCague, Kunstbeck, Croson, Eubanks (DNF), Garver (DNF), Tovet (DNF), Sullivan (DNS)

 

Mercedes Benz of Daytona Beach Florida Limited Late Models- (11 Cars)

(Heat #1) Gordon Peck, Steve Shead, John Westbrooke, Paul Shead, Chuck Jackson, Lisa O'Connor (DNS)

(Heat #2) Scott Gray, Bruce Collins, Jr., Ken Knoll, Mark Steube, Ray Price

(Feature/20 Laps) Gray, Collins Jr., Westbrooke, P, Shead, Knoll, S. Shead, Gordon, Steube, Jackson, Price, O'Connor (DNS)

 

Youngs Enterprises Iron Man Series Race #5 for V8 Thunderstocks - (23 Cars)

(Group #1 Qualifying) Bubba Durbin 21.248, Scotty Kay Jr. 21.735, Dustin Turnage Sr. 21.777, Mike Eubanks 22.054, Donnie Birdwell 22.195, Roger Wren 22.195, Del Powell 22.396, Jeff Baer No Time

(Group #2 Qualifying) David Showers Jr. 21.399, David Browning 21.411, David Showers Sr. 21.475, Ben Hutto 22.529, Erick Armino 22.582, Dustin Peterson 22.718, Joey Durbin 22.773, Marlin Durbin 22.814

(Group #3 Qualifying) John Thorpe 21.508, Shaun Daugharty 22.575, Brian Schrunk 22.821, Randy Bennett 22.883, Javen Wells 24.408, Rusty Young No Time

(Heat #1) B. Durbin, Turnage Sr., Eubanks, Wren, Birdwell, Powell, Baer (DNS), Kay Jr. (DNS)

(Heat #2) Showers Sr., Browning, Showers Jr., Hutto, Arminio, J. Durbin, M. Durbin, Peterson

(Heat #3) Thorpe, Daugharty, Schrunk, Bennett, Wells, Young, Kent Corbin (DNS)

(Feature/25 Laps) Showers Sr., Showers Jr., B. Durbin, Daugharty, Turnage Sr., Thorpe, Hutto, J. Durbin, Wren, Birdwell, Arminio, Schrunk, Young, M. Durbin, Wells, Bennett, Browning, Baer, Powell (DNF), Eubanks (DNF), Peterson (DNF), Kay Jr. (DNF), Corbin (DNS)

 

Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators - (21 Cars)

(Heat #1) Josh Walker, Jonathan Green, Casey Feaster, James Strehle, Jason Tovet, John Baxter, Ashley Taylor

(Heat #2) Dustin Carter, Scotty Sullivan, John Windham, Ashley Eng, Mike Barfield, Jamie Sullivan, Robbie White

(Heat #3) Robert Young, Erik Mantz, Todd Latour, Brad Blanton, Steven Quick, Chris Yeomans

(Feature/15 Laps) Walker, S. Sullivan, Young, Carter, Green, Eng, Feaster, Blanton, Strehle, Taylor Tovet, Baxter, J. Sullivan, White, Quick, Mantz, Latour, Barfield, #3, Yeomans, Windham (DNS)

Volusia Speedway Park

Showers and Walker cash in big at VSP while Burkins and Hampton finish on high notes!

(12-5-16) Barberville, FL - The word has gotten out about VSP having great racing from start to finish and the purses have been going up with drivers from all of the state taking notice. This past weekend saw 22 Thunderstocks sign in for the $1,200 to win Youngs Enterprises Iron Man event from the V8 Thunderstocks and 25 Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators sign in for the highest car count since the track began racing regularly four years ago.

First up on the night would be the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds and it was Jim Passino and 2016 Track Champion Garret Stewart on the front row. When the green flag dropped it was Stewart powering by Passino on the outside lane to take the lead as the field exited off turn two. Stewart would then open up a sizable lead over Passino until the field was slowed by the first caution on lap three for Hunter Gustafson. When the field stacked back up Stewart would once again regain his lead, but this time the man on the move was Larry Burkins from eighth as he charged inside the top five using the low line around the half mile. Unfortunately, the bold move was negated as another caution came out for a full restart. On the ensuing restart Stewart would once again take the lead and begin to stretch it over the field until more cautions plagued the field from lap six to nine. When the field finally got some green flag laps in, Stewart would lead, but it was Burkins once again showing his muscle getting into the second spot and charging down the leader. Just past the half way point Stewart and Burkins would do heavy battle for the lead side by side as Burkins would slip by Stewart with just over five laps remaining. Stewart tried to pull the cross over, but could not make it work. As the race wore down one final caution would come out and Stewart would take another look at Burkins, but he could not make the pass clean as Burkins would go on and win in grand style by nearly a straightaway. Stewart was second followed by Jason Intoppa, Passino, and Dillon Buhr.

Second on the running order found the Yeomans Performance Parts Mini Stocks come to life on the World's Fastest Half Mile. The class of the field would be Jake Hampton and Brad Fender as both would get out front early trying to get into the win column in the 2016 season. The two would battle it out to the end, but it was Hampton who would prevail taking the checkered flag with Fender second. Dalton Walker, VSP's 2016 Track Champion would come home in third followed by Fender's teammate Chris Thomas in fourth.

Third up saw the Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators taking center stage with 25 cars making the starting lineup for a special $300 to win event. The car count was among the highest ever at VSP and the racing action was some of the best the fans have seen all year long. Starting on the front row saw Dewayne Yeomans and Charlie King take the field to green with Erik Mantz and Josh Walker in row two. When the green flag dropped Walker would quickly use the outside line to his advantage jumping into the second spot by lap one and taking the lead on lap two. The man on the move, however was William Hindman who jumped into the second spot behind Walker by lap three. The two would battle nose to tail for the entire first half of the race checking out from third place runner Yeomans. The race was slowed just before the half way mark as a major pile up on the front stretch would happen claiming eight cars total. The significance of this pile up was because Hindman had just made his move on the outside getting around Walker. On the races restart Walker and Hindman would once again do battle for the top spot. As the race reached its closing stages Hindman would get around Walker for a moment before almost instantly breaking an axle as he worked off turn two ending his night. From that moment on Walker would lead the remaining laps claiming the richest payday of his career in the Gladiator division. Second went to 19th starting Zach Curtis followed by, Dalton Strehle, Nathan Rhodes, and Dewayne Yeomans.

Rounding out the night would be the Youngs Enterprises Iron Man Series for the V8 Thunderstocks. The front row consisted of Bubba Durbin and David Showers Jr. who has dominated Volusia Speedway Park in 2016. When the green flag dropped it was Showers Jr. using the outside lane to get around Durbin with second row starter David Showers Sr. following suite on the high line to overtake second. Showers Jr. and Sr. would do battle for the lead during the races first several laps while Scotty Kay Jr. and Bubba Durbin did battle for third and fourth. Just past the half way point the caution flag would come out for Ben Hutto whom had a flat right rear tire just as Scotty Kay Jr. was making his move into the third spot. When the green flag dropped again Showers Jr. would keep his lead, but Scotty Kay Jr. began applying heavy pressure on second place. Thre three cars ran nose to tail until four laps to go when Scotty Kay Jr. made his move under Showers Sr. and got by him down the backstretch. With just two to go Kay Jr. would begin to make his move on Showers Jr. for the lead getting under him in an attempt to get the lead. With two laps to go Showers Sr. would get side by side with Kay Jr. as he slipped up the track off turn four. The two would not give an inch in the closing laps and it was Kay Jr. who ended up out of the groove slipping back to third. Showers Sr. would then try an mount a charge to claim the lead away from his son, but he could not make it stick as Showers Jr. went on to win Race #5 of the Youngs Enterprises Iron Man Series. Showers Sr. was second followed by Kay Jr. Durbin, and Donnie Ashford.

VSP will be back in action this coming weekend for the Season Finale! In Action will be the final leg of the Youngs Enterprises Iron Man Series along with the Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators running for $300 to win again. Also in action will be the Mercedes Benz Limited Late Models and Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks.

We will also have a huge Fireworks display on hand to round out the season as well as a BBQ after the nights fesitivites for the drivers to celebrate the season. More information on that will be released tomorrow.

Pit Gate and Drive Thru open at 4:00pm - Main Grandstands at 5:00pm with racing action at 7:30pm Sharp!

 

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds- (16 Cars)

(Heat #1) Bill Howard, Garret Strewart, Dustin Thayer, Dillon Buhr, Jason Intoppa, Charlie Phillips, DJ Farr, Ron Gustafson

(Heat #2) Hunter Gustafson, Jim Passino, Shane Nichols, Larry Burkins, Seth Geary, Paul Shead, Mark Buie, Mike Phillips

(Feature/20 Laps) Burkins, Stewart, Intoppa, Passino, Buhr, H. Gustafson, Geary, Shead, Nichols, Howard, Thayer, Buie, Farr, M. Phillips (DNF), R. Gustafson (DNF), C. Phillips (DNF)

 

Youngs Enterprises Iron Man Series Race #5 for V8 Thunderstocks - (22 Cars)

(Group #1 Qualifying) Bubba Durbin 21.628, Donnie Ashford 22.049, Rusty Young 22.097, Brian Schrunk 22.276, Roger Wren 22.325, Migueal Powell 22.921, John Flokowski 23.893, Ron McCreary 24.068

(Group #2 Qualifying) David Showers Sr. 21.655, Scotty Kay Jr. 21.735, Shaun Daugharty 21.806, Mike Tovet 22.136, Kent Corbin 22.265, Ben Hutto 22.540, Donnie Birdwell 22.780, Tim Hughes 22.834

(Group #3 Qualifying) David Showers Jr. 21.896, Dalton Strehle 22.332, Dustin Turnage Sr. 22.541, Erick Arminio 22.941, Ron Adams 23.094, Randy Bennett 23.399, Javen Wells 26.072

(Heat #1) Durbin, Ashford, Schrunk, Young, Wren, Powell, McCreary

(Heat #2) Showers Sr., Kay Jr., Tovet, Corbin, Hughes, Hutto, Birdwell, Dagharty

(Heat #3) Showers Jr., Turnage Sr., Arminio, Adams, Bennett, Wells, Strehle

(Feature/25 Laps - $1,200 to win) Showers Jr., Showers Sr., Kay Jr., Durbin, Ashford, Tovet, Wren, Young, Schrunk, Arminio, Birdwell, Strehle, Hughes, Powell, Hutto, McCreary, Wells, Adams (DNF), Florkowski (DNF), Corbin (DNF), Turnage Sr (DNF), Bennett (DNF)

 

Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators - (25 Cars)

(Heat #1) Kyle Eng, Erik Mantz, Scotty Sullivan, Jamie Sullivan, Casey Feaster, Zach Curtis, Ashley Eng, James Strehle, John Baxter

(Heat #2) Dalton Strehle, Charlie King, William Hindman, Chris Yeomans, Dave Ladrie, Robbie White, Jason Tovet

(Heat #3) Josh Walker, Dewayne Yeomans, Nathan Rhodes, Robert Young, Steve Ramos, Todd Latour, Robert Strehle

(Feature/20 Laps) Walker, Curtis, D. Strehle, Rhodes, D. Yeomans, Sullivan, Mantz, Latour, Tovet, Baxter, J. Strehle, King, Ramos, White, R. Strehle, Ladrie, Hindman (DNF), Eng (DNF), Soucup (DNF), Young (DNF), R. Yeomans (DNF), C. Yeomans (DNF), Barfield, J. Sullivan, A. Eng, Feaster

 

Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Mini Stocks - (4 Cars)

(Feature/15 Laps) Jake Hampton, Brad Fender, Dalton Walker, Chris Thomas

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Smith, Tovet, Carter, & Ashford all collect wins at VSP on Thanksgiving Weekend!

(11-26-16) Barberville, FL - One week removed from opening weekend, VSP was back in action Thanksgiving Weekend with racing across four different divisions including the Florida Late Models, Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford Thunderstocks, Yeomans Performance Gladiators, and the Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks. Racing action started at 7:30pm sharp and the program went flawlessly finishing up in its entirety just before 10:00pm.

The first feature of the night saw the Florida Late Models take the track with Taylor Gant and Paul Shead leading the field to green. The two would battle side by side into turn one, but it was Shan Smith who used the extreme low side to slip under both drivers and take the lead as the field headed off into turn three. Smith would lead the opening lap, but the man on the move was Tyler Clem who had to start scratch after being involved in a wreck during his heat race. Clem would go from last to second in just four laps and set his sights on race leader Smith. Clem would get within five or six car lengths of Smith and his CBR chassis #34 as the two caught lapped traffic. In the lapped traffic Smith would prove to be just too strong as he would go on to win again at VSP in the Florida Late Model division as Clem would settle for second. Pole sitter Grant would come home in third followed by Jeremy Knoll and Mark Steube.

The racing program would roll into the Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks next as Erick Arminio and Ron Adams would lead the field to the green flag. Arminio would get the early jump on Adams, but it was Shaun Daugharty and Brian Schrunk taking the early advantage as both drivers would jolt to the front of the field only a few laps into the feature event. Mike Tovet, who now drives a #0, began to work his way to the front as well slipping past Arminio, Adams, and Barry Sheffield and set his sights on the race leaders before the half way point. As the laps began to wind down, Tovet would slip past Daugharty and Arminio and start to pull away from the field as he would go on take his first feature event of 2016 at VSP. Daugharty would roll across the line in the runner up spot followed by Schrunk, Travis Staats, and Sheffield. Staats would actually start shotgun on the field as his father Charlie Staats would start the night off and the two made a driver switch before the feature event.

The Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiator division moved up on the night and ran third as points champion Dustin Carter and Robert Young Lined up together on the front row. When the green flag came out Carter would get the early jump on Young and lead the field into the first turn. Young would settle in the runner up spot and stay on Carter threw the first several laps with John Baxter in tow. As the laps clicked away Carters #5 kept getting stronger as he would open up a sizable lead over Young until a lap 14 caution would come out slowing the field. Carter would get a good restart on Young and lead the final lap claiming his ninth win of 2016. Young would come home in second followed by Baxter, Josh Walker and James Strehle.

Finally the Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks would anchor the racing action as new comer Sammy Hatcher and veteran Donnie Ashford would lead the field to the green flag. Ashford would use the high line to his advantage and get by Hatcher on the opening lap and begin to set sail at the front of the pack. second row starters Justin Hamilton and Trevor Gamble would both get by hatcher and have a good battle for the runner up spot before Gamble would break away from Hamilton claiming the runner up spot. Fifth place starter Robert Hicks was on the move on the night as he would get by Hatcher and then Hamilton before doing battle with Gamble for the runner up spot. No one had anything for Ashford tho as he would set sail leading flag to flag claiming another win on the 2016 campaign. Gamble would finish second followed by Hicks, Hamilton, and Hatcher.

VSP will be back in action this coming weekend as the Youngs Enterprises Iron Man Series takes center stage again paying $1,200 to the winner of the Thunderstock event. also running on the evening will be a special event for the Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators as they will be running for $300 to win as well. Supporting the night will be the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds and Yeomans Performance Mini Stocks.

The Pit Gate and Drive-Thru will open at 4:00pm with the Main Grandstands opening at 5:00pm. The drivers meeting will start around 6:30 with racing at 7:30pm sharp! We hope to see you all on Saturday!

 

Florida Late Models - (10 Cars)

(Heat #1) Jeremy Knoll, Paul Shead, Ken Knoll, Chuck Jackson, Steve Shead

(Heat #2) Shan Smith, Taylor Grant, Mark Steube, Blaise Retherford, Tyler Clem

(Feature/20 Laps) Smith, Clem, Gant, J. Knoll, Steube, P. Shead, Retherford, K. Knoll (DNF), Jackson (DNF), S. Shead (DNS)

 

Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks - (15 Cars)

(Heat #1) Mike Tovet, Shaun Daugharty, Ron Adams, Rusty Young, Tim Hughes, Donnie Birdwell, Javen Wells

(Heat #2) Brian Schrunk, Barry Sheffield, Erick Arminio, Roger Wren, Randy Bennett, Charlie Staats, David Cloer

(Feature/20 Laps) Tovet, Daugharty, Schrunk, Travis Staats, Sheffield, Adams, Young, Wren, Bennett, Ron McCreary, Erick Arminio, Hughes (DNF), Wells (DNS), Birdwell (DNS), Cloer (DNS)

 

Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators - (6 Cars)

(Heat #1) Robert Young, Dustin Carter, John Baxter, Todd Latour, James Strehle, Josh Walker

(Feature/15 Laps) Carter, Young, Baxter, Walker, Strehle, Latour (DNF)

 

Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks - (9 Cars)

(Heat #1) Trevor Gamble, Justin Hamilton, Donnie Ashford, Sammy Hatcher, Robert Hicks, Jeff Miller, Robert Sirmons, Dustin Peterson, James McCague

(Feature/20 Laps) Ashford, Gamble, Hicks, Hamilton, Hatcher, Sirmons, McCague, Peterson (DNF), Miller (DNF)

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Mark Whitener takes home the win in dramatic style during the re-opening of VSP!

(11-19-16) Barberville, FL - Volusia Speedway Park re-opened the gates this past weekend for a full night of racing action once again at "The World's Fastest Half Mile". The night of racing was headlined by the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models which ran for a $2,000 top prize along with the Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks, Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks, and the Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators.

The main event of the night in the Advanced Medical Labs Late Models saw Ivedent Lloyd Jr. lead the field to green driving the Big Frog Motorsports #58 XR1 Rocket. Lloyd would go on and lead the first several laps, but the man on the move was Mark Whitener in the BOZARD Ford #6w Longhorn machine. Whitener had to start shotgun on the field after his #5 machine experienced mechanical issues which forced him to a Blake Spencer back up machine. Whitener would waste no time getting to the front as he would use the high line to go from the tail of the field to fourth in just three laps. Whitener would then waste no time getting to the point and never looking back just past the races half way point and go onto win the coveted $2,000 top prize. Heat Race winner Bo Allen would cross the line second followed by Donnie Chappell, Russell Brown, and Blake Spencer rounding out the top five.

The Allen Plumbing Hobby Stock division saw the two best in the area battling it out for a race win once again as Trevor Gamble and Donnie Ashford picked up where they left off the last time VSP ran on October 1st. In the end it was Gamble getting the best of Ashford for the second straight race. Ashford would finish second followed by Robert Hicks, Jordan McMillon, and Dustin Peterson rounded out the top five.

Next up on the docket for the evening would see the Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks come to the green flag. David Showers Jr. looked to continue his VSP dominance as did his father, David Showers Sr., but it was another Sr. finding victory lane for the first time in 2016 as Dustin Turnage Sr. took his #1 to the front of the field and never looked back beating out both Showers Sr. and Showers Jr. at the line. Shaun Daugarty would come home third in his first appearance back since the passing of his father and Mike Tovet rounded out the top five.

Finally the Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators would take the final green flag of the evening. Leading the field to the green would be Nathan Rhodes as he would get the early jump on the entire field with Steve Ramos and Robert Young in tow. While Rhodes held a steady lead Young would find himself picking off Ramos for second and begin to track down race leader Rhodes. A late race caution would fly bunching the field back up, but Rhodes would get the jump on Young who missed a shift which allowed Ramos to get second back as Eddie Tovet, Erik Mantz, and Ashley Eng all slipped by. In the end it was Rhodes taking home his first win of 2016 at VSP over Ramos in a battle that went down to the wire. Eddie Tovet was third followed by Mantz, Eng, and Young.

Racing action returns this weekend to VSP as the Florida Late Model Series (LTD. Late Models) returns along with the Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks, Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks, and Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators. The Pit Gate and Drive Thru will open at 4:00pm with the Main Grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Racing action as always will start at 7:30pm sharp!

General Admission for the next two weeks will be $10.00 for ages 16 and older. Veterans and Fans 65 and older will be $8.00 and 15 and under are Free.

VSP would like to thank all of our race fans, drivers, race teams, and staff for coming out the past weekend and making the first night back a successful one. We hope we can finish the year strong in the next few weeks and continue to work toward brining great racing action to all of our fans each week!

 

Advanced Medical Labs Late Models - (13 Cars)

(Heat #1) Bo Allen, Iedent Lloyd Jr., Blake Spencer, Donnie Chappell, Joe Kump, Jay Johnson, Hamp Conley

(Heat #2) Mark Whitener, Russell Brown, Jason Fitzgerald, Larry anderson, Ray Price, Steve Shead

(Feature/35 Laps/$2,000 to Win) Whitener, Allen, Chappell, Brown, Spencer, Fitzgerald, Kump, Anderson, Shead, Conley, Lloyd Jr., Price, Johnson

 

Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks - (10 Cars)

(Feature/20 Laps) Trevor Gamble, Donnie Ashford, Robert Hicks, Jordan McMillon, Dustin Peterson, Bubba Durbin, Phillip Brown, Rusty Young, Joe Kump, Joshua Kunstdeck

 

Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks - (16 Cars)

(Heat #1) Bubba Durbin, Dustin Turnage Sr., Shaun Daugart, Ben Hutto, Brian Schrunk, David Cloer, Erick Arminio, James Strehle

(Heat #2) David Showers Sr., Mike Tovet, David Showers Jr., Ron Adams, Randy Bennett, Gerald Haley, Bobby McCormick

(Feature/20 Laps) Turnage Sr., Showers Sr., Showers Jr., Daugarty, Tovet, Durbin, Schrunk, Sheffield, Hutto, McCormick, Arminio, Adams, Haley, Cloer, Bennett, Strehle

 

Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators - (9 Cars)

(Feature/15 Laps) Nathan Rhodes, Steve Ramos, Eddie Tovet, Erik Mantz, Ashley Eng, Robert Young, Jason Tovet, Kyle Eng, Todd Latour

Volusia Speedway Park

Matt Kurtz takes home the Eagle Jet Sprint Cars Win. Gainey, Staats, Gamble, and Carter all find Victory Lane!

(10-3-16) The weather was all around Volusia Speedway Park this past Saturday night, but never got close enough to stop another action filled night of racing as five divisions took to the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile" with the exciting Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series headlining the event for the final time in 2016.

The first feature to hit the track saw the Mercedes Benz Limited Late Models take the green and it was Nevin Gainey who would put on a show on his way to the front early on. Gainey would have the lead before the second lap could be completed over Steve Shead and checked out from the field driving Louis Ledlow's Snow Brothers #00 to his sixth win of the 2016 season. Gainey has been traveling around the state of Florida the past few weeks and had not been to VSP in over a month, but showed no signs of rust in a convincing victory in an unfamiliar race car. Steve Shead would come home in the runner up spot followed by Sonny Thompson, John Westbrook, and Tom Smith rounded out the top five.

Next up saw the exciting Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks take the track as it was Donnie Ashford and Trevor Gamble battling out on the half mile with the tight points battle in the mix as well between the two local drivers. Ashford, who has seven wins on the year had Gambles number early on and would stretch his lead just past the half way point. Gamble would try all he could to catch the #66 of Ashford, but could not get close enough to strike. With just a handful of laps remaining, Gamble would catch a break as Ashford would slow and pull off the track with a blown engine handing the lead over to Gamble who would go on and win his third feature of 2016 and extend his points lead to 26 markers of Ashford. Jordan McMillon came home an impressive second followed by Rusty Young, Cheyenne Sullivan, and Ashford.

The main event of the evening went to the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series making their final appearance of 2016 at VSP. Dennis Musarca came into the event with just a 22 point lead over Matt Kurtz as the Sprint Cars wind down the 2016 season with just three events remaining. When the green flag dropped it was Matt Kurtz jumping out to the early lead with Gene Lasker on his rear nurf bar. As the race clicked away laps Kurtz would start top open up a sizable lead going into lap traffic and use amazing car control working his way through the rear of the field. Lasker held second until just under eight laps remaining when local standout Brett O'Donnell worked his way into the runner up spot. No one had anything for Kurtz though as he put on a clinic winning by just over five seconds. O'Donnell would come home in second followed by, Lasker, AJ Maddox, and Musarca rounded out the top five.

The fourth feature event of the evening went to the Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks. Tim Hughes would lead the field to the green flag, but it was Travis Staats in the Action Automotive 9AR who was on the move early. Staats would take over the top spot just a few laps into the feature and open up a two second lead over the field. David Showers Jr., who started in row three, had some issues finding his way to the front of the field, but would ultimately find his way to the runner up spot with just six laps to go. Staats, who still had a sizable lead, would not be denied his first Thunderstock win of 2016 as Showers Jr. could not come close the the #9AR as Staats took home the win. Showers Jr. would cross the line in second followed by Alan Peacock, Tim Hughes, and Ben Hutto rounding out the top five.

The final feature of the night went to the Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators with Robert Young and Billy Barrington taking the field to the green. Barrington would jump out to the early lead on the high line as Young would drop to second and Jamie Sullivan Third. Barrington would open up a sizable lead over the field as Carter would do battle with Sullivan for third then slip past Young for the runner up spot with just five laps into the race. The first caution would come out for Jamie Sullivan having tire issues setting up a double file restart between Barrington and Carter. When Barrington went to fire he would have mechanical issues moving Carter into the lead. Barrington would get his #54 back into gear, but not before dropping to the rear of the field. Another caution would fall over the field on lap eight as Sullivan would get into Young. When the green dropped again Carter would continue to lead, but Barrington was on his rear bumper in hot pursuit after the mechanical issue. The race went down to the wire as Barrington would try a last ditch effort on the final turn to get around Carter, but the door was shut as Carter went on to win his eighth feature of the year. Barrington was second followed by Young, John Baxter, and Sullivan (docked two spots for jumping a restart).

 

Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series - (10 Cars)

(Heat #1) Gene Lasker, Matt Kurtz, Dennis Musarca, Aileen Collins-Love, Frank Carlson

(Heat #2) AJ Maddox, Brett O'Donnell, Anthony D'Alessio, Dave Thomas (DNS), Jeff Parks (DNS)

(Feature/25 Laps) Kurtz, O'Donnell, Lasker, Maddox, Musarca, D'Alessio, Collins-Love, Thomas, Carlson (DNF), Parks (DNF)

 

Mercedes Benz of Daytona Beach Limited Late Models - (12 Cars)

(Heat #1) Nevin Gainey, John Westbrook, Noah Cornman, Paul Shead, Tom Smith, Lisa O'Connor

(Heat #2) Sonny Thompson, Steve Shead, Ray Price, Chuck Jackson, Michael Ridgeway Jr., Jamie Dayhaw (DQ'ed)

(Feature/20 Laps) Gainey, S. Shead, Thompson, Westbrook, Smith, P. Shead, Cornman, Price, Jackson, Ridgeway Jr., O'Connor, Dayhaw (DNF)

 

Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks - (6 Cars)

(Heat #1) Trevor Gamble, Donnie Ashford, Jordan McMillon, Rusty Young, Chris Doane, Cheyenne Sullivan

(Feature/20 Laps) Gamble, McMillon, Young, Sullivan, Ashford (DNF), Doane (DNF)

 

Revolution Racing presented by BOZARD Ford V8 Thunderstocks - (12 Cars)

(Heat #1) David Showers Jr., Travis Staats, Brett Carlton, Bobby McCormick, Donnie McCormick, James Parrish

(Heat #2) Alan Peacock, Ben Hutto, Tim Hughes, Matt Schloss, David Cloer, Javen Wells, Randy Bennett (DNS)

(Feature/20 Laps) Staats, Showers Jr., Peacock, Hughes, Hutto, Carlton, B. McCormick, Schloss, Bennett, D. McCormick, Parrish, Wells

 

Gary Yeomans Performance Parts Gladiators - (10 Cars)

(Heat #1) Jamie Sullivan, Dustin Carter, Billy Barrington, Robert Young, John Baxter

(Feature/15 Laps) Carter, Barrington, Young, Baxter, Sullivan, Michael Trotter, Matt Boner, Dalton Strehle, Danny Brown (DNS), Jay Wells (DNS)

 

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