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)
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
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)
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
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)