Opening night is in the books as Whitener, Stewart, Gamble, Haught, and XXXX all take home victories in 2016 to start the season!

(March,th 2016) The 2016 season is finally underway at Volusia Speedway Park as mother nature decided to play nice and racing resumed at the world's fastest half mile.

The night saw close finishes, a few tempers, and even a small power outage in turn one, but overall another great night of racing action.

Starting off the night were the Daytona Sportswear Modifieds as Garret Stewart picked up where he left off in 2015 taking his Elite Chassis #67 to victory lane once again after a forgettable speedweeks in February.

The Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks saw Trevor Gamble make it two wins in two nights on a new motor as he was the class of the field leading nearly flag to flag. 2015 Donnie Ashford who missed the first part of last year did not have a good night as he would spin in his heat race, once in the feature and get caught racing incident ripping the nose off the #66 machine.

The newly Sponsored Advanced Medical Laboratories Late Model division victory went to a dominate Mark Whitener as he would lead flag to flag from the pole ridding the rim in turns three and four. Ivedent Lloyd Jr., made his usual appearance in the David Clegg #07 and would come home second followed by the XR1 Rocket Chassis #58 of Austin Kirkpatrick.

Mini Stock action went to Todd Haught as he was in a different zip code from the drop of the green lapping nearly the entire field in his Action Automotive #1AR.

Rounding out the night was the Integrity Painting V8 Thunderstocks and just like the past two years it was another close finish on the final lap. Race long leader David Showers Jr. would find issues on the handling coming to the white flag on his #118 allowing former Late Model champion Stanton Mills to get under him in turn one. After that the rest is history as Mills would use a power move coming to the checkered flag and take home his first win in nearly two years removed from racing competition.

Advanced Medical Laboratories Late Models

(Heat #1) Kyle Chappell, Blake Spencer, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., John Koller, Mark Davis, Paul Shead, Jim Cryer, Bud Chancey (DNF), Ray Price (DNS)

(Heat#2) Austin Kirkpatrick, Mark Whitener, Bo Allen, Carter Stokes, Larry Anderson, Erik McElroy Steve Shead, Travis Staats (DNF)

(Feature $2,000 to Win/25 Laps) Whitener, Lloyd Jr., Kirkpatrick, Allen, Chancey, Chappell, Staats, Spencer, Stoker, Anderson, Cryer, Koller, Davis, Shead, McElroy (DNS), Price (DNS)

 

Daytona Sportswear Modifieds

(Heat #1) Lary Burkins, Garret Stewart, Dalton Lanich, Bruce Martin, Matt Johnson

(Heat #2) Dillon Buhr, Jim Passino, Larry Mott, Shane Nichols, Davis Moheng

(Feature/20 Laps) Stewart, Burkins, Passino, Buhr, Lanich, Nichols, Moheng, Mott, Martin

 

Allen Plumbing Hobby Stocks

(Heat #1) Grady Christian, Tyler Sistrunk, Martin Johnson, James McCague, Scott Stewart

(Heat #2) Trevor Gamble, Bubba Christian, Jordan McMillon, Donnie Ashfrod, Robert Sirmons (DNF)

(Feature/13 Laps-Time Limit) Gamble, Christian, Johnson, Sistrunk, Stewart, McMillon, Christian, McCague, Ashford (DNF), Sirmons (DNS)

 

Integrity Painting V8 Thunderstocks

(Heat #1) David Showers Sr., Mike Eubanks, Darrell Roberts, Bubba Durbin, Randy Bennett, James Sealey, Daniel Wuest, Chris Gotimer, James Parish

(Heat #2) Hayden McCormick, Craig Montessi Jr., Dean Jarvis, Mike Tovet, Ben Hutto, Bobby McCormick, Rusty Young, Charlie Staats

(Heat #3) Stanton Mills, David Showers Jr., Donnie Birdwell, Alan Peacock, Thomas Bassett, Johnathan Croson, Justin Reynolds, Matt Schloss

(Feature/25 Laps) Mills, Showers Jr., Showers, Sr., Tovet, Reynolds, H. McCormick, Peacock, Eubanks, Durbin, Jarvis, Bassett, Roberts, B. McCormick, Schloss, Wuest, Montessi Jr., Bennett, Sealey, Parrish, Birdwell, Young, Corson, Hutto, Gotimer (DNS), Staats (DNS)

 

Volusia Speedway Park Mini Stocks

(Heat #1) Todd Haught, Dalton Walker, Robert Anderson, John Baxter, Candi Schmit (DNS)

(Feature/10 Laps) Haught, Walker, Andeson, Baxter, Schmit

 

*Please Note: Points races do not start until April 9th.

Brett Hearn has improbable come from behind win in the Super DIRTcar Series as Sheppard and Richards take home the 'Big Gators'

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 20, 2016 - It was a close call but Shane Clanton scored his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the 2016 season on Saturday night during the DIRTcar Nationals finale at Volusia Speedway Park.

It was the winner of the previous two nights, Josh Richards, who was the class of the field early, leading 45 laps of the 50 lap feature. Clanton charged through the field as Jonathan Davenport tried to get around Richards. As the feature reached its mid-point Davenport began to fade as Clanton and Scott Bloomquist hit their stride. Clanton took over second on lap 34 and ten laps later battled past Richards in lapped traffic for the lead.

As the feature drew to a close, Bloomquist found a way around Richards and in the final turn of the final lap, Bloomquist drag-raced Clanton to the finish. It was Clanton by a fender.

"It's a testament to our work," Clanton said. "We just put our heads down and worked as hard as we could to get where we're at."

"On the outside with the lapped cars I didn't know if I could clear them and get to the bottom or run where I've been running. I didn't know Scott was that close to me - I almost celebrated too early. But man, it feels good to outrun Scott and Josh. They've been the cars to beat this week and to beat the both of them feels pretty special."

After a stellar DIRTcar Nationals that saw him pick up three wins, Richards won the Late Model Week title and the coveted 'Big Gator' trophy.

"It's cool - this is our second one," Richards said of the 'Big Gator.' "It's pretty cool to have another one in our collection. We've had a great Speed Weeks. We've been in contention - it's been a lot of fun."

In the Super DIRTcar Series finale at DIRTcar Nationals, Stewart Friesen led early and worked to hold off a Matt Sheppard through Saturday night's 50-lap feature but it was Brett Hearn who scored the come from behind win.

Hearn had trouble early in the night and after advancing through the Last Chance Showdown started the feature in 21st. The New Jersey-native made quick work of the field, dispatching a car per lap as he entered the top-five by the midway point in the feature.

On lap 34 Hearn muscled the lead away from Friesen and cruised to his first series victory of the season.

"We got a huge favor tonight that we didn't really expect in that we had to run the consi," Hear said. "We got some laps out there after the track dried out. After we ran the consi we made some really great decisions. Hats off to my crew. We really struggled this week. We changed everything we could think of including stuff today, unbelievable stuff. These guys were up early working their butts off and so this is meaningful for all the guys that came down with me this year. We persevered."

Sheppard, the reigning series champion who finished the night in third, scored the Big-Block Week championship and took home the coveted 'Big Gator' trophy.

"We had an awesome race car all week," Sheppard said. "We had another good car tonight. Brett snookered us on tires a little bit. We were really coming on Stewie there at the end. I couldn't be prouder of all those guys standing over there that stepped up to help out. To come down here out of the box to have a first, second, third and a fifth is pretty good, pretty consistent. Hopefully we can keep it going all season."

The 2017 DIRTcar Nationals will return to Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 7 to 18, 2017. Ticket renewals are available now through March 31. Ticket sales open to the general public on April 1. For more information, visit http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or call 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849).

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 20, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series A-Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 25-Shane Clanton, 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 3. 1-Josh Richards, 4. 76-Brandon Overton, 5. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 6. 3s-Brian Shirley, 7. 25z-Mason Zeigler, 8. 15-Steve Francis, 9. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr, 10. 16-Justin Rattliff, 11. 5-Don O'Neal, 12. 22s-Gregg Satterlee, 13. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr, 14. 20-Jimmy Owens, 15. 99B-Boom Briggs, 16. 17M-Dale McDowell, 17. 15s-Donny Schatz, 18. C9-Steve Casebolt, 19. 1*-Chub Frank, 20. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 21. 39-Tim McCreadie, 22. 7-Rick Eckert, 23. 18-Eric Wells, 24. 18c-Chase Junghans, 25. 21J-Billy Moyer Jr, 26. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 27. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 28. 2c-Joey Coulter, 29. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 30. 1W-Dillon Wood

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds A-Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 20-Brett Hearn [$5,000], 2. 44-Stewart Freisen, 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 5. 27J-Danny Johnson, 6. 49-Billy Dunn, 7. 21a-Pete Britten, 8. 99L-Larry Wight, 9. 54-Steve Bernard, 10. 7-Rick Laubach, 11. 14J-Alan Johnson, 12. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 13. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 14. 1-Billy Pauch, 15. 1G-Darwin Green, 16. 30-Jamie Mills, 17. 32c-Vic Coffey, 18. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 19. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 20. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 21. 74-J.R Heffner, 22. 85-H.J. Bunting, 23. 5*-Tyler Siri, 24. 28p-Eldon Payne, 25. 323-Neal Williams, 26. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 27. 7-Tim Kerr, 28. 8-Rich Scagliotta

The 2016 DIRTcar Nationals is supported by Budweiser, Daytona Harley-Davidson, Hampton Inn-Palm Coast, Integrity Painting with Valspar, Ring Power CAT, and Safety-Kleen. The World of Outlaws are brought to fans by official partners: Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Morton Buildings (Official Building), and VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel). Additional support is provided by Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company of WoO Late Model), DirtonDirt.com (WoO Late Model Hard Charger Award), and Chevrolet Performance. Contingency sponsors include: ASI, Beyea Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD Performance, Penske Racing Shocks, Ohlins Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, Sweet Manufacturing, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum Manufacturer sponsors include: Capital Race Cars, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Motorsports Safety Systems, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, S&S Volvo, and TNT Rescue.

Matt Sheppard wins thrilling Super DIRTcar Series victory

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2016 - Josh Richards dominated the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series DIRTcar Nationals opener on Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park.

Richards, a three-time series champion, took the top position in his qualifying group earlier in the night and then battled through lapped traffic and held off Dale McDowell in the 50-lap feature to score his first series win of the season. The 27-year-old Richards entered DIRTcar Nationals with a string of wins and top-five runs, and built momentum into the series opener.

"It has been a lot of fun," Richards said. "We gambled a little bit on tires, so I was kind of nervous and didn't know how it was going to hold up. We got stuck in lapped traffic and actually moved up [the race track] and gained speed.

"The guys have been giving me great cars every night, it's been a dream to drive them, and it has been a fun speed weeks."

Matt Sheppard, the reigning Super DIRTcar Series champion, entered DIRTcar Nationals after an off-season of flux saw him start his own team. The driver proved Thursday night that in spite of the challenges, he is still one to beat.

Larry Wight, last year's DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Week champion, started on the feature pole but lost the lead after a short battle with Rick Laubach. Laubach led the field for 22 laps, holding off the previous night's winner Tim Fuller. As Laubach tried to work his way through traffic, Sheppard closed with Wight close behind. Sheppard and Wight got the run on Laubach and quickly drove around.

"This is unreal," Sheppard said of his victory. "It was such a crazy off-season for us; building this team in such a short period of time. We can say I'm going out on my own but not really. I got a ton of great people that have stepped up to help out. Everything really came together. The crew has been busting their butt all night on this car. We had trouble in qualifying, we had trouble in the heat race and they never gave up. Man two races in and we are sitting in Victory Lane already that is awesome."

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series return for night two at DIRTcar Nationals as the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds takes on its night three.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, clickDIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 18, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series A-Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 1-Josh Richards, 2. 17M-Dale McDowell, 3. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 5. 7-Rick Eckert, 6. 22s-Gregg Satterlee, 7. 5-Don O'Neal, 8. 25F-Jason Feger, 9. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 10. 25-Shane Clanton, 11. C9-Steve Casebolt, 12. 99B-Boom Briggs, 13. 18-Eric Wells, 14. 15-Steve Francis, 15. 1*-Chub Frank, 16. 3s-Brian Shirley, 17. 18c-Chase Junghans, 18. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 19. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 20. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 21. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr, 22. 76-Brandon Overton, 23. 20-Jimmy Owens, 24. 39-Tim McCreadie, 25. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr, 26. 11-Austin Smith, 27. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr, 28. 1W-Dillon Wood, 29. 16-Justin Rattliff

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds A-Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 3. 7-Rick Laubach, 4. 44-Stewart Freisen, 5. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 6. 49-Billy Dunn, 7. 19-Tim Fuller, 8. 1-Billy Pauch, 9. 20-Brett Hearn, 10. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 11. 07-Tim Kerr, 12. 32c-Vic Coffey, 13. 21a-Pete Britten, 14. 54-Steve Bernard, 15. 14J-Alan Johnson, 16. 74-J.R Heffner, 17. 27J-Danny Johnson, 18. 5*-Tyler Siri, 19. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 20. 1G-Darwin Green, 21. 6m-Mat Williamson, 22. 323-Neal Williams, 23. 85-H.J. Bunting, 24. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 25. 28p-Eldon Payne, 26. 5-Billy VanInwegen

Tim Fuller wins Super DIRTcar Series DIRTcar Nationals opener

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 17, 2016 — Scott Bloomquist was the class of the field Wednesday night at DIRTcar Nationals as he rebounded from bad luck the previous night to score the Swamp King Championship.
 
Bloomquist, who suffered an engine failure the night before, set the night’s overall quick time during qualifying and started the feature in the fourth position. He quickly charged to the second position and after a caution on lap six battled past Dale McDowell for the lead.
 
Jonathan Davenport charged late for the lead in the 40-lap feature but was not able to get around Bloomquist.
 
“[The car] was really good,” Bloomquist said. “I see we have some things to do to help ourselves in traffic - it took a while for heat to get in the front tires so I’m going to work on that.”
 
Tim Fuller battled Billy Dunn in the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds opener at Volusia, scoring the first series win of 2016.
 
Fuller, who started the feature in third, battled to the lead by lap five. Dunn, who spent much of the night in second, battled after a mid-race caution and closed in on Fuller. After a side-by-side battle, Dunn moved to the high line and pulled away.
 
“He scared me there in three and four – he got beside of me once,” Fuller said of Dunn. “Then I figured he went back to the top, the top has been so dominant here. I figured if he was going to get by me on the bottom he was going to be the dominant car. I got up there on the top, everybody went to the bottom, so I started running the top and it worked out.”
 
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series makes its DIRTcar Nationals debut Thursday night as the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds takes on its night two. 

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 17, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.
 
DIRTcar Late Models A-Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist [$10,000], 2. 6-Jonathan Davenport, 3. 17M-Dale McDowell, 4. 1-Josh Richards, 5. 20-Rodney Sanders, 6. 25-Shane Clanton, 7. 7-Rick Eckert, 8. 15L-Darrell Lanigan, 9. 777-Jared Landers, 10. C9-Steve Casebolt, 11. 16T-Tyler Bruening, 12. 99j-Frank Heckenast Jr, 13. 5-Don O'Neal, 14. 3s-Brian Shirley, 15. 21J-Billy Moyer Jr, 16. 72-Mike Norris, 17. 76-Brandon Overton, 18. 15s-Donny Schatz, 19. 1*-Chub Frank, 20. 25F-Jason Feger, 21. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr, 22. 22-Gregg Satterlee, 23. 79-Nick Kurtz, 24. 11-Austin Smith, 25. 14M-Morgan Bagley, 26. 39-Tim McCreadie, 27. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 28. 5w-Mark Whitener
 

 

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds A-Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 19-Tim Fuller [$2,000], 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 3. 1-Billy Pauch, 4. 99L-Larry Wight, 5. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 6. 44-Stewart Freisen, 7. 32c-Vic Coffey, 8. 20-Brett Hearn, 9. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 10. 21a-Pete Britten, 11. 74-J.R Heffner, 12. 27J-Danny Johnson , 13. 54-Steve Bernard, 14. 7-Rick Laubach, 15. 14J-Alan Johnson, 16. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 17. 7-Tim Kerr, 18. 6m-Mat Williamson, 19. 323-Neal Williams, 20. 1G-Darwin Green, 21. 85-H.J. Bunting, 22. 30-Jamie Mills, 23. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 24. 5*-Tyler Siri, 25. 28p-Eldon Payne, 26. 1T-Tyler Dippel

Brian Ruhlman wins his first ever DIRTcar Nationals feature

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 14, 2016 —Brad Sweet continued his DIRTcar Nationals dominance Sunday night as he scored his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series feature victory of the season and claimed the coveted ‘Big Gator’ trophy by winning the Sprint Week championship.

Joey Saldana led the field to the green flag in the 30-lap feature at Volusia Speedway Park but it was Kasey Kahne Racing’s Sweet who dominated much of the night. Sweet battled past Saldana for the lead on a lap 10 restart and even with a late race challenge from Lucas Wolfe, remained out front for the succeeding 20 laps.

“It’s unbelievable,” Sweet said. “The competition is so stiff that you have to put yourself in position each and every time you’re on the race track and it’s not easy, one mistake and you’re behind the eight ball. Tonight we did pretty much everything right, and luckily the dash draw helped us there because it was going to be a tough track to pass on.”

Sweet, who won the season opening series event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday night, edged Greg Hodnett, who had been the picture of consistency all week, by just four points to win the ‘Big Gator.’ With Daryn Pittman’s 2015 Sprint Week championship, it is the second year in a row Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb has claimed the ‘Big Gator’ trophy.

On the second night of Gator Qualifying for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Brian Ruhlman, a Clarklake, Mich. native, muscled his way to the top spot on lap one and held off challenges from Jacob Hawkins and NASCAR star Austin Dillon to claim his first DIRTcar Nationals victory.

“I’ve always wanted a Gator, and we have been so close,” Ruhlman said. “I have to thank [my girlfriend] Veronica, it’s just her and I down here this weekend.

“We ran it wide-open all the way around there. If they were going to beat me, they were going to have to earn it.”

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. On Monday night, the DIRTcar Late Models join the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds as the modifieds compete in for the Gator Championship.  

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 14, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [$10,000]; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 3. 83-Joey Saldana [1]; 4. 5-David Gravel [4]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [8]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [9]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [10]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [12]; 9. 71M-Dave Blaney [6]; 10. 1B-Dale Blaney [7]; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen [11]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [18]; 13. 7-Paul McMahan [13]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [15]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17]; 17. 24-Terry McCarl [23]; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 19. 59-Austin McCarl [19]; 20. 2L-Danny Lasoski [20]; 21. W20-Greg Wilson [24]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [16]; 23. 10H-Chad Kemenah [21]; 24. O7-Doug Esh [22]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-9, Brad Sweet 10-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Jason Johnson [+6]


DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Qualifying Night 2 Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [$700], 2. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 3. 3-Austin Dillon, 4. 36-Kenny Wallace, 5. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 6. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 7. 7-Justin Allgaier, 8. 91-Derrick Ramey, 9. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 10. D4B-Jackie Boggs, 11. 56-Tyler Nicely, 12. 01L-Patrick Lyon, 13. 28-Paul Miles, 14. 126-Joey Jensen, 15. 9-Ken Schrader, 16. 12H-Mike Hansen, 17. 1S-Brian Shaw, 18. 1-Andy Golgoci, 19. 26-Bobby Gierke, 20. 77S-Stephen Schnapf, 21. 17JE-J.E. Stalder, 22. 46-Matt Crafton, 23. 45J-Johnny Broking, 24. 27-Michael Turner

Donny Schatz rebounds, wins World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 13, 2016 — Ty Dillon looked to be the driver to beat in Saturday night’s DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Qualifying feature at DIRTcar Nationals but Nick Hoffman had other ideas as he cruised to his third win at Volusia Speedway Park.
 
Dillon dominated the early part of the 20-lap modified feature building a large lead over Hoffman and Ray Bollinger. As the laps wound down though, Hoffman, who has been the class of the field at DIRTcar Nationals, closed the gap. As lapped traffic came into play, Hoffman made his move. He battled past Dillon off of turn four and took the lead on lap 16.
 
Dillon, a driver in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, tried to close the gap, but Hoffman marched to the win.
 
“Ty was really good,” Hoffman said. “Once I got to about halfway I started to momentum my car around. It was really good. I think he still would have had me if it wasn’t for that lap traffic deal. We’ll take them as we can get them.”
 
Hoffman won Tuesday and Wednesday night’s modified features.
 
One night after his first did-not-finish result since September 2013, Donny Schatz rebounded at DIRTcar Nationals as he battled with Brad Sweet to score his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the 2016 season.
 
Sweet, who won the Outlaws season opener on Friday night, was the class of the field on Saturday as he led 17 laps. Restarts proved pivotal for Schatz though as one on lap 16 eliminated Sweet’s lead and another on lap 21 gave Schatz the opportunity he needed to get around Sweet.
 
Schatz said he was happy to move past the pressure of the once two-year-old streak and start building momentum toward an eighth series championship.
 
“It’s kind of a relief to be over that hill of having that DNF that’s been haunting us for I guess 180 races or whatever,” Schatz said. “Now we can just focus on trying to win races.”
“I’d be even better if we could win all of them,” Schatz said. “That’s what this team shoots for, that’s what they aim for, and that’s what they work hard for. We’re here tonight and that’s all that matters.”
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns on Sunday for its final night at DIRTcar Nationals. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds returns for night two of Gator Qualifying. 

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 13, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 1B-Dale Blaney [6]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [10]; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett [9]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [1]; 8. 83-Joey Saldana [8]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [18]; 10. 5-David Gravel [3]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [20]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [17]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22]; 14. 70-Danny Holtgraver [21]; 15. 71M-Dave Blaney [14]; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell [12]; 17. 17W-Bryan Clauson [23]; 18. 2L-Danny Lasoski [24]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [13]; 20. 7-Paul McMahan [15]; 21. O7-Doug Esh [16]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [19]; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11]; 24. 45-Tim Shaffer [7]. Lap Leaders: Chad Kemenah 1-4, Brad Sweet 5-21, Donny Schatz 22-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 29-Kerry Madsen [+9]
 
DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Qualifying Night 1 Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 2-Nick Hoffman ($700), 2. 41-Ty Dillon, 3. 16C-Josh Harris, 4. 77-Ray Bollinger, 5. 0J-Bryce Jewell, 6. 10Y-Trent Young, 7. 35-David Stremme, 8. 54-Larry Burkins, 9. 64-Billy Workman Jr, 10. K9-Will Krup, 11. 33-Jeff Matthews, 12. 13M-Dale McDowell, 13. 72X-Brian Papiez, 14. 11T-Dugan Thye, 15. 22T-Tony Anderson, 16. 12K-Scotty Kincaid, 17. 7W-Kody Weisner, 18. 67-Garrett Stewart, 19. 23-Ryan Cripe, 20. 51-Brandon Green, 21. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 22. 17T-Tyler Evans, 23. 21C-Taylor Cook, 24. 21-Sean Monaghan

Trent Young Claims DIRTcar UMP Modified feature win

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 12, 2016 — In front of one of the largest crowds in DIRTcar Nationals history, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman fought a pitched battle for the season opening World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series feature on Friday night. When the checkered flag fell, it was Sweet who took the win.

Sweet and Pittman started side-by-side in the 30-lap main event at Volusia Speedway Park. The two teammates traded the lead through the opening laps of the night’s event as reigning series champion and the previous night’s winner, Donny Schatz, battled through the field.

By the midway point of the feature Schatz had moved into second and was challenging Pittman for the lead when his night was cut short by an engine failure on lap 21. It was his first did-not-finish result in 178 World of Outlaws features – a streak that stretched back to September, 2013.

Through the closing laps of the feature, Pittman and Sweet battled for the lead through lapped traffic with Sweet making a last lap pass of Pittman for the win.

“I’ll tell you what, we definitely needed that lap traffic,” Sweet said. “Daryn did a great job, you know. It’s pretty awesome for Kasey Kahne Racing to be battling for first and second. I know what it’s like to lose on the last lap. I’ve won some like that; I’ve lost some like that. Hats off to those guys, they did a great job all night.”

In the 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified feature, Trent Young held off a hard-charging Nick Hoffman to score his first ever DIRTcar Nationals victory.

A wreck between the top two cars, A.J. Fike and Dave Jamison, midway through the feature put Young in the lead. Hoffman battled his way into second and tried to close the gap in the final laps, but Young held firm.

“It feels amazing. This is a dream come true,” Young said. “I was pretty content just riding in third. I was going to be happy with that if the race went like it was. I got lucky to make it through that wreck. I don’t want to win one like that, but I wanted one here so I’ll take it any way I can get it. I hate that that happened to Fike. I really couldn’t see what happened but I know it was pretty nasty, and I got lucky to make it through it.”

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on its second night at DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return for night five of DIRTcar Nationals.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 12, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [9]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 5. 17W-Bryan Clauson [14]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. 1B-Dale Blaney [18]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [12]; 9. 7-Paul McMahan [21]; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah [15]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16]; 12. 83-Joey Saldana [11]; 13. 2L-Danny Lasoski [13]; 14. 70-Danny Holtgraver [23]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [24]; 16. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [4]; 17. 71MX-Paul May [20]; 18. 15-Donny Schatz [17]; 19. 11-Steve Kinser [7]; 20. 59-Austin McCarl [19]; 21. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 22. O7-Doug Esh [10]; 23. 24-Terry McCarl [22]; 24. 5-David Gravel [5]. Lap leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-5, 14-29; Brad Sweet 6-13, 30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Paul McMahan [+12]

DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) – 1. 10Y-Trent Young, 2. 2-Nick Hoffman, 3. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 4. 36-Kenny Wallace, 5. 41-Ty Dillon, 6. 72X-Brian Papiez, 7. 7-Justin Allgaier, 8. 1S-Brian Shaw, 9. 67-Garrett Stewart, 10. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 11. 7W-Kody Weisner, 12. 54-Larry Burkins, 13. 9-Ken Schrader, 14. 28-Paul Miles, 15. 14T-Tyler Clem, 16. 21C-Taylor Cook, 17. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 18. D4B-Jackie Boggs, 19. 10-A.J. Fike, 20. D4-Dave Jamison, 21. 56-Tyler Nicely, 22. 33-Jeff Matthews, 23. 77S-Stephen Schnapf, 24. 64-Billy Workman Jr, 25. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 26. 51-Brandon Green, 27. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 28. 77-Ray Bollinger

Tyler Nicely holds off Dillon to win DIRTcar UMP Modified feature

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 11, 2016 — Donny Schatz battled through the field Thursday night to win the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature at DIRTcar Nationals.

Schatz, who drives for NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, started in 10th position and quickly moved forward. He caught the top-three drivers by lap 15 and passed leader Jason Johnson on lap 20. As Johnson worked to hold off Dale Blaney, Schatz built an insurmountable lead in the final 10 laps.

“It’s an incredible race team,” said Schatz, a seven-time World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series champion. “I didn’t want to have to call the boss tonight and tell him I left anything on the table - just an incredible effort from these guys.”

“You have to go where everyone else isn’t,” Schatz said. “I just had to find a way around. Once we got going, it was just awesome.”

Tyler Nicely fought a wheel-to-wheel battle with Brian Ruhlman and held off NASCAR star Ty Dillon to pick up his first DIRTcar UMP Modified win of DIRTcar Nationals. The win ended the two race streak for Nick Hoffman, but Hoffman had reason to celebrate as the builder of Nicely’s Elite Chassis.

Jason Beaulieu battled with Ruhlman through the first half of the 20-lap feature. Nicely worked his way forward and by lap 11 took over the lead. Nicely and Ruhlman traded position through the next eight laps. As lapped traffic came into play, Dillon closed the gap and passed Ruhlman for second. Off the final turn, Dillon was side-by-side with Nicely, but Nicely held the lead and took the checkered flag.

“It’s awesome to be able to race with someone you trust and not tear up your equipment,” Nicely said of Ruhlman. “I just knew if I could keep it down there in the good dirt, hopefully I could get a good enough run to clear him.”

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicks off its 2016 season and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return on Friday for night four of DIRTcar Nationals.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 11, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz ($5,000), 2. 1-Dale Blaney, 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 4. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 5. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 6. 71M-Dave Blaney, 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 9. 45-Tim Shaffer, 10. 27-Greg Hodnett, 11. 5-David Gravel, 12. 83-Joey Saldana, 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15. 29-Kerry Madsen, 16. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 17. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 18. 24-Terry McCarl, 19. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 20. 2-Shane Stewart, 21. 1S-Sammy Swindell, 22. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 23. 7-Paul McMahan, 24. 07-Doug Esh.

DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) – 1. 56-Tyler Nicely ($1,000), 2. 41-Ty Dillon, 3. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 4. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 5. 2-Nick Hoffman, 6. 33-Jeff Matthews, 7. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 8. 36-Kenny Wallace, 9. 14T-Tyler Clem, 10. 35-David Stremme, 11. 77-Ray Bollinger, 12. 9-Ken Schrader, 13. 3-Austin Dillon, 14. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 15. 16C-Josh Harris, 16. K9-Will Krup, 17. 10-A.J. Fike, 18. 10Y-Trent Young, 19. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 20. 72X-Brian Papiez, 21. 0J-Bryce Jewell, 22. 51-Brandon Green, 23.01L-Patrick Lyon, 24. 12H-Mike Hansen, 25. D4B-Jackie Boggs, 26. 22T-Tony Anderson, 27. 28B-Chad Boone, 28. 27-Michael Turner 

Nick Hoffman wins two in a row with DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 10, 2016 — Dave Blaney held off Donny Schatz to score the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature win on Wednesday night at DIRTcar Nationals.

Blaney, a former NASCAR driver and the 1995 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series champion, started the 30-lap feature at Volusia Speedway Park in the second position and battled with polesitter Joey Saldana early. Blaney took the lead and had to contend with Schatz who charged forward from a sixth place starting position.

The two drivers battled in lapped traffic with Schatz getting around Blaney at one point for the lead. After a restart, Blaney pulled ahead in clean air and built a sizeable lead over Schatz. It was Blaney’s 47th career All Star victory. 

“If I could just not make a mistake I felt like I had a fair chance,” Blaney said. “We did get fortunate with that caution, the driver was wearing out a little bit, and I can’t believe we won this race. I’m thrilled to be driving for Dan Motter. I was really glad we were out here and competitive tonight and in the hunt. Then to win it is awesome. I can’t thank my guys enough and Dan for putting this together.”

In the 30-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified feature, Nick Hoffman made it two wins in a row, battling former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Stremme early and holding off other NASCAR notables Ty Dillon and Kenny Wallace through the feature.

Wallace kept Hoffman within striking distance but was never able to get close enough to complete a pass for the lead.

“[Kenny Wallace] is tough everywhere we go. I knew he would race us clean when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw he was in second. They told me in the infield to hustle it for three more laps at the end, so I gave it everything I had,” Hoffman said. “Everything held together and we got us another Gator (trophy).”

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Sunday, Feb. 20. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return on Thursday for night three of DIRTcar Nationals.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.


Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 71M-Dave Blaney ($5,000), 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 3. 83-Joey Saldana, 4. 27-Greg Hodnett, 5. 1S-Sammy Swindell, 6. 1-Dale Blaney, 7. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 10. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 11. 41-Jason Johnson, 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 14. 7-Paul McMahan, 15. 5-David Gravel, 16. 29-Kerry Madsen, 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 18. 59-Austin McCarl, 19. 8M-TJ Michael, 20. 07-Doug Esh, 21. 7S-Jason Sides, 22. 4-Danny Smith, 23. 71A-RJ Johnson, 24. 49-Brad Sweet.

DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) – 1. 2-Nick Hoffman ($1,000), 2. 36-Kenny Wallace, 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 4. 41-Ty Dillon, 5. 35-David Stremme, 6. 33-Jeff Matthews, 7. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 8. 77-Ray Bollinger, 9. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 10. D4B-Jackie Boggs, 11. 72X-Brian Papiez, 12. K9-Will Krup, 13. 54-Larry Burkins, 14. 51-Brandon Green, 15. 56-Tyler Nicely, 16. 12H-Mike Hansen, 17. 27-Michael Turner, 18. 1S-Brian Shaw, 19. 64-Billy Workman Jr, 20. 101-Jesse Wisecarver, 21. 96-Cory Daugherty, 22. 77S-Stephen Schnapf, 23. 10Y-Trent Young, 24. 10-A.J-Fike.

David Gravel fastest on sprint car practice night

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 9, 2016 — A sizzling Nick Hoffman heated up the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park after powering his way to the lead early in the 20-lap feature event and claiming another Gator trophy for his growing collection.

Kenny Wallace, a former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and current NASCAR broadcaster, started the feature from the pole position but lost the lead once the green flag dropped to Trent Young.

Young controlled the lead for a handful of laps before conceding the top spot to Hoffman following a brief fight for the lead. Hoffman quickly escaped from the rest of the field, pulling out to a sizeable lead and capturing the opening night of DIRTcar Nationals.

“We just made the right changes before the feature,” said Hoffman, a native of Mooresville, N.C. “We can’t stop here, we need to win a few more of these before the end of the week…this Gator is going in my pond with the rest of them.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions took to the track Tuesday night for an open practice session. 23-year-old David Gravel was the fastest driver during the three practice sessions, with a trip around Volusia at 13.814 seconds.

The night was Gravel’s first with new team CJB Motorsports.

“It’s definitely something that takes time, but so far so good,” Gravel said of his new team. “We made good adjustments tonight and it seemed like we were all on the same page. If we keep that going I think we’ll have a good week.”

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Sunday, Feb. 20. On Wednesday night, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds take on night two of DIRTcar Nationals with full racing programs.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.


DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) – A-Main - (20 Laps) - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman ($1,000), 2. 10Y-Trent Young, 3. 36-Kenny Wallace, 4. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 5. 56-Tyler Nicely, 6. 10-A.J-Fike, 7. 7-Justin Allgaier, 8. 51-Brandon Green, 9. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 10. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 11. 72X-Brian Papiez, 12. 14T-Tyler Clem, 13. 67-Garrett Stewart, 14. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 15. 7-Jeff Thomas, 16. 45J-Johnny Broking, 17. 0J-Bryce Jewell, 18. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 19. 33-Jeff Matthews, 20. 77S-Stephen Schnapt, 21. 17T-Tyler Evans, 22. 36L-Jamie Lomax, 23. 64JR-Billy Workman Jr, 24. 77-Ray Bollinger.

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