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  1. Fog a First Time Winner at Volusia BARBERVILLE, FL. - February 25, 2016 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series took the track at Volusia Speedway Park for the first time on night 11 of DIRTcar Nationals. During the 40-lap Craftsman Club Feature fans and drivers in attendance witnessed a thick fog roll in after 10pm that was the concoction of two days of heavy rain followed by a third of sunny blue skies. For the drivers' safety, the feature was called complete with 23 laps in the books due to poor visibility. Despite the bad luck Mother Nature brought, Shane Clanton was the class of the field all around. He had the fastest lap time during qualifying with 15.861-second lap, won his heat race and led all 23-laps of the feature. "I hate that Mother Nature brought this fog in, but it's pretty bad out there," Clanton said. "Every straightaway you had to pull a tearoff because it's like rain. I hate it for the fans. They didn't get to see a full feature here. I think we had the best car tonight, so hopefully we can repeat tomorrow and do it all over." Eric Wells also had a strong night as he claimed the second overall fastest time with a 15.862-second lap. Wells also won his heat race and found his way to second place on the podium. "The track was really demanding tonight," Well said. "It's fast and it takes a lot of manpower. You hook a rut the wrong way and you don't know which way the car's going to go. That definitely didn't help at all, but we've got a pretty good package. We're going to work on it tomorrow and hopefully we'll be in Shane's spot." Not everybody had as successful a night as the top three. Several drivers battled both the elements and mechanical problems throughout the night and were forced to retire early. Chris Madden was the first driver forced to retire on lap seven when the third driveshaft of the night broke on the Grey Court, SC native's No.44. Don O'Neal suffered a similar fate on lap 16. The Martinsville, Ind. native was running fifth after starting the feature 11th. "I broke something in the driveline coming off of [turn] two," O'Neal said following the race. "It's a shame. I mean, we came up through [the field] a ways and I thought we were going to have a good decent finish." Union, Ky driver Darrell Lanigan finished eighth in heat two after he pulled pit side with a miss in the motor. Lanigan's team was scratched for the remainder of the night after pulling the motor. The team described it as "precautionary" after failing to diagnose the source of the problem. As fog rolled over Volusia midway through the 40-lap feature, several drivers struggled with vision and ran out of tearoffs before the race was called at lap 23. "I started way too far back. I had 40 some tearoffs and I used every one of them," said Brandon Overton. "As soon as I would pull one off, the other one would be fogged up. I just kept yanking them and finally I ran out. I figured I had better pull in before we tear anything up." Podium finisher Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY also struggled with the same vision issues due to fog. "It wasn't the easiest to see," McCreadie said. "I'm not going to sit here and act like we can just fly around here no problem. We were wiping the mist [off our visors] all the way around." The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will close out the last day of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday. Feature 40-lap- 1. 25- Shane Clanton[2]; 2. 18-Eric Wells [6];3.39-Tim McCreadie[10]; 4.7-Rick Eckert[4]; 5.3s-Brian Shirley[5]; 6.1-Brandon Sheppard[15]; 7.7F-Jason Fitzgerald[9]; 8.40B-Kyle Bronson[8]; 9.99B-Boom Briggs[7]; 10.1P-Earl Pearson Jr[21]; 11.1*-Chub Frank[16]; 12.20-Rodney Sanders[19]; 13.28-Dennis Erb Jr[18]; 14.4-Ds-Chad Hollenbeck[23]; 15.15s-Donny Schatz[12]; 16.99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr[27]; 17.14M-Morgan Bagley[22]; 18.9-Devin Moran[20]; 19.2c-Joey Coulter[28]; 20.21-Billy Moyer Jr[26]; 21.93-Donald Bradsher[14]; 22.91-Tyler Erb[3]; 23.116-Brandon Overton[25]; 24.21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr[24]; 25.5-Don O'Neal[11]; 26.17M-Dale McDowell[13]; 27.44-Chris Madden[17]; 28.15-Steve Francis[1] Qualifying Group A: 1.72-Mike Norris, 15.923; 2.91-Tyler Erb, 16.01; 3.7-Rick Eckert,16.201; 4.99B-Boom Briggs, 16.247; 5.14-Darrell Lanigan, 16.281; 6.7F-Jason Fitzgerald, 16.296; 7.15-Steve Francis, 16.35; 8.40B-Kyle Bronson, 16.357; 9.20-Rodney Sanders, 16.36; 10.1-Brandon Sheppard, 16.405; 11.14M-Morgan Bagley , 16.417; 12.7W-Ricky Weiss, 16.419l 13.18c-Chase Junghans, 16.43; 14.17M-Dale McDowell, 16.463; 15.93-Donald Bradsher, 16.468; 16.B1-Brent Larson, 16.5; 17.38s-Kenny Pettyjohn, 16.576; 18.0v-Coleby Frye, 16.694; 19.116-Brandon Overton, 16.699; 20.6- Blake Spencer, 16.861; 21.2c- Joey Coulter, 17.006; 22.9- Devin Moran, 17.115; 23.14r-Reid Millard, 17.436; 24.16- Justin Rattliff, DNS; 25.35- Win Ingersoll, DNS Qualifying Group B: 1.25- Shane Clanton,15.861; 2.18- Eric Wells, 15.862; 3.3s- Brian Shirley, 15.952; 4.39- Tim McCreadie, 15.956; 5.44- Chris Madden, 15.978; 6.15s- Donny Schatz, 15.997; 7.4-Ds- Chad Hollenbeck, 16.093; 8.5- Don O'Neal, 16.167; 9.28- Dennis Erb Jr, 16.173; 10.22*- G.R. Smith, 16.186; 11.1P- Earl Pearson Jr, 16.27; 12.21L- Ivedent Lloyd Jr, 16.275; 13.1*- Chub Frank, 16.355; 14.2F- Dennis Franklin, 16.463; 15.16T- Tyler Bruening, 16.484; 16.21jr- Billy Moyer Jr, 16.501; 17.99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 16.56; 18.71- Hudson O'Neal, 16.565; 19.11- Austin Hubbard, 16.774; 20.2H- Nick Hoffman, 16.826; 21.3c- Charles LaPlant, 17.059; 22.16J- Jason Jameson, 17.263; 23.99- Dylan Thompson, 17.554; 24.16H- Mike Hammerle, 18.557 Heat 1: 1. 15- Steve Francis[3];2. 99B- Boom Briggs[2];3. 17M- Dale McDowell[5];4. 14M- Morgan Bagley[4];5. 38s- Kenny Pettyjohn[6];6. 6-Blake Spencer[7];7.14r- Reid Millard[8];8.72-Mike Norris[DNS];9. 35-Win Ingersoll[DNS] Heat 2: 1. 91- Tyler Erb[1];2. 40B- Kyle Bronson[3];3. 93-Donald Bradsher[5];4. 20- Rodney Sanders[8];5. 7W- Ricky Weiss[4];6. 0v- Coleby Frye[6];7. 2c- Joey Coulter[7];8. 14-Darrell Lanigan[2]; Heat 3: 1.7- Rick Eckert[1]; 2.7F-Jason Fitzgerald[2]; 3.1- Brandon Sheppard[3]; 4.116-Brandon Overton[6]; 5.9-Devin Moran[7]; 6.18c- Chase Junghans[4]; 7.B1-Brent Larson[5]; 8.16-Justin Rattliff[DNS] Heat 4: 1. 25-Shane Clanton[1];2. 39- Tim McCreadie[2];3.1*- Chub Frank[5];4. 4-Ds-Chad Hollenbeck[3];5.16J-Jason Jameson[8];6.11-Austin Hubbard[7];7. 22*-G.R. Smith[4];8.21-Billy Moyer Jr[6] Heat 5: 1.18-Eric Wells[1]; 2. 5-Don O'Neal[3]; 3.44-Chris Madden[2]; 4.1P-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 5.99j-Frank Heckenast Jr[6]; 6.2H-Nick Hoffman[7];7.99-Dylan Thompson[8];8.2F-Dennis Franklin[DNS] Heat 6: 1. 3s-Brian Shirley[1];2.15s-Donny Schatz[2];3.28-Dennis Erb Jr[3];4.21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr[4];5.16T-Tyler Bruening[5];6.71-Hudson O'Neal[6];7.3c-Charles LaPlant[7];8.16H-Mike Hammerle[8]; Last Chance Showdown 1: 1.20-Rodney Sanders[2]; 2.14M-Morgan Bagley[1]; 3.38s-Kenny Pettyjohn[3]; 4.2c-Joey Coulter[8]; 5.7W-Ricky Weiss[4]; 6.6-Blake Spencer[5]; 7.14r-Reid Millard[7]; 8.0v-Coleby Frye[6]; 9.72-Mike Norris[DNS]; 10.14-Darrell Lanigan[DNS]; 11.35-Win Ingersoll[DNS] Last Chance Showdown 2: 1.9- Devin Moran[3]; 2.4-Ds-Chad Hollenbeck [2]; 3.18c-Chase Junghans[5]; 4.22*-G.R. Smith[8]; 5.16J-Jason Jameson[4]; 6.B1-Brent Larson[7]; 7.21-Billy Moyer Jr[10]; 8.11-Austin Hubbard[6]; 9.116-Brandon Overton[1]; 10.16-Justin Rattliff[DNS] Last Chance Showdown 3: 1. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr[1]; 2.21L-Ivedent Lloyd Jr[2]; 3.16T-Tyler Bruening[4]; 4.2H-Nick Hoffman[5];5.99j-Frank Heckenast Jr[3]; 6.71-Hudson O'Neal[6]; 7.99-Dylan Thompson[7];8.3c-Charles LaPlant[8]; 9.16H-Mike Hammerle[10];10.2F-Dennis Franklin[DNS]
  2. DIRTcar Nationals Thursday Program Cancelled Due to Persistent Rain in Area - Event will resume Friday as regularly scheduled with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 23, 2017 - Night 10 of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park has been cancelled due to an extended heavy rain storm that hit the area on Wednesday and Thursday and a forecast of continued rain well into the day. DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park will resume on Friday, Feb. 24, with the pit gates opening at 1:00pm, grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Hot laps for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will kick off on-track activities at 6:00pm. Fans that have purchased tickets in advance can use Thursday night's tickets as a credit toward one of the final two nights of DIRTcar Nationals. The ticket window at Volusia Speedway Park will be closed on Thursday and will reopen early at 3:00pm on Friday to assist those customers with Wednesday and Thursday tickets. For more information about DIRTcar Nationals visit www.DIRTcarNationals.com or call 844-DIRT-TIX. Follow DIRTcar Nationals on social media: @DIRTcarNats on Twitter and Facebook.com/DIRTcar.
  3. Gator Glory: Nick Hoffman Celebrates $5,000 Gator Championship By Clayton Johns 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 Feature - (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. 2x4-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. 2x4-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]. * Qualifying and heat races completed on Sunday, February 20, 2017 FOLLOW DIRTCAR NATIONALS: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube #DIRTcarNats
  4. Chris Madden Grabs A Gator BARBERVILLE, FL- February 20, 2017- On the seventh day of the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, 43 Late Models migrated to Volusia Speedway Park to test their luck at the 'World's Fastest Half-Mile'. The season opening swing through Georgia and Florida 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 steadily gained 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 had 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 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 to his choice to run 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 was also among the front runners Monday night and was trailing closely behind Shirley and Madden until his right-rear tire exploded. 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, but had to restart at the rear. 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 or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX. 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Late Model Notebook - February 20, 2017 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] B-Main 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] B-Main 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] 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 Hammerle
  5. Three Is Company: Schatz Charges to Win -Gravel awarded the coveted 'Big Gator' BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 19, 2017 - Donny Schatz etched his name into DIRTcar Nationals history Sunday, winning both the afternoon and night show at Volusia Speedway Park. The trip down victory lane gave Schatz 17 career wins at the half-mile, and he captured three of the five sprint shows in the 12-day event. With the victory, Schatz joined Jeff Swindell and Sammy Swindell as the only Outlaws to win multiple series races in one day. Jeff Swindell first accomplished the one-day sweep at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park on October 8, 1994. Sammy Swindell matched his brother's feat in 1999 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway. Though Schatz won the majority of the week's sprint car races, those he did not win proved to test his No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing team. In the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series opener, Schatz qualified 24th in a 36-car pack and placed fourth in his heat race. Sunday night was similar, as Schatz only qualified seven positions better and placed fifth in his heat. What differed for the eight-time champion this time was his ability to move through the 26-car feature field. "We didn't change anything," Schatz said. "I thought the car felt really good. I actually thought I could get to the middle pretty well, but that changed once we got that going. These guys are incredible with what they do. I love it." Schatz started 17th in the 30-lap feature, but made quick work of those between him and a podium position. By the 12th lap Schatz skidded through the bottom, passing multiple drivers into fourth. The next lap Schatz made his move for third, getting under quick-timer Brian Brown. Brown won his way through the program, setting the quick time and eventually leading the feature into the green flag. Within the final 10 laps and one position later, Schatz threatened for first. David Gravel, who took the lead on the fifth lap, maintained the top spot by building speed on the top cushion. Gravel said he felt comfortable "staying on top and running alone," but Schatz began to close the gap with each lap by cutting the corners out of turns three and four; lapped traffic gave Gravel enough real-estate to not alter his line. However with two laps remaining, the two barreled down the front stretch side by side - only for Schatz to catch him in turn one. Gravel said where he saved time with lapped traffic, he ended up giving time back at the end. "We wanted to win there," Gravel said. "Lapped traffic got us. Sometimes we're better running second. I don't know what I could have done differently, but I did the best I could. Just leading all those laps you want to win." Despite Gravel's shortcoming, in hindsight he said he had a good week. Having battled through four motor changes - the CJB Motorsports team had to get three more Kistler engines delivered to even be able to run the finale - he still advanced to the Craftsman® Club Dash in both shows. Because of the consistency, Gravel took home the coveted 'Big Gator' trophy, which is awarded to the top performing driver overall. "We just need to continue to get better and run well," said Gravel, whose focus is helping refresh and replenish his team's inventory. The series will head West for its annual Kick-off Tour. First, the Outlaws will tackle two Texas tracks from March 3-4: Lonestar Speedway and Gator Motorplex. For more information, visit woosprint.com/kick-off-tour. DIRTcar Nationals, Volusia Speedway Park Notebook Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [17] [$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [4] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$3,200]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] [$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [1] [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [14] [$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10] [$2,200]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3] [$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [16] [$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [21] [$2,000]; 11. 10H-Chad Kemenah [19] [$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23] [$1,200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [18] [$1,100]; 14. 13D-Danny Dietrich [15] [$1,050]; 15. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [11] [$1,000]; 16. 49X-Tim Shaffer [20] [$900]; 17. 59H-Justin Henderson [22] [$800]; 18. 17-Joey Saldana [13] [$800]; 19. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [12] [$800]; 20. 41-Jason Johnson [8] [$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [25] [$]; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp [26] [$]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [6] [$800]; 24. 24R-Rico Abreu [7] [$800]; 25. 1-Dale Blaney [9] [$800]; 26. 4-Paul McMahan [24] [$800]; Lap Leaders: Lucas Wolfe 1-4, David Gravel 5-28, Donny Schatz 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+16] Qualifying - 1. 21-Brian Brown, 13.006; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.014; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.051; 4. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.097; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.097; 6. 5-David Gravel, 13.125; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.132; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.134; 9. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.162; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.175; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.209; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.210; 13. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.211; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.223; 15. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.244; 16. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.248; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.254; 18. 59H-Justin Henderson, 13.265; 19. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.283; 20. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.303; 21. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.303; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.314; 23. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.328; 24. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.350; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.360; 26. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.440; 27. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.468; 28. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.484; 29. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.519; 30. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.527; 31. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.539; 32. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.572; 33. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.608; 34. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 13.716; 35. O7-Jacob Wilson, 13.903; 36. 59S-Ben Schmidt, nt Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 21-Brian Brown [1] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] ; 3. 1-Dale Blaney [3] ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [4] ; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5] ; 6. 14-Christopher Bell [6] ; 7. 19-Brent Marks [7] ; 8. 17X-Caleb Helms [9] ; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8] Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1] ; 2. 5-David Gravel [2] ; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6] ; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3] ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett [7] ; 7. 59H-Justin Henderson [5] ; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [8]; 9. 7W-Tasker Phillips [9] Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1] ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [2] ; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3] ; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich [4] ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [6] ; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5] ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson [9] Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2] ; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu [1] ; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4] ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3] ; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7] ; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [5] ; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8] ; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [6] ; 9. 59S-Ben Schmidt [9] Craftsman Club® Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of feature) - 1. 21-Brian Brown [1] ; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2] ; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4] ; 4. 5-David Gravel [6] ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] ; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [3] ; 7. 24R-Rico Abreu [8] ; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [7] Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [-]; 2. 59H-Justin Henderson [1] [-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [-]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [3] [-]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6] [$300]; 6. 14-Christopher Bell [4] [$250]; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett [7] [$225]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [10] [$200]; 9. 17X-Caleb Helms [13] [$200]; 10. 7W-Tasker Phillips [14] [$200]; 11. 59S-Ben Schmidt [16] [$200]; 12. 13-Clyde Knipp [5] [$200]; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel [9] [$200]; 14. O7-Jacob Wilson [15] [$200]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [11] [$200]; 16. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [12] [$200]
  6. Hat Trick: Hoffman Wrangles Third Gator BARBERVILLE, FL - February 19, 2017 - For the third time this week, Nick Hoffman dominated all 20 laps of the A-Main to earn a Gator trophy during the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday afternoon. The race was the completion of Saturday's rain-postponed event. Hoffman of Mooresville, NC picked the pole starting position for Sunday's matinee via the redraw after winning his heat. From there, he jumped out to a convincing lead, but a trio of cautions, including one with three laps to go, allowed Taylor Cook of Stanley, NC to challenge for the win. As the yellow flags helped to push the door open for Cook, Hoffman slammed it shut with a smooth run around the bottom of the track over the final three laps to earn the victory. "Nothing's going wrong now that we're rolling," Hoffman said in Victory Lane. "[The car] was really good. I just ran the bottom and made sure to hit all my marks. Taylor, hats off to him. He ran a great race. We'll just keep it rolling and make sure nothing falls off tomorrow. We'll try and get that big check [on Monday]." The runner-up result was the second top-five finish of the week for Cook, whose previous best DIRTcar Nationals finish was a fourth on Thursday night. "Last night [after qualifying], we were worried we weren't even going to make this show let alone Monday night's show," Cook said. "To have a run like that is awesome. We had a really good night on Thursday. Wednesday and Friday we struggled a bit. I went backwards on some of the changes I made the other two nights. It seems pretty good now." Larry Burkins of St. Augustine, Fla. rounded out the podium finishers with a third-place finish, his best of the week at Volusia. Hoffman set fast time in time trials on Saturday night with a lap of 18.359 seconds, his fourth quick time award of the week. Other heat race winners were Campbell River, BC driver Jason Beaulieu, Jason Brookover of Washington, WV, and Robbie Eilers of Highland, Ill. Hoffman, Cook and Burkins are locked into Monday's $5,000-to-win UMP Modified Gator Championships along with the remainder of the top-10 finishers, including Robbie Eilers, Tyler Nicely, Johnny Broking, David Stremme, Ray Bollinger, Jeff Mathews and Zeke McKenzie. 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park - DIRTcar UMP Modified Notebook - February 18-19, 2017 A-Main - (20 Laps) - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [1]; 2. 21C-Taylor Cook [8]; 3. 54-Larry Burkins [3]; 4. 3E-Robbie Eilers [4]; 5. 25-Tyler Nicely [9]; 6. 45J-Johnny Broking [7]; 7. 35-David Stremme [5]; 8. 9. 33-Jeff Mathews [14]; 9. 77-Ray Bollinger [2]; 10. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie [6]; 11. 90-Jason Beaulieu [10]; 12. 88-Matt Crafton [12]; 13. 2x4-Chase Collins [16]; 14. 8-Kyle Strickler [34]; 15. 22T-Tony Anderson [20]; 16. 28B-Jason Brookover [15]; 17. 98-Shon Flanery [13]; 18. 40B-Kyle Bronson [21]; 19. D4-Dave Jamieson [28]; 20. 9S-Slater McCray [17]; 21. 14T-Tyler Clem [11]; 22. 6-Dylan Browning [33]; 23. 5-Johnathan Taylor [29]; 24. 18I-Jason Intoppa [19]; 25. 2J-Troy Johnson [25]; 26. Z06-Larry Mott [27]; 27. 17A-Charles O'Neal [31]; 28. 2M-David Mitchell [23]; 29. 11T-Dugan Thye [18]; 30. 96J-Matt Johnson [22]; 31. 78-Rich Pratt [24]; 32. 23-Ryan Cripe [DNS]; 33. 58-Devin Dixon [DNS]. Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman, 18.359; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely, 18.580; 3. 35-David Stremme, 18.744; 4. 98-Shon Flanery, 18.794; 5. 5-Jonathan Taylor, 19.023; 6. 2J-Troy Johnson, 19.368; 7. 9S-Slater McCray, 19.410; 8. 6-Dylan Browning, 19.716. Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 18.360; 2. 54-Larry Burkins, 18.864; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews, 18.867; 4. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie, 19.201; 5. 23-Ryan Cripe, 19.697; 6. 11T-Dugan Thye, 20.589; 7. 96J-Matt Johnson, 21.984; 8. 58-Devin Dixon, No Time. Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 28B-Jason Brookover, 18.663; 2. 45J-Johnny Broking, 18.818; 3. 77-Ray Bollinger, 18.840; 4. 14T-Tyler Clem, 18.891; 5. Z06-Larry Mott, 19.241; 6. 18I-Jason Intoppa, 19.289; 7. 2M-David Mitchell, 19.784; 8. 17A-Charles O'Neal, 21.579. Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 3E-Robbie Eilers, 18.664; 2. 2x4-Chase Collins, 18.728; 3. 88-Matt Crafton, 18.779; 4. 22T-Tony Anderson, 18.942; 5. 21C-Taylor Cook, 18.967; 6. 78-Rich Pratt, 19.207; 7. D4-Dave Jamieson, 19.241; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler, 19.265. Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [4]; 2. 35-David Stremme [2]; 3. 25-Tyler Nicely [3]; 4. 98-Shon Flanery [1]; 5. 9S-Slater McCray [7]; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson [9]; 7. 2J-Troy Johnson [6]; 8. 5-Johnathan Taylor [5]; 9. 6-Dylan Browning [8]. Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws)- 1. 54-Larry Burkins [3]; 2. 24Z-Zeke McKenzie [1]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu [4]; 4. 33-Jeff Mathews [2]; 5. 11T-Dugan Thye [6]; 6. 96J-Matt Johnson [7]; 7. 23-Ryan Cripe [DNS]; 8. 58-Devin Dixon [DNS]. Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. 77-Ray Bollinger [2]; 2. 45J-Johnny Broking [3]; 3. 14T-Tyler Clem [1]; 4. 28B-Jason Brookover [4]; 5. 18I-Jason Intoppa [6]; 6. 2M-David Mitchell [7]; 7. Z06-Larry Mott [5]; 8. 17A-Charles O'Neal [8]. Heat 4 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to A-Feature, Winner Redraws) - 1. 3E-Robbie Eilers [4]; 2. 21C-Taylor Cook [5]; 3. 88-Matt Crafton [2]; 4. 2x4-Chase Collins [3]; 5. 22T-Tony Anderson [1]; 6. 78-Rich Pratt [6]; 7. D4-Dave Jamieson [7]; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler [8].
  7. Schatz from a Cannon - Reverses his luck to win second DIRTcar Nationals Gator BARBERSVILLE, Fla. - February 19, 2017 - It's not unusual for two series champions to face-off in the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. In the first show of a Sunday double-header, eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz revisited his fierce battle with Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Chad Kemenah. Like the Wednesday night thriller - starting in the first row with Kemenah - Schatz again established himself as the best-of-the-best between the two series. But it did not come easily for the Fargo, N.D. native, who has now won a DIRTcar Nationals show every year since 2011. On Friday night Schatz finished 14thin the feature, his worst finish since the series opener last season (when he placed 18th). But Schatz said one major adjustment was opting for a harder tire. "We did make some tire changes today and went with a harder tire," Schatz said. "I think it hurt us early in the race, but they don't pay for the first lap they pay for the last. The driver just showed up today with an attitude. I guess you could say he made all the mistakes in one night (Friday)." Once the green flag was waved, Schatz overtook Kemenah and extended his lead to nearly one second. Kemenah reclaimed his spot before the race's first caution on the ensuing restart. In the race's most exhilarating exchange, the two danced around each other - inversely switching lines high and low. Schatz was the first to take the lead, wedging his car under Kemenah's in the second turn. Kemenah used the back-stretch to regroup, and butted his left-front tire nearly up against the inside wall in turn three for first position. On Lap 14, strategy played to Schatz's favor. Schatz made the decision to start on the inside of the race's second caution - as the two made their passes on the bottom earlier. Schatz was successful on the restart. Kemenah dropped off Schatz's pace - nearly two tenths faster than the field with each lap. This left the door open for Friday night's winner Jason Johnson to slip by Kemenah and secure a second-place finish; Kemenah settled for third. Like Schatz, David Gravel also underwent a roller-coaster of a week. Gravel won Thursday's All-Star finale, but since has blown four motors. Expending his reserve, CJB Motorsports sent for three new motors to be shipped to Volusia. Gravel said race engines "eat dirt every day," so self-inflicted malfunctions are bound to happen. On his fifth Kistler motor, Gravel turned-around Friday's last place finish by first setting Sunday afternoon's quick time with a 13.453. He carried that momentum to his heat race, doubling on his successes. A small scare in the Craftsman® Club Dash when he got into the turn two wall. Escaping with only minor damage this was the only hiccup Gravel had throughout the show, ultimately collecting his first World of Outlaws top-five performance of the year. "When that fifth motor is good enough to quick time, it speaks to how good our engine program is," said Gravel, who added that he never lost doubt in his Kistler Engine package. "We never give up. We screwed up a little in the dash, but we just kept looking forward. There's no reason why we can't win tonight." With the victory, Schatz can become the first Outlaw since Jeff Swindell and Sammy Swindell to win multiple series races in one day. Jeff Swindell first accomplished the one-day sweep at Rolling Wheels (N.Y.) Raceway Park on October 8, 1994. Sammy Swindell matched his younger brothers feat in 1999 at Bloomington Speedway. Volusia Speedway Park Notebook RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz wins a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race at DIRTcar Nationals for the fourth consecutive year. After fending off Chad Kemenah - who led the 26-car feature into the green flag - Schatz nearly opened-up a two second lead. Jason Johnson, who won the previous show, caught up to Kemenah and took second place in the closing laps. CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brent Marks; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Danny Dietrich; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; Super Flow ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, David Gravel; Craftsman/Sears: Chad Kemenah; KSE Hard Charger: Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brad Sweet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Caleb Helms SEASON WINNERS: Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Donny Schatz - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on February 19) World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park, Fla.; Feb. 18, 2017 A-Main - (25 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [3] [$5,500]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2] [$3,200]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [4] [$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [8] [$2,500]; 6. 14-Christopher Bell [6] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [9] [$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [12] [$2,050]; 10. 13D-Danny Dietrich [7] [$2,000]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [19] [$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14] [$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [10] [$1,100]; 14. 24-Terry McCarl [13] [$1,050]; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [18] [$1,000]; 16. 1-Dale Blaney [20] [$900]; 17. 49-Brad Sweet [17] [$800]; 18. 27-Greg Hodnett [16] [$800]; 19. 2-Shane Stewart [24] [$800]; 20. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [23] [$800]; 21. 24R-Rico Abreu [22] [$800]; 22. 17X-Caleb Helms [15] [$800]; 23. 9-Daryn Pittman [11] [$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [25] [$800]; 25. 87-Aaron Reutzel [21] [$800]; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp [26] [$800]; Lap Leaders: Chad Kemenah 1-13, Donny Schatz 14-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+8] Qualifying - 1. 5-David Gravel, 13.453; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.456; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.543; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.567; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.574; 6. 14-Christopher Bell, 13.578; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.605; 8. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.608; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.614; 10. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.619; 11. 17X-Caleb Helms, 13.627; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.628; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 13.631; 14. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.647; 15. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.682; 16. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.701; 17. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.720; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.736; 19. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.797; 20. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 13.812; 21. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.823; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.873; 23. 24R-Rico Abreu, 13.876; 24. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.908; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.920; 26. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.929; 27. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.937; 28. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.000; 29. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.019; 30. 59H-Justin Henderson, 14.083; 31. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 14.254; 32. 59S-Ben Schmidt, 14.315; 33. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.602; 34. O7-Jacob Wilson, 14.707; 35. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.917; 36. 21-Brian Brown, nt Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 5-David Gravel[1] ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson[2] ; 3. 19-Brent Marks[4] ; 4. 24-Terry McCarl[6] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[5] ; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[3] ; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer[8] ; 8. W20-Greg Wilson[7] ; 9. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[9] Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 14-Christopher Bell[2] ; 2. 13D-Danny Dietrich[3] ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen[4] ; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6] ; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1] ; 6. 59H-Justin Henderson[8] ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser[7] ; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel[5] ; 9. O7-Jacob Wilson[9] Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 15-Donny Schatz[1] ; 2. 17-Joey Saldana[4] ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman[2] ; 4. 17X-Caleb Helms[3] ; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen[5] ; 6. 24R-Rico Abreu[6] ; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen[7] ; 8. 7W-Tasker Phillips[8] ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp[9] Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 2. 4-Paul McMahan[2] ; 3. 7S-Jason Sides[3] ; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett[4] ; 5. 1-Dale Blaney[6] ; 6. 2-Shane Stewart[7] ; 7. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[5] ; 8. 59S-Ben Schmidt[8] Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature 1. 15-Donny Schatz[2] ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson[5] ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana[7] ; 5. 4-Paul McMahan[8] ; 6. 14-Christopher Bell[3] ; 7. 13D-Danny Dietrich[6] ; 8. 5-David Gravel[4] B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel[2] [-]; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu[4] [-]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[1] [-]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart[8] [-]; 5. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier[3] [$300]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson[5] [$250]; 7. 59H-Justin Henderson[10] [$225]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser[6] [$200]; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer[9] [$200]; 10. 59S-Ben Schmidt[12] [$200]; 11. 7W-Tasker Phillips[11] [$200]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen[7] [$200]; 13. O7-Jacob Wilson[14] [$200]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp[15] [$200]; 15. 2X-Parker Price-Miller[13] [$200]; 16. 21-Brian Brown[16] [$200]
  8. Gravel Completes the Outlaw Sweep - Wins his first ever Gator at DIRTcar Nationals BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 17, 2017 - David Gravel shuts down a Donny Schatz sweep Thursday night, taking the checkers for the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series finale at the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Schatz, who threatened to win his fourth All-Star show in the last five he entered, was denied the lead late despite a caution in the final laps. "[schatz] is the best, so you always want to beat him," said Gravel, cradling his first Gator in the crook of him arm. "The track took rubber so I had a little bit of an advantage there early in the race. I just tried not to miss my marks, and there in lap traffic I tried to go slow to not slip a tire. I knew tire wear was going to be a problem late." Both Schatz and Gravel earned a Gator in the All-Star's multi-day showing; the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series drivers not only swept the event, but also took all three podium spots in the finale. Schatz has now won an All-Star feature event at DIRTcar Nationals the past two seasons. Volusia Speedway Park Notebook 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] 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]
  9. Ruhlman Rallies for Second Career Gator Win 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. 2x4-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. 2x4-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].
  10. Donny Schatz Hoists the First Gator Trophy for Sprint Car BARBERVILLE, Fla. - February 16, 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. Volusia Speedway Park Notebook 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]
  11. Nick Hoffman Records Perfect Night To Earn UMP Modified Win Barberville, Fla. - February 16, 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. 46th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Complete Results 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].
  12. Jacob Hawkins Soars to DIRTcar Nationals Opening Night Victory By Clayton Johns 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. DIRTcar National Night One Highlights DIRTcar UMP Modifieds A-Feature - [20 Laps]: 1. Jacob Hawkins [2]; 2. Brian Ruhlman [3]; 3. Kenny Wallace [9]; 4. Will Krup [5]; 5. Todd Neiheiser [7]; 6. David Stremme [35]; 7. Ray Bollinger [6]; 8. Justin Allgaier [24]; 9. Jason Beaulieu [12]; 10. Trent Young [8]; 11. Jeff Leka [4]; 12. Nick Hoffman [19]; 13. Tyler Evans [11]; 14. Kyle Strickler [21]; 15. Johnny Broking [17]; 16. Scotty Kincaid [1]; 17. Jonathon Taylor [22]; 18. Tony Anderson [18]; 19. Hunter Gustafson [16]; 20. Billy Workman Jr [20]; 21. Larry Burkins [54]; 22. Austin Holcombe [23]; 23. Jason Brookover [14]; 24. Kyle Schmidt [10]. B-Main 1 (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. Nick Hoffman (Mooresville, NC), 2. Jonathon Taylor (Saltsburg, PA), 3. J.E. Stalder (Martins Ferry, OH), 4. Shon Flanary (Surgoinsville, TN), 5. Chase Collins (Jacksonville, FL), 6. Robbie Eilers (Highland, IL), 7. Will Norris (Lima, OH), 8. Blake Spaulding (Lima, OH), 9. Matt Johnson (Jenson Beach, FL), 10. Matt Crafton (Mooresville, NC), 11. William Moores (Ostern, FL), 12. Robbie Evans (Mineral Wells, WV), 13. Tyler Nicely (Owensboro, KY), 14. Josh Rice (Verona, KY), B-Main 2 (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. Billy Workman Jr (Mooresville, NC), 2. Austin Holcombe (Elm City, NC), 3. Ryan Cripe (North Manchester, IN), 4. Jared Spaulding (Ima, OH), 5. Slater McCray (Mooresville, NC), 6. David Mitchell (Robards, KY), 7. Dugan Thye (Burlington, IA), 8. Ray Ciccrelli (Reistertown, MD), 9. Shayne Meadows (Lima, OH), 10. Rick Weitekamp (Springfield, IL), 11. Dave Jamison (Peebles, OH), 12. Jessie Hoskins (Longdale, OK), 13. David Wietholder (Liberty, IL), 14. Bob Broking (Grand Rapids, MN), B-Main 3 (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. Kyle Strickler (Mooresville, NC), 2. Justin Allgaier (Springfield, IL), 3. A.J. Fike (Galesburg, IL), 4. Garrett Stewart (Leesburg, FL), 5. Zeke McKenzie (Claypool, IN), 6. Mike Learman (Woodstock, IL), 7. Ken Schrader (Concord, NC), 8. Troy Johnson (Sugargrove, PA), 9. Dave Baldwin (Perrysville, IN), 10. Gene Nicholas (Lowell, AR), 11. Paul Shead (Deland, FL), 12. Larry Mott (Leesburg, FL), 13. Ernie Gingerich (Bunker Hill, IN), 14. Jeff Thomas (Petaluma, CA), Heat Race 1(8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws): 1. Will Krup (Mt Carmel, IL), 2. Todd Neiheiser (Panama City, FL), 3. David Stremme (Mooresville, NC), 4. Will Norris (Lima, OH), 5. J.E. Stalder (Martins Ferry, OH), 6. Shon Flanary (Surgoinsville, TN), 7. William Moores (Ostern, FL), 8. Matt Johnson (Jenson Beach, FL), 9. Josh Rice (Verona, KY), 10. Nick Hoffman (Mooresville, NC), Heat Race 2 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws) : 1. Jeff Leka (Buffalo, IL), 2. Trent Young (Crofton, KY), 3. Jason Brookover (Washington, WV), 4. Jonathon Taylor (Saltsburg, PA), 5. Chase Collins (Jacksonville, FL), 6. Robbie Eilers (Highland, IL), 7. Robbie Evans (Mineral Wells, WV), 8. Matt Crafton (Mooresville, NC), 9. Blake Spaulding (Lima, OH), 10. Tyler Nicely (Owensboro, KY), Heat Race 3 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws): 1. Jacob Hawkins (Fairmont, WV), 2. Kenny Wallace (Imperial, MO), 3. Larry Burkins (St. Augustine, FL), 4. Billy Workman Jr (Mooresville, NC), 5. Jared Spaulding (Ima, OH), 6. Slater McCray (Mooresville, NC), 7. David Mitchell (Robards, KY), 8. Jessie Hoskins (Longdale, OK), 9. David Wietholder (Liberty, IL), 10. Dave Jamison (Peebles, OH), Heat Race 4 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws) : 1. Brian Ruhlman (Clarklake, MI), 2. Kyle Schmidt (Farmington, AR), 3. Hunter Gustafson (Howey, FL), 4. Ryan Cripe (North Manchester, IN), 5. Austin Holcombe (Elm City, NC), 6. Dugan Thye (Burlington, IA), 7. Shayne Meadows (Lima, OH), 8. Rick Weitekamp (Springfield, IL), 9. Ray Ciccrelli (Reistertown, MD), 10. Bob Broking (Grand Rapids, MN), Heat Race 5 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws) : 1. Ray Bollinger (Kewanee, IL), 2. Tyler Evans (Mineral Wells, WV), 3. Johnny Broking (Grand Rapids, MN), 4. Kyle Strickler (Mooresville, NC), 5. Justin Allgaier (Springfield, IL), 6. Mike Learman (Woodstock, IL), 7. Troy Johnson (Sugargrove, PA), 8. Gene Nicholas (Lowell, AR), 9. Ernie Gingerich (Bunker Hill, IN), 10. Ken Schrader (Concord, NC), Heat Race 6 (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-Feature; Winner redraws) : 1. Scotty Kincaid (Rising Sun, IN), 2. Jason Beaulieu (Campbell River, BC), 3. Tony Anderson (Lima, OH), 4. Garrett Stewart (Leesburg, FL), 5. A.J. Fike (Galesburg, IL), 6. Zeke McKenzie (Claypool, IN), 7. Dave Baldwin (Perrysville, IN), 8. Larry Mott (Leesburg, FL), 9. Paul Shead (Deland, FL), 10. Jeff Thomas (Petaluma, CA), Qualifying Group No. 1: 1. Nick Hoffman [19.450]; 2. Todd Neiheiser [19.632]; 3. Will Krup [19.743]; 4. David Stremme [20.227]; 5. Josh Rice [20.271]; 6. J.E. Stalder [20.353]; 7. Will Norris [20.408]; 8. Shon Flanary [20.461]; 9. William Moores [20.757]; 10. Matt Johnson [22.822]. Qualifying Group No. 2: 1. Jonathon Taylor [19.385]; 2. Tyler Nicely [19.535]; 3. Trent Young [19.909]; 4. Jeff Leka [19.957]; 5. Jason Brookover [19.968]; 6. Robbie Eilers [20.124]; 7. Matt Crafton [20.199]; 8. Robbie Evans [20.237]; 9. Blake Spaulding [20.354]; 10. Chase Collins [20.511]. Qualifying Group No. 3: 1. Kenny Wallace [19.084]; 2. Jacob Hawkins 19.194]; 3. David Wietholder [19.702]; 4. Dave Jamison [19.839]; 5. Billy Workman Jr [19.921]; 6. Larry Burkins [20.141]; 7. Slater McCray [20.286]; 8. Jessie Hoskins [20.350]; 9. Jared Spaulding [20.423]; 10. David Mitchell [20.879]. Qualifying Group No. 4: 1. Brian Ruhlman [18.747], 2. Bob Broking [19.390], 3. Kyle Schmidt [19.836], 4. Hunter Gustafson [20.151], 5. Ryan Cripe [20.220], 6. Austin Holcombe [20.231], 7. Shayne Meadows [20.258], 8. Dugan Thye [20.710], 9. Ray Ciccrelli [20.769], 10. Rick Weitekamp [21.293] Qualifying Group No. 5: 1. Kyle Strickler [18.817], 2. Tyler Evans [18.921], 3. Johnny Broking [18.990], 4. Ray Bollinger [19.211], 5. Mike Learman [19.258], 6. Ken Schrader [19.485], 7. Troy Johnson [19.604], 8. Justin Allgaier [19.612], 9. Gene Nicholas [20.394], 10. Ernie Gingerich [20.415] Qualifying Group No. 6: 1. Jason Beaulieu [18.791], 2. Zeke McKenzie [18.864], 3. Tony Anderson [19.259], 4. Scotty Kincaid [19.309], 5. A.J. Fike [19.311], 6. Paul Shead [19.337], 7. Dave Baldwin [19.490], 8. Garrett Stewart [19.558], 9. Larry Mott [20.113], 10. Jeff Thomas [DNF]
  13. Juggling Act: Chassis Builders Set For DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified Competition at Volusia By Clayton Johns CONCORD, N.C. - February 14, 2017 - If eight consecutive nights of racing sounds challenging, it is. Four DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers are adding another layer to that task when they compete at the 46th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL from February 14-25, 2017. David Stremme, Nick Hoffman, David Reutimann and Brian Ruhlman are gearing up to tackle eight straight nights at Volusia, but all four drivers are also chassis builders. They'll not only be focused on their own equipment, but also on as many as a dozen others competing in cars they've fabricated. Stremme, who enters his third season operating Lethal Chassis in Mooresville, NC, anticipates he'll have up to 13 customers racing at Volusia. Organizing for a trip of this length, with customer service and maintenance in mind, is a challenging task, but one Stremme's ready to tackle. "I've always been a planning and scheduling type person," Stremme said. "I would say we're prepared as much as we think we need to be, but I don't think you're ever prepared [enough]. I'll bring a whole other trailer with stuff for our customers." Nick Hoffman, the two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified champion, is also based in Mooresville as the builder of Elite Chassis. Now in its fifth year, Hoffman and his team are currently building their 65th car and expect as many as seven clients to compete at Volusia. Countless hours of preparation have gone into the offseason to make sure he can service his teams as needed in the Sunshine State. "It's the biggest thing for me. If we have seven cars down there, I have to have stuff for myself but I'll also bring 10-15 bumpers and I'll have my trailer packed front to back and all the way to the top with tires and body panels," Hoffman explained. "It's a lot of preparation to get stuff built and stocked up for this." David Reutimann, the owner of Beak Built chassis in North Carolina, knows that space in the trailer is always at a premium. Regardless, he'll find a way to meet his customers' needs. "You'll have some guys say 'while you're coming down, how about you bring us four or five bumpers'. Sometimes it's a bit of a juggling act to get everything in there," Reutimann said. Clarklake, Mich. native Brian Ruhlman, the owner and builder of Ruhlman Racecars, is also knee-deep in his planning. Ruhlman also expects to have a handful of competitors driving equipment with his stamp at the DIRTcar Nationals. Last year, he found Victory Lane at Volusia for the first time and knows another successful trip south is the best publicity available. "For us, it's more of a marketing deal in order to keep yourself relevant. If you go down there and run well or win races, that kind of makes you relevant within the market for the year," Ruhlman explained. In theory, it seems like a stressful operation, but only until the cars are loaded and out of the shop. Then, its time to race, relax and enjoy a reunion of sorts amongst customers, who often become good friends. "Our customer base is really spread out, which is a good thing for us. I've got guys all over the place and everybody kind of congregates down there because that's the only thing going on. It's nice to see them face-to-face," Ruhlman said. There's an added benefit to the rare opportunity to learn and converse with customers in person. "The approach I take, with all of our customers, they get exactly what we're running, unless we're working on something new," Ruhlman said. "Being an engineer, it's a lot easier to explain the why. Here's what it does, here's why it does it and here's how to manage it." Stremme echoed a similar sentiment, but highlighted the DIRTcar Nationals are more than a business trip. "I'll be honest, when I get to the track, that's my de-stress time. You work so hard in the shop to do all this stuff, but when you go there and you can see a customer run well, that result is what's refreshing from the work in the shop," Stremme said. "The biggest thing is I pretty much get along with all my customers really well. We're all a bunch of buddies," Hoffman said. "We try to treat it like a vacation as much as we can. That's what makes it different from any other race the rest of the year." It doesn't mean competitive spirit is thrown out the window. Each of these drivers knows there's plenty of prestige associated with a Gator trophy. "My main thing is I want to win, but I want my customers to win too. I want them to run as well as I do and we try to give it everything we've got," Stremme said. The DIRTcar Nationals are also a measuring stick for a number of drivers who hope to reach Victory Lane throughout the season. "Pretty much anybody that's anybody in the Modified world is there racing. You can win at a local racetrack on any given level and feel like you're in pretty good shape, but then you'll go to a place like Volusia and realize how far you're off," Reutimann said. "Sometimes it's a reality check." "We get to race against some cars that we don't get to race against for the rest of the year," Hoffman said. "I think it improves your whole program for the rest of the year racing against that competition level." The historic DIRTcar Nationals is the most accessible motorsports event during the Florida in February jaunt. Every ticket is a pit pass, so fans can get up close and personal to all the action. Fans will be able to meet their favorite drivers from each of the competing series below.
  14. DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Bring Big Buzz to DIRTcar Nationals By Clayton Johns CONCORD, N.C. - February 8,2017 - The 2017 DIRTcar UMP Modified season gets underway for drivers from across the United States and Canada this month in the Sunshine State. The annual Florida Tour takes drivers to three different Florida tracks this month, culminating in eight straight nights of competition at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Following four nights at North Florida Raceway and another four at East Bay Raceway Park, UMP Modified drivers have converged on Volusia for a shot at the Big Gator trophy as DIRTcar Nationals champion, and there's no shortage of heavy-hitters seeking one of racing's most unique prizes. Over the past five editions of the DIRTcar Nationals, two drivers have dominated the highly competitive division at Volusia. Since 2012, Nick Hoffman and Ty Dillon have each found victory lane seven times. Both drivers have claimed the Big Gator trophy twice during the same time period, with Hoffman earning the title in each of the past two seasons. Austin Dillon is third on the wins list at Volusia over the past five seasons with five, while former NASCAR regular Kenny Wallace has made the DIRTcar UMP Modified division his home over the last decade. He is the only other driver with multiple wins at Volusia since 2012, with three. A total 19 other drivers have a single victory. Big Gator Hopefuls: Crofton, KY native Trent Young is among the top contenders to steal the Big Gator from Hoffman's grasp. Young finished third in the UMP Modified national standings and won the Deep South and South Regions in 2016. Young claimed a victory while finishing sixth in the overall points chase at last year's DIRTcar Nationals. Ray Bollinger of Kewanee, Ill. also earned his first Gator trophy with a win at last year's DIRTcar Nationals. Bollinger was one of the busiest UMP Modified drivers in the country last season with over 80 starts to his name and will begin a new campaign in Florida once again. Bollinger finished the 2016 season sixth in national points and third in the Summit Modified Nationals last summer. Clarklake, MI driver Brian Ruhlman hopes to find Victory Lane for the second-straight season at Volusia. Ruhlman scored his first career Volusia win last February when he held off perennial contender Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, WV and Austin Dillon. Hawkins, should he make his third straight trip to Volusia, will also be a tough customer. He'll benefit from some leftover momentum from his DIRTcar Fall Nationals win last October at Eldora Speedway against over 100 of the division's best. NASCAR Talent Returns to Roots A number of current and former NASCAR national series drivers return to their short track roots in the DIRTcar UMP Modified division during February when the racing world has its focus on Florida. In addition to Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader is a tough challenger in a Modified who earned a Big Gator trophy most recently in 2013 and claimed four DIRTcar UMP Modified victories last year. David Stremme is also on the list of confirmed entrants for the DIRTcar Nationals. Stremme scored a Volusia win in 2015 and has jumped into the Modified world with both feet as the builder of Lethal Chassis. NASCAR XFINITY Series wheelman Justin Allgaier will compete as well and looks to pick up a checkered flag for the second season in a row. Allgaier earned a win in one of three Triple 20s on the final night of action at last year's event. With an all-star roster set to tackle the DIRTcar Nationals again this year, fans can expect the same level of competition that has brought them 23 different winners over the last five seasons. Visit www.DIRTcar.com for the latest news and information surrounding the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds.
  15. Volusia Speedway Park Set to Open Weekly Racing - John Allen takes over as Weekly Operations Promoter for the 2017 season CONCORD, N.C. - February 3, 2017 - DIRTcar Racing announced today that John Allen has taken over as the Weekly Operations Promoter at Volusia Speedway Park in advance of the 2017 season. Weekly racing will commence on March 12 and run through the first week of December. Allen, a 45-year-old DeLeon Springs, Florida resident, is no stranger to Volusia Speedway Park, having spent many nights at the track with his father, who was a security guard at the track in the 1970s. Over the last three season, Allen had sponsored the track with his successful business, Allen Plumbing. Allen has many aspirations with the speedway, including rebuilding the track's prominence in Central Florida and putting fans back in the seats. The DeLeon Spring speedway is a half-mile, clay oval, often referred to as the "World's Fastest Half-Mile." Though its name, size and style have changed throughout the years, it has consistently operated as a weekly race track. "For me, the Speedway is my joy - to bring all these drivers and fans together," said John Allen. "A lot of people come out of the wood-work to help out, which is huge. We try to help out the local community and just bring everyone together. I get joy out of giving people somewhere to go on a Saturday night." Volusia Speedway Park hosts the biggest event in DIRTcar racing, the DIRTcar Nationals. This annual race kicks off the 2017 season for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and All Star Circuit. Weekly racing at the Florida short track will begin soon after DIRTcar Nationals with the All Star National Flat Track Series on March 12. Additionally, the track will host a headline event the following week on March 18 with a $2,000-to-win Late Model race. Volusia Speedway Park is home to of some of the biggest paydays for short track racing. Two of the largest paydays at the track include the Ironman Weekend on May 19-20 with a $10,000-to-win Thunderstocks Ironman 100, and the Powell Memorial on June 3 with a $5,000-to-win Late Model race. A Fourth of July celebration will begin on July 2, featuring a number of big dollar races, including $2,500 for the Modifieds, a $2,000-to-win Hobby Stock race, $1,500 to the winner of the Thunderstocks, and $500 for the Gladiators. The annual Fall Brawl, on Oct. 28, will be the final points race of the season. The 2017 weekly campaign will come to a close on Dec. 2. For more information about Volusia Speedway Park and to see the full schedule events visit VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com.
  16. 2017 Super DIRTcar Series Buzz By Mandee Pauch CONCORD, N.C. - Jan. 13, 2017 - Over the course of the 117-day offseason, a lot can change - some of it surprising, and some far too predictable. One thing is for sure, the Super DIRTcar Series offseason has been abuzz. The 2017 schedule will have a slightly different feel to it from previous seasons. The Super DIRTcar Series will cover 25 tracks, spanning over six states and two Canadian provinces. The Series will make its return to the 5/8 high-banked dirt oval Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval Oshweken (Ont. Canada) Speedway. For the first time, the Big-Block Modifieds will take on the newly converted dirt track of Airborne Speedway (Plattsburg, N.Y.) and the fast four-tenths-mile Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, N.Y.). The 2016 season was dominated by none other than the now five-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard. Sheppard collected 12 Series wins, breaking the Series record for the most wins in a season. The previous mark was set at 10 by Billy Decker. The Waterloo native was recently recognized for his accomplishments with top honors as the Richie Evans Memorial Northeast Driver of the Year at the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame Banquet. While drivers and crews have been working hard on their machines over the winter break, a look ahead on what to expect surrounding the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series season. Changing Hands Tim Fuller, who placed third in points last season, has signed on with new Big-Block Modified car owner Ray Graham. Teammate Kody Graham will accompany Fuller as the driving duo tackle the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule. Big-Block Modified personality, Peter Britten, was recently released from HBR Racing in late-December. Britten was not without a ride for long as he landed a ride with veteran racer Andy Romano. Britten will make the haul south for DIRTcar Nationals to run with the Super DIRTcar Series in February, but thereon plans to race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway's weekly shows under the Friday night lights One of the biggest Super DIRTcar Series standouts will be turning a new key. Earlier this week, last year's Bud Light 300 Champion Stewart Friesen announced that he plans to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2017 season. Friesen, the runner-up in last season's point rankings, was quoted in a recent article that he still plans to race at least two nights of DIRTcar Nationals with hopes of running a third depending on his NASCAR schedule. With new Big-Block Modifieds currently being built, do not expect Friesen to shy too far away from the Super DIRTcar Series in 2017. Joining The Series The offseason allows teams to regroup and prepare for the upcoming season. While drivers and teams make their changes, two notable drivers will be joining the illustrious Super DIRTcar Series team this season. The young gun from Fayetteville, N.Y., Mike Maresca, ran more than half of the Super DIRTcar Series races last year and is now looking to join the national tour. "We visited a lot of the tracks last year in our first year with the Big Block and decided that it was time to compete on the highest level and try to get our program together," Maresca said. Maresca's best finish with the Series came in October during Super DIRT Week as he collected an eighth place finish in the Bud Light 300 at Oswego Speedway. The driver of the No. 96 Big Block Modified, J.F. Corriveau, will also be making the leap into the Series as he will be joining Maresca and other returning teams for the 2017 season. Looking Ahead Super DIRTcar Series Rookie of the Year, Max McLaughlin, will be one to keep your eyes on as he heads into his second full season with HBR Racing and the Super DIRTcar Series. The 16-year-old McLaughlin was recently awarded the John Blewett III Young Guns Award at the EMPA Awards Banquet for his efforts. The second-generation driver - the son of 'Magic-Shoes' Mike McLaughlin - is based out of Mooresville, N.C. came off of his first season with a strong 13th-place finish in the point's championship. McLaughlin's best finish of 2016 came in July at Sharon Speedway with a sixth-place finish. Another challenger on the Series out of King Ferry, N.Y., Mike Mahaney, finished his first season on the tour with an 11th-place finish in the series championship point standings. The driver of the No. 88 Buzz Chew Racing has several Big-Block Modified wins under his belt but has his sites set on his first ever Super DIRTcar Series victory. For the first time in 20 years, the Super DIRTcar Series winningest driver went winless in 2016. Despite Brett Hearn's unusual season, the Super DIRTcar Series eight-time champion is no stranger to victory lane. Hearn is just eightwinsaway from reaching the remarkable milestone of 900 career wins across his racing career. Hearn's first shot at adding to his win total will come at DIRTcar Nationals in February. News Maker The Super DIRTcar Series regular, Larry Wight, is making his second appearance at the annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals this week and is making it known where his racing roots are from. Wight fended off a late-race charge by Zach Daum to finish second to Tyler Courtney in Tuesday nights A-Main after starting from the seventh starting position. The second-place finish locked Wight into Saturday's crowned jewel A-Main event. "Me and (Tim) McCreadie are the only modified guys from the northeast," Wight said. "We're kind of hidden up there with our slick tracks and this is when it helps us. Normally we don't race until Volusia (DIRTcar Nationals) so to break the dust off the fire suit and the helmet in the beginning of the year helps get the ball rolling for the momentum." Five nights of qualifying, more than 370 drivers competing in arguably one of the biggest dirt races of the year and Super DIRTcar Series regular, "Lightning" Larry Wight has locked it into Saturday Nights A-Main. The Super DIRTcar Series first race of the season will kickoff at Volusia Speedway Park in February for the DIRTcar Nationals as Series regulars will take on invaders from all across the Northeast in hopes to bring home the coveted "Big Gator" trophy. The DIRTcar Nationals offers four nights of ground pounding, earth shaking, window rattling, Big Block Modified action-packed racing at the fast half-mile on February 22-25th.
  17. 2017 DIRTcar and Super DIRTcar Series Schedule Announced CONCORD, N.C. - December 8, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series announced today the 2017 racing schedule. The 2017 Super DIRTcar Series schedule features events spanning from mid-February through early November. The series will visit tracks in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Ontario and Quebec. The Super DIRTcar Series will once again kick off the season with its fourth annual trip south for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in a non-points event. Series racing action will continue in late April when they take on the high banks of Fulton Speedway for the the High Bank Hold-Up. New to the 2017 schedule, the Big-Block Modifieds will make their first-ever trip to the four-tenths mile oval of Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The Speedway recently laid down new clay in preparation for the new season. After a 10-year absence, the Big-Block Modifieds returned to Eldora (Ohio) Speedway in 2016. The series will once again return to the half-mile dirt oval in 2017 on July 18th and 19th. During last year's events Tim Fuller and 2016 Series Champion 'Super' Matt Sheppard nabbed victories at the famed dirt track. The series will venture north of the border when it visits Autodrome-Granby and LeRPM Speedway on back-to-back nights of September 8th and 9th. The stars of the Big-Block Modifieds head to Fonda, N.Y. for a final tune-up before NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week on Saturday, September 23rd. NAPA Super DIRT Week will once again return to the famed Oswego Speedway in 2017 for the 46th annual event during the week of October 8th. The series makes one final trip to Canada at Brockville Speedway on Friday, October 13th before heading south to Concord, N.C. for the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on November 2nd-4th. DIRTcar Racing also announced the 2017 358-Modified final nine-race schedule, along with full schedules for the Sportsman and Pro Stock classes. The 2017 regional format and schedules for the 358-modifieds will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about the Super DIRTcar Series, and to find out how to purchase tickets for all series events, visit http://www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com. 2017 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule *Tentative - Subject to Change
  18. New Tread Pattern, Compound Names, and Siping Rules Await DIRTcar UMP Competitors in 2017 CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 7, 2016 - DIRTcar Racing, in conjunction with Hoosier Racing Tire, today announced that DIRTcar UMP Modified division drivers will have an improved tread pattern, renamed compounds, and less siping to do in the 2017 season. After three years of field testing, DIRTcar and Hoosier officials are pleased to release redesigned versions of the current A40S and H40 compounded tires. The new M-30S and M-60 tire will become the only available tires for the DIRTcar UMP Modified division beginning at or near March 1, 2017. The new tires will feature the same construction and compounds as the existing tires, but will utilize an updated Chain Link tread pattern and more logical compound names. No grooving will be allowed on any tire, and siping of the new tires will only be legal with the M-60 tire. "Throughout our testing, it has been everyone's goal to provide our customers with fewer choices, less work, and a better overall product," said Hoosier Racing Tire Product Manager Shanon Rush. "The new tread design, a more streamlined, logical naming system, and no siping of the softer tire should address many of the concerns the teams had voiced." As an additional benefit, because the construction and compounds of the tires will not change, DIRTcar UMP can now allow all existing A-40S and H-40 tires to be run out throughout the entire 2017 campaign. "Hoosier provided us with several options, but in the end, we definitely wanted tires best suited for all of our sanctioned tracks, and to protect all of our customers who have existing inventory," explained DIRTcar UMP Series Director Sam Driggers. "We believe these changes accomplish those goals." All 2017 DIRTcar UMP Winternationals events will be run under the existing A-40S and H-40 tire rules from 2016. The new M-30S and M-60 tires will be released at or near March 1, once all existing inventory is depleted. Samples of the New M-30S and M-60 tires will be on display at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show on December 8-10 in both the DIRTcar UMP and Hoosier Racing Tire booths.
  19. DIRTcar Racing and World of Outlaws Adopt Unified Dirt Late Model Council Specs CONCORD, N.C., - Nov. 9, 2016 - DIRTcar Racing and the World of Outlaws will officially adopt the Unified Dirt Late Model Council's technical and driver personal protection specifications, adding them to the rule books for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series, DIRTcar Late Models and DIRTcar Pro Late Models. The Council's sanctioning body committee met in October to develop unified specifications for all Council members, including the World of Outlaws, Lucas Oil Series, MLRA, Ultimate Series, Southern Nationals Series, AMLS, MARS, DIRTcar Racing and Eldora Speedway. All dirt late model sanctioning series will be encouraged to adopt the specifications effective January 1, 2017. The adopted specifications, detailed in the below bulletin, will be integrated into the 2017 General Rules and Specifications. This includes fuel cells, battery and electrical systems, wheels and wheel discs/covers, and personal safety equipment such as drivers' gloves, head and neck systems, seats and fire suppression. In addition to the outlined technical and driver personal protection specifications, the Council will meet at PRI in December to address weighted suspension components, rear end construction materials and axels. Specifications for these components will be released after the December meeting. DIRTcar Racing and World of Outlaws continue to work with their partners to ensure the safety and consistency of its cars and drivers, and to solidify the sport in all its facets. =================================================================================== THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE TO THE UNIFIED LATE MODEL COUNCIL RULES, RULE ADJUSTMENTS, RULE ADDITIONS, REFINEMENTS, AND ADDENDUMS. Please note: The bullet points of this bulletin will be applied to each Series' individual rule book, amending the applicable rule section or in some cases creating a new section. LATE MODEL TECHNICAL BULLETIN Effective January 1, 2017 Fuel, Fuel Cells, Fuel Systems: An approved fuel cell must be used at all times. The only fuel cells that are approved are those that meet and/or exceed the FIA / FT3 specifications. Fuel cells must be used in accordance with the FT3 specifications. Alterations of any kind will not be permitted. (Example: alterations to top plate, alterations or removal of foam, etc.) Fuel valve plate, fuel pickup and fuel return fittings must be on the top of the fuel cell. Fuel cells that are not contained within a welded steel tubing "rack" must have two (2) equally spaced steel straps that measure two (2) inches wide by 1/8 inch in thickness that completely surround the fuel cell. The straps must be bolted to the frame. Longitudinal (front to rear) orientation is recommended for strap mounting. Willy's Carburetor roll over plate part # WCD4000 is approved for competition. Electrical Systems, Batteries, Electrical Accessories: The battery must be securely mounted with positive fasteners and brackets. The battery terminals must be insulated or enclosed with a non-conductive material that will prevent contact with any part of the race car should the battery become dislodged from the battery mount. One (1) mandatory battery disconnect switch must be installed on the rear deck, behind the driver seat, in a location that is easily accessible from outside the race car. The switch must be clearly labeled with off/on direction. The switch must be directly in-line with the NEGATIVE battery cable and be capable of completely disconnecting the NEGATIVE terminal of the battery from the race car. Negative or "ground" wiring connections must not be made anywhere from the battery negative terminal to the input side of the disconnect switch. An additional battery disconnect switch within the drivers reach may also be used. Wheel, Wheel Discs, Wheel Spacers: Only aluminum wheels will be permitted. Only approved wheel discs will be permitted. Approved wheel discs are wheel discs that are fastened to the wheel using a minimum of three (3), 5/16 inch diameter magnetic steel hex head bolts. The use of wheel discs with any other type of fastener will not be permitted. Only aluminum wheel spacers will be permitted. Personal Safety Equipment: Drivers must wear gloves at all times they are on track, during practice and competition. Driver's gloves must meet or exceed the SFI 3.3 specification and have a legible and valid SFI 3.3 label. Drivers, at all times they are on the track, must have their helmets correctly (following manufacturers installation and use instructions) connected to an approved head and neck restraint. The head and neck restraint must be SFI 38.1 approved and display a legible and valid SFI 38.1 label. Race Car Installed Safety Equipment: A. Seats All racecars must be equipped with a complete driver full containment type seat with head rest and head surround. All seats must meet or exceed the SFI 39.2 specification and display a legible and valid SFI 39.2 label. Seats must be used as supplied and instructed by the seat manufacturer with the exception of trimming the length of the left side head surround for the purpose of egress only. If the left side head surround is trimmed to a distance that is less than the most forward surface of the drivers helmet (usually the area crossing the chin) then a left side head net meeting the SFI 37.1 must be installed with a quick release latch. Seats must be mounted to a seat frame that is welded to the racecar frame/roll cage structure. Attaching points, angles, and materials for the seat frame and mounting of the seat to the seat frame must be in accordance to the seat manufacturer instructions. B. Fire Suppression All racecars must be equipped with a thermally deployed automatic fire suppression system. The fire suppression system will consist of a DOT approved cylinder manufactured from aluminum or steel with a capacity of ten (10) lbs. of fire extinguishing agent, steel or steel reinforced lines, and two (2) thermally activated discharge nozzles. All systems must meet or exceed SFI 17.1 specifications. Systems must be fully charged with ten (10) lbs. of DuPont FE-36, 3M NOVEC 1230, or Fire Aide and display a legible and valid SFI and manufacturer label depicting fire extinguishing agent, capacity, and certification date. Cylinders that or beyond useful certification date must be inspected, serviced and re-labeled by the manufacturer. Cylinders must be mounted forward of the fuel cell. Cylinders must be securely mounted to the frame/roll cage assembly. The certification label must be unobstructed and easily accessible for inspection when the mounting is complete. The cylinder must be connected to the nozzles with steel or steel reinforced lines. Two (2) thermally activated nozzles must be used. One (1) nozzle must be located directly above the fuel cell in the fuel cell area and the second nozzle must be located in the driver cockpit area. An optional manual override cable may be added to the system. As agreed by the Unified Late Model Council - November 5, 2016 rev.3
  20. Sheppard Breaks Out The Broom - Nothing says champion like sweeping the weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte CONCORD, N.C. - October 29, 2016 - Matt Sheppard, the driver of the FX Caprara No. 9s Big Block Modified, made a mark in history this weekend as he broke a record and won his fifth Super DIRTcar Series Championship. Sheppard proved once again that he was the man to beat Saturday night during the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. "This place was so racy tonight," said Sheppard in victory lane. "These big blocks put on a heck of a show tonight. We were racing two, three, four wide there. Last time we started on the pole and led the whole race. I was happy to get that win and tonight was even more satisfying. Starting in the back a little bit further and driving through the field. I just can't say enough about this racecar. It was just fantastic." Pat Ward and Justin Haers led the 29-car field to the initial green flag. On the drop of the green, a four-car battle for the lead emerged as Ward, Hears, Brett Hearn and Billy Decker all ran wire-to-wire - until Haers took the lead and pulled away from the field on lap two. Decker, who started fifth, slid his way into third as he began to chase down Ward. It didn't take long for eighth place starter, Sheppard, to make his way into the picture as he slipped his way under Tim Fuller and advanced into fifth on lap ten. The first caution of the night was brought out due to a slow moving Mike Mahaney. Racing once again resumed but not for long as Ryan Watt made hard contact with the turn one wall on lap 12. Keith Flach, Erick Rudolph and Mike Maresca made contact going into turn three, sending Flach flipping on lap 14. The third restart of the night saw Hearn running the outside line as Sheppard tried to sneak up underneath him. Hearn didn't give up that easily as he managed to close the door on Sheppard. Justin Haers held a steady lead at the halfway mark over Ward, Decker, Hearn and Sheppard. The battle for third began to heat up as Hearn and Sheppard started closing in on Decker on lap 24. Wight soon made his way into the picture as four cars began to battle side-by-side for the third position. As the battle for third continued, Haers caught the back end of the pack with just eight laps remaining. Sheppard was a man on the move as he moved his way into third on lap 32 then soon began to close in on Ward. Sheppard charged hard into one and slid up out of two to pass Ward for second on lap 35. Haers got out of shape coming out of turn four and Sheppard was there to take advantage. Sheppard blew by Hears on the front stretch and went on to take the lead on lap 36. Another yellow was thrown with two laps to go due to a slowing Tyler Dippel. Ward took advantage of the lap 38 restart as he drove by Haers for second, setting his sights on Sheppard. Ward ran out of time and fell one spot short as Sheppard crossed the line first over Ward, Haers, Hearn and Wight to sweep the weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and to capture his fifth Super DIRTcar Series Championship. "It's like we flipped a light switch there about halfway and that thing just took off like a missile," Sheppard said. "When I could see Justin and Pat there I wanted to win this race again. I didn't want to settle for third. Thankfully this car was good enough that we could do it." Ward had a competitive car as it showed this weekend during World Finals by placing his No. 42p Big Block Modified in the top five in both features. "Sheppard has had a very dominant car. You can't say enough about the way he's been running," Ward said. "Justin bobbled one time and it just happened to be when Matt was up under me and I was just kind of hoping Justin did that sooner so I could get by. It was a heck of a race between the three of us." Friday nights second place finisher was looking to get the job done and move one spot forward but ended up closing out the season with a third place finish. "We'll take it. We were on a little bit different tire than Pat and Matt," Haers said. "I wanted to move down because the top was getting so far out there, my right front was harder than both of these guys. I just couldn't turn anymore, then I'd get lose up off. A true podium finish in Charlotte, we can't complain." "I honestly didn't know how many laps were left," laughed Sheppard. "I knew there couldn't be a ton. I was running just as hard as I could and luckily we were able to get to the lead. When we got the lead it was kind of a sigh of relief. Again, I didn't want to see that yellow at the end but just like last night this car is so good. It felt good to win the race last night but to do it the way we did it tonight felt even better." Sheppard proved early on in the season that his new team combination was a force to reckoned with. "It's kind of funny, we started off good in Florida and came out strong. Then the first series race at Fulton I think I finished seventeenth or something, it was awful. Then after that it was like we just really got rolling. I mean twelve series wins in one year, wow, that's unbelievable. I think we even had four or five seconds too. When you can finish first or second in 17 of the races that's pretty impressive. It just goes to show we built a potent team this winter. We had all the right parts, crew, car, engines, the whole deal. Everybody and everything did its job. It's just a dream season." Matt Sheppard was no stranger to doing the confetti dance in victory lane this year as he broke the record for the most wins in a season and clinched the Super DIRTcar Series championship, for the fifth time. A-Main (40 laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 42p-Pat Ward, 3. 3-Justin Haers, 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 5. 99l-Larry Wight, 6. 27j-Danny Johnson, 7. 19-Tim Fuller, 8. 91-Billy Decker, 9. 84-Gary Tomkins, 10. 18h-Peter Britten, 11. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 12. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 13. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 14. 01-Chris Raabe, 15. 44-Stewart Friesen, 16. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 17. 6m-Mat Williamson, 18. 1-Tyler Dippel, 19. 10h-Dave Blaney, 20. 35-Frank Cozze, 21. 66-Rick Laubach, 22. 19b-Brett Kresley, 23. 7m-Mike Maresca, 24. 43-Keith Flach, 25. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 26. 14w-Ryan Watt, 27. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 28. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 29. 88m-Mike Mahaney Last-Chance Showdown No. 1: 1. 43- Keith Flach; 2. 35- Frank Cozze; 3. 19b - Brett Kresley; 4. 07 - Tim Kerr; 5. 13 - Rick Regalski Jr.; 6. 21 - Gary Edwards Jr.; 7. 37m - Jeremiah Shingledecker; 8. 48T - Dave Rauscher; 9. 747 - Ryan Godown; 10. 17J - Matt Janiak; 11. 19w - Justin Wright. Last-Chance Showdown No. 2: 1. 15 - Billy Pauch Jr.; 2. 43h - Jimmy Horton; 3. 115- Kenny Tremont Jr.; 4. 8- Rich Scagliotta; 5. 96 - Jean-Francois Corriveau; 6. 6h- Max McLaughlin; 7. 88m - Mike Mahaney; 8. R13- Ralph McBride; 9. 88-Joe August Jr. Saturday Heat 1 - 1. 42p-Pat Ward, 2. 14w-Ryan Watt, 3. 01-Chris Raabe, 4. 7m-Mike Maresca, 5. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 6. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 7. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 9. 17J-Matt Janiak Saturday Heat 2 - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 6m-Mat Williamson, 4. 10h-Dave Blaney, 5. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 8. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker Saturday Heat 3 - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 84-Gary Tomkins, 4. 25r-Erick Rudilph, 5. 747-Ryan Godown, 6. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 7. 07-Tim Kerr, 8. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 9. 19w-Justin Wright Saturday Heat 4 - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 4. 27J-Danny Johnson, 5. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 6. 43-Keith Flach, 7. 5h-Chris Hile, 8. 66x-Carey Terrance, 9. 88-Joe August Jr. Saturday Heat 5 - 1. 91-Billy Decker, 2. 1-Tyler Dippel, 3. 66-Rick Laubach, 4. 44-Stewart Friesen, 5. 19-Brett Kresley, 6. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 7. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 8. R13-Ralph McBridge Saturday Group 1 Qualifier - 1. 01-Chris Raabe, 16.050; 2. 7m-Mike Maresaca, 16.092; 3. 14w-Ryan Watt, 16.196; 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 16.212; 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 16.251; 6. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 16.295; 7. 17j-Matt Janiak, 16.304; 8. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 16.577; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 16.740; 10. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 33.580 Saturday Group 2 Qualifier - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 15.860; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 15.962; 3. 10h-Dave Blaney, 16.027; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson, 16.108; 5. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 16.152; 6. 88m-Mike Mahaney,16.407; 7. Y21-Yan Bussiere, 16.451; 8. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.527; 9. 35-Frank Cozze, 32.704 Saturday Group 3 Qualifier - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.955; 2. 84-Gary Tomkins, 16.073; 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 16.097; 4. 19w-Justin Wright, 16.098; 5. 07-Tim Kerr, 16.155; 6. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 16.170; 7. 747-Ryan Godown, 16.292; 8. Max McLaughlin, 16.295; 9. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 16.538 Saturday Group 4 Qualifier - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 15.878; 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 15.898; 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 16.037; 4. 43-Keith Flach, 16.039; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 16.278; 6. 5h-Chris Hile, 16.280; 7. 66x-Carey Terrance, 16.345; 8. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 16.355; 9. 88-Joe August Jr., 16.780 Saturday Group 5 Qualifier - 1. 91-Billy Decker, 15.913; 2. 66-Rick Laubach, 16.006; 3. 1-Tyler Dippel, 16.216; 4. 19b-Brett Kresley, 16.216; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen, 16.339; 6. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 16.453; 7. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 16.465; 8. R13-Ralph McBride, 17.513; 9. 11R-Robbie Bellinger, NT
  21. Sheppard Scores Record Breaking Victory at World Finals - Cruises to eleventh Super DIRTcar Series win By Mandee Pauch CONCORD, N.C. - October 28, 2016 - Matt Sheppard won his eleventh Super DIRTcar Series feature in style by setting a new series record for the most wins in a season Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals. Sheppard started off World Finals strong by winning his heat and drawing the pole for the 40-lap main event. It was smooth sailing from there on out. "This car is awesome," said Sheppard in victory lane. "It's been awesome since we got here. We haven't had to touch a thing on it. When you have a car that good it makes my life easy. We started our own team here this winter and to come out and have a record-breaking year like this, I never would have dreamed of it." Sheppard and Justin Haers led the 28-car field to the initial green flag. Mat Williamson was on the move early as he passed Dave Blaney for third-place on the third lap of the 40-lap feature event. Sheppard drew off a sizable lead over Haers as he caught the tail end of the field by lap eight. Sheppard worked his way through heavy traffic allowing Haers to close in by lap 15. Haers began to put pressure on Sheppard in lapped traffic as he looked to make his move. Haers shot up high opening the door for Blaney to dive under him in turn one to take over second. Haers didn't give up though as the battle for second began to heat up. "We got stock there behind a couple lapped cars and I got to his back bumper, I was going to try and take a couple laps and just try to roll him on the outside," Haers said. "As soon as I did it Blaney went by me so I had to try and get back by him. I was just trying to protect the bottom." Sheppard led the field to the halfway mark over Blaney, Haers, Williamson and Pat Ward. Ward made a flawless move as he slid under Williamson but Williamson didn't give up as he passed him back for fourth. It wasn't for long until Ward once again took fourth place. The first caution of the night was brought out with eight laps remaining. Ward took advantage of the first restart of the night as he advanced himself into third. The second caution of the night was due to a tangle up between Mike Mahaney and Jimmy Horton in turns three and four on lap 35. Racing once again resumed with five laps remaining as Sheppard led the way over Haers, Ward, Wight and Decker. The caution flag flew once again as Max McLaughlin came to a complete stop on the backstretch with four laps remaining. There was one more caution of the night and it was due to Keith Flach who spun in turns three and four with one lap to go. On the ensuing restart Decker shot to the outside of Haers as he tried to make the move of the night but it didn't happen as Haers immediately closed the door for second-place. At the checkered it was all Sheppard taking the win and breaking the all-time Super DIRTcar Series record which was set back in 2008 by Decker. Brett Hearn previously held the record before Decker which was set back in 2002. "You feel like you're getting a good rhythm and you're rolling along there pretty good and you see the yellow come out," Sheppard said. "I really didn't want to see that yellow there on lap 39. The car was so good we were able to hold on. I'm just really excited to get this win down here in Charlotte. What a dream season." Tickets and pit passes for the 2016 Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals are still available by visiting the ticket booths at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. If you are unable to make it to this premier event, www.DIRTvision.com will be covering all the action LIVE! Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Oct. 28, 2016; The Dirt Track at Charolotte, Concord, N.C. A-Main (40 laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 3-Justin Haers, 3. 91-Billy Decker, 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 6. 99l-Larry Wight, 7. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 8. 84-Gary Tomkins, 9. 44-Stewart Friesen, 10. 20-Brett Hearn, 11. 6m-Mat Williamson, 12. 19-Tim Fuller, 13. 1-Tyle Dippel, 14. 18h-Peter Britten, 15. 01-Chris Raabe, 16. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 17. 43-Keith Flach, 18. 19b-Brett Kressley, 19. 5h-Chris Hile, 20. 35-Frank Cozze, 21. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 22. 747-Ryan Godown, 23. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 24. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 25. 6h-Max McLaughln, 26. 10h-Dave Blaney, 27. 14w-Ryan Watt, 28. 8-Rich Scagliotta Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 laps)- 1. 5H- Chris Hile, 2. 6H - Max McLaughlin, 3. 19b - Brett Kresley, 4. 07 - Tim Kerr, 5. 15- Billy Pauch Jr., 6. 19w - Justin Wright, 7. 48T- Dave Rauscher, 8. 115- Kenny Tremont Jr., 9. 66- Rick Laubach, 10. 17J - Matt Janiak, 11. 88- Joe August Jr., 12. 01- Chris Raabe. Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 laps)- 1. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 2. 84-Gary Tomkins, 3. 8- Rich Scagliotta, 4. 7m- Mike Maresca, 5. 96- Jean-Francois Corriveau, 6. 13- Rick Regalski Jr., 7. 66x- Carey Terrence, 8. 37m - Jeremiah Shingledecker, 9. 21 - Gary Edwards Jr., 10. R13- Ralph McBride, 11. 19- Tim Fuller, 12. 35- Frank Cozze. Group 1 Qualifier - 1. 42p-Pat Ward, 15.971; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson, 15.980; 3. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 16.073; 4. 37m -Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.099; 5. 747-Ryan Godown, 16.205; 6. 88-Joe August Jr., 16.355; 7. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 16.370; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 16.777; 9. R13-Ralph McBride, 17.911; DQ: 19b-Brett Kresley Group 2 Qualifier - 1. 10h-Dave Blaney, 15.686; 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 15.789; 3. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 15.817; 4. 5H-Chris Hile, 15.967; 5. O7-Tim Kerr, 16.047; 6. 17J-Matt Janiak, 16.134; 7. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 16.150; 8. 14w-Ryan Watt, 16.318; 9. 35-Frank Cozze, NT Group 3 Qualifier - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 15.867; 2. Y21-Yan Bussiere, 15.902; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 15.954; 4. 18h-Peter Britten, 15.973; 5. 19w-Justin Wright, 16.040; 6. 84-Gary Tomkins, 16.147; 7. 7m-Mike Maresca, 16.229; 8. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 16.464; DQ: 66-Rick Laubach Group 4 Qualifier - 1. 99L-Larry Wight, 15.582; 2. 91-Billy Decker, 15.680; 3. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 15.710; 4. O1-Chris Raabe, 15.875; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 16.137 DQ: 19-Tim Fuller, 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 6h-Max McLaughlin, 13-Rick Regalski Group 5 Qualifier - 1. 43-Keith Flach, 15.756; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 15.809; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.888; 4.15-Billy Pauch Jr., 15.902; 5. 1-Tyler Dippel, 15.999; 6. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 16.152; 7. 66x-Carey Terrance, 16.157; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 16.212; 9. 11r-Robbie Bellinger, NT Heat 1 - 1. 6m-Mat Williamson, 2. 42p-Pat Ward, 3. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 4. 747-Ryan Godown, 5. 66m- J.R. McGinley, 6. 19b-Brett Kresley, 7. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 8. 88-Joe August Jr., 9. R13-Ralph McBride, 10. 17-Marcus Dinkins Heat 2 - 1. 10h-Dave Blaney, 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 4. 14w-Ryan Watt, 5. 5h-Chris Hile, 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 07-Tim Kerr, 8. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 9. 17J-Matt Janiak Heat 3 - 1. 3-Justin Hears, 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 3. Y21-Yan Bussiere, 4. 18h-Peter Britten, 5. 84-Gary Tomkins, 6. 66-Rick Laubach, 7. 7m-Mike Maresca, 8. 19w-Justin Wright, 9. 21-Gary Edwards Jr. Heat 4 - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 91-Billy Decker, 3. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 4. 27j-Danny Johnson, 5. 01-Chris Raabe, 6. 19-Tim Fuller, 7. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 8. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 9. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr. Heat 5 - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 3. 1-Tyler Dippel, 4. 43-Keith Flach, 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 6. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 7. 66x-Carey Terrance, 8. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 9. 11r-Robbie Bellinger
  22. Over 300 Cars Come Out for Night One of OneDirt World Short Track Championship CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 20, 2016 - Night one of the OneDirt World Short Track Championship drew to a close at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 10pm. Over 300 entries across nine divisions showed up for the opening night hot laps of the inaugural 3-day event. Under a warmer than usual fall evening in Concord, North Carolina, the first-ever OneDirt World Short Track Championship kicked off with a night of rotating hot laps. Logging nearly 3,000 laps at the Dirt Track at Charlotte over the course of three-and-half hours were: 53 FOX Racing Shox Pro Late Models, 36 VP Racing Fuel Sportsman Modifieds, 37 Summit Racing UMP Modifieds, 24 DRIVEN Racing Oil Crate Sportsmans, 19 GottaRace Hornets, 5 Chevrolet Performance Pro Sprint Cars, 38 QuarterMaster Monster Minis, 27 Hoosier Tire Pro Modifieds, and 21 Comp Cam 360 Sprint Cars. "The track is awesome tonight," said Johnny Petrozelle, driver of the No.59 Comp Cams 360 Sprint Car. "It's good and heavy, and looks like it's slicking off. We just made a couple of adjustments [before heading back out there], but it's fun to be here at Charlotte. It's the first time we've been here in the 360s, and we look forward to coming back next year already." Several drivers compared the OneDirt World Short Track Championship to their Super Bowl, their Daytona 500. "I've been [to The Dirt at Charlotte] a lot just watching, but now we're in it. It's amazing," said Cody Ussery, driver of the No.00 QuarterMaster Monster Mini. Racing action continues Friday night with pit gates opening at 12:00 p.m., spectator gates opening at 4:00 p.m., and racing starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the OneDirt World Short Track Championship are available at the ticket booths at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. If you can't make it in person, you can watch the action live on DIRTvision.com. For full race coverage visit OneDirt.com.
  23. U.S. District Court Dismisses Case of Suspended Dirt Late Model Dream Drivers - Drivers can return to competition with payment of fines and reinstatement of suspended DIRTcar membership CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 18, 2016 - U.S. District Judge Mae A. D'Agostino today issued a stipulation of dismissal in the case of plaintiffs Scott Bloomquist, Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Owens, and Ricky Thornton vs World Racing Group and subsidiary DIRTcar Racing, Eldora Speedway, and its owner Tony Stewart regarding suspension following tire analysis after Eldora Speedway's Dirt Late Model Dream. Drivers will be allowed to return to competition with payment of the fine and fees imposed, following a request for reinstatement of their suspended DIRTcar membership. "We're happy this is over," said DIRTcar Racing COO Tom Deery. "It is a waste of resources that should have been invested in the sport rather than damaging it and polarizing fans." The attorney for the five plaintiffs and their team owners, R&W Motorsports, LLC, W.G. Satterlee & Sons, Inc., Best Performance Motorsports and J.R. Motorsports, LLC, filed a voluntary motion for dismissal on Monday. Brandon Sheppard, among the five drivers originally involved, voluntarily withdrew from the case on September 9, 2016. The New York law firms of Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP and Ahmuty, Demers and McManus represented DIRTcar Racing, Eldora and Stewart in the Northern District of New York. Counsel from IceMiller, LLP (Indianapolis) and Apollo Sports & Entertainment Group Law (Charlotte) complemented the team. On June 20, 2016 DIRTcar Racing officials disqualified five competitors following failed post-race inspections at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway. Tire samples collected from the #B5 driven by BSheppard, #22 driven by Satterlee, #20 driven by Owens, #33X driven by Thornton and #0 driven by Bloomquist and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis. A total of 32 samples were taken throughout the weekend, June 9, 10 and 11, from participants. All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1. Rule 15.11-G.) Chemical alterations, vulcanizing, tire softening, defacing and/or altering the face of the tire lettering and/or tire stamping will not be permitted. Chemicals or tire softening is not permitted at any time. Tires may be inspected at any time. Any violation with any tire presented for competition may result in immediate disqualification from the events and/or other penalties including but not limited to; loss of money, fine, loss of points and/or suspension. All five drivers were disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $1,000 and penalized 1,000 DIRTcar Late Model points for the 2016 season. The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis was $19,630 for Sheppard, $4,655 for Satterlee, $7,630 for Owens, $10,930 for Thornton and $6,105 for Bloomquist. Each was also placed under a three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, but this was delayed by their appeals. On June 29, 2016, the World Racing Group Commission upheld the penalties issued. The three-member panel heard appeals in Indianapolis, and after deliberation, panel members agreed that the collection and testing of the samples followed accepted protocols and the samples did not meet accepted benchmarks. As stated in the rule book, DIRTcar members in good standing can request a final appeal be heard by the World Racing Group Commission Commissioner Potestas. The five plaintiffs pursued this option. On July 23, 2016, World Racing Group Commission Chairman Potestas, motorsports executive John Darby, again upheld the penalties issued by DIRTcar Racing. Darby interviewed all five competitors, DIRTcar Racing Officials, and visited the testing facility to inspect the testing procedure. In an effort to promote consistency for the length of suspensions, Darby decided that the final suspension should be defined by weeks, not months as prescribed in the original penalty. The original three-month suspension became a 12-week suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, including World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition. The suspensions commenced on June 21, 2016 and concluded on Sept. 13, 2016. For more information on DIRTcar Racing and all DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned divisions, visit DIRTcar.com. For more information on Eldora Speedway, visit EldoraSpeedway.com.
  24. DIRTcar Racing "Family Reunion" Allows Family of All Ages in the Pit Area - Great forecast for OneDirt World Short Track Championship CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 18, 2016 -Warm and sunny conditions are forecast for the fast approaching OneDirt World Short Track Championship, starting this Thursday at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. And DIRTcar Racing would like to remind everyone that family members of all ages will be welcome into the pit area for this "family reunion." For the first time at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, children under 17 will be allowed in the pit area. Minors will be required to have a Charlotte Motor Speedway waiver signed by both parents or guardians in order to enter the pit area with a regularly priced pit pass. Please note that if both parents are not present at the event, the waiver must be completed in advance, signed by both parents or guardians and notarized. Waivers are available at charlottemotorspeedway.com/waivers. Dirt racing's "family reunion" kicks off this Thursday with an all-new, three-day event at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. The OneDirt World Short Track Championship will put on center stage nine divisions, featuring the best weekly racers across the country, in pursuit of a purse in excess of $120,000, plus contingency awards in excess of $50,000. The mega-event, from October 20-22, will be the prelude to the prestigious Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, which will also feature a family-friendly pit area with the proper waivers.
  25. On Top of the World: Pierce wins Eldora's Crown-Jewel - Dennis Erb Jr. and Dale McDowell go bumper-to-bumper ROSSBURG, Ohio ­- September 10, 2016 - Bobby Pierce battled more than 100 dirt late models all weekend long to capture his first-ever World 100 title Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. The 46th running of the event featured drivers from 22 states, two Canadian provinces and two Australian cities. The Oakwood, Ill. native was the last man standing in the five-caution feature. "I've won some big races, but this by far is the biggest win," said Pierce, who was the first Illinois driver to win the event. "This is going to take forever to sink in. It means the world. I dreamt of this day and when I cross the finish line, I [thought I was] going to have tears coming out of my eyes. But, I didn't. I don't think I did because this has to take a while to sink in. It hasn't yet." In the 100-lap crown-jewel, 14 states were represented. Of the three Illinois-natives competing, the Oakwood driver's World 100 victory did not come easily. Though Pierce won one of the two preliminary features on Friday, Pierce's No. 32P Allgayer Inc. Champion Spark Plugs Bob Pierce racecar had some ground to cover for the night's main event - starting 22nd in the 30-car field. Chickamauga, Ga. driver Dale McDowell, who led the field into the green flag of one of dirt late model racing's most prestigious races, opened up a 2.139-second lead by the fifth lap. Though the 2005 World 100 Champion dominated early, it was those who started from mid-pack that would soon challenge him. Dennis Erb Jr., the 2016 Dirt Late Model Dream Champion, started 11th. However, the Carpentersville, Ill. driver was on the prowl. Erb broke into the podium by passing Billy Moyer Jr. in turn three of lap 14. Less than one lap later, Erb was runner-up to McDowell and quickly approaching. The following lap, Erb got within 0.297 seconds of McDowell before making his move. Side-by-side, the duo charged down the straightaways, swapping spots with every turn; Erb got the better of the battle. All the while, Pierce was climbing up into the top five. On lap 26, Pierce had his sights at the lead from fourth position. It did not take long. By lap 35, Pierce was in a barn-burner for second with McDowell. "Ever since lap 20, I was thinking, 'I don't know how long these tires are going to last," Pierce said. "When I got the lead there, I started working them harder and harder. They stayed under me the whole race." The 2016 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion managed to get by McDowell before the race's second caution on lap 37; however, McDowell reclaimed the spot by his strong restarts. From there Pierce filed back into fifth, leaving Erb and McDowell to revisit their battle. Through four more cautions and a fierce battle between Erb and McDowell - the advantage to Erb - Pierce yet again charged to the front. Fender-to-fender with Erb, Pierce passed Erb on lap 55 for the lead. He never looked back. Pierce opened-up more than a two-second and by lap 77, lapped former World 100-winner Jonathan Davenport; last year's winner placed 18th on the night. With one-quarter of the race left, Erb solidified second position over McDowell. Erb finished 4.489 seconds behind Pierce. Erb finished third in his heat earlier in the program, while McDowell won his. McDowell said his car grew tighter into the race. Pierce's car was balanced, while Erb's car performed better than his on the bottom - though they were both tight in the corners. "I mean, we had a good car that was racey from the middle to the bottom," Erb said. "Dale was up-top and we were side-by-side for a long time. Dale and I had a great race going there for a while, but he just faded." When Pierce met his family and crew in victory lane, the 19-year-old grew emotional - especially when his father met him up on victory lane to hoist the coveted trophies over their heads. Bob Pierce, a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee in 2003, never won the World 100. "Shoot, I can't," said Bob Pierce when asked how it felt to see his son win Eldora's gem. "I'll tell you what...I told Earl [baltes] years ago...I said, 'Earl, I'll win this race, and me and you will be on the front stretch all night drinking beer.' He's coming down tonight, and he's going to drink beer with us. This one's for you, Earl." DIRTcar UMP Late Models Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio Heat 1 - (15 Laps) 1. 71C-RJ Conley[1] ; 2. 44M-Chris Madden[4] ; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [2] ; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson[7] ; 5. 18x-Michael Page[10] ; 6. 7R-Kent Robinson[8] ; 7. 15J-Scott James[11] ; 8. 7W-Ricky Weiss[3] ; 9. 39T-Rob Toland[9] ; 10. 48L-Tim Lance[12] ; 11. 51-Joey Moriarty[6] ; 12. 4x-Kevin Reeve[14] ; 13. 93b-Donald Bradsher[13] ; 14. 17-Lamar Haygood[18] ; 15. 77B-Adam Bowman[15] ; 16. 3K-Tanner Kellick[16] ; 17. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[17] ; 18. 5-Don O'Neal[5] Heat 2 - (15 Laps) 1. 99M-Devin Moran[14] ; 2. 1-Josh Richards[5] ; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[4] ; 4. D8-Dustin Linville[1] ; 5. 4B-Jackie Boggs[17] ; 6. 15H-Jon Henry[6] ; 7. 91s-Rusty Schlenk[13] ; 8. 71H-Hudson O'neal[3] ; 9. 0-Jake O'Neil[7] ; 10. 71-Delmas Conley[11] ; 11. 6w-Mark Whitener[15] ; 12. 2c-Joey Coulter[10] ; 13. 11-Josh Rice[9] ; 14. 79-Shane Unger[16] ; 15. 212-Josh Putnam[8] ; 16. 8V-Craig Vosbergen[12] ; 17. 9G-Larry Greer[18] ; 18. 1H-Jason Hiett[2] Heat 3 - (15 Laps) 1. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr. [2] ; 2. C9-Steve Casebolt[4] ; 3. 25C-Shane Clanton[5] ; 4. 17D-Zack Dohm[1] ; 5. R1-Riley Hickman[8] ; 6. 18-Shannon Babb[3] ; 7. 9R-Curtis Roberts[13] ; 8. 50-Shanon Buckingham[7] ; 9. 15L-Darrell Lanigan[17] ; 10. 31-Nick Latham[9] ; 11. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6] ; 12. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[12] ; 13. 10-Alex Ferree[11] ; 14. 3G-Brian Gray[16] ; 15. 8-Rob Anderzack[14] ; 16. 21H-Robby Hensley[10] ; 17. 1JH-Jared Hawkins[18] Heat 4 - (15 Laps) 1. 101-Casey Roberts[1] ; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [3] ; 3. 3-Matt Miller[5] ; 4. 21-Billy Moyer[4] ; 5. 91-Tyler Erb[2] ; 6. 14M-Morgan Bagley[6] ; 7. 16-Jason Jameson[12] ; 8. 1N-Casey Noonan[11] ; 9. 88-Andrew Reaume[7] ; 10. 14z-Zachary McMillan[14] ; 11. 1V-Vic Hill[8] ; 12. 4G-Kody Evans[13] ; 13. 89-Mike Spatola[15] ; 14. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[18] ; 15. 6s-Blake Spencer[17] ; 16. 4BG-Bob Gardner[9] ; 17. P3-Jeff Robertson[16] ; 18. 1G-Devin Gilpin[10] Heat 5 - (15 Laps) 1. 6m-Wendell Wallace[2] ; 2. 14-Steve Francis[6] ; 3. 32-Chris Simpson[4] ; 4. 32P-Bobby Pierce[13] ; 5. 28M-Jimmy Mars[5] ; 6. 240-Doug Drown[11] ; 7. c8-Timothy Culp[9] ; 8. 55-Jeep VanWormer[7] ; 9. 1m-Mike Mataragas[8] ; 10. 25-Jason Feger[10] ; 11. 77-Gavin Landers[12] ; 12. 33-Jesse James Lay[14] ; 13. 69-Jonny Huck[15] ; 14. 8JR-Samuel Tolley[18] ; 15. 34-Chase Porter[16] ; 16. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[1] ; 17. 11A-Austin Smith[3] ; 18. 281-Kyle Pierce[17] Heat 6 - (15 Laps) 1. 17M-Dale McDowell[2] ; 2. 6-Jonathan Davenport[4] ; 3. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[5] ; 4. 72-Mike Norris[1] ; 5. 4-Cody Mahoney[3] ; 6. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[13] ; 7. 28C-Tyler Carpenter[8] ; 8. 49-Brian Ruhlman[6] ; 9. 2NH-Nick Hoffman[11] ; 10. F5-Garrett Alberson[9] ; 11. 1GK-Ryan King[12] ; 12. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[7] ; 13. 77A-Dylan Ames[10] ; 14. 23w-Brad Wade[15] ; 15. 25S-Chad Simpson[16] ; 16. 93-Jay Johnson[14] ; 17. 12-Devin Friese[17] B-Feature 1 - (20 Laps) 1. D8-Dustin Linville[2] ; 2. 17D-Zack Dohm[3] ; 3. 7R-Kent Robinson[7] ; 4. 18x-Michael Page[4] ; 5. 15L-Darrell Lanigan[18] ; 6. 22-Chris Ferguson[1] ; 7. 18-Shannon Babb[9] ; 8. 7W-Ricky Weiss[13] ; 9. 31-Nick Latham[21] ; 10. 9R-Curtis Roberts[12] ; 11. R1-Riley Hickman[6] ; 12. 48L-Tim Lance[19] ; 13. 15H-Jon Henry[8] ; 14. 50-Shanon Buckingham[15] ; 15. 51-Joey Moriarty[22] ; 16. 40B-Kyle Bronson[24] ; 17. 71H-Hudson O'neal[14] ; 18. 15J-Scott James[10] ; 19. 39T-Rob Toland[16] ; 20. 4B-Jackie Boggs[5] ; 21. 3K-Tanner Kellick[26] ; 22. 91s-Rusty Schlenk[11] ; 23. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[25] B 1 Scramble - (5 Laps) 1. 18-Shannon Babb[2] ; 2. 7W-Ricky Weiss[3] ; 3. 31-Nick Latham[4] ; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson[1] ; 5. 9R-Curtis Roberts[5] ; 6. 48L-Tim Lance[7] ; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson[15] ; 8. 51-Joey Moriarty[10] ; 9. 15J-Scott James[13] ; 10. 39T-Rob Toland[14] ; 11. 4B-Jackie Boggs[11] ; 12. R1-Riley Hickman[6] ; 13. 3K-Tanner Kellick[16] ; 14. 15H-Jon Henry[8] B-Feature 2 - (20 Laps) 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[2] ; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[9] ; 3. c8-Timothy Culp[8] ; 4. 72-Mike Norris[3] ; 5. 2NH-Nick Hoffman[18] ; 6. 1V-Vic Hill[22] ; 7. 21-Billy Moyer[1] ; 8. 240-Doug Drown[5] ; 9. 14M-Morgan Bagley[7] ; 10. F5-Garrett Alberson[21] ; 11. 91-Tyler Erb[4] ; 12. 55-Jeep VanWormer[11] ; 13. 16-Jason Jameson[10] ; 14. 14z-Zachary McMillan[19] ; 15. 1N-Casey Noonan[13] ; 16. 49-Brian Ruhlman[15] ; 17. 4-Cody Mahoney[6] ; 18. 1m-Mike Mataragas[14] ; 19. 88-Andrew Reaume[16] ; 20. 1GK-Ryan King[24] ; 21. 33-Jesse James Lay[23] ; 22. 77-Gavin Landers[20] ; 23. 28C-Tyler Carpenter[12] ; 24. 25-Jason Feger[17] B 2 Scramble - (5 Laps) 1. 1V-Vic Hill[1] ; 2. 21-Billy Moyer[2] ; 3. 240-Doug Drown[3] ; 4. 14M-Morgan Bagley[4] ; 5. 55-Jeep VanWormer[7] ; 6. F5-Garrett Alberson[5] ; 7. 14z-Zachary McMillan[9] ; 8. 49-Brian Ruhlman[11] ; 9. 16-Jason Jameson[8] ; 10. 91-Tyler Erb[6] ; 11. 1N-Casey Noonan[10] ; 12. 33-Jesse James Lay[16] ; 13. 1m-Mike Mataragas[13] ; 14. 1GK-Ryan King[15] World 100 - (100 Laps) 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[22] ; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [13] ; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell[1] ; 4. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr. [4] ; 5. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[18] ; 6. 32-Chris Simpson[17] ; 7. 25C-Shane Clanton[15] ; 8. 18x-Michael Page[27] ; 9. 5-Don O'Neal[19] ; 10. 7R-Kent Robinson[25] ; 11. 1-Josh Richards[8] ; 12. 44M-Chris Madden[7] ; 13. 14-Steve Francis[11] ; 14. 39-Tim McCreadie[14] ; 15. 17D-Zack Dohm[23] ; 16. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [10] ; 17. 99M-Devin Moran[5] ; 18. 6-Jonathan Davenport[12] ; 19. 6m-Wendell Wallace[2] ; 20. 2NH-Nick Hoffman[30] ; 21. 71C-RJ Conley[6] ; 22. 15L-Darrell Lanigan[29] ; 23. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[24] ; 24. 72-Mike Norris[28] ; 25. 101-Casey Roberts[3] ; 26. 28M-Jimmy Mars[20] ; 27. 3-Matt Miller[16] ; 28. C9-Steve Casebolt[9] ; 29. c8-Timothy Culp[26] ; 30. D8-Dustin Linville[21]
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