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  1. Harris Capitalizes on Spinning Leaders to Win Hope for Harlie Finale at Cedar Ridge - Krup, Hoffman and Nicely tangle in Turns 1-2 after battling in lapped traffic MORGANTOWN, KY – Sept. 19, 2020 – After one of the wildest turn of events seen all year on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals circuit, Utica, KY’s own Josh Harris pulled off his fourth career victory with the tour in Saturday night’s Hope for Harlie finale at Cedar Ridge Speedway. Harris had marched his way up from ninth to fourth and was riding with a sizable gap to Tyler Nicely as they rounded Turn 4 to complete Lap 26. By the time he reached the exit of Turn 2 on Lap 27, Harris was the race leader. Friday night’s Hope for Harlie preliminary Feature winner Will Krup had led since the drop of the green and was in the thick of a big battle for the lead with 2020 tour champion Nick Hoffman, deep in lapped traffic. The two frontrunners approached a pack of several slower cars, spread out across all three grooves, with Hoffman on the top and Krup on the bottom. Coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 26, Hoffman made a dive to the inside to try and get around the pack but hadn’t quite cleared Krup’s nose and made contact with it going down the frontstretch. Hoffman was able to gather it back in before entering Turn 1, but ended up sliding up the track right in front of Krup, who had switched to the high side. The contact that ensued sent both drivers around in the middle of Turns 1-2, leaving Nicely barreling through with no place to go, as he and another lapped car piled in and made substantial contact. “Nick went to the bottom there and I crossed lanes to go to the top, he slid from the top and I just had nowhere to go,” Krup said of the incident. “I tried to get on the brakes. Looking at the video, Tyler didn’t have anywhere to go, so he got into me, and it was just all a bang-bang deal, all three of us were out.” And just like that, all three leaders were taken out of the race. Nicely left the racing surface on the hook, Krup drove back to the pit area and Hoffman soon followed suit. “I’d seen Tyler [Nicely] right in front of me,” Harris said from his point-of-view. “I wasn’t really gaining on him and he wasn’t getting away from me. I was hoping we had a caution so we could race it out and see where we were with him, but I wasn’t expecting the caution to be for all three of them. “We got through that wreck; there were cars going everywhere, it was kinda like a Daytona crash.” With Harris now in the lead, it was his race to lose. The field went back to green as Danny Schwartz, Jimmy Payne and Gabriel Kirtley now moved into the picture. Try as they may, though, Harris’ Mark Bush Racing Chassis #22H was not to be beaten. He led the field the rest of the way home in the 40-lap contest to pick up his first Summit Modified victory of the season and the $3,000 top prize. “I have lost plenty the way that I won it tonight. Obviously [this is] not the way you want to win it, but you take them any way you can get them,” Harris said. Meanwhile, the Elite Chassis trio sat parked in the pit area, loading up after a sour conclusion to the weekend that ended with finishes of 13th (Hoffman), 14th (Krup) and 15th (Nicely). Through it all, Krup did come away with the one victory on Friday night, although he felt he could have completed the sweep on Saturday. “We were just kinda cruising there, trying not to burn up the tires,” Krup said. “Just trying to take our time, pick off the lapped traffic when we could. It got super racey there, and I think our car pretty good and definitely had a shot to win this deal.” Despite his gain from their expense on Saturday, Harris did tip his cap to the dominance of the Elite Chassis gang throughout the year. Hoffman, Krup, Nicely and Plainfield, IL-pilot Mike McKinney have combined for a significant number of Feature wins this year, and Harris will be gunning for them next season. “Our car was really good. We’ve been really working hard on chasing those guys. It’s no secret that those three and McKinney are the four fastest cars in the country right now. I believe we’re fifth right behind them,” Harris said. UP NEXT The 2020 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals field jumps back into action one final time this year for the Modified portion of the Hooiser Dirt Shootout makeup race at Kokomo Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision. Feature (40 Laps) 1. 22H-Josh Harris [9]; 2. 21D-Danny Schwartz [11]; 3. 68-Jimmy Payne [4]; 4. K7-Gabriel Kirtley [13]; 5. 16C-John Clippinger [14]; 6. 59R-Jacob Rexing [5]; 7. 24-Zeke McKenzie [8]; 8. 37-Ty Shearon [21]; 9. 121-Caleb Slaughter [16]; 10. 62E-Kim Edington [23]; 11. 03-Zach Dennis [10]; 12. 1S-Brian Shaw [7]; 13. 7-Nick Hoffman [3]; 14. K19-Will Krup [2]; 15. 25-Tyler Nicely [6]; 16. 29S-Bill Sollers [20]; 17. 11-Dennis Vincent [19]; 18. 22-Wade Wenthe [1]; 19. R4-Ricky Arms [12]; 20. 55-Blaze Melton [15]; 21. 13-Charlie Mefford [18]; 22. 99-Teagan Embrey [17] 23. 8-TJ Armour [22]; 24. 46-Johnny Madden [24]
  2. "The Moweaqua Missile" Steals Eldora Preliminary Win from Josh Richards on Friday Night - "T-Mac" Tim McCreadie Edges Josh Richards by One Point for High Point Man Honors at Intercontinental Classic ROSSBURG, OH - It was Babb, then Richards, then Babb again on Friday night in a thrilling Intercontinental Classic preliminary feature at Eldora Speedway. Tyler Carr photo Swapping the lead on laps 22 and 24, Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill. and Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.V. traded big league blows in the closing stages with $10,000 and a trip to "The Big E" victory stage on the line. Acing the final restart with seven to go, Babb got the best of Thursday's winner and survived one last ditch effort to score his first victory at the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile in what he believes has been 20+ years. A triumphant Babb offered a rare display of pure jubilation and downright excitement in victory lane following his denial of a preliminary sweep for Richards. It wasn't just his first Eldora win in what seems like forever, but also a huge milestone in putting his Team Zero Race Car No. 18 at center stage for the first time in a race of such magnitude. "It's been a long time since I've been on this stage," Babb shouted victoriously after climbing out. "Gosh, it's probably been 20 years or so since I've been up here. This is amazing. I have to thank Cody Somner, he personally built this chassis for me and welded it up himself. The whole night really just came together. This thing was a lot of fun to drive, it's so fast right now." Taking the lead from the outside pole, Babb paced the opening 21 circuits before lap traffic spiced things up and added an extra element to Friday's 30-lapper. Caught in the dirty air behind lapper Ross Bailes, Babb's lead quickly diminished as Richards closed the gap and created a battle for the lead. Sliding his Clint Bowyer Racing No. 14 iRacing.com, Rocket/Cornett across turn one, Richards built his run and executed a slide job to steal the lead from Babb on lap 22. Darting to the bottom of turn three and cutting off Babb's momentum, Richards meticulously held off the four-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion before the caution flew and set up the final restart of the race with seven to go. While Richards struggled to light the tires and launch off turn four, Babb mastered the final restart and wheeled his way right back to the top spot on lap 24. Finding his rhythm over the closing laps, Richards chopped the gap away and reached Babb's rear bumper coming to the white flag with the win on the line. The slightest mishap in turn one proved costly, however, allowing Babb the breathing room he needed to survive and reach the checkered flag over Richards by just .694 seconds. "I knew I had a chance when Josh chose the top," commented Babb on the final restart. "I was just choosing the outside because of the cushion, so when I got the bottom I knew we would have a big run into turn one. I got a great launch and found traction that you wouldn't believe. It was fun racing with Josh, he's been fast all weekend. This thing we've got is bad to the bone though." "Absolutely; there's no doubt about it," Babb replied when asked if he could win Saturday's $50,000, 67-lap main event. "You know, 67 laps isn't really that long around here. These cars have been getting better and better as the laps go by. I've got all the confidence in the world right now." Richards, who topped Thursday's 30-lapper in a wire-to-wire run, settled for a second-place effort following his bobble on the final restart. Joining Babb and Richards on the preliminary podium was Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., who put the Longhorn Chassis No. 49 to third after a close duel with Chris Ferguson over the final few laps. "Fergy," of Mount Holly, N.C., was Friday's fourth-place finisher aboard his Team Zero Race Car No. 22, and "High Side Tickler" Kyle Strickler rounded out the top five with a 15th-to-fifth charge. Closing out the top ten on night two of Intercontinental Classic was Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y. in sixth aboard the Longhorn No. 39; Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla. in seventh with the Rocket No. 40B; Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill. in eighth in his Rocket1 Racing ride; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill. in ninth driving the Rocket No. 28; and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky. in tenth representing the Barry Wright ICON No. 29V. Separated by merely one point, Tim McCreadie (1,436) edged out Josh Richards (1,435) for Intercontinental Classic high point man honors following his Thursday and Friday performances at Eldora Speedway. Trailing those two in the EVERY LAP MATTERS points format was Brandon Overton (-34), Jonathan Davenport (-55), Ricky Weiss (-62), Brandon Sheppard (-73), Jimmy Owens (-84), Chris Ferguson (-87), Dennis Erb Jr. (-96), and Shannon Babb (-104). The Intercontinental Classic concludes on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway with four heat races, two semis, and the 67-lap, $50,000-to-win championship feature on the docket. With expected weather in play on Saturday night, officials have already made the call to bump up the finale by one hour, putting hot laps on track at 5:30pm ET. FEATURE RESULTS (30 Laps): 1. 18B-Shannon Babb [2]; 2. 14-Josh Richards [1]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport [4]; 4. 22F-Chris Ferguson [6]; 5. 8-Kyle Strickler [15]; 6. 39-Tim McCreadie [10]; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson [12]; 8. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [19]; 10. 29V-Darrell Lanigan [9]; 11. 32-Bobby Pierce [13]; 12. 157-Mike Marlar [17]; 13. 17M-Dale McDowell [16]; 14. 7-Ricky Weiss [8]; 15. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [20]; 16. 44-Chris Madden [24]; 17. 0-Scott Bloomquist [5]; 18. 76-Brandon Overton [11]; 19. 11H-Spencer Hughes [7]; 20. 58-Ross Bailes [23]; 21. 20-Jimmy Owens [14]; 22. 12J-Jason Jameson [22]; 23. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [21]; 24. 1G-Ryan King [18]
  3. CASHIN’ OUT: Hoffman Scores Third UMP Modified Win in Three Days for $22,500 in Winner’s Shares - AMS Wins at FCR, FALS propel national champion’s run to another $10,000 Sunday at Spoon River LEWISTOWN, IL – Sept. 6, 2020 – A maximum of $24,000 could be won in DIRTcar UMP Modified competition over the four major events contested in Illinois this weekend. Nick Hoffman claimed $22,500 of it. Brenden Bowman photo “It’s unreal to be able to even race for that kind of money in one weekend for Modifieds,” he said. Leading flag-to-flag in the 30th running of the Plowboy Nationals at Spoon River Speedway, Hoffman completed a Friday-Saturday-Sunday sweep with his third victory in three days at three different tracks, all while boasting yet another Elite Chassis top-four finish on Sunday. The Mooresville, NC, chassis-builder won back-to-back Summit Racing Equipment American Modified Series shows at Farmer City Raceway and Fairbury Speedway for the first two trophies, and now his third comes in the form of $10,000 – one of those two big checks he collected this weekend. “I think this is the biggest weekend in history for UMP Modifieds,” Hoffman said. “I don’t think we’ve ever got to race two ten-thousands back-to-back, plus $2,500 and $1,500. Labor Day weekend’s always a big weekend for Modified guys.” Hoffman began his night by setting quick time in his group Qualifying session, winning his Heat Race, redrawing the pole and going virtually unchallenged for 50 laps around the 3/8-mile high banks for what is now his 18th triumph overall in DIRTcar-sanctioned action this year. Hoffman did face the other leaders behind him on a few restarts and was forced to slice his way through lapped traffic at points, but nothing seemed to slow down the defending DIRTcar National points champion. Even Hoffman’s fellow Elite Chassis drivers were taking notice of the dominance. “It’s kinda like we’re racing an IMSA race out here, where he’s in one class and the rest of us are in another,” said Mike McKinney, lightheartedly. “We’re just kinda on the same racetrack as of right now. He’s just good everywhere you go.” Hoffman said a big key to his success is pace management when he gets to the lead. “When you’re able to start on the pole in a 50-lapper like this, and I can get out front and control the pace, that’s the biggest thing,” Hoffman said. “Last night, I started third and wanted to get to the lead and control that pace. When you’re running for 50 laps here, I wanted to just get to the lead and just save tires. That way, if we had a late-race caution, I could just hammer it.” With 11 victories coming on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour in 2020, Hoffman’s winning so often now that it looks as though he’s developing a small following who now “yawn” at the sight of his next victory. But he just takes that negative energy and puts it back into his drive for victory, his product in the shop and thirst for accomplishment. “You’ve got to take all the naysayers or haters or whatever and put them to the side and use it to motivate you, work harder and get better. I’ll go back to my job tomorrow at Elite Chassis, which, some people complain about that… but I’m living my life and I’m very fortunate to do what I do, and I love every minute of it. I’m able to drive racecars for a living and build racecars during the week. It doesn’t get much better.” As a business owner and motorsports fabricator, Hoffman knows his customers’ successes on the track are just as important as his own. The top-four finishers Sunday night were all piloting cars built in Hoffman’s Elite Chassis shop, marking the second time in four nights they’ve swept at least the podium. Current DIRTcar UMP Modified National points leader Mike McKinney was a part of both of those and was very pleased about his performance this weekend, scoring the victory in the Farmer City 74 preliminary Modified Feature. “I’m happy about our entire weekend,” McKinney said. “We finished first and second at Farmer City, fifth last night at Fairbury, starting [25th of 26 cars]. Second tonight, it paid $5,000, and that’s huge for our team.” “I think we made a statement this weekend, that we’re one of the top contenders right now, and I’m super proud of our team.” Rounding out the podium was the third of four Elite Chassis drivers out front – Owensboro, KY’s own Tyler Nicely. The current DIRTcar American Modified Series points leader won a back-and-forth battle for position between he, Brody Pompe and David Stremme to settle into fourth with 34 laps complete. But he didn’t stop there. Three laps later, Nicely revved it up on the high side and went around Will Krup for third, which he held all the way back to the checkers. Krup settled back into fourth as Stremme gave him a challenge at the finish line, but wasn’t enough to advance position. While the DIRTcar UMP Modified National points battle rages on, Hoffman will soon set his sights on Morgantown, KY’s Cedar Ridge Speedway to cap-off the 2020 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season, Sept. 18-19, where he’ll try and tie his own single-season Feature wins record of 13. He’s at 11 right now and has all the momentum in the world to score the final two. For all further updates on this event and future DIRTcar Racing events, follow us on Twitter @DIRTcar_Racing, like us on Facebook at @DIRTcar and follow us on Instagram @dirtcar_official. Plowboy Nationals Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 7H-Nick Hoffman [1]; 2. 96-Mike McKinney [3]; 3. 25-Tyler Nicely [5]; 4. K19-Will Krup [6]; 5. 35-David Stremme [10]; 6. P27-Brody Pompe [8]; 7. 292-Josh Allen [9]; 8. 3L-Jeff Leka [14]; 9. 25W-Allen Weisser [16]; 10. 31-Mark Anderson [4]; 11. 32-Bobby Pierce [11]; 12. 5CS-Curt Spalding [7]; 13. A9-AJ May [25]; 14. 28M-Kevin Morrow [15]; 15. 36E-Dan Ems [19]; 16. 59R-Jacob Rexing [20]; 17. 3-Mike Brooks [26]; 18. 777-Trevor Neville [24]; 19. 77-Ray Bollinger [13]; 20. 99-Hunt Gossum [12]; 21. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt [21]; 22. 22-Josh Harris [2]; 23. 15-Chris Smith [23]; 24. 8-Kyle Steffens [17]; 25. 59B-Brent Weaver [22]; 26. 1D-Dean Hoffman [18]
  4. Sheppard Wins Third in Five in Days, Hoffman Clinches Second Eight-Win Season at I-55 DIRTcar Late Models PEVELY, MO – Aug. 15, 2020 – Patience has been an incredible virtue for Brandon Sheppard this week. In the DIRTcar Summer Nationals’ first visit to the hallowed high banks of the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 since 2018, Sheppard timed his strike for the lead perfectly, riding top-five for most of the race before tracking down then-leader Daryn Klein and making the slide job stick en route to his third Hell Tour victory in five days. A sea of blue #B5 t-shirts on the backs of hollering race fans lined the fence during Sheppard’s Victory Lane interview with announcer Ruben Mireles, cheering him on after what is also his third consecutive I-55 Summer Nationals victory. “It was just an awesome night. Summer Nationals in the B5 – it feels really good to come out here and get some wins. I know the [Rocket1] boys are back home watching, and they’re probably proud of me, and it means a lot to me a lot to me to win on the Summer Nationals and be competitive, night-in and night-out,” Sheppard said. Sheppard began his hunt for the front from outside Row 2, keeping pace with Billy Moyer, Jason Feger and Dennis Erb in the opening circuits. He soon picked up the pace and a few positions, cracking the podium by Lap 9. From there on out, it was only a matter of time. Earlier in the night, Fairview Heights, IL-pilot Daryn Klein had set overall quick time in Qualifying, won his Heat Race and redrew the pole for the 50-lap Feature. He jumped out to the early lead and was setting a rapid pace on the high side, looking as though he had the competition covered. For 34 laps, he did. But Sheppard had other plans. A big slide job from the B5 came flying in Klein’s direction in Turn 3 as they came around to complete Lap 35. Klein answered back with a crossover move to Sheppard’s inside and returned the favor with a slide job of his own in Turns 1-2, but he couldn’t hold it. Sheppard got a great bite off Turn 2 and dove into Turn 3 with the lead, already pulling away as he hit the flag stand. “This thing was flawless, I could put it wherever I wanted to,” Sheppard said of his #B5 Rocket Chassis ride. “The bottom really wasn’t that good the whole race, but I could momentum across there pretty good. Really what won me the race was down here in [turns] one and two – I was able to turn down off the cushion really good and get a good run down the backstretch.” Meanwhile, defending champion Brian Shirley was busy putting on a passing clinic, having driven all the way up to second from the 11th starting spot. The Bob Cullen Racing #3s was very fast, but once it took second from Klein on Lap 43, Sheppard was almost five whole seconds ahead. Smoothly running the big I-55 cushion, Sheppard wheeled his #B5 Rocket Chassis all the way back to the stripe to pick up the win and $10,000 for his efforts. Shirley maintained the second spot while Shannon Babb kept his top-five finish streak alive with a third-place finish. Heckenast Jr. and Moyer rounded out the top-five. UP NEXT The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model action continues Sunday from the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL for Round #21 – 40 laps and $5,000 to the winner. Catch every lap broadcasted LIVE on DIRTVision.com presented by Drydene. Feature (50 Laps) 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard [4][]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley [11][]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb [7][]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr [9][]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer [2][]; 6. 91-Rusty Schlenk [20][]; 7. 25-Jason Feger [3][]; 8. 111-Steven Roberts [6][]; 9. 33M-Tim Manville [13][]; 10. 10-Daryn Klein [1][]; 11. 4G-Bob Gardner [17][]; 12. 15-Kolby Vandenbergh [12][]; 13. 33-Ricky Frankel [15][]; 14. 11H-Jeff Herzog [8][]; 15. 16-Rusty Griffaw [21][]; 16. 28-Dennis Erb [5][]; 17. 33T-Adam Tischhauser [14][]; 18. 30-Mark Voigt [18][]; 19. 78-Chad Zobrist [16][]; 20. 11T-Trevor Gundaker [22][]; 21. 6K-Michael Kloos [10][]; 22. 48-Tim Lance [19][] Hard Charger: 91-Rusty Schlenk[+14] DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds For the second consecutive season, Nick Hoffman has now eclipsed the eight-win mark in Feature racing action with the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. Only a driver’s eight-best finishes are taken into consideration for the overall points standings; Hoffman’s eight best will now all be wins in his quest for a third Summit Modified championship. Another dominant, flag-to-flag victory for the Mooresville, NC-driver came on Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, as he drove the Federated Auto Parts Elite Chassis #7 to victory for his third Summit Modified victory in five days. “I spent a lot of nights up in these grandstands watching my dad win, and I stood right there as a junior flagman,” Hoffman recalled in Victory Lane about his aspirations as a young race fan. “It’s really cool to come back here and put the Federated Auto Parts car in Victory Lane at Federated Auto Parts Raceway.” Jumping to the lead right from the drop of the green, Hoffman held off the early challenges from one of his own customers at Elite Chassis, Will Krup. Krup displayed a very well-handling hot rod early, but Hoffman was just too strong. He led the field around through several cautions and restarts, even a red flag at one point. It just didn’t seem to matter what he got thrown at him, Hoffman was not going to be denied Saturday night. UP NEXT The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals action continues Sunday from the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL for Round #21 – 25 laps and $1,500 to the winner. Catch every lap broadcasted LIVE on DIRTVision.com presented by Drydene. Feature (25 Laps) 1. 7-Nick Hoffman [1][]; 2. K19-Will Krup [2][]; 3. 1A-Steve Meyer [4][]; 4. 14C-Rick Conoyer [5][]; 5. 1D-Dean Hoffman [8][]; 6. 36E-Danny Ems [7][]; 7. 99-Hunt Gossum [6][]; 8. 36-Kenny Wallace [11][]; 9. 10X-Jim Black [15][]; 10. 59R-Jacob Rexing [12][]; 11. 3L-Jeff Leka [13][]; 12. 327-Chuck Goodman [16][]; 13. 4T-Jake Trebilcock [17][]; 14. 24-Zeke McKenzie [10][]; 15. 4G-Paul Schremph [18][]; 16. 21-Randy Dickman [19][]; 17. 44-Rich Lentz [21][]; 18. OX-Steve Picou [14][]; 19. O-Tim Hancock [20][]; 20. P27-Brody Pompe [9][]; 21. 18L-Michael Long [3][]; 22. 14-Billy Smith [22][]; 23. 94-Austin Rettig [23][]; 24. 2-Jessy Snyders [24][]; 25. 77-Rick Stevenson [25][] Hard Charger: 10X-Jim Black[+6]
  5. Shirley and Hoffman Dominate at LaSalle for 30th Career Wins DIRTcar Late Models LaSALLE, IL – July 29, 2020 – They say to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. Not only did the defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brian Shirley beat every driver on one of the best rosters the tour will compete against all season, but he dominated them on Wednesday night at LaSalle Speedway for the 30th Summer Nationals victory of his career. “This sport’s very humbling,” Shirley said in Victory Lane. “You can be good one night and be horrible the next. So, we’re just going to do the best we can do and take it as it comes.” Several big-name drivers from the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and beyond came out to challenge the regulars and veterans of the Summer Nationals Wednesday night, and it made for one stacked roster heading into the evening’s action. Names like Chase Junghans, Boom Briggs, Tyler Erb, Kyle Bronson and more made the trip out to LaSalle for the track’s first event of 2020 to mix-it-up with former champions of the Hell Tour like Shannon Babb, Bobby Pierce and Dennis Erb Jr. But the name on the big check in Victory Lane at the end of the night was none other than the man who beat them all and led flag-to-flag in the 40-lap contest, Brian Shirley. Shirley opened the program by setting quick time in Qualifying, winning his Heat Race and redrawing the pole for his Feature starting spot. Right from the drop of the green, Shirley’s Rocket Chassis #3s took command out front. Not even the lapped traffic he faced while clicking off the laps could slow his pace. For each of the 40 Feature laps, Shirley drove virtually unchallenged and, by the time he had taken the while flag, had lapped the field up to ninth. Truly, an impressive feat for the defending champ. “To be honest, every race we go to – whether it’s a Summer Nationals, World of Outlaws… Heck, I don’t even care if we go to a $1,500-to-win local race, you’ve gotta go into every race as it’s as tough as it could be. Any more of the competition is tough, it doesn’t matter who comes in, where you go, what you do. It’s just super tough,” Shirley said of the deep competition he faces each year. As one of three drivers to sit with two-or-more wins on the tour so far this year, Tyler Erb had another terrific run on the podium in second, while Dennis Erb Jr. followed-up his Feature win at Clarksville last Sunday with a third-place effort. Feature (40 Laps) 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [1][]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb [4][]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb [5][]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb [3][]; 5. 18J-Chase Junghans [7][]; 6. 24-Ryan Unzicker [6][]; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr [11][]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs [2][]; 9. 10S-Scott Schmitt [14][]; 10. 32-Bobby Pierce [8][]; 11. 25-Jason Feger [9][]; 12. 59-Garrett Alberson [16][]; 13. B1-Brent Larson [15][]; 14. 21B-Rich Bell [21][]; 15. 89-Mike Spatola [10][]; 16. 15S-Taylor Scheffler [12][]; 17. 4G-Bob Gardner [17][]; 18. 48-Tim Lance [19][]; 19. 1M-Mike Mataragas [18][]; 20. 58-Jeremiah Hurst [13][]; 21. B12-Kevin Weaver [20][]; 22. 48L-Tim Lance Jr [22][] Hard Charger: 21B-Rich Bell[+7] DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals He’s the two-time and defending tour champion, and now a three-time-straight Feature winner with the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds. Needless to say, Nick Hoffman is on a roll. After sweeping the Modified action in Clarksville last weekend, Hoffman wasted zero time in getting right back to his ways with another flag-to-flag victory Wednesday night at LaSalle Speedway. The opening laps saw two of Hoffman’s biggest competitors retire early with issues right at the drop of the green. Will Krup brought out the caution on Lap 2 after breaking going through Turns 1-2, and Mike McKinney brought it back out on the restart as he spun in front of the field in the same corners. Both retired with just a single lap completed. Back out front, it was all Hoffman’s race to lose, until a caution with less than five laps remaining restacked the field and put the six-time Summit Modifieds champion Mike Harrison right on Hoffman’s rear bumper. Harrison showed Hoffman a wheel down low at first and then pulled-up alongside his Elite Chassis #7 but couldn’t make it stick. Hoffman shut the door on the inside after taking the white flag to seal the 30th Summit Modified race win of his career. “I just had to get up on the wheel and try and get it done,” Hoffman said in Victory Lane. “I know Mike [Harrison] probably could’ve took me out on that last lap blocking him, but I appreciate him running me clean there.’ Picking up the race’s honor charger honors was 15-year-old Hunt Gossum, as he came all the way from 18th to finish 5th. Feature (25 Laps) 1. 7-Nick Hoffman [1][]; 2. 24H-Mike Harrison [4][]; 3. 77-Ray Bollinger [5][]; 4. 25W-Allen Weisser [8][]; 5. 99-Hunt Gossum [18][]; 6. 45-Kyle Hammer [7][]; 7. 59-Travis Thresher [13][]; 8. 1-Nash Hilmes [16][]; 9. 1L-Dave Lilja [10][]; 10. 12-Richard Craven [12][]; 11. 3C-Dan Hahn [15][]; 12. 24-Zeke McKenzie [20][]; 13. 57-Tim Hamburg [9][]; 14. 5-Steven Brooks [11][]; 15. 1W-Bob Pohlman [6][]; 16. 17T-James Thompson [19][]; 17. 96M-Mike McKinney [2][]; 18. K19-Will Krup [3][]; 19. O-Travis Kohler [14][]; 20. 48-Casey Lappin [17][] Hard Charger Award: 99-Hunt Gossum[+13] UP NEXT The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified action continues Thursday night at the Peoria Speedway with the completion of the July 9 show that was postponed due to rain. Catch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.
  6. NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS: Shirley Makes it Back-to-Back Late Model Wins, Hoffman Scores Second Summit Modified Win of 2020 at Clarksville DIRTcar Late Models CLARKSVILLE, TN – July 25, 2020 – A grand total of 90 Feature laps have been contested over the last two days with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Brian Shirley has led every single one of them. The three-time and defending champion put on another dominant display of car control and finesse in lapped traffic Saturday night at Clarksville Speedway, leading all 50 laps of the Feature for his third Summer Nationals victory of 2020 and 29th of his career. Shirley started on the pole of the Feature and took off immediately at the drop of the green, opening up a sizable advantage over Jason Feger and Jadon Frame. Over the course of 50 laps, Squirrel was forced to deal with several restarts, supplying his competition with more opportunities to get by him. “Being the leader helps a lot,” Shirley told tour announcer Ruben Mireles in Victory Lane. “With the way the corner was, it just worked out where I could just hit my mark right.” A big name amongst that competition was fellow Illinoisan Frank Heckenast Jr., who caught and passed Shirley for the win just three two nights prior at Springfield. Heckenast was right back at it on Saturday night after starting 11th and moving up as far as second before the final checkers, using both the high and low grooves to make moves on the head of the field. By the race’s final stages, Heckenast had been locked in the middle of a close battle with Dennis Erb Jr. for second, which he surrendered for good on Lap 42. Regardless, another great points night on the podium for the #99jr team. Back out front, it was simply another episode of Shirley’s domination, recorded. A couple late-race caution flags helped to restack the field in hopes of catching him, but to no avail. Shirley went on to collect the checkered and the check, worth another $10,000. Another great run for Erb Jr. in second who, over three races, hasn’t finished worse than sixth. Heckenast, Jason Feger, Jadon Frame rounded out the top five. UP NEXT The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model action continues from Clarksville Speedway Sunday night, featuring a $5,000-to-win main event at the quarter-mile track. Live video coverage will be provided by DIRTVision – register for a Fast Pass subscription today and watch every race live! Feature (50 Laps) 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [1][$10,000]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb [5][$5,000]; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr [11][$3,000]; 4. 25-Jason Feger [2][$2,000]; 5. J27-Jadon Frame [3][$1,500]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner [7][$1,200]; 7. 54JR-Larry Barber [9][$900]; 8. 48-Tim Lance [10][$700]; 9. 27-Joe Denby [4][$600]; 10. 38-Dillon Tidmore [12][$550]; 11. 18-David Seibers [18][$500]; 12. 19-Gavin Schmidt [22][$500]; 13. 10J-Jordan Bauer [14][$500]; 14. O1-Steven Stehle [16][$500]; 15. 48L-Tim Lance Jr [21][$500]; 16. 21-Billy Moyer [8][$500]; 17. 11-Adam Elliott [13][$500]; 18. 127-Robert Ardry [17][$500]; 19. 4GR-Bobby Richey [15][$500]; 20. 61-Caleb Ashby [6][$500]; 21. 1A-Levi Ashby [20][$500]; 22. 16-Devin Black [19][$500] Hard Charger: 19-Gavin Schmidt[+10] DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds It’s shaping up to be an incredible battle to the finish for the coveted DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals trophy at season’s end. With the defending champion Nick Hoffman’s flag-to-flag win at Clarksville Speedway Saturday night, the race now gets a little closer. Hoffman started on the outside pole and made it look easy, going virtually unchallenged for 25 laps as he cruised to his 28th career Summit Modifieds victory. He knew the pressure to perform was on, lining up next to UMP Modified hot shoe Lucas Lee, but was able to get the jump he needed to get out front heading into the first corner. “When I drew the ‘2’ [pill], I felt like I could roll [Lee] on the start and then just try and protect getting into Turn 1, and it worked out,” Hoffman said of the initial start in Victory Lane. However, one of his closest competitors, Mike McKinney, did not have the night he was looking for behind the wheel of his Elite Chassis #96. He got caught in a pile-up with several other cars on Lap 6 and retired to the pit area immediately. With McKinney sitting at three wins and Hoffman now with two, the points battle is poised to go right down to the wire with 15 races still to go. Despite the fact that only the best eight finishes are counted toward a driver’s overall points total with the Summit Modifieds, they’re both fierce competitors and are each shooting for as many wins as possible by the end of the tour. If they both reach eight wins, it could come down to some math to decide a champion. UP NEXT The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals action continues from Clarksville Speedway Sunday night, featuring a $1,000-to-win main event at the quarter-mile track. Live video coverage will be provided by DIRTVision – register for a Fast Pass subscription today and watch every race live! Feature (25 Laps) 1. 7-Nick Hoffman [2]; 2. 12-Lucas Lee [1]; 3. 99-Hunt Gossum [3]; 4. 15-Clayton Miller [6]; 5. O2-Chris Cook [9]; 6. 16C-John Clippinger [8]; 7. 24-Zeke McKenzie [13]; 8. 43-Ricky Knight [14]; 9. 7S-Pete Sabatino [17]; 10. 98-Zac Harris [11]; 11. 7D-Trent Young [4]; 12. 96M-Mike McKinney [5]; 13. 2-Peyton Walker [10]; 14. 55-Michael Lee [12]; 15. 94-Cory Balkey [16]; 16. 176-Scotty Owens [7]; 17. 74J-Jeff Sanford [15]; 18. K19-Will Krup [18]; 19. 188-Andy Elliott [19] Hard Charger: 7S-Pete Sabatino [+8]
  7. Sheppard Wins on Erb Jr.’s Penalty After Wild Whitener-Overton Battle - Six-straight World of Outlaws wins at DIRTcar Nationals for the defending champ BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 12, 2020 — Just when it looked like Mark Whitener was going to win his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature on Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park, he and Brandon Overton started slamming into each other from Turn 2 to Turn 4, leaving a lane for Dennis Erb Jr. and Brandon Sheppard to claim the lead with eight laps to go. Erb was glued to the bottom, Sheppard blasted the top side. Erb’s groove proved to be just enough to edge Sheppard at the line by the blink of an eye. But following the Victory Lane celebration, Erb did not bring his car to postrace inspection as required, forcing officials to penalize him to last place and award Sheppard the victory, his first of the season. It was Sheppard’s second victory during this week’s DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. “The car was phenomenal again tonight,” Sheppard said. “We came from eighth and were able to get up through there and challenge Dennis. Unfortunately for him, things happen, and I sure hate to see that for him.” But before all of the post-race drama played out, original race leader Whitener and a hounding Overton reached their boiling points on lap 33, when the two made heavy contact in Turn 4 battling for the lead, leaving Overton in the outside clay-buildup and Whitener slowing at the top of Turns 1 and 2 – a flat left-rear tire on Whitener’s #5 and a crumpled nose on Overton’s #76. Overton pulled it into the pits and retired on the lap after the restart while Whitener changed his flat and finished the race in 25th. The battle began with Whitener taking the lead from Erb on lap three. Whitener almost immediately went on the defensive, switching from the high to the low side to protect the lead from Erb’s grasp. Overton entered the picture on lap 14, making the move to the low side of Erb as he set his sights on Whitener’s rear bumper. More intense battling took place between the top three in the following laps until a caution flag waved on lap 26. Overton made a great move around the outside of Erb for second into Turn 1 on the restart to take second and made the pass for the lead on Whitener at the line as they came back around. Whitener took it back on the outside one lap later before another caution flew with just 10 laps remaining. “I could see the bottom was starting to get dominant, so I had to get down there. It was starting to go away for me, but I could still blast the top and run it,” Whitener said. Whitener led the field back to the green and chose to slide up to the high line. Overton had the same idea as the two went into Turn 3 on the next lap and ran out of room on the top, forcing him to cross underneath. He slid up tight to Whitener as they passed by the flagstand and took the low line on Turn 1 entry, again drifting up the track in Turn 2. Whitener had already committed to powering around the top in an attempt to beat Overton out of Turn 2, and the two made contact with each other and the outside wall at corner exit. Overton shot to the lead into Turn 3 and again drifted to the top as Whitener did the same, and the two collided off of Turn 4, sending Overton way up over the heavy cushion, damaging the nose on the Wells Motorsports #76. The caution flag waived, and the two putted around the track as the field collected. Overton went right to the rear while Whitener went to the pits to change a flat tire. From his perspective, Overton said he initially left some room on the top side in Turn 2. “He ran me up the track two or three times, run me up into the fence, pretty much, in Turn 3. I kinda just got tired of messing with him. I slid him, and I left him a lane, I left him some room to get by. I just made it tight for him because I was trying to show him like ‘quit doing that.’ I guess he felt like I flattened his tire, I didn’t run in there and flatten his tire,” Overton said. However, Whitener said he saw the incident in Turn 2 differently. “He just wrecked me. He slid all the way into me, put me in the fence and flattened my left-rear tire. He just completely fenced me. I just got wrecked,” Whitener said. When asked about the contact in Turn 4 being retaliatory, Whitener said, “100 percent. And the bad part about it is, me and Brandon have raced Crates, we’ve raced spec for $3,000, $5,000, $10,000, whatever the case is. But this is a World of Outlaws $10,000-to-win race. You don’t wreck somebody leading the race. A Crate race, a local race, whatever. However he wants to race is good with me, I’ll rub doors all day long. But you don’t take someone’s first World of Outlaws win away from them by putting them in the fence. You don’t do that.” Overton was scored with a 27th-place finish and had this to say about the contact in Turn 4: “We got together, and I guess he felt like I ran him over, so he came back and ran me over. It is what it is, I just hate it for all these guys that work on this thing, but we’ll get it fixed up and go again,” Overton said. “It is what it is. We were both trying to win, he was driving hard, I was driving hard and we just came together.” With the two leaders now at the tail of the field, Erb inherited the lead and brought the field back around to the checkers, just .097 seconds ahead of Sheppard. But in the end, Erb was informed of his penalty and Sheppard was declared the winner. “Not the way we wanted to win it, Dennis did a really good job there,” Sheppard said. “He kept it out in front of us that whole race. We were right there, definitely slicing-and-dicing there and had a really good race.” With this victory, Sheppard earns his first Series win of 2020 and sixth consecutive World of Outlaws Feature at the DIRTcar Nationals. Coming from eighth, he stayed up front all race and will continue to be a favorite to repeat as Big Gator champion later this week. “My guys have been doing a really good job, our car’s been really good night-in and night-out, so hopefully we can just keep the good runs coming,” Sheppard said. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series action continues from the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Thursday night, where the field takes on another 40-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) 1-Brandon Sheppard [8][$10,000]; 2. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [7][$5,000]; 3. 14-Josh Richards [13][$3,000]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens [6][$2,500]; 5. 3s-Brian Shirley [10][$2,000]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$1,700]; 7. 39-Tim McCreadie [5][$1,400]; 8. 49-Jonathan Davenport [12][$1,300]; 9. 40B-Kyle Bronson [17][$1,200]; 10. 18-Chase Junghans [14][$1,100]; 11. 17M-Dale McDowell [16][$1,050]; 12. 157-Mike Marlar [3][$1,000]; 13. 25z-Mason Zeigler [22][$950]; 14. 12-Ashton Winger [15][$900]; 15. 0e-Rick Eckert [26][$850]; 16. 4G-Kody Evans [23][$800]; 17. 97-Cade Dillard [19][$770]; 18. 0M-Chris Madden [20][$750]; 19. 0-Scott Bloomquist [25][$730]; 20. 7-Ricky Weiss [11][$700]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs [21][$700]; 22. 66c-Matt Cosner [27][$700]; 23. 6-Blake Spencer [29][$110]; 24. 5-Mark Whitener [4][$110]; 25. B1-Brent Larson [28][$700]; 26. 76-Brandon Overton [2][$110]; 27. 2s-Stormy Scott [24][$700]; 28. 21-Ivedent Lloyd [30][$700]; 29. 72-Michael Norris [18][$110]; 30. 28-Dennis Erb [1][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton – 28; Mark Whitner – 3-27, 29-32; Dennis Erb – 1-2, 33-40; Hard Charger: 0e-Rick Eckert[+10]
  8. McCreadie Outruns Sheppard for DIRTcar Nationals Win - Sheppard’s 5-race win streak at Volusia snapped; McCreadie’s new team reaping rewards BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 11, 2020 – When a new driver-owner partnership comes about for the beginning of a new season, there’s normally a learning curve that each team member goes through before getting settled. In the case of Tim McCreadie, however, he and his new team at Paylor Motorsports made it look like they’ve been together for years as they scored a dominating victory in Tuesday night’s DIRTcar Late Model Feature at Volusia Speedway Park as part of the 49th DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. “I owe a lot to [car owners] Gena and Donald Bradsher,” McCreadie said. “They didn’t have to do this, and we’re reaping the benefits of it as a team. We’ve got a really, really good team, everybody gets along.” The Watertown, NY-native joined the Burlington, NC-based team this past December after more than 15 years behind the wheel of his well-known Sweetners Plus Racing ride. And on Tuesday night, he and the new team never missed a beat, besting the 48-car field by leading all 30 laps of the Feature for the $7,000 top prize. From the pole, McCreadie jumped to the lead right away and began playing tough defense from a streaking Brandon Sheppard, who had won the previous five Late Model races contested at the DIRTcar Nationals. A late restart gave Sheppard a final chance at McCreadie, but he was ultimately unable to catch the leader and crossed the line in second. Kyle Bronson held off a hungry Dennis Erb Jr. for the final podium spot, and Jonathan Davenport raced his way up to complete the top five from 10th. From the drop of the green, McCreadie seemed to have the answers to each of Sheppard’s challenges. Sheppard tried to get by T-Mac on the low side, pulling up alongside his Mega Plumbing #39 several times, but was ultimately unable to complete the pass. McCreadie just seemed to have a better car right in the middle of the racetrack, and he said it was all about what he learned from watching Sheppard drive to victory on Monday night. “I watched the night before, I ran the bottom, following Brandon for a little bit and he got away,” McCreadie said. “I just saw what he was doing. He started arching really wide and clipping the track in half.” At multiple points during the race, Sheppard was good enough on the bottom to nose his way into the lead, but only for a turn or two. When done correctly, McCreadie would power back around to The Rocket-Shepp’s outside, using that momentum in the high-middle groove. The two battled back-and-forth for multiple laps at a time before getting spread out as they eclipsed the halfway point. Kyle Bronson had made significant efforts on the top side, battling with Erb Jr. for third, and the two soon began to catch the leaders before the race’s only caution flag flew with 10 laps remaining. “The high line was definitely good for me, I’m comfortable up there racing,” Bronson said. “But when I moved down in the last couple of laps, I actually felt better on the bottom, really. It’s good to know our car is maneuverable.” On the restart, McCreadie said he could feel the pressure to get separation from Sheppard. “I’ve been around a long time, and there’s like a ‘money restart.’ And with under 10 [laps to go], it’s like, you better do something. Just something that gives you a little bit of room to breathe, and I feel like it happened, because the sticks were fairly wide when I went by.” He indeed get that separation, immediately opening up a few car-lengths lead. Again, using that middle groove, where most other drivers chose not to drive. “My crew chief Phil, he gave me one signal right after the yellow where Brandon was back beside me. It was a move of like, ‘hey, drive that thing right through the middle as hard as possible and roll to the cushion.’ And I just did it and I never saw Brandon again,” McCreadie said. Leading the field back to the checkered flag, McCreadie snapped Sheppard’s five-race win-streak at Volusia in style, doing something very rarely seen at Volusia, let alone at all – outrunning the Rocket1 Racing car. Even though he couldn’t catch McCreadie in the end, Sheppard said he was pleased with his car, just needed to get out in front early like he did the night before. “We had a good car, and we put ourselves in the right position early in the night,” Sheppard said. “[McCreadie] just got the jump on me at the start and it was pretty much over after that.” Much like some other teams do, Sheppard said he and the Rocket1 crew were testing out a few things to see the car’s capability on the final DIRTcar night before the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series shows begin on Wednesday. “I think our car was really good, and we tried a few things tonight, trying to make the car a little bit better. And that might have been some of it too, kinda got off-track from where we were last night, just trying some stuff before the Outlaws races,” Sheppard said. UP NEXT The 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals action continues with the arrival of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Wednesday night, as they run alongside the Super DIRTcar Series in the first of four 50-lap, $10,000-to-win shows. Hot Laps are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET; catch all the action live on DIRTVision! DIRTcar Feature (30 Laps) 1. 39-Tim McCreadie [1]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson [3]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb [4]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport [10]; 6. 157-Mike Marlar [16]; 7. 17M-Dale McDowell [8]; 8. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [12]; 9. 7-Ricky Weiss [9]; 10. 72-Michael Norris [11]; 11. 20-Jimmy Owens [22]; 12. 76-Brandon Overton [5]; 13. 3s-Brian Shirley [6]; 14. 0M-Chris Madden [15]; 15. 97-Cade Dillard [13]; 16. 2s-Stormy Scott [14]; 17. 18-Chase Junghans [26]; 18. 0e-Rick Eckert [18]; 19. 14-Josh Richards [23]; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler [19]; 21. 25-Shane Clanton [20]; 22. 15-Donny Schatz [21]; 23. 31-Tyler Millwood [24]; 24. 36-Logan Martin [7]; 25. 5-Mark Whitener [17]; 26. 25w-Allen Weisser [25] Hard Charger: 20-Jimmy Owens[+11]
  9. Illinois Racer Charges to Victory in Volusia’s DIRTcar Nationals Opener - Long holds off Strickler to capture first Gator Trophy of 12-night event BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 4, 2020 — Michael Long surged to the lead on the opening lap of the DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature Tuesday night and fought off Kyle Strickler to the checkered flag for the first Gator Trophy of the 12-night DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford at Volusia Speedway Park. Long, of Fowler, Ill., used the high side in Turns 1 and 2 to keep Strickler, who started eighth, pinned to the bottom and unable to maximize his horsepower. After a couple of cautions seven laps into the race, a 12-lap green-flag run forced Long to negotiate heavy lapped traffic on the high-speed half-mile dirt oval. “Luckily, they went to the bottom,” Long said of the lapped cars. “When you see the #8 of Strickler on the board it makes you nervous on restarts, especially going into Turn 1. I knew once I got rolling I was good. He had to out-motor me and I knew if I hit the restarts right I was going to be alright.” Ryan Cripe wound up third while defending DIRTcar Nationals champion Nick Hoffman started 21st and powered his way to a fourth-place finish. Zeke McKenzie was fifth after starting 28th to earn Hard Charger honors. NASCAR CONNECTIONS: Kenny Wallace raced to a ninth-place finish in the Feature while David Stremme went for a spin after contact with Cripe as they were battling for third, collecting last summer’s Daytona winner Justin Haley in the process. … Three-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Matt Crafton missed the Feature by one position in a Last Chance Showdown that also included Xfinity Series standout Justin Allgaier, who finished one spot behind Crafton, and Truck Series racer Sheldon Creed, who finished eighth. WINGED WARRIORS: World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars — including drivers like recent Chili Bowl winner and NASCAR star Kyle Larson — rolled onto the half-mile dirt oval for a final tune-up session before the high-powered, winged sprint cars compete at Volusia the next five nights. For more on the DIRTcar Nationals, go to DIRTcarNationals.com. DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 4, 2020 DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature (20 laps): 1. 18L-Michael Long [2][$1,000]; 2. 8KS-Kyle Strickler [8][$600]; 3. 23-Ryan Cripe [4][$400]; 4. 2-Nick Hoffman [21][$350]; 5. 24-Zeke McKenzie [28][$300]; 6. 5-Curt Spalding [3][$275]; 7. 2A-Donnie Moran [12][$250]; 8. 49-Brian Ruhlman [25][$225]; 9. 36-Kenny Wallace [9][$200]; 10. 7-Drake Troutman [20][$200]; 11. 99M-Mike Mullen [23][$175]; 12. 90-Jason Beaulieu [17][$140]; 13. 77-Ray Bollinger [11][$130]; 14. 7A-Shane Sabraski [22][$125]; 15. 95-Michael Altobelli [27][$125]; 16. 45J-Johnny Broking [15][$125]; 17. 22-Dale Kelley [19][$125]; 18. 2J-Troy Johnson [10][$125]; 19. O5-Dave Wietholder [16][$125]; 20. 7F-Bryan Foy [24][$125]; 21. 35-David Stremme [5][$125]; 22. 17TE-Tyler Evans [14][$125]; 23. 11JH-Justin Haley [18][$125]; 24. 7CT-Christian Thomas [26][$125]; 25. 8A-Austin Holcombe [13][$125]; 26. K19-Will Krup [1][$100]; 27. 75-Terry Phillips [7][$100]; 28. 65-Todd Sherman [6][$100]. Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 8KS-Kyle Strickler, 17.975; 2. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 18.063; 3. 8-Steve Stevenson, 18.336; 4. 36-Kenny Wallace, 18.445; 5. 7JA-Justin Allgaier, 18.497; 6. 96M-Mike McKinney, 18.742; 7. 1-Brenden Rassel, 19.463; 8. 82-Gary Dillon, 19.72; 9. 15-Rick Potter, 19.963; 10. A1-Gary Bentley, NT Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 5-Curt Spalding, 18.053; 2. 11JH-Justin Haley, 18.308; 3. 11-Jesse Rupe, 18.479; 4. 2J-Troy Johnson, 18.559; 5. 32-Chad Roush, 18.618; 6. 6A-Ryan Ayers, 18.68; 7. 71L-Dennis Lunger, 18.751; 8. 17T-Michael Tarlton, 18.919; 9. 22T-Tony Anderson, 19.077; 10. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt, 19.284 Qualifying Flight-C: 1. 22-Dale Kelley, 18.128; 2. 23-Ryan Cripe, 18.185; 3. 95-Michael Altobelli, 18.426; 4. 77-Ray Bollinger, 18.656; 5. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt, 19.214; 6. 17-Rob Pitcher, 19.241; 7. 11M-Mike McGee, 19.264; 8. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 19.275; 9. O7-Curtis King, 20.178; 10. 3L-Jeff Leka, NT Qualifying Flight-D: 1. 2A-Donnie Moran, 18.088; 2. 75-Terry Phillips, 18.123; 3. 67-Garret Stewart, 18.129; 4. 12H-Jason Hughes, 18.129; 5. 24-Zeke McKenzie, 18.184; 6. 7-Drake Troutman, 18.198; 7. 25-Tyler Nicely, 18.437; 8. 20-Tyler Hendrix, 19.113; 9. Z06-Larry Mott, 19.187; 10. 12L-Lucas Lee, NT Qualifying Flight-E: 1. 35-David Stremme, 17.998; 2. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 18.023; 3. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 18.088; 4. 2-Nick Hoffman, 18.186; 5. 31G-Stephen Pedulla, 18.688; 6. 88-Matt Crafton, 18.822; 7. 9-Sheldon Creed, 19.015; 8. 5F-Jerry Foster, 19.532; 9. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 20.144 Qualifying Flight-F: 1. 17TE-Tyler Evans, 18.1; 2. K19-Will Krup, 18.144; 3. 7CT-Christian Thomas, 18.351; 4. 7A-Shane Sabraski, 18.465; 5. 12-Jason Gross, 18.589; 6. 97-Mitch Thomas, 18.808; 7. 11H-Spencer Hughes, 18.886; 8. 52-Colin Green, 19.008; 9. 9PG-Percy Gendreau, 19.535 Qualifying Flight-G: 1. 18L-Michael Long, 18.17; 2. 99M-Mike Mullen, 18.25; 3. 45J-Johnny Broking, 18.295; 4. 19-Chad Bauer, 18.304; 5. 24D-Travis Dickson, 18.361; 6. 1M-Curt Myers, 18.489; 7. 4UW-Bobby Regot, 18.55; 8. 100-Scott Fritz, 19.021; 9. 1S-Brian Shaw, NT Qualifying Flight-H: 1. 65-Todd Sherman, 18.187; 2. O5-Dave Wietholder, 18.42; 3. 7F-Bryan Foy, 18.481; 4. 99-Hunt Gossum, 18.502; 5. 6-Ryan Fowler, 18.664; 6. 96-Cole Parker, 18.674; 7. OO-Buzzie Reutimann, 19.115; 8. O1-Bryce Nichols, NT; 9. 14J-John Baker, NT Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 8KS-Kyle Strickler [1]; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace [4]; 3. 90-Jason Beaulieu [2]; 4. 82-Gary Dillon [8]; 5. 7JA-Justin Allgaier [5]; 6. 8-Steve Stevenson [3]; 7. A1-Gary Bentley [10]; 8. 1-Brenden Rassel [7]; 9. 15-Rick Potter [9]; 10. 96M-Mike McKinney [6] Heat #2 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 5-Curt Spalding [1]; 2. 2J-Troy Johnson [4]; 3. 11JH-Justin Haley [2]; 4. 11-Jesse Rupe [3]; 5. 6A-Ryan Ayers [6]; 6. 71L-Dennis Lunger [7]; 7. 17T-Michael Tarlton [8]; 8. 22T-Tony Anderson [9]; 9. 32-Chad Roush [5]; 10. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt [10] Heat #3 - Flight (C) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 23-Ryan Cripe [2]; 2. 77-Ray Bollinger [4]; 3. 22-Dale Kelley [1]; 4. 95-Michael Altobelli [3]; 5. 17-Rob Pitcher [6]; 6. 11M-Mike McGee [7]; 7. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt [5]; 8. 11N-Gene Nicholas [8]; 9. O7-Curtis King [9]; 10. 3L-Jeff Leka [10] Heat #4 - Flight (D) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 75-Terry Phillips [2]; 2. 2A-Donnie Moran [1]; 3. 7-Drake Troutman [6]; 4. 24-Zeke McKenzie [5]; 5. 67-Garret Stewart [3]; 6. 25-Tyler Nicely [7]; 7. 12H-Jason Hughes [4]; 8. 12L-Lucas Lee [10]; 9. 20-Tyler Hendrix [8]; 10. Z06-Larry Mott [9] Heat #5 - Flight (E) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 35-David Stremme [1]; 2. 8A-Austin Holcombe [2]; 3. 2-Nick Hoffman [4]; 4. 49-Brian Ruhlman [3]; 5. 88-Matt Crafton [6]; 6. 31G-Stephen Pedulla [5]; 7. 9-Sheldon Creed [7]; 8. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [9]; 9. 5F-Jerry Foster [8] Heat #6 - Flight (F) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. K19-Will Krup [2]; 2. 17TE-Tyler Evans [1]; 3. 7A-Shane Sabraski [4]; 4. 7CT-Christian Thomas [3]; 5. 12-Jason Gross [5]; 6. 97-Mitch Thomas [6]; 7. 11H-Spencer Hughes [7]; 8. 52-Colin Green [8]; 9. 9PG-Percy Gendreau [9] Heat #7 - Flight (G) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 18L-Michael Long [1]; 2. 45J-Johnny Broking [3]; 3. 99M-Mike Mullen [2]; 4. 19-Chad Bauer [4]; 5. 24D-Travis Dickson [5]; 6. 1M-Curt Myers [6]; 7. 4UW-Bobby Regot [7]; 8. 100-Scott Fritz [8]; 9. 1S-Brian Shaw [9] Heat #8 - Flight (H) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 65-Todd Sherman [1]; 2. O5-Dave Wietholder [2]; 3. 7F-Bryan Foy [3]; 4. 96-Cole Parker [6]; 5. 6-Ryan Fowler [5]; 6. OO-Buzzie Reutimann [7]; 7. 99-Hunt Gossum [4]; 8. 14J-John Baker [9]; 9. O1-Bryce Nichols [8] C-Main 1 (8 Laps) - Top 8 Transfer: 1. 1-Brenden Rassel [1][-]; 2. 100-Scott Fritz [4][-]; 3. 11N-Gene Nicholas [2][$75]; 4. 5F-Jerry Foster [7][$75]; 5. O7-Curtis King [6][$75]; 6. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [3][$75]; 7. 96M-Mike McKinney [9][$75]; 8. 3L-Jeff Leka [10][$75]; 9. 1S-Brian Shaw [8][$75]; 10. 15-Rick Potter [5][$75] C-Main 2 ( Laps): 1. 22T-Tony Anderson [1][-]; 2. 12L-Lucas Lee [2][-]; 3. 52-Colin Green [3][$75]; 4. 32-Chad Roush [5][$75]; 5. O1-Bryce Nichols [8][$75]; 6. 9PG-Percy Gendreau [7][$75]; 7. 14J-John Baker [4][$75]; 8. 20-Tyler Hendrix [6][$75]; 9. Z06-Larry Mott [10][$75]; 10. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt [9][$75] Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) - Top 1 Transfer: 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [2][-]; 2. 88-Matt Crafton [4][-]; 3. 7JA-Justin Allgaier [3][-]; 4. 31G-Stephen Pedulla [6][-]; 5. 8-Steve Stevenson [5][$75]; 6. A1-Gary Bentley [7][$75]; 7. 1-Brenden Rassel [9][$75]; 8. 9-Sheldon Creed [8][$75]; 9. 11N-Gene Nicholas [10][$75]; 10. 82-Gary Dillon [1][$75]; 11. O7-Curtis King [11][$75]; 12. 96M-Mike McKinney [12][$75] Last Chance Showdown 2 (Laps): 1. 7CT-Christian Thomas [2][-]; 2. 11-Jesse Rupe [1][-]; 3. 71L-Dennis Lunger [5][-]; 4. 6A-Ryan Ayers [3][-]; 5. 97-Mitch Thomas [6][$75]; 6. 100-Scott Fritz [9][$75]; 7. 17T-Michael Tarlton [7][$75]; 8. 12-Jason Gross [4][$75]; 9. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [11][$75]; 10. 11H-Spencer Hughes [8][$75]; 11. 5F-Jerry Foster [10][$75]; 12. 3L-Jeff Leka [12][$75] Last Chance Showdown 3 (Laps): 1. 95-Michael Altobelli [1][-]; 2. 24D-Travis Dickson [4][-]; 3. 19-Chad Bauer [2][-]; 4. 1M-Curt Myers [6][-]; 5. 11M-Mike McGee [5][$75]; 6. 52-Colin Green [10][$75]; 7. 22T-Tony Anderson [9][$75]; 8. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt [7][$75]; 9. 14J-John Baker [12][$75]; 10. O1-Bryce Nichols [11][$75]; 11. 17-Rob Pitcher [3][$75]; 12. 4UW-Bobby Regot [8][$75] Last Chance Showdown 4 (Laps): 1. 24-Zeke McKenzie [1][-]; 2. 67-Garret Stewart [3][-]; 3. 96-Cole Parker [2][-]; 4. OO-Buzzie Reutimann [6][-]; 5. 25-Tyler Nicely [5][$75]; 6. 12H-Jason Hughes [7][$75]; 7. 99-Hunt Gossum [8][$75]; 8. 12L-Lucas Lee [9][$75]; 9. 32-Chad Roush [10][$75]; 10. 20-Tyler Hendrix [12][$75]; 11. 9PG-Percy Gendreau [11][$75]; 12. 6-Ryan Fowler [4][$75]
  10. Bronson Three-Peats, Leyendecker and Sparkman Win on Night #3 of Sunshine Nationals at Volusia BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 18, 2020 – Three days of Dirt Late Model racing in the Sunshine State came to an exciting finish on Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park when Kyle Bronson completed the weekend sweep of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model class after a thrilling battle with Michael Page to capture the $10,000 Sunshine Nationals finale check. Completing Saturday night’s action were two other action-packed Features in which Colton Leyendecker traded in back-to-back third-place finishes for a win in the 602 Late Model division while Dusty Sparkman got his first career win at Volusia in the Florida Late Model Feature. DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON A member of the invading “Super Late Model regulars” club this weekend, Brandon, FL’s Kyle Bronson was a big favorite to win it all right from the get-go. And he did just that. The 29-year-old wheelman known as Killer never lost his focus throughout the entire event. Not once. He was fastest overall on practice night, set fast time in Qualifying on Friday night, won all but one of his Heat races and was victorious in all three Features. Utter domination. One notable regarding his wins – each one was increasingly more challenging than the last. That notion really came to the forefront in Saturday night’s drive to Victory Lane, when he was forced to drive through fellow Super Late Model guru Michael Page to earn it. And make no mistake, Page really, really made Bronson work for it. Right at the drop of the green, Page made a beeline for the lead as he proceeded to grab it and lead the field around to complete the first lap. Starting right behind Page, Bronson followed him and broke away from the pack a few laps later to start their high-speed battle for the top spot. Bronson threw the first of many traded slide-jobs between the two on lap 10, clipping Page’s nose as he drove on by. On a restart just three laps later, Page returned the favor by getting into Bronson’s left-rear on a failed pass attempt in Turn 1. “I slid [Page] and he kinda got in the back of me, but it was just hard racing,” Bronson said. “He hit me in the left-rear, just trying hard, and when he did it bent my left-rear wheel.” “We’re both as hard of a racer as the other,” Page said. “I just felt that, on a racetrack that was wide, [Bronson] just kinda came in there and thought he had me cleared but he didn’t. It knocked the steering wheel out of my hands.” The next restart restacked the field and refocused Page, as he threw a slide-job of his own, which Bronson countered by crossing-over as they raced out of Turn 2. The second of two red flags was displayed as they entered turn three, and there the leaders sat, parked right next to each other amidst the stoppage, discussing their intentions. “It just rubbed me the wrong way because the last time we raced, [Bronson] did the same so I returned the favor, maybe a little worse, but we stopped down there and I told him,” Page said. “We talked for a minute and I said, ‘let’s race.’ And after that, we raced. I don’t know if you could have raced anybody harder after that.” “We were just telling each other how much we loved each other and were ready to drink a beer after the races,” Bronson joked. Sitting inside of his Baird Truck and Trailer Sales #18X, Page was dreading the time spent not moving, as the gamble he took on tire selection for the 30-lap Feature did not appear to be working to his advantage. “The red flags killed it. I went on hard tires so they kinda sealed-up on me. Every time the car would come back in, the yellow would come out,” Page said. Meanwhile, an unfortunate situation was developing right underneath Bronson’s #40B as they sat parked on the track, waiting for cleanup to conclude. The contact Bronson’s left-rear tire received from Page’s nose on the earlier restart resulted in a slow leak, and Bronson could hear the clock ticking as they awaited the next restart. “My tire was going flat since lap 14, and then we had the red flag after that,” Bronson said. “I was praying we went back green [quick] because I could hear my tire leaking. Then it finally blew out coming to the checkered.” “It didn’t officially blow all the way out until the last lap there, we were racing on probably a pound or two of air,” Bronson added. In the end, the tire held up… at least, as long as it needed to for Bronson to see the checkers. He battled with the Georgian for several more laps after the red, again trading slide-jobs for the lead before lap 20. Another restart with 13 laps remaining threw Brandon Williams into the mix, who Bronson was also able to put behind him as he drove to his third checkered flag in three nights. All-in-all, the Bronson v. Page battle was settled 100 percent on the racetrack. They may have beaten and banged their cars up quite a bit before all was said and done, but the greatest sight of all may have been in Victory Lane, where the two smiled and shook hands in front of the crowded Volusia bleachers and DIRTVision cameras. “He knows how I felt and I know how he felt,” Page said. “Instead of going around and talking to everybody else about it, we worked it out like you’re supposed to as a racer.” Williams brought out the final caution flag of the race with four laps remaining and dropped out due to an ill-timed mechanical failure, crumpling his best run of the weekend. Arthur Walked capped off his solid weekend with his first podium finish, and Jason Fitzgerald rebounded from being a part of the second red flag incident to come back and finish fifth. Randy Weaver was strong all weekend but couldn’t find his mojo when it mattered most; settling for seventh after starting outside pole in the finale. Ashton Winger joined the Pro Late Model field for a chance at the 10-grand on Saturday, and had a decent run going early, but was on the receiving end of a nasty barrel-rolling flip in Turn 2 that ended his night. He, and every other driver involved, walked away under his own power. Feature (30 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [5]; 2. 18X-Michael Page [3]; 3. 87-Walker Arthur [1]; 4. 5-Mark Whitener [21]; 5. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [4]; 6. 111-Max Blair [11]; 7. 116-Randy Weaver [2]; 8. 14H-Cory Hedgecock [23]; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd [9]; 10. 6-Dillon Brown [7]; 11. 17-Nevin Gainey [24]; 12. 7A-Corey Almond [8]; 13. 71-Pierce McCarter [13]; 14. 11-Cruz Skinner [12]; 15. 74-Mike Franklin [17]; 16. 38P-Trey Pearson [20]; 17. 33-Jeff Mathews [15]; 18. 84-Sam Halstead [19]; 19. 95-Brandon Williams [10]; 20. 66-Jake Knowles [6]; 21. 9-Ashton Winger [22]; 22. J8-Jadon Frame [16]; 23. K37-Drew Kennedy [14]; 24. 7T-Trever Taylor [18]; 25. 4-Justin Litchford [26]; 26. 66K-Jody Knowles [25] Hard Charger: 5-Mark Whitener[+17] 602 LATE MODELS – COLTON LEYENDECKER After finishing third twice in the first two races over the weekend, Leyendecker finally pulled it off and picked up the win in the final 602 Late Model Feature of the inaugural Sunshine Nationals. Driving past Raymond Folwell on lap five, Leyendecker grabbed the lead and never looked back, holding off Thursday night’s winner, Cody Overton, for the $1,500 check. For his consistent efforts throughout the weekend, Leyendecker was also crowned the Sunshine Nationals miniseries champion of his division. Feature (20 Laps) 1. 33-Colton Leyendecker [1]; 2. 97-Cody Overton [21]; 3. 58-Tyler Clem [4]; 4. 5-Dustin Carter [3]; 5. 5B-Colby Boyett [8]; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel [22]; 7. 32-Bud Chancey [2]; 8. M51-Mark Steube [17]; 9. 64-Craig Montesi [14]; 10. 97B-Garrett Bullington [13]; 11. 28-Brandon Elwood [19]; 12. 3-Raymond Folwell [6]; 13. 31-Donnie Birdwell [23]; 14. 27K-Timmie King [18]; 15. OO-Louis Ledlow [15]; 16. 388-Jackson Hise [12]; 17. 98-Cody Allen [10]; 18. 9X-Chad Evans [20]; 19. 17S-Brenden Smith [9]; 20. 78-Arthur Conquest [11]; 21. 14JR-Trey Mills [5]; 22. O7-Landon Lungren [7]; 23. O2-Sean Babcock [16] Hard Charger: 97-Cody Overton[+19] FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DUSTY SPARKMAN It was almost a three-peat in two different classes over the weekend, but Sparkman put a stop to that by winning the final Florida Late Model Feature in dominating fashion, leading the final 14 laps to earn his first-ever victory in a Late Model of any kind. Thursday and Friday night’s winner, David Showers Jr., finished sixth and was crowned the miniseries champion of the division by way of his three top-10 results. Feature (20 Laps) 1. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [4]; 2. 27-Bruce Harvey [10]; 3. 41-Derike Bennett [5]; 4. 1A-Richard Pratt [11]; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [7]; 6. 18-David Showers [15]; 7. 29-Cameron Saunders [13]; 8. 6-Clay Bedenbaugh [1]; 9. 5MC-Robert Gast [8]; 10. 15-John Bledsoe [9]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead [17]; 12. 51-Holt Pipkin [14]; 13. 98-Johnny Allen [12]; 14. 45-Chuck Jackson [16]; 15. 54-Terry Bronson [3]; 16. 22-William Thomas [20]; 17. 17-Richard Ferry [2]; 18. 18A-Jared Allison [6]; 19. 68-Ken Ellefson [18]; 20. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [19] Hard Charger: 18-David Showers[+9] UP NEXT DIRTcar Racing hits Volusia Speedway Park again on Feb. 4 with the UMP Modifieds to kick-off the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Tickets are on sale now.
  11. Two Repeat Winners, One New Victor in Night #2 of Volusia’s Sunshine Nationals BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 17, 2020 – Night #2 of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was a very telling tale of who the Saturday night finale contenders will be, with two repeat winners, almost a third, on Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park. Kyle Bronson was one of two drivers to double-up on Friday night, making a big move for the lead underneath Jadon Frame on a restart to get the edge, which he carried all the way back to the checkered flag for his second consecutive DIRTcar Pro Late Model win at Volusia. Likewise, David Showers Jr. went back-to-back in the Florida Late Model division, just one night after scoring his very first win in a Late Model, and Bud Chancey took advantage of an engine malfunction out front to claim his first 602 Late Model win at The World’s Fastest Half Mile. DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON It was a case of déjà vu on the podium of the Pro Late Model Feature on Friday night, as Bronson led the final 20 laps and beat out fellow Super Late Model stars Randy Weaver and Max Blair. However, Bronson had to work for it a bit, compared to Thursday night. Killer jetted out to the runner-up spot within two laps of the race, giving chase to leader Jadon Frame. A restart on lap five put Bronson’s #40B on Frame’s rear bumper as they dove into turn one, Bronson with a big run to Frame’s inside. The two made contact that ended with Frame in the wall and Bronson racing off, unharmed. “I kept getting under the guy, and he kept turning left on me, but I really didn’t have position to finish him off with the way these Crate motors run around here,” Bronson said. “When I finally got position on him, I felt like I was about a half-car ahead of him. I went to do a slide-job on him and, I don’t really know if he just stayed in the gas or hit a slick spot and hit the fence or whatever happened.” Frame left the track on the hook as Bronson stayed out and led the rest of the way to collect $2,000 for the win. Bronson admitted he and Frame touched as they battled for the lead out of Turn 2, but also said what followed was just the product of the drive to win. “I hate what happened, but in my shoes, if I had to do anything over again, I wouldn’t change nothing I did. I wish the outcome would have been a little bit different, but that’s the way it goes. We come to win these races; I’m driving my butt off to win these races. [My team] are giving me a damn good car, so I’ve just got to do my job,” Bronson said. “There definitely was contact, 100 percent. It wasn’t anything crazy, just a deal that I feel like on these Crate cars, when someone gets their quarter-panel to your left-front, it’s time to check. Or, stay out there and wreck yourself – kinda what [Frame] did,” Bronson added. Randy Weaver had another solid drive to a runner-up finish, this time from much further back, starting 9th and dropping back to 12th on the first lap. He made patient moves through the field and used the well-timed yellows to catch the leaders within 15 laps to score his second podium finish of the weekend. Max Blair held his car inside the top-five for most of the race, dropping back to seventh after the lap five restart, but was able to rebound for another third-place finish. For a short time, the Titusville, PA-native held the runner-up spot before Weaver tracked him down and passed him with what could have been the fastest car on the track, next to Bronson. Douglasville, GA’s Super Late Model guru Michael Page finally brought out his #18X on day two of competition and joined the field as one of the favorites on the roster. His first night on track, however, did not go as he had planned, as his race ended by stopping at the topside of turn two with a mechanical failure. Feature (25 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [3]; 2. 116-Randy Weaver [9]; 3. 111-Max Blair [6]; 4. 66-Jake Knowles [1]; 5. 17-Nevin Gainey [12]; 6. 7T-Trever Taylor [14]; 7. 7A-Corey Almond [10]; 8. 95-Brandon Williams [5]; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd [11]; 10. 313-Devin Dixon [22]; 11. 30-Todd Cooney [24]; 12. 5W-David Whitener [16]; 13. 38-Jamie Carter [13]; 14. 14B-John Baker [19]; 15. 11-Cruz Skinner [25]; 16. 33-Jeff Mathews [21]; 17. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [26]; 18. 87-Walker Arthur [8]; 19. 38P-Trey Pearson [23]; 20. 71-Pierce McCarter [17]; 21. 84-Sam Halstead [15]; 22. 5-Mark Whitener [2]; 23. 6-Dillon Brown [20]; 24. 18X-Michael Page [7]; 25. 6H-Clay Harris [18]; 26. J8-Jadon Frame [4] Hard Charger: 30-Todd Cooney[+13] Qualifying Flight-A 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.058; 2. 2-Trynt Lloyd, 17.553; 3. 116-Randy Weaver, 17.566; 4. 95-Brandon Williams, 17.581; 5. 38P-Trey Pearson, 17.597; 6. 84-Sam Halstead, 17.618; 7. J8-Jadon Frame, 17.638; 8. 5-Mark Whitener, 17.674; 9. 38-Jamie Carter, 17.693; 10. 14B-John Baker, 17.837; 11. 71-Pierce McCarter, 17.901; 12. 10RT-Cody Overton, 17.97; 13. 44-John Ruggerio, 17.991; 14. 33-Jeff Mathews, 18.066; 15. K37-Drew Kennedy, 18.073; 16. 1-Grant Garrison, 18.106; 17. 74-Mike Franklin, 18.269; 18. 9-Jimmy Waldrop, 18.328; 19. 17M-David Markham, 18.351; 20. 16-Tom Egner, 19.076; 21. 39-Troy Dixon, 19.614; DQ. 14-Howard Stalls, 18.52 Qualifying Flight-B 1. 18X-Michael Page, 17.322; 2. 111-Max Blair, 17.336; 3. 7A-Corey Almond, 17.385; 4. 6-Dillon Brown, 17.471; 5. 7T-Trever Taylor, 17.479; 6. 5W-David Whitener, 17.485; 7. 66-Jake Knowles, 17.494; 8. 87-Walker Arthur, 17.513; 9. 7-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.522; 10. 27-Joe Denby, 17.572; 11. 6H-Clay Harris, 17.714; 12. 17-Nevin Gainey, 17.715; 13. 30-Todd Cooney, 17.745; 14. 721-Joe Kump, 17.778; 15. 313-Devin Dixon, 17.786; 16. 4-Justin Litchford, 17.822; 17. 20-Owen Osteen, 17.881; 18. 66K-Jody Knowles, 17.963; 19. 32-Curtis Glover, 18.087; 20. C71-Cody Courtney, 18.204; 21. 11-Cruz Skinner, 22.268 Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [4]; 2. J8-Jadon Frame [1]; 3. 116-Randy Weaver [3]; 4. 38-Jamie Carter [5]; 5. 71-Pierce McCarter [6]; 6. K37-Drew Kennedy [8]; 7. 38P-Trey Pearson [2]; 8. 17M-David Markham [10]; 9. 44-John Ruggerio [7]; 10. 74-Mike Franklin [9]; 11. 39-Troy Dixon [11] Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 5-Mark Whitener [1]; 2. 95-Brandon Williams [3]; 3. 2-Trynt Lloyd [4]; 4. 84-Sam Halstead [2]; 5. 14B-John Baker [5]; 6. 33-Jeff Mathews [7]; 7. 10RT-Cody Overton [6]; 8. 1-Grant Garrison [8]; 9. 14-Howard Stalls [11]; 10. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [9]; 11. 16-Tom Egner [10] Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 66-Jake Knowles [1]; 2. 18X-Michael Page [4]; 3. 7A-Corey Almond [3]; 4. 7T-Trever Taylor [2]; 5. 6H-Clay Harris [6]; 6. 30-Todd Cooney [7]; 7. 313-Devin Dixon [8]; 8. 11-Cruz Skinner [11]; 9. 32-Curtis Glover [10]; 10. 20-Owen Osteen [9]; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [5] Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 87-Walker Arthur [1]; 2. 111-Max Blair [4]; 3. 17-Nevin Gainey [6]; 4. 5W-David Whitener [2]; 5. 6-Dillon Brown [3]; 6. 4-Justin Litchford [8]; 7. 66K-Jody Knowles [9]; 8. 721-Joe Kump [7]; 9. C71-Cody Courtney [10]; 10. 27-Joe Denby [5] Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer 1. 33-Jeff Mathews [2]; 2. 38P-Trey Pearson [3]; 3. K37-Drew Kennedy [1]; 4. 10RT-Cody Overton [4]; 5. 17M-David Markham [5]; 6. 44-John Ruggerio [7]; 7. 1-Grant Garrison [6]; 8. 14-Howard Stalls [8]; 9. 74-Mike Franklin [9]; 10. 16-Tom Egner [12]; 11. 39-Troy Dixon [11]; 12. 9-Jimmy Waldrop [10] Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer 1. 313-Devin Dixon [3]; 2. 30-Todd Cooney [1]; 3. 4-Justin Litchford [2]; 4. 721-Joe Kump [6]; 5. 11-Cruz Skinner [5]; 6. 20-Owen Osteen [9]; 7. 32-Curtis Glover [7]; 8. C71-Cody Courtney [8]; 9. 66K-Jody Knowles [4]; 10. 27-Joe Denby [10]; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald [11] FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR. He may have had the win handed to him on Thursday night when leader Bubba Whitener wrecked while leading, but make no mistake, David Showers Jr. had to work for his second-ever win in a Late Model on Friday night. Taking the lead on lap one, Showers nearly ran away with the show in the early going, but Whitener tracked him down and put the pressure on in the final laps to make it an exciting chase for the finish line. Leading all 25 laps, Showers collected $3,000 for his victorious efforts. Feature (25 Laps) 1. 18-David Showers [1]; 2. 5-Bubba Whitener [5]; 3. 1A-Richard Pratt [8]; 4. 18A-Jared Allison [2]; 5. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [6]; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey [12]; 7. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [10]; 8. 5MC-Robert Gast [11]; 9. 98-Johnny Allen [3]; 10. 29-Cameron Saunders [4]; 11. 10S-Steve Shead [16]; 12. 15-John Bledsoe [14]; 13. 33-TJ Evans [9]; 14. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [13]; 15. 68-Ken Ellefson [18]; 16. 54-Terry Bronson [7]; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson [15]; 18. 17-Richard Ferry [17] Hard Charger: 27-Bruce Harvey[+6] Qualifying 1. 17-Richard Ferry, 17.695; 2. 18A-Jared Allison, 18.274; 3. 18-David Showers, 18.331; 4. 27-Bruce Harvey, 18.403; 5. 29-Cameron Saunders, 18.415; 6. 5-Bubba Whitener, 18.448; 7. 1A-Richard Pratt, 18.667; 8. OO7-Dusty Sparkman, 18.712; 9. 98-Johnny Allen, 18.933; 10. 54-Terry Bronson, 19.032; 11. 5MC-Robert Gast, 19.055; 12. 15-John Bledsoe, 19.077; 13. 33-TJ Evans, 19.488; 14. 10S-Steve Shead, 19.551; 15. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck, 20.078; 16. 68-Ken Ellefson, 20.147; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson, 20.53; DQ. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh, 19.012 Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 12 Transfer 1. 18-David Showers [3]; 2. 1A-Richard Pratt [1]; 3. 29-Cameron Saunders [2]; 4. 98-Johnny Allen [5]; 5. 33-TJ Evans [7]; 6. 5MC-Robert Gast [6]; 7. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck [8]; 8. 45-Chuck Jackson [9]; 9. 17-Richard Ferry [4] Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 12 Transfer 1. 5-Bubba Whitener [2]; 2. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [1]; 3. 18A-Jared Allison [4]; 4. 54-Terry Bronson [5]; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh [9]; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey [3]; 7. 15-John Bledsoe [6]; 8. 10S-Steve Shead [7]; 9. 68-Ken Ellefson [8] 602 LATE MODELS – BUD CHANCEY In what originally looked to be Cody Overton’s second consecutive win in the Sunshine Nationals 602 Late Model Feature, Thursday night’s runner-up Bud Chancey took advantage of a poorly timed engine failure on Overton’s part to scoop-up the win – his first victory at Volusia. Overton started on the front row and jetted out to a commanding lead early on before going up in a puff of smoke on lap 12, handing over the lead, and the win, to Chancey. Chancey took no prisoners after getting the lead, out in front by a 5-second margin at the checkers. Feature (20 Laps) 1. 32-Bud Chauncey [1]; 2. 78-Arthur Conquest [9]; 3. 33-Colton Leyendecker [11]; 4. M51-Mark Steube [3]; 5. 5-Dustin Carter [4]; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel [8]; 7. 388-Jackson Hise [5]; 8. 3-Raymond Folwell [14]; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell [25]; 10. 28-Brandon Elwood [16]; 11. O7-Landon Lungren [15]; 12. OO-Louis Ledlow [21]; 13. 98-Cody Allen [13]; 14. 5B-Colby Boyett [10]; 15. 9X-Chad Evans [22]; 16. 97-Cody Overton [2]; 17. 14JR-Trey Mills [6]; 18. 64-Craig Montesi [17]; 19. 22-Jonah Bozeman [7]; 20. 58-Tyler Clem [12]; 21. 27K-Timmie King [23]; 22. O2-Sean Babcock [20]; 23. 97B-Garrett Bullington [18]; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith [24]; 25. 18-Jared Allison [19] Hard Charger: 31-Donnie Birdwell[+16] Qualifying 1. 14JR-Trey Mills, 18.924; 2. 3-Raymond Folwell, 19.106; 3. 97-Cody Overton, 19.274; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett, 19.359; 5. 5-Dustin Carter, 19.415; 6. O7-Landon Lungren, 19.421; 7. 22-Jonah Bozeman, 19.556; 8. 25-Wiley McDaniel, 19.573; 9. 78-Arthur Conquest, 19.771; 10. 32-Bud Chauncey, 19.838; 11. 388-Jackson Hise, 19.844; 12. M51-Mark Steube, 19.901; 13. 98-Cody Allen, 19.976; 14. 33-Colton Leyendecker, 20.158; 15. 97B-Garrett Bullington, 20.217; 16. 18-Jared Allison, 20.257; 17. 64-Craig Montesi, 20.262; 18. 58-Tyler Clem, 20.296; 19. 31-Donnie Birdwell, 20.363; 20. 27K-Timmie King, 20.378; 21. OO-Louis Ledlow, 20.704; 22. 28-Brandon Elwood, 20.938; 23. O2-Sean Babcock, 22.137; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith, 23.354; 25. 9X-Chad Evans, NT Heat #1 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 14JR-Trey Mills [4]; 2. 32-Bud Chauncey [1]; 3. 22-Jonah Bozeman [2]; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett [3]; 5. 98-Cody Allen [5]; 6. 28-Brandon Elwood [8]; 7. 18-Jared Allison [6]; 8. 9X-Chad Evans [9]; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell [7] Heat #2 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 388-Jackson Hise [1]; 2. 5-Dustin Carter [3]; 3. 25-Wiley McDaniel [2]; 4. 33-Colton Leyendecker [5]; 5. 3-Raymond Folwell [4]; 6. 64-Craig Montesi [6]; 7. O2-Sean Babcock [8]; 8. 27K-Timmie King [7] Heat #3 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 97-Cody Overton [4]; 2. M51-Mark Steube [1]; 3. 78-Arthur Conquest [2]; 4. 58-Tyler Clem [6]; 5. O7-Landon Lungren [3]; 6. 97B-Garrett Bullington [5]; 7. OO-Louis Ledlow [7]; 8. 17S-Brenden Smith [8] UP NEXT The DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals action continues on Saturday night with the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win finale for the Pro Late Models and 20 laps and $1,500-to-win for Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!
  12. Bronson, Overton and Showers Jr. Victorious in Round 1 of Inaugural Sunshine Nationals BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 16, 2020 – The first race night of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was jam-packed with the Late Model racing everyone had been craving since the 2019 regular season wound down just a few months ago. Twenty-four 602 Late Models, 16 Florida Late Models and 41 Pro Late Models lined the Volusia Speedway Park pit areas on Thursday night for their first look of the year at the track under racing conditions. The three Features capped off what was a very entertaining night of racing at The World’s Fastest Half Mile, in which Kyle Bronson came out on top of the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Cody Overton won the 602 Late Model Feature and David Showers Jr. was victorious in the final event of the evening, the Florida Late Model Feature. DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON It seems as though it pays to be an ace of the Super Late Model ranks when jumping into a Pro Late Model at Volusia. Brandon, FL-native Kyle Bronson put on a dominant display of speed and car control over 25 laps as he beat out fellow Super Late Model big names Randy Weaver and Max Blair en route to his $1,500 victory. Leading every lap, Killer put on a show out front as he grabbed the top spot on lap one and never looked back to collect the win, holding off a deep field of talent in the process. “We’ve got a really great car, and I feel like as long as we keep the fenders on our car, we’ll have a chance to win these next couple,” Bronson said. “I’ve just got to do my job, and the car’s pretty damn good.” The race was spotted with cautions, which meant Bronson was forced to deal with the pressure restacking behind him for each restart. But he handled those perfectly; it was a close call on lap nine that gave him his biggest challenge. Middleburg, FL-driver Mark Whitener had a good run going to Bronson’s inside as they dove into Turn 1. The two ended up making slight contact, which sent Whitener around right in front of the oncoming field of cars. Somehow, everyone avoided him, and Whitener rejoined the field at the tail under the ensuing caution flag. Bronson escaped unharmed and went on to win the race, while Whitener made up a ton of ground in the final 16 laps to come back and finish eighth and pick up the Hard Charger honors. “[Whitener] said he was going to go in and try to slide me there, but I was already turned down the racetrack and he hit me in the left-rear and turned himself around, I guess,” Bronson said. “We always race hard and rub a little bit, unfortunately. But that’s the way racing goes.” Despite redrawing fifth, Randy Weaver found himself with a little bit of work to do in the early going of the 25-lap Feature, as he slipped back on the opening circuit and crossed the line in ninth on lap two. But with some patience and a great car, he and his newly wrapped #116 made it all the way back up front to collect the runner-up spot. He’s traveled a long way from Titusville, PA, and there was no way Max Blair was leaving Volusia without at least one podium finish this weekend. He didn’t have to wait long, as he kept his car solidly inside the top 5 through all 25 laps to complete the podium. Winner of the race run prior to the Pro Late Models Feature, Evans, GA-native Cody Overton, was looking to climb from the back to the front over 25 laps to put the cherry atop his Thursday night. Unfortunately, his night ended on the hook, as he was on the receiving end of a nasty pile-up wreck on the initial start that forced him to retire without a single lap completed. 602 LATE MODELS - CODY OVERTON Overton did, however, take home a nice check in the first Feature of the evening for his efforts behind the wheel of his #97 602 Late Model – race he won by over three seconds ahead of runner-up Bud Chauncey and podium finisher Colton Leyendecker. Using the low line to his advantage, Lil Sexy made a great move to the inside of Bud Chauncey on lap eight to take the lead, and the win, to kick off his 2020 season in Florida. FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR. For most of the 20-lap Feature race, teenage pilot Bubba Whitener seemed to have had the Thursday night Feature locked up. Until he reached lap 13. Trying to get around slower traffic on the high-side, Whitener came up on a car just before the flag stand and made heavy contact, sending the lapped car into the inside wall and severely damaging his own. Whitener went off on the hook, which handed the lead over to David Showers Jr., who took it and led the rest of the way for his first-ever Late Model victory. UP NEXT The Sunshine Nationals action continues from Volusia on Friday night with round two of racing. Hot Laps begin at 5:15pm ET on DIRTVision!
  13. Huge Car Count Turns Up Heat at DRIVEN World Short Track Championship Opener CONCORD, NC — Nov. 1, 2019 — More than 400 race cars across nine divisions took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday for the opening round of DIRTcar Racing’s Fourth Annual DRIVEN Racing Oil World Short Track Championship. The day’s events included Qualifying and Heat Race action, setting the stage for Saturday’s Feature events. Saturday’s schedule has been flexed to an earlier start time, with pit gates opening at 9 a.m., spectator gates opening at 1 p.m. and racing slated to begin at 2 p.m. Competitors have converged on The Dirt Track at Charlotte from 18 different states plus Canada plus Australia. There was plenty of excitement to go around in each division on Friday: FOX Racing SHOX Pro Late Models: The FOX Racing SHOX Pro Late Model division was the second-most populated class at the event with 56 entries across three groups of timed Hot Lap sessions. Last year’s winner, “Downtown” Michael Brown, set fast time overall as part of Group A, while Justin Hudspeth topped Group B and Logan Roberson led Group C. The field was divided into six Heat races, only the winners going to Saturday’s redraw. Brown led every lap of Heat 1 and will certainly be a favorite to defend his title on Saturday, regardless of where he starts. Timmie Harrelson, of Reidsville, NC, took the checkers in Heat 2 while Timbo Mangum beat Hudspeth by over 2.6 seconds for the win in Heat 3. Layton Sullivan, of Gaffney, SC, grabbed the win in Heat 4, “Thugg Nasty” Logan Roberson took the win in Heat 5 and Dillon Brown got it done in Heat 6. Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modifieds: Forty-seven of the best DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in the country took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for their qualifying events, most of which were claimed by the big names on the roster. 2019 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Champion Nick Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, set fast time in Group A’s timed Hot Laps, while the “Highside Tickler” Kyle Strickler topped Group B. Hoffman dominated Heat 1 while Strickler did the same in Heat 3; expect both to be strong contenders for the win on Saturday. Taylor Cook got the win over David Stremme in Heat 2, both transferred to Saturday’s redraw. Heat 4 was claimed by Will Krup, who took Michael Tarlton with him to the redraw. VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Modifieds: There were 29 DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds that traveled from the Northeast and packed Hot Laps, timed Hot Laps and Heat Races into Friday’s schedule. In Heat Race 1, Robert Bublak left his competition in the dust to pick up the checkered flag. Bublak is aiming to improve on last year’s ninth-place finish in the finale. Notable speedster Nicole Hoag took second. Both drivers are in the redraw. Hoag and her husband Alex are competing in the division this weekend together. Garrison Krentz, of Lockport, NY, mopped up Heat Race 2 for the victory. Young gun Tyler Corcoran finished second. Grentz and Corcoran join Bublak and Hoag in the Top 8 redraw. Last year’s DRIVEN Racing Oil World Short Track Champion Jackson Gil picked up where he left off with a Heat Race 3 win. Gil outdueled Jeff Taylor, who started on the pole. They move on to the Top 8 redraw as well. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Champion and multi-Track Champion Kevin Root seemed to struggle in the Heat Race and finished in sixth, well out of the redraw. NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII Chevy Performance 75 Champion Kyle Inman launched to the front of Heat Race 4 and stayed there for the win. Corey Cormier crossed the line in second to jump into the Top 8 redraw. Jessica Power finished on the podium at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in 2018 but she was only able to muster a sixth in Heat Race action. She’ll have to come from the back of the pack to match or beat her 2018 effort. Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds: Brandon Umberger, of Rural Retreat, VA, showed muscle Friday night in his 12u car by setting the fastest time in Hot Laps, setting the fastest overall time in Qualifying and dominating his Heat race. Also showing speed by dominating their Heat races were Buck Stevens, in the No. 23 car, Kenny Peeples, in the No. 22p car and Jeff Parsons in the No. 44 car. The Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds have set themselves up for an action-packed Feature Saturday night. With Hot Laps, Qualifying and Heat racing out of the way, all that remains is a redraw and Last Chance Showdown to set the 26-car field for the $1,500-to-win Feature. RaceTents.com Pro Stocks: The RacerTents.com Pro Stocks unleashed their full-fendered frenzy on the red Carolina clay with Timed Hot laps and Heat Races. Nineteen Pro Stocks pounded the dirt in two Heat Races to set the stage for Saturday’s Championship Feature. Legend Robert Yetman showed the field how it’s done with a strong victory in Heat Race 1. Jason Meltz drove his stunning blue No. 51 RacerTents.com DIRTcar Pro Stock to second and into the Top 8 redraw. David Pepaulo and Jay Casey also qualified for the redraw. The excitement continued in Heat Race 2, which was taken by Luke Horning in the No. 2H Pro Stock. Big names filled out the rest of the redraw order including past Series Champion Jocelyn Roy, Series driver Brian Carter and Lebanon Valley regular Rick Duzlak. Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models: The Chevy Performance 602 Late Model division was, essentially, a story of South Carolinian domination in the first night of qualifying events. Thirty-five drivers signed in for competition and took to the track for their timed Hot Lap sessions in two groups. Group A was led by Hopkins, SC’s Austin Mintz with a lap of 16.864, while David Smith, from Inman, SC, topped the charts with a lap of 16.936. As expected, heats went well for team South Carolina. Billy Rushton claimed victory in the first race and took runner-up Chase McCormick with him to Saturday’s redraw, but not before fast timer Mintz blew a left-rear tire while leading. Blake Dill and Michael Brown were the redraw cars from Heat two, David Smith and Colby Cannon in Heat three and Mike Davidson and Lee Gray (Rossville, GA) in Heat 4. DRIVEN Racing Oil Crate Sportsman: Every Heat race saw drivers not giving each other an inch, which led to multiple cautions. However, their fierce battles resulted in strong finishes. Ronnie Mosley, in the No. 9, raced side by side with Russell Williford, in the No. 14, for several laps in the opening 6-lap Heat race. Mosley eventually pulled ahead and took the win. In the second Heat race of the night Calob McLaughlin, in the No. 08, charged from fourth to the win. The third Heat race saw the No. 18c of Damon Crump, who set the fastest time overall in Qualifying, pull away from the field and lead every lap. Mitchell Duvall, in the No. 5d, did the same in the final Heat race of the night, setting up a competitive Feature on Saturday night for the Crate Sportsman. COMP CAMS Mini Stocks: Forty-nine COMP CAMS Mini-Stocks completed three rounds of Qualifying before time ran out on Friday’s program to complete their Heat Races, which will kick off the racing at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Pete Brew Jr., Nicholas Broome and Jamie Mattison were quickest in their respective groups, with Mattison quickest overall at 19.486 seconds around the four-tenths-mile dirt oval. DIRTVision Hornets: The largest division of cars in the event belongs to the DIRTVision Hornets, with 70 taking time in Qualifying out of 76 on the property. Friday night’s action reached its time limit before the DIRTVision Hornets could complete their Feature events. An additional Feature is being added to the schedule, giving them three Features following the Mini Stock Heat Races at 2 p.m. Saturday. The final two Hornet Features will take place later in the night after Mini Stock Feature. Drivers John Windham, in the No. 65 car, and Andrew Smith, in the No. 162 car, set themselves up as early favorites. Windham was fastest in Hot Laps and Smith was fastest overall in Qualifying — the only driver to break into the 19 second bracket. All Star Invitationals: Due to time constraints, the All Star Invitational events were moved to Saturday night following the Feature events.
  14. Davenport Wins Third World 100 Title in Five Years at Eldora ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 7, 2019 – Eldora Speedway’s annual World 100 has often been thought of as Dirt Late Model Racing’s Super Bowl or Daytona 500. Winning it just once puts a driver’s name beside the greatest the sport has ever had to offer, and one of the tallest trophies available into their trophy cabinet. Jonathan Davenport is now the proud owner of three of those globe trophies, as he drove his Lance Landers-owned #49 to victory on Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd to claim his third World 100 title in the last five years. In his eye-catching “Brewster Baker” throwback #49 graphics scheme, Davenport was strong in each race each day this weekend, collecting a preliminary Feature victory on Friday night that set him up for a second-place run in his Heat race on Saturday. That finish gave him a seventh-place starting spot on the grid for the Feature, where he wasted little time on his charge to the front, cracking the podium inside of the first 25 laps. But as then-leader Bobby Pierce approached lap 30, Davenport noticed something in his car starting to fade. Much like Pierce himself experienced in the Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury back in July, Davenport’s power steering system had malfunctioned mid-race. Over the course of the next 70 laps, that mechanical failure began to take its physical toll on the Blairsville, Georgia-native. In fact, by the time he had brought his Nutrien Ag Solutions Longhorn Chassis up to the Victory Lane stage, Davenport said he couldn’t even feel his arms. “It was definitely tough. It might have made me better to where I didn’t have to move the wheel much, but I was turning left into the corner with the brake pedal, just trying to hold the wheel straight and exiting the corner using just my foot to accelerate,” he said. From lap 30 onward, Davenport continued to move forward without the aid of power steering, catching and passing polesitter John Blankenship for second on lap 27. A restart on lap 31 marked the beginning of Davenport’s battle with Pierce over the next 40 laps, buying time and track position for Ricky Weiss and his efforts to catch the leaders. As Weiss closed in, the battle between the “Smooth Operator” and “Superman” began to heat up, Pierce on the high side and Davenport chomping at the bit down low. The two had battled this way in lapped traffic 20 laps earlier, but Davenport was only able to get a dive deep enough into the corner to clear the #32 on one occasion – lap 48, where he just barely nosed Pierce at the line on lap 48. Come lap 62, Davenport got enough momentum on the low side to nip Pierce at the line again before Pierce took it back one circuit later. The two sparred for a few more laps before encountering the wrath of “The Manitoba Missile,” as Weiss found something on the topside to make the move on Davenport for second. But that didn’t last long, as “JD” got a great run in the low groove on lap 67, going underneath Weiss and Pierce to take the lead back. This time, it was permanent. “It was awesome racing between us,” Davenport said. “Ricky got up there racing with us in lapped traffic, and I just moved around and found a couple more lines – just got into a rhythm of what I needed to do to rive my racecar the way it was.” Davenport turned on the jets and opened up an advantage of almost two full seconds over Weiss by the time a caution came out with 17 laps remaining for Pierce, who had slapped the turn one wall, ending his chances for glory. Davenport opened up another 2.6-second advantage after the lap 84 restart before another caution waived, placing Weiss and 2007/2011 winner Jimmy Owens right on his rear bumper. His arms were giving out and he was feeling the pressure, but Davenport prevailed, hanging on to lead the final circuits and collect his third World 100 trophy under three different car owners. “Ricky got a really good jump on that second restart. He jumped me just a little bit, and I didn’t spin the tires, but I was trying to be really patient. I pulled back by him just a little bit at the flag stand, had to slide him down here, I’m sure it was very close. But it’s the World 100, you’ve got to do what you can.” His 2015 win came aboard the Kevin & Leeroy Rumley-owned Longhorn Chassis #6, the same year he became the third driver in Eldora Speedway history to win the Dirt Late Model Dream and World 100 in the same year. 2017 saw a red/white #49 pull into Eldora Victory Lane, owned by North Carolinian GR Smith. Now, JD’s current car owner Lance Landers is a World 100 Champion in 2019. Davenport joked that there’s a couple ways of viewing that statistic, but it does go to show the versatility of his veteran driving skills. “Well, you can look at it from one side – I can’t hold a ride down,” Davenport chuckled. “Or the other side is, I’ve won it twice in a Longhorn Chassis, the other in a Rocket. Just about every car owner I’ve had, I could go back and drive for again. A car owner is a car owner, as long as they’re a good one and can give me the tools that I need to work with, I can do my job.” It’s been a terrific season for JD already this year. Leading his full-time national tour in points, 15 Feature wins, and now another crown jewel to add to his collection. He said he’s still kicking himself a bit after a sour ending to his Dirt Late Model Dream run back in June, a race he said he could have won, but tonight he sings a song of redemption and places a cherry on top of his still-unfinished 2019 racing season sundae. “We’ve put ourselves in position to win so many crown jewels this year,” Davenport said. “Either bad racing luck has happened to us or we’ve dolled ourselves out in the 100-lappers… I thought it was going to happen again whenever the power steering started acting up and went out.” Owens also hung onto his runner-up spot from the lap 92 restart, battling with Weiss, Chris Madden and Stormy Scott in the final stages to bag a solid second-place in the World 100 finale. He played the final restart perfectly to get ahead of the field behind him and secure the second spot late, despite his satisfaction with a third-place finish before the restart. “I was really worried about restarts the first time, but we took off in front of Madden, who’s had a great car all weekend,” Owens said. “I was happy with third and thought ‘man, we’re pretty good right here.’ But the longer we run, the further out those guys would get.” Canadian Ricky Weiss wrapped up a podium finish in his very first World 100 start after running up front all weekend. His efforts to stay on the podium with the pressure behind him on the last restart were unmatched, as he made a costly mistake driving into turn one and washing up the track, giving up second to Owens. Madden and Scott got underneath the Turk Enterprises #7W and grabbed the position for two laps after, but the topside momentum propelled Weiss back around them both. “It was a good race until that last restart, we just went for it,” Weiss said. “I mean, second or third… heck, I could’ve got a DNF with the way I drove it in there. But we also could’ve maybe won it, so it was worth it.” World 100 – (100)Laps 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[7]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[12]; 3. 7W-Ricky Weiss[8]; 4. 2S-Stormy Scott[5]; 5. OM-Chris Madden[21]; 6. O-Scott Bloomquist[14]; 7. 1-Chad Simpson[16]; 8. 17M-Dale McDowell[3]; 9. 39-Tim McCreadie[13]; 10. 50-Shanon Buckingham[11]; 11. 71-Hudson O’Neal[6]; 12. 23B-John Blankenship[1]; 13. 40B-Kyle Bronson[9]; 14. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[22]; 15. 18-Shannon Babb[10]; 16. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[4]; 17. 25C-Shane Clanton[27]; 18. 14-Josh Richards[29]; 19. 28-Dennis Erb Jr.[19]; 20. 22F-Chris Ferguson[20]; 21. 1ST-Johnny Scott[17]; 22. 71C-RJ Conley[28]; 23. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr.[18]; 24. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 25. 1T-Tyler Erb[26]; 26. 29-Darrell Lanigan[25]; 27. 157-Mike Marlar[15]; 28. 18J-Chase Junghans[23]; 29. 72-Michael Norris[30]; 30. 3S-Brian Shirley[24]
  15. Moyer and Hudson O'Neal Earn Eldora's First Two Prelim Victories ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 5, 2019 – If any race fan out there ever needed a sign that the future of Dirt Late Model racing and its longevity in the motorsports world are alive and well, let Thursday night’s World 100 preliminary Feature results be it. Billy Moyer, 61, of Batesville, AR, and Hudson O’Neal, 19, of Martinsville, IN, collected victories in qualifying Feature action at Eldora Speedway on Thursday night, displaying the potential for domination at any age on the big stage. Forty-two years separates Moyer and O’Neal in age, but it seemed as though age was merely a number no more significant to their driving ability than the one stickered onto the side of their cars. Both drivers wheeled their machines to victory by just plain outrunning their opponents, and those nice event points payouts will certainly come in handy for Saturday’s Heat race line-ups. GROUP A FEATURE As he’s done so many times over his illustrious career at “The Big E,” Billy Moyer showed the field how it’s done over 25 laps to win his first crown jewel event Feature of any kind at Eldora since going to Victory Lane in a 2016 Dirt Late Model Dream preliminary event. Starting from the pole, Moyer immediately grabbed the lead and took off, working his way through multiple segments of lapped traffic near flawlessly through the first 22 laps before the caution came out with just three laps remaining. This put two-time World 100 winner Jimmy Owens, of Newport, TN, right on his rear bumper for the restart. “Jimmy gets around here awfully good too,” Moyer said. “I knew he’d pass some cars to get where he was at, so I knew he’d be good.” Both Moyer and Owens got a good jump on the restart, but Owens was unable to hold the top side through turns one and two and slipped back a few spots. Moyer, however, stayed strong in his turn one charge and was able to fend off a hard-knocking Kent Robinson for the win in the final circuits. “I just tried to hit my marks and not mess up in the last three laps,” Moyer said. When he pulled the black-and-white #21M onto the Victory Lane stage after clearing the scales, “Mr. Smooth” got out and gave a simple wave to the crowd as the pyro lit up on either side of him. He said he wasn’t exactly “beating on this chest” after the checkers were thrown because “everything went [his] way.” After winning this event six times, Moyer knows that to do well at Eldora, a few breaks have to go your way and starting each race up front is crucial. And for good reason. “These cars are so air-sensitive now that when you’re in the front, you have all the clean air on you, and it makes a huge difference,” he said. 1. 21M-Billy Moyer[1]; 2. 7R-Kent Robinson[3]; 3. 22F-Chris Ferguson[5]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens[7]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr.[2]; 6. 18X-Michael Page[9]; 7. 7W-Ricky Weiss[13]; 8. 17D-Zack Dohm[15]; 9. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 10. 17M-Dale McDowell[22]; 11. OM-Chris Madden[14]; 12. 29-Darrell Lanigan[18]; 13. 5-Don O’Neal[6]; 14. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 15. 25C-Shane Clanton[19]; 16. 1ST-Johnny Scott[16]; 17. 1T-Tyler Erb[10]; 18. 12D-Doug Drown[12]; 19. 1-Chad Simpson[23]; 20. 17J-Greg Johnson[11]; 21. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[24]; 22. 4G-Kody Evans[21]; 23. 23-Cory Hedgecock[17]; 24. 1B-Josh Rice[20] GROUP B FEATURE There aren’t many racecar drivers, if any at all, that can say they’ve won a Dirt Late Model Feature at Eldora at just 19 years old, let alone one as part of World 100 weekend. Hudson O’Neal just added that to his resume on Thursday night by grabbing the lead away from Shannon Babb after a restart to claim his very first Eldora Speedway crown jewel event preliminary Feature win. Babb kicked things off by jumping out to the early lead and clicking off the first eight circuits before the race’s first caution came out. On the ensuing restart, Babb got the jump to get ahead and lead lap nine but not without heavy pressure from O’Neal to his inside. The field raced across the start/finish line and O’Neal threw it hard into turn one, pulling a perfectly executed slidejob on the Petroff Towing #18 to swipe the spot, and the eventual win. The Dyno-One #71 brought it the rest of the way home for $10,000 and a good start to his World 100 weekend, as he attempts to qualify for his second main event start. “I knew that I needed to get to the lead, and it was going to be so hard to pass [Babb] racing,” O’Neal said. “That yellow provided the perfect opportunity to take advantage of it.” “I knew that if I could get a good restart and roll with him down the front-stretch, I could probably set myself up good, and that’s exactly what I did,” O’Neal added. He may have been addressed by his clever nickname “The New Deal” in Victory Lane at the end of the night, but walking around in the pit area earlier Thursday afternoon, he was known as the birthday boy. And what a special gift he received from “The World’s Greatest Dirt Track,” a World 100 preliminary Feature victory and an authentic event plaque to commemorate. “It’s just a dream come true to stand on that stage, to be able to win here at Eldora,” O’Neal said. “I’m excited for tomorrow.” He may have only been at the controls of a Dirt Late Model for a small fraction of the time his father Don has over his racing career, but Hudson has fond memories of gracing Victory Lane stages with one of his childhood heroes as a young boy, and admits it was cool to see the roles reversed all these years later. “Sharing this with my dad was probably the best part of this whole deal,” O’Neal said. “To be able to stand on that stage and take a picture with him, it’s kind of gone full-circle. I stood on that stage when I was five of six years old with him, so to be able to do it the other way around, it’s a true blessing.” 1. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[8]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb[1]; 5. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[10]; 6. 50-Shanon Buckingham[6]; 7. 23B-John Blankenship[11]; 8. 32S-Chris Simpson[4]; 9. 15B-Brian Birkhofer[16]; 10. 83-Scott James[15]; 11. 32P-Bobby Pierce[23]; 12. 28M-Jimmy Mars[21]; 13. 12W-Ashton Winger[17]; 14. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr.[7]; 15. 14-Josh Richards[20]; 16. 2H-Nick Hoffman[12]; 17. 8H-Jacob Hawkins[19]; 18. 1s-Brandon Sheppard[22]; 19. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[9]; 20. 18j-Chase Junghans[24]; 21. 8-Kyle Strickler[13]; 22. 12J-Jason Jameson[18]; 23. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk[2]; 24. 40B-Kyle Bronson[14] The World 100 action from Eldora Speedway picks back up on Friday, Sept. 6 with hot laps going live on DirtonDirt.com or Eldora.tv at 6 p.m.!
  16. Gordy Gundaker wins at Macon with DIRTcar Late Models Story by Ruben Mireles MACON, IL – July 4, 2019 - Gordy Gundaker goes back-to-back in the Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway after getting around Bobby Pierce on a last lap pass to win his second career Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" event. The St. Charles, Missouri racer won it on the bottom in 2018 and does it again in a thrilling finish, bringing fans to their feet in the final corner. Twenty-four DIRTcar Late Models checked in on Thursday night at the 1/5-mile as the fans packed the stands for the 4th of July special. Two-time event winner Bobby Pierce sat on the front row with five-time Herald & Review 100 winner Shannon Babb. On the start, Bobby Pierce quickly threw a slider on Babb for the lead to get to the top, but Babb crossed Pierce over to retain the top spot. Babb lead almost the entire way with several cautions mixed in through 100 laps. Three different leaders in the final three laps set the stage for an epic finish. Heading into turn three on lap 98, Pierce threw a bonzai slidejob on Babb for the lead that resulted in Babb making contact with the wall, putting him out of the race with significant right-front damage. Babb, who led 97 laps until that point, drew the caution and eventually retired from the race. Pierce then led the field to green on the restart with Brian Shirley and Gundaker following. Pierce ran away to a commanding half-straightaway lead on the white flag lap, as Gundaker passed defending Summer Nationals champion Shirley for second. It seemed as though Pierce won the race as he powered off of turn four towards the checkered flag, but the caution was thrown. Ryan Unzicker and Dennis Erb Jr. came together on the back straightaway, putting Unzicker in a very dangerous position. Officials called the yellow for Unzicker, parked on the back straightaway. This led to a single-file restart with 99 laps complete and $5,000 on the line. Pierce threw it in very hard on the top of turns one and two on the restart and was almost completely sideways upon corner exit, leaving the bottom door open for Gundaker. Pierce pushed in the middle of three and four, shooting his momentum down, allowing Gundaker to slip by underneath and collect his second career Hell Tour victory. Mother Nature might have been a thorn in the side of the Summer Nationals this season, but the racing and storylines have been second to none when the rain has stayed away, and Thursday night was no exception. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour next advances to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois for a Friday-night-lights special on July 5. Follow the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Facebook and Twitter @SummerNationals and don’t miss a single lap live with your DIRTVision Late Model Fast Pass Powered by DirtonDirt.com for only $39/month. Visit www.DIRTVision.com for more information. Late Model Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 11-Gordy Gundaker [6]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce [1]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley [5]; 4. 25F-Jason Feger [7]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr. [3]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [9]; 7. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [11]; 8. 51-Dean Carpenter [12]; 9. 16-Rusty Griffaw [10]; 10. 24-Ryan Unzicker [4]; 11. 10S-Taylor Scheffler [15]; 12. 13-David Jaeger [17]; 13. 27-Greg Kimmons [20]; 14. 32M-Cody Maguire [18]; 15. 33H-Roben Huffman [19]; 16. 18-Shannon Babb [2]; 17. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [14]; 18. 16H-Mike Hammerle [23]; 19. 25H-Chuck Hummer [21]; 20. 33B-Billy Hough [13]; 21. 18W-Trent Workman [16]; 22. 25W-Allen Weisser [8]; 23. 82B-Jason Milam [22]; 24. 48T-Phil Taylor [24]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 27-Greg Kimmons[+7]
  17. Babb Is Back HIGHLAND, IL – June 29, 2019 – Three-hundred sixty-nine days ago, Shannon Babb picked up his 97th career DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” win at the Spoon River Speedway on June 25, 2018. Tonight, as Series Announcer Ruben Mireles declared in Victory Lane, “Babb is Back!” as he emerged victorious for the 98th time in his Summer Nationals career Saturday night at the Highland Speedway. Billy Moyer, the only driver with more Hell Tour wins than Babb at 100, held strong all race long to claim the runner-up spot. Rusty Schlenk bagged a third-place finish, tying his best Summer Nationals finish this season. As Rusty Griffaw led the field around for opening circuits, Brandon Sheppard and Babb started their battle for position – Sheppard hammering the cushion and Babb swiftly maneuvering the bottom. Sheppard eventually got the best of Babb by the fifth lap and led the next 11 laps, as Moyer continued his charge to the front from his ninth-place starting spot. But the cushion proved to be too much for Sheppard’s right-rear Hoosier tire to handle, and he pulled his #B5 machine into the infield with the flat tire after fading back to seventh by lap 28. By this point, Moyer had already completed his charge to the front, nearly going four-wide with Schlenk, Bobby Pierce and Sheppard at one point for the runner-up spot. But the young guns of the tour just weren’t able to outdrive the veterans. Babb had taken the lead from Sheppard for good on lap 18 and held it the rest of the way to score his first Hell Tour victory of the season. The Summer Nationals Late Models are back in action tonight at the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois. Catch all of the action live on DIRTVision! Late Model Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 18-Shannon Babb [4]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer [9]; 3. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [6]; 4. 25F-Jason Feger [15]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley [7]; 6. 33M-Tim Manville [11]; 7. 96-Tanner English [3]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce [5]; 9. 78-Chad Zobrist [12]; 10. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, [13]; 11. 22-Daniel Jacober [16]; 12. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [19]; 13. 16H-Mike Hammerle [20]; 14. 25H-Chuck Hummer [22]; 15. B5-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 16. 10-Daryn Klein [10]; 17. B1-Brent Larson [18]; 18. 16-Rusty Griffaw [1]; 19. 6K-Michael Kloos [17]; 20. 11-Gordy Gundaker [14]; 21. 30V-Mark Voigt [21]; 22. 33-Rodney Melvin [8]; Hard Charger: 25F-Jason Feger[+11]
  18. Sheppard Dominates Terre Haute for Second DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory - Hoffman’s last-lap pass wins DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals thriller TERRE HAUTE, IN — June 28, 2019 — Brandon Sheppard has been the hottest driver on the planet this season, and he showed why on Friday night at the Terre Haute Action Track when the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series battled the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. While Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL, maintained the top spot and charged to a dominating victory, Bobby Pierce surged from eighth to finish second with legends Darrell Lanigan, Billy Moyer and Shannon Babb rounding out the top five. The victory was Sheppard’s second on the Summer Nationals tour this season, but the first in his #1 Rocket XR1 Outlaw ride as he also won in his family-owned car at Jacksonville Speedway. In the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature, Will Krup led the first 19 and a half laps, but Nick Hoffman swung by on the outside coming off turn two on the final lap to earn his third third consecutive victory and fourth overall on the tour this summer. Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, chased Krup from the outset, but when the white flag flew Krup was dealing with traffic that allowed Hoffman to pick his way to the lead and hold off Krup to the checkers. Tyler Nicely was third with Hunt Gossum and David Stremme rounding out the top five. Late Model Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce [8]; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan [2]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer [5]; 5. 18-Shannon Babb [15]; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley [7]; 7. 157-Mike Marlar [11]; 8. 7W-Ricky Weiss [3]; 9. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [9]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton [6]; 11. B1-Brent Larson [13]; 12. 97-Cade Dillard [14]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr. [4]; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs [10]; 15. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [21]; 16. 25F-Jason Feger [19]; 17. 18J-Chase Junghans [20]; 18. 6-Blake Spencer [17]; 19. 14S-Steve Godsey [16]; 20. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [18]; 21. 25H-Chuck Hummer [22]; 22. 10-Paul Parker [12]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Shannon Babb[+10]. Modified Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [3]; 2. K19-Will Krup [1]; 3. 25N-Tyler Nicely [8]; 4. 99-Hunt Gossum [6]; 5. 35-David Stremme [2]; 6. 50-Tyler Weiss [9]; 7. 36-Kenny Wallace [7]; 8. 7-Spencer Hughes [5]; 9. 1S-Brian Shaw [4]; 10. 8K-Levi Kissinger [11]; 11. MB4-Marty Lindeman [16]; 12. 92-Kenny Carmichael, Sr. [22]; 13. 55-Justin Jones [17]; 14. 99T-Tyler Loughmiller [19]; 15. 5L-Wes Leigh [13]; 16. 77-James Shipman [20]; 17. 12K-Daren Krockenberger [18]; 18. J1-Roger Jackson [21]; 19. 87-David Shain [14]; 20. 1D-Dean Hoffman [10]; 21. 1JR-Brian Przepiora, Jr. [24]; 22. X-Jesse Snyder [15]; 23. 6B-Dave Baldwin [12]; 24. 4UW-Bobby Regot [23]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 92-Kenny Carmichael, Sr.[+10].
  19. Hoffman Goes Back-to-Back! Story by Ruben Mireles BROWNSTOWN, Ind. - June 27th, 2019 – Nick Hoffman stops Tyler Nicely once again as they finish one and two on back-to-back nights. It was a double duty shift for the North Carolina driver Nick Hoffman as he raced in both DIRTcar Late Model and DIRTcar Modified divisions on Thursday night at the Brownstown Speedway. Hoffman would cash the $1,000.00 payday for his third win of the 2019 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. Courtesy of DIRTcar Racing PR Summit Modified Nationals point leader Tyler Nicely would fire from the pole position with Ryan Thomas on the outside pole. Nicely jumped to an early lead on the bottom with Hoffman quickly challenging on the bottom for the lead on lap two from the third starting position. Hoffman took the lead on the bottom from Nicely on lap three and jumped to a commanding lead early. Mike McKinney, from the fifth starting position, would get around runner-up Nicely for second, nine laps into the feature. Following McKinney back to the front was Ryan Thomas as he would also power around Nicely for third and challenged McKinney for second. Nicely would bounce back and pass Thomas until a caution flew. Hoffman wouldn’t be challenged on the restart as he would drive away to win back-to-back with the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. Tyler Nicely would finish second, Ryan Thomas third, and Kenny Wallace drove from eleventh to fourth in Thursday's twenty-five lap feature. Modified Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [3]; 2. 25N-Tyler Nicely [1]; 3. T9-Ryan Thomas [2]; 4. 36-Kenny Wallace [11]; 5. 1G-Devin Gilpin [6]; 6. 99-Hunt Gossum [10]; 7. 96M-Mike McKinney [5]; 8. 35-David Stremme [4]; 9. 7-Spencer Hughes [13]; 10. K19-Will Krup [14]; 11. O9-Chad Combs [17]; 12. 115-Jacoby Hines [9]; 13. OO-Jeremy Owens [12]; 14. 29J-Jordan Wever [22]; 15. 46-Tim Rivers [7]; 16. MB4-Marty Lindeman [18]; 17. 27D-Beau DeYoung [16]; 18. 55W-Lucas Wehmiller [21]; 19. J1-Roger Jackson [19]; 20. 22-Josh Harris [8]; 21. 39-Earl Plessinger [15]; 22. 28-Jeff Deckard [20]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 29J-Jordan Wever[+8]
  20. Marlar Cashes in at Brownstown Story By Ruben Mireles BROWNSTOWN, Ind. - June 27th, 2019 - Mike Marlar holds off a hard charging Darrell Lanigan for the win at the Brownstown Speedway! Marlar from the seventh starting position would claim his fifth DIRTcar Summer Nationals Victory for $5,000.00. JIm DenHamer photo The 40-lap feature started with a rookie-veteran front row. Cade Dillard from Robeline, Louisiana set the pace with Batesville, Arkansas Hall of Famer Billy Moyer Sr. At the start, Dillard pulled away from Moyer to lead the opening laps. Marlar, from the seventh starting position, would jump to second in less than ten laps. Dillard pulled away by a half-straightaway until Marlar closed the gap when Dillard encountered the rear of the field. Paul Stubber would run the middle of the Brownstown Speedway making Dillard chose the top line to get around him. Dillard’s decision to move up high opened the door for Marlar on the bottom. Before both cars got around the 31 car of Stubber, Marlar stole the lead on the exit of corner number four. Marlar would seal the deal when he slide-jobbed both Dillard and Stubber in turns one and two. A caution would fly one lap later for Steve Casebolt off the pace on the back straightaway. On the Delaware double-file restart, Cade Dillard picked the outside, putting Scott James inside him. James would take second from Dillard on the restart with Lanigan from the thirteenth starting position working his way to fourth on the restart. Lanigan would continue his march to the front as he would pass Dillard on the bottom. Two laps later, Lanigan would pass James for the runner-up honors. Mike Marlar was the only driver separating Lanigan from $5,000.00. On the closing laps both drivers caught rear of the field allowing Lanigan to get under Marlar several times. The lapped cars forced Mike Marlar to switch grooves. That shut down Lanigan’s run down low, allowing Marlar to run away and pick up his fifth Hell Tour Victory! Late Model Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 157-Mike Marlar [7]; 2. 29-Darrell Lanigan [13]; 3. 83-Scott James [4]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce [10]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer [2]; 6. 96-Tanner English [11]; 7. 97-Cade Dillard [1]; 8. B5-Brandon Sheppard [6]; 9. 18J-Chase Junghans [5]; 10. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [15]; 11. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [17]; 12. 2-Nick Hoffman [18]; 13. 1G-Devin Gilpin [9]; 14. 32S-Chad Stapleton [21]; 15. 3S-Brian Shirley [3]; 16. 76-Shelby Miles [16]; 17. 18-Shannon Babb [19]; 18. 25-Jason Feger [12]; 19. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [20]; 20. C9-Steve Casebolt [8]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs [14]; 22. 87-Walker Arthur [22]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 29-Darrell Lanigan[+11]
  21. Fairbury Speedway Sees Shirley Earn Third DIRTcar Summer Nationals Win as Harrison Picks Up First Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory of the Season FAIRBURY, IL — June 22, 2019 — Brian Shirley earned his third DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season by holding off Frank Heckenast Jr. to win on Saturday night in Fairbury Speedway’s 30th all-time Summer Nationals event. Courtesy of DIRTcar Racing PR Shirley, of Chatham, IL, narrowly edged Heckenast in the 50-lap Feature to pocket $10,000 and extend his lead in the overall championship as he attempts to capture his third Summer Nationals crown. In the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature, Mike Harrison rolled the top while Nick Hoffman kept pace on the bottom as the two raced side-by-side before Harrison edged ahead just enough to take the checkered flag, his first win on the tour this season. Six-time Series champion Harrison, of Highland, IL, also became the fourth different winner through four events on this season’s Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals campaign. It was the 528th win of his career dating back to 1995. Late Model Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 3S-Brian Shirley [1]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, [4]; 3. 96-Tanner English [6]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce [11]; 5. 18-Shannon Babb [17]; 6. 11-Gordy Gundaker [3]; 7. 10-Scott Schmitt [8]; 8. 77M-Kevin Weaver [10]; 9. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [19]; 10. 89-Mike Spatola [5]; 11. 1W-Donny Walden [15]; 12. 42-McKay Wenger [21]; 13. 25W-Allen Weisser [9]; 14. 22B-Jonathan Brauns [12]; 15. 25-Jason Feger [18]; 16. 24-Ryan Unzicker [20]; 17. 40B-Kyle Bronson [2]; 18. 30-Mike Glasscock [7]; 19. 7R-Kent Robinson [14]; 20. 11H-Jeff Herzog [13]; 21. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [22]; 22. 75-Billy Drake [16]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Shannon Babb [+12] Modified Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 24H-Mike Harrison [4]; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman [2]; 3. 96M-Mike McKinney [1]; 4. 25W-Allen Weisser [3]; 5. 18-Jeffrey Ledford [5]; 6. 25N-Tyler Nicely [6]; 7. K19-Will Krup [8]; 8. T6-Tommy Sheppard, [20]; 9. 99-Hunt Gossum [19]; 10. 27P-Brody Pompe [22]; 11. 5-Steven Brooks [18]; 12. 7R-Dan Rork [9]; 13. 57-Mark Grosvenor [15]; 14. 77-Ray Bollinger [12]; 15. 5S-Alan Stipp [11]; 16. 1A-Steve Meyer [10]; 17. 18L-Michael Long [7]; 18. 69SR-Jim Farris, Jr. [13]; 19. 22-Wade Wenthe [16]; 20. 21D-Danny Schwartz [14]; 21. 14M-AJ Meiferdt [21]; 22. 35-Jason Hastings [17]; KSE Hard Charger Award: T6-Tommy Sheppard [+12]
  22. 34th Annual DIRTcar Summer Nationals Kicks Off Wednesday in Peoria Most grueling tour in motorsports features 26 races over 32 nights CONCORD, NC — June 12, 2019 — The DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is set to kick off the 34th consecutive year of competition in 2019. Starting on Wednesday, June 12, at Peoria Speedway (IL) and ending with two straight nights at Oakshade Raceway (OH) on July 12-13, the premier drivers and teams within the DIRTcar Late Model ranks will race in 26 events in 32 days spread out over eight states vying for a whopping $235,000 in first-place prize money over the marathon five weeks of competition. Several late changes to the schedule include: The Highland Speedway and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 events are trading dates to allow I-55 to complete clean-up from river floods this spring. The $10,000-to-win event at Highland Speedway is now scheduled for Saturday, June 29, and the $10,000 to win event at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 will now be run on Saturday, July 6. The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will no longer be part of the event at I-55, as it is scheduled to race at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN on that date. Davenport Speedway will replace LaSalle Speedway on the schedule. The quarter-mile Davenport, Iowa track will now host a $5,000-to-win event on Thursday, July 3rd. The event originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, in Paducah, KY has been canceled. A minimum of $5,000-to-win each night is on the line with nine of the events paying $10,000 to win. Additionally, each of the week’s points champions (five total) will receive a bonus $10,000, up from $5000 in 2018. The 2019 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion will receive an impressive $25,000. Additionally, over $40,000 will be awarded in cash and contingencies. New in 2019, DIRTVision will be live streaming every Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals event. DIRTVision has partnered with DirtonDirt.com for this unprecedented exposure throughout the entire schedules for both tours. Family, friends and sponsors will be able to catch every minute of action by visiting DIRTVision.com. There have been 659 Features all-time in the 33-year history of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Six-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Billy Moyer leads all drivers with an even 100 career wins. The Batesville, AR legend and National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer picked up four checkered flags in 2018 on his way to a sixth-place finish in the final points. Milestone feature win #100 came at Thunderbird Raceway (MI) on July 11, 2018, which was his fourth and final victory in the series last year. Four-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Shannon Babb collected a series-high five Feature wins during the 2018 edition of the Hell Tour and sits second all-time in career triumphs with 97. The Moweaqua, IL standout completed the top five in final points standings one year ago as his last victory of 2018 came at Spoon River Speedway (IL) back on June 25, 2018. Reigning three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Bobby Pierce is tied with two-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Rick Aukland at 23 career Feature wins. Pierce went winless in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals in 2018. Pierce’s last victory came at Oakshade Raceway (OH) on July 14, 2017, which clinched the Hell Tour title that year. For the 2019 campaign, Pierce is back running the full Hell Tour schedule and will look not only to snap his winless streak dating back to the 2017 season, breaking the tie with Aukland, but also to break a tie for third in all-time series championships he shares with Scott Bloomquist and Dennis Erb Jr. All three drivers have three titles. Two-time and defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Brian Shirley picked up four wins on his way to the second Hell Tour title of his career last year. The Chatham, IL standout sits tied for eighth all-time in career victories with 2010 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion, Jason Feger at 19 triumphs. Feger scored a single win one season ago as the Bloomington, IL veteran went to victory lane at I-96 Speedway (MI) on July 12, 2018 on his way to the final podium position in the final points standings. Of the top 10 in all-time career victories, Moyer, Babb, Pierce, Shirley and Feger are expected to vie for the 2019 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship. Other drivers standing in their way includes 2018 Summer Nationals runner-up, Frank Heckenast Jr., who scored a win one season ago at Shadyhill Speedway (IN) on July 10, 2018 — his first win on the tour since 2015. Three-time and defending DIRTcar Late Model National Champion, Rusty Schlenk also returns to the DIRTcar Summer Nationals for the second year in a row. The McClure, OH star went winless in 2018 on the Hell Tour but did finish fourth in the final standings. He does have two career victories but hasn’t seen victory lane since 2010 at his home track of Oakshade Speedway (OH) back on July 17 of that year. His only other triumph also came that year, at Kokomo Speedway (IN), so Schlenk will look to end a nine-year winless streak on the Hell Tour. The remainder of the final top 10 in points from the 2018 tour are all expected to compete for the 2019 title. Led by El Paso, IL star, Ryan Unzicker who scored a ninth-place finish in the final points standings in 2018. He scored a single win, back on June 22, 2018 at Tri-City Speedway (IL) and has finished in the top 10 in Summer Nationals points every year since the 2010 season with a career best finish of a second in 2014. Gordy Gundaker has been a regular on the tour since the 2016 season and finished seventh in points after finishes of fifth in 2016 and third in 2017. The St. Charles, MO driver finally scored that elusive, first career Summer Nationals victory on July 5, 2018 at Macon Speedway (IL). Also picking up their first career Summer Nationals wins were Devin Moran, Tanner English, Chad Zobrist and Zach Dohm, who won both races at Oakshade Raceway (OH) for the first two of his Hell Tour career. Repeating as victors in 2018 that were not in the top 10 in points were Brandon Sheppard (2) and Billy Drake, whose last win prior to 2018 came in 2003. The 2019 DIRTcar Summer Nationals opener at Peoria will be the first of 15 races in the state of Illinois. The first of nine $10,000-to-win specials is just two days later, on Friday, June 14 with the third-ever appearance at Sycamore Speedway (IL). One race will see the DIRTcar Late Models of the Hell Tour go head-to-head with the World of Outlaws Morton Building Late Model Series on Friday, June 28 at Terre Haute Action Track (IN), paying $10,000 to win. To see the full schedule and find more information about the 2019 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour, visit thehelltour.com You can also follow the tour throughout the off-season and into race month by visiting the DIRTcar Summer Nationals social channels. Just search for “Summer Nationals” on both Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates. The DIRTcar Late Models will be joined by the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds as the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals runs parallel to the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Information on the Modifieds can be found at: modifiednationals.com.
  23. Dreams of Redemption Turn to Reality for Davenport and Clanton at Eldora ROSSBURG, OH – June 7, 2019 – Redemption seemed to be the theme of the Friday night portion of Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dream. Jonathan Davenport, of Blairsville, GA, grabbed a feature win just one night after giving it away on the last lap, and Shane Clanton, of Zebulon, GA, dominated the competition in his feature event and went to Victory Lane for the first time in Dream action since his $100,000 win in the 2012 finale. Group A Competition On Thursday night, “Superman” Jonathan Davenport set himself up for a tremendous run to a preliminary checkered flag, winning his heat race and redrawing the outside pole. He led every lap in his feature… except the one that mattered most. 2003 Dream winner Darrell Lanigan, of Union, KY, made a spectacular move on the final lap to get by Davenport and steal the win. Davenport wasn’t exactly crushed by the outcome, as those runner-up points are very good, but said afterwards that he shouldn’t have been so hesitant to change lanes on the track to keep the momentum up. Friday night’s race, however, was a different story. Redrawing the outside pole from a runner-up heat race finish, Davenport took the lead from 2017 Eldora Speedway Track Champion Kent Robinson, of Bloomington, IN, on lap two and never looked back, leading the next 24 laps to claim his fifth career Dirt Late Model Dream preliminary feature event. But it wasn’t exactly a brisk walk in the park… The race started with smooth sailing for Davenport, until he ran into troublesome lapped traffic with 10 laps remaining. Mason Zeigler and Ashton Winger were battling it out at the rear when Davenport arrived at their bumpers, holding him up and allowing Robinson to close the gap. Davenport said he could feel the pressure coming from behind, before doing what he failed to on the previous night – move up the track to get by slower traffic. “I could watch the video board and I saw Kent Robinson getting a little closer to me,” Davenport said. “So, I went to the top one lap just to try it, I caught just a little bit of the cushion and that got me just enough of a run down the back-straightaway where I could clear Ashton.” That decision proved to be the move of the night for the 2015 Dream winner, as it opened the gap between he and Robinson up just enough for the laps to run out. Davenport is now the high-point man headed into Saturday’s big show and should find himself in the front of a heat race, ripening his chances to become a two-time Dream winner. “Can’t thank the guys back at the Longhorn [chassis] shop enough, and my own crew guys that work on this thing,” Davenport added. “We’ve got a really good program right now, everything’s going good and I think we’ll be fine for 100 laps.” Group A Feature Results 1. 49D-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 2. 7R-Kent Robinson[1]; 3. 7W-Ricky Weiss[5]; 4. 29-Darrell Lanigan[6]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens[9]; 6. 18X-Michael Page[3]; 7. 44-Chris Madden[4]; 8. 1-Brandon Sheppard[10]; 9. O-Scott Bloomquist[12]; 10. 23B-John Blankenship[8]; 11. 8S-Kyle Strickler[11]; 12. 28M-Jimmy Mars[13]; 13. 40B-Kyle Bronson[7]; 14. 16T-Tyler Bruening[14]; 15. 8H-Jacob Hawkins[17]; 16. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr.[18]; 17. 50-Shanon Buckingham[22]; 18. 17-Zack Dohm[23]; 19. 99RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[21]; 20. 88R-Andrew Reaume[15]; 21. 12W-Ashton Winger[24]; 22. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[19]; 23. 24-Dylan Yoder[16]; 24. 88-Trent Ivey[20] Group B Competition Before Friday night, it had been seven years since the last time Shane Clanton visited Eldora Speedway Victory Lane in a Dirt Late Model Dream. Now, “The Georgia Bulldog” is back, and prouder than ever to get another win this season for Capital Race Cars, on one of the grandest stages in the sport. “This means a lot,” Clanton said. “We’ve come close in a couple preliminaries and led a lot of laps in the Dream and the World [100]. Hopefully, tomorrow, we can lead all 100 of them.” Clanton put together a great, all-around effort in Group B action on Friday, winning his heat race and redrawing the outside pole. He swiped the lead away from Ross Bailes, of Clover, SC, at the drop of the green and floated through lapped traffic, leading all 25 laps to claim his first career preliminary Dream feature win. Through all of the work that he, his crew, teammate Chris Madden and chassis builder Marshall Green have put into their program this season, Clanton said it was the little adjustments that made the biggest difference. “We’ve changed a lot, not necessarily components on the car – just tweaking here and there,” he said. “It’s hard to make the right adjustments at the right time. That’s where we seem to struggle. We’ve got speed, we just need to make it at the right time.” On Thursday night, Clanton said it was a mistake in his heat race that cost him a spot in the redraw and a subsequent top-five finish in his feature. But the veterans know how to leave the past in the past and keep searching for future improvements. “We didn’t show up last night because we started further back and I messed up a little bit in the heat race,” he said. “If we would have gotten into the redraw, maybe started on the front row, maybe we could have won last night. We made better adjustments for the feature last night, we worked on that today and got it even better.” What a weekend it has been so far for the driver out of Mt. Holly, NC, Chris Ferguson. After having such a rollercoaster start to his 2019 campaign (multiple mechanical failures, 2 wins), “Fergy Time” has found his stride at Eldora this weekend. “We’ve been fast, but this year has just been up-and-down,” he said. “Any time you can put it together at one of the biggest races of the year, that just makes it even better.” With an 11th-to-4th effort in Thursday’s feature, Ferguson followed it up with a second-place effort to Clanton in both his heat race and feature on Friday. Starting third in the feature and making the pass for second around Bailes on an early restart, Ferguson made every effort to catch Clanton, but came up just one spot short of his first career victory at Eldora. “I would have loved to have been a little bit better to keep up with Clanton, but we’re tickled to death with second,” he said. “It was fun. The car was good, we needed a few adjustments and I think we could have been a little bit better, but we had a good race with Ross for second on the restart. Any time you can get a car to hook-up on this track, you’ve got to be happy, and we are with second.” Group B Feature Results 1. 25C-Shane Clanton[2]; 2. 22-Chris Ferguson[4]; 3. 87-Ross Bailes[1]; 4. 18-Chase Junghans[5]; 5. 5-Don O’Neal[6]; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell[11]; 7. 14-Josh Richards[3]; 8. 39-Tim McCreadie[15]; 9. 0B-Shannon Babb[8]; 10. 3S-Brian Shirley[10]; 11. 1T-Tyler Erb[9]; 12. 157-Mike Marlar[12]; 13. 71-Hudson O’Neal[20]; 14. C9-Steve Casebolt[7]; 15. 1S-Chad Simpson[19]; 16. 83-Scott James[17]; 17. 28-Dennis Erb Jr.[23]; 18. 7M-Donald Mcintosh[18]; 19. 9-Devin Moran[22]; 20. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[16]; 21. 1ST-Johnny Scott[21]; 22. 111-Steven Roberts[14]; 23. 71R-Rod Conley[24]; 24. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[13] Two days down, one final main event to go! Saturday’s Dirt Late Model Dream action will get underway with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. ET, culminating with the 100-lap, $125,000-to-win finale!
  24. Lanigan and Weiss Headline Thursday Night Action at #DLMDream25 ROSSBURG, OH – June 6, 2019 – The 25th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream started out with everything the Dirt Late Model world was hoping for on a Thursday night – clear skies, warm weather and a record car-count not seen in 7 years. The only thing left on the list was some incredible racing from the industry’s best competitors. And boy, did they ever deliver on that. 92 of the best DIRTcar Late Model drivers in the world packed the pit area and put on a show the Eldora Speedway crowd would not soon forget, starting with Darrell Lanigan’s incredible last-lap pass for the win over Jonathan Davenport in Group A’s Feature. Fellow World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series regular Ricky Weiss also put the moves on his competition, driving around World of Outlaws veteran Chris Madden and Thursday’s fast qualifier Jacob Hawkins to pick up his very first win at Eldora in the Group B Feature. Group A Competition: Lanigan came right out of the gate swinging, setting fast time in Group A and picking up a redraw spot from his second-place effort in Heat 1. Meanwhile, Davenport qualified 10th in the group, but muscled his way to a victory in Heat 2, setting him up for an outside-pole redraw. From the drop of the green, every fan in attendance likely thought it was going to be another smooth-sailing cruise to victory for “Superman.” He hit a thick part of lapped traffic on lap 10, but expertly maneuvered through it to hold his lead over Chatham, IL’s Brian Shirley. But this advantage would fade quickly, as Lanigan put a strong move on Shirley going down the backstretch on lap 15. With 10 laps remaining, “J.D.” was now a sitting duck. Without a doubt, Lanigan’s Club 29 car was the fastest machine on the racetrack in the final laps, as he closed the gap rapidly. With three laps left, there was almost no gap between he and Davenport, and that’s when Lanigan knew it was time to crack the whip and set up to make the move. Two lapped cars sat in Davenport’s way – Brandon Overton on the low side, John Blankenship on the top. With no choice but to get off the bottom, Davenport moved to the middle-top in turns three and four to take away Lanigan’s line, coming to the white flag. Naturally, Lanigan turned it back underneath Davenport and drag-raced him down the front-stretch. “Once we took the white, I saw a black car beside me and I didn’t know who it was,” Davenport said. “It sounded like he was in the gas pretty hard, so I figured it was somebody.” Into turn one they raced, and with minimal contact, Lanigan drew a nose in front of Davenport. They drag-raced again down the backstretch, around Overton, and when Davenport slipped way up to the top in turn three, Lanigan saw just enough room to get by underneath and made the most of it. Davenport made a last-ditch effort to try and swipe the spot away on the bottom, but to no avail. It was over. The “Bluegrass Bandit” had won the third Dirt Late Model Dream preliminary Feature of his career, and what a ride it was from his perspective. “I got a good run off the bottom [of turn three] and got up beside him,” he said. “We rubbed a little bit getting into turn one, and then we went three-wide with the lapped car. I think Davenport was rubbing the wall [back into turn three], but we came out ahead, and it was fun.” On the other side, Davenport knew he had let one slip away, but was in light spirits, as a second-place finish in a preliminary feature gave him a great start to his weekend in event points. “I think [my night] went really well, up until the last 200 yards,” Davenport said with a chuckle. In hindsight, Davenport said sticking to the low line may not have been the absolute best idea, but knows of how also refusing to move from the high side has cost him wins at the very same track in previous starts. “I just didn’t move off of the bottom fast enough,” he said. “I was just concentrating on running around the bottom and should have moved up.” “But I’ll just take those growing pains,” Davenport continued. “Keep them in the back of my head and remember to move around a bit more.” Group A Feature Finishing Order: 1. 29-Darrell Lanigan[5]; 2. 49D-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson[11]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 6. 1P-Earl Pearson, Jr.[7]; 7. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[10]; 8. 1S-Chad Simpson[4]; 9. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[8]; 10. 71-Hudson O’Neal[16]; 11. 83-Scott James[14]; 12. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 13. 88R-Andrew Reaume[15]; 14. 18X-Michael Page[18]; 15. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr.[20]; 16. 32S-Chris Simpson[12]; 17. 17-Zack Dohm[21]; 18. 23B-John Blankenship[19]; 19. 2-Brandon Overton[17]; 20. 32-Bobby Pierce[23]; 21. 1ST-Johnny Scott[13]; 22. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr.[24]; 23. 24-Dylan Yoder[9]; 24. 2H-Nick Hoffman[22] Group B Competition: The story of Ricky Weiss’ drive to victory in Thursday’s Group B Feature was not as dramatic as Lanigan’s, but just as exciting to watch. Weiss laid down a lap of 16.041 in qualifying, only good enough for 15th in Group B. However, with the lineup procedure for the Heat races, Weiss started on the pole in Heat 4 and won, setting himself up for a fourth-place redraw effort. And did he ever make the most of it… Right from the drop of the green, the Turk Enterprises, Sweet-Bloomquist chassis #7 was a rocket ship. He made the move underneath Chris Madden on a crossover move out of turn four to take the runner-up spot on lap 4 and wrestled the lead from Jacob Hawkins by lap 10. From that point onward, it was smooth sailing for Weiss. Nobody was able to even come near the black-and-orange #7, as he led the final 16 laps to claim his very first Feature win at “The Big E.” “From the second we pulled in, my crew unloaded the car, and we’ve all been pretty confident on that car and that program,” Weiss said. “This is one of our favorite tracks, and we knew, coming in, that we’d be something to contend with.” As expected, Weiss and the crew had a lot of Scott Bloomquist’s teachings in the back of their heads on Thursday night, and were especially proud to pick up the victory for his brand. “This was just an awesome race for the Bloomquist cars. It just goes to show how strong we really are,” Weiss said. Meanwhile, Chris Madden got the bounce-back finish he needed on Thursday, fighting for the runner-up spot with Jacob Hawkins early and finally running off with the spot on lap 13. He held that spot and looked very strong the rest of the way – a much-needed boost of confidence after experiencing some mechanical misfortunes in previous weeks’ competition. Group B Feature Finishing Order: 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss[4]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 3. 8H-Jacob Hawkins[1]; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[7]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens[8]; 6. 25C-Shane Clanton[9]; 7. 28M-Jimmy Mars[3]; 8. 1T-Tyler Erb[5]; 9. 157-Mike Marlar[12]; 10. 1-Brandon Sheppard[16]; 11. 0B-Shannon Babb[6]; 12. 7R-Kent Robinson[14]; 13. 7M-Donald Mcintosh[15]; 14. 18-Chase Junghans[11]; 15. 33-Jonathan Henry[10]; 16. 50-Shanon Buckingham[13]; 17. 87-Ross Bailes[18]; 18. 8S-Kyle Strickler[23]; 19. O-Scott Bloomquist[19]; 20. B1-Brent Larson[24]; 21. 99RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[17]; 22. 16T-Tyler Bruening[22]; 23. 5-Don O’Neal[20]; 24. 14-Josh Richards[21] With Lanigan’s and Weiss’ victories on Thursday night, it marks the first time in event history, since the 2013 format change, that a single night’s preliminary Features were both won by full-time World of Outlaws drivers. Day two of #DLMDream25 at Eldora Speedway gets underway on Friday, June 7, with the drivers meeting at 5 p.m. and hot laps at 6:30.
  25. Inaugural Nashville Fairgrounds DIRTcar Clash in the Books NASHVILLE, TN – May 25, 2019 – Almost two weeks’ worth of track prep and 181 truckloads of dirt later, the inaugural Fairgrounds DIRTcar Clash is in the books. And what a turnout it was on Saturday night at the track, in the grandstands and the pit area. A total of 104 cars passed through the pit gates of Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, in four divisions of 17 DIRTcar Pro Late Models, 36 Quicksilver Performance Street Stocks, 18 Pure Mini Stocks and 33 Mod Lites. Four Qualifying sessions set four new track records around the 1/4-mile – Matt Cooper (Pro Late Models) [16.339]; T.J. Herndon (Street Stocks) [17.235]; Aaron Ashcraft (Pure Mini Stocks) [19.192]; Jon Padille (Mod Lites) [16.769]. Remarkably, three of these drivers went on to win their respective Feature race, displaying their piloting prowess over their opponents. After 14 Heat Races and a bit of track preparation, the DIRTcar Pro Late Models took to the track one final time for their Feature, where fast qualifier, Heat Race #1 winner and polesitter Matt Cooper put on a dominant display of short track mastery, as he led all 20 laps en route to winning the very first Feature ever ran on dirt at the Nashville Fairgrounds. “This is really special,” Cooper said with a big smile on his face. “We’re not asphalt racers, but everybody knows the history of this racetrack, so it’s real special.” What a feat his performance was, considering Cooper was one driver who did not take a single lap of practice prior to Hot Laps on Saturday. He very quickly adapted to the expertly prepared racing surface, courtesy of Scott Woodhouse from Thunderbowl Raceway and William Scogin of Clarksville Speedway. With no prior track time, Cooper made the most of the uncharted territory, and was very pleased with the results. “The track was actually better than I thought it was going to be,” Cooper said. “I thought it might’ve gotten rough, but it actually stayed together pretty good.” Echoing the McKenzie, TN-native, runner-up Brad Skinner also said it was a great race and a really fun track to drive on. But that enjoyment didn’t come without a good sense of competitiveness. “Unfortunately, I had to bump a couple of people,” Skinner said. “We moved up a few positions and I’m pretty happy about that. And we made history [in the process].” Skinner came from his fifth starting spot and battled his way up to third by lap four, then made the move for second on lap 16 and spent the remaining circuits putting pressure on Cooper. In the end, he was unable to catch the leader, but said he was glad to have the opportunity to be a part of an event as special as this. “I had a ball,” Skinner said after the race. “I can’t complain a bit. Last night, I came here to practice and it was a little more hooked up, you could hammer it off in the corners. It dried out a bit tonight, but still a lot of fun.” Steve Peeden came from the deepest in the field out of the podium finishers to cross the line in third. In 20 laps, Peeden made the charge from ninth and did his small crew of girlfriend and mother (who also drove 5.5 hours in the truck with him from their home town in Indiana) proud, after making repairs from his qualifying round. “We knocked the wall down in qualifying and knocked the spoiler off of it,” Peeden said. “It got a little sketchy a couple of times, but it was a heck of a race for us.” After the DIRTcar Pro Late Models had concluded, the Pure Mini Stocks took to the track in what ended up being a great battle between Heat Race winners Joseph McGhee and Aaron Ashcraft. After not receiving a Qualifying time due to a mechanical failure in the staging lane, McGhee came back to win his heat race convincingly, earning himself a third-place starting spot for the Feature. With just four laps remaining, McGhee took the lead, and the first Pure Mini Stocks Feature win at Nashville. The Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series then came out for their Feature, won by fast qualifier T.J. Herndon. Herndon wrestled the lead away from Dale Nelson by lap 5 and didn’t look back, leading every lap from there on out to pick up the win, besting each of his 35 other competitors in the pit area. Last, but certainly not least, was the Mod Lite division, which saw Jon Padille, from Illinois, pick up the victory after setting fast time earlier in the evening. The track size seemed to work well for the 32 cars in the division, as they were able to lay down, approximately, the second-best average lap times behind only the Pro Late Models. Overall, through three hours of practice on Friday night and 187 total laps of racing on Saturday, it was quite the first weekend out on a brand-new track. The DIRTcar Racing staff would like to thank each of the teams who came out to put on a show and every race fan that came out to spend their weekend at the track. …but the fun in Nashville doesn’t stop here! The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will be rolling into town for a two-day show next Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1. Come see 10-time Champion Donny Schatz, Kasey Kahne Racing veteran Brad Sweet, rising star Logan Schuchart and all of your favorite Outlaws take on Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in “The Greatest Show on Dirt!” Get your tickets now, before they’re gone! RESULTS: Pro Late Models Qualifying 1. 18-Matt Cooper, 16.339; 2. B10-Logan Brown, 16.865; 3. 10C-Ronnie Cooper, 16.918; 4. 25-Chase Walls, 16.97; 5. 17R-Brad Skinner, 17.243; 6. 8E-Clayton Miller, 17.251; 7. 18J-Justin Jenkins, 17.297; 8. 95A-Rickey Knight,, 17.333; 9. P3-Steve Peeden, 17.338; 10. 34-Shane Echols, 17.605; 11. 22-Clint Powers, 17.768; 12. 1A-Levi Ashby, 18.018; 13. 56-David Gentry, 18.067; 14. 33-Devin McLean, 18.257; 15. 21-Shannon Ardry, 18.49; 16. 46-Matthew Rollins, 18.847; 17. 44-Blaze Burwell, NT Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) 1. 18-Matt Cooper [1]; 2. 25-Chase Walls [2]; 3. 18J-Justin Jenkins [3]; 4. 34-Shane Echols [4]; 5. 56-David Gentry [5]; 6. 46-Matthew Rollins [6] Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) 1. B10-Logan Brown [1]; 2. 17R-Brad Skinner [2]; 3. 33-Devin McLean [5]; 4. 44-Blaze Burwell [6]; 5. 22-Clint Powers [4]; 6. 95A-Rickey Knight, [3] Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) 1. 8E-Clayton Miller [2]; 2. 10C-Ronnie Cooper [1]; 3. P3-Steve Peeden [3]; 4. 1A-Levi Ashby [4]; 5. 21-Shannon Ardry [5] Feature (25 Laps) 1. 18-Matt Cooper [1]; 2. 17R-Brad Skinner [5]; 3. P3-Steve Peeden [9]; 4. B10-Logan Brown [2]; 5. 18J-Justin Jenkins [7]; 6. 95A-Rickey Knight, [17]; 7. 44-Blaze Burwell [11]; 8. 21-Shannon Ardry [15]; 9. 34-Shane Echols [10]; 10. 1A-Levi Ashby [12]; 11. 8E-Clayton Miller [3]; 12. 10C-Ronnie Cooper [6]; 13. 33-Devin McLean [8]; 14. 25-Chase Walls [4]; 15. 56-David Gentry [13]; 16. 46-Matthew Rollins [16]; 17. 22-Clint Powers [14] Quicksilver Street Stock Performance Series Qualifying Flight-A 1. 83-JR Mason, 17.869; 2. 409-Allen Carter, 18.016; 3. 33-Charles Zimmerman, 18.038; 4. 65-Doug Belew, 18.166; 5. N1-Dale Nelson, 18.362; 6. 78-Marlin Cathey, 18.37; 7. O5-Bruce Odom, 18.397; 8. 2-Ethan Simms, 18.429; 9. O4-Dean Travis, 18.468; 10. 27-David Beall, 18.491; 11. 18-Craig Pedrick, 18.674; 12. O6-Elijah English, 18.681; 13. O5C-Floyd Clinard, 18.693; 14. IP2-Joel Landers, 18.716; 15. 15-Trevor Woodard, 18.733; 16. 29-Tim Wilson,, 18.749; 17. 1-Timmy Vandygriff, 18.85; 18. 24-Tim Merritt, 19.082 Qualifying Flight-B 1. 1T-TJ Herndon, 17.235; 2. 26-David Gentry, 17.331; 3. 99-Cody Hodges, 17.686; 4. J3-Joe Hamm, 17.728; 5. N1JR-Cody Nelson, 17.837; 6. P4-Parker Neblett, 17.882; 7. 93-Eddie Rhinehart, 17.956; 8. 7-Tony Cruse, 18.001; 9. 21M-Brian Markham, 18.018; 10. 23-Chad Winkles, 18.117; 11. K04-Krista Travis, 18.12; 12. 8M-Justin McDaniel, 18.159; 13. 50-Dylan McCrary, 18.228; 14. 116-Kaleb Vandygriff, 18.268; 15. 31-Blake Carter, 18.631; 16. 772-Chandler Neighbors, 18.919; 17. 31B-Matt Barnes, 20.041; 18. 71-James Hall, 21.473 Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. N1-Dale Nelson [3]; 2. 83-JR Mason [1]; 3. 33-Charles Zimmerman [2]; 4. O4-Dean Travis [5]; 5. O5-Bruce Odom [4]; 6. 15-Trevor Woodard [8]; 7. 18-Craig Pedrick [6]; 8. 1-Timmy Vandygriff [9]; 9. O5C-Floyd Clinard [7] Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 409-Allen Carter [1]; 2. IP2-Joel Landers [7]; 3. 65-Doug Belew [2]; 4. 24-Tim Merritt [9]; 5. 2-Ethan Simms [4]; 6. 29-Tim Wilson, [8]; 7. 78-Marlin Cathey [3]; 8. O6-Elijah English [6]; 9. 27-David Beall [5] Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 1T-TJ Herndon [1]; 2. N1JR-Cody Nelson [3]; 3. 93-Eddie Rhinehart [4]; 4. 21M-Brian Markham [5]; 5. 31B-Matt Barnes [9]; 6. K04-Krista Travis [6]; 7. 50-Dylan McCrary [7]; 8. 99-Cody Hodges [2]; 9. 31-Blake Carter [8] Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 26-David Gentry [1]; 2. 23-Chad Winkles [5]; 3. 7-Tony Cruse [4]; 4. J3-Joe Hamm [2]; 5. 116-Kaleb Vandygriff [7]; 6. P4-Parker Neblett [3]; 7. 8M-Justin McDaniel [6]; 8. 71-James Hall [9]; 9. 772-Chandler Neighbors [8] Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 15-Trevor Woodard [3]; 2. O5-Bruce Odom [1]; 3. 29-Tim Wilson, [4]; 4. 2-Ethan Simms [2]; 5. 27-David Beall [10]; 6. O6-Elijah English [8]; 7. O5C-Floyd Clinard [9]; 8. 1-Timmy Vandygriff [7]; 9. 18-Craig Pedrick [5]; 10. 78-Marlin Cathey [6] Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. P4-Parker Neblett [4]; 2. 116-Kaleb Vandygriff [2]; 3. 50-Dylan McCrary [5]; 4. K04-Krista Travis [3]; 5. 8M-Justin McDaniel [6]; 6. 31-Blake Carter [9]; 7. 99-Cody Hodges [7]; 8. 31B-Matt Barnes [1]; 9. 71-James Hall [8]; 10. 772-Chandler Neighbors [10] Feature (25 Laps) 1. 1T-TJ Herndon [2]; 2. 23-Chad Winkles [8]; 3. 33-Charles Zimmerman [9]; 4. 93-Eddie Rhinehart [10]; 5. 83-JR Mason [5]; 6. 116-Kaleb Vandygriff [20]; 7. 15-Trevor Woodard [17]; 8. O4-Dean Travis [13]; 9. N1-Dale Nelson [1]; 10. N1JR-Cody Nelson [6]; 11. 1-Timmy Vandygriff [23]; 12. P4-Parker Neblett [18]; 13. 29-Tim Wilson, [21]; 14. 99-Cody Hodges [24]; 15. 21M-Brian Markham [14]; 16. 50-Dylan McCrary [22]; 17. 7-Tony Cruse [12]; 18. O5-Bruce Odom [19]; 19. 26-David Gentry [4]; 20. 65-Doug Belew [11]; 21. IP2-Joel Landers [7]; 22. 409-Allen Carter [3]; 23. 24-Tim Merritt [15]; 24. J3-Joe Hamm [16] Pure Mini Stocks Qualifying 1. 3-Aaron Ashcraft, 19.192; 2. O2-Travis Owens, 19.222; 3. 718-Daniel Choate, 19.309; 4. OO-Jeremy Wood, 19.377; 5. G5-Gavin Massengill, 19.678; 6. B20-Brad Cross, 19.773; 7. 10W-Jessie White, 19.791; 8. 411-Josh Harrell, 19.819; 9. 1-Jacob Sharp, 19.95; 10. 7-Chris Carter, 19.988; 11. 12-Brandon Duvall, 20.068; 12. 25-Josh Garvin, 20.507; 13. 31-Ray Gann, 20.579; 14. 21K-Kendra Lamastus, 20.882; 15. 711-Josh Stewart, 21.112; 16. 3B-Peyton Bedwell, 21.217; 17. 75-Dustin Wooten, NT; 18. 48-Joseph McGhee, NT Heat #1 – Flight (A) (6 Laps) 1. 3-Aaron Ashcraft [1]; 2. 10W-Jessie White [3]; 3. OO-Jeremy Wood [2]; 4. 7-Chris Carter [4]; 5. 31-Ray Gann [5]; 6. 3B-Peyton Bedwell [6] Heat #2 – Flight (A) (6 Laps) 1. O2-Travis Owens [1]; 2. G5-Gavin Massengill [2]; 3. 411-Josh Harrell [3]; 4. 12-Brandon Duvall [4]; 5. 21K-Kendra Lamastus [5]; 6. 75-Dustin Wooten [6] Heat #3 – Flight (A) (6 Laps) 1. 48-Joseph McGhee [6]; 2. 718-Daniel Choate [1]; 3. 1-Jacob Sharp [3]; 4. 25-Josh Garvin [4]; 5. 711-Josh Stewart [5]; 6. B20-Brad Cross [2] Feature (20 Laps) 1. 48-Joseph McGhee [3]; 2. 3-Aaron Ashcraft [1]; 3. 10W-Jessie White [4]; 4. 718-Daniel Choate [6]; 5. OO-Jeremy Wood [7]; 6. 411-Josh Harrell [8]; 7. 7-Chris Carter [10]; 8. 25-Josh Garvin [12]; 9. G5-Gavin Massengill [5]; 10. O2-Travis Owens [2]; 11. 1-Jacob Sharp [9]; 12. 12-Brandon Duvall [11]; 13. 31-Ray Gann [13]; 14. 21K-Kendra Lamastus [14]; 15. 75-Dustin Wooten [17]; 16. 3B-Peyton Bedwell [16]; 17. 711-Josh Stewart [15]; 18. B20-Brad Cross [18] Mod Lites Qualifying Flight-A 1. 11P-Jon Padille, 16.769; 2. 20-John Pitts, 16.895; 3. 22-Alex Loveless, 17.269; 4. 55-Gene Buck, 17.369; 5. 39S-Brian Nance, 17.4; 6. 11R-Cody Rogers, 17.426; 7. O6-Micah Collins, 17.443; 8. 5X-Greg Hays, 17.73; 9. 6-Ron Dodson, 17.752; 10. 10-Darren Allison, 17.907; 11. 31-Josh Crump, 17.962; 12. 14T-Tony Sterner, 17.971; 13. C4-Corey Lowe, 18.536; 14. 10K-Kyle Davidson, 18.667; 15. 6F-Keith Fain, 18.934; 16. 27H-Larry Hicks, 19.484 Qualifying Flight-B 1. 19-Ryan Ayers, 17.152; 2. 11-Jody Brannon, 17.291; 3. LR8-Ronnie Choate, 17.305; 4. 47-Ed Griggs, 17.323; 5. 18-Blake Wilson, 17.523; 6. 21B-Albert Bradshaw, 17.533; 7. 65Z-Brian Ziegler, 17.567; 8. 95-Austin Cagle, 17.595; 9. 5-Michael Dominguez, 17.676; 10. 6K-Kyle Purifoy, 17.775; 11. 18E-Charles Seabaugh, 17.797; 12. 23H-Hunter Sanders, 17.803; 13. 626-Bruce Davidson, 17.925; 14. O2-Anthony Lane, 18.083; 15. O3-Justin Odom, 18.317; 16. 12-Cristine Fain, 19.845; 17. 27C-Chris Crutcher, 19.85 Heat #1 – Flight (A) (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 11P-Jon Padille [1]; 2. 22-Alex Loveless [2]; 3. 39S-Brian Nance [3]; 4. O6-Micah Collins [4]; 5. 31-Josh Crump [6]; 6. C4-Corey Lowe [7]; 7. 6-Ron Dodson [5]; 8. 6F-Keith Fain [8] Heat #2 – Flight (A) (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 55-Gene Buck [2]; 2. 11R-Cody Rogers [3]; 3. 5X-Greg Hays [4]; 4. 10K-Kyle Davidson [7]; 5. 14T-Tony Sterner [6]; 6. 27H-Larry Hicks [8]; 7. 10-Darren Allison [5]; 8. 20-John Pitts [1] Heat #3 – Flight (B) (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 19-Ryan Ayers [1]; 2. 65Z-Brian Ziegler [4]; 3. LR8-Ronnie Choate [2]; 4. 626-Bruce Davidson [7]; 5. 18E-Charles Seabaugh [6]; 6. 5-Michael Dominguez [5]; 7. 18-Blake Wilson [3]; 8. 27C-Chris Crutcher [9]; 9. O3-Justin Odom [8] Heat #4 – Flight (B) (6 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 11-Jody Brannon [1]; 2. 47-Ed Griggs [2]; 3. 95-Austin Cagle [4]; 4. 21B-Albert Bradshaw [3]; 5. 23H-Hunter Sanders [6]; 6. O2-Anthony Lane [7]; 7. 6K-Kyle Purifoy [5]; 8. 12-Cristine Fain [8] Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 20-John Pitts [8]; 2. 6-Ron Dodson [5]; 3. C4-Corey Lowe [3]; 4. 6F-Keith Fain [7]; 5. 31-Josh Crump [1]; 6. 10-Darren Allison [6]; 7. 27H-Larry Hicks [4]; 8. O3-Justin Odom [9]; 9. 14T-Tony Sterner [2] Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 5-Michael Dominguez [3]; 2. 23H-Hunter Sanders [2]; 3. 18-Blake Wilson [5]; 4. 6K-Kyle Purifoy [6]; 5. O2-Anthony Lane [4]; 6. 27C-Chris Crutcher [7]; 7. 12-Cristine Fain [8]; 8. 18E-Charles Seabaugh [1]; 9. O3-Justin Odom [9] Feature (15 Laps) 1. 11P-Jon Padille [1]; 2. 19-Ryan Ayers [2]; 3. 11-Jody Brannon [4]; 4. 22-Alex Loveless [5]; 5. 55-Gene Buck [3]; 6. 11R-Cody Rogers [7]; 7. 65Z-Brian Ziegler [6]; 8. 47-Ed Griggs [8]; 9. O6-Micah Collins [13]; 10. 95-Austin Cagle [12]; 11. 6-Ron Dodson [19]; 12. 23H-Hunter Sanders [20]; 13. 21B-Albert Bradshaw [16]; 14. 5-Michael Dominguez [18]; 15. 39S-Brian Nance [9]; 16. 5X-Greg Hays [11]; 17. 10K-Kyle Davidson [15]; 18. 20-John Pitts [17]; 19. 626-Bruce Davidson [14]; 20. LR8-Ronnie Choate [10]