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  1. Marlar Takes Late Model Week Race 1 Marlar Battles Back on the Topside to Win Late Model Feature No. 1 BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 11, 2019 – How many drivers can say they won in their third night out with a team that hasn’t raced in two seasons? 2018 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Champion Mike Marlar can now, as he, Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards and Scott Bloomquist (18th to 3rd) put on an amazing display of passing and battling through 30 laps that saw Marlar come out on top for his first-ever victory at Volusia Speedway Park with his brand-new K&L Rumley Racing-owned ride. “It’s cool to get to win in something that’s an iconic ride,” Marlar said. “It’s been a lot of fun getting to know these guys and already having some success. It’s been awesome.” “The Winfield Warrior” started third on the grid and took the lead away from outside polesitter Chase Junghans on lap 6, and held it until just over 10 laps remaining, when Richards powered underneath to take the lead. Marlar would get Richards back, however, as he drilled the cushion with his right rear and stood on the throttle coming out of turn four to complete one of the most aggressive and fearless passes of the night. That proved to be the winning move, as Marlar would not relinquish the spot, giving him a nice $7,000 start to Late Model week at Volusia. “Going down the back straight-away, I knew that he was pushing,” Marlar said “And when I saw him pushing, I knew I was going to have to back up his corner and turn his car, so I just said ‘here’s my chance.’ So I just blasted around the outside and tried to catch him when he was out of the gas, trying to get turned, and that gave me enough of a run. I just barely squeezed by and got back into the groove in front of him.” Marlar joined Kevin and Leeroy Rumley’s team in late 2018 as the new driver of their iconic No. 6M, after Marlar’s former car owner Ronnie Delk announced his plans to step down from full-time racing at the conclusion of the 2018 World of Outlaws season, falling right in line with Marlar’s own plans to also scale back on his racing career. At the time, there was much speculation as to where Marlar would be racing in 2019 and how frequently. As it turns out, a part-time, pick-n-choose schedule aboard the black-and-blue No. 6M is a perfect match. But the team didn’t exactly get this impressive of a start straight out of the hauler. Marlar made a very-welcomed appearance at the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season opener at Screven Motor Speedway last Friday and Saturday night, but posted only a 25th-place finish after getting into a jingle with Ivedent Lloyd Jr. early on. Saturday wasn’t much better – a 22nd-place effort, three laps down. But what a turnaround he and the Rumley Racing team has made in just a matter of hours, as they undoubtedly had the fastest car on the racetrack Monday night. “It’s totally different stuff on the car than in the last two days,” Marlar said. “It took me a few laps in the feature just to learn how to drive it. Once I figured out what I could do with it, I was able to go forward. It was an awesome win, that was so much fun.” There seems to be a semi-common theme to Speedweeks this year – drivers debuting in their new rides and having immense success right away. From Tyler Erb’s three-for-four stretch at Golden Isles Speedway and East Bay Raceway Park last week, to Chris Madden’s runner-up and top-10 finishes at Screven last week, the Late Model world is alive with the sweet smell of newfound success. And Marlar would agree. “I think what you’re seeing is that there’s a lot of smart people in this sport and a lot of people that know the chemistry within these different teams and knowing what they need to win,” Marlar said. “With that being said, I think a lot of these guys made changes that helped the team they left, and then the guy that filled in there did better in some situations.” Another very impressive drive to a podium spot on Monday night was actually the winner of Last Chance Qualifier 2, Scott Bloomquist. “Black Sunshine” did not have the heat race he was looking for but was able to bounce back with a very convincing win in his LCS. Ironically, his protégé, 2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Weiss, won the other LCS, putting both Sweet-Bloomquist chassis into the show. From the 18th starting spot, Bloomquist began the charge on lap one of the Feature, passing five cars on the first lap and cracking the top ten next time around. Bloomquist kept climbing from there, reaching P5 inside of 15 laps and making the move underneath Richards for third with five to go. That’s where he would stay, a very telling effort by the race’s Hard Charger Award winner and former World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series champion. “It was definitely capable of winning the race this evening,” Bloomquist said. “I didn’t want to see that caution [with 10 laps to go]. The caution comes out, the tires don’t act the same. I got stuck behind Junghans there and I should have just went outside of him. The next time, on that last caution, I did go outside of him and I got by him and some others and the car was really rolling good.” “Bloomer” is certainly no stranger to Victory Lane at Volusia, having won 12 features at the famed half-mile since his first in 1994. And he said he knows what he needs to do to make it 13 this week. “I am pretty confident that we can just take left with tonight,” Bloomquist said. “I’ve already discussed some things with Cody [Mallory] and told him at least two or three things that I know we’ll do different for tomorrow, and then we’ll sleep on it and see what comes from above.” Around the lap 32-mark, the battle for the runner-up spot was on between Darrell Lanigan and Josh Richards, the former and current Clint Bowyer Racing pilots. The gloves appeared to have come off right on the track, as multiple instances of contact between the two were seen throughout lap 32. When it was all said and done, Lanigan came away with the second-place spot, and Richards settled for fourth behind Bloomquist. When asked for comments on the situation, Lanigan replied “We had a really good piece. Like I said [in Victory Lane], if we wouldn’t have gotten tangled up there with Josh, he just doesn’t want to race you clean… I think we had a chance to win it if we wouldn’t have got tangled up with him, but we’ve got a long week.” Richards, however, saw things differently. “We were just racing,” Richards said in an interview after the race. “I don’t know, I was underneath him and I did drive in there a little bit, and then I stopped to keep from sliding into him. Then, instead of him going around the outside, he tried to cross back over and got hooked. I didn’t see anything wrong.” Find out how this and all the other battles unfold on night #8 of the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, beginning tomorrow, Feb. 12 with round two of the DIRTcar Late Models on “The World’s Fastest Half Mile.” Get your tickets now, or watch live on DIRTVision! Full Results DIRTcar Feature (30 Laps) 1. 6m-Mike Marlar [3]; 2. 29-Darrell Lanigan [12]; 3. 0-Scott Bloomquist [18]; 4. 14-Josh Richards [1]; 5. 25-Shane Clanton [10]; 6. 39-Tim McCreadie [11]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans [2]; 8. 17M-Dale McDowell [16]; 9. 72-Mike Norris [7]; 10. 2-Brandon Overton [21]; 11. 1-Brandon Sheppard [8]; 12. 9-Devin Moran [15]; 13. 40B-Kyle Bronson [6]; 14. 116-Tanner English [5]; 15. 44-Chris Madden [4]; 16. 97-Cade Dillard [9]; 17. 7-Ricky Weiss [17]; 18. 12-Jason Jameson [24]; 19. 99B-Boom Briggs [13]; 20. 16-Tyler Bruening [22]; 21. 36v-Kyle Hardy [14]; 22. 7k-Kent Robinson [20]; 23. 5-Don O’Neal [19]; 24. 3s-Brian Shirley [23] Hard Charger Award: 0-Scott Bloomquist[+15] Qualifying Flight-A 1. 97-Cade Dillard, 16.881; 2. 18-Chase Junghans, 16.94; 3. 116-Tanner English, 17.17; 4. 7-Ricky Weiss, 17.264; 5. 7m-Donald Mcintosh, 17.265; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs, 17.317; 7. 48-Colton Flinner, 17.571; 8. 5-Don O’Neal, 17.786; 9. 76-Blair Nothdurft, 17.814; 10. 6-Blake Spencer, 18.072; DNS. CO2-Tyler Clem, NT Qualifying Flight-B 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 16.661; 2. 6m-Mike Marlar, 16.674; 3. 25-Shane Clanton, 16.805; 4. 36v-Kyle Hardy, 16.936; 5. 2-Brandon Overton, 17.032; 6. 3s-Brian Shirley, 17.061; 7. 28-Dennis Erb, 17.191; 8. 58-Ivedent Lloyd, 17.255; 9. 99jr-Frank Heckenast, 17.926; 10. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 20.021; 11. 1x-Chub Frank, NT Qualifying Flight-C 1. 72-Mike Norris, 17.025; 2. 14-Josh Richards, 17.037; 3. 22x-G.R. Smith, 17.094; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie, 17.104; 5. 9-Devin Moran, 17.155; 6. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.357; 7. 11B-Stacy Boles, 17.596; 8. 2s-Dan Stone, 17.721; 9. B1-Brent Larson, 17.809; 10. 33-Jeff Matthews, 17.916 Qualifying Flight-D 1. 44-Chris Madden, 16.724; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 16.744; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan, 16.789; 4. 7k-Kent Robinson, 16.903; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.995; 6. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 17; 7. 12-Jason Jameson, 17.073; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening, 17.376; 9. 942-Steve Isenberg, 17.743; DNS. 53-Hillard Miller, NT Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 18-Chase Junghans [2]; 2. 116-Tanner English [3]; 3. 97-Cade Dillard [1]; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs [6]; 5. 7-Ricky Weiss [4]; 6. 5-Don O’Neal [8]; 7. 48-Colton Flinner [7]; 8. 7m-Donald Mcintosh [5]; 9. 6-Blake Spencer [10]; 10. 76-Blair Nothdurft [9]; 11. CO2-Tyler Clem [11] Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 6m-Mike Marlar [2]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson [1]; 3. 25-Shane Clanton [3]; 4. 36v-Kyle Hardy [4]; 5. 2-Brandon Overton [5]; 6. 3s-Brian Shirley [6]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb [7]; 8. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [9]; 9. 1x-Chub Frank [11]; 10. 58-Ivedent Lloyd [8]; 11. 16H-Mike Hammerle [10] Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 14-Josh Richards [2]; 2. 72-Mike Norris [1]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie [4]; 4. 9-Devin Moran [5]; 5. 22x-G.R. Smith [3]; 6. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald [6]; 7. 33-Jeff Matthews [10]; 8. 11B-Stacy Boles [7]; 9. 2s-Dan Stone [8]; 10. B1-Brent Larson [9] Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 44-Chris Madden [1]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan [3]; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell [5]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening [8]; 6. 7k-Kent Robinson [4]; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist [6]; 8. 12-Jason Jameson [7]; 9. 942-Steve Isenberg [9]; 10. 53-Hillard Miller [10] Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 7-Ricky Weiss [1]; 2. 5-Don O’Neal [3]; 3. 2-Brandon Overton [2]; 4. 3s-Brian Shirley [4]; 5. 48-Colton Flinner [5]; 6. 7m-Donald Mcintosh [7]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb [6]; 8. 58-Ivedent Lloyd [12]; 9. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [8]; 10. 6-Blake Spencer [9]; 11. 1x-Chub Frank [10]; 12. 76-Blair Nothdurft [11]; 13. CO2-Tyler Clem [13]; 14. 16H-Mike Hammerle [14] Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist [6]; 2. 7k-Kent Robinson [4]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening [2]; 4. 12-Jason Jameson [8]; 5. 2s-Dan Stone [9]; 6. B1-Brent Larson [11]; 7. 11B-Stacy Boles [7]; 8. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald [3]; 9. 33-Jeff Matthews [5]; 10. 942-Steve Isenberg [10]; 11. 22x-G.R. Smith [1]; 12. 53-Hillard Miller [12]
  2. Buzzie Reutimann isn’t slowing down anytime soon BARBERVILLE, Fla — Feb. 9, 2019 — For more than six decades Emil “Buzzie” Reutimann has been behind the wheel of a race car. The Zephyrhills, Florida native is known in the racing community as a “racer’s racer” as he personifies what it means to be old school. He still works on his cars, he still loves to compete, and he still has his family with him — or at least close by in Gator Pond Pits while he's parked infield at Volusia Speedway Park for DIRTcar Nationals. Courtesy of DIRTcar Racing PR Buzzie’s list of accomplishments are astounding. Winning the first-ever Super DIRTcar Series race at Orange County Fair Speedway in 1972, he finished the season with an incredible 33 wins at both Nazareth Speedway (NJ) and Orange County Fair Speedway for a total of 66 trips to Victory Lane. To top that off, in 1972 and ‘73 he won the Schaefer International 100, which later transformed into NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. And that’s just a two-year snapshot, folks. Returning to Volusia Speedway Park for the 48th running of the DIRTcar Nationals, Buzzie doesn’t show any sign of hanging it up. In fact, he plans to run a full slate of races this year, while he also stays busy working on customers’ cars and running a business. What do you think of the improvements here at Volusia Speedway Park? Oh boy, this is great. They’ve really done a great job. I was over here a few weeks ago, and boy, the front stretch wall was a mess. It wasn’t finished yet, and the catch fence wasn’t up. I went back and told David on the phone, “I don’t know if they’re gonna have that place ready to race or not.” What a job they have done! And in a short while! They must have worked day and night to get it like it is. What I like about it is they’ve done a lot for the spectators too. New stands and the way they’ve got it fixed up. It’s really great. What do you do to keep yourself physically and mentally sharp? Do you have an exercise routine? Well, not exactly; I just work every day. Every morning I get up, and I’ve got my little business called Reutimann Racing. We work on other people's cars and our own cars. It keeps me busy. We start every morning at 8:00am. Of course sometimes on our coffee break we might get to telling stories and sit there until 10:00, but then we go out and we’ve got a couple of customers’ cars we keep up and then we do the maintenance to ours and get ready for the weekend. When you have a race car you never run out of things to do. Last year you ran 11 races, winning one and taking home nine top tens. That’s a pretty impressive run. Not as impressive as I think it should have been. When you go out there, you go out to win. We lost two features with a fuel pressure problem, which was a disappointment. But we usually try to get up to the front. As you’ve watched dirt modifieds evolve over the years, what transformation do you see as having had the biggest impact? Wow, I’ll tell you what. Being that I started with my flat head Ford, which was a Sears-Roebuck rebuilt motor, I have seen quite a change in the industry. I think the biggest change is what I call a store built car. Everyone can buy a car completely done now. When we started racing we all built our own stuff. You’d go to the junkyard and get a frame. So the store built cars and the parts that you can buy now. That’s got to be the biggest change there was. Does that even the playing field, or does it make it more difficult? It does make it a little more difficult. You know, they have 90-some cars here tonight, but the trouble is you have 90 good cars. A good friend of mine told me, “If I go to a new track and they’ve got more than 50 cars, I’m at the wrong track.” So tonight I think I’m at the wrong track. Do you have any advice for young drivers that want to become professional race car drivers? I’m one of the very lucky ones who grew up with racing. My dad raced, and it was just something that we did. My brother and I both raced. So it’s very hard for me to tell someone how they should get involved in racing. When I was in diapers I was involved in racing. Starting out you can’t start at the top and work your way down; you’ve got to start at the bottom and work your way up. I do recommend learning to drive on dirt. I think that gives you a more natural feel of a car if you start on dirt. I’ve tried helping guys out before, and it’s easier to make a dirt driver an asphalt driver than it is to have an asphalt driver become a dirt driver. What are your plans for this year? Not all the tracks have put out their schedules yet, but I imagine I’ll be running here at Volusia and over at Bubba Raceway Park and some of the specials at East Bay Raceway. Then I want to go down to Hendry County a couple times. I got a request to come back up to Orange County Fair Speedway. They’ve got a special 20-lap race up there for the past champions. I might sneak up there and run that. David’s got a car lined up, so we want to go up there and have a little fun. Meanwhile, Buzzie will continue his DIRTcar Nationals run through next Monday at Volusia Speedway Park. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will join the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds through Sunday, after which the DIRTcar Late Models will share the field with them. On Tuesday, February 12, Buzzie's old Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will take the stage at Volusia Speedway Park for five nights, joined for the last four by the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models. Tickets are still available.
  3. Rain wins first Big Gator Championship qualifier night for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds DELEON SPRINGS, FL — Feb. 9, 2019 — The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds were to race in the first of two Big Gator Championship Qualifier Nights on Saturday, February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park. It was to be Night #5 of the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals for the Ironmen of the DIRTcar Nationals. Half of the 104 teams that had competed in the DIRTcar Nationals through the first four nights got through their Heat Races with threatening skies all around the half-mile high-banked dirt oval in DeLeon Springs, FL. As post-race ceremonies were happening on the front stretch at the conclusion of the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature, Mother Nature made her second appearance of the night. Unfortunately, enough moisture had fallen and continued to drench the facility, forcing DIRTcar Racing & DIRTcar Nationals Officials to postpone the two Last Chance Showdowns and Feature for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds to Monday, February 11. Prior to, and in between rain delays, Lucas Lee scored his first Fast Qualifier award of the week with an 18.358 = 98.050mph, and he won his Heat Race. Ryan Fowler, Brandon Green and David Stremme picked up the other Heat Race triumphs. In the Redraw of the Heat Race winners, Stremme and Lee drew the front row, with Fowler and Green drawing the third and fourth spots. The second half of the field, those who did not participate on Saturday night, will take over for the second (now first) Big Gator Championship Qualifier Night on Sunday, February 10. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will race in their final night at Volusia also on Sunday to complete Sprint Car Week and crown the first 2019 Big Gator Champion. Then on Monday, February 11, the show will start with the conclusion of Saturday’s program for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds — two Last Chance Showdowns and a 20-Lap Feature. Once those are over, DIRTcar Nationals Late Model Week begins at Volusia with the first of two nights of action for the DIRTcar Super Late Models. It’s also the 15th annual Big Gator Championship Night and the crowning of the 2019 Big Gator Champion for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series takes over Late Model Week starting on Wednesday, February 13, with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds replacing the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds starting on Tuesday, February 12. For more information about the remaining seven nights of the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or visit dirtcarnationals.com You can also follow the DIRTcar UMP Modified portions all week long, as well as the DIRTcar Super Late Model portion of the DCN starting on Monday throughout race week by visiting the DIRTcar Racing Social Media outlets. Just search for “DIRTcar Racing” on both Facebook and Twitter as well as the DIRTcar Nationals Twitter page at: @DIRTcarNats for the very latest updates from Volusia Speedway Park and the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals. Last Chance Showdown Starting Lineups Big Gator Championship Qualifier 1 Feature Starting Line-Up Row 1: 35 David Stremme - 40b Lucas Lee Row 2: 6f Ryan Fowler - 51 Brandon Green Row 3: 7 Justin Allgaier - 2h Nick Hoffman Row 4: 98 Shon Flannery - 90 Jason Beaulieu Row 5: 22k Dale Kelley - 17t Tyler Evans Row 6: 41 Brad Goff - 5cs Curt Spalding Row 7: 1 Brenden Rassel - 14s Steve Stevenson Row 8: 4uw Bobby Regot - 95 Michael Altobelli Jr. Row 9: 15 Joey Miller - 05 David Wietholder Row 10: 36 Kenny Wallace - 00d David Reutimann Row 11: LCS 1 Winner - LCS 2 Winner Row 12: LCS 1 Runner-Up - LCS 2 Runner-Up
  4. Taylor Cook Bags First Career DIRTcar Nationals Feature On Night #2 Busiest division at Volusia Speedway Park boasts the highest car count on the property with 95 teams DELEON SPRINGS, FL — Feb. 6, 2019 — After a stellar field of 91 teams made the trip south for opening night, the car count bulged to 95 total entries at the legendary half-mile high-banked dirt oval on Night Two of the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals. Taylor Cook made the most of his first appearance of the week by passing three-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion Nick Hoffman on the white flag lap to secure his first career feature win in the DIRTcar Nationals. “I knew we had a really good car, and I knew that I could hold my own line through the traffic and try to make something happen. Plus, I had the safe benefit of being behind him (Hoffman) to see what he was doing, where he was going. I knew that if it played out just right, we’d win this thing,” an emotional Cook stated in Victory Lane after climbing from his #21 High Octane Wraps & Apparel / Team Harris Auto Racing machine. “I can’t thank my family enough for this. We worked our butts off all winter. To come out on our first night of the new season and win the biggest race of my career, to win this in front of a field of cars like this, when someone like Nick finishes second, this is truly special,” the 25-year-old offered. Perennial contenders, David Stremme and Kyle Strickler started on the front row of the massive 28-car field, and once Dave Farney’s green flag flew, the battle commenced immediately between the two rivals. It didn’t take long for something to happen; on lap two, the two battlers collided sending both up into the turn one wall. Opening night feature winner Michael Long, who was right behind the two combatants, had nowhere to go and slammed into both drivers. All three were done for the night. This gave the lead to Hoffman, who tried to immediately pull away from the rest of the field. Brian Ruhlman, who started fourth, and Cook, who started seventh, worked their way up to the second and third spots and began chasing down the race leader, Hoffman. With five laps to go, Cook, originally from Sylvania, OH and now calling Stanley, NC home, maneuvered his way by Ruhlman and set his sights on Hoffman for the race lead. With three laps to go, Cook pulled up to Hoffman and in the midst of traffic, an epic battle ensured. As the white flag flew, Cook dove underneath Hoffman to take the lead, but Hoffman wasn’t giving up and charged back at Cook. With the checkered flag in the air, Cook was able to put just enough real estate between himself and Hoffman to secure his first career DIRTcar Nationals feature win. Hoffman settled for second for the second night in a row after starting fifth, taking over the DIRTcar Nationals points lead. Ruhlman finished off the podium finishers in third as Will Krup and Zeke McKenzie completed the top five. RC Whitwell finished sixth after starting 14th, while Jason Beaulieu was seventh. Lucas Lee, Curt Spalding and Allen Weisser, from 16th, finished off the final top 10. Strickler was the fastest of 95 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds on hand with a lap measured at an 18.437 = 97.630mph and won his heat race. Krup, McKenzie, Ruhlman, Cook, Long, Strickler, Hoffman and Stremme also scored heat race triumphs while Johnny Broking, Will Long, Garret Stewart and Ryan Thomas each bagged Last Chance Showdown checkered flags. The 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals continues for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds for the third of seven straight nights (10 Features total) on Thursday, February 7. The third $1,000 payday in three nights await the teams before their widely popular Quad-15s night on Friday, February 8. The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars presented by Mobil 1 return for their final night of competition on Thursday before the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series takes over for three nights in a row starting on Friday. For more information about the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the event website at: dirtcarnationals.com You can also follow the DIRTcar UMP Modified portions of the DIRTcar Nationals throughout race week by visiting the DIRTcar Racing Social Media outlets. Just search for “DIRTcar Racing” on both Facebook and Twitter as well as the DIRTcar Nationals Twitter page for the very latest updates from Volusia Speedway Park and the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals. RESULTS Modifieds Feature Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Taylor Cook 21c Stanley, Nc. 2. Nick Hoffman 2H Mooresville, Nc. 3. Brian Ruhlman 49 Clarklake, Mi. 4. Will Krup 19K Mt Carmel, Il. 5. Zeke McKenzie 24z Claypool, In. 6. Rc Whitwell 96T Longdale, Ok. 7. Jason Beaulieu 90 Campbell River, Bc. 8. Lucas Lee 40B Paris, Tn. 9. Curt Spalding 5CS Watervliet, Mi. 10. Allen Weisser 25w Peoria, Il. 11. Johnny Broking 45J Grand Rapids, Mn. 12. Tyler Nicely 25 Owensboro, Ky. 13. Ryan Thomas T9 Brownstown, In. 14. Ryan Ayers 6A Concord, Nc. 15. Gordy Gundaker 11G St Charles, Mo. 16. Garret Stewart 67 Leesburg, Fl. 17. Kenny Wallace 36 Imperial, Mo. 18. David Reutimann 00D Sherrills Ford, Nc. 19. Shon Flanary 98 Surgoinsville, Tn. 20. Justin Allgaier 7 Springfield, Il. 21. Matt Crafton 88 Mooresville, Nc. 22. Johnny Collins 54c Jacksonville, Fl. 23. Christopher Smith 88s Brewton, Al. 24. Kyle Strickler 8 Mooresville, Nc. 25. David Stremme 35 Mooresville, Nc. 26. Michael Long 18x Fowler, Il. 27. Troy Johnson 2J Sugar Grove, Pa. 28. Will Long 45L Clayton, Nc. Modifieds Last Chance Showdown 1 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Johnny Broking 45J Grand Rapids, Mn. 2. Michael Altobelli Jr. 95 Saxton, Pa. 3. Mike Learman 4L Woodstock, Il. 4. Ryan Cripe 23 North Manchester, In. 5. Michael McGee 11m Mayville, Ny. 6. Steve Meyer Jr. 1A Staunton, Il. 7. Chad Roush 32 Reedsville, Oh. 8. John E Baker 22J French Lick, In. 9. Gene Nicholas 11N Lowell, Ar. 10. Joey Miller 15 Lakeville, Mn. 11. Joe Graf Jr 17 Mahwah, Nj. 12. Scotty Kincaid 12K Rising Sun, In. 13. Joey Lee 662 Farina, Il. 14. Brandon Green 51 Walton, Ky. 15. Larry Burkins 54 St. Augustine, Fl. DNS Dylan Browning 6DB Jacksonville, Fl. DNS Paul Miles 28M Owensboro, Ky. DNS Christian Thomas 7CT Wake Forest, Nc. Modifieds Last Chance Showdown 2 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Will Long 45L Clayton, Nc. 2. Todd Neiheiser 72 Panama City, Fl. 3. Brendan Rassell 1 Woonsocket, Sd. 4. David Taylor 14 Fayettville, Nc. 5. Ryan Fowler 6F Pace, Fl. 6. Mark Beard 28 Mt. Pleasant, Mi. 7. Jeff Thomas 07 Petaluma, Ca. 8. Bryan Foy 7F Lacombe, La. 9. Patrick Vareika 51v Deltona, Fl. 10. Rick Weitekamp 89w Springfield, Il. 11. Gary Bentley A-1 St Charles, Mo. 12. Mikey Kopka 90K Astor, Fl. 13. Larry Mott 06Z Leesburg, Fl. 14. Justin Haley 11 Mooresville, Nc. DNS Levi Kissinger 12x Mt Vernon, In. DNS Colin Green 52 Walton, Ky. DNS Jessie Hoskins 71H Longdale, Ok. DNS Hunt Gossum 99 Mayfield, Ky. Modifieds Last Chance Showdown 3 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Garret Stewart 67 Leesburg, Fl. 2. Ken Schrader 9 Concord, Nc. 3. Buzzie Reutimann 00 Zephyrhills, Fl. 4. Josh Harris 22 Utica, Ky. 5. Brad Waits 24 Rochester, Mn. 6. Chase Collins 2x4 Jacksonville, Fl. 7. Robert Poole 25p Sherrills Ford, Nc. 8. Brad Goff 41 Zanesville, Oh. 9. Bill Lewis 118L Fountain City, In. 10. Mark Enk 40 St Ann, Mo. 11. Jesse Strange 85E Marion, In. 12. Zane Oedewaldt 11Z Hanna City, Il. 13. Ken Mihalik 33 Port St Lucie, Fl. DNS Bobby Miles 27 Owensboro, Ky. DNS Scott Fritz 01 Erie, Pa. DNS Robbie Eilers 14E Highland, Il. Modifieds Last Chance Showdown 4 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Ryan Thomas T9 Brownstown, In. 2. Tyler Evans 17T Mineral Wells, Wv. 3. David Wietholder 05 Liberty, Il. 4. Ray Bollinger 77 Kewanee, Il. 5. Trey Harris 57 Hillsboro, Mo. 6. Drake Troutman 7T Hyndman, Pa. 7. Hunter Gustafson 15G Howey In The Hills, Fl. 8. Bobby Regot 4uw St. Peters, Mo. 9. Matt Altiers 2A Lewis Center, Oh. 10. Jake Gibbon 1G Cleveland, Nc. 11. Will Norris 71n Bells, Tn. 12. Zac Oedewaldt Z1 Hanna City, Il. 13. Jason Garver 27G Starke, Fl. DNS Jason Gross 12 Cushing, Wi. DNS Jesse Rupe 11R Sophia, Wv. DNS Dave Baldwin 6B Perrysville, In. Modifieds Heat 1 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Will Krup 19K Mt Carmel, Il. 2. Jason Beaulieu 90 Campbell River, Bc. 3. Troy Johnson 2J Sugar Grove, Pa. 4. Steve Meyer Jr. 1A Staunton, Il. 5. Brandon Green 51 Walton, Ky. 6. Chad Roush 32 Reedsville, Oh. 7. Michael McGee 11m Mayville, Ny. 8. Gene Nicholas 11N Lowell, Ar. 9. John E Baker 22J French Lick, In. 10. Joe Graf Jr 17 Mahwah, Nj. 11. Joey Miller 15 Lakeville, Mn. DNS Christian Thomas 7CT Wake Forest, Nc. Modifieds Heat 2 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Zeke McKenzie 24z Claypool, In. 2. Curt Spalding 5CS Watervliet, Mi. 3. Tyler Nicely 25 Owensboro, Ky. 4. Ryan Cripe 23 North Manchester, In. 5. Michael Altobelli Jr. 95 Saxton, Pa. 6. Johnny Broking 45J Grand Rapids, Mn. 7. Larry Burkins 54 St. Augustine, Fl. 8. Dylan Browning 6DB Jacksonville, Fl. 9. Mike Learman 4L Woodstock, Il. 10. Paul Miles 28M Owensboro, Ky. 11. Joey Lee 662 Farina, Il. 12. Scotty Kincaid 12K Rising Sun, In. Modifieds Heat 3 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Brian Ruhlman 49 Clarklake, Mi. 2. Lucas Lee 40B Paris, Tn. 3. Ryan Ayers 6A Concord, Nc. 4. Ryan Fowler 6F Pace, Fl. 5. Todd Neiheiser 72 Panama City, Fl. 6. Levi Kissinger 12x Mt Vernon, In. 7. Colin Green 52 Walton, Ky. 8. Brendan Rassell 1 Woonsocket, Sd. 9. Jeff Thomas 07 Petaluma, Ca. 10. Bryan Foy 7F Lacombe, La. 11. Jessie Hoskins 71H Longdale, Ok. 12. Mikey Kopka 90K Astor, Fl. Modifieds Heat 4 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Taylor Cook 21c Stanley, Nc. 2. David Reutimann 00D Sherrills Ford, Nc. 3. Gordy Gundaker 11G St Charles, Mo. 4. Gary Bentley A-1 St Charles, Mo. 5. Justin Haley 11 Mooresville, Nc. 6. Will Long 45L Clayton, Nc. 7. David Taylor 14 Fayettville, Nc. 8. Rick Weitekamp 89w Springfield, Il. 9. Patrick Vareika 51v Deltona, Fl. 10. Mark Beard 28 Mt. Pleasant, Mi. 11. Larry Mott 06Z Leesburg, Fl. DNS Hunt Gossum 99 Mayfield, Ky. Modifieds Heat 5 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Michael Long 18x Fowler, Il. 2. Kenny Wallace 36 Imperial, Mo. 3. Matt Crafton 88 Mooresville, Nc. 4. Buzzie Reutimann 00 Zephyrhills, Fl. 5. Robert Poole 25p Sherrills Ford, Nc. 6. Brad Waits 24 Rochester, Mn. 7. Zane Oedewaldt 11Z Hanna City, Il. 8. Bobby Miles 27 Owensboro, Ky. 9. Bill Lewis 118L Fountain City, In. 10. Scott Fritz 01 Erie, Pa. 11. Robbie Eilers 14E Highland, Il. Modifieds Heat 6 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Kyle Strickler 8 Mooresville, Nc. 2. Rc Whitwell 96T Longdale, Ok. 3. Christopher Smith 88s Brewton, Al. 4. Garret Stewart 67 Leesburg, Fl. 5. Ken Schrader 9 Concord, Nc. 6. Josh Harris 22 Utica, Ky. 7. Chase Collins 2x4 Jacksonville, Fl. 8. Jesse Strange 85E Marion, In. 9. Mark Enk 40 St Ann, Mo. 10. Ken Mihalik 33 Port St Lucie, Fl. 11. Brad Goff 41 Zanesville, Oh. Modifieds Heat 7 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Nick Hoffman 2H Mooresville, Nc. 2. Johnny Collins 54c Jacksonville, Fl. 3. Shon Flanary 98 Surgoinsville, Tn. 4. Ryan Thomas T9 Brownstown, In. 5. Ray Bollinger 77 Kewanee, Il. 6. Bobby Regot 4uw St. Peters, Mo. 7. Zac Oedewaldt Z1 Hanna City, Il. 8. Jason Gross 12 Cushing, Wi. 9. Jake Gibbon 1G Cleveland, Nc. 10. Jesse Rupe 11R Sophia, Wv. 11. Matt Altiers 2A Lewis Center, Oh. Modifieds Heat 8 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. David Stremme 35 Mooresville, Nc. 2. Allen Weisser 25w Peoria, Il. 3. Justin Allgaier 7 Springfield, Il. 4. Tyler Evans 17T Mineral Wells, Wv. 5. David Wietholder 05 Liberty, Il. 6. Trey Harris 57 Hillsboro, Mo. 7. Drake Troutman 7T Hyndman, Pa. 8. Jason Garver 27G Starke, Fl. 9. Hunter Gustafson 15G Howey In The Hills, Fl. 10. Will Norris 71n Bells, Tn. DNS Dave Baldwin 6B Perrysville, In. Modifieds Qualifying 1 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Will Krup 19K Mt Carmel, Il. 2. Troy Johnson 2J Sugar Grove, Pa. 3. Brandon Green 51 Walton, Ky. 4. Jason Beaulieu 90 Campbell River, Bc. 5. Chad Roush 32 Reedsville, Oh. 6. Steve Meyer Jr. 1A Staunton, Il. 7. Gene Nicholas 11N Lowell, Ar. 8. Joe Graf Jr 17 Mahwah, Nj. 9. Michael McGee 11m Mayville, Ny. 10. Joey Miller 15 Lakeville, Mn. 11. John E Baker 22J French Lick, In. DNS Christian Thomas 7CT Wake Forest, Nc. Modifieds Qualifying 2 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Curt Spalding 5CS Watervliet, Mi. 2. Zeke McKenzie 24z Claypool, In. 3. Michael Altobelli Jr. 95 Saxton, Pa. 4. Tyler Nicely 25 Owensboro, Ky. 5. Ryan Cripe 23 North Manchester, In. 6. Johnny Broking 45J Grand Rapids, Mn. 7. Dylan Browning 6DB Jacksonville, Fl. 8. Larry Burkins 54 St. Augustine, Fl. 9. Mike Learman 4L Woodstock, Il. 10. Paul Miles 28M Owensboro, Ky. 11. Joey Lee 662 Farina, Il. 12. Scotty Kincaid 12K Rising Sun, In. Modifieds Qualifying 3 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Brian Ruhlman 49 Clarklake, Mi. 2. Ryan Ayers 6A Concord, Nc. 3. Lucas Lee 40B Paris, Tn. 4. Levi Kissinger 12x Mt Vernon, In. 5. Ryan Fowler 6F Pace, Fl. 6. Bryan Foy 7F Lacombe, La. 7. Colin Green 52 Walton, Ky. 8. Jeff Thomas 07 Petaluma, Ca. 9. Todd Neiheiser 72 Panama City, Fl. 10. Brendan Rassell 1 Woonsocket, Sd. 11. Jessie Hoskins 71H Longdale, Ok. Modifieds Qualifying 4 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. David Reutimann 00D Sherrills Ford, Nc. 2. Taylor Cook 21c Stanley, Nc. 3. Gordy Gundaker 11G St Charles, Mo. 4. David Taylor 14 Fayettville, Nc. 5. Will Long 45L Clayton, Nc. 6. Gary Bentley A-1 St Charles, Mo. 7. Rick Weitekamp 89w Springfield, Il. 8. Mark Beard 28 Mt. Pleasant, Mi. 9. Patrick Vareika 51v Deltona, Fl. 10. Larry Mott 06Z Leesburg, Fl. 11. Justin Haley 11 Mooresville, Nc. DNS Hunt Gossum 99 Mayfield, Ky. Modifieds Qualifying 5 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Michael Long 18x Fowler, Il. 2. Matt Crafton 88 Mooresville, Nc. 3. Robert Poole 25p Sherrills Ford, Nc. 4. Buzzie Reutimann 00 Zephyrhills, Fl. 5. Kenny Wallace 36 Imperial, Mo. 6. Brad Waits 24 Rochester, Mn. 7. Robbie Eilers 14E Highland, Il. 8. Scott Fritz 01 Erie, Pa. 9. Bobby Miles 27 Owensboro, Ky. 10. Zane Oedewaldt 11Z Hanna City, Il. 11. Bill Lewis 118L Fountain City, In. Modifieds Qualifying 6 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Kyle Strickler 8 Mooresville, Nc. 2. Rc Whitwell 96T Longdale, Ok. 3. Brad Goff 41 Zanesville, Oh. 4. Ken Schrader 9 Concord, Nc. 5. Josh Harris 22 Utica, Ky. 6. Christopher Smith 88s Brewton, Al. 7. Chase Collins 2x4 Jacksonville, Fl. 8. Garret Stewart 67 Leesburg, Fl. 9. Jesse Strange 85E Marion, In. 10. Ken Mihalik 33 Port St Lucie, Fl. DNS Mark Enk 40 St Ann, Mo. Modifieds Qualifying 7 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. Jesse Rupe 11R Sophia, Wv. 2. Shon Flanary 98 Surgoinsville, Tn. 3. Nick Hoffman 2H Mooresville, Nc. 4. Ryan Thomas T9 Brownstown, In. 5. Zac Oedewaldt Z1 Hanna City, Il. 6. Jason Gross 12 Cushing, Wi. 7. Johnny Collins 54c Jacksonville, Fl. 8. Matt Altiers 2A Lewis Center, Oh. 9. Ray Bollinger 77 Kewanee, Il. 10. Bobby Regot 4uw St. Peters, Mo. 11. Jake Gibbon 1G Cleveland, Nc. Modifieds Qualifying 8 Driver Nbr ------------------------------ ----- 1. David Stremme 35 Mooresville, Nc. 2. Tyler Evans 17T Mineral Wells, Wv. 3. Allen Weisser 25w Peoria, Il. 4. David Wietholder 05 Liberty, Il. 5. Drake Troutman 7T Hyndman, Pa. 6. Justin Allgaier 7 Springfield, Il. 7. Jason Garver 27G Starke, Fl. 8. Will Norris 71n Bells, Tn. 9. Hunter Gustafson 15G Howey In The Hills, Fl. 10. Dave Baldwin 6B Perrysville, In. DNS Trey Harris 57 Hillsboro, Mo.
  5. Davenport, Arnold, Harrison & Hawkins Win on Quadruple Features Night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway Eighth annual Summit Modified Nationals wraps up Saturday, July 28 with a $5,000 payday & Series title on the line FAIRBURY, IL — July 27, 2018 — The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals have had some time off since their last race back on July 14 at Oakshade Raceway (OH). With a well-deserved 13-day break complete after competing in 23 events during the months of June and July, the cars and stars of the DIRTcar Modified world were back in action as part of the 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac at Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS). Friday, July 27 was “Quadruple Feature Night” as four Features set the field for Saturday’s headliner paying $5,000 to win. Tait Davenport, Chris Arnold, Mike Harrison and Jacob Hawkins walked away with the victories. A whopping 61 teams on the property were split into four Qualifier Features based on qualifying times with the top four finishers in each race transferring to the 40-lap main event on Saturday, July 28 and the top two going to the redraw on Saturday for their starting positions in first four rows of the main event. The four Features were also the 16-19th races in Summit Modifieds history at Fairbury, the most all-time in the eight-year history of the tour with the milestone 20th event scheduled for the following night. In the Summit Racing Equipment Qualifier Feature #1, Tait Davenport and Steve Stevenson led the field to the green flag, with Davenport showing the way early in the race. The Benton, KY driver made no mistake the entire event and scored his second straight Friday PDC Quad Feature win in two years. Derek Losh finished second to earn a spot in the Redraw, while Lucas Lee and David Shain completed the transfer positions. Former two-time Track Champion Jeff Ledford completed the top five. Allen Weisser and Chris Arnold started on the front row of the Wehr’s Machine & Racing Qualifier Feature #2, with Arnold edging by Weisser heading into the first corner to take the early lead. Arnold, who made the trip from Matoaca, VA, started his weekend off right by leading all 20 laps to win his first career Summit Modified Nationals Feature. Weisser finished second to grab the second Redraw spot, while current FALS points leader, McKay Wenger, and 2017 Gateway Dirt Nationals winner, Ray Bollinger, also transferred into the main event. Steven Brooks finished on the outside looking into a transfer spot and rounding out the top five. Danny Schwartz and five-time and defending Series Champion Mike Harrison led the field to the start of the Allgaier Racing Shocks Qualifier Feature #3. Harrison, the six-time and defending DIRTcar Modified National Champion, grabbed the point from the get-go, and the Highland, IL standout collected his 43rd career Summit Modified Nationals Feature win and seventh of the 2018 racing season. Schwartz was second and got the second Redraw position, while Mark Lamont and Kyle Strickler were the remaining transfer cars. Current Summit Modified Nationals points leader Mike McKinney finished fifth and will have to come through one of the Last Chance Races on Saturday. The final race of the night for the DIRTcar Modifieds was the Deke Trucking Qualifier Feature #4 with Jacob Hawkins and Matt Cooper in the front row. Hawkins shot out to the lead as soon as the green flag came out, and the Fairmont, WV driver, who won the DIRTcar Modifieds portion of the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway (OH) just nine days ago, led all 20 laps to score his first career Summit Modified Nationals Feature victory. Logan Moody was second and earned the final Redraw position. Dan Rork and 2012 Series Champion Kenny Wallace were the final transfer cars. Wallace and fifth place finisher Brent Weaver collided coming out of turn four for the checkered flag with Wallace coming out on top and Weaver settling for fifth. Coming into the weekend, McKinney led Harrison by just four points in the chase for the 2018 Summit Modified Nationals Championship. After Friday night’s action, McKinney and Harrison are tied for the points lead, and Harrison, the all-time career wins leader in the eight-year history of the Summit Modified Nationals, must win on Saturday to clinch a sixth title. If he does not win the Feature, McKinney will clinch his first career Summit Modified Nationals title. Saturday, July 28 will conclude the 2018 racing season for the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, beginning with the Redraw for the top two finishers from the Qualifier Features the previous night. Three Last Chance Showdowns will then take the top two out of each and lock them into the Feature. Four Summit Modified Nationals Provisionals will complete the 26-car field. Then the 20th-ever Summit Modified Nationals Feature at Fairbury American Legion Speedway, the 40-lap, $5,000-to-win main event, will crown the 2018 Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Champion after 28 events in 2018. RESULTS Summit Racing Equipment Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 18T-Tait Davenport, 13.885; 2. 25W-Allen Weisser, 13.922; 3. 1-Steve Stevenson, 14.081; 4. 99W-Chris Arnold, 14.086; 5. 21-Derek Losh, 14.121; 6. 42-Mckay Wenger, 14.126; 7. 53s-Bobby Stremme, 14.13; 8. 5-Steven Brooks, 14.133; 9. 8K-Levi Kissinger, 14.15; 10. 77-Ray Bollinger, 14.157; 11. 18L-Jeffery Ledford, 14.177; 12. 72A-Austin Lynn, 14.219; 13. 12L-Lucas Lee, 14.234; 14. 21A-Nick Allen, 14.25; 15. 7L-Jay Ledford, 14.302; 16. 15-Chris Smith, 14.428; 17. 87-David Shain, 14.452; 18. 14-Michael Thayer, 14.472; 19. 1s-Brian Shaw, 14.503; 20. 10-Shawn Scripter, 14.507; 21. 31-Mark Anderson, 14.552; 22. 4L-Mike Learman, 14.553; 23. 28-Kevin Morrow, 14.56; 24. 27T-Michael Turner, 14.618; 25. 12-Jeff Curl, 14.649; 26. 61-Logan Rogers, 14.778; 27. 45-Kyle Hammer, 14.838; 28. 84-Stan Beadles, 15.045; 29. 1JR-Floyd Jordan, 15.191; 30. A1X-Phil Dixon, 15.211; DNS. 74J-Jeff Sanford, NT Summit Racing Equipment Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 21d-Danny Schwartz, 14.105; 2. 13H-Jacob Hawkins, 14.141; 3. 24H-Mike Harrison, 14.15; 4. 18c-Matt Cooper, 14.264; 5. 7m-Mark Lamont, 14.352; 6. 25-Tyler Nicely, 14.381; 7. 32-Donovan Lodge, 14.436; 8. 36-Kenny Wallace, 14.475; 9. 19-Kyle Strickler, 14.478; 10. 3L-Jeff Leka, 14.489; 11. 96m-Mike McKinney, 14.497; 12. 162-Logan Moody, 14.504; 13. 1w-Bob Pohlman, 14.521; 14. 24B-Brent Weaver, 14.624; 15. 72-Brian Lynn, 14.682; 16. 7R-Dan Rork, 14.71; 17. 3-Mike Brooks, 14.781; 18. 35-Jason Hastings, 14.836; 19. 28m-Frank Marshall, 14.84; 20. K67-Ian Keller, 14.917; 21. 59-Chevy Miller, 14.944; 22. 22-Wade Wenthe, 14.948; 23. 69Jr-Jimmy Farris, 14.951; 24. 0.02-Nick Clubb, 14.997; 25. 5X-Alan Stipp, 15.183; 26. 13-Kevin DeYoung, 15.204; 27. 21X-Troy Dodson, 15.248; 28. 27-Beau DeYoung, 15.562; 29. 13S-Terry Starks, 16.232; 30. 18J-Scott James, NT Summit Racing Equipment Qualifier Feature #1 - Flight (A) (20 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 18T-Tait Davenport [1]; 2. 21-Derek Losh [3]; 3. 12L-Lucas Lee [7]; 4. 87-David Shain [9]; 5. 7L-Jay Ledford [8]; 6. 31-Mark Anderson [11]; 7. 1-Steve Stevenson [2]; 8. 1s-Brian Shaw [10]; 9. 45-Kyle Hammer [14]; 10. 8K-Levi Kissinger [5]; 11. 12-Jeff Curl [13]; 12. 28-Kevin Morrow [12]; 13. 18L-Jeffery Ledford [6]; 14. 1JR-Floyd Jordan [15]; 15. 53s-Bobby Stremme [4]; 16. 74J-Jeff Sanford [16] Wehr’s Machine & Racing & Qualifier Feature #2 - Flight (A) (20 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 99W-Chris Arnold [2]; 2. 25W-Allen Weisser [1]; 3. 42-Mckay Wenger [3]; 4. 77-Ray Bollinger [5]; 5. 5-Steven Brooks [4]; 6. 15-Chris Smith [8]; 7. 72A-Austin Lynn [6]; 8. 14-Michael Thayer [9]; 9. 21A-Nick Allen [7]; 10. 27T-Michael Turner [12]; 11. 10-Shawn Scripter [10]; 12. 4L-Mike Learman [11]; 13. 61-Logan Rogers [13]; 14. 84-Stan Beadles [14]; 15. A1X-Phil Dixon [15] Allgaier Racing Shocks Qualifier Feature #3 - Flight (B) (20 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 24H-Mike Harrison [2]; 2. 21d-Danny Schwartz [1]; 3. 7m-Mark Lamont [3]; 4. 19-Kyle Strickler [5]; 5. 96m-Mike McKinney [6]; 6. 32-Donovan Lodge [4]; 7. 1w-Bob Pohlman [7]; 8. 72-Brian Lynn [8]; 9. 3-Mike Brooks [9]; 10. 28m-Frank Marshall [10]; 11. 69Jr-Jimmy Farris [12]; 12. 59-Chevy Miller [11]; 13. 5X-Alan Stipp [13]; 14. 21X-Troy Dodson [14]; 15. 13S-Terry Starks [15] Deke Trucking Qualifier Feature #4 - Flight (B) (20 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 13H-Jacob Hawkins [1]; 2. 162-Logan Moody [6]; 3. 7R-Dan Rork [8]; 4. 36-Kenny Wallace [4]; 5. 24B-Brent Weaver [7]; 6. 3L-Jeff Leka [5]; 7. 35-Jason Hastings [9]; 8. 13-Kevin DeYoung [13]; 9. K67-Ian Keller [10]; 10. 27-Beau DeYoung [14]; 11. 18c-Matt Cooper [2]; 12. 18J-Scott James [15]; 13. 0.02-Nick Clubb [12]; 14. 25-Tyler Nicely [3]; 15. 22-Wade Wenthe [11]
  6. Davenport Finally Captures First Gator Trophy at DIRTcar Nationals BARBERVILLE, FL– Feb. 12, 2018– Jonathan Davenport dominated the first night of Late Model competition at the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park by leading flag-to-flag for all 30 laps of the feature event. Davenport smiled from ear-to-ear holding his first ever Gator trophy in Victory Lane at the historic half-mile. “You don’t know how much this gator [trophy] means to me,” said Davenport. “I’ve been wanting one of these things for so long. We’ve been close a few times but we’ve never got it done. This one here is definitely for my crew. We stayed up all night last night. We put a new body on this thing. We changed motors. We went all through the car. It was raining on us and we were soaking wet… Winning here is unbelievable. It sure is.” Davenport, of Blairsville, GA, started on the pole for the event and never looked back. Despite two cautions, the driver of the No.49 owned by Lance Landers was never seriously challenged for the lead spot. Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC was the only driver to reach the bumper of Davenport throughout the race. “It rubbered up so catching somebody and passing them is a different thing to do here,” said Madden. “We had a good car once we went low in one and two but I didn’t even realize it until two [laps] to go so I dove down there and I was able to carry some speed off the corner there. “So maybe I should’ve made the charge down there a little earlier and tried to move around a little more sooner than I did,” Madden continued. “But overall, for the first night out with this team, with a new car from Barry [Wright] and a new power plant from Clements. All and all I think we’ve done a good job.” Clanton and Madden swapped for second and third once throughout the race but the Georgia Bulldog was only able to hold on to the spot for two laps before the No. 44 Barry Wright House Car reclaimed the position for the remainder of the race. “We are just glad to be here in sunny Florida as cold as it has been back at the house, it feels good to get down here. Mother Nature laid off tonight and gave us the night to race. Hopefully she is calmer the rest of the week and we can race five more nights. It is consistency here that matters so hopefully we get back in Victory Lane and keep it up front.” The DIRTcar Late Models return to the track on February 13 for their second and final night of competition during the 12-day short track event before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series takes center stage on Feb. 14-17. Additional Race Notes: Mike Marlar claimed quick time during qualifying with a 16.293 lap time at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile The two cautions during the feature including one on lap 6 for Chase Junghans who slowed on the track and on lap 12 for Dennis Erb Jr. who spun in turn four and suffered right rear cosmetic damage The DIRTcar Racing Modifieds completed a seven-night stretch of DIRTcar Nationals competition concluding with the crowning of the Big Gator Champion, Nick Hoffman. The entire Modified event took place before the Late Models hit the track for hot laps because of the threat of rain. Donny Schatz won the Sprint Car Big Gator Championship and Nick Hoffman won the Modified Big Gator Championship. Both drivers entered into Late Model competition. DIRTcar Late Model Results: Feature (30-Laps): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 2. 44-Chris Madden; 3. 25-Shane Clanton; 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 5. 157-Mike Marlar; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening; 8. 40B-Kyle Bronson; 9. 54-David Breazeale; 10. 7-Rick Eckert; 11. 116-Brandon Overton;12. 15-Donny Schatz; 13. 1-Brandon Sheppard; 14. 9-Devin Moran; 15. 72-Mike Norris; 16. B1-Brent Larson; 17. 2-Nick Hoffman; 18. OF1-Coleby Frye; 19. 28-Dennis Erb Jr; 20. C8-Timothy Culp; 21. 22s-Brian Shirley; 22.1star-Chub Frank; 23.31-Tyler Millwood; 24. 18c-Chase Junghans; Last Chance Showdown 1: 1. 1star-Chub Frank; 2. 22s-Brian Shirley; 3. OF1-Coleby Frye; 4. 18c-Chase Junghans; 5. 7mm-Michael Maresca; 6. 11B-Stacy Boles; 7. 84-Austin Smith; 8. 16H-Mike Hammerle; 9. 14z-Zack McMillan; 10. 12-Jason Jameson; 11. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk; DNS. C02-Mark Whitener; Last Chance Showdown 2: 1. 15-Donny Schatz;2. 2-Nick Hoffman;3. B1-Brent Larson;4.31-Tyler Millwood;5. 2c-Joey Coulter;6. 21jr-Billy Moyer Jr;7. 27-Jeff Beyers; 8. 6-Blake Spencer; 9. 14r-Reid Millard; 10. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald; DNS.115-Trey Beene; DNS. 91-Tyler Erb; Heat 1: 1.44-Chris Madden; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson; 3. 7-Rick Eckert; 4. 72-Mike Norris; 5. OF1-Coleby Frye; 6. 7mm-Michael Maresca; 7. 1star-Chub Frank; 8. 14z-Zack McMillan; 9. 22s-Brian Shirley; 10. 84-Austin Smith. Heat 2: 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell; 4. 9-Devin Moran; 5.18c-Chase Junghans; 6. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk; 7. 11B-Stacy Boles; 8. 12-Jason Jameson; 9. 16H-Mike Hammerle; DNS. C02-Mark Whitener; Heat 3: 1. 25-Shane Clanton; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr; 5. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald; 6. 15-Donny Schatz; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood; 8. 21jr-Billy Moyer Jr; 9. 2c-Joey Coulter; 10. 91-Tyler Erb; Heat 4: 1. 54-David Breazeale; 2. 157-Mike Marlar; 3. C8-Timothy Culp; 4. 116-Brandon Overton; 5. B1-Brent Larson; 6. 2-Nick Hoffman; 7. 6-Blake Spencer; 8. 27-Jeff Beyers; 9. 115-Trey Beene; 10. 14r-Reid Millard. Group A Qualifying: 1. 44- Chris Madden 17.138; 2. 40B- Kyle Bronson17.269; 3. 72- Mike Norris 17.324; 4.7- Rick Eckert 17.838;5. 1star- Chub Frank 17.846; 6. 14z- Zack McMilla18.127; 7. OF1- Coleby Frye 18.156; 8. 22s -Brian Shirley 18.322; 9. 84- Austin Smith 18.388; 10. 7mm- Michael Maresca 18.846; Group B Qualifying: 1.49-Jonathan Davenport,16.658; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening,17.037; 3. 17M- Dale McDowell,17.352; 4. 9- Devin Moran, 17.355; 5. 18c-Chase Junghans, 17.361; 6. CJ1- Rusty Schlenk, 17.421; 7. 12- Jason Jameson, 17.604; 8. 11B- Stacy Boles, 17.616; 9. 16H- Mike Hammerle, 18.874; 10. C02- Mark Whitener, NT Group C Qualifying: 1. 25- Shane Clanton, 16.312; 2. 7F- Jason Fitzgerald, 16.314; 3. 1- Brandon Sheppard,16.478; 4. 0- Scott Bloomquist, 16.563; 5. 21jr- Billy Moyer Jr, 16.827; 6. 15- Donny Schatz, 16.849; 7. 28- Dennis Erb Jr, 17.014; 8. 91- Tyler Erb, 17.097; 9. 2c- Joey Coulter, 17.329; 10. 31- Tyler Millwood, 18.258 Group D Qualifying: 1. 157- Mike Marlar, 16.293; 2. 54- David Breazeale, 16.510; 3. C8- Timothy Culp, 17.082; 4. B1- Brent Larson, 17.103; 5. 116- Brandon Overton, 17.225; 6. 2- Nick Hoffman, 17.623; 7. 6- Blake Spencer, 17.658; 8. 115- Trey Beene, 18.024; 9. 27- Jeff Beyers, 18.179; 10. 14r- Reid Millard, 18.978
  7. Hoffman Clinches Spot In Gator Championship With Third Gator Of The Week Big Gator Championship Night to wrap up seven straight nights for the Ironmen of the DIRTcar Nationals BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 11, 2018 - It was the second and final Gator Qualifying Night for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park (FL) on Sunday, February 11th. The second half of the 79 total Modified teams who had made at least one appearance during the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals had their shot at racing their way into the $5,000-to-win Big Gator Championships on Monday, February 12th. Two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion, Nick Hoffman returned to his winning ways as the Mooresville, NC resident took the lead with six laps to go and pulled away to his third Gator of the week and a starting spot in the Big Gator Championship Feature. Abbreviated DIRTcar UMP Modified Results FEATURE 1: 1.Nick Hoffman (2) 2. Will Krup (K9) 3. Zeke McKenzie (24z) 4. Justin Allgaier (7) 5. Ryan Cripe (23) 6. Allen Weisser (61) 7. Kenny Wallace (36) 8. Jason Beaulieu (90) 9. Jamie Carter (15c) 10. Mark Whitener (5) 11. Brian Ruhlman (49) 12. Troy Johnson (2J) 13. Justin Haley (99H) 14. Larry Burkins (54) 15. Rich Pratt (78) 16. Tyler Evans (17T) 17. Ken Schrader (9) 18. Jessie Hoskins (71) 19. Sean Monaghan (21) 20. Kc Burdette (44KC) 21. Gary Bentley (A1) 22. Austin Holcombe (8A) 23. Joey Miller (15) 24. Steve Stevenson (3) 25. Dustin Thayer (10T) To View Full Story and Results, visit DIRTcar.com
  8. Twice as Nice(ly): Tyler Nicely Locks into Gator Championship with Saturday’s Victory BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 10, 2018 — The first of two Gator Qualifying Nights for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds was on Saturday, February 10th. The 79 teams that have appeared at least once during the 47thAnnual DIRTcar Nationals were split up into two groups with half the field racing on the 10th, while the other half get the day off before returning to the track on Sunday, February 11th. In the first of two Big Gator Qualifying Nights to set the field for Monday’s $5,000-to-win finale, Tyler Nicely would go to victory lane and guaranteeing himself a shot at the Big Gator on Monday after scoring his second Gator in two nights “Once Kyle (Strickler) and I got away from everybody, I figured I was going to have to hold him off, but thought, as long as I’m able to hit my marks each lap, we’d be alright,” Offered the 23-year-old from Owensboro, KY who would also record his third career feature win at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals to move him into a five-way tie for eighth all-time in career wins with Craig Thatcher, Dave Hess Jr., Clint Bowyer and Strickler. “Last night felt good, but this one feels really good, to beat the caliber of cars that are here.” The driver of his #25 Elite Chassis ride ended. Todd Neiheiser and Mike McKinney brought the 24-car field to Chief Starter, Dave Farney’s green flag and it would be McKinney leading the opening lap. Neiheiser would regroup though and charged back out front on the next lap and brought Tyler Nicely and Kyle Strickler, both Quad-15s Feature winners from the night before, with him and the battle was on for the lead. On lap eight, Nicely and Strickler both slipper passed Neiheiser and pulled away from the rest of the pack. Nicely and Strickler put on a battle of their own while leaving the rest of the field to fend for themselves. As the laps continued to click off, Nicely slowly but surely pulled away from Strickler and started putting lapped traffic between himself and his fellow Gator Feature winner from the night before. In the end, Nicely crossed the stripe first to score the Feature win and more importantly, a guaranteed starting spot in Monday’s $5,000 to win Big Gator finale. Strickler settled for second for his fifth consecutive top five finish in five starts during the DIRTcar Nationals while Michael Long continues to impress with his best finish of the week in third. Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, Matt Crafton recorded his best finish of the week in fourth as night number one winner, David Stremme recovered from an incident on lap nine to wrap up the top five. McKinney slipped to sixth while Ryan Ayers, Ray Bollinger, Chase Collins and Ricky Arms completed the top 10 and are guaranteed in Monday’s Big Gator Championship race. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will continued with the Gator Qualifying Nights as the second and final pivotal night of racing will be on Sunday, February 11th, the sixth straight day of racing for the ironmen of the 47thAnnual DIRTcar Nationals. The teams that took Saturday off, come back Sunday for their shot at getting into Monday’s $5,000 to win finale. The top 10 finishers from Sunday’s feature will join the top 10 from Saturday’s main event and are locked in to the Big Gator Championship Feature paying $5,000 to win on Monday, February 12th. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will wrap up Sprint Car Week with their third and final night of racing before the DIRTcar Late Models take over for two nights (Monday & Tuesday, February 12-13th) to kick off Late Model week. Also, on Tuesday, February 13th, the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Tour begin their stretch of five nights of racing, while on Wednesday, February 14th, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series continue Late Model week for four nights of action to wrap up the DIRTcar Nationals. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the DIRTcar Nationals website located at: dirtcarnationals.com. You can also follow the DIRTcar Nationals by visiting the Social Media outlets. Just search for “DIRTcar Nationals” on both Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates. DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Results: Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 10, 2018 Feature (20-Laps): 1. Tyler Nicely (25) 2.Kyle Strickler (8) 3.Michael Long (18L) 4.Matt Crafton (88) 5.David Stremme (35) 6. Mike McKinney (96m) 7. Ryan Ayers (6A) 8. Ray Bollinger (77) 9. Chase Collins (2×4) 10. Ricky Arms (4) 11. Garrett Stewart (67) 12. Buzzie Reutimann (00) 13. Blake Spalding (1) 14. Will Long (45) 15. Dugan Thye (11T) 16. Dave Jamison (D4) 17. Jesse Rupe (11R) 18. Frank Paladino (27) 19. Todd Neiheiser (72) 20. Jason Garver (27G) 21. Rick Conoyer (14C) 22. Craig Shaw (4s) 23.Gene Nicholas (11N) 24. Tony Anderson (22T) Last Chance Showdown: 1. Buzzie Reutimann (00) 2. Blake Spalding (1) 3.Dugan Thye (11T) 4. Dave Jamison (D4) 5. Jesse Rupe (11R) 6. Craig Shaw (4s) 7. Brendan Rassell (01) 8. Dave Baldwin (6B) 9. Timmy Near (71x) 10. John E Baker (22J) 11. Matthew Johnson (96) 12. Jesse Strange (85E) 13. Jeff Thomas (07) 14. Will Norris (71n) 15. Todd Souza (13) Heat 1: 1. Tyler Nicely (25) 2. Jason Garver (27G) 3. Matt Crafton (88) 4. Garrett Stewart (67) 5. Will Long (45) 6. Frank Paladino (27) 7. Blake Spalding (1) 8. Jeff Thomas (07) 9. Dave Jamison (D4) 10. Craig Shaw (4s) 11. Will Norris (71n) Heat 2: 1. Mike McKinney (96m) 2. Michael Long (18L) 3. Kyle Strickler (8)4. Rick Conoyer (14C) 5. Ryan Ayers (6A) 6. Tony Anderson (22T) 7.Buzzie Reutimann (00) 8.Jesse Rupe (11R) 9. John E Baker (22J) 10. Timmy Near (71x) 11.Matthew Johnson (96) Heat 3:1. Todd Neiheiser (72)2. David Stremme (35) 3. Chase Collins (2×4) 4. Ray Bollinger (77) 5. Gene Nicholas (11N) 6. Ricky Arms (4) 7. Dugan Thye (11T) 8. Dave Baldwin (6B) 9. Jesse Strange (85E) 10. Brendan Rassell (01) 11. Todd Souza (13) Qualifying 1: 1. Tyler Nicely (25) 2. Matt Crafton (88) 3. Jason Garver (27G) 4. Garrett Stewart (67) 5. Will Long (45) 6. Frank Paladino (27) 7. Blake Spalding (1) 8. Dave Jamison (D4) 9. Jeff Thomas (07) 10. Craig Shaw (4s) 11. Will Norris (71n) Qualifying 2: 1. Kyle Strickler (8) 2. Mike McKinney (96m) 3. Michael Long (18L) 4. Ryan Ayers (6A) 5. Buzzie Reutimann (00) 6. Rick Conoyer (14C) 7. Tony Anderson (22T) 8. Jesse Rupe (11R) 9. Timmy Near (71x) 10. John E Baker (22J) 11. Matthew Johnson (96) Qualifying 3: 1. David Stremme (35) 2.Chase Collins (2×4) 3.Todd Neiheiser (72) 4.Gene Nicholas (11N) 5. Todd Souza (13) 6.Ray Bollinger (77) 7. Ricky Arms (4) 8.Brendan Rassell (01) 9.Dave Baldwin (6B) 10.Dugan Thye (11T) 11.Jesse Strange (85E)
  9. Hoffman Repeats on Night Three of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals DIRTcar UMP Modifieds continue ironman stretch of races at Volusia Speedway Park BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 8, 2018 - The 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals continued on with night number three for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park (FL). With 70 cars on hand, every position, every time the cars are on the track, is of the utmost importance. That was certainly the case on Thursday, February 9th in the final regular night of competition before the specials portion of the schedule for the Modifieds kicks in. The Thursday night 20-Lap Feature would see the first two nights' winners, David Stremme and Nick Hoffman tied in Gator Points coming into the night. When the checkered flag flew, it's now Hoffman standing alone on top of the points after winning his second Feature in a row. "It doesn't hurt to start up front that's for sure. I'm not a huge fan of it, but it worked out tonight." Smiled the 25-year-old originally from Belleville, IL after climbing from his #2 Fox Shocks / Elite Chassis ride. "Our program is really good right now. It all comes down to maintenance and we'll just keep doing what we've been doing for the past two days. A bunch of seconds and now two wins in a row. Biggest thing tonight was getting out front and getting away from everyone and it worked out." The Mooresville, NC resident added. Hoffman and Tyler Nicely were scheduled to start on the front row, but Nicely didn't answer the call for the start. So that moved up Mike McKinney to the outside of the front row. On the start, it was Hoffman who shot out to the early lead as the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him. The battles between second through fifth was intense before Kyle Strickler finally emerged from the war, into second and set his sights on Hoffman, who had built up a big lead. As hard as Strickler ran to try and catch the race long leader, Hoffman was able to put plenty of real estate and lapped cars between the two. Strickler was able to finally get through the traffic and tried to track down Hoffman late in the race, but the lead was too insurmountable as Hoffman took the checkered flag first by just over a second to score his second straight win and 13th DIRTcar Nationals victory of his career in a caution free event. Strickler advanced one position from his finishes the first two nights and secured the runner-up spot ahead of McKinney who scored his highest finish of the week. NASCAR Xfinity Series star, Justin Allgaier and former NASCAR veteran, Kenny Wallace completed the top five. Allen Weisser finished sixth for his best finish of the DIRTcar Nationals and second top 10 while night number one winner, David Stremme was seventh. Zeke McKenzie grabbed eighth as Will Krup finished ninth for the second straight night and Brian Ruhlman posted his best finish of the week and finished off the top 10. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds continue to add to their ironman status of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Friday, February 9th as their fourth straight night of racing will be highlighted by the Quad-15s. Four Features are on the card as every Modified driver on hand in Barberville, FL will race in a DIRTcar Nationals Feature. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series arrive on Friday and headline the rest of the weekend with their first of three straight nights racing. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the DIRTcar Nationals website located at: dirtcarnationals.com. You can also follow the DIRTcar Nationals by visiting the Social Media outlets. Abbreviated DIRTcar UMP Modified Results from: DIRTcar Nationals Night Three Feature (20-Laps): 1.Nick Hoffman (2) 2.Kyle Strickler (8) 3.Mike McKinney (96m) 4.Justin Allgaier (7) 5.Kenny Wallace (36) 6.Allen Weisser (61) 7.David Stremme (35) 8.Zeke McKenzie (24z) 9.Will Krup (K9) 10.Brian Ruhlman (49) 11.Kc Burdette (44KC) 12.Jason Beaulieu (90) 13.Matt Crafton (88) 14.Ricky Arms (4) 15.Ken Schrader (9) 16.Larry Burkins (54) 17.Shon Flanary (98) 18.Troy Johnson (2J) 19.Ryan Cripe (23) 20.Ryan Ayers (6A) 21.Austin Holcombe (8A) 22.Josh Rice (11) 23.Chase Collins (2x4) 24.Jesse Rupe (11R) 25.Ryan Fowler (6F) 26.Dave Jamison (D4) 27.Michael Long (18L) 28.Tyler Nicely (25) Visit DIRTcar.com for Full Results
  10. Hoffman Takes Night Two of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Two-time defending DIRTcar UMP Modifieds DIRTcar Nationals Champion scores career win #12 BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 7, 2018 - The second of seven nights of DIRTcar UMP Modified racing, part of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, was at Volusia Speedway Park (FL) on Wednesday, February 7th. A total of 71 teams, up four from opening night, from across North America, were on the property and continued their quest for the coveted Big Gator which will be handed out on Monday, February 12th. After the first two nights of highly regarded competition, the battle for the coveted title will go down to the very last laps in a few days if the first two races were any indication. Two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion, Nick Hoffman passed night one winner, David Stremme seven laps in and the driver who calls Mooresville, NC home, pulled away to his 12th career DIRTcar Nationals Feature victory. "Second place sucks, we were talking about it last night and today. We finished second in the last two races (at North Florida Speedway) before coming here. We finished second last night. So, we made some changes and they paid off for us tonight." The 25-year-old driver originally from Belleville, IL remarked in victory lane. "The track conditions were definitely in our favor tonight. The track is much different when the Sprint Cars race on it. Hats off to the track for giving us a nice surface to race on. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and do this again." He added. Michael Long and Jamie Carter brought the massive 28-car field to the green flag and it was Long grabbing the early advantage. His lead was short-lived however as Stremme motored by on the outside from his third starting spot to take over the lead. He brought Hoffman with him and the battle was on for the top spot. On lap seven Hoffman drove around the outside of Stremme to take over the top spot and his No. 2 Elite Chassis machine started to pull away from Stremme and the rest of the pack. Hoffman would maintain the lead the rest of the way and gave himself some breathing room by getting through traffic at a rapid rate. This left the traffic in Stremme's way and all the while. Hoffman kept putting plenty of real estate between himself and the rest of the field en route to his 12th career DIRTcar Nationals win, the most all-time at Volusia Speedway Park Stremme settled for second ahead of Kyle Strickler who finished third for the second straight night as Long slipped back to fourth ahead of Tyler Nicely who finished off the top five. Taylor Cook, in his first appearance of the DIRTcar Nationals, finished sixth after starting in 18th as Garrett Stewart, Ricky Arms, Will Krup from 20th and Allen Weisser would complete the top 10. The third night of DIRTcar UMP Modifieds racing will see the third $1,000 to win show of the week on Thursday, February 8th. Also, for the second time this week, the Arctic Car All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will be in action for their final night of competition before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars race for three nights in a row starting on Friday, February 9th. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the website located at: dirtcarnationals.com You can also follow the DIRTcar Nationals throughout the off-season and into the month of February by visiting the DIRTcar Nationals Social Media outlets. ABBREVIATED DIRTcar UMP Modified RESULTS: DIRTcar Nationals Night Two Feature (20 laps): 1. Nick Hoffman (2); 2. David Stremme (35); 3. Kyle Strickler (8); 4. Michael Long (18L); 5. Tyler Nicely (25); 6. Taylor Cook (21c); 7. Garrett Stewart (67); 8. Ricky Arms (4);9. Will Krup (K9);10. Allen Weisser (61); 11. Kc Burdette (44KC); 12. Jason Beaulieu (90); 13. Brian Ruhlman (49); 14. Hunt Gossum (99); 15. Josh Rice (11); 16. Jamie Carter (15c); 17. Shon Flanary (98); 18. Tyler Evans (17T); 19. Zeke McKenzie (24z); 20. Chase Collins (2x4); 21. Larry Burkins (54); 22. Matt Crafton (88); 23. Todd Neiheiser (72); 24. Ryan Fowler (6); 25. Austin Holcombe (8A); 26. Troy Johnson (2J); 27. A.j. Fike (10); 28. Mike McKinney (96m) To See Full Results Visit DIRTcar.com
  11. Stremme Strong In DIRTcar Nationals Opener Second career win in DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 6, 2018 - The premier drivers and teams within the DIRTcar UMP Modified ranks from across North America converged to Volusia Speedway Park (FL) for night number one of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. A stellar field of 65 teams made their way to the Sunshine State to compete in the first of seven straight nights of competition for the open-wheeled weekly warriors. David Stremme, originally from South Bend, IN and now calls Mooresville, NC home, shot out to the lead on the opening lap from his third starting spot and held off two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion, Nick Hoffman to score his second career Gator. "We were pretty good tonight, but I feel like we still have a lot of work to do. We're just ok and we know that. Its only night one," Offered the 40-year-old owner of Lethal Chassis after his victory. "Things will change quite a bit the rest of the week and the competition here is pretty strong. Real happy though, have to thank all the sponsors. Definitely Penske Racing Shocks. This is the first race with them on the car, so we're pretty proud of that." He added. The first Feature of the DIRTcar Nationals would see NASCAR Xfinity Series star, Justin Allgaier and Hoffman lead the mammoth 28-car field to chief starter, Dave Farney's green flag to begin their 20-lap Feature. Stremme, who started on the inside of the third row, quickly shot around the front row and grabbed the early advantage while the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Hoffman fell back to as far as fifth, before regrouping and picking off cars one by one until he got back up to second. As the laps clicked off, Hoffman closed the gap on Stremme and caught a break when the caution flag flew with just a single lap to go. That set up a one-lap shootout between Stremme and Hoffman and on the restart, Stremme got the jump on both Hoffman and Allgaier, who was running in the third spot. Stremme would get away from both and cross the stripe first en route to his first DIRTcar Nationals Feature win since the 2015 season and second of his career. Hoffman settled for second as Kyle Strickler, who won one of the three Last Chance Showdowns to get into the show, started 19th and completed the podium finishers. Chase Collins, who started 13th, finished fourth as Zeke McKenzie, who started 11th, finished off the top five. NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series regular, Justin Haley was sixth after starting 25th while Kenny Wallace, Michael Long, K.C. Burdette and Allgaier, who faded on the last restart, were the top 10. Night two for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will see the teams return for the next $1,000 payday. The Arctic Car All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will race for their first of two nights of action before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars race for three nights in a row starting on Friday, February 9th. For more information about the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the website located at: DIRTcarNationals.com You can also follow the DIRTcar Nationals throughout the off-season and into the month of February by visiting the DIRTcar Nationals Social Media outlets. Just search for "DIRTcar Nationals" on both Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates. Abbreviated DIRTcar Nationals Results: FEATURE (20 Laps ) - 1. David Stremme; 2. Nick Hoffman; 3. Kyle Strickler; 4. Chase Collins; 5. Zeke McKenzie; 6. Justin Haley; 7. Kenny Wallace; 8. Michael Long; 9. Kc Burdette; 10. Justin Allgaier; 11. Ray Bollinger;12. Tyler Evans; 13. Ryan Cripe; 14. Jason Brookover; 15. Larry Burkins; 16. Paul Niznik; 17. Tony Anderson; 18. Josh Rice; 19. Mike McKinney; 20. Jason Beaulieu; 21. Shon Flanary; 22. Todd Neiheiser; 23. Troy Johnson; 24. Jason Garver; 25. Jamie Carter; 26. Brian Ruhlman; 27. Rick Conoyer; 28. Ken Schrader.
  12. Kyle Strickler penalized by DIRTcar Racing for Charlotte altercation CONCORD, NC — DIRTcar Racing has handed down penalties to Kyle Strickler, driver of the No. 8 DIRTcar UMP Modified, following an on-track altercation during the OneDirt World Short Track Championship on Oct. 28. Kyle Strickler was not happy with David Stremme after the two crashed while racing for the lead during the OneDirt World Short Track Championship at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (CSP/Chris Seelman photo) Strickler was penalized for violating sections 2.2 (conduct) and 11.1-R (penalties and fine schedules) of the DIRTcar Racing Rulebook. The incident in question took place during the DIRTcar UMP Modified All Star Invitational feature on the final night of the OneDirt World Short Track Championship, when Strickler and David Stremme made contact with one another while racing for the lead exiting turn two. As a result of the contact, both drivers ended up against the outside wall on the backstretch, where Strickler got out of his car, quickly approached Stremme and started throwing punches before being pulled away from Stremme’s machine. Strickler has been fined $200 and placed on probation for the entire 2018 season as a result of the altercation. Per the DIRTcar Racing rulebook, members in good standing have the right to appeal the decision to the World Racing Group Appeals Commission.
  13. OneDirt World Short Track Championship Draws Nearly 300 Cars for Night One Practice Sessions CONCORD, NC - Oct. 26, 2017 - The second annual OneDirt World Short Track Championship mega-event opened Thursday evening with 288 total entries across eight divisions taking to the 4/10th-mile semi-banked oval at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for hot lap practice sessions. The OneDirt World Short Track Championship, a three-day event, puts the best short track racers in the country on center stage. A purse in excess of $110,000 across all eight divisions will be up for this weekend at Charlotte. Courtesy of DirtCar Racing PR Each of the eight divisions ran two practice sessions during four hours on the crisp, fall, Concord, NC evening. Taking to the premier dirt racing facility were: 63 Fox Shox Pro Late Models, 44 Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, 45 VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Modifieds, 31 Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds, seven Chevrolet Performance Pro Sprints, 30 DRIVEN Racing Oil Pro Sportsman, 43 COMP Cams Mini Stocks, and 25 Quarter Master Hornets. "The OneDirt World Short Track Championship is an opportunity for all eight divisions to get together and race on one of the premier dirt track facilities in the country: the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway," said Kenny Wallace. "It's absolutely one of the nicest places in the country, and it's the end of the year so it's a lot of fun." Last year's Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar UMP Modified OneDirt World Short Track Championship winner, Kyle Strickler was quick once again during the opening night of practice at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. "The track was pretty fast and smooth. So far, so good," said Strickler. "It's a beautiful facility, and it looks like the race track is going to be smooth and fast. We ended up making a switch over to Longhorn Chassis this year, and we've had an awesome year so far, so we would like nothing more than to pick up the win here again for all my sponsors and friends that come out to this event." Kyle Bronson finished third in the Fox Shox Pro Late Model during the first running of the OneDirt World Short Track Championship last year, and is looking to improve that by two positions on Saturday. "The track is great, and my car is pretty good," said Bronson." I just need to make a couple of adjustments to be a little better because we're a little tight right now. Overall the track is excellent, and I'm pretty confident headed into the rest of the weekend. We ran third last year, and I feel like as long as we keep the fenders on we have as good of a shot as anyone to win this deal." Plymouth (IN) Speedway regular Tyler Fitzpatrick, in the No. 57 Chevrolet Performance Pro Sprint, said, "It's a good race and a great experience to be able to come down [to Charlotte]." Racing action continues Friday night for night two of the OneDirt World Short Track Championship. Pit gates open at 11:00 a.m., spectator gates open at 4:00 p.m., and racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the OneDirt World Short Track Championship are available at the ticket booths at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. If you can't make it in person, you can watch the action live on DIRTvision.com. For full race coverage over the next couple of days, visit OneDirt.com.
  14. Billy Decker charges to win at the Fall Nationals in Brockville By Martin Belanger BROCKVILLE, ONT, CAN - OCTOBER 13, 2017 - One driver was on a mission as the Super DIRTcar Series kicked off the 9th annual Falls Nationals at Brockville. Losing the lead in the early portion, Billy Decker never let off Jimmy Phelps and made a late race pass en route to win #4 on the Series this season. ''It has been a long time coming!'' said Decker getting a first win since Eldora back in July. ''The car was really good even though we struggled on the bottom groove, again the track changed as we were hammering pretty hard, it was a lot of fun!'' added Decker as the top part of the track was good for the majority of driver throughout the race. Coming into Brockville with a 46-point deficit over Matt Sheppard, Decker is looking forward to the World Finals at Charlotte: ''Every night we go out and swing at it, we want to win every race and Charlotte will be no different!'' said Decker who reduced the margin by a few points as Sheppard came in third. Leading the way for a great part of the feature, Jimmy Phelps was happy to bring his potent 98H into second: ''The car was tight up, Billy was pretty good at the end, we were good but not good enough tonight'' mentioned Phelps who reminded the different scenario that occurred last year: ''This is the car we tore up here last year, we rebuild it over the winter and here we are!'' After a magical NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at Oswego, Matt Sheppard was satisfied with his third-place finish: ''We got up there, we were everywhere behind the leader, it was a matter of Billy or myself to pass Phelps first to take the lead, hats off to Billy for his good race'' With the season ending in a few weeks at Charlotte; Sheppard will be the man to watch having a slight lead over Decker in the point standing: ''Charlotte is a wild card, you never know what will happen there'' said Sheppard. Billy Decker charged to the lead in the 1000 Island RV Falls Nationals 1000, as Jimmy Phelps and Matt Sheppard quickly making their way into the top 3 within the first few laps as Ryan Arbuthnot and Steve Bernard where also in the mix. Lap traffic became a factor with a quarter of the race done and this enabled Phelps to grab the lead coming off turn 4 on lap 30. Phelps led the way in front as Decker and Sheppard stayed within tight distance of the 98H. As the race was able to pick up some momentum, the front 3 drivers stayed together as both Decker and Phelps were waiting for an error from the leader. In the late portion of the race, traffic was again an influence as Decker was able to regain the lead, the driver of the #91 never looked back and went on to capture his fourth win of the season in front of Phelps and Sheppard. Ryan Arbuthnot and Danny Johnson completed the podium. The Super DIRTcar Series will take a few weeks pause before heading in the season finale at the Dirt track in Charlotte as all roads leads to the World Finals. An epic battle is shaping up between Sheppard and Decker to crown the 2017 Series champion! Brockville Speedway Notebook Feature (100 Laps) - 91d Billy Decker, 98h Jimmy Phelps, 9s Matt Sheppard, R70 Ryan Arbuthnot , 27j Danny Johnson, 19 Tim Fuller, 6h Max McLaughlin, 42p Pat Ward, 54 Steve Bernard, 21a Peter Britten, 20 Brett Hearn, 43 Keith Flach, 151 Brian Mcdonald, 7m Mike Maresca, 22c Mario Clair, 23 Dany Bilodeau, 96 JF Corriveau, 22 Brandon Walters, One David Hebert, 88 Shayne Pierce, m96 Jeremy Lasalle, 73 Alain Boisvert, 99l Larry Wight, 8 Rich Scagliotta, 13 Kevin Hamel, 63 Chris Herbison, 17d Danny O'Brien, 00 Ryan Poole, 21y Yan Bussiere, 66x Carey Terrance Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top-3 Redraw) - 54 Steve Bernard, 66x Carey Terrance, 20 Brett Hearn, 6h Max McLaughlin, 21a Peter Britten, One David Hebert, 9j Jordan McCreadie, 17d Danny O'Brien, 73 Alain Boisvert, 66 Kyle Dingwall Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top-3 Redraw) - 91d Billy Decker, 42p Pat Ward, R70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 19 Tim Fuller, 23 Dany Bilodeau, 96 JF Corriveau, 63 Chris Herbison, 88t Tim O'Brien, 14k Rick Wilson, 9 Jason Riddell Heat 3 (8 Laps -Top-3 Redraw) - 99l Larry Wight, 9s Matt Sheppard, 7m Mike Maresca , 21y Yan Bussiere, 00 Ryan Poole, 13 Kevin Hamel, 91 Mathieu Laramee, 13y Paul Hamel Heat 4 (8 Laps -Top-3 Redraw) - 98h Jimmy Phelps, 43 Keith Flach , 27j Danny Johnson, 22 Brandon Walters , 8 Rich Scagliotta, 22c Mario Clair, m96 Jeremy Lasalle, 88 Shayne Pierce, 24b Roger Levesque SEASON WINNERS Matt Sheppard - 11 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26; Ransomville Speedway on August 8; Merrittville Speedway on August 9; Ohsweken Speedway on August 24; Weedsport Speedway on September 4; Le RPM Speedway on September 9; Brewerton Speedway on September 15, Cornwall Speedway on September 17, Oswego Speedway on October 8) Billy Decker - 4 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18, Brockville Speedway, October 13) Stewart Friesen - 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11) Larry Wight - 2 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6; Autodrome Granby on September 8) Peter Britten - 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20) Brett Hearn - 1 (Lebanon Valley Speedway on August 31) Tim McCreadie - 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27) Ryan Watt - 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16) Tim Fuller -1 (Mohawk Speedway on September 16) Bobby Varin - 1 (Fonda Speedway on September 23)
  15. Tom Sears Jr. Rides the High Side to DirtTrackDigest.com Win and You're In Victory - Earns 41st Spot in Billy Whittaker Cars 200 FULTON, N.Y. - Oct. 8, 2017 - On the final opportunity to lock into the the grand finale of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Fulton Speedway regular, Tom Sears Jr. rode the highline from the 11th-starting spot to take the victory in the DirtTrackDigest.com Win and You're In to lock-in as the 41st start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at Oswego Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 8. A field of 25 Big-Block Modifieds entered in the DirtTrackDigest.com Win and You're In for their shot to earn the final starting spot in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. In the early going of 25-lap event, it was looking like it was all Tim Sears as he jumped out to a commanding lead in front of Matt Hulsizer and the rest of the field but on lap five Tim Sears broken effectively ending his bid for to start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. With Hulsizer seizing the lead, it was on lap 15 that Tom Sears Jr. went to the top side and drove around Hulsizer for the lead. As weekly regular at Fulton felt he knew how the track would play out and went to the top-side as he went around Hulsizer for the lead. "Running here weekly definitely has its advantage, knowing how the track changes throughout the night," said Tom Sears Jr. "We weren't very good through the heat race but we made a couple changes like we normal do and it worked out really good." With under five laps to go the field was slowed by a yellow setting up a late-race restart. On the ensuing restart Hulsizer showed Sears Jr. a wheel but Sears Jr. proved to be too strong en route to picking up the DirtTrackDigest.com Win and You're In at Fulton Speedway. "Anytime you win a race at [Fulton] you got to work for it, nothing is ever easy here," said Tom Sears Jr. "I had to go by everybody starting 11th; I probably just found the line before anybody else did. Starting in the front you may not know where the fast lane is." Sears Jr. will make the short trek over to Oswego Speedway for Sunday's final event of the 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT week. "We're going to load it in the trailer and we're going to be in Oswego in the morning," added Sears Jr. The final day of the 46th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week kicks off for the Big-Block Modifieds with the drivers meeting at 9 a.m. The top-30 qualifiers for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 will partake in an autograph session located on the front-midway starting at 11:45 a.m. Pre-race ceremonies for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 is schedule for 1:30 p.m. and the granddaddy of all Big-Block Modified races, the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 will go green at 2 p.m. For tickets to the final day of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week visit, visit Gate 1, Gate 2 or Gate 6 at Oswego Speedway. For ticket information and additional info on NAPA Super DIRT Week, visit SuperDIRTWeek.com
  16. Hurricane Brachmann and Marcuccilli Move Through Brewerton Speedway DIRTcar Racing 358 Modified CENTRAL SQUARE, N.Y. - Oct. 5, 2017 - Brewerton Speedway and the Hurricane 100 took center stage Thursday night during NAPA Super DIRT Week satellite show. It was Chad Brachmann that worked his way up from the eighth starting spot to hold off Pat Ward on a late-race restart en route to picking up the win in the Hurricane 100. During the first half of the race, it was the polesitter Mario Clair that jumped out to an early lead, however, the yellow flag was displayed on lap one quickly slowing the field. On the ensuing restart Alan Johnson beat Clair back to the line to take the lead. Clair was just too strong has he regained the lead from A. Johnson. Chad Brachmann who started in the eighth position worked his way to the front and would battle side-by-side with Clair for 10 laps before checking out with a five-car length lead. We've been here so many times and have had nothing but bad luck," said Chad Brachmann. "I told my guys that we're going back to Brewerton [Speedway] this year cause we're going to tame it, so for us to come here tonight was awesome!" Just after the halfway point of the Hurricane 100, Danny Johnson and Pat Ward wanted their shot at Brachmann and the lead but neither could make it work. With It would be the fifth-place starter Pat Ward and Brachmann that would square up and do battle neck to for the top spot. The two would enter lap traffic with 32 laps remaining, that that is where Brachmann would excel. Masterfully picking his way through lap traffic, Brachmann opened up a solid lead over Pat Ward and Danny Johnson. The battle for second place started to heat up between Ward and D. Johnson, however, with seven laps remaining, D. Johnson pulled to the infield, effectively ending his night. With four laps to go, the No. 54 of Steve Bernard who was directly in front of the leader did a 360 spin, bringing out the yellow flag setting up a late-race single-file restart. "The I kept telling myself, stick to my plan but this car was awesome, I owe a lot to everyone that helps me and all my guys," added Bachmann. Pat Ward made a bid to the outside of Brachmann but at the end, it was Brachmann who took home the Hurricane 100 at Brewerton Speedway and the $5,000 dollar payday. The action moves back to Oswego Speedway when the 358 Modifieds take to the 5/8th-mile Clay Palace for practice at 3:35 p.m. The 358 Modifieds will conclude their Friday program with Twin-25's qualifying events during the Camping World Friday Night Lights portion of Super DIRT Week to continue to set the lineup for Saturday's Great Outdoor RV 150. For more information on NAPA Super DIRT Week visit SuperDIRTWeek.com Marcuccilli Runs Away With Hurricane 50: The Hurricane 50 drew a stellar field of 69 Sportsman DIRTcar Modifieds Thursday night at the Brewerton Speedway. Tyler Trump and Rocky Warner shared the front row for the 50-lap Feature with Warner taking command from the outset. Trump battled hard with Martin Pelletier and Rick Yelle for the runner-up spot, allowing Warner to extend his advantage. By lap 13, 7th-starting Dave Marcuccilli had worked his way into the third position behind Warner and Trump. A yellow on the following lap erased Warner's lead and put Trump and Marcuccilli on his tail. Marcuccilli quickly disposed of Trump and set his sights on Warner. Marcuccilli was closing in ever so slightly on Warner and by the halfway point, the two were separated by no more than two car-lengths. The duo stayed that distance for upwards of ten laps before a lap 35 yellow lined Warner and Marcuccilli side by side. Marcuccilli, who was strong on restarts on all evening, pounced on Warner setting up a big slide job in turn two on the 37th circuit. Marcuccilli slid across the track halting the momentum of Warner, allowing 11th-starting Glenn Forward to move by Warner as well. Forward, who won Tuesday's satellite show at Utica-Rome, stayed pace with Marcuccilli momentarily but was unable to mount a threatening challenge as the latter went on to capture the Hurricane 50 in convincing fashion over the final 15 laps. Marcuccilli, who was celebrating his 41st birthday, thrilled his fans with a burnout in turn four before parking his No. M1 in Victory Lane. "Going into that Feature, I didn't think we were going to be as good as we were in the slick stuff," a relieved Marcuccilli said. When asked about his pass for the lead on Warner, Marcuccilli cited, "I could get a run on him and get on his back bumper, but getting by him was a different story. That caution helped us. I was able to get good drive off the middle." "This is pretty awesome. A great way to start DIRT week. Hopefully, we can carry this speed into Oswego tomorrow," Marcuccilli added. Forward settled for second and was strong in short bursts. "Those late cautions really helped us. The longer the race went Green, the looser we got," Forward said. "Coming from 11th, I can't complain," Forward said with a smile. "We finally got this thing going." Trump settled for third and mentioned his weakness on the night was the restarts that the other podium finishers cited as a strong suit. Brewerton Speedway Results: DIRTcar Racing Sportsman Modified DIRTcar Racing 358 Modifieds
  17. Williamson and Forward Take Utica Rome Speedway DIRTcar Sportsman Glenn Forward led all 25 laps on his way to his first victory of the season at Utica-Rome Speedway Tuesday night. As easy it that sounds, it was far from it for Forward, who was making just his third start of the season at Utica-Rome. Forward actually relinquished the lead to Rocky Warner on the backstretch during lap 17 but a caution for Cedric Gauvreau reverted competition back a lap, giving Forward the lead once again. Warner pounded the back bumper of Forward looking desperately for a way by on the restart, to no avail. Forward was able to extend his lead after Warner hiccupped on the cushion off of turn two. Forward took the white flag with a sizeable advantage only to see a caution flag set up a one-lap dash to the finish, giving second and third place running Warner and Matt Janczuk one last chance to steal the victory. "You never want to see a caution while leading. Especially with the 1J and 33x behind you," Forward said. On the restart, Warner slowed significantly and appeared to have a problem on the right side of his 1J machine. The slowing Warner also held up Janczuk as the duo both limped to the finish in a lackluster fashion. Warner was officially scored 12th, while Janczuk managed to hang on for sixth. Subsequently, Brent Joy and Kyle Inman moved forward on the final lap and completed the podium. When asked about the last lap restart Forward said, "I figured if it was meant to be, it's meant to be. I love racing with Rocky." Forward, who also won his Heat Race from 7th, was quick to applaud the Utica-Rome track crew, "The track was awesome. It held the moisture all night and the surface was extremely racey all night." 10th starting Rocco Leone and AJ Filbeck completed the top five. Forward, Joy, Mark Effner and Warner won the Heat Races over the 36 Sportsman signed in. Kyle Kiehn and Daryl Nutting won the two Consolation events. DIRTcar 358-Modifides The DIRTcar 358-Modifieds hit the track at Utica-Rome for a pregame shootout leading into NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVI festivities. Mat Williamson meticulously wove his way through the field from his 13th starting position to claim an impressive win at Utica- Rome Speedway after 100 laps. "20 laps into this I was ready to pull into the pits and call 'er a night," said Williamson. "We were running with 15th, 16th, 17th place cars. We were terrible the first 50 laps and then it was almost like we had a jet button in this thing and turned it on." On lap 60 of the 100-lap event, Williamson was not even a contender for the lead as he hadn't yet appeared in the top-10. He began working through the traffic on the low side of the dirt oval quickly making up time and passing cars along the way. He passed Stewart Friesen to claim the lead on lap 89. Friesen is the record holder of Utica- Rome's All-Time Modified Wins, All-Time Dirt Modified Wins, and Big Block Dirt Modified Wins. Williamson also passed by the 2017 Utica-Rome track champion, Matt Sheppard who was running second at the time before he was sidelined to mechanical failures on lap 87. "Hats off to Mat and his whole crew," said Friesen. "They are just a bunch of great racers and I got to watch him grow up. That race was pretty neat. I was cruising along there and I knew we were in trouble when we couldn't get the lappers out of the way quick enough. We were really, really good at the start but after that we were searching around and then it was lights out but still a good way to start the week." Erick Rudolph joined Friesen and Williamson to complete the podium at Utica- Rome Speedway on Tuesday evening. Next up for NAPA Super DIRT Week is the City of Oswego Parade on Wednesday beginning at noon. The parade will feature cars from every division on a five-mile course through the city before returning to Oswego Speedway for Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified, DIRTcar 358 Mods and DIRTcar Sportsman Practice beginning at 3 p.m.
  18. Matt Sheppard Continues Hot Streak With Second Straight Bob St. Amand Memorial Win at Merrittville Earns Fourth Consecutive Series Win MERRITTVILLE, ON, CAN - August 9, 2017 - Matt Sheppard drove past Gary Lindberg in the outside lane following a lap 81 restart to take the lead on lap 85 and then paced the final 16 laps to win his second straight Bob St. Amand Memorial 100 at Merrittville Speedway on Wednesday night. The victory was also his fourth straight with the Super DIRTcar Series and second in as many nights after he also won Tuesday at Ransomville Speedway. Lindberg, a Merrittville weekly 358 (Small Block) Modified regular, gave everything he had to keep pace with Sheppard, but came up 1.203 seconds short of his first career Series victory. "We have had some really good racecars and some really good luck. That's what it takes," Sheppard said of his four-race win streak. "Going back five races to Sharon, I thought we had a shot at winning that and got a flat tire late in the race. We were pretty good up in Quebec, good again last night and tonight I didn't think we were nearly as good, but we had a little bit of luck." Sheppard's good luck was at the expense of Erick Rudolph's misfortune during the most dramatic point of the race. Lindberg and Rudolph had broken away from the rest of the pack in the top two spots. As the race reached its final quarter, Rudolph zeroed in on Lindberg amongst the lapped traffic and pulled to his back bumper after erasing a two-second deficit. However, Rudolph's bid for the lead ended with 81 laps completed when he tried to race under Lindberg, who was running a half groove off the bottom of the track, in turn three. The two drivers made contact in the middle of the corner and the result Rudolph facing the wrong way in front of the field. The ensuing restart moved Sheppard from third to the outside of the front row beside Lindberg. The Waterloo, NY native made the most of the outside groove and took the lead from Lindberg on lap 85 after a four-lap side-by-side battle on the icy slick track. "The turning point of that race was when Rudolph tangled and spun around there," Sheppard said of the incident that halted a 51-lap green-flag run. "That kind of reset the field and gave me a little bit of open racetrack. That's kind of what we needed with the Big Block. We needed to keep our momentum up. I got up top and was able to get it rolling and just got it rolling well enough to get around Gary." While Sheppard held the point, Lindberg kept within striking distance over the next 10 laps until the final caution flag of the race waved with five laps remaining when Fred Carleton rode the outside retaining wall to a stop on the frontstretch. Contrary to most situations, Sheppard was actually happy to see the yellow flag. "That string of cautions really helped out," Sheppard said. "I would have never got around Gary without the yellow and then I didn't mind seeing that yellow with five to go. It gave me a little bit of open racetrack because I had to use every bit of it and even some more on the front stretch." Sheppard and many of the drivers resorted to dipping the right-side wheels into the moat on the frontstretch to find grip for the straightaway which was devoid of moisture elsewhere. That same slick track played to the benefit of Lindberg and the other Merrittville Small Block regulars. "The track conditions helped and so did starting up front," Lindberg said. "I thought I was a sitting duck up there and luckily we held on as long as we did. The guys put a good car under me this week." Billy Decker completed the podium with a third-place finish. Decker's second top-three result in as many nights extended his point lead over Larry Wight, who finished ninth. "We're not worried about everybody else," Decker quipped in Victory Lane. "We're just trying to take care of our own program. The Page Trucking car was pretty dogone good tonight. It was tough sledding. The boys at Mike Payne Racing work really hard and Textron's on board. We're having a pretty good year. We had a good run and had a lot of fun." Prior to the lap 81 caution, the race had run under green conditions since a lap 30 restart. Before the extended run, the race experienced a slower pace than in the second half of the race. The initial start was slowed when Tommy Flannigan and Rich Scagliotta tangled together in turn four before the first lap was completed. When the race got up to speed, polesitter Max McLaughlin took the lead with Lindberg quickly in tow. As the track slicked off, Lindberg was able to gain more on McLaughlin and was able to take the lead in turn two off a lap 13 restart. The third caution of the race came on lap 22 when Brett Hearn, Pat Ward and Mark D'Ilario made contact and were collected against the inside wall in turn four. The lap 30 restart allowed Lindberg to build his lead to over three seconds ahead of McLaughlin at the halfway mark. Rudolph, who ran inside the top-five most of the first half, entered a three-car battle for second with McLaughlin and Sanborn, NY driver Chad Brachmann. Brachmann took second initially on lap 53 before Rudolph took the spot on lap 63. Rudolph hit his stride at that point and began to reel in Lindberg, who was working flawlessly through heavy lapped traffic. In less than 10 laps, Rudolph erased a two-second Lindberg advantage. Rudolph tried the inside lane in turn two on lap 76 and the two drivers made sight contact on the backstretch. Then, on lap 81, Rudolph's hope for the victory ended with his spin in turn three, but earned him the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck award. He raced back to a 10th-place finish. McLaughlin was the night's Fast Qualifier with a lap of 16.692 seconds and the winner of heat two. Matt Sheppard, Ryan Susice and Billy Decker also picked up heat race winners. Mark D'Ilario from nearby Vineland, Ont. won the Last Chance Qualifier. Despite his troubles throughout the night, Larry Wight earned the KSE Hard Charger award, racing from 24th to 9th in the main event, an improvement of 15 spots. For Sheppard, the win was another step in the right direction towards climbing up the points ladder. Entering Wednesday's event, he was 115 points back of Decker. "All we can do is keep trying to win these races and let the rest take care of itself," Sheppard said in Victory Lane. Sheppard will get the chance to try for his fifth straight win when the Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Thursday, August 24 at Ohsweken Speedway for the Triple Crown Showdown. The event also features 360 Sprint Cars and Crate Late Models with a $25,000 bonus to a driver who can win all three features or a $5,000 bonus if a driver can win the Feature in two divisions. Super DIRTcar Series driver Stewart Friesen will be one driver contending for all three victories. For additional event information, visit www.ohswekenspeedway.com. Merrittville Speedway Notebook Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [6]; 2. 28z-Gary Lindberg [2]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [11]; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson [7]; 5. 3-Chad Brachmann [8]; 6. 71-Mike Bowman [13]; 7. 3rs-Ryan Susice [10]; 8. 21a-Peter Britten [9]; 9. 99L-Larry Wight [24]; 10. 25-Erick Rudolph [3]; 11. 6h-Max McLaughlin [1]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller [12]; 13. 15J-Tim Jones [5]; 14. 44-Stewart Friesen [23]; 15. 42-Pete Bicknell [14]; 16. 20-Brett Hearn [20]; 17. 1-Todd Gordon [4]; 18. 38-Scott Wood [16]; 19. 42p-Pat Ward [22]; 20. 16-Brent Beggolo [17]; 21. 43-Keith Flach [19]; 22. 109-Billy Whittaker [28]; 23. 7m-Mike Maresca [26]; 24. 37s-Tommy Flannigan [29]; 25. 96-Fred Carleton [15]; 26. 08-Mark D'Ilario [21]; 27. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [18]; 28. 88p-Shayne Pierce [27]; 29. 8-Rick Scagliotta [25]; 30. DNS 22-Brandon Walters For complete results from the Bob St. Amand Memorial 100 at Merrittville Speedway, click here. CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Fast Time ($100 Cash): Max McLaughlin; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Larry Wight; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Chad Brachmann; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Chad Brachmann; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Scott Wood; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Keith Flach; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Jimmy Phelps; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Scott Wood; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Scott Wood; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Erick Rudolph; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Ryan Susice. SEASON WINNERS Matt Sheppard - 5 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26; Ransomville Speedway on August 8; Merrittville Speedway on August 9) Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18) Stewart Friesen - 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11) Ryan Watt - 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16) Tim McCreadie - 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27) Larry Wight - 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6) Peter Britten - 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20) Larry Wight - 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
  19. Matt Sheppard Scores First Career Ransomville Win at Summer Nationals - Extends Series Win Streak to Three Races RANSOMVILLE, NY - August 8, 2017 - Matt Sheppard was the third and final leader after he took the point position from Billy Decker on lap 49 and led the remaining 52 laps to win his third straight Super DIRTcar Series race in the 33rd Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday night. The victory was also Sheppard's first career win at Ransomville and prevented rival Stewart Friesen from winning the event for the third straight year at his childhood track. "I've won a lot of races at a lot of different racetracks, but Ransomville was never one of them," Sheppard said in Victory Lane. "We were so close last year. Me and Stewie (Friesen) had a heck of a battle (last year). It just feels great to finally get to Victory Lane here, especially in such a special event." Billy Decker threw everything he had at Sheppard to try and retake the lead off the final restart with five laps to go, but fell 0.923 seconds short of a victory. Decker did manage to win an extended battle with Larry Wight to extend his point lead, which was just two markers entering the event. Ransomville regular Erick Rudolph and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top-five. "Certainly, you like to win, but we'll take it," Decker said. "The Page Trucking car was pretty good. (I was ) dicing it out there heavy in lapped traffic. That was getting dicey, I'll tell ya. The fans saw a pretty good race out there. We'll take it." The 100-lap race began with local pilot Kenny Wills III on the pole and Jimmy Phelps to his outside. Phelps led the opening lap and paced the field through a trio of cautions in the first 30 laps before Decker made his bid for the top spot. Decker seized a lap 32 opportunity when Phelps bobbled on the cushion in turn two, allowing the No.91 to race to the bottom of the track and take the lead. It was brief, however, as Phelps retook the point the following lap, but remained under siege from Decker until the two drivers exchanged the lead again on laps 38 and 39. On lap 40, Sheppard got past Phelps for second and set out to track down Decker. The caution waved again on lap 41 when Keith Flach slowed in turn four. When the race resumed on lap 47, Friesen jumped to third while Sheppard continued to pressure Decker. On lap 49, Sheppard made the decisive move of the race when he drove under Decker in turn four to claim the lead. Over the final 52 laps, Sheppard pounded his No.9s against the cushion in turns one and two, but tried both the inside and outside lanes in turns three and four as he navigated through the traffic. "It was a fine line up on the wall," Sheppard said. "It was a little closer to the wall than I like to run, but that's just part of the deal here at Ransomville. I'm just very fortunate. A lot of people got messed up on the bottom on restarts early, but my car was good enough early I could maintain and not lose any spots. It seemed like the longer the race went, the better we got." Wight jumped into the top-three off a lap 62 restart and then spent the better part of the final 35 laps dueling side-by-side with Decker for second. Wight lost the battle on lap 86 when he went off the track in turn two trying to avoid contact with a lapped car. It was the second time in the race Wight had to take evasive action to quickly avoid serious problems. Earlier in the race, he hit the outside wall and all but destroyed the body on the right side of the car. Regardless, Wight was happy with the run. "We're happy with it," Wight said. "That's just sheet metal. The main components of the car were fine and the car still handled alright. We can bang that out and patch it up for tomorrow and give it another run." Sheppard was able to outpace Decker in clean air over the final 10 laps, but restarts on laps 93 and 95 forced him to hit his marks as Decker lurked within five car lengths each time. Wight was the race's KSE Hard Charger, advancing seven positions from 10th to 3rd. Decker was the Fast Qualifier with a lap of 16.151 seconds around the 3/8-mile oval. Decker, Wight Sheppard and Max McLaughlin claimed heat race wins. McLaughlin was also the recipient of the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award after a he slowed on lap 57. He was able to race his way back to 14th, but lost out on a top-10 finish. Ransomville's 358 Modified weekly points leader Ryan Susice won the Last Chance Qualifier. McLaughlin and Mike Mahaney were eligible for the 811 Dig Safely New York redraw bonus award if either could win from the eighth or eleventh starting positions, but were unsuccessful. The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Wednesday, August 9 at Merrittville Speedway for the rescheduled Bob St. Amand Memorial 100. Race time is 7:00pm with Hot Laps and qualfiying taking place beforehand at 6:15pm. For additional event information, visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com. Ransomville Speedway Notebook - August 8, 2017 Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [5]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 3. 99L-Larry Wight [10]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [6]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen [7]; 6. 19-Tim Fuller [4]; 7. 88m-Mike Mahaney [11]; 8. 42p-Pat Ward [13]; 9. 42-Pete Bicknell [16]; 10. 21a-Peter Britten [14]; 11. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [2]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [12]; 13. 38s-Ryan Susice [21]; 14. 6h-Max McLaughlin [8]; 15. 109-Billy Whittaker [9]; 16. 20m-Jeff McGinnis [19]; 17. 43-Keith Flach [17]; 18. 111-Allan Wills [27]; 19. 37s-Tommy Flannigan [26]; 20. 26-Rick Richner [22]; 21. 22-Brandon Walters [18]; 22. 8-Rich Scagliotta [15]; 23. 27-Jim Zimmerman [24]; 24. 56-Steve Schumacher [25]; 25. 21-Kenny Wills III [1]; 26. 7-Scott Kerwin [23]; 27. 11s-Steve Lewis Jr. [28]; 28. 55c-Steve Cotriss [20]; 29. 678-John Smith [29]; 30. DNS 7m-Mike Maresca CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Pat Ward; Fast Qualifier ($100 Cash): Billy Decker; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Jeff McGinnis; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Jeff McGinnis; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Brandon Walters; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight (+7); MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Kenny Wills III; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Jeff McGinnis; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Max McLaughlin; Dig Safely 811 Redraw Bonus ($100 Cash): N/A; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Max McLaughlin; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Mike Mahaney. SEASON WINNERS Matt Sheppard - 4 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26; Ransomville Speedway on August 8) Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18) Stewart Friesen - 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11) Ryan Watt - 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16) Tim McCreadie - 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27) Larry Wight - 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6) Peter Britten - 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)
  20. Rob Yetman Gets Third DIRTcar Pro Stock win at Cornwall By Martin Belanger CORNWALL, ON - July 30, 2017 - A weekend trip to Eastern Ontario and Quebec was really good for Rob Yetman as he finally got a win under his belt at Cornwall Motor Speedway and won the 50-lap DIRTcar Pro Stock tour race on Sunday night. Yetman was all smiles after capturing his first DIRTcar Pro Stock tour win at Cornwall. "We had an idea of a setup coming here tonight but after hot laps, we threw that away and it paid off," mentioned Yetman in Victory Lane. "It's always fun to race in Canada and great to finally win here at Cornwall in front of such a great crowd," added Yetman who had a great run with 2 wins and a third-place finish over the weekend. CD Beauchamp received his redemption with a second-place finish after failing post-race inspection Saturday evening at Autodrome Drummond. "I am happy," Beauchamp said. "Finishing second to Yetman is almost like a win for me. The car has been good lately for me and I feel that I will be competitive for the rest of the year." Finishing third was defending Cornwall track champion Stephane Lebrun "It's great to finish third. My wife told me that I should change the gear in the car before the feature but I did not listen to here and it paid off," Lebrun joked in Victory Lane. Jocelyn Roy led the field of 23 cars to the green and a great battle for second formed as Dave Bissonnette had the advantage over Dan Older with Beauchamp and Lebrun closely behind. The battle continued up front as Older took the lead on lap five. Bissonnette slowed down on lap eight to bring out a caution, costing Older his great position. On the restart, Beauchamp jumped to the lead with Lebrun and Yetman moving up to second and third, respectively. As the race quickly reached the halfway point, the top three remained the same with Older and George Renaud completing the top five. Beauchamp built himself a good lead over the field as a good battle was shaping up for second between Yetman and Lebrun. Yetman used the inside lane and took second with 15 laps to go and started to pull away from Lebrun. Pascal Payeur then brought out the caution on lap 38. On the following green, Yetman was able to pass Beauchamp for the lead before Kevin Fetterly slowed the field on the next lap. Nobody had anything for Yetman over the last 10 laps as Yetman went on to win his third race on the DIRTcar Pro Stock tour in 2017. Beauchamp and Lebrun completed the podium. Cornwall Motor Speedway Notebook Another strong field of 23 cars signed-in at Cornwall. Timing and Scoring issues forced DIRTcar officials to cancel the time trial session, heat positions were determined via the initial draw. Feature Results (50 Laps) - 1. 7 Rob Yetman, 2. 88 CD Beauchamp, 3. 6 Stephane Lebrun, 4. 55 George Renaud, 5. 33 Bruno Cyr, 6. 97 Dan Older, 7. 48 Jocelyn Roy, 8. 11a Dave Seguin, 9. 18 Bob Ray, 10. 8c Jay Corbin, 11. 4 Roch Aubin, 12. 17 Jocelyn Chicoine, 13. 8 Marc Lalonde, 14. 8x Kody Kelly, 15. 715 Gus Hollner, 16. 57k Kevin Fetterly Jr, 17. 29a Justin Desrosiers, 18. 338 Pascal Payeur, 19. 9 Eric Jean-Louis, 20. 38 Steve Chaput, 21. 2r Riley Mcmonagle, 22. 88l Jeffrey Lapalme, 23. 47. Dave Bissonette Heat 1 (Top 4 Redraw - All Qualify) - 1. 7 Rob Yetman, 2. 338 Pascal Payeur, 3. 47 Dave Bissonette, 4. 97 Dan Older, 5. 8x Kody Kelly, 6. 18 Bob Ray, 7. 57k Kevin Fetterly Jr, 8. 33 Bruno Cyr Heat 2 (Top 4 Redraw - All Qualify) - 1. 17 Jocelyn Chicoine, 2. 29a Justin Desrosiers, 3. 8c Jay Corbin, 4. 48 Jocelyn Roy, 5. 4 Roch Aubin, 6. 38 Steve Chaput, 7. 11a Dave Seguin, 8. 2r Riley McMonagle Heat 3 (Top 4 Redraw - All Qualify) - 1. 6Stephane Lebrun, 2. 55 George Renaud, 3. 715 Gus Hollner, 4. 88 CD Beauchamp, 5. 88l Jeffrey Lapalme, 6. 9 Eric Jean-Louis, 7. 8 Marc Lalonde SEASON WINNERS Rob Yetman - 3 (Autodrome Granby on June 9; Albany-Saratoga on July 21; Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 30) Robbie Speed - 1 (Utica-Rome on April 30) Steve Larochelle - 1 (Lebanon Valley on July 22) Jocelyn Roy - 1 (Autodrome Drummond on July 29)
  21. Jocelyn Roy Credited with DIRTcar Pro Stock Tour Win at Autodrome Drummond By Martin Belanger DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, CAN - July 29, 2017 - Last-minute decisions can pay off sometimes. CD Beauchamp decided on Saturday morning to travel to Autodrome Drummond for the DIRTcar Pro Stock tour event. He took the lead in the early portion of the Feature and resisted a last minute charge to claim the win. Unfortunately, Beauchamp was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. Second-place finisher Jocelyn Roy was declared the winner. Beauchamp said following the race he was surprised to see Roy battle him in the final laps "I really thought I was alone, I saw Roy pulling next to me and I said 'uh oh', but I was able to win," Beauchamp said. "I will try again (Sunday) at Cornwall." Roy battled hard to finish in the second position. "I came here to win," Roy said before learning of the disqualification. "I tried everything in the final moments. I can't thank my team enough for all the hard work put in on the car today. We will be back tomorrow night to aim for the win." Rob Yetman was also satisfied with his podium result as the third-place finisher. "I thought I could finish in second tonight but the 48 of Roy surprised me. All in all, it is good for the Series points," Yetman said. "We already have something planned for tomorrow night (at Cornwall)." Pascal Payeur and Jeffrey Lapalme were on the front row of the 50-lap event as Payeur took the lead over the field of 22 Pro Stock machines with Yves Hamel is second and CD Beauchamp in third. A good battle occurred between the three drivers for the lead as they parted ways with the rest of the field with 10 laps in the books. Beauchamp was strong on the inside and challenged Payeur for the lead before both collided a bit on lap 13 without any damage as Payeur held the lead. The first caution came out on lap 19 as Francois Adam slowed on the backstretch. On the restart, Beauchamp took the top spot as he got a great jump with Payeur and Hamel in the top 3 as Dan Older and Rob Yetman completed the podium. Yetman had a strong run on the top and was quickly moving up to second spot as the flagman showed the halfway signal to the field. As Beauchamp kept his distance from Yetman for the lead, Roy made his way to fourth as the event reached the 30-lap mark. Roy then moved up to third as Payeur faded to fourth with less than 20 laps to go. Roy had the fastest car on the speedway at that moment and passed Yetman for second on lap 36. Both drivers were side by side for a few laps as Roy was able to pull away from the current series high point man, Yetman. Roy gained some ground on Beauchamp with less than 10 laps to go and was on his back bumper, but could not complete the pass before the checkered flag. The DIRTcar Pro Stock tour will end a busy weekend as the drivers will travel to Cornwall Motor Speedway tomorrow evening for the sixth round of the Series. Race time for the 50-lap event is 6:00pm. Autodrome Drummond Notebook A good field of 22 cars signed-in for the fifth round of the tour. Ten of the top 11 drivers in the DIRTcar Pro Stock series championship were in the pits. Local standout Stephane Lemire had the quickest time in the time trial session with a lap of 20.282 seconds. Feature Results (50 laps) - 1. 88 CD Beauchamp, 2. 48 Jocelyn Roy, 3. 7 Rob Yetman, 4. 338 Pascal Payeur, 5. 97 Dan Older, 6. 33 Bruno Cyr, 7. 15 Guy Viens, 8. 194 Yves Hamel, 9. 6 Stephane Lebrun, 10. 08 Richard Bertrand, 11. 17 Jocelyn Chicoine, 12. 8 Marc Lalonde 13. 47 Dave Bissonnette, 14. 115 Stephane Lemire, 15. 4 Roch Aubin, 16. 8c Jay Corbin, 17. 715 Gus Hollner, 18. 97h Roland Hebert, 19. Robert Larocque, 20. 01 Francois Adam, 21. 38 Steve Chaput, 22. 88l Jeffrey Lapalme Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 4 redraw - All Qualify) - 97 Dan Older, 194 Yves Hamel, 47 Dave Bissonnette, 08 Richard Bertrand, 4 Roch Aubin, 48 Jocelyn Roy, 6 Stephane Lebrun, 38 Steve Chaput Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 4 redraw - All Qualify) - 33 Bruno Cyr, 8c Jay Corbin, 88 CD Beauchamp, 338 Pascal Payeur, 01 Francois Adam, 8 Marc Lalonde, 15 Guy Viens Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top 4 redraw - All Qualify) - 115 Stepahne Lafrance, 7 Rob Yetman, 88l Jeffrey Lapalme, 17 Jocelyn Chicoine, 715 Gus Hollner, 97h Rolland Hebert, 07 Robert Larocque SEASON WINNERS Rob Yetman - 2 (Autodrome Granby on June 9; Albany-Saratoga on July 21) Robbie Speed - 1 (Utica-Rome on April 30) Steve Larochelle - 1 (Lebanon Valley on July 22) Jocelyn Roy - 1 (Autodrome Drummond on July 29)
  22. The Kid's Alright: Billy Whittaker Wins All-Star Showdown at Eldora ROSSBURG, OH - July 19, 2017 - Billy Whittaker started on the pole and drove the cushion to perfection on his way to victory in the Super DIRTcar Series All-Star Showdown at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night. While it was a non-points race, it was Whittaker's first Feature win of any kind with the Series. The Central Square, NY drive was ecstatic in Victory Lane following the race. "Tony Stewart's done a heckuva job with this place," Whittaker said. "I've never been here, so for me to roll off with this car and this team, you know I do this part-time, so this is as cool as it gets. Look at this place. All the way around, there's fans everywhere." Whittaker finished seventh in his heat, but earned the pole for the 20-lap Feature via a 14-car inversion draw. The track position proved the deciding factor for Whittaker as he jumped out to a convincing early lead. Rookie pilot Brandon Walters jumped ahead to second off the initial green flag from the third starting position, but was quickly under pressure from Hearn who challenged for the runner-up spot on lap four. Hearn took the spot in turn two and brought Decker with him to shuffle Walters back to fourth. By lap five Whittaker had built a straightaway lead over Hearn, but wasn't hustling the car any harder than usual, he said. "I found a pretty good line right away and I was just driving around, honestly," he said. "It was good. I didn't see anybody. I didn't hear anybody. I watched (flagman Dave Farney) for some signs and nobody was on me so I was just cruising." With eight laps to go, the Hearn-Decker tandem began to eat away at Whittaker's lead. Whittaker ran against the cushion, which was planted on the outside retaining wall, early on, but dropped to the bottom in turns one and two as the race wore on. "Early there was a little more bite (up top) and I saw it get blacker and blacker, but in one and two there was still a patch of bite in the middle," Whittaker said. "If I could roll into it on the throttle, I could hit and then get off. I didn't slide at all. Three and four you kind of slid into the cushion and drove off. Sometimes I did that perfectly and sometimes I didn't. I was very fortunate to be out front and have some fun." Hearn was searching for the fastest lane to gain on Whittaker and tried several options with Decker in tow. "I was searching and searching and I found some really good stuff that was working," Hearn explained. "At one point, I started to really reel him in pretty quick, but with five to go I searched a little bit more and it kind of evened out for a couple of laps. I thought at one point I was going to get a shot at him, but it didn't work out." Hearn tried to search for a better lane one final time with two laps to go. That move allowed Decker to show the nose under the No.20 and forced Hearn to be conservative. It proved the difference as Whittaker held on to claim the checker 1.033 seconds ahead of Hearn. When he saw the checkered flag, Whittaker couldn't believe his eyes. "I didn't know how many laps were left, so the last three or four I started tightening up, going 'where is everybody?" he explained. "When I saw the double checkered I thought 'I'll go one more lap just to make sure'. There it was, but I couldn't believe it." Decker raced on Hearn's rear bumper to a third-place finish after winning Tuesday's full points event. Max McLaughlin and Mat Williamson rounded out the top-five. The victory almost didn't happen for Whittaker, who admitted he was hesitant to make the long haul from Central New York to the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile. The win certainly made the trip worthwhile and when Whittaker celebrated in victory lane, he didn't want to come down off the roof of the car. "I'm still shocked," Whittaker said. "You never know when the next time's going to be. This Series is so tough, so competitive. The combined number of years I'm racing against is insane." The second-place finish for Hearn was an impressive win after the his team battled through motor issues all day Tuesday, but managed to solve the problem and earn a top-five finish on Tuesday before Wednesday's runner-up result. "This was like controlled chaos for two days," Hearn said. "To have the issues we had yesterday to start with, and at one point we thought we were going to be forced to go back to the shop (in New Jersey) and get something together for Thursday night (at Sharon). So, the way it all worked out, I'm tickled." The All-Star Showdown featured the Super DIRTcar Series full-time drivers and the top-six non-regular finishers from the July 18 full points event. Peter Britten and Larry Wight earned the Heat Race wins, which were lined up by open draw. The Super DIRTcar Series is back in action tomorrow when it travels to eastern Ohio tomorrow for a return trip to Sharon Speedway in the Buckeye Ground-Pounder 100 on Thursday, July 19. For more information on the event, visit http://www.sharonspeedway.com/events/super-dirtcar-big-block-modified-series/. Eldora Speedway - All-Star Showdown Notebook Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 109-Billy Whittaker [1]; 2. 20-Brett Hearn [5]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [7]; 4. 6h-Max McLaughlin [12]; 5. 6m-Mat Williamson [4]; 6. 9s-Matt Sheppard [11]; 7. 43h-Jimmy Horton [9]; 8. 99L-Larry Wight [13]; 9. 23-Kyle Coffey [8]; 10. 43-Keith Flach [6]; 11. 22-Brandon Walters [3]; 12. 5h-Chris Hile [17]; 13. 14w-Ryan Watt [19]; 14. 21a-Peter Britten [14]; 15. 8-Rich Scagliotta [2]; 16. 7m-Mike Maresca [18]; 17. 42p-Pat Ward [15]; 18. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [10]; 19. 6-Josh Hohenforst [20]; 20. 19-Tim Fuller [16]. CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Billy Whittaker; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Billy Decker; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Pat Ward; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight (+5 - 13th to 8th); Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Billy Whittaker.
  23. Billy Decker Dominates at Eldora For Tuesday Night Tailgate Win - Veteran Driver Earns Third Win of 2017, 68th Career Series Victory ROSSBURG, OH - July 18, 2017 - Billy Decker started on the pole and dominated all 75 laps on a very fast track to win the Super DIRTcar Series Tuesday Night Tailgate at Eldora Speedway. Decker had to outrun second-starting Pat Ward on a number of mid-race restarts and a final one with 12 laps remaining to earn his Series-leading third victory of the season. The win was also the 68th in Decker's Super DIRTcar Series career. "I really wanted a win at one of the marquee speedways," Decker said following the win. "It's big, It feels really good." Ward had to be strong in his own right to hold off Matt Sheppard who survived a furious and chaotic battle inside the top-five to claim the final spot on the podium. Brett Hearn and Peter Britten rounded out the top-five. Decker was strong from the drop of the green flag and chose the outside lane for the start of the race, a rare occurrence. However, the Unadilla, NY native was tough right away and jumped out to an early advantage. "They tilled the track a little bit, but I think (the racing groove) was going to end up there anyhow," Decker said of the preferred groove. "When you pull a good number and...you're going to have a forgiving racetrack and you couple that with a fast racecar, it feels pretty good." After Decker worked his way into traffic on lap eight, there were some tense moments. On lap 11, Decker got stuck behind CG Morey's No.14 as he tried to put him one lap down. He got past Morey in the next corner, but lost half of the advantage he had built over Ward. "Early on, I thought I found a line where I was gaining a little bit before we hit that heavy lapped traffic," Ward said. "Then, I think it got so top-fast that the bottom wasn't working and I couldn't get anything. [Decker] started pulling away, he was running the cushion a lot better than I was." The first caution of the race waved shortly afterwards on lap 14 when Erick Rudolph slowed to a stop in turn two. Shaun Pangman suffered a flat tire on the restart, which slowed the race again. Pangman's night ended when he hit the outside wall in turn one on lap 33. "The lapped traffic was getting a little bit dicey," Decker said. "A couple of guys would run a line and move in the next turn, which makes it hairy and I thought I fired really good on the restarts. Given that I restarted so well, I didn't mind the cautions." Ward knew he didn't have ability to get by Decker on the restart as did his best to work the inside lane. "Once he got to the top in one and two, I could almost drag up even with him out of four a couple of times, but you lose your momentum when you try to run down on the bottom," Ward explained. "He just started to pull away after that." The restart on lap 39 saw Peter Britten positioned in third ahead of Sheppard and Stewart Friesen. Britten held the spot solidly as he also found speed in the outside lane behind Decker and Ward. That changed, however, on a lap 49 restart following a caution for debris when Sheppard and Brett Hearn both got a better jump out of turn four and shuffled Britten back to fifth. Two more caution followed on lap 56 and lap 63 and each time Decker was up to the challenge. The lap 56 caution came for Tim Fuller, who earned the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck award, after he suffered mechanical issues while running inside the top-10. On the final restart, Hearn ducked to the bottom of Sheppard for the third spot, but couldn't keep the same momentum in the lower lane. The final 12 laps allowed the field to fall single-file and Decker to cruise off to the victory ahead of Ward, Sheppard, Hearn and Britten. The restart were chaotic behind the two frontrunners with drivers often ducking low to try and get a run out of turn four. The end result was often three- and four-wide battles into turns one and two. "t seemed like row two and row three were a free for all on those restarts," Sheppard explained. "I got up to third early there and I think I fell back to fourth and I might have been back to fifth at one point. Luckily I got a good restart on one of the restarts and I was able to stay there until we went single-file. The track was wide, with the cushion about a half lane off the outside wall, but still heavy and fast after the track crew added water to the racing surface before the main event. It created a physically demanding task for each driver on track. "It was like time trialing for 75 laps," said Sheppard. "That's about what it felt like." The victory helped Decker take a 26-point leader over Larry Wight in the championship standings. It also offers his team a morale boost, but Decker isn't going to get too comfortable. "Winning fixes a lot of things, but it doesn't fix everything," Decker said. "You can't get that stuff back that you giveaway. We've had a couple of tough Series races ourselves, but when you come back and you win it helps you look forward rather than look back." Sheppard, Friesen and Decker won the qualifying heats. Billy Whittaker won the Last Chance Qualifier. Keith Flach earned the KSE Hard Charger Award advancing 19 positions from 27th to 8th. Larry Wight was the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier with a lap of 16.382 seconds, just 0.002 faster than Decker. Wight, however, hit the turn three wall on the first lap of his heat. He suffered right-side damage to his No.99L and has to qualify through the Last Chance Qualifier. Wight drove to a ninth-place finish in the main event. The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Wednesday, July 19 at Eldora for the all-star race at the Eldora Dirt Derby alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For additional event information and to purchase advanced reserved seating, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com. The series then travel to eastern Ohio for a return trip to Sharon Speedway in the Buckeye Ground-Pounder 100 on Thursday, July 19. "Hopefully we can build a little bit of momentum on it," Decker said of his victory. "Maybe we can get over that hurdle too. We just look at it one race at a time. We're looking forward to going to Sharon. We had a solid run there last year. Hopefully we can do that again this year." For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series event at Sharon Speedway, visit http://www.sharonspeedway.com/events/super-dirtcar-big-block-modified-series/. Eldora Speedway Notebook Feature (75 Laps) - 1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 42p-Pat Ward [2]; 3. 9s-Matt Sheppard [5]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [8]; 5. 21a-Peter Britten [3]; 6. 44-Stewart Friesen [12]; 7. 43h-Jimmy Horton [7]; 8. 43-Keith Flach [27]; 9. 99L- Larry Wight [22]; 10. 14w-Ryan Watt [18]; 11. 22-Brandon Walters [20]; 12. 7m-Mike Maresca [4]; 13. 8-Rich Scagliotta [25]; 14. 6m-Mat Williamson [6]; 15. 23-Kyle Coffey [23]; 16. 6j-Josh Hohenforst [16]; 17. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [13]; 18. 5h-Chris Hile [14]; 19. 109-Billy Whittaker [19]; 20. 165-Rex King Jr. [21]; 21. 34h-Cody Bleau [24]; 22. 29e-Erik Martin [29]; 23. 6h-Max McLaughlin [11]; 24. 19-Tim Fuller [10]; 25. 34p-Shaun Pangman [26]; 26. 25r-Erick Rudolph [9]; 27. 35-Frank Cozze [17]; 28. 84-Gary Tomkins [15]; 29. 14-CG Morey [28]; 30. DNS 17j-Matt Janiak [30]. For full results from the Super DIRTcar Series Tuesday Night Tailgate at Eldora Speedway, click here. CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Keith Flach; Pole Position Raceway Fast Time ($100 Cash): Larry Wight; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Billy Decker; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Rich Scagliotta; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Ryan Watt; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Billy Decker; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Larry Wight; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Brett Hearn; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Jimmy Phelps; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Max McLaughlin; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Billy Decker; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Erick Rudolph; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Billy Decker; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Rich Scagliotta; Dig Safely 811 Redraw Bonus ($100 Cash): N/A; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Tim Fuller; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Jimmy Horton. SEASON WINNERS Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18) Stewart Friesen - 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11) Ryan Watt - 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16) Matt Sheppard - 1 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11) Tim McCreadie - 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27) Larry Wight - 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
  24. Friesen edges McCreadie by a Nose at Hall of Fame 100 - Stewart Friesen picks up second Super DIRTcar Series win of the season at Weedsport Speedway WEEDSPORT, NY - July 11, 2017 - On a night that honored Northeast Dirt Modifieds new hall of famers, it was potentially two-future Hall of Famers that battled it out for 100-laps in the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway. Tim McCreadie and Stewart Friesen were the class of the field but in the end, it was Friesen who edged out McCreadie for his second Super DIRTcar Series win by a half-car length at the line and to come home $10,000-dollars richer. On Monday evening, the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame inducted it's 2017 class which included active drivers, Alan Johnson and Steve Paine along with pioneer Freddy Adam's. Fittingly on the night after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Alan Johnson and Steve Paine would roll off for the 100-lap Feature event side-by-side in the 10th-row. Johnson would bring home his No. 14J with a 14th-place finish while Paine, who was in the Matt Sheppard No. 7x came home with a 12th-place finish. When the night kicked off, it was second-place in points, Billy Decker showing the way early by wrapping up the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier award with a lap of 15.348-seconds. Decker would also go on to win his heat race. In the other three heat races, it was Brett Hearn, Eric Rudolph, Larry Wight making them eligible for the 811 Dig Safely redraw. Both Rich Scagliotta and Max McLaughlin drew the number 8 and 11 starting position, giving them the opportunity to take home a little extra cash with a win. The 811 Dig Safely award would not be awarded out as both drivers finished outside of the top-10. Andrew Ferguson qualified for the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway by winning the Last Chance Qualifying race giving him the 21st-starting position in the 100-lap Feature event. Up front for the Hall of Fame 100 it was Tim McCreadie and Peter Britten as the field took the green flag. McCreadie quickly rocketed out to the lead while Stewart Friesen jumped around Britten for the second spot. On lap 15 the race saw its first yellow flag for the 98H of Jimmy Phelps who tagged the front stretch wall during a heated battle for fifth-place along with Britten, Decker, Wight. Phelps would head pit side only to return. Because of tonight's hardship and 19th-place finish, Phelps took home the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award. As the field got back under way, McCreadie once again jumped out to a lead showing the way over Friesen. At the quarter-mark of the 100-lap Feature event, from the ninth-starting position, Lightning Larry Wight had worked his way all the way up into contention to fourth place and was quickly challenging for a spot on the podium. "We were pretty good on the bottom in the beginning," said Larry Wight who finished third in the Hall of Fame 100. "When the [bottom] went away we were just too tight but we were also too tight on the top. I kind of had to toss the car in but we were losing too much time getting into the corner. It kind of sheered my right-rear tire up and after that we were just kind of riding." While McCreadie was out front of the 31-car field, the leaders had to pick their way through lap traffic. With three distinct grooves to do so, it appeared as the top on the cushion was the place to be. McCreadie seemed to have the better car going through Turns 1 and 2, but Friesen would pull away around Turns 3 and 4. "We were pretty even, [Friesen] would get away, I would run him down, it was kind of like a rubber band," added McCreadie. Just before the halfway mark of the 100-lap race, another yellow flag was displayed for a slowed No. 22 of Brandon Walters in Turn 2. Choosing the inside lane on the lap 51 restart, Friesen got a run going down the back stretch and threw a perfectly executed slide job on McCreadie to get by the No. 39 for the lead. "I just made a mistake on that restart," said Tim McCreadie. "I should have taken the top but I went in there and slide for life and that was it, I saw the 44 the rest of the race. We were just cruising along pretty good. I was running along as hard as I could. I don't know if Stewart was laying back but I only have one gear and that's go as hard as I can. Hats off to those guys." Friesen wouldn't be able to get too far out front as McCreadie and Wight were challenging for the top spot. "We were just waiting for those guys to make a mistake and hope that we could get by [Friesen, McCreadie] but it's not something you're going to see those two do very often, said Larry Wight. "[Friesen and McCreadie] have been running up front for so many years." For the remaining laps of the Hall of Fame 100 the top-three ran within tenths of each other until a late-race yellow flag came out for the No. 109 of Billy Whittaker who was unable to make it off the track. Setting up a green-white-checker finish, Friesen got another stellar restart on McCreadie. Both the No. 44 of Friesen would run the top-side and the No. 39 of McCreadie was running down low. The two came off Turn 4 for the final time side-by-side dragging racing to the checkers, it was Friesen who would just barely edge out McCreadie for his second win of the Super DIRTcar Series season. Larry Wight who won at Airborne Park Speedway came home with a podium finish in third. "I honestly didn't know the race way over with 'cause I was trying to do the best I could and I thought we just got him but then I heard the race director came on the radio and I said, damn it," said McCreadie. "What a race, Timmy [McCreadie] got 10-grand from me a couple races ago, we got 10 from him tonight," said Stewart Friesen. "What a great race team, pretty top-notice. We got a racing coming up. I've been wanting to win one at [Weedsport Speedway] since Al [Heinke] took over and they redid this place. What a great facility." The KSE Hard Charger in the Hall of Fame 100 was Gary Tompkins in the No. 84 who started in the 14th position and charged his way up to 7th-place finish. The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19 at Eldora Speedway for the Tuesday Night Tailgate and all-star race at the Eldora Dirt Derby alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For additional event information and to purchase advanced reserved seating, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com. WEEDSPORT SPEEDWAY RESULTS: FEATURE (100-laps) - 1. 44 - Stewart Friesen [3] 2. 39 - Tim McCreadie [1] 3. 99L - Larry Wight [9] 4. 25 - Erick Rudolph [4] 5. 21a - Peter Britten [2] 6. 19 - Tim Fuller [5] 7. 84 - Gary Tompkins [14] 8. 91 - Billy Decker [7] 9. 3H - Justin Haers [10] 10. 42P - Pat Ward [16] 11. 11R - Rob Bellinger [15] 12. 7x - Steve Paine [19] 13. 6H - Max McLaughlin [11] 14. 14J - Alan Johnson [20] 15. 20 - Brett Hearn [12] 16. 8 - Rich Scagliotta [8] 17. 43 - Keith Flach [13] 18. X - Chad Phelps [23] 19. 98H - Jimmy Phelps [6] 20. 33 - Mike Mahaney [26] 21. 7M - Mike Maresca [24] 22. 23 - Kyle Coffey [27] 23. 34 - Andrew Ferguson [21] 24. 109 - Billy Whittaker [22] 25. 19W - Justin Wright [17] 26. 22 - Brandon Walters [25] 27. 5H - Chris Hile [18] 28. 21G - Kody Graham [31] 29. 14 - C.G. Morey [29] 30. 93 - Ryan Barlett [28] 31. 16 - Mike Bowman [30]
  25. Lightning Strikes For Larry Wight at Airborne - Wight Gets First Super DIRTcar Series Win of 2017 PLATTSBURGH, NY - July 6, 2017 - Larry Wight displayed a dominating performance in the Super DIRTcar Series first-ever visit to Airborne Park Speedway on Thursday night. Wight became the race's fourth leader when he took the lead from Keith Flach on a lap 31 restart and then dominated the final 69 circuits to earn his first Super DIRTcar Series win of the season. Wight lapped all but the top-five finishers, which included runner-up Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps, Tim Fuller and Pat Ward, on the way to his third career Series win and first since September 11, 2015 at Quebec's Autodrome Granby. The victory was especially impressive for Wight given he was racing in a backup No.99L car after his primary ride was destroyed in a wreck last Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway. "After everything we've been going through trying to get this backup car to where our primary car was, it was a big thrash by Scott to get it ready," Wight said in Victory Lane. "We struggled a little bit at the beginning of the night figuring out a couple of bugs with it, but by the end of the night we got it dialed in." Local driver Matt Woodruff, a weekly competitor at Airborne, started on the pole with Billy Decker to his outside for the 100-lap Feature. Woodruff led the opening seven laps until Decker found his way to the point on lap eight via the bottom lane in turn one. Decker paced the field for a short while until Ravena, NY native Keith Flach, who had lined up fourth on the starting grid, found the outside lane to his liking and grabbed the top spot from Decker on lap 14. Flach was able to pace open a half-second lead as Wight fought to take second from Decker on lap 16. Wight made his challenge for the lead on lap 20, but Flach held the momentum in the top groove of the track and maintained the lead. The first caution of the race came on lap 26 for a slowed Brandon Walters and when the race restarted on lap 31, Wight made what proved to be the race-winning move when he drove around the outside of Flach to seize the lead while Decker followed suit to take second. Over the final 69 laps, Wight led Decker by as much as 3.8 seconds, which equated to a full straightaway. Decker held the runner-up spot through the battles in traffic and was well ahead of a spirited third-place joust between Max McLaughlin, Jimmy Phelps and Brett Hearn. "This place kind of raced like Utica-Rome around the top," said Wight, who raced the outside lane in turns three and four all night long. "I've flirted with the edge there enough to know where you can get it and where you can't." Decker's night came to an abrupt end, however, when he fell off the pace and pulled into the infield with just four laps to go while running second. As a result, Decker received the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award. The caution waved one lap following Decker's misfortune when Brett Hearn came to a stop at the top of turn two. That yellow flag setup a restart with three laps to go and gave McLaughlin one final shot at a win. Wight got a perfect jump on the single-file restart to foil any of McLaughlin's hopes of claiming a VP Racing Fuels checkered flag. "I was trying to slow him down, hoping he would stumble on that start and give me a little bit of a jump," Wight said of his strategy. "I was just hoping my right-rear didn't seal over on me. Max was doing everything, but saving his right-rear, so I was hoping he wouldn't roll the bottom. Everything just worked out right." McLaughlin threw everything he had at Wight on the restart, but couldn't find enough grip at the top of turns one and two, where the bottom had become the preferred groove, to create a drag race down the backstretch into turn three. Regardless, the second-place tally marks McLaughlin's best finish of the season with the Series and is his second top-five of the year. "I can't be upset with another second-place finish," McLaughlin said. "He was just a little better through one and two. He could keep it a little lower than I could. I was just a little loose, but all in all we had a great car again. These cars have been phenomenal all year with the new Teo (chassis)." Decker was the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier award winner when he set quick time with a lap of 16.467 seconds. Decker was also a heat winner along with Tim Fuller and Mike Maresca. McLaughlin nearly became the first driver to claim the 811 Dig Safely New York Redraw Bonus after starting from the 11th position. Hearn was the other driver eligible for the bonus as the 8th starter. The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Sunday, July 9 at Cornwall Motor Speedway. For additional event information, including gate time and admission prices, please visit www.cornwallspeedway.com. Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY; July 6, 2017 Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 99L-Larry Wight [5]; 2. 6h-Max McLaughlin [11]; 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [12]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller [3]; 5. 42p-Pat Ward [7]; 6. 20-Brett Hearn [8]; 7. 3j-Marc Johnson [14]; 8. 54-Steve Bernard [10]; 9. 43-Keith Flach [4]; 10. 19m-Jessey Mueller[19]; 11. 7m-Mike Maresca [6]; 12. 01-Chris Raabe [9]; 13. 109-Billy Whittaker [25]; 14. 22d-Danny Johnson [16]; 15. 21y-Yan Bussiere [15]; 16. 8-Rich Scagliotta [13]; 17. 22-Brandon Walters [18]; 18. 91-Billy Decker [2]; 19. 14-CG Morey [22]; 20. 55-Matt Woodruff [1]; 21. 96-JF Corriveau[23]; 22. 35-Frank Cozze [17]; 23. 1ny-Greg Atkins [20]; 24. 91ny-Travis Bruno [24]; 25. 34-George Foley [21]; 26. 63-Patrick Dupree [DNS]; 27. 66x-Carey Terrance [DNS]. CONTINGENCY WINNERS VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Steve Bernard; Pole Position Raceway Fast Time ($100 Cash): Billy Decker; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Larry Wight; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Chris Raabe; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Chris Raabe; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Keith Flach; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Brett Hearn; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Pat Ward; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Rich Scagliotta; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Travis Bruno; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Larry Wight; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Travis Bruno; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Rich Sagliotta; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Larry Wight; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Rich Scagliotta; Dig Safely 811 Redraw Bonus ($100 Cash): N/A; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Billy Decker; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Marc Johnson. SEASON WINNERS Billy Decker - 2 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20) Ryan Watt - 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16) Matt Sheppard - 1 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11) Tim McCreadie - 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27) Stewart Friesen - 1 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2) Larry Wight - 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
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