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NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTStrickler Jumps from Late Model into Modified, Wins Bristol Bash Finale - Hammer scores back-to-back runner-up finishes, Arnold recovers from Friday to finish third BRISTOL, TN – April 11, 2021 – Most drivers would agree – driving just one car around Bristol Motor Speedway in a day is hard enough. Kyle Strickler drove two on Sunday afternoon and came out $10,000 richer. Josh James Artwork photo Strickler, of Mooresville, NC, jumped out of his PCC Motorsports Late Model after competing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, immediately strapped into his Longhorn by Loenbro #8 UMP Modified and flat-out dominated the Feature, leading all 20 laps of the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash finale. “The Modified is so much fun to me. After having a rough weekend with the Late Model, it was very refreshing to have a bunch of fun in the Modified,” Strickler said. While it was a trying weekend for him in the Late Model, his Modified program was far more set up to his liking. This, and his familiarity in the seat of the Modified significantly helped him in the Feature. “The Late Model side of it is so finnicky and all of your adjustments are fine-tuned and so touchy,” Strickler said. “The Modifieds – you’re going so much slower; they slip and slide around and there’s so much less grip that they don’t dart around as much.” In short, Strickler ran a flawless race. None of his competitors had any strong challenges for him, even on a Lap 4 restart after a caution that took Friday night’s Feature winner, David Stremme, and Dave Wietholder out of the race when they collided in Turn 4. With outside polesitter Kyle Hammer keeping him in-sight behind him, Strickler reached the rear of the field with only a handful of laps remaining. After mainly running the preferred low groove to that point, The Highside Tickler put his nicknamesake on full display and maneuvered around the slower traffic. “I could rip the top in the Late Model, and I tried it there at the end in the Modified and it really helped me get through lapped traffic,” Strickler said. Strickler’s always preferred the bigger, faster tracks. With several UMP Modified victories in his career at other high-profile half-miles at Volusia Speedway Park and Eldora Speedway, it comes as no surprise he excelled in the high speeds of Bristol. “I think a lot of it is just me liking these big racetracks, and just all fun, no stress, jump in the Modified and have a blast,” Strickler said. “Your finishes are usually directly related to your mood or how you’re feeling about one car or the other.” Despite his best efforts, Hammer was unable to catch Strickler in the final laps. “Down the straightaways I could kinda see him just getting closer and closer each time,” Hammer said. “Toward the middle, once we got opened up and our tires really kicked in, I feel like we had a better car, just couldn’t do much at that point.” However, Hammer did take home the honors of the highest average-finishing driver with two runner-up results on the weekend. Overall, a great showing for the young Illinoisan. Chris Arnold crossed the stripe in third, completing an up-and-down weekend for he and his crew. Starting third in Friday’s Feature, Arnold caught a piece of a wreck heading into Turn 1 on the first lap and was forced to retire. But a great run Sunday showed exactly what the Virginian team is capable of. “I think we had one of the fastest cars like [Hammer] and Strickler all weekend,” Arnold said. “I think [Friday] night, we would’ve been pretty good. I wish I had moved up to the top from Lap 1 and I think both of us probably would have been right there with Strickler.” Like Hammer, Arnold agreed once Strickler got out front, the chances of catching and passing him were slim. “You’ve got to use every type of advantage you have against him, and at this point, it would have been going to the top sooner than he did,” Arnold said. Six drivers recorded top-10 finishes in both Features over the weekend – Kyle Hammer, Ryan Ayers, Nick Hoffman, Dylan Woodling, Trent Young and David Reutimann. Hoffman, the two-time and defending national UMP Modified champion, came back from a broken rocker arm in Qualifying Sunday, qualifying fo the Feature through his Heat Race to finish 7th. The World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing action from Bristol Motor Speedway isn’t over just yet – don’t miss the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, April 22-24, featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds. If you can’t be at the track, catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. Feature (20 Laps) 1. 8-Kyle Strickler [$10,000]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer [$5,000]; 3. 99W-Chris Arnold [$3,000]; 4. 6A-Ryan Ayers [$2,500]; 5. OOD-David Reutimann [$2,000]; 6. 3W-Dylan Woodling [$1,700]; 7. 2-Nick Hoffman [$1,500]; 8. 10Y-Trent Young [$1,200]; 9. 8S-Kyle Steffans [$1,100]; 10. 21A-Nick Allen [$1,000]; 11. 72-Todd Neiheiser [$1,000]; 12. 29J-Jordan Wever [$1,000]; 13. 67-Garret Stewart [$1,000]; 14. 1S-Brian Shaw [$1,000]; 15. 95-Michael Altobelli [$1,000]; 16. 45S-Nick Stroupe [$1,000]; 17. 97-Mitch Thomas [$1,000]; 18. 8A-Austin Holcombe [$1,000]; 19. 5-Jonathan Taylor [$1,000]; 20. 11-Troy Loomis [$1,000]; 21. 44-KC Burdette [$1,000]; 22. 2ND-Jake Leitzman [$1,000]; 23. O5-Dave Wietholder [$1,000]; 24. 35-David Stremme [$1,000] Hard Charger: 2-Nick Hoffman[+7]
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTStremme Strikes First in UMP Modifieds at Bristol Former NASCAR veteran dominates throughout the night for $5,000 victory BRISTOL, TN – April 9, 2021 – He’s been one of the fastest UMP Modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway all weekend, and now he’s got the hardware to show it. David Stremme wheeled his Lethal Chassis #35 to Victory Lane Friday night on the first race night of the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash in dominating fashion, leading all 20 laps en route to a $5,000 victory over Kyle Hammer and Ryan Ayers. “I tell people when you walk in here, you gotta look around,” Stremme said. “To win here is pretty cool. Just to win at anything anymore is hard.” It was hard to miss the Stremmes on the DIRTVision cameras through the night. David showed the way around the dirt-covered half-mile, setting Quick Time in Qualifying and made the winning pass on Hammer in Heat 3. His wife Ashley then worked her usual magic in the redraw and pulled the pole for the Feature. At the drop of the green, Stremme wasted zero time making his presence felt, wrestling the lead away from Hammer on the low side as they rounded Turns 1-2. From that point forward, it was all Stremme’s race out front, as he piloted his #35 machine around the fast, high-banked track. “I think the track crew did a great job. I feel for the amount of cars we have here, it was in a lot better shape than I thought it would be,” Stremme said. “You could move around quite a bit, and that’s all you can ask for.” As a former NASCAR star on its concrete surface, Stremme has gotten to know Bristol’s high banks well since the start of his motorsports career. While the banking has been cut down to 19 degrees on the dirt, he said he’s been able to recognize the similarities between the two configurations and use it to his advantage. “It still has the same characteristics – each corner is different. Obviously, I’m able to use that, and there is stuff there that I felt I could still do, whether it was in a [NASCAR] Cup car or Xfinity car,” Stremme said. Hammer was solid up front all night long in his Elite Chassis #45. Initially, he lost second to Taylor Cook on Lap 7, after a restart, but regained the spot when Cook ran into issues and dropped out with five laps left. Even with the solid runner-up, Hammer still wants to be better for Saturday’s finale. “Definitely learned we need to be a little stiffer on the right-front,” Hammer said. “At these speeds, these things really upset our cars.” Ayers had a great showing in his Lethal Chassis #6, coming all the way from 11th to finish third. With a wreck on the initial start and a great run down low on Lap 1 to get by cars, Ayers was already in fifth as he crossed the line to complete the first circuit. After gaining two more spots before the home stretch, Ayers was forced to play some tough defense for a moment, as a hungry Nick Hoffman was putting the pressure on from behind for the third spot. Hoffman ultimately slipped on the high side in the end but showed Ayers a better line in the process. “The first 13 or 14 laps, I was right around the bottom,” Ayers said. “Nick showed me the top with about four or five [laps] to go, and I moved up. It was a lot better.” The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds are back in action Saturday night, April 10, for the $10,000-to-win Bristol Bash finale alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series – catch all of the action live at the track or on DIRTVision presented by Drydene! Feature (20 Laps) 1. 35-David Stremme [$5,000]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer [$2,500]; 3. 6A-Ryan Ayers [$1,700]; 4. 2-Nick Hoffman [$1,400]; 5. 3W-Dylan Woodling [$1,200]; 6. 10Y-Trent Young [$1,000]; 7. OOD-David Reutimann [$800]; 8. 8A-Austin Holcombe [$700]; 9. O5-Dave Wietholder [$600]; 10. 67-Garret Stewart [$550]; 11. 7-Evan Taylor [$500]; 12. 97-Mitch Thomas [$500]; 13. 44-KC Burdette [$500]; 14. 21-Taylor Cook [$500]; 15. 1S-Brian Shaw [$500]; 16. 11-Troy Loomis [$500]; 17. 72-Todd Neiheiser [$500]; 18. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum [$500]; 19. 45S-Nick Stroupe [$500]; 20. 2ND-Jake Leitzman [$500]; 21. 99W-Chris Arnold [$500]; 22. 21A-Nick Allen [$500]; 23. 8-Kyle Strickler [$500]; 24. 95-Michael Altobelli [$500] Hard Charger: O5-Dave Wietholder[+13]