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Thursday, February 20, 2020

MAKIN’ A SPLASH: Logan Schuchart off to career best start Schuchart heads into Texas doubleheader with a win already under his belt

Andy Newsome photo
PAIGE, TX – Feb. 19 – Logan Schuchart had never won at Volusia Speedway Park coming into the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals. Never led a lap. Never even finished inside the top-five. That's changed.
In the three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season opening races at the half-mile Florida track, Schuchart amassed 50 laps led and three top-five finishes, including two podiums and a win.

“Getting a win before we leave Florida is awesome,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “I’m really excited about that.”

Schuchart is now second in the standings, two-points behind reigning champion Brad Sweet. It’s the best position he’s been in to start a season with the Texas doubleheader at Cotton Bowl Speedway on March 13 and LoneStar Speedway on March 14 the next stop on the tour.

His performance is a testament to the continued growth of his talent and Shark Racing’s capabilities since joining the World of Outlaws tour full-time in 2014.

The team’s first few years were about surviving and making it to November, Schuchart has said. In his rookie campaign he earned five top-five finishes and 15 top-10s. It wasn’t until 2016 that he earned his first career victory.

Last year, in a breakout year for the 27-year-old, Schuchart earned a career high eight wins – doubling his number of total career wins – 32 top-five finishes, 53 top-10s and led 243 laps. He also finished a career best fifth in the Series standings. And while that success has helped propel him to a strong start this year, Schuchart cites he and the team’s progressive growth began long before 2019.

“Not just 2019, but all of the years in general, the experience over the years, taking notes, getting better and just getting smarter about everything,” Schuchart said. “I just feel like the more experience we get the smarter we get about certain things.

“But this is tough. There’s a lot of great race car drivers out here. A lot of great teams. Great mechanics. They can put you in your place very quick. The World of Outlaws is in a great spot. The sport is in a great spot. But we’re trying to stay on top.”

Schuchart’s five days in Florida showed how quickly he and his Shark Racing team can learn and adapt. The two opening Sprint Week races during the DIRTcar Nationals with the All Star Circuit of Champions saw Schuchart finish 11th and 17th, respectively.

Then he nearly won the season opening race for the World of Outlaws. Schuchart led 21 laps and lost the lead to 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz with three laps to go, settling for a runner-up finish. The next night he failed to qualify for the Feature and had to use a provisional to start. However, he was able to charge his way from 25th to fifth – earning the Hard Charger award for the night.

On the final night of racing in Florida, Schuchart led 29 of 30 laps, and held off attacks from Cory Eliason and Daryn Pittman to pick up his first Volusia Speedway Park win. His Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen also got a career best finish of 12th at the speedway on the final night.

“Definitely a weight off your shoulders knowing you got one,” Schuchart said. “They’re so tough to come by. To get one off your back and being able to just go out there and race and build off of what you already have is definitely a relief.”

While Schuchart is on track for another possible career year, with more than 80 races to go this year, contending for the championship is far out of his mind.

“I just want to win races,” Schuchart said. “I don’t want to think about that at all. That comes at the end. At November I’m sure you think about that when the points are close. Whatever it is. I just want to win as many races as I can and if we’re able to do that the rest will come.”

He'll take that winning mentality to Texas at Cotton Bowl Speedway and LoneStar Speedway. Tickets are on sale for the Friday, March 13, race at Cotton Bowl Speedway and the Saturday, March 14, East Texas Lone Star Shootout at LoneStar Speedway.

If you can’t make it to the events, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Modern Heritage Inc.To Champion 410 Sprints At Selinsgrove Speedway In 2020 Mifflinburg Firm Excited About New Oval Approach, March 29 Sprint Show Offers 4K To Win



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Selinsgrove, Pa. –   While the Icebreaker 40 for combined modifieds is coming up as the 2020 season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, March 21, so too is the first show of the season for the 410 sprint cars and super late models just one week later on Sunday, March 29.

The “March Mayhem” program for the 410 sprints paying $4,000 to win will be the first of seven shows for the powerful, mud slinging 410 sprints at the track this season and Modern Heritage Inc. of Mifflinburg has announced its title sponsorship of the class for the year ahead.

Since opening in late 2019, Modern Heritage has quickly become a region leader in kitchen and bathroom custom design work and installation, "Creating Beautiful and Timeless Spaces.”

Offering not only full design and installation services, Modern Heritage also carries full lines of flooring and cabinetry for every customer’s needs at its showroom located at 321 East Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

Modern Heritage owner Nathan Lyons grew up attending the races at his favorite Saturday night racetrack, Selinsgrove Speedway and he’s excited about the speedway’s new direction in 2020.

“I believe with the management team that’s now in place at the track and the schedule that it's going to run, it’s only going to be successful and its going to be on the up,” Lyons says of his expected trajectory for the speedway given the 2020 season of specials that has been put into place for 410 sprints, super late models, 360 sprints and more.

“You’re not going to be killing the  same fans or killing the same car counts every week, so it's good,” he says.

“The diversity only makes sense to put more people in the stands and show off some really good Selinsgrove racing to them.”

Other Modern Heritage 410 sprint car dates to come on the 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway schedule of events will take place on: April 26, Ray Tilley Classic, June 28, PA Speedweek Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial; July 27 Summer Championship; August 29 Summer Sendoff; Sept. 6 Jim Nace Memorial National Open Qualifier; and Sept. 26, 38th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open.

Each of the Modern Heritage 410 sprint car races on April 26, June 28 and September 26 are part of the 2020 Slivinski Law Offices Super 7 Series of races at the track, featuring just two divisions of racing action on the big half-mile!

Learn all about Modern Heritage by visiting the companies official website at www.modernheritage.style and by following the firm on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Make an appointment with Modern Heritage to get your home building or renovation project underway by phone at 1.866.789.5399.

Selinsgrove Speedway will open 2020 at 2 pm Saturday, March 21, with the highly anticipated return of the Northeast Modifieds in the $5,000-to-win Icebreaker 40!

The Icebreaker will be a combined small and big block, non-sanctioned race offering a $24,625 purse and will be run under rules and specifications that mirror the Short Track Super Series. 

Also on the March 21 racing program will be the crate 602 sportsman modifieds in a $1,000-to-win 20-lap feature.

For a complete 2020 schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit the speedway’s official website at www.selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow the track on Twitter and Facebook.

The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2266.




Sunday, February 16, 2020

GATOR GETTERS: Owens Three-peats at Volusia, Sheppard Claims DIRTcar Nationals Title Owens wins three battles to Sheppard’s two; Rocket1 hoists Big Gator for second-straight year

Trent Gower Photo

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 15, 2020 – Make it three wins in-a-row now for Volusia Speedway Park’s newest success story, Jimmy Owens. The Tennessean came into the 49th DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford without ever seeing Victory Lane at the facility but left with three gator trophies on Saturday night to show for his efforts across the four World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series shows.
“It’s awesome, I’ve never come out of Speedweeks with any kind of confidence. Being in the top ten and a couple top-5s is like ‘whoo-hoo’ for us. To come down here and win like this… we’re making confident decisions in our team, we’re putting our heads together and we’re just jiving well,” Owens said.

Two-time and defending Series champion Brandon Sheppard successfully defended his 2019 Big Gator title with finishes of first, second, first, sixth, fourth, and fifth over the six nights of 2020 Late Model week for his second career DIRTcar Nationals championship. With those consistent finishes, Sheppard also retains his position atop the World of Outlaws points standings.

He may not have been as dominant at Volusia as he was a year ago, but Sheppard was indeed the rightful champion for his consistency all week. And what a Florida-Georgia Speedweeks he’s had overall, winning five races across two Florida tracks and earning several other top-fives. It does the Rocket1 Racing team good to know of their accomplishments as they head back home in preparation for next month’s Series races in Tennessee.

“We’re still leaving on a good note, even though we didn’t win,” Sheppard said. “Our confidence is up high and we’re looking forward to getting the year rolling.”

“The start to our year has been so good, can’t say enough about it, really. It’s been unreal. We’ve got five wins in Speedweeks, and it’s just been unreal, honestly. It’s probably not going to sink in for a while because it’s been so good.”

As for Saturday night’s 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals finale, DIRTcar UMP Modified regular Kyle Strickler kicked things off with the early lead, which he quickly surrendered to Darrell Lanigan on lap two and faded back to fifth. Lanigan led until a hard-charging Jonathan Davenport gave him a great run down low to swipe the spot away as they crossed the stripe to complete lap eight.

The two battled back-and-forth for the next few circuits, swapping the lead a few times until the race’s first caution flag waved on lap 10, where Davenport brought it down pit road and did not return to racing – an apparent internal failure.

Owens entered the picture after the restart, driving around Kyle Bronson on the top for the runner-up spot at the line. Bronson would battle back though, regaining the spot on lap 12 and coming after the leader.

Bronson shot past Lanigan on the top side for the lead on lap 16 and led for the greater portion of the contest. Meanwhile, Owens kept it inside the top-three and made a great power move underneath Darrell Lanigan on a lap-25 restart to take second.

Bronson paraded the field around for the next several laps on his usual high line but was soon slowed up enough for Owens to close the gap in lapped traffic. Into Turn 3 they raced with 11 laps left as Owens drove it high off the fourth turn and stole the lead.

Bronson said tire wear may have played a factor in his car’s performance in the waning circuits.

“We just got bottled up behind them lapped cars there and got to where I had pushed the right-front tire off and couldn’t steer anymore. I believe them guys had a little bit harder tire on than we did, and it just gave up on us,” he said.

As he paced behind Bronson under yellow before the final restart, Owens said he knew the chance to catch and pass the #40B was there, he just needed some patience.

“I know he was running pretty hard and pretty aggressive there,” Owens said. “But he was good, he was fast, and I thought I’m just going to calm down and just pace myself, maybe he’ll come to me. He got out there a little bit but then I just slowly started reeling him in and it paid off.”

As The O-Show crossed the stripe to collect his third-straight Morton Buildings Feature win, Ricky Weiss had just completed his drive back to the podium after starting third. He had slipped way back to as far as ninth at one point before getting back up on the wheel to regain the lost ground. Using the yellows to his advantage, the 2019 Rookie of the Year turned it into a positive end to his 2020 DIRTcar Nationals campaign.

Bronson crossed the stripe in third, and Lanigan fended off Sheppard for fourth in the latter half of the race to become one of only a few drivers to record top-10 finishes in each of the Late Model week shows. Sheppard also completed the top-five as another driver without a finish of 11th or worse all week.

“We left on a good note,” Sheppard said. “We started 11th tonight and got up through there. I thought we were in contention there for a little bit and then the caution came out. I had a bad restart, but our car was a lot better in slick conditions than we had seen it in the past couple nights.”

UP NEXT

With another edition of the DIRTcar Nationals now in the history books, the Outlaws turn their attention to Tennessee – Duck River Raceway Park on March 6 and Smoky Mountain Speedway’s Tennessee Tipoff on March 7.

Farmer City Raceway’s Illini 100 is the next marquee event on the World of Outlaws schedule, get your tickets today for one of Illinois’ most storied Dirt Late Model races!

If you can’t wait until March to see more great Dirt Late Model racing, get your fix of the Southeast’s best drivers in action at Modoc Raceway in just two weeks’ time as the inaugural Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series gets set to crown a champion and hand out the $20,000 championship points fund check!

Or, if you can’t make it to the tracks, catch all the action live with a Fast Pass subscription to DIRTVision presented by Drydene!



Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [2][$10,000]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [3][$5,000]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson [7][$3,000]; 4. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [4][$2,500]; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$2,000]; 6. 8-Kyle Strickler [1][$1,700]; 7. 0-Scott Bloomquist [13][$1,400]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$1,300]; 9. 39-Tim McCreadie [15][$1,200]; 10. 25z-Mason Zeigler [10][$1,100]; 11. 0M-Chris Madden [23][$1,050]; 12. 2e-Rick Eckert [16][$1,000]; 13. 6T-Tyler Erb [12][$950]; 14. 3s-Brian Shirley [17][$900]; 15. 28-Dennis Erb [14][$850]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [28][$110]; 17. 18-Chase Junghans [19][$770]; 18. 76-Brandon Overton [21][$750]; 19. 12-Ashton Winger [24][$730]; 20. 97-Cade Dillard [18][$700]; 21. 66c-Matt Cosner [26][$110]; 22. 4G-Kody Evans [27][$110]; 23. 99B-Boom Briggs [25][$110]; 24. 5-Mark Whitener [6][$700]; 25. 22-Gregg Satterlee [20][$700]; 26. 157-Mike Marlar [8][$700]; 27. 17M-Dale McDowell [22][$700]; 28. 49-Jonathan Davenport [5][$700]; 29. 6-Blake Spencer [29][$110]; Lap Leaders – Kyle Strickler – 1, Darrell Lanigan – 2-7, 9-14, Jonathan Davenport – 8, Kyle Bronson – 15-39, Jimmy Owens – 40-50; Hard Charger: 0M-Chris Madden[+12]

Wight Takes a Bite Out of Volusia, Wins Third DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship

BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 15, 2020 - When the sun rose and heated up the Florida air this morning, only 50 laps on The World’s Fastest Half-Mile were all that separated Gypsum Racing’s Larry Wight from his third DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Big Gator Championship.

Wight needed to finish fifteenth or better to prevent teammate Billy Decker from taking it for himself. Fortunately for the No. 99L, Wight finished sixth sandwiched between Decker in fifth and his other teammate Pat Ward in

Championships are often won in the shop as well as the race track and the Gypsum Racing team knows that well.

“It’s a combination of good preparation, a good car, a good motor, and a phenomenal crew. Having a family to back that up and allow us to put in the hours and put in the time at the track and come down here,” noted Wight.

The Super DIRTcar Series pounded the Florida clay five nights in a row and the track was different every night, which created challenging and dynamic racing.

“The track threw us for a loop tonight. We didn’t think it would get as slick,” said Wight, of Phoenix, NY. “We thought the top would be a little bit better so we tried to get the car freed up versus last night. I guess we should have left it a little bit snugger.”

Wight hopes he can bring home momentum and race data to Can-Am Speedway to start another run at the Super DIRTcar Series championship.

Although it’s not the Big Gator, defending Super DIRTcar Series Mat Williamson is more than happy the Buzz Chew Racing team’s efforts were rewarded with two Gator wins, including tonight’s $5,000 grand prize.

The race for the Big Gator championship probably would have come down to Wight and Williamson had the No. 88 not suffered a broken left rear shock, which resulted in a fifteenth-place finish for the defending Series champion.

“That Buzz Chew Chevrolet was pretty good. I think everyone in our pit area was disappointed with what happened Thursday night,” said Williamson, of St. Catharines, ON. “It just made us work harder and show everyone what we’re made of.”

Only Williamson and Wight found Victory Lane at this year’s DIRTcar Nationals. Williamson’s broken shock on Thursday and the Gypsum team’s dominance tipped the championship scales in Wight’s favor.

“That’s what championships are made of,” Williamson said. “Hats off to Larry [Wight] and his guys, they had a solid week. We tried our best and couldn’t beat them. It goes to show how good they are,” Williamson said.

The Buzz Chew Racing team struggled at the DIRTcar Nationals in 2019. They’ve been bound and determined to come back and succeed at Volusia. Bookending the week with wins and competing for the overall points title felt like redemption.

Runner up Jimmy Phelps and his HBR crew worked hard all week on their new Bicknell chassis and set up package.

“This is a new program for us with the chassis and coil-over suspension. We came down here with some stuff in mind that we wanted to play with,” said Phelps. “We got ourselves a little off track Wednesday and Thursday. It took until Thursday or me personally to figure out where I wanted to be on the race track. A top 5 last night and a podium tonight, we’re pretty happy with our progress.”

The Baldwinsville Bandit went on to say: “We learned a lot. We got beat by the hottest guy on dirt right now. There’s nothing to hang our heads about. We learned a ton that we can take back north with us.

Another driver with early-week woes was the seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard. The driver from Waterloo, NY recorded finishes uncharacteristically down the order throughout the week but showed improvement every single night.

“We had a really good car tonight. We’ve been chasing this thing all week and we made a big stride tonight. We had a good car all night. Track position was very key,” said Sheppard.

And of course, there’s the part that no one from the northeast is looking forward to.

“Now we make the long trip home back to the snow.”

Brett Hearn knows the fast way around Volusia Speedway Park. In fact, The Jet holds the record for consecutive victories with 5 at the Florida oval. Tonight Hearn picked up 12 positions to finish eleventh from twenty-third.

Next up, the Series first points race takes place on Saturday, April 11 at Can-Am Speedway in Lafargville, NY for a $7,500-to-win 100-lap Feature.

Stay up to date with on the Super DIRTcar Series with news, photos, videos by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

FEATURE (50 Laps)

1. 88-Mat Williamson [2][$5,000]; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$2,500]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [4][$1,500]; 4. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$1,000]; 5. 91-Billy Decker [7][$800]; 6. 99L-Larry Wight [3][$700]; 7. 42P-Pat Ward [10][$650]; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti [19][$600]; 9. 25R-Erick Rudolph [11][$550]; 10. 19-Tim Fuller [15][$500]; 11. 20-Brett Hearn [23][$475]; 12. 44-Stewart Friesen [6][$450]; 13. 7MM-Michael Maresca [8][$425]; 14. 44P-Anthony Perrego [16][$400]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [9][$375]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten [24][$350]; 17. 30-Ronnie Johnson [21][$325]; 18. 3-Justin Haers [18][$300]; 19. 23-Kyle Coffey [13][$300]; 20. 111-Demetrios Drellos [28][$300]; 21. 83-Brian Swartzlander [12][$300]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [14][$300]; 23. 32-Jim Rasey [25][$300]; 24. 8-Rich Scagliotta [26][$300]; 25. 1G-Darwin Greene [17][$300]; 26. 30M-JoJo Watson [22][$300]; 27. 1-Billy Pauch [20][$300]; 28. 7-Rick Laubach [27][$300]

Hard Charger Award: 20-Brett Hearn[+12]

FULL RESULTS HERE

Contingency awards:

VP Racing Fuels:

$50 - Andy Bachetti

Drydene Performance Products:

$50 - Larry Wight

$50 Certificate - Peter Britten

ASI Racewear:

$50 - Pat Ward

Bicknell Racing Products:

$100 Certificate - Mat Williamson

Billy Whittaker Cars:

$100 - Matt Sheppard

Cometic:

$50 - Stewart Friesen

Comp Cams:

$50 - Tim Fuller

$50 Certificate - Mat Williamson

DART:

$50 - Erick Rudolph

$100 Certificate - Jimmy Phelps

$100 Certificate - Kyle Coffey

Fox Racing Shox:

$50 - Matt Sheppard

Wrisco:

$200 Certificate - Mat Williamson

PHOTO: Joe Grabianowski

Thursday, February 13, 2020

FIREWORKS IN FEBRUARY: Sheppard Wins on Erb Jr.’s Penalty After Wild Whitener-Overton Battle Six-straight World of Outlaws wins at DIRTcar Nationals for the defending champ



BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 12, 2020 — Just when it looked like Mark Whitener was going to win his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature on Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park, he and Brandon Overton started slamming into each other from Turn 2 to Turn 4, leaving a lane for Dennis Erb Jr. and Brandon Sheppard to claim the lead with eight laps to go.

Erb was glued to the bottom, Sheppard blasted the top side. Erb’s groove proved to be just enough to edge Sheppard at the line by the blink of an eye. But following the Victory Lane celebration, Erb did not bring his car to postrace inspection as required, forcing officials to penalize him to last place and award Sheppard the victory, his first of the season. It was Sheppard’s second victory during this week’s DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford.

“The car was phenomenal again tonight,” Sheppard said. “We came from eighth and were able to get up through there and challenge Dennis. Unfortunately for him, things happen, and I sure hate to see that for him.”

But before all of the post-race drama played out, original race leader Whitener and a hounding Overton reached their boiling points on lap 33, when the two made heavy contact in Turn 4 battling for the lead, leaving Overton in the outside clay-buildup and Whitener slowing at the top of Turns 1 and 2 – a flat left-rear tire on Whitener’s #5 and a crumpled nose on Overton’s #76. Overton pulled it into the pits and retired on the lap after the restart while Whitener changed his flat and finished the race in 25th.

The battle began with Whitener taking the lead from Erb on lap three. Whitener almost immediately went on the defensive, switching from the high to the low side to protect the lead from Erb’s grasp. Overton entered the picture on lap 14, making the move to the low side of Erb as he set his sights on Whitener’s rear bumper.

More intense battling took place between the top three in the following laps until a caution flag waved on lap 26. Overton made a great move around the outside of Erb for second into Turn 1 on the restart to take second and made the pass for the lead on Whitener at the line as they came back around. Whitener took it back on the outside one lap later before another caution flew with just 10 laps remaining.

“I could see the bottom was starting to get dominant, so I had to get down there. It was starting to go away for me, but I could still blast the top and run it,” Whitener said.

Whitener led the field back to the green and chose to slide up to the high line. Overton had the same idea as the two went into Turn 3 on the next lap and ran out of room on the top, forcing him to cross underneath. He slid up tight to Whitener as they passed by the flagstand and took the low line on Turn 1 entry, again drifting up the track in Turn 2.

Whitener had already committed to powering around the top in an attempt to beat Overton out of Turn 2, and the two made contact with each other and the outside wall at corner exit. Overton shot to the lead into Turn 3 and again drifted to the top as Whitener did the same, and the two collided off of Turn 4, sending Overton way up over the heavy cushion, damaging the nose on the Wells Motorsports #76.

The caution flag waived, and the two putted around the track as the field collected. Overton went right to the rear while Whitener went to the pits to change a flat tire. From his perspective, Overton said he initially left some room on the top side in Turn 2.

“He ran me up the track two or three times, run me up into the fence, pretty much, in Turn 3. I kinda just got tired of messing with him. I slid him, and I left him a lane, I left him some room to get by. I just made it tight for him because I was trying to show him like ‘quit doing that.’ I guess he felt like I flattened his tire, I didn’t run in there and flatten his tire,” Overton said.

However, Whitener said he saw the incident in Turn 2 differently.

“He just wrecked me. He slid all the way into me, put me in the fence and flattened my left-rear tire. He just completely fenced me. I just got wrecked,” Whitener said.

When asked about the contact in Turn 4 being retaliatory, Whitener said, “100 percent. And the bad part about it is, me and Brandon have raced Crates, we’ve raced spec for $3,000, $5,000, $10,000, whatever the case is. But this is a World of Outlaws $10,000-to-win race. You don’t wreck somebody leading the race. A Crate race, a local race, whatever. However he wants to race is good with me, I’ll rub doors all day long. But you don’t take someone’s first World of Outlaws win away from them by putting them in the fence. You don’t do that.”

Overton was scored with a 27th-place finish and had this to say about the contact in Turn 4:

“We got together, and I guess he felt like I ran him over, so he came back and ran me over. It is what it is, I just hate it for all these guys that work on this thing, but we’ll get it fixed up and go again,” Overton said.

“It is what it is. We were both trying to win, he was driving hard, I was driving hard and we just came together.”

With the two leaders now at the tail of the field, Erb inherited the lead and brought the field back around to the checkers, just .097 seconds ahead of Sheppard. But in the end, Erb was informed of his penalty and Sheppard was declared the winner.

“Not the way we wanted to win it, Dennis did a really good job there,” Sheppard said. “He kept it out in front of us that whole race. We were right there, definitely slicing-and-dicing there and had a really good race.”

With this victory, Sheppard earns his first Series win of 2020 and sixth consecutive World of Outlaws Feature at the DIRTcar Nationals. Coming from eighth, he stayed up front all race and will continue to be a favorite to repeat as Big Gator champion later this week. “My guys have been doing a really good job, our car’s been really good night-in and night-out, so hopefully we can just keep the good runs coming,” Sheppard said.



UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series action continues from the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Thursday night, where the field takes on another 40-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature.

 Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!



Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [8][$10,000]; 2. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [7][$5,000]; 3. 14-Josh Richards [13][$3,000]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens [6][$2,500]; 5. 3s-Brian Shirley [10][$2,000]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$1,700]; 7. 39-Tim McCreadie [5][$1,400]; 8. 49-Jonathan Davenport [12][$1,300]; 9. 40B-Kyle Bronson [17][$1,200]; 10. 18-Chase Junghans [14][$1,100]; 11. 17M-Dale McDowell [16][$1,050]; 12. 157-Mike Marlar [3][$1,000]; 13. 25z-Mason Zeigler [22][$950]; 14. 12-Ashton Winger [15][$900]; 15. 0e-Rick Eckert [26][$850]; 16. 4G-Kody Evans [23][$800]; 17. 97-Cade Dillard [19][$770]; 18. 0M-Chris Madden [20][$750]; 19. 0-Scott Bloomquist [25][$730]; 20. 7-Ricky Weiss [11][$700]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs [21][$700]; 22. 66c-Matt Cosner [27][$700]; 23. 6-Blake Spencer [29][$110]; 24. 5-Mark Whitener [4][$110]; 25. B1-Brent Larson [28][$700]; 26. 76-Brandon Overton [2][$110]; 27. 2s-Stormy Scott [24][$700]; 28. 21-Ivedent Lloyd [30][$700]; 29. 72-Michael Norris [18][$110]; 30. 28-Dennis Erb [1][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton – 28; Mark Whitner – 3-27, 29-32; Dennis Erb – 1-2, 33-40; Hard Charger: 0e-Rick Eckert[+10]

Larry Wight Passes Brett Hearn and Fends off Stewart Friesen for DIRTcar Nationals Win

PHOTO: Alex and Helen Bruce 


BARBERVILLE, FL - February 12, 2020 - Brett The Jet Hearn started on the pole but it was Larry Wight, from Phoenix, NY, who lit the afterburners and squeezed between the No. 20 and the front stretch wall for the victory.

The defending DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford champion is white-hot at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile Volusia Speedway Park. The No. 99 Gypsum Racing Big Block Modified has now graced Victory Lane at Volusia 2 out of the last 4 races at the speedway.

As he often does, Wight found purchase on the high side.

“That thing just came alive on the top. We were able to run that middle-to-top through 1 and 2 and right through the middle in 3 and 4,” said Wight. “It felt like the car was just glued to the track so I just kept running that line and I didn’t see anyone showing a nose. It’s one of those deals where you’re the leader and you don’t know what line is better.”

After making the fateful pass on Hearn, Wight built a lead. A few restarts bunched up the field and Stewart Friesen drew in.

“As soon as he showed that nose I knew it was time to go to the bottom. I knew if I could get a couple of lapped cars and not have to get off the bottom, we’d be alright. I caught Jeremy Smith and I just stayed there. I knew Stewie would have to Bonzai-it to make it work.”

Wight’s DIRTcar Nationals success has come with a lot of trial and error and heartbreak.

“We’ve always enjoyed coming down here. We’ve been really close over the past six years. There were a lot of wins we let slip out,” noted Wight. “I just think we have a better handle on the car. The crew is meshing. Brandon and Jake are just working their tails off on this thing. We finished last season on a high note and this is a great way to kick off this season.”

Once Wight established his lead it was Stewart Friesen, from Sprakers, NY, that stepped up to the plate. Late in the race, Friesen caught Wight in lapped traffic. Friesen drove the Halmar Racing No. 44 deep into turn 1 but failed to get alongside Wight. After 30 laps Friesen finished in second.

“The track narrowed up late in the race and I wasn’t able to get a run on him,” said Friesen.

Friesen is currently second in Gator Championship points. He also busy day at the Daytona International Speedway with 2 practice sessions in his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series No. 52.

DIRTcar Nationals Championship points leader and defending Series champion Mat Williamson rounded out the podium. The Buzz Chew No. 88 driver from St. Catharines, ON pulled eighth in the Albany-Saratoga Speedway/The Big Show 12 Top 8 Redraw. It took five calculated moves to pick up a third-place finish.

Williamson and his team know as well as anyone that consistency wins championships.

“There are 3 more races in this deal. It just goes to show you how good this Buzz Chew team is. We unloaded fast and that’s because of all the hard work during the winter in the shop,” said Williamson.

The track conditions at Volusia Speedway Park always keep the drivers guessing and hitting the right set up is key.

“The track was a little bit slippier,” noted Williamson. “I felt our car was a little better last night than it was tonight. When you start on the pole you can get into clean air and control the race. I think we’ve got a little bit of work to do.”

It looked as though the stars were aligning for Brett Hearn when he drew the pole position in the Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Brett Hearn’s The Big Show Top 8 Redraw.

At the start, Hearn was immediately contested by Larry Wight. The No. 99L drew alongside the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 and after a lap-long door-to-door, Wight bested the 900 plus Feature winner coming out of turn 4. He finished fourth in the 30-lap Feature. 

Hearn crossed the line second to Erick Rudolph in his Heat Race and was coming on strong before Dave Farney threw the checkered flag. It appears that ‘The Jet’ is fully armed and ready for take-off.

The Gypsum Racing No. 91 of The Franklin Flyer Billy Decker struggled in Time Trials, which set him back in the Heat Race. Fortunately for the race fans in attendance at Volusia Speedway Park, Decker passed 9 cars to go from sixteenth to seventh making him the race’s hard charger.

Join us tomorrow night at Volusia Speedway Park for the race three of the 2020 DIRTcar National presented by Bozark Ford. If you can’t make it to the track, log in with DIRTvision and get a month-long Fast Pass to catch all the action live.

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FEATURE (30 LAPS) – 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$3,000]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [4][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [8][$1,000]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [1][$800]; 5. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$700]; 6. 25R-Erick Rudolph [6][$650]; 7. 91-Billy Decker [16][$600]; 8. 44P-Anthony Perrego [9][$550]; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti [3][$500]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$450]; 11. 1-Billy Pauch [10][$400]; 12. 30-Ronnie Johnson [14][$375]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [19][$350]; 14. 42P-Pat Ward [21][$325]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [22][$300]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$275]; 17. 3-Justin Haers [11][$250]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [13][$250]; 19. 9S-Matt Sheppard [15][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [24][$250]; 21. 46-Jeremy Smith [20][$250]; 22. 83-Brian Swartzlander [18][$250]; 23. 48T-Dave Rauscher [25][$250]; 24. 7-Rick Laubach [7][$250]; 25. 7MM-Michael Maresca [23][$250]; 26. 6D-Dillon Steuer [26][$250]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 91-Billy Decker[+9]

FULL RESULTS HERE

Contingency awards:

VP Racing Fuels:

$50 - Anthony Perrego

Drydene Performance Products:

$50 - Erick Rudolph

$50 Certificate - Demetrios Drellos

ASI Racewear:

$50 - Billy Decker

Bicknell Racing Products:

$100 Certificate - Larry Wight

Billy Whittaker Cars:

$100 - Stewart Friesen

Cometic:

$50 - Ronnie Johnson

Comp Cams:

$50 - Peter Britten

$50 Certificate - Larry Wight

DART:

$50 - Andy Bachetti

$100 Certificate - Stewart Friesen

$100 Certificate - Matt Sheppard

Fox Racing Shox:

$50 - Mat Williamson

Wrisco:

$200 Certificate - Larry Wight



Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Kyle Larson goes wire-to-wire to score Jean Lynch Classic presented by Winn-Dixie main event victory at East Bay Raceway Park

Chad Warner photo
TAMPA, Fla. (February 11, 2020) - Certainly synonymous with winning, especially in an open wheel automobile, ‘Yung Money’ Kyle Larson nearly swept Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 action on Tuesday night at East Bay Raceway Park, eventually leading every circuit of the inaugural Jean Lynch Classic presented by Winn-Dixie for a $5,000 payday.

The 30-lap triumph, the product of an outside-front row starting position, was just one portion of Larson’s near-domination to close-out the 2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Florida visit. The Elk Grove, California-native set the evening’s fastest time during qualifying time trials followed by a convincing victory during the second of two dashes.

Capping an East Bay visit that concluded with back-to-back runner-up performances, former World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Ian Madsen finished second on Tuesday night, followed by Rudeen Racing’s Cory Eliason, a hard-charging Aaron Reutzel, who advanced ten positions, and ‘Smoke’ Tony Stewart.

“My goal here as of lately was to get to the double-digit win mark in the (NASCAR) off-season and we were able to get number ten here tonight,” Kyle Larson explained, driver of the Paul Silva-owned, Chevrolet Accessories, Finley Farms, No. 57 sprint car. “That’s not a bad stretch of races since Homestead ended. Hopefully we can move on and win a bunch of NASCAR races with Chip Ganassi Racing.”

Untouchable from start to finish, Larson’s only real challenges were in the form of cautions and lapped traffic, with the first caution appearing on lap seven and again on lap 29, ultimately setting up a two-lap dash to the finish. Needless to say, the momentum shifts proved to be no harm to the familiar No. 57, keeping KCP Racing’s Ian Madsen in the rearview mirror the entire distance even when traffic hit its peak during a 22-lap green flag stretch that extended until lap 29. The caution with two circuits remaining erased a near-five second advantage for Larson.

“I just felt good all night long and it’s really fun to have a car like that. I was actually looking forward to traffic because I knew I had such a good car,” Larson said, who now owns ten All Star Circuit of Champions victories. “I really didn’t want to see that last caution because the pace started to slow down in three and four and I was lapping guys around the bottom. You never know where second is, so you gotta figure they would probably go where I wasn’t. I was planning on going to the bottom so I was hoping they wouldn’t get around me. It all worked out great.

“It has been a struggle the last week or so,” Larson continued. “So it feels good to come to East Bay and be really good.”

What’s Next:
With Florida action complete, the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will turn their attention toward Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, where the Series will take part in a Spring Nationals doubleheader on Friday and Saturday, April 10 & 11. The two-day program will award a pair of $5,000 top prizes and officially kick-off the 2020 All Star Circuit of Champions point chase. Fans seeking additional information should visit Attica Raceway Park online at www.atticaracewaypark.com.

Online Coverage:
Each and every event on the 2020 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule will be broadcast live exclusively at www.floracing.com. To access live and on-demand racing action from the All Star Circuit of Champions, visit www.floracing.com and become an annual PRO subscriber. The subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

Contingency Awards/Results: East Bay Raceway Park - Tuesday, February 11, 2020:
Event: Jean Lynch Classic presented by Winn-Dixie
Entries: 35
C&R Racing All Star Warm-Ups: Cory Eliason - 13.374 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson - 12.480 seconds
Ford Performance Heat #1: Tony Stewart
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Brian Brown
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Ian Madsen
Mobil 1 Heat #4: Brock Zearfoss
JE Pistons Dash #1: Ian Madsen
Kear's Speed Shop Dash #2: Kyle Larson
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner:
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: Hunter Mackison
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet A-Main Winner: Kyle Larson
Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Aaron Reutzel (+10)
(Lincoln Electric, Hercules Tire, Rayce Rudeen Foundation: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.178; 2. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.445; 3. 28F-Davie Franek, 13.476; 4. 1-Jamie Myers, 13.707; 5. 4x-Carson McCarl, 13.735; 6. 44-Trey Starks, 13.755; 7. 25-Chris Myers, 13.808; 8. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 14.075; 9. 40i-Mark Imler, 14.322

Group (B)
1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 12.879; 2. 4t-Terry McCarl, 12.976; 3. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.038; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 13.167; 5. M1-Mark Smith, 13.302; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.357; 7. 28-Tim Shaffer, 13.378; 8. 7B-Ben Brown, 14.072; 9. 121-Steve Glover, 14.392

Group (C)
1. 13-Paul McMahan, 12.982; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.198; 3. 15k-Chad Kemenah, 13.207; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.261; 5. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, 13.372; 6. 4-Danny Smith, 13.410; 7. 23-Chase Baker, 13.952; 8. 95-Hunter Mackison, 13.964; 9. 18J-RJ Jacobs, 13.968

Group (D)
1. 57-Kyle Larson, 12.480; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.824; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.182; 4. 5-Brent Marks, 13.304; 5. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.317; 6. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.438; 7. 197-Ryan Harrison, 14.390; 8. 4b-Billy Boyd Jr., 99.590

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 2. 28F-Davie Franek [2]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 4. 1-Jamie Myers [1]; 5. 1080-Jordan Mackison [8]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [6]; 7. 4X-Carson McCarl [5]; 8. 40I-Mark Imler [9]; 9. 25-Chris Myers [7]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 3C-Cale Conley [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 4. 4T-Terry McCarl [3]; 5. M1-Mark Smith [5]; 6. 28-Tim Shaffer [7]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [4]; 8. 7B-Ben Brown [8]; 9. 121-Steve Glover [9]

Heat #3 - Group (C) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 4. 47X-Dylan Westbrook [5]; 5. 4-Danny Smith [6]; 6. 95-Hunter Mackison [8]; 7. 23-Chase Baker [7]; 8. 18J-RJ Jacobs [9]; 9. 15K-Chad Kemenah [2]

Heat #4 - Group (D) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [1]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [4]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 5. 40-George Hobaugh [5]; 6. 197-Ryan Harrison [7]; 7. 49H-Bradley Howard [6]; 8. 4B-Billy Boyd Jr. [8]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [2]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 3C-Cale Conley [2]; 3. 4T-Terry McCarl [3]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 15K-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 28-Tim Shaffer [3]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [1]; 4. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 5. 95-Hunter Mackison [5]; 6. 49H-Bradley Howard [7]; 7. 4X-Carson McCarl [8]; 8. 18J-RJ Jacobs [10]; 9. 25-Chris Myers [14]; 10. 23-Chase Baker [9]; 11. 7B-Ben Brown [11]; 12. 197-Ryan Harrison [6]; 13. 40I-Mark Imler [12]; 14. 4B-Billy Boyd Jr. [13]; 15. 121-Steve Glover [15]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 57-Kyle Larson [2]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [5]; 6. 3C-Cale Conley [4]; 7. 13-Paul McMahan [7]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [10]; 10. 5-Brent Marks [11]; 11. M1-Mark Smith [17]; 12. 4T-Terry McCarl [6]; 13. 48-Danny Dietrich [13]; 14. 28F-Davie Franek [12]; 15. 21-Brian Brown [9]; 16. 47X-Dylan Westbrook [15]; 17. 40-George Hobaugh [18]; 18. 44-Trey Starks [24]; 19. 1-Jamie Myers [16]; 20. 28-Tim Shaffer [22]; 21. 1080-Jordan Mackison [20]; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [23]; 23. 4-Danny Smith [19]; 24. 15K-Chad Kemenah [21] Lap Leaders: Kyle Larson (1-30)

DIRTcar Nationals at a Glance: Dillard Ready to Build on Big Win Louisiana Racer Conquered World of Outlaws Stars in New Mexico, Can He Do It Again This Week at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals?



BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 11, 2019 – It’s now been over a month, but the jubilation from World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series sophomore campaigner Cade Dillard still hasn’t left his side from the night he scored the biggest win of his young career, defeating stars like defending champion Brandon Sheppard, Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist and Darrell Lanigan.

“I [still] don’t really know how to put it into words,” he said. “The support from everybody… the calls, the texts, Facebook posts and comments, even on the local radio station, they were wowed with it all. I don’t think I could have responded to everybody, it was unreal, honestly.”

He did it in style, driving around two-time and defending Series champion Sheppard on a restart with nine-to-go to win Vado Speedway Park’s inaugural Battle at the Border finale, worth $15,000 and his first-ever national Dirt Late Model tour victory. That night, he also bested the likes of three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champ Dennis Erb Jr., three-time Series champ Lanigan and National Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Famer Bloomquist – some of the legends he grew up watching rule the circuit.

“I’ve watched these guys for a long time, back when I was Modified racing, and dreamt of the day I’d get to race with them. Never in a million years did I think something like this would happen for me,” he said.

This week, Dillard has the chance to back up that spectacular win with another at Volusia Speedway Park for the 49th DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford – a track where he was only able to muster a 13th-place finish at best, and only qualify for two of the five total Late Model Features in his first-ever visit last year. But that was one year ago, and his notebook has gotten thicker since then.

“I’m definitely excited to get back to Volusia,” Dillard said. “I know we struggled there last year, but I’m not going to let that get us down. I feel like we’ll have a good car there.”

Now, the Robeline, LA-driver finds himself in a much better position in terms of experience, largely due to his massive improvement on the road with the Outlaws over the 2019 season.

His average finish through the first 20 races – 17.8. The final 21 – 9.0.

He attributes a lot of that improvement to his crew and car builder Jimmy Mars from Menomonie, Wisconsin. Dillard’s 15+ years of experience racing Modifieds also brought him a lot of time behind the wheel, but said his crew’s efforts in the pits has had just as much to do with their newfound success.

“Jimmy Mars and all those guys [at MB Customs] build a really good car, there’s just not a lot of them out there. To a certain degree, that might help us. We don’t worry about what anybody else is doing, we just work on our own stuff and do what works for us. It’s slowly paying off,” he said.

It was only a matter of time last season before the good finishes started coming, and his first positive sign appeared at Davenport Speedway in Iowa on July 24, where he completed the podium behind Jimmy Owens and Sheppard.

His next came just a short time later at Cedar Lake Speedway’s USA Nationals, where he led the first 60 laps before giving up the lead and fading back, settling for a 13th-place finish. Still, Thriller learned a lot that night. Against some of the best of the best in the national ranks, Dillard really showed his signs of improvement.

“After Cedar Lake, that was a pretty tough one we lost last year after leading so many laps. Just from inexperience, I just ran too hard, too early, I suppose.”

After the win at Vado last month, Dillard took a moment to reflect back on a time when he thought his racing days may have been numbered.

“If you had asked me four or five years ago where I see myself, I didn’t even think I’d have the opportunity to still be racing. It got to the point where I was just doing it on my own and didn’t have the money to get up-and-down the road… couldn’t even pay the electricity bill at my house,” Dillard said.

“I got to the point where 2015 was going to be my last year. Shane Sprinkle [S&S Fishing & Rental] came along, never met him in my life, and asked if I wanted to drive for him. It’s funny how things work out. God definitely has a plan.”

Now, Dillard turns his attention to The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. He said he’s confident in his crew and his newfound driving skill with his full-fendered ride, and looks forward to making even more improvements this weekend as he makes the trip to Volusia for the second time in his career.

“I’ve dreamt of having this opportunity for a really long time. I finally have it, and everything’s just been falling our way. I’ve got good crew guys, a list of good sponsors that believe in me and make this possible for us to get up and down the road. It’s just a huge blessing for me.”



THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE



WHEN & WHERE

Wednesday-Saturday, February 12-15 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida



WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

• Pit gate opens at 10 a.m.

• Spectator gate opens at 5 p.m.

• Hot Laps at 5:30 p.m.



ABOUT THE TRACK

Volusia Speedway Park is a half-mile, semi-banked clay oval. The track record is 15.645 seconds established by Tim McCreadie on Feb. 14, 2018.

Online – volusiaspeedwaypark.com

Phone – (386) 985-4402



TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on race day, by calling 844-DIRT-TIX or online at dirtcarnationals.com.



2019 HALF-MILE WINNERS

There were 12 races on half-mile tracks last season.

1: Volusia Speedway Park – Brandon Sheppard on February 13
2: Volusia Speedway Park – Brandon Sheppard on February 14

3: Volusia Speedway Park – Brandon Sheppard on February 15

4: Volusia Speedway Park – Brandon Sheppard on February 16

5: Smoky Mountain Speedway – Jimmy Owens on March 23

6: Lancaster Motor Speedway – Brandon Sheppard on June 1

7: Terre Haute Action Track – Brandon Sheppard on June 28

8: Davenport Speedway – Jimmy Owens on July 24

9: Shawano Speedway – Shane Clanton on July 30

10: Williams Grove Speedway – Brandon Sheppard on August 16

11: Port Royal Speedway – Mason Zeigler on August 17

12: Selinsgrove Speedway – Darrell Lanigan on Sept. 21



VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK PREVIOUS WINNERS

2019 – Brandon Sheppard on Feb. 13, Feb. 14, Feb. 15 and Feb. 16

2018 – Tim McCreadie on Feb. 14; Dale McDowell on Feb. 15; Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 16; Brandon Sheppard on Feb. 17

2017- Shane Clanton on Feb. 24; Don O’Neal on Feb. 25

2016 – Josh Richards on Feb. 18, 19; Shane Clanton on Feb. 20

2015 – Shane Clanton on Feb. 19, 20, 21

2014 – Casey Roberts on Feb. 20; Kyle Bronson on Feb. 22

2013 – Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 21; Billy Moyer on Feb. 22; Darrell Lanigan on Feb. 23

2012 – Dennis Erb Jr. on Feb. 23; Billy Moyer on Feb. 25

2011 – Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 17; Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 19

2010 – Josh Richards on Feb. 11; Brady Smith on Feb. 13

2009 – Josh Richards on Feb. 12; Steve Francis on Feb. 14

2008 – Josh Richards on Feb. 14; Billy Moyer on Feb. 16

2007 – Josh Richards on Feb. 17

2006 – Earl Pearson Jr. on Feb. 16; Steve Francis on Feb. 18; Chris Madden on Oct. 14

2005 – Billy Moyer on Feb. 17; Tim McCreadie on Feb. 19; Scott Bloomquist on Oct. 29

2004 – Steve Francis on Feb. 3; Bart Hartman on Feb. 4; Shannon Babb on Feb. 6; Scott Bloomquist on Feb. 8



ON THE INTERNET

World of Outlaws Late Model Series – www.worldofoutlaws.com/latemodels

Twitter – Twitter.com/ WoOLateModels (@WoOLateModels)

Instagram – Instagram.com/ WoOLateModels (@WoOLateModels)

Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries

YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws

DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Get your Late Model Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month!

Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision – @DIRTVision

Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision



DRIVER INFO

Follow full-time World of Outlaws drivers on Twitter:

Brandon Sheppard – @B_Sheppard_B5

Chris Madden – @chrismadden44

Scott Bloomquist – @Bloomquist_0 / @SBR_TeamZero

Darrell Lanigan – @DarrellLanigan

Chase Junghans – @chasejunghans18

Dennis Erb Jr. – @DennisErbJr

Boom Briggs – @boom99b

Brent Larson – @BrentLarsonB1

Ricky Weiss – @weissracing7

Cade Dillard – @CDillard97

Blake Spencer – @BlakeSpencer06

Matt Cosner – @MCR66C

Kody Evans – @kody_evans4

Ashton Winger – @winger_ashton

Ivedent Lloyd Jr. – @IvedentJ



AROUND THE TURN

After four straight shows in Florida, the Outlaws get a few weeks off before a weekend in Tennessee with visits to Duck River Raceway Park on March 6 and Smoky Mountain Speedway on March 7.



2020 STATS

There have been 3 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature events this season.



MORTON BUILDINGS FEATURE WINNERS (3 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 1

– Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB – 1

– Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA – 1



FAST QUALIFIERS (3 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick Times

1 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 1

– Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR – 1

– Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA – 1



DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (7 different winners)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 3

2 – Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB – 2

– Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA – 2

– Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 2

5 – Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN – 1

– Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 1

– Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR – 1



LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (6 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins

1 – Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR – 1

– Stormy Scott, Las Cruces, NM – 1

– Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL – 1

– Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL – 1

– Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN – 1

– Kody Evans, Camden, OH – 1



PODIUM FINISHES (5 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums

1 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 3

2 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 2

– Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB – 2

4 – Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA – 1

– Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 1



HARD CHARGERS (3 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of merits

1 – Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL – 1

– Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 1

– Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB – 1



TOTAL LAPS LED (4 different drivers)

Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps

1 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 66

2 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 41

3 – Ricky Weiss, Headingley, MB – 19

4 – Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA – 9



2019 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SCHEDULE & WINNERS

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Friday, Jan. 3 / Vado Speedway Park / Vado, NM / Chris Madden (1)

2. Saturday, Jan. 4 / Vado Speedway Park / Vado, NM / Ricky Weiss (1)

3. Sunday, Jan. 5 / Vado Speedway Park / Vado, NM / Cade Dillard (1)

T-MAC TOPPLES ROCKET: McCreadie Outruns Sheppard for DIRTcar Nationals Win Sheppard’s 5-race win streak at Volusia snapped; McCreadie’s new team reaping rewards


BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 11, 2020 – When a new driver-owner partnership comes about for the beginning of a new season, there’s normally a learning curve that each team member goes through before getting settled. In the case of Tim McCreadie, however, he and his new team at Paylor Motorsports made it look like they’ve been together for years as they scored a dominating victory in Tuesday night’s DIRTcar Late Model Feature at Volusia Speedway Park as part of the 49th DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford.

“I owe a lot to [car owners] Gena and Donald Bradsher,” McCreadie said. “They didn’t have to do this, and we’re reaping the benefits of it as a team. We’ve got a really, really good team, everybody gets along.”

The Watertown, NY-native joined the Burlington, NC-based team this past December after more than 15 years behind the wheel of his well-known Sweetners Plus Racing ride. And on Tuesday night, he and the new team never missed a beat, besting the 48-car field by leading all 30 laps of the Feature for the $7,000 top prize.

From the pole, McCreadie jumped to the lead right away and began playing tough defense from a streaking Brandon Sheppard, who had won the previous five Late Model races contested at the DIRTcar Nationals. A late restart gave Sheppard a final chance at McCreadie, but he was ultimately unable to catch the leader and crossed the line in second. Kyle Bronson held off a hungry Dennis Erb Jr. for the final podium spot, and Jonathan Davenport raced his way up to complete the top five from 10th.

From the drop of the green, McCreadie seemed to have the answers to each of Sheppard’s challenges. Sheppard tried to get by T-Mac on the low side, pulling up alongside his Mega Plumbing #39 several times, but was ultimately unable to complete the pass. McCreadie just seemed to have a better car right in the middle of the racetrack, and he said it was all about what he learned from watching Sheppard drive to victory on Monday night.

“I watched the night before, I ran the bottom, following Brandon for a little bit and he got away,” McCreadie said. “I just saw what he was doing. He started arching really wide and clipping the track in half.”

At multiple points during the race, Sheppard was good enough on the bottom to nose his way into the lead, but only for a turn or two. When done correctly, McCreadie would power back around to The Rocket-Shepp’s outside, using that momentum in the high-middle groove.

The two battled back-and-forth for multiple laps at a time before getting spread out as they eclipsed the halfway point. Kyle Bronson had made significant efforts on the top side, battling with Erb Jr. for third, and the two soon began to catch the leaders before the race’s only caution flag flew with 10 laps remaining.

“The high line was definitely good for me, I’m comfortable up there racing,” Bronson said. “But when I moved down in the last couple of laps, I actually felt better on the bottom, really. It’s good to know our car is maneuverable.”

On the restart, McCreadie said he could feel the pressure to get separation from Sheppard.

“I’ve been around a long time, and there’s like a ‘money restart.’ And with under 10 [laps to go], it’s like, you better do something. Just something that gives you a little bit of room to breathe, and I feel like it happened, because the sticks were fairly wide when I went by.”

He indeed get that separation, immediately opening up a few car-lengths lead. Again, using that middle groove, where most other drivers chose not to drive.

“My crew chief Phil, he gave me one signal right after the yellow where Brandon was back beside me. It was a move of like, ‘hey, drive that thing right through the middle as hard as possible and roll to the cushion.’ And I just did it and I never saw Brandon again,” McCreadie said.

Leading the field back to the checkered flag, McCreadie snapped Sheppard’s five-race win-streak at Volusia in style, doing something very rarely seen at Volusia, let alone at all – outrunning the Rocket1 Racing car.

Even though he couldn’t catch McCreadie in the end, Sheppard said he was pleased with his car, just needed to get out in front early like he did the night before.

“We had a good car, and we put ourselves in the right position early in the night,” Sheppard said. “[McCreadie] just got the jump on me at the start and it was pretty much over after that.”

Much like some other teams do, Sheppard said he and the Rocket1 crew were testing out a few things to see the car’s capability on the final DIRTcar night before the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series shows begin on Wednesday.

“I think our car was really good, and we tried a few things tonight, trying to make the car a little bit better. And that might have been some of it too, kinda got off-track from where we were last night, just trying some stuff before the Outlaws races,” Sheppard said.



UP NEXT

The 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals action continues with the arrival of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models on Wednesday night, as they run alongside the Super DIRTcar Series in the first of four 50-lap, $10,000-to-win shows.

Hot Laps are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET; catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

DIRTcar Feature (30 Laps) 1. 39-Tim McCreadie [1]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson [3]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb [4]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport [10]; 6. 157-Mike Marlar [16]; 7. 17M-Dale McDowell [8]; 8. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [12]; 9. 7-Ricky Weiss [9]; 10. 72-Michael Norris [11]; 11. 20-Jimmy Owens [22]; 12. 76-Brandon Overton [5]; 13. 3s-Brian Shirley [6]; 14. 0M-Chris Madden [15]; 15. 97-Cade Dillard [13]; 16. 2s-Stormy Scott [14]; 17. 18-Chase Junghans [26]; 18. 0e-Rick Eckert [18]; 19. 14-Josh Richards [23]; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler [19]; 21. 25-Shane Clanton [20]; 22. 15-Donny Schatz [21]; 23. 31-Tyler Millwood [24]; 24. 36-Logan Martin [7]; 25. 5-Mark Whitener [17]; 26. 25w-Allen Weisser [25] Hard Charger: 20-Jimmy Owens[+11]

Williamson Pins Down First Gator

PHOTO: Chris Owens


BARBERVILLE, FL - February 11, 2020 - Like a rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral, defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, made the high line work to win his first career DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Gator to kick-off the 2020 season at Volusia Speedway Park.

With a smile as wide as the Victory Lane he and his Buzz Chew Racing crew stood in, Williamson said: “Man it feels good to win in Florida!”

The thirty-lap Feature win did not come easy as Erick Rudolph and Anthony Perrego nearly overtook the Buzz Chew No. 88 in a close battle in turn two.

“We got lucky when that caution came out. My guys in the infield were telling me Erick [Rudolph] was coming on the bottom. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck to win these things,” said Williamson.

The 2020 DIRTcar Nationals are already head and shoulders above Williamson’s results from 2019. Tonight’s win is his first at Volusia Speedway Park.

“We didn’t run too spectacular here last year, so to get it for Buzz, who is here, is really cool,” he said.

Ransomville, NY native Erick Rudolph charged to claim second place in the 26-car field of Big Block Modifieds. It looked like the No. 25R was primed for a run at the lead before the Feature’s only caution flew.

“I got to second pretty quick there but I fizzled out a bit. Mat [Williamson] had a really good car. Before the restart I was catching him,” noted Rudolph. “After the restart, he took off and got a buffer on me and I wasn’t able to close in on him.”

“This is my best run here to date so I am really happy with that. The week is young and hopefully, we can get a Gator,” noted Rudolph. A win at DIRTcar Nationals would be his first.

The standout driver of the green and black No. 44 Anthony Perrego was stout in every race session. He found something his Big Block Modified liked and drove on to a third-place finish.

Midway through the race, Perrego caught Williamson and Rudolph to make it a three-way battle for the lead. Unfortunately for the Montgomery, NY native, a caution flag flew for Andy Bachetti, who pulled off with engine trouble. That would be the only caution flag of the race.

“That was definitely a good run racing up against those two cats up there [Wiliamson and Rudolph]. Before that caution, I thought I had a shot at him,” said Perrego. “We were rolling the bottom pretty good. Once that yellow came out, I think someone knocked some water out on turns three and four so I kind of lost my line there.”

Perrego never let the leaders out of sight but had to settle for the bottom step on the podium.

The 5-time NAPA Super DIRT Week champion and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors World Truck Series star Stewart Friesen cut through the field to finish fourth from his nineteenth place starting position.

Matt Sheppard started the night out well with a Heat Race win and a third-place starting position in the Feature. Unfortunately, the 7-time Super DIRTcar Series champion from Waterloo, NY faded throughout the race and was forced to settle for seventh. If history is any indication though, Sheppard and his MSM crew will turn it around for another chance at a Gator.

Super DIRTcar Series rookie contender Jessey Mueller took the win in the first Last Chance Showdown number one of the night. Mueller struggled in Time Trials which put him towards the back in his Heat Race but the rookie persevered and qualified for the 30-lap Feature. He started twenty-first and moved up to finish nineteenth against a stacked field of elite Big Block Modified drivers.

Join us tomorrow night at Volusia Speedway Park for the race two of the 2020 DIRTcar National presented by Bozark Ford. If you can’t make it to the track, log in with DIRTvision and get a month-long Fast Pass to catch all the action live.

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FEATURE (30 LAPS) 1. 88-Mat Williamson [1][$3,000]; 2. 25r-Erick Rudolph [9][$1,500]; 3. 44P-Anthony Perrego [5][$1,000]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [19][$800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [10][$700]; 6. 91-Billy Decker [8][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$600]; 8. 49-Billy Dunn [7][$550]; 9. 42P-Pat Ward [16][$500]; 10. 3-Justin Haers [13][$450]; 11. 21a-Peter Britten [11][$400]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$375]; 13. 7-Rick Laubach [6][$350]; 14. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [14][$325]; 15. 1-Billy Pauch [15][$300]; 16. 83-Brian Swartzlander [25][$275]; 17. 7MM-Michael Maresca [4][$250]; 18. 19-Tim Fuller [18][$250]; 19. 19m-Jessey Mueller [21][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [23][$250]; 21. 30-Ronnie Johnson [12][$250]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [17][$250]; 23. 5-Matthew Stangle [22][$250]; 24. 48T-Dave Rauscher [26][$250]; 25. 6D-Dillon Steuer [20][$250]; 26. 4-Andy Bachetti [24][$250]

Hard Charger Award: 44-Stewart Friesen[+15]

FULL RESULTS HERE

Contingency Awards:

VP Racing Fuels:

$50 - Billy Dunn

Drydene Performance Products:

$50 - Billy Decker

$50 product - Brian Swartzlander

ASI Racewear:

$50 - Matt Sheppard

Bicknell Racing Products:

$100 product: Mat Williamson

Billy Whittaker Cars:

$100 - Billy Decker

Cometic:

$50 - Brett Hearn

Comp Cams:

$50 - Justin Haers

$50 product - Mat Williamson

DART:

$50 - Pat Ward

$100 product - Erick Rudolph

$100 product - Jessey Mueller

Fox Racing Shox:

$50 - Anthony Perrego

Wrisco:

$200 product - Mat Williamson


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Aaron Reutzel scores second consecutive All Star victory with Winn-Dixie triumph at East Bay Raceway Park



TAMPA, Fla. (February 10, 2020) - Despite the entire Florida campaign not accumulating points toward the overall Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 championship, if Florida results could give any indication on how the 2020 All Star title chase will unfold, Clute, Texas’ Aaron Reutzel is a surefire favorite to earn the $65,000 top prize, ultimately increasing his consecutive championship run to three.

Now with two consecutive All Star victories in the Sunshine State, the first occurring during Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, February 6, Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports’ Aaron Reutzel continued his Florida dominance with a convincing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Winn-Dixie victory at East Bay Raceway Park on Monday evening, February 10, taking command for the first time on lap three before escaping from the rest of the field to snag the $5,000 payday. In addition, the win was Reutzel’s 27th during Series competition, doing so from sixth on the grid.

“We kinda picked up right where we left off last year. Whenever you’re running that good at the end of the year, you don’t want the year to end. Momentum can change and you can never be too sure how the next year is going to start,” Aaron Reutzel explained, driver of the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports/Folkens Brothers Trucking/Fischer Body Shop/Dissolvalloy/No. 87 sprint car. “Even when we had the opportunity to practice last week, I told the guys I didn’t want to practice. I just wanted to head into race night like it was another race from last year.”

A takeover that proved to be just as impressive as the driver performing it, Reutzel’s bid for the lead on lap three consisted of two parts, the first segment being a slingshot move around the outer edge of the speedway in turns one and two to power by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart. Reutzel’s maneuver in the first two corners was soon followed by a dive through turns three and four to sneak by Brian Brown for the top spot. The multi-time Knoxville Raceway track champion led the first two circuits.

Reutzel went on to race unchallenged throughout the remaining distance, easily navigating through slower traffic while Tony Stewart, Cory Eliason, Ian Madsen and Brian Brown all jockeyed for position. Climbing ahead from eighth, Madsen eventually settled into second on lap 18 and desperately attempted to track down the two-time champion during the second half of the 30-lap program. The effort was present, but the gap was too much to overcome, even in late stages of traffic. Reutzel lapped all but the top 11 cars and, at one point, maintained a near-five second advantage. The final margin of victory equalled 2.5 seconds.

“The track was phenomenal tonight. I’d love to see a race track like that the entire time we are here,” Reutzel continued. “That was a lot of fun. I can’t thank my team enough for what they do for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their hard work and dedication.”

Following Reutzel and Madsen to the line were Cory Eliason, Tony Stewart and Chad Kemenah, who advanced four spots to secure his top-five performance. On a special note, Aaron Reutzel is now the second Texan to score an All Star Circuit of Champions main event victory at East Bay Raceway Park, now joining Gary Wright on the Florida wins list.

What’s Next:
With one night of Winn-Dixie action in the books, Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions will conclude their 2020 Florida vacation, officially, with one final visit to East Bay Raceway Park on Tuesday, February 11. Dubbed the All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Winn-Dixie, the East Bay All Star finale will award a $5,000 top prize. Fans should visit East Bay Raceway Park online for additional information: www.ebrp.co.

Online Coverage:
Each and every event on the 2020 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule will be broadcast live exclusively at www.floracing.com. To access live and on-demand racing action from the All Star Circuit of Champions, visit www.floracing.com and become an annual PRO subscriber. The subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

Contingency Awards/Results: East Bay Raceway Park - Monday, February 10, 2020:
Event: All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Winn-Dixie
Entries: 36
C&R Racing All Star Warm-Ups: Aaron Reutzel - 14.129 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Aaron Reutzel - 13.252 seconds
Ford Performance Heat #1: Ian Madsen
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Chad Kemenah
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Aaron Reutzel
Mobil 1 Heat #4: Tony Stewart
JE Pistons Dash #1: Brian Brown
Kear's Speed Shop Dash #2: Tony Stewart
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner: Bradley Howard
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: R.J. Jacobs
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet A-Main Winner: Aaron Reutzel
Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Ian Madsen (+6)
(Lincoln Electric, Hercules Tire, Rayce Rudeen Foundation: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 24-Danny Martin Jr., 13.659; 2. 4t-Terry McCarl, 13.667; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.690; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.817; 5. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.915; 6. 4-Danny Smith, 14.080; 7. 40i-Mark Imler, 14.445; 8. 95-Hunter Mackison, 14.452; 9. 7B-Ben Brown, 15.052

Group (B)
1. 21-Brian Brown, 13.401; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.488; 3. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.606; 4. 15k-Chad Kemenah, 13.712; 5. 5-Brent Marks, 13.783; 6. 49H-Bradley Howard, 14.066; 7. 25-Chris Myers, 14.464; 8. 197-Ryan Harrison, 14.491; 9. 23-Chase Baker, 14.606

Group (C)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.252; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 13.341; 3. 28-Tim Shaffer, 13.852; 4. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.954; 5. 40-George Hobaugh, 14.090; 6. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, 14.093; 7. 18J-RJ Jacobs, 14.142; 8. 121-Steve Glover, 14.709; 9. 4X-Carson McCarl, 14.801

Group (D)
1. M1-Mark Smith, 13.750; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.751; 3. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.810; 4. 44-Trey Starks, 14.008; 5. 1-Jamie Myers, 14.045; 6. 28F-Davie Franek, 14.048; 7. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 14.472; 8. 4b-Billy Boyd Jr., 15.161; 9. J4-John Garvin, 99.520

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1]; 3. 4T-Terry McCarl [3]; 4. 3C-Cale Conley [5]; 5. 24-Danny Martin Jr. [4]; 6. 4-Danny Smith [6]; 7. 95-Hunter Mackison [8]; 8. 40I-Mark Imler [7]; 9. 7B-Ben Brown [9]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 15K-Chad Kemenah [1]; 2. 13-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 5. 5-Brent Marks [5]; 6. 25-Chris Myers [7]; 7. 49H-Bradley Howard [6]; 8. 197-Ryan Harrison [8]; 9. 23-Chase Baker [9]

Heat #3 - Group (C) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [1]; 3. 28-Tim Shaffer [2]; 4. 40-George Hobaugh [5]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [3]; 6. 47X-Dylan Westbrook [6]; 7. 18J-RJ Jacobs [7]; 8. 4X-Carson McCarl [9]; 9. 121-Steve Glover [8]

Heat #4 - Group (D) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 2. M1-Mark Smith [4]; 3. 44-Trey Starks [1]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 5. 1-Jamie Myers [5]; 6. 4B-Billy Boyd Jr. [8]; 7. 1080-Jordan Mackison [7]; 8. 28F-Davie Franek [6]; 9. J4-John Garvin [9]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [4]; 3. M1-Mark Smith [1]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 15K-Chad Kemenah [5]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 5. 24-Danny Martin Jr. [3]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 49H-Bradley Howard [2]; 2. 4-Danny Smith [3]; 3. 28F-Davie Franek [1]; 4. 47X-Dylan Westbrook [4]; 5. 18J-RJ Jacobs [7]; 6. 1080-Jordan Mackison [9]; 7. 25-Chris Myers [5]; 8. 197-Ryan Harrison [11]; 9. 40I-Mark Imler [10]; 10. 4X-Carson McCarl [12]; 11. 4B-Billy Boyd Jr. [6]; 12. 121-Steve Glover [14]; 13. 95-Hunter Mackison [8]; 14. 7B-Ben Brown [15]; 15. 23-Chase Baker [13]; 16. J4-John Garvin [16]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 5. 15K-Chad Kemenah [9]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 7. 4T-Terry McCarl [13]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [3]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [11]; 10. 13-Paul McMahan [7]; 11. 28-Tim Shaffer [14]; 12. M1-Mark Smith [5]; 13. 5-Brent Marks [19]; 14. 3C-Cale Conley [17]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [12]; 16. 44-Trey Starks [15]; 17. 24-Danny Martin Jr. [10]; 18. 47X-Dylan Westbrook [24]; 19. 40-George Hobaugh [18]; 20. 1-Jamie Myers [20]; 21. 49H-Bradley Howard [21]; 22. 48-Danny Dietrich [16]; 23. 28F-Davie Franek [23]; 24. 4-Danny Smith [22] Lap Leaders: Brian Brown (1,2), Aaron Reutzel (3-30)

Sheppard Dominates to Continue His DIRTcar Nationals Mastery Defending champ dominates Dirt Late Model Opener fifth consecutive Volusia win

Joe Grabianowski photo


BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 10, 2020 – Picking up right where he left off in last year’s DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford, Brandon Sheppard ran away with Monday night’s DIRTcar Late Model Feature for his fifth consecutive victory at Volusia Speedway Park.

 The defending Dirt Late Model Big Gator champion stole the lead from polesitter Tim McCreadie at the drop of the green and never looked back, leading all 30 laps en route to his sixth victory at Volusia in the past seven DIRTcar Nationals Late Model Features.

 If anyone thought it was the Rocket1 Racing show during last year’s Florida-Georgia Speedweeks, it’s looking like an even more concentrated go-around this year, as Sheppard now tallies four Late Model victories in the past seven days.

 “It’s been an incredible Speedweeks so far, our consistency has been through the roof all week,” Sheppard said. “When you’re as consistent as we are, the wins are going to come.”

 Sheppard led comfortably until the race’s second caution on lap 14, when Scott Bloomquist Racing’s Chris Madden gave him his strongest challenge of the race on the restart. Using the top side momentum to his advantage, Madden got a great run out of Turn 2 and dove into Turn 3 on the bottom. But The Rocket Shepp was just too strong in the middle and began to pull away again at the flagstand.


Another restart with nine laps remaining put Madden on the top side at the drop of the green, but he stumbled on the cushion as Brian Shirley and Dennis Erb Jr. drove by on the bottom. Madden fell back two spots further before the checkered, leaving the 2018 Big Gator champion with a sixth-place result.

 Shirley had a great race going on the top side, using the speed to make several passes as he climbed up into the podium. He fended off Erb’s fierce challenges on the bottom in the closing laps to secure the runner-up spot with a car he said was very comfortable to drive. To beat the Rocket1 car ahead of him, however, Shirley believes it’s going to take more than just being good in the Feature.

“We’ve just got to make sure we qualify good and start up front,” Shirley said. “I just felt like [Sheppard] was just a little bit better than me out there on the track and could do things that I just couldn’t do, so we’ve just got to get a little better. Hopefully, one night, I can get lucky enough to start on the front row and have a shot.”

 Erb had a very strong car the whole race, rounding out an all-Illinois top-three from his eighth starting spot. He made his way up into the top-five just before halfway and capitalized on Madden’s slip-up on the late restart to grab third and eventually challenge for second.

 “On that last restart, Chris just went way high there and I just went right through the middle,” Erb said. “Once everybody got settled in there, it was awful fast and hard to pass from there on.”

 Erb stayed around the bottom for the greater portion of the race, chomping at the bit on Shirley in the late stages.

 “[Shirley] would go into the corner and slide from bottom to the top, I’d get a run on him and then he’d come back down. To try and get by him that way really wasn’t going to work,” Erb said.

 Sheppard fended off the fellow Illinois drivers’ pressure from behind with ease on the following restarts, leading the field back to the checkers for a $7,000 payday.

 Overall, Sheppard said his continued success comes down to he and his crew’s workflow in the pit area. Each day, they know exactly what it is they need to do to get the job done, and with car owner Mark Richards’ years of experience racing at Volusia, it puts Sheppard at ease behind the wheel.

 “It just makes my confidence maxed-out all the time. I know I can drive into Turn 1 however I feel I need to and nothing’s going to fall off or break or anything like that because my guys just do such a great job. It’s a lot easier to have a lot of confidence whenever you’ve got a great group of guys pumping you up, and you know your car’s gonna be good,” Sheppard said.

 UP NEXT

 The DIRTcar Nationals action continues Tuesday night with the second 30-lap, $7,000-to-win Feature for the Late Models alongside the stars and cars of the Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision; Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET.

RESULTS

Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard [2][]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley [5][]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb, [8][]; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie [1][]; 5. 5-Mark Whitener [11][]; 6. 0M-Chris Madden [4][]; 7. 72-Michael Norris [3][]; 8. 29V-Darrell Lanigan [14][]; 9. 7W-Ricky Weiss [6][]; 10. 76B-Brandon Overton [22][]; 11. 97-Cade Dillard [20][]; 12. 20-Jimmy Owens [17][]; 13. 12-Ashton Winger [9][]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [7][]; 15. 17M-Dale McDowell [10][]; 16. 99B-Boom Briggs [16][]; 17. O-Rick Eckert [18][]; 18. 40B-Kyle Bronson [13][]; 19. 21-Ivedent Lloyd, [15][]; 20. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [23][]; 21. 16B-Tyler Bruening [12][]; 22. 6-Blake Spencer [24][]; 23. OOO-Kyle Lear [19][]; 24. 89-GR Smith [21][]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 76B-Brandon Overton[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 72-Michael Norris, 16.575; 2. 12-Ashton Winger, 16.59; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley, 16.656; 4. 23-John Blankenship, 16.719; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens, 16.761; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 16.803; 7. 1-Vic Hill, 16.9; 8. 16-Justin Rattliff, 17.095; 9. 4G-Kody Evans, 17.223; 10. 25Z-Mason Zeigler, 17.655; 11. 76-Blair Nothdurft, 18.317

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss, 16.232; 2. 1S-Brandon Sheppard, 16.265; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.285; 4. 29V-Darrell Lanigan, 16.287; 5. 18-Chase Junghans, 16.432; 6. O-Rick Eckert, 16.478; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood, 16.499; 8. 7-Drake Troutman, 16.696; 9. 66C-Matt Cosner, 16.801; 10. 89-GR Smith, 16.867; 11. 2-Dan Stone, 17.39

Qualifying Flight-C – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.267; 2. 21-Ivedent Lloyd,, 16.498; 3. 36-Logan Martin, 16.54; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie, 16.645; 5. 6-Blake Spencer, 16.706; 6. 0B-Scott Bloomquist, 16.722; 7. 5-Mark Whitener, 16.751; 8. 22-Gregg Satterlee, 16.839; 9. 33-Jeff Mathews, 16.84; 10. OOO-Kyle Lear, 17.158; 11. 16H-Mike Hammerle, NT

Qualifying Flight-D – 1. 16B-Tyler Bruening, 16.419; 2. 0M-Chris Madden, 16.498; 3. 97-Cade Dillard, 16.604; 4. 28-Dennis Erb,, 16.635; 5. 99B-Boom Briggs, 16.637; 6. 311-Ken Monahan, 16.671; 7. 25-Shane Clanton, 16.716; 8. 76B-Brandon Overton, 16.736; 9. 2W-Pearson Williams, 16.785; 10. 25W-Allen Weisser, 16.823; 11. 25DC-Donnie Chappell, 16.93

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 72-Michael Norris [1]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley [3]; 3. 12-Ashton Winger [2]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson [6]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens [5]; 6. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [10]; 7. 16-Justin Rattliff [8]; 8. 1-Vic Hill [7]; 9. 76-Blair Nothdurft [11]; 10. 4G-Kody Evans [9]; 11. 23-John Blankenship [4]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 2. 7W-Ricky Weiss [1]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell [3]; 4. 29V-Darrell Lanigan [4]; 5. O-Rick Eckert [6]; 6. 89-GR Smith [10]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans [5]; 8. 2-Dan Stone [11]; 9. 7-Drake Troutman [8]; 10. 66C-Matt Cosner [9]; 11. 31-Tyler Millwood [7]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 39-Tim McCreadie [4]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 5-Mark Whitener [7]; 4. 21-Ivedent Lloyd, [2]; 5. OOO-Kyle Lear [10]; 6. 6-Blake Spencer [5]; 7. 36-Logan Martin [3]; 8. 22-Gregg Satterlee [8]; 9. 33-Jeff Mathews [9]; 10. 16H-Mike Hammerle [11]; 11. 0B-Scott Bloomquist [6]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 0M-Chris Madden [2]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb, [4]; 3. 16B-Tyler Bruening [1]; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs [5]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [3]; 6. 76B-Brandon Overton [8]; 7. 25W-Allen Weisser [10]; 8. 2W-Pearson Williams [9]; 9. 311-Ken Monahan [6]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton [7]; 11. 25DC-Donnie Chappell [11]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 89-GR Smith [2][]; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [1][]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [4][]; 4. 2-Dan Stone [6][]; 5. 16-Justin Rattliff [3][]; 6. 1-Vic Hill [5][]; 7. 7-Drake Troutman [8][]; 8. 23-John Blankenship [11][]; 9. 76-Blair Nothdurft [7][]; 10. 4G-Kody Evans [9][]; 11. 66C-Matt Cosner [10][]; 12. 31-Tyler Millwood [12][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – 1. 76B-Brandon Overton [2][]; 2. 6-Blake Spencer [1][]; 3. 25W-Allen Weisser [4][]; 4. 2W-Pearson Williams [6][]; 5. 311-Ken Monahan [8][]; 6. 33-Jeff Mathews [7][]; 7. 16H-Mike Hammerle [9][]; 8. 36-Logan Martin [3][]; 9. 22-Gregg Satterlee [5][]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton [10][]; 11. 25DC-Donnie Chappell [12][]; 12. 0B-Scott Bloomquist [11][]