Thursday, January 30, 2020
That appetite will be appeased this weekend during Racing Xtravaganza presented by Wicked Energy Gum, a show that has a variety of activities for fans and racing personalities to enjoy over a two-day period.
The show kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday and continues until 10 p.m. It reopens at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until the show closes at 9 p.m.
This year’s show is highlighted by the Wicked Cushion eSports Championship Series, which allows Sim racers on site and from around the country and internationally to compete for cash prizes. TIMSSIMS and Victory Lane Racing have also partnered for this unique event.
Ninety-six competitors will compete in a series of qualifying events before Saturday’s A-Main, which will feature 12 in-person racers and 12 online racers. First place in the A-Main receives $700 of the $3,000-plus purse. If the winner is in-person, they will receive an additional $100 from Tim’s Dirt Track Simulators. The highest finishing Live qualifier gets to practice the Gobrecht Motorsports No. 44 Sprint Car at BAPS Motor Speedway. For more information, go to https://tinyurl.com/yx4yrxfu.
Drivers and fans can also compete in the BAPS “Finishing First” Cornhole Challenge. The fan portion of the tournament will be a team tournament and takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, with $750 going to the winter. Second receives $500, with third banking $250.
On Saturday, there will be a Driver’s Challenge. The winner receives $1,000, second takes home $500, with third earning $250. This singles tournament starts at 12:30 p.m.
There is a third chance to win in the Cornhole Challenge. All fans and drivers registered for Friday and Saturday competition will receive a free entry into Saturday evening’s Random Draw Challenge. Each player will be randomly paired with another player to compete for an additional $1,000. Total purse for the cornhole event is $4,250.
Racing Xtravaganza also provides plenty of fun and excitement for kids. There will be free games for children in the Kid Zone, which is sponsored by Hickory Falls Family Entertainment Center.
The Optimus Prime replica will have several shows for kids. For more info, check out https://tinyurl.com/rvfv6r5. Bumblebee will also be attendance to offer “Superhero Training” on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4.
The Ms. Racing Xtravaganza Pageant is back again this year. Nine ladies will compete for the title by going through an interview on the Turn 5 Turn Around Show, and other categories, including sportswear, swimwear, and formal wear. The pageant, which is sponsored by Bricker’s Famous French Fries, takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, with the winner receiving $1,000.
There will also be a Junior Miss Racing Xtravaganza Pageant at 1 p.m. Saturday. Contestants 8-14 will participate in an interview and photo session, with the winner receiving a sash, trophy, and a tiara.
Fans in attendance will also be treated to a series of roundtable discussions. The Friday slate includes a Promoter’s Roundtable at 5:30 p.m. Williams Grove’s Justin Loh, Bedford’s Joe Padula, Port Royal’s Steve O’Neal, and USAC East Coast promoter Curt Michael will participate in the session.
Saturday features three roundtable discussions. Announcers take centerstage at 2 p.m. with Alan Sagi, Dave Hare (BAPS Motor Speedway), Mike Donald (Trail-Way), and Earl Hoon (Port Royal) participating. The Evolving Drivers roundtable featuring Jeff Halligan, Zach Newlin, and Branstin Shue follows at 4 p.m., with a 410 Sprint Car roundtable with Cale Thomas, Robbie Kendall, and Ryan Smith taking place at 6 p.m.
This year’s Capitol Renegade Seminar Room will also be busy throughout the two-day affair. Drivers and owners will have an opportunity to discuss a variety of topics that could affect their teams in 2020.
The first seminar takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Wicked Cushion founder Matthew Henninger and BAPS Motor Speedway General Manager Kolten Gouse spearhead the Wicked Cushion Sponsorship Seminar.
Saturday will be a busy seminar day. The popular Department of Transportation seminar takes place at 10:30 a.m. Race-rig regulations will be the lead topic, and several state representatives will be in attendance to discuss DOT regulations after the seminar.
All Central PA Legends drivers are urged to attend the The U.S. Legends Innovation and Technology Seminar, which takes place at 3 p.m. Ashley Garrett and Laila Razmyar will conduct the session. At 5 p.m., the PA Sprint Series will hold a seminar for its drivers.
The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, York County Racing Club, and Reading Fairgrounds will hold a seminar at 10:30 a.m. on the Viper Risk Management Main Stage.
Before Racing Xtravaganza wraps up at 9 p.m. Saturday, there will be a People’s Choice and Awards Ceremony. Fans will vote for their favorite car throughout the weekend at the Explore York booth, with the announcement coming at 8:30 p.m. Additional awards will be handed out at this time.
The entire Racing Xtravaganza schedule, show times, and admission prices can be viewed at https://www.racingxtravaganza.com
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Ramped Up for 2020 The Full-Fendered Frenzy of DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Racing Returns with an Eleven-Race Schedule
|Joe Grabianowski photo|
2019 champion C.D. Beauchamp indicated that he would return to the Series in 2020 to defend his title. At the annual DIRTcar Awards banquet, C.D. took home over $2,000 for his Pro Stock title.
That title defense begins at the multi-grooved Autodrome Granby on Friday, June 19. The last time the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series stopped into the Quebec autodrome, in 2018, Bruno Cyr took the checkered flag.
Next up is the high-banked bullring of Cornwall Motor Speedway. 2019 DIRTcar Pro Stock Series champion C.D. Beauchamp started his 2019 season with a win at Cornwall. Will he make it a repeat or will the stars from both sides of the border take home the checkered flag?
It’s a special back to back weekend for the Series, with Lebanon Valley Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26. This will be a unique test indeed, as Lebanon is arguably the biggest track on the tour while Glen Ridge is the smallest.
With a talented group of weekly teams, Lebanon Valley boasts some of the biggest Pro Stock car counts in the DIRTcar circuit. It will be a battle when Series travelers from all over the Northeast and Canada come to town.
The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will make its second-ever attempt to race at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, NY. The Series was scheduled there once before but was forced to cancel due to rain. Drivers are excited to finally take on this track this season on Sunday, July 26.
Along with sanctioning DIRTcar Pro Stocks in the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship, Can-Am Speedway plays host to a Series race on Friday, September 11. The Series hopes to complete its first race at The Nasty Track since Louie Jackson took the checkered flag in 2008.
The following day, Saturday, September 12, the Series hauls over to Weedsport Speedway to take part in the first Cavalcade Cup Weekend along with the Super DIRTcar Series and more. Last season Josh Coonradt won a thriller on this Central New York oval.
The Pro Stocks get back to it on Saturday, September 19 at Mohawk Int’l Raceway in Akwesasne, NY. Sid Harmer Jr. shocked the field in 2019, by picking up the Series win there. A week later, Albany-Saratoga Speedway and their talented group of weekly racers will clash on the Malta, NY oval. The Super DIRTcar Series will also be on hand with a $10,000-to-win showdown NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier.
Speaking of the greatest week in racing, the DIRTcar Pro Stocks will contest the Oswego Speedway for 50 laps on Sunday, October 11. The Pro Stocks have always put on great shows during NAPA Super DIRT Week, but since moving to Oswego Speedway, the racing has reached another an even higher level. It’s a can’t-miss race on the schedule.
The season wraps up at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Thursday through Saturday, October 29-31, as a part of the DRIVEN World Short Track Championship. Competitors will face off on the biggest stage in dirt racing in two Features plus Heat Races and Time Trials.
Follow DIRTcar Racing on Facebook and Twitter for all your DIRTcar Pro Stock Series updates.
Day/Date — Track — Location
Friday, June 12 - Autodrome Granby - Granby, QC
Sunday, July 5 - Cornwall Motor Speedway - Cornwall, ON
Saturday, July 25 - Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY
Sunday, July 26 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, NY
Friday, Sept. 11 - Can-Am Speedway - Lafargeville, NY
Saturday, Sept. 12 - Weedsport Speedway - Weedsport, NY
Saturday, Sept. 19 - Mohawk Int’l Raceway - Akwesasne, NY
Saturday, Sept. 26 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway - Malta, NY
Sunday, Oct. 11 - Oswego Speedway - Oswego, NY
Thu-Sat - Oct. 29-31 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte (non-points) - Charlotte, NC
Monday, January 27, 2020
BAILES’ BIG DAY OUT: South Carolinian dominates at Cherokee New car, new attitude for Hell’s Bailes in 2020
GAFFNEY, SC – Jan. 26, 2020 – It’s never easy to pull off the coveted “clean sweep” of the competition in a Super Late Model race, especially one at Cherokee Speedway against some of the Southeast’s best drivers. But Clover, SC-native Ross Bailes made it look easy on Sunday afternoon by leading every lap en route to his first career Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series victory over Casey Roberts and Johnny Pursley.
Bailes’ journey to perfection started in Qualifying, where he turned a burning lap of 14.568 seconds and set a new track record. From there, he went on to get the win in Heat 1 which set him up for an outside-pole redraw result.
Bailes grabbed the lead from polesitter Roberts right at the drop of the green and fended off an immediate hounding from the #101 in the opening laps. Using the preferred inside line to his advantage, Bailes was able to maneuver around any lapped traffic that stood in his way as he continued to click laps off.
The race’s only caution flag flew with just nine laps remaining, stacking the field up to Bailes’ rear bumper. Points leader Chris Madden was able to pick off Zack Mitchell on the restart for fourth after running inside the top-five the entire race, earning him yet another top-five finish as he retained his spot atop the overall standings.
But try as they may have on the ensuing restart, the rest of the top-five was unable to reach the back of the Bailes Construction Rocket Chassis #87. He led the field back to the checkered flag on lap 40 to collect $5,000 and the runner-up seat in the points standings.
“Those are hard to come by, where you can be fastest all night,” Bailes said with a big smile after the race. “We had a softer tire on than most of them, so I was trying to protect and make sure I had a tire at the end, but Casey was right there with me. Just a great night for us.”
By now, Bailes has essentially “been there, done that” with most things at Cherokee. Taking home double Sunday’s winner’s share last May in Gaffney for his victorious efforts against the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Bailes really had quite the season going to that point. An untimely exit from the Barry Wright Race Cars house program in the fall left him without a ride, but he soon called up Rocket Chassis, who fixed him up with a brand-new car for the 2020 season.
Just 26 days into the new year, and it’s already paying dividends. He now sits second to Madden in overall points with one fewer start than everyone else inside the top-five.
“Rocket – they build a great car. We came and tested the other week and got it dialed in and fitted for me. Right when we unloaded, it felt great for me, and felt great all night,” Bailes said.
Roberts stayed in the two-spot through all 40 laps, maintaining pressure on the leader through traffic. At one point early on, he got a great run into Turn 3 and pulled right up beside Bailes but was unable to make it stick out of Turn 4. Roberts said tire choice had quite a bit to do with his ability to stay with the leader throughout the race.
“Really, I think we had just as good of a car as [Bailes] did, it was just about track position,” Roberts said. “He went with a little softer tire, so he fired better on the start which allowed him to get out front. Once my tires heated up, we were right there with him.”
Like Roberts, Johnny Pursley held his #9 inside the podium for the entire race, also providing a great deal of pressure on the car in front of him. Getting a good jump from outside row-two on the start, Pursley held the third spot all the way to the checkered – a finish he said isn’t typical for his team in a warm, afternoon setting.
“We’re just glad to get a good finish in the daytime. We struggle a lot in the daytime. We’ve got a new crew chief, and we hit on some stuff today, so I think we’re gonna be pretty good [going forward],” Pursley said.
Coming into the race, fellow South Carolinian Trent Ivey was sitting third in overall Xtreme Series points. Early on in Sunday’s Feature, he seemed to be having a decent run going in the top-10 but retired his #88 Ivey Construction Longhorn Chassis with just a few laps remaining – a reported fuel line malfunction ending his day.
It’s time for the season finale at Modoc Raceway! The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series heads to Modoc, SC, for the final race of the Series on February 29, where an inaugural champion will be crowned and awarded the $20,000 points championship check!
Don’t miss a moment of the action – get yourself a DIRTVision Fast Pass subscription today and watch every lap of the upcoming Speedweeks action from Volusia Speedway Park PLUS the big Xtreme Series finale LIVE from Modoc in February!
Feature (40 Laps) 1. 87-Ross Bailes [$5,000]; 2. 101-Casey Roberts [$2,500]; 3. 9-Johnny Pursley [$1,700]; 4. 0M-Chris Madden [$1,400]; 5. 57M-Zack Mitchell [$1,200]; 6. 2W-Pearson Williams [$1,000]; 7. 8-Kyle Strickler [$800]; 8. 23-Ryan Gifford [$700]; 9. 17V-Tim Vance [$600]; 10. 10-Scott Shirey [$550]; 11. 21-Will Harris [$500]; 12. 88-Trent Ivey [$500]; 13. F1-Payton Freeman [$500]; 14. 99-Bobby Sexton [$500] Hard Charger: 10-Scott Shirey[+4]
|Joe Trone Jr in action at Trail Way Speedway|
Bill McIntyre photo
Hanover, Pa. (1/26/20): Set to enter a new season, speedway owners Barry, Brad, and Perry Hostetter finalized and released their schedule of events for Trail-Way Speedway’s upcoming 48th season of competition.
Going into the 17th consecutive year as Trail-Way’s headlining division, the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprint Cars return with 16 scheduled events, highlighted by the August 7, Harvest Chapel Thunder & Lightning Classic and the August 28, Trone Outdoor 358 Sprint Car Championship.
The 270 and 600 Winged Micro Sprints return in 2020 with 13 scheduled races apiece. The Micro’s season at Trail-Way will culminate with the 31st Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial/National Open, Saturday, September 19. The Central PA Legends will join the Micro Sprints.
Stock car fanatics will get their fix in 2020, as Trail-Way has 22 Limited Stock races and 14 Street Stock events. A stock car lover’s delight, the 22nd Annual Thunder on the Farm, is scheduled for Saturday, October 3. Classes featured will be the Street Stocks, Limited Stocks, Scramble Cars, Classic Cars and a 100-lap Enduro finale.
The speedway’s lone 410 Sprint Car event, the 4th Annual Armin Hostetter Memorial, will be held Sunday, August 2, with a rain date planned for Sunday, August 30. The Central PA Legends join the program, which starts at 7:00 p.m.
For the first time, the ULMS Super Late Models will rip around the famed 1/3 mile oval on the farm, as Trail-Way honors the life of Junior Eckert, with the Inaugural Junior Eckert Memorial, presented by Viper Motorsports, Friday, July 24. Street Stocks and Limited Stocks will be on hand for the event.
The Marysville Motorcars Super Sportsman Series makes a stop at Trail-Way Speedway, Friday, August 14. The Wingless Sportsman Series returns to Trail-Way for two events: June 26 and September 4. Also receiving two events in 2020, the PA Sprint Series (305 Sprint Cars) head to Trail-Way May 29 and July 17.
Two Junk Car events highlight the 2020 schedule. The first will be Saturday, July 4, and the speedway’s fan-favorite, Halloween Havoc, is Saturday, October 24.
Due to an impressive turnout in 2019, the Scramble Cars received five scheduled races. The Enduro cars, which run under the same rules package, will have two 60-lap events and a year-ending 100-lap finale.
AMA Short Track returns to Trail-Way with two events planned for the 2020 season. The first is the AMA Vintage National Short Track sponsored by Hannum’s Harley Davidson, on Saturday, May 2. The second event is the 8th Annual Armin Hostetter Classic, held Saturday, June 6.
The 2020 season fires off with an Open Practice, Sunday, March 29. Gates open at Noon with practice running from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Three additional practice events were added to the 2020 schedule. Those dates (all Tuesday’s) are: June 16, August 4, and September 15. Gates for these events will open at 5:00 p.m., with practice beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Opening Day 2020 is slated for Saturday, April 4, and features the 270 & 600 Micro Sprints, Central PA Legends and the Wicked Cushion PA Micro Midgets.
|Kody Keller during the Jim Nace Memorial|
Bill McIntyre photo
Selinsgrove, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will be on display at the upcoming Racing Xtravaganza Motorsports Show & Convention in York, Pennsylvania, coming up on Friday, January 31 and on Saturday, February 1.
Held annually in the York Expo Center located at 334 Carlisle Avenue in York, the show runs Friday from 3 pm – 10 pm and on Saturday from 10 am - 9 pm.
The newly released 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway schedule of events will be up for grabs by show-goers as they check out two convention halls filled with race cars from the area along with speedway management groups, motorsports-themed vendors, photographers and more.
Following this week’s York appearance, Selinsgrove Speedway will team with Selinsgrove Ford to hold “Race Day at the Dealership,” coming up on Saturday, March 7.
Speedway supporter Selinsgrove Ford is located just blocks north of the speedway at the intersection of Rt. 522 and business Rt. 15, in Selinsgrove.
The dealership will host the speedway motorsports show from 10 am – 3 pm on March 7.
Fans will be able to view the new Selinsgrove Ford F-150 pace truck at the show as well as pick up 2020 printed schedules and renew season seats and suites before they go on sale to the general public.
Weather permitting, “Race Day at the Dealership” will also offer race cars on display.
Selinsgrove Speedway will open the 2020 season 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.
The first 410 sprint car show of the year is set for one week later, on Sunday afternoon, March 29 at 2 pm when March Mayhem hits the track along with the super late models.
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, January 26, 2020
NEW DECADE OF RACING: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars set to start 2020 season in Florida Returning stars, new entries and new facilities on tap for the 2020 World of Outlaws season
BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 24, 2019 – A new decade of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series racing begins Feb. 7-9 during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
After an epic conclusion to the 2019 season, which saw Brad Sweet edge 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz by four points for the title, The Greatest Show on Dirt is gearing up to start the 2020 season with the same level of excitement.
The three-day season opener at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL will set the stage for the rest of the year with several teams looking to build upon their 2019 season, others looking to improve it and a couple of new teams looking to make their mark in the Series.
Here is what to expect at the DIRTcar Nationals and beyond for the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season.
Several full-time World of Outlaws teams retain their same crew from the 2019 season into this year, allowing them to further build upon the momentum created last season.
After Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing started their 2019 championship run with two top-five finishes at the DIRTcar Nationals, the pair will target another strong start in their quest for back-to-back championships.
Schatz also placed in the top-five for both races at the DIRTcar Nationals last year but had the task of working with a new crew chief and crew members. Now, with a full year together under their belt, the Fargo, ND driver and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team will be able to hit the ground running in 2020 as he searches for his 11th World of Outlaws title and 300th career World of Outlaws win.
Jason Johnson Racing will see the biggest change among full-time teams this year. David Gravel returns for his second year with the team but will miss a handful of races as he’ll also be running six NASCAR Truck Series races this year. The team plans to run for the owner’s championship with another driver – still to be announced – filling in for Gravel when he’s not racing.
Daryn Pittman and Carson Macedo are also returning to their respective teams for a second year this season. Pittman, of Owasso, OK, began his tenure with Roth Motorsports last year by winning the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator and will be going for his fourth Gator in eight years this year. Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, earned the 2019 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title with Kyle Larson Racing and will be poised to continue his development as a top Series driver.
Pennsylvania-based team Shark Racing will be on the hunt to continue the head of steam it built in 2019 with Logan Schuchart winning eight races – doubling his career win total – and Jacob Allen, again, closing in on his first Series win.
Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, and Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing return for their third year together with NOS Energy Drink as their primary sponsor. After impressive performances last season, such as dominating the Ironman 55, the team will be one to watch this year. Haudenschild will also be working with Kyle Ripper as his new crew chief. Ripper served as Ian Madsen’s crew chief last year.
Veterans Kraig Kinser, of Bloomington, IN, and Jason Sides, of Bartlett, TN, will continue to field their own teams in 2020 as they look to put their name on the winner’s list – which saw 19 different winners last year – in 2020.
When cars roll on track for the first time at Volusia Speedway Park, there will be two new full-time World of Outlaws drivers – rookie contenders Mason Daniel and Wayne Johnson.
Daniel, of Springville, CA, will field his own team with 122-time World of Outlaws winner Danny Lasoski by his side as his mentor and crew chief. The 19-year-old driver has been racing Sprint Cars full-time for two years, earning two wins in a 360-c.i. Sprint Car. He made nine starts with the Series in 2019, earning his best finish of 15th at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Johnson, of Oklahoma City, OK, has been competing mainly with the American Sprint Car Series in a 360-c.i. Sprint Car and running a handful of 410-c.i. Sprint Car races for the last 10 years. He’s made more than 150 starts with the World of Outlaws throughout his career but has never ran more than 21 races in a season. He’ll be teamed with TwoC Racing for the full season.
After the DIRTcar Nationals, the World of Outlaws will make its trek to Texas in mid-March, for the Friday, March 13 Cotton Bowl Speedway event and Saturday, March 14 LoneStar Speedway event, to continue the 2020 season. Then as the season progresses, the Series will visit 12 new tracks to the 2020 schedule.
-Sunday, March 29 - Santa Maria Raceway
-Friday, April 10 - Merced Speedway
-Fri.-Sat., April 24-25 - Vado Speedway Park
-Friday, May 1 - Lawton Speedway
-Saturday, May 30 - I-70 Speedway
-Wednesday, June 3 - I-80 Speedway
-Wednesday, June 17 - The Dirt Oval at Route 66
-Friday, July 10 - 34 Raceway
-Friday, July 31 - Ransomville Speedway
-Sunday, Aug. 2 - Orange County Fair Speedway
-Saturday, Aug. 22 - Dakota State Fair Speedway
-Saturday, Oct. 24 - Kokomo Speedway
Tickets for the events can be purchased at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.
If you can’t make it to the race, you can watch every event LIVE on DIRTVision.com.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Series Champions Highlight DIRTcar Nationals Field at Volusia As many as eight former champs expected to race at World’s Fastest Half-Mile
The event itself runs Feb. 4-15 and includes World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars (Feb. 7-9), All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars (Feb. 5-6), the Super DIRTcar Series (Feb. 11-15), DIRTcar UMP Modifieds (Feb. 4-10) and DIRTcar Late Models (Feb. 10-11), with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models competing Feb. 12-15.
Of the 42 completed World of Outlaws Late Model Series races at Volusia, 2004 Series champion Scott Bloomquist leads all drivers in wins with six, his first coming in 2004. 2015 Series champion Shane Clanton is tied with two-time and defending Series champion Brandon Sheppard for second-most with five; 2005 champion Billy Moyer and four-time Series champion Josh Richards follow with four and 2007 champion Steve Francis has three.
Every driver coming into the venue knows the score. Sheppard currently holds a slim point lead after the first three races at Vado Speedway Park, riding on three-straight runner-up finishes. The Rocket-Shepp has not won a World of Outlaws race since his trip to Victory Lane at Sharon Speedway last August, where he completed an exciting pass for the lead on Ricky Weiss coming to the white flag to win the 25-lap preliminary Feature.
But Volusia has been Rocket1 Racing’s playground in recent visits. Sheppard has won the last five World of Outlaws Features held at the half-mile, going back to the final race of the 2018 DIRTcar Nationals. Last year, he swept the competition of 50+ entrants to win all four Morton Buildings Features and win his first Big Gator trophy as the only Late Model driver in event history to win four consecutive Features.
This year, Sheppard already has drivers knocking on his door for company, both atop the points standings and in Victory Lane. Weiss, Chris Madden and Cade Dillard have already won races in Vado and surround Sheppard in points, occupying spots two, three and four. Dillard, in fourth place, sits only 16 points back of Sheppard.
Additionally, several other contenders are expected to make an appearance at Volusia to spoil the Outlaws’ party. Headlining will be the most recent Late Model winner at the facility, Kyle Bronson. Killer swept the DIRTcar Pro Late Model competition of 40+ entrants, winning all three races in the division to become the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals championship.
Other big non-Outlaw names expected to be in attendance include (but are not limited to) Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb, Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson Jr., Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell, Brian Shirley, Kent Robinson, Brandon Overton and Jimmy Owens.
Joining the Outlaws on the racing card for all four nights will be the Big Block Modifieds from the Super DIRTcar Series. Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on all four nights.
Tickets to the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park are on sale now, including camping, packages and pit passes.
If you can’t make the trip south to see the racing spectacle in person, catch all 12 nights of action from Volusia Speedway Park live from the comfort of your home with a Fast Pass Subscription to DIRTVision.
Super DIRTcar Series Heads to Florida in February for 5 Nights of Racing The Quest for this Year’s Big Gator Trophy Starts on Feb. 11
|PHOTO: Garrett Roskam|
The 2019 Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, and his No. 88 Buzz Chew Racing team are planning a full-scale assault on Volusia Speedway Park. Williamson wants to start 2020 right where he left off: In Victory Lane.
Race fans will look forward to seeing Waterloo, NY’s Super Matt Sheppard go for The Big Gator once again. Sheppard has eight race wins on the Florida oval. The seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champion wants to start 2020 off with a head full of steam.
After a strong run at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, OK, Larry Wight will be strapping back into his No. 99L Gypsum Racing Big Block Modified to take on Volusia and looking for a repeat. Last year, Wight captured his first Big Gator. Coming off his win last year at the Can-Am World Finals, Billy Decker will have the famed #91 alongside in the pit area.
2019 rookie sensation Demetrios Drellos picked up his first career Super DIRTcar Series win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway by holding off the best in the business last September for a $10,000 pay day. Drellos improved steadily throughout the 2019 season, The Greek Streak will be looking to big up his first Gator this year in February.
Ransomville, NY racer Erick Rudolph gave Matt Sheppard a run for his money for the Series in 2018 with the points chase coming down to the final race of the season at the Can-Am World Finals. Rudolph has picked up track championships at Utica-Rome Speedway, Ransomville Speedway, and the Land of Legends as well. Needless to say, Erick Rudolph is a perennial Gator hunter in Barberville.
The Baldwinsville Bandit Jimmy Phelps, with his brand new HBR Bicknell hot rods, will shake and rattle the Barberville half-mile oval. Phelps has never taken home a DIRTcar Nationals Gator. Will the Bandit steal one in 2020?
The ever-likable Peter Britten will be making his first start stateside. He spent the holidays back home in his native Australia and just like years past he will have a familiar face and car alongside the returning Rich Scagliotta after being injured during the 2019 season.
Brett The Jet Hearn will join the Super DIRTcar Series for all five nights of action. Hearn has stepped away from full-time racing in favor of taking on the role of Director of Motorsports at Orange County Fair Speedway. But this February, Hearn will climb behind the wheel of the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 for another shot at Gator glory at Volusia.
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck star Stewart Friesen will bring his Halmar International No. 44 to four of the five nights and hopes to repeat his popular win in the Nationals finale last year.
The legendary Billy Pauch and his hand-painted No. 1 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified are DIRTcar Nationals bound as well. Pauch has 14 Series wins including one win at Volusia Speedway Park in 2008. No one can miss the Johnny Rutherford/Pennzoil Chaparral throwback yellow Big Block screaming around the Florida clay.
Fan-favorite Ronnie Johnson, from Duanesburg, NY, has plied his trade at Lebanon Valley Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway over the years with success. Johnson will be behind the wheel of Eugene Mill’s No. 30 as a teammate to JoJo Watson.
Anthony Perrego, who will be racing in the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Orange County Fair Speedways, had a stout week of racing at last year’s DIRTcar Nationals. Can Perrego breakthrough in 2020 with a Big Gator trophy?
Three-time Volusia Speedway Park winner and North Country ace Tim Fuller will haul down to The World Fastest Half-Mile for a go a Gator. Another veteran warrior Pat Ward, The Genoa Giant, is bringing his No. 42 Gypsum Racing machine down as well.
Billy Dunn will anchor the potent two-car team from the Ray Graham stable. For the second car, Graham will keep everyone in suspense with a “driver to be named later.” Rick Laubach has also been a mainstay in Florida and that will be no different when his familiar No. 7 pulls into the pits.
Other expected entries include Land of Legends star Justin Haers, asphalt modified standout Jimmy Zacharias, Thunder Mountain regular Jeremy Smith, Dave Rauscher, Western Pa. runners Rick Regalski and Ralph McBride, plus the North Country’s Michael Maresca, and more to be announced.
Race fans cannot go wrong heading down to the DIRTcar Nationals. The Super DIRTcar Series runs in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models for four out of the five nights of racing. The Late Model events are full points shows and pay $10,000-to-win.
The Super DIRTcar Series purse has been raised as well. Tuesday-Friday the 30-lap Features pay $3,000-to-win and $250-to-start. The finale on Saturday, February 15 awards $5,000 to the winner of the 40-lap Feature with $300 to take the green flag.
If you can’t make it down to Florida in February, be sure to sign up for a subscription to DIRTvision. DIRTvision will broadcast all twelve nights of DIRTcar Nationals action including the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, UMP Modifieds, and of course the ground-pounding, earth-shaking, window-rattling Big Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series.
Get your tickets for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FLA here or call 844-DIRT-TIX today.
Stay up to date with all Super DIRTcar Series previews, race reports, highlights, and more at the new Super DIRTcar Series website. Follow the Series on Twitter for up-to-the-minute race day updates, videos, and photos. Even more content can be found on our Series Facebook page and Instagram. There is no shortage of ways to stay connected to the premier Big Block Modified touring series.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Xtreme DIRTcar Series Event at Cochran Canceled, Cherokee Set for Sunday $5,000-to-win feature highlights five-division race day at Gaffney venue
The event will not be made up.
The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series will continue on Sunday at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC, with a 40-lap, $5,000-to-win event, which also includes $1,000-to-win 602 Late Model, $1,000-to-win Stock Outlaw RWYB, $600-to-win Thunder Bomber and $500-to-win Extreme 4 FWD races.
Gates at Cherokee Speedway will open at 10 a.m. On-track action will begin at 1 p.m. Grandstands are $20 with kids 10-and-under free. For more on the event at Cherokee, go to CherokeeSpeedwaySC.com.
The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series wraps up on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Modoc Raceway in South Carolina.
Through three Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series events, two-time winner Chris Madden leads the championship standings by a slim 15 points over Trent Ivey with Kyle Strickler, Logan Roberson and the series’ most recent winner Zack Mitchell rounding out the top five. Brandon Overton, Chris Ferguson and Ross Bailes are all within striking distance in the top 10.
Visit CochranSpeedway.com for more from the Georgia track.
For more news and information on the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, visit XtremeDIRTcar.com.
The leading live streaming provider and the half-mile dirt oval in Port Royal, Pa., enjoyed a successful partnership in 2019 and look to build on that this year.
Speed Shift TV will provide live Pay-Per-View broadcasts from most of the events that the track will host this season. Port Royal Speedway recently announced an impressive slate of 34 races on tap, including prestigious events like the $10,000-to-win Living Legends Dream Race, the Butch Renninger Memorial, the Labor Day Classic, a pair of Pennsylvania Speedweek races, the Keystone RaceSaver Challenge, a visit from both the Short Track Super Series and the PA Late Model Challenge Series as well as four Open Wheel Madness nights to name a few.
The season starts on March 8 when Opening Day features 410 Sprint Cars paying $5,000 to the feature winner and Super Late Models offering $2,500 to the winner.
Port Royal Speedway showcases those two classes on a regular basis. The 410 Sprint Cars have 11 races paying at least $5,000 to win on the schedule and the Super Late Models welcome a handful of marquee events as well. The track also features PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint Cars and Limited Late Models along with several other special divisions.
For the complete 2020 Port Royal Speedway schedule, visit http://portroyalspeedway.com/index.php/schedule/.
The Speed Shift TV broadcasts will be a part of the VIP subscription, which provides access to a large number of races each month for a low price of only $40 per month. The subscription encompasses nearly all live broadcasts as well as all On-Demand content. Most races offer single-day passes as well.
For a list of all upcoming live broadcasts via Speed Shift TV, visit https://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/schedule/.
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Larson, Macedo Among Star Drivers To Race Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic The prestigious three-day Australian event will be streamed LIVE on DIRTVision Jan. 24-26
WARRNAMBOOL, VIC, AUSTRALIA – Before the best Sprint Car drivers in the world compete for the Big Gator at the DIRTcar Nationals, several of them will be in Australia Jan. 24-26 for the prestigious 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
The Warrnambool, VIC Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway event, commonly known as the Knoxville Nationals of Australia, will be live streamed for all North American DIRTVision Fast Pass subscribers. The three-day race will go live at 1 a.m. (ET) each night.
The illustrious event, with a $224,000 purse, will see more than 100 drivers battling to etch their name in history as a Classic winner.
This year, fans can expect to see a number of familiar drivers from the United States, including recent Chili Bowl Nationals winner and NASCAR-star Kyle Larson, 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo, 2014 Classic winner Tim Kaeding, 2010 Classic winner Shane Stewart and 2020 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Tim Shaffer.
Familiar Australian natives such as 2017 Classic winner James McFadden, Three-time Classic winner Kerry Madsen and his brother Ian Madsen will also be in attendance.
“Classic is Australia’s biggest race with a huge car count and all the international competitors,” Kerry Madsen said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to win it.”
Madsen, of St. Mary’s, NSW, has an exceptional record at the Classic. He won the event in 2005, 2007 and 2008. He’s also recently finished on the podium with a second-place finish in 2016 and a third-place finish last year.
Macedo, Madsen, McFadden and Stewart have already had an impressive season Down Under, winning races all around Australia and New Zealand. But the Classic is the one they all want to win most.
“The Classic is definitely a race that is on the top of my list to win,” said Macedo, of Lemoore, CA. “I enjoy the event every year. The atmosphere of the whole thing is like non other. It’s one of the toughest races in the world, but I know for sure we will put our best foot forward.”
Macedo finished second at the 2018 Classic – the only American in the last four years to finish on the podium at the event.
Thirty-four-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series winner Shane Stewart will be on the hunt to start this decade the same way he started the last – with a Classic victory.
“The Classic has always been a big race for me,” said Stewart of Bixby, OK. “I was fortunate to win one a few years back (in 2010) and it would mean the world to get another win there.”
American drivers have won 17 of the 44 Classics since 1973, including victories from former World of Outlaws champions Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski. As with the Australian Championship, drivers from New South Wales have dominated the event with 18 wins. The home state of Victoria had to wait until the 20th running of the event to have a homer winner with Warrnambool’s own Max Dumesny winner in 1992. Australian Robbie Farr won the Classic last year.
North American Sprint Car fans can witness the excitement and international competition from Down Under with a DIRTVision Fast Pass subscription for only $39 a month. Sign up now to watch the Sprintcar Classic, as well as other weekly Australian shows.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Completing Saturday night’s action were two other action-packed Features in which Colton Leyendecker traded in back-to-back third-place finishes for a win in the 602 Late Model division while Dusty Sparkman got his first career win at Volusia in the Florida Late Model Feature.
DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON
A member of the invading “Super Late Model regulars” club this weekend, Brandon, FL’s Kyle Bronson was a big favorite to win it all right from the get-go. And he did just that.
The 29-year-old wheelman known as Killer never lost his focus throughout the entire event. Not once. He was fastest overall on practice night, set fast time in Qualifying on Friday night, won all but one of his Heat races and was victorious in all three Features. Utter domination.
One notable regarding his wins – each one was increasingly more challenging than the last. That notion really came to the forefront in Saturday night’s drive to Victory Lane, when he was forced to drive through fellow Super Late Model guru Michael Page to earn it. And make no mistake, Page really, really made Bronson work for it.
Right at the drop of the green, Page made a beeline for the lead as he proceeded to grab it and lead the field around to complete the first lap. Starting right behind Page, Bronson followed him and broke away from the pack a few laps later to start their high-speed battle for the top spot.
Bronson threw the first of many traded slide-jobs between the two on lap 10, clipping Page’s nose as he drove on by. On a restart just three laps later, Page returned the favor by getting into Bronson’s left-rear on a failed pass attempt in Turn 1.
“I slid [Page] and he kinda got in the back of me, but it was just hard racing,” Bronson said. “He hit me in the left-rear, just trying hard, and when he did it bent my left-rear wheel.”
“We’re both as hard of a racer as the other,” Page said. “I just felt that, on a racetrack that was wide, [Bronson] just kinda came in there and thought he had me cleared but he didn’t. It knocked the steering wheel out of my hands.”
The next restart restacked the field and refocused Page, as he threw a slide-job of his own, which Bronson countered by crossing-over as they raced out of Turn 2. The second of two red flags was displayed as they entered turn three, and there the leaders sat, parked right next to each other amidst the stoppage, discussing their intentions.
“It just rubbed me the wrong way because the last time we raced, [Bronson] did the same so I returned the favor, maybe a little worse, but we stopped down there and I told him,” Page said. “We talked for a minute and I said, ‘let’s race.’ And after that, we raced. I don’t know if you could have raced anybody harder after that.”
“We were just telling each other how much we loved each other and were ready to drink a beer after the races,” Bronson joked.
Sitting inside of his Baird Truck and Trailer Sales #18X, Page was dreading the time spent not moving, as the gamble he took on tire selection for the 30-lap Feature did not appear to be working to his advantage.
“The red flags killed it. I went on hard tires so they kinda sealed-up on me. Every time the car would come back in, the yellow would come out,” Page said.
Meanwhile, an unfortunate situation was developing right underneath Bronson’s #40B as they sat parked on the track, waiting for cleanup to conclude. The contact Bronson’s left-rear tire received from Page’s nose on the earlier restart resulted in a slow leak, and Bronson could hear the clock ticking as they awaited the next restart.
“My tire was going flat since lap 14, and then we had the red flag after that,” Bronson said. “I was praying we went back green [quick] because I could hear my tire leaking. Then it finally blew out coming to the checkered.”
“It didn’t officially blow all the way out until the last lap there, we were racing on probably a pound or two of air,” Bronson added.
In the end, the tire held up… at least, as long as it needed to for Bronson to see the checkers. He battled with the Georgian for several more laps after the red, again trading slide-jobs for the lead before lap 20. Another restart with 13 laps remaining threw Brandon Williams into the mix, who Bronson was also able to put behind him as he drove to his third checkered flag in three nights.
All-in-all, the Bronson v. Page battle was settled 100 percent on the racetrack. They may have beaten and banged their cars up quite a bit before all was said and done, but the greatest sight of all may have been in Victory Lane, where the two smiled and shook hands in front of the crowded Volusia bleachers and DIRTVision cameras.
“He knows how I felt and I know how he felt,” Page said. “Instead of going around and talking to everybody else about it, we worked it out like you’re supposed to as a racer.”
Williams brought out the final caution flag of the race with four laps remaining and dropped out due to an ill-timed mechanical failure, crumpling his best run of the weekend. Arthur Walked capped off his solid weekend with his first podium finish, and Jason Fitzgerald rebounded from being a part of the second red flag incident to come back and finish fifth.
Randy Weaver was strong all weekend but couldn’t find his mojo when it mattered most; settling for seventh after starting outside pole in the finale. Ashton Winger joined the Pro Late Model field for a chance at the 10-grand on Saturday, and had a decent run going early, but was on the receiving end of a nasty barrel-rolling flip in Turn 2 that ended his night. He, and every other driver involved, walked away under his own power.
Feature (30 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson ; 2. 18X-Michael Page ; 3. 87-Walker Arthur ; 4. 5-Mark Whitener ; 5. 7-Jason Fitzgerald ; 6. 111-Max Blair ; 7. 116-Randy Weaver ; 8. 14H-Cory Hedgecock ; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd ; 10. 6-Dillon Brown ; 11. 17-Nevin Gainey ; 12. 7A-Corey Almond ; 13. 71-Pierce McCarter ; 14. 11-Cruz Skinner ; 15. 74-Mike Franklin ; 16. 38P-Trey Pearson ; 17. 33-Jeff Mathews ; 18. 84-Sam Halstead ; 19. 95-Brandon Williams ; 20. 66-Jake Knowles ; 21. 9-Ashton Winger ; 22. J8-Jadon Frame ; 23. K37-Drew Kennedy ; 24. 7T-Trever Taylor ; 25. 4-Justin Litchford ; 26. 66K-Jody Knowles  Hard Charger: 5-Mark Whitener[+17]
602 LATE MODELS – COLTON LEYENDECKER
After finishing third twice in the first two races over the weekend, Leyendecker finally pulled it off and picked up the win in the final 602 Late Model Feature of the inaugural Sunshine Nationals.
Driving past Raymond Folwell on lap five, Leyendecker grabbed the lead and never looked back, holding off Thursday night’s winner, Cody Overton, for the $1,500 check. For his consistent efforts throughout the weekend, Leyendecker was also crowned the Sunshine Nationals miniseries champion of his division.
Feature (20 Laps) 1. 33-Colton Leyendecker ; 2. 97-Cody Overton ; 3. 58-Tyler Clem ; 4. 5-Dustin Carter ; 5. 5B-Colby Boyett ; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel ; 7. 32-Bud Chancey ; 8. M51-Mark Steube ; 9. 64-Craig Montesi ; 10. 97B-Garrett Bullington ; 11. 28-Brandon Elwood ; 12. 3-Raymond Folwell ; 13. 31-Donnie Birdwell ; 14. 27K-Timmie King ; 15. OO-Louis Ledlow ; 16. 388-Jackson Hise ; 17. 98-Cody Allen ; 18. 9X-Chad Evans ; 19. 17S-Brenden Smith ; 20. 78-Arthur Conquest ; 21. 14JR-Trey Mills ; 22. O7-Landon Lungren ; 23. O2-Sean Babcock  Hard Charger: 97-Cody Overton[+19]
FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DUSTY SPARKMAN
It was almost a three-peat in two different classes over the weekend, but Sparkman put a stop to that by winning the final Florida Late Model Feature in dominating fashion, leading the final 14 laps to earn his first-ever victory in a Late Model of any kind.
Thursday and Friday night’s winner, David Showers Jr., finished sixth and was crowned the miniseries champion of the division by way of his three top-10 results.
Feature (20 Laps) 1. OO7-Dusty Sparkman ; 2. 27-Bruce Harvey ; 3. 41-Derike Bennett ; 4. 1A-Richard Pratt ; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh ; 6. 18-David Showers ; 7. 29-Cameron Saunders ; 8. 6-Clay Bedenbaugh ; 9. 5MC-Robert Gast ; 10. 15-John Bledsoe ; 11. 10S-Steve Shead ; 12. 51-Holt Pipkin ; 13. 98-Johnny Allen ; 14. 45-Chuck Jackson ; 15. 54-Terry Bronson ; 16. 22-William Thomas ; 17. 17-Richard Ferry ; 18. 18A-Jared Allison ; 19. 68-Ken Ellefson ; 20. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck  Hard Charger: 18-David Showers[+9]
DIRTcar Racing hits Volusia Speedway Park again on Feb. 4 with the UMP Modifieds to kick-off the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Tickets are on sale now.
DIRTVision will also be live all throughout DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 4-15, for viewers to watch every lap in every race of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series, All-Star Circuit of Champions and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds’ visit to The World’s Fastest Half Mile.
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Brad Sweet is North American 410 Sprint Car Poll “Driver of the Year” for First Time/Bill Simpson Named 2019 Recipient of “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport!”
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Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are fourteen-time “Driver of the Year” Award recipient Donny Schatz of North Dakota, Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel of Connecticut, All Star champion and Tuscarora 50 winner Aaron Reutzel of Texas, and Logan Schuchart of Pennsylvania. Rounding out the ‘top ten’ for the season, respectively, are Daryn Pittman, Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Sheldon Haudenschild and Lance Dewease.
For the third time, Kasey Kahne Racing will receive the “Team of the Year Award.” It will be the first for the #49 team, who among their wins, claimed Eldora’s King’s Royal in July.
Californians Michael “Buddy” Kofoid and Gio Scelzi (his second such award) will share the “Wild Card Award” for their exciting ‘410’ sprint car performances in 2019. California’s Mason Daniel is the “Rookie of the Year Award” recipient, following up his winning of the same award in the ‘360’ class in 2018.
Steve O’Neal of Port Royal Speedway earned “Promoter of the Year” honors for the fourth time in a row. Dan Musselman of Maxim Racing will receive “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the ‘410’ poll. This is the first such award for Musselman (Chuck Merrill was honored nine times with Maxim). The “Media Member of the Year” award will go to Speed Sport’s Mike Kerchner for the first time.
“Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport”
Bill Simpson of Simpson Performance Products has been posthumously honored with the “Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport.” Bill was a pioneer in the racing safety business with his company, Simpson Performance Products. He started Impact! Racing in 2002. Bill started with safety chutes for drag racers, and would also develop gloves, helmets, restraints, shoes and the first fire suits used in racing.
Past recipients of the North American Sprint Car Poll’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award” are as follows: the late Greg Hodnett, Dave Pusateri, the late Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland, Sammy Swindell, Fred Rahmer, Johnny Gibson, the late Jerry Reigle, Steve Sinclair, Kasey Kahne, Tom Schmeh, the late Dick Jordan, the late Fred Brownfield, Doug Auld, the late Hank Gentzler, Tony Stewart, Emmett Hahn, Allan Holland, Dave Argabright, Ron Shuman, the late Kevin Gobrecht, Jack Hewitt, the late Jack Miller, Brad Doty, Art & Carol Malies, Dave Bowman, the late Ralph Capitani, the late Ted Johnson, Mark Kuchan, Steve Kinser, the late Don Martin, Steve Beitler, Lee Brewer, Jr., Mark Kinser, Frank Lewis, the late Earl Baltes, Casey & Beverly Luna, Elayne Hoff, Jean Lynch, the late J.W. Hunt, and Bert Emick.
The North American 410 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. All awards will be distributed in 2020 at tracks throughout North America. The awards were announced at the 2020 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
North American 410 Sprint Car Poll Top 20
Position. Name, Hometown, Points (First Place Votes)
1. Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA, 2180 (20)
2. Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND, 1250 (1)
3. David Gravel, Watertown, CT, 963 (1)
4. Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX, 766 (1)
5. Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA, 504
6. Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK, 4440
7. Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA, 354
8. Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO, 299
9. Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 221
10. Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA, 214
11. Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA, 204
12. Gio Scelzi, Fresno, CA, 158
13. Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH, 116
14. Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, PA, 96
15. Cory Eliason, Visalia, CA, 70
16. Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA, 62
17. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid, Penngrove, CA, 53
18. Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA, 52
19. James McFadden, Alice Springs, NT, Aust., 50
20. Bill Balog, Hartland, WI, 37
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BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 17, 2020 – Night #2 of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was a very telling tale of who the Saturday night finale contenders will be, with two repeat winners, almost a third, on Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park.
Kyle Bronson was one of two drivers to double-up on Friday night, making a big move for the lead underneath Jadon Frame on a restart to get the edge, which he carried all the way back to the checkered flag for his second consecutive DIRTcar Pro Late Model win at Volusia. Likewise, David Showers Jr. went back-to-back in the Florida Late Model division, just one night after scoring his very first win in a Late Model, and Bud Chancey took advantage of an engine malfunction out front to claim his first 602 Late Model win at The World’s Fastest Half Mile.
DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON
It was a case of déjà vu on the podium of the Pro Late Model Feature on Friday night, as Bronson led the final 20 laps and beat out fellow Super Late Model stars Randy Weaver and Max Blair. However, Bronson had to work for it a bit, compared to Thursday night.
Killer jetted out to the runner-up spot within two laps of the race, giving chase to leader Jadon Frame. A restart on lap five put Bronson’s #40B on Frame’s rear bumper as they dove into turn one, Bronson with a big run to Frame’s inside. The two made contact that ended with Frame in the wall and Bronson racing off, unharmed.
“I kept getting under the guy, and he kept turning left on me, but I really didn’t have position to finish him off with the way these Crate motors run around here,” Bronson said. “When I finally got position on him, I felt like I was about a half-car ahead of him. I went to do a slide-job on him and, I don’t really know if he just stayed in the gas or hit a slick spot and hit the fence or whatever happened.”
Frame left the track on the hook as Bronson stayed out and led the rest of the way to collect $2,000 for the win. Bronson admitted he and Frame touched as they battled for the lead out of Turn 2, but also said what followed was just the product of the drive to win.
“I hate what happened, but in my shoes, if I had to do anything over again, I wouldn’t change nothing I did. I wish the outcome would have been a little bit different, but that’s the way it goes. We come to win these races; I’m driving my butt off to win these races. [My team] are giving me a damn good car, so I’ve just got to do my job,” Bronson said.
“There definitely was contact, 100 percent. It wasn’t anything crazy, just a deal that I feel like on these Crate cars, when someone gets their quarter-panel to your left-front, it’s time to check. Or, stay out there and wreck yourself – kinda what [Frame] did,” Bronson added.
Randy Weaver had another solid drive to a runner-up finish, this time from much further back, starting 9th and dropping back to 12th on the first lap. He made patient moves through the field and used the well-timed yellows to catch the leaders within 15 laps to score his second podium finish of the weekend.
Max Blair held his car inside the top-five for most of the race, dropping back to seventh after the lap five restart, but was able to rebound for another third-place finish. For a short time, the Titusville, PA-native held the runner-up spot before Weaver tracked him down and passed him with what could have been the fastest car on the track, next to Bronson.
Douglasville, GA’s Super Late Model guru Michael Page finally brought out his #18X on day two of competition and joined the field as one of the favorites on the roster. His first night on track, however, did not go as he had planned, as his race ended by stopping at the topside of turn two with a mechanical failure.
Feature (25 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson ; 2. 116-Randy Weaver ; 3. 111-Max Blair ; 4. 66-Jake Knowles ; 5. 17-Nevin Gainey ; 6. 7T-Trever Taylor ; 7. 7A-Corey Almond ; 8. 95-Brandon Williams ; 9. 2-Trynt Lloyd ; 10. 313-Devin Dixon ; 11. 30-Todd Cooney ; 12. 5W-David Whitener ; 13. 38-Jamie Carter ; 14. 14B-John Baker ; 15. 11-Cruz Skinner ; 16. 33-Jeff Mathews ; 17. 7-Jason Fitzgerald ; 18. 87-Walker Arthur ; 19. 38P-Trey Pearson ; 20. 71-Pierce McCarter ; 21. 84-Sam Halstead ; 22. 5-Mark Whitener ; 23. 6-Dillon Brown ; 24. 18X-Michael Page ; 25. 6H-Clay Harris ; 26. J8-Jadon Frame  Hard Charger: 30-Todd Cooney[+13]
Qualifying Flight-A 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.058; 2. 2-Trynt Lloyd, 17.553; 3. 116-Randy Weaver, 17.566; 4. 95-Brandon Williams, 17.581; 5. 38P-Trey Pearson, 17.597; 6. 84-Sam Halstead, 17.618; 7. J8-Jadon Frame, 17.638; 8. 5-Mark Whitener, 17.674; 9. 38-Jamie Carter, 17.693; 10. 14B-John Baker, 17.837; 11. 71-Pierce McCarter, 17.901; 12. 10RT-Cody Overton, 17.97; 13. 44-John Ruggerio, 17.991; 14. 33-Jeff Mathews, 18.066; 15. K37-Drew Kennedy, 18.073; 16. 1-Grant Garrison, 18.106; 17. 74-Mike Franklin, 18.269; 18. 9-Jimmy Waldrop, 18.328; 19. 17M-David Markham, 18.351; 20. 16-Tom Egner, 19.076; 21. 39-Troy Dixon, 19.614; DQ. 14-Howard Stalls, 18.52
Qualifying Flight-B 1. 18X-Michael Page, 17.322; 2. 111-Max Blair, 17.336; 3. 7A-Corey Almond, 17.385; 4. 6-Dillon Brown, 17.471; 5. 7T-Trever Taylor, 17.479; 6. 5W-David Whitener, 17.485; 7. 66-Jake Knowles, 17.494; 8. 87-Walker Arthur, 17.513; 9. 7-Jason Fitzgerald, 17.522; 10. 27-Joe Denby, 17.572; 11. 6H-Clay Harris, 17.714; 12. 17-Nevin Gainey, 17.715; 13. 30-Todd Cooney, 17.745; 14. 721-Joe Kump, 17.778; 15. 313-Devin Dixon, 17.786; 16. 4-Justin Litchford, 17.822; 17. 20-Owen Osteen, 17.881; 18. 66K-Jody Knowles, 17.963; 19. 32-Curtis Glover, 18.087; 20. C71-Cody Courtney, 18.204; 21. 11-Cruz Skinner, 22.268
Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson ; 2. J8-Jadon Frame ; 3. 116-Randy Weaver ; 4. 38-Jamie Carter ; 5. 71-Pierce McCarter ; 6. K37-Drew Kennedy ; 7. 38P-Trey Pearson ; 8. 17M-David Markham ; 9. 44-John Ruggerio ; 10. 74-Mike Franklin ; 11. 39-Troy Dixon 
Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 5-Mark Whitener ; 2. 95-Brandon Williams ; 3. 2-Trynt Lloyd ; 4. 84-Sam Halstead ; 5. 14B-John Baker ; 6. 33-Jeff Mathews ; 7. 10RT-Cody Overton ; 8. 1-Grant Garrison ; 9. 14-Howard Stalls ; 10. 9-Jimmy Waldrop ; 11. 16-Tom Egner 
Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 66-Jake Knowles ; 2. 18X-Michael Page ; 3. 7A-Corey Almond ; 4. 7T-Trever Taylor ; 5. 6H-Clay Harris ; 6. 30-Todd Cooney ; 7. 313-Devin Dixon ; 8. 11-Cruz Skinner ; 9. 32-Curtis Glover ; 10. 20-Owen Osteen ; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald 
Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 87-Walker Arthur ; 2. 111-Max Blair ; 3. 17-Nevin Gainey ; 4. 5W-David Whitener ; 5. 6-Dillon Brown ; 6. 4-Justin Litchford ; 7. 66K-Jody Knowles ; 8. 721-Joe Kump ; 9. C71-Cody Courtney ; 10. 27-Joe Denby 
Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer 1. 33-Jeff Mathews ; 2. 38P-Trey Pearson ; 3. K37-Drew Kennedy ; 4. 10RT-Cody Overton ; 5. 17M-David Markham ; 6. 44-John Ruggerio ; 7. 1-Grant Garrison ; 8. 14-Howard Stalls ; 9. 74-Mike Franklin ; 10. 16-Tom Egner ; 11. 39-Troy Dixon ; 12. 9-Jimmy Waldrop 
Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer 1. 313-Devin Dixon ; 2. 30-Todd Cooney ; 3. 4-Justin Litchford ; 4. 721-Joe Kump ; 5. 11-Cruz Skinner ; 6. 20-Owen Osteen ; 7. 32-Curtis Glover ; 8. C71-Cody Courtney ; 9. 66K-Jody Knowles ; 10. 27-Joe Denby ; 11. 7-Jason Fitzgerald 
FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR.
He may have had the win handed to him on Thursday night when leader Bubba Whitener wrecked while leading, but make no mistake, David Showers Jr. had to work for his second-ever win in a Late Model on Friday night.
Taking the lead on lap one, Showers nearly ran away with the show in the early going, but Whitener tracked him down and put the pressure on in the final laps to make it an exciting chase for the finish line. Leading all 25 laps, Showers collected $3,000 for his victorious efforts.
Feature (25 Laps) 1. 18-David Showers ; 2. 5-Bubba Whitener ; 3. 1A-Richard Pratt ; 4. 18A-Jared Allison ; 5. OO7-Dusty Sparkman ; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey ; 7. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh ; 8. 5MC-Robert Gast ; 9. 98-Johnny Allen ; 10. 29-Cameron Saunders ; 11. 10S-Steve Shead ; 12. 15-John Bledsoe ; 13. 33-TJ Evans ; 14. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck ; 15. 68-Ken Ellefson ; 16. 54-Terry Bronson ; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson ; 18. 17-Richard Ferry  Hard Charger: 27-Bruce Harvey[+6]
Qualifying 1. 17-Richard Ferry, 17.695; 2. 18A-Jared Allison, 18.274; 3. 18-David Showers, 18.331; 4. 27-Bruce Harvey, 18.403; 5. 29-Cameron Saunders, 18.415; 6. 5-Bubba Whitener, 18.448; 7. 1A-Richard Pratt, 18.667; 8. OO7-Dusty Sparkman, 18.712; 9. 98-Johnny Allen, 18.933; 10. 54-Terry Bronson, 19.032; 11. 5MC-Robert Gast, 19.055; 12. 15-John Bledsoe, 19.077; 13. 33-TJ Evans, 19.488; 14. 10S-Steve Shead, 19.551; 15. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck, 20.078; 16. 68-Ken Ellefson, 20.147; 17. 45-Chuck Jackson, 20.53; DQ. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh, 19.012
Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 12 Transfer 1. 18-David Showers ; 2. 1A-Richard Pratt ; 3. 29-Cameron Saunders ; 4. 98-Johnny Allen ; 5. 33-TJ Evans ; 6. 5MC-Robert Gast ; 7. 11K-Josh Kunstbeck ; 8. 45-Chuck Jackson ; 9. 17-Richard Ferry 
Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 12 Transfer 1. 5-Bubba Whitener ; 2. OO7-Dusty Sparkman ; 3. 18A-Jared Allison ; 4. 54-Terry Bronson ; 5. 26B-Adam Bedenbaugh ; 6. 27-Bruce Harvey ; 7. 15-John Bledsoe ; 8. 10S-Steve Shead ; 9. 68-Ken Ellefson 
602 LATE MODELS – BUD CHANCEY
In what originally looked to be Cody Overton’s second consecutive win in the Sunshine Nationals 602 Late Model Feature, Thursday night’s runner-up Bud Chancey took advantage of a poorly timed engine failure on Overton’s part to scoop-up the win – his first victory at Volusia.
Overton started on the front row and jetted out to a commanding lead early on before going up in a puff of smoke on lap 12, handing over the lead, and the win, to Chancey. Chancey took no prisoners after getting the lead, out in front by a 5-second margin at the checkers.
Feature (20 Laps) 1. 32-Bud Chauncey ; 2. 78-Arthur Conquest ; 3. 33-Colton Leyendecker ; 4. M51-Mark Steube ; 5. 5-Dustin Carter ; 6. 25-Wiley McDaniel ; 7. 388-Jackson Hise ; 8. 3-Raymond Folwell ; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell ; 10. 28-Brandon Elwood ; 11. O7-Landon Lungren ; 12. OO-Louis Ledlow ; 13. 98-Cody Allen ; 14. 5B-Colby Boyett ; 15. 9X-Chad Evans ; 16. 97-Cody Overton ; 17. 14JR-Trey Mills ; 18. 64-Craig Montesi ; 19. 22-Jonah Bozeman ; 20. 58-Tyler Clem ; 21. 27K-Timmie King ; 22. O2-Sean Babcock ; 23. 97B-Garrett Bullington ; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith ; 25. 18-Jared Allison  Hard Charger: 31-Donnie Birdwell[+16]
Qualifying 1. 14JR-Trey Mills, 18.924; 2. 3-Raymond Folwell, 19.106; 3. 97-Cody Overton, 19.274; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett, 19.359; 5. 5-Dustin Carter, 19.415; 6. O7-Landon Lungren, 19.421; 7. 22-Jonah Bozeman, 19.556; 8. 25-Wiley McDaniel, 19.573; 9. 78-Arthur Conquest, 19.771; 10. 32-Bud Chauncey, 19.838; 11. 388-Jackson Hise, 19.844; 12. M51-Mark Steube, 19.901; 13. 98-Cody Allen, 19.976; 14. 33-Colton Leyendecker, 20.158; 15. 97B-Garrett Bullington, 20.217; 16. 18-Jared Allison, 20.257; 17. 64-Craig Montesi, 20.262; 18. 58-Tyler Clem, 20.296; 19. 31-Donnie Birdwell, 20.363; 20. 27K-Timmie King, 20.378; 21. OO-Louis Ledlow, 20.704; 22. 28-Brandon Elwood, 20.938; 23. O2-Sean Babcock, 22.137; 24. 17S-Brenden Smith, 23.354; 25. 9X-Chad Evans, NT
Heat #1 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 14JR-Trey Mills ; 2. 32-Bud Chauncey ; 3. 22-Jonah Bozeman ; 4. 5B-Colby Boyett ; 5. 98-Cody Allen ; 6. 28-Brandon Elwood ; 7. 18-Jared Allison ; 8. 9X-Chad Evans ; 9. 31-Donnie Birdwell 
Heat #2 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 388-Jackson Hise ; 2. 5-Dustin Carter ; 3. 25-Wiley McDaniel ; 4. 33-Colton Leyendecker ; 5. 3-Raymond Folwell ; 6. 64-Craig Montesi ; 7. O2-Sean Babcock ; 8. 27K-Timmie King 
Heat #3 (6 Laps) - Top 9 Transfer 1. 97-Cody Overton ; 2. M51-Mark Steube ; 3. 78-Arthur Conquest ; 4. 58-Tyler Clem ; 5. O7-Landon Lungren ; 6. 97B-Garrett Bullington ; 7. OO-Louis Ledlow ; 8. 17S-Brenden Smith 
The DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals action continues on Saturday night with the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win finale for the Pro Late Models and 20 laps and $1,500-to-win for Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!
The marquee event, the Tuscarora 50, will take place on Saturday, September 12th and will again be sanctioned by the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions. The All Star series will sanction the Keith Kauffman Classic on April 18th and pay $7,700 to win, the 2-day Weikert Memorial over the Memorial Day Holiday each paying $10,000 to win, and the Night Before the 50 on September 11th. The un-sanctioned $10,000 to win Living Legends Dream Race will take place on Saturday, August 1st. Port Royal Speedway will again host 2 events as part of Pennsylvania Speedweek on Wednesday, July 1st, and conclude the week on Saturday, July 4th with the running of the Greg Hodnett Classic. Both events will pay $7,000 to win.
The Super Late Models have 20 events scheduled for 2020. The biggest late model purse in the history of the speedway will be paid on Saturday, August 29th when the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series invades with a $50,000 to win main event. The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will also present the “Rumble By The River” on Sunday, April 19th and the traveling group will have a preliminary event on Friday, August 28th.
The Super Late Models will again be part of the Weikert Memorial on both Saturday and Sunday over the Memorial Day Holiday paying $5,000 to win each event. The Pennsylvania Late Model Challenge Series, formerly the Tri-Track Challenge, will visit the speedway for a time trial event on Saturday, June 6th. Other high-paying late model races will take place on March 21st, March 22nd, and September 5th when the ULMS Late Model Series sanctions the events.
Returning for their 2nd full season is the 358 Limited Late Model division. The Limited Late Models have 12 events scheduled in 2020 and will again be part of the Butch Renninger Memorial event on Saturday, September 5th and the Labor Day Classic on Monday, September 7th. The Limited Late Models will be showcased twice during the Keith Kauffman Classic and Lucas Oil Late Model weekend on April 18th and April 19th. The limited late models will run a pair of 18-lap feature events on Saturday, May 30th.
The PA Sprint Series (PASS) 305 sprint cars have 10 events scheduled in 2020. The 305 sprints will make their first appearance at the speedway on Saturday, April 4th and will close the season with the 9th Annual Keystone RaceSaver Challenge event on Saturday, October 17th. For the first time, the PASS/IMCA 305 sprints will be part of the World Of Outlaw Series event on Saturday, October 10th in an invitation only event with the top 24 drivers in the point standings participating.
A multitude of open wheel divisions will take on the Speed Palace as well. Returning after a year’s absence is the USAC East Coast 360 wingless sprint car series on Saturday, August 22nd during Open Wheel Madness IV. The Wingless Super Sportsman will be part of Open Wheel Madness III on Saturday, July 18th, and the 358 Sprint Car Summer Series returns on Saturday, June 20th as part of Open Wheel Madness II.
The United Racing Club 360 winged sprint cars have 3 events scheduled in 2020; they are Saturday, April 11th, Saturday, April 25th as part of Open Wheel Madness I, and on Wednesday, July 1st as a second division to the 410 sprint car PA Speedweek event. 358 sprint car teams are welcome to run all three events.
Also on the schedule for 2020 are the 4-cylinder stock cars (twice), the Short Track Super Series Modifieds on Sunday, March 22nd, and the return of the Mid Atlantic Modifieds on Saturday, April 11th
And finally, the USAC Wingless Sprint Cars return for the week-long Eastern Storm series with a 410 sprint car doubleheader on Saturday, June 13th.
Port Royal Speedway will be closed on May 16th, June 27th, July 25th, and August 15th.
Please stay tuned to our social media outlets and website in the coming months for any additional information regarding changes, promotions and pricing!
DIRTVision To Stream 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic LIVE The illustrious Australian race will feature American drivers like Kyle Larson and Carson Macedo
DIRTVision is excited to offer North American fans exclusive live streaming of the 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic. The prestigious event is Australia’s biggest Sprint Car race, held each year at the Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway in Warnambool, Victoria at the end of January.
All North American DIRTVision Fast Pass subscribers will be able to watch the best Sprint Car drivers in Australia duel with a plethora of star American drivers, Jan. 24-26, for the $224,000 purse and the accompanying glory of winning in front of tens of thousands of fans. The event will go live at 1 a.m. (ET) for each event.
The Classic will see more than 100 drivers battling to win the illustrious race. This year, fans can expect to see a number of familiar drivers from the United States, including Kyle Larson, Carson Macedo, Shane Stewart, Tim Shaffer, Tim Kaeding and McKenna Haase. Three-time Classic winner Kerry Madsen will also be in the field, along with his brother Ian Madsen.
The caliber of the event and the mid-winter date attract some of the best driver from the United States to Warrnambool to compete against the locals in the crown jewel event. The Classic is essentially the Knoxville Nationals of Australia, with the largest car count in Sprint Car racing. In 2015, the event actually beat out the legendary Knoxville Nationals by two cars with 107 entries.
American drivers have won 17 of the 44 Classics run since 1973, including victories from former World of Outlaws champions Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski. As with the Australian Championship, drivers from New South Wales have dominated the event with 18 wins. The home state of Victoria had to wait until the 20th running of the event to have a home winner with Warnambool's own Max Dumesny winning in 1992.
North American Sprint Car fans can witness the excitement and international competition from Down Under with a DIRTVision Fast Pass subscription for only $39. Sign up now to watch the Sprintcar Classic, as well as other weekly Australian shows.
The backing of companies serves two purposes. Not only does it help offset costs and pay point funds, it shows community interest in the division.
That is the case at BAPS Motor Speedway. And like previous years, the York Haven facility has a strong group of companies coming back to be a part of what the management team is building at the speedway.
The four core divisions at the speedway — Super Sportsman, Late Models, Street Stocks, and Extreme Stocks — will have title sponsors heading into 2020. Three of the divisions have sponsors returning to the fold, with the Street Stocks introducing a first-time company to the speedway next season.
“It means a lot to have sponsors come back for another year,” General Manager Kolten Gouse said. “I think it’s a testament to the drivers and teams who compete at the speedway and the program we are building.
“Frankie’s Used Auto Parts and Mike’s Towing is coming on board to sponsor the Street Stocks this year. We are pleased to have them join our list of great sponsors at the speedway this season.”
BAPS Paint and Finish will be back for its third year sponsoring the headline Super Sportsman division. Creekside Auto Sales also re-upped for a third year as the title sponsor for the Late Models.
The senior member of the group is Superior Homes, who will be back for a fourth season with the entertaining Extreme Stock class.
“It’s great to be associated with the quality sponsors we have at the speedway,” Gouse said. “We are honored to be able to represent these companies and look forward to having them at the speedway for years to come.”
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BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 16, 2020 – The first race night of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals was jam-packed with the Late Model racing everyone had been craving since the 2019 regular season wound down just a few months ago.
Twenty-four 602 Late Models, 16 Florida Late Models and 41 Pro Late Models lined the Volusia Speedway Park pit areas on Thursday night for their first look of the year at the track under racing conditions. The three Features capped off what was a very entertaining night of racing at The World’s Fastest Half Mile, in which Kyle Bronson came out on top of the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Cody Overton won the 602 Late Model Feature and David Showers Jr. was victorious in the final event of the evening, the Florida Late Model Feature.
DIRTcar PRO LATE MODELS – KYLE BRONSON
It seems as though it pays to be an ace of the Super Late Model ranks when jumping into a Pro Late Model at Volusia. Brandon, FL-native Kyle Bronson put on a dominant display of speed and car control over 25 laps as he beat out fellow Super Late Model big names Randy Weaver and Max Blair en route to his $1,500 victory.
Leading every lap, Killer put on a show out front as he grabbed the top spot on lap one and never looked back to collect the win, holding off a deep field of talent in the process.
“We’ve got a really great car, and I feel like as long as we keep the fenders on our car, we’ll have a chance to win these next couple,” Bronson said. “I’ve just got to do my job, and the car’s pretty damn good.”
The race was spotted with cautions, which meant Bronson was forced to deal with the pressure restacking behind him for each restart. But he handled those perfectly; it was a close call on lap nine that gave him his biggest challenge.
Middleburg, FL-driver Mark Whitener had a good run going to Bronson’s inside as they dove into Turn 1. The two ended up making slight contact, which sent Whitener around right in front of the oncoming field of cars. Somehow, everyone avoided him, and Whitener rejoined the field at the tail under the ensuing caution flag. Bronson escaped unharmed and went on to win the race, while Whitener made up a ton of ground in the final 16 laps to come back and finish eighth and pick up the Hard Charger honors.
“[Whitener] said he was going to go in and try to slide me there, but I was already turned down the racetrack and he hit me in the left-rear and turned himself around, I guess,” Bronson said. “We always race hard and rub a little bit, unfortunately. But that’s the way racing goes.”
Despite redrawing fifth, Randy Weaver found himself with a little bit of work to do in the early going of the 25-lap Feature, as he slipped back on the opening circuit and crossed the line in ninth on lap two. But with some patience and a great car, he and his newly wrapped #116 made it all the way back up front to collect the runner-up spot.
He’s traveled a long way from Titusville, PA, and there was no way Max Blair was leaving Volusia without at least one podium finish this weekend. He didn’t have to wait long, as he kept his car solidly inside the top 5 through all 25 laps to complete the podium.
Winner of the race run prior to the Pro Late Models Feature, Evans, GA-native Cody Overton, was looking to climb from the back to the front over 25 laps to put the cherry atop his Thursday night. Unfortunately, his night ended on the hook, as he was on the receiving end of a nasty pile-up wreck on the initial start that forced him to retire without a single lap completed.
602 LATE MODELS - CODY OVERTON
Overton did, however, take home a nice check in the first Feature of the evening for his efforts behind the wheel of his #97 602 Late Model – race he won by over three seconds ahead of runner-up Bud Chauncey and podium finisher Colton Leyendecker.
Using the low line to his advantage, Lil Sexy made a great move to the inside of Bud Chauncey on lap eight to take the lead, and the win, to kick off his 2020 season in Florida.
FLORIDA LATE MODELS – DAVID SHOWERS JR.
For most of the 20-lap Feature race, teenage pilot Bubba Whitener seemed to have had the Thursday night Feature locked up. Until he reached lap 13.
Trying to get around slower traffic on the high-side, Whitener came up on a car just before the flag stand and made heavy contact, sending the lapped car into the inside wall and severely damaging his own. Whitener went off on the hook, which handed the lead over to David Showers Jr., who took it and led the rest of the way for his first-ever Late Model victory.
The Sunshine Nationals action continues from Volusia on Friday night with round two of racing. Hot Laps begin at 5:15pm ET on DIRTVision!