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Dirty South’ Swing on tap after season-opening weekend
Dixie Speedway, Talladega Short Track, Magnolia Motor Speedway and Revolution Park Speedway new additions to 2021 schedule

WOODSTOCK, GA – Jan. 20, 2021 – For the past 16 years, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series took a couple of weeks off after DIRTcar Nationals before jumping into the most intense tour in motorsports.

Not this year.

Four days after DIRTcar Nationals concludes, The Greatest Show on Dirt will begin its “Dirty South” Swing at four new events – Feb. 12 at Dixie Speedway, Feb. 13 at Talladega Short Track, Feb. 19 at Magnolia Motor Speedway and Feb. 20 at Revolution Park Speedway. Tickets are available for all four events by clicking HERE.

Dixie Speedway, in Woodstock, GA, has graced the Series’ schedule three times prior; the last in 2007. Mark Kinser won the first two events in 1999 and Joey Saldana won the last in ’07. So when the stars of the World of Outlaws make their way to the 3/8-mile track, they’ll all be chasing their first victory there.

Sheldon Haudenschild, who had a career year in 2020 with his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing team, was one of the standouts on 3/8-mile tracks. He won at three different 3/8-miles and had an average finish of 3.5 throughout the seven events. After a fourth-place finish in points, he’s poised to challenge for the 2021 championship – against the likes of two-time defending champion Brad Sweet – and could get a head start on that at Dixie.

“There’s no doubt in any of our minds that that’s where we can be and that’s what we’ll strive for,” Haudenshild said about being in winning contention for the title. “I think as long as we’re winning races and stay consistent there’s no reason we can’t be there at the end of the year.”

The day after Dixie, the Series will make its 12th appearance at the Talladega Short Track – just outside of the Talladega Super Speedway – in Eastaboga, AL and its first appearance since 2011. In that last trip to the 1/3-mile track, David Gravel picked up the win.

“Talladega Short Track was a blast back when I was there and I’m excited to get back,” Gravel said.

He returns to the Series full-time in 2021 to go after his first Series champion, piloting the Big Game Motorsports #2 car.

Continuing its trek through the south, the World of Outlaws will make its debut at two new tracks the following weekend. First, on Friday, Feb. 19, it’ll make its debut at the 3/8-mile Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS. The track opened in 2004 and has hosted several Sprint Car and Late Model races since.

“We’re looking forward to having the World of Outlaws race at the speedway and make their return to Mississippi,” said Johnny Stokes, Magnolia Motor Speedway promoter. “It should be a pretty good show here.”

Then, the Series will make its return to Louisiana for the first time since 2004 when the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars debut at Revolution Park Speedway. The state-of-the-art facility, in Monroe, LA, is a 3/8-mile asphalt track but will have dirt put down on it for the event, which it did for a Late Model event in 2020.

By the end of this two-week swing, the Series will already have seven races under its belt as it kicks off its epic 90-plus race season. These early events will set the stage of who your top contenders for the year will be and form an early shape of what is sure to be another exciting championship battle.

-Friday, Feb. 12 – Dixie Speedway – Event Info/Tickets
-Saturday, Feb. 13 – Talladega Short Track – Event Info/Tickets
-Friday, Feb. 19 – Magnolia Motor Speedway – Event Info/Tickets
-Saturday, Feb. 20 – Revolution Park Speedway – Event Info/ Tickets

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

GATOR COLLECTOR: Kasey Kahne relishes Volusia success as owner, driver
Kahne plans to compete for Kasey Kahne Racing in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 19, 2021 – Florida has been kind to Kasey Kahne.

You might recall his two wins at Daytona International Speedway – during a NASCAR Duel race in 2010 or his Xfinity Series win in 2014. But 20 miles East of the famed track is where the three-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion car owner has collected the most trophies in the sunshine state.

That track is Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville, FL – which will host the 50th DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 2-13.

Kahne, the driver, has one win at the half-mile track in 2002 with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Kahne, the car owner, has six DIRTcar Nationals championships and 13 wins overall at Volusia – between drivers Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana.

“I’ve always liked Volusia,” Kahne said. “I’ve always liked watching the racing there and driving when I’ve been able to race there. [Kasey Kahne Racing] has won a lot of races over the years down there. It’s fun to have a lot of gators (trophies) and be in Victory Lane down there. It’s a neat place to start the season for sure.”

The day after his win in 2002, Kahne made the overnight drive to North Carolina to test a then NASCAR Bush Series car at Rockingham Speedway in preparation to start his NASCAR career. Three years later, Kasey Kahne Racing was formed.

When he first started the team, while there were always aspirations for wins and championships, Kahne just wanted to provide his team with the best equipment he could and be there for them as an owner. That’s led to three World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championships and 185 Series victories.

“I always just wanted to watch the guys go and watch them win,” Kahne said. “Give them the best opportunity I could from an owner’s standpoint and see what they do with it. Over the last few years, they’ve done a lot. It’s been a lot of fun, whether I was watching on DIRTVision, which I did, I don’t know how many hundreds of races. Now, to be at more of them and watch their success, it feels good to be a part of that. Winning never seems to get old. We want to do a lot more of it from both teams.”

Both KKR cars – the #49 of Brad Sweet and the #9 of James McFadden – finish first and second in the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals points, respectively. For Sweet, Volusia Speedway Park has proved to be one of his best tracks in his tenure with the team. He has two DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championships and seven wins overall at Volusia – five with the World of Outlaws.

“For whatever reason, it’s definitely one of my best tracks,” said Sweet, the two-time defending Series champion. “We’ve definitely struggled there in the past here and there. I think it says a lot about our guys and our race team that they bring a really fast car there every year. It’s the first week of the season and you can see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t as well prepared and the teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little stronger. That’s going to give us an advantage. And for whatever reason, it’s been a good racetrack for me.”

The key to KKR’s success at the track stems from their offseason preparations. When the 2020 season ended, Kahne said the crew has been working in the shop all season long to get ready for 2021.

“I feel like our cars have always been good right out of the box at those types of tracks,” Kahne said. “Early in the years, our KKR cars have always been fast in the beginning of the season. For whatever reason. And I think our drivers have been good and I’ve always enjoyed racing at Volusia with Daryn and Brad and Joey.”

He’ll join Sweet on track this year at Volusia, he said, as he plans to drive the team’s #9 car when McFadden can’t.

Kahne initially had no plans to drive a Sprint Car last year, but no plans turned into one race. Then, one race turned into 11.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Kahne said about stepping back behind the wheel. “It’s been good. Last year, I didn’t plan on doing it a whole lot but with COVID and how things worked out, I ended up doing a lot more races and liked it. I always liked being in a Sprint Car and being a part of that. I always enjoy working on the car and being with the teams and things like that. That’s been a lot of fun the last couple years, as well. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success here recently. It’s fun to be part of it and traveling with the guys.”

After claiming another DIRTcar Nationals title and another World of Outlaws championship in 2020, Kahne is excited about the prospects of 2021 for his KKR team and kicking off the season strong at Volusia.

“I feel really good about where KKR is and where our engine program is,” he said. “I think we made some nice gains there late in the season, which will show at Volusia. I was talking with Brad and he’s ready to go. He’s always putting the work in and wants to win a lot this year. I like hearing that. The cars are coming together. The guys have been here nonstop since the season ended. Definitely, no one has backed down. It’s going to be a fun season.”

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

READY TO PASS THE BAR: Parker Price-Miller joining World of Outlaws full-time in 2021
PPM Racing will join the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour with Price-Miller for his rookie season

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 14, 2021 – Parker Price-Miller has never shied away from his desire. If you asked him where he wanted his career to go, his answer was always the same: the World of Outlaws.

More specifically, a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver.

This year, the Kokomo, IN driver is making that a reality. Teaming up with his dad, Scott Ronk, Price-Miller – known as "The Law Firm" – is taking their PPM Racing team on the full 90-plus race tour and will run for Rookie of the Year.

“I pretty much ran the whole thing last year with Phil (Dietz and Dietz Motorsports) and I kind of got the feel and taste of it,” Price-Miller said. “I realized running with the Outlaws you make a lot more money. You’re getting paid more position-wise than any other series and the with the points fund. It just kind of all made sense. I’ve always wanted to do it. It all happened at the right time.”

Price-Miller has 126 starts with the World of Outlaws and two wins – his most recent with Dietz Motorsports at 34 Raceway last year. He parted ways with Dietz before the end of the 2020 season, leading to his need for a ride in 2021. With the majority of good rides already taken and most teams requiring a driver to bring something to the table, Price-Miller said his dad’s thought was: instead of bringing funding to another team, they should bring it to their own.

Before driving for owners like Bernie Stuebgen­ – who owns the Indy Race Parts team – and Philip Dietz – current crew chief and part-owner of Jason Johnson Racing – Price-Miller ran for his dad up until 2017. With primary sponsorship from Chalkstix and support from a variety of others, Price-Miller is making his dream become a reality himself, piloting his own #19 Sprint Car.

Having spent a year watching Dietz manage his own team, Price-Miller said there was a lot he learned that he can implement in his own team.

“I learned more about the in depths of the team; running the team and behind the scenes stuff,” he said. “Phil was very good with that. Kind of learning how to race with the Outlaws night in and night out. I had always done it here and there. Racing with the 14 team every night with the Outlaws, I learned how hard it is to go up and down the road with these guys every night. It was a big learning curve. I don’t think I’m done learning yet. You learn every day. I definitely think I learned a lot that I can bring to the table this season.”

He’s tapped Grant Boyum as the team’s crew chief. The up and coming crew member has achieved great success with drivers like Aaron Reutzel, helping him earn several victories – including a World of Outlaws win at Perris Auto Speedway – and All Star Circuit of Champions titles.

With him and two other experienced crew members in his corner, Price-Miller is confident he’ll be competitive and be in contention for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title battle against Reutzel and Brock Zearfoss.

“Definitely would like to win as many races as we can,” Price-Miller said. “But you also have to be realistic. We’d like to win a few races. I think right now I’d like to maintain top-10 in points and take what we can get. We’re not going to push ourselves to do more than what we’re capable of.

“As a team, I think we’re going to be really good. As a team, I don’t think we’re going to show up and always run the Last Chance Showdown and be a field filler. We’re going to be a contender. In the back of my head, I have high expectations for us. But I also have realistic expectations and don’t want to think too high, also.”

The biggest challenge he foresees is being prepared for the full 10-month tour. While he was at every World of Outlaws event last year, the Series was able to only run 54 races due to COVID-19 putting a halt on racing at the beginning of the season. Now, they’ve got to be prepared for a longer, non-stop season. However, it’s nothing they’re going to shy away from.

“It’s way different than just getting prepared for Florida and then having two months off and then go run whenever you want,” Price-Miller said. “Now, we’re got to be 100% ready for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park and go race 90 times a year and be prepared and ready for anything.

“It’s a new learning curve. We’re all excited for the experience.”

Price-Miller and PPM Racing will kick off their 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets to the event, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

LEARNING CURVE: Mason Daniel hoping to make most of knowledge learned in 2020
Danny Lasoski returns as Daniel’s mentor to guide him through another World of Outlaws season

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 13, 2021 – Mason Daniel will enter his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at Volusia Speedway Park a different driver.

At the beginning of his rookie season last year, Daniel – 19 years old at the time – had only a handful of 410 Sprint Car starts and had yet to run a full tour with mentor and crew chief Danny Lasoski. Now, he knows what he’s gotten himself into.

“When you step up and run with the Outlaws, they’re just the best,” Daniel said. “They’ve been doing it longer than I’ve been alive. It’s just getting up to their speed and earning their respect on the track, being a clean driver. Racing hard and racing clean. I think that’s something I had to get used to; how hard they race each other and how good they are compared to other series. It was a big learning curve. We took our losses, but we’re looking forward to 2021.”

In 54 races, Daniel made 24 Features last year and earned a career-best finish of 11th at Lawton Speedway in September. It wasn’t until about halfway through the season that he began to feel comfortable.

The team made the switch to Eagle Chassis – a chassis Lasoski has had a long history with and a lot of success in – and hit upon adjustments with it that gave Daniel confidence in his cars.

(RELATED: AHEAD OF ITS TIME: THE CAR THAT PUSHED THE LIMITS FOR LASOSKI, SPRINT CAR RACING)

“We found some other stuff that me and Danny found that I like, set up wise, that we’ll hopefully start off the bat with and be competitive,” Daniel said.

“We got rid of everything else that we started the beginning of the season with. This year, we’re starting with how we ended last season.”

The 2021 season will kick off with three days of racing, Feb. 5-7, at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Daniel made two of the three events at Volusia last year. He finished 15th and 23rd, respectively. However, he has one of the best mentors he can ask for when it comes to learning the tips and tricks of the half-mile speedway.

Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion, has 19 wins overall at Volusia – three of them with the Outlaws.

“That place just fit me for some reason,” Lasoski said. “Even when it was locked down it was really good and when it slicked off you had to be really technical. It’s probably one of my favorite three tracks in America.”

Drivers such as Sheldon Haudenschild, Jason Sides and Daryn Pittman helped Daniel throughout his rookie season, he said. But the driver he leaned on the most was always Lasoski. The World of Outlaw champ comes with years of experience and a career of 122 victories – many of which came at tracks still on the current World of Outlaws schedule.

Having that knowledge to pull from at any time gave Daniel confidence going into tracks he never visited, which were the majority of them on the schedule last year. This year, that level of confidence shifts into a new gear. He has the laps and has an idea of what to expect.

With that confidence and growing chemistry with Lasoski, Daniel is hoping for a more competitive season.

“You want to be more competitive than you were the week prior,” Daniel said. “It’s hard sometimes. You get into a slump and have to push through it. We have a good program going into [this] season. I think everyone is excited. Just try to be more competitive than we were last year. That’s all we can do.”

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision

 

 

NEW YEAR READY: Jason Sides Looking For Normalcy In 2021
Sides Motorsports will look to field two cars on a part-time schedule again with Tim Kaeding

 

CONCORD, NC — Jan. 8, 2020 — Jason Sides can’t slow down.

The two-month racing hiatus, due to COVID-19, and shorter schedule last year threw him off his rhythm. Every plan, every move, every mentality was thrown into a blender, leaving crumbs to be reassembled.

When the 90-plus 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule was released, Sides was pleased to see a full slate of racing and a chance to return to “normalcy.”

“Not that it’s a military- or Army-like deal, but with the Outlaws you’re on a set schedule from the beginning of time when the schedule comes out,” Sides said. “You know what you’re doing and where you’re going. When all that happens, it throws a big wrench in the program. When you get back to normal and how the schedule is supposed to be it's simpler.

“The more racing you do, the more everything improves. When you’re off for an extended period of time, not that you forget how to do it, but it’s a little bit off when you get back to it.”

Sides ended the 2020 season with four top-10 finishes and an 11th place finish in the championship standings – two spots better than the year prior.

Along with trying to find a rhythm last year, Sides Motorsports also juggled trying to find crew members for the second half of the year. Sides and long-time crew member Stephen Fairfield parted ways last year, leaving Sides to put together a team of various part-time crew members in each reason.

For the time being, that continues to be his plan for the 2021 season. The search for a full-time crew member is nothing like it once was. Right now, he said he's “winging it.”

“We’ve been looking. It’s getting harder these days,” Sides said. “Years ago, you had guys begging to come out and do the whole Series and want to work. It’s a lot harder these days to find crew guys that want to come out, have a CDL, are interested in it and want to do it. It’s hard to find those guys now.

“That’s why a lot of times I’ll have different people help in different parts of the country. They don’t want to be out all the time, but they want to help. They just can’t be out all the time. A couple of weeks here and there. Different ones help out in different places.”

His biggest need for extra hands is when he brings out a second car, which he still plans to do, at times, this year. Sides’ driver of choice will, again, be Tim Kaeding, who earned three top-10 finishes in 11 starts last year in the #7 Sides Motorsports machine. According to Sides, Kaeding already has a full schedule next year, but they’re still looking to find times for Kaeding to run a second car throughout the season.

Sides admitted that running one car, after having two out the week before, feels like a breeze. It’s not hard for them to run two cars, but it requires more hands and can get hectic in hurry-up situations. However, he said, it’s still beneficial to have a second car. Especially when the second driver is Kaeding – a 21-time World of Outlaws winner.

“I wouldn’t say we drive the same, but he (Kaeding) can tell me when it’s getting slick here for the next Heat Race or something,” Sides said. “Or I can help him out a little bit. Give some pointers about the racetrack. He can go look when I’m getting ready and I can go look when he’s getting ready. It actually helps a lot to run two cars.”

He’s expecting a tougher field of full-time cars with the World of Outlaws this year with the addition of drivers like three-time All Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Aaron Reutzel and PA Posse member Brock Zearfoss, along with the growth of drivers like Sheldon Haudenschild and Jacob Allen. That’s not changing his approach, though. To Sides, he said it just makes him want to run harder and beat all of them.

He’ll try to do so when the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. He has one win at the half-mile track in 2011.

In general, he’s just looking forward to being able to get back into his normal rhythm of not slowing down.

“I’d just like to get back to racing and back to a normal life,” Sides said.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

NEW YEAR READY: Jason Sides Looking For Normalcy In 2021
Sides Motorsports will look to field two cars on a part-time schedule again with Tim Kaeding

 

CONCORD, NC — Jan. 8, 2020 — Jason Sides can’t slow down.

The two-month racing hiatus, due to COVID-19, and shorter schedule last year threw him off his rhythm. Every plan, every move, every mentality was thrown into a blender, leaving crumbs to be reassembled.

When the 90-plus 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule was released, Sides was pleased to see a full slate of racing and a chance to return to “normalcy.”

“Not that it’s a military- or Army-like deal, but with the Outlaws you’re on a set schedule from the beginning of time when the schedule comes out,” Sides said. “You know what you’re doing and where you’re going. When all that happens, it throws a big wrench in the program. When you get back to normal and how the schedule is supposed to be it's simpler.

“The more racing you do, the more everything improves. When you’re off for an extended period of time, not that you forget how to do it, but it’s a little bit off when you get back to it.”

Sides ended the 2020 season with four top-10 finishes and an 11th place finish in the championship standings – two spots better than the year prior.

Along with trying to find a rhythm last year, Sides Motorsports also juggled trying to find crew members for the second half of the year. Sides and long-time crew member Stephen Fairfield parted ways last year, leaving Sides to put together a team of various part-time crew members in each reason.

For the time being, that continues to be his plan for the 2021 season. The search for a full-time crew member is nothing like it once was. Right now, he said he's “winging it.”

“We’ve been looking. It’s getting harder these days,” Sides said. “Years ago, you had guys begging to come out and do the whole Series and want to work. It’s a lot harder these days to find crew guys that want to come out, have a CDL, are interested in it and want to do it. It’s hard to find those guys now.

“That’s why a lot of times I’ll have different people help in different parts of the country. They don’t want to be out all the time, but they want to help. They just can’t be out all the time. A couple of weeks here and there. Different ones help out in different places.”

His biggest need for extra hands is when he brings out a second car, which he still plans to do, at times, this year. Sides’ driver of choice will, again, be Tim Kaeding, who earned three top-10 finishes in 11 starts last year in the #7 Sides Motorsports machine. According to Sides, Kaeding already has a full schedule next year, but they’re still looking to find times for Kaeding to run a second car throughout the season.

Sides admitted that running one car, after having two out the week before, feels like a breeze. It’s not hard for them to run two cars, but it requires more hands and can get hectic in hurry-up situations. However, he said, it’s still beneficial to have a second car. Especially when the second driver is Kaeding – a 21-time World of Outlaws winner.

“I wouldn’t say we drive the same, but he (Kaeding) can tell me when it’s getting slick here for the next Heat Race or something,” Sides said. “Or I can help him out a little bit. Give some pointers about the racetrack. He can go look when I’m getting ready and I can go look when he’s getting ready. It actually helps a lot to run two cars.”

He’s expecting a tougher field of full-time cars with the World of Outlaws this year with the addition of drivers like three-time All Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Aaron Reutzel and PA Posse member Brock Zearfoss, along with the growth of drivers like Sheldon Haudenschild and Jacob Allen. That’s not changing his approach, though. To Sides, he said it just makes him want to run harder and beat all of them.

He’ll try to do so when the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. He has one win at the half-mile track in 2011.

In general, he’s just looking forward to being able to get back into his normal rhythm of not slowing down.

“I’d just like to get back to racing and back to a normal life,” Sides said.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

CHAMPION’S MIND: Brad Sweet Relaxed, Focused In Hunt For Third Championship
The two-time defending champion will target wins more than points in 2021 with Kasey Kahne Racing
 

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 31, 2020 — Points circled Brad Sweet’s mind and formulated his judgment for the past two years. The attempt of a risky move on track was overruled by a cautious calculation that saw a championship as the reward for his efforts.

That mentality worked in 2019 and 2020, giving the Grass Valley, CA driver back-to-back championships. But in 2021, he’s throwing caution to the wind.

With his name now etched in the record books alongside icons like Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers as a multi-time champion, Sweet isn’t going to let the worry of points get in his way of fighting for wins.

“I feel really good,” Sweet said. “I feel like I’m in a really good place mentally. My life has a good balance. I have a good race team. Kind of in a good place to go out there and enjoy the moment and try to go after wins and not worry about points and things like that where I think we’ve let that control us in the last two years and take some of those wins away that, you know, I was being cautious and making sure that we finish and things like that.

“You really want to take those chances and get the wins. I really feel like next year, with the schedule the Outlaws have put together, and the big money races and a lot of promoters are stepping up and the purses are up, it’s a good opportunity for us to go out there and really show what we can do.”

When the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, they’ll get to show what they can do at one of Sweet’s best tracks. In 34 Series starts at the half-mile speedway, Sweet has five wins, 16 top-five finishes and 20 top-10s. He hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his last seven starts there and won his second DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championship in 2020.

“It says a lot about our guys and my race team,” Sweet said. “They bring a really fast car there every year.”

With his KKR team of crew chief Eric Prutzman and crew members Andrew Bowman and Joe Mooney returning for another year together, Sweet stated that gives them an advantage heading into the season opener.

“You can kind of see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t well prepared,” he said. “The teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little better. I think that gives us an advantage going to Volusia. I think we can go to Volusia and be just as strong, or maybe stronger.”

Going in with a second champion under his belt has bolstered the team's confidence, too.

When Sweet claimed his first championship in 2019 by four points over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – the closest points battle in Series history – he said it was sheer relief. Then, winning his second was validation. Especially with what he had to overcome.

He had four DNFs this year – three in a row. It was the first time since 2013 – before Sweet was full-time – that he had that many DNFs continuously. It cost him the points lead for several weeks, but after his last DNF at Knoxville Raceway, Sweet went on a run of 21 top-10 finishes in the final 24 races of the year. The three finishes outside the top-10 were all 11th – one due to an engine issue.

With that streak and eight wins on the season, Sweet was able to comfortably claim his second title.

He’s confident he and his team have cracked the formula on how to claim their third championship in a row. It starts by focusing on winning in Florida.

“Being a two-time champion, I feel like I know what we need to do to win the points,” Sweet said. “As long as we just keep doing what we’re doing, we feel like we’re the best team out there and we have a lot of confidence going into this season with what we were able to overcome in 2020 and even the year before.”

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CONFIDENT CONTENDER: Sheldon Haudenschild Eyes 2021 Championship Hunt
The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver will look to build off a career year, starting at the 2021 DIRTcar Nationals
 

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 18, 2020 — The final 20 races of the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season might have teased a new championship contender for 2021.

In those few months, Sheldon Haudenschild claimed the most wins – five of his seven for the year – and, if not for two incidents of bad luck that took him out of the race, he would’ve earned more points in that time span than 2020 champion Brad Sweet.

So, are he and his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing crew prepared to go after the championship next year?

“Definitely,” Haudenschild said with certainty. “That’s our goal. If we can get going a little sooner in the year and get a lot of races… you know, pretty short season this year. We skipped a lot of tracks I feel like we’re good at. Looking forward to ‘21 and hopefully going to a full schedule and getting all the races in. Just trying to mimic the end of our year and turn it into a full year next year. Hopefully, we can do that.”

While the 2020 season was shorter than intended due to COVID-19, the Wooster, OH native was able to turn it into a career year. In his three previous full-time seasons on the World of Outlaws tour, Haudenschild had collected seven wins and never finished better than seventh in points. He ended this season with seven wins and a fourth-place finish in the championship standings. He also ended the year with a single-season career-high 28 top-five finishes and 239 laps led – second only to Kyle Larson’s 278 laps led.

The 27-year-old credits much of his 2020 success to the reunion of him and crew chief Kyler Ripper. Their chemistry was established years ago when Haudenschild drove his own #93 car and Ripper was the crew chief. A friendship was birthed, along with a healthy working relationship.

With Ripper back by his side, after a few years apart, Haudenschild said he’s having fun on race days again. It’s created a good working environment for the entire team and made a positive impact on their results.

“Chemistry is a big part of it,” Haudenschild said. “When we show up to the track, we have a really good race car and a guy who only thinks about it. Ripper has done a really good job of that and communicates with me really well and lets me know what is going on. I’m able to tell him what I feel in a good way and we’re able to hash things out and get it figured out for the better.”

With the crew he has now, made up of Ripper, Nickolas Goodfleisch and Drew Brenner, Haudenschild said he’s able to enter each race confident he has a good handling car. It’s a key component to his mentality of being able to run the car as hard as he needs.

He’s watched 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and two-time Series champion Brad Sweet benefit from that confidence for years. Now, he said he and his SJM Racing team are looking to mimic what the championship teams have done in their own way.

To be a champion Haudenschild knows it’s about having a strong season year-round. Not just in the last 20 races.

“Obviously, if you can win one in Florida (at Volusia Speedway Park during the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals) that helps to get the year going,” Haudenschild said. “A lot of times I feel like if I can get through Florida consistently and feel good with my race car and then head out west, I feel like there’s no doubt in my mind we can be right there. Anything can happen out west. I feel like I have a lot of strong tracks out there. I feel like our confidence will be good going out west with me and Ripper.”

Haudenschild picked up his first career World of Outlaws win at Volusia Speedway Park in 2018. Last year, he finished 11th, eighth and fourth, respectively, in the three season-opening races. He and the rest of the stars of the World of Outlaws will kick off the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at the half-mile Florida track during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

With a career year behind him, Haudenschild is confident he and his NOS Energy Drink-backed team can hit the ground running at Volusia and contend for the 2021 championship.

“There’s no doubt in any of our minds that that’s where we can be and that’s what we’ll strive for,” he said. “I think as long as we’re winning races and stay consistent there’s no reason we can’t be there at the end of the year.”

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TURNING 50: Sprint Cars Continue Key Role In DIRTcar Nationals History
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars headline the Feb. 2-7 Sprint Week during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals
 

BARBERVILLE, FL — Dec. 15, 2020 — While Sprint Cars didn’t grace Volusia Speedway Park until 1981, they had a key role in the growth of the Florida track and a strong presence during the 50 years of the DIRTcar Nationals.

The speedway started life as a sandy quarter-mile track in Barberville, FL, before Benny Corbin, a Sprint Car driver with a love for dirt racing, saw the potential for something greater.

Corbin, a Korean War veteran who became known as “the father of short-track racing in Volusia County,” purchased the property in 1968 and birthed Barberville Speedway. The track went through multiple transformations under his ownership from 1968 to 1982, including the track’s expansion to its current half-mile configuration. And over time its name went from Barberville Speedway to Volusia County Speedway and then to its current title Volusia Speedway Park.

His passion for the sport led to the creation of big events like the DIRTcar Nationals and his love for Sprint Cars made it inevitable the open-wheel machines would eventually turn laps around his track.

That became a reality for the first time on Feb. 9, 1981, when the World of Outlaws became the first series to bring Sprint Cars to Volusia. Doug Wolfgang conquered the event, holding off “The King” Steve Kinser for the win.

The Series didn’t return to Volusia until 2005 after that, but Sprint Car racing stayed vibrant with the All Star Circuit of Champions making its debut in 1983. The regional touring Series ran at the speedway from 1983 to 1991 before taking a three-year break.

In the All Star’s first decade, Kenny Jacobs won the first event at the track on Feb. 15, 1983, and claimed another in 1989. Steve Kinser won his first race at the speedway in 1984 and Wolfgang became the first repeat winner at the track in 1987.

Jacobs, Bobby Davis, Jr. and 2001 World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski won twice at the track during that period – the start to Lasoski’s Florida dominance.

The All Stars returned to the track in 1995 and ran there until 2003 before taking another year off. Dave Blaney, who won the World of Outlaws championship in 1995, won the first race back. Lasoski continued his winning ways, claiming two victories there with the All Stars that year, as well.

In the All Star’s 37 events at Volusia between 1995 and 2003, Lasoski won 12 of them. That time period also saw drivers such as Jac Haudenschild, Joey Saldana, Craig Dollansky, Lance Dewease, Kasey Kahne and Jason Johnson pick up their first win at the track.

Sprint Car racing returned to the track in full force in 2005 with the World of Outlaws and All Stars competing at the Florida venue during the same week, as they'll continue to do so in February. The All Stars were absent in 2013, but the World of Outlaws have competed at Volusia Speedway Park every year since their return in 2005.

Lasoski won five races at the track in that 16-year period and racked up 19 wins in total – between the All Stars and World of Outlaws. In 2000, while driving for Tony Stewart, Lasoski won all four events at Volusia in a unique chassis designed by Jerry Russell, from Eagle Chassis, and himself, which was outlawed after that week due to its radical design.

“That place just fit me for some reason,” Lasoski said about Volusia Speedway Park. “Even when it was locked down it was really good and when it slicked off you had to be really technical. It’s probably one of my favorite three tracks in America.

“Just racing there, in general, was fun. From the ‘90s up until now, obviously, the track prep now is so superior than what it used to be because of the equipment, but even back in the day they would give us a top and a bottom and we’d put on a great show every year we went down there.”

The only driver to best Lasoski’s record is 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who currently has 22 victories in total at Volusia Speedway Park. His most recent victory at the track came during the World of Outlaws 2020 season-opener during the DIRTcar Nationals. A win during the DIRTcar Nationals in 2021 would mark Schatz’s 300th career World of Outlaws victory.

Drivers such as Dollansky, Saldana, 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman and two-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet also emerged as continuous Volusia winners. All four have claimed DIRTcar Nationals championships, as well.

For many years, DIRTcar Nationals winners were awarded a golden eagle, but the Florida event took on a new life when the trophy switch to a golden gator in 2012, and the DIRTcar Nationals champion was award the “Big Gator” trophy. Since then, the Sprint Car Big Gator champions have included:

–Sammy Swindell (2012)
–Daryn Pittman (2013, 2015 & 2019)
–Paul McMahan (2014)
–Brad Sweet (2016 & 2020)
–David Gravel (2017)
–Donny Schatz (2018)

“For whatever reason, it’s definitely one of my best tracks,” said Sweet, who has seven wins in total at Volusia. “We’ve definitely struggled there in the past here and there. I think it says a lot about our guys and our race team that they bring a really fast car there every year. It’s the first week of the season and you can see the teams that haven’t meshed yet or aren’t as well prepared and the teams that have been together are going to come out of the box a little stronger. That’s going to give us an advantage. And for whatever reason, it’s been a good racetrack for me.”

For the 50th DIRTcar Nationals in 2021, the All Star Circuit of Champions will run on Feb. 3-4 and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will run Feb. 5-7.

The half-mile track has produced thrilling races each year and set the stage for epic championship battles. Schatz, Sweet and Logan Schuchart won the three season-opening races for the World of Outlaws during the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals and ended the season as the top three drivers in points.

While the Sprint Cars didn’t grace Volusia Speedway Park until 1981, they’ve continued to be one of the most exciting parts of the DIRTcar Nationals every year since.

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PREVIOUS WORLD OF OUTLAWS VOLUSIA WINNERS
February 9th, 2020 — Logan Schuchart
February 8th, 2020 — Brad Sweet
February 7th, 2020 — Donny Schatz
February 9th, 2019 — Daryn Pittman
February 8th, 2019 — Daryn Pittman
February 11th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 9th, 2018 — Sheldon Haudenschild
February 19th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 19th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 17th, 2017 — Jason Johnson
February 14th, 2016 — Brad Sweet
February 13th, 2016 — Donny Schatz
February 12th, 2016 — Brad Sweet
February 15th, 2015 — Brad Sweet
February 14th, 2015 — Donny Schatz
February 13th, 2015 — Daryn Pittman
February 16th, 2014 — Steve Kinser
February 15th, 2014 — Donny Schatz
February 14th, 2014 — Brad Sweet
February 17th, 2013 — Danny Lasoski
February 16th, 2013 — Terry McCarl
February 15th, 2013 — Daryn Pittman
February 19th, 2012 — Donny Schatz
February 19th, 2012 — Craig Dollansky
February 18th, 2012 — Danny Lasoski
February 13th, 2011 — Jason Sides
February 12th, 2011 — Steve Kinser
February 11th, 2011 — Steve Kinser
February 7th, 2010 — Steve Kinser
February 6th, 2010 — Donny Schatz
February 8th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2009 — Joey Saldana
February 6th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2008 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 2008 — Jason Meyers
February 8th, 2008 — Craig Dollansky
February 11, 2007 — Daryn Pittman
February 10th, 2007 — Kerry Madsen
February 9th, 2007 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2006 — Joey Saldana
February 9th, 2006 — Chad Kemenah
February 13th, 2005 — Steve Kinser
February 11th, 2005 — Jeff Shepard
February 9th, 1981 — Doug Wolfgang

PREVIOUS ALL STAR VOLUSIA WINNERS
February 6th, 2020 — Aaron Reutzel
February 5th, 2020 — Brad Sweet
February 7th, 2019 — Brad Sweet
February 6th, 2019 — Shane Stewart
February 8th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2018 — Donny Schatz
February 16th, 2017 — David Gravel
February 15th, 2017 — Donny Schatz
February 11th, 2016 — Donny Schatz
February 10th, 2016 — Dave Blaney
February 12th, 2015 — Daryn Pittman
February 11th, 2015 — Greg Hodnett
February 13th, 2014 — Joey Saldana
February 16th, 2012 — Craig Dollansky
February 15th, 2012 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2011 — Sammy Swindell
February 9th, 2011 — Sammy Swindell
February 4th, 2010 — Joey Saldana
February 3rd, 2010 — Craig Dollansky
February 5th, 2009 — Stevie Smith
February 4th, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 3rd, 2009 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2008 — Donny Schatz
February 6th, 2008 — Wayne Johnson
February 5th, 2008 — Donny Schatz
February 8th, 2007 — Tim Kaeding
February 7th, 2007 — Jason Solwold
February 6th, 2007 — Joey Saldana
February 8th, 2006 — Donny Schatz
February 7th, 2006 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2005 — Kraig Kinser
February 9th, 2005 — Fred Rahmer
February 8th, 2005 — Terry McCarl
February 8th, 2003 — Lance Dewease
February 7th, 2003 — Jason Johnson
February 6th, 2003 — Joey Saldana
February 10th, 2002 — Kasey Kahne
February 9th, 2002 — Danny Lasoski
February 8th, 2002 — Lance Dewease
February 11th, 2001 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2001 — Craig Dollansky
February 9th, 2001 — Joey Saldana
February 8th, 2001 — Dale Blaney
February 13th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 12th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 11th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 2000 — Danny Lasoski
February 7th, 1999 — Frankie Kerr
February 6th, 1999 — Billy Pauch
February 5th, 1999 — Kevin Gobrecht
February 4th, 1999 — Greg Hodnett
February 8th, 1998 — Kenny Jacobs
February 7th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 5th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 4th, 1998 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 1997 — Dale Blaney
February 8th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 7th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 6th, 1997 — Gary Wright
February 5th, 1997 — Terry McCarl
February 11th, 1996 — Jeff Shepard
February 10th, 1996 — Danny Lasoski
February 9th, 1996 — Dale Blaney
February 8th, 1996 — Dale Blaney
February 7th, 1996 — Dave Blaney
February 12th, 1995 — Danny Lasoski
February 11th, 1995 — Danny Lasoski
February 10th, 1995 — Jac Haudenschild
February 9th, 1995 — Keith Kauffman
February 8th, 1995 — Dave Blaney
February 8th, 1991 — Robbie Stanley
February 6th, 1991 — Keith Kauffman
February 9th, 1990 — Robbie Stanley
February 9th, 1990 — Joey Allen
February 7th, 1990 — Rocky Hodges
February 12th, 1989 — Kenny Jacobs
February 11th, 1989 — Frankie Kerr
February 10th, 1989 — Keith Kauffman
February 9th, 1989 — Steve Stambaugh
February 8th, 1989 — Bobby Davis, Jr.
February 7th, 1988 — Danny Lasoski
February 6th, 1988 — Rocky Hodges
February 5th, 1988 — Jimmy Sills
February 4th, 1988 — Danny Lasoski
February 3rd, 1988 — Rocky Hodges
February 1st, 1987 — Doug Wolfgang
January 31st, 1987 — Bobby Davis, Jr.
February 15th, 1984 — Tim Green
February 14th, 1984 — Steve Kinser
February 15th, 1983 — Kenny Jacobs

 

 

NEXT STEP: Jacob Allen Aiming For Next Level Success In 2021
The Shark Racing driver looks to build off a successful 2020 season
 

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 11, 2020 — Jacob Allen meandered his way to the group of drivers waiting to take part in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash draw at Huset’s Speedway. Upon joining them, Kyle Larson turned to Allen and asked, “Have you made every Dash? I feel like I always see you here.” To which Allen responded with his iconic enthusiastic smile and chuckle.

He made about half the Dashes in a career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season, which saw the Hanover, PA, driver claim his first Series win after 358 starts. He also added single-season career highs of 18 top-10s, 79 laps led, and an eighth-place finish in points.
This offseason, he’s focused on entering next year prepared to build off that success when the 2021 season kicks off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.
 

“I think I’ll have a great year,” Allen said. “I had a lot of fun this season. I feel good about myself. I look back at all the years on the road and see where I’ve slacked in some ways. I just feel focused and feel determined to do a lot better all the time. Whatever that brings me, it is what it’ll be. I want to put myself in those good positions continuously. I don’t want to be on a stretch of only 10 races that you’re doing good. I want to be in the same caliber of like Sheldon (Haudenschild) and Logan (Schuchart) and being there all the time.”

Since joining the tour full-time in 2014, the question everyone asked, and the question he asked himself, was, “when will the first win come?” Over time, to Allen, that question went from “when” to “if,” even doubting his interest in racing. But with a self-improved attitude and new level of focus this year, he negated the question by winning at Dodge City Raceway Park.

Now, the question is “what’s next?”

“Definitely more wins and try to be more consistent, being in the top-five,” Allen said about his 2021 expectations. “I don’t really ever think about goals. Obviously, I want to finish as high as I can in points. I guess I’m just trying to build off this season.”

This year he established new habits to help better himself. At the track, he focused more on taking notes and watching the track to improve his setups, and off the track he focused on taking care of himself, working out more, and staying mentally positive.

During the off-season, he spends his mornings working out, his days at the shop with the Shark Racing crew, getting cars ready for next season, and his evenings digging through the DIRTVision Vault, studying previous races and those who had success at them.

“I think if you start watching them continuously, you start to pick up on things and see things those people you’re watching do differently than other people and you can learn a lot from it,” Allen said.

Along with Allen improving himself as a driver, Shark Racing, with continued support from Drydene, continues to grow as a team. His Hall of Fame father, and car owner, Bobby Allen said the team is now at a point where Allen and teammate Logan Schuchart can have equal motor packages year-round.

“When we pull into a racetrack, I don’t think anyone has better motors than we do,” said Bobby Allen, who gets his motors from Newman’s Racing Engines. “And it wasn’t that way until this year. We had good motors, but you could run them part of the year, maybe three-quarters of the way. This year and next year we can be even with anybody at any given time. Logan and Jacob both.”

With confidence and power behind him, Allen is ready to go after another career season in 2021.

“I learned so much this year and I feel like I have a lot to build on,” Allen said. “I think I’m taking all the right steps to have an even better season. I’m excited for it. I’m focused and really looking forward to racing again.”

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ROOKIE NO MORE: Wayne Johnson Excited For 2021 After Finding Year-long Issue
The 2020 Rookie of the Year has found a new abundance of confidence for his Sophomore season
 

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 9, 2020 — Wayne Johnson ended the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season rejuvenated and eager to start 2021.

The Oklahoma-native won the 2020 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award – becoming the 38th driver in the history of the Series to win it – but that’s not what excites him most.

With two races remaining at the end of the 2020 season, Johnson, who struggled to find speed for the majority of the year, discovered the Jacobs Ladder mounts on the chassis he’d used for the past year and a half were off. Once fixed, Johnson said “the warm and fuzzy feeling” he’d been searching for all year with his car was finally there.

“Shane Stewart drove the car that night (at Cedar Lake Speedway) and said something was wrong with it,” Johnson said. “We could never put our finger on it. Once I figured it out, the car really drove good at Kokomo and then at Charlotte.

“I brought (veteran crew chief) Rob Hart in to help me. I kept blaming it on the tires. Just couldn’t figure it out. The week from Pennsylvania to Kokomo, we came home, I gave the boys a couple of days off and I took the car apart myself and got to measuring. Some Jacobs Ladder mounts were off and that’s not something you usually check anymore because the car builders have that in check. Anyway, found some stuff that was wrong, fixed them, and found speed.”

While the fix was worth celebrating, it also presented an issue. The majority of notes recorded by Johnson and the Two-C Racing team throughout their first full-time World of Outlaws season became irrelevant. Now, they’ll have to start from scratch, again, in 2021.

However, that hasn’t diminished Johnson’s newfound confidence in his cars and himself.

“I was starting to doubt myself. I really was,” Johnson said. “Did you forget how to do this? Then, I felt so much better in the car. But I had beat myself up the whole season. I didn’t come into this thing thinking we were going to win a championship or 25 races or anything like that. I just felt like if we came in to be competitive and start building off of that, at some point the stars would align and everything would work out; we could win a race. We weren’t even in the hunt. There was a lot of turmoil in the team. We just thought we were going to be better. I think next year, right out of the gate, we’ll be better.”

Johnson ended his rookie season with one top-10 and a 12th-place finish in points. And while Johnson, at 49 years old, was a rookie for running his first full-time season with the Series, he entered the year with 152 World of Outlaws starts. Because of that, he never thought of himself as a rookie and didn’t think much of trying to win the Rookie of the Year title. He’d even stated he’d like to tie for the honor with his rookie competitor Mason Daniel and have the tiebreaker go to Daniel.

But once the season ended, and Johnson received his Rookie of the Year Award, his outlook on winning the title changed. Along with his name, every Rookie of the Year winner – such as 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, two-time and defending champion Brad Sweet and two-time champion Mark Kinser – grace the plaque.

“After seeing all the names on the list and just thinking about Kevin Gobrecht, you know, losing his life to the sport that we love, it kind of hit home then and I really thought, “You better cherish this and take this in as a moment,” Johnson said. “There’s not a lot of guys on that list. It meant more after I really sat down and thought about it. Before then, I was just trying to get going and get the results that we needed or felt like we wanted and try to be better. Never really thought about the rookie thing until the day of the banquet and they handed me that plaque and I started reading it. It was like, “Wow, this is pretty cool.”

One of Johnson's biggest takeaways from his rookie season is learning to manage the long schedule, which nearly doubles for 2021 as the Series looks to return to a normal 90-plus race season. Not only was he and the team traveling to new places they had never been, but they also had to learn to live with each other for about 10 months straight.

(RELATED: 2021 Schedule: Huge Payouts, New Venues, Iconic Events Highlight 2021 World of Outlaws Season)

Johnson compared living on the road with his crew like marriage and admitted there was tension within the group at times, especially when they were running bad.

“You all have to live in the same spaces and travel together,” he said. “Honestly, that’s been the biggest hurdle. We’ve always done that on a smaller scale, running the 360s (Sprint Cars). Everybody’s emotions have been masked with everything going on this year, too. I think the biggest thing for me is that. Is making sure the team is functioning together and working as a team and knowing just how tough it is now. I knew it was tough, but I thought going into 2020 that we could be competitive and run upfront. It opened my eyes that we had a whole lot of work to do to get better.”

The team brought in a couple of crew chiefs throughout the year, which helped take some burden off of Johnson, who was making the calls on what to change with the car, but also showed him that he knew what he was doing. They also caused a bit of stress within the team, he said, as the chemistry wasn’t there.

Johnson won’t have an official crew chief for 2021 but said crew member John Ivey will have an expanded role. He’s worked with Johnson since 1998 and returned to working on a car full-time for the first time in 20 years this season.

He’ll start the 2021 season Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals with the same car he ended the 2020 season with but will have three brand new cars waiting to guide him through his Sophomore year. And while there is still a lot for him and the Two-C Racing team to learn, Johnson is confident they’ll be at the competitive level they expected to be this year.

“Do I feel like we can come out and run for a championship? Probably not,” Johnson said. “But we can definitely come in and be competitive where we just weren’t competitive this year. It stems from the stuff we had wrong. As a driver, I feel like I can get the job done. Todd and Kelly (Carlile, owners of Two-C Racing) have given me all the equipment to do it.”

For tickets to the Feb. 5-7 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, click here.

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NEW OPPORTUNITY PART I: Philip Dietz Relishes Owner, Crew Chief Role For 2021
The two-time World of Outlaws Crew Chief of the Year will be taking on a bigger role with Jason Johnson Racing

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 2, 2020 — Philip Dietz looks natural in the most challenging situations.

He enjoys it.

Serving as the crew chief for two cars, owning one of them, working with three drivers and winning with all three this year earned him his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Crew Chief of the Year Award – his first came in 2016 while working with Jason Johnson.

“It did get really busy for all of us to manage both teams, but it was a lot of fun,” said Dietz, who was crew chief for Jason Johnson Racing’s #41 car and his own Dietz Motorsports #14 car. “I really enjoyed it. I like new challenges and that was certainly one of them. It was a lot of fun for me.”

Next year, he’ll face a new challenge that he’s dreamed of. He and his wife, Brooke, have taken co-ownership of Jason Johnson Racing, while Bobbi Johnson takes a step back to spend more time home with her son Jaxx. Dietz will remain crew chief of the #41 car, which will run full-time with Carson Macedo.

“I’m very excited for it,” Dietz said. “It’s been a goal of mine, a dream of mine, to own a Sprint Car team one day. I never really anticipated it to be this big; to own a World of Outlaws team. It is certainly an honor. Two years ago, we were really uncertain of the direction of JJR, whether it would be a one-year deal, multi-year deal, we were just kind of taking it one year at a time and doing what was right for everyone.

“Obviously, it takes a lot of sponsorship to make it happen. If you can’t put all of those pieces together, it is impossible to go out and keep it going on a full-time basis. That was really tough for us. Obviously, with Bobbi, and with Jaxx in school now, we knew there was going to come a day when she couldn’t travel as much and want to scale back and be home and be a mom. And Jaxx is at that age now where he’s getting more involved in sports. It’s really important for her to be here (in Missouri) and be involved in all of that stuff.”

Dietz will be responsible for directing all the daily racing operations, strategy and sponsorship partner relations at JJR. Johnson will focus on operating the merchandise side of the business.

Running Dietz Motorsports this year and previous lessons learned from his late-cousin, Jason Johnson, have helped prepare Dietz for his new leadership role at JJR.

“I’ve learned a lot from the marketing side, dealing with sponsors, balancing a checkbook and making sure we have all of the parts needed to go out and be competitive,” Dietz said. “From that standpoint, it has taught me a lot of new things. I was involved with Jason and Jason Johnson Racing in previous years. He did teach me a lot of things and shared a lot of information. So, when I went into it, I wasn’t blindsided. I kind of knew a little bit about the business and understood the business. Certainly, a challenge to go out and do it on my own.”

He proved this mastery of juggling many items at a time without fear this year. Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the racing world, Dietz had planned on only running his Dietz Motorsports team on a part-time basis. But after a two-month break, he decided to run the team every weekend, doubling his crew chief responsibilities for about all 54 events.

That still resulted in Dietz getting his first win as a car owner with Parker Price-Miller at 34 Raceway, picking up seven wins with David Gravel driving the JJR #41 car, one win with Shane Stewart driving for JJR and running for the team championship with JJR before settling for a runner-up finish.

A notebook helped keep his changes and ideas organized, and his crew on both teams never missed a beat, but Dietz admitted 2020 was “pretty crazy to be honest.”

“The biggest thing was just keeping up with both cars,” Dietz said. “I guess just the work load itself in a timely manner. On an average night, it wasn’t that bad.  There were certain situations throughout the year, I know Dodge City, Kansas (Dodge City Raceway Park) is one that sticks out where the show was rushed a little quicker than normal. There was no [Last Chance Showdown]. That night was a little hectic. It made it tough to keep up with both cars and make the changes we needed to make with both of them and make them better for the Feature.”

One of the easiest parts of the challenge was meshing with each driver's personality, he said. Dietz already had a full year under his belt with David Gravel – who started driving for JJR in 2019 – and was able to work well with Price-Miller and Shane Stewart – who won in his debut driving the JJR #41.

“Overall, I felt like it went really smoothly,” Dietz said. “As far as working with drivers, I felt like that worked out really well. David and I already had a system down where he would come in and give me his feedback and I could make adjustments fairly quickly. For that to remain the same and bring on the challenge of working with a second driver with Parker, that kind of made it tricky. But Parker did a job good. I really enjoyed working with him. Excellent driver. Gave great feedback. It wasn’t so much the personalities or the feedback from drivers that made it tricky. It was more of a time issue, trying to make sure we had everything done for when that eight-minute horn blew.”

Next year, he’ll reunite with 2019 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year winner Carson Macedo. The duo won in their debut together during the second night of the 2018 360 Knoxville Nationals. Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, ran six World of Outlaws events for JJR that year, filling in for Jason Johnson who died earlier in the year. His best finish with the team was a fourth-place run at Eldora Speedway.

“I’m lucky to be able to land on my feet with Phil and Bobbi and the whole JJR team,” said Macedo, who lost his ride with Kyle Larson Racing, which closed at the end of the season. “I think they’re a very well put together organization. They’ve worked really hard over time to build a really good package during the few years they’ve been on the Outlaw tour. I’m excited to be a part of another good opportunity.”

To Dietz, Macedo’s driving style is like Johnson’s, which made it easier for him to watch the car and have a good idea of what needed to be changed to make it better. He said he’s excited to work with Macedo again and believes that JJR can carry the moment from this year into 2021 and be a championship-contending team.

“What’s nice, both of my (crew) guys, Clyde and Nate, they committed to staying on next season, so I think that’s going to make this go a lot smoother during the offseason, in terms of building cars and getting everything prepared,” Dietz said. “On top of that, we’re bringing in a driver like Carson Macedo, who already knows what to expect from me and I know what to expect from him. I feel like we’re going to jell really quickly. We’re going to keep working away, working hard at it. I feel like the key to success is preparation and I feel very confident with everything we have going on and for next season. I feel like we’re going to roll into the first race and probably be more prepared than we have been in previous years, so I’m really excited for that.”

(In PART II, we’ll explore what Carson Macedo learned during his time driving for Kyle Larson and what his expectations are with JJR for 2021.)

The team’s first race of the 2021 season will be at Volusia Speedway Park during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

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FLORIDA FAVORITE: Super DIRTcar Series Key to 50-Year DIRTcar Nationals History

BARBERVILLE, FL - For 50 years, Volusia Speedway Park has been an annual destination for some of the greatest dirt track racers to ever strap in behind the wheel. Standing out among them are Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified legends like Jack Johnson, Bob McCreadie, and Kenny Brightbill. Meanwhile, Brett Hearn, Matt Sheppard, and Larry Wight continue to add to their win totals on “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” 

D.I.R.T. founder Glenn Donnelley first promoted Big Block Modified racing at Volusia in 1978. The inaugural Big Block visit featured nine straight nights of racing for the “Beasts of the Northeast.”

Three-time Super DIRTcar Series Feature winner Lou Lazzaro captured the very first checkered flag awarded for a Big Block Modified race at Volusia Speedway Park. Lazzaro was followed by winners Walt Breeding and Gary Lulg the next two nights. All three of those wins turned out to be the only DIRTcar Nationals Feature wins of their careers.

Drivers Ray Dalmata, Tom Hager, C.D. Coville, Richie Tobias Jr., Craig VonDohren, J.R. Heffner, Andy Bachetti, Dale Planck, Rob Bellinger, Neal Williams, Justin Haers, and Tyler Siri make up the rest of the one-win DIRTcar Nationals Feature winners. 

Also in that inaugural 1978 visit, Kenny Brightbill put together a winning streak of three. Only two other drivers have accomplished that since: Hearn won four in a row spanning 2000 and 2001, and “Lighting” Larry Wight did it in 2020 to take the Big Gator back to New York. 

The Big Blocks did not return to Volusia until 1982, which included a 100-lap Feature won by “Marvelous” Merv Treichler. The rest of the 1980s were contested by the likes of Billy Pauch, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Horton, Doug Hoffman, and Danny Jonson. These heavyweights thrilled the excited crowds of local fans and visiting Daytona International Speedway goers for the decade. 

In 1990, Volusia Speedway Park opened the season as an asphalt track. Doug Hoffman’s back-to-back wins in 1989 held as the final Big Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals wins until 1993. In ‘93, the Big Blocks returned but instead of “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” they raced on a 3/8-mile dirt track on the same grounds. 

Hearn’s first DIRTcar Nationals victory was on the small track on Feb. 11, 1993. Only 10 Big Block races are on record at the 3/8-mile and Hearn won four of them. Prior to his great run at the dirt track in the ’90s, Hearn was both a fan and a participant at Daytona International Speedway. 

“I finished up my NASCAR stuff in ’89 and my first opportunity to run the dirt track wasn’t until 1993. In ’93 we ran on the second track. It was small and flat,” Hearn noted. “We’d always gone there really well prepared and both tracks have been good to me. We’ve enjoyed some great success there and I haven’t missed a year since 1993.”

“The Jet” has gone on to win nine DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championships. 

“In 1996 I got my 500th career win there. We went on a string of some really great success there. We had a lot of good preparation before we went and just always came out of the box strong,” Hearn said of his Volusia success. 

“It always breaks the winter up. As a team it always pushed us to get ready earlier rather than stretching the winter out and barely being ready by April,” the eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion said. “It gave us a huge head start. A lot of times we would stop at other tracks to test during the trip down there. We used that information to see where we were going into the year.”  

In 2000, the dirt came back to Volusia Speedway Park’s half-mile oval. Jamie Mills opened up the new dirt track era for Big Block Modifieds with the win on Feb. 15, 2000. Then Brett Hearn went on a four-race streak winning the last three in 2000 plus the 2001 opener. 

2005 brought the Super DIRTcar Series non-points status to DIRTcar Nationals Features at Volusia Speedway Park, and wins counted toward Series career statistics for the first time. 

This modern era has ushered in the stars we know and love today like Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight, and Mat Williamson. However, that is not to say Billy Decker and Brett Hearn are ready to let them have all the fun in the sun just yet. 

The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds return to Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 9-13 to celebrate 50 years of the DIRTcar Nationals. Tickets are available online to see the Big Blocks in person, or fans can watch live on DIRTVision with their Fast Pass subscriptions.

Super DIRTcar Series DIRTcar Nationals Championships

2020 - Larry Wight

2019 - Larry Wight

2018 - Tim McCreadie

2017 - Brett Hearn

2016 - Matt Sheppard

2015 - Larry Wight

2014 - Stewart Friesen 

2013 - Danny Johnson

2012 - Matt Sheppard

2011 - Stewart Friesen

2010 - Matt Sheppard

2009 - Pat Ward

2008 - Brett Hearn/Billy Pauch 

2007 - Danny Johnson

2006 - Brett Hearn

2005 - Brett Hearn/Andy Bachetti

2004 - Pat Ward

2003 - Tim Fuller

2002 - Brett Hearn

2001 - Brett Hearn

2000 - Brett Hearn

1999 - Jimmy Horton

1998 - Brett Hearn 

1997 - Jimmy Horton

1996 - Brett Hearn 

1995 - Doug Hoffman

1990-1994 - No champion

1989 - Alan Johnson

1988 - Danny Johnson

1987 - Danny Johnson 

1986 - Jimmy Horton

1985 - Billy Pauch

1984 - Kenny Brightbill/Jack Johnson

1983 - Alan Johnson

1982 - Jeff Kappesser/Billy Pauch

1981 - Jack Johnson

1980 - Kenny Brightbill

1979 - No champion

1978 - Walt Breeding

 

Super DIRTcar Series DIRTcar Nationals winners

February 15, 2020 - Mat Williamson

February 14, 2020 - Larry Wight

February 13, 2020 - Larry Wight

February 12, 2020 - Larry Wight

February 11, 2020 - Mat Williamson

February 16, 2019 - Stewart Friesen 

February 15, 2019 - Larry Wight

February 14, 2019 - Matt Sheppard

February 13, 2019 - Billy Decker

February 17, 2018 - Tim McCreadie

February 16, 2018 - Matt Sheppard

February 15, 2018 - Tim McCreadie

February 14, 2018 - Tyler Siri

February 25, 2017 - Brett Hearn

February 24, 2017 - Justin Haers

February 20, 2016 - Brett Hearn

February 19, 2016 - Rick Laubach

February 18, 2016 - Matt Sheppard

February 17, 2016 - Tim Fuller

February 21, 2015 - Neal Williams

February 20, 2015 - Rick Laubach 

February 19, 2015 - Stewart Friesen

February 18, 2015 - Brett Hearn

February 22, 2014 - Matt Sheppard

February 20, 2014 - Stewart Friesen

February 19, 2014 - Justin Haers

February 23, 2013 - Brett Hearn

February 22, 2013 - Rick Laubach 

February 21, 2013 - Stewart Friesen

February 20, 2013 - Danny Johnson

February 25, 2012 - Rob Bellinger

February 24, 2012 - Matt Sheppard

February 24, 2012 - Alan Johnson

February 23, 2012 - Danny Johnson

February 19, 2011 - Stewart Friesen

February 18, 2011 - Brett Hearn

February 17, 2011 - Matt Sheppard

February 16, 2011 - Stewart Friesen

February 13, 2010 - Matt Sheppard

February 11, 2010 - Matt Sheppard

February 10, 2010 - Stewart Friesen

February 14, 2009 - Brett Hearn

February 13, 2009 - Jamie Mills

February 12, 2009 - Pat Ward

February 11, 2009 - Pat Ward

February 16, 2008 - Jimmy Horton

February 15, 2008 - Dale Planck

February 14, 2008 - Brett Hearn

February 13, 2008 - Billy Pauch

February 17, 2007 - Danny Johnosn

February 16, 2007 - Tim Fuller

February 14, 2007 - Danny Johnson

February 18, 2006 - Brett Hearn

February 17, 2006 - Brett Hearn

February 16, 2006 - Tim Fuller

February 15, 2006 - Jimmy Horton

February 18, 2005 - Jamie Mills

February 16, 2005 - Billy Decker

February 15, 2005 - Andy Bachetti

February 14, 2005 - Brett Hearn

February 13, 2004 - J.R. Heffner 

February 12, 2004 - Billy Decker

February 10, 2004 - Brett Hearn

February 15, 2003 - Tim Fuller

February 14, 2003 - Brett Hearn

February 13, 2003 - Danny Johnson

February 11, 2003 - Craig VonDohren

February 16, 2002 - Tim McCreadie 

February 15, 2002 - Danny Johnson

February 14, 2002 - Brett Hearn

February 12, 2002 - Tim Fuller

February 17, 2001 - Danny Johnson

February 16, 2001 - Bob McCreadie

February 15, 2001 - Tim Fuller

February 15, 2001 - Brett Hearn

February 19, 2000 - Brett Hearn

February 18, 2000 - Brett Hearn

February 17, 2000 - Brett Hearn

February 15, 2000 - Jamie Mills

February 12, 1999 - Kenny Tremont

February 11, 1999 - Brett Hearn

February 10, 1999 - Bob McCreadie

February 9, 1999 - Jimmy Horton

February 13, 1998 - Doug Hoffman 

February 12, 1998 - Brett Hearn

February 13, 1993 - Kenny Tremont Jr. 

February 12, 1993 - Doug Hoffman

February 11, 1993 - Brett Hearn

February 18, 1989 - Doug Hoffman

February 17, 1989 - Doug Hoffman 

February 15, 1989 - Danny Johnson

February 14, 1989 - Jack Johnson

February 13, 1989 - Rich Tobias Jr. 

February 13, 1988 - Danny Johnson

February 12, 1988 - Doug Hoffman

February 10, 1988 - Doug Hoffman

February 9, 1988 - Jack Johnson

February 8, 1988 - Billy Pauch 

February 14, 1987 - Danny Johnson

February 13, 1987 - Kenny Brightbill

February 11, 1987 - Danny Johnson

February 10, 1987 - Jimmy Horton

February 9, 1987 - Danny Johnson

February 15, 1986 - Jimmy Horton

February 14, 1986 - Jack Johnson

February 12, 1986 - Jimmy Horton

February 11, 1986 - Alan Johnson

February 9, 1986 - Jack Johnson

February 16, 1985 - C.D. Coville 

February 15, 1985 - Billy Pauch

February 14, 1985 - Jack Johnson

February 13, 1985 - Billy Pauch

February 11, 1985 - Billy Pauch

February 18, 1984 - Doug Hoffman

February 17, 1984 - Kenny Brightbill

February 16, 1984 - Doug Ingalls

February 15, 1984 - Ray Dalmata

February 14, 1984 - Kenny Brightbill

February 17, 1983 - Doug Ingalls 

February 16, 1983 - Merv Treichler 

February 13, 1982 - Merv Treichler

February 12, 1982 - Jeff Kappesser

February 18, 1978 - Will Cagle

February 17, 1978 - Will Cagle

February 16, 1978 - Tom Hager

February 15, 1978 - Kenny Brightbill 

February 14, 1978 - Kenny Brightbill

February 13, 1978 - Kenny Brightbill

February 12, 1978 - Gary Lulg 

February 11, 1978 - Walt Breeding

February 10, 1978 - Lou Lazzaro

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Historic 2021 Schedule Takes Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds to New Heights

Bristol Throwdown, NAPA Super DIRT Week, Can-Am World Finals Highlight High-Flying $1.5 Million Super DIRTcar Series Tour

WEEDSPORT, NY - From the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park to Tennessee’s legendary Bristol Motor Speedway, back to Quebec’s Autodrome Drummond, NAPA Super DIRT Week and the Can-Am World Finals, the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified 2021 schedule includes the most diverse, premier racetracks in the eastern United States.

Crown Jewels like the $50,000-to-win Billy Whittaker Cars 200 and the $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA are joined on the 2021 tour by a $10,000-to-win doubleheader at the Bristol Throwdown and the two-race Cavalcade Weekend at Weedsport Speedway.

It all starts in the sun at Volusia Speedway Park. The DIRTcar Nationals celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021. The Super DIRTcar Series Florida tour joins the February fray at Volusia on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to begin five consecutive nights of Big Block Modified action (Feb. 9 to Feb. 13).

Back north, on Saturday, April 10, Can-Am Speedway takes center stage for the first points-paying race of the season. The Thunder in the Thousand Islands 100 is set to pay $7,500 to the winner as well as early-season momentum.  

Then, the Super DIRTcar Series is taking Big Block Modified racing to new heights in 2021 with the Bristol Throwdown, a three-day (April 22-24), two-race event on the soon-to-be clay-covered high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway. The Big Blocks will grace the famed Tennessee track for the first time on Thursday, April 22, for a can’t-miss practice session. The next two days in Thunder Valley have full-points, $10,000-to-win Features, the second of which pays $1,000-to-start.

All of the action at Bristol is run with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. 

Not only will the winners be immortalized in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway and the Super DIRTcar Series, but they will also punch their ticket to a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week in October.

Bridgeport Speedway follows up on Tuesday, May 4, with its own $10,000-to-win King of Big Blocks Feature. In 2020, the Series’ tour stop was extremely popular as race fans watched Stewart Friesen battle with Matt Sheppard and Billy Decker in the closing laps for an exciting win. The Super DIRTcar Series’ return to the new 4/10-mile high-banked configuration is a coveted NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier. 

Weedsport Speedway highlights Memorial Day weekend with the $7,500-to-win Heroes Remembered 100 on Sunday, May 30. The event has become a staple of the Super DIRTcar Series schedule, and Central New York race fans always look forward to honoring our lost servicemen and servicewomen with its running. 

The Series will then “turn it up to 11” the next day. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, Lebanon Valley Speedway goes big with a $13,500-to-win, 100-lap spectacular. As all $10,000-plus Super DIRTcar Series races do, the winner receives a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 in October and some significant bragging rights.

Another jewel of Eastern New York, Albany-Saratoga Speedway, welcomes the Series on Tuesday, June 22. Albany was host to one of the most exciting Feature finishes of DIRTcar OktoberFAST with Anthony Perrego edging Mike Mahaney. 

Sunday, June 27, marks the Series’ return to Canada for the first time since 2019 as the always intense Cornwall Motor Speedway will welcome the Big Blocks over the border once again. The next day, Monday, June 28, the Series heads another leg up north to Le RPM Speedway in Quebec. The racy short track will send home a winner $7,500 richer. 

Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, NY, kicks off a busy July calendar on Thursday, July 1, with the Empire Super Sprints also in attendance for their annual doubleheader. 

The Series helps celebrate Ohsweken Speedway’s 25th anniversary season with a $10,000-to-win NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier on Monday, July 5. Only Matt Sheppard and Chad Brachmann have won at the Ontario Speedway in two Series visits. 

Back across the border the next day, Tuesday, July 6, the Big Blocks will roar again at The Big R, Ransomville Speedway. Teams and fans are looking forward to returning to the fast, banked Niagara County half-mile. 

On Monday, July 19, and Tuesday, July 20, the Series goes back-to-back in Quebec. Autodrome Granby on Monday and Autodrome Drummond on Tuesday will bring the gros blocs to Canada again with both shows paying $7,500-to-win. American fans need to make the road trip to see these racetracks in 2021 for an unforgettable dirt track racing experience. 

Weedsport Speedway takes the spotlight on Sunday, July 25, when race fans celebrate Big Block Modified racing with the Hall of Fame 100, which helps usher in the DIRT Hall of Fame Museum class of 2021.

The sights and sounds of the Orange County Fair filling the Middletown, NY, air on Thursday, July 29, means the Super DIRTcar Series is back in town for a $10,000-to-win NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier. DIRTcar officials are working on another race to pair with Orange County. 

Last year was supposed to mark the first Super DIRTcar Series race at Thunder Mountain Speedway, but COVID-19 put a hold on that. Now, the Center Isle, NY, track is ready for the Series after a successful year of DIRTcar 358 Modified and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified sanctioning. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Aug. 3, for the inaugural Series visit to Thunder Mountain.

Then, the famous Land of Legends Raceway will welcome the Series back on Wednesday, Aug. 4, for the second time in 2021 to make an exciting new doubleheader for the Super DIRTcar Series, both races pay $7,500-to-win. 

September starts out huge with the Series’ second visit of 2021 to The Valley of Speed Lebanon Valley Speedway. The $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA has been well-defended by hometown hero Kenny Tremont Jr., who has taken the last two in 2018 and 2019.

Weedsport Speedway’s schedule culminates with the Cavalcade Weekend which features two days of Big Block Modified racing on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12. The Features will pay $7,500 and $10,000, respectively, to the winners to make up the lucrative weekend at one of the most historic dirt tracks in the country. 

The Gerald Haers Memorial at Land of Legends Raceway returns on Saturday, Sept. 18, with a $10,000 plus-to-win Feature. The fast and sweeping New York half-mile features some of the most exciting racing on the tour. Series drivers will be competing for important championship points, extra cash throughout the purse, and a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. 

The final NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier falls on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the Massive Malta Weekend, where the winner takes $10,000. 

The highly anticipated return of NAPA Super DIRT Week and the $50,000-to-win Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on Sunday, Oct. 10 returns to Oswego Speedway. Early bird campers may already be lined up at the gates ready for the most exciting week in dirt racing featuring all four premier DIRTcar divisions in the Northeast.

In 2019, the Super DIRTcar Series championship came down to two unforgettable features at The Dirt Track at Charlotte highlighting the fan-favorite Can-Am World Finals. This year, the Can-Am World Finals are Thursday, Nov. 4, to Saturday, Nov. 6, featuring the Super DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Morton Building Late Model Series and World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.

If you can’t make it to the racetrack, make sure to sign up for a DIRTVision Fast-Pass and don’t miss any of the action on your computer or mobile device. Every Super DIRTcar Series race will be broadcasted on DIRTVision in 2021.

Series officials continue to lock in dates at Airborne Speedway and Brockville Ontario Speedway. Stay up to date on SuperDIRTcarSeries.com, and follow us on social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Upcoming news on the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series, and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will be found on DIRTcar.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

2021 Super DIRTcar Series schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Friday, Feb. 12 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Saturday, Feb. 13 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals 

Saturday, April 10 - Can-Am Speedway, La Fargville, NY  - $7,500-to-win Thunder in the 1,000 Islands

Friday, April 23 - Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN - $10,000-to-win Bristol Throwdown

Saturday, April 24 - Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol, TN - $10,000-to-win Bristol Throwdown

Tuesday, May 4 - Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesbro, NJ - $10,000-to-win King of the Big Blocks

Sunday, May 30 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $7,500-to-win Heroes Remembered 100

Monday, May 31 - Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY - $13,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track

Tuesday, June 22 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY - $7,500-to-win

Sunday, June 27 - Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, ON - $7,500-to-win

Monday, June 28 - Le RPM Speedway, St. Marcel, QC - $7,500-to-win

Thursday, July 1 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $7,500-to-win Liberty 100

Monday, July 5 - Ohsweken Speedway, Ohsweken, ON - $10,000-to-win 25th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 6 - Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, NY - $7,500-to-win

Monday, July 19 - Autodrome Granby, Granby, QC - $7,500-to-win

Tuesday, July 20 - Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville QC - $7,500-to-win

Sunday, July 25 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $10,000-to-win Hall of Fame Weekend

Wednesday, July 28 - TBD

Thursday, July 29 - Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY - $10,000-to-win Battle of the Midway

Tuesday, Aug. 3 - Thunder Mountain Speedway, Center Isle, NY - $7,500-to-win

Wednesday, Aug. 4 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $7,500-to-win

Saturday, Sept. 4 - Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY - $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA

Saturday, Sept. 11 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $7,500-to-win Cavalcade Weekend

Sunday, Sept. 12 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $10,000-to-win Cavalcade Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 18 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $10,000-plus-to-win Gerald Haers Memorial

Saturday, Sept. 25 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY - $10,000-to-win Massive Malta Weekend

Sunday, Oct. 10 - Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY - $50,000-to-win Billy Whittaker Cars 200

Thursday, Nov. 4 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can- Am World Finals

Thursday, Nov. 5 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can-Am World Finals

Thursday, Nov. 6 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can-AmWorld Finals

PHOTO: Matt Sullivan (OktoberFAST, Albany-Saratoga Speedway) 

 

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TICKLED PINK: Kyle Strickler claims first World of Outlaws Late Model win
Ricky Weiss is currently the highest full-time driver in the championship points after two nights of earning the hard charger award



By Nick Graziano

BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 16, 2021 - Kyle Strickler’s heart sank when he looked left with five laps to go.

In his 11th World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model start – chasing his first World of Outlaws victory – the Mooresville, NC native had led all 35 laps up to that point, holding off Ross Bailes for the spot.

He knew Bailes could periodically get a good run and dive underneath him in Turn 1. It happened again with five laps to go. However, this time, it wasn’t Bailes. It was a legend; a champion; and his hero – “Black Sunshine” Scott Bloomquist.

“I seen the #0 (car of Bloomquist) down there and I’m like, ‘Oh, hell. This is not the right time here,” Strickler said with a chuckle.”

Bloomquist had 33 Series wins and 227 Series starts to Strickler’s zero Series wins and 10 Series starts. Determination outweighed the stats as Strickler drove like a veteran in the closing laps, blocking Bloomquist’s low line and building momentum through Turns 3 and 4.

Strickler’s ability to not crack under pressure led him to his first World of Outlaws victory and the $10,000 payday during the final night of the Sunshine Nationals on Saturday at Volusia Speedway Park.

“I call Scott my dad,” said Strickler as he tried to formulate words while grasping what just happened. “I know there’s nothing like having the best in the business breathing down your neck for your first Outlaw win.

“Man, that’s awesome. That’s a Cinderella story right there to be able to hold him off for my first win. Man, this thing, it was good tonight.”

Along with having to hold off Bloomquist for the victory, Strickler was tested throughout the 40-lap Feature.

After setting Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company Quick Time and winning the Drydene Heat Race, his fortune continued when he drew the pole for the Feature in the redraw.

From the pole, Strickler launched ahead of the field into Turn 1, but Rookie of the Year contender Ross Bailes had the better run off of Turn 2 and snuck underneath Strickler down the backstretch. Bailes had the advantage going into Turn 3 until Strickler – “The High Side Tickler” – kept his foot in the throttle and powered his way around the outside of Bailes and cleared him for the lead before the exit of Turn 4. In the same lap, Bloomquist went from fourth to third and began his march to the leaders.

Throughout the 40 laps, Strickler, Bailes and Bloomquist looked as though they were connected by rubber bands. One would pull away and then the other would close back in. When Bailes was close enough to Strickler, he’d attempt a slide job into Turn 1. And when Bloomquist was close enough to Bailes, he would do the same. However, the top side prevailed every time, allowing Strickler and Bailes to drive away from their challenger with a head of steam down the backstretch.

While they argued over the top three spots throughout the majority of the Feature, Canada’s Ricky Weiss was quietly maneuvering his way up through the field for the second race in a row. During the season-opening race on Thursday, Weiss went from 23rd to seventh in his self-build Sniper Chassis. He wrecked that car Friday night before the rain came and had to use his old Team Zero chassis for Saturday’s event. There was no speed lost as Weiss went from 15th to fourth by lap 29.

On a late restart with six laps to go, due to a caution – the fourth of the night – for rookie Ryan Gustin slowing with an issue, Strickler, Bailes, Bloomquist and Weiss were brought nose to tail for the final time of the night. When the green flag hit the crisp air for the restart, Strickler launched ahead of the field and was followed by Bloomquist, who got by Bailes for second.

Bailes and Wiess faded on the restart, however, Weiss made his way back to fourth while Bailes struggled and had to settle for a 12th-place finish.

The main battle was down to Strickler and Bloomquist. Only Strickler didn’t know that until five laps to go. Upon his entrance into Turn 1, he spotted the last car he wanted to see creeping alongside him.

Not letting that hinder his mentality, he denied Bloomquist his strength of running the bottom in Turn 1 by blocking the lane before the #0 car could dive in there and then took advantage of his strength of running the top in Turns 3 and 4.

His tactics were enough to keep Bloomquist from claiming his sixth Series win at Volusia, leaving the former champion to ponder what he could have done differently.

“The only thing I might have considered doing different is, instead of trying to make (Turns) three and four work in the middle, I probably should’ve stayed up their ass in (turns) three and four and stay on them and maybe get it done in (turns) one and two,” said Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, TN.

Despite having to settle for second-place, Bloomquist was encouraged by the speed his new car showed and said he’s excited to return to Volusia for the Feb. 10-13 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

Three-time champion Darrell Lanigan rebounded from his mistake during the season-opener, which left him with a 16th-place finish, by rounding out the podium Saturday night with a third-place finish.

Weiss earned the hard charger award for the second race in a row and is currently the highest full-time World of Outlaws driver in points – currently sitting third. Three-time defending champion Brandon Sheppard is 10 points behind him in fourth after finishing seventh. That finish ends Sheppard’s streak of not finishing worse than fourth in the second race of the year in his last four seasons.

Strickler is the current points leader but has a part-time schedule planned with the Series this year. He’s won at Volusia eight times prior in a Modified but winning with the World of Outlaws holds a special meaning as he turns his attention more toward Late Model racing in 2021.

“We’ve, obviously, won all over the country with the Modifieds, but trying to do this full-time now and Late Model racing is exploding right now, and to be able to run these tours and win these big races is huge for me and our team,” Strickler said. “This (Longhorn chassis) car is owned by myself and a lot of great sponsors that have been with me forever. It’s awesome to bring this car out and get a win with it.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 10-13, for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

RESULTS

Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 8-Kyle Strickler [1][$10,000]; 2. O-Scott Bloomquist [4][$6,000]; 3. 29V-Darrell Lanigan [6][$3,500]; 4. 7-Ricky Weiss [15][$2,800]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens [7][$2,500]; 6. 14JR-John Baker [9][$2,300]; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard [10][$2,200]; 8. 385-Mark Whitener [12][$2,100]; 9. 17M-Dale McDowell [17][$2,050]; 10. 40B-Kyle Bronson [11][$2,000]; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs [22][$1,600]; 12. 58-Ross Bailes [2][$1,400]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [14][$1,200]; 14. 6JR-Parker Martin [3][$1,100]; 15. 7R-Ross Robinson [13][$1,050]; 16. 6-Blake Spencer [25][$110]; 17. 16-Tyler Bruening [8][$1,000]; 18. OE-Rick Eckert [19][$1,000]; 19. 18-Chase Junghans [16][$1,000]; 20. 19R-Ryan Gustin [20][$1,000]; 21. 97-Cade Dillard [23][$1,000]; 22. 12-Ashton Winger [24][$1,000]; 23. 56-Tony Jackson [21][$1,000]; 24. B1-Brent Larson [18][$1,000]; 25. OS-Ryan Scott [26][$110]; 26. 54-David Breazeale [5][$1,000]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Ricky Weiss[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 8-Kyle Strickler, 16.018; 2. O-Scott Bloomquist, 16.19; 3. 14JR-John Baker, 16.234; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening, 16.264; 5. 56-Tony Jackson, 16.275; 6. 7-Ricky Weiss, 16.369; 7. 20-Jimmy Owens, 16.391; 8. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 16.407; 9. 7R-Ross Robinson, 16.443; 10. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.484; 11. 1P-Earl Pearson, 16.759; 12. OE-Rick Eckert, 16.773; 13. 3-Mike Collins, 16.975; 14. 14G-Josiah Godsey, 16.998; 15. 33-Jeff Mathews, 17.126; 16. 10-Ryan Crane, 17.281; 17. OG-Deshawn Gingerich, 17.332; 18. OS-Ryan Scott, 17.357; 19. 14R-Jeff Roth, 18.245

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 6JR-Parker Martin, 16.315; 2. 58-Ross Bailes, 16.386; 3. 29V-Darrell Lanigan, 16.432; 4. 385-Mark Whitener, 16.434; 5. 28-Dennis Erb, 16.456; 6. 54-David Breazeale, 16.458; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 16.534; 8. 44-Chris Madden, 16.535; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs, 16.551; 10. 18-Chase Junghans, 16.557; 11. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 16.583; 12. B1-Brent Larson, 16.586; 13. 12-Ashton Winger, 16.619; 14. 2-Dan Stone, 16.652; 15. 97-Cade Dillard, 16.934; 16. 6-Blake Spencer, 16.989; 17. 31-Tyler Millwood, 17.135; DNS. 25-Donnie Chappell, NT

 

LIMITLESS: Ricky Weiss pushing himself, new cars to the edge
Weiss Racing team set to enter DIRTcar Nationals with new crop of Sniper Chassis

By Nick Graziano

BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 21, 2021 - After visiting the Turn 3 wall at Volusia Speedway Park for two consecutive days, Ricky Weiss got advice that changed his outlook on the season-opening weekend.

Charles “Ronny” Crooks with Penske Racing Shocks, who has worked with the likes of Dale Earnhardt, went over to the Canadian and told him, “You know, Dale Earnhardt stuffed it in the wall and tore up a race car and told the guys, ‘You know, now I know how far I can go.’”

“We definitely know the limit now,” Weiss said.

Despite their struggles and suffering the loss of a new self-built Sniper Chassis, Weiss and his team still managed to leave Sunshine Nationals with their heads high and an abundance of confidence.

During the opening night of the 2021 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model season, Weiss smacked the Turn 3 wall in Qualifying and later had to use a provisional to start the Feature after failing to transfer out of the Last Chance Showdown. However, in the Feature, he made the impressive charge from 23rd to seventh in his repaired Drydene #7 machine – earning the Hard Charger Award.

The next night, like déjà vu, Weiss found himself stopped at the Turn 3 wall. This time, in practice, and this time putting the final nail in the coffin for his new Sniper Chassis. Then, in a blessing, or curse, the black cloud over his head spread over the track and rained out Friday night’s event. Even with the free time from the rainout, Weiss had to roll out his 2020 Team Zero Chassis from last year and run it Saturday night. On that final night, Weiss had another impressive charge from 15th to fourth – earning another Hard Charger Award.

But what turned his early frown to a grin the most by the end of the weekend was beating his 2020 championship rival, three-time defending champion Brandon Sheppard, both nights.

“Our week has just been a bunch of highs and lows, but to come out of here and beat that blue #1 (Rocket) car, two for two, I’m just excited for the guys,” Weiss said. “Excited with what we have rolling. If you look at the two points nights, they’re pretty good. Yeah, we tore up a race car a little bit, but we got some time now to fix it, build another one and come in strong.”

The 2019 Rookie of the Year transitioned from running Team Zero Chassis cars to building his own Sniper Chassis over the offseason. He only had the one Sniper on hand during the Sunshine Nationals, but he and his team are taking the near-month break between Sunshine Nationals and the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 10-13, to build more. A few for themselves and a few for others.

While he only got one full night out of his new car, he said there was still plenty he learned.

“Stay off the wall,” Weiss said with a chuckle.

He was pleased with what he saw from his new car and the potential it holds for the remainder of his third full-time season. He’s already looking to make room for a couple of Volusia gator trophies, and possibly even a Big Gator Championship trophy – which would be his first in both cases. His current career-best finish at the half-mile track is second, in 2020.

“We’ve got some good equipment,” Weiss said. “I think we got a shot to go for that gator here, grab a couple wins. I just can’t thank everyone on my car enough. Hopefully, we can make them proud.”

Like Earnhardt, Weiss now knows how far he can go.

For tickets to the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.

 

 

SON OF THE SHINE: Kyle Bronson opens Late Model season with exciting home state win
Cade Dillard and Darrell Lanigan create early season fireworks by colliding for the lead at Volusia Speedway Park

By Nick Graziano

BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 14, 2021 - Before climbing out of his Late Model to cheers and trophies, Kyle Bronson placed a symbolic straw hat on his head.

The large sun cover fit his cranium as if it was custom made; reminiscent of how he worked Volusia Speedway Park to perfection Thursday night for the 2021 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model season-opener during the Sunshine Nationals.

Bronson, of Brandon, FL – about two hours from Volusia – looked as comfortable as a traveling salesman in his own bed around the half-mile speedway. He became the first driver this year to set Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company Quick Time, win a Drydene Heat Race and park his car in Victory Lane with the $10,000 check.

When asked how it felt to win in his home state, Bronson simply said with a wide grin, “Awesome.”

The victory is his second career World of Outlaws win. His first win also came at Volusia Speedway Park seven years ago. He was the first Sunshine Nationals champion last year with the DIRTcar Late Models, as well.

His Florida dominance was almost halted by Robeline, LA’s Cade Dillard, who was going for his first Volusia win.

Bronson led the first half of the 40-lap Feature but had pressure from 2006 Series champion Tim McCreadie and Dillard the entire time. McCreadie worked his way from fourth to second on the first lap and focused his scope on Bronson’s orange #40B car.

The duo looked like fighter jets maneuvering their way through a tight canyon when they hit lap traffic on Lap 6. The roadblocks hindered Bronson’s momentum and brought McCreadie closer to his rear bumper.

While they tangoed with obstacles, Dillard took advantage of the opportunity to close on them from third. He passed McCreadie for second on Lap 12 and three laps later was on a run to take the lead from Bronson. However, before he could, McCreadie slowed down the backstretch with an issue that brought out a caution took him out of the race.

Dillard picked up where he left off when the Feature resumed, breathing down Bronson’s neck. That didn’t help Bronson’s tight-handling condition, either. On Lap 22, as he struggled to get a clean exit off Turn 4, Dillard slid by the Floridian for the lead and pulled away.

“I was extremely, extremely tight there,” Bronson said. “The more I tried to slow down and pace myself, the tighter I got.”

Bronson continued to fade, giving up second to three-time Series champion Darrell Lanigan, of Union, KY, four laps later.

The win was in Dillard’s hand. Lanigan couldn’t catch him. Then, a caution with five laps to go. Lanigan knew he had one shot at Dillard and was willing to take it. He was going to go for it.

Lanigan threw a Hail Mary slider underneath Dillard going into the first corner. Wanting the win, he stayed in the gas on the exit of Turn 2 and the two cars collided, sending Lanigan spinning and damaging Dillard’s left front fender.

“I had a chance to go for it, a chance to go for the win. Any guy in this pit area would have done the same thing with the same car,” Lanigan said. “He (Dillard) just jumped over my right front. He did what he had to do, too. Like, I said, we’re all going for the win.”

His winning attempt ultimately cost Dillard his own and gave Bronson new life. The damage on Dillard’s car was enough that a large piece of his fender had to be removed, killing his aero.

When the race resumed, Bronson pulled the same move as Lanigan, but cleared Dillard and ran away with the victory.

“Man, we had a really good car,” Dillard said before having to take a breath to force out more words. “When we lost the left front this whole car just got terrible. These things are so aero dependent. I don’t know, man, it is disappointing. We had a really good car and we’ve been working really hard. I’m not going to bad mouth anybody. I know bad things happen. Just unfortunate.”

Dillard still managed to finish second with Kyle Strickler rounding out the podium. Last year’s runner-up in points Ricky Weiss earned the hard charger award with an impressive run from 23rd – after not transferring out of the Last Chance Showdown – to seventh in his new self-built chassis.

Three-time defending champion Brandon Sheppard had a quiet start to the season with a ninth-place run. And another heartbreak came when rookie contender Tony Jackson, Jr., who was making his World of Outlaws and Volusia Speedway Park debut, broke while running fifth.

For Bronson, the sun shined on him all night. He put on his celebratory straw hat in Victory Lane and basked in the glory.

“I had a damn good time racing,” he said.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series continues its residency at Volusia Speedway Park, Jan. 15, for the second night of the Sunshine Nationals. For tickets, click here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS
 

Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [2][$10,000]; 2. 97-Cade Dillard [6][$6,000]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [9][$3,500]; 4. OE-Rick Eckert [12][$2,800]; 5. 54-David Breazeale [8][$2,500]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [10][$2,300]; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss [23][$2,200]; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin [20][$2,100]; 9. 1-Brandon Sheppard [13][$2,050]; 10. 16-Tyler Bruening [5][$2,000]; 11. 12-Ashton Winger [24][$1,600]; 12. 7R-Ross Robinson [17][$1,400]; 13. 44-Chris Madden [14][$1,200]; 14. 1P-Earl Pearson [19][$1,100]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [18][$1,050]; 16. 29V-Darrell Lanigan [3][$1,000]; 17. O-Scott Bloomquist [16][$1,000]; 18. 18-Chase Junghans [21][$1,000]; 19. B1-Brent Larson [25][$110]; 20. 14JR-John Baker [15][$1,000]; 21. 56-Tony Jackson [7][$1,000]; 22. 17M-Dale McDowell [1][$1,000]; 23. 6-Blake Spencer [26][$110]; 24. 6JR-Parker Martin [11][$1,000]; 25. 39-Tim McCreadie [4][$1,000]; 26. 58-Ross Bailes [27][$110]; 27. 20-Jimmy Owens [22][$1,000]; 28. OS-Ryan Scott [28][$110]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Ricky Weiss[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 15.839; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell, 15.868; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening, 16.083; 4. 385-Mark Whitener, 16.118; 5. 8-Kyle Strickler, 16.18; 6. 6JR-Parker Martin, 16.206; 7. 7R-Ross Robinson, 16.34; 8. 97-Cade Dillard, 16.361; 9. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 16.369; 10. 58-Ross Bailes, 16.421; 11. 18-Chase Junghans, 16.554; 12. 1P-Earl Pearson, 16.692; 13. 6-Blake Spencer, 16.76; 14. 14JR-John Baker, 16.819; 15. 7-Ricky Weiss, 16.922; 16. 14R-Jeff Roth, 17.037; 17. OS-Ryan Scott, 17.171; 18. OG-Deshawn Gingerich, 17.288; DNS. 3-Mike Collins, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 39-Tim McCreadie, 16.075; 2. 29V-Darrell Lanigan, 16.116; 3. 54-David Breazeale, 16.15; 4. O-Scott Bloomquist, 16.193; 5. 28-Dennis Erb, 16.25; 6. 56-Tony Jackson, 16.293; 7. 44-Chris Madden, 16.301; 8. 10-Ryan Crane, 16.367; 9. 12-Ashton Winger, 16.414; 10. OE-Rick Eckert, 16.426; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs, 16.456; 12. 2-Dan Stone, 16.463; 13. 25-Donnie Chappell, 16.483; 14. 33-Jeff Mathews, 16.525; 15. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 16.646; 16. 14G-Josiah Godsey, 16.884; 17. B1-Brent Larson, 17.024; 18. 20-Jimmy Owens, 17.345; 19. 31-Tyler Millwood, 17.617

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Launch 2021 Season at Volusia This Weekend

Sunshine Nationals Offers Three-Day Affair Under Florida Sun

CONCORD, N.C. - After a long two-month off-season, the wait is finally over.

This weekend, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series officially kickstarts the 2021 season with the Sunshine Nationals at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park.

It's the launch party on what is slated to be the biggest and best year in 20+ seasons of The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet. From the championship contenders to the extra money available to the crown jewel races added, there is so much to pay attention this year.

It all begins tomorrow, Thursday, January 14 with the first of a scheduled 58 races taking place at Volusia. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE for the Late Model-Palooza featuring 604 Late Models, 602 Late Models, and Florida Late Models. If you can't make it to the track, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTvision.

Here's what to watch for..

DIRTVISION GOES PLATINUM: Released yesterday was the news that DIRTVision has created the Platinum FAST PASS, a $299 ticket that gets you access to nearly everything for a whole year. You'll see 50+ World of Outlaws Late Model shows, 90+ World of Outlaws Sprint Car shows, all Super DIRTcar Series shows, plus the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, DIRTcar Xtreme Series, Australian events, local races, and so much more. You can purchase your Platinum FAST PASS and secure your ticket for the next year at DIRTVision.com.

POINTS RESET: The glorious part of flipping the calendar to a new year and beginning a new race season is the wide open championship battle. Right now, it's anyone's game, and anything can happen. Brandon Sheppard has just as much as a lead for the title as Boom Briggs does. The end result of these three nights in Volusia will get the ball rolling and could be the momentum or spark that someone needs to make a run for the championship.

ALL-TIME WINS RECORD: Heading into the 2021 season, a pair of full-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series competitors have a realistic shot at making history and breaking the all-time wins record, which is currently 77 wins by Josh Richards. Currently behind him is Darrell Lanigan of Union, KY at 74 career wins and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL at 69 career wins. It's likely that one, or possibly both, could surpass the four-time World of Outlaws champion with more triumphs this year.

DIRTCAR NATIONALS WARMUP: Three nights at the Sunshine Nationals offers racers a rare chance to get on-track and compete at Volusia ahead of the prestigious DIRTcar Nationals, which celebrates 50 years on February 2-13 this year. The World of Outlaws Late Models will begin the points chase this weekend, followed by three weeks off, then the DIRTcar Nationals take center stage on February 10-13. Fans can buy tickets to DIRTcar Nationals HERE.

MORE MONEY: This weekend's Sunshine Nationals marks the beginning of a new standard purse of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. The $10,000-to-win payday remains the same, but significant increases throughout the field will put more money in everyone else's pockets. Most notably, all features are $1,000-to-start now. All drivers inside the top ten will bank at least $2,000 now as well.

All this goes added nightly pay goes along with a championship points fund that is already the highest in dirt late model racing. Again in 2021, racers will compete for a $100,000-to-win title with the rest of the top five at least collecting $60,000 for second, $40,000 for third, $35,000 for fourth, $30,000 for fifth.

SHEPPARD'S PLAYGROUND: Brandon Sheppard made his Volusia Speedway Park debut at the 2010 DIRTcar Nationals. It took him seven years and 22 more starts to finally nail down his first victory at VSP in 2017. Since then, he's been on an absolute tear at the Florida half-mile. Most notably, he swept all four World of Outlaws show at the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals. In total, he's won seven of his last 12 attempts with an average finish of 2.9.

T-MAC'S IN TOWN: Northeastern ace Tim McCreadie will join the World of Outlaws Late Models this week for the first two nights of Sunshine Nationals. The former series champion and 32-time winner is flying into Daytona from Tulsa, where he's competing at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, which he won preceding his 2006 World of Outlaws crown. Across his 78 career late model starts at Volusia, McCreadie has 43 top tens and six victories, most recently coming last year in the DIRTcar Nationals.

NEW CONTENDERS: Along with the familiar face of Sheppard, we know that Ricky Weiss and Cade Dillard are ready to contend for championships. Behind them, you've got hungry drivers like Chase JunghansDennis Erb Jr., and Darrell Lanigan looking to revitalize his run with Rocket. New rookie contenders Ross Bailes, Ryan Gustin, Tony Jackson Jr., and Ryan Scott will be trying to make their own splash as well.

It all begins tomorrow night at Volusia Speedway Park! If you can't be there, watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision!

 

 

ONE WEEK AWAY: World of Outlaws to Open 2021 at Volusia's Sunshine Nationals

Late Model-Palooza Features Four Divisions for Three Nights Under Florida Sun

BARBERVILLE, FL - Seven flips of the calendar is all that separates us from the 2021 season opener.

Scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, January 14-16, Volusia Speedway Park will play host to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model season opener for the ninth time in Series history.

Headlining the second annual DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals, the World of Outlaws will lead the way for Late Model-Palooza! It's three nights under the Florida sun with four divisions of late models on track. The loaded program also features 604 Late Models, 602 Late Models and Florida Late Models, along with the star-studded World of Outlaws Late Models.

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While an early-year trip to the Barberville, FL half-mile is nothing unusual, the fact that this year's debut is in January is a first. All eight of the previous Volusia season openers have come as part of the DIRTcar Nationals in February, which hosts the 50th anniversary event next month and welcomes the World of Outlaws for four consecutive nights from February 10-13.

Along with last year's New Year's kickoff at Vado (NM) Speedway Park, next week's Sunshine Nationals is only the second event in World of Outlaws Late Model Series history held during the month of January.

The early start to the year will get the ball rolling on the largest, most impressive schedule in Series history. With 58 events at 34 tracks in 16 states on the docket, The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet will embark on a career-year in 2021, and it all starts at Sunshine Nationals next week.

Leading the charge into Volusia is the three-time and defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion, Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL. Picking up where he left off with Rocket1 Racing, The Rocket Shepp is returning full-time in 2021 with his sights set on the record books. While he could equal his predecessor Josh Richards with a historic fourth title, the most notable accomplishment that B-Shepp is chasing this year is the all-time wins record. At the moment, he owns 69 victories to Richards' best of 77.

The good news for Sheppard? Between Sunshine Nationals (Jan. 14-16) and DIRTcar Nationals (Feb. 10-13), the first seven of 58 races this year all take place at Volusia. The Rocket1 house car driver has won seven of his last 12 attempts at Volusia, including a record-shattering sweep of all four World of Outlaws races at DIRTcar Nationals in 2019.

More ready than ever to challenge the No. 1 is Ricky Weiss of Headingly, MAN and Cade Dillard of Robeline, LA. Both of these surging superstars broke through for their first two career World of Outlaws wins last year and ended up on the championship podium alongside Sheppard. Neither of them have tasted glory at Volusia before, making next week's Sunshine Nationals the perfect time to snap the streak and get a head start on potentially derailing Sheppard's title bid.

Also coming back on tour in 2021 is the likes of Darrell Lanigan with a new Rocket Chassis at his disposal, Dennis Erb Jr. on the heels of a career year, Chase Junghans refreshed and reloaded for a run at redemption, Boom Briggs back for more fun, and Brent Larson determined for his most ambitious run with the Series.

With a new year comes new faces to watch, and the 2021 Rookie of the Year class is supplying lots of that. Currently, four drivers have committed to chase the $10,000 rookie bonus in their first year with the World of Outlaws Late Models. Amongst that list of rookies is South Carolina's Ross Bailes, Iowa's Ryan Gustin, Missouri's Tony Jackson Jr., and Pennsylvania's Ryan Scott.

It all begins one week from today on Thursday, January 14 with the first of three nights at Volusia Speedway Park. Tickets to Sunshine Nationals with the World of Outlaws Late Models, 604 Late Models, 602 Late Models and Florida Late Models can be purchased HERE.

If you can't make it to the track, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

 

 

HALF-CENTURY GRIND: Late Models Extending Legacy at 50th DIRTcar Nationals

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Highlights Six-Night Closing Stretch (Feb. 8-13) at Volusia

CONCORD, N.C. - Late Models have long been part of the action at Volusia Speedway Park, and will continue to play a large role in 2021 when the 50th anniversary of DIRTcar Nationals takes center stage from February 2-13.

It all started in 1968 when Benny Corbin bought the property and opened "Barberville Speedway" as a quarter-mile oval. Over the years, several transformations saw the track converted to a 3/8th-mile track, then half-mile, and even paved at one time for NASCAR competition.

Since switching to the current half-mile configuration, the Barberville, FL destination has truly become a national phenomenon known for high-speed and high-action. It's that intensity which will be fully on display when the DIRTcar UMP Late Models (Feb. 8-9) and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Feb. 10-13) headline six straight nights alongside the Super DIRTcar Series to close out DIRTcar Nationals.

Before The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet were revived in 2004, Volusia welcomed a handful of different sanctioning bodies to carry the late model load at DIRTcar Nationals.

In the 1980's, the Stars Late Model Series led the way with icons like Larry Moore, Jeff Purvis, Freddy Smith, Larry Phillips, and more, nabbing victories. Another noteworthy winner came in 1985 when a young 27-year-old buck from Batesville, AR strolled into Volusia victory lane. His name was Billy Moyer; He would become the winningest late model driver in DIRTcar Nationals history with 15 W's to his credit.

The Northern All Stars, ALMS, and Hav-A-Tampa came into play during the 1990's and ushered in the next generation. Eventual legends such as Rick Eckert, Chub Frank, Jimmy Mars, Dale McDowell, Earl Pearson Jr., and more, topped features. In 1994, Scott Bloomquist took a big bite out of Volusia with back-to-back triumphs. A telling sign for Black Sunshine's success in Barberville, who is a winner of 12 different DIRTcar Nationals races.

A new millennium began in 2000 and it became all about the DIRTcar UMP Late Models. Moyer and Bloomquist kept on winning, while others like Don O'Neal, Tim McCreadie, and Josh Richards hit their marks.

In 2004, the World of Outlaws Late Models restarted and instantly made an impact. A set of four winners in four nights kickstarted the Outlaws/Volusia relationship, which is now the most visited track in Series history.

A pair of DIRTcar triumphs and an additional World of Outlaws win in 2005 made Tim McCreadie the first man to collect three wins in a single Late Model week. In 2008, Moyer did it himself. At that point, the records were only beginning.

Shane Clanton took it a step further in 2015, sweeping the weekend by winning all three World of Outlaws Late Model shows at the half-mile and walking away with the glorious Big Gator championship. There's no topping that, right? Think again.

In 2019, Brandon Sheppard did the unthinkable and brought a family of FIVE gators back to New Berlin, IL. The Rocket1 Racing driver swept all four World of Outlaws Late Model features, cashing in on four little gators to go along with his first-career Big Gator.

B-Shepp won his sixth consecutive Volusia race with the Outlaws to open last year's DIRTcar Nationals, but from there the whole show was The O-Show with Jimmy Owens going back-to-back-to-back to end the week.

Since 2005, no man has tamed more DIRTcar Nationals titles than Josh Richards, who has used unrivaled consistency and ten victories to lay claim to four crowns. Moyer has three in his own right, while Sheppard and Clanton each have a pair.

Since the trophy switch in 2012, only six men have won the big golden gator:

- Brandon Sheppard (2019 & 2020)
- Shane Clanton (2015 & 2017)
- Josh Richards (2013 & 2016)
- Chris Madden (2018)
- Scott Bloomquist (2014)
- Dennis Erb Jr. (2012)

It hasn't just been the veterans at Volusia, as eight first-time winners have also tasted their first bite of World of Outlaws Late Model glory at the DIRTcar Nationals.

In less than 50 days, we'll write the next chapter in the milestone 50th year of DIRTcar Nationals. Late Model Week (Feb. 8-13) will be highlighted by two nights of the DIRTcar UMP Late Models on Monday-Tuesday, followed by a Wednesday-Saturday slate full of World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models.

For tickets to the Feb. 2-13 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, BUY HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Previous World of Outlaws Winners at DIRTcar Nationals:
2020: Brandon Sheppard / Jimmy Owens / Jimmy Owens / Jimmy Owens
2019: Brandon Sheppard / Brandon Sheppard / Brandon Sheppard / Brandon Sheppard
2018: Tim McCreadie / Dale McDowell / Scott Bloomquist / Brandon Sheppard
2017: Shane Clanton / Don O'Neal
2016: Josh Richards / Josh Richards / Shane Clanton
2015: Shane Clanton / Shane Clanton / Shane Clanton
2014: Casey Roberts / Kyle Bronson
2013: Scott Bloomquist / Billy Moyer Sr. / Darrell Lanigan
2012: Dennis Erb Jr. / Billy Moyer Sr.
2011: Scott Bloomquist / Scott Bloomquist
2010: Josh Richards / Brady Smith
2009: Josh Richards / Steve Francis
2008: Josh Richards / Billy Moyer Sr.
2007: Josh Richards
2006: Earl Pearson Jr. / Steve Francis
2005: Billy Moyer Sr. / Tim McCreadie
2004: Steve Francis / Bart Hartman / Shannon Babb / Scott Bloomquist

Previous UMP Late Model Winners at DIRTcar Nationals:
2020: Brandon Sheppard / Tim McCreadie
2019: Mike Marlar
2018: Jonathan Davenport
2017: Chris Madden / Brandon Sheppard
2016: Billy Moyer Jr. / Josh Richards / Scott Bloomquist
2015: Scott Bloomquist
2014: Ivedent Lloyd Jr. / Kenny Pettyjohn / Scott Bloomquist
2013: Josh Richards / Josh Richards / Tim McCreadie
2012: Steve Francis / Billy Moyer Sr. / Scott Bloomquist / John Blankenship
2011: Billy Moyer Sr. / Don O'Neal / Jimmy Mars / Billy Moyer Sr.
2010: Darrell Lanigan
2009: Darren Miller / Earl Pearson Jr. / Dan Schlieper / Josh Richards
2008: Billy Moyer Sr. / Billy Moyer Sr. / Clint Smith
2007: Earl Pearson Jr. / Shannon Babb / Darrell Lanigan
2006: Chub Frank / Darren Miller / Rick Eckert
2005: Rick Eckert / Tim McCreadie / Tim McCreadie / Billy Moyer Sr.
2004: Tim McCreadie / Don O'Neal / Rick Eckert / Greg Johnson / Jackie Boggs
2003: Don O'Neal / Don O'Neal / Brian Birkhofer / Scott Bloomquist / Earl Pearson Jr. / Don O'Neal
2002: Don O'Neal / Don O'Neal / Joe Izzo / Rick Eckert / Chub Frank
2001: Rick Eckert / Chub Frank / Donnie Moran
1998: Tom Izzo Jr. / Ronnie Johnson / Dale McDowell / David Gibson / Bart Hartman
1997: Billy Moyer Sr. / Billy Moyer Sr.
1996: Pat Doar / Jack Boggs / Billy Moyer Sr. / Billy Moyer Sr. / Steve Cornelius

Other Late Model Winners at DIRTcar Nationals:
2001: Rick Eckert / Davey Johnson / Matt Miller
2000: Donnie Barnhart / Jimmy Mars / Mike Duvall / Rick Aukland / Rick Aukland
1999: Wendell Wallace / Dale McDowell / Rick Eckert / Rick Aukland / Chub Frank / Ray Tucker
1997: Earl Pearson Jr.
1994: Jeff Smith / Ronnie Johnson / Scott Bloomquist / Scott Bloomquist
1985: Jeff Purvis / Freddy Smith / Larry Phillips / Larry Moore
1982: Larry Moore
1981: Larry Moore

 

 

CHASE-ING SUCCESS: Junghans Confident in 2021 Potential with World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Manhattan, KS Native Returning for Sixth Season as Full-Time Driver

CONCORD, N.C. - Chase Junghans knew he was better than fifth-place in 2020.

A winless season coupled with scarce podium visits was a tough pill for him to swallow. However, his consistency and confidence in his program has fueled his desire to return for a sixth season with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in 2021.

The 28-year old will once again pilot his family-owned No. 18 Rocket/Clements with backing from Junghans Discount Liquor, Shop Quik Convenience Stores, Sunoco, Bozard Ford, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Racing Shocks, and Hoosier Tire, among other supporters.

"We had too much bad luck this year, or else I know we could've done better," Junghans noted on his 2020 campaign. "Considering all the trials and tribulations we went through though, it could've gone worse. For now, I know we can come back better than ever next year. I feel confident that we've got a really strong race car right now, it's just about putting all the pieces together. Having an entire month down in Florida to get to work on our program will be huge, and hopefully we can capitalize with a strong start in the points. It's time we get back to victory lane and start rattling off some wins."

Marking his sixth full-time effort with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet, Junghans has previously contested campaigns with the series in 2014-15 and 2018-20. Over the course of each season, the modified graduate has consistently shown signs of growth with improvements coming through not only point finishes, but his stats as well.

He made his debut on the tour in 2014 by finishing second to Frank Heckenast Jr. in the Rookie of the Year chase. Going into 2015, he grew leaps and bounds. Junghans tacked on an additional 14 top ten runs to go along with his first-career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory, which came at Lernerville (PA) Speedway on June 26, 2015 during a Firecracker 100 prelim.

A two-year hiatus from the series began in 2016, but he returned in full force when 2018 rolled around, and has been a contender ever since. He added two more victories to his resume with Outlaw triumphs at Eriez (PA) Speedway in '18 and Red Cedar (WI) Speedway in '19, along with back-to-back top five point finishes in the championship standings.

Junghans was stout again in 2020, recording 26 top tens (third-most) in 40 starts, but his success at the front of the field, or lack thereof, is what's driving him ahead of the new year. It was his first winless year campaign in three years, and he only made two trips to the podium along with six top fives, all areas where the #18 knows he can do better.

Junghans will join fellow top five runners Brandon SheppardRicky WeissCade Dillard, and Darrell Lanigan, among others, in returning for the biggest season in series history. Awaiting The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet in 2021 is a massive 58-race slate loaded with prestigious Crown Jewels, added special events, and a boosted purse.

A starter of 252 career features, Junghans could soar beyond the 300 mark with a successful season in '21. If he does so, he would become the tenth driver in World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series history to achieve such an accomplishment. His name would be alongside the likes of icons such as Eckert, Clanton, Chub, Lanigan, Richards, Smith, McCreadie, Francis, and Fuller.

His pursuit of 300 and a career-best championship effort begins on January 14-16 at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park with the Sunshine Nationals. Contesting all of Florida Speedweeks, Junghans will be back at Volusia just three weeks later when the 50th DIRTcar Nationals takes center stage on February 10-13.

Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE for the upcoming Sunshine Nationals (Jan. 14-16) and DIRTcar Nationals (Feb. 10-13) at Volusia.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Photo - Jacy Norgaard

 

 

THE BEAT GOES ON: Dennis Erb Jr. Excited to Build Off Career-Best Campaign from 2020
 

The One Man Band is Returning to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Full-Time in 2021

CONCORD, N.C. - What do you do on the heels of a career year? Set your sights higher obviously.

That's exactly the case for Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL.

After recording his highest career points finish (fourth) on any national touring dirt late model series in 2020, The One Man Band will continue beating strong in 2021 with a full-time return to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series on tap.

"We had a great season with the Outlaws, so I'm hoping we can build off that and pick up some even better runs next year," Erb noted on his return. "With the extra purse money and the big schedule, plus with where our program is at, this is probably the most excited I've been to get back out on tour."

With long-time crew chief Heather Lyne as his primary help in 2020, the duo again proved their might with another stout campaign against a fleet of Outlaws chalked with full-time crew members and staffed operations.

Highlighted by his lone triumph at Eriez (PA) Speedway in August, Erb also recorded additional standout moments like his Fast Time Award at River Cities (ND) Speedway and near win at Lavonia (GA) Speedway in September.

At seasons end, Erb went back home to Carpentersville with a resume that included 40 starts, one feature victory, 39 laps led, 11 top five finishes, 22 top ten results, one fast time, three last chance showdown wins, and seven Drydene heat race wins.

A staple in the dirt late model community since his debut at Sante Fe (IL) Speedway in September of 1990, next year is surprisingly Erb's third-ever attempt at the full World of Outlaws slate. He spent six seasons with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series from 2013-18, but has since found a new home with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet.

Erb's lengthy history with the series goes well beyond his initial championship bid in 2019, however, as he is one of only 15 racers in an exclusive group to start at least one feature during every single season since the World of Outlaws returned in 2004. Amidst his company in that category is the likes of Eckert, Clanton, Frank, Lanigan, Richards, McCreadie, Briggs, McDowell, Bloomquist, Madden, Shirley, Babb, Mars, and Stone.

In total, the three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion owns 93 top ten finishes, 36 top five results, six victories, and 300 laps led across 196 feature starts in World of Outlaws Late Model Series competition.

When the DIRTcar Nationals roll around in February, Erb will record his 200th feature start; making him the 19th driver in series history to achieve the milestone mark.

He’ll start the 2021 season on January 14-16 at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park for the Sunshine Nationals with his familiar Clements Racing Engines powered Rocket Chassis #28.

Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE for the upcoming Sunshine Nationals (Jan. 14-16) and DIRTcar Nationals (Feb. 10-13) at Volusia.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

CADE COMES BACK: Dillard Determined to Continue Rapid Rise with World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Home State Race Highlights Louisiana Native's 2021 Championship Chase

First career feature win? Check.
First career crown jewel? Check.
Most Improved Driver? Check.

What's next? How 'bout a championship.

After surging up the standings and becoming a contender night-in and night-out in 2020, Cade Dillard of Robeline, LA will return to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series with titles hopes in 2021.

Back aboard his Clement's Racing Engines powered MB Customs No. 97, Thriller will once again don sponsorship from S&S Fishing & Rental, Production Jars, Joel's Auto Sales, Nichols Stores, KRD Pumping Services, Bryan Cook Trucks, Abilene Race Rads, Awalt Hot Oil Services, Jody's Oil Field Service, and Kuda Kutrite next year.

“This was just an amazing year for me," Dillard noted on his stellar 2020 season. "The achievements and accomplishments we found this year have been a dream come true. Some of the stuff we’ve been able to do, I would’ve never imagined it was possible for me in a million years. I was blessed with a lot of great opportunities this year. To be in the top three with Brandon and Ricky is a huge honor, but now we have to build on that. I'm excited to take this package we built from the summer on and get a full season under our belts with it in 2021."

A campaign chalked full of memorable moments, Dillard's sophomore season kickstarted in a big way with his first-career World of Outlaws win coming in the form of a $15,000 payday over Brandon Sheppard at Vado (NM) Speedway Park in January. Not done yet, the 29-year old father of two had more up his sleeve when he banked the biggest win of his life with a $30,000 score at Lernerville (PA) Speedway's Firecracker in June.

His incredible climb from seventh-to-third in the point standings - which earned him the Drydene Blood, Sweat & Gears Award - was backed by a season-long effort which included 24 top ten finishes, 13 top five results, 12 heat race victories, five last chance showdown wins, two feature triumphs, and 121 laps led, all amongst the top five in their respective categories.

It was a remarkable recovery from what he considered himself an underwhelming rookie effort in 2019. After losing Rookie of the Year honors to Ricky Weiss that season, Dillard reloaded and came back swinging for the fences in 2020. He nearly completed a late-season charge to steal the runner-up spot in the standings from Weiss, and proved on a handful of occasions that he was up for the task of facing Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing on any given night.

Standing out amongst the many highlights anticipated in 2021 is one particular event for Dillard: a home state race. For the past two years, the Robeline, LA native has traveled all across the country from Florida to New York and North Dakota to Georgia, but next September he'll be the one playing on home turf when then the World of Outlaws Late Model Series make their first stop in Louisiana since 2007.

Heading to Revolution Park Speedway on Friday and Saturday, September 24-25, Dillard - who hails just two hours away from the Monroe, LA facility - will lead The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet into a doubleheader which capsizes with a cool $20,000-to-win finale.

"I can't tell you how cool it is to finally get to race with the Outlaws in my home state," he excitedly admitted. "Knowing I don't have an 18-hour haul to Pennsylvania, but instead a quick drive up the road to Monroe makes a huge difference. Plus the opportunity to race in front of family, friends, and all of my sponsors is something I don't take for granted. I can't wait for next September to roll around so we can get to Revolution Park."

Before his home state race comes about in September, Dillard's championship chase with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series starts with seven straight nights at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park. The Volusia trip is highlighted by a new standard purse for the Outlaws, which offers up more money in a breakdown that pays out $10,000-to-win, $2,000-for-tenth, and $1,000-to-start.

It all begins with the Sunshine Nationals on January 14-16 and runs into the DIRTcar Nationals on February 10-13. Fan can BUY TICKETS HERE for both events.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

 

 

BOOM'S BACK: Briggs Returning for Fifth Season as Full-Time World of Outlaws Competitor in 2021

Bear Lake Banzai Determined to Find Victory Lane with Newfound Momentum

CONCORD, N.C. - There's only one thing on Boom Briggs' mind with a return to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series looming in 2021.

Winning.

The Bear Lake, PA native has reloaded with a proven Rocket Chassis and Clements power under the hood of his #99B. CJ's Auto Transport, Corry Rubber Corporation, ASEL Enterprises, Buccola's, Chub Frank Racing, and Briggs Transport, among more will continue sponsorship of the personable 49-year-old.

Quite simply, the what ifs and almosts end now. He's been close in the past, but close isn't good enough for a man who knows he can win.

"We could have won a few times this year, really we should have," Briggs noted on his recent rise. "You always want to win, every single one of us out there on the road, all we want to do is win every night. You have to be able to capitalize on the position you're given though, and that's something we need to work on next year. I know we can win. We just have to finish the job."

Next year will mark Boom's fifth season as a full-time driver with the World of Outlaws Late Models. He first hit the road in 2014 and 2015, then went back home for a few years, and has been a staple on tour since returning in 2019.

With a total of 255 career starts under his belt, Briggs has tallied six top five finishes and 30 top ten results, while leading a combined 88 laps in feature action.

His career-best finish remains a second-place run, which he's achieved twice now. His first close call with victory came on February 13, 2016 at Screven (GA) Motor Speedway when he followed Rick Eckert to the line. Most recently, Boom controlled 40 laps at Eriez (PA) Speedway on August 22, 2020, before succumbing to eventual race winner, Dennis Erb Jr.

Always a threat in his native northeast land, Boom continually shines when The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet enter Pennsylvania state lines. The Bear Lake resident, who is a cousin to National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Chub Frank, was a front runner at Lernerville Speedway and Thunder Mountain Speedway this year.

The most promising part of his game entering 2021 is his increasing ability to compete and adapt at the new tracks and curveballs thrown his way. Boom's New Track Record [15.000 seconds] at Vado (NM) Speedway Park in January led him to strong qualifying efforts across the country, which transitioned to four Drydene Heat Race wins and more importantly, put him in several Morton Buildings Redraws.

For Boom, Shane, and crew, the new year kicks off in just over a month when the 2021 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season begins at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park for the Sunshine Nationals on January 14-16. Four additional nights at Volusia will follow three weeks later when the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals takes center stage on February 10-13. If you can’t be there, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

Single-day tickets and packages are now available to purchase to both events for fans. You can buy Sunshine Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals TICKETS RIGHT HERE

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NEXT BEST: Runner Ups Who Never Found World of Outlaws Victory

Since 2004, 28 Drivers Have Come Close, but Fallen One Spot Short of Glory

CONCORD, N.C. - Only 90 of the most prolific drivers have attached a World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series feature win to their resume.

Behind them is 28 of their counterparts who reached their peak with a second-place finish.

Nobody has been closer on more occasions than York Haven, Pennsylvania's Jason Covert, a four-time World of Outlaws runner-up with such results more than a decade apart. His first close call came on June 2, 2007 when he trailed Shannon Babb to the line at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway. Nine years later, he did it on back-to-back nights at Potomac (Md.) Speedway - where he led eight laps - and Winchester (Va.) Speedway on August 12-13, 2016. His most recent runner-up result came on August 19, 2017 at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway to Brandon Sheppard.

One of the most surprising drivers to never lay claim to World of Outlaws fame is Bobby Pierce, a World 100 king and three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion. In 58 starts, the Oakwood, Illinois native has 16 top five finishes and more than 200+ laps led, but has yet to find victory lane. His three closest defeats were second-place runs at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway on August 2, 2014, Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway on April 3, 2016, and Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on June 28, 2019. Plus, let's not forget the '19 Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway, when Pierce was leading the final lap before a $30,000 slide job from Brandon Sheppard knocked him back to third.

A trio of additional drivers have their own threesome of second-place results including Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, Ray Cook of Brasstown, North Carolina, and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, New York.

Bagley's close encounters came at Deer Creek (Minn.) Speedway and Brown County (S.D.) Speedway in 2014, followed by another second in '16 at Lernerville (Penn.) Speedway. Cook claimed all of his silver medals in the south, snagging second-place runs at Volunteer (Tenn.) Speedway in '07, Screven (Ga.) Motor Speedway in '12, and Smoky Mountain (Tenn.) Speedway in '15. For Coffey, his near-wins took place at Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway in '09, Black Hills (S.D.) Speedway in '12, and Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway in '13.

Another eight drivers have been next best in at least two races throughout their career.

Darren Miller of Chadwick, Illinois did it at Farley (Iowa) Speedway in '04 and Butler (Mich.) Speedway in '05.

Dirty Dozen member, Mike Balzano of Parkersburg, West Virginia, came close, but fell short at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway in '04 and The Dirt Track (N.C.) at Charlotte in '07.

Titusville, Pennsylvania's Robbie Blair, father to now three-time Outlaw winner Max Blair, almost beat his son to the wins list with second-place appearances at Tri-City (Pa.) Speedway in '06 and Eriez (Pa.) Speedway in '08.

Before his employment at Rocket Chassis, Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, West Virginia nearly became an Outlaw winner at River Cities (N.D.) Speedway in '07 and Atomic (Ohio) Speedway in '15.

The Silver Shark Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Indiana finished a career-best second at Bluegrass (Ky.) Speedway in '11 and Bubba (Fla.) Raceway Park in '13.

Bear Lake, Pennsylvania's Boom Briggs, a current full-time Outlaw, is still chasing that elusive first career win following P2's at Screven in '16 and Eriez from this August, when he led 40 laps in front of his hometown crowd.

ARCA winner Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Illinois has earned both of his second-place runs in his home state at Farmer City in '16 and Fairbury in '17.

Both of Oxford, Iowa's Chris Simpson's runner-up finishes have also came in his home state with both losses coming at the hands of Brandon Sheppard at Dubuque (Iowa) Speedway in '18 and Independence (Iowa) Motor Speedway in '19.

Joining the aforementioned 13 drivers is another set of 15 with their closest taste of victory coming by virtue of only one second-place bid.

Greg Johnson of Bedford, Indiana finished second to Brian Birkhofer at Volunteer in '04.

Ronny Adams of Dianna, Texas, who passed away last year, recorded his career-high close to home at Lone Star (Tex.) Speedway in '04.

Chris Wall of Holden, Louisiana also tried to defend his home turf with a second-place score to Clint Smith at Baton Rouge (La.) Raceway in '06.

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee, Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Arkansas, ran second at Monett (Mo.) Speedway in '08.

Matt Miller of Waterville, Ohio fell short to Jason Feger in '09 at Beaver Dam (Wisc.) Speedway.

Warren, Pennsylvania's Ron Davies achieved his top finish near home at Eriez in '10, taking second to Josh Richards.

Will Vaught of Crane, Missouri suffered his closest Outlaw loss at Columbus (Miss.) Speedway in '11.

Greencastle, Pennsylvania's D.J. Myers was one spot shy of a big check at Winchester in '11.

Ripley, New York's Mike Knight nearly dethroned Shane Clanton at Stateline (N.Y.) Speedway in '13.

At 22-years-old, Nick Kurtz of Greenville, Michigan almost beat the Outlaws in '16 with his second at Merritt (Mich.) Raceway.

Russ King of Bristolville, Ohio laid down his career-best at Eriez in '17.

Douglasville, Georgia's Michael Page put on a hometown show with his second to Chris Madden at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway in '18.

Darrell Bossard of Centerville, Pa. was second to Sheppard at Stateline in '18.

Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Va. established his career-best at Screven in '19.

The most recent addition to this list is Jared Miley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who had his first-career Outlaws victory in the bag at Thunder Mountain (Pa.) Speedway in September '20, before a caution flew and relegated him to second on the final restart.

 

 

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM: Ricky Weiss Eyeing Championship Campaign in 2021

Canadian Sensation Brings Back Drydene as Sponsor; Building His Own Cars

CONCORD, N.C. - If statistical trends mean anything, 2021 will be the year of Ricky Weiss.

Today, the Headingly, Manitoba, Canada native confirmed that he'll return to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in 2021 with his sights set on the $100,000 championship. After earning Racing Electronics Rookie of the Year honors with a third-place finish in 2019, then a runner-up result in 2020, all that remains for The Manitoba Missile is the prestigious title.

Continuing his relationship with Drydene Performance Products, Weiss is proudly bringing them back as the primary sponsor on his No. 7 for the second year now. He'll keep Vic Hill power under the hood, but is making some changes elsewhere in his program.

Building his own chassis, Weiss has split with his Team Zero Race Cars over the off-season to build his own machines in 2021; a new adventure that he hopes will instill some new life in his budding operation.

"I feel more confident than ever going into this next year with our whole team," Weiss said. "If you look back at where we started with the Outlaws in 2019 to where we are now, we've grown leaps and bounds. We were the top rookie, then we won some races, now I really want to go contend for a title with Brandon [Sheppard]. I'm proud to have Drydene back on board with us and ready to get the season rolling next month."

With more than 55+ races on a massive 2021 slate spanning from January to November and Florida to North Dakota, a championship against The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet will be no easy task. To earn the crown and write his name into the record books, Weiss will have to dethrone the modern-day king of the Outlaws: Brandon Sheppard, who enters a new year fresh off his third World of Outlaws title with Rocket1 Racing.

Tough? Sure. Possible? Absolutely.

Since joining the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series on a full-time basis in 2019, Weiss has certainly ascended up the ladder in his tenure. Why not climb just one position more?

He went winless in year one, but came close to victory on countless occasions. Leading 82 laps across several different races, Weiss was slowly grooming himself into the title contender he would soon become. Backed by the consistency of 17 top five finishes and 30 top ten efforts in 41 shows, a third-place championship result gave him Rookie of the Year honors over Cade Dillard and propelled him into an even more successful sophomore season.

Led by his first career victories at Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park in January and Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in May, Weiss recorded a career year in 2020 which saw him place second in the point standings. He set career highs in every statistical category with 150 laps led, 19 top five finishes and 31 top ten results. Solidifying that he was not only here to stay, but here to become a championship contender.

"Switching to our own cars is going to be a new challenge, but it's something we're ready for," noted Weiss on the change. "To have our own resources and be able to make all of the adjustments that we can think of or desire will be good for us. We've been tinkering with a lot of things in the shop this off-season and doing a lot of fine tuning on this deal. I'm excited to get to Volusia next month and really start working on this thing at the track."

His hopeful championship campaign will kick off in just over a month when the 2021 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season begins at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park for the Sunshine Nationals on January 14-16. Four additional nights at Volusia will follow three weeks later when the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals takes center stage on February 10-13. If you can't be there, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

Single-day tickets and packages are now available to purchase to both events for fans. You can buy Sunshine Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals TICKETS RIGHT HERE.

 

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DOWNTOWN CROWN: Brown Defends on Green-White-Checkered Finish to Win at Lavonia

Smith shines in Super Late Model debut, Strickler gives up points lead on the hook

 

LAVONIA, GA – Dec. 12, 2020 – A fast car, an outside-pole starting spot and a smooth racetrack underneath him. Michael Brown was poised for victory.

 

Brown’s first career victory with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Saturday afternoon didn’t come easy. He was forced to make the move around first-time Super Late Model starter Garrett Smith, who started on the pole, and wheel his McLeod Racing #24-D around the Lavonia Speedway through lapped traffic to claim the $5,000 top prize.

 

“Everything kinda played out in our favor today with the redraw and day racing, but we really had a good car,” Brown said. “I felt good about that.”

 

His well-handling car certainly showed on the track, as he took off at the drop of the green, chasing leader Smith and applying substantial pressure from behind as the laps clicked off.

 

Smith, a 17-year-old former Crate Late Model racer from Eatonton, GA, knew some fierce competition was knocking on his door at the head of the 22-car field, but stayed strong and held his own right up there with the big guns.

 

“Honestly, I was trying to stay as calm as possible, but it still gets to you a little bit because I didn’t think I’d be up there in my first Super [Late Model] race,” Smith said.

 

Smith continued to maneuver through lapped traffic with veteran-like skill, even holding strong through a few restarts before the halfway point. One of which came after the second in a series of unfortunate events for pre-Lavonia Xtreme Series points leader Kyle Strickler, who made hard contact with the Turns 3-4 wall after a restart on Lap 16. Strickler was in his backup car after first getting into the wall in the exact same spot in his Heat Race, ultimately leading to a hook off the track and 19th-place result in the Feature.

 

As the field came around for the halfway mark, Smith fell victim to a problem he discovered a few laps prior. With Brown right on his heels, he missed the bottom getting into Turn 3, opening the door for Brown to sneak underneath and make the pass.

 

“About Lap 15, I burnt my brakes up. After that, I just kept drifting up the track more and more. So, that’s one thing I need to learn for my next super race,” Smith said.

 

“He just kept skating [up the track] more and more, and finally he skated enough to where I could shoot the gap without making a whole bunch of contact,” Brown said of the move for the lead. “We were just kinda biding our time. I could see him getting looser and looser and I could see his right-rear tire under caution, and I knew it was a lot worse than mine.”

 

With Brown now out front and a clear track ahead of him, it was his race to lose. Until Smith’s right-rear tire wore through and brought out caution as he slowed on the front stretch with two laps remaining.

 

A hungry Kenny Collins and Daulton Wilson lined up behind Brown before the green-white-checkered restart, looking for a mistake from the leader to pounce on and steal the show. But Brown kept his cool and led the field back around to the checkered, claiming victory for his native Lancaster, SC.

 

Although he crossed the stripe in 11th, Smith had earned the respect of his fellow competitors for his efforts in his Series debut.

 

“That kid is one heck of a driver,” Brown said, recalling his battle with Smith. “He’s got a really bright future in the sport, for sure.”

 

Collins crossed runner-up, marking his best career finish with the Xtreme Series. He chased Brown in traffic for several laps before the final caution, but said despite his confidence in the car, he did not want to see a fate similar to that of Smith for himself.

 

“I thought we were as good as [Brown] for a long time, and then when we went by [Smith], it was apparent that he was better than us,” Collins said. “We went soft on tires, and I was really just trying to make sure we didn’t blow the tire and make all 40 laps.”

 

Defending Xtreme Series champion Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, ran solidly inside the top-five the entire race, getting the advantage on the outside of Daulton Wilson, of Fayetteville, NC, in the final laps to claim third and regain the points lead. Wilson hung on for fourth, while Dalton Cook, of Columbus, GA, brought home a top-five in his Series debut.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series action pauses for the holiday break before returning to action at Cherokee Speedway on Jan. 9. Catch all the action at the track or live on DIRTVision!

 

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 24D-Michael Brown [2][$5,000]; 2. 48-Kenny Collins [5][$2,500]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [6][$1,700]; 4. 18D-Daulton Wilson [7][$1,400]; 5. 44D-Dalton Cook [10][$1,200]; 6. 421-Anthony Sanders [4][$1,000]; 7. 1C-Chad Thrash [9][$800]; 8. 102-Stephen Segars [13][$700]; 9. 99-Shun Thomas [15][$600]; 10. 57-Adam Yarbrough [12][$550]; 11. 10-Garrett Smith [1][$500]; 12. P4-John Price [14][$500]; 13. 2-Matthew Nance [3][$500]; 14. 44W-David Webster [16][$500]; 15. 33-Chuck Smith [17][$500]; 16. 66-Mark Dysart [21][$500]; 17. 99M-JR Moseley [19][$500]; 18. O3-David Yandle [18][$500]; 19. 8-Kyle Strickler [20][$500]; 20. 17V-Tim Vance [11][$500]; 21. 88-Trent Ivey [22][$500]; 22. 84-Jay Sessoms [8][$500] Hard Charger: 99-Shun Thomas[+6]

 

 

GRAY COURT GRINCH: Madden Makes It Back-to-Back Xtreme Wins at Volunteer

McIntosh goes ninth-to-second, Strickler collects second-straight podium finish

 

BULLS GAP, TN – Dec. 5, 2020 – The Grinch stole Christmas. Chris Madden has now stolen the Grinch 40 two years in-a-row.

 

Volunteer Speedway was the site of defending Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series champion Chris Madden’s third career win with the tour Saturday afternoon in the second running of the Grinch 40. Coming from sixth on the starting grid, Madden, of Gray Court, SC, made efficient passes inside the first 10 laps of the 40-lap Feature to reach the head of the field, carrying his lead all the way back to the checkers to claim the $5,000 top prize over Donald McIntosh and Kyle Strickler.

 

“This place is one of my favorite racetracks in the country,” Madden told Xtreme Series Announcer Rick Eshelman in Victory Lane. “It’s an awesome place and every time we get a chance to race up here, we always come out and support them.”

 

At the drop of the green, Madden took to the high side and used up all 32 degrees of banking to make his first passes for position, three of which came on the very first lap. After a quick caution on Lap 2, Madden went right back at it up top, targeting the new track record holder and polesitter Daulton Wilson.

 

Another caution restacked the field and gave Madden a clear shot at fellow Team Drydene member Scott Bloomquist, this time on the bottom. Madden shot out of a cannon on the restart, and within five laps, Madden had pulled alongside Bloomquist and made the move out of Turn 4, sliding up in front of him to take the lead as they completed Lap 9.

 

“We were basically just moving around behind him, just running where he wasn’t. We had a great racecar, so it was just a matter of time,” Madden said of the pass on his former teammate.

 

Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, TN, fell victim to a reported radiator issue just one lap later, pulling into the infield and ending his day early. However, this opened the door to a new challenger – one Madden dealt with one year ago at the very same venue.

 

Mooresville, NC’s own Kyle Strickler led 22 laps in the inaugural running of Grinch at the Gap last year before giving up the lead, and the eventual win, to Madden. This time around, Strickler was chasing Madden, and closing in on him rapidly as the race neared the halfway point.

 

“I thought for a minute in lapped traffic, we were really good, I thought we were even better than Chris and I could give him a run,” Strickler said. “Then, all of a sudden, the car just got really tight.”

 

Another caution bunched up the field once more and highlighted the progress that Dawsonville, GA-driver Donald McIntosh had made in his quest for the front. Coming from ninth on the starting grid, McIntosh was now staring down the leaders as he prepared to make one final restart.

 

McIntosh put a big slide job on Strickler in Turns 1-2 before Strickler returned the favor in Turns 3-4. McIntosh countered with a strong crossover move out of Turn 4 to take the spot permanently on Lap 26 and drove off, eyes now set on leader Madden.

 

The Blount Motorsports #7M began to reel in Madden’s Drydene #44 in traffic, bringing the interval under a half-second in the closing laps. But Madden was better on the high side in traffic and maintained his gap over McIntosh to claim victory.

 

“I feel like when we got to those lapped cars, [Madden] kinda used them as pics,” McIntosh said of the battle. “But we had a great racecar. To come from ninth and finish second, I’m pretty proud, especially with the year we’ve had.”

 

Strickler brought his PPC Motorsports #8 across the line in third in just his second race behind the wheel of his brand-new Rocket Chassis, now the current Series points leader. The former UMP Modified pilot has now posted back-to-back third-place finishes in Xtreme Series action, but feels his bid for the lead on Saturday could have been better executed.

 

“I should’ve been on the top, and I think that by trying to force my way in there to try and get position, it actually hurt me,” Strickler said.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series action continues next Saturday night, Dec. 12, with a visit to Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, GA. Another $5,000 check awaits the winner of the 40-lap main event. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 44-Chris Madden [6][$5,000]; 2. 7M-Donald McIntosh [9][$2,500]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [4][$1,700]; 4. 88-Trent Ivey [13][$1,400]; 5. 55-Benji Hicks [8][$1,200]; 6. 18D-Daulton Wilson [1][$1,000]; 7. 329-Travis Fultz [18][$800]; 8. 5-Forrest Trent [11][$700]; 9. 421-Anthony Sanders [5][$600]; 10. 2-Matthew Nance [10][$550]; 11. 21B-Rich Bell [16][$500]; 12. 57-Adam Yarbrough [12][$500]; 13. P4-John Price [20][$500]; 14. 17V-Tim Vance [15][$500]; 15. J27-Jadon Frame [7][$500]; 16. 1-Shane Bailey [19][$500]; 17. 4B-Richard Edwards [21][$500]; 18. O-Scott Bloomquist [2][$500]; 19. 3-Steve Smith [17][$500]; 20. O3-David Yandle [14][$500]; 21. 27-Christian Hanger [3][$500]; 22. 6-Clay Coghlan [DNS][] Hard Charger: 329-Travis Fultz[+11]

Frostbite 40 at Cherokee Speedway Postponed

 

GAFFNEY, SC – Jan. 7, 2021 – With the safety of traveling fans, teams and officials in mind and a projected forecast of heavy rain and snow for Friday, followed by frigid temperatures Saturday, DIRTcar Racing and Cherokee Speedway officials have been forced to postpone Saturday’s Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series event. Officials are actively working to find a suitable reschedule date.

 

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BUZZER BEATER: Adams Holds off Troutman on Final Lap to Claim Winternationals Night 2 Win at East Bay

Troutman now leads event points over Nicely, J. Hughes, after 1-2 finishes.

 

TAMPA, FL – Jan. 20, 2021 – Kevin Buzzy Adams traveled over 1,500 miles to be at East Bay Raceway Park this week. He was going to do everything in his power to bring back at least one Feature win to his native Cameron, WI.

 

“Anytime you can get a win down here, I don’t care if it’s a Heat Race, a preliminary night or anything, it’s tough to win these races. We’ve been coming here a long time and struggled a lot of years, so we’re happy,” Adams said.

 

Round 2 of the 2021 DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park Wednesday night was a great showing for Adams, as he grabbed the lead early on in the 30-lap contest and held off all chargers en route to his sixth career Winternationals victory over Tuesday’s winner Drake Troutman and Chris Wilson.

 

Adams, who was victorious in last year’s $5,000-to-win Saturday night finale, began his climb to the front from outside the second row after winning his Heat Race earlier in the program. He immediately jumped to the outside groove and picked up two spots on the opening lap before sailing past polesitter Chris Wilson on Lap 2 to take the lead.

 

Several caution flags early on hindered his ability to open up a substantial gap between he and the field, and from his vantage point, may have even aided in how the track changed over the course of the race.

 

“We look at a lot of things, from the weather to the tide effect, tire wear… The track changes so fast, especially on yellows. The characteristics change when there’s no movement on it. But that’s what makes it challenging,” Adams said.

 

Once the race got moving about one-third of the way in, Adams was able to open up an advantage and eventually dive into lapped traffic with it while the rest of the top-five battled it out behind him. Right in the middle of that mix was Tuesday night’s Feature winner, Drake Troutman.

 

The Pennsylvanian young gun duked it out for the second spot with Wilson and Jason Hughes for several laps, powering around the outside line, much like he did in his Tuesday night win.

 

“The longer we went, about halfway through, I was going to drop down and try the bottom. When I did, it was real cleaned up. I just couldn’t make up any ground,” Troutman said.

 

While that line may have worked for him earlier, Troutman did eventually drop to the bottom once again in the final stages and slowly began to reel in leader Adams.

 

Adams had been diving in low through Turns 1-2 and up high in 3-4 for most of the race, but decided to take it high in Turns 1-2 with two-to-go. This opened up the door for a hard-charging Troutman underneath.

 

Troutman got a nice run down the backstretch and took a big look to the inside but was unable to make the pass. This really got Adams’ attention.

 

“I was getting too conservative,” Adams said. “The more conservative I got, the more I started shoving the nose. The track was getting dirty, and where I wanted to be, the track was just too dirty.”

 

Now with his heart in his throat, Adams mashed the accelerator as he took the white flag, Troutman still right on him. Fortunately for Adams, two lapped cars sat riding the very bottom as they entered Turn 3. This forced Troutman back up high, where he was left to ride it out to the stripe and see Adams collect the checkers.

 

“I felt like maybe with another lap, or if those lapped cars weren’t there… but it’s just a part of racing, that’s part of the deal. You’ve got to be able to get around them. I feel like it would have been a really good race if we could have just made something happen there at the end,” Troutman said.

 

Even though he was unable to pull off another last-lap thriller, Troutman now leads the Winternationals points standings by 25 over Tyler Nicely with his one victory and runner-up finish. This also puts him atop the momentum meter heading into Saturday night’s 75-lap, $5,000-to-win finale with just two nights of action remaining before the big dance.

 

The DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals action continues Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park in night #3 of competition, featuring the first of two $1,500-to-win events on tap.

 

UMP Modified Feature (30 Laps) 1. Kevin Adams Cameron, Wi. 2. Drake Troutman Hyndman, Pa. 3. Chris Wilson Louisa, Ky. 4. Jason Hughes Watts, Ok. 5. Devin Dixon Brandon, Fl. 6. Tyler Nicely Owensboro, Ky. 7. Lj Grimm Seffner, Fl. 8. Dave Hess Jr Waterford, Pa. 9. Spencer Hughes Meridian, Ms. 10. Seth Daniels Jackson, Oh. 11. Mavrick Varnadore Dover, Fl. 12. Mike Potosky Guys Mills, Pa. 13. Dale Kelley Plant City, Fl. 14. Jeff Mathews Riverview, Fl. 15. Eric Moon Zephyrhills, Fl. 16. Jimmy Lennex Jr Maysville, Ky. 17. Brandon Kinzer Lexinton, Ky. 18. Brayden Berry West Portsmouth, Oh. 19. Lucas Lee Paris, Tn. 20. Brian Skaggs Pedro, Oh. 21. Tyler Clem Tampa, Fl. 22. David Pollen Lakeland, Fl. 23. Jason Jack Riverview, Fl. 24. Travis Varnadore Plant City, Fl.

 

 

THE BIG CATCH: Troutman Holds off Nicely to Win DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals Round 1 at East Bay

Nicely settles for runner-up, third-starting Lee suffers early misfortune

 

TAMPA, FL – Jan. 19, 2021 – A first career DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals Feature win against some of the best talent in the state of Florida. Not bad for a 15-year-old kid from Pennsylvania.

 

That’s exactly what Drake The Kid Troutman accomplished in Round 1 of East Bay Raceway Park’s Winternationals Tuesday night, driving by UMP Modified veteran Tyler Nicely just after halfway to pick up the $1,000 victory and start his DIRTcar Florida Winternationals points chase off with a bang.

 

“It’s really cool to win against this caliber of guys,” Troutman said. “[My crew] did a great job tonight. Everything worked out perfect.”

 

In all, Troutman, of Hyndman, PA, topped a 48-car field, complete with some of DIRTcar’s most recognizable names in UMP Modified racing, including Nicely, Lucas Lee, Dave Hess Jr., Jeff Mathews and more. He grabbed his eighth-place grid spot by the horns and instantly dropped the hammer, advancing six positions in just seven laps to take second.

 

“I knew I had a really good racecar when I got up to fourth. I didn’t think I had a winning racecar; I figured I’d be a second or third-place car,” Troutman said.

 

Troutman then began his march to the front, chasing leader Nicely, who had passed six cars in the first two circuits to grab the early lead. A few early cautions restacked the field and cut into Nicely’s chances to break away from the field, aiding in Troutman’s run to the front. One of which bit the outside polesitter, Lucas Lee, who was hit with a flat tire on Lap 7, forcing him to the pits and the rear of the field for the restart. He was unable to make up the ground in the end, and finished 17th.

 

Once the field got back rolling, Troutman’s car decided to come in. Nicely had opened up a small advantage over the field, but Troutman was reeling him in on the bottom. Nicely then tried the middle groove into Turn 1 on Lap 16 but Troutman was right there, and he took full advantage of the open door down low.

 

“I just got a little tight there towards the end and tried a new line going into [Turn] 1 and Drake got by me. He ran a pretty good race,” Nicely said.

 

Now with the lead, Troutman turned up the juice and began to open up a gap of his own as he approached lapped traffic. He handled the first few small waves of it with no problem, but the laps were counting down and a thick pack of traffic was forming in front of him as he crossed the stripe to take the white flag.

 

Nicely, of Owensboro, KY, was digging hard behind Troutman and had managed to close the gap to within a single car length. Troutman decided to take it back to the high side for the final corners with slower cars in both high and low lanes, while Nicely threw it hard into Turn 3 for one final shot at the lead.

 

Troutman nearly made contact with the back of the slower cars in front of him coming out of Turn 4, but he was able to steer clear and hang on for the win.

 

“We hit lapped traffic there, where we were racing three and four-wide. Me and a lapped car about got together and Nicely pulled up alongside of us, but we had enough momentum off the top to hold on,” Troutman said.

 

Nicely came up short with the last-lap slider in the waning seconds, but knew it wasn’t worth causing major issues on night number one.

 

“I messed up going into 1 on the last lap and that killed my shot to get him in 3. I probably could have sent it in a little harder, but there’s no reason to tear stuff up on night one,” Nicely said.

 

Nicely’s new Longhorn by Loenbro chassis hasn’t often been beat since its debut in Florida last November, but he and the crew know the work they have to do before the big 75-lap, $5,000-to-win finale Saturday night.

 

“We probably could’ve been a little freer at the end of the race. We were good at the beginning, through the middle, just got a little tight at the end. Just couldn’t steer into the corner like we needed to,” Nicely said.

 

The DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals racing action continues from East Bay Raceway Park Wednesday night with another $1,000-to-win main event. Keep it locked to all of DIRTcar Racing’s social media channels for all the latest and greatest news, content and live event updates as they happen throughout week.

 

UMP Modifieds Feature (30 Laps)
1. Drake Troutman 7T
Hyndman, Pa.
2. Tyler Nicely 25
Owensboro, Ky.
3. Mike Potosky 20M
Guys Mills, Pa.
4. Shane Burrows 70B
Valrico, Fl.
5. Jason Hughes 12H
Watts, Ok.
6. Dave Hess Jr 44
Waterford, Pa.
7. Bryan Bernhardt 69B
Clearwater, Fl.
8. Seth Daniels s21
Jackson, Oh.
9. Spencer Hughes 11
Meridian, Ms.
10. Devin Dixon 313
Brandon, Fl.
11. Dale Kelley 22
Plant City, Fl.
12. Tyler Clem 14C
Tampa, Fl.
13. Nick Allen 21A
Wheatfield, In.
14. Lj Grimm 25G
Seffner, Fl.
15. Jimmy Lennex Jr 8
Maysville, Ky.
16. Chris Wilson 86KOC
Louisa, Ky.
17. Lucas Lee 12L
Paris, Tn.
18. Kevin Adams 40
Cameron, Wi.
19. Travis Varnadore 205
Plant City, Fl.
20. Brandon Kinzer 18
Lexinton, Ky.
21. Matt Altiers 2A
Lewis Center, Oh.
22. Jeff Mathews 33
Riverview, Fl.
23. Brayden Berry 75B
West Portsmouth, Oh.
24. Devin Wright 37
Rensselaer, In
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Bronson Declared Sunshine Nationals Pro Late Model Feature Winner, McCarter Determined Champion After Page’s Disqualification at Volusia

McCarter goes 20th-to-second to win title by 5 points, Bronson collects another $10k for finale victory

 

 

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 16, 2021 – Kyle Bronson’s dominance at Volusia Speedway Park’s Sunshine Nationals continued Saturday night with an unexpected win.

 

Michael Page was initially declared the winner of the DIRTcar Pro Late Model Feature, beating everyone to the checkered flag first, but faced a disqualification following a post-race technical inspection.

 

It was determined by DIRTcar and Crate Racin’ USA officials that Page’s car had a valve spring installation height infraction, nullifying his victory. Upon a passing inspection of Bronson’s engine, Bronson was awarded the $10,000 check and declared the Feature winner.

 

“Anytime you can make some money, it’s always good. You hate to win ‘em that way, but we all know how these deals are going in. You’ve got to be 100 percent right,” Bronson said.

 

Mack McCarter was determined the overall Sunshine Nationals mini-series champion of the Pro Late Model division after back-to-back second-place finishes, beating Bronson 140 to 135 points over the two contested races.

 

Bronson began his charge to the front from outside the third row, using the early caution flags to his advantage by doing some of his passing work on the restarts. By Lap 6, he had cracked the top-three and was hot on the trail of second-place Joseph Joiner and leader Page.

 

Bronson was able to get by Joiner on Lap 13, setting him up for a charge through lapped traffic in pursuit of Page, who was a few car-lengths ahead. Bronson was able to close the gap to just over .3 seconds before Page pulled away again, and a final yellow was displayed with just eight laps remaining.

 

When the checkered fell, Bronson was unable to get ahead of Page at the stripe, leaving him with a runner-up finish but only for a few hours. Page’s technical inspection wrapped up after midnight on Sunday; Bronson passed his and was declared the winner in the early morning hours.

 

This victory now makes four Feature wins in five starts for the Brandon, FL-native in Sunshine Nationals Pro Late Model competition after sweeping all three Features last year, and two total on the weekend after his World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph Thursday night.

 

“We won $10,000, motor got torn down and was 100 percent right and everything passed. So, I’m more than happy with it. We won two races this week for $20,000 and it’s going to help us pay for Speedweeks a little bit,” Bronson said.

 

Outside of Victory Lane was another unsung hero, making his Sunshine Nationals and Volusia Speedway Park debut, and he did not disappoint. Twenty-seven-year-old Mack McCarter put on a dazzling display of passing on both nights in his first-ever appearance, coming all the way from 20th to cross the line in third Saturday. He was later awarded a second-place finish following Page’s disqualification.

 

McCarter, of Gatlinburg, TN, was awarded Hard Charger honors on both nights, passing 17 cars Thursday en route to his runner-up finish and 18 cars (17 on-track) Saturday. As impressive as the run was, he knew he may have had something for the leader had he started farther forward.

 

“Our racecar is really good when [the track] blows off and gets kinda dirty,” McCarter said. “We qualified really well but the invert put us behind in the Heat and we didn’t tighten-up enough. I think if we would have started up front, I would’ve had a good shot to run, and possibly have won.”

 

Overall, McCarter was pleased with his performance and that of his crew and car builder. Considering he made his first-ever laps on the track just two days prior, coming out of the weekend with two runner-up finishes and an overall mini-series title wasn’t too shabby.

 

“Just to come down here and run with these guys like Kyle Bronson, outrun him Thursday night and then finish behind him tonight, it just speaks volumes to where our team is,” McCarter said.

 

Feature (30 Laps) 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson [6][$10,000]; 2. 51-Mack McCarter [20][$5,000]; 3. 23-Cory Hedgecock [13][$3,000]; 4. O1-Jason Welshan [19][$2,000]; 5. 10-Joseph Joiner [3][$1,500]; 6. 385-Mark Whitener [4][$1,200]; 7. 14JR-John Baker [14][$900]; 8. 97-Cody Overton [18][$700]; 9. 66-Jake Knowles [25][$600]; 10. 30-Todd Cooney [8][$550]; 11. 83-Jensen Ford [10][$500]; 12. 121-Pearson Lee [22][$400]; 13. 7T-Trever Taylor [5][$400]; 14. 87R-Jake Rainey [7][$400]; 15. 5-John Collins [23][$400]; 16. 44C-Curtis Cline [24][$400]; 17. 33-Jeff Mathews [9][$400]; 18. 66K-Dylan Knowles [1][$400]; 19. K37-Drew Kennedy [26][$400]; 20. 2-Trynt Lloyd [12][$400]; 21. 7A-Corey Almond [17][$400]; 22. 6-Clay Harris [16][$400]; 23. OO-Richie Stephens [15][$400]; 24. T8-Steve Banal [11][$400]; 25. 66JK-Jody Knowles [21][$400] DQ – 18X-Michael Page [2] Hard Charger: 51-Mack McCarter [+18]

 

 

STREAK SNAPPER: Page Wins Pro Late Model Sunshine Nationals Opener at Volusia, Denies Bronson of Four-Peat

McCarter soars from 19th-to-second, Bronson finishes fourth right after World of Outlaws win

 

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 14, 2021 – The last time Kyle Bronson and Michael Page went head-to-head in DIRTcar Pro Late Model action at Volusia Speedway Park, Bronson got the upper-hand in a furious battle for the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals finale victory. On Thursday night, it was Page’s turn to shine.

 

Page, of Douglasville, GA, led all 25 laps en route to his first victory in the event, snapping Bronson’s three-race win streak that be built in last year by sweeping the weekend and winning all three Pro Late Model Features and clinching the overall event championship.

 

A big move at the drop of the opening green flag really set Page out front quickly and gave him the advantage he needed over his competition. After redrawing sixth upon winning his Heat Race earlier in the evening, Page came out of Turn 4 considerably lower than the two cars in front of him on the original start and zoomed into third-place, full-bore into Turn 1. By the time he entered Turn 3, Page was the race leader.

 

The +5-spot differential in one lap made for quite an exciting sequence of passes, showing off the alive-and-well strength of a new power plant under the hood of 2003 MasterSbilt Race Cars chassis that Page used in his runner-up finish in this event last year.

 

“It’s a new motor, a Matt Bishop racing engine, a local guy around where we live, and that thing ran better than anything I’ve ever drove Crate-wise. And for an old MasterSbilt, that thing will get around the racetrack as good as anything,” Page told DIRTVision pit reporter Ruben Mireles in Victory Lane.

 

Beyond a few restarts in the second half of the race, not much else gave Page a serious challenge for the top spot. Bronson, however, was stopped just a bit short of his quest to continue his winning streak.

 

After winning the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature just one hour before, Bronson hopped into his Pro Late Model and went from the pole but did not look as strong as he did with the Outlaws.

 

Bronson had faded back to sixth at one point but was able to rebound on the late restarts and lock up a fourth-place finish.

 

One of the race’s biggest highlights outside of the Page-Bronson storylines was the climb of young Tennessean Mack McCarter. He and his #51 came all the way from 19th to finish second in the Feature. McCarter had passed 15 cars in 10 laps and made the most of his time in the podium, even making up a little distance on leader Page in the closing circuits.

 

But there just was no catching Page and his #18x. His start was just too great, and the car was just too stable for any worthy challengers.

 

“I just tried to do something; to go where they couldn’t,” Page said. “The car just took off immediately. Sometimes doing whatever they don’t do is the right thing to do, but sometimes it’ll kick you in the butt. But it worked out tonight.”

 

Magic Man Mark Whitener crossed the stripe in third after a solid run inside the top-six the entire distance. Driving for Dale Mosley Racing this weekend, he really had a handle on his Pro Late Model ride, setting a new personal-best finish in the event.

 

The Sunshine Nationals action continues Friday night with more Pro Late Model, World of Outlaws, 602 Late Model and Florida Late Model action from Volusia Speedway Park on night #2 of the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Feature (25 Laps) 1. 18X-Michael Page [6]; 2. 51-Mack McCarter [19]; 3. 385-Mark Whitener [7]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson [1]; 5. 23-Cory Hedgecock [10]; 6. 66-Jake Knowles [2]; 7. 14JR-John Baker [4]; 8. 66K-Dylan Knowles [9]; 9. 10-Joseph Joiner [14]; 10. 6-Clay Harris [11]; 11. 14M-Trey Mills [3]; 12. 97-Cody Overton [15]; 13. 121-Pearson Lee [24]; 14. O1-Jason Welshan [22]; 15. 92-Joseph Brown [12]; 16. 87A-Walker Arthur [13]; 17. 30-Todd Cooney [26]; 18. 7A-Corey Almond [16]; 19. 66JK-Jody Knowles [25]; 20. 5-John Collins [5]; 21. 40-Joel Callahan [17]; 22. 55-Matt Long [23]; 23. 69X-Carder Miller [20]; 24. OO-Richie Stephens [18]; 25. 2-Trynt Llyod [21]; 26. OO7-Dusty Sparkman [8] Hard Charger: 51-Mack McCarter[+17]

 
 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: DIRTcar Pro Late Models Return with a Strong Field for 2nd annual Sunshine Nationals

Bronson preps for title defense, double duty with Whitener and Mathews

 

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 11, 2021 – A grand total of 86 Late Models filled the Volusia Speedway Park pit area last year for the Saturday night finale of the inaugural DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals.

 

This year promises to be even bigger with the addition of a fourth class into the mix, setting some DIRTcar Pro Late Model drivers up for a double duty weekend alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models as they kick off their season at the event, running Jan. 14-16.

 

Others will be making their maiden voyage to the event, in hopes to capture the $10,000 top prize in Saturday night’s 30-lap finale. A night of practice on Wednesday will precede Thursday and Friday’s preliminary action; all three nights of racing will be broadcast live on DIRTVision. Get yourself a Fast Pass subscription today and be on the lookout for these drivers in the field to make some waves.

 

Here are the top storylines to follow at the Sunshine Nationals:

 

BRONSON EYES REPEAT – The inaugural Sunshine Nationals winner returns in 2021 to defend his DIRTcar Pro Late Model crown behind the wheel of his Racecar Engineering #40B. Last year, the Brandon, FL-native put together a complete weekend sweep, setting fast time in practice Wednesday night before winning all three Pro Late Model Features Thursday-Saturday and collecting $13,500 in first-place money for his efforts. After watching him take down headline Late Model names such as Michael Page, Randy Weaver and Max Blair in last year’s finale, Killer is the clear favorite heading into the 2nd annual event.

 

This year, with the addition of the World of Outlaws to the racing program, Bronson is expected to pull the double, racing in both classes while chasing after his second career Outlaws victory.

MAGIC MAN RETURNS – Another Floridian with a chance to make it happen in this year’s event is Mark Whitener. He’ll also be pulling double duty in his Pro Late Model and Super Late Model with the Outlaws, looking for his first career victory in the event. Magic Man had a decent showing in last year’s event with the Pro Late Models with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s finale. He struggled Friday night, dropping out early after starting on the outside pole, but is ready for redemption this time around.

 

Whitener has had success in the past at Volusia, landing himself a spot in the World of Outlaws redraw in three of his six DIRTcar Nationals starts last year, following a fifth-place effort in the opening night of Late Model week with the DIRTcar Late Models.

 

NEW YEAR, NEW CAR – It was an up-and-down kind of event for Jake Knowles in 2020. While he missed the Feature on Thursday night and placed 20th after starting sixth on Saturday, Knowles did have a solid fourth-place run on Friday night that showed he knows how to get around Volusia.

 

The 35-year-old from Rome, GA, will be starting the year off behind the wheel of a Jason Welshan-owned Savage Chassis house car instead of his usual red/white #66 while his own Savage Chassis is being built. Knowles already has one weekend of competition on the car, finishing 17th in Sunday’s Ice Bowl event at Talladega Short Track.

 

MACK ATTACK – The younger of the McCarter brothers, whose father Mitch owns 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN, Mack McCarter comes into this weekend riding a big momentum swing from three consecutive Crate Late Model Feature wins in his last four starts. Mack swept the Crate competition at 411’s Leftover event in November, then went to Volunteer Speedway the next weekend and won the Crate portion of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Grinch 40. Look out for this young talent as he makes his debut in the Sunshine Nationals this weekend.

 

TURNAROUND TIME – Another double-duty pilot from the state of Florida, Hollywood Jeff Matthews is one of the more experienced drivers in the Late Model field. As a former UMP Modified regular, Matthews knows his way around Volusia just as well as anyone else and has shown that on several occasions; most recently picking up a Modified Showdown Feature win in November at Volusia’s Reutimann Memorial.

 

He did not have the Sunshine Nationals results he was looking for in 2020, with finishes of 16th, 17th and 23rd, but 2021 could be different as Matthews is coming off a year that included four Feature wins in his Late Model ventures.

 

STRONG ROOTS: Kevin Root Reeled in Hoosier DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Title, Eyes Big Block Plans for 2021

WEEDSPORT, NY - The DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship saw one driver conquer 2020 better than any other — Kevin Root. 

Root’s first Hoosier championship was powered by 12 victories at four different DIRTcar racetracks. 

“For the weird year it was, we were able to do a lot of racing,” Root said. “We just had to travel a little more. We went to some different tracks, like Can-Am Speedway where I have a knack for getting around. I’ve always liked the place. 

“We always run well at Land of Legends. I just did the same things I would do normally. No matter where you are running you never come off your game plan and we just went and raced where we could. Hats off to the promoters and tracks that allowed us to race a little bit this year and we were able to be successful in doing it.”

Last year, the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship showed its strength by supporting the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division with an expanded and ensured point fund at a time when the season’s outlook was grim. Track after track began adding weekly shows and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series: Central Region completed their schedule with some of the best Sportsman racing in the Northeast. 

Root and his formidable #34 made 24 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified starts in 2020 and went home with 12 victories. That winning percentage and Root’s excellence helped propel him to the Hoosier championship and a runner up in the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series: Central Region points. 

Root has been racing at the top of his game for years. He’s piled up win after win across New York and is noted as a smooth, clean racer who knows his way around a race car. 

It isn’t just what he does on track that gets the job done either. 

“I’ve had the same attitude towards preparation that I’ve always had,” Root explained. “I had a little more help in the shop this year and we changed our setup package from torsion bars to coils. I was able to focus on the stuff I haven’t been able to do in the past like working on tires.”

That extra attention to detail was absolutely necessary with the miles Root put on the hauler this year, picking up victories at Land of Legends Raceway, Can-Am Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway and Weedsport Speedway. 

While he’s living the dream and planning on making the move to DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, Root has a lot of knowledge and experience to impart on the huge number of young drivers entering and succeeding in DIRTcar Sportsman Modified division. 

“The biggest thing with all the young guys is that you have to learn to work on your own stuff,” Root said. “That’s the bottom line. You’re not going to know your own race cars if you don’t work on them. Hard work has finally paid off for me. The last couple of years we’ve raced we’ve been really good. It’s not just driving, it’s preparing the race car and surrounding yourself with the right people and to learn from them like I did with Scott Jefferies, Vinney Salerno, and watching drivers like Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard, Brett Hearn, and all those guys.”

It’s not always easy or even fun but for Root, hard work and perseverance have been the way to go.  

“Being a youngster you gotta be able to take some lumps and pick yourself up and go back out there,” Root noted. “Move on to the next race. It’s not easy to put a mistake in the back of your mind but you gotta do it. Race clean with everybody. When you don’t tear your stuff up you finish races.” 

Root’s swan song in a DIRTcar Sportsman Modified will be Jan. 28-30 at Lake View Motor Speedway in South Carolina where the Sportsman are set to race for impressive purses and bonuses.

“It’s a great purse for two nights of racing,” said Root of the southbound swing. “We’ll do a little bit of testing on the Thursday night before. It looks like there will be some good competition down there knowing the guys that are going. I just want to get down there. It’ll probably be my last race in a Sportsman with the move up to Big Blocks.”

It won’t be all fun and games as Root plans to thoroughly shake down a new car for a new driver. 

“I just bought a new Bicknell frame for my car and a motor from Brian Donath,” he said. “We’ll go down and hopefully keep up the momentum we had last year. It’ll be good to make sure everything stays together on the new car.”

But that’s not all.

“When I am done racing it, I am putting Mark Yorker in it for the 2021 season,” he added. “He’s going to take over the reins for me in the Sportsman car.”

At the end of 2020, Root hooked up with legendary car owner Vinny Salerno, who fields the recognizable #4* DIRTcar Big Block Modified. Fans will remember the success Tim McCreadie had behind the wheel of “the four-star car” as many refer to it. 

The team has ambitious plans for 2021. 

“We are finalizing our plans to go to Bristol,” Root revealed. “Vinny is very open-minded. He’s a great car owner to start with. He’s given me quite a range of options. If we can afford it, we’ll go race it. We are going to start out at the Series race at Can-Am. Then we’ll go to Bristol for the two Series races (April 22-24). After that, we’ll try to run as much of the Series as we can.”

Running a Big Block against the best drivers in the Northeast has been a dream of Root’s for a long time. According to him, he’s ready. 

“I’ll also run Brewerton Speedway Friday nights,” Root said. “That will be huge for me. That’s the place to race and get laps against some of the best drivers at one of the best tracks around. Then we’ll get to run the Small Block and DIRTcar Big Block at Orange County on Saturdays.”

After a stellar 2020 season, fans are eager to watch the elite DIRTcar Sportsman Modified driver step into the Big Block ring.

Be sure to follow along on DIRTcar.com and on social media at Facebook and Twitter for videos, photos, features, and more. 

 

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THE BIG 127: Matjoulis Captures First Tour Victory of Season 2 with Pro Late Models at Eldora

 

Former World of Outlaws iRacing Pro Series champ makes seven winners in seven races

 

Jan. 13, 2021 – He might have been racing from his house in Ashville, NY, but Blake Matjoulis was right at home at Rossburg, OH’s Eldora Speedway Wednesday night.

 

The 2019 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing World Champion led all 40 laps around The Big E behind the wheel of his Swindell SpeedLab #127 en route to his second career DIRTcar eSports Tour Feature victory presented by Hoosier Racing Tire.

 

Matjoulis cracked the whip right at the drop of the green, took the lead from outside the front row and made the 24-car field pay, never once letting any of his competition get too far underneath him in attempts to steal the spotlight. More specifically, his three biggest threats in the field – Alex Bergeron, Dylan Houser and Kendal Tucker.

 

Matjoulis and Bergeron stuck to the bottom in the opening stages of the race while before long, Tucker and Houser began to make the high side work. Those three swapped spots all race long, passing inside and outside and using every lane available on the track. However, this only allowed Matjoulis to ride out front comfortably.

 

Houser, of Ocala, FL, eventually proved he knew the high side the best and was able to close-off the runner-up spot to his competition just after the halfway point, then sight his sights on the leader. And Matjoulis knew he was coming.

 

“Houser was definitely good up there,” Matjoulis told DIRTVision announcer Josh Pike in the post-race interview. “He tracked me down a little and I was just able to hold onto the top spot. It would have been hard for him to pass, but he was definitely right there.”

 

With less than 10-to-go, Houser had caught Matjoulis’ rear decklid and was gaining a tenth on him each lap. Until he made a critical mistake and scrubbed the Turn 3-4 wall with six laps remaining, breaking his momentum just enough to throw his chance for victory out the window.

 

Matjoulis held off one final charge from Houser and third-place Evan Seay in the final corners to score his second career Tour victory and first since the second race of Season 1, back in May of 2020.

 

“Definitely a close race between the top three, no breathing room, no room for mistakes. When you get to these races, it’s all about being consistent. Frankly, we didn’t make any and were able to hold on for a win,” he said.

 

The DIRTcar eSports Tour action wraps up in just two weeks’ time with the eighth and final race of Season 2 at Lernerville Speedway on Wednesday, January 27, once again featuring the ground-pounding, Earth-shaking, window-rattling Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds! Register today at DIRTcar.com/eSports and watch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Hoosier Racing Tire Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 127-Blake Matjoulis [2]; 2. 2-Dylan Houser [6]; 3. 33-Evan Seay [8]; 4. 00-Kendal Tucker [1]; 5. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 6. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [4]; 7. 1-Jesse Enterkin [13]; 8. 49-David Heileman [7]; 9. 79-Maxime Plante [17]; 10. 000-Kevin Dedmon [11]; 11. 115-Boddie Parker [18]; 12. 71-Keven HÈbert [16]; 13. 171-Brandon Freeburg [14]; 14. 02-Chance Carr [15]; 15. 787-Cody Zobrist [12]; 16. 54-Larry Barber Jr [5]; 17. 7-Aaron Sparks [19]; 18. 34-Corey Mullinax [20]; 19. 03-Lyndon Whitfill [10]; 20. 89-Austin Friedman [9]; 21. 46-Jonathan Nause [22]; 22. 07-Marko Mitchell [21]; 23. 56-Tyler Schneider [23]; 24. 75-Andrew Piercefield [24]

 

KILLED IT: First-Time Street Stock League Starter Kilgore Wins at USA Int’l

Jackson notches another podium finish, Hackney places third in debut

 

After leading all but one lap of the 30-lap Feature in his Chevy Performance Street Stock League debut Wednesday night, Carl Kilgore could barely believe his eyes when the caution flag flew with just three laps remaining.

 

“It all started at that restart,” Kilgore told announcer Josh Pike in the DIRTVision post-race interview. “When we had that caution come out… man, my guts were turning, I ain’t gonna lie to you.”

 

Tyler Jackson, the two-time Feature winner in Season 2, had been breathing down his neck for several laps before the caution, and was ready to make the move to put himself in DIRTcar eSports Victory Lane at USA International Speedway.

 

“I knew Tyler Jackson was going to have something because right before the caution came out, I saw him go to the top of Turns 1 and 2. Those last two laps when he came off of 2, and had the run down the backstretch, I was watching my mirror and seeing where he was wanting to go,” he said.

 

Green flag; pedal down. Kilgore stayed glued to the bottom lane in the corners and hugged the outside wall down the straightaways as the field raced out the final laps in green-white-checkered fashion.

 

Jackson was unable to make the move on the top side that he found advantageous to his run earlier, but he had one option left as he flew down into Turn 3 for the final time around the virtual three-quarter-mile oval.

 

A bump, a tap, a shove… call it what you will, but it didn’t work to Jackson’s favor in the end. Kilgore somehow was able to hang onto his #021 Street Stock through Turns 3-4, beating Jackson in a drag race to the stripe to pick up his first career DIRTcar eSports victory.

 

“Going into 3 on that last lap, I had a feeling something was coming… so I just kinda prepared myself for it, drug the brake a little bit though the center to keep the side-bite in there, and we got the drive off to get the win.”

 

Kilgore’s teammate, Keith Hackney, crossed the line in third after running a good slice of the race in second and smashing into a spinning lapped car towards the home stretch. He also picked up his first career podium with the League and a $50 check for his efforts.

 

The Chevy Performance Street Stock League action wraps up in just two weeks’ time on Wednesday, January 27, with the eighth and final race of Season 2 at Lanier National Speedway. Register today at DIRTcar.com/eSports and watch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 021-Carl Kilgore [2]; 2. 8-Tyler Jackson [5]; 3. 69-Keith Hackney [3]; 4. 18-Kyle Sirratt [1]; 5. 111-Lewis Clark [8]; 6. 9-Dalton Peavy [6]; 7. 0-Mitchell Clark [9]; 8. 003-Thorne Zimmerman [16]; 9. 2-Bradley Weaver [17]; 10. 5-Jason Metoxen [15]; 11. 11-Sterling Beard [10]; 12. 93-Steve Miskolczi [11]; 13. 15-Michael Putnam [23]; 14. 5-Zak Williams [18]; 15. 7-Brayden McMahan [21]; 16. 89-Billy Smith [22]; 17. 002-Clifford Bellomy [24]; 18. 82-Paul Visage [4]; 19. 66-Preston Dimsdale [13];  20. 95-Brian Brunscheen [19]; 21. 26-Sean Stevens [14]; 22. 79-Dakota Osborn [12]; 23. 26-Sage Luther [7]; 24. 02-Bradley Steinruck [20]

 

 

 

 

A TUSSLE IN TULSA: Bergeron Gets First Win of Season 2 Tour with 305 Sprints at Virtual Chili Bowl

Tucker goes six-for-six in podium finishes, Cardwell backs-up win with runner-up

 

Jan. 6, 2021 – For the winningest driver on the DIRTcar eSports Tour from Season 1, it hasn’t been an easy road back to Victory Lane. But six races into Season 2, and Alex Bergeron has finally gotten the monkey off his back with a win in the 305 Sprint Car division presented by NOS Energy Drink Wednesday night at the Tulsa Expo Center’s Chili Bowl track.

 

In short, it was “fighter jets in a gymnasium.” Lapped cars were everywhere. The entire top-five stacked on top of each other at one point battling for the lead. Nothing but 30 laps of near-chaos as these full-size winged Sprint Cars zipped around this virtual quarter-mile bullring, primarily intended for iRacing and real-life Midget competition.

 

And when all was said and done, Bergeron, of Drummondville, QC, was the one man that stood above the rest, taking the lead from polesitter Hayden Cardwell in a fury of slower traffic and leading the rest of the way for his fourth career DIRTcar eSports Tour victory.

 

“It got a bit tricky there with the lapped cars, but we knew going into this race that it was going to happen,” Bergeron told announcer Chase Raudman in the DIRTVision post-race interview. “This track is so small and it’s bizarre to see these kinds of cars on this track, but it was fun to race and the competition [level] was high. We’re glad to be on top here tonight.”

 

Cardwell, of Knoxville, TN, had been leading from the drop of the green when, in digging though the rear of the 20-car field, he and the rest of the top-five cars all came up on a large group of slower traffic as they completed Lap 15. Colt Currie and Jesse Enterkin were battling for position when they made contact right in front of the leaders, forcing Cardwell to take evasive action out of his low groove, which left the door open for Bergeron to slip by underneath.

 

“I just made a couple mistakes in lapped traffic, and if you leave a hole open here, someone’s gonna push through. That’s what Alex did, and he capitalized,” Cardwell said of the pass for the lead.

 

However, Cardwell lost more than just the lead in the exchange. With the extremely limited racing room on the track, the two wheel-banged a couple times down the front-stretch, sending Cardwell into a pinball-like bounce off of each of the other top-five cars on his way backwards. When it was all over, Cardwell had gone from the lead to fifth in half a lap.

 

With a never-say-die attitude, Cardwell immediately got back on his horse and took it to the top-side, regaining three of his lost spots before the final caution flag was displayed with three-to-go.

 

“I feel like this one kinda got away from us,” Cardwell said. “We wanted to be the first ones to go back-to-back on this tour, but some things just aren’t meant to happen.”

 

Now with a clear track in front of him, it was all Team ABR #12. Bergeron cruised to the checkers for the $250 victory.

 

While Cardwell was able to hang on for second, just one week after getting a win with the UMP Modifieds at Fairbury, current Tour points leader Kendal Tucker crossed in third for his sixth-consecutive podium finish. He had one shot at Bergeron before the final yellow was thrown, but more lapped traffic got in his lane and slowed him down, allowing Bergeron to pull away on the top side.

 

All-in-all, Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, has been nothing short of spectacular in Season 2, earning almost $1,000 total in prize money since the start of the Tour one month ago. All he’ll need to do is maintain his consistency over the final two races to secure the points championship.

 

“It feels pretty good to keep running as consistent as we have been. That’s the sixth top-five and we haven’t finished outside of the top-three, actually, so it’s pretty cool to be that consistent with all these races and all these different types of cars,” Tucker said.

 

The DIRTcar eSports Tour action continues next Wednesday night, Jan. 13, with Round #7 – Pro Late Models presented by Hoosier Racing Tire at Eldora Speedway. Sign up today at DIRTcar.com/eSports or watch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 2. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]; 3. 00-Kendal Tucker [4]; 4. 127-Blake Matjoulis [5]; 5. 74-Adam Elby [8]; 6. 331-Dustin Hall [10]; 7. 21-Michael Meek [6]; 8. 787-Cody Zobrist [13]; 9. 51-Dalton Wicker [9]; 10. 49-David Heileman [2]; 11. 24-Billy Richardson [16]; 12. 35-Adam Ross [14]; 13. 14-Austin Wagner [17]; 14. 3-Justin Ziemiecki [18]; 15. 46-Jonathan Nause [19]; 16. 19-Seth Smyser [20]; 17. 1-Jesse Enterkin [12]; 18. 777-Colt Currie [11]; 19. 42-John Smith [15]; 20. 8-Matthew Howard [7]

 

CLARK IN THE PARK: Mitchell Clark Wins First Career Street Stock League Race at Limaland

Jackson runner-up in return, Visage posts career-best in third

 

 

Nothing like a walk in the park victory for Australian Street Stock guru Mitchell Clark. Particularly, Limaland Motorsports Park.

 

That’s exactly what Clark set himself up for Wednesday night, setting fast-time in Qualifying and leading every lap of his Heat Race and the 30-lap Feature for his first career Chevy Performance Street Stock League Feature win on iRacing.

 

Nobody seemed to have anything to challenge the Track Tech #0 on his way to Victory Lane, as Clark rode the high side for much of the race, kept his nose clean and made the good restarts count.

 

League regular and two-time winner in Season 2, Tyler Jackson, rejoined the roster this week after missing last week’s race over the holiday break and came back with his A-game, placing second after a tremendous battle for the runner-up spot in the final laps.

 

He and former League winner Lewis Clark joined third-place Paul Visage and Larry Barber Jr. with less than five laps remaining in a slide-job fest for position. Inside, then back to outside Jackson and Clark swapped spots before Visage joined in as the white flag waved. When all was said and done, Jackson was able to pull the crossover move out of Turn 4 on Lap 30 to claim second, while Visage slipped by up high to take third.

 

“Once you get two or three guys battling for second, that leader just runs away from us,” Jackson told announcer Rick Eshelman in the DIRTVision post-race interview. “I think if all 30 laps were green, we might’ve had something.”

 

The DIRTcar eSports Chevy Performance Street Stock League action continues next Wednesday night, Jan. 13, with a second visit to the USA International Speedway for Round #7 of the Season 2 campaign. Sign up today at DIRTcar.com/eSports or watch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 00-Mitchell Clark [1]; 2. 8-Tyler Jackson [5]; 3. 82-Paul Visage [3]; 4. 111-Lewis Clark [2]; 5. 54-Larry Barber Jr [7]; 6. 10-Caleb Hudgeons [8]; 7. 026-Sean Stevens [6]; 8. 26-Sage Luther [12]; 9. 93-Steve Miskolczi [16]; 10. 95-Brian Brunscheen [19]; 11. 56-Tyler Schneider [22]; 12. 47-Blaze Benedict [15]; 13. 04-Joshua Dennison [9]; 14. 17-Mike Arnold [20]; 15. 7-Jaxon Steele [17]; 16. 5-Zak Williams [21]; 17. 21-Justin Schroen [11]; 18. 22-Jack Brown [13]; 19. 14-Brandon Minnick [10]; 20. 23-Jason Metoxen [23]; 21. 77-Anthony Corini [18]; 22. 002-Clifford Bellomy [14]; 23. 9-Dalton Peavy [4]; 24. 63-Michael Fellows [24]

 

 

 

FALS WELL THAT ENDS WELL: Cardwell Earns Redemption, Tour Victory with UMP Modifieds at Fairbury

Tucker runner-up for third time in Season 2, retains points lead after lapped-car tangle

 

Dec. 30, 2020 – Just two weeks after suffering a last-place finish in his DIRTcar eSports Tour Season 2 debut, Hayden Cardwell now sings a sweet song of redemption.

 

The iRacing Pro driver from Knoxville, TN, exited the DIRTcar eSports Tour lobby early back on December 16, his Season 2 debut in shambles after starting on the pole of the Big-Block Modified Feature and crashing out less than 10 laps in.

 

But Wednesday night made up for all of that, as he took his Mike McKinney-identical #96m-painted Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modified to Victory Lane at the Fairbury Speedway for the second time in his DIRTcar eSports career, picking up the $250 winner’s check for the first time since July 1 in Season 1.

 

“It means a lot to come out here and pick up a win in something that isn’t a Sprint Car,” Cardwell told announcer Chase Raudman in the DIRTVision post-race interview. “It feels pretty good.”

 

Cardwell began his march to Victory Lane from fourth on the starting grid and had front-row seats to a slide job-fest in the opening laps between polesitters Austin Carr and current Tour points leader Kendal Tucker.

 

Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, eventually won the passing battle and began to open up a gap between he, Carr, Cardwell and 2019 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing World Champion Blake Matjoulis.

 

Cardwell eventually wrestled the runner-up spot away from Carr and set his sights on leader Tucker. He stayed glued to the top side of the virtual quarter-mile and closed the gap on Tucker as the race neared the halfway point. Then, opportunity knocked.

 

The slower lapped car of David Ortiz II had been running right through the middle groove when Tucker reached his rear bumper and dove to the inside in an attempt to make the pass; Cardwell a half-car-length behind. Tucker slid up the track and right into the side of Ortiz, throwing him off-kilter, opening the door for Cardwell to make the pass on the top.

 

“I much rather would have gotten passed straight-up than getting into it with a lapped car right there,” Tucker said of the incident. “[Ortiz] was entering in the middle in no-man’s land and I was trying to slide him, but… he should have gotten out of the way in my opinion, but that’s just racing. That’s just how it goes sometimes.”

 

Cardwell raced into the lead as they crossed the line to complete Lap 17, Tucker a few car-lengths behind. One final restart gave Tucker and Matjoulis behind him a chance to make a move, but both stumbled as the green flag dropped, allowing Cardwell to pull away and bring it back home for his second career DIRTcar eSports Tour victory.

 

“They are probably one of the hardest cars to run on the top, in my opinion,” said Cardwell, an iRacing Sprint Car regular, of piloting the DIRTcar UMP Modified. “In these, it’s kinda tricky because if you barely miss it, you’ll be off the pace. But if you get the right-rear in the wall too much and the front end comes around, you’ll pretty much knock the right front off and can’t drive it anymore.”

 

Despite the earlier tangle with the lapped car, Tucker was able to nurse his beaten Swindell SpeedLab eSports #00 home to his fifth-straight podium finish of Season 2. Bottom-feeding for most of the 40-lap contest, Tucker once tried the high line but couldn’t make it work in order to regain the lead.

 

“I just had too much damage to run up there with them guys. Luckily, I was able to put around that bottom on the slider line in [Turns] 3 and 4 and keep enough speed to keep them guys behind me,” Tucker said.

 

Matjoulis crossed the line in third after a solid outing in only his third appearance with the Tour this season. Coming from fifth, the Ashville, NY-native picked up $100 for his efforts, but was left with much to be desired from his performance.

 

“Hayden would have been hard to get by,” Matjoulis commented on his perceived chances to make a move for the lead. “I couldn’t pass; just couldn’t go anywhere. In [turns] 1 and 2, there were a couple grooves but in 3 and 4, it was so single-lane. It was a bummer, honestly.”

 

The DIRTcar eSports Tour action picks back up next Wednesday night, Jan. 6, with the NOS Energy Drink 305 Sprint Cars at the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, OK. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Summit Racing Equipment Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 07-Hayden Cardwell [4]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [3]; 3. 127-Blake Matjoulis [5]; 4. 331-Dustin Hall [13]; 5. 112-Devon Morgan [2]; 6. 01-Austin Carr [1]; 7. 29-Richie Yost [9]; 8. 44-John Ruggiero Jr. [12]; 9. 1-Jesse Enterkin [6];  10. 12-Alex Bergeron [16]; 11. 787-Cody Zobrist [11]; 12. 8-Matthew Howard [20]; 13. 171-Brandon Freeburg [10]; 14. 41-Matthew Logan [8]; 15. 242-Blake Stieb [19]; 16. 16-Tyler Kruep [14]; 17. 64-Dawson Cook [7]; 18. 19-Seth Smyser [15]; 19. 46-Jonathan Nause [18]; 20. 34-David Ortiz II [17]

 

PEAVY AT THE PORT: First-Time Street Stock Starter Dalton Peavy Wins in Debut at Weedsport

Luther records career-best finish, former winners take DNFs in knock-down, drag-out Feature

 

Pedal to the metal out of Turn 4 as the green flag dropped, down the front-stretch with the rest of the top-five right on him. Dalton Peavy was just three laps away from winning in his debut with the DIRTcar eSports Chevy Performance Street Stock League.

 

He played the final restart perfectly, getting a solid jump on runner-up Sage Luther as the field raced into Turn 1. That turned out to be the winning move, as Peavy went unchallenged back to the finish line to collect the $100 top prize in his first appearance on DIRTVision.

 

“We had a good race, me and [Luther]. I tried my best to get under him and tried to race him clean. Overall, we had a good night,” Peavy told announcer Rick Eshelman after the big win.

 

Luther had led the entire race until just after halfway, when Peavy got a great run to his inside and swiped the spot away as Luther hesitated behind lapped traffic.  

 

“[Peavy] wasn’t making any mistakes and I was getting a little loose through the turns, and I think that was when I let him by,” Luther said.

 

Previous League winners Richie Yost and Lewis Clark felt the full effects of the bump-n-bang-heavy Feature that left several cars crumpled and battered by the end of 30 laps. Each took a DNF as they parked it early after getting into mid-race incidents with accidents happening in front of them.

 

The Chevy Performance Street Stock League action continues next Wednesday night, Jan. 6, with the second of two visits in Season 2 to the Limaland Motorsports Park. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 9-Dalton Peavy [3]; 2. 26-Sage Luther [1]; 3. 93-Steve Miskolczi [4]; 4. 15-Michael Putnam [8]; 5. 48-Grant Parr [7]; 6. 0-Mitchell Clark [12]; 7. 026-Sean Stevens [9]; 8. 002-Clifford Bellomy [11]; 9. 66-Preston Dimsdale [18]; 10. 17-Jack Brown [15]; 11. 7-Jaxon Steele [19]; 12. 23-Jason Metoxen [21]; 13. 28-Ron Snyder [10]; 14. 95-Brian Brunscheen [22]; 15. 5-Zak Williams [16]; 16. 04-Joshua Dennison [13]; 17. 56-Tyler Schneider [17]; 18. 880-Calvin Anderson [6]; 19. 13-Jordan Gage [14]; 20. 77-Anthony Corini [20]; 21. 111-Lewis Clark [5]; 22. 29-Richie Yost [23]; 23. 14-Brandon Minnick [2]

 

 

 

HEILEMANIAC: Turn 4 Slide Job Gives Heileman First Career Tour Victory with 360 Sprints at Knoxville

Bailey denied back-to-back wins after leading late; Tucker notches fourth-straight podium

 

Dec. 23, 2020 – White flag. Bryce Bailey was five turns away from capturing his second-straight DIRTcar eSports Tour victory as he rounded the high side of Turn 4.

 

Slide job. David Heileman had stolen the lead and began to drive away as the field dashed into Turn 1.

 

Checkered flag. Heileman becomes the fourth different Tour winner in four races with the 360 Sprint Cars presented by NOS Energy Drink at Knoxville Raceway.

 

Bailey, of Waverly, NY, gave it all he had in the final corners, but just couldn’t make the bottom work well enough to close the gap Heileman had opened up with the big slider in Turn 4.

 

“I can’t roll the bottom here very well. I knew I had to stick to the top or I was just gonna drop and anchor and go backwards,” Bailey told announcer Rick Eshelman in the DIRTVision post-race interview.

 

But Heileman, of Milwaukee, WI, used up every inch of the bottom lane throughout Wednesday night’s 30-lap Feature event to pick up the $250 paycheck, making the shortest way around the virtual half-mile the best way around right from the drop of the green.

 

Starting from the outside pole, Bailey got the early jump and led the race through the halfway point, surviving a few restarts while the major players made their way to the front. Specifically, iRacing’s two-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car World Champion, Alex Bergeron, who was forced to come from 16th after an incident in his Heat Race put him in a Last Chance race to get him in the show.

 

Bergeron, of Drummondville, QC, had made his way up to fourth and, after a restart on Lap 16, gave race leader Bailey a big challenge for the top spot as they sped down the backstretch. Heileman was right on his heels heading into Turn 3 and looked low to retake second, but got a nose full of rear bumper.

 

Bergeron slipped up after the contact while Heileman moved down even lower, but a wheel hop onto the inside berm sent Heileman back up into Bergeron out of Turn 4, sending him into the outside wall and tangling with other cars on the front stretch. The caution was thrown, and for the second time in one night, Bergeron was headed for pit road.

 

“We came down from the top, had a little more momentum and knocked [Bergeron] off the line a little bit,” Heileman said of the incident. “I thought about back when he jumped the start in the Heat Race, so I saw an open door and took it. That’s just short track racing.”

 

With Bergeron again forced to come from the back, this opened the door for Heileman to put his focus back on Bailey. Which, he did, pulling even with him as they raced side-by-side under five laps to go. He out-muscled Bailey on the low side to grab the lead with just three-to-go before Bailey returned the pass with a little shove out of the groove down low next lap as they entered Turn 1.

 

Then, the big slider from Heileman to force the third lead change of the night. He carried the top spot all the way back around to the checkers for his first career victory with the Tour.

 

“When you’re racing like that, with three to go, especially on the DIRTVision broadcast... it’s kinda like all bets are off. You don’t care about finishing top-three or anything, it’s like we’re either gonna win-it-or-ding it at that point,” Heileman said.

 

As for Bailey’s second-straight podium finish in as many starts, he was obviously not as pleased this time as he was in Victory Lane the week prior. However, he’s a great sport and realizes a silver medal is just a result of the stiff competition.

 

“I just made a couple mistakes there at the end,” Bailey said. “When you’re racing people with this high-caliber field, you can’t really make that big of a mistake.

 

“I jumped the cushion a couple laps in-a-row and couldn’t really get momentum off of [Turn] 2. I knew I was faster in 3 and 4, I just couldn’t really get through 1 and 2 for the last 10 laps.”

 

An unsung hero of the race was Mt. Airy, NC’s Kendal Tucker, who had a mostly quiet night aboard his Swindell SpeedLab eSports #00. He’s now amassed four-straight podium finishes in as many starts and will retain his points lead heading into Week 5 of Tour competition next Wednesday night, Dec. 30, with the UMP Modifieds presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

 

“We were right there at the end. We finally figured out how to run some fast laps there towards the end. I know the two leaders had a little contact that helped us get a little closer there. Who knows, maybe if it was 35 or 40 laps, we would’ve had something for them,” Tucker said.

 

After all he’d been through, Bergeron still was able to make it back up to fourth when the checkered was thrown, which serves as another solid points night for Team ABR.

 

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-David Heileman [3]; 2. 02-Bryce Bailey [2]; 3. 00-Kendal Tucker [4]; 4. 12-Alex Bergeron [16]; 5. 24-Shaun Timmerman [5]; 6. 331-Dustin Hall [13]; 7. 025-Tyler Ducharme [6]; 8. 30-Stevin Goldner [7]; 9. 99-Gregory Lamey [11]; 10. 33-Evan Seay [1]; 11. 25-Richie Preston [8]; 12. 64-Dawson Cook [10]; 13. 1-Jesse Enterkin [18]; 14. 28-Jordan Porier [9]; 15. 3-Cody Hillman [21]; 16. 787-Cody Zobrist [23]; 17. 15-Brett Punkari [17]; 18. 42-John Smith III [15]; 19. 69-Matthew Schelk [24]; 20. 72-Broc Lawrence [22]; 21. 77-Anthony Corini [20]; 22. 17-Billy Richardson [19]; 23. Thomas Brandon [14]; 24. 13-Chris Papa [12]

 

CLARK IN CONTROL: Street Stock Guru Lewis Clark Wins at Volusia, Makes Three Winners in Four Races

Lewis tops Mitchell, Richie Yost Fourth in Return to League Action

 

Just three weeks ago, the Yost brothers of Richie and Zane stood atop the DIRTcar eSports Chevy Performance Street Stock League with podium finishes in the season opener. Now, it’s the Clark family’s turn.

 

Family-duo Lewis and Mitchell Clark, of Victoria, AUS, put on a great display of close-quarters racing skill and full-fendered patience in Wednesday night’s 30-lap Feature event at the virtual Volusia Speedway Park; Lewis earning $100 for his first career win with the League while Mitchell claimed $50 for third-place honors.

 

In short, it was a clean sweep for Lewis. He set the fastest time overall in Qualifying, won his Heat Race and led every lap of the Chevy Performance Feature to become the third different winner in four races in Season 2.

 

Right there with him was Mitchell, who was second-quick in Qualifying and also won his Heat Race. He had to work slightly harder in the Feature to keep his position, losing his podium spot a few times from challengers, but ultimately was able to defend after battling with fourth-place Richie Yost and runner-up Jordan Gage.

 

Gage came from fifth on his way to crossing in second. Try as he may, however, he couldn’t seem to muster up the speed necessary to make the move around the leader. Gage largely ran Lewis’ line in the closing laps, which had him nervous as the laps wound down, but was not enough to get the job done in the end.

 

“At the end, I think Jordan [Gage] was in second and had something for us, so I was a bit worried and didn’t want to check-up, but we held onto it,” Lewis said in the DIRTVision post-race interview.

 

The Chevy Performance Street Stock League action continues next Wednesday night, Dec. 30, with round #5 from the Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 111-Lewis Clark [1]; 2. 13-Jordan Gage [5]; 3. 00-Mitchell Clark [2]; 4. 29-Richie Yost [3]; 5. 48-Grant Parr [8]; 6. 82-Paul Visage [13]; 7. 78-Blake Pryor; 8. 8-Tyler Jackson [8]; 9. 002-Clifford Bellomy [15]; 10. 026-Sean Stevens [9]; 11. 04-Joshua Dennison [12]; 12. 77-Anthony Corini [23]; 13. 56-Tyler Schneider [11]; 14. 93-Kyle Young [14]; 15. 5-Zak Williams [17]; 16. 69-Sage Luther [24]; 17. 95-Brian Brunscheen [22]; 18. 33-Ricky Vinson [20]; 19. 26-Jack Brown [16]; 20. 17-Mike Arnold [10]; 21. 15-Trevor Speed [4]; 22. 7-Jaxon Steele [21]; 23. 11-Sterling Beard [19]; 24. 122-Brian Dickens [18]

 

 

PRO-STOPPER: Bailey Beats Giant Big-Block Field at Weedsport, Ends Pro Winner Reign

Super DIRTcar Series stars shine in Feature, McLaughlin 22nd-to-8th

 

WEEDSPORT, NY – Dec. 16, 2020 – The streak is over. Bryce Bailey has dethroned the iRacing Dirt Pro-license drivers and their 13-race reign over the DIRTcar eSports Tour with a victory in the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds’ debut on the Tour, making a stop to the Weedsport Speedway Wednesday night for race #3 of 8.

 

Not only did he beat iRacing’s very best on dirt, but Bailey also topped five real-life Super DIRTcar Series drivers that came out to take part – DIRTcar OktoberFAST finale winner Max McLaughlin, Jack Lehner, Chris Hile, Mike Mahaney and Demetrius Drellos.

 

Going all the way back to the beginning of Season 1, which kicked off in late April, each and every Tour Feature had been won by an iRacer with the “Pro” license class – a symbol of the driver’s hard work, simulation skill and dedication to bettering themselves and the rest of the motorsports simulation community. Thirteen consecutive events, with eight different winners, all donning the dark-shaded Pro license.

 

None of that seemed to matter to Bailey, a real-life DIRTcar Sportsman Modified driver from Waverly, NY. He never once flinched at the size or depth of the Season 2-high 53-car field, taking the lead on Lap 6 of the 50-lap Bicknell Racing Products Feature and bringing it all the way back home for the $250 victory.

 

“It definitely feels good to win in the cars you drive in real-life,” Bailey told DIRTcar eSports Announcer Chase Raudman in the post-race interview on DIRTVision. “It definitely makes you feel 100 percent better.”

 

And what a first race to win, against, by far, the toughest field the DIRTcar eSports Tour has seen all year long. With nine Pro-license drivers and five full-time Super DIRTcar Series competitors in the virtual field, this roster gave the word “competition” a whole new meaning when the green flag dropped.

 

Polesitter Hayden Cardwell, of Knoxville, TN, sped out to the early lead while Bailey and the rest of the field gave chase in the opening laps. But the former Tour winner only held strong for five laps before making contact with Bailey and some other cars in the top-five, spinning around in Turns 3-4 and bringing out the race’s first caution. Cardwell was sent to the rear in the exchange, and eventually called it quits five laps later, leaving him with a 24th-place finish in his first Season 2 start.

 

Bailey assumed the race lead for the restart and wasted zero time, widening the gap between he and a hungry Alex Bergeron, who hasn’t won a Tour race since late August, and most recent Tour Feature winner Kendal Tucker.

 

Several restarts came into play as the laps clicked off, but Bailey had the ice in his veins, surrendering the lead for only a mere corner after Tucker got a big run to his inside out of Turn 2 on Lap 38. Tucker slid way up high in Turns 3-4, allowing Bailey the lane to sneak back by out of Turn 4 and reclaim the lead.

 

“Kendal did what he had to do, I can’t diss it,” Bailey said. “I would have done the same thing. I missed the bottom and he just took it.”

 

That was Bailey’s only blemish the entire race. Even one final restart inside the final 10 laps couldn’t shake the young gun’s confidence, and he drove it all the way back home to seal it as the first non-Pro iRacer to win a DIRTcar eSports Tour event.

 

“The field was absolutely stacked. I’m not gonna lie, I was kinda peeing myself on the last restart, trying to keep my cool. I knew who I had behind me and I knew I had to get a good gap. I knew they were gonna be aggressive if they had a chance to win it at the end of the race,” Bailey said.

 

Max McLaughlin led the Super DIRTcar Series driver field to the stripe with an eighth-place finish after winning Last Chance Showdown #1 earlier in the night. He started 22nd on the grid, right beside each of the other three SDS regulars in the Feature. Mike Mahaney came from 21st to finish 13th; Jack Lehner went 23rd-to-18th; Chris Hile finished 21st after a shotgun start on the grid.

 

The DIRTcar eSports Tour next takes the 360 Sprint Car division to The Sprint Car Capital of the World, Knoxville Raceway, next Wednesday night (Dec. 23) for a 30-lap, $250-to-win showdown presented by NOS Energy Drink. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Bicknell Racing Products Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 002-Bryce Bailey [4]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [5]; 3. 80-Dylan Wilson [7]; 4. 02-Dylan Houser [11]; 5. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 6. 112-Devon Morgan [6]; 7. 33-Evan Seay [2]; 8. 32-Max McLaughlin [22]; 9. 10-Jesse Enterkin [15]; 10. 000-Kevin Dedmon [8]; 11. 3-William Racine [9]; 12. 171-Brandon Freeburg [19]; 13. 35-Mike Mahaney [21]; 14. 33-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [10]; 15. 97-Bobby Hackel [17]; 16. 85-Hunter Heck [20]; 17. 41-Matthew Logan [18]; 18. 2-Jack Lehner [23]; 19. 21-Devin Willis [13]; 20. 787-Cody Zobrist [14]; 21. 5-Chris Hile [24]; 22. 01-Shane James [16]; 23. 127-Blake Matjoulis [12]; 24. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]

 

TWOFER TYLER: Jackson Goes Back-to-Back with Chevy Performance Street Stocks at Limaland

Parr with back-to-back podiums, Jackson first two-time winner

 

LIMA, OH – Three races into the Chevy Performance Street Stock League as part of DIRTcar eSports Season 2 and Tyler Jackson has found himself right at home as the League’s first two-time winner.

 

Originally scheduled to start fifth, Jackson took off from the third spot on the grid after Chris Meyers was unable to make the call for the Feature, sliding the entire inside row up one spot. He dove into the first corner with no fear on the low side and snatched up the lead before the field even got into Turn 3. Put simply, this was the beginning of the end for his competition.

 

Even with the single restart early in the show, allowing those behind him another crack at a pass for the lead, Jackson held strong. Most notably, Jackson was able to avoid a lapped car that spun directly in front of him with just two laps remaining to help seal the victory.

 

“I was trying to figure out if I’d be better off getting a caution and having them bunch back up on me or just try and wiggle my way through some of those lapped guys,” Jackson told Street Stock League Announcer Rick Eshelman in the post-race interview on DIRTVision. “There were two-or-three really close calls of that; I jammed-up on the brakes.”

 

Grant Parr crossed the stripe in second after a solid run in the top-five all night. He passed for second in the latter half of the race and led a charge to Jackson’s rear bumper, but just flat-out ran out of time. After a third-place finish last week, Parr’s got the momentum he’ll be carrying into Volusia Speedway Park in one week’s time.

 

“I noticed I was catching [Jackson], and was hoping maybe a lapped car would mess him up and give us a chance or a caution,” Parr said. “It didn’t happen tonight, but we had another good run.”

 

The DIRTcar eSports Chevy Performance Street Stock League action continues next Wednesday night, Dec. 23, with a visit to the Volusia Speedway Park. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!

 

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 8-Tyler Jackson [5]; 2. 48-Grant Parr [7]; 3. 003-Thorne Zimmerman  [4]; 4. 45-Dane Loyd [1]; 5. 15-Michael Putnam [8]; 6. 880-Calvin Anderson [6]; 7. 2-Bradley Weaver [9]; 8. 66-Preston Dimsdale [15]; 9. 111-Lewis Clark [2]; 10. 10-Caleb Hudgeons [22]; 11. 26-Jack Brown [20]; 12. 04-Joshua Dennison [16]; 13. 69-Sage Luther [10]; 14. 7-Jaxon Steele [17]; 15. 47-Blaze Benedict [24]; 16. 7-Marko Mitchell [11]; 17. 29-Zak Williams [18]; 18. 78-Blake Pryor [12]; 19. 74-Garrett Updike [14]; 20. 77-Anthony Corini [21]; 21. 54-Cory McKay [19]; 22. 02-Bradley Steinruck [23]; 23. 122-Brian Dickens [13]; 24. 7-Chris Meyers [3]

 

 

 

 

PRO POWER: Tucker Wins Second Career Tour Pro Late Model Race at Charlotte

North Carolinian scores second career eSports Tour victory, again in Pro Late Models

 

CONCORD, NC – Dec. 9, 2020 – If there’s one area of iRacing Dirt that Kendal Tucker really excels in on the DIRTcar eSports Tour, it’s surely with the Pro Late Models.

 

Holding off fellow iRacing Pros Dylan Houser and Evan Seay in the final laps, Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, scored his second career DIRTcar eSports Tour victory Wednesday night with the Drydene Pro Late Models at The Dirt Track at Charlotte after leading all but one lap en route to his $250 victory.

 

His previous Pro Late Model finishes with the Tour are impressive; three starts in three races and three podium finishes with a lone victory. Tucker experienced bad luck several times over the course of the Season 1 schedule, racking up a few “so close” moments that left him hungry for another trip to Victory Lane.

 

But to do it, he had to defend the top spot from one driver in particular, on a mission to finally put his name in the win column after several starts – Dylan Houser.

 

Tucker grabbed the lead from polesitter and Cometic Gasket Quick Time Award winner Sheldon Oberle on Lap 2 and rode the high line for the opening laps, until a caution came out with five laps complete. Tucker and his Swindell SpeedLab #00 then chose the bottom lane for the restart, and never strayed from it all race long.

 

“Probably one of the hardest things to do on here, in my opinion, is to stick that bottom,” Tucker told Tour announcer Chase Raudman after the race on the DIRTVision. “There’s a lot of guys that can go up there and bounce it off the fence, have their right-rear off the wall and pick up some speed. I’m just not one of those guys that can make it work. I’m more of a finesse-type of guy. I like to put the car in the middle-bottom area.”

 

With a 40-lap distance, the rest of the field behind Tucker had plenty of chances to make up the ground. Houser, of Ocala, FL, applied the pressure all race long from two grooves higher than Tucker, scraping his car right off the wall each lap, but could not reel the leader in. He made one final scramble for the lead on the final lap in Turns 3-4, rim-riding the cushion in search of a quick burst of speed, but came up just one spot short.  

 

“I thought I was going to get [Tucker]; With about five-to-go, I threw everything out the window,” Houser said of his last-lap mentality. “Just started entering on the fence and threw it wide-open. I was closing in on it, just ran out of laps on that one.”

 

Two lanes to choose from on Charlotte’s dirt surface made for some spectacular inside-outside racing, and Houser chose the more grueling of the two, in search of the momentum to carry him through the turns.

 

“It was really, really crazy up there,” Houser said. “I wasn’t going to go down there and run the bottom; I’m not one to get down there and run by the yuke tires, so I went up [high] and scraped every bit of paint that was on that wall off.”

 

Rounding out the podium was inaugural Tour Feature winner Evan Seay. Largely a top-five car for most the race, Seay, of Chesnee, SC, said the stipulation of the fixed car setup makes it challenging to overcome large deficits, and thus he was unable to catch the leaders in the end.

 

“Kendal, [Dylan] Houser, these guys are all Pro [iRacing license] guys, they’re fast and they don’t make a whole lot of mistakes,” Seay said. “It’s just very difficult to make that much ground up, even though it wasn’t a whole lot. But I’m still happy with third-place; did better than I thought I was going to do.”

 

The DIRTcar eSports Tour action continues next Wednesday night, Dec. 16, when the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds make their long-awaited debut on the Tour schedule at Weedsport Speedway. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision, or sign up to compete at DIRTcar.com/eSports.

 

Drydene Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 00-Kendal Tucker [3]; 2. 2-Dylan Houser [2]; 3. 33-Evan Seay [4]; 4. 033-Richard Murtaugh Jr. [13]; 5. 13-Ryder Cantillo [6]; 6. 12-Alex Bergeron [12]; 7. 112-Devon Morgan [9]; 8. 3-Carden Cochran [8]; 9. 157-Drew Hopkins [17]; 10. 10-Jesse Enterkin [11]; 11. 171-Brandon Freeburg [14]; 12. 787-Cody Zobrist [19]; 13. 000-Kevin Dedmon [20]; 14. 1-Austin Carr [7]; 15. 77-Robert Fletcher [15]; 16. 41-Matthew Logan [24]; 17. 22-James Miller [5]; 18. 30-Maxime Plante [21]; 19. 101-Brent Evans [10]; 20. 85-Hunter Heck [16]; 21. 98-Michael Canady [22]; 22. 105-Sheldon Oberle [1]; 23. 71-Keven HÈbert [23]; 24. 8-Tyler Jackson [18]

 

MARATHON MAN: Jackson Holds Off Yost in Demanding Street Stock Feature at USA Int’l

Relentless pressure, numerous restarts couldn’t shake Illinoisan’s concentration

 

LAKELAND, FL – He may have been beat by Yost & Co. last week, but Tyler Jackson was not going to be denied in week #2.

 

Jackson, of Rockford, IL, hung tough in Wednesday night’s Chevy Performance Street Stock League Feature, going 30 long laps around the virtual 3/4-mile of USA International Speedway. A plethora of caution flags scattered throughout the race made it seem marathon-like, but the race was completed under green in the waning seconds of the time limit.

 

Numerous restarts were required of Jackson to pick up the checkers, and not a single one of them was easy, as previous Feature winner Richie Yost was all over his rear bumper for the duration of the race.

 

“These restarts here with these long straightaways, they’re tough,” Jackson told League announcer Chase Raudman on the DIRTVision broadcast. “You almost have to do a bit of mirror driving here with the run they can get off the top [groove] on you.”

 

Despite the challenges in his rearview, Jackson found a way to keep composed, leading every lap for the $100 victory – the first of his DIRTcar eSports career.

 

Last week’s winner at Lanier, Richie Yost, of Griffith, IN, put pressure on Jackson the entire distance but could not find a way to make a move for the lead. He gave it everything he had in the final laps and was still satisfied with a runner-up finish.

 

“At a big track like this, it’s easy to mess-up,” Yost noted. “At the end, I had to go for hero or zero… I had to try to do something.”

 

Grant Parr, a newcomer to DIRTcar eSports, brought it home in third to wrap-up a very solid League debut. Coming from seventh on the starting grid, Parr battled it out with Richie Yost’s brother Zane for much of the race and came out on top for a $50 prize check.

 

“On one of the restarts, I got shuffled up high and was able to make it work, came up through the field and ended up with a solid top-three,” Parr said.

 

The Chevy Performance Street Stock League action continues next Wednesday night, Dec. 16, from the Limaland Motorsports Park – don’t miss a moment of the action LIVE on DIRTVision! Head to DIRTcar.com/eSports to register for an event today.

 

Chevy Performance Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 8-Tyler Jackson [1]; 2. 29-Richie Yost [4]; 3. 48-Grant Parr [7]; 4. 03-Brandon Steele [10]; 5. 93-Zane Yost [2]; 6. 2-Jesse Wall [13]; 7. 18-Kyle Sirratt [3]; 8. 07-Chris Meyers [6]; 9. 66-Preston Dimsdale [5]; 10. 17-Mike Arnold [19]; 11. 95-Brian Brunscheen [9]; 12. 02-Bradley Steinruck [14]; 13. 77-Anthony Corini [20]; 14. 24-Tyler Fister [15]; 15. 52-Marty Czekala [18]; 16. 002-Clifford Bellomy [12]; 17. 15-Brian Walker [11]; 18. 10-Caleb Hudgeons [8]; DQ 7-Jaxon Steele [17]; DQ 127-Mikey Wilson [16]

 

358 HUNTER: Williamson Raced Across Ontario, Quebec, and New York for DIRTcar 358 Hoosier Championship

Mat Williamson topped the DIRTcar 358 Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship in 2020 

ST. CATHARINES, ON - Race fans love to spend time debating who the best of the best drivers are. Over the last few years, another name has emerged alongside Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Brett Hearn, and others; Mat Williamson, the Canadian star from St. Catharines, Ontario, won the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series championship plus crown jewel after crown jewel. 

It wasn’t easy for Williamson to maintain his streak of excellence this season but thanks to support from Hoosier Racing Tires, he was able to chase down DIRTcar 358 Modified races for a chance to win the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship for 358s. 

“When we started the year and we knew the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship was still going to go on it gave us the motivation to travel more,” said Williamson of his 2020 plan. “The whole championship is a great incentive to travel down the 401 (east to west highway across Ontario, Canada) and get these races in.”

After accumulating nine wins, 14 top fives, and 17 top tens in 20 DIRTcar 358 Modified starts, Mat Williamson won his first Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship (formerly Mr. DIRTcar). All of his wins came at Canadian tracks including Humberstone, Cornwall, Merrittville, Brockville, and Autodrome Granby and he collected $3,000 for his efforts. 

“There were a lot of cool races that we went to this year that we wouldn’t normally have had the chance to go to. We went to Cornwall quite a bit. Raymond and everyone at Cornwall are some of the best people in racing,” said Williamson. 

Autodrome Granby is an exciting ½  mile speedway in Quebec, Canada. It poses a unique challenge for those who do not frequent the track but Mat Williamson showed it can be done. 

“We also went to Granby in Quebec twice which isn’t something we normally do unless it’s a Super DIRTcar Series race. It was cool to get our first win in Quebec,” Williamson said. “It’s probably a little too much race track for the 358 motors. You almost feel like you are running a Sportsman at Canandaigua. It’s definitely a Big Block track.”

Unfortunately, Williamson and his team did not fare as well racing in the United States. The No. 6 machine made starts at Can-Am Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway, and Thunder Mountain Speedway during the summer.

The bizarre circumstances of 2020 actually made starting races in Canada more enticing for Williamson. 

“What we figured out this year is that the Canadian tracks didn’t handicap their Heat Races because they didn’t race enough to have points and handicapping,” Williamson noted. “When we went to Thunder Mountain and Can-Am we’d ended up starting deep in the field. If it’s a 100-lapper you might not mind starting back there but in a 30-lap Feature starting 18th at Thunder Mountain, you have a real uphill climb.”

In October, DIRTcar scheduled three DIRTcar 358 Modified Series races to take place at Utica-Rome Speedway, Can-Am Speedway, and Fulton Speedway. Williamson and his team were ready for the challenge but unfortunately, mechanical gremlins under the hood kept the front-runner down. They pulled down a tenth-place finish at Can-Am Speedway and fourteenth at Fulton Speedway.

Williamson recapped his OktoberFAST: “We struggled with a carburetor fumble both nights. We went to Can-Am where we drew poorly and couldn’t pass. We were looking forward to Utica but that got rained out and then at Fulton we started in the back and got into some stuff, spun out doing a 360, and still headed up charging up quite a few spots even still fighting the carburetor.”

With the DIRTcar 358 Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship under his belt, Williamson is looking forward to working at the Bicknell Racing Products shop, spending time with family, and enjoying the great Canadian outdoors. 

“Right now at Bicknell Racing Products, I am putting a car together for Jeff Behrent that we will hopefully run in Florida if the border opens back up. I work here as much as I possibly can. It’s my family’s business and anything I can do to help out when I am not racing I try my hardest”, Willamson said of his workday. But even when it’s pure fun, Williamson is all about speed.

“When I am not here I am snowmobiling. My girlfriend’s parents live up in Barry’s Bay and the snowmobiling is great around there, We do that and go ice fishing and just spending time in northern Ontario the way you should.”

Next year the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship will go on unchanged for all four DIRTcar Northeast divisions. Be sure to subscribe to the weekly newsletter and check out the Hoosier update every week on DIRTcar.com. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Rain showers force cancellation of night two of the Sunshine Nationals
Late Models will continue to thrill in Florida Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park
 

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 15, 2021 – Persistent rain showers creating saturated grounds at Volusia Speedway Park have forced World of Outlaws, DIRTcar and track officials to cancel Friday’s event at the speedway. It will not be made up.

Those who purchased a ticket in advance to Friday’s event at Volusia will receive a face-value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, CLICK HERE to be taken to the refund request page.

You have the option to exchange your Friday only ticket for a Saturday only ticket and your Friday only pit pass for a Saturday only pit pass at the Speedway gate on Saturday.

If you purchased a three-day pit pass, Friday only pit pass, or a Friday only ticket, you’ll need to mail your wrist band or ticket back to the office at 7575 West Winds Blvd. Concord, NC 28027. You must include all wrist bands and/or tickets and a return mailing address.

Fans can look forward to the Sunshine Nationals finale at Volusia Saturday, Jan. 16, starting at 5pm(ET), featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, DIRTcar Late Models, 602 Late Models and Florida Late Models. There will be big money on the line with Super Late Models running for $10,000-to-win and Florida Late Model's going for $3,000-to-win.

For the latest on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and DIRTcar, make sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Also at www.WorldofOutlaws.com and DIRTcar.com.

 

Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company to sponsor World of Outlaws Quick Time Award in 2021
Nearly $15,000 in total will be awarded to Quick Time Award winners between the Sprint Car and Late Model series 
 

CONCORD, NC – Jan. 12, 2021 – After a successful debut with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in 2020, Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company is stepping up its involvement with World of Outlaws in 2021.

Slick Woody’s will sponsor the Quick Time Award for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series next year, awarding $100 to every driver that sets the fastest lap in Qualifying.

With more than 90 races on the Sprint Car tour in 2021 and nearly 60 races planned for the Late Models, Slick Woody’s will be handing out about $15,000 between the two Series in Quick Time Awards.

At the end of the season, the driver who accumulates the most Quick Time Awards in the Sprint Car and Late Model series will receive $3,000 from Slick Woody’s, as well.

“We’re excited to continue and grow our partnership with the World of Outlaws in 2021,” Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company President Danny Evans said. “We had a great experience with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this year and were overwhelmed by the fan support. With tailgating being such a key prerace activity at every World of Outlaws event, we know this will be a great partnership.”

The company, which sells an array of top-of-the-line tailgating items, such as cornhole boards, games, coolers, Adirondack chairs and more, will also be recognized as the official tailgate partner of the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar.

The first Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time Award of the year will be handed out this weekend when the World of Outlaws Late Models kicks off its 2021 season Jan. 14-16 during the Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

For more on Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company, go to SlickWoodys.com.

For the latest news and updates on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, follow the Series on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and you can also follow the World of Outlaws Late Models on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

DIRTVision Launches Platinum FAST PASS Annual Subscription
Knoxville Nationals, World of Outlaws events, DIRTcar Summer Nationals and more included
CONCORD, NC – Jan. 12, 2021 – DIRTVision is excited to present race fans with the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription, which includes the Knoxville Nationals and a plethora of live World of Outlaws and DIRTcar events.

For an annual price of just $299, fans will be able to access all World of Outlaws events – both Sprint Cars and Late Models – along with all Super DIRTcar Series events, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified Nationals tours, the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, weekly racing from Knoxville Raceway, Williams Grove Speedway and Attica Raceway Park, along with the biggest Sprint Car events in Australia.

With the Platinum FAST PASS exclusively, fans will be able to access the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway live as part of the package.

“DIRTVision is thrilled to offer fans an annual plan that brings them the best dirt racing in the country year-round,” said Jim Chiappelli, DIRTVision general manager. “We’re continuing to enhance fans’ viewing experience in all areas this year, from the production side to fan engagement, and the annual subscription is one of many new and exciting ventures they can expect to see from DIRTVision in 2021.”

Fans will also see the continuation and growth of popular features, such as mesmerizing drone footage and in-depth coverage from pit reporters, which viewers will see on a full-time basis in 2021 for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series.

You can view the upcoming DIRTVision schedule and sign up for the new Platinum FAST PASS annual subscription now at DIRTVision.com.

 
 

WORLD OF OUTLAWS, DIRTcar INVADE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN APRIL 2021
World of Outlaws Bristol Bash featuring the Late Models and UMP Modifieds will be held April 8-10 and the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown showcasing the famed Sprint Cars and Big Blocks will be held April 22-24

CONCORD, NC — Dec. 22, 2020 — Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt track will get pushed to its limits in April 2021 when the World of Outlaws returns to unleash its high-horsepower Sprint Cars and Late Models on the famed high banks of The Last Great Colosseum for the first time in nearly two decades.

Thunder Valley will host both World of Outlaws national touring series on two separate weekends during the busy month. On April 8-10, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will headline the action in the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash, accompanied by the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. The spectacular World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, long identified as “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” will return to Bristol for the first time since 2001 on the weekend of April 22-24 for the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, joined by the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds.

“We’re thrilled to again partner with Bristol Motor Speedway to provide four exciting nights of racing with the best Sprint Car, Late Model, Big Block Modified and UMP Modified drivers in the world,” DIRTcar and World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The Bristol World of Outlaws events from the early 2000s have remained fan favorites to this day and we’re sure fans will once again be enthralled with what each series will have to offer around Thunder Valley in 2021.”

The two races will end two months of historic dirt racing action at BMS, which also is hosting the inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals March 15-20, and the much-anticipated NASCAR Dirt Racing weekend, March 27-28, which will showcase the Food City Dirt Race in the Cup Series and the Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race for the Camping World Truck Series. The Food City Dirt Race will mark the first time NASCAR Cup Series stock cars will race on a dirt surface in more than 50 years.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars competed at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2000 and 2001, with three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell scoring trophies and large paychecks in both events. The return of the ultra-popular motorsports series is one of the signature events that BMS is providing to its fans to amplify the celebration of its milestone 60th anniversary.

“It’s simply been too long since Bristol Motor Speedway has featured the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway. “It’s the perfect time for their return during our 60th anniversary celebration in 2021, and we can’t wait for the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown and the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash to hit the dirt high banks at Thunder Valley in April. Both weekends of racing are going to be thrilling and certainly something no true dirt racing fan is going to want to miss.”

New Berlin, IL’s Brandon Sheppard dominated the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2020, winning 14 times en route to his third series crown. Other stars of the series include Ricky Weiss, Cade Dillard, Darrell Lanigan and a pair of Tennessee favorites, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg and Jimmy Owens of Newport. Two-time defending champion Brad Sweet leads the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. The Grass Valley, CA native has piloted his popular #49 Kasey Kahne Racing machine to 58 career victories, including 24 wins in the last two seasons. Sweet’s main rival is one of the most successful World of Outlaws champions in history, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND, who has amassed 10 championship titles and 299 World of Outlaws victories in his storied career – including a win at BMS in 2001. Other drivers to watch in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series include Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild and 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel. NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Larson raced to 12 victories on the circuit last season.

During the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash, practice sessions will be held on Thursday, April 8. Friday and Saturday will feature full racing programs each night consisting of Hot Laps, Qualifying, Heat Races and Last Chance Showdowns, and followed by Feature races for both the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Late Models. A 40-lap Feature race will be held Friday night for the World of Outlaws Late Models with a $10,000 prize to the winner, followed by a 20-lap Feature for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds with a $5,000 payout to the winner. The racing action on Saturday, April 10, will be headlined by a 40-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Feature with $25,000 to the winner, and a 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified Feature with a $10,000 prize to the winner.

During the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, the ultra-fast World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will have practice sessions on Thursday, April 22. Friday and Saturday will feature full racing programs each night consisting of Hot Laps, Qualifying, Heat Races and Last Chance Showdowns, and followed by Feature races for both the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.  A 25-lap Feature race with a $10,000 prize to the winner will be held Friday night for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, followed by a 40-lap main feature with a $10,000 payout to the winner for the Super DIRTcar Series. The racing action on Saturday, April 24, will be headlined by a 25-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Feature with a $25,000 payout to the winner, and a 40-lap Super DIRTcar Series Feature with a $10,000 prize going to the winner.

Founded in 1961, Bristol Motor Speedway is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021 and has many exciting things planned during the year to reflect on the great moments that have made the multi-use sports and entertainment destination one of the very best for creating wow moments and cherished memories for fans. Home to epic NASCAR races and other major motorsports events, as well as NFL and college football games, a wide variety of music concerts and other captivating events, Bristol Motor Speedway has shined in the spotlight on many occasions throughout the past six decades.

To make the event as safe as possible for all attendees, BMS is instituting procedures to reduce contact and crowd density as guests and competitors purchase tickets, enter the grounds, enjoy the event and depart the facility. Face coverings will be a required accessory in high-traffic areas inside and outside the stadium for all guests who attend. The “Mask Up” campaign is part of an important initiative by Bristol Motor Speedway that strongly encourages the public to wear face coverings, not only when they are visiting the Speedway, but also when they are out in the surrounding communities as well, and to follow all of the necessary protocols and guidelines to do their part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Spectator tickets for both events will go on sale on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Ticket prices for both World of Outlaws weekends of racing at BMS include: $30 Thursday; $40 Friday and Saturday; $80 weekend; an upgrade ticket for pit access is $15.  Pit passes are $35 for Thursday; $45 on Friday and Saturday and a $90 weekend pit pass. Kids (6-12) tickets are $5 for each day and $10 for the weekend combo ticket. Kids 5 and under are free. Kids (6-12) pit passes are $25 and the kids (6-12) combo pass is $40. Kids 5 and under pit passes are free. For additional Bristol Motor Speedway ticket information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

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2021 Super DIRTcar Series schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Friday, Feb. 12 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals

Saturday, Feb. 13 - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL - DIRTcar Nationals 

Saturday, April 10 - Can-Am Speedway, La Fargville, NY  - $7,500-to-win Thunder in the 1,000 Islands

Friday, April 23 - Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN - $10,000-to-win Bristol Throwdown

Saturday, April 24 - Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol, TN - $10,000-to-win Bristol Throwdown

Tuesday, May 4 - Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesbro, NJ - $10,000-to-win King of the Big Blocks

Sunday, May 30 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $7,500-to-win Heroes Remembered 100

Monday, May 31 - Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY - $13,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track

Tuesday, June 22 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY - $7,500-to-win

Sunday, June 27 - Cornwall Motor Speedway, Cornwall, ON - $7,500-to-win

Monday, June 28 - Le RPM Speedway, St. Marcel, QC - $7,500-to-win

Thursday, July 1 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $7,500-to-win Liberty 100

Monday, July 5 - Ohsweken Speedway, Ohsweken, ON - $10,000-to-win 25th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 6 - Ransomville Speedway, Ransomville, NY - $7,500-to-win

Monday, July 19 - Autodrome Granby, Granby, QC - $7,500-to-win

Tuesday, July 20 - Autodrome Drummond, Drummondville QC - $7,500-to-win

Sunday, July 25 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $10,000-to-win Hall of Fame Weekend

Wednesday, July 28 - TBD

Thursday, July 29 - Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY - $10,000-to-win Battle of the Midway

Tuesday, Aug. 3 - Thunder Mountain Speedway, Center Isle, NY - $7,500-to-win

Wednesday, Aug. 4 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $7,500-to-win

Saturday, Sept. 4 - Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon, NY - $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA

Saturday, Sept. 11 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $7,500-to-win Cavalcade Weekend

Sunday, Sept. 12 - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY - $10,000-to-win Cavalcade Weekend

Saturday, Sept. 18 - Land of Legends Raceway, Canandaigua, NY - $10,000-plus-to-win Gerald Haers Memorial

Saturday, Sept. 25 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Malta, NY - $10,000-to-win Massive Malta Weekend

Sunday, Oct. 10 - Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY - $50,000-to-win Billy Whittaker Cars 200

Thursday, Nov. 4 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can- Am World Finals

Thursday, Nov. 5 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can-Am World Finals

Thursday, Nov. 6 - The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, NC - Can-AmWorld Finals

 

 
 
 
 
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