DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park -- Barberville, FL
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Event Info
Volusia Speedway Park
Thursday
11
Feb

Winner: Max Mclaughlin
2nd: Billy Decker
3rd: Michael Maresca
DIRTcar Nationals
February 2, 2021 to February 13, 2021
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 32130 

 http://volusiaspeedwaypark.com/

Watch on DIRTVision
 https://www.dirtvision.tv/super-dirtcar-series/season:2021/videos/dirtcar-nationals-volusia-speedway-park-5

Event Description
The biggest event in DIRTcar racing kicks off the season at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile!

Series
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Event Schedule
10:00 a.m. — Pit gates open
11:00 a.m. — Transporter parking
1:00 p.m. — Pit Pass sales begin (noon on Feb. 2 & 8, 10am on Feb 7) & Will Call opens
3:00 p.m. — Pit areas secured, credentials & Pit Passes required
5:00 p.m. — Grandstand gates open & Fan Pit Pass booth opens in Midway
5:15 p.m. — Hot Laps followed by Qualifying
6:50 p.m. — Opening Ceremonies
7:00 p.m. — Racing

SUNDAY FEB 7 TIMES HAVE MOVED UP SO THAT FANS CAN WATCH THE SUPER BOWL:

7:00 a.m. — Pit gates open & transporter parking resumes
10:00 a.m. — Pit Pass sales begin & Will Call opens
10:45 a.m. — Pit areas secured, credentials & Pit Passes required
1:00 p.m. — Grandstand gates open & Fan Pit Pass booth opens in Midway
2:00 p.m. — Hot Laps followed by Qualifying
3:00 p.m. — Opening Ceremonies, followed by Racing


*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag
#FLinFeb

Sponsors
Penske Racing Shocks, DIRTVision, West Volusia, Whelen, Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), COMP Cams, Racing Electronics, Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum), Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Chevy Performance Parts, Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux, Cometic Gasket, KSE Racing Products, Bicknell Racing Products, Reliable Painting, DART, NOS Energy (Official Energy Product), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), ASI Race Wear, ARP Automotive Racing Products, Morton Buildings (Official Building), E-Z-GO Golf Carts (Official Golf Cart), Fox Shox, Intercomp, Integra Shocks, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Quarter Master, FireAde, SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider)

To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Reserved Seating
Reserved seating offers the best and highest seats in the house.

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
stadium seats are allowed as long as they don't conflict with the aisle behind you.

Handicapped Seating
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Handicapped Parking
there are many handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Personal Coolers
Six-pack maximum cooler size. No alcohol. No glass.

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$25 a day for dry camping, $50 for hook-up, $75 for electric/water/sewer

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Race Recap: HALF-SECOND HERO: McLaughlin Edges Decker for First Career DIRTcar Nationals Win

BARBERVILLE, FL – Max McLaughlin raced home to his second Super DIRTcar Series win and his first trip to Volusia Speedway Park’s confetti-filled Victory Lane on Thursday night during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals.

The 20-year-old pilot of the #32C Sweetener’s Plus Big Block Modified was just barely able to box out future Hall of Famer Billy Decker in a wild finish where the two swapped lines on the track trying to block and slide each other at the same time. Hard charger Michael Maresca in the #7MM car cruised from 19th to third in an amazing run through the field.

After a lengthy rain delay, drama built quickly in the 30-lap Feature as McLaughlin made contact with seven-time Series champion Matt Sheppard on the first lap, sending Sheppard’s #9S up the race track and into Peter Britten’s #21A. Sheppard made his displeasure with McLaughlin known during the caution flag, but was able to recover for a fifth-place finish. 

“I got into the water there on lap one,” said McLaughlin, of Mooresville, NC. “It was a bonehead move, I guess. They checked up and he [Matt Sheppard] started pushing and I figured I’d go right below him. The left front hit the water and pushed up and I got into Matt. I hate that. That’s kind of what I was thinking about the whole race.”

When the race returned to green flag action, McLaughlin had to contend with some heavy hitters. “Mad Max” found a way around defending Series champion Mat Williamson as well as “The Baldwinsville Bandit” Jimmy Phelps, who started on the outside pole. 

However, once McLaughlin took the lead on Lap 15 there was no time to relax. Decker had his Gypsum Wholesalers #91 at full song around the top side of the speedway in pursuit during the closing stages.

“I didn’t really know where he was but I knew he was coming around the top,” McLaughlin said. “I knew I had to change something and I saw the [signal] sticks get smaller and smaller. I had to do something different.”

With an adjustment of his line, McLaughlin was able to hold Decker’s crimson #91 at bay. 

Decker did all he could to try and pass for the lead.

“We had to go where he wasn’t,” said Decker,  of Unadilla, NY. “I think we were as good as he was on the bottom, but he fired a little better on the restarts than we did. After a few laps, I think we got it rolling so it was one of those deals where he had to stick to his lane. I started hazing the outside and closing the gap. He obviously got the signal from the infield to move. If he didn’t, he was going to finish where I did. He had to move and I didn’t get him soon enough.”

Decker will look to improve just one more position tomorrow night for a coveted 50th Anniversary DIRTcar Nationals win.

Michael Maresca, from Pierrepont, NY, advanced 16 positions to capture his second consecutive third-place finish. The #7MM started the night behind the eight-ball.

“We buried ourselves in a hole in qualifying,” Maresca said. “We had a really good car all night. I think with it being a little bit wetter, I think it threw me off on my gear selection. We were able to capitalize on good restarts.”

A fast, widening race track gave him what he needed to work through two-thirds of the field in 30 laps. Unfortunately, for the pilot of the St. Lawrence Radiology Big Block Modified, Decker and McLaughlin were just a click faster. 

“Congrats to Max and Billy,” Maresca said. “I couldn’t keep up with them. I think I was just a little bit under-geared for that. But I know our car is good so we are just going to keep trucking and hopefully contend for a win tomorrow.”

Catch all the action in person or on DIRTVision on Friday, February 12 at Volusia Speedway Park as the Super DIRTcar Series take on The World’s Fastest Half-Mile for the fourth night in a row alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models. 

Keep up with the Super DIRTcar Series at SuperDIRTcarSeries.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Full results available here

Feature (30 Laps) — 1. 32C-Max McLaughlin [5][$4,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [11][$2,000]; 3. 7MM-Michael Maresca [19][$1,000]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson [4][$800]; 5. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$700]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [15][$650]; 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [2][$600]; 8. 23-Kyle Coffey [21][$550]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten [6][$500]; 10. 1D-Tyler Dippel [10][$450]; 11. 8-Rich Scagliotta [14][$400]; 12. 7F-Tim Fuller [12][$375]; 13. 4-Billy VanInwegen [23][$350]; 14. 16X-Dan Creeden [26][$325]; 15. 118-Jim Britt [9][$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [13][$300]; 17. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [25][$300]; 18. 1-Darwin Greene [22][$300]; 19. 20-Brett Hearn [16][$300]; 20. 14-CG Morey [29][$300]; 21. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski [17][$300]; 22. 30-Ryan Godown [8][$300]; 23. 6-Matt Stangle [1][$300]; 24. 2-Jack Lehner [7][$300]; 25. 33T-Cass Bennett [27][$300]; 26. 01W-Justin Wright [24][$300]; 27. 17-Rob Pitcher [20][$300]; 28. B52-Brandon Hightower [28][$300]; 29. 26-Derrick McGrew [18][$300]. Hard Charger Award: 7MM-Michael Maresca[+16].

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Race Results: 2/11/2021 Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FL – Max McLaughlin brought home his second career Super DIRTcar Series win and first trip to Volusia Speedway Park’s confetti-filled Victory Lane. The 20-year-old pilot of the #32C Sweetener’s Plus Big Block Modified was just barely able to box out future Hall of Fame driver from Unadilla, NY Billy Decker from seizing the win. Hard charger Michael Maresca in the #7MM car cruised from 19th to third in an amazing run through the field to the podium.

Feature (30 Laps)
1. 32C-Max McLaughlin [5][$4,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [11][$2,000]; 3. 7MM-Michael Maresca [19][$1,000]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson [4][$800]; 5. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$700]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [15][$650]; 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [2][$600]; 8. 23-Kyle Coffey [21][$550]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten [6][$500]; 10. 1D-Tyler Dippel [10][$450]; 11. 8-Rich Scagliotta [14][$400]; 12. 7F-Tim Fuller [12][$375]; 13. 4-Billy VanInwegen [23][$350]; 14. 16X-Dan Creeden [26][$325]; 15. 118-Jim Britt [9][$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [13][$300]; 17. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [25][$300]; 18. 1-Darwin Greene [22][$300]; 19. 20-Brett Hearn [16][$300]; 20. 14-CG Morey [29][$300]; 21. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski [17][$300]; 22. 30-Ryan Godown [8][$300]; 23. 6-Matt Stangle [1][$300]; 24. 2-Jack Lehner [7][$300]; 25. 33T-Cass Bennett [27][$300]; 26. 01W-Justin Wright [24][$300]; 27. 17-Rob Pitcher [20][$300]; 28. B52-Brandon Hightower [28][$300]; 29. 26-Derrick McGrew [18][$300]

Hard Charger Award: 7MM-Michael Maresca[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 32C-Max McLaughlin, 17.629; 2. 88-Mat Williamson, 18.117; 3. 118-Jim Britt, 18.385; 4. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski, 18.431; 5. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.478; 6. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 18.541; 7. 01W-Justin Wright, 18.565; 8. 33T-Cass Bennett, 19.452

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.043; 2. 21A-Peter Britten, 18.072; 3. 1D-Tyler Dippel, 18.422; 4. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.872; 5. B52-Brandon Hightower, 18.916; 6. 17D-Marcus Dinkins, 19.013; 7. 1-Darwin Greene, 19.206; 8. 26-Derrick McGrew, NT

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 2-Jack Lehner, 17.969; 2. 30-Ryan Godown, 17.979; 3. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 17.982; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.084; 5. 91-Billy Decker, 18.266; 6. 16X-Dan Creeden, 18.598; 7. 4-Billy VanInwegen, 18.78; 8. 14-CG Morey, 18.793

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 17.765; 2. 6-Matt Stangle, 17.809; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 17.875; 4. 7F-Tim Fuller, 18.137; 5. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.491; 6. 17-Rob Pitcher, 18.718; 7. 44-Stewart Friesen, NT

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 88-Mat Williamson [2]; 2. 32C-Max McLaughlin [1]; 3. 118-Jim Britt [3]; 4. 19M-Jessey Mueller [6]; 5. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski [4]; 6. 23-Kyle Coffey [5]; 7. 01W-Justin Wright [7]; 8. 33T-Cass Bennett [8]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1]; 2. 21A-Peter Britten [2]; 3. 1D-Tyler Dippel [3]; 4. 8-Rich Scagliotta [4]; 5. 26-Derrick McGrew [8]; 6. 1-Darwin Greene [7]; 7. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [6]; 8. B52-Brandon Hightower [5]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 2-Jack Lehner [1]; 2. 30-Ryan Godown [2]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [5]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [4]; 5. 7MM-Michael Maresca [3]; 6. 4-Billy VanInwegen [7]; 7. 16X-Dan Creeden [6]; 8. 14-CG Morey [8]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 6-Matt Stangle [2]; 3. 7F-Tim Fuller [4]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [3]; 5. 17-Rob Pitcher [5]


Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 32130 

 http://volusiaspeedwaypark.com/

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Track Email
 volusiaspeedway@dirtcar.com

Track History
The World's Fastest Half-Mile!

Track Size & Type
1/2 MILE

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2021 -- Stewart Friesen on Feb. 9, Stewart Friesen on Feb. 10, Max McLaughlin on Feb. 11, Michael Maresca on Feb. 12
2020 -- Mat Williamson on Feb. 11, Larry Wight on Feb. 12, Larry Wight on Feb. 13, Larry Wight on Feb. 14, Mat Williamson on Feb. 15
2019 -- Stewart Friesen on February 16th; Larry Wight on February 15th; Matt Sheppard on February 14th; Billy Decker on February 13th
2018 -- Tim McCreadie on February 17th; Matt Sheppard on February 16th; Tim McCreadie on February 15th; Tyler Siri on February 15th
2017 -- Brett Hearn on February 25th; Justin Haers on February 24th
2016 -- Brett Hearn on February 20th; Rick Laubach on February 19th; Matt Sheppard on February 18th; Tim Fuller on February 17th
2015 -- Neal Williams on February 21st; Rick Laubach on February 20th; Stewart Friesen on February 19th; Brett Hearn on February 18th