DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park -- Barberville, FL
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Event Info
Volusia Speedway Park
Wednesday
13
Feb

Winner: Billy Decker
2nd: Larry Wight
3rd: Billy Pauch
DIRTcar Nationals
February 12, 2019 to February 16, 2019
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 32130 

 http://volusiaspeedwaypark.com/

Watch on DIRTVision
 https://www.dirtvision.com/broadcasts.php?action=show&id=3018

Series
Super DIRTcar Series

Support Divisions
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

Support Divisions
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount
$5,000.00

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: Billy Decker Knocks Them Out in Round One at DIRTcar Nationals

Billy Decker Christens his Return to Gypsum Racing with a Win, Edges Out Teammate Larry Wight

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 13, 2019 – It took just one race for Billy Decker to return to his winning ways in the famous red No. 91 Gypsum Express Big-Block Modified, there was nothing easy about it on Wednesday night in DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Not only did Decker, of Unadilla, NY, hold off teammate and reigning NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Larry Wight, but he was forced to out-muscle legendary Billy Pauch to come away with the checkered flag. Wight and Pauch ran side-by-side for nearly half the race while trying to run down Decker.

 

The Gypsum Express teammates locked out the front row to start the 30-lap Feature. In the first few furious laps, Wight was able to get wound up on the high side and pass Decker for the lead. Undeterred, Decker stayed in his tracks until Wight made a mistake by jumping the cushion, which sent his car scraping along the turn three wall and dropping him to fifth.

Meanwhile, Anthony Perrego impressed in his Graham Racing debut, getting as high as second behind Decker. He diced it up in the top three before slipping to fourth late in the race. Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard looked to have the fastest car on the track, and reeled in Decker. Sheppard challenged Decker on the bottom of turn three on Lap 13, but Decker was unaware of his position on Sheppard and unwittingly crossed over the nose of the No. 9s and caused him spin out in front of the field. Fortunately, the quick reflexes of Starter Dave Farney and prompt communication by Race Director John Nelson together with heads up driving by the field prevented anybody else from becoming involved as Sheppard spun to a stop.

“I came over Matt’s nose once getting into [turn] three there, trying to get to the bottom, and I never saw him. I just got on his right front and he got turned around,” Decker said.
After a series of cautions around the halfway point for flat tires and other mechanical issues, Wight mounted a charge through the top five. The last five laps contained a colossal battle between Decker, Wight and Pauch. Wight jabbed at Decker on the low-side, showing him a wheel, while Pauch roared around on the cushion, but Decker proved too good and held on for the win.

Despite the trip the Victory Lane, Decker believes his car can be even better.

“I don’t think I was as good as I needed to be. When I hit it right, I thought I had a pretty good race car. It was a pretty fine line for me and I missed it a lot of times. When I hit it really good, it was really good. I think there at the end, the track was changing a little bit so the checkered couldn’t come soon enough,” he noted.

Decker describes the final stages of the race: “With five to go, when I missed it in three, I thought I’d see him sneak underneath me there, but I got the left rear down on that traction and got back away from him. I knew it was going to be close, because on that last lap I tried to come down across that lap car I was wrestling with, and I missed the left rear on the bottom, and I ended up in the middle, so I had to catch all the traction I could. I knew it was going to be tight.”

Wight fell just short of passing his Gypsum Racing teammate, however he believes he had the car to beat. “We were just a little bit too tight. We tightened the car up with the track bar expecting the track to go away. It just didn’t go away fast enough. It needed just a few minor adjustments to get it to turn a little better. I feel we definitely had the fastest car,” Wight said confidently.

Wight praised the DIRTcar Nationals track crew: “I think the track’s been pretty consistent all week. The track crew, Larry and Eric, have been doing an incredible job. They really know how to do a track, whether it’s New York or Florida.”

Third place finisher Billy The Kid Pauch, a three-time champion of the Florida Tour for the Big-Block Modifieds dating back to 1985, is as ageless as his knick-name. It’s obvious he came to the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals on a mission. Pauch battled some adversity to keep his podium position, but knows he had a shot at the win.

“I was trying the bottom, the middle, here, there, everywhere, and I just feel more comfortable up top there. I thought we had a shot at it. I got up to Decker and he was misting oil or something. I couldn’t see, or maybe it was me, I’m running a little hot [gesturing to the steam escaping from under the hood]. Maybe it was my car. I was getting mist in my face and it was hard to hit my marks. That made it tough, but we were in the hunt,” said Pauch.

Before round two Pauch’s team will work on making some changes to the good for round two. “We need to get our car freer. I kept freeing it up during the race with the rear panhard, and it got better and better. I couldn’t get the car free enough. I had to back it into the turn to get it to turn. I had to drive extra hard to get it to turn.”
You can still catch three more nights of DIRTcar Nationals action at Volusia Speedway Park featuring the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Thursday through Sunday.

If you can’t make it to the speedway, be sure to tune in live and in HD on www.DIRTVision.com.

DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 13 30-lap quick results: Feature (30 laps) – 1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 99l-Larry Wight [2]; 3. 1-Billy Pauch [3]; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego [6]; 5. 42p-Pat Ward [14]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [5]; 7. 9s-Matt Sheppard [4]; 8. 20-Brett Hearn [23]; 9. 7-Rick Laubach [8]; 10. 88-Mat Williamson [10]; 11. 5-Ryan Godown [21]; 12. 21a-Peter Britten [9]; 13. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17]; 14. 118-Kim Britt [19]; 15. 44-Stewart Friesen [7]; 16. 27j-Danny Johnson [20]; 17. 19m-Jessey Mueller [12]; 18. 23-Kyle Coffey [26]; 19. 9t-Will Thomas [11]; 20. 2L-Jack Lehner [24]; 21. 35c-Mario Clair [25]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [15]; 23. 19-Tim Fuller [13]; 24. 3-Justin Haers [22}; 25. 21-Yan Bussiere [18]; DNS: 5st Tyler Siri [16]

Full results here

Contingency Sponsor Bonuses:

Brett Hearn – VP Fuels – $50
Stewart Friesen – Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Fast-Time Award – Stewart Friesen
Billy Decker – Bicknell Racing Products – $100 in product
Peter Britten – Cometic Gasket – $50
Mat Williamson – Comp Cams – $50
Billy Decker – Comp Cams – $50 in product
Erick Rudolph – Drydene Performance Products
Billy Pauch – Fox Racing Shox – $50
Pat Ward – JE Pistons – $50
Stewart Friesen – JE Pistons – Product
Jack Lehner – JE Pistons – Product
Ryan Godown – KSE Racing Products – $50 Product
Billy Decker – MSD Ignition – $50
Justin Haers – MSD Ignition – $25
Anthony Perrego – NGK Spark Plugs – $50
Jim Britt – NGK Spark Plugs – Product
Billy Decker – Wrisco Aluminum – Product
Matt Sheppard- ASI Racewear – $50
Danny Johnson – Drydene Performance Products – $50 Product
Will Thomas – Dart – $100 Product
Rich Laubach – Dart – $50
Larry Wight – Dart – $100 Product

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Race Results: 02/13/19 -- Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 13, 2019 – It took just one race for Billy Decker to return to his winning ways in the famous red No. 91 Gypsum Express Big-Block Modified, there was nothing easy about it on Wednesday night in DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Not only did Decker, of Unadilla, NY, hold off teammate and reigning NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Larry Wight, but he was forced to out-muscle legendary Billy Pauch to come away with the checkered flag. Wight and Pauch ran side-by-side for nearly half the race while trying to run down Decker.

Feature (30 laps) – 1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 99l-Larry Wight [2]; 3. 1-Billy Pauch [3]; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego [6]; 5. 42p-Pat Ward [14]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [5]; 7. 9s-Matt Sheppard [4]; 8. 20-Brett Hearn [23]; 9. 7-Rick Laubach [8]; 10. 88-Mat Williamson [10]; 11. 5-Ryan Godown [21]; 12. 21a-Peter Britten [9]; 13. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17]; 14. 118-Kim Britt [19]; 15. 44-Stewart Friesen [7]; 16. 27j-Danny Johnson [20]; 17. 19m-Jessey Mueller [12]; 18. 23-Kyle Coffey [26]; 19. 9t-Will Thomas [11]; 20. 2L-Jack Lehner [24]; 21. 35c-Mario Clair [25]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [15]; 23. 19-Tim Fuller [13]; 24. 3-Justin Haers [22}; 25. 21-Yan Bussiere [18]; DNS: 5st Tyler Siri [16]

Qualifying Group 1 – 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.679; 2. 99l-Larry Wight, 17.798; 3. 21a-Peter Britten, 17.927; 4. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 17.963; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.147; 6. 5-Ryan Godown, 18.157; 7. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.166; 8. 98t-Tyler Thompson, 18.285; 9. 30M-Joseph Watson, 18.352; 10. 72-Cass Bennett, 19.669.

Qualifying Group 2 – 1. 92-Billy Decker, 17.870; 2. 18-Anthony Perrego, 18.033; 3. 42p-Pat Ward, 18.155; 4. 88-Mat Williamson, 18.264; 5. 65-Scott Hitchen, 18.267; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.358; 7. 21-Yan Bussiere, 18.481; 8. 35c-Mario Clair, 18.517; 9. 881-Dave Allen, 18.587; 10. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 18.702

Qualifying Group 3 – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.783; 2. 9t-Will Thomas, 17.845; 3. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.225; 4. 2L-Jack Lehner, 18.362; 5. 46-Jeremy Smith, 18.386; 6. 118-Jim Britt, 18.628; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman, 18.773; 8. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.843; 9. 1g-Darwin Greene, 18.910; 10. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 19.098

Qualifying Group 4 – 1. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.813; 2. 1-Billy Pauch, 17.892; 3. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.190; 4. 5st-Tyler Siri, 18.205; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 18.268; 6. 3-Justin Haers, 18.345; 7. 33-Marc Johnson, 18.668; 8. 35-Francois Bellemare, 18.674; 9. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 18.676

Heat 1: 1. 99l-Larry Wight; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen; 3. 21a-Peter Britten; 4. 19-Tim Fuller; 5. 111-Demetrios Drellos; 6. 5-Ryan Godown; 7. 20-Brett Hearn; 8. 98t-Tyler Thompson; 9. 30M-Joseph Watson; 10. 72-Cass Bennett

Heat 2: 1. 91-Billy Decker; 2. 18-Anthony Perrego; 3. 88-Mat Williamson; 4. 42p-Pat Ward; 5. 21-Yan Bussiere; 6. 56-Scott Hitchens; 7. 42-Kyle Sheldon; 8. 35c-Mario Clair; 9. 88a-Dave Allen; DNF 8-Rich Scagliotta

Heat 3: 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph; 3. 9t-Will Thomas; 4. 46-Jeremy Smith; 5. 118-Jim Britt; 6. 2L-Jack Lehner; 7. 1g-Darwin Greene; 8. 44R-Russell Morseman; 9. 23-Kyle Coffey; 10. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky

Heat 4: 1. 7-Rick Laubach; 2. 1-Billy Pauch; 3. 19m-Jessey Mueller; 4. 5st-Tyler Siri; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson; 6. 3-Justin Haers; 7. 33-Marc Johnson; 8. 48t-Dave Rauscher; 9. 35-Francois Bellemare

‪Last Chance Showdown #1: 1. 5-Ryan Godown [1]; 2. 20-Brett Hearn [3]; 3. 35c-Mario Clair [6]; 4. 65-Scott Hitchens [2]; 5. 98t-Tyler Thompson [5]; 6. 42-Kyle Sheldon [4]; 7. 30M-Joseph Watson [7]; 8. Dave Allen [8]; DNS Bennett; Scagliotta ‪

Last Chance Showdown #2: 1. 3-Justin Haers [2]; 2. 2L-Jack Lehner [1]; 3. 23-Kyle Coffey [7]; 4. 48t-Dave Rauscher [6]; 5. 35-Francois Bellemare [8]; 6. 1g-Darwin Greene [3]; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman [5]; 8. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky [9]; DNF 33-Marc Johnson ‪[4]

Contingency Sponsor Bonuses:

Brett Hearn – VP Fuels – $50
Stewart Friesen – Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Fast-Time Award – Stewart Friesen
Billy Decker – Bicknell Racing Products – $100 in product
Peter Britten – Cometic Gasket – $50
Mat Williamson – Comp Cams – $50
Billy Decker – Comp Cams – $50 in product
Erick Rudolph – Drydene Performance Products
Billy Pauch – Fox Racing Shox – $50
Pat Ward – JE Pistons – $50
Stewart Friesen – JE Pistons – Product
Jack Lehner – JE Pistons – Product
Ryan Godown – KSE Racing Products – $50 Product
Billy Decker – MSD Ignition – $50
Justin Haers – MSD Ignition – $25
Anthony Perrego – NGK Spark Plugs – $50
Jim Britt – NGK Spark Plugs – Product
Billy Decker – Wrisco Aluminum – Product
Matt Sheppard- ASI Racewear – $50
Danny Johnson – Drydene Performance Products – $50 Product
Will Thomas – Dart – $100 Product
Rich Laubach – Dart – $50
Larry Wight – Dart – $100 Product


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

Late Model Track Record
15.645 seconds established by Tim McCreadie on Feb. 14, 2018

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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