DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park -- Barberville, FL
Friday, February 15, 2019
Event Info
Volusia Speedway Park
Friday
15
Feb

Winner: Larry Wight
2nd: Matt Sheppard
3rd: Pat Ward
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.tv/world-of-outlaws-late-models/season:3/videos/dirtcar-nationals-8

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: Wight Thrills Volusia Fans By Blasting Cushion to DIRTcar Nationals Victory

Runner-up Sheppard Takes Big Gator Points Lead

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 15, 2019 – If the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals truly sets the tone for the rest of season, then Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified fans are in for a banner year. Friday night’s third round of the quest for the Big Gator at Volusia Speedway Park was captured by Gypsum Racing’s No. 99L Lightning Larry Wight, who thrilled the crowd by blasting around the high-side of the track no matter how little cushion was left to lean on.

 

Early race leader Matt Sheppard was overtaken by Gypsum Racing teammates Wight and Pat Ward, but seven-time champion Sheppard battled back and eventually slid under the veteran pilot Ward to retake second place. Pole-sitter Peter Britten challenged for a top-three, running the high side as well, but was forced to settle for fourth.

Wight, the defending NAPA Super DIRT Week champion from Phoenix, NY, brought the crowd to its feet with his distinctive high-side racing. While Sheppard and Ward searched for the right line late in the race, Wight powered to the checkered flag.

“There was enough of a cushion there where you could really drive it in hard,” Wight said in a confetti-filled Victory Lane. “As long as the car would turn off the cushion to be able to run the middle up in four, it seemed to pick up a lot of ground. I saw Matt [Sheppard] try a couple times, and he really shoved the nose bad, but I think we were a little bit freer and was able to do it.”

Like many of the teams, Wight and his Gypsum Racing team are trying a variety of set-ups. In essence, there is a race within the race. Since many of the drivers are experimenting with their set ups, it’s up to the them to figure out where to put their car on track to get the most out of it.

“We weren’t really sure what we were going to have,” Wight said. “We kind of threw some stuff at it. We changed our Penske shocks and played around a little bit. I think we found a happy medium. I was able to turn while on the throttle, and other than the first night, we haven’t been able to get that push out of it, to be able to get around the corner. Last night we were too loose and now we had to back it up to get it tighter.”

Those set up adjustments turned out to be vital, because Wight hoisted the Little Gator trophy in Victory Lane. “I’ve been chasing one of these little ones [Gator trophies] for a long time now so it’s great to put that on the mantle.”

With his second-place finish, Matt Sheppard now takes over the Gator Championship lead. His main rival in the standings, Billy Decker, had a motor problem and failed to finish the race. Sheppard started on the outside pole, but he slipped up in the middle part of the race and got jumped by Wight and Ward on a restart.

“In the middle of the race I fell back to fourth or fifth there,” Sheppard said. “I finally caught a groove where I was able to steer in the center of the corner and get back by a couple guys. It’s a solid second tonight.”

The excellent racing surface proved to make for another challenging but fun track to drive. Sheppard felt as though the car was driving him. “The main reason I was trying different lines is because I was following the car wherever it was going, because I certainly wasn’t driving it,” Sheppard said grinning.

Past Florida Big-Block Modified Champion Pat Ward had his best finish of the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals. Ward was pleased with how the track conditions played to his favor. When the track slows down it, “puts it back into the car and driver’s hands a little bit more. Hats off to Larry [Wight]. If there’s a little bit on top, you don’t want to want to leave it open, because he’ll go by you. I kind of overdrove trying to catch back up to him. We’ll take third.”

Erick Rudolph has now received the KSR Hard Charger Award two races in a row. The No. 25R advanced 20 positions in the last 60 laps of racing. He’s currently sixth in the Gator Championship standings.

New Graham Racing driver Anthony Perrego has been very consistent over all three DIRTcar Nationals races. Perrego sits third in the Gator Championship points standings thanks to two top-fives and one top-10. Consistency wins Championships, so don’t overlook the No. 18 car in the final night of the DIRTcar Nationals.

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park Saturday for the final night of the DIRTcar Nationals, the awarding of the Big Gator trophies, and what will surely be another incredible race for $5,000 to-win.

If you can’t make it to the track, head over to www.DIRTVision.com and catch the entire racing program live.

FEATURE (30 Laps)
1. 99l-Larry Wight [9]; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard [5]; 3. 42p-Pat Ward [7]; 4. 21a-Peter Britten [2]; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph [16]; 6. 18-Anthony Perrego [12]; 7. 1-Billy Pauch [3]; 8. 20-Brett Hearn [6]; 9. 7-Rick Laubach [4]; 10. 88-Mat Williamson [8]; 11. 3-Justin Haers [18]; 12. 27j-Danny Johnson [21]; 13. 19m-Jessey Mueller [11]; 14. 9t-Will Thomas [1]; 15. 23-Kyle Coffey [22]; 16. 1g-Darwin Greene [20]; 17. 118-Jim Britt [25]; 18. 5-Ryan Godown [17]; 19. 111-Demetrios Drellos [24]; 20. 2L-Jack Lehner [26]; 21. 65-Scott Hitchen [13]; 22. 5st-Tyler Siri [23]; 23. 91-Billy Decker [10]; 24. 42-Kyle Sheldon [19]; 25. 21-Yan Bussiere [14]; 26. 19-Tim Fuller [15]
KSE Hard Charger Award: 25-Erick Rudolph[+11]

Contingency Awards

Brett Hearn – VP Fuels – $50 Cash
Peter Britten – Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Fast-Time Award – $100 Cash
Danny Johnson – Comp Cams – $50 Cash
Larry Wight – MSD Ignition – $50 Cash
Kyle Sheldon – MSD Ignition – $25 Cash
Erick Rudolph – Fox Racing Shox – $50 Cash
Erick Rudolph – JE Pistons – $50 Cash
Billy Pauch – ASI Racewear – $50 Cash
Danny Johnson – Dart – $50 Cash
Danny Johnson – Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash
Danny Johnson – Drydene – $50 Cash
Larry Wight – Bicknell Racing Products – $100 Product
Larry Wight – Comp Cams – $50 Product
Jim Britt – JE Pistons – Product
Billy Decker – JE Pistons – Product
Erick Rudolph – KSE Racing Products, Inc. – $50 Product
Larry Wight – Wrisco – Product
Jim Britt – Drydene – $50 Product

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Race Results: 02/15/19 -- Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 15, 2019 – If the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals truly set the tone for the rest of season, then Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified fans are in for a banner year. The third round of the quest for the Big Gator was captured by Gypsum Racing’s No. 99L Lightning Larry Wight thanks to his commitment to the top side of the race track, no matter how little cushion was left to lean on. Early race leader Matt Sheppard was initially overtaken by two Gypsum Racing cars, but managed to get back around the veteran pilot of the No. 42P, Pat Ward to retake second place. Pole-sitter Peter Britten challenged for a podium, running the high side as well, but was forced to settle for fourth.

FEATURE (30 Laps)
1. 99l-Larry Wight [9]; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard [5]; 3. 42p-Pat Ward [7]; 4. 21a-Peter Britten [2]; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph [16]; 6. 18-Anthony Perrego [12]; 7. 1-Billy Pauch [3]; 8. 20-Brett Hearn [6]; 9. 7-Rick Laubach [4]; 10. 88-Mat Williamson [8]; 11. 3-Justin Haers [18]; 12. 27j-Danny Johnson [21]; 13. 19m-Jessey Mueller [11]; 14. 9t-Will Thomas [1]; 15. 23-Kyle Coffey [22]; 16. 1g-Darwin Greene [20]; 17. 118-Jim Britt [25]; 18. 5-Ryan Godown [17]; 19. 111-Demetrios Drellos [24]; 20. 2L-Jack Lehner [26]; 21. 65-Scott Hitchen [13]; 22. 5st-Tyler Siri [23]; 23. 91-Billy Decker [10]; 24. 42-Kyle Sheldon [19]; 25. 21-Yan Bussiere [14]; 26. 19-Tim Fuller [15]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 25-Erick Rudolph[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 9t-Will Thomas, 17.828; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.916; 3. 99l-Larry Wight, 18.069; 4. 65-Scott Hitchen, 18.088; 5. 30-jo jo, 18.121; 6. 5-Ryan Godown, 18.258; 7. 5st-Tyler Siri, 18.28; 8. 33-Marc Johnson, 18.397; 9. 35c-Mario Clair, 18.465; 10. 35-Francois Bellemare, 18.938

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 21a-Peter Britten, 17.796; 2. 21-Yan Bussiere, 17.874; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.111; 4. 91-Billy Decker, 18.125; 5. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 18.166; 6. 3-Justin Haers, 18.167; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner, 18.184; 8. 27j-Danny Johnson, 18.354; 9. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 19.469

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 42p-Pat Ward, 18.123; 2. 1-Billy Pauch, 18.126; 3. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.146; 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.24; 5. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 18.307; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.469; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.501; 8. 88a-Dave Allen, 18.582; 9. 98t-Tyler Thompson, 18.748

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.915; 2. 88-Mat Williamson, 17.982; 3. 18-Anthony Perrego, 18.178; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.248; 5. 1g-Darwin Greene, 18.366; 6. 46-Jeremy Smith, 18.421; 7. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.462; 8. 118-Jim Britt, 18.709; 9. 44R-Russell Morseman, 18.846

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 9t-Will Thomas [1]; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard [2]; 3. 99l-Larry Wight [3]; 4. 65-Scott Hitchen [4]; 5. 5-Ryan Godown [6]; 6. 5st-Tyler Siri [7]; 7. 30-jo jo [5]; 8. 35c-Mario Clair [9]; 9. 33-Marc Johnson [8]; 10. 35-Francois Bellemare [10]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 21a-Peter Britten [1]; 2. 20-Brett Hearn [3]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [4]; 4. 21-Yan Bussiere [2]; 5. 3-Justin Haers [6]; 6. 27j-Danny Johnson [8]; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner [7]; 8. 48t-Dave Rauscher [5]; 9. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky [9]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 1-Billy Pauch [2]; 2. 42p-Pat Ward [1]; 3. 19m-Jessey Mueller [3]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller [4]; 5. 42-Kyle Sheldon [5]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos [7]; 7. 88a-Dave Allen [8]; 8. 98t-Tyler Thompson [9]; 9. 8-Rich Scagliotta [6]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 7-Rick Laubach [1]; 2. 88-Mat Williamson [2]; 3. 18-Anthony Perrego [3]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [4]; 5. 1g-Darwin Greene [5]; 6. 23-Kyle Coffey [7]; 7. 46-Jeremy Smith [6]; 8. 118-Jim Britt [8]; 9. 44R-Russell Morseman [9]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 27j-Danny Johnson [2]; 2. 5st-Tyler Siri [1]; 3. 2L-Jack Lehner [4]; 4. 30-jo jo [3]; 5. 33-Marc Johnson [7]; 6. 35c-Mario Clair [5]; 7. 48t-Dave Rauscher [6]; 8. 35-Francois Bellemare [9]; 9. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky [8]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 23-Kyle Coffey [2]; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1]; 3. 98t-Tyler Thompson [5]; 4. 118-Jim Britt [6]; 5. 46-Jeremy Smith [4]; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta [7]; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman [8]


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