DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park -- Barberville, FL
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Event Info
Volusia Speedway Park
Saturday
16
Feb

Winner: Stewart Friesen
2nd: Larry Wight
3rd: Billy Decker
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-9

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: Stewart Friesen Takes DIRTcar Nationals Finale, Wight Wins Gator Championship

Stewart Friesen Takes $5,000 DIRTcar Nationals Finale, Wight Wins Gator Championship

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 16, 2019 – After a breathless week of incredible Super DIRTcar Series action, Stewart Friesen held off Gypsum Racing teammates Larry Wight and Billy Decker to win the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals finale.

 

On a green-white-checkered finish Friesen almost gave away the victory when he scraped the wall in turns one and two, allowing Wight enough room to surge ahead, but a caution for a spinning car reset the field and Friesen wouldn’t make the same mistake twice, outrunning Wight to the checkered flag.

Wight, however, used his eighth-to-second run to earn enough points to capture the Gator Championship for the second time in his career. Decker, who won the opening round of DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified competition on Wednesday, rounded out the podium.

Friesen, who was in position Friday to win the NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway before he was collected in a late-race crash, battled the best in the Big-Block Modified business to win the thrilling 50-lap Feature at Volusia Speedway Park. Tired of second place finishes at the DIRTcar Nationals, Friesen was ecstatic to park the No. 44 in Victory Lane, but it did not come easy. Friesen fought with The Doctor Danny Johnson early then Lightning Larry Wight down the stretch. At the end though, Friesen emerged on top.

“I knew Larry was running second, and has Chili Bowl experience and everything else,” said Friesen, a Canadian native who now resides in Sprakers, NY. “This track is like a big Chili Bowl for slide jobs. I made a mistake there and luckily, we got a mulligan. Our race car was just awesome. I’m so proud of my Halmar team. These guys bust their butts all week. We had a lot of fun all week. We ran second here so many times the last couple years and gave them up. I was like, ‘Oh no not again!’ but it worked out in our favor. We got the monkey off our back!”

Despite finishing second, Wight is able to bring the Big Gator trophy back to New York.

“We got the big one [Big Gator Championship trophy] again,” said Wight, who won the Big-Block Modified Feature on Friday night. “I didn’t want to get that second yellow on the green-white-checkered. I think I had him covered for at least the last lap. He was fast, but I think I could have held him off.”

Friesen built a huge lead over the course of a long green-flag run, but a lap-49 caution resulted in an overtime finish. Wight got alongside Friesen on the first lap-49 restart, but another caution flew, bringing back the pass for the lead.

Unfortunately, Wight may have sustained damage after the two hot shoes made some contact on the backstretch on that first restart.

“We got together a little bit on the backstretch when I got alongside of him. I think it might have bent something in the rear end. On the next restart the car just didn’t feel quite right and had a bad push. I was glad to see the checkered flag fly,” Wight said.

Wight was amped about his DIRTcar Nationals week overall.

“We would have liked to take the Little Gator and the Big Gator home tonight, but we’ll take the Big Gator home with us,” he said. “We really had a phenomenal week. We came down and we were fast right out of the trailer and kind of had the “Tim McCreadie voodoo” with us with the little trailer this week. We had a new addition on the crew come on Brandon Ford and we hit it right where we left off.”

Third-place finisher Billy Decker, back in his red Gypsum Racing Big-Block Modified, had a much better DIRTcar Nationals than he did in 2018. Decker picked up two podium finishes, including one win and finished fourth in the Gator Championship.

“The car was pretty good,” said Decker, a three-time Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds champion. “I think we were getting better and made some nice gains tonight. We won the first night, had a pretty good car the second night, and slowed it down last night and had a problem. We got a lot better tonight.”

The upcoming season is looking bright for the veteran driver from Unadilla, NY.

“I think we’re going to be pretty good this year,” Decker said. “These guys work really hard and obviously Larry [Wight] and Pat [Ward] have been doing really well and we want to build on that.”

KSE Hard-Charger Anthony Perrego once again showed his strength and consistency on the race track and finished third in the Gator Championship points standings. If this sets the tone for the young driver’s 2019 season, look for him to challenge Matt Sheppard at the top of the running order.

Three out of the top six drivers in the Gator Championship standings were Gypsum Express cars. Wight was on top with Billy Decker in fourth despite a DNF, and Pat Ward grabbing sixth after the Florida swing concluded.

PHOTO: Alex and Helen Bruce

FEATURE (50 Laps) Full results here.
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [8]; 2. 99l-Larry Wight [7]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 4. 3-Justin Haers [2]; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson [1]; 6. 18-Anthony Perrego [21]; 7. 9s-Matt Sheppard [5]; 8. 21a-Peter Britten [12]; 9. 42p-Pat Ward [9]; 10. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 11. 2L-Jack Lehner [13]; 12. 19m-Jessey Mueller [18]; 13. 88-Mat Williamson [16]; 14. 111-Demetrios Drellos [27]; 15. 23-Kyle Coffey [15]; 16. 8-Rich Scagliotta [11]; 17. 118-Jim Britt [28]; 18. 42-Kyle Sheldon [19]; 19. 5-Ryan Godown [23]; 20. 98t-Tyler Thompson [25]; 21. 21-Yan Bussiere [26]; 22. 9t-Will Thomas [6]; 23. 1-Billy Pauch [14]; 24. 25-Erick Rudolph [22]; 25. 30-Jo-Jo Watson [20]; 26. 19-Tim Fuller [24]; 27. 65-Scott Hitchens [10]; 28. 5st-Tyler Siri [17]
KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Anthony Perrego[+15]

Contingency Awards
Peter Britten – VP Race Fuels – $50 Cash
Stewart Friesen – Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux Fast-Time Award – $100 Cash
Jack Lehner – Comp Cams – $50 Cash
Stewart Friesen – MSD Ignition – $50 Cash
Erick Rudolph – MSD Ignition – $25 Cash
Brett Hearn – Fox Racing Shox – $50 Cash
Danny Johnson – JE Pistons – $50 Cash
Matt Sheppard – ASI Racewear – $50 Cash
Jack Lehner – Dart – $50 Cash
Demetrios Drellos – Cometic Gasket – $50 Cash
Matt Sheppard – Drydene – $50 Cash
NGK – Danny Johnson – $50 Cash
Stewart Friesen – Bicknell Racing Products – $100 Product
Stewart Friesen – Comp Cams – $50 Product
Rich Scagliotta – JE Pistons – Product
Erick Rudolph – JE Pistons – Product
Anthony Perrego – KSE Racing Products, Inc. – $50 Product
Stewart Friesen – Wrisco – Product
Rich Scagliotta – Drydene – $50 Product
Larry Wight – Dart – $100 Product
Ryan Godown – Dart – $100 Product

Final Gator Championship points standings:

Final Gator Points

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Race Results: 02/16/19 -- Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 16, 2019 – After a breathless week of incredible Super DIRTcar Series action, Stewart Friesen held off Gypsum Racing teammates Larry Wight and Billy Decker to win the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals finale. Friesen outran Larry Wight on a green, white, checkered flag restart, but Wight tallied enough points to capture the Gator Championship. Billy Decker, who won the first round of DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified competition, ran well enough to round out the podium.

FEATURE (50 Laps)
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [8]; 2. 99l-Larry Wight [7]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 4. 3-Justin Haers [2]; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson [1]; 6. 18-Anthony Perrego [21]; 7. 9s-Matt Sheppard [5]; 8. 21a-Peter Britten [12]; 9. 42p-Pat Ward [9]; 10. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 11. 2L-Jack Lehner [13]; 12. 19m-Jessey Mueller [18]; 13. 88-Mat Williamson [16]; 14. 111-Demetrios Drellos [27]; 15. 23-Kyle Coffey [15]; 16. 8-Rich Scagliotta [11]; 17. 118-Jim Britt [28]; 18. 42-Kyle Sheldon [19]; 19. 5-Ryan Godown [23]; 20. 98t-Tyler Thompson [25]; 21. 21-Yan Bussiere [26]; 22. 9t-Will Thomas [6]; 23. 1-Billy Pauch [14]; 24. 25-Erick Rudolph [22]; 25. 30-Jo-Jo Watson [20]; 26. 19-Tim Fuller [24]; 27. 65-Scott Hitchens [10]; 28. 5st-Tyler Siri [17]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 18-Anthony Perrego[+15]

Qualifying Flight-A

1. 9t-Will Thomas, 17.755; 2. 3-Justin Haers, 17.784; 3. 42p-Pat Ward, 17.906; 4. 5st-Tyler Siri, 18.071; 5. 2L-Jack Lehner, 18.079; 6. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 18.346; 7. 98t-Tyler Thompson, 18.376; 8. 46-Jeremy Smith, 18.423; 9. 35c-Mario Clair, 19.197; 10. 72-Cass Bennett, 19.941

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 99l-Larry Wight, 17.996; 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.056; 3. 65-Scott Hitchens, 18.084; 4. 91-Billy Decker, 18.177; 5. 1-Billy Pauch, 18.409; 6. 7-Rick Laubach, 18.438; 7. 18-Anthony Perrego, 18.485; 8. 5-Ryan Godown, 18.561; 9. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.573; 10. 44R-Russell Morseman, 19.38

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.175; 2. 27j-Danny Johnson, 18.224; 3. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.402; 4. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.45; 5. 1g-Darwin Greene, 18.549; 6. 118-Jim Britt, 18.752; 7. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 18.806; 8. 35-Francois Bellemare, 19.021; 9. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 19.758

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.656; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.955; 3. 88-Mat Williamson, 18.252; 4. 21a-Peter Britten, 18.265; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.295; 6. 30-Jo-Jo Watson, 18.348; 7. 21-Yan Bussiere, 18.39; 8. 33-Marc Johnson, 18.715; 9. 19-Tim Fuller, NT

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 9t-Will Thomas [1]; 2. 3-Justin Haers [2]; 3. 42p-Pat Ward [3]; 4. 2L-Jack Lehner [5]; 5. 5st-Tyler Siri [4]; 6. 98t-Tyler Thompson [7]; 7. 46-Jeremy Smith [8]; 8. 48t-Dave Rauscher [6]; 9. 35c-Mario Clair [9]; 10. 72-Cass Bennett [10]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 99l-Larry Wight [1]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [4]; 3. 65-Scott Hitchens [3]; 4. 1-Billy Pauch [5]; 5. 19m-Jessey Mueller [2]; 6. 5-Ryan Godown [8]; 7. 18-Anthony Perrego [7]; 8. 111-Demetrios Drellos [9]; 9. 7-Rick Laubach [6]; 10. 44R-Russell Morseman [10]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 27j-Danny Johnson [2]; 2. 20-Brett Hearn [1]; 3. 8-Rich Scagliotta [4]; 4. 23-Kyle Coffey [3]; 5. 42-Kyle Sheldon [7]; 6. 118-Jim Britt [6]; 7. 35-Francois Bellemare [8]; 8. 1g-Darwin Greene [5]; 9. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky [9]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard [2]; 3. 21a-Peter Britten [4]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson [3]; 5. 30-Jo-Jo Watson [6]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [5]; 7. 19-Tim Fuller [9]; 8. 21-Yan Bussiere [7]; 9. 33-Marc Johnson [8]

LCS – Last Chance Showdown (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer
1. 18-Anthony Perrego [4]; 2. 5-Ryan Godown [2]; 3. 98t-Tyler Thompson [1]; 4. 46-Jeremy Smith [3]; 5. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6]; 6. 48t-Dave Rauscher [5]; 7. 72-Cass Bennett [9]; 8. 7-Rick Laubach [8]; 9. 44R-Russell Morseman [10]; 10. 35c-Mario Clair [7]

B2 ( Laps)
1. 25-Erick Rudolph [2]; 2. 19-Tim Fuller [4]; 3. 21-Yan Bussiere [6]; 4. 118-Jim Britt [1]; 5. 33-Marc Johnson [8]; 6. 35-Francois Bellemare [3]; 7. 1g-Darwin Greene [5]; 8. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky [7]


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