DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

For more information, call the track at (386) 985-4402

Event Info

DIRTcar Nationals
February 2, 2021 to February 13, 2021
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

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

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; Non-Wing: 16.559s by Steve Kinser on 2-9-81

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.645s by Tim McCreadie on 2-14-18; 602: 17.948s by Bud Chancey on 1-14-21; 604: 17.018s by Trever Taylor on 1-18-20

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

Frequently Asked Questions
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
Beer 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 "Battle in Barberville" and "Southern Sprint Car Shootout" will be Weekend camping. $30 Dry Camping (General), $75 Electric/Water (Reserved), $100 Electric/Water/Sewer (Executive). (no hook-ups available for DIRTcar Nationals)

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Track Info
Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
volusiaspeedway@dirtcar.com

Track Size & Type
0.500; dirt oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; Non-Wing: 16.559s by Steve Kinser on 2-9-81

Late Model Car Track Record
Super: 15.645s by Tim McCreadie on 2-14-18; 602: 17.948s by Bud Chancey on 1-14-21; 604: 17.018s by Trever Taylor on 1-18-20

DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

OH MAN! Friesen Charges to Second Gator in Wide Open DIRTcar Nationals Feature

BARBERVILLE, FL — For the second consecutive night, Stewart Friesen charged to victory with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park’s 50th DIRTcar Nationals, sweeping to the lead past Erick Rudolph with 10 to go and holding on to the checkered flag.

A field of 32 roaring Big Block Modifieds took the green flag Wednesday night to start the second Series Feature of 2021, and after picking up his second Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award in two days and convincingly winning his Heat Race, Friesen redrew sixth to start the Feature. With Mat Williamson, Jack Lehner, Erick Rudolph, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard and more in his midst, Friesen had his work cut out for him in the 30-lap Feature. 

“We had a plan coming into this,” said Friesen, of Sprakers, NY. “If you want the plan to work you gotta work the plan and it’s paid off.”

The hard work and wins have paid off indeed as Friesen collected his second $4,000 check at the DIRTcar Nationals. 

The Volusia Speedway Park surface produced phenomenal Feature racing for the Big Blocks as well as the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models. The fastest racing lines went high to low, low to high, and everywhere in between. Drivers had their choices to make passes happen. 

“This is a very technical and challenging race track right now,” noted Friesen. “It’s kind of like mogul skiing on ice. You gotta try to get the car loaded up right. If you miss it, it shoves, but if you get it loaded up this thing was on the money.”

In the first half of the race, Friesen and his #44 Halmar Racing Big Block were forced to watch the top 5 battle door-to-door. Then lapped traffic came into play and remained a factor as there was only a single caution flag for the Big Blocks all evening. 

“I was just trying to see which way those guys [lapped cars] were going,” said Friesen. “It’s super slick in spots and in other spots you think it’s slick, but it turns out to be gripped up. Watching Max [McLaughlin] and Erick [Rudoloph] dice there and I got passed and lost a bunch of spots. Jack [Lehner] and Maresca got back by me. It was an awesome race track. I was just trying to find different lines and move around.”

Rudolph, from Ransomville, NY, started third behind the formidable front row of Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, and Lehner. Rudolph had an excellent initial start and immediately took the fight to the front row starters. After dispatching Lehner, he got alongside the defending Series champion Williamson.

Williamson and Rudolph drove cleanly side-by-side for several laps before Rudolph took over the top spot only to be assailed by Max McLaughlin in the #32C. McLaughlin and Rudolph went toe-to-toe but the #25R built a lead in lapped traffic. 

“We started third and were able to wrestle away the lead from Williamson,” said Rudolph. “It seemed like we were able to work lapped traffic pretty good and I really didn’t want to see the caution come out, but it made a race out of it. Friesen got by me and we were about the same speed but the race played into his favor tonight.” 

After a caution flag came out for a stalled out #19 of Tim Fuller, Friesen pounced and worked the middle of the track and the outside to make the pass on Rudolph. 

Maresca, from Pierrepont, NY, struggled in the first night of Series action. However, his #7MM came back on Wednesday with some important shock changes that helped the balance of the car. Maresca drove up from the sixth-place starting position, passing Lehner, Mclaughlin, and Williamson in the process and proved the St. Lawrence Radiology #7MM is likely a threat for more podiums throughout the rest of the DIRTcar Nationals. 

Danny Creeden, from Wurtsboro, NY, started deep in the field: 27th place. But the driver of the #16C used the long green flag runs to his advantage and managed to pass 11 cars for the hard charger award. He finished 16th.

In Tuesday’s opener, the #26 ended the Feature on its roof, but hard work overnight and through the day allowed Derrick McGrew Jr. to finish the Feature in 19th. 

Thursday is Night 10 of the 50th DIRTcar Nationals and race three for the Super DIRTcar Series. If you are unable to make it to Volusia Speedway Park, be sure to watch live on DIRTVision and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for full coverage of the DIRTcar Nationals. 

Full results available here

Feature (30 Laps)

  1. 44-Stewart Friesen [6][$4,000]; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph [3][$2,000]; 3. 7MM-Michael Maresca [7][$1,000]; 4. 32C-Max McLaughlin [4][$800]; 5. 91-Billy Decker [5][$700]; 6. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$650]; 7. 2-Jack Lehner [2][$600]; 8. 20-Brett Hearn [9][$550]; 9. 9S-Matt Sheppard [8][$500]; 10. 1D-Tyler Dippel [13][$450]; 11. 88-Mat Williamson [1][$400]; 12. 4-Billy VanInwegen [15][$375]; 13. 30-Ryan Godown [11][$350]; 14. 6-Matt Stangle [19][$325]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [22][$300]; 16. 16X-Dan Creeden [27][$300]; 17. 118-Jim Britt [16][$300]; 18. 14-CG Morey [23][$300]; 19. 26-Derrick McGrew [21][$300]; 20. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski [24][$300]; 21. 46-Jeremy Smith [18][$300]; 22. 8-Rich Scagliotta [26][$300]; 23. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [30][$300]; 24. 23-Kyle Coffey [28][$300]; 25. 48T-Dave Rauscher [20][$300]; 26. 1-Darwin Greene [31][$300]; 27. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [10][$300]; 28. 17-Rob Pitcher [14][$300]; 29. 19-Tim Fuller [17][$300]; 30. B52-Brandon Hightower [25][$300]; 31. 33T-Cass Bennett [29][$300]; 32. 01W-Justin Wright [32][$300]

Hard Charger Award: 16X-Dan Creeden[+11]

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Results

Perrego finished sixth in points and edged Marc Johnson for the Rookie of the Year title by 11 points

While 2022 was Anthony Perrego’s rookie season on the Super DIRTcar Series tour, his season stats might make you think otherwise.

Perrego, of Walden, NY, finished sixth in the points standings, assisted by five top-five finishes and ten top-10 finishes. By finishing ahead of fellow rookie contender Marc Johnson at the end of the season – by 11 points – he was also able to claim the 2022 Rookie of the Year title.

“We had a pretty decent year,” Perrego said.  “Obviously, I raced before with Marc at Albany (Saratoga Speedway) and he’s definitely a tough competitor, so it was cool to beat him out.” He entered the season having previously making 27 Series starts and capturing two Series wins in 2020.

Perrego ran a solid first half of the 2022 season, finding himself second place in points going into a matchup at his home track, Orange County Fair Speedway, at the end of July. The 28-year-old battled intensely with the eventual victor Matt Sheppard, landing a season best second-place finish.

The schedule for the second half of the season brought some challenges, cultivating a need for growth.

“We got to some new tracks that I really haven’t been to, or a couple of tracks that I’ve been to once or twice,” Perrego said.  “It definitely was a learning curve for us. We definitely got some good notes that hopefully, this year being our first year, we can carry over into next year.”

Anthony Perrego tears around The Dirt Track at Charlotte during The World of Outlaws World Finals (Photo: Chris Owens)

August was kind to Perrego and the Four Star Racing team, with two top-10 finishes during the inaugural SummerFAST event and a third-place podium finish at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Then came, arguably, the most anticipated event of the year, the 50th Running of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, where Perrego brought both his Big Block and Small Block. He finished 20th in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 with his Big Block and fourth in the DIRTcar 358 Modified Salute to the Troops 150 with his Small Block.

“We were pretty decent with our Small Block,” Perrego said. “We obviously had some issues with our Big Block. It’s kind of disappointing to run 20th there. We’ve been really good at Oswego in the past. It was kind of disappointing to run 20th with the Big Block, but the Small Block we had a good run. It wasn’t a total loss.”

With one final event left on the Series’ schedule, positions fourth through seventh were separated by a thin margin of only 28 points. The competitors went into the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with three more chances to capture their best season finish.  After a respectable overall performance, including two fourth-place finishes, Perrego sealed the deal as the 2022 Rookie of the Year.

In the off-season that he described as “increasingly shorter,” he simply plans on working hard to improve for next year. Even with this year’s accolades, new goals setting is already in the works.

“We would like to go and win a Super DIRTcar Series race next year,” Perrego said. “We were close on multiple occasions. It would be nice to win a race. And obviously, I think getting a podium in the points would be a goal that we would set.”

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series will commence it’s 2023 season at Volusia Speedway Park during the 52nd DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 15-18. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every Super DIRTcar Series race live on DIRTVision – either at DIRTVision.com or by downloading the DIRTVision App.