DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park -- Barberville, FL
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Event Info
Volusia Speedway Park
Wednesday
10
Feb

Winner: Stewart Friesen
2nd: Erick Rudolph
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/

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

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: 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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Race Results: 2/10/2021 Volusia Speedway Park

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.

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]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 88-Mat Williamson, 17.987; 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.066; 3. 91-Billy Decker, 18.216; 4. 1D-Tyler Dippel, 18.63; 5. B52-Brandon Hightower, 18.635; 6. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.692; 7. 26-Derrick McGrew, 19.196; 8. 33T-Cass Bennett, 19.833

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 2-Jack Lehner, 17.747; 2. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 17.872; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.175; 4. 17-Rob Pitcher, 18.6; 5. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 18.989; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 19.042; 7. 46-Jeremy Smith, 19.09; 8. 17D-Marcus Dinkins, 19.313

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 17.77; 2. 32C-Max McLaughlin, 17.982; 3. 4-Billy VanInwegen, 18.295; 4. 30-Ryan Godown, 18.312; 5. 1-Darwin Greene, 18.555; 6. 6-Matt Stangle, 18.604; 7. 16X-Dan Creeden, 18.659; 8. 14-CG Morey, NT

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.634; 2. 21A-Peter Britten, 17.879; 3. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.324; 4. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.389; 5. 118-Jim Britt, 18.407; 6. 01W-Justin Wright, 18.541; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.575; 8. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski, 19.018

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 88-Mat Williamson [1]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [2]; 4. 1D-Tyler Dippel [4]; 5. 19-Tim Fuller [6]; 6. 26-Derrick McGrew [7]; 7. B52-Brandon Hightower [5]; 8. 33T-Cass Bennett [8]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2]; 2. 2-Jack Lehner [1]; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [3]; 4. 17-Rob Pitcher [4]; 5. 46-Jeremy Smith [7]; 6. 19M-Jessey Mueller [5]; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta [6]; 8. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [8]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 7MM-Michael Maresca [1]; 2. 32C-Max McLaughlin [2]; 3. 30-Ryan Godown [4]; 4. 4-Billy VanInwegen [3]; 5. 6-Matt Stangle [6]; 6. 14-CG Morey [8]; 7. 16X-Dan Creeden [7]; 8. 1-Darwin Greene [5]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 8 Transfer
1. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph [3]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten [2]; 4. 118-Jim Britt [5]; 5. 48T-Dave Rauscher [7]; 6. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski [8]; 7. 23-Kyle Coffey [4]; 8. 01W-Justin Wright [6]


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