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Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Race Recap  

RISK REWARD: Mat Williamson wins night two of Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals

Williamson makes backstretch last lap pass for the lead, Drellos settles for second

Mat Williamson took a risk, and then received his reward.

The St. Catharines, ON driver made a last lap pass on the backstretch to take home the win on the second night of Super DIRTcar Series action at Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals.

It’s his third DIRTcar Nationals Feature win and the first time he’s won a golden gator trophy in back-to-back years.

Willamson started third in the 30-lap Feature but fell to fifth in the early stages of the race. At that point, he knew he had to do something different.

“Matt [Sheppard] got by us, Max [McLaughlin] was under us,” Williamson said.  “I just knew I had to do something different than what I was doing. I started driving really hard getting into Turn 3. That probably was the difference in the race.”

After getting back by Sheppard and McLaughlin, he was relegated to the third-place running position for most of the Feature until he found his way to second with 11 laps to go. While he moved forward, Drellos’ command of the lead began to fade.

With laps quickly ticking off the counter, Williamson knew he had to make a decision if he wanted a chance at taking home the victory and decided to bet on a risk.

Mat Williamson speeds around Volusia Speedway Park on the way to winning the Feature on night two of the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals. (Photo: Jacy Norgaard)

“[Drellos] was getting tight in (turn) one and (turn) two, and he would get up over the cushion,” Williamson said. “So, he started getting hesitant. I really had nothing to lose so, I just threw it in on the bottom. I kind of turned my head to the right to make sure I was clear, gassed her up a little bit in the brown of the middle of the racetrack and cleared them enough that I could protect a slider going into (turn) three. I got lucky there.”

Drellos’ machine did not have enough juice to fend off Williamson’s move, dropping him back to second.

“I missed the top a few times in a row, and Mat (Williamson) capitalized,” Drellos said.  “The last couple laps the car went away really bad. I think I really abused it the first 26 laps. He just snuck up on me and got me. It’s a tough one.”

As far as why his machine faded the way it did, Drellos will be working on finding out why.

“If I had that answer, I’d tell you,” he said. “I think I just got a little snug. I couldn’t rotate on the cushion as well as I think he did. I just missed it by a little bit.”

Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY performed consistently for a second night in a row, finishing in third place behind Drellos. He just missed the podium on night one, finishing in fourth. Larry Wight was the hard charger of the night, moving up 18 spots to finish in fourth place.

 Night one winner Max McLaughlin finished in fifth place.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks are back in action Thursday, Feb. 16, at Volusia Speedway Park for another 30-lap, $5,000-to-win Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals matchup.

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.

Feature Results (30 Laps) – 1. 88-Mat Williamson[3]; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos[1]; 3. 25R-Erick Rudolph[2]; 4. 99L-Larry Wight[22]; 5. 8H-Max McLaughlin[9]; 6. 2L-Jack Lehner[4]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard[6]; 8. 44-Stewart Friesen[20]; 9. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[5]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten[7]; 11. 70A-Alex Payne[13]; 12. 9-Marc Johnson[16]; 13. 39C-Kyle Coffey[12]; 14. 7-Rick Laubach[8]; 15. 28-Jordan McCreadie[19]; 16. -Rich Scagliotta; 17. 8S-Richard Scagliotta[10]; 18. 16X-Dan Creeden[23]; 19. 14-CG Morey[25]; 20. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot[21]; 21. 25P-Michael Parent[18]; 22. 215-Adam Pierson[11]; 23. 15X-Justin Stone[26]; 24. 91-Felix Roy[17]; 25. 27J-Danny Johnson[14]; 26. 6S-Matthew Stangle[15]; 27. 30-HJ Bunting[24]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+288Mat Williamson 300.0001Running0$5,000
21-1111Demetrios Drellos 30-0.33529Running0$2,500
32-125RErick Rudolph 30-10.5570Running0$1,500
422+1899LLarry Wight 30-12.0230Running0$1,000
59+48HMax McLaughlin 30-12.3760Running0$800
64-22LJack Lehner 30-12.8710Running0$700
76-19SMatt Sheppard 30-12.8810Running0$650
820+1244Stewart Friesen 30-13.2050Running0$600
95-498HJimmy Phelps 30-14.6120Running0$550
107-321APeter Britten 30-14.8460Running0$500
1113+270AAlex Payne 30-15.5260Running0$450
1216+49Marc Johnson 30-16.5550Running0$400
1312-139CKyle Coffey 30-18.8790Running0$375
148-67Rick Laubach 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
1519+428Jordan McCreadie 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
160-168Rich Scagliotta 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
1710-78SRichard Scagliotta 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
1823+516XDan Creeden 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
1925+614CG Morey 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
2021+1R70Ryan Arbuthnot 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
2118-325PMichael Parent 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
2211-11215Adam Pierson 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
2326+315XJustin Stone 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
2417-791Felix Roy 29-1 Laps0Running0$350
2514-1127JDanny Johnson 10-20 Laps0DNF0$350
2615-116SMatthew Stangle 9-21 Laps0DNF0$350
2724-330HJ Bunting 5-25 Laps0DNF0$350
Hard Charger: Larry Wight
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11044Stewart Friesen 100.00010Running0$0
24+299LLarry Wight 10-1.3170Running0$0
33033Louden Reimert 10-3.8300Running0$0
42-252Jessica Power 10-8.6240Running0$0
5501Andrew Smith 10-10.1070Running0$0
66090Dany Gagne 10-10.8310Running0$0
711+415XJustin Stone 10-12.0270Running0$0
810+266MCorbin Millar 10-13.2530Running0$0
98-1118Jim Britt 10-13.7220Running0$0
107-335BFrancois Bellemare 10-15.9590Running0$0
119-221Yan Bussiere 10-16.2690Running0$0
120-1212SDarren Smith 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Justin Stone
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+3R70Ryan Arbuthnot 100.0001Running0$0
21-116XDan Creeden 10-0.4279Running0$0
35+254Steve Bernard 10-3.2080Running0$0
43-132RRonnie Davis III10-4.5670Running0$0
56+114CG Morey 10-5.5180Running0$0
62-430HJ Bunting 10-8.5850Running0$0
79+266DKyle Dingwall 10-9.1760Running0$0
811+360Brian Berger 10-10.3100Running0$0
98-19TWill Thomas 10-11.7110Running0$0
1010066SDexter Stacey 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
117-444RRussell Morseman 0-10 Laps0Running0$0
Hard Charger: Ryan Arbuthnot
Heat 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1188Mat Williamson 307.8710.0000
229SMatt Sheppard 308.385-0.5140
338HMax McLaughlin 308.847-0.9760
4539CKyle Coffey 310.038-2.1670
569Marc Johnson 311.158-3.2870
61144Stewart Friesen 311.751-3.8800
7733Louden Reimert 312.564-4.6930
891Andrew Smith 314.422-6.5510
91035BFrancois Bellemare 315.952-8.0810
108118Jim Britt 316.630-8.7590
11421Yan Bussiere 316.630-8.7590
Heat 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
117Rick Laubach 318.9920.0000
23111Demetrios Drellos 321.308-2.3160
358SRichard Scagliotta 321.651-2.6590
4770AAlex Payne 322.861-3.8690
5891Felix Roy 324.553-5.5610
6952Jessica Power 324.791-5.7990
7699LLarry Wight 325.446-6.4540
81090Dany Gagne 326.521-7.5290
9215XJustin Stone 286.35732.6350
10466MCorbin Millar 61.920257.0720
Heat 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1125RErick Rudolph 142.0320.0000
2221APeter Britten 146.537-4.5050
3312SDarren Smith 148.468-6.4360
4727JDanny Johnson 151.130-9.0980
5425PMichael Parent 152.005-9.9730
6916XDan Creeden 153.130-11.0980
7632RRonnie Davis III153.897-11.8650
8854Steve Bernard 154.236-12.2040
91144RRussell Morseman 155.525-13.4930
101066DKyle Dingwall 156.004-13.9720
11560Brian Berger 157.108-15.0760
Heat 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1198HJimmy Phelps 145.1310.0000
222LJack Lehner 146.345-1.2140
33215Adam Pierson 148.273-3.1420
446SMatthew Stangle 151.605-6.4740
5628Jordan McCreadie 152.436-7.3050
6730HJ Bunting 154.136-9.0050
78R70Ryan Arbuthnot 154.507-9.3760
8914CG Morey 155.442-10.3110
959TWill Thomas 156.336-11.2050
101066SDexter Stacey 157.043-11.9120
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
110+988Mat Williamson 00.0000Running0$0
2207Rick Laubach 0-0.0010Running0$0
311+89SMatt Sheppard 0-0.1310Running0$0
41-315XJustin Stone 0-0.1610Running0$0
512+78HMax McLaughlin 0-0.1730Running0$0
65-1111Demetrios Drellos 0-0.2850Running0$0
79+221Yan Bussiere 0-0.3390Running0$0
84-466MCorbin Millar 0-0.3740Running0$0
97-239CKyle Coffey 0-0.4000Running0$0
1021+118SRichard Scagliotta 0-0.4830Running0$0
1117+69Marc Johnson 0-0.5800Running0$0
1215+399LLarry Wight 0-0.5860Running0$0
138-533Louden Reimert 0-0.5990Running0$0
1416+270AAlex Payne 0-0.6220Running0$0
153-12118Jim Britt 0-0.6710Running0$0
1620+491Felix Roy 0-0.6860Running0$0
1718+11Andrew Smith 0-0.7930Running0$0
1819+152Jessica Power 0-1.0340Running0$0
1913-635BFrancois Bellemare 0-1.2750Running0$0
206-1490Dany Gagne 0-1.4280Running0$0
2114-744Stewart Friesen 0-1.4280DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Richard Scagliotta
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
19+825RErick Rudolph 00.0000Running0$0
28+698HJimmy Phelps 0-0.0240Running0$0
36+321APeter Britten 0-0.0290Running0$0
414+102LJack Lehner 0-0.1460Running0$0
52-312SDarren Smith 0-0.2530Running0$0
619+13215Adam Pierson 0-0.2840Running0$0
75-225PMichael Parent 0-0.3970Running0$0
81-76SMatthew Stangle 0-0.4830Running0$0
910+160Brian Berger 0-0.5880Running0$0
1012+29TWill Thomas 0-0.6010Running0$0
1111032RRonnie Davis III0-0.6110Running0$0
124-828Jordan McCreadie 0-0.6140Running0$0
1320+727JDanny Johnson 0-0.6560Running0$0
147-730HJ Bunting 0-0.6650Running0$0
1513-254Steve Bernard 0-0.6840Running0$0
1618+2R70Ryan Arbuthnot 0-0.6920Running0$0
1717016XDan Creeden 0-0.8380Running0$0
1816-214CG Morey 0-0.9260Running0$0
1915-466DKyle Dingwall 0-1.0510Running0$0
2021+166SDexter Stacey 0-1.3400Running0$0
213-1844RRussell Morseman 0-1.3400DNF0$0
Hard Charger: Adam Pierson
Hot Laps 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
15+4111Demetrios Drellos 00.0000Running0$0
211+99SMatt Sheppard 0-0.3310Running0$0
38+533Louden Reimert 0-0.4550Running0$0
41-315XJustin Stone 0-0.5090Running0$0
59+421Yan Bussiere 0-0.5380Running0$0
67+139CKyle Coffey 0-0.6340Running0$0
72-57Rick Laubach 0-0.7630Running0$0
83-5118Jim Britt 0-0.9820Running0$0
910+188Mat Williamson 0-1.0680Running0$0
104-666MCorbin Millar 0-1.1700Running0$0
116-590Dany Gagne 0-1.3870Running0$0
Hard Charger: Matt Sheppard
Hot Laps 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1108HMax McLaughlin 00.0000Running0$0
26+49Marc Johnson 0-0.1910Running0$0
34+199LLarry Wight 0-0.7360Running0$0
45+170AAlex Payne 0-0.7420Running0$0
50-58Rich Scagliotta 0-0.7580Running0$0
610+48SRichard Scagliotta 0-0.7580Running0$0
7701Andrew Smith 0-0.7930Running0$0
89+191Felix Roy 0-0.8820Running0$0
92-735BFrancois Bellemare 0-1.2710Running0$0
108-252Jessica Power 0-1.3310Running0$0
113-844Stewart Friesen 0-1.3310Running0$0
Hard Charger: Marc Johnson
Hot Laps 3 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
19+825RErick Rudolph 00.0000Running0$0
26+421APeter Britten 0-0.0160Running0$0
38+598HJimmy Phelps 0-0.1500Running0$0
42-212SDarren Smith 0-0.8660Running0$0
55025PMichael Parent 0-0.9740Running0$0
610+460Brian Berger 0-1.0430Running0$0
74-328Jordan McCreadie 0-1.1010Running0$0
87-130HJ Bunting 0-1.4190Running0$0
91-86SMatthew Stangle 0-1.4190Running0$0
1011+166SDexter Stacey 0-1.4190Running0$0
113-844RRussell Morseman 0-1.4190Running0$0
Hard Charger: Erick Rudolph
Hot Laps 4 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
110+927JDanny Johnson 00.0000Running0$0
29+7215Adam Pierson 0-0.1500Running0$0
34+12LJack Lehner 0-0.2150Running0$0
41-332RRonnie Davis III0-0.4390Running0$0
58+3R70Ryan Arbuthnot 0-0.5290Running0$0
65-166DKyle Dingwall 0-0.5340Running0$0
72-59TWill Thomas 0-0.6920Running0$0
83-554Steve Bernard 0-0.6980Running0$0
97-216XDan Creeden 0-0.7010Running0$0
106-414CG Morey 0-0.7100Running0$0
Hard Charger: Danny Johnson
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Event Description
Kick off the racing season with two full weeks of racing in Florida at the World's Fastest Half-Mile, Volusia Speedway Park!

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Feature Laps Length
30

Event Schedule
UPDATE: 4:30PM GATE TIME ON FRIDAY

1PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
5:15PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7PM RACING

See Detailed Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag
#FLinFeb

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
TICKETS

Grandstand Type
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Handicapped Seating Location
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Pit Age Requirement
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.

Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Handicapped Parking Location
Handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$30 a day for dry camping, $80 for electric/water/sewer.

Frequently Asked Questions  
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
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
General Parking Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$30 a day for dry camping, $80 for electric/water/sewer.

Track Info  

Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
volusiaspeedway@dirtcar.com

Track Type
0.500; dirt oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; 360 Sprint Car: 14.160 sec. by Brenham Crouch on Jan. 27, 2023; Non-Wing: 16.362s by Thomas Meseraull on Feb. 14, 2023

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.100 sec. by Bobby Pierce on Jan. 19, 2024

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads
 https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/downloads.php

Tire Rules
Must use the same set of 4 tires for Qualifying, Heat Races, and Last Chance Showdowns:
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier (90) NLMT1
Right Rear - Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) LM20
For the Feature, competitors may use 3 new tires:
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier (90) NLMT1, (90) NLMT2, (90) LM20, (90) NLMT3, (90) LM30
Right Rear - Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) LM20, (92) NLMT3, (92) LM30
*Grooving and Siping is allowed.
*Flat tire MUST be replaced with a used tire of the same compound and construction to retain starting position.