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Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Race Recap  

BEST FOR LAST: Mat Williamson captures Big Gator championship with second win

Mat Williamson makes last lap pass to win for the second race in a row, while Jack Lehner lands second DIRTcar Nationals podium finish

Mat Williamson quite literally “saved the best for last,” for a second race in a row at the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals. The St. Catharines, ON driver made a last lap pass around leader Jack Lehner who was caught behind lapped traffic to capture the win.

The Buzzchew Racing driver started ninth on the pole, leave his work cut out for him from the start. But with a finely tuned secondary car that brought him the win on Thursday night and a few more laps to work with to chip away at the field, Williamson was up for the challenge. After steadily moving his way through lapped traffic, he made his way into fourth place by the half-way point of the 50-lap matchup. e caHe

While some cars struggled to keep up their pace, the #88 machine kicked it into high gear. After passing Erick Rudolph to move into third on Lap-27, he set his sights on the “Ginja Ninja” Jack Lehner in second. The two traded the lead three times in four laps after passing leader Rick Laubach on Lap-39, setting the stage for a spectacular finish. Lehner went into the final 5 laps in the lead, looking to hold on to capture his first DIRTcar Nationals victory.

“With seven or eight to go he kind of left me a little bit,” Williamson said. “Then I caught some more lapped cars and got back up to him to put myself in a position where we could win.”

Still neck and neck going into the final lap, Lehner ran the bottom with Williamson in hot pursuit on the top. The instantaneous choice proved to be the deciding factor in the final moments. Going into the back stretch, Lehner found himself caught behind lapped traffic, stifling his speed and mobility.  Williamson seized the opportunity, riding around him on the outside groove, and drove to victory for the second time in as many races. With the victory, he secured the 2023 Big Gator championship.

Mat Williamson hoists his Big Gator trophy in the air after winning the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals with two victories in three nights. (Photo: Jacy Norgaard)

“The year we came down and won two races, we won the championship,” Williamson said. “There was a few things that we did this week that we improved on that we never really did a lot of before and that was being good early in the night. I think we’ve got something that we can keep continuing and hopefully Time Trialing good because at the end of the day, when you come to these races, the cars are so good that you compete against.”

Lehner settled for second place, notching his second career DIRTcar Nationals podium finish.  

“Lapped traffic was just tough,” Lehner said. “I always prefer the bottom and that’s where they all were. I had to venture around to find somewhere to get around them. The middle worked a little bit here and there to pick off some guys. At the end there, I saw that Jimmy (Phelps) was the next lapped car and there was one lap to go. In my mind, I figured Jimmy’s fast. I’ll tuck in behind him… but by doing that, Jimmy was struggling tonight. I got caught behind him and Mat got around on the outside.”

Erick Rudolph finished in third for the second race in a row, giving him an overall second place finish. Max McLaughlin finished fourth and Peter Britten finished fifth.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks are back in action at Atomic Speedway Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 for two Super DIRT Week Qualifiers, $10,000 on Friday and $12,000 on Saturday.

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

Feature 50 Laps | 00:27:18.323

1. 88-Mat Williamson[9]; 2. 2L-Jack Lehner[1]; 3. 25R-Erick Rudolph[4]; 4. 8H-Max McLaughlin[5]; 5. 21A-Peter Britten[8]; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard[16]; 7. 7-Rick Laubach[2]; 8. 44-Stewart Friesen[11]; 9. 9-Marc Johnson[15]; 10. 30-HJ Bunting[6]; 11. 15X-Justin Stone[7]; 12. 39C-Kyle Coffey[19]; 13. 111-Demetrios Drellos[12]; 14. 215-Adam Pierson[14]; 15. 12S-Darren Smith[22]; 16. 28-Jordan McCreadie[24]; 17. 118-Jim Britt[21]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[3]; 19. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot[17]; 20. 14-CG Morey[25]; 21. 25P-Michael Parent[20]; 22. 27J-Danny Johnson[10]; 23. (DNF) 99L-Larry Wight[18]; 24. (DNF) 8-Richard Scagliotta[13]; 25. (DNF) 6S-Matthew Stangle[28]; 26. (DNF) 66M-Corbin Millar[26]; 27. (DNF) 70A-Alex Payne[27]; 28. (DNF) 16X-Dan Creeden[23]

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Feature Results
19+888Mat Williamson 500.0002Running0$7,500
21-12LJack Lehner 50-0.23724Running0$3,500
34+125RErick Rudolph 50-0.4830Running0$2,000
45+18HMax McLaughlin 50-3.4150Running0$1,750
58+321APeter Britten 50-4.0040Running0$1,500
616+109SMatt Sheppard 50-5.1660Running0$1,250
72-57Rick Laubach 50-5.20924Running0$1,000
811+344Stewart Friesen 50-5.9480Running0$900
915+69Marc Johnson 50-6.6640Running0$800
106-430HJ Bunting 50-12.1570Running0$700
117-415XJustin Stone 50-12.3770Running0$650
1219+739CKyle Coffey 50-14.3770Running0$600
1312-1111Demetrios Drellos 50-15.1550Running0$550
14140215Adam Pierson 50-15.4880Running0$500
1522+712SDarren Smith 50-17.5690Running0$500
1624+828Jordan McCreadie 50-18.7090Running0$500
1721+4118Jim Britt 50-19.7660Running0$500
183-1598HJimmy Phelps 50-20.3220Running0$500
1917-2R70Ryan Arbuthnot 49-1 Laps0Running0$500
2025+514CG Morey 49-1 Laps0Running0$500
2120-125PMichael Parent 49-1 Laps0Running0$500
2210-1227JDanny Johnson 49-1 Laps0Running0$500
2318-599LLarry Wight 30-20 Laps0DNF0$500
2413-118Richard Scagliotta 26-24 Laps0DNF0$500
2528+36SMatthew Stangle 14-36 Laps0DNF0$500
2626066MCorbin Millar 12-38 Laps0DNF0$500
2727070AAlex Payne 2-48 Laps0DNF0$500
2823-516XDan Creeden 1-49 Laps0DNF0$500
Hard Charger: Matt Sheppard
Last Chance Showdown Results
110118Jim Britt 100.0007Running0$0
24+216XDan Creeden 10-0.4300Running0$0
33014CG Morey 10-2.9930Running0$0
410+633Louden Reimert 10-3.2850Running0$75
55044RRussell Morseman 10-5.7450Running0$75
68+235BFrancois Bellemare 10-7.6500Running0$75
76-152Jessica Power 10-8.5760Running0$75
82-670AAlex Payne 3-7 Laps3DNF0$75
97-29TWill Thomas 0-10 Laps0DNS0$75
109-132RRonnie Davis III0-10 Laps0DNS0$75
Hard Charger: Louden Reimert
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
13+212SDarren Smith 100.00010Running0$0
21-128Jordan McCreadie 10-2.4960Running0$0
32-166MCorbin Millar 10-3.6710Running0$0
44054Steve Bernard 10-5.4680Running0$75
56+191Felix Roy 10-5.5090Running0$75
68+21Andrew Smith 10-7.4960Running0$75
75-221Yan Bussiere 10-8.0070Running0$75
810+290Dany Gagne 10-9.3550Running0$75
99060Brian Berger 10-10.5980Running0$75
107-36SMatthew Stangle 5-5 Laps0DNF0$75
Hard Charger: Darren Smith
Heat 1 Results
1130HJ Bunting 251.5680.0000
2298HJimmy Phelps 252.087-0.5190
3388Mat Williamson 252.490-0.9220
448Richard Scagliotta 255.552-3.9840
55R70Ryan Arbuthnot 256.429-4.8610
67118Jim Britt 256.832-5.2640
7814CG Morey 257.740-6.1720
81044RRussell Morseman 259.714-8.1460
999TWill Thomas 260.266-8.6980
10632RRonnie Davis III262.027-10.4590
Heat 2 Results
117Rick Laubach 149.4390.0000
228HMax McLaughlin 150.875-1.4360
3327JDanny Johnson 151.908-2.4690
45215Adam Pierson 152.838-3.3990
5499LLarry Wight 153.978-4.5390
6770AAlex Payne 155.098-5.6590
7616XDan Creeden 155.812-6.3730
8852Jessica Power 163.357-13.9180
91035BFrancois Bellemare 164.697-15.2580
10933Louden Reimert 164.697-15.2580
Heat 3 Results
1215XJustin Stone 151.5730.0000
212LJack Lehner 152.426-0.8530
3444Stewart Friesen 153.386-1.8130
439Marc Johnson 154.110-2.5370
5639CKyle Coffey 155.475-3.9020
6728Jordan McCreadie 156.249-4.6760
7912SDarren Smith 157.317-5.7440
8821Yan Bussiere 159.133-7.5600
9106SMatthew Stangle 159.490-7.9170
10560Brian Berger 160.618-9.0450
Heat 4 Results
1121APeter Britten 150.2280.0000
2225RErick Rudolph 151.115-0.8870
33111Demetrios Drellos 152.850-2.6220
469SMatt Sheppard 154.244-4.0160
5425PMichael Parent 154.985-4.7570
6566MCorbin Millar 156.563-6.3350
7854Steve Bernard 157.295-7.0670
8991Felix Roy 159.289-9.0610
971Andrew Smith 160.066-9.8380
101090Dany Gagne 161.624-11.3960
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
15+430HJ Bunting 00.0000Running0$0
26+47Rick Laubach 0-0.0210Running0$0
318+1598HJimmy Phelps 0-0.2500Running0$0
417+138HMax McLaughlin 0-0.2510Running0$0
52-388Mat Williamson 0-0.3270Running0$0
61-527JDanny Johnson 0-0.4160Running0$0
74-38Richard Scagliotta 0-0.4590Running0$0
816+899LLarry Wight 0-0.4620Running0$0
911+2R70Ryan Arbuthnot 0-0.5450Running0$0
10100215Adam Pierson 0-0.5850Running0$0
113-832RRonnie Davis III0-0.5920Running0$0
129-316XDan Creeden 0-0.6430Running0$0
1319+6118Jim Britt 0-0.6750Running0$0
1412-270AAlex Payne 0-0.7450Running0$0
1520+514CG Morey 0-0.7450Running0$0
167-952Jessica Power 0-0.8100Running0$0
1714-39TWill Thomas 0-0.9290Running0$0
188-1033Louden Reimert 0-1.0400Running0$0
1915-444RRussell Morseman 0-1.4630Running0$0
2013-735BFrancois Bellemare 0-1.5050Running0$0
Hard Charger: Jimmy Phelps
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
13+22LJack Lehner 00.0000Running0$0
22021APeter Britten 0-0.0920Running0$0
313+1015XJustin Stone 0-0.2620Running0$0
410+625RErick Rudolph 0-0.2700Running0$0
57+29Marc Johnson 0-0.2900Running0$0
65-1111Demetrios Drellos 0-0.3760Running0$0
716+944Stewart Friesen 0-0.3960Running0$0
89+125PMichael Parent 0-0.5040Running0$0
94-560Brian Berger 0-0.5520Running0$0
1017+766MCorbin Millar 0-0.6110Running0$0
1119+839CKyle Coffey 0-0.6730Running0$0
121209SMatt Sheppard 0-0.7150Running0$0
1311-228Jordan McCreadie 0-0.7990Running0$0
141-131Andrew Smith 0-0.8060Running0$0
1520+521Yan Bussiere 0-0.8360Running0$0
1614-254Steve Bernard 0-0.8480Running0$0
1718+112SDarren Smith 0-0.9460Running0$0
1815-391Felix Roy 0-1.0250Running0$0
198-116SMatthew Stangle 0-1.1330Running0$0
206-1490Dany Gagne 0-1.8120Running0$0
Hard Charger: Justin Stone
Hot Laps 1 Results
18+733Louden Reimert 00.0000Running0$0
21-127JDanny Johnson 0-0.3210Running0$0
35+230HJ Bunting 0-0.3330Running0$0
49+516XDan Creeden 0-0.3510Running0$0
54-18Richard Scagliotta 0-0.4290Running0$0
6607Rick Laubach 0-0.4990Running0$0
710+3215Adam Pierson 0-0.7270Running0$0
83-532RRonnie Davis III0-1.3200Running0$0
92-788Mat Williamson 0-1.6790Running0$0
107-352Jessica Power 0-3.1680Running0$0
Hard Charger: Louden Reimert
Hot Laps 2 Results
110R70Ryan Arbuthnot 00.0000Running0$0
22070AAlex Payne 0-0.2550Running0$0
34+19TWill Thomas 0-0.4670Running0$0
48+498HJimmy Phelps 0-0.5050Running0$0
57+28HMax McLaughlin 0-0.6650Running0$0
66099LLarry Wight 0-0.6890Running0$0
73-435BFrancois Bellemare 0-0.8600Running0$0
85-344RRussell Morseman 0-0.8800Running0$0
910+114CG Morey 0-1.2290Running0$0
109-1118Jim Britt 0-1.2320Running0$0
Hard Charger: Jimmy Phelps
Hot Laps 3 Results
15+4111Demetrios Drellos 00.0000Running0$0
22021APeter Britten 0-0.0380Running0$0
37+49Marc Johnson 0-0.1750Running0$0
49+525PMichael Parent 0-0.3210Running0$0
510+525RErick Rudolph 0-0.3630Running0$0
63-32LJack Lehner 0-0.7470Running0$0
76-190Dany Gagne 0-0.8050Running0$0
8806SMatthew Stangle 0-0.8460Running0$0
94-560Brian Berger 0-1.6830Running0$0
101-91Andrew Smith 0-1.9400Running0$0
Hard Charger: Michael Parent
Hot Laps 4 Results
110+921Yan Bussiere 00.0000Running0$0
2209SMatt Sheppard 0-0.1190Running0$0
39+639CKyle Coffey 0-0.1280Running0$0
43-115XJustin Stone 0-0.2840Running0$0
51-428Jordan McCreadie 0-0.4100Running0$0
66044Stewart Friesen 0-0.4220Running0$0
77066MCorbin Millar 0-0.4870Running0$0
88012SDarren Smith 0-0.5650Running0$0
94-554Steve Bernard 0-0.6710Running0$0
105-591Felix Roy 0-0.9650Running0$0
Hard Charger: Yan Bussiere
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Saturday, February 18, 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

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule

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

See Detailed Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices

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  
To Win Amount

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.


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

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

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.