2/15/20 Volusia Speedway Park

FEATURE (50 Laps)
1. 88-Mat Williamson [2][$5,000]; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$2,500]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [4][$1,500]; 4. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$1,000]; 5. 91-Billy Decker [7][$800]; 6. 99L-Larry Wight [3][$700]; 7. 42P-Pat Ward [10][$650]; 8. 4-Andy Bachetti [19][$600]; 9. 25R-Erick Rudolph [11][$550]; 10. 19-Tim Fuller [15][$500]; 11. 20-Brett Hearn [23][$475]; 12. 44-Stewart Friesen [6][$450]; 13. 7MM-Michael Maresca [8][$425]; 14. 44P-Anthony Perrego [16][$400]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [9][$375]; 16. 21A-Peter Britten [24][$350]; 17. 30-Ronnie Johnson [21][$325]; 18. 3-Justin Haers [18][$300]; 19. 23-Kyle Coffey [13][$300]; 20. 111-Demetrios Drellos [28][$300]; 21. 83-Brian Swartzlander [12][$300]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [14][$300]; 23. 32-Jim Rasey [25][$300]; 24. 8-Rich Scagliotta [26][$300]; 25. 1G-Darwin Greene [17][$300]; 26. 30M-JoJo Watson [22][$300]; 27. 1-Billy Pauch [20][$300]; 28. 7-Rick Laubach [27][$300]

Hard Charger Award: 20-Brett Hearn[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A
1. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 17.567; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.73; 3. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 17.769; 4. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.13; 5. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.213; 6. 1G-Darwin Greene, 18.494; 7. 7-Rick Laubach, NT; 8. 21A-Peter Britten, NT

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 17.561; 2. 91-Billy Decker, 17.598; 3. 46-Jeremy Smith, 17.794; 4. 42P-Pat Ward, 17.83; 5. 3-Justin Haers, 17.997; 6. 6D-Dillon Steuer, 18.036; 7. 30M-JoJo Watson, 18.16; 8. 44R-Russell Morseman, 19.039

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 17.714; 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 17.72; 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 17.821; 4. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 18.071; 5. 4-Andy Bachetti, 18.086; 6. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.111; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.186; 8. 32-Jim Rasey, 18.516

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 88-Mat Williamson, 17.622; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 17.731; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.738; 4. 30-Ronnie Johnson, 17.93; 5. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 17.959; 6. 1-Billy Pauch, 17.981; 7. 44P-Anthony Perrego, 18.019; 8. 13-Rick Regalski, 18.477

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – Spon.-1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 7MM-Michael Maresca [1]; 2. 99L-Larry Wight [2]; 3. 19M-Jessey Mueller [3]; 4. 23-Kyle Coffey [4]; 5. 1G-Darwin Greene [6]; 6. 7-Rick Laubach [7]; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher [5]; 8. 21A-Peter Britten [8]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – Spon.-2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [2]; 3. 42P-Pat Ward [4]; 4. 46-Jeremy Smith [3]; 5. 3-Justin Haers [5]; 6. 30M-JoJo Watson [7]; 7. 6D-Dillon Steuer [6]; 8. 44R-Russell Morseman [8]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – Spon.-3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [2]; 3. 25R-Erick Rudolph [4]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller [3]; 5. 4-Andy Bachetti [5]; 6. 20-Brett Hearn [6]; 7. 32-Jim Rasey [8]; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta [7]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 88-Mat Williamson [1]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [3]; 3. 83-Brian Swartzlander [5]; 4. 44P-Anthony Perrego [7]; 5. 1-Billy Pauch [6]; 6. 30-Ronnie Johnson [4]; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos [2]; 8. 13-Rick Regalski [8]

LCS1 – Last Chance Showdowns (10 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer
1. 30-Ronnie Johnson [4][]; 2. 30M-JoJo Watson [2][]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [3][]; 4. 21A-Peter Britten [9][]; 5. 32-Jim Rasey [7][]; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta [11][]; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman [10][$75]; 8. 111-Demetrios Drellos [8][]; 9. 6D-Dillon Steuer [6][$75]; 10. 48T-Dave Rauscher [5][$75]; 11. 13-Rick Regalski [12][$75]; 12. 7-Rick Laubach [1][]

Wight’s Perfect V-Day

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 14, 2020 – Lightning Larry Wight, from Phoenix, NY, joined elite company in the record books by winning his third DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Feature win in a row. Only Brett Hearn and Kenny Brightbill have won three or more consecutive races at Volusia Speedway Park in Super DIRTcar Series competition. 

Wight’s first 2 wins this week came from the outside pole position but tonight the No. 99L started seventh with 6 very fast Big Block Modifieds in his way. 

Wight’s teammate The Franklin Flyer Billy Decker started on pole-sitter Rick Laubach’s outside but slid to the bottom on the backstretch and outmuscled Laubach out of turn 4 on the initial start. 

As the race progressed and Decker built a lead, most of the top runners were on the high side of the speedway. Wight made his way by 2 of the fastest cars on the property; Anthony Perrego and Matt Sheppard. Then it was time to reel in the leader. 

For the win, Wight was forced to pass the one car on the track he didn’t want to: Gypsum Racing teammate Billy Decker. 

“He got stuck behind those lapped cars. He didn’t move up in time and we were able to get that top. I thought after I messed up the first time going after it, Billy would have taken the top away from me but he left me just enough room to enter above the cushion and cut down. Luckily the car turned just enough for it,” Wight described. 

Due to a rain shower before Hot Laps and superior track preparation, the surface was full throttle. 

“The track crew did a phenomenal job getting that track turned around today in the short amount of time they had once the rain stopped,” Wight noted. “This car has been working no matter what the surface is. Luckily we haven’t changed the set up much. That goes to show you we got it working good.” 

Larry Wight has won 4 out of the last 6 Super DIRTcar Series DIRTcar Nationals Features. 

Billy Decker is a 3-time winner at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. He was 4 laps away from his fourth.

“When you lose the lead it’s disappointing,” said Decker. “We lost to the right guy but we certainly wanted the win.” 

Larry Wight has everyone in the Gator Pond scrambling for set up changes. The Gypsum Racing team put their heads together and worked on the No. 91 throughout the day.

“We made some changes but it wasn’t enough. He [Wight] is just too versatile,” conceded Decker. 

In third was last night’s hard-luck candidate Mat Williamson from St. Catharines, ON. The Buzz Chew Racing team went hammer down to get the No. 88 back to the front. 

“We gave it all we had. We were disappointed after last night’s mishap. Fortunately tonight we turned things around,” said Williamson. “We got here at 8 o’clock this morning and put in a day’s work and it really paid off for the guys.”

After starting ninth, Williamson needed a track he could make gains on. 

“The track was challenging but it was racy. Given the weather we had today, you can’t complain. It’s a factor. Hopefully, it’s similar tomorrow.”

Join us tomorrow night at Volusia Speedway Park for the final race of the 2020 DIRTcar National presented by Bozark Ford. Don’t miss it as we will crown the 2020 DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Big Gator Champion!

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FEATURE (30 Laps)

  1. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$3,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [2][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [9][$1,000]; 4. 44P-Anthony Perrego [13][$800]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [8][$700]; 6. 4-Andy Bachetti [5][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$600]; 8. 111-Demetrios Drellos [10][$550]; 9. 49-Billy Dunn [19][$500]; 10. 19-Tim Fuller [15][$450]; 11. 7-Rick Laubach [1][$400]; 12. 25R-Erick Rudolph [20][$375]; 13. 42P-Pat Ward [25][$350]; 14. 83-Brian Swartzlander [14][$325]; 15. 3-Justin Haers [11][$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [17][$275]; 17. 46-Jeremy Smith [26][$250]; 18. 7MM-Michael Maresca [6][$250]; 19. 32-Jim Rasey [22][$250]; 20. 20-Brett Hearn [12][$250]; 21. 21A-Peter Britten [4][$250]; 22. 23-Kyle Coffey [18][$250]; 23. 30-Ronnie Johnson [23][$250]; 24. 6D-Dillon Steuer [24][$250]; 25. 1-Billy Pauch [16][$250]; 26. 30M-JoJo Watson [21][$250]

 

Hard Charger Award: 42P-Pat Ward[+12]

 

FULL RESULTS HERE

2/14/2020 Volusia Speedway Park

FEATURE (30 Laps) — 1. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$3,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [2][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [9][$1,000]; 4. 44P-Anthony Perrego [13][$800]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [8][$700]; 6. 4-Andy Bachetti [5][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$600]; 8. 111-Demetrios Drellos [10][$550]; 9. 49-Billy Dunn [19][$500]; 10. 19-Tim Fuller [15][$450]; 11. 7-Rick Laubach [1][$400]; 12. 25R-Erick Rudolph [20][$375]; 13. 42P-Pat Ward [25][$350]; 14. 83-Brian Swartzlander [14][$325]; 15. 3-Justin Haers [11][$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [17][$275]; 17. 46-Jeremy Smith [26][$250]; 18. 7MM-Michael Maresca [6][$250]; 19. 32-Jim Rasey [22][$250]; 20. 20-Brett Hearn [12][$250]; 21. 21A-Peter Britten [4][$250]; 22. 23-Kyle Coffey [18][$250]; 23. 30-Ronnie Johnson [23][$250]; 24. 6D-Dillon Steuer [24][$250]; 25. 1-Billy Pauch [16][$250]; 26. 30M-JoJo Watson [21][$250]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 42P-Pat Ward[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.576; 2. 91-Billy Decker, 17.657; 3. 88-Mat Williamson, 17.724; 4. 32-Jim Rasey, 17.986; 5. 44P-Anthony Perrego, 18.046; 6. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 18.399; 7. 1G-Darwin Greene, 18.514; 8. 44R-Russell Morseman, 18.637

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 17.659; 2. 21A-Peter Britten, 17.718; 3. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 18.049; 4. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.152; 5. 6D-Dillon Steuer, 18.256; 6. 30M-JoJo Watson, 18.323; 7. 46-Jeremy Smith, 18.483; 8. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.494

Qualifying Flight-C – 1. 4-Andy Bachetti, 17.862; 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 17.998; 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.035; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.057; 5. 30-Ronnie Johnson, 18.178; 6. 42P-Pat Ward, 18.215; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.267; 8. 3-Justin Haers, 18.386

Qualifying Flight-D – 1. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.666; 2. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 17.888; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.059; 4. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 18.124; 5. 1-Billy Pauch, 18.159; 6. 13-Rick Regalski, 18.279; DNS. 48T-Dave Rauscher, NT

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 7-Rick Laubach [1]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [2]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [3]; 4. 44P-Anthony Perrego [5]; 5. 19M-Jessey Mueller [6]; 6. 32-Jim Rasey [4]; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman [8]; 8. 1G-Darwin Greene [7]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 21A-Peter Britten [2]; 3. 111-Demetrios Drellos [4]; 4. 83-Brian Swartzlander [3]; 5. 23-Kyle Coffey [8]; 6. 30M-JoJo Watson [6]; 7. 6D-Dillon Steuer [5]; 8. 46-Jeremy Smith [7]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [4]; 2. 4-Andy Bachetti [1]; 3. 3-Justin Haers [8]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller [3]; 5. 49-Billy Dunn [2]; 6. 30-Ronnie Johnson [5]; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta [7]; 8. 42P-Pat Ward [6]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 99L-Larry Wight [1]; 2. 7MM-Michael Maresca [4]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [3]; 4. 1-Billy Pauch [5]; 5. 25R-Erick Rudolph [2]; 6. 13-Rick Regalski [6]; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher [7]

Last Chance Showdowns (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 30M-JoJo Watson [2][$]; 2. 32-Jim Rasey [1][$]; 3. 30-Ronnie Johnson [3][$]; 4. 6D-Dillon Steuer [6][$]; 5. 42P-Pat Ward [11][$75]; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta [7][$75]; 7. 46-Jeremy Smith [10][$75]; 8. 13-Rick Regalski [4][$75]; 9. 1G-Darwin Greene [9][$75]; 10. 44R-Russell Morseman [5][$75]; 11. 48T-Dave Rauscher [8][$75]

Lightning Strikes Twice

BARBERVILLE, FL – For the second night in a row, Lightning Larry Wight was showered in confetti on the front stretch of Volusia Speedway Park at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. 

Both wins were mirrored by two other important factors: Larry Wight started on the outside pole and five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Friesen finished in his Hoosier Racing Tire tracks. The pilot of the No. 25R Erick Rudolph, from Ransomville, NY, took the final step of the podium. 

Wight, of Phoenix, NY, has now won 3 of the last 5 Super DIRTcar Series races at Volusia Speedway Park. 

“This car has just been on a rail,” said Wight. “We were fortunate enough to be able to put the same set up as we did last night. The track didn’t lay rubber or anything and we were still glued to it. We’ve got something rolling so I hope we can keep it going for the rest of the week. Hopefully, it will transfer to something up north.”

The 30-lap Feature began with Wight hard on the gas on the outside of pole-sitter Rick Laubach. Wight passed him on the opening lap with the same move he made the night before on Brett Hearn. Right now, Wight and his team have the car right where he wants it.

“The car is good enough that I don’t even have to run the cushion. It’s a wall over in 3 and 4,” noted Wight. To try and run that lap after lap without losing the nose or hurt the car is almost impossible. We were able to run about halfway below it, right on the crown where it kind of flattens off. It seemed to like it.” 

Five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Friesen started fifth and quickly made his way to Wight’s tail. The race ran green until lap 13 when Tuesday’s winner and former Gator Championship points leader Mat Williamson broke a left rear shock. The Buzz Chew Racing team quickly changed the broken part and sent the No. 88 back into the fray where he made his way back up to 15th.

Friesen then lined up beside Wight on the lap 13 restart. 

“Any time you have Stewie right behind you, you don’t want to see a restart. He’s phenomenal on restarts and he can usually make stuff happen. The farther I could keep him behind me the better.”

Friesen has probably had his fill of staring down Wight’s exhaust pipe, but his Halmar Racing team is adept at giving Friesen what he needs to win. 

“These guys have been working really hard,” Friesen said. “ We’ve just got nothing for ‘em there. We’re going to take the day off and go run Daytona tomorrow and think about what we are going to do to this thing for Saturday because we are lacking a couple of tenths there and it showed. We’ll put it back together and come up with something.” 

Rudolph is ready to take a couple of steps up the podium. Although the Gator Championship points standings show him in third, second place runner Stewart Friesen will be racing at Daytona International Speedway Friday, February 14 meaning Rudolph will likely overtake Friesen in points. Consistency is a huge part of Rudolph’s success. 

“We had similar speed to Friesen,” Rudolph said. “We’ve had a decent car. I’m proud of our consistency this week. We’ve got two more races here and I’m looking forward to those. The team is really driving here.” 

It was Sheppard who knocked out the quick time of the night clearing Time Trial runner up Wight by 3 tenths. After struggling mightily the past two nights, it looked like the 7-time Series champion had turned a corner. Unfortunately, there’s more work to be done as Sheppard slipped back in the field and finished seventh. 

After a tough week, Demetrios Drellos, driver of the No. 111, finally cracked the top 10. Drellos ran well in Time Trials and finished second in his Heat Race to get into the Albany-Saratoga Speedway Redraw. Drellos’ 10th-place finish is his best of the week after fighting mechanical gremlins. 

The fourth Super DIRTcar Series race of the Florida Tour at Volusia Speedway Park is Friday. If you can’t make it to the track, log in with DIRTvision and get a month-long Fast Pass to catch all the action live. 

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FEATURE (30 Laps) 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$3,000]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [5][$1,500]; 3. 25R-Erick Rudolph [4][$1,000]; 4. 7MM-Michael Maresca [3][$800]; 5. 20-Brett Hearn [7][$700]; 6. 91-Billy Decker [12][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [8][$600]; 8. 44P-Anthony Perrego [10][$550]; 9. 49-Billy Dunn [18][$500]; 10. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6][$450]; 11. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [11][$400]; 12. 21A-Peter Britten [19][$375]; 13. 42P-Pat Ward [14][$350]; 14. 7-Rick Laubach [1][$325]; 15. 88-Mat Williamson [15][$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [9][$275]; 17. 30-Ronnie Johnson [22][$250]; 18. 19-Tim Fuller [21][$250]; 19. 23-Kyle Coffey [17][$250]; 20. 46-Jeremy Smith [13][$250]; 21. 83-Brian Swartzlander [20][$250]; 22. 3-Justin Haers [16][$250]; 23. 32-Jim Rasey [24][$250]; 24. 4-Andy Bachetti [25][$250]; 25. 48T-Dave Rauscher [26][$250]; 26. 1-Billy Pauch [23][$250]

Hard Charger Award: 49-Billy Dunn[+9]

FULL RESULTS HERE

Wight Whistles by ‘The Jet’ at Volusia

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 12, 2020 – Brett “The Jet” Hearn started on the pole, but it was Larry Wight, from Phoenix, NY, who lit the afterburners and squeezed between the No. 20 and the front stretch wall for the victory. 

The defending DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford champion is white-hot at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile Volusia Speedway Park. The No. 99 Gypsum Racing Big Block Modified has now graced Victory Lane at Volusia two out of the last four races at the speedway. 

As he often does, Wight found purchase on the high side. 

“That thing just came alive on the top. We were able to run that middle-to-top through 1 and 2 and right through the middle in 3 and 4,” said Wight. “It felt like the car was just glued to the track, so I just kept running that line and I didn’t see anyone showing a nose. It’s one of those deals where you’re the leader and you don’t know what line is better.”

After making the fateful pass on Hearn, Wight built a lead. A few restarts bunched up the field and Stewart Friesen drew in. 

“As soon as he showed that nose I knew it was time to go to the bottom. I knew if I could get a couple lapped cars and not have to get off the bottom, we’d be alright. I caught Jeremy Smith and I just stayed there. I knew Stewie would have to Bonzai-it to make it work.”

Wight’s DIRTcar Nationals success has come with a lot of trial and error and heartbreak. 

“We’ve always enjoyed coming down here. We’ve been really close over the past six years. There were a lot of wins we let slip out,” noted Wight. “I just think we have a better handle on the car. The crew is meshing. Brandon and Jake are just working their tails off on this thing. We finished last season on a high note and this is a great way to kick off this season.”

Once Wight established his lead it was Stewart Friesen, from Sprakers, NY, that stepped up to the plate. Late in the race, Friesen caught Wight in lapped traffic. Friesen drove the Halmar Racing No. 44 deep into turn 1 but failed to get alongside Wight. After 30 laps Friesen finished in second. 

“The track narrowed up late in the race and I wasn’t able to get a run on him,” said Friesen. 

Friesen is currently second in Gator Championship points. He also busy day at the Daytona International Speedway with 2 practice sessions in his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series No. 52.

DIRTcar Nationals Championship points leader and defending Series champion Mat Williamson rounded out the podium. The Buzz Chew No. 88 driver from St. Catharines, ON pulled eighth in the Albany-Saratoga Speedway/The Big Show 12 Top 8 Redraw. It took five calculated moves to pick up a third-place finish. 

Williamson and his team know as well as anyone that consistency wins championships. 

“There are 3 more races in this deal. It just goes to show you how good this Buzz Chew team is. We unloaded fast and that’s because of all the hard work during the winter in the shop,” said Williamson. 

The track conditions at Volusia Speedway Park always keep the drivers guessing and hitting the right set up is key. 

“The track was a little bit slippier,” noted Williamson. “I felt our car was a little better last night than it was tonight. When you start on the pole you can get into clean air and control the race. I think we’ve got a little bit of work to do.”

It looked as though the stars were aligning for Brett Hearn when he drew the pole position in the Albany-Saratoga Speedway/Brett Hearn’s The Big Show Top 8 Redraw. 

At the start, Hearn was immediately contested by Larry Wight. The No. 99L drew alongside the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 and after a lap-long door-to-door, Wight bested the 900 plus Feature winner coming out of turn 4. He finished fourth in the 30-lap Feature.  

Hearn crossed the line second to Erick Rudolph in his Heat Race and was coming on strong before Dave Farney threw the checkered flag. It appears that ‘The Jet’ is fully armed and ready for take-off. 

The Gypsum Racing No. 91 of The Franklin Flyer Billy Decker struggled in Time Trials, which set him back in the Heat Race. Fortunately for the race fans in attendance at Volusia Speedway Park, Decker passed 9 cars to go from sixteenth to seventh making him the race’s hard charger. 

Join us tomorrow night at Volusia Speedway Park for the race three of the 2020 DIRTcar National presented by Bozark Ford. If you can’t make it to the track, log in with DIRTVision and get a month-long Fast Pass to catch all the action live. 

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FEATURE (30 LAPS) – 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$3,000]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [4][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [8][$1,000]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [1][$800]; 5. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$700]; 6. 25R-Erick Rudolph [6][$650]; 7. 91-Billy Decker [16][$600]; 8. 44P-Anthony Perrego [9][$550]; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti [3][$500]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$450]; 11. 1-Billy Pauch [10][$400]; 12. 30-Ronnie Johnson [14][$375]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [19][$350]; 14. 42P-Pat Ward [21][$325]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [22][$300]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$275]; 17. 3-Justin Haers [11][$250]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [13][$250]; 19. 9S-Matt Sheppard [15][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [24][$250]; 21. 46-Jeremy Smith [20][$250]; 22. 83-Brian Swartzlander [18][$250]; 23. 48T-Dave Rauscher [25][$250]; 24. 7-Rick Laubach [7][$250]; 25. 7MM-Michael Maresca [23][$250]; 26. 6D-Dillon Steuer [26][$250]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 91-Billy Decker[+9]

SEE FULL RESULTS

SEE GATOR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Contingency awards:

VP Racing Fuels: $50 – Anthony Perrego

Drydene Performance Products: $50 – Erick Rudolph; $50 Certificate – Demetrios Drellos

ASI Racewear: $50 – Billy Decker

Bicknell Racing Products: $100 Certificate – Larry Wight

Billy Whittaker Cars: $100 – Stewart Friesen

Cometic: $50 – Ronnie Johnson

Comp Cams: $50 – Peter Britten $50 Certificate – Larry Wight 

DART: $50 – Andy Bachetti; $100 Certificate – Stewart Friesen; $100 Certificate – Matt Sheppard

Fox Racing Shox:  $50 – Mat Williamson

Wrisco: $200 Certificate – Larry Wight

02/12/20 – Volusia Speedway Park

FEATURE (30 Laps) – 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$3,000]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [4][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [8][$1,000]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [1][$800]; 5. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$700]; 6. 25R-Erick Rudolph [6][$650]; 7. 91-Billy Decker [16][$600]; 8. 44P-Anthony Perrego [9][$550]; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti [3][$500]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$450]; 11. 1-Billy Pauch [10][$400]; 12. 30-Ronnie Johnson [14][$375]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [19][$350]; 14. 42P-Pat Ward [21][$325]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [22][$300]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$275]; 17. 3-Justin Haers [11][$250]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [13][$250]; 19. 9S-Matt Sheppard [15][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [24][$250]; 21. 46-Jeremy Smith [20][$250]; 22. 83-Brian Swartzlander [18][$250]; 23. 48T-Dave Rauscher [25][$250]; 24. 7-Rick Laubach [7][$250]; 25. 7MM-Michael Maresca [23][$250]; 26. 6D-Dillon Steuer [26][$250]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 91-Billy Decker[+9]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 88-Mat Williamson, 17.932; 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 18.202; 3. 30m-JoJo Watson, 18.331; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.351; 5. 44P-Anthony Perrego, 18.362; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.571; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.599; 8. 13-Rick Regalski, 18.752; 9. 5-Matthew Stangle, 19.444

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.606; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.921; 3. 1-Billy Pauch, 17.976; 4. 30-Ronnie Johnson, 17.987; 5. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 18.074; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.182; 7. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.394; 8. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.481

Qualifying Flight-C – 1. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 18.127; 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.179; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 18.197; 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.218; 5. 3-Justin Haers, 18.233; 6. 32-Jim Rasey, 18.27; 7. 98T-Tyler Thompson, 18.517; 8. 6D-Dillon Steuer, 19.109; 9. 44R-Russell Morseman, NT

Qualifying Flight-D – 1. 4-Andy Bachetti, 17.842; 2. 7-Rick Laubach, 18.02; 3. 91-Billy Decker, 18.16; 4. 21a-Peter Britten, 18.199; 5. 42P-Pat Ward, 18.214; 6. 46-Jeremy Smith, 18.355; 7. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 18.368; 8. 1g-Darwin Green, 19.107

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 88-Mat Williamson [1]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [2]; 3. 44P-Anthony Perrego [5]; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [4]; 5. 111-Demetrios Drellos [6]; 6. 5-Matthew Stangle [9]; 7. 30M-JoJo Watson [3]; 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher [7]; 9. 13-Rick Regalski [8]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 99L-Larry Wight [2]; 3. 1-Billy Pauch [3]; 4. 30-Ronnie Johnson [4]; 5. 83-Brian Swartzlander [5]; 6. 19M-Jessey Mueller [8]; 7. 23-Kyle Coffey [7]; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta [6]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 25R-Erick Rudolph [1]; 2. 20-Brett Hearn [2]; 3. 3-Justin Haers [5]; 4. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3]; 5. 19-Tim Fuller [4]; 6. 6D-Dillon Steuer [8]; 7. 32-Jim Rasey [6]; 8. 44R-Russell Morseman [9]; 9. 98T-Tyler Thompson [7]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 7-Rick Laubach [2]; 2. 4-Andy Bachetti [1]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten [4]; 4. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 5. 46-Jeremy Smith [6]; 6. 42P-Pat Ward [5]; 7. 7MM-Michael Maresca [7]; 8. 1G-Darwin Green [8]

Last Chance Showdowns (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 42P-Pat Ward [4][$]; 2. 19M-Jessey Mueller [2][$]; 3. 7MM-Michael Maresca [8][$]; 4. 23-Kyle Coffey [6][$]; 5. 6D-Dillon Steuer [3][$]; 6. 32-Jim Rasey [7][$75]; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher [9][$]; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta [10][$75]; 9. 13-Rick Regalski [13][$75]; 10. 1G-Darwin Green [12][$75]; 11. 44R-Russell Morseman [11][$75]; 12. 5-Matthew Stangle [1][$75]; 13. 30M-JoJo Watson [5][$75]; 14. 98T-Tyler Thompson [14][$75]

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds Volusia Speedway Park February 12th, 2020 | HIGHLIGHTS

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds Volusia Speedway Park February 12th, 2020 | HIGHLIGHTS

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Feature Event Highlights from Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida on February 12th, 2020.

Williamson Pins Down First Gator

BARBERVILLE, FL – Like a rocket lifting off from Cape Canaveral, defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, made the high line work to win his first career DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford Gator to kick-off the 2020 season at Volusia Speedway Park.

With a smile as wide as the Victory Lane he and his Buzz Chew Racing crew stood in, Williamson said: “Man it feels good to win in Florida!”

The thirty-lap Feature win did not come easy as Erick Rudolph and Anthony Perrego nearly overtook the Buzz Chew No. 88 in a close battle in turn two. 

“We got lucky when that caution came out. My guys in the infield were telling me Erick [Rudolph] was coming on the bottom. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck to win these things,” said Williamson. 

The 2020 DIRTcar Nationals are already head and shoulders above Williamson’s results from 2019. Tonight’s win is his first at Volusia Speedway Park.

“We didn’t run too spectacular here last year, so to get it for Buzz, who is here, is really cool,” he said. 

Ransomville, NY native Erick Rudolph charged to claim second place in the 26-car field of Big Block Modifieds. It looked like the No. 25R was primed for a run at the lead before the Feature’s only caution flew. 

“I got to second pretty quick there but I fizzled out a bit. Mat [Williamson] had a really good car. Before the restart I was catching him,” noted Rudolph. “After the restart, he took off and got a buffer on me and I wasn’t able to close in on him.”

“This is my best run here to date so I am really happy with that. The week is young and hopefully, we can get a Gator,” noted Rudolph. A win at DIRTcar Nationals would be his first. 

The standout driver of the green and black No. 44 Anthony Perrego was stout in every race session. He found something his Big Block Modified liked and drove on to a third-place finish.

Midway through the race, Perrego caught Williamson and Rudolph to make it a three-way battle for the lead. Unfortunately for the Montgomery, NY native, a caution flag flew for Andy Bachetti, who pulled off with engine trouble. That would be the only caution flag of the race. 

“That was definitely a good run racing up against those two cats up there [Wiliamson and Rudolph]. Before that caution, I thought I had a shot at him,” said Perrego. “We were rolling the bottom pretty good. Once that yellow came out, I think someone knocked some water out on turns three and four so I kind of lost my line there.”

Perrego never let the leaders out of sight but had to settle for the bottom step on the podium. 

The 5-time NAPA Super DIRT Week champion and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors World Truck Series star Stewart Friesen cut through the field to finish fourth from his nineteenth place starting position.

Matt Sheppard started the night out well with a Heat Race win and a third-place starting position in the Feature. Unfortunately, the 7-time Super DIRTcar Series champion from Waterloo, NY faded throughout the race and was forced to settle for seventh. If history is any indication though, Sheppard and his MSM crew will turn it around for another chance at a Gator. 

Super DIRTcar Series rookie contender Jessey Mueller took the win in the first Last Chance Showdown number one of the night. Mueller struggled in Time Trials which put him towards the back in his Heat Race but the rookie persevered and qualified for the 30-lap Feature. He started twenty-first and moved up to finish nineteenth against a stacked field of elite Big Block Modified drivers. 

Join us tomorrow night at Volusia Speedway Park for the race two of the 2020 DIRTcar National presented by Bozark Ford. If you can’t make it to the track, watch LIVE on DIRTvision. A month-long Fast Pass gives you access to all the action. 

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FEATURE (30 LAPS) 1. 88-Mat Williamson [1][$3,000]; 2. 25r-Erick Rudolph [9][$1,500]; 3. 44P-Anthony Perrego [5][$1,000]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [19][$800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [10][$700]; 6. 91-Billy Decker [8][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$600]; 8. 49-Billy Dunn [7][$550]; 9. 42P-Pat Ward [16][$500]; 10. 3-Justin Haers [13][$450]; 11. 21a-Peter Britten [11][$400]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$375]; 13. 7-Rick Laubach [6][$350]; 14. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [14][$325]; 15. 1-Billy Pauch [15][$300]; 16. 83-Brian Swartzlander [25][$275]; 17. 7MM-Michael Maresca [4][$250]; 18. 19-Tim Fuller [18][$250]; 19. 19m-Jessey Mueller [21][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [23][$250]; 21. 30-Ronnie Johnson [12][$250]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [17][$250]; 23. 5-Matthew Stangle [22][$250]; 24. 48T-Dave Rauscher [26][$250]; 25. 6D-Dillon Steuer [20][$250]; 26. 4-Andy Bachetti [24][$250]

Hard Charger Award: 44-Stewart Friesen[+15]

FULL RESULTS HERE

Contingency Awards:

VP Racing Fuels: 

$50 – Billy Dunn 

Drydene Performance Products: 

$50 – Billy Decker

$50 product – Brian Swartzlander 

ASI Racewear:

$50 – Matt Sheppard

Bicknell Racing Products:

$100 product: Mat Williamson

Billy Whittaker Cars:

$100 – Billy Decker

Cometic:

$50 – Brett Hearn

Comp Cams:

$50 – Justin Haers

$50 product – Mat Williamson 

DART:

$50 – Pat Ward

$100 product – Erick Rudolph

$100 product – Jessey Mueller 

Fox Racing Shox: 

$50 – Anthony Perrego

Wrisco:

$200 product – Mat Williamson

2/11/2020 – Volusia Speedway Park

FEATURE (30 Laps) — 1. 88-Mat Williamson [1][$3,000]; 2. 25r-Erick Rudolph [9][$1,500]; 3. 44P-Anthony Perrego [5][$1,000]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [19][$800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [10][$700]; 6. 91-Billy Decker [8][$650]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$600]; 8. 49-Billy Dunn [7][$550]; 9. 42P-Pat Ward [16][$500]; 10. 3-Justin Haers [13][$450]; 11. 21a-Peter Britten [11][$400]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$375]; 13. 7-Rick Laubach [6][$350]; 14. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [14][$325]; 15. 1-Billy Pauch [15][$300]; 16. 83-Brian Swartzlander [25][$275]; 17. 7MM-Michael Maresca [4][$250]; 18. 19-Tim Fuller [18][$250]; 19. 19m-Jessey Mueller [21][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [23][$250]; 21. 30-Ronnie Johnson [12][$250]; 22. 46-Jeremy Smith [17][$250]; 23. 5-Matthew Stangle [22][$250]; 24. 48T-Dave Rauscher [26][$250]; 25. 6D-Dillon Steuer [20][$250]; 26. 4-Andy Bachetti [24][$250]; Hard Charger Award: 44-Stewart Friesen[+15]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 88-Mat Williamson, 17.726; 2. 44P-Anthony Perrego, 17.811; 3. 3-Justin Haers, 17.819; 4. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 17.963; 5. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.147; 6. 32-Jim Rasey, 18.419; 7. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.45; 8. 46-Jeremy Smith, 18.502; 9. 30M-JoJo Watson, 18.676

Qualifying Flight-B -0 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 17.74; 2. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.796; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.854; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.131; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.149; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.28; 7. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 18.539; 8. 27J-Danny Johnson, 18.783; 9. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.989

Qualifying Flight-C – 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 17.987; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.987; 3. 49-Billy Dunn, 17.99; 4. 21a-Peter Britten, 18.126; 5. 1-Billy Pauch, 18.129; 6. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.464; 7. 4-Andy Bachetti, 18.559; 8. 13-Rick Regalski, 18.968; 9. 5-Matthew Stangle, 19.863

Qualifying Flight-D – 1. 91-Billy Decker, 17.678; 2. 7MM-Michael Maresca, 18.057; 3. 30-Ronnie Johnson, 18.18; 4. 42P-Pat Ward, 18.629; 5. 1G-Darwin Greene, 18.761; 6. 6D-Dillon Steuer, 18.802; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman, 18.89; 8. 98T-Tyler Thompson, 19.085

Heat #1 – Flight (A)  – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 88-Mat Williamson [1]; 2. 44P-Anthony Perrego [2]; 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph [4]; 4. 3-Justin Haers [3]; 5. 46-Jeremy Smith [8]; 6. 19m-Jessey Mueller [5]; 7. 23-Kyle Coffey [7]; 8. 32-Jim Rasey [6]; 9. 30M-JoJo Watson [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 20-Brett Hearn [1]; 2. 7-Rick Laubach [2]; 3. 99L-Larry Wight [3]; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [4]; 5. 19-Tim Fuller [5]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos [9]; 7. 83-Brian Swartzlander [7]; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta [6]; 9. 27J-Danny Johnson [8]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [3]; 3. 21a-Peter Britten [4]; 4. 1-Billy Pauch [5]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen [2]; 6. 5-Matthew Stangle [9]; 7. 13-Rick Regalski [8]; 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher [6]; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti [7]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 7MM-Michael Maresca [2]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 3. 30-Ronnie Johnson [3]; 4. 42P-Pat Ward [4]; 5. 6D-Dillon Steuer [6]; 6. 1G-Darwin Greene [5]; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman [7]; 8. 98T-Tyler Thompson [8]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 19m-Jessey Mueller [1][$]; 2. 23-Kyle Coffey [3][$]; 3. 83-Brian Swartzlander [4][$]; 4. 111-Demetrios Drellos [2][$75]; 5. 30M-JoJo Watson [7][$75]; 6. 32-Jim Rasey [5][$75]; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta [6][$75]; 8. 27J-Danny Johnson [8][$75]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 5-Matthew Stangle [1][$]; 2. 4-Andy Bachetti [7][$]; 3. 48T-Dave Rauscher [5][$]; 4. 1G-Darwin Greene [2][$75]; 5. 13-Rick Regalski [3][$75]; 6. 44R-Russell Morseman [4][$75]; 7. 98T-Tyler Thompson [6][$75]

Bozard Ford DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park February 11th, 2020 | HIGHLIGHTS

Bozard Ford DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park February 11th, 2020 | HIGHLIGHTS

DIRTcar Nationals DIRTcar Late Models Feature Event Highlights from Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida on February 11th, 2020. To view the full race, visit DIRTVision.com.