Dirt Car Nationals

Hearn Double Dips at DIRTcar Nationals

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Grabs the DIRTcar Nationals Finale and Championship Story By: MANDEE PAUCH / SUPER DIRTcar SERIES MEDIA Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, F.L - February 26, 2017-  2017 - Brett 'The Jet' Hearn picked up his tenth DIRTcar Nationals victory with the Super DIRTcar Series at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J. took the lead from the start and never looked back to take the $5,000 payday in the 40-lap finale, also staking claim to the DIRTcar Nationals championship. "The guys at the Madsen Overhead Door shop are going to have to build…

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O’Neal Wins the Feature at the DIRTcar Nationals Finale

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Clanton Wins DIRTcar Nationals Championship Story By: BRENDAN CAPERIA / WOO LATE MODEL SERIES MEDIA Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL- February 26, 2017- Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., a veteran racer in action since 1988, has been one of the biggest names without a World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory. That changed in his 53rd career feature start when O'Neal finally took a coveted trip to Victory Lane during the bookend to the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night. Heading into the 40-lap Craftsman Club Feature, the buzz was about…

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Clanton Leaves The Competition In The Fog

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Fog a First Time Winner at Volusia Story By: BRENDAN CAPERIA / WOO LATE MODEL SERIES MEDIA Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL. - February 25, 2016 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series took the track at Volusia Speedway Park for the first time on night 11 of DIRTcar Nationals. During the 40-lap Craftsman Club Feature fans and drivers in attendance witnessed a thick fog roll in after 10pm that was the concoction of two days of heavy rain followed by a third of sunny blue skies. For the drivers' safety, the feature was called…

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Haers Holds Off Sheppard And Claims DIRTcar Nationals Victory

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Brings Home The First Gator Of The Week For The Super DIRTcar Series Story By: MANDEE PAUCH /SUPER DIRTcar SERIES MEDIA Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, F.L - February 25, 2017 – The hot shoe out of Phelps, N.Y., Justin Haers, picked up his second career DIRTcar Nationals victory after holding off the 22nd starter, Matt Sheppard in Friday night’s 30-lap Super DIRTcar Series feature event at Volusia Speedway Park. “We had a really good car from the drop of the green,” Haers said in Victory Lane. “It seemed like I’d get in the wrong part of the…

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By The Numbers: DIRTcar Racing UMP Modifieds at the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

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DIRTcar Racing UMP Modifieds Stats For The 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Story By: CLAYTON JOHNS / DIRTcar UMP SERIES MEDIA Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM / PHOTO STAFF BARBERVILLE, FL - February 23, 2017 - The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds concluded their portion of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Tuesday night. Ten feature races over the course of seven days produced plenty of thrilling action and culminated in Nick Hoffman earning his second straight Big Gator as the DIRTcar UMP Modified Nationals champion. Here are some of the more interesting facts and figures to come from a week…

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Hoffman Completes Big Gator Triumph

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Taylor and Stalder Earn Victories Story By: CLAYTON JOHNS / DIRTcar UMP SERIES MEDIA Photos By: TOMMY HEIN / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL - February 22, 2017 - Jacob Hawkins won the battle, but Nick Hoffman won the war and the Big Gator as the overall 2017 UMP Modified DIRTcar Nationals champion at Volusia Speedway Park on Tuesday night. Hawkins, Jonathan Taylor, and JE Stalder all added Gator trophies to their mantles after winning one of three UMP Modified features on night eight of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Triple 15-lap features on the last of eight straight nights of UMP…

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Sheppard Wages Hard Fought Battle For Volusia Victory

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Sheppard Reels in Shirley for a Gator Trophy Story By: COBY GORNIEWICZ / DIRTcar NATIONALS MEDIA Photos By: TOMMY HEIN / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL- February 22, 2017- Brandon Sheppard fought his way to Victory Lane during night eight of the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals in the 30-lap DIRTcar Racing Late Model Feature. It wasn't an easy path for Sheppard to get to the front of the pack as Brian Shirley tried to fend him off any way possible. Sheppard started in the fourth position but found his way to second within the first 10 laps. He passed Shane Clanton, who…

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On The Road To Volusia With Horton

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The Trip Down South Story By: HUNTER HORTON / RACERSGUIDE.COM  Photos By: DAVE DALESANDRO / RACERSGUIDE.COM Barbersville Fla. - February 21,  2017- Well it's that time of year again where all the big time racers and race teams make the haul to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida.  Dad myself and the crew decided to make the long tow down south. This is the first time that I ever made the trip down with my dad and the crew. Also it has been 2 years since Dad raced down there. We decided to head out 7 AM on Monday morning.…

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Gator Championship Drive For Nick Hoffman

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Gator Glory: Nick Hoffman Celebrates $5,000 Gator Championship Story By: CLAYTON JOHNS / DIRTcar UMP SERIES MEDIA Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF BARBERVILLE, FL - February 21, 2017 - Nick Hoffman wrestled the lead from Jacob Hawkins on lap 24 after a multi-lap side-by-side battle and paced the final six laps to win the $5,000 UMP Modified Gator Championship on night seven of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Monday night. The victory was the third Gator Championship triumph of Hoffman's career and his fourth in six starts this week. Hoffman's teammate, Will Krup of Mount Carmel,…

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Hat Trick: Hoffman Wrangles Third Gator

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Hoffman Dominates , Earns His Third Gator Story By: CLAYTON JOHNS / DIRTcar UMP SERIES MEDIA Photos By: MARK RANALLETTA / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL - February 19, 2017 - For the third time this week, Nick Hoffman dominated all 20 laps of the A-Main to earn a Gator trophy during the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday afternoon. The race was the completion of Saturday's rain-postponed event. Hoffman of Mooresville, NC picked the pole starting position for Sunday's matinee via the redraw after winning his heat. From there, he jumped out to a convincing lead, but…

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Schatz Collects Volusia ‘Sunday Money’

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Reverses His Luck To Win second DIRTcar Nationals Gator Story By: BRENDAN CAPERIA/ WOO SERIES MEDIA Photos By: MARK RANALLETTA / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERSVILLE, Fla. - February 19, 2017 - It's not unusual for two series champions to face-off in the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. In the first show of a Sunday double-header, eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz revisited his fierce battle with Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions titleholder Chad Kemenah. Like the Wednesday night thriller - starting in the first row with Kemenah - Schatz again established himself as…

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David Gravel Grabs A Gator

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Wins Arctic Cat All Star DIRTcar Nationals Finale at Volusia Speedway Park Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR SERIES MEDIA Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF BARBERVILLE, FL – February 17, 2017- For the first time in his young career, Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel is a main event winner in the Sunshine State, capturing the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions DIRTcar Nationals finale at the Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida. The victory, the third of his career during Arctic Cat All Star competition and his first since 2012, was conducted in near-demanding fashion; holding back Donny Schatz…

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Ruhlman Outduels Schrader For UMP DIRTcar Nationals Victory

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Ruhlman Rallies for Second Career Gator Win Story By: CLAYTON JOHNS / DIRTcar UMP MEDIA Photos By: DAN DEMARCO / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL - February 17, 2017 - Brian Ruhlman devised a perfect plot and forced Ken Schrader from his preferred line as he engineered a pass in the outside groove with two laps to go for his first win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Thursday night. After passing Schrader, the Clarklake, Mich. driver took the checkered flag by over two seconds for his second career Volusia win, extending his point lead in the…

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Hoffman Wires The Field For First DIRTcar Nationals Victory

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Nick Hoffman Records Perfect Night To Earn UMP Modified Win Story By: COLBY GORNIEWICZ / DIRTcar NATIONALS MEDIA Photos By: DAN DEMARCO / RACERSGUIDE.COM Barberville, Fla. - February 16, 2017 - Nick Hoffman led every lap he raced en route to his first win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals in DIRTcar UMP Modified action at Volusia Speedway Park on Wednesday night. The Mooresville, N.C. driver paced all 20 laps of the main event to earn his eighth career Volusia victory. "This will just add to my pond. I have eight of them now," Hoffman said in Victory Lane as…

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Schatz Rolls To Volusia Checkers

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 Donny Schatz Holds Back Kyle Larson for DIRTcar Nationals Win Against Arctic Cat All Stars Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR SERIES MEDIA Photos By: PAUL ARCH / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL -February 16, 2017 - For the third time in his last four attempts, and for the 16th time in his career, Donny Schatz is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner, this time during night two of the 46th edition of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. The victory, a mere .113 second advantage at the final checkers, came over Elk Grove, California’s…

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Sweet Looks For A Fast Start At Volusia WoO Opener

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Brad Sweet Ready For WoO Kickoff Story By: BRANDAN CAPERIA / WOO SERIES MEDIA Photos By: DICK AYERS / RACERSGUIDE.COM CONCORD, N.C. —February 16, 2017-  In recent seasons Brad Sweet has proven to be a fast starter in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition. Last year Sweet collected a pair of victories and a second-place finish in three races at the half-mile dirt track. He’s won four of the last nine WoO features at the track. He’ll have plenty of confidence when the series kicks off the season Friday night. “I think for whatever reason, Volusia is just…

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UMP Modified Chassis Builders Ready For Battle at Volusia

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Juggling Act: Chassis Builders Set For DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified Competition at Volusia Story By: CLAYTON JOHNS / DIRTcar UMP SERIES MEDIA Photos By: PETE MACDONALD / RACERSGUIDE.COM CONCORD, N.C. - February 14, 2017 - If eight consecutive nights of racing sounds challenging, it is. Four DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers are adding another layer to that task when they compete at the 46th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL from February 14-25, 2017. David Stremme, Nick Hoffman, David Reutimann and Brian Ruhlman are gearing up to tackle eight straight nights at Volusia, but all four drivers are also…

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Williams a Surprise Winner of DIRTcar Nationals Finale at Volusia

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 21, 2015 - Neal Williams shocked a capacity DIRTcar Nationals crowd on Saturdaynight by pulling off the upset win in the 50-lap Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified finale at Volusia Speedway Park. It was the biggest win of the Pittsgrove, N.J., driver's career as he pocketed the $5,000 check and picked up his first Gator trophy. "This is just unreal," Williams said. "To get my first Super DIRTcar series win down here against these boys is unbelievable." Larry Wight had to go to a backup car prior to the feature, but he survived to finish in…

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2015 DIRTcar Nationals Notebook Day Seven

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2015 DIRTcar Nationals Notebook Day Seven By: Brooklyn Kennedy   -What an ending to a great week of racing at Volusia Speedway. Saturday night was by far the most entertaining night of racing of the week. There was the most action in both the Late Models and Modifieds then there had been to date. But it was also Championship Night so there should have been.   -The Late Model feature was just an outstanding feature event. To watch Tim McCreadie, Shane Clanton, Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Owens going at it for the lead for the majority of the race was…

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Clanton Continues Conquering DIRTcar Nationals Dirt Late Model Events

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  Photo Courtesy of dirtcar.com BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 20, 2015 - Shane Clanton is making the DIRTcar Nationals his personal playground, winning on Friday night for the third time in four races this week at Volusia Speedway Park after Rick Laubach had earlier secured the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series feature win. Clanton set quick time and started on the pole for the 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model main event. He was rolling through the corners at the half-mile dirt oval with ease, but Dale McDowell charged forward from the seventh starting spot and swept past Clanton for…

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Friesen Ices Super DIRTcar Series Foes at DIRTcar Nationals

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 19, 2015 - For the third consecutive year, Stewart Friesen captured the second night of Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series action at Volusia Speedway Park's annual DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday night. Friesen, the defending event champion, swiped the lead from three-time series titlist Matt Sheppard en route to winning the 30-lap feature, marking the sixth time in his career he's won in the Sunshine State. "We had a great race car," said Friesen, defending Syracuse 200 winner from Sprakers, N.Y. "We worked a lot of bugs out last night and learned a lot of stuff about…

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Clanton Cruises To Second World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory Of 2015 At Volusia’s DIRTcar Nationals

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 19, 2015 - Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., continued his tremendous start to the 2015 season with a dominating display in Thursday's DIRTcar Nationals A-Main at Volusia Speedway Park. Clanton, the 39-year-old World of Outlaws Late Model Series veteran, led every lap ofThursday's 50-lap race to earn his second WoO LMS victory of the season and his second victory during the 2015 version of Volusia's six-day stretch of Super Late Model racing. "This shows how hard we worked over the winter to get where we're at," said Clanton, whose only opposition came in the form of…

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2015 DIRTcar Nationals Notebook Day Five

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2015 DIRTcar Nationals Notebook Day Five By: Brooklyn Kennedy -It was a very chilly night at Volusia on Thursday. With it being in the low 30s for most of the racing action, there really was a decline in fan count from the past several days. I think with the final two days seeing warmer race time temperatures and having the same two divisions running, it kept a lot of fans home.   -Shane Clanton is having a heck of a week so far. He scored his second Late Model win of the week after holding off some tough challenges from…

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2015 DIRTcar Nationals Notebook Day Four

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Yesterday’s notebook was cancelled due to rain just like the races. Two inches of rain fell at Volusia Speedway on Tuesday, which forced the cancellation. With that amount of rain the track crew did a fantastic job of getting the track race ready today. The surface was perfect, especially for the Late Model feature. -The first thing I noticed as I arrived at the track was Rick Laubach working on his car all by himself. It’s great to see a driver taking the extra time to put so much effort into preparing the car. It paid off in the long…

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Bloomquist Masters Volusia Speedway Park To Earn 10th Career DIRTcar Nationals Victory

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2015 - Scott Bloomquist rekindled his love affair with Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night. The veteran 51-year-old racer from Mooresburg, Tenn., mastered the half-mile oval's tricky clay surface during Wednesday's DIRTcar Nationals A-Main, leading all 40 laps of the caution-free race for a $10,000 DIRTcar Late Model victory. "I love this racetrack," said Bloomquist, who recorded his 10th career DIRTcar Nationals triumph as Volusia closed out its stretch of DIRTcar-sanctioned action ahead of three straight nights of World of Outlaws Late Model Series programs Thursday through Saturday. "It's so demanding and has so much character.…

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Schatz Perseveres to Score First Win of 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Season

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 14, 2015 - Nothing could keep Donny Schatz down Saturday night as he looked for his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of 2015 on night five of DIRTcar Nationals sprint week at Volusia Speedway Park. A solid night turned to potential disaster for the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver when he developed engine trouble during his second place Dash run. "We broke a valve spring in the dash with two laps to go," Schatz said. "We could have taken the chance to run the engine." The team opted not to and began the scramble…

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Heckenast Overcomes Challengers To Claim First World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory In Saturday’s Bubba Army Winter Nationals A-Main

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OCALA, Fla. - Feb. 14, 2015 - Frank Heckenast Jr. refused to be denied again. The second-year national traveler nearly saw another chance at his breakthrough World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory slip through his fingers Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park when Shane Clanton snuck by him late in the 3/8-mile oval's 50-lap race. But instead of settling for another near-miss, Heckenast, 26, of Frankfort, Ill., dug deep and willed himself back to the lead one lap later. The 2014 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year held off both Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., and hard-charging Josh Richards of…

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With Epic Pass, Pittman Wins World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Season Opener

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 13, 2015 - Daryn Pittman took the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season opener Friday night with an epic last lap pass of the reigning series champion Donny Schatz. Just a lap sooner the feature win was in Schatz's sights as he approached the lapped car of Kraig Kinser. Schatz dove low in turns three and four to make the pass but was not able to make the line stick. As he exited the turn his Bad Boy Buggies car drifted up the track and over the cushion. Pittman saw his opportunity. "When I saw…

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Lanigan Tops Late Battle With Richards To Claim Opening Round Of Bubba Raceway Park’s Bubba Army Winter Nationals

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OCALA, Fla. - Feb. 13, 2015 - Turning around his sluggish start to the season, Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., topped a late duel with Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., duringFriday's DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned A-Main at Bubba Raceway Park to earn a $5,000 victory during the opening night of the fourth annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals. Lanigan, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion, rallied after losing the lead to Richards on lap 20 of the 30-lapper and retook command when Richards struggled with traffic on lap 26. The 44-year-old Lanigan pulled away through the race's final…

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Eddie Carrier Jr Wins Exciting Winter Nationals Friday Event at East Bay Raceway Park

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TAMPA, FL (February 13, 2015) - Eddie Carrier Jr. driving the Optima Batteries #28 won an exciting battle with Devin Moran in Friday Night's $10,000-to-win main event at East Bay Raceway Park. Carrier held the lead on lap 31, quickly lost it again on the next circuit and used a lapped car to his advantage as he snuck by Moran once again on lap 44.Carrier would led the remaining 6 laps and wind up in victory lane in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. Following Carrier and Moran at the finish were Jimmy Owens, Jared Landers, and Jonathan…

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Pittman Holds of Schatz for UNOH All Star Win at Volusia

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  Photos Courtesy of Michael Fry BARBERVILLE, FL. (Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015) – Daryn Pittman recently gave one of his prized gator trophies to a friend whose battling an illness. His daughter demanded he get another and he did just that at Volusia Speedway Park Thursday. Pittman held off a charging Donnie Schatz the final four laps following a caution to score his nine career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory. Pittman’s victory was by .078 seconds. Schatz, who started 15th, had the crowd on their feet the final handful of laps as he continuously challenged…

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