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All-new DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals kicks off next season Jan. 16-18 at Volusia Speedway Park

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JUMPSTARTING 2020 All-new DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals kicks off next season Jan. 16-18 at Volusia Speedway Park Story By: Chris Dolack/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, Fla. — May 3, 2019 — DIRTcar Racing will kick off the 2019 season with the all-new DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Jan. 16-18 at Volusia Speedway Park. The event will feature DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Florida Late Models and 602 Late Models racing for a total purse of nearly $100,000, including a $10,000-to-win finale for Pro Late Models. The DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals includes Feature events for all three classes each night at the half-mile speedplant near…

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“The Rocket Shepp” Wins His First Big Gator, Sweeps Outlaws Competition in The Sunshine State

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"The Rocket Shepp" Wins His First Big Gator, Sweeps Outlaws Competition in The Sunshine State Story By: Jordan DeLucia/WoOLMS Photos By: Tommy Hein/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 16, 2019 – A Big Gator trophy and its family of four are heading back to Rocket Chassis in West Virginia as Brandon Sheppard pulled off the unthinkable on Saturday night, winning the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals Late Model championship by completing the four-race sweep of all World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series events at Volusia Speedway Park. With these victories, Sheppard now holds a DIRTcar Nationals Late Model record as the…

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Stewart Friesen Takes $5,000 DIRTcar Nationals Finale, Wight Wins Gator Championship

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Stewart Friesen Takes $5,000 DIRTcar Nationals Finale, Wight Wins Gator Championship Story By: Joe Grabianowski/Super DIRTcar Series Photos By: Alex & Helen Bruce & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL – February 16, 2019 – After a breathless week of incredible Super DIRTcar Series action, Stewart Friesen held off Gypsum Racing teammates Larry Wight and Billy Decker to win the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals finale. On a green-white-checkered finish Friesen almost gave away the victory when he scraped the wall in turns one and two, allowing Wight enough room to surge ahead, but a caution for a spinning car reset the field and…

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Sheppard Gets the Hat Trick at Volusia

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The 2017 Series Champion is Off to a Terrific Start in 2019, as He Eyes the Big Gator Trophy on Saturday Story By: Jordan DeLucia/WoOLMs Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 15, 2019 — Fast fact: the last four World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series races held at the Volusia Speedway Park as part of the DIRTcar Nationals have now been won by the same driver in the same car. “The Rocket Shepp” Brandon Sheppard put on yet another powerful display of motor and muscle on Friday night, as he led 41 of 50 laps en…

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Runner-up Sheppard Takes Big Gator Points Lead

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Runner-up Sheppard Takes Big Gator Points Lead Story By: Joe Grabianowski/Super DIRTcar Series Photo By: Alex & Helen Bruce BARBERVILLE, FL – February 15, 2019 – If the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals truly sets the tone for the rest of season, then Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified fans are in for a banner year. Friday night’s third round of the quest for the Big Gator at Volusia Speedway Park was captured by Gypsum Racing’s No. 99L Lightning Larry Wight, who thrilled the crowd by blasting around the high-side of the track no matter how little cushion was left to lean on.…

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Sheppard on Top of Super-Powered Podium At Volusia

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Seven-Time Champion Matt Sheppard Passes Two Cars in One Corner for Round Two Win at the DIRTcar Nationals Seven-Time Champion Matt Sheppard Passes Two Cars in One Corner for Round Two Win at the DIRTcar Nationals Story By: Joe Grabianowski/Super DIRTcar Series Photo By: George Smith BARBERVILLE, FL - February 14, 2019 – There was love for dirt racing in the air Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park on Valentine's Day as a huge crowd watched three super-powered heroes battle down to the wire for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds victory. Super Matt Sheppard, from Watertown, NY, triumphed over Mr. Freeze Stewart…

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Sheppard Wins Again at Volusia

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Story By: Jordan DeLucia/WoOLMS Photos By: Tommy Hein & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 14, 2019 – The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series had a streak going of three different winners in three races after Wednesday night. Brandon Sheppard’s back-to-back win on Thursday night over Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Weiss changed all that, as he led 39 laps on his way to victory on Night 4 of Late Model Week at Volusia Speedway Park as part of the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Early on, the gloves were off in the…

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Decker Christens Return to Gypsum Racing with a Win

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Billy Decker Christens Return to Gypsum Racing with a Win, Edges Out Teammate Larry Wight Story & Photo By: Joe Grabianowski/Super DIRTcar Series BARBERVILLE, FL – February 13, 2019 – It took just one race for Billy Decker to return to his winning ways in the famous red No. 91 Gypsum Express Big-Block Modified, there was nothing easy about it on Wednesday night in DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Not only did Decker, of Unadilla, NY, hold off teammate and reigning NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Larry Wight, but he was forced to out-muscle legendary Billy Pauch to come away…

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Marlar Battles Back on the Topside to Win Late Model Feature No. 1

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Marlar Battles Back on the Topside to Win Late Model Feature No. 1 Story By: Jordan DeLucia/WoOLMs Photo By: Rick Neff BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 11, 2019 – How many drivers can say they won in their third night out with a team that hasn’t raced in two seasons? 2018 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Champion Mike Marlar can now, as he, Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards and Scott Bloomquist (18th to 3rd) put on an amazing display of passing and battling through 30 laps that saw Marlar come out on top for his first-ever victory at Volusia…

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Kyle Strickler Doubles Down for $5K; Nick Hoffman “Four-Peats” as DIRTcar Nationals Champion

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Kyle Strickler Doubles Down for $5K; Nick Hoffman "Four-Peats" as DIRTcar Nationals Champion For the fourth consecutive year, Nick Hoffman is crowned DIRTcar Nationals Champion in the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Story By: Matt Prieur/DIRTcar BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 11, 2019 — The final night of racing for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds as part of the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals was also the busiest in the history of the prestigious event. With the postponement of Saturday’s Last Chance Showdowns and Feature as well as the entire Sunday schedule of events, the Ironmen of the DIRTcar Nationals completed the two postponed shows…

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Whitwell, Haley, Gundaker, Green & Rupe bag Gators on Five-Star 15s Feature night

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Whitwell, Haley, Gundaker, Green & Rupe bag Gators on Five-Star 15s Feature night Story By: Matt Prieur/DIRTcar Photos By: Tommy Hein/RacersGuide.com DELEON SPRINGS, FL — Feb. 8, 2019 — One of the most popular nights of the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds is the Quad-15s Features Night. Due to the extremely high car counts throughout the week, the UMP Modifieds ran five features instead of the originally scheduled four during the fourth night of the DIRTcar Nationals at the fast half-mile, high-banked dirt oval of Volusia Speedway Park. The newly renamed Five-Star 15s saw five first…

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Three-Time Defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion Nick Hoffman Grabs First Feature Win of 2019

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Three-Time Defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion Nick Hoffman Grabs First Feature Win of 2019 102 total DIRTcar UMP Modifieds on hand at Volusia Speedway Park so far after three nights of action Story By: Matt Prieur/DIRTcar DELEON SPRINGS, FL — Feb. 7, 2019 — The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds continued their marathon week-long stretch of events at Volusia Speedway Park with the third night of the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals. The half-mile, high-banked dirt oval located west of Daytona Beach had seen 95 teams make at least one appearance within the first two days for the Ironmen of the DIRTcar Nationals. On…

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Taylor Cook Bags First Career DIRTcar Nationals Feature on Night #2

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Taylor Cook Bags First Career DIRTcar Nationals Feature on Night #2 Story By: Cristina Cordova/DIRTcar Photos By: Jim Murdoch/RacersGuide.com DELEON SPRINGS, FL — Feb. 6, 2019 — After a stellar field of 91 teams made the trip south for opening night, the car count bulged to 95 total entries at the legendary half-mile high-banked dirt oval on Night Two of the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals. Taylor Cook made the most of his first appearance of the week by passing three-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion Nick Hoffman on the white flag lap to secure his first career feature win in the…

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WoOLM’s to do battle in The Sunshine State

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WoOLM's to do battle in The Sunshine State! Story By: Jordan DeLucia/WoOLMs Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 23, 2019 - Lanigan. Bloomquist. Richards. Clanton. Moyer. These are just a few of the legendary names in dirt Late Model racing history who have made their mark on the famed Volusia Speedway Park. The warm Florida temperatures, the palm trees, the Big Gator trophies and the roar of thousands of people when the checkered flag falls after each of the 12-straight nights of racing is what keeps drivers and fans coming back for more every year. Forty-seven years of competition…

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Volusia Speedway Park Begins Construction of New Main Grandstand

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Volusia Speedway Park Begins Construction of New Main Grandstand Comfort and access take priority, with multiple seating options for 48th DIRTcar Nationals Story By: Cristina Cordova/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com DELEON, FL — Sept. 24, 2018 — Volusia Speedway Park announced today a $500,000 overhaul of its main frontstretch grandstand and wall as part of ongoing efforts to provide a top-notch experience for fans and racers at the two-week long, season-opening DIRTcar Nationals. As the demand for reserved seating continues to grow — with standing-room-only crowds for World of Outlaws shows — the new grandstand will expand reserved seating options…

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Twice as Nice(ly): Tyler Nicely Locks into Gator Championship with Saturday’s Victory

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Twice as Nice(ly): Tyler Nicely Locks into Gator Championship with Saturday’s Victory Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Tommy Hein/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 10, 2018 — The first of two Gator Qualifying Nights for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds was on Saturday, February 10th. The 79 teams that have appeared at least once during the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals were split up into two groups with half the field racing on the 10th, while the other half get the day off before returning to the track on Sunday, February 11th. In the first of two Big Gator Qualifying Nights to…

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Donny Schatz goes two-for-two with the All Stars at Volusia

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Donny Schatz goes two-for-two with the All Stars at Volusia Speedway Park Story By: Tyler Altmeyer/ASCOC Photos By: Paul Arch/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) - For the second time in as many days, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner, officially sweeping All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Volusia Speedway Park during the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Schatz’s route to victory on Thursday evening was just as impressive as the night before, ultimately diminishing a near-straightaway lead held by Chad Kemenah at the midpoint…

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Donny Schatz charges from 12th to win at Volusia Speedway Park

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Donny Schatz charges from 12th to win at Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals action continues later today Story By: Tyler Altmeyer/ASCOC Photos By: Paul Arch/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) - Mounting an impressive hard charge to the front, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz led the final nine circuits on Wednesday evening to claim $5,000 during the opening night of the sprint car segment of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. The victory, Schatz’s eighth during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competition at the Barberville half-mile, occurred in fantastic fashion, advancing…

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Stremme Strong In DIRTcar Nationals Opener

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Stremme Strong In DIRTcar Nationals Opener Second career win in DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Jim Murdoch/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 6, 2018 - The premier drivers and teams within the DIRTcar UMP Modified ranks from across North America converged to Volusia Speedway Park (FL) for night number one of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. A stellar field of 65 teams made their way to the Sunshine State to compete in the first of seven straight nights of competition for the open-wheeled weekly warriors. David Stremme, originally from South Bend, IN and…

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Pauch Racing Set to Tackle 2018 in Full Force

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Pauch Racing Set to Tackle 2018 in Full Force Story By: Mandee Pauch/MPR Photos By: RacersGuide.com Photo Staff February 2, 2018 – After a bitterly cold off-season, the Pauch Racing team is eager for the 2018 season to get underway. Pauch Sr. will be kicking off the season early by making the trek to Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals Feb. 13-17th in his K&A Excavating No.1 Big Block Modified. “I look forward to Florida every year,” Pauch Sr. said. “As long as the weather is nice it’s a lot of fun. It’s still a lot of work but…

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Big-Blocks Slide South for DIRTcar Nationals

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The Big-Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series Slide South for DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park Story By: Joe Grabianowski/Super DIRTcar Series Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com CONCORD, NC — Feb. 2, 2018 — Each February Volusia Speedway Park kicks off the racing season with the highly anticipated DIRTcar Nationals. The Super DIRTcar Series competitors of the Northeast will once again make the long haul to Florida, stretch their legs, and thaw out their Big-Block Modifieds to prepare for the 2018 campaign. The fast and furious high-banked half-mile oval hosts the Super DIRTcar Series for an extra night in 2018…

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series drivers hope to wrangle DIRTcar Nationals top prize

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It's Almost Time to Go Big Gator Hunting World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series drivers hope to wrangle DIRTcar Nationals top prize Story By: Kayla May/WoOLMs Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com CONCORD, NC­­- Jan. 26, 2018­- The second week of the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park will be headlined by dirt Late Model competition. Two nights of DIRTcar Late Models (Feb. 12-13) followed by four nights of action for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series (Feb. 14-17) are in store for the final half of the 12-day short-track racing extravaganza. A star-studded group of drivers…

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Volusia Speedway Park to Celebrate 50 years of Racing

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Volusia Speedway Park to Celebrate 50 years of Racing Weekly competition kicks off March 17th. Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 25, 2018 - While DIRTcar Nationals participants and spectators will be the first to enjoy the renovations to Volusia Speedway Park, weekly racers will continue to reap the rewards all year long as the Speedway re-opens for the 2018 season. The 50th season of weekly racing will begin on Saturday, March 17 and will continue well into November on Saturday nights. For two days; Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12 a special…

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DIRTcar Late Models Set the Stage for the World Of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series at Volusia

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DIRTcar Late Models Set the Stage for the World Of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series at Volusia Two DIRTcar Late Model features kick off week two of the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals Story By: Matt Prieur/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com CONCORD, NC - Jan. 25, 2018 - When anyone in the motorsports world thinks about the start of any racing season, our minds automatically revert to palm trees and warm temperatures found in Florida in the month of February. When you're a dirt track fan, your mind wanders to the famous Gator Pond and to the fastest half-mile dirt ovals…

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Volusia Speedway Park Gets a $300,000 Safety Upgrade

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Volusia Speedway Park Gets a $300,000 Safety Upgrade for DIRTcar Nationals Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 23, 2018 - In honor of Volusia Speedway Park's 50th anniversary, the World's Fastest Half-Mile has received a major facelift over the winter months. When DIRTcar Nationals kicks off in two weeks, on February 6, racers and fans alike will benefit from over $300,000 of upgrades geared toward keeping them safe at the premier dirt racing facility in the country. The bulk of the work done at Volusia Speedway Park went into securing the track's perimeter with…

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DIRTcar UMP Modifieds to Race 14 Times in Florida in January/February

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DIRTcar UMP Modifieds to Race 14 Times in Florida in January/February East Bay Raceway Park, North Florida Speedway and Volusia Speedway Park to host Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Dan DeMarco/RacersGuide.com CONCORD, NC - Jan. 11, 2018 - With the 2018 racing season on the horizon, the annual pilgrimage to Florida for Speedweeks traditionally begins a new campaign for a variety of drivers and teams from throughout North America. The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds are once again the busiest class with 14 dates on their calendar at three different race tracks within the Sunshine State. The DIRTcar Late Models won't…

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Volusia Speedway Park Ready to Celebrate 50 Years of Racing

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Volusia Speedway Park Ready to Celebrate 50 Years of Racing Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Through countless transformations, Volusia Speedway Park has remained at the heart of racing CONCORD, NC - Jan. 5, 2018 - When race fans make their annual visit to Central Florida in early February to kick off another race season, at first glance they may notice a new look to the storied facility which is home to the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, but that isn't out of the ordinary at a speedway that has undergone numerous transformations throughout its 50 years of existence.…

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DIRTcar Nationals Just Got Bigger – Feb 6-17, 2018 at Volusia Speedway Park

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DIRTcar Nationals Just Got Bigger Now five nights of Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block action and four nights of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models - Feb 6-17, 2018 at Volusia Speedway Park Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com CONCORD, NC - Oct. 25, 2017 - The 2018 racing calendar just got more exciting...what better way to start a new season than with 12 nights of racing in Florida in February. Major changes to the event program highlight the new and exciting schedule for the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals as the racing season kicks off Feb. 6 through 17,…

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Volusia Speedway Park Receives Only Minor Damage from Hurricane Irma

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Volusia Speedway Park Receives Only Minor Damage from Hurricane Irma DIRTcar Nationals Goes on as Scheduled, February 6-17, 2018 Story By: Colby Gornewicz/DIRTcar Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com BARBERVILLE, FL - Sept. 14, 2017 - Volusia Speedway Park was hit hard by Hurricane Irma on Saturday and into Sunday Morning, like much of the Sunshine State, but the facility escaped with only minor damage. The actual racing surface of Volusia Speedway Park was prepped well in advance for the expected heavy rain and winds, but the facility did incur some minor damage to fencing and has some clean-up to do before…

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Last Day In Florida

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Last Day In Florida  Story By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com Well today is the final day of the DirtCar Nationals. We started out our final morning by waking up at 8:00 AM and dad and I went over to Burger King to get some breakfast,then decided to head on over to the track around 9:00 AM. We made a pit stop to Walmart jus too pick up a couple things for the day.  When we got to the track we started working on the car to see what was wrong from the night before. Come to find out it was just…

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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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The First Race of 2017

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The First Race of 2017 Story By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com The day is finally here, the first race of 2017 for the 43 Halmar Racing Team. We started our morning by getting up at like 8:00 AM and getting our good friend John Stangle ,after we met up with Stangle, Dad and I went next door to go get some coffee and talk about what was going to happen for the day. Dad would head over to the race track for the day so my friend Matt (Stangle) and I went driving around to see what else there is to…

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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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A Rainy Day In Florida

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A Rainy Day In Florida Story By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com Photos By: Joey Liquori & Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com We slept in a little this morning. Dad and I got up around 9:00 AM. We both got showered and we headed over to Burger King to get some light breakfast. After we had some breakfast we talked to our crew guys to see what the plan is for the day.  It started raining about 10:00 AM, so we just hung out at the hotel for a little bit to watch it rain and see what happens. We took a ride over to the Harley shop to…

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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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Practice Day

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Practice Day Story & Photos By: Hunter Horton/RacersGuide.com The day is finally here. It is practice day at the Dirt Car Nationals.  We started our morning by waking up in Brunswick, Georgia at 8 AM. Like I said in my last blog post we had a flat tire on the trailer and had to stop at a motel. When we up got up and we were rolling and went over to the tire service center. Shout out to J & J tire service for having the tires we needed and getting us fixed.  After about an hour at the tire shop we got…

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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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Update: Volusia Speedway DIRTcar Nationals

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Volusia Speedway Makes Changes to Spectator Area Press Release By: CHRISTINA CORDOVA / DIRTcar NATIONALS MEDIA Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF BARBERVILLE, Fla. —February 20, 2017-  Volusia Speedway Park and DIRTcar officials have responded after three spectators were injured when a sprint car flew over the turn-two fence at the half-mile dirt track during Sunday night’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature. Officials confirmed Monday afternoon that in addition to repairing the catch fence that was damaged on Sunday, the pit area closest to the racing surface in turn two will be closed to all competitors, participants and…

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‘How Sweet It Is’ Krup Grab A Gator

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King Krup: Illinois Native Earns First Career Gator Story By: CLAYTON JOHNS / DIRTcar UMP SERIES MEDIA Photos By: TOMMY HEIN / RACERSGUIDE.COM BARBERVILLE, FL - February 20, 2017 - Will Krup was the man of the hour as he found a way to Victory Lane despite the strong field of UMP Modified contenders who were hungry for sweet victory during the second Gator Championship qualifying race during the 46th DIRTcar Nationals Sunday night. During the 20-lap feature, the top-five positions were juggled between Krup, polesitter Derek Fisher, Jacob Hawkins, Brian Ruhlman, Jeff Leka and Kenny Wallace. Krup raced from third to…

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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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Johnson Takes Flight in Outlaws Opener

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Johnson Takes Flight in Outlaws Opener Wins first career Gator at DIRTcar Nationals Story By: Brenden Capria/WoO Photos By: Paul Arch & Tommy Hein/RacersGuide.com BARBERSVILLE, Fla. – February 17, 2017 – Jason Johnson made a grand entrance into 2017 Friday night, winning the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series opener at the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Johnson, whose 2016 season was highlighted by a Knoxville Nationals victory, took home his first Gator and a $10,000 purse. “Yeah, 365 days later we start the season off in the best case scenario,” said Johnson, rehashing on his team’s troubles last season.…

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Smith Overcomes Setbacks During All Star Opening Weekend

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Smith Looks To Re-Bound From Tough Start To The Season Story By: SHAWN MILLER / INSIDELINE MEDIA Photos By: RACERSGUIDE.COM PHOTO STAFF OCALA, Fla. -February 18, 2017-  It took a few nights to work out the kinks, but Ryan Smith likes the direction the new Leidig/Warko/Smith racing team is heading. Smith kicked off the sprint car season with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions last weekend at Bubba Raceway Park during the Bubba Army Winter Nationals. Following minor setbacks during the first two nights of racing, a top-10 result on Saturday lifted spirits. “We got faster every night,”…

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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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