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

1HUDDY: O’Neal gets first World of Outlaws win, becomes 100th Series winner; McCreadie awarded Big Gator

When the smoke settled, spectators were left in awe of another historic rocket sighting in Florida.

They weren’t looking to the sky, though. The mesmerizing visual took place in Barberville, FL with the “rocket” landing on the front stretch of Volusia Speedway Park Saturday night.

While hearts around the track took a breath to ease their rapid pace from the excitement, Hudson O’Neal climbed from his Rocket1 Racing machine, slapping his hands on the roof, and exhausted all the air in his body with every yell as confetti levitated around him.

The 22-year-old from Martinsville, IN won his first World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model race during the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals finale and became the 100th different winner in World of Outlaws CASE Late Model history.

“It’s cool,” O’Neal said. “I came really close to winning these World of Outlaws races and for some reason never can seal the deal on them. To do it in the fashion we did and to be able to do it, it’s cool. It’s just more to do with Mark (Richards, owner of Rocket1 Racing) and the history that he has with the Outlaws. It’s special. This is a day I’ll never forget, I promise you.”

O’Neal’s space in Victory Lane was shared with 2006 World of Outlaws CASE Late Model champion Tim McCreadie, who clinched the 2023 Big Gator championship with his fourth-place finish. The Watertown, NY driver put together finishes of second, first, first, third and fourth to lock up his second Big Gator trophy.

Like O’Neal, McCreadie also made history as he became the first driver in the event’s history to win two Big Gator titles in two divisions. His first came with the Super DIRTcar Series in 2018.

“It’s pretty cool,” McCreadie said. “Not a lot of guys go out and venture to do something different. My whole career is about, ‘Hey, let’s go try and do something and have some fun with it and see if I’m good enough to overcome not knowing what to do with a different type of race car.’

“Hasn’t always worked out, but to come down here (at Volusia Speedway Park) and get a couple of these (Big Gator trophies) with all these fans here, that’s pretty cool.”

Tim McCreadie 2023 Big Gator champion
Tim McCreadie celebrates his 2023 Big Gator title / Jacy Norgaard

When the 50-lap, $20,000-to-win, Feature initially lined up, the easy bet seemed to be on McCreadie, who drew the pole. O’Neal, buried in 23rd after transferring in through a Last Chance Showdown, seemed far out of reach for a successful takeoff.

At the drop of the green flag, McCreadie launched ahead of the field, while outside pole sitter Chris Madden slid back to fourth in the first corner, moving Brian Shirley into second and Brandon Overton in third.

The first caution of the night came at Lap 3 for a slowed Mason Ziegler. In that short amount of time, O’Neal was already up to 12th-place.

Once the race resumed, McCreadie left Shirley and Overton to argue over second place. Six laps later, he found the back of the field. The straightaway led he had over Shirley was cut to a few car lengths in two laps.

Finally close enough to make a move, Shirley dove under McCreadie into Turn 1 on Lap 19, nosing ahead of him by the center of the corner. However, the #39 had the better run around the top of the track and gapped Shirley’s #8 car by a car length off Turn 2.

O’Neal, up to eighth.

By the halfway point of the race, Madden had found his groove again and moved into second. A caution on Lap 29 for Mike Spatola stopping in Turn 4 brought the current Series points leader to McCreadie’s rear bumper.

At this point, the firing of the thrusters on O’Neal’s machine could be heard as he sat fourth in line on the restart.

Shirley and Madden wagged a war for second before Shirley began to master the top and try to run down McCreadie for the lead. However, again, he failed. That opened the door for “The Mailman” Devin Moran to make his trek forward, bringing “Huddy” with him.

While McCreadie was caught behind Jimmy Owens, Moran dove underneath the former Outlaw champion and snuck ahead of him to claim the lead on Lap 42. After another circuit around, O’Neal also worked his way underneath McCreadie to take second.

Staying within reach of Moran, O’Neal moved to the top of the track while Moran hugged the bottom. When Moran had to wait on the throttle exiting Turn 4 with a lap car ahead of him, O’Neal hit the hyperdrive and blasted around the outside of the #99 to take the lead on Lap 45.

Moran tried to keep pace, but O’Neal ran a perfect trajectory to the checkered flag.

Hudson O'Neal and Devin Moran
Hudson O’Neal outruns Devin Moran to win during DIRTcar Nationals / Jacy Norgaard Photo

“To be honest, we took the green and I rode the middle and I felt like I could steer a little bit better than everybody could,” O’Neal said. “I started rolling around there and catching that middle and started driving by some guys stacked up on the bottom and the first caution came out [three] laps in and I looked up and I’m running 12th. I thought, ‘Oh man, starting 12th is a whole lot better than starting [23rd],’ and we had a lot of laps left.

“There for a while I was passing them, and I stalled out about fourth or so there and I just thought I don’t know if I have anything for them or not. I used my stuff up hard trying to get there. I don’t know, man, sometimes things just workout. Tonight, was one of those nights.”

In addition to the milestone marks of O’Neal’s triumph, he also won the Fox Factory Hard Charger Award, rocketing his way from 23rd to first, and became the fourth different driver to win for Rocket1 Racing.

“It means a lot, we’ve always been a big supporter of the World of Outlaws,” Richards said. “(O’Neal) makes the fourth driver to win for us. Bart Hartman won World of Outlaws races for us. Brandon (Sheppard) and Josh (Richards) won World of Outlaws races over the years. He’s starting a new chapter for us.”

That chapter will always be remembered as another unforgettable “rocket launch” in Florida.

Rocket1 Racing crew
The Rocket1 Racing crew celebrate their DIRTcar Nationals win / Jacy Norgaard Photo

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series continues its 2023 season at Smoky Mountain Speedway, March 3-4. For the full 2023 schedule, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.


Case Construction Equipment Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Hudson O’Neal[23]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[8]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[20]; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 5. 76-Brandon Overton[7]; 6. B5-Brandon Sheppard[18]; 7. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce[5]; 9. 8-Brian Shirley[3]; 10. 111-Max Blair[9]; 11. 18D-Daulton Wilson[11]; 12. 40B-Kyle Bronson[15]; 13. 19R-Ryan Gustin[13]; 14. 12-Ashton Winger[28]; 15. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[25]; 16. B1-Brent Larson[22]; 17. 9-Nick Hoffman[27]; 18. 18-Chase Junghans[12]; 19. 11-Gordy Gundaker[26]; 20. 25-Shane Clanton[6]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs[29]; 22. 22*-Payton Freeman[30]; 23. 96V-Tanner English[14]; 24. 20-Jimmy Owens[17]; 25. 17M-Dale McDowell[19]; 26. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[24]; 27. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 28. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[16]; 29. 89-Mike Spatola[21]; 30. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[10]

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Feature Results
123+221Hudson O'Neal 500.0006Running150$20,000
28+699Devin Moran 50-0.6084Running146$10,000
320+1720RTRicky Thornton Jr.50-2.313Running144$5,500
41-339Tim McCreadie 50-2.74941Running142$4,500
57+276Brandon Overton 50-4.076Running140$4,000
618+12B5Brandon Sheppard 50-4.800Running138$3,500
72-544Chris Madden 50-4.925Running136$3,000
85-332Bobby Pierce 50-5.802Running134$2,800
93-68Brian Shirley 50-6.754Running132$2,600
109-1111Max Blair 50-7.137Running130$2,400
1111018DDaulton Wilson 50-7.443Running128$2,200
1215+340BKyle Bronson 50-8.767Running126$2,000
1313019RRyan Gustin 50-9.535Running124$1,800
1428+1412Ashton Winger 50-10.035Running122$1,750
1525+1028Dennis Erb Jr50-11.018Running120$1,700
1622+6B1Brent Larson 50-14.764Running118$1,650
1727+109Nick Hoffman 50-15.990Running116$1,600
1812-618Chase Junghans 50-16.324Running114$1,500
1926+711Gordy Gundaker 50-16.890Running112$1,500
206-1425Shane Clanton 49-1 LapsRunning110$1,500
2129+899BBoom Briggs 49-1 LapsRunning108$125
2230+822*Payton Freeman 49-1 LapsRunning106$125
2314-996VTanner English 48-2 LapsRunning104$1,500
2417-720Jimmy Owens 44-6 LapsDNF104$1,500
2519-617MDale McDowell 34-16 LapsDNF104$1,500
2624-299JRFrank Heckenast Jr30-20 LapsDNF104$1,500
274-2349Jonathan Davenport 29-21 LapsDNF104$1,500
2816-1276NBlair Nothdurft 28-22 LapsDNF104$1,500
2921-889Mike Spatola 27-23 LapsDNF104$1,500
3010-2025ZMason Zeigler 22-28 LapsDNF104$1,500
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Hudson O'Neal
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
12+117MDale McDowell 00.000Running0$0
21-1B1Brent Larson 0-1.414Running0$0
34+112Ashton Winger 0-2.561Running0$0
45+11STJohnny Scott 0-3.625Running100$125
53-210Mike Norris 0-4.535Running100$125
66099BBoom Briggs 0-6.871Running0$0
78+117SSBrenden Smith 0-9.095Running100$125
87-111BStacy Boles 0-11.740Running100$125
910+1B2Brian Booze 0-12.369Running100$125
1011+19Nick Hoffman 0-13.677Running0$0
119-2130Chase Osterhoff 0-14.302Running100$125
1212014RReid Millard 0-17.386Running100$125
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
16+520RTRicky Thornton Jr.00.000Running0$0
24+21Hudson O'Neal 0-0.723Running0$0
31-222*Payton Freeman 0-2.756Running0$0
42-228Dennis Erb Jr0-3.957Running0$0
5508SKyle Strickler 0-6.750Running100$125
63-3114Jordan Koehler 0-8.768Running100$125
711+401Jason Garver 0-11.301Running100$125
810+230Todd Cooney 0-11.735Running100$125
990C4Freddie Carpenter 0-13.809Running100$125
1012+214WDustin Walker 0-18.832Running100$125
117-46SBlake Spencer 098.119Running100$125
128-499TDylan Thompson 098.119DNS100$125
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
11089Mike Spatola 00.000Running0$0
23+199JRFrank Heckenast Jr0-0.333Running0$0
35+25Mark Whitener 0-4.863Running100$125
411+714GTrevor Gundaker 0-5.950Running100$125
54-111Gordy Gundaker 0-6.753Running0$0
66097Cade Dillard 0-8.191Running100$125
78+148Colton Flinner 0-9.870Running100$125
87-136Logan Martin 0-10.380Running100$125
92-716Tyler Bruening 0-11.589Running100$125
1010025BMike Benedum 0-11.976Running100$125
119-201GNevin Gainey 062.140Running100$125
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+149Jonathan Davenport 00.000Running
21-176Brandon Overton 0-0.900Running
34+119RRyan Gustin 0-2.514Running
43-1B1Brent Larson 0-3.621Running
58+310Mike Norris 0-5.100Running
6601STJohnny Scott 0-5.658Running
75-211BStacy Boles 0-10.355Running
89+1130Chase Osterhoff 0-12.401Running
97-29Nick Hoffman 0-12.401Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 00.000Running
24+2111Max Blair 0-1.459Running
32-140BKyle Bronson 0-3.377Running
45+117MDale McDowell 0-3.973Running
53-212Ashton Winger 0-5.871Running
67+199BBoom Briggs 0-8.529Running
76-117SSBrenden Smith 0-9.979Running
880B2Brian Booze 0-13.175Running
99014RReid Millard 0-16.736Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+125Shane Clanton 00.000Running
23+118DDaulton Wilson 0-0.257Running
34+120Jimmy Owens 0-1.191Running
45+122*Payton Freeman 0-2.965Running
59+4114Jordan Koehler 0-3.561Running
61-58SKyle Strickler 0-4.149Running
78+16SBlake Spencer 0-5.283Running
87-1C4Freddie Carpenter 0-6.682Running
96-301Jason Garver 0-10.328Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 00.000Running
22099Devin Moran 0-0.457Running
34+196VTanner English 0-2.805Running
45+128Dennis Erb Jr0-3.297Running
56+11Hudson O'Neal 0-3.812Running
63-320RTRicky Thornton Jr.0-3.851Running
78+199TDylan Thompson 0-7.999Running
87-130Todd Cooney 0-9.581Running
99014WDustin Walker 0-12.975Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
15+48Brian Shirley 00.000Running
22025ZMason Zeigler 0-0.410Running
31-276NBlair Nothdurft 0-3.128Running
46+289Mike Spatola 0-4.095Running
54-199JRFrank Heckenast Jr0-4.141Running
63-35Mark Whitener 0-4.925Running
77036Logan Martin 0-5.452Running
89+101GNevin Gainey 0-6.570Running
98-114GTrevor Gundaker 0-7.307Running
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+139Tim McCreadie 00.000Running
21-118Chase Junghans 0-1.102Running
330B5Brandon Sheppard 0-1.499Running
44016Tyler Bruening 0-3.472Running
57+211Gordy Gundaker 0-6.594Running
68+297Cade Dillard 0-8.090Running
76-148Colton Flinner 0-9.885Running
85-325BMike Benedum 0-11.096Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11276Brandon Overton Evans, GA15.8860.000
21532Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL16.075-0.189
388SKyle Strickler Mooresville, NC16.129-0.243
42149Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA16.166-0.280
5640BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL16.206-0.320
62625Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.211-0.325
711B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.264-0.378
82312Ashton Winger Senoia, GA16.283-0.397
9718DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC16.309-0.423
101419RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA16.328-0.442
1125111Max Blair Centerville, PA16.333-0.447
12920Jimmy Owens Newport, TN16.365-0.479
132711BStacy Boles Clinton, TN16.421-0.535
142417MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.426-0.540
152222*Payton Freeman Commerce, GA16.460-0.574
1631STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM16.527-0.641
17417SSBrenden Smith Dade City, FL16.587-0.701
181301Jason Garver Starke, FL16.617-0.731
19109Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.630-0.744
201799BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA16.644-0.758
2118C4Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV16.858-0.972
222010Mike Norris Sarver, PA16.866-0.980
232B2Brian Booze Greencastle, PA16.900-1.014
24166SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL17.020-1.134
251130Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL17.484-1.598
26514RReid Millard Jefferson City, MO18.116-2.230
2719114Jordan Koehler Mount Airy, NC16.556-0.670
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1344Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.1190.000
1512Ashton Winger Senoia, GA16.3360.000
1376Brandon Overton Evans, GA16.8430.000
1640BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL17.5240.000
2176NBlair Nothdurft Renner, SD16.2911.233
2825Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.5760.948
276SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL17.2770.247
231STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM17.891-0.367
37111Max Blair Centerville, PA16.9110.613
3718Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS16.3061.218
3718DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC18.424-0.900
3401Jason Garver Starke, FL17.4450.079
41130Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL18.653-1.129
4911BStacy Boles Clinton, TN17.0900.434
4999Devin Moran Dresden, OH16.4881.036
4899BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA17.575-0.051
5417SSBrenden Smith Dade City, FL18.753-1.229
5422*Payton Freeman Commerce, GA17.2590.265
51525ZMason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA16.4981.026
59C4Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV17.881-0.357
62B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN18.090-0.566
6539Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY16.5270.997
6514RReid Millard Jefferson City, MO19.062-1.538
6349Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA17.4410.083
7519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA18.169-0.645
72120RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA16.5360.988
7617MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA17.755-0.231
72B2Brian Booze Greencastle, PA19.540-2.016
819Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC18.717-1.193
8185Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL16.5480.976
81114Jordan Koehler Mount Airy, NC18.930-1.406
8920Jimmy Owens Newport, TN19.897-2.373
9210Mike Norris Sarver, PA18.930-1.406
9632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL19.206-1.682
912B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.5560.968
988SKyle Strickler Mooresville, NC20.331-2.807
102496VTanner English Benton, KY16.5740.950
112599JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL16.5810.943
121016Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA16.6260.898
132228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.6910.833
14168Brian Shirley Chatham, IL16.7560.768
15225BMike Benedum Salem, WV16.8050.719
16171Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN16.8060.718
172089Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL16.8310.693
182348Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA16.8640.660
19630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA16.8920.632
201136Logan Martin West Plains, MO16.9940.530
211411Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO16.9960.528
221999TDylan Thompson Paducah, KY17.3410.183
232614GTrevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO17.3430.181
24897Cade Dillard Robeline, LA17.3530.171
251314WDustin Walker Polk, MO17.628-0.104
26401GNevin Gainey Ft. White, FL17.636-0.112
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Event Info  

Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

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

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule

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

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*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices

Grandstand Type
Bleachers, Chairbacks

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

Pit Age Requirement
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Parking Cost
General Parking Free

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

Camping Availability
Electric Hookup, Non-Electric, Onsite, Sanitary Facility, Showers

Camping Cost
Single Day Dry Camp $30
Single Day Water/Electric $75 (Special Event $80)
Single Day Full Hook Up $100
Weekend Dry Camp $60
Weekend Electric/Water $150
Weekend Full Hook Up $200

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed as long as they don't conflict with the aisle behind you.

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

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

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Personal Coolers
Six-pack maximum cooler size. No alcohol. No glass.


Alcohol Sales
Beer is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.

Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Camping Availability
Electric Hookup, Non-Electric, Onsite, Sanitary Facility, Showers

Camping Cost
Single Day Dry Camp $30
Single Day Water/Electric $75 (Special Event $80)
Single Day Full Hook Up $100
Weekend Dry Camp $60
Weekend Electric/Water $150
Weekend Full Hook Up $200

Track Info  

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

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Track Type
D-shaped oval

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

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

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

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

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