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Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Friday, February 10, 2023
Race Recap  

TWICE AS NICE: David Gravel Doubles Down on Friday at Volusia's DIRTcar Nationals

In a span of less than seven hours, David Gravel won not one but two World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Features on Friday at Volusia Speedway Park.

Continuing his torrid tenure at the Barberville, FL 1/2-mile – three consecutive Series wins – Gravel backed up his season-opening victory at 6:08pm by delivering another checkered flag for the Big Game Motorsports #2 at 12:46am, which came after a lengthy rain delay followed by an exceptional recovery by the VSP track crew.

Starting from the inside of row two – adjacent to his fourth starting spot earlier in the day – Gravel took his time in the second outing. He ran third for the first half of the 30-lapper and finally moved past Cory Eliason to take P2 on Lap 14, but a caution on Lap 21 is what set the stage for another Victory Lane trip.

Capitalizing on Buddy Kofoid’s decision to brave the bumps into the bottom of turn one, Gravel throttled the Maxim Chassis powered by Morrison Racing Engines around the outside and promptly cleared the Crouch Motorsports #11 in one clean shot through turn two and down the backstretch. From there, he survived one more restart to seal the deal on a $16,000 payout with his fourth DIRTcar Nationals victory.

“It was weird,” Gravel recalled on his pass for the lead. “I felt like something suddenly changed because the bottom was the place to be on that long green flag run, but the top – which felt like crap before – was amazing on the restart. I don’t know if it was tire temperature or maybe even moisture from the fog, but it worked out great. I think that rough stuff was just enough to upset the car and it bit Buddy when he went to the bottom.”

Gravel is the sixth driver in history to win two World of Outlaws Features in one day. [Trent Gower]
Gravel’s 78th career World of Outlaws win was chalked full of notable numbers as he became the second driver to win three-straight events at Volusia, the sixth driver to win two races in one day, and the seventh driver to open the season with back-to-back wins.

He also expanded his lead in the DIRTcar Nationals standings to 12 points over Carson Macedo and 18 points over Logan Schuchart entering Saturday’s finale. If he can finish the week on top, it’ll mark back-to-back Big Gator Championships for the 30-year-old native of Watertown, CT.

“This place is so competitive, you just never know what can happen on any given night,” Gravel noted on their successes, especially after Qualifying 30th on Wednesday. “You slip up the tiniest bit and you give up so much against this field here. I mean these are probably the best 35-ish drivers in the country all here. Sometimes it’s so hard to just get that first win out of the way, so knocking two out right from the start feels like a huge confidence boost.”

While Graven won for the second time in one day, Buddy Kofoid also ran runner-up to Tod Quiring’s #2 for the second time in one day. The 21-year-old native of Penngrove, CA started on the outside pole and passed Cory Eliason for the lead on Lap 11, building an advantage as large as 2.490 seconds on Lap 18, but the caution flew and negated his hard work. Gravel ultimately capitalized on the restart and forced Buddy to another second-place finish in the Crouch Motorsports #11.

“This one obviously stings a bit more having actually led the race, but overall this is a really great result,” Kofoid mentioned. “I have to keep reminding myself that I’m brand new to this place, our team is still relatively young, and yet we’re competing for World of Outlaws wins. I hope we can get tomorrow in to have another shot at winning against those Gators.”

Closing out the podium was Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing, DuraMAX Oil #1S – who wanted just a few more laps to see what he could’ve done with Kofoid and Gravel ahead of him.

“I started out bad, but got better and better as the race went on,” Schuchart said. “I thought we were the fastest car over the last five laps, honestly. You always say you wish you had three more laps, but man I can’t help but think of what would’ve happened. I felt like I had a different line than both of them and was catching then, so I thought it would’ve been interesting.”

Updated Career Podium Totals – David Gravel (193rd), Buddy Kofoid (4th), Logan Schuchart (121st). [Trent Gower]
Completing Friday’s top-10 was Cory Eliason (4th) in the Indy Race Parts #71, Justin Peck (5th) in the Buch Motorsports #13, Brad Sweet (6th) in the Kasey Kahne Racing #49, James McFadden (7th) in the Roth Motorsports #83, Carson Macedo (8th) in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Sheldon Haudenschild (9th) in the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17, and Tyler Courtney (10th) in the Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC.

NOS Notebook (Volusia Speedway Park, 2/10/23)

David Gravel‘s 78th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series triumph brings him one away from tying Brad Sweet for 11th on the All-Time Win List. His fourth DIRTcar Nationals Gator trophy ties him for ninth-most in event history. He also joined Steve Kinser (2010-11) as the second driver to win three consecutive Series Features at Volusia Speedway Park.

Gravel is the first driver since Donny Schatz – at Volusia during 2017 DIRTcar Nationals – to win two World of Outlaws Features in the same day, and the sixth in history to achieve that feat. He joins a rare club including Steve Kinser (4), Sammy Swindell (3), Donny Schatz (2), Jac Haudenschild (1), and Jeff Swindell (1).

He also became the seventh driver in Series history to win back-to-back races to start a season – joining Daryn Pittman (2019), Steve Kinser (2011, 1991), Andy Hillenburg (2001), Sammy Swindell (1997, 1986), Brad Doty (1987), and Doug Wolfgang (1981).

As the 36th and final qualifier, Logan Schuchart led Low-E Insulation Qualifying at 13.609 seconds – averaging 112 MPH around Volusia’s 1/2-mile. It’s his 32nd career QuickTime Award, which ranks seventh-most – behind Gravel (89), Sweet (64), Saldana (55), Schatz (37), K. Madsen (35), and Stewart (35) – over his decade span as a full-time World of Outlaws competitor.

For the second night in a row, Schuchart (108th career) also topped the opening CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One, while NOS Energy Drink Heats 2-4 were won by Carson Macedo (83rd career), Buddy Kofoid (4th career), and Brent Marks (28th career).

Cory Eliason won the Toyota Dash, earning his seventh career pole position with the World of Outlaws. Through two nights, only Schuchart, Marks, Kofoid & Gravel have qualified for 100% of the Toyota Dashes.

Parker Price-Miller joined Brock Zearfoss as the second winner of the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown. One of the most exciting battles of the night was for the final transfer, which went to Tyler Courtney by 0.040 seconds over Kraig Kinser. Courtney would ultimately go on to win the KSE Hard Charger Award, driving from 24th to 10th in the Feature.

UP NEXT (Sat) – The 52nd annual Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals concludes on Saturday, February 11 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL. The NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will race for a $16,000-to-win program as the Big Gator Championship is awarded. For fans unable to attend, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel[3]; 2. 11-Michael Kofoid[2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7]; 4. 71-Cory Eliason[1]; 5. 13-Justin Peck[6]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[14]; 7. 83-James McFadden[11]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[12]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[24]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[10]; 12. 19-Brent Marks[4]; 13. 7S-Robbie Price[9]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[26]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich[13]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[17]; 17. 9-Kasey Kahne[18]; 18. 5T-Ryan Timms[16]; 19. 5-Spencer Bayston[25]; 20. 15-Donny Schatz[15]; 21. 9P-Parker Price Miller[21]; 22. 21-Brian Brown[20]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser[27]; 24. 26-Zeb Wise[23]; 25. 20G-Noah Gass[19]; 26. 39M-Anthony Macri[22]; 27. 1A-Jacob Allen[8]; 28. 6-Bill Rose[28]. Lap Leader(s): Cory Eliason 1-10; Buddy Kofoid 11-21; David Gravel 22-30. KSE Hard Charger: Tyler Courtney +14.

NEW Championship Standings (2/87 Races) – 1. 2-David Gravel (300); 2. 11-Buddy Kofoid (-8); 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart (-16); 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (-26); 5. 41-Carson Macedo (-34); 6. 48-Danny Dietrich (-36); 7. 7S-Robbie Price (-38); 8. 19-Brent Marks (-38); 9. 49-Brad Sweet (-48); 83-James McFadden (-48).

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Feature Results
13+22David Gravel 300.0009Running150$16,000
22011Michael Kofoid 30-0.50711Running146$8,000
37+41SLogan Schuchart 30689.330Running144$4,750
41-371Cory Eliason 30-2.77910Running142$3,875
56+113Justin Peck 30-3.572Running140$3,500
614+849Brad Sweet 30-4.050Running138$3,125
711+483James McFadden 30-5.077Running136$2,750
85-341Carson Macedo 30-5.723Running134$2,550
912+317Sheldon Haudenschild 30-6.776Running132$2,400
1024+147BCTyler Courtney 30-7.223Running130$2,250
1110-118Giovanni Scelzi 30-7.242Running128$2,100
124-819Brent Marks 30-9.227Running126$1,900
139-47SRobbie Price 30-9.938Running124$1,700
1426+123ZBrock Zearfoss 30-10.379Running122$1,625
1513-248Danny Dietrich 30-11.536Running120$1,500
1617+115HSam Hafertepe Jr30-11.939Running118$1,425
1718+19Kasey Kahne 30-13.138Running116$1,350
1816-25TRyan Timms 30-15.919Running114$1,250
1925+65Spencer Bayston 29-1 LapsRunning112$1,250
2015-515Donny Schatz 29-1 LapsRunning110$1,250
212109PParker Price-Miller 29-1 LapsRunning108$1,250
2220-221Brian Brown 29-1 LapsRunning106$1,250
2327+411KKraig Kinser 29-1 LapsRunning104$1,250
2423-126Zeb Wise 29-1 LapsRunning102$1,250
2519-620GNoah Gass 28-2 LapsRunning102$0
2622-439MAnthony Macri 20-10 LapsDNF102$0
278-191AJacob Allen 18-12 LapsDNF102$0
282806Bill Rose 6-24 LapsDNF102$0
KSE Hard Charger: Tyler Courtney
Last Chance Showdown Results
12+19PParker Price-Miller 00.000Running0$0
24+239MAnthony Macri 0-2.274Running0$0
31-226Zeb Wise 0-3.979Running0$0
43-17BCTyler Courtney 0-5.469Running0$0
56+111KKraig Kinser 0-5.509Running0$0
65-155Hunter Schuerenberg 0-7.913Running90$300
77022Riley Goodno 0-8.990Running90$250
8808Aaron Reutzel 0-9.793Running90$225
9903ZBrock Zearfoss 0-10.274Running0$0
1010055BAlex Bowman 0-11.520Running90$200
111105Spencer Bayston 0-12.702Running0$0
1212011MBrendan Mullen 0-14.590Running90$200
1314+144Chris Martin 0-1.178Running90$200
1413-16Bill Rose 0-7.425Running0$0
Dash 1 Results
12+171Cory Eliason 00.000Running0$0
21-111Michael Kofoid 0-2.892Running0$0
34+12David Gravel 0-4.146Running0$0
46+219Brent Marks 0-5.810Running0$0
58+341Carson Macedo 0-6.785Running0$0
63-313Justin Peck 0-6.890Running0$0
75-21SLogan Schuchart 0-7.407Running0$0
87-11AJacob Allen 0-8.781Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101SLogan Schuchart 00.000Running
22071Cory Eliason 0-3.139Running
34+17SRobbie Price 0-4.935Running
43-148Danny Dietrich 0-6.141Running
55015HSam Hafertepe Jr0-7.218Running
6607BCTyler Courtney 0-8.192Running
77055Hunter Schuerenberg 0-9.502Running
8803ZBrock Zearfoss 0-10.303Running
9906Bill Rose 0-12.459Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 00.000Running
2201AJacob Allen 0-2.627Running
34+118Giovanni Scelzi 0-4.144Running
43-149Brad Sweet 0-5.618Running
56+19Kasey Kahne 0-6.763Running
65-126Zeb Wise 0-8.118Running
77011KKraig Kinser 0-9.366Running
88055BAlex Bowman 0-10.403Running
99044Chris Martin 0-11.753Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11011Michael Kofoid 00.000Running
2202David Gravel 0-1.645Running
33083James McFadden 0-3.905Running
44015Donny Schatz 0-5.128Running
56+120GNoah Gass 0-7.968Running
65-19PParker Price-Miller 0-8.676Running
78+122Riley Goodno 0-9.574Running
87-15Spencer Bayston 0-10.725Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11019Brent Marks 00.000Running
22013Justin Peck 0-2.263Running
34+117Sheldon Haudenschild 0-3.126Running
43-15TRyan Timms 0-5.288Running
55021Brian Brown 0-6.135Running
66039MAnthony Macri 0-7.113Running
7708Aaron Reutzel 0-9.058Running
88011MBrendan Mullen 0-10.314Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1331SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.6090.000
21541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.623-0.014
31811Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.643-0.034
4919Brent Marks Myerstown, PA13.675-0.066
51771Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.755-0.146
6251AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.757-0.148
7192David Gravel Watertown, CT13.775-0.166
82313Justin Peck Monrovia, IN13.802-0.193
91648Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA13.811-0.202
10249Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.811-0.202
11783James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.833-0.224
12305TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK13.844-0.235
1367SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.844-0.235
14818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.857-0.248
153215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.859-0.250
16117Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.860-0.251
173415HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.872-0.263
181426Zeb Wise Angola, IN13.895-0.286
19319PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN13.910-0.301
202621Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.977-0.368
21207BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN13.981-0.372
2249Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.987-0.378
231320GNoah Gass Mounds, OK14.020-0.411
241139MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA14.031-0.422
25355Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO14.041-0.432
261011KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.062-0.453
27285Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN14.069-0.460
28278Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX14.137-0.528
2953ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.198-0.589
302255BAlex Bowman Tucson, AZ14.280-0.671
312122Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA14.302-0.693
322911MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND14.497-0.888
33126Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.533-0.924
342444Chris Martin Ankeny, IA14.672-1.063
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Event Info  

Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Friday, February 10, 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 Sprint Car Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

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
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

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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