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DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Race Recap  

SHINING REDEMPTION: Hudson O’Neal Wins Sunshine Nationals Finale; Devin Moran Clinches Sunshine Nationals Championship

O’Neal claims second career World of Outlaws Feature win, Moran wins his second Surfboard trophy


In the span of 365 days, Hudson O’Neal has seen the highs and lows of racing with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models at Volusia Speedway Park.

On Saturday night, the Martinsville, IN driver commanded the field and held off the top dirt Late Model drivers to win his first Sunshine Nationals Feature – one year to the day that he missed the same Feature in 2023.

O’Neal’s space in Victory Lane was shared with Dresden, OH’s Devin Moran, who won the Sunshine Nationals Championship after a third-place finish in Saturday’s Feature.

Moran and O’Neal led the field to the green flag of the 40-lap, $15,000-to-win Feature, racing side-by-side before O’Neal drove away with the lead on the high line.

With lap traffic to manage, “The New Deal” utilized the top and bottom lanes to escape Moran and the leaders that closed in.

That was until Moran passed O’Neal on lap 15 for the race lead. The two battled intensely with each driver using both lanes to maneuver lap traffic and pass each other.

O’Neal gained the lead on lap 20 until a bad turn saw Moran take back the lead from O’Neal two laps later.

On lap 28, O’Neal claimed the lead once more from Moran by using the bottom lane through the first two turns.

Multiple cautions in the final 7 laps of the Feature gave opportunities for drivers to have a chance at catching O’Neal and Moran, including Kyle Bronson, reigning Series champion Bobby Pierce, and four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard.

On the final restart of the Feature with four laps to go, O’Neal got the start he needed from his Rocket1 Racing Late Model to blast away and win the Feature.

O’Neal finds irony in the win, with the triumph coming one year to the day of his worst performance at Sunshine Nationals.

“It’s ironic,” O’Neal said. “If anybody remembers my first outing with Rocket1 and how bad it was at Sunshine Nationals one year ago. Then, to turn around and come back and have a good showing like we did (tonight). I think we had a critical test session here last year, came back and got to make a lot of laps and it helped a lot. I don’t know, I think I’ve found something that I’m comfortable with and something that this place likes. We’re just happy to be in contention and we are so far ahead of where we started last year and hopefully we can go to Speedweeks and win a few more.”

Bronson finished second in his new Longhorn Chassis #40B. The Brandon. FL native said he believes building a notebook is important to his success at February’s Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals.

“It felt pretty good,” Bronson said. “It was really cool when I was catching (the leaders). I felt like I was gonna drive right by them. I got into their dirty air. It changed a little bit and I felt my car get a little looser there at the end because I was getting tighter entering the corner. Overall, our car was pretty good. We gained a lot from yesterday and I’m looking forward to coming back for DIRTcar Nationals.”

Moran – who won the Simpson Quick Time Award – came home in third place, clinching the Sunshine Nationals overall championship after winning Friday’s Feature race.

“It’s really cool,” Moran said. “It was a bummer I couldn’t get a caution when I was out in the lead. I felt like I could’ve maintained the race a little better, I just wasn’t good enough in traffic like (O’Neal) was and he did a good job. All in all, a good weekend and we’ll be back in a couple of weeks.”

Ricky Thornton Jr. earned the Fox Factory Hard Charger Award after climbing up 19 positions in the Feature to finish in fourth place.

“I really put myself behind after qualifying,” Thornton said. “I was just trying to be too cute with it and it cost me. There wasn’t much passing in the Heat and made it through the Last Chance Showdown. I was really good in the Feature because I could go wherever I wanted to. Overall, going from 23rd to finish fourth is pretty awesome so hopefully we’re just as good in two weeks.”

New Berlin, IL’s Brandon Sheppard bookended Saturday’s top five finishers after racing inside the top 10 for the duration of the Feature.

He leaves Sunshine Nationals as the current points leader, holding a six-point lead over Bobby Pierce in second. Cade Dillard is third (-18), Chris Madden is fourth (-24) and Nick Hoffman rounds out the top five (-28).

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models will return to Volusia Speedway Park  for the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals, February 15-17. For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch every World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model race live on DIRTVision.

CASE Late Model Feature (40 Laps): 1. 1-Hudson O’Neal[2]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[7]; 3. 99-Devin Moran[1]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[23]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 6. 32-Bobby Pierce[10]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[19]; 8. 97-Cade Dillard[4]; 9. 44-Chris Madden[5]; 10. 9-Nick Hoffman[15]; 11. 12W-Ashton Winger[14]; 12. 10-Garrett Smith[6]; 13. 16-Tyler Bruening[22]; 14. 19R-Ryan Gustin[26]; 15. 39-Tim McCreadie[12]; 16. 96V-Tanner English[17]; 17. 18D-Daulton Wilson[8]; 18. 7-Drake Troutman[24]; 19. 97C-Cody Overton[25]; 20. 111-Max Blair[21]; 21. 174-Ethan Dotson[13]; 22. 3S-Brian Shirley[18]; 23. B1-Brent Larson[27]; 24. 14W-Dustin Walker[29]; 25. 20-Jimmy Owens[20]; 26. 30-Todd Cooney[28]; 27. 19-Dustin Sorensen[30]; 28. 157-Mike Marlar[11]; 29. 17M-Dale McDowell[3]; 30. 54-David Breazeale[16]

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Feature Results
12+11Hudson O'Neal 400.00030Running150$15,000
27+540BKyle Bronson 40-0.914Running146$7,000
31-299Devin Moran 40-0.99111Running144$4,000
423+1920RTRicky Thornton Jr.40-2.219Running142$3,500
59+4B5Brandon Sheppard 40-3.423Running140$3,200
610+432Bobby Pierce 40-4.125Running138$3,000
719+1228Dennis Erb Jr40-4.979Running136$2,700
84-497Cade Dillard 40-5.277Running134$2,500
95-444Chris Madden 40-5.497Running132$2,300
1015+59Nick Hoffman 40-6.199Running130$2,200
1114+312WAshton Winger 40-6.964Running128$2,100
126-610Garrett Smith 40-7.897Running126$2,000
1322+916Tyler Bruening 40-8.363Running124$1,700
1426+1219RRyan Gustin 40-9.052Running122$1,600
1512-339Tim McCreadie 40-9.313Running120$1,400
1617+196VTanner English 40-9.390Running118$1,300
178-918DDaulton Wilson 40-10.293Running116$1,200
1824+67Drake Troutman 40-11.084Running114$1,200
1925+697CCody Overton 40-11.349Running112$1,200
2021+1111Max Blair 40-11.737Running110$1,200
2113-8174Ethan Dotson 40-11.947Running108$1,200
2218-43SBrian Shirley 39-1 LapsRunning106$1,200
2327+4B1Brent Larson 39-1 LapsRunning104$1,200
2429+514WDustin Walker 39-1 LapsRunning104$1,200
2520-520Jimmy Owens 36-4 LapsRunning104$1,200
2628+230Todd Cooney 35-5 LapsRunning104$1,200
2730+319Dustin Sorensen 30-10 LapsRunning104$1,200
2811-17157Mike Marlar 28-12 LapsRunning104$1,200
293-2617MDale McDowell 7-33 LapsRunning104$1,200
3016-1454David Breazeale 6-34 LapsRunning104$1,200
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
11028Dennis Erb Jr00.000Running0$0
23+116Tyler Bruening 0-2.172Running0$0
32-15Mark Whitener 0-3.622Running100$0
45+120TCTristan Chamberlain 0-7.446Running100$0
56+122Daniel Hilsabeck 0-7.896Running100$0
68+222PNick Panitzke 0-9.146Running100$0
710+328BCarson Brown 0-13.657Running100$0
84-499BBoom Briggs 090.248Running100$0
97-230Todd Cooney 090.248DNS0$0
109-179Kyle Bryant 090.248DNS100$0
1111014WDustin Walker 090.248DNS0$0
1212025BMike Benedum 090.248DNS100$0
1313011Austin Smith 090.248DNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11020Jimmy Owens 00.000Running0$0
24+220RTRicky Thornton Jr.0-1.453Running0$0
33076Blair Nothdurft 0-2.990Running100$0
45+114JRTrey Mills 0-3.377Running100$0
52-319RRyan Gustin 0-3.661Running0$0
66097CCody Overton 0-4.174Running0$0
712+501Jason Garver 0-7.790Running100$0
87-189Mike Spatola 0-8.255Running100$0
99022*Max McLaughlin 0-9.244Running100$0
1011+125Donnie Chappell 0-9.857Running100$0
1113+21JJason Papp 0124.396Running100$0
128-433Jeff Mathews 0124.396DNS100$0
1310-34Amanda Robinson 0124.396DNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
110111Max Blair 00.000Running0$0
23+17Drake Troutman 0-1.419Running0$0
32-151Mack McCarter 0-4.312Running100$0
46+26JRParker Martin 0-4.887Running100$0
54-181JJack Riggs 0-7.396Running100$0
65-1214Haiden Cowan 0-8.530Running100$0
78+1388Jackson Hise 0-9.168Running100$0
810+219Dustin Sorensen 039.751Running0$0
97-2B1Brent Larson 0122.988Running0$0
109-111BStacy Boles 0122.988DNS100$0
1111017SSBrenden Smith 0122.988DNS100$0
1212097TMitch Thomas 0122.988DNS100$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11099Devin Moran 00.000Running
22040BKyle Bronson 0-1.260Running
34+1174Ethan Dotson 0-3.286Running
43-128Dennis Erb Jr0-5.676Running
55016Tyler Bruening 0-7.568Running
66020TCTristan Chamberlain 0-9.723Running
77030Todd Cooney 0-11.191Running
88079Kyle Bryant 0-11.471Running
99014WDustin Walker 0-14.790Running
1010011Austin Smith 0-14.790DNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+11Hudson O'Neal 00.000Running
21-1B5Brandon Sheppard 0-3.787Running
3309Nick Hoffman 0-4.304Running
45+15Mark Whitener 0-5.959Running
56+199BBoom Briggs 0-7.844Running
64-222Daniel Hilsabeck 0-8.416Running
78+122PNick Panitzke 0-9.367Running
89+128BCarson Brown 0-11.519Running
97-225BMike Benedum 0-11.915Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+144Chris Madden 00.000Running
21-1157Mike Marlar 0-1.542Running
34+196VTanner English 0-2.363Running
46+220Jimmy Owens 0-3.144Running
58+376Blair Nothdurft 0-4.432Running
65-114JRTrey Mills 0-5.081Running
73-489Mike Spatola 0-5.592Running
89+122*Max McLaughlin 0-7.426Running
97-225Donnie Chappell 0-9.105Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11097Cade Dillard 00.000Running
22018DDaulton Wilson 0-3.308Running
33012WAshton Winger 0-3.866Running
44019RRyan Gustin 0-4.687Running
58+320RTRicky Thornton Jr.0-5.602Running
67+197CCody Overton 0-5.785Running
75-233Jeff Mathews 0-11.610Running
86-24Amanda Robinson 0-11.844Running
99001Jason Garver 0-12.737Running
101001JJason Papp 0-11.077Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117MDale McDowell 00.000Running
21-132Bobby Pierce 0-1.467Running
36+354David Breazeale 0-1.986Running
43-1111Max Blair 0-3.518Running
54-17Drake Troutman 0-4.801Running
69+3214Haiden Cowan 0-6.364Running
770B1Brent Larson 0-6.976Running
88011BStacy Boles 057.933Running
95-417SSBrenden Smith 057.933Running
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11010Garrett Smith 00.000Running
23+139Tim McCreadie 0-1.320Running
32-13SBrian Shirley 0-3.557Running
44051Mack McCarter 0-4.239Running
55081JJack Riggs 0-4.643Running
68+26JRParker Martin 0-6.288Running
76-1388Jackson Hise 0-6.584Running
87-119Dustin Sorensen 0-7.120Running
99097TMitch Thomas 0-7.120Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1899Devin Moran Dresden, OH15.7530.000
221B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.770-0.017
319157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN15.802-0.049
42840BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.882-0.129
5251Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN16.079-0.326
61044Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.100-0.347
71828Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.120-0.367
8119Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.155-0.402
92789Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL16.184-0.431
103174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA16.269-0.516
111722Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA16.300-0.547
122296VTanner English Benton, KY16.332-0.579
13216Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA16.390-0.637
1445Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL16.469-0.716
152314JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL16.531-0.778
161320TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN16.654-0.901
17199BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA16.833-1.080
18520Jimmy Owens Newport, TN16.841-1.088
19630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA16.993-1.240
20725BMike Benedum Salem, WV17.092-1.339
211225Donnie Chappell St. Augustine, FL17.124-1.371
221479Kyle Bryant Navarre, FL17.126-1.373
232622PNick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN17.191-1.438
241576Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD17.568-1.815
252014WDustin Walker Polk, MO17.638-1.885
262428BCarson Brown Moseley, VA17.699-1.946
27922*Max McLaughlin , 17.699-1.946
281611Austin Smith Rome, GA17.699-1.946
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1397Cade Dillard Robeline, LA15.7820.000
22232Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.789-0.007
32610Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA15.886-0.104
4618DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC16.007-0.225
51017MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.011-0.229
6253SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL16.051-0.269
71712WAshton Winger Senoia, GA16.060-0.278
81111Max Blair Centerville, PA16.121-0.339
9739Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY16.122-0.340
101419RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA16.138-0.356
11157Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA16.171-0.389
12251Mack McCarter Gatlinburg, TN16.493-0.711
131233Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL16.496-0.714
14917SSBrenden Smith Dade City, FL16.503-0.721
151181JJack Riggs NOLENSVILLE, TN16.525-0.743
1644Amanda Robinson , 16.547-0.765
172754David Breazeale Four Corners, MS16.561-0.779
1823388Jackson Hise Ocala, FL16.610-0.828
191897CCody Overton Evans, GA16.631-0.849
2020B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.703-0.921
212119Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN16.849-1.067
22520RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA16.877-1.095
231311BStacy Boles Clinton, TN16.884-1.102
24246JRParker Martin Miledgeville, GA16.965-1.183
251601Jason Garver Starke, FL17.029-1.247
2619214Haiden Cowan Rincon, GA17.384-1.602
27897TMitch Thomas Oakland, MD17.682-1.900
28281JJason Papp Palm Bay, FL18.107-2.325
Hot Laps Results
13320RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA15.2250.000
24219RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.227-0.002
33418DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC15.302-0.077
419157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN15.309-0.084
53197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA15.425-0.200
63539Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY15.434-0.209
75032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.455-0.230
8437Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA15.548-0.323
94512WAshton Winger Senoia, GA15.592-0.367
1048B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.673-0.448
11119Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.674-0.449
122840BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.698-0.473
13251Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN15.719-0.494
144919Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN15.744-0.519
155554David Breazeale Four Corners, MS15.756-0.531
163717SSBrenden Smith Dade City, FL15.757-0.532
174111BStacy Boles Clinton, TN15.775-0.550
182789Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL15.787-0.562
1921B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.851-0.626
203981JJack Riggs NOLENSVILLE, TN15.860-0.635
212296VTanner English Benton, KY15.872-0.647
22922*Max McLaughlin , 15.880-0.655
233051Mack McCarter Gatlinburg, TN15.967-0.742
2447214Haiden Cowan Rincon, GA15.981-0.756
254697CCody Overton Evans, GA16.006-0.781
2629111Max Blair Centerville, PA16.045-0.820
27533SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL16.115-0.890
28526JRParker Martin Miledgeville, GA16.158-0.933
294033Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL16.159-0.934
301611Austin Smith Rome, GA16.225-1.000
313817MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.250-1.025
32324Amanda Robinson , 16.302-1.077
332622PNick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN16.314-1.089
3451388Jackson Hise Ocala, FL16.387-1.162
35725BMike Benedum Salem, WV16.435-1.210
361828Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.485-1.260
374401Jason Garver Starke, FL16.521-1.296
381576Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD16.528-1.303
391722Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA16.569-1.344
401225Donnie Chappell St. Augustine, FL16.698-1.473
41899Devin Moran Dresden, OH16.734-1.509
422014WDustin Walker Polk, MO16.797-1.572
432314JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL16.887-1.662
44216Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA16.893-1.668
451044Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.950-1.725
462428BCarson Brown Moseley, VA16.986-1.761
47199BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA17.264-2.039
4845Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL17.401-2.176
491320TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN17.508-2.283
503174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA17.650-2.425
51630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA17.757-2.532
523697TMitch Thomas Oakland, MD18.035-2.810
53520Jimmy Owens Newport, TN18.333-3.108
54561JJason Papp Palm Bay, FL19.057-3.832
551479Kyle Bryant Navarre, FL19.057-3.832
565410Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA19.057-3.832
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Event Info  

DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws Late Model season will again kick off in the sunshine state again with Crate Racin' USA DIRTcar Pro (604) Late Models and 602 Late Models — a true Late Model Palooza — before the historic DIRTcar Nationals!


Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series, DIRTcar Pro Late Models, 602 Late Models

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
9AM Pit Pass Sales Begin
10AM Pit Gates Open, Hauler Load-In
3:45PM Front Gate Opens & Ticket Sales Begin
4PM Hot Laps
6PM Opening Ceremonies

1PM Pit Gates and Pit Sales
3:45PM Front Gate Opens & Ticket Sales Begin
4PM Hot Laps
6PM Opening Ceremonies

12PM Pit Gates and Pit Sales
3PM Front Gate Opens & Ticket Sales Begin
4PM Hot Laps
6PM Opening Ceremonies

See Detailed Schedule
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
3-Day General Admission Package: $80
3 Day Reserved Package: $90
3-Day Premium Reserved Package: $100
Single Day General Admission: $30
Single Day Reserved: $35
Single Day Premium Reserved: $40

4-Day Pit Pass Combo – Member: $120 / Non-Member: $135
3-Day Pit Pass Combo – Member: $100 / Non-Member: $115
2-Day Pit Pass Combo – Member: 65 / Non-Member: $75
Single Day Pit Pass – Wednesday: $25
Single Day Pit Pass – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – Member: $35 / Non-Member: $40

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  
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
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3
Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3

**Grooving and siping will be allowed.**


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