DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Race Recap  

GATOR SMOKE: Madden grabs DIRTcar Nationals win, Moran crowned Big Gator champion

Chris Madden knew he couldn’t play it safe Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park. As the Gray Court, SC driver’s chances to win dwindled, he decided to seize an opportunity.

Madden ran fourth during the first 10 laps before taking a risk that led to reward. He thundered to the top of the Volusia clay, picking off Mike Marlar and Max Blair to get to second. That’s when he set his sights on leader Dale McDowell.

As the Chickamauga, GA driver moved to the middle to pass a slower car, “Smokey” dealt his final blow. Madden switched lanes through Turns 3 and 4, powering under McDowell to take control of the lead en route to winning the DIRTcar Nationals finale, while Devan Moran won the overall Big Gator Championship.

The choice to go to the outside was crucial in Madden’s 33rd career World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models triumph.

“It was very important,” Madden said. “I thought we messed up with an adjustment, and when they dropped the green flag, I couldn’t keep up, and I was like, oh boy, I’m in trouble.

“The racetrack finally slowed down enough to where we were pretty good and [McDowell], and they caught lap traffic, so I had nothing to lose but step out there, and we found the groove and happened to get by right in time.”

Madden’s second career DIRTcar Nationals victory is the culmination of a consistent week for him and his team. He’s now at the top of the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models point standings—16 points ahead of McDowell.

“We’ve had a great car all week,” Madden said. “I’ve made some bad calls on restarts, picking the wrong line, and took myself out of a couple of wins this week. Overall, we’ve had a great week, my guys worked their tail off doing a great job, and I appreciate them.”

Mike Marlar, the 2018 Series Champion, crossed the line second. The Winfield, TN campaigner sat third for most of the race, getting by Rookie of the Year contender Max Blair on the final lap.

“I had a good car; I just couldn’t do much about it there,” Marlar said. “[Blair] was just in my line. I kind of waited until I thought I could pass on tires, and the last couple of laps, I just drove it a lot harder and got him. But I probably never would’ve gotten Madden.”

McDowell finished third after leading early in the race. “The Mac Daddy” felt he was a sitting duck once he caught the back of the field.

“I didn’t know where to go, and I went to the middle,” McDowell said. “That’s where I should’ve been, but [lap cars] moved out a little bit so [Madden] and them shot by me. Some days are your days, and some days aren’t.”

Max Blair, the Rookie of the race, slipped to fourth on the final lap. Despite making a mistake at the end, the Viper Motorsports team is happy to get its first top five of the season.

“Anytime you run fourth with these guys, it’s something to be proud of,” Blair said. “It sucks a little bit when you run second the whole race and then give it away on the last lap and fall back to fourth. But, with how this week went and everything, fourth is a lot better than 18th.”

The Centerville, PA driver leads the chase for Rookie of the Year after six races—10 points ahead of Tanner English.

He isn’t the only rookie who grabbed their first top five, as Kyle Hammer finished fifth. It’s momentum the Clinton, IL driver can take moving forward, on top of leading 20 laps during Thursday’s DIRTcar Nationals Feature.

“This is one of the hardest tracks we’ll probably hit on the schedule,” Hammer said. “I mean, look at all these guys. Ryan Gustin dominates one night and misses the Feature the next. We led half the Feature and missed the next night and take a provisional.

“It shows [Volusia] is a hard track no matter who you are, so I feel like we’ve got a huge confidence booster going into the rest of the year.”

While Madden did everything possible to win the Big Gator title, Moran took it home for the second straight year. “The Mailman” did just enough to win the DIRTcar Nationals championship—besting Madden by one point.

Big Gator Celebration
Devin and Wyle Moran hold up the Big Gator Trophy at DIRTcar Nationals

Despite not finding Victory Lane, Moran still made his way to the podium four times at Volusia. It capped off the end to a successful Speedweeks for the Dresden, OH driver.

It’s pretty cool,” Moran said. “We wanted to win so bad here this week, and I felt we had the car too.

“To come out here and get the big gator two years in a row after not racing a whole lot is a lot of fun. I can’t thank Wylie [Moran’s brother and crew chief] enough.”

Chris Madden proved that taking a chance at the right time can pay off on the path to Victory. It’s risks like Madden’s that led to a reward—and a chance to contend for a World of Outlaws CASE Late Models title.

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CASE Construction Feature (40 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Madden[3]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[5]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell[1]; 4. 111V-Max Blair[2]; 5. 45-Kyle Hammer[7]; 6. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[6]; 7. 8-Kyle Strickler[4]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[9]; 9. 39-Tim McCreadie[11]; 10. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 11. 16-Tyler Bruening[17]; 12. 9-Devin Moran[20]; 13. 76-Brandon Overton[14]; 14. 11H-Spencer Hughes[12]; 15. 81E-Tanner English[22]; 16. 130-Chase Osterhoff[19]; 17. 97-Cade Dillard[23]; 18. 1-Brandon Sheppard[25]; 19. B1-Brent Larson[24]; 20. 40B-Kyle Bronson[13]; 21. 11-Gordy Gundaker[29]; 22. 99B-Boom Briggs[28]; 23. 1T-Tyler Erb[21]; 24. 1R-Josh Richards[27]; 25. 89-Ashton Winger[18]; 26. 33M-Michael Norris[16]; 27. 19R-Ryan Gustin[26]; 28. 32-Chris Simpson[10]; 29. 3S-Brian Shirley[15] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Devin Moran [+8]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+244Chris Madden 400.00028Running150$10,000
25+3157Mike Marlar 40-1.261Running146$6,000
31-217MDale McDowell 40-2.01612Running144$3,500
42-2111VMax Blair 40-2.628Running142$2,800
57+245Kyle Hammer 40-2.764Running140$2,500
66020RTRicky Thornton Jr.40-2.946Running138$2,300
74-38Kyle Strickler 40-3.609Running136$2,200
89+128Dennis Erb Jr40-3.956Running134$2,100
911+239Tim McCreadie 40-4.354Running132$2,050
108-246Earl Pearson Jr40-5.175Running130$2,000
1117+616Tyler Bruening 40-5.638Running128$1,600
1220+89Devin Moran 40-5.850Running126$1,400
1314+176Brandon Overton 40-6.411Running124$1,200
1412-211HSpencer Hughes 40-6.804Running122$1,100
1522+781ETanner English 40-7.284Running120$1,050
1619+3130Chase Osterhoff 40-7.647Running118$1,000
1723+697Cade Dillard 40-8.166Running116$1,000
1825+71Brandon Sheppard 40-8.473Running114$1,000
1924+5B1Brent Larson 40-9.268Running112$1,000
2013-740BKyle Bronson 40-9.594Running110$1,000
2129+811Gordy Gundaker 40-10.072Running108$110
2228+699BBoom Briggs 40-10.694Running106$110
2321-21TTyler Erb 40-11.249Running104$1,000
2427+31RJosh Richards 40-11.467Running102$110
2518-789Ashton Winger 34-6 LapsDNF102$1,000
2616-1033MMichael Norris 31-9 LapsDNF102$1,000
2726-119RRyan Gustin 30-10 LapsDNF102$1,000
2810-1832Chris Simpson 25-15 LapsDNF102$1,000
2915-143SBrian Shirley 17-23 LapsDNF102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
110130Chase Osterhoff 100.00010Running0$0
22081ETanner English 10-0.675Running0$0
35+231Tyler Millwood 10-2.991Running90$110
46+225BMike Benedum 10-3.888Running90$110
53-215Donny Schatz 10-6.708Running90$110
67+176NBlair Nothdurft 10-7.136Running90$110
78+138Garrett Mosley 10-7.657Running90$110
89+10GDeshawn Gingerich 10-8.836Running90$110
910+12Dan Stone 10-9.391Running90$110
1013+322ADJacob Ulrich 5-5 LapsDNF90$110
114-710Garrett Smith 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1211-194Jason Miller 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1312-16SBlake Spencer 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1414014MMorgan Bagley 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+19Devin Moran 100.00010Running0$0
23+197Cade Dillard 10-2.203Running0$0
35+229Darrell Lanigan 10-2.644Running90$110
44099JRFrank Heckenast Jr10-4.601Running90$110
56+125Shane Clanton 10-4.964Running90$110
61-51RJosh Richards 10-6.899Running0$0
712+511BStacy Boles 10-7.943Running90$110
813+597CCody Overton 10-8.624Running90$110
98-119RRyan Gustin 10-10.523Running0$0
107-311Gordy Gundaker 10-12.031Running0$0
119-214RReid Millard 10-17.311Running90$110
1210-26Nick Hoffman 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1311-258Mark Whitener 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11020RTRicky Thornton Jr.80.0008Running
22045Kyle Hammer 8-2.157Running
35+240BKyle Bronson 8-4.445Running
47+3130Chase Osterhoff 8-5.395Running
58+315Donny Schatz 8-6.563Running
64-231Tyler Millwood 8-7.435Running
73-476NBlair Nothdurft 8-9.778Running
89+10GDeshawn Gingerich 8-13.896Running
96-394Jason Miller 8-15.484Running
1010022ADJacob Ulrich 8-18.274Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+244Chris Madden 80.0008Running
22028Dennis Erb Jr8-4.021Running
35+23SBrian Shirley 8-5.882Running
46+281ETanner English 8-6.635Running
51-410Garrett Smith 8-8.337Running
67+125BMike Benedum 8-8.991Running
74-338Garrett Mosley 8-9.906Running
89+12Dan Stone 8-10.476Running
98-16SBlake Spencer 8-11.471Running
1010014MMorgan Bagley 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110157Mike Marlar 80.0008Running
22039Tim McCreadie 8-2.309Running
33016Tyler Bruening 8-4.758Running
45+11RJosh Richards 8-6.556Running
57+297Cade Dillard 8-7.533Running
64-229Darrell Lanigan 8-7.925Running
76-111Gordy Gundaker 8-8.573Running
89+114RReid Millard 8-15.825Running
98-158Mark Whitener 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+2111VMax Blair 80.0008Running
25+346Earl Pearson Jr8-2.806Running
34+176Brandon Overton 8-3.208Running
42-29Devin Moran 8-3.910Running
57+299JRFrank Heckenast Jr8-5.766Running
61-525Shane Clanton 8-6.401Running
76-119RRyan Gustin 8-7.134Running
89+16Nick Hoffman 8-7.783Running
910+111BStacy Boles 8-8.968Running
108-297CCody Overton 8-9.660Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1108Kyle Strickler 80.0008Running
22032Chris Simpson 8-4.244Running
33033MMichael Norris 8-5.042Running
45+11TTyler Erb 8-5.772Running
54-1B1Brent Larson 8-6.706Running
69+314JRTrey Mills 8-7.110Running
77071Hudson O'Neal 8-7.679Running
88099BBoom Briggs 8-8.403Running
96-318Chase Junghans 8-8.875Running
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017MDale McDowell 80.0008Running
22011HSpencer Hughes 8-2.111Running
34+189Ashton Winger 8-2.678Running
43-11Brandon Sheppard 8-3.241Running
56+136Logan Martin 8-3.820Running
67+130Todd Cooney 8-5.254Running
78+144BColten Burdette 8-5.914Running
89+199Dylan Thompson 8-6.793Running
95-418DDaulton Wilson 8-7.637Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1420RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA16.9580.000
22810Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA16.996-0.038
326157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN17.022-0.064
42445Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL17.048-0.090
52928Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL17.059-0.101
6739Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY17.139-0.181
72576NBlair Nothdurft Renner, SD17.143-0.185
8844Chris Madden Gray Court, SC17.213-0.255
92316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA17.215-0.257
101131Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA17.355-0.397
111038Garrett Mosley Lawtey, FL17.358-0.400
122229Darrell Lanigan Union, KY17.366-0.408
131940BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL17.370-0.412
14273SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL17.374-0.416
15171RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV17.391-0.433
161694Jason Miller Berryville, VA17.433-0.475
17681ETanner English Benton, KY17.441-0.483
181411Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO17.451-0.493
1913130Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL17.489-0.531
20225BMike Benedum Salem, WV17.551-0.593
21597Cade Dillard Robeline, LA17.569-0.611
222115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND17.641-0.683
2336SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL17.669-0.711
241558Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL17.675-0.717
25200GDeshawn Gingerich Dover, PA18.015-1.057
26182Dan Stone Thompson, PA18.151-1.193
271214RReid Millard Jefferson City, MO18.969-2.011
28922ADJacob Ulrich Sand Springs, OK19.208-2.250
29114MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX17.512-0.554
My Place Hotels Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1125Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.9220.000
298Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC17.023-0.101
31917MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA17.115-0.193
4269Devin Moran Dresden, OH17.202-0.280
5432Chris Simpson Oxford, IA17.235-0.313
6811HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS17.267-0.345
710111VMax Blair Centerville, PA17.295-0.373
81333MMichael Norris Sarver, PA17.297-0.375
9171Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL17.324-0.402
102276Brandon Overton Evans, GA17.353-0.431
117B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN17.403-0.481
122089Ashton Winger Senoia, GA17.409-0.487
131246Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL17.413-0.491
1421TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX17.425-0.503
151118DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC17.464-0.542
161819RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA17.497-0.575
17318Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS17.555-0.633
181536Logan Martin West Plains, MO17.610-0.688
192799JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL17.613-0.691
201471Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN17.657-0.735
21530Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA17.665-0.743
22697CCody Overton Evans, GA17.670-0.748
232399BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA17.690-0.768
241644BColten Burdette Parkersburg, WV17.867-0.945
25216Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC17.924-1.002
262814JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL17.931-1.009
272499Dylan Thompson Paducah, KY18.005-1.083
282511BStacy Boles Clinton, TN18.066-1.144
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

DIRTcar Nationals
February 7, 2022 to February 19, 2022
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

Event Description
Kick off the 2022 racing season with two full weeks of racing in Florida at Volusia Speedway Park!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; Non-Wing: 16.559s by Steve Kinser on 2-9-81

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.645s by Tim McCreadie on 2-14-18; 602: 17.948s by Bud Chancey on 1-14-21; 604: 17.018s by Trever Taylor on 1-18-20

Support Divisions
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
40

Event Schedule
1PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
5:15PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7PM RACING

Latest Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag
#DIRTcarNats

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

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
there are many 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.

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Beer is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.


Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$25 a day for dry camping, $50 for hook-up, $75 for electric/water/sewer "Battle in Barberville" and "Southern Sprint Car Shootout" will be Weekend camping. $30 Dry Camping (General), $75 Electric/Water (Reserved), $100 Electric/Water/Sewer (Executive). (no hook-ups available for DIRTcar Nationals)

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Track Info  

Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.500; dirt oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; Non-Wing: 16.559s by Steve Kinser on 2-9-81

Competitor Info  

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