DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Friday, February 18, 2022
Race Recap  

BLUE COLLAR MAN: Erb grabs first DIRTcar Nationals Gator at Volusia

NASCAR Cup Series Champion Alan Kulwicki once said, “In every aspect of life, have a game plan and do your best to achieve it.”

Dennis Erb Jr. knew he had to master Turns 1 and 2 if he wanted a gator. He wasted no time executing his game plan, thundering past Frank Heckenast Jr. in the middle of the Volusia Speedway Park surface.

It’s a lead he’d never relinquish—fending off challenges from Brandon Sheppard and Chase Junghans to score his first World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models win of 2022 Friday night at DIRTcar Nationals.

“I mean, we were able to get the lead and roll off through that middle on the start,” Erb said. “We kept going real good and had a good start. After that, the car was working good, and we just had to keep hitting our marks and keep the rest of them behind us.”

The path toward his 10th career Series triumph in his 250th start wasn’t clear for the Late Model veteran. Erb and defending champion Brandon Sheppard gave the fans at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” an epic battle for the lead around the Feature’s halfway point.

The reigning champion swung high while Erb held his ground on the bottom, gaining enough momentum to pull ahead as a caution came out on Lap 25.

“I saw him out there and started to get a little worried,” Erb said. “I started to try and carry a little more speed through [Turns} 1 and 2. I knew [Sheppard] was pretty much committed up there, so I knew if I could beat him on the bottom, we were in pretty good shape.”

Sheppard faded to fourth at the checkered flag. The four-time Series champion stated he stayed on the top side of the racetrack for too long after Erb pulled away.

“[Erb] was swinging out a little bit wider after he knew I was there,” Sheppard said. “I stayed out there a little bit too long after he got out there ahead of me. I should’ve moved down behind him and kept my left rear tire underneath me.

“Instead, I stayed a little too long, and then I overheated it. I was trying to move around, and it wasn’t as good. After a couple of guys got by me, I was able to get down there and cool my left rear tire off, and I drove back to them.”

Sheppard wasn’t the only driver who tried to dethrone Erb from the lead. Chase Junghans quickly closed on the top spot in the final laps but fell short.

The Manhattan, KS driver used patience early in the race before unleashing speed toward the end.

“I just bided my time and tried not to blow my tires off this thing and keep it under me,” Junghans said. “Those lap cars kind of got in the way at the end, but that’s how it goes. Luckily, we’re just up here getting interviewed.”

Once Junghans saw Sheppard’s line ahead of him, his decision to go to the outside paid off, leading to his first podium finish of the season.

“I saw Sheppard running the top, and I was like kind of pinching the corner on the bottom,” Junghans said. “So, I said screw it, I’ll go up there, and kind of follow him. I chose his line a little bit, but I’d kind of turn off the top and try to drive straight down the hill, and it seemed like that’s where I’d gain a bunch of ground.”

Three-time Series Champion Darrell Lanigan finished third for the second straight night. The Union, KY driver’s car came to life in the final 15 laps, leading him to another top three.

“We just gave it all we got,” Lanigan said. “We had a little bit of a chance there, and it was coming back to us a little bit. We just got up on the wheel and tried to make something happen.

“I just can’t run where I want to on the racetrack yet, and if we get our car right, I think we’ll be able to run up front.”

Dale McDowell, the leading World of Outlaws CASE Late Models winner in 2022, rounded out the top five.

Dennis Erb Jr.’s game plan worked to perfection Friday night, proving a good start can lead to glory on the racetrack. It’s a start that could position him toward a run at a championship at the end of the season.

UP NEXT: The battle for the “Big Gator” trophy ends Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park in a 40 lap, $10,000-to-win finale. For Tickets: CLICK HERE. The Super DIRTcar Series will also  hand out a “Big Gator.”

Devin Moran leads the DIRTcar Nationals standings—37 points ahead of Chris Madden. McDowell and Sheppard are tied for third—54 points behind Moran.

Madden is currently the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models point leader—10 points ahead of Dale McDowell.

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (40 Laps): 1. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 2. 18-Chase Junghans[7]; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan[4]; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell[6]; 6. 44-Chris Madden[8]; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening[9]; 8. 71-Hudson O’Neal[17]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton[14]; 10. 9-Devin Moran[20]; 11. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 12. 81E-Tanner English[11]; 13. 6-Nick Hoffman[22]; 14. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[18]; 15. 11-Gordy Gundaker[30]; 16. 157-Mike Marlar[13]; 17. 111V-Max Blair[21]; 18. 99B-Boom Briggs[26]; 19. 1R-Josh Richards[27]; 20. 45-Kyle Hammer[29]; 21. 89-Ashton Winger[10]; 22. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[16]; 23. 3S-Brian Shirley[23]; 24. 25B-Mike Benedum[15]; 25. B1-Brent Larson[28]; 26. 11H-Spencer Hughes[12]; 27. 10-Garrett Smith[24]; 28. 76-Brandon Overton[3]; 29. 33M-Michael Norris[19]; 30. 19R-Ryan Gustin[25] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Gordy Gundaker [+15]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+128Dennis Erb Jr400.00039Running150$10,000
27+518Chase Junghans 40-0.861Running146$6,000
34+129Darrell Lanigan 40-1.647Running144$3,500
45+11Brandon Sheppard 40-1.9901Running142$2,800
56+117MDale McDowell 40-2.573Running140$2,500
68+244Chris Madden 40-3.088Running138$2,300
79+216Tyler Bruening 40-3.738Running136$2,200
817+971Hudson O'Neal 40-5.480Running134$2,100
914+525Shane Clanton 40-6.219Running132$2,050
1020+109Devin Moran 40-6.815Running130$2,000
111-1099JRFrank Heckenast Jr40-8.272Running128$1,600
1211-181ETanner English 40-8.811Running126$1,400
1322+96Nick Hoffman 40-9.605Running124$1,200
1418+420RTRicky Thornton Jr.40-10.430Running122$1,100
1530+1511Gordy Gundaker 40-11.118Running120$110
1613-3157Mike Marlar 40-12.318Running118$1,000
1721+4111VMax Blair 40-13.143Running116$1,000
1826+899BBoom Briggs 40-14.132Running114$1,000
1927+81RJosh Richards 40-15.358Running112$110
2029+945Kyle Hammer 40-16.225Running110$110
2110-1189Ashton Winger 40-17.333Running108$1,000
2216-646Earl Pearson Jr40-17.725Running106$1,000
232303SBrian Shirley 40-18.067Running104$1,000
2415-925BMike Benedum 40-19.039Running102$1,000
2528+3B1Brent Larson 40-19.951Running102$110
2612-1411HSpencer Hughes 39-1 LapsRunning102$1,000
2724-310Garrett Smith 38-2 LapsRunning102$1,000
283-2576Brandon Overton 32-8 LapsDNF102$1,000
2919-1033MMichael Norris 18-22 LapsDNF102$1,000
3025-519RRyan Gustin 9-31 LapsDNF102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11033MMichael Norris 100.00010Running0$0
2206Nick Hoffman 10-1.905Running0$0
34+145Kyle Hammer 10-2.554Running0$0
43-199BBoom Briggs 10-3.713Running0$0
55032Chris Simpson 10-4.814Running90$110
67+199Dylan Thompson 10-5.999Running90$110
76-111Gordy Gundaker 10-7.426Running0$0
89+158Mark Whitener 10-8.506Running90$110
98-130Todd Cooney 10-9.995Running90$110
1011+131Tyler Millwood 10-10.273Running90$110
1113+236Logan Martin 10-10.878Running90$110
1210-294Jason Miller 10-13.119Running90$110
1314+10GDeshawn Gingerich 10-16.515Running90$110
1412-219RRyan Gustin 0-10 LapsDNS0$0
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1109Devin Moran 100.00010Running0$0
2203SBrian Shirley 10-1.757Running0$0
37+440BKyle Bronson 10-2.067Running90$110
43-18Kyle Strickler 10-2.423Running90$110
59+476NBlair Nothdurft 10-3.888Running90$110
64-244BColten Burdette 10-4.487Running90$110
710+31TTyler Erb 10-4.692Running90$110
85-311BEli Beets 10-5.278Running90$110
96-36SBlake Spencer 10-6.123Running90$110
108-238Garrett Mosley 10-6.135Running90$110
1114+333Jeff Mathews 10-7.442Running90$110
1211-114RReid Millard 10-8.233Running90$110
1312-114JRTrey Mills 5-5 LapsDNF90$110
1413-114Chad Walter 1-9 LapsDNF90$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11029Darrell Lanigan 80.0008Running
23+118Chase Junghans 8-0.882Running
32-1157Mike Marlar 8-1.820Running
45+133MMichael Norris 8-4.568Running
56+199BBoom Briggs 8-5.639Running
68+232Chris Simpson 8-6.358Running
74-399Dylan Thompson 8-6.676Running
89+158Mark Whitener 8-8.128Running
97-231Tyler Millwood 8-9.573Running
1010036Logan Martin 8-9.951Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101Brandon Sheppard 80.0008Running
22016Tyler Bruening 8-1.668Running
35+225BMike Benedum 8-3.821Running
46+26Nick Hoffman 8-5.523Running
53-245Kyle Hammer 8-6.014Running
67+111Gordy Gundaker 8-7.282Running
710+330Todd Cooney 8-8.588Running
88094Jason Miller 8-11.524Running
99019RRyan Gustin 3-5 LapsDNF
104-60GDeshawn Gingerich 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11099JRFrank Heckenast Jr80.0008Running
22081ETanner English 8-1.321Running
34+171Hudson O'Neal 8-2.186Running
43-19Devin Moran 8-2.354Running
57+28Kyle Strickler 8-3.388Running
66011BEli Beets 8-5.628Running
78+140BKyle Bronson 8-6.096Running
85-376NBlair Nothdurft 8-6.725Running
910+114RReid Millard 8-8.317Running
109-114Chad Walter 8-9.437Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11076Brandon Overton 80.0005Running
22044Chris Madden 8-1.3963Running
33025Shane Clanton 8-2.443Running
4403SBrian Shirley 8-3.997Running
56+144BColten Burdette 8-5.744Running
67+16SBlake Spencer 8-5.894Running
75-238Garrett Mosley 8-8.235Running
810+21TTyler Erb 8-9.076Running
98-114JRTrey Mills 8-10.511Running
109-133Jeff Mathews 8-12.306Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11028Dennis Erb Jr80.0008Running
24+289Ashton Winger 8-0.858Running
35+246Earl Pearson Jr8-1.359Running
48+41RJosh Richards 8-2.321Running
53-2111VMax Blair 8-2.889Running
66015Donny Schatz 8-3.856Running
79+2130Chase Osterhoff 8-4.652Running
87-197CCody Overton 8-6.254Running
910+122ADJacob Ulrich 8-7.380Running
102-839Tim McCreadie 5-3 LapsDNS
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017MDale McDowell 80.0008Running
25+311HSpencer Hughes 8-2.889Running
34+120RTRicky Thornton Jr.8-5.117Running
42-22Dan Stone 8-5.176Running
53-210Garrett Smith 8-5.858Running
68+214MMorgan Bagley 8-6.704Running
76-1B1Brent Larson 8-9.342Running
89+197Cade Dillard 5-3 LapsDNF
97-218DDaulton Wilson 0-8 LapsDNS
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1929Darrell Lanigan Union, KY16.8310.000
221Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.856-0.025
3399JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL16.969-0.138
425157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN16.995-0.164
5116Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA17.069-0.238
62881ETanner English Benton, KY17.079-0.248
71818Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS17.092-0.261
81945Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL17.101-0.270
9209Devin Moran Dresden, OH17.116-0.285
101799Dylan Thompson Paducah, KY17.135-0.304
11140GDeshawn Gingerich Dover, PA17.165-0.334
12471Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN17.173-0.342
131533MMichael Norris Sarver, PA17.204-0.373
141025BMike Benedum Salem, WV17.223-0.392
152676NBlair Nothdurft Renner, SD17.237-0.406
162399BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA17.300-0.469
17306Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC17.332-0.501
181311BEli Beets Knoxville, TN17.338-0.507
192431Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA17.401-0.570
202711Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO17.409-0.578
21298Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC17.432-0.601
222232Chris Simpson Oxford, IA17.465-0.634
23594Jason Miller Berryville, VA17.466-0.635
241140BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL17.470-0.639
25658Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL17.568-0.737
261219RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA17.604-0.773
271614Chad Walter Jacksonville, MO17.870-1.039
282136Logan Martin West Plains, MO17.947-1.116
29830Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA18.056-1.225
30714RReid Millard Jefferson City, MO18.114-1.283
My Place Hotels Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1676Brandon Overton Evans, GA16.4870.000
21028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.520-0.033
31717MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.994-0.507
4744Chris Madden Gray Court, SC17.048-0.561
52939Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY17.054-0.567
6222Dan Stone Thompson, PA17.102-0.615
71525Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA17.117-0.630
84111VMax Blair Centerville, PA17.122-0.635
92810Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA17.173-0.686
10213SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL17.185-0.698
112789Ashton Winger Senoia, GA17.210-0.723
12920RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA17.217-0.730
131638Garrett Mosley Lawtey, FL17.336-0.849
142646Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL17.359-0.872
15511HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS17.378-0.891
162444BColten Burdette Parkersburg, WV17.403-0.916
17115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND17.419-0.932
1818B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN17.419-0.932
19196SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL17.425-0.938
202397CCody Overton Evans, GA17.462-0.975
212018DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC17.507-1.020
221414JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL17.547-1.060
23251RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV17.563-1.076
24314MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX17.639-1.152
25833Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL17.648-1.161
262130Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL17.663-1.176
271197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA17.687-1.200
28131TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX17.793-1.306
291222ADJacob Ulrich Sand Springs, OK18.768-2.281
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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