DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Race Recap  

SEXY SURVIVAL: Overton Holds on for Second Career DIRTcar Nationals win

Brandon Overton’s clock was ticking Wednesday night.

As the laps wound down at Volusia Speedway Park, so did the life of the engine inside his Longhorn Chassis.

Luckily for “Big Sexy,” his clock didn’t strike midnight. The engine held up long enough to take the checkered flag for his second career DIRTcar Nationals win.

Overton wasn’t sure he’d make it to the end in the last few laps—holding his breath and hoping the engine stayed together. All of this while Devin Moran lurked behind him.

“I was looking, and I could see it smoking, and I knew it’s got to be over pretty soon,” Overton said. “I was just getting it so tight down there I was just holding it to the floor. I could tell it was dying; it was just muffling out.

“Hell, there ain’t nothing you can do; it’s already done its damage.”

Before the engine started to blow, Overton’s car came to life in the second half of the race. The Evans, GA driver, took advantage of a caution for then race-leader Kyle Strickler and powered around Dale McDowell for the top spot.

Overton put the car anywhere he wanted to, thanks to wholesale changes made to his Late Model throughout the week.

“We’ve changed everything on this thing every single night, every single Feature we’ve ran,” Overton said. “The new body rules and stuff kind of has us in a little box, and we just got to figure it out.

“I had a pretty good package with the way everything was, and it changed a little bit. We just have to keep working; that’s what makes this fun.”

The DIRTcar Nationals win is Overton’s 19th World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series triumph—tying him with Jimmy Owens. It’s a win that may not have happened without Kyle Strickler’s lousy luck.

Kyle Strickler and Chris Madden
Kyle Strickler battles with Chris Madden for the lead at Volusia Speedway Park/Josh James photo

The Mooresville, NC driver dropped out while leading with 25 laps to go. He stated it was a problem his team found on Tuesday—one they hoped to fix before the Feature.

“We had drivetrain issues [Tuesday],” Strickler said. “The yoke pulled off the rear end, but everything felt good today. I thought we had a really good car and broke a lower jackshaft in the rear-end.

“I’m not sure if it had to do with last night or not, but the car was good and it’s just part of it.”

Devin Moran continued his hot streak to start the season, scoring his third trip to the DIRTcar Nationals podium with a second-place finish.

The Dresden, OH driver stated he thought he had a shot at winning before he saw Overton’s engine start to expire.

“I felt like I was catching him before that,” Moran said. “I don’t know if it’s because his engine was getting worse and worse.

“I wasn’t going to slide him in Turns 3 and 4 because I knew I was too far back. But I wanted to at least run a different line if he did blow up.”

Moran’s consistency puts him on a path toward his second straight “Big Gator” trophy—as he leads the week-long standings on the strength of three podiums.

Reigning Series Champion Brandon Sheppard passed more cars than anyone Wednesday, earning the Fox Factory Hard Charger award. “The Rocket Shepp” crossed the line third after switching to a backup car and starting 25th.

After he didn’t qualify through his Heat Race, the Rocket1 Racing team decided to switch cars—one that paid off.

“My team just comes thru in tough times like we had today,” Sheppard said. “It was really just a mutual agreement to switch cars, and it worked out. All of our cars are good. We were just missing something on that other one.”

Hudson O’Neal finished fourth, his second top-five finish of the season. Three-time Series champion Darrell Lanigan rounded out the top five.

Brandon Overton didn’t only win a “Gator,” but a race against time. It shows the clock hasn’t struck midnight on Overton’s success against the best Dirt Late Model racing has to offer.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17 for their second night of DIRTcar Nationals, along with the Super DIRTcar Series. For tickets to the event: CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Feature (40 Laps): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[8]; 2. 9-Devin Moran[9]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard[25]; 4. 71-Hudson O’Neal[7]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan[4]; 6. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[13]; 8. 1R-Josh Richards[27]; 9. 81E-Tanner English[18]; 10. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 11. 1T-Tyler Erb[23]; 12. 44B-Colten Burdette[15]; 13. 111V-Max Blair[20]; 14. 16-Tyler Bruening[21]; 15. B1-Brent Larson[12]; 16. 6S-Blake Spencer[22]; 17. 11-Gordy Gundaker[14]; 18. 99B-Boom Briggs[28]; 19. 14M-Morgan Bagley[29]; 20. 39-Tim McCreadie[11]; 21. 17M-Dale McDowell[5]; 22. 10-Garrett Smith[10]; 23. 45-Kyle Hammer[30]; 24. 89-Ashton Winger[16]; 25. 3S-Brian Shirley[17]; 26. 8-Kyle Strickler[1]; 27. 25-Shane Clanton[24]; 28. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 29. 97-Cade Dillard[19]; 30. 19R-Ryan Gustin[26] Fox Factory Hard Charger Award: Brandon Sheppard [+22}.

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
18+776Brandon Overton 400.00025Running150$10,000
29+79Devin Moran 40-0.812Running146$6,000
325+221Brandon Sheppard 40-4.052Running144$3,500
47+371Hudson O'Neal 40-6.634Running142$2,800
54-129Darrell Lanigan 40-8.587Running140$2,500
62-444Chris Madden 40-9.664Running138$2,300
713+699JRFrank Heckenast Jr40-10.286Running136$2,200
827+191RJosh Richards 40-10.843Running134$1,100
918+981ETanner English 40-10.941Running132$2,050
106-428Dennis Erb Jr40-15.009Running130$2,000
1123+121TTyler Erb 40-16.538Running128$1,600
1215+344BColten Burdette 40-17.903Running126$1,400
1320+7111VMax Blair 40-18.439Running124$1,200
1421+716Tyler Bruening 39-1 LapsRunning122$1,100
1512-3B1Brent Larson 39-1 LapsRunning120$1,050
1622+66SBlake Spencer 39-1 LapsRunning118$1,000
1714-311Gordy Gundaker 39-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1828+1099BBoom Briggs 39-1 LapsRunning114$110
1929+1014MMorgan Bagley 31-9 LapsDNF112$110
2011-939Tim McCreadie 27-13 LapsDNF110$1,000
215-1617MDale McDowell 20-20 LapsDNF108$1,000
2210-1210Garrett Smith 19-21 LapsDNF106$1,000
2330+745Kyle Hammer 19-21 LapsDNF104$0
2416-889Ashton Winger 15-25 LapsDNF102$1,000
2517-83SBrian Shirley 15-25 LapsDNF102$1,000
261-258Kyle Strickler 15-25 Laps15DNF102$1,000
2724-325Shane Clanton 10-30 LapsDNF102$1,000
283-25157Mike Marlar 7-33 LapsDNF102$1,000
2919-1097Cade Dillard 1-39 LapsDNF102$1,000
3026-419RRyan Gustin 1-39 LapsDNF102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11097Cade Dillard 100.00010Running0$0
2206SBlake Spencer 10-2.416Running0$0
33099BBoom Briggs 10-3.862Running0$0
44097CCody Overton 10-5.034Running90$110
55036Logan Martin 10-5.659Running90$110
611+56Nick Hoffman 10-7.101Running90$110
76-10GDeshawn Gingerich 10-7.764Running90$110
88011HSpencer Hughes 10-8.521Running90$110
99011BStacy Boles 10-9.078Running90$110
1014+418DDaulton Wilson 10-9.611Running90$110
1112+1130Chase Osterhoff 10-10.842Running90$110
127-530Todd Cooney 10-11.800Running90$110
1313014RReid Millard 10-18.018Running90$110
1410-42Dan Stone 4-6 LapsDNF90$110
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
110111VMax Blair 100.00010Running0$0
2201TTyler Erb 10-0.770Running0$0
37+418Chase Junghans 10-1.444Running90$110
44076NBlair Nothdurft 10-2.417Running90$110
53-214MMorgan Bagley 10-2.958Running0$0
66045Kyle Hammer 10-5.797Running0$0
78+115Donny Schatz 10-6.915Running90$110
811+37Ross Robinson 10-9.170Running90$110
99038Garrett Mosley 10-11.008Running90$110
1010014Kaeden Cornell 8-2 LapsRunning90$110
115-61Brandon Sheppard 2-8 LapsDNF0$0
1212020RTRicky Thornton Jr.0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1313025BMike Benedum 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 80.0008Running
22071Hudson O'Neal 8-0.555Running
33099JRFrank Heckenast Jr8-1.417Running
46+297Cade Dillard 8-2.300Running
55099BBoom Briggs 8-3.975Running
64-236Logan Martin 8-4.920Running
78+130Todd Cooney 8-9.012Running
89+111BStacy Boles 8-9.937Running
97-26Nick Hoffman 8-10.536Running
1010014RReid Millard 7-1 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
14+3157Mike Marlar 80.0005Running
21-19Devin Moran 8-1.046Running
33044BColten Burdette 8-2.262Running
46+26SBlake Spencer 8-2.809Running
55097CCody Overton 8-4.039Running
68+20GDeshawn Gingerich 8-4.745Running
77011HSpencer Hughes 8-5.274Running
810+22Dan Stone 8-6.202Running
990130Chase Osterhoff 8-8.281Running
102-818DDaulton Wilson 6-2 Laps3DNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017MDale McDowell 80.0008Running
23+139Tim McCreadie 8-1.263Running
32-13SBrian Shirley 8-2.846Running
46+2111VMax Blair 8-2.969Running
58+314MMorgan Bagley 8-5.177Running
64-21Brandon Sheppard 8-5.908Running
79+218Chase Junghans 8-7.195Running
85-338Garrett Mosley 8-8.996Running
97-27Ross Robinson 8-9.837Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+128Dennis Erb Jr80.0006Running
23+176Brandon Overton 8-0.881Running
36+311Gordy Gundaker 8-3.253Running
48+41TTyler Erb 8-3.838Running
54-176NBlair Nothdurft 8-4.750Running
67+145Kyle Hammer 8-5.550Running
79+215Donny Schatz 8-7.384Running
810+214Kaeden Cornell 8-13.785Running
91-820RTRicky Thornton Jr.2-6 Laps2DNF
105-525BMike Benedum 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1108Kyle Strickler 80.0008Running
23+110Garrett Smith 8-1.067Running
32-189Ashton Winger 8-3.024Running
46+216Tyler Bruening 8-3.978Running
55025Shane Clanton 8-4.526Running
69+332Chris Simpson 8-5.579Running
78+119RRyan Gustin 8-6.435Running
810+222ADJacob Ulrich 8-16.593Running
97-233Jeff Mathews 5-3 LapsDNF
104-646Earl Pearson Jr3-5 LapsDNF
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11029Darrell Lanigan 80.0008Running
24+2B1Brent Larson 8-0.806Running
32-181ETanner English 8-1.384Running
47+31RJosh Richards 8-1.908Running
55040BKyle Bronson 8-3.753Running
63-331Tyler Millwood 8-4.038Running
76-194Jason Miller 8-4.686Running
88058Mark Whitener 8-5.076Running
99014JRTrey Mills 8-5.732Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC15.9110.000
2129Devin Moran Dresden, OH16.202-0.291
32217MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.205-0.294
41071Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN16.323-0.412
52518DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC16.336-0.425
6243SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL16.344-0.433
72899JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL16.360-0.449
81644BColten Burdette Parkersburg, WV16.377-0.466
9739Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY16.395-0.484
10836Logan Martin West Plains, MO16.428-0.517
1117157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN16.471-0.560
1211Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.487-0.576
132699BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA16.615-0.704
142397CCody Overton Evans, GA16.619-0.708
152038Garrett Mosley Lawtey, FL16.623-0.712
16697Cade Dillard Robeline, LA16.635-0.724
17136SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL16.666-0.755
1819111VMax Blair Centerville, PA16.666-0.755
19296Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.681-0.770
20411HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS16.689-0.778
21187Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE16.698-0.787
221430Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA16.877-0.966
23150GDeshawn Gingerich Dover, PA16.926-1.015
24914MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX16.980-1.069
25211BStacy Boles Clinton, TN17.103-1.192
265130Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL17.483-1.572
272718Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS17.568-1.657
281114RReid Millard Jefferson City, MO17.633-1.722
2932Dan Stone Thompson, PA17.845-1.934
My Place Hotels Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11820RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA16.1700.000
288Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC16.190-0.020
32229Darrell Lanigan Union, KY16.240-0.070
4928Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.265-0.095
52389Ashton Winger Senoia, GA16.269-0.099
61081ETanner English Benton, KY16.309-0.139
72676Brandon Overton Evans, GA16.426-0.256
82110Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA16.440-0.270
92431Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA16.466-0.296
102776NBlair Nothdurft Renner, SD16.475-0.305
111246Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL16.494-0.324
1220B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.505-0.335
13125BMike Benedum Salem, WV16.553-0.383
141325Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.557-0.387
151640BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL16.576-0.406
161711Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO16.602-0.432
17316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA16.615-0.445
18794Jason Miller Berryville, VA16.665-0.495
191945Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL16.702-0.532
201533Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL16.706-0.536
2151RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV16.725-0.555
2241TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX16.747-0.577
232519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA16.766-0.596
241158Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL16.788-0.618
252915Donny Schatz Fargo, ND16.789-0.619
261432Chris Simpson Oxford, IA16.856-0.686
27614JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL17.330-1.160
282814Kaeden Cornell Willard, MO18.090-1.920
29222ADJacob Ulrich Sand Springs, OK18.717-2.547
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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