DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Race Recap  

BIG GAME HUNTERS: David Gravel Wrangles Big Gator Championship at DIRTcar Nationals

The Big Game Motorsports crew went big game hunting and got themselves a Big Gator Championship on Saturday night.

Following up finishes of fourth on Thursday and second on Friday, David Gravel put the ultimate exclamation point on his DIRTcar Nationals title with a downright dominating victory in Saturday’s Feature at Volusia Speedway Park.

Earning the pole position with a DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash win, Gravel took the green flag, set the cruise control, and never let go until the Huset’s Speedway #2 crossed the checkered flag with a 1.114-second margin of victory. It was a big bounceback win for Tod Quiring’s operation, which is headed by reigning Crew Chief of the Year Cody Jacobs along with Trey Bowman & Zach Patterson.

The victory, which was Gravel’s first in World of Outlaws competition at Volusia and in Florida, came just 24 hours after losing a heartbreaker to Sheldon Haudenschild by 0.044-seconds. That was with only three shocks, though, and then they proved how lethal they were with a fully operational beast.

A now-resident of West Palm Beach, FL, Gravel collected his 70th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win at Volusia Speedway Park, which became the 40th track he’s won at.

Another eight months and 85+ races remain in the 2022 campaign, but this is no doubt the hottest start of Gravel’s career and arguably the most potential he’s had when it comes to putting all the pieces together to record that first career championship.

“This deal is hard, you know there’s a reason why there are only 10 champions in World of Outlaws history,” Gravel spoke on the early-season title outlook. “I’ve never done it before and I’ve been on the road since 2013 just learning every single season. We have to take it one race at a time. It’s definitely a confidence builder, but we realize this place is unique and unlike other places we’ll see.”

“It’s no doubt, though, that I’ve got one of the best car owners in the business and we’ve got a really good team on the road. I’m excited to really get into the swing of things.”

David Gravel is the new World of Outlaws Championship leader
Albeit early, Gravel is still commanding the points lead for the first time in his career. [Trent Gower]

After starting on the outside pole, Kraig Kinser of Bloomington, IN chased Gravel for the opening half and was making headway in trying to track him down until the right rear let loose and sent the #11K careening into the wall on Lap 15.

From there, Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA assumed the runner-up and never let it go as he crossed the stripe with a Volusia career-best of second-place. It’s a strong start for the seven-time World of Outlaws winner who will embark on a true outlaw schedule – including 40+ dates with The Greatest Show in Dirt – in 2022 with the Murray-Marks #19.

“We had a really good car, but not as good as David,” Marks mentioned. “We needed more lap traffic to get to him. It’s been an amazing adventure so far with Murray-Marks, though. I normally struggle here so to run second-place tonight is pretty well for us.”

Rounding out the podium was James McFadden of Alice Springs, NT, AUS with a season-best third-place run in the Roth Motorsports #83.

“Getting this new deal with Roth Motorsports on the podium so quick is awesome for us,” McFadden said. “It’s a privilege for me to come over and race in front of a crowd like this. We just have to keep taking advantage and building our momentum to chase the championship.”

Sheldon Haudenschild finished fourth aboard the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 and Brad Sweet ran fifth in the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

Closing out the top-10 on Saturday night at Volusia was Donny Schatz, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Logan Schuchart with a 22nd-to-ninth KSE Hard Charger run, and Carson Macedo in the tenth spot.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will enjoy next weekend at home before taking The Greatest Show on Dirt to the dirty south for a trip to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS on Friday, February 25, and The Rev in Monroe, LA on Saturday, February 26.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [4][$6,000]; 3. 83-James McFadden [6][$3,500]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$2,300]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$2,200]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [11][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$2,050]; 10. 41-Carson Macedo [17][$2,000]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$1,600]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$1,400]; 13. 11-Kerry Madsen [12][$1,200]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [14][$1,100]; 15. 8-Aaron Reutzel [13][$1,050]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston [21][$1,000]; 17. 57-Kyle Larson [15][$1,000]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [16][$1,000]; 19. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [10][$1,000]; 20. 13-Justin Peck [20][$1,000]; 21. 55-Alex Bowman [18][$1,000]; 22. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [19][$1,000]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2][$1,000]; 24. 39M-Anthony Macri [23][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+13]

NEW Championship Standings (After 3/89 Races): 1. David Gravel (438); 2. Donny Schatz (-14); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-16); 4. James McFadden (-24); 5. Brad Sweet (-36); 6. Brent Marks (-38); 7. Carson Macedo (-42); 8. Aaron Reutzel (-44); 9. Cory Eliason (-48); 10. Kyle Larson (-50).

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Feature Results
1102David Gravel 300.00030Running150$10,000
24+219Brent Marks 30-1.114Running146$6,000
36+383James McFadden 30-3.500Running144$3,500
49+517Sheldon Haudenschild 30-4.174Running142$2,800
53-249Brad Sweet 30-5.612Running140$2,500
67+115Donny Schatz 30-6.913Running138$2,300
75-226Cory Eliason 30-7.607Running136$2,200
811+318Giovanni Scelzi 30-8.297Running134$2,100
922+131SLogan Schuchart 30-8.575Running132$2,050
1017+741Carson Macedo 30-9.265Running130$2,000
118-33ZBrock Zearfoss 30-10.709Running128$1,600
1224+121AJacob Allen 30-11.092Running126$1,400
1312-111Kerry Madsen 30-11.951Running124$1,200
1414021Brian Brown 30-13.408Running122$1,100
1513-28Aaron Reutzel 30-13.684Running120$1,050
1621+55Spencer Bayston 30-14.388Running118$1,000
1715-257Kyle Larson 30-15.080Running116$1,000
1816-248Danny Dietrich 30-16.086Running114$1,000
1910-93Ayrton Gennetten 29-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2020013Justin Peck 28-2 LapsRunning110$1,000
2118-355Alex Bowman 28-2 LapsRunning108$1,000
2219-37BCTyler Courtney 16-14 LapsRunning106$1,000
232-2111KKraig Kinser 15-15 LapsRunning104$1,000
2423-139MAnthony Macri 12-18 LapsRunning102$1,000
252506Bill Rose 10-20 LapsRunning102$200
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
1105Spencer Bayston 120.00012Running0$0
23+11SLogan Schuchart 12-0.465Running0$0
32-139MAnthony Macri 12-1.871Running0$0
4401AJacob Allen 12-3.278Running0$0
55010Paulie Colagiovanni 12-6.360Running90$300
6607SJason Sides 12-9.381Running90$250
78+120GNoah Gass 12-11.957Running90$225
811+323BBrian Bell 12-12.418Running90$200
910+17BBen Brown 12-16.317Running90$200
107-39Kasey Kahne 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
119-26Bill Rose 0-12 LapsRunning0$0
120-122CWayne Johnson 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+12David Gravel 60.0006Running
21-111KKraig Kinser 6-2.089Running
34+149Brad Sweet 6-2.925Running
46+219Brent Marks 6-4.553Running
53-226Cory Eliason 6-4.868Running
65-183James McFadden 6-6.105Running
78+115Donny Schatz 6-7.051Running
87-13ZBrock Zearfoss 6-7.578Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11026Cory Eliason 80.0008Running
22019Brent Marks 8-2.074Running
35+217Sheldon Haudenschild 8-3.018Running
43-18Aaron Reutzel 8-5.937Running
56+141Carson Macedo 8-6.678Running
67+11SLogan Schuchart 8-7.066Running
74-35Spencer Bayston 8-7.789Running
8806Bill Rose 8-11.745Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1103ZBrock Zearfoss 80.0008Running
24+215Donny Schatz 8-1.867Running
32-13Ayrton Gennetten 8-3.817Running
45+121Brian Brown 8-4.884Running
53-255Alex Bowman 8-6.880Running
6601AJacob Allen 8-7.445Running
7707SJason Sides 8-9.040Running
8807BBen Brown 8-13.654Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083James McFadden 80.0008Running
22049Brad Sweet 8-1.813Running
33018Giovanni Scelzi 8-3.312Running
44057Kyle Larson 8-4.076Running
5507BCTyler Courtney 8-5.348Running
66010Paulie Colagiovanni 8-6.375Running
78+19Kasey Kahne 8-7.946Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+111KKraig Kinser 80.0008Running
24+22David Gravel 8-1.066Running
31-211Kerry Madsen 8-2.937Running
43-148Danny Dietrich 8-4.686Running
56+113Justin Peck 8-5.262Running
65-139MAnthony Macri 8-6.236Running
78+120GNoah Gass 8-8.044Running
87-123BBrian Bell 8-9.973Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
12826Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.7380.000
2233ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.823-0.085
33283James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.868-0.130
42511Kerry Madsen Knoxville, IA13.877-0.139
52019Brent Marks Myerstown, PA13.878-0.140
6313Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO13.898-0.160
72749Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.914-0.176
81811KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN13.938-0.200
9118Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX13.941-0.203
102255Alex Bowman Tucson, AZ13.959-0.221
111918Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA14.001-0.263
121748Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA14.042-0.304
13305Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN14.043-0.305
142615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND14.067-0.329
151657Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA14.069-0.331
1692David Gravel Watertown, CT14.082-0.344
17617Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH14.088-0.350
18521Brian Brown Higginsville, MO14.089-0.351
19247BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN14.107-0.369
20739MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA14.108-0.370
21441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA14.181-0.443
2211AJacob Allen Hanover, PA14.204-0.466
232910Paulie Colagiovanni Cicero, NY14.205-0.467
241413Justin Peck Monrovia, IN14.224-0.486
2581SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA14.225-0.487
26137SJason Sides Bartlett, TN14.362-0.624
27152CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK14.480-0.742
28323BBrian Bell Arlington, TN14.572-0.834
29106Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.749-1.011
30127BBen Brown Marshall, MO14.751-1.013
3129Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA14.786-1.048
322120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK15.227-1.489
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 Sprint Car 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
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

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

Latest Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag

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
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.


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

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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