Sunshine Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Friday, January 21, 2022
Race Recap  

SPF 89: Winger Dominates Sunshine Nationals Makeup Feature at DIRTcar Nationals

Ashton Winger and his new crew at Gambler Transport Motorsports set out on the Florida-Georgia Speedweeks trail this past month with a goal in mind of winning races. Their new team bond shined bright Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park, as they dominated the postponed DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals Feature from January to close out the opening night for the World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series at the 51st DIRTcar Nationals.

Winger grabbed the lead on the opening lap and ran for the hills, opening a gap to the rest of the field behind him. A few quick caution flags slowed his momentum and forced him to play defense on restarts, which cost him the lead at one point.

Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, got a great jump on a Lap 6 restart and made a move for the lead to Winger’s inside down the backstretch, holding the advantage through Turns 3-4 and officially taking control at the stripe. But Winger was brilliant on the top, zooming right back by the 2018 Big Gator champion to regain the lead.

Winger (89) races with McDowell (17m) (Josh James Artwork)

“I had to aim for them holes for traction,” Winger, of Hampton, GA, said. “When I tried to back my corner up, I’d push, and I’d have to use the brake pedal to turn and go hopping down here.”

The green stayed out until just after halfway, when a spinning Daulton Wilson brought out the caution and restacked the field, putting Madden and Dale McDowell right on Winger’s tail for the restart.

McDowell, the winner on Friday afternoon of the Sunshine Nationals in January, got a better run through Turns 1-2 on the restart and took second from Madden as they began the second half of the 40-lap event.

The veteran from Chickamauga, GA, held the spot all the way through the checkers, rebounding from a spin in the regularly scheduled DIRTcar Nationals Feature earlier in the program. He and Madden were battling for second when they came together in Turn 2, leaving McDowell in a loop right in front of the field. He retired the #17m immediately after, giving him a 21st-place finish, but regrouped over the break and bagged the runner-up.

“I got turned around there, and I wasn’t overly thrilled about that,” McDowell said of the incident in the previous Feature. “But for us to have a top-three in this event, it definitely helps.”

Madden held-off Devin Moran in the final laps to claim third. He’s said before that caution flags don’t usually help him, and losing the runner-up spot to McDowell on the restart showed he’s still got some work to do if he wants to contend for a Gator trophy later this week. Still, a solid podium finish showed he’s not far off.

“We’ve gotta get to the lead, that way we won’t have these situations we’re in with these cautions,” Madden said. “We just need to get the corner fixed. I know we can race on it a little better than what we’ve been doing.”

(from left) McDowell, Winger and Madden on the podium (Josh James Artwork)

Back out front, Winger was on cruise control in traffic, driving across the line with a gap of just over two seconds on the field to claim the $10,000 Sunshine Nationals check and fourth World of Outlaws Feature win of his career.

“I felt that I got in a pretty good rhythm there with about 15 or so to go,” Winger said. “With about seven-to-go, I felt that I killed my tires, and I couldn’t get by them lapped cars like I wanted to.”


Late Model Week at the 51st DIRTcar Nationals continues with more World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series action on Thursday, Feb. 17, at Volusia Speedway Park. Buy a ticket online, at the gate, or stream all the Late Model action alongside the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 89-Ashton Winger[1]; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell[2]; 3. 44-Chris Madden[4]; 4. 9-Devin Moran[6]; 5. 71-Hudson O’Neal[7]; 6. 7-Ross Robinson[3]; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson[16]; 8. 1-Brandon Sheppard[8]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[20]; 10. 1R-Josh Richards[11]; 11. 81E-Tanner English[26]; 12. 111V-Max Blair[18]; 13. 16-Tyler Bruening[21]; 14. 36-Logan Martin[17]; 15. 45-Kyle Hammer[28]; 16. 14M-Morgan Bagley[22]; 17. B1-Brent Larson[25]; 18. 11-Gordy Gundaker[27]; 19. 99B-Boom Briggs[24]; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler[12]; 21. 18D-Daulton Wilson[15]; 22. 97-Cade Dillard[19]; 23. 29-Darrell Lanigan[5]; 24. 3S-Brian Shirley[9]; 25. 32-Chris Simpson[29]; 26. 25-Shane Clanton[13]; 27. 19R-Ryan Gustin[23]; 28. (DNS) 6-Kyle Larson; 29. (DNS) 20-Jimmy Owens; FOX Factory Hard Charger – 81E-Tanner English (+15)

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Feature Results
11089Ashton Winger 400.00039Running150$10,000
22017MDale McDowell 40-2.020Running146$6,000
34+144Chris Madden 40-2.2191Running144$3,500
46+29Devin Moran 40-3.380Running142$2,800
57+271Hudson O'Neal 40-4.731Running140$2,500
63-37Ross Robinson 40-5.492Running138$2,300
716+940BKyle Bronson 40-6.966Running136$2,200
8801Brandon Sheppard 40-8.479Running134$2,100
920+1128Dennis Erb Jr40-9.396Running132$2,050
1011+11RJosh Richards 40-13.897Running130$2,000
1126+1581ETanner English 40-14.003Running128$1,600
1218+6111VMax Blair 40-15.309Running126$1,400
1321+816Tyler Bruening 40-16.587Running124$1,200
1417+336Logan Martin 40-17.356Running122$1,100
1528+1345Kyle Hammer 40-17.868Running120$0
1622+614MMorgan Bagley 39-1 LapsRunning118$1,000
1725+8B1Brent Larson 39-1 LapsRunning116$0
1827+911Gordy Gundaker 39-1 LapsRunning114$0
1924+599BBoom Briggs 33-7 LapsDNF112$1,000
2012-88Kyle Strickler 25-15 LapsDNF110$1,000
2115-618DDaulton Wilson 21-19 LapsDNF108$1,000
2219-397Cade Dillard 20-20 LapsDNF106$1,000
235-1829Darrell Lanigan 14-26 LapsDNF104$1,000
249-153SBrian Shirley 11-29 LapsDNF102$1,000
2529+432Chris Simpson 6-34 LapsDNF102$0
2613-1325Shane Clanton 5-35 LapsDNF102$1,000
2723-419RRyan Gustin 5-35 LapsDNF102$1,000
2810-186Kyle Larson 0-40 LapsDNS90$110
2914-1520Jimmy Owens 0-40 LapsDNS90$110
Last Chance Showdown Results
14+336Logan Martin 100.000Running0$0
21-197Cade Dillard 10-0.349Running0$0
35+216Tyler Bruening 10-0.936Running0$0
42-281ETanner English 10-1.631Running0$0
53-219RRyan Gustin 10-3.866Running0$0
66010Garrett Smith 10-9.286Running90$110
79+22Dan Stone 10-11.653Running90$110
88017Justin Hammett 2-8 LapsDNF90$100
97-232Chris Simpson 0-10 LapsDNS0$0
1010014JRTrey Mills 0-10 LapsDNS90$110
1111045Kyle Hammer 0-10 LapsDNS0$0
1212028MJimmy Mars 0-10 LapsDNS90$110
131301ATyler Clem 0-10 LapsDNS90$110
141400Deshawn Gingerich 0-10 LapsDNS90$110
1515097CCody Overton 0-10 LapsDNS90$110
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
110111VMax Blair 100.00010Running0$0
22028Dennis Erb Jr10-0.333Running0$0
34+114MMorgan Bagley 10-3.202Running0$0
45+199BBoom Briggs 10-3.641Running0$0
513+858Mark Whitener 10-4.951Running90$110
611+511Gordy Gundaker 10-5.518Running0$0
7706SBlake Spencer 10-6.632Running90$110
88076Blair Nothdurft 10-8.726Running90$110
96-3B1Brent Larson 10-9.793Running0$0
103-720RTRicky Thornton Jr.0-10 LapsDNS90$0
119-211BStacy Boles 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1210-233Jeff Mathews 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1312-118Chase Junghans 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1414054David Breazeale 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017MDale McDowell 80.0008Running
22071Hudson O'Neal 8-6.080Running
3303SBrian Shirley 8-6.334Running
44025Shane Clanton 8-7.744Running
56+197Cade Dillard 8-10.114Running
65-119RRyan Gustin 8-11.174Running
77016Tyler Bruening 8-12.472Running
88032Chris Simpson 8-14.256Running
910+12Dan Stone 8-16.907Running
109-145Kyle Hammer 0-8 LapsDNS
111101ATyler Clem 0-8 LapsDNS
1212097CCody Overton 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1107Ross Robinson 80.0008Running
23+11Brandon Sheppard 8-0.618Running
35+21RJosh Richards 8-3.130Running
42-218DDaulton Wilson 8-4.434Running
54-181ETanner English 8-5.306Running
68+236Logan Martin 8-9.391Running
711+410Garrett Smith 8-10.146Running
89+117Justin Hammett 8-11.828Running
96-314JRTrey Mills 3-5 LapsDNF
107-328MJimmy Mars 2-6 LapsDNF
1110-10Deshawn Gingerich 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11089Ashton Winger 80.0008Running
22029Darrell Lanigan 8-0.826Running
36+36Kyle Larson 8-1.834Running
47+320Jimmy Owens 8-4.511Running
54-1111VMax Blair 8-6.037Running
63-320RTRicky Thornton Jr.8-8.460Running
78+199BBoom Briggs 8-9.138Running
89+16SBlake Spencer 8-11.893Running
910+111BStacy Boles 8-13.054Running
105-511Gordy Gundaker 1-7 LapsDNF
1111058Mark Whitener 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+244Chris Madden 80.0008Running
2209Devin Moran 8-4.393Running
37+48Kyle Strickler 8-9.256Running
44040BKyle Bronson 8-9.263Running
51-428Dennis Erb Jr8-9.860Running
66014MMorgan Bagley 8-11.359Running
79+2B1Brent Larson 8-12.394Running
810+276Blair Nothdurft 8-13.843Running
95-433Jeff Mathews 7-1 LapsRunning
108-218Chase Junghans 0-8 LapsDNS
1111054David Breazeale 0-8 LapsDNS
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1117MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA17.2980.000
267Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE17.747-0.449
3471Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN17.763-0.465
42018DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC18.083-0.785
5123SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL18.103-0.805
6211Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL18.141-0.843
7825Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA18.235-0.937
81581ETanner English Benton, KY18.300-1.002
9519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA18.472-1.174
10111RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV18.482-1.184
11997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA18.546-1.248
122314JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL18.632-1.334
131316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA18.685-1.387
14728MJimmy Mars Menomonie, WI18.748-1.450
151932Chris Simpson Oxford, IA18.795-1.497
161836Logan Martin West Plains, MO18.846-1.548
171045Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL18.996-1.698
182217Justin Hammett Zebulon, GA19.403-2.105
19142Dan Stone Thompson, PA19.413-2.115
2020Deshawn Gingerich Dover, PA19.413-2.115
2131ATyler Clem St. Petersburg, FL19.413-2.115
221610Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA19.413-2.115
231797CCody Overton Evans, GA18.856-1.558
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1889Ashton Winger Senoia, GA17.5750.000
2928Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL17.707-0.132
3729Darrell Lanigan Union, KY17.876-0.301
469Devin Moran Dresden, OH17.880-0.305
51120RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA17.891-0.316
62244Chris Madden Gray Court, SC17.922-0.347
718111VMax Blair Centerville, PA18.115-0.540
8540BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL18.126-0.551
91311Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO18.167-0.592
101233Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL18.193-0.618
11216Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA18.425-0.850
121014MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX18.540-0.965
132320Jimmy Owens Newport, TN18.545-0.970
14198Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC18.553-0.978
15499BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA18.584-1.009
161518Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS18.654-1.079
17206SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL18.963-1.388
182B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN19.255-1.680
191711BStacy Boles Clinton, TN19.505-1.930
20176Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD19.860-2.285
211458Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL19.860-2.285
221654David Breazeale Four Corners, MS19.860-2.285
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Sunshine Nationals
January 20, 2022 to January 22, 2022
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

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

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

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
Saturday, January 22, 2022
12 PM Pit Pass Sales Begin (Turn 1 and Turn 4)
12-1:15 PM World of Outlaws Late Model Draw at Command Center
1:30 PM Pro (604) Late Model Feature – 25 Laps or 25 Minutes
World of Outlaws Late Model Feature – 30 Laps
602 Late Model Feature – 20 Laps or 20 Minutes
3:00 PM Front Gate Opens / Ticket Sales Begin
3:00 PM World of Outlaws Late Model Hot Laps – 2 Laps
Pro (604) Late Model Hot Lap/Qualifying – 3 Laps
World of Outlaws Late Model Qualifying – 3 Cars / 2 Laps
602 Late Model Hot Lap/Qualifying – 3 Laps
5:30 PM Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws Late Model Heats – 8 Laps
Pro (604) Late Model Heats – 8 Laps or 8 Minutes
602 Late Model Heats – 6 Laps or 6 Minutes
World of Outlaws Late Model Redraw – Stage
World of Outlaws Late Model Last Chance Showdown – 10 Laps
Pro (604) Late Model Last Chance Showdown – 10 Laps or 10 Minutes
602 Late Model Last Chance Showdown – 8 Laps or 8 Minutes
World of Outlaws Late Model Feature – 40 Laps
Pro (604) Late Model Feature – 30 Laps or 30 Minutes
602 Late Model Feature – 20 Laps or 20 Minutes

Sunday, January 23, 2022 Rain Date (if needed)

*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Friday's Features portion of Sunshine Nationals will run Saturday afternoon before Saturday's original program
Options And Prices

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
$25 a day for dry camping, $50 for hook-up, $75 for electric/water/sewer.

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.


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
General Parking 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.

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; 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: 15.141 sec. by Billy Moyer on Feb. 20, 2012

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.141 sec. by Billy Moyer on Feb. 20, 2012

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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