Sunshine Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Race Recap

RING THE BELL: Dale McDowell wins emotional season-opener at Sunshine Nationals

After four months of being out of a race car, Dale McDowell got to ring a victorious bell Friday evening at Volusia Speedway Park – its significance twofold.

It was a bell rung with a straw hat and a checkered flag, signifying his victory during the World of Outlaws Late Model season-opener at the Sunshine Nationals. But also, to further signify his victorious battle with cancer.

McDowell, 55, of Chickamauga, GA, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and unsure if he’d ever race again. However, after surgery, support and four months of recovery, McDowell won. And in his first return behind the wheel of a Super Late Model, he proved to everyone – and himself – no speed was lost.

“I want to be tough,” McDowell said. “I realized you need to be tough. But it’s very emotional. I have to thank the good Lord above for letting me come back and do what I love because four months ago I didn’t know what was going to happen. I haven’t been in a car in four months.

“Hats off to my brother. Everyone who took care of me while I was sick and stuck by us.”

He kicked off the weekend qualifying third fastest in Group A, behind rookie contender Kyle Hammer who was fastest overall. Then, he went on to win his Heat Race and draw the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

When the green flag flew to commence the 2022 season for the World of Outlaws Late Models Friday evening – after being postponed from Thursday night – McDowell darted ahead of the stout field with outside polesitter Devin Moran hanging to his outside. The two dueled side by side for the opening lap before McDowell’s precision around the bottom lane prevailed.

Chris Madden (left) races Dennis Erb, Jr. (right) / Jacy Norgaard Photo

Once the black #17m found clean air out front, McDowell never looked back.

Four cautions plagued his journey around the half-mile track and put the hungry field of drivers to his bumper each time. However, none of the contenders who stepped up to the plate could match McDowell’s speed.

Moran’s attempt faded early as Chris Madden and Dennis Erb, Jr. got by him to move into the runner-up and final podium spot, respectively, before the end of Lap 3. Madden held the runner-up spot for 10 laps with no advances on McDowell. After a caution with 18 laps to go, Erb bested “Smokey” on the restart and powered his way through the corner to move his blue #28 machine into second.

But, like those before him, couldn’t catch McDowell and had to settle for a strong points run to open the season.

“To get a good start down here, we’ve got about seven races or so (between Sunshine Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals). We have to make the best out of it and come out of Florida with a good run in the points. To have a good start here is real good. Hopefully, we can keep it up here for the rest of the week.”

Behind Erb, 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson was on the move, making his way from 11th to the podium with 10 laps to go. He tried to challenge the Series veteran in the closing laps for the runner-up spot but remained third at the line.

Also on the move throughout the race was Fox Factory Hard Charger Hudson O’Neil, having raced his way from 18th to fifth.

Dennis Erb, Jr. (left), Dale McDowell (center) and Kyle Larson (right) / Jacy Norgaard Photo

“All in all, I think we had a good race car,” O’Neil said. “To be able to drive all the way up there was really good. We picked up most of our time on restarts. I don’t know if our race car was amazing, we didn’t really pass a whole lot of people while racing, just on restarts off of mistakes and stuff. All in all, we’re happy with how everything turned out, and we’ll keep digging.”

For McDowell, the $10,000 victory was his 13th career World of Outlaws win and his first with the Series since 2016. However, its significance will triumph all other milestones.

“I just can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to be here,” McDowell said.

UP NEXT
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns tonight for the second round of the Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Tickets for the Sunshine Nationals are available at the track or by clicking HERE.

RESULTS
1. 17M-Dale McDowell[1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 3. 6-Kyle Larson[11]; 4. 44-Chris Madden[3]; 5. 71-Hudson O’Neal[18]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton[10]; 7. 1-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 8. 111V-Max Blair[12]; 9. 16-Tyler Bruening[14]; 10. 18-Chase Junghans[13]; 11. 29-Darrell Lanigan[20]; 12. 97-Cade Dillard[17]; 13. B1-Brent Larson[23]; 14. 8-Kyle Strickler[6]; 15. 14M-Morgan Bagley[21]; 16. 99B-Boom Briggs[24]; 17. 11-Gordy Gundaker[26]; 18. 81E-Tanner English[19]; 19. 1R-Josh Richards[7]; 20. 32-Chris Simpson[25]; 21. 28M-Jimmy Mars[15]; 22. 9-Devin Moran[2]; 23. 20-Jimmy Owens[16]; 24. 89-Ashton Winger[22]; 25. 19R-Ryan Gustin[9]; 26. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[8]; 27. 45-Kyle Hammer[27]

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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11017MDale McDowell 300.00030Running150$10,000
25+328Dennis Erb Jr30-1.516Running146$6,000
311+86Kyle Larson 30-1.929Running144$3,500
43-144Chris Madden 30-2.975Running142$2,800
518+1371Hudson O'Neal 30-3.703Running140$2,500
610+425Shane Clanton 30-4.499Running138$2,300
74-31Brandon Sheppard 30-5.679Running136$2,200
812+4111VMax Blair 30-5.968Running134$2,100
914+516Tyler Bruening 30-6.936Running132$2,050
1013+318Chase Junghans 30-7.244Running130$2,000
1120+929Darrell Lanigan 30-7.548Running128$1,600
1217+597Cade Dillard 30-9.233Running126$1,400
1323+10B1Brent Larson 30-9.735Running124$1,200
146-88Kyle Strickler 30-9.759Running122$1,100
1521+614MMorgan Bagley 30-9.914Running120$1,050
1624+899BBoom Briggs 30-10.013Running118$1,000
1726+911Gordy Gundaker 30-10.742Running116$110
1819+181ETanner English 30-12.226Running114$1,000
197-121RJosh Richards 28-2 LapsRunning112$1,000
2025+532Chris Simpson 21-9 LapsDNF110$110
2115-628MJimmy Mars 19-11 LapsDNF108$1,000
222-209Devin Moran 19-11 LapsDNF106$1,000
2316-720Jimmy Owens 12-18 LapsDNF104$1,000
2422-289Ashton Winger 8-22 LapsDNF102$1,000
259-1619RRyan Gustin 2-28 LapsDNF102$1,000
268-1820RTRicky Thornton Jr.2-28 LapsDNF102$1,000
2727045Kyle Hammer 0-30 LapsDNS90$110
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11097Cade Dillard 100.00010Running0$0
24+281ETanner English 10-0.985Running0$0
33014MMorgan Bagley 10-2.141Running0$0
46+218DDaulton Wilson 10-3.201Running90$110
510+517FBilly Franklin 10-7.342Running90$110
614+817Justin Hammett 10-12.445Running90$110
79+214JRTrey Mills 10-13.193Running90$110
813+545Kyle Hammer 9-1 LapsRunning0$0
95-497CCody Overton 9-1 LapsRunning90$110
1011+10Deshawn Gingerich 9-1 LapsRunning90$110
112-911Gordy Gundaker 5-5 LapsDNF0$0
127-511BStacy Boles 5-5 LapsDNF90$110
138-533Jeff Mathews 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1412-26SBlake Spencer 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
151501ATyler Clem 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1616022ADJacob Ulrich 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11071Hudson O'Neal 100.0005Running0$0
22029Darrell Lanigan 10-1.5335Running0$0
315+1289Ashton Winger 10-2.755Running0$0
46+299BBoom Briggs 10-4.182Running0$0
54-132Chris Simpson 10-8.768Running0$0
612+636Logan Martin 10-9.027Running90$110
711+476Blair Nothdurft 10-15.274Running90$110
813+510Garrett Smith 4-6 LapsDNF90$110
910+140BKyle Bronson 3-7 LapsDNF90$110
105-558Mark Whitener 1-9 LapsDNF90$110
1114+3B1Brent Larson 1-9 LapsDNF0$0
123-954David Breazeale 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
137-62Dan Stone 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
148-67Ross Robinson 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
159-63SBrian Shirley 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117MDale McDowell 80.0008Running
23+18Kyle Strickler 8-1.215Running
34+119RRyan Gustin 8-4.192Running
45+118Chase Junghans 8-6.847Running
57+297Cade Dillard 8-8.120Running
69+314MMorgan Bagley 8-9.212Running
76-197CCody Overton 8-11.555Running
88011BStacy Boles 8-11.627Running
910+114JRTrey Mills 8-15.662Running
1011+10Deshawn Gingerich 8-17.793Running
111-1045Kyle Hammer 847.751DNF
121201ATyler Clem 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+144Chris Madden 80.0008Running
24+228Dennis Erb Jr8-0.470Running
31-26Kyle Larson 8-1.688Running
46+228MJimmy Mars 8-4.513Running
57+211Gordy Gundaker 8-4.658Running
65-181ETanner English 8-6.775Running
73-418DDaulton Wilson 8-8.006Running
89+133Jeff Mathews 8-11.778Running
98-117FBilly Franklin 8-15.118Running
1011+16SBlake Spencer 8-15.982Running
1110-117Justin Hammett 8-17.906Running
1212022ADJacob Ulrich 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1109Devin Moran 80.0008Running
28+61RJosh Richards 8-2.980Running
33025Shane Clanton 8-4.136Running
46+216Tyler Bruening 8-4.864Running
57+271Hudson O'Neal 8-5.266Running
62-454David Breazeale 8-5.295Running
74-358Mark Whitener 8-5.700Running
89+12Dan Stone 8-8.097Running
95-43SBrian Shirley 8-8.361Running
1011+176Blair Nothdurft 8-8.782Running
1112+110Garrett Smith 8-10.465Running
1210-289Ashton Winger 5-3 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+11Brandon Sheppard 80.0006Running
21-120RTRicky Thornton Jr.8-3.2392Running
330111VMax Blair 8-5.026Running
44020Jimmy Owens 8-5.064Running
55029Darrell Lanigan 8-6.886Running
66032Chris Simpson 8-8.866Running
78+199BBoom Briggs 8-10.644Running
87-17Ross Robinson 8-11.739Running
911+240BKyle Bronson 8-12.338Running
1010036Logan Martin 8-13.057Running
119-2B1Brent Larson 8-14.245Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11445Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL16.0460.000
2136Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA16.051-0.005
3617MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.055-0.009
41144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.240-0.194
5238Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC16.335-0.289
6718DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC16.344-0.298
7519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA16.435-0.389
81528Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.482-0.436
91018Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS16.506-0.460
102481ETanner English Benton, KY16.506-0.460
112297CCody Overton Evans, GA16.577-0.531
12828MJimmy Mars Menomonie, WI16.600-0.554
131297Cade Dillard Robeline, LA16.788-0.742
14411Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO16.819-0.773
15911BStacy Boles Clinton, TN16.845-0.799
161817FBilly Franklin Calera, AL17.024-0.978
17314MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX17.149-1.103
18133Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL17.315-1.269
192114JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL17.407-1.361
201617Justin Hammett Zebulon, GA17.605-1.559
21170Deshawn Gingerich Dover, PA17.650-1.604
22206SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL17.650-1.604
23191ATyler Clem St. Petersburg, FL17.650-1.604
24222ADJacob Ulrich Sand Springs, OK17.650-1.604
My Place Hotels Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1119Devin Moran Dresden, OH16.2070.000
2920RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA16.224-0.017
3354David Breazeale Four Corners, MS16.381-0.174
4101Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.450-0.243
51225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.477-0.270
618111VMax Blair Centerville, PA16.494-0.287
7158Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL16.512-0.305
82220Jimmy Owens Newport, TN16.540-0.333
9133SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL16.652-0.445
101729Darrell Lanigan Union, KY16.655-0.448
112116Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA16.700-0.493
12532Chris Simpson Oxford, IA16.730-0.523
13471Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN16.732-0.525
1427Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE16.814-0.607
15201RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV16.825-0.618
162399BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA16.858-0.651
1782Dan Stone Thompson, PA16.860-0.653
1815B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.911-0.704
191489Ashton Winger Senoia, GA16.919-0.712
20636Logan Martin West Plains, MO16.999-0.792
211676Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD17.226-1.019
221940BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL17.299-1.092
23710Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA17.489-1.282
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
DIRTcar Pro Late Models, World of Outlaws Late Model Series, 602 Late Models

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions
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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