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Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Friday, February 09, 2024
Race Recap  

SUNSHINE STEALS ONE: Tyler Courtney Sneaks by Abreu in Final Corner for Volusia Victory

You can’t ever give up in Sprint Car Racing. Action happens so fast all over the track that a driver’s outlook can change in an instant. And that’s exactly what happened on Friday night to send Tyler Courtney to World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Victory Lane.

Courtney chased after race-long leader Rico Abreu for nearly all 25 laps at Volusia Speedway Park. He’d come close to Abreu multiple times, but the chance at a win appeared gone as the checkered flag began to wave. But in the final corner Abreu tripped on the huge cushion, and Courtney capitalized on the bottom to roll right on by.

The wild drag race to the finish brought the massive crowd to its feet as Courtney claimed night three of the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals. “Sunshine” himself stole one in the “Sunshine State.”

The win moved Courtney’s total with The Greatest Show on Dirt to three. The entire trio have come on three of the country’s fastest half miles – Eldora Speedway, Port Royal Speedway, and now Volusia. The Indianapolis, IN native became the 21st different driver to top a World of Outlaws race at “The World’s Fastest Half Mile.” Friday was Courtney’s 15th Sprint Car appearance at Volusia.

“I saw the double checkers, and I didn’t know if we’d already gone another lap or that was actually the end of the race,” Courtney said. “And I looked at the board and saw the #7 (BC) was number one. It’s just awesome man.”

Bringing the field to green was 16-year-old Landon Crawley on the pole with Abreu to his outside. Crawley attempted to slide in front of Abreu in Turns 1 and 2, but the St. Helena, CA native ripped by the teenager on the top to take the early lead. Courtney, who started third, also slipped by Crawley on the opening lap to grab second.

A caution and then a red flag for a huge pileup on the front straightaway interrupted the flow of action in the first half of the race.

On a restart with 19 laps to go, another contender began to assert himself while Abreu and Courtney maintained the top spots up front. After starting 10th, Brad Sweet powered by both Giovanni Scelzi and Landon Crawley to rise into fourth with plenty of time remaining. Another yellow with 15 to go opened the door for Sweet to power ahead of David Gravel for the third spot.

Disaster nearly struck Abreu with 10 laps remaining. After clearing two lapped cars, Abreu stumbled on the cushion in Turn 4 and got sideways, leaving Brenham Crouch nowhere to go. Crouch slammed into Abreu’s side and spun to bring out the yellow. Fortunately for Abreu, his car left the scene unharmed allowing him to maintain the lead.

Tyler Courtney driving the NOS Energy Drink #7BC
Persistence paid off for Tyler Courtney as he put himself in the right place at the right time to steal a Volusia victory (Trent Gower Photo)

On the restart Abreu darted ahead of Courtney who found himself having to fend off Sweet. “The Big Cat” began to work the bottom and showed Courtney a nose, which wound up benefitting Courtney. He quickly adjusted the Clauson Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink #7BC to prevent Sweet from passing him and found speed on the low line in Turns 1 and 2.

“I knew I was getting tight behind him (Abreu) in traffic on the top of (Turns) 3 and 4,” Courtney said. “Luckily Brad showed me the bottom, and so I moved down there. I knew I was making ground up in (Turns) 1 and 2, but in (Turns) 3 and 4 I just started going to the bottom to see if I could do something different. Honestly, I didn’t know how many laps were left, but I knew if I could get him to mess up or let him mess up somehow, running the bottom was going to be much safer.”

Safer is exactly what the bottom turned out to be. Courtney closed in on Abreu’s tail tank in traffic as the white flag flew. Abreu opted to protect the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 which worked as he pulled ahead down the back straightaway. But in Turns 3 and 4 he returned to the cushion and went slightly above it leaving the lane for Courtney to steal the victory.

“I didn’t know it was that exciting until I realized what we did there at the end,” Courtney said. “That was fun. It was non-stop the whole time. Even though we were just running around the top, it’s a lot harder than people think. That top was real treacherous. You get your right-rear (tire) just over it a little bit, it sucks you over.”

For the second straight night Abreu was forced to settle for the runner-up spot. He admitted he could’ve driven a little more reserved in the final set of corners but also acknowledged you can’t ever let up in a Sprint Car race.

“It’s just tough racing, just trying to process keeping your momentum up in traffic and hitting your marks,” Abreu said. “It’s the last lap, and you’re still racing hard. We’re Sprint Car Racing here, so we’re racing as hard as we can for 25 laps on a demanding and technical track. I felt pretty sporty on the cushion. I knew I was good off of (Turn) 2, but I never ran the bottom all race in (Turns) 3 and 4. I should’ve just drove a little bit more secure on the white flag lap, but you never know who is behind you and how close they are.”

Rounding out the podium after his charge from 10th was Brad Sweet. The five-time World of Outlaws champion came away a little disappointed with himself after a small mistake cost him a chance to potentially be the one driving by Abreu coming to the finish line.

“I’m a little disappointed in myself,” Sweet admitted. “I felt like I had kind of found the groove on the bottom of (Turns) 1 and 2 and put myself in a good position, but then got in the grease just a little bit and overdrove (Turn) 3 just a little bit and got out. And Tyler got back by me, but then once he knew where the line was he covered it really well and ultimately won the race.”

Giovanni Scelzi and David Gravel completed the top five.

Gravel’s effort allowed him to maintain his lead in the Big Gator standings. Courtney sits second eight points back. Giovanni Scelzi (-14), Rico Abreu (-16), and Donny Schatz (-18) complete the top five with one night to go.

Donny Schatz earned the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a drive from 18th to sixth.

Brent Marks claimed his fourth career Simpson Quick Time in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four were topped by Brent Marks, Brian Brown, and Rico Abreu. Giovanni Scelzi claimed Milton Hershey School Heat Two.

Landon Crawley won the Toyota Racing Dash.

Corey Day won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars wrap up their portion of the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals with a $20,000-to-win, $1,500-to-start finale on Saturday, Feb. 10. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[3]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[10]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[6]; 5. 2-David Gravel[4]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz[18]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[16]; 8. 19-Brent Marks[5]; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[9]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri[14]; 11. 21-Brian Brown[8]; 12. 26-Zeb Wise[7]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[12]; 14. 14-Corey Day[21]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich[24]; 16. 41-Carson Macedo[11]; 17. 83-Michael Kofoid[17]; 18. 22-Riley Goodno[20]; 19. 7S-Landon Crawley[1]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog[27]; 21. 1-Brenham Crouch[22]; 22. 88-Austin McCarl[13]; 23. 13-Justin Peck[15]; 24. 5-Spencer Bayston[19]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[25]; 26. 0-Justin Whittall[23]; 27. 6-Bill Rose[26]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+27BCTyler Courtney 250.0001Running150$12,000
22024Rico Abreu 25-0.17624Running146$8,000
310+749Brad Sweet 25-0.923Running144$5,000
46+218Giovanni Scelzi 25-1.350Running142$3,200
54-12David Gravel 25-2.461Running140$2,800
618+1215Donny Schatz 25-3.050Running138$2,600
716+91SLogan Schuchart 25-4.814Running136$2,400
85-319Brent Marks 25-6.197Running134$2,300
99015HSam Hafertepe Jr25-7.775Running132$2,200
1014+439MAnthony Macri 25-9.119Running130$2,000
118-321Brian Brown 25-11.452Running128$1,800
127-526Zeb Wise 25-12.074Running126$1,600
1312-13ZBrock Zearfoss 25-12.486Running124$1,400
1421+714Corey Day 25-12.575Running122$1,200
1524+948Danny Dietrich 25-13.613Running120$1,200
1611-541Carson Macedo 25-14.588Running118$1,200
1717083Michael Kofoid 25-15.784Running116$1,200
1820+222Riley Goodno 24-1 LapsRunning114$1,200
191-187SLandon Crawley 24-1 LapsRunning112$1,200
2027+717BBill Balog 24-1 LapsRunning110$300
2122+11Brenham Crouch 14-11 LapsRunning108$1,200
2213-988Austin McCarl 6-19 LapsRunning106$1,200
2315-813Justin Peck 6-19 LapsRunning104$1,200
2419-55Spencer Bayston 6-19 LapsRunning102$1,200
2525017Sheldon Haudenschild 6-19 LapsRunning102$1,200
2623-30Justin Whittall 5-20 LapsRunning102$1,200
2726-16Bill Rose 1-24 LapsRunning102$150
KSE Hard Charger: Donny Schatz
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+114Corey Day 00.000Running150$0
21-11Brenham Crouch 0-2.376Running146$0
3300Justin Whittall 0-3.490Running144$0
45+148Danny Dietrich 0-3.652Running142$0
54-18Cory Eliason 0-5.087Running140$500
68+270Kraig Kinser 0-6.324Running138$400
7705TRyan Timms 0-6.990Running136$350
86-211MBrendan Mullen 0-9.604Running134$300
910+117BBill Balog 0-10.535Running132$0
1014+424DDanny Sams III0-12.347Running130$300
1112+110XReese Nowotarski 0-15.121Running128$200
129-397UKRyan Harrison 0-0.777Running126$200
1311-216THKevin Newton 0-13.826Running124$200
1413-144Chris Martin 0193.902DNS122$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1107SLandon Crawley 00.000Running0$0
22024Rico Abreu 0-1.454Running0$0
3307BCTyler Courtney 0-2.976Running0$0
45+12David Gravel 0-4.182Running0$0
54-119Brent Marks 0-5.126Running0$0
68+218Giovanni Scelzi 0-5.362Running0$0
77026Zeb Wise 0-7.087Running0$0
86-221Brian Brown 0-7.960Running0$0
C Main Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+144Chris Martin 00.000Running150$0
27+524DDanny Sams III0-3.311Running146$0
31-26Bill Rose 0-5.157Running144$0
46+215KCreed Kemenah 0-6.470Running142$150
5507BBen Brown 0-8.125Running140$150
63-316GAustyn Gossel 0-10.859Running138$125
79+264Andy Pake 0-11.407Running136$125
811+36GBryan Gossel 0-13.915Running134$125
94-517Sheldon Haudenschild 0117.544DNS132$125
108-29Kasey Kahne 0117.544DNS130$125
1110-12CWayne Johnson 0117.544DNS128$125
121201AJacob Allen 0117.544DNS126$125
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11019Brent Marks 00.000Running
22026Zeb Wise 0-1.465Running
34+115HSam Hafertepe Jr0-2.987Running
46+288Austin McCarl 0-4.232Running
55083Michael Kofoid 0-5.572Running
67+10Justin Whittall 0-7.068Running
78+15TRyan Timms 0-8.870Running
83-51Brenham Crouch 0-9.746Running
9906Bill Rose 0-11.086Running
1011+17BBen Brown 0-13.801Running
1110-164Andy Pake 0-14.692Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11018Giovanni Scelzi 00.000Running
2207BCTyler Courtney 0-1.503Running
33041Carson Macedo 0-3.109Running
44013Justin Peck 0-4.217Running
5505Spencer Bayston 0-5.705Running
67+148Danny Dietrich 0-7.433Running
78+197UKRyan Harrison 0-9.453Running
89+116THKevin Newton 0-11.829Running
911+216GAustyn Gossel 0-12.520Running
106-424DDanny Sams III0327.937Running
1110-16GBryan Gossel 0327.937Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11021Brian Brown 00.000Running
24+22David Gravel 0-1.835Running
32-149Brad Sweet 0-3.518Running
43-139MAnthony Macri 0-4.862Running
55015Donny Schatz 0-5.765Running
67+18Cory Eliason 0-7.145Running
76-114Corey Day 0-8.658Running
811+317BBill Balog 0-10.604Running
98-144Chris Martin 0-11.596Running
1010015KCreed Kemenah 0-12.609Running
119-22CWayne Johnson 0113.182DNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11024Rico Abreu 00.000Running
2207SLandon Crawley 0-2.151Running
34+13ZBrock Zearfoss 0-3.124Running
43-11SLogan Schuchart 0-4.089Running
57+222Riley Goodno 0-4.795Running
68+211MBrendan Mullen 0-5.688Running
79+270Kraig Kinser 0-6.924Running
810+210XReese Nowotarski 0-7.054Running
96-317Sheldon Haudenschild 0173.995Running
105-59Kasey Kahne 0247.788DNS
111101AJacob Allen 0247.788DNS
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11019Brent Marks Myerstown, PA13.1990.000
2918Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.279-0.080
31426Zeb Wise Angola, IN13.305-0.106
467BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN13.336-0.137
571Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX13.339-0.140
61541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.370-0.171
71315HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.381-0.182
8113Justin Peck Monrovia, IN13.418-0.219
91783Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.422-0.223
10115Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.455-0.256
112288Austin McCarl Altoona, IA13.588-0.389
122024DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL13.601-0.402
13190Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ13.624-0.425
141648Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA13.642-0.443
1545TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK13.667-0.468
161297UKRyan Harrison Rothwell, NTH13.848-0.649
1786Bill Rose Plainfield, IN13.872-0.673
181816THKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN13.928-0.729
192164Andy Pake Felton, MN13.964-0.765
2026GBryan Gossel Windsor, CO14.071-0.872
2157BBen Brown Marshall, MO14.141-0.942
22316GAustyn Gossel Windsor, CO14.158-0.959
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12121Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.2870.000
21124Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.342-0.055
3849Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.359-0.072
477SLandon Crawley Benton, AR13.409-0.122
5139MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA13.409-0.122
691SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.427-0.140
7122David Gravel Watertown, CT13.456-0.169
843ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.481-0.194
91815Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.502-0.215
10209Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.520-0.233
11314Corey Day Clovis, CA13.555-0.268
121917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.562-0.275
13148Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.727-0.440
141722Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA13.742-0.455
151044Chris Martin Ankeny, IA13.760-0.473
16611MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND13.843-0.556
17152CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK13.934-0.647
18270Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN13.936-0.649
191315KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH14.008-0.721
201610XReese Nowotarski Leesport, PA14.143-0.856
21517BBill Balog North Pole, AK0.00013.287
22221AJacob Allen Hanover, PA0.00013.287
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
13324Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.4490.000
24321Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.680-0.231
3368Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.709-0.260
44117Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.714-0.265
51019Brent Marks Myerstown, PA13.722-0.273
6342David Gravel Watertown, CT13.724-0.275
7297SLandon Crawley Benton, AR13.774-0.325
8429Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.822-0.373
93049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.825-0.376
10311SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.841-0.392
114015Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.849-0.400
121315HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.905-0.456
13263ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.981-0.532
141541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.994-0.545
151426Zeb Wise Angola, IN14.029-0.580
163922Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA14.030-0.581
17441AJacob Allen Hanover, PA14.089-0.640
182811MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND14.110-0.661
192717BBill Balog North Pole, AK14.117-0.668
20190Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ14.158-0.709
21115Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN14.169-0.720
222288Austin McCarl Altoona, IA14.178-0.729
231648Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA14.187-0.738
24372CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK14.191-0.742
253810XReese Nowotarski Leesport, PA14.191-0.742
261783Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA14.205-0.756
272514Corey Day Clovis, CA14.239-0.790
282470Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.249-0.800
293515KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH14.251-0.802
302024DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL14.272-0.823
312339MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA14.296-0.847
322164Andy Pake Felton, MN14.429-0.980
3371Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX14.455-1.006
3467BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN14.545-1.096
353244Chris Martin Ankeny, IA14.579-1.130
361297UKRyan Harrison Rothwell, NTH14.658-1.209
3745TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK14.740-1.291
381816THKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN14.781-1.332
3986Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.886-1.437
4026GBryan Gossel Windsor, CO15.105-1.656
41113Justin Peck Monrovia, IN15.373-1.924
42918Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA15.604-2.155
4357BBen Brown Marshall, MO15.652-2.203
44316GAustyn Gossel Windsor, CO15.722-2.273
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Event Info  

Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals
Friday, February 09, 2024
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Event Description
Kick off the racing season with two full weeks of racing in Florida at the World's Fastest Half-Mile, Volusia Speedway Park!

Week 1: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Week 2: World of Outlaws Late Models, DIRTcar Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series, USAC Non-Wing Sprint Cars


World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & Late Models: $12K, $12K, $20K to win!

Series Racing
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
1PM Pit Gates open
4PM Grandstand Gates open
5:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
6:50PM Opening Ceremonies
Racing to follow

See Detailed Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag
#FLinFeb

Related Documents
 https://dirtcarnationals.com/

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
TICKETS

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
$30 a day for dry camping, $80 for electric/water/sewer.

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
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
General Parking Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$30 a day for dry camping, $80 for electric/water/sewer.

Track Info  

Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track 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: 15.100 sec. by Bobby Pierce on Jan. 19, 2024

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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