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- GATOR DUELS: Hoffman Gets DIRTcar Nationals Win No. 20, Arpin Bags First Win at Volusia Since '07
Both winners now with a chance to start on the pole of Monday's Gator Championship Two of the biggest names in DIRTcar UMP Modified chassis building were shining bright on Gator Qualifier night. Nick Hoffman, representing his own Elite Chassis, stood tall in Volusia Speedway Park Victory Lane with his 20th career DIRTcar Nationals Feature win Sunday night in Gator Qualifier #2. The first Gator Qualifier from the rained-out portion of Saturday night was contested immediately following the Sunday Qualifier and saw the return of a former DIRTcar Nationals champion to Victory Lane for the first time in 14 years. Steve Arpin, representing Longhorn Modifieds by Loenbro Motorsports, was presented with his first Gator trophy as a DIRTcar Nationals Feature winner after leading flag-to-flag in Gator Qualifier #2. The top-10 finishers from each of the Qualifiers have now been locked into Monday's $5,000-to-win Gator Championship Feature; the top-five will redraw for their starting spots before the Feature Monday. Everyone else will be placed into a Last Chance Showdown event to try and get one of eight remaining spots on the grid of the big show. Gator Qualifier #2 (Sunday's program) - Nick Hoffman Nearly nine years ago, Nick Hoffman captured his first Gator trophy at Volusia with a Feature win, then an up-and-coming UMP Modified driver with no national championships, Summit Modified titles or Big Gators. Sunday afternoon, he stood in Volusia Victory Lane after his third victory of the week in the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, now a favorite to win the Big Gator a sixth time. On the track, it was another giant helping of Elite Chassis dominance, not only by Hoffman who led all 20 laps nearly unchallenged, but by many of Hoffman's Elite customers. Four of the top-five drivers in the official finishing order are Elite pilots, including Hoffman himself, Garret Stewart, Matt Crafton and Justin Allgaier. Hoffman now has a shot for the pole on Monday as he'll be one of ten drivers in the redraw before the $5,000-to-win Gator Championship Feature. Sunday's Qualifier redraw could be a sign of things to come for the five-time and defending event champion. "Tonight, I was on my game on the redraw to draw the one, and I think that was crucial just to get out and set the pace and control the race myself," Hoffman said. "My stuff's just really good when it cleans up like that." Regardless of where he starts, there's plenty of time in the 30-lap Feature to get it done from almost anywhere on the grid. He's got the car, confidence in the seat and success in the history books on his side as he chases another coveted trophy that he comes to Florida every year in search of. "[The Big Gator] is one of the most prestigious trophies in all of motorsports, and I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of them," Hoffman said. Josh James Photo Feature (20 Laps) 1. 2-Nick Hoffman ; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely ; 3. 67-Garret Stewart ; 4. 88-Matt Crafton ; 5. 7-Justin Allgaier ; 6. 11H-Spencer Hughes ; 7. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 8. 12H-Jason Hughes ; 9. 17X-Richard Michael ; 10. 6A-Ryan Ayers ; 11. 9-Ken Schrader ; 12. 8S-Kyle Strickler ; 13. OOD-David Reutimann ; 14. 51-Brandon Green ; 15. 21D-Danny Schwartz ; 16. 4T-Zeke McKenzie ; 17. 7D-Brad DeYoung ; 18. OO-Buzzie Reutimann ; 19. 77-Ray Bollinger ; 20. 11J-Justin Haley ; 21. 49-Brian Ruhlman ; 22. 22T-Tony Anderson ; 23. 2A-Matt Altiers ; 24. 6-Ryan Fowler ; 25. 24-Travis Dickson ; 26. T9-Ryan Thomas ; 27. 47-Collin Thirlby ; 28. 8A-Austin Holcombe ; 29. 80-Rich Dawson ; 30. 99-Hunt Gossum  Gator Qualifier #1 (from Saturday's program) - Steve Arpin The last time Steve Arpin was in Volusia Speedway Park Victory Lane, he was a 23-year-old Modified ace who had just claimed his first DIRTcar Nationals championship on the back of five-consecutive Feature wins. On Sunday night, he made a big trip down memory lane with a dominant victory in the second of two Gator Qualifiers. "Honestly, I have never in my life had such a proud moment in my racing career," Arpin told DIRTVision pit reporter Chase Raudman after the race. Arpin, the Rallycross racer and Longhorn by Loenbro pilot, started on the pole after a Heat Race win and cleaned-up in the Feature, leading all 20 laps for his first Gator trophy and first Volusia win since his event championship year in 2007. Three of the top-six drivers in the Feature finishing order were Longhorn by Loenbro cars, including Nick Allen and Mike McKinney who have been fast all week. "To have these Longhorn by Loenbro cars just so consistently fast for our first time out, honestly, the only thing I'm more excited about than standing here is coming back next year," Arpin said. McKinney did try and swipe the lead from Arpin on one corner after a restart, attempting a big slide job as they dove into Turn 1. He was unsuccessful and later faded back to sixth, one spot out of the redraw, but gave those watching on DIRTVision a bit of mid-race excitement. Josh James Photo The Longhorn by Loenbro bunch has been fast all week, notching several podiums, top-fives and top-10s. Arpin has been taking notice and expressed his gratitude for each of their new customers on the property. "I remember when my dad was out here watching me in 2007, and I could just see it in his eyes how proud he was of me," Arpin said. "I feel like that now watching Tyler Nicely, Brandon Green, all these guys coming out here." Feature (20 Laps) 1. OOEH-Steve Arpin ; 2. 95-Michael Altobelli ; 3. 21A-Nick Allen ; 4. 45H-Kyle Hammer ; 5. 12L-Lucas Lee ; 6. 96M-Mike McKinney ; 7. 44-KC Burdette ; 8. 18L-Michael Long ; 9. 3L-Jeff Leka ; 10. K19-Will Krup ; 11. 45-Johnny Broking ; 12. O5-Dave Wietholder ; 13. 36-Kenny Wallace ; 14. 17T-Tyler Evans ; 15. 15B-Dave Baker ; 16. 15L-Joey Logano ; 17. 11N-Gene Nicholas ; 18. 5S-Curt Spalding ; 19. 6B-Dave Baldwin ; 20. 463-Daniel Sanchez ; 21. 97-Mitch Thomas ; 22. 12-John McClure ; 23. 88B-Chris Bolyard ; 24. 32-Chad Roush ; 25. 22K-Dale Kelley ; 26. 60-Shannon Fisk ; 27. 7T-Drake Troutman ; 28. 72-Todd Neiheiser ; 29. M41-Steve Maisel ; 30. 21J-Clay Harris ; 31. 35-David Stremme ; 32. O1-Earnie Woodard ; 33. O2-Chris Cook ; 34. 21-Taylor Cook ; 35. 27C-Billy Cevaal  UP NEXT The seventh and final round of racing for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Volusia Speedway Park goes down Monday night in the 30-lap, $5,000-to-win Gator Championship. Last Chance Showdown races will kick things off before the redraw; catch all the action live on DIRTVision! Gator Qualifier #1 Prelim Event Results: Qualifying Flight-A 1. 2-Nick Hoffman, 19.102; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely, 19.404; 3. 88-Matt Crafton, 19.484; 4. 67-Garret Stewart, 19.506; 5. 6A-Ryan Ayers, 19.549; 6. 77-Ray Bollinger, 19.592; 7. 24-Travis Dickson, 19.614; 8. 80-Rich Dawson, 19.699; 9. 25W-Allen Weisser, 19.817; 10. 17X-Richard Michael, 19.829; 11. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 19.871; 12. 9-Ken Schrader, 19.972; 13. 47-Collin Thirlby, 20.116; 14. 176-Scotty Owens, 20.502; 15. 2J-Troy Johnson, 20.634; 16. 21D-Danny Schwartz, 20.646; 17. 83-Brianna Robinson, 20.647; 18. 9PG-Percy Gendreau, 20.694; 19. 57-Mark Grosvenor, 20.706; 20. 22J-John Baker, 20.728; 21. OO-Buzzie Reutimann, 20.753; 22. 11M-Tyler Morehouse, 20.837; 23. 7+7-Jeff Solinger, 21.185 Qualifying Flight-B 1. 7-Justin Allgaier, 19.143; 2. 11H-Spencer Hughes, 19.537; 3. 11J-Justin Haley, 19.61; 4. 12H-Jason Hughes, 19.7; 5. 99-Hunt Gossum, 19.707; 6. A1-Gary Bentley, 19.719; 7. 51-Brandon Green, 19.74; 8. T9-Ryan Thomas, 19.753; 9. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 19.773; 10. 8S-Kyle Strickler, 19.874; 11. 7D-Brad DeYoung, 20.112; 12. 4T-Zeke McKenzie, 20.159; 13. 114-Clayton Bryant, 20.231; 14. 22T-Tony Anderson, 20.254; 15. 2A-Matt Altiers, 20.296; 16. 31G-Stephen Pedulla, 20.322; 17. 6-Ryan Fowler, 20.369; 18. 15-Joey Miller, 20.378; 19. OOD-David Reutimann, 20.549; 20. 11-Jesse Rupe, 20.736; 21. 62E-Kim Edington, 20.782; 22. 74-Mike Franklin, 20.931; 23. 27-Tom Wakefield, 21.163 Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 2-Nick Hoffman ; 2. 88-Matt Crafton ; 3. 6A-Ryan Ayers ; 4. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 5. 24-Travis Dickson ; 6. 49-Brian Ruhlman ; 7. 47-Collin Thirlby ; 8. OO-Buzzie Reutimann ; 9. 2J-Troy Johnson ; 10. 83-Brianna Robinson ; 11. 7+7-Jeff Solinger ; 12. 57-Mark Grosvenor  Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 25-Tyler Nicely ; 2. 77-Ray Bollinger ; 3. 67-Garret Stewart ; 4. 9-Ken Schrader ; 5. 80-Rich Dawson ; 6. 176-Scotty Owens ; 7. 21D-Danny Schwartz ; 8. 22J-John Baker ; 9. 9PG-Percy Gendreau ; 10. 17X-Richard Michael ; 11. 11M-Tyler Morehouse  Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 7-Justin Allgaier ; 2. 51-Brandon Green ; 3. 11J-Justin Haley ; 4. 8A-Austin Holcombe ; 5. 99-Hunt Gossum ; 6. 7D-Brad DeYoung ; 7. 6-Ryan Fowler ; 8. OOD-David Reutimann ; 9. 114-Clayton Bryant ; 10. 2A-Matt Altiers ; 11. 62E-Kim Edington ; 12. 27-Tom Wakefield  Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 11H-Spencer Hughes ; 2. 12H-Jason Hughes ; 3. 8S-Kyle Strickler ; 4. T9-Ryan Thomas ; 5. 4T-Zeke McKenzie ; 6. 22T-Tony Anderson ; 7. 31G-Stephen Pedulla ; 8. 15-Joey Miller ; 9. 11-Jesse Rupe ; 10. 74-Mike Franklin ; 11. A1-Gary Bentley  Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman ; 2. 47-Collin Thirlby ; 3. OO-Buzzie Reutimann ; 4. 17X-Richard Michael ; 5. 21D-Danny Schwartz ; 6. 176-Scotty Owens ; 7. 9PG-Percy Gendreau ; 8. 83-Brianna Robinson ; 9. 2J-Troy Johnson ; 10. 7+7-Jeff Solinger ; 11. 57-Mark Grosvenor ; 12. 22J-John Baker  Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer 1. 7D-Brad DeYoung ; 2. OOD-David Reutimann ; 3. 6-Ryan Fowler ; 4. 22T-Tony Anderson ; 5. 2A-Matt Altiers ; 6. 11M-Tyler Morehouse ; 7. 15-Joey Miller ; 8. 74-Mike Franklin ; 9. 114-Clayton Bryant ; 10. 27-Tom Wakefield ; 11. 62E-Kim Edington ; 12. 11-Jesse Rupe ; 13. 31G-Stephen Pedulla ; 14. A1-Gary Bentley  Gator Qualifier #2 Prelim Event Results: Qualifying Flight-A 1. 12L-Lucas Lee, 18.283; 2. 35-David Stremme, 18.745; 3. 17T-Tyler Evans, 18.883; 4. 97-Mitch Thomas, 18.967; 5. OOEH-Steve Arpin, 18.997; 6. 5S-Curt Spalding, 19.027; 7. 36-Kenny Wallace, 19.174; 8. 95-Michael Altobelli, 19.2; 9. 12-John McClure, 19.252; 10. O1-Earnie Woodard, 19.408; 11. 7T-Drake Troutman, 19.585; 12. O2-Chris Cook, 19.745; 13. 463-Daniel Sanchez, 19.793; 14. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 19.854; 15. 21-Taylor Cook, 19.883; 16. 88B-Chris Bolyard, 20.137; 17. 60-Shannon Fisk, 20.179; 18. 27C-Billy Cevaal, 21.304 Qualifying Flight-B 1. 96M-Mike McKinney, 18.894; 2. 21A-Nick Allen, 19.028; 3. K19-Will Krup, 19.091; 4. 21J-Clay Harris, 19.226; 5. 18L-Michael Long, 19.273; 6. 22K-Dale Kelley, 19.28; 7. O5-Dave Wietholder, 19.331; 8. 45H-Kyle Hammer, 19.362; 9. 32-Chad Roush, 19.365; 10. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 19.431; 11. 44-KC Burdette, 19.438; 12. 15L-Joey Logano, 19.58; 13. 45-Johnny Broking, 19.629; 14. 3L-Jeff Leka, 19.677; 15. 15B-Dave Baker, 19.735; 16. 6B-Dave Baldwin, 19.982; 17. M41-Steve Maisel, 20.119 Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 10 Transfer 1. OOEH-Steve Arpin ; 2. 12L-Lucas Lee ; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman ; 4. 36-Kenny Wallace ; 5. 463-Daniel Sanchez ; 6. 17T-Tyler Evans ; 7. 12-John McClure ; 8. 60-Shannon Fisk ; 9. 21-Taylor Cook  Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 10 Transfer 1. 5S-Curt Spalding ; 2. 95-Michael Altobelli ; 3. 11N-Gene Nicholas ; 4. 97-Mitch Thomas ; 5. 88B-Chris Bolyard ; 6. 35-David Stremme ; 7. O1-Earnie Woodard ; 8. O2-Chris Cook ; 9. 27C-Billy Cevaal  Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 10 Transfer 1. 96M-Mike McKinney ; 2. O5-Dave Wietholder ; 3. 18L-Michael Long ; 4. K19-Will Krup ; 5. 44-KC Burdette ; 6. 32-Chad Roush ; 7. 15B-Dave Baker ; 8. 45-Johnny Broking ; 9. M41-Steve Maisel  Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 10 Transfer 1. 21A-Nick Allen ; 2. 45H-Kyle Hammer ; 3. 72-Todd Neiheiser ; 4. 22K-Dale Kelley ; 5. 15L-Joey Logano ; 6. 3L-Jeff Leka ; 7. 6B-Dave Baldwin ; 8. 21J-Clay Harris 
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- Comfort Suites in Ennis welcome race fans, teams as Host Hotel for Southern Thaw
ENNIS, Texas (February 7)—Dirt track racing in the Lone Star State will kick off with a bang when the B&B Chassis USRA Southern Thaw presented by American Racer presents a seven-night, four-track trek through North Texas featuring USRA Stock Cars, USRA Limited Mods, Sunoco USRA Factory Stocks and USRA Tuners. The first two nights take place Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, at the RPM Speedway in Crandall, and then racers roll into the Big O Speedway in Ennis on Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16. Just 10 minutes from the racetrack and a 30-minute drive to the RPM Speedway, the Comfort Suites in Ennis will be the Official Host Hotel for the Southern Thaw with special rates for fans and competitors alike. The inviting guest rooms at Comfort Suites in Ennis are the perfect place to relax after a fun night or racing. All travelers can keep up with the outside world, thanks to their fast and free WiFi plus free parking (and plenty of it) and guest laundry. Comfort Suites is offering a special rate for race travelers of just $70/night for a King bed or $80/night for two Queen beds. Click choicehotels.com/comfort-suites now and get your rooms booked before they're gone. You can also call (972) 330-2404 and mention discount code "LUSRA" when booking. The Comfort Suites in Ennis is located at 400 South I-45 in Ennis (GPS: 1200 Dolfie Ln, Ennis, TX 75119). Tuesday night's gig at the Big O Speedway is followed by a one-night stand at the 82 Speedway in Petty on Wednesday, February 17. The mini-series concludes Thursday and Friday, February 18-19, at the Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls. USRA Stock Cars will be racing for $1,200 to win each night, USRA Limited Mods grapple for a $1,000 top prize, Sunoco USRA Factory Stocks fight for $750 to win and USRA Tuners try to take home $200 each night. Factory Stocks will compete for a $2,000 top prize on Saturday at the RPM Speedway during The Smackdown. Eligible USRA Stock Car racers will be racing for a series points that pays $2.500 to win. Points funds for USRA Limited Mods and Sunoco USRA Factory Stocks both pay $1,000 to the champ and the driver earning the most points in the USRA Tuner division is set to earn $200. Register for one day or all seven by clicking myracepass.com/southernthaw or you can call the USRA office at (515) 832-6000. For more information about the B&B Chassis USRA Southern Thaw presented by American Racer, visit southernthaw.com or the event's Facebook page. Visit usraracing.com for schedules, points, photos, souvenirs, videos and more. Follow our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Click here to get USRA news delivered to your inbox. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = USRA OFFICIAL SPONSORS: American Racer Racing Tires, Beyea Headers, Chevrolet Performance, Christie Door Company, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, K1 RaceGear by Ryan Bowers, KS Engineering, KSE Racing Products, Mesilla Valley Transportation, MSD, MyRacePass, Nitroquest Media, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, RacinDirt.com, Summit Racing Equipment, Sunoco Race Fuels. USRA PARTICIPATING SPONSORS: B&B Racing Chassis, Boubin Tire & Automotive, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Day Motor Sports, Dealer Reconditioning Services, Forty9 Designs, Four Seven Designs Salon & Boutique, Freedom Firewood, Hi-Tek Paving, Mensink Racing Products, PBM Performance Products, Platinum Petroleum Services, S&S Fishing & Rental, Texas Star Concrete Services, Traeger Wood Pellet Grills by Elliott Motorsports, YouDirt.com. USRA CONTINGENCY SPONSORS: AFCO Racing Products, Allstar Performance, Bryke Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Champ Pans, Edelbrock, Hooker Harness, Integra Racing Shocks & Springs, Jerovetz Motorsports Racing Parts, Keyser Manufacturing, Landrum Performance Springs, Medieval Chassis, QA1, RacerWebsite.com, Real Racing Wheels, Sybesma Graphics, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes Genesis Racing Shocks, Jobbers Warehouse Supply. USRA RACETRACKS: 81 Speedway, 82 Speedway, Alien Motor Speedway, Ark-La-Tex Speedway, Belleville High Banks, Big O Speedway, Buffalo Creek Speedway, Caney Valley Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, Chateau Speedway, Creek County Speedway, Cresco Speedway, Dallas County Speedway, Deer Creek Speedway, Devil's Bowl Speedway, Fayette County Speedway, Hamilton County Speedway, Humboldt Speedway, I-35 Speedway, I-90 Speedway, Lake Ozark Speedway, Lawton Speedway, Lebanon Midway Speedway, Longdale Speedway, Lucas Oil Speedway, Mason City Motor Speedway, Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway, Nevada Speedway, Old 71Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, Randolph County Raceway, Rapid Speedway, Red Dirt Raceway, Revolution Park, Route 66 Motor Speedway, RPM Speedway, Sports Park Raceway, Springfield Raceway, Superbowl Speedway, Tri-State Speedway, Upper Iowa Speedway, Vado Speedway Park, West Texas Raceway.
- 5-year sponsor Swift Springs giving IMCA rookie awards
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Logano 19th-to-3rd in impressive UMP Modified debut; Michael Jr. beats division's best in stacked Feature Five separate DIRTcar UMP Modified Features raced, four first-time winners went to Volusia Speedway Park Victory Lane on Friday night. Night #4 of the 50th DIRTcar Nationals was all about appreciation for each and every one of the 96 UMP Modified drivers signed-in for competition; everyone got to form-up in the four-wide salute to the fans and race a 15-lap Feature for $700-to-win and a chance to stand in Victory Lane, front and center on the DIRTVision cameras. Each race was lined up by the overall event points standings going into the evening, inverting both the top-10 starters in each race and the order the Features ran in. When all was said and done, four brand-new faces and one repeat winner from last year stood in Victory Lane, collecting their Volusia Gator trophies as DIRTcar Nationals Feature victors. Feature #1 - David Reutimann David Reutimann's first DIRTcar Nationals victory came on Friday last year in the quad-Feature night, setting the stage for his second act as Friday night's only repeat winner of the five Features contested. "We're not in the race we need to be in, but it's a far cry from dropping out nine laps into the Feature because we were terrible last night," Reutimann said in Victory Lane. "Track's a little bit different; they've done a great job. Track's got a little moisture in it, so it was fun." Reutimann started 15th on the grid and advanced through the field rapidly, using the wrecks and restarts to his advantage to gain his first chunks of position. By Lap 3, he had already cracked the top-five and was hot on the trail of the leaders. Reutimann finally reached the back of leader Taylor Cook as they got the two-to-go signal, and that's when he pulled the trigger. A great run down the backstretch set Reutimann up for the pass on the high side coming out of Turn 4, which he executed perfectly to take the lead and the eventual win for his second career Volusia Gator trophy. Jim DenHamer Photo Crossing the stripe third was none other than the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, making his DIRTcar Nationals debut in a UMP Modified. Starting dead-last 19th place on the grid, Logano avoided multiple wrecks in front of him and made several clean passes under green-flag conditions to grab the final podium spot in what was a very impressive first competitive start in a UMP Modified. "I only got one gear, and it was to go," Logano told DIRTVision pit reporter Chase Raudman in his post-race interview. "It was a good time, I finished third, that's great, and learned a little bit. Got a little bit of damage to fix, and we'll come back at it tomorrow night." DIRTcar Feature #1 (15 Laps) 1. OOD-David Reutimann ; 2. 21-Taylor Cook ; 3. 15L-Joey Logano ; 4. OO-Buzzie Reutimann ; 5. 11-Jesse Rupe ; 6. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt ; 7. 25P-Robert Poole ; 8. 62E-Kim Edington ; 9. 22J-John Baker ; 10. O2-Chris Cook ; 11. 89W-Rick Weitekamp ; 12. 4-Craig Shaw ; 13. 40-Shawn Reiss ; 14. 88B-Chris Bolyard ; 15. 27C-Billy Cevaal ; 16. M41-Steve Maisel ; 17. 27G-Jason Garver ; 18. 27-Tom Wakefield ; 19. 7F-Bryan Foy  Feature #2 - Clay Harris The first of four first-time Volusia Gator trophy winners went to Jupiter, FL's own Clay Harris. Harris, a notable 602 Late Model driver, wasted no time, getting right to work on leader Troy Johnson from his fourth-place starting spot in the early going. He got a good run on Johnson on Lap 5, completed the pass and cruised home for the win after a late restart, despite making an error in car setup. "We tightened it up for the slick and it ended up being hammer-down," Harris said in Victory Lane. "We had a little hiccup, but we recovered and [the car] was awesome tonight." Josh James Photo DIRTcar Feature #2 (15 Laps) 1. 21J-Clay Harris ; 2. 2J-Troy Johnson ; 3. 12-John McClure ; 4. 57-Mark Grosvenor ; 5. 88S-Chris Smith ; 6. 11N-Gene Nicholas ; 7. 97-Mitch Thomas ; 8. 60-Shannon Fisk ; 9. 47-Collin Thirlby ; 10. 7+7-Jeff Solinger ; 11. 20-Tyler Hendrix ; 12. 9PG-Percy Gendreau ; 13. 6B-Dave Baldwin ; 14. O1-Earnie Woodard ; 15. 8-David Pinkerton ; 16. 59-Doug Stine ; 17. A1-Gary Bentley ; 18. 83-Brianna Robinson ; 19. 21D-Danny Schwartz  Feature #3 - Chad Roush The third UMP Modified Feature was mostly a game of attrition and staying out of trouble. Chad Roush did this the best out of his 18 other competitors. While several wrecks took out multiple cars before a single lap was ever completed, Roush kept his nose clean up front and wasted zero time, making the pass to go from third to the lead on Lap 2. A few restarts were thrown at him with high pressure behind from names like KC Burdette and Tony Anderson, but Roush held strong out front to pick up his first career DIRTcar Nationals victory. "We gave one away a couple years ago down here, so I had to redeem myself," Roush said in Victory Lane. Jim DenHamer Photo DIRTcar Feature #3 (15 Laps) 1. 32-Chad Roush ; 2. 44-KC Burdette ; 3. 176-Scotty Owens ; 4. 22T-Tony Anderson ; 5. 2A-Matt Altiers ; 6. 6-Ryan Fowler ; 7. 463-Daniel Sanchez ; 8. 15B-Dave Baker ; 9. 22K-Dale Kelley ; 10. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt ; 11. 33-Ken Mihalik ; 12. 114-Clayton Bryant ; 13. 72-Todd Neiheiser ; 14. 15-Joey Miller ; 15. 24-Travis Dickson ; 16. 8A-Austin Holcombe ; 17. 11M-Tyler Morehouse ; 18. 74-Mike Franklin ; 19. 81-Steve Axtell  Feature #4 - Nick Allen In what was easily the best race of the night for the lead, Nick Allen squared off with three-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and came out on top in the end for his first career Volusia Gator trophy. Allen pulled out to a comfortable lead from the outside pole in the early going but was quickly met by a challenge from seventh-starting Crafton, who was a rocket ship on the bottom. Crafton pulled up alongside Allen and took the spot away for two consecutive laps as the field eclipsed half-way; their side-by-side battle bringing those in attendance to the edge of their seats. Allen then cracked the whip on the top side and wrestled the lead back, fending Crafton off in the final laps and crossing the stripe first to collect the $700 check. "I knew [Crafton] was good around the bottom; I just couldn't hold the bottom like he could," Allen said. "I was just trying to carry a little more momentum through the middle." Josh James Photo DIRTcar Feature #4 (15 Laps) 1. 21A-Nick Allen ; 2. 88-Matt Crafton ; 3. 67-Garret Stewart ; 4. 12L-Lucas Lee ; 5. 77-Ray Bollinger ; 6. 4T-Zeke McKenzie ; 7. 45H-Kyle Hammer ; 8. 99-Hunt Gossum ; 9. 6A-Ryan Ayers ; 10. 95-Michael Altobelli ; 11. 23-Ryan Cripe ; 12. 17T-Tyler Evans ; 13. 45-Johnny Broking ; 14. 7D-Brad DeYoung ; 15. 31G-Stephen Pedulla ; 16. T9-Ryan Thomas ; 17. 3L-Jeff Leka ; 18. 7T-Drake Troutman ; 19. 9-Ken Schrader  Feature #5 - Richard Michael Jr. With Strickler, Hoffman, Stremme, Nicely, Arpin, McKinney and Hughes all in the same Feature, Richard Michael Jr. knew he had to be on his A-game if he wanted to win his first Volusia Gator trophy from outside the front row Friday night. When the green flag dropped on a re-do of the original start after polesitter Kyle Strickler hit the Turn 2 wall, taking him out of the race, Michael pulled that A-game right from out of his pocket and put it on full display, leading all 15 en route to his first DIRTcar Nationals victory in dominating fashion. "This is probably the biggest one of my career," Michael said in Victory Lane. "We used to come down here a lot; haven't been down here in about eight years. Every time we came down here, we didn't have any good equipment." Once he got the lead on the original restart, Michael took off and flat-out ran away with the win, pulling away from the stacked competition in his Elite Chassis, built by Nick Hoffman, who finished fourth. "We just put this car together about a week and a half ago at Nick [Hoffman's] place. I've just got to thank him; if it wasn't for him, there's no way we'd be in Victory Lane," he said. Jim DenHamer Photo DIRTcar Feature #5 (15 Laps) 1. 17X-Richard Michael ; 2. 7-Justin Allgaier ; 3. 96M-Mike McKinney ; 4. 2-Nick Hoffman ; 5. 25-Tyler Nicely ; 6. OOEH-Steve Arpin ; 7. 5S-Curt Spalding ; 8. 18L-Michael Long ; 9. 12H-Jason Hughes ; 10. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 11. 49-Brian Ruhlman ; 12. 35-David Stremme ; 13. 11H-Spencer Hughes ; 14. K19-Will Krup ; 15. 36-Kenny Wallace ; 16. O5-Dave Wietholder ; 17. 51-Brandon Green ; 18. 80-Rich Dawson ; 19. 8S-Kyle Strickler ; 20. 11J-Justin Haley  UP NEXT The first of the two Gator Championship qualifying nights for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds hits the track Saturday night in Round #5 of the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Half of the field in attendance will race while the other half will have the night off and return on Sunday for their qualifier night, all helping to determine a portion of Monday night's starting field for the $5,000-to-win Gator Championship finale. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision!
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