Ty Dillon looked to be the driver to beat in Saturday night’s DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Qualifying feature at DIRTcar Nationals but Nick Hoffman had other ideas as he cruised to his third win at Volusia Speedway Park.
Dillon dominated the early part of the 20-lap modified feature building a large lead over Hoffman and Ray Bollinger. As the laps wound down though, Hoffman, who has been the class of the field at DIRTcar Nationals, closed the gap. As lapped traffic came into play, Hoffman made his move. He battled past Dillon off of turn four and took the lead on lap 16.
Dillon, a driver in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, tried to close the gap, but Hoffman marched to the win.
“Ty was really good,” Hoffman said. “Once I got to about halfway I started to momentum my car around. It was really good. I think he still would have had me if it wasn’t for that lap traffic deal. We’ll take them as we can get them.”
Hoffman won Tuesday and Wednesday night’s modified features.
DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Qualifying Night 1 Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 2-Nick Hoffman ($700), 2. 41-Ty Dillon, 3. 16C-Josh Harris, 4. 77-Ray Bollinger, 5. 0J-Bryce Jewell, 6. 10Y-Trent Young, 7. 35-David Stremme, 8. 54-Larry Burkins, 9. 64-Billy Workman Jr, 10. K9-Will Krup, 11. 33-Jeff Matthews, 12. 13M-Dale McDowell, 13. 72X-Brian Papiez, 14. 11T-Dugan Thye, 15. 22T-Tony Anderson, 16. 12K-Scotty Kincaid, 17. 7W-Kody Weisner, 18. 67-Garrett Stewart, 19. 23-Ryan Cripe, 20. 51-Brandon Green, 21. 72-Todd Neiheiser, 22. 17T-Tyler Evans, 23. 21C-Taylor Cook, 24. 21-Sean Monaghan
-DIRTcar Press Release. Photo credit: Twitter – @DIRTcarNats