On the second night of Gator Qualifying for the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Brian Ruhlman, a Clarklake, Mich. native, muscled his way to the top spot on lap one and held off challenges from Jacob Hawkins and NASCAR star Austin Dillon to claim his first DIRTcar Nationals victory at Volusia Speedway Park.
“I’ve always wanted a Gator, and we have been so close,” Ruhlman said. “I have to thank [my girlfriend] Veronica, it’s just her and I down here this weekend.
“We ran it wide-open all the way around there. If they were going to beat me, they were going to have to earn it.”
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. On Monday night, the DIRTcar Late Models join the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds as the modifieds compete in for the Gator Championship.
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DIRTcar UMP Modified Gator Qualifying Night 2 Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [$700], 2. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 3. 3-Austin Dillon, 4. 36-Kenny Wallace, 5. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 6. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 7. 7-Justin Allgaier, 8. 91-Derrick Ramey, 9. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 10. D4B-Jackie Boggs, 11. 56-Tyler Nicely, 12. 01L-Patrick Lyon, 13. 28-Paul Miles, 14. 126-Joey Jensen, 15. 9-Ken Schrader, 16. 12H-Mike Hansen, 17. 1S-Brian Shaw, 18. 1-Andy Golgoci, 19. 26-Bobby Gierke, 20. 77S-Stephen Schnapf, 21. 17JE-J.E. Stalder, 22. 46-Matt Crafton, 23. 45J-Johnny Broking, 24. 27-Michael Turner
-DIRTcar Nationals Press Release. Photo credit: Paul Arch