Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds at Volusia 2/20/16

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What Won the Race: Brett Hearn charged from the 21st starting spot and made a dive to the inside of early leader Stewart Friesen on lap 38 to take the lead.  From there, “The Jet” pulled away from the field for his first win of 2016.


The Finish:

1 20 Brett Hearn
2 44 Stewart Friesen
3 9s Matt Sheppard
4 19 Tim Fuller
5 27J Danny Johnson
6 49 Billy Dunn
7 21a Pete Britten
8 99L Larry Wight
9 54 Steve Bernard
10 7 Rick Laubach
11 14J Alan Johnson
12 1T Tyler Dippel
13 25R Erick Rudolph
14 1 Billy Pauch
15 1G Darwin Green
16 30 Jamie Mills
17 32c Vic Coffey
18 5 Billy VanInwegen
19 48T Dave Rauscher
20 83 Brian Swartzlander
21 74 J.R. Heffner
22 85 H.J. Bunting
23 5* Tyler Siri
24 28p Eldon Payne
25 323 Neal Williams
26 19m Jessey Mueller
27 07 Tim Kerr
28 8 Rich Scagliotta

The Skinny
: Stewart Friesen jumped out to the early lead, while Tim Fuller powered into the second position.  The yellow flag flew for the first time on lap 3 for an incident involving Tim Fuller, Dave Rauscher, Rich Scagliotta and others.


Friesen jumped back out to the lead on the restart, but the field quickly slowed again for Jessey Mueller’s spin in turn four.


Friesen pulled away once again on the second restart, while Tim Fuller moved into second.  Danny Johnson was the man on the move early on as he made his way from 12th to sixth with seven laps.


Matt Sheppard began making his charge on lap 10 by passing Rick Labauch for the third position. Mueller slowed again on lap 12 and nearly avoids chaos while pulling the No. 19 into the pit area.


Johnson continued his charge to the front on the restart moving by Sheppard for the fourth spot.  Friesen led Fuller, Laubach, Johnson and Sheppard at the lap 15 mark.


Eldon Payne, Jr. spun down the backstretch on lap 15 and pulled into the pit area with a flat right rear tire.  After another short green flag run, Erick Rudolph slowed on the track with a flat right rear tire.


Friesen led the way at the halfway mark of the 50-lap feature. Top five: Friesen, Sheppard, Fuller, Hearn and Johnson.


Hearn closed in on Sheppard for second on lap 30 and made the pass just a few laps later.  Friesen began to close in on lapped traffic and that allowed Hearn to close the gap. Hearn dived low on Friesen on lap 38 and used a lapped car as a pick to take over the lead after starting 21st.


After taking the lead away from Friesen, Hearn began to pull away from the field and work smoothly through slower traffic. Hearn rocketed under the checkered flag for his first win of the season.

Winning Quote
: “I have to think that the satisfying part about it is that we’ve had such a terrible week leading up to this.  We started out rough tonight starting 21st and coming out of the consi.  Boy we really nailed the setup.  It took us all week to get here, but man we finally got it right.”




Notebook: With some additional backing from Halmar, Jeff Daly & Sons and Bart Contracting, Stewart Friesen will run for the championship on the Super DIRTcar Series this year. 


Brett Hearn and Jessey Mueller’s qualifying times have been disallowed because they both went out for qualifying out of order. Hearn drove from the rear of the field to sixth in his qualifying heat but will miss the re-draw.


Daniel Nadeau went end over end in his No. 64 flipping twice during the third qualifying heat race after contact with C.G. Morey in turn two. He exited the car under his own strength.


Danny Johnson came to life in the final qualifying heat driving all the way from eighth to third. He will miss out on the re-draw but will put himself in a position for a strong run in tonight’s 50-lap feature.






Car Count: 34 Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds are in the pit area at Volusia Speedway Park.


Title Fight: Matt Sheppard clinched the 2016 Big-Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals title with a third-place finish.


Winning Chassis: Teo Chassis

Winning Engine: Performance Technologies

Winning Shocks: Fox Shocks


Starting Line-Up:

1 44 Stewart Friesen
2 5* Tyler Siri
3 7 Rick Laubach
4 19 Tim Fuller
5 9s Matt Sheppard
6 1T Tyler Dippel
7 1 Bill Pauch
8 25R Erick Rudolph
9 14J Alan Johnson
10 32c Vic Coffey
11 99L Larry Wight
12 27J Danny Johnson
13 8 Rich Scagliotta
14 30 Jamie Mills
15 07 Tim Kerr
16 21a Pete Britten
17 48T Dave Rauscher
18 28p Eldon Payne
19 323 Neal Williams
20 74 J.R. Heffner
21 20 Brett Hearn
22 49 Billy Dunn
23 19m Jessey Mueller
24 85 H.J. Bunting
25 5 Billy VanInwegen
26 54 Steve Bernard
27 1G Darwin Greene
28 83 Brian Swartzlander


Consi Results:

Consi 1

1 20 Brett Hearn
2 19m Jessey Mueller
3 5 Billy VanInwegen
4 83 Brian Swartzlander
5 29J Chris Ostrowsky
6 21k Randy Chrysler
7 29e Erik Martin

Consi 2

1 49 Billy Dunn
2 85 H.J. Bunting
3 54 Steve Bernard
4 1G Darwin Green
5 0Bs Jeremy Markle


1 44 Stewart Freisen
2 5* Tyler Siri
3 7 Rick Laubach
4 19 Tim Fuller
5 9s Matt Sheppard
6 1T Tyler Dippel
7 1 Billy Pauch
8 25R Erick Rudolph



Heat Race Results:

Heat 1

1 1T Tyler Dippel
2 5 Tyler Siri
3 14J Alan Johnson
4 8 Rich Scagliotta
5 48T Dave Rauscher
6 20 Brett Hearn
7 29J Chris Ostrowsky
8 19m Jessey Mueller
9 29e Erik Martin

Heat 2

1 9s Matt Sheppard
2 25R Erick Rudolph
3 32c Vic Coffey
4 30 Jamie Mills
5 28p Eldon Payne
6 5 Billy VanInwegen
7 83 Brian Swartzlander
8 21k Randy Chrysler
9 1G Darwin Green

Heat 3

1 1 Billy Pauch
2 7 Rick Laubach
3 99L Larry Wight
4 07 Tim Kerr
5 323 Neal Williams
6 0Bs Jeremy Markle
7 14 C.G. Morey
8 64 Daniel Nadeau

Heat 4

1 44 Stewart Freisen
2 19 Tim Fuller
3 27J Danny Johnson
4 21a Pete Britten
5 74 J.R. Heffner
6 49 Billy Dunn
7 85 H.J. Bunting
8 54 Steve Bernard



Qualifying Events: The Big Block Modifieds will have timed hot laps/group qualifying to set the grid for four qualifying heat races. Each qualifying heat race will be eight laps with the top-five finishers advancing.  There will also be two B-Features with the top two advancing from each.  That will set the field for a 26-car A-Main feature that will be 30 laps in distance.


Practice Results: Drivers hit the track for hot laps by groups according to their heat races, which will be held later in the program. Heat race lineups are determined by lap times recorded during hot laps.


Group 1

1 1T Tyler Dippel 17.589
2 5 Tyler Siri 17.675
3 14J Alan Johnson 17.793
4 20 Brett Hearn 17.858
5 8 Rich Scagliotta 18.300
6 48T Dave Rauscher 18.348
7 29J Chris Ostrowsky 18.510
8 19m Jessey Mueller 18.528
9 29e Erik Martin 18.860

Group 2
1 30 Jamie Mills 17.644
2 9s Matt Sheppard 17.737
3 28p Eldon Payne 17.58
4 25R Erick Rudolph 17.807
5 32c Vic Coffey 17.845
6 5 Billy VanInwegen 17.916
7 83 Brian Swartzlander 18.002
8 1G Darwin Green 18.127
9 21k Randy Chrysler 18.180

Group 3

1 1 Billy Pauch 17.125
2 7 Rick Laubach 17.422
3 99L Larry Wight 17.446
4 7 Tim Kerr 17.718
5 64 Daniel Nadeau 17.800
6 323 Neal Williams 17.957
7 14 C.G. Morey 17.961
8 0Bs Jeremy Markle 18.103

Group 4

1 44 Stewart Friesen 17.289
2 19 Tim Fuller 17.345
3 21a Pete Britten 17.462
4 49 Billy Dunn 17.761
5 74 J.R Heffner 17.780
6 54 Steve Bernard 18.024
7 85 H.J. Bunting 18.100
8 27J Danny Johnson 18.154






Event Schedule: Hot laps and group qualifying for the Super DIRTcar Series begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.  Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:20 with qualifying heat races beginning at 7:30.  There will be four qualifying heat races and two B-Features before the 30-lap feature at the end of the night.  The Super DIRTcar Series feature will be the last of the night and will follow the World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series.


Who To Watch For: Two of the biggest names in Super DIRTcar Series competition, Brett Hearn and Stewart Friesen, have been held winless thus far during the DIRTcar Nationals. It will be a story to follow throughout the night as the two try to break into victory lane at Volusia.






Entry List:

0Bs Jeremy Markle Port Jarvis, NY
1 Billy Pauch Frenchtown, NJ
1G Darwin Greene Susquehanna, PA
1T Tyler Dippel Wallkill, NY
5 Billy VanInwegen Sparowbush, NY
5* Tyler Siri Corning, NY
7 Rick Laubach Quakertown, PA
07 Tim Kerr Picton, ONT
8 Rich Scagliotta Bound Brock, ONT
9s Matt Sheppard Waterloo, NY
14 C.G. Morey Rutland, VT
14J Alan Johnson Middlesex, NY
19 Tim Fuller Edwards, NY
19m Jessey Mueller Oldmstedville, NY
20 Brett Hearn Sussex, NY
21a Peter Britten Brisbane, AUS
21K Randy Chrysler Lewiston, NY
T21 Roger Chrysler Lewiston, NY
25R Erick Rudolph Ransomville, NY
27J Danny Johnson Rochester, NY
28p Eldon Payne Canandaigua, NY
29e Erik Martin Zelienople, PA
29J Chris Ostrowsky Conklin, NY
30 Jamie Mills Milford, DE
32c Vic Coffey Leister, NY
44 Stewart Friesen Niagara-on-the-Lake, ONT
48too Dave Rauscher Waterloo, NY
49 Billy Dunn Watertown, NY
54 Steve Bernard Granby, QUE
64 Daniel Nadeau Montreal, QUE
74 J.R. Heffner Kinderhook, NY
83 Brian Swartzlander Lernerville, PA
85j H.J. Bunting III Milford, DE
99L Larry Wight Phoenix, NY
323 Neil Williams Pittsgrove, NJ




The Track: Volusia Speedway Park is a half-mile dirt oval.  The track opened as a 1/4 mile dirt oval in 1968, operating through 1969.  It expanded to 3/8 mile (still dirt) in August of 1969, operating through 1971.  It expanded again to 1/2 mile in February 1972, operating through 1989, when it was paved. It operated as a paved oval until 1997, when it was converted back to dirt.


The 3/8 mile dirt oval opened behind turn 4 of the original oval, operating from 1993 until it was paved in 1998, In late 2004 the paved surface was torn up and as of 2015 only the slight footprint of the 3/8 mile paved oval remains. A 1/8 mile dirt karting track is located inside the former 3/8 mile course. (From Wikipedia)


Weather: As hot laps approach, temperatures are in the low 60s with bright blue skies above the race track.  Temperatures are expected to slowly decrease throughout the night, but there’s no precipitation in the forecast.


Friday Night’s Results (30 laps)

1 7 Rick Laubach
2 9s Matt Sheppard
3 14J Alan Johnson
4 25R Erick Rudolph
5 44 Stewart Friesen
6 1 Billy Pauch
7 1T Tyler Dippel
8 27J Danny Johnson
9 54 Steve Bernard
10 74 J.R. Heffner
11 49 Billy Dunn
12 32c Vic Coffey
13 99L Larry Wight
14 21a Pete Britten
15 30 Jamie Mills
16 1G Darwin Green
17 19m Jessey Mueller
18 0Bs Jeremy Markle
19 323 Neal Williams
20 20 Brett Hearn
21 6m Mat Williamson
22 5* Tyler Siri
23 28p Eldon Payne
24 19 Tim Fuller
25 07 Tim Kerr
26 83 Brian Swartzlander


Thursday Night’s Results (30 Laps)

1 Matt Sheppard
2 Larry Wight
3 Rick Laubach
4 Stewart Friesen
5 Erick Rudolph
6 Billy Dunn
7 Tim Fuller
8 Billy Pauch
9 Brett Hearn
10 Tyler Dippel
11 Tim Kerr
12 Vic Coffey
13 Pete Britten
14 Steve Bernard
15 Alan Johnson
16 JR Heffner
17 Danny Johnson
18 Tyler Siri
19 Brian Swartzlander
20 Darwin Green
21 Mat Williamson
22 Neal Williams
23 HJ Bunting
24 Dave Rauscher
25 Eldon Payne
26 Billy VanInwegen


Wednesday Night’s Results (30 Laps)

1 Tim Fuller
2 Billy Dunn
3 Billy Pauch
4 Larry Wight
5 Matt Sheppard
6 Stewart Friesen
7 Vic Coffey
8 Brett Hearn
9 Erick Rudolph
10 Pete Britten
11 JR Heffner
12 Danny Johnson
13 Steve Bernard
14 Rick Laubach
15 Alan Johnson
16 Brian Swartzlan
17 Tim Kerr
18 Mat Williamson
19 Neal Williams
20 Darwin Green
21 HJ Bunting
22 Jamie Mills
23 Billy VanInwegen
24 Tyler Siri
25 Eldon Payne
26 Tyler Dippel


Next Series Race: The Super DIRTcar Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 30 at Fulton Speedway (NY).

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