Trent Young Claims DIRTcar UMP Modified feature win
BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 12, 2016 – In front of one of the largest crowds in DIRTcar Nationals history, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman fought a pitched battle for the season opening World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series feature on Friday night. When the checkered flag fell, it was Sweet who took the win.
Sweet and Pittman started side-by-side in the 30-lap main event at Volusia Speedway Park. The two teammates traded the lead through the opening laps of the night’s event as reigning series champion and the previous night’s winner, Donny Schatz, battled through the field.
By the midway point of the feature Schatz had moved into second and was challenging Pittman for the lead when his night was cut short by an engine failure on lap 21. It was his first did-not-finish result in 178 World of Outlaws features – a streak that stretched back to September, 2013.
Through the closing laps of the feature, Pittman and Sweet battled for the lead through lapped traffic with Sweet making a last lap pass of Pittman for the win.
“I’ll tell you what, we definitely needed that lap traffic,” Sweet said. “Daryn did a great job, you know. It’s pretty awesome for Kasey Kahne Racing to be battling for first and second. I know what it’s like to lose on the last lap. I’ve won some like that; I’ve lost some like that. Hats off to those guys, they did a great job all night.”
In the 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified feature, Trent Young held off a hard-charging Nick Hoffman to score his first ever DIRTcar Nationals victory.
A wreck between the top two cars, A.J. Fike and Dave Jamison, midway through the feature put Young in the lead. Hoffman battled his way into second and tried to close the gap in the final laps, but Young held firm.
“It feels amazing. This is a dream come true,” Young said. “I was pretty content just riding in third. I was going to be happy with that if the race went like it was. I got lucky to make it through that wreck. I don’t want to win one like that, but I wanted one here so I’ll take it any way I can get it. I hate that that happened to Fike. I really couldn’t see what happened but I know it was pretty nasty, and I got lucky to make it through it.”
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on its second night at DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return for night five of DIRTcar Nationals.
DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 12, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 5. 17W-Bryan Clauson ; 6. 7S-Jason Sides ; 7. 1B-Dale Blaney ; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 9. 7-Paul McMahan ; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 12. 83-Joey Saldana ; 13. 2L-Danny Lasoski ; 14. 70-Danny Holtgraver ; 15. W20-Greg Wilson ; 16. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe ; 17. 71MX-Paul May ; 18. 15-Donny Schatz ; 19. 11-Steve Kinser ; 20. 59-Austin McCarl ; 21. 2-Shane Stewart ; 22. O7-Doug Esh ; 23. 24-Terry McCarl ; 24. 5-David Gravel . Lap leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-5, 14-29; Brad Sweet 6-13, 30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Paul McMahan [+12]
DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) – 1. 10Y-Trent Young, 2. 2-Nick Hoffman, 3. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 4. 36-Kenny Wallace, 5. 41-Ty Dillon, 6. 72X-Brian Papiez, 7. 7-Justin Allgaier, 8. 1S-Brian Shaw, 9. 67-Garrett Stewart, 10. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 11. 7W-Kody Weisner, 12. 54-Larry Burkins, 13. 9-Ken Schrader, 14. 28-Paul Miles, 15. 14T-Tyler Clem, 16. 21C-Taylor Cook, 17. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 18. D4B-Jackie Boggs, 19. 10-A.J. Fike, 20. D4-Dave Jamison, 21. 56-Tyler Nicely, 22. 33-Jeff Matthews, 23. 77S-Stephen Schnapf, 24. 64-Billy Workman Jr, 25. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 26. 51-Brandon Green, 27. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 28. 77-Ray Bollinger
DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 13 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
Sunday, Feb. 14 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
Monday, Feb. 15 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Gator Championship
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Triple 20’s
Wednesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ & Super DIRTcar Series
Thursday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
Friday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
Saturday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
2016 DIRTcar Nationals is supported by Budweiser, Daytona Harley-Davidson, Hampton Inn-Palm Cost, Ring Power CAT, and Safety-Kleen. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is brought to fans by official partners: Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Lincoln Welder (Official Welder), and VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel). Additional support is provided by Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company of WoO Late Model), DirtonDirt.com (WoO Late Model Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award-WoO Late Model), and Chevrolet Performance. Contingency sponsors include: ASI, Beyea Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD Performance, Penske Racing Shocks, Ohlins Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, Sweet Manufacturing, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum Manufacturer. Sponsors include: Capital Race Cars, Club 29 Chassis, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Motorsports Safety Systems, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, S&S Volvo, and TNT Rescue.
-Fonda Legend Jack Johnson Night joins Race of Champions Modified Schedule-
Fonda, New York (February 12, 2016) – The Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway Race of Champions dirt Modified Series event originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th has been moved to Wednesday, August 3rd and it will be run as the 2nd Annual Jack Johnson Night at the “Track of Champions” on Wednesday, August 3rd. The 50-lap feature will pay $5,000 to the winner, which Stewart Friesen captured last year. This also signifies the Race of Champions return to the speedway, which hosted the first ever Race of Champions dirt Modified Series race in 2005.
“This a great step for our program,” stated Joe Skotnicki of the Race of Champions. “We recognize the importance of scheduling the right events and placing them on the proper date on the calendar. Pete Demitraszek is working extremely hard to give fans a great season at Fonda, but we all know this will be circled on every race fans calendar. Jack Johnson is the definition of a an all-time great dirt modified racer and we are truly honored to be a part of his night at one of the most historic dirt tracks in North America.”
The Race of Champions dirt Modified Series held its very first race at Fonda Speedway on April 9, 2005 and Bobby Varin of Sharon Springs, N.Y., stood in victory lane at the end of that race.
“We have worked on the right date for the Race of Champions event and this was it,” offered Fonda Speedway promoter, Pete Demitraszek. “The Race of Champions will add the right mix to a great night for us here at Fonda. Jack Johnson played a vital role in the history of Fonda Speedway and to this day as based on last year’s tremendous turnout he still has a great following and we look forward to seeing those fans here on Wednesday, August the 3rd.”
The King of Dirt Pro Stock Series will fill out the card on Jack Johnson night at Fonda with the Race of Champions dirt Modified Series “Jumpin’ Jack 50”.
The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
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