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Daily Dirt 03/25/2023 18:52:12

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January 18
Volusia Speedway Park,
Barberville, FL
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout (Sunshine Nationals) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated January 21, 5:47 pm)
Bronson completes Sunshine Nationals sweep
Sunshine Nationals
  1. Kyle Bronson
  2. Michael Page
  3. Walker Arthur
  4. Mark Whitener
  5. Jason Fitzgerald
  6. Max Blair
  7. Randy Weaver
  8. Cory Hedgecock
  9. Trynt Lloyd
  10. Dillon Brown
  11. Nevin Gainey
  12. Corey Almond
  13. Pierce McCarter
  14. Cruz Skinner
  15. Mike Franklin
  16. Trey Pearson
  17. Jeff Mathews
  18. Sam Halstead
  19. Brandon Williams
  20. Jake Knowles
  21. Ashton Winger
  22. Jadon Frame
  23. Drew Kennedy
  24. Trever Taylor
  25. Justin Litchford
  26. Jody Knowles
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Mitchell Jenkins
Kyle Bronson picks up the $10,000 check at Volusia.
What won the race: Turning back several sliders from Michael Page, fifth-starting Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., won Saturday’s Sunshine Nationals finale at Volusia Speedway Park, completing a three-race weekend sweep. After taking the lead from Page with a turn-four slider on lap 10, Bronson repeatedly repelled Page’s challenges over the final 20 laps for $10,000 triumph in the event co-sanctioned by the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout and DIRTcar.
Quotable: “We got together there. He got into me … probably hit the slime down there … and it bent the left-rear wheel,” Bronson said of early contact with Page. “Which, I slid him pretty early. I wanted to get out in that clean air. Hopefully it wasn’t too bad it wasn’t too bad of a slide job. That (left rear) tire had been going flat ever since that first restart there and (the car’s handling) was getting a little looser and a little looser and a little looser. I was like, ‘C'mon baby, a couple more laps.’ ”
Key notes: Michael Page, who started third, led the first 10 laps. … Eighteen drivers finished with 17 completing 30 laps. … Bronson, whose left-rear tire was flat by the time he crossed the scales, finished 0.330 of a second in front of Page. … The race was slowed by five cautions, the worst of which was a four-car crash on lap 14 in turn two that resulted in Ashton Winger going for a wild flip. Winger appeared a bit shaken up, but walked to the ambulance under his own power. … Second-running Brandon Williams slowed with fuel pump issues on lap 20. … Jason Fitzgerald rallied to finish fifth after being part of a lap-13 caution. … Colton Leyendecker won the 602 Crate Late Model feature. … Dusty Sparkman won the Limited Late Model main event. … Officials announced at the drivers' meeting the Sunshine Nationals would return Jan. 14-16, 2021, according to Speed51.com; it was also announced that Florida resident James Sawyer will serve as Volusia's general manager.
On the move: Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., started 23rd and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Bronson’s Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Brandon Ford, Brandon Collision, All Florida Real Estate Group, Racecar Engineering and Valvoline.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, Tenn., led Newsome CUSA Winter Series over Ronnie Johnson, Pierce McCarter, Chase Walls and Cory Hedgecock.
Current weather: Mostly Cloudy, 66°F
Car count: 43
Fast qualifier: Trever Taylor
Time: 17.018 seconds
Polesitter: Walker Arthur
Heat race winners: Michael Page, Corey Almond, Dillon Brown, Randy Weaver
Consolation race winners: Mark Whitener, Ashton Winger
Provisional starters: Jody Knowles, Justin Litchford
Next series race: January 14, Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL) $1,500
Editor's note: Corrects name of new Volusia general manager.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Arthur, Weaver
Row 2: Page, Fitzgerald
Row 3: Bronson, Knowles
Row 4: Brown, Almond
Row 5: Lloyd, Williams
Row 6: Blair, Skinner
Row 7: McCarter, Kennedy
Row 8: Mathews, Frame
Row 9: Franklin, Taylor
Row 10: Halstead, Pearson
Row 11: M. Whitener, Winger
Row 12: Hedgecock, Gainey
Row 13: Jo. Knowles, Litchford

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