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February 14
Volusia Speedway Park,
Barberville, FL
Sanction: DIRTcar Supers (Triple 20s second semifeature) - $5,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac and track reports (last updated February 15, 3:34 am)
Marlar tops Wednesday's second $5,000 20-lapper
Triple 20s second semifeature
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Tyler Erb
  3. Nick Hoffman
  4. Max Blair
  5. Mark Whitener
  6. Dylan Thompson
  7. Jordan Koehler
  8. David Breazeale
  9. Amanda Robinson
  10. Chase Junghans
  11. Daniel Hilsabeck
  12. Brian Booze
  13. Dustin Walker
  14. Jimmy Zacharias
  15. Dale McDowell
  16. Parker Martin
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Mike Marlar captured his first DIRTcar Nationals victory since Feb. 11, 2019.
What won the race: Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., led all 20 laps from the pole to win Wednesday's second $5,000 Triple 20s semifeature at Volusia Speedway Park. Marlar captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals victory and his first since topping a $7,000 DIRTcar Super Late Model feature there on Feb. 11, 2019.
Quotable: “It felt really good ya know. We’re happy to win one man, we’ve had kind of a hard Speedweeks,” Marlar said. “(We’ve) been fast a lot, just ain’t winning anything and tearing up a lot of stuff. So, happy to win one for sure there and the car was really good. Happy Valentines Day to all the ladies out there and glad we’re getting to race today.”
Key notes: Fourth-starting Tyler Erb moved into second on a lap-13 restart and trailed Marlar the rest of the way, finishing 1.293 seconds back. ... After getting caught up in Tuesday's massive 10-car pileup, Nick Hoffman rebounded to finish third. ... Max Blair improved four positions and finished fourth. ... Mark Whitener slipped as low as eighth on lap 15 before recovering to finish fifth. ... Chase Junghans rebounded to finish 10th after slowing to bring out the second and final caution on lap 12. ... Daniel Hilsabeck battled him in the closing laps before settling for 11th; Hilsabeck overcame drawing the race's first yellow when he slowed on lap 10. ... Dale McDowell slowed from eighth on lap 14 and pulled off under green. ... Tuesday's second semifeature lasted 10 minutes, with 11 drivers completing 20 laps and 14 running at the finish.
On the move: David Breazeale of Four Corners, Miss., started 13th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar’s Skyline Motorsports Longhorn Chassis carries sponsorship from Bruening Rock Products, Skyline Materials, Truck Country, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Olson Explosives, Bennett Explosives, Petroff Towing, Can-Am Auto Salvage, Brown’s Heavy Equipment, VP Racing Fuels, Bilstein and Capital Signs.
Points chase: After Volusia Wednesday: 1. Cade Dillard (205); 2. Bobby Pierce (202); T-3. Devin Moran (186); T-3. Brandon Sheppard (186); 5. Max Blair (179); 6. Tim McCreadie (176); 7. Daulton Wilson (168); T-8. Hudson O’Neal (160); T-8. Ricky Thornton Jr. (160); 10. Mike Marlar (156).
Current weather: Few Clouds, 57°F
Car count: 48
Fast qualifier: Mike Marlar
Time: 15.505 seconds
Polesitter: Mike Marlar
Next series race: March 8, Clarksville Speedway (Clarksville, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

BARBERVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 14) — Updates and results from Wednesday’s Triple 20s night of the 53rd annual Federated DIRTcar Nationals, featuring three 20-lap, $5,000-to-win semifeatures for DIRTcar-sanctioned Super Late Models (results unofficial):

Semifeature

Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., led all 20 laps from the pole to win Wednesday's second $5,000 Triple 20s DIRTcar Nationals semifeature at Volusia Speedway Park. Marlar captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals victory and his first since topping a $7,000 DIRTcar Super Late Model feature there on Feb. 11, 2019. Fourth-starting Tyler Erb moved into second on a lap-13 restart and trailed Marlar the rest of the way, finishing 1.293 seconds back.

Semifeature lineup

(20 laps)
Row 1: Mike Marlar, Nick Hoffman
Row 2: Jordan Koehler, Tyler Erb
Row 3: Dylan Thompson, Mark Whitener
Row 4: Dale McDowell, Max Blair
Row 5: Chase Junghans, Daniel Hilsabeck
Row 6: Amanda Robinson, Parker Martin
Row 7: David Breazeale, Brian Booze
Row 8: Dustin Walker, Jimmy Zacharias

Pre-race notes

Wednesday’s final night of DIRTcar-sanctioned Super Late Model action — featuring three $5,000-to-win, 20-lap semifeatures plus Monday’s postponed $7,000-to-win, 25-lap A-main — comes on a sunny day that saw the high temperature reach the upper 60s. … A week-high 48 cars are signed in; there are also 48 DIRTcar big-block modifieds entered for the Northeast-based division’s first of four programs. … Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., is planning to compete in Wednesday’s show despite injuring his right hand in Tuesday’s multi-car feature wreck. He visited a hospital for evaluation of his hand and bo broken bones or fractures were found but his hand is tender around the webbing near his thumb. The Rocket1 car that the 23-year-old crashed is sidelined for the remainder of the week due to a bent lower frame rail so he’s running the machine he drove to a victory in last month’s Sunshine Nationals at Volusia. … Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., is making his first start of the week after sticking to his plan to skip the first two programs. … Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, is also a first-time entrant this week, joining his car owner and teammate Todd Cooney of Des Moines, Iowa, in the field. Gustin spent the past two days in Daytona Beach with his wife and kids. … Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., has two cars unloaded: he’ll run the makeup feature with the machine he raced in Tuesday’s feature (he’s replaced the distributor that caught fire on the lap-17 restart) and pilot his other Longhorn in the 20-lap semifeature. … Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., is also planning to run two cars, reserving the vehicle he repaired after Tuesday’s major crash for the held-over feature and his primary World of Outlaws Longhorn for his 20-lapper. … Mike Marlar’s Skyline Motorsports crew was up until 3 a.m. replacing the rearend and other suspension parts that were damaged in Tuesday’s feature melee. … Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., has opted to switch to his second Jeff Mathews-owned Rocket Chassis after the car he drove on Tuesday sustained light frame damage in the feature tangle. … Teenager Tristan Chamberlain of Richmond, Ind., was knocked from contention while contending for a transfer spot in a Tuesday B-main due to a broken rearend. … Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, posted a photo on social at 5:34 a.m. showing his car repaired from the damage it sustained in Tuesday's big wreck. ... Matt Cosner of Ridgeley, W.Va., is still sore from the bruised ribs he suffered last Thursday at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., so he’s calling in a replacement to drive his No. 66c: Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., who had previously discussed racing some Speedweeks events in Cosner’s second car. Cosner’s father said Zeigler wasn’t able to make it down for Wednesday’s action but is scheduled to fly to Florida on Thursday morning to finish out the week.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
1. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.505
2. Nick Hoffman (9), Mooresville, N.C., 15.659
3. Jordan Koehler (114), Mount Airy, N.C., 15.684
4. Tyler Erb (1T), New Waverly, Texas, 15.811
5. Dylan Thompson (99T), Paducah, Ky., 15.816
6. Mark Whitener (5), Middleburg, Fla., 15.821
7. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.827
8. Max Blair (111), Centerville, Pa., 15.869
9. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 15.964
10. Daniel Hilsabeck (22), Earlham, Iowa, 16.123
11. Amanda Robinson (4), Georgetown, Del., 16.127
12. Parker Martin (6jr), Miledgeville, Ga., 16.227
13. David Breazeale (23), Four Corners, Miss., 16.471
14. Brian Booze (B2), Greencastle, Pa., 16.725
15. Dustin Walker (14w), Polk, Mo., 16.894
16. Jimmy Zacharias (17z), Oswego, N.Y., 17.007

Wednesday’s schedule

(All times local)
Noon - Ticket sales, will call, pit pass sales begin
1 p.m. - Pits open
3 p.m. - Pits cleared and re-open
4 p.m. - Grandstands open
4:45 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
5:30 p.m. - On-track activity begins
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps
- Late Model group qualifying (2 laps)
- Modified group qualifying (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- First Late Model semifeature (20 laps)
- Modified heats (8 laps)
- Second Late Model semifeature (20 laps)
- Modified consolation (10 laps)
- Third Late Model semifeature (20 laps)
- Modified feature (30 laps)
Postponed from Monday, Feb. 12
- Late Models (30 laps)

Semifeature lineup

Row 1: Marlar, Hoffman
Row 2: Koehler, T. Erb
Row 3: Thompson, Whitener
Row 4: McDowell, Blair
Row 5: Junghans, Hilsabeck
Row 6: A. Robinson, Martin
Row 7: Breazeale, Booze
Row 8: Walker, Zacharias

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