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February 15
Volusia Speedway Park,
Barberville, FL
Sanction: World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series (Federated DIRTcar Nationals) - $12,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac, series and track reports (last updated February 16, 1:18 am)
Last-lap slide job lifts Hoffman to $12,000 win
Federated DIRTcar Nationals
  1. Nick Hoffman
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Bobby Pierce
  4. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  5. Daulton Wilson
  6. Mike Marlar
  7. Brandon Sheppard
  8. Devin Moran
  9. Tyler Bruening
  10. Cade Dillard
  11. Tim McCreadie
  12. Max Blair
  13. Tyler Erb
  14. Mark Whitener
  15. Brian Shirley
  16. Dennis Erb Jr.
  17. Hudson O'Neal
  18. Chase Junghans
  19. Cody Overton
  20. Kyle Bronson
  21. Dustin Sorensen
  22. Brent Larson
  23. Jordan Koehler
  24. Todd Cooney
  25. Max McLaughlin
  26. Dale McDowell
  27. Ashton Winger
  28. Ryan Gustin
  29. Jimmy Owens
  30. Dustin Walker
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Nick Hoffman celebrates his $12,000 DIRTcar Nationals victory at Volusia.
What won the race: Using a last-lap, turn-three slider to take the point from mid-race leader Chris Madden, fourth-starting Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., led the final lap to steal Thursday's $12,000 fourth round of the 53rd annual Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Hoffman collected his second career full-field World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series victory — his first since May 23 at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y. — and his first career gator trophy in a Late Model after winning several in a modified.
Quotable: “(I found) a lot of grip on (corner) entry where I could run off in there without lifting and really close on (Chris) Madden,” Hoffman said. “I just wanted to make sure I left Bobby (Pierce) a lane because I knew he was running the top pretty hard and I didn’t want to pinch him into the fence. When I got to (turn) three, I had a decent run and I was like ‘I’m coming across whether it was clear or not’ and I felt like I got plenty across (his nose) there. Man it’s just unreal, I’ve won a ton of these gator (trophies) in a modified, but this one is so special and to win it on a last-lap pass is unbelievable.”
Key notes: The second-starting Madden, of Gray Court, S.C., squeezed past Mike Marlar and led laps 20-34 before giving way to Hoffman on the final lap and finishing 0.208 of a second back. ... The pole-starting Marlar, of Winfield, Tenn., led twice for 16 laps (1-7, 11-19) before hopping the turn-two cushion and fading to finish sixth. ... Sixth-starting Bobby Pierce traded the runner-up spot with Hoffman several times before settling for third. ... Ricky Thornton Jr. led laps 8-10 before hopping the turn-one cushion and slipping to finish fourth. ... Daulton Wilson rounded-out the top five after taking the spot on lap 22. ... Hudson O'Neal and his Rocket1 team had a rare off-night, as they never ran better than ninth before fading to a 17th-place result. ... After losing a yolk on his driveshaft in qualifying and relying on a provisional starting position, Kyle Bronson improved five positions and finished 20th. ... Dustin Walker slowed on lap 14 to draw the race's first stoppage before calling it a night. ... Jordan Koehler slowed and brought out the second yellow on lap 19; he continued and finished 23rd, the last car on the lead lap. ... Max McLaughlin slowed from 20th to cause the third and final caution; he completed only three more laps before pulling off. ... Dale McDowell (lap 20), Ashton Winger (lap 16), Ryan Gustin (lap 14) and Jimmy Owens (lap 12) all retired early. ... Thursday's feature lasted 20 minutes, with 24 running at the finish.
On the move: Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., started 14th and finished 10th.
Winner's sponsors: Hoffman’s Tye Twarog Racing Longhorn Chassis is powered by Clements Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink, C&W Trucking, Petroff Towing, Tye Twarog Performance Parts, Haulin’ Haskells, Tri Valley Equipment Sales, Allgaier Performance Parts, Bilstein Shocks, Eibach Springs, Lincoln Smith Racing and KBC Graphix.
Points chase: WoO points after Thursday: 1. Bobby Pierce (724); 2. Brandon Sheppard (722); T-3. Nick Hoffman (708); T-3. Chris Madden (708); 5. Cade Dillard (698); 6. Tyler Bruening (682); 7. Dennis Erb Jr. (674); 8. Kyle Bronson (666); 9. Ryan Gustin (648); 10. Ethan Dotson (646). DIRTcar Nationals points after Thursday: 1. Bobby Pierce (272); 2. Cade Dillard (252); 3. Brandon Sheppard (239); 4. Devin Moran (237); 5. Nick Hoffman (233); 6. Daulton Wilson (228); 7. Ricky Thornton Jr. (225); 8. Max Blair (223); 9. Tim McCreadie (221); 10. Chris Madden (213).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 59°F
Car count: 48
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 15.290 seconds
Polesitter: Mike Marlar
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Nick Hoffman, Ricky Thornton Jr., Bobby Pierce, Tyler Bruening, Mike Marlar
Consolation race winners: Chase Junghans, Max Blair
Provisional starters: Kyle Bronson, Ryan Gustin, Cody Overton, Brent Larson, Todd Cooney, Dustin Walker
Next series race: February 16, Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL) $12,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

BARBERVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 15) — Updates and results from Thursday’s fourth round of the 53rd annual Federated DIRTcar Nationals, featuring a 35-lap, $12,000-to-win feature for World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series-sanctioned Super Late Models (results unofficial):


Using a last-lap, turn-three slider to take the point from mid-race leader Chris Madden, fourth-starting Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., led the final lap to steal Thursday's $12,000 fourth round of the 53rd annual Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Hoffman collected his second career full-field World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series victory — his first since May 23 at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y. — and his first career gator trophy in a Late Model after winning several in a modified. The second-starting Madden, of Gray Court, S.C., squeezed past Mike Marlar and led laps 20-34 before giving way to Hoffman on the final lap and finishing 0.208 of a second back.

Feature lineup

(35 laps)
Row 1: Mike Marlar, Chris Madden
Row 2: Ricky Thornton Jr., Nick Hoffman
Row 3: Tyler Bruening, Bobby Pierce
Row 4: Daulton Wilson, Jordan Koehler
Row 5: Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran
Row 6: Max McLaughlin, Hudson O'Neal
Row 7: Tyler Erb, Cade Dillard
Row 8: Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens
Row 9: Mark Whitener, Brian Shirley
Row 10: Chase Junghans, Max Blair
Row 11: Dustin Sorensen, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 12: Dale McDowell, Ashton Winger
Row 13: Kyle Bronson, Ryan Gustin
Row 14: Cody Overton, Brent Larson
Row 15: Todd Cooney, Dustin Walker

Consolation results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation finish: Chase Junghans, Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Spatola, Ethan Dotson, Logan Zarin, Stacy Boles, Jason Fitzgerald, Austin Smith, Drake Troutman, Ryan Gustin.

Second consolation finish: Max Blair, Dale McDowell, Parker Martin, Todd Cooney, Daniel Hilsabeck, Mason Zeigler, Mike Benedum, Brian Booze, Dustin Walker, Seth Zacharias.

Third consolation finish: Dustin Sorensen, Ashton Winger, Tanner English, Cody Overton, David Breazeale, Brent Larson, Amanda Robinson, Tristan Chamberlain, Kyle Bronsonl Scratched: Blair Nothdurft

Heat race recap

Chris Madden led all eight laps to win the first heat race by 1.320 seconds over third-starting Daulton Wilson. Fifth-starting Tyler Erb made a last-lap, last-turn move to get by Ryan Gustin, to grab the third and final transfer spot into Thursday’s $12,000-to-win fourth round; Gustin faded to finish eighth. … Nick Hoffman cruised to win heat two, leading all eight laps and winning by 1.365 seconds over Brandon Sheppard. Fourth-starting Tim McCreadie took the third and final transfer position into Thursday’s 40-lapper. … Ricky Thornton Jr. led green-to-checkered to win heat three by 2.256 seconds over Max McLaughlin. Fourth-starting Mark Whitener completed the podium finishers. … Second-starting Bobby Pierce led the entire distance to win heat four by 1.462 seconds over pole-starting Jordan Koehler. Cade Dillard battled Max Blair in the early laps and prevailed to round-out the podium. … Tyler Bruening narrowly repelled Devin Moran for the entire distance, winning heat five by 0.859 of a second. Moran settled for second, with Jimmy Owens starting and finishing third. … Second-starting Mike Marlar narrowly repelled Hudson O’Neal in the closing laps to win the sixth and final heat race by 0.381 of a second; O’Neal was deemed to have jumped the initial start and penalized a starting row. Third-starting Brian Shirley trailed Marlar for much of the race before giving way to O’Neal and finishing third. The second yellow was displayed on lap five when fourth-running Blair Nothdruft slowed before pulling off.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top three transfer)

First heat finish: Chris Madden, Daulton Wilson, Tyler Erb, Stacy Boles, Ethan Dotson, Drake Troutman, Austin Smith, Ryan Gustin.

Second heat finish: Nick Hoffman, Brandon Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Spatola, Chase Junghans, Jason Fitzgerald, Logan Zarin.

Third heat finish: Ricky Thornton Jr., Max McLaughlin, Mark Whitener, Parker Martin, Dale McDowell, Mike Benedum, Seth Zacharias, Dustin Walker.

Fourth heat finish: Bobby Pierce, Jordan Koehler, Cade Dillard, Max Blair, Todd Cooney, Daniel Hilsabeck, Brian Booze, Mason Zeigler.

Fifth heat finish: Tyler Bruening, Devin Moran, Jimmy Owens, Dustin Sorensen, Amanda Robinson, Tanner English, Kyle Bronson, Tristan Chamberlain.

Sixth heat finish: Mike Marlar, Hudson O'Neal, Brian Shirley, Ashton Winger, Brent Larson, David Breazeale, Cody Overton, Blair Nothdurft.

Pre-race notes

Thursday’s first of three scheduled nights of World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series action is being contested under partly skies after afternoon temperatures reached the low 70s. … The 48-car field sets up a six-heat program. … New to the pit area for Thursday’s show is Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., who flew to Florida this morning with crewman Bryan Liverman and will drive Matt Cosner’s No. 66c. Cosner’s hauler has been in the pit area all week but he’s sat out while nursing bruised ribs he suffered one week ago at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. … Another rig that’s been parked in Volusia pits from the start of the week belongs to Jeff Mathews of Brandon, Fla., but it now appears that he won’t enter the final three nights of competition as he had originally planned. Mathews’s driver Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., who has raced all week, said his boss has decided to bypass Volusia action. … Tanner English of Benton, Ky., is jumping in fellow Kentuckian Dylan Thompson's car for Thursday's racing. English's father, Terry, has been in the pits this week helping Thompson. ... With Saturday’s forecast looking increasingly dire — steady, and perhaps heavy, rain is likely throughout the day — World Racing Group officials announced during Thursday’s drivers’ meeting that they will raise the WoO purse for Friday’s show in case the finale is lost to weather. The published purses for Friday (nearly $58,000) and Saturday (over $84,000) will be combined and then cut in half to create a $71,000-plus Friday payout that pushes the winner’s prize from $12,000 to $16,000 and start money from $1,000 to $1,250. If Volusia is able to race on Saturday, Friday’s restructured purse will be paid. … Thursday also brought the release of a rules bulletin jointly issued by WoO/DIRTcar and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series that addresses preparation of tires: “Effective immediately, washing tires, or spraying substances of any type on tires will not be permitted within three (3) hours of the scheduled Hot Lap time on any given race day. Dipping tires into large containers (i.e. swimming pools) and chilling or heating tires (i.e. freezers, ice baths, torches, or other means of direct heat) will not be permitted at any point.” WoO director Steve Francis said the announcement came after he met with Lucas Oil Series director Rick Schwallie and the pair decided to respond to increasingly strong discussion during Speedweeks that teams were going to extremes with tire preparation.

Time trials

Group A
Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
1. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.290
2. Nick Hoffman (9), Mooresville, N.C., 15.319
3. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 15.371
4. Ryan Gustin (19R), Marshalltown, Iowa, 15.412
5. Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 15.479
6. Max McLaughlin (22*), Mooresville, N.C., 15.517
7. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.522
8. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.597
9. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.605
10. Ethan Dotson (174), Bakersfield, Calif., 15.615
11. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.713
12. Mark Whitener (5), Middleburg, Fla., 15.759
13. Tyler Erb (1T), New Waverly, Texas, 15.777
14. Mike Spatola (89), Manhattan, Ill., 15.855
15. Mike Benedum (25B), Salem, W.Va., 15.883
16. Stacy Boles (11B), Clinton, Tenn., 15.917
17. Logan Zarin (1z), Moon Township, Pa., 15.932
18. Parker Martin (6jr), Miledgeville, Ga., 16.001
19. Austin Smith (11), Rome, Ga., 16.010
20. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 16.044
21. Seth Zacharias (17z), Vestal, N.Y., 16.070
22. Drake Troutman (7), Hyndman, Pa., 16.097
23. Jason Fitzgerald (14jr), Middleburg, Fla., 16.200
24. Dustin Walker (14w), Polk, Mo., 16.582
Group B
1. Jordan Koehler (114), Mount Airy, N.C., 15.485
2. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 15.517
3. Hudson O’Neal (1), Martinsville, Ind., 15.525
4. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.558
5. Devin Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 15.566
6. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.602
7. Cade Dillard (97), Robeline, La., 15.631
8. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.694
9. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 15.716
10. Max Blair (111) Centerville, Pa., 15.808
11. Amanda Robinson (4), Georgetown, Del., 15.821
12. Blair Nothdurft (76), Renner, S.D., 15.834
13. Daniel Hilsabeck (22), Earlham, Iowa, 15.861
14. Dustin Sorensen (19), Rochester, Minn., 15.869
15. Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 15.887
16. Todd Cooney (30), Des Moines, Iowa, 16.013
17. Tanner English (99T), Benton, Ky., 16.040
18. Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 16.081
19. Mason Zeigler (66c), Chalk Hill, Pa., 16.108
20. Tristan Chamberlain (20tc), Richmond, Ind., 16.172
21. David Breazeale (23), Four Corners, Miss., 16.238
22. Brian Booze (B2), Greencastle, Pa., 16.561
23. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., no time
24. Cody Overton (97c), Evans, Ga., time disallowed

Thursday’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
- Modified hot laps
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified group qualifying (2 laps)
- Late Model group qualifying (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Modified heats (8 laps)
- Late Model heats (8 laps)
- Modified consolations (10 laps)
- Late Model consolations (10 laps)
Feature events
- Modifieds (30 laps)
- Late Models (35 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Marlar, Madden
Row 2: Thornton, Hoffman
Row 3: Bruening, Pierce
Row 4: Wilson, Koehler
Row 5: Sheppard, Moran
Row 6: McLaughlin, O'Neal
Row 7: T. Erb, Dillard
Row 8: McCreadie, Owens
Row 9: Whitener, Shirley
Row 10: Junghans, Blair
Row 11: Sorensen, D. Erb Jr.
Row 12: McDowell, Winger
Row 13: Bronson, Gustin
Row 14: C. Overton, Larson
Row 15: Cooney, Walker
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