DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Race Recap  

RETURN OF THE MAC: McDowell scores second World of Outlaws win of 2022 at Volusia

Only one word describes Dale McDowell’s 2022 season—emotional.

Less than a month after the Chickamauga, GA driver opened the season with a win at Sunshine Nationals, he backed it up with another one Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park.

McDowell outran Devin Moran and Darrell Lanigan in the final 10 laps to earn his first Gator trophy since 2018. Tears fell from the “Mac Daddy’s” eyes in Victory Lane, at a loss for words for his recent accomplishments—including his triumph against cancer.

“We came down here in January to see if we were worthy of coming back, and it’s been a dream come true,” McDowell said.

The veteran driver earned a $10,000 check and his 14th career World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series win, tying him for 14th all-time with Tim Fuller.

Despite his success in 2022, it’s a position McDowell never thought he’d be in after his off-track battle.

“I’ve been through a lot, and I have a lot of help behind me and support,” McDowell said. “It’s pretty emotional because I’ve been through a good bit, but I’m just happy to be here.”

While McDowell held the lead in the final 21 laps, Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Hammer led the first 19.

The Clinton, IL driver lost the lead to McDowell on a Lap 20 restart and dropped back to fifth before spinning in Turns 3 and 4, ending his night.

Even though he finished 27th, Hammer gained a boost of confidence racing against some of the top Late Model drivers in the country.

“We started really bad here in the beginning of the week,” Hammer said. “So, to be able to come where we were to here is just awesome for our team, a huge confidence booster.

“I feel like we actually know what we’re doing in the slick now.”

Devin Moran crossed the line second, earning his fourth DIRTcar Nationals podium. The “Mailman” leads the battle for a “Big Gator” trophy but wants a little gator to go with it. He stated he needed to start closer to the front to do that.

“We found some stuff in our Heat Race, and I felt like we were really, really good,” Moran said. “We’ll put that in our Qualifying setup tomorrow and hopefully start on the front row of the [Heat Race], and maybe we can start up front in one of these Features.

“We may not have passed the best car, but we’ve passed plenty of cars this week. We’ll just keep after it.”

Darrell Lanigan crossed the line third after starting 12th. The three-time Series champion stated he’s improving each night, especially in his ability to drive through the field.

“We’ve got our car close now,” Lanigan said. “It’s pretty balanced when we can drive in traffic.”

Chris Madden finished fourth, adding to his Series points lead—12 points ahead of McDowell. It’s the Gray Court, SC driver’s third top-five in four races. And 2021 World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Rookie of the Year Tyler Bruening rounded out the top five.

Dale McDowell’s 2022 season has been an emotional ride he never expected. “The Mac Daddy” is taking things one race at a time, embracing every win as it comes.

“I’m just completely blessed,” McDowell said.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to Volusia Speedway Park for another day of action at DIRTcar Nationals along with the Super DIRTcar Series. For Tickets: CLICK HERE.

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (40 Laps): 1. 17M-Dale McDowell[4]; 2. 9-Devin Moran[9]; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan[12]; 4. 44-Chris Madden[3]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening[18]; 6. 58-Mark Whitener[5]; 7. 89-Ashton Winger[14]; 8. 81E-Tanner English[13]; 9. 1-Brandon Sheppard[15]; 10. 40B-Kyle Bronson[23]; 11. 39-Tim McCreadie[11]; 12. 157-Mike Marlar[17]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[16]; 14. 111V-Max Blair[29]; 15. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[6]; 16. 25-Shane Clanton[20]; 17. 18-Chase Junghans[24]; 18. 11H-Spencer Hughes[21]; 19. B1-Brent Larson[27]; 20. 1R-Josh Richards[30]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs[26]; 22. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[22]; 23. 11-Gordy Gundaker[28]; 24. 8-Kyle Strickler[7]; 25. 19R-Ryan Gustin[25]; 26. 10-Garrett Smith[10]; 27. 45-Kyle Hammer[2]; 28. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[8]; 29. 32-Chris Simpson[19]; 30. 76-Brandon Overton[1] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER AWARD: Max Blair [+15]

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Feature Results
14+317MDale McDowell 400.00023Running150$10,000
29+79Devin Moran 40-0.952Running146$6,000
312+929Darrell Lanigan 40-2.204Running144$3,500
43-144Chris Madden 40-4.636Running142$2,800
518+1316Tyler Bruening 40-5.802Running140$2,500
65-158Mark Whitener 40-7.142Running138$2,300
714+789Ashton Winger 40-7.452Running136$2,200
813+581ETanner English 40-8.027Running134$2,100
915+61Brandon Sheppard 40-9.848Running132$2,050
1023+1340BKyle Bronson 40-10.022Running130$2,000
1111039Tim McCreadie 40-10.434Running128$1,600
1217+5157Mike Marlar 40-10.578Running126$1,400
1316+328Dennis Erb Jr40-11.403Running124$1,200
1429+15111VMax Blair 40-11.424Running122$0
156-920RTRicky Thornton Jr.40-12.184Running120$1,050
1620+425Shane Clanton 40-12.670Running118$1,000
1724+718Chase Junghans 40-13.333Running116$1,000
1821+311HSpencer Hughes 40-14.995Running114$1,000
1927+8B1Brent Larson 40-15.889Running112$0
2030+101RJosh Richards 40-16.248Running110$0
2126+599BBoom Briggs 40-17.662Running108$1,000
2222046Earl Pearson Jr40-18.257Running106$1,000
2328+511Gordy Gundaker 40-19.143Running104$0
247-178Kyle Strickler 34-6 LapsDNF102$1,000
2525019RRyan Gustin 30-10 LapsDNF102$1,000
2610-1610Garrett Smith 21-19 LapsDNF102$1,000
272-2545Kyle Hammer 19-21 Laps17DNF102$1,000
288-2076NBlair Nothdurft 17-23 LapsDNF102$1,000
2919-1032Chris Simpson 13-27 LapsDNF102$1,000
301-2976Brandon Overton 1-39 LapsDNF102$1,000
Last Chance Showdown Results
11032Chris Simpson 100.00010Running0$0
22046Earl Pearson Jr10-2.516Running0$0
35+21TTyler Erb 10-3.266Running90$110
4406Nick Hoffman 10-3.672Running90$110
53-218DDaulton Wilson 10-4.908Running90$110
6603SBrian Shirley 10-6.073Running90$110
7701RJosh Richards 10-7.596Running0$0
88038Garrett Mosley 10-7.942Running90$110
99015Donny Schatz 10-8.412Running90$110
1011+114MMorgan Bagley 10-9.892Running90$110
1112+114Kaeden Cornell 10-12.709Running90$110
1213+12Dan Stone 10-13.809Running90$110
1314+114JRTrey Mills 10-14.252Running90$110
1410-433Jeff Mathews 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11025Shane Clanton 100.00010Running0$0
24+240BKyle Bronson 10-0.230Running0$0
32-1B1Brent Larson 10-3.581Running0$0
43-144BColten Burdette 10-5.457Running90$110
57+2111VMax Blair 10-7.024Running0$0
66097Cade Dillard 10-7.076Running90$110
75-299JRFrank Heckenast Jr10-9.655Running90$110
811+336Logan Martin 10-10.550Running90$110
910+199Dylan Thompson 10-13.500Running90$110
109-131Tyler Millwood 8-2 LapsRunning90$110
1113+211BStacy Boles 0-10 LapsDNF90$110
128-497CCody Overton 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1312-122ADJacob Ulrich 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
11011HSpencer Hughes 100.00010Running0$0
25+318Chase Junghans 10-0.688Running0$0
32-111Gordy Gundaker 10-4.767Running0$0
47+319RRyan Gustin 10-5.581Running0$0
59+46SBlake Spencer 10-6.921Running90$110
66030Todd Cooney 10-7.288Running90$110
78+125BMike Benedum 10-7.516Running90$110
83-599BBoom Briggs 10-8.329Running0$0
94-594Jason Miller 10-11.653Running90$110
101000GDeshawn Gingerich 10-12.851Running90$110
1111014RReid Millard 10-16.704Running90$110
12120130Chase Osterhoff 0-10 LapsDNS90$110
1313071Hudson O'Neal 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 80.0008Running
2208Kyle Strickler 8-3.207Running
33081ETanner English 8-5.007Running
45+132Chris Simpson 8-5.926Running
57+218DDaulton Wilson 8-7.209Running
68+21TTyler Erb 8-7.733Running
79+21RJosh Richards 8-8.584Running
84-415Donny Schatz 8-9.805Running
910+114MMorgan Bagley 8-10.575Running
106-42Dan Stone 8-11.644Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11045Kyle Hammer 80.0008Running
24+29Devin Moran 8-0.403Running
32-11Brandon Sheppard 8-1.186Running
45+146Earl Pearson Jr8-3.644Running
56+16Nick Hoffman 8-4.673Running
63-33SBrian Shirley 8-6.437Running
77038Garrett Mosley 8-7.262Running
88033Jeff Mathews 8-7.737Running
910+114Kaeden Cornell 8-10.644Running
109-114JRTrey Mills 8-11.451Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117MDale McDowell 80.0008Running
23+139Tim McCreadie 8-2.423Running
31-2157Mike Marlar 8-3.761Running
46+225Shane Clanton 8-4.839Running
54-144BColten Burdette 8-5.655Running
67+199JRFrank Heckenast Jr8-7.070Running
75-2111VMax Blair 8-7.928Running
88031Tyler Millwood 8-9.795Running
99036Logan Martin 8-11.231Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11076Brandon Overton 80.0008Running
23+176NBlair Nothdurft 8-3.300Running
32-189Ashton Winger 8-3.815Running
440B1Brent Larson 8-4.415Running
58+340BKyle Bronson 8-4.656Running
66097Cade Dillard 8-6.440Running
77097CCody Overton 8-6.733Running
89+199Dylan Thompson 8-10.071Running
910+122ADJacob Ulrich 8-18.142Running
105-511BStacy Boles 1-7 LapsRunning
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+258Mark Whitener 80.0008Running
21-110Garrett Smith 8-2.082Running
32-128Dennis Erb Jr8-6.077Running
45+111HSpencer Hughes 8-6.314Running
57+299BBoom Briggs 8-7.650Running
66018Chase Junghans 8-8.141Running
78+119RRyan Gustin 8-8.264Running
810+26SBlake Spencer 8-9.504Running
99014RReid Millard 8-17.489Running
104-671Hudson O'Neal 5-3 LapsDNF
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+120RTRicky Thornton Jr.80.0001Running
21-129Darrell Lanigan 8-0.2427Running
34+116Tyler Bruening 8-2.163Running
45+111Gordy Gundaker 8-3.890Running
53-294Jason Miller 8-8.242Running
66030Todd Cooney 8-8.701Running
79+225BMike Benedum 8-10.064Running
8800GDeshawn Gingerich 8-12.225Running
97-2130Chase Osterhoff 7-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Results
1244Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.3260.000
2945Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL16.428-0.102
323157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN16.487-0.161
4118Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC16.544-0.218
5291Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.588-0.262
6617MDale McDowell Chickamauga, GA16.595-0.269
71681ETanner English Benton, KY16.701-0.375
8123SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL16.702-0.376
91039Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY16.723-0.397
101315Donny Schatz Fargo, ND16.729-0.403
11229Devin Moran Dresden, OH16.757-0.431
122044BColten Burdette Parkersburg, WV16.767-0.441
131432Chris Simpson Oxford, IA16.774-0.448
14146Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL16.813-0.487
1518111VMax Blair Centerville, PA16.820-0.494
16282Dan Stone Thompson, PA16.825-0.499
1736Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.868-0.542
182525Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.892-0.566
192418DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC16.896-0.570
201938Garrett Mosley Lawtey, FL16.910-0.584
211799JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL16.942-0.616
2271TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX16.987-0.661
232733Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL17.048-0.722
241531Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA17.051-0.725
2581RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV17.053-0.727
262114JRTrey Mills St. Augustine, FL17.274-0.948
27436Logan Martin West Plains, MO17.321-0.995
282614MMorgan Bagley Longview, TX17.410-1.084
29514Kaeden Cornell Willard, MO17.444-1.118
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
11876Brandon Overton Evans, GA16.5380.000
2210Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA16.650-0.112
32129Darrell Lanigan Union, KY16.664-0.126
4389Ashton Winger Senoia, GA16.701-0.163
52828Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.737-0.199
62620RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA16.744-0.206
71476NBlair Nothdurft Renner, SD16.777-0.239
81758Mark Whitener Middleburg, FL16.852-0.314
9794Jason Miller Berryville, VA16.865-0.327
1015B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.875-0.337
111171Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN16.881-0.343
122516Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA16.906-0.368
13911BStacy Boles Clinton, TN16.928-0.390
141011HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS17.014-0.476
15611Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO17.042-0.504
162297Cade Dillard Robeline, LA17.098-0.560
172418Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS17.098-0.560
182030Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA17.113-0.575
19897CCody Overton Evans, GA17.158-0.620
202799BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA17.230-0.692
214130Chase Osterhoff Kankakee, IL17.255-0.717
221240BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL17.255-0.717
231919RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA17.312-0.774
2450GDeshawn Gingerich Dover, PA17.442-0.904
25199Dylan Thompson Paducah, KY17.458-0.920
262914RReid Millard Jefferson City, MO17.478-0.940
271625BMike Benedum Salem, WV17.516-0.978
281322ADJacob Ulrich Sand Springs, OK18.784-2.246
29236SBlake Spencer St Augustine, FL17.141-0.603
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

DIRTcar Nationals
February 7, 2022 to February 19, 2022
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

Event Description
Kick off the 2022 racing season with two full weeks of racing in Florida at Volusia Speedway Park!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Super DIRTcar Series

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; 360 Sprint Car: 14.160 sec. by Brenham Crouch on Jan. 27, 2023; Non-Wing: 16.362s by Thomas Meseraull on Feb. 14, 2023

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.141 sec. by Billy Moyer on Feb. 20, 2012

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
1PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
5:15PM Hot Laps/Qualifying

Latest Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices

Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$25 a day for dry camping, $50 for hook-up, $75 for electric/water/sewer.

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed as long as they don't conflict with the aisle behind you.

Handicapped Seating
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Handicapped Parking
Handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Personal Coolers
Six-pack maximum cooler size. No alcohol. No glass.


Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Beer is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.

Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$25 a day for dry camping, $50 for hook-up, $75 for electric/water/sewer.

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Track Info  

Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.500; dirt oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; 360 Sprint Car: 14.160 sec. by Brenham Crouch on Jan. 27, 2023; Non-Wing: 16.362s by Thomas Meseraull on Feb. 14, 2023

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