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BALLOU AVOIDS DISASTER FOR EAST BAY “WINTER DIRT GAMES” WIN

(Gibsonton, Florida) February 27, 2015…Robert Ballou narrowly avoided disaster on the final lap of Friday’s 30-lapper at East Bay Raceway Park to take his second victory of the young season in the penultimate race of “Winter Dirt Games VI.”

The Rocklin, California driver appeared to be in smooth sailing after a restart with four laps to go, but he rapped the wall just past the flag stand after taking the white-flag as second-running Dave Darland dove to the bottom for the lead. Ballou crossed over and took it back, notching a .296-second victory in the MPHG Promotions - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott.

“I really thought driver error cost us another one right there. I was fogging up my shield bad at the restart, and just really had trouble seeing. I don’t even know what happened after I got in the wall, but I saw Darland going for it and just tried to stay in it to get back by him. If I’m ever gonna catch him in all-time wins, I’ve gotta keep my elbows up!” said Ballou, who now owns 11 AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car wins in his career.

Polesitter Kevin Thomas, Jr., chasing the “Triple Crown Challenge” bonus posted by race organizers for any driver able to sweep the weekend, led early with Ballou and defending series champion Brady Bacon in his shadow. Ballou closed as they neared traffic, trying his first slider for the lead on lap 10. At the halfway point, Ballou cleared Thomas in turn two with a slide-job for the lead, holding him off as the two traded the top spot for a lap and a half.

As Ballou drew away, Bacon worked on Thomas, as well, clearing him for the second spot on lap 22. Bacon closed on Ballou in traffic, but a monster slider on two cars from Ballou helped him retain his lead. In heavy traffic on lap 27, Thomas got in the back of Bacon in turn-three, sending him spinning and necessitating a caution. He restarted at the tail of the lead lap.

With just four laps to go, Ballou was strong up front as Darland finally passed Thomas with a turn-one slider on lap 28. Darland appeared to close slightly on Ballou before the white flag, but suddenly found himself in the middle of a battle for the win with Ballou’s incident. Darland made it back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

“I looked up as I took the white flag and thought, ‘Holy s—, I’m gonna win this thing!’ Robert was able to gather it up and get back by us off of two, but we were right there again and pretty happy with second. It’s been a great rebound for us the last three nights, and we’ll try to get it one spot better. I have to thank the track crew as much as my team; they gave us a great track to move around and race each other hard tonight,” Darland said.

Thomas held on for the third-spot in the Bakken Concrete - Griffin’s Propane #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

“I obviously feel terrible about getting into the back of Brady (Bacon). We had been racing really hard for the second spot and I just fired it off in there and clipped him. We led early and were strong, but they got a little better than us on that long run. We were holding on a bit at the end, but it was another strong night for us and a podium finish,” Thomas said.

Justin Grant came out on top of a slugfest in the late stages for the fourth spot in the Mark Hery Motorsports - Dick’s Paint & Body #40 DRC/Claxton over ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Chase Stockon, who rounded out the top-five in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

“Winter Dirt Games VI” concludes on Saturday night, February 28 at East Bay Raceway Park with the sixth and final race of the mini-series held exclusively in the “Sunshine State.” Ballou is the only driver to score multiple victories in Florida in the month February while Bacon, Darland, and Thomas have collected one feature apiece.

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.968; 2. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.183; 3. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-15.258; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.266; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.283; 6. Bryan Clauson, 41, SST-15.306; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-15.352; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.360; 9. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.393; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.418; 11. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-15.493; 12. Chad Boespflug, 5, Baldwin-15.496; 13. Chris Windom, 2, Lein-15.517; 14. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-15.518; 15. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-15.573; 16. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.587; 17. Scotty Weir, 12x, Wolters-15.663; 18. Carson Short, 21, Short-15.755; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.854; 20. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill/Dodd-15.872; 21. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-15.954; 22. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-16.031; 23. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-16.102; 24. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.126; 25. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-16.151; 26. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-16.157; 27. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-16.233; 28. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-16.341; 29. Chris Gurley, 11, Walker-16.456; 30. Justin Hoffman, M16, Hoffman-16.509; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.875.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Ballou, 3. Windom, 4. Weir, 5. Cockrum, 6. Kobylarz, 7. Simon, 8. Gurley. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. C.Short, 3. B.Short, 4. Darland, 5. Clauson, 6. Robbins, 7. Jarrett, 8. Hoffman. 2:06.71

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Hines, 3. Grant, 4. Cummins, 5. Hery, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Bell. 2:08.44

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Bacon, 3. Shuman, 4. Andretti, 5. Leary, 6. Chapple, 7. Swanson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Leary, 3. Clauson, 4. Cockrum, 5. Jarrett, 6. Simon, 7. Hery, 8. Chapple, 9. Hoffman, 10. Robbins, 11. Swanson, 12. Kobylarz, 13. Gurley, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Carson Short, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brady Short, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Scotty Weir, 22. Landon Simon. NT

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**Swanson, Kobylarz, and Bell flipped during the Semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Thomas, Laps 15-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-298; 2-Thomas-284; 3-Ballou-280; 4-Darland-271; 5-Bacon-257; 6-Stanbrough-229; 7-Windom/Grant-223; 9-Leary-221; 10-Boespflug-205.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: February 28 - Gibsonton, FL - East Bay Raceway - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway Park - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

THOMAS TACKLES EAST BAY FOR FIRST WIN OF 2015

(Gibsonton, Florida) February 26, 2015 -…Kevin Thomas, Jr. had not visited USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane since September of 2013, but he broke that winless streak on Thursday night with the 30-lap “Winter Dirt Games VI” feature win at East Bay Raceway Park. The Cullman, Alabama native made it his ninth-career win leading all but the opening half-lap and a brief moment before a yellow flag on lap 17.

With two events remaining in “Winter Dirt Games” at East Bay Raceway Park on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28, Thomas will go into the next races looking to give himself a chance at the “Triple Crown Challenge” posted by track supporters as a bonus to any driver who can win all three features.

Brady Bacon got the jump from the pole, but he bobbled off turn-two, allowing Thomas to dart past on the bottom. Dave Darland got a great start from row-three up into third, and C.J. Leary was up into the top-five running the high line before the first caution flew for Jarett Andretti spinning in turn-two.

On a longer green flag run, the lead trio of Thomas, Bacon, and Darland encountered traffic. Bacon got hung outside Trevor Kobylarz in turn-two, allowing Darland to get a run off the bottom and steal the second spot as they entered on the cushion in turn-three. On lap 17, Darland pulled a carbon-copy move on Thomas for the lead, but it wasn’t to be as a caution flew before the entire lap could be completed.

From there, Thomas was flawless at the front, negotiating some slower cars in the race’s final stages and winning by 1.026-seconds in the Bakken Concrete - Griffin’s Propane #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

“It feels great to be back in this car and to be back to winning. I can’t even explain how excited I am for this season. We’ve been running well, and tonight, we put it all together. It was tough to pass, but it was also really difficult to get around this place tonight. I gave Dave one opening and he caught me, but I was just lucky enough to get a second chance. Hopefully, we can qualify decent and give ourselves a chance again tomorrow,” Thomas said.

Darland stalked Thomas in the closing stages, but was unable to make a move through traffic, settling for second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

“My Phillips team gave me a really good car again tonight, but it was tough to pass up through there. It got pretty one lane on both ends, just one on the bottom and one on the top. We were in the right place at the right time to get both Brady and KT in traffic, but the caution just came at the wrong time to cost us the lead. You hate to lose one like that, but we were right in the hunt again, so we’ll try to put it up there again the rest of the weekend,” Darland said.

Defending series champion Bacon held on for the third spot in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

Leary came home fourth in the Leary Construction Company - Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar, and Tracy Hines came from 15th to finish fifth in The Carolina Nut Company - Hansen’s Welding #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.

AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship point leader Chase Stockon finished ninth after setting a new track record of 14.762 seconds in ProSource Qualifying.

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.762 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.931; 3. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.238; 4. Scotty Weir, 12x, Wolters-15.289; 5. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-15.291; 6. Carson Short, 21, Short-15.315; 7. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-15.367; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.368; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.416; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-15.454; 11. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-15.468; 12. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-15.470; 13. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-15.481; 14. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-15.502; 15. Chris Windom, 2, Lein-15.536; 16. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-15.543; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.564; 18. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.613; 19. Bryan Clauson, 41, SST-15.624; 20. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.669; 21. Chad Boespflug, 5, Baldwin-15.673; 22. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill/Dodd-15.717; 23. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.739; 24. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.792; 25. Chris Gurley, 11, Walker-15.817; 26. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-15.868; 27. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.871; 28. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-15.906; 29. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.914; 30. Justin Hoffman, M16, Hoffman-16.468; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.381.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Bacon, 4. Cummins, 5. Boespflug, 6. Grant, 7. Simon, 8. Gurley. 2:06.81

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. C.Short, 3. Jarrett, 4. Shuman, 5. Leary, 6. Swanson, 7. Hoffman, 8. Chapple. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Darland, 3. B.Short, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Windom, 6. Robbins, 7. Farney, 8. Bell. 2:13.34

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Andretti, 3. Thomas, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Cockrum, 6. Hery, 7. Weir. 2:15.14

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Boespflug, 3. Cockrum, 4. Grant, 5. Windom, 6. Swanson, 7. Farney, 8. Gurley, 9. Simon, 10. Chapple, 11. Robbins, 12. Hery, 13. Bell, 14. Weir. 3:24.94

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Brady Short, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Carson Short, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Shane Cockrum, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Kody Swanson, 24. Kyle Robbins. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Thomas.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-236; 2-Thomas-222; 3-Bacon-220; 4-Ballou-211; 5-Darland-204; 6-Windom-196; 7-Stanbrough-189; 8-Leary-176; 9-Boespflug-164; 10-Grant-162.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: February 27 - Gibsonton, FL - East Bay Raceway Park - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

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DARLAND STRETCHES USAC NATIONAL WIN STREAK TO 23 YEARS WITH OCALA WIN

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - “Winter Dirt Games VI” ……….
Dave Darland added to the most impressive streak in USAC history on Sunday night at Bubba Raceway Park, as he added another AMSOIL National Sprint Car win to his list to make it 23 consecutive seasons with at least one win in a USAC National series. The Lincoln, Indiana veteran scored the victory on the third of three consecutive nights at the 3/8-mile “D”-shaped dirt track in Ocala, Fla. as part of “Winter Dirt Games VI” which resumes this week on Feb. 26-27-28 at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla.

Darland’s all-time record 54th National Sprint Car win came in flag-to-flag fashion aboard the Phillips Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

“My crew had to work their (tails) off just to get the car ready for the feature after some issues in the heat race and then gave me a great car even without having much chance to keep up with the track. We have just had some bad luck out of the gate, but tonight was a great way to rebound. It’s good to be down here while it’s snowing at home, and I can drink a beer to celebrate while it’s warm outside. And it’s good to get my first win in the state of Florida!” Darland said.

Darland led at the start over polesitter Chris Windom, while Robert Ballou was the early man on the move, jumping into the top-five in just a few laps after starting tenth. A red flag on lap six brought things to a screeching halt as Brady Short flipped hard into turn three and collected Landon Simon.Neither driver was hurt.

After a tangle on the ensuing restart, Ballou found himself bringing out the next caution as he slid to a stop in turn-three, giving up the fifth spot but restarting at the tail. Under that caution, defending champion and current point leader Brady Bacon pulled to the infield. He started the night as the ProSource “Fast Time” winner, but registered a DNF in the feature.

From there, the race went green and, despite losing brakes on lap-five,Darland was able to pull away from the field. He encountered very little lapped traffic, but handled it with ease en route to a 2.482-second victory over Windom, who found the podium for the second night in a row aboard the Lein Acres - Mid-State Equipment #2 DRC/Speedway Mopar.

“You always want to win, but I can’t be much happier with the weekend we put together. To get two podium finishes with a brand new deal and guys new to sprint car racing - I’m just fortunate Hans (Lein) gave me a ride down here. I had to get in below the hole in one, but I dropped down a little in three and four which seemed to help. Dave was just too far out at that point,” Windom said.

Jon Stanbrough also planted his brand new operation on the podium to end the weekend, as well, as he ran third in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

“To come out of here with two top-fives with a brand new team is pretty good, and we have things going in the right direction. It’s nice to have all the people supporting us, and commenting about how much they like the car,even. We have a good group of people working on this and supporting us.Daryl (Tate) is really easy to work with for me, and hopefully we can keep improving and knock some wins down. It’s been a lot of work in a very short amount of time to get this together, and it’s been stressful to get it all together and there’s still much more to do when we get home, but I’m very grateful for all the support,” Stanbrough said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. found himself back in the top-five on Saturday nightaboard the Bakken Concrete - Griffin’s Propane #17RW Maxim/Fisher, and new point leader Chase Stockon rounded out the top-five in the Superior Tank &Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

C.J. Leary earned the ProSource “Hard Charger Award” after driving from 17th to finish seventh.

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.088; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-14.206; 3. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.209; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-14.256; 5. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.313; 6. Chris Windom, 2, Lein-14.342; 7. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill/Dodd-14.368; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.384; 9. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-14.397; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.458; 11. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-14.477; 12. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-14.485; 13. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.496; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.532; 15. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.595; 16. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-14.606; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.632; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.673; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.726; 20. Chad Boespflug, 5, Baldwin-14.765; 21. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-14.778; 22. Chris Gurley, 11, Walker-14.839; 23. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-14.904; 24. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-14.933; 25. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.258; 26. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.618; 27. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-15.961; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.135; 29. Bryan Clauson, 41, SST-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Hines, 4. Robbins, 5. Leary, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Chapple. 2:01.19

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Windom, 4. Gurley, 5. Andretti, 6. Jarrett, 7. Simon. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. C.Short, 3. Grant, 4. Farney, 5. Shuman, 6. Swanson, 7. Wolters. 2:02.91

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Stockon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Cockrum, 6. Bell, 7. Spithaler. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Cockrum, 2. Shuman, 3. Leary, 4. Andretti, 5. Simon, 6. Swanson, 7. Jarrett, 8. Chapple, 9. Mellenberndt, 10. Wolters, 11. Bell. 3:06.20

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Kyle Robbins, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Carson Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Brady Short, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Logan Jarrett. NT

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**Brady Short & Landon Simon flipped on Lap 6 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Darland.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-187; 2-Windom-162; 3-Bacon-160; 4-Ballou-158; 5-Thomas-156; 6-Stanbrough-150; 7-Grant-146; 8-Darland-136; 9-Boespflug-119; 10-Leary-116.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: February 26 - Gibsonton, FL - East Bay Raceway - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

Defending AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Brady Bacon wasted very little time getting himself into the win column with the 2015 tour, as he led all thirty laps and held on after a final-lap challenge from Chase Stockon to take Saturday’s “Winter Dirt Games VI” 30-lapper. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver’s ninth-career victory put him back into the point lead as the series continues Sunday night at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala for the third round of the six-race race “Winter Dirt Games” series in Florida.

Bacon got the jump on fellow front-row starter Chris Windom, as Stockon ran the high side into the third-spot in the early laps. A few laps later, Stockon turned underneath Windom off turn-four to take the second spot. The race went nearly to the halfway point before a yellow, negating a chance for Stockon to use traffic to pass Bacon, who was slowed up behind the tail of the field.

Just as the leaders again approach the back of the field, Kyle Robbins stopped after contact with Shane Cockrum, who had slowed suddenly down the backstretch. With a three-lap dash to the checkered, Stockon tried a new approach to go after Bacon. On the final lap, he entered turn-one higher and came out of turn-two with enough momentum to pull alongside Bacon down the backstretch. The two nearly touched as they moved through the final corners, with Bacon throttling to the checkered with his front wheels in the air for the $5,000 victory.

It was the 87th win all-time for the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.
“He got a good run on us there and drove it in about as far as he could without making contact, which is exactly what I would have done in the same situation. We’ve seen both extremes of track conditions now and been good on both, so that’s a great feeling going forward. It’s a relief to get that first win of the season, as they can be elusive sometimes. We had a hiccup with an engine issue on practice night, but these guys are champions for a reason and have had us ready to go the last two nights,” Bacon said.

Stockon, who started the night by taking the ProSource “Fast Time Award,” made it two podium finishes in a row as he stalked Bacon to the checkered in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

“I could just about throw up after coming that close. The drive to win races makes this one hard to swallow, but we feel good about coming out and being this good on such different tracks. We like to see tracks that are completely different like that, and it’s definitely tested us. I knew I had to change something to have a shot at him at the end, and I thought I could make that work down through one and two. I closed up on him but wanted to keep it clean,” Stockon said.

Chris Windom made it a successful second night aboard the Lein Acres - Mid-State Equipment #2 DRC/Speedway Mopar as he rounded out the podium.

“We’ve made big improvements with this car every time we’ve hit the track. Tonight was tough with dealing with some rough, and dodging the holes a bit. It’s actually gone smoother than I expected to bring out a whole new sprint car deal, and I’m excited to keep working on it and try to gain speed every time we go out. I’m grateful to Hans (Lein) for putting me in his car, and hopefully we can make something of it,” Windom said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. finished fourth in the Bakken Concrete - Griffin’s Propane #17RW Maxim/Fisher, and Kyle Cummins came from ninth to round out the top-five in the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced.

Jon Stanbrough picked up the ProSource “Hard Charger Award” after advancing from 20th to finish 14th.

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.475; 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.593; 3. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.637; 4. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.698; 5. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-14.706; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-14.768; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.882; 8. Bryan Clauson, 41, SST-14.882; 9. Chris Windom, 2, Lein-14.911; 10. Kyle Cummins, 14.927; 11. Aaron Farney, 14.936; 12. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.938; 13. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.984; 14. Chad Boespflug, 5, Baldwin-15.106; 15. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.118; 16. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill/Dodd-15.136; 17. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-15.160; 18. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-15.185; 19. Chris Gurley, 11, Walker-15.296; 20. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.335; 21. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-15.340; 22. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.404; 23. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-15.569; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.649; 25. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.779; 26. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-15.846; 27. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-15.939; 28. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.958; 29. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-16.425; 30. Thomas McCance, 22JR, McCance-16.880; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.948.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Hines, 3. Grant, 4. Stockon, 5. Cockrum, 6. Spithaler, 7. Chapple, 8. Mellenberndt. 1:59.76

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Ballou, 3. Thomas, 4. Boespflug, 5. Swanson, 6. Cummins, 7. Andretti, 8. McCance. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Gurley, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Farney, 5. Leary, 6. C.Short, 7. Bell, 8. Wolters. 1:57.31

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Shuman, 3. Darland, 4. Daum, 5. Clauson, 6. Robbins, 7. Simon. 1:58.16

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. C.Short, 2. Clauson, 3. Cummins, 4. Robbins, 5. Leary, 6. Swanson, 7. Chapple, 8. Spithaler, 9. Mellenberndt, 10. Bell, 11. Andretti, 12. Simon, 13. Cockrum, 14. Wolters, 15. McCance. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Carson Short, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Brady Short, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Casey Shuman. NT

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**Andretti flipped during the Semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bacon.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Bacon-134; 2-Stockon-132; 3-Ballou-119; 4-Windom-98; 5-Thomas-93; 6-Grant-91; 7-Stanbrough-88; 8-Boespflug-86; 9-C.Short-79; 10-B.Short-73.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: February 22 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

February 20, 2015 (Ocala, Florida)…….Robert Ballou opened the 2015 AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship much the way he ended last season as he fended off 2014 series champion Brady Bacon and drove away for the opening night win in “Winter Dirt Games VI” at Bubba Raceway Park.

The Rocklin, California driver hit double-digits in career wins as he took the Ballou Motorsports - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott to a 2.165-second victory in round one of the six-race tour of Florida that continues the next two nights at Bubba Raceway Park on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22 before the series heads to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. for three more races on February 26-27-28.

“I felt like this place owed me one after losing one with a flat tire a couple years back. We kept our deal together, and Derrick Bye kept working hard to keep this momentum rolling. We’re working with the same car that won Oval Nationals to end last year. I knew we were in a tough spot as we hit traffic, and Bacon can get off the bottom so well here. But we battled back and got by him, and that’s a great feeling,” Ballou said.

Ballou began from the pole and led early over Justin Grant & Jon Stanbrough, as Bacon battled from row three after setting the ProSource “Fast Time Award” to open the night. Bacon tracked down Ballou as he encountered slower cars on lap ten, and Bacon snuck past him to the lead on lap 12.

Ballou countered, though, and swept back past Bacon down the backstretch, holding him off as they came to complete lap 14. A lap later, Kyle Cummins stopped to bring the race’s only caution.

Ballou was unmatched after the restart, as Chase Stockon, who had just entered the top-five after falling back early in the race, began to march up on the high side. He caught Bacon and slid past into turn-one to take the second spot. In the final laps, Ballou again caught traffic but Stockon could only bite a small chunk out of his margin.

Stockon came home a strong second in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

“We have changed a lot of things since this time last year, and it felt good to get rolling on the top and go by some really good guys. Our program doesn’t get much credit when the track goes slick, so it’s satisfying to get rolling so well when the track got black. We have seen a lot of different conditions now on this track, and seem to do pretty well with all of them,” Stockon said.

Defending champion Bacon came home third in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

“This is exactly the type of track we’ve struggled with the most, so tonight was good to get ourselves closer and be in contention for the win. I was better than Robert early in the race and got to him, but he was way better than us at the end. I finally moved up high after Chase got by me, and I was better up there, but it was too late to get anything going. We’re happy with the progress we’ve made,” Bacon said.

Jon Stanbrough opened up his venture of starting his own team with a strong fourth-place finish aboard the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D, while Grant rounded out the top-five in the Mark Hery Motorsports - Dick’s Paint & Body #40 DRC/Claxton.

Bryan Clauson overcame obstacles in the heat to transfer from the Semi-Feature in the SST Motorsports #41 back-up car before going from 21st to 9th in the feature, earning the ProSource “Hard Charger Award.”

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.454; 2. Bryan Clauson, 41, SST-14.620; 3. Shane Cockrum, 66, Wade-14.788; 4. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips-14.835; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-14.865; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.917; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, JSR-14.923; 8. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.974; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.069; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.108; 11. Kyle Cummins, 21x, Pollock-15.122; 12. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.191; 13. Chris Windom, 2, Lein-15.203; 14. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-15.204; 15. Carson Short, 21, Short-15.308; 16. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.327; 17. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-15.422; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.491; 19. Chad Boespflug, 5, Baldwin-15.537; 20. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.570; 21. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.675; 22. Casey Shuman, 21x, Barnhill/Dodd-15.702; 23. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-15.885; 24. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-15.963; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-16.151; 26. Isaac Chapple, 7G, Goacher-16.165; 27. Chris Gurley, 11, Walker-16.231; 28. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-16.250; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.604; 30. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-16.614; 31. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. B.Short, 3. Bacon, 4. Windom, 5. Thomas, 6. Andretti, 7. Spithaler, 8. Bell. 2:07.88

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Shuman, 3. Stockon, 4. Leary, 5. Clauson, 6. Simon, 7. Wolters. 2:11.94

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Cummins, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Cockrum, 5. Swanson, 6. Gurley, 7. Carlsson, 8. C.Short. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Daum, 3. Jarrett, 4. Farney, 5. Robbins, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Darland. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. C.Short, 3. Simon, 4. Swanson, 5. Robbins, 6. Clauson, 7. Andretti, 8. Spithaler, 9. Gurley, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Wolters, 12. Darland, 13. Carlsson, 14. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brady Short, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Carson Short, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Zach Daum, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Chris Gurley, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Tracy Hines. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Ballou, Lap 12 Bacon, Laps 13-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-68; 2-Bacon-66; 3-Stockon-64; 4-Stanbrough-57; 5-Grant-56; 6-B.Short-52; 7-Boespflug-50; 8-Cockrum-48; 9-Leary-38; 10-Windom-36.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: February 21 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - “Winter Dirt Games VI”

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UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

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BARBERVILLE, FL. (Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015) – Daryn Pittman recently gave one of his prized gator trophies to a friend whose battling an illness. His daughter demanded he get another and he did just that at Volusia Speedway Park Thursday.

Pittman held off a charging Donnie Schatz the final four laps following a caution to score his nine career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory. Pittman’s victory was by .078 seconds. Schatz, who started 15th, had the crowd on their feet the final handful of laps as he continuously challenged for the win.

“If you didn’t enjoy that don’t bother even coming back because that’s about as good as it gets,” said Pittman beside his Kasey Kahn/Mike Curb owned machine.

“This is pretty special. I have a good buddy of mine back in Brownsburg, Indiana named Ben that’s battling some illness right now and I gave him the one gator that I had this winter. And my wife Mandy said ‘you know your daughter loves that, it’s a pretty special trophy…the first one you got here.’ I said ‘you know what I have five chances to come down here and win one of these.’ My daughter watched it on TV and she’s upset that she’s not here in victory lane. She recognizes this place as the gator race track. So this is going back to here,” added Pittman beside his Great Clips/Sage Fruit/Team ASE/Curb Records/Factory Kahne backed #9.

“I have to thank my guys. Kale (Kahne)…I didn’t believe him…he kept telling me to run around the top down there (in turns one and two) and I’m thinking ‘I don’t know if that’s a good idea or not.’ Just stuck with it and I’m glad we stuck with our line and won it that way. Hats off to Donny (Schatz). He raced me clean. He could have definitely ate me up there on the back stretch,” concluded Pittman. “Hats off to the entire team, Giggles (Josh Heidcamp, Willie (Kahne) and Kolten (Gouse). This is a big win to get the year started off right.

Schatz put on the show though from his 15th starting position in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Bad Boy Buggies machine.

“I have a great race team…these guys do a phenomenal job. It was a good enough race car to win, I just gave it everything I had…I just probably didn’t use up enough race track there. It’s fun to be able to race two wide and race clean and battle to the checkers and give the fans a great race,” said Schatz, the defending World of Outlaws champion.

In the second third of the race it looked like Brad Sweet might power to the victory. But, the Grassvalley, California driver could not chase down his teammate and Schatz.

“I probably burned my tire up there a little bit but I can’t really complain. It was a great race and a great race track. Daryn and Donnie had a pretty good battle up there…probably two of the best in the business,” said Sweet beside his Ollie’s Bargain Outlet/Avantage Health/Sage Fruit/Team ASE/Curb Records/Factory Kahne Shocks backed #49.

“My guys are working really hard on we’re gaining on it. I really appreciate Mike Carber, Austin Wenrich, Red Cat (Rob Beattie), Ty Sipes and Justin Adams…we have a pretty good crew here. It was good to come out here and run good as we start our season tomorrow,” added Sweet.

Pittman and Danny Lasoski would bring the field to green for the fifth UNOH All Star feature of 2015. Pittman would drive into the lead over Lasoski, Kerry Madsen, Lucas Wolfe, the previous night’s winner Greg Hodnett and Sweet.

Lasoski would slip up the track on lap four allowing Madsen to drive into second as the leaders found the back of the pack by lap six. By lap 10 Pittman was in heavy lapped traffic as Sweet powered into second utilizing the extreme high line while Madsen, Lasoski and Hodnett gave chase.

At the half-way point Sweet was closing rapidly on Pittman and drove around the leader to take the point as they crossed the start-finish line on lap 17. However, Pittman would drive the bottom grove in turns one and two to regain the lead.

The first caution would fly on lap 22 with Pittman leading Sweet, Madsen, Lasoski, Hodnett and a closing Schatz who was working the bottom line to perfection. On the restart Schatz would drive under three cars to take third.

Another caution would fly on lap 23 and the crowed was eagerly anticipating the restart to see if Schatz could take the lead. When the race resumed Schatz would blast under Sweet for second and drove right to the rear bumper of Pittman. But, the caution would fly on lap 25 for Wolfe who had a flat tire and would retire from the race.

When the green flew again Pittman had his hands full with Schatz as Sweet and Madsen battled for third but Lasoski would experience problems and spin to bring out the final caution with just four laps to go.

Pittman would not budge from his high line in turns one and two on the restart and Schatz pulled beside him. But, Pittman’s momentum would keep him in the lead. The lead duo would race nose to tail over the next three laps.

When they exited turn four coming to the finish, Schatz gave it one final try and came up just a fraction of a second short.

Behind Pittman, Schatz and Sweet were Hodnett, Madsen, Joey Saldana, David Gravel, Cody Darrah, Jason Sides and Terry McCarl.

The New UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will begin their battle for the $100,000 point fund on March 28 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is the original winged sprint car tour. Follow the All Stars during their 50 plus race season on Twitter.com/@ASCoC, www.facebook.com/AllStarCircuitofChampions and www.Instagram.com/AllStarSprints using the hashtag #TheNewAllStars. An all new website has been launched at www.AllStarSprint.com

Volusia Speedway Park - 2/12/2015
UNOH Night

All Star Circuit of Champions (31 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Qualifying -
1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.912; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.992; 3. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 13.013; 4. 1-Lucas Wolfe, 13.022; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.031; 6. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.039; 7. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.066; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.072; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.072; 10. 83-David Gravel, 13.094; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.111; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.123; 13. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.186; 14. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.193; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.201; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.204; 17. 63-Kody Swanson, 13.215; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.223; 19. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.272; 20. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 13.279; 21. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.297; 22. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.345; 23. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.376; 24. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.389; 25. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.405; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.407; 27. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.417; 28. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.443; 29. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.457; 30. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon, 13.496; 31. i07-Steve Buckwalter, 13.585

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 15-Donny Schatz[1] ; 2. 59-Danny Holtgraver[2] ; 3. 51-Paul McMahan[4] ; 4. 83-David Gravel[3] ; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen[6] ; 6. 1-Lucas Wolfe[5] ; 7. 41-Jason Johnson[8] ; 8. 45-Tim Shaffer[7] ; 9. 11-Steve Kinser[9] ; 10. i07-Steve Buckwalter[11] ; 11. 4S-Danny Smith[10]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 24-Terry McCarl[2] ; 2. 63-Kody Swanson[1] ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman[6] ; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[4] ; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky[8] ; 6. 7S-Jason Sides[3] ; 7. 2-Shane Stewart[5] ; 8. 4-Cody Darrah[10] ; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[7] ; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen[9]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 11K-Kraig Kinser[2] ; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett[4] ; 3. 2L-Danny Lasoski[6] ; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1] ; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana[3] ; 6. 98H-Dave Blaney[5] ; 7. 14K-Dale Blaney[7] ; 8. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon[10] ; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah[8]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 9-Daryn Pittman[1] ; 2. 2L-Danny Lasoski[2] ; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen[3] ; 4. 51-Paul McMahan[5] ; 5. 98H-Dave Blaney[4] ; 6. 1-Lucas Wolfe[6]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 41-Jason Johnson[5] ; 2. 11-Steve Kinser[7] ; 3. 4-Cody Darrah[11] ; 4. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon[12] ; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[3] ; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer[2] ; 7. 77X-Wayne Johnson[9] ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen[8] ; 9. 2-Shane Stewart[1] ; 10. 4S-Danny Smith[10]

A-Main - (30 Laps)
1. 9-Daryn Pittman[1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[15]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[7]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett[8]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen[3]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana[11]; 7. 83-David Gravel[9]; 8. 4-Cody Darrah[23]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides[10]; 10. 24-Terry McCarl[13]; 11. 98H-Dave Blaney[5]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson[20]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart[17]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser[14]; 15. 59-Danny Holtgraver[12]; 16. 63-Kody Swanson[16]; 17. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon[24]; 18. 2L-Danny Lasoski[2]; 19. 1-Lucas Wolfe[6]; 20. 11-Steve Kinser[22]; 21. 51-Paul McMahan[4]; 22. 7-Craig Dollansky[21]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[19]; 24. 45-Tim Shaffer[18]
Hard Charger: 4-Cody Darrah[+15]

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UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

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BARBERVILLE, FL. (Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015) – Greg Hodnett has served noticed. His Mike Heffner team will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015.

The Thomasville, Pennsylvania driver was able to maneuver through traffic and led all 30 laps at Volusia Speedway Park to claim the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory.

Hodnett’s victory stops a three race win streak for Kerry Madsen.

It was the 81st appearance of Tony Stewart’s New All Star Circuit of Champions at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. For Hodnett it was his 19th career series victory and the second All Star win at Volusia for the driver of the Lelands.com/Eagle Steel/Trone Outdoor machine.

“We qualified well and got a great run in the dash to put us up front and that helped tremendously. The guys gave me a perfect race car. There were times in traffic where I was hand over hand…it was a handful on the cushion at times,” said Hodnett.

“We are working with a new Triple X chassis this year and tried some things and it worked and I got one of these gator trophies,” added Hodnett.

Danny Lasoski, who set the fastest lap in qualifications, took second from Paul McMahan on lap 23 but couldn’t catch Hodnett in traffic.

“I have to thank Todd Quiring for giving me this opportunity. It’s great to be back with Guy Forbrook and I’m extremely excited for the season,” said Lasoski, who leads all drivers with 16 career All Stars wins at Volusia.

“I spun my wheels on the start and that’s what cost me. You can’t give someone like Greg that kind of an advantage,” added Lasoski.

Brad Sweet would drive his Kasey Kahne Racing entry into third on lap 23 after having started seventh on the racy half mile.

“We missed it a little in time trials and you just can’t do that with the level of talent we have here. It was a great first night for our Ollie’s Bargain Outlets, Avantage health, Sage Fruit, Team ASE car,” said Sweet.

“My hands and arms hurt. I have to get in racing shape but I had a lot of fun tonight and can’t wait until tomorrow,” added Sweet.

Hodnett and Lasoski would bring the field to green for their 30 lap main event but eighth place starter Joey Saldana would spin coming out of turn four, with most of the field narrowly missing “The Brownsburg Bullet.

Donny Schatz and Dave Blaney would also get together in turn one and a red was brought out so that crews could separate the two machines.

When the green came back out, Hodnett set sail as McMahan, Lasoski, Kerry Madsen, Sweet and Dale Blaney gave chase.

The caution flew on lap two when Cody Darrah and Lucas Wolfe spun in turn two. When the race resumed it would go to the end without stoppage.

Hodnett would pull away to a commanding lead while the action for second was heating up between McMahan, Lasoski and Madsen. Hodnett would race into traffic by the 10th circuit.

Hodnett would patiently pick off the lapped cars as McMahan and Lasoski were unable to make up any ground.

With 10 laps to go Hodnett continued to work through traffic as once again McMahan, Lasoski and now Sweet tried to hunt him down. On lap 23 McMahan tried to drive under a lapped car and slid up the track allowing Lasoski and Sweet to get by.

Hodnett would drive to the win over Lasoski, Sweet, McMahan, Madsen, Daryn Pittman (up from 13th), David Gravel (up from 15th), Blaney, Jason Johnson (up from 14th) and Jason Sides would round out the top 10.

The New UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions will be back in action Thursday, Feb. 12 at Volusia Speedway Park.

Tickets to the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park are on sale at www.DIRTcarNationals.com. The Volusia events will also be broadcast by DIRTVision on the award winning www.DIRTVision.com.
Fans can follow the UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions on Twitter, @ASCoC, and join the conversation using the hashtag #TheNewAllstars. Like us on Facebook and post your favorite All Star pictures on Instagram. The series official website remains www.AllStarSprint.com
Volusia Speedway Park - 2/11/2015
UNOH Night

All Star Circuit of Champions (28 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Qualifying -
1. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 13.039; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.082; 3. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.094; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.109; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.112; 6. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.143; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.145; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.183; 9. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.189; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.215; 11. 63-Kody Swanson, 13.231; 12. 1-Lucas Wolfe, 13.251; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.273; 14. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.349; 15. 83-David Gravel, 13.351; 16. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.391; 17. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.420; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 13.422; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.430; 20. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.464; 21. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.481; 22. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.482; 23. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.511; 24. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.553; 25. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon, 13.566; 26. i07-Steve Buckwalter, 13.600; 27. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.673; 28. 71MX-Paul May, 99.990

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 9-Daryn Pittman[2] ; 2. 11-Steve Kinser[1] ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[4] ; 4. 2L-Danny Lasoski[6] ; 5. 4-Cody Darrah[8] ; 6. 14K-Dale Blaney[5] ; 7. 15-Donny Schatz[3] ; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser[7] ; 9. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon[9]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 41-Jason Johnson[2] ; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana[4] ; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett[6] ; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen[5] ; 6. 63-Kody Swanson[3] ; 7. 77X-Wayne Johnson[7] ; 8. 59-Danny Holtgraver[8] ; 9. i07-Steve Buckwalter[9]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 83-David Gravel[2] ; 2. 98H-Dave Blaney[4] ; 3. 1-Lucas Wolfe[3] ; 4. 51-Paul McMahan[6] ; 5. 7S-Jason Sides[5] ; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky[8] ; 7. 45-Tim Shaffer[9] ; 8. 4S-Danny Smith[7] ; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[1]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 27-Greg Hodnett[2] ; 2. 2L-Danny Lasoski[1] ; 3. 51-Paul McMahan[4] ; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen[3] ; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney[5] ; 6. 7S-Jason Sides[6]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 15-Donny Schatz[1] ; 2. 77X-Wayne Johnson[4] ; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[2] ; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer[9] ; 5. 59-Danny Holtgraver[6] ; 6. 4S-Danny Smith[5] ; 7. i07-Steve Buckwalter[8] ; 8. 12-Robbie Stillwaggon[7] ; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser[3]

A-Main - (30 Laps)
1. 27-Greg Hodnett[1]; 2. 2L-Danny Lasoski[2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[7]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan[3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen[4]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman[13]; 7. 83-David Gravel[15]; 8. 14K-Dale Blaney[5]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson[14]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides[6]; 11. 11-Steve Kinser[16]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz[11]; 13. 7-Craig Dollansky[21]; 14. 10H-Chad Kemenah[17]; 15. 71M-Joey Saldana[8]; 16. 4-Cody Darrah[19]; 17. 59-Danny Holtgraver[22]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[18]; 19. 1-Lucas Wolfe[12]; 20. 63-Kody Swanson[10]; 21. 98H-Dave Blaney[9]; 22. 4S-Danny Smith[20]; 23. 45-Tim Shaffer[23]; 24. 77X-Wayne Johnson[24]
Hard Charger: 83-David Gravel[+8]

©2015 - Results Provided by: Computer Man Inc.

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