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Outside of the locked entrance at Volusia Speedway Park, a long line of excited fans wait for the gates to open, letting them into the grandstands for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars portion of the 48th annual running of the DIRTcar Nationals. 

The world-class dirt racing event takes place each February in Florida, showcasing the premier series of the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar families in one spot over the course of 12 days. Drivers and fans come from all over the United States and Canada to compete and enjoy the world's best display of dirt racing. One man has made the trek all the way from Uganda. He came to the United States for a conference but insisted that he had to see the Sprint Cars while in Florida. 

 

Brandon Sheppard shows off his Big Gator Trophy with World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter holding an actual gator from Smooth Waters Wildlife Park.

Sheppard’s fourth win, Wight’s runner-up earn ‘Big Gator’ trophies

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 16, 2019 — In one of the most remarkable weeks in the history of the DIRTcar Nationals, Brandon Sheppard found a way to the front Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park to win his fourth consecutive World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature.

Wight blasts cushion for wild Super DIRTcar Series victory

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 15, 2019 — For the third consecutive night at Volusia Speedway Park, Brandon Sheppard found a way to the front of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature on Friday and parked his Rocket Chassis in Victory Lane at the DIRTcar Nationals.

Sheppard, the 2017 series champion, started third and ran down Tim McCreadie and Chris Madden on Laps 8 and 9, drove under them to grab the lead on Lap 10, then weaved through traffic until a caution with 11 to go.

Matt Sheppard celebrates his first Gator Trophy of the 2019 DIRTcar Nationals

Brandon Sheppard doubles up on World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series wins

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 14, 2019 — After 29 laps of hold-your-breath racing on Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park, five-time Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds champion Matt Sheppard needed a swift move off the final corner splitting two lapped cars to edge NASCAR Truck Series standout Stewart Friesen at the checkered flag for his first DIRTcar Nationals victory of 2019.

Right from the green flag the intensity was high. Peter Britten, Jessey Mueller and Sheppard went three-wide for the lead down the backstretch before the legendary Danny Johnson slid sideways behind them and barrel-rolled into turn three. The second start was just as wild as the first. First it was Britten on point, then Mueller, then Friesen, then Sheppard.

Don O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard and Josh Richards celebrate in Victory Lane Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park

Decker fights off Wight, Pauch in Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds thriller

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 13, 2019 — The #1 Rocket Chassis Dirt Late Model has always been a threat to win through the years at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals, and Brandon Sheppard proved its dominance again Wednesday night for his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory of the year.

While Sheppard was so smooth and mistake-free up front in the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win feature, it was a wild race behind him with cars charging and fading all night. Don O’Neal was as far back as 16th before mounting a surge to second, while former DIRTcar Nationals champion Josh Richards battled all race on top and bottom of the half-mile dirt oval to finish third. Chase Junghans’ hot start continued with a fourth-place run for his third top-five in three races, and Jonathan Davenport rounded out the top five by powering from 15th to fifth.

Kyle Stricker celebrates his $5,000 Gator Championship victory at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals

Marlar wins thriller over Lanigan, Bloomquist to launch DIRTcar Late Model week

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 11, 2019 — Kyle Strickler survived a wild finish to win the DIRTcar Nationals Gator Championship Monday night at Volusia Speedway Park.

David Stremme jumped out to a quick lead, but Strickler charged to the point on Lap 8 and then pulled away until he caught the back of the field with five to go in the 30-lap, $5,000-to-win showcase for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds.

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 10, 2019 – Mother Nature put a halt to Daryn Pittman’s quest for three wins in a row at Volusia Speedway Park, canceling Sunday’s Sprint Car event, but handed him his third DIRTcar Nationals championship. And the first for his new Roth Motorsports team.

“To do it with a different team makes it that much more special,” Pittman said about getting another golden gator. “For us to come out here and be as fast and consistent every time we hit the track just speaks volumes for the guys working on this team.”

Two Oklahomans swap lead four times in crowd-thriller

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 9, 2019 — Daryn Pittman and Christopher Bell waged an epic back-and-forth battle Saturday night at jam-packed Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals, with Pittman making his final charge with two to go for his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory to start the season.

Bell, a NASCAR Xfinity star and three-time Chili Bowl winner, led the first 18 laps before Pittman slid to the front on lap 19. Bell dove back in front a lap later then the two exchanged slidejobs for the lead on laps 26 and 27. Pittman regained the lead on Lap 28 and held off Bell to the checkered flag to complete the second caution-free 30-lap feature in a row.

Stewart, Bell complete first all-Oklahoma podium in series history

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 8, 2019 — The largest Friday night crowd in DIRTcar Nationals history witnessed Daryn Pittman win a caution-free thriller in the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series opener at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals.

Pittman, who led two sprint car races this week at Volusia only to finish second, reversed his fortune Friday when he chased down Shane Stewart with five laps to go and held him off to the checkered flag. NASCAR Xfinity star Christopher Bell raced to a third-place finish, completing the Outlaws’ first all Oklahoma-native podium in the series’ 41-year history.