NASCAR star holds back Hoffman, brother Ty, to kick off DIRTcar Nationals
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 10, 2015 — NASCAR superstar Austin Dillon held off North Carolina’s Nick Hoffman on a green-white-checkered finish to win Tuesday night’s DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified opener at Volusia Speedway Park.
Dillon built a big advantage from the pole as Hoffman and Dillon’s brother, Ty, surged forward. A late caution bunched the field, giving Hoffman and Ty Dillon one last shot at victory, but Austin Dillon executed a perfect restart and Hoffman wound up settling for second with Ty Dillon in third.
“It’s a great start to our week, it always has been,” said Dillon, who drives for his legendary grandfather Richard Childress in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “I love coming here. It definitely gets your confidence up when you come out the first night and win one. We have a long week ahead of us and hopefully I can get some more wins. I just hope it’s not like when you go fishing and you catch one on the first cast.”
Jake Hawkins was fourth and Kenny Wallace charged 10 spots to round out the top five.
In other action Tuesday at Volusia, Dave Blaney, the 1995 World of Outlaws champion who has been racing in NASCAR the past two decades, turned the quickest lap of the night in 12.724 seconds at more than 140 mph during sprint car open practice around the half-mile dirt oval.
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 21. Wednesday night’s action features Tony Stewart’s UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series joining the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds.
DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 10, 2015; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.
DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) – 1. (3) Austin Dillon ($1,000), 2. (2) Nick Hoffman, 3. (41) Ty Dillon, 4. (13) Jake Hawkins, 5. (36) Kenny Wallace, 6. (1G) Devin Gilpin, 7. (77) Ray Bollinger, 8. (64JR) Billy Workman Jr., 9. (25) Tyler Nicely, 10. (54S) Paul Snyder, 11. (O1) Todd Sherman, 12. (67) Garret Stewart, 13. (9) Ken Schrader, 14. (51G) Brandon Green, 15. (96) Cory Daugherty, 16. (K9) Will Krup, 17. (16C) Josh Harris, 18. (22T) Tony Anderson, 19. (85S) Mike Smith, 20. (85) Kent Robinson, 21. (54B) Larry Burkins, 22. (28) Paul Miles, 23. (51) Justin Allgaier, 24. (17JE) J.E. Stalder.
DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.)
Wednesday, Feb. 11 – UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Thursday, Feb. 12 – UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Friday, Feb. 13 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Saturday, Feb. 14 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Sunday, Feb. 15 – World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Monday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds ‘Gator Championship’
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Triple 20s
Wednesday, Feb. 18 – DIRTcar Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
Thursday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
Friday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
Saturday, Feb. 21 – World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds