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Kyle Strickler Owns Second Night of 49th DIRTcar Nationals

Two different winners in two nights highlight the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Volusia

by Matt Prieur

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 5, 2020 — The “High Side Tickler” Kyle Strickler powered his UMP Modified into the lead on the second night of the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford on Wednesday at Volusia Speedway Park, survived several restarts and cut off defending event champion Nick Hoffman in the final corner for a hard-earned victory.

“The car was really balanced on the top or the bottom so I could move around a little bit,” said Strickler, 35, of Mooresville, NC. “But clean air is so important here, so we went up to the top like we do sometimes, and we were able to stay out front. The worst thing you want to see here at Volusia is that blue nose (Nick Hoffman) creeping up on you. But we were able to stay out front, stayed up top and here we are.”

It was the seventh DIRTcar Nationals victory of Strickler’s career, moving him into a tie for fourth all-time in career wins with 2007 champion Steve Arpin.

Opening night winner Michael Long and Strickler brought the stacked 28-car field to the green flag in the 20-lap Feature. Long maintained the momentum on the inside lane to edge out ahead of Strickler. However, Strickler never let Long stray too far out front and on Lap 5 Strickler powered to the lead. He brought David Stremme, who started third, with him and the battle was on between the two rivals.

Strickler stuck his machine on the cushion left behind by the Sprint Car Feature earlier in the evening, and as he has done so often throughout his career, utilized that top lane to his advantage and began pulling away from Stremme and the rest of the field. Four-time and defending champion Hoffman, who started eighth, was able to slip past Stremme and set his sights on Strickler, but Strickler had built up a big enough lead to keep Hoffman and the rest of the pack safely behind him.

Hoffman settled for second as Stremme was third, Long fourth and Jason Hughes in fifth. Zeke McKenzie, for the second night in a row, had to come through a Last Chance Showdown and after starting 25th, worked his way up to an eighth place showing.

Night #3 of the 49th DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, Feb. 6, also includes the second night of racing for the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars presented by Mobil 1.

For more information about the 49th DIRTcar Nationals and to order tickets, please call: 1 (844) DIRT-TIX or log onto the website located at: dirtcarnationals.com You can also follow the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds portions of the DIRTcar Nationals throughout race week by visiting the DIRTcar Racing Social Media outlets. Just search for “DIRTcar Racing” on both Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates from Volusia Speedway Park and the 49th DIRTcar Nationals.

OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK, FEB. 5, 2020

Feature (20 Laps) — 1. 8KS-Kyle Strickler [2][$1,000]; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman [8][$600]; 3. 35-David Stremme [3][$400]; 4. 18L-Michael Long [1][$350]; 5. 12H-Jason Hughes [6][$300]; 6. 23-Ryan Cripe [15][$275]; 7. 25-Tyler Nicely [11][$250]; 8. 24-Zeke McKenzie [25][$225]; 9. 17TE-Tyler Evans [12][$200]; 10. K19-Will Krup [21][$200]; 11. 36-Kenny Wallace [10][$175]; 12. 5-Curt Spalding [16][$140]; 13. 49-Brian Ruhlman [4][$130]; 14. 67-Garret Stewart [20][$125]; 15. 6A-Ryan Ayers [13][$125]; 16. 75-Terry Phillips [28][$125]; 17. 95-Michael Altobelli [18][$125]; 18. 11H-Spencer Hughes [7][$125]; 19. 3L-Jeff Leka [24][$125]; 20. 22-Dale Kelley [9][$125]; 21. 65-Todd Sherman [22][$125]; 22. 31G-Stephen Pedulla [14][$125]; 23. 19-Chad Bauer [26][$125]; 24. 99M-Mike Mullen [19][$125]; 25. 96M-Mike McKinney [17][$125]; 26. 21-Taylor Cook [23][$100]; 27. 7JA-Justin Allgaier [27][$100]; 28. 7-Drake Troutman [5][$100]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Zeke McKenzie[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 11H-Spencer Hughes, 18.247; 2. 22-Dale Kelley, 18.39; 3. 2A-Donnie Moran, 18.553; 4. 96M-Mike McKinney, 18.556; 5. 11-Jesse Rupe, 18.564; 6. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 18.844; 7. 24-Zeke McKenzie, 19.003; 8. 11JH-Justin Haley, 19.047; 9. 4UW-Bobby Regot, 19.237; 10. 11M-Mike McGee, 19.269

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 35-David Stremme, 18.254; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace, 18.256; 3. 95-Michael Altobelli, 18.691; 4. 20-Tyler Hendrix, 18.921; 5. O5-Dave Wietholder, 19.059; 6. 17-Rob Pitcher, 19.174; 7. 9PG-Percy Gendreau, 19.376; 8. 6-Ryan Fowler, 19.591; 9. 14J-John Baker, 19.985; 10. 89W-Rick Weitekamp, 20.49

Qualifying Flight-C – 1. 12H-Jason Hughes, 18.424; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely, 18.569; 3. 7CT-Christian Thomas, 18.573; 4. 19-Chad Bauer, 18.683; 5. 99M-Mike Mullen, 18.826; 6. 22T-Tony Anderson, 18.859; 7. 71L-Dennis Lunger, 18.882; 8. 99-Hunt Gossum, 19.223; 9. 11N-Gene Nicholas, 19.399; 10. 61-Eric Hill, 19.493

Qualifying Flight-D – 1. 8KS-Kyle Strickler, 18.185; 2. 45J-Johnny Broking, 18.338; 3. 17TE-Tyler Evans, 18.433; 4. 67-Garret Stewart, 18.441; 5. 1-Brenden Rassel, 18.99; 6. 1M-Curt Myers, 19.017; 7. 100-Scott Fritz, 19.091; 8. 5F-Jerry Foster, 19.101; 9. Z06-Larry Mott, 19.479; 10. 1S-Brian Shaw, NT

Qualifying Flight-E – 1. 18L-Michael Long, 18.14; 2. K19-Will Krup, 18.527; 3. 6A-Ryan Ayers, 18.646; 4. 82-Austin Holcombe, 18.749; 5. 97-Mitch Thomas, 18.799; 6. 7JA-Justin Allgaier, 18.82; 7. 12-Jason Gross, 18.929; 8. 2J-Troy Johnson, 18.967; 9. OO-Buzzie Reutimann, 19.221; 10. 9-Sheldon Creed, 19.652

Qualifying Flight-F – 1. 7-Drake Troutman, 18.454; 2. 31G-Stephen Pedulla, 18.64; 3. 65-Todd Sherman, 18.643; 4. 7F-Bryan Foy, 18.725; 5. 17T-Michael Tarlton, 18.768; 6. 32-Chad Roush, 18.896; 7. 52-Colin Green, 18.918; 8. O1-Bryce Nichols, 19.322; 9. 25P-Robert Poole, 19.428; 10. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt, NT

Qualifying Flight-G – 1. 2-Nick Hoffman, 18.254; 2. 23-Ryan Cripe, 18.268; 3. 21-Taylor Cook, 18.532; 4. 77-Ray Bollinger, 18.591; 5. 88-Matt Crafton, 18.808; 6. A1-Gary Bentley, 18.95; 7. 24D-Travis Dickson, 19.044; 8. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt, 19.599; 9. 15-Rick Potter, 20.606

Qualifying Flight-H – 1. 8-Steve Stevenson, 18.211; 2. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 18.373; 3. 3L-Jeff Leka, 18.421; 4. 5-Curt Spalding, 18.507; 5. 12L-Lucas Lee, 18.568; 6. 7A-Shane Sabraski, 18.765; 7. 96-Cole Parker, 18.869; 8. 75-Terry Phillips, 19.005; 9. O7-Curtis King, 19.58

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 11H-Spencer Hughes [1]; 2. 22-Dale Kelley [2]; 3. 96M-Mike McKinney [4]; 4. 24-Zeke McKenzie [7]; 5. 90-Jason Beaulieu [6]; 6. 2A-Donnie Moran [3]; 7. 4UW-Bobby Regot [9]; 8. 11-Jesse Rupe [5]; 9. 11M-Mike McGee [10]; 10. 11JH-Justin Haley [8]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 35-David Stremme [1]; 2. 36-Kenny Wallace [2]; 3. 95-Michael Altobelli [3]; 4. O5-Dave Wietholder [5]; 5. 20-Tyler Hendrix [4]; 6. 17-Rob Pitcher [6]; 7. 14J-John Baker [9]; 8. 9PG-Percy Gendreau [7]; 9. 6-Ryan Fowler [8]; 10. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [10]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 12H-Jason Hughes [1]; 2. 25-Tyler Nicely [2]; 3. 99M-Mike Mullen [5]; 4. 19-Chad Bauer [4]; 5. 11N-Gene Nicholas [9]; 6. 61-Eric Hill [10]; 7. 7CT-Christian Thomas [3]; 8. 22T-Tony Anderson [6]; 9. 71L-Dennis Lunger [7]; 10. 99-Hunt Gossum [8]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 8KS-Kyle Strickler [1]; 2. 17TE-Tyler Evans [3]; 3. 67-Garret Stewart [4]; 4. 1M-Curt Myers [6]; 5. 1-Brenden Rassel [5]; 6. 100-Scott Fritz [7]; 7. 5F-Jerry Foster [8]; 8. Z06-Larry Mott [9]; 9. 45J-Johnny Broking [2]; 10. 1S-Brian Shaw [10]

Heat #5 – Flight (E) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 18L-Michael Long [1]; 2. 6A-Ryan Ayers [3]; 3. K19-Will Krup [2]; 4. 82-Austin Holcombe [4]; 5. 7JA-Justin Allgaier [6]; 6. 12-Jason Gross [7]; 7. 97-Mitch Thomas [5]; 8. 9-Sheldon Creed [10]; 9. 2J-Troy Johnson [8]; 10. OO-Buzzie Reutimann [9]

Heat #6 – Flight (F) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 7-Drake Troutman [1]; 2. 31G-Stephen Pedulla [2]; 3. 65-Todd Sherman [3]; 4. 7F-Bryan Foy [4]; 5. 17T-Michael Tarlton [5]; 6. 52-Colin Green [7]; 7. 25P-Robert Poole [9]; 8. 32-Chad Roush [6]; 9. O1-Bryce Nichols [8]; 10. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt [10]

Heat #7 – Flight (G) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 2-Nick Hoffman [1]; 2. 23-Ryan Cripe [2]; 3. 21-Taylor Cook [3]; 4. 88-Matt Crafton [5]; 5. 77-Ray Bollinger [4]; 6. 24D-Travis Dickson [7]; 7. A1-Gary Bentley [6]; 8. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt [8]; 9. 15-Rick Potter [9]

Heat #8 – Flight (H) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer – 1. 49-Brian Ruhlman [2]; 2. 5-Curt Spalding [4]; 3. 3L-Jeff Leka [3]; 4. 75-Terry Phillips [8]; 5. 8-Steve Stevenson [1]; 6. 7A-Shane Sabraski [6]; 7. 12L-Lucas Lee [5]; 8. O7-Curtis King [9]; 9. 96-Cole Parker [7]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) – Top 1 Transfer – 1. 24-Zeke McKenzie [1][-]; 2. O5-Dave Wietholder [2][-]; 3. 2A-Donnie Moran [5][-]; 4. 90-Jason Beaulieu [3][-]; 5. 11M-Mike McGee [11][$75]; 6. 17-Rob Pitcher [6][$75]; 7. 20-Tyler Hendrix [4][$75]; 8. 9PG-Percy Gendreau [10][$75]; 9. 14J-John Baker [8][$75]; 10. 6-Ryan Fowler [12][$75]; 11. 89W-Rick Weitekamp [14][$75]; 12. 4UW-Bobby Regot [7][$75]; 13. 11-Jesse Rupe [9][$75]; 14. 11JH-Justin Haley [13][$75]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 19-Chad Bauer [1][-]; 2. 1M-Curt Myers [2][-]; 3. 1-Brenden Rassel [4][-]; 4. 11N-Gene Nicholas [3][-]; 5. 71L-Dennis Lunger [11][$75]; 6. 5F-Jerry Foster [8][$75]; 7. Z06-Larry Mott [10][$75]; 8. 22T-Tony Anderson [9][$75]; 9. 100-Scott Fritz [6][$75]; 10. 7CT-Christian Thomas [7][$75]; 11. 61-Eric Hill [5][$75]; 12. 1S-Brian Shaw [14][$75]; 13. 45J-Johnny Broking [12][$75]; 14. 99-Hunt Gossum [13][$75]

Last Chance Showdown 3 (8 Laps) – 1. 7JA-Justin Allgaier [3][-]; 2. 82-Austin Holcombe [1][-]; 3. 12-Jason Gross [5][-]; 4. 97-Mitch Thomas [7][-]; 5. 9-Sheldon Creed [9][$75]; 6. 7F-Bryan Foy [2][$75]; 7. 17T-Michael Tarlton [4][$75]; 8. 2J-Troy Johnson [11][$75]; 9. O1-Bryce Nichols [12][$75]; 10. OO-Buzzie Reutimann [13][$75]; 11. 52-Colin Green [6][$75]; 12. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt [14][$75]; 13. 25P-Robert Poole [8][$75]; 14. 32-Chad Roush [10][$75]

Last Chance Showdown 4 (8 Laps) – 1. 75-Terry Phillips [2][-]; 2. 77-Ray Bollinger [3][-]; 3. 88-Matt Crafton [1][-]; 4. 12L-Lucas Lee [8][-]; 5. 7A-Shane Sabraski [6][$75]; 6. 24D-Travis Dickson [5][$75]; 7. A1-Gary Bentley [7][$75]; 8. 8-Steve Stevenson [4][$75]; 9. O7-Curtis King [10][$75]; 10. 11Z-Zane Oedewaldt [9][$75]; 11. 15-Rick Potter [11][$75]; 12. 96-Cole Parker [12][$75]

 

OFFICIAL DIRTCAR NATIONALS, DIRTCAR UMP MODIFIED POINTS, FEB 5, 2020

SPOT CAR # NAME 4-Feb 5-Feb TOTAL
1 8KS Kyle Strickler 75 80 155
2 18L Michael Long 80 65 145
3 2 Nick Hoffman 65 75 140
4 23 Ryan Cripe 70 55 125
5 24 Zeke McKenzie 60 51 111
6 35 David Stremme 35 70 105
7 5 Curt Spalding 55 44 99
8 49 Brian Ruhlman 51 43 94
9 36 Kenny Wallace 49 45 94
10 17TE Tyler Evans 34 49 83
11 12H Jason Hughes 23 60 83
12 95 Michael Altobelli 41 39 80
13 2A Donnie Moran 53 26 79
14 99M Mike Mullen 45 32 77
15 K19 Will Krup 30 47 77
16 25 Tyler Nicely 24 53 77
17 7 Drake Troutman 47 28 75
18 22 Dale Kelley 39 36 75
19 77 Ray Bollinger 43 27 70
20 90 Jason Beaulieu 44 25 69
21 75 Terry Phillips 29 40 69
22 67 Garret Stewart 27 42 69
23 7A Shane Sabraski 42 24 66
24 6A Ryan Ayers 25 41 66
25 O5 Dave Wietholder 37 27 64
26 65 Todd Sherman 28 35 63
27 2J Troy Johnson 38 21 59
28 7F Bryan Foy 36 23 59
29 19 Chad Bauer 26 33 59
30 31G Stephen Pedulla 25 34 59
31 8A Austin Holcombe 31 27 58
32 11H Spencer Hughes 19 38 57
33 45J Johnny Broking 40 16 56
34 7JA Justin Allgaier 26 29 55
35 3L Jeff Leka 17 37 54
36 88 Matt Crafton 27 26 53
37 1M Curt Myers 25 27 52
38 7CT Christian Thomas 32 19 51
39 24D Travis Dickson 27 23 50
40 71L Dennis Lunger 26 24 50
41 97 Mitch Thomas 24 25 49
42 11JH Justin Haley 33 15 48
43 11M Mike McGee 24 24 48
44 1 Brenden Rassel 22 26 48
45 96M Mike McKinney 17 31 48
46 12 Jason Gross 21 26 47
47 12L Lucas Lee 21 25 46
48 8 Steve Stevenson 24 21 45
49 A1 Gary Bentley 23 22 45
50 9 Sheldon Creed 21 24 45
51 11N Gene Nicholas 20 25 45
52 OO Buzzie Reutimann 25 19 44
53 17T Michael Tarlton 22 22 44
54 11 Jesse Rupe 27 16 43
55 96 Cole Parker 26 17 43
56 100 Scott Fritz 23 20 43
57 22T Tony Anderson 22 21 43
58 52 Colin Green 23 18 41
59 20 Tyler Hendrix 19 22 41
60 5F Jerry Foster 18 23 41
61 17 Rob Pitcher 18 23 41
62 11Z Zane Oedewaldt 21 19 40
63 14J John Baker 20 20 40
64 O1 Bryce Nichols 19 20 39
65 9PG Percy Gendreau 18 21 39
66 89W Rick Weitekamp 20 18 38
67 O7 Curtis King 18 20 38
68 99 Hunt Gossum 22 15 37
69 Z06 Larry Mott 15 22 37
70 6 Ryan Fowler 17 19 36
71 32 Chad Roush 20 15 35
72 4UW Bobby Regot 17 17 34
73 1S Brian Shaw 15 17 32
74 15 Rick Potter 14 18 32
75 Z1 Zac Oedewaldt 14 17 31
76 21 Taylor Cook 30 30
77 82 Gary Dillon 19 19
78 61 Eric Hill 18 18
79 25P Robert Poole 16 16