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AUSTIN’S POWER: Dillon surges to DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH opening night victory at Volusia Speedway Park

40th Annual DIRTcar Nationals
40th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 8, 2011 — Austin Dillon powered to a DIRTcar UMP Modified victory on Tuesday night in the opener to the 40th Annual DIRTcar Nationals By University of Northwestern Ohio at Volusia Speedway Park.

Austin’s brother, Ty, started on the pole for the 20-lap main event but fell out with three laps to go after making contact with Clint Bowyer and finished 15th. Both Ty and Austin also won heat races.

Austin Dillon, of Welcome, N.C., and the grandson of storied NASCAR car owner Richard Childress, dove past his brother in Turn 1 at the big half-mile dirt oval on the third circuit and powered to victory to kick off the 12-night event. “It seems like I always finish second in points here,” said Dillon.  “I’m just trying to move up one more spot.”

Corey Conley, of Wellsburg, W.Va., who started 21st surged all the way to a second-place finish, one spot better than NASCAR star Bowyer, of Emporia, Kan., who started 17th and methodically worked his way toward the front.  Peyton Taylor of Desha, Ark., finished 4 th while Joey Jensen of Forest Lake, Minn., rounded out the top five.

Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon

In addition to the Dillon brothers and Bowyer, other NASCAR drivers that made the A-main Tuesday night included Kenny Wallace, who finished sixth, and Ken Schrader, who was caught in a caution on Lap 3 and finished 26th.

There were 73 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds signed in to race in addition to several World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series stars, who used the night for a practice session to gear up for the next five nights of Sprint Car racing at Volusia in conjunction with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds.

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A-Main – 20 Laps: 1. Austin Dillon, 2. Corey Conley, 3. Clint Bowyer, 4. Peyton Taylor, 5. Joey Jensen, 6. Kenny Wallace, 7. Bob Broking, 8. Duane Dale, 9. Jason Beaulieu, 10. Kyle Bronson, 11. Dave Hess Jr, 12. Todd Sherman, 13. Larry Burkins, 14. Michael Long, 15. Ty Dillon, 16. Scotty Orr, 17. Kody Weisner, 18. Richie Tosh, 19. Brandon Smith, 20. Randle Sweeney, 21. Dale Mathison, 22. Stormy Scott, 23. Devin Gilpin , 24. Mike Spatola, 25. Bobby Kitchen, 26. Ken Schrader, 27. Todd Neiheiser

Qualifying Group 1: 1. Ty Dillon, 2. Garrett Stewart, 3. Dave Hess Jr, 4. Stormy Scott, 5. Jamie Lomax, 6. Jason Davis, 7. Trista Stevenson, 8. Randle Sweeney, 9. David McWilliams, 10. Todd Sherman, 11. Tony Anderson, 12. Bill Keeler, 13. Gavin  Landers

Qualifying Group 2: 1. Corey Dripps, 2. Justin Coulter, 3. Mike Spatola, 4. Dale Mathison, 5. Peyton Taylor, 6. Gary Cook Jr, 7. Rob Penney, 8. Jeremy Kerzman, 9. Chad Olsen, 10. Johnny Broking, 11. Roger Moser, 12. Dave Jamison, 13. Brandon Smith

Qualifying Group 3: 1. Ken Schrader, 2. Austin Dillon, 3. Kenny Wallace, 4. Terry Hull, 5. Mark Grosvenor, 6. Bob Broking, 7. Larry Burkins, 8. Kent Corbin, 9. Bob Fort, 10. Dale Murray, 11. Eric Elmer, 12. Riley Emmel

Qualifying Group 4: 1. Kyle Bornson, 2. Jamie Carter, 3. Nate Carruth, 4. Joey Jensen, 5. Devin Gilpin , 6. Todd Neiheiser, 7. Joey Kramer, 8. Dave Wietholder, 9. Bryce Jewel, 10. Justin Matson, 11. Kelby Simmons, 12. Jeff Thomas, 13. Stan Beadles

Qualifying Group 5: 1. Ryan Gustin, 2. Clint Bowyer, 3. Michael Long, 4. Bobby Kitchen, 5. Jason Beaulieu, 6. Ryan Gifford, 7. Jason Miller, 8. Kevin Davis, 9. Bob Gierke, 10. Gary Brooks, 11. Justin Elmer, 12. Lawrence Oconnor

Qualifying Group 6: 1. Corey Conley, 2. Scotty Orr, 3. Richie Tosch, 4. Kody Weisner, 5. Duane Dale, 6. Andy Strait, 7. Evan Taylor, 8. Dave Baldwin, 9. Terry Hansen, 10. Chris Puskas, 11. David Orr, 12. Joe Carr, 13. James Smith

Heat 1: 1. Ty Dillon, 2. Dave Hess Jr, 3. Randle Sweeney, 4. Stormy Scott, 5. Jamie Lomax, 6. Jason Davis, 7. Todd Sherman, 8. Garrett Stewart, 9. David McWilliams, 10. Trista Stevenson, 11. Tony Anderson, 12. Bill Keeler, 13. Gavin  Landers

Heat 2: 1. Dale Mathison, 2. Mike Spatola, 3. Peyton Taylor, 4. Corey Dripps, 5. Brandon Smith, 6. Johnny Broking, 7. Chad Olsen, 8. Roger Moser, 9. Dave Jamison, 10. Gary Cook Jr, 11. Justin Coulter, 12. Jeremy Kerzman, 13. Rob Penney

Heat 3: 1. Austin Dillon, 2. Kenny Wallace, 3. Ken Schrader, 4. Larry Burkins, 5. Bob Broking, 6. Terry Hull, 7. Dale Murray, 8. Riley Emmel, 9. Kent Corbin, 10. Eric Elmer, 11. Bob Fort, 12. Mark Grosvenor, DNS. Jim Shipman

Heat 4: 1. Joey Jensen, 2. Kyle Bornson, 3. Todd Neiheiser, 4. Devin Gilpin , 5. Dave Wietholder, 6. Jamie Carter, 7. Kelby Simmons, 8. Justin Matson, 9. Jeff Thomas, 10. Stan Beadles, 11. Bryce Jewel, DNS. Nate Carruth, DNS. Joey Kramer

Heat 5: 1. Michael Long, 2. Bobby Kitchen, 3. Clint Bowyer, 4. Ryan Gustin, 5. Jason Beaulieu, 6. Ryan Gifford, 7. Bob Gierke, 8. Kevin Davis, 9. Jason MIller, 10. Justin Elmer, 11. Lawrence Oconnor, 12. Gary Brooks

Heat 6: 1. Kody Weisner, 2. Richie Tosh, 3. Scotty Orr, 4. Corey Conley, 5. Chris Puskas, 6. Duane Dale, 7. Evan Taylor, 8. Andy Strait, 9. Terry Hansen, 10. Dave Baldwin, 11. James Smith, 12. Joe Carr, 13. David Orr

B-Main 1: 1. Stormy Scott, 2. Todd Sherman, 3. Brandon Smith, 4. David McWilliams, 5. Johnny Broking, 6. Jason Davis, 7. Chad Olsen, 8. Trista Stevenson, 9. Bill Keeler, 10. Tony Anderson, 11. Gavin Landers, 12. Jamie Lomax, 13. Gary Cook Jr, 14. Dave Jamison, 15. Garrett Stewart, 16. Justin Coulter, DNS. Corey Dripps, DNS. Roger Moser, DNS. Jeremy Kerzman, DNS. Rob Penney

B-Main 2: 1. Devin Gilpin , 2. Bob Broking, 3. Larry Burkins, 4. Jamie Carter, 5. Joey Kramer, 6. Mark Grosvenor, 7. Terry Hull, 8. Jeff Thomas, 9. Riley Emmel, 10. Eric Elmer, 11. Stan Beadles, 12. Kelby Simmons, 13. Dave Wietholder, 14. Bryce Jewel, 15. Justin Matson, DNS. Dale Murray, DNS. Kent Corbin, DNS. Bob Fort, DNS. Nate Carruth, DNS. Jim Shipman

B-Main 3: 1. Corey Conley, 2. Duane Dale, 3. Jason Beaulieu, 4. Ryan Gifford, 5. Jason MIller, 6. Andy Strait, 7. Bob Gierke, 8. Chris Puskas, 9. James Smith, 10. Kevin Davis, 11. Terry Hansen, 12. Lawrence Oconnor, 13. David Orr, 14. Joe Carr, DNS. Ryan Gustin, DNS. Evan Taylor, DNS. Justin Elmer, DNS. Dave Baldwin, DNS. Gary Brooks