BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 13, 2014 – Kyle Bronson edged Ty Dillon, and Joey Saldana held off Paul McMahan, during the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment on Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park.
As the early leaders in the 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified feature found trouble, Bronson kept pushing to the front, eventually moving to the high side of the half-mile oval and edging NASCAR Nationwide driver Ty Dillon by 0.28 at the checkered flag.
“He went with a harder tire and I figured they would be better on the longer runs, but I think my softer tire worked better on the shorter run,” said Bronson, of Brandon, Fla. “Everybody acts like they’ve been given everything, but I’ve raced with them and they’re the best in the business, they should have been in NASCAR a long time ago.”
Earlier in the night, World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series regular Saldana showed off some newfound horsepower as he led the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions main event from wire-to-wire, topping his good friend, McMahan, in the process. Saldana and his Motter Motorsports team came together quickly before last season and struggled early. Now a year under their belts, Saldana has been one of the fastest cars on the track this February.
“What a difference a year makes,” said Saldana, of Brownsburg, Ind. “I think when we changed cars at I-55 Raceway last season through the end of the season. I think it showed we learned a lot and we’re a way better team than we were at the start of last year. Actually the motor we ran was a motor from last year that had four nights on it and it ran well. It was a very good start to the season.”
Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run Friday through Saturday, Feb. 22. Friday night is the season opener for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, which will compete in conjunction with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds.
DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Statistical Report; Feb. 13, 2014; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.
DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) – 1. (40B) Kyle Bronson ($1,000), 2. (41) Ty Dillon, 3. (54) Matt Westfall, 4. (3) Austin Dillon, 5. (51) Justin Allgaier, 6. (49) Brian Ruhlman, 7. (64JR) Billy Workman Jr., 8. (32Z) Nate Zimmer, 9. (28) Paul Miles, 10. (36) Kenny Wallace, 11. (47) Collin Thirlby, 12. (1G) Devin Gilpin, 13. (20) Kody Weisner, 14. (8) Kyle Strickler, 15. (10) Austin Arneson, 16. (25) Tyler Nicely, 17. (7B) Jeff Babcock, 18. (9) Kenny Schrader, 19. (85) Kent Robinson, 20. (2) Nick Hoffman, 21. (OJ) Bryce Jewell, 22. (1) Dwight Niehoff, 23. (9M) Dale Mathison, 24. (67) Garret Stewart.
UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. (71M) Joey Saldana ($5,000), 2. (51) Paul McMahan, 3. (45) Tim Shaffer, 4. (15) Donny Schatz, 5. (10H) Danny Holtgraver, 6. (4) Cody Darrah, 7. (9) Daryn Pittman, 8. (59) David Gravel, 9. (11K) Kraig Kinser, 10. (83) Tim Kaeding, 11. (9W) Jac Haudenschild, 12. (29) Kerry Madsen, 13. (49) Brad Sweet, 14. (27) Greg Hodnett, 15. (63) Chad Kemenah, 16. (19M) Brent Marks, 17. (1) Sammy Swindell, 18. (83X) Christopher Bell, 19. (1Z) Lucas Wolfe, 20. (11) Steve Kinser, 21. (98H) Dave Blaney, 22. (24A) Rico Abreu, 23. (24) Terry McCarl, 24. (14K) Dale Blaney.