Barberville, FL — Feb. 4, 2010 — David McWilliams wanted to visit DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio victory lane pretty bad on Thursday night.
McWilliams, from Union, Ky., used his front row starting spot to outduel young gun Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C., on the opening lap out of turn two and dominate the DIRTcar UMP Modified field for the first DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH win of his career.
“I’m just so excited,” McWilliams said. “I just don’t know what to say.”
McWilliams bested a hard charging Peyton Taylor and night one winner Dave Hess Jr., who finished third. Jared Landers and Jason Hughes rounded out the top five.
Landers, the 2009 DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified Champion from Batesville, Ark., paced the 71-car field with a quick lap of 19.086 seconds, which was nearly a full second quicker than previous night’s fast time at the Volusia Speedway Park half-mile.
Six heat races saw DIRTcar UMP Modified competitors scrap back and forth with Austin Dillon capturing Heat Race 1 over Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., who nipped 2009 DIRTcar UMP Modified National runner-up Devin Gilpin, of Columbus, Ind., at the line. Scott Kincaid of Rising Sun, Ind., won the second heat while Ben Adkins of West Portsmouth, Ohio, pulled a similar move with one to go to steal the second spot from Billy Smith of Park Hills, Mo.
Eventual winner McWilliams beat out Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio, and Wayne Hammond of Tampa, Fla., in the third heat as Henry took the second spot from Hammond with two remaining. Jason Hughes of Westville, Okla., edged Dave Hess Jr. of Waterford, Pa., and Todd Neiheiser of Panama City, Fl., in Heat 4. UNOH drivers would sweep the top two spots in Heat 5 as Stephen Schnapf of Newburgh, Ind., would take the win followed by David Reutimann and fellow NASCAR star Clint Bowyer. The final heat race of the evening had Jared Landers showing his quick time award was no fluke by beating out Tommy Seets of Alton, Ill., and Ty Dillon of Welcome,N.C.
Peyton Taylor claimed a B-Main win as he triumphed over Jason Wheatley and Shane Sabraaski. Jared Hawkins would claim the second B-Main over Ron Barker and Mike Spatola. B-Main 3 saw late arrival Ken Schrader of Fenton, Mo., climb his way from the tail of the field to grab the final transfer spot as Jacob Hawkins outlasted Kent Corbin for the win.
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Statistical Report; DIRTcar Nationals By UNOH; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; 2-4-10
Qualifying : 1. Jared Landers 2. Jared Hawkins 3. Dave Hess Jr 4. Mike Spatola 5. Stormy Scott 6. Clint Bowyer 7. Todd Neiheiser 8. Jason Hughes 9. Ben Adkins 10. Tommy Seets 11. Austin Dillon 12. Jamie Lomax 13. Stephen Schnapf 14. Wayne Hammond 15. Kyle Bronson 16. Jammie Wilson 17. David McWilliams 18. David Reutimann 19. Jon Henry 20. Justin Houston 21. Rick Cannata 22. Denny Schwartz 23. Scotty Kincaid 24. Billy Smith 25. Steven Pfeifer 26. Terry Hull 27. Dave Wietholder 28. Curt Myers 29. Ty Dillon 30. Ron Barker 31. Scott Green 32. Shane Sabraski 33. Jeff Babcock 34. J.E. Stalder 35. Jeremy Kerzman 36. Michael Davis 37. Matt Goulden 38. Devin Gilpin 39. Schuyler Nahre 40. Justin Matson 41. Tony Anderson 42. Peyton Taylor 43. Todd Sherman 44. Bob Broking 45. Rob Underwood 46. Paul Miles 47. Jason Gross 48. Ben Ledgerwood 49. Dale Mathison 50. Jason Wheatley 51. Randle Sweeney 52. Duane Dale 53. Tom Hagberg 54. Jim Ransom 55. Bob Gierke 56. Jeremy Newberry 57. Scotty Owens 58. Jacob Hawkins 59. Zach Patterson 60. Rob Penny 61. Kent Corbin 62. Roger Moser 63. Darrell George 64. Jeff Thomas 65. Joe Carr 66. Scott Martin 67. Chad Evans 68. Garrett Stewart 69. Nick Hoffman 70. Shawn Holliday .
Heat 1: 1. Austin Dillon 2. Stormy Scott 3. Devin Gilpin 4. Peyton Taylor 5. Curt Myers 6. Jason Wheatley 7. Dale Mathison 8. Justin Matson 9. Jeff Babcock 10. Jason Gross 11. Paul Miles 12. Jammie Wilson .
Heat 2: 1. Scotty Kincaid 2. Ben Adkins 3. Billy Smith 4. Shane Sabraski 5. Scott Green 6. Dave Wietholder 7. Justin Houston 8. Matt Goulden 9. Shawn Holliday 10. Schuyler Nahre 11. Zach Patterson DNS. Rob Underwood .
Heat 3: 1. David McWilliams 2. Jon Henry 3. Wayne Hammond 4. Terry Hull 5. Mike Spatola 6. Nick Hoffman 7. Rick Cannata 8. Darrell George 9. Roger Moser 10. Kyle Bronson 11. Jeff Thomas DNS. Joe Carr .
Heat 4: 1. Jason Hughes 2. Dave Hess Jr 3. Todd Neiheiser 4. Jared Hawkins 5. Ben Ledgerwood 6. Ron Barker 7. Jim Ransom 8. Tom Hagberg 9. Jamie Lomax 10. Scotty Owens DNS. Jeremy Kerzman .
Heat 5: 1. Stephen Schnapf 2. David Reutimann 3. Clint Bowyer 4. Steven Pfeifer 5. Jacob Hawkins 6. J.E. Stalder 7. Bob Gierke 8. Garrett Stewart 9. Kent Corbin 10. Jeremy Newberry 11. Rob Penny DNS. Denny Schwartz .
Heat 6: 1. Jared Landers 2. Tommy Seets 3. Ty Dillon 4. Randle Sweeney 5. Todd Sherman 6. Michael Davis 7. Scott Martin 8. Bob Broking 9. Duane Dale 10. Tony Anderson 11. Chad Evans .
B-Main 1: 1. Peyton Taylor 2. Jason Wheatley 3. Shane Sabraski 4. Scott Green 5. Rob Underwood 6. Jason Gross 7. Dave Wietholder 8. Justin Houston 9. Curt Myers 10. Paul Miles 11. Shawn Holliday 12. Schuyler Nahre 13. Zach Patterson 14. Matt Goulden 15. Justin Matson 16. Jeff Babcock 17. Dale Mathison DNS. Jammie Wilson .
B-Main 2: 1. Jared Hawkins 2. Ron Barker 3. Mike Spatola 4. Terry Hull 5. Rick Cannata 6. Jim Ransom 7. Roger Moser 8. Tom Hagberg 9. Jamie Lomax 10. Joe Carr 11. Nick Hoffman 12. Jeff Thomas 13. Scotty Owens 14. Darrell George 15. Kyle Bronson 16. Ben Ledgerwood DNS. Jeremy Kerzman.
B-Main 3: 1. Jacob Hawkins 2. Kent Corbin 3. Kenny Schrader 4. J.E. Stalder 5. Todd Sherman 6. Steven Pfeifer 7. Duane Dale 8. Jeremy Newberry 9. Michael Davis 10. Tony Anderson 11. Garrett Stewart 12. Bob Gierke 13. Scott Martin 14. Bob Broking 15. Randle Sweeney 16. Chad Evans DNS. Rob Penny DNS. Denny Schwartz .
A-Main: 1. David McWilliams 2. Peyton Taylor 3. Dave Hess Jr 4. Jared Landers 5. Jason Hughes 6. Clint Bowyer 7. Austin Dillon 8. Jon Henry 9. Stormy Scott 10. Jacob Hawkins 11. Kenny Schrader 12. Ty Dillon 13. Jared Hawkins 14. Tommy Seets 15. Shane Sabraski 16. Scotty Kincaid 17. Stephen Schnapf 18. Mike Spatola 19. David Reutimann 20. Todd Neiheiser 21. Wayne Hammond 22. Kent Corbin 23. Dale Mathison 24. Billy Smith 25. Ron Barker 26. Jamie Lomax 27. Ben Adkins 28. Devin Gilpin 29. Jason Wheatley.
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