Nick Hoffman Adds Gator to the Pond

Hoffman Passes Night One Winner Stremme; Takes Night Two of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

Two-Time Defending DIRTcar UMP Modifieds DIRTcar Nationals Champion Scores Career Win #12

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 7, 2018 — The second of seven nights of DIRTcar UMP Modified racing, part of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals, was at Volusia Speedway Park (FL) on Wednesday, February 7th. A total of 71 teams, up four from opening night, from across North America, were on the property and continued their quest for the coveted Big Gator which will be handed out on Monday, February 12th.

After the first two nights of highly regarded competition, the battle for the coveted title will go down to the very last laps in a few days if the first two races were any indication. Two-time defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion, Nick Hoffman passed night one winner, David Stremme seven laps in and the driver who calls Mooresville, NC home, pulled away to his 12th career DIRTcar Nationals Feature victory.

“Second place sucks, we were talking about it last night and today. We finished second in the last two races (at North Florida Speedway) before coming here. We finished second last night. So, we made some changes and they paid off for us tonight.” The 25-year-old driver originally from Belleville, IL remarked in victory lane. “The track conditions were definitely in our favor tonight. The track is much different when the Sprint Cars race on it. Hats off to the track for giving us a nice surface to race on. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and do this again.” He added.

Michael Long and Jamie Carter brought the massive 28-car field to the green flag and it was Long grabbing the early advantage. His lead was short-lived however as Stremme motored by on the outside from his third starting spot to take over the lead. He brought Hoffman with him and the battle was on for the top spot. On lap seven Hoffman drove around the outside of Stremme to take over the top spot and his No. 2 Elite Chassis machine started to pull away from Stremme and the rest of the pack.

Hoffman would maintain the lead the rest of the way and gave himself some breathing room by getting through traffic at a rapid rate. This left the traffic in Stremme’s way and all the while. Hoffman kept putting plenty of real estate between himself and the rest of the field en route to his 12th career DIRTcar Nationals win, the most all-time at Volusia Speedway Park

Stremme settled for second ahead of Kyle Strickler who finished third for the second straight night as Long slipped back to fourth ahead of Tyler Nicely who finished off the top five. Taylor Cook, in his first appearance of the DIRTcar Nationals, finished sixth after starting in 18th as Garrett Stewart, Ricky Arms, Will Krup from 20th and Allen Weisser would complete the top 10.

The third night of DIRTcar UMP Modifieds racing will see the third $1,000 to win show of the week on Thursday, February 8th. Also, for the second time this week, the Arctic Car All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will be in action for their final night of competition before the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars race for three nights in a row starting on Friday, February 9th.

For more information about the 47th annual 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 Nationals throughout the off-season and into the month of February by visiting the DIRTcar Nationals Social Media outlets. Just search for “DIRTcar Nationals” on both Facebook and Twitter for the very latest updates.

Feature (20 laps): 1. Nick Hoffman (2); 2. David Stremme (35); 3.  Kyle Strickler (8); 4.  Michael Long (18L); 5. Tyler Nicely (25); 6.  Taylor Cook (21c); 7.  Garrett Stewart (67); 8.  Ricky Arms (4);9. Will Krup (K9);10. Allen Weisser (61); 11. Kc Burdette (44KC); 12. Jason Beaulieu (90); 13. Brian Ruhlman (49); 14. Hunt Gossum (99); 15. Josh Rice (11); 16. Jamie Carter (15c); 17. Shon Flanary (98); 18. Tyler Evans (17T); 19. Zeke McKenzie (24z); 20. Chase Collins (2×4); 21. Larry Burkins (54); 22. Matt Crafton (88); 23. Todd Neiheiser (72); 24. Ryan Fowler (6); 25. Austin Holcombe (8A); 26. Troy Johnson (2J); 27. A.j. Fike (10); 28. Mike McKinney (96m)

Last Chance Showdown 1:  1. Zeke McKenzie (24z) 2. Todd Neiheiser (72) 3. Shon Flanary (98) 4. Ryan Ayers (6A) 5. Kenny Wallace (36) 6. Justin Haley (99H) 7. Timmy Near (71x) 8.  Paul Niznik (42) 9. Frank Paladino (27) 10. Gary Bentley (A1) 11. Dave Jamison (D4) 12. Brendan Rassell (01) 13. Sean Monaghan (21) 14. Craig Shaw (4s) 15. Larry Mott (06Z) 16. Ryan Beckett (58) 17. Todd Souza (13)

Last Chance Showdown 2: 1. Will Krup (K9) 2. Ryan Fowler (6) 3. Matt Crafton (88) 4. Troy Johnson (2J) 5. Jessie Hoskins (71) 6. John Baker (22J) 7. Blake Spalding (1) 8. Will Norris (71n) 9. Jeff Thomas (07) 10. Dugan Thye (11T) 11. Dave Baldwin (6B) 12. Jesse Rupe (11R) 13. Dustin Thayer (10T) 14. Jason Brookover (28B) 15. Ray Ciccarelli (83) 16. Joey Miller (15)

Last Chance Showdown 3:  1. Mike McKinney (96m) 2. Hunt Gossum (99) 3. A.J. Fike (10) 4. Ken Schrader (9) 5. Ryan Cripe (23) 6. Rick Conoyer (14C) 7. Brad Goff (41) 8. Michael McGee (11m) 9. Ray Bollinger (77) 10. Tony Anderson (22T) 11. Gene Nicholas (11N) 12. Jason Garver (27G) 13. Rick Weitekamp (89w) 14. Will Long (45) 15. Jeff Solinger (7×7) 16. Jesse Strange (85E)

Heat 1: 1. Kyle Strickler (8) 2. Tyler Nicely (25) 3. Brian Ruhlman (49) 4. Zeke McKenzie (24z) 5. Shon Flanary (98) 6. Ryan Ayers (6A) 7. Kenny Wallace (36) 8. Paul Niznik (42) 9. Dave Jamison (D4) 10.  Timmy Near (71x) 11. Craig Shaw (4s) 12. Ryan Beckett (58)

Heat 2:  1. David Stremme (35) 2. Ricky Arms (4)3. Chase Collins (2×4) 4. Justin Haley (99H) 5. Todd Neiheiser (72) 6. Frank Paladino (27) 7. Gary Bentley (A1) 8. Brendan Rassell (01) 9. Sean Monaghan (21) 10. Larry Mott (06Z) 11. Todd Souza (13)

Heat 3:  1. Michael Long (18L) 2. Allen Weisser (61) 3. Austin Holcombe (8A) 4. Jessie Hoskins (71)5. Ryan Fowler (6) 6. Will Krup (K9) 7. Will Norris (71n) 8. Dustin Thayer (10T) 9. John Baker (22J) 10. Dugan Thye (11T) 11. Ray Ciccarelli (83)

Heat 4:  1. Garrett Stewart (67) 2. Larry Burkins (54) 3. Jason Beaulieu (90) 4. Troy Johnson (2J) 5. Jesse Rupe (11R) 6. Jeff Thomas (07) 7. Blake Spalding (1) 8. Matt Crafton (88) 9. Jason Brookover (28B) 10.  Dave Baldwin (6B) 11. Joey Miller (15)

Heat 5: 1. Jamie Carter (15c) 2. Josh Rice (11) 3. Tyler Evans (17T) 4. Hunt Gossum (99) 5. A.j. Fike (10) 6. Brad Goff (41) 7. Rick Conoyer (14C) 8. Ray Bollinger (77) 9. Michael McGee (11m) 10. Rick Weitekamp (89w) 11. Will Long (45)

Heat 6:  1. Nick Hoffman (2) 2. Kc Burdette (44KC) 3. Taylor Cook (21c) 4. Mike McKinney (96m) 5. Ken Schrader (9) 6. Ryan Cripe (23) 7. Tony Anderson (22T) 8. Gene Nicholas (11N) 9. Jeff Solinger (7×7) 10. Jason Garver (27G) 11. Jesse Strange (85E)

Qualifying Group 1: 98-Shon Flanary; 2. 8- Kyle Strickler; 3. 49 – Brian Ruhlman; 4. Zeke McKenzie; 5. 25- Tyler Nicely; 6. 6A – Ryan Ayers; 7. 36 – Kenny Wallace; 8. 42 – Paul Niznik; 9. 4s – Craig Shaw; 10. D4 – David Jamison; 11. 71x – Timmy Near; 12. 58 – Ryan Beckett.

Qualifying Group 2: 1 – 35 – David Stremme; 2. 2×4 -Chase Collins; 3. 4 – Ricky Arms; 4. 99H – Justin Haley; 5. 72 – Todd Neiheiser; 6. A1-Gary Bentley; 7. 01-Brendan Rassell; 8. 27-Frank Paladino; 9. 21 – Sean Monaghan; 10. 06Z- Larry Mott;11. 13-Todd Souza

Qualifying Group 3:  1. 61 – Allen Weisser; 2. K9 -Will Krup; 3. 8A – Austin Holcombe; 4. 18L -Michael Long; 5. 6- Ryan Fowler; 6. 71n – Will Norris; 7. 71 -Jessie Hoskins; 8. 10T -Dustin Thayer; 9. 11T -Dugan Thye; 10. 22J – John Baker; 11. 83 – Ray Ciccarelli.

Qualifying Group 4:  1. 2J-Troy Johnson; 2. 28B-Jason Brookover;  3. 90 -Jason Beaulieu; 4. 67 -Garrett Stewart 5. 11R-Jesse Rupe; 6. 15-Joey Miller; 7. 07 -Jeff Thomas; 8. 6B- Dave Baldwin; 9.1- Blake Spalding; 10. 54 – Larry Burkins; 11. 88-Matt Crafton.

Qualifying Group 5: 1. 11 – Josh Rice; 2. 45 -Will Long; 3. 15c- Jamie Carter; 4. 41 – Brad Goff; 5. 99- Hunt Gossum; 6. 77 – Ray Bollinger; 7. 17T – Tyler Evans; 8.14c – Rick Conoyer; 9. 10 – A.j. Fike; 10. 11m – Michael McGee; 11. 89w – Rick Weitekamp.

Qualifying Group 6:  1. 2 – Nick Hoffman; 2. 21c – Taylor Cook; 3. 23 -Ryan Cripe; 4. 44KC – Kc Burdette; 5. 96m -Mike McKinney; 6. 9 – Ken Schrader; 7. 22T – Tony Anderson; 8. 11N – Gene Nicholas; 9. 27G – Jason Garver; 10. 85E – Jesse Strange; 11. 7×7 – Jeff Solinger

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