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Drydene World Short Track Championship

Champions Crowned after Huge Slate of Racing in Drydene World Short Track Championship

From Dirt Late Models to Hornets, nearly 350 racers battled at The Dirt Track at Charlotte


CONCORD, NC — Oct. 30, 2021 — Local heroes battled national stars on Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on a jam-packed day of racing in the Drydene World Short Track Championship. Nearly 350 racers across nine different divisions competed over two days, culminating with 10 Feature events and four All-Star races that totaled more than 400 laps around the stellar 4/10-mile red clay oval.


FOX FACTORY PRO (604) LATE MODELS — Dillon Brown waited patiently to make his move in Saturday’s Feature event. He knew the outside lane was the place to be, but he waited to move up to save his tires. The decision paid off for the Gaffney, SC driver as he led wire-to-wire to take home the Fox Factory Pro Late Models Feature.


Once Brown hit the cushion, he thundered away from the field — beating Ben Watkins to the line for the Victory.


“I was going to take care of my tires as long as I could,” Brown said. “I knew (the top) was there, and I just kept seeing it get cleaner and cleaner, so I said I’m just going to go up there and fill it. I went up there one time, and I said this is where I need to be.”


Watkins crossed the line second, riding the cushion the entire race. Tyler Nicely crossed the line third but was disqualified after he was light at the scales. Colton Trouille inherited the final podium position and was the first car to test the waters on the high side.


Pro Late Model All-Star Feature: The Fox Factory Pro Late Models capped off Saturday with a 15-lap All-Star Feature, where Tyler Nicely earned redemption from earlier in the evening. The Owensboro, KY driver took the lead from the drop of the green and never looked back en route to Victory Lane. Nicely stated he took a step forward running a Late Model after previous experience in a UMP Modified.


“We were pretty good in the first (Feature), just things didn’t work out our way,” Nicely said. “It’s a big learning experience for me moving from the modifieds to the crates, so the more seat time I get, I’ll get more comfortable.” — By Mike Warren


FOX Factory Pro Late Model Feature Highlights

FOX Factory Pro Late Model All-Star Highlights


SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT UMP MODIFIEDS: After falling two spots short of victory last year, Nick Hoffman came to the 2021 Drydene World Short Track Championship with one thing on his mind – redemption. On Saturday night, he got what he came for. The three-time and defending DIRTcar national champion led all but the first two laps and cruised to his third career Drydene World Short Track Championship victory in dominating fashion for the $4,000 grand prize.


“Last year, I got set back in that Heat Race, had to battle my way through and ran third,” Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, said. “This year, I wanted redemption.”


His lead stretched to over four seconds by the time the first caution flew with 10-to-go. While Ethan Dotson, Hunt Gossum, Chris Madden and David Stremme were all right on his tail for the restart, the FOX Racing Shox #2 was simply too quick.


“To do it again is pretty cool,” Hoffman said. “On this stage, it gives us a lot of momentum going into next week for World Finals.”


Hoffman is scheduled to compete in next weekend’s NGK NTK World of Outlaws World Finals with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, piloting the Scott Bloomquist Racing ride he’s been in since late July.


Chris Madden, making his World Short Track debut in a car owned by Pennsylvanian Dan Davies, was impressive for his first time driving a UMP Modified, coming home second after a late pass on Gossum.


To cap-off the weekend, Hoffman also won the All-Star Invitational Feature, coming from 11th to the lead in seven laps and leading the rest of the way for an additional $600 victory. — By Jordan DeLucia


Summit UMP Modified Feature Highlights

Summit UMP Modified All-Star Highlights


CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE 602 LATE MODELS — John Ruggiero’s Drydene World Short Track Championship was a tale of two nights. The Lincolnton, NC driver’s bid for a Fox Factory Pro Late Model win ended in heartbreak on his roof Friday, but he still had a chance for redemption in the Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models. He earned that redemption Saturday night, diving underneath Rod Tucker for the lead on a restart and holding on to win Saturday’s Feature.


“Obviously (Friday) didn’t go as planned with us tearing up that 604 car,” Ruggiero said. “I told my dad when I got back to the trailer that I was obviously sorry about what happened, but that I was going to make up for it in the 602. I’m not going to lie to you I knew I had to get up on the wheel and get it done for my dad.”


The Tar Heel State campaigner’s pass for the win came on the bottom of the speedway as he dove under Tucker in the middle of Turns 3 and 4. It was a line he continued to use after taking the top spot.


Ruggiero now has back-to-back victories at the event after earning the Pro Late Model Feature win in 2020. Bryan Mullis crossed the line third, dropping a spot from his outside pole starting position. John Price finished fourth after starting 12th, and Rod Tucker rounded out the top five. — By Mike Warren


Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Model Feature Highlights


HOOSIER RACING TIRE PRO MODIFIEDS: Only a small handful of the nearly 350 cars at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night were piloted by the same person. Austin Holcombe was one of those drivers doing double duty, and he made the most of his two chances, winning the Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modified Feature flag-to-flag.


Holcombe drove his Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modified to a ninth-place finish early in the evening, then took his Pro Modified to the track later on and won, scoring his first career Drydene World Short Track Championship victory – one worth $1,500.


“It’s amazing,” Holcombe, of Elm City, NC, said. “It’s an awesome feeling to win at Charlotte. I’ve always wanted to win here, and I’m just glad I could knock this one off the bucket list. … I’ve won at just about every racetrack I’ve wanted to on the East Coast. This one has been a pain in the butt, but I love coming here. It’s an amazing place, but I just couldn’t ever seem to figure it out. I’m glad we got it figured out and we’re in Victory Lane.”


Eric Bentley crossed the line in second, while three-time and defending division winner Jeff Parsons completed the podium in third. Sixth-place finisher David Reutimann was forced to make the show through a Last Chance Showdown and took the final transfer spot in LCS #2. This put him 22nd on the starting grid, where his charge to the front started on Lap 1. — By Jordan DeLucia


Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modified Feature Highlights


DRYDENE PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS STREET STOCKS — Last year’s third-place finisher, Ricky Greene, took the Drydene Performance Products Street Stocks three-wide and four-wide at the front, and three-wide and four-wide behind the leaders, in a 20-lap thriller that ultimately resulted in a flip-flopped repeat of last year’s podium.


“The racetrack is actually really awesome, so to pass anyone is right around the rim,” explained Greene, “… sometimes you just can’t make it.”


Blake Pryor started on the pole and was immediately challenged by Greene before a first-lap caution. The reset was unlucky for Friday’s fast qualifier, Damon Crump, but Pryor secured his lead with Greene behind him and Dalton Peavey in third. Meanwhile, Andy Stewart, Patrick Lyon, and 2020 Drydene Street Stock Champion Calob McLaughlin battled 3-wide for fourth.


With three laps to go, Lyon battled Pryor for second, securing his second consecutive runner-up finish. And last year’s champion, McLaughlin, made a late charge on Pryor to claim the final spot on the podium. “I had to work for it this year,” said McLaughlin. — By Cristina Cordova


Drydene Street Stock Highlights


COMP CAMS MONSTER MINI STOCKS: After two cautions on the opening lap, Johnny Raines led the field to green on a third attempted start and opened a commanding lead as the cars raced out of turn three and down the back stretch. Raines maintained the lead with heavy pressure from Travis Mosley, who started fifth. Behind them the field raced three wide back through 12th, with cars taking whichever racing line they desired on the stellar racing surface.


On lap nine Harley Holden made an aggressive move to pass Mosley, and took second. Two laps later Holden got to the back bumper of Raines, and following a drag race down the front stretch, took the lead going into turn one before the caution flew with 10 to go. On the restart the top cars entered Turn 3 while catching a lapped car, which forced the leaders to choose high or low. By the time they exited it was Grayson Keaton leading the way.


From there Keaton wouldn't look back, gaining a two-second lead and driving under the checkered flag first. However, during post-race technical inspection the Keaton’s 1G was found to have an exhaust infraction and was disqualified, handing the win to Raines and moving Holden and Mosley into second and third, respectively.


After receiving word that he was now the winner, Raines said, “A win is a win, but when you come to Charlotte you need to be right. This is the most prestigious race of the year, and you know the rules. So I’m going to take it how I can get it, because this [car] was right.”


When Raines was asked where this win ranked on his list, he said, “It’s the best win ever, the best win ever.” — By James McMahen


COMP CAMS Mini Stock Highlights


DIRTVISION HORNETS: Two 10-lap Features were on tap Saturday for the 50 DIRTVision Hornet entries. Of those drivers, Jonathan Sarratt joined Newman Presnell — winning back-to-back — Dave Lanely and Chase Hopper as this year’s champions, collecting the unique Drydene oil barrel trophy and $500 check that comes with the title.


In the first Feature Newman Presnell presented himself as the new standout DIRTVision Hornet driver Friday night by leading from green to checkered in his Feature to claim the prestigious win. Then, on Saturday, he kept the throttle to the floorboard. He was the fastest driver in Hot Laps and the first Hornet driver of the weekend to enter the 20-second barrier. When the green flag dropped on the first DIRTVision Hornet Feature of the night, Presnell made a solid homage to the movie Groundhog Day by rocketing ahead of the field in his white #48 on the initial start and never letting the thought of being caught enter he or his competitors’ minds.


“Man, I have no words,” Presnell said during his Victory Lane interview. “This has just been crazy. This is the best weekend I’ve had racing in a long time. Good vibes at the track. Just having a blast, man. … This is awesome. It’s great to be up here talking with you again. Let’s come back next October and do it again.”


In the second Feature, Jonathan Sarratt once again made winning the Drydene World Short Track Championship look easy, as he did in 2018 when he swept the week. However, since then, bad luck and bad timing had plagued his chances at claiming another win each year since.


On Saturday, fortunes finally turned in his favor.


Shannon Barnhill powered around the high side of the track to take the lead on the first lap with Sarratt close behind. They looked to be the top two contenders until Kris Bobo entered the picture with a head of steam. Bobo made quick work of Sarratt, who’s left front axle broke early in the race, and powered his way underneath Barnhill. The two new front runners put on a couple of show-stopping laps, running side-by-side with neither driver gaining an advantage on the other. Then, Barnhill went spinning down the backstretch off the nose of Bobo’s car. Officials penalized Bobo for the contact, and he pulled off.


With the parting of the seas, Sarratt was handed the lead for the final four laps. He held off Justin Harris and Zachary Slone and finally made his return to the Drydene World Short Track Championship stage.


“It felt good,” Sarratt said about his Saturday night win. “We’ve been working on this car all weekend. Every time we turn around something happens to it. I didn’t know if we were going to get it there in the beginning because when I took off it broke the left front axle in it and was pulling off the right front. I thought, well, we’ll ride and see where we end up. Then, they got taken out on the backstretch.” — By Nick Graziano


DIRTVision Hornets Feature Highlights


VP RACING FUEL SPORTSMAN MODIFIEDS: David Rogers turned dreams into reality with a $4,000 VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Modified Feature win.


“It’s incredible,” said Rogers, of Lafargeville, NY. “It really is. This is something I’ve dreamed of and here we are doing it. This time of year is hard for me to race because I am getting ready for snowplow season. We made the decision last minute on Sunday night to come down. Man, I am so glad we did.”


Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Glen Ridge Motorsports Park hotshoe Andrew Buff finished second from 11th while The Travelin’ Man Mike Fowler in the #410 claimed the final step on the podium after starting ninth.


“I was digging on the bottom real hard,” Rogers said. “I was driving it in real hard. I was killing the motor coming off, but I kept gaining ground diving down there. I just caught them a little at a time. They kept drifting out and I’d get in there. Finally, when I got out by myself I could run hard and it was just good.”


Sportsman All-Star Feature: Zach Payne prevented a David Rogers sweep with a big lead and a fast car. A caution with 4 laps to go gave the field a shot, but Payne was hooked up. Like Rogers, this was the biggest stage he’s ever won on.  “This is probably the best win ever,” Payne said. “This place is huge and they put on a great show for us. This is probably bigger than anything I’ve done at home and I am glad to be here.” — By Joe Grabianowski





SRI PERFORMANCE PRO STOCKS: It took 20 laps and every bit of effort possible for Sheldon Martin to come away with the $3,000 SRI Performance Pro Stock championship victory. Martin held off charges from Pro Stock aces Luke Horning and Pete Stefanski, who held on for second as Sean Corr rounded out the podium.


The emotion was palpable in Victory Lane. Sheldon Martin, from Mooresville, NC, took all of that excitement and did a backflip in celebration. It was his first-ever win on dirt.


“It’s some of the toughest competition that I’ve gone up against my whole life,” said Martin, of Mooresville, NC. “Time after time they’ll rattle your cage, but you just have to hit your marks. … This is absolutely amazing. This is my first ever dirt win. I am here with my family. It’s just amazing.”


Pro Stock All-Star Feature: After settling for third in the championship Feature, Sean Corr put it all together to win the SRI Performance Pro Stock All-Star Invitational. Corr was ecstatic in Victory Lane. “It’s a little slick out there but my crew set the car up perfectly,” Corr said. “They adjusted it knowing it was going to slick over from this afternoon.  They told me to try high and I was a little nervous about it but boy they were right 100 percent. I can’t thank the boys enough.” — By Joe Grabianowski







Feature (30 Laps): 1. 6B-Dillon Brown[2]; 2. 32-Ben Watkins[4]; 3. 615-Colton Trouille[3]; 4. 26-Winky Mcgee[7]; 5. 66-Jody Knowles[6]; 6. 20-Owen Osteen[10]; 7. 7-Dan Breuer[8]; 8. 215-Jamison McBride[11]; 9. 27H-Justin Hudspeth[5]; 10. 67-Bryan Mullis[15]; 11. 7J-Dalton Jacobs[13]; 12. 55-Matt Long[9]; 13. 112-Jeremy Mayfield[14]; 14. 20G-Chub Gunter[17]; 15. 25-Brayden Anderson[21]; 16. 5S-Joey Johnson[19]; 17. 618-Kevin Wilson[23]; 18. 17-Jeff Johnson[22]; 19. 28S-Bob Schwartzmiller[18]; 20. 143-Brian Ledbetter[20]; 21. 89-Timmie Harrelson[12]; 22. 6-Isaak Love[16]; 23. 10-Patrick Evatt[24]; 24. (DQ) 25N-Tyler Nicely[1]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps): 1. 6-Isaak Love[2]; 2. 28S-Bob Schwartzmiller[7]; 3. 143-Brian Ledbetter[3]; 4. 17-Jeff Johnson[5]; 5. 10-Patrick Evatt[9]; 6. (DNS) 10A-Matt Ashworth; 7. (DNS) 11F-Ryan Frazee; 8. (DNS) 44-John Ruggiero Jr; 9. (DNS) 10S-Garrett Smith

Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 Laps): 1. 20G-Chub Gunter[4]; 2. 5S-Joey Johnson[2]; 3. 25-Brayden Anderson[3]; 4. 618-Kevin Wilson[6]; 5. 5M-Kale Steele[5]; 6. 18-Ricky Greene[8]; 7. 225-Matthew Logan[1]; 8. (DNS) 00JR-Richard Kuiken Jr

All Star Feature (20 Laps): 1. 25N-Tyler Nicely[2]; 2. 27H-Justin Hudspeth[1]; 3. 32-Ben Watkins[7]; 4. 615-Colton Trouille[5]; 5. 66-Jody Knowles[3]; 6. 6B-Dillon Brown[8]; 7. 26-Winky Mcgee[4]; 8. 55-Matt Long[6]; 9. 7J-Dalton Jacobs[9]; 10. 18-Ricky Greene[11]; 11. 20-Owen Osteen[10].



Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman[5]; 2. 71D-Chris Madden[4]; 3. 99-Hunt Gossum[1]; 4. 5CS-Curt Spalding[7]; 5. 6-Ryan Ayers[17]; 6. 09-Ethan Dotson[2]; 7. 35-David Stremme[3]; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler[22]; 9. 8A-Austin Holcombe[10]; 10. 7T-Drake Troutman[16]; 11. 99W-Chris Arnold[12]; 12. K19-Will Krup[9]; 13. 11H-Keith Jackson[18]; 14. 21-Taylor Cook[11]; 15. 51-Brandon Green[6]; 16. 1S-Brian Shaw[21]; 17. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[19]; 18. 5K-Tyler Kaeter[20]; 19. 17X-Richard Michael Jr[24]; 20. 74-Mike Franklin[27]; 21. 00EH-Steve Arpin[25]; 22. 80-Rich Dawson[13]; 23. 97-Mitch Thomas[15]; 24. 60-Brandon Householder[28]; 25. T9-Ryan Thomas[23]; 26. 25-Michael Corbin[14]; 27. 2J-Troy Johnson[8]; 28. 84-Ryan Toole[26]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps): 1. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[2]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[1]; 3. B75-Brayden Berry[4]; 4. 51P-Joey Polevoy[8]; 5. 74-Mike Franklin[9]; 6. 2-Shawn Martin[6]; 7. 1K-Kyle Peterson[3]; 8. 7-Evan Taylor[11]; 9. 1126-Chad Tanquary[13]; 10. 4-Doug Penny[10]; 11. (DNS) 42-Bo LeMastus; 12. (DNS) 88-Matt Crafton; 13. (DNS) 18-Brandon Kinzer

Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 Laps): 1. 5K-Tyler Kaeter[2]; 2. T9-Ryan Thomas[1]; 3. 15-Richard Gibson[9]; 4. 25A-Andy Anderson[7]; 5. 96-Slade Parsons[4]; 6. 43-Josh Harris[6]; 7. 25P-Robert Poole[11]; 8. 4M-Tim Monroe[5]; 9. 14D-David Taylor[3]; 10. 14-Samuel Lamborgini[13]; 11. 463-Daniel Sanchez[8]; 12. P3-Jeff Leeke[10]; 13. 00EH-Steve Arpin[12]

Last Chance Showdown 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Brian Shaw[2]; 2. 17X-Richard Michael Jr[4]; 3. 21S-Kenny Shaw[6]; 4. 11-Troy Loomis[1]; 5. 14J-Jordan Taylor[10]; 6. 12R-Ty Rhoades[3]; 7. 60-Brandon Householder[5]; 8. 17-Case Daniels[8]; 9. 84-Ryan Toole[7]; 10. 0-Haley Kaiser[11]; 11. T2-Greg Hauger[9]; 12. 9T-Mason Canter[13]; 13. 5F-Jerry Foster[12]

All Star Feature (20 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman[11]; 2. 5CS-Curt Spalding[2]; 3. 71D-Chris Madden[14]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler[3]; 5. 09-Ethan Dotson[6]; 6. 35-David Stremme[15]; 7. 7T-Drake Troutman[8]; 8. 51-Brandon Green[7]; 9. T9-Ryan Thomas[9]; 10. 21-Taylor Cook[20]; 11. K19-Will Krup[18]; 12. 74-Mike Franklin[4]; 13. 97-Mitch Thomas[5]; 14. 1S-Brian Shaw[17]; 15. 11-Troy Loomis[12]; 16. 4-Doug Penny[19]; 17. 42-Bo LeMastus; 18. 84-Ryan Toole[16]; 19. T2-Greg Hauger[21]; 20. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[1]; 21. 463-Daniel Sanchez[10]; 22. 8A-Austin Holcombe[13].



Feature (25 Laps): 1. 44-John Ruggiero Jr[4]; 2. 10P-Daniel Parker[7]; 3. 67-Bryan Mullis[2]; 4. P4-John Price[12]; 5. 04-Rod Tucker[1]; 6. 22W-Nathan Walker[5]; 7. 114-Jordan Koehler[21]; 8. 12T-Justin Taylor[20]; 9. C1-Chuckie Duncan[19]; 10. 57-Luke Cooper[15]; 11. 17-Chris Joyce[11]; 12. 92-Tanner Fortune[9]; 13. 15-Bron Rutledge[17]; 14. 2-Kris Norwood[23]; 15. 727-Baillie Lowe[8]; 16. 12-Kevin Powell[26]; 17. 27-Mike Davidson[13]; 18. 22P-Jeff Parsons[14]; 19. G18-Chris Calvert[25]; 20. 11-Gabe Gable[10]; 21. 21M-Jay Merck[3]; 22. 24-Seth Wimpey[6]; 23. 11S-David Smith[16]; 24. 14-Barron McDowell[18]; 25. 10-Mario Gresham[22]; 26. 52-Timmy Mills[24]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (6 Laps): 1. C1-Chuckie Duncan[1]; 2. 10-Mario Gresham[2]; 3. K7-Keaton Smith[3]; 4. 5-Robbie Gibson[9]; 5. 3-Keith Hart[8]; 6. 9-Cole Hedrick[5]; 7. LIL17-Jeremiah Johnson[4]; 8. 08-David Stone[7]; 9. 8-Zakary Brown[6]; 10. 22N-Nathan William[10]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (6 Laps): 1. 12T-Justin Taylor[3]; 2. 2-Kris Norwood[2]; 3. 28-Justin Mintz[5]; 4. 22M-Matt Thompson[6]; 5. 75-Charlie Ray Howell[9]; 6. 03W-Jason Welborn[7]; 7. 12-Kevin Powell[1]; 8. 12D-Jason Dickerson[4]; 9. 4-Kyle Beck[8]; 10. (DNS) 22C-Terry Caples

Last Chance Showdown 3 (6 Laps): 1. 114-Jordan Koehler[2]; 2. 52-Timmy Mills[4]; 3. G18-Chris Calvert[3]; 4. 6-Tucker Anderson[5]; 5. 18-Austin Mintz[6]; 6. 21-JD Strader[7]; 7. 62-Jason Adams[1]; 8. H28-Chuck Hargrove[8]; 9. 31-Cody King[9].



Feature (25 Laps): 1. 8A-Austin Holcombe[1]; 2. 11-Eric Bentley[6]; 3. 44-Jeff Parsons[4]; 4. K22-Kenny Peeples[2]; 5. 00-Preston Blalock[13]; 6. 7-David Reutimann[22]; 7. 70-Steve Axtell Jr[3]; 8. 20S-Trey Stamper[12]; 9. 31G-Stephen Pedulla[7]; 10. 23-Buck Stevens[9]; 11. 2T-Ty Norder[21]; 12. 60X-Dean Noseworthy[17]; 13. 52-Chris Stowe[25]; 14. 17-Case Daniels[11]; 15. 28-Michael Beasley[16]; 16. 15-Morgan Widener[5]; 17. 121-Chase Cardwell[15]; 18. 69-Harley Stanley[20]; 19. 7D-JR Davis[26]; 20. 3-Dennis Brewer[10]; 21. 1-Richard Shupe Jr[18]; 22. 92-Martin Larry[24]; 23. 16-Daniel Allen[14]; 24. 19-Ryan Morgan[8]; 25. 312-Greg Brown[23]; 26. 39-Russell Baker[19]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (6 Laps): 1. 39-Russell Baker[4]; 2. 2T-Ty Norder[6]; 3. 312-Greg Brown[1]; 4. 23A-Austin Self[2]; 5. 56-Justin Blevins[5]; 6. 72-Patrick Field[12]; 7. 83-Kevin Vanhorn[7]; 8. 71-Dennis Kirk[13]; 9. 52-Chris Stowe[3]; 10. 99-Michael Woodcock[11]; 11. 8P-Jason Powers[9]; 12. 50-Ronnie Covey[8]; 13. 20-Austin Hedrick[10]; 14. (DNS) 78-Michael Harrell; 15. (DNS) B5-Brian Strickland

Last Chance Showdown 2 (6 Laps): 1. 69-Harley Stanley[2]; 2. 7-David Reutimann[5]; 3. 92-Martin Larry[13]; 4. 73-Chris Nickerson[15]; 5. 59-Grayson Wells[1]; 6. 5-Ethan Wilson[8]; 7. 18S-Ray Suman[4]; 8. 32K-Tyler Kussman[11]; 9. 23K-Kenny Kallam[9]; 10. 00R-Jerry Reich[12]; 11. 7D-JR Davis[7]; 12. 00B-JP Blalock[6]; 13. 13-Quentin Haley[3]; 14. (DNS) 25-Mike Davidson; 15. (DNS) 14-Jeff Robinson.



Feature (20 Laps): 1. 18-Ricky Greene[2]; 2. 01-Patrick Lyon[6]; 3. 83-Calob McLaughlin[5]; 4. 78-Blake Pryor[1]; 5. 2-Bradley Weaver[10]; 6. 5-Earl Petty[11]; 7. 75-Andy Stewart[7]; 8. 1ST-Kelly Fegter[17]; 9. JR1-Jake Jackson[9]; 10. 71-Donny Atkins[18]; 11. 18C-Damon Crump[3]; 12. 22S-Shannon Adams[24]; 13. J1-Chris Jackson[13]; 14. 3-Tre Beaty[21]; 15. 51-Phoenix Lawter[8]; 16. 66-Johnny Westmoreland[16]; 17. 118-Cameron Holloway[20]; 18. 38-Junior Johnson[22]; 19. 76-Chris Rice[19]; 20. 96-Dalton Pannell[15]; 21. 84-Kyle Cooper[12]; 22. 46-Johnny Hipp[23]; 23. 11-Paul Irby[14]; 24. 9P-Dalton Peavy[4]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1ST-Kelly Fegter[2]; 2. 76-Chris Rice[1]; 3. 3-Tre Beaty[3]; 4. 46-Johnny Hipp[5]; 5. 20T-Timmy McBride[7]; 6. 40-TJ Bolin[4]; 7. 58-Kevin Patterson[6]; 8. (DNS) 24-Timmy Smith

Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 Laps): 1. 71-Donny Atkins[1]; 2. 118-Cameron Holloway[2]; 3. 38-Junior Johnson[5]; 4. 22S-Shannon Adams[6]; 5. BB2-Jesse Wall[7]; 6. 5N-Nick Evans[8]; 7. 40B-Todd Bolin[4]; 8. 9-Ronnie Mosley[3].



Feature (25 Laps): 1. 26-Johnny Raines[1]; 2. H3-Harley Holden[6]; 3. 19-Travis Mosley[5]; 4. 00-Cody Ussery[11]; 5. 96X-Tyler Riddle[17]; 6. 212-Greg Brew[2]; 7. 97T-Casey Towell[16]; 8. 21-John Warren[20]; 9. 8-Aaron Summitt[26]; 10. 94-Blake Keen[15]; 11. J2-James Manning[24]; 12. 12-Pete Brew[18]; 13. 5-Bryan Harrelson[23]; 14. 117-Matt Gilbert[9]; 15. 17-Nick Broome[10]; 16. 44-Marcus Hughes[14]; 17. 933-Michael Hill[25]; 18. 96-Stacy Brock[12]; 19. X-Kevin Cooper[21]; 20. 10-Logan Richey[3]; 21. 12B-JR Baker[4]; 22. 483-Hannah Wall[8]; 23. 04-Austin Brown[13]; 24. 04W-Phillip Wilson[22]; 25. 03-Damien Bryant[19]; DQ 1G-Grayson Keaton[7]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (6 Laps): 1. 03-Damien Bryant[1]; 2. 04W-Phillip Wilson[4]; 3. 10C-Carl Currin[8]; 4. 8-Aaron Summitt[5]; 5. 5C-Connor Keaton[3]; 6. 3-Tyler Meadows[7]; 7. 58-Bo Pyrtle[2]; 8. 8B-Dustin Bolin[9]; 9. 25-Rusty Campbell[6]; 10. 97H-Tyler Hobgood[10]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (6 Laps): 1. 21-John Warren[5]; 2. 5-Bryan Harrelson[8]; 3. 97-Ben Burnett[4]; 4. 72-Travis Harden[6]; 5. 933-Michael Hill[7]; 6. M117-Mike Lingerfelt[1]; 7. (DNS) 22-Terry Caples; 8. (DNS) 61-Eric Hill; 9. (DNS) 43-Kenneth Parris; 10. (DNS) 115C-Kevin Pierce

Last Chance Showdown 3 (6 Laps): 1. X-Kevin Cooper[1]; 2. J2-James Manning[2]; 3. 14W-Kody Wilson[3]; 4. 112-Jason Jennings[7]; 5. 30-Larry Housley[5]; 6. 5S-Brandon Shupe[6]; 7. 96C-Tanner Cook[4]; 8. (DNS) 87-Miles Mintz; 9. (DNS) B18-Aaron Weed.



Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 48-Newman Presnell[1]; 2. 221-Donavan Beacham[10]; 3. 4R9-Daniel Wright[13]; 4. C4-CJ LaVair[16]; 5. 21X-Mark White[5]; 6. 5H-Tyler Hopkins[17]; 7. A53-Austin Haskin[9]; 8. 1W-Bradley Williams[7]; 9. 64G-Rusty Garlock[11]; 10. 35-Josh Gibson[26]; 11. 89-Matthew Taylor[18]; 12. 15-Kenneth Colf[24]; 13. 7L-Marcus Locklear[12]; 14. 58-Ronnie Hall[15]; 15. 23-Eric Grant[21]; 16. 18E-William Estep[19]; 17. 21-Chase Hopper[3]; 18. 38-Rodney Grant[20]; 19. 0-Shawn Peche[6]; 20. 88-Joey Kelly[4]; 21. 00-Anthony Varner[8]; 22. 21W-Ricky Weaver Jr[2]; 23. 1X-Hunter Wallace[14]; 24. 2T-Tanner Tate[22]; 25. 12C-Chris Canterbury[23]; 26. H11-Wayne Heatherly[25]

Feature 2 (10 Laps): 1. 311-Jonathan Sarratt[3]; 2. 1H-Justin Harris[1]; 3. 91Z-Zachary Slone[5]; 4. 2L-Kylee Laws[12]; 5. 25J-Josh Whitfield[13]; 6. 2D-Daniel Tate[10]; 7. D2-Danny Tate[14]; 8. 88X-Shannon Barnhill[2]; 9. 2-Robert Cutshall[15]; 10. 18-Kala Varner[20]; 11. 13B-Brandon Collins[16]; 12. 9C-Jay Tate[23]; 13. 64-Mike Budka[19]; 14. 1B-Kayli Wallace[22]; 15. 63-Scotty Coffey[18]; 16. 21B-Drew Banks[9]; 17. 32B-Kris Bobo[7]; 18. 12X-David Laney[4]; 19. 5-Reggie Twing[17]; 20. 2C-Tyler Capps[6]; 21. 8-TJ Slack[8]; 22. 3-Blake Hedrick[11]; 23. B59-Billy Whitfield[21]; 24. 24-Tyler Fister[24]; 25. A23-Andrew Rich[25]

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 48-Newman Presnell, 00:21.748[48]; 2. 1H-Justin Harris, 00:21.758[21]; 3. 21W-Ricky Weaver Jr, 00:21.849[28]; 4. 88X-Shannon Barnhill, 00:21.886[38]; 5. 21-Chase Hopper, 00:21.902[49]; 6. 311-Jonathan Sarratt, 00:21.976[2]; 7. 88-Joey Kelly, 00:21.987[40]; 8. 12X-David Laney, 00:22.023[5]; 9. 21X-Mark White, 00:22.188[27]; 10. 91Z-Zachary Slone, 00:22.211[17]; 11. 0-Shawn Peche, 00:22.373[15]; 12. 2C-Tyler Capps, 00:22.449[10]; 13. 1W-Bradley Williams, 00:22.635[22]; 14. 32B-Kris Bobo, 00:22.649[26]; 15. 00-Anthony Varner, 00:22.677[31]; 16. 8-TJ Slack, 00:22.766[14]; 17. A53-Austin Haskin, 00:22.829[43]; 18. 21B-Drew Banks, 00:22.832[46]; 19. 221-Donavan Beacham, 00:22.843[41]; 20. 2D-Daniel Tate, 00:22.867[19]; 21. 64G-Rusty Garlock, 00:22.901[13]; 22. 3-Blake Hedrick, 00:22.914[47]; 23. 7L-Marcus Locklear, 00:22.960[18]; 24. 2L-Kylee Laws, 00:22.975[33]; 25. 4R9-Daniel Wright, 00:23.046[50]; 26. 25J-Josh Whitfield, 00:23.265[34]; 27. 1X-Hunter Wallace, 00:23.454[29]; 28. D2-Danny Tate, 00:23.601[11]; 29. 58-Ronnie Hall, 00:23.683[4]; 30. 2-Robert Cutshall, 00:23.738[37]; 31. C4-CJ LaVair, 00:23.757[1]; 32. 13B-Brandon Collins, 00:23.816[20]; 33. 5H-Tyler Hopkins, 00:23.853[7]; 34. 5-Reggie Twing, 00:24.022[44]; 35. 89-Matthew Taylor, 00:24.108[6]; 36. 63-Scotty Coffey, 00:24.245[8]; 37. 18E-William Estep, 00:24.260[9]; 38. 64-Mike Budka, 00:24.351[39]; 39. 38-Rodney Grant, 00:24.372[25]; 40. 18-Kala Varner, 00:24.856[16]; 41. 23-Eric Grant, 00:24.945[12]; 42. B59-Billy Whitfield, 00:25.142[45]; 43. 2T-Tanner Tate, 00:25.160[24]; 44. 1B-Kayli Wallace, 00:26.253[42]; 45. 12C-Chris Canterbury, 00:34.221[35]; 46. 9C-Jay Tate, 00:40.905[23]; 47. (DNF) 15-Kenneth Colf, 00:59.000[32]; 48. (DNS) 24-Tyler Fister; 49. (DNS) H11-Wayne Heatherly; 50. (DNS) A23-Andrew Rich.



Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1-David Rogers[7]; 2. 92-Andrew Buff[11]; 3. 410-Mike Fowler[9]; 4. 33R-Travis Bruno[8]; 5. 20X-Kevin Ridley[3]; 6. 7Z-Zachary Payne[10]; 7. 42-Robert Tucker[4]; 8. 5-Brock Pinkerous[1]; 9. 6-Robert Bublak[5]; 10. 00-Beau Reeves[6]; 11. 29T-Tanner Forbes[15]; 12. 96-Robert Maxon[2]; 13. 1R-Ricky Thompson[13]; 14. 37-Darryl Mitchell[12]; 15. 60X-Kinser Hill[16]; 16. 47-Walter Cook[14]

All Star Feature (20 Laps): 1. 7Z-Zachary Payne[6]; 2. 1-David Rogers[3]; 3. 410-Mike Fowler[14]; 4. 5-Brock Pinkerous[5]; 5. 6-Robert Bublak[4]; 6. 33R-Travis Bruno[8]; 7. 92-Andrew Buff[10]; 8. 29T-Tanner Forbes[13]; 9. 00-Beau Reeves[15]; 10. 42-Robert Tucker[2]; 11. 37-Darryl Mitchell[9]; 12. 1R-Ricky Thompson[12]; 13. 20X-Kevin Ridley[7]; 14. 47-Walter Cook[1]; 15. 96-Robert Maxon[11]; 16. 60X-Kinser Hill[16].



Feature (20 Laps): 1. 93M-Sheldon Martin[2]; 2. 2-Pete Stefanski[8]; 3. 8-Sean Corr[4]; 4. 14J-Johnny Rivers[3]; 5. 2H-Luke Horning[7]; 6. 93-Kenny Martin[1]; 7. 58-Roxanne Roy[6]; 8. 6C-Brian Carter[5]

All Star Feature (15 Laps): 1. 8-Sean Corr[1]; 2. 2H-Luke Horning[2]; 3. 2-Pete Stefanski[4]; 4. 14J-Johnny Rivers[6]; 5. 93M-Sheldon Martin[5]; 6. 93-Kenny Martin[3]; 7. 6C-Brian Carter[8]; 8. 58-Roxanne Roy[7].



FRIDAY NIGHT BUZZ: Drydene World Short Track Championship Kicks Off with Nine Divisions of National Stars Racing Against Local Heroes

DIRTVision Hornet Features cap off Friday’s packed night of racing action at The Dirt Track at Charlotte


CONCORD, NC — Oct. 29, 2021 — With more than 330 competitors from 20 states taking part, the Drydene World Short Track Championship took the green flag on Friday afternoon with nine classes of race cars featuring national superstars taking on local heroes at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.


The event is the biggest stage of the year for most of the drivers. Those who have never competed in the event have never raced on a track so big. Many have never been able to race for big money prizes and a high-class oil drum-style Drydene trophy. Even bigger, the event is broadcast across the world on DIRTVision.


Qualifying and heat races were the focus of Friday to set the stage for Saturday’s main events, but three DIRTVision Hornet Features wrapped up the night’s action.


DIRTVision Hornets: Lanely, Presnell, Hopper score victories


Out from the garages of rural America and off the back of small enclosed, or predominantly open trailers, 50 DIRTVision Hornets graced the The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Friday. All in search of a prestigious Drydene World Short Track Championship win.


Three 10-lap DIRTVision Hornet Features were held, lined up by split qualifying sessions earlier in the day. Dave Lanely made a heroic pass in the first Feature to snag the win, while Newman Presnell and Chase Hopper stood out as dominant drivers to win their Features.


Here’s how the three Features played out:



Jonathan Barratt in his #311 Hornet has been a winning contender every year he shows up for the Drydene World Short Track Championship. He proved that again by setting Quick Time overall and then held a commanding lead for the majority of the first 10-lap Feature.


While Barratt held the lead, Ricky Weaver stayed within striking distance in the runner-up spot. However, around the halfway point of the race, Weaver developed an issue and slowed. That moved Lanely up to second and opened the door for a view at Barratt. However, the black and green #311 was more than a second ahead.


Then, with a lap to go, Lanely got closer. And closer. By Turn 3 he was less than a car length away. By Turn 4 he was at Barratt’s bumper. Something was going awry on Barratt’s car. His pace dramatically slowed, while Lanely kept the throttle pinned to the floorboard with the checkered flag waving. At the line… Lanely nosed Barratt for the win by 0.025 seconds.


“I didn’t lead none of the laps but the last one, but I guess that’s the only one that matters,” Lanely said. “(I thought) just never give up. Stay in it to the end. I saw I was catching him really fast, I figured something broke on his car for me to catch him that fast. He runs the circuit and he’s pretty fast everywhere. I just stayed in it until it was over.”



The Drydene World Short Track Championship produces a new standout in the DIRTVision Hornet division every year and Newman Presnell has stepped up to take that title in 2021.

He qualified second overall, by only by a hundredth of a second of Barratt’s pole setting time. Then, when it came to the second DIRTVision Hornet Feature of the night, he led the field to the green and never looked back. Shannon Barnhill in second and Bradley Williamson, who got by Mark White for second, could do nothing but watch the white #48 lead enter a Turn while they exited the one prior.


With no flaw in his driver, Presnell raced to the checkered flag with ease to pick up the trophy and $500 check.


“Hey, man, it felt great,” Presnell said about claiming the win Friday night. “Just glad to be here. Enjoying our time here in Charlotte. We come to just have a good time. Getting on the track tonight was a blessing. It feels good to be here in Victory Lane, too.


“The track felt pretty good. I liked it, man. It was really smooth from top to bottom for this car. Wherever I wanted to put it, it would go. It was a good time.”



In his Drydene World Short Track Championship debut last year, Chase Hopper, of Stokesdale, NC, didn’t know what to expect. He’d never raced on a track that big before and had never been a part of an event that big before. What it resulted in was a podium finish during Friday night’s Feature and a last lap pass for the win on Saturday.


This year, with that confidence in his head and a new motor under the hood of his #21 machine, Hopper is poised to sweep the weekend.


He launched ahead of the field from the pole position at the start of the third Feature, but former World Short Track winner Joe Kelly stayed in his tire tracks. Upon entering Turn 3, you could barely fit a finger between the rear of Hopper’s car and the front of Kelly’s. But once they finished the circuit and Hopper built momentum every lap, he pulled away from Kelly, leaving the #88 car to fend off the hoard of Hornets behind him.


With a couple laps to go, Kelly slid over the cushion in Turn 2, allowing Donovan Beacham make an easy pass for second. However, Hopper had already pulled away by more than two seconds at that point. When the checkered flags flew for the final time of the night, Hopper scored a rare back-to-back feat.


“Man, it feels good. This is just a dream come true,” Hopper said. “I feel like I’m in fairyland right now. The program we have now, this car is just a whole different beast. It is just hooked up. I couldn’t ask for a better race car. I was just cruising. I had a little bit more pedal, but I wasn’t going to show them everything I had tonight.


“It’s hard enough to win one, but when you can say you’ve won two, and hopefully we can make it three tomorrow night, it’s just different. I enjoy this and this makes it all worth it.”


Lanely, Presnell and Hopper, along with the 47 other DIRTVision Hornets will get another attempt at the big check and special trophy Saturday night during the Drydene World Short Track Championship finale. — By Nick Graziano


In other divisions:


Drydene Performance Products Street Stocks: Ricky Greene, who completed the podium in last year’s Feature event, qualified third-fastest in Group A, which set him on the outside pole for the opening Heat Race. He grabbed the lead from defending race winner Calob McLaughlin at the drop of the green and never looked back, leading all six laps to take the checkered. In the second Heat, Dalton Peavy lost the lead at the halfway mark before getting a chance to take it back on a restart with 3 laps to go … and he made it count. Peavy threw a big slide job on Andy Stewart in Turns 3-4 coming to the checkered flag, sliding right onto the nose of Stewart coming out of Turn 4 to take the spot and the Heat win.


In the third Heat, overall fast qualifier Damon Crump dominated the six-lap affair from the pole, stretching out his lead to almost four seconds by the checkered flag. Blake Pryor used his pole position starting spot in the final Heat Race to lead all six laps and get the win. — By Jordan DeLucia


Fox Factory Pro (604) Late Models: The Fox Factory Pro Late Models kicked off their racing with 16 drivers locking themselves into Saturday’s Championship Feature.  


Ben Watkins, Colton Trouille, Dillon Brown, and Tyler Nicely took the checkered flag in their Heat Races on night one of the Drydene World Short Track Championship.


Watkins, Trouille, and Nicely led flag-to-flag in their eight-lap Heat Races, while Brown thundered around Winky McGee to take the lead on Lap 2 of Heat Race.


Last Chance Showdowns on Saturday afternoon will set the rest of the field for Saturday’s 30-Lap Feature. The Fox Factory Pro Late Models will also run an All-Star Feature on Saturday night toward the end of the program. — By Mike Warren


Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models: The Dirt Track at Charlotte provided an epic stage for six Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Model Heat Races during Friday’s portion of the Drydene World Short Track Championship as 18 drivers punched their ticket into Saturday’s main event.


Rod Tucker, Bryan Mullis, Jay Merck, John Ruggierio Jr., Nathan Walker, and Seth Wimpey won their Heat Races on Friday, giving them some momentum heading into Saturday’s program.


All the winners took advantage of a front-row starting spot, but Heat Six saw John Price started sixth and drove up to second to earn his spot into Saturday’s main event.


Last Chance Showdowns on Saturday afternoon will set the final positions for the 25-Lap Championship Feature for the Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models. — By Mike Warren


Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar UMP Modifieds: Friday’s action for the 57 DIRTcar UMP Modifieds included six heat races, starting with World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series regular Chris Madden making his Drydene World Short Track Championship debut in Dan Davies’ #71D UMP Modified, which he powered to victory in the opening Heat Race after clocking in third-quick in Group A Qualifying. Smokey led all eight laps from the outside pole, besting fellow transfers Curt Spalding and Rich Dawson for the win.


Defending division Feature winner Kyle Strickler ran fourth, one spot shy of a transfer into the Feature. He’ll have to come through a Last Chance Showdown event on Saturday to make the main event.


David Stremme dominated the second heat, bringing him one step closer to finally earning a Drydene World Short Track Championship title. Will Krup and Mitch Thomas also transferred to Saturday’s main event.


DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion Nick Hoffman broke while leading his Heat Race last year, but the car held up this time around. He qualified second-fast in Group B and started outside pole for the eight-lap Heat, taking the lead from Taylor Cook on the opening lap and leading every circuit en route to the win. Cook and Ryan Ayers also transferred with him to the Feature.


Californian Ethan Dotson turned a lot of heads in his World Short Track debut, first knocking Hoffman off the top spot in Group B Qualifying by two tenths and then proceeding to dominate the fourth Heat Race. Piloting a car nearly identical to teammate and popular Rallycross racer Steve Arpin, Dotson showed enormous prowess against the UMP Modified regulars, which will make for a terrific main event on Saturday.


Kentuckian Brandon Green had it in the bag from the drop of the green in the fifth Heat Race, leading every lap from the pole and beating fellow transfers Austin Holcombe and Drake Troutman to the line.


The sixth and final Heat Race featured overall fast qualifier Hunt Gossum, the teenage racing sensation from Mayfield, KY, leading all eight laps en route to the checkered. Last year’s runner-up, Chris Arnold, held second and transferred with third-place Keith Jackson. — By Jordan DeLucia


Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds: Group A fast qualifier Kenneth Peeples led the field around unchallenged to get the win in the opening Heat. Morgan Widener qualified second to Peeples in Group A and followed suit with him in the Heat, leading all six laps to score the victory. Eric Bentley doubled down on his Group B fast qualifying time by leading every lap in the third Heat as Steven Axtell, one of several drivers pulling double duty this weekend, made the most of his on-track time with the Pro Modifieds by leading all six laps of the fourth Heat for the win.


After overall fast qualifier Jeff Robinson dropped out on Lap 2 of the fifth Heat, three-time and defending race winner Jeff Parsons scooped up the lead and led the field back around to the checkers unchallenged for the win. In the sixth and final Heat polesitter Trey Stamper led the opening laps, but UMP Modified regular Austin Holcombe had the faster car and made a move for the lead, and the win, in Turns 3-4 with only two laps left before driving away to victory. — By Jordan DeLucia


COMP Cams Monster Mini-Stocks: Setting the stage for an exciting 25-lap Comp Cams Monster Mini-Stocks Feature Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, six Heat Races were held on Friday, locking 18 drivers into the main event.


Johnny Raines, Greg Brew, Logan Richey, JR Baker, Travis Mosley and Harley Holden all emerged as the six Heat Race victors, presenting themselves as prime contenders for the prestigious Drydene trophy and big check.

A strong qualifying effort proved beneficial with all six winners coming from the front row. The only driver to not win from the pole was Brew in Heat 2. He, Marcus Hughes and Phillip Wilson waged a war for the lead for several laps before Wilson suffered an issue and took him out of contention. Brew got the better of Hughes, who fell to third and claimed the Heat win.


Drivers yet to lock themselves into Saturday’s Feature will have a final chance to race their way in through the Last Chance Showdown. — By Nick Graziano


VP Race Fuels DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds: Brock Pinkerous, a young gun from Ellenville, NY, started on the pole of the first heat after a stellar 18.188-second qualifying lap around The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but at the drop of the green flag he immediately lost ground to David Rogers, who sailed his #1 VP Race Fuels Sportsman Modified around the outside of Pinkerous to get the holeshot and stuck it. Rogers, a regular at Can-Am Speedway and Mohawk Int’l Raceway, took the checkered flag and made it to the top-four redraw along with Pinkerous.


Travis Bruno and Kevin Ridley brought Heat Race #2 to the green flag heavy on the gas. Unlike the racing lines of the other classes competing at the Drydene World Short Track Championship, the VP Race Fuels Sportsman Modifieds took to the low line immediately. With their wide Hoosier Racing Tires digging, Bruno and Ridley had a two-lap duel until Ridley’s left rear wheel filled with red clay causing a vibration. Ridley, out of Waterloo, NY, was unable to track down the very fast Bruno, Morrisonville, NY, who took the checkered flag while Ridley hung on for second. — By Joe Grabianowski


SRI Performance DIRTcar Pro Stocks: Eight SRI Performance DIRTcar Pro Stocks kicked off all the racing action for the evening and did not disappoint. Luke Horning put down the fastest lap in Time Trials, running 20.670 seconds around 4/10-mile Charlotte track, but on the first lap of the heat Horning slipped up and fell back. Then, a cluster of SRI Performance Pro Stocks rattled around into each other in Turn One and Pete Stefanski lost a rear bumper sending him to the pits.


When the field restarted with three laps to go. Horning and his #2H DIRTcar Pro Stock, fell off the pace and pulled it into infield with a mechanical failure. The rest of the heat belonged to hometown hero Sheldon Martin of Mooresville, NC, who held off ARCA driver Sean Corr for the win. Johnny Rivers finished a strong third while Kenny Martin and Brian Carter rounded out the top-five. — By Joe Grabianowski


If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.


Drydene World Short Track Championship Results; Friday, Oct. 29, 2021


Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 12X-David Laney[3]; 2. 311-Jonathan Sarratt[1]; 3. 4R9-Daniel Wright[5]; 4. 8-TJ Slack[7]; 5. 91Z-Zachary Slone[4]; 6. 7L-Marcus Locklear[9]; 7. 2T-Tanner Tate[11]; 8. 25J-Josh Whitfield[10]; 9. 2D-Daniel Tate[8]; 10. A53-Austin Haskin[6]; 11. 58-Ronnie Hall[12]; 12. 18E-William Estep[13]; 13. 9C-Jay Tate[16]; 14. 64-Mike Budka[14]; 15. 21W-Ricky Weaver Jr[2]; 16. A23-Andrew Rich[17]; 17. B59-Billy Whitfield[15]

Feature 2 (15 Laps): 1. 48-Newman Presnell[1]; 2. 88X-Shannon Barnhill[2]; 3. 1W-Bradley Williams[4]; 4. 21X-Mark White[3]; 5. 32B-Kris Bobo[6]; 6. 21B-Drew Banks[8]; 7. 5H-Tyler Hopkins[10]; 8. 2C-Tyler Capps[5]; 9. C4-CJ LaVair[12]; 10. 15-Kenneth Colf[16]; 11. 3-Blake Hedrick[9]; 12. 5-Reggie Twing[11]; 13. 18-Kala Varner[14]; 14. 1B-Kayli Wallace[15]; 15. H11-Wayne Heatherly[17]; 16. 89-Matthew Taylor[13]; 17. 1X-Hunter Wallace[7]

Feature 3 (15 Laps): 1. 21-Chase Hopper[1]; 2. 221-Donavan Beacham[8]; 3. 88-Joey Kelly[3]; 4. 0-Shawn Peche[4]; 5. 00-Anthony Varner[6]; 6. 64G-Rusty Garlock[5]; 7. 2L-Kylee Laws[7]; 8. 1H-Justin Harris[2]; 9. 2-Robert Cutshall[9]; 10. 13B-Brandon Collins[10]; 11. D2-Danny Tate[11]; 12. 23-Eric Grant[14]; 13. 38-Rodney Grant[12]; 14. 24-Tyler Fister[16]

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 311-Jonathan Sarratt, 00:21.562[2]; 2. 48-Newman Presnell, 00:21.577[48]; 3. 21-Chase Hopper, 00:21.587[49]; 4. 21W-Ricky Weaver Jr, 00:21.593[28]; 5. 88X-Shannon Barnhill, 00:21.669[38]; 6. 1H-Justin Harris, 00:21.689[21]; 7. 12X-David Laney, 00:21.953[5]; 8. 21X-Mark White, 00:21.953[27]; 9. 88-Joey Kelly, 00:21.978[40]; 10. 91Z-Zachary Slone, 00:22.015[17]; 11. 1W-Bradley Williams, 00:22.145[22]; 12. 0-Shawn Peche, 00:22.154[15]; 13. 4R9-Daniel Wright, 00:22.203[50]; 14. 2C-Tyler Capps, 00:22.298[10]; 15. 64G-Rusty Garlock, 00:22.424[13]; 16. A53-Austin Haskin, 00:22.520[43]; 17. 32B-Kris Bobo, 00:22.640[26]; 18. 00-Anthony Varner, 00:22.642[31]; 19. 8-TJ Slack, 00:22.682[14]; 20. 1X-Hunter Wallace, 00:22.696[29]; 21. 2L-Kylee Laws, 00:22.714[33]; 22. 2D-Daniel Tate, 00:22.790[19]; 23. 21B-Drew Banks, 00:22.802[46]; 24. 221-Donavan Beacham, 00:22.829[41]; 25. 7L-Marcus Locklear, 00:22.852[18]; 26. 3-Blake Hedrick, 00:22.908[47]; 27. 2-Robert Cutshall, 00:23.016[37]; 28. 25J-Josh Whitfield, 00:23.121[34]; 29. 5H-Tyler Hopkins, 00:23.175[7]; 30. 13B-Brandon Collins, 00:23.183[20]; 31. 2T-Tanner Tate, 00:23.280[24]; 32. 5-Reggie Twing, 00:23.450[44]; 33. D2-Danny Tate, 00:23.593[11]; 34. 58-Ronnie Hall, 00:23.622[4]; 35. C4-CJ LaVair, 00:23.685[1]; 36. 38-Rodney Grant, 00:23.880[25]; 37. 18E-William Estep, 00:23.962[9]; 38. 89-Matthew Taylor, 00:23.970[6]; 39. 63-Scotty Coffey, 00:24.158[8]; 40. 64-Mike Budka, 00:24.211[39]; 41. 18-Kala Varner, 00:24.397[16]; 42. 23-Eric Grant, 00:24.595[12]; 43. B59-Billy Whitfield, 00:25.141[45]; 44. 1B-Kayli Wallace, 00:25.158[42]; 45. 12C-Chris Canterbury, 00:27.892[35]; 46. 9C-Jay Tate, 00:35.691[23]; 47. (DNF) 15-Kenneth Colf, 00:56.000[32]; 48. (DNS) 24-Tyler Fister, 00:57.000; 49. (DNS) A23-Andrew Rich, 00:58.000; 50. (DNS) H11-Wayne Heatherly, 00:59.000



Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 18-Ricky Greene[2]; 2. 83-Calob McLaughlin[1]; 3. JR1-Jake Jackson[3]; 4. J1-Chris Jackson[6]; 5. 76-Chris Rice[5]; 6. 3-Tre Beaty[8]; 7. 46-Johnny Hipp[7]; 8. 20T-Timmy McBride[4]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 9P-Dalton Peavy[1]; 2. 75-Andy Stewart[3]; 3. 5-Earl Petty[4]; 4. 96-Dalton Pannell[2]; 5. 1ST-Kelly Fegter[5]; 6. 40-TJ Bolin[6]; 7. 58-Kevin Patterson[7]; 8. (DNS) 24-Timmy Smith

Heat 3 (6 Laps): 1. 18C-Damon Crump[1]; 2. 01-Patrick Lyon[2]; 3. 2-Bradley Weaver[3]; 4. 11-Paul Irby[4]; 5. 71-Donny Atkins[5]; 6. 9-Ronnie Mosley[7]; 7. 38-Junior Johnson[6]; 8. BB2-Jesse Wall[8]

Heat 4 (6 Laps): 1. 78-Blake Pryor[1]; 2. 51-Phoenix Lawter[2]; 3. 84-Kyle Cooper[3]; 4. 66-Johnny Westmoreland[4]; 5. 118-Cameron Holloway[6]; 6. 40B-Todd Bolin[5]; 7. 22S-Shannon Adams[8]; 8. 5N-Nick Evans[7]

Qualifying Flight A (2 Laps): 1. 83-Calob McLaughlin, 00:20.153[10]; 2. 9P-Dalton Peavy, 00:20.252[14]; 3. 18-Ricky Greene, 00:20.292[1]; 4. 96-Dalton Pannell, 00:20.331[5]; 5. JR1-Jake Jackson, 00:20.463[4]; 6. 75-Andy Stewart, 00:20.607[9]; 7. 20T-Timmy McBride, 00:20.796[6]; 8. 5-Earl Petty, 00:20.825[11]; 9. 76-Chris Rice, 00:20.833[7]; 10. 1ST-Kelly Fegter, 00:20.964[8]; 11. J1-Chris Jackson, 00:21.022[15]; 12. 40-TJ Bolin, 00:21.301[16]; 13. 46-Johnny Hipp, 00:21.509[3]; 14. 58-Kevin Patterson, 00:21.692[2]; 15. (DNS) 3-Tre Beaty, 00:58.000; 16. (DNS) 24-Timmy Smith, 00:59.000

Qualifying Flight B (2 Laps): 1. 18C-Damon Crump, 00:19.837[10]; 2. 78-Blake Pryor, 00:19.878[4]; 3. 01-Patrick Lyon, 00:20.256[14]; 4. 51-Phoenix Lawter, 00:20.378[6]; 5. 2-Bradley Weaver, 00:20.391[5]; 6. 84-Kyle Cooper, 00:20.460[15]; 7. 11-Paul Irby, 00:20.474[13]; 8. 66-Johnny Westmoreland, 00:20.501[2]; 9. 71-Donny Atkins, 00:20.662[1]; 10. 40B-Todd Bolin, 00:21.011[3]; 11. 38-Junior Johnson, 00:21.084[12]; 12. 118-Cameron Holloway, 00:21.121[8]; 13. 9-Ronnie Mosley, 00:21.347[7]; 14. 5N-Nick Evans, 00:21.455[16]; 15. BB2-Jesse Wall, 00:21.505[11]; 16. 22S-Shannon Adams, 00:21.818[9]



Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 32-Ben Watkins[1]; 2. 27H-Justin Hudspeth[4]; 3. 55-Matt Long[2]; 4. 89-Timmie Harrelson[3]; 5. 10S-Garrett Smith[7]; 6. 143-Brian Ledbetter[5]; 7. 17-Jeff Johnson[6]; 8. 28S-Bob Schwartzmiller[8]; 9. 10-Patrick Evatt[9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 615-Colton Trouille[1]; 2. 66-Jody Knowles[3]; 3. 20-Owen Osteen[2]; 4. 7J-Dalton Jacobs[5]; 5. 225-Matthew Logan[4]; 6. 25-Brayden Anderson[7]; 7. 5M-Kale Steele[8]; 8. (DNS) 00JR-Richard Kuiken Jr

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 6B-Dillon Brown[2]; 2. 26-Winky Mcgee[1]; 3. 215-Jamison McBride[7]; 4. 112-Jeremy Mayfield[3]; 5. 6-Isaak Love[5]; 6. 10A-Matt Ashworth[8]; 7. 44-John Ruggiero Jr[4]; 8. 11F-Ryan Frazee[6]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 25N-Tyler Nicely[2]; 2. 7-Dan Breuer[3]; 3. G4-Trent Ivey[4]; 4. 67-Bryan Mullis[1]; 5. 5S-Joey Johnson[5]; 6. 20G-Chub Gunter[8]; 7. 618-Kevin Wilson[6]; 8. 18-Ricky Greene[7]

Qualifying Flight A (2 Laps): 1. 32-Ben Watkins, 00:17.123[5]; 2. 615-Colton Trouille, 00:17.243[12]; 3. 55-Matt Long, 00:17.578[4]; 4. 20-Owen Osteen, 00:17.737[10]; 5. 89-Timmie Harrelson, 00:18.006[11]; 6. 66-Jody Knowles, 00:18.203[1]; 7. 27H-Justin Hudspeth, 00:18.281[15]; 8. 225-Matthew Logan, 00:18.485[3]; 9. 143-Brian Ledbetter, 00:18.602[13]; 10. 7J-Dalton Jacobs, 00:18.640[2]; 11. 17-Jeff Johnson, 00:18.672[9]; 12. 00JR-Richard Kuiken Jr, 00:18.718[16]; 13. 10S-Garrett Smith, 00:18.812[8]; 14. 25-Brayden Anderson, 00:19.627[14]; 15. (DNS) 28S-Bob Schwartzmiller, 00:20.891; 16. (DNS) 5M-Kale Steele, 00:58.000; 17. (DQ) 10-Patrick Evatt, 00:59.000[17]

Qualifying Flight B (2 Laps): 1. 26-Winky Mcgee, 00:16.957[7]; 2. 67-Bryan Mullis, 00:17.282[8]; 3. 6B-Dillon Brown, 00:17.326[6]; 4. 25N-Tyler Nicely, 00:17.416[13]; 5. 112-Jeremy Mayfield, 00:17.507[2]; 6. 7-Dan Breuer, 00:17.636[3]; 7. 44-John Ruggiero Jr, 00:17.667[15]; 8. G4-Trent Ivey, 00:17.723[16]; 9. 6-Isaak Love, 00:17.981[1]; 10. 5S-Joey Johnson, 00:17.988[9]; 11. 11F-Ryan Frazee, 00:18.018[14]; 12. 618-Kevin Wilson, 00:18.137[12]; 13. 215-Jamison McBride, 00:18.160[5]; 14. 18-Ricky Greene, 00:18.692[4]; 15. 10A-Matt Ashworth, 00:56.000[11]; 16. 20G-Chub Gunter, 00:57.000[10]



Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 04-Rod Tucker[2]; 2. 10P-Daniel Parker[1]; 3. C1-Chuckie Duncan[5]; 4. 27-Mike Davidson[3]; 5. K7-Keaton Smith[6]; 6. 9-Cole Hedrick[4]; 7. 08-David Stone[7]; 8. 5-Robbie Gibson[8]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 67-Bryan Mullis[1]; 2. 727-Baillie Lowe[3]; 3. 22P-Jeff Parsons[2]; 4. 10-Mario Gresham[6]; 5. LIL17-Jeremiah Johnson[5]; 6. 8-Zakary Brown[7]; 7. 3-Keith Hart[4]; 8. 22N-Nathan William[8]

Heat 3 (6 Laps): 1. 21M-Jay Merck[1]; 2. 92-Tanner Fortune[2]; 3. 57-Luke Cooper[4]; 4. 12-Kevin Powell[3]; 5. 12T-Justin Taylor[5]; 6. 28-Justin Mintz[6]; 7. 03W-Jason Welborn[7]; 8. 75-Charlie Ray Howell[8]

Heat 4 (6 Laps): 1. 44-John Ruggiero Jr[1]; 2. 11-Gabe Gable[2]; 3. 11S-David Smith[3]; 4. 2-Kris Norwood[4]; 5. 12D-Jason Dickerson[5]; 6. 22M-Matt Thompson[7]; 7. 4-Kyle Beck[6]; 8. 22C-Terry Caples[8]

Heat 5 (6 Laps): 1. 22W-Nathan Walker[1]; 2. 17-Chris Joyce[2]; 3. 15-Bron Rutledge[4]; 4. 62-Jason Adams[3]; 5. G18-Chris Calvert[8]; 6. 6-Tucker Anderson[5]; 7. 21-JD Strader[7]; 8. 31-Cody King[6]

Heat 6 (6 Laps): 1. 24-Seth Wimpey[1]; 2. P4-John Price[6]; 3. 14-Barron McDowell[2]; 4. 114-Jordan Koehler[4]; 5. 52-Timmy Mills[3]; 6. 18-Austin Mintz[5]; 7. H28-Chuck Hargrove[7]

Qualifying Flight A (2 Laps): 1. 10P-Daniel Parker, 00:17.913[2]; 2. 67-Bryan Mullis, 00:17.936[13]; 3. 04-Rod Tucker, 00:17.962[6]; 4. 22P-Jeff Parsons, 00:18.095[4]; 5. 27-Mike Davidson, 00:18.219[12]; 6. 727-Baillie Lowe, 00:18.289[7]; 7. 9-Cole Hedrick, 00:18.294[3]; 8. 3-Keith Hart, 00:18.298[8]; 9. C1-Chuckie Duncan, 00:18.433[1]; 10. LIL17-Jeremiah Johnson, 00:18.547[5]; 11. K7-Keaton Smith, 00:18.711[10]; 12. 10-Mario Gresham, 00:19.568[15]; 13. 08-David Stone, 00:19.718[9]; 14. 8-Zakary Brown, 00:19.784[11]; 15. 5-Robbie Gibson, 00:58.000[16]; 16. 22N-Nathan William, 00:59.000[14]

Qualifying Flight B (2 Laps): 1. 21M-Jay Merck, 00:17.296[9]; 2. 44-John Ruggiero Jr, 00:17.852[2]; 3. 92-Tanner Fortune, 00:18.002[3]; 4. 11-Gabe Gable, 00:18.133[8]; 5. 12-Kevin Powell, 00:18.265[4]; 6. 11S-David Smith, 00:18.463[7]; 7. 57-Luke Cooper, 00:18.554[14]; 8. 2-Kris Norwood, 00:18.715[16]; 9. 12T-Justin Taylor, 00:18.835[11]; 10. 12D-Jason Dickerson, 00:18.981[13]; 11. 28-Justin Mintz, 00:19.086[6]; 12. 4-Kyle Beck, 00:19.212[5]; 13. 03W-Jason Welborn, 00:19.267[15]; 14. 22M-Matt Thompson, 00:19.599[10]; 15. 75-Charlie Ray Howell, 00:19.837[1]; 16. 22C-Terry Caples, 00:59.000[12]

Qualifying Flight C (2 Laps): 1. 22W-Nathan Walker, 00:17.310[4]; 2. 24-Seth Wimpey, 00:17.543[3]; 3. 17-Chris Joyce, 00:17.995[1]; 4. 14-Barron McDowell, 00:17.995[7]; 5. 62-Jason Adams, 00:18.235[2]; 6. 52-Timmy Mills, 00:18.287[15]; 7. 15-Bron Rutledge, 00:18.486[11]; 8. 114-Jordan Koehler, 00:18.513[13]; 9. 6-Tucker Anderson, 00:18.539[6]; 10. 18-Austin Mintz, 00:18.620[14]; 11. 31-Cody King, 00:18.693[12]; 12. P4-John Price, 00:18.722[10]; 13. 21-JD Strader, 00:18.838[9]; 14. H28-Chuck Hargrove, 00:19.250[5]; 15. G18-Chris Calvert, 00:19.250[8]



Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 71D-Chris Madden[2]; 2. 5CS-Curt Spalding[1]; 3. 80-Rich Dawson[6]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler[3]; 5. 1K-Kyle Peterson[5]; 6. 88-Matt Crafton[4]; 7. 18-Brandon Kinzer[7]; 8. 74-Mike Franklin[8]; 9. 7-Evan Taylor[9]; 10. 1126-Chad Tanquary[10]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 35-David Stremme[1]; 2. K19-Will Krup[2]; 3. 97-Mitch Thomas[4]; 4. 81-Steve Axtell Jr[3]; 5. B75-Brayden Berry[7]; 6. 2-Shawn Martin[5]; 7. 51P-Joey Polevoy[8]; 8. 4-Doug Penny[9]; 9. (DNS) 42-Bo LeMastus

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2H-Nick Hoffman[2]; 2. 21-Taylor Cook[1]; 3. 6-Ryan Ayers[4]; 4. T9-Ryan Thomas[3]; 5. 14D-David Taylor[5]; 6. 4M-Tim Monroe[7]; 7. 25A-Andy Anderson[6]; 8. 15-Richard Gibson[9]; 9. (DNS) 25P-Robert Poole; 10. (DNS) 14-Samuel Lamborgini

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 04-Ethan Dotson[1]; 2. 2J-Troy Johnson[2]; 3. 25-Michael Corbin[4]; 4. 5K-Tyler Kaeter[8]; 5. 96-Slade Parsons[6]; 6. 43-Josh Harris[7]; 7. 463-Daniel Sanchez[5]; 8. P3-Jeff Leeke[9]; 9. 00EH-Steve Arpin[3]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 51-Brandon Green[1]; 2. 8A-Austin Holcombe[5]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[3]; 4. 11-Troy Loomis[2]; 5. 12R-Ty Rhoades[6]; 6. 60-Brandon Householder[8]; 7. 84-Ryan Toole[4]; 8. T2-Greg Hauger[7]; 9. 0-Haley Kaiser[10]; 10. 9T-Mason Canter[9]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Hunt Gossum[1]; 2. 99W-Chris Arnold[2]; 3. 11H-Keith Jackson[3]; 4. 1S-Brian Shaw[5]; 5. 17X-Richard Michael Jr[4]; 6. 21S-Kenny Shaw[8]; 7. 17-Case Daniels[6]; 8. 14J-Jordan Taylor[7]; 9. 5F-Jerry Foster[9]

Qualifying Flight A (2 Laps): 1. 5CS-Curt Spalding, 00:17.420[9]; 2. 35-David Stremme, 00:17.533[5]; 3. 71D-Chris Madden, 00:17.578[4]; 4. K19-Will Krup, 00:17.651[2]; 5. 8-Kyle Strickler, 00:17.703[11]; 6. 81-Steve Axtell Jr, 00:17.995[1]; 7. 88-Matt Crafton, 00:18.216[8]; 8. 97-Mitch Thomas, 00:18.250[3]; 9. 1K-Kyle Peterson, 00:18.268[16]; 10. 2-Shawn Martin, 00:18.292[17]; 11. 80-Rich Dawson, 00:18.326[14]; 12. 42-Bo LeMastus, 00:18.358[18]; 13. 18-Brandon Kinzer, 00:18.417[10]; 14. B75-Brayden Berry, 00:18.454[15]; 15. 74-Mike Franklin, 00:18.737[19]; 16. 51P-Joey Polevoy, 00:18.845[6]; 17. 7-Evan Taylor, 00:18.875[7]; 18. 4-Doug Penny, 00:20.003[13]; 19. 1126-Chad Tanquary, 00:59.000[12]

Qualifying Flight B (2 Laps): 1. 21-Taylor Cook, 00:16.985[11]; 2. 04-Ethan Dotson, 00:17.453[16]; 3. 2H-Nick Hoffman, 00:17.659[1]; 4. 2J-Troy Johnson, 00:17.716[18]; 5. T9-Ryan Thomas, 00:17.924[19]; 6. 00EH-Steve Arpin, 00:17.925[8]; 7. 6-Ryan Ayers, 00:17.928[6]; 8. 25-Michael Corbin, 00:18.031[3]; 9. 14D-David Taylor, 00:18.069[2]; 10. 463-Daniel Sanchez, 00:18.233[9]; 11. 25A-Andy Anderson, 00:18.301[15]; 12. 96-Slade Parsons, 00:18.498[7]; 13. 4M-Tim Monroe, 00:18.512[14]; 14. 43-Josh Harris, 00:18.529[4]; 15. 25P-Robert Poole, 00:18.565[5]; 16. 5K-Tyler Kaeter, 00:18.604[10]; 17. 15-Richard Gibson, 00:19.146[13]; 18. P3-Jeff Leeke, 00:19.888[12]; 19. 14-Samuel Lamborgini, 00:20.721[17]

Qualifying Flight C (2 Laps): 1. 51-Brandon Green, 00:17.041[14]; 2. 99-Hunt Gossum, 00:17.078[19]; 3. 11-Troy Loomis, 00:17.097[15]; 4. 99W-Chris Arnold, 00:17.407[11]; 5. 7T-Drake Troutman, 00:17.509[13]; 6. 11H-Keith Jackson, 00:17.717[12]; 7. 84-Ryan Toole, 00:17.765[1]; 8. 17X-Richard Michael Jr, 00:17.791[17]; 9. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 00:17.806[3]; 10. 1S-Brian Shaw, 00:17.824[2]; 11. 12R-Ty Rhoades, 00:18.163[18]; 12. 17-Case Daniels, 00:18.231[10]; 13. T2-Greg Hauger, 00:18.337[5]; 14. 14J-Jordan Taylor, 00:18.352[16]; 15. 60-Brandon Householder, 00:18.389[9]; 16. 21S-Kenny Shaw, 00:18.398[8]; 17. 9T-Mason Canter, 00:18.943[4]; 18. 5F-Jerry Foster, 00:18.957[6]; 19. 0-Haley Kaiser, 00:19.362[7]



Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. K22-Kenny Peeples[1]; 2. 31G-Stephen Pedulla[3]; 3. 00-Preston Blalock[5]; 4. 312-Greg Brown[2]; 5. 39-Russell Baker[6]; 6. 83-Kevin Vanhorn[7]; 7. 20-Austin Hedrick[4]; 8. 71-Dennis Kirk[8]; 9. 56-Justin Blevins

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 15-Morgan Widener[1]; 2. 19-Ryan Morgan[3]; 3. 16-Daniel Allen[5]; 4. 23A-Austin Self[2]; 5. 56-Justin Blevins[8]; 6. 50-Ronnie Covey[7]; 7. 99-Michael Woodcock[6]; 8. 78-Michael Harrell[4]

Heat 3 (6 Laps): 1. 11-Eric Bentley[1]; 2. 23-Buck Stevens[3]; 3. 121-Chase Cardwell[2]; 4. 52-Chris Stowe[4]; 5. 2T-Ty Norder[5]; 6. 8P-Jason Powers[7]; 7. 72-Patrick Field[8]; 8. B5-Brian Strickland[6]

Heat 4 (6 Laps): 1. 70-Steve Axtell Jr[1]; 2. 3-Dennis Brewer[4]; 3. 28-Michael Beasley[3]; 4. 59-Grayson Wells[2]; 5. 18S-Ray Suman[5]; 6. 7D-JR Davis[7]; 7. 25-Mike Davidson[6]; 8. 92-Martin Larry[8]

Heat 5 (6 Laps): 1. 44-Jeff Parsons[2]; 2. 17-Case Daniels[3]; 3. 60X-Dean Noseworthy[5]; 4. 69-Harley Stanley[7]; 5. 7-David Reutimann[8]; 6. 5-Ethan Wilson[6]; 7. 32K-Tyler Kussman[4]; 8. 14-Jeff Robinson[1]

Heat 6 (6 Laps): 1. 8A-Austin Holcombe[2]; 2. 20S-Trey Stamper[1]; 3. 1-Richard Shupe Jr[6]; 4. 13-Quentin Haley[5]; 5. 00B-JP Blalock[3]; 6. 23K-Kenny Kallam[4]; 7. 00R-Jerry Reich[8]; 8. 73-Chris Nickerson[7]

Qualifying Flight A (2 Laps): 1. K22-Kenny Peeples, 00:19.111[5]; 2. 15-Morgan Widener, 00:19.235[13]; 3. 312-Greg Brown, 00:19.261[2]; 4. 23A-Austin Self, 00:19.312[4]; 5. 31G-Stephen Pedulla, 00:19.330[7]; 6. 19-Ryan Morgan, 00:19.443[3]; 7. 20-Austin Hedrick, 00:19.569[1]; 8. 78-Michael Harrell, 00:19.593[12]; 9. 00-Preston Blalock, 00:19.655[6]; 10. 16-Daniel Allen, 00:19.742[14]; 11. 39-Russell Baker, 00:19.794[11]; 12. 99-Michael Woodcock, 00:20.072[16]; 13. 83-Kevin Vanhorn, 00:20.301[15]; 14. 50-Ronnie Covey, 00:20.322[9]; 15. 71-Dennis Kirk, 00:21.203[10]; 16. 56-Justin Blevins, 00:59.000[8]

Qualifying Flight B (2 Laps): 1. 11-Eric Bentley, 00:19.084[6]; 2. 70-Steve Axtell Jr, 00:19.203[13]; 3. 121-Chase Cardwell, 00:19.292[10]; 4. 59-Grayson Wells, 00:19.298[16]; 5. 23-Buck Stevens, 00:19.360[14]; 6. 28-Michael Beasley, 00:19.515[1]; 7. 52-Chris Stowe, 00:19.714[7]; 8. 3-Dennis Brewer, 00:19.774[2]; 9. 2T-Ty Norder, 00:19.812[5]; 10. 18S-Ray Suman, 00:19.837[3]; 11. B5-Brian Strickland, 00:19.973[12]; 12. 25-Mike Davidson, 00:20.000[8]; 13. 8P-Jason Powers, 00:20.136[9]; 14. 7D-JR Davis, 00:20.373[15]; 15. 72-Patrick Field, 00:20.852[4]; 16. 92-Martin Larry, 00:59.000[11]

Qualifying Flight C (2 Laps): 1. 14-Jeff Robinson, 00:19.047[9]; 2. 20S-Trey Stamper, 00:19.052[11]; 3. 44-Jeff Parsons, 00:19.158[4]; 4. 8A-Austin Holcombe, 00:19.258[6]; 5. 17-Case Daniels, 00:19.301[10]; 6. 00B-JP Blalock, 00:19.312[3]; 7. 32K-Tyler Kussman, 00:19.365[2]; 8. 23K-Kenny Kallam, 00:19.403[15]; 9. 60X-Dean Noseworthy, 00:19.413[16]; 10. 13-Quentin Haley, 00:19.436[5]; 11. 5-Ethan Wilson, 00:19.447[8]; 12. 1-Richard Shupe Jr, 00:19.458[12]; 13. 69-Harley Stanley, 00:19.657[7]; 14. 73-Chris Nickerson, 00:19.905[13]; 15. 8P-Jason Powers, 00:20.136; 16. 00R-Jerry Reich, 00:20.248[1]; 17. 7-David Reutimann, 00:20.455[14]



Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 26-Johnny Raines[1]; 2. 1G-Grayson Keaton[3]; 3. 04-Austin Brown[2]; 4. 03-Damien Bryant[4]; 5. 5C-Connor Keaton[5]; 6. 8-Aaron Summitt[8]; 7. 3-Tyler Meadows[7]; 8. 8B-Dustin Bolin[6]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 212-Greg Brew[2]; 2. 483-Hannah Wall[6]; 3. 44-Marcus Hughes[3]; 4. 58-Bo Pyrtle[7]; 5. 04W-Phillip Wilson[1]; 6. 25-Rusty Campbell[4]; 7. 10C-Carl Currin[5]; 8. 97H-Tyler Hobgood[8]

Heat 3 (6 Laps): 1. 10-Logan Richey[1]; 2. 117-Matt Gilbert[2]; 3. 94-Blake Keen[6]; 4. M117-Mike Lingerfelt[4]; 5. 115C-Kevin Pierce[3]; 6. 21-John Warren[5]; 7. 933-Michael Hill[7]; 8. 61-Eric Hill[8]

Heat 4 (6 Laps): 1. 12B-JR Baker[1]; 2. 17-Nick Broome[2]; 3. 97-Ben Burnett[6]; 4. 43-Kenneth Parris[4]; 5. 97T-Casey Towell[3]; 6. 72-Travis Harden[7]; 7. 5-Bryan Harrelson[5]; 8. 22-Terry Caples[8]

Heat 5 (6 Laps): 1. 19-Travis Mosley[1]; 2. 00-Cody Ussery[3]; 3. 96X-Tyler Riddle[2]; 4. X-Kevin Cooper[8]; 5. 14W-Kody Wilson[5]; 6. 30-Larry Housley[6]; 7. 112-Jason Jennings[7]; 8. B18-Aaron Weed[4]

Heat 6 (6 Laps): 1. H3-Harley Holden[1]; 2. 96C-Tanner Cook[7]; 3. 12-Pete Brew[3]; 4. J2-James Manning[4]; 5. 96-Stacy Brock[2]; 6. 5S-Brandon Shupe[5]; 7. 87-Miles Mintz[6]

Qualifying Flight A (2 Laps): 1. 26-Johnny Raines, 00:20.451[4]; 2. 04W-Phillip Wilson, 00:20.696[10]; 3. 04-Austin Brown, 00:20.864[5]; 4. 212-Greg Brew, 00:20.993[2]; 5. 1G-Grayson Keaton, 00:21.036[7]; 6. 44-Marcus Hughes, 00:21.203[11]; 7. 03-Damien Bryant, 00:21.229[8]; 8. 25-Rusty Campbell, 00:21.298[6]; 9. 5C-Connor Keaton, 00:21.403[15]; 10. 10C-Carl Currin, 00:21.534[16]; 11. 8B-Dustin Bolin, 00:21.564[9]; 12. 483-Hannah Wall, 00:21.807[12]; 13. 3-Tyler Meadows, 00:22.679[3]; 14. 58-Bo Pyrtle, 00:23.273[13]; 15. 8-Aaron Summitt, 00:58.000[14]; 16. 97H-Tyler Hobgood, 00:59.000[1]

Qualifying Flight B (2 Laps): 1. 10-Logan Richey, 00:20.390[4]; 2. 12B-JR Baker, 00:20.413[5]; 3. 117-Matt Gilbert, 00:20.651[14]; 4. 17-Nick Broome, 00:20.767[13]; 5. 115C-Kevin Pierce, 00:20.840[10]; 6. 97T-Casey Towell, 00:20.985[11]; 7. M117-Mike Lingerfelt, 00:21.015[1]; 8. 43-Kenneth Parris, 00:21.061[6]; 9. 21-John Warren, 00:21.229[15]; 10. 5-Bryan Harrelson, 00:21.401[9]; 11. 94-Blake Keen, 00:21.617[8]; 12. 97-Ben Burnett, 00:21.716[3]; 13. 933-Michael Hill, 00:21.750[16]; 14. 72-Travis Harden, 00:21.834[2]; 15. 61-Eric Hill, 00:21.906[7]; 16. 22-Terry Caples, 00:59.000[12]

Qualifying Flight C (2 Laps): 1. 19-Travis Mosley, 00:20.219[8]; 2. H3-Harley Holden, 00:20.582[2]; 3. 96X-Tyler Riddle, 00:20.769[6]; 4. 96-Stacy Brock, 00:20.808[7]; 5. 00-Cody Ussery, 00:20.877[14]; 6. 12-Pete Brew, 00:21.072[1]; 7. B18-Aaron Weed, 00:21.148[13]; 8. J2-James Manning, 00:21.268[11]; 9. 14W-Kody Wilson, 00:21.278[5]; 10. 5S-Brandon Shupe, 00:21.344[3]; 11. 30-Larry Housley, 00:21.431[12]; 12. 87-Miles Mintz, 00:21.509[9]; 13. 112-Jason Jennings, 00:21.512[15]; 14. 96C-Tanner Cook, 00:21.539[4]; 15. X-Kevin Cooper, 00:59.000[10]



Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1-David Rogers[2]; 2. 5-Brock Pinkerous[1]; 3. 6-Robert Bublak[4]; 4. 00-Beau Reeves[3]; 5. 410-Mike Fowler[5]; 6. 92-Andrew Buff[8]; 7. 1R-Ricky Thompson[6]; 8. 29T-Tanner Forbes[7]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 33R-Travis Bruno[1]; 2. 20X-Kevin Ridley[2]; 3. 42-Robert Tucker[3]; 4. 96-Robert Maxon[4]; 5. 7Z-Zachary Payne[6]; 6. 37-Darryl Mitchell[5]; 7. 47-Walter Cook[7]

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 5-Brock Pinkerous, 00:18.188[1]; 2. 33R-Travis Bruno, 00:18.251[3]; 3. 1-David Rogers, 00:18.311[8]; 4. 20X-Kevin Ridley, 00:18.359[10]; 5. 00-Beau Reeves, 00:18.380[11]; 6. 42-Robert Tucker, 00:18.461[6]; 7. 6-Robert Bublak, 00:18.496[4]; 8. 96-Robert Maxon, 00:18.600[13]; 9. 410-Mike Fowler, 00:18.629[9]; 10. 37-Darryl Mitchell, 00:18.666[12]; 11. 1R-Ricky Thompson, 00:18.737[5]; 12. 7Z-Zachary Payne, 00:18.819[7]; 13. 29T-Tanner Forbes, 00:18.921[2]; 14. 47-Walter Cook, 00:19.537[14]; 15. 92-Andrew Buff, 00:59.000[15]



Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 93M-Sheldon Martin[2]; 2. 8-Sean Corr[6]; 3. 14J-Johnny Rivers[4]; 4. 93-Kenny Martin[3]; 5. 6C-Brian Carter[5]; 6. 58-Roxanne Roy[8]; 7. 2H-Luke Horning[1]; 8. 2-Pete Stefanski[7]

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 2H-Luke Horning, 00:20.670[5]; 2. 93M-Sheldon Martin, 00:20.953[7]; 3. 93-Kenny Martin, 00:21.127[4]; 4. 14J-Johnny Rivers, 00:21.287[2]; 5. 6C-Brian Carter, 00:21.439[6]; 6. 8-Sean Corr, 00:21.488[1]; 7. 2-Pete Stefanski, 00:21.630[3]; 8. 58-Roxanne Roy, 00:23.213[8]


Thursday Rain Shifts Drydene World Short Track Championship Events to Friday-Saturday

Hot Laps for all divisions merged with Friday Qualifying, All-Star Features split between both days


CONCORD, NC – Oct. 28, 2021 – Rain that started Thursday afternoon and expect to continue into the evening by track weather experts has forced DIRTcar and Charlotte Motor Speedway officials to postpone Thursday’s Drydene World Short Track Championship events at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.




The racing schedule for Friday will get underway with the drivers meeting in the front-stretch grandstands at 2pm, followed by a single round of Hot Laps/Qualifying for all divisions. Lap times from this green-white-checkered session will help line up the Hornet Features and Heat Races for all other divisions, which will follow opening ceremonies at 5pm.


Once the Heats are complete, any necessary C-mains will take to the track, followed by Features for the Hornets and Last Chance Showdowns for Pro Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro Stocks and UMP Modifieds.


All-Star Championship Features for the Pro Stocks and Sportsman Modifieds will complete the on-track action on Friday night, while the Pro Late Model and UMP Modified Features will be run at the tail of Saturday’s program. The Fall-O-Ween Driver Appreciation Pit Party in the lower pit area will still begin Friday at 9pm.


Gate 3 will still be open for pit pass sales and registration beginning Friday at 9am.


DIRTVision’s live coverage will begin with the first Hot Lap/Qualifying session Friday at 3pm.



WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Drydene World Short Track Championship Features Local Heroes on Racing’s Biggest Stage in Sixth Edition

All-Star Features follow new format on Thursday evening


CONCORD, NC – Oct. 26, 2021 – The green flag will soon fall on the Drydene World Short Track Championship, which brings the best in weekly racing to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the biggest race on the fall calendar.


The sixth annual edition of this prestigious event will see more than 300 teams make the pilgrimage to one of Speedway Motorsports Incorporated’s most immaculate facilities – a 4/10-mile, red-clay oval, across the street from Charlotte Motor Speedway – to compete Thu-Sat, Oct. 28-30, open to spectators in the grandstands or streaming live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.


Nine different classes make up the program, from full-size, open-engine UMP Modifieds to Chevy Performance Crate Engine Late Models, all the way to front-wheel drive Hornets.


The event commences Thursday night with a round of practice for all divisions and four All-Star Championship Features for the FOX Factory Pro Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modifieds, VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Modifieds and SRI Performance Pro Stocks. A new format comes to these races this year, where Qualifying sessions will be held for all four divisions after all Hot Laps are complete.


The top-10 quickest drivers will be locked into the first five rows of these 20-lap Features. The final 10 starters will be made up of track champions, series champions, past event winners and the like, as selected by DIRTcar officials.


Friday and Saturday will consist of Heat Races, Last Chance Showdowns and Championship Feature events, awarding a boatload of prize money, trophies, contingencies and superlatives, all while making memories drivers will have for a lifetime.


A brand-new Chevy Performance 604 Crate engine will also be given away to one lucky competitor via random drawing at the drivers meeting on Saturday afternoon, in addition to the Sportsman of the Year Award presentations by Drydene Performance Products President Dave Klinger.


Here are the drivers to watch and the storylines to follow this weekend…


MODIFIED MADNESS – Since World Short Track’s inception in 2016, two men have dominated the UMP Modified division. Kyle Strickler has won the Saturday finale three times (2016, 2017, 2020), while defending DIRTcar National champion Nick Hoffman has won twice (2018-2019). Each also has an All-Star Feature win to their credit.


But this year might just be the field’s best chance to knock them off. Last year, Strickler was the man to beat all weekend, but Chris Arnold, from Matoaca, VA, hung tough inside the podium all race long to finish second in his very first start in the event, while Hoffman came from 23rd to finish third.


Arnold, along with several other big names in the division such as David Stremme, Curt Spalding and three-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Matt Crafton will aim for Victory Lane and the $4,000 prize as first-time World Short Track winners.


PRO POWER – Every year, the Pro Late Model division sees a big-time surprise entrant join its stacked field. Jonathan Davenport, of Blairsville, GA, took the checkered flag in 2017 in a car owned by St. Augustine, FL-based team Revolution Racing. Michael Brown, of Lancaster, SC, is the division’s leading and only two-time winner, which he established in 2018 and 2019.


Fellow Super Late Model stars Kyle Bronson, Mark Whitener, Ross Bailes, Brandon Overton, Zach Dohm and Chris Ferguson have all made appearances in the main event, and with the national/regional Super Late Model tours wrapping up around this time, several more could certainly join the roster.


John Ruggiero was victorious in the Saturday finale last year, leading all 30 laps and holding off Bronson for the win to collect the $4,000 grand prize. Ruggiero is pre-entered to compete again this weekend, where he’ll play defense against another hungry field of full-fendered talent.


NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN – The first four editions of the Drydene World Short Track Championship were ruled by Street Stock standout Mitchell Duvall. The Gaffney, SC-racer, and son of Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Famer Mike Duvall missed the event last year and was replaced atop the division throne by the man he beat to his fourth title in 2019 – Calob McLaughlin.


McLaughlin, of Belmont, NC, took the checkered flag in a time-limited Feature last year to become only the second Street Stock Feature winner in event history. This weekend, he’ll be back to try and defend his crown against fellow Street Stock contenders Ricky Greene, Damon Crump and Chris Rice.


DOUBLE DUTY DUDES – A host of multi-division talent will take to the track this weekend, several of which have run well at The Dirt Track before.


• John Ruggiero (Pro [604] and 602 Late Model) – The Lincolnton, NC-native is the defending winner of the Pro Late Model division. This will be his second year doubling up after a sixth-place run in the 602 division last year.


• Steven Axtell Jr. (UMP Modified and Pro Modified) – Making his World Short Track debut last year, Axtell will attempt his first UMP Modified start after a seventh-place Pro Modified finish in 2020.


• Mike Davidson (602 Late Model, Pro Modified) – Davidson, of Alto, GA, had a career-best run of third after starting on the pole of the 602 Late Model Feature in 2019. He attempts his first Pro Modified Feature start in the event this weekend.


• Terry Caples (602 Late Model and Mini Stock) – The Sumter, SC-driver debuted in the Mini Stock division in 2019, leading the field to the green from the pole. He’ll attempt his first 602 Late Model Feature start this weekend.


• Ricky Greene (Pro [604] Late Model and Street Stock) – Greene, of Newton, NC, has finished third three times in Drydene Street Stock competition. This weekend, he attempts his first Pro Late Model Feature start.


• Bryan Mullis (Pro [604], 602 Late Models) – Mullis, of Rock Hill, SC, will pull double duty for the second-straight year after scoring his first victory last year. He was declared the winner of the 602 Late Model Feature last year after Colton Trouille was disqualified for failing post-race technical inspection.


• Austin Holcombe (UMP Modified and Pro Modified) – Holcombe has competed in every World Short Track UMP Modified Feature thus far, his best finish of eighth coming just last year. This year, he’ll do the double behind the wheel of both Midwestern Modified types for the first time, chasing a possible $5,500 if he can win both.


NORTHEASTERN STORM – Both DIRTcar Northeast divisions return to the roster this weekend after a year off due to pandemic/travel restrictions.


Andrew Buff claimed the 2021 DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Points championship and will lead a stout field of drivers into Charlotte for the fifth time in event history. Kevin Ridley, who won the All-Star Invitational Feature in 2019, is scheduled to compete, as well as Robert Bublak, who ran second to winner Jackson Gill in 2019.


Luke Horning was the most recent Pro Stock Feature winner in 2019 and will lead the division southward, looking for some redemption after a sour end to his NAPA Super DIRT Week campaign two weekends ago, getting into an incident and retiring after starting on the pole. Pete Stefanski has also pre-entered and will be in the field this weekend, trying to best his third-place debut from two years ago.

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RIDLEY’S ROAD: New York Sportsman Ace Set for Big Stage at the Drydene World Short Track Championship


CONCORD, NC — Kevin Ridley is using his time off from working with the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) by suiting up in his DIRTcar Sportsman Modified for the Drydene World Short Track Championship Oct. 28-30 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. 

After missing out on 2020’s Drydene World Short Track Championship, DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds return to the event this year concluding with a $4,000-to-win non-points Feature on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Ridley, a standout racer from Waterloo, NY, who is one of 12 car chiefs on the SRX tour that features some of the biggest names in motorsports, is geared up to be competing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte once again.

“It’s a first-class facility,” Ridley said. “It’s always a blast to race there. I’ve got a lot of friends in the area so that’s a big part for me. It’s definitely a great experience. I would recommend to anyone that has a Sportsman car to go down there at least once. You don’t get to race many tracks like that in our cars.”

There are plenty of world-class DIRTcar Racing facilities in the Northeast but The Dirt Track at Charlotte has a special “NASCAR luster.” The Concord, NC facility not only features the premier 4/10-mile dirt track, but also includes the famous 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway and the four-lane zMAX Dragway. The atmosphere is unmatched. 

“Charlotte is a tough place,” Ridley said. “You gotta have speed out of the box. It’s tough, but fun. It’s pretty much wide open all the way around there, but that track changes throughout the weekend that we are there. You’ll start off with the track tacky and red. As it gets run on it gets darker. We get around there pretty good for a crate car. It makes it fun. There’s nothing like it in the Northeast.”

Ridley took the checkered flag in the All-Star Invitational in 2019, but he is hungry to win the big one in Saturday's finale. 

“We haven't had a lot of success there really,” Ridley noted. “It seems every time we go we get caught up in someone else’s mess. We did win the all-star portion of the event there in 2019. Hopefully, we learned a little bit and can bring it to this one.”

New drivers shouldn’t be intimidated by the enormity of the event. 

“It’s a race,” Ridley said. “It’s the same race car. Stagger is your friend down there. You gotta keep the car turning. Charlotte is like a big circle for our cars. You’re always turning so stagger doesn’t hurt you.”

Although he hasn’t been in the driver's seat much this year, Ridley has been spending plenty of time at the race track. Ridley is one of the crew chiefs for the 12 SRX cars that compete in each race. Ridley even had former World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series champion Scott Bloomquist as a driver. 

That said, Ridley noted the SRX cars and DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds have very little in common.

“There’s not a lot of comparisons,” Ridley said. “We do run the same rear end in our Sportsman as we do in the SRX cars. It’s a DMI rear end. Other than that there’s not much similarity.”

Drivers can register here to take part on the big stage at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Drydene World Short Track Championship that kicks off on Thursday. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.

For race fans who can’t make it, every lap will be live on DIRTvision presented by Drydene, either online or with the DIRTVision App.

‘BEST TIME OF MY LIFE’: Drydene World Short Track Championship provided Chase Hopper with career moment


Hopper earned his first World Short Track win in his first appearance at the prestigious event for short track racers

CONCORD, NC – Oct. 21, 2021 – Tucked away at the foot of a narrow dead-end street, encompassed by a city of trees, in rural North Carolina is the home and the garage of a world champion. A Drydene World Short Track Champion.

Standing in his cozy two-bay garage, adjacent to a black Honda that would be at home in a Mad Max flick, Chase Hopper continued to exude the pride he achieved a year ago. With the Victory Lane hat he earned after his first career Drydene World Short Track Championship triumph in 2020 with the Hornet division worn like a crown, Hopper spoke of the day the same way a quarterback talks of just winning the Super Bowl.

“Everybody out here talks about the best of the best is here (at the Drydene World Short Track Championship),” said Hopper, 26, of Stokesdale, NC. “And it really is. There’s some tough competitors there. For us, we went down there just to have fun last year and see where we were at. If we could’ve got a top-five we would’ve been happy with that. We finished third Friday night and we were thrilled. We won Saturday and, man, we had a ball. The best time of my life.

“Everyone came up to me and congratulated me. No one around here has won a big race like that. All the congrats I got, phone calls, texts, emails, I just couldn’t… if it wasn’t for all them people motivating me, you know, it wouldn’t even be worth it.”

To the right of Hopper’s wood-framed garage, is the brick house he initially grew up in and now owns with his girlfriend Chelsea, having purchased it from his grandparents. To the left of the garage, raised by a small hill, is the house he spent most of his life in, still owned by his parents. Between the two is the story of his hopes and dreams.

Like the original tale of most racers, Hopper’s father, Paul – a lifelong dirt racing fan – opened the door to a world his son had never known. Upon his first time seeing it, all he wanted to do was be a part of it.

Giving Chase the chance of realizing a dream, Paul put him in a dirt go-kart. The opportunity wasn’t wasted. In Chase’s second race, he won. Then, he won a lot more. In 15 years of running go-karts, sometimes three or four classes a night up and down the east coast, Chase collected more than 250 wins.

“He’s just got that knack for it,” Paul Hopper said. “Ever since he was young, he just knew how to drive.”

At the end of his career in go-karts, life took over. He took a break from racing for about three years before he got stung by the buzz of Hornet racing.

For those that don’t know what a “Hornet” is – or simply known as a 4-Cylinder in other regions – it’s a stock appearing, four-cylinder-powered, race car with the windshield and windows removed, a roll cage installed and some other bits changed to the drivers’ liking. While they’re one of the most affordable divisions in racing, with the cars potentially costing as low as $500, but with a $4,500 motor, producing more than 200hp, they still put on one of the most memorable shows of the week during the Drydene World Short Track Championship. It’s the Talladega of Hornet events, with cars racing three and four-wide into the turns around the 4/10-mile Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“It’s always some good racing, man,” Hopper said. “People talk junk about this class but there’s always two or three that put on a good show. Racing back and forth, beating, and banging and stuff like that. You get out there with a bunch of people who have raced these cars, it’s like a Late Model class. You’ve got to give respect to earn respect. Once you do, they don’t push you around and they don’t beat and bang on you.”

Hopper cut his teeth with the Hornet class behind the wheel of his #21 2003 Honda Civic at tracks all within an hour distance from him like 311 Speedway and Friendship Speedway, picking up several wins along the way. All while working a full-time job as a heavy equipment operator, as a boyfriend and as a father to his four-year-old son Layne.

Hornets have the same characteristics as every other race car, being high maintenance and needy. Most of Hopper’s weeknights are spent working on his Honda alone. Although, his brother-in-law and dad will lend a hand when they can. His dad has been helpful with the suspension setup and providing other tips along the way. Hopper said he’s purposely been trying to work on it alone so he can learn and pass along the knowledge to his son if he ever decides to race.

Those long nights and hours of grind paved the path for Hopper’s “best time of his life.”

He entered the Drydene World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte for the first time in 2020 with the intention of just running for fun. The track and the event were like nothing he’d ever experienced before. The competition was bigger. The track was bigger. And the entire three days put him on the biggest stage of his racing career.

The racing produced by the 4/10-mile track was a new world, as well.

“Charlotte, man, it’s got a lot of speed in that place,” Hopper said. “A lot of people don’t realize, up there, you’re tucked up next to the outside wall. It’s a whole different experience. Everywhere we run, they run middle of the track or bottom at the short tracks. But there, man, a car could blow around you on the outside and you’re like, ‘Wow, is that the other cars?’

“These motors, we can go off into the corner, burp the throttle and hammer back down. A lot of these tracks you have to roll in and kind of ease back into the throttle. There, it is more of a wide-open pace. If you’re not wide open, you’re not going to be up front, that’s for sure.”

In his first laps around the Charlotte Dirt Track, Hopper qualified sixth and put himself in contention for a win during the Friday night race before having to settle for third. Then, on Saturday, the seas parted, providing a path to exceptional glory.

Alan Carter was the early leader of the race with Eddie McGraw in second and Hopper in third. In the late stages of the race, Carter broke and had to retire from the race, leaving the battle for the win to McGraw and Hopper. With a lap to go, Hopper was prepared to finish second. Content and happy with the result. Then, the chance at glory was placed in his hands. McGraw broke and Hopper inherited the lead.

“I don’t think I took my eyes off the gauges the entire last lap,” Hopper said. “It always seems like something happens in those situations. I was just hoping nothing broke.”

The hours in his garage of attending to the car’s every need, making sure no bolt was left unturned, helped guide him to his first Drydene World Short Track Championship win.

“Oh man, I was jumpin’,” Hopper said with a prideful grin. “I wish I could see my in-car. I was going wild inside the car. I couldn’t believe it at first, but when I pulled into Victory Lane, I was like, ‘Wow, this really happened.’”

Hopper aspires to drive a Late Model one day, and see his name presented on another big stage. But for the three days at the Drydene World Short Track Championship, there’s nothing bigger. While others see him pulling up to the track with a Hornet on an open trailer, the prestige of the event given to every division makes him feel no different than a World of Outlaws team pulling up with a full-size rig at the NGK NTK World Finals.

“When you go and run [World Short Track], they treat us like the super Late Model guys,” Hopper said. “There’s no difference in how they treat us. Some places, it’s, ‘Oh, that’s just the front-wheel-drive class.’ We’re what we’re called as “money fillers.” Just there to cover the purse. There, they don’t treat you like that. If you’ve got a question or got a concern, you can go ask an official and they are more than glad to help you. Just a whole different aspect. Different than anything I’m used to local racing.”

Tucked away at the foot of a narrow dead-end street, encompassed by a city of trees, in rural North Carolina is the home and the garage of a local hero, eager to stand on the stage as a world champion, again. A Drydene World Short Track champion.

For tickets to the Drydene World Short Track Championship, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.


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