SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES - BARBERVILLE, FL – February 16, 2019 – After a breathless week of incredible Super DIRTcar Series action, Stewart Friesen held off Gypsum Racing teammates Larry Wight and Billy Decker to win the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals finale.
On a green-white-checkered finish Friesen almost gave away the victory when he scraped the wall in turns one and two, allowing Wight enough room to surge ahead, but a caution for a spinning car reset the field and Friesen wouldn’t make the same mistake twice, outrunning Wight to the checkered flag.
Wight, however, used his eighth-to-second run to earn enough points to capture the Gator Championship for the second time in his career. Decker, who won the opening round of DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified competition on Wednesday, rounded out the podium.
Friesen, who was in position Friday to win the NASCAR Gander Mountain Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway before he was collected in a late-race crash, battled the best in the Big-Block Modified business to win the thrilling 50-lap Feature at Volusia Speedway Park. Tired of second place finishes at the DIRTcar Nationals, Friesen was ecstatic to park the No. 44 in Victory Lane, but it did not come easy. Friesen fought with The Doctor Danny Johnson early then LightningLarry Wight down the stretch. At the end though, Friesen emerged on top.
Despite finishing second, Wight is able to bring the Big Gator trophy back to New York.
Friesen built a huge lead over the course of a long green-flag run, but a lap-49 caution resulted in an overtime finish. Wight got alongside Friesen on the first lap-49 restart, but another caution flew, bringing back the pass for the lead.
Unfortunately, Wight may have sustained damage after the two hot shoes made some contact on the backstretch on that first restart.
Wight was amped about his DIRTcar Nationals week overall.
Third-place finisher Billy Decker, back in his red Gypsum Racing Big-Block Modified, had a much better DIRTcar Nationals than he did in 2018. Decker picked up two podium finishes, including one win and finished fourth in the Gator Championship.
The upcoming season is looking bright for the veteran driver from Unadilla, NY.
KSE Hard-Charger Anthony Perrego once again showed his strength and consistency on the race track and finished third in the Gator Championship points standings. If this sets the tone for the young driver’s 2019 season, look for him to challenge Matt Sheppard at the top of the running order.
Three out of the top six drivers in the Gator Championship standings were Gypsum Express cars. Wight was on top with Billy Decker in fourth despite a DNF, and Pat Ward grabbing sixth after the Florida swing concluded.
FEATURE (50 Laps)
1. 44-Stewart Friesen ; 2. 99l-Larry Wight ; 3. 91-Billy Decker ; 4. 3-Justin Haers ; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson ; 6. 18-Anthony Perrego ; 7. 9s-Matt Sheppard ; 8. 21a-Peter Britten ; 9. 42p-Pat Ward ; 10. 20-Brett Hearn ; 11. 2L-Jack Lehner ; 12. 19m-Jessey Mueller ; 13. 88-Mat Williamson ; 14. 111-Demetrios Drellos ; 15. 23-Kyle Coffey ; 16. 8-Rich Scagliotta ; 17. 118-Jim Britt ; 18. 42-Kyle Sheldon ; 19. 5-Ryan Godown ; 20. 98t-Tyler Thompson ; 21. 21-Yan Bussiere ; 22. 9t-Will Thomas ; 23. 1-Billy Pauch ; 24. 25-Erick Rudolph ; 25. 30-Jo-Jo Watson ; 26. 19-Tim Fuller ; 27. 65-Scott Hitchens ; 28. 5st-Tyler Siri