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This Week in DIRT; Hodnett Breaks Ice; Outlaws Forget Stopwatch; Gallardo and Overton Snag First Tour Wins

Hey, it’s Oscar night! And we had nothing better to do. But one thing you can count on, is that there’ll be no political speeches here, no uncomfortable racist inferences, and no bs, just dirt related stuff for us, DIRT Nation!  Maybe you were on a bender, maybe you were doing your taxes, maybe you were locked in a hotel with a lady of the night…for a week! No worries, we’re here to help!  Here’s what you missed this Week in DIRT!

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Lincoln Icebreaker:

Greg Hodnett picked up right where he left off in Florida and cruised to victory Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Speedway in the annual Icebreaker, season opening event for the central PA sprint car region. Hodnett was never seriously challenged in a race that featured a great deal of carnage, a fuel stop, and a furious 21 lap shootout interrupted by a late spin from Ohio invader Cole Duncan for his second consecutive Icebreaker victory. Hodnett revealed in victory lane, “With winning the TDN North East Sprint Car Championship last year, I knew there would be a lot of added pressure this year and I wanted to make sure I lived up to the hype, I also wanted to throw everybody here a nice Tennessee ass beating too, which I did!”

Final Results- 30 Laps- $4,000 to win Lincoln Icebreaker

1. Greg Hodnett  2. Adam Wilt  3. Brian Montieth  4. Gerard McIntyre  5. Jimmy Siegel
6. Alan Krimes  7. Chase Dietz  8. Freddie Rahmer  9. Danny Dietrich  10. Kyle Moody
11. Mark Smith  12. Austin Hogue  13. Scott Fisher  14. Billy Dietrich  15. Glenndon Forsythe
16. Brand Rahmer  17. Wayne Dadetto  18. David Quakenbush  19. Cole Duncan  20. Cory Haas
21. Shane Hoff  22. Aaron Ott  23. Bill Jones  24. Steve Owing

Sweet and Pittman Mess With Texas; Time Trials Cancelled-Fans Thrilled Saturday

Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman messed with Texas, and with each other this weekend in World of Outlaw action at Cotton Bowl Speedway on Friday night and Royal Purple Raceway on Saturday. The Kasey Kahne Racing teammates split the weekend as Sweet edged Pittman on the last lap on Friday night to collect the victory while Pittman held off a furious charge from Donny Schatz to end his early season string of heartbreaking finishes.

On Saturday, in a bizarre twist, time trials were cancelled due to technical difficulties and also due to the fact that not one person in attendance remembered to bring a stopwatch with them in case such an occurrence took place. For a brief period of time, nobody knew what would happen next. But the powers that be actually made a decision to line cars up according to the draw as happens in most of the dirt racing world on a weekly bases, even at some places that normally run sprints, and to the astonishment of all, great racing occurred and the fans were thrilled!

Upon learning of the KKR sweep, Kahne informed both Pittman and Sweet that he’d be taking them both out for ice cream.

Full Press Release from Friday (Cotton Bowl Speedway)

Full Press Release From Saturday (Royal Purple Raceway)

World of Outlaw Sprints Point Standings:

1. Brad Sweet- 687
2. Daryn Pittman- 640
3. Joey Saldana- 636
4. Donny Schatz- 628
5. Shane Stewart- 612
6. Sammy Swindell- 612
7. David Gravel- 608
8. Paul McMahan- 582
9. Jason Sides- 578
10. Danny Lasoski- 571

Gallardo Wins First USMTS Feature

He didn’t make the feature Thursday or Friday night during this weekend’s Cajun Clash at Ark La Tex Speedway in Vivian, LA, but he saved the best for last. Jacob Gallardo had opened eyes in previous years with various wins in regional competition. But on Saturday night, he managed to keep always stout USMTS modifieds behind him en route to the first tour win of his career. The 23 year old New Mexico driver, and son of legendary driver Fito Gallardo (TDN Driver Name of The Year Winner), survived several restarts, and found himself in victory lane at the end of 50 laps, collecting the $4,000 pay check.

The USMTS Southern Region wraps up with the tour finale at Southern Oklahoma Speedway this coming weekend.

USMTS Modifieds Cajun Clash Final; 50 Laps; ($4,000) to win, Saturday Feb 27 Top 10:

1. Jake Gallardo  2. Stormy Scott  3. Johnny Scott  4. Rodney Sanders  5. Chris Brown
6. Ryan Gustin  7. Chris Henigan  8. Zack VanderBeek  9. Jason Hughes  10. Jason Ignalls

Full Feature Recap Here:

MRM Photos

Hedgecock Tames Field at 411, Earns $7151.99 In Victory

We’re not sure about the 99 cents, but the dollars figure. Cory Hedgecock collected his largest payday ever at 411 Speedway by way of leading flag to flag in Ray Cook’s Southern National’s Bonus Series tour opener on Saturday.

Hedgecock managed to lap up to 9th place in the win as he bested a fairly stout field.

Southern Nationals Late Model Bonus Series Frostbuster 50; Saturday Feb 27 Top 10:

1. Cory Hedgecock  2. Donald McIntosh  3. Jimmy Owens  4. Dustin Linville  5. Greg Johnson
6. Anthony White  7. David Payne  8. Joe Leavell  9. Jason Welshan  10. Ryan King

Full Feature Recap Here:

Overton and Hickman Split Double Header in Georgia

The Southern All Stars kicked off their 2016 season with a double header at Cochran Motor Speedway and World of Outlaw tour regular Brandon Overton was all over it collecting the novelty check on Saturday night. Overton took the lead on lap eight and held off Dale McDowell for the $5,000 win, his first SAS tour victory.  On Sunday, Casey Roberts found victory lane with Overton earning another podium spot.

Top 10 (Saturday)

1. Brandon Overton  2. Dale McDowell  3. Casey Roberts  4. Jordy Nipper  5. Riley Hickman
6. Bo Shirley  7. Cody King  8. Ashton Winger  9. Brian Ligon  10. Ahnna Parkhurst

Top 10 (Sunday)

1. Casey Roberts  2. Riley Hickman  3. Brandon Overton  4. Jordy Nipper  5. Hunter Peacock
6. Dillon Tidmore  7. Brad Skinner  8. Todd Morrow  9. Joe Armistead  10. Jay Elliot

And that’s about it for this week in DIRT! Have a great one and Stay DIRTY!!

Check these out:

Our 2016 TDN North East Sprint Car Schedule

Our 2016 World of Outlaw Sprint Season Preview

Our 2016 World of Outlaw Late Model Season Preview

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