Volusia Upset – Siri Holds Off McCreadie for First DIRTcar Nationals Win

BARBERVILLE, FL – Everything fell in place for Tyler Siri in the make-up 30-lap Super DIRTcar Series feature at the Volusia Speedway Park.  Justin Haers and Stewart Friesen had mechanical issues sideline them late handing the lead over to Siri.  From there all he had to do was hold off World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model winner from Wednesday night in Tim McCreadie.  He did just that to take home his first Gator.

“I’ll tell you what, this is awesome,” commented Siri.  “We’ve only been down here a few times and to get a Gator and beat the best is just amazing. I gotta thank this crew.  They’re awesome.  This track was incredible.  To beat McCreadie, it’s just crazy.”

Haers led the Modified field to the green for the first race of the year, jumping out to a commanding advantage early over Siri. Friesen was the man on the move in the opening stages, climbing up to third from the seventh starting spot with seven laps completed. By lap 13, Friesen had snuck under Siri for second.

Friesen gave chase to Haers, slowly chipping into the two-second lead Haers had built up. Siri in third had lost touch from the top two, but behind him was a hornet’s nest for fourth. Danny Johnson, Max McLaughlin, McCreadie and Jimmy Horton battled hard for position, with Johnson finally taking fourth on lap 18. Meanwhile, Haers’ lead was shrinking.

Haers opened up 2017 with a win at Volusia and looked like he could very well repeat. Unfortunately, the dark red No. 3 went up in smoke and flames while leading, drawing the first caution with eight laps remaining. This handed the lead over to Friesen.

Two more laps were completed, with Johnson grabbing third before Billy Pauch found the outside wall of the second turn for another yellow.

McCreadie found his way to third on the ensuing restart, with Horton up to fourth. Siri remained close to leader Friesen, but disaster struck at the front of the field once more. Entering turn one with four laps left, Friesen grabbed the cushion hard and had a right rear Hoosier tire deflate.

This set up one more mad dash to the checkered, with Siri and McCreadie the front row. Siri got an awesome restart final restart, opened up a large gap in the final four laps and charged to his first ever Super DIRTcar Series win.

“Once Stew (Friesen) and I got going, I thought I could catch him,” mentioned Siri.  “The last couple laps the car felt really good.”

McCreadie chased in second.  He wasn’t as good as he needed to be on the short run to challenge for the win.

“I gotta thank Vic (Coffey) and everyone that does this,” mentioned McCreadie.  “I don’t have much time to help them because I’m running around getting both cars ready. We missed it a little bit, probably because I couldn’t give them the right feedback. Its been a lucky week so far, to run second, we’re happy, but there’s more speed in the car I just gotta figure out how to get it.”

Horton advanced from the eighth spot in the field to take the final spot on the podium.  Johnson ended up in fourth with Ward completing the top five.

VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK – DIRTCAR NATIONALS 2/15/18

SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES FEATURE FINISH (30-LAPS): 1 Tyler Siri 2 Tim McCreadie 3 Jimmy Horton 4 Danny Johnson 5 Pat Ward 6 Max McLaughlin 7 H.J. Bunting 8 JR Heffner 9 Ryan Watt 10 Larry Wight 11 Ryan Godown 12 JoJo Watson 13 Mike Mahaney 14 Brett Hearn 15 Billy Decker 16 Erick Rudolph 17 Jessey Mueller 18 Jim Britt 19 Stewart Friesen 20 Jeremy Smith 21 Billy Pauch 22 Justin Haers 23 Rex King Jr. 24 Jimmy Phelps 25 Matt Sheppard 26 Jim Rasey