DIRTcar Nationals Boasts Purse Of $970,000+

DIRTcar Nationals
Logan Schuchart won last year's sprint car Big Gator championship during the DIRTcar Nationals. (Trent Gower photo)

BARBERVILLE, Fla. – When teams venture to the 53rd Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals, they’ll be competing for a purse of more than $970,000, which includes a Big Gator Championship points fund.

The two-week spectacle at Volusia Speedway Park will again feature the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink sprint cars and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds during the first week, Feb. 5-10, followed by USAC non-winged sprint cars, DIRTcar Late Models, World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series big-block modifieds during the second week, Feb. 12-17.

Drivers in each division will battle each week for the prestigious Big Gator Championship, and this year, along with the iconic gator trophy, checks will be handed out to the top three in Big Gator points.

The Big Gator champions for the sprint cars and late models will each receive $3,000, while second gets $2,000 and third gets $1,000.

For the big block drivers, the champion will get $2,000, second will get $1,000 and third gets $500. The DIRTcar UMP Modified Big Gator champion will get $1,000, while second gets $750 and third gets $500.

An increase in funds doesn’t stop there either for the World of Outlaws sprint cars and World of Outlaws Late Models. Both receive purse increases for their races leading up to the final day.

The first three days of World of Outlaws sprint car events will boast a $60,500 Feature purse ($66,325 overall, including the Last Chance Showdown and C-Main) with the features paying $12,000 to win and $1,200 to start.

Saturday’s finale on Feb. 10 will pay $20,000 to win and $1,500 to start. In total, it’s a $286,300 overall purse for the four days.

For the World of Outlaws Late Models, their first two days will pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start. Like the sprint cars, their Saturday finale will also pay $20,000 to win and $1,500 to start.

For the three days, Feb. 15-17, it adds up to a $223,340 overall purse.

“DIRTcar Nationals is two of the biggest weeks of racing for fans and drivers alike, and we strive every year to offer a healthy purse for all competitors,” said Jeff Hachmann, DIRTcar Nationals Executive Director of Events. “With support from great partners and the best fans in motorsports, we’re able to accomplish that, such as establishing a points fund for the Big Gator Championship.”

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will again have six features each day, Monday through Friday, leading to Saturday’s $5,000-to-win Gator Championship feature.

The format will be the same as last year, with Thursday's features being lined up based on points from the first three nights (highest to lowest with a 10 car invert) and Friday seeing the top-three in each feature locked into Saturday's Gator title race.

The second week of racing will open with USAC non-winged sprint cars on Feb. 12-13 and DIRTcar Late Models from Feb. 12-14. The non-winged sprint cars will run for a $6,000 check and then a $10,000 payday.

The DIRTcar Late Models will again run $7,000-to-win features on Monday and Tuesday, and then three $5,000-to-win features on Wednesday.

Then, the Super DIRTcar Series, Feb. 14-17, and World of Outlaws Late Models, Feb. 15-17, will help cap off the event. The Big Blocks will have three straight nights of $5,000-to-win features, Wednesday through Friday, and then compete for a $7,500 check on Saturday.

Gates open at 4 p.m. (ET) each day. For the full schedule, visit DIRTcarNationals.com/schedule.

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