- Oct. 16 - Volusia Speedway Park by Sam Holbrooks


Tyler Ivey - Volusia Speedway Park UDLMCS winner

After taking the previous night's UDLMCS win at Ocala (Fla.) Speedway, Tyler Ivey straps in before his second successful run of the weekend at Volusia Speedway Park. (Rick Warren)

UDLMCS: Move To Volusia Doesn't Slow Ivey En Route to Second "Fall Classic" Win

B.J. Cavin

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Oct. 16. Tyler Ivey came away a two-night winner as Volusia Speedway Park marked the final weekend of racing for 2010 by featuring the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series (UDLMCS) "Fall Nationals".

After a tough night of wrestling their way around the cramped and tricky 3/8ths-mile at Ocala Speedway on Friday, the UDLMCS made a 50-mile trek

Tyler Ivey celebrates a lucrative weekend of racing after his second "Fall Classic" win at Volusia Speedway Park. He was also victorious Friday at Ocala. (Rick Warren)
through the Ocala National Forest to take on the south's fastest half-mile at VSP on Saturday.  The wide open atmosphere at VSP suited Darrell Padgett, who blistered the clay with a 17.450 lap to become the Koury Powered fast qualifier.  Friday's winner at Ocala, Ivey, fell just short of the impressive numbers in qualifying that Padgett set, notching a best lap of 17.453.  However, thanks to a random drawing for the top six positions, Ivey found himself on the front row while Padgett started fourth.

Inside of Ivey and leading the starting grid to the green flag was John Kellum, who had reeled in Mark Whitener to score a last lap victory at the "Scott Thompson Memorial" here earlier this season. Tonight, it was Ivey who took control and looked to be just as untouchable as he had been on Friday - at least at the outset. 

A second row starting position had young Christian Augspurger racing in the top five for the first 20 laps or so until Ivedent Lloyd and Padgett slid past on the bottom of turns one and two.  Meanwhile, Volusia's own Donnie Chappell was fighting his way from his fifth starting position to third place.

A lap 20 caution bunched the field up again and changed the complexion of the top five, as on the restart Ivey failed to leave a determined John Kellum in his dust as he had done before.  Kellum repeatedly used the inside groove to move under Ivey, but was just short of momentum and power to seal the deal. While

Donnie Chappell - Darrell Padgett at Volusia Speedway Park ULMCS

Volusia Speedway Park's most improvd racer, Donnie Chappell, leads fast qualifier Darrell Padgett before notching an impressive third place at VSP. (Rick Warren)

those two battled it out lap after lap, a literal freight train was forming on the high side as the track blackened up and racers searched for some bite at the top side cushion.  Mark Whitener was one of the early risers to the top, where he worked his way into the top five before others caught on.

Again the top ten had stretched itself completely around Volusia's half mile before Ivedent Lloyd's flat right rear tire sent him to the rear, slowing things down on lap 43.  That caution set up the final seven lap dash to the checkers, and motivated some front running racers to show their cards a lap or so before they had planned.  The restart saw Ivey jump out in front, while Kellum faltered slightly and was almost overtaken by Chappell.  Augspurger quickly jumped from eighth place to fifth in just two laps, and Whitener made a final surge to gain his way to the fifth spot in the final laps.

Tyler Ivey CF after second UDLMCS win

Tyler Ivey at VSP. (Rick Warren)

Ivey may not have been as dominant as he had been the night before at Ocala, but he had enough to hold off Kellum and pull the double with his second win in two nights of racing.  Kellum celebrated his birthday with a second place finish, and Donnie Chappell notched the third spot, proving that his efforts in 2010 have made him the most improved racer at Volusia Speedway Park.  Matt Hartley posted a strong night of racing, climbing six spots to finish fourth. Whitener at least somewhat atoned for a terrible night at Ocala by wrapping up the top five, which helped him to hold onto his top spot in the UDLMCS points battle.

Volusia Speedway Park UDLMCS
1) Tyler Ivey, 2) John Kellum, 3) Donnie Chappell, 4) Matt Hartley, 5) Mark Whitener, 6) Christian Augspurger, 7) Keith Nosbisch, 8) Darrell Padgett, 9) Ivedent Lloyd, 10) Mike Nasworthy, 11) Dillon Buhr, 12) Joe Kump, 13) Perry Brown, 14) Jack Nosbisch, 15) Kent Corbin, 16) Bug Rose, 17) David Clegg, 18) Winn Ingersoll, 19) Barry Sheffield

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