Westfall, Irwin, and Ruhlman Prepare for USAC Winter Dirt Games
Barberville, FL (Monday, February 13, 2023) - As the Georgia/Florida Speedweeks continue to push on throughout the month, another round of Michigan region driver's are preparing to compete with some of the Nation's best. The USAC National AMSOIL Sprint Car Series is getting set for two special non-points races at Volusia Speedway Park before they head for Bubba Raceway Park and the Winter Dirt Games. Of those looking for wins are Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall, Clarklake, Michigan's Brian Ruhlman, and Fenton, Michigan's Steve Irwin.
Westfall, a two-time Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series Champion (BOSS), is preparing for his first full season of USAC Silver Crown Competition. After a 7th place finish in the USAC points last season, Westfall is hopeful for a successful Winter Games to kick off 2023. Westfall will pilot his familiar Ray Marshall Motorsports 33M while racing at Volusia Speedway Park and Bubba Raceway Park. Westfall has one career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Series win to his credit, coming at Eldora Speedway back in 2006.
For Ruhlman, his history with USAC racing isn't quite as extensive. The four-time Sunoco American Late Model Series Champion is fairly new to Sprint Car racing, making his first career start back in 2019. Since then, Ruhlman has a BOSS win and three Great Lakes Traditional Sprints wins to his credit. Ruhlman attempted to make six races with the USAC Sprint Car Series in 2022, qualifying and finishing 13th at Port Royal Speedway and Agell Park Speedway. He did attempt to qualify for the Winter Dirt Games last season but was unable to make the show.
Also unloading at Volusia Speedway Park tonight is Steve Irwin. The two-time GLTS Champion and former Sprints on Dirt Champion will attempt to make his 14th career USAC National Sprint Car Series start tonight. Irwin has attempted to make 21 USAC races since 2009.
Fans who wish to watch the two races from Volusia Speedway Park can find the action via DIRTVision for JUST the Volusia Shows. Once the points season begins for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series at Bubba Raceway Park, the action will move to FloRacing for the remainder of the regular season.
Story - Zach Hiser
Photo - Jim DenHamer