Coffey & Sheppard Join Forces for 2017 - DTD Exclusive


March 12, 2017 - On Friday afternoon Matt Sheppard and Vic Coffey announced via Facebook that they’d be teaming up to run for the lucrative weekly payout offered at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. The pair were both present at Utica-Rome Speedway’s awards banquet Saturday night where they went into more depth about the how the deal came about and the plans they’ve put together for the 2017 racing season.

“Personally, no pun intended, but I get to get my neck straightened out,” said Coffey. “I got some disk issues in my neck. I have some born spurs and it’s become a real problem that I’ve ignored. There isn’t a real fix, but I can get it better doing physical therapy. It’s more or less me deciding right now that I to get out ahead of this.”

Coffey hasn’t been told he can’t race, but he’s been told to limit the things that can aggravate the injury. He finally made the decision that the time was now on taking a pause in his racing career.  That opened up the seat in his ride for Sheppard.

“I haven’t been told not to race, but what I’ve been told is I have to manage the things that make it worse and whipping around in circles in one of them,” cited Coffey. “I had to seriously look at what I was going to do. That got me looking at the opportunity of putting someone in the car. This is what we do. We still want to race. Just in conversation with him (Sheppard) at the RoC (Race of Champions) banquet I knew he had an interest in doing a Friday night deal. In the back of my mind I knew, potentially, there might be an opening in my equipment.”

Sheppard Exorcises The Demon
Wins tenth Super DIRTcar Series race of the year
By Mandee Pauch
BREWERTON, N.Y. - Sept. 16, 2016 – Super Matt Sheppard… is there anymore I need to say? He is the man to beat this year as he captured his fourth Super DIRTcar Series victory in a row and his tenth of the season Friday night at Brewerton Speedway for the Duel at the Demon Modified 100 lap main event.
The driver of the FX Caprara No. 9s Big Block Modified is no stranger to victory lane this year. Counting Volusia and Eldora, each, as one event, Sheppard so far has maintained a 45.45% win percentage. That is a percentage unheard of in motorsports.
Coming from the 12th starting position, Sheppard was thrilled with his victory. “The car was so good. I wasn’t in a hurry. That’s a lot of fun when we have a racecar that good. I can’t say enough about it. It’s been huge. We had that big wreck there back in August but the month of September has been good for us. We’re seven for seven in the month of September. I can’t say enough about this car and this team. We have such a potent combination.”
The start of the Duel at the Demon 100 saw front row starters Ryan Bartlett and Stewart Friesen duke it out back and forth before the first caution of the night was brought out on lap five as Danny Johnson hit the wall hard coming out of turn four, bringing out the red flag. Danny climbed out of the car and was fine.
Billy Decker took advantage of the lap six restart as he went three wide going into turns one and two splitting the two and taking over the top spot.
Seventh place starter Tim Fuller was already knocking on Friesen’s doors by lap nine for the second spot. Fuller slid Friesen in turns three and four and took over the second spot on lap 11.
Twelfth place starter and point’s leader Sheppard was in the top five by lap 12.
Decker was working his way around the bottom as Fuller planted his car on the topside and drove by Decker for the lead on lap 15.
Larry Wight started challenging Decker on the outside as he captured second spot on lap 17.
Sheppard took over fourth spot on lap 18 from Friesen.
Fuller had five car lengths over second place runner Wight when he caught the back of the field on lap 22.
Sheppard started challenging Decker on the bottom as Decker slid up in turns three and four allowing Sheppard to sneak by on lap 24 for the third spot.
Wight was driving hard on the outside as he was battling through heavy lapped traffic allowing Sheppard to close the gap. Sheppard dove under Wight and took over the number two spot on lap 35.
Fuller was running the top side of the track as Sheppard was digging low gaining ground on Fuller. Fuller got stuck behind a lapped car as Sheppard flew by on lap 39 to take the lead and immediately started to pull away.
Sheppard led the field at the halfway mark by a straightaway over Fuller, Wight, Decker and Friesen.
Decker took advantage of the lap 75 restart as he shot to the outside of Wight and took over the second spot on lap 76.
Sheppard was in his own league as he pulled away while Wight, Friesen and Sears Jr. battled for the third spot. Sears Jr. made a late race charge, took third spot then stalked down Decker to take the second spot with one lap to go.
As Dave Farney threw the VP Racing Fuels double checkered flags, it was clear that Sheppard and his team are one lethal combination. “I told these guys after that wreck that we needed to bounce back 100%. Within a matter of three of four days we were 100%. We got back to Lebanon Valley and it showed since then we’ve been on a tear. I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Eighth place starter Tim Sears Jr. made a late race charge as he patiently waited for the right time to make his moves and finish in the runner up spot.
“As the race went on the car kept getting better and better. It kind of just fell into place. Billy, Larry and Friesen all started sliding around so I knew I was going to be pretty good I just kept saving. All of the hard work in the shop and stuff, that’s where these good runs come from. The harder you work, the better the results.”
Billy Decker led early but fell two spots short once the checkered flag fell behind Sheppard and Sears Jr.
“The Page Transportation wasn’t bad we just weren’t good enough. So we just need to grin and bear it and claw at it and salvage a finish. I wasn’t working good anywhere really. I just tried to roll and keep it straight but I didn’t do a good job at that.”
Race Notes: 41 modifieds attempted to qualify and 30 started the feature. Matt Sheppard received the Pole Position Raceway fast time award in time trials with a 14.105. There was one red on lap 5 and two yellows on lap 60 and lap 75 during the feature.
The Super DIRTcar Series will be in action at Weedsport Speedway, Saturday, Sept. 17th.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 16, 2016; Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton, N.Y.
A-Main (100 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 83x-Tim Sears Jr., 3. 91-Billy Decker, 4. 44-Stewart Friesen, 5. 99l-Larry Wight, 6. X-Chad Phelps, 7. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 8. 19-Tim Fuller, 9. 20-Brett Hearn, 10. 42p-Pat Ward, 11. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 12. 18h-Peter Britten, 13. 76-Bobby Varin, 14. 70Michael Maresca, 15. 35-Frank Cozze, 16. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 17. 93-Ryan Bartlett, 18. 109-Billy Whittaker, 19. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 20. 3b-Chad Brachmann, 21. 63-Adam Roberts, 22. 33-Ryan Arbithnot, 23. 6m-Mat Williamons, 24. 43-Keith Flach, 25. 99b-Chuck Bower, 26. 32c-Vic Coffey, 27. 19w-Justin Wright, 28. 3-Justin Haers, 29. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 30. 27j-Danny Johnson
Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 laps) – 1. 35-Frank Cozze, 2. 19w-Justin Wright, 3. 43-Keith Flach, 4. 3b-Chad Brachmann, 5. 14j-Alan Johnson, 6. 99-Ryan Phelps, 7. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 8. 15-Brett Tonkin, 9. 88a-Joe August Jr., 10. 56-Vince Vitale
Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 109-Billy Whittaker, 2. 99b-Chuck Bower, 3. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 4. 32c-Vic Coffey, 5. 16-Mike Bowman, 6. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 7. 07-Tim Kerr, 8. 83-Tom Seas Jr., 9. 27j-Danny Johnson, 10. 8-Rich Scagliotta
Heat 4 (8 Laps) – 1. 19-Tim Fuller, 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 3. 63-Adam Roberts, 4. 76-Bobby Varin, 5. 33-Ryan Arbithnot, 6. 19w-Justin Wright, 7. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 8. 3b-Chad Brachmann, 9. 15-Brett Tonkin, 10. 56-Vince Vitale
Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. 18h-Peter Britten, 2. 93-Ryan Bartlett, 3. X-Chad Phelps, 4. 88-Mike Mahaney, 5. 7-Michael Maresca, 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 43-Keith Flach, 8. 14j-Alan Johnson, 9. 88a-Joe August Jr., 10. 99-Ryan Phelps
Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 91-Billy Decker, 3. 83x-Tim Sears Jr., 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 5. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 6. 109-Billy Whittaker, 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 8. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 9. 83-Tom Sears Jr., 10. 5h-Chris Hile
Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 2. 6-Mat Williamson, 3. 99l-Larry Wight, 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 5. 3-Justin Haears, 6. 99b-Chuck Bower, 7. 16-Mike Bowman, 8. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 9. 27j-Danny Johnson, 10. 07-Tim Kerr, 11. 32c-Vic Coffey
Group 4 Qualifier – 1. 19-Tim Fuller, 14.310; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 14.321; 3. 63-Adam Roberts, 14.565; 4. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 14.46; 5. 19w-Justin Wright, 14.840; 6. 76-Bobby Varin, 14.871; 7. 3b-Chad Brachmann, 15.036; 8. 33-Ryan Arbithnot, 15.079; 9. 15-Brett Tonkin, 15.120; 10. 56-Vince Vitale, 15.158
Group 3 Qualifier – 1. 18h-Peter Britten, 14.533; 2. X-Chad Phelps, 14.589; 3. 93-Ryan Bartlett, 14.634; 4. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 14.771; 5. 43-Keith Flach, 14.822; 6. 7-Michael Maresca, 14.915; 7. 99-Ryan Phelps, 15.007; 8. 35-Frank Cozze, 15.186; 9. 88a-Joe August Jr., 15.317; 10. 14j-Alan Johnson, 15.381
Group 2 Qualifier – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 14.105; 2. 91-Billy Decker, 14.336; 3. 83x-Tim Sears Jr., 14.396; 4. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 14.480; 5. 42p-Pat Ward, 14.484; 6. 5h-Chris Hile, 14.619; 7. 109-Billy Whittaker, 14.739; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 14.873; 9. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 14.983; 10. 62s-Tom Sears Jr., 15.009
Group 1 Qualifier – 1. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 14.319; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson, 14.486; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 14.532; 4. 99b-Chuck Bower, 14.460; 5. 99l-Larry Wight, 14.715; 6. 3-Justin Haers, 14.720; 7. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 14.757; 8. 07-Tim Kerr, 14.887; 9. 16-Mike Bowman, 14.925; 10. 32c-Vic Coffey, 14.934; 11. 27j-Danny Johnson, 14.987

Matt Sheppard wins Race of Champions New Yorker 40 for the Modifieds

Matt Sheppard and Rob Bellinger brought the Race of Champions New Yorker 40 starting field to the green flag with Sheppard assuming the lead. Bellinger and third place starter Danny Varin put on show as they battled for second while Sheppard pulled away. A quick yellow flag on lap four brought the field back together and on the restart, Sheppard again flexed his muscle and ran from the rest the field while Bellinger, Varin, Marc Johnson, and Vic Coffey fought for the rest of the top five spots. The car that was on the move early was 10th place starter Alan Johnson as he moved his way towards the front. With 10 complete, Alan Johnson was just outside the top five and as the field took the halfway signal, he had moved in the third spot behind Sheppard and Bellinger.
On lap 22, Sheppard began to hit heavy lapped traffic which slowed his pace while Varin was beginning to reassert himself as retook the second spot. As the laps wound down, Varin closed the gap on the front running Sheppard but ran out of time as Sheppard took the $3,000 win over Varin, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, and Tim Fuller. Coffey, Bellinger, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, and Ronnie Johnson.
The final event of the 2016 season at the Utica-Rome Speedway is scheduled for Tuesday October 4, which will feature the completion of the Victoria 55 lap feature for the Race of Champions Modifieds plus the 360 Sprints and Mod Lites. For more news on the “The Action Track of the East”, please log on to or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
NEW YORKER 40 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (40 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, Tim Fuller, Vic Coffey, Rob Bellinger, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Hile, Bobby Varin, Jack Miller, Jimmy Davis, Tim Mayne, Steve Way, Andrew Ferguson, Alan Barker, Scott Huber, Brandon Walters, Shaun Pangburn, Tim Murphy, and Jim Nagle.

Super Matt is The Man To Beat
Clinches first Le RPM Speedway victory
By Mandee Pauch
ST. MARCEL DE RICHELIEU, QUE. - Sept. 9, 2016 – Matt Sheppard is no stranger to victory lane as he captured his third Super DIRTcar Series win in a row and his ninth overall Friday night at Le RPM Speedway.
“This car has been so good lately. We just unloaded it and it’s been fast all night. We set fast time, won the heat and drew a good starting spot for the feature. When you have a car that good it makes your life pretty easy,” Sheppard said.
Keith Flach and Sheppard led the 30-car field to the green. It didn’t take long for Sheppard to jump to an early lead as he pulled away from the field on the initial start.
It didn’t take long for Sheppard to catch lapped traffic on the ¼ mile as he caught the back end of the field on lap nine as he showed a comfortable lead over Flach.
A lap 21 restart saw Flach drive around the outside of Sheppard to take the top spot back.
Heavy lapped traffic got in the way of Flach as Sheppard took advantage and retook the lead off the bottom on lap 37.
Third place runner Mike Mahaney was digging on the bottom trying to close the gap between him and Flach.
The second caution of the night was brought out on lap 46 due to a spinning Billy Decker in turns one and two.
Sheppard led the way at the halfway mark over Flach, Mahaney, Phelps and Bernard.
Phelps took advantage of the lap 53 restart as he drove by Mahaney and Flach to capture the runner up spot.
Sheppard was running the cushion as Phelps hugged the bottom line. Phelps was soon knocking on Shepard's doors by lap 57.
Tenth place starter Tim Fuller made his way into the top five by lap 60. Fuller slipped under Flach for the third spot on lap 65.
Fourteenth starter Steve Bernard found himself into the top five chasing down Fuller in the third spot by lap 73.
Phelps and Fuller were slowly closing in on Sheppard in heavy lapped traffic until the third caution flag of the night was thrown on lap 77 forcing the field to close back up once again.
Sheppard caught the back of the field on lap 86 as Phelps started closing in.
Just as Phelps was getting ready to make the move on Sheppard the fourth caution was brought out on lap 95 as Friesen and Danny Johnson tangled together in turns three and four while both were running in the top ten.
The five-lap shootout was a close battle between Sheppard and Phelps as Phelps gave all he could but it was Sheppard who came out on top at the finish line.
Friday night was the Super DIRTcar Series first ever visit to Le RPM and Sheppard’s ninth series victory of the season in his FX Caprara No. 9s machine..
“I could see Phelps underneath me. I switched my lines up a little bit and tried to keep him back there,” Sheppard said. “I think I picked a little too soft of a right rear tire which might have hurt me in the end. This car is so good it didn’t really seem to matter. It’s a lot of fun coming to these series races right now.”
Sheppard was ecstatic with his first trip to Le RPM Speedway. “I thought it was a really racy track; beautifully prepared and smooth from top to bottom. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to coming back here.”
Race Notes: 34 modifieds attempted to qualify and 30 started the feature. Larry Wight flipped in group time trials. Matt Sheppard received the Pole Position Raceway fast time with a 13.273. Four cautions were brought out during the 100-lapper on laps 15, 46, 77 and 95.
The Super DIRTcar Series will head to Autodrome Drummond Saturday, Sept. 10th then to Brewerton Speedway Friday, Sept. 16th then to Weedsport Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 17th.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 9, 2016; Le RPM Speedway, Que.
A-Main (100 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Shepard, 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 4. 54-Steve Bernard, 5. 1-Chris Raabe, 6. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 7. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 8. 42p-Pat Ward, 9. 1*-Steve Bernier, 10. 63- Dominic Dufault, 11. 20-Brett Hearn, 12. 99l-Larry Wight, 13. 43-Keith Flach, 13. 66x-Carey Terrence, 15. 91-Billy Decker, 16. 1 – David Hebert, 17. 21-Yan Bussiere, 18. 44 – Stewart Friesen, 19. 7m-Michael Maresca, 20. 2-Patrick Beaumier, 21. 27j-Damy Johnson, 22. 43f-Sebastien Fournier, 23. 71- Pierre Hebert, 24. 25m-Maxime Viens, 25. 35 – Frank Cozze, 26. 18h-Peter Britten, 27. 22c-Mario Clair, 28. 96 – Jean-Francois Corrivea, 19. 39x-Alain Therrien, 30. 13-Kevin Hamel
Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 laps) – 1. 7m-Michael Maresca, 2. 66x-Carey Terrence, 3. 21-Yan Bussiere, 4. 39a-Alan Therrien, 5. 2-Patrick Beaumier, 6. 3-Claude Brouillard
Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 71-Pierre Hebert, 3. 25m-Maxime Viens, 4. 13-Kevin Hamel, 5. 37-Paul St. Sauveur, 6. 39-Clement Therrien, 7. 39x-Alex Therrien
Heat 4 (8 Laps) – 1. 19-Tim Fuller, 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 3. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 4. 63-Dominic Dufault, 5. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 6. 21-Yan Bussiere, 7. 39a-Alan Therrien, 8. 3-Claude Brouillard
Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. 91-Billy Decker, 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 3. 01-Chris Raabe, 4. 21p-Pat Ward, 5. 22c-Mario Clair, 6. 7m-Michael Maresca, 7. 66x-Carey Terrence, 8. 20-Brett Hearn
Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 2. 1-David Hebert, 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 4. 54-Steve Bernard, 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 6. 39x-Alex Therrien, 7. 13-Kevin Hamel, 8. 39-Clement Therrien, 9. 2-Patrick Beaumier
Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 43-Keith Flach, 3. 1*-Stever Bernier, 4. 35-Frank Cozze, 5. 43F-Sebastien Fournier, 6. 99l-Larry Wight, 7. 71-Pierre Hebert, 8. 25m-Maxime Viens, 9. 37-Paul St. Sauveur
Group 4 Qualifier – 1. 19-Tim Fuller, 13.337; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 13.539; 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 13.570; 4. 6h-Max McLaughin, 13.731; 5. 39a-Alan Therrien, 13.825; 6. 63-Dominic Dufault, 13.847; 7. 3-Claude Brouillard, 13.881; 8. 21-Yan Bussiere, 13.977
Group 3 Qualifier – 1. 91-Billy Decker, 13.310; 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 13.379; 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 13.463; 4. 01-Chris Raabe, 13.501; 5. 42p-Pat Ward, 13.647; 6. 22c-Mario Clair, 13.687; 7. 7m-Michael Maresca, 13.827; 8. 66x-Carey Terrence, 13.838
Group 2 Qualifier – 1. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 13.495; 2. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 13.540; 3. 1-David Hebert, 13.731; 4. 2-Patrick Beaumier, 13.690; 5. 54-Steve Bernard, 13.784; 6. 39x-Alex Therrien, 13.827; 7. 27j-Danny Johnson, 13.829; 8. 39-Clement Therrien, 13.831; 9. 13-Kevin Hamel, 14.118
Group 1 Qualifier – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 13.273; 2. 1*-Steve Bernier, 13.283; 3. 43-Keith Flach, 13.353; 4. 35-Frank Cozze, 13.564; 5. 43f-Sebestien Fournier, 13.711; 6. 25m-Maxime Viens, 13.792; 7. 71-Pierre Hebert, 13.910; 8. 37-Paul St. Sauveur, 14.099; 9. 99l-Larry Wight, NT

Super Matt Cashes in Lucrative Labor Day Weekend
Captures eighth Super DIRTcar Series win of the season
By Mandee Pauch
WEEDSPORT, N.Y - Sept. 5, 2016 – Matt Sheppard captured his eighth Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season Monday night at Weedsport Speedway over Danny Johnson and Tim Fuller to take home the $7,500 payday.
“We were kind of stalking him there. Danny was good. It seemed like we could roll there through three and four a little faster than he could but he was better in one and two,” said Sheppard in victory lane. “He just got jammed up there with the lap cars and I was in the right place at the right time. I think that’s what won it for us. We’ve been on fire with four in a row this weekend.”
Erick Rudolph drew the 811 Dig Safely pole for the 100-lap main event alongside outside starter Tim Fuller.
Rudolph and Fuller battled side-by-side to the start but it was Fuller who took the early lead on lap two.
Fifth place starter Johnson moved his way into the third spot and soon chased down Rudolph. Johnson slid under Rudolph on lap six and took over the second spot.
The first caution of the night was brought out on lap eight with a slowing Larry Wight with a right rear flat.
Stewart Friesen running in sixth spot had a left front flat tire on his 44 machine and chose to stay out.
Fuller and Johnson battled side-by-side for the lead lap after lap as Fuller worked the topside and Johnson worked his way around the bottom.
Johnson was able to run down Fuller and capture the lead by just a car length on lap 20.
The field then slowed down as the second caution of the night was brought out on lap 22 due to Billy Decker who came to a complete stop on the front straightaway. Sixth place runner Friesen then pitted to change his flat left front tire.
Ninth place starter, Matt Sheppard dove into turns three and four under Cozze and pulled away in the fourth spot as he soon hunted down Rudolph and blew by him on the bottom for the third spot on lap 34.
Sheppard made up ground in no time as he was already knocking on Fuller’s doors by lap 36 and took over the second spot on lap 37.
Johnson encountered lapped traffic on lap 37 allowing Sheppard to close the gap.
Johnson tried to work his way through lapped traffic as Sheppard was soon at his bumper patiently waiting to make his move.
The third caution of the night was brought out on lap 49 due to a slow moving Mike Mahaney with a left front flat on lap 49.
Johnson remained the leader after the lap 55 restart over Sheppard, Fuller, Cozze and Rudolph.
Fifteenth starter, Alan Johnson, quietly worked his way into the top five by lap 60.
Johnson caught the back of the field once again on lap 64 as he showed a comfortable lead over Sheppard and Fuller.
As Johnson worked his way through lapped traffic Sheppard was searching high and low for the fast lane to gain ground on Johnson.
Johnson and Sheppard were then a straightaway ahead of third place runner Fuller as they soon got into heavy lapped traffic.
Johnson got caught up behind the lapped car of Vic Coffey as he was running on the bottom coming out of turn two leaving the door open for Sheppard to go flying by on lap 80 and take over the top spot.
Johnson was searching all over the track to try and gain back some ground on Sheppard but Sheppard soon pulled away in lapped traffic. Sheppard sliced his way through allowing him to put more distance on second place runner Johnson.
Sheppard then drove his FX Caprara No. 9s to his eighth Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season.
“These are the races you want to win. This is the time of the year you want to be hot when the big money is on the line. We’re hot right now and it feels good.”
Johnson gave a hard fought battle but fell one spot short in the 100-lap feature main event. Even though Johnson came one spot short he was happy with how well his small block ran.
“We were really excited. It’s the first time the motor has been in the car. To bring the car here and have it perform this good we’re really happy with it,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t going to give up, I had to try. All of our big blocks are broken so we had to run our small block tonight. I lost my momentum. I didn’t have the torque the big blocks have to get off the corner. If we get our big blocks back we’ll be a little happier but right now we’re doing great with our small block.”
Fuller started on the outside poll and jumped out to an early lead, leading 20 laps of the main event. Fuller knew it was game over as soon as Johnson passed him and then saw Sheppard coming. Despite poor adjustments, Fuller crossed the finish line in third place.
“I think they were a little more versatile. This game Matt has going on, he just has to wait it all out. His car is that good right now. He just has to sit and wait for it to thin out. Congratulations to him,” said Fuller about Matt Sheppard. “Danny was good there on the bottom there too. As soon as I saw Sheppard coming up through the field I knew it was lights out. I was stuck in the middle. We made some poor adjustments thinking the track was going to be different than what it was. I was tight down the backstretch and lose down the front stretch. All in all it was a third.”
Race Notes: 41 modifieds attempted to qualify. 30 cars started the main event. Sheppard set his third fast time of the season with a 15.487 in time trials. Sheppard was also fastest overall in the heats with a 15.891. Rudolph drew the Dig Safely pole position for the main event. Three cautions were brought out during the main event on laps 8, 22 and 49.

The Super DIRTcar Series will head to Canada for their final appearance of the year on Friday, Sept. 9th at Le RPM Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 10th at Autodrome Drummond.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 5, 2016; Weedsport Speedway; Weedsport, N.Y.
A-Main (100 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 27j-Danny Johnson, 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 4. 14j-Alan Johnson, 5. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 20-Brett Hearn, 8. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 9. 99l-Larry Wight, 10. 18h-Peter Britten, 11. 99-Ryan Phelps, 12. 6-Max McLaughlin, 13. 5h-Chris Hile, 14. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 15. 32c-Vic Coffey, 16. 63-Adam Roberts, 17. 3-Justin Haers, 18. 42p-Pat Ward, 19. 43-Keith Flach, 20. 44-Stewart Friesen, 21. 7m-Michael Maresca, 22. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 23. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 24. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 25. 3b-Chad Brachman, 26. 6m-Mat Williamson, 27. X-Chad Phelps, 28. 33-Mike Mahaney, 29. 49-Billy Dunn, 30. 91-Billy Decker
Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 laps) – 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 3. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 4. 32c-Vic Coffey, 5. X-Chad Phelps, 6. 84-Gary Tomkins, 7. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 8. 56-Vince Vitale, 9. 15-Brett Tonkin
Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 6m-Mat Williamson, 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 3. 43-Keith Flach, 4. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 5. 7m-Michael Maresca, 6. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 7. 88a-Joe August Jr., 8. 88-Dave Allen
Heat 4 (8 Laps) – 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 2. 35-Frank Cozze, 3. 25-r-Erick Rudolph, 4. 63-Adam Roberts, 5. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 6. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 7. 99l-Larry Wight, 8. X-Chad Phelps, 9. 3e-Tim Schneider
Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. 42p-Pat Ward, 2. 3b-Chad Brachman, 3. 27j-Danny Johnson, 4. 14j-Alan Johnson, 5. 20-Brett Hearn, 6. 8-Rich Scagliota, 7. 49-Billy Dunn, 8. 32c-Vic Coffey, 9. 15-Brett Tonkin, 10. 84-Gary Tomkins
Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 33-Mike Mahaney, 2. 91-Billy Decker, 3. 5h-Chris Hile, 4. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 5. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 6. 88a-Joe August Jr., 7. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 8. 88-Dave Allen, 9. 4j-Jeff Blackburn, 10. 4-Tim Murphy
Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 18h-Peter Britten, 4. 99-Ryan Phelps, 5. 3-Justin Haers, 6. 6m-Mat Williamson, 7. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 8. 43-Keith Flach, 9. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 10. 7m-Michael Maresca
Group 4 Qualifier – 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 15.776; 2. 99l-Larry Wight, 15.926; 3. 35-Frank Cozze, 16.043; 4. 34-Andrew Ferguson, 16.120; 5. 63-Adam Roberts, 16.125; 6. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 16.151; 7. 3e-Tim Schneider, 16.160; 8. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 16.282; 9. X-Chad Phelps, 16.303
Group 3 Qualifier – 1. 3b-Chad Brachman, 15.712; 2. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 15.839; 3. 84-Gary Tomkins, 15.865; 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 15.893; 5. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.895; 6. 49-Billy Dunn, 15.913; 7. 14j-Alan Johnson, 16.127; 8. 27j-Danny Johnson, 16.225; 9. 15-Brett Tonkin, 16.270; 10. 32c-Vic Coffey, 16.405
Group 2 Qualifier – 1. 91-Billy Decker, 15.547; 2. 33m-Mike Mahaney, 15.689; 3. 5h-Chris Hile, 15.730; 4. 8r-Rob Bellinger, 15.861; 5. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 15.971; 6. 88-Dave Allen, 16.020; 7. A88-Joe August Jr., 16.130; 8. 4j-Jeff Blackburn, 16.744; 9. M19-Jessey Mueller, 16.884; 10. 4-Tim Murphy, NT
Group 1 Qualifier – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 15.487; 2. H18-Peter Britten, 15.512; 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 15.622; 4. 3-Justin Haers, 15.743; 5. 99-Ryan Phelps, 15.762; 6. 43-Keith Flach, 15.811; 7. 6m-Mat Williamson, 15.958; 8. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 16.023; 9. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 16.390; 10. 7m-Michael Maresca, 16.395

“Super” Matt Sheppard Is Mr. Dirt Track USA

By Mandee Pauch
WEST LEBANON, N.Y – Sept. 1, 2016 – Matt Sheppard made a late race charge by Kenny Tremont Jr. and set his No. 9s machine on cruise control at Lebanon Valley Speedway for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Mr. Dirt Track USA 100.
After Sheppard took a wild ride at Canandaigua on Saturday totaling his car, his team was able to regroup in no time to take the checkers Thursday night and capture the $17,500 victory. “I can’t thank enough people. Bicknell practically built this racecar in a day; the lettering guy lettered it the day we picked it up. Every one of the manufacturers stepped right out,” Sheppard said. “This thing didn’t miss a beat tonight. This is what championships are made of. It was a big turning point from Saturday totonight. Our season could have gone down hill in a hurry but instead we’re sitting here in victory lane at Lebanon Valley.”
The Valley’s regulars, Tremont Jr. and Keith Flach started the 32-car field to the initial green. Tremont jumped out early to a sizable lead.
Tremont caught the back of the field on lap 21. Tremont was no stranger to lap traffic as he worked his way through pulling away from Flach and Brett Hearn.
Hearn slowly worked his way on the bottom through lapped traffic and started knocking on the rear bumper of Flach patiently waiting to make his move for that second spot.
Tremont was slicing and dicing his way through lap traffic until the halfway mark when Flach and Hearn started closing in.
Tremont lead the way at the halfway mark over Flach, Hearn, Friesen and Matt Sheppard.
Hearn used the bottom groove and drove by Flach for the second spot then chased Tremont down as he started knocking on his doors on lap 52.
Just as things were heating up the second yellow flag of the night was brought out for a slow moving Jimmy Horton on lap 54.
Tremont was running the topside as Hearn patiently hugged the bottom of the track hoping to make ground on him.
Sheppard moved into the fourth spot over Friesen then drove under Flach and pulled away in third on lap 65.
Tremont, Hearn and Sheppard were in their own league as they pulled away from the field, catching lap traffic on lap 75.
Hearn then moved to the top to maneuver through lap traffic, opening the door for Sheppard to drive under him on lap 84 advancing Sheppard into the second spot.Friesen passed Flach on the bottom coming out of turn four for the third spot on lap 85.
Sheppard was able to complete the pass as he dove to the bottom in turn three, slid to the top coming out of four, worked his way around a lapped car and took the lead on lap 89.
The third yellow of the night was brought out on lap 90 due to a slow moving fourth place runner Hearn with a right rear flat.
The final restart of the night saw the field restart single file as Sheppard set his car on cruise control as he pulled away with half a straightaway lead over Tremont. On that restart Friesen worked his way on the bottom for a couple of laps and was able to slide by Tremont for the second spot with just two laps to go. It was all Sheppard as he sailed his way to his first ever Mr. Dirt Track USA victory.
“The car was phenomenal on the long runs. It was a little tight on the short runs. I’d lose the nose a little while and lose a little bit of ground. It just seemed like I could just drive it in straight and rotate the bottom. This motor really pulled up off the corners. I just can’t thank everyone enough,” Sheppard said in victory lane. “Long time car owner, Jeff Bruneau, he’s in the hospital right now. There’s no bigger win he would have loved than this one right here. We’re praying for him. I’m sure he would have loved this one.”
Sixth place starter Friesen looked to make a repeat of last year but fell one spot short.
“It was good tonight. The Halmar team has worked really hard all season. We have great racecar’s and a great engine. We just didn’t make the right adjustments for the feature. We had a good long run car but the short runs we were getting beaten up pretty good. I’m proud of my guys to finish second to Sheppard. That’s nothing really to complain about. We’ll work a little bit harder and come back out again on Monday.”
Lebanon Valley’s regular Kenny Tremont Jr. led all but the final twelve laps of the feature rounding himself off with a third place finish.
“This is such a good team. They did a great job tonight. We just used the right rear tire up and towards the end there we were just hanging on. I’m really pleased with how the car went, maybe a little bit harder tire compound would have helped us.”
Races Notes: 38 modifieds attempted to qualify. 32 cars started in the A-main. Only three cautions were brought out during the feature on lap 8, 54 and 90. Tremont lead 88 of 100 laps. Fast timer in time trials was Brett Hearn with a 19.236.
The Super DIRTcar Series will head to Weedsport Speedway next on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5th in Weedsport, N.Y.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 1, 2016; Lebanon Valley; West Lebanon, N.Y.
A-Main (100 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 44-Stewart Friesen, 3. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 4. 43-Keith Flach, 5. 74-J.H. Heffner, 6. 98-Eddier Marchall, 7. 60-Brian Berger, 8. 45-Wayne Jelley, 9. 91-Billy Decker, 10. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 11. 20-Brett Hearn, 12. 17-Rob Pitcher, 13. 42w-Pat Ward, 14. 76-Bobby Varin, 15. 34-Steve Hough, 16. 99l-Larry Wight, 17. 27j-Chad Jeseo, 19. 55-Mike King, 20. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 21. 19-Tim Fuller, 22. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 23. 220-John Ferrier, 24. 34b-Andy Bachetti, 25. 18h-Peter Britten, 26. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 27. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 28. 88J-Olden Dwyer, 29. 17e-Elmo Reckner, 30. 55c-Mike Keeler, 31. 99-Kolby Schroeder, 32. 35-Frank Cozze
Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 laps) – 1. 55-Mike King, 2. 25j-Chad Jeseo, 3. 27j- Danny Johnson, 4. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 5. 55c-Mike Keeler, 6, 17j-Matt Janiak, 7. 16-Willie Auchmoody
Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 35-Frank Cozze, 2. 91-Billy Decker, 3. 18h-Peter Britten, 4. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 5. 220-John Ferrier
Heat 4 (8 Laps) – 1. 43-Keith Flach, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 4. 45-Wayne Jelley, 5. 17-Rob Pitcher, 6. 25j-Rob Pitcher, 7. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 8. 55c-Mike Keeler, 9. 16-Willie Auchmoody, 10. 43k-Ken Aanonsen
Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 2. 98-Eddie Marshall, 3. 34-Steve Hough, 4. 42w-Pat Ward, 5. 76-Bobby Varin, 6. 55-Mike King, 7. 27j-Danny Johnson, 8. 88j-Brett Haus, 9. 17j-Matt Janiak, 10. 11a-Kyle Armstrong
Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. 34-Andy Bachetti, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 5. 88-Mike Mahaney, 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 220-John Ferrier, 8. 7s-Michael Sabia, 9. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 10. 42p-Matt Pupello
Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 2. 74-J.H. Heffner, 3. 99l-Larry Wight, 4. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 5. 17e-Elmo Reckner, 6. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 7. 18h-Peter Britten, 8. 99-Kolby Schroeder, 9. 91-Billy Decker

Sheppard Claims 2nd Consecutive Super DIRTcar Series Traffic Jam at Grandview

BECHTELSVILLE, PA – For the second consecutive year Waterloo, NY’s Matt Sheppard claimed the win and the $7,000 top prize, during Thursday night’s Big-Block Modified Super DIRTCar Series Traffic Jam presented by Pioneer Pole as NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series brought an exciting night of racing action to Grandview Speedway.
After drawing the pole, Sheppard launched from his first row starting spot with Unadilla, NY’s Billy Decker following closely behind in the Page Trucking No. 91 machine. Sheppard set a rapid pace from the onset hitting lapped traffic by the fourth circuit before the first caution for Wind Gap, PA’s Frank Cozze.
On the restart, Sheppard blasted back to the top spot, with Decker, Peter Britten and Ryan Godown in a three-wide battle for the second spot. As the field bunched up, the caution flag flew for Larry Wight, when his No. 99L machine stopped in turn 3 with a broken front end.
Sheppard bolted out of sight on the restart, while a five-car battle for the second spot ensued. Decker shot inside Britten, while Godown made it three-wide heading down the front stretch — followed quickly by Grandview Speedway all-time leading race winner, Craig VonDohren and Stewart Friesen.
A lap 9 caution for Jeff Strunk’s No. 126 machine slowed the field for the third time.
VonDohren shot into second on the restart while Friesen battled with Britten for the third position side-by-side for nearly 10 laps swapping the spot – and race grooves – almost half a dozen times.
The action slowed again on the 19th circuit for a tangle between 16-year-old Modified racer Max McLaughlin and Tommy Sheetz.
The top-5 remained unchanged on the restart, with Oley, PA’s Duane Howard making his intentions known moving into the sixth position from a tenth place starting spot.
The final caution flag flew on lap 22 for Vernon, NJ’s Brett Hearn – who stopped in turn four with a left front flat tire.
Sheppard stayed dominant at the drop of the green, as multiple two-car battles followed behind, shuffling the field.
The Traffic Jam lived up to its name as Sheppard approached heavy lapped traffic on the 34th circuit. Tiptoeing around lapped cars Britten and Friesen closed on the leader with Britten challenging for the top spot as Sheppard struggled getting around lapped cars.
Sheppard held tight and picked up his second consecutive Traffic Jam victory, and the $7,000 winner’s share.
Peter Britten, of Queensland, Aus. finished in second; Sprakers, NY’s Stewart Friesen in third; Oley, PA’s Duane Howard in fourth; and Billy Decker of Unadilla, NY finishing in fifth
Big-Block Modified Qualifying Heat races were won by Billy Decker, Stewart Friesen and Larry Wight.
Billy Decker set the fast time with a lap of 14.309, barely missing the single-lap track record of 14.298 set by Craig VonDohren.
Big-Block Modifieds
Heat 1 (8 Laps) – 1. Billy Decker 2. Mike Mahaney 3. Duane Howard 4. Danny Johnson 5. Brett Hearn
Heat 2 (8 Laps) – 1. Stewart Friesen 2. Matt Sheppard 3. Pete Britten 4. Tim Fuller 5. Billy Pauch Jr.
Heat 3 (8 Laps) – 1. Larry Wight 2. Jimmy Phelps 3. Craig Von Dohren 4. Ryan Godown 5. Keith Flach
19th Annual Traffic Jam (60 Laps) – 1. Matt Sheppard ($7,000) 2. Peter Britten 3. Stewart Friesen 4. Duane Howard 5. Billy Decker 6. Jimmy Phelps 7. Craig Von Dohren 8. Mike Mahaney 9. Jimmy Horton 10. Ryan Watt 11. Tim Fuller 12. Anthony Perrego 13. Jeff Strunk 14. Danny Johnson 15. Ryan Godown 16. Brett Hearn 17. Mat Williamson 18. Keith Flach 19. Pat Ward 20. Rich Scagliotta 21. Max McLaughlin 22. Eldon Payne 23. Billy Pauch, Jr. 24. Tom Sheetz 25. John McClelland 26. Brett Kressley 27. Dominick Buffalino 28. Marcus Dinkins 29. Larry Wight 30. Frank Cozze

Sheppard Lights Up Utica-Rome Speedway
Captures second Super DIRTcar series win of the year
By Mandee Pauch
VERNON, N.Y. - July 3, 2016 - Fireworks capped off the night at Utica-Rome Speedway but the fireworks actually started early when the fierce battle between Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson started on lap 30 of the main event.
"It just kind of seemed slow and steady. The car felt good at the drop of the green but not fantastic. We kind of road for quite a while," said Matt Sheppard in victory lane. "It seemed the longer the race went the slicker the track got, the better the car got. The car was really good tonight. I can't thank everybody enough."
Johnson was joined by Rob Bellinger on the front row for the start of the race. Third starter, Pat Ward, shot out of turn two off of the bottom to wrangle the lead away from Johnson.
It was a strong battle from the start between Ward and Johnson. Johnson captured the top spot back on lap five and pulled away.
The first caution of the night was brought out on lap six due to a slow moving Frank Cozze on the front stretch. The restart saw Johnson holding the bottom as Ward worked the top groove.
Bellinger was knocking on Ward's door and passed him off the bottom out of turn two on lap ten. Ward didn't give up though. He held strong to the outside lane and battled for the second position. Ward held on strong to the outside lane and took back the lead on lap sixteen.
Larry Wight, who started 15th was on the move, charging through the field up to seventh by lap 19.
Ward caught up to the back of the field by lap 22 which cost him the lead to Johnson.
Sheppard, who started in position number nine, passed Bellinger on the bottom coming out of turn four on lap 28 for second and then had his sights set on Johnson.
At the halfway mark the scoreboard saw Johnson leading over Sheppard, Bellinger, Danny Varin, and Ward.
Johnson held the bottom lane, Sheppard shot to the outside, slid up coming out of two as a lap car got in the way of a perfect maneuver. Contact was made on the backstretch between Johnson and Sheppard and it was Johnson who came out on top on lap 32.
That wasn't for long. Sheppard dove back into turn one and passed Johnson back on lap 33.
"We were really good on the bottom off of one and two. We were able to stick on the bottom and maneuver through. That really helped us in lap traffic," Sheppard said.
Wight was on the move and was up to fifth position by lap 36.
Friesen, who started in eighth, made a late race charge on the outside into fourth position on lap 45.
Friesen drove hard into turn one causing him to push up into the marbles as he was charging for the second spot. Friesen couldn't catch it fast enough as the car went spinning over the bank causing the second yellow of the night on lap 48.
Lap 48 saw Sheppard, D. Johnson, Bellinger, Varin, and M. Johnson as the top five.
In the final restart of the night, Sheppard pulled away from the field. Varin dove down into third position as Wight charged the outside for fourth.
Johnson bolted to the bottom of Bellinger on the last lap on the backstretch and got sideways after clipping one of the inside tire barriers which sent him spinning into the infield as he was battling for fifth position.
Sheppard then cruised the FX Caprara 9s big-block modified to his second Super DIRTcar Series victory of the year by half a straightaway over Johnson, Varin, Wight, and Bellinger.
Only two cautions were brought out during the 60 lap a-main event. Thirty-five cars attempted to qualify and thirty started the field. After spinning on lap 48 Friesen drove back through the field to finish ninth in just twelve laps.
The Big Blocks return to action this Wednesday, July 6 at Albany-Saratoga and then heads north to Mohawk International Raceway on Thursday, July 7.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; July 3, 2016; Utica-Rome Speedway; Vernon, N.Y.
A-Main (60 Laps) - 1. 9s -Matt Sheppard; 2. 27J -Danny Johnson; 3. 93-Danny Varin; 4. 99L-Larry Wight; 5. 8r -Rob Bellinger ; 6. 42p-Pat Ward; 7. 25 -Erick Rudolph; 8. 91-Billy Decker; 9. 44-Stewart Friesen; 10. 14J-Alan Johnson; 11. 99 Ryan Phelps; 12.18h Peter Britten; 13. 5H-Chris Hile; 14. 6m -Mat Williamson; 15. 88m-Mike Mahaney; 16. 32c -Vic Cofey; 17. 6H-Max McLaughlin; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 19. 20-Brett Hearn; 20. 3J -Marc Johnson; 21. 76-Bobby Varin; 22. 33-Ryan Arbuthnot; 23. 17-Matt Janiak; 24. 43 -Keith Flach; 25. 28p -Eldon Payne; 26. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 27. 10 -Jim Nagle; 28. 55-Matt Hulsizer; 29.19-Tim Fuller; 30. 35-Frank Cozze
Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 laps) - 1. 32C-Vic Coffey; 2. 17-Matt Janiak; 3. 28P-Eldon Payne; 4. 10-Jim Nagle; 5. 88-Dave Allen; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 7. 959-John Lutes Jr.
Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 laps) - 1. 20-Brett Hearn; 2. 76-Bobby Varin; 3. 35-Frank Cozze; 4. 99-Ryan Phelps; 5. 33-Ryan Arbuthnot; 6. 17E-Elmo Reckner; 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher
Heat 1 (8 Laps) - 1. 8R-Rob Bellinger; 2. 18H-Peter Britten; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 4.6m-Mat Williamson; 5. 43-Keith Flach; 6. 17-Matt Janiak; 7. 10-Jim Nagle; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 9. 72-Cass Bennett
Heat 2 (8 Laps) - 1. 44-Stewart Friesen; 2. 93-Danny Varin; 3. 25-Eric Rudolph; 4. 55-Matt Hulsizer; 5. 6H-Max McLaughlin; 6. 32C-Vic Coffey; 7. 959-John Lutes Jr; 8. 28P- Eldon Payne; 9. 88-Dave Allen
Heat 3 (8 Laps) - 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard; 2. 14J-Alan Johnson; 3. 27J-Danny Johnson; 4. 99L-Larry Wight; 5. 19-Tim Fuller; 6. 20-Brett Hearn; 7. 99-Ryan Phelps; 8. 33-Ryan Arbuthnot; 9. 48T- Dave Rauscher
Heat 4 (8 Laps) - 1. 3J-Marc Johnson; 2. 91-Billy Decker; 3. 42P-Pat Ward; 4. 5H-Chris Hile; 5. 88M-Mike Mahaney; 6. 35-Frank Cozze; 7. 76-Bobby Varin; 8. 17E-Elmo Reckner
Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 8R-Rob Bellinger, 21.365; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 21.382; 3. 18H-Peter Britten, 21.482; 4. 43-Keith Flach, 21.815; 5. 6M-Mat Williamson, 22.110; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 22.360; 7. 10-Jim Nagle, 22.692; 8. 17-Matt Janiak, 22.771; 9. 72-Cass Bennett, 30.574
Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 21.208; 2. 93-Danny Varin, 21.252; 3. 25-Eric Rudolph, 21.392; 4. 6H-Max McLaughlin, 21.452; 5. 32C-Vic Coffey, 21.470; 6. 55-Matt Hulsizer, 21.807; 7. 959-John Lutes Jr., 21.937; 8. 28P- Eldon Payne, 22.479; 9. 88-Dave Allen, 23.036
Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 21.493; 2. 14J-Alan Johnson, 21.562; 3. 27J-Danny Johnson, 21.743; 4. 99L-Larry Wight, 21.812; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 21.995; 6. 99-Ryan Phelps, 22.062; 7. 20-Brett Hearn, 22.110; 8. 33-Ryan Arbuthnot, 22.762; 9. 48T- Dave Rauscher, 23.029
Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 3J-Marc Johnson, 21.175; 2. 91-Billy Decker, 21.793; 3. 5H-Chris Hile, 21.810; 4. 42P-Pat Ward, 21.819; 5. 88M-Mike Mahaney, 21.992; 6. 17E-Elmo Reckner, 22.166; 7. 35-Frank Cozze, 22.221; 8. 76-Bobby Varin, 22.672

Matt Sheppard Scores in Return to Williams Grove
Scores first full-points Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season
By Mandee Pauch
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - June 22, 2016 -Tim Fuller led early at Williams Grove Speedway on Wednesday night, but it was Matt Sheppard who battled to the lead and was dominant through much of the 100-lap Modified Mayhem at the Grove Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds feature.
In the series' first return to the track in a decade, Sheppard became the sixth different winner in six Super DIRTcar features run at the track since 1989. The defending series champion was able to lead the last 47 circuits to score the Modified Mayhem $5,000 top prize.
"The track started locking down a little bit there early. I just tried to ride it out and drive it nice and straight," explained Sheppard in victory lane. "The guys in front started to get slower in the long runs and we maintained. I think that's what won us the race tonight. Once we got up front I just wanted to hit my marks and take it easy."
Wednesday night marked the first full-points series win in the books for Sheppard and his new team. "It's definitely big for us. It's a special win. To put a place like Williams Grove on our resume, it really means a lot."
Once the green flag dropped for the feature, Fuller rocketed out to an early lead as third place starter, Matt Sheppard, put early pressure on second place runner, Ryan Watt.
As Fuller pulled away, it was Danny Johnson who was making moves through the back of the pack. Johnson advanced from his 17th starting spot and was up to seventh place by lap 26. Bad luck plagued Johnson on lap 37 though as he pulled to the pits due to brake line problems.
Sheppard was able to advance to second place by lap 33 and was able to show speed as he was closing the gap fast on Fuller.
At the halfway mark the top grid showed Fuller, Sheppard, Watt, Dave Blaney, and Billy Decker as the top five. Sheppard battled to the lead after diving underneath Fuller coming out of turn four.
By lap 76, Blaney, who started eighth, moved into the second position. Blaney was slowly closing in on Sheppard but Sheppard was able to pull away as the track was getting faster.
"These guys have a great team. The whole team is strong and gave me a good car to run tonight," said Blaney about his podium finish. "My car was good and I got fortunate to finish second."
Sheppard once again drove off; taking his first full-points series win of the season. Second went to Blaney, followed by Fuller, Wight, and Decker. Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Stewart Friesen, Frank Cozze, Mike Mahaney, Brett Hearn, and Keith Flach.
Friesen was able to come from the rear of the field after an early pit stop on lap seven to finish in fourth with Mike Mahaney advancing late as well to finish eighth from 18th.
Thirty-three Big-Block Modifieds attempted to qualify for the Modified Mayhem race. Thirty cars started the field. Nine cautions were brought out during the feature. Watt, outside pole-sitter, slowed down with a left front flat while running in the top five. Sheppard scored his 36th-career win and first ever win at Williams Grove.
The Big-Block Modifieds return to action this Sunday, June 26, at Cornwall Motor Speedway, the 1/4 mile high-banked oval.
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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; June 22, 2016; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.
A-Main (100 Laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard; 2. 18b-Dave Blaney; 3. 19-Tim Fuller; 4. 99L-Larry Wight; 5. 91-Billy Decker; 6. 44-Stewart Friesen; 7. 35-Frank Cozze; 8. 88m-Mike Mahaney; 9. 20-Brett Hearn; 10. 43-Keith Flach; 11. Xp-Chad Phelps; 12. 32c-Vic Coffey; 13. 18H-Peter Britten; 14. 6H-Max McLaughlin; 15. 33-Ryan Arbithnot; 16. 66-Duane Howard; 17. 42p-Pat Ward; 18. 14w-Ryan Watt; 19. 21-Yan Bussiere; 20. 25R-Erick Rudolph; 21. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 22. 13-Rick Regalski Jr.; 23. 27J-Danny Johnson; 24. 1-Tyler Dippel; 25. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 26. 28p-Eldon Payne; 27. T3-Tom Sheetz; 28. 51m-Dominick Buffalino; 29. 43H-Jimmy Horton; 30. 27R-Mat Williamson
Last Chance Showdown 1 (10-laps - Top 6 Finishers Transfer) - 1. 66-Duane Howard; 2. 32c-Vic Coffey; 3. 43H-Jimmy Horton; 4. Xp-Chad Phelps; 5. 6H-Max McLaughlin; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta; 7. 51m-Dominick Buffalino; 8. 13-Rick Regalski Jr.; 9. 28p-Eldon Payne; 10. 48T-Dave Rauscher; 11. 66m-J.R. McGinley
Heat 1 (8 Laps) - 1. 20-Brett Hearn; 2. 99L-Larry Wight; 3. 91-Billy Decker; 4. 42p-Pat Ward; 5. 27J-Danny Johnson; 6. 66-Duane Howard; 7. 32c-Vic Coffey; 8. 51m-Dominick Buffalino; 9. 6m-Mat Williamson
Heat 2 (8 Laps) - 1. 44-Stewart Friesen; 2. 19-Tim Fuller; 3. 18b-Dave Blaney; 4. 21-Yan Bussiere; 5. 88m-Mike Mahaney; 6. 43H-Jimmy Horton; 7. 6H-Max McLaughlin
Heat 3 (8 Laps) - 1. 35-Frank Cozze; 2. 43-Keith Flach; 3. 98H-Jimmy Phelps; 4. 1-Tyler Dippel; 5. 33-Ryan Arbithnot; 6. Xp-Chad Phelps; 7. 66m-J.R. McGinley; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta
Heat 4 (8 Laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard; 2. 18H-Peter Britten; 3. 14w-Ryan Watt; 4. T3-Tom Sheetz; 5. 25R-Erick Rudolph; 6. 48T-Dave Rauscher; 7. 28p-Eldon Payne; 8. 13-Rick Regalski Jr.
Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 20.893; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 20.894; 3. 91-Billy Decker, 20.985; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson, 21.124; 5. 42p-Pat Ward, 21.232; 6. 27J-Danny Johnson, 21.387; 7. 51m-Dominick Buffalino, 21.482; 8. 32c-Vic Coffey, 21.635; 9. 66-Duane Howard, 21.644
Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 20.998; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 21.226; 3. 18b-Dave Blaney, 21.254; 4. 21-Yan Bussiere, 21.362; 5. 43H-Jimmy Horton, 21.605; 6. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 21.638; 7. 6H-Max McLaughlin, 21.768; 8. 7-Mark Flick, 22.422
Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 21.282; 2. 43-Keith Flach, 21.454; 3. 35-Frank Cozze, 21.507; 4. 1-Tyler Dippel, 21.557; 5. Xp-Chad Phelps, 21.687; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 21.931; 7. 33-Ryan Arbithnot, 22.099; 8. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 22.482
Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 18H-Peter Britten, 21.508; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 21.522; 3. 14w-Ryan Watt, 21.752; 4. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 21.845; 5. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 22.397; 6. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 22.536; 7. 28p-Eldon Payne, 22.789; 8. T3-Tommy Sheetz, NT; 9. X-Ed Kitchell, NT


VERNON, NY- SUNY Canton and Wilbur Duck Chevrolet sponsored an intense night of racing action at Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday, June 12th. The day was full of events that were rescheduled from earlier dates that had been postponed due to Mother Nature, including the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints and King of Dirt series for both 602 Sportsman and Pro Stocks. Matt Sheppard found his way to victory lane again in the Gates-Cole Insurance Modified feature, making it three on the year. Joining him in victory lane was Rocky Warner for the King of Dirt 602 Sportsman, Luke Horning for the King of Dirt Pro Stocks, and Steve Way for the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman. For the Empire Super Sprints, Jason Barney won the A-Main after a wild finish. For more details, see the Empire Super Sprints official release.
Tim Mayne and Mike Mahaney were the pair on the front row that took the green to begin the Gates-Cole Insurance Modified feature event. Using the top side, Mahaney was able to dig his right rear into the racing surface and take the lead. Behind him, Vic Coffey was starting to climb through the top five. The fifth circuit saw him catch Mahaney and use the bottom to slip on by and take the top spot. He didn’t have a chance to pull away, however, as defending track champion Matt Sheppard had already navigated the field and worked his way into the top five after starting 13th. On lap 10, Sheppard found some space underneath the leading Coffey and drove by for the lead.
From there, Sheppard had an open track available to build on his lead. As he pulled away, the rest of the top five began to battle for position as the race passed the halfway mark. Coffey started to feel some heat from Marc Johnson, who was looking to improve on his previous second place finish. Fourth became a battle between Mahaney and Danny Varin as the two dueled on opposite lanes on the racing surface with Varin on the bottom and Mahaney on the top. Varin won the battle, and caught up to the fight for 2nd. just in time for the caution to come out on lap 25 for a pair of cars spinning in turn 1, which included top five runner Marc Johnson.
The restart gave the field a chance to reel in the leading Sheppard, who had built a straightaway cushion between him and the rest on the cars on the lead lap. When the green came out once more, Sheppard pulled away again, taking the win five laps later. The victory marked Sheppard’s 250th career win and 28th at the speedway, taking sole possession of 9th on the all-time win list over Jack Johnson. Varin took second, with Mahaney, Coffey, and Larry Wight filling out the top five. Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, and Tim Fuller trailed.
Quality Manufacturing and Parks Paving & Sealing will present the action next Sunday, June 19, at the Utica-Rome Speedway as the CRSA 305 Sprints will join the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Broedel Energy Open Sportsman, and G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks for another night of high speed entertainment. The rain delayed G&I Homes of Vernon Pro Stocks feature from May 15 will begin the night’s events. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m. For more information, please log on to or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
GATES-COLE INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)- MATT SHEPPARD, Danny Varin, Mike Mahaney, Vic Coffey, Larry Wight, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, Tim Fuller, Vinnie Vitale, Alan Barker, Tim Mayne, Pete Taylor, Cory Pike, Jessey Mueller, Rusty Smite, Billy Dunn, and Scott Batzing. DNS- Matt Hulsizer.


CANANDAIGUA, NY….Waterloo’s Matt Sheppard continues his dominance of the DIRTcar Modified division at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, winning his fifth feature in seven outings this year. For Sheppard, who now sits fifth on the All-Time Canandaigua feature win list, it was his 56th career win at the track.

“I don’t know why I get along so good at this place,” stated Sheppard. “We started off a little tight and ended up a little lose. For sure we were running warm. But that may because the evening is so warm tonight.”
The 35-lap DIRTcar Modified feature saw Greg Birosh grab the lead at the drop of the green. The yellow flag quickly followed on lap two, when Tim Fuller pulled off the back stretch with drive line issues.
The restart saw Birosh start to motor away from the field, but Matt Sheppard, who started fourteenth, found himself in third by lap five. It didn’t take long as Sheppard ducked to the low side exiting the second turn on lap 11 to take the lead.
Justin Haers was now the car to watch as he battled his way towards the front. He was in a terrific battle for fourth with Mat Williamson and Kyle Coffey when the yellow flew for Eldon Payne’s disabled car, stopped next to the outside wall in the second turn on lap 17.
The restart Birosh drift high in the third turn, over the birm, losing a number of positions. Sheppard maintained his led followed by Williamson, Hares, Billy Decker and Ryan Arbuthnot. Gary Tomkins suddenly exited the race, as did Birosh on laps 25 and 27.
Decker worked his way up to second, passing Williamson with just five laps remaining in lapped traffic. At the wire it was Sheppard followed by Decker, Haers, Williamson and Arbuthnot to round out the top five.
This Saturday, June 18, will see another regular night of racing at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. More information can be found at That race card will include the DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Crate Late Models, New Legends, 305 Sprint Cars and the combined Open Street Stocks/Pure Stocks. Race time begins at 7 p.m.
HEAT 1: T. Fuller, K. Coffey, D. Wiesner, T. Keyes, P. Britten.
HEAT 2: R. Scagliotta, M. Williamson, S. Paine, D. Podsiadlo, G. Birosh.
HEAT 3: D. Rauscher, M. Sheppard, B. Sage, R. Arbuthnot, B. Decker.
FEATURE (35-laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Justin Haers, Mat Williamson, Ryan Arbuthnot, Brian Sage, Peter Britten, Dan Wiesner, Billy Dunn, Mike Mahaney, Rich Scagliotta, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Derrick Podsiadlo, Gil Tegg Jr., Dave Rauscher, Tommy Keyes, Kyle Coffey, Greg Birosh, Gary Tomkins, Eldon Payne Jr., Tim Fuller, Mike O’Brien.

Matt Sheppard Is “Super” With $5,240 ‘Ultimate Outlaw 50’ Victory Wednesday Night At Outlaw Speedway Driving Norm Hansell’s No. 357
DUNDEE, NY – “Super Matt” Sheppard had luck on his side during the redraw of Wednesday night’s Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event, drawing the pole for the ‘Ultimate Outlaw 50’ at Outlaw Speedway.
And he also had plenty of speed.Sheppard, driving the Norm Hansell-owned No. 357 led from wire-to-wire, collecting a $5,240 payday for his efforts in the 50-lap event, Round No. 4 of the STSS Halmar International North Region.
While Sheppard resides in Waterloo, N.Y., a short jaunt to Outlaw Speedway, the winning car is housed more than four hours to the south and east of the speedway in Collegeville, Pa.
“I’ve got to thank Norm and the guys for bringing the car all the way up here from Pennsylvania,” Sheppard noted following his second career STSS victory and first since May 20, 2014 at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. “I’m glad it was worth their drive.”
The first-ever STSS event at the Dundee, N.Y., oval was originally slated for Tuesday night. However, a threatening Tuesday forecast forced the postponement of the event by 24 hours. The event was run under cold and cloudy conditions.
Sheppard and fellow front-row starter Stewart Friesen, in the Halmar International No. 44, controlled the event. The pair ran one-two through lap 43 when the left-rear tire went down on Friesen’s mount and he ducked to the pits.Sheppard cruised out front over the remaining seven laps to earn the victory. “When you get into the summer grind with weekly racing and handicapping, you end up starting 15th, 18th, all the time in the back,” Sheppard said. “If you get lucky and pick up front like we did tonight, you have to capitalize on it.”
In a stout performance from eighth on the grid, current STSS Halmar International North Region point leader Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y., chased Sheppard across the line. The ultra-consistent Rudolph has finished no worse than seventh in STSS North events this season; Wednesday’s runner-up result, however, was his best of 2016.
“I don’t think I had anything for Matt,” Rudolph said. “We were a second-place car, but it was a great night for the point battle. We’ll take it and go on to the next one at Accord (N.Y., July 5).”
In his Outlaw Speedway debut, Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., drove to a solid third-place run. Bachetti raced inside the top-five for the race’s entire distance, garnering his second top-five effort of the ’16 STSS North Region schedule.
Danny Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., like Bachetti a first-time Outlaw Speedway visitor, garnered a fourth-place result after dropping back early.
Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa., earned the distinction as the event’s Hard Charger, driving the Grant Hilfiger-owned No. 78 from 21st to finish fifth. Van Pelt was making his first STSS start of the season.
Completing the top-10 were Billy Van Inwegen of Sparrowbush, N.Y., in the Escape RV-sponsored No. 4 small-block; Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y., a traveler with the STSS in ’16 like Van Inwegen; Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., who recovered from a flat tire on the 13th lap to finish eighth; 17th-starter Vic Coffey of Leicester, N.Y.; and Brady Fultz of Rochester, N.Y., up from 16th.
Heat winners for the 35 STSS Modifieds on hand were Malcolm, Joe Dgien, Tyler Siri and Creeden. Coffey and Justin Wright were the consolation victors.
The win for car owner Norm Hansell came in his first visit to Outlaw. Hansell had debuted the winning car with Sheppard aboard in mid-May at the combo Big Diamond Speedway (Minersville, Pa.) event….
The 2016 Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, VP Racing Fuel, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Allstar Performance, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Event No. 4 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): MATT SHEPPARD ($5,240), Erick Rudolph, Andy Bachetti, Danny Creeden, Billy Van Pelt, Billy Van Inwegen, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Malcolm, Vic Coffey, Brady Fultz, Steve Paine, Stewart Friesen, Justin Wright, Joe Dgien, Donnie Lawson, Mike Mahaney, Tommy Meier, Nick Nye, Colton Wilson, Tyler Siri, Ron Cartwright Jr., Craig Hanson, Derrick Podsiadlo, Anthony Perrego, Danny Johnson, Alan Johnson, Ryan Jordan.
‘Lucky 7’ Lap Money Breakdown ($1,123 Total): Matt Sheppard ($240); Andy Bachetti ($145); Danny Creeden ($140); Erick Rudolph ($120); Stewart Friesen ($120); Matt DeLorenzo ($100); Billy Van Inwegen ($85); Joe Dgien ($40); Danny Johnson ($20); Steve Paine ($20); Vic Coffey ($20); Brian Malcolm ($20)
Allstar Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Andy Bachetti (third) & Brian Malcolm (eighth)
American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire): Billy Van Inwegen (sixth) & Donnie Lawson (15th)
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Billy Van Pelt (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Card): Danny Creeden (fourth) & Vic Coffey (ninth)
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Bonuses ($100 Credits): Billy Van Inwegen (sixth) & Mike Mahaney (16th)
Dutch Hoag Memorial Hard Charger ($200): Billy Van Pelt (21st to 5th)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Matt DeLorenzo (seventh)
K&N Performance Product Drawing (Air Filter): Erick Rudolph, Mike Mahaney & Matt DeLorenzo (pre-race draw)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Credit): Billy Van Pelt (21st to fifth)
Racing Optics Bonus (Sleeve of Tearoffs): Erick Rudolph (second)
Vahlco Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Billy Van Pelt (fifth)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Erick Rudolph (second), Stewart Friesen (12th) & Craig Hanson (22nd)


CANANDAIGUA, NY….Matt Sheppard continued his winning ways last Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. For Sheppard it was his fourth feature win in six races run. Dave Marcuccilli took the sportsman feature win, his second of the year at the track.
In other classes Dave Caswell won the Crate Late Model feature, while Lee Sanders took top honors in the 305 Sprints. As for Caswell, he said he had a lot of fun, but that it took a few laps for his hard tires to catch on. As for Sanders he said he was grateful for promoter Jeremie Corcoran for sticking with the class. Mike Welch won the Legends feature.
The 35-lap DIRTcar modified feature saw pole sitter Tom Keyes slow on the track and drop out before the green flag flew. Finally the green flag flew, but not for long as on the second lap the yellow came out for a spin by both Gill Tegg Jr. and Alan Johnson. Both cars were able to return at the back of the pack.
The restart saw the worst accident of the night as James Maier rolled down to the front chute three or four times. He was uninjured but shaken by his wild ride. Also involved in this accident were Johnson and Justin Wright.
Up front Mat Williamson and Billy Decker battled it out. Mike Mahaney suffered a flat tire to bring out the yellow on the tenth lap. Sheppard was again on the hunt and began closing on the leaders.
Up front Tim Fuller had joined the battle for the lead with Decker. With the white flag in the air Sheppard made his move taking the lead and the victory. Billy Decker came home in second followed by Tim Fuller, Justin Haers and last week’s winner Peter Britten in fifth.
“Those lapped cars help me catch Billy (Decker),” stated Sheppard. “The track grove had moved way up and I just went for broke on the final lap.”

HEAT 1: E. Payne Jr, T. Keyes, J. Haers, R. Scagilotta, R. Arbuthnot, B. Sage.
HEAT 2: P. Britten, J. Wright, G. Birosh, M. Mahaney, G. Tomkins, S. Paine
HEAT 3: M. Williamson, M. Sheppard, B. Decker, D. Rauscher, M. O’Brien, A. Johnson.
FEATURE (35-laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Tim Fuller, Justin Haers, Peter Britten, Mat Williamson, Alan Johnson, Ryan Arbuthnot, Dan Wiesner, Steve Paine, Eldon Payne Jr., Mike O’Brien, Rich Scagliotta, Dave Rauscher, Mike Mahaney, Justin Wright, Derrick Podisadlo, Gil Tegg Jr., Kyle Coffey, Greg Birosh, Gary Tomkins, Brian Sage, James Maier, DNS: Tom Keyes, Kaithlyn Pashina, Doug Gavette.

Matt Sheppard Makes Late Race Charge For Brewerton Speedway Modified Win
By Dave Medler
BREWERTON, NY – June 3, 2016 – In a hotly contested Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway it was defending track champion Matt Sheppard that used a late race pass for the lead to end up in victory lane at the end of 35 laps.
Sheppard started the feature in 12th and steadily worked his way to the front, moving into the second position on lap 28 then setting his sights on race leader Chuck Bower. With just two laps remaining Sheppard was able to make the winning pass in turns three and four, getting by Bower. Once out front, Sheppard out-distanced Bower by 00.955 at the checkers.
Andrew Ferguson out-ran Joe August Jr. and the rest of the 24-car starting field to lead the opening lap of the 35 lap Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature. August would take the top spot on lap 3 before Ferguson would drive back into the lead one lap later.
With 10 laps complete Ferguson would open a quarter of a straight away lead. Behind Ferguson, August, Matt Hulsizer, Chuck Bower, Rich Scagliotta waged their own battle in the top five.
Ferguson in just his second year in modifieds was running the race of his career in the division as he opened a straightaway lead with 15 laps showing on the scoring tower. Bower, August, Scagliotta, Rob Bellinger and Mike Bowman were having a battle royal for second through sixth.
A quick yellow would wave on lap 16 erasing the lead Ferguson built up. On the restart Bower took advantage as he blasted into the lead on lap 17. On lap 19 Ferguson wrestled the lead back with Bower taking the top spot back on lap 21.
With great racing going on throughout the field, Sheppard would work his way into second on lap 28 and set his sights on Bower. With Bower running the top and Sheppard the bottom, the pair would run in tight quarters until two laps to go. Going into three and four Sheppard found the speed he needed to get by Bower and go on to the narrow 00.955 of a second win over Bower. Robbie Bellinger, Andrew Ferguson, career best fourth and Jimmy Phelps rounded out the top five. Larry Wight, Rich Scagliotta, Pat Ward, Tim Sears Jr. and Mike Bowman finished sixth through tenth.
On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Big Block Modifeds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Firehouse Subs Mod Lites and JB Logging & Firewood Four-Cylinders. Any questions you might have and for marketing opportunities please contact Cory Reed (315) 668-6906 for the latest news go to and like the track Facebook page .
Ingles Performance Night June 3 Quick Results
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) - MATT SHEPPARD, Chuck Bower, Robbie Bellinger, Andrew Ferguson, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Rich Scagliotta, Pat Ward, Tim Sears Jr., Mike Bowman, Tom Sears Jr., Chad Phelps, Chris Hile, Ryan Phelps, Vic Coffey, Joe August Jr., Roy Bresnahan, Max McLaughlin, Jim Witko Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Jeff Blackburn, Tim Kerr, Tim Murphy, Matt Hulsizer.
(Heat Winners) - Matt Sheppard, Rich Scagliotta, Tim Sears Jr.

Wight and Sheppard Kick-Off 2016 Season with Impressive Wins at Utica-Rome

VERNON, NY- The Utica-Rome Speedway kicked off it’s 2016 season this past Sunday, April 17th, with a pair of 20-lap feature events for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds. The two events were won by familiar faces as Larry Wight picked up the win in the first and Matt Sheppard made an exciting pass at the end of the race for the win in the second. The night also saw Rocky Warner return to Victory Lane for the SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, Jeremy Vunk for the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman and Luke Horning for the Pro Stocks.
The first Gates-Cole Insurance 20-lap Modified feature of the season Wight got the win but it didn’t come easy. Marc Johnson and Matt Hulsizer opened the race swapping the lead multiple in the first five circuits before Hulsizer finally settled in as the leader. Hulsizer then began feeling the pressure from Wight. Wight pressured him before finally getting by on lap eight. Wight blasted by Hulsizer in traffic on the cushion in turns and four.
The only caution came on lap 12 when Vinnie Vitale had problems and slowed in turns three and four. Once the race got back underway Wight felt some pressure from Tim Fuller. Fuller worked every lane he could but it didn’t matter as Wight refused to give up the lead. Wight picked up the $1,500 victory with Fuller and Hulsizer finishing out the podium. Sheppard finished fourth while Pat Ward finished fifth.
The second 20-lap feature Chris Hile bolted from his outside front row starting position to the lead around Mike Mahaney. Hile had constant pressure from Mahaney as they both worked the high-groove on the race track. They remained in the top two spots while Sheppard was advancing from fifth to third. Sheppard several efforts on the inside to get into the top two but couldn’t get it done early.
Just like the first feature, a caution bunched the field on lap 12. The restart allowed action to pick up once again. Hile held off Mahaney as much as he could but Mahaney pulled a classic slide job on lap 16 to secure the top position in turns three and four. The action wasn’t done at this point. Sheppard closed in on Mahaney and used a slide job of his own on lap 19 to take over the lead. Sheppard led the final circuit for the 26th win of his career at Utica-Rome. Danny Varin charged from 10th to finish in second. Mahaney crossed the line third but was later disqualified after running out of fuel and coming up light on the scales. This moved Hile back into third with Ward and Fuller rounding out the top five.
Coming up next week at the Utica-Rome Speedway is another exciting event for the Gates-Cole Insurance Modifieds, SUNY Canton 602 Sportsman, the Broedel Energy Open Sportsman and the Pro Stocks. They’ll be joined by the Go Nuclear Late Models in the Prelude to the Gnome Cup. Action starts for the program presented by Wilber-Duck Chevrolet at 6 p.m.
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GATES-COLE INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE #1 FINISH (20 LAPS)- LARRY WIGHT, Tim Fuller, Matt Hulsizer, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Ronnie Johnson, Chris Hile, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Danny Varin, Ryan Phelps, Danny Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Vic Coffey, Mat Williamson, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Whittaker, Ryan Bartlett, Max McLaughlin, Tim Mayne, Justin Haers, Mark Kislowski, Vinnie Vitale, and Shaun Pangman.

GATES-COLE INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE #2 FINISH (20 LAPS)- MATT SHEPPARD, Danny Varin, Chris Hile, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Ronnie Johnson, Matt Hulsizer, Danny Johnson, Vic Coffey, Marc Johnson, Ryan Phelps, Mat Williamson, Josh Hohenforst, Billy Whittaker, Vinnie Vitale, Max McLaughlin, Ryan Bartlett, Katelyn Hile, Shaun Pangman, Mark Kislowski, Rob Bellinger, Justin Haers, and Mike Mahaney.


Hearn won the battle but it was Sheppard who won the war as he captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. Throughout the four days of Big Block action, Sheppard never finished outside the top five. He finished fifth on opening night and then took home a win before a second and a third to conclude the week.Sheppard’s third place finish was enough for him to claim the championship. He battled Friesen for the final five laps and nearly pulled off the last lap pass for second. Although he was denied the position he enjoyed his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. His last came back in 2010.
“We had an awesome race car all week,” said Sheppard. “We had another good car tonight. Brett snookered us on tires a little bit. We were really coming on Stewie there at the end. I couldn’t be prouder of all those guys standing over there that stepped up to help out. To come down here out of the box to have a first, second, third and a fifth is pretty good, pretty consistent. Hopefully we can keep it going all season.”

Sheppard Wins DIRTcar Nationals Barn Burner on Thursday Night
BARBERVILLE, FL – Thursday night’s 30-lap Modified DIRTcar Nationals main-event at Volusia Speedway Park came down to a battle between two of the best Super DIRTcar Series drivers in the Northeast. Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight duked it out for the final 10 laps of the feature race with Sheppard coming out on top at the checkered flag. Sheppard’s win came behind the wheel of his self-owned No. 9s Bicknell. The Waterloo, N.Y., driver split with Heinke-Baldwin Racing over the winter after a successful 2015 that saw him win the series title. This forced Sheppard to go in a different direction this year. Sheppard chose to start his own team and it quickly paid dividends as he marched to his seventh career DIRTcar Nationals triumph.“This is unreal,” said Sheppard. “It was such a crazy off-season for us; building this team in such a short period of time. We can say I’m going out on my own but not really. I got a ton of great people that have stepped up to help out. Everything really came together. The crew has been busting their butt all night on this car. We had trouble in qualifying, we had trouble in the heat race and they never gave up. Man two races in and we are sitting in Victory Lane already that is awesome.”Wight redrew the pole and was flanked for the start by opening night winner Tim Fuller. Wight surged to the lead at the start before caution slowed the pace after only one lap. Billy VanInwegen caught the inner guardrail and shot up the bank collecting several cars in turns three and four. Everyone was able to continue except VanInwegen as his night came to an end with front end damage.The field restarted with Wight at the point but he quickly lost two positions as both Labauch and Fuller shot by in turns one and two. Laubach raced to the lead with Fuller looking to his outside as they battled down the backstretch. Laubach would come out on top as the race leader. Laubach set a torrid pace from this point as Fuller did everything in his power to remain in the thick of things at the front of the field. Laubach continued to distance himself with Fuller searching around as the high-line that propelled him to victory wasn’t as strong as it was on Wednesday night. Action began picking up as the race reached the halfway point. Laubach caught the tail of the field which impeded his progress as he had to work through traffic. The rest of the field took advantage and closed the gap. Laubach led with Fuller second while Wight and Sheppard swapped the third position lap after lap. With just eight circuits left, Sheppard and Wight pounced on Laubach and Fuller. Fuller faded while Laubach got boxed in by a slower car on the bottom allowing Sheppard to roll the middle and Wight to use the extreme outside. The three drivers waged a fierce battle for the lead until Sheppard finally edged in front on lap 24. “He (Laubach) got jammed up and I was able to roll around the outside of him there,” he said. “The key thing was I was able to go around the lapped car into one and then I got it turned fast enough to get down to the bottom to get that good run off of one and down the backstretch. That’s what sealed the deal for us.” Even though Sheppard was able to wrestle the lead from Laubach he still had to hold off Wight. Wight began slamming the cushion in his LJL Racing Teo Pro Car. This allowed him to stay within striking distance of Sheppard. Sheppard altered his line just slightly to find the bite off of turn two. This alteration provided him the opportunity to gain some breathing room as he worked through traffic quickly. “It got pretty hectic out there,” Sheppard said. “I was pretty good on the bottom. I ran out of tear offs with about five or six to go. That was a little nerve wracking. I’m just so thankful to be able to hang on to win this for everybody.” Sheppard scored the win over Wight by 1.2 seconds. Wight wheeled his No. 99L around the cushion but it wasn’t enough to pull off the upset victory in the closing laps. “We’ve been doing a lot of testing down here,” Wight said. “We are trying to use it for all we can. I think tonight we had a really good car. It took me a little too long to find the top of one and two. We were in the middle of three and four. Right there at the end traffic got the best of me. Matt (Sheppard) was able to get down to the bottom and run away from me.” Wight was hoping to add a Small Gator trophy to the Big Gator trophy he won at the conclusion of 2015. A second DIRTcar Nationals title is a possibility now that he has two top five finishes on the week. He’ll continue to search for a win in the final two nights of competition. “This Gypsum Wholesalers car has been phenomenal,” Wight said. “To come down here and try and pick it up twice would be great. I can’t thank the crew enough.” Laubach, a Modified standout in his own right from Hellertown, Pa., was able to hang on to the final spot on the podium. He was disappointed with how the race played out. He said he felt like the slower car may have cost him an opportunity for a DIRTcar Nationals win for the second year in a row. “You want to win one,” said Labuach. “I didn’t think I was going to get the lead from those guys. Then I started pulling away from them and I was comfortable before I got caught up in the lapped traffic. That guy wouldn’t get out of my way. If I could have just got by him I think I could have held them off. That is part of it, I just wasn’t good enough to get by him so it is what it is.” Stewart Friesen rallied late from his 10th starting spot to finish in fourth while Erick Rudolph came from seventh to complete the top five. Laubach was the fastest car on the night in group qualifying with a lap of 17.817. Heat wins were secured by Laubach, Billy Pauch, Billy Dunn and Dave Rauscher. Peter Britten and Steve Bernard won their respective consolation events.
Racing returns Thursday night at Volusia Speedway Park for the 10th day of the DIRTcar Nationals. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Follow the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click

DIRTcar Nationals Note Tyler Dippel was fined $500 and placed on probation until the end of the 2016 Super DIRTcar Series season following an incident the previous night.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 18, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.
A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 3. 7-Rick Laubach, 4. 44-Stewart Freisen, 5. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 6. 49-Billy Dunn, 7. 19-Tim Fuller, 8. 1-Billy Pauch, 9. 20-Brett Hearn, 10. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 11. 07-Tim Kerr, 12. 32c-Vic Coffey, 13. 21a-Pete Britten, 14. 54-Steve Bernard, 15. 14J-Alan Johnson, 16. 74-J.R Heffner, 17. 27J-Danny Johnson, 18. 5*-Tyler Siri, 19. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 20. 1G-Darwin Green, 21. 6m-Mat Williamson, 22. 323-Neal Williams, 23. 85-H.J. Bunting, 24. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 25. 28p-Eldon Payne, 26. 5-Billy VanInwegen
Last Chance Showdown 1 (10-laps – Top 3 Finishers Transer) – 1. 21a-Pete Britten, 2. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 3. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 4. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 6. 64-Daniel Nadeau, 7. 30-Jamie Mills
Last Chance Showdown 2 (10-laps – Top 3 Finishers Transer) – 1. 54-Steve Bernard, 2. 1G-Darwin Green, 3. 6m-Mat Williamson, 4. 14-C.G. Morey, 5. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 6. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 7. 29e-Erik Martin
Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7 Rick Laubach, 2. 99L Larry Wight, 3. 5* Tyler Siri, 4. 85 H.J. Bunting, 5. 5 Billy VanInwegen, 6. 19m Jessey Mueller, 7. 83 Brian Swartzlander, 8. 21k Randy Chrysler, 9. 64 Daniel Nadeau
Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1-Billy Pauch, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 44-Stewart Freisen, 4. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 5. 32c-Vic Coffey, 6. 21a-Pete Britten, 7. 30-Jamie Mills, 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta
Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Billy Dunn, 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 3. 27J-Danny Johnson, 4. 07-Tim Kerr, 5. 74-J.R Heffner, 6. 54-Steve Bernard, 7. 6m-Mat Williamson, 8. 29e-Erik Martin, 9. 28p-Eldon Payne
Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 4. 14J-Alan Johnson, 5. 323-Neal Williams, 6. 1G-Darwin Green, 7. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 8. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 9. 14-C.G. Morey
Qualifying Group 1 – 1. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.817; 2. 5*-Tyler Siri, 18.395; 3. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 18.404; 4. 99L-Larry Wight, 18.517; 5. 85-H.J. Bunting, 18.592; 6. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 18.803; 7. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 19.314; 8. 64-Daniel Nadeau, 20.156; 9. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 20.573
Qualifying Group 2 – 1. 1-Billy Pauch, 17.961; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.075; 3. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 18.172; 4. 44-Stewart Freisen, 18.253; 5. 32c-Vic Coffey, 18.657; 6. 30-Jamie Mills, 18.694; 7. 21a-Pete Britten, 18.724; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.993
Qualifying Group 3 – 1. 49-Billy Dunn, 18.080; 2. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.336; 3. 27J-Danny Johnson, 18.387; 4. 07-Tim Kerr, 18.527; 5. 74-J.R Heffner, 18.543; 6. 54-Steve Bernard, 18.553; 7. 28p-Eldon Payne, 18.583; 8. 6m-Mat Williamson, 18.663; 9. 29e-Erik Martin, 19.413
Qualifying Group 4 – 1. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 18.476; 2. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.539; 3. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 18.597; 4. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 18.606; 5. 1G-Darwin Green, 18.688; 6. 14J-Alan Johnson, 18.716; 7. 323-Neal Williams, 18.934; 8. 14-C.G. Morey, 19.094; 9. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 20.122; 10. X-Ed Kitchell, 24.126

Sheppard Ready for Challenge of Running His Own Team in ’16 By MIKE MALLETT
Matt Sheppard has been fortunate over the course of his career to drive for some very good car owners including his most recent stint with Heinke-Baldwin Racing. As has been well documented that team split nearly three weeks ago leaving Sheppard looking for something for the upcoming 2016 season. After mulling over his options and looking at things, Sheppard has decided it’s time to start his own team.
“I’m putting my own deal together,” said Sheppard. “Obviously starting from scratch so it’s going to take a lot of help from a lot of different people, but so far things are going well. A lot of people have stepped up and we are getting closer to getting a program together. We aren’t quite there but we are getting close. We need some other people to step up. It’s been a busy couple weeks with a lot of phone calls. There is a lot of stuff to put together. I’m just trying to take it one step at time while at the same time trying to put ten things together at once.”
The decision means Sheppard is starting from the ground up. He has to acquire everything from the tools needed weekly at the track to a truck and trailer to get his equipment to the speedway while also putting together his cars to race. His work on that process has already begun.
“The biggest deal right now, I’ve told a lot of people, is that it’s like a big puzzle and I need to put a lot of pieces together to make sure I got a good program,” stated Sheppard. “Basically right now I’m trying to tackle one piece of the puzzle at a time. That is the most nerve racking point. I think once we get the program together and I get what I need, and that isn’t so much cars and motors, as it is trucks, trailers and tools, stuff like that. Once I can piece all that together when it gets down to racing the stuff I’m sure we’ll be comfortable. It’s the building the stuff from scratch that is going to be the tough part.”
Sheppard has been fortunate that his previous car owners have let him, for the most part, do is own thing. He’s been able to make most of the decisions. Now he’ll be making all of the decisions. Unlike in the past, those decisions will also include dealing with the financial end of running his own operation.
“I’m definitely excited,” commented Sheppard about being the decision maker. “I’ve always had the luxury of having a lot of say in how my program is run. Through the years I had a lot of owners that have trusted me to make decisions. I pretty much know the ins-and-outs. It’s going to be the first time that I’m financially responsible at the end of the day. At that the same time I’m kind of excited to be able to get everything together and do a program the way I want to do it.”
Sheppard has indicated he’ll return to Bicknell cars for the upcoming season. He’s always had a close relationship with the company and even though he’s had major success the last two years in Troyers, including a Super DIRTcar Series championship, he feels more comfortable with Bicknell.
“I’m going to be back in the Bicknell cars,” stated Sheppard. “I’ve always had a close relationship with them. It’s not that I don’t like the Troyer cars and we’ve had a lot of success in them. I didn’t feel as connected with them. Randy (Williamson), (Bob) Slack, Pete (Bicknell) and all the guys at Bicknell; I’ve had a great relationship with them throughout the years and they are willing to step up and help me out a little bit to get me back into this deal. I look forward to working with them again.”
A similar schedule is in the works for the Brewerton Speedway, Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Utica-Rome Speedway champion. He’ll also return to defend his Super DIRTcar Serie title.
“I’m going to run a similar schedule,” he said. “If I can get everything together I’d like to run the same deal I did last year with my stuff. The only difference being I’m going to run some races at other places for other people. Other than that it is going to depend on how strong of a program I can put together. I’m definitely looking at Canandaigua, Utica and the series again. Obviously I’d love to get back to Brewerton Friday night’s too.”
Sheppard now has the opportunity to go on the road for other car owners once again. He has been in contact with Pennsylvania car owner Norm Hansell but a deal hasn’t been struck to this point. The duo had success together in the past after nearly collecting a Race of Champions Series title. He’s also been in contact with other car owners and possible supporters as he continues to finalize the deals necessary to get his program off the ground.

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