Holds Off Decker at Grandview Speedway
DIRTcar points leader earns second victory of the season
BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. June 16, 2015 Matt Sheppard
stayed a step ahead of Billy Decker in lapped traffic over
the final 20 laps of the 18th annual Traffic Jam 60
to earn his second Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
win of the season and his first ever at Grandview Speedway
Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., started fourth after the Dig
Safely NY 811 redraw and was soon dicing with pole sitter
Billy Dunn in a battle for the lead that lasted until lap
19 when Sheppard took charge in the FX Caprara HBR #9h.
After a lone caution on lap three, the race stayed green.
Decker started fifth on the field and slipped under Dunn for
second on lap 24. He closed in on Sheppard several times,
but the Series point leader escaped in traffic each time.
Decker was a car-length away when time ran out.
Stewart Friesen rallied late to finish third, followed by
Dunn and Ryan Watt. Positions 6-10 went to Brett Hearn, Danny
Johnson, Grandview regular Duane Howard, Pat Ward and Tim
I saw the checkered flag and was relieved, said
Sheppard, the series point leader and first driver with more
than one win this season. This felt like the longest
60 laps ever. I know they call it the Traffic Jam.
Craig VonDohren, Grandviews leading all-time winner,
set a new track record (14.298) during Pole Position Raceway
Fast Time qualifying, but had to settle for 11th after starting
Matt had to deal with a lot of lapped cars, Decker
said. Hed clear them and then Id have to
wrestle with them. Win, lose or draw, it was a great race.
This is a great place for us to race at in the Series.
Friesen earned his podium finish after spirited duels with
Watt and Dunn, but he never managed to get close enough to
threaten Decker or Friesen.
Howard was the KSE Hard Charger of the race with his 8th-place
finish after starting 22nd.
The heats were won by VonDohren, Watt and Ryan Godown.
The next Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series event is
at Utica-Rome Speedway, Wednesday, June 24.
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Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report;
Grandview Speedway Traffic Jam 60; Bechtelsville,
Pa.; June 16, 2015
A-Main (60 laps):
1. 9h Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.
2. 91 Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y. (5)
3. 7z Stewart Friesen, Sprakers, N.Y. (7)
4. 49 Billy Dunn, Watertown, N.Y. (1)
5. 14w Ryan Watt Boyertown, PA (2)
6. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J. (8)
7. 27J Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y. (10)
8. 66 Duane Howard, Oley, PA (22)
9. 42p Pat Ward, Genoa, N.Y. (6)
10. 19 Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y. (19)
11. 14s Craig VonDohren Oley, PA (9)
12. 65 Anthony Perrego, Montgomery, N.Y. (13)
13. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (3)
14. 16x Danny Creeden, Wurtsboro, N.Y. (17)
15. 98h Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y. (11)
16. 2 Jimmy Horton, Neshantic Station, N.J. (21)
17. 43 Keith Flach, Ravena, N.Y. (16)
18. Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N.J. (18)
19. Adam Roberts, Watertown, N.Y. (20)
20. 747 Ryan Godown, Ringoes, N.J. (12)
21. 7 Rick Laubach, Quakertown, PA (14)
22. M40 Mark Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J, (23)
R40 Ryan Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J. (24)
99L Larry Wight, Phoenix, N.Y. (15)
Matt Billings, Brockville, Ontario (20)
Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 4 redraw)
1: VonDohren, Hearn, Sheppard, Decker, Perrego, Flach, Fuller,
2: Watt, Dunn, Britten, Johnson, Laubach, Creeden, Roberts,
M Forte Jr.
3: Godown, Ward, Friesen, Phelps, Wight, Scagliotta, Horton,
MATT SHEPPARD WINS THE VICTORIA 200 IN DOMINATING FASHION
AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
|VERNON, NY- The second night of Victoria 200 weekend at Utica-Rome
Speedway saw Matt Sheppard win the $10,000 payday after a
dominating performance in the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions
100 lap main event. It was Sheppards first win in a
big event at the track, adding to his already impressive resume
for the 2015 season. The night also saw the first race for
the Upstate Sportsman Alliance Series, which was run in unison
with the GRIT Sportsman Series. Eric Giguere won the feature
event for the 602 sportsman.
The Victoria 200 Modified 100 lap feature event came to the
opening green with Anthony Perrego and Brett Hearn at the
head of the field. On the first lap, Perrego took advantage
of his pole starting spot and took the lead on the bottom
side of the racing surface. Hearn, however, was not letting
Perrego drive away. Digging his right rear into the top groove,
Hearn completed a pass of the top spot on the second circuit,
opening up a lead. Behind him, Larry Wight was hot on his
heels as he also overtook Perrego using the top. The first
caution of the evening came out on the 13th lap as Stewart
Friesen took a ride over the top side of turns three and four.
The restart proved to be just what Wight needed, as he passed
Hearn for the lead the following lap.
Wight attempted to build a lead after his pass for first,
but he had some following in his tracks. Matt Sheppard after
starting in fifth, had drove his way through the rest of the
top five and was looking for the lead. Sheppards teammate,
Jimmy Phelps, had also cracked into the top five and was in
third by lap 20. Sheppard followed Wight as the two caught
up to slower traffic, and took the chance to reel in the leader.
With Wight still running a higher lane, Sheppard dove underneath
the leader and emerged as the front runner on lap 28. Sheppard
was able to create a sizable lead for himself, with Jimmy
Phelps trailing. As the laps ticked away, Ryan Phelps, who
had won a consolation race to start 21st, was navigating the
pack. When the race hit the halfway mark, Ryan Phelps had
worked his way into the top ten, sitting at eighth.
A few more yellow flags came as the race continued into the
second stanza, but Sheppard was getting an incredible run
off of the top side and was running each time the race was
restarted. By the 70th circuit, the top two were being chased
by Marc Johnson and Pat Ward. The top five didnt change
much as they worked their way through the rear of the pack
for the next twenty laps. The final yellow of the race flew
on lap 91, and the top five were bumper to bumper as Sheppard
brought the field to the final restart. Sheppard once again
got a great run out of the first two turns, and Jimmy Phelps
did not have enough to catch him in the final laps. Sheppard
took home his first big show victory at the speedway, and
walked away with the $10,000 check. Jimmy Phelps finished
in second, with Marc Johnson, Ward, and Ryan Phelps finishing
an impressive run by rounding out the top five. Erick Rudolph,
Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Danny Johnson, and Mike Mahaney filled
out the top ten.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED
FINISH (100 LAPS) MATT SHEPPARD,
Jimmy Phelps, Marc Johnson, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Erick Rudolph,
Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Danny Johnson, Mike Mahaney,
Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Chris Mackey, Steve Way, Claude
Hutchings Jr., Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Randy Chrysler, Vic
Coffey, Anthony Perrego, Brett Hearn, Mike Ricci, Danny Varin,
Mike Bowman, Tim McCreadie, and Alan Johnson.
Sheppard Dominates Canandaigua Motorsports Park
N.Y. There was no catching Matt Sheppard after he took
the lead from pole sitter Steve Paine on lap nine of the 64-lap
Jan Corcoran Memorial Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
event Wednesday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Sheppard had sizeable leads trimmed by four
cautions, but he was able to maintain control each time, including
a final restart on lap 48.
Larry Wight, Sheppards closest pursuer, drew within
four car-lengths of Sheppards FX Caprara No. 9h on the
final lap, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Paine
was third, followed by Brett Hearn and Billy Dunn.
This was a great race for a great lady, said Sheppard,
of Waterloo, N.Y. I dont know how I could have
done any better. Between me and this car and this track, its
quite a combination right now. I feel confident racing here.
Sheppard started fifth in a 28-car field, three spots better
We both had solid cars, but its hard to close
on somebody that strong on a big track that gets slippery,
Wight passed Paine for second a lap after the first caution
of the race for Billy Dunn, who slowed and then pitted to
replace a deflating right rear tire.
Dunn had started 25th. He raced into the top-10 on lap 42,
spent several laps dicing with Billy Decker for sixth and
closed in on Hearn for fourth, but couldnt get past
Decker, Mat Williamson, Matt Billings, Danny Johnson and Erick
Rudolph completed the top ten.
Earlier, Hearn had won the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time
Award, but after the Dig Safely NY 811 redraw, he started
The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series next stop
is at Brockville Ontario Speedway Wednesday, May 27. For more
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Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report
Jan Corcoran Memorial 64' Canandaigua, NY
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 A-Main (64 laps): start in (*)
9h Matt Sheppard Waterloo, N.Y. (5)
99L Larry Wight Phoenix, NY (8)
7x Steve Paine Waterloo, NY (1)
20 Brett Hearn Sussex, N.J. (11)
49D Billy Dunn Watertown, N.Y. (25)
91 Billy Decker Unadilla, N.Y. (10)
6m Mat Williamson St. Catherines, Ont (13)
74m Matt Billings Brockville, Ontario (6)
27J Danny Johnson Rochester, N.Y. (9)
7z Erick Rudolph Ransomville, N.Y. (19)
11. 42p Pat Ward Genoa, N.Y. (7)
98h Jimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, N.Y. (18)
99 Ryan Phelps Fulton, N.Y. (15)
3h Justin Haers Phelps, N.Y. (14)
8 Rob Bellinger -Cicero, NY (3)
38 Ryan Suscie Ransomville, NY (17)
14j Alan Johnson Middlesex, NY (20)
21a Pete Britten Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (27)
07 Tim Kerr Picton, Ont. (30)
43 Keith Flach Ravena, N.Y. (24)
55H Anthony Perriego Montgomery, NY (16)
77 Dan Wiesner Waterloo, NY (26)
51 Stewart Friesen Sprakers, NY (2)
32c Vic Coffey Leicester, NY (22)
4* Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY (4)
5H Chris Hile Syracuse, N.Y. (23)
19 Tim Fuller Edwards, NY (12)
21 Gary Tomkins Clifton Springs, NY (28)
SHEPPARD TAKES BREWERTON SEASON OPENER
BREWERTON, NY May 1, 2015 (By Dave Medler) Defending
Brewerton Speedway, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified
Champion Matt Sheppard served notice on Friday night that
he wasnt giving up his title easily.
advantage of an opening night draw spot that put him on the
front row, Sheppard took the lead at the drop of the green
flag that saw him lead every lap of the 35-Lap feature. Teammate
Jimmy Phelps could get within a few car lengths a couple of
times late in the going but never seriously challenged for
winners on Ferris Mowers night were, Dave Marcuccilli, SUNY
Canton Sportsman, Joe Isabell, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and
Chuck Powelczyk, Hiltons Automotive Four-Cylinders.
bolted out to the lead at the drop of the green and by Lap-10
opened around a ten car length advantage. Behind Sheppard,
Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Larry Wight
were not only chasing the leader but were locked in a tight
battle for second through fifth just before a quick yellow.
15-Laps showing on the scoring tower Sheppard opened a straightaway
lead in his FX Caprara Chevy/HBR/Mohawk Northeast/No.9H/Troyer.
Sears, Phelps and Wight were still putting on a show for second,
third and fourth with Decker sliding back to a distant fifth.
Lap-18, coming down the front straight, Wight would get by
Phelps for third. When Wight made the pass it was tight quarters
between him and Phelps causing Wight to bang the wall causing
a right rear flat. Wight made a trip to the pits and returned.
Lap-21 Phelps moved into second and took off after Sheppard.
With 10-Laps to go Phelps was slowly cutting into Sheppards
lead. Sears, Decker, Vinnie Vitale and Ryan Phelps fought
for third through sixth.
Lap-29 the final yellow would wave setting up a six-lap dash
to the checkers. Over the remaining laps Phelps threw everything
he had at Sheppard, but Sheppard was too strong as he went
under the checkers just over a second ahead of Phelps. Decker,
Sears and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top-five. Chuck Bower,
Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile and Matt Fink completed the
coming Friday, May 8 Ehrlich Pest Control presents a four-star
night of racing. On the race card will be the Tracey Road
Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/SUNY Canton Sportsman/Pro Race
Cars Mod Lites and Hiltons Automotive Four Cylinders.
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35-Laps)- MATT
SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Tim Sears Jr.,
Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile,
Matt Fink, Tom Sears Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Rob Bellinger, Pat
OBrien, Larry Wight, Chris Mackey, Ryan Bartlett, Matt
Billings, Ryan Arbuthnot, Tim Kerr, Mike Bowman, Matt Hulsizer,
Jim Witko Jr., Dan Vauter. DNQ Chad Phelps, Dave Bartlett,
Danny OBrien, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August.