Sheppard Passes Britten on Final Lap to Win Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week (RESULTS)

OSWEGO, NY By BOBBY SWEENEY - October 8th, 2017 – Matt Sheppard started on the pole of the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at the Oswego Speedway and won, but it was far from easy for the Waterloo, N.Y., driver as it took him the full 200 laps to get back and catch Peter Britten.

“What a race,” Sheppard said in victory lane. “It locked down really hard early on, but the track did a complete 180 on us. It ended up being a really good race. I’m just glad it was 200 laps and not 199.”

Picking up right where he left off yesterday in the 358 race, Matt Sheppard held the lead in the first laps, holding steady over Rick Laubach and Billy Decker. A first yellow for Dominic Buffalino’s motor seizing kept Sheppard in check, but Sheppard completely ditched the field once racing resumed.

Extended green flag racing led to a rubbered up racing lane, with Sheppard leading the way. The field remained in position until lap 60, when Mike Mahaney, Yan Bussiere, Jimmy Horton, Stewart Friesen, and Tom Sears Jr. all had right rear tire problems. The whole field except Flach, Haers, Hearn, Tomkins, Adam Roberts, and Marc Johnson pitted.

Flach inherited the lead when the racing continued on lap 67, but didn’t hang on for long. Haers skated past for the top spot two laps later, followed by Hearn, Sheppard, Tomkins, and Decker. The move most definitely failed for Flach, as he slid all the way down outside the top 20 before drawing a yellow with a flat right rear tire on lap 81. Hearn pitted under the caution, moving Sheppard to second.

Haers and Sheppard continue to run one and two as the race neared halfway, but all eyes were back in the pack. Billy Whittaker and Peter Britten had found a top lane that was previously thought to be non-existent, and Britten charged from the middle of the field up into ninth before a lap 97 yellow. Haers relinquished the lead under pacing, handing the lead to Sheppard on lap 101.

Seemingly all hope was lost. The track had rubbered up, and the bottom was seconds faster a lap than any other lane. However, the yellows allowed the track to get dirty, and the hot tires under pacing changed the track completely. In two laps after the restart, Britten flew from seventh to second on the top, with Whittaker latched to his tail.

On lap 104, Britten pulled the trigger and blasted around the outside of Sheppard for the lead. Behind him, Whittaker raced up to third, also up top. Jimmy Horton slowed on lap 110 to draw the caution, now with a two lane track.

Whittaker launched to second on the restart, and Danny Johnson climbed to fourth. What was a freight train track a half hour ago now allowed The Doctor to throw a slide job on Sheppard for third. Behind them, McLaughlin, Friesen, and especially Wight rocketed from the back to the top ten on the cushion. Flach’s bad day got worse on lap 122, as he slowed with more issues.

Britten led the field to the green once more ahead of Whittaker and Johnson. Speeds slowed a few laps later, as Rich Scagliotta and Jimmy Phelps got together, collecting Frank Cozze. On this restart, Wight went to fourth, passing Sheppard. Danny Varin did the same the next turn, and Friesen followed. Wight claimed third on lap 144, then second on 146, the same time Friesen got to fifth and Sheppard had slipped to tenth.

A lap 150 yellow for Laubach’s motor issues brought the field together again, allowing Sheppard, Decker, and others to pit. Friesen and Johnson exchanged slide jobs on the restart, with Friesen getting the spot before Jessey Mueller caught the wall hard on lap 154.

As the lap counter passes 160, it was Britten with a small lead over Wight. Whittaker and Friesen battled for third, while the pack had became a hornets nest. A violent wreck on lap 171 involved Rudolph, Decker, and Marc Johnson. Rudolph and Decker drove away, while Marc Johnson’s car was destroyed from the violent hit into the turn one wall. Meanwhile, Matt Sheppard had charged from the mid 20’s to ninth with 25 laps remaining.

On the restart, Friesen and Whittaker got together in the middle of turns three and four, leaving Whittaker in the outside wall. Four wide going into three caused a violent wreck involving Ryan Godown, Decker, JaMike Sowle, and sending Carey Terrance barrel rolling in one of the most violent wrecks, if not the most violent of the 2017 season.

Matt Sheppard moved to fifth on the lap 177 restart, then to fourth on 179. Britten continued to fend off Wight, as Decker slowed with a flat tire on 180.

Peter Britten got a good restart and walked away from Wight. With 15 to go, Friesen and Sheppard begun battling for third, with Sheppard taking it on lap 187. With the laps ticking down, Britten’s lead was shrinking, and with seven laps left, his lead was almost gone.

On lap 194, Larry Wight darted under Britten and stole the lead, but Britten crossed him over and got the spot back. The crossover cost Wight second, as Sheppard drove under him on lap 195. Sheppard closed in, stalking the Australian. Both drivers ran the bottom, but on the final lap, Sheppard moved to the top entering turn one.

Sheppard drew even with Britten, and cleared him down the backstretch. With a clear track the last two turns, Sheppard claimed the hard fought win in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 and the $50,000 payday. 

Obviously, Britten was disappointed after leading so late and not taking the win. However, Britten still ran a phenomenal race.

“Congrats to Matt, it was a great race,” Britten said. “If I could have caught that lapped car at the end at a different time, maybe it could have been a little bit different. These wins don’t come easy in a big race like this, we’re here to stay and we’ll get them next year.”

Wight led late, six to go to be exact, but the young driver found himself third on the podium at the finish.

“It took three-four laps on our tires to really get moving,” said Wight. “That’s where it was good to be second, so I can maybe see a hole and go for it. Every time I had a run on Britten or got a wheel alongside him, we got a caution. Just too many cautions for our tires, and they ended up sealing at the end.”

Defending Friesen finished in the fourth position while Phelps came on late to finish in position five.  

BILLY WHITTAKER CARS 200 FEATURE FINISH (200-LAPS): 1 Matt Sheppard 2 Peter Britten 3 Larry Wight 4 Stewart Friesen 5 Jimmy Phelps 6 Danny Johnson 7 Tim McCreadie 8 Tim Fuller 9 Gary Tomkins 10 Danny Varin 11 Max McLaughlin 12 Brett Hearn 13 Mike Mahaney 14 Pat Ward 15 Justin Haers 16 Billy Decker 17 Frank Cozze 18 Billy Whittaker 19 Billy Dunn 20 Jimmy Horton 21 Alan Johnson 22 Brandon Walters 23 Yan Bussiere 24 Keith Flach 25 Kody Graham 26 Kenny Tremont 27 Adam Roberts 28 JaMike Sowle 29 Ryan Godown 30 Carey Terrance 31 Erick Rudolph 32 Tommy Flannigan 33 Marc Johnson 34 Jessey Mueller 35 Rick Laubach 36 Rich Scagliotta 37 Dan Humes 38 Tom Sears Jr. 39 Michael Maresca 40 Dominic Buffalino 41 Steve Paine

Sheppard Holds of Williamson for Great Outdoors RV 150 Win
Oswego, NY — Oct. 7, 2017 —After 14 years, Super DIRTcar Series superstar “Super” Matt Sheppard scored his second career NAPA Super DIRT Week 358 Modified win, claiming the Great Outdoors RV 150 checkers with Mat Williamson thumping on his bumper.
“He was doing whatever he could do to try to win the race,” Sheppard said chuckling from Victory Lane. “I joked with him. I told him, ‘you owe me a back bumper tomorrow.’ It was fun racing with him.”
Sheppard momentarily surrendered the lead to Williamson upon hitting lap traffic in lap 60 and sliding up the track while Williamson passed him on the inside, but he gained back the lead in similar fashion just four laps later.
“I think I gave the race away and gained it all back right in four laps,” said Sheppard. “I got underneath the lap car getting into three and just caught a bad angle and slid up off the bottom. Matty [Williamson] rolled by me, and I thought that was the race right there. But I dug deep, and luckily the 9 had just enough in it and we were able to turn up the wick a little bit and get underneath Matt down the backstretch. You can bet I didn’t get off the bottom the rest of the race.”
And he didn’t. Williamson pulled all the punches through the last 50 laps, trying to work his way around Sheppard, but the Waterloo, NY native just kept closing him out, holding him off through the checkers.
“When you get that close to $20,000 you got to try to go for it,” said Williamson. “I would have punted my mother out of the way for 20 grand,” he added later, jokingly.
The Great Outdoors RV 150 started with a strong front two rows leading a stout field of 40 Small-Block Modified drivers.
Pole sitter and 2016 NAPA Super DIRT Week 358 Modified Champion Tim Fuller led the first 27 laps before surrendering to Sheppard — a familiar battle for the two in the Big-Block Modified division.
Behind them Peter Britten, Pat Ward, Erick Rudolph and Stewart Friesen pretty much maintained their order throughout the 150-lapper, with Billy Dunn passing the bunch to complete the podium, and six-time NAPA Super DIRT Week 358 Modified Champion Brett Hearn slowly working his way to fourth from his starting 10 spot.
“I think if I wanted to I could have run up there and raced with them,” said Dunn. “ But nobody really knows what a tire’s going to do for 150 laps here, so I just did what I could early to get some spots and once I got to third I was happy to ride there.”
Mike Maresca took home the Scott Jeffrey’s Performance Plus Hard Charger Award, along with $500, finishing in 20th from his 30th starting spot.
NAPA Super DIRT Week continues tomorrow with the Chevy Performance 75 Sportsman Modified Championship, the DIRTcar Pro Stock Championship, and of course, the Billy Whitakker 200 Big-Block Modified Championship, with Sheppard on the pole for a chance to double up and continue his smashing success with the Super DIRTcar Series.

Sheppard, McLaughlin, Decker Win NAPA Super DIRT Week Triple 30s

OSWEGO, NY — October 6, 2017 — Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker and Max McLaughlin all took home wins in the Camping World Friday Night Lights Billy Whittaker Cars 200 Triple 30s, rounding out the top 30 starting spots for Sunday’s NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week finale at Oswego Speedway.

In the first of three 30-lap qualifying races, Sunday’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200 pole sitter and 2009 NAPA Super DIRT Week winner Matt Sheppard jumped out to a commanding lead over Keith Flach and Danny Varin. Setting a blistering pace, Sheppard started picking his way through lap traffic before the halfway point.

Just as Sheppard started to move to the top of the track, the battle behind the Waterloo, NY driver started to heat up for the runner-up spot between Flach, Varin and Tim Fuller.

Sheppard, who finished second earlier in the night in his 358 Modified qualifier, wouldn’t be denied in his Big-Block Modified.

“This Big-Block has been pretty good since we unloaded; the Small-Block is pretty close, but it’s not as good as this thing is,” said Sheppard. “I can’t thank all of these guys enough. It’s been a long week so far, but we’ve got a hotrod here.”

On the final circuit around the 5/8th-mile Varin would get by Fuller to round out the top three spots in the first qualifying race. Flach, who was locked into Sunday’s finale by virtue of qualifying inside the top six on Thursday afternoon, finished fourth.

Sheppard will lead the field to the Green Flag in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 after setting a new track record during Thursday’s Time Trials.

During the second of three qualifying races, Max McLaughlin picked up where he left off earlier in the day by topping the speed charts in the only practice session for the NAPA Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

The win didn’t come easy as the young 17-year-old from Mooresville, NC started in the third position. In the opening laps, Mad Max worked his way by Dom Buffalino for the runner-up spot and set his sights on Hellertown, PA’s Rick Laubach.

While the top-two of Laubach and McLaughlin were battling it out, Justin Haers and Mike Mahaney were in their own battle for third place. Haers running the low line got a little too low as he clipped the inside jersey barrier and flattened his right front tire. Still driving on the flat tire, Haers only relinquished one spot to Mahaney as the both came home third and fourth.

Back out in front of the field, Laubach and McLaughlin started to pick their way through traffic in the final laps. As the two headed into Turn 1, McLaughlin threw his No. 6h to the outside and made it stick, giving him the run off two into the lead as they rocketed down the backstretch with four laps to go.

2016 NAPA Super DIRT Week Futures winner, McLaughlin would check out from the rest of the field and pick up his third Big-Block Modified victory of the season and his second career victory at Oswego Speedway.

“Victory Lane two years in a row, this one is a hell of a lot better than the Futures race,” said Max McLaughlin. “This means a lot. I can’t thank Al Heinke enough for putting me in this racecar. He believed in me and saw something in me. He’s let me drive this car this year, and we’ve had a great year with three wins and we’re gunning for more. [Confidence] is huge. This is closest to the racetrack that we’re going to have for Sunday — black and slick as can be. We didn’t start on the pole; we had to work our way forward and got the lead with five to go by making a move around the outside. I saw lap traffic stacking up, and [Laubach] just waited, and just I made a move.”

The final race of Camping World Friday Night Lights saw Super DIRTcar Series points leader Decker get an early jump on Tremont. The next time by the line Billy Dunn would get under Tremont for second. As the top-two running drivers made their way into lap traffic, Dunn started to eat into Decker’s lead, but the Unadilla, NY driver in the No. 91 proved to be too strong for the No. 49 and Dunn.

Sheppard and Decker, who were already locked into the Billy Whittaker Cars 200, will roll off the grid in the first and third positions respectively. McLaughlin will line up seventh with his victory.

The Super DIRTcar Series will have a Last Chance Qualifier showdown that will qualify 10 more cars for Sunday’s granddaddy of all Big-Block Modified races, followed by two of the final practice sessions.

Saturday night at Fulton Speedway the Big-Block Modifieds will share the stage with The Greatest Show on Dirt, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, with the Win and You’re In 25-lap showdown, earning the winner the 41st starting spot in Sunday Championship at Oswego Speedway.

Tickets to the 46th annual NAPA Super DIRT Week can be purchased at the ticket windows at Oswego Speedway. For more information on Super DIRT Week visit



Fuller and Sheppard set to Lead the Field to Green for Saturday’s Great Outdoors RV 150 at Oswego

OSWEGO, NY- October 5, 2017- The more things change, the more they tend to stay the same.

One year removed from his small-block triumph during the 45th edition of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week in 2016, Watertown, N.Y., native Tim Fuller picked up right where he left off behind the wheel of the Transport Sales and Service sponsored No. 3rs entry with a pole-winning time of 22.056 seconds.

“We talked about it this morning and time trialing well here is everything,” Fuller said after qualifying was completed Thursday afternoon. “My big-block is not that fast but I knew my small-block was and we got something good out of the day here. Being fast from the onset is everything; it sets the tone for the rest of the week.”

Now that the veteran pilot has locked himself into the show on time, the level of stress has decreased exponentially between now and Saturday’s 150-lap event at the ‘Steel Palace.’ The level of competition and preparation on the other hand has not.

“It’s relaxing when you know you’re fast,” Fuller continued. “That’s all it is. The rest of it will come for our heat race; there’s no slouches out here especially in the top-ten. You just have to make the right adjustments and then you can plan for the rest of the race.”

Though the clay surface for this edition of Super DIRT Week has improved vastly over last year, the unknowns that will arise between now and Saturday afternoon are nearly too many to count.

“I think it [the track] is going to rubber for the race,” concluded Fuller. “But I don’t know what we’re going to do. We’ve talked about putting a 400 on the right rear but who knows? I mean, a lot is going to play out once you get more cars out here racing. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Sheppard Surprised with Second-Quickest Time

Matt Sheppard has been known throughout the entirety of his career as a big-block driver. It’s safe to say that even the defending Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified champion was pleasantly surprised by his qualifying efforts Thursday.

“We’ve been pretty darn good with this car once the track slicked off,” Sheppard stated. “We were hoping we would be pretty decent and we ran a little bit better than we thought. We’re happy with it.”

With a time of 22.214 seconds, the driver of the No. 9s Bicknell chassis has every reason to be happy; maybe relieved even.

“We came here to have some fun with our small-block and try to win a race with it,” Sheppard said. “It’s been good since we unloaded it and pretty respectable speed-wise and it was the same way in time trials. It’ll be interesting to see if this is the same track were racing on Saturday or not.”

With the amount of unknowns that the competitors will inevitably face on Saturday, tire selection could come into play as the event enters the latter stages.

“Everything depends on whether the track takes rubber or not,” concluded Sheppard. “If it rubbers it’s going to start eating tires like Fonda [Speedway in Fonda, N.Y.] did a few weeks ago. If it doesn’t rubber, it’s just going to be slippery and we’ll be peddling all the way around this place.”

Williamson Continues Momentum During Super DIRT Week

Mat Williamson said that he wanted to come down to New York during Super DIRT Week and make some waves. It’s safe to say that thus far, he’s succeeding.

The Canadian import has been nothing short of stellar thus far. With a wildly popular – and unexpected – victory Tuesday night at the Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., the driver of the No. 6 S&W Service Centre entry timed third-fastest Thursday with a time of 22.258

“The track is beautiful right now,” said a surprised Williamson. “We were doubting it and we weren’t even going to come down here but we watched some videos last night and when Weedsport [Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y.] rained out, we decided to come and give it a shot.”

Sometimes the best results can come from last-minute decisions. Mat Williamson and his team were living proof of this statement when qualifying ended on Thursday. Though he may have been slightly unprepared for Oswego, the track surface certainly aided in his efforts.

“The track didn’t change at all during qualifying,” He continued. “I was worried there at the end that it was going to take rubber but it seems to be holding up and not taking any rubber which is pretty amazing; they did a really nice job on this place.”

One of the only pros to Williamson’s last minute decision to venture to Oswego is simply this; there wasn’t a multitude of undue stress involved with trying to make the show. One of the cons; he really isn’t ready to be in the show on Saturday.

“We don’t have a fast-fill or any of that stuff in this thing,” concluded Williamson. “So now we’re going to see if we can make it on fuel and it’ll be interesting to see what happens. There are so many unknowns between the track and tire selection; I guess we’re going to find out later this week.”


Super Matt Sheppard Sets Track Record En Route to Unique eCigs Pole Award

op-six for NAPA Super DIRT Week Billy Whittaker Cars 200 Set

OSWEGO, NY — Oct. 5, 2017 — Matt Sheppard’s assault on the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series continues into the 46th annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway, earning him the Unique eCigs pole award. Rick Laubach, Billy Decker, Keith Flach, Dom Buffalino and Tim McCreadie all locked themselves into Sunday’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200 for their top-six qualifying efforts.

With a field of 55 cars taking time Thursday afternoon, all were vying to make the rest of their NAPA Super DIRT Week a little less stressful. Coming into NAPA Super DIRT Week, Sheppard has wrapped up 10 Series wins and is on pace to eclipse the single-season win total that he set last year. After going out in group seven, of 14, Sheppard set a blistering lap of 21.210 seconds, setting a new track record by over one and a half seconds.

“We found some grip down there in turns three and four, and the [car] stuck really good,” said Sheppard, who took to the track halfway through the qualifying seesion. “We figured the track would either stay the same or get faster, and it got faster so it worked in our favor.” 

Turning a lap of 21.334, Hellertown, PA’s Rick Laubach took home the Dig Safely Outside Pole Award.

“We just went out there, kind of didn’t know what to expect,” said Laubach. “The guys were in the grandstands telling me what lines they were running and what they were doing, and we made some decisions on where to go on the track and hit the marks perfect. The track conditions took to our favor.”

After placing 22nd on the practice sheets, the Keith Flach No. 43 team went to work before qualifying and was able to secure the fourth starting spot for Sunday’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200.

“Anytime you can get into the top six you can obviously breathe a little bit of a sigh of relief,” said Flach. “Sunday is a different animal. We’ll start worrying about that, but definitely being inside the top six makes you breathe a little bit easier for Friday and Sunday. I’ve got to thank my guys; we were not very good in practice. We fluttered around 16 through 20th — just really kind of struggled — but they kept after and feeling really blessed to come out with a fourth-place result.”

Next up for the Big-Block Modifieds is practice on Friday at 3:35 p.m., followed by Camping World Friday Night Lights, featuring the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 Triple 30s.

Tickets for NAPA Super DIRT Week can still be purchased at Oswego Speedway. Visit for pricing and gate schedule.





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Matt Sheppard hits double digits in the Super DIRTcar Series at Cornwall

Lap traffic being the great equalizer in the final portion.

CORNWALL, ONT, CAN – SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 – Billy Decker seemed to be the man to beat at Cornwall Motor Speedway but lap traffic became challenging for the leaders as Matt Sheppard was able to slip by Decker with 9 laps left in the feature to capture win number 10 in the Super DIRTcar Series.

’Traffic is always the great equalizer and I think that Billy had a faster car than me, it was wild!” said Sheppard talking about the final portion of the event. “It was a long day, very hot, but we are here, always fun to race at Cornwall on this small bullring” added Sheppard. “The points will be tight for the rest of the year, again tonight, we finished 1, 2, 3 with Billy and Larry” finished Sheppard.

Decker had the quickest car on the speedway but got caught with slower cars, upset at himself, “The guys prepared me a great car but I am responsible, I made the mistake with lap traffic’’ said Decker. “It has been one of my best finishes here in quite some time and quite pleased that we were able to get that show in and thank you to the great crowd” alluded Decker to his success at Cornwall.

Completing the podium was Larry Wight, “It will be going down to the wire up to [World Finals] Charlotte, no mistakes can happen as again tonight the same top 3 is on the podium” said Wight looking towards the rest of the Super DIRTcar Series event remaining on the calendar.

Tim O’Brien and Keith Flach led the field of 30 cars to the green as Flach was in the lead when Steve Bernard slowed the field down on the initial lap and yellow lights were out.

Great action in the front as Larry Wight had a great start and took the lead over Flach on lap 25 as Billy Decker followed suit two laps later.

Wight had Decker as a dancing partner as Decker grabbed the lead over Wight as Matt Sheppard moved up to third.

Decker pulled away from the field as Wight, Sheppard, Flach and Chris Raabe were the top five as the race quickly got to the halfway point.

Decker had a strong car at Cornwall with Wight and Sheppard racing together for second spot. The leaders got into heavy traffic with 60 laps in the books. Cornwall Speedway champion Chris Raabe slowed down and caution was out on lap 72.

Decker remained the top man as the top three didn’t change. The battle continued for the second spot as Sheppard was able to pass Wight for the position on lap 81 and set his sights on Decker.

Lap traffic helped Sheppard as he closed in with Decker with 10 laps to go. Sheppard used the inside lane and surprised Decker on lap 92. Both drivers challenged each other as Decker closed in but Sheppard stayed in front as he got win #10 on the tour in 2017!

The Super DIRTcar Series heads to Fonda Speedway in Fonda, N.Y. on Saturday, Sept. 23 before the granddaddy of all Big-Block Modifieds races with NAPA Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway on Oct. 1-8, 2017.

Abbreviated Race Results from Cornwall Motor Speedway:

Feature (100 Laps) – 1.9s Matt Sheppard, 2.91d Billy Decker, 3.99l Larry Wight, 4.43 Keith Flach, 5.42p Pat Ward, 6.98h Jimmy Phelps, 7.21a Peter Britten, 8.20 Brett Hearn , 9.One David Hebert, 10.19 Tim Fuller , 11.25 Erick Rudolph ,12. 22c Mario Clair, 13. 6h Max McLaughlin , 14. 7m Mike Maresca, 15.23 Lee Ladouceur, 16. 858 Steve Morris, 17. 88 Tim O'Brien, 18. 01 Chris Raabe, 19. 115 Stephane Lafrance, 20. 07 Tim Kerr, 21. 16 Mike Bowman, 22. 22 Brandon Walters , 23. 96 JF Corriveau, 24. 38 Luke Whitteker,25. 22d Danny Johnson, 26. 66x Carey Terrance , 27.151 Brian Mcdonald, 28. 109 Billy Whittaker, 29. R70 Ryan Arbuthnot, 30. 54 Steve Bernard


Sheppard Picks Up Win Number 9 at Brewerton

Sheppard Comes on Late to Win Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway

Uses Bottom Lane to Pass Decker and then Wight in the Closing Laps for Ninth Series Win of Season

BREWERTON, NY – Sept. 15, 2017 – It was a wild night at the Brewerton Speedway as Matt Sheppard continued his solid form taking home his ninth Super DIRTcar Series triumph of the 2017 racing season. The Waterloo, N.Y., driver did it the hard way by first passing Brewerton Speedway track champion and Super DIRTcar Series high-point man Billy Decker before working over Larry Wight in the final ten laps to pass him as well for his 56th career series win in the Duel at the Demon 100.

The race got off to a rocky start for Sheppard as he faded at the drop of the green falling all the way out of the top ten after starting seventh. As the track started to slow down and become slick, Sheppard made his charge. Sheppard worked both high and low lanes on his march back to the front, but it was the bottom lane that prevailed which allowed him to drive by both Decker and Wight for the win.

“We’ve been on fire,” cited Sheppard. “We’ve won just about everything. The only thing that stopped us the last few months is a broken rocker arm last weekend. We rebounded with another big win last weekend and we rebounded again tonight with another big win. We are just going to try and keep it rolling.”

Pat Ward drew the pole for the start with Wight lining up next to him on the outside. The teammates entertained the crowd for the first 20 laps as they swapped the lead back and forth multiple times. First it was Ward using the top of the speedway to take the lead before Wight drove back by on the inside. They continued that side-by-side battle until lap 21 when Wight was final able to open up the gap on Ward and the rest of the field.

Wight lead was chopped down on lap 22 as Justin Haers and Mike Bowman got hooked together in the third turn causing both drivers to spin to force a yellow. The green came once more on lap 28 with Wight just beating Ward off of turn two to maintain the advantage while Tim Sears Jr., and Jimmy Phelps had a battle of their own going. The pair raced hard as they each wanted that final spot on the podium early.

Phelps was able to take it from Sears on the 33rd lap as Wight and Ward continued to stay at the front of the field. Six circuits later Wight began the challenge of slower traffic as he looked to increase his lead over Ward. At times the traffic was a struggle but early on Wight was up to the task working his way through without issue.

Wight led lap 50 over Ward and new contender Decker. Sheppard sat back in the sixth position trying to find a way to make ground on Phelps and Sears, as they swapped the fourth position. He eventually got by Sears on lap 60 to move into the top five for the first time.

“The track was super tacky tonight,” said Sheppard. “We needed the track to slow down. The more the track slowed down the better we got.”

As the race reached the final third Decker got things rolling as he took second away from Ward before setting his full attention on the LJL Racing No. 99L of Wight. Wight was in traffic as Decker began to close the gap. Decker made the difference evaporate before a caution on lap 77 for a slowing Lee Gill cleared the track for Wight.

When Wight put the foot on the throttle to bring the field back up speed as he was chased by Decker and Sheppard who had moved up to third just before the caution. Sheppard worked Decker with the two rubbing nerf bars on a couple different occasions. Decker left the bottom open on lap 80 giving Sheppard the lane he needed to drive by for second.

With Decker now disposed of, Sheppard focused on tracking down Wight. Sheppard quickly got the rear bumper of Wight’s car. He then stalked him waiting for the opportunity to make the move. He saw his opening on lap 89 as he stayed on the bottom to pass Wight coming to the line off of turn four.

That wasn’t the end as Wight regrouped on the outside. Wight came back at him to regain the lead on lap 90 at the line. They stayed side-by-side into the first turn with a slower car thrown into the mix as well. As they worked through corners the slower car drifted up off the bottom giving Sheppard the open lane while Wight was forced to go higher than expected. That was all it took for Sheppard to secure the lead before checking out.

“We just had such a good car there on the bottom,” said Sheppard. “It seemed like Billy and Larry couldn’t keep it down on the bottom. Billy got a little upset, but I guess if he doesn’t want me driving under him he shouldn’t get off the bottom.”

Sheppard drove away in remaining laps to grab another win while also improving his spot in the points. Decker continues to lead the points but Sheppard has moved into second while closing the gap to 57 points.

Wight came across the line in the runner-up position. Afterwards the Phoenix, N.Y., new his car was good in the early going but once the grip started to fade his car was off a bit. He felt like that’s what allowed Sheppard to close in an eventually make the pass that forced him to be happy with second.

“We had a good car, but it was just a case of too good too early,” commented Wight. “We had that caution when Lee (Gill) got a flat tire. I’m not sure if we sealed a tire or what happened, but we couldn’t quite hit the bottom as good running through the black. We were there at the end so it’s a good point’s night for us. Hopefully we can keep on going.”

Phelps got Decker in the final laps to finish third. It was an up and down night for the Baldwinsville, N.Y., driver as he got up to third at one point, fell back a bit before racing his way back up through at the end.

“We anticipated that slick condition we got right there at the end a little bit earlier,” said Phelps. “We were just a little bit too tight. We fought tight the first 60 percent of the race and got pretty decent at the end. At that point we had to place catch up. There were some fast cars already ahead of us at that point.”

Sears grabbed the fourth spot at the end while Decker fell back to finish fifth in the final results.

Earlier in the night Decker earned his 71st career fast-time award with a lap of 13.890 in time trials. Qualifying heat wins went to Wight, Tim Fuller, Haers and Brett Hearn. Andrew Ferguson and Tim Kerr picked up victories in their respective last chance qualifiers.

The Super DIRTcar Series is back in action on Saturday, September 16 at the Mohawk International Raceway before a stop on Sunday night, September 17 at the Cornwall Motor Speedway. For more information about these upcoming events visit

Abbreviated Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report – Duel at the Demon at Brewerton Speedway – September 15, 2017

Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 9S – Matt Sheppard (7); 2. 99L – Larry Wight (3); 3. 98H – Jimmy Phelps (2); 4. 83X – Tim Sears Jr. (6); 5. 91 – Billy Decker (10); 6. 88 – Mike Mahaney (4); 7. 42P – Pat Ward (1); 8. 6H – Max McLaughlin (25); 9. 44 – Stewart Friesen (12); 10. 21A – Peter Britten (5); 11. 43 – Keith Flach (14); 12. 34 – Andrew Ferguson (21); 13. 3 – Justin Haers (11); 14. 55 – Matt Hulsizer (13); 15. X – Chad Phelps (19); 16. 5H – Chris Hile (15); 17. 20 – Brett Hearn (9); 18. 8 – Rich Scagliotta (24); 19. 07 – Tim Kerr (22); 20. 7M – Michael Maresca (27); 21. 109 – Billy Whittaker (29); 22. 22 - Brandon Walters (18); 23. 35 – Alan Barker (30); 24. 7 – Lee Gill (20); 25. 19W – Justin Wright (28); 26. 62s – Tom Sears Jr. (23); 27. 16 – Mike Bowman (16); 28. 63 – Adam Roberts (26); 29. 19 – Tim Fuller (8); 30. 14J – Alan Johnson (17);


Matt Sheppard Picks up Eighth Win of Season at LeRPM Speedway

SAINT-MARCEL-DE-RICHELIEU, QUE. — Sept. 9, 2017 — finishing 21st at Autodrome Granby the night before, Sheppard lowered the track record mark during qualifying and would go on to pick up a heat race win. Sheppard headed into the redraw as the driver to beat. Sheppard would start the 100-lap feature from the 11th position and worked his way through to take the lead on lap 88. The masterful driver through the field leads to Sheppard’s seventh win in the last Super DIRTcar Series nine races and his eighth win of the 2017 season. Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps, David Hebert and Tim Fuller rounded out the top-five.

The Super DIRTcar Series heads to Brewerton Speedway on Friday, Sept. 15 before making the trek north to Mohawk Intl. Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 16 and a make-up event at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 17. Stay up-to-date on the Super DIRTcar Series by following on social media at and


FEATURE (100 Laps): 1. 9s- Matt Sheppard; 2. 99L- Larry Wight; 3. 98H- Jimmy Phelps; 4. ONE – David Hebert; 5. 19 – Tim Fuller; 6. 6H – Max McLaughlin; 7. 91 – Billy Decker; 8. 9 – Peter Britten; 9. 63- Dominic Dufault; 10. 20 – Brett Hearn; 11. 42p – Pat Ward; 12. 12 – Kevin Hamel; 13. 3 – Claude Brouilard; 14. 7m – Mike Maresca; 15. 96 – Yan Bussiere; 16. 2 – Patrick Beaumier; 17. 79 – Josianne Plante; 18. 43 – Sebastien Fournier; 19. 43F- Keith Flach; 20. 22 – Brandon Walters; 21. 97 – Maxime Plante; 22. 13Y – Yves Leveille; 23. 96c – J.F. Coriveau; 24. 54- Steve Bernard; 25. 46 – Matthieu Larramee; 26. 35- Frank Bellemare.



Sheppard & Stangle Officially Crowned American Racer Cup Champions

Matt Sheppard ($11,000) & Matt Stangle ($2,800) Officially Crowned American Racer Cup By Sunoco 2017 Champions

Story By: Brett Deyo/SSTS

MILLSBORO, DE – Matt Sheppard (Modified) and Matt Stangle (Sportsman) have been officially crowned champions of the 2017 American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco.

Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., utilized Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., as his home track on Friday nights and will collect $10,000 from the point fund for his efforts plus regional bonus money and additional tire certificates. Sheppard’s total cash take is $11,000.

The teenager Stangle, of Neshanic Station, N.J., called the spacious Bridgeport Speedway in South Jersey home. Stangle will receive $1,500 in point fund money for the Sportsman overall crown plus regional money and tire certificates. Stangle’s cash total is $2,800.

A total of 253 drivers registered for the program during the 2017 season. $51,450 will be distributed to competitors in cash.

The American Racer Cup counts a driver’s best 12 finishes toward the overall, regional and track standings.

Sheppard lived up to his ‘Super Matt’ moniker, winning 10 times from mid-April to Labor Day at Outlaw. He accrued a total of 770 points en route to the overall crown.

Boyertown, Pa., driver Ryan Watt – a Bridgeport Speedway regular – finished second with 746 points, worth $5,000. Dan Pompey of Kingsley, Pa., representing Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., was third overall (728 points – $4,000). New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway driver Billy Pauch Jr. of Milford, N.J., ranked fourth (719 points – $3,500) and Craig Von Dohren of Oley, Pa., representing Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., completed the front five (713 points – $2,500).

Finishing sixth through 15th, respectively were Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway regular Billy Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa. (711 points – $2,000); Outlaw’s Alan Johnson of Middlesex, N.Y. (708 points – $1,750); Penn Can regular Joey Grammes of Lehighton, Pa. (697 points – $1,500); Grandview’s Duane Howard of Oley, Pa. (696 points – $1,250); Rick Laubach of Hellertown, Pa., representing Bridgeport (688 points – $1,000); Grandview’s Mike Gular of Boyertown, Pa. (688 points – $900); Woodhull regular Donnie Lawson of Addison, N.Y. (682 points – $800); Danny Creeden representing Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y. (680 points – $700); New Egypt’s Ryan Godown of Ringoes, N.J. (672 points – $600); and Steve Paine of Waterloo, N.Y., from Outlaw (671 points – $500).

Insinger Performance of Dushore, Pa., sponsors North and South regional bonuses.

The North Region went to Sheppard ($1,000) over Van Pelt ($750), Creeden ($500), Johnson ($350) and Lawson ($250).

In the South Region, Watt ($1,000) led Pauch Jr. ($750), Von Dohren ($500), Howard ($350) and Pompey ($250).

Stangle utilized nine wins in his ‘best of 12’ at Bridgeport to take the overall Sportsman title. The second-generation Garden State driver earned a total of 780 points. He is also credited with fifth in the overall points for his Friday night efforts competing at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa.

Belle Mead, N.J., driver Brian Papiez completed a one-two sweep by Bridgeport drivers in second spot (727 points – $1,000). Mike Schane of Lake Ariel, Pa., from Penn Can was third (723 points – $750), with Dale Welty of Montour Falls, N.Y., fourth representing Woodhull (709 points – $600) and Stangle completing the front five from Big Diamond (707 points – $500).

Rounding out the top-15 paid positions were Kyle Rohner of Bushkill Falls, Pa., representing Accord (N.Y.) Speedway (692 points – $450); Stacy Jackson of Woodhull, N.Y., running Crate Sportsman at Skyline Raceway Park in Blodgett Mills, N.Y. (686 points – $400); Brian White of Candor, N.Y., from the Thunder Mountain Open division (679 points – $350); Eric Kormann of Vineland, N.J., from Bridgeport (674 points – $300); Kyle Rohner representing Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y. (669 points – $250); Tim Guild of Cameron Mills, N.Y., representing Woodhull (668 points – $200); Brandon Butler of Horseheads, N.Y., (666 points ($150); Jacob Dgien of Hornell, N.Y., from Woodhull (665 points – $100); Chance Spoonhower of Berkshire, N.Y. from Thunder Mountain (664 points – $100); and Welty representing Outlaw (656 points – $100).

Insinger Performance also sponsored North and South regional money for Sportsman.

Welty won the North Region ($500) over Rohner (Accord – $400), Jackson ($300), Rohner (Five Mile Point – $200) and Brian White ($100).

Stangle (Bridgeport – $500) earned the South honors over Papiez ($400), Stangle (Big Diamond – $300), Schane ($200) and Kormann ($100).

Each of the participating American Racer Cup speedways declares individual champions, with the top-five in track points based on the driver’s 12 best finishes getting tire certificates as follows (registered drivers only): in the Modified division: 1st) five tires; 2nd) four tires; 3rd) three tires; 4th) two tires; 5th) one tire; in the Sportsman division: 1st) two tires; 2nd) one tire; 3rd) $85 tire certificate.

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Packed house watches Matt Sheppard claim second consecutive Labor Day 100 win!

WEEDSPORT, NY (September 5, 2017) – An overcast Labor Day provided cool temperatures and hot action at Weedsport Speedway on Monday, September 4 with the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds, ESS Sprint Cars, and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series all taking part in the Labor Day Double Play presented by Parts Plus and powered by Wix Filters.

When all was said and done it was ‘Super’ Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, and Nick Stone gracing Victory Hill in front of a packed house at The Port.

Sheppard started the Super DIRTcar Series Labor Day 100 from the pole position in his No. 9S, by virtue of the re-draw, but it was Hall of Fame 100 champion Stewart Friesen gaining the early advantage in his No. 44 from the outside of the front row.

Friesen would set the pace for the first several laps, with Sheppard in tow, as Jimmy Phelps pushed from 8th to 3rd in the lineup by lap 37.

Just prior to halfway, with Friesen still in control, Brandon Walters was attempting to exit the Speedway to the infield on the front stretch just as Friesen was moving to lap the No. 22 on the low side.  The move resulted in contact between Walters and Friesen, forcing the No. 44 into the grass, handing the lead over to Sheppard at lap 45 with Phelps assuming the second position.

At halfway Sheppard led Phelps, Friesen, Peter Britten, Varin, Tim McCreadie, Erick Rudolph, Billy Decker, Pat Ward, and Gary Tomkins.

As the race pressed on, with Sheppard eyeing his seventh Super DIRTcar win of the season, Friesen eventually made an outside move on the front stretch at lap 82 over Phelps to move into the runner-up position and begin a charge at Sheppard out front.

With Friesen back to the second position, a duel for the lead was set and made even more exciting with a last lap caution resulting in a green-white-checkered finish.

With two circuits remaining in the event, Friesen tried both the outside and inside of the Speedway, eventually settling for a big charge on the bottom, but fell short of Sheppard at the line by just .139 seconds.

Sheppard’s victory was his second consecutive in the Labor Day 100, his seventh Super DIRTcar Series win of the year, and his 18th career Big Block win at Weedsport tying him all-time with Ward, Tim Fuller, and Joe Plazek.

Despite missing two events this season, Sheppard is now only 48-points behind Decker in the race for the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified championship.

Phelps, Britten, Rudolph, Varin, McCreadie, Decker, Tomkins, and Ward followed Sheppard and Friesen across the line Monday in the top ten positions.

Title contenders Brett Hearn and Larry Wight finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

Varin pulled double duty on Monday driving the Dover Brake No. 00 ESS Sprinter and the Magsarus No. 93 Big Block Modified, and once again proved the man to beat in Sprint Car action.

Newly crowned ESS champion Jason Barney led the 360 Sprint Car Invitational early on before giving way to the “Cobra” Chuck Hebing on a lap 5 restart.

With Shawn Donath moving into the third position, Hebing and Barney checked away from the pack until a red flag at lap 13 for a flipping Paulie Colagiovanni.  The driver of the No. 10C was ok, but done for the night.

After starting further down in the order, Varin had taken fourth position just prior to the red flag and immediately pounced to second on the lap 13 restart.

Barney was able to jump back to the lead on that restart with Hebing falling to the fourth position.  But, the lead was once again short lived for Barney as Varin went to the top spot on the outside in turn two on lap 15.

From there it was once again all Varin at Weedsport, running to his second consecutive winged Sprint Car win at The Port over Barney, Billy VanInwegen, Hebing, Tommy Wickham, Scott Kruetter, Darryl Ruggles, Donath, Paul Kinney, and Coleman Gulick on the top ten.

The DIRTcar Pro Stock Series returned to Weedsport on Monday for the first time in several years, and it was Nick Stone taking command early and dominating the 35-lap event.

Stone outhustled Pete Stefanski, Jocelyn Roy, Dave Bissonnette, and Marc Lalonde in the top five positions.

Weedsport returns to action on Wednesday, October 4, kicking off NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week with the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Series.

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Labor Day Double Play
Pres. by Parts Plus and Powered by Wix Filters
Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY
Monday, September 4

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds

Labor Day 100 (100-laps): 1. 9S – Matt Sheppard, 2. 44 – Stewart Friesen, 3. 98H – Jimmy Phelps, 4. 21A – Peter Britten, 5. 25 – Erick Rudolph, 6. 93 – Danny Varin, 7. 39 – Tim McCreadie, 8. 91 – Billy Decker, 9. 84 – Gary Tomkins, 10. 42P – Pat Ward, 11. 88 – Mike Mahaney, 12. 20 – Brett Hearn, 13. 99L – Larry Wight, 14. 19 – Tim Fuller, 15. 6H – Max McLaughlin, 16. 109 – Billy Whittaker, 17. 43 – Keith Flach, 18. 00 – Bobby Varin, 19. 8 – Rich Scagliotta, 20. 7M – Mike Maresca, 21. 11R – Rob Bellinger, 22. 44X – Anthony Perrego, 23. X – Chad Phelps, 24. 55 – Matt Hulsizer, 25. 21R – Ryan Jordan, 26. 3B – Chad Brachmann, 27. 35 – Alan Barker, 28. 22 – Brandon Walters, 29. 21G – Kody Graham, 30. 3 – Justin Haers

Heat #1 (8-laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 9S – Matt Sheppard, 2. 93 – Danny Varin, 3. 21A – Peter Britten, 4. 00 – Bobby Varin, 5. 109 – Billy Whittaker, 6. 44X – Anthony Perrego, 7. 1H – Tim Hindley, 8. 11J – Justin Wright, 9. 22 – Brandon Walters

Heat #2 (8-laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 42P – Pat Ward, 2. 84 – Gary Tomkins, 3. 3B – Chad Brachmann, 4. 20 – Brett Hearn, 5. 6H – Max McLaughling, 6. 8 – Rich Scagliotta, 7. 55 – Matt Hulsizer, 8. 88 – Mike Mahaney, 9. 28P – Eldon Payne

Heat #3 (8-laps, 5-Qualify):  1. 39 – Tim McCreadie, 2. 99L – Larry Wight, 3. 3 – Justin Haers, 4. 43 – Keith Flach, 5. X – Chad Phelps, 6. 11R – Rob Bellinger, 7. 21G – Kody Graham, 8. 35 – Alan Barker

Heat #4 (8-laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 98H – Jimmy Phelps, 2. 44 – Stewart Friesen, 3. 91 – Billy Decker, 4. 25 – Erick Rudolph, 5. 19 – Tim Fuller, 6. 21R – Ryan Jordan, 7. 7M – Michael Maresca, 8. 34 – Andrew Ferguson

Consi #1 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 8 – Rich Scagliotta, 2. 55 – Matt Hulsizer, 3. 88 – Mike Mahaney, 4. 44X – Anthony Perrego, 5. 1H – Tim Hindley, 6. 11J – Justin Wright, 7. 22 – Brandon Walters
Consi #2 (8-laps, 3-Qualify): 1. 11R – Rob Bellinger, 2. 7M – Mike Maresca, 3. 21R – Ryan Jordan, 4. 21G – Kody Graham, 5. 35 – Alan Barker, 6. 28P – Eldon Payne Jr., 7. 34 – Andrew Ferguson


Empire Super Sprints

Feature (25-laps): 1. 00 – Danny Varin, 2. 87 – Jason Barney, 3. 56 – Billy VanInwegen, 4. 45 – Chuck Hebing, 5. 75 – Tommy Wickham, 6. 49K – Scott Kruetter, 7. 48JR – Darryl Ruggles, 8. 53 – Shawn Donath, 9. 19K – Paul Kinney, 10. 14 – Coleman Gulick, 11. 98 – Joe Trenca, 12. 10H – Kelly Hebing, 13. 2 – Dave Axton, 14. 90 – Matt Tanner, 15. 9 – Josh Pieniazek, 16. 14B – Justin Wright, 17. 91 – Scott Holcomb, 18. 33 – Brandon Kidd, 19. 19EM – Emily VanInwegen, 20. 7C – Dylan Swiernik, 21. 10C – Paulie Colagiovanni, 22. 17 – Sammy Reakes IV, 23. 22 – Jonathan Preston, 24. 00V – Bobby Varin

Heat #1 (8-laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 87 – Jason Barney, 2. 45 – Chuck Hebing, 3. 22 – Jonathan Preston, 4. 17 – Sammy Reakes IV, 5. 7C – Dylan Swiernik, 6. 91 – Scott Holcomb, 7. 56 – Vinnie Vitale, 8. 5T – Darryl Bragman, 9. 22R – Mike Koehler

Heat #2 (8-laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 10C – Paulie Colagiovanni, 2. 49K – Scott Kreutter, 3. 75 – Tommy Wickham, 4. 90 – Matt Tanner, 5. 14B – Brett Wright, 6. 10H – Kelly Hebing, 7. 19EM – Emily VanInwegen, 8. 41 – Josh Flint, 9. 1J – Derrick Juliano

Heat #3 (8-laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 00 – Danny Varin, 2. 98 – Joe Trenca, 3. 53 – Shawn Donath, 4. 2 – Dave Axton, 5. 14 – Coleman Gulick, 6. 9 – Josh Pieniazek, 7. 10 – Jeff Cook, 8. 36 – Matt Billings, 9. 3 – Danny Peebles

Heat #4 (8-laps, 5-Qualify): 1. 00V – Bobby Varin, 2. 19K – Paul Kinney, 3. 56V – Billy VanInwegen, 4. 48J – Darryl Ruggles, 5. 33 – Brandon Kidd, 6. 99 – Mike Kiser, 7. 80 – Chris Steele, 8. 29K – Dalton Herrick

B-Main (10-laps, 4-Qualify):  1. 91 – Scott Holcomb, 2. 10H – Kelly Hebing, 3. 9 – Josh Pieniazek, 4. 19EM – Emily VanInwegen, 5. 56 – Vinnie Vitale, 6. 80 – Chris Steele, 7. 10 – Jeff Cook, 8. 29K – Dalton Herrick, 9. 41 – Josh Flint, 10. 36 – Matt Billings, 11. 3 – Danny Peebles, 12. 22R – Mike Koehler, 13. 5T – Darryl Bragman, 14. 1J – Derrick Juliano, 15. 99 – Mike Kiser
Dash (4-laps): 1. 17 – Sammy Reakes IV, 2. 2 – Dave Axton, 3. 90 – Matt Tanner, 4. 48J – Darryl Ruggles Jr.

DIRTcar Pro Stock Series

Feature (35-laps): 1. 27N – Nick Stone, 2. 2 – Pete Stefanski, 3. 48 – Jocelyn Roy, 4. 47 – Dave Bissonnette, 5. 8 – Marc Lalonde, 6. 00 – Mike Welch, 7. 8 – Jason Corbin, 8. 2H – Luke Horning, 9. 338 – Pascal Payeur, 10. 715 – Gus Hollner, 11. 7 – Rob Yetman, 12. 4C – Dean Charbonneau, 13. 22 – AJ Walters, 14. 97 – Dan Older, 15. 8K – Justin Knight, 16. 73 – PJ Peters, 17. 4 – Roch Aubin, 18. 6 – Shane Playford, 19. 94 – Ivan Joslin, 20. 7N – Jim Normoyle

Heat #1 (8-laps): 1. 27N – Nick Stone, 2. 7 – Rob Yetman, 3. 715 – Gus Hollner, 4. 8 – Marc Lalonde, 5. 22 – AJ Walters, 6. 47 – Dave Bissonnette

Heat #2 (8-laps): 1. 8 – Jim Normoyle, 2. 00 – Mike Welch, 3. 48 – Jocelyn Roy, 4. 2 – Pete Stefanski, 5. 8C – Jason Corbin, 6. 4 – Roch Aubin, 7. 97 – Dan Older

Heat #3 (8-laps): 1. 2H – Luke Horning, 2. 73 – PJ Peters, 3. 4C – Dean Charbonneau, 4. 338 – Pascal Payeur, 5. 6 – Shane Playford, 6. 94 – Ivan Joslin, 7. 8K – Justin Knight



VERNON, NY- September 3rd, 2017 - With the remnants of Hurricane Harvey sweeping through the area overnight Saturday and into Sunday morning, with more forecast throughout the day, Utica-Rome Speedway management was forced to cancel in Sunday September 3.  Scheduled was a huge show that featured the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints plus the final night of points for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Sportsman, the DIRTcar Sportsman, and Rookie Sportsman. 

“I really hate to cancel this show”, stated track owner Bill Shea, “but with the rain we have already received plus the cool temperatures and overcast skies I don’t think we could get the track race ready.  Add in the rain that is forecasted to come in this afternoon, it would make for a miserable experience for everyone so we decided to cancel.” 

With the rainout, the 2017 track championship in the weekly divisions are now official with Matt Sheppard winning the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Matt Janczuk claiming the Broedel Energy Sportsman, and Mike Welch the champion in the DIRTcar Pro Stocks. 

Now the focus will shift to the highest paying DIRTcar Sportsman event of the season, coming up on Sunday September 10.  Donath Motor Worx will present the Ultimate Sportsman Showdown that will be the winner a whopping $5,000 to win and $500 to start out of a purse totaling over $23,000.  Also, Beyea Custom Headers is offering $1500 in certificates for heat winners, hard charger, plus a random drawing.  Management is currently looking to secure more contingency awards as well. 

Pit gates for this Sunday will open at 1 p.m. with grandstands opening at 2:30 p.m.  Racing is set to begin at 4 p.m.  Registration forms plus format information are available at

For more information on the remaining season schedule, complete point standings, and more please visit our website.  More information is available by calling the speedway office at (315) 829-4557 or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.



September 2, 2017 - The season finale at Canandaigua Motorsports Park saw the 2017 track championshipsdecided with double points for all divisions and the makeup of the Modified feature from August 18th that was held over due to rain.

The heldover Modified feature began on lap 9 with Matt Sheppard holding the lead.  Alan Johnson and Justin Haers moved to second and third by halfway, but Sheppard had built up a big lead at that point.  Haers motored by Johnson on lap 19 to take second.  Sheppard lapped well into the top ten by the finish, recording the win and adding to his point lead going into the regular portion of the night's program.  The rest of the top five behind Haers and Johnson was filled by Greg Birosh and Derrick Podsiadlo.

In the regularly scheduled 40-lap Modified feature, Dave Allen battled Lance Dusett for the early lead but it didn't take long for Alan Johnson, Justin Haers, and Matt Sheppard to tear through the pack and into the top five.  Sheppard blasted into the lead on lap 7, with Haers following suit into second one lap later.  Alan Johnson moved past Dusett for third as Haers ran down Sheppard in traffic, making a pass for the lead on lap 15 and pullling out an advantage.  Haers' lead was erased when Dusett lost power and stopped on lap 24.  When the green flew again, Haers and Sheppard spent the rest of the feature battling for the lead, with Haers holding off Sheppard's repeated challenges to take the win.  Johnson, Erick Rudolph, and Steve Paine rounded out the top five.

The points ended in a tie between Sheppard and Haers, and Sheppard earned the championship via the tie breaker, which was the number of feature wins in the season.

Modified heats were won by Eldon Payne and Justin Haers.

The 25-lap Sportsman feature event saw Tim Baker and Ricky Newton battle for the early lead, but on a lap 4 restart, Kevin Ridley shot from fourth position into the lead.  As Ridley gained an advantage, Newton fell back momentarily behind Baker as Paul Guererri and Dave Marcuccilli, who were in the track championship battle with Ridley, were working their way into the top five.  In the middle stages of the feature, Newton used the outside lane to reel in Ridley and made the pass to take the lead on lap 17.  Newton pulled away for the win over Ridley, Kane Bristol, Dave Marcuccilli, and Tim Baker.  

Marcuccilli's finish netted him the track championship by just 3 points over Ridley.

Sportsman heats were won by Kane Bristol, Nick Guererri, and Paul Guererri.

In the 12-lap 305 Sprint car feature, Dave Ferguson took the early lead from Tim Smith as Jason Whipple tried to move in from third.  Whipple slapped the wall on lap 3 and went to the pits, rejoining at the rear of the field, but on the restart made

contact with a spinning Bobby Gardner, who went upside down.  Smith took the lead on the restart as Dan Bennett moved in to challenge Ferguson for second.  Smith held off Ferguson's challenges at the end to take the win, with Dan Bennett,Andy Jacobus, and Brandyn Griffin rounding out the top five.

The 305 Sprint car heat was won by Dave Ferguson.

The 15-lap Street Stock feature event began with Adam Depuy coming from fourth to first in the first lap as Rick Cregoand Bob Buono battled for position.  Depuy held off Buono at the finish for the win, with Buono penalized after the race,putting him to the tail of the lead lap.  Rick Crego, Marc Minutolo, and Brad Steinruck rounded out the top five.

The Street Stock heat race was won by Adam Depuy.

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DUNDEE, NY.....September 1st, 2017 - Friday night was Season Championship Night at Outlaw Speedway, with the track championships in the regular Friday night divisions decided in the double point regular season finale.

Eric Fisher outdragged Donnie Lawson for the lead at the start of the 30-lap Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified feature.  A quick yellow for Dillon Groover's car on lap 4 brought about a restart that saw Matt Sheppard moved into the top five behind Cory Costa.  Contact between Justin Wright and Alan Johnson on lap 8 sent Johnson to the pits, who was only a couple of points ahead of Steve Paine in the battle for second in the season standings.  Lawson dropped out on lap 11, putting Sheppard to third behind Eldon Payne.  Fisher continued to lead as Sheppard and Payne battled, with Steve Paine closing in from fourth.  Paine passed Sheppard on lap 19 as the pair fought it out with Payne while Fisher cruised to a straightaway lead. 

At the checkers, Fisher had his first win of 2017 over Eldon Payne, Steve Paine, Matt Sheppard, and Brady Fultz.  

Sheppard locked up the 2017 track championship for the Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modifieds.

Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified heats were won by Eldon Payne Jr and Eric Fisher.

After a pair of incidents on the original start attempts to the 25-lap Crate Sportsman feature, the race got underway with Chris Fisher taking the lead from Todd Hayward and Doug Smith.  Tom Collins found the outside groove to his liking and charged through the field to fourth by lap 8.  Point leader Karl Comfort also moved into the top five and battled for position with Brett Buono in the race's middle stages.  Collins made it to second and with four to go was pressuring Fisher for the lead.  Collins battled hard but could not slip past Fisher in traffic as Fisher took the win, followed by Collins, Fish, Hayward, and Brett Buono.  Karl Comfort finished behind Buono, which was enough for him to garner the track championship.

Crate Sportsman heats were won by Todd Hayward and Chris Fisher.

Jason Knowles took off from the front row of the 20-lap Crate Late Model feature and build up a lead and Chris Fleming and Bryce David battled for second, with Davis taking the spot on lap 7.  

The Crate Late Model heat was won by Chris Fleming.

In the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature, Jake Karlnoski jumped out to the lead with Brandon Smith and Todd Stone trailing.  

Smith and Stone battled for second as Phil Yaw and Shawn Bruce moved into the top five.  Stone spun on lap 14 to bring out the yellow and bunch the field.  Karlnoski pulled away on the restart and Yaw slid under Smith for second on lap 18 as Karlnoski came home with a flag-to-flag feature win, followed by Yaw, Glen Whritenour, Rich Karlnoski, and Tyler Stoddard. 

Whritenour's fourth place finish netted him the division's track championship.

IMCA Modified heats were won by Todd Stone and Brandon Smith.

James Kreidler III grabbed the lead from CJ Guererri at the start of the 20-lap Street Stock feature.  They pulled a full straightaway ahead of the field as Dave Matwiejow moved ahead of Kurt Stebbins into third.  Point leader Jared Hill came to a stop on lap 8 to bring out the first caution of the race.  Stebbins also pitted under the yellow.  Guererri grabbed the lead on the restart with Quinn Sutherland jumping from fourth to second.  Guererri and Sutherland battled for the lead until Matwiejow spun out of third with five laps to go.  Guererri held off repeated challenges from Sutherland in the finals laps to claim his first win of 2017.  Following Sutherland in second was Buono, Glen Whritenour, and Kriedler.  Whritenour's fourth place finish allowed him to leapfrog Hill to take the championship.

Street Stock heats were won by CJ Guererri, Chuck Winslow, and Kurt Stebbins.

In the 20-lap 4 Cylinder feature event, Chad Ayers came through an opening lap scramble to take the lead with point leader Mike Stone in the runnerup spot.  Billy Bowers got the lead on a lap 4 restart as Ayers and Stone battled with James Kreidler III for second.  Erica Bell, second in points, had a spin on lap 5 but charged back into the top ten by the halfway point.  

Kreidler grabbed second on a lap 9 restart and chased after Bowers, but Bowers maintained his advantage until Bell's motor blew on lap 18 to set up a two lap dash to the finish.  Bowers held on for the win over Kridler, Ayers, Stone, and Bruce Kinner.  Stone's finish netted him the track championship.

4 Cylinder heats were won by Scott Lehman and James Kreidler III.

The Farmers Insurace/Marion Decker Agency Hobby Stock feature saw Aaron Miller lead the first two laps until Marc Minutolo grabbed the lead.  Dave Decker made his way past Miller at the halfway point but could not catch Minutolo, who took the win as Decker clinched the track championship with a second place finish.  Milller, Jamie Eldridge, and Jeremy Trank rounded out the top five.

In the Winner's Circle Deli Bandit division feature, Cole Youse led flag to flag to capture the win and seal up the championship in the class.  Austin LaBar, Jarrad Waekfield, and Steven Perkins III followed Youse across the line.

Outlaw Speedway returns to racing action with the Fall Nationals weekend on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd.  For more information, visit


FRIENDLY DODGE OUTLAW MODIFIED FEATURE-ERIC FISHER, Eldon Payne, Steve Paine, Matt Sheppard, Brady Fultz, Justin Wright, Tyler Siri, Jim LaRock, Brett Ayers, Cory Costa, Dave Rauscher, Kyle Coffey, Donnie Lawson, Alan Johnson, Derrick Podsiadlo, Dillon Groover, Joe Dgien.

CRATE SPORTSMAN FEATURE-CHRIS FISHER, Tommy Collins Jr, Brian Fish, Todd Hayward, Brett Buono, Karl Comfort, Chris Silvers, Dale Welty, Doug Smith, Zach Zigenhagen, Chril Hall, John Agnew, Fran Hilton, Josh Keesey, Loren Lincoln, Mike Buchana, Eric Williams, Brett Ayers, Dean Laughlin.

CRATE LATE MODEL FEATURE-JASON KNOWLES, Bryce Davis, Chris Fleming, David Pangrazio, Kurt Stebbins, Brian Knowles, Steve LaBarron, Brad Smith, TJ Downs.

IMCA MODIFIED FEATURE-JAKE KARLNOSKI, Phil Yaw, Glen Whritenour, Rich Karlnoski, Tyler Stoddard, Jake Maynard, Todd Stone, Scott Sebring, Brandon Smith, Sparky Hills, Shawn Bruce, Brad Smith.

STREET STOCK FEATURE-CJ GUERERRI, Quinn Sutherland, Bob Buono, Glen Whritenour, James Kreidler III, Chuck 

Winslow, John Burritt, Carl Cleveland, Allison Teed, Gene Balmer, Jayson Smart, Ryan Krause, Dave Matwiejow, Jimmy Grant, Jake Karnoski, Tracy Dunn, Kurt Stebbins, Jared Hill, Zach Teed, Matt Robinson (DNS).

4 CYLINDER FEATURE-BILLY BOWERS, James Kreidler III, Chad Ayers, Mike Stone, Bruce Kinner, Derrick Puryear, ShiAnn LaBar, Harold Fenton Jr, Scott Lehman Jr, Desi Force, Timmy Borden Jr, Justin Riche, Dan Smart, Chris Percy, Steven Perkins, Erica Bell, Scott Lehman, Charlie Guererri (DNS).

FARMERS INSURANCE/MARION DECKER AGENCY HOBBY STOCK FEATURE-MARC MINUTOLO, Dave Decker, Aaron MIller, Jamie Eldridge, Jeremy Trank, Shawn Lloyd, Luke Decker, Allison Pierce, Kevin Viedheffer.

WINNER'S CIRCLE DELI BANDIT FEATURE-COLE YOUSE, Austin LaBar, Jarrad Wakefield, Steven Perkins III.

MAKEUP 305 SPRINT FEATURE-DARRYL RUGGLES, Jason Whipple, Dan Craun, Brandyn Griffin, Tim Smith, Bobby Gardner, David Ferguson (DNS).
MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Alan Johnson, Justin Wright, Steve Paine, Gil Tegg, Greg Birosh, Kyle Coffey, James Maier, James Sweeting, Rich Rickner, Tommy Keye ,Eldon Payne, Kaitlyn Pashina, Justin Haers, Lance Dusett , Gary Tomkins, Dave Allen, Adam Ellis, Mike O’Brien.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE-PAUL GUERERRI, Kane Bristol, Kevin Ridley, Dave Marcuccilli, KarlComfort, Matt Guererri, Austyn Fugle, Loren Lincoln, AJ Loyd, Tim Baker, Ricky Newton, Kevin Root, Jeff Davoli, Joe Cook, Jeff Lawrence, Doug Smith, Ben Karlsen, Geoff Federspeil, Tyler Corcoran, Alan Bratek, Brian Michaels, Brett Baldwin, TJ Sparring, Troy Sparring, Anthony Kimble.
305 SPRINT FEATURE-DARRYL RUGGLES, Brandyn Griffin, Jason Whipple, Dan Bennett, Tim Smith, Dan Craun, Andrew Jacobus, Bobby Gardner, Tom Fletcher.
STREE STOCK FEATURE-BOB BUONO, Adam Depuy, Rick Crego, Mark Minutolo, Parker Smith, Brad Steinruck, Nick Dandino, Scott Herman, Jason Quigley, Jim Grant, Steve Pesarek, Howard Johnston, Mike Welch (DNS).


Matt Sheppard Tames Ohsweken For Fifth Consecutive Win

Chad Brachmann Nearly Steals Repeat Ohsweken Victory in Rain Delayed Feature

OHSWEKEN, ON, CAN – August 24, 2017 – The first 49 laps of the Triple Crown Showdown were a side-by-side battle between polesitter Larry Wight and front row starter Chad Brachmann, but the final 25 laps were all Matt Sheppard on Thursday night at Ohsweken Speedway. The reigning Super DIRTcar Series champion took the lead from Brachmann on lap 50 following a restart and couldn’t be stopped on the way to his fifth straight Series victory. Brachmann finished second after winning the Series’ inaugural event at Ohsweken in 2015. 

The race provided an interesting set of circumstances for the field of 25 drivers in attendance. A late evening rain and mist after all heat race competition had been completed led to a 45-minute rain delay. The track crew kept the racing surface in order and the Big-Block veterans of the Super DIRTcar Series produced a thrilling show when the green flag waved just after 11:00pm before Sheppard drove from 12th to earn the win.

“Mother Nature didn’t want to see this race happen tonight, but I’m thankful we got it in,” Sheppard said. “It’s unreal. We saw the rain there earlier tonight and picked the worst number of the bunch in 12, but as usual these guys gave me an awesome racecar. It was a lot of fun out there. We’ve only been here once before. It’s a very wide, racey, fast track. We were running the bottom, top and middle. I’m just really thankful to be here tonight. Five in a row, unbelievable.” 

Brachmann led the opening two laps before Wight retook the top spot on lap three. He paced the field through to the first caution for a big piece of debris on the front stretch with 12 laps complete. Following the restart, Tim Fuller appeared to be making his way forward as he moved into fourth and third-running Billy Decker challenged Brachmann for second. 

By lap 30, it was clear Sheppard not only had a top-five car, he was a contender when he got by Fuller for fourth. One lap later, Stewart Friesen’s day ended when he slowed in turn four with mechanical problems to bring out a yellow flag. Friesen was running in the top-10 at the time and received the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award as a result of his misfortune.

Wight and Brachmann continued their side-by-side battle on the restart with Brachmann retaking the point on lap 37. Meanwhile, Sheppard raced to third behind the top two. Sheppard and Wight exchanged the second spot over the next four laps before Sheppard eventually emerged with the position just prior to a lap 44 yellow. It was on the ensuing restart with 49 laps complete that Sheppard used the inside lane position, after Brachmann chose to restart in the high groove, to take the lead and pace the final 75 laps for the victory. 

 “We had a good car, but I think that guy is superhuman,” Brachmann said of Sheppard following the finish. “He doesn’t make mistakes. I made a mistake on that restart, caught that hole going into (turn) three and it was enough to let him get by me. Then it was just chasing after that and hoping that he made a mistake, but that ain’t going to happen.” 

Sheppard had to hold off Brachmann throughout a pair of restarts with 10 and nine laps to go and was quick to credit the Sanborn, NY driver for his strong drive.

“Chad was very good tonight,” Sheppard said. “I first got into second and I said ‘man, I don’t know if we’ve got anything for him tonight’. I snuck by him on the restart and he was probably just as good as we were. If I didn’t get by him there, who knows, I may have never got by him.” 

For Brachmann, it was his second top-five finish with the Super DIRTcar Series this season in as many starts, but it was his first race with Big-Block power under the hood of the No.3.

“My dad put his heart and soul into this Big-Block program, so I’m glad to come out here and run halfway decent,” Brachmann said. “Will see what the rest of the year brings for us for Big-Block Racing.”

Behind the furious battle for the lead was Pat Ward, who earned the KSE Hard Charger award by driving from 13th to complete the podium in third. Ward methodically picked his way through the front-runners in the second half of the race to continue his strong string of runs.

“The car was really good,” Ward stated. “I seemed to be getting through that hole in (turn) one better than anybody else, except for maybe Matt. They would slide up and I could just stick it in there and go, so the car was good.”

Decker earned a fourth-place finish, his eighth top-five result in 15 Series starts this season. Wight rounded out the top-five in his No.99L.

Billy Whittaker started the night with his first career Super DIRTcar Series Fast Time Award and followed it up with a heat win. Billy Decker and Tim Fuller also earned heat race victories. Ward earned the KSE Hard Charger award by advancing from 13th to 3rd. Stewart Friesen claimed the Speedy First Air Hard Luck Award after he dropped out while running in the top-10. 

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Thursday, August 31 at Lebanon-Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, NY for Mr. DIRT Track USA. For additional event information, visit

Ohsweken Speedway Notebook

Feature (75 Laps) – 1. 9s-Mat Sheppard (12); 2. 3-Chad Brachmann (2); 3. 42p-Pat Ward (13); 4. 91-Billy Decker (3); 5. 99L-Larry Wight (1); 6. 6h-Max McLaughlin (7); 7. 25r-Erick Rudoph (17); 8. 19-Tim Fuller (6); 9. 43-Keith Flach (19); 10. 21a-Peter Britten (10); 11. 20-Brett Hearn (9); 12. 109-Billy Whittaker (5); 13. 98h-Jimmy Phelps (4); 14. 37s-Tommy Flannigan (24); 15. 22-Brandon Walters (22); 16. 7m-Mike Maresca (25); 17. 96-Fred Carleton (23); 18. 88-Shayne Pierce (20); 19. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot (15); 20. 71-Mike Bowman (16); 21. 66x-Carey Terrance (14); 22. 08-Mark D’Ilario (18); 23. 11s-Steve Lewis Jr. (21); 24. 44-Stewart Friesen (11); 25. 6m-Mat Williamson (8)

For complete results, click here.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Tim Fuller; Fast Time ($100 Cash): Billy Whittaker; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Brandon Walters; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Keith Flach; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Larry Wight; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Mike Maresca; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Stewart Friesen; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Pat Ward; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Stewart Friesen; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Brandon Walters; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Jimmy Phelps; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Stewart Friesen; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph.


  • Matt Sheppard – 6 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26; Ransomville Speedway on August 8; Merrittville Speedway on August 9; Ohsweken Speedway on August 24)
  • Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)
  • Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
  • Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
  • Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
  • Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
  • Peter Britten – 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)
  • Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
DIRTcar Racing is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Chevy Performance Parts and NAPA Auto Parts (SDS). Contingency sponsors include: ASI Race Wear (SDS), Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Cometic Gasket (SDS), COMP Cams (SDS), Edelbrock (SDS), Fox Shocks (SDS), Henry's Exhaust Systems, Intercomp, JE Pistons (SDS), JRi Shocks (SDS), KSE Racing Products (SDS), Mike's Racing Heads (SDS), Number One Speedway (SDS), MSD (SDS), Superflow Dynos (SDS) and Wrisco Aluminum (Exclusive Racing Aluminum) (SDS), Dig Safely New York (SDS), Speedy First Aid (SDS), 1000 Islands RV Centre (SDS); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Beyea Headers, Racing Electronics and TNT Rescue.


VERNON, NY- August 20th, 2017 - Matt Sheppard’s assault on the Utica-Rome Speedway record book continued this past Sunday evening, August 20, as he took his fifth consecutive win in the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, at the Vernon oval. Sheppard then scored his second win by taking the King of Dirt 358-Modified Series win, which was his 40th career win at Utica-Rome. Rocky Warner was winner in King of Dirt/DIRTcar East Sportsman Series while Rob Yetman took the win in the rain delayed King of Dirt Pro Stock Series event while Chuck Dumblewski was the victor in the regularly schedule King of Dirt Pro Stock race.

Steve Way and Randy Shantel led the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified starting field the green flag but it was third place starter Brandon Walters who would lead the opening lap. Eighth place starter Tim Fuller made short work of the cars in front of him as he charged into second by lap three, and then went around the outside Walters to lead lap four. All eyes were on Matt Sheppard at this point, who started near the rear of the field after mechanical issues in his heat race. By lap seven, Sheppard cracked into the top five and he wasn’t done yet. On lap 10, the leaderboard showed Fuller leading over Walters, Danny Varin, Sheppard, and Claude Hutchings Jr.

A lap 11 caution erased the advantage that Fuller had built up on the field, and on the restart Fuller jumped out front again with Sheppard now making his move into the runner-up spot. Sheppard caught Fuller and the duo raced side by side for two laps but Sheppard was able to wrestle the lead away for good in lap 14. Sheppard was untouchable at this point as he sped away from the field, leaving Fuller in a battle for second with Pat Ward. Fuller and Ward would race side by side for second for the next five laps with Ward taking the spot on lap 18. Sheppard would go the rest of the way unchecked to score his seventh win of the season with Ward, Fuller, Erick Rudolph, and Danny Varin finishing in the top five spots. Positions six through ten were held down by Bobby Varin, Walters, Hutchings, Steve Way, and Jack Miller.

Erick Rudolph took the lead at the start of the King of Dirt 358-Modified 35-lap feature event, and after surviving a rash of yellow fever in the opening five laps only to lose the lead to fourth place starter Mike Mahaney on lap six. A lap nine red flag for a Jessey Mueller roll over, who amazingly drove away and returned to action, slowed the pace again. The restart gave Rudolph another shot at the lead, and as the field was coming to complete lap 10, Rudolph used a slide job to regain the lead over Mahaney. While this was going, Matt Sheppard was lurking in third waiting for any opportunity to get by. As the field was coming to lap 15, Mahaney jumped the cushion which allowed Sheppard to grab second and set his sights on the leader Rudolph.

Rudolph seemed to be in control of the event until he came up on lapped traffic where he struggled, allowing Sheppard to close in. Rudolph continued to be hindered by lapped traffic, and on lap 22 going to the backstretch, Sheppard made his move as he went on the outside of Rudolph and the slower cars. At the completion of lap 23, Sheppard was now out front. Sheppard was flawless for the remainder of the event as he raced off to his second win of the night over Rudolph, Marc Johnson, Mahaney, and Jeremy Wilder.

Weekly racing continues next Sunday, August 27, when Excell Motorsports presents a full show of Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Rookie Sportsman. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. For more information, log on to or call the speedway at (315) 829-4557.


GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Erick Rudolph, Danny Varin, Bobby Varin, Brandon Walters, Claude Hutchings Jr., Steve Way, Jack Miller, Darwin Greene, Shaun Pangman, Bodie Bellinger, Randy Shantel, Dave Allen, Cody Bleau, Rich Price, Mike Maresca, Marc Johnson, Don Ronca, Greg Doust, Joel Thomas, Jessey Mueller, and Mike Mahaney. DNS-CG Morey.

KING OF DIRT 358-MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (35 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Erick Rudolph, Marc Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Jeremy Wilder, Ronnie Davis III, Neil Stratton, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, Mike Maresca, Rocky Warner, Allison Ricci, Brian Gleason, Steve Way, Don Ronca, Brett Haas, Tyler Meeks, Randy Shantel, Jack Lehner, Lance Willix, Dave Allen, Jack Miller, Elmo Reckner, Michael Sabia, Jessey Mueller, Ricky Davis III, Kevin Poitras, Shaun Pangman, and Alan Johnson.

DUNDEE, NY.....August 18th, 2017 - Friday night was Boy Scout night at Outlaw Speedway as racers battled on the final night of points before the double point Championship Night in two week's time.

In the Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified feature, Dillon Groover snagged the lead at the start of the 30-lap contest over Donnie Lawson, but Tyler Siri battled his way to the point on lap 7, with Matt Sheppard behind them.  Sheppard took the lead two laps later and pulled away out front as Alan Johnson had worked his way to fourth spot.  Alan took third from Groover just past halfway, then got second spot away from Siri with eleven laps to go.  Sheppard continued to charge through traffic in the closing laps, and cruised home for the win over Johnson, Siri, Justin Wright, and Groover in a caution-free affair.

Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified heats were won by Donnie Lawson and Alan Johnson.

Outlaw Speedway returns to racing action after its late summer break on Friday, September 1st, with the double point Championship Night featuring a Super 6 Show.  For more information, visit


FRIENDLY DODGE OUTLAW MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Alan Johnson, Tyler Siri, Justin Wright, Dillon Groover, Steve Paine, Kyle Coffey, Derrick Podsiadlo, Donnie Lawson, Brady Fultz, Jim LaRock, Dave Rauscher, Eldon Payne, Joe Dgien, Patrick Emerling, Matt Roberts, Brett Ayers, Cory Costa, Eric Fisher.

Matt Sheppard Victorious On ‘Super’ Night At Albany-Saratoga Speedway

MALTA, NY – On Tuesday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, both the turnout of big-block/small-block Modifieds and Matt Sheppard were “super.”

Sheppard, the Waterloo, N.Y., star known as ‘Super Matt’ defeated a talented 49-car field to win the inaugural Recovery Sports Grill ‘Stampede at ‘toga’ at Albany-Saratoga, the first-ever ‘Great Race Place’ appearance by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP.

Round No. 6 of the STSS Halmar International North Region featured the red-hot Sheppard turning back several advances to collected the $5,000 winner’s share, plus a $500 bonus from Superior Remodeling as the Halfway Leader, a total of $5,500 for his Sweeteners Plus team.

Sheppard’s victory was the third of his career in STSS competition, previously winning at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, N.Y., in 2014 and Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., last year.

“This ’92’ car runs pretty good,” Sheppard said after climbing out of the No. 92s he runs weekly at Outlaw on Friday nights and in select special events. “We’ve had some chances here before but didn’t have the starting spot we needed. Tonight, we had that opportunity.”

Sheppard rolled off second at the outset of the 50-lap event and was able to outgun Danny Creeden to take command of the event.

As Sheppard led, track and STSS regular Matt DeLorenzo moved into second on lap 10. DeLorenzo held the runner-up spot for just four revolutions of the oval until Kenny Tremont – making his first start in STSS competition – worked past.

The race’s first caution flew on lap 18. On the restart, Sheppard again inched ahead of Tremont.

DeLorenzo found the extreme outside of the Malta facility to his liking by the halfway point, driving his BBL-sponsored No. 3D back into second on lap 24.

Billy Decker, who started 16th, joined the lead battle after carving through traffic in the Jeremy Smith-owned No. 91.

Decker sat fourth when the caution lights flickered on with 26 laps down. When the green was unfurled, he shot by Tremont and a three-car scramble for the lead ensued.

Sheppard utilized the bottom lane, with DeLorenzo on top and Decker through the middle. DeLorenzo pulled even with Sheppard at times, but was not able to complete the pass as Sheppard adjusted his line to defend.

“Sometimes it’s harder when you start on the front row like that,” Sheppard said afterward. “You don’t know where the guys behind you are running or are faster.”

The final 15 laps of the race spun off caution-free, with Sheppard streaking under the checkered flag with an advantage of five car-lengths.

Decker, of Sidney, N.Y., completed his 16th-to-second effort after passing DeLorenzo on lap 37. He picked up the $300 Hard Charger Award courtesy of Elmo’s Speed and Supply. DeLorenzo, of Cropseyville, N.Y., ended his crowd-pleasing effort third with a blistered right-rear tire.

Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J., advanced from eighth to finish fourth in the Madsen Motorsports No. 20. Ringoes, N.J., driver Ryan Godown drove the Petruska family No. 66 to a fifth-place result in his first-ever Albany-Saratoga appearance.

Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were Tremont of West Sand Lake, N.Y., after fighting brake issues in the race’s second half; a rim-riding Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, Pa., aboard the Adirondack Auto No. 35; series regular Jeremy Smith of Triangle, N.Y., up from 18th starting position; two-time series champion Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.; and Tommy Meier, who surged forward from 22nd in the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3.

Five heat races were set for the 49-car field, with victories going to Rick Laubach, Sheppard, Ryan Jordan, DeLorenzo and Jeremy Wilder. The consolations were won by Decker, Demetrios Drellos and Jeremy Smith.

The accompanying King of Dirt (KoD) Sportsman 30-lap event was annexed by Rocky Warner of Gloversville, N.Y., driving the Jake Spraker-owned No. 1J. A strong 39-car field took part in the program.

Next up for the STSS is the ‘Hustlin’ the High Banks 53’ at Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway on Tuesday, August 22 (rain date: August 23) featuring a 53-lap, $5,300-to-win event for the Modifieds plus GRIT Crate 602 Sportsman and Mini-Stocks. This is Round No. 7 of the Halmar International North Region.

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP or BD Motorsports Media LLC, visit or, call 845.728.2781 during business hours, e-mail, “like” Short Track Super Series on Facebook or follow @ShortTrackSS on Twitter.

STAMPEDE SHORTS: A very strong crowd filled the Malta oval despite rain in Central New York just skirting south of the speedway during hot laps. Fans saw a diverse Modified field with drivers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Australian Peter Britten….

The efficient program saw the Modified checkered flag fly at 9:07 p.m., sending traveling fans home early on a week night….

The combination of sail panels and American Racer tires was new to many of the Capital District drivers. Many, including Brett Hearn and Kenny Tremont, adapted quickly during qualifying….

Among the notable DNQ drivers was Mike Mahaney, whose Buzz Chew-owned small-block suffered a broken right-front shock tower during consolation action….

During the aforementioned consolation, Tommy Meier started dead last and drove to third, earning his qualifying spot with a bold, three-wide pass exiting turn four. Meier then drove forward some 12 positions from his starting position in the main event….

Unofficially, Billy Decker moves into the series point lead with 494 points over Andy Bachetti (474), Stewart Friesen (462), Anthony Perrego (444) and Jeremy Smith (411)….

The 2017 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, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig Fab, Henry’s Exhaust, HyperCo, Keizer Wheels, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, QA1, Race Pro Weekly, Racing Optics,, Teo-Pro Car, Velocita, Weld & Wilwood.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar North Region Event No. 6 Big-Block/Small-Block Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Matt DeLorenzo, Brett Hearn, Ryan Godown, Kenny Tremont, Frank Cozze, Jeremy Smith, Andy Bachetti, Tommy Meier, Stewart Friesen, Anthony Perrego, Danny Creeden, Jimmy Wells, Don Ronca, Alan Barker, Ryan Jordan, Peter Britten, J.R. Hurlburt, Nick Nye, Jerry Higbie, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, Rick Laubach, Ronnie Johnson, Demetrios Drellos, Brett Tonkin, Craig Hanson.

Did Not Qualify: Randy Green, Keith Flach, Elmo Reckner, Mike Mahaney, Neil Stratton, Bodie Bellinger, Jessey Mueller, Allison Ricci, Jeff Sheely, Cass Bennett, Brian Gleason, Bobby Hackel, Jimmy Becker, Dan Humes, Matt Pupello, C.G. Morey, Bobby Varin, Ricky Davis III, Matt Depew, Erik Nelson, Cody Bleau.

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE tire): Jeremy Smith (eighth) and Jimmy Wells (14th) 
ATL Fuel Cell Bonus ($200 Certificate): Ryan Godown (fifth)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 gift card): Brett Hearn (fourth) & Andy Bachetti (ninth)
Elmo’s Speed & Supply Hard Charger ($300): Billy Decker (16th to second)
Fast Axle Bonus ($50 Certificate): Kenny Tremont (sixth)
Keizer Racing Wheels Bonus (FREE Wheel): Matt Sheppard (winner)
QA1 Hard Charger Bonus ($50 Certificate): Billy Decker (16th to second)
Superior Remodeling Halfway Leader ($500): Matt Sheppard (winner)
VP Racing Fuels Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Billy Decker (second), Anthony Perrego (12th) and Jeremy Wilder (22nd)
Weld Wheels Bonus ($50 Certificate): Alan Barker (16th)
Wilwood ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($50 Certificate): Frank Cozze (seventh)


VERNON, NY- August 13th, 2017 - On a beautiful night for racing that saw dozens of kids receive free backpacks and school supplies from the Bobby Page Foundation, fans were treated to another thrilling night of racing on Parks Paving and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night. Matt Sheppard led the last 30 feet of the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified main event to collect his 38th career win while Dave Moyer was the victor in the Broedel Energy Sportsman. Mike Welch took home another Pro Stock trophy while Devin Willis was the winner in the Rookie Sportsman.

From his third starting spot, Brandon Walters took the initial lead of the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified 30-lap feature. Marc Johnson, from his fifth starting spot, used the extreme bottom line to slip by Walters on lap three to be scored as the leader on lap four. After taking the lead, Johnson immediately began to distance himself from the field. By lap 10, Bobby Varin had taken over the second spot with Walters hanging on to third over Mike Maresca and 14th place starter Matt Sheppard.

As the laps clicked off in the non-stop event, Sheppard was picking his way through the top five one car at a time. Lap 12 saw Sheppard get by Maresca for fourth, and a circuit later, slip by Walters for third. As lap 17 was scored, Sheppard completed the pass of Varin to grab the second spot and set his sights on the leader Johnson, who had nearly a three second lead at this point. With 10 to go, it was Johnson leading Sheppard, Varin, Pat Ward, and Maresca.

Lapped traffic played a huge role during the last 10 circuits of the 30-lap main as Johnson struggled through traffic when they were running his preferred low line while Sheppard seemingly could put his car anywhere on the wide Vernon oval to pass the slower cars. On the last lap going into the final set of turns, Johnson dove underneath a lapped car while Sheppard jumped to the outside line, and as they race out of turn four it was a drag race to the checkered flag. Sheppard nipped Johnson at the line by a mere .162 seconds at the line for his fourth consecutive win, sixth overall in 2017. Johnson, Varin, Ward, and Tim Fuller filled out the top five spots while Maresca, Mike Mahaney, Claude Hutchings Jr., Alan Barker, and Walters completed the top 10.

A huge night of racing is scheduled for this coming Sunday, August 20, with the annual Night of Legends featuring the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds plus the King of Dirt 358-Modifieds, King of Dirt Sportsman, and King of Dirt Pro Stocks. The rain delayed King of Dirt Pro Stock main event from June 18 will kick off the night’s activities. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. For more information, please log on to or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557


GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Marc Johnson, Bobby Varin, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Mike Maresca, Mike Mahaney, Claude Hutchings Jr., Alan Barker, Brandon Walters, Jack Miller, Jack Lehner, Steve Way, Darwin Greene, Beth Bellinger, Randy Shantel, Kody Graham, Kenny Sparks, Jim Walsh, and Joel Thomas.

DUNDEE, NY....August 11th, 2017 -- .RK Howell Gravel Products sponsored Friday night's racing action at Outlaw Speedway, as fans were treated to half price admission with a canned food donation to the Savlation Army.

In the 30-lap Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modfiied main event, Eric Fisher charged past Dillon Groover for the lead with Jusitn Wright and Tyler Siri moving into second and third in the opening laps.  Wright took the lead from Fisher on lap 8 as Kyle Coffey and Matt Sheppard battled for fourth.  Sheppard picked off cars one by one to move up to the second spot at the halfway point, and was able to gain track position when the first yellow flew on lap 17 whe Matt Roberts had trouble and stopped in turn one. After a quick restart and caution, Sheppard passed Wright for the lead on lap 20 as Steve Paine slid past Fisher to move up in the top five.  Paine made a wicked move on the restart to snag third from Siri as Sheppard pulled away.  

At the finish, Sheppard had another win, followed by Wright, Paine, Alan Johnson, and Eric Fisher.

Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified heats were won by Tyler Siri and Eric Fisher.

Next Friday night is Scout night, with a full Super 6 Show on tap along with a Bicycle Giveaway.  For more information, visit


FRIENDLY DODGE OUTLAW MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Justin Wright, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Eric Fisher, Kyle Coffey, Tyler Siri, Cory Costa, Dave Rauscher, Jim LaRock, Derrick Podsiadlo, Ray Bliss, Brady Fultz, Brett Ayers, Matt Roberts, Joe Dgien, Dillon Groover, Donnie Lawson, Eldon Payne.

Matt Sheppard Continues Hot Streak With Second Straight Bob St. Amand Memorial Win at Merrittville

MERRITTVILLE, ON, CAN – August 9, 2017 – Matt Sheppard drove past Gary Lindberg in the outside lane following a lap 81 restart to take the lead on lap 85 and then paced the final 16 laps to win his second straight Bob St. Amand Memorial 100 at Merrittville Speedway on Wednesday night.

The victory was also his fourth straight with the Super DIRTcar Series and second in as many nights after he also won Tuesday at Ransomville Speedway. Lindberg, a Merrittville weekly 358 (Small Block) Modified regular, gave everything he had to keep pace with Sheppard, but came up 1.203 seconds short of his first career Series victory.

“We have had some really good racecars and some really good luck. That’s what it takes,” Sheppard said of his four-race win streak. “Going back five races to Sharon, I thought we had a shot at winning that and got a flat tire late in the race. We were pretty good up in Quebec, good again last night and tonight I didn’t think we were nearly as good, but we had a little bit of luck.”

Sheppard’s good luck was at the expense of Erick Rudolph’s misfortune during the most dramatic point of the race. Lindberg and Rudolph had broken away from the rest of the pack in the top two spots. As the race reached its final quarter, Rudolph zeroed in on Lindberg amongst the lapped traffic and pulled to his back bumper after erasing a two-second deficit.

However, Rudolph’s bid for the lead ended with 81 laps completed when he tried to race under Lindberg, who was running a half groove off the bottom of the track, in turn three. The two drivers made contact in the middle of the corner and the result Rudolph facing the wrong way in front of the field.

The ensuing restart moved Sheppard from third to the outside of the front row beside Lindberg. The Waterloo, NY native made the most of the outside groove and took the lead from Lindberg on lap 85 after a four-lap side-by-side battle on the icy slick track.

“The turning point of that race was when Rudolph tangled and spun around there,” Sheppard said of the incident that halted a 51-lap green-flag run. “That kind of reset the field and gave me a little bit of open racetrack. That’s kind of what we needed with the Big Block. We needed to keep our momentum up. I got up top and was able to get it rolling and just got it rolling well enough to get around Gary.”

While Sheppard held the point, Lindberg kept within striking distance over the next 10 laps until the final caution flag of the race waved with five laps remaining when Fred Carleton rode the outside retaining wall to a stop on the frontstretch. Contrary to most situations, Sheppard was actually happy to see the yellow flag.

“That string of cautions really helped out,” Sheppard said. “I would have never got around Gary without the yellow and then I didn’t mind seeing that yellow with five to go. It gave me a little bit of open racetrack because I had to use every bit of it and even some more on the front stretch.”

Sheppard and many of the drivers resorted to dipping the right-side wheels into the moat on the frontstretch to find grip for the straightaway which was devoid of moisture elsewhere. That same slick track played to the benefit of Lindberg and the other Merrittville Small Block regulars.

“The track conditions helped and so did starting up front,” Lindberg said. “I thought I was a sitting duck up there and luckily we held on as long as we did. The guys put a good car under me this week.”

Billy Decker completed the podium with a third-place finish. Decker’s second top-three result in as many nights extended his point lead over Larry Wight, who finished ninth.

“We’re not worried about everybody else,” Decker quipped in Victory Lane. “We’re just trying to take care of our own program. The Page Trucking car was pretty dogone good tonight. It was tough sledding. The boys at Mike Payne Racing work really hard and Textron’s on board. We’re having a pretty good year. We had a good run and had a lot of fun.”

Prior to the lap 81 caution, the race had run under green conditions since a lap 30 restart. Before the extended run, the race experienced a slower pace than in the second half of the race. The initial start was slowed when Tommy Flannigan and Rich Scagliotta tangled together in turn four before the first lap was completed.

When the race got up to speed, polesitter Max McLaughlin took the lead with Lindberg quickly in tow. As the track slicked off, Lindberg was able to gain more on McLaughlin and was able to take the lead in turn two off a lap 13 restart.

The third caution of the race came on lap 22 when Brett Hearn, Pat Ward and Mark D’Ilario made contact and were collected against the inside wall in turn four. The lap 30 restart allowed Lindberg to build his lead to over three seconds ahead of McLaughlin at the halfway mark.

Rudolph, who ran inside the top-five most of the first half, entered a three-car battle for second with McLaughlin and Sanborn, NY driver Chad Brachmann. Brachmann took second initially on lap 53 before Rudolph took the spot on lap 63.

Rudolph hit his stride at that point and began to reel in Lindberg, who was working flawlessly through heavy lapped traffic. In less than 10 laps, Rudolph erased a two-second Lindberg advantage. Rudolph tried the inside lane in turn two on lap 76 and the two drivers made sight contact on the backstretch. Then, on lap 81, Rudolph’s hope for the victory ended with his spin in turn three, but earned him the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck award. He raced back to a 10th-place finish.

McLaughlin was the night’s Fast Qualifier with a lap of 16.692 seconds and the winner of heat two. Matt Sheppard, Ryan Susice and Billy Decker also picked up heat race winners. Mark D’Ilario from nearby Vineland, Ont. won the Last Chance Qualifier. Despite his troubles throughout the night, Larry Wight earned the KSE Hard Charger award, racing from 24th to 9th in the main event, an improvement of 15 spots.

For Sheppard, the win was another step in the right direction towards climbing up the points ladder. Entering Wednesday’s event, he was 115 points back of Decker.

“All we can do is keep trying to win these races and let the rest take care of itself,” Sheppard said in Victory Lane.

Sheppard will get the chance to try for his fifth straight win when the Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Thursday, August 24 at Ohsweken Speedway for the Triple Crown Showdown.

The event also features 360 Sprint Cars and Crate Late Models with a $25,000 bonus to a driver who can win all three features or a $5,000 bonus if a driver can win the Feature in two divisions. Super DIRTcar Series driver Stewart Friesen will be one driver contending for all three victories. For additional event information, visit

Merrittville Speedway Notebook

Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [6]; 2. 28z-Gary Lindberg [2]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [11]; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson [7]; 5. 3-Chad Brachmann [8]; 6. 71-Mike Bowman [13]; 7. 3rs-Ryan Susice [10]; 8. 21a-Peter Britten [9]; 9. 99L-Larry Wight [24]; 10. 25-Erick Rudolph [3]; 11. 6h-Max McLaughlin [1]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller [12]; 13. 15J-Tim Jones [5]; 14. 44-Stewart Friesen [23]; 15. 42-Pete Bicknell [14]; 16. 20-Brett Hearn [20]; 17. 1-Todd Gordon [4]; 18. 38-Scott Wood [16]; 19. 42p-Pat Ward [22]; 20. 16-Brent Beggolo [17]; 21. 43-Keith Flach [19]; 22. 109-Billy Whittaker [28]; 23. 7m-Mike Maresca [26]; 24. 37s-Tommy Flannigan [29]; 25. 96-Fred Carleton [15]; 26. 08-Mark D’Ilario [21]; 27. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [18]; 28. 88p-Shayne Pierce [27]; 29. 8-Rick Scagliotta [25]; 30. DNS 22-Brandon Walters

Fast Qualifier:  6h-Max McLaughlin, 16.692 seconds 

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Fast Time ($100 Cash): Max McLaughlin; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Larry Wight; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Chad Brachmann; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Chad Brachmann; JE Pistons(Product Certificate): Scott Wood; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Keith Flach; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Jimmy Phelps; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Scott Wood; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; JRI Shocks($50 Cash): Scott Wood; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Erick Rudolph; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Ryan Susice.


  • Matt Sheppard – 5 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26; Ransomville Speedway on August 8; Merrittville Speedway on August 9)
  • Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)
  • Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
  • Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
  • Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
  • Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
  • Peter Britten – 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)
  • Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
Matt Sheppard is Super in Summer Nationals Win at Ransomville

RANSOMVILLE, NY… (August 8, 2017) “Super Matt” Matt Sheppard from Waterloo, NY won the 33rd running of the Summer Nationals featuring the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series on Coors Light, Parco Buildings and Wendt’s Propane night at the Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday evening. The win for Sheppard earned him his fourth Series win of the season, third in a row, and first Big Block race win at Ransomville and a cool $6,000 for his efforts. Chris Burek from Wilson, NY won his second feature of the season for the Investors Service Sportsman. Wheatfield, NY’s Pete Stefanski won his first feature of the season in the KiPo Chevrolet Street Stocks.

“Finally I get a win here at Ransomville” stated Sheppard in victory lane. “We have been good here over the years but this year we finally got to victory lane” Sheppard added.

Ransomville Krown Undercoating Modified regular and “The Baldwinsville Bandit” Jimmy Phelps brought the Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series to the double green flags of starter Dave Farney for the 100 lap Summer Nationals with Phelps taking the lead with Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Wills, and Tim Fuller racing in the top five during the opening circuits. Stewart Friesen entered the top five after passing Wills on lap three and then quickly went after Tim Fuller for fourth place. Jesse Cotriss spun in turn three to bring out the races first caution on lap seven. On the lap ten restart, Fuller and Sheppard battled for third place as Phelps and Decker continued to set the pace up front.

Friesen went underneath Fuller to take fourth place away on lap 12, trailing Phelps, Decker and Sheppard. Decker started to reel in Phelps on lap 15, as Sheppard started to close the gap that the lead duo had over the multi-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion. The leaders would hit lap traffic on lap 18, just as Decker went underneath Phelps to battle for the lead. Scott Kerwin slowed on the back straightaway to bring out the races second caution on lap 20. The lap 24 restart saw the leaders go nearly four wide in turns one and two with Sheppard and Friesen battling with Decker and Phelps. Steve Schumacher, Jeff McGinnis and Steve Lewis Jr got collected in turn one to bring the field back under the caution on lap 24. The lap 29 restart saw Phelps take off in the lead with Decker, Sheppard, Friesen and Erick Rudolph racing in the top five as Rudolph passed Fuller on the restart. Phelps got loose exiting turn two on lap 31, with Decker taking the lead at the start finish line on lap 32. Phelps would regain the lead just one lap later. The top four pulled away from fifth place Rudolph, as Decker would once again look underneath Phelps for the lead. Decker would use the slide job to take the lead on lap 39, as Friesen went three wide with Sheppard and Phelps for second place with “Super Matt” moving into the runner up position with Friesen using the muscle to get by Phelps to take over third place on lap 40.

Larry Wight moved into the top five on lap 47. Matt Shepard would take the lead on lap 49 with Decker, Friesen, Phelps and Wight in the top five at the halfway point. “Lightning Larry” Larry Wight would continue to work his way towards the front after passing Phelps for fourth place on lap 52, as Erick Rudolph would try to get around Phelps for fifth position. The leaders would hit lap traffic on lap 56, just as the caution would fly for a slowing Max McLaughlin on the front straightaway. The lap 62 restart would see Sheppard take off as Wight would pass both Friesen and Decker to move into second. Rudolph would pass Friesen to move into fourth place on lap 63, as Sheppard led Wight by nearly a half-straightaway.

Sheppard would hit lap traffic on lap 71, with Decker closing in on Wight for second place. Decker would use lap traffic to regain the runner up spot on lap 76, with Wight regaining the spot just one lap later. Wight and Decker would put on a battle in front of the packed house at the Big R, as Sheppard was pulling away from the field. As Sheppard was dealing with lap traffic, Larry Wight would start to reel in the leader. Decker would take second back from Wight on lap 85 as Wight went high exiting turn two. Jimmy Phelps would suffer a flat left rear tire on lap 88 to bring out the caution, erasing Sheppard’s lead over the field. The lap 88 restart would see Sheppard lead as Decker and Wight battled for second place with Wight moving into the runner up spot. Decker would regain second from Wight on lap 91, as Sheppard started to pull away from the field. Jim Zimmerman would spin in turn three, losing his left rear tire with just seven laps remaining to bring out the caution.

The late race restart would see Sheppard runaway from the field as Decker, Wight, Friesen and Rudolph racing in the top five with Rudolph taking fourth away from Friesen. Rudolph would be all over Larry Wight for the battle for third place as Decker started to catch Sheppard. Sheppard would pull away from Decker to earn his first career Summer Nationals triumph at Ransomville. He led the final 52 laps in route to his third straight win on the Super DIRTcar Series. Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph and Stewart Friesen would complete the top five.

Ransomville will be back in action on Friday August 11th as Stirling Lubricants, Randy’s Smoke Shop and the FOAR Score Fan Club presents a full card of racing plus Autograph Night! Pit gates will swing open after 5:00pm with grandstands opening at 6:00pm with showtime being at 7:15pm.

RACE RESULTS – Coors Light, Parco Buildings and Wendt’s Propane presents the 33rd Summer Nationals 
Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds: MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Erick Rudolph, Stewart Friesen, Tim Fuller, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Pete Bicknell, Peter Britten, Jimmy Phelps, Brett Hearn, Ryan Susice, Max McLaughlin, Billy Whittaker, Jeff McGinnis, Keith Flach, Kevin Wills, Tommy Flannigan, Rick Richner, Brandon Walters, Rich Scagliotta, Jim Zimmerman, Steve Schumacher, Kenny Wills, Scott Kerwin, Steve Lewis Jr, Jesse Cotriss, John Smith, Mike Maresca (DNS) Failed to Qualify: Scott George, Tyler Willard
Qualifying Winners: Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Matt Sheppard, Max McLaughlin
Last Chance Qualifier Winner: 
Fast Time: Billy Decker 16.151sec



VERNON, NY- This past Sunday, August 6, Matt Sheppard inherited the lead on lap 19 of the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified main event when leader Danny Varin’s night went up in smoke to collect his 37th Utica-Rome Speedway of his career. A daring last lap pass gave Matt Janczuk his first Broedel Energy Sportsman win of the year while Mike Welch took his fourth Pro Stock checkered flag this season.  Jimmy Moyer also found victory lane as he won the Rookie Sportsman main event on Federated Auto Parts and Gates-Cole Auto Insurance night.

Danny Varin launched from his third starting spot to lead the opening circuit of the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified 30-lap main event.  The first of three cautions flew on lap three, and the restart saw the top five running cars of Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, and Jack Miller get together and spin which brought out the second caution.  The next restart saw Varin again jump out to the lead and begin to pull away from the field.

As Varin led, it was Matt Sheppard that was making his weekly charge to the front after starting 14th.  By lap 10, Sheppard was into the third spot and on the rear bumper of second place running Mike Maresca.  For the next handful of laps, Sheppard threw move after move at Maresca to get by but Maresca was up to the challenge.  Lap 15 saw Sheppard finally able to slip by Maresca for second as he set off after Varin.  At this point, Varin had nearly a three second lead as he looked for his first Utica-Rome Speedway win of the year.

Lap 19 saw Varin’s great run come to an abrupt end as when he crossed the line as the leader, smoke billowed from the rear of his machine.  Varin suddenly slowed and came to a stop in the backstretch with apparent motor failure which handed the lead to Sheppard.  The final restart saw Sheppard easily run off to his fifth win of the season with Pat Ward, Maresca, Bobby Varin, and Tim Fuller filling out the top five positions.  Rounding out the top 10 was Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Claude Hutchings Jr., Mahaney, and Brad Godshalk.

Next Sunday, August 13, Parks Paving and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet present a full show of Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Novice Sportsman plus the Second Annual Bobby Page Backpack Giveaway.  Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.


GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Pat Ward, Mike Maresca, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Marc Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Claude Hutchings Jr., Mike Mahaney, Brad Godshalk, Beth Bellinger, Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Brandon Walters, Danny Varin, Brian Thomas, and Steve Way.


CANANDAIGUA, NY - August 5th, 2017....Canandaigua Motorsports Park returned to action after a week off for the Ontario County Fair with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints making their third appearance of the season at the 'Land Of Legends'.

Mike O'Brien was the early leader in the 35-lap Modified feature as Steve Paine battled Gil Tegg for second, with Alan Johnson getting through the pack behind Matt Sheppard.  By lap 10, Sheppard had moved up to the second spot and made the move on O'Brien on the outside of turn two to snag the lead.  Justin Haers and Alan Johnson spent several laps trading third spot behind Paine while Erick Rudolph and Gary Tomkins raced hard behind them.  Sheppard built up a solid lead and handled traffic in the closing laps to grab his sixth win of the year.  Paine was uncontested for second, with Haers finally able to shake Johnson for third in the final laps.  Rudolph was also able to get the best of Tomkins in the final five circuits to come away fifth.

Modified heats were won by Mike O'Brien and Steve Paine.

Racing continues at Canandaigua Motorsports Park with the makeup Modified feature from July 22nd plus a regular show for Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, and Street Stocks, with the rescheduled Youth Demo Derby capping off the night's activities.  For details, visit


VERNON, NY- July 30th, 2017 - A picture perfect day greeted fans this past Sunday July 30, and they were treated to some great racing action on Gates-Cole Auto Insurance and the Gene Kotary Memorial night.  Matt Sheppard took his fourth win of the season the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, while Rocky Warner also collected his fourth Broedel Energy Sportsman win of 2017.  Shane Henderson nipped Mike Welch for his first Utica-Rome Speedway win in the Gene Kotary Memorial for the Pro Stocks.  Tom Juno won the Novice Sportsman main event.

The Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified 30-lap feature started with Randy Shantel and Mike Mahaney bringing the field to starter Matt Burdick’s green flag with Mahaney taking the early lead.  Mahaney’s lead at the point was short-lived as fifth place starter Bobby Varin drove by to lead lap three.  Varin lead over the field was erased on lap six as Rob Bellinger slowed to bring out the caution.  The restart saw Varin continue the lead and on lap 10, it was Varin over Mahaney, 12th place starter Matt Sheppard, Mike Maresca, and Marc Johnson.

Sheppard’s charge to the front continued as he completed the pass of Mahaney to grab second on lap 14 and set his sights on the leader Varin.  Sheppard caught Varin by lap 17 and two laps later, Sheppard took the lead.  With 10 to go, the scoreboard showed Sheppard, Varin, Mahaney, Pat Ward, and Maresca in the top five spots.

With Sheppard running away out front, the best battle on the track was for the fifth spot as Maresca, Tim Fuller, Marc Johnson, Gary Tomkins, and Alan Johnson.  The position was hotly contested lap after lap as the five-car pack swapped positions lap after lap.  When the checkered flag flew, it was Sheppard claiming his 36th career Utica-Rome Speedway win with Varin, Mahaney, Ward, and Fuller completing the top five.  Filling the remainder of the top 10 was Marc Johnson, Tomkins, Alan Johnson, Maresca, and Claude Hutchings Jr.

The final full month of weekly racing starts next Sunday, August 6, when Gates-Cole Auto Insurance presents a full slate of Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and Novice Sportsman plus Autograph Night.  Gates will open at 4:40 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.  For more information, please go to or call (315) 829-4557.


GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Bobby Varin, Mike Mahaney, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, Marc Johnson, Gary Tomkins, Alan Johnson, Mike Maresca, Claude Hutchings Jr., Alan Barker, Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Steve Way, Brandon Walters, Brad Godshalk, Darwin Greene, Danny Varin, Rob Bellinger, and Joel Thomas.


DUNDEE, NY - July 28th, 2017 - .....An overflow crowd packed Outlaw Speedway Friday ncght for the first ever appearance of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars, presented by Lane's Yamaha.

The 30-lap ASCoC 'A' Main began with Sammy Swindell grabbing the early lead over Ryan Smith as Danny Dietrich and Caleb Helms battled for third.  The leaders hit traffic on lap 4 and a wild battle for the lead ensued.  Smith was able to muscle his way by Swindell on lap 13 as Helms and Dietrich battled with Chad Kemenah.  Kemenah moved to fourth at halfway as Swindell retook the lead on lap 17.  Diettrich was on a charge and caught the leaders with ten to go but was passed by Kemenah on lap 21.  Smith slipped past Swindell again on lap 23 as the leaders continued to work traffic.  A spin in turn four on lap 28 by Max Stambaugh brought the field together for a restart with two laps to go.  Smith held on and took the win over Kemenah, who passed Swindell on the restart.  Danny Dietrich and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

ASCoC 410 Sprint car heats were won by Ryan Smith, Sammy Swindell, and Caleb Armstrong.  The J-E Pistons Dash was won by Smith.

Steve Paine grabbed the lead from his third starting spot in the opening lap of the 30-lap Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified feature and soon was followed by Alan Johnson, who motored into second.  Matt Sheppard quickly moved up from his 8th starting spot to third, and the trio pulled away from Cory Costa as the race reached halfway.  Sheppard grabbed the top spot from Johnson on the outside lane as Paine fell back from the lead duo.  In the closing laps, Johnson was able to draw in on Sheppard in lapped traffic, but Sheppard made the right moves at the right times to take another victory over Johnson and Paine.  Derrick Podsiadlo made a pass with two to go to take fourth from Costa.  The entire 30-lap distance was run without a caution flag.

Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified heats were won by Eldon Payne Jr, Alan Johnson, and Derrick Podsiadlo.

Next Friday night, the A-Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour joins the Super 6 Show on Celebrity Night.  Racing starts at 7pm.  For more information, visit


FRIENDLY DODGE OUTLAW MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Alan Johnson, Steve Paine, Derrick Podsiadlo, Cory Costa, Jim LaRock, Justin Wright, Tyler Siri, Kyle Coffey, Eldon Payne, Joe Dgien, Colton Wilson, Brady Fultz, Dillon Groover, Dave Rauscher, Donnie Lawson, Tom Velez, Eric Fisher, Kenny Peoples.

Matt Sheppard Gets a Historic Super DIRTcar Series Win at Autodrome Drummond

Sheppard Sweeps Quebec Swing as Pair of Locals Complete the Podium

By Martin Belanger

DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, CAN – July 26, 2017 – The Super DIRTcar Series regular went to battle with the top local runners of Autodrome Drummond as the Series wrapped up its first swing through Quebec in 2017. Matt Sheppard brought out the broom as he won at Autodrome Drummond to complete the sweep. The other two steps of the podium at Drummond were occupied by local talents Steve Bernier and Steve Bernard.

Matt Sheppard was all smiles in the Victory Lane.

“It seems that I’m always fast in Quebec, always had success up here in Drummond and Granby,” said Matt Sheppard. ‘’We had a great car and had so much fun up here this week.”

Sheppard had to work hard for his win with local runnesr giving him quite a challenge.

‘’I saw the bottom starting to rubber up and could feel that my car was hooking up and this helped me keep my first position,’’ added Sheppard

History was made on the night as two Drummond regulars, Bernier and Bernard, finished on the podium for the first time.

“It took a little time for to get my groove,” said Bernier.

“I don’t race here that much this year and the rubber tricked me a little bit at the end. I tried to have a second line, I was close. We race clean and seems to be Quebec versus the others. A lot of hard work in the garage by a lot of people paid off tonight,’’ Bernier said, alluding to his clean battle with Bernard as they tried to claim the Series victory.

After suffering engine issues last night at Granby, third-place finisher Steve Bernard had a very eventful day.

‘’It was a crazy day today,” Bernard said. “I broke the engine last night, borrowed an engine from Dean Billings at 11am this morning. I got here late but had fun tonight. We started seventh and finished third. I congratulate Bernier for a great run.’’

Polesitter Carey Terrance led the field of 31 cars to the green as Steve Bernier was the early leader with David Hebert in third. Terrance was able to get the lead back from Bernier as the hard charging Hebert was challenging Bernier for second with Peter Britten and Steve Bernard in the top-five with the first 10-laps being completed.

There was a great battle for the lead between Terrance, Bernier and Bernard as they swapped the top spot when Mike Maresca slowed the field down on lap 15 when he hit the wall in turn 4. Terrance kept the top position as Bernard challenged Bernier for second with Brandon Walters bringing the second caution on lap 27 with a flat right-rear.

Bernier jumped to the lead on the restart and grabbed the lead on lap 32 before Phelps and Corriveau brought out the caution on lap 38.

Bernier stayed out front as Bernard was able to get second with Terrance holding third on lap 45. Billy Decker had a flat tire on the No. 91 when he was in a tight battle for a top-five position with 47 laps in the record books.

On a lap 53 restart, Sheppard had a strong run as he challenged Bernard for the second position. Sheppard found some grip on the inside lane and took second from Bernard on lap 64. The driver of the No. 9s machine attacked Bernier and took the lead on lap 70 using the inside lane. Bernard used the same strategy a few laps later and took second from Bernier.

The three leaders went into battle for the lead over the last portion of the feature with Sheppard using the low lane and never looked back to complete the sweep in Quebec with a second win in a row over Bernier, Bernard, Britten and Larry Wight.

Max McLaughlin was the fastest during the time trials session of 39 registered cars to win the Fast Time Award. Britten, Stewart Friesen, McLaughlin and David Hebert won the heat races as Kevin Hamel and Michael Parent were the winners in the Last Chance Qualifiers.

The Super DIRTcar Series will be back in action on Monday, August 7 at Merrittville Speedway in Thorold, ON, CAN for the Bob St. Amand Memorial 100. Race time is 7:00pm. For additional event information, visit The Series will then travel to nearby Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday, August 8 for the Alex Friesen Memorial. Race time is 7:15pm for that event. Additional information is available at

Autodrome Drummond Notebook

Feature (100 Laps) – 1.9s Matt Sheppard (9), 2. 25 Steve Bernier (2), 3. 54 Steve Bernard (7), 4. 21a Peter Britten (5), 5. 99l Larry Wight (17), 6. 20 Brett Hearn (14), 7. 44 Stewart Friesen (8), 8. One David Hebert (6), 9. 66x Carey Terrance (1), 10. 96c Mario Clair (16), 11. 1m Mathieu Desjardins (20), 12. 6h Max McLaughlin (12), 13. 19 Tim Fuller (13), 14. 91d Billy Decker (11), 15. 42p Pat Ward (3), 16. 109 Billy Whittaker (18), 17. 23 Dany Bilodeau (28), 18. 44 Stewart Friesen (8), 19. 21y Yan Bussiere (30), 20. 98h Jimmy Phelps (10), 21. 43 Keith Flach (19), 22. 25p Michael Parent (22), 23. 39x Alex Therrien (27), 24. 7 Patrice Demers (25), 25. 8 Rich Scagliotta (4), 26. 7m Mike Maresca (24), 27. 22 Brandon Walters (29), 28. 39 Alan Therrien (26), 29. 13 Kevin Hamel (21), 30. 96 JF Corriveau (31), 31. 22j Gino Clair (23)

For complete results, click here

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): One David Hebert; Super DIRTcar Series Fast Time Award ($100 Cash): 6H Max McLaughlin; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): 91d Billy Decker; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): 6H Max McLaughlin; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): 9S Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): 91d Billy Decker; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): 54 Steve Bernard; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): 99L Larry Wight; JE Pistons (Product Certificate):98H Jimmy Phelps; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): 43 Keith Flach; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): 99l Larry Wight; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): 9s Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash):7 Patrice Demers; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): 91d Billy Decker; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): 98h Jimmy Phelps; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): 7m Michael Maresca; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): 44 Stewart Friesen


  • Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)
  • Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
  • Matt Sheppard – 3 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26)
  • Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
  • Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
  • Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
  • Peter Britten – 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)

Matt Sheppard Dominates Super DIRTcar Series at Autodrome Granby

Sheppard Takes Early Lead and Resists Every Charge to Collect Second Win of the Season

By Martine Belanger

GRANBY, QC, CAN – July 25, 2017 – In front of a packed house and clear skies, the Super DIRTcar Series started a successful Quebec swing at Autodrome Granby as Matt Sheppard had a dominant run to get his second win of the season on the tour.

“It feels good,” Sheppard said in the Winner’s Circle. ‘’I always seem to have success when I come up in Quebec. I think these tracks are made for me and it is always fun to race in front of these great fans,’’ added Sheppard in front of the packed Autodrome Granby stands as the always are for the Series’ Quebec swing. 

“I came close last week, but had issues with a tire but happy to be here and hats off to (Pat) Ward for his second-place (finish).”

Challenging Sheppard on a few occasions was Ward, who finished second. 

“I tried but didn’t have enough,” Ward said. “My time will come.” 

Completing the podium was Brett Hearn.

“I was two pounds over limit and ran out of gas at the scale,” Hearn said. ‘’I always have success up here. It’s always great to come back here.”

The original start saw Tim Fuller lead as Brandon Walters stopped in the backstretch. On the restart, Fuller remained in front with David Hebert and Larry Wight in third. Hebert was strong on the high side and grabbed the lead on lap 5. Stewart Friesen slowed and brought out the caution on the following lap.

Hebert and Fuller swapped the lead on a lap 11 restart as the driver of the No.19 was back in front with Hearn in third. Hebert was back in front on lap 20 after he made a great pass on Fuller using the inside lane. Hearn made a similar move to take second from Fuller just as the leaders got into lapped traffic on lap 25.

Hearn had a great restart on lap 29 to take the lead from Hebert as Sheppard ran in third. Hebert started to fade and gave third to Ward on lap 36. Sheppard had a dominant ride as he took the lead on lap 44 from Hearn and quickly pulled away from the field.

Max McLaughlin slowed the field down on lap 51. When the green lights were back on, Sheppard stayed on top as Larry Wight drove to fourth and Peter Britten cracked the top 5. Ward started to challenge Hearn for second and he was able to take the second spot on lap 57.

A few cautions slowed the final portion of the feature as Sheppard had to resist a few charges from Ward in the closing laps with Hearn completing the podium.

Steve Bernard won the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier Award with a time of 18.399 seconds. Heats races were completed quickly with polesitters Steve Bernard, Max McLaughlin, Larry Wight and Jimmy Phelps dominating their sessions. Local runners Yan Bussiere and Kevin Hamel won the Last Chance Qualifiers

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action Wednesday evening at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec. For additional event information, visit Race time is 7:00pm.

Autodrome Granby Notebook

Feature (100 Laps) – 1.9s Matt Sheppard (8), 2. 42p Pat Ward (11), 3. 20 Brett Hearn (4), 4. 21a Peter Britten (7), 5. 99l Larry Wight (5), 6. 91d Billy Decker (12), 7.66x Carey Terrance (15), 8. One David Hebert (3), 9. 43 Keith Flach (29), 10. 98h Jimmy Phelps (6), 11. 6h Max McLaughlin (9), 12. 19 Tim Fuller (1), 13. 25 Steve Bernier (13), 14. 8 Rich Scagliotta (2), 15. 73jr Mathieu Boisvert (19), 16. 47 Simon Perrault (16), 17. 109 Billy Whittaker (23), 18. 63 Dominic Dufault (25), 19. 96 JF Corriveau (31), 20. 23 Dany Bilodeau (26), 21. 37 Paul St-Sauveur (24), 22. 79 Maxime Plante (28), 23. 64 Daniel Nadeau (32), 24. 54 Steve Bernard (10), 25. 49 Francois Bernier (18), 26. 7m Mike Maresca (14), 27. 97k Mario Clair (27), 28. 21y Yan Bussiere (21), 29. 22j Gino Clair (20), 30. 44 Stewart Friesen (17), 31 13 Kevin Hamel (22), 32. 22 Brandon Walters (30)

For full results from the Super DIRTcar Series at Autodrome Granby, click here

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): One David Hebert; Pole Position Raceway Fast Time ($100 Cash): 54 Steve Bernard; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): 25 Steve Bernier; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): 6h Max McLaughlin; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): 43 Keith Flach; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): 20 Brett Hearn; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): 99L Larry Wight; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): 47 Simon Perrault; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): 37 Paul St-Sauveur; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): 43 Keith Flach; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): 9s Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): 54 Steve Bernard ; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): 8 Rich Scagliotta; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard ;JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): 25 Steve Bernier; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): 22 Brandon Walters; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): 66x Carey Terrance.


  • Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)
  • Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
  • Matt Sheppard – 2 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25)
  • Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
  • Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
  • Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
  • Peter Britten – 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)
DUNDEE, NY...July 21st, 2017..Pepsi presented Friday night's racing action at Outlaw Speedway, and while there was a repeat winner in the Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modifieds, some new winners found their way to Victory Lane in other classes.

Joe Dgien was the early lead in the 30-lap Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified feature as Eldon Payne moved to second and began to challenge for the lead on lap 4.  As the lead battle continued, there was furious action just outside the top five as 

Tyler Siri, Alan Johnson, and Matt Sheppard all battled for position.  Marcus Dinkins went over the third turn bank on lap 9, which brought the field together for a restart.  Payne nabbed the lead when racing resumed, with Matt Sheppard making some quick moves to move into fourth place.  Sheppard grabbed second on the restart and battled Payne for the lead until Payne spun in turn two on lap 13.  Sheppard motored away on the restart as Dgien and Brady Fultz battled for second.  Siri had rear end trouble that knocked him out on lap 18, moving Alan Johnson into the top five.  Joonson passed Fultz and Dgien over two successive laps to move to second, but Sheppard was a full straightaway ahead and brought it home for the win.  Johnson was second, followed by Fultz, Derrick Podsiadlo, and Don Lawson.

Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified heats were won by Tyler Siri and Brady Fultz.

Next Friday night, Lane's Yamaha presents the first ever visit of Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star 410 Sprint Series, which will feature Sammy Swindell and Tony Stewart in competition.  For more information, visit


FRIENDLY DODGE OUTLAW MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Alan Johnson, Brady Fultz, Derrick Podsiadlo, Donnie Lawson, Joe Dgien, Eric Fisher, Steve Paine, Kyle Coffey, Dave Rauscher, Jim LaRock, Eldon Payne,  Brian Swarthout, Brian Doolittle, Steve Perry, Cory Costa, Dillon Groover, Tyler Siri, Justin Wright, Marcus Dinkins.



VERNON, NY - July 16th, 2017 -- Fans at the Utica-Rome Speedway were treated to another action-packed night of DIRTcar racing this past Sunday, July 16, with double features for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, the $1,000 to win Mike Martin Memorial for Broedel Energy Sportsman plus Pro Stocks.  Pat Ward scored his first win of season in the first Modified 30-lap event while Matt Sheppard dominated the second feature.  Dave Marcuccilli was the victor in the Sportsman while Mike Welch dominated the Pro Stock main on A-Verdi Storage Containers, LaLonde Electric, and VP Race Fuels night.

In the makeup Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature from June 18, Steve Way used his pole starting spot to take the lead, a spot he held for the opening two circuits when the only caution of the event slowed the pace.  On the restart, sixth place starter Claude Hutchings Jr. blasted by Way to take the lead and he immediately started to pull away.  After destroying a car two weeks ago, Hutchings built a brand-new car and he had it operating to perfection as he set a quick pace around the half mile.  While Hutchings led, seventh place starter Alan Johnson and 11th place starter Pat Ward were charging through the field.  By lap five, Johnson was third with Ward in fourth and pressing for the third position.   Ward slipped by Johnson for third on the seventh circuit and then by second place running Way a lap later.

As the field completed the 15th lap of the 30-lap event, Ward was reeling in Hutchings and was on his rear bumper.  Following Hutchings and Ward at halfway was Johnson, Bobby Varin, and 14th place starter Matt Sheppard. When lap 17 clicked on the scoreboard, Ward was scored the leader as he charged by Hutchings.  At this point, Sheppard was continuing his charge to the front as he slipped by Varin for fourth on lap 16.  Sheppard’s late race charge would fall short however, as by the time he grabbed the runner-up spot from Hutchings on lap 29, Ward was no where to be found as he was way out front.  At the checkered, it was Ward over Sheppard, Hutchings, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Way, and Brandon Walters.

In the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified 30-lap nightcap, Darwin Greene and Brandon Walters brought the field to the initial green with Walters taking the lead.  Walters, using the high line around the speedway, would hold on to the lead for the opening nine circuits until sixth place starter Tim Fuller took over the point.  Matt Sheppard, again starting in the 14th spot, was on a mission as broke into the top five on lap seven and by lap 13, he was into the second spot.  At halfway, it was Fuller over Sheppard, Walters, Greene, and Rob Bellinger.

Lap after lap, Sheppard chipped away at Fuller’s advantage until he was able to pull alongside Fuller and get by to lead lap 20.  Sheppard easily pulled away from the field as he raced to his third win of the season with Fuller, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Brandon Walters, Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Darwin Greene, and Mike Maresca rounding out the top 10.

The biggest Sportsman event of the year comes to Utica-Rome Speedway next Sunday, July 23, with the $5,000 to win Ultimate Sportsman Showdown.  The 50-lap main event will pay a minimum of $500 to start while the scheduled B, C, and D Mains (number of mains is dependent on car count) will also pay out.  The pit gates will open at 4 p.m., grandstands at 4:30 p.m., with racing set to begin at 7 p.m.  Grandstand admission for this event is only $13 for adults while children 16 and under are free.  For more information on this event, please visit or call the speedway at (315) 829-4557.


GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH FROM 6/18 (30 LAPS)-PAT WARD, Matt Sheppard, Claude Hutchings Jr., Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Steve Way, Brandon Walters, Beth Bellinger, Rob Bellinger, Jack Miller, Randy Shantel, Mike Maresca, Darwin Greene, and Mike Mahaney. DNS-Jessey Mueller, Jim Nagle, and CG Morey.

GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Tim Fuller, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Marc Johnson, Brandon Walters, Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Darwin Greene, Mike Maresca, Alan Johnson, Jack Miller, Claude Hutchings Jr., Kyle Coffey, Steve Way, Beth Bellinger, Jack Lehner, Randy Shantel, Mike Mahaney, and Joel Thomas.



CANANDAIGUA, NY - July 8th, 2017....Frozen Ocean Kartway and VP Racing Fuels presented Saturday night's racing action at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on a bright, clear summer night.

Dave Rauscher and Lance Dusett battled for the early lead at the start of the 35-lap Modified feature event, with Dusett emerging at the point a couple of laps in.  A lap 7 yellow brought the field back together for a double file restart, which put

Matt Sheppard in the fourth spot.  On the restart, Sheppard jumped to the top lane and swept his way into the lead.  Justin Haers had followed Sheppard through the field and soon made his way past Dusett to take the second spot.  Further back,

Eldon Payne was battling with Alan Johnson and Erick Rudolph.  At the mid point of the race, Sheppard had built up a huge lead and was tearing through lapped traffic, distancing himself from Haers while Dusett found himself battling Johnson for third.  At the finish, Sheppard had wrapped up his fifth win of 2017 at the "Land Of Legends", while Haers and Johnson cruised home second and third.  Dusett held on for fourth with Payne holding off Mike O'Brien for the fifth spot across the line.

Modified heats were won by Lance Dusett and Matt Sheppard.

This Saturday night is Family Autograph Night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  The Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, and Street Stocks will be joined by a Youth Demo Derby.  Racing starts at 7pm.  For more information visit the web site at
DUNDEE, NY.....Parmenter Automotive presented Family Autograph Night at Outlaw Speedway on a clear but muggy  evening.  115 race cars filled the pit area, with many drivers bringing their cars to the front stretch during intermission for an  autograph session that was well received by the fans in attendance.

Kyle Coffey leapt into the lead of the 30-lap Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified feature as Steve Paine and Matt Sheppard  tore through the pack from their mid pack starting spots.  Paine motored past Coffey for the lead on lap 8 and Sheppard  grabbed the runnerup spot one lap later as Alan Johnson moved into the top five.  Johnson moved past Coffey for third at  lap 15 as Sheppard started to reel in leader Paine.  The yellow flew for a Lee Bills spin on lap 16, which tightened the field.  

Sheppard used the outside to grab the lead on the restart  and pulled away from Paine for his sixth win of the year.  Paine  and Johnson were followed across the line by Kyle Coffey and Tyler Siri.

Friendly Dodge Outlaw Modified heats were won by Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, and Eldon Payne.

Racing continues at Outlaw Speedway Friday night, July 14th, when 1 on 1 Spectator Races will be the special added  attraction, along with the makeup feature for the IMCA Modifieds.  Racing begins at 7pm.  For more information, visit

Canandaiqua Speedway - June 29th, 2017 - Even though skies were cloudy all day, rain never materialized before race time at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and the sun broke through during hot laps as "The Land Of Legends" hosted night 2 of the Donath Motorworx/Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint Speedweek, along with the Modifieds and the GRIT Sportsman Series "Battle Of Ontario".

The 40-lap Modified featue began with Erick Rudolph and Matt Sheppard battling for the top spot, with Rudolph settling into second on lap 2 as Sheppard pulled away.  Justin Haers and Alan Johnson were able to move into third and fourth as Sheppard hit traffic at lap 10.  Sheppard extended his lead in traffic as Haers tried to use the traffic to catch Rudolph.  

Further behind them, Johnson and Steve Paine were fighting for spots in the top five.  Tim McCreadie and Rob Bellinger raced side by side for several laps as the race progessed, but it seemed as though nothing was going to stop Sheppard.  The only yellow flag of the feature flew on lap 35 when Steve Paine's car slowed in turn two, which bunched the field.  On the restart, Sheppard motored away as Haers and Johnson fought for third.  At the finish, Sheppard had his fourth Modified win of the season at CMP, with Rudolph, Haers, Johnson, and Gil Tegg Jr. completing the top five.

Modified heats were won by Tim McCreadie, Gil Tegg, and Matt Sheppard.

This Saturday night is Billy Campbell Night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  The Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, and Street Stocks will be joined by a Youth Demo Derby.  Racing starts at 7pm.  For more information visit the web site at



CANANDAIGUA, NY - June 17th, 2017.....Coors Light/Admar Supply Night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park featured a new face in Victory Lane, and another dominant performance in the Modified feature by Matt Sheppard, who claimed his third win of the season.

Kyle Coffey and Dave Rausher battled for the early lead in the 35-lap Modified contest, with Coffey locking down the top spot as Rauscher fell into a battle with Sheppard and
Justin Haers.  Steve Paine was also in the battle early but jumped the cushion in turn four and fell further back in the top ten.  Sheppard moved into second on lap 10 as
Alan Johnson started to close in on the leaders.  As Sheppard built up a several second lead, Johnson moved into the second spot, gapping out on Haers, who had settled into
the third position.  Sheppard's car was amazingly fast, and he moved through traffic with ease, lapping into the top ten by lap 25 and eventually lapping up to fourth place
when the checkers fell.  Haers closed on Johnson late in the race as they worked lapped traffic, but Johnson was able to hold him off for second.  Paine rallied from the
early issue to come back through the field to take fourth, with Justin Wright passing Kyle Coffey in the closing laps for fifth.

Kyle Coffey and Dave Ruscher won the Modified heats.

Next Saturday night, June 24th, is a special night for Canandaigua Motorsports Park as it will be 'Gary Montgomery Tribute Night', celebrating the life and the
history of one of the "Land Of Legends" longtime announcers and motorsports personalities, Gary Montgomery.  Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, and New
Legends will make up the race card, which gets underway at 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, June 29th, Canandaigua Motorsports Park will host a round of the Lucas Oil Empire Super
Sprints Speedweek, along with a 40-lap Modified event paying $3,000 to win and the GRIT Sportsman Series "Battle Of Ontario".  Racing on June 29th will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit
Sheppard Adds To His Win Total At Outlaw Speedway
DUNDEE, NY -- June 16th, 2017 -- Friday night was a clear and muggy night at Outlaw Speedway as the A Verdi Patriot Sprint Tour joined the regular Super 6 Show for the Jeff Searles Memorial Night, presented by Scorpion Security Products.

Eldon Payne Jr and Dillon Groover swapped the lead in the early laps of the 30-lap Friendly Dodge BB/SB Modified feature as Alan Johnson and Matt Sheppard moved into contention.  Johnson was looking for the win to continue having a chance to score the Insinger Race Fuels/Sunoco Modified Challenge Bonus, while Sheppard was looking to add to his point lead and win total.  Sheppard charged into third on a lap 8 restart then took second when Payne slipped in turn two on lap 10.  Two laps later, Sheppard took the lead from Groover as Don Lawson moved into third, leaving Payne to battle Alan Johnson for fourth.  Sheppard pulled a straightaway lead as Lawson battled Groover for second.  Alan Johnson's night came to an end as he pulled pitside with problems on lap 22.  Lawson's night ended with a slight puff of smoke two laps later.  Sheppard brought it home for another win over Groover, Ted Dgien, Cory Costa, and Payne.

Friendly Dodge BB/SB Modified heats were won by Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson, and Dillon Groover.

Racing at Outlaw Speedway continues with the "Ultimate Outlaw 100" for the Super DIRTcar Series on Tuesday, June 20th.  A DIRTcar Sportsman Series event and the Fight Night
Street Stock Series will also be on the card.  For details, visit

Sheppard Outduels Hearn For Five Mile Point Victory

KIRKWOOD, NY – June 11, 2017 – Matt Sheppard took the lead from Tyler Siri on lap 16 and then held off polesitter Brett Hearn throughout a flurry of late-race restarts to win the Modified 67 at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday night. The Waterloo, NY native had to be strong in all aspects of the race as he raced from the sixth starting position to overtake Siri and never looked back despite Hearn’s numerous attempts to take over the top spot.

“This thing was spot on right from the drop of the green,” Sheppard said in Victory Lane. “I could just drive it straight around the racetrack like I was on the highway. It was just great from lap one. I didn’t really like seeing all those caution, but just tried to kept it straight and luckily kept enough tire and brought it back to Victory Lane.”

Sheppard’s first win this season was also the 48th of his career with the Super DIRTcar Series and it was one he had to earn. Jimmy Phelps completed the podium behind Hearn.

“It feels great,” Sheppard said. “We had that record-breaking season last year where it seemed like we were winning everywhere. We had a couple of good runs (to start the year), but it’s definitely nice to get the first series win of the season. Hopefully we can keep rolling from here.”

Hearn and Siri started on the front row for the 67-lap main event. Siri used the outside lane to lead the opening circuit by a bumper before clearing Hearn for the top spot.

The top four cars - Siri, Hearn, Sheppard and Stewart Friesen - raced nose-to-tail and side-by-side throughout the first 15 laps without any driver able to distance themselves. It led to a three-wide battle for the lead off corner two on lap 14 before Sheppard took the inside lane from Siri and wrestled the point position away on lap 16.

Sheppard caught lapped traffic on lap 21 with Hearn lurking closely behind, but was saved from dealing with the slower cars by the second caution of the race on the same lap. Friesen used the ensuing restart to dart past Hearn and Siri for second, which allowed Sheppard to open a five car-length advantage while the battled raged on behind him.

Just as Sheppard caught traffic again on lap 31, a caution flag waved for a stopped Mike Mahaney in turn four. Sheppard made the most of that restart and opened a 1.6-second advantage over Friesen at the halfway mark.

At lap 40, Friesen’s momentum withered as Hearn retook the second position and both Billy Decker and Phelps were able to push the No.44 to the back-end of the top-five.

With 20 laps to go, a number of drivers began to experience problems with tire wear and a series of cautions slowed the race as drivers fell off the pace with flat tires, including both Decker and Siri who were destined for top-five finishes. Sheppard, however, had no issues outrunning Hearn, even on the final restart with three laps to go. Hearn kept pace and stayed within a car length of Sheppard, but couldn’t gather enough momentum to make a serious challenge for the lead.

“I started getting a vibration in the right-rear,” Hearn said of the closing laps. “I thought we were getting a flat tire and something was going bad. It must have just been the tire wearing out. I settled into second and running just partial throttle I was able to run with him. When the track rubbered up a little bit on the bottom at the end, he was in the catbird seat.”

For Phelps, the third-place finish was his best this season and his second top-five of 2017. It was a much needed strong run for the Baldwinsville, NY pilot, who struggled in the series last race at Bridgeport Speedway.

“We could have been a little better in qualifying to give ourselves a better starting position, but other than that I thought the car was really good,” Phelps said. “By the time we got to third we were out of tire and trying to stay off of it the best we could and try to save it for the end. The car just came to life in the Feature.”

Sheppard’s win extends his point lead atop the Super DIRTcar Series standings to 41 markers over Hearn and 53 ahead of Decker. The series will be back in action for its fourth race of the season at Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday, June 20.

The night’s Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier was Max McLaughlin who also won the night’s first heat and finished fourth in the Feature. Keith Flach rounded out the top-five with his best finish this season.

Tim Fuller, Billy Decker and Larry Wight also picked up heat race victories while Billy Dunn claimed the win in the 10-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

Mahaney and Rich Scagliotta were the drivers eligible for the 811 Dig Safely New York redraw bonus if either could win from the 8th or 11th starting positions. Scagliotta finished 12th while Mahaney was 13th.

Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Modified 67 at Five Mile Point Speedway, NY; June 11, 2017

Feature - (67 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [6]; 2. 20-Brett Hearn [1]; 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [16]; 4. 6h-Max McLaughlin [12]; 5. 43x-Keith Flach [15]; 6. 7m-Michael Maresca [18]; 7. 84-Gary Tomkins [19]; 8. 42p-Pat Ward [23]; 9. 35-Frank Cozze [9]; 10. 99L-Larry Wight [5]; 11. 19-Tim Fuller [10]; 12. 8-Rich Scagliotta [11]; 13. 77x-Mike Mahaney [8]; 14. 44-Stewart Friesen [3]; 15. 21a-Peter Britten [7]; 16. 91-Billy Decker [4]; 17. 109-Billy Whittaker [26]; 18. 76-Bobby Varin [30]; 19. 34-Rusty Smith [25]; 20. 5*-Tyler Siri [2]; 21. 22-Brandon Walters [17]; 22. 14w-Ryan Watt [14]; 23. 15-Brett Tonkin [20]; 24. 16x-Danny Creeden [24]; 25. 30r-Jeff Crambo [28]; 26. 49-Billy Dunn [21]; 27. 14j-Alan Johnson [22]; 28. 35b-Alan Barker [13]; 29. 44r-Russell Morseman III [29]; 30. 14z-Brad Szulewski [27]. Lap Leaders: Tyler Siri 1-15, Matt Sheppard 16-67; KSE Hard Charger: Pat Ward (+15 – 23rd to 8th).

For complete results, please visit the Five Mile Point results page

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Pat Ward; Pole Position Raceway Fast Time ($100 Cash): Max McLaughlin; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Rich Sagliotta; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Larry Wight; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Larry Wight; Fox Racing Shox ($50 Cash): Gary Tomkins; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Keith Flach; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Billy Decker; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Brandon Walters; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Pat Ward; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Jeff Crambo; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Dig Safely 811 Redraw Bonus ($100 Cash): N/A; Speedy First Aid (Product Certificate): Ryan Watt; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Gary Tomkins. 


  • Billy Decker - 1 (Fulton Speedway on April 29)
  • Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
  • Matt Sheppard – 1 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11)
DUNDEE, NY - June 9th, 2017 .....A full moon and a slick track made for an exciting night of action on Yates County Food Pantry night at Outlaw Speedway.
The 30-lap Friendly Dodge BB/SB Modified feature saw Eldon Payne jump out to a half straightaway lead over Brady Fultz in the first few laps.  Payne’s lead was erased by a lap 10 caution that brought the field to his back bumper, including Tyler Siri and Matt Sheppard, who had been a half track back in fourth and fifth spots.  Contact between Fisher and Cory Costa on the restart sent Fisher into the pits with damage as Jim LaRock took his smoking car to the pits under the yellow as well.  Sheppard rocketed into second on the restart and battled Payne for the lead as Derrick Podsiadlo and Costa fought for third.  Sheppard was able to lock down the top spot on lap 17 and pulled away to take his second victory in a row as Costa challenged Payne over the final laps for second, with the two tangling just yards before the finish line that sent Payne nose first into the frontstretch wall.  Costa made is across for second followed by Alan Johnson, Podsiadlo, and Tyler Siri.
Dale Welty, Derrick Podsiadlo, and Eric Fisher won the Friendly Dodge BB/SB Modified heats.
FRIENDLY DODGE BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE-MAT SHEPPARD, Cory Costa, Alan Johnson, Derrick Podsiadlo, Tyler Siri, Brady Fultz, Don Lawson, Joe Dgien, Justin Wright, Dave Rauscher, Eldon Payne, Soctt Budinot, Marcus Dinkins, Steve Paine, Walt Chvrywaty, Eric Fisher, Jim LaRock, Lee Bills, Dillon Groover, Kyle Coffey, Dale Welty (DNS).


CANANDAIGUA, NY - June 3rd, 2017…Matt Sheppard and Dave Marcuccilli became repeat winners Saturday night as Canandaigua Motorsports Park hosted a night of racing action presented by American Equipment LLC.

In the 35-lap Modified feature, Dave Rauscher and James Maier started on the front row, with the two trading the lead over the opening laps.  Further back in the top ten, the battle was intense as Justin Haers, Alan Johnson, Steve Paine, and Matt Sheppard came from their mid-pack starting spots toward the top five.  Maier assumed the lead and pulled out to an advantage as James Sweeting and Rauscher battled for position.  Haers was the first driver to break free from the pack to move into the top five, making a great move in turns three and four to grab third from Erick Rudolph just past halfway.  He tracked down leader Maier and made the pass for the lead as Sheppard worked his way to second place.  By lap 20, Sheppard had run down Haers and after a battle for the top spot, Sheppard took over the point and pulled away.  As Sheppard encountered lapped traffic, Alan Johnson was also moving forward, eventually getting into the third spot with less than 10 laps left.  Sheppard handled traffic and cruised to the win in the non-stop feature event with Haers taking second.  Johnson was third across the line, followed by Steve Paine and Erick Rudolph.

Modified heats were won by Justin Wright and Matt Sheppard.

Next Saturday night, Fox’s Auto and DC Rauscher present a regular race program of Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, and New Legends.  Race time is 7:00 p.m.  For more information, visit


MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Justin Haers, Alan Johnson, Steve Paine, Erick Rudolph, Justin Wright, James Maier, Gil Tegg Jr, Gary Tomkins, James Sweeting, Derrick Podsiadlo, Dave Rauscher, Kyle Coffey, Eldon Payne, Dave Allen, Rick Richner, Lance Dussett, Tommy Keyes.

Gary Montgomery Night - Outlaw Speedway

Outlaw Speedway - June 2nd, 2017 - The Outlaw Modifieds were next to storm into action. Marcus Dinkins and Dillon Groover led the field to the green flag, but mechanical trouble for third place starter Eldon Payne on the first lap coming off turn 2 would send Brady Fultz around, with Alan Johnson making hard contact with the 70. Fultz and Johnson would both have to retire from the event. Tyler Siri stormed into the lead on the restart with Steve Paine charging hard up into the second spot. Paine pulled alongside the 5* for the lead, but a spin by Dinkins would bring the field to yellow on lap 10. Back to green flag racing, Siri pulled back out front while Matt Sheppard challenged and overtook Paine for second. Joe Dgien pulled high in turn 1 and came to a stop on lap 21 setting up a 9-lap shootout. Sheppard made the most of it on the restart taking over the top spot from Siri and going on to win his third Outlaw Modified feature of the 2017 season. Siri, Paine, Cory Costa, and Justin Wright completed the top five.

Outlaw Speedway will be back in action Friday, June 9th with Yates County Food Pantry Night. Just $7 Grandstand admission with canned food donation! In action Friday will be our Super 6 Show plus Hot Dog Races! Grandstand gates open at 5:00 PM with racing action getting underway at 7:00 PM.

MODIFIEDS: MATT SHEPPARD, Tyler Siri, Steve Paine, Cory Costa, Justin Wright, Derrick Podsiadlo, Donnie Lawson, Dillon Groover, Eric Fisher, Joe Dgien, Scott Boudinot, Marcus Dinkins, Kyle Coffey, Jim LaRock, Lee Bills, Eldon Payne Jr., Brady Fultz, Alan Johnson


VERNON, NY – Matt Sheppard continues to make history at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  The Waterloo, N.Y., made more of it on The Wild Animal Park/Broedel Energy Night.  The defending Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modified champion earned career win #34 on Sunday.  The win put him in front of Utica-Rome Speedway legend Riche Evans on the all-time win list.  Mike Welch captured the win in the DIRTcar Pro Stock feature and Alan Fink took home DIRTcar Sportsman honors.  Danny Varin passed Jason Barney to win the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint A-Main.

The Gates-Cole Auto Insurance 30-lap DIRTcar Modified feature got underway with Jack Miller attacking the lead at the drop of the green flag after starting on the outside of the front row.  Miller paced the field for the first handful of laps as Pat Ward moved in line behind him after starting sixth.  Ward stayed there until lap five when he went to the high-side of turns three and four to take the lead.

Ward was challenged immediately as he felt pressure from Marc Johnson.  Johnson looked low several times as Ward worked the outside of the speedway.  Ward kept Johnson at bay with the caution slowing their battle.  Mike Maresca slowed in turns three and four with mechanical issues.

At the green, Ward resumed his lead with Sheppard challenging Johnson for the second spot.  Eventually Sheppard was able to wrestle the second spot away from Johnson on lap 18.  Ward was in traffic as Sheppard got right to his back bumper.  Ward got boxed in and Sheppard went to the lead in turns one and two on lap 19.

Now the leader, Sheppard checked out in traffic as Ward searched for a groove that would allow him to possible challenge for the top spot again.  It was all for naught.  Sheppard went on the take home the victory. Ward ended up finishing in the second spot.  Danny Varin finished in third followed by Johnson and Tim Fuller in fifth.

Next Sunday, June 4th, the 2017 season rolls on with another show Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks, Rookie Sportsman and Go Nuclear Late Models.  Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to go at 6 p.m.


GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Tim Fuller, Erick Rudolph, Bobby Varin, Alan Johnson, Rob Bellinger, Peter Britten, Mike Mahaney, Claude Hutchings Jr., Jack Miller, Ray Hoard Jr., Beth Bellinger, Rick Richner, Jeremy Wilder, Brandon Walters, Dave Allen, Randy Shantel, C.G. Morey, Steve Way, Darwin Greene, Don Bellen, Mike Maresca.


CANANDAIGUA, NY – After two weekends of less than ideal weather, Mother Nature greeted fans at Canandaigua Motorsports Park with a crisp, clear evening for Saturday’s racing program, presented by Sherwin Williams.

The 35-lap Modified feature started with a battle between Steve Paine and Alan Johnson for the lead, with Erick Rudolph and Justin Haers racing for third behind them. Haers was able to move forward and took the lead by the lap 10 mark as Matt Sheppard entered the top five. In the middle stage of the race, Sheppard started picking off competitors and was in third when a lap 20 yellow bunched the field. Sheppard was able to move past Rudolph for second, then two laps later, he made the winning pass on Haers to cruise to the checkered flag for his first CMP win of the season. Haers settled for second, followed by Rudolph, Paine, and Johnson, who swapped the fifth spot with Justin Wright several times over the final laps of the event.
Modified heats were won by Alan Johnson and Steve Paine.

Next Saturday night, Canandaigua Motorsports Park hosts the first “Sprintacular” of the season with a visit from the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, along with a full program of Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, and New Legends Sportsman. Race time is 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit .


MODIFIED FEATURE-MATT SHEPPARD, Justin Haers, Erick Rudolph, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Justin Wright, Gil Tegg Jr, Mike O’Brien, Eldon Payne, Kyle Coffey, James Sweeting, Rich Rickner, James Meier, Rich Vinson, Dave Rauscher, Kaitlyn Pashina, Lance Dusett, Derrick Podsiadlo, Dave Allen, Tommy Keyes.


DUNDEE, NY…..The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) joined the regular Super 6 Show on Scorpion Security Products Night at Outlaw Speedway Friday night.  Track conditions continued to improve and provided great racing on the 4/10 mile clay oval.

The 25-lap Lucas Oil ESS A-Main started with Jeff Cook and Paul Colagiovanni battling for the early lead as Alain Bergeron slotted into third spot.  The leaders caught traffic by lap 5 which allowed Colagiovanni to close, but a spin by Derrick Juliano brought out the yellow one lap later.  On the restart, Coleman Gulick charged up to battle Bergeron for third as the leaders again pulled away.  A lap 11 yellow again bunched the field and Gulick snagged second on the restart as Johnathan Preston cracked the top five.  Colagiovanni retook second on a lap 13 restart and three laps later was battling Cook for the lead.  Cook’s nose wing collapsed, and he and Colagiovanni tangled in turn one on lap 18, collecting Alex Vigneault.   Gulick inherited the lead and pulled away from Bergeron to take the win, with Bergeron, Jason Barney, Preston, and Paul Kinney rounding out the top five.

Lucas Oil ESS heat races were won by Coleman Gulick, Jason Barney, and Johnathan Preston.  The Dash was won by Shawn Donath.

It was Dillon Groover outrunning Cory Costa for the lead at the start of the 30-lap Friendly Dodge BB/SB Modified feature event.    Kyle Coffey snagged the lead on lap 3 as Matt Sheppard and Steve Paine quickly found their way into contention.  Sheppard and Coffey battled for the lead until Sheppard slipped into the top spot on lap 9 with Paine close behind.  Lee Bills spun on lap 14 and Groover and Derrick Podsiadlo were collected in the incident.  Paine and Alan Johnson were able to get by Coffey on the restart, and Johnson got by Paine on lap 18 as they tried to keep Sheppard in sight.  Sheppard was able to keep a distance over Johnson in traffic in the final laps to grab his second win of the season.  Following Johnson and Paine across the line were Costa and Coffey.

Friendly Dodge BB/SB Modified heats were won by Don Lawson, Kyle Coffey, and Steve Paine.

Racing at Outlaw Speedway continues next Friday night with a Super 6 Show and the addition of 1 on 1 Spectator Races.  Race time is 7:00 p.m.  For more information, visit



FRIENDLY DODGE BB/SB MODIFIEDS-MATT SHEPPARD, Alan Johnson, Steve Paine, Cory Costa, Kyle Coffey, Jim LaRock, Joe Digien, Don Lawson, Marcus Dinkins, Justin Wright, Brady Fultz, Eric Fisher, Tyler Siri, Lee Bills, Dillon Groover, Derrick Podsiadlo, Eldon Payne Jr.



VERNON, NY- May 1, 2017- On a bitter cold spring evening this past Sunday April 30, the fans were treated to another exciting night of action on Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night that saw some late race fireworks and late race charges to the win.  Matt Sheppard found himself in familiar territory as he took the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified win while Rocky Warner made a late race pass of leader Dave Marcuccilli to win the DIRTcar Sportsman Series event.  Another last lap pass by Robbie Speed brought him another win as he took the checkered in the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series feature event.

Steve Paine and Mike Maresca led the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance 30 lap main event with Maresca grabbing the initial lead.  A lap three caution brought the field back together and the restart, it third place starter Marc Johnson sweeping by the top two to take over the top spot.  Johnson would hold on to that spot while Maresca, Robbie Bellinger, and Alan Johnson were battling for the podium positions.  By lap seven, defending track champion Matt Sheppard broke into the top five after 12th and was looking for more.  Another caution slowed the field again on lap 10 with Marc Johnson still the leader with Maresca, Alan Johnson, Sheppard, and Bellinger still showing in the top five on the scoreboard.

Maresca regained the lead on the restart, dropping Marc Johnson to second, with Johnson battling back to lead lap 13.  Maresca powered back by to again lead on lap 14 with Sheppard following him through to grab the second position.  Sheppard’s charge was not over as he slipped by Maresca to grab the lead on lap 17 and he immediately began to pull away.  With 20 laps complete, Sheppard was showing the way with Maresca, Marc Johnson, rookie Claude Hutchings Jr., and Alan Johnson chasing.

With Sheppard easily showing the quick way around, it was a heated battle between Maresca, Marc Johnson, Alan Johnson, and Hutchings all battling hard for position until the final caution of the night flew on lap 28.  The restart saw Sheppard charge off again leaving the field behind, but now a new player was entering the mix.  Mike Mahaney, who restarted outside the top five, found something on the extreme outside lane and was charging by cars to break into the top five.  With one to go, Mahaney was scored at the line in fifth and entering the final turn he blasted around the top and cut to the bottom getting by Marc Johnson for third and barely losing out the runner up spot to Maresca at the line.  The scoreboard show Sheppard, Maresca, Mahaney, Marc Johnson, and Danny Varin filling out the top five.

Next Sunday, May 5, the 2017 season keeps on rolling with another show Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Broedel Energy DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and Novice/Rookie Sportsman.  Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with racing set to go at 6 p.m.


GATES-COLE AUTO INSURANCE MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Mike Maresca, Mike Mahaney, Marc Johnson, Danny Varin, Alan Johnson, Claude Hutchings Jr., Bobby Varin, Rob Bellinger, Pat Ward, Jessey Mueller, Darwin Greene, Randy Shantel, JF Corriveau, Steve Way, Patrick Emerling, Beth Bellinger, Tim Fuller, Brandon Walters, Yan Bussiere, Steve Paine, Alan Barker, Tim Mayne, and Jack Miller.


DUNDEE, NY- April 30, 2017- American Legion/Winner’s Circle Deli night at Outlaw Speedway saw another big field of cars fill the pit area as the IMCA Modifieds, Crate Late Models, and Winner’s Circle Deli Bandits ran their first races of the 2017 season.

The night’s racing action began with the held over 30-lap 4 Cylinder feature event, which saw Casey Burch grad the early lead.  Ray Hyer had a flat left front which brought out the yellow on lap 3, as he pitted and returned to the track for the restart.  Hyer charged through the field grabbed the lead on a lap 10 restart.  It looked like Hyer was going to complete the back-to-front charge for the win…but on the last corner of the final lap, Hyer’s car broke and he coasted to a stop just short of the finish, allowing Baker to slip by and take the victory.

The 30-lap Modified main event saw Brady Fultz lead the first lap, with Tyler Siri grabbing the top spot one lap later as Alan Johnson and Matt Sheppard battled for third place.  Sheppard grabbed second on lap 6 and chased after Siri until a lap 10 caution for Eldon Payne’s slowing car.

Sheppard jumped into the lead on the restart as Johnson closed on Siri to battle for second.  Sheppard was able to pull away and handled traffic in the second half of the race as Johnson snagged second from Siri.  At the finish, Sheppard had his first Outlaw win of 2017, followed by Johnson, Siri, Steve Paine, and Joe Dgien.

Modified heats were won by Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson, and Steve Paine.

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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