Canadian Kerr Scores First Super DIRTcar Series Victory in Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sheppard captures his fourth series championship
By Jo Ann Davies
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 8, 2015 - For the first time in his young career Canadian Big-Block Modified driver Tim Kerr of Picton, Ontario, scored a Super DIRTcar Series win, and did so on Sunday night at the premier Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
A strong second-place finish earned Waterloo, N.Y.'s Matt Sheppard his fourth Super DIRTcar Series championship title and the first for team owners, Al and Judy Heinke, of Heinke Baldwin Racing. After his Friday night, fourth place feature finish Sheppard held an 81-point lead over only other title contender, Gypsum Express driver Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y.
Kerr, who managed a 19th-place finish in the Friday night Bad Boy Buggies World Finals, utilized the Saturday rain date to work on his car and their efforts paid off with an $8,000 payday on Sunday.
"This is just awesome," Kerr said in victory lane. "We are not going home for a day at least."
Peter Britten of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, jumped out to the early lead and held the point for the first 30 laps of the 40-lap feature. A slight shift up the track on lap 30 off turn two by Britten gave Kerr the opportunity for an inside power move that took him into the lead on the backstretch. Once in the lead, he was never seriously challenged on his way to the checkered flag. A jubilant crew, led by crew chief Zach Aubertine, greeted their driver in victory lane where Kerr jumped into their arms in celebration.
Britten settled for fifth after leading the most laps. Second-place finisher Sheppard worked his way forward, picking off cars one by one, from his ninth-place starting position. Finishing in positions three and four were Larry Wight in the Gypsum Express #99L and Danny Johnson in the Fingerlakes Livestock Exchange #27j.
Since 2010 when the Big-Block Modifieds joined the World Finals and its unique format of two feature events in the three-day program, seven different drivers have now won the 12 events held to date.
With only one caution on lap 18 for a SDS driver Keith Flach crash in the Gould Erectors # 43, all drivers had to be on top of the wheel to earn their finishing spots.
Last year's SDS Champion Billy Decker finished second in the point battle with Jimmy Phelps finishing third, each maintaining the position they entered in at the beginning of the night.
For "Super" Matt Sheppard the road to his fourth Super DIRT Series championship has been a successful one with 27 feature wins and track championship titles earned in 2015 at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Brewerton Speedway.
The champions' victory lane ceremony was a real celebration for the HBR team.
"This feels good," Sheppard said. "Al (Heinke) provides us with such great equipment and it is well prepared. Our crew is a great blend - some have been with me since the beginning.
Perhaps even more excited than Sheppard is team owner Heinke who has been involved in racing for many years. After many years of supporting talented drivers, the HBR teams of Sheppard and Phelps brought home two of the most coveted DIRTcar wins possible - the World Finals and a Super DIRT Week win by Phelps in the 358-Modified event.
Heinke was obviously humbled by the championship win.
"It is awesome," he said. "Matt has a great team around him and we are really, really happy to have this championship. It's just been a great year."
Equally humbled and at the same time elated with his fourth championship, Sheppard noted the championship was Heinke's first.
"I am so happy for him, no one is more deserving and I am more happy for Al and Judy than myself," Sheppard said. "So many great people have been involved including Troyer (Race Cars) ... I believe this is their first championship in 15 years and they are just as deserving."
The DIRTcar Northeast Series championship banquet will take place on Saturday Nov. 21, in Syracuse, N.Y., at which time Kerr and Sheppard will be honored.

Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Concord, N.C.; Nov. 8, 2015

A-MAIN (30 LAPS) - 1. (07) Tim Kerr; 2. (9h) Matt Sheppard; 3. (99L) Larry Wight; 4. (27J) Danny Johnson; 5. (21a) Peter Britten; 6. (74) Dave Blaney; 7. (91) Billy Decker; 8. (66h) Duane Howard; 9. (15) Billy Pauch, Jr.; 10. (19) Tim Fuller; 11. (115) Kenny Tremont; 12. (42p) Pat Ward; 13. (7z) Mat Williamson; 14. (98h) Jimmy Phelps; 15. (7T) Gary Tomkins; 16. (8) Rich Scagliotta; 17. (32c) Vic Coffey; 18. Frank Cozze; 19. (66x) Carey Terrance; 20. (6) Max McLaughlin; 21. (21) Yan Bussiere; 22. (20) Brett Hearn; 23. (37m) Jeremiah Shingledecker; 24. (1d) Tyler Dippel; 25. (5*) Tyler Siri; 26. (19m) Jessey Mueller; 27. (48T) Dave Rauscher; 28. (5H) Chris Hile; 29. (27NY) Danny Johnson Jr. 30. (66f) Stewart Friesen; 31. (43) Keith Flach; 32. (33) Mike Mahaney.
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 4 transfer, winner to the redraw)
Heat 1: Pauch, Blaney, Ward, Scagliotta, Flach, Cozze DNS: Laubach, August Jr., Sarkisian
Heat 2: Wight, Howard, Mueller, Shingledecker, Bussiere, Jonson Jr., Hearn DNS: Vitale, Chrysler
Heat 3: Tremont, Kerr, Terrance, Williamson, Fuller, Phelps DNS: Vitale, Von Dohren, Chrysler
Heat 4: Decker, Sheppard, Coffey, Hile, Friesen, Mahaney, Siri DNS: DeLorenzo, Morey
Heat 5: Britten, McLaughlin, Johnson, Dippel, Tomkins, Rauscher DNS: Rudolph, Gleason, Sears, Jr.
Qualifying (from Thursday): 1. (6) Max McLaughlin, 15.897; 2. (115) Kenny Tremont, 15.951; 3. (20) Brett Hearn,16.023; 4. (85) H.J. Bunting, 16.102; 5. (66x) Carey Terrance, 16.137; 6. (91) Billy Decker,16.144; 7. (07) Tim Kerr,16.146; 8. (15) Billy Pauch Jr., 16.183; 9. (7z) Mat Williamson, 16.203; 10. (99L) Larry Wight, 16.205; 11. (8) Rich Scagliot, 16.220; 12. (19) Tim Fuller, 16.223; 13. (21a) Pete Britten, 16.235; 14. (74) Dave Blaney, 16.244; 15. (37m) Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.276; 16. (19m) Jessey Mueller, 16.288; 17. (66h) Duane Howard, 16.300; 18. (9H) Matt Sheppard, 16.317; 19. (56) Vince Vitale, 16.347; 20. (25R) Erick Rudolph, 16.359; 21. (66f) Stewart Friesen, 6.371; 22. (14s) Craig VonDohren, 16.383; 23. (27J) Danny Johnson, 16.410; 24. (42p) Pat Ward, 16.412; 25. (7) Rick Laubach, 16.449; 26. (35) Frank Cozze, 16.553; 27. (5H) Chris Hile, 16.558; 28. (1d) Tyler Dippel, 16.561; 29. (21) Yan Bussiere, 16.625; 30. (98h) Jimmy Phelps, 16.646; 31. (32c) Vic Coffey, 16.661; 32. (43) Keith Flach, 16.709; 33. (7T) Gary Tomkins, 16.710; 34. 56b) Mike Bowman, 16.726; 35. (3d) Matt DeLorenzo, 16.728; 36. (27NY) Danny Johnson Jr., 16.803; 37. (14g Ó Brian Gleason, 16.837; 38. (88) Joe August Jr. 16.838; 39. (47) Bob Sarkisian, 17.000; 40. (62s) Tom Sears Jr., 17.056; 41. (48T) Dave Rauscher, 17.095; 42. (5*) Tyler Siri, 17.187; 43. (33) Mike Mahaneyeqeq, 17.262; 44. (21k) Randy Chrysler, 00:00.000; 45. (14) C.G Morey, NT.

VERNON, NY- Matt Sheppard completed his sweep of the $10,000 to win Modified shows at Utica-Rome Speedway last Monday, September 7th, as he held off Billy Decker to win the New Yorker 100, presented by Stampede Steakhouse. Sheppard also won the Victoria event back on Memorial Day weekend in May. Victory lane was shared by James Michael Friesen, who won an exciting race in the Upstate Sportsman Alliance/Grit Series after a late race pass of Rocky Warner. The win by Sheppard was his 10th win of the season while it was Friesen’s first career win at the Vernon oval.
The New Yorker 100 rolled onto the racing surface with the previous night’s feature winner sitting on the pole, as Vic Coffey drew the top spot in the redraw. He was accompanied on the front row by Alan Johnson. When the green came out for the first time, Coffey slipped into the line he used to win the night before, just above the very bottom of the racing surface. Johnson stuck with him for the first handful of laps
, but his spot became under siege as Matt Sheppard was looking to continue his climb up the podium after starting in fourth. Further behind them, Larry Wight was sniffing out the front, using the moisture on the top side to break into the top five and then the top three and on the hunt for Sheppard. He was starting to close in when the first caution of the race on lap 15 stalled the action.
The restart allowed Wight to use the top side again to take second away from Sheppard before starting his search for Coffey. He was closing in on lap 20, and was on the rear bumper a lap later, sliding to cushion and powering off the top. They went side by side into the turns, but Coffey continued to get strong runs off of the bottom and held off Wight down the backstretch. In the west end of the speedway, Wight pounded the tire off the top and was able to slip a tire in front to take the lead. Going back into the first two turns, Coffey stuck to his line and battled back to the top spot. As the two reached lap traffic, Coffey used the slower cars to his advantage and made some breathing room as he tried to run away from Wight.
Wight started to fade back as Coffey navigated his way through slower traffic. Meanwhile, Sheppard was starting to turn faster and faster laps from third; slowly tracking down Wight as they battled with lapped cars. Behind them, just outside of the top five, Billy Decker started to pick up the pace and was inching closer to Johnson, who was running in fifth. With the race reaching the halfway mark, Sheppard had caught Wight and Decker had moved into the top five. Sheppard, who had primarily used the bottom for most of the race, had shifted lines and was now going to the top, while Wight started diving to the lowest groove. The battled lasted for a handful of laps, but Sheppard completed the pass off of the fourth corner and took sole possession of second.
As Sheppard was closing in on Coffey with 40 laps remaining, the leader was getting caught up in traffic, with slower cars running his lane on the bottom, forcing Coffey to search for a groove higher up. Sheppard took advantage, closing in and pulling even with Wight in tow. Coffey tried to hold onto his lead, but Sheppard stole his line and took the lead. Wight followed suit and took second. Sheppard began to pull away as he moved back to the top, even as Wight searched around for a line to catch him. The final podium spot belonged to Decker, driving through the middle and reeling in the top two. With 20 circuits left, Decker caught his teammate.
Wight continued his use of the bottom while Decker wheeled his machine in the middle groove. Decker pulled alongside Wight in the turns, but Wight pulled away on the straightaway. Changing his line just a little bit, Decker got a stronger run off of the turns and pulled alongside Wight, finally taking second with 12 to go. Two laps later, the second and final yellow flag came out for Wight, who lost his left front tire on the backstretch. The caution eliminated the sizable lead Sheppard had gained, putting Decker on his rear bumper.
The restart saw the top two stick together going into the first two turns, Sheppard clinging to the bottom this time and Decker sticking to his guns with the middle groove. It seemed that Decker was faster at first, closing in on the bumper of Sheppard, but the leader found some momentum and started to pull away, pulling out to three car lengths in front with one to go and holding on for the win. For Sheppard, it was his tenth feature win on the season at the speedway, one shy of the record of most wins in a season. With Decker in second, Coffey, Rob Bellinger, and Johnson filled out the top five. Ryan Phelps, Stewart Friesen, Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps, and Danny Varin trailed.
NEW YORKER MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (100 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Billy Decker, Vic Coffey, Rob Bellinger, Alan Johnson, Ryan Phelps, Stewart Friesen, Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Varin, Mike Mahaney, Erick Rudolph, Danny Johnson, Tim Fuller, Mike Bowman, Bobby Varin, Tim Schneider Jr., Larry Wight, Chris Mackey, Elmo Reckner, Chris Hile, Jimmy Davis, Adam Roberts, Eldon Payne Jr., and Vinnie Vitale.
B MAIN FINISH (12 LAPS)-ADAM ROBERTS, Jeff Rockefeller, Jessey Mueller, Tim Mayne, Tom Tophoven, Steve Way, and CG Morey. DNS-Ryan Arbuthnot, Ronnie Johnson, and Justin Boehler.


Canandaigua, New York_ With double points on the line, several of the divisions decided it’s championships last Saturday night on Championship Night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. A hot steamy night met a good grandstand crowd, an anxious pit full of observers, and drivers hoping to win their respective division titles. Victor Excavating sponsored the night’s activities.
In the 35 lap Big Block Modified feature, it was Tim Fuller winning his second of the season at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. It was the final appearance in 2015 for the big Block Modifieds at CMP.
Fuller was strong on the outside lane and took the lead from Steve Paine on lap 26. In the end it was Fuller by 1.67 seconds at the finish line over Paine. Alan Johnson took home a third place while and Matt Sheppard finished fourth. Fifth was early leader Brian Sage. Justin Haers was sixth and Justin Wright was seventh. Chad Homan was eighth and Gary Tomkins was ninth. Tenth was Dave Rauscher.
Heat winners were Alan Johnson and Eldon Payne Jr.
Matt Sheppards fourth place finish clinched the track Championship for his sixth time at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. “You have to give Sheppard and his crew a lot of credit,“ said Fuller afterwards. “They are a real professional team.”
“Anytime you can come here an get eleven wins in a season is great,” said Matt of his 2015 season. “We had one DNF and were very consistent.
Big Block Modifieds (35)_
TIM FULLER, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Brian Sage, Justin Haers, Justin Wright, Chad Homan, Gary Tomkins, Dave Rauscher, Vic Coffey, Derrick Podsiadlo, Mike O’Brian, Eldon Payne Jr, Kevin Ridley, Dan Wiesner, Gil Tegg Jr, Jimmy Meier.

Jimmy Phelps Takes The Brewerton Speedway Checkers; Matt Sheppard Crowned Modified Track Champion
By Dave Medler – BREWERTON, NY – September 4, 2015 – It came down to a battle of teammates on the final point’s night to decide the 2015 track championship in the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds.
In the 35-lap Modified feature Jimmy Phelps would take the lead from Jim Witko Jr. on lap-22 and then would hold off a late charge from Larry Wight to take the victory.
Phelps' HBR teammate Matt Sheppard stayed out of trouble and brought home an eighth place finish that would give him the title by ten-points over Jimmy Phelps.
Other winners on NAPA & A-Verdi Storage Containers night were, Corey Barker (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Joe Isabell (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites) Jason Barney (Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints).
(2015 Track Champions) – Matt Sheppard (Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds) Jack Meeks (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Joe Isabell (Pro Race Cars Mod Lites) Chuck Powelczyk (Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders).
Jim Witko Jr. would jump out to the narrow lead to set the pace in the final 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature of the season.
With 10-laps complete Witko saw the lead he had built up shrink as he had Vinnie Vitale and Tom Sears Jr. all over him in a three-way slug-fest at the front of the field. Behind the top-three Chuck Bower and Jimmy Phelps were having a fight of their own in the top-five.
At the 15-lap mark you could have thrown a blanket over Witko, Vitale and Sears. Just a couple of car lengths back was Phelps and Bower making it a five-way battle for the lead.
On lap-19 Phelps made a bold going from fourth to second. Just three-laps later Phelps found the bite he needed on the speedway to be scored the new leader.
With 10-laps to go Phelps opened the biggest lead of the night as Larry Wight, Witko, Sears and Bower showed on the scoring tower.
A yellow on lap-26 would erase Phelps' lead setting up a 9-lap shootout to the checkers. Over the remaining laps Phelps would search different lanes on the speedway to hold off a hard-charging Wight. Billy Decker came on late to finish third with Witko and Tom Sears Jr. rounding out the top-five.
Circle your calendars for Friday & Saturday September 18-19 for ‘Duel At The Demon.’ On Friday there will be a 50-lap Modified Shootout plus $1,000-to-win Upstate Sportsman Alliance Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Qualifier. Saturday, McDonald's presents a 100-lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar Series plus Sportsman and Mod Lites. Racing will start both days at 7:30. Friday Adult grandstand admission is $20 Students 14 yrs. old and younger $5. Saturday Adult grandstand admission is $25 Students 14 yrs. old and younger $10.
The 2015 racing season will wrap up in a big way during Super DIRT Week. On Thursday, October 8th SUNY Canton Presents 23rd Hurricane 100 DIRTcar 358 Modified Series plus DIRTcar Sportsman Series. Racing will take the first green flag at 7:30.
Any questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at (315) 668-6906. For all the latest news visit and like the track Facebook page .
NAPA & A-Verdi Storage Containers Night Results
(Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds 35 Laps) – JIMMY PHELPS, Larry Wight, Billy Decker, Jim Witko Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Vinnie Vitale, Roy Bresnahan, Chris Hile, Matt Hulsizer, Tim Kerr, Rob Bellinger, Ryan Phelps, Danny Varin, Tim Sears Jr., Vic Coffey, DNS, Ryan Bartlett.
2015 Tracey Road Equipment Modified Track Champion – Matt Sheppard.

Sheppard finishes strong at Weedsport
Point leader lands $10,000 with 4th Series win
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Aug. 5, 2015 – Super DIRTcar Series point leader Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y. took the lead 55 laps into the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway and was fast and flawless the rest of the way to earn $10,000 with his 4th win in 12 races. Sheppard started eighth in the FX Caprara/Mohawk Northeast No. 9h, stayed patient in the early going and passed polesitter Danny Johnson to take first place after several laps of jousting in lapped traffic.
Johnson slowed on the backstretch soon after surrendering the lead bringing out the third caution. The ensuing restart dramatically changed the complexion of the race. Billy Decker, starting on the inside of row two, had a stuck throttle and spun out in the first turn, collecting Peter Britten and Brett Hearn, who had risen from 12th to 4th and was showing signs of overtaking the leaders.
Decker left on the hook while Hearn pitted, advancing Tim Fuller and Jimmy Phelps into the second row. Sheppard drove away from teammate Jimmy Phelps at the drop of the green, never to be closely challenged again. “We were going back and forth, sort of floating around in 6th or 7th for quite a while, but then we had a pretty long green flag run and next thing you know, there we were racing for the lead,” Sheppard said. “It’s great to win here. It’s truly one of the classiest tracks in the Northeast with a lot of tradition.”
Phelps was alongside Fuller on the restart that proved to b Decker’s undoing along with Hearn and Britten.
“I was inches away from getting into it myself,” Phelps said. “Thanks to all the fans for coming out. We had a lot of great people behind us helping put this race together. Pat Ward finished fourth after testing Fuller often for third only to have lapped traffic cut down his angles. |
Erick Rudolph got better as the race went along and drove underneath Justin Haers with four laps remaining to complete the top five. Positions 7-10 went to Larry Wight, Stewart Friesen, Billy Dunn and Britten. Hearn, the Pole Position Raceway Fast Award Winner gained little of the track he lost after pitting for a tire following the Decker incident. The next stop on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule is the ”Big Show 7”, which Hearn promotes, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y. Wednesday, August 12.
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report; Weedsport Speedway; August 6, 2015

“Hall of Fame 100” A-Main (100 laps): start in (*)
1. 9h Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N.Y. (8)
2. 98h Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y. (16)
3.19 Tim Fuller – Edwards, N.Y. (7)
4. 42p Pat Ward - Genoa, N.Y. (12)
5.21 Erick Rudolph – Ransomville (13)
6. 3 Justin Haers – Phelps, N.Y. (6)
7.99L Larry Wight- Phoenix, N.Y. (10)
8. 7z Stewart Friesen – Sprakers, NY (11)
9. 49 Billy Dunn - Watertown, N.Y. (22)
10. 21a Peter Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2)
11. X Chad Phelps – Fulton, N.Y.(24)
12. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, NJ (12)
13. 14J Alan Johnson – Middlesex, N.Y.(3)
14. 33 Mike Mahaney – King Ferry, N.Y. (27)
15. 1s Rob Bellinger – Cicero, N.Y. (28)
16. 1x Tyler Dippel – Walkill, N.Y. (4)
17. 28p Eldon Payne Jr. – Hopewell, N.Y. (23)
18. 48T Dave Rauscher – Waterloo, N.Y. (29)
19. 02 Roy Bresnahan Fulton, N.Y. (30)
20. 43 Keith Flach - Ravena, N.Y. (20)
21. 8 Rich Scagliotta – Bound Brook, N.J. (9)
22. 91 Billy Decker - Unadilla, N.Y. (5)
23. 27J Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y. (1)
24. 32 Vic Coffey – Leicester, N.Y. (19)
25. 19w Justin Wright – Niagara Falls, N.Y. (17)
26. 99 Ryan Phelps – Fulton, N.Y. (14)
27. 93 Ryan Bartlett – Adams Center, N.Y. (26)
28. 16 Mike Bowman – Baldwinsville, N.Y. (25)
29. 3B Chad Brachmann – Sanborn, N.Y. (18)
30. 84 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, N.Y. (21)

99b Chuck Bower
63 Adam Roberts
56 Vince Vitale
26 Rich Rickner

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 3 redraw)
Heat 1: Hearn, Britten, A Johnson, Rudolph, Wright, Payne, Bowman, Vitale
Heat 2: Fuller, Friesen, Scagliotta, R Phelps, Brachmann, Tomkins, Mahaney, Richner
Heat 3: Wight, Sheppard, D Johnson, Ward, Coffey, Dunn, C Phelps, Bartlett, Roberts
Heat 4: Haers, Decker, Dippel, J Phelps, Flach, Bresnahan, Bellinger, Blackburn, Bowers
Consi 1: Tomkins, Payne, Bowman, Mahaney, Rauscher
Consi 2: Dunn, C Phelps, Bartlett, Bellinger, Bresnahan


July 13, 2015 John Tiff
VERNON, NY- Matt Sheppard gave himself a birthday present this past Sunday, July 12, as he raced his way to another NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win, his fifth of the season at the speedway, on HR Refuse and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night. Alan Fink was the victor in the 602 Sportsman, claiming his first career win while Steve Way took the win in the Open Sportsman. Chris Carr survived a one lap dash to the finish to take his first win of the season in the Pro Street Stocks. In the visiting Go Nuclear Late Models, Aaron Jacobs pulled off the huge upset to claim his first win in dominating fashion.When the Modifieds took head starter Matt Burdick’s green flag, Pete Taylor grabbed the lead on the opening lap over pole sitter Dave Moyer. Third place starter Mike Bowman would grab the point on lap two but the man on the move at that point was 11th place starter Mike Mahaney. By lap two, Mahaney was up to third using the bottom of the speedway and by lap four he was up to second and pressuring Bowman for the lead. Using a borrowed car after a Friday night wreck, Bowman was able to hold back Mahaney’s advances for the first 10 laps. While Mahaney was working over Bowman for the lead, Pat Ward, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Sheppard were battling their way towards the front. With a third of the 30 lap race complete it was Bowman, Mahaney, Sheppard, Friesen, and Ward filling out the top five spots.Mahaney was finally able to wrestle the lead away using the outside lane from Bowman on the 11th lap but Bowman was not going away easy as he would not let Mahaney get away from him. On lap 14, Sheppard entered the fray as he took second from Bowman and as the field took the halfway signal Sheppard was now the leader with Mahaney, Bowman, Friesen, and Larry Wight, recovering from a lap nine pit stop, rounding out the top five positions.Sheppard motored away from the field but business was picking up the second spot as Mahaney, Friesen, Bowman, and Wight were swapping spots lap after lap. The four drivers put an incredible display of driving as they battled for the runner-spot with Mahaney holding on to the spot for the Friesen and Wight using every inch of the wide track to try to get by. On the last lap with Sheppard comfortably out front, Friesen made the pass to grab the second spot from Mahaney at the stripe with Mahaney, Bowman, and Wight rounding out the top five. Ward, Vic Coffey, Matt Hulsizer, Chris Mackey, and Tim Mayne filled out the top 10 positions.
STAMPEDE STEAKHOUSE MODIFIEDS FEATURE FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Stewart Friesen, Mike Mahaney, Mike Bowman, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Vic Coffey, Matt Hulsizer, Chris Mackey, Tim Mayne, Pete Taylor, Billy Whittaker, Andrew Ferguson, Jim Walsh, Danny Varin, and Dave Moyer.

CANANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK_Canandaigua Motorsports Park saw another beautiful picture perfect night from mother nature last Saturday with a big thanks going out to Century 21 Steve Davoli Real Estate and Coors Lite for their support on the night as they sat in the Bill Turner Suites enjoying the racing down on the half mile "Land of Legends" clay racing surface.Matt Sheppard was quite impressive once again, winning for the seventh time at CMP in 2015, this time, Sheppard had to come from dead last after his primary car suffered mechanical issues in his heat race. Sheppard moved through the field quickly. Pacesetter Eldon Payne Jr set the pace for the first twenty-seven laps. Sheppard took over the top spot from Payne then and would win by 3.94 seconds over second place finisher Justin Haers, who started 12th and moved into third on lap twenty-four just as Sheppard pulled into second place.“We broke the rear end in our primary car,” said Sheppard afterwards. “Hats off to the team. I can’t thank the team enough. We took car out of the front of the trailer and it was 100 percent.”
Third was Gary Tomkins and Eldon Payne Jr finished fourth. Rounding out the top five was Tim Fuller.Heat race winners were Tomkins and Payne.

Big Block Modifieds (35)_MATT SHEPPARD, Justin Haers, Eldon Paine Jr, Gary Tomkins, Tim Fuller, Dan Wiesner, Chad Homan, Derrick Podsiadlo, Brian Sage, Vic Coffey, Alan Johnson, Gil Tegg Jr, Jimmy Meier, Tommy Keyes, Kaitlyn Pashina, Dave Rauscher, Dave Allen, Mike O’Brien.

Vinnie Vitale Wins Brewerton Speedway Modified Thriller Over Matt Sheppard

By Dave Medler - BREWERTON, NY - July 10, 2015 – On a perfect weather night for racing, fans were treated to a full night of racing that featured close finishes and a wild incident in the Modifieds that involved almost a dozen cars.
Vinnie Vitale took the lead on Lap-7 of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature and looked to have things in hand until Lap-31 when Matt Sheppard moved into second place from his 23rd starting spot setting up a barn-burner finish.With Vitale running the top of the speedway, Sheppard started digging on the bottom, setting up a finish that had the winner in doubt till the checkers. Sheppard could draw even with Vitale on different points on the track, but Vitale didn't flinch on the high-side, winning the dash to the checkers off of turn four for his first win of the year.Chris Mackey outraced Andrew Ferguson to grab the lead to lead the opening lap of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature before almost a dozen cars were involved in a metal-crunching incident.Right at the flag stand three-drivers tried to occupy the same space sending cars all over the speedway making contact and ending up in a pile to the entry of turn one with last week’s winner Tim Kerr rolling over. Cars involved besides Kerr were Mike Bowman, Rob Bellinger, Chris Hile, Vic Coffey, Jimmy Phelps, Matt Fink, Jeff Blackbun, Kyle Fink, Larry Wight and Joe August Jr.. All drivers were okay and remarkably the only cars who couldn’t continue were Bellinger, Hile, Bowman and Kerr.When the green came out Chuck Bower would be the leader at the 5-Lap mark while Vitale chased Bower as he ran alone in the second spot. Behind the top-two, Mackey, Andrew Ferguson, Jim Witko Jr. and Pat Ward were locked in a tight fight for third through sixth before a yellow would wave for Tim Sears Jr. who had a broken driveshaft.On the restart Vitale had his car working on the top of the speedway as he would drive by Bower to be scored the new leader on Lap-7.With 10-Laps complete, Vitale and Bower ran nose-to-tail and side-by-side for the top spot with Ward within striking distance. Chad Phelps and Witko were having a fight of their own for top-five positions.On Lap-15 Vitale and Bower were still in a tight battle for the lead with Ward, Matt Sheppard from 23rd and Chad Phelps still in contention for a victory.With 10-Laps remaining Vitale was still the rabbit out front, running the top of the speedway as Bower kept Vitale in sight. Sheppard, Ward, Billy Decker and Chad Phelps were in a tight fight within the top-five.On Lap-31 Sheppard moved into second and took off after Vitale. Over the remaining laps Sheppard threw everything he had at Vitale, at times pulling even with Vitale on different points of the speedway. The veteran Vitale wasn’t rattled as he ran the top of the track to perfection winning the race under the checkers by 00.289.Behind Vitale and Sheppard, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps and Pat Ward would finish third through fifth. Billy Decker, Larry Wight with a beat-up car from the Lap-1 accident, Jim Witko Jr., Joe August Jr. from Lap-1 accident and Jimmy Phelps from the same accident finished sixth through tenth.
(Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds 35 Laps) - VINNIE VITALE, Matt Sheppard, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Larry Wight, Jim Witko Jr., Joe August Jr., Jimmy Phelps, Matt Hulsizer, Ryan Bartlett, Chris Mackey, Andrew Ferguson, Kyle Fink, Jeff Blackburn, Ryan Phelps, Matt Fink, Tim Sears Jr., Mike Bowman, Robbie Bellinger, Chris Hile, Vic Coffey, Tim Kerr.

Sheppard Holds Off Decker at Grandview Speedway
Super DIRTcar points leader earns second victory of the season
BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – June 16, 2015 – Matt Sheppard stayed a step ahead of Billy Decker in lapped traffic over the final 20 laps of the 18th annual “Traffic Jam 60” to earn his second Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series win of the season and his first ever at Grandview Speedway Tuesday.
Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., started fourth after the Dig Safely NY 811 redraw and was soon dicing with pole sitter Billy Dunn in a battle for the lead that lasted until lap 19 when Sheppard took charge in the FX Caprara HBR #9h.
After a lone caution on lap three, the race stayed green. Decker started fifth on the field and slipped under Dunn for second on lap 24. He closed in on Sheppard several times, but the Series point leader escaped in traffic each time. Decker was a car-length away when time ran out.
Stewart Friesen rallied late to finish third, followed by Dunn and Ryan Watt. Positions 6-10 went to Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson, Grandview regular Duane Howard, Pat Ward and Tim Fuller.
“I saw the checkered flag and was relieved,” said Sheppard, the series point leader and first driver with more than one win this season. “This felt like the longest 60 laps ever. I know they call it the Traffic Jam.”
Craig VonDohren, Grandview’s leading all-time winner, set a new track record (14.298) during Pole Position Raceway Fast Time qualifying, but had to settle for 11th after starting ninth.
“Matt had to deal with a lot of lapped cars,” Decker said. “He’d clear them and then I’d have to wrestle with them. Win, lose or draw, it was a great race. This is a great place for us to race at in the Series.”
Friesen earned his podium finish after spirited duels with Watt and Dunn, but he never managed to get close enough to threaten Decker or Friesen.
Howard was the KSE Hard Charger of the race with his 8th-place finish after starting 22nd.
The heats were won by VonDohren, Watt and Ryan Godown.
The next Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series event is at Utica-Rome Speedway, Wednesday, June 24.
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Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report; Grandview Speedway ‘Traffic Jam 60’; Bechtelsville, Pa.; June 16, 2015
A-Main (60 laps):
1. 9h Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y. (4)
2. 91 Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y. (5)
3. 7z Stewart Friesen, Sprakers, N.Y. (7)
4. 49 Billy Dunn, Watertown, N.Y. (1)
5. 14w Ryan Watt Boyertown, PA (2)
6. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J. (8)
7. 27J Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y. (10)
8. 66 Duane Howard, Oley, PA (22)
9. 42p Pat Ward, Genoa, N.Y. (6)
10. 19 Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y. (19)
11. 14s Craig VonDohren Oley, PA (9)
12. 65 Anthony Perrego, Montgomery, N.Y. (13)
13. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (3)
14. 16x Danny Creeden, Wurtsboro, N.Y. (17)
15. 98h Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y. (11)
16. 2 Jimmy Horton, Neshantic Station, N.J. (21)
17. 43 Keith Flach, Ravena, N.Y. (16)
18. Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N.J. (18)
19. Adam Roberts, Watertown, N.Y. (20)
20. 747 Ryan Godown, Ringoes, N.J. (12)
21. 7 Rick Laubach, Quakertown, PA (14)
22. M40 Mark Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J, (23)
23. R40 Ryan Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J. (24)
24. 99L Larry Wight, Phoenix, N.Y. (15)
Did Not Start:
74m Matt Billings, Brockville, Ontario (20)
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 4 redraw)
Heat 1: VonDohren, Hearn, Sheppard, Decker, Perrego, Flach, Fuller, Howard
Heat 2: Watt, Dunn, Britten, Johnson, Laubach, Creeden, Roberts, M Forte Jr.
Heat 3: Godown, Ward, Friesen, Phelps, Wight, Scagliotta, Horton, R Forte


|VERNON, NY- The second night of Victoria 200 weekend at Utica-Rome Speedway saw Matt Sheppard win the $10,000 payday after a dominating performance in the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions 100 lap main event. It was Sheppard’s first win in a big event at the track, adding to his already impressive resume for the 2015 season. The night also saw the first race for the Upstate Sportsman Alliance Series, which was run in unison with the GRIT Sportsman Series. Eric Giguere won the feature event for the 602 sportsman.
The Victoria 200 Modified 100 lap feature event came to the opening green with Anthony Perrego and Brett Hearn at the head of the field. On the first lap, Perrego took advantage of his pole starting spot and took the lead on the bottom side of the racing surface. Hearn, however, was not letting Perrego drive away. Digging his right rear into the top groove, Hearn completed a pass of the top spot on the second circuit, opening up a lead. Behind him, Larry Wight was hot on his heels as he also overtook Perrego using the top. The first caution of the evening came out on the 13th lap as Stewart Friesen took a ride over the top side of turns three and four. The restart proved to be just what Wight needed, as he passed Hearn for the lead the following lap.
Wight attempted to build a lead after his pass for first, but he had some following in his tracks. Matt Sheppard after starting in fifth, had drove his way through the rest of the top five and was looking for the lead. Sheppard’s teammate, Jimmy Phelps, had also cracked into the top five and was in third by lap 20. Sheppard followed Wight as the two caught up to slower traffic, and took the chance to reel in the leader. With Wight still running a higher lane, Sheppard dove underneath the leader and emerged as the front runner on lap 28. Sheppard was able to create a sizable lead for himself, with Jimmy Phelps trailing. As the laps ticked away, Ryan Phelps, who had won a consolation race to start 21st, was navigating the pack. When the race hit the halfway mark, Ryan Phelps had worked his way into the top ten, sitting at eighth.
A few more yellow flags came as the race continued into the second stanza, but Sheppard was getting an incredible run off of the top side and was running each time the race was restarted. By the 70th circuit, the top two were being chased by Marc Johnson and Pat Ward. The top five didn’t change much as they worked their way through the rear of the pack for the next twenty laps. The final yellow of the race flew on lap 91, and the top five were bumper to bumper as Sheppard brought the field to the final restart. Sheppard once again got a great run out of the first two turns, and Jimmy Phelps did not have enough to catch him in the final laps. Sheppard took home his first big show victory at the speedway, and walked away with the $10,000 check. Jimmy Phelps finished in second, with Marc Johnson, Ward, and Ryan Phelps finishing an impressive run by rounding out the top five. Erick Rudolph, Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Danny Johnson, and Mike Mahaney filled out the top ten.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED FINISH (100 LAPS) – MATT SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Marc Johnson, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Erick Rudolph, Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Danny Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Chris Mackey, Steve Way, Claude Hutchings Jr., Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Randy Chrysler, Vic Coffey, Anthony Perrego, Brett Hearn, Mike Ricci, Danny Varin, Mike Bowman, Tim McCreadie, and Alan Johnson.

Sheppard Dominates Canandaigua Motorsports Park
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – There was no catching Matt Sheppard after he took the lead from pole sitter Steve Paine on lap nine of the 64-lap Jan Corcoran Memorial Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series event Wednesday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Sheppard had sizeable leads trimmed by four cautions, but he was able to maintain control each time, including a final restart on lap 48.
Larry Wight, Sheppard’s closest pursuer, drew within four car-lengths of Sheppard’s FX Caprara No. 9h on the final lap, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Paine was third, followed by Brett Hearn and Billy Dunn.
“This was a great race for a great lady,” said Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y. “I don’t know how I could have done any better. Between me and this car and this track, it’s quite a combination right now. I feel confident racing here.”
Sheppard started fifth in a 28-car field, three spots better than Wight.
“We both had solid cars, but it’s hard to close on somebody that strong on a big track that gets slippery,” Wight said.
Wight passed Paine for second a lap after the first caution of the race for Billy Dunn, who slowed and then pitted to replace a deflating right rear tire.
Dunn had started 25th. He raced into the top-10 on lap 42, spent several laps dicing with Billy Decker for sixth and closed in on Hearn for fourth, but couldn’t get past him.
Decker, Mat Williamson, Matt Billings, Danny Johnson and Erick Rudolph completed the top ten.
Earlier, Hearn had won the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Award, but after the Dig Safely NY 811 redraw, he started 11th.
The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series’ next stop is at Brockville Ontario Speedway Wednesday, May 27. For more information on the Super DIRTcar Series,,, follow on Twitter@SuperDIRTcar, and like us on Facebook at
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report ‘Jan Corcoran Memorial 64' Canandaigua, NY
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 A-Main (64 laps): start in (*)
1. 9h Matt Sheppard – Waterloo, N.Y. (5)
2. 99L Larry Wight – Phoenix, NY (8)
3. 7x Steve Paine – Waterloo, NY (1)
4. 20 Brett Hearn – Sussex, N.J. (11)
5. 49D Billy Dunn – Watertown, N.Y. (25)
6. 91 Billy Decker – Unadilla, N.Y. (10)
7. 6m Mat Williamson – St. Catherines, Ont (13)
8. 74m Matt Billings – Brockville, Ontario (6)
9. 27J Danny Johnson – Rochester, N.Y. (9)
10. 7z Erick Rudolph – Ransomville, N.Y. (19)
11. 42p Pat Ward – Genoa, N.Y. (7)
12. 98h Jimmy Phelps – Baldwinsville, N.Y. (18)
13. 99 Ryan Phelps – Fulton, N.Y. (15)
14. 3h Justin Haers – Phelps, N.Y. (14)
15. 8 Rob Bellinger -Cicero, NY (3)
16. 38 Ryan Suscie – Ransomville, NY (17)
17. 14j Alan Johnson – Middlesex, NY (20)
18. 21a Pete Britten – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (27)
19. 07 Tim Kerr – Picton, Ont. (30)
20. 43 Keith Flach – Ravena, N.Y. (24)
21. 55H Anthony Perriego – Montgomery, NY (16)
22. 77 Dan Wiesner – Waterloo, NY (26)
23. 51 Stewart Friesen – Sprakers, NY (2)
24. 32c Vic Coffey – Leicester, NY (22)
25. 4* Tim McCreadie – Watertown, NY (4)
26. 5H Chris Hile – Syracuse, N.Y. (23)
27. 19 Tim Fuller – Edwards, NY (12)
28. 21 Gary Tomkins – Clifton Springs, NY (28)


BREWERTON, NY – May 1, 2015 (By Dave Medler) – Defending Brewerton Speedway, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified Champion Matt Sheppard served notice on Friday night that he wasn’t giving up his title easily.
Taking advantage of an opening night draw spot that put him on the front row, Sheppard took the lead at the drop of the green flag that saw him lead every lap of the 35-Lap feature. Teammate Jimmy Phelps could get within a few car lengths a couple of times late in the going but never seriously challenged for the win.
Other winners on Ferris Mowers night were, Dave Marcuccilli, SUNY Canton Sportsman, Joe Isabell, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Chuck Powelczyk, Hilton’s Automotive Four-Cylinders.
Sheppard bolted out to the lead at the drop of the green and by Lap-10 opened around a ten car length advantage. Behind Sheppard, Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Larry Wight were not only chasing the leader but were locked in a tight battle for second through fifth just before a quick yellow.
With 15-Laps showing on the scoring tower Sheppard opened a straightaway lead in his FX Caprara Chevy/HBR/Mohawk Northeast/No.9H/Troyer. Sears, Phelps and Wight were still putting on a show for second, third and fourth with Decker sliding back to a distant fifth.
On Lap-18, coming down the front straight, Wight would get by Phelps for third. When Wight made the pass it was tight quarters between him and Phelps causing Wight to bang the wall causing a right rear flat. Wight made a trip to the pits and returned.
On Lap-21 Phelps moved into second and took off after Sheppard. With 10-Laps to go Phelps was slowly cutting into Sheppard’s lead. Sears, Decker, Vinnie Vitale and Ryan Phelps fought for third through sixth.
On Lap-29 the final yellow would wave setting up a six-lap dash to the checkers. Over the remaining laps Phelps threw everything he had at Sheppard, but Sheppard was too strong as he went under the checkers just over a second ahead of Phelps. Decker, Sears and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top-five. Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile and Matt Fink completed the top-ten.
his coming Friday, May 8 Ehrlich Pest Control presents a four-star night of racing. On the race card will be the Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/SUNY Canton Sportsman/Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and Hilton’s Automotive Four Cylinders.
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35-Laps)- MATT SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Tim Sears Jr., Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile, Matt Fink, Tom Sears Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Rob Bellinger, Pat O’Brien, Larry Wight, Chris Mackey, Ryan Bartlett, Matt Billings, Ryan Arbuthnot, Tim Kerr, Mike Bowman, Matt Hulsizer, Jim Witko Jr., Dan Vauter. DNQ – Chad Phelps, Dave Bartlett, Danny O’Brien, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August.

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