Sheppard Scores in Return to Williams Grove
first full-points Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season
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.
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.
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.
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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DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; June 22, 2016; Williams
Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
MATT SHEPPARD SCORES ANOTHER UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY WIN
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.
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 didnt
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.
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.
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 Sheppards 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.
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 nights events. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with
racing at 6 p.m. For more information, please log on to www.uticaromespeedway.com
or call the speedway office at (315)829-4557.
CANTON & WILBER-DUCK CHEVROLET RACE SUMMARY
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.
SHEPPARD MAINTAINS HIS STRANGLEHOLD ON CANANDAIGUA
.Waterloos 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
dont 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.
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.
restart saw Birosh start to motor away from the field, but
Matt Sheppard, who started fourteenth, found himself in third
by lap five. It didnt take long as Sheppard ducked to
the low side exiting the second turn on lap 11 to take the
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
Paynes disabled car, stopped next to the outside wall
in the second turn on lap 17.
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.
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.
Saturday, June 18, will see another regular night of racing
at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. More information can be found
at www.canandaiguamotorsportspark.com. 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.
1: T. Fuller, K. Coffey, D. Wiesner, T. Keyes, P. Britten.
2: R. Scagliotta, M. Williamson, S. Paine, D. Podsiadlo, G.
3: D. Rauscher, M. Sheppard, B. Sage, R. Arbuthnot, B. Decker.
(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 OBrien.
Matt Sheppard Is Super
With $5,240 Ultimate Outlaw 50 Victory Wednesday
Night At Outlaw Speedway Driving Norm Hansells No. 357
DUNDEE, NY Super Matt Sheppard had luck
on his side during the redraw of Wednesday nights Bob
Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event,
drawing the pole for the Ultimate Outlaw 50 at
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,
Ive 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. Im 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 Friesens 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
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; Wednesdays runner-up
result, however, was his best of 2016.
dont think I had anything for Matt, Rudolph said.
We were a second-place car, but it was a great night
for the point battle. Well take it and go on to the
next one at Accord (N.Y., July 5).
his Outlaw Speedway debut, Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass.,
drove to a solid third-place run. Bachetti raced inside the
top-five for the races entire distance, garnering his
second top-five effort of the 16 STSS North Region schedule.
Creeden of Wurtsboro, N.Y., like Bachetti a first-time Outlaw
Speedway visitor, garnered a fourth-place result after dropping
Van Pelt of Westfield, Pa., earned the distinction as the
events 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.
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.
winners for the 35 STSS Modifieds on hand were Malcolm, Joe
Dgien, Tyler Siri and Creeden. Coffey and Justin Wright were
the consolation victors.
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,
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, Behrents
Performance Warehouse, Bicknell Racing Products, COMP Performance
Group, Dirt Track Digest, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Hig
Fab, Henrys Exhaust, Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply,
HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Race Pro Weekly,
Racing Optics, Teo-Pro Car, Vahlco Wheels & Velocita
OUTLAW 50 RACE SUMMARY JUNE 8, 2016
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.
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)
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)
Behrents 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
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
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)
BACK IN CANANDAIGUA VICTORY LANE
.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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 weeks
winner Peter Britten in fifth.
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,
HEAT 3: M. Williamson, M. Sheppard, B. Decker, D. Rauscher,
M. OBrien, 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 OBrien, 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.
Sheppard Makes Late Race Charge For Brewerton Speedway Modified
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Ingles Performance Night June 3 Quick Results
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.
Winners) - Matt Sheppard, Rich Scagliotta, Tim Sears Jr.
and Sheppard Kick-Off 2016 Season with Impressive Wins at
VERNON, NY- The Utica-Rome Speedway kicked off
its 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
first Gates-Cole Insurance 20-lap Modified feature of the
season Wight got the win but it didnt 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.
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 didnt 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.
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
couldnt get it done early.
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 wasnt 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
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. Theyll 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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BEER 55TH SEASON OPENER RACE SUMMARY
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.
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.
SHEPPARD TAKES BIG GATOR IN DIRTCAR NATIONALS
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.Sheppards 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
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 couldnt
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
By MIKE MALLETT
FL Thursday nights 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. Sheppards 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 Im 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 wasnt
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. Thats 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. Im 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 wasnt enough to
pull off the upset victory in the closing laps. Weve
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. Hell 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 cant 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 didnt 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 wouldnt 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 wasnt 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 www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.
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.
Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 18, 2016; Volusia Speedway
Park; Barberville, Fla.
(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
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
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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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
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
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,
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
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 its time to start his own team.
putting my own deal together, said Sheppard. Obviously
starting from scratch so its 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 arent quite
there but we are getting close. We need some other people
to step up. Its been a busy couple weeks with a lot
of phone calls. There is a lot of stuff to put together. Im
just trying to take it one step at time while at the same
time trying to put ten things together at once.
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.
biggest deal right now, Ive told a lot of people, is
that its 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 Im 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 isnt 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 Im sure well be comfortable. Its
the building the stuff from scratch that is going to be the
has been fortunate that his previous car owners have let him,
for the most part, do is own thing. Hes been able to
make most of the decisions. Now hell be making all of
the decisions. Unlike in the past, those decisions will also
include dealing with the financial end of running his own
definitely excited, commented Sheppard about being the
decision maker. Ive 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. Its going to be
the first time that Im financially responsible at the
end of the day. At that the same time Im kind of excited
to be able to get everything together and do a program the
way I want to do it.
has indicated hell return to Bicknell cars for the upcoming
season. Hes always had a close relationship with the
company and even though hes had major success the last
two years in Troyers, including a Super DIRTcar Series championship,
he feels more comfortable with Bicknell.
going to be back in the Bicknell cars, stated Sheppard.
Ive always had a close relationship with them.
Its not that I dont like the Troyer cars and weve
had a lot of success in them. I didnt feel as connected
with them. Randy (Williamson), (Bob) Slack, Pete (Bicknell)
and all the guys at Bicknell; Ive 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.
similar schedule is in the works for the Brewerton Speedway,
Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Utica-Rome Speedway champion.
Hell also return to defend his Super DIRTcar Serie title.
going to run a similar schedule, he said. If I
can get everything together Id like to run the same
deal I did last year with my stuff. The only difference being
Im 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. Im definitely looking
at Canandaigua, Utica and the series again. Obviously Id
love to get back to Brewerton Friday nights too.
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 hasnt been struck to this point.
The duo had success together in the past after nearly collecting
a Race of Champions Series title. Hes 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