|Coffey & Sheppard Join Forces for 2017 - DTD Exclusive
By MIKE MALLETT
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.”
Exorcises The Demon
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
Coming from the 12th starting position, Sheppard was thrilled
with his victory. The car was so good. I wasnt
in a hurry. Thats a lot of fun when we have a racecar
that good. I cant say enough about it. Its been
huge. We had that big wreck there back in August but the month
of September has been good for us. Were seven for seven
in the month of September. I cant 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 Friesens
doors by lap nine for the second spot. Fuller slid Friesen
in turns three and four and took over the second spot on lap
Twelfth place starter and points 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
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
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
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 weve been on a tear. I cant
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, thats 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 wasnt bad we just werent
good enough. So we just need to grin and bear it and claw
at it and salvage a finish. I wasnt working good anywhere
really. I just tried to roll and keep it straight but I didnt
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
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.,
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
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.
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 www.uticaromespeedway.com 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
first Le RPM Speedway victory
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.
car has been so good lately. We just unloaded it and its
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.
Flach and Sheppard led the 30-car field to the green. It didnt
take long for Sheppard to jump to an early lead as he pulled
away from the field on the initial start.
didnt 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.
lap 21 restart saw Flach drive around the outside of Sheppard
to take the top spot back.
lapped traffic got in the way of Flach as Sheppard took advantage
and retook the lead off the bottom on lap 37.
place runner Mike Mahaney was digging on the bottom trying
to close the gap between him and Flach.
second caution of the night was brought out on lap 46 due
to a spinning Billy Decker in turns one and two.
led the way at the halfway mark over Flach, Mahaney, Phelps
took advantage of the lap 53 restart as he drove by Mahaney
and Flach to capture the runner up spot.
was running the cushion as Phelps hugged the bottom line.
Phelps was soon knocking on Shepard's doors by lap 57.
place starter Tim Fuller made his way into the top five by
lap 60. Fuller slipped under Flach for the third spot on lap
starter Steve Bernard found himself into the top five chasing
down Fuller in the third spot by lap 73.
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.
caught the back of the field on lap 86 as Phelps started closing
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.
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.
night was the Super DIRTcar Series first ever visit to Le
RPM and Sheppards ninth series victory of the season
in his FX Caprara No. 9s machine..
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
didnt really seem to matter. Its a lot of fun
coming to these series races right now.
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.
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.
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.
the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.
DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 9, 2016; Le RPM Speedway,
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
eighth Super DIRTcar Series win of the season
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.
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 thats what won it for us. Weve been
on fire with four in a row this weekend.
Rudolph drew the 811 Dig Safely pole for the 100-lap main
event alongside outside starter Tim Fuller.
and Fuller battled side-by-side to the start but it was Fuller
who took the early lead on lap two.
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.
first caution of the night was brought out on lap eight with
a slowing Larry Wight with a right rear flat.
Friesen running in sixth spot had a left front flat tire on
his 44 machine and chose to stay out.
and Johnson battled side-by-side for the lead lap after lap
as Fuller worked the topside and Johnson worked his way around
was able to run down Fuller and capture the lead by just a
car length on lap 20.
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.
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.
made up ground in no time as he was already knocking on Fullers
doors by lap 36 and took over the second spot on lap 37.
encountered lapped traffic on lap 37 allowing Sheppard to
close the gap.
tried to work his way through lapped traffic as Sheppard was
soon at his bumper patiently waiting to make his move.
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.
remained the leader after the lap 55 restart over Sheppard,
Fuller, Cozze and Rudolph.
starter, Alan Johnson, quietly worked his way into the top
five by lap 60.
caught the back of the field once again on lap 64 as he showed
a comfortable lead over Sheppard and Fuller.
Johnson worked his way through lapped traffic Sheppard was
searching high and low for the fast lane to gain ground on
and Sheppard were then a straightaway ahead of third place
runner Fuller as they soon got into heavy lapped traffic.
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.
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.
then drove his FX Caprara No. 9s to his eighth Super DIRTcar
Series victory of the season.
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. Were
hot right now and it feels good.
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.
were really excited. Its the first time the motor has
been in the car. To bring the car here and have it perform
this good were really happy with it, Johnson said.
I wasnt 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 didnt have the torque
the big blocks have to get off the corner. If we get our big
blocks back well be a little happier but right now were
doing great with our small block.
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
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.
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.
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.
the series on Twitter @SuperDIRTcar, or click www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.
DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Sept. 5, 2016; Weedsport
Speedway; Weedsport, N.Y.
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 cant 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 didnt
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 were
sitting here in victory lane at Lebanon Valley.
The Valleys 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
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
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
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
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. Id 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 cant thank
everyone enough, Sheppard said in victory lane. Long
time car owner, Jeff Bruneau, hes in the hospital right
now. Theres no bigger win he would have loved than this
one right here. Were praying for him. Im 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 racecars and a great
engine. We just didnt 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. Im proud of my
guys to finish second to Sheppard. Thats nothing really
to complain about. Well work a little bit harder and
come back out again on Monday.
Lebanon Valleys 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. Im 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
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,
NYs Matt Sheppard claimed the win and the $7,000 top
prize, during Thursday nights 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.
drawing the pole, Sheppard launched from his first row starting
spot with Unadilla, NYs 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, PAs Frank
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.
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.
lap 9 caution for Jeff Strunks No. 126 machine slowed
the field for the third time.
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.
action slowed again on the 19th circuit for a tangle between
16-year-old Modified racer Max McLaughlin and Tommy Sheetz.
top-5 remained unchanged on the restart, with Oley, PAs
Duane Howard making his intentions known moving into the sixth
position from a tenth place starting spot.
final caution flag flew on lap 22 for Vernon, NJs Brett
Hearn who stopped in turn four with a left front flat
stayed dominant at the drop of the green, as multiple two-car
battles followed behind, shuffling the field.
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.
held tight and picked up his second consecutive Traffic Jam
victory, and the $7,000 winners share.
Britten, of Queensland, Aus. finished in second; Sprakers,
NYs Stewart Friesen in third; Oley, PAs Duane
Howard in fourth; and Billy Decker of Unadilla, NY finishing
Modified Qualifying Heat races were won by Billy Decker, Stewart
Friesen and Larry Wight.
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.
1 (8 Laps) 1. Billy Decker 2. Mike Mahaney 3. Duane
Howard 4. Danny Johnson 5. Brett Hearn
2 (8 Laps) 1. Stewart Friesen 2. Matt Sheppard 3. Pete
Britten 4. Tim Fuller 5. Billy Pauch Jr.
3 (8 Laps) 1. Larry Wight 2. Jimmy Phelps 3. Craig
Von Dohren 4. Ryan Godown 5. Keith Flach
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
second Super DIRTcar series win of the year
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.
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."
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.
was a strong battle from the start between Ward and Johnson.
Johnson captured the top spot back on lap five and pulled
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.
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.
Wight, who started 15th was on the move, charging through
the field up to seventh by lap 19.
caught up to the back of the field by lap 22 which cost him
the lead to Johnson.
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.
the halfway mark the scoreboard saw Johnson leading over Sheppard,
Bellinger, Danny Varin, and Ward.
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
wasn't for long. Sheppard dove back into turn one and passed
Johnson back on lap 33.
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.
was on the move and was up to fifth position by lap 36.
who started in eighth, made a late race charge on the outside
into fourth position on lap 45.
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.
48 saw Sheppard, D. Johnson, Bellinger, Varin, and M. Johnson
as the top five.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Blocks return to action this Wednesday, July 6 at Albany-Saratoga
and then heads north to Mohawk International Raceway on Thursday,
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DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; July 3, 2016; Utica-Rome
Speedway; Vernon, N.Y.
(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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
more information about the speedway please visit our website
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