MATT SHEPPARD RACES TO THE
WIN THIS PAST SUNDAY AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY FOR FIFTH VICTORY
OF THE SEASON
July 13, 2015 John Tiff
NY- Matt Sheppard gave himself a birthday present this past
Sunday, July 12, as he raced his way to another NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series win, his fifth of the season at the speedway,
on HR Refuse and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night. Alan Fink was
the victor in the 602 Sportsman, claiming his first career
win while Steve Way took the win in the Open Sportsman. Chris
Carr survived a one lap dash to the finish to take his first
win of the season in the Pro Street Stocks. In the visiting
Go Nuclear Late Models, Aaron Jacobs pulled off the huge upset
to claim his first win in dominating fashion.When
the Modifieds took head starter Matt Burdicks green
flag, Pete Taylor grabbed the lead on the opening lap over
pole sitter Dave Moyer. Third place starter Mike Bowman would
grab the point on lap two but the man on the move at that
point was 11th place starter Mike Mahaney. By lap two, Mahaney
was up to third using the bottom of the speedway and by lap
four he was up to second and pressuring Bowman for the lead.
Using a borrowed car after a Friday night wreck, Bowman was
able to hold back Mahaneys advances for the first 10
laps. While Mahaney was working over Bowman for the lead,
Pat Ward, Stewart Friesen, and Matt Sheppard were battling
their way towards the front. With a third of the 30 lap race
complete it was Bowman, Mahaney, Sheppard, Friesen, and Ward
filling out the top five spots.Mahaney
was finally able to wrestle the lead away using the outside
lane from Bowman on the 11th lap but Bowman was not going
away easy as he would not let Mahaney get away from him. On
lap 14, Sheppard entered the fray as he took second from Bowman
and as the field took the halfway signal Sheppard was now
the leader with Mahaney, Bowman, Friesen, and Larry Wight,
recovering from a lap nine pit stop, rounding out the top
motored away from the field but business was picking up the
second spot as Mahaney, Friesen, Bowman, and Wight were swapping
spots lap after lap. The four drivers put an incredible display
of driving as they battled for the runner-spot with Mahaney
holding on to the spot for the Friesen and Wight using every
inch of the wide track to try to get by. On the last lap with
Sheppard comfortably out front, Friesen made the pass to grab
the second spot from Mahaney at the stripe with Mahaney, Bowman,
and Wight rounding out the top five. Ward, Vic Coffey, Matt
Hulsizer, Chris Mackey, and Tim Mayne filled out the top 10
STAMPEDE STEAKHOUSE MODIFIEDS FEATURE
FINISH (30 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD, Stewart Friesen, Mike
Mahaney, Mike Bowman, Larry Wight, Pat Ward, Vic Coffey, Matt
Hulsizer, Chris Mackey, Tim Mayne, Pete Taylor, Billy Whittaker,
Andrew Ferguson, Jim Walsh, Danny Varin, and Dave Moyer.
SHEPPARD WINS FOR THE SEVENTH TIME IN 2015 AT CANANDAIGA MOTORSPORTS
CANANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK_Canandaigua Motorsports Park saw another
beautiful picture perfect night from mother nature last Saturday
with a big thanks going out to Century 21 Steve Davoli Real
Estate and Coors Lite for their support on the night as they
sat in the Bill Turner Suites enjoying the racing down on
the half mile "Land of Legends" clay racing surface.Matt
Sheppard was quite impressive once again, winning for the
seventh time at CMP in 2015, this time, Sheppard had to come
from dead last after his primary car suffered mechanical issues
in his heat race. Sheppard moved through the field quickly.
Pacesetter Eldon Payne Jr set the pace for the first twenty-seven
laps. Sheppard took over the top spot from Payne then and
would win by 3.94 seconds over second place finisher Justin
Haers, who started 12th and moved into third on lap twenty-four
just as Sheppard pulled into second place.We broke the
rear end in our primary car, said Sheppard afterwards.
Hats off to the team. I cant thank the team enough.
We took car out of the front of the trailer and it was 100
Third was Gary Tomkins and Eldon Payne Jr finished fourth.
Rounding out the top five was Tim Fuller.Heat race winners
were Tomkins and Payne.
Big Block Modifieds (35)_MATT SHEPPARD, Justin Haers, Eldon
Paine Jr, Gary Tomkins, Tim Fuller, Dan Wiesner, Chad Homan,
Derrick Podsiadlo, Brian Sage, Vic Coffey, Alan Johnson, Gil
Tegg Jr, Jimmy Meier, Tommy Keyes, Kaitlyn Pashina, Dave Rauscher,
Dave Allen, Mike OBrien.
Vinnie Vitale Wins Brewerton Speedway Modified Thriller Over
By Dave Medler - BREWERTON, NY - July 10, 2015 On a
perfect weather night for racing, fans were treated to a full
night of racing that featured close finishes and a wild incident
in the Modifieds that involved almost a dozen cars.Vinnie
Vitale took the lead on Lap-7 of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment
Modified feature and looked to have things in hand until Lap-31
when Matt Sheppard moved into second place from his 23rd starting
spot setting up a barn-burner finish.With
Vitale running the top of the speedway, Sheppard started digging
on the bottom, setting up a finish that had the winner in
doubt till the checkers. Sheppard could draw even with Vitale
on different points on the track, but Vitale didn't flinch
on the high-side, winning the dash to the checkers off of
turn four for his first win of the year.Chris
Mackey outraced Andrew Ferguson to grab the lead to lead the
opening lap of the 35-Lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature
before almost a dozen cars were involved in a metal-crunching
at the flag stand three-drivers tried to occupy the same space
sending cars all over the speedway making contact and ending
up in a pile to the entry of turn one with last weeks
winner Tim Kerr rolling over. Cars involved besides Kerr were
Mike Bowman, Rob Bellinger, Chris Hile, Vic Coffey, Jimmy
Phelps, Matt Fink, Jeff Blackbun, Kyle Fink, Larry Wight and
Joe August Jr.. All drivers were okay and remarkably the only
cars who couldnt continue were Bellinger, Hile, Bowman
the green came out Chuck Bower would be the leader at the
5-Lap mark while Vitale chased Bower as he ran alone in the
second spot. Behind the top-two, Mackey, Andrew Ferguson,
Jim Witko Jr. and Pat Ward were locked in a tight fight for
third through sixth before a yellow would wave for Tim Sears
Jr. who had a broken driveshaft.On
the restart Vitale had his car working on the top of the speedway
as he would drive by Bower to be scored the new leader on
10-Laps complete, Vitale and Bower ran nose-to-tail and side-by-side
for the top spot with Ward within striking distance. Chad
Phelps and Witko were having a fight of their own for top-five
Lap-15 Vitale and Bower were still in a tight battle for the
lead with Ward, Matt Sheppard from 23rd and Chad Phelps still
in contention for a victory.With
10-Laps remaining Vitale was still the rabbit out front, running
the top of the speedway as Bower kept Vitale in sight. Sheppard,
Ward, Billy Decker and Chad Phelps were in a tight fight within
Lap-31 Sheppard moved into second and took off after Vitale.
Over the remaining laps Sheppard threw everything he had at
Vitale, at times pulling even with Vitale on different points
of the speedway. The veteran Vitale wasnt rattled as
he ran the top of the track to perfection winning the race
under the checkers by 00.289.Behind
Vitale and Sheppard, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps and Pat Ward
would finish third through fifth. Billy Decker, Larry Wight
with a beat-up car from the Lap-1 accident, Jim Witko Jr.,
Joe August Jr. from Lap-1 accident and Jimmy Phelps from the
same accident finished sixth through tenth.
(Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds 35 Laps) - VINNIE VITALE,
Matt Sheppard, Chuck Bower, Chad Phelps, Pat Ward, Billy Decker,
Larry Wight, Jim Witko Jr., Joe August Jr., Jimmy Phelps,
Matt Hulsizer, Ryan Bartlett, Chris Mackey, Andrew Ferguson,
Kyle Fink, Jeff Blackburn, Ryan Phelps, Matt Fink, Tim Sears
Jr., Mike Bowman, Robbie Bellinger, Chris Hile, Vic Coffey,
Sheppard Holds Off Decker at Grandview Speedway
DIRTcar points leader earns second victory of the season
BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. June 16, 2015 Matt Sheppard
stayed a step ahead of Billy Decker in lapped traffic over
the final 20 laps of the 18th annual Traffic Jam 60
to earn his second Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
win of the season and his first ever at Grandview Speedway
Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., started fourth after the Dig
Safely NY 811 redraw and was soon dicing with pole sitter
Billy Dunn in a battle for the lead that lasted until lap
19 when Sheppard took charge in the FX Caprara HBR #9h.
After a lone caution on lap three, the race stayed green.
Decker started fifth on the field and slipped under Dunn for
second on lap 24. He closed in on Sheppard several times,
but the Series point leader escaped in traffic each time.
Decker was a car-length away when time ran out.
Stewart Friesen rallied late to finish third, followed by
Dunn and Ryan Watt. Positions 6-10 went to Brett Hearn, Danny
Johnson, Grandview regular Duane Howard, Pat Ward and Tim
I saw the checkered flag and was relieved, said
Sheppard, the series point leader and first driver with more
than one win this season. This felt like the longest
60 laps ever. I know they call it the Traffic Jam.
Craig VonDohren, Grandviews leading all-time winner,
set a new track record (14.298) during Pole Position Raceway
Fast Time qualifying, but had to settle for 11th after starting
Matt had to deal with a lot of lapped cars, Decker
said. Hed clear them and then Id have to
wrestle with them. Win, lose or draw, it was a great race.
This is a great place for us to race at in the Series.
Friesen earned his podium finish after spirited duels with
Watt and Dunn, but he never managed to get close enough to
threaten Decker or Friesen.
Howard was the KSE Hard Charger of the race with his 8th-place
finish after starting 22nd.
The heats were won by VonDohren, Watt and Ryan Godown.
The next Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series event is
at Utica-Rome Speedway, Wednesday, June 24.
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Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report;
Grandview Speedway Traffic Jam 60; Bechtelsville,
Pa.; June 16, 2015
A-Main (60 laps):
1. 9h Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y.
2. 91 Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y. (5)
3. 7z Stewart Friesen, Sprakers, N.Y. (7)
4. 49 Billy Dunn, Watertown, N.Y. (1)
5. 14w Ryan Watt Boyertown, PA (2)
6. 20 Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J. (8)
7. 27J Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y. (10)
8. 66 Duane Howard, Oley, PA (22)
9. 42p Pat Ward, Genoa, N.Y. (6)
10. 19 Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y. (19)
11. 14s Craig VonDohren Oley, PA (9)
12. 65 Anthony Perrego, Montgomery, N.Y. (13)
13. 21a Peter Britten, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (3)
14. 16x Danny Creeden, Wurtsboro, N.Y. (17)
15. 98h Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y. (11)
16. 2 Jimmy Horton, Neshantic Station, N.J. (21)
17. 43 Keith Flach, Ravena, N.Y. (16)
18. Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brook, N.J. (18)
19. Adam Roberts, Watertown, N.Y. (20)
20. 747 Ryan Godown, Ringoes, N.J. (12)
21. 7 Rick Laubach, Quakertown, PA (14)
22. M40 Mark Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J, (23)
R40 Ryan Forte, Blue Anchor, N.J. (24)
99L Larry Wight, Phoenix, N.Y. (15)
Matt Billings, Brockville, Ontario (20)
Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 4 redraw)
1: VonDohren, Hearn, Sheppard, Decker, Perrego, Flach, Fuller,
2: Watt, Dunn, Britten, Johnson, Laubach, Creeden, Roberts,
M Forte Jr.
3: Godown, Ward, Friesen, Phelps, Wight, Scagliotta, Horton,
MATT SHEPPARD WINS THE VICTORIA 200 IN DOMINATING FASHION
AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
|VERNON, NY- The second night of Victoria 200 weekend at Utica-Rome
Speedway saw Matt Sheppard win the $10,000 payday after a
dominating performance in the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions
100 lap main event. It was Sheppards first win in a
big event at the track, adding to his already impressive resume
for the 2015 season. The night also saw the first race for
the Upstate Sportsman Alliance Series, which was run in unison
with the GRIT Sportsman Series. Eric Giguere won the feature
event for the 602 sportsman.
The Victoria 200 Modified 100 lap feature event came to the
opening green with Anthony Perrego and Brett Hearn at the
head of the field. On the first lap, Perrego took advantage
of his pole starting spot and took the lead on the bottom
side of the racing surface. Hearn, however, was not letting
Perrego drive away. Digging his right rear into the top groove,
Hearn completed a pass of the top spot on the second circuit,
opening up a lead. Behind him, Larry Wight was hot on his
heels as he also overtook Perrego using the top. The first
caution of the evening came out on the 13th lap as Stewart
Friesen took a ride over the top side of turns three and four.
The restart proved to be just what Wight needed, as he passed
Hearn for the lead the following lap.
Wight attempted to build a lead after his pass for first,
but he had some following in his tracks. Matt Sheppard after
starting in fifth, had drove his way through the rest of the
top five and was looking for the lead. Sheppards teammate,
Jimmy Phelps, had also cracked into the top five and was in
third by lap 20. Sheppard followed Wight as the two caught
up to slower traffic, and took the chance to reel in the leader.
With Wight still running a higher lane, Sheppard dove underneath
the leader and emerged as the front runner on lap 28. Sheppard
was able to create a sizable lead for himself, with Jimmy
Phelps trailing. As the laps ticked away, Ryan Phelps, who
had won a consolation race to start 21st, was navigating the
pack. When the race hit the halfway mark, Ryan Phelps had
worked his way into the top ten, sitting at eighth.
A few more yellow flags came as the race continued into the
second stanza, but Sheppard was getting an incredible run
off of the top side and was running each time the race was
restarted. By the 70th circuit, the top two were being chased
by Marc Johnson and Pat Ward. The top five didnt change
much as they worked their way through the rear of the pack
for the next twenty laps. The final yellow of the race flew
on lap 91, and the top five were bumper to bumper as Sheppard
brought the field to the final restart. Sheppard once again
got a great run out of the first two turns, and Jimmy Phelps
did not have enough to catch him in the final laps. Sheppard
took home his first big show victory at the speedway, and
walked away with the $10,000 check. Jimmy Phelps finished
in second, with Marc Johnson, Ward, and Ryan Phelps finishing
an impressive run by rounding out the top five. Erick Rudolph,
Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Danny Johnson, and Mike Mahaney filled
out the top ten.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED
FINISH (100 LAPS) MATT SHEPPARD,
Jimmy Phelps, Marc Johnson, Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Erick Rudolph,
Stewart Friesen, Jimmy Davis, Danny Johnson, Mike Mahaney,
Billy Decker, Bobby Varin, Chris Mackey, Steve Way, Claude
Hutchings Jr., Tim Fuller, Larry Wight, Randy Chrysler, Vic
Coffey, Anthony Perrego, Brett Hearn, Mike Ricci, Danny Varin,
Mike Bowman, Tim McCreadie, and Alan Johnson.
Sheppard Dominates Canandaigua Motorsports Park
N.Y. There was no catching Matt Sheppard after he took
the lead from pole sitter Steve Paine on lap nine of the 64-lap
Jan Corcoran Memorial Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series
event Wednesday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Sheppard had sizeable leads trimmed by four
cautions, but he was able to maintain control each time, including
a final restart on lap 48.
Larry Wight, Sheppards closest pursuer, drew within
four car-lengths of Sheppards FX Caprara No. 9h on the
final lap, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Paine
was third, followed by Brett Hearn and Billy Dunn.
This was a great race for a great lady, said Sheppard,
of Waterloo, N.Y. I dont know how I could have
done any better. Between me and this car and this track, its
quite a combination right now. I feel confident racing here.
Sheppard started fifth in a 28-car field, three spots better
We both had solid cars, but its hard to close
on somebody that strong on a big track that gets slippery,
Wight passed Paine for second a lap after the first caution
of the race for Billy Dunn, who slowed and then pitted to
replace a deflating right rear tire.
Dunn had started 25th. He raced into the top-10 on lap 42,
spent several laps dicing with Billy Decker for sixth and
closed in on Hearn for fourth, but couldnt get past
Decker, Mat Williamson, Matt Billings, Danny Johnson and Erick
Rudolph completed the top ten.
Earlier, Hearn had won the Pole Position Raceway Fast Time
Award, but after the Dig Safely NY 811 redraw, he started
The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series next stop
is at Brockville Ontario Speedway Wednesday, May 27. For more
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Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report
Jan Corcoran Memorial 64' Canandaigua, NY
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 A-Main (64 laps): start in (*)
9h Matt Sheppard Waterloo, N.Y. (5)
99L Larry Wight Phoenix, NY (8)
7x Steve Paine Waterloo, NY (1)
20 Brett Hearn Sussex, N.J. (11)
49D Billy Dunn Watertown, N.Y. (25)
91 Billy Decker Unadilla, N.Y. (10)
6m Mat Williamson St. Catherines, Ont (13)
74m Matt Billings Brockville, Ontario (6)
27J Danny Johnson Rochester, N.Y. (9)
7z Erick Rudolph Ransomville, N.Y. (19)
11. 42p Pat Ward Genoa, N.Y. (7)
98h Jimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, N.Y. (18)
99 Ryan Phelps Fulton, N.Y. (15)
3h Justin Haers Phelps, N.Y. (14)
8 Rob Bellinger -Cicero, NY (3)
38 Ryan Suscie Ransomville, NY (17)
14j Alan Johnson Middlesex, NY (20)
21a Pete Britten Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (27)
07 Tim Kerr Picton, Ont. (30)
43 Keith Flach Ravena, N.Y. (24)
55H Anthony Perriego Montgomery, NY (16)
77 Dan Wiesner Waterloo, NY (26)
51 Stewart Friesen Sprakers, NY (2)
32c Vic Coffey Leicester, NY (22)
4* Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY (4)
5H Chris Hile Syracuse, N.Y. (23)
19 Tim Fuller Edwards, NY (12)
21 Gary Tomkins Clifton Springs, NY (28)
SHEPPARD TAKES BREWERTON SEASON OPENER
BREWERTON, NY May 1, 2015 (By Dave Medler) Defending
Brewerton Speedway, Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modified
Champion Matt Sheppard served notice on Friday night that
he wasnt giving up his title easily.
advantage of an opening night draw spot that put him on the
front row, Sheppard took the lead at the drop of the green
flag that saw him lead every lap of the 35-Lap feature. Teammate
Jimmy Phelps could get within a few car lengths a couple of
times late in the going but never seriously challenged for
winners on Ferris Mowers night were, Dave Marcuccilli, SUNY
Canton Sportsman, Joe Isabell, Pro Race Cars Mod Lites and
Chuck Powelczyk, Hiltons Automotive Four-Cylinders.
bolted out to the lead at the drop of the green and by Lap-10
opened around a ten car length advantage. Behind Sheppard,
Tim Sears Jr., Billy Decker, Jimmy Phelps and Larry Wight
were not only chasing the leader but were locked in a tight
battle for second through fifth just before a quick yellow.
15-Laps showing on the scoring tower Sheppard opened a straightaway
lead in his FX Caprara Chevy/HBR/Mohawk Northeast/No.9H/Troyer.
Sears, Phelps and Wight were still putting on a show for second,
third and fourth with Decker sliding back to a distant fifth.
Lap-18, coming down the front straight, Wight would get by
Phelps for third. When Wight made the pass it was tight quarters
between him and Phelps causing Wight to bang the wall causing
a right rear flat. Wight made a trip to the pits and returned.
Lap-21 Phelps moved into second and took off after Sheppard.
With 10-Laps to go Phelps was slowly cutting into Sheppards
lead. Sears, Decker, Vinnie Vitale and Ryan Phelps fought
for third through sixth.
Lap-29 the final yellow would wave setting up a six-lap dash
to the checkers. Over the remaining laps Phelps threw everything
he had at Sheppard, but Sheppard was too strong as he went
under the checkers just over a second ahead of Phelps. Decker,
Sears and Ryan Phelps rounded out the top-five. Chuck Bower,
Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile and Matt Fink completed the
coming Friday, May 8 Ehrlich Pest Control presents a four-star
night of racing. On the race card will be the Tracey Road
Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds/SUNY Canton Sportsman/Pro Race
Cars Mod Lites and Hiltons Automotive Four Cylinders.
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35-Laps)- MATT
SHEPPARD, Jimmy Phelps, Billy Decker, Tim Sears Jr.,
Ryan Phelps, Chuck Bower, Vic Coffey, Pat Ward, Chris Hile,
Matt Fink, Tom Sears Jr., Vinnie Vitale, Rob Bellinger, Pat
OBrien, Larry Wight, Chris Mackey, Ryan Bartlett, Matt
Billings, Ryan Arbuthnot, Tim Kerr, Mike Bowman, Matt Hulsizer,
Jim Witko Jr., Dan Vauter. DNQ Chad Phelps, Dave Bartlett,
Danny OBrien, Roy Bresnahan, Joe August.