Kerr Scores First Super DIRTcar Series Victory in Bad Boy
Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sheppard captures his fourth series championship
By Jo Ann Davies
N.C. - Nov. 8, 2015 - For the first time in his young career
Canadian Big-Block Modified driver Tim Kerr of Picton, Ontario,
scored a Super DIRTcar Series win, and did so on Sunday night
at the premier Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track
strong second-place finish earned Waterloo, N.Y.'s Matt Sheppard
his fourth Super DIRTcar Series championship title and the
first for team owners, Al and Judy Heinke, of Heinke Baldwin
Racing. After his Friday night, fourth place feature finish
Sheppard held an 81-point lead over only other title contender,
Gypsum Express driver Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y.
who managed a 19th-place finish in the Friday night Bad Boy
Buggies World Finals, utilized the Saturday rain date to work
on his car and their efforts paid off with an $8,000 payday
is just awesome," Kerr said in victory lane. "We
are not going home for a day at least."
Britten of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, jumped out to
the early lead and held the point for the first 30 laps of
the 40-lap feature. A slight shift up the track on lap 30
off turn two by Britten gave Kerr the opportunity for an inside
power move that took him into the lead on the backstretch.
Once in the lead, he was never seriously challenged on his
way to the checkered flag. A jubilant crew, led by crew chief
Zach Aubertine, greeted their driver in victory lane where
Kerr jumped into their arms in celebration.
settled for fifth after leading the most laps. Second-place
finisher Sheppard worked his way forward, picking off cars
one by one, from his ninth-place starting position. Finishing
in positions three and four were Larry Wight in the Gypsum
Express #99L and Danny Johnson in the Fingerlakes Livestock
2010 when the Big-Block Modifieds joined the World Finals
and its unique format of two feature events in the three-day
program, seven different drivers have now won the 12 events
held to date.
only one caution on lap 18 for a SDS driver Keith Flach crash
in the Gould Erectors # 43, all drivers had to be on top of
the wheel to earn their finishing spots.
year's SDS Champion Billy Decker finished second in the point
battle with Jimmy Phelps finishing third, each maintaining
the position they entered in at the beginning of the night.
"Super" Matt Sheppard the road to his fourth Super
DIRT Series championship has been a successful one with 27
feature wins and track championship titles earned in 2015
at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Brewerton Speedway.
champions' victory lane ceremony was a real celebration for
the HBR team.
feels good," Sheppard said. "Al (Heinke) provides
us with such great equipment and it is well prepared. Our
crew is a great blend - some have been with me since the beginning.
even more excited than Sheppard is team owner Heinke who has
been involved in racing for many years. After many years of
supporting talented drivers, the HBR teams of Sheppard and
Phelps brought home two of the most coveted DIRTcar wins possible
- the World Finals and a Super DIRT Week win by Phelps in
the 358-Modified event.
was obviously humbled by the championship win.
is awesome," he said. "Matt has a great team around
him and we are really, really happy to have this championship.
It's just been a great year."
humbled and at the same time elated with his fourth championship,
Sheppard noted the championship was Heinke's first.
am so happy for him, no one is more deserving and I am more
happy for Al and Judy than myself," Sheppard said. "So
many great people have been involved including Troyer (Race
Cars) ... I believe this is their first championship in 15
years and they are just as deserving."
DIRTcar Northeast Series championship banquet will take place
on Saturday Nov. 21, in Syracuse, N.Y., at which time Kerr
and Sheppard will be honored.
DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte;
Concord, N.C.; Nov. 8, 2015
(30 LAPS) - 1. (07) Tim Kerr; 2. (9h) Matt Sheppard; 3. (99L)
Larry Wight; 4. (27J) Danny Johnson; 5. (21a) Peter Britten;
6. (74) Dave Blaney; 7. (91) Billy Decker; 8. (66h) Duane
Howard; 9. (15) Billy Pauch, Jr.; 10. (19) Tim Fuller; 11.
(115) Kenny Tremont; 12. (42p) Pat Ward; 13. (7z) Mat Williamson;
14. (98h) Jimmy Phelps; 15. (7T) Gary Tomkins; 16. (8) Rich
Scagliotta; 17. (32c) Vic Coffey; 18. Frank Cozze; 19. (66x)
Carey Terrance; 20. (6) Max McLaughlin; 21. (21) Yan Bussiere;
22. (20) Brett Hearn; 23. (37m) Jeremiah Shingledecker; 24.
(1d) Tyler Dippel; 25. (5*) Tyler Siri; 26. (19m) Jessey Mueller;
27. (48T) Dave Rauscher; 28. (5H) Chris Hile; 29. (27NY) Danny
Johnson Jr. 30. (66f) Stewart Friesen; 31. (43) Keith Flach;
32. (33) Mike Mahaney.
Heats (8 laps, top 4 transfer, winner to the redraw)
1: Pauch, Blaney, Ward, Scagliotta, Flach, Cozze DNS: Laubach,
August Jr., Sarkisian
2: Wight, Howard, Mueller, Shingledecker, Bussiere, Jonson
Jr., Hearn DNS: Vitale, Chrysler
3: Tremont, Kerr, Terrance, Williamson, Fuller, Phelps DNS:
Vitale, Von Dohren, Chrysler
4: Decker, Sheppard, Coffey, Hile, Friesen, Mahaney, Siri
DNS: DeLorenzo, Morey
5: Britten, McLaughlin, Johnson, Dippel, Tomkins, Rauscher
DNS: Rudolph, Gleason, Sears, Jr.
(from Thursday): 1. (6) Max McLaughlin, 15.897; 2. (115) Kenny
Tremont, 15.951; 3. (20) Brett Hearn,16.023; 4. (85) H.J.
Bunting, 16.102; 5. (66x) Carey Terrance, 16.137; 6. (91)
Billy Decker,16.144; 7. (07) Tim Kerr,16.146; 8. (15) Billy
Pauch Jr., 16.183; 9. (7z) Mat Williamson, 16.203; 10. (99L)
Larry Wight, 16.205; 11. (8) Rich Scagliot, 16.220; 12. (19)
Tim Fuller, 16.223; 13. (21a) Pete Britten, 16.235; 14. (74)
Dave Blaney, 16.244; 15. (37m) Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.276;
16. (19m) Jessey Mueller, 16.288; 17. (66h) Duane Howard,
16.300; 18. (9H) Matt Sheppard, 16.317; 19. (56) Vince Vitale,
16.347; 20. (25R) Erick Rudolph, 16.359; 21. (66f) Stewart
Friesen, 6.371; 22. (14s) Craig VonDohren, 16.383; 23. (27J)
Danny Johnson, 16.410; 24. (42p) Pat Ward, 16.412; 25. (7)
Rick Laubach, 16.449; 26. (35) Frank Cozze, 16.553; 27. (5H)
Chris Hile, 16.558; 28. (1d) Tyler Dippel, 16.561; 29. (21)
Yan Bussiere, 16.625; 30. (98h) Jimmy Phelps, 16.646; 31.
(32c) Vic Coffey, 16.661; 32. (43) Keith Flach, 16.709; 33.
(7T) Gary Tomkins, 16.710; 34. 56b) Mike Bowman, 16.726; 35.
(3d) Matt DeLorenzo, 16.728; 36. (27NY) Danny Johnson Jr.,
16.803; 37. (14g Ó Brian Gleason, 16.837; 38. (88)
Joe August Jr. 16.838; 39. (47) Bob Sarkisian, 17.000; 40.
(62s) Tom Sears Jr., 17.056; 41. (48T) Dave Rauscher, 17.095;
42. (5*) Tyler Siri, 17.187; 43. (33) Mike Mahaneyeqeq, 17.262;
44. (21k) Randy Chrysler, 00:00.000; 45. (14) C.G Morey, NT.
MATT SHEPPARD CONTINUES SUPER SEASON AT UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY
WITH BIG $10,000 NEW YORKER WIN
NY- Matt Sheppard completed his sweep of the $10,000 to win
Modified shows at Utica-Rome Speedway last Monday, September
7th, as he held off Billy Decker to win the New Yorker 100,
presented by Stampede Steakhouse. Sheppard also won the Victoria
event back on Memorial Day weekend in May. Victory lane was
shared by James Michael Friesen, who won an exciting race
in the Upstate Sportsman Alliance/Grit Series after a late
race pass of Rocky Warner. The win by Sheppard was his 10th
win of the season while it was Friesens first career
win at the Vernon oval.
The New Yorker 100 rolled onto the racing surface
with the previous nights feature winner sitting on the
pole, as Vic Coffey drew the top spot in the redraw. He was
accompanied on the front row by Alan Johnson. When the green
came out for the first time, Coffey slipped into the line
he used to win the night before, just above the very bottom
of the racing surface. Johnson stuck with him for the first
handful of laps,
but his spot became under siege as Matt Sheppard was looking
to continue his climb up the podium after starting in fourth.
Further behind them, Larry Wight was sniffing out the front,
using the moisture on the top side to break into the top five
and then the top three and on the hunt for Sheppard. He was
starting to close in when the first caution of the race on
lap 15 stalled the action.
restart allowed Wight to use the top side again to take second
away from Sheppard before starting his search for Coffey.
He was closing in on lap 20, and was on the rear bumper a
lap later, sliding to cushion and powering off the top. They
went side by side into the turns, but Coffey continued to
get strong runs off of the bottom and held off Wight down
the backstretch. In the west end of the speedway, Wight pounded
the tire off the top and was able to slip a tire in front
to take the lead. Going back into the first two turns, Coffey
stuck to his line and battled back to the top spot. As the
two reached lap traffic, Coffey used the slower cars to his
advantage and made some breathing room as he tried to run
away from Wight.
started to fade back as Coffey navigated his way through slower
traffic. Meanwhile, Sheppard was starting to turn faster and
faster laps from third; slowly tracking down Wight as they
battled with lapped cars. Behind them, just outside of the
top five, Billy Decker started to pick up the pace and was
inching closer to Johnson, who was running in fifth. With
the race reaching the halfway mark, Sheppard had caught Wight
and Decker had moved into the top five. Sheppard, who had
primarily used the bottom for most of the race, had shifted
lines and was now going to the top, while Wight started diving
to the lowest groove. The battled lasted for a handful of
laps, but Sheppard completed the pass off of the fourth corner
and took sole possession of second.
Sheppard was closing in on Coffey with 40 laps remaining,
the leader was getting caught up in traffic, with slower cars
running his lane on the bottom, forcing Coffey to search for
a groove higher up. Sheppard took advantage, closing in and
pulling even with Wight in tow. Coffey tried to hold onto
his lead, but Sheppard stole his line and took the lead. Wight
followed suit and took second. Sheppard began to pull away
as he moved back to the top, even as Wight searched around
for a line to catch him. The final podium spot belonged to
Decker, driving through the middle and reeling in the top
two. With 20 circuits left, Decker caught his teammate.
continued his use of the bottom while Decker wheeled his machine
in the middle groove. Decker pulled alongside Wight in the
turns, but Wight pulled away on the straightaway. Changing
his line just a little bit, Decker got a stronger run off
of the turns and pulled alongside Wight, finally taking second
with 12 to go. Two laps later, the second and final yellow
flag came out for Wight, who lost his left front tire on the
backstretch. The caution eliminated the sizable lead Sheppard
had gained, putting Decker on his rear bumper.
restart saw the top two stick together going into the first
two turns, Sheppard clinging to the bottom this time and Decker
sticking to his guns with the middle groove. It seemed that
Decker was faster at first, closing in on the bumper of Sheppard,
but the leader found some momentum and started to pull away,
pulling out to three car lengths in front with one to go and
holding on for the win. For Sheppard, it was his tenth feature
win on the season at the speedway, one shy of the record of
most wins in a season. With Decker in second, Coffey, Rob
Bellinger, and Johnson filled out the top five. Ryan Phelps,
Stewart Friesen, Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps, and Danny Varin trailed.
OF CHAMPIONS NEW YORKER RACE SUMMARY
NEW YORKER MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH (100 LAPS)-MATT SHEPPARD,
Billy Decker, Vic Coffey, Rob Bellinger, Alan Johnson, Ryan
Phelps, Stewart Friesen, Pat Ward, Jimmy Phelps, Danny Varin,
Mike Mahaney, Erick Rudolph, Danny Johnson, Tim Fuller, Mike
Bowman, Bobby Varin, Tim Schneider Jr., Larry Wight, Chris
Mackey, Elmo Reckner, Chris Hile, Jimmy Davis, Adam Roberts,
Eldon Payne Jr., and Vinnie Vitale.
B MAIN FINISH (12 LAPS)-ADAM ROBERTS, Jeff Rockefeller, Jessey
Mueller, Tim Mayne, Tom Tophoven, Steve Way, and CG Morey.
DNS-Ryan Arbuthnot, Ronnie Johnson, and Justin Boehler.
SHEPPARD, MARCUCCILLI, RUGGLES, WELCH AND CHAPMAN CLINCH DIVISION
TITLES ON CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT
Canandaigua, New York_ With double points on the line, several
of the divisions decided its championships last Saturday
night on Championship Night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
A hot steamy night met a good grandstand crowd, an anxious
pit full of observers, and drivers hoping to win their respective
division titles. Victor Excavating sponsored the nights
In the 35 lap Big Block Modified feature, it was Tim Fuller
winning his second of the season at Canandaigua Motorsports
Park. It was the final appearance in 2015 for the big Block
Modifieds at CMP.
Fuller was strong on the outside lane and took the lead from
Steve Paine on lap 26. In the end it was Fuller by 1.67 seconds
at the finish line over Paine. Alan Johnson took home a third
place while and Matt Sheppard finished fourth. Fifth was early
leader Brian Sage. Justin Haers was sixth and Justin Wright
was seventh. Chad Homan was eighth and Gary Tomkins was ninth.
Tenth was Dave Rauscher.
Heat winners were Alan Johnson and Eldon Payne Jr.
Matt Sheppards fourth place finish clinched the track Championship
for his sixth time at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. You
have to give Sheppard and his crew a lot of credit,
said Fuller afterwards. They are a real professional
you can come here an get eleven wins in a season is great,
said Matt of his 2015 season. We had one DNF and were
Block Modifieds (35)_
FULLER, Steve Paine, Alan Johnson, Matt Sheppard, Brian Sage,
Justin Haers, Justin Wright, Chad Homan, Gary Tomkins, Dave
Rauscher, Vic Coffey, Derrick Podsiadlo, Mike OBrian,
Eldon Payne Jr, Kevin Ridley, Dan Wiesner, Gil Tegg Jr, Jimmy
Jimmy Phelps Takes The Brewerton Speedway Checkers; Matt Sheppard
Crowned Modified Track Champion
By Dave Medler BREWERTON, NY September
4, 2015 It came down to a battle of teammates on the
final points night to decide the 2015 track championship
in the Tracey Road Equipment Modifieds.
In the 35-lap Modified feature Jimmy Phelps would take the
lead from Jim Witko Jr. on lap-22 and then would hold off
a late charge from Larry Wight to take the victory.
HBR teammate Matt Sheppard stayed out of trouble and brought
home an eighth place finish that would give him the title
by ten-points over Jimmy Phelps.
winners on NAPA & A-Verdi Storage Containers night were,
Corey Barker (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Joe Isabell (Pro Race
Cars Mod Lites) Jason Barney (Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints).
Track Champions) Matt Sheppard (Tracey Road Equipment
Modifieds) Jack Meeks (SUNY Canton Sportsman) Joe Isabell
(Pro Race Cars Mod Lites) Chuck Powelczyk (Hiltons Automotive
Witko Jr. would jump out to the narrow lead to set the pace
in the final 35-lap Tracey Road Equipment Modified feature
of the season.
10-laps complete Witko saw the lead he had built up shrink
as he had Vinnie Vitale and Tom Sears Jr. all over him in
a three-way slug-fest at the front of the field. Behind the
top-three Chuck Bower and Jimmy Phelps were having a fight
of their own in the top-five.
the 15-lap mark you could have thrown a blanket over Witko,
Vitale and Sears. Just a couple of car lengths back was Phelps
and Bower making it a five-way battle for the lead.
lap-19 Phelps made a bold going from fourth to second. Just
three-laps later Phelps found the bite he needed on the speedway
to be scored the new leader.
10-laps to go Phelps opened the biggest lead of the night
as Larry Wight, Witko, Sears and Bower showed on the scoring
yellow on lap-26 would erase Phelps' lead setting up a 9-lap
shootout to the checkers. Over the remaining laps Phelps would
search different lanes on the speedway to hold off a hard-charging
Wight. Billy Decker came on late to finish third with Witko
and Tom Sears Jr. rounding out the top-five.
your calendars for Friday & Saturday September 18-19 for
Duel At The Demon. On Friday there will be a 50-lap
Modified Shootout plus $1,000-to-win Upstate Sportsman Alliance
Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout Qualifier. Saturday,
McDonald's presents a 100-lap Big Block Modified Super DIRTcar
Series plus Sportsman and Mod Lites. Racing will start both
days at 7:30. Friday Adult grandstand admission is $20 Students
14 yrs. old and younger $5. Saturday Adult grandstand admission
is $25 Students 14 yrs. old and younger $10.
2015 racing season will wrap up in a big way during Super
DIRT Week. On Thursday, October 8th SUNY Canton Presents 23rd
Hurricane 100 DIRTcar 358 Modified Series plus DIRTcar Sportsman
Series. Racing will take the first green flag at 7:30.
questions you might have please contact Cory Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org
(315) 668-6906. For all the latest news visit www.brewertonspeedway.com
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& A-Verdi Storage Containers Night Results
Road Equipment Modifieds 35 Laps) JIMMY PHELPS, Larry
Wight, Billy Decker, Jim Witko Jr., Tom Sears Jr., Chuck Bower,
Chad Phelps, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Vinnie Vitale, Roy Bresnahan,
Chris Hile, Matt Hulsizer, Tim Kerr, Rob Bellinger, Ryan Phelps,
Danny Varin, Tim Sears Jr., Vic Coffey, DNS, Ryan Bartlett.
Tracey Road Equipment Modified Track Champion Matt
Sheppard finishes strong at Weedsport
leader lands $10,000 with 4th Series win
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. Aug. 5, 2015 Super DIRTcar Series
point leader Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y. took the lead
55 laps into the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway and
was fast and flawless the rest of the way to earn $10,000
with his 4th win in 12 races. Sheppard started eighth in the
FX Caprara/Mohawk Northeast No. 9h, stayed patient in the
early going and passed polesitter Danny Johnson to take first
place after several laps of jousting in lapped traffic.
Johnson slowed on the backstretch soon after surrendering
the lead bringing out the third caution. The ensuing restart
dramatically changed the complexion of the race. Billy Decker,
starting on the inside of row two, had a stuck throttle and
spun out in the first turn, collecting Peter Britten and Brett
Hearn, who had risen from 12th to 4th and was showing signs
of overtaking the leaders.
Decker left on the hook while Hearn pitted, advancing Tim
Fuller and Jimmy Phelps into the second row. Sheppard drove
away from teammate Jimmy Phelps at the drop of the green,
never to be closely challenged again. We were going
back and forth, sort of floating around in 6th or 7th for
quite a while, but then we had a pretty long green flag run
and next thing you know, there we were racing for the lead,
Sheppard said. Its great to win here. Its
truly one of the classiest tracks in the Northeast with a
lot of tradition.
Phelps was alongside Fuller on the restart that proved to
b Deckers undoing along with Hearn and Britten.
I was inches away from getting into it myself,
Phelps said. Thanks to all the fans for coming out.
We had a lot of great people behind us helping put this race
together. Pat Ward finished fourth after testing Fuller often
for third only to have lapped traffic cut down his angles.
Erick Rudolph got better as the race went along and drove
underneath Justin Haers with four laps remaining to complete
the top five. Positions 7-10 went to Larry Wight, Stewart
Friesen, Billy Dunn and Britten. Hearn, the Pole Position
Raceway Fast Award Winner gained little of the track he lost
after pitting for a tire following the Decker incident. The
next stop on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule is the Big
Show 7, which Hearn promotes, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway
in Malta, N.Y. Wednesday, August 12.
Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Statistical Report;
Weedsport Speedway; August 6, 2015
of Fame 100 A-Main
(100 laps): start in (*)
9h Matt Sheppard - Waterloo, N.Y. (8)
98h Jimmy Phelps - Baldwinsville, N.Y. (16)
Tim Fuller Edwards, N.Y. (7)
42p Pat Ward - Genoa, N.Y. (12)
Erick Rudolph Ransomville (13)
3 Justin Haers Phelps, N.Y. (6)
Larry Wight- Phoenix, N.Y. (10)
7z Stewart Friesen Sprakers, NY (11)
49 Billy Dunn - Watertown, N.Y. (22)
21a Peter Britten - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2)
X Chad Phelps Fulton, N.Y.(24)
20 Brett Hearn Sussex, NJ (12)
14J Alan Johnson Middlesex, N.Y.(3)
33 Mike Mahaney King Ferry, N.Y. (27)
1s Rob Bellinger Cicero, N.Y. (28)
1x Tyler Dippel Walkill, N.Y. (4)
28p Eldon Payne Jr. Hopewell, N.Y. (23)
48T Dave Rauscher Waterloo, N.Y. (29)
02 Roy Bresnahan Fulton, N.Y. (30)
43 Keith Flach - Ravena, N.Y. (20)
8 Rich Scagliotta Bound Brook, N.J. (9)
91 Billy Decker - Unadilla, N.Y. (5)
23. 27J Danny Johnson - Rochester, N.Y. (1)
24. 32 Vic Coffey Leicester, N.Y. (19)
25. 19w Justin Wright Niagara Falls, N.Y. (17)
26. 99 Ryan Phelps Fulton, N.Y. (14)
27. 93 Ryan Bartlett Adams Center, N.Y. (26)
28. 16 Mike Bowman Baldwinsville, N.Y. (25)
29. 3B Chad Brachmann Sanborn, N.Y. (18)
30. 84 Gary Tomkins Clifton Springs, N.Y. (21)
DID NOT START
99b Chuck Bower
63 Adam Roberts
56 Vince Vitale
26 Rich Rickner
Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, top 3 redraw)
Heat 1: Hearn, Britten, A Johnson, Rudolph, Wright, Payne,
Heat 2: Fuller, Friesen, Scagliotta, R Phelps, Brachmann,
Tomkins, Mahaney, Richner
Heat 3: Wight, Sheppard, D Johnson, Ward, Coffey, Dunn, C
Phelps, Bartlett, Roberts
Heat 4: Haers, Decker, Dippel, J Phelps, Flach, Bresnahan,
Bellinger, Blackburn, Bowers
Consi 1: Tomkins, Payne, Bowman, Mahaney, Rauscher
Consi 2: Dunn, C Phelps, Bartlett, Bellinger, Bresnahan
MATT SHEPPARD RACES TO THE WIN THIS PAST SUNDAY AT UTICA-ROME
SPEEDWAY FOR FIFTH VICTORY OF THE SEASON
July 13, 2015 John Tiff
VERNON, NY- Matt Sheppard gave himself a birthday present
this past Sunday, July 12, as he raced his way to another
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win, his fifth of the season
at the speedway, on HR Refuse and Wilber-Duck Chevrolet night.
Alan Fink was the victor in the 602 Sportsman, claiming his
first career win while Steve Way took the win in the Open
Sportsman. Chris Carr survived a one lap dash to the finish
to take his first win of the season in the Pro Street Stocks.
In the visiting Go Nuclear Late Models, Aaron Jacobs pulled
off the huge upset to claim his first win in dominating fashion.When
the Modifieds took head starter Matt 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 five positions.Sheppard motored
away from the field but business was picking up the second
spot as Mahaney, Friesen, Bowman, and Wight were swapping
spots lap after lap. The four drivers put an incredible display
of driving as they battled for the runner-spot with Mahaney
holding on to the spot for the Friesen and Wight using every
inch of the wide track to try to get by. On the last lap with
Sheppard comfortably out front, Friesen made the pass to grab
the second spot from Mahaney at the stripe with Mahaney, Bowman,
and Wight rounding out the top five. Ward, Vic Coffey, Matt
Hulsizer, Chris Mackey, and Tim Mayne filled out the top 10
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.