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


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

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


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

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