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David Gravel Victorious at New Egypt Speedway Pittman's winning streak comes to an end

By: Mandee Pauch

NEW EGYPT, N.J. - May 24, 2017 - David Gravel continued his east coast dominance Wednesday night at New Egypt Speedway by picking up his third win of the last four World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series races and his eighth-overall win for the 2017 season. Gravel, no stranger to the D-shaped clay oval, cut his teeth in Sprint Car racing at New Egypt in his URC Sprint Car.

"I'm glad I could win in front of everybody here that came out to watch me," Gravel said. "I have to thank Barry, Derek and Zack for working hard to give me a good car; I just have to do my part."

Jason Johnson and Gravel lead the 24-car field to the green flag to start the 30-lap Feature. Gravel dove into turn one and came out of turn two as the new leader on the initial start and never looked back.

The first caution of the night was brought out on lap six for a slow Tyler Ross.

Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet put pressure on Johnson for second on the restart as they went three-wide going into turn one. Sweet came out on top as he pulled away in second.

Dave Blaney, Jason Sides and Davey Sammons went upside-down in turns one and two bringing out the red flag on lap seven, all drivers were ok. The four-time defending race winner, Daryn Pittman was also involved, causing wing damage and a broken front axle.

After spending time in the work area, Sides, Pittman and Sammons were able to rejoin the back of the field. Blaney suffered too much damage to return.

After the field got going again, Gravel was able to get back out front and hold a steady lead over Sweet until they caught lap traffic on lap 14.

Gravel maneuvered his way through the lap cars smoothly until Sweet and Schatz started the second and third-place cars a glimmer of hope.

With four laps remaining. Schatz dove under Sweet going into turn one and took away the second spot by the time he exited for the back stretch.

Schatz then set his sights on Gravel but only to have a lap car act has a pick as they exited out of the final turn.

"I'm sure he was close," mentioned Gravel about Schatz. "I really couldn't do anything. It was a pretty narrow track but I just tried not to slip up. I don't know if he was running high or low. I was trying to be patient in lap traffic."

Gravel crossed the line and took the victory over Schatz, Sweet, Shane Stewart and Jason Johnson. Gravel is red-hot on the east coast having won three races in the last week.

"It's been a great year and hopefully we keep doing this," Gravel noted.

The 2016 defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion, Schatz, felt his car wasn't good enough to beat Gravel.

"We got there in traffic but that's what it was going to take to win the race," Schatz said. "The lap cars were pretty tough to get around. He was better than we were in the open. You're not going to win these races anymore if you're not a very good car and we just haven't seem to get that right rear feel. We'll keep working on it."

Third-place finisher, Sweet, was happy with his performance in his No. 49 machine despite rough track conditions.

"There were some holes out there and lap traffic and that's what easily wins or loses it," Sweet added. "We were right there on David and tried to move up a little bit but there wasn't much up there. David did a good job and just kind of managed the race and kept his car out front in the right position."

Shark Racing ran into hauler troubles heading to New Egypt forcing them to arrive late. Logan Schuchart tagged on to the back of the heat race while Jacobs Allen's car arrived later and made it just in time for the Last Chance Showdown. Schuchart transferred to the feature through the Last Chance Showdown from last place and finished in a solid 12th-place finish, grabbing the KSE Hard Charger Award in the process.

Pittman, who had won the last four races at New Egypt, was set to start ninth in the third heat and immediately went pit side to change an engine after trailing oil on the track. Pittman qualified second in the Last Chance Showdown to transfer into the Feature. He was then tangled up in an early wreck, damaging the wing and breaking the front axle. Pittman made it back out and finished 14th.

Donny Schatz kicked off the night with the fastest time in time trials with a time of 13.422. Heat races went to Stewart, Shaffer and Gravel. Johnson won the Craftsman Club Dash and Jason Sides won the last chance showdown.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, May 26 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Outlaw Showdown. Last year saw Greg Wilson find his way to the big stage under the lights over Shane Stewart and Cole Duncan.

New Egypt Speedway Results:

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [2][$6,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$2,000]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6][$1,800]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$1,500]; 6. 37-J.J. Grasso [11][$1,400]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$1,350]; 8. 4-Paul McMahan [7][$1,300]; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8][$1,250]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [10][$1,200]; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$900]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [24][$800]; 13. 17-Joey Saldana [9][$700]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [20][$650]; 15. 7-Kyle Reinhardt [18][$600]; 16. 13D-Danny Dietrich [12][$550]; 17. 89-Robbie Stillwagon [14][$500]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$500]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$500]; 20. 747-Davey Sammons [21][$500]; 21. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [23][$500]; 22. 71M-Dave Blaney [15][$500]; 23. 5R-Tyler Ross [17][$500]; 24. W20-Greg Wilson [22][$500]

Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30
KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+12]

Qualifying : 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.422; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.53; 3. 5-David Gravel, 13.533; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.624; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.631; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.661; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.684; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.707; 9. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.73; 10. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.73; 11. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.746; 12. 71M-Dave Blaney, 13.769; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 13.8; 14. 37-J.J. Grasso, 13.805; 15. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 13.852; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.884; 17. 91-Anthony Fiore, 13.962; 18. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.976; 19. 747-Davey Sammons, 14.03; 20. 5R-Tyler Ross, 14.043; 21. 7-Kyle Reinhardt, 14.043; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.051; 23. 89-Robbie Stillwagon, 14.128; 24. 27Z-Sean Zemunik, 14.182; 25. 73B-Brett Michalski, 14.305; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.575; 27. 28F-Davie Franek, 14.588; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, NT; 29. 1S-Logan Schuchart, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 747-Davey Sammons [7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 9. 73B-Brett Michalski [9]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 4. 37-J.J. Grasso [5]; 5. 89-Robbie Stillwagon [8]; 6. 5R-Tyler Ross [7]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]; 8. 91-Anthony Fiore [6]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich [5]; 5. 71M-Dave Blaney [4]; 6. 7-Kyle Reinhardt [7]; 7. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [8]; 8. 28F-Davie Franek [9]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 2. 5-David Gravel [4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer to Feature: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1][-]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [3][-]; 3. 747-Davey Sammons [4][-]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [5][-]; 5. 27Z-Sean Zemunik [6][-]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][-]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$300]; 8. 91-Anthony Fiore [2][$250]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [8][$225]; 10. 73B-Brett Michalski [7][$200]; 11. 28F-Davie Franek [9][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Greg Wilson; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Super Flow ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, N/A; Craftsman/Sears: Tim Shaffer; KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Danny Dietrich; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Sean Zemunik.

SEASON WINNERS

Donny Schatz - 9 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13);
David Gravel - 8 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24.)
Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil’s Bowl on April 14)
Brad Sweet - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil’s Bowl on April 15)
Logan Schuchart - 2 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12)
Brian Brown – 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7);
Rico Abreu – 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller – 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14).

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May
01

Pauch Racing Recap 5/1/17

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Mandee Pauch Relations – May 1st, 2017 – It was a fifty-fifty weekend for Pauch Jr. who had two top five finishes and two bad ones this past weekend.

“Overall though, it was a solid weekend for us,” Pauch Jr. said.

Pauch Jr.’s weekend started off Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway. Pauch qualified second in his heat race after starting sixth.

“We started eighth in the feature,” Pauch Jr. said. “We were able to take the lead around lap ten. Unfortunately we were kind of holding on. Craig (Von Dohren) was a little better than us and got me on the restart.”

Pauch Jr. rounded out the Friday night feature with a runner up finish to Von Dohren.

New Egypt Speedway Victory Lane --Photo Credit: Dave Kovacs/RacersGuide.com



Saturday saw Pauch Jr. at his home track, New Egypt Speedway. Pauch Jr. rolled off eighth in his heat and battled his way through to a third place finish.

On card Saturday at New Egypt Speedway were twin-twenties. The first feature Billy started seventeenth due to handicapping. “We drove up to fifth and unfortunately got a left rear flat tire,” noted Pauch Jr. “We made it back out and made it back up to twelfth.”

Thanks to the invert draw of twelve, Pauch Jr. started on the pole for the second twin twenty feature. “I was able to hold off for the win and pick up win number two of the year.”

Closing out the three-day race weekend, Pauch Jr. went to Bridgeport Speedway on Sunday.

With luck of the draw Pauch Jr. started on the pole in his heat race and was able to pick up the win.

“After the heat race we felt like we were okay,” Pauch Jr. said. “We redrew sixth for the feature. We were making ground and were up to fourth when the motor blew up.”

Overall, Pauch Jr. was happy with his weekend. Next up Pauch Jr. will be at Big Diamond Speedway this Friday, May 5th and Saturday at New Egypt Speedway on May 6th. Pauch Sr. will be back at Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday, May 6th.

PAUCH RACING QUICK RESULTS –

Billy Pauch Jr.
April 14 – Big Diamond Speedway; Heat: 2 (6); Feature: 2 (8)
April 15 – New Egypt Speedway; Heat: 3 (8); Feature 1: 12 (17); Feature 2: 1 (1)
April 15 – Bridgeport Speedway; Heat 1 (1); Feature: DNF (6)

PAUCH RACING SEASON STATS -

Billy Pauch Sr.
6 races - 1 top 5, 2 top 10

Billy Pauch Jr.
12 races – 2 wins, 5 top 5’s, 7 top 10

UP NEXT –

Billy Pauch Sr.
Saturday, May 6th – Bridgeport Speedway

Billy Pauch Jr.
Friday, May 5th - Big Diamond Speedway
Saturday, May 6th – New Egypt Speedway

MEDIA LINKS –

Billy Pauch Sr.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/billypauch

Billy Pauch Jr.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/billypauchjr
Twitter: www.twitter.com/billpauch
Website: www.billypauchjr.com

APPAREL –

All Pauch Sr. and Jr. racing apparel will be available for sale at their racecar trailer during events they compete in.

Bicknell Racing Products

For more than 30 years, Bicknell Racing Products based out of St. Catherines, Ontario has developed into the industry leader with state of the art equipment and facilities. For more information, visit www.bicknellracingproducts.com.

“I’ve been dealing with Bicknell racing since 2005,” noted Pauch Jr. “We’ve had a lot of success together. I’m happy to be continuing our partnership with them.”

Pauch Racing would also like to thank K&A Excavating, Growers Garden Center, Pioneer Pole Buildings, Specialty Rigging, Husqvarna Bish Sales, First Choice Auto Equipment, Atlantic Sprinkler, Vandale Properties, Al’s Sunoco, Wayne Subaru, Degre Engineering, Ken’s Tire, ACM Tool & Die, M&T Tree Service, Danny’s Pizza Pizzaz, Phillip’s Garage, Lealands.com, Berks Seal Coating, Weaknect Archery, Liv N Green Landscaping, Premio Italian Sausage, Art’s Radiator, Jones Racing Products, Sunoco, GME, Bicknell Racing Products, Auto Meter, MSD, Bilstein Shocks, ISC Racers Tape, Seals-It, Zemco, Sway-A-Way, Green Filters, ASF, Fel-Pro, Bob Hilbert, Wiz Fab, American Racer, Kirkey and Suspension Springs for their continued support.

MANDEE PAUCH RELATIONS –
Mandee Pauch Relations specializes in affordable public relations and media management for drivers, race teams, racetracks, businesses, sponsors, events and more. MPR provides a wide array of services that individuals in the racing industry require in order to advance in the sport.

To meet the media relations needs of your program contact Mandee Pauch at mandee@mandeepauchrelations.com.

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May
01

HBR Racing Recap 5/1/17

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Mandee Pauch Relations – May 1st, 2017 – The HBR team kicked off the 2017 season in the northeast this past Saturday at Fulton Speedway for the Super DIRTcar Series High Bank Holdup.

Jimmy Phelps..Photo Credit:Jeremiah Fish



Jimmy Phelps started they day off strong in his heat race. “We were consistently decent all night,” mentioned Phelps. “We had a really tough heat and qualified well. We were able to put ourselves up against some really good cars. We were pretty competitive.”

Phelps finished third in his heat race, putting him in the redraw for the 100-lap main event.

After a pre-race redraw, Phelps rolled off fourth for the feature.

“In the feature we were just far enough off from first and second but I thought all in all we had a real good, consistent night. I feel that we have something good to work with.

Phelps took the momentum of a podium finish to Billy Decker and Matt Sheppard in the High Bank Holdup at Fulton Speedway for the first Super DIRTcar Series point’s race of the season.

Max McLaughlin lined up seventh in his heat race. “We were coming through the field in the heat and was up to fourth when we started to have engine troubles,” McLaughlin said.

After having motor problems in the heat race, McLaughlin and the crew pulled out their back up car. McLaughlin mentioned the car had yet to hit a racetrack before Saturday night.

McLaughlin struggled to come through in the consi with the backup car and was forced to take a provisional after missing the transfer.

“We had a good car,” McLaughlin said. “It was just tough to pass due to the track being rubber down and only having one caution. We started 28th and were able to drive through and finish 16th. We caught a tough break but I’m hoping for better luck at Bridgeport for the next Series race.”

The HBR team’s next race will be at Brewerton Speedway on Friday, May 5th for their season opener and Fulton Speedway on Saturday, May 6th.

HBR QUICK RESULTS

Jimmy Phelps
April 29 – Futon Speedway; Heat: 3 (3); Feature: 3 (4)

Max McLaughlin
April 29 – Fulton Speedway; Heat: 11 (7); Consi: 6 (9); Feature: 16 (28)

HBR SEASON STATS –

Jimmy Phelps
3 races - 1 top fives, 3 top 10’s

Max McLaughlin
3 races - 2 top fives, 2 top 10’s

UP NEXT –

Friday, May 5th - Brewerton Speedway
Saturday, May 6th - Fulton Speedway

MEDIA LINKS –

HBR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hbrmotorsports
Twitter: www.twitter.com/HBR_Racing

Jimmy Phelps
Website: www.jimmyphelps.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JimmyPhelps
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jimmy_phelps
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jimmyphelps

Max McLaughlin
Website: www.maxmclaughlinracing.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MaxMcLaughlinRacing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MaxMcLaughlin_
Instagram: www.instagram.com/maxmclaughlin_

Dave Blaney
Twitter: www.twitter.com/BuckeyeBullet10

APPAREL –

The HBR team has apparel available for sale at their racecar trailer during events they compete in this season.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHTS –

JIMMY PHELPS’ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – J&B Installations

J&B Installations is the leader of the commercial and industrial roofing trade in Upstate New York. Located in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., J&B has the expertise, resources and craftsmanship for any project that may come their way. For more information, visit www.jbinstallations.com.

“J&B has been with me for about fifteen years,” Phelps said. “They’ve been with me to support my career right from the early days. I can’t thank them enough especially staying with me after transitioning to a different team. They’re a big part of my racing career.”

Phelps would also like to thank J&B Installations, Mohawk Northeast, JRI Shocks, Teo Pro Car, Strange Oval, Winters Performance, Bob Bruneau, Simpson Race Products, VP Fuels, Fragola Performance Systems, Jones Racing Products, Wildwood, FK Rod Ends, Cobra Motorhomes, Bert Transmissions, Eibach, Industrial, Tire of CNY, Driven Racing Oil and Arts Radiator for their continued support.

MAX MCLAUGHLIN’S SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – JRi Shocks

JRi Shocks is a suspension solutions provider company located in Mooresville, N.C. that comprises over 100 years of collective experience in shock absorbers, hydraulics and electronics in professional racing and no racing applications. For more information, visit www.jrishocks.com

“Their shocks are the best,” noted McLaughlin. “Without their shock package we wouldn’t have been able to come from deep in the field on Saturday. They’re great to work with and have a great product.”

McLaughlin would also like to thank Textron Off Road, Mohawk Northeast Inc., Simpson Race Products, Wienerschnitzel, Just Let Me Do It Commercial Services, Eibach Springs, Max Papis Inc., HBR, Bob Bruneau, Nitro Manufacturing, Maxima Racing Oils, Winters Performance Products, Hoosier, Cobra, TEO Pro Car, Pro Bar, Strange Oval, JRI Shocks, Absolute Audio, Fragola Performance Systems, Wilwood, Lincoln Electric, VP Racing Fuel, Jones Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Bert Transmission, ASI Racewear, Swindell Speed Lab, Walker Performance Filtration Systems, HD Designs, Torie Costa Foundation and Butler Built Seats for their continued support.

MANDEE PAUCH RELATIONS –
Mandee Pauch Relations specializes in affordable public relations and media management for drivers, race teams, racetracks, businesses, sponsors, events and more. MPR provides a wide array of services that individuals in the racing industry require in order to advance in the sport.

To meet the media relations needs of your program contact Mandee Pauch at mandee@mandeepauchrelations.com. For more information on MPR, visit www.mandeepauchrelations.com.

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Oct
30

Sheppard Breaks Out The Broom

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Contact: Mandee Pauch
DIRTcar Racing PR
908-892-1061 | MPauch@dirtcar.com

Sheppard Breaks Out The Broom

Nothing says champion like sweeping the weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. - October 29, 2016 - Matt Sheppard, the driver of the FX Caprara No. 9s Big Block Modified, made a mark in history this weekend as he broke a record and won his fifth Super DIRTcar Series Championship. Sheppard proved once again that he was the man to beat Saturday night during the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

"This place was so racy tonight," said Sheppard in victory lane. "These big blocks put on a heck of a show tonight. We were racing two, three, four wide there. Last time we started on the pole and led the whole race. I was happy to get that win and tonight was even more satisfying. Starting in the back a little bit further and driving through the field. I just can't say enough about this racecar. It was just fantastic."

Pat Ward and Justin Haers led the 29-car field to the initial green flag. On the drop of the green, a four-car battle for the lead emerged as Ward, Hears, Brett Hearn and Billy Decker all ran wire-to-wire - until Haers took the lead and pulled away from the field on lap two.

Decker, who started fifth, slid his way into third as he began to chase down Ward.

It didn't take long for eighth place starter, Sheppard, to make his way into the picture as he slipped his way under Tim Fuller and advanced into fifth on lap ten.

The first caution of the night was brought out due to a slow moving Mike Mahaney.

Racing once again resumed but not for long as Ryan Watt made hard contact with the turn one wall on lap 12.

Keith Flach, Erick Rudolph and Mike Maresca made contact going into turn three, sending Flach flipping on lap 14.

The third restart of the night saw Hearn running the outside line as Sheppard tried to sneak up underneath him. Hearn didn't give up that easily as he managed to close the door on Sheppard.

Justin Haers held a steady lead at the halfway mark over Ward, Decker, Hearn and Sheppard.

The battle for third began to heat up as Hearn and Sheppard started closing in on Decker on lap 24.

Wight soon made his way into the picture as four cars began to battle side-by-side for the third position.

As the battle for third continued, Haers caught the back end of the pack with just eight laps remaining.

Sheppard was a man on the move as he moved his way into third on lap 32 then soon began to close in on Ward.

Sheppard charged hard into one and slid up out of two to pass Ward for second on lap 35.

Haers got out of shape coming out of turn four and Sheppard was there to take advantage. Sheppard blew by Hears on the front stretch and went on to take the lead on lap 36.

Another yellow was thrown with two laps to go due to a slowing Tyler Dippel.

Ward took advantage of the lap 38 restart as he drove by Haers for second, setting his sights on Sheppard.

Ward ran out of time and fell one spot short as Sheppard crossed the line first over Ward, Haers, Hearn and Wight to sweep the weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and to capture his fifth Super DIRTcar Series Championship.

"It's like we flipped a light switch there about halfway and that thing just took off like a missile," Sheppard said. "When I could see Justin and Pat there I wanted to win this race again. I didn't want to settle for third. Thankfully this car was good enough that we could do it."

Ward had a competitive car as it showed this weekend during World Finals by placing his No. 42p Big Block Modified in the top five in both features.

"Sheppard has had a very dominant car. You can't say enough about the way he's been running," Ward said. "Justin bobbled one time and it just happened to be when Matt was up under me and I was just kind of hoping Justin did that sooner so I could get by. It was a heck of a race between the three of us."

Friday nights second place finisher was looking to get the job done and move one spot forward but ended up closing out the season with a third place finish.

"We'll take it. We were on a little bit different tire than Pat and Matt," Haers said. "I wanted to move down because the top was getting so far out there, my right front was harder than both of these guys. I just couldn't turn anymore, then I'd get lose up off.

A true podium finish in Charlotte, we can't complain."

"I honestly didn't know how many laps were left," laughed Sheppard. "I knew there couldn't be a ton. I was running just as hard as I could and luckily we were able to get to the lead. When we got the lead it was kind of a sigh of relief. Again, I didn't want to see that yellow at the end but just like last night this car is so good. It felt good to win the race last night but to do it the way we did it tonight felt even better."

Sheppard proved early on in the season that his new team combination was a force to reckoned with. "It's kind of funny, we started off good in Florida and came out strong. Then the first series race at Fulton I think I finished seventeenth or something, it was awful. Then after that it was like we just really got rolling. I mean twelve series wins in one year, wow, that's unbelievable. I think we even had four or five seconds too. When you can finish first or second in 17 of the races that's pretty impressive. It just goes to show we built a potent team this winter. We had all the right parts, crew, car, engines, the whole deal. Everybody and everything did its job. It's just a dream season."

Matt Sheppard was no stranger to doing the confetti dance in victory lane this year as he broke the record for the most wins in a season and clinched the Super DIRTcar Series championship, for the fifth time.

A-Main (40 laps) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 2. 42p-Pat Ward, 3. 3-Justin Haers, 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 5. 99l-Larry Wight, 6. 27j-Danny Johnson, 7. 19-Tim Fuller, 8. 91-Billy Decker, 9. 84-Gary Tomkins, 10. 18h-Peter Britten, 11. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 12. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 13. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 14. 01-Chris Raabe, 15. 44-Stewart Friesen, 16. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 17. 6m-Mat Williamson, 18. 1-Tyler Dippel, 19. 10h-Dave Blaney, 20. 35-Frank Cozze, 21. 66-Rick Laubach, 22. 19b-Brett Kresley, 23. 7m-Mike Maresca, 24. 43-Keith Flach, 25. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 26. 14w-Ryan Watt, 27. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 28. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 29. 88m-Mike Mahaney

Last-Chance Showdown No. 1: 1. 43- Keith Flach; 2. 35- Frank Cozze; 3. 19b - Brett Kresley; 4. 07 - Tim Kerr; 5. 13 - Rick Regalski Jr.; 6. 21 - Gary Edwards Jr.; 7. 37m - Jeremiah Shingledecker; 8. 48T - Dave Rauscher; 9. 747 - Ryan Godown; 10. 17J - Matt Janiak; 11. 19w - Justin Wright.

Last-Chance Showdown No. 2: 1. 15 - Billy Pauch Jr.; 2. 43h - Jimmy Horton; 3. 115- Kenny Tremont Jr.; 4. 8- Rich Scagliotta; 5. 96 - Jean-Francois Corriveau; 6. 6h- Max McLaughlin; 7. 88m - Mike Mahaney; 8. R13- Ralph McBride; 9. 88-Joe August Jr.

Saturday Heat 1 - 1. 42p-Pat Ward, 2. 14w-Ryan Watt, 3. 01-Chris Raabe, 4. 7m-Mike Maresca, 5. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 6. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 7. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 9. 17J-Matt Janiak

Saturday Heat 2 - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 3. 6m-Mat Williamson, 4. 10h-Dave Blaney, 5. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 7. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 8. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker

Saturday Heat 3 - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 84-Gary Tomkins, 4. 25r-Erick Rudilph, 5. 747-Ryan Godown, 6. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 7. 07-Tim Kerr, 8. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 9. 19w-Justin Wright

Saturday Heat 4 - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 4. 27J-Danny Johnson, 5. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 6. 43-Keith Flach, 7. 5h-Chris Hile, 8. 66x-Carey Terrance, 9. 88-Joe August Jr.

Saturday Heat 5 - 1. 91-Billy Decker, 2. 1-Tyler Dippel, 3. 66-Rick Laubach, 4. 44-Stewart Friesen, 5. 19-Brett Kresley, 6. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 7. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 8. R13-Ralph McBridge

Saturday Group 1 Qualifier - 1. 01-Chris Raabe, 16.050; 2. 7m-Mike Maresaca, 16.092; 3. 14w-Ryan Watt, 16.196; 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 16.212; 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 16.251; 6. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 16.295; 7. 17j-Matt Janiak, 16.304; 8. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr., 16.577; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 16.740; 10. 21-Gary Edwards Jr., 33.580

Saturday Group 2 Qualifier - 1. 3-Justin Haers, 15.860; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 15.962; 3. 10h-Dave Blaney, 16.027; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson, 16.108; 5. 15-Billy Pauch Jr., 16.152; 6. 88m-Mike Mahaney,16.407; 7. Y21-Yan Bussiere, 16.451; 8. 37m-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.527; 9. 35-Frank Cozze, 32.704

Saturday Group 3 Qualifier - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 15.955; 2. 84-Gary Tomkins, 16.073; 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 16.097; 4. 19w-Justin Wright, 16.098; 5. 07-Tim Kerr, 16.155; 6. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 16.170; 7. 747-Ryan Godown, 16.292; 8. Max McLaughlin, 16.295; 9. 66m-J.R. McGinley, 16.538

Saturday Group 4 Qualifier - 1. 99l-Larry Wight, 15.878; 2. 18h-Peter Britten, 15.898; 3. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 16.037; 4. 43-Keith Flach, 16.039; 5. 27j-Danny Johnson, 16.278; 6. 5h-Chris Hile, 16.280; 7. 66x-Carey Terrance, 16.345; 8. 43h-Jimmy Horton, 16.355; 9. 88-Joe August Jr., 16.780

Saturday Group 5 Qualifier - 1. 91-Billy Decker, 15.913; 2. 66-Rick Laubach, 16.006; 3. 1-Tyler Dippel, 16.216; 4. 19b-Brett Kresley, 16.216; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen, 16.339; 6. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 16.453; 7. 96-Jean-Francois Corriveau, 16.465; 8. R13-Ralph McBride, 17.513; 9. 11R-Robbie Bellinger, NT

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