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Sheppard Seals the Championship in Grand Fashion with a Win at Textron Off Road World Finals

Matt Sheppard caps off comeback en route to sixth Super DIRTcar Series Title

CONCORD, NC - Nov. 4, 2017 - During the final night of competition at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, Matt Sheppard capped off one of the greatest comebacks in Super DIRTcar Series history. The Waterloo, NY driver who was looking down and out after serving a suspension halfway through the season, clawed his way back to the top. In true champion fashion, Sheppard went out by visiting Victory Lane for the 12th time this year and secured his third straight and sixth overall Super DIRTcar Series championship.

After the re-draw to determine the top-five starting positions, Matt Sheppard drew the pole and would lead the field to the green flag for the 40-lap Feature event. Looking determined as ever to pick up that 12th victory to tie his own record of most wins in a single-season, Sheppard rocketed out to a commanding lead over Ravena, NY's Keith Flach.

Early in the 40-lap event, Sheppard's closest championship competitor Billy Decker made his way up inside the top-five after starting eighth on the grid.

Setting a blistering pace, the leaders started to make their way through lap traffic. Sheppard took some risky-chances as he was maneuvering his way through and was able to expand his lead over Flach to over two seconds.

As the race went on, the pressure on Sheppard started to lift as Decker started to fade through the field.

"We were moving up but then we had that long caution and a tire just quit after that and had a bottom restart and couldn't get going," said Billy Decker.

Much like the hot summer months, Matt Sheppard just proved to be too strong as Super Sheppard would drive the Dendis Companies/West Moreland Golf Club/Extreme Lubricants No. 9s to the 12th victory of 2017 Super DIRTcar Series season.

"What a crowd here tonight, wow this is unreal," said Matt Sheppard. 'You can't take a lap off here; you have to be on the gas running as hard as you can every single lap. It's awesome to be able to put on a show like that in front of a crowd like this, this makes our season."

Flach showed speed all weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway picking up two heat race wins and was rewarded with his first ever Super DIRTcar Series podium finish in the feature.

"It's been a great weekend, great way to end the year," said Keith Flach. "To finish second to guy like Matt [Sheppard] a multi-time champion is just phenomenal. We definitely had our struggles this year but we're still relatively new and this is our first podium since we started with the Series. Just very thankful."

It was when the Series visited Utica-Rome Speedway in early-July that things flipped upside down in the championship point standings.

Super Matt Sheppard and Lightning Larry Wight in a closely-contested battle made contact after running inches away from each other for several laps. The contact sent Wight flipping end-over-end. The ensuing result: an on-track scuffle that all but closed the door on the championship for Sheppard.

Before the on-track incident at Utica-Rome, it was looking like Sheppard had the team pointed towards a sixth Super DIRTcar Series title, holding a 58-point lead over second place Decker. Following the incident at Utica-Rome, the 35-year-old driver was hit with a two-race suspension and lost all money and points from the race. Wight was placed on probation for 90 days.

"It kind of took all the pressure off," added Sheppard. "When you're leading the points all season you're worried every race about finishing good and it kind of took the pressure off and we just went out and said we want to win as many races as we can and that's what we did."

With the point standings scrambled from the penalties after Utica-Rome Speedway, Sheppard had a BIG hole to climb out of in order to repeat a Series championship. Following the event at Sharon Speedway on July 20, Sheppard was as low as ninth in the championship point standings, and a whopping 185 points behind the leader. Sheppard's hard work during hot summer months paid off with a victory at NAPA Super DIRT Week that finally put him back in the points lead over three-time Super DIRTcar Series Champion Decker, who finished a dismal 16th-place in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200,

Exiting NAPA Super DIRT Week, Decker was behind Sheppard by 46 points, but the Unadilla, NY driver wasn't going down without a fight. The following week at Brockville Ontario Speedway, Decker made a late-race pass en route to his fourth victory of the 2017 season, closing the points gap to just 30 points as the Series enters the final weekend of competition at the Textron Off Road World Finals in North Carolina.

That points gap grew ever so slightly over the course of the three-day mega-event at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Through the qualifying events and Friday Night's Feature, Sheppard increased the points lead to 37 points before the Series Finale.

At the end, since July 25 Sheppard averaged a third-place finish and capped off a dream season in thrilling fashion with a trip down victory lane and his third consecutive championship by 71 points over Billy Decker.

While it may not have been Billy Decker's time to climb back to the top of the standings, the three-time championship still had a stellar season. The Unadilla, NY driver was able to visit victory lane four times with wins coming at Fulton Speedway, Outlaw Speedway, Eldora Speedway and Brockville Speedway.

"I'm so proud of this whole team, they worked really hard to overcome some obstacles," said Billy Decker. "We dug and clawed and fought. I'm disappointed we didn't get the championship but I don't want to take anything away from their efforts and second place in points."

With the conclusion of the 2017 Super DIRTcar Series season, the Big-Block Modifieds will returns to action at Volusia Speedway Park in February during DIRTcar Nationals. New for the 2018 will be an expanded schedule for the Super DIRTcar Series showcasing the 800 horsepower machines for five nights. DIRTcar Nationals begins Feb. 6 and runs 12 straight nights to Saturday, February 17, 2018. For ticket visit DIRTcarNationals.com.

Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals Night Three Results:

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 9s - Matt Sheppard, 2. 43 - Keith Flach, 3. 88 - Mike Mahaney, 4. 27J - Danny Johnson, 5. 19 - Tim Fuller, 6. 21a - Peter Britten, 7. 91 - Billy Decker, 8. 66 - Ryan Godown, 9. 42p - Pat Ward, 10. 25R - Erick Rudolph, 11. 3 - Justin Haers, 12. 98H - Jimmy Phelps, 13. 1 - Tyler Dippel, 14. 7m - Mike Maresca, 15. 99L - Larry Wight, 16. 20 - Brett Hearn,17. 66x - Carey Terrence, 18. 84 - Gary Tomkins, 19. 6h - Max McLaughlin, 20. 6m - Mat Williamson, 21. 111 - Demetrios Drellos, 22. 5* - Tyler Siri, 23. 5H - Chris Hile, 24. 109 - Billy Whittaker, 25. 25 - Chad Jeseo, 26. 22 - Brandon Walters, 27. 83 - Brian Swatzlander, 28. 19W - Justin Wright, 29. 18b - Dave Blaney,

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Williamson Capitalizes on Opportunity with Win at Textron Off Road World Finals

Sheppard increases point lead; Decker Still within striking distance for the Championship

CONCORD, NC - Nov. 3, 2017 - A near capacity crowd at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway witnessed the underdog take on the Series Champ. At the end, it was the feel good story of Mat Williamson who wasn't sure if he was going to race after losing an engine during Thursday Night's qualifying. With the help of fellow competitors in the Super DIRTcar Series, the No. 6m was able to get back on track for the first night of Feature racing. Williamson made the most of his opportunity and knocked off Super Matt Sheppard to take night two at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals.

Matt Sheppard received the best seat in the house when he drew the Frisbee with the pole starting position during the re-draw Friday Night. The driver of the No. 6m - Mat Williamson would line up alongside the Waterloo, NY driver and seemed poised and up for the challenge to take on the defending Super DIRTcar Series champion. The driver that swept the program on Thursday night would roll off the starting grid in the third starting position.

The first start of the race was called back after the No. 83 of Brian Swatzlander lost control of his Big-Block Modified in Turn 3. A second yellow flag slowed the field once again this time for the No. 32 of Jim Rasey with smoke trailing him from machine. Finally, the 29-car field would settle down and get some laps logged in the books.

Mat Williamson went to school on the three previous starts and stuck right with Sheppard as the two dove into Turn 1. Williamson held strong on the outside and cleared Sheppard as the two exited Turn 2, the field would come to complete lap five. Sheppard however, would stay within striking distance on the No. 6m.

"I knew Matt [Sheppard] would be right there, he's a hell of a racecar driver. We had to capitalize on that restart," said Mat Williamson.

The bigger picture was on the championship battle. Billy Decker would start the 40-lap feature from the 10th position. The Unadilla, NY driver quickly worked his way through the field was threatening for a top-three running spot.

"We 10th but the car was really good; digging and clawing, certainly not going to fall out of the seat, going to keep the elbows up and keep digging," said Billy Decker. "I think we had as good of a car as anybody the last half of that Feature. Some of the lap cars were using a lot of the track and it was a lot about momentum and once you cleared them we were going ok."

With the leaders entering heavy lap traffic, Williamson stuck to the top side the track with Sheppard closely in tow.

As the laps clicked down, Williamson that runs at Merritville Speedway in Thorold, Ontario, Canada and Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, PA was looking for another Super DIRTcar Series victory and a big one at that.

"This is pretty cool, there is a lot of people here," added Williamson. "We've won some big races back home but nothing like this - this is pretty awesome."

Entering Friday, the 6m team wasn't sure how they were going to race after having a motor expire on them following qualifying on Saturday.

Randy Williamson [Mat's Dad] told DirtTrackDigest.com on Friday, "We were going to use Justin Haers car, but then that changed. There was some discussion over the rules for a replacement car, but that got sorted out. Jamie Mills offered to drive a motor down from Delaware or we could use another car that he owned. Keith Flach offered a car, as did Justin Haers."

Williamson and the No. 6 was able to get a motor on loan from the 99L team of Larry and John Wight.

"I gotta thank a lot of people, John, Larry, and Laura Wight, without them I wouldn't have a power plant in that thing tonight," said Mat Williamson "I can't think everyone enough for the endless support in the pit area."

While Sheppard was able to get close, Williamson was able to hold off Sheppard and take home the $8,000 payday and arguably one of his biggest wins of his career.

While Sheppard was able to bring home a second-place finish, he was able to gain five more points on Billy Decker as the Series heads into the final race of the season. With one race left, Sheppard holds a 37-point lead over Sheppard.

"It was a good run for us tonight, we just came up a few car lengths short but definitely happy with second," said Matt Sheppard. "Congrats to Mat [Williamson] and his team. I guess we're one race closer to the end here It will come down to tomorrow night - hopefully we can keep the wheels on her for 40 more laps and see what happens."

Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals concludes Saturday, November 4 with the the final day of the 2017 season. Both Matt Sheppard and Billy Decker are separated by 37 points as the two drivers aim to sit on top of the mountain as Super DIRTcar Series Champion. For information and ticket info, visit www.WorldofOutlawsWorldFinals.com

FEATURE (40-laps): 1.6m – Mat Williamson;2. 9s – Matt Sheppard;3.91 – Billy Decker ;4.43 – Keith Flach; 5. 88– Mike Mahaney; 6.27J – Danny Johnson;7.19 – Tim Fuller;8. 99l – Larry Wight;9.42p – Pat Ward;10.6H – Max McLaughlin; 11.20 – Brett Hearn;12.21a – Peter Britten; 13.66 – Ryan Godown;14.3 – Justin Haers;15.7m – Michael Maresca;16.98H – Jimmy Phelps;17.21Y – Yan Bussiere;18.109 – Billy Whittaker; 19.43H – Jimmy Horton;20.19W – Justin Wright;21.35 – Frank Cozze; 22. 22 – Brandon Walters; 23. 8 – Rich Scagliotta; 24. 5* - Tyler Siri; 25. 111 – Demetrios Drellos; 26. 83 – Brian Swatzlander; 27.07 – Tim Kerr; 28. 84 – Gary Tomkins; 29.32 – Jim Rasey;

Last Chance Showdown No. 1: 1. Mike Maresca, 2. Jim Rasey 3. Tyler Dippel, 4. Carey Terrance, 5. Regalski, 6. J.F. Corriveau, 7. Kody Graham, 8. Max McLaughlin, 9. Jimmy Phelps, 10. Brandon Walters, 11. Gary Edwards Jr., 12. Jeremiah Shingledecker

Last Chance Showdown No. 2: 1. Tim Kerr, 2. Brett Hearn, 3. Frank Cozze, 4. Erick Rudolph, 5. Rich Scagliotta, 6. Chad Jeseo, 7. Joe August, 8. Rick Richner, 9. Dave Blaney, 10. Louie Jackson, 11. Chris Hile, 12. Pierre Herbert, 13.Dave Rauscher

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Mahaney Sweeps the Night

Mike Mahaney Sweeps Qualifying and Heat Races

CONCORD, NC - Nov. 2, 2017 - In front of a packed grandstands, the Super DIRTcar Series took to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Night One of Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals for their qualifying night. Mike Mahaney had a night to remember, sweeping both qualifying sessions and picking up two heat race victories.

In all there were 48 Big-Block Modifieds that signed in at Textron Off Road World Finals. The Super DIRTcar Series first took to the track for hot laps followed by qualifying to determine the heat race line ups for Friday's portion of the program. Mike Mahaney out of Kings Ferry, NY timed in quickest with a lap of 15.609-seconds; Mahaney would get the best view in the house for the first heat race.

A little Deja-vu with Mahaney coming out of the third qualifying group knocked Matt Sheppard off the perch of the quickest qualifier and stole five valuable points away from the championship points leader and swept qualifying for the evening.

Starting from the pole in the first heat for Friday's portion of the show, Mahaney jumped out to an early lead and would continue the streak by picking up the heat race win for Friday's Nights portion. Joining Mahaney in the Friday heat race winner category was Mat Williamson; Matt Sheppard; Keith Flach and Demetrios Drellos.

In the Saturday Night heat races, a couple repeat winners on the night. First was Drellos in the first heat. Matt Sheppard also picked up another heat race win and five points. Mahaney completed the sweep with a victory in the third heat race. Keith Flach and Tim Fuller were also winners for Saturday Night heat races.

"It couldn't be any better that's for sure," said Mike Mahaney. "We've come down here [in the past] and kind of struggled. We gain a lot of fans the one time we came down here and passed everyone in the Last Chance Showdown and everyone got excited. But to come down and feel like we came out of the box with a really good car. We timed first in both sessions and won the heat races; that will set us up great for the weekend. Couldn't be prouder of our Buzz Chew Racing Team. We've just been doing everything perfect."

Both Jimmy Phelps in the 98H and Brett Hearn both suffered setbacks and were forced to go to backup-cars.

The championship battle in the Super DIRTcar Series which is far from over saw Sheppard come into night one of Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, Matt Sheppard holding a slim 30-point lead over his closest competitor, Billy Decker. Matt Sheppard from Waterloo, NY put on a driving clinic in his Friday heat and Saturday heat races and picked up five points for each of his wins. Second in points Billy Decker brought his No. 91 home in second for both Friday Night and Saturday Night heat race, earning four points for each race. Throughout the night Matt Sheppard was able to pick up two points on Decker, widening the separation in the championship battle to 32 points.

"We're just down here to trying to win," said Matt Sheppard. "Last year we got a little taste of not having point pressure and we just let it all hang out and we were good all weekend. That was a lot more fun so we're not going to go out there and run the crap out of it and see if we can win some races."

Decker who didn't seem as confident in his No. 91 wasn't going to go down without a fight.
"We want to run good; that's the bottom line for us," said Billy Decker. "Yeah we're points racing but we're also trying to put ourselves into position to win and I don't think we've done that yet but we're digging and clawing. We're off a little bit this year and not as sound as we need to be - I don't know why; it's got me confused but we aren't quitting."

The five heat race winners from Friday and Saturday's portion will re-draw for their starting positions while the rest of the field will start from sixth on back. The stars of the Big-Block Modifieds will run their 40-lap Feature.

"I don't normally draw that well but maybe I'll have to pick a kid to draw for me," said Mike Mahaney. "It's only a five-car draw so it's not that bad with a 10-12 car draw and you can really set yourself back with that."

Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals continues Friday with Pit Gates opening at 12 p.m., grandstands at 3 p.m. Opening Ceremonies for the evening begins at 4:45 p.m. with the Super DIRTcar Series two Last Chance Showdowns immediately following. The Super DIRTcar Series will have a 40-lap Feature to conclude night two of Textron Off Road World Finals. For more information and tickets to Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, visit www.WorldofOutlawsWorldFinals.com

For Complete results for Friday and Saturday Qualifying and Heat Races Visit the Results page on www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com

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Brett Hearn Ends Super DIRTcar Series Winless Drought with $17,500 Triumph at Lebanon Valley Speedway

Sheppard's Series Win Streak Broken at Five with 10th Place Finish

By MIKE MALLETT
DirtTrackDigest.com

WEST LEBANON, NY - August 31 2017 - All it took for Brett Hearn to end his Super DIRTcar Series winless streak was a trip home. The Sussex, N.J., dominated the Mr. Dirt Track USA feature at the Lebanon Valley Speedway for his 121st career series win and his first since August, 23, 2015 at the Cornwall Motor Speedway.

Hearn's victory came in one of the highest paying series races of the season as the veteran driver pocketed $17,500 for his performance in the 101-lap main-event. Hearn's No. 20 started the race from the inside of the fourth row. >From there here made short work of the field in front of him taking the lead early and fending off all challengers as he took the win while ending Matt Sheppard's five race series winning streak.

"We've been getting criticized for not winning a series race the last year and half so I guess if you are going to break out of a slump you might as well win the one that pays the most money," said Hearn with a smile in victory lane. "This will change the balance sheet for this summer pretty much. Thanks to Howard (Commander) for giving us this $17,500 race to shoot for. It makes being a regular here all worthwhile when you win the big one."

Eddie Marshall redrew the pole position for the start of the race and quickly established himself at the front of the field as the green flag was dropped on the main-event. Marshall survived an opening lap challenge from another track regular Keith Flach. Flach looked low but Marshall's line through middle allowed him to keep the top spot in the order.

Hearn, who started seventh, picked up two spots on the opening circuit as he watched the field get in line in front of him. He used the next few laps to work over Jimmy Phelps before taking over fourth on lap four. From there Hearn settled into a rhythm keeping the top three in his sights.

The first of three caution flags came on the 14th lap. As Chad Jeseo battled with Larry Wight for eighth he got out of the groove in turns three and four catching the wall. His car hit with the rear before the front end was sucked in as well causing him to spin with a damaged car at the top of the fourth corner.

The green flag fell on lap 19 with Hearn making an impressive move through turns one and two. Hearn got to third as the field entered the first corner and by the time they hit the back straightaway he was out in front with the lead. Hearn used daring three-wide crossover move between Marshall and Flach to put himself in the lead.

"I wanted to get past the four (Andy Bachetti) and I went into one and the 43 (Flach) went low and I got a good run on the outside," cited Hearn. "Eddie (Marshall) kind of slid up a little bit and the lane opened right up. He came out sideways and lost the traction a little bit. I had a good run from the top and that was all I needed."

From there Hearn ran a steady line on the top side of the speedway. Hearn kept his ride straight as he entered the corners doing all he could to make sure to not damage the Hoosier Tire on the right rear to make sure he was going to have enough late in the race. Although he was taking care of his equipment, Hearn was still able to put distance between himself and the now second place running Marshall.

The second yellow of the event came on lap 30 as Tyler Dippel exploded the left rear tire on his No. 1. This forced him to slow and stop on the bottom of the speedway in the second corner. The pause in the action led to another double-file restart.

The race resumed at the 34 lap mark with Hearn showing no signs of slowing down. Hearn utilized the outside lane for the restart allowing him to pull away from everyone looking to wrestle the position from him including the early leader Marshall.

Hearn stayed comfortably in front with traffic coming into play as the race reached the halfway mark. He was patient in traffic taking advantage of the openings presented to him. This patience gave Marshall some hope as the shortened the gap between himself and Hearn.

With one quarter of the race remaining it was all Hearn. As he raced away Stewart Friesen began his assault on Marshall as he moved up the back bumper of the No. 98 searching for an opening. Friesen first tried the low lane around the high-banked half-mile before trying the outside as well. Marshall was able to keep him at bay.

Matt Papello watched as his hopes for a top 10 finish were dashed on lap 89. Pupello spun on the bottom of turn two coming to a rest on the inner portion of the racing surface. The field was afforded one final shot at Hearn.

As he had done on the previous restart, Hearn was up to the task when the green flag waved. He shot out on Marshall and Friesen at the green. The pair had nothing for Hearn has he led the final 12 laps of the feature event to earn his 903rd career feature win.

"It's totally nerve racking I'm telling you," mentioned Hearn. "After the restarts you are feeling vibrations, then I'm thinking I'm running out of gas as the motor is stumbling. We had other issues after the heat race with some oil issues. It's crazy, just a lot of anxiety."

Marshall, of Richfield, Conn., had to settle for second after starting the race from the pole. At one point it looked like he had something for Hearn as he closed in on him in traffic. Unfortunately he came up one spot short to finish second.

"He was really running," stated Marshall about Hearn. "We kind of got tight in the middle of the race and I was laboring with that. The longer it went the tighter it got. I knew if I was dead on I wasn't going to go back by him too easy. He was the class of the field. He came back to us a little bit. I think he was saving his tires."

Marshall wasn't expecting to see Hearn drive by him on the restart. He expected a challenge from Flach at the time only to see Hearn shoot by underneath him. He knew it was going to be tough challenge to overcome from that point.

"I was kind of surprised it was him," commented Marshall. "I thought it was Keith (Flach) down there. When I saw that it was him I knew it was a big problem. He was super strong. I can't be ashamed to run second the way he was running that's for sure. We were good, just not good enough."

Friesen, a former Mr. Dirt Track USA winner, was the first non-regular at the speedway in the finishing order. The Sprakers, N.Y., pilot had a solid night coming from tenth to take the checkers in the final spot on the podium.

"To be the first outsider, I love coming here, love racing here and to have a top three with those guys is good," said Friesen. "We were close there with Eddie (Marshall) but Brett (Hearn) was pretty much lights out. We are happy for the Halmar (International) team. We kind of righted the ship a little bit on the series here. We've been working really hard in the shop the last couple weeks. I think we are on to something, we got some grip. I'm looking forward to see how that works out on Monday at Weedsport (Speedway)."

Lebanon Valley Speedway regular Kenny Tremont was steady the entire distance to earn himself the fourth position at the checkered flag. Flach crossed the line in fifth only to be disqualified in post-race technical inspection for coming up light on the scales. This gave the position to Mike Mahaney. Mahaney was impressive on Thursday driving all the way from his 30th starting spot up to sixth before the disqualification of Flach. Mahaney found a line on the bottom which allowed him to get by several drivers in the final 15 laps of the feature.

Hearn was the fastest qualifier on the night for the 64th time in his career with a lap of 19.474. Heat race wins were taken by Flach, Hearn, Jimmy Phelps and Sheppard. A pair of consolations were run with Anthony Perrego and Billy Whittaker securing wins. Kyle Sheldon was the recipient of the KSE Hard Charger award after advancing from 31st to 22nd. Matt Pupello and Sheppard were eligible for the DIG Safely 811 bonus for drawing the eighth and 12th starting spots respectively. The Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award went to Flach after his disqualification for coming up light on the scales.

The Super DIRTcar Series next hits the track on Monday, September 4, at the Weedsport Speedway in the Labor Day Double Play featuring the big-block Modfieds of the series plus a 360 Sprint Car open. The winner on Monday night will take home $7,500 for their efforts. For more information visit the track's website at www.weedsportspeedway.com.

RESULTS FROM LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY:

Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 20-Brett Hearn (7); 2. 98-Eddie Marshall (1); 3. 44-Stewart Friesen (10); 4. 115-Kenny Tremont (6); 5. 88-Mike Mahaney (30); 6. 4-Andy Bachetti (4); 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps (3); 8. 91-Billy Decker (13); 9. 9S-Matt Sheppard (11); 10. 74-J.R. Heffner (14); 11. 21A-Peter Britten (15); 12. 35-L.J. Lombardo (18); 13. 60-Brian Berger (17); 14. 34-Steve Hough (12); 15. 42P-Matt Pupello (8); 16. 99-Kolby Schroder (20); 17. P42-Pat Ward (25); 18. 99L-Larry Wight (9); 19. 109-Billy Whittaker (22); 20. 55-Mike King (23); 21. DNF 19-Tim Fuller (16); 22. DNF 42-Kyle Sheldon (31); 23. DNF 6H-Max McLaughlin (28); 24. DNF 17E-Elmo Reckner (32); 25. DNF 1-Tyler Dippel (27); 26. DNF 5-Ryan Godown (26); 27. DNF 22-Brandon Walters (19); 28. DNF 44X-Anthony Perrego (21); 29. DNF 25-Chad Jeseo (5); 30. DNS 11A-Kyle Armstrong (24); 31. DNS 7M-Mike Maresca (29); 32. DQ 43-Keith Flach (2)

Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 43-Keith Flach, 19.583; 2. 115-Kenny Tremont, 19.664; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 19.702; 4. 60-Brian Berger, 19.763; 5. 91-Billy Decker, 19.823; 6. 44x-Anthony Perrego, 19.979; 7. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 19.998; 8. P42-Pat Ward, 20.027; 9. 17-Rob Pitcher, 20.091; 10. 34H-Cody Bleau, 20.618.

Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 19.474; 2. 1-Tyler Dippel, 19.823; 3. 98-Eddie Marshall, 19.995; 4. LJ Lombardo, 20.084; 5. 25-Chad Jeseo, 20.133; 6. 74-J.R. Heffner, 20.179; 7. 55-Mike King, 20.260; 8. 88-Mike Mahaney, 20.260; 9. 7-John Ruchel, 20.379; 10. 17e-Elmo Reckner, 20.659

Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 19.698; 2. 4-Andy Bachetti, 19.797; 3. Kyle Armstrong, 19.867; 4. 99L-Larry Wight, 19.894; 5. 45-Wayne Jelley, 19.931; 6. 21A-Peter Britten, 20.005; 7. 7M-Mike Maresca, 20.313; 8. 22-Brandon Walters, 20.751, 9. 72-Cass Bennett, 21.633

Qualifying Group 4 – 1. 6H-Max McLaughlin, 19.647; 2. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 19.689; 3. 42P-Matt Pupello, 19.926; 4. 34-Steve Hough, 20.040; 5. 99-Kolby Schroder, 20.107; 6. 19-Tim Fuller, 20.182; 7. 5-Ryan Godown, 20.312; 8. 14-C.G. Morey, 20.351; 9. 109-Billy Whittaker, 20.603

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 43-Keith Flach, 2. 115-Kenny Tremont, 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 4. 91-Billy Decker, 5. 60-Brian Berger, 6. 44X-Anthony Perrego, 7. P42-Pat Ward, 8. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 9. 34H-Cody Bleau, 10. DNS 17-Rob Pitcher

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 20-Brett Hearn, 2. 98-Eddie Marshall, 3. 25-Chad Jeseo, 4. 74-J.R. Heffner, 5. 35-LJ Lombardo, 6. 55-Mike King, 7. 1-Tyler Dippel, 8. 88-Mike Mahaney, 9. 17E-Elmo Reckner, 10. 7-John Ruchel

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 2. 4-Andy Bachetti, 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 4. 21A-Peter Britten, 5. 22-Brandon Walters, 6. DNF 7M-Mike Maresca, 7. DNF 11A-Kyle Armstrong, 8. DNF 45-Wayne Jelley, 9. DNS 72-Cass Bennett

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 2. 34-Steve Hough, 3. 42P-Matt Pupello, 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 5. 99-Kolby Schroder, 6. 109-Billy Whittaker, 7. 5-Ryan Godown, 8. 14-C.G. Morrey, 9. DNF 6H-Max McLaughlin

Last Chance Qualifier 1 (8 Laps – 3 Transfer to Feature) – 1. 44x-Anthony Perrego, 2. 55-Mike King, 3. P42-Pat Ward, 4. 1-Tyler Dippel, 5. 88-Mike Mahaney, 6. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 7. 7-John Ruchel, 8. 17E-Elmo Reckner, 9. Cody Bleau

Last Chance Qualifier 2 (8 Laps – 3 Transfer to Feature) – 1. 109-Billy Whittaker, 2. 11A-Kyle Armstrong, 3. 5-Ryan Godown, 4. DNF 6H-Max McLaughlin, 5. DNF 72-Cass Bennett, 6. DNS 7M-Mike Maresca, 7. DNS 45-Wayne Jelley, 8. DNS C.G. Morey

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Billy Decker; Fast Time ($100 Cash): Brett Hearn; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Stewart Friesen; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Brian Berger; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Stewart Friesen; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Mike Mahaney; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Kolby Schroder; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Tim Fuller; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Kyle Sheldon (+8); MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Brett Hearn; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Brandon Walters; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Kolby Schroder; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Brett Hearn; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Kyle Sheldon; Dig Safely 811 Redraw Bonus ($100 Cash): N/A; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Keith Flach; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Jimmy Phelps.

SEASON WINNERS

Matt Sheppard – 6 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26; Ransomville Speedway on August 8; Merrittville Speedway on August 9; Ohsweken Speedway on August 24)

Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)

Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)

Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)

Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)

Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)

Peter Britten – 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)

Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)

Brett Hearn – 1 (Lebanon Valley Speedway on August 31)

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Matt Sheppard Scores First Career Ransomville Win at Summer Nationals

Extends Series Win Streak to Three Races

RANSOMVILLE, NY - August 8, 2017 - Matt Sheppard was the third and final leader after he took the point position from Billy Decker on lap 49 and led the remaining 52 laps to win his third straight Super DIRTcar Series race in the 33rd Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday night. The victory was also Sheppard's first career win at Ransomville and prevented rival Stewart Friesen from winning the event for the third straight year at his childhood track.

"I've won a lot of races at a lot of different racetracks, but Ransomville was never one of them," Sheppard said in Victory Lane. "We were so close last year. Me and Stewie (Friesen) had a heck of a battle (last year). It just feels great to finally get to Victory Lane here, especially in such a special event."

Billy Decker threw everything he had at Sheppard to try and retake the lead off the final restart with five laps to go, but fell 0.923 seconds short of a victory. Decker did manage to win an extended battle with Larry Wight to extend his point lead, which was just two markers entering the event. Ransomville regular Erick Rudolph and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top-five.

"Certainly, you like to win, but we'll take it," Decker said. "The Page Trucking car was pretty good. (I was ) dicing it out there heavy in lapped traffic. That was getting dicey, I'll tell ya. The fans saw a pretty good race out there. We'll take it."

The 100-lap race began with local pilot Kenny Wills III on the pole and Jimmy Phelps to his outside. Phelps led the opening lap and paced the field through a trio of cautions in the first 30 laps before Decker made his bid for the top spot. Decker seized a lap 32 opportunity when Phelps bobbled on the cushion in turn two, allowing the No.91 to race to the bottom of the track and take the lead.

It was brief, however, as Phelps retook the point the following lap, but remained under siege from Decker until the two drivers exchanged the lead again on laps 38 and 39. On lap 40, Sheppard got past Phelps for second and set out to track down Decker.

The caution waved again on lap 41 when Keith Flach slowed in turn four. When the race resumed on lap 47, Friesen jumped to third while Sheppard continued to pressure Decker. On lap 49, Sheppard made the decisive move of the race when he drove under Decker in turn four to claim the lead.

Over the final 52 laps, Sheppard pounded his No.9s against the cushion in turns one and two, but tried both the inside and outside lanes in turns three and four as he navigated through the traffic.

"It was a fine line up on the wall," Sheppard said. "It was a little closer to the wall than I like to run, but that's just part of the deal here at Ransomville. I'm just very fortunate. A lot of people got messed up on the bottom on restarts early, but my car was good enough early I could maintain and not lose any spots. It seemed like the longer the race went, the better we got."

Wight jumped into the top-three off a lap 62 restart and then spent the better part of the final 35 laps dueling side-by-side with Decker for second. Wight lost the battle on lap 86 when he went off the track in turn two trying to avoid contact with a lapped car. It was the second time in the race Wight had to take evasive action to quickly avoid serious problems. Earlier in the race, he hit the outside wall and all but destroyed the body on the right side of the car. Regardless, Wight was happy with the run.

"We're happy with it," Wight said. "That's just sheet metal. The main components of the car were fine and the car still handled alright. We can bang that out and patch it up for tomorrow and give it another run."

Sheppard was able to outpace Decker in clean air over the final 10 laps, but restarts on laps 93 and 95 forced him to hit his marks as Decker lurked within five car lengths each time.

Wight was the race's KSE Hard Charger, advancing seven positions from 10th to 3rd. Decker was the Fast Qualifier with a lap of 16.151 seconds around the 3/8-mile oval. Decker, Wight Sheppard and Max McLaughlin claimed heat race wins. McLaughlin was also the recipient of the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award after a he slowed on lap 57. He was able to race his way back to 14th, but lost out on a top-10 finish.

Ransomville's 358 Modified weekly points leader Ryan Susice won the Last Chance Qualifier. McLaughlin and Mike Mahaney were eligible for the 811 Dig Safely New York redraw bonus award if either could win from the eighth or eleventh starting positions, but were unsuccessful.

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Wednesday, August 9 at Merrittville Speedway for the rescheduled Bob St. Amand Memorial 100. Race time is 7:00pm with Hot Laps and qualfiying taking place beforehand at 6:15pm. For additional event information, visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com.

Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report – 33rd Summer Nationals at Ransomville Speedway – Ransomville, NY –August 8, 2017

Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [5]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 3. 99L-Larry Wight [10]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [6]; 5. 44-Stewart Friesen [7]; 6. 19-Tim Fuller [4]; 7. 88m-Mike Mahaney [11]; 8. 42p-Pat Ward [13]; 9. 42-Pete Bicknell [16]; 10. 21a-Peter Britten [14]; 11. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [2]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [12]; 13. 38s-Ryan Susice [21]; 14. 6h-Max McLaughlin [8]; 15. 109-Billy Whittaker [9]; 16. 20m-Jeff McGinnis [19]; 17. 43-Keith Flach [17]; 18. 111-Allan Wills [27]; 19. 37s-Tommy Flannigan [26]; 20. 26-Rick Richner [22]; 21. 22-Brandon Walters [18]; 22. 8-Rich Scagliotta [15]; 23. 27-Jim Zimmerman [24]; 24. 56-Steve Schumacher [25]; 25. 21-Kenny Wills III [1]; 26. 7-Scott Kerwin [23]; 27. 11s-Steve Lewis Jr. [28]; 28. 55c-Steve Cotriss [20]; 29. 678-John Smith [29]; 30. DNS 7m-Mike Maresca

Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 91-Billy Decker, 16.151; 2. 88m-Mike Mahaney, 16.436; 3. 42p-Pat Ward, 16.601; 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 16.612; 5. 38s-Ryan Susice, 17.062; 6. 43-Keith Flach, 17.314; 7. 27-Jim Zimmerman, 18.622; 8. 111-Alan Wills, No Time

Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 99L-Larry Wight, 16.402; 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 16.533; 3. 21a-Peter Britten, 16.663; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 16.744; 5. 22-Brandon Walters, 17.112; 6. 26-Rick Richner, 17.519; 7. 678-John Smith, 18.119; 8. 26g-Scott George, 18.306

Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 16.626; 2. 109-Billy Whittaker, 16.938; 3. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 16.980; 4. 21-Kenny Wills III, 17.337; 5. 20m-Jeff McGinnis, 17.413; 6. 37s-Tommy Flannigan, 17.437; 7. 7-Scott Kerwin, 17.689; 8. 7m-Mike Maresca, No Time

Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 16.709; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph, 16.751; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen, 16.900; 4. 42-Pete Bicknell, 17.214; 5. 55c-Jesse Cotriss, 17.678; 6. 777-Tyler Willard, 17.718; 7. 11s-Steve Lewis Jr., 18.031; 8. 56 Steve Schumacher, 18.514

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 88m-Mike Mahaney [2]; 3. 19-Tim Fuller [4]; 4. 42p-Pat Ward [3]; 5. 43-Keith Flach [6]; 6. 38s-Ryan Susice [5]; 7. 27-Jim Zimmerman [7]; 8. 111-Alan Wills [8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 99L-Larry Wight [1]; 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [2]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 4. 21a-Peter Britten [3]; 5. 22-Brandon Walters [5]; 6. 26-Rick Richner [6]; 7. 678-John Smith [7]; 8. 26g-Scott George [8]

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 109-Billy Whittaker [2]; 3. 21-Kenny Wills III [4]; 4. 8s-Rich Scagliotta [3]; 5. 20m-Jeff McGinnis [5]; 6. 7-Scott Kerwin [7]; 7. DNF 37s-Tommy Flannigan [6]; 8. DNF 7m-Mike Maresca [8]

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 6h-Max McLaughlin [1]; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph [2]; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen [3]; 4. 42-Pete Bicknell [4]; 5. 55c-Jesse Cotriss [5]; 6. 56-Steve Schumacher [8]; 7. 11s-Steve Lewis Jr. [7]; 8. DNS 777-Tyler Willard [6]

Last Chance Qualifier 1 (10 Laps – All Transfer to A-Feature) – 1. 38s-Ryan Susice [1]; 2. 26-Rick Richner [2]; 3. 7-Scott Kerwin [3]; 4. 27-Jim Zimmerman [5]; 5. 56-Steve Schumacher [4]; 6. 37s-Tommy Flannigan [7]; 7. 111-Alan Wills [9]; 8. 11s-Steve Lewis Jr. [8]; 9. 678-John Smith [6]; 10. DNS 26g-Scott George; 11. DNS 7m-Mike Maresca; 12. DNS 777-Tyler Willard

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Pat Ward; Fast Qualifier ($100 Cash): Billy Decker; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Jeff McGinnis; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Jeff McGinnis; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Brandon Walters; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Larry Wight (+7); MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Kenny Wills III; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Jeff McGinnis; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Matt Sheppard; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Max McLaughlin; Dig Safely 811 Redraw Bonus ($100 Cash): N/A; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Max McLaughlin; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Mike Mahaney.

SEASON WINNERS

Matt Sheppard – 4 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25; Autodrome Drummond on July 26; Ransomville Speedway on August 8)
Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)
Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
Peter Britten – 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)

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Matt Sheppard Dominates Super DIRTcar Series at Autodrome Granby

Sheppard Takes Early Lead and Resists Every Charge to Collect Second Win of the Season

By Martin Belanger

GRANBY, QC, CAN - July 25, 2017 - In front of a packed house and clear skies, the Super DIRTcar Series started a successful Quebec swing at Autodrome Granby as Matt Sheppard had a dominant run to get his second win of the season on the tour.

"It feels good," Sheppard said in the Winner's Circle. ''I always seem to have success when I come up in Quebec. I think these tracks are made for me and it is always fun to race in front of these great fans,'' added Sheppard in front of the packed Autodrome Granby stands as the always are for the Series' Quebec swing.

"I came close last week, but had issues with a tire but happy to be here and hats off to (Pat) Ward for his second-place (finish)."

Challenging Sheppard on a few occasions was Ward, who finished second.

"I tried but didn't have enough," Ward said. "My time will come."

Completing the podium was Brett Hearn.

"I was two pounds over limit and ran out of gas at the scale," Hearn said. ''I always have success up here. It's always great to come back here."

The original start saw Tim Fuller lead as Brandon Walters stopped in the backstretch. On the restart, Fuller remained in front with David Hebert and Larry Wight in third. Hebert was strong on the high side and grabbed the lead on lap 5. Stewart Friesen slowed and brought out the caution on the following lap.

Hebert and Fuller swapped the lead on a lap 11 restart as the driver of the No.19 was back in front with Hearn in third. Hebert was back in front on lap 20 after he made a great pass on Fuller using the inside lane. Hearn made a similar move to take second from Fuller just as the leaders got into lapped traffic on lap 25.

Hearn had a great restart on lap 29 to take the lead from Hebert as Sheppard ran in third. Hebert started to fade and gave third to Ward on lap 36. Sheppard had a dominant ride as he took the lead on lap 44 from Hearn and quickly pulled away from the field.

Max McLaughlin slowed the field down on lap 51. When the green lights were back on, Sheppard stayed on top as Larry Wight drove to fourth and Peter Britten cracked the top 5. Ward started to challenge Hearn for second and he was able to take the second spot on lap 57.

A few cautions slowed the final portion of the feature as Sheppard had to resist a few charges from Ward in the closing laps with Hearn completing the podium.

Steve Bernard won the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier Award with a time of 18.399 seconds. Heats races were completed quickly with polesitters Steve Bernard, Max McLaughlin, Larry Wight and Jimmy Phelps dominating their sessions. Local runners Yan Bussiere and Kevin Hamel won the Last Chance Qualifiers

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action Wednesday evening at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec. For additional event information, visit www.autodromedrummond.com. Race time is 7:00pm.

Autodrome Granby Notebook

Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 9s Matt Sheppard (8); 2. 42p Pat Ward (11); 3. 20 Brett Hearn (4); 4. 21a Peter Britten (7); 5. 99L Larry Wight (5); 6. 91 Billy Decker (12); 7. 66x Carey Terrance (15); 8. 1 David Hebert (3); 9. 43 Keith Flach (29); 10. 98h Jimmy Phelps (6); 11. 6h Max McLaughlin (9); 12. 19 Tim Fuller (1); 13. 25 Steve Bernier (13); 14. 8 Rich Scagliotta (2); 15. 73jr Mathieu Boisvert (19); 16. 47 Simon Perrault (16); 17. 109 Billy Whittaker (23); 18. 63 Dominic Dufault (25); 19. 96 JF Corriveau (31); 20. 23 Dany Bilodeau (26); 21. 37 Paul St-Sauveur (24); 22. 79 Maxime Plante (28); 23. 64 Daniel Nadeau (32); 24. 54 Steve Bernard (10); 25. 49 Francois Bernier (18); 26. 7m Mike Maresca (14); 27. 97k Mario Clair (27); 28. 21y Yan Bussiere (21); 29. 22j Gino Clair (20); 30. 44 Stewart Friesen (17); 31 13 Kevin Hamel (22); 32. 22 Brandon Walters (30)

Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 54 Steve Bernard 18.399; 2. 42p Pat Ward 18.417; 3. 20 Brett Hearn 18.736; 4. 21y Yan Bussiere 18.789; 5. 44 Stewart Friesen 18.845; 6. 25 Steve Bernier 18.918; 7. 97k Mario Clair 19.362; 8. 22 Brandon Walters 19.510; 9. 64 Daniel Nadeau 19.555

Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 6h Max McLaughlin 18.510; 2. 9s Matt Sheppard 18.543; 3. 1 David Hebert 18.833; 4. 109 Billy Whittaker 18.855; 5. 49 Francois Bernier 19.033; 6. 7m Mike Maresca 19.143; 7. 63 Dominic Dufault 19.440; 8. 91 Mathieu Laramee 19.589; 9 .43 Keith Flach, No Time

Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 99L Larry Wight 18.610; 2. 91d Billy Decker 18.654; 3. 21a Peter Britten 18.687; 4. 73jr Mathieu Boisvert 18.724; 5. 96 JF Corriveau 19.280; 6. 75 Maxime Michon 19.519; 7. 66x Carey Terrance 19.555; 8. 13 Kevin Hamel 19.634; 9. 25p Michael Parent 19.908

Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 98h Jimmy Phelps 18.999; 2.19 Tim Fuller 19.123; 3. 8 Rich Scagliotta 19.195; 4. 47 Simon Perrault 19.378; 5. 22j Gino Clair 19.475; 6. 37 Paul St-Sauveur 19.580; 7. 23 Dany Bilodeau19.636; 8. 79 Maxime Plante 19.649; 9 .97 Josianne Plante 20.113.

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top-6 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 54 Steve Bernard; 2. 20 Brett Hearn; 3. 42p Pat Ward; 4. 25 Steve Bernier; 5. 44 Stewart Friesen; 6. 21y Yan Bussiere; 7. 64 Daniel Nadeau; 8. 22 Brandon Walters; 9. 97k Mario Clair

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top-6 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 6h Max McLaughlin; 2. 9s Matt Sheppard; 3. 1 David Hebert; 4. 7m Mike Maresca; 5. 49 Francois Bernier; 6. 109 Billy Whittaker; 7. 63 Dominic Dufault; 8. 43 Keith Flach; 9. 91 Mathieu Laramee

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top-6 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 99L Larry Wight; 2. 91 Billy Decker; 3. 21a Peter Britten; 4. 66x Carey Terrance; 5. 73jr Mathieu Boisvert; 6. 13 Kevin Hamel; 7. 25p Michael Parent; 8. 96 JF Corriveau

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top-6 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 98h Jimmy Phelps; 2. 19 Tim Fuller; 3. 8 Rich Scagliotta; 4. 47 Simon Perrault; 5. 22j Gino Clair; 6. 37 Paul St-Sauveur; 7. 79 Maxime Plante; 8. 23 Dany Bilodeau; 9. 97 Josianne Plante

Last Chance Qualifier 1 (10 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Feature) – 1. 21y Yan Bussiere; 2. 109 Billy Whittaker; 3. 63 Dominic Dufault; 4. 97k Mario Clair; 5. 22 Brandon Walters; 6. 91 Mathieu Laramee; 7. 43 Keith Flach; 8. 64 Daniel Nadeau

Last Chance Qualifier 2 (10 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Feature) – 1. 13 Kevin Hamel; 2. 37 Paul St-Sauveur; 3. 23 Dany Bilodeau; 4. 79 Maxime Plante; 5. 96 JF Corriveau; 6. 25p Michael Parent; 7.97 Josianne Plante; 8. 75 Maxime Michon

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): One David Hebert; Pole Position Raceway Fast Time ($100 Cash): 54 Steve Bernard; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): 25 Steve Bernier; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): 6h Max McLaughlin; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): 43 Keith Flach; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): 20 Brett Hearn; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): 99L Larry Wight; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): 47 Simon Perrault; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): 37 Paul St-Sauveur; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): 43 Keith Flach; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): 9s Matt Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): 54 Steve Bernard ; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): 8 Rich Scagliotta; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): 9s Matt Sheppard ;JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): 25 Steve Bernier; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): 22 Brandon Walters; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): 66x Carey Terrance.

SEASON WINNERS

Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)
Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2; Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
Matt Sheppard – 2 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11; Autodrome Granby on July 25)
Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
Peter Britten – 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)

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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: Peter Britten Makes History at Sharon

Britten Dashes From 20th to Become First Australian Super DIRTcar Series Feature Winner

HARTFORD, OH - July 20, 2017 - Peter Britten created a little piece of Super DIRTcar Series history on Thursday night. Britten came from the 20th starting position and then used a slidejob in turns three and four to take the lead from Matt Sheppard following a lap 54 restart. The Brisbane, Queensland, Australia native led the final 46 laps and held off Stewart Friesen on a restart with 12 laps to go to earn the first Super DIRTcar Series win of his career in the Buckeye Ground Pounder 100 at Sharon Speedway. Britten also becomes the first Australian driver to win a Super DIRTcar Series Feature event.

"I can't believe it. It's amazing," Britten said in Victory Lane. "We had a good car, rolling around and kept picking off cars one by one. I ran the middle and I'm like "man, my car's pretty friggen good right now". I just kept picking them off and I got to (Matt Sheppard) and I'm like "this will be the real test". I was able to clear him and man, I don't know if they were close to me. It's unreal, a Super DIRTcar Series win at Sharon."

The task seemed daunting at first for Britten, who rolled off from outside the 10th row while Brett Hearn started on the pole with his Larry Wight to his outside. Hearn capitalized on the track position to grab an early advantage, bringing third-starting Billy Whittaker along to second.

Ninth-starting Friesen made quick work and rolled inside the top-five by lap 10. One lap later, Hearn found his way into lapped traffic. By lap 14, Hearn had company in the form of Friesen, who had gotten by Whittaker, Wight and Tim Fuller to claim second.

Friesen caught Hearn for the lead 20 laps into the 100-lap affair as he found momentum in the outside lane while the No.20 remained on the bottom. Friesen setup the pass for the lead and was outside Hearn on lap 24 when the first caution of the race waved for a spun Frank Cozze on lap 24.

Under the yellow, Friesen suffered a flat tire that forced him to relinquish the second spot and head to the pits for a new sneaker.

"We got squeezed a little bit on the backstretch," Friesen said of how the tire was cut down. "This Halmar team, they're tough. They threw a tire on it and it was still pretty good."

The ensuing restart gave Erick Rudolph a share of the front row and he used the outside lane position to power past Hearn and grab the point. Matt Sheppard took notice and followed Rudolph up high from fourth to second. By lap 36, Sheppard stole the top spot from Rudolph.

One lap later, the caution waved again at lap 37 for Hearn, who has a flat right-rear tire. Sheppard held the lead on the restart, but fans were quickly dazzled by Britten who darted from fifth to pass Rudolph for second on lap 47.

When the halfway mark rolled around, Friesen had found his way back into the top-five, despite his earlier woes, while Sheppard still led Britten by over a second. That advantage, however, was eliminated on lap 54 by a caution when Keith Flach and Kevin Bolland collided. The incident landed Flach the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck award.

Sheppard chose the outside for the restart, but Britten powered around the bottom and drove low into turn three before sliding up in front of Sheppard in turn four to take the lead. From that point, Britten was able to built some momentum and click off laps with impressive speed through the slick middle of the track.

The restart on lap 75 was another strong one for Britten as Sheppard immediately settled into the second spot. Sheppard's goal of a podium finish was wiped away shortly after when the right-rear tire on his no.9s went flat. That forced Sheppard to pit return to the rear of the field.

The final restart of the race with 12 laps to go put Britten alongside Friesen, who had passed Rudolph for second six laps earlier. Britten was flawless on the return to green and ran a perfect line in the final dash to the finish. Britten's smooth and patient style allowed him to claim the win.

"The yellow came out and they were right on my butt again," Britten said, lamenting the yellow flag. "It's a little nerve wracking, but I just had to concentrate and keep hitting my marks. I knew I had a good racecar and I knew I was driving well, so at that point I felt like it was my race to lose. They were going to have to do something pretty incredible to try and get around me."

Rudolph found another gear late in the race and was able to muscle under Friesen to take second away with three laps to go and grab the runner-up finish.

"It took maybe a few laps to find what the car wanted, but it liked being on the bottom," Rudolph explained. "I ran most of the race there. Peter ran a great race. I don't know if we had a shot at him if there was a late race caution. If we did it was a small chance. We had a really nice car and drove a really nice race. A top-three in this league of competition is nothing to be ashamed of."

Friesen looked like the car to beat in the first half of the race after he soared to the front of the field before a flat tire derailed his effort. Regardless, he was happy with the run given the circumstances.

"It was good. We'll take it," Friesen said. "I had an awesome battle there at the end. Hats off to Peter and those guys. I'm happy for our team and to leave here with a top-three."

Billy Decker, who failed to transfer to the race from his heat, but won the Last Chance Qualifier, finished in fourth. He was one spot ahead of 11th starting Pat Ward.

The victory for Britten was particularly special given how he earned it. Britten's drive from 20th to victory also made him the KSE Hard Charger.

"These races are damn near impossible to win from the front row, so to come from 20th and do it, words can't even describe it," Britten said. "That just shows how good our racecar is. I was in the groove tonight and did my job as a driver."

"I passed Matt running a different line than what he was running and got by him," he added about the winning pass. "To be able to drive by basically every good car that there is in Northeast Dirt Modified racing for the first win is pretty incredible."

Britten's win is also a victory for the so-called 'Little Guy'. The driver of the No.21a owns his own equipment and team this year. He has teamed up with Rich Scagliotta to get his single-car, single engine team to the track for each race.

"It's pretty satisfying getting the first win as a very small operation," Britten concluded. "Rich (Scagliotta) gets my car to the racetrack. We don't have a major sponsor. We have one car, one motor. We're going to keep doing our best to make all the races and getting a win here is a motivating factor to get back and keep working."

Fuller, Friesen, Ward and Sheppard were qualifying heat race winners on the night while Fuller was also the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier. Decker and Mike Maresca won the pair of Last Chance Qualifiers.

Britten and the rest of the Super DIRTcar Series stars will be back in action next week with the Series' first swing through Quebec. The Series visits Autodrome Drummond on Monday, July 24 and Autodrome Granby on Tuesday, July 25. For additional information on either event, please visit www.autodromedrummond.com or www.autodromegranby.com. Advanced reserved tickets are available for the Autodrome Granby event on July 25 at www.autodromegranby.com/vente-de-billets-en-ligne.

Sharon Speedway Notebook

Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 21a-Peter Britten [20]; 2. 25r-Erick Rudolph [5]; 3. 44-Stewart Friesen [9]; 4. 91-Billy Decker [22]; 5. 42p-Pat Ward [11]; 6. 99L-Larry Wight [2]; 7. 6h-Max McLaughlin [16]; 8. 109-Billy Whittaker [4]; 9. 9s-Matt Sheppard [10]; 10. 20-Brett Hearn [1]; 11. 19-Tim Fuller [6]; 12. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [8]; 13. 83-Brian Swartzlander [17]; 14. 22-Brandon Walters [3]; 15. 8-Rich Scagliotta [19]; 16. 165-Rex King Jr. [7]; 17. 14-CG Morey [18]; 18. 9-Will Thomas [24]; 19. 13-Rick Regalski Jr. [29]; 20. 29e-Erik Martin [31]; 21. 32-Jim Rasey [13]; 22. 14w-Ryan Watt [28]; 23. 00-Rob Kristyak [30]; 24. 7m-Mike Maresca [21]; 25. 18b-Dave Blaney [26]; 26. 43-Keith Flach [27]; 27. 777-Kevin Bolland [23]; 28. 65-Rex King [15]; 29. 35-Frank Cozze [14]; 30. 6m-Mat Williamson [12]; 31. 37md-Jeremiah Shingledecker [25]

Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 19-Tim Fuller, 16.866; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson, 17.084; 3. 32-Jim Rasey, 17.141; 4. 7m-Mike Maresca, 17.272; 5. 20-Brett Hearn, 17.307; 6. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 17.342; 7. 43-Keith Flach, 17.474; 8. 777-Kevin Bolland, 17.501; 9. 21-Justin Rasey, 17.879; 10. 96b-Bob Warren, 17.947

Qualifying Group 2 - 1. 44-Stewart Frisen, 17.274; 2. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.276; 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph, 17.389; 4. 37md-Jeremiah Shingledecker, 17.306; 5. 14-CG Morey, 17.425; 6. 35-Frank Cozze, 17.507; 7. 13-Rick Regalski Jr., 17.675; 8. 46-Jeremy Smith, 17.676; 9. 00-Rob Kristyak, 18.130; 10. 29e-Erik Martin, 18.248

Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 42p-Pat Ward, 17.148; 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps, 17.272; 3. 65-Rex King, 17.375; 4. 17m-Skip Moore, 17.548; 5. 22-Brandon Walters, 17.667; 6. 9-Will Thomas, 17.933; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.050; 8. 69-Tom Mattocks, 18.185; 9. 25b-Steve Barr, 18.584

Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.066; 2. 165-Rex King Jr., 17.226; 3. 6h-Max McLaughlin, 17.472; 4. 109-Billy Whittaker, 17.594; 5. 31-Jim Weller Jr., 17.768; 6. 18b-Dave Blaney, 17.790; 7. 21a-Peter Britten, 17.808; 8. 91-Billy Decker, 17.813; 9. 14w-Ryan Watt, 17.952

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 19-Tim Fuller [1]; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson [2]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [5]; 4. 32-Jim Rasey [3]; 5. 83-Brian Swartzlander [6]; 6. 7m-Mike Maresca [4]; 7. 43-Keith Flach [7]; 8. 777-Kevin Bolland [8]; 9. 21-Justin Rasey [9]; 10. 96b-Bob Warren [10]

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 3. 25r-Erick Rudolph [3]; 4. 35-Frank Cozze [6]; 5. 14-CG Morey [5]; 6. 13-Rick Regalski Jr. [7]; 7. 37md-Jeremiah Shingledecker [4]; 8. 46-Jeremy Smith [8]; 9. 29e-Erik Martin [10]; 10. 00-Rob Kristyak [9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1.42p-Pat Ward [1]; 2. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [2]; 3. 22-Brandon Walters [5]; 4. 65-Rex King [3]; 5. 8-Rich Scagliotta [7]; 6. 9-Will Thomas [6]; 7. 17m-Skip Moore [4]; 8. 69-Tom Mattocks [8]; 9. DNS 25b-Steve Barr [9]

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 165-Rex King Jr. [2]; 3. 109-Billy Whittaker [4]; 4. 6h-Max McLaughlin [3]; 5. 21a-Peter Britten [7]; 6. 18b-Dave Blaney [6]; 7. 91-Billy Decker [8]; 8. 31-Jim Weller Jr. [5]; 9. 14w-Ryan Watt [9]

Last Chance Qualifier 1 (10 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Feature) – 1. 7m-Mike Maresca [1]; 2. 777-Kevin Bolland [5]; 3. 37md-Jeremiah Shingledecker [4]; 4. 43-Keith Flach [3]; 5. 13-Rick Regalski Jr. [2]; 6. 46-Jeremy Smith [6]; 7. 29e-Erik Martin [8]; 8. 21-Justin Fasey [7]; 9. 96b-Bob Warren [9]

Last Chance Qualifier 2 (10 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A-Feature) – 1. 91-Billy Decker [4]; 2. 9-Will Thomas [1]; 3. 18b-Dave Blaney [2]; 4. 14w-Ryan Watt [7]; 5. 00-Rob Kristyak [8]; 6. 69-Tom Mattocks [5]; 7. 31-Jim Weller Jr. [6]; 8. DNS 17m-Skip Moore [3].

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Billy Whittaker; Pole Position Raceway Fast Time ($100 Cash): Tim Fuller; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Erick Rudolph; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Brandon Walters; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Brandon Walters; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Peter Britten; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Brandon Walters; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Pat Ward; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Mike Maresca; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Dave Blaney; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Peter Britten (+19 - 20th to 1st); MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Mike Maresca; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Brandon Walters; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Peter Britten; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Rich Scagliotta; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Keith Flach; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Max McLaughlin.

SEASON WINNERS

Billy Decker - 3 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20; Eldora Speedway on July 18)
Stewart Friesen - 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
Ryan Watt - 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
Matt Sheppard - 1 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11)
Tim McCreadie - 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
Larry Wight - 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)
Peter Britten - 1 (Sharon Speedway on July 20)

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