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Jay Cardy Is Topless Champ February 10, 2018

Jay Cardy Is Topless Champ

For the first time since the 20th of October 2012, Jay Cardy has claimed a feature win at the Perth Motorplex and what a way to do it, claiming the $4,000 winners cheque for the Di Candilo Steel City Topless event in a show that quite simply had everything!

Cardy had a solid night and would start from pole position alongside Paul Stubber for the all-important forty lap final, and it was Stubber who would get the first advantage and race away into the lead. Warren Oldfield, coming from position four, would quickly move into second while Cardy would drop to third.

Former Australian Champion and multi time feature winner for this season, Ryan Halliday, would then begin to apply the blowtorch to Cardy as he looked for a way through, but couldn’t make the move stick while up ahead Stubber would lead Oldfield by over 1.2 seconds on lap four and then extend that to over a 1.7 second lead by the completion of lap five.

A few laps later and it looked like Stubber would continue to break away when it all came undone. A couple of cars came together ahead of him as he was attempting to lap them: Veronica McCann and Nathan Callaghan colliding, Stubber piling in and then Daniel Ameduri left with nowhere to go, hitting and getting significant air in his #83 machine, coming to a rest at a precarious angle on top of Stubber.

Callaghan and Stubber would be unable to restart while Ameduri and McCann would retake their positions in the field: albeit only momentarily for McCann as she pulled infield a few laps later while the incident appeared to fire Ameduri up as he began to work his way through the field.

Warren Oldfield would lead Cardy and Halliday on the restart with thirty one laps remaining, and for the next few circulations it was business as usual, cars finding their way around the track with minimal issues. On lap sixteen though as the lead group were working through lapped traffic, a lapped car would hold Cardy up ever so slightly, Halliday taking the opportunity to duck by on the inside in a centimetre perfect move.

Halliday would set out after Oldfield as behind them Kye Blight, who had worked his way into the top five, had an uncharacteristic spin down the back straight on lap twenty in front of a charging pack, making contact with Mick Comley as he raced past and then heading infield, while Halliday would suddenly slow shortly after, also ending his race prematurely.

All of a sudden Oldfield was leading Cardy, while Michael Holmes was in an intense battle with Ameduri for third, Ameduri eventually going right around the outside of Holmes to grab the third place position.

Oldfield would shortly after catch both drivers and put them a lap down, leaving just himself and second placed Jay Cardy on the lead lap: six cars remaining on track with ten laps to go.

Once again the fickle hand of fate struck and this time it was to the detriment of leader Oldfield, suddenly going up in a puff of smoke and catching fire, showering the track with sparks and ultimately heading infield with four to go, handing Cardy the lead.

From here it was a sprint to the finish for the remaining four laps: Cardy going on to be the only driver to complete the full forty lap distance, with Ameduri coming home in second with thirty nine laps, his best ever result in Late Models, and Michael Holmes completing thirty eight laps in third. Joe Chalmers held on for the best result of his short career to come home fourth while Mick Comley was the final driver to greet the chequered flag: an impressive effort by three rookies to finish in the top five.

Cardy’s night was almost faultless, starting on pole position for the feature, recording an unofficial forty lap record (unofficial because the race had stoppages, but still completed in a shorter time than any other attempts at forty laps!) and also resetting a six year old record in the final heat race, setting a new mark of 2.09.910 for eight laps, bettering Jamie Oldfield’s previous best set in 2012 by just under one second.

Courtesy of tonight’s results, including Brad Blake’s misfortune after crashing out of the first heat and then failing to start another race throughout the evening, Cardy now leads the overall XLI Pro Dirt Series points, holding a twenty two point buffer over second placed Warren Oldfield while Michael Holmes sits in third ahead of Blake.

The Late Models now have a short break to prepare for the next round of the XLI pro Dirt Series, again at the Perth Motorplex, this time on the 25th of February, 2018 as support to the World Series Sprintcars in what is sure to be another huge show.

The XLI Pro Dirt Series and Di Candilo Steel City USA Invasion Tour proudly bought to you by Pancho’s Mexican Restaurants, CTM Recruitment, Cardy Racing Components, APM Roofing, Dirt Track Nutters, Renegade Fuels, Palice Property Group, Moyle Race Parts, Boyes Equipment SVS, RACIN’ Tyres and Accessories, Maxima Oils, Collie Machine Shop, Southern Haulage, Car Busters and Forma-tel.

Release by DTN Media. 
Pics courtesy Aidan Skraha.

Sheppard Edges Moran In East Bay Opener February 5, 2018

Sheppard Edges Moran In East Bay Opener

TAMPA, FL (February 5, 2018) - Brandon Sheppard passed Devin Moran coming off turn four on the final lap to win the opening night of the Wrisco Industries 42nd Annual Winternationals - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs.

The 30-lap, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event saw four different leaders. Moran held the top spot at two different points and finished in second, with Earl Pearson, Jr. claiming the third position. Jonathan Davenport was in contention for the win until the end when he came home fourth. Scott Bloomquist romped from his eighteenth-place starting spot to finish fifth.

"I really didn't find anything, it was treacherous getting off the corners. I had to get off the bottom in the brown. It's tricky. I guess I never lifted on that last lap. My dad texted Mark [Richards] before the race and told him to get on me and that I needed to get up on the wheel more," said the former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year.

"I knew my dad was at home watching on television. I can't thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker enough for what they have done for me, and everybody at Rocket Chassis as well. It's a dream come true to drive for them. My dad and my grandpa have always supported me, and I appreciate that."

Kyle Bronson started from the pole and led the first lap of the event until Moran forged ahead. Josh Richards then picked up the pace as he took the lead for the first time on lap thirteen. Richards led three circuits until Sheppard appeared at the head of the field for the first time on lap sixteen.

Two circuits later, Moran regained the point and looked to be on his way to first career win at "The Clay by the Bay." However, Moran was forced to battle lapped traffic entering turn three on the final lap, allowing Sheppard to go high on the track and beat Moran to the finish line by a narrow margin.

Moran was pleased with his second-place finish, but disappointed he didn't get that first win at the 1/3-mile oval. "It was an awesome race. With all the rain they got yesterday, Al [Varnadore] did a great job with the track. It would have been better if we would have won. My dad [Donnie] and brother [Wylie] were at home tonight and I had my brother Tristan here. It was a good run. We will come back tomorrow and try to improve one more spot," said the driver of the Tye Twarog-owned, Eddie's Sunoco, Rocket.

The Ronnie Stuckey Enterprises, Black Diamond, Lucas Oil entry driven by Earl Pearson Jr. battled amongst the top five the entire race before crossing the finish line in third. "Those kids up front put on a good show, that's for sure," smiled Pearson afterwards. "For the first night here at East Bay we will take this and build from there. That was a heck of a show in front of me. They were dicing it out, back and forth, the fans had to enjoy that one."

Sheppard's winning Mark Richards Racing-owned, Rocket Chassis entry is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter's Honey, Integra Racing Shocks, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, Billy Moyer Jr., Tyler Erb, Austin Hubbard, and Corey Conley.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Richards Goes Back-To-Back at Golden Isles February 3, 2018

Richards Goes Back-To-Back at Golden Isles

BRUNSWICK, GA (February 3, 2018) - Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Josh Richards overcame several obstacles to win Saturday night's RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing - presented by General Tire final at Golden Isles Speedway.

Richards had to resort to a back-up car, after issues arose with his main car during an earlier heat race. Richards then had the power steering fail on the back-up car as he tried to start the B-Main. The Best Performance Motorsports team ten fixed the issue, barely making the call to start the 60-lap main event, as Richards was the final car to enter the race track.

Richards had to take a series provisional and was scheduled to start 23rd on the grid, but due to his lateness while the crew worked on his car, he was relegated to the 26th and final starting position. Richards charged through the field and despite a lap 46 pass from Tyler Erb, went on to record his second win in-a-row to start the 2018 LOLMDS season.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 24th time in his career, the 2017 National Champion used the same car he won the Dirt Track World Championship with last year to race in tonight's main event. "It was close," said Richards elaborating on the fact he nearly missed the start of the race. "No one sees what goes on behind the scenes, but this really is a team sport. I can't thank everyone enough. This is the same car we ran at Portsmouth in October last year. We had to get it out in a hurry. I broke a power steering line out there when I was just testing it. Good thing I went out there or we would have never known."

"Danny and all the guys from my dad's crew chipped in to get it ready. We just threw some stuff on it and then rolled it out on the track. I didn't expect to come out with a win. We were just hoping to finish the race. We were going along pretty good and we were passing a lot of cars. I got out in front and then I started to ride it out. When he [Tyler Erb] got by me, I picked it up and was fortunate to get back around him. We were able to pull away from him and finish it off."

Kyle Bronson, in his Brandon Ford, Longhorn by Weaver, came home in second for his best career LOLMDS finish as he fought past Tyler Erb for the runner-up position. Dennis Erb Jr. came from eleventh to finish fourth, and Brandon Sheppard completed the top five.

Afterwards, Bronson was pleased with his crew, and he dedicated his run to his late friend Bo Hammond, who passed away last week. "Bo was a mentor of mine. He taught me a lot about these cars. I wanted to win this one for him tonight, but we will take second place. We were a bit snug at the start of the race. The car started to really come around. I want to thank Randy Weaver for his help. We had some trouble with lapped cars for a while out there. It's a solid finish for us. Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight."

Tyler Erb's First Class Septic, Rocket Chassis led laps 6 through 23 before relinquishing the lead to Richards. Erb fought back and momentarily took the lead on lap 46 before Richards passed him once again. "The car was really good early on. We led a lot of laps. We started to gain back on him [Richards] and I was able to get by him, but it only lasted one lap. I really thought we had the car to win the race."

Richards' winning car is owned by Eric and Kelly Brock, and is sponsored by Best Performance Motorsports, Bulk Material Lift.com, Bazell Race Fuels, Keyser, Hoosier, Boxo USA, Sunoco, Integra, Valvoline, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, and Impact Race Gear. The Rocket Chassis #1 is powered by a Durham Racing Engine.

Completing the top ten were Brent Larson, Bobby Pierce, Darrell Lanigan, Boom Briggs, and Jonathan Davenport.

Learn more at www.lucasdirt.com

Photo courtesy of www.lucasdirt.com

Brandon Sheppard Captures First WoO Late Models Championship November 4, 2017

Brandon Sheppard Captures First WoO Late Models Championship

CONCORD, NC—Nov. 7, 2017— Brandon Sheppard’s standout 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season officially came to a close on Nov. 5 at the annual banquet, where he was awarded the Championship title.

The 24-year-old from New Berlin, IL was rewarded with a $100,000 points-fund check, a black and red Craftsman toolbox, a championship ring, and the traditional World of Outlaws trophy for his record year.

Sheppard and the Rocket 1 Racing team were nearly unstoppable this season, totaling an impressive 18 wins, 37 top-fives, and 41 top-10 performances in 43 races, and collecting a total earning of $398,800 after the points-fund check.

“First of all, I have to thank the World of Outlaws, everyone at Craftsman, and everybody involved in the tour that makes this deal happen. This is really an awesome deal, and I hope to be involved with it for many years to come; so thank you, guys,” said Sheppard. “I also have to thank my crew. Man, what a crew. Mark [Richards], Dan [White], Austin [Hargrove], Joel [Rogers] — you all are the best group of guys I’ve ever been involved with. We’ve had a heck of a year.”

The Rocket 1 Racing team also received the Crew of the Year Award. In the past, this award has been given to the crew chief, but this year the award recognized the team effort that made this dream season happen.

“One thing I’ve learned over the years is that if you put good people together, good things can happen. And these guys are great guys,” said team owner Mark Richards. “Brandon has done an awesome job ever since the first day of testing this year, all the way until [the final night at World Finals]. We are really thankful for what he’s done for keeping this team going and keeping Rocket 1 up front… This has been such a year.”

Throughout the season, every time Sheppard appeared on the podium he credited his success to his hard-working crew. It was no different when reflecting on his overall season at the banquet as he gave heartfelt thank you to Richards, Crew Chief White, Hargrove and Rogers.

“The first night at Volusia, we had just a little conflict. I thought we needed to change something on the car. Mark thought it was me. It was just the heat of the moment,” explained Sheppard. “We were dang near ready to load up and call it a night after the heat race, and we ended up running the B-Main. We finished out the night and we were hooting and hollering, throwing stuff and everything else. Right then and there I knew that my crew had my back. I didn’t know any of them that well until we went to Florida.”

Devin Moran received the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series 2017 Rookie of the Year award. The young driver from Dresden, OH finished fourth in the point standings during his first-ever year on a national tour.

“Congratulations to everyone who made it through the whole season,” said Moran. “This isn’t an easy task as we found out. We definitely had our ups and our downs, but at the end of the day this is just one big family together. It’s not just my family [on the road], but everyone together… It’s really been a pleasure and been awesome racing with the Outlaw guys. I have to thank World Racing Group and The World of Outlaws just for putting this deal on for us. It’s a top-notch series, and it’s a blast to do it. We’re excited to do it again next year.”

For the 2017 season, Moran burned up the road and hit dirt tracks around the country with his family by his side, including his father — storied late model driver, Donnie — as well as his two brothers, Wylie and Tristin.

“One thing my dad has always taught me is to ride the wave, and I’ve definitely had an up and down year all year,” said Moran. “That’s one thing I really took into consideration all year, was just riding that wave and keeping my head down and straight forward and doing what I have to do.”

Moran completed his first season with the World of Outlaws tallying two wins (Atomic Speedway on May 26 and Georgetown Speedway on Aug. 17) as well as 14 top-five and 30 top-ten performances.

For additional news visit www.woolms.com

Matt Sheppard Claims Sixth Championship November 4, 2017

Matt Sheppard Claims Sixth Championship

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.”

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Weekly Winners 10/17/17 - 10/23/17 October 23, 2017

Weekly Winners 10/17/17 - 10/23/17

Congratulations to:

Josh Richards - Portsmouth Raceway Park & Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion
Stewart Friesen - Orange County Fair Speedway
Craig Von Dohren - Delaware International Speedway
Rodney Sanders - Southern New Mexico Speedway
Austin Horton - Cochran Motor Speedway
Travis Senter - Riverside International Speedway
Bumper Jones - Southern New Mexico Speedway Track Champion (pictured)