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Williamson Upsets Field at Utica-Rome October 5, 2017

Williamson Upsets Field at Utica-Rome

VERNON, NY – The DIRTcar 358-Modifieds hit the track at Utica-Rome for a pregame shootout leading into NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVI festivities. Mat Williamson meticulously wove his way through the field from his 13th starting position to claim an impressive win at Utica- Rome Speedway after 100 laps.

“20 laps into this I was ready to pull into the pits and call ‘er a night,” said Williamson. “We were running with 15th, 16th, 17th place cars. We were terrible the first 50 laps and then it was almost like we had a jet button in this thing and turned it on.”

On lap 60 of the 100-lap event, Williamson was not even a contender for the lead as he hadn’t yet appeared in the top-10. He began working through the traffic on the low side of the dirt oval quickly making up time and passing cars along the way. He passed Stewart Friesen to claim the lead on lap 89.

Friesen is the record holder of Utica- Rome’s All-Time Modified Wins, All-Time Dirt Modified Wins, and Big Block Dirt Modified Wins. Williamson also passed by the 2017 Utica-Rome track champion, Matt Sheppard who was running second at the time before he was sidelined to mechanical failures on lap 87.

“Hats off to Mat and his whole crew,” said Friesen. “They are just a bunch of great racers and I got to watch him grow up. That race was pretty neat. I was cruising along there and I knew we were in trouble when we couldn’t get the lappers out of the way quick enough. We were really, really good at the start but after that we were searching around and then it was lights out but still a good way to start the week.”

Erick Rudolph joined Friesen and Williamson to complete the podium at Utica- Rome Speedway on Tuesday evening.

For additional news visit www.uticaromespeedway.com

Weekly Winners 9/19/17 - 9/25/17 September 25, 2017

Weekly Winners 9/19/17 - 9/25/17

Congratulations to:

AJ Diemel – Red Cedar Speedway

Max Blair – Eriez Speedway

Dan Angelicchio – Dog Hollow Speedway

Dona Marcoullier – Berlin Raceway

Jeff Strunk – Bridgeport Speedway

Russ King – Eriez Speedway

Justin Duty – Willamette Speedway

Jimmy Owens – Brownstown Speedway

Mat Williamson – Brighton Speedway

JR Heffner – Glen Ridge Motorsports Park

Brandon Sheppard – 81 Speedway, Salina Highbanks & Lakeside Speedway

Dave Hemrich – Agassiz Speedway Track Chamption (pictured)

Bob Williams – WESCAR Champion

Josh Sunn – Bear Ridge Speedway

Sheppard Sweeps Great Plains Swing September 24, 2017

Sheppard Sweeps Great Plains Swing

PARK CITY, KS— September 24, 2017— Brandon Sheppard brought out the broom on Sunday night at 81 Speedway after his third consecutive win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in just as many nights during the Great Plains swing. His winning streak started on Friday at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, continued to Saturday at Salina Highbanks in Salina, OK, and concluded at 81 Speedway on Sunday evening in Park City, KS.

Sheppard’s win at 81 Speedway marks 17 wins in the books for the dominate driver this season. He is now tied for second with Darrell Lanigan for most single-season wins putting him only one win behind the record set in 2016 by his predecessor in the Rocket No.1 , Josh Richards.

“Between Kansas and Oklahoma— man, some heck of some race tracks,” said Sheppard. “They have some really awesome race tracks out here. Kind of darker dirt which is more like what I’m used to so I guess I just fit right in.”

Sheppard passed race-long leader Tyler Erb on lap 24 of the 40-lap event before running away from the field in the remaining circuits.

Erb, who started second for the feature, was able to gain the lead from pole-sitter Austin Siebert on the first lap. In 10 laps time, the young gun was able to create a 3.808 second lead between his No. 91 and the rest of the field.

Siebert sat in second for the first half of the event before surrendering to Sheppard’s charges on lap 22. The turning point for the race occured just one lap later when Brent Larson slowed between turns 3 and 4 bringing out the caution and clearing the ground Erb worked hard to create.

A single-file restart took the field back to green and Sheppard was able to capitalize. Sheppard chose the high line while Erb hugged the bottom of the 3/8-mile dirt oval. The duo, both driving in Rocket XR1s, crossed the line only 0.121 seconds apart.

In the remaining 16 laps, Sheppard expanded his lead to 4.469 seconds.

“I think we just made a little bit better call on tires than Erb did,” said Sheppard. “I think he had a really good car but I think I found that top a little bit sooner than he did. I thought for sure his crew guy would tell him to go to the top after that caution but I don’t know. I was still pretty far back at that point so maybe they didn’t see me back there but man— what a heck of a year. It’s been really great. I can’t thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker enough. These [Rocket] XR1s are just phenomenal. These things are top-notch and second to none.”

Erb settled for his sixth second-place run of the season and his fourth second-place run to his friend, Sheppard.

“I really didn’t want to see the caution but it happens,” said Erb. “It just wasn’t my night. Running second to Sheppy is as close as you can get to a win. He’s obviously the best car in the country. We were pretty good. We went a little softer on tires. It didn’t really hurt us but once he got going I couldn’t run that line up there. I’m just happy to run second. We’ve been kind of on a downhill for the past month or so.”

Siebert rounded out the podium scoring his highest World of Outlaws finish to date.

“It was a good night and a good Sunday for us and it’s awesome to be up here in third,” said Siebert. “It’s a confidence booster for me and my team. It’s a lot trickier than the mods that we’ve run in the past. There’s a lot to change and a lot to keep up on so it’s just a learning curve but it feels good to be here right now.”

For more news visit www.woolms.com

Williamson Wins Applefest Shootout September 23, 2017

Williamson Wins Applefest Shootout

BRIGHTON, Ont. – Orange Motorsports presented the second and final night of Applefest Shootout Weekend at Brighton Speedway. The DIRTcar 358 Modifieds headlined the event in the 75 lap Applefest Shootout along with Go Nuclear! Late Model Series with the running of the Great Crate Race. The event also included the DIRTcar Sportsman Western Region Series with their second race of the weekend plus the Quad Track Duel on the Dirt Finale for Pro Stocks and an invitation for Canadian Modifieds.

The 13th Annual Applefest Shootout was led to the green flag by Gary Lindberg (No. 28z) and Mike Bowman (No. 71). The two drivers swapped the top spot five times over the first 30 laps of the 75 lap main event.

Bobby Herrington (No. 25h) began to make his presence known by the one third mark and worked his way to the point on lap 32. The next 18 circuits were led by the Kingston driver as he controlled the pace until Chad Brachmann (No. 3) took his turn in the lead.

A restart with two laps left set up a true shootout between Brachmann and second place Mat Williamson (No. 6). Going into the second corner though mechanical issues slowed the leader handing Williamson the top spot. He held on for the final lap and a half to win his first career Applefest Shootout. Erick Rudolph (No. 25) fell just one spot short of winning his fourth straight in the event, while Herrington crossed the finish line third. Pole sitter Lindberg was fourth and Brachmann nursed his car to a top five finish.

For additional news visit www.brightonspeedway.ca

Weekly Winners 9/12/17 - 9/18/17 September 18, 2017

Weekly Winners 9/12/17 - 9/18/17

Congratulations to:

Mike Marlar – Knoxville Raceway

AJ Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

Tim Fuller – Mohawk International Raceway (pictured)

Max Blair – Freedom Motorsports Park

John VanDoorn – Toledo Speedway

Russ King – Thunder Mountain Speedway

Jack Sullivan – I-30 Speedway

Ashton Winger – Senoia Raceway

Mat Williamson – Freedom Motorsports Park

Matt Sheppard – Brewerton Speedway & Cornwall Motor Speedway

Logan Martin – Springfield Raceway

Billy Dunn – Mohawk International Raceway

Corey Madden – Shelby County Speedway

Josh Richards – Knoxville Raceway

Jake Bubak – West Texas Raceway

Mark Norris – Batesville Motor Speedway

Jason Jameson – Florence Speedway

Terry Phillips – Marshalltown Speedway

Corey Zeitner – Shelby County Speedway

James Dennis – Skyline Speedway

Brent Kelsey – Mohawk International Raceway

Kevin Smith – Skagit Speedway Track Champion

Jeff Strunk – Grandview Speedway

Jared Miley – Hummingbird Speedway

Bryce Clark – I-30 Speedway

Jason Trammell – Volunteer Speedway

 

Marlar Makes History With Back-To-Back Knoxville Nationals Championships September 16, 2017

Marlar Makes History With Back-To-Back Knoxville Nationals Championships

KNOXVILLE, IA (September 16, 2017) – Mike Marlar became the first driver in the 14-year history of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals to win in back-to-back years – taking the $40,000 top prize on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. Marlar took the lead from race-leader Josh Richards on lap 92 and then sped away for the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Jonathan Davenport made a valiant charge in the last five laps to finish second after pitting for a right-front, flat tire on lap 50. Jared Landers, the 2015 winner of the race came home third, with Jimmy Mars and Jimmy Owens completing the top five drivers.

Davenport led the first 19 laps of the race until Richards took over the point. Richards then held the top spot until Marlar got by him late in the race. Richards had a right-front tire go down, putting him into the turn three wall. Richards changed the tire and ran just a few more laps before calling it a night. He was credited with an 18th place finish as his points lead over Tim McCreadie shrunk to just 90 points.

Marlar returned in his Ronnie Delk-owned, Rocket Chassis to defend his crown-jewel victory. “Tonight makes me feel really good about being a racecar driver. That wasn’t a race, that was a battle right there. With 25 to go, I thought man I need to start going and give it all I had. I let Jared Landers get by me and then I got back by him when he got high in turn one. I thought now I am good. I could run this thing to death. I think I could do it.”

“There was a caution as soon as I got passed by Landers. Luckily, I got back by him on the restart. I don’t think Josh was at his best when I caught him and passed him for the lead. I think he was having an issue. This is awesome. I want to thank Josh and Jerry for their help. Without them I couldn’t do this. They are back at the shop everyday working on the car. My car owner Ronnie Delk and my wife Stacy, thanks for all they do.”

Davenport came up just short of his first win in the event. “I had a plan on that last restart and it just worked out. I wondered where everyone was going. Everybody took off and went to the bottom of the track. They just left the door open for me and I took advantage of it. Our car wasn’t any good in traffic for whatever reason. The best car won the race. Josh must have been pretty good too. He passed me early on. I just to thank my guys for getting me back out there after we pitted.”

Landers sat out last year’s event due to an injury and returned this weekend to score two podium finishes. “I hurt my tires by lap 50. I was worried about it. I got up there with Josh and I had some good momentum going and I jumped the cushion and it hurt me. I cost us that spot. I will take a top-three. That was a lot of laps there. I hadn’t raced that hard for a while.”

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O’Neal, Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, and Tim McCreadie.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com