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Brandon Sheppard Sweeps Preliminary Shows at Eldora June 10, 2016

Brandon Sheppard Sweeps Preliminary Shows at Eldora

ROSSBURG, Ohio – June 10, 2016 – “Two” seemed to be the lucky number Friday night at the 22nd Annual Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as Brandon Sheppard and Jared Landers became the duo to win the double-feature program in front of a packed crowd.

The Big E’s 24-degree banking is where most of the battles were held during the first feature. The victory was not only Sheppard’s fourth of the year, but also a follow-up to Thursday night’s win. Sheppard is the most recent driver to sweep both preliminary nights of an event weekend at the track since Jonathan Davenport did it in 2015.

Sheppard ran a similar race as the night before. His No. B5 Best Performance Motorsports Rocket machine started on the outside of first place, and he eventually shut the door on the rest of the 24-car field within the first five laps. Sheppard cleared his car for the lead at turn four on lap four.

“We got lucky starting in the front row both nights, but we had a strong car tonight,” Sheppard said. “This is a new car for this track for us. We tried a bunch of different stuff and last night we found a setup that worked. We stuck with that.”

Chris Brown, who started the race in first, began to fall from the podium when the No. 28 McBride Mac/ V.O. Mack Truck Sales Black Diamond car of Dennis Erb Jr. undertook Brown on lap six. Erb thereon challenged Sheppard for the lead, sticking to the bottom of the track; Sheppard relied on sheer momentum on the outside. This battle went on for the remainder of the race, and despite the two cautions in the stretch, Erb could only close the gap to 0.065 seconds.

“I think we just out-tired the rest of the field,” Sheppard said. “I think having the right tires was the reason I could enter above the holes and stay up around the wall. I think that’s where we could keep our momentum.”

Bobby Pierce rounded-out the podium with a thrilling pass on Billy Moyer with 12 laps remaining. Pierce glided under Moyer through turn four in his No. 32 Allgayer Inc./ Champion Spark Plugs Bob Pierce machine, forcing Moyer to forfeit the spot. Moyer did not have the speed to fend-off Pierce’s push.

For more news visit www.dirtcar.com 

Gustin Reaps 76th Career USMTS Win At Longdale June 10, 2016

Gustin Reaps 76th Career USMTS Win At Longdale

LONGDALE, Okla.—Ryan Gustin captured the United States Modified Touring Series feature win Friday night as the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental kicked off the first of two days at the Longdale Speedway.

Gustin, who started fourth, disposed of early leader Stormy Scott and went on to secure the $3,000 victory in the MSD Central Region presented by Day Motor Sports.

The 76th career USMTS win for ‘The Reaper’ was worth $3,000 while Scott, who won here two years ago, held on to claim the runner-up spot behind Gustin.

Jeremy Payne was third, Thursday night’s winner, Cade Dillard finished fourth and last year’s Longdale winner, Johnny Scott, rounded out the top five.

Points leader Jason Hughes was sixth, Dereck Ramirez earned a seventh-place paycheck, Jesse Sobbing started and finished eighth, rookie contender Mike Jergens nabbed the ninth spot and Chad Wheeler completed the top 10.

For more news visit www.usmts.com

Photo courtesy of www.usmts.com/Gary Pigg Photo

Sheppard Wins Ultimate Outlaw 50 June 8, 2016

Sheppard Wins Ultimate Outlaw 50

DUNDEE, NY – ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard had luck on his side during the redraw of Wednesday night’s Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series event, drawing the pole for the ‘Ultimate Outlaw 50’ at Outlaw Speedway.

The fourth round of the Halmar International North Region Series saw Sheppard and Sprakers, NY driver Stewart Friesen occupy the front row for Steve Kellogg’s green flag. Sheppard, as he often is, was the rabbit out front in the Norm’s Save Station No. 357 leading Friesen during the opening laps.

Sheppard had already caught slower traffic on lap eight of the fifty-lap feature. Danny Johnson pulled off the track on lap twelve, as his Outlaw Speedway woes seemed to have returned. Joe Dgien put the field under caution on the next lap with a flat left rear tire.

At the lap thirteen yellow it was Sheppard leading Friesen, Andy Bachetti and Danny Creeden in the Smoker’s Choice No. 16x. Sheppard ran off again on the restart, keeping Friesen back at an arm’s length behind him in the Halmar International No. 44.

Anthony Perrego had to take a provisional to get into the feature event, with his night ending on lap eighteen when he took the New York Truck Parts No. 55 to the trailer. Penn Yan, NY driver Derrick Podsiadlo would encounter trouble just two laps later when his Penn Yan Express Stop 21 car came to a stop in turn two. Tommy Meier had nowhere to go and slid into the side of Podsiadlo, drawing the yellow.

Eight-time Outlaw Speedway track champion Steve “The Hurricane” Paine had charged from his twelfth starting spot to the top five by lap twenty-four. But a flat left rear would see his Swarthout Recycling machine slow and bring out another caution. Paine would change the tire and return to finish eleventh.

The next mechanical casualty was Mike Mahaney in the Buzz Chew powered No. 88, as Mahaney broke a shock coming down the front stretch. Mahaney also appeared to have lost the spring on the bottom of the frontstretch, would take his car to the hot pit lane for repairs and return to finish sixteenth.

As Sheppard led the field back to green on lap twenty-nine, he would start to put some distance on Friesen as Sheppard was wicked fast on the bottom lane. Sheppard could seemingly put the car anywhere he needed to as he also made the cushion work through turns three and four.

Friesen’s great run in second would be dashed on lap forty-two, as he would come up lame with a flat right rear tire. He would get the tire changed on the hot pit lane without losing a lap and rejoin the field with eight to go to recover to a twelfth place finish.

With eight laps to go, Erick Rudolph had quietly manipulated his way into the runner-up spot- capitalizing on the Friesen flat tire. Rudolph won the last Modified feature this past Friday and would have one more shot at Sheppard in the lead. He would not catch him.

Outlaw Speedway regular Billy Van Pelt also made big moves in the second half of the event, moving up to a top five finish from his twenty-first starting position coming from the Consi.

Out front it was all Matt Sheppard, all the time, as Sheppard pulled away in the closing eight laps to score another victory at the ‘Fast Four-Tenths Mile’ and his first at Outlaw with the No. 357 ride. The win in the ‘Ultimate Outlaw 50’ was also the first Short Track Super Series event held at the dirt track nestled in the village of Dundee.

“You know it’s a long drive for those guys to come up here,” said Sheppard of the team he moonlights with in the No. 357. “I kind of talked them into it, I’m just glad it was worth their drive because they bring such a potent car for me to drive. We picked that good number- I didn’t want to let them down.”

Sheppard spoke to pulling out away from Friesen early, only to get bunched back up with yellow flags.

“This thing was just flawless tonight. It was fast on the restarts and just ran good all fifty laps. That’s where I felt the most comfortable (on the bottom). The few times we did get into lap traffic, it felt like I could move around, but that wasn’t really a chance I was going to take.”

For Rudolph, it was a solid second place run, his best so far on the STSS North Region schedule for 2016.

“I think we were about a second place car tonight,” said Rudolph. I don’t think I had anything for Matt tonight. Hats off to him and his team, they were the car to beat. Not sure we really had anything for Friesen either, not sure what happened to him late there.”

Sheffield, MA driver Andy Bachetti ran third for most of the event and came home with a solid effort behind Sheppard and Rudolph.

“What a great racetrack Tyler and the whole gang has done here,” complimented Bachetti. “If I didn’t live so far away I’d love to race here, but it was a lot of fun. (We had) a good starting position, great run there for Matt, but third is a great run for us.”

Danny Creeden and Van Pelt filled the top five finishing positions. Billy VanInwegen, Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Malcolm, Vic Coffey and Brady Fultz completed the top ten positions.

For additional news visit www.dirttrackdigest.com

Photo courtesy of www.dirttrackdigest.com/Mike Mallet

Weekly Winners 5/31/16 - 6/6/16 June 6, 2016

Weekly Winners 5/31/16 - 6/6/16

Congratulations to:

 

David Smith – Hancock County Speedway

Andrew Bertsch – Nodak Speedway

Gage Morin – Brockville Ontario Speedway

Todd Inman – Iowa State Fair Speedway

Ricky Thornton Jr. – Marshalltown Speedway & Hamilton County Speedway

Darrel DeFrance – Hamilton County Speedway

Dale Hollidge – Georgetown Speedway

Daniel Smith – Hamilton County Speedway

Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Carey Terrance – Mohawk Int’l. Raceway

Clint Hatlestad – Arlington Raceway

Jacob Gregoire – Madison Speedway

Corey Madden – Shelby County Speedway

Andrew Satterlee – Dog Hollow Speedway

Doug Smith – Buena Vista Raceway & Hamilton County Speedway

A.J. Kingsley – Fulton Speedway

Matt Jester – Delaware Int’l. Speedway (pictured)

Todd Boulware – Park Jefferson Speedway

Cody Nielsen – Kossuth County Speedway & Hancock County Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Brewerton Speedway & Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Dona Marcoullier – Tri-City Motor Speedway

Tim Sears Jr. – Fulton Speedway

David Rieks – Boone Speedway

Kelly Shryock – Jackson Motorplex

Brandon Beckendorf – Redwood Speedway

Jason Krohn – Dakota State Fair Speedway

Rich Neiser – Winston Speedway

Ralph Morgan Jr. – Path Valley Speedway

Jordan Grabouski – Thunder Hill Speedway & Heartland Park

Jason Covert – Path Valley Speedway

Alex Ferree – Lernerville Speedway

Jason Covert Captures AMS Win at Path Valley June 6, 2016

Jason Covert Captures AMS Win at Path Valley

By Kevin Kovac
DirtonDirt.com senior writer

SPRING RUN, Pa. (June 6) — Welcome home, Jason Covert.
 
Returning to the track where he started his racing career in 1987 for the first time in nearly 15 years, the 45-year-old driver from York Haven, Pa., registered an emotional $4,000 triumph in Monday night’s 40-lap Appalachian Mountain Speedweek presented by Century Link feature at Path Valley Speedway Park.
 
Covert called on all his old knowledge of the high-banked, quarter-mile oval to outduel Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., for the lead just after the race’s midway point and then pull away from the pack after Satterlee’s hopes were dashed by a right-rear flat tire on lap 31.
 
“To win a big race here …” Covert said in victory lane, his voice trailing off and cracking with heartfelt emotion. “I’m never speechless, but I’m almost speechless.”
 
Covert, who grew up just 10 minutes away from Path Valley, controlled the action after Satterlee’s demise and steered his Cameron-Mann Motorsports Rocket XR1 car across the finish line with a half-straightaway edge over defending AMS champion Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa. Rine started 11th in his Longhorn Race Car and inherited the runner-up spot on lap 31 when Satterlee pitted for a tire change.
 
Joe Martin of Punxsutawney, Pa., finished third driving veteran western Pennsylvania car owner Rick Peterman’s MasterSbilt by Huey machine. It was the 30-year-old’s first-ever AMS start and just his eighth Super Late Model run since moving up from the Crate Late Model division earlier this season.
 
Justin Kann of Huntingdon, Pa., moved up from the eighth starting spot to finish fourth and Danny Snyder of Green Lane, Pa., survived several body-damaging scrapes during the evening to earn hard-charger honors with an advance from the 22nd starting spot to a fifth-place finish.
 
Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa., finished sixth and Satterlee rallied from his late pit stop to place seventh.
 
Satterlee’s misfortune ended the titanic battle for the lead he waged with Covert, who moved forward from the sixth starting spot to run second by lap four and then assumed command for the first time on lap 13 when Satterlee had problems on the cushion in turn two. The two good friends then raced side-by-side for multiple circuits, with Satterlee slipping ahead to lead laps 23-24 before Covert regained the top spot on lap 25.
 
After the first 13 laps were slowed by nine of the rough-and-tumble event’s 10 caution flags, Covert and Satterlee went at it hard during the longest green-flag stretch of the feature. It appeared that their struggle was destined to go down to the wire until Satterlee ran into trouble.
 
Covert had one word to describe his race with Satterlee: “Intense.”
 
“I was (chasing) after him, and then he gets over the cushion a little bit (on lap 13) to give me the lead and then he gets after me,” Covert said. “I overheated my tire racing him so I went to the lip … then I was like, Where’s he at? I saw he blew a tire and I’m like, ‘Ah.’
 
Satterlee, 31, was similarly thrilled by the close race with Covert.
 
“I don’t think it could get a whole lot better,” Satterlee said. “I don’t know how many laps it lasted … eight or 10?
 

“It’s always fun when you can race like that. He was kind of in the middle, I was almost in the infield. We used almost all of the racetrack.”

 
It was a mistake that cost Satterlee the lead that he could never quite get fully back in his grasp.
 
“I just hit the cushion with my right-rear (on lap 13),” said Satterlee, who started from the outside pole and surged into the lead at the initial green flag. “That thing was just getting bigger and bigger every lap. I thought I was faster when I could use it, and I just got into it a little too hard. I just kind of slid up to it and I got away from it for a second, and then smashed back into it. It just lifted the whole car up on top of it. I pretty much had to stop and Covert went flying by.
 
“I caught back up to him and I think I was ahead of him a few times (at the start-finish line), but I never really got all the way by him. I was just trying to be patient … I thought when we cleared the lapped cars I could get back to him and go for it at the end, but my right-rear tire cut down and that was the end of it. I think it got a hole in it, ran a little low on air and then it blew up.”
 
Satterlee wasn’t dejected afterward, however. He enjoyed his first-ever visit to the Path Valley bullring.
 
“It’s a fun little place,” Satterlee said. “I’d come back for sure.”
 
Covert certainly wouldn’t have to be enticed to return. He had been anxiously awaiting the chance to compete at Path Valley for the first time since he won a 358 Late Model feature in September 2001.
 
“When this come on the (AMS) schedule (in 2015), you don’t know how much it meant,” said Covert, whose anticipation level for Path Valley’s biggest Super Late Model event ever rose even higher after last year’s AMS stop was rained out. “To have this happen, and to race Gregg like that … that’s one of my best buddies.
 
“I thought the track was absolutely fantastic. I think they did a fantastic job … you could race, it was fun. The fans should’ve loved it … I loved it. Gregg and I had an awesome race.
 
“I’m just overwhelmed,” he added. “I’m gonna savor this one for a long time. I’ve said it a lot, I’m way closer to the end of what I started than I am the beginning, and you gotta really treasure the ones you win because you don’t know if it’s gonna be your last.”
 
Rine, 38, briefly nosed underneath Covert following the lap-31 restart but couldn’t maintain contact with the leader. He settled for a satisfying runner-up finish.
 
“I’m used to racing on a big half-mile and this is pretty neat,” Rine said. “I raced a micro-sprint here in about 1993 or ’94 and this is whole different deal here. This was a fun little place.”
 
For more news visit www.lmspeedweek.com
Thornton Scores First Marshalltown Win June 3, 2016

Thornton Scores First Marshalltown Win

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 3)– Two drivers, Ricky Thornton Jr. in the Xtreme Motor Sports Modified division and Jeff Wollam in IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, scored first wins of the 2016 sea­son at the Marshalltown Speedway on Friday night.

Thornton, the Chandler, Ariz., driver who is calling Iowa home for the summer, made his pres­ence known in the 20-lap Modified feature. He started 13th and grabbed the lead away from last week’s winner Eric Elliott on lap nine.

From there on, Thornton took his ride to the top side and never looked back on his way to the check­ers. Jake Murray finished second from starting ninth, and third went to 11th starting Jimmy Gustin with a late race charge. Kyle Brown finished fourth and Ronn Lauritzen came from 10th to round out the top five.

For more news visit www.imca.com

Photo courtesy of BuckMonsonPhoto.com