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Decker prevails at Fonda September 26, 2015

Decker prevails at Fonda

FONDA, NY – Billy Decker retook the lead from Brett Hearn for the second time on lap 78 and stayed in front the rest of the way to win the Mohawk Valley 100 at Fonda Speedway.

It was the defending Super DIRTcar Series (SDS) champion’s fourth series win of the season and his first at Fonda Speedway since 1988.

Decker set fast time in qualifying and started fifth in a 31-car field. He passed Hearn for the first time on lap 72 after heavy lapped traffic slowed the leader’s torrid pace.

The “Jersey Jet” had reeled in Stewart Friesen and quickly drawn off to a sizeable lead on lap 34. After his back-and-forth duel with Decker had gone Decker’s way, Hearn was overtaken by Larry Wight and was being pressured by Gary Tomkins when he went up in smoke and slowed on the backstretch, bringing out the third caution.

On the restart, Friesen came back to life and raced past Tomkins and Wight, but he couldn’t ever get to Decker whose winning margin was five car-lengths.

“I’m super happy,” Decker said in victory lane. “The guys made great adjustments on the car. I’d go where they weren’t in traffic. I love to race here and I want to thank all the Fonda fans for their support.”

Wight’s stout podium finish followed up his win at Autodrome Granby. Friesen, who who led laps 13-33 and then slipped back to 6th, overtook him with five laps left. He was trying to equal Jack Johnson’s seasonal record of 12 Fonda wins.

“My car was awesome in the beginning,” Friesen said. “Then it got lazy and then it got going again. Maybe it’s the tires, I don’t know. It was weird, but finishing second to this guy is pretty good.”

Polesitter Gary Tomkins and Tim Fuller did a lot of wheel-to-wheel racing with several different cars to earn the fourth and fifth spots.

Positions 6-10 went to series point leader Matt Sheppard, Danny Varin, A.J.Romano, Jimmy Phelps and Keith Flach.

Hearn saw his chance to gain ground on Sheppard disappear on his way to the pits for a 26th place finish.

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Photo courtesy of www.superdirtcarseries.com/ Harry & Jane Cella Photo

Weekly Winners 9/15/15 - 9/21/15 September 21, 2015

Weekly Winners 9/15/15 - 9/21/15

Congratulations to:

Craig Thatcher – Cedar Lake Speedway (Legendary 100 Modified Champion) - pictured above

Kent Arment – Dakotah State Fair Speedway (Wissota 100 Modified Champion)

Shannon Anderson – Marshalltown Speedway (World Nationals Hobby Stock Champion)

Craig VonDohren – Grandview Speedway

Jeff Strunk – Accord Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Brewerton Speedway

Chris Ferguson – Dublin Motor Speedway

Kale Drake – Port City Raceway

Gene Knaub – Bedford Speedway

Jeff Anderson – Adams County Speedway

Shawn Walsh – Legit Speedway

Cory Probst – Redwood Speedway

Clint Hatlestad – Arlington Raceway

Kelly Shryock – Clay County Fair Speedway

Doug Smith – Clay County Fair Speedway

 

Weekly Winners 9/8/15 - 9/14/15 September 14, 2015

Weekly Winners 9/8/15 - 9/14/15

Congratulations to:

Dale McDowell – Eldora Speedway

Brandon Sheppard – Eldora Speedway

Ryan Gustin – Mississippi Thunder Speedway (picured above)

Jeremy Payne – Tri-State Speedway

Joe Armistead Jr. – Senoia Raceway

Dustin Smith – Super Nationals Modified Race of Champions

Myles Michehl – Super Nationals Hobby Stock Race of Champions

Richard Frost – Clarksville Speedway

Regan Tafoya – Stuart Speedway

Jordan Grabouski – Super Nationals A Main Qualifying Feature

Mike Hagan – Super Nationals A Main Qualifying Feature

Kody Scholpp – Super Nationals A Main Qualifying Feature

Smith and Michehl Win Race of Champions at Super Nationals September 12, 2015

Smith and Michehl Win Race of Champions at Super Nationals

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 12) – Winners of Race of Champions events were Dustin Smith in the Harris Auto Racing Modified RoC and Myles Michehl in the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock RoC.

 
Modified Race of Champions – 1. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 2. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 3. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 6. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 9. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 10. John Gober, Poolville, Texas; 11. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 12. Jesse Sob­bing, Malvern.
 
Hobby Stock Race of Champions – 1. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; 3. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 4. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 5. Austin Brauner, St. Edward, Neb.; 6. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 7. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 8. Leah Wroten, Independ­ence; 9. John Watson, Des Moines; 10. Eric Stanton, Carlisle.
 
Photos courtesy of www.imca.com
Sheppard and McDowell Reach Eldora Victory Lane September 10, 2015

Sheppard and McDowell Reach Eldora Victory Lane

ROSSBURG, Ohio (September 10, 2015) – Veteran Dale McDowell and young gun Brandon Sheppard rolled to impressive preliminary feature victories on the opening night of Eldora Speedway’s 45th World 100, splitting Thursday night’s two 25-lap DIRTcar-sanctioned races at the historic half-mile oval.

The $5,000-to-win triumphs put McDowell of Chickamauga, Georgia and Sheppard of New Berlin, Illinois, in prime position for Saturday’s $48,000-to-win World 100. Saturday’s heat races for the crown jewel event will be set based on drivers’ performances on Thursday and in a second night of preliminary action on Friday.

McDowell, who won the World 100 in 2005 and finished second last year, started fourth and battled early with defending World 100 champion Scott Bloomquist and Wheelersburg, Ohio’s RJ Conley. But his car quickly came to life and he found the low line and took the lead. He never looked back and took the checkered flag.

“That’s my preferred line, McDowell said. “I think that’s the best place to take care of your tires. Brandon (Sheppard) looked awfully good around the top, so I think it’s just where you get your car balanced. Our package just seems to work in the middle to the bottom – although in the heat race I was able to run up top.

“It takes two different style race cars, two different style setups to run the top and the bottom and be the best at either one. We’ll just have to see what the track conditions are, what the preparation is, what the weather may do.”

Darrell Lanigan, of Union, Kentucky charged to a second place finish while Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tennessee flirted with Eldora’s famous wall to finish third. Last minute entry Chris Madden, of South Carolina, who started 12th, worked his way to fourth, while Georgian and current World of Outlaws Late Models Series point leader Shane Clanton rounded out the top-five.

Illinois’ Sheppard, who is just 22, started second in A-Feature number two but took the victory.

Early on however, he was in a fierce battle with Eldora favorite Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Michigan as the two fought for control. Making contact on a few occasions, they battled for several laps before Sheppard found speed on the top and pulled away for the victory.

“It feels awesome,” said Sheppard. “It’s a really prestigious racetrack and my father and grandfather put a lot of hard earned money in my program. It means a lot to them and it means a lot to me because I’ve put a lot of hard work into the cars and the program.

“We were sitting at Rocket Chassis (in Shinnston, West Virginia) on Tuesday with basically a bare frame and two crew guys and I got it ready and left at midnight and made it here at 7 a.m., on Wednesday. It’s a lot of hard work and dedication.”

Two-time World 100 winner Jimmy Owens worked his way up to second followed by VanWormer. Dennis Erb Jr., was fourth with 2015 Dream winner Jonathan Davenport finishing fifth.

For more news visit www.eldoraspeedway.com

Weekly Winners 9/1/15 - 9/7/15 September 7, 2015

Weekly Winners 9/1/15 - 9/7/15

Congratulations to:

Shane Clanton – Lernerville Speedway

Tyler Erb – Greenville Speedway

Chris Ferguson – Cherokee Speedway

Darrell Lanigan – Selinsgrove Speedway

Clint Smith – Rome Speedway & Senoia Raceway

Rich Neiser – Merritt Speedway

Dale McDowell – Dixie Speedway

Gene Knaub – Bedford Speedway

Jimmy Mars – Fairbury American Legion Speedway

Alan Fink – Fulton Speedway

Mike Mullen – Shawano Speedway

Pat Doar – St. Croix Valley Raceway

Matt Sheppard – Utica-Rome Speedway

Vic Coffey – Utica-Rome Speedway

Jordan Watson – Georgetown Speedway (pictured above)

Danny O’Brien – Brockville Ontario Speedway

Tim Fuller – Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Jimmy Phelps – Brewerton Speedway

Jonathan Taylor – Eldora Speedway

Rodney Sanders – Cresco Speedway

Jason Krohn – Deer Creek Speedway & Fairmont Raceway

Chris Zogg – West Liberty Speedway

 

Chris Fleming – 2015 Rush Fulton Speedway Track Champion

Rich Neiser – American Ethanol Late Model Tour Champion

Danny O’Brien – Brockville Ontario Speedway Track Champion