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Matt Sheppard Wins at Five Mile Point Speedway July 12, 2016

Matt Sheppard Wins at Five Mile Point Speedway


KIRKWOOD, NY – Five different drivers captured the lead in the hard fought 66-lap main event at Five Mile Point Speedway, but it was the birthday boy Matt Sheppard who made a late race charge from his eighth starting position to secure his third Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season.

“I think we had a better car tonight than last week. This thing was just rolling tonight,” said Sheppard, the current points leader and defending champion.

Billy Decker and Larry Wight helped kick off the feature as they jumped ahead of the field and battled for an early lead.

Wight caught lapped traffic on lap 25 as Decker and Frank Cozze closed in.

It wasn’t just Decker and Cozze who were knocking on Wight’s doors as they caught lapped traffic. There were five drivers: Wight, Decker, Cozze, Friesen, and Sheppard who were all battling for the top spot on lap 32.

At halfway, the scoreboard saw Wight, Decker, Friesen, Cozze, and Sheppard as the top five.

Decker rolled the outside on the restart and took the lead back from Wight on lap 35 but was soon to be taken away by Frank Cozze who squeezed in below Decker coming out of turn two on lap 47.

Eighth-starter Sheppard took a chance and battled forward as he took the high side and chased down Cozze for the lead.

The final caution flag of the night fell with six laps remaining. On the restart, Sheppard powered forward and with a clear track ahead, pulled away from Cozze. Sheppard drove the No. 9s FX Caprara to victory lane.

“We didn’t like seeing those cautions. I felt we were better on longer runs. I just can’t say enough about this thing it was a lot of fun to drive tonight,” said Sheppard.

As the race went on, tires started to become a concern during the feature as several cars pitted due to flat tires. “Anytime you see drivers going in with flat tires you get pretty concerned. I felt like I was rolling around pretty stick straight. I was just hoping we had enough and thankfully we did,” said Sheppard.

Cozze battled hard for his first podium finish of the season with the series.

“The car was good everywhere. It could move all over the track. I knew the right rear tire was going to be an issue so once I got out front I started to cruise to save the tire. Sheppard kind of took me by surprise,” Cozze said.

Sheppard scored his third Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season and his sixth podium finish out of just eight series races.

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Photo courtesy of www.dirttrackdigest.com/rickattheraces.com

Weekly Winners 7/5/16 - 7/11/16 July 11, 2016

Weekly Winners 7/5/16 - 7/11/16

Congratulations to:

Josh Richards – Deer Creek Speedway

Shane Clanton – Mason City Motor Speedway

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Dale Hollidge – Winchester Speedway

Rich Neiser – Thunderbird Raceway

Russ King – Lernerville Speedway

Steve Stacy – South Bend Speedway (pictured)

Danny O’Brien – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Wade Hendrickson – Bridgeport Speedway

Louie Jackson Jr. – Mohawk Int’l. Raceway

Billy Decker – Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Leon Zeitner – Adams County Speedway

Andrew Scheid – Merritt Speedway

Craig Von Dohren – Big Diamond Speedway

Ben Nading - IA State Fair Speedway & Hamilton County Speedway

Daniel Smith - Buena Vista Raceway & Hamilton County Speedway

David Smith - Buena Vista Raceway

Chad Lonneman - Jackson Motorplex

Derek Green - Hancock County Speedway

Shane Swanson - Hancock County Speedway

Cory Probst - Arlington Raceway

Kelly Shryock - Fairmont Raceway

Cody Nielsen - Kossuth County Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Beatrice Speedway

Todd Shute - IA State Fair Speedway

O'Brien Wins at Can-Am July 9, 2016

O'Brien Wins at Can-Am


LAFARGEVILLE, NY – The threat of rain loomed large over the evening’s racing, as many of the tracks in Northern New York were closed due to weather. It was a bounty night on driver Billy Dunn in the 358-Modified feature. The rules were straightforward: Billy Dunn had to start last in the feature, and he had to finish, in order for the extra cash bounty to be paid out. The top three finishers could earn bonus money should they all beat out Dunn on the night. Should Dunn win the feature, he would get the full bounty.

The 358 Small Block Modifieds launched into their feature next, with 1 Craig Collier and 39 Tyler Bartlett in the top two positions with 51x Brady Gill and 93 Ryan Bartlett in the second row. At the drop of the green, 39 Bartlett shot into the lead, with 24 Pat Dupree charging from sixth to second. A lap two caution brought the field back together. 9 Billy Dunn was the bounty man on the night – he started last, and was tasked with climbing through the field. By the lap-two caution restart, Dunn was already up from seventeenth to thirteenth position. By lap four, it was 39 Bartlett and 93 Bartlett in the top two positions. Another caution in lap six set the field for another restart. 9 Billy Dunn had climbed up to ninth position, while the Bartletts remained in first and second. The racers went three wide through turns one and two on the restart, but managed to all hold without disaster. 51x Brady Gill moved into second position by lap seven and then grabbed the lead a lap later. 25 Bobby Herrington was making noise, moving up from eleventh starting position to third by lap ten, while 17D Danny O’Brien snatched fourth position away from 93 Bartlett, demoting Bartlett to fifth. Falling rain interrupted racing during lap thirteen and the yellow flag came out. At the rain delay it was 51x Brady Gill, 39 Tyler Bartlett, 25 Bobby Herrington, 17D Danny O’Brien and 93 Ryan Bartlett in the top five positions. 9 Billy Dunn was in eighth. On the restart, 39 Bartlett and 51x Gill got together and narrowly avoided disaster right in front of the grand stands. 17D O’Brien took the opportunity to move into second behind Gill. 9 Billy Dunn moved up to fifth by lap fifteen. In lap seventeen, 51x Brady Gill went off the top of the track on the back straightaway and went to the pits. 17D O’Brien became the leader, with 39 Bartlett in second. By lap twenty-five, Billy Dunn had moved into third, supplanting Bartlett. With two laps remaining, 17D Danny O’Brien was half a track away from the second and third positions of 25 Bobby Herrington and 9 Billy Dunn. At the checkered flag, it was 17D O’Brien, 25 Herrington, 9 Dunn, 39 Tyler Bartlett and 24 Pat Dupree in the top five positions. The top two bounties paid out, while Dunn managed third place during a rain-influenced feature.

For additional news visit www.chapmanscanam.com

Photo courtesy of www.dirttrackdigest.com/Turn 4 Photos

Russ King Takes Checkers at Lernervile July 8, 2016

Russ King Takes Checkers at Lernervile

Kenny Schaltenbrand and Matt Lux had been long overdue for a win, and from the outset of the late model feature, it completely looked like one of them would get it.

Gary Lyle brought the 16 car feature to the green flag and after a caution for a turn four tangle involving Josh Powell and Andrew Wylie with one lap in the books, Schaltenbrand bolted for the top shelf and found himself in early command of the race. However, Lux who started fourth on the grid followed right behind him and behind them, lurked one Russ King who had fallen back on the restart early on, but was able to make his way around both Lyle and Mike Pegher Jr. on lap four to take the third spot. The top two cars seemed to be headed to a duel to the finish when on lap nine, Lux went off the top of turn two bringing out the caution.

Once action resumed, Schaltenbrand did not get the start he was looking for and King did as he got a good jump and made his way around Schaltenbrand with relative ease, taking Pegher along with him as Schaltenbrand was relagted to third and switched preferred lines to the bottom groove.

With the top two separated from the rest of the pack, Alex Ferree entered the fray as a contender. Ferree had started tenth on the grid, but had picked up positions patiently and looked to make things more interesting for King and company. He was assisted by a lap 18 caution when Dan Swartzlander spun in turn four.  On the restart, Pegher dove low to try to get underneath King but couldn’t come up with enough forward bite to make the bid for the lead happen while Ferree made his way around Schaltenbrand for the third spot. Pegher then slowed on lap 21, surrendering the second spot to Ferree, but with only four laps left and a sizable gap to close, he simply ran out of time to mount a serious challenge to King for the win.

For additional news visit www.lernerville.com

Photo courtesy of www.lernerville.com

Weekly Winners 6/28/16 - 7/4/16 July 4, 2016

Weekly Winners 6/28/16 - 7/4/16

Congratulations to:

Jared Miley – Marion Center Speedway

Jeff Waterman - Lee County Speedway

Cody Nielsen - Hancock County Speedway

Doug Smith - Buena Vista Raceway & Hamilton County Speedway

Lucas Schott - Mississippi Thunder Speedway

Jason Trammell – Volunteer Speedway

Rick Singleton – Hesston Speedway

Ricky Alvarado - Nodak Speedway

John Allen – Humboldt Speedway & Salina Highbanks Speedway (pictured)

Rodney Sanders – Salina Highbanks Speedway

Corey Madden - Crawford County Speedway

Dave Zagaiski – Berlin Raceway

Shane Swanson - Hancock County Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Fairmont Raceway & Jackson Motorplex

Cory Probst - Arlington Raceway

Tim Fuller – Canandaigua Motorsports Park

Dona Marcoullier – I-96 Speedway

Carey Terrance – Cornwall Motor Speedway

Matt Sheppard – Utica-Rome Speedway

Dustin Wiederhoeft - Fairmont Raceway

Chad Lebsock - Callaway Raceway

Frank Cozze – Grandview Speedway

Pete Bicknell – Ransomville Speedway

Rex King Jr. – Sharon Speedway

Ralph Morgan Jr. – Hesston Speedway

Jason Covert – Potomac Speedway

Luke Cranston – Dodge City Raceway Park

Clint Hatlestad - Arlington Raceway

Matt Cosner – Bedford Speedway

Jenae Gustin - Independence Motor Speedway

Scott Lewis – Colorado Motorsports Park

Gregg Satterlee – Winchester Speedway

Alex Ferree – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway

Daniel Smith - Buena Vista Raceway & Clay County Fair Speedway

David Smith - Clay County Fair Speedway & Hancock County Speedway

Josh Richards – Fayette County Speedway

Jon Mitchell – Timberline Speedway

Donovan Smith - Boone Speedway

John Carney – Dodge City Raceway Park

Brianna Ladouceur – Cornwall Motor Speedway

Billy Dunn – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Carney Captures Boothill Showdown at Dodge City July 3, 2016

Carney Captures Boothill Showdown at Dodge City

Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2016) – John Carney II and Jason Martin came away with the big money by winning Sunday night’s “Boothill Showdown” Steve King Memorial finale atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.

Carney II pocketed a $10,000 winner’s share by winning a hard-fought 30-lap NCRA Sprint Car feature in the return of the Lubbock Wrecker Service/Steward Builders No. 11x Sprint Car, Martin wired the URSS vs. Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars for a $2,000 payday and Kiwi native Glenn Waterland completed a sweep of the weekend’s Colorado Lightning Sprints presented by Eagle Chassis action.

It was a car with a familiar look to long-time racing fans in Dodge City. But, rather than retired Garry Lee Maier, it was El Paso native John Carney II behind the wheel of the white Lubbock Wrecker Service/Steward Builders No. 11x Sprint Car.

Carney II slid past Show-Me Stater Brad Loyet on the 19th round, led a high-speed chase through traffic and then weathered one final caution with four laps to go to capture the $10,000 winner’s share in the 30-lapper.

“That car was locked down, they’re fun to drive when they’re that good,” Carney II said in victory lane.

It was the first weekend out for the newly formed team. “I really have to thank these guys. We put this together to just do a few hit-and-miss here and there.  And look where we are now!”

Carney II had his work cut out for him, gridding the field sixth with Loyet and Friday night winner Jack Dover leading the way to the green flag.

Loyet won the race to the first corner, but Dover charged back in front down the backstretch to lead the opening lap. Loyet battled back in turns one and two on the second round to take command and paced the field while wading through a pair of cautions in the opening half-dozen circuits.

Getting a stretch of green flag laps beginning on lap seven, Loyet led the way in front of Dover and Carney II, who had waited just three laps to make his way into third. A three-way battle for the point was rapidly developing when traffic came into play on the 12th lap, only to be foiled when Dover grenade an engine going into turn three on the 14th round.

Back under way, Loyet took off briefly only to have Carney II closing back in to challenge just past the midway point. Carney II got the run he needed entering turns one and two on the 19th round and successfully slid into the lead.

With traffic back into play by the 21st lap, Loyet kept the heat on Carney II for the $10,000 victory until the red lights flickered with just four laps to go when Joe Wood, Jr., tagged the turn two wall and flipped at the same time that Forest Sutherland spun to a stop in turn three.

Carney II took off on the final restart and cruised to the checkered flag ahead of Loyet with Lincoln, Nebraska’s Don Droud, Jr., rounding out the podium in third. C.J. Johnson fought off Danny Jennings over the closing rounds for fourth, with Jennings settling for fifth after taking the position from defending Steve King Memorial winner Tony Bruce, Jr., just three laps shy of the checkered flag.

Bruce, Jr., settled for sixth with Jeremy Campbell climbing seven positions from 14th to seventh. After topping the 305-ci portion, Jason Martin rallied from 17th to eighth with 20th-starter Jon Freeman and Jake Greider completing the top ten.

For more news visit www.dodgecityracewaypark.com

Photo courtesy of www.dodgecityracewaypark.com