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VanderBeek Collects Victory at Jackson Motor Speedway March 9, 2018

VanderBeek Collects Victory at Jackson Motor Speedway

The meanest modifieds on the planet converged on the Jackson Motor Speedway Friday for round 4 of the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks presented by MSD Performance and a dual event with the Summit USMTS Southern Series and USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national tour

Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., grabbed the lead at the the start but Tennessee’s Lucas Lee used the high line around the 3/8-mile dirt oval to steal the top spot away on the fourth lap with 2016 USRA Modified national champion Lucas Schott, Arizona’s Jake O’Neil and four-time and defending USMTS national champion Jason Hughes following in their tire tracks.

The first half of the race was riddled with yellow flags. The fourth flew for Hughes on lap 10 , and he did not return to finish the last 40 laps. Two-time USMTS national champ Rodney Sanders slowed on lap 16 to bring out the fifth caution and did not return either.

Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn., pulled to the infield on lap 20, leaving no former national champs in the field. The seventh caution waved on lap 22 for Scott who has yet to complete a main event.

Meanwhile, Lee continued to pound the cushion with Schott, VanderBeek and chasing the leader around the high side until the eighth caution waved with eight laps remaining.

Under yellow, 16th-starting and fourth-running Terry Phillips left the track with a flat tire and when the green flag returned VanderBeek powered in front of Schott to control second place.

Lee and VanderBeek separated themselves from the pack and finally reached lapped traffic with 10 laps to go with Cade Dillard entering the picture when a stray bumper in turn one forced the race’s final caution with eight laps remaining.

From there, VanderBeek shadowed Lee around the race track but Lee was able to hold back the challenges and appeared destined for his career-first USMTS win, but after taking the checkered flag first he was disqualified during post-race technical inspections for an engine setback violation.

Lee’s lost glory gave the victory to VanderBeek, along with the $3,000 winner’s share of the prize money.

“We were kind of just right there with Lucas Lee but he had a pretty good car,” VanderBeek said during his delayed victory speech. “Unfortunately, there’s rules and you’ve got to follow them and it sucks, but we all have to take that plunge if we have that happen to us.”

It was VanderBeek’s 43rd career USMTS triumph, jumping him one spot ahead of Tommy Myer to sixth on the all-time wins list and one behind Stormy Scott’s 44 wins.

Schott finished with a runner-up effort and Dillard climbed from 13th to third in the contest. Johnny Scott was fourth and Jake O’Neil rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth, respectively, were Jake Timm, Paul Niznik, Dereck Ramirez, Ethan Dotson and Logan Robertson.

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Brandon Sheppard Sails To First WoO Victory Of Season February 17, 2018

Brandon Sheppard Sails To First WoO Victory Of Season

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 17, 2018 – Brandon Sheppard sailed to his first victory with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series in 2018 on the final night of the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. With 44 of the best Late Model drivers in the country competing with the Series on Saturday, it wasn’t a straight shot to Victory Lane. Claiming the lead on lap 14, Sheppard had to fend off charges from Mike Marlar, Chris Madden and Rick Eckert.

“It definitely feels good to get a win here at Volusia,” said Sheppard. “I usually struggle here, I don’t know why, it’s just a tricky place for me but we keep getting better every time we come back. I gotta thank my team for never giving up on me.”

“I’ll be honest with you, the last 5 or 10 laps there I didn’t know where the heck I needed to be,” continued Sheppard. “I was trying to keep my speed up and that’s probably one of my biggest flaws here is trying to figure out where I need to be. Right when I thought I had turns one and two figured out, I would start bouncing around through the holes and on the last lap almost gave it away.”

Similar to one night prior, Madden only got better as the feature event continued. The Barry Wright Race Cars House Car Driver waited until the end to make a serious charge for the lead but was unable to complete the pass. Although, Madden didn’t win Saturday night’s feature, he did wrangle the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship (collecting three second place finishes, one fourth place, and one 25th place run due to a wreck that took him out of the race). This honor proves that out of 56 Super Late Model drivers that entered into the 2018 edition of DIRTcar Nationals, that the Chris Madden Racing No. 44 was the most consistent.

“I think it’s awesome to do this with our new team that we just put together here over the winter here and we come down here with just ideas that we thought would work and we got here and we really wasn’t that good,” said Madden. “We had speed we just wasn’t comfortable. We worked on this thing every day and man, I’m telling you, Barry [Wright] has a really good racecar. We are really, really, excited to be in it and looking forward to the year. We are just beginning to learn this thing but we really found a great balance here in the last few nights.”

Mike Marlar, of Winfield, TN, collected his best finish of the week settling for third.

“It was a tough way to lose one for sure but down here in foreign territory and you know we figured it out and that says a lot about my team. We started off struggling pretty good but I got a great group of guys and great bunch of sponsors that make this thing happen. We were getting it put to us earlier in the week but we got it figured out.”

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T-Mac Wins DIRTcar Nationals Big Block Championship February 17, 2018

T-Mac Wins DIRTcar Nationals Big Block Championship

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 17, 2018 – Tim McCreadie brought the house down at Volusia Speedway Park by carving through the field from 27th to first, winning the 50-lap Big-Block Modified Feature and the DIRTcar Nationals Championship. McCreadie’s charge and late-race pass on Stewart Friesen earned himself his first DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator. The crowd roared as the No. 39 Sweeteners Plus crossed the finish line ahead of Stewart Friesen and Mike Mahaney.

Tim McCreadie’s feat was made that much more impressive by the fact that he pulled double-duty all week long by racing in both the Big-Block Modified and World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model divisions. “It’s amazing,” said Big-Block Modified Big Gator Winner Tim McCreadie. “I didn’t have time to give the right feedback (to the team). It’s so hard to run two divisions. I love doing it and we might forget how hard it was and do it again next year.”

Despite the wins, nothing came easy to the No. 39 team as they needed to use a provisional to even participate in the finale Feature of the DIRTcar Nationals after failing to qualify in the Last Chance Showdown. “I told Vic [Coffey], I don’t know what’s wrong on the right rear, we were having a lot of issues. He made the change, I jumped in the car. I could tell we both had a bunch of desperation on our faces as I pulled away. The thing came alive in the Feature. The slower it (the track) got, the better I felt,” added McCreadie.

Lapped traffic factored heavily in the winning pass. “It’s one of those things when you’re running second, the lapped cars are hard to pass for the leader. I got lucky (with the pass),” McCreadie noted.

The pass was made even more impressive because of the apparent domination Stewart Friesen had on the field up to that point. McCreadie recognized his fellow competitor in Victory Lane. “It’s never shameful to lose to Stewart Friesen. He beat me twice last year because he’s one of the best at this and that’s why he’s making a name for himself down at the big track (Daytona International Speedway). Tonight, I was able to snooker him. If a yellow came out it would be different but on that one green (flag) run, it just kept getting better. I think he [Friesen] got a little baffled up in traffic and it opened the door,” said McCreadie.

Stewart Friesen was understandably disappointed, “We had a great car,” said runner-up Stewart Friesen. “These guys worked really hard. I’m not going to sit here and moan about it. It was a heckuva a race. He [Tim McCreadie] just got a couple breaks in lapped traffic. Great race. Great guy to race with. It’s cool. It sucks but it’s a good run for us.”

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Matt Sheppard Grabs First Win at DIRTcar Nationals February 16, 2018

Matt Sheppard Grabs First Win at DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 16, 2018 – Super Matt Sheppard started the third Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals Feature in third but wasted no time positioning himself in pole-sitter Danny Johnson’s tire tracks. Johnson lead the field for the first 17 laps until he caught up to lapped traffic. Johnson attempted to make a pass on the high-side. Unfortunately for the no. 27j, he slid up and Sheppard made the best of the opportunity and set sail en route to his first victory of 2018 season.

Matt Sheppard described the pass: “I saw [Danny Johnson] go to the top. I was just hoping I could get in there and fill the gap before he could get back to the bottom. He left a little bit of a gap going into one and when he slid up I said I gotta get through here. I just nailed that thing to the guardrail for the rest of the race; It performed flawlessly.”
Coming off a 40-win season, it only took three races in 2018 for Sheppard to park the 9s in Victory Lane. “I put my guys through hell coming down here. We had a bunch of stuff we wanted to give a try. We kind of abandoned ship and went back to the old stuff. This car hasn’t seen a race track since Charlotte at World Finals. It was pretty good in Charlotte and it was pretty good tonight.”
Sheppard was excited about the victory and gave credit to his fellow Gator wranglers on their wins in Thursday’s doubleheader. “It [a win at Volusia Speedway Park] means a lot. You know you travel all the way down here. It’s a long trip and you know we all do it for this Gator. Congrats on Tyler [Siri] and Timmy [McCreadie] for getting their Gators last night. This is what it’s all about.”
Danny Johnson: “Hats off to my crew for doing a fantastic job today getting the car ready. We probably should have won the race but didn’t. Just happy to be here with a podium finish. I tried passing the cars on top but that was a total mistake. It just didn’t work. He [Matt Sheppard] got underneath me and he was gone. It is what it is. It’s all good. We’ve got more to come.”
When the field first took the green flag, Max McLaughlin split Justin Haers and Matt Sheppard through the middle in a three-wide pass. Unfortunately for the Young Gun McLaughlin, J.R. Hefner suffered a flat tire and brought out the caution resulting in a complete restart.
“If we wouldn’t have had that caution after that first lap we were already in second. Who knows what would have happened after that. We picked the wrong tire tonight. We went soft and had to really take care of it. I’m pretty happy with third. T-Mac [Tim McCreadie] was all over me but I just tried to hit my marks every lap, stay on the bottom, and race my own race.

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Tyler Siri Gets First Super DIRTcar Series Win February 15, 2018

Tyler Siri Gets First Super DIRTcar Series Win

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 15, 2018 -  Horseheads, NY-native, Tyler Siri picked up his first Super DIRTcar Series victory and his first Gator in the postponed Big-Block Modified Feature on Night 10 of the DIRTcar Nationals. After starting on the outside pole, Siri battled hard and benefited from a high attrition rate among the leaders. 

Pole sitter Justin Haers lead the race until lap 23 when his powerplant began showing smoke and fire; bringing out the first caution of the race. Seventh-place starter Stewart Friesen charged to the front and took the lead when Haers pulled off. The Halmar 44 of Friesen kept the lead until lap 26 when he too slowed and pulled off into the pits with a right-rear flat. Siri then inherited the lead and showed the way until the checkered flag fell. 

In Victory Lane an ecstatic Tyler Siri said, “I’ll tell you what this is awesome. We’ve only been down here a few times and to come down here and get a Gator, beat the best of the best in the business, it’s a huge honor. I gotta say thanks to my team. We unloaded real fast when we got here. The car’s been awesome, and the track is great tonight. To hold off T-Mac and these guys, man this is awesome.”

“We set the thing up for the long haul. Justin [Haers] was really fast. I hate to see him have bad luck. Once Stewart [Friesen] and I got going, I thought I was catching him. I could put a slide job on him and tried a couple times, but it wasn’t quite there. The last couple of laps the car felt good on the top of one and two and on the bottom of three and four. I thought we had a really good piece to bring it home,” added Siri.

Runner-up Tim McCreadie picked up his first Gator of the week yesterday in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Feature and came just one position short of another tonight. 

McCreadie noted, “I gotta thank Vic and everybody that does this. We’ve got another run coming fairly quick and I hope to charge a little harder. Anything could happen with the way it was going (in reference to the attrition). For us to have a second right out of the gate was great. We want one better, but I think there’s more speed in the car, I just need to figure out a way to get it.”

A tense moment came on the lap-23 restart when Ryan Watt made contact with veteran Billy Pauch resulting in Pauch’s car slapping the Turn 2 wall on the left side, ultimately ending his night. 

Qualifying was completed Wednesday Night before the fog rolled in. Here’s how it shook out: 

Stewart Friesen lead all eight laps in heat number one, but the shocker of the night came from the back of the field. Defending DIRTcar Nationals Champion Matt Sheppard fell one spot short of qualifying through the Heat race. He went on to win the first of two Last Chance Showdowns of the night to make his way into the feature.

Young Gun Max McLaughlin battled wheel-to-wheel with veteran Jimmy Horton to take the checkered in heat two, while last year’s night-one Big Gator winner Justin Haers showed the way in Heat number three holding off the hard-charging Larry Wight. In the fourth and final Heat Tyler Siri also trumped a veteran of the sport by beating out Danny Johnson for the win.

Rebounding in the first Last Chance Showdown, Matt Sheppard paced the field and Ryan Godown crossed the line first in the second Last Chance Showdown to set the line-up for Thursday’s feature.

During Wednesday’s qualifying session, Rich Laubach clocked in the quickest time securing the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast Time Award. However, Laubach would run into engine trouble during his Heat race and failed to start the Feature. 

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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.

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