|Hometown: Waterloo, N.Y.
Born: July 12, 1982
Team: JB Motorsports
Entry: No. 9s Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell
Owner: Jeff Brownell Sr.
2012: In his tenth full season campaigning a Big-Block Modified, Central New York standout Sheppard made history, becoming the first driver to ever claim three consecutive Super DIRTcar Series championships. With two wins at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, one at Autodrome Drummond, a total of eight top-five finishes and 12 top-ten finishes out of 13 starts, Sheppard bested the best.
2012 Super DIRTcar Series Stats
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Series History: Since garnering his first-ever Super Series victory at Autodrome Drummond (Que.) in July of 2004, Sheppard further solidified his status in the Modified mainstream with a lucrative 2009 triumph at the Moody Mile to cap off the Northeast’s most prestigious event --- Super DIRT Week, in between pulling off a thrilling last turn-last lap pass of veteran Jimmy Horton at New Egypt Speedway in ’05 and authoring a late-race charge to overtake Duane Howard in the ‘08 Series thriller at Virginia Motor Speedway. Partnership with the Albany, New York-based Ross Motorsports operation helped him figure into the top-10 of the overall Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block point standings four straight years while the most recent affiliation with JB Motorsports has maintained his stature among top teams following DIRTcar racing Northeast’s premier traveling show. Sheppard has also earned 15 career Integra Shocks Fast Time awards, three of which stand as track records heading into DIRTcar Racing’s 35th successive season of speed. Sheppard claimed his first Super DIRTcar Series Championship title in 2010, going on to become the first driver to take three in a row with championship titles in 2011 and 2012.
Fun Facts: Sheppard and ’08 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin share in common the same hometown of Waterloo, New York, and a collegiate experience at the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology, with each taking full advantage of a career opportunity that came their way in 2004 --- Coughlin’s hiring by the Giants’ front office as well as Sheppard’s inaugural season behind the wheel of owner Randy Ross’ high-profile entry to officially launch his Big-Block career. ‘Super Matt’ earned his Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from RIT in 2006.
Official website: www.Matt-Sheppard.com