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Still Super: Matt Sheppard Puts his New Colors in Volusia’s Victory lane

Stewart Friesen takes home the “big gator” after finishing second Saturday

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – February 22, 2014 – Big-Block Modified racer Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., took almost no time to grow accustomed to his new car. Sheppard started driving the Heinke-Baldwin Racing No. 9H earlier this week, and already he has claimed victory in Saturday’s finale for the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

“To come down here and win the biggest race, come right out of the box, it means a lot to this team,” Sheppard said of Saturday’s 50-lap Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series race at Volusia Speedway Park. “I can’t thank all the guys over here with HBR enough. They’ve been working their tails off all week on both cars and I think it showed tonight. We got the cars better every night. We’re going to be a force to be reckoned with this year.”

Sheppard started the race from fourth and his HBR teammate Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., started on the pole. Phelps led at the green flag, but Frenchtown, N.J. driver Billy Pauch was quick to make his move from second. Pauch cruised around the outside lane, passing Phelps before the leaders reached the backstretch.

An early caution in lap 1 slowed the momentum as Wednesday’s Volusia winner Justin Haers was turned around in turn 1. Several cars, including Pete Britten’s No. 21a and Darwin Green’s No. 1g, collided with the No. 3. Haers and the other competitors involved were able to continue racing.

Pauch lead Phelps on the restart, but the No. 3 of Haers wasn’t quite ready to keep racing and slowed on the front stretch before the lap was completed. Haers visited his pit crew and returned to the race track.

The second lap 1 restart led to a seven-car accident, with Rich Scagliotta, Britten, Greene, Billy VanInwegen, C.G. Morey, Kyle Sheldon and Yan Bussiere piled up in front of the flag stand. The red flag waved as track crews worked to pry the vehicles out of the wreck. Crews towed the 42 of Sheldon, 21a of Britten and 8 of Scagliotta to the pit area. Scagliotta’s team worked quickly and sent the 8 back racing, but the 21a and 42 were out of commission for the rest of the race.

Phelps powered ahead at the restart to claim the lead from Pauch, but Pauch found extra speed on the high side of the track and cruised by Phelps in the backstretch in lap 2. With a stretch of green laps, Phelps was able to gain the momentum he needed catch up to Pauch, and he successfully went for the pass in lap 11. The challenge wasn’t over for Phelps, who, by lap 20, was followed by a motivated Brett Hearn, fresh off claiming last year’s Super DIRTcar Series Championship title.

Yellow conditions took over again in lap 22 when the No. 1wgc of Stewart Friesen slowed in turns 1 and 2. Friesen took a quick pit stop and returned to the track before the green flag waved.

“I thought it was just that the tire was dead, but we came in and were able to change the tire and fix the car,” said Friesen, a two-time NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week Syracuse 200 champion from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. “The boys did a good job, made a couple adjustments, and got this thing turned around. We weren’t going anywhere for a little bit.”

A three-wide battle for second place ensued off the restart, with Pauch, Hearn and Sheppard vying for the position. Sheppard pulled ahead and set his sights on Phelps in first. In lap 27, the HBR teammates raced side-by-side before Sheppard finally powered ahead to claim the lead.

Phelps continued to challenge Sheppard, even as the leaders reached lapped traffic in lap 38. However, it was Friesen who made the final charge. Friesen’s new tire from lap 22 carried him over Volusia’s half-mile well, and he worked his way through the ranks. In lap 47, Friesen pulled tight on the inside to overtake Phelps for second. He worked his way toward Sheppard, and raced alongside the 9H in the last lap, but wasn’t able to make the pass before the checkered flag fell.

“I owe one to my team. That was a good team call down there to change that tire,” said Friesen, whose second-place finish put him at the top of event point standings and won him the signature DIRTcar Natioanls presented by Summit Racing Equipment gator trophy. “It was a real cat-and-mouse game. We got up there and we were in a lane by ourselves, and it’s really fun when you find something else like that.”

Sheppard held off last-lap challenges from Friesen to pick up the win and the $5,000 winnings.

“It was a great win for us,” Sheppard said. “We got that longer green flag run in the beginning and I felt like I was gaining on the leaders. And I got up there, and the car really felt good in the middle part of the race. I was able to get past all those guys and get the lead. The tires died a little bit and it felt like I was struggling a little bit, but we had a good enough car to hold on and bring home the win. It was really great for us.”

Phelps finished the race in third, Hearn fourth, and Pauch fifth. Rounding out the top-ten are Mat Williamson in sixth, Tim Kerr in seventh, H.J. Bunting in eighth, Anthony Perrego in ninth and Justin Haers in tenth.

The Super DIRTcar Series kicks back into high gear Saturday, April 26, when the Big-Block Modifieds take on Fulton Speedway in Fulton, N.Y.

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series

DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Volusia Speedway Park

February 23, 2014

 

A-Main (50 laps): 1. 9H Matt Sheppard / Waterloo, N.Y. ($5,000); 2. 1wgc Stewart Friesen / Niagara-on-the-Lake / Ontario; 3. 98h Jimmy Phelps / Baldwinsville, N.Y.; 4. 20 Brett Hearn / Sussex, N.J; 5. 1 Billy Pauch / Frenchtown, N.J.; 6. 6m Mat Williamson / St. Catharines, Ontario; 7. 07 Tim Kerr / Picton, Ontario; 8. 85 H.J. Bunting / Milford, Del.; 9. 55 Anthony Perrego / Montgomery, N.Y.; 10. 3h Justin Haers / Phelps, N.Y.; 11. 5 Jimmy Horton / Neshanic Station, N.J.; 12. 21k Randy Chrysler / Lewiston, N.Y.; 13. 54 Steve Bernard / Granby, Quebec; 14. 22J Jeremy Wilder / Fort Plain, N.Y.; 15. 7z Dale Planck / Homer, N.Y.; 16. 22c Mario Clair / Drummondville, Quebec; 17. 48Too Dave Rauscher / Waterloo, N.Y.; 18. 1G Darwin Greene / Susquehanna, N.Y.; 19. 323 Neal Williams / Pittsgrove, N.J.; 20. 14 C.G. Morey / Rutland, Vt.; 21. 3a Kevin Albert / Lebanon, Penn.; 22. 21 Yan Bussiere / Drummondville, Quebec; 23. 8 Rich Scagliotta / Hillsborough, N.J.; 24. 88 Dave Allen / Palmyra, N.Y.; 25. 30 Jamie Mills / Milford, Del.; 26. 10v Billy VanInwegen / Sparrowbush, N.Y.; 27. 21 Peter Britten / Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 28. 42 Kyle Sheldon / Nassau, N.Y. DNQ: 8R Rob Bellinger / Dexter, N.Y.; 29 Chris Ostrowsky / Conklin, N.Y.; 64 Daniel Nadeau / Maryville, Quebec.

Race Leaders:

Pauch (Laps 1-11)

Phelps (Laps 12-27)

Sheppard (Laps 28-50)

B-Main (10 laps): VanInwegen, Scagliotta, Bussiere, Bellinger, Morey, Nadeau

B-Main (10 laps): Sheldon, Bernard, Albert, Allen, Ostrowsky

Qualifying Heats (8 laps, top 5 transfer, to 3 to redraw)

Heat 1: Haers, Hearn, Mills, Friesen, Britten, VanInwegen, Bellinger, Bussiere

Heat 2: Pauch, Williamson, Chrysler, Clair, Rauscher, Nadeau, Scagliotta, Morey

Heat 3: Perrego, Phelps, Kerr, Wilder, Planck, Sheldon, Albert, Ostrowsky

Heat 4: Sheppard, Bunting, Horton, Wiliams, Greene, Bernard, Allen

Time Trials:

Time Trial Rank

Group

Number

 

Time Trial Time

1

1

3h

Haers

17.405

2

1

10v

VanInwegen

17.602

3

1

20

Hearn

17.633

4

1

30

Mills

17.816

5

1

1wgc

Friesen

17.839

6

2

1p

Pauch

17.916

7

1

21a

Britten

17.918

8

3

7z

Planck

17.990

9

2

6m

Williamson

17.993

10

3

55g

Perrego

18.118

11

1

21

Bussiere

18.144

12

3

22jw

Wilder

18.144

13

4

9h

Sheppard

18.178

14

4

323

Williams

18.205

15

2

22c

Clair

18.231

16

4

5

Horton

18.307

17

1

8R

Bellinger

18.372

18

3

O7

Kerr

18.417

19

4

85

Bunting

18.441

20

2

8s

Scagliotta

18.484

21

3

98h

Phelps

18.495

22

2

48too

Rauscher

18.512

23

3

42s

Sheldon

18.568

24

4

54

Bernard

18.587

25

2

21k

Chrysler

18.677

26

3

3a

Albert

18.692

27

3

29

Ostrowsky

18.767

28

4

1g

Greene

18.782

29

2

14

Morey

18.797

30

2

64

Nadeau

18.803

31

4

88

Allen

18.891

DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment Final Point Standings

 

POINTS

CAR#

DRIVER / HOMETOWN

1

167

1w

Stewart Friesen/Niagara-on-the-Lake,ONT

2

164

9H

Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

3

163

3H

Justin Haers/Phelps, NY

4

155

1

Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ

5

151

20

Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

6

149

55

Anthony Perrego/Montgomery, NY

7

135

98H

Jimmy Phelps/Baldwinsville, NY

8

130

21a

Peter Britten/Brisbane, AUS

9

111

07

Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT

10

111

7z

Dale Planck/Homer, NY

11

109

5

Jimmy Horton/Neshanic Station,NJ

12

102

6m

Mat Williamson/St. Catherines, ONT

13

96

54

Steve Bernard/Granby, QUE

14

95

22c

Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE

15

93

TEN

Billy VanInwegen/Sparrowbush,NY

16

90

85

H.J. Bunting/Milford, DE

17

90

30

Jamie Mills/Milford,DE

18

85

21k

Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

19

84

323

Neal Williams/Pittsgrove, NJ

20

75

22J

Jeremy Wilder/Fort Plain, NY

21

73

8

Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

22

66

48too

Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

23

60

42

Kyle Sheldon/Nassau, NY

24

58

3a

Kevin Albert/Lebanon, PA

25

54

14

C.G. Morey/Rutland, VT

26

53

21

Yan Bussiere/Drummondville, QUE

27

50

88

David Allen/Palymra, NY

28

45

1g

Darwin Greene/Susquehanna,PA

29

30

8r

Rob Bellinger/Dexter,NY

30

30

64

Daniel Nadeau/Maryville, QUE

31

30

29

Chris Ostrowsky/Conklin, NY

32

30

99

Bruno LePage/Maplegrove, QUE

33

28

74

J.R. Heffnerf/Valatie, NY

34

20

T21

Roger Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

 

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