Billy Decker Beats Tim Fuller to Win Highbank Holdup at Fulton Speedway
Scores Super DIRTcar Series win in first series outing for new car owner Mike Payne
By Mike Mallett
FULTON, N.Y. - April 30, 2016 - It didn't take long for the new combination of Billy Decker and car owner Mike Payne to find their way to victory lane on the Super DIRTcar Series trail. The duo joined forces over the winter and their first series event together was Saturday's Highbank Holdup at the Fulton Speedway. Just like he's done so many times in the past, Decker worked the bottom of the speedway methodically to first get the lead and then to brush off attacks from Tim Fuller in the final laps to secure the win in the 100-lap event.
"I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I really wanted to win this race," said an excited Decker afterwards. "I had to cut my old buddy Fuller off there on the backstretch to get it done. My car didn't fire too good on the restarts. I have to thank Mike Payne Racing. This is awesome. It is our third race together and there are good things to come. I'm tickled to be here. This was a lot of fun."Read more: Decker Scores Fulton Highbank Win
Hearn Hustles from 21st to Win in DIRTcar Nationals Finale
Sheppard captures the Big Gator for his second career DIRTcar Nationals title
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb 20, 2016 - Brett Hearn did the improbable on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J., raced his way from the 21st starting position in the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals Super DIRTcar Series finale to take his 23rd career win at the Volusia Speedway Park.
"We got a huge favor tonight that we didn't really expect in that we had to run the consi," said Hearn. "We got some laps out there after the track dried out. After we ran the consi we made some really great decisions. Hats off to my crew. We really struggled this week. We changed everything we could think of including stuff today, unbelievable stuff. These guys were up early working their butts off and so this is meaningful for all the guys that came down with me this year. We persevered."
Hearn won the battle but it was Sheppard who won the war as he captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. Throughout the four days of Big Block action, Sheppard never finished outside the top five. He finished fifth on opening night and then took home a win before a second and a third to conclude the week.Read more: Hearn and Sheppard Score at DCN Finale
Laubach Battles Back at DIRTcar Nationals to Score Super DIRTcar Series Victory
Matt Sheppard battles late, comes .117 seconds short of second straight win
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb 19, 2016 - Rick Laubach watched the feature win slip away late in Thursday night's 30-lap Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified feature event at the Volusia Speedway Park. He gave up the lead in slower traffic and eventually finished in third behind Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight.
On Friday night of the DIRTcar Nationals, Laubach had a serious case of Deja Vu. He was leading late in the race with Sheppard closing fast as he battled heavy traffic. Unlike the night before, Laubach wasn't tentative in traffic and he made the moves he had to in order to grab a Friday night win for the second year in a row. It's his third career win in Florida and it came by mere feet over a hard charging Sheppard.Read more: Laubach Battles Back, Wins DCN Night 3
Sheppard Wins DIRTcar Nationals Barn Burner on Thursday Night
Takes new team to Victory Lane in only the second start
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2016 - Thursday night's 30-lap Modified DIRTcar Nationals main-event at Volusia Speedway Park came down to a battle between two of the best Super DIRTcar Series drivers in the Northeast. Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight duked it out for the final 10 laps of the feature race with Sheppard coming out on top at the checkered flag.
Sheppard's win came behind the wheel of his self-owned No. 9s Bicknell. The Waterloo, N.Y., driver split with Heinke-Baldwin Racing over the winter after a successful 2015 that saw him win the series title. This forced Sheppard to go in a different direction this year. Sheppard chose to start his own team and it quickly paid dividends as he marched to his seventh career DIRTcar Nationals triumph.Read more: Sheppard Wins Barn Burner at DCN
Fuller Flies High in DIRTcar Nationals Opener for Big-Block Modifieds
Scores his first win in Modified action at Volusia since 2007
By Mike Mallett
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 17, 2016 - For the first time since 2007, Tim Fuller parked his Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified on the front stretch at the Volusia Speedway Park as a feature winner. The Edwards, N.Y., driver drove his familiar No. 19 to the win in the opening 30-lap feature for the Modifieds as part of the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Fuller started on the inside of the second row and wasted little time in moving to the front. Fuller grabbed second early before using a restart in the first third of the race to drive around opening lap leader Tyler Dippel. From there, Fuller survived numerous restarts and challenges from long-time friend Billy Dunn to earn his sixth career win at the speedway.Read more: Fuller Drives to DIRTcar Nationals Victory
Canadian Kerr Scores First Super DIRTcar Series Victory in Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
Sheppard captures his fourth series championship
By Jo Ann Davies
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 8, 2015 - For the first time in his young career Canadian Big-Block Modified driver Tim Kerr of Picton, Ontario, scored a Super DIRTcar Series win, and did so on Sunday night at the premier Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
A strong second-place finish earned Waterloo, N.Y.'s Matt Sheppard his fourth Super DIRTcar Series championship title and the first for team owners, Al and Judy Heinke, of Heinke Baldwin Racing. After his Friday night, fourth place feature finish Sheppard held an 81-point lead over only other title contender, Gypsum Express driver Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y.Read more: Kerr Scores Win, Sheppard Claims Crown
‘The Doctor’ Delivers at Bad Boy Buggies World Finals
Danny Johnson races to victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for Second Year in a Row
By Mike Mallett
CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 6, 2015 – For the second consecutive season Danny Johnson put his Chris Genarrelli-owned ride in Victory Lane at the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The ageless veteran campaigner used a nifty pass on an early restart to assume the lead and eventually the $8,000 win.Read more: Johnson Delivers Charlotte Victory
Decker notches 5th win at Brewerton
Hearn, Johnson, Sheppard, Coffey 2-3-4-5 in racy McDonald’s 100
BREWERTON, N.Y. - October 22, 2015 – Billy Decker started on the pole and won the twice rained-out McDonald’s 100 at Brewerton Speedway Thursday, but it wasn’t all that easy.Read more: Decker notches 5th win at Brewerton
Terrance rules at Brockville Fall Nationals
Point leader Matt Sheppard - 5th in back-up car after four-time flip
BROCKVILLE, ON – October 17, 2015 – Carey Terrance celebrated his 35th birthday by wheeling the St. Lawrence Radiology/ Traditional Lacrosse No. 66x to victory in the Super DIRTcar Series Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway Saturday.Read more: Terrance rules at Brockville Fall Nationals
Friesen Closes New York State Fairgrounds History With Fourth Syracuse 200 Victory
Big-Block Modified Star Adds To Legend With $50,000 NAPA Super DIRT Week XLIV Triumph (Pete McDonald photo)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Oct. 11, 2015 - No one hates to see the end of the one-mile New York State Fairgounds oval more than Stewart Friesen.
The 32-year-old Canadian who now lives in Sprakers, N.Y., closed the venerable track's rich motorsports history on Sunday by putting his name in the conversation of best to ever tour the speedway, winning the 44th annual Syracuse 200 Big-Block Modified spectacular and its $50,000 top prize for the fourth time in the last six years.
Read more: It's Friesen at the Finale!