DIRTcar Pro Stock Series champ Joey Ladouceur, Super DIRTcar Series champ Matt Sheppard and DIRTcar 358-Modified champ Dale Planck are joined by World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter at the ‘Night of Champions’ banquet. (Alex & Helen Bruce Photo)
Champs Honored at DIRTcar’s ‘Night of Champions’ celebration
Sheppard receives coveted trophy for record third consecutive season
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – Nov. 10, 2012 – Mr. DIRTcar and DIRTcar Northeast Series champions and stars gathered Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Holiday Inn Liverpool to celebrate another successful season.
Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., made 2012 a year for the record books, becoming the first driver to claim three consecutive Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Super DIRTcar Series Championship titles.
“This is where it’s tough for me,” said Sheppard, as the fact hit home that he had rewritten racing history with his third championship title. “I’m still a fan, I’ve always been a fan. I still picture myself as a 15-year-old rooting on Alan Johnson, and Danny Johnson, and here I am now.”
“There are a hundred different pieces that go together,” Sheppard continued, “and if one of those one hundred pieces isn’t there, I wouldn’t be standing here today, and I definitely wouldn’t standing here three years in a row.”