7/23/13 – Autodrome Granby

GRANBY, QUEBEC – July 23, 2013 – There’s nothing like a comeback, and three-time defending Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Champion Matt Sheppard was ready for one after mechanical issues in Monday’s series event left him in 26th place. And, sure enough, “Super” Matt Sheppard delivered a comeback the very next night, taking the win at Autodrome Granby Tuesday, July 23. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL RACE REPORT)

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Johnson ready for I96 repeat in 5*

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Danny Johnson ready to take on t I-96 Speedway in new ride

Western swing features second-ever Super DIRTcar Series race at Michigan track

 

LAKE ODESSA, MICH. – Monday, July 29, 2013 – Last year’s historic, first-ever Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modfiied Series race at I-96 Speedway took Danny Johnson to Victory Lane, and he’s ready to wheel his new ride there this year. The premier Big-Block Modified tour invades the Michigan track Tuesday, Aug. 6, making its farthest trip west of the season for the $7,500-to-win “Michigan 100.”

“We’re looking forward to going there again,” Johnson said of I-96 Speedway. “We’ll just see how things go. We’ll do the best we can with what we’ve got. So far we’ve been able to keep it together.”

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Merrittville regulars ready for Aug. 5

Merrittville hometown heroes ready to take on Big-Block Modified stars in Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial

Super DIRTcar Series heads westward to Thorold track for Canadian Civic Holiday race night

 

THOROLD, ONTARIO – Friday, July 26, 2013 – The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series kicks off its August western swing with a historic show Monday, August 5, at Merrittville Speedway. Now dubbed the Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial, the Canadian Civic Holiday celebratory race night has taken over the speedway every August since 1972.

Modified racing legend Will Cagle won the inaugural event in 1972, and since then, Merrittville’s local racers have been stepping up to the plate every year to try and beat DIRTcar’s best on their home turf. Last year, St. Catharine’s Mike Bowman became one of many hometown heroes to make it to Victory Land at the annual event.

“It was something that I never expected to ever achieve,” said Bowman, whose small-block Modified triumphed over the Big Blocks. “I used to sit in the stands and watch all of those guys come in from out of town when I was young, and to beat them is a dream come true.”

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Sheppard Wins Granby

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Sheppard takes first Super DIRTcar Series win of season at Autodrome Granby

Haers, Sheppard rebuild from prior day’s breakdowns to claim top finishes

 

GRANBY, QUEBEC – July 23, 2013 – There’s nothing like a comeback, and three-time defending Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Champion Matt Sheppard was ready for one after mechanical issues in Monday’s series event left him in 26th place. And, sure enough, “Super” Matt Sheppard delivered a comeback the very next night, taking the win at Autodrome Granby Tuesday, July 23.

 

“We drove to the lead last night, and I think we had the car to win that race. I just had some bad luck, had a part break,” Sheppard, of Waterloo, N. Y., said of Monday’s race at Autodrome Drummond. “We rebounded well tonight, got the car back together. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going for the rest of the season.”

 

After breaking down in the 64th lap of Monday’s race while in the lead, the team got to work on the FX Caprara/XTreme Lubriccants 9s, determined to redeem themselves in Tuesday’s 100-lapper at Autodrome Drummond. Sheppard’s car was fast right off the trailer, claiming the second-fastest lap time overall in time trials.

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Planck Wins Drummond

Planck wrestles lead from Dunn to take Super DIRTcar Series win at Autodrome Drummond

“The Natural” claims first series win with Mike Payne Racing

“The Natural” Dale Planck, of Cortland, N. Y., wrestled the lead from Billy Dunn, of Watertown, N. Y., with 15 laps to go in Monday’s Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series feature, taking the win in a six-leader, 100-lap race.

“The car wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be early in the race,” said Planck, who, after drawing the 12th spot, had his work cut out for him just breaking the top five. “I was just hoping that later in the race it would come around, and, sure enough, at about lap 60 or 70, it just started rolling around the middle good.”

In the Mike Payne owned 7z, Planck charged forward late in the race, claiming second after a lap-79 caution took leader Haers to the pits. Haers’s was the fourth car of the race, after Steve Bernard’s, Matt Sheppard’s and Danny Johnson’s, to break while in the lead.

With Haers out of the race, Dunn inherited the lead and held on to it on the restart. Planck challenged for the lead in lap 82, and nearly claimed it, but another yellow in lap 82 slowed his momentum and brought the field back together.

Ever persistent, Planck charged forward on the restart, breaking through Dunn’s defense in lap 84 to claim the lead.

“I felt like I was a little better than Billy Dunn there, but that one restart went back a lap, so it was back to second,” Planck said of the lap 82 restart. “He was pretty much in block mode at that point, so I had to try to find a different way around him.”

Planck outlasted the remaining caution-free 15 laps to claim his first Super DIRTcar Series win of the season, and his first series win with his new team, Mike Payne Racing.

“It feels awesome, definitely. First series win of the year, first series win with Mike Payne and the new team, and it feels great,” said Planck, also a small block Modified star, claiming last year`s DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Championship. “It`s been a couple years since I`ve raced a Big Block full-time, so it`s nice to get back in the swing of things with the Big Block. We just worked so hard – Mike and the team worked so hard – to try to get to this point in the race, and here we are. I`m very happy.”

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Sheppard Seeking Success in Quebec

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Matt Sheppard Hoping for Success at Quebec Super DIRTcar Series Races

Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Racing at Drummond and Granby July 22 and 23

WEEDSPORT, N. Y. – Despite his points lead, three-time defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard is hoping to improve his performance in the Big-Block Modified tour as it travels to Quebec. Sheppard leads by just 12 points, and has yet to capture a series win.

“Hopefully we can have a little bit of luck, and hopefully we can turn the series around a little bit,” Sheppard said of the upcoming races at Autodrome Drummond and Autodrome Granby. “It’s been a little while.”

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6/9/13 – Albany-Saratoga Speedway

MALTA, N. Y. – Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – Super DIRTcar Series driver and race promoter Brett Hearn has been known to bring crowds in packed grandstands to their feet, but this time he really outdid himself. After a three-wide pass for second, a thrilling battle with Gary Tomkins for the lead, and fending off late-race challenges from Billy Dunn, Hearn went for the win Tuesday, July 9, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the race he promotes, The Big Show 5 presented by Recovery Sports Grill Malta.

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Hearn Wins Big @ “The Big Show”

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Super DIRTcar Series Driver Hearn Wins Big at The Big Show 5

For the First Time Ever, Promoter/Driver Hearn Wins His Own Race

 

MALTA, N. Y. – Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – Super DIRTcar Series driver and race promoter Brett Hearn has been known to bring crowds in packed grandstands to their feet, but this time he really outdid himself. After a three-wide pass for second, a thrilling battle with Gary Tomkins for the lead, and fending off late-race challenges from Billy Dunn, Hearn went for the win Tuesday, July 9, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the race he promotes, The Big Show 5 presented by Recovery Sports Grill Malta.

“I don’t think we could ask for a better race track, a better show,” said Hearn, celebrating his first-ever win at The Big Show. “There was some heavy-duty racing there.”

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The Big Show 5 – July 9

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MALTA, N. Y. – Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified start Brett Hearn is no stranger to Victory Lane, after taking last year’s NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLII VP Small Engine Fuels 200, Eastern States 200, and Mr. DIRT Track U. S. A. at Lebanon Valley Speedway. But when it comes to The Big Show in July, the win means something a little different to Hearn.

Hearn has yet to take the trophy at the show he promotes, even though he came close last year before a late-race charge by Bobby Varin. When he looks ahead to The Big Show 5 Tuesday, July 9, at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, he said winning as a driver “would be nice,” but winning as a promoter was more important.

“Albany-Saratoga is a beautiful place to being with, so it with be a really fun race,” Hearn said of his annual event, which last year moved to the Malta track.

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