Williamson Conquers Billy Whittaker Cars 200

OSWEGO, NY – Oct. 13, 2019 — Would he make it or not? The closing laps of Sunday’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200 capped a drama-filled NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway, where Mat Williamson had enough fuel to charge to the checkers while the car that was closing fast did not.

A late caution set up a shootout to the checkered flag. Williamson, a 29-year-old from St. Catherines, Ontario, was in front with an even younger Anthony Perrego and the sport’s winningest driver, Brett Hearn, closing hard. Then, on the last lap and hoping to pounce on Williamson, former winner Tim Fuller swung around Hearn in turn two, then Perrego’s machine suddenly ran out of fuel and slowed as Williamson raced under the checkers with Fuller in second and Hearn third.

In a breakout season for Williamson, winning his first $50,000 Billy Whittaker Cars 200 — joining Stewart Friesen as the only Canadians to win the race — etches his name in the record book among the greatest drivers in the history of Big Block Modified racing.

“Wow! What a dream season,” Williamson said. “When we got hooked up with Buzz and Brian, and the whole Buzz Chew team, I was more than excited about it. I know how much work they put into it and how much they deserve to win a race like this. When we got it done at Orange County this year it was awesome, but I’ve wanted to win this one for a long time. I grew up watching races like this. It’s incredible to get it done.”

Williamson was ecstatic in Victory Lane. The Buzz Chew team swarmed the car in celebration and the winner was quick to recognize them.

“I have such great guys behind me,” Williamson said. “I say it every time, but I can’t say it enough. Those guys are so smart in the pit area. At the beginning of the week I told them that the less I had to worry about, the better we would be. I told them it’s whatever they want to do for strategy. I could never say we lost a race because of what they did. We nailed it today. It’s incredible.”

As it turned out, the win was also a huge gain for Williamson in the Super DIRTcar Series championship points race. Leader Matt Sheppard failed to complete the 200-lapper, finishing 31st.

“I think it was a good points night to catch Matt,” Williamson said. “I know he didn’t finish. Hopefully we narrowed that gap and we can be there at the end.”

The points race comes down to the Northeast Fall Nationals next weekend at Brockville Ontario Speedway and the Can-Am World Finals Nov. 7-9 at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

But at Oswego, North Country hero Fuller parked the black St. Lawrence Radiology No. 19 firmly in second place after making up two positions on the final restart.

“I was fourth with two laps to go,” Fuller said. “We struggled all day. We fought back to second. Who would’ve thought?”

Fuller’s small band of dedicated crew members worked hard to keep the No. 19 up front coming off pit lane.

“I still have the same guys I had 20 years ago to do these stops,” he said. “It takes a lot.”

Hearn is accustomed to being up front during NAPA Super DIRT Week, but the his road to the front was a rocky one.

“The strategy that we had at the beginning of the race wasn’t going to work with all the early yellows,” he said of the wild first 100 laps. “I got a left front flat. I got into a little jingle on a restart. We had to get back into the pits anyway. We lost all of our track position and I thought we were in trouble. But I came through subtly.”

But there was nothing subtle about the way Hearn worked aggressive lines and great restarts to knife his way through traffic and back to the front.

“I made some good passes and before you knew it, I was in the top five,” he said. “At one point there with 10 laps to go, I thought we had the fastest car on the track. All in all, not a bad day for us.”

Billy Decker captured the $1,000 STOP Tech/GPS Pole Award and piloted the No. 91 Gypsum Express to Saturday’s 150-lap DIRTcar 358 Modified victory, but his hopes of doubling up on the weekend wasn’t to be as he rebounded from early contact for an eighth-place finish.

Eight-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Sheppard put his No. 9s on the outside pole and picked up the $750 award from long-time partners Dig Safely 811 NY. Unfortunately, a mechanical failure on lap 122 forced the two-time Billy Whittaker Cars 200 winner to retire from the event.

From tearing around the Talladega high-banks in his NASCAR Truck to thundering through Oswego with his Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified, Stewart Friesen had his work cut out for him. Due to his conflicting race schedule, Friesen was forced to rely on a guaranteed starting spot he earned winning The Big Show XI earlier in the season.

Starting 31st, Friesen made ground all day working his way up to sixth, which was good enough for the KSE Hard Charger Award. The 25 positions the No. 44 advanced was just one car more that third-place finishing Hearn.

There is one award no one wants to get and that’s the Hard Luck Award. However, great sponsors like Bart Contracting step up to help out the drivers who might need some help just getting their car on the trailer. This year’s Bart Contracting Hard Luck Award goes to Alan Johnson, who was involved in a chaotic turn 3 melee that put his No. 14J on its roof. Johnson and company received $1,000 for their mishap.

Area Auto Racing News has long been a partner with NAPA Super DIRT Week with the Best Appearing Car sponsorship. Jessey Mueller’s vibrant blue and yellow No. 19 was a standout paint scheme amongst over 300 other polished racing machines. Mueller was strong all week in both modified divisions, but his Billy Whittaker Cars 200 was cut short by a broken left rear shock mount.

Notably, Super DIRTcar Series star Mike Mahaney was involved in a hard wreck in turn one with Ryan Watt. Following the crash Mahaney let out his frustration on Watt’s body work. Mahaney finished 28th and Watt 29th.

Next up for the Super DIRTcar Series is the Loud & Dirty Northeast Fall Nationals, where vital Championship points are up for grabs. With only 10 points separating Sheppard and Williamson, it could be a decisive Feature in the 2019 battle for supremacy in Big Block Modified racing.

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Drellos Denies All Challengers in First-Career Series Win

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MALTA, NY – September 21, 2019 – It’s a rare moment in motorsports when a rookie pulls out a huge victory in the top echelon of their driving discipline. On this night, Rookie of the Year contender Demetrios Drellos did just that, shocking the world of Big Block Modified racing by winning his first Super DIRTcar Series race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in one of the biggest races of the year.

Drellos battled back the best in the business including Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Billy Decker, and Mat Williamson to pick up $10,000 and a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII. Billy Decker crossed the line in second and Mat Williamson had his two-race win streak broken with a third-place finish.

The night of racing started out well for the Queensbury, NY driver Demetrios Drellos after setting the second fastest lap in his Time Trial group, which put the No. 111 on the outside pole for his Heat Race. Pole-sitter Matt Sheppard got the best of him but soon the roles were reversed. In the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw, Drellos drew the pole position and Matt Sheppard’s designated drawer put the No. 9s on the outside pole.

At the drop of the green flag, The Greek Streak outdueled Sheppard to retain the top spot in the early going. He eventually stretched out a substantial lead with the first caution coming around lap 40. After that, the rest of the heavy-hitters like Larry Wight, Billy Decker, and Mat Williamson stepped up to the plate but Drellos denied all-comers.

“Every lap that clicked by I thought Larry, Matt, Billy, or Williamson would get by on the bottom. I was just so persistent on the top. I know it’s really risky picking the top lane here on the restarts but the top has been so fast here. It worked out for me,” said Drellos.

The No. 111 pilot sliced and diced his way through heavy lapped traffic in the latter half of the race. The track conditions were conducive to fast, side-by-side racing, which made the traffic difficult to work through.

“I follow a lot of good guys on the Series and they aren’t afraid to take risks in lapped traffic. You gotta go and if you don’t go, someone’s gonna pounce on you,” Drellos explained.

Needless to say, Drellos was a very happy driver in Victory Lane. He’s worked hard learning new tracks and refining his Time Trial program all season.

“It’s been such a learning curve running with these guys every week and it’s finally paid off.”

Drellos’ voice wavered with emotion as The Voice of the Super DIRTcar Series Shane Andrews interviewed him in Victory Lane when he said, “I watched a lot of Super DIRTcar Series races from those seats right up there and it feels really amazing to be standing down here not too many years later beating the best.”

The win will take a little time to sink in because it’s a rare feat to beat your heroes at their own game:

“I’m speechless, to be honest. You have Mat Williamson, Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Pat Ward, Tim Fuller, I mean, I’ve watched those guys for years. They are just unbelievable stars here. Just to say I beat them in a Super DIRTcar Series race is something I never even dreamed of.”

The Franklyn Flyer Billy Decker was the final driver to reach the rear bumper of the No. 111 but he too failed to overtake the young rookie.

Mat Williamson now has four podium finishes in a row including two race wins. The team has been constent all year but now Williamson is clicking off great finishes and has begun reeling in points leader Matt Sheppard.

“Confidence as a lot to do with it. It seems like when we won Orange County [Centennial Celebration] it started rolling from there. Forutnately I have a really good car owner and really good crew guys. They make my job real easy behind the wheel,” noted Williamson.

The racing surface was tacky and provided a lot of grip from the bottom to the top of the speedway.

“We tried to move all over the place. The track was really fast and racy,” said Williamson. “I think we tightened up a little bit too much. Demetrios was really good. Hats off to those guys, it’s cool to see him win.”

Mike Mahaney stormed through the field to pick up sixteen positions as the KSE Racing Hard-Charger Award. He finished seventh after starting deep in the field, but the tenacious Huttig No. 35 team’s hard work paid off.

In the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw, Peter Britten had his daughter for a designated drawer. The curly-haired youngster joyfully picked up a neon yellow t-shirt and awarded Britten one free Hoosier Racing Tire, but also a twelfth place starting position.

Home-track hero Kenny Tremont Jr., who picked up the 2019 Mr. DIRT Track USA title at Lebanon Valley Speedway, set the fastest lap in Time Trials, which granted him the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award.

The next Super DIRTcar Series race is the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 on Sunday, October 13 at Oswego Speedway to conclude NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII.

FEATURE (100 Laps)
1. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1][$10,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [11][$5,000]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [4][$2,500]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen [15][$1,800]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$1,600]; 6. 9S-Matt Sheppard [2][$1,400]; 7. 35-Mike Mahaney [23][$1,300]; 8. 93-Danny Varin [8][$1,200]; 9. 18-Anthony Perrego [16][$1,100]; 10. 2-Ronnie Johnson [3][$1,000]; 11. 19m-Jessey Mueller [5][$800]; 12. 20-Brett Hearn [17][$700]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [21][$600]; 14. 25-Erick Rudolph [18][$575]; 15. 97-Bobby Hackel [10][$550]; 16. 3d-Matt Delorenzo [6][$525]; 17. 2L-Jack Lehner [24][$500]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [22][$500]; 19. 26-Ryan Godown [25][$500]; 20. 74-JR Heffner [13][$500]; 21. 91NY-Jackie Brown [19][$500]; 22. 27J-Danny Johnson [26][$500]; 23. R2-Rusty Smith [27][$]; 24. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$500]; 25. 17-Marcus Dinkins [28][$]; 26. 115-Kenny Tremont [9][$500]; 27. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [14][$500]; 28. 3j-Marc Johnson [20][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 35-Mike Mahaney[+16]

Mat’s in the Money

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HOGANSBURG, NY – September 14, 2019 – Mat Williamson made a daring race-winning pass overtaking Billy Dunn and Matt Sheppard to win at Mohawk International Raceway. Williamson went into this weekend without a single Super DIRTcar Series win in 2019 but now he will wake up on Sunday morning with two. The Mohawk win is worth $10,000 as well as a guaranteed start in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII. Billy Dunn maintained second and Matt Sheppard settled for third. 

Demetrios Drellos, in his black and white No. 111, brought the field to the green flag alongside Erick Rudolph. Drellos led the early stages but slipped up and over the cushion allowing Billy Dunn to inherit the lead. Dunn, Sheppard, and Williamson were locked in a battle when a lapped car forced the leaders to change their racing lines. Suddenly the No. 88 drove high and whipped by Dunn and Sheppard for the lead. 

Mat Williamson is a force to be reckoned with in the Super DIRTcar Series and this weekend is proof positive of that. Friday night he took the win in the Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway and tonight he walks away with $10,000 and a Billy Whittaker Cars 200 guaranteed start. 

Williamson described his race:

“We’ve got a really good car. It was the same thing as last night. We were fortunate with the starting position [fourth both nights]. I dropped back there at the start and I was like, “Man if we don’t get up there before it rubbers we’ll be in trouble.” I think I was back as far as eighth and had to come back up. I made a Bonzai move going into three and four to get around Billy [Dunn]. With the rubber down, it made it challenging at the end. Fortunately, we were up front.”

At the halfway point Williamson took the No. 88 around the outside for a stunning pass on then-leader Billy Dunn. 

“It was a Bonzai move to get around him and he got checked up by a lapped car. He’s great to race with and I’m surprised he didn’t give me any shots in the bumper at the end,” Williamson said with a chuckle. 

It takes a great team to get on a roll in the Super DIRTcar Series. 

“I can’t thank Buzz Chew enough. Spot, Ernie, and Dan, they work on the car every week. My guys came with me tonight and worked their tails off in the pit area,” he said, proudly looking at his crew. 

Runner-up Billy Dunn had a strong night in his Graham Racing machine. A bobble while working around lapped traffic cost him the win but he is happy with the direction of his racing program. 

“This Graham Racing car was really good. We made some petty big changes after the Heat Race. We got it dialed in so we could drive to the front before it rubbered.”

Battles were intense all over the track, especially in the first half of the race. Unfortunately for Dunn, a lapped car unintentionally changed the dynamics of the race for the win.  

“Sometimes that’s the way it goes. Lapped traffic didn’t get out of the way but hey they are racing too,” said Dunn. 

“Two seconds in these cars that I haven’t run much. I gotta thank Ray Graham for the opportunity and my crew guys. They worked their tails off and hopefully, we can build some momentum for the end of the year.”

Defending Series Champion Matt Sheppard showed off once again why he is a champion. The No. 9s is always there at the end. 

“We didn’t get a very good start and dropped back a little bit. We passed a lot of cars and got up here with the leaders,” noted Sheppard. 

Tricky track conditions made strategic decisions very difficult but for Sheppard, the whole race came down to this lap-forty moment:

“I was about a half a car length short of being Mat [Williamson] to the rubber down there out of one and two at about lap 40. I would have never dreamed that that would be the difference between first and third tonight.”

Larry Wight picked up the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award after setting the quickest lap out of the thirty-five car field. Wight and his Gypsum Racing teammate Billy Decker both finished the night with top tens. 

Louie Jackson Jr. picked up eight positions to finish sixteenth earning him the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award. 

In the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw Mike Mahaney drew number 12 out of 12 possible starting positions. For that, he is granted one free tire courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire. 

The Super DIRTcar Series is back at it again next Saturday, September 21 for another $10,000-to-win NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII qualifier. 

FEATURE (100 Laps) 1,88-Mat Williamson [4][$10,000]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [7][$5,000]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [8][$2,500]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [2][$1,800]; 5. 124-David Hebert [9][$1,600]; 6. 19-Tim Fuller [10][$1,400]; 7. 99L-Larry Wight [6][$1,300]; 8. 91-Billy Decker [13][$1,200]; 9. 31-Lance Willix [14][$1,100]; 10. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1][$1,000]; 11. 35-Mike Mahaney [12][$800]; 12. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [11][$700]; 13. 22C-Mario Clair [18][$600]; 14. 26-Ryan Godown [5][$575]; 15. 21A-Peter Britten [15][$550]; 16. 18J-Louis Jackson [24][$525]; 17. 42P-Pat Ward [17][$500]; 18. 27J-Danny Johnson [20][$500]; 19. 66X-Carey Terrance [16][$500]; 20. R2-Rusty Smith [25][$500]; 21. 17-Marcus Dinkins [27][$500]; 22. 2L-Jack Lehner [21][$500]; 23. 63d-Domonic Dufault [23][$500]; 24. R70-Ryan Arbuthnot [3][$500]; 25. 23m-Mike Stacey [19][$500]; 26. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [26][$500]; 27. 23-Cameron Black [22][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 18J-Louis Jackson[+8]

Contingency Sponsor Awards:

VP Race Fuels $50 – Billy Decker

Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux $100 – Larry Wight

Cometic Gaskets $50 – Peter Britten

Comp Cams $50 – Demetrios Drellos

Fox Racing Shox $50 – Erick Rudolph

JE Pistons $50 – Tim Fuller

MSD Ignition $50 – Billy Dunn

MSD Ignition $25 – Ryan Arbuthnot

NGK Spark Plugs $50 – Erick Rudolph

DART $50 –Demetrios Drellos

Drydene $50 – 

ASI Racewear $50 – 

Product Prizes

Hoosier Racing Tire (1 Free) – Mike Mahaney

Bicknell Racing Products – Mat Williamson

Comp Cams – Billy Dunn

JE Pistons – Peter Britten/Rusty Smith

KSE Racing Products – Marcus Dinkins

Wrisco Aluminum – Mat Williamson

NGK Spark Plugs – Peter Britten

DART – Matt Sheppard/Marcus Dinkins 

Drydene – Marcus Dinkins

Mat Williamson, Demon Slayer

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BREWERTON, NY – September 13, 2019 – Mat Williamson, from St. Catherines, Ontario, can add Demon Slayer to his list of credentials as he won this year’s Duel at the Demon 100 at Brewerton Speedway. Williamson finally put it all together to park the No. 88 Buzz Chew Big Block Modified in Victory Lane in 2019. 

Brewerton Speedway regular Chris Hile picked up his third career top five in Series competition while battling some of the best drivers in the business. Another home track hero and Series star Larry Wight worked his No. 99L around the top and bottom of the track to make a run for the lead but was forced to settle for third. 

 Williamson was locked in battle with Ryan Godown who challenged him for the lead several times in the early going. Then late in the race it was Chris Hile who wanted to make a run in the No. 88. 

 “We were starting to fade at the end. I didn’t know what to do. This field of Modified drivers is the best in the Northeast,” said Williamson.

This was the first Series win for Williamson and his first in the Buzz Chew No. 88. He was ecstatic to pick up the checkered flag for his car owner. 

“When you are out there leading you are trying not to disappoint the guys that are sitting in the grandstands. These guys worked their butts off all night. To get a win here for Buzz and his whole family is awesome,” Williamson said with a grin. 

Chris Hile added another race to his career top five list on the Series trail. 

If there had been a few more laps, we may have been talking about his first Series win. “I think if this race was 105 or 110 laps, it would have been real nice. I’m sure my buddy Mat is happy with it being 100 laps,” Hile quipped. 

The track appeared to take most divers by surprise with how slick it became throughout the 100-lap Feature. 

“This is a Brewerton surface that we remember from a long time back,” said Hile in Victory Lane. 

“These last couple of months it’s been pretty fast here. Racing on a slippery track was our bread and butter. We were good but ran out of time at the end.”

Hile’s goal was to go hard in the late-going. 

“We tried to conserve early and it’s easy to burn your stuff up. We tried to just float around and then in that last 20 laps we a really gave it. If we had caught lapped traffic a couple of laps earlier, I think we would have had a shot at him [Williamson].”

Lightning Larry Wight brought the No. 99L home third but felt he left something on the table.  

“We missed the set up a little bit. This is the slickest Brewerton’s been in a couple of months and it kind of snuck up on us a little bit,” said Wight.

Like Hile, Wight worked to preserve his equipment for the end.

“I spent the first three-quarters of the race trying to save my right rear, hoping that those guys pounding the top would use up theirs. We finally figured out you can win more races if you have something to finish with,” Wight said with a grin. 

Queensland, Australia driver Batman Peter Britten had a difficult start to the night. After failing to qualify out of the Heat Race or Last Chance Showdown, Britten was forced to rely on a provisional to start the 100-lap Feature. 

The Northeast Custom Flatbed No. 21A started all the way back in position 25 out of the 28 starting drivers. Batman wasted no time swinging into action and began passing cars left and right. Before long Britten found himself in the top ten and walked away with a seventh-place finish and the KSE Hard Charger Award. 

The Gypsum Racing driver Billy Decker had tremendous speed right off the trailer. Decker took the No. 91 and posted a quick enough time in Time Trials to take home the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award. Unfortunately, Decker didn’t draw as well as he drove and drew the number twelve. Although Decker had to start twelfth, he took home a free Hoosier Racing Tire.  

Next, the Series heads North to Mohawk Int’l Raceway for a $10,000-to-win NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII guaranteed start. 

FEATURE (100 Laps) 1. 88-Mat Williamson [4][$7,500]; 2. 5H-Chris Hile [7][$4,000]; 3. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$2,500]; 4. 9S-Matt Sheppard [11][$1,800]; 5. 25-Erick Rudolph [18][$1,600]; 6. 83X-Tim Sears [3][$1,400]; 7. 21A-Peter Britten [25][$1,300]; 8. 27J-Danny Johnson [19][$1,200]; 9. 91-Billy Decker [12][$1,100]; 10. 26-Ryan Godown [5][$1,000]; 11. 6H-Max McLaughlin [22][$800]; 12. 14J-Alan Johnson [20][$700]; 13. X-Chad Phelps [15][$600]; 14. 42P-Pat Ward [24][$575]; 15. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [16][$550]; 16. 9X-Tyler Trump [6][$525]; 17. 2L-Jack Lehner [17][$500]; 18. 109-Billy Whittaker [8][$500]; 19. 43-Keith Flach [1][$500]; 20. 111-Demetrios Drellos [21][$500]; 21. 24-Jimmy Witko [13][$500]; 22. 83-Brian Swartzlander [14][$500]; 23. R2-Rusty Smith [26][$500]; 24. 96S-Paul St.Sauveur [27][$]; 25. 62s-Tom Sears [10][$500]; 26. 17-Marcus Dinkins [28][$]; 27. 44-Philip Vigneri [23][$500]; 28. 11R-Rob Bellinger [9][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 21A-Peter Britten[+18]

Contingency Sponsor Awards:

VP Race Fuels $50 – Danny Johnson

Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux $100 – Billy Decker

Cometic Gaskets $50 – Alan Johnson

Comp Cams $50 – Max McLaughlin

Fox Racing Shox $50 – Erick Rudolph

JE Pistons $50 – Erick Rudolph

MSD Ignition $50 – Chris Hile

MSD Ignition $25 – Marcus Dinkins

NGK Spark Plugs $50 – Matt Sheppard

DART $50 –Billy Decker

Drydene $50 – Peter Britten

ASI Racewear $50 – Peter Britten

Product Prizes

Hoosier Racing Tire (1 Free) – Billy Decker

Bicknell Racing Products – Mat Williamson

Comp Cams – Chris Hile 

JE Pistons – Jack Lehner/Demetrios Drellos

KSE Racing Products – Danny Johnson

Wrisco Aluminum – Mat Williamson

NGK Spark Plugs – Jack Lehner

DART – Chris Hile/Keith Flach

Drydene – Chris Hile

Wight Out in Granby

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GRANBY, QUE – September 6, 2019 – In what will go down as one of the greatest races in Super DIRTcar Series history, Lightning Larry Wight faced down defending Series Champion and points leader Matt Sheppard as well as his own Gypsum Racing teammate Billy Decker to claim $7,500 and Autodrome Granby glory. The trio of top Series drivers raced wheel-to-wheel for 100 laps, battling for the lead almost non-stop. In the end, Wight won on the topside while Sheppard took the bottom and due to a flat left front tire lost second to Mat Williamson in his fast family-owned No. 6.

Larry Wight visited Victory Lane in Series competition for the first time since his win at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway and did it in style. Wight started on the outside pole and battled with Ryan Godown, Billy Decker, and in the end Matt Sheppard to secure his $7,500 win.

The No. 99L was fast off the trailer, “We had a really good car all night,” said Wight. “I thought maybe about halfway through the race we hadn’t tightened up enough or the track was going away faster than we thought. But the right rear Hoosier finally started working a little bit. It paid off to ride around on the bottom for the first half of the race and try and save that thing a little bit.”

Speaking of tires, rival Matt Sheppard finished the final fifteen to twenty laps with a flat left front tire. Despite the flat, Sheppard still put up a titanic fight for the lead.

“Matt [Sheppard] could have four tires or three tires, he’s still the car to beat. It doesn’t matter. We caught a break there. He clipped the wall and I clipped the wall around lap 20 but mine stayed up thankfully. It was a great race. Our car was free enough to run that top and keep it straight so we were able to get by him,” Wight noted.

Crossing the line in second place was St. Catherines, Ontario native Mat Williamson in his black and red No. 6 Big Block Modified. Williamson prowled around the top of the field but took care of his race car in order to be there at the end.

“Hats off to Larry [Wight]. He ran a great race,” Williamson congratulated. “I don’t know if we were a second-place car. Matt [Sheppard] got a flat and we were able to get by him. But we were trying to save our stuff for the end. I was wicked tight and throwing the car getting into the corner. I’m surprised we have as much tire left as we do.

Williamson fearlessly drove the No. 6 to the top where only Wight, Decker, and a few others would dare put their cars on the monstrous five-eighths of a mile speedway. That would prove to be the difference for Williamson as he used the top line to get around the three-wheeling-but-fast Matt Sheppard for second.

Thanks to the heroic efforts of Matt Sheppard behind the wheel of the No. 9S, the MSM machine came home on the podium. In the final frame of the race, Sheppard and Wight were racing side-by-side, lap after lap.

Unfortunately, Sheppard clipped the inside jersey barrier causing his left front tire to go flat.

But he didn’t need it.

“I think we had the best car here tonight. We just didn’t have the best driver,” said Sheppard. “I clipped the wall a little bit in turns three and four and it was enough to flatten it. At one point I actually got the lead back with it flat and I just couldn’t hold on long enough. Every time we put a run on Larry [Wight] I thought we might get him but the car would do something kind of funky on me getting into the corner. I just didn’t know what it was going to do anymore. I’m thankful it happened as close to the end as it did and I’m thankful we could hold on for third.”

While the finish was impressive by all who witnessed it, Sheppard couldn’t hide his disappointment after leading so much of the middle part of the race.

“The bottom got really, really low and if you weren’t just about scraping your left front on the wall, you weren’t going very fast. We were pretty fast for most of the race. We turned the corners 160 times and all it took was one to end our night.”

Peter Britten from Queensland, Australia, was another fast car off the trailer. He did well in Hot Laps, Time Trials, and won his Heat Race. Unfortunately, that’s when his good luck ended. In the Top 12 redraw out in front of the massive Granby grandstand, Britten picked the twelfth starting position. Although he had to start twelfth, Britten received a free tire certificate from Hoosier Racing Tire.

Britten was very fast in the opening stages and had moved up six spots to sixth when something broke on the No. 21A and his night was done.

Next up on Saturday, September 7, the Series travels an hour north of Granby to the bullring of Le RPM Speedway.

FEATURE (100 Laps) 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$7,500]; 2. 6m-Mat Williamson [7][$4,000]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3][$2,500]; 4. 91-Billy Decker [4][$1,800]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [6][$1,600]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [5][$1,400]; 7. 54-Steve Bernard [18][$1,300]; 8. 26-Ryan Godown [1][$1,200]; 9. ONE-David Hebert [21][$1,100]; 10. 27J-Danny Johnson [10][$1,000]; 11. 49-Francois Bernier [16][$800]; 12. 66X-Carey Terrance [19][$700]; 13. 21-Yan Bussiere [9][$600]; 14. 2L-Jack Lehner [14][$575]; 15. 44g-Sabastien Gougeon [24][$550]; 16. 35B-Francois Bellemare [23][$525]; 17. 111-Demetrios Drellos [8][$500]; 18. 18J-Louis Jackson [17][$500]; 19. 35-Mike Mahaney [11][$500]; 20. 71-Pierre Hebert [13][$500]; 21. 73jr-Mathieu Boisvert [22][$500]; 22. 96-JF Corriveau [15][$500]; 23. 59-Yanick Mathieu [27][$500]; 24. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$500]; 25. R2-Rusty Smith [20][$500]; 26. 17-Marcus Dinkins [25][$500] DQ: 25s-Steve Bernier

 

Sheppard Shoots to Victory at Weedsport

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Matt Sheppard $7,500 winner at Weedsport over Danny Johnson and Larry Wight

WEEDSPORT, NY – September 2, 2019 – Super Matt Sheppard beat out Series stars Danny Johnson and Larry Wight in a stunning three-car battle for the win. However once the No. 9S got out in front, it was Sheppard’s show at the front of the field. The Doctor Danny Johnson finished second but led much of the first half of the race. Johnson and Wight battled wheel-to-wheel in the waning laps but Johnson edged out the Gypsum Racing No. 99L to put himself on the second step of the podium. Wight flashed across the line in third.

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Tremont Successfully Defends Mr. DIRT Track USA Title

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WEST LEBANON, NY – August 31, 2019 – With just ten laps to go in the 101-lap $25,500-to-win Mr. DIRT Track USA, NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier, Kenny Tremont Jr. passed Ronnie Johnson to take the checkered flag. Johnson had led the entire race up to that point, but Tremont was not to be denied the defense of his Mr. DIRT Track USA title. Brett The Jet Hearn started in the outside pole and never left the podium positions finishing third.

Kenny Tremont Jr. has now won the Mr. DIRT Track USA title six times and has won two in a row.  Those are not the end of the accolades, as Tremont also secured his fourteenth Lebanon Valley Speedway Track Championship on the same night.

The veteran pilot of the No. 115 knows exactly how to play out strategy at The Valley of Speed.

“We started out on hard rubber. Our car started to get better and better. I did a couple of things inside the cockpit where we could actually tighten it up. It kept coming and it kept coming. Then I got up to Ronnie [Johnson] and I thought that was all I got. But I was able to make a few more adjustments and tighten it up a little bit better.”

The fan-favorite West Sand Lake, NY driver jokingly let Shane Stewart and the crowd know his overall strategy. He said, “I planned on leading every lap!”

As a Lebanon Valley Speedway regular, Tremont recognized the efforts of his home track.

“Thanks to Howard [Commander] and Lebanon Valley Speedway for putting this deal together. It’s nice to run for this kind of money,” Tremont noted.

The back-to-back wins have given the Lebanon Valley Speedway faithful something to brag about. Their guy went out and beat the best of the best.

“It feels really good. I’ve got a great team and great sponsorship,” said Tremont. “I’m just surrounded by good people. I can’t lose right now. We’ll take advantage of it while we got it.”

Kenny Tremont Jr. and Stewart Friesen are the only non-Series drivers to have guaranteed starts at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII. “We’ll be there and I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, we can run a little bit better up there too,” Tremont added, regarding his plans to go to Oswego Speedway.

Lap 91 was the heartbreaker for Ronnie Johnson, the driver from Duanesburg, NY. Johnson described the late stages of the race:

 “When I heard Kenny’s number in the lineup, it seemed like he kept gaining a couple spots. I knew it was going to be a race to the end. I knew it was going to be tough. Kenny’s got a lot of experience here. It’s nothing to be ashamed up running second to him. I’m disappointed to lose the race with eight or ten laps to go but, tomorrow morning we’ll wake up and be happy.”

Johnson put on a show and kept his No. 2RJ out in front of the best Big Block Modified drivers there are for 91 laps.

“This TEO car really ran well tonight. I gotta thank everybody that’s helped. We ended the year with a good run and hopefully, we’ll be back next year,” Johnson commented.

Brett Hearn, from Sussex, NJ, ran in second place most of the night until Tremont overtook him. Hearn looked strong and was taking care of his equipment when disaster struck.

“We had a tire come apart on the right rear. You know I thought I was taking my time with Ronnie. Maybe it was an old tire. It just came apart.”

Unfortunately, the disintegrating right rear tire cost him a run at the money, but the car did not seem right to Hearn.

“You can feel comfortable with your car here, but tonight I didn’t,” Hearn laughed.

Erick Rudolph, who is locked in a tight points battle with Matt Sheppard and Mat Williamson, picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award. Rudolph started the race day behind the eightball as he Time Trialed poorly, missed the transfer out of his Heat Race, and then missed the transfer again out the Last Chance Showdown. Luckily a provisional put him into the field and he made the best of it by picking up twelve positions to finish thirteenth.

Kyle Armstrong, from New Milford, CT, raced his way into the Dig Safely NY 811 Redraw. However, Armstrong drew twelfth out of twelve positions, so for that he receives one free tire courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire.

The Ravena, NY native, drive of the No. 43, Keith Flach was fast off the trailer. He was fastest in his Hot Lap group and then backed that up with the fastest overall time in Time Trials, which awarded him the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award worth $100.

Next up the Series storms in Utica-Rome Speedway Sunday, September 1 for the $7,500-to-win New Yorker 100.

FEATURE (101 Laps)
1. 115-Kenny Tremont [8][$]; 2. 2-Ronnie Johnson [1][$8,000]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [2][$3,000]; 4. 4-Andy Bachetti [5][$1,800]; 5. 88-Mat Williamson [6][$1,600]; 6. 45-Wayne Jelley [7][$1,400]; 7. 98-Eddy Marshall [16][$1,300]; 8. 44-Stewart Friesen [15][$1,200]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten [11][$1,100]; 10. 33-Marc Johnson [4][$1,000]; 11. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$800]; 12. 9s-Matt Sheppard [13][$700]; 13. 25-Erick Rudolph [25][$600]; 14. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [9][$575]; 15. 91-Billy Decker [24][$550]; 16. 55-Mike King [21][$525]; 17. 26-Ryan Godown [26][$500]; 18. 74-JR Heffner [20][$500]; 19. 99L-Larry Wight [14][$500]; 20. 27j-Danny Johnson [3][$500]; 21. 11A-Kyle Armstrong [12][$500]; 22. 43-Keith Flach [10][$500]; 23. 37-Paul StSauveur [27][$500]; 24. 99-Kolby Schroder [22][$500]; 25. 35-Mike Mahaney [19][$500]; 26. 2L-Jack Lehner [28][$500]; 27. 606-Brian Berger [29][]; 28. 35L-LJ Lombardo [18][]; 29. 97-Bobby Hackel [23][]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 25-Erick Rudolph[+12]

Sheppard Outruns the Field at Orange County

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Matt Sheppard Parks It at the Orange County Fair Speedway, Godown Locked into Billy Whittaker Cars 200

MIDDLETOWN, NY – August 15, 2019 – Matt Sheppard raced up from his third-place starting position to snatch the $10,000-to-win Battle on the Midway 100 at Orange County. In his tracks, the Ringoes Rocket Ryan Godown fought off red hot runner Erick Rudolph to secure his best Series finish and a guaranteed starting spot in the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 at NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVIII.

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RUDOLPH ROUNDS OFF MERRITTVILLE FOR THE WIN

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THOROLD, ONTARIO  – Ransomville, NY’s Erick Rudolph outfoxed local Merrittville Speedway stars Ryan Susice and Gary Lindberg to pick up his fourth Super DIRTcar Series win of 2019. Just when the capacity Thorold, Ontario crowd thought it would be a duel between two of their best drivers for the $8,000 payday, Rudolph’s No. 25R came roaring through the top of the field. Finally, Rudolph made the decisive move with five laps to go and captured the checkered flag.

Rudolph started in sixth and kept the top three in his sights all race. Before battling Lindberg, the pilot of the No. 25R’s toughest challenge was the Billy Whittaker Fast-Time Award recipient Billy Decker in his crimson red Gypsum Express No. 91. Decker had been fast all day and refused to let Rudolph get by easy.

From there, lapped traffic was the key to Rudolph tracking down the leader Gary Lindberg and second-place Ryan Susice. The No. 28T and No. 3RS may have had the right strategy for the track, but Rudolph would not be denied. He started entering turn three high and then rounding off the turn and running downhill through turn four. This allowed him to catch and run down the leaders when they reached traffic on the straightaways.

“I was a little bit better in lapped traffic and about the same speed one-on-one. It seemed like he [Gary Lindberg] needed to be in his specific lane. The local 358 Modifieds here are the best in the Northeast. It was tough out there. I don’t think I would have gotten him if it wasn’t for lapped traffic. Nevertheless, here we are in Victory Lane. The car was performing up to expectations,” said Rudolph.

The No. 25R team has been on an absolute hot streak as of late. For Rudolph, it comes down to the decisions they’ve been making as a team.

Rudolph noted, “We’ve been making the right decisions. We show up at the track with the same car and we just gotta make the right decisions and wise choices. Hopefully, we can keep being smart. I’d like to thank all my fans, sponsors, and my crew here beside me. They’ve got my back no matter what and it’s nice knowing that. I’d like to thank the track for putting this race on.”

Next up the Series rolls into Rudolph’s home track of Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday, August 6.

“Ransomville’s been good to us so far this year. It’ll be a good show tomorrow.”

After leading a vast majority of the laps, Gary Lindberg, a surprise Top 6 qualifier in last year’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200, had to settle for second place.

Lindberg described his race: “We had a good car for sure. Then I saw Erick [Rudolph] on that restart and I knew he was going to be fast. But then I didn’t see him after a few laps, so I thought we were good. But then I came upon those lapped cars and they were racing side-by-side and probably not watching the flagman either so I couldn’t get them.”

There is nothing more frustrating for a leader than when lapped traffic is battling amongst themselves for position. Announcer Shane Andrews noticed that the No. 28T started to use the chrome horn to make his way through towards the end.

“I used it [his bumper] too late. I didn’t use it until I saw Erick. Then I hit a couple in a row and tried to move them. But that’s not the ticket either. You’ll end up giving yourself a flat. I calmed back down and it is what it is,” Lindberg said.

Lindberg continued, “The race car was really good. I think I don’t know for sure. We started on the front row but it felt really good. I don’t think we could change much. It was real slick out there.”

Last year’s Merrittville Speedway Super DIRTcar Series winner Ryan Susice finished third.”

Susice said, “We were just a little off from where we needed to be. We were better on the long run and we had a caution right at the end. Congrats to Erick, he’s on fire. Gary had a helluva run. I think it really speaks volumes about what we’ve got here in terms of competition to have two local guys up in the front.”

King Ferry, NY’s Mike Mahaney has been experiencing engine trouble as of late with his Big Blocks. Mahaney won the Feature at on Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway but the engine showed signs of trouble on the last lap. Unfortunately, Mahaney was then forced to put a 358 Modified motor in the No. 35 while the Big Blocks were worked on. That means he only receives half the points he earned per Super DIRTcar Series rules.

Dave Marcuccilli made the tow and had a solid outing. He worked his way into the Top 12 Redraw and drew position number twelve. Fortunately, that position also awards a free Hoosier Racing Tire along with it. Marcuccilli hanged tough for the entire 100 laps and finished right where he started.

The Series heads back across the border to Ransomville Speedway for the thirty-fifth annual $7,500-to-win Summer Nationals.

FEATURE (100 Laps)
1. 25-Erick Rudolph [6][$8,000]; 2. 28-Gary Lindberg [2][$4,000]; 3. 38RS-Ryan Susice [4][$2,500]; 4. 91-Billy Decker [1][$1,800]; 5. 6M-Mat Williamson [9][$1,600]; 6. 42P-Pete Bicknell [13][$1,400]; 7. 71-Mike Bowman [17][$1,300]; 8. 21A-Peter Britten [3][$1,200]; 9. 3B-Chad Brachmann [5][$1,100]; 10. 37S-Tyler Willard [20][$1,000]; 11. 99L-Larry Wight [7][$800]; 12. M1-Dave Marcuccilli [12][$700]; 13. 21J-Danny Johnson [22][$600]; 14. 9S-Matt Sheppard [10][$575]; 15. 26-Ryan Godown [16][$550]; 16. 35-Mike Mahaney [15][$525]; 17. 7F-Matt Farnham [14][$500]; 18. 96-Fred Carleton [21][$500]; 19. 111-Demetrios Drellos [8][$500]; 20. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [11][$500]; 21. 2X-Tom Neale [23][$500]; 22. 3RS-Dalton Slack [19][$500]; 23. 8-Mark D’Ilario [18][$500]; 24. 2L-Jack Lehner [25][$500]; 25. R2-Rusty Smith [26][$500]; 26. 17-Marcus Dinkins [27][$500]; 27. 2K-Rob Knapp [24][$500]; 28. 37-Paul StSauveur [28][$500]

Dave Blaney Wins Eldora Dirt Derby Invitational in Front of Massive Crowd

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ROSSBURG, OHIO – August 1, 2019 – The Buckeye Bullet, Dave Blaney, took his first career Super DIRTcar Series victory in a 20-lap showdown on the mighty Ohio high banks of Eldora Speedway. The crowd erupted when their hometown hero undid his safety belts and stood before the massive Eldora crowd.

Super DIRTcar Series star and fellow HBR driver Jimmy Phelps crossed the line in second after starting on the pole. Invader Josh Hofenforst finished third with a strong run on the Eldora half-mile.

In 2016 it nearly all came crashing down for Dave Blaney in a violent accident in turn one at Eldora Speedway. To come back to the track that nearly ended his career, and win in a Big Block Modified, is a tremendous accomplishment.

“It’s cool to win any time here. We had some days way back in the 90s here in the sprint car and it’s fun to come race here in a Big Block Modified. It’s great to race in front of all of you fans and especially to win one.”

The Baldwinsville Bandit Jimmy Phelps threw everything he had at his teammate Blaney but the Buckeye Bullet kept the car straight, fast, and out in front for the whole 20-laps. Phelps was able to hang on to second place.

Josh Hohenforst from Gloversville, NY in the No. 6H took third.

“This was our best finish with the Super DIRTcar Series. Last night we had a good run in the Heat Race, and really missed the setup and put us behind last night [Dirt Derby 100]. We made some changes in the car today and we timed really well. It helped to start up towards the front and got a podium finish out of it.”

Hohenforst was locked in and focused on his racing from green flag to checkered flag but still had a lot of fun.

“It’s awesome to put a show on down here. There’s so many people that come down and look at these cars and they’ve never seen them down here in Ohio. It’s awesome doing this in front of a big crowd.”

Demetrios Drellos was the fastest in the Timed Hot Lap session, which awarded him the duty of pulling the pill to decide how many cars would be inverted for the start of the 20-lap clash. Drellos pulled the number eight and that’s what put the HBR Motorsports teammates Jimmy Phelps and Dave Blaney alongside each other on the front row.

Next up for the Super DIRTcar Series is Merrittville Speedway on Monday, August 5 where the winner will take home $8,000. The very next day, back across the border, Ransomville Speedway will take center stage for the thirty-fifth annual Summer Nationals.

FEATURE (20 Laps)
1. 10-Dave Blaney [2][$2,000]; 2. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$1,750]; 3. 6H-Josh Hohenforst [4][$1,500]; 4. 26-Ryan Godown [6][$1,250]; 5. 5H-Chris Hile [5][$1,000]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos [8][$900]; 7. 21J-Danny Johnson [7][$900]; 8. 7F-Matt Farnham [11][$900]; 9. 14W-Ryan Watt [15][$900]; 10. 13-Rick Regalski [10][$900]; 11. 2L-Jack Lehner [12][$750]; 12. 37-Paul StSauveur [9][$750]; 13. 17-Marcus Dinkins [13][$750]; 14. 47-Chris Grbac [17][$750]; 15. R2-Rusty Smith [14][$750]; 16. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker [3][$500]; 17. 20-Brett Hearn [16][$500]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 14W-Ryan Watt[+6]