Can-Am Speedway’s Thunder on the 1000 Islands has expanded to an extravagant two-day event in 2023.
Along with the Super DIRTcar Series taking center stage on Saturday, April 15, for a 75-lap, $7,500-to-win showdown, the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series will help kick off the weekend on Friday, April 14, and then the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will join The Beasts of the Northeast on Saturday.
The event will be the Super DIRTcar Series’ first New York stop of the year and its 25th visit to the LaFargeville track.
10TH TITLE RUN: Nine-time and reigning Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard, is on a path to make more history this year as he chases an iconic 10th Series title. Can-Am Speedway could be a good stop along the way as Sheppard won the last Series race at the Speedway.
The Waterloo, NY native is also a three-time Series winner at the track and was the first driver to win on the track’s new 4/10-mile configuration.
FULLER HOUSE: Hometown hero Tim Fuller, of Watertown, NY, will be back to try and score his first Super DIRTcar Series win at Can-Am Speedway since 2007.
As a weekly competitor at Can-Am, Fuller has captured multiple 358 Modified Feature wins at the track and claimed the 358 Modified track championship last year. In his last two Super DIRTcar Series races, Fuller finished second and third.
MONEY MAT: Canadian Mat Williamson got off to a strong start in 2023 with two Feature wins at Volusia Speedway Park during DIRTcar Nationals and claimed his first Big Gator championship.
In four Series starts at Can-Am, Williamson has scored two top fives and three top-10 finishes – including his fifth-place finish at the track last year.
Previous Super DIRTcar Series Winners:
2022 – Matt Sheppard on May 18
2021 – Stewart Friesen on April 10
2020 – Anthony Perrego on Oct. 9
2019 – Matt Sheppard on April 13
2009 – Matt Sheppard on Aug. 21
2008 – Gary Tomkins on Aug. 16
2007 – Tim Fuller on Aug. 18, Steve Paine on Aug. 18
2004 – Gary Tomkins on July 28
2003 – Tim McCreadie on Sept. 6
2002 – Tim McCreadie on July 24
2000 – Danny Johnson on July 20
1999 – Billy Decker on July 22
1998 – Pat Ward on July 16
1997 – Steve Paine on July 17
1996 – Bob McCreadie on July 18
1995 – Danny O’Brien on Aug. 30
1994 – Alan Johnson on July 20
1993 – Steve Paine on July 21
1992 – Doug Hoffman on July 21
1991 – Steve Paine on July 23
1990 – Pat O’Brien
1989 – Brett Hearn
1988 – Doug Hoffman
If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.