Matt Sheppard readies for showdown at Autodrome Granby
Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Pro Stock Series and DIRTcar 358-Modified Series make for action-packed weekend in Quebec
WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – August 27, 2014 – With a mere three-point lead, Super DIRTcar Series driver Matt Sheppard has his work cut out for him as he charges into September.
The Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series heads to Autodrome Granby in Granby, Quebec, for a 100-lap feature Saturday, Sept. 6. Sheppard, the three-time series champion out of Waterloo, N.Y.,sits at the top of the point standings with Billy Decker, of Sidney, N.Y., just three points behind.
“We’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity to maintain the point lead,” said Sheppard, who most recently finished 23rd in Lebanon Valley Speedway’s ‘Mr. DIRT Track U.S.A.’ when mechanical issues forced him out of the race. “We just have to quit having problems, quit having bad luck, quit going to the back of the feel and trying to work our way back through.”
Sheppard’s FX Capara Car Co. No 9H slowed to a stop in lap 29 at the Valley, later returning to despite mechanical issues to gain enough laps to stay ahead in series points. However, that mid-August performance is hardly characteristic of Sheppard’s record this season. At Weedsport Speedway, Sheppard finished second to Decker after leading the first half of the race, and at Volusia Speedway Park, New Egypt Speedway and Cornwall Motor Speedway Sheppard claimed decisive victories.
When it comes to racing at Granby’s half-mile, Sheppard’s record speaks for itself. Sheppard has picked up three wins there in the last three years, and finished fourth when the Super DIRTcar Series made its way to the Quebec track in July.
“I just really enjoy racing there,” Sheppard said, explaining the source of his success. “It’s a fun track to race at. It’s big, it’s wide, it’s racy, and it’s enjoyable going up there. The fans at Granby really get into it and really enjoy seeing us come up and put on show on for them.”
The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series feature race is part of a full weekend of DIRTcar Racing at Autodrome Graby. The first night, Friday, Sept. 5, the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series takes on the Granby half-mile. On Saturday, Sept. 6, both the Super DIRTcar Series and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series will take center stage.
Defending series champion Erick Rudolph currently leads in DIRTcar 358-Modified Series point standings by a 77-point margin over Quebec racer Mario Clair. In the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series, Jocelyn Roy leads in points over Dave Bissonnette.
For more information about the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com. For more information about the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series, visit www.dirtcar.com.
At A Glance
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Divisions: DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, plus Sportsman, and Sprint STR
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Divisions: Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds (100 laps) and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series (50 laps), plus Sprint STR (20 laps)
Physical Address: 1268 Cowie, Granby, Quebec, Canada, J2J 0H2
About the Track: Semi-banked half-mile
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