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Big-Blocks to battle at Brockville May 28

Matt Sheppard hopes to take new team to victory at Super DIRTcar Series’ first ever Ontario opener

 

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Friday, May 9, 2014 – With summer just around the corner, the Super DIRTcar Series is about to kick into high gear with its Northeast opener Wednesday, May 28. The 100-lap race at Brockville Ontario Speedway in Brockville, Ontario, marks the series’ first Ontario opener in its 42-year history.

Many of the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series are already warming their tires, racing at their home tracks to test the changes they made during the off-season. Three-time series champion Matt Sheppard said he is looking forward to how some of his changes will play out in the first series races.

“I see it going good,” said Sheppard, who sports a new car and a new look after joining forces Heinke-Baldwin Racing. “We’ve already won a couple races, and I don’t think we’ve finished worse than fifth yet, so it seems to be a promising start. But we’ve got to get racing a little more to see how things shake out.”

After three consecutive series championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., just barely fell short of veteran racer Brett Hearn in last year’s point standings. Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., claimed the title with a margin of 198 points to put Sheppard in a close second. Sheppard’s current HBR teammate, Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., finished third in series point standings.

Sheppard debuted the HBR FX Caprara Car Companies No. 9H this past February in Florida during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, where he took home a top-five finish in every feature and a victory in the finale. The new ride may be the fresh start Sheppard needs to add a fourth Super DIRTcar Series championship trophy to his shelf.

“We’ve got some good guys over here. We’ve certainly got some good race cars,” said Sheppard, who, due to weather, has only finished a couple regular-season races so far in 2014. “We’re just really looking forward to getting started here. It’s been a really long winter for the team and everybody’s worked really hard. The cars are done and ready to go. We just want to get out there and get racing.”

Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, for the Super DIRTcar Series event at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Racing begins at 7 p.m. For more information about the Super DIRTcar Series, visit www.superdirtcarseries.com.

AT A GLANCE

Super DIRTcar Series at Brockville Ontario Speedway

DATE: Wednesday, May 28

TIME: Racing begins at 7 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m.

DIVISIONS: Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds; DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds

TICKETS: $30 Adult General Admission; kids 12 and younger FREE with paid General Admission

ABOUT THE TRACK: 3/8-mile high-banked dirt/clay oval track

MORE TRACK INFORMATION: brockvillespeedway.com | @bos_speedway | facebook.com/BrockvilleOntarioSpeedway

MORE SERIES INFORMATION: superdirtcarseries.com | @SuperDIRTcar | facebook.com/DIRTcar Super DIRTcar Series full 2014 schedule of events:

February

Wed. Feb 19

DIRTcar Nationals
presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla.

 J. Haers

Thurs. Feb 20

DIRTcar Nationals
presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla

 S. Friesen

Fri. Feb 21

DIRTcar Nationals
presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla.

 Inclement Weather

Sat. Feb 22

DIRTcar Nationals
presented by Summit Racing Equipment

Volusia Speedway Park
Barberville, Fla.

 M. Sheppard

April

Sat. April 26

 

Fulton Speedway
Fulton, N.Y.

 Inclement Weather

May

Wed. May 28

 

Brockville Ontario Speedway
Brockville, Ont.

J. Haers

June

Tues. June 17

Dirty Jersey 60

New Egypt Speedway
New Egypt, N.J.

 Facebook59Twitter59

Wed. June 25

 

Utica-Rome Speedway
Vernon, N.Y.

 Facebook59

Sun. June 29

 

Cornwall Motor Speedway
Cornwall, Ont.

 

July

Thu. July 3

Stars & Stripes 100 presented by Dig Safely 811

Rolling Wheels Raceway
Elbridge, N.Y.

 Facebook59Twitter59

Tues. July 8

The Big Show 6

Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Malta, N.Y.

 Facebook59

Tues. July 15

 

Big Diamond Speedway
Pottsville, Pa.

 Facebook59

Wed. July 16

 

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park
Fultonville, N.Y.

 Facebook59

Mon. July 21

 

Autodrome Granby
Granby, Que.

 Facebook59

Tues. July 22

 

Autodrome Drummond
Drummondville, Que.

 Facebook59

August

Mon. Aug. 4

Bob St. Amand Sr Memorial

Merrittville Speedway
Thorold, Ont.

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Tues. Aug. 5

Alex Friesen Summer Nationals

Ransomville Speedway
Ransomville, N.Y.

 Facebook59

Thurs. Aug. 7

 Hall of Fame 100

Weedsport Speedway
Weedsport, N.Y.

 Facebook59Twitter59

Thurs. Aug. 14

 

Lebanon Valley Speedway
West Lebanon, N.Y.

 Facebook59Twitter59

September

Sat. Sept. 6

 

Autodrome Granby
Granby, Que.

 Facebook59

Sat. Sept. 13

 

Mohawk International Raceway
Akwesasne, N.Y.

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Sun. Sept. 21

 

Fonda Speedway
Fonda, N.Y.

 Facebook59

October

Sun. Oct. 12

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII

New York State Fairgrounds
Syracuse, N.Y.

 Facebook59Twitter59

Sat. Oct. 18

5th DIRTcar FALL NATIONALS

Brockville Ontario Speedway
Brockville, Ont.

 Facebook59

Sun. Oct. 26

 

Orange County Fair Speedway
Middletown, N.Y.

 Facebook59

November

Thurs. Nov. 6

World of Outlaws World Finals

The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Qualifying)
Concord, N.C.

 Facebook59Twitter59

Fri. Nov. 7

World of Outlaws World Finals

The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 1)
Concord, N.C.

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Sat. Nov. 8

World of Outlaws World Finals

The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Race 2)
Concord, N.C.

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* Note: To be eligible to compete at the 8th Annual World Finals a driver must attempt to qualify for a scheduled Super DIRTcar  Big Block Modified Series event during the 2014 calendar year (this includes the 43rd Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park).* Note: All Super DIRTcar and/or Mr. DIRTcar Series events are “Syracuse Qualifiers” offering a “Preferred Qualifying Position” for Super DIRT Week XLIII.

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, Safety-Kleen, and Velocita USA. Contingency partners include the University of Northwestern Ohio, ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD LLC, Fox Shocks, Racing Electronics, Superflow, Mobil 1 Racing, and Wrisco Industries.