Sheppard’s Quick Start in Charlotte Keeps Pressure on Decker

Super DIRTcar champ posts fastest Big-Block laps at Lowes Foods World Finals

By Mike Kerchner

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 3, 2011 – Defending Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified champion Matt Sheppard got out of the gate quickly on Kellogg’s Qualifying Night for the Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own Thursday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. (HHP Photo)

Sheppard, who enters the season-ending three-day event trailing Billy Decker by 53 points, was fast qualifier in both qualifying sessions – one for Friday night’s 40-lap feature and the other for Saturday night’s 40-lap season finale.


Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., turned a 15.553-second lap around the four-tenths-mile dirt track during time trials for Friday’s racing program and a 15.617-second circuit during speed drills for the Saturday night season finale.


Sheppard later won the fourth heat for Friday night’s racing card with rain washing out the heat races for Saturday night’s program. Those heats will be made up following opening ceremonies on Saturday.

Decker, of Unadilla, N.Y., qualified seventh and fifth, while finishing third in the second heat for Friday’s event.

Other heat winners for the 31-car Big-Block Modified field were Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Tim Fuller of Edwards, N.Y., and Brett Hearn of Sussex, N.J.

The four heat winners will redraw for the top four starting positions prior to Friday night’s feature.

The Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own continues Friday night with features for the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

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Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report; Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Nature’s Own; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Nov. 3, 2011

Qualifying for Friday’s Event

Time Trials

1. Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y., 15.553

2. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 15.634

3. Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J., 15.785

4. Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 15.798

5. Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y., 15.849

6. Billy Pauch, Frenchtown, N.Y., 15.855

7. Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y., 15.872

8. Gary Tomkins, Clifton Springs, N.Y., 15.983

9. Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N.Y., 16.013

10. Pete Britten, Brisbane, Australia, 16.015

11. Larry Wight, Phoenix, N.Y., 16.026

12. Mike Adderley, Charlotte, N.C., 16.028

13. Justin Haers, Phelps, N.Y., 16.036

14. Billy Dunn, Watertown, N.Y., 16.191

15. Matt DeLorenzo, Cropseyville, N.Y., 16.205

16. Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N.J., 16.262

17. Tim Kerr, Picton, Ontario, 16.262

18. Tom Sears, Jr., Clay, N.Y., 16.311

19. Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y., 16.321

20. Jerry Higbie, Goshen, N.Y., 16.355

21. Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N.Y., 16.357

22. Randy Chrysler, Tuscarora, N.Y., 16.397

23. Rex King, Jr., Bristolville, Ohio, 16.402

24. Carey Terrance, Hogansburg, N.Y., 16.407

25. Rex King, Bristolville, Ohio, 16.424

26. Tim Currier, Auburn, N.Y., 16.521

27. Kenny Tremont, Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y., 16.566

28. Rick Laubach, Bound Brooks, N.J., 17.043

30. Roger Chrysler, Tuscarora, N.Y., 18.295

31. Corey Ziegler, Mountainhome, Pa., no time.

First Heat (8 laps): Phelps, Britten, Scagliotta, Sears, Higbie, Tremont, King.

Second Heat (8 laps): Fuller, Dunn, Decker, Wight, Haers, Johnson, Currier, Roger Chrysler.

Third Heat (8 laps): Hearn, Tomkins, DeLorenzo, Laubach, Randy Chrysler, Terrance, Kerr, Bellinger.

Fourth Heat (8 laps): Sheppard, McCreadie, Pauch, Horton, Adderley, Rauscher, King, Jr.

Qualifying for Saturday’s Event

Time Trials

1. Matt Sheppard, Waterloo, N.Y., 15.617

2. Jimmy Phelps, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 15.625

3. Pete Britten, Brisbane, Australia, 15.665

4. Tim Fuller, Edwards, N.Y., 15.747

5. Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y., 15.774

6. Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 15.777

7. Billy Pauch, Frenchtown, N.Y., 15.794

8. Brett Hearn, Sussex, N.J., 15.837

9. Rick Laubach, Hellertown, Pa., 15.880

10. Jimmy Horton, Neshanic Station, N.J., 15.959

11. Justin Haers, Phelps, N.Y., 15.983

12. Billy Dunn, Watertown, N.Y., 16.013

13. Rich Scagliotta, Bound Brooks, N.J., 16.054

14. Danny Johnson, Rochester, N.Y., 16.085

15. Gary Tomkins, Clifton Springs, N.Y., 16.104

16. Jerry Higbie, Goshen, N.Y., 16.119

17. Dave Rauscher, Waterloo, N.Y., 16.129

18. Matt DeLorenzo, Cropseyville, N.Y., 16.161

19. Carey Terrance, Hogansburg, N.Y., 16.187

20. Tom Sears, Jr., Clay, N.Y., 16.190

21. Rex King, Bristolville, Ohio, 16.244

22. Mike Adderley, Charlotte, N.C., 16.263

23. Larry Wight, Phoenix, N.Y., 16.300

24. Tim Currier, Auburn, N.Y., 16.414

25. Randy Chrysler, Tuscarora, N.Y., 16.415

26. Kenny Tremont, Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y., 16.443

27. Rex King, Jr., Bristolville, Ohio, 16.544

28. Tim Kerr, Picton, Ontario, 16.548

29. Rob Bellinger, Dexter, N.Y., 16.624

30. Roger Chrysler, Tuscarora, N.Y., 17.397

31. Corey Ziegler, Mountainhome, Pa., no time.

Heat races postponed by rain to Saturday

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