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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Series Stars Set for Horsepower 100 at Albany-Saratoga

MALTA, NY – After six heart-pounding, earth-shaking, window-rattling championship points events in 2021 the Super DIRTcar Series is ready to go to back to one of the most historic race tracks in New York – Albany-Saratoga Speedway. 

The New York Capital Region has a great history with speed and racing. Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway, and the famous Saratoga Race Track for horses – the namesake of Tuesday, June 22’s $7,500-to-win Horsepower 100. 

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Just when race fans started to wonder if 2021 would be a dip in Matt Sheppard’s stellar Super DIRTcar Series career, he proved everyone wrong by driving by the best drivers in the business at one of the toughest tracks – Lebanon Valley. The win was good enough for $13,500 and a boast into second place in points. 

Mat Williamson had a slow start to his Series campaign as well. The #88 Buzzchew Racing team has now finished in top five in three out of six points-paying races. Williamson scored a 1.5 average finish in the two races on Memorial Day weekend winning Weedsport and finishing second at The Valley. Now he is right behind Sheppard in points. 


Out of all the Albany-Saratoga Speedway faithful that will take on the Super DIRTcar Series stars, perhaps no one is a bigger threat than Marc Johnson. In three Series races so far in 2021, Johnson has one top five and one top ten. 

The very next Saturday after getting on the podium at The Valley for the Mr. DIRT Track 100, Johnson won his first Feature event at the West Lebanon, NY track. The “White Knight” has a mountain of momentum going into Albany where he also runs weekly and won this year. 

All-time great Kenny Tremont Jr. has won the last two Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship DIRTcar Big Block Features at Malta. The #115 will be sniffing around the front for sure. 


Olden Dwyer, the Lebanon Valley Speedway regular, has taken his #88JR on the road this year. He currently rides 21st in points. Dwyer looks to make his second start of the season in the extremely competitive Super DIRTcar Series field at Albany. 

Up in 17th is Brandon Walters who is hoping to move on from a nasty incident at Orange County Fair Speedway in Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship competition last Saturday night. Walters caught a rut in Turn 3 and flipped over the wall. He was OK. Walters has six starts so far in 2021 but he is yet to finish in the top ten. 

The 16th points position is occupied by the #4* car of Kevin Root. Root picked up his first career Super DIRTcar Series Heat Race win at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Memorial Day. Then he drew the pole for the Feature. Although he fell back, it was a great showing for Root and his team Big Block team. Watch for the #4* at the front in Albany. 

The young driver of the #28, Jordan McCreadie, has started all six races so far in 2021 and sits 14th in points. McCreadie is working hard but has yet to crack in the top ten in Series competition. Watch for the white #28 head to the front at Albany. 

“The Hiledriver” – Chris Hile – was set for an assault on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule in 2020 before the pandemic. Hile has made 2021 his rookie year instead and is doing well in 11th position in points. The red #5H has 1 top 5 and 1 top 10 this year. 

Tim Sears Jr. has been hot out of the gates. Sears has 2 top 5s and 3 top tens. A rookie to finishing in the top ten in half of the first 6 races is an impressive feat. He’s looking to keep his bright, flashing yellow Big Block at the front. 

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