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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Williamson Goes For Three-peat, Super DIRT Week Lock-in up For Grabs at Weedsport Return

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The stars of the Super DIRTcar Series make their final visit of the season to the Central NY track

In one of the biggest weekends of the year at Weedsport Speedway, the Super DIRTcar Series returns to the Central New York track for a $10,000 payday and Super DIRT Week 51 lock-in.

The Cavalcade Cup Weekend will see The Beasts of the Northeast face off in a 100-lap duel around the unique 3/8-mile track on Sunday, Sept. 10. Joining the Series this weekend will be the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series on Saturday, Sept. 9, and the DIRTcar Sportsman Series on Sunday.

Only two races remain before Super DIRT Week 51 for the Super DIRTcar Series. So, far Matt Sheppard, Mat Williamson – who has won the last two Series events at Weedsport – Mike Mahaney and Andy Bachetti have earned guaranteed starting spots for the Billy Whittaker Cars 200.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or by downloading the DIRTVision App.

Here are the top storylines to follow…

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Mat Williamson currently trails points leader Matt Sheppard by 97 points heading into the Cavalcade Cup Weekend at Weedsport Speedway. The St. Catharines, ON driver has mastered the 3/8-mile track this year, winning both Series visits.

Williamson has stated that Weedsport use to be one of his worst tracks, but now he’ll try to become the first driver since Tim McCreadie (July 5, 2001, Sept. 2, 2001, May 26, 2002) to win three straight Super DIRTcar Series race at Weedsport and the first ever to win three straight in the same year.

HOMETRACK DUO: Heinke-Baldwin Racing duo Jimmy Phelps and Max McLaughlin will have their third homecoming during the Cavalcade Cup Weekend, as the HBR team calls Weedsport home.

Phelps scored his only Series win of the season last year at Weedsport Speedway on Aug. 15 during the opening night of SummerFAST. This season, he recorded a second-place finish duringMemorial Day Weekend, followed by a 12th-place finish on July 16. He’ll look to battle back into the top three in the points race with another solid performance.

Teammate Max McLaughlin has had a challenging season, with just one top-five finish thus far, and will enter the matchup at his home track eight in points. After posting a 13th-place finish and then 14th-place finish during the first two visits to Weedsport, he’ll look to put those behind him and contend for his first season win. “Mad Max” earned his first career Super DIRTcar Series win (non-points) at Weedsport in 2020.

HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Third-year sophomore driver Tim Sears Jr. moved himself into third place in the points battle after a seventh-place finish at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sept. 2.

Tim Sears Jr. and Mathieu Desjardins at Weedsport Speedway
Tim Sears Jr. (83x) takes the turn at Weedsport Speedway back on May 28 during the first Series visit of the season. (Photo: Quentin Young)

The Central New York native has run well at Weedsport this season, finishing fourth and seventh, respectively, in the first two Series events. He’ll need to continue with his momentum to stay in the top-three as he’s only three points ahead of Mike Mahaney.

LOCKED IN: Mike Mahaney will be one of three contenders hitting the track at Weedsport Speedway already locked into a guaranteed Super DIRT Week 51 starting spot.

Nevertheless, the King Ferry, NY native is in a tight battle to break into the top-three, sitting a mere three points behind third place Tim Sears Jr. Mahaney scored two top-10 finishes during the first two visits. A win this weekend would be his first Series triumph at Weedsport.

SUPER CONSISTENT: Nine-time and defending Series champion Matt Sheppard has been a force to be reckoned with all season, scoring three wins and 11 top-five finishes in 15 starts.

Sheppard added another 32 points to his lead over Mat Williamson after scoring his seventh second-place finish of the season at Lebanon Valley Speedway – now ahead by 97 points.

The Waterloo, NY driver has had considerable success at Weedsport, finishing third and then second during the first two visits this season. He has eight Series wins at Weedsport, including the 2021 Cavalcade Cup Weekend.

Track Facts

Weedsport Speedway
Configuration: 3/8-mile, D-shaped clay oval
Website: www.weedsportspeedway.com

AROUND THE TURN: The Super DIRTcar Series will travel to Albany-Saratoga Speedway for the Massive Malta Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 23, for a 115-lap, $11,500-to-win, Super DIRT Week 51 Qualifier.

2023 FEATURE WINS:
1-Mat Williamson-6
2-Matt Sheppard-3
3-Tim Fuller-2
-Erick Rudolph-2
5-Max McLaughlin-1
-Chris Hile-1
-Anthony Perrego-1
-Mike Mahaney-1
-Andy Bachetti-1

2023 HEAT WINS:
1-Matt Sheppard-11
2-Peter Britten-6
3-Mat Williamson-5
4-Jimmy Phelps-4
-Mike Mahaney-4
6-Jack Lehner-3
7-Mathieu Desjardins-2
-Erick Rudolph-2
-Rick Laubach-2
-Darren Smith-2
-Chris Hile-2
-Tim Fuller-2
-Tim Sears Jr.-2
-Marc Johnson-2
-Billy Decker-2
16-Stewart Friesen-1
-Justin Stone-1
-HJ Bunting-1
-Matthew Stangle -1
-Larry Wight-1
-Brett Hearn-1
-Dan Creeden-1
-Anthony Perrego-1
-Andy Bachetti-1
-Ronnie Johnson-1
-Felix Roy-1
-Jordan McCreadie-1
–Max McLaughlin-1
-Steve Bernard-1
-Francois Bernier-1
-Todd Root-1
-Ronnie Davis III-1
-Adam Pierson-1
-Brian Berger-1

2023 BILLY WHITTAKER CARS FAST TIME AWARD
1-Mat Williamson-4
-Matt Sheppard-4
3-Darren Smith-3
4-Marc Johnson-2
5-Jack Lehner-1
-Mathieu Desjardins-1
-Max McLaughlin-1
-Jimmy Phelps-1
-Steve Bernier-1

2023 LAPS LED
1-Matt Sheppard-277
2-Mat Williamson-140
3-Andy Bachetti-100
4-Tim Fuller-95
5-Anthony Perrego-77
6-Darren Smith-59
7-Stewart Friesen-56
8-Erick Rudolph-54
9-Max McLaughlin-48
10-Francois Bernier -46
11-Anthony Perrego-39
12-Mike Mahaney-38
13-Chris Hile–32
-Larry Wight-32
-Tim Sears Jr.-32
16-Demetrios Drellos-29
17-Jack Lehner-24
-Rick Laubach-24
19-Peter Britten-22
20-Danny Johnson-20
21-Jimmy Phelps-14
22-Felix Roy 13
23-Brett Hearn-11
24-David Hebert-10

2023 Super DIRTcar Series Schedule & Winners
#/Day, Date/Track/Location/Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wednesday, Feb. 15 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Max McLaughlin (1)
2. Thursday, Feb. 16 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Mat Williamson (1)
3. Saturday, Feb. 18 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Mat Williamson (2)
4. Sunday, April 23/Bridgeport Motorsports Park/ Swedesboro, NJ/ Mat Williamson (3)
5. Sunday, May 28/ Weedsport Speedway/ Weedsport, NY/ Mat Williamson (4)
6. Monday, May 29/ Lebanon Valley Speedway/ West Lebanon, NY/ Matt Sheppard (1)
7. Tuesday, June 13/Albany-Saratoga Speedway/ Malta, New York/ Chris Hile (1)
8. Monday, July 3/ Orange County Fair Speedway/ Middletown, NY/ Matt Sheppard (2)
9. Tuesday, July 11/ Big Diamond Speedway/Pottsville, PA/ Anthony Perrego (1)
10. Sunday, July 16/ Weedsport Speedway/ Weedsport, NY/ Mat Williamson (5)
11. Wednesday, July 19/ Land of Legends Raceway/ Canandaigua, NY/ Tim Fuller (1)
12. Monday, July 31/ Autodrome Drummond/ Drummondville, QC/ Erick Rudolph (1)
13. Tuesday, August 1/Autodrome Drummond/ Drummondville, QC/ Mike Mahaney (1)
14. Wednesday, August 2/ Brockville-Ontario Speedway/ Brockville, ON/ Tim Fuller (2)
15. Monday, August 14/ Brewerton Speedway/ Brewerton, NY/Mat Williamson (6)
16. Wednesday, August 16/ Land of Legends Raceway/ Canandaigua, NY/ Matt Sheppard (3)
17. Tuesday, August 22/Ransomville Speedway/ Ransomville, NY/Erick Rudolph (2)
18. Saturday, Sept. 2/ Lebanon Valley Speedway/ West Lebanon, NY/ Andy Bachetti (1)