Liberty 100
Land of Legends Raceway -- Canandaigua, NY
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Event Info
Land of Legends Raceway
Thursday
04
Jul

Winner: Matt Sheppard
2nd: Billy Dunn
3rd: Justin Wright
Liberty 100
July 4, 2019
Land of Legends Raceway
2820 County Road 10
Canandaigua, NY 14424 

 http://www.landoflegendsraceway.com/

Series
Super DIRTcar Series

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Handicapped Seating
We have handicap area available in sections A-D in turn 4

Handicapped Parking
Handicap placarded vehicles are allowed to drive into the grounds and park behind the bleachers. (Access gate is off our general parking lot)

Pit Age Limit
None

Pit Gate Location
Off County Road 10

Personal Coolers
Small 6 pack sized coolers allowed. NO alcohol or glass containers allowed

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
We serve multiple brands of beer/wine. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed to be brought in.

Smoking Policy
No smoking allowed in the grandstands

Family Section
Section J

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
onsite, non-electric

Camping Cost
Free

Closest Airport
Rochester (Canandaigua has a small airport)

Other Airport
Syracuse

Race Recap: FIREWORKS! Leaders Wreck on Final Lap, Sheppard Takes Liberty 100 Glory

McLaughlin led 99 laps until tangling with Rudolph coming to checkers as Sheppard adds fourth Series win of 2019

CANANDAIGUA, NY — July 4, 2019 — It took 99-and-a-half laps, but the packed grandstands at Land of Legends Raceway saw a huge Fourth of July fireworks display in the middle of turns three and four on Thursday night when Max McLaughlin and Erick Rudolph made heavy contact in a final turn battle for the checkered flag.

McLaughlin had led 99 laps, but Rudolph closed quickly as the two passed the white flag and went off into turn one. Some contact between the two in the first corner became huge contact when they exited turn three. Rudolph was on top and edged ahead, lapped cars raced on the bottom leaving McLaughlin a slight spot in the middle. It was too slight and he sailed it off and collected Rudolph as the two spun to a stop.

Only a couple of laps earlier, Matt Sheppard made a stunning three-wide move going into turn three to swipe third place. As it turned out, that was the winning move because when Sheppard raced around the corner on that final lap, he saw the two leaders piled on top of each other. Billy Dunn chased Sheppard across the finish line in second after spending a majority of the race battling wheel-to-wheel in the top three. In third place was outside pole sitter Just Wright, who simply kept his nose clean for his impressive finish.

The Liberty 100 marks the fourth checkered flag of Series competition in 2019 for Matt Sheppard. Having been mired in seventh position for a long green flag stretch, Sheppard did not think he had the car to beat.

“I wasn’t particularly happy with my race car,” Sheppard said. “I am at a loss for words. I don’t know what to say. It was around lap 65 or 70 and we were riding around in seventh. We were just trying to hold on to salvage something at the end. On a restart I got around a couple guys and got up to fifth. Billy [Dunn] and Peter [Britten] made some contact and that opened up a door for me. I got up to third but Max [McLaughlin] and Erick [Rudolph] were gone.”

Sheppard was in the right place at the right time.

“At the end I saw the white flag and if I can hold off Billy and finish third tonight, I’ll take it because this thing was garbage. The next thing I know I got into turn three and I see those guys parked on top of each other. I was like, “What just happened?”

“What just happened?” is what every race fan at Land of Legends Raceway left the track wondering.

At the conclusion of the Liberty 100, both Max McLaughlin and Erick Rudolph loaded up their race cars in haste so neither were available for comment. McLaughlin took to social media to make a statement, saying the No. 25R ran him up the track off of turn number two. McLaughlin then entered turn three too hard and pushed up the track making heavy contact with Rudolph’s left rear. He said he “feels terrible” and “didn’t have any intentions to dump him. Mistakes made. Learned.”

Home track hero Dunn had a great finish on the second step of the podium.

“It was a challenging track,” Dunn said. “I would have five or 10 laps where I would feel like I was just as good as anybody in front of me, and then I struggled on the restarts until I put some heat in the tires.”

Wright put together 100 laps of strong, competitive racing and was rewarded with a third-place finish.

“I am at a loss for words,” Wright said. “Usually in 100-lappers we don’t do very well. We pull off and get out of the way. If you had told me this morning that I would be in third place tonight … I had the best car in the top five, but probably the worst driver. We’re figuring it out. Speechless.”

Incremental changes and work on the car may have finally paid off in a big way.

“We tinkered on some things,” Wright said. “My Dad and I sweated it out at the shop just getting stuff right where it needed to be. This is like a win and my grandparents and father were here too see it.”

Since Matt Sheppard won the from 11th starting spot, he received the Dig Safely NY 811 $100 bonus.

Billy Decker drew position number 12 and he received one free Hoosier Racing Tire.

The Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award went to Larry Wight for his mega lap around the half-mile dirt oval.

The next Super DIRTcar Series race is July 18 at Orange County Fair Speedway for the Battle on the Midway 100.

LIBERTY 100 (100 Laps) – 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [11]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [3]; 3. 19W-Justin Wright [2]; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [20]; 5. 21A-Peter Britten [5]; 6. 99L-Larry Wight [10]; 7. 27J-Danny Johnson [13]; 8. 19-Tim Fuller [9]; 9. 91-Billy Decker [12]; 10. 42p-Pat Ward [7]; 11. 88-Mat Williamson [6]; 12. 5H-Chris Hile [17]; 13. 35-Mike Mahaney [4]; 14. 3-Justin Haers [15]; 15. 7F-Matt Farnham [21]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos [23]; 17. 23-Kyle Coffey [24]; 18. 25-Erick Rudolph [8]; 19. 26-Ryan Godown [16]; 20. 12X-Dillon Grover [14]; 21. 6H-Max McLaughlin [1]; 22. 2L-Jack Lehner [25]; 23. 18-Anthony Perrego [28]; 24. R2-Rusty Smith [26]; 25. 17-Marcus Dinkins [27]; 26. 14j-Alan Johnson [18]; 27. M1-Dave Marcuccilli [22]; 28. 11R-Rob Bellinger [19]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 98H-Jimmy Phelps[+16]

Contingency Sponsor Awards:
VP Race Fuels $50 – Tim Fuller
Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux $100 – Larry Wight
Cometic Gaskets $50 – Chris Hile
Comp Cams $50 – Chris Hile
Fox Racing Shox $50 – Danny Johnson
JE Pistons $50 – Peter Britten
MSD Ignition $50 – Matt Sheppard
MSD Ignition $25 – Rusty Smith
NGK Spark Plugs $50 – Peter Britten
DART $50 – Billy Decker
Drydene $50 – Larry Wight
ASI Racewear $50 – Danny Johnson
Dig Safely 811 $100 – Matt Sheppard

Hoosier Racing Tire (1 Free) – Billy Decker

Product Prizes
Bicknell Racing Products – Matt Sheppard
Comp Cams – Matt Sheppard
JE Pistons – Demetrios Drellos/Max McLaughlin
KSE Racing Products – Demetrios Drellos
Wrisco Aluminum – Matt Sheppard
NGK Spark Plugs – Demetrios Drellos
DART – Peter Britten/Marcus Dinkins
Drydene – Demetrios Drellos

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Race Results: 07/04/2019 -- Land of Legends Raceway

Canandaigua, NY – Thursday, July 4 – On lap ninety-nine out of one hundred Max McLaughlin and Erick Rudolph swapped the lead and made heavy contact in the final corner coming to the checkered flag. A few laps before that Matt Sheppard made a stunning three-wide move going into turn three to get into a podium position. As it turned out, that was the winning move. Billy Dunn crossed the finish line in second place after spending a majority of the race battling wheel-to-wheel in the top 3. In third place, outside pole sitter Just Wright kept his nose clean and finished an impressive third place. 

Qualifying Flight-A

1. 91-Billy Decker, 19.225; 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 19.275; 3. 21A-Peter Britten, 19.318; 4. 27J-Danny Johnson, 19.408; 5. 5H-Chris Hile, 19.411; 6. 18-Anthony Perrego, 19.832; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 19.939; 8. 82-Billy VanPelt, 20.035; 9. 1p-Billy Pauch, 20.149; 10. 22-Jeffery Daugherty, 20.335

Qualifying Flight-B
1. 99L-Larry Wight, 19.053; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney, 19.32; 3. 88-Mat Williamson, 19.375; 4. 21X-Eric Williams, 19.774; 5. 12X-Dillon Grover, 19.863; 6. 48TL-Gary Lindberg, 19.864; 7. 14j-Alan Johnson, 19.883; 8. 7F-Matt Farnham, 19.885; 9. R2-Rusty Smith, 20.266; 10. 88a-Dave Allen, 20.277

Qualifying Flight-C
1. 42p-Pat Ward, 19.162; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 19.253; 3. 3-Justin Haers, 19.334; 4. 19W-Justin Wright, 19.557; 5. 23-Kyle Coffey, 19.826; 6. 11R-Rob Bellinger, 19.833; 7. 37-Paul StSauveur, 20.039; 8. 14NY-Daniel Johnson, 20.275; 9. 2L-Jack Lehner, 20.364

Qualifying Flight-D
1. 6H-Max McLaughlin, 19.204; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 19.228; 3. 25-Erick Rudolph, 19.458; 4. 26-Ryan Godown, 19.533; 5. M1-Dave Marcuccilli, 19.555; 6. 35L-LJ Lombardo, 19.984; 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 20.082; 8. 11J-James Sweeting, 20.368; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 21.211

Heat #1 – Flight (A) – Spon.-1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [2]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten [3]; 4. 27J-Danny Johnson [4]; 5. 5H-Chris Hile [5]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos [7]; 7. 18-Anthony Perrego [6]; 8. 82-Billy VanPelt [8]; 9. 22-Jeffery Daugherty [10]; 10. 1p-Billy Pauch [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) – Spon.-2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 99L-Larry Wight [1]; 2. 88-Mat Williamson [3]; 3. 35-Mike Mahaney [2]; 4. 12X-Dillon Grover [5]; 5. 14j-Alan Johnson [7]; 6. 7F-Matt Farnham [8]; 7. 48TL-Gary Lindberg [6]; 8. 88a-Dave Allen [10]; 9. R2-Rusty Smith [9]; 10. 21X-Eric Williams [4]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) – Spon.-3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 42p-Pat Ward [1]; 2. 19-Tim Fuller [2]; 3. 19W-Justin Wright [4]; 4. 3-Justin Haers [3]; 5. 11R-Rob Bellinger [6]; 6. 23-Kyle Coffey [5]; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner [9]; 8. 37-Paul StSauveur [7]; 9. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [8]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer
1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [2]; 2. 25-Erick Rudolph [3]; 3. 6H-Max McLaughlin [1]; 4. 26-Ryan Godown [4]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [7]; 6. M1-Dave Marcuccilli [5]; 7. 11J-James Sweeting [8]; 8. 35L-LJ Lombardo [6]; 9. 17-Marcus Dinkins [9]

LCS1 – Last Chance Showdowns (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 7F-Matt Farnham [2]; 2. 111-Demetrios Drellos [1]; 3. 18-Anthony Perrego [3]; 4. 48TL-Gary Lindberg [4]; 5. 1P-Billy Pauch [9]; 6. 88A-Dave Allen [6]; 7. 82-Billy VanPelt [5]; 8. 22-Jeffery Daugherty [7]; 9. R2-Rusty Smith [8]; 10. 21X-Eric Williams [10]

LCS2 ( Laps)
1. M1-Dave Marcuccilli [2]; 2. 23-Kyle Coffey [1]; 3. 2L-Jack Lehner [3]; 4. 11J-James Sweeting [4]; 5. 35L-LJ Lombardo [6]; 6. 37-Paul StSauveur [5]; 7. 14NY-Daniel Johnson [7]; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins [8]

FEATURE (100 Laps)
1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [11]; 2. 49-Billy Dunn [3]; 3. 19W-Justin Wright [2]; 4. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [20]; 5. 21A-Peter Britten [5]; 6. 99L-Larry Wight [10]; 7. 27J-Danny Johnson [13]; 8. 19-Tim Fuller [9]; 9. 91-Billy Decker [12]; 10. 42p-Pat Ward [7]; 11. 88-Mat Williamson [6]; 12. 5H-Chris Hile [17]; 13. 35-Mike Mahaney [4]; 14. 3-Justin Haers [15]; 15. 7F-Matt Farnham [21]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos [23]; 17. 23-Kyle Coffey [24]; 18. 25-Erick Rudolph [8]; 19. 26-Ryan Godown [16]; 20. 12X-Dillon Grover [14]; 21. 6H-Max McLaughlin [1]; 22. 2L-Jack Lehner [25]; 23. 18-Anthony Perrego [28]; 24. R2-Rusty Smith [26]; 25. 17-Marcus Dinkins [27]; 26. 14j-Alan Johnson [18]; 27. M1-Dave Marcuccilli [22]; 28. 11R-Rob Bellinger [19]

KSE Hard Charger Award: 98H-Jimmy Phelps[+16]


Land of Legends Raceway
2820 County Road 10
Canandaigua, NY 14424 

 http://www.landoflegendsraceway.com/

Track Phone
(585) 412-9258

Ticket Phone
(585) 412-9258

Track Email
 info@landoflegendsraceway.com

Track Size & Type
1/2 super fast clay oval

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2020 -- Matt Sheppard on Oct. 10
2019 -- Matt Sheppard on July 4
2018 -- Danny Johnson on July 5
2016 -- Tim Fuller on June 30
2015 -- Matt Sheppard on July 2; Matt Sheppard on May 20
2012 -- Danny Johnson on April 7
2011 -- Billy Decker on June 14
2009 -- Tim Fuller on August 8
2008 -- Alan Johnson on Sept. 20; Billy Decker & Billy Decker on August 9
2007 -- Brett Hearn on August 9
2006 -- Matt Sheppard on September 15; Gary Tomkins on August 10
2005 -- Gary Tomkins on August 11
2003 -- Steve Paine on September 25; Tim McCreadie on August 6
2002 -- Alan Johnson on September 14; Alan Johnson on August 7
2001 -- Steve Paine on August 9
2000 -- Steve Paine on June 28
1999 -- Steve Paine on September 1
1998 -- Billy Decker on August 20
1997 -- Joe Plazek on July 31
1995 -- Danny Johnson on July 26
1994 -- Bob McCreadie on August 10
1993 -- Bob McCreadie on September 11; Bob McCreadie on August 11
1992 -- Kenny Tremont, Jr. on August 11
1990 -- Bob McCreadie on September 8; Bob McCreadie on July 18
1989 -- Danny Johnson on September 9; Danny Johnson on July 31
1988 -- Alan Johnson on September 10
1987 -- Jack Johnson on October 17
1986 -- Danny Johnson on September 6
1985 -- Steve Paine on September 7
1984 -- Alan Johnson on September 8
1983 -- Don McGinnis on September 17
1982 -- Alan Johnson on September 11
1981 -- Will Cagle on September 19; Jack Johnson on August 19
1980 -- Mike McLaughlin on September 6; Lou Lazzaro on July 23