Battle of the Midway
Thursday, July 28, 2022
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Event Info

Battle of the Midway
July 28, 2022
Orange County Fair Speedway
239 Wisner Avenue
Middletown, NY 

Event Description
Don't miss this NAPA Super DIRT Week qualifier with $10,000 on the line in the 73-lap event.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Late Model Track Record
20.072 seconds by Bryan Bernheisel

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
73

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Track Info
Track Phone
(845) 342-2573

Ticket Phone
(845) 342-2573

Late Model Car Track Record
20.072 seconds by Bryan Bernheisel

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

Double Trouble: Matt Sheppard becomes season’s first driver to win back-to-back Features with Orange County victory

Anthony Perrego scores second place with a solid performance on his home track, while Max McLaughlin rounds out the podium in third

 Eight-time and defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard became the first driver of the 2022 season to score back-to-back Feature wins when he crossed the finish line at Orange County Fair Speedway Thursday night.

In a competitive season that has seen 10 different winners in 12 races, the feat was no small task.

Sheppard looked strong early on, finishing second to the #99L of Larry Wight in his Heat Race. Landing seventh on the grid after the redraw was not enough to keep him from quickly charging up the field after the green flag was thrown for the Feature. By the conclusion of Lap 14, he had taken over the lead from Max McLaughlin and became the driver to catch from then on out.

The victory did not come without its challenges as Sheppard had to maneuver throughout the track as tactfully as he could manage.

“It’s so slippery,” Sheppard said.

“There’s little patches of bite here and there, and trying to find each little patch while going as fast as you can is definitely pretty technical. We were way out by the wall for a while and then we were right by the inside wall and everywhere in between. It’s definitely a challenging surface. That’s for sure.”

After taking over first, the Waterloo, NY driver rounded the 5/8 mile oval uncontested for 45 laps, holding a considerable lead over his competitors.  The real battle behind him was between Max McLaughlin and Walden, NY native Anthony Perrego for second place. Perrego finally won the contest on Lap 47, but still had his biggest challenge ahead of him in trying to run down Sheppard.

Matt Sheppard races around the turns during his win at Orange County Fair Speedway. (Photo credit: Quentin Young)

Perrego finally received the break he was hoping for on Lap 59 when the first caution of the 73-lap race was thrown. Perrego lined up side-by-side with Sheppard on the restart, hoping to read the track correctly to score what would have been his first Feature win of the season in front of his home crowd.

“When we got into second there, we had that long green flag run, and I was kind of running down Matt,” Perrego said.

“But you never know if he’s just riding or what. But that yellow came out there and we kind of hung with him in [turn] one and [turn] two. We were fortunate enough to get another yellow on Lap 66. That one I would like to take back. We rolled down into one and I tried to explode on the outside of him. He ended up going down here into [turn] three and missing pretty good and we got up next to him, but it just wasn’t close enough.”

The second and last caution flag of the race was thrown on Lap 66, causing another unexpected restart with seven laps to go. But Sheppard proved to be too much for his competition to handle on this night, and crossed the finish line first, securing the top of the podium and his third Feature victory of the season.

McLaughlin held off a hard charging Stewart Friesen to secure another podium finish, crossing the finish line third. Dirt Modified Hall of Famer Brett Hearn hit the track for his first Super DIRTcar Series appearance this season, crossing the finish line in 21st place.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series will travel back to central New York for its inaugural SummerFAST Series- which includes Weedsport Speedway (Aug.15), Brewerton Speedway (Aug. 16), Fulton Speedway (Aug 17) and Land of Legends Raceway (Aug. 18) – bringing the Series another step closer to the 50th Running of NAPA Super DIRT Week, Oct. 3-9.

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

Feature 73 Laps

  1. 9S-Matt Sheppard[7]; 2. 44P-Anthony Perrego[10]; 3. 8H-Max McLaughlin[4]; 4. 44-Stewart Friesen[13]; 5. 99L-Larry Wight[1]; 6. 35-Mike Mahaney[3]; 7. 3J-Marc Johnson[2]; 8. 66-Tim McCreadie[5]; 9. 43H-Jimmy Horton[15]; 10. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[6]; 11. 16X-Dan Creeden[11]; 12. 91F-Bobby Flood[12]; 13. 34-Kevin Root[9]; 14. 88-Mat Williamson[21]; 15. 21A-Peter Britten[22]; 16. 2L-Jack Lehner[25]; 17. 215P-Adam Pierson[17]; 18. 2A-Mike Gular[27]; 19. 12S-Darren Smith[16]; 20. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[24]; 21. 20-Brett Hearn[8]; 22. 88L-Charles Loiodice[20]; 23. (DNF) 21C-Brian Calabrese[19]; 24. (DNF) 91-Billy Decker[18]; 25. (DNF) 21M-Bob Mcgannon[23]; 26. (DNF) 69-Tyler Boniface[14]; 27. (DNF) 84Y-Alex Yankowski[26]

 

 

 

 

 

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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
17+69SMatt Sheppard 730.00060Running150$10,000
210+844PAnthony Perrego 73-1.6350Running146$5,000
34+18HMax McLaughlin 73-3.0903Running144$2,500
413+944Stewart Friesen 73-4.9210Running142$1,800
51-499LLarry Wight 73-6.23710Running140$1,600
63-335Mike Mahaney 73-7.0470Running138$1,400
72-53JMarc Johnson 73-8.1890Running136$1,300
85-366Tim McCreadie 73-8.7200Running134$1,200
915+643HJimmy Horton 73-10.1640Running132$1,100
106-483XTim Sears Jr73-10.7660Running130$100
1111016XDan Creeden 73-12.1370Running128$800
1212091FBobby Flood 73-12.6990Running126$700
139-434Kevin Root 73-13.3670Running124$600
1421+788Mat Williamson 73-13.9630Running122$575
1522+721APeter Britten 72-1 Laps0Running120$550
1625+92LJack Lehner 72-1 Laps0Running118$525
17170215PAdam Pierson 72-1 Laps0Running116$500
1827+92AMike Gular 72-1 Laps0Running114$500
1916-312SDarren Smith 72-1 Laps0Running112$500
2024+498HJimmy Phelps 72-1 Laps0Running110$500
218-1320Brett Hearn 72-1 Laps0Running108$500
2220-288LCharles Loiodice 72-1 Laps0Running106$500
2319-421CBrian Calabrese 57-16 Laps0DNF104$500
2418-691Billy Decker 52-21 Laps0DNF102$500
2523-221MBob Mcgannon 38-35 Laps0DNF102$500
2614-1269Tyler Boniface 30-43 Laps0DNF102$500
2726-184YAlex Yankowski 27-46 Laps0DNF102$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+188Mat Williamson 100.00010Running0$0
21-121MBob Mcgannon 10-2.8770Running0$0
3302LJack Lehner 10-3.0560Running0$0
47+32AMike Gular 10-3.4480Running0$0
56+184YAlex Yankowski 10-5.1100Running0$0
65-121Gary Edwards III 10-6.5290Running90$0
710+388TTyler Jashembowski 10-10.4400Running90$0
812+484SMelvin Schrufer 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
911+24SLBob Hentschel 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
108-251Jerry Higbie 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
1113+217JMatt Janiak 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
129-314CG Morey 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
134-963Billy VanInwegen Jr0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11021APeter Britten 100.00010Running0$0
24+298HJimmy Phelps 100.0000Running0$0
32-193Craig Mitchell 100.0000Running90$0
49+517ZDillon Steuer 100.0000Running90$0
56+126Ryan Godown 100.0000Running90$0
65-137Paul St. Sauveur 100.0000Running90$0
78+133.3Tommy Meier 100.0000Running90$0
83-56LTanner Van Dohren 100.0000Running90$0
97-23Sammy Martz 100.0000Running90$0
1010017Marcus Dinkins 100.0000Running90$0
1111010Rich Eurich 100.0000Running90$0
1212028Michael Trautschold 4-6 Laps0DNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11035Mike Mahaney Kings Ferry, NY0.000
2208HMax McLaughlin Mooresville, NC-1.009
33016XDan Creeden Middletown, NY-2.149
44012SDarren Smith Binghamton, NY-2.918
55021MBob Mcgannon Garnerville, NY-4.614
6606LTanner Van Dohren Allentown, PA-5.317
77084YAlex Yankowski Covington Township, PA-5.562
88033.3Tommy Meier Waldwick, NJ-6.478
9904SLBob Hentschel Pine Bush, NY-13.067
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+166Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY0.000
21-183XTim Sears JrCentral Square, NY-1.148
33091FBobby Flood Montgomery, NY-1.695
440215PAdam Pierson East Corinth, VT-1.721
55021APeter Britten Brisbane, QLD-3.329
66063Billy VanInwegen JrPort Jervis, NY-4.440
78+110Rich Eurich Pine Island, NY-7.907
87-114CG Morey Rutland, VT-8.946
99026Ryan Godown Ringoes, NJ-16.761
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
11099LLarry Wight Fulton, NY0.000
2209SMatt Sheppard Waterloo, NY-1.042
36+344Stewart Friesen Sprakers, NY-4.708
45+191Billy Decker Unadilla, NY-4.943
54-188Mat Williamson St. Catharines, ON-4.990
63-398HJimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, NY-7.013
7702AMike Gular Harleysville, PA-7.540
88017ZDillon Steuer Bohemia, NY-7.837
99084SMelvin Schrufer Bloomingburg, NY-15.188
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
15+420Brett Hearn Sussex, NJ0.000
21-13JMarc Johnson Guilderland, NY-0.277
32-169Tyler Boniface Pine Bush, NY-1.140
43-121CBrian Calabrese Johnstown, NY-2.861
56+193Craig Mitchell Poughkeepsie, NY-3.785
67+121Gary Edwards III Chelsea, VT-6.409
78+13Sammy Martz Somerville, NJ-7.467
84-488TTyler Jashembowski Middletown, NY-10.316
99028Michael Trautschold ROSCOE, NYDNF
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+144PAnthony Perrego Walden, NY0.000
21-134Kevin Root Geneva, NY-7.574
33043HJimmy Horton Bridgewater, NJ-7.829
45+188LCharles Loiodice Otisville, NY-8.003
54-12LJack Lehner Saratoga Springs, NY-8.241
66037Paul St. Sauveur Saint-Hyacinthe, QC-12.629
77051Jerry Higbie Newburgh, NY-15.879
88017Marcus Dinkins Watkins Glen, NYDNF
99017JMatt Janiak Warwick, NYDNS
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1835Mike Mahaney 23.1840.000
248HMax McLaughlin 23.274-0.090
3116XDan Creeden 23.282-0.098
4212SDarren Smith 23.469-0.285
5721MBob Mcgannon 23.469-0.285
636LTanner Van Dohren 23.636-0.452
7984YAlex Yankowski 23.655-0.471
8533.3Tommy Meier 23.977-0.793
964SLBob Hentschel 24.858-1.674
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1883XTim Sears Jr23.3090.000
2766Tim McCreadie 23.392-0.083
3191FBobby Flood 23.455-0.146
49215PAdam Pierson 23.470-0.161
5421APeter Britten 23.504-0.195
6663Billy VanInwegen Jr23.673-0.364
7214CG Morey 24.145-0.836
8310Rich Eurich 25.192-1.883
9526Ryan Godown 0.00023.309
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1699LLarry Wight 22.9550.000
249SMatt Sheppard 23.014-0.059
3298HJimmy Phelps 23.066-0.111
4888Mat Williamson 23.165-0.210
5991Billy Decker 23.254-0.299
6144Stewart Friesen 23.395-0.440
772AMike Gular 23.478-0.523
8517ZDillon Steuer 24.160-1.205
9384SMelvin Schrufer 24.339-1.384
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
123JMarc Johnson 23.3980.000
2769Tyler Boniface 23.529-0.131
3421CBrian Calabrese 23.573-0.175
4588TTyler Jashembowski 23.748-0.350
5320Brett Hearn 23.933-0.535
6693Craig Mitchell 24.110-0.712
7821Gary Edwards III 24.132-0.734
893Sammy Martz 24.479-1.081
9128Michael Trautschold 24.708-1.310