Malta Massive Weekend
Saturday, September 24, 2022
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Event Info

Malta Massive Weekend
September 23, 2022 to September 24, 2022
Albany Saratoga Speedway
2671 US Rt. 9
Malta, NY 

Event Description
It's a Malta Massive Weekend at Albany Saratoga Speedway. The Super DIRTcar Series big blocks, DIRTcar Sporsmans, and DIRTcar Pro Stocks all race, with Sunday's big block feature being the final qualifying race for the 2022 NAPA Super DIRT Week.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
100

Frequently Asked Questions
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Type of Grandstand
bleachers

Stadium Seating
none

Handicapped Seating
located on bottom row

Handicapped Parking
parking located at front by main gate

Pit Age Limit
none

Pit Gate Location
by main entrance

Personal Coolers
six pack on non alcoholic beverage no glass

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
None

Alcohol Sales
no alcohol may be brought in

Smoking Policy
no smoking in grandstands

Family Section
every section

Parking Cost
none

Camping Availability
onsite, non-electric, sanitary facility

Camping Cost
none

Closest Airport
Albany International

Other Airport
Newburgh

Track Info
Track Phone
(518) 587-0220

Ticket Phone
(518) 587-0220

Track Email
lyle@albany-saratogaspeedway.com

Track Size & Type
0.400; semi-banked clay

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

Race Recap: FIT FOR SIX: Sheppard claims sixth win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway heading into Super DIRT Week

Matt Sheppard charges from 15th to claim the victory, while second place Billy Decker receives automatic bid to Super DIRT Week

Matt Sheppard reminded fans and competitors why he is the eight-time and defending Super DIRTcar champion by claiming his first Series win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Saturday night.

Starting from 15th –after missing the redraw – Sheppard stayed out of the purview of onlookers for the first half of the Feature. While the focus was on the frontrunners, he gradually made his way up the field taking over 10th place by the halfway point.

With 17 laps left in the 100-lap matchup, things became interesting. Adam Pierson, who had led every lap besides the first up until that point, unexpectedly left the track with mechanical issues. Anthony Perrego moved into the top spot and was then tasked with holding off the advances of Billy Decker and Jeremy Pitts. As he held his focus there, Sheppard took every bit advantage of the extra time offered in the race’s duration to continue putting pressure on his competitors.

With 10 laps to go, the Waterloo, NY driver had made his way into fourth. But with some smooth maneuvering of his machine, he passed Jeremy Pitts and then soon after Billy Decker for the lead, crossing the finish line in first five laps later. It happened so quickly, it even surprised Sheppard himself.

“So, when we had the last caution on Lap 35 give or take, I was still 11th,” Sheppard said. “Adam Pierson was leading, and I know how good Adam runs here and I know Decker was running second. I got by Decker at the end there and I thought to myself we might have got second or third here. Finally, I looked over at the Jumbotron and saw my number on the top and I was like, what?! When they announced it on the one way, I actually believed it then, I guess.”

Second place finisher Decker battled for his runner-up position every step of the way. After starting on the pole, he dropped to third place where he battled to catch Perrego and Pierson. When Pierson left the track, he moved up and momentarily held the lead. But a hard charging Sheppard proved to be too much to handle as he was passed with five laps remaining.

“It got a little hairy over there,” Decker said. “I got facing down the backstretch there. I got a little aggressive getting into three there. I thought I could hook the cushion. Under that caution, it got a little slimy up there. This JSR team has been working really hard. We’ve been sneaking up on this a little bit. Not quite fast enough. The year is closing in. It was pretty close tonight, just not good enough.”

Anthony Perrego finished third, Marc Johnson finished fourth, and Jeremy Pitts finished fifth.

The contention offered the winner $10,000 and a guaranteed starting spot at the 50th Running of NAPA Super DIRT Week. Due to Sheppard having already secured a position at the prestigious race, the spot was then granted to the runner-up.

AROUND THE TURN: The Super DIRTcar Series will travel to Oswego Speedway in Oswego, NY for the 50th Running of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, Oct. 3-9.

Feature (100 Laps)

  1. 9S-Matt Sheppard[15]; 2. 91-Billy Decker[1]; 3. 4-Anthony Perrego[8]; 4. 3J-Marc Johnson[10]; 5. 27-Jeremy Pitts[4]; 6. 21A-Peter Britten[7]; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos[18]; 8. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[17]; 9. 99L-Larry Wight[6]; 10. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[13]; 11. 8H-Max McLaughlin[25]; 12. 35-Mike Mahaney[14]; 13. 2L-Jack Lehner[11]; 14. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr[9]; 15. 34-Kevin Root[20]; 16. 19-Tim Fuller[22]; 17. 88-Mat Williamson[12]; 18. 2RJ-Ronnie Johnson[19]; 19. 21C-Brian Calabrese[23]; 20. 14-CG Morey[26]; 21. 37-Paul St Sauveur[24]; 22. 87-Neil Stratton[21]; 23. 17-Marcus Dinkins[16]; 24. (DNF) 215-Adam Pierson[3]; 25. (DNF) 12S-Darren Smith[2]; 26. (DNF) 44-Stewart Friesen[5]

 

 

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Results
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
115+149SMatt Sheppard 1000.0005Running150$10,000
21-191Billy Decker 100-1.5114Running146$5,000
38+54Anthony Perrego 100-2.92110Running144$2,500
410+63JMarc Johnson 100-3.7390Running142$1,800
54-127Jeremy Pitts 100-4.0090Running140$1,600
67+121APeter Britten 100-4.1430Running138$1,400
718+11111Demetrios Drellos 100-5.0240Running136$1,300
817+983XTim Sears Jr100-6.0480Running134$1,200
96-399LLarry Wight 100-6.3290Running132$1,100
1013+398HJimmy Phelps 100-7.2440Running130$1,000
1125+148HMax McLaughlin 100-7.6820Running128$800
1214+235Mike Mahaney 100-8.5000Running126$700
1311-22LJack Lehner 100-9.1490Running124$600
149-5115Kenny Tremont Jr100-9.6550Running122$575
1520+534Kevin Root 100-10.2960Running120$550
1622+619Tim Fuller 100-14.7780Running118$525
1712-588Mat Williamson 100-15.4040Running116$500
1819+12RJRonnie Johnson 100-15.5720Running114$500
1923+421CBrian Calabrese 99-1 Laps0Running112$500
2026+614CG Morey 98-2 Laps0Running110$500
2124+337Paul St. Sauveur 98-2 Laps0Running108$500
2221-187Neil Stratton 98-2 Laps0Running106$500
2316-717Marcus Dinkins 96-4 Laps0Running104$500
243-21215Adam Pierson 83-17 Laps82DNF102$500
252-2312SDarren Smith 77-23 Laps0DNF102$500
265-2144Stewart Friesen 50-50 Laps0DNF120$500
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11019Tim Fuller 100.00010Running0$0
24+221CBrian Calabrese 10-2.3870Running0$0
33037Paul St. Sauveur 10-3.5850Running0$0
46+28HMax McLaughlin 10-3.9230Running0$0
512+743Keith Flach 10-4.9570Running90$0
68+27Donald Ronca 10-5.1680Running90$0
75-214CG Morey 10-5.6750Running0$0
87-13GBrian Gleason 10-5.7110Running90$0
92-728Michael Trautschold 10-6.2930Running90$0
1011+11Richard Ronca 10-6.6570Running90$0
1110-191MJosh Marcus 10-8.0380Running90$0
129-398HJimmy Phelps 6-4 Laps0DNF0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+12LJack Lehner Saratoga Springs, NY0.000
23+121APeter Britten Brisbane, QLD-0.970
35+23JMarc Johnson Guilderland, NY-2.570
47+335Mike Mahaney Kings Ferry, NY-3.520
54-1111Demetrios Drellos Queensbury, NY-4.172
66019Tim Fuller Watertown, NY-4.878
78+114CG Morey Rutland, VT-5.994
81-798HJimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, NY40.750
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
12+144Stewart Friesen Sprakers, NY0.000
21-188Mat Williamson St. Catharines, ON-0.479
33099LLarry Wight Fulton, NY-0.869
46+29SMatt Sheppard Waterloo, NY-2.088
54-12RJRonnie Johnson Duanesburg, NY-3.244
68+228Michael Trautschold ROSCOE, NY-5.031
75-28HMax McLaughlin Mooresville, NC-5.198
87-191MJosh Marcus Bethel, CT-6.911
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
1104Anthony Perrego Walden, NY0.000
22091Billy Decker Unadilla, NY-1.013
330115Kenny Tremont JrWest Sand Lake, NY-2.847
44017Marcus Dinkins Watkins Glen, NY-3.993
55034Kevin Root Geneva, NY-4.978
67+137Paul St. Sauveur Saint-Hyacinthe, QC-5.637
76-13GBrian Gleason Duanesburg, NY-5.757
8801Richard Ronca Cifton Park, NY-6.674
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverHometownDifference
110215Adam Pierson East Corinth, VT0.000
22012SDarren Smith Binghamton, NY-1.749
34+127Jeremy Pitts SCHAGHTICOKE, NY-2.924
43-183XTim Sears JrCentral Square, NY-3.229
55087Neil Stratton North Bennington, VT-5.227
67+121CBrian Calabrese Johnstown, NY-5.520
78+17Donald Ronca Clifton Park, NY-6.860
86-243Keith Flach Ravena, NY-6.953
Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1198HJimmy Phelps 15.2770.000
272LJack Lehner 15.285-0.008
3221APeter Britten 15.340-0.063
46111Demetrios Drellos 15.466-0.189
533JMarc Johnson 15.471-0.194
6519Tim Fuller 15.526-0.249
7835Mike Mahaney 15.546-0.269
8414CG Morey 15.710-0.433
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
1588Mat Williamson 15.4200.000
2344Stewart Friesen 15.602-0.182
3499LLarry Wight 15.620-0.200
482RJRonnie Johnson 15.667-0.247
578HMax McLaughlin 15.671-0.251
619SMatt Sheppard 15.708-0.288
7691MJosh Marcus 16.097-0.677
8228Michael Trautschold 16.116-0.696
Qualifying Flight 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
174Anthony Perrego 15.4830.000
2691Billy Decker 15.655-0.172
34115Kenny Tremont Jr15.765-0.282
4117Marcus Dinkins 15.782-0.299
5834Kevin Root 15.812-0.329
623GBrian Gleason 15.820-0.337
7537Paul St. Sauveur 16.107-0.624
831Richard Ronca 16.154-0.671
Qualifying Flight 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifference
17215Adam Pierson 15.3890.000
2512SDarren Smith 15.527-0.138
3883XTim Sears Jr15.632-0.243
4427Jeremy Pitts 15.731-0.342
5387Neil Stratton 15.766-0.377
6243Keith Flach 15.852-0.463
7621CBrian Calabrese 15.876-0.487
817Donald Ronca 16.113-0.724