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The King of Spring
Lebanon Valley Speedway | West Lebanon, New York
Monday, May 29, 2023
Race Recap  

HISTORY MAKING: Matt Sheppard Conquers Lebanon Valley for His 90th Super DIRTcar Series Victory

Nine-time champ now alone in second on all-time wins list, secures guaranteed Super DIRT Week starting spot

Matt Sheppard turned Monday’s Memorial Day Super DIRTcar Series King of the Spring at Lebanon Valley Speedway into a night he won’t soon forget. The nine-time champion captured the checkered flag for the 90th time in his career, breaking a tie with Danny Johnson for second place on the all-time Super DIRTcar Series wins list.

After running second in his heat race, Sheppard drew the coveted pole position in the redraw, putting him in charge of the $13,500-to-win, 100-lap main event at the 5/8-mile oval, where he made sure to control the pace from the drop of the green flag.

Sheppard, of Waterloo, NY, led the first 17 laps unchallenged, building a lead over early challengers Mike Mahaney and Peter Britten. Sheppard easily survived the first caution of the race on Lap 17, firing quickly on the restart and moving back out in front again largely uncontested. He skillfully moved his #9s machine in and out of lapped traffic as the race progressed, with no one in striking distance to break his pace.

“You get an open racetrack, and you can kind of just do your own thing,” Sheppard said. “Nobody is breaking your momentum. That certainly helps.”

Mahaney battled fiercely to chip away at Sheppard’s lead, getting close enough to keep the outcome undecided, but Sheppard showed why he’s the Series champion and kept his composure through five cautions, including one with only 13 laps remaining.

“Everything went pretty smooth,” Sheppard said. “We got through lapped traffic there when we need to, we got some cautions, had a clean, open racetrack. I had a good race car; I had a good starting position and really everything just went our way tonight.”

Sheppard held on to notch the 90th Series victory of his career and a guaranteed starting spot at the 51st Running of Super DIRT Week in October at Oswego Speedway. Sheppard’s first win came on July 12, 2004, at Autodrome Drummond. Brett Hearn has 141 victories, the most in Super DIRTcar Series history.

Mahaney finished in the runner-up position, feeling hampered by his performance on the restarts.

“Early on, I think we were good on the start and then cautions kind of hurt,” Mahaney said. “I was really slow on getting going on the restarts. Matt [Sheppard] was right on point on the starts and would get away from me. Early in lapped traffic, I would start running him down, and then late in the race, even in clean air, I could run him down on the long runs, but just never caught him… it was just too little, too late.”

Five-time and defending Lebanon Valley Speedway Big Block Modified champion Andy Bachetti rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. Bachetti started 11th and used his extensive track experience to surge to fifth by the halfway point. He continued full force ahead, passing fellow local driver Marc Johnson to move into third position, but Mahaney and Sheppard were too far out of reach to continue his hard charge.

Marc Johnson finished in fourth, and Sunday night’s Heroes Remembered 100 runner-up Jimmy Phelps finished in fifth. The championship points leader entering the night, Mat Williamson, crossed in eighth, breaking his streak of four consecutive Series victories.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds will make their first visit to Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY on June 13 for a 71-lap, $7,500-to-win, showcase event followed up by a visit to Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on June 14.

Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds
King Of Spring 100
1. 9S-Matt Sheppard[1]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney[2]; 3. 4B-Andy Bachetti[11]; 4. 9-Marc Johnson[12]; 5. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[17]; 6. 35L-LJ Lombardo[14]; 7. 84Y-Alex Yankowski[19]; 8. 88-Mat Williamson[7]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten[4]; 10. 12-Darren Smith[13]; 11. 215-Adam Pierson[27]; 12. 54-Steve Bernard[18]; 13. 74V-John Virgilio[8]; 14. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[21]; 15. 91-Felix Roy[23]; 16. 99-Kolby Schroder[22]; 17. 8H-Max McLaughlin[25]; 18. 7D-Tyler Dippel[5]; 19. 99L-Larry Wight[6]; 20. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr[15]; 21. 4-Anthony Perrego[26]; 22. 42-Kyle Sheldon[24]; 23. 43-Keith Flach[20]; 24. 37M-Mathieu Desjardins[16]; 25. 32R-Ronnie Davis III[28]; 26. 5H-Chris Hile[9]; 27. 2-Jack Lehner[3]; 28. 11A-Kyle Armstrong[10]; 29. (DNS) 55H-Brett Haas.

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1109SMatt Sheppard 1000.000100Running150$13,500
22035Mike Mahaney 100-1.5460Running146$5,000
311+84BAndy Bachetti 100-3.8200Running144$2,500
412+89Marc Johnson 100-5.5580Running142$1,800
517+1298HJimmy Phelps 100-6.4780Running140$1,600
614+835LL.J. Lombardo 100-6.6120Running138$1,400
719+1284YAlex Yankowski 100-8.7230Running136$1,300
87-188Mat Williamson 100-9.3830Running134$1,200
94-521APeter Britten 100-10.2360Running132$1,100
1013+312Darren Smith 100-12.4520Running130$1,000
1127+16215Adam Pierson 100-13.2690Running128$800
1218+654Steve Bernard 100-14.1210Running126$700
138-574VJohn Virgilio 1002,695.5050Running124$600
1421+783XTim Sears Jr100-15.4690Running122$575
1523+891Felix Roy 98-2 Laps0Running120$550
1622+699Kolby Schroder 99-1 Laps0Running118$525
1725+88HMax McLaughlin 97-3 Laps0Running116$500
185-137DTyler Dippel 55-45 Laps0Running114$500
196-1399LLarry Wight 70-30 Laps0DNF112$500
2015-5115Kenny Tremont Jr69-31 Laps0DNF110$500
2126+54Anthony Perrego 55-45 Laps0DNF108$500
2224+242Kyle Sheldon 46-54 Laps0DNF106$500
2320-343Keith Flach 31-69 Laps0DNF104$500
2416-837MMathieu Desjardins 22-78 Laps0DNF102$500
2528+332RRonnie Davis III16-84 Laps0DNF102$500
269-175HChris Hile 13-87 Laps0DNF102$500
273-242Jack Lehner 7-93 Laps0DNF102$500
2810-1811AKyle Armstrong 4-96 Laps0DNF102$500
2929055HBrett Haas 0-100 Laps0DNS102$0
Hard Charger: Adam Pierson
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11083XTim Sears Jr100.00010Running0$0
24+291Felix Roy 10-1.6160Running0$0
35+28HMax McLaughlin 10-2.0180Running0$0
42-217ZDillon Steuer 10-2.6910Running90$0
57+214CG Morey 10-3.1680Running90$0
68+291MJosh Marcus 9-1 Laps0DNF90$0
76-198Eddie Marshall 7-3 Laps0DNF90$0
83-57TTim Davis 6-4 Laps0DNF90$0
Hard Charger: Felix Roy
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11099Kolby Schroder 100.00010Running0$0
22042Kyle Sheldon 10-0.6760Running0$0
34+14Anthony Perrego 10-1.4460Running0$0
46+255HBrett Haas 10-3.6240Running0$0
53-255Mike King 10-6.5170Running90$0
65-132RRonnie Davis III10-6.9180Running0$0
78+115XJustin Stone 8-2 Laps0DNF90$0
87-1215Adam Pierson 2-8 Laps0DNF0$0
99017Marcus Dinkins 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
Hard Charger: Brett Haas
Heat 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
119Marc Johnson 167.2680.0005
2311AKyle Armstrong 169.983-2.7154
325HChris Hile 171.377-4.1093
4412Darren Smith 171.994-4.7262
5598HJimmy Phelps 172.249-4.9811
6783XTim Sears Jr173.341-6.0730
787TTim Davis 173.850-6.5820
868HMax McLaughlin 174.543-7.2750
9914CG Morey 133.02234.2460
Heat 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1188Mat Williamson 170.8920.0005
2274VJohn Virgilio 177.415-6.5234
3335Mike Mahaney 173.042-2.1503
44115Kenny Tremont Jr174.022-3.1302
5684YAlex Yankowski 174.836-3.9441
6517ZDillon Steuer 176.482-5.5900
7891Felix Roy 176.980-6.0880
8798Eddie Marshall 177.415-6.5230
9991MJosh Marcus 179.627-8.7350
Heat 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1121APeter Britten 167.2370.0005
227DTyler Dippel 170.793-3.5564
3399LLarry Wight 172.207-4.9703
4535LL.J. Lombardo 172.978-5.7412
5754Steve Bernard 174.186-6.9491
6999Kolby Schroder 175.804-8.5670
7855Mike King 177.112-9.8750
8632RRonnie Davis III177.818-10.5810
94215Adam Pierson 88.62978.6080
101017Marcus Dinkins 88.62978.6080
Heat 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
114BAndy Bachetti 168.4670.0005
229SMatt Sheppard 169.529-1.0624
342Jack Lehner 171.810-3.3433
4337MMathieu Desjardins 173.757-5.2902
5543Keith Flach 174.841-6.3741
6642Kyle Sheldon 175.414-6.9470
784Anthony Perrego 175.743-7.2760
8755HBrett Haas 176.806-8.3390
9915XJustin Stone 180.535-12.0680
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
17+69Marc Johnson 00.0000Running5$0
212+1088Mat Williamson 0-0.0120Running0$0
316+135HChris Hile 0-0.0490Running0$0
48+411AKyle Armstrong 0-0.0790Running0$0
510+535Mike Mahaney 0-0.0800Running0$0
61-512Darren Smith 0-0.1160Running0$0
73-4115Kenny Tremont Jr0-0.1310Running0$0
82-698HJimmy Phelps 0-0.1670Running0$0
913+417ZDillon Steuer 0-0.3100Running0$0
106-48HMax McLaughlin 0-0.3770Running0$0
1117+684YAlex Yankowski 0-0.3800Running0$0
1214+283XTim Sears Jr0-0.4100Running0$0
139-474VJohn Virgilio 0-0.4180Running0$0
145-998Eddie Marshall 0-0.4180Running0$0
154-117TTim Davis 0-0.4290Running0$0
1618+291Felix Roy 0-0.6680Running0$0
1715-214CG Morey 0-0.7500Running0$0
1811-791MJosh Marcus 0-0.7780Running0$0
Hard Charger: Chris Hile
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
118+1721APeter Britten 00.0000Running0$0
212+104BAndy Bachetti 0-0.0070Running0$0
35+27DTyler Dippel 0-0.0700Running0$0
413+99SMatt Sheppard 0-0.1260Running0$0
511+699LLarry Wight 0-0.1440Running0$0
67+137MMathieu Desjardins 0-0.1720Running0$0
716+9215Adam Pierson 0-0.1840Running0$0
86-22Jack Lehner 0-0.2680Running0$0
91-835LL.J. Lombardo 0-0.2950Running0$0
1014+443Keith Flach 0-0.2970Running0$0
1110-132RRonnie Davis III0-0.3750Running0$0
123-942Kyle Sheldon 0-0.4000Running0$0
138-554Steve Bernard 0-0.4160Running0$0
142-1255HBrett Haas 0-0.4250Running0$0
1515055Mike King 0-0.6450Running0$0
1617+14Anthony Perrego 0-0.6620Running0$0
1719+299Kolby Schroder 0-0.7880Running0$0
184-1415XJustin Stone 0-1.2900Running0$0
199-1017Marcus Dinkins 0-1.6630Running0$0
Hard Charger: Peter Britten
Hot Laps 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
116+155HChris Hile 00.0000Running0$0
27+59Marc Johnson 0-0.0260Running0$0
317+1484YAlex Yankowski 0-0.1230Running0$0
414+1083XTim Sears Jr0-0.1470Running0$0
510+535Mike Mahaney 0-0.2150Running0$0
612+688Mat Williamson 0-0.2340Running0$0
71-612Darren Smith 0-0.2630Running0$0
80-874JR Heffner 0-0.2850Running0$0
94-57TTim Davis 0-0.2920Running0$0
106-48HMax McLaughlin 0-0.2960Running0$0
112-998HJimmy Phelps 0-0.2980Running0$0
128-411AKyle Armstrong 0-0.2990Running0$0
1313017ZDillon Steuer 0-0.3770Running0$0
143-11115Kenny Tremont Jr0-0.5490Running0$0
1518+391Felix Roy 0-0.6400Running0$0
1611-591MJosh Marcus 0-0.7570Running0$0
1715-214CG Morey 0-0.8960Running0$0
185-1398Eddie Marshall 0-1.0410Running0$0
199-1074VJohn Virgilio 0-1.0410Running0$0
Hard Charger: Chris Hile
Hot Laps 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
112+114BAndy Bachetti 00.0000Running0$0
25+37DTyler Dippel 0-0.0550Running0$0
32-155HBrett Haas 0-0.2900Running0$0
416+12215Adam Pierson 0-0.3790Running0$0
518+1321APeter Britten 0-0.3800Running0$0
68+254Steve Bernard 0-0.4030Running0$0
71-635LL.J. Lombardo 0-0.4190Running0$0
86-22Jack Lehner 0-0.4300Running0$0
913+49SMatt Sheppard 0-0.4700Running0$0
1014+443Keith Flach 0-0.4850Running0$0
1111099LLarry Wight 0-0.5210Running0$0
1219+799Kolby Schroder 0-0.5440Running0$0
137-637MMathieu Desjardins 0-0.5570Running0$0
143-1142Kyle Sheldon 0-0.6060Running0$0
1515055Mike King 0-0.7570Running0$0
1610-632RRonnie Davis III0-0.7680Running0$0
171704Anthony Perrego 0-0.7750Running0$0
189-917Marcus Dinkins 0-0.9400Running0$0
194-1515XJustin Stone 0-1.0650Running0$0
Hard Charger: Peter Britten
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Event Info  

The King of Spring
Monday, May 29, 2023
Lebanon Valley Speedway
1746 Hwy 20
West Lebanon, New York 12195 

Event Description
The Super DIRTcar Series heads to Lebanon Valley Speedway for the "King of Spring" event. There's $13,500 on the line for the winner along with a guaranteed starting position for the 51st running of the Super DIRT Week!

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

To Win Amount
$13,500.00

Feature Laps Length
100

Event Schedule
3PM Pit Gates Open
4PM Grandstand Gates Open
5PM Super DIRTcar Series Hot Laps
DIRTcar Pro Stocks Hot Laps
Sportsman Hot Laps
Super DIRTcar Series Low-E Insulation Qualifying
Opening Ceremonies
DIRTcar Pro Stock Heats - 8 Laps
Super DIRTcar Series Heats - 8 Laps
Sportsman Heats - 8 Laps
Super DIRTcar Series Redraw
Super DIRTcar Series Hytorc of NY Last Chance Showdown - 10 Laps
DIRTcar Pro Stock Feature - 20 Laps
Super DIRTcar Series Feature - 100 Laps
Sportsman Feature - 20 Laps

**Times and Schedule Subject to Change**

*All times Eastern

Track Info  

Lebanon Valley Speedway
1746 Hwy 20
West Lebanon, New York 12195 

Track Phone
(518) 794-9606

Track Map
Competitor Info