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Super DIRTcar Series SummerFAST
Land of Legends Raceway | Canandaigua, New York
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Race Recap  

BACK AT IT: Matt Sheppard Conquers SummerFAST Finale With Land of Legends Win, Event Title

Sheppard outdueled Mike Mahaney for Land of Legends Raceway win, extends Series points lead by 15 points

After finishing runner-up in five of the last seven races, Matt Sheppard broke through and claimed his third victory of the championship season at Land of Legends Raceway Wednesday night.

The win also secured his second consecutive SummerFAST championship.

“Everything just went our way tonight,” Sheppard said. “We had a good car early. Good car in the Heat. Drew a good number for the Feature… Just thankful to finally be here in Victory Lane and not the first loser tonight.”

The 60-lap SummerFAST finale saw SRI Performance/Stock Car Steel Pole Award winner Mike Mahaney shot out in front at the drop of the green flag. After a six-lap battle with Jack Lehner who started to his outside, Mahaney was able to distance himself out front. But he was not alone for long.

Sheppard, the nine-time and defending Series champion, moved into second place by Lap 10, then positioned himself for an attack on the lead. He and Mahaney kicked it into high gear for a fierce multi-lap battle.

Mahaney ran the top line from the start and stayed there as long as he could. Sheppard stayed right on his bumper, running the inside, leaving no room for Mahaney to miscalculate. Mahaney used lapped traffic whenever he could to block a hard charging Sheppard, but as the laps ticked down, he realized he needed to shift down track.

With Sheppard showing a nose around Turn 2, Mahaney used all the gas he had around the back straightaway.  Before he shifted to the inside, Sheppard read his play and stayed tight on the inside, using his speed to cross in front and take the lead on Lap 25.

“We had been running the top at both ends and (Turn) 1 and (Turn) 2 was still there for me,” Mahaney said. “On the top of (Turn) 4, the cushion kind of gave up. It didn’t have the bite. (Sheppard) was getting a better run off of (Turn) 4. He would pull up next to me, and I would see him. I knew I had to move down, so I moved down. We crossed in (Turn 1) and (Turn) 2 there, and he moved up in front of me. I crossed high to low; we went down the backstretch, and he had a better run into (Turn) 3 which sealed the deal.”

Sheppard, of Waterloo, NY, found clean air, and never looked back. His #9s machine drove strong as he passed the half-way point of the 60-lap race, extending his lead over Mahaney in second and Lehner in third. But with his most challenging battle behind him, he drove through lapped traffic with precision, and cruised his way to victory.

He retained the title of SummerFAST champion with the win and added 15 points to his lead in the Series points battle.

“I have a lot of laps around this place,” Sheppard said. “I kind of know when to move around. I found the bottom first. (Mahaney) was running the middle and top and leading and probably not knowing where to go. I had the luxury of searching around and judging whether or not I was gaining on him. When I moved around, I felt like I started gaining on him. It was definitely to my advantage.”

After being passed by Mahaney for the lead on Lap 7, Lehner ran a solid campaign for the remaining 53 laps of the race, finishing in third for his first podium of the championship season. Even though he didn’t walk away with a win, the 24-year-old still took lessons from the matchup.

“I was excited to be on the top, I took off (on Lap 3) and I felt really good up there,” Lehner said.“Then, I was like, alright, settle in. I think we might be good. Right before that (Lap 3) caution come out, I saw Mahaney show a nose, on the bottom. I was like shoot, now what do I do? I was the leader, I had choice. I guess I’ll go down to the bottom and I’ll try to take that away from him. Maybe it wasn’t the right move, but at the end of the day, we still ended up third.”

Monday night winner Mat Williamson charged up from 12th to finish fourth, missing the SummerFAST title by six points. He remains in second place in the Series points battle, 64 points behind Matt Sheppard.

Rookie Felix Roy recorded his third top-10 of the season, finishing in ninth place.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks head to Ransomville Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 22 for a 75-lap, $7,500-to-win, spectacular.

SummerFAST (60 Laps)

1. 9S-Matt Sheppard[3]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney[1]; 3. 2-Jack Lehner[2]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson[12]; 5. 19-Tim Fuller[8]; 6. 39C-Kyle Coffey[6]; 7. 3-Justin Haers[4]; 8. 70A-Alex Payne[11]; 9. 91-Felix Roy[22]; 10. 25R-Erick Rudolph[20]; 11. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[14]; 12. 99L-Larry Wight[18]; 13. 8H-Max McLaughlin[10]; 14. 34A-Anthony Perrego[27]; 15. 84Y-Alex Yankowski[23]; 16. 14J-Alan Johnson[19]; 17. 15-Todd Root[5]; 18. 54-Steve Bernard[26]; 19. 5H-Chris Hile[25]; 20. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[7]; 21. 12-Darren Smith[24]; 22. 29-Matt Caprara[9]; 23. 14-CG Morey[13]; 24. 42P-Pat Ward[16]; 25. 7Z-Zachary Payne[21]; 26. 15X-Justin Stone[17]; 27. 17-Marcus Dinkins[15]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+29SMatt Sheppard 600.00038Running150$7,500
21-135Mike Mahaney 60-6.01122Running146$4,000
32-12Jack Lehner 60-6.7455Running144$2,500
412+888Mat Williamson 60-7.7890Running142$1,800
58+319Tim Fuller 60-8.2290Running140$1,600
66039CKyle Coffey 60-12.3640Running138$1,400
74-33Justin Haers 60-12.7040Running136$1,300
811+370AAlex Payne 60-13.0890Running134$1,200
922+1391Felix Roy 60-13.2680Running132$1,100
1020+1025RErick Rudolph 60-14.9750Running130$1,000
1114+398HJimmy Phelps 60-16.5520Running128$800
1218+699LLarry Wight 60-18.9340Running126$700
1310-38HMax McLaughlin 60-19.7450Running124$600
1427+1334AAnthony Perrego 60-8.0060Running122$575
1523+884YAlex Yankowski 59-1 Laps0Running120$550
1619+314JAlan Johnson 59-1 Laps0Running118$525
175-1215Todd Root 59-1 Laps0Running116$500
1826+854Steve Bernard 59-1 Laps0Running114$500
1925+65HChris Hile 59-1 Laps0Running112$500
207-1383XTim Sears Jr59-1 Laps0Running110$500
2124+312Darren Smith 59-1 Laps0Running108$500
229-1329Matt Caprara 59-1 Laps0Running106$500
2313-1014CG Morey 59-1 Laps0Running104$500
2416-842PPat Ward 59-1 Laps0Running102$500
2521-47ZZachary Payne 59-1 Laps0Running102$500
2617-915XJustin Stone 58-2 Laps0Running102$500
2715-1217Marcus Dinkins 58-2 Laps0Running102$500
Hard Charger: Felix Roy
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+17ZZachary Payne 100.00010Running0$0
21-184YAlex Yankowski 10-0.4360Running0$0
34+122Tanner Van Dohren 10-3.5270Running90$0
43-134AAnthony Perrego 10113.9790Running0$0
5505HChris Hile 10-6.1040Running0$0
68+254Steve Bernard 10-6.3030Running0$0
77011JJames Sweeting 10-8.6270Running90$0
86-2215Adam Pierson 7-3 Laps0DNF90$0
99019WJustin Wright 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
Hard Charger: Steve Bernard
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11091Felix Roy 100.0004Running0$0
22012Darren Smith 10-0.7006Running0$0
33027JDanny Johnson 10-3.5220Running90$0
46+2132Dalton Martin 10-3.6720Running90$0
550C3Chas Wolbert 10-4.2960Running90$0
64-27STorrey Stoughtenger 10-6.8110Running90$0
77088ADave Allen 10-8.1430Running90$0
88027JRDaniel Johnson 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
99034Kevin Root 0-10 Laps0DNS90$0
Hard Charger: Dalton Martin
Heat 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
119SMatt Sheppard 151.4120.0005
2239CKyle Coffey 154.641-3.2294
3629Matt Caprara 155.815-4.4033
4814CG Morey 158.202-6.7902
5415XJustin Stone 158.662-7.2501
6584YAlex Yankowski 159.034-7.6220
7734AAnthony Perrego 23.523127.8890
8105HChris Hile 161.148-9.7360
9311JJames Sweeting 162.284-10.8720
10919WJustin Wright 23.523127.8890
Heat 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1115Todd Root 154.5730.0005
2235Mike Mahaney 155.111-0.5384
338HMax McLaughlin 157.428-2.8553
4498HJimmy Phelps 158.352-3.7792
5699LLarry Wight 158.518-3.9451
657ZZachary Payne 159.565-4.9920
7722Tanner Van Dohren 160.611-6.0380
88215Adam Pierson 162.266-7.6930
9954Steve Bernard 163.237-8.6640
Heat 3 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1219Tim Fuller 153.1780.0005
212Jack Lehner 153.812-0.6344
3370AAlex Payne 157.434-4.2563
4517Marcus Dinkins 161.064-7.8862
5614JAlan Johnson 161.233-8.0551
6491Felix Roy 161.558-8.3800
7827JDanny Johnson 162.540-9.3620
87C3Chas Wolbert 163.976-10.7980
9988ADave Allen 167.045-13.8670
101034Kevin Root 167.045-13.8670
Heat 4 Results
POSStartCarDriverTimeDifferencePoints
1183XTim Sears Jr156.5840.0005
223Justin Haers 157.967-1.3834
3388Mat Williamson 158.878-2.2943
4442PPat Ward 160.751-4.1672
5725RErick Rudolph 161.055-4.4711
6512Darren Smith 162.899-6.3150
797STorrey Stoughtenger 164.986-8.4020
86132Dalton Martin 145.96410.6200
9827JRDaniel Johnson 145.96410.6200
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
18+79SMatt Sheppard 00.0000Running5$0
21-115Todd Root 00.0000Running0$0
311+839CKyle Coffey 00.0000Running0$0
417+1335Mike Mahaney 00.0000Running0$0
52-311JJames Sweeting 00.0000Running0$0
616+108HMax McLaughlin 00.0000Running0$0
76-115XJustin Stone 00.0000Running0$0
819+1198HJimmy Phelps 00.0000Running0$0
95-484YAlex Yankowski 00.0000Running0$0
103-77ZZachary Payne 00.0000Running0$0
1113+229Matt Caprara 00.0000Running0$0
124-899LLarry Wight 00.0000Running0$0
1314+134AAnthony Perrego 00.0000Running0$0
1418+422Tanner Van Dohren 00.0000Running0$0
1512-314CG Morey 00.0000Running0$0
167-9215Adam Pierson 00.0000Running0$0
1715-219WJustin Wright 00.0000Running0$0
1810-854Steve Bernard 00.0000Running0$0
199-105HChris Hile 00.0000Running0$0
Hard Charger: Mike Mahaney
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
112+112Jack Lehner 00.0000Running0$0
29+783XTim Sears Jr0-0.0390Running0$0
310+719Tim Fuller 0-0.0450Running0$0
417+133Justin Haers 0-0.0460Running0$0
53-270AAlex Payne 0-0.0640Running0$0
61-588Mat Williamson 0-0.0740Running0$0
77091Felix Roy 0-0.1680Running0$0
815+742PPat Ward 0-0.2160Running0$0
916+717Marcus Dinkins 0-0.2440Running0$0
102-812Darren Smith 0-0.2580Running0$0
1111014JAlan Johnson 0-0.2810Running0$0
125-7132Dalton Martin 0-0.2960Running0$0
13130C3Chas Wolbert 0-0.3780Running0$0
1414025RErick Rudolph 0-0.3870Running0$0
1518+327JDanny Johnson 0-0.3930Running0$0
164-1227JRDaniel Johnson 0-0.4080Running0$0
178-988ADave Allen 0-0.9740Running0$0
1819+17STorrey Stoughtenger 0-0.9740DNF0$0
196-1334Kevin Root 0-0.9740DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Justin Haers
Hot Laps 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
18+79SMatt Sheppard 00.0000Running0$0
219+1798HJimmy Phelps 0-0.1660Running0$0
37+4215Adam Pierson 0-0.2020Running0$0
413+929Matt Caprara 0-0.2070Running0$0
511+639CKyle Coffey 0-0.2310Running0$0
61-515Todd Root 0-0.2450Running0$0
74-399LLarry Wight 0-0.2560Running0$0
814+634AAnthony Perrego 0-0.2580Running0$0
916+78HMax McLaughlin 0-0.2640Running0$0
109-15HChris Hile 0-0.2640Running0$0
1117+635Mike Mahaney 0-0.3230Running0$0
126-615XJustin Stone 0-0.3920Running0$0
1312-114CG Morey 0-0.4400Running0$0
143-117ZZachary Payne 0-0.4800Running0$0
1518+322Tanner Van Dohren 0-0.5180Running0$0
165-1184YAlex Yankowski 0-0.5230Running0$0
1715-219WJustin Wright 0-0.6900Running0$0
1810-854Steve Bernard 0-0.9380Running0$0
192-1711JJames Sweeting 0-1.0490Running0$0
Hard Charger: Jimmy Phelps
Hot Laps 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+270AAlex Payne 00.0000Running0$0
210+819Tim Fuller 0-0.1950Running0$0
31-288Mat Williamson 0-0.2090Running0$0
45+1132Dalton Martin 0-0.3180Running0$0
59+483XTim Sears Jr0-0.3330Running0$0
612+62Jack Lehner 0-0.3470Running0$0
72-512Darren Smith 0-0.3620Running0$0
84-427JRDaniel Johnson 0-0.4140Running0$0
914+525RErick Rudolph 0-0.4290Running0$0
106-434Kevin Root 0-0.4640Running0$0
1111014JAlan Johnson 0-0.4980Running0$0
1215+342PPat Ward 0-0.5360Running0$0
1317+43Justin Haers 0-0.5410Running0$0
147-791Felix Roy 0-0.5620Running0$0
1516+117Marcus Dinkins 0-0.5630Running0$0
1618+227JDanny Johnson 0-0.5720Running0$0
1713-4C3Chas Wolbert 0-0.7990Running0$0
188-1088ADave Allen 0-0.9540Running0$0
191907STorrey Stoughtenger 0-1.0900Running0$0
Hard Charger: Tim Fuller
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Super DIRTcar Series SummerFAST
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Land of Legends Raceway
2820 County Road 10
Canandaigua, New York 14424 

Event Description
3-day Summer Spectacular featuring the Super DIRTcar Series with the DIRTcar Pro Stock and Sportsman Series at DIRTcar flagship facilities including Brewerton Speedway, Fulton Speedway and the Land of Legends Raceway.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Sportsman Series

To Win Amount
$7,500.00

Event Schedule
2pm Pit Gates Open
5pm Grandstands Open
6pm Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30pm Racing
*All times Eastern

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Sportsman Series

To Win Amount
$7,500.00

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

Track Info  

Land of Legends Raceway
2820 County Road 10
Canandaigua, New York 14424 

Track Phone
(585) 412-9258

Ticket Phone
(585) 412-9258

Track Email
info@landoflegendsraceway.com

Track Type
0.500; super fast clay oval

Closest Airport
Rochester (Canandaigua has a small airport)

Other Airport
Syracuse

Pit Gate Location
Off County Road 10

Track Map
Competitor Info