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Mr. DIRT Track USA
Lebanon Valley Speedway | West Lebanon, New York
Saturday, September 02, 2023
Race Recap  

KING OF LEBANON: Andy Bachetti Scores Third Straight Mr. DIRT Track title

Bachetti leads from green to checkers to net $15,500 payday; Kenny Tremont Jr. closes out Lebanon Valley career

With all eyes watching, anticipating a potential repeat, Andy Bachetti leaned into the pressure and scored his third straight Mr. DIRT Track USA title at Lebanon Valley Speedway Saturday night.

The five-time and defending Mr. DIRT Track USA champion led the entirety of the 100-lap matchup, largely aided by his front row starting spot.

After drawing the SRI Performance/Stock Car Steel Pole Award, the six-time Big Block track champion lined up on the front row, ready to do what he’d done so many times before.

Bachetti bolted out in front at the drop of the green flag, with Kyle Armstrong, Billy Decker, and Matt Sheppard following successively behind him. He earned himself a comfortable lead out in front after the first 20 laps, while Decker and Sheppard battled for second position.

On the first restart of the race on Lap 25, Sheppard rocketed out in front of Decker to move into second place while Decker dropped back to third. The next challenge for the defending Series champion was to see if his #9s machine had enough juice to catch Bachetti out in front on the 1/2-mile track.

The competition slowed down on two more cautions, one on Lap 28 and one on Lap 53, slowing Bachetti’s momentum and giving Sheppard a chance to make a play. But Bachetti would have none of it, and fired hard on the restarts, remaining in the lead.

As the laps ticked down, and tire durability in question due to the high lap count, lapped traffic seemed the only blockade that could stop Bachetti from driving his way to Victory Lane.

The two front runners navigated their way through the traffic with 20 laps to go, with Bachettirunning high on the outside and Sheppard running towards the middle. Neither faltered, finding their way through the field, remaining equal in their standing.

Holding strong until the end in front of his home crowd, Bachetti drove his #4 machine to victory, scoring the $15,500 payday and securing himself a starting spot at Super DIRT Week 51. Sheppard held on to finish in second for the seventh time this season.

“It feels awesome (winning the event three times in a row),” Bachetti said. “You can’t sneeze at that. Especially with the company of guys that come here and race. I mean, just your locals are really, really good here. To be able to do that three times is pretty awesome.”

Sheppard was happy with how his car performed on the restarts but lamented not having some extra power to take over the lead.

“This thing was a rocket ship on restarts,” Sheppard said. “Restarts are a big part of it…I didn’t have quite enough to get by Andy (Bachetti),” Sheppard said. “I kinda followed him at about the same speed for about 75 laps or so, and every time I thought maybe I could do something, I just couldn’t. We were too equal.”

Behind them, Decker had been following behind in third place, battling to stay in the top three. On the final restart of the race, the Hall of Famer abruptly turned into the pits with mechanical issues, moving fourth place runner JR Heffner up one spot. Decker did not return to the track.

The weekly Lebanon Valley contender ran strong for the remaining 42 laps, finishing in third to round out the podium.

“We were just a little off for the Feature and it kept us in the third and fourth range,” Heffner said. “Overall, we just put this car together this week and I couldn’t be happier for finishing third.”

Adam Pierson finished in fourth place, his third top-five finish of the season, and Eddie Marshall finished in fifth.

Fourteen-time Big Block track champion Kenny Tremont Jr. competed for the last time of his storied career at Lebanon Valley, finishing in 17th place. Tremont Jr. will retire at after the Malta Massive Weekend at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in September.

UP NEXT: The Super DIRTcar Series Big Blocks will travel to Weedsport Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 10, for a 100-lap, $10,000-to-win, Super DIRT Week 51 qualifier.

Mr DIRT Track USA 100 
1. 4-Andy Bachetti[1]; 2. 9S-Matt Sheppard[5]; 3. 74-JR Heffner[4]; 4. 215-Adam Pierson[9]; 5. 98-Eddie Marshall[7]; 6. 43-Keith Flach[8]; 7. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[11]; 8. 74V-John Virgilio[15]; 9. 35L-LJ Lombardo[23]; 10. 11A-Kyle Armstrong[2]; 11. 2-Jack Lehner[19]; 12. 35-Mike Mahaney[13]; 13. 99-Kolby Schroder[16]; 14. 84Y-Alex Yankowski[12]; 15. 8H-Max McLaughlin[27]; 16. 88-Mat Williamson[17]; 17. 115-Kenny Tremont Jr[18]; 18. 9-Marc Johnson[10]; 19. 99L-Larry Wight[22]; 20. 5H-Chris Hile[24]; 21. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[20]; 22. 12-Darren Smith[14]; 23. 91-Felix Roy[26]; 24. 33-Brandon Lane[25]; 25. (DNF) 91D-Billy Decker[3]; 26. (DNF) 45-Wayne Jelley[21]; 27. (DNF) 60-Brian Berger[6]; 28. (DNF) 17-Marcus Dinkins[28]

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Feature Results
1104Andy Bachetti 1000.000100Running150$15,500
25+39SMatt Sheppard 100-0.6830Running146$6,000
34+174JR Heffner 100-5.8550Running144$3,500
49+5215Adam Pierson 100-6.5870Running142$2,000
57+298Eddie Marshall 100-7.3180Running140$1,700
68+243Keith Flach 100-8.1900Running138$1,500
711+483XTim Sears Jr100-8.3150Running136$1,400
815+774VJohn Virgilio 100-12.4850Running134$1,300
923+1435LL.J. Lombardo 100-13.6570Running132$1,200
102-811AKyle Armstrong 100-14.9630Running130$1,100
1119+82Jack Lehner 100-15.2780Running128$1,000
1213+135Mike Mahaney 100-17.3600Running126$1,000
1316+399Kolby Schroder 100-17.4060Running124$1,000
1412-284YAlex Yankowski 100-18.5820Running122$1,000
1527+128HMax McLaughlin 100-19.3790Running120$1,000
1617+188Mat Williamson 100-20.0710Running118$1,000
1718+1115Kenny Tremont Jr100-20.2580Running116$1,000
1810-89Marc Johnson 100-21.7160Running114$1,000
1922+399LLarry Wight 99-1 Laps0Running112$1,000
2024+45HChris Hile 99-1 Laps0Running110$1,000
2120-198HJimmy Phelps 99-1 Laps0Running108$1,000
2214-812Darren Smith 99-1 Laps0Running106$1,000
2326+391Felix Roy 99-1 Laps0Running104$1,000
2425+133Brandon Lane 97-3 Laps0Running102$1,000
253-2291DBilly Decker 57-43 Laps0DNF102$1,000
2621-545Wayne Jelley 27-73 Laps0DNF102$1,000
276-2160Brian Berger 22-78 Laps0DNF102$1,000
2828017Marcus Dinkins 1-99 Laps0DNF102$1,000
Hard Charger: L.J. Lombardo
Last Chance Showdown Results
11045Wayne Jelley 100.00010Running0$0
22099LLarry Wight 10-1.3440Running0$0
34+135LL.J. Lombardo 10-1.9220Running0$0
43-15HChris Hile 10-3.3510Running0$0
56+133Brandon Lane 10-4.3490Running0$0
68+291Felix Roy 10-7.0940Running0$0
77017Marcus Dinkins 10-7.7470Running0$0
810+214CG Morey 10-8.0420Running0$0
912+355Mike King 10-9.4260Running0$0
1013+354Steve Bernard 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
1111043KKenny Aanonsen Jr0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
125-78HMax McLaughlin 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
139-415XJustin Stone 0-10 Laps0DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Mike King
Heat 1 Results
119SMatt Sheppard 168.9540.0005
2284YAlex Yankowski 170.864-1.9104
3398Eddie Marshall 172.904-3.9503
4835Mike Mahaney 174.913-5.9592
5488Mat Williamson 175.580-6.6261
6545Wayne Jelley 177.200-8.2460
778HMax McLaughlin 177.501-8.5470
8615XJustin Stone 158.30810.6460
9954Steve Bernard 158.30810.6460
Heat 2 Results
119Marc Johnson 167.8000.0005
2443Keith Flach 170.231-2.4314
3311AKyle Armstrong 172.192-4.3923
4212Darren Smith 172.876-5.0762
56115Kenny Tremont Jr173.820-6.0201
6799LLarry Wight 174.936-7.1360
7533Brandon Lane 175.451-7.6510
8814CG Morey 176.204-8.4040
Heat 3 Results
1191DBilly Decker 167.7410.0005
2283XTim Sears Jr169.741-2.0004
34215Adam Pierson 170.704-2.9633
4374VJohn Virgilio 171.573-3.8322
562Jack Lehner 173.649-5.9081
655HChris Hile 175.999-8.2580
7717Marcus Dinkins 179.697-11.9560
8843KKenny Aanonsen Jr182.116-14.3750
9955HBrett Haas 0.000167.7410
Heat 4 Results
1160Brian Berger 169.9100.0005
224Andy Bachetti 170.397-0.4874
3374JR Heffner 171.813-1.9033
4699Kolby Schroder 173.045-3.1352
5498HJimmy Phelps 173.583-3.6731
6535LL.J. Lombardo 174.605-4.6950
7791Felix Roy 175.167-5.2570
8855Mike King 177.604-7.6940
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
17+69SMatt Sheppard 00.0000Running5$0
210+89Marc Johnson 0-0.0710Running0$0
34+184YAlex Yankowski 0-0.2920Running0$0
417+1312Darren Smith 0-0.3030Running0$0
51-498Eddie Marshall 0-0.3140Running0$0
68+211AKyle Armstrong 0-0.3470Running0$0
79+288Mat Williamson 0-0.3790Running0$0
85-343Keith Flach 0-0.4290Running0$0
914+545Wayne Jelley 0-0.4560Running0$0
102-833Brandon Lane 0-0.4600Running0$0
1112+115XJustin Stone 0-0.5100Running0$0
123-9115Kenny Tremont Jr0-0.5540Running0$0
1316+38HMax McLaughlin 0-0.5670Running0$0
1413-199LLarry Wight 0-0.5720Running0$0
1511-435Mike Mahaney 0-0.6270Running0$0
1615-114CG Morey 0-0.7130Running0$0
176-1154Steve Bernard 0-0.7130Running0$0
Hard Charger: Darren Smith
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
18+791DBilly Decker 00.0000Running0$0
24+260Brian Berger 0-0.0130Running0$0
315+1283XTim Sears Jr0-0.0400Running0$0
46+24Andy Bachetti 0-0.0480Running0$0
517+1274VJohn Virgilio 0-0.0970Running0$0
612+674JR Heffner 0-0.1040Running0$0
75-2215Adam Pierson 0-0.1180Running0$0
814+698HJimmy Phelps 0-0.1230Running0$0
9905HChris Hile 0-0.2150Running0$0
101-935LL.J. Lombardo 0-0.2240Running0$0
1113+22Jack Lehner 0-0.2500Running0$0
123-999Kolby Schroder 0-0.4770Running0$0
1310-317Marcus Dinkins 0-0.7070Running0$0
1411-391Felix Roy 0-0.7410Running0$0
157-843KKenny Aanonsen Jr0-0.9530Running0$0
1616055Mike King 0-1.0160Running0$0
172-1555HBrett Haas 020.5080DNS0$0
Hard Charger: Tim Sears Jr
Hot Laps 1 Results
116+158HMax McLaughlin 00.0000Running0$0
217+1512Darren Smith 0-0.0020Running0$0
35+243Keith Flach 0-0.0790Running0$0
44084YAlex Yankowski 0-0.1460Running0$0
57+29SMatt Sheppard 0-0.1760Running0$0
613+799LLarry Wight 0-0.2600Running0$0
710+39Marc Johnson 0-0.2670Running0$0
89+188Mat Williamson 0-0.2680Running0$0
92-733Brandon Lane 0-0.2770Running0$0
108-211AKyle Armstrong 0-0.4200Running0$0
113-8115Kenny Tremont Jr0-0.4220Running0$0
1211-135Mike Mahaney 0-0.4910Running0$0
1314+145Wayne Jelley 0-0.5190Running0$0
141-1398Eddie Marshall 0-0.5600Running0$0
156-954Steve Bernard 0-0.5870Running0$0
1615-114CG Morey 0-1.1090Running0$0
1712-515XJustin Stone 0-1.1130Running0$0
Hard Charger: Max McLaughlin
Hot Laps 2 Results
18+791DBilly Decker 00.0000Running0$0
24+260Brian Berger 0-0.0300Running0$0
312+974JR Heffner 0-0.0990Running0$0
43-199Kolby Schroder 0-0.1160Running0$0
56+14Andy Bachetti 0-0.1450Running0$0
69+35HChris Hile 0-0.1490Running0$0
714+798HJimmy Phelps 0-0.1760Running0$0
813+52Jack Lehner 0-0.2310Running0$0
915+683XTim Sears Jr0-0.2600Running0$0
1017+774VJohn Virgilio 0-0.2690Running0$0
115-6215Adam Pierson 0-0.2710Running0$0
1211-191Felix Roy 0-0.3490Running0$0
131-1235LL.J. Lombardo 0-0.6070Running0$0
1410-417Marcus Dinkins 0-0.6720Running0$0
1516+155Mike King 0-1.2300Running0$0
167-943KKenny Aanonsen Jr0-1.3500Running0$0
172-1555HBrett Haas 0-1.3500DNS0$0
Hard Charger: JR Heffner
Redraw Order Results
18+74Andy Bachetti 00.0000Running0$0
210+811AKyle Armstrong 00.0000Running0$0
33091DBilly Decker 00.0000Running0$0
412+874JR Heffner 00.0000Running0$0
51-49SMatt Sheppard 00.0000Running0$0
64-260Brian Berger 00.0000Running0$0
79+298Eddie Marshall 00.0000Running0$0
86-243Keith Flach 00.0000Running0$0
911+2215Adam Pierson 00.0000Running0$0
102-89Marc Johnson 00.0000Running0$0
117-483XTim Sears Jr00.0000Running0$0
125-784YAlex Yankowski 00.0000Running0$0
Hard Charger: Kyle Armstrong
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Event Info  

Mr. DIRT Track USA
Saturday, September 02, 2023
Lebanon Valley Speedway
1746 Hwy 20
West Lebanon, New York 12195 

Event Description
The first of the final three qualifying races - all in September - for the 51st running of the Super DIRT Week. This time at Lebanon Valley Speedway, the big blocks go one lap longer in the 101-lap feature.

Series Racing
Super DIRTcar Series

Event Schedule
3 p.m. Pit Gates Open
4 p.m. Grandstands Gates Open
6 p.m. Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow
*All times Eastern

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Track Info  

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

Track Phone
(518) 794-9606

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