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

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For more information, call the track at (518) 794-9606

Event Info

Mr. DIRT Track USA
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

Big Block Modified Track Record
19.236 sec. set by Brett Hearn on Sept. 1, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions
Track Info
Track Phone
(518) 794-9606

Big Block Modified Track Record
19.236 sec. set by Brett Hearn on Sept. 1, 2016

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
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]

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
Heat 1 Results
1109SMatt Sheppard Waterloo, NY0.0005
22084YAlex Yankowski Covington Township, PA-1.9104
33098Eddie Marshall Pound Ridge, NY-3.9503
48+435Mike Mahaney Kings Ferry, NY-5.9592
54-188Mat Williamson St. Catharines, ON-6.6261
65-145Wayne Jelley Pittsfield, MA-8.2460
7708HMax McLaughlin Mooresville, NC-8.5470
86-215XJustin Stone Middlebury, VT-1 Laps0
99054Steve Bernard Granby, QC-8 Laps0
Heat 2 Results
1109Marc Johnson Guilderland, NY0.0005
24+243Keith Flach Ravena, NY-2.4314
33011AKyle Armstrong New Milford, CT-4.3923
42-212Darren Smith Binghamton, NY-5.0762
56+1115Kenny Tremont JrWest Sand Lake, NY-6.0201
67+199LLarry Wight Fulton, NY-7.1360
75-233Brandon Lane terryville, CT-7.6510
88014CG Morey Rutland, VT-8.4040
Heat 3 Results
11091DBilly Decker Unadilla, NY0.0005
22083XTim Sears JrCentral Square, NY-2.0004
34+1215Adam Pierson East Corinth, VT-2.9633
43-174VJohn Virgilio Pittsfield, MA-3.8322
56+12Jack Lehner Saratoga Springs, NY-5.9081
65-15HChris Hile Oswego, NY-8.2580
77017Marcus Dinkins Watkins Glen, NY-11.9560
88043KKenny Aanonsen JrEast Greenbush, NY-14.3750
99055HBrett Haas Pittsfield, MA-8 Laps0
Heat 4 Results
11060Brian Berger Castleton, NY0.0005
2204Andy Bachetti Sheffield, MA-0.4874
33074JR Heffner Valatie, NY-1.9033
46+299Kolby Schroder Staatsburg, NY-3.1352
54-198HJimmy Phelps Baldwinsville, NY-3.6731
65-135LL.J. Lombardo Danbury, CT-4.6950
77091Felix Roy Napierville, QC-5.2570
88055Mike King Nassau, NY-7.6940
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
179SMatt Sheppard 20.3150.0005
2109Marc Johnson 20.386-0.0710
3484YAlex Yankowski 20.607-0.2920
41712Darren Smith 20.618-0.3030
5198Eddie Marshall 20.629-0.3140
6811AKyle Armstrong 20.662-0.3470
7988Mat Williamson 20.694-0.3790
8543Keith Flach 20.744-0.4290
91445Wayne Jelley 20.771-0.4560
10233Brandon Lane 20.775-0.4600
111215XJustin Stone 20.825-0.5100
123115Kenny Tremont Jr20.869-0.5540
13168HMax McLaughlin 20.882-0.5670
141399LLarry Wight 20.887-0.5720
151135Mike Mahaney 20.942-0.6270
161514CG Morey 21.028-0.7130
17654Steve Bernard 21.028-0.7130
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1891DBilly Decker 20.5080.0000
2460Brian Berger 20.521-0.0130
31583XTim Sears Jr20.548-0.0400
464Andy Bachetti 20.556-0.0480
51774VJohn Virgilio 20.605-0.0970
61274JR Heffner 20.612-0.1040
75215Adam Pierson 20.626-0.1180
81498HJimmy Phelps 20.631-0.1230
995HChris Hile 20.723-0.2150
10135LL.J. Lombardo 20.732-0.2240
11132Jack Lehner 20.758-0.2500
12399Kolby Schroder 20.985-0.4770
131017Marcus Dinkins 21.215-0.7070
141191Felix Roy 21.249-0.7410
15743KKenny Aanonsen Jr21.461-0.9530
161655Mike King 21.524-1.0160
17255HBrett Haas 0.00020.5080
Hot Laps 1 Results
1168HMax McLaughlin 20.4770.0000
21712Darren Smith 20.479-0.0020
3543Keith Flach 20.556-0.0790
4484YAlex Yankowski 20.623-0.1460
579SMatt Sheppard 20.653-0.1760
61399LLarry Wight 20.737-0.2600
7109Marc Johnson 20.744-0.2670
8988Mat Williamson 20.745-0.2680
9233Brandon Lane 20.754-0.2770
10811AKyle Armstrong 20.897-0.4200
113115Kenny Tremont Jr20.899-0.4220
121135Mike Mahaney 20.968-0.4910
131445Wayne Jelley 20.996-0.5190
14198Eddie Marshall 21.037-0.5600
15654Steve Bernard 21.064-0.5870
161514CG Morey 21.586-1.1090
171215XJustin Stone 21.590-1.1130
Hot Laps 2 Results
1891DBilly Decker 20.4640.0000
2460Brian Berger 20.494-0.0300
31274JR Heffner 20.563-0.0990
4399Kolby Schroder 20.580-0.1160
564Andy Bachetti 20.609-0.1450
695HChris Hile 20.613-0.1490
71498HJimmy Phelps 20.640-0.1760
8132Jack Lehner 20.695-0.2310
91583XTim Sears Jr20.724-0.2600
101774VJohn Virgilio 20.733-0.2690
115215Adam Pierson 20.735-0.2710
121191Felix Roy 20.813-0.3490
13135LL.J. Lombardo 21.071-0.6070
141017Marcus Dinkins 21.136-0.6720
151655Mike King 21.694-1.2300
16743KKenny Aanonsen Jr21.814-1.3500
17255HBrett Haas 21.814-1.3500
Redraw Order Results