DIRTcar Northeast Celebrates 2018’s Champions at Annual Banquet

Matt Sheppard, Larry Wight, Kevin Root, and Jocelyn Roy Receive Championship Awards in Front of Packed House

SYRACUSE, NY – November 19, 2018 – The DIRTcar Northeast racing family gathered together in Central New York to celebrate a year full of incredible racing accomplishments. For the seventh time, Matt Sheppard was called to the stage to receive the award for the Super DIRTcar Series Championship. For the first time in his career, Billy Whittaker Cars 200 winner, Larry Wight took home the 358 Modified Championship after his third-place finish in the season finale at Brockville Ontario Speedway. Sportsman Modified Champion Kevin Root and his family highlighted the ceremony with an emotional victory speech, as did Joycelyn Roy’s acceptance of the Pro Stock Championship award.

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Matt Sheppard Takes Seventh Super DIRTcar Series Championship, Tim Fuller Wins at World Finals

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Tim Fuller Stuns the 2018 Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard with Late Race Pass for Win

CONCORD, NC – November 3, 2018 – Tim Fuller of Watertown, NY won the battle and Matt Sheppard won the war. With just a handful of laps the 2018 Mohawk International Speedway Champion tracked Sheppard down and made the pass for the World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by Cam-Am 40-lap Feature win. Matt Sheppard crossed the finish line second as the newly crowned 2018 Super DIRTcar Series Champion. The Franklinville Flyer Billy Decker was a threat at the front of the field, but had to settle for third. That rounds out the final chapter in the 2018 Super DIRTcar Series season.

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Matt Sheppard Triumphs in Duel at the Demon

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Championship Points Leader Matt Sheppard Wins 100-lap Feature at Brewerton Speedway

BREWERTON, NY – September 14, 2018 – A driver’s fate in dirt racing is often decided by a thin membrane of rubber, a drop of racing fuel, or even one final lap. As fate would have it, Matt Sheppard made the winning moving on the very last lap over Pat Ward, who had galloped away from the field most of the night at Brewerton Speedway. Sheppard motored his no. 9s Big-Block Modified into turn 3, beneath the lapped traffic, and swept passed Ward, who had been held up by the traffic. The amazed crowd watched as Sheppard, who started from position 9, slowly but surely worked his way up to the top 3. Pat Ward, while disappointed not to come home with the win, finished second after leading the most laps. In third place was young gun Tim Sears Jr, who battled wheel-to-wheel with some of the best in Big-Block Modified racing to stand on the podium.

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BREWERTON, NY – September 14, 2018 – A driver’s fate in dirt racing is often decided by a thin membrane of rubber, a drop of racing fuel, or one final lap. Tonight, Matt Sheppard made the winning difference on the very last lap over Pat Ward, who galloped away from the field most of the night. Sheppard motored his no. 9s Big-Block Modified out of turn four and swept passed Ward, who had become mired in lapped traffic. The crowd was stunned as Sheppard, who started in position 9, slowly but surely worked his way up to the top 3. Pat Ward, while disappointed not to come home with the win, finished second after leading most of the laps. In third place was young gun Tim Sears Jr, who battled wheel-to-wheel with some of the best in Big-Block Modified racing to stand on the podium.

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Matt Sheppard Triumphs in Clash with Stewart Friesen

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DRUMMONDVILLE, QC – July 24, 2018 – It was a clash of the titans once again as Super Matt Sheppard passed and held off Stewart Friesen to win the Racing Stock 100 at Autodrome Drummond. The pair of superstars swapped positions from the previous night’s race at Autodrome Granby, where Friesen won and Sheppard took second place. The 4/10 of a mile race track in Drummondville, Quebec featured a tremendous amount of passing throughout the entire field. The running order was constantly in flux as drivers searched high and low for a fast way around. But in the end Matt Sheppard’s smooth, easy, high line on the cushion proved to be the fastest line of them all. Erick Rudolph grabbed third for the second night in a row as well.

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Sheppard Torches Field at Cornwall

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Super Matt Sheppard Wins O’Canada 100 on a Hot Night at Cornwall Motor Speedway

CORNWALL, ONT – July 1, 2018 – Matt Sheppard willed his way to the front of the pack to win the Super DIRTcar Series O’Canada 100 over hometown heroes Chris Raabe and Kyle Ringwall. Sheppard swept the night but did not start on the pole. He took the Billy Whitaker Cars & Trux Fast-Time award, won his Heat Race, but then in the redraw, picked position seven. At the drop of the green flag, Sheppard was immediately on the gas and going to the front. On his way to the the top, the no.9s had to dispatch Series stars Brett Hearn and Erick Rudolph. But it would be the hometown heroes like Chris Raabe who pressured and fought Sheppard for the lead to no avail.

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Matt Sheppard Dominates at Brewerton Speedway

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Matt Sheppard Goes the Distance to win the Super DIRTcar Series Showdown at Sundown 100

CONCORD, NC – June 15, 2018 – Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Super Matt Sheppard has officially picked up where he left off last season. Sheppard put Big-Block Modified drivers everywhere on notice, after a dominating green-to-checkered flag, 100-lap victory. A full third of the field watched the no. 9s streak by as he lapped up to position 10. Sheppard was quick in Time Trials and narrowly scored a Heat Race win over veteran Brett Hearn. The no. 9s pilot then picked the pole position in the Dig Safely 811 Redraw. Only two cautions slowed the action and Sheppard was able to fend off two Deckers and a Phelps in his wire to wire win.

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Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard Makes his Mark on 2018 with a DIRTcar Nationals Victory

Defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard Makes his Mark on 2018 with a DIRTcar Nationals Victory

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 16, 2018 – Super Matt Sheppard started the third Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified DIRTcar Nationals Feature in third but wasted no time positioning himself in pole-sitter Danny Johnson’s tire tracks. Johnson lead the field for the first 17 laps until he caught up to lapped traffic. Johnson attempted to make a pass on the high-side. Unfortunately for the no. 27j, he slid up and Sheppard made the best of the opportunity and set sail en route to his first victory of 2018 season.

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