Selinsgrove, Penn. – When the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco hits the ground running at the Selinsgrove (Penn.) Speedway it will do so with some true stars of the sport helping the event achieve it’s luster. Billy Dunn of Watertown, N.Y., and Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., are set to lead some of the heavyweights into battle at the fast Pennsylvania half-mile.
“We’re looking forward to it,” offered Dunn, driver of the Frosty’s Ice Cream Bicknell machine. “Selinsgrove is the type of race track I enjoy. It has big speed and I’ve been successful at places like that. We intend to run as many of the Race of Champions events as we possibly can. It’s a great series for teams like ours, that are family-owned without a huge budget and we can’t wait to roll out of the box at Selinsgrove and see what we can do.”
“Our team is family based,” explained Dunn. “It’s my dad, his brother and some of my friends and family members making this all happen. It can be challenging for all of us at times, but we’ll be up for the task when it gets down to it.”
Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., who has established himself as a winner anywhere, anytime, will come into the event behind the wheel of Norm Hansell’s potent 357. Sheppard stood in Victory Lane at Selinsgrove once before in 2010 and knows what it takes to get the job done.
“It’s going to be fast and you’re going to have to bring your best game to this race,” stated Sheppard. “You have to be on it everywhere these days with the caliber of competition, but when you get to a place like Selinsgrove it ramps up because of how demanding the competition is and the speed on the track. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. There are some changes that we have and some decisions that will play into our strategy on how we approach the day at Selinsgrove. We’re looking forward to getting the season rolling up here after our trip to Volusia.”
Ransomville’s Erick Rudolph, fresh of his indoor series win at the Battle of Trenton, and a host of others will join the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series at Selinsgrove as the first event of the season on Hoosier Tires. This gives competitors an opportunity to put their mounts to work for the first time and build their notebooks for the exciting 2016 season. There has been a wide range of interest from all over the Modified including star drivers like Brett Hearn and Mike Mahaney, who may be in attendance when the lid lifter takes to the track.
The ‘Icebreaker 40’ is scheduled to kick off the season for the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series at 2:00 pm with a large contingent of drivers scheduled to be in attendance for the Pennsylvania Modified opener. Several other travelers will make the trek to the spacious half-mile to test their talents against each other in the traditional Pennsylvania opener.
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The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 66th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2016 and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
-Race of Champions Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com