Matt Sheppard’s competitors threw everything they could at him throughout Friday night’s 40-lap feature at the World Finals, but on this night “Super Matt” had no kryptonite as he set the Super DIRTcar Series single-season win record.

 

After the first 32 laps at The Dirt Track at Charlotte went green, a rash of cautions hit the final eight laps.  Sheppard dealt with restart after restart, but was able to fend off every challenge that was thrown at him by Justin Haers.

 

Dirt Mods 300x300 (1)Sheppard was half a lap away from the win when the caution flag waved for the final time.  That gave Haers one last shot at Sheppard on the restart.

 

“I felt like I was in a good rhythm and was rolling along pretty good,” Sheppard said.  “I really did not want to see that yellow on lap 39.”

 

Sheppard took the inside line for the restart with Haers to his outside.  Sheppard jumped on the throttle as soon as he hit the restart line and was clear to the lead before they even reached the start/finish line.

 

That was all Sheppard needed as he powered away from Haers and Billy Decker over the final two laps.

 

“This car was awesome,” said Sheppard in victory lane.  “It’s been awesome since we got here.  We haven’t touched a thing on it.  When you’ve got a car that good it makes my life easy.”

 

"Super Matt" was victorious for a record-setting 11th time this season. (Speed51.com/Daryl Canfield photo)

“Super Matt” was victorious for a record-setting 11th time this season. (Speed51.com/Daryl Canfield photo)

Sheppard entered the World Finals weekend with 10 wins in Super DIRTcar Series competiton.  That had him tied with Brett Hearn and Billy Decker for the single-season win record.  Now Sheppard stands alone in the record books as the single-season win leader with 11 and a chance to extend the record on Saturday night.

 

“That’s unbelievable,” Sheppard said as the Superman theme song played over The Dirt Track’s speakers.  “We started our own team in the winter and to come out and have a record-breaking season like this, I never would have dreamed it.”

 

The win was the 46th Super DIRTcar Series win of Sheppard’s career and it clinched him his fifth Super DIRTcar Series championship.

 

But while Sheppard has seemingly won everything and everywhere over the last few seasons, the win on Friday night is Sheppard’s first at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

 

“I’m just really excited to finally get a win down here at Charlotte,” Sheppard said.  “I’m excited for the whole crew.  What a dream season.”

 

Justin Haers finished second after winning both of his heat races on Thursday night.  Billy Decker, Pat Ward and Danny Johnson completed the top five.

 

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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com

 

Super DIRTcar Series Friday A-Main

The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, North Carolina

Unofficial Results

Pos # Driver
1 9s Matt   Sheppard
2 3 Justin Haers
3 91 Billy   Decker
4 42p Pat Ward
5 27j Danny   Johnson
6 99l Larry Wight
7 98h Jimmy   Phelps
8 84 Gary Tomkins
9 44 Stewart   Friesen
10 20 Brett Hearn
11 6m Mat   Williamson
12 19 Tim Fuller
13 1 Tyler   Dippel
14 18h Peter Britten
15 O1 Chris   Raabe
16 43h Jimmy Horton
17 43 Keith   Flach
18 19b Brett Kresley
19 5h Chris Hile
20 35 Frank Cozze
21 66m JR McGinley
22 747 Ryan Goodown
23 88m Mike Mahaney
24 25r Erick Rudolph
25 6h Max McLaughlin
26 10h Dave Blaney
27 14w Ryan Watt
28 8 Rich Scagliotta

 

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