WEEDSPORT, NY — A beautiful evening and near capacity crowd welcomed the All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds to Weedsport Speedway on Sunday evening with Carson Macedo and Matt Sheppard reaching Victory Hill, presented by Big Dog Country 103.5FM.
A total of 23 Big Block Modifieds signed into Weedsport on Sunday with Tyler Trump and Larry Wight drawing the front row for the 40-lap, $2,500 to win special.
Trump, piloting a 358-Modified, darted out front at the drop of the green, but soon after Wight took command in his No. 99L drawing Trump with him in a two-car run away early on.
As Wight and Trump set sail in the lead, all eyes were on Sheppard starting from the inside of row four. By lap-4, Sheppard had gone by Ron Davis III for fourth and the crowd knew it was only matter of time before ‘Super’ Matt drew in on the podium positions.
Just three laps later Sheppard rolled by Ward for the third position, with Sheppard being the only car on the speedway rolling the middle of the track with any success at the front.
At the quarter point of the show, Sheppard closed in on Trump for second just as Trump attempted to lap the slower Tim Murphy into turn one. Trump tried to dig even lower but clipped the inside jersey barrier nearly losing control with Sheppard on his back bumper. Fortunately, all three drivers were able to continue on as Wight contined to lead the fray.
Shortly thereafter Sheppard again found the middle portion of the race track to his liking, rolling by Trump for second into turn one on lap-12.
At this point Wight had mounted a 2-second lead on Sheppard with Trump, Ward, Davis III, Brett Hearn, Chris Hile, Alan Johnson, Jimmy Phelps and Danny Varin trailing in the top ten positions.
However, in a matter of just seven laps, Sheppard cut the lead to only .6-seconds at the halfway point of the event and was now looking for the lead in the No. 9S.
On lap-23 Sheppard officially took command with an outside move into turn three and was never again challenged at the point.
Sheppard would go on to win the green-to-checkered 40-lap event, scoring his second Weedsport win of the season, his 20th career victory at The Port, and his 15th overall win of the 2018 season.
Wight, Ward, Trump and Davis III finished the top five with Hearn, Phelps, Hile, Johnson, and Max McLaughlin filling the top ten.
Sheppard, Wight and Hile won Modified heat races.
The next Big Block Modified event at Weedsport Speedway will be the Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100 on Saturday, July 28 as a part of Hall of Fame Weekend.
Carson Macedo dominated the first ever All-Star event to be held at Weedsport, worth $5,000, leaving a terrific battle for second between Paul McMahan and Danny Dietrich.
McMahan would emerge as the runner-up over Dietrich, Aaron Reutzel and Parker Price-Miller in the front five positions.
Greg Hodnett, Tony Stewart, Chad Kemenah, Mike Mahaney and Larry Wight would fill the top ten.
A total of 28 410 Sprint Cars were in the pit area on Sunday.
The next event at Weedsport Speedway will feature the USAC National Sprint Cars with Thunder on the Erie on Tuesday, June 19. The USAC National Sprint’s first ever visit to The Port will see a three-division program along with the Spano Container Sportsman Shootout Series and the NY6A Micro Sprints.
Feature (40-laps): 1. 9S – MATT SHEPPARD, 2. 99L – Larry Wight, 3. 42P – Pat Ward, 4. 9X – Tyler Trump, 5. 32 – Ron Davis III, 6. 20 – Brett Hearn, 7. 98H – Jimmy Phelps, 8. 5H – Chris Hile, 9. 14J – Alan Johnson, 10. 6H – Max McLaughlin, 11. 25 – Erick Rudolph, 12. 93 – Danny Varin, 13. 88 – Mike Mahaney, 14. 16 – Mike Bowman, 15. 19 – Tim Fuller, 16. 3 – Billy Dunn, 17. 19W – Justin Wright, 18. 84 – Gary Tomkins, 19. 07 – Tim Kerr, 20. 23 – Kyle Coffey, 21. 48 – Dave Rauscher, 22. M1 – Tim Murphy, 23. 02 – Roy Bresnahan
-Weedsport Speedway Press Release
-Photo credit: Weedsport Speedway