Super DIRTcar Series – Weedsport Speedway – 9/5/16

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Matt Sheppard started in lucky position #9 and took his FXCaprara #9s to victory lane in tonight’s 100-lap Super DIRTcar Series event at the Weedsport Speedway. (Speed51.com/MoJo Photos)

 

The Finish: 

1) 9s Matt Sheppard

2) 27j Danny Johnson

3) 19 Tim Fuller

4) 14j Alan Johnson

5) 25r Erick Rudolph

6) 35 Frank Cozze

7) 20 Brett Hearn

8) 8r Rob Bellinger

9) 99L Larry Wight

10) 18h Peter Britten

11) 99 Ryan Phelps

12) 6h Max McLaughlin

13) 5h Chris Hile

14) 98h Jimmy Phelps

15) 32c Vic Coffey

16) 63 Adam Roberts

17) 3 Justin Haers

18) 42p Pat Ward

19) 43 Keith Flach

20) 44 Stewart Friesen

21) 7m Michael Maresca

22) 8 Rich Scagliotta

23) 34 Andrew Ferguson

24) 02 Roy Bresnahan

25) 3b Chad Brachman

26) 6m Mat Williamson

27) X Chad Phelps

28) 33m Mike Mahaney

29) 49 Billy Dunn

30) 91 Billy Decker

 

The Skinny: 

     Erick Rudolph and Tim Fuller led the Super DIRTcar field of 30 modifieds to the green flag for 100 laps of door to door action.  The first caution of the race would come out on lap 8 for Larry Wight, he would continue.  After the restart the action was intense at the front of the field as Danny Johnson and Tim Fuller put on a great battle for the race lead with “The Doctor” taking control of the event.  On lap 22, the field would be slowed for the second time for the 91 of Billy Decker who would retire from the event and finish a dismal 30th position.  The race would then have a nice green flag run until lap 49 when Mike Mahaney brought out the third yellow flag of the event.

Matt Sheppard had pulled into the #2 slot and was ready to challenge Danny Johnson for the lead.  Johnson and Sheppard would put on a driving clinic quickly moving through lapped traffic until lap 85 when Sheppard saw an opportunity and capitalized, passing Johnson for the race lead.  “Super” Matt Sheppard would go on to claim the 100 lap victory over Danny Johnson, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson, and Erick Rudolph rounding out the top 5 finishers.

 

Winning Crew Chief: 

Jay Thomas

 

Winning Chassis: 

Bicknell Racing Products Chassis

 

Winning Shocks:

Integra Racing Shocks

 

Winning Engine:

C.C. Performance Racing Engines

 

On the Move:

Guys on the move in tonight’s 100-Lap Super DIRTcar Modified feature included Vic Coffey who started 28th and finished 15th gaining 13 positions, “Lightning” Larry Wight who started in the 22nd position and gained 13 positions to a ninth place finish, and Brett “The Jet” Hearn who started in the 19th position and came home with a 7th place finish.

 

Biggest Loser:

Chad Brachman was on the losing end of the battle tonight as he started in the 4th position but fell out of the race and was credited with a 25th place finish, a loss of 21 positions.

 

Next Series Race:

The next Super DIRTcar Series race will be held at the Le RPM Speedway in Saint-Marcel-de-Richelieu, Que. on Friday September 9th.

 

What Won the Race:

Matt Sheppard was persistent in his pursuit of leader Danny Johnson late in the 100 lap event.  Sheppard was able to use lapped traffic on lap 85 to make an exciting pass on Johnson, splitting the lapped traffic, and going on to claim the victory.

 

Feature Notebook:

  • 30 cars will take the green flag
  • Larry Wight, Jimmy Phelps, and Billy Dunn all start outside the top 20.
  • Tim Fuller took the early lead.
  • Tim Fuller and Danny Johnson with an exciting battle for the lead early in the event.
  • Billy Decker first car out of the event.
  • Stewart Friesen and Pat Ward both have flat left front tires, Ward pits, Friesen stays on track.
  • Friesen pits at next caution to change the flat tire.
  • Matt Sheppard hounded “The Doctor” Danny Johnson for the lead for almost half of the 100 laps.
  • Sheppard used lapped traffic to make the pass for the win around Danny Johnson.
  • Great side-by-side racing throughout the field almost every circuit of the 100 lap event.
  • Matt Sheppard increases his points lead over Stewart Friesen by taking the win while Friesen finished a disappointing 20th position.

 

Pre-Feature Notebook: 

  • 40 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds set to compete here at the Weedsport Speedway
  • “Super” Matt Sheppard sets fast time in group 1 time trial and sets overall fast time
  • Billy Decker sets fast time in time trial group 2
  • Group 3 time trials fast lap goes to Chad Brachman
  • Stewart Friesen sets group 4 time trial fast time
  • Sheppard, Mahaney, Ward, and Friesen win the four Super DIRTcar Modified heat races
  • Mat Williamson and Larry Wight claim victories in the consolation races to get their spots in the A-main.
  • Erick Rudolph draws the pole position for tonight’s 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series race
  • Tim Schneider took a nasty flip down the back straightaway in the 3e, he was able to walk away.

 

Staring Lineup:

1) 25r Erick Rudolph

2) 19 Tim Fuller

3) 35 Frank Cozze

4) 3b Chad Brachman

5) 27j Danny Johnson

6) 42p Pat Ward

7) 91 Billy Decker

8) 5h Chris Hile

9) 9s Matt Sheppard

10) 33m Mike Mahaney

11) 44 Stewart Friesen

12) 18h Peter Britten

13) 99 Ryan Phelps

14) 6h Max McLaughlin

15) 14j Alan Johnson

16) 63 Adam Roberts

17) 3 Justin Haers

18) 8r Rob Bellinger

19) 20 Brett Hearn

20) 34 Andrew Ferguson

21) 6m Mat Williamson

22) 99L Larry Wight

23) 98h Jimmy Phelps

24) 49 Billy Dunn

25) 43 Keith Flach

26) 8 Rich Scogliotta

27) 02 Roy Bresnahan

28) 32c Vic Coffey

29) 7m Michael Maresca

30) X Chad Phelps

 

Time Trial Results:

Group #1 Time Trial Results:

9s Matt Sheppard 15.487

18h Peter Britten 15.512

19 Tim Fuller 15.622

3 Justin Haers 15.743

99 Ryan Phelps 15.762

43 Keith Flach 15.811

6m Mat Williamson 15.958

98h Jimmy Phelps 16.023

02 Roy Bresnahan 16.390

7m Mike Maresca 16.395

56 Vince Vitale 16.570

 

Group #2 Time Trial Results:

91 Billy Decker 15.547

33m Mike Mahaney 15.689

5h Chris Hile 15.730

8r Rob Bellinger 15.861

6h Max McLaughlin 15.971

88 Dave Allen 16.020

88a Joe August Jr. 16.130

4j Jeff Blackburn 16.744

19m Jessey Mueller 16.884

4 Tim Murphy – no time

 

Group #3 Time Trial Results:

3b Chad Brachman 15.712

8 Rich Scagliotta 15.839

84 Gary Tomkins 15.865

42p Pat Ward 15.893

20 Brett Hearn 15.895

49 Billy Dunn 15.913

14j Alan Johnson 16.127

27j Danny Johnson 16.225

15 Brett Tonkin 16.270

32c Vic Coffey 16.405

 

Group #4 Time Trial Results:

44 Stewart Friesen 15.776

99L Larry Wight 15.926

35 Frank Cozze 16.043

34 Andrew Ferguson 16.120

63 Adam Roberts 16.125

25r Erick Rudolph 16.151

3e Tim Schneider 16.160

48t Dave Rauscher 16.282

X Chad Phelps 16.303

 

 

Heat Race Results:

Heat Race #1 Results:

1) 9s Matt Sheppard

2) 19 Tim Fuller

3) 18h Peter Britten

4) 99 Ryan Phelps

5) 3 Justin Haers

6) 6m Mat Williamson

7) 98h Jimmy Phelps

8) 43 Keith Flach

9) 02 Roy Bresnahan

10) 7m Mike Maresca

11) 56 Vince Vitale

 

Heat Race #2 Results:

1) 33m Mike Mahaney

2) 91 Billy Decker

3) 5h Chris Hile

4) 6h Max McLaughlin

5) 8r Rob Bellinger

6) 88a Joe August Jr.

7) 19m Jessey Mueller

8) 88 Dave Allen

9) 4j Jeff Blackburn

10) 4 Tim Murphy

 

Heat Race #3 Results:

1) 42p Pat Ward

2) 3b Chad Brachman

3) 27j Danny Johnson

4) 14j Alan Johnson

5) 20 Brett Hearn

6) 8 Rich Scagliotta

7) 49 Billy Dunn

8) 32c Vic Coffey

9) 15 Brett Tonkin

10) 84 Gary Tomkins

 

Heat Race #4 Results:

1) 44 Stewart Friesen

2) 35 Frank Cozze

3) 25r Erick Rudolph

4) 63 Adam Roberts

5) 34 Andrew Ferguson

6) 48t Dave Rauscher

7) 99L Larry Wight

8) X Chad Phelps

9) 3e Tim Schneider

 

Heat Race Lineups:

Heat Race #1 Starting Lineup:

1) 9s Matt Sheppard

2) 18h Peter Britten

3) 19 Tim Fuller

4) 3 Justin Haers

5) 99 Ryan Phelps

6) 43 Keith Flach

7) 6m Mat Williamson

8) 98h Jimmy Phelps

9) 02 Roy Bresnahan

10) 7m Mike Maresca

11) 56 Vince Vitale

 

Heat Race #2 Starting Lineup:

1) 91 Billy Decker

2) 33m Mike Mahaney

3) 5h Chris Hile

4) 8r Rob Bellinger

5) 6h Max McLaughlin

6) 88 Dave Allen

7) 88a Joe August Jr.

8) 4j Jeff Blackburn

9) 19m Jessey Mueller

10) 4 Tim Murphy

 

Heat Race #3 Starting Lineup:

1) 3b Chad Brachman

2) 8 Rich Scagliotta

3) 84 Gary Tomkins

4) 42p Pat Ward

5) 20 Brett Hearn

6) 49 Billy Dunn

7) 14j Alan Johnson

8) 27j Danny Johnson

9) 15 Brett Tonkin

10) 32c Vic Coffey

 

Heat Race #4 Starting Lineup:

1) 44 Stewart Friesen

2) 99L Larry Wight

3) 35 Frank Cozze

4) 34 Andrew Ferguson

5) 63 Adam Roberts

6) 25r Erick Rudolph

7) 3e Tim Schneider

8) 48t Dave Rauscher

9) X Chad Phelps

 

Consolation Race Results:

Consolation Race #1 Results:

1) 6m Mat Williamson

2) 98h Jimmy Phelps

3) 43 Keith Flach

4) 02 Roy Bresnahan

5) 7m Mike Maresca

6) 19m Jessey Mueller

7) 88a Joe August Jr.

8) 88 Dave Allen

 

Consolation Race #2 Results:

1) 99L Larry Wight

2) 49 Billy Dunn

3) 8 Rich Scagliotta

4) 32c Vic Coffey

5) X Chad Phelps

6) 84 Gary Tomkins

7) 48t Dave Rauscher

8) 56 Vince Vitale

 

Consolation Race Lineups:

Consolation Race#1 Starting Lineup:

1) 88a Joe August Jr.

2) 6m Mat Williamson

3) 98h Jimmy Phelps

4) 19m Jessey Mueller

5) 43 Keith Flach

6) 88 Dave Allen

7) 02 Roy Bresnahan

8) 7m Mike Maresca

 

Consolation Race #2 Starting Lineup:

1) 48t Dave Rauscher

2) 8 Rich Scagliotta

3) 49 Billy Dunn

4) 99L Larry Wight

5) 32c Vic Coffey

6) X Chad Phelps

7) 15 Brett Tonkin

8) 84 Gary Tomkins

9) 56 Vince Vitale

 

Car Count: 

40 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds are on hand tonight at the Weedsport Speedway.

 

Entry List: 

02 Roy Bresnahan

3 Justin Haers

3b Chad Brachman

3e Tim Schneider

4 Tim Murphy

4j Jeff Blackburn

5h Chris Hile

6h Max McLaughlin

6m Mat Williamson

7m Mike Maresca

8 Rich Scagliotta

8r Rob Bellinger

9s Matt Sheppard

14j Alan Johnson

15 Brett Tonkin

18h Peter Britten

19 Tim Fuller

19m Jessey Mueller

20 Brett Hearn

25r Erick Rudolph

27j Danny Johnson

32c Vic Coffey

33m Mike Mahaney

34 Andrew Ferguson

35 Frank Cozze

42p Pat Ward

43 Keith Flach

44 Stewart Friesen

48t Dave Rauscher

49 Billy Dunn

56 Vince Vitale

63 Adam Roberts

84 Gary Tomkins

88 Dave Allen

88a Joe August Jr.

91 Billy Decker

98h Jimmy Phelps

99 Ryan Phelps

99L Larry Wight

X Chad Phelps

Qualifying Format: 

Group Time Trials will set starting lineups for four Super DIRTcar Modified heat races. Five cars from each heat race advance to tonight’s feature event with the top 3 from each heat race finish going to the redraw for the top 12 starting spots for the 100 lap DIRTcar Modified feature. Two consolation events will each transfer 5 more cars into tonight’s 30 car field.

 

Event Schedule: 

3:00 PM Pit Gates Open
4:00 PM Main Gates Open
5:40 PM Time Trials
6:00 PM Racing

 

Who to Watch For:

“Super” Matt Sheppard has been on a tear of late, winning 3 races this past week.  Sheppard has 2 new cars in the stable and will be a contender for sure.

 

Title Fight:

Super DIRTcar Series Points Standings as of 9/02/16

  No. Driver Total Series Bonus Diff Money
1 9s Matt Sheppard 1,534 1,534 0 0 $73,775
2 44 Stewart Friesen 1,507 1,507 0 -27 $54,600
3 91 Billy Decker 1,307 1,307 0 -227 $29,375
4 19 Tim Fuller 1,283 1,283 0 -251 $32,150
5 20 Brett Hearn 1,151 1,151 0 -383 $15,850
6 98h Jimmy Phelps 1,136 1,136 0 -398 $19,600
7 99L Larry Wight 1,135 1,135 0 -399 $16,200
8 27J Danny Johnson 1,099 1,099 0 -435 $17,750
9 18H Pete Britten 1,082 1,082 0 -452 $16,350
10 42P Pat Ward 998 998 0 -536 $9,875
11 35 Frank Cozze 966 966 0 -568 $17,825
12 33 Mike Mahaney 927 927 0 -607 $10,250
13 43 Keith Flach 854 854 0 -680 $7,900
14 6h Max McLaughlin ® 840 840 0 -694 $7,375
15 6m Mat Williamson 793 793 0 -741 $7,625
16 25R Erick Rudolph 754 754 0 -780 $11,200
17 8 Rich Scagliotta 721 721 0 -813 $5,575
18 32c Vic Coffey 540 540 0 -994 $5,675
19 28p Eldon Payne Jr. 378 378 0 -1,156 $2,400
20 93 Gary Tomkins 366 366 0 -1,168 $13,000

 

The Track:

The Weedsport Speedway know as “The Port” is a 1/3 mile clay oval located in Weedsport, NY

 

Weather:

Sunny and clear skies, 82 degrees.  Race time temperatures are expected to be near 70 with no chance of rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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