Rising to the challenge is what separates a top-notch driver from the rest of the pack. Whether it’s dominating a race, going on a winning streak or sealing a win with a late race pass, drivers slowly rise to the top of the field and make a name for themselves.
That’s why the FK Rod Ends, who has nearly 10,000 combinations of rod ends and spherical bearings available and carefully crafts their products, is proud to honor a monthly “Team FK Driver of the Month” from the short track ranks of America on Speed51.com. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industy insiders will vote on which driver had the most success on the track. The driver with the most votes will then be the “Team Fk Driver of the Month” and will receive a $25 product certificate to use at FK Rod Ends. At the end of the 2016 season, the driver that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “Team FK Driver of the Year” and will be awarded $250 product certificate to FK Rod Ends. To learn more about FK Rod Ends and their growing inventory visit fkrodends.com.
The winner of the “Team FK Driver of the Month” for the month of June goes to……
Super DIRTcar Series/Short Track Super Series
Coming into 2016, Matt Sheppard was faced with a daunting task of putting together his own team for competition after Heinke-Baldwin Racing had decided to scale back their operation for the season. Sheppard and the MSM team have risen to the challenge, keeping the momentum that won Sheppard his third Super DIRT championship in 2015.
The month of June was a super month for “Super Matt” as he would find victory lane seven times across the Northeast and is leading multiple championship standings at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Utica-Rome Speedway, and the Super DIRTcar Series.
Sheppard won most recently at Utica-Rome in the Super DIRTcar Series for his second series win of 2016 which also includes one at Williams Grove Speedway on June 22. Sheppard also took a weekly victory at U-R on June 12. He also claimed two wins at Canandaigua on June 4 and 11, a single win at Brewerton Speedway on June 3, and a win at Outlaw Speedway in Short Track Super Series competition for car owner Norm Hansell.
For his supreme month of June and championship success, Matt Sheppard is named Team FK Driver of the Month.
Other drivers receiving votes: Bryan Clauson, Tyler Roahrig, Nick Smith
-Text by 51 Staff