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Sheppard Scores DIRTcar Nationals Hat Trick at Volusia Speedway Park

Wight blasts cushion for wild Super DIRTcar Series victory

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 15, 2019 — For the third consecutive night at Volusia Speedway Park, Brandon Sheppard found a way to the front of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature on Friday and parked his Rocket Chassis in Victory Lane at the DIRTcar Nationals.

Sheppard, the 2017 series champion, started third and ran down Tim McCreadie and Chris Madden on Laps 8 and 9, drove under them to grab the lead on Lap 10, then weaved through traffic until a caution with 11 to go.

Mike Marlar, the 2018 series champion, had fallen as far as 27th before mounting a methodical charge through the field and powering into the runner-up spot with 7 laps to go. But that was as far as Marlar could go in the 50-lapper as Sheppard smoothly worked through the field over the closing laps for the 40th victory of his World of Outlaws career. Brian Shirley was the final victim of Marlar’s charge and settled for third with Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan rounding out the top five.

“I don’t even know what to say, my team has been working its tail off,” said Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill. “This track is just awesome. They’ve nailed it every night we’ve been here. The track’s been spot on. If the fans didn’t think this week has been a good show then I don’t know what they’re looking for.

“I didn’t know where to go, to be honest. I felt pretty good wherever I went, but those guys behind you can see your weak spots, where you’re slowing up and where they’re gaining on you.”

HIGHLIGHTS


Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds:
Larry Wight couldn’t race any higher on the Volusia half-mile, blasting the cushion all night long to charge from ninth to victory in the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds 30-lap Feature. Wight, the defending NAPA Super DIRT Week champion from Phoenix, N.Y., had his right side higher than anyone else and used it to move into the top-five by Lap 4. He then found teammate Pat Ward as both went by leader Matt Sheppard on the high side on Lap 17.

Once Ward moved to the point, he could not hold off Wight’s charge, and with 9 to go Wight made one more daredevil move on the cushion and surged past Ward on the outside. Sheppard recovered to finish second followed by Ward, Peter Britten and Erick Rudolph.

“There was enough of a cushion where you could really drive in hard, and as long as the car would turn off the cushion to run the middle off of turn four it seemed like I could make up a lot of ground,” Wight said.

HIGHLIGHTS

 


DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 15, 2019

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (50 laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard ($10,000); 2. Mike Marlar; 3. Brian Shirley; 4. Don O’Neal; 5. Darrell Lanigan; 6. Dale McDowell; 7. Chase Junghans; 8. Shane Clanton; 9. Kent Robinson; 10. Scott Bloomquist; 11. Dennis Erb Jr.; 12. Donny Schatz; 13. Cade Dillard; 14. Brandon Overton; 15. Boom Briggs; 16. Brent Larson; 17. Chris Madden; 18. Kyle Bronson; 19. Jonathan Davenport; 20. Chris Ferguson; 21. Tyler Erb; 22. Tim McCreadie; 23. Ricky Weiss; 24. Devin Moran; 25. Gregg Satterlee; 26. Blake Spencer; 27. Kyle Hardy; 28. Tanner English.

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds (30 laps): 1. Larry Wight ($2,000); 2. Matt Sheppard; 3. Pat Ward; 4. Peter Britten; 5. Erick Rudolph; 6. Anthony Perrego; 7. Billy Pauch; 8. Brett Hearn; 9. Rick Laubach; 10. Mat Williamson; 11. Justin Haers; 12. Danny Johnson; 13. Jessey Mueller; 14. Will Thomas; 15. Kyle Coffey; 16. Darwin Greene; 17. Jim Britt; 18. Ryan Godown; 19. Demetrios Drellos; 20. Jack Lehner; 21. Scott Hitchens; 22. Tyler Siri; 23. Billy Decker; 24. Kyle Sheldo; 25. Yan Bussiere; 26. Tim Fuller.


SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES GATOR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

 

POINTS

CAR#

DRIVER / HOMETOWN

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Starts

Money Won

1

174

9s

Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY 

1

2

3

3

$3,800

2

167

99L

Larry Wight/Phoenix, NY

1

2

3

3

$3,700

3

157

18

Anthony Perrego/Middletown, NY

0

2

3

3

$2,250

4

149

1

Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ

0

1

3

3

$2,050

5

148

21a

Peter Britten, Queensland, AUS

0

2

2

3

$2,075

6

146

25

Erick Rudolph/Ransomville, NY

0

1

3

3

$1,950

7

142

42p

Pat Ward/Genoa, NY

0

2

2

3

$1,975

8

139

91

Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY

1

2

2

3

$2,900

9

129

20

Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

0

0

3

3

$1,550

10

114

7

Rick Laubach/Quakertwon, PA

0

0

2

3

$1,200

11

114

88

Mat Williamson/St. Catharines, ONT

0

0

2

3

$1,225

12

114

19m

Jessy Mueller/Olmstedville, NY

0

0

1

3

$1,250

13

96

3

Justin Haers/Phelps, NY

0

0

0

3

$1,000

14

93

44

Stewart Friesen/Sprakers, NY

0

1

1

2

$1,500

15

92

9

Will Thomas/Sharpsville, PA

0

0

0

3

$750

16

89

5

Ryan Godown/Ringoes, NJ

0

0

0

3

$875

17

87

27J

Danny Johnson/Rochester, NY

0

0

0

3

$850

18

85

111

Demitrios Drellos/Queensbury, NY

0

0

0

3

$850

19

84

118

Jim Britt/Broomall, PA

0

0

0

3

$850

20

78

19

Tim Fuller/Edwards, NY

0

0

0

3

$750

21

74

23c

Kyle Coffey/Caladonia, NY

0

0

0

3

$725

22

71

2L

Jack Lehner/Saratoga Springs, NY

0

0

0

3

$600

23

58

1g

Darwin Greene/Susquehanna,PA

0

0

0

2

$525

24

53

21

Yan Bussiere/Drummondville, QUE

0

0

0

2

$450

25

53

46

Jeremy Smith/Binghamton, NY

0

0

0

2

$450

26

44

65

Scott Hitchens/Frankfort, DE

0

0

0

1

$300

27

44

33

Marc Johnson, Albany, NY

0

0

0

1

$300

28

43

5*

Tyler Siri/Horseheads, NY

0

0

0

1

$300

29

42

98T

Tyler Thompson/Fulton, NY

0

0

0

1

$300

30

42

35c

Mario Clair/St-Edmond,QUE

0

0

0

1

$300

31

41

42

Kyle Sheldon/Nassau, NY

0

0

0

1

$300

32

30

8

Rick Scagliotta/Bound Brook, NJ

0

0

0

0

$150

33

30

30

Joesph Watson/Milford, DE

0

0

0

0

$150

34

30

35

Francois Bellemare/Trois Riveres, QUE

0

0

0

0

$150

35

30

29J

Chris Ostronsky/Conklin, NY

0

0

0

0

$150

36

30

44r

Russell Morseman/Addison, NY

0

0

0

0

$150

37

30

48too

Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

0

0

0

0

$150

38

30

88a

Dave Allen/Palymra, NY

0

0

0

0

$150

39

20

72

Cass Bennett/Buskirk, NY

0

0

0

0

$100


DIRTcar Nationals Remaining Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 16: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. Reserved tickets are $45, General Admission $39.