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Friesen Cashes In at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino 100

Scores second win in a row and third of the Super DIRTcar Series season

By Mandee Pauch

HOGANSBURG, N.Y. - July 7, 2016 - Stewart Friesen dominated the 100-lap nonstop Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds feature event Thursday night at Mohawk International's Akwesasne Mohawk Casino 100.

"The boys did some track prep during intermission and that was just what we needed. I had a little tip from a friend that it would lay rubber," laughed Friesen in victory lane. "I've got a lot of friends up here so it feels good to finally get a win on their soil."

Once the green flag dropped for the feature, Billy Dunn pulled away to an early lead over Danny Johnson. Fourth place starter Tim Fuller, passed Johnson on the outside for second place on lap seven. Read more: Friesen Cashes In at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino 100

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Friesen Wins By .08 at The Big Show

Captures first Super DIRTcar series win of the year 

ALBANY, N.Y. - July 6, 2016 - The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Series returned to Albany-Saratoga Speedway Wednesday night for Brett Hearn's Big Show 8.

Starting the thirty-two car field to the green was Vic Coffey and Stewart Friesen followed by Larry Wight and Jimmy Phelps.

Friesen made a quick charge to the outside and gained the top spot over Coffey by the first lap. Coffey didn't give up and held on tight to the bottom as he battled for his spot back but was unable to as Friesen eventually drove away.

Read more: Friesen Wins By .08 at The Big Show 8

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Sheppard Lights Up Utica-Rome Speedway

Captures second Super DIRTcar series win of the year  

By Mandee Pauch

VERNON, N.Y. - July 3, 2016 - Fireworks capped off the night at Utica-Rome Speedway but the fireworks actually started early when the fierce battle between Matt Sheppard and Danny Johnson started on lap 30 of the main event.

"It just kind of seemed slow and steady. The car felt good at the drop of the green but not fantastic. We kind of road for quite a while," said Matt Sheppard in victory lane. "It seemed the longer the race went the slicker the track got, the better the car got. The car was really good tonight. I can't thank everybody enough."

Johnson was joined by Rob Bellinger on the front row for the start of the race. Third starter, Pat Ward, shot out of turn two off of the bottom to wrangle the lead away from Johnson.

Read more: Sheppard Lights Up at Utica-Rome

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Tim Fuller Battles to Canandaigua Win

Captures first Super DIRTcar series win of the year

By Mandee Pauch

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - June 30, 2016 - Tim Fuller battled from a sixth starting position and through tough lap traffic and cautions at Canandaigua Motorsports Park's Jan Corcoran Memorial 64 on Thursday night as he claimed his first full-points Super DIRTcar Series win since November 2012.

"The car was really good tonight. Matt is really good and to be able to run with him throughout the year has helped. If I could finished second to Matt that would be like a win," said Fuller in victory lane after taking home the $6,000 payday.

Gary Tomkins, who led the 30-car field to the green flag, found himself in second before scoring the first lap as Brett Hearn, the outside pole sitter, took flight outside of turn three and gained the lead. Behind Hearn, Tomkins and Sheppard battled back and forth for second place. Sheppard took over second place by lap four.

Read more: Tim Fuller Battles to Canandaigua Win

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Matt Sheppard Scores in Return to Williams Grove

Scores first full-points Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season

By Mandee Pauch

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - June 22, 2016 -Tim Fuller led early at Williams Grove Speedway on Wednesday night, but it was Matt Sheppard who battled to the lead and was dominant through much of the 100-lap Modified Mayhem at the Grove Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds feature.

In the series' first return to the track in a decade, Sheppard became the sixth different winner in six Super DIRTcar features run at the track since 1989. The defending series champion was able to lead the last 47 circuits to score the Modified Mayhem $6,000 top prize.

"The track started locking down a little bit there early. I just tried to ride it out and drive it nice and straight," explained Sheppard in victory lane. "The guys in front started to get slower in the long runs and we maintained. I think that's what won us the race tonight. Once we got up front I just wanted to hit my marks and take it easy."

Read more: Sheppard Scores at Williams Grove

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Billy Decker Beats Tim Fuller to Win Highbank Holdup at Fulton Speedway

Scores Super DIRTcar Series win in first series outing for new car owner Mike Payne 

By Mike Mallett

FULTON, N.Y. - April 30, 2016 - It didn't take long for the new combination of Billy Decker and car owner Mike Payne to find their way to victory lane on the Super DIRTcar Series trail. The duo joined forces over the winter and their first series event together was Saturday's Highbank Holdup at the Fulton Speedway. Just like he's done so many times in the past, Decker worked the bottom of the speedway methodically to first get the lead and then to brush off attacks from Tim Fuller in the final laps to secure the win in the 100-lap event.

"I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I really wanted to win this race," said an excited Decker afterwards. "I had to cut my old buddy Fuller off there on the backstretch to get it done. My car didn't fire too good on the restarts. I have to thank Mike Payne Racing. This is awesome. It is our third race together and there are good things to come. I'm tickled to be here. This was a lot of fun."

Read more: Decker Scores Fulton Highbank Win

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Hearn Hustles from 21st to Win in DIRTcar Nationals Finale

Sheppard captures the Big Gator for his second career DIRTcar Nationals title

By Mike Mallett

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb 20, 2016 - Brett Hearn did the improbable on Saturday night. The veteran driver from Sussex, N.J., raced his way from the 21st starting position in the 50-lap DIRTcar Nationals Super DIRTcar Series finale to take his 23rd career win at the Volusia Speedway Park.

"We got a huge favor tonight that we didn't really expect in that we had to run the consi," said Hearn. "We got some laps out there after the track dried out. After we ran the consi we made some really great decisions. Hats off to my crew. We really struggled this week. We changed everything we could think of including stuff today, unbelievable stuff. These guys were up early working their butts off and so this is meaningful for all the guys that came down with me this year. We persevered."

Hearn won the battle but it was Sheppard who won the war as he captured his second career DIRTcar Nationals title. Throughout the four days of Big Block action, Sheppard never finished outside the top five. He finished fifth on opening night and then took home a win before a second and a third to conclude the week.

Read more: Hearn and Sheppard Score at DCN Finale

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Laubach Battles Back at DIRTcar Nationals to Score Super DIRTcar Series Victory

Matt Sheppard battles late, comes .117 seconds short of second straight win

By Mike Mallett

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb 19, 2016 - Rick Laubach watched the feature win slip away late in Thursday night's 30-lap Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified feature event at the Volusia Speedway Park. He gave up the lead in slower traffic and eventually finished in third behind Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight.

On Friday night of the DIRTcar Nationals, Laubach had a serious case of Deja Vu. He was leading late in the race with Sheppard closing fast as he battled heavy traffic. Unlike the night before, Laubach wasn't tentative in traffic and he made the moves he had to in order to grab a Friday night win for the second year in a row. It's his third career win in Florida and it came by mere feet over a hard charging Sheppard.

Read more: Laubach Battles Back, Wins DCN Night 3

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Sheppard Wins DIRTcar Nationals Barn Burner on Thursday Night

Takes new team to Victory Lane in only the second start

By Mike Mallett

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2016 - Thursday night's 30-lap Modified DIRTcar Nationals main-event at Volusia Speedway Park came down to a battle between two of the best Super DIRTcar Series drivers in the Northeast. Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight duked it out for the final 10 laps of the feature race with Sheppard coming out on top at the checkered flag.

Sheppard's win came behind the wheel of his self-owned No. 9s Bicknell. The Waterloo, N.Y., driver split with Heinke-Baldwin Racing over the winter after a successful 2015 that saw him win the series title. This forced Sheppard to go in a different direction this year. Sheppard chose to start his own team and it quickly paid dividends as he marched to his seventh career DIRTcar Nationals triumph.

Read more: Sheppard Wins Barn Burner at DCN

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Fuller Flies High in DIRTcar Nationals Opener for Big-Block Modifieds

Scores his first win in Modified action at Volusia since 2007

By Mike Mallett

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 17, 2016 - For the first time since 2007, Tim Fuller parked his Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified on the front stretch at the Volusia Speedway Park as a feature winner. The Edwards, N.Y., driver drove his familiar No. 19 to the win in the opening 30-lap feature for the Modifieds as part of the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.

Fuller started on the inside of the second row and wasted little time in moving to the front. Fuller grabbed second early before using a restart in the first third of the race to drive around opening lap leader Tyler Dippel. From there, Fuller survived numerous restarts and challenges from long-time friend Billy Dunn to earn his sixth career win at the speedway.

Read more: Fuller Drives to DIRTcar Nationals Victory



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