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W-16 Engine Approved for Competition in DIRTcar 358-Modified Division

$10,000 engine option opens doors for new teams in division

By Mike Mallett

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. - Dec. 29, 2015 - After a full year of testing, the Wegner Motorsports W-16 Engine is approved and ready for implementation in the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series. For less than $10,000, the engine will be legal at all DIRTcar sanctioned facilities as well as in the 358-Modified Series in 2016.

The new combination will allow drivers to enter the division while giving those already in competition an economical option.

"What we wanted was an alternative for the Sportsman guys moving up as well as for drivers who are already in the division and looking for an economical option," said Mike Perrotte, DIRTcar director, series and sanctioning. "This isn't for everyone, but it is affordable and will keep more people racing. We've seen what the GM Performance option has done to grow the Sportsman ranks and we hope to help some of them move up to the 358-Modified division."

Read more: DIRTcar Announces W16 Engine Option

DIRTcar W16 Engine Frequently Asked Questions

The DIRTcar W16 is an option engine for the DIRTcar 358 Division Engine

What is the DIRTcar W16 Option?

The W16 engine option is a motor developed by Carl Wegner of Wegner Motorsports to be used in the DIRTcar 358 Division. The W16 is based on the GM LS Series engines that are standard production in almost all V 8 GM passenger vehicles today. Wegner Motorsports is the company that NASCAR chose to develop the LS motor for competition originally in the K&N Series and now is used on the Modified Tour and many tracks and sanctions throughout the country. The W16 is developed from these applications.

Read more: DIRTcar W16 Engine FAQs

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Super DIRTcar Series Expands Reach with 2016 Schedule

Schedules also announced for the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series, DIRTcar Sportsman Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series

CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 8, 2015 - The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series announced the 2016 schedule which features 29 dates at 23 different tracks and takes the series to Williams Grove Speedway and Eldora Speedway for the first time in a decade.

For the third straight year the series kicks off its regular season at Fulton Speedway with the High Bank Hold-Up on Saturday, April 30. The event punctuates a season of blockbuster events throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Canada.

For the first time since 2006 the series returns to Williams Grove Speedway on June 22 and joins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series weekend at Eldora Speedway on July 19 and 20. Filling out the Eldora weekend, the series will take on Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on July 21 for the first time.

Read more: 2016 Super DIRTcar Schedule Released

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CBS Sports Network Broadcasts 2015 NAPA Super Dirt Week and Night One of the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals

The ‘Finale at the Fairgrounds’ NAPA Super DIRT Week kicks off coverage on December 13

CONCORD, N.C. - Dec. 7, 2015 - CBS Sports Network kicks off three weeks of World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series action on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. with NAPA Super DIRT Week's Syracuse 200 from the New York State Fairgrounds.

Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Dave Rieff joins color analyst Shane Andrews, the voice of the Super DIRTcar Series, as well as reporters Tony Bokhoven and Bob Dillner for the 'Finale at the Fairgrounds.'

Read more: Super DIRT Week Returns to CBS Sports

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Sheppard Crowned Super DIRTcar Series Champion for the Fourth Time at Season Ending Awards Banquet

Bernard, Desjardins and Bissonnette also honored for 2015 Series Championships 

By Mike Mallett

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. - Nov. 23, 2015 - The 2015 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series season officially came to a close on Saturday night with Matt Sheppard taking home top honors at the season-ending awards banquet. It was the fourth time in his career that the Waterloo, New York native has earned the series title.

Sheppard was the model of consistency throughout the 2015 campaign with his Heinke-Baldwin Racing owned Troyer car. In 24 starts on the season, Sheppard managed an impressive 23 top-ten finishes. He was in the top five 15 times while taking home checkered flags on four different occasions with the series. He earned track championships at all three of his home tracks.

Read more: Sheppard Crowned Champion

Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Returns to Eldora Speedway July 19-20, 2016

Series then takes on Sharon Speedway July 21 in Hartford, Ohio

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 12, 2015 – The Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series will return to Eldora Speedway in 2016 for the first time in a decade.

The series takes on the historic half-mile track in Rossburg, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 19, and Wednesday, July 20. The Big-Block Modifieds will run a full series points event on Tuesday and an invitational event on Wednesday when it joins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Read more: Big Blocks Return To Eldora In 2016

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Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Finale Postponed to Sunday

CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 7, 2015 - Saturday's Bad Boy Buggies World Finals finale has been postponed to Sunday following persistent inclement weather.

Pit gates open at 11 a.m. Sunday morning with the grandstands opening at noon. Cars will be on the track at 2 p.m. To see a full and up-to-date schedule, visit .

Sunday's event will wrap up the 2015 seasons for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Series.

Read more: Bad Boy Buggies World Finals Postponed

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Britten, McLaughlin Top Super DIRTcar Series Qualifying at Bad Boy Buggies World Finals

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 5, 2015 – The Bad Boy Buggies World Finals kicked off on Thursday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with Peter Britten and 15-year-old Max McLaughlin driving to Super DIRTcar Series Pole Position Raceway Fast Time Awards.

Read more: Britten, McLaughlin Top Charlotte Qualifying

Sheppard Eyes Fourth Super DIRTcar Series Crown at Bad Boy Buggies World Finals

Leads defending champion Decker heading to The Dirt Track at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 3, 2015 – Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y., has the fourth Super DIRTcar Series championship of his career in his sights as the Big-Block Modified Series heads to The Dirt Track at Charlotte this week for Bad Boy Buggies World Finals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Sheppard has driven the FX Caprara/Mohawk Northeast Inc. No. 9h for HBR Racing to four wins and 21 top-10s in 22 starts on the Super DIRTcar Series circuit this season. He leads defending 2014 Super DIRTcar champion Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y. by 86 points (3,027-2,941). He accomplished a three-peat championship run in 2012.

Two 40-lap, $8,000-to-win events on Friday and Saturday are all that remain for Decker to deny Sheppard and earn a fourth Super DIRTcar crown for himself.

Sheppard’s HBR Racing teammate Jimmy Phelps of Baldwinsville, N.Y., is also still mathematically in the title chase with 2,860 points. Feature wins both Friday and Saturday are worth 150 points.

Decker has one more win than Sheppard, but two key comeback efforts have been instrumental in Sheppard’s hold on the top spot in the standings.

At Autodrome Granby in August, Sheppard pitted early for adjustments, came back out in 26th and finished fifth. He flipped violently at Brockville Ontario Speedway in October, started at the rear of the field in a back-up car, and raced his way to a fifth-place finish.

Qualifying for Friday and Saturday’s 40-lap Big-Block Modified main events begins Thursday evening.

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