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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.

“I’ll tell you what, this was a crazy year for us,” Sheppard said. “I think we beat everybody to death with consistency and overcoming adversity. Literally our two worst point nights were a second place at Drummondville where we messed up and came up light and when we were leading at Syracuse and had battery alternator issues. Our two worst nights all year long were where we were running first and second. Just consistency that’s all it was.”

Although it was Sheppard’s fourth championship, it was the first for car owner Al Heinke. The duo came up a few markers short in 2014.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Heinke said. “It’s been a fun ride. It’s great. There are so many great people. The competitors are so good in this series and this really means something. To have Matt (Sheppard) as a part of our team, he’s special. He’s fast, but there are a lot of fast cars. He doesn’t stop, his brain doesn’t stop. Every minute he’s around the team he’s planning and working on how to make the car go faster.”

Billy Decker finished 105 points back in second with Sheppard’s teammate Jimmy Phelps in third. Larry Wight and Brett Hearn completed the top five in the Super DIRTcar Series final points tally.

Quebec’s Steve Bernard was bestowed the DIRTcar 358-Modified Series championship. It is Bernard’s first series title and goes in tandem with the 2015 Autodrome Drummond track title. Bernard’s car owner Jocelyn Bernard was also honored. Like Sheppard, Bernard’s run to the title came down to the final night as he bested fellow Quebec-native David Hebert and Chris Raabe.

“It’s really hard, you know,” Bernard said. “It’s a long season and anything can happen. We had some really good racing this year. My team gave me the best car ever this season. I really appreciate it.”

Mathieu Desjardins picked up his second consecutive DIRTcar Sportsman Series championship. Desjardins earned two wins on the campaign while taking home seven top-ten finishes in eight events.

“It’s amazing to win it one year and now to win it two years in a row,” Desjardins said. “There is a lot of passion in this team. We work hard. There is no secret. I have to thank my crew members. They work so hard every week. I have to thank my sponsors. We are a young team but they believed in us.”

Dave Bissonette’s two wins and five top-tens in seven events were enough to win the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series title for the second time. He was also the 2015 Cornwall Motor Speedway Champion.

“If it wasn’t for the guys working on the cars this wouldn’t be possible,” said Bissonette. “And like I said earlier, if it wasn’t for the other teams that help out when we go on tour, everyone pulls together like one big family with the support and everything. It all worked out. We gave it 100 percent.”

Tyler Dippel was named the 2015 Motorsports Safety Systems/Number One Speed/GForce Big-Block Modified Rookie of the Year. Dippel picked up one top-five and two top-ten finishes on the season with the series.

“I’m really excited to get this award,” Dippel said. “With all the challenges we had to overcome this season, I’m really happy about this.”

Other Motorsports Safety Systems/Number One Speed/GForce Rookies of the Year included Jean-Francois Corriveau in the 358-Modifieds, Tony Finch II in the DIRTcar Sportsman and Pascal Payeur in the Pro Stock division.

Also recognized during the banquet were the 2015 Mr. DIRTcar champions. These point standings are based on a drivers best 15 finishes at DIRTcar sanctioned facilities during the 2015 racing season. Brett Hearn earned the Mr. DIRTCar Big-Block Modified championship for the fourth consecutive year pocketing $7,500 and a $2,500 fuel certificate from VP Fuels.

David Hebert was the Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified title winner scoring $3,000 and a $1,000 fuel certificate from VP Fuels. In the Sportsman ranks it was Desjardins taking home the honor and Bissonette bested the Pro Stock division.

World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter recognized Raymond and Claudette Lavergne of Cornwall Motor Speedway with the Promoter of the Year award.

The 2016 Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Wednesday, February 17during DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

To learn more about the Super DIRTcar Series and to find out how to purchase tickets for all of the series’ events, visit http://www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, Pole Position Raceway and Dig Safely New York. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, FX Caprara, Fox Shox, Impact Race Products, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Racing Electronics, Superflow, TNT Rescue and Wrisco Aluminum.

UTICA-ROME SPEEDWAY TO HAVE A PRESENCE AT THE NATIONAL PARTS PEDDLER TRADE SHOW THIS WEEKEND

VERNON, NY-Every fall to begin the off season after a busy race season, race teams, fans, and various race track officials converge at the Center of Progress building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse NY for the National Parts Peddler Auction and Trade Show.  This year, on November 20-22, it will be the 36th edition of the Parts Peddler event as race teams put a stamp on the previous season and start to prepare for the upcoming season.
Joining the building full of vendors this year will be the Utica-Rome Speedway, with various members of the track management planning being on hand all weekend.  Bill and Kim Shea, after their first season at the helm of the storied Vernon oval, will be on throughout the weekend to unveil some of their plans for the 2016, as well as discuss and concerns on the previous season.
Utica-Rome Speedway will be joined be joined by several chassis manufacturers representing several different classes as well as part, tire, and fuel vendors and companies.  Racers use to the National Parts Peddler Auction and Trade Show to begin preparing for the following season
Show hours run from Noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 20 while on Saturday November 21, doors will open at 10 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.  Sunday, November 22, the show will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.  For more information, please log on to www.partpeddler.us or call (315)699-7583.
The following Saturday, November 28, it is the annual Utica-Rome Speedway Awards Banquet at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort.  If you want to attend, call Kim Shea at (315)794-7805 for ticket availability.  More information on the Utica-Rome Speedway can be found at www.uticaromespeedway.com.

 

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

The series then takes on Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio on July 21

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 12, 2015 – The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds 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.

“After a decade absence we are excited to return to Eldora Speedway for two big days of heart-stopping, ground-pounding action from the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds,” said Super DIRTcar Series Series Director Mike Perrotte.

The series last competed at Eldora in August 2006. It was the third trip for the series to the track. That night, Tim Fuller battled Billy Decker for the win. Fuller joined Brett Hearn and Danny Johnson as Eldora’s only Super DIRTcar Series winners.

“These two days are an incredible opportunity to see one of the premier dirt car series in the country share the stage with one of the premier asphalt series in the country at the legendary half mile,” said General Manager of DIRTcar Northeast Jeff Hachmann.

Tickets go on sale Dec. 14, 2015 and are available by visiting EldoraSpeedway.com.

Before returning to the Northeast, the Super DIRTcar Series will continue its run through Ohio with a trip to the half-mile Sharon Speedway on Thursday, July 21. The event adds to the already rich history of big-block modified racing at the Hartford, Ohio-track.

To learn more about the Super DIRTcar Series and to find out how to purchase tickets for all of the series’ events, visit http://www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com.

The Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing in the Northeast Region is brought to fans by several sponsors and partners including Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Chevy Performance Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, Pole Position Raceway and Dig Safely New York. Contingency sponsors are ASI, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, ButlerBuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, FX Caprara, Fox Shox, Impact Race Products, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, Motorsports Safety Systems, MSD Performance, Racing Electronics, Superflow, TNT Rescue and Wrisco Aluminum.