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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 – 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.

“I’m just happy to be here,” Laubauch said. “We almost got the win last night and tonight we got the win. My little boy (Matthew) loves these trophies. Now we get to take another one of these Gators back to Grammies house. I’m proud of my team. My owners Gary and Lori (Herrmann). We got everyone clicking here.”

Laubach redrew the outside of the front row while Tyler Dippel earned scored the pole. Laubach immediately went to the top at the green flag in turns one and two to procure the lead. The run was short lived as on lap two Vic Coffey became the first caution as he came to a stop in turn two.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF RICK LAUBACH’S DIRTCAR NATIONALS WIN ON FRIDAY NIGHT

Laubach wasted no time pulling away from the field when the racing action resumed as he put his Teo Pro Car right down to the bottom of the speedway. This allowed him to run away from Dippel and the rest of the competition. He opened up over a second gap.

The lead went away on lap nine when Brett Hearn slowed with a right rear flat. By this point Laubach remained the leader while Dippel flanked him for the restart. Sheppard now made his presence known as he had moved around Stewart Friesen and Alan Johnson to take over the third position.

Yet another caution flag came out on lap 13 as Jessey Mueller spun in turn two collecting Tim Fuller. Fuller, the night one winner, took his car to the pits after the incident. Laubach saw Dippel to his outside again and like the previous restarts he was able to hold him off. As Dippel attempted to make a move on Laubach he looked to his inside and watched Sheppard drive by him for second.

One final caution came on lap 16 for Eldon Payne. Payne got into Coffey as he checked up and it broke the front end on his mount. He came to a stop in turn one and was towed to the pit area ending his evening.

Laubach turned up the wick on the restart as he now knew that Sheppard was there to challenge. He quickly spread the gap back to Sheppard in open race track. At one point Laubach grew his lead to nearly two seconds.

That lead evaporated quickly as Labauch took the five to go sign. The Hellertown, Pa., found himself fighting through heavy lapped traffic. At times the traffic was two and three wide in front of him. Laubach was much more aggressive Friday and it paid off. He even made one three wide move with two laps to go that kept Sheppard at bay.

“That’s what I didn’t do last night,” said Laubach about the three-wide move. “I took it easier and tried keeping my tires under me. That was probably what cost me that race. The opportunity was there again tonight and I was getting through there.”

In the final corner of the race, Laubach went low under a lapped car while Sheppard rolled through the middle lane. It allowed Sheppard to get up alongside of Laubach as they exited turn four. Sheppard wasn’t able to finish the pass as they came to the line giving Laubach the victory.

“I just followed that guy and I didn’t feel pressure like last night, but son of a gun they don’t give up,” stated Laubach about Sheppard and company. “That’s the thing about these guys. I had trouble last night in traffic but that wasn’t going to happen again.”

Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., was so close at the checkered flag, but he couldn’t get his Bicknell car up alongside him far enough at the line. He played it somewhat safe as he didn’t want to risk wrecking both cars at the end of the race.

“Rick (Laubach) had the best car tonight by far,” Sheppard said. “He got caught up behind that lapped car. I could see what was going on so I darted to top there and got a killer run off of four. He peeled out around the lapped car a little bit and I had to check up so I didn’t wreck both of us. If he didn’t peel out it would have been interesting.”

Sheppard admitted that he probably wouldn’t have been able to catch Laubach had it not been for the traffic slowing his pace. In clear track, Labuach had a dominant car.

“The only time I could see the back of him was when he got into lapped traffic,” joked Sheppard. “It got a little dicey there, but that goes to show you it’s never over until it’s over.”

Johnson was a surprise third place finisher. The Middlesex, N.Y., pilot had his best run of the week and was all smiles on the front straightaway at the conclusion of the night. Johnson had struggled in the first two nights of action before finally getting things rolling Friday.

“This feels great,” Johnson said. “The way we’ve been going I never expected this. We just kept working on it and we got it pretty good. I was really surprised. I’m kind of looking forward to tomorrow now. I thought it was going to be a long week but it’s starting to shorten up now.”

Erick Rudolph secured his second top five finish of the week as he brought his car home in fourth with Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five.

Billy Pauch turned the fastest lap of the week for the Modifieds in time trials with a lap of 17.433. Heats were won by Friesen, Laubach, Dippel and Pauch. Danny Johnson and Eldon Payne won their consolation races.

Racing returns Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park for the 10th day of the DIRTcar Nationals. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

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DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 19, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

A-Main (30 Laps) – 1. 7-Rick Laubach, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 14J-Alan Johnson, 4. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 5. 44-Stewart Freisen, 6. 1-Billy Pauch, 7. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 8. 27J-Danny Johnson, 9. 54-Steve Bernard, 10. 74-J.R Heffner, 11. 49-Billy Dunn, 12. 32c-Vic Coffey, 13. 99L-Larry Wight, 14. 21a-Pete Britten, 15. 30-Jamie Mills, 16. 1G-Darwin Green, 17. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 19. 323-Neal Williams, 20. 20-Brett Hearn, 21. 6m-Mat Williamson, 22. 5*-Tyler Siri, 23. 28p-Eldon Payne, 24. 19-Tim Fuller, 25. 7-Tim Kerr, 26. 83-Brian Swartzlander

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10-laps – Top 3 Finishers Transfer) – 1. 27J-Danny Johnson, 2. 1G-Darwin Green, 3. 32c-Vic Coffey, 4. 85-H.J. Bunting, 5. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 6. 64-Daniel Nadeau, 7. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 8. 29e-Erik Martin

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10-laps – Top 3 Finishers Transfer) – 1. 28p-Eldon Payne, 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 3. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 4. 14-C.G. Morey, 5. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 7. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 44-Stewart Freisen, 2. 54-Steve Bernard, 3. 20-Brett Hearn, 4. 323-Neal Williams, 5. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 6. 1G-Darwin Green, 7. 85-H.J. Bunting, 8. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 9. 29e-Erik Martin

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-Rick Laubach, 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 3. 14J-Alan Johnson, 4. 21a-Pete Britten, 5. 7-Tim Kerr, 6. 27J-Danny Johnson , 7. 32c-Vic Coffey, 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 9. 64-Daniel Nadeau

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 2. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 3. 49-Billy Dunn, 4. 19-Tim Fuller, 5. 99L-Larry Wight, 6. 14-C.G. Morey, 7. 28p-Eldon Payne, 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 9. 5-Billy VanInwegen

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1-Billy Pauch, 2. 74-J.R Heffner, 3. 30-Jamie Mills, 4. 6m-Mat Williamson, 5. 5*-Tyler Siri, 6. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 7. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 8. 19m-Jessey Mueller

Qualifying Group 1 – 1. 44-Stewart Freisen, 17.495; 2. 323-Neal Williams, 17.871; 3. OBs-Jeremy Markle, 17.976; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 18.138; 5. 54-Steve Bernard, 18.266; 6. 85-H.J. Bunting, 18.298; 7. 1G-Darwin Green, 18.352; 8. 21k-Randy Chrysler, 18.505; 9. 29e-Erik Martin, 19.939

Qualifying Group 2 – 1. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.435; 2. 21a-Pete Britten, 17.535; 3. 14J-Alan Johnson, 17.809; 4. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.916; 5. 27J-Danny Johnson, 18.131; 6. 7-Tim Kerr, 18.2; 7. 32c-Vic Coffey, 18.302; 8. 48T-Dave Rauscher, 18.545; 9. 64-Daniel Nadeau, 18.813

Qualifying Group 3 – 1. 1T-Tyler Dippel, 17.793; 2. 49-Billy Dunn, 17.851; 3. 19-Tim Fuller, 17.926; 4. 99L-Larry Wight, 17.962; 5. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 17.989; 6. 28p-Eldon Payne, 18.129; 7. 14-C.G. Morey, 18.254; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.725; 9. 5-Billy VanInwegen, 18.798

Qualifying Group 4 – 1. 1-Billy Pauch, 17.433; 2. 74-J.R Heffner, 17.776; 3. 5*-Tyler Siri, 17.909; 4. 6m-Mat Williamson, 18.028; 5. 83-Brian Swartzlander, 18.367; 6. 30-Jamie Mills, 18.421; 7. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 18.533; 8. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.714

DIRTcar Nationals Big-Block Modified Week Points Standings; Feb. 19, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

POINTS

CAR#

DRIVER / HOMETOWN

1

176

9s

Matt Sheppard/Waterloo,NY

2

156

7

Rick Laubach/Quakertwon, PA

3

155

1

Billy Pauch/Frenchtown,NJ

4

154

44

Stewart Friesen/Niagara-on-the-Lake,ONT

5

150

25R

Erick Rudolph/Ransomville, NY

6

150

49

Billy Dunn/Watertown, NY

7

147

99L

Larry Wight/Phoenix, NY

8

135

19

Tim Fuller/Edwards, NY

9

116

32c

Vic Coffey/Leister, NY

10

115

14J

Alan Johnson/Middlesex,NY

11

114

1T

Tyler Dippel/Wallkill, NY

12

113

20

Brett Hearn/Sussex,NJ

13

109

74

J.R. Heffner/Kinderhook, NY

14

106

54

Steve Bernard/Granby, QUE

15

105

27J

Danny Johnson/Rochester, NY

16

104

21a

Peter Britten/Brisbane, AUS

17

88

07

Tim Kerr/Picton,ONT

18

75

5*

Tyler Siri/Corning, NY

19

73

1g

Darwin Greene/Susquehanna,PA

20

73

83

Brian Swartzlander/Lernerville, PA

21

72

323

Neil Williams/Pittsgrove, NJ

22

72

6m

Mat Williamson/St. Catherines, ONT

23

62

30

Jamie Mills/Milford,DE

24

60

28p

Eldon Payne/Canandaigua, NY

25

55

85

H.J. Bunting III/Milford,DE

26

52

5

Billy VanInwegen/Sparowbush, NY

27

46

19m

Jessy Mueller/Olmstedville, NY

28

46

OBs

Jeremy Markle/Port Jervis,NY

29

43

48too

Dave Rauscher/Waterloo,NY

30

30

8

Rich Scagliotta/Bound Brook,NJ

31

30

14

C.G. Morey/Rutland, VT

32

30

21K

Randy Chrysler/Lewiston,NY

33

30

29e

Erik Martin/Zelienople, PA

34

30

29J

Chris Ostrowsky/Conklin, NY

35

30

64

Daniel Nadeau/Montreal, QUE

36

10

X

Ed Kitchell/South Kingstown, RI

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.

One of the most anticipated dates on the series schedule, the BIG Show 8 at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, returns on June 28 as the season heats up through the summer. In the midst of that summer stretch, the series takes on Weedsport Speedway for the Hall of Fame 100 on August 9.

The Super DIRTcar Series also makes two swings through Quebec, once in July and again in September.

The series season wraps up at the Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals, October 27 to 29, 2016.

The 2016 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series final nine race schedule was also announced along with the full schedules for the DIRTcar Sportsman Series and DIRTcar Pro Stock Series. The 2016 regional format and schedules for the 358-modifieds will be announced in the coming weeks. Drivers in the DIRTcar Sportsman Series will now be able to drop their four lowest finishes from the first part of the season.

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

2016 Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Schedule

Date Day Track Event Name
Feb. 17 Wednesday Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals
Feb. 18 Thursday Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals
Feb. 19 Friday Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals
Feb. 20 Saturday Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals
April 30 Saturday Fulton Speedway High Bank Hold-Up – Season Opener
June 22 Wednesday Williams-Grove Speedway
June 26 Sunday Cornwall Speedway
June 28 Tuesday Albany-Saratoga Speedway The BIG Show 8
June 30 Thursday Canandaigua Motorsports Park
July 3 Sunday Utica-Rome Speedway
July 7 Thursday Mohawk International Speedway
July 12 Tuesday 5-Mile Point
July 14 Thursday Grandview Speedway
July 19 Tuesday Eldora Speedway
July 20 Wednesday Eldora Speedway
July 21 Thursday Sharon Speedway
July 25 Monday Autodromme-Granby
July 26 Tuesday Autodromme-Drummond Racing Stock 100
Aug. 1 Monday Merrittville Speedway Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial
Aug. 2 Tuesday Ransomville Speedway Alex Friesen Summer Nationals
Aug. 9 Tuesday Weedsport Speedway Hall of Fame 100
Aug. 17 Wednesday Rolling Wheels Raceway Park
Aug. 23 Tuesday Lebanon Valley Speedway Mr. Dirt Track USA
Sept. 5 Monday Central NY Raceway Park
Sept. 9 Friday LeRPM Speedway
Sept. 10 Saturday Autodromme-Drummond RACE MANIA 12
Sept. 16 Friday Brewerton Speedway Duel at the Demon
Sept. 17 Saturday Weedsport Speedway Last Call at the Port
Sept. 24 Saturday TBA
Oct. 9 Wednesday Central NY Raceway Park NAPA Super Dirt Week
Oct. 10 Thursday Central NY Raceway Park NAPA Super Dirt Week
Oct. 11 Friday Central NY Raceway Park NAPA Super Dirt Week
Oct. 12 Saturday Central NY Raceway Park NAPA Super Dirt Week
Oct. 13 Sunday Central NY Raceway Park NAPA Super Dirt Week
Oct. 15 Saturday Brockville Speedway Fall Nationals
Oct. 27 Thursday The Dirt Track at Charlotte World Finals
Oct. 28 Friday The Dirt Track at Charlotte World Finals
Oct. 29 Saturday The Dirt Track at Charlotte World Finals

*Scheduled Rain Dates:
Drummond and Granby – July 27
Merrittville and Ransomville – August 3
Weedsport – September 18

2016 DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Schedule

Date Day Track Event Name
Sept. 4 Sunday Cornwall Speedway
Sept. 16 Friday Mohawk International Speedway
Sept. 17 Saturday Autodromme-Granby
Sept. 23 Friday LeRPM Speedway
Sept. 24 Saturday Autodrome-Drummond
Oct. 5 Wednesday Weedsport Speedway
Oct. 6 Thursday Brewerton Speedway
Oct. 8 Saturday Central NY Raceway Park NAPA Super DIRT Week
Oct. 14 Friday Brockville Speedway


2016 DIRTcar Sportsman Series Schedule

Date Day Track Event Name
April 30 Saturday Fulton Speedway High Bank Hold-Up – Season Opener
July 25 Monday Autodrome Granby
July 26 Tuesday Autodrome-Drummond
Sept. 4 Sunday Cornwall Speedway
Sept. 9 Friday Ransomville Speedway
Sept. 10 Saturday Merrittville Speedway
Sept. 11 Sunday Humberstone Speedway
Sept. 16 Friday Brewerton Speedway
Sept. 17 Saturday Mohawk International Speedway
Sept. 23 Friday LeRPM Speedway
Sept. 24 Saturday Brighton Speedway Applefest
Drivers drop four worst finishes from above
Sept. 30 Friday Fulton Speedway 31st Outlaw 200 Weekend
Oct. 1

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.’

The Bad Boy Buggies World Finals night one airs the following week on Sunday, December 20 at 5 p.m. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series take on the Dirt Track at Charlotte for one of the final events of the 2015 season.

Rieff returns to the broadcast booth with analysis from Andrews and sprint car hall-of-famer Brad Doty. Bokhoven and Bobby Gerould provide all of the latest from the pits.

Night one of the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals will be replayed on Monday, December 21 at 3 a.m.

CBS Sports Network is available across the United States and Canada through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com/.

CBS Sports Network Broadcast Schedule

DATE

TIME

BROADCAST NETWORK

SHOW

Dec. 13, 2015

6 p.m.

CBS Sports Network

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIV at the New York State Fairgrounds

Dec. 14, 2015

3 a.m.

CBS Sports Network

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIV at the New York State Fairgrounds Replay

Dec. 17, 2015

8 p.m.

CBS Sports Network

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIV at the New York State Fairgrounds Replay

Dec. 18, 2015

3 a.m.

CBS Sports Network

NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIV at the New York State Fairgrounds Replay

Dec. 20, 2015

5 p.m.

CBS Sports Network

Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals Night One at the Dirt Track at Charlotte

Dec. 21, 2015

3 a.m.

CBS Sports Network

Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals Night One at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Replay