Nick Hoffman Scores in Oakshade Opener

Returns to Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Victory Lane for the First Time Since July 5

071516HoffmanOakshadeWAUSEON, Ohio – July 15, 2016 – Nick Hoffman had some work to do in the opener of the first ever DIRT Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals double-header at Oakshade Raceway on Friday night as had to battle past a hard-charging Brian Ruhlman and Cory Daugherty to score his series-leading fifth win of the tour.

The current points leader started back in the field but made easy work of several of his competitors. Cory Daugherty put up a several lap fight but Hoffman battled around. Then he started to reel in Ruhlman as Ruhlman closed in on the tail of the field.

Through traffic, Ruhlman opened a lane on the bottom for Hoffman to get around. Ruhlman tried to run him back down but Hoffman held him off. Through the closing laps and a late restart, Hoffman continued to be the class of the field.

“That was a huge stepping stone toward this deal,” said Hoffman, of Mooresville, N.C., about his pursuit of the DIRTcar Modified Nationals championship “After last night, I thought we had a really good piece and then made the wrong adjustments before the feature and just got our butt kicked. We were really good tonight. Ruhlman ran me hard in the feature but I knew I had the perfect racecar for this type of condition. We’ve just got to get another one tomorrow, keep everything in one piece and see what we can do.” (more…)

By |2016-07-18T17:31:31+00:00July 18th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Nick Hoffman Scores in Oakshade Opener

Matt Sheppard Dominates Grandview Speedway

Captures Fifth Super DIRTcar Series Win of the Season

SHEPPARD_GRANDVIEWMandee Pauch, BECHTELSVILLE, P.A. – July 14, 2016 – From green-to-checkered, it was Matt Sheppard who dominated Thursday night’s Traffic Jam at Grandview Speedway and captured his fourth Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds victory of the season.

Sheppard, who started the feature on the front row with Pete Britten, jumped out to the lead early. Despite lapped traffic, Sheppard was strong from the start to finish.

Sheppard, driver of the No. 9s FX Caprara Big-Block Modified was all smiles in victory lane.

“This car has been so good,” Sheppard said. “We were a little tight tonight but it’s still a great racecar. It had enough grip to keep it going. Starting position was key tonight and starting on the pole helped.”

Sheppard was running the top lane early on but chose the bottom lane on a lap 22 restart with Craig Von Dohren beside him; it was Sheppard who powered forward. (more…)

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Five Mile Point is a Piece of Cake For Sheppard

Sheppard Caps off his Birthday with a $6,000 Victory

FMP_SHEPPARDKIRKWOOD, N.Y. – July 12, 2016 – Five different drivers captured the lead in the hard fought 66-lap main event at Five Mile Point Speedway, but it was the birthday boy Matt Sheppard who made a late race charge from his eighth starting position to secure his third Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season.

“I think we had a better car tonight than last week. This thing was just rolling tonight,” said Sheppard, the current points leader and defending champion.

Billy Decker and Larry Wight helped kick off the feature as they jumped ahead of the field and battled for an early lead.

Wight caught lapped traffic on lap 25 as Decker and Frank Cozze closed in.

It wasn’t just Decker and Cozze who were knocking on Wight’s doors as they caught lapped traffic. There were five drivers: Wight, Decker, Cozze, Friesen, and Sheppard who were all battling for the top spot on lap 32. (more…)

By |2016-07-14T14:48:08+00:00July 14th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Five Mile Point is a Piece of Cake For Sheppard

Bollinger Rebounds for Quincy Win

The Series Returns to Action on Tuesday at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway

0quincy-071016-521QUINCY, Ill. – July 10, 2016 – One night after Mike Harrison denied Ray Bollinger his third DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory of the season, Bollinger returned to victory lane with a win at Quincy Raceways.

Bollinger started on the feature pole and fought a fierce battle early with Kenny Wallace. Just before the midway point, Wallace took the lead as the two drivers worked their way through traffic. Wallace built the gap on Bollinger but as he worked to get around a lapped car, Wallace caught a tire on the bottom of the track and lost the lead with a damaged car.

Bollinger, back in the lead worked to hold off Michael Long through the closing laps. The win was the third of the Summit Modified Nationals season for Bollinger.

Long finished in second with Ray Walsh in third. Wallace closed out the night with a 16th place finish. (more…)

By |2016-07-12T17:04:03+00:00July 12th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Bollinger Rebounds for Quincy Win

Harrison Battles Bollinger for Summit Modified Nationals Win at Highland

Harrison Picks up his Second Win of the Season

harrisonhighlandHIGHLAND, Ill. – July 9, 2016 – Mike Harrison and Ray Bollinger did battle throughout much of Saturday night’s DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Highland Speedway.

When the green flag fell, Harrison jumped out to an early lead with Bollinger hot on his tail. Bollinger, searching for a line. About midway through the feature, Bollinger found the line and got around Harrison.

The reigning series champion was not done though as he kept up the pressure on Bollinger. Thorugh a late restart, Harrison stayed tight and on the final lap, Harrison made contact with Bollinger down the back straight sending Bollinger into the wall. Bollinger was forced to retire for the night.

Through the final restart, Harrison easily held off Josh Russell and Ricky Conoyer to score his second DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory of the season. (more…)

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Tim Fuller Battles to Canandaigua Win

Captures First Super DIRTcar Series Win of the Year

063016FullerVL2(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. (more…)

By |2016-07-05T16:34:10+00:00July 5th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Tim Fuller Battles to Canandaigua Win

Stewart Friesen Wins Wild Race at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Captures first Super DIRTcar Series Win of the Year

062616FriesenCornwall(By Mandee Pauch) CORNWALL, Ont. – June 27, 2016 – Stewart Friesen battled to a wild first win of the season Sunday night as the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds took on Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway.

Friesen, who took the lead on the initial start from pole-sitter Max McLaughlin, was able to capture the Mel Valade Backhoe Service 100 lapper, but not without a hard fight by fourth-place starter, Matt Sheppard.

“What a racecar,” Friesen said in victory lane. “Those cautions drive me crazy. When you pass Matt Sheppard back, that’s really something. He’s on top of his game right now.”

The initial start saw Friesen pulling away from the pack on the topside of the track while McLaughlin and Sheppard battled for second position.

It didn’t take long for Friesen to find himself in traffic as he caught the back of the pack by lap 12. He got bottled up on the top of the speedway and Sheppard went to the bottom of the exit of turn four to snatch the lead away.

Friesen was able to take back the lead but only to be halted by a yellow.

By lap 30, Brett Hearn battled McLaughlin for third place. (more…)

By |2016-06-28T01:09:06+00:00June 28th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Stewart Friesen Wins Wild Race at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Nick Hoffman Returns to Victory at Spoon River

The Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Returns to Action Friday at Tri-City Speedway

0spoonriver-062316-1034CANTON, Ill. – June 23, 2016 – Nick Hoffman continued to roll Thursday night at Spoon River Speedway as he claimed his third DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory of the season.

Hoffman, from Mooresville, N.C., jumped out to an early lead over Brent Mullins in the feature. Through three cautions, Mullins, who had his hands full with Allen Weisser, tried to run down Hoffman but was unable to close the gap.

Mullins finished second with Weisser in third, Kelly Kovski in fourth and Ray Bollinger in fifth. Nathan Balensiefen was the night’s hard charger.

In just four races so far this Modified Nationals season, Hoffman has won three.

The Summit Racing DIRTcar Modified Nationals returns to action on Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill. (more…)

By |2016-06-27T23:56:04+00:00June 27th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Nick Hoffman Returns to Victory at Spoon River

Dennis Erb Jr. Dominates Summer Nationals at Spoon River

Pierce Adds to His Summer Nationals Points Lead

0spoonriver-062316-584CANTON, Ill. – June 23, 2016 – Dennis Erb Jr., fresh of his win at the Dirt Late Model Dream, came into Thursday night’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Spoon River Speedway with the wind at his back and did it ever show.

Erb cruised to a dominant victory over Billy Moyer and Bobby Pierce in the 50-lap feature and scored the $10,000 payday.

“I didn’t know if it was easy or not,” Erb said. “The car was good and I didn’t see anybody challenge me there. We were able just to get out front and I didn’t feel no challenge, so I just kept driving my line.”

Erb started the feature on the pole and and easily pulled away from Moyer through the opening half of the feature. A caution flag flew on lap 28, but Erb maintained when the feature returned to green. Through traffic in the closing laps, Moyer tried to close the gap on Erb but was unable to make a move.

The win was the 20th Summer Nationals victory of Erb’s career.

Pierce charged through the field and battled past Mike Marlar to finish in third. He added to his Summer Nationals points lead. (more…)

By |2016-06-27T23:52:23+00:00June 27th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Dennis Erb Jr. Dominates Summer Nationals at Spoon River

Matt Sheppard Scores in Return to Williams Grove

Scores First Full-Points Super DIRTcar Series Victory of the Season

062216SDSVLPhoto(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.” (more…)

By |2016-06-24T04:10:45+00:00June 24th, 2016|Front Page News, Super DirtCar Series|Comments Off on Matt Sheppard Scores in Return to Williams Grove