A feat many cited as insurmountable was tackled by Matt Sheppard.
When the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) signed a multi-year agreement with Sunoco Race Fuels a year ago, Sunoco distributor Insinger Performance issued a challenge.
If one Modified driver was able to win the STSS Halmar International North Region, Velocita-USA South Region presented by Sunglass Central and Design for Vision and the American Racer Cup, Insinger Performance would kick in a $25,000 cash bonus.
Recently at Georgetown Speedway, during the Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend, Savannah, N.Y.’s Sheppard completed the trifecta, clinching the STSS Velocita-USA South Region title and the $10,000 that accompanies it.
A week prior, during the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse ‘Hard Clay Finale’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., Sheppard drove to a fourth-place finish and wrapped up the $12,500 Halmar International North Region crown.
On Labor Day weekend, ‘Super Matt’ secured the home-track American Racer Cup title utilizing Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., as his Friday venue. He picked up $10,000 for the overall title and an additional $1,000 as the North Region champ for a total of $11,000.
Adding the $25,000 bonus from Insinger Performance, Sheppard will have $58,500 awaiting his arrival at the Short Track Super Series ‘Night of Champions’ Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Lehigh Valley, Pa.
The $58,500 ‘Grand Champion’ take is the most lucrative championship in all of Northeast dirt Modified racing.
Sheppard credited primary sponsor Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply of Hurlock, Md. – Alfred and Cheryl Hughes and Shawn Ward – for the opportunity to tackle the Short Track Super Series in its entirety.
“They opened the door for me to run the Short Track Super Series South last year,” he said.
“It’s been a lot to make this all happen: the logistics of it all. This could be a deal that happens once in a lifetime.”
Sheppard’s numbers in all of the three programs were astounding.
In the North Region, three wins and six top-five finishes in eight starts allowed him to win the championship by 42 points. The South Region title came even more convincingly with a 107-point edge over Ryan Watt and six top-five finishes in eight starts including two wins.
The American Racer Cup utilizes a driver’s best-10 finishes to determine its overall champion. Sheppard recorded a ‘Perfect-10’ victories at the Tyler Siri-promoted Outlaw oval to pick up his third consecutive American Racer Cup crown.
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Deciding whether a competitor has spun deliberately to cause a caution is one of the most difficult judgment calls NASCAR has to make.
Of course, if you admit it to a national reporter, NASCAR’s job is a lot easier.
That was the case with Bubba Wallace, who acknowledged to Dustin Long of NBCSports.com that he had spun on purpose last Sunday at Texas to try to make the best of a flat tire.
NASCAR reacted quickly, fining Wallace $50,000 and docking him 50 driver points on the day before the Phoenix race.
“The reaction today was after a complete admission of guilt,” said NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller. “That’s really what led to the penalty happening today.
“All we can do is wait and watch and see how we need to react next. Hopefully, we don’t. Hopefully, it cleans itself up.”
In Miller’s view, NASCAR had no choice after the confession.
“Here’s the deal: it’s not very straightforward to determine whether that is done on purpose. We’ve all watched the cars drive down the straightaway with a flat tire, weaving all over the place. For us to make a definitive call that a guy spun out on purpose when he can barely keep his car straight is a big call—and it’s a judgment call, and it’s a call we would like to not have to be able to make.
“Hopefully, they can know that the possibility of this happening is out there if it’s very blatant and don’t do it.”
Many agreed with the penalty though some felt it was a bit extreme.
Richard Petty Motorsports, which fields Wallace’s cars, declined to appeal the penalties.
New Egypt Speedway’s 2019 track champions will officially be crowned on Saturday night January 25 th, 2020 at the Atlantis Ballroom located at the Days Hotel on Route 37 in Toms River, NJ, roughly 25 minutes from the Speedway.
2019 Champions that will be honored will be Billy Pauch Jr. (Vahlco Wheels Modifieds), Rich Mellor (Larry’s Hot Rods & Harley’s Northeast Wingless Sprint Cars), Steve Davis (Hammer Sportsman), Joe Toth (Crate Modifieds), Bill Liedkta (Street Stocks), Joe Garey Sr. (Mike’s Performance Center 4-Cylinders), and Anthony Tramontana Jr. (Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman). The Top-10 in season-long point standings will be honored for their accomplishments during the 2019 season along with specialty awards being handed out.
Doors will open at 6pm with dinner and ceremonies beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $75 per person, registration forms are available online at www.newegyptspeedway.net.
A special room rate of $105 will be offered as long as the room is booked prior to December 25 th and you mention “New Egypt Speedway”. All RSVP’s must be received to the Speedway no later that January 11 th, 2020.
New Egypt Speedway, which is New Jersey’s premier dirt racing facility, is located on Route 539 just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/16-mile D-shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state-of-the-art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family-friendly prices.
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The beautiful Bear Creek Mountain Resort will serve as the backdrop for the 2019 Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco ‘Night of Champions’ on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Short Track Super Series top performers will be honored during the festive evening.
The star of the show will be ‘Super Matt’ Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., who completed an incredible season that included championships in the STSS Halmar International North Region ($12,500), STSS Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central ($10,000) and the home-track American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco ($11,000).
For his trio of titles, Sunoco Race Fuels distributor Bruce Insinger of Insinger Performance in Dushore, Pa., will present Sheppard with an additional $25,000 bonus bringing his earnings to $58,500.
In the Modified North Region, Sheppard was trailed in the top-12 by Andy Bachetti, Mike Gular, Stewart Friesen, Mat Williamson, Anthony Perrego, Craig Hanson, Danny Creeden, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, Billy Van Pelt and J.R. Hurlburt.
The South Region Modified saw Sheppard best Ryan Watt, David Van Horn, Jeff Strunk, Jordan Watson, Gular, Bachetti, Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch Jr., Brandon Grosso, Rick Laubach and Danny Bouc.
All top-12 STSS Modified competitors must have driver or car owner present to collect point fund cash and contingencies.
Sportsman champions will again be lauded at the ‘Night of Champions’ event.
Tim Hartman Jr. of Niskayuna, N.Y., joined the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman North Region this season and won four of the five events completed. Bobby Flood, Blaine Klinger, Jim Housworth, Travis Green, Daniel Morgiewicz, Jimmy Johnson, Tommy Collins, Dustin Jordan and Kenny Hammond completed the top-10.
Youthful talent Cole Stangle of Readington, N.J., topped the STSS South Region six-race series. Jim Housworth, Jimmy Johnson, Dylan Swinehart, Joe Toth, Sammy Martz Jr., Trent Van Vorst, Ryan Macartney, Scott Hitchens and Samantha Muller were the top-10 finishers.
Again this season, attendance at the ‘Night of Champions’ is optional for drivers in the Crate 602 Sportsman regions placing second through 10th.
Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. A delicious buffet dinner will follow.
Tickets are on sale now for $50 each. To purchase tickets, complete the following form: http://shorttracksuperseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/STSSAwardsBanquetForm.pdf
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