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Recapping Matt Sheppard's 2019 Season

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Summary of Matt Sheppard's 2019 season: Winnings are close but not exact! SDS = Super Dirt Series. SSTS = Short Track Super Series

Attempted to race 99 times. Competed in 82 races with 17 rainouts. Won 36. Raced at 33 different tracks, won at 15 different tracks.

Rainouts: Volusia 2/12, Outlaw 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/7 (SDS), Land of Legends 4/20, 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/13, Fulton 4/27 (SDS), Weedsport 6/16, Sharon 7/30 (SDS), Ransomville 8/6 (SDS), Woodhull 8/13 (SSTS-N), 9/1 Utica Rome (SDS), LeRPM 9/7 (SDS). OCFS SDS race was rescheduled.

1 DNQ (Georgetown 3/17), 5 DNFs (Thunder Mtn 5/26, Outlaw 6/14, Outlaw 7/5, Outlaw 8/2, Oswego 10/13).

Purse Winnings $287,634 (estimates applied to Utica Rome on 8/4, Albany Saratoga on 9/19, Outlaw on 10/19, Georgetown on 11/1). Hoosier Tire Bonus $5000. American Racer Cup $11000. Short Track Super Series North Champion $12500. Short Track Super Series South Champion $10000. SSTS/American Racer Bonus $25000. Land of Legends Champion $2500. Weedsport Speedway Champion $2000. Outlaw Speedway Champion $5000 

Total that up and it is $349,794. Add to that second place in the Super Dirt Series.

Purse winnings by track (# of races in parentheses): OCFS $80219 (7), Land of Legends $26400 (12), Outlaw $24715 (16), Weedsport $21350 (4), Fonda $12450 (3), Devils Bowl $11500 (2), Granby $10050 (2), Can AM $10050 (1), Georgetown $8370 (5), Cornwall $7550 (1), Brockville $7550 (1), Grandview $7500 (1), Oswego $6250 (1), Afton $5825 (1), Airborne $5000 (1), Big Diamond $5000 (1), Delaware Int. $5000 (1), Albany Saratoga $4500 (3), Volusia $4450 (4), BAPS $3500 (1), Port Royal $3250 (1), Charlotte $2800 (2), Mohawk $2500 (1), Brewerton $1800 (1), Eldora $1800 (1), Fulton $1600 (1), Accord $1500 (1), Utica-Rome $1500 (1),Drummond $1300 (1), Lebanon Valley $700 (1), Merritville $575 (1), Thunder Mountain $425 (1), New Egypt $415 (1).

Worst SDS finish was 31st at Oswego. Worst SSTS North finish was 16th at his home track Outlaw Speedway. Worst finish on the SSTS-South was 16th at New Egypt, where he is a former track champion.

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3 hours ago, By The Book said:

Summary of Matt Sheppard's 2019 season: Winnings are close but not exact! SDS = Super Dirt Series. SSTS = Short Track Super Series

Attempted to race 98 times. Competed in 81 races with 17 rainouts. Won 35. Raced at 33 different tracks, won at 15 different tracks.

Rainouts: Volusia 2/12, Outlaw 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/7 (SDS), Land of Legends 4/20, 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/13, Fulton 4/27 (SDS), Weedsport 6/16, Sharon 7/30 (SDS), Ransomville 8/6 (SDS), Woodhull 8/13 (SSTS-N), 9/1 Utica Rome (SDS), LeRPM 9/7 (SDS). OCFS SDS race was rescheduled.

1 DNQ (Georgetown 3/17), 5 DNFs (Thunder Mtn 5/26, Outlaw 6/14, Outlaw 7/5, Outlaw 8/2, Oswego 10/13).

Purse Winnings $287,634 (estimates applied to Utica Rome on 8/4, Albany Saratoga on 9/19, Outlaw on 10/19, Georgetown on 11/1). Hoosier Tire Bonus $5000. American Racer Cup $11000. Short Track Super Series North Champion $12500. Short Track Super Series South Champion $10000. SSTS/American Racer Bonus $25000. Land of Legends Champion $2000 (assuming same as last year).Weedsport Speedway Champion $2000.

Total that up and it is $344,294. Add to that second place in the Super Dirt Series and the Outlaw Speedway track championship.

Purse winnings by track (# of races in parentheses): OCFS $80219 (7), Land of Legends $26400 (12), Outlaw $24715 (16), Weedsport $21350 (4), Fonda $12450 (3), Devils Bowl $11500 (1), Granby $10050 (2), Can AM $10050 (1), Georgetown $8370 (5), Cornwall $7550 (1), Brockville $7550 (1), Grandview $7500 (1), Oswego $6250 (1), Afton $5825 (1), Airborne $5000 (1), Big Diamond $5000 (1), Delaware Int. $5000 (1), Albany Saratoga $4500 (3), Volusia $4450 (4), BAPS $3500 (1), Port Royal $3250 (1), Charlotte $2800 (2), Mohawk $2500 (1), Brewerton $1800 (1), Eldora $1800 (1), Fulton $1600 (1), Accord $1500 (1), Utica-Rome $1500 (1),Drummond $1300 (1), Lebanon Valley $700 (1), Merritville $575 (1), Thunder Mountain $425 (1), New Egypt $415 (1).

Worst SDS finish was 31st at Oswego. Worst SSTS North finish was 16th at his home track Outlaw Speedway. Worst finish on the SSTS-South was 16th at New Egypt, where he is a former track champion.

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Maybe we can get an opinion from ARRA on this. Devils Bowl, August 11th, 2019. How many feature wins does MS get credit for?

What was the deal, something like a small block qualifying with a "feature", big block qualifying with a "feature", then the top however many from each of those 2 "features" run together in another "feature" or something like that?

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28 minutes ago, By The Book said:

Maybe we can get an opinion from ARRA on this. Devils Bowl, August 11th, 2019. How many feature wins does MS get credit for?

What was the deal, something like a small block qualifying with a "feature", big block qualifying with a "feature", then the top however many from each of those 2 "features" run together in another "feature" or something like that?

I am answering this while relaxing in bed ready to hit the sack.  I would want to refer back to that event, but honestly, it sure sounds like it smacks up hard against our #2 in our adopted list of criteria.  Yet, I see that it has been counted in his sum total.  Let me look into that event...that may need changing.

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21 minutes ago, HowieTheHat said:

I am answering this while relaxing in bed ready to hit the sack.  I would want to refer back to that event, but honestly, it sure sounds like it smacks up hard against our #2 in our adopted list of criteria.  Yet, I see that it has been counted in his sum total.  Let me look into that event...that may need changing.

Screw that....it was early enough.  I threw my slippers on and went out to dig out that issue.  Took a look at it and it DID make for an unusual format.  Let me make that clear...the format of that show was different and I say that because I have to say that I think it meets our criteria. That is why I wanted to take a look.  I thought that I could remember back because a few of us historians must have had a discussion about this due to the unusual aspect of the qualifying.  At first glance, I thought that the small block and big block "preliminary" features were exclusive to drivers in either big block or 358.  That was not the case.  Any driver could have entered  both prelims....contrary to the usual deal with touring divisions "splitting the fields" which then would be exclusive...meaning one driver runs in one prelim.  This was not so at Devils Bowl this night.  From the article...it says each of those prelim events had qualifying heats...making them legit.  And the result was that those two prelims determined the field for the Battle At The Bowl 50 lapper.  We counted it on our books...as both Brett Hearn got credit for the small block prelim and Matt got the credit for the prelim and the main event.  More and more these days...prelims are being counted....however, we at ARRA still need each prelim to be open to ALL competitors who wish to attempt to qualify for it.  This was a tricky one...and I sort of want to put a caviat with this one until I might confer with a few other historians, but I am pretty sure that including the wins was the final outcome of our discussions back in August about this event.  Hope this helps.

 

Fred Voorhees

President

ARRA

Auto Racing Research Associates

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On 1/12/2020 at 12:47 PM, By The Book said:

Summary of Matt Sheppard's 2019 season: Winnings are close but not exact! SDS = Super Dirt Series. SSTS = Short Track Super Series

Attempted to race 98 times. Competed in 81 races with 17 rainouts. Won 35. Raced at 33 different tracks, won at 15 different tracks.

Rainouts: Volusia 2/12, Outlaw 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/7 (SDS), Land of Legends 4/20, 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/13, Fulton 4/27 (SDS), Weedsport 6/16, Sharon 7/30 (SDS), Ransomville 8/6 (SDS), Woodhull 8/13 (SSTS-N), 9/1 Utica Rome (SDS), LeRPM 9/7 (SDS). OCFS SDS race was rescheduled.

1 DNQ (Georgetown 3/17), 5 DNFs (Thunder Mtn 5/26, Outlaw 6/14, Outlaw 7/5, Outlaw 8/2, Oswego 10/13).

Purse Winnings $287,634 (estimates applied to Utica Rome on 8/4, Albany Saratoga on 9/19, Outlaw on 10/19, Georgetown on 11/1). Hoosier Tire Bonus $5000. American Racer Cup $11000. Short Track Super Series North Champion $12500. Short Track Super Series South Champion $10000. SSTS/American Racer Bonus $25000. Land of Legends Champion $2000 (assuming same as last year).Weedsport Speedway Champion $2000.

Total that up and it is $344,294. Add to that second place in the Super Dirt Series and the Outlaw Speedway track championship.

Purse winnings by track (# of races in parentheses): OCFS $80219 (7), Land of Legends $26400 (12), Outlaw $24715 (16), Weedsport $21350 (4), Fonda $12450 (3), Devils Bowl $11500 (1), Granby $10050 (2), Can AM $10050 (1), Georgetown $8370 (5), Cornwall $7550 (1), Brockville $7550 (1), Grandview $7500 (1), Oswego $6250 (1), Afton $5825 (1), Airborne $5000 (1), Big Diamond $5000 (1), Delaware Int. $5000 (1), Albany Saratoga $4500 (3), Volusia $4450 (4), BAPS $3500 (1), Port Royal $3250 (1), Charlotte $2800 (2), Mohawk $2500 (1), Brewerton $1800 (1), Eldora $1800 (1), Fulton $1600 (1), Accord $1500 (1), Utica-Rome $1500 (1),Drummond $1300 (1), Lebanon Valley $700 (1), Merritville $575 (1), Thunder Mountain $425 (1), New Egypt $415 (1).

Worst SDS finish was 31st at Oswego. Worst SSTS North finish was 16th at his home track Outlaw Speedway. Worst finish on the SSTS-South was 16th at New Egypt, where he is a former track champion.

So Matt is in the $370,000 to $380,000 range. Dang that’s a big year and yet it still feels like he left a lot on the table. Was he not light on the scales in Fonda (maybe I’m misremembering) which would have been a $25,000 second place finish? I think those SDS rainouts that weren’t rescheduled hurt him more than they hurt MW. Either way those events, If run, could have pushed him above the $400,000 mark 

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1 hour ago, JohnyC said:

So Matt is in the $370,000 to $380,000 range. Dang that’s a big year and yet it still feels like he left a lot on the table. Was he not light on the scales in Fonda (maybe I’m misremembering) which would have been a $25,000 second place finish? I think those SDS rainouts that weren’t rescheduled hurt him more than they hurt MW. Either way those events, If run, could have pushed him above the $400,000 mark 

Yes he was Light at the scales cost him 20,000

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An absurd amount for a local racer. It’s laughable that some think Mcriedie couldn’t make a ton of money if he came back to modifieds. 

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11 minutes ago, con7 said:

An absurd amount for a local racer. It’s laughable that some think Mcriedie couldn’t make a ton of money if he came back to modifieds. 

Make or win?

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9 minutes ago, John Williams said:

Make or win?

Only this board is obsessed with that distinction, we realize the driver doesn’t gross 100% of his winnings. But I say to that, there are not many short track drivers that “win” 400k, and very very few travel as little as Sheppard to do it. 

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2 hours ago, con7 said:

An absurd amount for a local racer. It’s laughable that some think Mcriedie couldn’t make a ton of money if he came back to modifieds. 

How much did McCreadie win last year in Late Models? 

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17 hours ago, John Williams said:

Only this board is obsessed with Sheppard and how much money he wins.

Here’s my recap.....the 3 most important trophies to every big block driver that were up for grabs in 2019.....were all collected by Mat Williamson. 

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17 minutes ago, rpm72x said:

Here’s my recap.....the 3 most important trophies to every big block driver that were up for grabs in 2019.....were all collected by Mat Williamson. 

And yet MS won 370,000.  That is unbelievable. Do you think this is the most anyone has won in a single year? 

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I have no idea.....there are tons of ppl that are exceptional at their job....I don’t care how much they make either.....Matt is the best...but I agree with John Williams feelings, there is no need for a thread every week, month, year driving home that fact....he’s maybe the only guy who overall might be breaking even, how about a thread showing how much most weekend big block teams made, that will shed some light on the issues with the class....

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On 1/14/2020 at 5:34 PM, rpm72x said:

I have no idea.....there are tons of ppl that are exceptional at their job....I don’t care how much they make either.....Matt is the best...but I agree with John Williams feelings, there is no need for a thread every week, month, year driving home that fact....he’s maybe the only guy who overall might be breaking even, how about a thread showing how much most weekend big block teams made, that will shed some light on the issues with the class....

I can’t imagine many, if any, making money. 

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2 hours ago, JohnyC said:

I can’t imagine many, if any, making money. 

None....none are anywhere near breaking even....some may have good sponsorship to cover some of or a lot of the loss...but most are thousands in the negative every year. 

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Friend of mine is a huge super matt fan. Loves to slander larry wight and made some comments on his chilli bowl run. To which i replied "how many chilli bowls has super matt attempted?" His reply "none cause matt would whipe the field and lap them." My thoughts, matt isnt a very diverse driver. Yes hands down hes awesome in a mod, but hes really a one trick pony. 

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32 minutes ago, 80K said:

Friend of mine is a huge super matt fan. Loves to slander larry wight and made some comments on his chilli bowl run. To which i replied "how many chilli bowls has super matt attempted?" His reply "none cause matt would whipe the field and lap them." My thoughts, matt isnt a very diverse driver. Yes hands down hes awesome in a mod, but hes really a one trick pony. 

Actually a very good point. 

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Im in no way trying to talk bad about matt. Hes a great accomplished driver and on top of his game nightly. I know he dabbled in late models a bit but has he ever really raced anything else? Also i believe he tested a spri ter at weedsport in the hbr days but never raced. 

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32 minutes ago, 80K said:

Im in no way trying to talk bad about matt. Hes a great accomplished driver and on top of his game nightly. I know he dabbled in late models a bit but has he ever really raced anything else? Also i believe he tested a spri ter at weedsport in the hbr days but never raced. 

To which I reply...why would he? The same arguments get used against Schatz because he doesn’t race Wjngless sprints or only races midgets at the Chili Bowl. 
 

Back in the day there was a monetary benefit to running different divisions but unless you just like to drive different cars or have some goal of being a sprint or midget driver, I don’t see why he would take time out of his mod deal to run a different division for less Money. 

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