Sheppard Earns Pole for Eastern States 100 – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Matt Sheppard hasn’t had the best of luck during the 57th edition of Eastern States. The Waterloo, N.Y., driver got a flat tire on Thursday night in the Hard Clay Finale while running in second before missing a chance to lock into the top six of the Eastern States 200 on Friday night. Saturday things turned around for Sheppard as his lap of 21.167 was good enough to put him on the pole for the $15,000 Eastern States 100 later in the day.

“We’ve had a pretty miserable weekend down here so far,” commented Sheppard. “Hopefully this is something that turns things around. It’s a long race, tire wear is always a factor here. I’d much rather be starting on the pole than anywhere else. We’ll take it.”

Joining Sheppard in the group of locked in cars was 2018 Modified track champion Anthony Perrego with a lap of 21.200. Stewart Friesen had issues with his primary mount forcing him to switch cars. He hopped behind the wheel of C.G. Morey’s No. 14 to turn the third quickest lap at 21.270.

LJ Lombardo ended up in the fourth position at 21.363. He was followed by a pair of Orange County Fair Speedway regulars in Frank Venezia at 21.383 and Patrick Reiser as he turned a 21.388 to bump Brett Hearn out of a locked in position.

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR SPEEDWAY 10/20/18

TIME TRIAL RESULTS (UNOFFICIAL): 9s Matt Sheppard 21.167 44 Anthony Perrego 21.200 14s Stewart Friesen 21.270 25 LJ Lombardo 21.363 27v Frank Venezia 21.383 33x Pat Reiser 21.388 20 Brett Hearn 21.426 98h Jimmy Phelps 21.443 21y Yan Bussiere 21.513 17j Matt Janiak 21.534 21a Peter Britten 21.540 7 Rick Laubach 21.544 21 Gary Edwards Jr 21.547 3J Marc Johnson 21.548 2rj Ronnie Johnson 21.550 17z Brian Krummel 21.577 14 Michael Storms 21.591 1d Tyler Dippel 21.606 55 Allison Ricci 21.628 115 Kenny Tremont 21.666 97 Jerry Higbie 21.709 44x Shane Jablonka 21.728 93x Craig Mitchell 21.754 220 John Ferrier 21.769 3sl Cole Hentschel 21.772 5l Danny Creeden 21.773 69 Tyler Boniface 21.829 1h Tim Hindley 21.831 49 Donnie Elliottt 21.859 4sl Bobby Hentschel 21.861 24f Ken Ferrier 21.864 43 Ricky Davis 21.884 55h Brett Haas 21.918 17b Andy Bachetti 21.945 1j Rocky Warner 21.949 24s Chris Shultz 21.955 15x Eddie Burgess 21.971 45r Preston Forbes 21.998 96 Tyler Treacy 22.024 59 Yanick Mathieu 22.031 68 Jackie Brown Jr 22.050 2 Anthony Falanga 22.055 88 Joey Falanga 22.079 17h Tom Hindley 22.087 7mm Mike Maresca 22.096 83x Chris Stevens 22.111 69g Randy Green 22.133 6d Dillon Steuer 22.165 J73 Joe Conklin 22.165 78 Zach Vavricka 22.187 19 Roger Henion 22.229 250 Alan Houghtaling 22.240 33 1/3 Tommy Meier 22.260 816 Jeff Rockefeller 22.263 10 Tighe Sherlock 22.280 7s Michael Sabia 22.352 456 Jesse Leiby 22.410 J7 Brendan Finley 22.426 111 Demetrios Drellos 22.495 20 Cory Cormier 22.544 555 Leo Fotopoulos 22.642 20x Rob Rowe 22.669 66p Sean Mandel 22.744 76 John Brown 22.766 20b Joe Bonetti 22.770 28 Jimmy Spellmon 22.777 73j Troy Arnold 22.809 92 Tommy Vigh Jr 22.845 15m Dan Morgiewicz 22.872 M2 Todd Morey 23.005 9L Jimmy Leiby 23.084 73jr Terry Arnold 23.128 72 Billy Eggers Jr 23.154 7 Chris Grbac 23.157 27c Danny Carlough 23.294 47 Jason Kosch 23.374 24b Joey Bruning 23.500 117 Rich Eggers 23.754 5 Jeremy Markle NT 43j Ken Johanasson NT 75 Jeff Heotzler NT 30-06 Kurt Hundeland NT