By BOBBY SWEENEY
DUNDEE, NY – With each passing week, Matt Sheppard seems to be getting faster and faster. Following a pair of wins last week, Sheppard took his most dominating win yet, lapping all but the top five cars.
Tyler Siri took control over Eldon Payne at the start of the 30-lap Modified feature, with Sheppard jumping from eighth to third in the opening lap. After a brief battle with Payne, Sheppard took second on lap five, then erasing Siri’s ten car length advantage in an instant. Slight contact with a lapped car got Siri out of shape, and Sheppard stole the lead on lap seven.
Once out front, Sheppard quickly became a memory to Siri and Payne. By halfway, positions were shuffling inside the top five, as Rudolph had taken third from Payne and went to work on Siri. While Siri and Rudolph battled, Sheppard’s lead was over half a lap and continuing to grow. Rudolph eventually cleared Siri on lap 20, but Sheppard was too far gone to make a run.
Sheppard seemed to be a lock for another dominating win, but a caution with two laps left erased his nine second advantage. However, a flawless restart gave Rudolph no shot to make a move, and Sheppard scored his seventh Outlaw win of the year. Rudolph finished second, with Alan Johnson, Siri, and Payne the top five.
“I’ve never had a car as good as the one we got here this year,” Sheppard said. “I feel like a kid again, coming here and just having fun. We had a real nice track tonight, top, bottom, and a middle, but I really didn’t want to see that yellow with two to go.”
OUTLAW SPEEDWAY RESULTS. August 7, 2020
Friendly Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Modifieds. (22 cars)
30 lap feature. Matt Sheppard (7), Erick Rudolph, Alan Johnson, Tyler Siri, Eldon Payne, Danny Johnson, Ron Cartwright Jr., Jordan Siri, Steve Paine, Jim LaRock, Kyle Coffey, Chris Ostrowsky, Brad Weaver, Lance Dusett, Brady Fultz, Greg Birosh, Matt Cole, Cory Costa, Kailee DiMorier, Justin Wright, Ed Lawrence, Brian Swarthout
Sunrise Insulation American Racer Tire Crate Sportsman. (17 cars)
25 lap feature. Troy Sperring, Billy Paine, Chris Fisher, Alex Payne, Travis Grover, Will Shields, Casey Wagner, Kaiden Dgien, Zach Sobotka, Karl Comfort, Dale Welty, Bryan Rhodes, March Schenck, Chris Hall, Ran Dann, Justice Mayo, Ajay Potrzebowski.
Hoosier Tire Crate Sportsman (16 cars)
25 lap feature. Tommy Collins Jr. (3), Zach Sobotka, Travis Grover, Tommy Paine, Will Shields, Zach George, Stacy Jackson, Tim Guild, Brett Buono, Casey Williams, Bryan Rhodes, Brandon Butler, JT Sperring, AJ Lloyd, Anthony Kimble, Alex Payne.
Stan’s No Tubes Street Stocks. (16 cars)
20 lap feature. Glen Whritenour (6), Jake Karlnoski, John Carpenter, Quinn Sutherland, Shawn Boyton, Jared Hill, Carl Johnson, Lance Albanese, Kane Stebbins, Aksel Jensen, Gene Balmer, Aaron Miller, CJ Guererri, Zach Teed, John Burritt, Jeremy Potrzebowski.
IMCA Modifieds. (7 cars)
20 lap feature. Rodney Morgan (5), Shawn Bruce, Bumps Scutt, Jeff Austin, Brad Smith, Kevin Smith, Rich Karlnoski
IMCA Hobby Stocks. (18 cars)
20 lap feature. Nick Stark, Wayne Ellison, Justin Eldredge, Jack Ayers, Jeremy Trank, Casey Wagner, Amber Pierce, Allison Pierce, Zach Kinner, Matt Sullivan, Jamie Eldredge Jr., Bruce Kinner, Kenny Hunt, Frank Burnell, John Oles, Marc Minutolo. DNS, Jamie Eldredge, Jason Clugstone.
IMCA Hobby Stock Make-up Feature from July 10. 2020
20 laps. Wayne Ellison (6), Marc Minutolo, Jeremy Trank, Bruce Kinner, Justin Eldredge, Jamie Eldredge Jr., Allison Pierce, Amber Pierce, Zach Kinner, Matt Sullivan, Jamie Eldredge, Jack Ayers, Nick Stark, Josh Oles, Kenny Hunt, Jason Clugstone. DNS, Grayson Albanese, Josh Turner, Charlie Towner, Glen Aumick.
4 Cylinders (18 cars)
20 lap feature. Bob Doolittle (4), Jeremy Bunn, Scott Lehman, Ray Hyer, Jason Smart, Scott Lehman Jr., Robert Decker, Lee Fritz, Kenneth Evans, ShiAnn LaBarr, Steve Perkins, Desi Force, Mike Webster, Derrick Evans, Sammy Fuller, Dakota Spicer, Mike Stone, Matt Irwin.
Winner’s Circle Deli Bandits. Feature. Ethan Decker