Sheppard Leads them All to Win Night Two of SummerFAST at Brewerton

By BOBBY SWEENEY

BREWERTON, NY – Matt Sheppard was able to keep the ball rolling, scoring the Super DIRTcar Series win at Brewerton Speedway, bouncing back from a third-place finish at Weedsport the prior night. Sheppard started on pole and kept the field at bay for the duration of the 60-lap event for his 78th career series win.

“Our car was definitely good enough, I guess,” said Sheppard.  “We had a good starting spot. We have a lot of laps around this place in the past. I used to run here weekly. All-in-all, it just worked out for us tonight.”

Sheppard showed the way over Adam Pierson through the first ten laps, with Pierson hanging close as both drivers ripped around the cushion. Pierson closed in as the leaders hit traffic, with Billy Decker and Larry Wight also catching up while battling for third. 

However, the first yellow of the race flew on lap 11, as Wight and Decker connected while racing for position. Decker returned after lengthy repairs to the right rear, while Wight’s broken frontend kept him in the pits.




Sheppard grabbed some breathing room on the restart, as Pierson hopped the cushion on lap 15, allowing Peter Britten and Jimmy Phelps to slide by. Sheppard’s lead remained comfortable until a lap 26 yellow, with Britten’s pace being comparable to Sheppard’s throughout the run. 

Sheppard raced away again at the green.  A good bite through the middle put Phelps by Britten and into second at halfway, but Sheppard had already ran off to a second and a half lead.

As the laps clicked off, the track was changing. The top was being pushed further out, and the bottom was coming back in. Tom Sears Jr. was the first frontrunner to make the far bottom work, getting by Britten for third on lap 35. 

Sears and Britten began catching Phelps, who was also reeling in Sheppard. Mat Williamson, Mike Mahaney, Tim Sears Jr., and others were all fast, too, reeling in the top four. With ten laps left, the top seven were all on the same straightaway.

Tom Sears Jr. finally pried under Phelps to take second on lap 53, with Sheppard not far in front. Lapped cars were not working in Sears’ favor, with most traffic on the bottom as Sheppard rolled the middle.

“I actually moved down and three and four and really felt pretty good down there,” said Sheppard.  “I felt like I was stuck pretty good in one and two, I didn’t really feel comfortable anywhere else to tell you the truth. That top just got to be so far around and on the bottom I felt like I was hanging in one and two.  I definitely felt like I was struggling down there. I didn’t really know where I wanted to be, but three and four I felt pretty comfortable once I moved down.”

Third on back was a cluster of cars, with Britten still leading that group. With two laps left, the caution waived and eliminated the traffic between Sheppard and Sears. 

Sheppard went to the middle, and Sears to the bottom at the green flag. Sheppard and Sears matched lap times in the final two circuits, which was all Sheppard needed to reach the checkered first and score another Super DIRTcar Series win. 

“The biggest thing to know is when to move,” Sheppard said. “The top was getting further and further out.  I knew it wasn’t going to last forever out there, but I knew it was a matter of when to move. I had to use lapped traffic as a judge, when you get behind lapped cars and you’re not really catching them any more, you probably got to move. All and all, we started on the pole and we were good enough to hang on.”

Tom Sears Jr. has been a strong runner at Brewerton for decades. In recent times, he has scaled back his racing to once a week to focus on his son Brett’s rapidly blooming career in the Sportsman ranks, but Sears looked every bit as good as the guys who race multiple times per week.

“He was starting to struggle and if I could have surprised him in traffic I think I could have got him with a lap or two to go and win,” said Sears.  “After that, he knew I was there on the restart and it’s a little tougher.  He’s not eight time champion for nothing. I’m okay with second, but we’ve been second too many times this year. We need to get in victory lane.”

Britten’s first win in America came at Brewerton back in 2011. Britten etched in another solid run at the track with a third, kicking his momentum upwards for the rest of the week.

“I don’t really know how I ended up in third,” Britten stated. “Things just opened up and next thing I know, we’re up front. Starting tenth, I didn’t think we had much of a shot to get up there, but this car was good. I was able to roll around just about everywhere it needed to go. It was a fun race and mix it up with a lot of guys.”

Williamson came from eighth to finish in fourth while Tim Sears Jr., eked by Jimmy Phelps at the line to pick up the final spot in the top five.

BREWERTON SPEEDWAY SUPER DIRTCAR SERIES RESULTS (8/16/22)

Summer Fast 60 (60 Laps): 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard[1]; 2. 62S-Tom Sears Jr[9]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten[10]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson[8]; 5. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[12]; 6. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[3]; 7. 35-Mike Mahaney[14]; 8. 5H-Chris Hile[18]; 9. 4-Anthony Perrego[25]; 10. 215P-Adam Pierson[2]; 11. 32R-Ronnie Davis III[7]; 12. 3J-Marc Johnson[16]; 13. 8H-Max McLaughlin[13]; 14. 9X-Tyler Trump[15]; 15. 91-Billy Decker[4]; 16. 7Z-Zachary Payne[19]; 17. JS98-Rocky Warner[6]; 18. 3-Justin Haers[22]; 19. 12S-Darren Smith[20]; 20. 2A-Mike Gular[17]; 21. 34-Kevin Root[26]; 22. 17-Marcus Dinkins[23]; 23. (DNF) 2L-Jack Lehner[11]; 24. (DNF) 70A-Alex Payne[24]; 25. (DNF) M1-Dave Marcuccilli[21]; 26. (DNF) 99L-Larry Wight[5]

Hytorc of New York Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps): 1. M1-Dave Marcuccilli[2]; 2. 17-Marcus Dinkins[3]; 3. 11T-Jeff Taylor[1]; 4. 96-JF Corriveau[4]; 5. X-Chad Phelps[9]; 6. 36-Ben Bushaw[5]; 7. 56-Garrison Krentz[6]; 8. 34-Kevin Root[8]; 9. (DNF) 14-CG Morey[7]; 10. (DNF) 21C-Brian Calabrese[10]

Hytorc of New York Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps): 1. 3-Justin Haers[2]; 2. 70A-Alex Payne[4]; 3. 4-Anthony Perrego[3]; 4. 60-Jackson Gill[8]; 5. 25R-Erick Rudolph[1]; 6. 160-Max Hill[6]; 7. 37-Paul St Sauveur[7]; 8. (DNS) Z4-JJ Courcy; 9. (DQ) 02-Roy Bresnahan[5]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 99L-Larry Wight[1]; 2. 88-Mat Williamson[3]; 3. JS98-Rocky Warner[5]; 4. 8H-Max McLaughlin[2]; 5. 2A-Mike Gular[6]; 6. 11T-Jeff Taylor[4]; 7. 17-Marcus Dinkins[8]; 8. 36-Ben Bushaw[7]; 9. 14-CG Morey[10]; 10. (DNF) X-Chad Phelps[9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 215P-Adam Pierson[3]; 2. 9S-Matt Sheppard[1]; 3. 2L-Jack Lehner[2]; 4. 35-Mike Mahaney[5]; 5. 5H-Chris Hile[7]; 6. M1-Dave Marcuccilli[4]; 7. 96-JF Corriveau[8]; 8. 56-Garrison Krentz[9]; 9. 34-Kevin Root[6]; 10. 21C-Brian Calabrese[10]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 83X-Tim Sears Jr[2]; 2. 62S-Tom Sears Jr[6]; 3. 21A-Peter Britten[4]; 4. 9X-Tyler Trump[5]; 5. 7Z-Zachary Payne[3]; 6. 25R-Erick Rudolph[1]; 7. 4-Anthony Perrego[7]; 8. 02-Roy Bresnahan[9]; 9. 37-Paul St Sauveur[8]; 10. (DNF) Z4-JJ Courcy[10]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps[1]; 2. 32R-Ronnie Davis III[2]; 3. 91-Billy Decker[5]; 4. 3J-Marc Johnson[4]; 5. 12S-Darren Smith[3]; 6. 3-Justin Haers[6]; 7. 70A-Alex Payne[7]; 8. 160-Max Hill[8]; 9. 60-Jackson Gill[9]

My Place Hotels TT Group 1 (2 Laps): 1. 99L-Larry Wight, 00:14.749[2]; 2. 8H-Max McLaughlin, 00:14.893[6]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson, 00:14.914[3]; 4. 11T-Jeff Taylor, 00:15.104[9]; 5. JS98-Rocky Warner, 00:15.106[10]; 6. 2A-Mike Gular, 00:15.176[7]; 7. 36-Ben Bushaw, 00:15.208[5]; 8. 17-Marcus Dinkins, 00:15.223[4]; 9. X-Chad Phelps, 00:15.456[8]; 10. 14-CG Morey, 00:15.564[1]

My Place Hotels TT Group 2 (2 Laps): 1. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 00:14.776[9]; 2. 2L-Jack Lehner, 00:14.797[6]; 3. 215P-Adam Pierson, 00:14.813[10]; 4. M1-Dave Marcuccilli, 00:14.879[3]; 5. 35-Mike Mahaney, 00:14.915[1]; 6. 34-Kevin Root, 00:15.021[5]; 7. 5H-Chris Hile, 00:15.061[8]; 8. 96-JF Corriveau, 00:15.162[4]; 9. 56-Garrison Krentz, 00:15.248[7]; 10. 21C-Brian Calabrese, 00:15.404[2]

My Place Hotels TT Group 3 (2 Laps): 1. 25R-Erick Rudolph, 00:14.948[5]; 2. 83X-Tim Sears Jr, 00:14.995[1]; 3. 7Z-Zachary Payne, 00:15.023[3]; 4. 21A-Peter Britten, 00:15.143[6]; 5. 9X-Tyler Trump, 00:15.186[4]; 6. 62S-Tom Sears Jr, 00:15.198[2]; 7. 4-Anthony Perrego, 00:15.232[8]; 8. 37-Paul St Sauveur, 00:15.390[7]; 9. 02-Roy Bresnahan, 00:15.583[10]; 10. Z4-JJ Courcy, 00:15.638[9]

My Place Hotels TT Group 4 (2 Laps): 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 00:15.032[4]; 2. 32R-Ronnie Davis III, 00:15.035[6]; 3. 12S-Darren Smith, 00:15.211[9]; 4. 3J-Marc Johnson, 00:15.218[3]; 5. 91-Billy Decker, 00:15.232[7]; 6. 3-Justin Haers, 00:15.341[8]; 7. 70A-Alex Payne, 00:15.470[2]; 8. 160-Max Hill, 00:15.627[5]; 9. 60-Jackson Gill, 00:15.627[1]