FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
June 22, 2016
MATT SHEPPARD WINS SUPER DIRTcar SERIES MODIFIEDS AT WILLIAMS GROVE
Greg Hodnett is URC Sprint car winner once again.
MECHANICSBURG, PA – In the first visit in 10 years by the Super Dirtcar
Series Modifieds to Williams Grove Speedway, it was Matt Sheppard taking
the $6,000 win Wednesday night. It was the 36th career series win for
the four-time champion.
Meanwhile, it was Greg Hodnett beating Mark Smith in the United Racing
Club 360-Sprint car feature.
Tim Fuller started on the pole of the 100-lap modified feature and
grabbed the early race lead over Ryan Watt and Sheppard. The first
caution flew when Stewart Friesen slowed with seven laps completed.
Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., would get by Watt for second on the restart
as Fuller continued to lead. Billy Decker was running fourth and former
World of Outlaws Sprint car champion Dave Blaney was up to fifth from
The caution flew when Eldon Payne’s tire shredded on the frontstretch
with 19 laps completed. Watt would get back by Sheppard for second.
Fuller led a freight train of modifiedS around the inside line of the
speedway as the top groove went away.
Fuller held a comfortable lead as Sheppard would get back around Watt
for second with a move off turn four and down the frontstretch. Fuller
closed on the back of the field and Sheppard closed on him.
The leaders got a break with 37 laps completed when Danny Johnson slowed
in turn four. The top three remained the same following the restart, but
Blaney moved up to fourth.
Sheppard began to pressure Fuller for the lead. They made contact in
turn four and Sheppard was the new leader as they completed lap 53. Watt
slowed moving Blaney up to third and bringing out the caution flag.
The top three remained the same following the restart, but another
caution flew with 61 completed. Two more cautions slowed the pace.
Blaney tried to take second but couldn’t quite make the pass as they
raced into turn one. A third turn spin slowed the field again with 25 to
go. Blaney was able to make the pass work this time.
Sheppard initially pulled away, but Blaney was there with 15 laps left.
Blaney got to Sheppard’s bumper two times, but couldn’t get to his
Blaney’s final shot came with seven laps to go as the caution flew.
Sheppard got a good restart and controlled the final laps to get the win
by 2.702 seconds over Blaney, Fuller, Larry Wight and Decker. Friesen
rebounded for sixth and Frank Cozze seventh and Mike Mahaney eighth.
Brett Hearn came from the rear to ninth and Keith Flach rounded out the
“The track starting locking down a little bit early,” said Sheppard. “I
decided to ride it out and drive the car nice and straight. On the long
runs, it seemed like the guys in front of us would get slower and slower
and we’d maintain. I think that’s what won the race for us tonight. I
was able to keep the air in the right rear tire. Once we got out front,
I wanted to hit my marks and take it easy and drive the thing straight
and we were able to do that. To put a win at Williams Grove on my resume
means a lot.”
Brett Hearn set overall quick time with a lap of 20.893 seconds. Heat
races for the 34 modifieds were won by Hearn, Stewart Friesen, Frank
Cozze and Matt Sheppard. Duane Howard won the consolation.
A three-car crash on the frontstretch involving Kody Lehman, Adam
Carberry and Will Eggimann brought out the red flag on the initial start
of the United Racing Club 360-Sprint car feature.
When the race resumed, Robbie Stillwaggon grabbed the race lead over
Jason Shultz, Mark Smith and seventh starter Hodnett.
The caution flew with one lap completed for a spin by Chuck Hebing.
Hodnett had passed Smith before the caution and got Shultz with a pass
off turn two. Hodnett was running the bottom and Stillwaggon pounding
Smith moved by Shultz for second as Hodnett and Stillwaggon were about
even at the backstretch bridge. They were still close at the flagstand
with Stillwaggon leading to complete lap seven.
Hodnett finally made the bottom groove work off turn two to take the
lead. Stillwaggon fought back entering turn three in traffic, but
Hodnett got back by off turn four to complete lap 10 as the leader.
Smith passed Stillwaggon and had a run on Hodnett coming off the second
turn, but the race was slowed when Jason Clauss slowed to a stop on the
backstretch with 12 laps completed.
Hodnett pulled away from Smith on the restart. URC point leader Davie
Franek passed Shultz and Stillwaggon and was up to third as Hodnett
worked the bottom and Smith the top.
Hodnett closed on a group of lapped cars with three laps to go, but
stayed smooth and straight on the bottom. Smith closed on the final lap,
but Hodnett passed three slower cars in the final turn to keep Smith in
second by 1.203 seconds at the checkers.
“The car has been really good,” said Hodnett. “Rider just built this
motor this year. It runs really good. We’ve been fortunate to have great
starting positions and able to move through the heat races. We were bad
in one and two. I thought in three and four as long as we had track
position, we’d be okay.”
Smith, Franek, Stillwaggon and Shultz completed the top five. Curt
Michael, Lucas Wolfe, Josh Weller, Glenndon Forsythe and Chris Arnold
rounded out the top 10.
Heat races for the 24 URC Sprints were won by Franek, Hebing and Hodnett.
Super Dirt Series Modifieds (100 laps): 1. Matt Sheppard. 2. Dave Blaney.
3. Tim Fuller. 4. Larry Wight. 5. Billy Decker. 6. Stewart Friesen. 7.
Frank Cozze. 8. Mike Mahaney. 9. Brett Hearn. 10. Keith Flach. 11. Chad
Phelps. 12. Vic Coffey. 13. Peter Britten. 14. Max McLaughlin. 15. Ryan
Arbithnot. 16. Duane Howard. 17. Pat Ward. 18. Ryan Watt. 19. Yan
Bussiere. 20. Erick Rudolph. 21. Jimmy Phelps. 22. Rick Regalski Jr. 23.
Danny Johnson. 24. Tyler Dippel. 25. Rick Scagliotta. 26. Eldon Payne.
27. Tom Sheetz. 28. Dominick Buffalino. 29. Jimmy Horton. 30. Mat
URC Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett. 2. Mark Smith. 3.
Davey Franek. 4. Robbie Stillwaggon. 5. Jason Shultz. 6. Curt Michael.
7. Lucas Wolfe. 8. Josh Weller. 9. Glenndon Forsythe. 10. Chris Arnold.
11. Jimmy Stitzel. 12. Justin Whitall. 13. Eric Tomecek. 14. Troy Betts.
15. Paulie Colagiovanni. 16. Mike Walter. 17. Brent Michalski. 18. Jason
Clauss. 19. Keith Prutzman. 20. Chuck Hebing. 21. Kody Lehman. 22. Adam
Carberry. 23. Will Eggimann. DNS: Derek Locke