Thunder In The 1,000 Islands Race Notes

The Super DIRTcar Series kicked off their season opener over the weekend at Can-Am Speedway in Lafargeville, NY where fans saw 42 drivers compete for the $10,000 payday.

To no surprise, the reigning Super DIRTcar Series Champ, Matt Sheppard, picked up right where he left off and dominated the 100-lap main event in strong fashion.

It was the first time the series made their way back to the fast, half-mile in ten years, leaving many teams uncertain of what to expect.

“We didn’t really know what to expect with the early spring and weather, but I had some suspicions.”

Sheppard’s suspicions hit the nail on the head by leading just shy of 90 laps Saturday evening to pull away with the victory and the Super DIRT Week guaranteed starting spot.

Following Sheppard in a tight battle for second was Mat Williamson and Billy Dunn.

Mad Max Makes A Visit

The young hot-shoe, Max McLaughlin, who announced earlier this year that he will be cutting back on his modified racing and will be running fulltime on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, made an unexpected trip to the half-mile.

Due to weather conditions down south, McLaughlin flew back to New York to jump behind the wheel of the Graham Racing No.27J, typically piloted by Danny Johnson.

After breaking a front end in the heat race, McLaughlin went on to fix the car and take a provisional for the 100-lap main event. McLaughlin maneuvered his way through the field and was up to 11th when he was sidelined by a broken fuel pump.

Johnson’s Conflict

Danny Johnson, the driver of the Graham Racing No.27J, had a schedule conflict which then allowed McLaughlin to jump behind the wheel and fill in. Last minute, Johnson was able to make the trip to Can-Am, but with his seat already taken, the team brought out an older Troyer with fresh sheet metal, a fresh motor and threw duct tape No.1 sonto the side of it, making it just in time for the big event.

Johnson and the team ran into issues early on in the evening which then flowed into the 100-lap feature event resulting in a DNF for Johnson.

Williamson Finds Speed

After a not so good outing in Florida for the DIRTcar Nationals in February, Mat Williamson and his new team rebounded with a strong second-place finish Saturday night.

“We struggled down there a little bit, it just took some getting used to everything and getting comfortable with the car.”

Williamson started 15th and quietly sliced his way through the field to make a late race charge passed Billy Dunn for second-place.

After his strong runner-up posting, Williamson and the No.88 team are feeling confident heading into the next Super DIRTcar Series event at Fulton Speedway.

Next on tap for the Super DIRTcar Series will be the $7,500 High Bank Holdup 100 on Saturday, April 27th at Fulton Speedway.

Leary Takes Over ISW Point Lead

With a pair of second-place finishes in each of the first two nights of racing at Gas City and Plymouth, C.J. Leary has taken over the top spot in the 32nd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week standings.

Cottle Remains atop ProSource Passing Master Points

Despite missing the transfer in Friday night’s feature event at Plymouth Speedway, Shane Cottle remains atop the ProSource Passing Master standings with 17 points, all of which were collected in Thursday’s ISW opening night victory at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Drevicki Doubles up at Big Diamond

For the second time this season at the Big Diamond Speedway, and the third time overall, defending Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Champion Steven Drevicki was able to grab the checkered flag and head to victory lane.

Carlson Wins Debut at New Hampshire

Seth Carlson of Stafford, CT, became the first winner of a USAC dirt midget race at the new dirt track on the grounds of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Courtney Gets Back on Track at Plymouth

The ups and downs of racing night-after-night can take a toll on driver and team alike.  It can also afford driver and team an opportunity to get back on the horse, so to speak, to find redemption in the face of adversity.

Cottle Stuns in Photo Finish at Gas City ISW Opener

No longer will Shane Cottle have to answer the question of when his day will come during NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

Fred Gormly, Silver Crown Owner Champ, Passes

Fred Gormly, whose team captured the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series title with driver Chris Windom, passed away Wednesday.  He was 75 years old.

Sunshine Scoops $10K in Eldora's 200th USAC Sprint Race

Throughout the past 199 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held at Eldora Speedway, there are just a few who’ve displayed the kind of sustained dominance on the western Ohio half-mile that Tyler Courtney has shown over the past 10 months.

Grandview Kicks off USAC PA Midget Week July 30

The stars of USAC will return to the East, this time taking part in the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series that will open at the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, July 30.

USAC Western Midgets Clash at Petaluma

The battle for the USAC Western States Midget championship resumes this Saturday, July 20th, at Petaluma Speedway.