DIRTcar Fines, Suspends Matt Sheppard

Matt Sheppard
Matt Sheppard (Adam Fenwick Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – The World Racing Group, the parent company of DIRTcar Racing and the Super DIRTcar Series, has fined and suspended Matt Sheppard for an incident that took place Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Sheppard was involved in a crash during Sunday’s race with Larry Wight that saw the two come together down the backstretch. The resulting incident saw Wight’s modified flip multiple times before coming to rest.

After the incident, Sheppard climbed from his car and ran towards Wight’s car as Wight was exiting his car. Sheppard grabbed Wight and wrestled him to the ground before officials could get there.

The World Racing Group said Sheppard violated section 2.2 / 11.1-M,N,P of the 2017 DIRTcar Racing Rule Book, which reads:


A.) General – All Members agree to act in a professional manner as determined by World Racing Group Officials. The professional manner includes, but is not limited to verbal representation, written representation, any representation that may represent the World Racing Group, the DIRTcar Northeast and/or Super DIRTcar Series, the sport of DIRTcar Northeast and/or Super DIRTcar Series racing and/or motorsports in general and/or any affiliates


As a result, Sheppard was fined $1,000, lost his championship points and money earned during the race at Utica-Rome and has been suspended from all DIRTcar Racing weekly events for seven days (July 3-July 10) and the next two Super DIRTcar Series events.