WEEDSPORT, N. Y. – Despite his points lead, three-time defending Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard is hoping to improve his performance in the Big-Block Modified tour as it travels to Quebec. Sheppard leads by just 12 points, and has yet to capture a series win.
“Hopefully we can have a little bit of luck, and hopefully we can turn the series around a little bit,” Sheppard said of the upcoming races at Autodrome Drummond and Autodrome Granby. “It’s been a little while.”
Last year’s three wins – two at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – propelled Sheppard to the championship, but with Brett Hearn having another strong year and drivers like Stewart Friesen and Bobby Varin ready to take aim at the title, Sheppard will have his work cut out for him. Already his reign at Rolling Wheels Raceway fell to Friesen in June’s DIRTcar Hall of Fame 60, and point runner-up Hearn seems to be continuing his streak of big race wins, having taken the prize in The Big Show 5 Tuesday.
With a strong history at Autodrome Drummond and Autodrome Granby, Sheppard is aiming to expand his point lead with wins in Quebec.
“it’s a track that’s always been good to me,” Sheppard said of Autodrome Drummond, where he took the series show in July of last year. “I won my first-ever series race there, and we’ve won a lot of races there. Hopefully we go back there and have some of the same luck we’ve had in the past.”
Autodrome Drummond, in Drummondville, Quebec, hosts the Super DIRTcar Series Monday, July 22, before the Big-Block Modified tour travels to Autodrome Granby, Granby, Quebec, on Tuesday, July 23. Both shows also feature inaugural events for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series in the province of Quebec.
Sheppard has also seen success at Granby in the past, taking a win there in 2011, but unable to race at the track in 2012 due to inclement weather canceling both series races there.