MILLSBORO, Del. – Matt Sheppard (Modified) and Matt Stangle (Sportsman) have been officially crowned champions of the American Racer Cup presented by Sunoco.
Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., utilized Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y., as his home track on Friday nights and will collect $10,000 from the point fund for his efforts, in addition to regional bonus money and additional tire certificates. Sheppard’s total cash take is $11,000.
Stangle, of Neshanic Station, N.J., called Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey home. Stangle will receive $1,500 in point fund money for the Sportsman overall crown plus regional money and tire certificates. Stangle’s cash total is $2,800.
A total of 253 drivers registered for the program during the season. $51,450 will be distributed to competitors in cash.
The American Racer Cup counts a driver’s best 12 finishes toward the overall, regional and track standings.
Sheppard lived up to his “Super Matt” moniker, winning 10 times from mid-April to Labor Day at Outlaw. He accrued a total of 770 points en route to the overall crown.
Ryan Watt – a Bridgeport Speedway regular – finished second with 746 points, worth $5,000. Dan Pompey, representing Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa., was third overall (728 points – $4,000). New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway driver Billy Pauch Jr. ranked fourth (719 points – $3,500) and Craig Von Dohren, representing Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., completed the front five (713 points – $2,500).
Stangle utilized nine wins in his best of 12 at Bridgeport to take the overall Sportsman title. The second-generation Garden State driver earned a total of 780 points. He is also credited with fifth in the overall points for his Friday night efforts competing at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, Pa.
Brian Papiez completed a one-two sweep by Bridgeport drivers in second spot (727 points – $1,000). Mike Schane from Penn Can was third (723 points – $750), with Dale Welty fourth representing Woodhull (709 points – $600) and Stangle completing the front five from Big Diamond (707 points – $500).