SELINSGROVE, Pa. – When the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco hits the ground running at the Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, it will do so with some true stars of the sport.
Billy Dunn and Matt Sheppard are set to lead some of the heavyweights into battle at the fast Pennsylvania half-mile.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Dunn, driver of the Frosty’s Ice Cream Bicknell machine. “Selinsgrove is the type of race track I enjoy. It has big speed and I’ve been successful at places like that. We intend to run as many of the Race of Champions events as we possibly can. It’s a great series for teams like ours, that are family-owned without a huge budget and we can’t wait to roll out of the box at Selinsgrove and see what we can do.”
Dunn had a breakout victory at the Syracuse mile in 2013, in which he captured a victory against some of the Goliaths of the sport.
“Our team is family based,” explained Dunn. “It’s my dad, his brother and some of my friends and family members making this all happen. It can be challenging for all of us at times, but we’ll be up for the task when it gets down to it.”
Sheppard will be behind the wheel of Norm Hansell’s potent 357. Sheppard stood in Victory Lane at Selinsgrove once before in 2010 and knows what it takes to get the job done.
“It’s going to be fast and you’re going to have to bring your best game to this race,” said Sheppard. “You have to be on it everywhere these days with the caliber of competition, but when you get to a place like Selinsgrove it ramps up because of how demanding the competition is and the speed on the track. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
“There are some changes that we have and some decisions that will play into our strategy on how we approach the day at Selinsgrove. We’re looking forward to getting the season rolling up here after our trip to Volusia.”