WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – With summer just around the corner, the Super DIRTcar Series is about to kick into high gear with its Northeast opener on May 28. The 100-lap race at Brockville Ontario Speedway in Brockville, Ontario, marks the series’ first Ontario opener in its 42-year history.
Many of the stars of the Super DIRTcar Series are already warming their tires, racing at their home tracks to test the changes they made during the off-season. Three-time series champion Matt Sheppard said he is looking forward to how some of his changes will play out in the first series races.
“I see it going good,” said Sheppard, who sports a new car and a new look after joining forces Heinke-Baldwin Racing. “We’ve already won a couple races, and I don’t think we’ve finished worse than fifth yet, so it seems to be a promising start. But we’ve got to get racing a little more to see how things shake out.”
After three consecutive series championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., just barely fell short of veteran racer Brett Hearn in last year’s point standings. Hearn, of Sussex, N.J., claimed the title with a margin of 198 points to put Sheppard in a close second. Sheppard’s current HBR teammate, Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., finished third in series point standings.
Sheppard debuted the HBR FX Caprara Car Companies No. 9H this past February in Florida during DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment, where he took home a top-five finish in every feature and a victory in the finale.