Sheppard Scores At Canandaigua


CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Matt Sheppard picked up his first big-block modified victory of the season Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Sheppard got himself into second on lap 19 and pressured then leader Vic Coffey. Another caution period later on proved to be to his advantage.

“Starting 11th in this field is tough enough. You knew if you could get by these guys, you car was running well,” Sheppard said in victory lane.

It has been a tough go for Sheppard. Saturday night’s win was his first of the 2013 season.

“I’ll tell you, the car has been good, then not good. Tonight, we were really on our game.”

Coffey held on for second-place followed by Vince Vitale, who led the first 11 laps of the feature. Fourth was Danny Johnson, who accidentally hit the outside wall off turn two in the late stages of the event but was able to continue on. Rounding out the top five was Jimmy Phelps.

Kevin Ridley won the sportsman modified feature and Mike Welch topped the street stock event. Charlie Donk won in the 305 sprint cars and Derek Excell aced the pure stock event.