DIRTcar Nationals: It’s Sheppard And Sheppard On Valentine’s Day

Top Three: Don O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard, and Scott Bloomquist. Photos by Jim DenHamer.

Brandon Sheppard goes back-to-back at Volusia Speedway Park for his 39th career victory over Scott Bloomquist and Don O’Neal. This sets up “The Rocket Shep” for a potential hat trick if he wins the next race in the DIRTcar Nationals. In the Super Dirt Series, Matt Sheppard did his best Superman impression as he triumphed over Stewart “Mr. Freeze” Friesen, and “Batman” Peter Britten. Sheppard made a two-for-one pass coming out of turn two for his first win of 2019 in a new car, new setup, and a new engine.

Top 3: Stewart Friesen, Matt Sheppard, and Peter Britten.

DIRTcar Nationals Results (February 14, 2019):

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 25-Shane Clanton, 16.453; 2. 44-Chris Madden, 16.57; 3. 3s-Brian Shirley, 16.584; 4. 5-Don O’Neal, 16.65; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport, 16.651; 6. 14-Josh Richards, 16.753; 7. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald, 16.773; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening, 16.795; 9. 18-Chase Junghans, 16.797; 10. 29-Darrell Lanigan, 16.94; 11. 22-Chris Ferguson, 16.981; 12. 36v-Kyle Hardy, 16.995; 13. 48-Colton Flinner, 17.075; 14. 6m-Mike Marlar, 17.102; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs, 17.149; 16. 72-Mike Norris, 17.15; 17. 1P-Earl Pearson, 17.153; 18. 9-Devin Moran, 17.158; 19. 116-Tanner English, 17.203; 20. 2-Brandon Overton, 17.214; 21. 12-Jason Jameson, 17.214; 22. CO2-Tyler Clem, 17.371; 23. 11B-Stacy Boles, 17.387; 24. 2s-Dan Stone, 17.609; 25. 25h-Chuck Hummer, 18.623; 26. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 19.406

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 16.478; 2. 33-Jeff Matthews, 16.552; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 16.593; 4. 7r-Kent Robinson, 16.684; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie, 16.742; 6. 99jr-Frank Heckenast, 16.782; 7. 6-Blake Spencer, 16.846; 8. 7-Ricky Weiss, 16.847; 9. 51m-Joey Moriarty, 16.864; 10. 97-Cade Dillard, 16.925; 11. 1x-Chub Frank, 16.955; 12. 28-Dennis Erb, 16.974; 13. 22s-Gregg Satterlee, 16.989; 14. 71-Hudson O’Neal, 17.01; 15. 58-Ivedent Lloyd, 17.067; 16. 76-Blair Nothdurft, 17.091; 17. 7m-Donald Mcintosh, 17.105; 18. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 17.158; 19. 17M-Dale McDowell, 17.195; 20. 20-Jimmy Owens, 17.22; 21. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 17.242; 22. 15s-Donny Schatz, 17.317; 23. 111-Tyler Erb, 17.353; 24. B1-Brent Larson, 17.423; 25. 83-Scott James, 17.552; 26. 942-Steve Isenberg, 18.504.

#0 Scott Bloomquist, #44 Chris Madden, and #5 Don O’Neal.

Left: #1 Brandon Sheppard and #25 Shane Clanton. Right: #22 Chris Ferguson and #29 Darrell Lanigan.

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 25-Shane Clanton [1]; 2. 5-Don O’Neal [2]; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4]; 4. 48-Colton Flinner [5]; 5. 116-Tanner English [7]; 6. 72-Mike Norris [6]; 7. CO2-Tyler Clem [8]; 8. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald [3]; 9. 25h-Chuck Hummer [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 44-Chris Madden [1]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport [2]; 3. 22-Chris Ferguson [4]; 4. 2-Brandon Overton [7]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening [3]; 6. 6m-Mike Marlar [5]; 7. 11B-Stacy Boles [8]; 8. 16H-Mike Hammerle [9]; 9. 1P-Earl Pearson [6]

Heat #3 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 3s-Brian Shirley [1]; 2. 18-Chase Junghans [3]; 3. 36v-Kyle Hardy [4]; 4. 14-Josh Richards [2]; 5. 99B-Boom Briggs [5]; 6. 12-Jason Jameson [7]; 7. 2s-Dan Stone [8]; 8. 9-Devin Moran [6]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist [1]; 2. 7r-Kent Robinson [2]; 3. 83-Scott James [9]; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell [7]; 5. 22s-Gregg Satterlee [5]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard [4]; 7. 76-Blair Nothdurft [6]; 8. 15s-Donny Schatz [8]; 9. 6-Blake Spencer [3]

Heat #5 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 39-Tim McCreadie [2]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [3]; 3. 71-Hudson O’Neal [5]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens [7]; 5. 111-Tyler Erb [8]; 6. 7m-Donald Mcintosh [6]; 7. 33-Jeff Matthews [1]; 8. 1x-Chub Frank [4]; 9. 942-Steve Isenberg [9]

Heat #6 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb [4]; 3. 58-Ivedent Lloyd [5]; 4. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [2]; 5. 14m-Morgan Bagley [6]; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson [7]; 7. 51m-Joey Moriarty [3]; 8. B1-Brent Larson [8].

#39 Tim McCreadie and #5 Don O’Neal.

Left: #44 Chris Madden and #49 Jonathan Davenport. Right: #25 Shane Clanton and #3 Brian Shirley.

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 16-Tyler Bruening [4][-]; 2. 48-Colton Flinner [1][-]; 3. 2-Brandon Overton [2][$110]; 4. 72-Mike Norris [5][$110]; 5. 116-Tanner English [3][$110]; 6. CO2-Tyler Clem [7][$110]; 7. 7F-Jason Fitzgerald [9][$110]; 8. 1P-Earl Pearson [12][$110]; 9. 11B-Stacy Boles [8][]; 10. 25h-Chuck Hummer [11][$110]; 11. 16H-Mike Hammerle [10][]; 12. 6m-Mike Marlar [6].

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer

1. 14-Josh Richards [1][-]; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell [2][-]; 3. 22s-Gregg Satterlee [4][$110]; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs [3][$110]; 5. 2s-Dan Stone [7][$110]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard [6][$110]; 7. 9-Devin Moran [9][$110]; 8. 15s-Donny Schatz [10][$110]; 9. 76-Blair Nothdurft [8][]; 10. 6-Blake Spencer [11][$110]; 11. 12-Jason Jameson [5].

Last Chance Showdown 3 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [1][-]; 2. 111-Tyler Erb [3][-]; 3. 14m-Morgan Bagley [4][$110]; 4. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [2][$110]; 5. 33-Jeff Matthews [7][$110]; 6. 7m-Donald Mcintosh [5][$110]; 7. 51m-Joey Moriarty [8][$110]; 8. 1x-Chub Frank [9][$110]; 9. B1-Brent Larson [10][]; 10. 40B-Kyle Bronson [6][$110]; 11. 942-Steve Isenberg [11].

Brandon Sheppard.

Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [4][$10,000]; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist [6][$5,000]; 3. 5-Don O’Neal [7][$3,000]; 4. 7-Ricky Weiss [10][$2,500]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie [2][$2,000]; 6. 44-Chris Madden [3][$1,700]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans [11][$1,400]; 8. 29-Darrell Lanigan [13][$1,300]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton [1][$1,200]; 10. 17M-Dale McDowell [23][$1,100]; 11. 14-Josh Richards [20][$1,050]; 12. 20-Jimmy Owens [21][$1,000]; 13. 49-Jonathan Davenport [9][$950]; 14. 3s-Brian Shirley [5][$900]; 15. 9-Devin Moran [26][$850]; 16. 22-Chris Ferguson [15][$800]; 17. 58-Ivedent Lloyd [18][$770]; 18. 28-Dennis Erb [12][$750]; 19. B1-Brent Larson [27][$110]; 20. 111-Tyler Erb [24][$700]; 21. 36v-Kyle Hardy [17][$700]; 22. 83-Scott James [14][$700]; 23. 2-Brandon Overton [25][$700]; 24. 16-Tyler Bruening [19][$700]; 25. 71-Hudson O’Neal [16][$700]; 26. 7r-Kent Robinson [8][$700]; 27. 6-Blake Spencer [28][$110]; 28. 48-Colton Flinner [22][$700].

Lap Leaders: 39 Tim McCreadie – Laps 1 – 11, 1 Brandon Sheppard – Laps 12-50

Matt Sheppard.

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard, 17.54; 2. 7-Rick Laubach, 17.584; 3. 46-Jeremy Smith, 17.874; 4. 20-Brett Hearn, 17.944; 5. 1-Billy Pauch, 18.114; 6. 1g-Darwin Greene, 18.381; 7. 2L-Jack Lehner, 18.405; 8. 5st-Tyler Siri, 18.492; 9. 118-Jim Britt, 18.53; 10. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky, 19.517.

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 9t-Will Thomas, 17.749; 2. 21a-Peter Britten, 17.911; 3. 91-Billy Decker, 17.93; 4. 88-Mat Williamson, 18.042; 5. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.136; 6. 23-Kyle Coffey, 18.403; 7. 8-Rich Scagliotta, 18.592; 8. 35c-Mario Clair, 18.691; 9. 44R-Russell Morseman, 18.993; 10. 72-Cass Bennett, 19.749.

Qualifying Flight-C: 1. 44-Stewart Friesen, 17.744; 2. 3-Justin Haers, 18.145; 3. 19m-Jessey Mueller, 18.209; 4. 42p-Pat Ward, 18.224; 5. 33-Marc Johnson, 18.461; 6. 42-Kyle Sheldon, 18.54; 7. 111-Demetrios Drellos, 18.572; 8. 48t-Dave Rauscher, 18.639; 9. 98t-Tyler Thompson, 18.743; 10. 30-Jo Jo Watson, 19.237.

Qualifying Flight-D: 1. 27j-Danny Johnson, 18.258; 2. 99l-Larry Wight, 18.3; 3. 65-Scott Hitchen, 18.305; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego, 18.308; 5. 5-Ryan Godown, 18.558; 6. 21-Yan Bussiere, 18.62; 7. 25-Erick Rudolph, 18.672; 8. 88a-Dave Allen, 18.8; 9. 35-Francois Bellemare, 18.877.

#91 Billy Decker and #19 Jessey Mueller.

Left: #42 Pat Ward and #19 Tim Fuller. Right: #5 Ryan Godown and #118 Kim Britt.

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [1]; 2. 7-Rick Laubach [2]; 3. 20-Brett Hearn [4]; 4. 1-Billy Pauch [5]; 5. 2L-Jack Lehner [7]; 6. 46-Jeremy Smith [3]; 7. 1g-Darwin Greene [6]; 8. 118-Jim Britt [9]; 9. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky [10]; 10. 5st-Tyler Siri [8].

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 9t-Will Thomas [1]; 2. 21a-Peter Britten [2]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [3]; 4. 19-Tim Fuller [5]; 5. 88-Mat Williamson [4]; 6. 23-Kyle Coffey [6]; 7. 35c-Mario Clair [8]; 8. 8-Rich Scagliotta [7]; 9. 44R-Russell Morseman [9]; 10. 72-Cass Bennett [10].

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 44-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 19m-Jessey Mueller [3]; 3. 3-Justin Haers [2]; 4. 42p-Pat Ward [4]; 5. 33-Marc Johnson [5]; 6. 111-Demetrios Drellos [7]; 7. 98t-Tyler Thompson [9]; 8. 42-Kyle Sheldon [6]; 9. 48t-Dave Rauscher [8]; 10. 30-Jo Jo Watson [10].

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 27j-Danny Johnson [1]; 2. 18-Anthony Perrego [4]; 3. 99l-Larry Wight [2]; 4. 25-Erick Rudolph [7]; 5. 5-Ryan Godown [5]; 6. 88a-Dave Allen [8]; 7. 21-Yan Bussiere [6]; 8. 35-Francois Bellemare [9]; 9. 65-Scott Hitchen [3].

#44 Stewart Friesen and #21 Peter Britten.

Left: #99 Larry Wight and #1 Billy Paunch. Right: #9 Matt Sheppard and #21 Peter Britten.

Last Chance Showdown (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer: 1. 23-Kyle Coffey [2]; 2. 1g-Darwin Greene [3]; 3. 46-Jeremy Smith [1]; 4. 118-Jim Britt [5]; 5. 35c-Mario Clair [4]; 6. 8-Rich Scagliotta [6]; 7. 44R-Russell Morseman [8]; 8. 29J-Chris Ostrowsky [7].

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer: 1.111-Demetrios Drellos [1]; 2. 98t-Tyler Thompson [3]; 3. 88a-Dave Allen [2]; 4. 21-Yan Bussiere [4]; 5. 30-Jo Jo Watson [9]; 6. 48t-Dave Rauscher [7]; 7. 65-Scott Hitchen [8]; 8. 42-Kyle Sheldon [5]; 9. 35-Francois Bellemare [6].

Left: Pass for the lead, #9 Matt Sheppard and #44 Stewart Friesen. Right: Matt Sheppard and crew.

FEATURE (30 Laps): 1. 9s-Matt Sheppard [4]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [5]; 3. 21a-Peter Britten [1]; 4. 18-Anthony Perrego [8]; 5. 91-Billy Decker [10]; 6. 19m-Jessey Mueller [2]; 7. 25-Erick Rudolph [16]; 8. 1-Billy Pauch [13]; 9. 99l-Larry Wight [12]; 10. 20-Brett Hearn [9]; 11. 3-Justin Haers [11]; 12. 42p-Pat Ward [15]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [14]; 14. 88-Mat Williamson [18]; 15. 111-Demetrios Drellos [22]; 16. 118-Jim Britt [25]; 17. 5-Ryan Godown [20]; 18. 9t-Will Thomas [3]; 19. 2L-Jack Lehner [17]; 20. 33-Marc Johnson [19]; 21. 98t-Tyler Thompson [24]; 22. 23-Kyle Coffey [21]; 23. 46-Jeremy Smith [26]; 24. 1g-Darwin Greene [23]; 25. 7-Rick Laubach [7]; 26. 27j-Danny Johnson [6].

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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