Sheppard Leads Hearn by One Point in Super DIRTcar Series
THOROLD, Ontario – July 30, 2012 – With just a one-point margin between point leader Matt Sheppard and Brett Hearn in second place, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series brawl for points continues with the thrilling 100-lap Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial at Merrittville Speedway Monday, Aug. 6.
Sheppard, who won the series’ appearances at the same 3/8-mile banked clay track in 2009, 2010, and 2011, said his past experience will benefit his performance in round six, and perhaps help him build his lead.
“We’ve won the last three years in a row up there, so hopefully we can go up there and make it four in a row,” said Sheppard, defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion.
However, prior experience may bode well for other drivers battling Sheppard for points, including Hearn, who placed first at a 358-Modified Series race at Merrittville earlier this season.
“Merrittville’s been a very good track for me,” said seven-time Super DIRTcar Series titlist Hearn. “I have a good feeling about this car at Merrittville,” he added, referring to the No. 20 Big-Block Modified he drove to second place at Autodrome Drummond Tuesday, July 24.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. for the Third Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial, which is presented by L.St.Amand Enterprises and also includes a 25-lap Hoosier Stock “Duel on the Dirt” Big 6 Series event. For more information about this event, contact the speedway office at (905) 892.8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com.
It’s not too early to get your annual Super DIRT Week tickets. Super DIRT Week gets underway Wednesday, Oct. 3, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 7, at the New York State Fairgrounds. For tickets, go to www.DIRTcar.com/tickets or call (315) 834-6606.
What: Third Annual Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial – Super DIRTcar Series Round 6
Who: Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified drivers and teams
When: Gates open at 4 p.m., racing starts at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6
Where: Merrittville Speedway, 2371 Merrittville Highway, Thorold, Ontario
PHOTO: Matt Sheppard powers his No. 9 to victory at the 2011 Super DIRTcar Series race at Merrittville Speedway
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