Column By: MICHELINA FRISS / DIRTCAR – WEEDSPORT, NY – The Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds will return to Weedsport Speedway for one last time this season, Sept.10-11, for the Cavalcade Weekend. It will include a $7,500-to-win, 60-lap spectacular on Saturday night and a $10,000-to-win, 100-lap NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifier on Sunday.
Here are the top storylines to follow…
GOING HOME: Heinke-Baldwin Racing driver Jimmy Phelps experienced one of the highlights of his season during the opening night of SummerFAST at Weedsport Speedway. Phelps won the battle for his first points-paying win in almost three years in front of his home crowd. The win afforded him a much-needed confidence boost, with Phelps claiming a sixth-place finish on night two and a third-place finish on night four. Phelps will look to repeat that successful this weekend to keep himself in contention for the championship.
HBR teammate Max McLaughlin will also aim to bring his “A-game” when he rolls in to his team’s home track. The Mooresville, NC resident earned his first career Super DIRTcar Series win at Weedsport but has struggled at the track this season. In two starts there he’s finished sixth and 19th.
DRIVE FOR NINE: Eight-time and defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion Matt Sheppard is having one of the most successful seasons in recent years. He has claimed five Feature victories thus far and currently leads the Series in points.
The Waterloo, NY driver has a wealth of experience at Weedsport Speedway, notching seven career victories, dating back to 2010. One of them came at the 2021 Cavalcade Weekend. He’ll look to repeat that victory again this year, along with trying to sweep the weekend for the first time.
BATTLING BACK: After hitting a dry-spell around the mid-point of the season, defending NAPA Super DIRT Week champion Mat Williamson broke through with his first points-paying win of the season at his home track Ransomville Speedway. The win helped bump him up into second in the points standings, and back into contention for the championship.
Williamson has seen some success at the Weedsport, NY oval, notching a Feature win in May 2021 followed by two top-10 finishes in 2022.
EYE ON THE PRIZE: “Batman” Peter Britten has recently strung together a series of successful finishes that include a second-place finish at Ransomville Speedway, a third-place finish at Brewerton Speedway, and a ninth-place finish at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
Currently sitting 19 points outside of the top five in the points standings, Britten could shake up the standings by claiming a victory during the double header weekend. Britten finished 14th during the Series first season visit to the track back in May, then 13th place during the SummerFAST visit in August.