Column By NICK GRAZIANO / DIRTCAR – CONCORD, NC – Matt Sheppard claimed his second straight Super DIRTcar Series title during the 2022 season and his ninth overall (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022).
Like World of Outlaws Late Model Champion Dennis Erb Jr., Sheppard entered the 2022 World of Outlaws World Finals with his championship mathematically locked up.
He managed to do so after winning his third Super DIRT Week Big Block title during the event’s historic 50th Running.
The Waterloo, NY driver finished third during the first of three Features of World Finals, but then suffered mechanical issues the next two nights, rounding out the season with seven Series wins – more than 40 overall for his season – 13 top fives and 15 top 10s.
“It’s a testament to this team and how good we were all season long,” said Sheppard who got to take home the $60,000 championship check. “When you’re having as good of a year as we’ve had, get some big wins, that ninth championship is definitely special.
“All and all it’s been a great season for us. You know, another championship, that’s why we do this.”