Sheppard Bounces Back At Granby
GRANBY, Quebec — There’s nothing like a comeback, and three-time defending Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series Champion Matt Sheppard was ready for one after mechanical issues in Monday’s series event left him in 26th place.
And, sure enough, “Super” Matt Sheppard delivered a comeback the very next night, claiming the win at Autodrome Granby Tuesday.
“We drove to the lead last night, and I think we had the car to win that race. I just had some bad luck, had a part break,” Sheppard said of Monday’s race at Autodrome Drummond. “We rebounded well tonight, got the car back together. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going for the rest of the season.”
After breaking down in the 64th lap of Monday’s race while in the lead, the team got to work on the FX Caprara/XTreme Lubriccants No. 9s, determined to redeem themselves in Tuesday’s 100-lapper at Autodrome Drummond. Sheppard’s car was fast right off the trailer, claiming the second-fastest lap time overall in time trials.
The 9s stayed strong with a heat win, but Sheppard wasn’t placed in an easy position for the feature, redrawing the 10th starting spot.
Polesitter Steve Paine took the initial lead at the green flag, and by lap 14 was attempting to lap cars. He took the inside to get around Andre Gauthier, but Brett Hearn, then in second, circled around both to claim the lead before a caution in lap 15 brought the field back together.
Hearn kept his lead on the lap 19 restart, and Sheppard found an opportunity on the green to charge from fifth place to third, passing Gary Tomkins, Kayle Robidoux, and Monday’s series feature winner Dale Planck on the way.