Sheppard & Dunn Rule Canandaigua
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Matt Sheppard and Billy Dunn became repeat winners in the Team Tire Masters Big-Block Modified division as each won a 25-lap feature on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Sheppard won his fourth feature of the year in the first 25-lap race. He took the lead on lap 12 and had very little trouble in going on to the victory.
Dave Rauscher was the early leader in the event until Sheppard made his winning move. Billy Dunn moved into second on lap 14, but wasn’t any challenge for Sheppard. Dunn took home the runner-up position.
“We were really good in the first race,” Sheppard said in victory lane. “We had to change an axle between the two races. The car was really good in the second race but we had to come too far from the back.”
Third was Alan Johnson followed by Dave Rauscher with another good top-five finish. Peter Britten took the fifth-place finishing spot.
In the second feature, Billy Dunn took the lead off a lap 11 restart and kept the rest of the field at bay as he recorded his second win of the season at CMP.
The second-place finish in the first race also gave Dunn a big smile to share.
“It was a good night for this race team,” Dunn admitted afterwards. “To be honest, we were able to watch Matt in the first race and what lane he ran and make the changes necessary to win. I’m hoping that we can keep this going.”
Once again, Dave Rauscher led the initial laps to start the race.
Second was polesitter Peter Britten followed by Matt Sheppard. Rounding out the top five were Rich Scagliotta and Justin Wright.
In the sportsman 25-lap event, Paul Guererri held on for dear life after his right front tire began to lose air with five laps remaining to win his first of the season.
In the street stocks, Mike Welch won his eighth of the season in the 15-lap main event.
In the 12-lap pure stock feature, Marc Minutolo won his first of the season, beating his dad Mike Minutolo Sr. to the finish line.
The Castners Performance 305 sprints 20-lap main event ended with Charlie Donk returning to victory lane.