HOROLD, ONT (AUGUST 2, 2010) Only being one year from his first appearance at Merrittville Speedway as a Big-Block Modified Super DIRTcar driver, Matt Sheppard took Canada by storm this past weekend. Sheppard, a VP driver powering his Big-Block with C12 blend, was playing for keeps as he extended his points lead through his performance this past Monday.

Sheppard, also known as “Super Matt”, continued his mastery of Merrittville’s racy one-third miler and is now on the verge of establishing himself as the man to be beat in the bid for his first-ever overall Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar Championship.

Sheppard charged from 12th starting position to score his tour-best fifth (not to mention his second straight at the storied track). Sheppard’s triumph in this premier Big-Block series was worth $6,000 and more importantly extended his lead to 76 points over sixth-place finisher Jimmy Phelps in the title run after 14 rounds.

“It was really special to win the last Trevor Wilkens Memorial here and its even more special to win the first Bob St. Amand race,” remarked Sheppard, 28, in familiar low-key fashion after staving off a late-race run by top Canadian finisher Stewart Friesen to head back to the states with a Northeast-high total of 13 Big-Block feature wins. “Just have to thank the St. Amand family along with the Bicknells and Williamsons that own this great speedway and offer such a great event.”

Check out more Super DIRTcar Series action as they head to New York on August 26. VP Racing Fuels is a proud sponsor of the World Racing Group.