Matt Sheppard Claims King Of Dirt 358 Modified Win At Utica Rome Speedway


August 20, 2017 (Vernon, NY) – Over 100 drivers entered the pit area at Utica Rome Speedway to compete in King Of Dirt Racing events during Legends Night. A very large crowd of fans was not disappointed, as Matt Sheppard, Rocky Warner, Chuck Dumblewski, and Rob Yetman found their way to DKM Fabrication victory lane presented by R3 Graphics.

Headlining the triple-header for King Of Dirt Racing were the stars and cars of the Elmo’s Auto Body Small Block Modified Series. Allison Ricci and Erick Rudolph led the field to the green flag; with Victoria champion Rudolph taking the early lead.

Mike Mahaney started 4th in the Buzzchew Chevrolet W-16 powered number 88 and wasted no time pressuring the Halmar number 55 ride of Ricci for the runner up spot. By lap five Mahaney riding the cushion had caught Rudolph, applied pressure, and made the pass to take the lead.

Red flag waived on lap nine for Muller and Sons Heavy Duty Towing number 19 of Jessey Mueller soft rolled over a yuke tire in turn four. Mueller to the amazement of the crowd fired his Cyclone Chassis back up and drove away. He would continue the feature event.

Back to green flag racing and Rudolph was back up on the wheel challenging to regain the lead he once had. He would make the pass on Mahaney to take the lead back on lap 10. Meanwhile there was a ‘superman’ and a ‘wild thing’ moving through the field.

Matt Sheppard who had fallen back on the start was in rhythm and moving forward with the CG Morey owned Crash Palace 14. After a spirited battle with the ‘white night’ Marc Johnson in his Electric City Taxi number 3J, Sheppard was in position to challenge for the top spot. On lap 23 the multi-time Super DIRTcar Series champion would seize the opportunity in traffic to take the lead from Rudolph.

Wild Thing Jeremy Wilder started 13th and impressed the masses in his brand new Cyclone chassis number 22. Wilder worked his way into the top five by lap 23 and was battling with Ronnie Davis III, Neil Stratton, and Bobby Varin for position.

Up front it Sheppard was working on sweeping Modified features on the evening and while Rudolph didn’t let him get too far away, he just couldn’t catch Sheppard who went on to win the 35-lap Small Block Modified feature. Rudolph crossed the line 2nd followed by Marc Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Jeremy Wilder, Ronnie Davis, Neil Stratton, Bobby Varin, Matt DeLorenzo, and Mike Maresca rounding out the top 10.


  • 30 talented drivers entered the King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified event Sunday August 20th at Utica Rome Speedway.
  • Matt Sheppard claimed his 1st career KOD Small Block Modified tour win driving for CG Morey.
  • Jeremy Wilder debuted his new Cyclone Chassis number 22 and drove to an impressive 5th place finish.
  • Ronnie Davis III once again found himself earning a top 10 finish with his DIRTcar W-16 Small Block in 6th.
  • Rocky Warner debuted a Small Block Modified at Utica Rome and was fast. Despite an early race jingle, Warner was able to finish 11th by the end of 35 laps.

AUGUST 20, 2017 ELMO’S SPEED SUPPLY KING OF DIRT RACING SMALL BLOCK MODIFIED SERIES PRESENTED BY WILBER DUCK CHEVROLET FEATURE FINISH AT UTICA ROME SPEEDWAY (35 Laps) – 1) Matt Sheppard, 2) Erick Rudolph, 3) Marc Johnson, 4) Mike Mahaney, 5) Jeremy Wilder, 6) Ronnie Davis III, 7) Neil Stratton, 8) Bobby Varin, 9) Matt DeLorenzo, 10) Mike Maresca, 11) Rocky Warner, 12) Allison Ricci, 13) Brian Gleason, 14) Steve Way, 15) Don Ronca, 16) Brett Haas, 17) Tyler Meeks, 18) Randy Shantel, 19) Jack Lehner, 20) Lance Willix, 21) Dave Allen, 22) Jack Miller, 23) Elmo Reckner, 24) Michael Sabia, 25) Jessey Mueller, 26) Ricky Davis III, 27) Kevin Poitras, 28) Shaun Pangman, 29) Alan Johnson.

Heat Race Winners – Marc Johnson, Jessey Mueller, Alan Johnson, & Erick Rudolph
Lap Leaders – Erick Rudolph (1-5), Mike Mahaney (6-10), Erick Rudolph (11-22), Matt Sheppard (23-35)
Hoosier Tire Hard Charger – Bobby Varin (+20)
Fast Axle Superior Sixth – Ronnie Davis III
J-Tees Fast Timer – Alan Johnson (18.910)
Newcomer Of The Race – Jeremy Wilder (5th)

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