Battling on the track

Pictured are Mat Williamson (No. 88) and Matt Sheppard (No. 9S) battling in a Super DIRTcar Series race earlier this season.

CONCORD, N.C. — The Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte this Thursday to Saturday is set to host one of the tightest Super DIRTcar Series championship points races in history.

Mat Williamson has won three out of the past five series races, including this year’s Super DIRT Week’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200, launching him into a neck-and-neck race for the title with Matt Sheppard.

Sheppard has nine series wins to his credit in 2019, but Williamson’s consistency has kept him in the hunt all season long.

Erick Rudolph tried to take down Sheppard last year’s Can-Am World Finals, but he fell short.

This year’s race has Sheppard (2,071 points) up on Williamson (2,065) by a mere six points. The only downside for Sheppard is that the No. 9S car suffered a mechanical failure at Oswego Speedway with absolutely vital points on the line.

Meanwhile, Williamson has done everything he could do for points by becoming only the second Canadian to win the Billy Whittaker Cars 200. Sheppard swung right back the next week at Brockville Ontario Speedway with victory, placing first from his starting position in 12th.

Williamson and Sheppard will now go head-to-head for the Cam-Am World Finals doubleheader.

Last year, a pair of veterans collected the wins. Brett Hearn and Tim Fuller showed the premier field of Big-Block Modifieds the way around The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

A solid class of rookies is vying for Rookie of the Year honors and race victories. Demetrios Drellos won the biggest race of his career at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in a SDW qualifier.

Jack Lehner led over half of the 100-lap feature at Brockville Ontario Speedway and garnered a career-high fifth-place finish.

Ryan Godown has been knocking on the door of his first Super DIRTcar Series win all year long. He came the closest at the Battle on the Midway at Orange County Fair Speedway, where he finished runner-up to Sheppard.

It’s tough to count out Gypsum Racing team as they’ll be bringing the heat down to Charlotte with a goal to win. Larry Wight and Billy Decker are running third and fourth in series points, but Rudolph is looking to leap from both of them to take third in series points.

Jimmy Phelps hasn’t had the 2019 season he envisioned, but with a brand new Bicknell chassis, he’s looking to capture momentum going into 2020. He will still look to play spoiler and lock up a pair of wins amidst the championship battle

Danny Johnson, driving the orange No. 27J, is one of the greatest Big-Block Modified drivers of all time. Johnson was inducted into the DIRT Hall of Fame this year and wants to close out his historic season in Victory Lane.

Series regulars Marcus Dinkins, Paul St-Sauveur and Rusty Smith will also be on hand to test their big blocks on the clay oval in North Carolina.

There are plenty of invaders looking to put their names in the record books as winners on The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Gary Tomkins, Anthony Perrego, Max McLaughlin, Billy Pauch Jr., Chris Hile, Phil Vigneri, Yan Bussiere, Justin Wright and Tyler Siri have all thrown their hats in the ring.

The Can-Am World Finals have included the Super DIRTcar Series since 2010. Every year it proves itself to be the premier dirt track racing event in the world.

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