Sheppard Scores 'Hat Trick' Saturday At Canandaigua Motorsports Park
Cool, Welch, Excell, Ruggles & Siri also take checkered flags in 5th show of 2013 season
Canandaigua, NY – May 18, 2013 – Dave Roberts, Canandaigua Motorsports Park PR Correspondent
For the second week in a row, Matt Sheppard came from the 18th starting spot to win his third of the 2013 season at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night in the Team Tire Masters Big Block Modified 35-lap feature on Empire/Beck's Recycling and Corby‘s Collision Night.
Other repeat winners were Mike Welch (Parts Plus Street Stock), Derek Excell (Pure Stock) and Jordan Siri (Community Car Care of Waterloo Legends Sportsman) while Greg Cool (Safety Awareness Solutions Sportsman) and Darryl Ruggles (Castner Performance 305 Sprints) reached victory lane for the first time in 2013.
Sheppard, 30 of Waterloo, NY, took the lead from pole-sitter Dave Rauscher on lap 25, making a move to the inside of Rauscher as the pair entered turn three and was never headed for the remainder of the race.
“This car has been awesome all year long,” said Sheppard, as he explained his night to the large CMP crowd that had filtered to the Ontario County Fairgrounds. “It might’ve been even better tonight.”
“We went from an 18th starting position to the lead without a caution period against the type of competition they have here every week,” Sheppard added. “It’s a lot of fun racing against these guys.”
Sheppard Sizzles For 2nd Win of Season In Fast-Paced Canandaigua Card
Four of six features run off caution-free as superb track conditions greet nearly 100 racers
Canandaigua, NY – May 11, 2013 – Tom Skibinski, Canandaigua Motorsports Park PR (585-350-8997)
Two-time defending points champion Matt Sheppard from Waterloo, NY returned to winning form Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, charging from 18th to grab the lead from Danny Johnson with just four laps left and capture the thrilling Team Tiremasters Big-Block Modified victory.
Dave Marcuccilli (SafetyAwareness Solutions Sportsman), Nick Cooper (Castner Performance 305 Sprint), Derek Excell (Pure Stock) and Andrew Jacobson (Community Car Care of Waterloo New Legends Sportsman) each triumphed in their caution-free features while Mike Welch remained undefeated following his fourth straight Parts Plus Street Stock win on Champion Power Equipment 'Mothers of Racing' Night at the popular Ontario County Fairgrounds oval.
Sheppard emerged as the first repeat Big-Block winner after four events, at the same time keeping Johnson winless with a bold maneuver that sent sparks flying in a late-race pass under the starter's stand in front of the grandstand crowd.
Billy Dunn Captures Canandaigua Motorsports Park Modified Main
Welch & Donk claim third straight feature races as Ridley repeats in dominant run
Canandaigua, NY – May 4, 2013 – Dave Roberts, Canandaigua Motorsports Park PR Correspondent
Billy Dunn of Watertown, New York bested a star-studded field of Team Tiremasters Big-Block Modifieds to get his first win of the season Saturday on American Equipment-Labatt Blue/Blue Light night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park as sunny skies once again greeted race drivers and fans at the Ontario County Fairgrounds fast half-mile oval.
Dunn started third in the main event and needed 21 laps to grab the lead. Once out front, Dunn was able to command the top spot as second-place finisher Matt Sheppard, who went into second on a lap 20 restart, could never really challenge for the lead.
Dunn won twice at CMP in 2012.
This was a fun race,” Dunn said afterwards. “I remembered when I was racing Vince, I got up to him and showed him my nose. He must have seen that because he then moved away from me.”
The race for this one started early. On lap six, Dunn was able to come up beside Vitale as the two ran under the starters stand before the two would eventually come together. Both were able to maintain their position as the yellow flag came out for a car that came to a stop in turn one on lap seven.
When the yellow came out, Vitale would find some more speed and had a seven car advantage over Dunn by lap 12. A couple of laps later, Dunn would close the margin as the two went into lapped traffic. Dunn would take over the lead just before the yellow came out on lap 20.
Sheppard Back On Track With First Canandaigua Win Of 2013 Season Welch and Donk repeat as Ridley, Excell and Jacobson capture initial checkered flags
Canandaigua, NY – April 27, 2013 – Dave Roberts, Canandaigua Motorsports Park PR Correspondent
A beautiful night greeted race fans Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park as the fast Ontario County Fairgrounds based half-mile oval escaped the rainy and cold weather that has hampered the facility for the previous two weeks.
Matt Sheppard of Waterloo, N.Y. made his presence on the evening known, winning his first of the 2013 campaign. Sheppard took the lead off a lap 27 restart and went on for the 35 lap Team Tiremaster Big-Block Modified victory. Sheppard started 11th on the grid and moved himself through the field.
Sheppard got himself into second on lap 19 and pressured then leader Vic Coffey. Another caution period later on proved to be to his advantage.
“Starting 11th in this field is tough enough. You knew if you could get by these guys, you car was running well,” Sheppard said in victory lane.
It has been a tough go for Sheppard. Saturday night’s win was his first of the 2013 season.
Tuesday June 11th, the night of the All Star Sprints, Jeremie has decided to have another "Open Tire" night for the Sportsman. Same rules will apply as the opening weekend at CMP.
New weight rules for 305's and Sportsman.
Sportsman weight is 2400#
305 weight - Jim Hixson and Rob Noaker talked with French Grimes from Racesaver and we did confirm weight. This is a little different then the rules state.
With fire suppression 1525#
Without fire suppression 1550#
If you have any questions call Jim or Rob. (Their contact info can be found on the Rules page.)
Alan Johnson Charges To 3rd Annual Jan Corcoran Memorial Title At CMP
Late race rally rewards all-time fairgrounds feature winner with 117th Big-Block triumph
Canandaigua, NY – April 6, 2013 – Tom Skibinski, Canandaigua Motorsports Park PR (585-350-8997)
The 50th Anniversary Season of auto racing at Canandaigua Motorsports Park began the same way it did eight times in the past, with open-wheel veteran Alan Johnson kicking off the 2013 campaign on Saturday evening with a dramatic victory in the 3rd Annual Jan Corcoran Memorial presented by Empire/Seneca Recycling.
With young racer Larry Wight leading 47 of the 64-lap distance and looking to become the 96th Modified winner since the inaugural event in 1953, it was Johnson instead taking over for the final nine circuits to extend his all-time track mark to 117 Big-Block victories after a late race rally netted the Middlesex driver and car owner Kenny Saya the $6,400 top prize.
Marcuccilli 'Golden' As Corcoran Memorial Kicks Off 50th Canandaigua Season
Donk, Chapman and Siri beat the cold to share opening day honors at Ontario County oval
Canandaigua, NY – April 5, 2013 – Tom Skibinski, Canandaigua Motorsports Park PR (585-350-8997)
Capturing his first two Sportsman feature wins last summer, Dave Marcuccilli ushered in Canandaigua Motorsports Park's 50th Anniversary Season of auto racing on Friday night, outlasting open-wheel invader Sammy Reakes IV to officially kick off the expanded Jan Corcoran Memorial Weekend.
Former track regular Charlie Donk (Castner Performance 305 Sprint Car), full-fender frontrunner Eric Chapman (Pure Stock) and second-generation Community Car Care of Waterloo New Legends Sportsman chauffeur Jordan Siri also collected opening day checkered flags while Vic Coffey and Peter Britten topped a strong field of Team Tiremasters Big-Block Modified entries in a special pair of timed practice runs around the ultra-smooth half-miler.
The fairgrounds' earliest season-opener was arguably the most frigid ever as unseasonably cold temperatures combined with a pesky wind chill factor dropped the barometer into the low 30s by race time. “We made sure there was plenty of coffee and hot chocolate to go around tonight,” remarked CMP Promoter Jeremie Corcoran during the traditional tribute to his mother who passed away in October of 2010. “It was just as tough a night for our employees as the fans and racers, at the same time providing a great example of the kind of loyalty and support there is every week here at the speedway.”
Monroe Wheelchair Joins Tony Stewart At CMP For June 11 Sprint Car Special
Two-time Canandaigua Sportsman Champion sponsor teams with FX Caprara at fairgrounds
Canandaigua, NY – March 15, 2013 – Area open-wheel team sponsor Monroe Wheelchair has signed on to support the wild winged machines for one big night when Canandaigua Motorsports Park plays host to the traveling UNOH All Star Sprints Circuit of Champions on June 11.
It's no coincidence that three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart will be headlining the 410 Sprint Car contingent that same evening in a rare mid-week show that takes center stage on the storied Ontario County Fairgrounds oval.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park welcomes back many returning sponsors for the 2013 season.
We are grateful for the dedication of these businesses to CMP so that we can offer a successful racing program each and every week! Click on their logo below and check them out. Support them as they support us. Thank you.
Victor Mobile Home Parks, Canandaigua Carpets, FX Caprara, Phelps Cement, Currier Plastics, Victor Excavating, Cobra Motorhomes/Wilkins RV, HEP Sales, Comm Sheet Metal/Roofing, Community Car Care of Waterloo, Parts Plus, Northeastern Pool/Spa, Charlies Restaurants, Ontario County Fairboard, Dig Safely NY, Corby's Collision, Labatt's Blue/ Blue Light, Sherwin-Williams, Empire/Becks Recycling, Empire/Seneca Recycling, Big Motor Media, Safety Awareness Solutions, VP Racing Fuels, A-Verdi Storage Containers, Honeoye Auto Parts, Morrisville State College, American Equipment
Cananadaigua Motorsports Park to Dedicate Turn Four Tower on May 25 to be renamed "Bill Turner Tower."
Canandaigua Motorsports Park lost one of its most dedicated sponsors and fan this past winter.
Bill Turner of "Corvettes by Turner" was a supporter of CMP for the entire 50 years we have been racing. He could be found in the turn four tower every Saturday night buying 50/50 tickets and bringing a smile to everyone's face that came into contact with him. To honor Bill, we will be naming the sponsor tower in Turn Four "Bill Turner Tower."
Please join us on May 25th for the dedication of the tower in his name.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park & Ransomville Speedway to Continue to Offer Friendship Pass to Its Competitors
In 2012, Ransomville Speedway and Canandaigua Motorsports Park joined efforts to provide competitors an opportunity to visit each others facilities at a reduced rate. In an effort to provide unity between the two tracks, both Ransomville (NY) Speedway and Canandaigua (NY) Motorsports Park have agreed to continue the "Friendship Pass" into 2013.
The program will be allowed for Ransomville Speedway's Investors Service Sportsman and Ki-Po Chevrolet Streetstock divisions along with the Canandaigua Motorsports Park Sportsman and Pure Stock classes only. Each driver who chooses to use the friendship pass will be allowed to get a "buy one get one free" pit pass. Each race team will be able to use the program for up to three of it's members, which will allow six persons from each team to benefit.
We are really excited about the upcoming 2013 season at Canandaigua Motorsports Park and the weekly running of this class! We have been getting quite a few questions and are posting some information here that will help answer your questions.
This class is running the RaceSaver rules. The website address is http://www.racesaver.com/. There are some things that you need to make sure of before sealing your motors.
Cranks MUST be weighed
All serial numbers MUST be called in to French Grimes
If you have any technical questions on the motors contact French Grimes at 540-923-4541, or Cell 540-229-1828.
RaceSaver 305 Spec Series
3943 Hebron Valley Rd.
Madison, VA 22727
Speedway Performance will have a parts trailer for the 305's at the track every week. They will have new Hoosier tires, fuel, and every new/used part you may need. You may want to call them and pre-order your fuel. Their phone number is 315-536-7100.
As for other questions, we have put an ariel map of CMP above for you to familiarize yourself with the layout for those of you that have not been here.
To review the 305 rules for CMP click here. Most of your other questions can be answered here. If you need more information or have other questions please contact CMP's Techs whose information is below.
Jim Hixson – Tech Director
Available daily until 7:30 PM
M-F after 5pm
Wally Ingraham (315) 945-6283
2013 Driver Registration
Download your 2013 Driver Registration Form and mail completed copy to Greg Emerson at:
38 Village Trail
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472.