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Sheppard Scores Win at Accord, Sprint Silly Season Heats Up

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Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Matt Sheppard finally added a trophy from Accord Speedway in New York to his resume, comfortably taking the Battle of the Bullring feature with the Short Track Super Series Tuesday night (May 9).

Tuesday’s race saw treacherous track conditions make racing very difficult through all four corners of the racetrack, as a new track surface gave way to extreme bumps all night long despite two extended breaks for track work. 

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: Speaking of those bumps, there was no bigger victim of the track conditions at Accord Tuesday night than Dylan Scribner, who went for a literal tumble during the opening heat race.

Scribner was uninjured in the incident.

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Anyone that’s visited the part of New York that Accord Speedway calls home knows just how God-awful the road conditions are on I-84 going in either direction. Unintentionally, the folks at Accord have created a perfect simulator of those highway-driving conditions. There was no lack of effort from the track crew to make things better, but the reality is the extreme bumps in the corners made it damn near impossible to race through them, to the detriment of the on-track product.

Having said that, it was notable that the entirety of the drivers interviewed about the track conditions acknowledged how bad it was without being harsh or critical of the track crew. Read between the lines, that’s a high compliment for the folks at Accord. Besides, with as rainy as the spring has been throughout the Northeast, the struggles with the surface are no surprise. Just last week Bridgeport Motorsports Park in New Jersey literally removed their new clay surface due to ongoing issues with it.

Tuesday night marked the debut of Beaver Dam Raceway’s weekly racing programs being streamed live on DirtVision. No filler here, this was a quality addition to their streams. It will be very welcome to have an alternative Tuesdays on DirtVision to Millbridge’s go-karting program. My only complaint on the debut? The audio … for most of the features there were two mics going simultaneously and creating an overwhelming echo.

Honestly, the biggest news in dirt track racing was nowhere near Accord Speedway on Tuesday. Sprint car racing was rocked with two major driver departures earlier this week, first with Parker Price-Miller announcing he and the McCandless Motorsports…

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