HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — The Sweeteners Plus race team nearly broke the internet several weeks back when they announced they had brought in five-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard to drive a car out of their stable. They have done it again Friday morning.
Sheppard started sharing around photos of the familiar primarily yellow and red car with Sweeteners Plus on the rear quarters. But a new driver and combination brings about a new number- No. 92s. A play on Coffey’s traditional No. 32c and Sheppard’s traditional No. 9s.
The plan is to debut this car at the ‘Hard Clay Open’ at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY this weekend. It will be round one of the North Region schedule for Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series. Sheppard has competed in Short Track Super Series shows in the past, finding success in recent years at Thunder Mountain Speedway (2014) and Outlaw Speedway (2016).
After a run at the ‘Hard Clay,’ Sheppard and the Sweeteners Plus team will set their attention toward the Outlaw Speedway’s ‘Outlaw Spring Nationals.’ A two-day show Thursday April 20 and Friday April 21. The Modified finale on Friday will be a forty-lap race paying $4,000-to-win. It also doubles as race number one of the Sunoco Modified Challenge at Outlaw, where one driver could sweep the four marquee Modified shows and take home an addition $40,000 bonus.
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Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
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