Sept. 7, 2013: Jeremiah Shingledecker has only competed at Sharon on a part-time basis this season in the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. Shingledecker had previously recorded a trio of runner-ups and a pair of third place finishes this year, but just hadn’t been able to crack victory lane. That changed on Saturday night when Shingledecker powered to victory holding off point leader Jim Weller, Jr. in the 20-lap Governor Insurance Agency feature.
“Where are all of those cautions when I’m starting in the back,” joked the 36-year-old Polk, Pa. racer. “The car hooked up really good. We’ve been trying some different stuff. We want to go down to Charlotte (World Finals) this year and I thought in order to do that we need to get faster than what we’ve been this year. It seems to be working. I almost took the high side, but I hadn’t been challenged so I thought ‘I better stay down here’. I have to thank the whole crew. My wife is in Indonesia this week so it’s just Rick and Chanda. She’s going to be pretty bummed she wasn’t here, but she’s on an airplane on the way home.”
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July 19 – The 37MD Racing team ventured west to visit Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio for the first time, for a stop on the BRP Modified Tour.
To say the night did not go as planned would be a major understatement.
In the heat race, we broke a driveshaft. After hustling to get that replaced, Jeremiah had to start at the tail-end of the feature. By starting so far back, the 37MD was involved in not one, but two wrecks,
Despite all of the misfortune, Jeremiah was still able to drive forward and lodge a 6th place finish.
Next week it is back to familiar territory as we resume the chase for the Championship at Lernerville. Hope to see you there, cheering on the 37MD team.
Thursday July 11 was a trip to the Trumbull County Fair in Ohio for the annual BRP Modified Tour race at Expo Speedway. Decision was made to pull out the small-block car for the big track, and it paid off, as Jeremiah brought it home in 3rd place.
Friday July 12 it was back to Lernerville. Night got off to a good start as Jeremiah won the heat race. The redraw had him starting in the 10th slot, and this time Jeremiah brought it home in 2nd place.
This coming week has the 37MD team traveling to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio for a BRP Modified Tour race.
Photos courtesy of Toni Carbone
Budweiser Points leader and three-time feature winner Mat Williamson started on the outside pole along with Brad Rapp and took the early lead. The conventional wisdom in the press box was that, like in the Sprint feature, the race was on for second. But Jeremiah Shingledecker had other ideas! The first glimpse of what was in store came on a lap six restart when Jeremiah Shingledecker made a great move in turns one & two to dive below Williamson and Rapp to take the lead down the back straightaway, but a caution before the lap was completed nullified the pass for the lead and Shingledecker was denied access to the same line on the second restart. [Read more...]
Rex King matched his son “Cooter” and point leader Jim Weller, Jr. with his second victory for tops in the DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds. The elder King led all 20 laps of the Governor Insurance Agency feature holding off a valiant charge by Jeremiah Shingledecker.
“Finally,” stated the veteran standout from Bristolville, Ohio. “I haven’t liked my race car the last few weeks. It looked like you had to enter high and drive down and diamond across the bottom. That’s where it worked. You have (Jeremiah) Shingledecker, (Jim) Weller, (Dave) Murdick, Cooter- there’s a lot of good guys here so it’s no walk in the park by any means. I have a lot of great sponsors I have to thank them and the fans at Sharon Speedway.”
Despite having a solid car, the 3tMD couldn’t gain any ground on the leaders, and when the checkers flew, Jeremiah was in 5th place, giving him his 8th Top 5 finish this season in 11 starts.