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DELAWARE, Ont. – He may be a part-time competitor on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, but Pete Shepherd III sure makes the most of his opportunities. Shepherd took the lead from J.R. Fitzpatrick on Lap 150 and held on through three restarts over the final 50 circuits to take the checkered flag in Saturdays EMCO 200 at Delaware Speedway. The triumph marked Shepherds fourth career victory. The Brampton, Ont., native has found Victory Lane four years in a row now, despite making just 17 starts during that span. However, going up against the full-time teams wasnt quite as hard as it appears given the right circumstances according to Shepherd. "Tonight, it really wasnt that bad. The car was awesome," said the driver of the No. 7 National Exhaust/Diamond Material Handling Dodge. "When you have a car like that, you just need to make it to the end of the race. We knew if we could stay out of trouble early on that we could race for the win at the end." It also marked Shepherds first win at Delaware, where his previous best finish in three starts on the venerable half-mile oval was fifth on two occasions. Shepherd, who led a race-high 74 laps, had to deal with several challengers down the stretch, but none more so than Fitzpatrick. "J.R. is one of the best in the business and he definitely had me concerned on those restarts," Shepherd said. "He raced me clean and I want to thank him for that. He and I have a mutual respect for each other. It was a great night." Fitzpatrick settled for second place as once again a win on an oval eluded the championship contender. Seven of his eight series career wins have come on road courses and his lone win on a circle track came in July 2007 at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C. Nevertheless, Fitzpatrick and the No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet team was upbeat at the end of the night after a rough go in the season opener produced a finish near the rear of the field. "Its not exactly what we came here for, but in a way it was," Fitzpatrick said. "We were pretty far back in the points, so second is pretty good and we led a lap (to pick up the one-point bonus)." He echoed Shepherds sentiments on the final laps. "I couldve punted him, but I have too much respect for him to do that," Fitzpatrick stated. "Down the stretch his car got better and better. I cant thank my guys enough for a great race car tonight." Steve Mathews crossed the line in third for a series career-best finish after being among the leaders all evening. "We didnt have the car at the start, but we had some adjustability built into it and we were able to use that to our advantage," said the pilot of the No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford. At one point late in the race Mathews found himself in the middle of a three-wide battle with D.J. Kennington and Ron Beauchamp Jr. on a track not exactly built for that type of racing. Beauchamp seemingly came out the loser in that battle and made his feelings known after the race by confronting Mathews. "To Beauchamp, I have to say sorry about that, but I was in the middle and along for the ride," Mathews stated. "There wasnt much I could do." Kennington, who was in search of his fourth Canadian Tire Series win on his home track, finished fourth followed by Martin Roy in fifth. Noel Dowler, Larry Jackson, Hugo Vannini, Dave Connelly and Joey McColm brought home the remainder of the top-10 finishers in the second race on the 2013 slate. Kennington took over the top spot in the point standings after L.P. Dumoulin experienced mechanical problems early in the race and limped to a 19th-place finish. Jeff Lapcevich is second six points in back of the leader followed by Jason Hathaway in third just seven tallies off the pace. The EMCO 200 will air on TSN on Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. ET and on RDS2 on Monday, July 8 at 9 p.m. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will return to action with the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on June 22 in Bowmanville, Ont. Air Max Sale . Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. side, put it all into perspective. "We know whos in charge," he said. Clearance Air Max .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. https://www.airmaxchina.us/ . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. Cheap Authentic Air Max . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. Cheap Air Max From China .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week. PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- VCU coach Will Wade got the response he wanted to a loss.Jonathan Williams scored a career-high 22 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 3:59 left to help the Rams hold off St. Johns 75-69 on Thursday night in Battle 4 Atlantis consolation bracket.JeQuan Lewis added 15 points for the Rams (4-1), who had lost 71-63 to No. 20 Baylor in Wednesdays tournament opener. VCU led by eight late in the first half and was tied with about 8 minutes left in that one.Wed been preparing for that for a while -- we put a ton into that game, Wade said. It was a little bit of a gut-punch when we had the lead in the second half and couldnt close it out. So Im really proud of the way our guys responded.Williams, a junior from Richmond, Virginia, came into the tournament averaging 7.3 points but hit 8 of 15 shots and 6 of 7 free throws to go with six assists with one turnover in 34 minutes.We all came together as a team and was like, `The most energized team is going to win, Williams said.Williams drive gave VCU a 67-65 lead, then Lewis had a driving score of his own. Lewis and Mo Alie-Cox went 4 for 4 at the foul line in the last 13 seconds to help seal the win on a night when both teams blew double-digit leads -- St. Johns by 13 in the first half, VCU by 11 with about 14 minutes left.Shamorie Ponds scored 18 points to lead the Red Storm (2-3), who made their first eight shots in the game but shot just 28 percent (8 of 29) after halftime. The Red Storm had lost to No. 24 Michigan State in its Atlantis opener after leading early in the second half of that one.I think we played a good game but didnt finish it off, Red Storm coach Chris Mullin said. We probably pplayed 25-30 good minutes last game, probably about 30 tonight.ddddddddddddWeve got to get it to 40 minutes.BIG PICTUREVCU: The Rams can at least feel good that they came up with the key plays in the final 4 minutes of a tie game, a good sign for a team that couldnt quite figure out how to stay in front of No. 20 Baylor in its Atlantis opener Wednesday.St. Johns: Other than that game-opening burst, the Red Storm struggled with their shooting again. They shot just 31 percent against No. 24 Michigan State then followed that by finishing at 41 percent Thursday.Weve basically played our fifth game together, so some of that takes time, Mullin said. Weve just got to keep working at it and break through it. ... Weve got to keep working and understand we are getting better, were getting closer.TIP-INSVCU: Alie-Cox scored 15 points... VCU shot 42 percent and had just nine turnovers. ... The Rams scored 14 points off turnovers. ... Justin Tillman had 13 rebounds.St. Johns: Redshirt freshman guard Marcus LoVett came in averaging 23.3 points but finished with 10 on 4-for-13 shooting. ... Bashir Ahmed scored 13 points. ... St. Johns finished with a 40-36 rebounding advantage. ... Kassoum Yakwe had six blocked shots.UP NEXTVCU: The Rams will play LSU, who beat Old Dominion later Thursday, in Fridays fifth-place game.St. Johns: The Red Storm will face ODU in Fridays seventh-place game.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25 ' ' '

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