FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Shelton (email@example.com) August 3, 2021 Top-5 Run in Prairie Dirt Classic for Rocket1 Racing Four Nights of WoO Wisconsin Action on Tap this Week SHINNSTON, W.Va. (08/03/21) – Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing rolled into the famed Fairbury Speedway over the weekend for the 31st edition of the Prairie Dirt Classic. Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win finale found Sheppard recording a fifth-place finish in his Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model. “Really late in the race when my car came to me, I was a few spots too far back,” Sheppard said. “We just had to make the most out of it and made a few passes on the restarts and just came up short. It’s disappointing because we had a better car than where we finished. We’ll head to Wisconsin this week to go after some more big checks. Thanks as always goes out to all of our marketing partners and supporters.” Taking part in one the biggest weekends of the year with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Rocket1Racing and Brandon Sheppard invaded Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.) on Friday afternoon for the 31st annual Prairie Dirt Classic. With the massive 74-car field split into two separate groups for time trials, Sheppard recorded the 11th fastest time in his group. Starting his $3,000-to-win preliminary feature in sixth, Brandon improved three spots in the 25-lapper to register a third-place finish. With his third-place finish in preliminary action on Friday placing him 11th on the starting grid for Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic, Sheppard advanced six spots in the 100-lap affair to finish fifth. He followed Kyle Larson, Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, and Chris Madden across the line. Brandon now sits 86 points ahead of Chris Madden atop the World of Outlaws point standings. For complete results from these events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com . The upcoming week has the team set for four nights of WoO action in Wisconsin. The week opens on Tuesday evening at Outagamie Speedway with a $10,000-to-win event, which is co-sanctioned with the Dirt Kings tour. On Thursday evening three rounds of WoO action kicks off at Cedar Lake Speedway with a $6,000-to-win affair. On Friday and Saturday the 2021 USA Nationals take center stage with double heat races on Friday evening followed by B-mains and the $50,000-to-win finale on Saturday night. Rocket1 Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Ace Metal Works, Durham Racing Engines, FiveStar RaceCar Bodies, Gunters Honey, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Petroff Towing, Slavic Custom Racing Shirts & Decals, Sweet Manufacturing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Accu-Force Shock Service, ATL Fuel Cells, Aurora Rod Ends, Barnes Dry Sump Oil Systems, Bazell Race Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Brinn Transmissions, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, CP Carrillo, Dohm Cycles, Edelbrock, Fibreworks Composites, Hardrock Powder Coating, Howe Racing Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Kenny’s Components, Maxima Racing Oils, MSD, NGK Spark Plugs, Tel Tac, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Powers Performance, Performance Rod & Custom, Quarter Master, QuickCar Racing Products, Rocket Pre-Owned Motors, Safecraft, Show Trucks Unlimited, Simpson, Stealth Carburetors, Strange Oval, Suave Talk, Total Power Valvoline Pro-V Racing, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing, Wiles Driveshafts, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Xceldyne Valvetrain, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services. For the latest information on Rocket1Racing please visit the team website at www.Rocket1Racing.com as well as their social media channels at www.facebook.com/Rocket1Racing, www.twitter.com/Rocket1_Racing, and www.instagram.com/rocket1racing .
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Last Lap Pass Elevates Giovanni Scelzi To Glory In The 31st My Place Hotels 360 Nationals Presented By Great Southern Bank
Bryan Hulbert – KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 7, 2021) The last lap is the one that matters, and the final lap of the 31st annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank was one for the ages as California’s Giovanni Scelzi worked by Daryn Pittman for the $15,000 payday.
“I was running as hard as I could. My car was unbelievable,” said a nearly breathless Scelzi. “I love Bernie (Stuebgen). I can’t believe it. To win a crown jewel like this is unbelievable. I love this place. Pittman was so good on the bottom; I just never gave up. He’s such a smart racer. He broke my momentum going into one, and luckily I could drive back underneath him.”
Getting past Swindell Speedlab No. 39 for a moment just prior to the race’s only stoppage on Lap 12 for the tipped No. 21 of Brian Brown, the pass didn’t stick to the front straightaway with Pittman bringing the field back to life.
Getting some room over the No. 18, Scelzi worked varying lines around the half-mile oval with the top of one and two a constant. Starting to diamond off the fourth turn as the race drew into the closing lap, the gap between the top two closed rapidly.
Stealing the lead on Lap 23, the battle was tooth and nail, with Pittman retaking the point on Lap 24 by less than four-tenths of a second.
Back to the cushion, Scelzi shot into a wheel-to-wheel battle down the back straightaway. Running up on a slower car in the final two turns, Gio held the No. 39 to the bottom, keeping him from being able to slide and clear through the fourth turn, causing Pittman to bobble off the berm and allow Gio the advantage to the checkered flag by 0.579-seconds.
Holding on for second, the battle for third went the way of Justin Henderson, with Shane Golobic ending up fourth. Rolling up from 12th, Australia’s Brooke Tatnell was fifth.
Sixth went to Sam Hafertepe, Jr. with Clint Garner seventh. From 11th, Scott Bogucki was the second Australian in the top ten with an eighth-place finish. Terry McCarl was ninth, with Tyler Courtney earning Hard Charger honors with a run from 19th to tenth.
Three consolation features were contested before the SawBlade.com A-Feature, with Cory Eliason winning the BMRS B-Feature. The Hoosier Tire C-Feature went to Michael Faccinto, with Matt Covington winning the Smiley’s Racing Products D-Feature. The 2021 Rookie of the year was New Jersey’s, Kyle Reinhardt. The overall field of drivers was 90 for the 2021 event.
The next event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is Friday, August 27, as Terry Mattox Promotions presents the tour’s return to WaKeeney Speedway in WaKeeney, Kan.
The 2021 season is the 30th year of competition for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
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Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Event Count: 90
Smiley’s Racing Products D-Feature (Top 6 to the C-Feature)
D Feature (10 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington; 2. 24T-Chris Thram; 3. 11N-Harli White; 4. 2F-Casey Friedrichsen; 5. 21G-Gunner Ramey; 6. 18T-Tanner Holmes; 7. 23K-Rob Kubli; 8. 66-Chase Dunham; 9. 8M-Kade Morton; 10. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 11. 19-Wes Wofford; 12. 22S-Slater Helt; 13. 86-Elliot Amdahl; 14. 13MJ-Brandon Halverson; 15. 88-Travis Reber; 16. 55B-Brandon Anderson; 17. 33-Alan Zoutte; 18. 116-Vance Wofford; 19. 14J-Mike Johnston; 20. 1A-John Anderson; 21. 57B-Boyd Peterson; 22. 23-Devon Dobie; 23. 2-Chase Porter; 24. 35S-Jason Shultz
Hoosier Tire C-Feature (Top 4 to the B-Feature)
C Feature (12 Laps): 1. 5H-Michael Faccinto; 2. 5V-Colby Copeland; 3. 91-Kyle Reinhardt; 4. 70-Calvin Landis; 5. 7C-Devin Kline; 6. 53-Joe Beaver; 7. 44-Chris Martin; 8. 18T-Tanner Holmes; 9. 35L-Cody Ledger; 10. 9M-Ricky Montgomery; 11. 22X-Riley Goodno; 12. 7M-Chance Morton; 13. 21G-Gunner Ramey; 14. 83A-Austin Miller; 15. 2F-Casey Friedrichsen; 16. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 17. 22L-Connor Leoffler; 18. 11N-Harli White; 19. 36-Josh Baughman; 20. 18R-Ryan Roberts; 21. 22-Ryan Leavitt; 22. 24N-Nathan Mills; 23. 24T-Chris Thram; 24. 95-Matt Covington
BMRS B-Feature (Top 4 to the A-Feature)
B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 26-Cory Eliason; 2. 01-Sammy Swindell; 3. 17A-Austin McCarl; 4. 21-Brian Brown; 5. 9-Ryan Giles; 6. 22MM-Kaleb Johnson; 7. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 8. 63-JJ Hickle; 9. 94-Jeff Swindell; 10. 56N-Davey Heskin; 11. 97-Greg Wilson; 12. 70-Calvin Landis; 13. 5H-Michael Faccinto; 14. 5V-Colby Copeland; 15. 27B-Jake Martens; 16. 91-Kyle Reinhardt; 17. 2M-Matt Moro; 18. 11-Roger Crockett; 19. 7-John Carney II; 20. 53D-Jack Dover; 21. 13V-Seth Brahmer; 22. 9X-Jake Bubak; 23. 35-Josh Higday; 24. 9JR-Derek Hagar
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi; 2. 39-Daryn Pittman; 3. 83H-Justin Henderson; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic; 5. 14-Brooke Tatnell; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 7. 40-Clint Garner; 8. 28-Scott Bogucki; 9. 24-Terry McCarl; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney; 11. 83-Lynton Jeffrey; 12. 27-Carson McCarl; 13. 26-Cory Eliason; 14. 09-Matt Juhl; 15. 17A-Austin McCarl; 16. 52-Blake Hahn; 17. 01-Sammy Swindell; 18. 35P-Skylar Prochaska; 19. 69-Brady Bacon; 20. 3P-Sawyer Phillips; 21. 24W-Garet Williamson; 22. 4W-Jamie Ball; 23. 64-Ian Madsen; 24. 21-Brian Brown
Lap Leader(s): Daryn Pittman 1-22, 24; Giovanni Scelzi 23, 25