Chris Ferguson Victorious in Eldora Million Prelim
Belleville Dirt Nationals Up Next

MT. HOLLY, N.C. (06/13/22) – For the first time in his career Chris Ferguson visited Victory Lane at the famed Eldora Speedway in his Diff-Tran Machining No. 22 K & K Trucking / Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry / Team Zero Race Car / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

His maiden voyage to the Winner’s Circle at the Tony Stewart owned oval came on Thursday afternoon during preliminary action for the second running of the Eldora Million and was worth $12,000.

"This is that moment, you know, this is where you win at the biggest track there is in the world," Ferguson said in Victory Lane. "We might not be the best every week but right now we're standing up here, and just I can't believe it. This year has been awesome."

While he went on to finish fifth in the night’s $1,002,022-to-win finale, the North Carolina racer felt like some wrong decisions on setup cost him a chance at the win.

“We made some changes on the car, and it just didn’t work out. It’s disappointing, but it was still a great race for us.”

Chris Ferguson entered his Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry No. 22 Late Model into battle at the famed Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Thursday afternoon after wet weather condensed the second running of the Eldora Million into a single day.

With the 124-car field divided into two groups for a pair of $12,000-to-win preliminary features, Chris clocked in 11th-fastest in his group before picking up a heat race victory. Leading flag-to-flag in the 25-lap preliminary feature, Ferguson cruised to his third win of the season ahead of Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Devin Moran, and Shannon Babb.

Later that evening with his preliminary win placing him on the front row of his heat race, Chris outdueled Mike Marlar to record the 20-lap heat race win. Earning the sixth-starting position for the $1,002,022-to-win Eldora Million, Ferguson improved one spot in the 101-lap affair to finish fifth.

He followed Jonathan Davenport, Chris Madden, Devin Moran, and Tim McCreadie across the line.

As the 28th annual Dirt Late Model Dream kicked off on Friday with a pair of 25-lap prelims, Ferguson topped his 57-car group in time trials before picking up a heat race win from fourth.

With Mother Mature moving his prelim A-Main on Saturday afternoon, Chris faded four spots to finish seventh.

The final leg of the Dirt Late Model Dream came to life on Saturday evening, and Ferguson hit the ground running with a heat race win to earn the fifth-starting spot for the 100 lap, $128,000-to-win finale.

In the opening laps, Ferguson slipped back to the eighth position, and that’s where he would be when rain struck on the 15th circuit forcing the remainder of the event to be postponed to September 7.

Full results from the week are available at .

Team 22 now invades Kansas with a pair of XR Super Series Super Late Model events at the Belleville High Banks. Monday’s program posts a $20,000 top prize, while Saturday’s event rewards the winner with a $40,000 winner’s check.

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Chris Ferguson would like to thank all of his marketing partners, including Diff Tran Machining, K and K Trucking, The Racing Warehouse, Race XR, Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry, Heckle’s Plumbing LLC, Carolina Roofing and Gutters, Little Mountain Farm, Keith’s Handyman Services, Carver and Sons Roofing, Vinson Sims Construction, Dirt Trackin’ App, Rosewood Assisted Living, Western Clean Up Corporation, Beaux-Tie Limousine Service, Vinson Sims Construction, Xceldyne Valvetrain, Schaeffers Oil,  Dynamic Custom Metal Works, On Point Polishing and Detailing,, Fox Racing Shocks, Jerico Performance Products, Team Zero Race Cars, Buzze Racing, Big A's Custom Graphics, ASI Racewear, Hoosier Racing Tires by Bryan, Harkey Racing, K&N Performance Filters, Fluidyne High Performance, Indocil Art , Frankland Racing Supply, Bell Racing USA, Hyperco, Go Lithium, Dynamic Drivelines, Outerwears Pre-Filters, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, All Star Performance, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems, Hooker Harness, Stock Car Steel and Aluminum Inc., SRI Supplies, Pro Fabrication Racing Exhaust Systems, K1 Race Gear, Cole Perkins Media & Promotions, Base Racing Fuel, Backwoods Farm, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Dereck Ramirez Bags $5,000 Belleville Dirt Nationals Opener Win
23rd Annual USMTS Masters Up Next at Cedar Lake Speedway

WOODWARD, Okla. (06/13/22) – Dereck Ramirez returned to his winning ways on Friday night in his S&S Fishing & Rentals No. 4R Koda Services/ Boom-Test Well Service/ Raw Truck Wash/ Hughes Racing Chassis/ Cornett Racing Engine Modified.

The victory came at the infield track at the Belleville High Banks and was worth $5,000.

“We didn’t know what to expect of this new track, but it actually raced really well. We got to the lead around the halfway mark and led the rest of the way for the win,” Ramirez said. “Now our team is gearing up for The Masters at Cedar Lake (Speedway). I’ve had some good runs there in the past, so hopefully we can use our notes to be a contender all weekend.”

Taking part in a doubleheader weekend with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS), Dereck Ramirez traveled to Belleville High Banks Speedway (Belleville, Kan.) on Friday afternoon for the inaugural Belleville Dirt Nationals.

With a fourth-to-second run in his heat race placing him on the third row for the feature, Ramirez tracked down early leader Cayden Carter at the halfway point and paced the field for the remainder of the 40-lapper to capture his third win of the season and a $5,000 prize. He finished ahead of Carter, Jason Hughes, Zack VanderBeek, and Tanner Mullens.

On Saturday, Dereck edged his way into the $10,000-to-finale with a third-place finish in his heat. Starting in ninth, Ramirez rebounded to finish 14th after drawing the fifth caution of the race while running in fourth.

With Friday's win, Dereck has climbed to third in the latest USMTS point standings.

Full weekend results and the latest series standings can be found at .

The team now eyes the 23rd annual USMTS Masters at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wis.), which spans this Thursday-Saturday. Action on Thursday is headlined by a $3,000-to-win USMTS Modified program. On Friday the USMTS contingent will race for a $5,000 winner’s check, while a $10,000 top prize is on the line on Saturday.

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Dereck Ramirez and Ramirez Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters including Boom-Test Well Service, Koda Services, Raw Truck Wash, Woodward Steel, Hughes Racing Chassis, S&S Fishing & Rentals, Midwest Refrigeration, Cornett Racing Engines, Go Lithium, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Afco Shocks, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Rocket1 Racing Competes in Eldora Million and Dirt Late Model Dream
Carries LOLMDS Point Lead into Triple Header Weekend

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (06/13/22) – Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard battled the weather and a talented field of over 120 competitors last week at the second running of the Eldora Million as well as the Dirt Late Model Dream XXVIII at Eldora Speedway.

Sheppard finished ninth in the Eldora Million in the team’s Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model. Meanwhile, the completion of the Dirt Late Model Dream XXVII will have to wait a few months as persistent rain forced the event to be postponed to September 7.

“It was a long and grueling weekend for all of the teams, staff, and fans at Eldora Speedway. Mother Nature just kept us all guessing for four-straight days,” Sheppard said. “We got down a lap early in the (Eldora) Million on Thursday night, but we actually raced past (Jonathan) Davenport to get our lap back at one point. However, the top groove was tricky, and I got into the wall and our car wasn’t the same after that. We got a ninth-place finish there, and then we had just got rolling in the (Dirt Late Model) Dream, when the rain moved in so we’ll have to wait until September to see how that unfolds.

“We’re looking forward to getting back to action with Lucas (Oil Late Model Dirt Series) this weekend, and hopefully we can grab some wins and add to our point lead.”

Brandon Sheppard entered the Rocket1 Racing No. 1 Late Model into battle at the famed Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Thursday morning after Mother Nature consolidated the second running of the Eldora Million into a single day.

Splitting the 124-car field into a pair of $12,000-to-win preliminary features, Sheppard’s third-place finish in his heat race pinned him on the sixth row for the A-Main.

Wheeling his way into the Top-5, Brandon passed eight cars in the 25-lap affair to register a fourth-place finish. He trailed Jonathan Davenport, Ricky Thornton Jr., and Bobby Pierce to the checkers with Jason Feger coming in fifth.

Later that night with his preliminary finish placing him on the second row of his heat race, Brandon missed a transfer spot by one position, relegating him into the B-Main. Needing to place second or better to make the $1,002,022-to-win Eldora Million, Sheppard scored a runner-up finish behind Dale McDowell. After running as high as fifth from the 24th-starting position, Brandon ultimately notched a ninth-place finish in 101-lapper.

For the Dirt Late Model Dream XXVIII on Friday afternoon, Sheppard laid down the 12th-fastest time in his group before placing third in his heat race. With $12,000 on the line in the preliminary feature, Brandon advanced forward six spots to finish sixth.

Earning the second-starting position for his heat race on Saturday evening, Brandon secured his spot into the $128,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream with a runner-up finish. Starting in the 10th position, Sheppard was running 14th on lap 14 when continuous rain forced officials to postpone the remainder of the 100-lapper to September 7.

Full results from the week are available at

Rocket1 Racing now turns their attention back to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) as the tour preps for three nights of racing action this Thursday-Saturday. The triple header opens on Thursday with a $10,000-to-win program at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) before shifting to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) for the Mountain Moonshine Classic on Friday and Saturday. The inaugural event posts twin $5,000-to-win programs on Friday followed by a $50,000-to-win finale on Saturday.

Brandon continues to lead the latest series standings.

For more information on the events as well as the latest complete standings, please visit .

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, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Gunters Honey, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Petroff Towing, Slavic Custom Racing Shirts & Decals, Sweet Manufacturing, VP Racing 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 MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Schatz ends Brownells Big Guns Bash with top-five; Ten-time champ looks on to Beaver Dam

Dates: Friday and Saturday, June 10th-11th
Event: Brownells Big Guns Bash
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Track: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finishes (Start):
Friday: 9th (18th)
Saturday: 4th (10th)

2022 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings: Sixth | 3454 points [158 points behind championship leader, Brad Sweet]

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 13, 2022) - A man that certainly knows his way around Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion and ten-time Knoxville Nationals champion, Donny Schatz, capped the weekend’s Brownells Big Guns Bash at the Sprint Car Capital of the World with a pair of top-ten performances, ending the doubleheader with a fourth-place run on Saturday, June 11. The Fargo, North Dakota, native was forced to climb six spots to secure his eighth top-five of the season, still maintaining the sixth spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

A big run on Lemoore, California’s Carson Macedo secured his position, sliding the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 entry in turn three with 5 laps remaining.

Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Ford Motor Company, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Digital Ally, Absolute Automation and Security, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts, No. 15 sprint car, launched his weekend at the historic Knoxville Raceway with an impressive rally from row nine, eventually climbing nine spots to finish ninth. A common theme for the evening, Schatz rallied big in Friday’s heat race to qualify for main event competition, driving forward from ninth to finish fifth.

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing will continue their 2022 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series campaign with the Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. The weekend will award a total winner’s share equaling $30,000; $10,000 on Friday and $20,000 on Saturday.

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewat/Curb-Agajanian Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Ford Motor Company, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Digital Ally, Absolute Automation and Security, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts.

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2022 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing WoO Statistics:
World of Outlaws Races: 26
World of Outlaws Wins: 1
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 8
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 18

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