Nick Hoffman Tops Summit Modified Nationals Action Twice
Preps for Busy Week Ahead in Illinois and Indiana

Mooresville, North Carolina (06/27/22) – While his busy week of racing may not have ended how he would’ve liked, Nick Hoffman still enjoyed a solid week of competition in his Wehrs Machine & Racing Products / Outlaw Mini Loaders No. 2 NOS Energy Drink / FOX Racing Shox / Rockwell Security / Elite Chassis Modified, which included a pair of Summit Equipment DIRTcar Modified Nationals wins.

Hoffman went to Victory Lane at both Adams County Speedway and Spoon River Speedway before battling adversity at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 to close out the week.

“We hit the ground running on Adams County (Speedway) and Spoon River (Speedway), and we had a good car at Pevely (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55), but just didn’t have much luck on our side there,” Hoffman shared. “We had to rally for the two wins, and then Friday at I-55 we just weren’t quite good enough. Saturday on the other hand, we dominated throughout, but I had a mechanical failure on the backstretch coming to the checkered flag with a two second lead. That was a painful one to swallow, but that’s part of racing, so we’ll just regroup and get ready for this week.”

Nick Hoffman stormed to his sixth-straight Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar Modified Nationals win on Wednesday night at Adams County Speedway (Quincy, Ill.).

Nick won his heat race, which positioned him third on the starting grid for the 20-lap feature. Early in the $1,500-to-win affair he slipped back as far as fourth before mounting a charge to the front of the field.

Hoffman caught leader, Tyler Nicely a few laps before the race's midway point as the duo began to battle side-by-side for the lead. Nick ultimately edged ahead for good on lap 14 and went on to win his 11th overall feature of 2022.

Thursday night found Nick motoring to his seventh-straight series win and 12th overall triumph of the year, but he would have to dig deep to make it happen. Starting fourth in his heat race at Spoon River Speedway (Banner, Ill.), he finished third to lock into the ninth-starting spot for the 25-lap feature.

Steadily working his way through the pack in the caution-free, main event, Hoffman ultimately raced to the lead on the 21st circuit and went on to claim his 64th-career series win, which came over Will Krup, Tyler Nicely, Dave Wietholder, and Josh Allen.

Nicely, Austen Becerra, and Dave Wietholder completed the Top-5 finishers.

On Friday night the opening round of the St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff finale was held at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Mo.), where Nick saw his win-streak snapped. He started third in the feature, and that's where he would finish behind Ricky Conoyer and Will Krup with Kyle Steffens, and Kenny Wallace rounding out the Top 5.

On Saturday evening action resumed at the 1/3-mile oval. Hoffman looked to be returning to his winning ways before a last-lap mechanical issues brought his outing to a disappointing end. Nick held as much as a two-second lead in the feature before losing power on the final lap going down the backstretch.

It was determined after the race that a broken driveline was the culprit that ended his night early in the 16th position.

Full results from the week can be found at .

Hoffman’s returns to action with the Summit Equipment DIRTcar Modified Nationals on Tuesday at Red Hill Raceway (Sumner, Ill.) before invading Fayette County Speedway (Brownstown, Ill.) on Thursday. On Saturday the team will compete in the Modified portion of the Merrill Downey Memorial at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Nick Hoffman Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Fox Shocks, NASCAR Technical Institute, NOS Energy Drink, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Maxima Racing Oils, Bell Helmets, K1 Race Gear, Jerovetz Motorsports Shocks, Outlaw Mini Loaders, Rockwell Security, Allgaier Performance Parts, PSA Starters, Sunoco Race Fuel, Elliott’s Custom Trailers, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Tiger Quick Change Rear Ends, FK Rod Ends, Hooker Harness, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Allstar Performance, Schoenfeld Headers, Willy’s Carburetor & Dyno Shop, Bassett, Walker Performance Filtration, QuickCar Headers, Jones Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Strange Oval, Stock Car Steel and Aluminum, Outerwears, XS Power Batteries, Five Star Race Car Bodies, Superior Fuel Cells, MPI, Millbridge Speedway, Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool, Joe’s Racing Products, Off Axis Paint, Mahle, Clevite, KSE Racing Products, Multi Fire, The Joie of Seating, Vexil, Yeti,, KBC Graphix, and Marketing & PR Services.

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Rocket1 Racing Finishes Fourth in Firecracker 100
Four-Day LOLMDS Holiday Weekend Swing Awaits

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (06/27/22) – Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard invaded Lernerville Speedway over the weekend with their Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

In three starts, Sheppard recorded two Top-5 finishes, and three Top-10 finishes, include a fourth-place finish in the finale.

“It was a pretty solid weekend for our team. We had a fast car all week, but the cards just didn’t fall our way to get to Victory Lane,” Sheppard said. “We’re geared up now for a busy weekend with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and we’ll be looking to seeing a lot of great fans in Kentucky and Ohio.”

Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard returned to action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Thursday evening at Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pa.) as a pair of preliminary events kicked off the Firecracker 100 weekend.

In a stout field of 54 cars, Sheppard stopped the clock fourth-fastest in his group before placing second in his heat. Battling for a $6,000 payday in the 30-lap preliminary feature, Brandon gained four spots to finish fourth.

For another $6,000-to-win A-Main on Friday evening, Brandon grabbed the third-and-final transfer spot in his heat, which positioned him on the seventh row for the feature. Breaking into the Top-10, Sheppard passed four cars in the 30-lapper to place 10th \.

With preliminary results placing Sheppard on the front row of his heat race on Saturday afternoon, Brandon outdueled Mike Marlar to pick up a 10-lap victory. Earning the pole for the feature, Brandon ran second for the first half of the race, but slipped to the fourth position after a lap-57 restart, where he would eventually finish. He followed Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, and Mike Marlar across the line with Earl Pearson Jr. coming in fifth.

Sheppard continues to reside atop the latest LOLMDS point standings.

Full results and the latest series standings are available at .

The team is now ready for a busy holiday weekend LOLMDS swing through Kentucky and Ohio. On Thursday night the King family-owned Florence Speedway (Union, Ky.) plays host to the $15,000-to-win Ralph Latham Memorial. On Friday Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park will welcome the LOLMDS contingent, and on Saturday and Sunday the Freedom 60 is set for Muskingum (Ohio) County Speedway, which includes the field divided into triple $3,000-to-win features the opening night followed by a $30,000-to-win finale on Sunday evening.

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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Mike Marlar Sweeps Lernerville’s Firecracker 100 Prelims
Finishes Third in Mega Finale; Increases 2022-Win Total to Six

WINFIELD, Tenn. (06/27/22) – Mike Marlar raced to back-to-back Firecracker 100 prelim wins on Thursday and Friday in his Delk Equipment Sales / Tri-Rivers Enterprises No. 157 Can-Am Auto Salvage / Longhorn Chassis / Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Each victory paid $6,000, and he added a third-place finish in Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win finale.

“Even though we came up short in our bid for the win on Saturday night it was still a great weekend for our team. We were fast off the trailer both Thursday and Friday and got the wins. On Saturday we finished second in the heat race and that put us starting seventh, which was a little further back than I would’ve liked to have been in a field this tough. I rallied late to get to third, but that was about all we had. Tim (McCreadie) did a great job getting the win,” Marlar commented. “Thank you to all of our great marketing partners for making it possible for me to get to do what I love to do.”

Mike Marlar returned to the driver's seat of the Delk Equipment Sales No. 157 Late Model on Thursday afternoon for the Firecracker 100 weekend at Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pa.).

In a stout field of 54 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries, Marlar topped him time trial group in qualifying with a 15.346-second lap before picking up a convincing heat race victory.

Soaring past early pacesetter Ashton Winger on the fourth circuit of the feature, Mike led the remaining distance of the 30-lapper to capture his fifth win of the season and $6,000 prize. He finished ahead of Brandon Overton, Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, and Tyler Erb.

On Friday evening, Mike laid down the second-fastest time in his qualifying group before placing first in his heat. After overtaking Ricky Thornton Jr. for the top spot on lap 14 of the preliminary feature, Marlar fended off a charging Tim McCreadie in the waning laps to register his second-straight victory and sixth of the 2022 campaign.

Rolling off from the front row of his heat race on Saturday evening, Marlar secured his spot into the $50,000-to-win Firecracker 100 with a second-place finish. Starting in seventh, Mike gained momentum late in the 100-lapper to finish third.

He followed Tim McCreadie and Brandon Overton across the line with Brandon Sheppard and Earl Pearson Jr. completing the Top-5 finishers.

The team is currently unsure when their next event will be. Once finalized the upcoming dates will be posted at .

Mike Marlar would like to thank their great marketing partners, which include Delk Equipment, Rockets Convenience Plus, Tri-Rivers Enterprises, Can-Am Auto Salvage, Auto Parts 4 Less, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Capital Signs, VP Racing Fuels, Longhorn Chassis, Stanley Best Heating & Air, Midwest Sheet Metal, Bilstein, Arizona Sport Shirts,, DNA Tile & Remodeling, Bell Helmets, Hoosier Tire, K1 Race Gear, Strange Oval, Swift Springs, Winning Edge Carburetors, Allstar Performance, E-Z Lift by MLR Fabricating, XS Power, ATC Bolts & Fasteners, Wayne Bowen Racing Supply, PRO-FABrication Headers & Exhaust, Earnhardt Technologies Group, QA1 Driveshafts, PPM Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Accu-Force Shock Dyno, Performance Bodies & Parts, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Winters Rearends, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Brandon Sheppard Makes World of Outlaws History
Becomes Winningest Driver in Series History with Jacksonville Win

NEW BERLIN, Ill. (06/27/22) – Brandon Sheppard made history on Sunday night in his family-owned Dennis G. Woodworth Attorney at Law No. B5 Valvoline / TrueTimber / The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development / Pro Power Racing Engines / XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model.

The Illinois driver rallied to the lead on lap 27 and never looked back en route to his 79th career World of Outlaws (WoO) Case Late Model Series triumph, which makes him the all-time winningest driver in series history. He earned $10,000 for his ninth win of the 2022 campaign.

“It’s amazing to be here in front of the hometown crowd, being 15 minutes from the house,” Sheppard said in victory Lane. “Getting this win for my dad and my grandpa means the world to me and I know it means the world to them.”

Fresh off a Top-5 finish in Saturday night’s Firecracker 100 finale at Lernerville Speedway in the Rocket1 Racing entry, Brandon made the long overnight trek back to Illinois to enter his family-owned No. B5 Late Model into battle at Jacksonville Speedway with the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series.

With a heat race victory sending him to the redraw, Brandon received the fifth-starting position for the Wild Man Kelly Classic A-Main. Tracking down early race-leader Shannon Babb on lap 27, Sheppard paced the field for the remainder of the 40-lapper to capture his ninth win of the season, which came ahead of Babb, Shane Clanton, Tanner English, and Jason Feger.

With the $10,000 payday, Brandon is now the winningest World of Outlaws competitor with 79 career victories.

Full results from the event are available at .

He also enjoyed a successful weekend of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competition with a fourth and tenth-place finish in preliminary action for the 2022 edition of the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pa.) before racing to a fourth-place finish in the finale aboard the Rocket1 Racing No. 1 Super Late Model.

Brandon continues to lead the latest LOLMDS standings and will embark on four nights of series competition this Thursday-Sunday. Action opens with the $15,000-to-win Ralph Latham Memorial on Thursday night at Kentucky’s Florence Speedway.

Friday will be highlighted by a $12,000-to-win program at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park, and on Saturday and Sunday the Freedom 60 is set for Muskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, Ohio). The doubleheader will see the field divided into triple $3,000-to-win features on Saturday followed by a $30,000-to-win finale on Saturday.

For more information on the races as well as the latest series standings,, please visit .

Brandon Sheppard would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Dennis G. Woodworth Attorney at Law, Valvoline, TrueTimber Camo, The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, Keyser Manufacturing, Skeff Distributing Company, 34 Raceway, Budda Dirt Cars Transmission Sales & Service, Mark Richards Racing, Inc., Print Worx, Sheppard Auto Sales, Speedwerx, Bill West Enterprises, Fromme Enterprises, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Performance Bodies & Parts, Peterson Fluid Systems, Pro Power Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Shepp’s Bar & Grill, Simpson, Strange Oval, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Sunoco Race Fuels by Corrigan, Waterman Racing Components, Weld Racing, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Wilwood Brakes, XS Power, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Brandon Sheppard and his family-owned team, please visit their official website at .

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Joseph Joiner Sweeps XR SAS Program at Buckshot Speedway
Ultimate Southeast Super Late Model Senoia Stop Up Next

MILTON, Fla. (06/27/22) – Joseph Joiner piloted his Base Racing Fuel No. 10 Langenfelder Mechanical Contractors / Three Trade Consultants / Capital Race Car Late Model to a $4,000 victory on Saturday night as he made his debut at the brand-new Buckshot Speedway.

In addition to the win, which marked his third of the year, Joiner set a new track record with a 12.765-second lap around the Alabama oval.

“This is the shot in the arm that our team needed. We haven’t had much luck on our side here lately, but we broke out the broom on Saturday night. We couldn’t have hoped for a better night, especially at a brand-new track,” Joiner said. “Even when things aren’t going our way, we’ve got some of the best supporters that a race team could ever ask for, and this win is for each-and-every person who supports us through the thick and the thin.”

Joseph Joiner returned to his winning ways on Saturday night with a $4,000 XR Southern All Star Late Model Series victory at the brand-new Buckshot Speedway (Clanton, Ala.). Joseph swept the night’s program over the 19-car field by setting fast time and a new track record, winning his heat race, and leading every circuit of the 40-lap feature from the pole position.

The win was his third of the year and came over Billy Franklin, Dillon Tidmore, Josh Putnam, and Austin Franklin.

Full results from the event are available at .

The team plans to return to action this Saturday at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway with the Ultimate Southeast Super Late Model Series in a $4,000-to-win program.

For more information on the event, please visit .

The Hunt the Front racing team would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Langenfelder Mechanical Contractors, Trading Paints, Three Trade Consultants, The Law Offices of Cole & Davis, GO Lithium, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Dirt Track Bank (A Division of Malvern Bank), Capital Race Cars, Penske Racing Shocks, Base Racing Fuel and Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, QA1, Jones Racing Products, Velocita USA, Robert & Sons Aluminum, Dirt Defender, StopTech Brakes,, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, Vonbohn Products, Justin’s Horseshoe Art, Jasper Auto Supply (NAPA), and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

For the latest team news and updates on Hunt the Front, please visit You can also connect with Hunt the Front on Facebook @huntthefront56, on Twitter @huntthefrontjj, and on Instagram @hunt_the_front_vlog.

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