Rocket1 Racing and Sheppard Finish Second in Hillbilly Hundred
Tri-County Race Track and Talladega Short Track Up Next

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (10/04/22) – Brandon Sheppard pressured Kyle Larson for the lead for much of Thursday night’s Hillbilly Hundred at Tyler County Speedway before ultimately crossing the finish line in second aboard the Rocket1 Racing / Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“We were right there a lot of times, but he (Kyle Larson) had good speed running up there in the banking,” Sheppard said. “We just couldn’t make anything happen. I thought we were going to get him in lapped traffic a few times, but the caution kept coming out.

“We needed a ‘Please Stay Green’,” he added, referring to Lucas Oil Series announcer James Essex’s famous plea for a nip-and-tuck race for the lead to not be interrupted by a caution flag. “We were right there that last seven laps, but he just had good momentum up there on the top. You would’ve had to do something crazy to get around him and that’s not how I roll. It was still a great night for this team. We were a contender for the win on Wednesday at Atomic (Speedway) before we got our toe-in knocked out after contact. I just hate that the rest of the weekend got rained out after Thursday.”

Continuing their pursuit for the Castrol FloRacing Night in America points title, Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard kicked off their weekend of racing with an invasion of Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio) on Wednesday evening for the seventh round of the tour.

With 29 Late Models on the grounds, Sheppard captured the fast time honors in qualifying with a 13.053-second lap before placing first in his heat race.

Grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag of the feature, Brandon paced the field of the opening 17 circuits but contact with another car on the ensuing lap sent him backwards with damage to his front end. He held onto a 10th-place finish in the 50-lapper.

On Thursday evening, Brandon joined the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) at Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, W. Va.) for the rescheduled Hillbilly Hundred. Following the third-fastest lap in his time trial group, Sheppard outran Devin Moran in his heat to pick up the win.

After taking part in a heated battle for the lead throughout the race with pacesetter Kyle Larson, Brandon mounted a late charge on the final lap but fell short at the line, trailing 0.466 seconds behind Larson. Garrett Alberson, Tim McCreadie, and Josh Richards completed the Top-5 finishers in the 100-lap affair.

After saturated grounds cancelled Friday's scheduled event at Raceway 7 (Conneaut, Ohio), an unfavorable forecast for Saturday's Pittsburgher 100 at Pittsburgh PA. Motor Speedway wiped out the remainder of the weekend.

Brandon continues to lead the latest Castrol FloRacing Night in America series standings and remains second in the LOLMDS points chase.

Full results from the weekend as well as the latest standings are available at and .

This weekend, Sheppard and the team have a pair of events on their schedule. Action opens on Thursday night with a $22,022-to-win Castrol FloRacing Night in America event at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) and continues on Saturday at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) with a $15,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) program.

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, 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, E3 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 Bests Big Daddy Fall Classic at Ponderosa
Resumes Action this Week on Thursday at Tri-County Racetrack

WINFIELD, Tenn. (10/04/22) – Mike Marlar increased his 2022-win total to 10 on Saturday night with a $10,888 triumph at Kentucky’s Ponderosa Speedway.

The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series triumph came in his Delk Equipment Sales / Tri-Rivers Enterprises No. 157 Can-Am Auto Salvage / Longhorn Chassis / Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“Last week’s action started at Atomic Speedway on Wednesday night, and if it could go wrong it did. Mechanical issues bit us in both the heat race and the B-Main and resulted in us missing the feature. We bounced back with a charge to sixth on Thursday in the Hillbilly Hundred at Tyler County (Speedway). With the rest of the Lucas Oil (Late Model Dirt Series) weekend getting washed out we came back to Ponderosa Speedway and finished fourth on Friday and got the win on Saturday,” Marlar said. “Hopefully we’ve got the monkey off our back heading into the upcoming weekend.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Mike Marlar was one of 29 Late Models entered at Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio) for the seventh stop of the 2022 Castrol FloRacing Night in America miniseries.

After breaking a driveshaft while running second in his heat race, Marlar ran into more issues in his B-Main that brought an early end to his night.

Mike is fourth in the latest Castrol FloRacing Night in America point standings.

In a field of 40 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries on Thursday at Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, W. Va.) for the Hillbilly Hundred, Mike edged his way into the $30,000-to-win A-Main with the fourth-and-final transfer spot in his heat. Advancing through the field nine spots in the 100-lap affair, Marlar raced to a sixth-place finish.

On Friday, Marlar traveled to Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, Ky.) for the opening round of a two-day event with Valvoline Iron-Man Southern Series. With a heat race victory placing him on the second row for the feature, Mike dropped one spot in the 40-lapper to finish fourth.

For the Big Daddy Fall Classic on Saturday, Mike secured his spot into the main event with a heat win. Keeping the field at bay as he weaved through lapped traffic, Marlar cruised to his 10th win of the season and second career Iron-Man Series triumph.

He pocketed a $10,088 payday ahead of Tanner English, Camaron Marlar, Josh Rice, and Scott Bloomquist.

For full results from last week’s slate, please visit ,, and .

Marlar will look to regain ground lost last week in Castrol FloRacing Night in America competition, when he returns to action with the tour this Thursday at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) in another $22,022-to-win affair.

Mike Marlar would like to thank his 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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Cade Dillard Rolls to Ark-La-Tex Speedway ARMS $2,000 Victory
Ty Veuleman Memorial at Sabine Speedway Up Next

ROBELINE, La. (10/04/22) – Cade Dillard notched his eighth win of the year on Friday night with a $2,000 American Racer Modified Series (ARMS) triumph aboard his S&S Fishing & Rental Inc. No. 97 Bass Bucks and Birds / CDR Race Car Modified.

“It was another great weekend for us in the CDR Race Car Modified. We got a win on Friday at Ark-La-Tex (Speedway) and backed it up with a runner-up finish on Saturday at Super Bee (Speedway),” Dillard said. “I’m looking forward to taking the Crate Late Model to Sabine Speedway this weekend for the (Ty) Veuleman Memorial.”

Cade Dillard returned to the driver’s seat of his Krohn Farms No. 97 Modified on Friday night for the American Racer Modified Series (ARMS) sanctioned program at Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, La.).

In a field of 38 cars, Dillard’s heat race victory positioned him eighth on the starting grid for the feature. Tracking down early pacesetter Bo Day by lap 16, the pair exchanged the top spot for the next five circuits until Dillard regained the lead for good on lap 23. He went onto win by more than a two-second margin, topping Day, Triston Dycus, Joe Duvall, and Manuel Williams II at the line.

He earned $2,000 for his eighth win of the season.

For another $2,000-to-win ARMS program on Saturday at Super Bee Speedway (Chatham, La.), Cade followed up a heat race win with a runner-up showing in the feature. He trailed Joe Duvall to the checkers with Michael Walker rounding out the podium.

Full results from the weekend are available at .

Next up for Dillard is a trip to Sabine Speedway (Many, La.) this weekend for the Ty Veuleman Memorial, which posts a $5,069 winner’s check for the Crate Late Model division.

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Cade Dillard Racing would like to thank their marketing partners, which include S&S Fishing & Rental, Krohn Farms, Joel’s Auto Sales, Strength Roofing & Siding, Johnsville Company Inc., Jody’s Oilfield Service, Bryan Cook Trucks, Hoosier Racing Tire, Lonestar Equipment & Repair, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Black Diamond Race Cars, Nichols Stores, Production Jars, Supreme Vinyl Works, Wehrs Machine & Racing Production, Fast Shafts, Champion Brand Hi-TechLubricants, Schoenfeld Headers, Vahlco Wheels, Day Motorsports, Hyperco, Clements Racing Engines, VP Racing Fuel, MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Brandon Overton Hustles to Hornet’s Nest Super Late Model Victory
2022 Season Action Continues on Thursday at Tri-County Racetrack

EVANS, Ga. (10/04/22) – Brandon Overton piloted his Wells & Sons Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton / Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells Motorsports/ Clements Racing Engines - powered Super Late Model to the $3,800 triumph at Talladega Short Track on Friday night.

“We hit the ground running Friday night at Talladega (Short Track) and got the win,” Overton said. “We don’t get to race there a ton, so it was cool to go to Victory Lane and hopefully we can repeat when we go to the Lucas Oil (Late Model Dirt Series) race there this coming Saturday. I’m also looking forward to racing at Tri-County (Racetrack) this Thursday. That’s a badass little place that Ray (Cook) has.”

Friday night found Brandon Overton in action at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) to compete in the Super Late Model portion for the Jerry Goodwin Tribute Race.

After topping the 22-car field in time trials, Overton led flag-to-flag in the 38-lap feature to claim his 13th win of the season and a $3,800 prize. He took the checkers ahead of Michael Page, Sam Seawright, Dalton Cook, and Oliver Gentry.

Full results from the event are available at .

Action for Overton continues this Thursday at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) with a $22,022-to-win Castrol FloRacing Night in America event. On Saturday the team will compete in the $15,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) event at Talladega Short Track.

More information on the events can be found at and .

Brandon Overton would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Crossfit Overton, Wells Motorsports, Allstar Concrete, Longhorn Chassis by Wells, Big Dog Stump and Tree, RW Powell Construction, Convenient Lube, Big Blue Smoke House, Doug Campbell Body Shop, Clements Racing Engines, Penske Shocks, Garnto Southern Construction, Hoosier by Brian, Top Notch Kustom Koncepts, Steering Buddy, Impact Race Gear, Swift Springs, Penn Grade Oil, Quarter Master, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Wilwood, All-Star Performance, Wehrs Machine, Schoenfeld, Winters Performance, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Sunoco Race Fuels, Fast Shafts, AFCO Racing Products, COMP Cams, Quickcar Products, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Hagar Earns I-30 Speedway and ASCS Mid-South Region Championships Before Recording Fourth Straight Top 10 During Short Track Nationals

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 4, 2022) - Derek Hagar captured his first career ASCS Mid-South Region championship and I-30 Speedway track title last weekend when racing said fair well to the dirt oval.

"Being the final track champion of I-30 is special, something that nobody else can do from here on out," he said. "That was weighing heavy on us Thursday. We just needed to have a clean night and run near the front to win that. We had a pretty good lead on the ASCS Mid-South deal and weren't too worried about it."

Thursday was the track's final points night and Hagar hustled from fifth to second place during a heat race before ending the night sixth during the Ralph Henson Memorial to wrap up the championships.

"We had a decent finish," he said. "We were a little too snug on the bottom and too free to roll the middle. I had to take what I could get and race smart."

The next two nights showcased the 35th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires, which featured more than 80 drivers invading I-30 Speedway throughout the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event.

Hagar qualified fifth quickest in his group on Friday.

"I didn't qualify the best," he said. "Then we had a mini feature as far as cars in our heat race. A guy crashed so we started fourth and finished fourth, which put us in the show. We had a good car in the feature, but had to start too far back without cautions. That hindered us trying to make up more positions."

Hagar advanced from 15th to seventh in the A Main to garner the Hard Charger Award for passing the most cars.

The event concluded on Saturday, when Hagar rallied from sixth to third place in a heat race before he won a B Main to transfer into the 41-lap main event.

"We had a really good car in the feature, but once you start getting closer to the front the cars get really hard to pass," he said. "I just wish we could have started closer to the front and battled with those guys."

Hagar's charge from 16th to ninth marked the second-most positions gained. It was his fourth straight year with a top 10 during the Short Track Nationals finale.

Hagar plans to compete this Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., with the USCS Series.


Sept. 29 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 2 (5); Feature: 6 (4).

Sept. 30 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Qualifying: 5; Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 7 (15).

Oct. 1 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (6); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 9 (16).


37 races, 12 wins, 20 top fives, 28 top 10s, 28 top 15s, 30 top 20s


Friday and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., with the USCS Series





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"Maria and the crew at FK Rod Ends are awesome to work with," Hagar said. "They take pride in their products and that's why we choose to run FK Rod Ends."

Hagar would like to thank Ameri-Panel, KO Motorsports, J&J Auto Racing, B & D Towing and Recovery, FK Rod Ends, Dynotech Performance, A.M.P., Fragola Performance Systems, Administrative Consulting Services, Killer Coatings, Xtreme Race Graphics, Southern Collision Centre, Jeff's Heating and Cooling, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Wheels, DHR Suspension, Hinchman Racewear, Wix Filters, Valvoline, Ti64 and Builtwiser Wings for their continued support.

Mallett Rallies for Podium During Ralph Henson Memorial and Top 15 at Short Track Nationals

Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 4, 2022) - Jordon Mallett highlighted the final weekend at I-30 Speedway by posting a third-place result during the Ralph Henson Memorial before overcoming adversity early at the 35th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires.

"You almost wish you wouldn't have went so you didn't have to process the part that it was the last event there," he said. "That part was hard. That's where I grew up going and first set foot in a race car. That side of it was mentally tough throughout the weekend. The beautiful part of it all was the record crowds and the support was awesome. We have a lot of great memories from the track and we wish the Clay Family nothing but the best."

The three-race weekend began on Thursday with an ASCS Mid-South Region event featuring more than 70 drivers. Mallett won a heat race after starting on the outside of the front row. He then gained a trio of positions in the feature, including two on the final lap, for a third-place result.

"I really felt good going into the Ralph Henson Memorial," he said. "I expected it to be the toughest night for us because you're racing the whole field of 70-plus drivers. It felt good to get a good draw and be in a good position. To start sixth and make it on the podium is good. Obviously we'd have liked to win that deal. We've won it before and I'd have liked to win it for the last time they had it there, but to run third out of that quantity and quality of cars started us on a good note for the weekend."

Misfortune cramped the team on Friday during the opening round of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour's Short Track Nationals, which showcased more than 80 drivers.

"We were pretty comfortable because we knew the speed we had in the car, but Friday was so aggravating," he said. "We started in hot laps with no brakes. I couldn't even get them pumped up down the straightaways. I couldn't control the attitude of the car like I wanted. We started changing up things and we were not better if not a little worse in qualifying so it really put us in a hole. The heat race was a mixture of the same thing, trying to rule out what the issue was."

Mallett qualified seventh quickest in his group and finished where he started - seventh - in a heat race. He then charged from fifth to second place in a B Main to transfer into the back of the feature. Mallett capped the night by hustling from 19th to 12th, which was the second-most positions gained.

"Before the B Main we literally changed out the entire brake system," he said. "We had our brakes back and came to life. We were able to get ourselves into a transfer and charge up through there in the A Main. Thankfully we were able to turn a bad night into a decent night, but it really put us in a hole for the remainder of the weekend."

Mallett advanced from seventh to third in a heat race and from sixth to second in a B Main on Saturday to move into the A Main. The event concluded with a run from 18th to 14th in the feature.

"We passed cars every time we got on the track throughout the weekend other than in the heat race on Friday," he said. "When I looked back at how many cars we passed, I think it was almost 30 cars during the weekend, I was proud of how we battled. We were in a bad spot, but were able to dig ourselves out against some good race car drivers. I think for everything we overcame we had a good weekend.

"We had a few local sponsors - Powers HVAC, The Humble Crumb and Andrews Brothers Construction - who came on board for the weekend. We really appreciate all of our sponsors throughout the year as well as those who jumped on board for the Short Track Nationals."


Sept. 29 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 3 (6).

Sept. 30 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Qualifying: 7; Heat race: 7 (7); B Main: 2 (5); Feature: 12 (19).

Oct. 1 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 3 (7); B Main: 2 (6); Feature: 14 (18).


25 races, 4 wins, 12 top fives, 16 top 10s, 21 top 15s, 23 top 20s







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"It's super exciting to have them back," Mallett said. "With the pandemic, just like in racing, it slowed all of the live events down. We pressed pause and let everything settle back down. We're thrilled to welcome them back as the primary partner for our team. I look forward to having a lot of success together. They've been a great supporter of us and we're excited to welcome them back bigger and better than ever."

Mallett would like to thank Awakening Events, Porter Commercial Refrigeration, Water for Christ, Red River Rack Co., D&K Farms, DHR Suspension, Racing Optics, Triple X Race Co., KSE Racing Products, FK Rod Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Sinco, Inc., Autometer, Callies Racing Products, DynoTech Race Engines, Hero Graphics, Hilborn Fuel Injection, ISC Racers Tape, K&N Engineering, Lone Star Super Gas (Sunoco), HRP Wings, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Smiley's Racing Products, MetTec Titanium, MotorState Distributing, DMI and Superior Bearing and Supply for their continued support.