FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Shelton (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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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Racetrack Safety Initiative Brings Racing Community Together for Updated Safety Measures
September 7, 2021 – After the unfortunate accident of veteran race official Allen Tilley at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, Ky. on August 21 during a non-racing incident, a group has been formed to help guide and initiate updated safety measures for race tracks across the country.
Led by Chris Tilley, the son of Allen Tilley as well as former NASCAR driver Randy LaJoie who has been a major advocate for driver safety across the motorsports industry. Tilley and LaJoie will join with an endless amount of track promoters in the asphalt and dirt track racing ranks to address any safety shortfalls.
The group will help provide trainings for local race officials, safety videos, literature, safety reminder banners and anything safety related to try and prevent what happened from ever happening again. Michael Rigsby with DirtonDirt and FloSports have agreed to provide any help with videos that will help train new officials and veteran officials alike as long as getting safety videos to race tracks across the country via their media platform.
Randy LaJoie has seen a lot in his many years in the racing industry. “I’ve been with Safer Racer Tour visiting 183 race tracks since 2006. I’ve been to wonderful facilities and maybe not so wonderful facilities and we can take some good from all of it, I think safety needs to be pushed up the ladder some,” stated LaJoie.
“Guys outside of the car shouldn’t get hurt. Some small changes need to be made. We can never fix all of the scenarios but let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again. Officials and promoters are too important to this industry and we don’t need them in hospital beds and being laid up injured,” LaJoie went on to say.
Already pledging their support to this cause include: Mitch McCarter at 411 Motor (TN) Speedway, Brett Hearn of Orange County (NY) Speedway, Dave Willoughby of Sharon (OH) Speedway, Brandon Hardgrove of Lake Cumberland (KY) and Ponderosa (KY) Speedway, Tim Bryant of Five Flags (FL) Speedway plus industry promoters Kelley Carlton of the Ultimate Series and SCDRA, Ray Cook of the Southern Nationals Series, former NASCAR driver and current Open Wheel competitor and TV personality Kenny Wallace, longtime NASCAR driver, current dirt racing driver and track operator Ken Schrader plus many more that will join on board in days to come.
The Racetrack Safety Initiative is planning to meet with promoters and industry leaders during the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte at some point that weekend. More details will be announced soon.For more information, contact Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or Randy LaJoie at (704) 795-7475.