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April 27, 2021

Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing Prepare for Hawkeye 100

Team Races to Top-10 Finish at Richmond

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (04/27/21) – Rocket1 Racing entered a single event over the weekend with their Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model. The team’s lone venture came at Kentucky’s Richmond Raceway, where Brandon Sheppard piloted the team’s car to a ninth-place finish.

“Track position was crucial at Richmond on Friday night, and we pretty much ran where we started for the whole feature,” Sheppard said. “I’m looking forward to Boone (Speedway) this weekend. That’s a place with a ton of history, and it would be awesome to take the Rocket1Racing team to Victory Lane there.”

Friday night saw Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1Racing return to action with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series at Richmond Raceway (Richmond, Ky.). Drawing 29 Late Models, Brandon clocked in fifth fastest in his qualifying group before placing third in his heat race. Earning the ninth-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Sheppard held steady momentum throughout the 40-lapper, crossing line in ninth when the checkered flag flew.

An unfavorable forecast nixed Saturday night’s event at Bruschcreek Motorsports Complex (Peebles, Ohio).

Brandon holds a 46-point advantage atop the latest World of Outlaws point standings. For complete results from this event, please visit .

The upcoming weekend – April 30-May 1 – takes the Rocket1Racing team and Sheppard to Iowa’s Boone Speedway for the inaugural Hawkeye 100. The weekend opens on Friday with “Twin Hawk” features, which pay $3,000 to win each. On Saturday evening the $30,000-to-win Hawkeye Nationals finale is on tap.

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 as well as their social media channels at,, and

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April 27, 2021

Matt Henderson Registers Emotional Victory at Talladega
Looks Ahead to Busy Racing Weekend

(Special to Brian McLeod)

LOUDON, Tenn. (04/27/21) – Matt Henderson picked up his fourth and by far most meaningful victory of the 2021 season on Friday night at Talladega Short Track. He piloted his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Late Model to the $2,000 Crate Racin’ USA victory on a night where heavy hearts were all around.

The win came just a few days after Henderson’s close friend and racing supporter, Luke Crass, lost his 17-and-19 year-old sons.

“It’s unbelievable the way this stuff works out sometimes,” Henderson said. “It’s almost like this victory was supposed to happen, and they were riding with me. All the way down here, I kept thinking, ‘Man, if there’s just some way I can win this thing for those guys’, and we had put that sticker on there after Adam Ahl designed and printed it for us. It was like I could almost feel their presence.”

“I was miserable coming down here, because Luke [Crass] is back home and has lost his two sons who meant the world to him, and he’s facing a horrible reality that is never, ever going to leave his memory. That family’s normal existence will never be the same again. Then here I am out here racing while he’s going through that. It’s terrible, and it didn’t seem right for me to be here, but he called before we left and told me to go win the race for his boys. Somehow, we did that. Luke is holding up well and helping to support his wife during these hard times, and I’m sure it’ll take some time for him to get it all sorted out mentally, but he told me that racing is like his safe place, and where he’s most comfortable. He said he feels like he’s got to get back to racing, because that would be the best thing for him.”

Matt Henderson entered Crate Racin’ USA action on Friday evening at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.), behind the wheel of the CVR Race Cars No. 17 house car. With 32 Late Models on hand, Henderson laid down the fastest time in his group, which locked him on the front row for the feature. Blasting into the lead on the opening circuit, Matt led flag-to-flag in the 30-lapper to capture his fourth win of the season and $2,000 prize. He finished ahead of Cody Overton, Jason Welshan, Jake Knowles, and Austin Horton.

For full results from the event, please visit

The upcoming weekend has Matt eyeing a doubleheader of action. Friday’s slate will either include action at Kentucky’s Ponderosa Speedway or Tennessee’s Boyd’s Speedway in his No. 17 CVR Race Car entry. Meanwhile on Saturday the team plans to enter Topless Outlaws Late Model Series event at Tazewell Speedway in his Matt Henderson Racing No. 00.

Matt Henderson would like to thank all of his marketing partners including CVR Race Cars, Vineyard Lawn, Vineyard Enterprises, Stanco Equipment Company, Vision Wheel & Discount Tire, R. Stuart Timber, Crossroads Turf Farm, Shifted Industries, Race Logic, Hendren Racing Engines, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, RPI by Robby Bilbrey, Wilds Race Products, Hoosier Tire South, ADC (Adam Ahl), PPM Racing Products, XS Power, Allstar Performance,, Odies Wax Shop, Matco Tools by Chad Toomey, Tri-Star Solutions, JB’s Auto Detailing, KRC Power Steering, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Base Race Fuels, Butlerbuilt Seats, Bulldog Rearends, QuickCar Racing Products, Earnhardt Technologies, Swift Springs and Marketing Services.

For the latest info regarding Matt Henderson Racing, please visit the team’s cyber home at or check the team out on Facebook at @MHenderson17 and on Twitter at @MHenderson17.

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April 27, 2021

Mack McCarter Visits Victory Lane for Second-Straight Week
Sets His Sights on Topless Outlaw Dirt Racing Series Action at The Taz

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (04/27/21) – Less than one week after racing to his first triumph of the 2021 season, Mack McCarter picked up his second win of the year on Friday night. The Tennessee racer registered the United Championship Racing Association (UCRA) Late Model victory at Tazewell Speedway.

The triumph in the Charles Trammell Memorial rewarded McCarter with a $2,500 prize for his performance in his McCarter Brothers Racing No. 51 Tennessee Homemade Wines/ Hidden Valley Cattle Ranch/ CVR Race Cars / Phantom Racing Engine Late Model.

“We were blessed with another one (victory) in 2021. I cannot thank everyone enough who helps. My wife and kids couldn’t be there, but they are still my biggest supporters. Thanks to my brother, mom, dad, Chip and Matt at CVR Race Cars, all of my crew, and all of my sponsors for all that they do for me,” McCarter said.

Friday night found Mack McCarter in action at Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tenn.) for the United Championship Racing Alliance (UCRA) sanctioned Charles Trammell Memorial.

With 22 Late Models entered, Mack locked his spot into the main event with a runner-up finish in his heat race behind Aaron Guinn. Using lapped-traffic to his advantage, McCarter snuck past race-long pacesetter Aaron Guinn on the 15th lap and paced the field for the remaining 25 circuits to secure his second win of the season. He took the checkers ahead of Guinn, Josh Collins, Brandon Williams, and Kenny Kizzar to earn $2,500.

The win also marked the first of his career with the UCRA.

Full results from the weekend are available at .

Mack currently plans to return to Tazewell Speedway to compete with the Topless Outlaw Dirt Racing Series Late Models this Saturday in a $3,000-to-win program.

McCarter Brothers Racing would to like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include McCarter Lumber Company, Parkway Liquor Store, Tennessee Homemade Wines, Jim Beeman Lumber, McCarter Farms, Hyperco Springs, Base Racing Fuel, Öhlins Shocks, CVR Race Cars, Simpson Race Products, Butlerbuilt Seats, Hoosier Tire by Pup, Wells Motorsports Photography, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

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April 27, 2021

Rodney Sanders Returns to His Winning Ways
Tops Modified Action at Hamilton County Speedway

HAPPY, Tex. (04/27/21) – After Mother Nature foiled his original plans, Rodney Sanders altered his weekend racing schedule The end result was a win plus another Top-5 finish behind the wheel of his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified.

Sanders fourth win of the year came on Saturday night at Hamilton County Speedway and rewarded him with a $2,000 victory.

“It seems like we’ve been adjusting our plans a lot this year with all the rain. After the USMTS races down South got postponed, we decided to race up North, and you can say it definitely worked out,” Sanders noted. “We started a little further back than I would’ve liked on Friday at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, but on Saturday we hit the ground running and got the win against a really good field of cars. I want to thank all of my sponsors, and I also want to thank both tracks for adding money to their purses at the last minute. That was really cool of them.”

With the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) doubleheader weekend wiped out by Mother Nature, Rodney Sanders headed to Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wis.) on Friday evening for the track’s season opener. Passing three cars in his heat race to finish fourth, Sanders locked into the ninth-starting position for the A-Main. Wheeling his way into the Top-5, Rodney gained five spots in the 25-lap affair to finish fifth. He trailed Alex Williamson, Jake Timm, Calvin Iverson, and Dave Cain to the checkers.

The following night at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa), Rodney improved five spots in his heat race to score a runner-up finish behind Jake Timm. Turning back challenged from a charging Jake O’Neil in the feature, Sanders stormed to his fourth win of the season over O’Neil, Zack VanderBeek, Kyle Brown, and Dustin Sorensen. He earned $2,000.

For more results from these events, please visit and .

The Texas native is currently evaluating where he’ll race this weekend, and once his plans are finalized they’ll be posted at .

Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Wichita Tank Racing, ARMI Contractors, Mesilla Valley Transportation, S&S Fishing and Rental, Kenny’s Tile, MB Customs, Hatfield Race Engines, Hibner Logging, Bergman Tax and Accounting, Paulson Rock Products, Integra Shocks, Swift Springs, FK Rod Ends, CMD Race Shocks, Wehrs Machine, 87 Automotive, Keyser Manufacturing, Allstar Performance, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld Headers, JE Pistons, Walker Performance Filtration, Rodney Sanders Racing, Day Motorsports, Real Wheels, Palmer Painting, Deatherage Opticians, Wilwood Brakes, PEM Rearends, Winning Edge Carburetors, McCartney Welding, Simpson Race Products, and Marketing Services.

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April 27, 2021

Drake Troutman Wins at Bedford Speedway
Bedford and Latrobe Speedway Up Next

HYNDMAN, Pa. (04/27/21) – Thus far into the 2021 campaign, Drake Troutman has been digging deep to find the handle on his Smith Transport / RFI Resources No. 7 MB Customs Race Car / Lasalle Racing Engine Super Late Model, and on Friday night he was able to achieve his goal.

The talented young driver scored his first Super Late Model win of the 2021 season on Friday night at Bedford Speedway. The victory brought his season win tally to seven.

“We’ve been really good in the Modified all year, but the Late Model has been a challenge for me. However, we had a great car and I did my job on Friday night at Bedford, and we got the win,” Troutman said. “We weren’t bad at West Virginia Motor Speedway either, and a third-place is something we’ll definitely take and build upon.

“It’s awesome to have wins in three different divisions so far this year, and we are definitely excited about what the rest of the season could hold.”

With the Renegades of Dirt Modified weekend in Illinois wiped out by Mother Nature, Drake Troutman made the short trek to Bedford Speedway (Bedford, Pa.) on Friday evening to enter his Smith Transport No. 7 Late Model into competition. In a field of 11 cars, Troutman fell back to second in his heat race after bobbling while leading.

Receiving the pole position for the A-Main via the invert, Drake held off Jeff Rine to record his ninth win of the season. He topped Shawn Jones, Matt Sponaugle, Trevor Feathers, and Rine at the line.

Returning to action on Sunday, Drake traveled to West Virginia Motor Speedway (Mineral Wells, W.Va.) for the return of the 5/8-mile oval. In a field of 18 Valvoline Iron-Man Northern Series entries, Troutman secured his spot into the $8,000-to-win A-Main with a third-place finish in his heat.

After a handful cautions slowed the 50-lapper with tire issues, Drake scored a third-place finish when the checkered flag flew. He followed Jonathan Davenport and Devin Moran across the line with Colton Flinner and Ed Shuman rounding out the Top-5.

For complete results from these events, please visit and .

The upcoming weekend opens with a $8,500-to-win United Late Model Series (ULMS) event at Bedford Speedway, which will also see Troutman competing in the Modified. On Saturday night the team will travel to Latrobe Speedway (Latrobe, Pennyslvania) for the Renegades of Dirt Modified event. Drake currently leads the latest series’ standings.

Drake Troutman Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Smith Transport, RFI Resources, Wheeler Fleet Solutions, Shaffer Construction, D&R Trucking, Stone Natural Resources, Thunderhill Trucking, Thomas Cumberland, MB Customs Modifieds, LaSalle Racing Engines, Shoe’s Diesel Performance, Glassmere Fuel Service, Rice Tire, Claar’s Notary, Merkel’s Wing and A Prayer, I-65 Transport LLC, Wilson Wraps, CMD Shocks, MB Customs Race Cars, Swift Springs, Legendary Continuation Cars, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Drake Troutman Racing, please visit the team website at well as their social media channels at and .


McIntosh Fifth at Tri-County Race Track

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Apr. 27) Donald McIntosh piloted the BMS rocket to a fifth-place finish in the third Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals event of the season at Tri-County Race Track Friday night.

Although the car and the finish were better than the two previous outings McIntosh still had his hands full with a too tight race car.

“It’s not the car, it’s not Donald, the way we have been running is all on me,” said David Bryant. “I am screwing up and over adjusting. I missed the track at Tri-County and we were too tight. This isn't the first time this has happened and it will pass. I’ve just got to get my balance and get going.”

McIntosh doesn’t want Bryant to take all the credit for ill handling race cars. Just his share.

“It isn’t all David. It is a combination of things. Last year’s car was a great car and now it is a good car. The new car is the problem because no matter what adjustments you make it doesn’t respond,” said McIntosh. “We need to park one car and concentrate on the other. As much as David dislikes testing a couple test days wouldn’t hurt.”

No matter which car or what adjustments the frustration continues to grow and  the races just keep on coming. There are two Spring Nationals races coming up this weekend with the first at Crossville Speedway on Friday and the second at Clarkesville Speedway on Saturday.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors and The Wine and Spirits Cellar.

BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM, Brakes from Wilwood and springs from Hyperco. Tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.

For more information on Blount Motorsports or how you can become part of “The Team” go to

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April 28, 2021

Jake Knowles Bags Pair of Top-5 Finishes at “The Hornet’s Nest”
Boyds and Dixie Speedway Scheduled Next

ROME, Ga. (04/28/21) – Jake Knowles enjoyed a solid weekend at Talladega Short Track behind the wheel of the Welshan’s Competition Racing Equipment No. 66 C&J Trucking/ Robert Skinner Racing/ Savage Chassis Late Model.

Battling a tough field of competitors, and even severe weather, Knowles came away with a pair of Top-5 finishes to show for his efforts, including a runner-up finish in the finale.

“We had a good weekend at Talladega. We passed eight cars to finish fourth on Friday passed sixth to finish second on Saturday. I’ve just got to qualify this Savage Chassis better, so that we aren’t starting the night behind the eight ball,” Knowles said. “Thanks to all of my sponsors and crew for their support. I also want to thank Adam Stewart, Crate Racin’ USA, and Talladega Short Track for sticking out the rain delay on Saturday and giving us a good track to race on.”

Friday night found Jake Knowles in action at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) to pilot his Knowles Race Parts & Bodies No. 66 Late Model for the NASCAR weekend. With 32 Crate Racin’ USA Series entries on hand, Knowles edged his way into the opening night feature with a runner-up finish in his B-Main. Rolling off 12th, Jake advanced forward eight spots to register a fourth-place finish, trailing Matt Henderson, Cody Overton, and Jason Welshan across the line with Austin Horton coming in fifth.

For the $2,500-to-win finale on Saturday, Jake clocked in eighth fastest in time trials, which positioned him eighth on the starting grid for the show. Passing six cars in the 50-lap affair, Knowles notched a runner-up finish behind Austin Horton with Christian Hanger, Jimmy Thomas, and Tanner Collins rounding out the Top-5 finishers.

For full results from this event, please visit

The upcoming weekend has Knowles slated to compete in a pair of Weekly Racing Series Event in Georgia. Boyd’s Speedway is on tap for Friday, while Saturday’s action takes the team to Dixie Speedway.

Jake Knowles would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Josh Roberts Trucking, Gadsden Heating & Cooling, Buster Goss Body Shop, Phillips Properties, Rheem, Martins Wrecker Service, Curbow Logging, Coosa Heating & Cooling, JW Motorsports, Bohannon Glass, Cruise with the Champions, Shorty’s Shock Service, Hoosier Racing Tire by Pup, Knowles Trucking, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Joe’s Transmission, COR Suspension Technology, B and A Farms, CSB Consulting, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AG Calf Ranch, VP Racing, Mitchell Jenkins Photography, Stealth Racing Carburetors, VP Racing Lubricants, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Jake Knowles please visit .