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June 8, 2020

Top-5 for Rocket1 Racing in Eldora’s Stream Invitational
Lucas Oil at Cherokee and Smoky Mountain Next

SHINNSTON, W.V. (06/08/20) – The Rocket1 Racing team rolled into Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) over the weekend, where Brandon Sheppard piloted the Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis to a pair of Top-5 finishes.

However, it was a very different atmosphere at one of the dirt track racing’s grandest venues. For the first time in it’s 67-year history, the famed half-mile oval hosted an event without fans.

Traditionally, the annual Dirt Late Model Dream, which was scheduled to pay $126,000-to-win, would have been contested on this weekend. With the 26th running of the lucrative event pushed to June 2021, the Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational was introduced.

A select group of 48 drivers, competed for over $200,000 in total purses in two $10,000-to-win preliminary programs and a 67-lap finale boasting a $50,000 top prize. Sheppard recorded a third-place finish in Thursday’s preliminary, followed by a sixth-place outing on Friday, and wrapped up the weekend with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s main event.

“Overall we had a solid consistent weekend, I can’t say that’s always been the case at Eldora,” said Sheppard.” “I’m happy with our team and the way everything went this weekend. Obviously, we wanted to win, but the consistency is definitely an improvement from some of the previous events here and we got some good notes for the next time. I’m looking forward to coming back for the World 100, and hopefully the return of fans in the grandstands.”

On Thursday, Sheppard advanced to a third-place finish in his heat race after starting fifth, which positioned him 12th on the starting grid for the preliminary night feature. Charging forward, Brandon improved nine spots to record a third-place finish behind race winner Kyle Strickler, and Shane Clanton. Ricky Thornton Jr. and Bobby Pierce rounded out the Top-5.

Returning on Friday evening for another preliminary program, Sheppard once again grabbed a third-place finish in his heat race. Starting the 30-lapper in 12th, Brandon advanced six spots to a sixth-place finish in the final rundown.

For the final night of the Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational on Saturday, Sheppard started the night with a heat race victory to lock into the 67-lap finale. Brandon was slated to start third but inherited the pole position when scheduled polesitter Chris Madden suffered terminal issues on his entry in staging.

At the start, Sheppard jumped out to the early lead, setting the pace for the first 17 circuits. On lap 18, Jonathan Davenport took control before Sheppard fought back to regain the top spot on lap 36.

From lap 36-63, Sheppard held off a hard-charging Bobby Pierce on the high side. On lap 64, Tim McCreadie drove to the inside of Sheppard and Pierce to take the lead and pulled away.

A caution on the final circuit setup a green-white-checkered sprint to the finish. McCreadie beat both Sheppard and Pierce into turn one and again darted away. As Pierce floated up the track ahead of Sheppard, Dale McDowell turned under them to make a bid for the runner-up spot.

After leading a race-high 45 circuits, Sheppard settled for a fourth-place finish behind McCreadie, Pierce, and McDowell. Chris Ferguson completed the Top-5.

“Thanks to my crew for all their hard work this weekend,” Sheppard added. “I had the spoiler knocked off about every night and they kept putting it back together and telling me to get up there and do it again. You can’t ask for much more than that out of your team.”

This weekend, June 12-13, Rocket1 Racing will purse the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) to South Carolina and Tennessee. Action opens on Friday night with the 22nd Annual Grassy Smith Memorial at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.), which pays $12,000-to-win.  The action moves to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) on Saturday night for a $15,000-to-win program, dubbed the Mountain Moonshine Classic.

For more information on these upcoming events, please visit

Truckers are our unsung heroes, leaving their homes and families every day to deliver supplies that American’s need and count on. These men and women are driving long hours, and facing challenges on the road due to restaurant and rest stop closures. Valvoline is saying Thank You to truckers by delivering care packages to drivers across the country. You can say Thank You, too, by simply posting a #ThanksToTruckers message on your social media.

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.

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Rico Abreu races to a runner-up finish during Knoxville season opener

Date: Saturday, June 6th
Event: Knoxville Raceway Season Opener
Series: Knoxville Weekly Championship
Track: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa)
Rico Abreu A-Main Finish (Start): 2nd (1st)

ST. HELENA, Calif. (June 8, 2020) - After a pair of practice sessions to become reacquainted with the world-famous Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, St. Helena, California’s Rico Abreu hopped back in the seat and entered the 2020 Knoxville Raceway season opener on Saturday, June 6, utilizing what he gathered during testing to fire out a podium performance. The result was Abreu’s first top-five finish of the season, officially ending a frustrating run of results.

Impressive enough, Abreu’s entire evening at the Sprint Car Capital of the World was nearly flawless, first stopping the clocks with the fastest time during qualifying time trials, following those efforts with a second-place finish during heat race competition. The night ended with a runner-up finish during main event action, starting the 20-lapper from the pole position.

Brian Brown, now a 50-time winner at Knoxville Raceway, was the only driver to better Abreu during Knoxville’s season opening main event.

“We needed that,” Rico Abreu said, driver of the Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing/Abreu Vineyards/Curb Records/Lucas Oil Products/Priority Aviation/Salty’s BBQ/Self Made Racing/Dancer Logistics/No. 24 sprint car. “My team has been working really hard and I think we finally found our sweet spot. The testing worked out really well and it gave us an opportunity to clear our heads and start fresh. I’m excited for the next few weeks. Our goal is to perform well for our fans and give them something to be proud of.”

Although plans have not been finalized, the tentative outlook for Rico Abreu and Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing suggests a return trip to Knoxville Raceway for the two-day World of Outlaws program on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. More updates will be posted later in the week.

Fans are encouraged to follow Rico Abreu online, as well as on all of his available social media networks:


Those seeking the latest Rico Abreu Racing apparel should visit, or find Rico’s Van at select events during the 2020 season.


2020 Rico Abreu Racing Statistics:
Total Races: 7
Total Wins: 0
Total Top-5s: 1
Total Top-10s: 1
**Stats only reflect starts in RAR #24 Sprint Car

Photo Credit: Trent Gower Photography
Tyler Altmeyer
Rico Abreu/Curb Agajanian Racing
(724) 954-4915,

Donny Schatz doubles up in top-five column during Beaver Dam doubleheader

Dates: Friday and Saturday, June 5th & 6th
Event: Beaver Dam Doubleheader
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Track: Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finishes (Start):
Friday: 4th (6th)
Saturday: 2nd (4th)

2020 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings: 1414-points: third (28-points behind championship leader, Brad Sweet)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 8, 2020) - Consistency has always been Donny Schatz’ strong suit, and the Fargo, North Dakota-native certainly put that into practice on Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, during his two-day visit to Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, eventually capping the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series doubleheader with back-to-back top-five finishes, highlighting each of his starts with a runner-up performance on Saturday.

Schatz started fourth on Saturday’s main event grid and battled within the top five spots the entire 40-lap distance, ultimately taking advantage of Logan Schuchart’s misfortune to snag the runner-up spot with four laps remaining. The ten-time World of Outlaws champion kicked-off Saturday’s program with a heat race victory.

One night prior, Schatz advanced from sixth to fourth during main event action, using a second-place finish during heat race competition to lock himself into the evening’s feature program, as well as the dash.

Schatz’s weekend results propelled the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Advance Professional/Carquest Auto Parts/Technet Professional Automotive Service/Ford Performance/Mobil 1/Sage Fruit/Curb Records/Absolute Automation & Security/Hunt Brothers Pizza/Digital Ally/J&J Auto Racing/No. 15 team to second in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship chase, now within 28-points of Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet.

Donny Schatz will continue his quest toward an 11th World of Outlaws championship with a two-day stay at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Schatz and Knoxville certainly go hand in hand, earning ten Knoxville Nationals titles over the course of his career.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and the No. 15/Advance Professional/Carquest Auto Parts/Technet Professional Automotive Service/Ford Performance/Mobil 1/Sage Fruit/Curb Records/Absolute Automation & Security/Hunt Brothers Pizza/Digital Ally/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media.

Donny Schatz:

Tony Stewart Racing:

2020 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing WoO Statistics:
World of Outlaws Races: 10
World of Outlaws Wins: 2
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 5
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 10

Photo Credit: Trent Gower Photography
Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915,