Brandon Sheppard Sweeps First Two Wild West Shootout Events
Sights Set on $300,000 Bonus

NEW BERLIN, Ill. (01/10/22) – Brandon Sheppard has hit the ground running in 2022. The pilot of the 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 swept the first two rounds of the 16th annual Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Vado Speedway Park.

Not only did the Illinois driver receive a total of $10,000 for his Saturday and Sunday wins, but he now has a shot at the Penske Paydirt Jackpot $300,000 bonus, if he can complete a sweep of the miniseries.

“Wow, that’s all I can say about this car we brought to the desert. My team has given me a great hot rod, and so far I’ve been able to do my job. We got to the lead early Saturday night on the high side and cruised to the win. Sunday night wasn’t near as easy. We really had to work for it, and me and (Mike) Marlar, Terbo (Tyler Erb), and (Garrett) Alberson had a great race, and I came away with the win,” Sheppard said. “The track has been great so far, and now we are focused on trying to claim this $300,000 bonus.”

New Berlin, Illinois native Brandon Sheppard trekked to Vado Speedway Park (Vado, New Mexico) on Saturday afternoon to enter his TrueTimber Camo No. B5 Late Model into battle in the opening round of the 16th annual Wild West Shootout.

With 31 cars registered, Sheppard topped his time trial group in qualifying before placing first in his heat race. Rolling off third for the main event, Brandon raced past early pacesetter Bobby Pierce on the 14th circuit and paced the field for the remainder of the 30-lapper to capture his first win of the season and a $5,000 prize. Pierce, Mike Marlar, Stormy Scott, and Earl Pearson Jr. trailed him the checkers.

On Sunday afternoon, Brandon’s third-place finish in his heat race placed him 10th on the starting grid for the A-Main. After narrowly avoiding a tangle on the fifth lap with a slowing car, Sheppard began tracking down polesitter Garrett Alberson as the race closed in on the final 10 circuits. Sneaking ahead of Alberson and fending off Tyler Erb’s slider on the last lap, Brandon nosed to his second-straight $5,000 victory, which came ahead of Erb, Alberson, Mike Marlar, and Jake Timm.

With two wins in the bag, Sheppard now has his sights on claiming the Penske Paydirt $300k Jackpot. The promotion offers $300,000 for any driver, who can win all six Wild West Shootout Super Late Model features, a $100,000 bonus for five wins, and a $25,000 bonus for four wins.

Action for the mega miniseries continues on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with $5,000-to-win programs each night, while the six-race swing draws to a close on Sunday evening with the $25,000-to-win Rio Grande Waste Services 50 presented by Shaw Trucking.

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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.

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Cory Hedgecock Grabs Crate Racin’ USA Ice Bowl XXXI Checkers
Volusia Speedway Park’s Sunshine Nationals Up Next

LOUDON, Tenn. (01/10/22) – Cory Hedgecock scratched another goal off the bucket list with his first Ice Bowl triumph on Saturday evening at Alabama’s Talladega Short Track. The Tennessee racer received $3,000 for his triumph in the Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series event aboard his E-Z-GO / Noble Knights Construction Services No. 23 Budget Transmission / K&P Used Cars / Black Diamond Race Car / Eagle Racing Engine Late Model.

“Finally got the Ice Bowl! We were fast as hell all weekend long, and it’s always great to get the first win out of the way early,” Hedgecock said. “We’re hitting the ground running this year, and I appreciate everyone who makes this program possible. We’ll head to Volusia (Speedway Park) in a few weeks for the Sunshine Nationals and see if we can’t go to Victory Lane there too.”

Cory Hedgecock traveled to Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) on Friday afternoon to compete with the Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series during the 31st annual Ice Bowl. Drawing a stout field of 45 cars, Cory qualified fastest in his group before charging to a 10-lap heat race win.

Earning the pole position for Saturday’s A-Main, Hedgecock led flag-to-flag in the 40-lap affair to claim his first win of the season and a $3,000 prize. Jake Knowles, Josh Adkins, Jody Knowles, and Austin Horton followed him across the line.

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Next up for the team is a trip to Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on January 20-22 for the second annual Sunshine Nationals. Cory will compete in three Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series events, which include $1,500-to-win on Thursday, $2,000-to-win on Friday, and $10,000-to-win for the Saturday finale.

Cory Hedgecock would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include E-Z-GO, Eagle Racing Engines, Budget Transmissions, Pace Performance, K&P Used Cars, W.E. Hardscapes & Masonry, Circle H Services, Noble Knights Construction Services, Black Diamond Racecars, I-75 Raceway, Timeless Memories Photography, VooDoo Technologies, Powers Machine, Cobb’s Auto Parts, Pro-Fabrication, Accu-Force, Vineyard Construction, Winters Performance, Quickcar Racing Products, Martel Signs, MyRacePass Marketing Services, Hoosier, VP Fuels, My Wife, My Daughter, Dad, Mom, My Grandad Mike and Everyone who helps.

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Tanner Mullens Rallies for Sunday Night Wild West Shootout Triumph
Records $2,000 for FK Rod Ends Vado Speedway Park Victory

WICHITA, Kan. (01/10/22) Tanner Mullens rallied from the 17th-starting position to win Sunday night’s $2,000 top prize in the second round of the Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Vado Speedway Park.

The win marked the first of the year for the driver of the Mel Hambelton Ford No. 02 Sandlian Iron & Metal / Mullens Race Car / Mullens Racing Engine.

“We started deep in the field both nights. We passed some cars to come away with a decent finish on Saturday night, but on Sunday night we had a really fast car and got to the lead just after the halfway point. From there I was able to get the win,” Mullens said. “We’ve done a lot of work over the past year to get things where we want them to be on these cars, and I’m excited about what this season could hold for us. A big thank you goes out to everyone, who supports this team.”

On Saturday afternoon, Tanner Mullens invaded Vado Speedway Park (Vado, New Mexico) to kick off the 2022 season with the opening round of the 16th annual Wild West Shootout. With a stout field of 53 Modifieds entered, Mullens edged his way into the opening night feature with a sixth-place finish in his heat race. Starting 15th for the 25-lap finale, Tanner improved nine spots in the 25-lapper to place sixth.
The following night, Tanner’s ninth-to-seventh run in his heat race relegated him to a B-Main. Passing four cars to pick up the 12-lap consolation victory, Mullens locked into the 17th-starting position for the main event. Wasting no time to work his way to the front, Tanner tracked down race-leader Fito Gallardo early and stole the lead on the 14th circuit when Gallardo slipped over the cushion.

He ran uncontested for the remaining distance to secure his first win of the season, which came ahead of Dereck Ramirez, Tyler Wolff, Bo Day, and Gallardo. He pocketed $2,000 for his winning performance.

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With his win Tanner is in contention for the Rio Grande Waste Services Four or More Challenge, which posts a $10,000 bonus to any Modified driver, who can win at least four features during the miniseries.

Mullens will continue his pursuit of more wins and bonus money with $1,000-to-win programs on Wednesday and Friday, and then $2,000-to-win races on Saturday and Sunday.

Tanner Mullens Racing would to like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Mel Hambelton Ford, Sandlian Iron & Metal, BCC Signs & Graphics, Bergman Tax & Accounting, Doherty Brothers Construction, Knoche Farms, CPD Racing Shocks Hebbs Automotive & Machine, Integra Racing Shocks, Mullens Racing Chassis, Mullens Racing Engines, Mullens Fabrication, PEM Racing Gears & Drivetrain, Strength Roofing & Siding, Swift Springs, Velocita, Wehrs Machine, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

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Dereck Ramirez Bags $2,000 Victory in Wild West Shootout Opener
Looking to Claim $10,000 Four or More Challenge Bonus

WOODWARD, Okla. (01/10/22) – Dereck Ramirez opened his 2022 season with a $2,000 victory on Saturday aboard his S&S Fishing & Rentals No. 4R Koda Services/ Boom-Test Well Service/ Raw Truck Wash/ Hughes Racing Chassis/ Cornett Racing Engine Modified.

The maiden trip to Victory Lane came during the opening round of the 16th annual Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts at FK Rod Ends Vado Speedway Park. He backed up the opening night win with a 20th-to-2nd run in Sunday evening’s finale.

“Man, I don’t know what to say about Saturday night’s win. I could put the car wherever I wanted, and it just stuck. This is a tough field of Modifieds, so to be win a race by over four seconds is pretty awesome for our team. We hoped to start this year with the momentum that we ended last year with, and the first few races we’ve been able to do that,” Ramirez commented. “The track was heavy and fast on Sunday night, and we didn’t pass enough cars to lock into the feature, so we had to get in out of the B-Main. We got all the way from 20th to second, so it wasn’t a bad night at all.”

Dereck Ramirez kicked off his 2022 season on Saturday afternoon behind the wheel of the Raw Truck Wash No. 4R Modified at Vado Speedway Park (Vado, New Mexico) for the 16th annual Wild West Shootout. In a field of 53 Modifieds, Ramirez improved nine spots in his heat to place second. Earning the pole position for the feature, Dereck led wire-to-wire in the 25-lapper to capture his first win of the season and the $2,000 prize. He crossed the finish line 4.188 seconds ahead of Jacob Bleess with Tyler Peterson, Dan Ebert, and Rodney Sanders completing the Top-5 finishers.

On Sunday, Dereck’s sixth-place finish in his heat race relegated him to the B-Main. Advancing two spots to finish second, Ramirez locked into the 20th-starting position for the A-Main. With $2,000 on the line, Dereck charged through the field to register a second-place finish. He followed Tanner Mullens across the line with Tyler Wolff, Bo Day, and Fito Gallardo rounding out the Top-5.

Dereck leads the latest Modified point standings for the miniseries. Additionally, he is in the running for the Rio Grande Waste Services Four or More Challenge, which posts a $10,000 bonus for any driver who can four or more features during the six-race swing.

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Wild West Shootout action resumes on Wednesday and Friday with $1,000-to-win programs, while Saturday and Sunday post a $2,000 top prize.
Dereck Ramirez and Ramirez Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters including Boom-Test Well Service, Koda Services, Raw Truck Wash, Woodward Steel, Hughes Racing Chassis, S&S Fishing & Rentals, Midwest Refrigeration, Cornett Racing Engines, Go Lithium, Swift Springs, Sybesma Graphics, Afco Shocks, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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