Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard Compete in Dirt Late Model Dreams
Returns to WoO Competition this Week with Northeast Triple Header
SHINNSTON, W.Va. (06/15/21) – Brandon Sheppard and the Rocket1 Racing team recently completed in an ultra-busy week with their Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model.
Tackling four-straight days of Dirt Late Model Dream action at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway, Sheppard came away with a mixed bag of results, including a Top-5 finish in the 27th annual Dirt Late Model Dream.
“We started the week by leading 60 laps in the 27th Dirt Late Model Dream, but I got a little tight late in the feature, and we slipped to fifth,” Sheppard said. “On Saturday night for the 26th Dirt Late Model Dream I was pacing myself for the first half of the feature. I don’t know that we had a car that could win, but I think we had a good shot at another Top 5, but a mechanical issue knocked us out before halfway. We would’ve obviously liked to win, but it was still a good weekend for our team, and now we’re ready to get rolling on the second half of the WoO season.”
Rocket1 Racing made the trek to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Wednesday afternoon to kick off the 27th annual Dirt Late Model Dream with the opening round of four days of racing.
With the 74-car field split into two separate groups for a pair of preliminary features, Sheppard recorded the fourth-fastest time in his group before placing third in his heat race. With $10,000 on the line in the main event, Brandon gained two spots in the 25-lap affair to finish 12th.
On Thursday afternoon with preliminary results positioning him on the pole of his heat, Sheppard streaked to a 10-lap heat race victory. Earning the pole position for the $127,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream, Brandon paced the field first half the 100-lapper until Brandon Overton snuck by on lap 61. Racing to a Top-5 performance in the remaining distance, Sheppard scored a fifth-place finish. He trailed Overton, Tim McCreadie, Kyle Bronson, and Dale McDowell to the checkers.
Preliminary action for the 26th Dirt Late Model Dream was contested on Friday evening, and Brandon improved one spot in his heat race to finish second behind Bobby Pierce. Holding his spot for all 25 laps of the A-Main, Sheppard recorded an eighth-place outing.
Rolling off on the front row of his heat race on Saturday, Sheppard lost the battle to Jonathan Davenport to finish second. Starting the $126,000-to-win finale in ninth, Brandon brought out the fourth caution of the race on lap 44 as mechanical issues forced him to retire from the event. He was credited with a 22nd-place finish.
For complete results from these events, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com .
Rocket1 Racing now turns their attention back to the World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Series as the team prepares for a trio of $10,000-to-win events this weekend. Action opens on Thursday night at Stateline Speedway (Busti, N.Y.) before shifting to Thunder Mountain Speedway (Knox Dale, Pa.) on Friday. The weekend draws to a close on Saturday night at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway.
Brandon currently leads the latest World of Outlaws point standings by 46 markers. For more information on the upcoming weekend’s events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com.
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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