Rocket1 Racing’s Sheppard Finishes Fifth in USA Nationals
$75,000 on the Line this Weekend at Sunoco North-South 100

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (08/08/22) – Rocket1 Racing pilot, Sheppard raced to a Top-5 finish in Saturday night’s USA Nationals finale at Cedar Lake Speedway with the team’s Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Earlier in the weekend he also recorded a fourth-place finish at the Wisconsin oval in World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series competition.

“We hard-charged on Thursday to finish fourth, and then on Friday we were pretty solid in the heat races. We had a pretty good car in the feature on Saturday, but just struggled to move forward past our starting spot,” Sheppard said. “We’ll take a pair of Top-5 finishes and get ready for the next one. We’re looking forward to getting back to Florence (Speedway) this weekend to go after our first North-South 100 title.”

For the second-straight weekend Rocket1 Racing went into battle with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series. Action opened on Thursday as the tour headed north to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wis.) for the 35th annual USA Nationals weekend.

Following a third-place finish in his heat race, Brandon Sheppard charged from the 11th-starting position in the $6,000-to-win, 30-lap prelim to finish fourth. He trailed Mike Marlar, Brent Larson, and Tanner English to the checkers with Dennis Erb Jr. fifth.

Friday afternoon’s action included double heat races, and Sheppard recorded a pair of second-place finishes, including a seventh-to-second performance in the first round.

Locked into the eighth-starting position for Saturday’s pole dash, Brandon recorded a fifth-place finish.

Starting the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals main event in fifth, Sheppard carried a steady pace in the 100-lap affair, crossing the line in fifth. He followed Jonathan Davenport, Chris Madden, Tyler Erb, and Ricky Weiss across the line.

Full results from the weekend are available at .

Next on tap for Rocket1 Racing is a trip to the King family’s Florence Speedway (Union, Ky.) this weekend – August 11-13 – for the 40th annual Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 presented by Lucas Oil. The weekend opens with twin $5,000-to-win programs on Thursday and Friday. Driver’s cumulative performances from the first two days will determine heat race line-ups for Saturday night with the weekend being capped by an event record $75,000 top prize.

The crown jewel event is sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Brandon continues to sit second in the latest series’ standings.

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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, Five Star 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, E3 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 MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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Dereck Ramirez Goes Two-For-Three in Weekend USMTS Action
Pivotal USMTS Tripleheader Awaits Oklahoma Racer

WOODWARD, Okla. (08/08/22) – Dereck Ramirez enjoyed a banner weekend aboard his S&S Fishing & Rentals No. 4R Koda Services/ Boom-Test Well Service/ Raw Truck Wash/ Hughes Racing Chassis/ Cornett Racing Engine Modified.

He raced to back-to-back victories, which resulted in over $17,000 in winnings as his season win total grew to six.

“I bided my time there on Friday night at Humboldt (Speedway) and got to the lead late and got the win. On Saturday we led the whole way at Lucas Oil Speedway, but it was far from easy. I did all I could. I manhandled that thing. That was not my kind of race track, but it all worked out,” Ramirez said. “It was a great weekend for us, and now we are gearing up for three big races. Time is running out on the season, so we’ve got to be hitting on all cylinders if we are going to make a run at another championship.”

On Thursday afternoon, the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) brought Dereck Ramirez to 81 Speedway (Park City, Kan.) to kick off the tripleheader weekend aboard his Koda Services No. 4r Modified.

With 45 Modifieds on the grounds, Ramirez advanced one spot in his heat race to pick up the eight-lap victory. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in sixth, Dereck carried a steady pace in the 35-lap affair to register a sixth-place finish.

The following night at Humboldt Speedway (Humboldt, Kan.) for the 16th annual USMTS Summer Fling, Dereck’s fourth-to-second showing in his heat positioned him on the second row for the feature.

Overtaking race-long pacesetter Terry Phillips for the lead on lap 30, Ramirez led the remaining distance of the 42-lapper to capture his fifth win of the season and a $7,000 payday. He claimed his 23rd USMTS triumph ahead of Tanner Mullens, Terry Phillips, Rodney Sanders, and Tyler Davis.

For the Slick-Mist Show Me Shootout on Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo.), Ramirez followed up a heat race win with a flag-to-flag victory in the 42-lap feature. He turned back a charging Jake O’Neil to secure his second win in as many nights and sixth of the 2022 campaign.

Collecting $10,000, Dereck took the checkers ahead of Darron Fuqua, Dustin Sorensen, Tyler Davis, and Tanner Mullens. The victory marked his third-straight in the event.

Dereck is third in the latest USMTS point standings, just 95 markers removed from the top spot.

Full results from the weekend as well as the latest standings are available at .

Ramirez Motorsports now prepares for a pivotal three-day USMTS swing through Missouri and Kansas that spans this Thursday-Saturday.

Action opens on Thursday at Dallas County Speedway (Urbana, Mo.) with the third annual Wehrs Machine Bullring Bash. On Friday the sixth annual Grant Junghans Memorial takes center stage at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.), where the winner is guaranteed a minimum of $20,002. On Saturday the weekend draws to a close at I-70 Speedway (Odessa, Mo.) with the inaugural Bushwacker.

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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Chris Ferguson Pockets $20,000 for USA 100 Triumph at VMS
Sets Sights on $75,000 North-South 100 Prize this Weekend

MT. HOLLY, N.C. (08/08/22) – Chris Ferguson added another five-figure payday to his 2022 resume over the weekend. He piloted his Diff-Tran Machining No. 22 K & K Trucking / Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry / Team Zero Race Car / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to the $20,000 top prize in the USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway.

Ferguson took control of the lead on lap 13 and fought off a late-charge from Russell Erwin to claim the Ultimate Southeast Late Model Series victory. The triumph was his fourth of the season, and all of his wins have been $10,000 or more.

“I appreciate Russell (Erwin) driving me clean. He gave me a little bit of room there with a lapped car,” said Ferguson. “I respect him and (Gregg) Satterlee and also Zack (Mitchell). That was a fun race. I just got kinda content there and was running a decent groove. I wasn’t really pulling away from them, but they weren’t gaining on me. I think Russell may have turned the wick up on me. “As soon as I seen (Erwin), I didn’t feel like I was gonna be good enough to run the very bottom to hold ‘em off so at that point you just gotta get elbows up and get on the cushion. Luckily, I didn’t make no mistakes up there and was able to pull away

“This is a big shot in the arm as we get ready for the North-South 100 at Florence (Speedway). Thank you to everyone who supports this team and makes it possible.”

Chris Ferguson trekked to Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Va.) on Saturday evening, where he entered his K&K Trucking No. 22 Late Model into competition with the Ultimate Southeast Series for the 35th annual USA 100.

With 22 Late Models on the grounds, Ferguson laid down the fastest lap in qualifications before picking up a heat race win. Stealing the lead from early pacesetter Zack Mitchell on lap 13 of the feature, Chris raced to his fourth win of the season and second career USA 100.

He held off a hard-charging Russell Erwin in the 50-lapper to secure the $20,000 payday and his 16th-career Ultimate Southeast Series victory.

Erwin, Gregg Satterlee, Zack Mitchell, and Kyle Hardy trailed him to the checkers.

Full results from the event are available at .

The team now turns their attention to Florence Speedway’s North-South 100, which includes twin $5,000-to-win features on Thursday and Friday, followed by a $75,000-to-win finale on Saturday night.

The weekend is sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS).

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Chris Ferguson would like to thank all of his marketing partners, including Diff Tran Machining, K and K Trucking, The Racing Warehouse, Race XR, Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry, Heckle’s Plumbing LLC, Carolina Roofing and Gutters, Little Mountain Farm, Keith’s Handyman Services, Carver and Sons Roofing, Vinson Sims Construction, Dirt Trackin’ App, Rosewood Assisted Living, Western Clean Up Corporation, Beaux-Tie Limousine Service, Vinson Sims Construction, Xceldyne Valvetrain, Schaeffers Oil,  Dynamic Custom Metal Works, On Point Polishing and Detailing,, Fox Racing Shocks, Jerico Performance Products, Team Zero Race Cars, Buzze Racing, Big A's Custom Graphics, ASI Racewear, Hoosier Racing Tires by Bryan, Harkey Racing, K&N Performance Filters, Fluidyne High Performance, Indocil Art , Frankland Racing Supply, Bell Racing USA, Hyperco, Go Lithium, Dynamic Drivelines, Outerwears Pre-Filters, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, All Star Performance, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems, Hooker Harness, Stock Car Steel and Aluminum Inc., SRI Supplies, Pro Fabrication Racing Exhaust Systems, K1 Race Gear, Cole Perkins Media & Promotions, Base Racing Fuel, Backwoods Farm, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.

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