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August 10, 2020
Pair of Top-10’s for Sheppard in WoO Wisconsin Swing
Four-Day Swing Through PA and OH Next for Rocket1
SHINNSTON, W.Va. (08/10/20) – Closing out a grueling 40-day stint, Brandon Sheppard drove the Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis House Car to a pair of Top-10 finishes in Wisconsin.
A field of 31 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries were on hand at Beaver Dam (Wis.) Raceway on Tuesday. Sheppard suffered a brake failure in qualifying, resulting in a tenth-place time.
Starting fifth in his heat race, he advanced two spots to finish third, earning him the 11th spot on the feature grid. Brandon improved five positions in the $10,000-to-win A-Main to finish sixth.
The action shifted to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wis.) on Thursday for the opening round of the 33rd Annual USA Nationals. Finishing third in his heat race, Sheppard lined up 12th on the grid for the $6,000-to-win preliminary feature. Jumping three spots in the 30-lap affair, Brandon place ninth in the final rundown.
On Friday night, preliminary events for the $50,000-to-win USA Nationals were contested. The 45-car field competed in two rounds of passing points heat races, and Brandon recorded a fifth-place finish in round one and a second-place outing in round two.
With the Top-16 in passing points locked into the finale, Sheppard earned the 11th starting position for the 100-lapper. Brandon had charged into to second on lap 56 and was tracking down the race leader whe disaster struck on lap 85. An engine failure would bring the team’s night to a disappointing early end. Sheppard was credited with a 16th place finish.
“It was definitely a disappointing end to what has otherwise been a great month for Rocket1, but sometimes these things happen, that’s racing,” said Sheppard. “We still had eight wins and 12 Top-5’s on this trip. I can’t thank Mark and Steve, my crew, and all our great sponsors enough for their continued support.”
Rocket1 Racing will enjoy the upcoming weekend off before rejoining the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series for a four-day swing through Pennsylvania and Ohio next week. On the docket for that trip is Lincoln Speedway on Thursday, August 20, Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, August 21, Sharon Speedway on Saturday, August 22, and Eriez Speedway on Sunday, August 23.
Rocket1 Racing continues to lead the latest World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Championship Standings. To view the latest standings, complete results, and learn more about upcoming events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.
Brandon Sheppard has plans to pilot his family-owned No. B5 entry in this week’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals events, beginning Tuesday. For a complete schedule and to stay up to date on the latest news from those events, visit his website at www.SheppardRacing.com.
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Kerry Madsen Dominates 360 Knoxville Nationals for First Victory of the Season
Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (Aug. 11, 2020) - Kerry Madsen checked the first win of the season off the list in impressive fashion last Saturday.
The Big Game Motorsports driver guided the Killer Instinct Crossbows sponsored sprint car to Victory Lane at Knoxville Raceway, which hosted the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.
Madsen was on point from the time the team unloaded on Thursday during preliminary action. He set quick time during qualifying before advancing from sixth to second place in a heat race.
"We got an early number (for qualifying) and the track was a bit greasy, but the car was that good that it ripped around and we had a good time," he said. "Then in the heat race we had a good start and made the transfer."
The feature inversion lined Madsen up on the outside of the fourth row.
"I thought if we could get in the top five we'd be in a great position for Saturday," he said. "We were just passing cars and came up to second. I was really happy with that. We had the most points overall so at that point it's yours to win or lose."
Madsen's runner-up position gave him the most preliminary points out of the nearly 100 competitors, putting him on the pole for Saturday's main event.
"On the first lap I wasn't really sure what the best line was going to be," he said. "Once I figured it out around the top we were good. It takes a lap to get wound up so you have to cover your tracks. Once we got up to speed it was fine."
Madsen led the distance with the only close call coming in the closing laps when a problem with the top wing shoved it to the back, tightening up the race car.
"The wing was in the trunk so I had to change my driving style a bit, but otherwise it was great," he said. "It's one of those races you don't realize how cool it is to win until you win it. It goes up in stature every year. There were a lot of good teams there. Brian Morrison built us a great engine and we prepared a special car so we put effort into it. It was good for it to go smooth all weekend."
Madsen will return to Knoxville Raceway this Thursday through Saturday for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
"I feel pretty confident," he said. "I feel like with three nights that that could play into our hands. By the third night we should be on the ball and have everything dialed in."
QUICK RESULTS -
Aug. 6 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 3 (6); Feature: 2 (8).
Aug. 8 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Feature: 1 (1).
SEASON STATS -
40 races, 1 win, 11 top fives, 23 top 10s, 28 top 15s, 33 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Thursday through Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for The One and Only and the 9th annual Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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