FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Shelton (email@example.com) August 3, 2021 Top-5 Run in Prairie Dirt Classic for Rocket1 Racing Four Nights of WoO Wisconsin Action on Tap this Week SHINNSTON, W.Va. (08/03/21) – Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing rolled into the famed Fairbury Speedway over the weekend for the 31st edition of the Prairie Dirt Classic. Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win finale found Sheppard recording a fifth-place finish in his Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model. “Really late in the race when my car came to me, I was a few spots too far back,” Sheppard said. “We just had to make the most out of it and made a few passes on the restarts and just came up short. It’s disappointing because we had a better car than where we finished. We’ll head to Wisconsin this week to go after some more big checks. Thanks as always goes out to all of our marketing partners and supporters.” Taking part in one the biggest weekends of the year with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Rocket1Racing and Brandon Sheppard invaded Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.) on Friday afternoon for the 31st annual Prairie Dirt Classic. With the massive 74-car field split into two separate groups for time trials, Sheppard recorded the 11th fastest time in his group. Starting his $3,000-to-win preliminary feature in sixth, Brandon improved three spots in the 25-lapper to register a third-place finish. With his third-place finish in preliminary action on Friday placing him 11th on the starting grid for Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic, Sheppard advanced six spots in the 100-lap affair to finish fifth. He followed Kyle Larson, Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb, and Chris Madden across the line. Brandon now sits 86 points ahead of Chris Madden atop the World of Outlaws point standings. For complete results from these events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com . The upcoming week has the team set for four nights of WoO action in Wisconsin. The week opens on Tuesday evening at Outagamie Speedway with a $10,000-to-win event, which is co-sanctioned with the Dirt Kings tour. On Thursday evening three rounds of WoO action kicks off at Cedar Lake Speedway with a $6,000-to-win affair. On Friday and Saturday the 2021 USA Nationals take center stage with double heat races on Friday evening followed by B-mains and the $50,000-to-win finale on Saturday night. 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. For the latest information on Rocket1Racing please visit the team website at www.Rocket1Racing.com as well as their social media channels at www.facebook.com/Rocket1Racing, www.twitter.com/Rocket1_Racing, and www.instagram.com/rocket1racing .
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DAVENPORT DOMINANCE: Sheppard takes night two of the Quad Cities 150
Sheppard wasted no time getting the lead, using his momentum to blast around Jason Feger on the top of the racetrack. It’s a move the “Rocket Shepp” needed to make quickly, as the track started taking rubber near the halfway point.
“[Starting second] was definitely key tonight for sure,” Sheppard said. “We had a really good car for the slick before it rubbered, so that makes me feel good for [Saturday].”
Sheppard’s win is the 76th World of Outlaws triumph of his career and third trip to Victory Lane in the last six races. He’s also won three of the previous four Series events at Davenport Speedway.
Sheppard stated his crew is starting to hit a stride, even as they are trying different setups to better the Rocket1 race team.
“My guys have been just working their butts off on this thing, getting it going good for me,” Sheppard said. “We’re hit and miss some nights, but we’re doing a lot of trial and error and trying to fine-tune this thing in and get it figured back out again.”
Bobby Pierce finished in the runner-up spot for the second consecutive night and had a chance at the lead toward the end. The Oakwood, IL driver stuck his nose underneath Sheppard but backed out of it when he realized he couldn’t make the pass.
“I didn’t want to try anything crazy,” Pierce said. “When you dip down on that rubber line, you’re kind of in a death slide. If I had a really clear shot, maybe, but it’s very unlikely to do that in the rubber, so you kind of hang on to your spot.”
Pierce, who started fourth, made a move on an early restart to get to second. Like Sheppard, the “Smooth Operator” found an open lane on the outside.
“I was unlucky with the draw, but I was lucky with that caution coming out,” Pierce said. “[Chris Madden] did the best thing he could’ve done for me and dive down to that middle. I knew the top was good for me, so I just found it out and basically rolled to second.”
Devin Moran backed up his win on Thursday with a third-place finish. The Dresden, OH driver felt he had a good car again, but was limited to how far he could go.
“I felt like my [Longhorn] chassis was really good; I just couldn’t get any further than third,” Moran said.
Feger crossed the line fourth, and Chris Madden rounded out the top five.
Brandon Sheppard put himself in position for luck to go his way by qualifying well and winning his Drydene Heat Race. If the “Rocket Shepp” can be “good” again on Saturday, a little luck could lead him to $30,000 and put him one step away from World of Outlaws history.
Up Next: The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models return to Davenport Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 28, for the final night of the Quad Cities 150 presented by Hoker Trucking.
Here are the top six in points entering Saturday’s event:
Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps)-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$10,000]; 2. 32P-Bobby Pierce [$6,000]; 3. 9-Devin Moran [$3,500]; 4. 25-Jason Feger [$2,800]; 5. 44-Chris Madden [$2,500]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard [$2,300]; 7. 28M-Jimmy Mars [$2,200]; 8. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [$2,100]; 9. 0-Nick Hoffman [$2,050]; 10. 18-Shannon Babb [$2,000]; 11. 19R-Ryan Gustin [$1,600]; 12. 32-Chris Simpson [$1,400]; 13. 7-Ricky Weiss [$1,200]; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs [$1,100]; 15. 3S-Brian Shirley [$1,050]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [$1,000]; 17. 41-Jeremiah Hurst [$1,000]; 18. 16-Tyler Bruening [$1,000]; 19. 59-Garrett Alberson [$1,000]; 20. 28-Dennis Erb [$1,000]; 21. 15K-Justin Kay [$1,000]; 22. 19G-Richie Gustin [$1,000]; 23. 29-Spencer Diercks [$1,000]; 24. 49-Jake Timm [$1,000] Hard Charger: 7-Ricky Weiss[+9]