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August 31, 2020
Brandon Sheppard Runner-Up in Port Royal Finale
World of Outlaws Doubleheader Up Next
SHINNSTON, W.Va. (08/31/20) – Brandon Sheppard drove the Rocket1 Racing, Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis to a runner-up finish in the final round of the Rumble by the River at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway Saturday.
Sheppard finished 0.499 second behind Kyle Larson in the $15,000-to-win finale, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
A field of 55 entries converged at “The Speed Palace” for the opening round of the three-day program on Thursday. Sheppard laid down the second fastest time in his qualifying group to earn the pole position for his heat race.
After slipping to a third-place finish in his heat race, Brandon was locked into the 16th starting spot on the grid for the 30-lap feature. With $10,000 on the line, Sheppard rallied into the Top-10 to cross the finish line in eighth.
On Friday, the winner’s purse increased to $12,000. Brandon charged to a heat race victory earning him the third starting spot on the 40-lap feature. Unfortunately, persistent rain forced officials to cancel the balance of the program before the main event could get underway.
Returning to the half-mile oval on Saturday, Sheppard set the overall fast time and claimed a heat race victory to earn the pole position for the $15,000-to-win main event.
Larson, the outside front-row starter, grabbed the lead at the start of the 50-lapper. Sheppard held the second spot until Hudson O’Neal was able to get by on lap 11. Regaining the runner-up spot near the midway point, he began pressuring Larson for the top spot.
Brandon closed the gap as the frontrunners entered lap traffic late in the race, but never close enough to make a serious bid for the lead. Sheppard crossed the line in second behind Larson, with Gregg Satterlee, Chris Ferguson, and Tim McCreadie rounding out the Top-5.
“I was good on the longer runs. I couldn’t really take off very good on the restarts, and we had a bunch of restarts there, so that was definitely not helping me,” Sheppard said. “Congratulations to Kyle. He did a really good job. He does a good job in everything he drives, obviously. We tried our best out there. There were a few things I would’ve done different if I could go back again, but all in all, definitely I can’t hang my head with second place.”
Full results from these events can be found at www.LucasDirt.com.
This weekend, the Rocket1 team returns to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series circuit. A doubleheader kicks off on Friday, September 4 at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway, followed by a Saturday, September 5 stop at Lancaster (S.C.) Motor Speedway. Both events pay $10,000-to-win.
To learn more about these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.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.
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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Starks Tackling World of Outlaws Event at Huset's Speedway This Weekend
Inside Line Promotions - PUYALLUP, Wash. (Aug. 31, 2020) - Trey Starks is heading to Huset's Speedway this weekend for a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event.
The Gobrecht Motorsports driver will compete on Saturday and Sunday at the high-banked oval in Brandon, S.D., where Starks made his debut earlier this month. He qualified 12th quickest overall and advanced from fifth to third place in a heat race before capping the night with a 20 th-place result in the A Main.
"I felt like we were pretty solid up until the feature," he said. "It was nice to get on a short track again. Come feature-time we didn't make the adjustments that we needed, but we had a solid qualifying effort and ran well in the heat race. I think we have a good baseline to start with this weekend. We just have to tune it up for the feature when the track gets slick. In a lot of ways it emulates Skagit Speedway, so that works into our hand a little bit.
"I'd like to get rolling consistent again. To make both features would be nice. We'd like to start from there and build momentum."
The remainder of the 2020 season is up in the air for Gobrecht Motorsports. The team competed full time at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, for the second straight year. The track announced last week that the final four races of 2020 were canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. Starks finished ninth in the championship standings after earning five top 10s.
"It was definitely different," he said. "It was hard to get a rhythm going. I'm happy with some of our results. Early in the Knoxville season we had a combination that wasn't working. The opportunity to build on something was there, but it seemed like there wasn't enough races and we didn't string enough good results together to build momentum. I'm hoping we can end the season on a strong note during however many races we have remaining."
SEASON STATS -
35 races, 1 win, 4 top fives, 12 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 19 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday and Sunday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
Starks has t-shirts and hoodies for sale at http://www.TreyStarksRacing.com .
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - J&J Auto Racing
Located in McKenzie, Tenn., J&J Auto Racing has manufactured sprint car chassis and racing parts for more than 40 years. For more information, visit http://www.JandJAutoRacing.com .
"I've been working with J&J Auto Racing for several years and they build the best product around," Starks said.
Gobrecht Motorsports would also like to thank E-Z-GO, FK Rod Ends, Golf Cart Services, Champion Brands, Fibreworks Composites, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Beer Hill Gang, Gettysburg Rental Center, Gardy's Enterprises, Baker Door Company, Moose Lodge 720, Pro Shocks, Auto Meter, KSE Racing Products, Fel-Pro, Taylor Ignition Wires, Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Mettec, Bell Helmets, AL Driveline, DMI, Champion Spark Plugs, ISC Racers Tape, Schroth Racing, HMS Motorsports, Kinsler Fuel Injection, All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Ultra Lite Brakes & Components, Rider Automotive, BAPS Motor Speedway and Saldana Racing Products for their continued support.
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