Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing Crowned WoO Champions
Preparations for 2022 Season Already Underway
SHINNSTON, W.Va. (11/08/21) – Just by entering the weekend’s NGK NTK World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing officially clinched the 2021 World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series Championship.
The WoO title marked the fourth for the driver of the Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches / Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model, which ties him atop the series record book with Josh Richards as the only drivers with four series championships. Richards also achieved his quartet of WoO point’s conquests aboard the Rocket1 Racing No. 1 entry.
Sheppard’s fourth title was achieved in just his fifth attempt.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Sheppard said, before taking a pause to almost comprehend the achievement. “That part of it hasn’t set in for me yet. At the end of the day, that was our goal going into the year to win another championship. We’ve definitely been up and down this year as far as speed goes. Definitely not as good as we wanted to be, but it was a good year for us. Obviously, a good points year for us, winning the championship.
“To be able to tie Josh with four championships is huge for me because I look up to Josh as a driver. I always have. His dad (Mark Richards, owner of Rocket1 Racing) first giving me this opportunity back in 2012 when Josh was doing other things, I never thought we’d be to this point. Not this soon. It’s definitely really cool.”
In 2021 Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing started 85 total events and collected 11 wins, 44 Top-5 finishes and 65 Top-10 finishes along the way. While most drivers and teams would be content to sit on those laurels, everyone at Rocket1 Racing is committed to a bigger and better 2022.
“We still want to get better,” Sheppard added. “We want to win more races. We’re working really hard to get back to that for next year. We’ve been doing a lot of playing around and testing this year. We’ve learned a lot. To be able to learn what we have and run as good as we have and win the championship, it feels really good. It’s a confidence boost going into next year just because of the fact that we’re still making gains on this thing. If we can get to where we need to be over the off-season and go into Florida (for the 2022 season-opening Sunshine Nationals, Jan. 20-22) strong, you know, everyone knows you have to have a good Florida in order to win the points.”
Sheppard concluded by thanking all of the great sponsors on his Rocket1 Racing entry.
“Not only does it take the support of a great team, but it also takes the support of great sponsors to win a national championship. We’ve got some amazing marketing partners on this No. 1, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for what they do to support us,” Sheppard commented.
Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard invaded the Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, N.C.) on Friday afternoon to kick off the NGK NTK World Finals. Drawing 48 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries, Sheppard topped his time trial group in qualifying before picking up an eight-lap heat race win.
Earning the second-starting position for the A-Main via the redraw, Brandon overtook Ricky Weiss for the lead on the 11th circuit and held the top spot for the next eight laps until a charging Jonathan Davenport took command. Sheppard went on to finish second in the 40-lapper, following Davenport to the checkers with Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Erb, and Ricky Weiss rounding out the Top-5.
For another $12,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday, Brandon outdueled Jonathan Davenport in his heat race to record the win. Receiving the pole position for the A-Main, Sheppard slipped two spots in the 40-lap affair to finish third. He trailed Davenport and Garrett Smith to the checkers with Tim McCreadie and Chris Madden completing the Top-5 finishers.
With his weekend finishes Sheppard claimed the 2021 title by 198 points.
For complete results from these events as well as the complete final standings, 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.
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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Rodney Sanders Ends 2021 with Trio of USRA Victories in Louisiana
2021 Season Draws to a Close with 20 Victories for Texas Native
HAPPY, Tex. (11/08/21) – Rodney Sanders brought the curtain down on the 2021 season over the weekend with a trio of victories accumulated between his Wichita Tank Racing No. 20 Kenny’s Tile/ ARMI Contractors/ MB Customs/ Hatfield Racing Engine Modified and Limited Modified.
The winning performances were registered at Louisiana’s Boothill Speedway during the USRA Southern Nationals.
“We capped what has been a really good year for us with three wins in Louisiana. We didn’t get the USMTS championship this year, but we won a lot of big races. We ended up with 20 wins between the Late Model, the Modified, and the Limited Modified, so there’s definitely nothing for us to hang our heads about,” Sanders said. “A big thanks goes out to my family, my team, my sponsors, and all of my fans for so much great support. We had a good year in 2021, but now we are focused on a great year in 2022.”
On Thursday afternoon, Rodney Sanders invaded Boothill Speedway (Greenwood, La.), where he set his sights on double duty in the Modified and Limited Modified ranks for the USRA Southern Nationals.
In a field of 27 USRA American Racing Modified Series (ARMS) entries, Sanders followed up a third-place finish in his heat with an eighth-to-second run in the feature.
In his Limited Modified, Sanders picked up an eight-lap heat win before placing third in the A-Main.
The following night, Rodney’s heat race win in his Modified positioned him second on the starting grid for the feature. Holding off Triston Dycus in the 30-lap affair, Sanders rolled to his 18th win of the season, which came ahead of Dycus, Jason Ingalls, Dillon McCowan, and Chris Henigan. He pocketed $3,000 for the triumph.
In the No. 02 Limited Modified, Sanders advanced three spots in the 20-lap feature to finish fifth.
On Saturday, Rodney outdueled Dillon McCowan in the 20-lap ARMS feature to record his second win in as many nights. He earned $4,000 for his 19th win of the 2021 campaign.
He added a final victory to the 2021 tally by also winning Saturday’s Limited Modified feature over Derick Grigsby and Rowdy Day as the Texas native visited Victory Lane for the 20th time this season.
For full results from the weekend’s events, please visit www.USRARacing.com .
The 2021 season has now drawn to a close for Rodney Sanders. In addition to 20 wins in 98 starts, he registered 65 Top-5 finishes and 78 Top-10 finishes.
The team is already looking ahead to 2021, which will begin with a variety of Super Late Model and Modified action at the 16th annual Wild West Shootout on January 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, and 16 at FK Rod Ends Vado Speedway Park.
For more information on the event, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net .
Rodney Sanders Racing fans please note that the team now has brand-new shirts available for purchase at www.RodneySandersRacing.net/apparel.html
Rodney Sanders would like to thank all of his sponsors including Wichita Tank Racing, ARMI Contractors, Mesilla Valley Transportation, S&S Fishing and Rental, Kenny’s Tile, MB Customs, Hatfield Race Engines, Hibner Logging, Bergman Tax and Accounting, Paulson Rock Products, Stussy Construction, Integra Shocks, Swift Springs, FK Rod Ends, CMD Race Shocks, Wehrs Machine, 87 Automotive, Keyser Manufacturing, Allstar Performance, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld Headers, JE Pistons, Walker Performance Filtration, Rodney Sanders Racing, Day Motorsports, Real Wheels, Palmer Painting, Deatherage Opticians, Wilwood Brakes, PEM Rearends, Winning Edge Carburetors, McCartney Welding, Simpson Race Products, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For more information on Rodney Sanders, please visit www.RodneySandersRacing.net .
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Matt Henderson Visits Street Stock Victory Lane at The Mag
Adds Podium Finish in Crate Racin’ USA E-Z-GO Challenge Finale
LOUDON, Tenn. (11/08/21) – Matt Henderson had a great weekend of racing at Magnolia Motor Speedway. He visited Victory Lane on Friday night in the Boleware Motorsports No. 18B Street Stock before piloting his Stanco Equipment Co. No. 17 Vineyard Lawn / CVR Race Car / Hendren Racing Engine Crate Late Model to a podium finish in Saturday night’s Crate Racin’ USA $10,000-to-win E-Z-GO Challenge finale.
The victory was his 16th of the year.
“I tell you what The Mag is absolutely one of the best tracks in the country. What a weekend we had there. We finished third in the CVR Race Car House Car in the $10,000 Crate Racin’ Late Model feature, and we took the Boleware Motorsports Street Stock to Victory Lane on Friday night and finished fifth on Saturday night,” Henderson said. “We had a great weekend with great people, and now this week we’ll head to Kentucky looking for two more wins.”
Matt Henderson returned to the driver’s seat of the CVR Race Cars No. 17 Late Model on Friday afternoon at Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Miss.) for the opening round of the two-day Crate Racin’ USA series sanctioned contest. In a field of 58 cars, Henderson followed up the fastest time in his group with a 10-lap heat race victory.
He also competed in the Street Stock division in the Boleware Motorsports No. 18B entry. With 23 entries on hand, Matt finished fourth in his heat race to earn the 10th-starting spot for the feature. In the main event he rallied to the front of the field on lap 7 and went on to claim the victory over Shay Knight, Brandon Hill, Eddie Rickman, and Shelby Sheedy.
Starting Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win A-Main in second, Matt lost one spot in the 75-lap affair to register a third-place finish. He followed Mark Whitener and Spencer Hughes across the line with Jason Welshan and Wil Herrington rounding out the Top-5.
Meanwhile, in Saturday’s Street Stock action he finished fifth behind Lee Ray, Gary Tucker, Dewayne Estes, and Brandon Hill.
For more information on this event, please visit www.CrateRacinUSA.com and www.MagnoliaDirt.com .
Matt Henderson would like to thank all of his marketing partners including CVR Race Cars, Vision Wheel, Discount Tire, Tennessee Eye Care, LTC Excavating, Vineyard Lawn, Stanco Equipment Co, R. Stuart Timber, Vineyard Enterprises, Crossroads Turf Farm, Shifted Industries, Race Logic, Hendren Racing Engines, Winning Edge Carburetion, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, RPI by Robby Bilbrey, Wilds Race Products, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, KND Safety, Hoosier Tire South, ADC - Adam Ahl, PPM Racing Products, XS Power, Allstar Performance, Dirt Car Lift, Odies Wax Shop, Matco Tools by Chad Toomey, B&B Racing Engines, Tri-Star Solutions, JB’s Auto Detailing, KRC Power Steering, Wilwood Disc Brakes, VP Fuel by Rayce, ButlerBuilt Seats, Bulldog Rearends, Quickcar Racing Products, Earnhardt Technologies, Swift Springs, Daytona 1, Fullmoon Graphics, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For the latest info regarding Matt Henderson Racing, please visit the team’s cyber home at www.MattHendersonRacing.com or check the team out on Facebook at @MHenderson17 and on Twitter at @MHenderson17.
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