FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Shelton (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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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|Mark Ruel captures USCS Senoia Summer Nationals XII finale on Saturday night
Mark Ruel, Jr. From Jacksonville, Florida won the 30-lap USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters main event on Saturday night to complete a weekend two-night double in the USCS Senoia Summer Nationals XII at Senoia Raceway.
Veteran sprint car racer and Hall of Famer Danny Smith from Chillicothe, Ohio chased Ruel through tge closing laps for the win, but, had to settle for the runner-up spot with Nick Snyder from Marco Island, Florida grabbed the other podium spot in third place.
Terry Witherspoon from Jacksonville, Florida followed in fourth place and Kyle Amerson from Mathews, Alabama rounded out the top five.
2017 USCS Mid-South Thunder regional series Rookie of the Year Chase Howard from Nesbit, Mississippi led the next group in sixth. His team-mate Ronny Howard also from Nesbit finished seventh.
The 2017 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour Rookie of the Year, Brandon Taylor from Gainesville, Georgia was eighth followed by another Rookie of the Year (2012), Jeff Willingham from Ripley, Mississippi in ninth and 2020 USCS Southern Thunder regional series Rookie of the Year, Eric Gunderson from Canton, Georgia completed tge top ten.
Heat race winners were Kyle Amerson in the Engler Heat 1and Terry Witherspoon from Jacksonville, Florida won the BMRS Second Heat. Amerson also won the Hoosier Speed Dash to place himself on the K&N Filters Pole for the main event.
USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters winged sprint car results for 8/14/2021 at Senoia Raceway - Senoia, GA.
USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars 18 Entries
www.RockAuto.com USCS Sprint Car feature 30 Laps
1. 83-Mark Ruel Jr; 2. 4-Danny Smith; 3. 116-Nick Snyder; 4. 43-Terry Witherspoon; 5. 29-Kyle Amerson; 6. 13-Chase Howard; 7. 44-Ronny Howard; 8. 07T-Brandon Taylor; 9. 28-Jeff Willingham; 10. 7E-Eric Gunderson; 11. 33-Joe Larkin; 12. 67-Brian Thomas; 13. 0X-Clint Weiss; 14. 34-Darren Orth; 15. 51-Jake Wardrop; 16. (DNF) 10-Terry Gray; 17. (DNF) 5-Justin Barger; 18. (DNF) 7J-Gregg Jones
Hoosier Speed Dash 6 Laps
1. 29-Kyle Amerson; 2. 43-Terry Witherspoon; 3. 116-Nick Snyder; 4. 10-Terry Gray; 5. 83-Mark Ruel Jr; 6. 07T-Brandon Taylor
Engler Machine & Tool Heat 1 8 Laps
1. 29-Kyle Amerson; 2. 83-Mark Ruel Jr; 3. 07T-Brandon Taylor; 4. 116-Nick Snyder; 5. 28-Jeff Willingham; 6. 33-Joe Larkin; 7. 13-Chase Howard; 8. 44-Ronny Howard; 9. 67-Brian Thomas
BMRS Heat 2 8 Laps
1. 43-Terry Witherspoon; 2. 10-Terry Gray; 3. 5-Justin Barger; 4. 4-Danny Smith; 5. 7E-Eric Gunderson; 6. 34-Darren Orth; 7. 7J-Gregg Jones; 8. 0X-Clint Weiss; 9. (DNF) 51-Jake Wardrop