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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ONE STEP AWAY: Sheppard wins the Scorcher at Volunteer Speedway
The “Rocket Shepp” gave himself a chance to win after making sure he finished his Drydene Heat Race in a redraw spot.
“I really wanted to win that Heat Race, but I knew as long as I finished in the top two, we’d get into the redraw,” Sheppard said. “With this tire rule we’re on here this weekend, it’s kind of hard to pass, so just getting a good starting spot and getting out front early has been key all weekend.”
The win is Sheppard’s 77th World of Outlaws triumph—one win away from tying Josh Richards at the top of the all-time wins list (78). Even though he’s knocking at history’s door, it’s not something that’s on his mind.
“It’s really cool, but I just try not to think about it, you know, because when you think about it, it’s gets in your head, and then you want to win too bad, and then it messes you up,” Sheppard said.
Madden crossed the line second, but not without adversity. The Feature needed three attempts at the initial green flag, including one where the Gray Court, SC driver, received severe body damage to the left side of his car.
Ricky Weiss wheel-hopped Madden’s left rear on one of the attempts, hooking them together as cars wrecked behind them. Both drivers continued, but Madden was upset with what happened despite the runner-up finish.
“Me and [Sheppard] tried two or three times and had perfect starts with no problems,” Madden said. “It’s just the guys behind us can’t do what they’re supposed to do.”
Michael Chilton rounded out the podium for the Salvisa, KY driver’s best career World of Outlaws finish.
While most of the field was running the top, Chilton was one of the few cars taking a chance on the bottom.
Tyler Bruening finished fourth—his second top-five of the weekend. Dennis Erb Jr. crossed the line fifth.
Brandon Sheppard has six races left in 2021 to try and grab a piece of World of Outlaws history. Even though he’s on the doorstep, Rocket1 Racing is taking things one race at a time.
“We just keep on doing our thing and keep racing, and the wins are going to come whenever they come,” Sheppard said.
UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet travel to The Rev in Monroe, LA, for a doubleheader on Sept. 24-25.
Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps)-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$10,000]; 2. 44-Chris Madden [$6,000]; 3. 97-Michael Chilton [$3,500]; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening [$2,800]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb [$2,500]; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell [$2,300]; 7. 1G-Ryan King [$2,200]; 8. 51-Mack McCarter [$2,100]; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs [$2,050]; 10. 7-Ricky Weiss [$2,000]; 11. 34-Ellery Leake [$1,600]; 12. 79-Ross Bailes [$1,400]; 13. 9-Dusty Carver [$1,200]; 14. 71-Pierce McCarter [$1,100]; 15. 37-Drew Kennedy [$1,050]; 16. 1H-Vic Hill [$1,000]; 17. 19R-Ryan Gustin [$1,000]; 18. 3-Austin Neely [$1,000]; 19. 126-Kaede Loudy [$1,000]; 20. 21K-Dakotah Knuckles [$1,000]; 21. 28W-Jim Whisler [$1,000]; 22. 57-Zack Mitchell [$1,000]; 23. 83-Jensen Ford [$1,000]; 24. B1-Brent Larson [$1,000] Hard Charger: 51-Mack McCarter[+12]Qualifying –1. 79-Ross Bailes, 12.533; 2. 44-Chris Madden, 12.62; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 12.697; 4. 97-Michael Chilton, 12.71; 5. 7-Ricky Weiss, 12.719; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell, 12.738; 7. 1H-Vic Hill, 12.781; 8. 28-Dennis Erb, 12.825; 9. 21K-Dakotah Knuckles, 12.848; 10. 3-Austin Neely, 12.879; 11. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 12.889; 12. 71-Pierce McCarter, 12.89; 13. 57-Zack Mitchell, 12.908; 14. 51-Mack McCarter, 12.934; 15. 83-Jensen Ford, 13.014; 16. 16-Tyler Bruening, 13.049; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs, 13.176; 18. 1G-Ryan King, 13.208; 19. B1-Brent Larson, 13.256; 20. 9-Dusty Carver, 13.339; 21. 34-Ellery Leake, 13.638; 22. 82-Eston Whisler, 13.732; 23. 28W-Jim Whisler, 13.795; 24. 126-Kaede Loudy, 13.894; 25. 52-Troy Eads, 14.151; 26. N6-Blonde Bomber, 14.284; 27. 37-Drew Kennedy, NT