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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PEVELY PRO: Sheldon Haudenschild Adds to I-55 Dominance on Night Before the Ironman
NOS Energy Drink #17 Chases Second Ironman 55 Title on Saturday Night
Whereas his father Jac Haudenschild rose to fame during "The Wild Child" days at Eldora Speedway, young Sheldon has created his own version of must-see-TV when he takes the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 to Pevely, MO.
At 27-years-old, with 354 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Features under his belt, no track has consistently offered more highlights or more victory lane trips for Haudenschild than the I-55 bullring. He's a 20-time winner with The Greatest Show on Dirt, yet the only facility he's conquered on multiple occasions remains I-55.
The numbers speak for themselves, but the tape really shows all.
Prior to Friday's dominance, which gave him six triumphs in 2021, there was the 2019 Ironman 55 when he delivered a jaw-dropping beatdown to win the $20,000 title by 10.308 seconds, all while lapping his way into the top-five.
On this night, a similar act was in store. After sitting in second for the opening six laps, Haudenschild pounced on Logan Schuchart to take the lead and began his march into lap traffic. Like 2019, it was a non-stop affair, but this time only 35 laps as he and Brad Sweet raced through lap traffic.
The margin of victory was much different, only 1.431 seconds this time, but he still lapped all the way up to seventh.
With ease it seemed, the Wooster, OH native trod a tricky cushion placed atop the track and planted his Hoosier Tire against the fence lap-after-lap. There were a few close calls as Sweet kept the pressure mounted, but Haudenschild was not to be denied at his best track on tour.
A $10,000 win equals Sheldon with his dad Jac at three World of Outlaws wins on the Missouri 1/4-mile.
For Brad Sweet, his quest for perfection was cut short by only one position. The Grass Valley, CA native entered the evening with a remarkable five-for-five record in the state of Missouri this year, including a sweep of I-55 in April. The chances seemed good when he raced into second on Lap 7, but it became tough to create a serious challenge with lappers here, there, and everywhere.
Ultimately, it was P2 for the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. Sweet now has 25 podium finishes this season and extended his points lead with a third consecutive World of Outlaws title sitting only 29 races away.
Closing out the top-five on Friday night was Watertown, CT's David Gravel in third aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2, Hanover, PA's Logan Schuchart in fourth with his Shark Racing #1S, and Lemoore, CA's Carson Macedo with his 16th consecutive top-seven by taking fifth for the Jason Johnson Racing #41.
Rounding out the top-ten on the Night Before the Ironman was Donny Schatz in sixth, James McFadden in seventh, Jacob Allen in eighth, Spencer Bayston in ninth, and Parker Price-Miller in tenth with KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 21st.
UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competes in the state of Missouri for the final time this season tomorrow, Saturday, August 7. Pevely, MO's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 will host the 13th Ironman 55, a grueling 55-lap affair with $20,000 to the winner. If you can't make it yourself, you can watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.
NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [$5,500]; 3. 2-David Gravel [$3,200]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$2,600]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [$2,350]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,150]; 7. 9-James McFadden [$2,100]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [$1,950]; 9. 11-Spencer Bayston [$1,900]; 10. 83-Parker Price-Miller [$1,850]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$1,400]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [$1,200]; 13. 51B-Joe B-Miller [$1,000]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$950]; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson [$900]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [$900]; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich [$900]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [$900]; 19. 47N-Marcus Dumesny [$900]; 20. O7-Skylar Gee [$900]; 21. 98-Clinton Boyles [$900]; 22. 20G-Noah Gass [$900]; 23. 44-Cale Thomas [$900]; 24. 13-Justin Peck [$900]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-6, Sheldon Haudenschild 7-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Parker Price-Miller[+11]
NEW Championship Standings (52/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (7,216); 2. Carson Macedo (-126); 3. David Gravel (-138); 4. Donny Schatz (-246); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-272); 6. Logan Schuchart (-298); 7. James McFadden (-724); 8. Kraig Kinser (-880); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-1150); 10. Jacob Allen (-1378).