Winter Freeze IX, Night Two Goes to the Second Georgian in Two Races

SYLVANIA, GA – Feb. 9, 2019 – Georgia native Shane Clanton broke a year-and-a-half winless streak by dominating the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series 50-lap Feature Saturday night at Screven Motor Speedway.

Clanton, the 2015 Series champion from Zebulon, GA, had gone 51 races without a win before earning his fourth victory at Screven and 43rd all-time in World of Outlaws competition, holding off Kyle Hardy and Chase Junghans to the checkered flag.

According to “The Georgia Bulldog” himself, going winless last season never actually bothered him as much as most fans thought it would have. In fact, he used the dry spell as fuel to get better. Now that the monkey is off of his back, Clanton will look to build on this momentum as the current points leader heading into Volusia, where he has been so dangerous in past years with five wins since 2015.

“It feels real good,” Clanton said. “To go almost a year and a half… like I said at the banquet [last year], it just makes you mad. And the guy who wins, it just makes him more determined to come back and win again, and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve worked awful hard over the winter to build a new racecar here.”

In what was almost a perfect night, Clanton qualified second overall out of 39 cars, won his heat race and redrew the pole for the Morton Buildings Feature. Taking the lead on lap 1, he faced several long strings of lapped traffic, as the race’s first caution didn’t fly until lap. But Clanton was able to handle the pressure from those behind him, much like all great veterans of the sport do.

“I guess it’s lucky to get number one but I think our car was good enough to pass a couple of cars,” Clanton said with the biggest smile on his face. “I was just biding my time, trying not to get into too much lapped traffic, just didn’t want to get myself in a bind. We rode a long way, and to come up with the win, it’s pretty special.”

And how special it was for Clanton and the Capital Chassis stable this weekend, with Chris Madden putting his Capital on the podium in Friday night’s race and a top-10 on Saturday. Clanton said Madden’s help has been and will continue to be instrumental in Capital’s success on the tour this season.

“I’ve had some help when Chris came along after Charlotte [last year] and we went and tested my car, then we built this car,” Clanton said. “We’ve changed some things on it and evidently we’re going in the right direction, so that’s the good thing.”

Another special finish came right behind Clanton – the Viper Motorsports entrant of Rookie contender Kyle Hardy. The Virginian had a solid night on Friday, coming from 17th to finish 11th after winning his Late Chance Showdown. But Saturday night was a much different story, as he set fast time in Group B, won his heat and redrew third.

Hardy made the pass for second around Jason Covert on lap 12 and chased Clanton down the rest of the way but was never able to make the pass. However, he held his own through lapped traffic, staying right with Clanton the entire way and closing a two-second gap before the lap 45 caution. Overall, a great showing by the new Barry Wright Race Cars house driver.

“It turned out to be great,” Hardy said. “We’ve got a greatly prepared car by Lance and Barry Wright, and that means the world. We ran decent last night, wasn’t the greatest, but second place tonight was, by far, great for us.”

After the 11th-place on Friday night and the runner-up finish on Saturday, Hardy now leads in Rookie points by 20 markers over Ricky Weiss, who fell back to 15th in Saturday’s Feature. This gives him a big boost of confidence, heading into Volusia for the DIRTcar Nationals.

“Absolutely, it’s a huge boost of confidence,” Hardy said with a grin. “We didn’t have two bad nights, we had a decent and a great night. We’re just super happy about it and ready to get going.”

Hardy’s previous experience at Screven played right into his favor on Saturday night, as his three prior starts seemed to give him the edge over his fellow Rookie competitors.

“It definitely helped, I’ve raced here three times before and it was the fifth time over the weekend, so it turned out to be great,” Hardy said.

In what should have been another Rookie in the top five, Cade Dillard seemed to have a great fourth-place run going before tangling with Jason Covert in turn three with just two laps remaining. Dillard was obviously disappointed by the incident and the resulting 19th-place finish, but it gave him plenty to build off of heading into Volusia next week and was a great rebound, just one night after having to fight for a 14th-place run after taking a provisional.

“I had a good car in the feature,” Dillard said. “I was just riding, trying to stay out of trouble. Had a chance there at the end, got under [Covert], I’d say nearly nose-to-nose with him. I’m not sure if he didn’t see us there or saw us and just turned left… Unfortunately, it killed our good run for us.”

Up Next…
The 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park is the site of the next four Series races, Feb. 13-16. Two DIRTcar Late Model shows will preceed the Outlaws invasion on Monday and Tuesday. Get you tickets now and don’t miss this exciting event by clicking here, or order your Late Model Fast Pass on DIRTVision and watch every lap LIVE!

Abbreviated results (click here for full results)

Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 25-Shane Clanton [1][$10,000]; 2. 36v-Kyle Hardy [3][$5,000]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [4][$3,000]; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard [6][$2,500]; 5. 72-Mike Norris [8][$2,000]; 6. 3s-Brian Shirley [10][$1,700]; 7. 29-Darrell Lanigan [9][$1,400]; 8. 2x-John Henderson [11][$1,300]; 9. 44-Chris Madden [13][$1,200]; 10. 1D-Brent Dixon [12][$1,100]; 11. 28-Dennis Erb [16][$1,050]; 12. 2-Brandon Overton [17][$1,000]; 13. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [20][$950]; 14. 1x-Chub Frank [15][$900]; 15. 7-Ricky Weiss [14][$850]; 16. 9-Billy Moyer [22][$800]; 17. B1-Brent Larson [23][$770]; 18. 72c-Jason Covert [2][$750]; 19. 97-Cade Dillard [5][$730]; 20. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$700]; 21. 27+1-Tyler Carpenter [19][$700]; 22. 6m-Mike Marlar [18][$700]; 23. 22x-G.R. Smith [25][$110]; 24. 58-Ivedent Lloyd [7][$700]; 25. 99B-Boom Briggs [21][$700] – Hard Charger Award: 99jr-Frank Heckenast[+7] – Lap Leaders – Shane Clanton – 50 Laps

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 72c-Jason Covert, 14.558; 2. 25-Shane Clanton, 14.572; 3. 44-Chris Madden, 14.607; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.688; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan, 14.721; 6. 2x-John Henderson, 14.729; 7. 2-Brandon Overton, 14.829; 8. B1-Brent Larson, 14.867; 9. 58-Ivedent Lloyd, 14.876; 10. 42-Cla Knight, 14.935; 11. 22x-G.R. Smith, 14.945; 12. 1x-Chub Frank, 14.961; 13. 6-Blake Spencer, 14.991; 14. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 15.123; 15. 27+1-Tyler Carpenter, 15.18; 16. O-Ryan Scott, 15.233; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs, 15.271; 18. 27-Joe Denby, 15.354; 19. J8-Jadon Frame, 15.441; 20. 0K-Freddie Carpenter, 15.739

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 36v-Kyle Hardy, 14.622; 2. 18-Chase Junghans, 14.625; 3. 72-Mike Norris, 14.652; 4. 97-Cade Dillard, 14.652; 5. 3s-Brian Shirley, 14.679; 6. 1D-Brent Dixon, 14.692; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss, 14.72; 8. 28-Dennis Erb, 14.745; 9. 99jr-Frank Heckenast, 14.849; 10. 6m-Mike Marlar, 15.004; 11. 16-Tyler Bruening, 15.045; 12. 77-Brian Connor, 15.045; 13. 9-Billy Moyer, 15.058; 14. 53-Ray Cook, 15.071; 15. 24D-Michael Brown, 15.08; 16. 83-Scott James, 15.15; 17. 11B-Stacy Boles, 15.223; 18. C9-Steve Casebolt, 15.412; 19. 25h-Chuck Hummer, 17.722

—World Racing Group Press Release

By |2019-02-13T05:57:54-05:00February 13th, 2019|Late Models, National, Racing News, Volusia Speedway Park|Comments Off on Winter Freeze IX, Night Two Goes to the Second Georgian in Two Races

Contact at Stateline Speedway Causes Controversy

BUSTI, NY – June 14, 2018 – Brandon Sheppard collected his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win of the 2018 season at Stateline Speedway on Thursday evening. The New Berlin, IL driver hijacked the lead from Chris Madden on lap 35 after a restart. As the drivers headed into turn two, contact was made ultimately sending Madden in a 180-degree spin and to a complete stop. Madden, who had led every lap up until that point, was then sent to the tail of the field.

“I mean, I obviously didn’t mean to do that to Chris,” explained Sheppard in Victory Lane. “He had a pretty good car there and we were racing pretty hard and he went to the middle there where he had been running before that restart and I really didn’t expect him to turn down that hard. I was carving around the bottom there and we just, I don’t know, we just can watch the video but I didn’t mean to do that. If he’s listening back there [in the pits] I just apologize for that.”

The New Berlin, IL driver started fifth in the 50-lap event and used the top side of the track to his advantage in gaining early momentum.

“I was trying to get as many cars as I could as early as I could because I knew that top [side of the track] was going to go away at some point,” said Sheppard. “I was probably going to run second there and me and Chris just got together there. I hate it for him. I definitely didn’t want to win it that way… [but] we’ll take the win. It’s definitely been a long time coming (May 3 at Lavonia Speedway). We’ve had a rough streak here and it’s nice to be back on the podium.”

Current Series Points leader, Madden finished 12th in the event. When asked to comment on what happened on the track he quietly smiled and shook his head. He had nothing more to say about the incident.

Sheppard’s victory and Madden’s misfortune has once again tightened the points race. Madden now sits just 16 points ahead of Mike Marlar, 46 points ahead of Sheppard and 76 points ahead of Shane Clanton. The Rocket 1 Racing machine was trailing by 70 points prior to the shootout at Stateline Speedway.

Finishing second in the feature was a local standout, Darrell Bossard of Titusville, PA.

“We’ve had some bad luck with this car this year but it’s been really fast,” said Bossard. “Racing with these guys is really a dream. You grow up and you dream of racing with Mike [Marlar], and Brandon [Sheppard], and Shane [Clanton] and all of those guys. I remember watching Rick [Eckert] as a kid and driving by Rick Eckert tonight is something I thought I’d never do.”

Mike Marlar rounded out the podium at Stateline Speedway.

“I was trying to stay out of trouble and do the best we can do here,” said Marlar. “There will be nights we’ll have some but luckily we’ve dodged it so far. It helped a little on the points lead but I hate to see them guys get together like that. It’s slick, it’s slow and everybody is fighting for their own little lane on that bottom. I think Chris maybe arched out but I don’t know. I couldn’t really tell what was going on.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series heads to Ransomville Speedway on Friday, June 16 for its last stop in the state of New York in 2018.

Abbreviated results from Stateline Speedway

Sears Craftsman Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5][$10,000]; 2. 22B-Darrell Bossard [4][$5,000]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [7][$3,000]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [1][$2,500]; 5. 9-Devin Moran [11][$2,000]; 6. 111-Max Blair [16][$1,700]; 7. 44h-Dave Hess [12][$1,400]; 8. O-Ryan Scott [13][$1,300]; 9. 12B-Andy Boozel [10][$1,200]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton [3][$1,100]; 11. 2-Dan Stone [14][$1,050]; 12. 44-Chris Madden [2][$1,000]; 13. 18c-Chase Junghans [6][$950]; 14. X3-Wyatt Scott [9][$900]; 15. 91-Tyler Erb [19][$850]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [23][$800]; 17. 54-David Breazeale [21][$770]; 18. 14m-Morgan Bagley [24][$750]; 19. 22-Chris Ferguson [8][$730]; 20. 9s-Breyton Santee [18][$700]; 21. 1x-Chub Frank [17][$700]; 22. 28L-John Lobb [15][$700]; 23. 76-Steve Kania [20][$700]; 24. 111m-Matt Lux [22][$700]

Hard Charger Award: 111-Max Blair[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 44-Chris Madden, 17.517; 2. 25-Shane Clanton, 17.626; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 17.754; 4. 9-Devin Moran, 17.981; 5. X3-Wyatt Scott, 18.028; 6. 28L-John Lobb, 18.057; 7. O-Ryan Scott, 18.101; 8. 22-Chris Ferguson, 18.123; 9. 22g-Greg Oakes, 18.127; 10. 54-David Breazeale, 18.146; 11. 1x-Chub Frank, 18.155; 12. 91-Tyler Erb, 18.202; 13. B22-Bump Hedman, 18.203; 14. 2v-Chad Valone, 18.248; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs, 18.408; 16. 33-Chris Hackett, 18.41; 17. 19-Bob Dorman, 18.429; 18. 73-Devin Lewis, 18.865; 19. 1J-Jake Finnerty, 18.908; DNS. 44p-Joe Petyak, NT

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 7-Rick Eckert, 17.689; 2. 22B-Darrell Bossard, 17.791; 3. 157-Mike Marlar, 17.826; 4. B1-Brent Larson, 17.883; 5. 2-Dan Stone, 17.916; 6. 44h-Dave Hess, 17.934; 7. 12B-Andy Boozel, 17.996; 8. 18c-Chase Junghans, 18.062; 9. 9s-Breyton Santee, 18.119; 10. 111-Max Blair, 18.123; 11. 76-Steve Kania, 18.141; 12. 38-Nathan Hill, 18.145; 13. 111m-Matt Lux, 18.17; 14. 10-Jared Miley, 18.228; 15. B1D-Brandon Groters, 18.271; 16. 30-Rick Tripodi, 18.348; 17. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 18.426; 18. 4s-Doug Eck, 18.56; 19. 28-Zack Carley, 18.826

By |2018-06-15T12:55:42-04:00June 15th, 2018|Late Models, Racing News|Comments Off on Contact at Stateline Speedway Causes Controversy

Sheppard from 12th at Whynot Motorsports Park

MERIDIAN, MS­– April 20, 2018– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series returned to action on Friday evening at Whynot Motorsports Park for the first of two nights for the inaugural Queen City Shootout. This was the Series first race in 62 days due to several cancellations for weather, but Mother Nature finally showed some mercy and the 50-lap feature was worth the wait. The 2017 World of Outlaws champion Brandon Sheppard charged from 12th to collect his second win of the 2018 season.

“That was definitely not an easy one there. [Chris] Madden and Big Billy [Moyer] did a great job,” said Sheppard. “The track was really tricky tonight. The line kept changing all over the place. I could roll the middle there pretty good for a little bit, and then I could go to the bottom, and then I could move up, and then the middle got dirty there. We had a good car early, I think we just ran the wrong line in qualifying.”

The dominant New Berlin, IL driver qualified 21st overall earlier in the day which placed him fifth in his heat race. Sheppard was able to finish third in his heat which secured his transfer spot into the $10,000-to-win feature event. In the first lap of the race, Sheppard had remarkably gained four positions. By lap 13, Sheppard had bypassed Moyer for second and began chasing down pole-sitter and race-long leader, Madden. Known for his patient approach to taking over the lead position, Sheppard made the pass for the top spot on lap 41 when the perfect time arose.

“Well, I’m pretty sure it was hard to lead that race in the first half since like I said, the line was moving around all over the place,” continued Sheppard. “You know I could see where [Madden] was messing up a little bit. I found a little bit of a line there coming off of [turn] two, to where I could get up underneath him if he moved up again, and that’s what happened. Everything just worked out for us. We were really fortunate to be in a position to take the lead there.”

At the time, Madden was running around the bottom of the racetrack and slightly shifted his line up on the backstretch opening the door for Sheppard to charge through to command the lead. Madden continued to chase down Sheppard throughout the remaining laps in the feature. With five laps to go, the driver of Gray Court, SC headed to the top of the race track hoping to find the extra momentum he needed to reclaim the lead but while doing so, he opened the door for Moyer to steal second and was forced to settle for third.

“We just got too tight right there from about the middle of the race on and when I caught those lapped cars, and I couldn’t use the whole racetrack, I got in some trouble there,” said Madden. “I couldn’t stay down off of two over there and use the moisture like I could. I left the door open and Brandon was there to fill the spot. He was better than we were at the end of the race to steer around the bottom. We tried to go up top to get by Sheppard so we gave up second for third and that’s OK. We were trying to get the win instead of running second.”

“You just had to hit your marks perfect,” said Moyer. “We are happy to get a second here for sure. We had fun. We had a good racetrack. You know, we could move around on there, I thought it was a pretty neat deal.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will return to the quarter-mile dirt track at Whynot Motorsports Park on Saturday for the finale of the inaugural Queen City Shootout.

Whynot Motorsports Park Abbreviated Results:

Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [12]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer [3]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [1]; 4. 1x-Chub Frank [11]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar [8]; 6. 7-Rick Eckert [14]; 7. 18c-Chase Junghans [20]; 8. B1-Brent Larson [24]; 9. 14m-Morgan Bagley [13]; 10. 21jr-Billy Moyer [18]; 11. 1c-Chad Thrash [4]; 12. 116-Brandon Overton [23]; 13. 97-Cade Dillard [22]; 14. 54-David Breazeale [15]; 15. 18s-Jack Sullivan [9]; 16. 86-Rick Rickman [7]; 17. C8-Timothy Culp [25]; 18. 91-Tyler Erb [16]; 19. 6-Blake Spencer [26]; 20. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [19]; 21. 25-Shane Clanton [6]; 22. 90-Brian Rickman [2]; 23. 4-Michael Arnold [10]; 24. 22-Chris Ferguson [17]; 25. 77-Gavin Landers [5]; 26. 9-Devin Moran [21]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 21-Billy Moyer, 12.589; 2. 4-Michael Arnold, 12.661; 3. 21xxx-Neil Baggett, 12.694; 4. 1b-BJ Robinson, 12.755; 5. 25-Shane Clanton, 12.797; 6. 1c-Chad Thrash, 12.88; 7. 14z-Zack McMillan, 12.889; 8. 77-Gavin Landers, 12.898; 9. 18s-Jack Sullivan, 12.9; 10. 22-Chris Ferguson, 12.902; 11. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk, 12.914; 12. 10-Spencer Hughes, 12.953; 13. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 12.961; 14. 777-Jared Landers, 12.984; 15. 9-Devin Moran, 12.994; 16. 7-Rick Eckert, 13.053; 17. 116-Brandon Overton, 13.07; 18. 5-Jon Mitchell, 13.173; 19. 94-Austin Rettig, 13.22; 20. 6-Blake Spencer, 13.634

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 86-Rick Rickman, 12.685; 2. 91-Tyler Erb, 12.709; 3. 90-Brian Rickman, 12.731; 4. 44-Chris Madden, 12.79; 5. 21jr-Billy Moyer, 12.881; 6. 97-Cade Dillard, 12.884; 7. B1-Brent Larson, 12.904; 8. 51m-Joey Moriarty, 12.929; 9. 54-David Breazeale, 12.941; 10. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 12.946; 11. 18c-Chase Junghans, 12.949; 12. 157-Mike Marlar, 12.961; 13. 3-Shay Knight, 13.02; 14. 6r-Robbie Stuart, 13.029; 15. C8-Timothy Culp, 13.149; 16. 44s-Dave Hess, 13.189; 17. 1x-Chub Frank, 13.26; 18. 15-Chris Smith, 13.323; 19. 99B-Boom Briggs, 13.594

PFC Fast Time Award: Billy Moyer, 12.589

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 21-Billy Moyer [1]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [3]; 3. 18s-Jack Sullivan [5]; 4. 14m-Morgan Bagley [7]; 5. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [6]; 6. 14z-Zack McMillan [4]; 7. 21xxx-Neil Baggett [2]; 8. 9-Devin Moran [8]; 9. 94-Austin Rettig [10]; 10. 116-Brandon Overton [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 1c-Chad Thrash [3]; 2. 77-Gavin Landers [4]; 3. 4-Michael Arnold [1]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [8]; 5. 22-Chris Ferguson [5]; 6. 777-Jared Landers [7]; 7. 1b-BJ Robinson [2]; 8. 10-Spencer Hughes [6]; 9. 5-Jon Mitchell [9]; 10. 6-Blake Spencer [10]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 90-Brian Rickman [2]; 2. 86-Rick Rickman [1]; 3. 1x-Chub Frank [9]; 4. 54-David Breazeale [5]; 5. 21jr-Billy Moyer [3]; 6. 18c-Chase Junghans [6]; 7. B1-Brent Larson [4]; 8. 3-Shay Knight [7]; 9. C8-Timothy Culp [8]; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs [10]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 44-Chris Madden [2]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar [6]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5]; 4. 91-Tyler Erb [1]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [3]; 6. 6r-Robbie Stuart [7]; 7. 15-Chris Smith [9]; 8. 44s-Dave Hess [8]; 9. 51m-Joey Moriarty [4]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 22-Chris Ferguson [2]; 2. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [1]; 3. 9-Devin Moran [7]; 4. 21xxx-Neil Baggett [5]; 5. 777-Jared Landers [4]; 6. 94-Austin Rettig [9]; 7. 10-Spencer Hughes [8]; 8. 6-Blake Spencer [12]; 9. 5-Jon Mitchell [10]; 10. 14z-Zack McMillan [3]; 11. 1b-BJ Robinson [6]; 12. 116-Brandon Overton [11]

Last Chance Showdown 2 ( 10 Laps): 1. 21jr-Billy Moyer [1]; 2. 18c-Chase Junghans [3]; 3. 97-Cade Dillard [2]; 4. B1-Brent Larson [5]; 5. 44s-Dave Hess [8]; 6. 6r-Robbie Stuart [4]; 7. 3-Shay Knight [7]; 8. 15-Chris Smith [6]; 9. C8-Timothy Culp [9]; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs [11]; 11. 51m-Joey Moriarty [10]

Points Top 25:

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Earnings
1 1 Brandon Sheppard 446 0 $30,450
2 44 Chris Madden 436 -10 $18,050
3 7 Rick Eckert 418 -28 $10,800
4 157 Mike Marlar 412 -34 $8,810
5 18c Chase Junghans 412 -34 $7,760
6 1x Chub Frank 406 -40 $8,190
7 25 Shane Clanton 382 -64 $8,700
8 116 Brandon Overton 378 -68 $4,410
9 14m Morgan Bagley 368 -78 $3,590
10 B1 Brent Larson *R 366 -80 $3,140
11 9 Devin Moran 360 -86 $5,950
12 54 David Breazeale *R 352 -94 $3,550
13 91 Tyler Erb 352 -94 $4,100
14 21jr Billy Moyer Jr 348 -98 $3,360
15 C8 Timothy Culp *R 338 -108 $2,970
16 22 Chris Ferguson *R 336 -110 $2,855
17 CJ1 Rusty Schlenk *R 320 -126 $2,380
18 17M Dale McDowell 294 -152 $14,610
19 99B Boom Briggs 290 -156 $1,290
20 0 Scott Bloomquist 290 -156 $13,500
21 1r Josh Richards 286 -160 $9,050
22 39 Tim McCreadie 286 -160 $14,300
23 49 Jonathan Davenport 284 -162 $7,400
24 6 Blake Spencer 272 -174 $440
25 28 Dennis Erb 270 -176 $4,850
By |2018-04-25T00:24:37-04:00April 25th, 2018|Late Models, National, Racing News|Comments Off on Sheppard from 12th at Whynot Motorsports Park

Queen City Shootout Moyer Beats Clanton in Photo Finish

MERIDIAN, MS– April 21, 2018– The “House of Hook” at Whynot Motorsports Park lived up to its name on Saturday evening for the finale of the Queen City Shootout. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series’ 50 lap feature event saw multiple lanes of hooked-up racing. When the checkered flag waved for the final time of the evening, it was Billy Moyer Jr. who was the best of the field claiming his first World of Outlaws win of the 2018 season and third all-time Series win.

Moyer Jr. was overwhelmed with emotion as he climbed out of his car in Victory Lane. He explained to the crowd that at 5 p.m. he received a call saying that his daughter Hallie Rae Moyer (born on March 8, 2018) is not doing well. Receiving the call just one hour before the World of Outlaws were scheduled to hit the track for hot laps, Moyer Jr. explained he felt committed to finishing the night.

“This racing doesn’t mean anything. Right now, I’m thinking about my daughter,” said Moyer Jr. “I’m scatterbrained right now. I got a call at 5 o’clock and my mind is so far in left field I don’t really care about this race right now. I just want to get home to her. Man, they were with me here tonight. I want to make a living and to win, but I need to get back to Arkansas as quick as I can.”

The Batesville, AR driver placed second in Group A Qualifying, won his heat race, and drew the outside pole position for the Craftsman Club Feature. Moyer Jr. commanded the lead on the first lap, only to hand over the top spot once on lap 18 to Mississippi driver Brian Rickman. Chris Madden and Shane Clanton also challenged Moyer Jr. for the lead position but were unable to complete the pass. When the checkers fell, it was a photo finish with only 0.0645 separating Moyer Jr. from Clanton.

“Chris was doing all he could to win the race,” said Clanton. “That’s what we were just saying, ‘we’re here to win the race not to get second’ and he did all he could to get by him. Moyer went to block him and it gave me the opportunity to get in the bottom and I hit Chris a little bit but it’s alright, we were going for the win.”

“I guess it don’t look like we can do no better than third. You know we just keep going for the win there,” said Madden. “We come to win the races, not to run second. We took a shot at him there and if he didn’t move up on me there maybe I could’ve finished the pass. It just kind of killed my momentum and let the hole open for Shane to get back into second.

“Overall, we had a great car all weekend. We started 12th tonight and made it all the way up there to battle for the lead, at least for a little while. I think we can take this momentum here in our new ride and build on it and maybe it will play out good for us at the end of the year.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series returns to action next Thursday at Smoky Mountain Speedway for a night of practice followed by the doubleheader weekend, The Tennessee Tipoff on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.

Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps): 1. 21jr-Billy Moyer [2][$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [4][$5,000]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [12][$3,000]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar [24][$2,500]; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$2,000]; 6. 90-Brian Rickman [1][$1,700]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer [8][$1,400]; 8. 116-Brandon Overton [16][$1,300]; 9. 14m-Morgan Bagley [6][$1,200]; 10. 14z-Zack McMillan [10][$1,100]; 11. 97-Cade Dillard [22][$1,050]; 12. 91-Tyler Erb [7][$1,000]; 13. 7-Rick Eckert [15][$950]; 14. B1-Brent Larson [19][$900]; 15. 1c-Chad Thrash [20][$850]; 16. 99B-Boom Briggs [27][$110]; 17. 18c-Chase Junghans [25][$110]; 18. 18s-Jack Sullivan [18][$750]; 19. 86-Rick Rickman [5][$730]; 20. 54-David Breazeale [9][$700]; 21. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [14][$700]; 22. 9-Devin Moran [23][$700]; 23. 22-Chris Ferguson [13][$700]; 24. 21xxx-Neil Baggett [3][$700]; 25. C8-Timothy Culp [17][$700]; 26. 6-Blake Spencer [28][$110]; 27. 1x-Chub Frank [26][$110]; 28. 4-Michael Arnold [21][$700]

Hard Charger: 157-Mike Marlar[+20]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 21xxx-Neil Baggett, 12.271; 2. 21jr-Billy Moyer, 12.642; 3. 54-David Breazeale, 12.702; 4. 14z-Zack McMillan, 12.751; 5. 14m-Morgan Bagley, 12.754; 6. 21-Billy Moyer, 12.759; 7. 4-Michael Arnold, 12.764; 8. 18c-Chase Junghans, 12.767; 9. B1-Brent Larson, 12.787; 10. 777-Jared Landers, 12.788; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs, 12.825; 12. 51m-Joey Moriarty, 12.863; 13. 10-Spencer Hughes, 12.918; 14. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk, 12.942; 15. 22-Chris Ferguson, 12.954; 16. 6r-Robbie Stuart, 13.109; 17. 17-Billy Franklin, 13.146; 18. 9-Devin Moran, 13.189; 19. C8-Timothy Culp, 13.855; DNS. 15-Chris Smith, NT

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 90-Brian Rickman, 12.271; 2. 25-Shane Clanton, 12.366; 3. 86-Rick Rickman, 12.462; 4. 44-Chris Madden, 12.541; 5. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 12.572; 6. 91-Tyler Erb, 12.644; 7. 97-Cade Dillard, 12.691; 8. 5-Jon Mitchell, 12.804; 9. 7-Rick Eckert, 12.85; 10. 1c-Chad Thrash, 12.855; 11. 3-Shay Knight, 12.88; 12. 116-Brandon Overton, 12.992; 13. 18s-Jack Sullivan, 12.996; 14. 157-Mike Marlar, 13.051; 15. 1x-Chub Frank, 13.086; 16. 1b-BJ Robinson, 13.146; 17. 94-Austin Rettig, 13.225; 18. 44h-Dave Hess, 13.33; 19. 6-Blake Spencer, NT

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 21xxx-Neil Baggett [1]; 2. 14m-Morgan Bagley [3]; 3. 54-David Breazeale [2]; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson [8]; 5. 4-Michael Arnold [4]; 6. C8-Timothy Culp [10]; 7. 99B-Boom Briggs [6]; 8. B1-Brent Larson [5]; 9. 10-Spencer Hughes [7]; 10. 17-Billy Franklin [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 21jr-Billy Moyer [1]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer [3]; 3. 14z-Zack McMillan [2]; 4. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [7]; 5. 777-Jared Landers [5]; 6. 15-Chris Smith [10]; 7. 9-Devin Moran [9]; 8. 18c-Chase Junghans [4]; 9. 51m-Joey Moriarty [6]; 10. 6r-Robbie Stuart [8]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 90-Brian Rickman [1]; 2. 86-Rick Rickman [2]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [5]; 5. 18s-Jack Sullivan [7]; 6. 94-Austin Rettig [9]; 7. 1x-Chub Frank [8]; 8. 3-Shay Knight [6]; 9. 97-Cade Dillard [4]; 10. 6-Blake Spencer [10]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 25-Shane Clanton [1]; 2. 91-Tyler Erb [3]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [2]; 4. 116-Brandon Overton [6]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar [7]; 6. 1c-Chad Thrash [5]; 7. 5-Jon Mitchell [4]; 8. 1b-BJ Robinson [8]; 9. 44h-Dave Hess [9]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. C8-Timothy Culp [3][-]; 2. B1-Brent Larson [7][-]; 3. 4-Michael Arnold [1][-]; 4. 18c-Chase Junghans [8][$110]; 5. 9-Devin Moran [6][$110]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs [5][$110]; 7. 10-Spencer Hughes [9][$110]; 8. 15-Chris Smith [4][]; 9. 51m-Joey Moriarty [10][]; 10. 6r-Robbie Stuart [12][$110]; 11. 777-Jared Landers [2][]; 12. 17-Billy Franklin [11][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 ( 10 Laps): 1. 18s-Jack Sullivan [1][-]; 2. 1c-Chad Thrash [4][-]; 3. 97-Cade Dillard [9][-]; 4. 3-Shay Knight [7][$110]; 5. 94-Austin Rettig [3][$110]; 6. 44h-Dave Hess [10][$110]; 7. 1b-BJ Robinson [8][$110]; 8. 6-Blake Spencer [11][]; 9. 1x-Chub Frank [5][]; 10. 5-Jon Mitchell [6][$110]; 11. 157-Mike Marlar [2]

Points Top 25:

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5’s Top 10’s Entered Started Earnings Feature
1 1 Brandon Sheppard 586 0 2 4 4 4 4 $32,750 2300
2 44 Chris Madden 580 -6 0 4 4 4 4 $21,250 3200
3 157 Mike Marlar 554 -32 0 3 3 4 4 $11,510 2700
4 7 Rick Eckert 542 -44 0 1 3 4 4 $11,900 1100
5 25 Shane Clanton 528 -58 0 2 3 4 4 $14,000 5300
6 18c Chase Junghans 528 -58 0 1 3 4 4 $7,870 110
7 116 Brandon Overton 512 -74 0 0 2 4 4 $5,760 1350
8 1x Chub Frank 506 -80 0 1 2 4 4 $8,350 160
9 14m Morgan Bagley 500 -86 0 0 2 4 4 $4,840 1250
10 21jr Billy Moyer Jr 498 -88 1 1 2 4 4 $13,610 10250
11 B1 Brent Larson *R 488 -98 0 0 1 4 4 $4,290 1150
12 91 Tyler Erb 478 -108 0 0 1 4 4 $5,200 1100
13 9 Devin Moran 466 -120 0 0 1 4 4 $6,700 750
14 54 David Breazeale *R 462 -124 0 0 0 4 4 $4,250 700
15 22 Chris Ferguson *R 440 -146 0 0 0 4 4 $3,555 700
16 C8 Timothy Culp *R 438 -148 0 0 0 4 4 $3,695 725
17 CJ1 Rusty Schlenk *R 428 -158 0 0 0 4 4 $3,080 700
18 99B Boom Briggs 408 -178 0 0 0 4 2 $1,400 110
19 14z Zack McMillan 382 -204 0 0 1 4 1 $1,700 1150
20 6 Blake Spencer 372 -214 0 0 0 4 2 $550 110
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Monopolizing Half-Miles

CONCORD, NC— Aug. 8, 2017— Two back-to-back shootouts at half-mile dirt ovals await the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series at Georgetown Speedway on Aug. 17 and Port Royal Speedway on Aug. 19.

Known as a king of half-miles, Rick Eckert will be looking to piggy-back off of his recent success at Shawano Speedway, where he led flag-to-flag to claim his second Series win in a dominating performance over a hard-charging Chris Madden and Don O’Neal.

While Eckert’s momentum didn’t continue into USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway, he will surely look to revive his fortune in the upcoming Series races. The Outlaws’ first-ever visit to Georgetown Speedway will feature 40 laps and a $10,000 payday, followed by the Series’ return to Port Royal Speedway for the first time in a decade with 50 laps and $10,000 to win.

Both tracks are familiar territory for the Series veteran from York, PA. Eckert claimed a victory at Port Royal Speedway with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series earlier this season. Furthermore, Eckert finished second after a last-lap pass by regional racer Dale Hollidge during a 2016 Ultimate Super Late Model Series event at Georgetown Speedway.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series first-ever appearance at Georgetown Speedway on Aug. 17 and the Series return to Port Royal Speedway on Aug. 19 are available now. After the race at Georgetown Speedway, take your ticket stub to Sears Center at Salisbury Mall in Salisbury, MD, spend $20 on Craftsman tools and receive a free Outlaws hat while supplies last. For more information on upcoming Series events visit our website.

– World of Outlaws Press Release

By |2017-08-09T17:43:57-04:00August 9th, 2017|Late Models, National, Racing News|Comments Off on Monopolizing Half-Miles

Sheppard Survives the Showdown

Brandon Sheppard wins Outlaws vs. Summer Nationals Showdown

PEVELY, MO— July 1, 2017— Brandon Sheppard claimed his eighth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season and his second win of the 2017 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday. This win additionally advanced him to 13-career Summer Nationals wins, ultimately placing him 13th on the all-time wins list.

“We had a really good racecar… and we had a good rhythm goin’ once we got goin’,” said Sheppard. “This racetrack is awesome. I love coming here and it means a lot to get a win here at I-55. It’s been a while since I’ve been here but it’s definitely been a while since I got a win here.”

Sheppard and his Rocket 1 Racing team claimed their first Summer Nationals win of the season just two days earlier at Plymouth Speedway by out dueling a late race charge from Scott Bloomquist.

The race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 marked the first time that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series collided with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals for one show. Placing two of the best Dirt Late Model tours on one stage did not leave the fans disappointed, as many times throughout the event fans were up and out of their seats cheering, gasping, and/or booing. Nothing got more of a reaction out of the fans than a crash on lap-43 wiping out all but one car in the top-five.

Brandon Sheppard was leading the field at the time so avoided the wreck. Behind him Shirley, Madden, Erb and Heckenast were fighting for the final two podium spots. With multiple sliders and three-wide action around the track, it was only a matter of time until the inevitable. With seven laps to go, Shirley got under Madden’s left rear tangling the pair. Erb and Heckenast were trailing closely behind so there was no time to avoid the wreck.

“Lap traffic was terrible to get through,” said Erb.  “Every time I would get behind those lap cars, it would just kill all of my momentum and then we would get all bunched up. Squirrel (Shirley) got in there hot when Madden slid him and they wrecked and I did everything I could to keep going but the track was covered up. It sucks. We gave away a lot of money tonight.”

The event was running on Summer Nationals rules so the cars involved in the wreck had to go to the tail of the feature, even if they did not cause the wreck. Rather than returning to the field Madden and Shirley headed off the track and to the pit area. On Shirley’s way out, Madden’s crew guy threw a stick at Shirley’s car in displeasure with the way things unfolded.

Eric Wells and Rick Eckert were able to cash in on the other driver’s misfortune by moving up the ranks to finish second and third.

“This place was really racey,” said Wells. “I was watching everyone in front of me and watching sparks flying. I was just trying to keep my stuff together. It’s a misfortune for Madden and Shirley and them guys involved in that crash but we’re happy with a second-place finish.”

“That wreck happened about 15 times, it just finally did happen,” said Eckert. “I lost a couple of spots trying to miss it the times that it didn’t happen but it was a gift to us because we were backing through the field there. I kept getting off of that top because I thought they were crashing and finally they did and I was lucky enough to be far enough away from it.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will next head to Deer Creek Speedway for the Gopher 50 on July 8 for more information click here.

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Results:

Feature: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[3]; 2. 18w- Eric Wells[9]; 3. 7E- Rick Eckert[1]; 4. 25c- Shane Clanton[15]; 5. 1*- Chub Frank[11]; 6. 18- Shannon Babb[18]; 7. 32- Bobby Pierce[6]; 8. 9m- Devin Moran[16]; 9. 14m- Morgan Bagley[20]; 10. 21- Billy Moyer[12]; 11. 7R- Kent Robinson[13]; 12. 36- Logan Martin[5]; 13. 16- Rusty Griffaw[21]; 14. 6k- Michael Kloos[14];] 15. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr[17]; 16. 11- Gordy Gundaker[22]; 17. B1- Brent Larson[19]; 18. 4G- Bob Gardner[25]; 19. 11H- Jeff Herzog[24]; 20. 2- Joey Coulter[23]; 21. 3s- Brian Shirley[4]; 22. 44m- Chris Madden[10]; 23. 91- Tyler Erb[7]; 24. 99JR- Frank Heckenast Jr[8]; 25. 40B- Kyle Bronson[2] 

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Fireworks For Overton

Brandon Overton and Brandon Sheppard Claim the Checkers During Doubleheader at Lernerville Speedway

SARVER, Pa.— June 24, 2017— The 11th annual Firecracker 100 was combined for one huge event on Saturday with back-to-back World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series action at the famed 4/10-mile oval— Lernerville Speedway. The afternoon matinee included a full show with a 30-lap feature which then lead to the main events later that evening— the Uncle Sam 30 and the Firecracker 100.

Firecracker 100 is Overton’s Flair

Brandon Overton claimed the biggest win of his career as he parked it in Victory Lane after leading every lap of the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway.

“Man I tell you what, I come here and get my first Outlaw win and then I get the biggest win of my career,” said Overton. “I just can’t thank my boys enough. I crashed the crap out of this thing earlier today and my boys fixed it up, and tuned it up, and we put ourselves in position to win. This is a dream come true.”

Overton claimed his first-ever Outlaw win during his sophomore season with the Series at the preliminary event for the 10th annual Firecracker 100. His win in 2016 was dedicated to his father’s commitment to helping him to reach that point in his career. Just one year later, Overton was able to put the cherry on top of his experience at Lernerville Speedway with a $30,000 payday.

Mike Marlar and Tim McCreadie were looking to capitalize on any mistakes made by the young gun, but Overton’s run was faultless. With just nine laps remaining in the show, only .429 seconds stood between Marlar and Overton but the Randy Weaver 116 Dream Ride was able to hold him off.

“There really wasn’t a lot of room there to pass him but I was right under him a lot of times,” said Mike Marlar. “They had one little sweet spot on the track and I tip-toed to the left of it and to the right of it but I just couldn’t make anything happen out there.”

Although Marlar couldn’t complete his pass for the lead, he was able to pass McCreadie for second on lap 37.

“I know it’s not easy,” said McCreadie. “I know these two guys up here [Overton and Marlar] made it look easy but it’s not easy. I’m thankful I have a good ride.”

McCreadie sustained a late race charge by Don O’Neal who found his way to contend for the podium with just a few laps to go.

Smith Triumphs in Uncle Sam

G.R. Smith’s first ever visit to Lernerville Speedway ended victorious as he won the Uncle Sam race and $3,000. Smith out ran Boom Briggs in second by 2.961.

“It’s not the one we wanted to win and we hate that we missed the big show but it’s not a bad night,” said Smith. “We came a long way from Charlotte, N.C. to race up here and it’s great to see a dirt track with all of these people here. It’s great to come up and race in front of you guys and I’m honored to do so.”

Sheppard’s time to shine

Sheppard selected a fan from the crowd to draw his starting position for the afternoon event and his redraw luck didn’t run dry as the number one Craftsman wrench was pulled from the toolbox placing him on the pole for the 30-lap feature.

“We had a good heat race and were able to finish second which put us in the redraw. That was key here,” said Sheppard. “I assume it was pretty hard to pass out there. We had a pretty balanced racecar and we were able to keep a good momentum line and get it done.”

Sheppard held on to the lead position for all 30-laps but Mike Marlar tried his best to maneuver around the Rocket1. By lap 13 only .808 seconds stood between Marlar and Sheppard but Marlar could not find the extra push he needed to complete the pass.

Once the pair approached lap traffic, the Rocket Shepp was able slide by cars without a problem allowing him to widen the gap on Marlar to a 1.650 by lap 18 before returning to a 1.1 second difference at the finish.

Chub Frank was all smiles in Victory Lane after he claimed his best finish of the season in his home state of Pennsylvania.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will return to Lernerville Speedway on Sept. 2 for the Working Man 50. The next stop for the Series will be on June 28 at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway for the FVP Outlaw Clay Classic. For more information click here. For tickets click here.

Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway Results:

Craftsman Club Feature: 1. 116- Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 157- Mike Marlar[3]; 3. 39- Tim McCreadie[4]; 4. 5- Don O’Neal[6]; 5. 44- Chris Madden[8]; 6. 17M- Dale McDowell[13]; 7. 56- Russ King[9]; 8. 1- Brandon Sheppard[12]; 9. 72- Mike Norris[7]; 10. 1*- Chub Frank[11]; 11. 25- Shane Clanton[17]; 12. 9- Devin Moran[14];13. 18c- Chase Junghans[16]; 14. 22- Gregg Satterlee[22]; 15. 7- Rick Eckert[19]; 16. 18- Eric Wells[23]; 17. 91- Tyler Erb[21]; 18. 99j- Frank Heckenast Jr[20]; 19. 2c- Joey Coulter[27]; 20. 14m- Morgan Bagley[24]; 21. 10- Alex Ferree[25]; 22. H1- Jared Miley[10]; 23. 40B- Kyle Bronson[15]; 24. 25z- Mason Zeigler[18]; 25. 111- Matt Lux[26]; 26. 14- Darrell Lanigan[2]; 27. 0- Scott Bloomquist[5]

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Richards Goes Back to Back in Lucas Oil Action from Ohio

MANSFIELD, OH (July 2, 2017) – The first ever visit to Mansfield Motor Speedway on Sunday Night by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was a huge success. There was a tremendous crowd combined with a spectacular racing surface saw the fans witness Josh Richards winning for the second night in row.

Richards took the lead at the start of the race and led every lap for the second night in a row, but behind Richards there was two-wide racing for most of the 50 lap feature deep into the field. Gregg Satterlee out-dueled fellow Rookie of the Year contender, Hudson O’Neal to take the second spot as he joined Richards on the podium for the second night in a row. O’Neal – the 16-year-old son of former series champion, Don O’Neal – made his first LOLMDS podium appearance with a third-place finish.

Completing the top five were Darrell Lanigan and Tim McCreadie. Current LOLMDS point leader Scott Bloomquist started 11th and finished in sixth to maintain the series points lead.

“This is one awesome track,” said the 29-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for this fifth time this season and for the 17th time in his career. “I was fortunate enough to come here and run an ARCA race for Venturini Motorsports like seven years ago. To have another dirt track come onboard, you don’t see that very often. It’s cool to see them put the effort out and with such a facility like this it’s neat to win here.”

“I can’t thank the crowd and the track crew enough. I was a little skeptical from the races earlier this year on how the track conditions would be, but they did a phenomenal job getting the track worked in. The car moved around really well. I could pass cars pretty much at will, I had a few close calls, but other than that, the car was exceptional.”

Richards’ Eric and Kelly Brock owned, Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket is sponsored by Bulk Material Lift, Corey Frazier-State Farm, Valvoline, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, Sunoco Fuels, and Alexander Lawn and Landscaping.

The battle for second went on for several laps between Satterlee and Hudson O’Neal. Satterlee was finally able to clear O’Neal with a little more than ten laps to go.

“It an awesome race, just glad to get on the podium two nights in a row,” said Satterlee. “They haven’t raced here a lot. Our hats are off to the promoter and everyone who put this show on tonight. There was a huge crowd here tonight. We always like racing in front of a big crowd it’s always a lot of fun. We had a great car again, but we have some more tweaking to do to catch this green number 1 car.”

“Good job to Hudson, he’s only 16 and he is going to be a threat for years to come. I enjoyed racing with him side-by-side tonight, hopefully we can all get to do this again tomorrow night in Zanesville. This is a beautiful facility and we could race all over the track. I look forward to coming back,” said the driver of the Satterlee Petroleum, Durham Racing Engines, Rocket.

Hudson O’Neal was ecstatic for his first career LOLMDS podium finish. “It was a blast out there. Congratulations to Josh on the win. I am just happy to be here and run inside the top three. I can’t wait to call my car owner Todd Burns and tell him, he is going to be so excited. It’s so much fun racing with all of these guys. It’s a whole team effort. I look to coming back here next year it races phenomenal,” said the driver of the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Vermeer Midwest, Mark Martin Automotive, Kimball Midwest by Krissie sponsored Club 29 entry.

Completing the top ten were Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, and Dennis Erb Jr.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
Freedom 50 – presented Summit Racing Equipment
Mansfield Motor Speedway – Mansfield, OH

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Hudson O’Neal / 16.721 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Gregg Satterlee / 16.881 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Hudson O’Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Doug Drown, Boom Briggs, Rod Conley, Ryan Markham, Larry Bellman, Jr., Bob Mayer

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Matt Irey, Steven Kester, Mike Bores, Dave Hornikel

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Earl Pearson, Jr., Darrell Lanigan, Steve Francis, Robert Anderzack, Jason Montgomery, Ben Mott, Kody Evans

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

1 2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $10,800
2 3 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $6,300
3 1 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $4,300
4 9 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $3,450
5 5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $2,950
6 11 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $2,800
7 6 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $2,300
8 7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $2,100
9 12 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,900
10 4 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,800
11 8 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,875
12 17 77 Steven Kester Holland, OH $1,050
13 18 21m Jason Montgomery Jackson, OH $1,025
14 13 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $1,700
15 16 71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg, OH $950
16 10 240 Doug Drown Wooster, OH $925
17 24 4G Kody Evans Camden, OH $900
18 14 36 Matt Irey Ashland, OH $875
19 15 8a Robert Anderzack Swanton, OH $850
20 19 5m Ryan Markham Ashland, OH $825
21 21 1m Ben Mott White Lake, MI $800
22 25 42* Bob Mayer Holland, OH $800
23 22 59 Larry Bellman, Jr. Wooster, OH $800
24 23 71h Dave Hornikel Mansfield, OH $800
25 20 15b Mike Bores Bellevue, OH $800

Race Statistics
Entrants: 25
Lap Leaders: Josh Richards (Laps 1 – 50)
Cautions: Doug Drown (Lap 29); Don O’Neal (Lap 40)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Josh Richards
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Started: 11th; Finished: 5th; Advanced 6 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Don O’Neal
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Gregg Satterlee
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Josh Richards)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Josh Richards (Lap #2 – 17.6503 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Josh Richards (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Hudson O’Neal
Time of Race: 25 minutes 13 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 4085 $129,325
2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 4030 $110,500
3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 4010 $106,650
4 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 3745 $74,800
5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3675 $84,050
6 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 3625 $59,725
7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3560 $68,675
8 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 3495 $54,250
9 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 3385 $55,325
10 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 3270 $42,275
11 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 3095 $38,175
12 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 2975 $34,225
By |2017-07-05T18:14:20-04:00July 5th, 2017|Front Page News, Late Models, National|Comments Off on Richards Goes Back to Back in Lucas Oil Action from Ohio

Sheppard Slings To Brighton Victory

Illinois Driver Scores First Career Win In Canada

BRIGHTON, ON, CAN – JUNE 17, 2017 – Brandon Sheppard stole the lead from Frank Heckenast Jr. in traffic on lap 10 and then dominated the final 40 laps to earn his first career win on Canadian soil and the 12th of his career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series in the Mud Slingin’ 50 at Brighton Speedway on Saturday night. Sheppard’s second straight win moved him to 11th on the Series’ all-time win list.“This is a heck of a racetrack,” Sheppard said. “I’ve had a quite a few first time racetrack’s this year and this is another one that hasn’t disappointed me. I watched some video from the last time these guys were here and it looked really racey and I didn’t really know what to expect, but I thought it was amazing. Hats off to the track guys and everyone at Brighton.”

Heckenast started on the pole for the 50-lap Craftsman Club Feature with Tyler Erb on the outside of the front row. Sheppard quickly jumped past Erb for second while Heckenast opened a slim advantage out front. The gap closed as Heckenast worked into traffic on lap seven and Sheppard began to size up his move.Sheppard capitalized on an opportunity to dart past Heckenast amongst a group of slower traffic in turn one and on lap 10 took over the point. Before Sheppard could gain any advantage, the first caution of the race waved before lap 11 was complete when Andy Mayhew spun in turn one. The ensuing restart did not produce a completed lap as Chub Frank slowed in corner four with a flat tire on his No.1*.

The second attempt at a lap 11 restart saw Rick Eckert and Charlie Sandercock of Trenton, Ontario, Canada race past Heckenast for second and third, respectively. Heckenast retook third on lap 18, two laps before the third yellow of the race when Morgan Bagley came to a stop in turn four with a flat tire.On the restart, Sandercock and Devin Moran raced past Heckenast and challenged Eckert for second. The race was slowed though on lap 23 when Greg Oakes and Robbie Wilson tangled and spun in turn four after a chain reaction of cars braking in front of them.

Sandercock used the next restart to get by Eckert and take second in the outside lane and briefly challenged Sheppard for second before engine issues for Chris Madden ended his night and brought a caution on lap 26.Moran, Erb and Eckert all drove past Sandercock on the restart while Bagley began his methodical move through the field after pitting to change a flat tire on lap 20.“It took a while to find a good line,” Erb said. “Once the No.57 car (of Sandercock) passed us up top, I figured I’d give it a shot. I just didn’t want to be the first one to go out there. Luckily we got on the top on the last restart and were able to run the top and then protect down there.”Sheppard grew his lead to 2.16 seconds over Erb with 20 laps to go and pulled away further over the next five laps while Erb and Morran battled each other for second amongst the lapped traffic.

Erb came away with the second spot, but only after Sheppard had extended his lead to a full straightaway. With 10 laps to go, Bagley raced past Moran for third, but wasn’t in position to get past Erb for second.Sheppard had completely checked out in front of the field with five laps to go, leading by nearly a half lap with a gap of 5.9 seconds over Erb. The Illinois native cruised to the victory for the sixth time this year.“All of the guys were on the sidelines keeping me pumped up, telling me to keep my elbows up,” Sheppard said when asked about his late-race lead. “I just kept digging.”Texans Erb and Bagley rounded out the podium while Moran and Eckert completed the top-five.“We were pretty good, but I don’t think we had much for Brandon,” Erb said. “He’s definitely been the class of the field, but it’s been an honor running with these all guys. Hopefully we can win one of these things after all of these seconds.”Bagley’s car came alive following his lap 20 difficulties and allowed him to race to the front of the field. The third-place result was Bagley’s best finish of the season and his second top-five result of the year.“We’ve been struggling all year and just getting stuff back to where we need to be,” said a relieved Bagley in Victory Lane. “We’ve been making some gains here the last couple of weeks. It’s just coming together. We still have a lot of work to do.”The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series continues it’s northern swing at Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 18.

Additional Race Notes: Sheppard was quickest in time trials with a lap of 13.443 seconds, the 11th fast time award of his World of Outlaws career. Chub Frank claimed the 63rd heat race win of his career, which ranks him ninth on the Series’ all-time list. Shane Clanton was forced to a back-up car after experiencing engine issues in Hot Laps.

Brighton Speedway Notebook

Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3]; 2. 91-Tyler Erb [2]; 3. 14m-Morgan Bagley [9]; 4. 9-Devin Moran [10]; 5. 7-Rick Eckert [5]; 6. 1*-Chub Frank [6]; 7. 57-Charlie Sandercock [8]; 8. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr. [1]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton [4]; 10. 2c-Joey Coulter [14]; 11. 18-Eric Wells [11]; 12. 29-Phil Potts [13]; 13. 12-Kyle Sopaz [19]; 14. 46-Brandon Mowat [16]; 15. 5-Steve Baldwin [15]; 16. 92-Adam Turner [12]; 17. 09-Robbie Wilson [17]; 18. 77-Caley Weese [20]; 19. 20-Terry Hunt [21]; 20. 7c-Brent Colby [24]; 21.10-Elmer Stevenson [23]; 22. 44-Chris Madden [7]; 23. 22-Greg Oakes [18]; 24. 22jr-Michael Oakes [22]; 25. 1020x-Andy Mayhew [25].

For complete results from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series event at Brighton Speedway visit the results page.

Source: World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series – Sheppard Slings To Brighton Victory

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Grooving on the Gumbo

SENOIA, G.A.— June 3, 2017— The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series took the track at Senoia Raceway for the first time ever for the third annual Billy Clanton Classic. Despite this race being many of the drivers first time on the unique gray gumbo surface, everyone seemed to enjoy how racy the track was all night long. It was ultimately Brandon Sheppard who was able to hold off the field to land his fifth Series win of the season.

“We got the win and it was tough racing out there,” said Sheppard. “Lap traffic was tricky and if you hit the top just right it was awesome and you couldn’t hardly move off of it and be fast. Congratulations to Terbo. He raced me hard and we had a lot of fun out there.”

Tyler Erb left everything he had on the track come the checker flag but he came up just a little short. The young gun was putting Sheppard to work throughout all 50-laps as he was trying find the line to his first Series win. With the help of lap traffic, Erb was able to cut down Sheppard’s lead to only .6 seconds but unfortunately a few cautions would throw away the ground he had gained on the leader and eliminated the obstacles for Sheppard.

“I hated to see all of those cautions,” said Erb. “Every time I would catch lap cars was when Brandon would start having to move off of that top. I might have had a shot but we gave it everything that I had so we will just have to try to come back next year and try again.” (more…)

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