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Rocket1 Racing Doubles Down in WoO Weekend Winner’s Circle

By Ben Shelton | MSR Mafia Marketing Services

Photo Credit: Jacy Norgaard photo

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (08/23/21) – Brandon Sheppard parked the Rocket1 Racing / Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches / Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model in Victory Lane twice over the four-race weekend.

He won on Thursday night at New York’s Orange County Fair Speedway and then wrapped up the swing with another victory at Pennsylvania’s Eriez Speedway. Both wins were worth $10,000 and allowed him to extend his advantage atop the latest World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series standings.

“It’s really cool, a new track, to get a win here,” Sheppard said after leading all but five laps in his Thursday night debut at Orange County Fair Speedway. “It’s pretty awesome. Any time you can win in New York, that’s a longways from my home, so it’s pretty cool. My right-rear tire was going down the last couple of laps there, and I was really laid over on the right rear. Man, he (Max Blair) definitely made me work for it. That was a heckuva fun race, and I’ve gotta say thanks to Max for driving me really clean there. It was a lot of fun to race with him.”

On Sunday night Sheppard notched his 75th career win in WoO competition at Eriez Speedway, which leaves him just three triumphs behind the all-time series win leader, Josh Richards.

“It’s really awesome to get our 75th Outlaw win,” Sheppard said. “I’m definitely proud of my guys, proud of my team. This team that Mark (Richards) put together here has just been a dream come true for me over the past five years, so it means a lot to me to get to drive this thing. Our team is finally starting to its stride, so hopefully we can end the year with a lot of wins.”

Kicking off a four-race eastern swing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard trekked to Orange County Fair Speedway (Middletown, N.Y.) on Thursday afternoon to return to competition after a week off.

With 22 Late Models on hand, Sheppard’s eight-lap heat race win promoted him into the redraw. Receiving the pole position for the A-Main, Brandon relinquished the top spot early but stole the lead on the fifth lap after Rick Eckert suffered mechanical issues. Holding off Chris Madden and Max Blair in the waning laps as his right-rear tire was deflating, Sheppard limped to his sixth win of the season, which came over Blair, Tyler Bruening, Stewart Friesen, and Dan Stone. He earned $10,000 for his 74th career series victory.

Battling for another $10,000 payday on Friday evening at Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Brandon secured his spot into the feature with a heat race victory. Starting in third, Sheppard slipped as far back as eighth but regained some momentum late in the 40-lapper to cross the line in sixth.

The following night at Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio) for the Battle at the Border, Sheppard topped the 28-car field in time trials before picking up a heat win. Losing one spot in the 40-lap feature, Brandon notched a third-place finish. He followed Kyle Larson and Ryan Gustin across the line with Tyler Bruening and Colton Flinner rounding out the Top-5.

For the weekend finale on Sunday at Eriez Speedway (Erie, Pa.), Brandon posted a runner-up finish in his heat race, sending him into the redraw. Rolling off on the pole, Sheppard wrestled away the lead on the fifth lap and ran the rest of the race virtually uncontested to capture his seventh win of the season and 75th career World of Outlaws triumph. He pocketed $10,000 for his winning performance.

With a pair of wins, Sheppard extended his lead over Chris Madden by 158 in the latest World of Outlaws point standings.

For complete results from these events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com .

The team now turns their attention to Iowa as they invade Davenport Speedway for this weekend’s World of Outlaws Quad Cities 150. The three-race weekend opens with $10,000-to-win events on Thursday and Friday, followed by a $30,000-to-win finale on Saturday night.

Over $208,000 in total prize money is on the line throughout the course of the three-day affair.

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.

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Photo Credit: Jacy Norgaard photo

By Ben Shelton | MSR Mafia Marketing Services

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