Brandon Sheppard and the Rocket1 Racing team returned to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series circuit on Friday at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C.
The 42-car field was split into two groups, running two 25-lap feature events on the opening night of the Rock Gault Memorial doubleheader. After qualifying third in his group and record a runner-up finish in his heat race, Sheppard was locked into the sixth-starting spot for the $5,000-to-win feature.
Brandon pulled into second with 15 laps to go and using the high lane around the 3/8-mile oval began to track down race-long pacesetter, Dale McDowell. Sheppard caught McDowell with two laps to go. He rocketed around the outside of him in Turn 3, using a slower car as a pick to get by.
“Towards the end we got to lap traffic and luckily my tires must’ve been just right at the end because I could roll the middle and top pretty good compared to early in the race,” said Sheppard. “We’ve been on the struggle bus for most of the year, but I knew not to count ourselves out.”
Persistent rain showers creating a high-water table and saturated grounds at Cherokee Speedway forced World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and track officials to postpone Saturday’s Rock Gault Memorial finale. A make-up date was not immediately announced.
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