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Rocket1 Racing Overcomes Huge Obstacles to Win 2nd Race of Speedweeks at Eastbay

February 9, 2018


TAMPA, FL (February 9, 2018) - Brandon Sheppard charged from the 21st starting spot to win Thursday night's Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. He took the lead on lap 22 and then held off Scott Bloomquist for the win.


The comeback Sheppard and Co. pulled off on Night 4 of the Winternationals was extraordinary. When Sheppard spun into the third-mile track’s outside wall between turns three and four while trying to avoid a spinning Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., on the opening lap of the second heat, the damage to his XR1 Rocket was substantial. 

“When he slammed in into the wall it didn’t completely break the panhard bar mount, but it was almost broke. It bent all the left-front suspension. And then when he broke the panhard bar mount (on lap six), that took out the driveshaft, it took out the trailing rod, it bent the frame — it did a lot of damage. We actually had to weld and straighten the frame a little bit. We had to get both shocks fixed on the front because it knocked both of them off.” Said team co-owner Mark Richards.


The team qualified for the A-main by finishing 2nd in the first of two B-mains. 


"My team just never quit on me. Thanks to Mark Richards, Steve Baker, everybody at Rocket Chassis, my crew, Dan, Austin, J.T., Brian, and everyone else. Thanks to my dad and grandpa back home. This race is for my grandpa, he had pretty serious neck surgery this morning. Thanks to them for giving me a racing career to begin with. My girlfriend, son, daughter, and everybody who was watching back home."

Rocket1 Racing has 9 events remaining on their 2018 Speed Weeks schedule. 


  • 02/09 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS

  • 02/10 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS ​

  • 02/11 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - LOLMDS 

  • 02/12 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - UMP/DIRTcar 

  • ​02/13 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - UMP/DIRTcar 

  • ​02/14 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS ​

  • 02/15 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS 

  • 02/16 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS 

  • 02/17 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS 


For more information on Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing, please visit or visit our social media: Twitter - @rocket1_racing Facebook - Instagram - rocket1racing


Rocket1 Racing's list of 2018 marketing partners is as follows: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, Gunter’s Honey, Petroff Towing, Durham Racing Engines, Keyser Mfg., Integra Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sweet Mfg., Five Star Bodies, Slavic Corp, Accu-Force Shock Services, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Aurora Rod Ends, Barnes Dry Sump Systems, Bazell Race Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, Braswell Competition Carburetors, Brinn Transmissions, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butler Built Professional Seat Systems, CP-Carillo Rods & Pistons, Dohm Cycles, Edelbrock, Hardrock Powder Coating, Howe Racing Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Kenny’s Components, Maxima Racing Oils, MSD Ignition, Performance Bodies, Performance Rod & Custom, Peterson Fluid Systems, Powers Starters, Quick Car Racing Products, R2C Competition Series Filters, Show Trucks Unlimited, Simpson, Strange Oval - Kera Axle Tuning, Tel Tac Oval Track Pro, Weld Racing, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products and Wrisco Aluminum.


About Valvoline 
Valvoline™ is a leading worldwide producer and distributor of premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. In 2016, it ranks as the #2 quick-lube chain by number of stores and #3 passenger car motor oil in the DIY market by volume brand in the United States. The brand operates and franchises more than 1,050 Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM centers in the United States. It also markets ValvolineTM lubricants and automotive chemicals; MaxLifeTM lubricants created for higher-mileage engines, SynPowerTM synthetic motor oil; and ZerexTM antifreeze. For more information, please visit


About Mark Richards Racing, Inc. dba Rocket Chassis
Based in Shinnston, W.V., Mark Richards Racing, Inc. dba Rocket Chassis is a dirt late model manufacturer founded in 1991 by business partners Mark Richards and Steve Baker. It's a group of talented individuals who strive to make Rocket Chassis the winningest dirt late model manufacturer in dirt oval racing. For more information on Rocket Chassis, please visit


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