TAMPA, FL (February 10, 2018) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series finale at Eastbay Raceway Park started out much better than the previous few nights. The team's qualifying effort started Rocket1 third in the first heat race. At the start of the heat Sheppard contended for the lead with Jonathan Davenport, ultimately finishing 2nd right on the rear bumper on Davenport.
Starting 7th, Sheppard had track position and time to make his way to the front during the 60 lap A-main. Near the halfway point of the A-main, #Rocket1 was in third place contended for the top two spots. Through out the remainder of the event, the track surface changed to hurt some and benefit others. Between the track change and many cautions in the closing laps, Sheppard and his Valvoline Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket Chassis XR1 got shuffled from the top three to 8th place when the checkered flag fell.