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Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing Enjoys Success in Speedweeks, turns attention to busy March Schedule

February 20, 2018

Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing rocketed off to a successful start of the 2018 Georgia/Florida Speedweeks. In nine Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) starts, one DIRTcar Racing start and four World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series (WoOCraftLMS) starts, the team recorded three victories, eight top five and 10 top 10 finishes.

 

Eastbay Raceway Park (2) and Volusia Speedway Park is where the Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches/Rocket Chassis XR1 #Rocket1 Ford Mustang found victory lane.

 

“You can have a lot of highs and lows during Speedweeks,” stated Sheppard. “We keep getting better every time we come back. I just want to thank my team for never giving up on me. Hat’s off to Mark Richards and Steve Baker for giving me this ride and Dan, Austin and Joel and all the guys that help on this thing. It’s a real pleasure to drive.”

 

Below are the results from the grueling 15 days of racing Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing tackled during Speedweeks.

 

Brandon Sheppard/Rocket1 Racing Georgia/Florida Speedweeks Results:

  • 02/02 - Golden Isle Speedway Super Bowl of Racing - Brunswick, Georgia - LOLMDS - Result: 5th

  • 02/03 - Golden Isle Speedway Super Bowl of Racing - Brunswick, Georgia - LOLMDS - Result: 5th

  • 02/05 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS - Result: 1st

  • 02/06 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS - Result: 3rd

  • 02/07 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS - Result: 12th

  • 02/08 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS - Result: 1st

  • 02/09 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS - Result: 6th

  • 02/10 - Eastbay Raceway Park Winternationals - Tampa, Florida - LOLMDS - Result: 8th

  • 02/11 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - LOLMDS - Result: 12th

  • 02/12 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - UMP/DIRTcar - Result: 13th

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

  • 02/14 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DedLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS - Result: 12th

  • 02/15 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS - Result: 2nd

  • 02/16 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS - Result: 5th

  • 02/17 - Volusia Speedway Park Dirtcar Nats - DeLeon Springs, Florida - WoOCraftLMS - Result: 1st
     

Brandon Sheppard/Rocket1 Racing Facts from Florida/Georgia Speedweeks

  • 0.056: Seconds in finishing margin between Brandon Sheppard and Devin Moran at Monday's East Bay Raceway Park finish

  • 1: Current Brandon Sheppard World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series standings

  • 3: Victories for Brandon Sheppard (at two tracks)

  • 3: Drivers who started every Speedweeks event without requiring a provisional: Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Erb Jr. and Brandon Sheppard

  • 4: Drivers who entered all 14 Speedweeks events

  • 5: Drivers with Speedweeks victories in consecutive seasons: Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, Josh Richards and Brandon Sheppard

  • 7.7: Average starting spot among Speedweeks winners, up more than two from last year and the highest in five seasons

  • 8: Top five finishes

  • 10: Top ten finishes

  • 21: Starting position for Brandon Sheppard prior to his Feb. 8 victory at East Bay Raceway Park

  • 62: Positions of net improvement over six East Bay features for Brandon Sheppard

  • 296: World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series points for leader Brandon Sheppard
     

Rocket1 Racing’s busy March schedule includes six events, four with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, two with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

  • 03/09 - Smokey Mountain Speedway - Maryville, TN - WoOCraftLMS 

  • 03/10 - Smokey Mountain Speedway - Maryville, TN - WoOCraftLMS 

  • 03/16 - Atomic Speedway - Chillicothe, Ohio – LOLMDS

  • 03/17 - Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, Indiana – LOLMDS

  • 03/23 - Farmer City Raceway - Farmer City, Illinois - WoOCraftLMS

  • 03/24 - Farmer City Raceway - Farmer City, Illinois - WoOCraftLMS
     

Rocket1 Racing’s list of 2018 marketing partners: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, Gunter’s Honey, Petroff Towing, Andy 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, CP-Carrillo Rods and Pistons, Brinn Transmissions, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butler Built Professional Seat Systems, 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, Snap-On Tools – Paul Greenwood, SRI, 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 Valvoline.com.

 

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 rocketchassis.com.

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