Dubuque, IA– July 6, 2018– Brandon Sheppard rebounded from a flat right rear tire on lap nine of the 40-lap World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Sears Craftsman Feature to collect his seventh Series win of the 2018 season in the Valvoline Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket Chassis XR1 #Rocket1.
The New Berlin, IL driver, who is familiar with elbows-up style racing, used every ounce of energy he had to put the Rocket1 Racing machine back in Victory Lane for back-to-back World of Outlaws triumphs.
“I didn’t want to have to work that hard, you know what I mean,” said Sheppard. “It was a lot of fun out there. It was really treacherous out there on the high-side but if you got up against the wall it was fairly smooth getting into the corner to get turned and get straight down the straightaways
so I didn’t bounce coming off. It was just a phenomenal race. It was a lot of fun to drive. It was hard to drive but it was a lot of fun out there.”
In addition to the team’s impressive comeback from the tail of the field, this win hit a little closer to home for the Crew Chief of the Rocket1 Racing team Danny White, literally. Growing up in Dubuque, IA the 3/8-mile dirt track nestled in the Dubuque County Fairgrounds was familiar territory for White who considers the Dubuque Speedway his home track. Sheppard, White and the whole Rocket1 Racing team were accompanied by White’s family and friends in Victory Lane.
“Thanks for all of the fans for coming out and hopefully this was a good deal for everybody,” said White. “The track wasn’t exact but it was still a good race. It’s just awesome to come home. I have some family and friends everywhere. This one is probably really close to the top of the list of special wins with this team.”
With his seventh win of the season, Sheppard closed the gap on the Series standings just a little more. Entering into Friday’s event Sheppard was 60 points behind point leader Madden. Now he positions himself just 46 points from the lead.
“The points, I’m not even thinking about it right now,” explained Sheppard. “We’re just trying to win these races. It’s a lot of fun out there whenever you don’t have to worry about it. It’s always in the back of your head but at the end of the day to win the points you have to beat them guys so if we keep winning races we keep beating them.”
The following night at Deer Creek Speedway, Sheppard advanced two spots from 6th place to finish 4th. Their 23rd top 5 of the year.