NEW RICHMOND, WI — Aug. 2, 2018 — The 31st annual USA Nationals weekend kicked off on Thursday, August 2nd. The first of three nights of racing for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, saw the teams vie for a $6,000-to-win payday and some important track time in anticipation of Friday and Saturday’s show. After swapping the lead back and forth several times over the course of the race, Brandon Sheppard captured the lead coming down for the checkered to secure his 10th World of Outlaws Feature win of the season.
“Yeah that was fun! It was hard to know where to be most of the night, but we found a good groove in the middle of the track. I knew J.D. (Jonathan Davenport) was going to the top. He kept getting a run on me up there, but we were a little bit better in the middle,” explained the 25-year-old driver of the Valvoline Seubert Calf Ranches / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Durham Racing Engines #Rocket1. “I was pretty lucky that I could stay up to his quarter panel, so that last lap I was able to get a good run on him. I wasn’t too sure I could get by him there at the end though. But, I was able to get into the corner with both rear tires and get gripped up really good and it worked out for us,” he added.
Two nights later, one of the most prestigious races in dirt late model racing, the 31st annual USA Nationals commenced. Defending Series Champion Brandon Sheppard took home the big payday, grabbing the lead away from Jimmy Owens on lap 23 to pick up his second victory in a row, sweeping the weekend at Cedar Lake, his 11th Series Feature win of the season and 35th of his Outlaws career.
"This is definitely one of my top ones for sure," said the as the New Berlin, IL standout. "We’ve been coming here for a lot of years trying to win this race. We’ve had a really good car a lot of times, but just fell short. To win it, this means the world to me. Mark Richards and Steve Baker have given me this opportunity to come drive this car, and it’s just a dream to drive.”
The elated 25-year-old was surrounded by his crew, family, friends and passer-by’s offering their congratulations on sweeping the weekend. “I have one heck of a crew that supports me 110%. My great sponsors, everybody involved in this whole deal, everyone on this thing that helps and supports me, it really does mean the world to me,” added the the driver of the Valvoline Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket Chassis XR1 Durham Racing Engines #Rocket1