Brandon Sheppard's 2017 season of consistency continued this past weekend in the Valvoline Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket Chassis XR1 #Rocket1 during a southern World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series (WoOCraftLMS) tour swing. Sheppard and his Rocket1 Racing team secured a victory and a top five finish in the two WoOCraftLMS events on March 24th and 26th.
The first WoOCraftLMS race of the weekend was at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS on March 24.. Sheppard qualified fourth and won heat race #2. During the redraw to determine the invert for the top eight starters of the A-main, Brandon pulled out wrench number one from the Craftsman tool box. The fans got their money's worth as Sheppard and fellow Rocket Chassis XR1 driver Timothy Culp raced door to door for the final half of the A-main. Sheppard was able to edge out Culp to win his fifth race of the year
Saturday's second WoOCraftLMS event at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AR was cancelled due to persistent rain through out the day.
Sheppard's consistency continued through the third and final race of the weekend at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, TX by setting fast time and winning heat race #1. The Valvoline Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket Chassis XR1 #Rocket1 started the A-main from the outside pole. At the end of the 50 laps, Sheppard secured a 3rd place finish for the 11th top five of the 2017 season.
"We're working on consistency and this weekend was the model of what we've been working on. I got to thank Mark [Richards] and all of the guys at Rocket for making this happen for me,” said Sheppard. “This is an awesome team and I am really excited for the rest of the year.”
Through six WoOCraftLMS starts of the 2017 season, Brandon Sheppard is first in WoOCraftLMS points. He currently leads 2nd place Rick Eckert by 34 points.
Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing's upcoming events through April includes:
3/31 - Farmer City Raceway (WoOCraftLMS - Farmer City, IL)
4/1 - Farmer City Raceway (WoOCraftLMS - Farmer City, IL)
4/20 - Atomic Speedway (LOLMDS - Chillicothe, OH)
4/21 - Sharon Speedway (LOLMDS - Hartford, OH)
4/22 - Hagerstown Speedway (LOLMDS - Hagerstown, MD)
4/23 - Port Royal Speedwat (LOLMDS - Port Royal, PA)
4/28 - Lakeside Speedway (WoOCraftLMS - Kansas City, KS)
4/29 - Salina Highbanks Speedway (WoOCraftLMS - Salina, OK)
Rocket1 Racing’s list of 2017 marketing partners is as follows:
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, 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.
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 Change centers in the United States. It also markets Valvoline™ lubricants and automotive chemicals; MaxLife™ lubricants created for higher-mileage engines, SynPower™ synthetic motor oil; and Zerex™ 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