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Sheppard Scores Second Illini 100 with Dominating Victory

April 4, 2017


Brandon Sheppard scored an emotional win at Farmer City Raceway's Illini becoming a two time winner. Sheppard and the the Rocket1 Racing team finished a two week trip in the midwest with 2 wins, 3 top 5s and one top 10. 


The Illini 100 is an event split into two events. A 25 lap A-main on Friday night, and the $15,000 to win, 75 lap event on Saturday. Persistent rainof Friday pushed the 25 lap event to Sunday, April 2.


Sheppard won from the pole of the 75 lap feature leading every lap of a caution free race. This marks the second time Sheppard has won the Illini 100. He won the event back in 2015 in his family owned equipment.


"Winning this race is really important to me. It's almost like a local track with my home and family so close. With me touring so much, I'm glad they got to see my race and especially win."



In the Sunday event Sheppard qualified tenth in his group and 5th in the heat race. His finish in the heat race caused him to run one of the last chance qualifier races. Brandon started first in last chance race one and finished first. That would start him 17th in the A-man. Sheppard & his Rocket1 team had a great run in the A-main. The Rocket1 car advanced 8 spots to the 9th position.


"Consistency is key while running points" stated Sheppard. "Josh's driving style is different than mine, so we have to learn what to change for me. It's a challenge but Mark and the Rocket1 team provide me with an excellent car every week."


So far this year the Rocket1 team has 18 starts, 6 wins, 12 top fives, 15 top tens. They're the first team on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models Series to win multiple wins this season. Their next scheduled events are with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series.


Brandon Sheppard and the Rocket1 Racing team are currently first in World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models Series by 54 points over second place Chris Madden.


Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing's upcoming events through April includes: 

  • 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.

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 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


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




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