Shinnston, WV—Brandon Sheppard’s standout 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series (WoOCLMS) season officially came to a close on Nov. 5 at the annual banquet, where he was awarded the Championship title. His team, Rocket1 Racing captured their fifth title since 2009.
The 24-year-old from New Berlin, IL was rewarded with a $100,000 points-fund check, a black and red Craftsman toolbox, a championship ring, and the traditional World of Outlaws trophy for his record year.
Sheppard and the Rocket 1 Racing team were nearly unstoppable this season, totaling an impressive 18 wins, 37 top-fives, and 41 top-10 performances in 43 races on the WoOCLMS. In all, they competed in 71 races with 25 wins, 55 top-fives and 61 top-tens. Notable wins include the Illini 100, Prairie Dirt Classic, Five straight Summernationals races, The World Finals, three speedweeks races and two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races.
“First of all, I have to thank Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, Gunter’s Honey, Petroff Towing and all of our other partners on Rocket1, the World of Outlaws, everyone at Craftsman, and everybody involved in the tour that makes this deal happen. This is really an awesome deal, and I hope to be involved with it for many years to come; so thank you, guys,” said Sheppard. “I also have to thank my crew. Man, what a crew. Mark [Richards], Dan [White], Austin [Hargrove], Joel [Rogers] — you all are the best group of guys I’ve ever been involved with. We’ve had a heck of a year.”
The Rocket 1 Racing team also received the Crew of the Year Award. In the past, this award has been given to the crew chief, but this year the award recognized the team effort that made this dream season happen.
“One thing I’ve learned over the years is that if you put good people together, good things can happen. And these guys are great guys,” said team owner Mark Richards. “Brandon has done an awesome job ever since the first day of testing this year, all the way until [the final night at World Finals]. We are really thankful for what he’s done for keeping this team going and keeping Rocket 1 up front… This has been such a great year.”
Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing are excited to build on the foundation the team put in place this year for 2018 and improve upon their successful 2017 season.
Rocket1 Racing’s list of 2017 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, 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.
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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.