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NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTRAIN DANCE: SHEPPARD HOLDS OFF CLANTON AND WET WEATHER IN SERIES DEBUT AT ABC ASHLAND, WI – July 9, 2019 – Brandon Sheppard has been so good this year, not even a mid-race rain shower on Tuesday night at ABC Raceway could slow him down. In fact, the rain that halted the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature after 18 laps might have actually helped him out, altering the track surface enough that when action resumed, he was even better. Sheppard charged to his fourth consecutive victory and 12th win of the year, holding off Shane Clanton and Ricky Weiss in the Series’ debut at ABC Raceway. Pulling onto the racetrack at 7:45pm central for the inaugural Red’s Auto Badgerland 50, in an incredible effort by World of Outlaws and ABC officials to beat the weather, Sheppard took the lead from the pole and smoothly led the first 18 laps with Weiss and Clanton following behind him. At no point in the contest did lapped traffic give Sheppard any major fits, but Weiss was closing the gap in traffic and even took a peek to the inside by the time the first caution was thrown for rain on lap 19. The field paced under yellow for a handful of laps before the rain paused and went back to green, briefly. A three-car tangle in turn three broke out on the second attempt at a restart, signaling a track too wet to continue as the rain fell once again. Once the then-soaked racetrack was evacuated, drivers and crews used their time in the pit area to make adjustments for a freshly packed and tacky racing surface until the rain stopped. Quite an improvement came out from underneath most of the leaders, as Sheppard turned the fastest lap of the race on the next restart, and Clanton shot out of a cannon to get by Weiss and challenge Sheppard for the lead. It took less than four circuits for Clanton to get a run going to the inside of Weiss for the runner-up spot, as they drag raced down the frontstretch for position, completing lap 22. At that point, Clanton was on a mission to catch the Rocket1 Racing car out front, who was just over two seconds ahead and heading into lapped traffic. “The Georgia Bulldog” reeled in the leader by lap 35 and assaulted the topside in an effort to gain an advantage. He and Sheppard switched lines in the final ten laps as Clanton began diving deep into turns three and four to try and get by on the bottom. But it was of no use; Sheppard was too strong on the top side. “The Rocket Shepp” led every lap on en route to his first victory at ABC and 49th of his World of Outlaws career. The added moisture to the racing surface seemed to play right into the hands of the leaders, as Sheppard was able to move around to move his line around equally before and after the rain delay. “The track changed a little bit after the rain, but they did a good job of keeping it sealed up,” Sheppard said. “The track guys did a really great job, and I thought it was pretty nice all night long. It’s just another one on the list of places I’d like to come back to, definitely a lot of fun out there.” Clanton also benefitted from the rainfall and used the downtime to make the necessary adjustments to make the pass on Weiss. The rain actually helped me, because we got to adjust on the car a little bit,” Clanton said. “We were probably going to be a third or fourth-place car before the rain. But we got to adjusting on the car and made it as it was in the Heat race.” Things have really been looking up for the 2015 Series champion, just weeks into his Skyline Motorsports venture. Two Drydene Heat race wins in the last two events after totaling just three in his previous 18 starts, 33 laps lead last in last weekend’s Gopher 50 and now a runner-up to a man who’s been dominating the circuit all year shows just how well he and the Greg Bruening-owned team are gelling. Heading into a few places he’s also familiar with this weekend, Clanton has a positive outlook on his chances to pick up his second win of the season. “If we make the right adjustments at the right time, we can one of these things – maybe a couple of them,” he said. Mark yet another solid podium finish on the board for Rookie contender Ricky Weiss, who now stands second in top-three finishes only to Sheppard. Despite a result that put him back into a tie with Chase Junghans for third in Series points, Weiss seemed to be one of the few drivers that didn’t benefit from the rainfall. He’s said it many times before – the longer a race stretches, the better his car gets. With the 20-minute delay to deal with, “The track was just getting to our liking, it was starting to blow off when the rain fell,” Weiss said. “That made it a lot faster. We’re good, but not quite as good when it’s fast like that.” Series Announcer Rick Eshelman certainly doesn’t call him “Slick Rick” for nothing. And if the stellar charge, yet sour ending to his Firecracker 100 run last month at Lernerville Speedway wasn’t an indication of how he prefers racing conditions, let Tuesday’s race be an example. The longer the distance, the better he does. “50 laps is a long time, but I prefer 100,” Weiss said. “Our car seemed to fire off good, then it faded a bit in the middle and came on at the end.” Now, it’s crunch time for the Headingley, Manitoba-native, who’s most familiar with the upcoming tracks like River Cities Speedway this Friday night. He’s got one big thing still left to prove as an Outlaw in his Rookie year, and that still sits in Victory Lane after 50 laps. And what a story that would be if he could take down the competition and score his first World of Outlaws win in front of his fans, friends and family. “There’s a lot of people supporting me on social media right now that are all around those areas, so it’ll be cool for them to get to come out and watch us,” Weiss said. “Hopefully, the bad luck has left us and we can continue these top-three runs.” Up next, the Outlaws take on a grueling weekend of three races in three states in three days. River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND is up first on Friday, July 12, Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN on July 13 and another Series debut appears at Red Cedar Speedway on July 14. Catch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$10,000]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [$5,000]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [$3,000]; 4. 28m-Jimmy Mars [$2,500]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [$2,000]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans [$1,700]; 7. B1-Brent Larson [$1,400]; 8. 15-Nick Anvelink [$1,300]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb [$1,200]; 10. 27-Jake Redetzke [$1,100]; 11. 6-Blake Spencer [$1,050]; 12. 71-Rick Hanestad [$1,000]; 13. 29-Darrell Lanigan [$1,000]; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs [$1,000]; 15. 15s-Donny Schatz [$1,000]; 16. 11-Pat Doar [$1,000]; 17. O-Mark Rose [$1,000]; 18. 6m-Jeff Massingill [$1,000]; 19. 79-Kevin Carlson [$1,000]; 20. 19-Steve Larsen [$1,000]; 21. 85-John Kaanta [$1,000]; 22. 1e-Kevin Eder [$1,000]; 23. 31-Travis Budisalovich [$1,000]; 24. 71jr-Buddy Hanestad [$1,000]; 25. 11d-Tim McMann [$1,000] Hard Charger: 18-Chase Junghans[+10]
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTBrandon Sheppard Collects World of Outlaws Win No. 8 of 2018 RAPID CITY, SD– July 10, 2018– Brandon Sheppard collected his eighth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory of the season at Black Hills Speedway on Tuesday evening. The Rocket1 Racing team continued their recent hot streak at the Series most western stop of the 2018 season. The defending World of Outlaws Championship team has collected three wins of the Series last four events: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on June 30, Dubuque Speedway on Friday, July 6, and Black Hills Speedway on July 10. The one event he didn’t win, Sheppard collected a fourth-place finish. “We’re just trying to win races now,” said President of Rocket Chassis Mark Richards. “We’ve had some bad finishes here that’s cost us and put us where we are. If we could wipe away three or four [poor finishes] we’d feel a lot better, but it is what it is, so now it’s just go for wins.” Sheppard and his Rocket1 Racing team currently sit third in the point standings but just 34 points shy of a tie for first between Chris Madden and Mike Marlar. “I’m sure it will [come down to World Finals],” continued Richards. “As tight as it is right now, it’s not a runaway for anybody. So, it’s going to be a tough race the rest of the way.” While the points race may not be a runaway, Sheppard, sure enough, ran away with Tuesday’s Sears Craftsman Feature. Sheppard challenged polesitter and reining race winner Rick Eckert side-by-side for the first 19 laps of the 50-lap shootout. On lap 20, Sheppard secured the pass for the lead and the took off on a rocket ship. At one point even holding a more than 5-second lead ahead of the field. “We had a really phenomenal car tonight,” said Sheppard. “It was a lot of fun to drive and the racetrack ended up being really racy. You could drive all over it… It was one heck of a race. Lapped traffic was tricky and then the track started to take a lot of rubber but all-in-all hopefully we got the bad luck shook off of our shoulders and we can string together some wins here. We have a fast car; the driver just has to get it done I guess.” Marlar finished second after taking the spot on lap 25 from Eckert. From there, Marlar was never challenged for the position. With this finish, Marlar tied Madden in the championship point standings for the first time of the season. “I was just telling Mark [Richards] that I’m glad I get to come race and have fun,” said Marlar. “Whatever the points are, they are, but we’ll just do the best we can every day. We do that points or not. It is fun though and it’s exciting for everybody that’s watching. We’re having a good time.” Madden started on the outside of the pole but fell out of the top five in just the first 15 laps of the 50-lap event. Madden maneuvered back through the field to finish third behind Marlar which erased his two-point advantage tying the Series standings. “Our car had some speed in it,” explained Madden. “We had a run-in (last week) and it got tore up so we had to get a new car out and we just can’t seem to find the balance in this thing. We’re really good if the race track is slippery. We were really good later in the race tonight. We were extremely fast. But in between there, we’re struggling… We going to work on this thing and keep working on it and get back in this points lead.” The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will head to Grand Forks, ND to River Cities Speedway on Friday, July 13. Abbreviated Results from Black Hills Speedway Sears Craftsman Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$10,000]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar [$5,000]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [$3,000]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [$2,500]; 5. 9-Devin Moran [$2,000]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton [$1,700]; 7. 18c-Chase Junghans [$1,400]; 8. 91-Tyler Erb [$1,300]; 9. B1-Brent Larson [$1,200]; 10. 54-David Breazeale [$1,100]; 11. 20rt-Casey Skyberg [$1,050]; 12. 3x-Lyndon Bolt [$1,000]; 13. 27j-Chris Johnson [$950]; 14. 33-John Snyder [$900]; 15. 44e-Eric Mass [$850] Hard Charger Award: 18c-Chase Junghans[+3] Qualifying: 1. 7-Rick Eckert, 18.573; 2. 157-Mike Marlar, 18.805; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 18.823; 4. 44-Chris Madden, 19.101; 5. B1-Brent Larson, 19.182; 6. 18c-Chase Junghans, 19.244; 7. 9-Devin Moran, 19.273; 8. 25-Shane Clanton, 19.299; 9. 54-David Breazeale, 19.389; 10. 91-Tyler Erb, 19.558; 11. 20rt-Casey Skyberg, 19.73; 12. 44e-Eric Mass, 19.736; 13. 3x-Lyndon Bolt, 19.881; 14. 27j-Chris Johnson, 20.607; 15. 33-John Snyder, 21.374
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTTire Compounds Set for Upcoming World of Outlaws Late Model Series Events in Pennsylvania and Wild West Tour CONCORD, N.C. – June 16, 2014 - For the upcoming World of Outlaws Late Model Series race on June 24 at Big Diamond Speedway, competing teams will be restricted to using Hoosier 1300-, 1325- and 1450-compound tires or American Racer 44- or 53-compound rubber. During the Firecracker June 26-27-28 at Lernerville Speedway, three Hoosier Tire compounds will be permitted, the LM 10, 20, 30 or 40. For the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Wild West Tour in July, the tire options will be the Hoosier LM 20, 30 or 40/WRS 55.
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars Look Ahead to Kokomo Speedway - Following this weekend’s events at Attica and I-96, ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’ invades popular Hoosier State quarter-mile oval for 23rd time in series history CONCORD, N.C. — May 28, 2014 — Kokomo Speedway is one of the most popular bullrings in Indiana, and on Wednesday, June 4, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series will tackle the quarter-mile oval for the 23rd time in series history. This weekend, the Outlaws invade Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park on Friday for the Kistler Engines Classic, and I-96 Speedway on Saturday in Lake Odessa, Mich., for the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble at I-96. The battle for the points championship continues to intensify through 31 events this season. Only 61 points separatr the top four drivers. Daryn Pittman continues to lead with Joey Saldana in second, four points back. After his win at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Donny Schatz sits just 10 points out of the lead. Paul McMahan is in fourth. ABOUT THE TRACK Kokomo Speedway is a high-banked, quarter-mile oval. The track record of 10.950 seconds was established by Sammy Swindell on June 5, 2012. More information can be found at http://www.KokomoSpeedway.net. Previous Winners: 2013 – Tim Kaeding on June 5 2012 – Kraig Kinser on June 5 2007 – Joey Saldana on June 5 2006 – Craig Dollansky on Sept. 24 2005 – Kraig Kinser on June 14 1996 – Dave Blaney on June 13 1995 – Andy Hillenburg on June 14 1993 – Stevie Smith on June 16 1992 – Stevie Smith on July 15 1991 – Danny Lasoski on July 17 1990 – Joe Gaerte on July 18 1989 – Bobby Davis Jr. on Aug. 9 1988 – Steve Kinser on Aug. 25 1987 – Steve Kinser on May 13 1986 – Steve Kinser on July 20 1985 – Jac Haudenschild on July 21 1984 – Steve Kinser on July 29 1983 – Steve Kinser on Aug. 17 1982 – Sammy Swindell on Aug. 2 1981 – Sammy Swindell on Aug. 18 1979 – Sammy Swindell on Aug. 21 1978 – Steve Kinser on Aug. 1 For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com SEASON WINNERS: Daryn Pittman – 7 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6 and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20); Donny Schatz – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6 and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27); David Gravel – 3 (Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, and Wilmot Raceway on May 9); Joey Saldana – 3 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 12 and Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23); Brad Sweet– 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8 and Calistoga Speedway on April 5);Kerry Madsen – 2 (Stockton Dirt track on March 22 and El Paso Speedway Park on April 15);Paul McMahan – 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10); Rico Abreu – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15); Christopher Bell – 1(Jacksonville Speedway on May 7);Cody Darrah – 1 (Kings Speedway on April 11); Steve Kinser – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16);Stevie Smith – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14); Shane Stewart – 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 2) ; Sammy Swindell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26). WATCH AND LISTEN LIVE: Fans can watch live streaming video of the action from Williams Grove on www.DIRTVision.com, or listen as the Voice of the Outlaws, Johnny Gibson, calls the action on the DIRT Radio Network. LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Check out the Official World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series website at WoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. GET SOCIAL: Follow the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws, or check out the latest videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws. LOOKING AHEAD: The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series rolls into America’s heartland beginning Friday, June 6, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., and then heads Saturday, June 7, to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City for the FVP Outlaws at Lakeside. For the complete schedule, click www.WorldofOutlaws.com.