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Five Disqualified Following the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway for Illegal Tire Samples!

CONCORD, N.C. – June 20, 2016 – DIRTcar Racing officials have disqualified five competitors following failed post-race inspections at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway.

Tire samples collected from the #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis.

A total of 32 samples were taken throughout the weekend, June 9, 10 and 11, from participants.

All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1.

Rule 15.11-G.) Chemical alterations, vulcanizing, tire softening, defacing and/or altering the face of the tire lettering and/or tire stamping will not be permitted. Chemicals or tire softening is not permitted at any time. Tires may be inspected at any time. Any violation with any tire presented for competition may result in immediate disqualification from the events and/or other penalties including but not limited to; loss of money, fine, loss of points and/or suspension.

All five have been disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $1,000 and penalized 1,000 DIRTcar Late Model points for the 2016 season. The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis was $19,630 for Sheppard, $4,655 for Satterlee, $7,630 for Owens, $10,930 for Thornton and $6,105 for Bloomquist.

Each has been placed under a three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, which includes World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series competition, beginning June 11, 2016 and concluding Sept. 11, 2016 and will be under probation following the conclusion of the suspension for the remainder of the 2016 season.

For more information on DIRTcar Racing and all DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned divisions, visit DIRTcar.com. For more information on Eldora Speedway, visit EldoraSpeedway.com.

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175 comments

  1. How can you disqualify someone on a post race inspection that wasn’t even in the race ? Did I miss something

  2. I’ll tell you all my son did not knowingly cheat his tires I don’t no what’s going on but a couple of years ago when a lot of racers where using tire dope that I tried to get Brandon to let me buy him some tire dope he said to me dad if I have to cheat I’ll quit racing so in my heart I no my son did not cheat I’m sorry for all his fans he’s a great person and again bshepp is not a cheater he’s a bad ass race car driver and this ain’t over yet

  3. Ashley Tackett Steven Partin 😧

  4. Since when do they take tires from cars that didn’t even make the big race? And it takes over a week to come out with this? Doesn’t smell right to me.

  5. Something fishy here. I find it hard to believe that any one of them would intentionally try and doctor their tires and three of them are top Lucas contenders that frequent WoO races including the Dirt classic and USA nationals.

  6. This isn’t Lucas oil

  7. This is bull shit would of been on dave despain show today or the nascar show being it is that big I am calling bull shit

  8. Haven’t seen anything about this anywhere else…

  9. No firecracker or hell tour or world 100. Should be interesting

  10. If u ain’t cheating u ain’t trying lol

  11. I find it hard to believe bshep would do this! 😡

  12. Maybe that’s the secret to Thorntons success in his IMCA modified

  13. Chris and Kyle….you two are next

  14. Travis Vance Jarod Jarrod Easter

  15. I highly doubt those were the only ones with illegal tires

  16. There shouldn’t be a tire rule on late models anyway! Leave that crap for street stock!

  17. And Erb still beat ’em

  18. Its too bad that people are quick to judge without knowing all facts. Its also too bad that racing is losing its luster. Do this kind of crap to some honest racers and you will lose respect, fans and attendance at races which is already suffering. Brandon Sheppard is an honest man, and comes from generations of race car drivers. He would never knowingly put his career at risk from cheating.

  19. Maybe its time to hire your own professional and back it up with a lawyer and if its not true and these racers are innocent, they need to pay them the money plus money for the inconvenience of being accused. Im up for major contribution towards that.

  20. Good deserve it don’t cheat

  21. I knew bloom quits was a cheater

  22. It’s funny how everyone what RULES to be enforced BUT as soon a series stands up and enforces them people start blaming the series and standing up for the ones that got caught. I don’t think this is the 1st offense for 2/3 of
    them. Good job for the series to stand up and enforce the rules No matter who the name is. Yes the will deny and say I didn’t do it . But the LAB says otherwise . The world will be a huge success just be minus 5 cars.

    • I think The car count will be up because the guys who have been staying at home will feel like they are on a more level playing field. It will be a much better race!!

  23. All DirtCar events…this means no SummerNationals?

  24. I would think they would take into effect thefifferent fluids you can drive through at a racetrack. They took 32 random samples. 5 people were caught, that means 27 were not….

  25. Jamie Basnett, there’s your boys Bloomer and Owens!

  26. Since Bshep is suspended from dirt car sanctioned events. How is he racing on the hell tour tonight?