Sheppard Outduels Madden at Fayette County
Sheppard claims 10th Series win of the season
BROWNSTOWN, Ill.- July 26, 2017- The statistical report from the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series shootout at Fayette County Speedway shows Brandon Sheppard leading every lap of the 40-lap feature. The feature event was anything but in the bag for the dominate Late Model driver as Sheppard had to fend off multiple charges from Shane Clanton and Chris Madden before claiming his 10th Outlaw win of the 2017 season.
Being in Victory Lane at Fayette County Speedway was a familiar flashback for Sheppard, who had visited the quarter-mile track at the beginning of July with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals where he claimed his fifth win in a row with the tour.
“I’ve always liked this track a lot and we’ve always found a lot of success here. I guess it just fits me well,” said Sheppard. “I couldn’t do this deal without all of my guys- Dan, Austin, Joel, Mark, little Brian, everyone at Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks and Springs, and Rocket Chassis. You know I got to thank [Rocket] for giving me this opportunity and putting me in this thing and going out on a limb for me. It’s really worked out in my favor, for sure. I’ve really came a long way. I have to thank Mark and Steve for that. I also have to thank all of my sponsors… and all of the fans for coming out tonight too.”
Sheppard started the feature on the outside of pole-sitter Clanton and found his way to the lead on the first lap. In 20-laps time, Sheppard had created nearly three-seconds between him and Clanton who was still holding on to second from a hard charging Madden. By lap-25 Madden found his way past Clanton and was headed for Sheppard.
As Madden was slowly trying to reel in race long leader Sheppard, the first caution fell on lap 28 for Bobby Pierce who suffered from a flat tire. Subsequently, Sheppard’s three-second lead was lost. Sheppard and Madden remained in their respective positions after the restart but Rick Eckert was able to capitalize on Pierce’s misfortune. Eckert bypassed Clanton for the final podium position.
For five laps, Eckert and Madden battled side-by-side for second. Eckert controlled the bottom of the racetrack and Madden held down the middle lane all the while Sheppard continued to pull away.
Unfortunately for Sheppard, his unwavering effort to create distance betweem him and the rest of the pack would soon again be thrown away with second and final caution of the evening on lap 36 for Devin Moran who got turned around after battling three-wide out of a corner. Moran was running fifth at the time.
The restart allowed Madden to make his much-anticipated move on Sheppard. For the remaining four laps of the feature the pair put on a show for the crowd as Madden nearly passed the race-long leader on several occasions. The most wrenching moment was on the last lap of the feature. As the pair was coming into the final turn of the race, Sheppard got too high and into the wall of turn three allowing Madden to command the lead. The Rocket1 driver quickly recovered as he shot out of cannon coming out of turn four passing Madden just before the finish line.
“I love racing and I love racing like that side-by-side,” said Madden. “Me and Brandon always have a good time racing each other and we put on a good show for the fans. That’s the main thing. We work too hard not to enjoy this. Tearing people’s stuff up and the things like that that has been going on, you know, is just unnecessary. You can race like we just raced and have a good time. We look forward to going to the next one.”
Eckert held off a podium-hungry Clanton to finish third.
“That racetrack was awesome,” said Eckert. “This was my first time ever here. The track crew did an awesome job. Man, there were lanes everywhere. Whenever someone was in front of you, you just went to a different one so hats off. That’s pretty cool.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series heads to Fairbury American Legion Speedway for the 28th annual Prairie Dirt Classic on July 28-29. For more information on the Prairie Dirt Classic click here.
Craftsman Club Feature: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard; 2. 44- Chris Madden; 3. 7- Rick Eckert; 4. 25- Shane Clanton; 5. C8- Timothy Culp; 6. 157- Mike Marlar; 7. 91- Tyler Erb; 8. 7R- Kent Robinson; 9. 11- Gordy Gundaker; 10. 32- Bobby Pierce; 11. 33- Tanner English; 12. 1*- Chub Frank; 13. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 14. 25F- Jason Feger; 15. 9- Devin Moran; 16. 18- Eric Wells; 17. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr; 18. 15v- Kolby Vanderbergh; 19. 18b- Shannon Babb; 20. 40B- Kyle Bronson; 21. 18c- Chase Junghans; 22. 99B- Boom Briggs; 23. 33m- Tim Manville; 24. 28- Dennis Erb Jr; 25. 6K- Michael Kloos
Last Chance Showdown: 1. 18c- Chase Junghans;; 2. 33m- Tim Manville; 3. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr;4. 18- Eric Wells; 5. 40B- Kyle Bronson; 6. 1*- Chub Frank; 7. 6- Blake Spencer; 8. 32- Bobby Pierce; DNS. B1- Brent Larson; DNS. 27- Rodney Melvin;
Heat 1: 1. 18b- Shannon Babb; 2. 9- Devin Moran; 3. 44- Chris Madden; 4. 28- Dennis Erb Jr; 5. 33- Tanner English; 6. 14m- Morgan Bagley; 7. 33m- Tim Manville; 8. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr; 9. 32- Bobby Pierce; DNS. 40B- Kyle Bronson
Heat 2: 1. 157- Mike Marlar; 2. 7- Rick Eckert; 3. 25F- Jason Feger; 4. 6K- Michael Kloos; 5. 99B- Boom Briggs; 6. 11- Gordy Gundaker; 7. 18c- Chase Junghans; 8. 6- Blake Spencer; 9. 1*- Chub Frank
Heat 3: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard; 2. 25- Shane Clanton; 3. 91- Tyler Erb; 4. 7R- Kent Robinson; 5. C8- Timothy Culp; 6. 15v- Kolby Vanderbergh; 7. 18- Eric Wells; 8. B1- Brent Larson; 9. 27- Rodney Melvin
Qualifying: 1. 32- Bobby Pierce, 12.583; 2. 157- Mike Marlar, 12.673; 3. 25- Shane Clanton, 12.75; 4. 18b- Shannon Babb, 12.802; 5. 25F- Jason Feger, 12.875; 6. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 12.956; 7. 9- Devin Moran, 13.006; 8. 7- Rick Eckert, 13.026; 9. 91- Tyler Erb, 13.071; 10. 44- Chris Madden, 13.078; 11. 11- Gordy Gundaker, 13.114; 12. 7R- Kent Robinson, 13.121; 13. 33- Tanner English, 13.143; 14. 99B- Boom Briggs, 13.144; 15. B1- Brent Larson, 13.158; 16. 28- Dennis Erb Jr, 13.195; 17. 6K- Michael Kloos, 13.249; 18. 27- Rodney Melvin, 13.253; 19. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 13.256; 20. 1*- Chub Frank, 13.259; 21. C8- Timothy Culp, 13.275; 22. 33m- Tim Manville, 13.289; 23. 6- Blake Spencer, 13.306; 24. 18- Eric Wells, 13.358; 25. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 13.405; 26. 18c- Chase Junghans, 13.474; 27. 15v- Kolby Vanderbergh, 13.485; 28. 40B- Kyle Bronson, 13.88
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Craftsman/Sears ($200 Cash): Brandon Sheppard, Chris Madden, Rick Eckert, Shane Clanton, Tyler Erb; Craftsman/Sears ($100 Cash): Timothy Culp; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brandon Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; Quarter Master ($100 Product Certificate): Brandon Sheppard; Wrisco (Three Sheets of aluminum): Brandon Sheppard; Penske Racing Shocks ($50 Product Certificate): Chris Madden; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Bobby Pierce; VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Bobby Pierce; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Gordy Gundaker; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Bobby Pierce; Extended Stay America ($50 Cash): Tanner English; Cometic ($50 Cash): Chub Frank; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Boom Briggs; Superflow Dyno’s ($50 Cash): Eric Wells; Quartermaster ($25 Product Certificate): Shannon Babb; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Frank Heckenast Jr.; Quartermaster ($50 Product Certificate): Shannon Babb; Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 Product Certificate):Chris Madden; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Chase Jnghans; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; QA-1 ($50 Cash): Shane Clanton; Rookie Bonus: Devin Moran; Bonus Bucks: Kent Robinson
Brandon Sheppard- 10 (Whynot Motorsports Park on March 24, Farmer City Raceway on April 1, Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 6, Wayne County Speedway on May 27, Senoia Raceway on June 3, Lernerville Speedway on June 25, Federated Auto Part Raceway at I-55 on July 1, Hibbing Raceway on July 13, Fayette County Speedway on July 26)
Shane Clanton- 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 24, Cherokee Speedway on May 6, Tazewell Speedway on June 3, River Cities Speedway on June 14)
Chris Madden– 3 (Screven Motorsports Complex on Feb. 18, Deer Creek Speedway on July 8, Ogilvie Raceway on July 12)
Brandon Overton- 2 (Smoky Mountain Speedway on May 13, Lernerville Speedway on June 24)
Rick Eckert– 1 (Screven Motorsports Complex on Feb. 17)
Don O’Neal- 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 25)
Timothy Culp- 1 (LoneStar Speedway on March 26)
Brian Shirley-1 (Farmer City Raceway on April 2)
Mike Marlar- 1 (Duck River Raceway Park on May 14)
Devin Moran-1 (Atomic Speedway on May 26)
Max Blair- 1 (McKean County Raceway on June 20)
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championship Standings:
|1||1||Brandon Sheppard||New Berlin, IL||$159,950||3592|
|2||44||Chris Madden||Gaffney, SC||$89,725||3366|
|91||Tyler Erb||New Waverly, TX||$69,000||3366|
|4||25||Shane Clanton||Zebulon, GA||$91,500||3336|
|5||7||Rick Eckert||York, PA||$66,285||3266|
|6||9||Devin Moran||Dresden, OH||$72,490||3264|
|7||18||Eric Wells||Hazard, KY||$55,660||3224|
|8||1*||Chub Frank||Bear Lake, PA||$50,020||3220|
|9||99JR||Frank Heckenast Jr.||Frankfort, IL||$38,810||3116|
|10||14M||Morgan Bagley||Gladewater, TX||$38,460||3078|
|11||2C||Joey Coulter||Union Grove, NC||$27,850||2856|
|12||3S||Brian Shirley||Chatham, IL||$36,550||2040|
|13||18C||Chase Junghans||Manhattan, KS||$13,830||1772|
|14||93||Donald Bradsher||Burlington, NC||$10,295||1486|
|15||157||Mike Marlar||Oneida, TN||$41,800||1398|
|16||116||Brandon Overton||Evans, GA||$51,650||1110|
|17||40B||Kyle Bronson||Brandon, FL||$9,750||1034|
|18||21JR||Billy Moyer Jr.||Batesville, AR||$16,450||1012|
|19||32||Bobby Pierce||Oakwood, IL||$7,650||912|
|20||4-D’s||Chad Hollenbeck||Kingsley, PA||$4,215||848|